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Loups-Garous—Teen Girls Who Actually Do Stuff

Loups-Garous is probably one of our more challenging titles. it’s a mix of SF and mystery in the Japanese mode, with endless tiny elements slowly coming together to create a major total and final effect. In the past I’ve described it as a 600-page haiku. At the same time , however, it’s about a handful of teenage girls—a super-genius; one who dresses all in pink, even down to her contact lenses; an illegal immigrant martial artist; a poor li’l rich girl; and…well, that last one is a spoiler. And they don’t spend all their time talking about boys either.

So, intense and thoughtful social satires written with an avant-garde rigor, but featuring teenybopper protagonists…how does one “slot” that in the marketplace? Our friends at The Innsmouth Free Press, an online magazine of Lovecraftian fiction, has a suggestion in its positive review of our book!

I heartily recommend it to parents with teenagers. It’s bound to produce more interesting dialogue than “Who does Bella love: Edward or Jacob?” Hell, at least there’s a super-genius hacker girl who does stuff. A hell of a lot better than smelling tasty.

Well parents? You have your orders! Go save your children from Twilight with a little Loups-Garous!

Loups-Garous, soon to be in convenient anime form!

Have you picked up Loups-Garous yet? Natsuhiko Kyogoku’s futuristic mystery is quite a trip—I’ve described it as a 500-page haiku. We’re not alone in admiring it—The girls are headed to anime this summer; it’ll open in theaters in Japan on August 28th, 2010. If you want a leg up on the plot, what better place to go than the original novel, handily and happily translated into English?

I can’t think of any.

To whet your appetite, check out the trailer on YouTube or, for that matter, right here thanks to the magic of embedding!

And the hits just keep on comin’

We had some disruptions, sure, but rest assured we are still chugging along here at Haikasoru HQ. Indeed, today is our favorite day of the month—release day! Be sure to head on down to your local bookstore (or buy here online) our two new titles!

Loups-Garous Like serial killers? Dystopian futures that seem like utopias to its residents? Teen girls? Kooky avant-garde language? Best-selling author Carrie Vaughn is a fan, calling it a “weird future…that’s scarier than the monsters.” Natsuhiko Kyogoku is one of Japan’s most popular and strangest authors—imagine Walter Mosley mixed with Mark Z. Danielewski.

Of if you like your SF the way I like my muscles—HARD—then check out The Next Continent. By the Issui Ogawa, author of The Lord of the Sands of Time, this new title is about a private mission to the moon and the adventures that await. After all, what could possibly go wrong…

Do check them out, and drop us a line to know what you think of our latest Haikasoru books!

Loups-Garous Is a Very Strange Book…

How strange is Loups-Garous, our forthcoming novel by Natsuhiko Koyogoku? Well, here’s the author blurb we got today!

Loups-Garous shows us a weird future, complete with A Clockwork Orange-style lingo, that’s scarier than the monsters.” — Carrie Vaughn, New York Times bestselling author of Kitty’s House of Horrors.

Teen girls, A Clockwork Orange, two great tastes that go great together. I’m especially thrilled by this blurb as I’ve been following Carrie’s career for just about ten years now, since finding some of her eerie and wonderful short stories in the now sadly defunct magazine Talebones.

Loups-Garous is coming your way in May. Check it out.

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