Sturgeon’s Law in Action

Here’s the blurb from’s latest tweet/ad for a novel they just published (review provided, of course, by Locus Magazine):

“What if Gandalf were…a second-class science bureaucrat
anxious not to contaminate the societies he is studying?
…What if Frodo were a 16-year-old princess?”


Me to the Reviewer: “Well, I guess I’d just be goddamned confused, mostly.”

I mean—hey, who knows (I sure can’t tell from that pitch)—maybe it’s a fine book? But if I think too much about the kind of a world we live in where THAT’S how you’re supposed to sell it? That’s when I start to despair…