ACCOLADES FOR THE LUCK OF MADONNA 13
Book of the Year 2002 — ForeWord Magazine’s first place gold winner for science fiction (hardcover Chronicler's Edition).
Best Books of 2002 — Made January Magazine’s list of their top 92 books across all genres. One of six picks in the science fiction/fantasy genre (hardcover Chronicler's Edition).
Book of the Year 2014 — ForeWord Reviews IndieFab third place bronze winner for science fiction (revised paperback and ebook edition).
“Highly imaginative.” ~ Publishers Weekly
“The Luck of Madonna 13 lives up to every bit of its advance praise. I can’t wait to read the Second Chronicle of the Last Nevergate...a series that is destined for greatness. Ellison is a writer on a par with Paul Di Filippo, Steve Aylett, or Bruce Sterling, full of witty satire and cultural commentary. His first novel is innovative and inimitable, and his writing style displays an amazingly well-honed edge for a new writer.” ~ Gabe Chouinard, January Magazine
“Conflict abounds, characters are larger than life, and the technology projections are superb. This is sci fi at its best. This will be a classic work on the scale of the Foundation [Isaac Asimov] or Dorsai [Gordon R. Dickson] series. We gave it our highest five hearts rating.” ~ Bob Spear, Heartland Reviews [click here for the full review...about 2/3 down the page]
“The Luck of Madonna 13 is quite wonderful. E.T. Ellison has brought us a fully realized future world with humor and more than a little understanding of human nature. His characters are superbly executed. His plot winds up and unwinds in completely believable ways. And, most important in a work that is intended to be the first installment in an ongoing saga, The Luck of Madonna 13 manages to satisfy and leave you wanting more. Ellison’s cheerfully skewed wackiness puts the reader in mind of early Terry Pratchett. And, like Pratchett, there is some science here but mostly fantasy of an original enough nature that it begs for its own genre.” ~ Lincoln Cho, January Magazine [click here for the full review]
“This is a very ambitious first novel, which signals the arrival of a new force on the fantasy and science fiction scene. What a story! The Luck of Madonna 13 is a fun read and an extremely complex yet consistent tapestry; I anxiously await the next panel. So, Mr. Ellison, get to work on that sequel!” ~ Chuck Gregory, Blue Ear
“Here’s something that flew in well off the radar that deserves a lot more attention than [the] latest Tolkien/Rowling mishmash. A rip-roaring good tale, a story for all ages. Better put, this is a story for all those people hip enough to ‘get it’.” ~ David Soyka, Locus Online [click here for the full review]
“Ellison is a hugely inventive storyteller with a wry sense of humor, a satirical bent that verges on Swiftian, a gift for evocative wordcraft and a talent for making wacky and bizarre ideas completely believable. The Luck of Madonna 13 is a genre-spanning tale that can be enjoyed at multiple levels by audiences of vastly different ages and tastes.” ~ Gloria Mandeville, The Mountain Signal
“An impressive, sprawling book that manages to mix the best of fantasy and science fiction. Ellison’s speculation on future pop culture is some of the most thought-out and well presented I’ve seen; the world-building here is top-notch. The sociological satire is both funny and eminently believable, as are his inventions.” ~ Lynn Nicole Louis, SFReader •
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