Upcoming Felix Gilman Seminar

by Henry Farrell on April 27, 2013

A reminder to CT readers that we hope to start our seminar on Felix Gilman’s _The Half-Made World_ (Powells, Amazon) and _The Rise of Ransom City_ (Powells, “Amazon”:http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/0765329409/ref=as_li_ss_tl?ie=UTF8&camp=1789&creative=390957&creativeASIN=0765329409&linkCode=as2&tag=henryfarrell-20) soon – so if you want to be able to participate fully, buy or borrow the books and read ’em. It should be a good seminar – and for once we should have a decent gender balance among the respondents. More soon …



Nanny Ogg 04.27.13 at 2:24 am

I bet I’m not the only one waiting for an electronic version of Ransom City . I read the first one in a kindle edition, but it seems no longer to be available at the Amazon store (I guess I’m lucky they didn’t yank it from my ipad too).


John Holbo 04.27.13 at 3:04 am

I’m in. I finished the audiobook version a couple weeks back. Very clever stuff. In my Squid & Owl post I remarked at how proud I am that my book is next to “The Sixth Gun” in my MyComics Comixology section. It’s one of my favorite ongoing comics series. I have been thinking of doing a “Sixth Gun”/”Ransom City” comparison. They are working the same side of the street, genre-wise. Alt-history Western with magic. “Gun” is more fun but “Ransom City” goes for subtler, slower effects.


John Holbo 04.27.13 at 3:08 am

I don’t mean to imply that “Ransom City” is not fun. It’s got thrilling battles and near escapes and all the rest. What I mean is that “Sixth Gun” is really, really fun in a two-gun tales, monthly slice sort of way. And I don’t mean to imply that “Gun” isn’t subtle. It’s got an original long story-arc, but “Ransom” is richer and more compelling in the overall world-building department.


LizardBreath 04.27.13 at 1:26 pm

Huh, I read both on Kindle (out of impatience, although I generally prefer paper). You’re sure it’s not available?


Geoffrey Moses 04.27.13 at 10:35 pm

Looking forward to this. I read all four of Gilman’s novels one after the other earlier this year, and the westerns in particular are just SO damn thematically rich. Also, cool. Let’s not forget cool.


Neil Levy 04.27.13 at 11:36 pm

LizardBreath, neither book is available on either Amazon US or UK. Odd. I read the first on kindle. This is the only case I’ve encountered of a book disappearing from the kindle store. I hate paper; I won’t read the second if it is not available electronically.


John Holbo 04.28.13 at 2:27 am

Weird. Well, the audiobook still seems to exist at Audible.


Theophylact 04.28.13 at 7:29 pm

Hm. I read it on Kindle a month or two ago. Wonder what happened?


Theophylact 04.28.13 at 7:30 pm

Well, it’s there right now.


Jesús Couto Fandiño 04.29.13 at 8:18 am

You also have it in kobobooks if you want epub format.

(Sometimes, the list of books I get there is different if I’m logged in or not; my guess is that it has to do with publishing rights and the difference between the location of my account and the “country” I’m coming from via proxy)


Manoel Galdino 04.30.13 at 1:18 am

I read the Half-made World and loved it. Bought Ramsom City, started it and stopped. I don’t know, it’s not that is a bad book. It just seemed to engage me. I’ll give it another try, but I don’t think it’s possible it will get close to the grat book that the half-made world is.

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