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Fear of Chickens! Also: Red Country by Joe Abercrombie is Out!

Update: Both Amazon and Barnes and Noble list the release date as November 13. I took it off the shelf at my library this morning, so I have no idea what’s up, or whether it’s actually available.  Madness!

Red Country by Joe Abercrombie is out. Between that and Skyfall this weekend, my head might just explode from entertainment.

Joe is the author of the First Law trilogy and a few stand-alone books set in the same universe.  They’re big, bloody tales about swords and tough guys and barbarians and treachery and master poisoners and so on.  I’ve never enjoyed a series more.  Maybe as much, but not more.  Now, Red Country is here, and I’m starting to suspect that my favorite character from the series might be making a reappearance. It’s almost enough to make someone call in sick and stay home in bed, reading and yowling for hot chocolate to be brought to him.


If you’re not interested in that book, I’ll tell you a story so this visit will be worth your time. Now, I’m not saying this story happened, but it seems like it did, and it seems like it probably happened to someone last night on the reference desk at 8:30 PM.

“Yes young man, I’d like a book about the fear of chickens.  It’s called Alektorophobia. [spells it]. Not electrophobia.  I’m not scared of electricity.”

After looking, I might have said, “We don’t have anything just about that phobia, but I could probably find it in an encyclopedia of phobias.  Would that be useful to you?”

“Young man,” she probably said, “I’m going to give you two reasons why you’re wrong.  Number One: I’ve read Animal Farm by George Orwell.  That is a book about the fear of chickens.”

I waited.

She waited.

I waited.

“Well?” she said.

“Uh…what’s the second reason I’m wrong?”

“Good day!” she yelled, and that was the end of a phone conversation that just might have happened to someone like me.  Last night.  At 8:30.

But more importantly, Red Country. Clang! Ca-ching! Ahhh!!  Those are sword-fighting and battle noises.




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  • Spencer November 9, 2012, 9:55 am

    Yo, I just read Animal Farm, and that is not a book about the fear of chickens. It is a book about power and corruption, and how no animal wants equality for all, they just want to be in charge of doing the exploiting. There were chickens in there, but they were not the real power players, and not to be feared, certainly not more than Napoleon’s private dog military guard, which was a little bit scary.

    • Josh Hanagarne November 9, 2012, 11:17 am

      I don’t even remember the chickens in Animal Farm. Do any of them even have names?

  • Heather November 9, 2012, 1:22 pm

    Uhhhh–did this person even READ Animal Farm? I can see where Animal Farm might make you fear pigs, as well as totalitarian governments, but I’m betting she didn’t read the same Animal Farm we’re all referring to here. But then, I guess some animals are more equal than others, ha-ha.

  • Juergen November 21, 2012, 3:29 am

    The First Law books ruled; I’d never read anything like it before, they completely blew my mind.

    Red Country is great too. I got the e-book and read it all in one sitting. My wife was a bit miffed.

    • Josh Hanagarne November 21, 2012, 9:11 am

      I didn’t quite get it in one sitting, but I got it in two. Great book.