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What Makes This Book So Great

Jo Walton Patrick Nielsen Hayden



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Tor Books
24 February 2015
Literature: history & criticism; Literary studies: fiction, novelists & prose writers; Fantasy Literary Criticism; Sci-Fi Literary Criticism
As any reader of Jo Walton's Among Others might guess, Walton is both an inveterate reader of SF and fantasy, and a chronic re-reader of books. In 2008, then-new science-fiction mega-site asked Walton to blog regularly about her re-reading--about all kinds of older fantasy and SF, ranging from acknowledged classics, to guilty pleasures, to forgotten oddities and gems. These posts have consistently been among the most popular features of Now this volumes presents a selection of the best of them, ranging from short essays to long reassessments of some of the field's most ambitious series.

Among Walton's many subjects here are the Zones of Thought novels of Vernor Vinge; the question of what genre readers mean by mainstream ; the underappreciated SF adventures of C. J. Cherryh; the field's many approaches to time travel; the masterful science fiction of Samuel R. Delany; Salman Rushdie's Midnight's Children; the early Hainish novels of Ursula K. Le Guin; and a Robert A. Heinlein novel you have most certainly never read.

Over 130 essays in all, What Makes This Book So Great is an immensely readable, engaging collection of provocative, opinionated thoughts about past and present-day fantasy and science fiction, from one of our best writers.
By:   Jo Walton
Edited by:   Patrick Nielsen Hayden
Imprint:   Tor Books
Dimensions:   Height: 236mm,  Width: 152mm,  Spine: 30mm
Weight:   454g
ISBN:   9780765331946
ISBN 10:   0765331942
Pages:   448
Publication Date:   24 February 2015
Audience:   General/trade ,  ELT Advanced
Format:   Paperback
Publisher's Status:   Active

JO WALTON won the John W. Campbell Award for Best New Writer in 2002, and the World Fantasy Award for her novel Tooth and Claw in 2004. Her several other novels include the acclaimed Small Change alternate-history trilogy, comprising Farthing, Ha'penny, and Half a Crown. Her novel Among Others won the Hugo and Nebula Awards in 2012. A native of Wales, she lives in Montreal.

Reviews for What Makes This Book So Great

For readers unschooled in the history of SF/F, this book is a treasure trove. Publishers Weekly

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