Can’t Wait Wednesday: Or What You Will by Jo Walton

Can’t-Wait Wednesday is a weekly meme hosted at Wishful Endings, to spotlight and discuss the books we’re excited about that we have yet to read. Generally they’re books that have yet to be released. It’s based on Waiting on Wednesday, hosted by the fabulous Jill at Breaking the Spine.Or What You Will by Jo Walton

Title: Or What You Will

Author:  Jo Walton

Publisher: Tor Books

Genre: Fantasy

Length: 320 Pages

Release Date: July 7, 2020

Blurb: He has been too many things to count. He has been a dragon with a boy on his back. He has been a scholar, a warrior, a lover, and a thief. He has been dream and dreamer. He has been a god.

But “he” is in fact nothing more than a spark of idea, a character in the mind of Sylvia Harrison, 73, award-winning author of thirty novels over forty years. He has played a part in most of those novels, and in the recesses of her mind, Sylvia has conversed with him for years.

But Sylvia won’t live forever, any more than any human does. And he’s trapped inside her cave of bone, her hollow of skull. When she dies, so will he.

Now Sylvia is starting a new novel, a fantasy for adult readers, set in Thalia, the Florence-resembling imaginary city that was the setting for a successful YA trilogy she published decades before. Of course he’s got a part in it. But he also has a notion. He thinks he knows how he and Sylvia can step off the wheel of mortality altogether. All he has to do is convince her.

Why I’m Excited For It:  Jo Walton convinced me of her brilliance with her Thessaly series, which remains one of my favorite fantasy series to date.  Her characters are flawed and human feeling, and her stories unpredictable and fresh feeling.

This book sounds no different.  I feel like I’ve seen a few of the books coming to life trope in the past couple years, but couple that with the fact that this is told by an elderly woman teamed up with a YA character… I hope it will take me on a few unexpected adventures.

What new books are you excited for?  Leave me a link below so I can check them out!

21 thoughts on “Can’t Wait Wednesday: Or What You Will by Jo Walton

      • She described it as “Mansfield Park on Mars,” a space opera dealing with race, gender, and class. There was a cover, blurb, release date, even a blurb from N.K. Jemisin, but there was a lot of noise about the gender change element and she pulled it from publication. It’s a shame because it sounded brilliant.

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  1. This book sounds absolutely wild. Honestly, I haven’t heard if a plot like this one. The closest is an old Twilight Zone episode in which a writer’s characters come to life, but if the pages are destroyed, the character vanishes. I’ll be adding this one to my TBR. Thank you!

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    • I love the Thessaly series. It caught me by such surprise because I just wasn’t expecting… really anything that happened in that book? It starts as one thing and kind of ends up somewhere else. It took some of my favorite things- philosophy, history, and mythology and mashed them up into one brilliant fantasy trilogy. I hope you try it!

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