Scott Marlowe, fantasy author

Scott Marlowe

Author of the Alchemancer and Assassin Without a Name fantasy series

Brandon Sanderson: Do a WARBREAKER comparison

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Brandon Sanderson is offering his novel Warbreaker as a free download.

What I like about this particular freebie is that he's not only making the final version available but previous versions as well. That's kind of a twist. How often do you get to see what pains an established author went through from first draft to polished final?

He starts with Version 1.0, which bears a warning:

this version is very, very rough. It includes characters that I decide to cut halfway through, has some serious lack of foreshadowing for elements at the climax, and contains a lot of typos. Read at your own risk!

You can make your way through versions 2.0, 3.0, 3.5, and, finally, 4.2, the latest and greatest. He's also got a Word doc which compares versions 1 and 2 if you want to see the differences side-by-side.

Sanderson is giving away Warbreaker under a Creative Commons license. The book will be available for purchase in June of this year.

Tor Free E-book: The Buried Pyramid by Jane Lindskold

n79453Tor has another free giveaway out there: Jane Lindskold's The Buried Pyramid. This is the second book Tor is giving away by Lindskold. The first was Through Wolf's Eyes. My post about that one remains the most visited post on this site.

So what's The Buried Pyramid about? Check this out from Tor's posting:

Set in the Victorian age, The Buried Pyramid is, at the start, an archaeological suspense novel. Jenny Benet, a recently orphaned American who was raised in the Wild West before being “finished” in Boston, goes to Egypt with her uncle, Neville Hawthorne, a prominent British archaeologist. They’re searching for the legendary Buried Pyramid, the tomb of the pharaoh Neferankhotep—who may also have been Moses the Lawgiver.

Discovering the tomb is not the end of their journey but only the beginning. In The Buried Pyramid, Jane Lindskold sends us on a marvelous ride through Ancient Egyptian myth, legend, and religion and leaves us enlightened and amazed.

Sounds like an excellent adventure ride through history. Exactly my kind of book.

I'm posting this a little late, and since the free stuff is only free for so long, better go get it now if you haven't already.

Tor Free E-book: Dogland by Will Shetterly

9780765342331_ci_stdNOTE: While Tor is making two e-books available simultaneously as free downloads (this one and War of the Oaks, by Emma Bull), I am splitting them up for purposes of my Tor Free E-books Giveaway series.

Tor has reinstated their free e-book giveaway program wherein they will make available for download one free e-book per month. I don't think this continuation of the program has an end date currently, so enjoy. The only catch is that you will have to join their site as a member in order to get the downloads, and each e-book will only be available for a limited amount of time.

This month's free giveaway (along with the aforementioned War of the Oaks) is Dogland, by Will Shetterly.

Shetterly maintains a blog and where, after clicking through a couple of times, I came across this interesting tidbit from his biography page:

I live in Tucson, Arizona, with my wife, Emma Bull, and our cat, Toby, the Terror of the West. When I was a boy, I lived at a tourist attraction attraction called Dog Land that inspired my novel, Dogland.

He claims metatheism as his source of spiritual nourishment, links to a cookie recipe titled "Shetterly's Finest-Kind Cookies" that I would have tried out if only the link worked (I like cookies), and offers this:

In 1994, I ran for Governor of Minnesota and finished third in a field of six.

Hey, this guy could have been president, or perhaps vice-president.

His bibliography boasts a long list of novels, short stories, anthologies, comic books and graphic novels, and a trio of screenplays.

As far as what Dogland is about, I grabbed this from Amazon:

In late 1950s Florida, the transplanted Nix family opens Dogland, a tourist attraction, and their beliefs in integration attract the attention of the Klan. Young Christopher Nix befriends a black man and a Seminole woman who may know the real secret to the Fountain of Youth. Shetterly captures the rhythm, feel, and language of cracker Florida, its legends, and the clash of cultures.

I have to admit, not my usual. But I downloaded it for free, so I'm sure to give it the first 50 pages if nothing else.

Tor Free E-book: War of the Oaks by Emma Bull

n5613 NOTE: While Tor is making two e-books available simultaneously as free downloads (this one and Dogland, by Will Shetterly), I am splitting them up for purposes of my Tor Free E-books Giveaway series.

Tor has reinstated their free e-book giveaway program wherein they will make available for download one free e-book per month. I don't think this continuation of the program has an end date currently, so enjoy. The only catch is that you will have to join their site as a member in order to get the downloads, and each e-book will only be available for a limited amount of time.

This month's free giveaway is War of the Oaks, by Emma Bull.

Emma Bull writes fantasy and science fiction. You can read her blog here. Her bibliography (or this one) is fairly extensive, with seven novels to her name and an extensive list of short stories and anthologies. Something else of interest: she is the executive producer of Shadow Unit, an online series that follows the format of a television-style show but appears to be delivered exclusively via the written word.

She is married to Will Shetterly. Together they have scored an odd historic first: they’re the first married couple to each have a novel on the same final World Fantasy Awards ballot for one of the field’s top awards. Both Emma’s Territory and Will’s The Gospel of the Knife are finalists for Best Novel.

See the complete list of Tor's Free E-book Giveaways.