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 Traviskurowski for getting a free copy of Flying Zeppelins by Joe R. Lansdale.
This week, we are giving away The Third Bear by Jeff VanderMeer. Compared by critics to Borges, Nabokov, and Kafka, inventive contemporary fantasist Jeff VanderMeer continues to amaze with this surreal, innovative, and absurdist gathering of award-winning short fiction. Exotic beasts and improbable travelers roam restlessly through these darkly diverting and finely-honed tales. Highlights include “The Situation,” in which a beleaguered office worker creates a child-swallowing manta-ray to be used for educational purposes (once described as Dilbert meets Gormenghast); “Three Days in a Border Town,” where a sharpshooter seeks the truth about her husband in an elusive floating City beyond a far-future horizon; “Errata,” following an oddly-familiar writer who has marshaled a penguin, a shaman, and two pearl-handled pistols with which to plot the end of the world. Also included are two stories original to this collection, including “The Quickening,” in which a lonely child is torn between familial obligation and a wounded talking rabbit. Chimerical and hypnotic, VanderMeer leads readers through the postmodern into a new literature of the imagination.
This week’s Free Book Friday is sponsored by Tachyon Publications.
Tachyon is an independent publisher of science fiction and fantasy for grown-ups. Their books are unique, challenging, and have high literary value. Their books are also a lot of fun. Tachyon is known for their canonic anthologies that redefine everything from the Victorian whimsies of Steampunk to the “lit-fi” world of Slipstream. In publishing risky story collections they’ve helped to spark a short fiction renaissance. They’ve commissioned innovative original novels and brought out-of-print classics to a new generation of readers. Their award-winning authors include Peter S. Beagle, Charles de Lint, Michael Moorcock, Kage Baker, James Morrow, Tim Powers, Nancy Kress, Cory Doctorow, Carol Emshwiller, Thomas M. Disch, and many more. In 2010, Tachyon is celebrating fifteen years of publishing smart science fiction and fantasy. Stick around, they’re just getting started.
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Winner will be chosen randomly on Friday, May 20 and notified via email. The winner must respond to our email within 48 hours, or a new winner will be randomly selected.
EDIT: Giveaway now closed. Congrats to this week’s winner MATT BETTS. Check out the new Free Book Friday, featuring the short story anthology The Secret History of Fantasy.