School Library Journal gives 7th SIGMA some YA love

From the School Library Journal blog:

You can read Doctorow’s full review on Boing Boing. He’s absolutely right to say that 7th Sigma could have been marketed as a YA novel. Perhaps length and the occasional profanity? Perhaps the unexplored origins of the deadly bugs? Or maybe the publisher did not want to exclude the author’s many adult fans.


Readers may be disappointed that the origin of the bugs is never investigated; neither are the other mysterious creatures that seem to collaborate with them. But add a sense of humor, genuine affection among engaging characters, and a grumpy mule sidekick for an adventure that is a natural for teen readers.
–Angela Carstensen, Convent of the Sacred Heart, New York City

Let’s just say the “origin of the bugs is never investigated” in this book.

Here’s the whole thing.


  1. Just finished reading my copy of it now. Truly, another excellent addition to my library! And now comes the waiting for another page-turner…

  2. I consider Steven Gould’s strength to be in writing Bildungsroman. In my mind I place “Wildside,” “Helm,” & “Jumper” in the same class as “Starship Troopers.” Heinlein once referred to “Starship Troopers” as a cadet novel.

    Which I believe he said was somewhere between YA and Adult, if I remember correctly he said that category didn’t really exist any more for sales/marketing purposes.

    I am looking forward to reading your new novel, will be downloading it on my Kindle shortly. If you talk to Sharon Lee, you can tell her at least one of your mutual fans stumbled on “7th Sigma” because she mentioned the “Opening Acts” sample ebook on her blog. So I saw that you had a new book out sooner than I would have otherwise.

    But your blog is RSSed now, so if you start writing faster (nudge, wink, hint!) I’ll know about it right away.

    Thanks for all the great novels, they are appreciated!

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