Sunday, August 29, 2010
Tuesday, August 24, 2010
Wednesday, August 18, 2010
Saw this interesting article about experimental fiction on the Guardian a couple of weeks ago. It asks whether experimental fiction is on the rise and highlights a couple of my favorite authors, B. S. Johnson and Lydia Davis, as well as David Foster Wallace and David Mitchell. The article concludes with a cool list of three “experimental” writers the editors think are worth looking into and one of them is Cesar Aira, blogged about here, with a Millions article here and whose book Ghosts is a staff pick here. The article is a good read for anyway interested in the cutting edge of fiction.
First, make sure you’ve read Pratchett's and Adams’ “other” books – Good Omens by Terry Pratchett and Neil Gaiman and Dirk Gently’s Holistic Detective Agency & Long Dark Tea Time of the Soul by Douglas Adams.
After you’ve caught up with the “classics” check out these authors and titles:
Christopher Moore writes wild and wacky satire about contemporary demons, sea monsters, vampires, and crazy and lovable “ordinary” people.
Yellow Blue Tibia by Adams Roberts is intoxicating mix of Soviet absurdity, UFO weirdness, and dry wit.
Tom Holt wrote over a dozen humorous SF/Fantasy novels, often twisting traditional myths and fables. His latest, Blonde Bombshell, concerns a planet-killing bomb turned tourist.
Agent to the Stars by John Scalzi tells the story of enlightened aliens who come to earth to share their wisdom and fabulous technology. Unfortunately, humanity finds them extremely ugly and very stinky. So they hire a Hollywood agent. Good, B-movie fun.
Robert Rankin is the very British author of a blimp-full of far-fetched satirical adventures combining occultism, steampunk, and running gags. Some of his best are Knees Up Mother Earth, Retromancer, and Toyminator.
Night of the Living Trekkies by Kevin David Anderson and published by those monster-lovers at Quirk Books is a zombie/Star Trek fandom mashup. “It’s a zombie book, captain, but not as we know it.”
And speaking of zombies, Married with Zombies by Jesse Petersen presents the story of a couple on the edge of divorce who find their love rekindled by the burning cinders of civilization. To be published on August 31, this little book delivers not just laughs and gore but helpful advice for lovers who find the magic gone from their relationship (and replaced by hoards of hungry undead).
Tuesday, August 17, 2010
Wednesday, August 4, 2010
We’ve just unveiled the new Porter Square Books Online menu on our website. Through it you can connect to us on Facebook and Twitter, and learn more about ordering books online. The big new addition to the website is our revamped and expanded EBOOKs Resources page that includes an FAQ, detailed instructions of how to purchase an eBook from Porter Square Books, information about ereading software and hardware (including info about the Sony Reader, the iPad, and convertible tablets), and a list of a few books that really take advantage of some of the potential of eBooks.
To celebrate this new section, we’re having a sale on eBooks. For the month of August all eBooks will be 20% off. If you have any questions or comments about the new web pages and/or eBooks in general, feel free to email Josh at email@example.com.
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