A few weeks back, I posted a list of novels/series which I believe should be more widely read, especially by the new generation of SFF fans. It was my response to all those emails I keep receiving from readers eager to discover new authors. Understandably, some agreed with my selections, while others did not. Some saw fit to add their own selections, and that's as it should be.
The objective behind that list was to give some well-deserved exposure to some works that were no longer talked about as much I would like. And since I haven't received a single email asking my for suggestions since then, I figure the list was comprised of enough series to keep most of you occupied for a little while.
Still, in the back of my mind, I wanted to do something more. So I got on the horn and contacted a few editors to see if they would be interested in giving away these "older" titles. I was pleasantly surprised that most were indeed interested and ran along with the idea!
I've hosted a recent giveaway for Raymond E. Feist's entire Riftwar backlist, and did the same with Guy Gavriel Kay's backlist last year. I've offered R. Scott Bakker's The Prince of Nothing on more than one occasion, and Stephen R. Donaldson's The Gap series was also the prize of a contest not too long ago. I've hosted a giveaway for C. S. Friedman's The Coldfire Trilogy last year as well. Sadly, Katherine Kurtz's Deryni Saga is no longer fully in print, and Margaret Weis' The Star of the Guardians was unavailable.
While I couldn't have the aforementioned series up for grabs, what I do have for you guys to win makes this the biggest giveaway I've ever hosted. Though it's my birthday on Friday, I'm the one handing out presents! Thirty books, to be exact! Who's your daddy now, eh!?!:p
Sorry, but I couldn't waste all the time it would have required me to get you all the amazon links. . .
The first prize pack is a full set of L. E. Modesitt, jr.'s Recluce Saga, courtesy of Tor Books:
- The Towers of the Sunset
- The Magic Engineer
- The Order War
- The Death of Chaos
- Fall of Angels
- The Chaos Balance
- The White Order
- Colors of Chaos
- Magi'i of Cyador
- Scion of Cyador
- Wellspring of Chaos
- Natural Ordermage
The second prize pack is a full set of Tad Williams' Memory, Sorrow and Thorn, courtesy of Daw Books:
- Stone of Farewell
- To Green Angel Tower
The third prize pack is a full set of Margaret Weis and Tracy Hickman's The Deathgate Cycle, courtesy of Bantam Dell:
- Elven Star
- Fire Sea
- Serpent Mage
- The Hand of Chaos
- Into the Labyrinth
- The Seventh Gate
The fourth prize pack is a full set of Stephen R. Donaldson's first two Chronicles of Thomas Covenant, courtesy of Del Rey Books:
- The Illearth War
- The Power that Preserves
- The Wounded Land
- The One Tree
- White Gold Wielder
There might be more, but I reckon this is already quite something! I normally encourage everyone to participate, but this time around I would like that only those who have yet to discover these SFF series register for these giveaways. All the books listed here provided me with countless hours of reading pleasure, and I hope you'll enjoy them as much as I did. . .:-)
The rules are the same as usual. First off, for the Recluce contest, you need to send an email at reviews@(no-spam)gryphonwood.net with the header "RECLUCE." For the Tad Williams giveaway, the header should be "MEMORY." For the Weis and Hickman contest, the header should be "DEATHGATE." And for the Donaldson giveaway, the header should be "COVENANT." Remember to remove the "no spam" thingy.
Second, your email must contain your full mailing address (that's snail mail!), otherwise your message will be deleted.
Lastly, multiple entries will disqualify whoever sends them. And please include your screen name and the message boards that you frequent using it, if you do hang out on a particular MB.
Good luck to all the participants!:-)