Okay, so we have two winners of signed paperbacks!
From the blog comments, our winner is Puck! And from twitter, our winner is @avi2kat! Congrats! I’ll be emailing you to ask who you’d like the book made out to, and where you’d like it sent.
Thank you all for entering. And if you didn’t win, there will be more contests in the future, I’m sure, and if you go buy a book and bring it to a reading or event I’ll be at, I’ll be happy to sign it!
Meanwhile, I’ve been doing the rounds a bit, and I have a few guest posts up: First, at A Reader of Fictions, a post about my favorite Shakespeare adaptations. Then, at To Read or Not to Read, a bit about where I got the idea to use Shakespeare and Wilde. So please go, read, comment!
And finally, I’d love to bring your attention to some other books that have come out recently which I highly recommend. The first is The Rise of Ransom City, by Felix Gilman. This is a sequel to his amazing The Half-Made World. I highly recommend both. I actually blurbed the Rise of Ransom City, and what I said was:
“The Rise of Ransom City continues Felix Gilman’s brilliant deconstruction of the mythology of the American West, putting it back together with magic and mechanics, and creating something so imaginative it seems to punch you in the chest. Narrator Professor Harry Ransom is a compelling voice; a teller of tall tales and showman, but whereas the snake-oil salesmen of the American West sold piss and ink, Ransom has a genuine miracle to sell. He is both liar and totally honest in ways that are sly and funny and sometimes tragic. This is a fantastic story of a war and a life told with incredible humanity and pizzazz, by a narrator who, like the world he inhabits, is bold and colorful and a wholly new sort of magic.”
All of which I stand by fully. These books are such a pleasure, and not just to the merry post-modernist prankster of my soul (although they do make him very very happy), but also to the lover of magical realism and the lover of beautiful words strung into beautiful sentences. So I highly recommend them.
Also out as of yesterday is Ekaterina Sedia‘s new short story collection, Moscow but Dreaming. I haven’t read every story in it, but Sedia is one of most marvelous magical writers out there. Her writing goes from silk in the wind to a spike through the eye in moments and without feeling pushed or unnatural. It’s also really really smart. So check that one out, too, as well as her previous novels. Her steampunkish novel is called The Alchemy of Stone, and was the first I ever read by her.
And finally, speaking of steampunk, Cherie Priest‘s new Clockwork Century novel, The Inexplicables, came out the same day as the paperback of All Men of Genius did. I haven’t read it yet (it’s on my holiday wishlist), but it’s Cherie Priest, so you know it’ll be good, right.
So check out all those books, after you’ve bought several copies of mine, of course. And congrats again to the winners!