HITTING SHELVES #40: Culdesac by Robert Repino


Culdesac by Robert Repino comes out today!

It’s the only story ever written about a bloodthirsty bobcat with opposable thumbs who fights against a ragtag band of humans on behalf of an army of giant ants. Set in the same world as Mort(e) and its soon-to-be-released sequel, D’Arc, this is a crucial episode in Repino’s series about the War With No Name, a brilliantly bonkers cross between Watership Down and old Rambo movies, whose real-life political undertones grow more relevant each day.

We asked the author one question.

How are you celebrating the publication of Culdesac?

I feel a bit odd celebrating the debut of Culdesac when I’m still reeling from last week’s apocalyptic news. My agent reminded me that the novella might be fit for the times, being a revenge fantasy in which humans are brutally punished for their cruelty and shortsightedness. So I got that going for me.

Robert Repino
Robert Repino

Adding to my discomfort is the fact that I’m getting a minor surgery the following day, which will put me out of commission for at least the rest of the week. I will be giving my surgeon a copy of Mort(e) and Culdesac because he struck me as a science fiction nerd. It’s a little pretentious, but since he’ll be doing a Fantastic Voyage on me, I might as well get him a gift.

I’ve been holding off on the post-election self care in which so many others have indulged, so my recovery will be a time to Netflix (with no chill) while I tweet about the book, and continue copyediting the sequel, D’Arc. When I’m back on my feet, I’ll be working as a guest bookseller at Astoria Bookshop as part of their Small Business Saturday on November 26. Given all the stuff going on, I consider that to be the real celebration.  We shall see if I recall anything useful from my days at Borders. I expect to scare some people off when I tell them that Culdesac eats a guy in chapter one. Should be fun.

Get the book here.

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