Book Giveaway: Mystery Book (26/8/2013)

It’s been an odd week. Back from holiday is always a weird feeling. Then one of our cats was missing when we got back and didn’t show up for a week ( by the end we were assuming he’d been hit by a car and died in a hedge – in actual fact, he’d taken to loitering around the back of the local steak restaurant where he was being fed scraps of steak and premium salmon, then been taken in by the restaurant owner, whose partner is a veterinary nurse and works at a pet spa. So while we were imagining him dying by the roadside, cold and in pain and alone, actually he was being bathed, cleaned, brushed, pampered and living on food I largely can’t afford to eat myself . You really couldn’t make this shit up. He’s not entirely pleased to be back). And in the midst of that, there was the final death-rattle of my stupid pleurisy thing from earlier in the summer, which largely consisted of “you’re fine, go away, there categorically never was anything to this more than random infection and your chances of randomly dropping dead are not severely inflated as was initially posited but in fact exactly the same as they ever were,” which turned out more of a relief than I’d expected.

In the middle of that, some writing happened, some of which involved getting stroppy with my Empires co-writer on account of me being stressed about lots of other things. If we’re still talking to each other by the end of this, we really should do a panel on co-operative writing. Anyway, there’s another draft of Empires: Extraction now and this one doesn’t turn into an 18-rated version of Transformers in the middle. And I polished off the first of two Bulldog Drummond novellas, of which I’ll say more later.

This week’s book giveaway is a mystery. I have a number of books available but I’m not going to tell you what they are. Comment here saying what book you’d like to get and I’ll pick someone at random and see if either I have it or Gollancz can spare a copy (hint – pick a Gollancz title…). You can enter as may times as you like but I’ll count the first and if everyone asks for the Republic of Thieves, I’d point out that IT’S NOT OUT YET. And I’ll sulk.

Although, though no one has yet complained about how long it takes me to get to the post office and post things, it can take a while and if you live abroad then it can take even longer. Sorry about that, but they do get there eventually. Well, so far.

If you’re still here, last week said I’d put up some photos. Here are some photos:

Jordan and Cornwall 138

For your inner Ezio

SMALL Jordan and Cornwall 221

In God’s Country

SMALL Jordan and Cornwall 318

Big thing is big

SMALL Jordan and Cornwall 415

The Lone and Level Sands not being terribly Lone and Level


16 Responses to “Book Giveaway: Mystery Book (26/8/2013)”

  1. Alex says:

    That’s a biiiig sand castle.

  2. paul walsh says:

    Very jealous about Jordan. would love to see Petra. Hope you pretend to be Indiana Jones.
    Would love a copy of The Adamantine Palace as my copy was borrowed and disappeared into the ether

  3. Edwin says:

    I would like a full copy of the Encyclopedia Galactica (from Asimov), or a diamond encrusted book: or an e-book stored on a 100TB hard drive, or the original copy of all of the Dead Sea Scrolls, or the actual powerfully magical Necronomicon, or a recipe book containing the secrets of creating a working Philosopher’s Stone. If at all possible all of the above would be even better.

    Thanks in advance.

  4. Will Bryan says:

    Would be ecstatic to get a copy (no matter how battered) of any of these following books…especially the two Hawke novels.

    Nathan Hawke- Crimson Shield or Cold Redemption; C. Robert Cargill- Dreams and Shadows; Sarah Pinborough- Charm or Poison; Ben Aaronovitch- Broken Homes; Matthew De Abaitua- The Red Men

  5. Karen says:

    Hi Stephen, I’d love to get a copy of Elric of Melnibone and Other Stories or another of the Gollancz Moorcock collections.

  6. Romeo Kennedy says:

    Well, I’m desperate to read Lies Of Locke Lamora.

  7. C.Parrella says:

    I’d love to get Miles Cameron’s The Red Knight, or a hardcover of The Lies of Locke Lamora.

  8. Leigh Lyle says:

    Any book that has dragons, blood, gore and a really bad-ass lead character would do me!

  9. Clive Howe says:

    I would love to win the complete set of the SF Masterworks series, but I realise this is being greedy LOL
    How about a copy of Dune by Frank Herbert.
    Many thanks

  10. Ray Garraty says:

    I’d like to get a copy of Christopher Priest’s The Adjacent.

  11. Evelynne Robertson says:

    I had to laugh out loud at the story of your cat’s disappearance. I’m sure he wasn’t happy to be back! If you could spare any of Joe Abercrombie’s books I’d be so happy.

  12. Aaron Williams says:

    I would love a copy of ‘The Best of Connie Willis’.

  13. Mango Heroics says:

    I’ve seen a photo so I know there are Last Bastions printed. But if I can’t have Last Bastion (to go with its sithlings), then Black Mausoleum and/or Dragon Queen are high on my TBR list. If I can’t have something of yours, then my next choice would be Red Seas Under Red Skies, because Locke is one step from the Gallows!
    I know I shouldn’t push my luck, but just can’t resist attempts at clevertude. *smiles ruefully*

  14. Katie Jeffs says:

    Any Discworld book by Terry Pratchett. Alternatively, a random book of your choice – I’m always on the lookout for new things to read and I’m reaching the limits of my local library’s sci-fi/ fantasy stock!

  15. Robin says:

    A signed Gallow the last bastion would make me a happy happy boy (but still jealous if your photos )

  16. Adrian Marley says:

    Just started my Michael Moorcock collection so a copy of one of the Corum books would be a welcome addition.

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