It’s 2070. Earth is vastly different, but tech innovation has kept the planet mostly livable. YA fiction is wildly popular, especially a book called “The Full-Moon Whaling Chronicles.” Amongst its most fervent fans are some whale-hunting wolves and two humans. Told in delightful rhyming couplets, the wolves’ and humans’ stories alternate and influence each other. There is much to enjoy: the rhyming couplets, self-deprecating, quirky, and often funny characters, plenty of curious tech innovations, and humorous links to the past, such as zubered, ZukTube, ZikZok, zlog, Tesla Trouts, Kia Prawns, Ben Gauzy (an ancient curse), Ganwulf, Wulvia Plath and plenty more.— Kay Wosewick
The follow-up to Guriel's NYT New & Noteworthy Forgotten Work is a mashup of Moby-Dick, The Lord of the Rings, Byron, cyberpunk, Swamp Thing, Teen Wolf ... and more.
It's 2070. Newfoundland has vanished, Tokyo is a new Venice, and many people have retreated to "bonsai housing" hives that compress matter in a world that's losing ground to rising tides. Enter Kaye, an English literature student searching for the reclusive author of a YA classic--a beloved novel about teenage werewolves sailing to a fabled sea monster's nest. Kaye's quest will intersect with obsessive fan subcultures, corporate conspiracies, flying gondolas, an anthropomorphic stove, and the molecular limits of reality itself. Set in the same world as Guriel's acclaimed Forgotten Work, which the New York Times called "unlikely, audacious, and ingenious," and written in rhyming couplets, The Full-Moon Whaling Chronicles cuts between Kaye's quest, chapters from the YA novel, and guerilla works of fanfic in a visionary verse novel destined to draw its own cult following.
About the Author
Jason Guriel is the author of On Browsing, Forgotten Work, and other books. He lives in Toronto.