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.”
“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.