Book Pimping…

Not mine, not yet, but here’s a couple of books I’m looking forward to over the next couple of months.

Redshirts, by John Scalzi (image from [Out 5 June]

Something that confused me when I first heard the subtitle (“A Novel with Three Codas“) was,”What the hell is a coda in fiction?” My musical experience, rusty as it is, knew it would suggest more stuff at the end, but I was confused as to the implementation in fiction, not (knowingly) experienceing it before.

With the release date less than a week away, Scalzi explains the structure here, with the key takeaway information being this:

The “codas” in this case are three short stories presented after the novel, which offer some additional perspective on the events of the novel. The novel itself is a complete story — you can read just the novel part and have a complete narrative arc, plot and character resolution and so on. But the complete experience of Redshirts, the book, includes the three stories at the end. The three stories at the end aren’t throwaway bits; the three stories at the end matter.

The Apocalypse Codex, Charles Stross (image from Ace/Penguin) [Due 3 July]

It’s too early for Charlie to have started driving the pre-release bandwagon, so the only real notes for it are here.

My thoughts: It’s the 4th book in the Laundry series, which is a type of Bond-meets-Lovecraft, where the role of Bond is played by an IT Specialist. I enjoyed the first two in the series (after I was introduced to them by a friend), and have had a signed copy of Book 3 (The Fuller Memorandum) sitting on my stack to read since shortly after it was released a couple of years ago.

Incentive to finally read book 3? Coming in July.



Rapture of the Nerds by Cory Doctorow & Charles Stross (image from Tor/MacMillen) [Due 4 Sept]

Again with the “too early for pre-sale bandwagon”, so you’ll have to settle for the blurb here.

Why I am interested: Besides the two authors? I read their collaborative story Unwirer and thought it worked well. I first heard of the project at a signing Cory did a couple of years ago (promoting For the Win). It turns out this is a compilation of two previous, related, collaborative shorts written by Doctorow & Stross with a third one written to finish the story arc. The first two had previously been published online at SyFy (or SciFi) years ago, but I was unable to track them down after first hearing of the project.

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