Haha, good to hear!

I always find myself in a bit if a bind thinking of stuff as crowdpleasers. It's not meant to be disparaging, but at the same time it's meant to emphasise that a lot of the 'highbrow' stuff (ostensibly long-winded descriptions, nothing obviously exciting happening, worth-a-third-read symbolism) might not be in complete abundance!


Incidentally, if you fancy a trip back into the Old World, Chris Wraight's "Swords of the Emperor" duology+shorts is a sublime mix of pacy and deep. Fantasy, of course, but exquisitely well fone.

I don't recall hearing a bad word against them (save all-too-understandable specific rejections like "I want to read about X" where X isn't in the book!).