Thursday, October 22, 2009

A Book I'm Actually Looking Forward To

Blogging and reviewing can be a quick trip into cynicism -- if there's anything left to become cynical about after a few years in the publishing salt-mines. Most books look like widgets after a while -- they fill a particular hole in the market, and are interesting/useful/demanded by a particular kind of audience, but getting excited about books doesn't happen all that often.

But it does still happen, once in a while. And I'm already eager to read Swords and Dark Magic, an anthology edited by Jonathan Strahan and Lou Anders that has the following very impressive-looking line-up:
  1. Introduction, Lou Anders & Jonathan Strahan
  2. “Goats of Glory”, Steven Erikson
  3. “Tides Elba: A Tale of the Black Company”, Glen Cook
  4. “Bloodsport”, Gene Wolfe
  5. “The Singing Spear”, James Enge
  6. “A Wizard of Wiscezan”, C.J. Cherryh
  7. “A Rich Full Week”, K. J. Parker
  8. “A Suitable Present for a Sorcerous Puppet”, Garth Nix
  9. “Red Pearls: An Elric Story”, Michael Moorcock
  10. “The Deification of Dal Bamore”, Tim Lebbon
  11. “Dark Times at the Midnight Market”, Robert Silverberg
  12. “The Undefiled”, Greg Keyes
  13. “Dapple Hew the Tint Master”, Michael Shea
  14. “In the Stacks”, Scott Lynch
  15. “Two Lions, A Witch, and the War-Robe”, Tanith Lee
  16. “The Sea Troll’s Daughter”, Caitlin R Kiernan
  17. “Thieves of Daring”, Bill Willingham
  18. “The Fool Jobs”, Joe Abercrombie
I cut my SFF teeth on swords & sorcery, and have wished for more of it for the past two decades. And those are some damn fine writers, curated by two excellent editors whose taste I trust. It's coming from Harper sometime next year, which means I have some time to figure out what publicist I need to start hounding for an advance copy....

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