Freebies, Excerpts, and Giveaways, Oh My!

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I came across a few great book goodies today and thought I’d share them all in one post for your viewing pleasure. There’s a chance to win a book by Joe Hill, an excerpt of the newest book by Patrick Rothfuss, and a BOGO offer from Orbit Books.

Giveaway of Horns, one of the newest novels from Joe Hill:

Lytherus editor Jackie Krah had the pleasure of interviewing Hill recently when he was scouting location for the TV show based off of his comic Locke & Key (click here to link to that interview).  Now The Ranting Dragon is giving away a copy of Horns, which was voted as one of the best fantasy novels of 2010. What’s it about? Here’s the book blurb:

Joe Hill’s critically acclaimed, New York Times bestselling, Bram Stoker Award-winning debut chiller, Heart-Shaped Box, heralded the arrival of new royalty onto the dark fantasy scene. With Horns, he polishes his well-deserved crown. A twisted, terrifying new novel of psychological and supernatural suspense, Horns is a devilishly original triumph for the Ray Bradbury Fellowship recipient whose story collection, 20th Century Ghosts, was also honored with a Bram Stoker Award—and whose emotionally powerful and  macabre work has been praised by the New York Times as, “wild, mesmerizing, perversely witty…a Valentine from hell.”

This, along with future giveaways, is part of their Locus Challenge, which you need to participate in to be eligible to win Horns. It’s pretty easy, just voting for various books that you like, and with continued participation you have the chance to win future prizes. So, click here to find out how to win Horns (this page will link you to wherever else you need to go!).

Excerpt: The Wise Man’s Fear by Patrick Rothfuss

The Wise Man’s Fear came out This past Tuesday, and is the highly anticipated sequel to Rothfuss’ The Name of the Wind. Tor.com has a nice little excerpt to peak your curiosity about this already-popular book. Click here to link to the excerpt.

What’s this book about? Here’s the summary from Amazon:

As seamless and lyrical as a song from the lute-playing adventurer and arcanist Kvothe, this mesmerizing sequel to Rothfuss’s 2007′s debut, The Name of the Wind, is a towering work of fantasy. As Kvothe, now the unassuming keeper of the Waystone Inn, continues to share his astounding life story—a history that includes saving an influential lord from treachery, defeating a band of dangerous bandits, and surviving an encounter with a legendary Fae seductress—he also offers glimpses into his life’s true pursuit: figuring out how to vanquish the mythical Chandrian, a group of seven godlike destroyers that brutally murdered his family and left him an orphan. But while Kvothe recalls the events of his past, his future is conspiring just outside the inn’s doors. This breathtakingly epic story is heartrending in its intimacy and masterful in its narrative essence, and will leave fans waiting on tenterhooks for the final installment.

Orbit e-books: BOGO on featured fantasy and sci-fi books:

If you’re a die-hard science-fiction or fantasy fan, here’s your chance to dip your toes in the other genre. Orbit books came up with a great idea to cross-over. If you buy the “bonus ebook edition” of the scifi space opera Leviathan Wakes by James S.A. Corey, you’ll get the fantasy e-book of The Dragon’s Path by Daniel Abraham for free. This works in reverse too for fantasy fans: everyone who buys the “bonus ebook edition” of The Dragon’s Path will receive a complimentary copy of Leviathan Wakes.

This is from the press release:

Although the two genres are often categorized alongside each other, direct cross-promotion of new Science Fiction and Fantasy releases in this way is quite new. We’re very excited to be giving readers the chance to discover both these exciting new series at the same time.

Here’s a little bit about each one:

Leviathan Wakes (set to release in paperback on June 15th, 2011):

Humanity has colonized the solar system – Mars, the Moon, the Asteroid Belt and beyond – but the stars are still out of our reach.

Jim Holden is XO of an ice miner making runs from the rings of Saturn to the mining stations of the Belt. When he and his crew stumble upon a derelict ship, The Scopuli, they find themselves in possession of a secret they never wanted. A secret that someone is willing to kill for – and kill on a scale unfathomable to Jim and his crew. War is brewing in the system unless he can find out who left the ship and why.

Detective Miller is looking for a girl. One girl in a system of billions, but her parents have money and money talks. When the trail leads him to The Scopuli and rebel sympathizer Holden, he realizes that this girl may be the key to everything.

Holden and Miller must thread the needle between the Earth government, the Outer Planet revolutionaries, and secretive corporations – and the odds are against them. But out in the Belt, the rules are different, and one small ship can change the fate of the universe.

The Dragon’s Path (set to release April 7th, 2011):

All paths lead to war…

Marcus’ hero days are behind him. He knows too well that even the smallest war still means somebody’s death. When his men are impressed into a doomed army, staying out of a battle he wants no part of requires some unorthodox steps.

Cithrin is an orphan, ward of a banking house. Her job is to smuggle a nation’s wealth across a war zone, hiding the gold from both sides. She knows the secret life of commerce like a second language, but the strategies of trade will not defend her from swords.

Geder, sole scion of a noble house, has more interest in philosophy than in swordplay. A poor excuse for a soldier, he is a pawn in these games. No one can predict what he will become.

Falling pebbles can start a landslide. A spat between the Free Cities and the Severed Throne is spiraling out of control. A new player rises from the depths of history, fanning the flames that will sweep the entire region onto The Dragon’s Path-the path to war.

[via i09.com, rantingdragon.com, and tor.com]

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