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Wednesday, February 25, 2015

Sad Puppies Short Fiction Bomb

The Mountain That Writes turns around and comes back for a second pass:
This Book Bomb is a little different. Because the ones I’m doing right now are to get more people exposed to the works we nominated for the infamous Sad Puppies slate, we’re bombing a bunch of works at the same time. I don’t like putting this many links, but time is of the essence, and next week I’ll post about the Campbell nominees and Best Related Works.

We did three novellas last week and it was a huge success. They’re still selling well a week later. Overall we sold a couple thousands novellas, which in novellas is freaking huge.

But shorter fiction is tough, because it isn’t always available for sale by itself, but is usually bundled as part of an anthology, or in a magazine which often isn’t available on Amazon.

As you can see from the list below, luckily many of these are available on Amazon, and some are available for FREE:

BEST SHORT STORY

Both Rabid Puppies recommendations in the Short Story category can be read for free at the following links. I can attest that Sci Phi Journal #2 is quite good and I think the Big Book of Monsters looks particularly interesting.

I've also got a short story you can read which is not part of either slate, but I promised to make it available for free reading, so here it is:

BEST NOVELETTE

“The Journeyman: In the Stone House”by Michael F. Flynn, Analog, June 2014
“Championship B’tok” by Edward M. Lerner, Analog, Sept 2014
“Ashes to Ashes, Dust to Dust, Earth to Alluvium” by Gray Rinehart, Orson Scott Card’s InterGalactic Medicine Show

And the Rabid Puppies recommendation in the Novelette category:

"Yes, Virginia, There is a Santa Claus" by John C. Wright, The Book of Feasts & Seasons

The Book of Feasts & Seasons is presently ranked #15,271 54,462 on Amazon and has a 4.9 rating on 18 16 reviews. It's genuinely that good, so I'd highly recommend reading it if you haven't yet, and posting a review if you have.

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28 Comments:

Blogger bob k. mando February 25, 2015 11:00 AM  

reading recommendations from a Hispanic and an American Indian that include female writers?

i am so confused.

Anonymous Daniel February 25, 2015 11:02 AM  

Turncoat is, without doubt, the single greatest short story I have read from 2014, and 2014 was a surprisingly fine year. It may help that I really enjoy the original and now extended QM universe, but such an appreciation isn't necessary to enjoy Turncoat.

Read that one and Big Boys Don't Cry and then see if you don't find yourself occasionally drawing a butcher knife on your Kuerig, just to let her know who's boss.

Anonymous SFWA-approved February 25, 2015 11:21 AM  

SELLING BOOKS IS MORALLY WRONG

Anonymous Stilicho February 25, 2015 11:34 AM  

SELLING BOOKS IS MORALLY WRONG

I admit, it made me laugh.

Blogger wrf3 February 25, 2015 11:37 AM  

It's too bad Molakesh isn't a member of the Ilk. Or maybe he is. It's hard to tell with expired demons.

Anonymous Molakesh February 25, 2015 11:41 AM  

Say my name... a few more times

Blogger bob k. mando February 25, 2015 12:07 PM  

SFWA-approved February 25, 2015 11:21 AM
SELLING BOOKS IS MORALLY WRONG



but i am reliably informed by Migly(?) that Sad Puppies is exclusively for the purpose of ginning up votes from people who haven't read or bought the stories in question. Running Dog Pig Capitalism doesn't have anything to do with it.

as i say, i am SO confusezled.

Blogger bob k. mando February 25, 2015 12:07 PM  

Hsekalom, Hsekalom, Hsekalom.

Anonymous Leonidas February 25, 2015 12:18 PM  

"Yes, Virginia, There is a Santa Claus" is one of the best short stories I've ever read. Not only is it deeply and powerfully moving, but it will make you seriously think about religion and provides a solid answer to a serious objection to Christianity - all while doing so at both an emotional and a logical level. When I finished that story I was left in awe.

Blogger Migly February 25, 2015 12:19 PM  

Gesundheit, Bob.

I read "Tuesdays With Molakesh the Destroyer" this morning and it is quite good. I will nominate it next year when it's eligible. Which is the reason I stopped by to post -- its in a periodical with a January 2015 cover date, which controls the year of Hugo eligibility. (Even if the story was accessible earlier.)

I could envision everybody getting pissed off if it gets all your votes then is disqualified from the current race. So just a word to the wise.

Anonymous Leonidas February 25, 2015 12:23 PM  

Already own "The Book of Feasts and Seasons" and "Riding the Red Horse" but I just left reviews for them to aid the cause.

Blogger Vox February 25, 2015 12:32 PM  

You're correct, Mike. Thank you.

"For any work, the year is from the printed publication date if there is one, or else from the copyright date."

Anonymous Anonymous February 25, 2015 12:36 PM  

Avoiding the politics but rather just seeking good Science Fiction writing, do you have any lists/recommendations that are age appropriate for young children? Say 9-12? Tweens?

This seems like a good market to target as core fans I know start reading the genre starting around this age.

Blogger bob k. mando February 25, 2015 12:36 PM  

Migly February 25, 2015 12:19 PM
Gesundheit, Bob.



lower case, please.

i know perfectly well where the CAPS LOCK and Shift keys are.

OpenID malcolmthecynic February 25, 2015 1:00 PM  

If you're going to look at Sci Phi Journal stories "On A Spiritual Plain" is a good one.

Personally, I would recommend "Domo", by Josh Young from issue one. I'm a sucker for robot stories and that was a great one.

Blogger Vox February 25, 2015 1:07 PM  

I would recommend "Domo", by Josh Young from issue one. I'm a sucker for robot stories and that was a great one.

I liked it so much that we gave him a book contract.

Anonymous DrTorch February 25, 2015 1:25 PM  

Turncoat is, without doubt, the single greatest short story I have read from 2014, and 2014 was a surprisingly fine year. It may help that I really enjoy the original and now extended QM universe

I started QM last week, and if VD did anything wrong it was his promotion of the books. He made them seem like they were going to be about as interesting as the Axis & Allies Manual.

Instead he's got an intriguing universe (set up like a aficionado of military history) with an abundance of science in the science fiction tied together in a thriller.

I was delightedly surprised to be engaged w/ this book.

While not a perfect comparison, it is far superior to old man's war where one must suffer through a delta's preachy love story crammed into a clichéd SF future, while the author fears engaging the more intriguing aspects of the universe b/c that's obviously too hard for him.

Anonymous Eric Ashley February 25, 2015 1:46 PM  

OMW, IMHO had potential. The idea of an Off-Earth Force populated by conniving geezers in new bodies having to regularly do things normal humans couldn't (and dying like flies) while contending with utterly bizarre alien races with power levels ranging from Totally Absurd to Utterly Insane with a Scoop of Nuts was good.

Then we get a champion fight that would have been familiar to Bronze Age David the Shepherd. The weirdness should have started with a Pak shooting down a following starship with a rifle as they curved about a neutron star level of weirdness.

QM, and I say this as a guy who is good at making settings very quickly, and has read a lot, is a solid and imaginative setting. Its better than 85% of the settings out there. It too had unfulfilled potential. I think the setting called for more corruption, and more frenetic wilderness of mirrors ecology. In a world with thousands of embassies, there is going to be multiple plots going on at the same time.

But, I think he's getting better. One example of this is how the first was billed as gun porn. If a Disney beach movie is porn, then yeah.... But by the fight in the starship, the violence had been ramped up satisfactorily.

I think and hope Vox will do more with his potential than Scalzi did with his. It is also of note that I stopped reading the followons to OMW, and I've read all the QM's so you can see which way I'm betting.

Blogger Doom February 25, 2015 1:52 PM  

Alright, those and a few extra. Don't like buying part two without part one. Bastard. I'll try to remember to post on this.

Is their a way to sign up for Sci Phi subscription, or does that just look like a regular thing? I haven't subscribed to anything since comic books, might as well.

Anonymous Tom February 25, 2015 2:54 PM  

I think I mentioned this before, but all the talk about Turncoat got me to read all of the QM books before I read it. And I have to admit, I was shocked by how much I actually liked QM. I'd never read a good two author book before. Perhaps I just hadn't read enough (only a couple of ones read previously), but I couldn't see any noticeable variation in style. I loved the setting and characters and enjoyed the pace and action.

I just read The Parliament of Beasts and Birds and can only say that, why the heck is John C. Wright so damn busy with other projects that he can't write an incredible series of books based in the universe that he just set up?

Of course, I can't wait until he gets done with all of his other projects because I'm eagerly waiting to read them all.

Vox, what makes a good or quality review on Amazon? I want to go write some, but I don't want to sound like a geyser or rainbow unicorn puke gushing over the stories?

Anonymous VD February 25, 2015 3:04 PM  

Vox, what makes a good or quality review on Amazon?

Talk about the various elements of the book that you liked without giving away the plot. Explain why you liked them.

Anonymous Daniel February 25, 2015 3:07 PM  

Vox, what makes a good or quality review on Amazon? I want to go write some, but I don't want to sound like a geyser or rainbow unicorn puke gushing over the stories?

Here's my unsolicited tip: notice the negative aspect and buffer that between reasons for why you liked the book anyway. I can find a drawback in my favorite five-star books of all time. Mention it and put it into context and then you can gush like a girl at a One Direction concert.

It just seems more comprehensive that way. Now, if there are actual negatives, bring those up. As an author, those are more helpful than praise, and most readers don't care, especially if the stars you are giving out are four or higher.

Blogger bob k. mando February 25, 2015 3:36 PM  

Tom February 25, 2015 2:54 PM
I'd never read a good two author book before.



say what?

you didn't care for Lucifer's Hammer or The Mote in God's Eye?

Anonymous Tom February 25, 2015 3:52 PM  

Vox and Daniel,

Thanks for the advice. I'll go give it a try. I think I've been over thinking them before.

bob,

I have to admit I couldn't get into Lucifer's Hammer when I tried. I don't know why, but it was one of the few books I tried and failed to read. I didn't quit in disgust, just disinterest. I should give it another go when I've got some time.

Blogger Franz Lionheart February 25, 2015 5:16 PM  

Alright, those and a few extra. Don't like buying part two without part one. Bastard.

Haha. Yes me too. Vox you're a dick.

But I start to really like the "book bomb" idea. The part of pushing up books in rankings certainly is important from the authors' pov, but for me as a reader it is almost only secondary. In fact these are simply great recommendations.

I resolved to buy them all, but nonetheless, I made a point to go through the usual due diligence on Amazon; that means reading the blurbs and the most useful reviews including the negatives. Turns out, I would have bought all of them anyway.

How starved I was for good SF a few years ago, before finding this, and the other ELOE blogs! Almost had given up on the genre. The last one I liked was the whole series of Peter F Hamilton, starting with the Reality Dysfunction. If it just wouldn't have been for these excruciatingly embarrassing sex scenes!

Anyway, this whole project of self publishing Amazon, independent publishing like Castalia, Sad / Rabid Puppies, Book Bombs... is all shaping up rather nicely. (From a readers pov.)

Now I "just" have to find time to actually read through all that stuff.


Blogger Doom February 25, 2015 6:56 PM  

Done, added a link too. As fast as some of these reads are going, I should be ready for the next book bombs... next year. Hey, but that is fast for me. Bleh. Good reads though. Yeah, yeah, I'll do reviews when I finish, probably... in my time. Quit pushing.

OpenID malcolmthecynic February 25, 2015 9:19 PM  

I liked it so much that we gave him a book contract.

I'm really looking forward to the book (which has a fantastic title).

I've actually also contacted Josh about a writing project because of "Domo". It was terrific.

Anonymous Donn February 26, 2015 4:49 PM  

I just read The Parliament of Beasts and Birds. It was stunning. Everything he writes so far is amazing. I just finished The Last Guardian of Everness and can't wait to get the next one.

What did you promise to get him, Vox? Do you have the secret key to the Vatican vaults or a real coin from Atlantis? I can't see him interested in the usual hookers and blow, you need something special to land that fish.

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