We were feeling something they never had— a physical link into the world of the fictional— through the skeletal muscles of the arm to the joystick to the tiny person on the screen, a person in an imagined world. It was crude but real.
Father, forgive me, for I have sinned: it’s been a month since I last read Austin Grossman’s second novel You, and I still haven’t reviewed it. I’m not even sure how to approach reviewing it. I read it. I loved it, despite a few misgivings. I thought about it a lot. I went back and reread a few chapters, to see if I really loved it as much as I thought I did, and to see if those few misgivings were really justified. I did, and they were, yet I still didn’t know how to sum up my reading experience in such a way that it would possibly make sense for others.
Well, if my review and the guest posts by author Will McIntosh and Art Director Kirk Benshoff weren’t enough to convince you yet, maybe the chance of winning a free copy of Love Minus Eighty will do the trick? Thanks to the generosity of the folks at Orbit, I have one gorgeous trade paperback copy up for grabs for a lucky reader in the US or Canada.
To enter, simply send an email with subject line “LOVE” to fbrgiveaway AT gmail DOT com with your full name and mailing address. One entry per person, please: multiple entries will result in immediate disqualification, but please feel free to tell your friends! Please note again that, at the publisher’s request, this giveaway is limited to the US and Canada.
The giveaway will end on Wednesday, June 19th at 11:59 PM, and I’ll announce the winner the following day. Void where prohibited by law, rules are subject to change, harmful when swallowed, batteries not included.
The cover of Love Minus Eighty by Will McIntosh is a thing of beauty. It’s hard to really get the full effect without holding the book in your hands, so imagine: the trade paperback is wrapped in a gorgeous transparent vellum. The vellum itself shows the hand, reaching out to the reader, and the title logo. Remove the vellum and you just see the picture of a young woman underneath, on the actual book cover. Put the two together again and you have the multi-layered image seen to the right. It’s beautiful and striking and it all fits in perfectly with the novel’s theme and content. You can see the two separate images and the combined effect here (hover over the image to click through to the next one).
I was so impressed with this innovative design that I asked Orbit’s Art Director Kirk Benshoff to write a guest post about the design process. Please enjoy this inside look at a very important aspect of book production.
Will McIntosh (photo credit: Paul Harrison)
As announced yesterday, I’m proud to present this guest post by author Will McIntosh, whose new novel Love Minus Eighty is out today. You can find my review here.
Will McIntosh’s debut novel, Soft Apocalypse, was a finalist for both a Locus award and the John W. Campbell Memorial Award. His second novel, Hitchers, was published in 2012 by Night Shade Books. He is a frequent contributor to Asimov’s, where his story “Bridesicle” won the 2010 Reader’s Award, as well as the 2010 Hugo Award for Best Short Story. His third novel, Love Minus Eighty (based on “Bridesicle”) is published by Orbit books in June, 2013. Will recently moved to Williamsburg, Virginia with his wife Alison and twins Hannah and Miles. He left his position as a psychology professor in Southeast Georgia to write full time, and still teaches as an adjunct, at the College of William and Mary. Will is represented by Seth Fishman at The Gernert Company.
In this guest post, Will explains why the ending of Love Minus Eighty is so different from the story “Bridesicle”, something I questioned in my review of the novel.
Will McIntosh has been on my list of favorite new authors since his excellent 2011 debut novel Soft Apocalypse. (Incidentally, my review of that novel was also the very first review I posted on this site, back in January 2012!)
To celebrate the release of the author’s third novel Love Minus Eighty, I’m putting up a few separate posts throughout the week, including:
- my review of Love Minus Eighty (this post)
- a guest post by author Will McIntosh
- a guest post by cover designer (and Orbit art director) Kirk Benshoff
- and a giveaway!
For today, I’ll get this mini-mini-event started with my review of the excellent Love Minus Eighty. Make sure to check back here later this week for guest posts and for the chance to win a copy of the novel!
The protagonist in Sean Ferrell’s Man in the Empty Suit has seen and done it all. Thanks to his ability to travel in time, he’s cruised all the way up and down the course of human history. There’s not much that’ll get him excited anymore. Every year, he travels to the year 2071, the 100th anniversary of his own birth, to celebrate his birthday with dozens of younger and older versions of himself. It’s the world’s most exclusive party: only he and other versions of himself are invited.
However, on the year he turns 39, things don’t go exactly as planned: he discovers the body of his 40-year-old self, apparently murdered by a gunshot to the head. Surrounded by alternate versions of himself in varying states of intoxication, his mission is clear: he has to find out who murdered his one year older self, before it’s too late.