Episode 163: On overlooked books of 2013…

In the run up to the World Fantasy Convention in Brighton our podcasting heroes are keeping it pretty much one-on-one, with no guest again this week.  In amongst other rambling, Gary and Jonathan they talk about some overlooked books of 2013 (Gary had a list), what “overlooked” means, and how a book gets to be noticed in the first place.

As always, we hope you enjoy the podcast!

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5 Comments

  1. Hi guys,

    One reason why I think Evening’s Empires got overlooked is that it didn’t and still doesn’t have a US publication. Fellow friend of the podcast Fred Kiesche and I have lamented to Paul about this. In the Mouth of the Whale wasn’t published in the U.S, either.

  2. Hi Paul – I don’t doubt that there is some truth to this. I can only guess that Paul doesn’t have a US publisher at the moment because his previous books didn’t sell well. Because those books didn’t sell well, he loses a publisher, loses buzz, and his new book gets overlooked. That said, hopefully one of the roles of people who generate “buzz” is to counteract this and help bring attention to worthy and worthwhile books. – J

  3. I hadn’t heard about Starship Century. I’ve just bought it. Thank you very much for the heads up.

    On the department of overlooked books this year I’d include The Wolfhound Century by Peter Higgins (a fantastic debut) and Heap House by Edward Carey (a superb literary YA novel). I’m really surprised they haven’t been much talked about.

    And, also, of course, the marvellous collection of Liu Cixin stories: http://www.amazon.com/The-Wandering-Earth-Classic-Collection/dp/1489502858/ I guess most people will discover it next year when his (also marvelous) novel The Three Boody Problem is realesed.

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