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ICO is out!

ICO: Castle in the Mist by Miyuki Miyabe is out today! People are excited about this one. In fact, one guy taped himself opening his book package and put it up on YouTube:

You may be wondering, “When’s the giveaway contest!” Usually, we do one before the book comes out, but last week we had a short work week and this week we’ll be at Worldcon, so…Monday. Get your essay-writing muscles limbered up for this one. And if you’ve already purchased the book, thank you! I hope the gamers out there try some of our other titles, like the fighting game novel Slum Online, or Miyuki Miyabe’s The Book of Heroes. And Ico fans, please do leave a review on amazon, goodreads, your blog, or wherever you like!

Happy reading!

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ICO—it’s real!

Well well, look what came in the morning mail:

It’s the advance copy of ICO: Castle in the Mist. You can get it next month, or…if you’re feeling lucky, in our giveaway contest that we’ll launch just as soon as we get the first box of twenty here at the office?

EXCITED??!?!

Yeah, you’re excited.

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Even MOAR New Hawtness

It’s not every day one gets to edit a novel by a best-selling Japanese author that is

a. both fantasy and anti-fantasy,

b. in dialogue with one of my favorite short stories, The Repairer of Reputations by Robert W. Chambers, which means that of course it features

c. the King in Yellow, while also

d. referencing everything from the horrors of apartheid to Jean Gabin, despite the fact that it was

e. originally serialized in a Japanese newspaper, but that doesn’t stop the English-language edition from

f. also having some fun flipbook animation on the margins.

Not every day, no, but some days last this year I got to edit The Book of Heroes.

See?


That’s editor and cubiclemate Jann “The Martian Manhuntress” Jones holding up the fresh new copy that just came back from the printer. Note the revised cover with the glowly gold ink on the title.

Have I mentioned that the The Book of Heroes is for young adults? (Of all ages?)

Well, it is. Keep it in mind next month when you hit the bookstores with your holiday gift cards firmly in hand!

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Brave Story: Extended Mass

As many of you know, the first edition of Brave Story came out two years ago in hardback. If you own a copy you know the beefy tome takes up a lot of space on your bookshelf (and in your backpack). It’s one of those books that goes toe-to-toe with other doorstoppers like Harry Potter and the Deadly Hallows and Stephen King’s Under the Dome.

Next Tuesday Miyuki Miyabe’s award-winning novel gets downsized into a handy Haikasoru paperback edition. “Downsized” might be the wrong word, however. The trim size remains the same, and none of the text has been clipped. We even kept the helpful map of Vision at the beginning of the book. But the new edition is definitely thinner and easier to cart around. You won’t suffer any discomfort hefting this book from place to place. And that’s good news for me.

Since I live in San Francisco and take public transportation everywhere I go, I’m a big fan of “pocket” books. Gigantic hardback novels can be nice ornamental items sitting in your living room, but they’re not convenient on a crowded bus. I much prefer a book I can shove in my jacket pocket and whip out when an opportunity for reading arises. Long live mass market paperbacks, that’s what I say. Or, in the case of Brave Story, long live extended mass market paperbacks.


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