I’ve been thinking about blurbs this evening. ARCs for The Coldest War won’t be going out quite yet, but blurbs—that mysterious, magical currency, that thing both revered and reviled—are on my mind.
I had the great pleasure of blurbing (is that the verb?) Jo Anderton’s debut novel, Debris, which is coming out from Angry Robot in December. (This is the part where you get really jealous. It’s very good, and I got to read it months ago. Still waiting for Jo to send the sequel, even though I know it’s finished and just sitting there…)
Jo’s book marked the first time I’d been asked to blurb something. I was delighted to do it, because I happened to know Jo is a knockout writer. But I was also a little alarmed. I worried that my endorsement would actually degrade Jo’s project. After all, who the heck am I? Just some guy.
But anyway, yeah. This week’s glimpse of new cover art got me thinking about potential blurbs for The Coldest War.
“Genre-busting far-future cyberpunk erotica at its worst.”
“The ill-conceived love child of John LeCarré, Harry Crumb, and the History Channel.”
“Tregillis’s sophomore effort… features… descriptions… and… characters.”
“An innovative take on the genre. Tregillis takes all the tropes of far-future cyberpunk erotica and throws them out the window. If only he’d done the same with the plot, setting, and characters.”
“A love letter to boredom.”
“This sequel to Bitter Seeds is unputdownable. However, it’s very throwacrosstheroomable.”
“The Coldest War reads like the incoherent ravings of a madman railing against government-mandated medication for violent schizophrenics. A bold work that ignores narrative convention and shatters the fourth wall.”
“In his followup novel to 2010’s Bitter Seeds, Tregillis lays his cards on the table and reveals his true identity. He is, without doubt, a peerless savant among his fellow chimpanzees.”
“Blessedly flamable*. (*This blurb refers only to print editions, and may not apply to electronic editions.)”