This was a really nice week for Watering Heaven, thanks to wonderful reviews from great writers like Donna Miscolta and Joseph Michael Owens (thank you again!). I also had several random reviews from readers on various sites that helped boost it up to #70 on best selling short stories on amazon, just ahead of Edgar Allan Poe and another Stephen King.
This one by Miranda at GoodReads was amazing and had me very excited:
To make it short: Watering Heaven is freaking awesome and a damn fine collection of short stories. Stunning to see how easily Peter Liu melts the different cultures, how easily he connects 21th century (mentioning of Twitter, Facebook or blogs) with ancient Chinese myths. Fun to see that finally someone brings those communication channels into a story, it dont have to be emails or phone calls to talk. Peter integrates those social medias into the lives of his characters, something I was awaiting eagerly. It might be only me but I do like this. A lot.
Squire Boone also had a great, balanced review:
A beautifully written collection of short stories ranging from the realistic to the surreal–all weighing in on the question of “what is love?”. The first half deals with Liu’s protagonists discovering their capacity for love in spite of outward appearances while the second half descends into the darkness of love lost with understanding coming only too late, or not at all.
It’s amazing that four months after its release, the sale have picked up and it’s been getting lots of great press. I have to give a big thanks to my editor who made sure to put “Chronology of an Egg” as the first story, a choice that a lot of readers have noted as being one of their favourites. It’s funny when I think of how that story came to be (you know, a woman gives birth to an egg when she has sex) and it’s almost like when I began, it just wrote itself. It was one of the few stories that was never rejected and actually (to my chagrin) got accepted by two magazines on the same day. A lot of times, an editor has a sense of pacing you lose because you’re so involved in the work. That’s why when people ask if they should self-publish or not, I always suggest, at least work with an objective editor who will give really good insight into your manuscript.
Thanks again everyone! Can’t express how grateful I am. =)