Friday, October 9, 2015
Friday Freebie: Everyone Wants to be Ambassador to France by Bryan Hurt, Flings by Justin Taylor, and Press Start to Play (edited by Daniel H. Wilson and John Joseph Adams)
Congratulations to Carl Scott, winner of last week’s Friday Freebie contest: the new Penguin Classics edition of Emma by Jane Austen.
This week, I have a trio of short story collections to give away to one lucky reader: Everyone Wants to Be Ambassador to France by Bryan Hurt, Flings by Justin Taylor, and Press Start to Play, an anthology edited by Daniel H. Wilson and John Joseph Adams. Read on for more information about each of the books.
a man builds a star in his basement; an astronomer falls in love with a moose and loses his nose in a sword fight; and an aristocrat adopts two teenage girls in the hopes of raising one to become his perfect wife. Bryan Hurt’s stories depict a world of wonder, magic, humor, sadness, and compassion. Wildly imaginative and meticulously researched, Everyone Wants to Be Ambassador to France is the debut of a new and exciting talent. “I have been a longtime fan of Bryan Hurt’s stories and what a joy to have them all together now in this book! They are a soup pot of the funniest dry sentences plus unusual facts that he unearthed from who knows where, and an understated humanity tucked inside those facts, and a constant eye on the oddness of culture and the lilt of a well-placed phrase and a carrot. In our endlessly data-packed world, Hurt’s keen spareness is a welcome addition to the bookshelves.” (Aimee Bender, author of The Particular Sadness of Lemon Cake)
If you’d like a chance at winning all three books, simply email your name and mailing address to
Put FRIDAY FREEBIE in the e-mail subject line. One entry per person, please. Despite its name, the Friday Freebie runs all week long and remains open to entries until midnight on Oct. 15, at which time I’ll draw the winning name. I’ll announce the lucky reader on Oct. 16. If you’d like to join the mailing list for the once-a-week newsletter, simply add the words “Sign me up for the newsletter” in the body of your email. Your email address and other personal information will never be sold or given to a third party (except in those instances where the publisher requires a mailing address for sending Friday Freebie winners copies of the book).
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