Wednesday, October 8

Look for "The Big Idea of Caine Black Knife" on John Scalzi's Whatever this coming Tuesday, which is -- by no coincidence at all -- CBK's on-sale date.

He's pretty effing cool.

16 comments:

Shane said...

Jesus, it's been what? Seven YEARS since the last Caine book?

I can't even put into words how much I'm looking forward to this book, nor how disappointed I am that the book is going to be the shortest Caine book yet.

It's not like I was looking for anything obscene, just y'know, two or three times the length of BoT. A modest sum, given the wait, I think.

MWS said...

If it'll make you feel any better, think of TRAITOR, SHATTERPOINT and REVENGE OF THE SITH as part of this book.

Because without them, CBK could not have been written as it is.

Period.

MWS said...

And now that I think of it . . .

BLADE OF TYSHALLE was set seven years after HEROES DIE, and came out three years after.

CAINE BLACK KNIFE is set three years after BLADE, and is coming out seven years after . . .

That's a little weird.

Tim said...

At least the math works out, though.

Pizzope said...

Interesting.

Well, I guess it means what you decide it means. The universe is a structure of coincidence, after all. ; )

Adam said...

The big question, then, is when will His Father's Fist be released? Three years from now, based seven years after CBK? Or perhaps it will be based seven years before Heroes Die and released ten years ago? Hmm...

Cannot wait until next tuesday. Matt, if I may ask, what would be the best way to purchase CBK that would be of the most benefit to you? I was just going to walk into my local B&N and pick up a couple copies but if there's another way to purchase it that results in either more exposure or a higher cut of the profits in your pocket, do tell.

Joseph said...

Maybe I'm a bit late to the party with this, but it looks like Amazon has a brief excerpt of Caine Black Knife up. Check it: http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/product-description/0345455878/ref=dp_proddesc_0?ie=UTF8&n=283155&s=books

Max said...

Having gotten and read CBK today...

It's definitely not stand-alone like the other two. It's not as epic as them, either, it's a different kind of story. I don't know that I like it as much as them, but we'll see how I feel on a reread.

I think the fundamental problem for me is that Caine is older, more worn, and less physically capable; instead, he's got all that knowledge and the power of SPOILER and so on, which is less exciting. And at the same time, he doesn't have the same kind of intensity of motivation as he did.

While I'm sure that that wasn't the point, the torture scenes seemed a little just-for-kicks. I'd have liked less of that--I got the point pretty fast--and more of the post rescue-and-plotting turnaround.
...And, uh, "assbone"? Really? Really, Matt?

(Don't get me wrong, it was still great. I just don't think it topped Heroes/Blade.)

MWS said...

Really.

You have a problem with his language, take it up with Caine.

RobB said...

That's a great rub. Scalzi gets a boatload of visitors and is a terrific writer, too.

Ilya said...

Someone tell me: when's this hitting Australian marketS?

MWS said...

Shevvie! Welcome back.

Dunno about the Aussie availability, though; Del Rey's contract is for North America only.

It'll probably show up in Russian before it appears Down Under. The Russians seem to have a taste for Caine; they're the only foreign market to have brought out both HD and BLADE.

At least, I THINK they brought out BLADE. I remember getting a check for it; I don't remember if I ever got author copies . . .

Ryan said...

Wasn't the Russian version of BoT the one with Bishop and Wolverine on the cover?

Chris said...

No, it was the one with Scott Lynch riding the giant flying dog from The Neverending Story, whilst The Fonze battles a Yuuhzon Vong on the lawn of the Whitehouse! Those crazy Russians!

Ilya - I purchased the book in the UK today, and Forbidden Planet had a healthy stock. I'll get you one for when you come visit, if you want! Wait - you're coming to visit, right?

Scott said...

Just finished CBK. Fucking awesome, every page of it. Also You sir are a bastard for making us all wait for the second half of the story.

Adam said...

Agreed with the above. The book was non-stop FUCKING AWESOME. I can't wait to read Act Two... and hope that it appears in bookstores sometime in the near future (relatively speaking).

My favorite quote from the book?

"RRRIP. BOUNCE. BOUNCE. BOUNCE."