NetGalley Author Interview: Gabe Hudson

Watch our author video interview, “15 minutes with… Gabe Hudson,” now! Here, we talk about his debut novel, Gork, The Teenage Dragon, staying in the science fiction genre and where the world of Gork is going next! You don’t want to miss this interview brought to you by NetGalley, Meryl Moss Media and BookTrib.com.

Gork, the Teenage Dragon

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Pub Date: July 11, 2017
Sci Fi & Fantasy, Teens & YA
Published by Knopf

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Gork isn’t like the other dragons at WarWings Military Academy. He has a gigantic heart, two-inch horns, and an occasional problem with fainting. His nickname is Weak Sauce and his Will to Power ranking is Snacklicious—the lowest in his class. But he is determined not to let any of this hold him back as he embarks on the most important mission of his life: tonight, on the eve of his high school graduation, he must ask a female dragon to be his queen. If she says yes, they’ll go off to conquer a foreign planet together. If she says no, Gork becomes a slave.

Vying with Jocks, Nerds, Mutants, and Multi-Dimensioners to find his mate, Gork encounters an unforgettable cast of friends and foes, including Dr. Terrible, the mad scientist; Fribby, a robot dragon obsessed with death; and Metheldra, a healer specializing in acupuncture with swords. But finally it is Gork’s biggest perceived weakness, his huge heart, that will guide him through his epic quest and help him reach his ultimate destination: planet Earth.

A love story, a fantasy, and a coming-of-age story, Gork the Teenage Dragon is a wildly comic, beautifully imagined, and deeply heartfelt debut novel that shows us just how human a dragon can be.

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NetGalley Devours: Station Eleven by Emily St. John Mandel

NetGalley President, Susan Ruszala shares her review for Station Eleven! Do you love Emily St. John Mandel, too? Share your feedback via the Feedback section in NetGalley, or on Facebook and Twitter! (#NGdevours)


Station Eleven by Emily St. John Mandel
Knopf; Pub Date: Sept 9, 2014

When NetGalley first launched, one of the very first books we had on the site was Last Night in Montreal by Emily St. John Mandel. Today both NetGalley’s and St. John Mandel’s profiles have grown tremendously, but reviewing Station Eleven still feels a bit like coming home.

In the last three books I’ve read, the world as we know it has ended: a disquieting trend that has me catching my kids for an extra kiss, just in case. I started with California, the Colbert-fueled sensation by Edan Lepucki, and moved to The Book of Strange New Things by Michael Faber, featured in the latest edition of the Buzz Book project we promote in partnership with Publishers Lunch. Of the three, Station Eleven is preferred.

(Though a quick note on The Book of Strange New Things, which has not garnered nearly the same media attention: the central character, a priest with a checkered history of alcohol and drug abuse, addresses questions of faith so beautifully and simply, it’s worth a read. The missives between the priest, who is serving as a missionary on a new planet, and his wife, who remains on Earth as the world deteriorates, strike a perfect balance of the mundane and profound in a way that all couples can relate. It’s a book to give to a friend who likes to ponder, can appreciate clever and sophisticated writing and themes, but has a good sense of fun, too. There is a current of understated humor running throughout.

But back to Station Eleven, where the motto of the book’s traveling symphony is cheekily taken from Star Trek: Because survival is insufficient. The book is a swan song for all that is lost in the world, big and small, and the author captures that sentiment in a way that had me looking around for days at all the “taken for granted miracles that had persisted all around them.” The characters in the book are connected cleverly throughout the book—-a paperweight passes from friend to ex-wife to mistress; a dog’s name persists from pre-apocalypse to Year 15 of a new world; and more. The book cleverly see-saws between the character’s connections at the end of the current world, and their roles and histories twenty years hence.

Most of all (and missing from the other two books) Station Eleven is hopeful. In the most bitter of environments, Shakespeare persists, costumes are meaningful, and objects continue to have sentimental meaning. It’s that element that had us select this book at our UK Book of the Month (check out the UK cover here) and why it’s sure to top many lists over the coming months.

—Reviewed by Susan Ruszala, President, NetGalley

 

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