Auction, Winner, and Other Wednesday Stuff
There’s only one day left, give or take, to win the amazing, eye-popping, high-quality, ready-for-framing 16 x 16 print of me, John Scalzi, Patrick Rothfuss, Charles Stross, and Mary Robinette Kowal posing in the style of Young Flandry. Bid now, and bid often!
The contest I did for a SFBC edition of either The Legend of Jig Dragonslayer or Libriomancer was amazing. I asked people to comment and share the best thing that happened to them last year. Roughly 300 people entered, and I have to tell you, reading all of your good news and accomplishments from 2012 made my week so much better. You took risks, sold books, bought homes, got married, fell in love, beat cancer, had children, survived accidents, reunited with loved ones, moved to better places, got dream jobs, quit jobs from hell … I’m bookmarking these posts so I can come back and reread the comments when I’m in a lousy mood.
Congratulations to Jeff D., who was selected by the Great and Oracular Master of the Numbers of Randomness to receive the book of his choice.
As an FYI, the audio book of Libriomancer has been taken off of Amazon and Audible.com. Audible received some feedback on the narration, and decided to go back and re-record the book with a different reader. Not an ideal situation, but I give Audible major props for listening to their readers and taking steps to address the problems. I’ll let folks know when it’s available again, which should happen relatively soon.
Finally, I shared this line from Codex Born on Facebook yesterday, but I’m gonna share it here as well, because it makes me laugh. Because no matter how old I get, a part of me will always be twelve. This is Isaac grumbling about one of the villains of the story.
“[BAD GUY] can go light a match and stand behind a flatulent dragon for all I care.”
I’m telling you, this new book has NEBULA AWARD written all over it! 🙂
John D. Bell
January 30, 2013 @ 9:33 am
With permission and credit, of course, I would like to borrow that line of Isaac’s – there’s plenty of places I could use it with appropriate effect. 😀
January 30, 2013 @ 12:14 pm
I’m in the middle of Libriomancer right now. I’m loving it! Except for the fact that I used to work at the MSU Library and it’s now a pile of rubble :). It is very cool to read a book in which part of your town and place of work are featured.
I’d love to use the quote from Isaac above on so many people!
January 30, 2013 @ 5:50 pm
I just wanted to say that I found your blog via Scalzi’s posts and I just finished Goblin Quest and am starting The Stepsister Scheme (I figured I’d buy the first in both series to try them both). I really enjoyed Jig’s first adventure and am looking forward to reading the rest. Since I didn’t win the collection, guess I’ll just have to go buy that now!
Jim C. Hines
January 30, 2013 @ 7:00 pm
Thanks, Sarah! Very glad you liked it 🙂
Jim C. Hines
January 30, 2013 @ 7:02 pm
Thanks, Lisa! If you worked at the MSU library, you probably know the unnamed used bookstore Ray used to run, too… So glad you’re enjoying it! 🙂
January 30, 2013 @ 7:20 pm
I do! I spent many an afternoon as a high school and college student there! I still peruse the shelves every now and then
February 1, 2013 @ 11:51 pm
I’m from one of the areas Isaac visits too. It was rather surreal to read the name of my little rinky-dink-nowhere town on the page. Weird, but nice 😉
February 2, 2013 @ 2:09 am
I’m in the middle of the Audible version of Libriomancer (mainly because Kindle won’t let me buy it being in Australia) and it’s really not the best narration but I’m enjoying the story so much I can’t stop listening! It’s not just the narration though, it’s the first time I’ve ever heard them repeat a small section, and it happened twice, so the production side is a bit rough too. It will be interesting to hear what the new version sounds like, I’ve kind of gotten used to the current narrator’s voice 🙂
Jim C. Hines
February 2, 2013 @ 9:54 am
Jim C. Hines
February 2, 2013 @ 9:55 am
Well, I’m glad you’re enjoying the story, despite the narration and production hiccups 🙂