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“That’s just scenery”: What do we mean by “mainstream”?

“Mainstream” is everything that is not genre. It’s a marketing category like “mystery” or “SF” or “chicklit” or “literary fiction.” It’s everything that’s mimetic. That’s a fairly useless category, though, because it’s not too huge.

From the Hugo and Nebula Award-winning author Among Others, comes a book ironically called What Makes This Book So Great. Jo Walton’s collection of brilliant reassessments of the classics and forgotten gems – of modern fantasy and Sci-Fi.

Her collection of posts from have been put into a volume and range from short essays to long reassessments of some of the field’s most ambitious series. Over 130 essays in total are What Makes This Book So Great (pun intended). And, the fun part is you don’t have to read them in order, although sometimes she does refer back to an earlier post to develop the argument.

Engaging, provocative, opinionated. Science fiction dissected.


4 out of 5 Sukasa Stars

What Makes This Book So Great by Jo Walton is published by Tom Doherty Associates, LLC and distributed in Canada by Raincoast Books 

Review by
@ShilpaRaikar for @SukasaReads (a division of @SukasaStyle)