Hey, it’s a long season. You need some flights of metaphorical fantasy to keep yourself entertained.
"If we could be sure there was an ‘ideal’ text of Gilgamesh, the various fragments discovered here and there by archaeologists could be expected to firm up, progressively, an authentic version of the poem. In fact, though, newly discovered pieces of it often do the opposite, introducing new variants and textual bypaths. It seems very possible that there has never been a single authoritative version, the poem having evolved and branched rather than being composed in the ordinary sense of the word. Gilgamesh has been transmitted in writing but also orally, after the fashion of other works of folk literature the appeal of which often lies, precisely, in the variety of their retellings.”
Arrr! Now here’s a nice way to start off the morning — Kirkus Reviews calls The Jupiter Pirates: Curse of the Iris “good, old-fashioned, outer-space pirate fun" and writes that "Fry concocts a whirl of space battles, sleuthing, spycraft, domestic spats, and ventures into dangerous locales from seedy Port Town slums to Callisto’s deep, unexplored oceans.”
Curse comes out Dec. 16 from HarperCollins, and I’m really excited to share this latest chapter in The Jupiter Pirates saga. I’m proud of Hunt for the Hydra, but Curse of the Iris is richer and deeper in every way: I explore the solar system of the late 29th century, dig into the tensions among Tycho, Yana and Carlo and offer some surprising revelations about the history of the Hashoone family. As Tycho will discover, family secrets are like pirate treasures — they don’t stay buried.
The full review is here.
My latest book is now hitting shelves: Star Wars in 100 Scenes, out from DK, tells the story of the six films through 400 iconic, beautifully presented images and is packed with interesting in-universe and real-world facts. If you know a Star Wars fan aged 8 to 80, this will make a great gift. Buy through this link and a portion of the proceeds will support the Jason Fry Beer & Mortgage Fund.