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and you, you were acting like it was the end of the world.

It's Book day, busting out all over!

Of course, today is US launch day* for my own Shattered Pillars, second in the Eternal Sky trilogy. Shattered Pillars is a novel of crumblimg empire, necromancy, Rukhs, Djinni, ghulim, Wizards, tiger-warriors, martial monks, and magic ponies set in a fantasy realm inspired by the cultures, sweep, and breadth of our own world's Silk Road and the Asian steppe. Thrills, chills, buildering, war crimes, and did I mention magic ponies?


(Goodreads page)

You can read an excerpt here, at Tor.com. You can read Brit Mandelo's review here, also at Tor.com. And you can read Marissa Lingen's review here at her livejournal.

Shattered Pillars received starred reviews from Kirkus and Booklist and rave reviews from Publishers Weekly and Romantic Times. (details here)

Range of Ghosts, first in the series, is a Tiptree Honor Book, a Romantic Times Reviewer's Choice Award nominee for Best Epic Fantasy, and the first printing sold out in under a week.

To order Shattered Pillars online:

(Amazon) (Barnes & Noble) (Powell's) (Mysterious Galaxy)

It is, of course, available where ever fine pixels are pushed--or, for that matter, pages.

But wait! That's not all!

It's also launch day for the Ellen Datlow and Terri Windling edited Queen Victoria's Book of Spells, a Gaslamp Fantasy anthology with an amazing Table of Contents:


(Goodreads Page)

Speaking of that ToC, here it is:

Preface                                                           Ellen Datlow and Terri Windling
Introduction: Fantasy, Magic, and
Fairyland in Nineteenth-Century England       Terri Windling
“Queen Victoria’s Book of Spells”                  Delia Sherman
“The Fairy Enterprise”                                    Jeffrey Ford
“From the Catalogue of the Pavilion
of the Uncanny and Marvelous,
Scheduled for Premiere at the
Great Exhibition (Before the Fire)”                  Genevieve Valentine
“The Memory Book”                                       Maureen McHugh
“La Reine d’Enfer”                                           Kathe Koja
“For the Briar Rose”                                       Elizabeth Wein
“The Governess”                                            Elizabeth Bear
“Smithfield”                                                    James P. Blaylock
“The Unwanted Women of Surrey”                 Kaaron Warren
“Charged”                                                       Leanna Renee Hieber
“Mr. Splitfoot”                                                Dale Bailey
“Phosphorus”                                                 Veronica Schanoes
“We Without Us Were Shadows”                     Catherynne M. Valente
“The Vital Importance of the Superficial”       Ellen Kushner and Caroline Stevermer
“The Jewel in the Toad Queen’s Crown”         Jane Yolen
“A Few Twigs He Left Behind”                        Gregory Maguire
“Their Monstrous Minds”                               Tanith Lee
“Estella Saves the Village”                              Theodora Goss

...So I'm in an anthology with Jane Yolen, Tanith Lee, and Ellen Kushner. How did this get to be my life again?

Here is Terri Windling's post on the book. and here are starred reviews from Publishers Weekly and Kirkus. (Somebody must have given Kirkus a lollipop. They're never this nice!)

Queen Victoria's Book of Spells is available through the usual suspects (Barnes and Noble) (Amazon) and wherever fine pixels are pushed... or fine pages, for that matter.

*UK launch day is April 15. We Apologize For The Inconvenience.

Comments

Okay, email your real name & address to marykay.kare@gmail.com and I'll send you a copy of the book. I take it that you want an actual dead trees book?

Bear can provide a reference if you're feeling wary

MKK
That is an amazingly generous offer. Wow.

I remember you, at least online. At one point I had you friended (I think I lost you when I purged down to only people I had personally met, not people in the same fandom circles, and god knows why I never picked your journal back up, considering I expanded again within a few weeks.)

As I amended to Bear herself, my birthday isn't yet. It's actually all the way off in June. What happened is, I swore not to *buy* any books for 2013. In spite of the fact that at least two major books are coming out that are top of my WAAANT list (Shattered Pillars is one of the two). So I may have to wait to get those books for my birthday.

My reasoning is that I have a to-read bookCASE, less reading time, and less cash flow. (Also, I picked up the last handful of really urgent books that were already out right before I made the pledge). Also that there is a pretty good library system in this city.

IF your offer still stands, I'll e-mail you, but I think it only fair to give the long version before you're too generous.
Sure -- I wasn't doing it for the birthday thing, but because I can remember not being able to get a book you REALLY want. And because Bear is a good person & writer and people should have her books. And I like doing this sort of thing for people and I can afford it.

MKK