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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 Magic of Recluce (Canada, USA, Europe)
- 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
- Ordermaster
- Natural Ordermage

The second prize pack is a full set of Tad Williams' Memory, Sorrow and Thorn, courtesy of Daw Books:



- The Dragonbone Chair (Canada, USA, Europe)
- 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:




- Dragonwing (Canada, USA, Europe)
- 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:



- Lord Foul's Bane (Canada, USA, Europe)
- 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!:-)

19 commentaires:

Jebus said...

Brilliant idea dude, bravo. Have entered in for Recluce which I've been meaning to read for yonks.

Kendall said...

Great giveaways and congrats on persuading the publishers to go along.

I'm surprised and very bummed to hear that any of Kurtz's Deryni books are out in print, let alone several (many?) of them. ;-(

thornofcamorr said...

So we can only try to win one of the sets right, no entering for all of them?

ratti said...

Funny that we should share both name AND birthday :D
I think I'll enter for Williams, have been meaning to read those books anyway.
-Patrick

Dliwir said...

Great idea Pat! I never got around to read Recluce, so I guess that's my chance. I'd also like to know whether we can enter only one or all four giveways. I have only read Tad Williams from that list and wouldn't mind giving Donaldson a try as well.

Rob D. said...

Sure, now you give away the first two Covenant Chronicles. Long after you got me addicted.

For anyone who hasn't read them, enter the contest, they are well worth it.

Patrick said...

You can send entries for all the giveaways, just not multiple registrations for the same.

Good luck!

ElanMorin said...

Oh this is great :) never read Recluce and after that post of yours a few weeks back I was gonna pick it up. The others are great too btw, read those quite a few years back.

Great contest Pat, again :)

DesLily said...

wow! how wonderful to be able to give away so many series! Complete no less! And what great idea!.. so many fantastic books that have been around and survived the test of time, yet for lack of marketing "old merchandise" many don't even know abou them anymore! (I do of course because I am old and remember them! lol) But I never did read the Death Gate books so I will put my name in that bucket and hope for the best!

What a sensational giveaway!!

Gabriele C. said...

Lol, Pat's a hobbit, gving away birthday presents.

Kendall, the lack of Deryni backlist sucks. Some of the books are avaliable second hand for an acceptable price, but, like rare stamps, I can't get a few without spending a fortune I don't have. And some second hand sellers charge so much for shipping to Germany that it would be cheaper to fly over and pick up the book.

Meljprincess said...

What a fantastic giveaway, Pat.
Happy (early) Birthday!
I've never read any of these books let alone the series's so I'd love to win.

PS. Send cake.

Robert said...

Sweet giveaway! Happy Birthday whenever it is :D

Aura said...

This is a great giveaway! Too bad I can't enter cause the books were so good I already bought them ^_^. I especially love the Recluce and Sorrow, Memory, and Thorn series.

Cecrow said...

I've read them all, so I guess I'm passing on this. Well, except Recluse, which I read the first one and left it at that. All I really remember is the Chinese vase simile, and thinking "how the heck does this character know what a Chinese vase looks like?" Somehow I doubt that ever gets explained.

Rayvin said...

The Covenant books are amazing! Definately worth the read for anyone interested in fantasy. Sad at times but inspirational!

Good on ya for doing these kinds of giveaways!!

Anonymous said...

Pat,
I have read all these books, and own nearly all of them, so I will not enter, however I think this is a great idea, shedding light on very good older series that might have been overlooked

Bravo.
- Obdigore.

Tara said...

you can't go wrong with classic fantasy and science fiction

loved the Weis series

just imagining if I win the Recluce series gives me the shivers

yay

Steven said...

Thanks for the giveaway, Pat.

I've read three of the series and enjoyed each of them very much. It would be great if I won the Deathgate series since I haven't read it. (wink).

Thanks again for sharing your love of the genre with us.

Lee said...

I'm going to risk suggesting my own work, which is only available online: my YA fantasy novel MORTAL GHOST, which has some SFonal elements; and my new novel CORVUS, soon to be serialised, which is far more SFonal. You can read an excerpt here:

http://corvus-lowe.blogspot.com

Thanks for your forbearance!