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What Makes This Book So Great

Re-Reading the Classics of Science Fiction and Fantasy

by Jo Walton

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list price: $31
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publisher: Tor/Forge
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As any reader of Jo Walton'sAmong 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 Tor.com asked Walton to blog regularly about her re-readingabout 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 Tor.com. 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'sMidnight'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.

Contributor Notes

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

Awards
  • Winner, Locus Awards - Winner
  • Short-listed, Locus Awards - Nominee
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"For readers unschooled in the history of SF/F, this book is a treasure trove."—Publishers Weekly

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