|December 15, 2010|
And welcome to our latest newsletter! The latter half of December sees further adventures of The Raven, the Wild West gone weird, and a gift from us to you.
|Welcome to the Weird West|
Think you know the story of the O.K. Corral? Think again, as five-time Hugo winner Mike Resnick takes on his first steampunk western tale, and the West will never be the same.
The Buntline Special takes you to a West like you've never seen before, where "Bat Masterson" hails from the ranks of the undead, where electric lights shine down on the streets of Tombstone, while horseless stagecoaches carry passengers to and fro, and where death is no obstacle to The Thing That Was Once Johnny Ringo.
"Brilliant. Scary, funny, often very moving. Left me wishing I could have shared a couple of whiskeys with Wyatt and Doc." -Jack McDevitt, Nebula Award-winning author of Echo
"With great relish Resnick subversively refurbishes this notorious collection of fact and embroidery.... a clever and refreshing do-over that leaves the door ajar for sequels."-Kirkus Reviews
"When does a Western stop being a Western and start being something... else? Mike Resnick poses this question and others in his first foray into steampunk with The Buntline Special, a brilliant and humorously told tale about the Gunfight at the O. K. Corral... This book is just plain fun. Resnick does an excellent job with keeping things original and fresh... I loved this book... I could easily go for seconds. Highly recommended!" -http://shinybookreview.wordpress.com
"It was an absolutely original read that neither slowed down nor felt incomplete. Resnick obviously knew exactly what he wanted to tell for a story and did so...So how great is The Buntline Special -- A Weird West Tale? Let's just say that I look forward to adding it to my library and will definitely reread it again, as it's that good."
-Green Man Review, October 2010
|A Centenarian Gift |
|In November, Pyr published its one-hundredth title, James Enge's The Wolf Age. The Wolf Age is the third novel to feature Enge's character Morlock Ambrosius, a wandering swordsman, an exile, and a drunk. Blood of Ambrose, Enge's first Morlock novel, was on the Locus Recommended Reading list and a World Fantasy Award nominee for Best Novel. |
In honor of the burgeoning Morlock fan base, and to commemorate The Wolf Age's status as Pyr's one-hundredth title, Pyr is issuing a free, exclusive, ePub novelette called "Travellers' Rest." Featuring a cover by artist Chuck Lukacs, "Travellers' Rest" is an 8,500 word original novelette, written for Pyr, which takes place before the events of Blood of Ambrose.
"Traveller's Rest" is available as a free download in ePub format and via Kindle. It's also on our Sample Chapters page, along with two previously published Morlock short stories that take place many decades after the events of The Wolf Age-"A Book of Silences" and "Fire and Sleet."
|The Legends Continue|
|James Barclay's mercenary group The Raven return in a new trilogy, Legends of the Raven. |
The first and second books in the trilogy, Elfsorrow and Shadowheart, are on shelves now. And there's not long to wait for the third book-- Demonstorm comes to bookstores in January.
The Raven are tested to the point of destruction when a savage war is unleashed across their world and the magical colleges of Balaia tear the land apart in their struggle for supremacy. Can The Raven even survive, let alone triumph?
"With The Raven, Barclay has created one of the more memorable casts of heroes in recent memory, supporting them within a world of magic based upon constructs entirely his own. While action may dominate the pages of his narratives, this has not taken place in the absence of increasingly strong characterization or a secondary world imaginatively and freshly developed. ...certainly a writer to watch, both for immediate enjoyment as well as future development." -SFSite
The legends of The Raven draw to a close in Demonstorm.
This is the end.... The Raven have kept their promises. But fate has not finished with them. As the war between the colleges rages on, an old enemy senses that his chance to revenge a bitter defeat has come.
Demons catch the scent of countless souls in Balaia. Can even The Raven prevail when the world is coming to an end?
|Pyr authors are once more heard around the internet!|
James Enge, author of The Wolf Age, joins Spellwright author Blake Charlton and the Functional Nerds to discuss Latin, dyslexia, and of course, Fantasy literature.
The Functional Nerds also host Kay Kenyon, author of the quartet The Entire and the Rose, the first book of which, Bright of the Sky, is available free for Kindle.
Sam Sykes, author of Tome of the Undergates and the forthcoming Black Halo, joins Dragon Page Cover to Cover for a wide-ranging discussion of kangaroo meat, pantslessness, and his writing process.
Clay and Susan Griffith, authors of The Greyfriar: Vampire Empire Book 1 join the Functional Nerds to talk about steampunk, alternate history, comic books, and collaboration.
That's it for this issue. Don't forget our coupon below! As always, please feel free to check out our entire catalog
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Happy Reading, and Happy Holidays,
Editorial Assistant, Pyr®
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