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What Makes This Book So Great: Re-Reading the Classics of Fantasy and SF Hardcover – 16 Jan 2014

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  • Hardcover: 448 pages
  • Publisher: Corsair (16 Jan. 2014)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1472111605
  • ISBN-13: 978-1472111609
  • Product Dimensions: 16.1 x 3.7 x 24 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars 7 customer reviews
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 1,151,866 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Walton's critical gift is her ability to help you love your favorites even more, and to be fascinating, at length, on books you don't give a damn about. This is a remarkable guided tour through the field -- a kind of nonfiction companion to Among Others. It's very good. It's great. (Cory Doctorow BoingBoing)

With plenty of jokes and interesting observations, this is definitely a fun read for the sci-fi fan. Give it a look if you're after some humorous and intelligent analysis of the genre's best. (Starburst Magazine)

What sines through time and again is Walton's love of speculative fiction . . . Walton frequently offers terrific insights. (SFX)

Insightful and beautifully written . . .the perfect way to discover some of the classic science-fiction and fantasy novels that deserve a new audience. (Sci-Fi London)

A collection that is less criticism than a celebration of one reader's journey through the fantastic. (Los Angeles Times)

A nicely eclectic, well considered essay collection that a reader can spend a few hours dipping into and following up on. It's a great primer for someone who wants to know why we like SF & Fantasy, as well as provide books to try. It should lead the reader to many happy discoveries, or at least return to old favourites. (SFF World)

'For readers unschooled in the history of SF/F, this book is a treasure trove; for those who recognize every title, Walton evokes the joy of returning to a well-worn favorite' (Publishers Weekly (starred review))

Readers seeking an enthusiastic and informed guide to modern science fiction and fantasy could do worse than Jo Walton's collection of 130 short essays...a celebration of one reader's journey through the fantastic. (Chicago Tribune)

Walton's affection for many of these titles is contagious, and fans will find their own reading lists growing. (Library Journal (starred review))

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A unique book, from the incomparable Hugo and Nebula Award-winning author of Among Others, Jo Walton: What Makes This Book So Great: Re-Reading the Classics of Fantasy and SF is a collection of brilliant reassessments of the classics - and the forgotten gems - of modern fantasy and SF.

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