Scott Marlowe
Scott Marlowe, fantasy author

Scott Marlowe

Author of the Alchemancer and Assassin Without a Name fantasy series

Tor Free E-books: The Complete List

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Note: If you're visiting from Tor Books, welcome. If not, and you're interested in signing up for Tor's Free E-book Giveaway, you can still sign up at their site, though they're almost done with the promotion. Right about July 20, 2008 is the end. Tor's promotion is over and as far as I know the links have been taken down. Sorry if you missed it.

I've been running a series of blog posts, one each week, featuring each of Tor's free e-book giveaways. In short, each post delves a bit into that week's e-book and provides some background on the author.

In addition, if you're interested in downloading the e-books, I have links on each post for the different formats Tor has offered them in.

Here's the list of posts featuring each e-book (in order of their appearance):

  1. Mistborn by Brandon Sanderson [ read my review ]
  2. Old Man's War by John Scalzi [ read my review ]
  3. Spin by Robert Charles Wilson [ read my review ]
  4. The Outstretched Shadow by Mercedes Lackey and James Mallory [ read my review ]
  5. Farthing by Jo Walton [ read my review ]
  6. Crystal Rain by Tobias Buckell [ read my review ]
  7. Lord of the Isles by David Drake [ read my review ]
  8. Through Wolf's Eyes by Jane Lindskold [ read my review ]
  9. The Disunited States of America by Harry Turtledove [ read my review ]
  10. Reiffen’s Choice by S.C. Butler read my review ]
  11. Sun of Suns by Karl Schroeder read my review ]
  12. Four and Twenty Blackbirds by Cherie Priest [ read my review ]
  13. Spirit Gate by Kate Elliott
  14. Starfish by Peter Watts
  15. Touch of Evil by C.T. Adams and Cathy Clamp
  16. A Shadow in Summer by Daniel Abraham
  17. Orphans of Chaos by John Wright
  18. In the Garden of Iden by Kage Baker
  19. In the Midnight Hour by Patti O'Shea
  20. Battlestar Galactica by Jeffrey Carver
  21. Flash by L.E. Modesitt, Jr.
  22. Soul by Tobsha Learner
  23. Darkness of the Light by Peter David
  24. War of the Oaks by Emma Bull
  25. Dogland by Will Shetterly
  26. Spaceman Blues by Brian Francis Slattery
  27. The Buried Pyramid by Jane Lindskold
  28. Spirit Walk by Charles de Lint

Tor Free E-book: Spirit Walk by Charles de Lint

imageIt's been long enough since I last reported a free e-book out of Tor that I can't help but think I missed one (or two).

Anyway, Tor's got another one out there. This time we get to take a look at Charles de Lint's Spirit Walk. From the post:

Charles de Lint’s Spiritwalk (1992) is the sequel to Moonheart, his groundbreaking novel about the people in and around a house in modern Ottawa that straddles this world and another one. Here is the same cast of characters, as they deal with a pair of very different threats to the ancient house. As in Moonheart, de Lint skillfully combines a contemporary sensibility, a great sensitivity to the rhythms and patterns of myth and folktale, and a set of simply likeable characters whose lives you find yourself wanting to hang out in.

From the post's comments it appears while this is a continuation of a pervious novel, it does stand enough on its own that it is not required you read Moonheart. I imagine like any pseudo-series, where at least the world and some of the characters appear in both works, having read the previous novel will enhance the experience but not having read won't necessarily ruin it.

Tor Free E-book: The Buried Pyramid by Jane Lindskold

n79453Tor has another free giveaway out there: Jane Lindskold's The Buried Pyramid. This is the second book Tor is giving away by Lindskold. The first was Through Wolf's Eyes. My post about that one remains the most visited post on this site.

So what's The Buried Pyramid about? Check this out from Tor's posting:

Set in the Victorian age, The Buried Pyramid is, at the start, an archaeological suspense novel. Jenny Benet, a recently orphaned American who was raised in the Wild West before being “finished” in Boston, goes to Egypt with her uncle, Neville Hawthorne, a prominent British archaeologist. They’re searching for the legendary Buried Pyramid, the tomb of the pharaoh Neferankhotep—who may also have been Moses the Lawgiver.

Discovering the tomb is not the end of their journey but only the beginning. In The Buried Pyramid, Jane Lindskold sends us on a marvelous ride through Ancient Egyptian myth, legend, and religion and leaves us enlightened and amazed.

Sounds like an excellent adventure ride through history. Exactly my kind of book.

I'm posting this a little late, and since the free stuff is only free for so long, better go get it now if you haven't already.

Tor Free E-Book: Spaceman Blues by Brian Francis Slattery

spaceman-blues Tor's got another free e-book out there available for immediate download. This month's Tor Free Giveaway is Spaceman Blues, by Brian Francis Slattery.

On Slattery's web site, the author lays claim to the professions of "editor, writer, and occasional musician". The editor part includes a specialization in "economics, public policy, and international affairs". As a writer, he has an extensive list of non-fiction and fiction. His music… well, since my blog doesn't really cover music, I'll leave that exploration up to the reader.

Slattery also has postings on Tor's web site: Future Wars and Other Calamities, where he discusses the realities of a Third World War, and When the S in SF Begins with an E, about economics in science fiction worlds. You can see all of Slattery's Tor.com blog postings on his member page.

The Tor site has a post about how they came up with the cover for the book.

So what is Spaceman Blues about? The author has this on his site:

Where is Manuel Rodrigo de Guzman Gonzalez? What is the Church of Panic, whose followers float three inches off the ground? What's really going on under New York City? The answers are a lot bigger than you think they are.

I don't know about you, but that doesn't tell me much about what the book is about. Slattery goes on to list a bunch of links to songs he sang or wrote that represent different parts of the book. Huh?

I'm going out to Amazon to see if I can get the full scoop.

Here's something:

Manuel Rodrigo de Guzmán González disappears, his apartment is consumed by an explosion, and most of the city mourns as though he's dead. The police aren't convinced, and after they question Wendell Apogee, Wendell decides to find out for himself. He doesn't foresee the madhouse things he then proceeds to do—asking questions during a cockfight that gets raided, finding an apocalyptic cult based on valid scientific evidence, going to an underground city in which the best bar is a train car hung from a cavern ceiling. He is changed forever.

OK. That's better. Sounds like urban science fiction, and not altogether as strange as I thought it might be. OK, maybe a little. ;-)

Anyway, it's free, so worth a look if nothing else.

Tor Free E-book: Dogland by Will Shetterly

9780765342331_ci_stdNOTE: While Tor is making two e-books available simultaneously as free downloads (this one and War of the Oaks, by Emma Bull), I am splitting them up for purposes of my Tor Free E-books Giveaway series.

Tor has reinstated their free e-book giveaway program wherein they will make available for download one free e-book per month. I don't think this continuation of the program has an end date currently, so enjoy. The only catch is that you will have to join their site as a member in order to get the downloads, and each e-book will only be available for a limited amount of time.

This month's free giveaway (along with the aforementioned War of the Oaks) is Dogland, by Will Shetterly.

Shetterly maintains a blog and where, after clicking through a couple of times, I came across this interesting tidbit from his biography page:

I live in Tucson, Arizona, with my wife, Emma Bull, and our cat, Toby, the Terror of the West. When I was a boy, I lived at a tourist attraction attraction called Dog Land that inspired my novel, Dogland.

He claims metatheism as his source of spiritual nourishment, links to a cookie recipe titled "Shetterly's Finest-Kind Cookies" that I would have tried out if only the link worked (I like cookies), and offers this:

In 1994, I ran for Governor of Minnesota and finished third in a field of six.

Hey, this guy could have been president, or perhaps vice-president.

His bibliography boasts a long list of novels, short stories, anthologies, comic books and graphic novels, and a trio of screenplays.

As far as what Dogland is about, I grabbed this from Amazon:

In late 1950s Florida, the transplanted Nix family opens Dogland, a tourist attraction, and their beliefs in integration attract the attention of the Klan. Young Christopher Nix befriends a black man and a Seminole woman who may know the real secret to the Fountain of Youth. Shetterly captures the rhythm, feel, and language of cracker Florida, its legends, and the clash of cultures.

I have to admit, not my usual. But I downloaded it for free, so I'm sure to give it the first 50 pages if nothing else.