Congratulations to our winners Matt and Seanna! And to Laura Morrigan, who won our copy of The Lazarus Machine. If you send me your mailing addresses at jinnet AT gmail.com, I’ll send the books to their new homes.
This week’s giveaway: A Red Sun Also Rises by Mark Hodder
Mark Hodder has been featured on this site before as the author of the brilliant Burton & Swinburne series, but A Red Sun Also Rises stands apart from those adventures. It tells the tale of reluctant reverend Aidan Fleischer and disabled genius Clarissa Stark, whose paths cross in a small English town in the 1880s. From there they go to London, then to a small island in the South Pacific, and then…to another world altogether. As they adapt to their new home, they find the world around them is adapting to them in turn…and that there are many secrets and patterns to discover.
When I looked at other reviews and posts about A Red Sun Also Rises, I found it described as a “planetary romance” – also as a story of the “sword and planet” genre, which I really like. It’s both of those, with nods to H.G. Wells and Edgar Rice Burroughs as well as Jules Verne…but it’s also, in parts, a meditation on the concepts of good and evil, the interdependence of living creatures, and the capability for change. It’s quite unlike the Burton and Swinburne series (although those who read the last book, Expedition to the Mountains of the Moon, may see some similar themes in A Red Sun Also Rises), but Hodder’s storytelling creates a world that lingers.
We have two copies of A Red Sun Also Rises to give away! We’re making this one easy. To enter the contest, post a comment below and tell us your favorite place in the world (or outside this world, if you’re so inclined). The deadline for entries is this Sunday, February 10th. Good luck!
More information on A Red Sun Also Rises is available on Pyr’s website.
More information on Mark Hodder can be found on his Facebook and Twitter pages.