It’s been amazing seeing my book in B&N’s all throughout the country, and I was tremendously honored when the Science Fiction and Fantasy Blog reviewed United States of Japan. The reviewer, Ceridwen, is amazing and captured one of the most difficult challenges I had in writing an alternate history- what to reveal and what to keep in the background. I did chart out what happened behind the scenes, even though I left many of those details out, only referring to them in small slices so that you can try to figure out and extrapolate what happened by yourself (of course, everyone who’s asked me about the specifics in real life will get the full rundown, lol). Here’s from the marvelous review:
Tieryas doesn’t overly fuss about how exactly we got from the liberation of those camps to this alternate 1980s. Or, to be precise, you can tell he has mapped exactly how the history went—and, indeed, there is a bibliography at the end, always a good sign with an alt-history—but he doesn’t belabor the point. Like a lot of Americans, my knowledge of the Pacific theater in WWII is somewhat dodgy, though my grandfather served in important battles in the South Pacific. (He, of course, never spoke much about them, trauma being what it is.) A little more hand-holding might be nice when it comes to the sections that hinge on pan-Asian politics; that Tieryas doesn’t feel the need to do so speaks to his trust in his readers, that we will infer what is needful to understand the world. Instead, he immerses you in characters, who are, of course, molded by their environment, but who live and breathe as people do. Nobody is going to regurgitate facts from the past for you (“As you know, Bob…”), because people don’t do that.