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There’s a lot of bits of book news that I came across today, so I’m going to just present it all here in one post. Enjoy!

Joe Hill’s Horns to be made into a movie starring Shia LaBeouf

Shia LaBeouf will star as Ig Perris, the main character ins Joe Hill’s bestselling novel Horns. Here’s what had to say:

Shia LaBeouf’s next thriller will have him sporting big honking horns. Playing Ig Perrish, from Joe Hill’s bestselling novel Horns, LaBeouf will use his new head accessories (and their powers) to solve the murder of his beloved.

Not only is Hill the author of the very popular comic books Locke & Key, but he is also the son of Stephen King. Here is a better summary from Amazon of Horns, Hill’s Gothic Fiction book:

Merrin Williams is dead, slaughtered under inexplicable circumstances, leaving her beloved boyfriend Ignatius Perrish as the only suspect. On the first anniversary of Merrin’s murder, Ig spends the night drunk and doing awful things. When he wakes the next morning he has a thunderous hangover, and horns growing from his temples. Ig possesses a terrible new power to go with his terrible new look-a macabre gift he intends to use to find the monster who killed his lover. Being good and praying for the best got him nowhere. Now it’s time for revenge.

As of right now, there is no director attached to this project, and LaBeouf already has a heap of movie work on his plate. So it could be a while until he gets to filming Horns.


Mega-Giveaway on of Hugo Award-winning A Fire Upon the Deep, and Cover Revealed for the Sequel

Giveaway Ends on Noon EST on Tuesday, March 22nd, 2011.

Vernor Vinge’s next book is called The Children of the Sky, and the cover was just recently released. No idea about this series? can help: they are giving away 50 (yes, 50) copies of the first book in the series, Hugo-award winning A Fire Upon the Deep. We’ve linked to a lot of Tor’s giveaways over the past few months, so entering should be familiar. But just in case you’re new to these giveaways, here’s what you do:

The Official Rules: To enter, post a comment in this post. Duplicate comments won’t be counted. Fifty winners will be randomly selected by noon EST on Tuesday, March 22nd. Please check your email in the 24 hours after the giveaway has concluded; if we don’t hear back from a winner within 24 hours of being contacted, another winner will be chosen.


New Mistborn Cover and Details  Revealed on!


Tor Books has just released lots of new details on Brandon Sanderson’s next work, Mistborn: The Alloy of Law, including the revelation ofChris McGrath’s steampunk-ish cover for the new title! (Oh, how we’re clamoring to get a peek at the manuscript….)

For those yet unaware, The Alloy of Law came about from a short story that Brandon Sanderson wrote last fall while taking a well-deserved break after writing The Gathering StormThe Way of Kings, andTowers of Midnight. Of course, fantasy stories being what they are, what was a short story soon ballooned into a proper novel. (A novel that, funnily enough, takes Mistborn out of the epic fantasy genre it started within.) Sanderson still reportedly intends on crafting a follow-up trilogy to the original Mistborn trilogy after his current projects are completed.

A longer synopsis for The Allow of Law has emerged, as well.

The short synopsis (mild spoilers for the Mistborn trilogy):

Three hundred years after the events of the Mistborn trilogy, Scadrial is on the verge of modernity, with railroads to supplement the canals, electric lighting in the streets and the homes of the wealthy, and the first steel-framed skyscrapers racing for the clouds.

Kelsier, Vin, Elend, Sazed, Spook, and the rest are now part of history—or religion. Yet even as science and technology are reaching new heights, the old magics of Allomancy and Feruchemy continue to play a role in this reborn world. Out in the frontier lands known as the Roughs, they are crucial tools for the brave men and women attempting to establish order and justice.

One such is Waxillium Ladrian, a rare Twinborn who can Push on metals with his Allomancy and use Feruchemy to become lighter or heavier at will. After twenty years in the Roughs, Wax has been forced by family tragedy to return to the metropolis of Elendel. Now he must reluctantly put away his guns and assume the duties and dignity incumbent upon the head of a noble house. Or so he thinks, until he learns the hard way that the mansions and elegant tree-lined streets of the city can be even more dangerous than the dusty plains of the Roughs.

The fourth Mistborn novel is currently set for release in November of this year in hardcover and ebook.


Excerpt from The Gravity Pilot

The Gravity Pilot was released this past Tuesday, March 15th (click here to link to our weekly book releases, which has a summary of the story). has a nice excerpt of the novel for your reading pleasure. Click here to link to the excerpt page.


Stephen King’s Next Book – A Time-Travel Story – Will be Titled 11/22/63


Today, Stephen King and his publishers announced that his next novel will be titled 11/22/63… and yes, that date does mean what you think it means. The book summary released on begins as follows:

On November 22, 1963, three shots rang out in Dallas,
President Kennedy died, and the world changed.

If you had the chance to change history, would you?

Would the consequences be worth it?

Jake Epping is a thirty-five-year-old high school English teacher in Lisbon Falls, Maine, who makes extra money teaching adults in the GED program. He receives an essay from one of the students—a gruesome, harrowing first person story about the night 50 years ago when Harry Dunning’s father came home and killed his mother, his sister, and his brother with a hammer. Harry escaped with a smashed leg, as evidenced by his crooked walk.

Not much later, Jake’s friend Al, who runs the local diner, divulges a secret: his storeroom is a portal to 1958. He enlists Jake on an insane—and insanely possible—mission to try to prevent the Kennedy assassination. So begins Jake’s new life as George Amberson and his new world of Elvis and JFK, of big American cars and sock hops, of a troubled loner named Lee Harvey Oswald and a beautiful high school librarian named Sadie Dunhill, who becomes the love of Jake’s life—a life that transgresses all the normal rules of time.

According to, among other sources, 11/22/63 will be another “1,000 page tour-de-force,” following the similarly hefty Under the Dome.


Can You Survive The Zombie Apocalypse? Autographed Book and Art Giveaways, and Interview with Zombie Books Authors

Max Brallier has signed a copy of his Choose Your Own Adventure-style novel, Can You Survive The Zombie Apocalypse?We’ve got one copy for a lucky member of the undead. Want more? Max Brallier and Alan Goldsher have been answering all your burning questions about zombies and writing the undead. Head on over and take a look.

But that’s not all! We also have an original piece of artwork from from the book’s artist, Christopher Mitten. Mitten has contributed work for such companies as Dark Horse, DC/Wildstorm, Oni Press, IDW, Image, and Simon & Schuster. He has a nifty website and Twitter account, and is probably best known for the work he did illustrating Wasteland. And now you can own this original piece of artwork! It’s a lion eating a zombie! We are hard pressed to find something cooler than that.

The Official Rules: To enter, leave a comment in this post. Duplicate comments won’t be counted. One winner will be randomly selected by noon EST on Monday, March 21st. Please check your email in the 24 hours after the giveaway has concluded; if we don’t hear back from the winner within 24 hours of being contacted, another winner will be chosen.


Free ebook: Of Blood and Honey by Stina Leicht

Night Shade Books is running a St. Patrick’s Day giveaway through March 29, 2011, where you can get a free eBook copy of Of Blood and Honey by Stina Leicht, an urban fantasy novel set in 1970s Northern Ireland. [Email required]


Liam never knew who his father was. The town of Derry had always assumed that he was the bastard of a protestant – his mother never spoke of him, and Liam assumed he was dead. But when the war between the fallen and the fey began to heat up, Liam and his family are pulled into a conflict that they didn’t know existed. A centuries old conflict between supernatural forces seems to mirror the political divisions in 1970′s era Ireland, and Liam is thrown headlong into both conflicts! Only the direct intervention of Liam’s real father, and a secret catholic order dedicated to fighting “The Fallen” can save Liam… from the mundane and supernatural forces around him, and from the darkness that lurks within him.

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Freebies, Excerpts, and Giveaways, Oh My!

I came across a few great book goodies today and thought I’d share them all in one post for your viewing pleasure. There’s a chance to win a book by Joe Hill, an excerpt of the newest book by Patrick Rothfuss, and a BOGO offer from Orbit Books.

Giveaway of Horns, one of the newest novels from Joe Hill:

Lytherus editor Jackie Krah had the pleasure of interviewing Hill recently when he was scouting location for the TV show based off of his comic Locke & Key (click here to link to that interview).  Now The Ranting Dragon is giving away a copy of Horns, which was voted as one of the best fantasy novels of 2010. What’s it about? Here’s the book blurb:

Joe Hill’s critically acclaimed, New York Times bestselling, Bram Stoker Award-winning debut chiller, Heart-Shaped Box, heralded the arrival of new royalty onto the dark fantasy scene. With Horns, he polishes his well-deserved crown. A twisted, terrifying new novel of psychological and supernatural suspense, Horns is a devilishly original triumph for the Ray Bradbury Fellowship recipient whose story collection, 20th Century Ghosts, was also honored with a Bram Stoker Award—and whose emotionally powerful and  macabre work has been praised by the New York Times as, “wild, mesmerizing, perversely witty…a Valentine from hell.”

This, along with future giveaways, is part of their Locus Challenge, which you need to participate in to be eligible to win Horns. It’s pretty easy, just voting for various books that you like, and with continued participation you have the chance to win future prizes. So, click here to find out how to win Horns (this page will link you to wherever else you need to go!).

Excerpt: The Wise Man’s Fear by Patrick Rothfuss

The Wise Man’s Fear came out This past Tuesday, and is the highly anticipated sequel to Rothfuss’ The Name of the Wind. has a nice little excerpt to peak your curiosity about this already-popular book. Click here to link to the excerpt.

What’s this book about? Here’s the summary from Amazon:

As seamless and lyrical as a song from the lute-playing adventurer and arcanist Kvothe, this mesmerizing sequel to Rothfuss’s 2007′s debut, The Name of the Wind, is a towering work of fantasy. As Kvothe, now the unassuming keeper of the Waystone Inn, continues to share his astounding life story—a history that includes saving an influential lord from treachery, defeating a band of dangerous bandits, and surviving an encounter with a legendary Fae seductress—he also offers glimpses into his life’s true pursuit: figuring out how to vanquish the mythical Chandrian, a group of seven godlike destroyers that brutally murdered his family and left him an orphan. But while Kvothe recalls the events of his past, his future is conspiring just outside the inn’s doors. This breathtakingly epic story is heartrending in its intimacy and masterful in its narrative essence, and will leave fans waiting on tenterhooks for the final installment.

Orbit e-books: BOGO on featured fantasy and sci-fi books:

If you’re a die-hard science-fiction or fantasy fan, here’s your chance to dip your toes in the other genre. Orbit books came up with a great idea to cross-over. If you buy the “bonus ebook edition” of the scifi space opera Leviathan Wakes by James S.A. Corey, you’ll get the fantasy e-book of The Dragon’s Path by Daniel Abraham for free. This works in reverse too for fantasy fans: everyone who buys the “bonus ebook edition” of The Dragon’s Path will receive a complimentary copy of Leviathan Wakes.

This is from the press release:

Although the two genres are often categorized alongside each other, direct cross-promotion of new Science Fiction and Fantasy releases in this way is quite new. We’re very excited to be giving readers the chance to discover both these exciting new series at the same time.

Here’s a little bit about each one:

Leviathan Wakes (set to release in paperback on June 15th, 2011):

Humanity has colonized the solar system – Mars, the Moon, the Asteroid Belt and beyond – but the stars are still out of our reach.

Jim Holden is XO of an ice miner making runs from the rings of Saturn to the mining stations of the Belt. When he and his crew stumble upon a derelict ship, The Scopuli, they find themselves in possession of a secret they never wanted. A secret that someone is willing to kill for – and kill on a scale unfathomable to Jim and his crew. War is brewing in the system unless he can find out who left the ship and why.

Detective Miller is looking for a girl. One girl in a system of billions, but her parents have money and money talks. When the trail leads him to The Scopuli and rebel sympathizer Holden, he realizes that this girl may be the key to everything.

Holden and Miller must thread the needle between the Earth government, the Outer Planet revolutionaries, and secretive corporations – and the odds are against them. But out in the Belt, the rules are different, and one small ship can change the fate of the universe.

The Dragon’s Path (set to release April 7th, 2011):

All paths lead to war…

Marcus’ hero days are behind him. He knows too well that even the smallest war still means somebody’s death. When his men are impressed into a doomed army, staying out of a battle he wants no part of requires some unorthodox steps.

Cithrin is an orphan, ward of a banking house. Her job is to smuggle a nation’s wealth across a war zone, hiding the gold from both sides. She knows the secret life of commerce like a second language, but the strategies of trade will not defend her from swords.

Geder, sole scion of a noble house, has more interest in philosophy than in swordplay. A poor excuse for a soldier, he is a pawn in these games. No one can predict what he will become.

Falling pebbles can start a landslide. A spat between the Free Cities and the Severed Throne is spiraling out of control. A new player rises from the depths of history, fanning the flames that will sweep the entire region onto The Dragon’s Path-the path to war.

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