What Makes This Book So Great

Walton, Jo

Book - 2014
Average Rating: 4 stars out of 5.
What Makes This Book So Great
"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 Tor.com 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 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'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"-- Provided by publisher.

Publisher: New York :, Tor,, 2014
Edition: First edition
ISBN: 0765331934
Branch Call Number: 813.0876 W239w 2014
Characteristics: 446 pages ;,25 cm


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Dec 03, 2014
  • ahsimlibrarian rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

I will follow Jo Walton as a writer anywhere but I also love her as a reader. Walton has been reading science fiction and fantasy her entire life and she writes as a fan rather than a critic. Bringing together her blog posts on Tor.com from 2008 to 2011, Walton shares her reading and her life in delightful posts that celebrate the wonders of what science fiction and fantasy have to offer.


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