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Some of you may have heard me talk about the books Those Across the River and Between Two Fires by Christopher Buehlman, either here or on GoodReads. They're excellent books, and if you haven't read them I highly recommend them.

Well, the author is releasing his third novel in October; here's an excerpt:

"Andrew Ranulf Blankenship is a handsome, stylish nonconformist with wry wit, a classic Mustang, and a massive library. He is also a recovering alcoholic and a practicing warlock, able to speak with the dead through film. His house is a maze of sorcerous booby traps and escape tunnels, as yours might be if you were sitting on a treasury of Russian magic stolen from the Soviet Union thirty years ago...")

A classic mustang. And a massive library. And stolen Russian magic. How can you not love this dude??

Anyway, the first two books got excellent reviews but little publicity. Buehlman wants to finance a bigger publicity campaign for this third book, so he's launched a Kickstarter campaign to fund it. The backer rewards are really cool -- including a letter to you from the main character, advance reading copies, lunch with the author in NYC, the chance to appear as a victim in his next book, even a personal visit from him to do a reading. So here's your chance to be a patron of the arts, for as little as $5!

Oh, and the video he did to accompany it is hilarious; even if you aren't interested in contributing, watch it just for the giggles :)


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Jun. 17th, 2013 10:29 am (UTC)
Thanks for the link - I like the sound of this author!

Might be worth mentioning that the novels are stand-alone - so many trilogies abound these days that it's almost an automatic assumption when I see the words 'third book'.

Shame most of the affordable awards are US-only though; I wouldn't mind supporting him by paying a little over the odds for a signed copy of one of the earlier books. But I don't really have $25 spare at the moment so probably just as well!
Jun. 17th, 2013 08:18 pm (UTC)
If you want, you can have whatever it is shipped to me and I'll send it on to you. I did have to laugh when I looked at the shipping notice on the last item, though -- the personalized visit/reading? It says, "Add $2500 for shipping outside the U.S." :D

Jun. 17th, 2013 11:13 am (UTC)
Oh, cool. I quite liked both of his previous books (thanks for turning me on to them!) although I thought Those Across the River was perhaps just a bit better. Stolen Russian magic, though. I am SO THERE.
Jun. 17th, 2013 08:18 pm (UTC)
I know, right? I can't wait!
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