Each month, the books chosen by the Puppy of the Month Book Club have treated readers to an array of exotic places. We've seen anime-influenced re-imaginings of Dante's Inferno, the sun-source of reality in Amber, the lands of the medieval Norse, and entire countries robbed from reality by the elfs. This month, in C. L. Moore's Shambleau, we will follow the space smuggler Northwest Smith through Venus and Mars and tag along as Jirel of Joiry leaves France for the darkest pit of Hell. Perhaps we might also find the source of Heinlein's Curse, science fiction fandom's rapt fascination with redheads. Or perhaps just six short stories that are nothing more than really good reads. Either way, please join Jon, the Frisky Pagan, and myself as we dive into the stories of C. L. Moore, written during the heyday of pulp fiction. There's always room for one more at the table, so feel free to join in the conversation in the comments, or perhaps even a blog post of your own.
In the meantime, here is a special treat: Northwest Smith's first adventure, "Shambleau", read by Catherine Moore herself.
And Part 2: