Friday, September 07, 2007

Win a Copy of River of Gods by Ian McDonald

A while ago I wrote this blog post about contests, where I declared Neth Space to contest free…until someone offered me a contest. Well, the good folks over at Pyr are the first to offer a book for a giveaway here (which is appropriate since they were the first publisher to send me review copies). So, now Neth Space can totally blend in with all those other blogs doing giveaways – which of course is great for those of us who like free books.

So, the giveaway is for the Pyr trade paperback version of River of Gods by
Ian McDonald. This Hugo-nominated book has received high praise from numerous sources (unfortunately I still haven’t gotten to my copy yet, but I hope to remedy that soon).
As Mother India approaches her centenary, nine people are going about their business — a gangster, a cop, his wife, a politician, a stand-up comic, a set designer, a journalist, a scientist, and a dropout. And so is Aj — the waif, the mind-reader, the prophet — when she one day finds a man who wants to stay hidden.

In the next few weeks, they will all be swept together to decide the fate of the nation.

River of Gods teems with the life of a country choked with peoples and cultures — one and a half billion people, twelve semi-independent nations, nine million gods. Ian McDonald has written the great Indian novel of the new millennium, in which a war is fought, a love betrayed, a message from a different world decoded, as the great river Ganges flows on.
So, the rules are basically the same as you see elsewhere. Send me an email at

nethspace [at] cox [dot] net

You’ll need to appropriately edit the email so I can avoid the spambots, or you can click on the email link in the sidebar which is coded ‘special’ to block the bots. Use RIVER in the subject and include your full name and mailing address (no P.O. boxes please). Only one entry per person. This contest at least is open to all, since I haven’t been told that international entrees are off limits. The contest is open for a couple weeks – I’ll cut off entries on September 24, 2007 and announce the winner shortly thereafter.

Good luck to all.


Lawrence said...

So you finally jumped on the bandwagon eh? Just curious what your policy towards contests is, you will do any giveaways publishers offer you or just only the books that you think everybody SHOULD have read?
Congrats on 'the deal' by the way, it certainly means you blog is interesting enough to be noticed out there, which is quite an extraordinary feat!

Neth said...

Well, I suppose I have not true policy as yet, but I imagine that I will limit it somewhat to books I want to giveaway - which could mean books I've read and like, books by authors I've read and like, and new authors who deserve a chance. As with reviewing, I doubt I'll do print on demand stuff, but nothing's written in stone.

Tia Nevitt said...

Another non-debut that I may just have to read. I've been to India and have vowed to return one day. A novel about future India is almost irresistable to me.

Congrats on your first givaway! I'm still on the fence whethere I'll do this or not.

Patrick said...

Ah, so you caved in!;-)

I console myself by reminding myself that I'm the trend-setter!:-)

More free books to win for everyone!

Melissa Markham said...

I just read a book about Mother Theresa which really interested me in India. I would love to get a copy of this book.

Neth said...

-Melissa, just follow the instructions in the original post and you'll be entered.


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