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Thursday, February 19, 2015

Sad Puppies Novella Bomb

Larry Correia drops it:
Today we are Book Bombing the three suggested novellas from the Sad Puppies slate. These are novellas that the Evil Legion of Evil thinks are great, and should be considered for fancy awards. No gimmicks, no BS, just awesome stuff.

How a Book Bomb works is that we try to get as many people to buy them off of Amazon in the same day. Because they have a rolling average best seller list that updates hourly, this causes the book to move up the list. The higher it gets, the more people outside the Book Bomb see it, and check it out too. Success breeds success, and best of all, the author GETS PAID.

And all authors should have GET PAID on their mission statement.

Throughout the day I’ll update the sales rankings. This is Very Special Book Bomb because someone accused me and Brad of trying to get people to vote without reading the works. On the contrary, that misses the point. These are good, so we want you to read them....

Right now the stories are at the following ranks:
A lot of you will have already bought these and read these. So, I'd encourage you to participate in the Novella Bomb by posting reviews of them on Amazon.  Now, Rabid Puppies has two other Novella recommendations, but we're focusing on supporting Sad Puppies in this today so we will leave them out of the Novella Bomb.

In case you are interested, they are:
  • "The Plural of Helen of Troy" by John C. Wright, City Beyond Time
  •  "Pale Realms of Shade" by John C. Wright, , The Book of Feasts & Seasons
Now, that's a lot of John C. Wright, you might say. And you'd be right. And yet, on pure merit, there is a very reasonable case for him winning Best Novella, Best Novelette, and Best Short Story this year, for the simple and straightforward reason that he published the best work in each of those categories this year. As Larry says: "I think [he] is one of the greatest wordsmiths alive. The man is brilliant."

And, as one of his editors, I entirely concur. There is nothing to make you seriously consider giving up on writing fiction yourself like reading the first draft of a John C. Wright story.

UPDATE:  Amazon has updated the rankings:

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37 Comments:

Anonymous Leonidas February 18, 2015 11:45 AM  

John C. Wright's short stories from 2014 aren't just some of the best of 2014. They're some of the best. Period.

I have not read everything on either the Sad Puppies or the Rabid Puppies slate... but I have read every John C Wright story on both lists. And in the one case where I didn't nominate one of them this year, it was only because I chose a different one to nominate.

Blogger James Dixon February 18, 2015 12:03 PM  

We already got "One Bright Star to Guide Them". :(

OpenID malcolmthecynic February 18, 2015 12:03 PM  

I voted for John C. Wright in almost every category because he deserves it. If he doesn't win at LEAST one award this year that's the nail in the coffin for proof of Hugo bias as far as I'm concerned. The man is one of our greatest living wordsmiths and he was on fire this year.

Anonymous Tom February 18, 2015 12:10 PM  

Yeah, reading John C. makes me want to cry. I finally realized that he's just on a different level. I'll just plug away at trying to get my first novel together and not worry about it being so vastly inferior to even the least of Master Wright's.

As a first time fiction writer, I've got a question I was hoping for some advice on. Where do you split the story in an epic fantasy to make the first book?

Do you leave it at a cliff hanger because you're planning the second book already, or do you try to give a little bit of partial closure so that the reader doesn't feel cheated?

I'm clicking along at about 83K words right now, and I'm coming up on a spot that would make a great cliff hanger at about 100K or 120K, but not a spot that would make a good little bit of closure until much later. I have three different but interconnected story lines running through it. I've got a handle on my narrative and its structure, but I'm just not sure about the big book level architecture sorts of things.

Blogger Cataline Sergius February 18, 2015 12:12 PM  

Honestly you should read of the whole of City Beyond Time. Plural can indeed stand by itself but it is much more satisfying when read as the peroration of the whole book

Blogger ajw308 February 18, 2015 12:16 PM  

Click, click, click, got them all. In 8 days, I'm going to Hawaii for 2 weeks and might have the opportunity to get some extra reading in.

Tom, I have a hunch that reading Tom C. makes one smarter, or at least more logical. It may have something to do with osmosis and the concentration of greatness being over a certain threshold or maybe it's transfer by contact.

Blogger Vox February 18, 2015 12:18 PM  

I'm clicking along at about 83K words right now, and I'm coming up on a spot that would make a great cliff hanger at about 100K or 120K, but not a spot that would make a good little bit of closure until much later.

If you're not hitting at least 250k, it ain't epic! Anyhow, you should know where and how the first part ends before you start. I knew where A Throne of Bones would end when I started, and I know exactly how Book Two ends on multiple storylines even though I'm writing it now.

Blogger Cataline Sergius February 18, 2015 1:02 PM  

Honestly you should read of the whole of City Beyond Time. Plural can indeed stand by itself but it is much more satisfying when read as the peroration of the whole book

Blogger Doom February 18, 2015 1:15 PM  

Done. Including the extras.

Thing is, if they are in a series, I will be required by my mechanisms of life to start from the start. Bleh. Oh, next year, if you remind me of the rabid puppies thing early enough, I'll try to get in on that too. Make it easy though. Sometimes I just can't focus.

Anonymous Ostar February 18, 2015 1:25 PM  

Done - purchased Wright and Kratman both today, even though I have a backlog of books to read still.

Anonymous Ian McLeod February 18, 2015 1:34 PM  

Done my bit.

Anonymous EG February 18, 2015 1:40 PM  

Done. Burned through JCW's "One Bright Star" shortly after buying- I couldn't put it down. Take a bow, guys. Castalia has a winner here!

Anonymous cheddarman February 18, 2015 1:47 PM  

i want to see a "Rabid Puppies and Wendell" series of books, like the Chronicles of Narnia with lasers and explosions.

Anonymous Viidad February 18, 2015 1:49 PM  

I finished nominating the Rabid Puppies slate this morning. I will be interested to see what comes through the grinder in the end.

Added Henry Vogel's "Scout's Honor" into the mix, plus nominated Stupefying Stories for Semi-pro-zine. Also gave a shout-out to Kevan Chandler, author of A Bridge Over time.

Anonymous Viidad February 18, 2015 1:50 PM  

@cheddarman

Good idea. Could you make the covers the lickable flavor of gunpowder and rabbit blood?

Anonymous Tom February 18, 2015 1:54 PM  

"If you're not hitting at least 250k, it ain't epic! Anyhow, you should know where and how the first part ends before you start. I knew where A Throne of Bones would end when I started, and I know exactly how Book Two ends on multiple storylines even though I'm writing it now."

Don't know if I can unlock the epic level then. That's a pretty high score.

Anonymous Anonymous February 18, 2015 2:05 PM  

Is there a reason Awake in the Night Land is not on the slate? I'm unsure what category it would fit under.

- Durandel

Blogger James Dixon February 18, 2015 2:10 PM  

> Is there a reason Awake in the Night Land is not on the slate?

I thought it was last year.

Anonymous Nathan February 18, 2015 2:19 PM  

It was published previously a few years earlier. Same as The Martian. If either of them were eligible, I would be rabidly pushing them both for nomination

OpenID dalrock February 18, 2015 2:44 PM  

I just purchased One Bright Star to Guide Them. Time to see why so many recommend John C. Wright.

Anonymous MendoScot February 18, 2015 2:47 PM  

I've been offline for most of the last fortnight - were instructions on how to nominate posted?

Blogger Vox February 18, 2015 3:15 PM  

I've been offline for most of the last fortnight - were instructions on how to nominate posted?

Click on the Rabid Puppies logo, if you're already registered.

Anonymous Tom February 18, 2015 3:18 PM  

@dalrock

Read more than just "One Bright Star to Guide Them," Wright has some much better stuff out there. Though "One Bright Star" made me cry, actual tears. All of his books and stories have. Even that one where he wrote his own "If You Were A Dinosaur My Love" nearly brought me to tears until I realized what it was.

Anonymous Viidad February 18, 2015 4:59 PM  

My favorite thus far is Awake in the Night Land. Incredible. Though The Book of Feasts and Seasons is a close second.

Anonymous Razormaid66 February 18, 2015 5:30 PM  

Done. I read comments here all the time and have never posted a thing but I do think promoting quality sci-fi/fantasy is important. Silent readers like me still heed calls to arms.

Blogger automatthew February 18, 2015 6:03 PM  

MendoScot,

I'm about to go do my nominations. Sasquan's email farked up the links and possibly the instructions, so I'll take notes, then post here.

Anonymous Mike M. February 18, 2015 7:08 PM  

"There is nothing to make you seriously consider giving up on writing fiction yourself like reading the first draft of a John C. Wright story."

Really? It affects me the opposite way. I'm inspired to try my hand at fiction myself - Wright has stirred up the creative juices.

OpenID malcolmthecynic February 18, 2015 7:12 PM  

Dalrock,

"Bright Star" was not my favorite. I too recommend "Awake in the Night Land", followed by "The Book of Feasts and Seasons". But "Awake in the Night Land" is his masterpiece.

Actually, I would say that "Feasts and Seasons" and "City Beyond Time" are pretty much equally great.

Blogger automatthew February 18, 2015 7:22 PM  

Hugo Nomination instructions:

The link for submitting nominations is
http://sasquan.org/hugo-awards/nominations/.

Sasquan Voter ID is the same as the "Membership number" from the email sent by Sasquan. The same email should contain the PIN.


After clicking "Log on", you should be directed to a page with the actual nomination form blanks. You don't have to fill out all the categories in this form at one time, and I recommend that you don't. Click the submit button after each set of entries, to save your work. After each save, you will receive an email summarizing your choices. You can go back to this link and edit your selections at any time before the deadline.


Filling out the forms manually is a tedious process. Here is a list of the Rabid Puppies entries with the content for each form blank on a separate line. This will allow you to triple-click to select the whole line, copy it, then paste it into the appropriate Sasquan form blank.

For the technically savvy, I can prepare a cURL command that will submit the Rabid Puppies slate in one fell swoop. Let me know if anyone is interested in this.

Anonymous MendoScot February 18, 2015 7:26 PM  

Gracias, automatthew.

Anonymous Jonathan Moeller, Pulp Writer February 18, 2015 9:02 PM  

For anyone who hasn't read them, I recommend ONE BRIGHT STAR TO GUIDE them and THE BOOK OF FEASTS AND SEASONS completely and without reservation.

Anonymous Viidad February 18, 2015 10:15 PM  

I just bought the two books I didn't have yet. BOMBS AWAY

Anonymous Rolf February 19, 2015 12:00 AM  

Tom - write the story you have. If it's EPIC, it'll be what it's needs to be. I started out writing a screenplay (average length ~20k words) and ended up with ~165k before I was done. Just go with the flow, and let the story be as long, or as short, as it needs to be. But then, I've only got one story out there, nearly done with the second at a paltry ~125k words, so what do I know?

Blogger LP 999/Eliza February 19, 2015 3:47 AM  

Awesome, Rock on Larry & Wright!

Blogger Mekadave February 19, 2015 12:42 PM  

Awake in the Night Land.... wow, I still run out of adjectives to describe how great it was. I can't remember any other book I've ever read that creeped me out as much as that collection. Usually I read quickly through a book I enjoy. Night Land made me slow down and read each page twice or three times to mentally chew on it. So awesome.

Anonymous Randomatos February 19, 2015 2:30 PM  

Firmly agree that Awake in the Nightlands is the best Wright to date, an absolute masterpiece by an unrivaled master- my favorite reading of 2014 by any metric.
Reminder to all readers/book-bombers and voters - publish your reviews to Amazon, don't just enjoy the best books of the year and neglect to share the experience with other bibliophiles! Show some love, share the wealth, hug a puppy and so forth, and submit your reviews!

Blogger Outlaw X February 19, 2015 4:10 PM  

Other Heads and Other Tales - Great book hit my funny bone about things I have pondered

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