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New Treasures: The Builders by Daniel Polansky

Friday, November 6th, 2015 | Posted by John ONeill

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Daniel Polansky has had an enviable career. His first novel, Low Town, was one of the most talked-about fantasy debuts of the year, and he’s already produced two sequels: Tomorrow the Killing (2012) and She Who Waits (2013). His new novel Those Above, the opening entry in The Empty Throne, was called “Machiavellian clockwork glory” by Mark Lawrence.

His latest, The Builders, the newest entry in Tor.com‘s novella series, is a dark anthropomorphic fantasy featuring a company of warriors keeping a low profile after being on the losing end of a grueling war. John Hornor Jacbos calls it “Funny, exciting, and extremely original. The Wild Bunch meets Watership Down.” I’ve been intrigued by all the titles in Tor.com‘s new publishing venture, but The Builders cranks my interest up to 11. And at 224 pages, it’s closer to a full-fledged novel than a novella.

See the complete list of Tor.com novellas we’ve covered so far below.

The Sorcerer of the Wildeeps by Kai Ashante Wilson
Witches of Lychford by Paul Cornell
Sunset Mantle by Alter S. Reiss
Binti by Nnedi Okorafor
The Last Witness by K. J. Parker
Of Sorrow and Such by Angela Slatter
Envy of Angels by Matt Wallace
The Builders by Daniel Polansky
Domnall and the Borrowed Child by Sylvia Spruck Wrigley
The Shootout Solution by Michael R. Underwood
The Drowning Eyes by Emily Foster
The Ballad of Black Tom by Victor LaValle

Check out the first ten Tor.com novellas (with sample chapters!) here, and see the complete line-up here.

The Builders was published by Tor.com on November 3, 2015. It is 224 pages, priced at $12.99 in trade paperback and $2.99 in digital format. The cover is by Richard Anderson.

See all of our recent New Treasures here.

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  1. I’m really looking forward to getting my hands – and eyes – on this, but I may have to wait a while, it’s on my Christmas wish list.

    Comment by R.K. Robinson - November 7, 2015 4:07 pm


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