Wednesday, September 23, 2009

Book-A - Day Giveaway (Only in Israel)

Posted by Simcha 6:46 PM, under , | 8 comments

In honor of the upcoming ICon 2009 (Oct-4th to Oct. 9th) I will be giving away one free scifi or fantasy book on each day of the festival.

The books in the giveaway include:

by Brandon Sanderson
Published: June 2009

Synopsis: Epic fantasy heavyweight Sanderson (the Mistborn series) pens a powerful stand-alone tale of unpredictable loyalties, dark intrigue and dangerous magic. To keep a treaty made long ago, the king of Idris must send his daughter to marry Susebron, the God King of Hallandren. Loath to part with his eldest daughter, Vivenna, King Dedelin instead sends his youngest daughter, tomboyish 17-year-old Siri, who struggles to make sense of the schemers and spies in Susebron's court. Hoping to rescue her sister, Vivenna joins a group of Idrian operatives with questionable motives. As Vivenna comes to terms with her magical abilities, resurrected hero Lightsong questions the role of the undead Returned Gods, who command Hallandren's mighty army of zombie soldiers. Sanderson melds complex, believable characters, a marvelous world and thoughtful, ironic humor into an extraordinary and highly entertaining story.

The Strangely Beautiful Tale of Miss Percy Parker -
by Leanna Renee Hieber
Published: Aug. 2009

This book was won by Revi

Synopsis: What fortune awaited sweet, timid Percy Parker at Athens Academy? Hidden in the dark heart if Victorian London, the Romanesque school was dreadfully imposing, a veritable fortress, and little could Percy guess what lay inside. She had never met its powerful and mysterious Professor Alexi Rychman, knew nothing of the growing shadows, of the Ripper and other supernatural terrors against which his coterie stood guard. She saw simply that she as different, haunted, with her snow white hair, pearlescent skin and uncanny gift. This arched stone doorway was a portanl to a new life, to an education far from what could be had at a convent-and it was an invitation to an intimate yet dangerous dance at the threshold of life and death.

Read a review of Strangely Beautiful

The Tel Aviv Dossier
by Lavie Tidhar and Nir Yaniv
Published: Sept. 2009

Synopsis: Into the city of Tel Aviv the whirlwinds come, and nothing will ever be the same.In a city torn apart by a violence they cannot comprehend, three disparate people—a documentary film-maker, a yeshiva student, and a psychotic fireman—must try to survive, and try to find meaning: even if it means being lost themselves. As Tel Aviv is consumed, a strange mountain rises at the heart of the city, and shows the outline of what may be another, alien world beyond. Can there be redemption there? Can the fevered rumours of a coming messiah be true?

As the city loses contact with the outside world and closes in on itself, as the few surviving children play and scavenge in the ruins, can innocence survive, and is it possible for hope to spring amid such chaos?

A potent mixture of biblical allusions, Lovecraftian echoes, and contemporary culture, The Tel Aviv Dossier is part supernatural thriller, part meditation on the nature of belief—an original and involving novel painted on a vast canvas in which, beneath the despair, humor is never absent.Experience the last days of Tel Aviv...

The Apex Book of World SF
Edited by Lavie Tidhar
Published: Sept. 2009

Synopsis: The world of speculative fiction is expansive; it covers more than one country, one continent, one culture. Collected here are sixteen stories penned by authors from Thailand, the Philippines, China, Israel, Pakistan, Serbia, Croatia, Malaysia, and other countries across the globe. Each one tells a tale breathtakingly vast and varied, whether caught in the ghosts of the past or entangled in a postmodern age. Among the spirits, technology, and deep recesses of the human mind, stories abound. Kites sail to the stars, technology transcends physics, and wheels cry out in the night. Memories come and go like fading echoes and a train carries its passengers through more than simple space and time. Dark and bright, beautiful and haunting, the stories herein represent speculative fiction from a sampling of the finest authors from around the world.

Dead Until Dark
by Charlaine Harris

Synopsis: Sookie Stackhouse is just a small-time cocktail waitress in small-town Louisiana. She's quiet, keeps to herself and doesn't get out much. Not because she's not pretty. She is. It's just that, well, Sookie has this sort of "disability." She can read minds. And that doesn't make her too dateable. And then along comes Bill. He's tall, dark, handsome- and Sookie can't hear a word he's thinking. He's exactly the type of guy she's been waiting for all her life...But Bill has a disability of his own: He's a vampire with a bad reputation. He hangs out with a seriously creepy crowd, all suspected of-big surprise-murder. And when one of Sookie's coworker's is killed, she fears she's next..

Hunting Ground

by Patricia Briggs
(Please note: This copy of the book is an early addition that I received from the agent and did not yet have the cover image put on it. As such, the cover only contains the title and author, not the image that you see on the left. This can be a definite advantage if you are reading it in public and don't want strangers peeking over to see what you are reading)

Synopsis: Mated to werewolf Charles Cornick, the son -and enforcer -of the leader of the North American werewolves, Anna Latham now knows how dangerous being a werewolf is, especially when a werewolf opposes Charles and his father is struck down. Charles's reputation makes him the prime suspect, and the penalty for the crime is execution. Now Anna and Charles must combine their talents to hunt down the real killer -or Charles will take the fall.

Read a review of Hunting Ground

The Warded Man
by Peter Brett
Published: March 2009

Synopsis As darkness falls each night, the corelings rise–demons who well up from the ground like hellish steam, taking on fearsome form and substance. They possess supernatural strength and powers and burn with a consuming hatred of humanity. For hundreds of years the demons have terrorized the night, slowly culling the human herd that shelters behind magical wards–symbols of power whose origins are lost in myth and mystery, and whose protection is terrifyingly fragile.

Night by night the demons grow stronger, while human numbers dwindle under their relentless assault.
Now, with hope for the future fading, three young survivors of vicious demon attacks will dare the impossible, stepping beyond the crumbling safety of the wards to risk everything in a desperate quest to regain the secrets of the past.

The Dreaming Void
by Peter Hamilton

Synopsis: The year is 3589, fifteen hundred years after Commonwealth forces barely staved off human extinction in a war against the alien Prime. Now an even greater danger has surfaced: a threat to the existence of the universe itself.
At the very heart of the galaxy is the Void, a self-contained microuniverse that cannot be breached, cannot be destroyed, and cannot be stopped as it steadily expands in all directions, consuming everything in its path: planets, stars, civilizations. The Void has existed for untold millions of years. Even the oldest and most technologically advanced of the galaxy’s sentient races, the Raiel, do not know its origin, its makers, or its purpose.

But then Inigo, an astrophysicist studying the Void, begins dreaming of human beings who live within it. Inigo’s dreams reveal a world in which thoughts become actions and dreams become reality. Inside the Void, Inigo sees paradise. Thanks to the gaiafield, a neural entanglement wired into most humans, Inigo’s dreams are shared by hundreds of millions–and a religion, the Living Dream, is born, with Inigo as its prophet. But then he vanishes.

Suddenly there is a new wave of dreams. Dreams broadcast by an unknown Second Dreamer serve as the inspiration for a massive Pilgrimage into the Void. But there is a chance that by attempting to enter the Void, the pilgrims will trigger a catastrophic expansion, an accelerated devourment phase that will swallow up thousands of worlds.

The winners of each day's drawing will get to choose which book they would like to receive, from the books available.
Winners will be chosen through

This contest is open to Israeli residents only.

To Enter the Book Giveaway

To enter the book drawing all you have to do is sign up for my
mailing list
which, in addition to giving you the opportunity of winning one of these awesome books, will also inform you of updates to my website and provide you with interesting scifi and fantasy news.

Additional Entries

To receive a second entry into the book drawing, help promote the giveaway through Twitter. The message should say something like this: "Book-A-Day Giveaway. Win free Scifi and Fantasy books. In Israel only! #42SFF" Make sure to include a link to this blog post and the hashtag #42SFF so that I will know you Tweeted the message. You can also leave me a message, here on the blog, letting me know that you tweeted it, just to make sure.

You can receive a third entry into the drawing by visiting my table at the Icon, on Oct. 6th and 7th, where the books in the contest will be displayed, so that you may view them in all their glory. I will also be selling second-hand science fiction and fantasy books there, most of which you can browse through on my website

The Book drawing will begin on the first day of the ICon, October 4th though you can enter the drawing up until October 8th, though I suggest you don't wait so long because you will miss out on winning from the full selection of books.

For more information about the ICon, visit


as an avid reader and a lover of fantasy books, of course I want to enter you giveaway. Firstly, I am already on you mailing list with my Secondly, I tweeted your giveayay the way you asked. My twitter username is Ramona2006.
My best and keep up the good job!

Hi, tweeted you as requested and joined your mailing list. Twitter username is gilliness

You have such a pretty blog - props to your web designer - great review. I have been meaning to pick this series up at some point, but since this blogging started, it seems my book choices are now starting to get dictated to me... :) I'm now going to join your mailing list!

Hi, Simcha.

Naturally I signed up to your mailing list (if you see a strange automatic_deletion address, that's me and it's a real address) and tweeted as you requested, and became a follower.
They're quite stingy with time off at my work place, but I sure hope to be able to drop by your stand on ICon and increase my chances of winning. I love SciFi.

See ya,

Thanks Itai,
It would be great to meet you, if you have the chance to stop by the ICon. Otherwise, you can always come and chat here, at my blog. While I lean more towards fantasy than scifi I am trying to get into scifi a bit and would love any book recommendations you may have.



Hi Simcha,

Yesterday I received the email to confirm my registration, but the link there doesn't work, nor does the link to your website from here (the blog). The server is simply not responding. Any idea?


Hi Hadas,

Are the links still not working for you? I'm not sure what the problem is since the site appears to be up ( I just checked it). Who is your Internet provider? Let me know if its still a problem. I'll add your name anyways to today's drawing, which is the last one.

Thanks for visiting!

It's still not working. Weird since other websites on ".com" present any problem. My net-provider is Netvision-013 through HOT.

That'd be really nice if you could put up my name for the drawing manually. Thanks!

I'll try your website from work on Sunday.

Have a nice weekend,

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