Wednesday, July 05, 2017

June print and audio

We're pleased to announce three Castalia House books that are now available in print and audio editions:

In PUSH THE ZONE: The Good Guide to Growing Tropical Plants Beyond the Tropics, David the Good shares his successes and failures in expanding plant ranges, and equips you with the knowledge you need to add a growing zone or two to your own backyard. Based on original research done in North Florida, PUSH THE ZONE is useful for northern gardeners as well. Discover microclimates in your yard, use the thermal mass of walls to grow impossible plants and uncover growing secrets that will change your entire view of what can grow where!"

The paperback is 188 pages and $14.99. And if you're a subscriber to David's SURVIVAL GARDENING NEWSLETTER, be sure to check your email for an offer from him later today.

While we don't publish the ebooks, we are publishing the print and audio editions of Peter Grant's Maxwell Saga. STOKE THE FLAMES HIGHER is now available in audiobook; print is coming soon.

Bob Allen narrates the fifth book in the Maxwell Saga, which is 11 hours and 5 minutes long.

Two planets, torn apart by the same fanatics - and Lancastrian forces are caught in the middle! Major Brooks Shelby must keep the peace, on a world where radical terrorists want submission or death. Lieutenant-commander Steve Maxwell must trace the source of their fighters and funding, deal with diplomats, and fend off a nosy journalist.

The marines are up against smuggled explosives and suicidal martyrs, while a suborned bureaucracy stymies the investigation. Brooks and Steve must find a way to stop their enemies at all costs, before the fanatics unleash their own version of Armageddon!

And last, but far from least, is Jeffro Johnson's APPENDIX N, now available in hardcover. It is 355 pages and $24.99.

APPENDIX N: The Literary History of Dungeons & Dragons is a detailed and comprehensive investigation of the various works of science fiction and fantasy that game designer Gary Gygax declared to be the primary influences on his seminal role-playing game, Dungeons & Dragons. It is a deep intellectual dive into the literature of SF/F's past that will fascinate any serious role-playing gamer or fan of classic science fiction and fantasy.

Author Jeffro Johnson, an expert role-playing gamer, accomplished Dungeon Master and three-time Hugo Award Finalist, critically reviews all 43 works and authors listed by Gygax in the famous appendix. In doing so, he draws a series of intelligent conclusions about the literary gap between past and present that are surprisingly relevant to current events, not only in the fantastic world of role-playing, but the real world in which the players live.



Anonymous Looking Glass July 05, 2017 8:06 AM  

Also check out David's YouTube channel for gardening & rap advice. (That's not a joke.)

Plus, be sure to Compost Your Enemies. :)

Blogger Fenris Wulf July 05, 2017 8:20 AM  

I'm waiting for the David the Good/William S. Lind collaboration. "How to Plant a Garden and Defend It from Post-Apocalyptic Raiders."

Anonymous Looking Glass July 05, 2017 8:40 AM  

@2 Fenris Wulf

You know, that would actually be a good cross over. Get Tom Kratman to do the forward.

Blogger lowercaseb July 05, 2017 10:44 AM  

Jethro's Appendix N is phenomenal work. I'm looking forward to having a hardcover of that on my coffee table.

Blogger Gordon July 05, 2017 1:11 PM  

I'd settle for How to Plant a Garden and Defend it from Pre-Apocalyptic Squirrels. Same authors.

Blogger Jon D. July 05, 2017 3:09 PM  

Appendix N is life changing for any writer or anyone interested in the history of gaming/science fiction/fantasy. Worth having in hardcover as a reference at the very least.

Blogger haus frau July 05, 2017 11:27 PM  

David the Good,
I really enjoyed Push the Zone. Unfortunately I will likely never live in the area you detailed though many of the ideas could be reworked in a colder region. Do you have any ideas for a region that borders between zone 4 and zone 5? I'm moving to Iowa soon.

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