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The "Standard of Ur" from ancient Mesopotamia

The "Standard of Ur" from ancient Mesopotamia

17 September 2014

Birthday contest

Every year on my birthday, I hold a contest and give away books—sometimes mine, sometimes other people's. This year, I'm giving away books published in 2014 by people in the Clarion class of 2009. For the first time, I'm using Rafflecopter instead of having my husband draw numbers out of a hat. He always did a good job; let's see whether Rafflecopter can match him.

There will be six winners. If you are one of them, you can choose among these books:

Horrorstör by Grady Hendrix. A horror novel that is also a parody of the Ikea catalog. Expect humor, gore, and disturbing images of home furnishings. Grady is a master of the bizarre and the sardonic; he can make you laugh and cringe at the same time. This is one of the books I've looked most forward to this year; it will be released September 23.

The Law and the Heart: Speculative Stories to Bend the Mind and Soul by Kenneth Schneyer. This is a collection of thirteen of Ken's short stories, some previously published, some not. (My favorite makes its first appearance here.) Ken, a law professor, is the leading writer of legal sf. Kim Stanley Robinson says of this anthology, "The stories here are formally ingenious, even startling, and at the same time full of heart; the combination is brilliant and delightful."

The 8th Continent by Matt London. This book,  released September 16, is for children age 8 to 12 years. It has already garnered good reviews from Kirkus Reviews and Booklist, and Kim Stanley Robinson says, "This is a delightful start to the adventures of the Lane family, with their flying tree and their mechanical bird tutor.  Evie and Rick and their brilliant if eccentric parents are wonderfully vivid, and the villains who try to impede them in their quest to save the Earth, equally memorable.  It's all in the great tradition of adventure fiction for young readers, running back through Akiko and Freddy the Pig all the way to Tom Sawyer."

The Measure of a Man by Shauna Roberts. This historical fantasy novelette (about 11,000 words) is about three very different men who find themselves facing zombies on an island paradise. (Kindle ebook only.)

Claimed by the Enemy by Shauna Roberts. This is my second novel set in ancient Mesopotamia. This one has romance, adventure, and palace intrigue. As before, I've used archaeological and textual evidence to make the novel as historically accurate as possible.

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ninthmuse (roz m) said...

Happy Birthday, Shauna! Thanks for the tip about the Grady Hendrix book-- SATAN LOVES YOU was one of those wonderful surprises that even made other people laugh when I read passages aloud to them.

Charles Gramlich said...

Looks good. That horror novel sounds interesting. I think I'm doing most of these things except for the twitter. I'm still not on that.

Shauna Roberts said...

Thanks, ROZ, for the birthday wishes.

CHARLES, I think you would enjoy Horrorstör based on what I've heard about it.