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The Left Hand of God – Design Contest

I received some awesome news regarding a contest that’s being run to promote the excellent Fantasy debut by Paul Hoffman, The Left Hand of God. πŸ™‚

Here are the details:

“Don’t Panic has teamed up with Penguin books for the chance to design artwork for their biggest fiction launch of the decade, The Left Hand of God by Paul Hoffman.

Already receiving rave reviews, the book centres around a mysterious, secretive, charming and violent young boy, Thomas Cale, an occupant of the desolate Sanctuary under the brutal regime of the Lord Redeemers.

So used to the cruelty bestowed upon him that he seems immune to it all, soon he will open the wrong door at the wrong time and witness an act so terrible that he will have to leave the place, or die …

To celebrate the hardback publication of this must-read book, we have launched a visual design competition, for which the winner will have their artwork printed on the infamous Don’t Panic poster and also the chance to have artwork featured in association with Penguins promotion of the LHOG paperback.

What we are looking for is artistic representation of the lead character Thomas Cale. There are three excerpts to choose from, all giving a sneak peak of the character and his surroundings. We want you to use your artistic knowhow and design skills to create your interpretation of Thomas Cale using the text provided.

Each excerpt is different so please only choose one to base your design of Thomas Cale on.”

Sound good? I’m sure plenty of you are itching to get started! πŸ™‚ Follow this link to get more details (there are Terms and Conditions, too, so give that a read), and there is an excerpt ZIP you can download to read and get an idea of the world that Paul created. πŸ™‚

So what are you waiting for? Get started!

Be EPIC!

 
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Posted by on January 12, 2010 in Announcements

 

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Review: The Left Hand of God by Paul Hoffman

It’s been a couple of months since I read this book, but it’s still a book that I’m very excited about, and I’ve been telling everyone about this book!

Here’s the blurb for the book from Penguin UK:

“Listen. The Sanctuary of the Redeemers on Shotover Scarp is named after a damned lie for there is no redemption that goes on there and less sanctuary.”

The Sanctuary of the Redeemers is a vast and desolate place – a place without joy or hope. Most of its occupants were taken there as boys and for years have endured the brutal regime of the Lord Redeemers whose cruelty and violence have one singular purpose – to serve in the name of the One True Faith.

In one of the Sanctuary’s vast and twisting maze of corridors stands a boy. He is perhaps fourteen or fifteen years old – he is not sure and neither is anyone else. He has long-forgotten his real name, but now they call him Thomas Cale. He is strange and secretive, witty and charming, violent and profoundly bloody-minded. He is so used to the cruelty that he seems immune, but soon he will open the wrong door at the wrong time and witness an act so terrible that he will have to leave this place, or die.

His only hope of survival is to escape across the arid Scablands to Memphis, a city the opposite of the Sanctuary in every way: breathtakingly beautiful, infinitely Godless, and deeply corrupt.

But the Redeemers want Cale back at any price… not because of the secret he now knows but because of a much more terrifying secret he does not.”

Now, I stick by what I said in my mini-review: The Left Hand of God will be, without a doubt, one of 2010’s biggest novels. Why? Here are my reasons:

The Worldbuilding: Paul has created a world that is at once weird and stranger than any place you know, but also exhilarating in the way that it echoes the world we inhabit. Places that we know are slightly different, cultures have formed around different concepts, and religion has taken a twisted, convoluted path towards something strangely funny but shocking.

The Characters: Thomas himself is, well, in a word, scary, the kind of guy you only have to look at to get the sense that you don’t want to do anything he might consider untoward; but at the same time, once he reaches the wide, outside world, he’s incredibly naive, reduced to stumbling along while trying to stay ahead of his enemies. But Paul doesn’t stop with Thomas Cale – the cast of characters range from very creepy gang leaders to hilarious, sometimes bastardly nobles, to mysterious yet comic ex-military types, to friends who know as little about Cale as he himself does. Paul handles everyone with an expert touch, allowing us to travel through the storyscape while seeing Paul’s world from many different points of view.

The Action: Paul manages to at once take you deep into the blood and violence and fear of battle while also placing you in the minds of those fighting and dying. And as you would expect from a created world with strange cultures and people, Paul also weaves in new tactics and kinds of warfare; there is one major battle in the book that’ll take your breath away and make you wince, and I’m really excited to see what Paul’s got up his sleeve in books 2 and 3.

Everything Else: Paul’s writing is really easy on the mind, poetic and beautiful in places, charging along with incredible pace and tension in others. His writing seems entirely suited to Fantasy, and I’m very glad that I got the opportunity to read such a strong debut!

2010 looks set to be an absolutely huge year for SFF, and I’m sure that The Left Hand of God will be a strong contender for Debut of the Year on many lists. πŸ™‚ Highly recommended!

9 / 10

The Left Hand of God will be available in South Africa from next month (from Penguin Books SA) (even though it’s already available in the UK), so pre-order your copies here and here. For those of you in the UK, click here to order your copies.

Also, here’s the novel’s page on Penguin’s UK website (where you can read an excerpt of the novel, too), and good news for those in the UK – Paul will be at Forbidden Planet this month for a book signing! Click here for details. πŸ™‚

Coming up tomorrow on the blog, an awesome competition that’ll give you a chance to have your work seen in the paperback edition of The Left hand of God! πŸ™‚

 
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Posted by on January 11, 2010 in Reviews

 

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Mini-Review: Spotlight: The Left Hand of God by Paul Hoffman

Mark my words – this will be one of 2010’s biggest and most-talked about debuts!

Left Hand of God

I was lucky enough to have received an ARC from the kind folk at Penguin South Africa, and I finished the book in around 5 days – once I started, I just couldn’t put it down!

I’m going to be doing a proper review of the book later next year (closer to its release date), but suffice it to say that the worldbuilding in this novel is pretty damn unique and interesting, the characters are wonderful, and the action amazing!

I haven’t been this excited about a debut since Peter V Brett’s The Painted Man, way back in July last year! πŸ™‚ If you can get yourself a copy of this book, don’t hesitate! πŸ™‚

Oh, and isn’t that cover awesome? πŸ™‚

Be EPIC!

Here are the links to order the Audio Book and Book for readers in the UK, and for readers in South Africa, here’s your link to pre-order the book! πŸ™‚

 
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Posted by on August 19, 2009 in Reviews, Spotlight

 

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Just a quick post to tell you…

… that I’ve been busybusybusy at work so haven’t had much time to do any browsing or blogging, sorry guys and girls!! 😦

But I’ve got some good stuff coming up! πŸ™‚

I’m pushing to finish Karen Miller’s The Riven Kingdom, Book 2 in the Godspeaker Trilogy, (got about 200 pages left, give or take) so I’ll have a review for you on Wednesday or Thursday. πŸ™‚ I’ll also be posting another Review-Spotlight, this time on Paul Hoffman’s The Left Hand of God. πŸ™‚

And then there’ll be a post coming up spotlighting a cool new site with some awesome product – trust me, you may just find yourself ordering because it’s just too damn cool to pass up! πŸ™‚

Anyway, that’s me! πŸ™‚

Be EPIC!

 
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Posted by on August 17, 2009 in Announcements

 

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Graceling Giveaway Winner!

No more entries! (Well, let’s face facts – it’s not as if there were plenty πŸ™‚ )

This lucky reader will be getting a trade-paperback copy of Graceling, reviewed here by David! πŸ™‚ I’ll be posting the book off on Saturday (will be at work, but will take a break and dash upstairs), so the winner should have the book next week some time. πŸ™‚

Without further a-do, the winner is…

Lood De Plessis! πŸ™‚ Congrats, Lood! You’ll have your copy shortly! πŸ™‚

And now, let me show you what I’m reading right now – awesome stuff, really damn cool!

Check out the blog tomorrow for the next giveaway – 2 copies of a really cool SF book! πŸ™‚ This is also the first time that I will be opening the giveaway for readers in the UK too!

Until then,

Be EPIC!

 
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Posted by on July 9, 2009 in Giveaways

 

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