Book Giveaway – Wolfhound Century (26/6/2013)

Another week, another novel, another collaboration project with the ever-patient Mr Smith although I can’t really talk about this one yet (again! Arrgh! Because I really want to and this has been in the pipeline for months. But no contract, no talk. Mrmph). I have spent much of last week being a short female bounty hunter from the thirty fourth century, which turned out to be rather more fun than being a grumpy SAS sergeant who thinks he’s Rees from Person of Interest but so far utterly lacks any of the charm or charisma. I am also discovering a penchant for smug sarcastic spaceships.

So this week’s freebie is Wolfhound Century by Peter Higgins which was one of my personal favorite reads from last year. It’s a wonderfully atmospheric espinonagey politically thrillery thing but what really sets it apart is the setting that feels so like an alternate inter-war Russia that you don’t really notice that it never actually says so and yet has giants, space-angels (I think), sentient rain and sentient forests. And it’s gloomy and broody and rains all the time and I like that sort of thing. Something Graham Greene might have written except after the first draft he got smacked round the head by a sentient walking hut and it was rewritten in a Siberian forest by Baba Yaga. There’s a bit of an undercurrent of quantum uncertainty and the overlapping of many worlds too. And then just when you’re really getting into it, some bastard (and I think I have to point a finger at the author here) shows up with a garotte and practically executes the novel mid-sentence, calls that an ending and we all have to wait until Spring next year for the next installment. Nevertheless, this is SF that sits beside Dune for me. It was wonderful. You can visit Peter’s site here.

Usual deal – comment on this post before June 29th  and I’ll randomly select a lucky victim for a free copy of the book. Last week’s game was fun but I’ll just take comments this week since I’m late in putting it up. I’m not entirely sure about the edition I’m offering here since it will come direct from Gollancz – it may be a US ARC. The story inside is the same.

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. Recent winners, I have cleared my backlog – they’re all in the post!


30 Responses to “Book Giveaway – Wolfhound Century (26/6/2013)”

  1. Maggie Lloyd says:

    Great comp. Thanks for running. Good luck everyone

  2. Romeo Kennedy says:

    Looks a splendid read! I have heard many great things about this novel.

  3. paul walsh says:

    I enjoyed last week alphabet set up . Ah well back to just commenting. Great buzz about this book and I look forward to reading it at some point

  4. Carmen says:

    I like gloomy and broody and rains all the time too. This looks really good. Thanks for the giveaway.

  5. Jana says:

    Oh, I’ve also heard so many great things about Wolfhound Century and it’s been on my wishlist for ages but no one ever bothers to by me anything ;( (except for my birthday – in November) and it’s so darn expensive here. Well, you didn’t say exactly, but I guess the competition is UK-only, so I’ll just enjoy commenting here. Good luck with the secret collaboration contract thingy!

  6. Adrian says:

    Count me in.

  7. Stefan says:

    The synopsis of ‘Wolfhound Century’ has me hooked. I only heard about Peter Higgins recently, but he sounds like an author to watch.

  8. Kristján says:

    Well i just finished The Black Mausoleum today. Fandom just became fandrewl. Reading it has become a prerequisite for my 3.5 D&D party. Though i do have to say that i do hate you with every inch of my bone for ending the book without giving us a better glimpse at the wold behind the portal to the(silver realm?) and the faith of Isul-Siff and no planned sequel. But you are forgiven. Count me in.

  9. Will Bryan says:

    Heard a lot of good things about this one through the Gollancz blog. Would definitely live to give it a read.

  10. Pip Hughes says:

    Have been wanting to read this for a while, especially after a friend reviewed it for Gollancz and raved about it.

  11. Yagiz [Between Two Books] says:

    I’ve heard very good things about it. It’d be a great opportunity to read it if I’m the lucky victim.

  12. Edwin says:


  13. Anthony Webster says:

    Love these competitions good luck!

  14. Kayleigh Beirne says:

    It looks pretty cool!

  15. Karen Whittaker says:

    This sounds like an interesting read

  16. Simon Bradley says:

    Ooh, another one from my wishlist. I’ll take a raffle ticket for this one. :)

  17. Patricia Whittaker says:

    I always like the opportunity of reading a book that I wouldn’t instintively choose.This book sounds very interesting so fingers crossed.

  18. Amanda Richardson says:

    Thanks for the comp, book sounds really interesting.

  19. KARA CAMERON says:

    This sounds like a great book. Would really love to read it.

  20. Elaine Dale says:

    great story…wish to read this book

  21. Matt Johns says:

    Oh goody, another universe to kill Rasputin in. Would love a copy!

  22. NIGEL HILL says:

    looks like an excellent read

  23. steve Rudolph says:

    Yes please. This is on my to read to read list.

  24. James Gifford says:

    Nyet — wishing the only Russian word I learned from my eighth grade history teacher wasn’t no.

  25. Sam says:

    This looks awesome!

  26. vivian allman says:

    this looks like a great poolside read..can’t wait

  27. Sue OBrien says:

    Looks like a gripping read

  28. helen atkins says:

    looks like a great read!

  29. Sheena Read says:

    I think I will enjoy reading this book if given a chance.

  30. Stephen says:

    The Gods of Random wantonly and without reason bestow their favour upon… Adrian.

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