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Free Book Friday: Cloud & Ashes by Greer Gilman

JK Evanczuk / Friday, October 9, 2009 Comments Off

Welcome to this week’s Free Book Friday, wherein we give you the best titles in indie publishing for the low low price of nothing. Congrats to last week’s winner James DeBruicker for scoring a copy of Hound by Vincent McCaffrey.

Cloud & Ashes by Greer Gilman

This week, we are giving away a copy of Cloud & Ashes: Three Winter’s Tales by Greer Gilman. In the eighteen years since her IAFA William L. Crawford Fantasy Award?winning debut novel Moonwise, Greer Gilman?s writing has only grown more complex and entrancing. Cloud & Ashes is a slow whirlwind of language, a button box of words, a mythic Joycean fable that will invite immersion, study, revisitation, and delight. Cloud & Ashes comprises three tales: ?Jack Daw?s Pack? (Nebula Award finalist), ?A Crowd of Bone? (winner of the World Fantasy Award), and the new third part, a whole novel, ?Unleaving.? Inventive, playful, and erudite, Gilman is an archeolexicologist rewriting language itself in these long-awaited tales.

This week’s Free Book Friday is sponsored by Small Beer Press. Gavin Grant and Kelly Link started Small Beer Press in 2000, after putting out a do-it-yourself zine, and working for years in independent bookstores, in order to publish the kind of books they loved handselling. Small Beer Press publishes literary fiction, innovative fantastic fiction, and classic authors whom you just may have missed the first time around. In their catalog, you?ll find first novels, collections both satisfying and surreal, critically acclaimed, award-winning writers, and exciting talents whose names you may never have heard, but whose work you?ll never be able to forget. Joan Aiken, John Crowley, Carol Emshwiller, Angelica Gorodischer, Naomi Mitchinson, and Sean Stewart are among the names on Small Beer Press’ growing list of innovators.

Read Gilman’s short story “A Crowd of Bone” in full on Small Beer Press’ website.

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Winner will be chosen randomly at 12pm on Friday, October 16. The winner must provide his/her mailing address via email within 48 hours, or a new winner will be randomly selected.

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  • Stephanie Griffin

    Thanks for promoting Small Beer Press!

  • Grey

    Ever since I had a whiff of Cloud and Ashes, I have heard only lovely words and excellent recommendations–all that seem to echo the depth and beauty of the novel.

    It would be a joy to have the chance to track down a copy, and with the added bonus of discovering litdrift in the process!


  • http://entomologyofabookworm.blogspot.com Kerry

    Back again – I’d love a chance to read it, this looks amazing.

  • Laura

    A longtime fan of Moonwise, I’d love a copy of Cloud and Ashes, which I can’t afford to buy at the moment. Fingers crossed!

  • Brittany

    Been wanting to read this forever! Directed here from Small Beer Press, I’m really excited to explore your website further as well :) .

    ~ silenscarmina[AT]gmail[DOT]com

  • http://www.logophile.org/blog/ Tikitu

    Longtime Small Beer fan
    But Amsterdam resident
    Will you post so far?

    *Cloud & Ashes* has been on my to-read list for a while now, a free copy would be delightful. (WordPress has my email.) Here via the Small Beer blog, you know I reckon I might spend a while looking around.

  • http://yvettewardhorner.blogspot.com/ Yvette Ward-Horner

    I’d love to win a copy.

  • Shawn Kilburn

    MOONWISE was one of my favorite books for a while. I’d love to score a free copy of CLOUD & ASHES.


  • http://josephsbarro.com Joey

    Sounds awesome!

  • reece

    Greer Gilman–yes!


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