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Jewish Narnia: 5 Fantasy Books with Jewish Themes

Barnes and Noble LogoKing of Shards gets mentioned over at the Barnes & Noble Sci-Fi & Fantasy Blog, along with several other titles, including The People of the Book, edited by Rachel Swirsky & Sean Wallace, which includes my story “The History Within Us.” A few years ago much ballyhoo was made about the fact that there was no Jewish Narnia (which in fact, there was). The Barnes & Noble Sci-Fi and Fantasy blog says,

A few years ago there was an Internet Kerfluffle (IK) over the suggestion that Jewish writers didn’t work in fantasy because Judaism, “is a science fiction religion … collective, technical, and this-worldly.” The elevator pitch was that there was no “Jewish Narnia.” As Internet Kerfluffles are won’t to do, this stirred up a lot of responses. Now safely removed from the explosions in the comments sections, we can safely say there is Jewish fantasy—as well as Jewish sci-fi—and we don’t merely mean novels written by Jewish writers, but rather novels with Jewish themes and drawn from Jewish traditions, the same way many much of fantasy is built upon on Christian themes. Here are five books that make the case.

King of Shards is one of the books listed. Barnes and Noble says of the book,

“With surprising twists and a deep and detailed universe, King of Shards, the first in a trilogy, is likely to be remembered for more than its Jewish roots.”

Also mentioned is The Angel of Losses, by Stephanie Feldman, which I mentioned in one of my 36 Days of Judaic Myth blog posts.

You can read the full article here.

And just a reminder that I’ll be raffling off print ARCs and audiobooks of King of Shards on December 18th. Details here.


King of Shards by Matthew Kressel Audiobook and ARC Raffle (GIVEAWAY HAS ENDED)

Update: the raffle has ended and the winners have been notified. Thanks for participating!

On Friday, December 18th at 10am EST (The raffle has ended) I’ll be raffling off five copies of the King of Shards Audible.com audiobook and two copies of the book’s Advance Reading Copies (ARCs). King of Shards is an epic fantasy novel about a Lamed Vavnik, one of the thirty-six anonymous saints who uphold the world, who must team up with Ashmedai, the king of demon-kind, in order to prevent a cadre of demons from killing the other Lamed Vav and destroying the world. Raffle rules are below.

NPR Books called King of Shards, “Majestic, resonant, reality-twisting madness.” Author N.K. Jemisin calls King of Shards, “A surreal and exotic adventure in a unique mythological setting. Scary, exhilarating fun!”

About the Audible.com audiobook:

Narrator Jonathan Davis has narrated books for Neal Stephenson, Paolo Bacigalupi, William Gibson, Kurt Vonnegut, Robert Sawyer, among many others. He has also been narrating audiobooks for the Star Wars franchise for over a decade. Winners of the raffle will be given a code to download your free copy of the audiobook from Audible.com. An Audible.com subscription (free for the first month) is required to download the audiobook.

Narrator Jonathan Davis

Narrator Jonathan Davis

About the Advance Reading Copies (ARCs)

Winners of the raffle will receive one print copy of the ARC inscribed to the winner (or whomever you want). These are limited early editions of the King of Shards unavailable anywhere else.

King of Shards ARC by Matthew Kressel

King of Shards ARC by Matthew Kressel

Raffle Rules

To enter the raffle please follow these rules:

  • Share a link to this post
    • Share this post on your favorite social media platform (e.g. Twitter, Facebook, G+, etc.) The buttons to the side of this post (or on the bottom if you are on a mobile device) can be used to quickly share this post. Sample text: “Author Matthew Kressel is raffling off audiobooks and Advance Reading Copies of KING OF SHARDS.”
  • Paste a link to the share in the comments section
    • In the comments section of this post, paste a link to your social media share as proof that you have done so. Make sure to leave a valid email address (hidden) so I can contact you if you win.
  • Write whether you want the audiobook or ARC or both
    • Write in the same comment whether you would prefer to receive the audiobook or ARC. E.g., “I would prefer to receive the audiobook.” Or , “I am entering for both audiobook and ARC.”
    • Note that ARCs will only be mailed to the U.S. and Canada.

On Friday, December 18th, at 10am EST I will randomly select five winners for the Audible.com audiobook and two winners for the ARC from the commenters. I will contact the winners by email.

So that’s it! Please share this post and good luck to all!

 


Back from the World Fantasy Convention
King of Shards in the dealer's room.

King of Shards in the dealer’s room.

The World Fantasy Convention this past weekend in Saratoga Springs was a smashing success. I hadn’t been in Saratoga Springs, New York since 2007, and back then I was publishing Sybil’s Garage and had just published Paper CitiesAn Anthology of Urban Fantasy, edited by Ekaterina Sedia, which went on to win the World Fantasy Award the following year. I always have a fantastic time at the World Fantasy Convention, and this was the first con I’ve attended since my first novel King of Shards debuted, so the place has always had a special meaning for me. It didn’t disappoint again this year.

Some of the highlights of the con for me, in no particular order:

  • Selling 18 copies of King of Shards at the con (both from my stash and from copies sold in the dealers’ room).
  • Reading from King of Shards to an appreciative audience.
  • Signing 8 copies of King of Shards in the mass autographing section, and someone whom I didn’t know telling me how he was reading the book and “loving it!”
  • A professor at Ithaca College asking me to sign my short story “The Great Game at the End of the World” in the anthology After, and telling me she will be teaching it in her class.
  • Meeting Walter Jon Williams and him asking me to inscribe King of Shards for him.
  • Throwing a book release party with Rajan Khanna and chatting with all the interesting people who wandered through.
  • Hanging out with all the folks from the “JJA Posse,” namely John Joseph Adams, Doug Cohen, Desirina Boskovich, & Chris Cevasco  (not present at con: David Barr Kirtley and Matt & Jordan London).
  • Talking with Derek Ford, an amazingly talented artist and Jeff Ford’s son. 
  • Meeting and speaking and hanging out with so many awesome and talented people, whose names are too numerous to list. You know who you are.

Here’s a link to some photos I took at the con!


Last-Minute Reading at the Kill Bar in Times Square

times-scare-nyc2I’ll be reading from King of Shards tomorrow, November 4th, 7pm at The Kill Bar at Times Scare in Manhattan, filling in for Lisa L. Hannett, who could not make it due to travel problems. I’ll be reading alongside Angela Slatter, and I’ll have copies of King of Shards with me to sell and get signed. I hope to see you there!

Times Scare Kill Bar
669 8th Ave
New York, NY 10036
7pm till 10pm

 


Shelf Awareness Reviews King of Shards

Shelf AwarenessShelf Awareness reviews my debut novel King of Shards and calls it “compelling fantasy” and a “fascinating first novel” and says,

King of Shards is the first entry of the Worldmender Trilogy, and its use of Hebrew culture and legend to build a complex, dynamic setting serves to imbue every page with an epic mythos. Kressel presents a compelling alternate reality that readers can escape to while also pondering the nature of what is real.

You can read the full review here.


Word Bookstore reading with Rajan Khanna

word-bookstore-greenpoint-brooklynOn Tuesday, November 10th at 7pm, I’ll be reading at the Word Bookstore in Brooklyn alongside Rajan Khanna. Rajan will be reading from his new book Rising Tide, and I’ll be reading from King of Shards. Hope you can join us! The address is:

Word Bookstore
126 Franklin St
Brooklyn, NY 11222

More info about the event can be found here.