Monday, March 5, 2007

Some Fun Book News

This post is mostly about Subterranean Press. You'd swear that I work for them, but I don't...they won't even send me ARCs which I would happily review ;)

I was very excited to wake up this morning and see that M is for Magic by Neil Gaiman shall be coming out this summer from SubPress. Even more exciting is that they have a limited edition that will be signed by Neil and Gahan Wilson, the artist who is doing the artwork. They are also numbered. So I pre-ordered it. It is a collection of short stories for "all ages". The price is normally $60, but if you buy it today and mention the newsletter in the special instructions box, you can get it for $48 dollars. But only today. And that is precisely what I did.

The second book that I ordered through them is The Space Boy by Orson Scott Card which is coming out in August. Artwork is done by his cousin (or nephew...can't remember). This one is limited to 2000 copies of the limited edition and is signed and numbered by the author.

SubPress' newsletter also mentions 2 new books forthcoming from John Scalzi. The first is Old Man's War which is a Hugo nominee (or was..not really sure) and the second is The Ghost Brigades. I keep advertising for John Scalzi on here, but I've yet to read one of his books! What can I say, he just sounds like an author I would like. I think this mostly because of Carl's review of The Android's Dream which sounds right up my alley.

SubPress is also carrying a free online magazine with all kinds of cool stuff including short stories by Poppy Z. Brite, John Scalzi, and Joe R. Landsdale. Very cool.

If you order any book from SubPress between now and Friday, they will enter your name into a drawing for 2 very rare editions of Stephen King books that they have published. Free stuff rocks!

Finally, on Endicott's blog, they have published a review of China Mieville's Un Lun Dun. It sounds great. I really want to read this book. I've hears so much about it and it's all good. Plenty of people are comparing him to Neil Gaiman, a connection which is once more maid in this article on Endicott's blog.

Happy Monday everyone! Hope your week got off to a good start.


Carl V. said...

I need to rob a bank to be able to afford all these books!

I'm in the middle of Un Lun Dun, a book which the author freely admits in the beginning that owes more than a passing nod to Neil Gaiman and Neverwhere.

I'm having a bit of a hard time with it. It has some absolutely wonderful passages and then is really clunky and odd at times. This book, so far, certainly doesn't hold a candle to Gaiman's work. I will reserve judgement until after I've finished though. I think China may be a bit of an acquired taste. I think I want to read some of his adult fiction to see if it is different/better than this...this is, after all, his first book written for young adults.

Chris said...

Yeah, I definitely shouldn't have spent the money on these books, but...

I'm glad to see that he acknowledges that he owes alot to Gaiman. That's all I keep hearing is that it's very Neil-esque. Looking forward to what you think of the finished product.

Carl V. said...

Interestingly enough my friend Jeff (who knows I've been struggling to try to like this book) called me and told me that in the latest issue of Fantasty and Science Fiction magazine (the Gene Wolfe issue), Charles DeLint gives the book a negative review in the book review section. He purportedly really likes all of China M.'s other work and found this to be lacking in quality. Glad to see I'm not alone in my feelings on this one.