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Victoria Strauss

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I'm the author of nine novels for adults and young adults, including the Stone duology ("The Arm of the Stone" and "The Garden of the Stone"); the Way of Arata duology ("The Burning Land" and "The Awakened City"); and "Passion Blue" and "Color Song," a pair of historical novels for teens. I've reviewed books for SF Site, Black Gate, and Fantasy magazine, and my articles on writing and how to get published have appeared in Writer’s Digest and elsewhere. In 2006, I served as a judge for the World Fantasy Awards.

I'm an active member of the Science Fiction and Fantasy Writers of America (SFWA), and co-founder, with Ann Crispin, of Writer Beware, a publishing industry watchdog group that warns about literary schemes and scams. I maintain the Wri
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Passion Blue (Passion Blue,...

3.68 avg rating — 290 ratings — published 2012 — 7 editions
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The Arm Of The Stone (The S...

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Color Song (Passion Blue, #2)

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The Garden of the Stone (Th...

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Worldstone

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Guardian of the Hills

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Posted by Victoria Strauss for Writer Beware I write a lot about publishing contracts on this blog, and questions about publishing contract terms make up a large portion of my Writer Beware correspondence. Unfair and even outrageous contract terms are ... [...]

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Passion Blue Color Song
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"Excellent examination of religion and the conflict that can arise from fractionally differing beliefs. Well-plotted, with well-developed characters."
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"Like another review that I recently saw on Goodreads, I originally thought that Victoria Strauss was re-creating Tibet and Tibetan Buddhism in a fantasy context. There were indeed some parallels, but there were also some key differences. The first..." Read more of this review »
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"This is the start of a fantasy series. It's a good setup, and it stands on its own well enough, with satisfying resolutions to some important threads.

The kingdom of Arsace has restored its king in exile to the throne, after decades of harsh rule b..." Read more of this review »
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I picked this book off the shelf on a whim, and was soon caught up in a compelling tale of double identities, lost wills, madness, and dark family secrets written in the style of Victorian "sensation" novels. Not for every taste, but if you enjoy Wil ...more
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Written in a spare, understated style that makes every word count, this book about a lonely PLO undercover operative haunted by his traumatic past packs a powerful emotional punch. Highly recommended.
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Points for atmosphere and erudition. After the first half, though, the book loses both steam and direction, with a disappointingly feeble climax that leaves an important question unresolved, turning the major plot point that drives the beginning of t ...more
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“This was not the perfect work that had existed in her mind. It was only the imperfect rendering that was the best her skill could manage. Yet Giulia was not dismayed. For she knew that she would try again – and again, and again, for as long as it took to gain the experience, the judgment, the understanding to get it right. And perhaps she never would get it right. Perhaps she would never attain that flawless blue, never create that perfect image, never find the ultimate point of balance between what she could accomplish an what she could dream. Yet wasn’t that the point? To be drawn onward, ever onward, in pursuit of your deepest passion? To look back at the end fo the race and knew that you had never done less than the most you could do?”
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Victoria Strauss I think of it less as being busy, than as fighting a constant fight against laziness...


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Dd Little Hi Victoria, You are making me a bit jealous. I pride myself as being one of the busiest people around. I really work at it but I think you are busier. Ha! Thanks for being a friend. I hope you will read Cowboy Food too. Yup, it goes beyond being a cook book. There is History & fiction in it too.

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