Posted on October 22, 2015
Posted by John Scalzi
I’m traveling tomorrow, so I’m getting this week’s new books and ARCs up a day early — lots of novellas in here! See something that looks interesting to you? Tell me about it in the comments.
I like the title Word Puppets the best. Seems the most intriguing, at least on it’s surface.
Just started reading The Red by Linda Nagata and am enjoying it so far. Pretty sure I’ll get to Going Dark eventually.
Side note . I’m watching stargate universe season 1 ep 18 ( free on Amazon prime video), and about 11 mins and 30 seconds into the episode it shows someone reading old mans war .
Isn’t A Tale of Two Cities with Dragons basically Naomi Novik’s Temeraire series? Except that was all original? (alright so technically the Napoleonic wars were a bit later but still…)
On the other hand, I actually quite liked Sense and Sensibility and Sea Monsters…
I’m anticipating the end of Nagata’s Red series.
Also Pratchett does poo is almost on obligatory bathroom book, no?
Very intrigued by Six-Gun Snow White. I enjoy novels inspired by fairy tales and I enjoy stories set in the West. So, a two-fer!
Six Gun Snow White – love fairy tale adaptations! And Word Puppets, because Mary Robinette Kowal!
Oh! oh! this means Six Gun Snow White is coming out in paperback? That’s been on my wish list for EVER but either out of stock or horribly expensive whenever I look for it!
“A Tale of Two Cities With Dragons” ? … when an original book is nearly perfect, I don’t quite see the utility in rewriting it just to add some fantasy element. Why not rewrite one of the message-y Victorian books that were absolutely no fun to read? Heaven knows there are plenty of them.
For example: if someone would re-write “Tess of the D’urbervilles” with some dragons (and less misery), I would totes read that.
Word Puppets as a title plus MRK as an author sounds promising. Going Dark is a title that catches my eye.
I’m totally over the classic book + supernatural/fantasy element trend, without reading any of them. Otoh dragons and I do keep meaning to read something by Dickens other than “The Signalman.”
Going Dark, because I just finished The Trials and the series so far is great. And, as with a pp, glad to see Six-Gun Snow White in paperback.
Most novels would benefit from added dragons.
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@John Shea, I concur. While that one smells a tad of bandwagon-jumping I cannot really bring myself to disapprove of anything that brings MOAR dragons into the world.
The Old Man and the Sea and the Shadow War of the Night Dragons…
He was an old man who fished alone in a skiff off the harbor at Skandalaria and he had gone eight-hundred days now without taking a dragonfish. In the first four hundred days a boy had been with him. But after four hundred days without a dragon, the boy’s parents had told him that the old man was now definitely and finally unlucky, which is the worst form of bad luck, and the boy had gone at their orders in another boat which caught three good dragons the first week.
“Okay, what classic are we going to edit fantasy into next?”
“A Christmas Carol!”
“Yeah, we can do A Christmas Carol With Ghosts!”
Unidentified Funny Objects sounds interesting. There’s been a real dearth of humorous science fiction of late (a recent Hugo winner by OGH being a notable exception). Humorous fantasy is pretty common, but humorous SF, not so much. And this appears to be the fourth in a series, so I’ve obviously got some investigation to do.
Six Gun Snow White also sound pretty intriguing, and it’s by Cat Valente, so it’s got to be worth checking out.
The Nagata is already on my list.
And yeah, I’m basically done with the rewriting-classics thing. I did like Pride and … Zombies, but yeah, funny once. Plus, I like the original of that one, while I wasn’t able to finish Tale of Two Cities (one of the only Dickens works I didn’t). Dragons are nice, but not enough to lure me in this time.
As others have already said, Already Published and Loved + some sort of critters/aliens/zombies/whatever seems very over. I have not read any and I will not start now.
Six-Gun Snow White? i’d buy that.
I’ve been looking forward to Word Puppets (it’s on my Christmas list!), and Six-Gun Snow White sounds entertaining. Geomancer has an intriguing enough title to make me pick it up to read the blurb, too. I’d have more hope for a Dickens/Dragons crossover if it were “Scales of Two Cities.” Or if it were about Dickens himself and the existence of dragons in Victorian London (it’s not just coal causing that smog…).
“For example: if someone would re-write “Tess of the D’urbervilles” with some dragons (and less misery), I would totes read that.”
Tess of the D’urbanfantasy?
I’m thinking more “Tess of the Dragon’s Lair” kind of dealio with Tess as a Daenerys type who can set her dragons on all the alpholes who want to brutalize her. Yeaaahhh.
Unidentified Funny Objects 4 has a theme of dark fantasy and has some terrific stories. If you enjoy humor with your SF or fantasy, look this series up!
It’s good to see McCammon’s stuff becoming easily available again. I don’t know how it ever went out of print in the first place.
Interesting build but I don’t see ‘behind dark Clouds’ by Chinelo Mgbeadichie. Don’t forget to add it. Cheers
@PeterM: I’m also happy to see Stinger in the stack, one of McCammon’s better novels.
How very black those spines are!
I have enjoyed World of Poo. Probably time to see if my daughter (6yo) will let me read it to her again.
I didn’t realize the “title of classic novel plus fantasy element” genre was still a thing.
Re Six-Gun Snow White. The edition just published is not in paperback, it’s hardcover. No idea if they’ll be a paperback edition but I’m betting it’ll be a trade paper if it happens.
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