Giveaway: The Incorruptibles (10/2/2014)

Writing. Day job. Writing. Day job. Blah blah. The Silver Kings is sitting at about 142k words and will grow to about 220k. I’ve seen the cover for Sekkrit Projekt and it’s cool and I wish I could share . . . but I can’t. Copy edits have started on The Royalist and my my, how two publishers from the same master stable can differ in their ways of doing things. I suppose the main news in the last couple of weeks is that there isn’t going to be any more Gallow from Nathan Hawke for a while…

…however, while being delivered this news,  my editor parted with a copy of The Incorruptibles by John Hornor Jacobs, which I’m going to share with you just as soon as I’ve read it. I can’t say all that much about it – band of hired swords (well, guns, actually) escorting some dude in a boat into the badlands and then all hell breaks loose if I’ve got the gist of it. I’ve started reading it and it feels like a fantasy western – carbines, pistols, river steamers – and the writing is strikingly good.

This is an ARC and if my editor can’t spare another then I’m offering my own but only after I’ve finished reading it. I’ll try not to spill coffee all over it…

Usual deal – comment on this post before February 17th  and I’ll randomly select a lucky victim for a free copy of the book. This week to enter I ask you to stare your favourite word or words. From my own preferences I offer your Selenium, animosity and serendipity.

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!


26 Responses to “Giveaway: The Incorruptibles (10/2/2014)”

  1. Matt Imrie says:

    I love the woodcut cover of The Incorruptables and your description brief as it is has piqued my interest.

    Good luck with Secret Kings and I hope the Sekkrit Projekt becomes known soon(ish).

    Have a great day!

  2. paul says:

    Shame there will be a wait on Gallows and hope the day job doesn’t get you down too much.
    Rabbit lovers will hate me but always liked how the word myxomatosis flows. I know its not pleasant but some words just work

  3. Leigh D Lyle says:

    I too love that woodcut picture! My favorite words are Antimony, Naptha, Chthonic, and agrimony (among a million others that I cannot think of off the top of my head) haha

  4. Barb Petersen says:

    I love the cover, it’s very Mark Twain meets Tolkein. My favourite words are agreeable, celestial and murmuration.

  5. Symon says:

    Sounds like great fun!
    Among my favourites are scrumptious, and felicitations.

  6. Nick Sharps says:

    I am so freaking excited to see JHJ’s take on fantasy! My favorite word is kalopsia, the delusion of things being more beautiful than they are.

  7. Jessica Nelson says:

    Yes, please.

    I have a great many favorite words, many of which I do not think of until I say them, and then I smile at how fun they are to say, such as fantabulous, or linguistic.

  8. Al Clay says:

    Sounds intriguing!

    A few of my favorite words are obfuscate, tenterhooks, and vertigo.

  9. D Bates says:

    Definitely one I’d read on the strength of the cover alone.

    Favourite words (in French for the hell of it) are pamplemousse and vraisemblablement. The former is a joy to say, and the latter is a joy to get lost in half way through.

  10. Cliff Fuller says:

    Pick me! Pick me! Ever since Southern Gods and This Dark Earth I’ve been hooked on Jacobs’ work!

  11. Cliff Fuller says:

    Sent by accident without my words:

    hogshead (early 80’s Wordly Wise vocabulary flashback!)

  12. Ellie Ann says:

    Looks fantastic

  13. Wendy says:

    Love, love, love the cover. Favorite word of all time: kerfuffle!

  14. Conal O'Neill says:

    I’d love to read this.

    Not really sure if I have a favorite word but here are some words from book titles that I enjoyed:

  15. Dan says:

    Favourite words? Tricky. Every time I select three, I come up with another one that I want to fit in.

    Rapscallion, skulduggery, deleterious
    Or maybe paraphernalia or procrastination…There’s plenty more but I should probably stop there…

  16. Ade Couper (@bigade1665) says:

    Think my word would have to be “lolloped”- just like the look & the sound od it….!

  17. Tim says:

    Sounds like an intriguing novel.

  18. Martin Cahill says:

    Damn, what a beautiful book. And the inside is supposed to be pretty good too! Fingers crossed! Favorite word? Let’s go with Incorrigible.

  19. Adrian says:

    Chork – to make the noise that feet do when shoes are full of water.

  20. Mango Heroics says:

    I like words that become other words when you add/subtract an internal syllable. So, serendipity is a good one, because serenity. I like oblivious/obvious too. But I also like obsequious because I once won a spelling bee with it. Mellifluous just rolls off the tongue.
    The ARC looks cool on the outside. How do you like the inside so far?

  21. Richard Santos says:

    This one looks so good!

  22. Thejaswi Udupa says:

    Off the top of my head, “cerulean”

  23. marion king says:

    i really would love to win this i love reading too

  24. Bernadete says:

    I adore all of JHJ’s writing and am so looking forward to this one – would love a print of that cover. Anway, favourite words – have to concur with serendipity, also ethereal, gloaming, mithridate, luminous, flibbertigibbet, troubadour…

  25. Stephen says:

    Sloppy as they ever are with getting round to things, but the Gods of Random have chosen Martin. Thanks for all the words though – most interesting.

  26. Ren Kuroya says:

    sounds good. and wear and use on a book only gives it personality.

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