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Monday, August 20, 2007

Saga released in Germany

German cover for Saga by Conor Kostick

Saga has now been released in Germany. It already has two reviews at, including this review by SciFi-Kenner (Österreich) which has been translated for us by Jessica-tanja Seid:

This time Conor Kostick shows in his new book "Saga" other aspects of computer games. "Epic" was about politics and the consequences of a certain kind of political behaviour, ít was about standing up for one's beliefs and 'thinking out of the box'. The last two points can be found in "Saga", too. Apart from that, Conor Kostick introduces a philosophical theme: What if the universe we live in is in fact merely a subuniverse of another universe? What if that's what we perceive as 'reality' is in fact a series of programmed events, which can be changed accordingly at any time - in contrast to the laws of nature in our world. And what if the people living in that subuniverse haven't realised yet that it merely is a subuniverse?

This is a theme experienced sci-fi fans will know very well from books like "Simulacrum" (the screen adaption is known as "The 13th floor"), "Simulacra" or the "Matrix". Nonetheless, it is handled very well by Kostick making it a gripping book for readers who like cyberpunk. It may well be that readers who are not 'well-read' in terms of science-fiction will have more difficulties in making sense of the story than those who have already read books such as "Simulacrum" or watched "Matrix". In addition to that, a minor theme in "Saga" is the problem of being addicted to computer games, something B.E. had been affected by in "Epic" earlier. Again, Eric helps to solve the problems in "Saga" as he did in "Epic". This time however, not as a main character. All in all, this is another book worth discussing and talking about. Since both books, "Epic" and "Saga" are gripping for adults as well as kids, it would be desirable that in particular parents, who keep complainig about their children and the time they spend with playing computer games, read these books. This night contribute to mutual understanding!

Epic nominated for ALA's Best Books for Young Adults


Conor Kostick's Epic has been nominated to the American Library Association's Best Books for Young Adults list for 2008. The books are supposed to meet the criteria of both good quality literature and appealing reading for teens.

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