Thursday, June 22, 2017

CITY OF CORPSES by John C. Wright

Yumiko Moth has discovered her name, but she still does not know who, or what, she is. What she has learned is that her mother is dead, her master has disowned her, and her beloved has vanished. And she also knows that the Day world is a very dangerous place for a Twilight girl, especially when the dark forces of Night are hunting her.

To discover the truth she seeks, she must infiltrate the enemy's citadel. In New York City, that is The Cobbler's Club, home to the world-famous Peach Cobbler Girls. But how can a girl who stalks the shadows hide herself in the bright lights of the stage? CITY OF CORPSES is the fifth book of MOTH & COBWEB, an astonishingly inventive series about magical worlds of Day, Night, and Twilight by John C. Wright.

John C. Wright is one of the living grandmasters of science fiction and the author of THE GOLDEN AGE, AWAKE IN THE NIGHT LAND, and IRON CHAMBER OF MEMORY, to name just three of his exceptional books. He has been nominated for both the Nebula and Hugo Awards, and his novel SOMEWHITHER won the 2016 Dragon Award for Best Science Fiction Novel at Dragoncon.

CITY OF CORPSES is available from Amazon and from the Castalia House bookstore. Reviews of the first five books of the MOTH & COBWEB series:
  1. Coming of age story written by of one of the greatest wordsmiths of our times. It is a story of a young man who doesn't fit into society because he is morally upright for the decadence that infests modern society. The young man, who will being morally upright isn't the most introspective fellow or overtly gifted with prudence, follows his path to squirehood and my what a road it is. 
  2. Outstanding! I really don't know how else to characterize it besides simply outstanding! I enjoyed Swan Knight's Son, devoured it in fact, but this one transported me in a way I haven't been since I was a boy and could read a new book every weekend. The setting is feels like all the best parts of Tolkien, with that same depth lent to it by its roots in classical and Christian lore. The story is, as always, deeply moving and wonderfully worded and paced. I am not being hyperbolic when I say that The Green Knight's Squire is shaping up into one of those series a boy could read and find that it deeply shaped his life for years to come.
  3. An excellent book, and worthy sequel to both Swan Knight's Son and especially Feast of Elfs. Mr. Wright continues to amaze with his command of the Western canon and English language, to say nothing of his superlative storytelling. These are books I wish I'd had growing up, and find the wonder diminished not at all by reading them as an adult.
  4. Another must-read from John C. Wright. I didn't know where Wright was going with his "Moth and Cobweb" series, but now I think I have a clue: Perpendicular. As in, still connected but shooting off 90 degrees. With a new female protagonist, a new mystery, new discoveries and new challenges, Daughter of Danger has enough in common with books 1-3 to hook you in, and then goes on it's own storyline. If you're familiar with Wright's style of writing, you'll be pleased to know that he hasn't lost a single bit of talent.
  5. Wright again does an excellent job of incorporating the medieval understanding of the "elfs", presenting their perspective as something alien to humanity: glorious and mighty, but also cold and cruel and haughty. The Christian symbolism he includes is strange to modern ears, but wrapping it in the spy-action story helps to draw the modern reader in to introduce him to a style and focus once more common in the best literature.... Overall, I enjoyed this book (and its predecessor) a great deal and indeed prefer this cycle to the first three books in the series. Wright keeps getting better!

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Anonymous 5343 Kinds of Deplorable June 22, 2017 6:27 AM  

One sold.

Anonymous Steve June 22, 2017 6:30 AM  

Will buy this today.

Blogger Elocutioner June 22, 2017 7:47 AM  

I'm a huge fan of John's work so of course I'll buy this one, along with just about everything else he's written.

Blogger M. Bibliophile June 22, 2017 7:54 AM  

Well, I can quit wondering what my next book purchase is going to be.

Anonymous NobodyExpects June 22, 2017 8:39 AM  


Anonymous Bz June 22, 2017 9:39 AM  


Anonymous Somme Boddet June 22, 2017 11:12 AM  

Once again an amazing cover.

Blogger RobertT June 22, 2017 12:33 PM  

John Wright has undergone a transformation. Although I tried to read several of his earlier books, I found them pedantic, jarring & just as I would get interested, the entire book would change on a dime. I always got the impression that he got bored with the original book and decided to write another. But his last dozed books have all been masterpieces. Everything he knocks out today is in the rarified air of Tolkien & Lewis. I buy and read everything he writes today.

Anonymous Bz June 22, 2017 12:55 PM  

I'm now in Ch 4, and would say this series is steadily getting better, even though I previously admired Gilberec's part and thought it ended too soon.

Those who complain about the cover (well, some do) should read chapter one of the book before being too worried about where things are headed. I think you will find that JCW has a very steady hand on the wheel. Chapter one was a really good start, actually.

PS. Also, I'd repeat to the Wrights the hint to summarily put together the background notes in an e-pamphlet coda and sell it for $2.99 or something, for those of us readers of a Fanatick bent or those who enjoy the world building. The same goes for your other series. I don't care if there are blogposts, it's not the same.

Blogger John Wright June 22, 2017 1:05 PM  

"Also, I'd repeat to the Wrights the hint to summarily put together the background notes in an e-pamphlet coda and sell it for $2.99 or something, for those of us readers of a Fanatick bent or those who enjoy the world building."

I will talk to the publisher and see if he is interested.

Anonymous Bz June 22, 2017 5:21 PM  

If it's handwritten notes and/or illustrations, perhaps a pdf is a better format and overall less effort. Just put it in the scanner and make it a Castalia-only deep background special series entry. Maybe write a foreword. Done.

Anonymous I wrote the Magna Carta June 22, 2017 10:54 PM  

Barnes and Noble only has City of Corpses by Norvell W. Page. I didn't know books could share the same title.

Anonymous Bz June 23, 2017 3:19 AM  

Sure they can, with some restrictions. See the following for how it works:

In some situations it's even common. Amazon lists ten different textbooks named simply "Macroeconomics" just on the first search page.

Blogger L. Jagi Lamplighter Wright June 23, 2017 2:36 PM  

Titles are not copyrighted. They can be reused...and often are accidentally.

Blogger L. Jagi Lamplighter Wright June 23, 2017 2:37 PM  

Though I once heard a funny story from an editor at Tor about the time that Tor almost published two books with the exact same title during the same seasons. They felt that was not going to work and changed one.

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