Incoming Books: Polish Dying Earth Antho, Dalkey Archive, Blake Butler, and More

Jeff VanderMeer • March 27th, 2012 @ 6:25 pm • Culture

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Just a few of the incoming books in the last day or two. The book in the upper left is the Polish edition of the Songs of the Dying Earth antho edited by Gardner Dozois and George RR Martin, including my story that I now call “Grod Impatient With All.”

Below the cut you’ll find new titles from Lazy Fascist press, Lethe, and Dalkey, among others. To be honest, the titles from LF and Lethe use this kind of uncoated matte cover stock that feels unpleasantly like slightly rough latex. It’s very hard for me to hold them for even a couple of seconds as the texture makes me nauseous. I’m going to have to rip the covers off to read them. Does anyone else have this reaction to that texture? Ann doesn’t. The books themselves look cool.

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2 Responses to “Incoming Books: Polish Dying Earth Antho, Dalkey Archive, Blake Butler, and More”

  1. David Moles says:

    Now I want to read an anthology of Polish Dying Earth stories. Or Dying Polish Earth stories. I’m not picky.

  2. Steve Berman says:

    I actually have heard a wide range of comments on the feel of the matte covers. Some have said it felt like virgin Virginia vellum and others have questioned why their fingers melt after stroking the spine. I think they’re a sort of necessary evil because the gloss look terrible to my eyes. Still, I feel bad for the cover artists unless you will pin the cover to the wall while you read the paper.

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