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Book Giveaway: Goblins or Libriomancer

Snoopy

About two weeks ago, I received my author copies of the Science Fiction Book Club editions of Libriomancer and The Legend of Jig Dragonslayer.

This makes me happy for lots of reasons. Many of the books on my shelves came from the SFBC, back when I was younger and there was no way I could afford full-priced hardcovers. And then I found the SFBC. Five free books at sign-up? Reduced-price omnibus editions? Sweet! This is how I first discovered authors like Robert Asprin, Fred Saberhagan, Anne McCaffrey, Ursula LeGuin, even Asimov and his Foundation Trilogy.

So I thought it would be appropriate to celebrate this milestone, my first books to make it into the club, with a giveaway. And since the stress-o-meter has been running rather high lately, I’m gonna go with something happy and hopefully simple for this one.

All you have to do is leave a comment and tell me about one of the best things that happened to you in 2012.

I’ll pick one commenter at random next week and send them an autographed copy of the SFBC edition of either Libriomancer or The Legend of Jig Dragonslayer. Their choice.

This isn’t a U.S.-only contest, so anyone can enter.

Mirrored from Jim C. Hines.

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juniperus
Jan. 25th, 2013 02:40 pm (UTC)
I still have SFBC books on my shelves from when I was a teenager -- including many of the authors you named, above! :)


In 2012 I had the opportunity to be part of a parent focus group held at ARC-MI regarding alternative assessments for kids with IEPs in high school. It was a Good Thing.


(I also got to meet you and watch my son get all over geeky meeting you. :) That was pretty cool, too!)
Joshua Evans
Jan. 25th, 2013 02:50 pm (UTC)
Congrats Jim!
Congrats Jim! I too loved SFBC as a teen.

One of my best things for 2012 was writing 2.5 novels! (Does that count as more than one thing?)
kittylady
Jan. 25th, 2013 02:53 pm (UTC)
Maybe not the best, but certainly in the top three, was going to Naperville to hear Terry Pratchett talk about his book Dodger.

And congratulations to you!
sylviamcivers
Jan. 25th, 2013 03:00 pm (UTC)
Congratulations! I have some SFBC editions! now I patronize the library instead. Jig the Goblin no longer graces their shelves :(

Best thing in 2012 - joining a writer's critique group. My novel is progressing at a chapter a week instead of a chapter a month. Yay.
winters_queen
Jan. 25th, 2013 03:04 pm (UTC)
Man, I loved getting stuff from SFBC. I know I have some books packed that I got from there.

Mm...best thing in 2012? Nothing is standing out for me, unfortunately. Trying to get my stuff together for 2013.
stevenpaulr
Jan. 25th, 2013 03:06 pm (UTC)
2012
Easy, best thing was the birth of my Son. (2nd child)
rileybear67
Jan. 25th, 2013 03:08 pm (UTC)
I still have many of the books I got when younger from SFBC.

The best thing to happen to me in 2012? It's kind related to the worst thing to ever happen to me. I lost my mother, but with that I was able to become debt free for the first time ever!

Congratulations to you, Jim. I still have hopes of meeting you in person one day!

Edited at 2013-01-25 03:08 pm (UTC)
thesilentpoet
Jan. 25th, 2013 03:10 pm (UTC)

Getting my first professional library job. :)
finnyb
Jan. 25th, 2013 03:17 pm (UTC)
One of the best things that happened? I have a list!

I paid off my student loans.
I paid off our house.
I got to be turned into a character, Herald-Trainee Finny, in Redoubt by Mercedes Lackey.
I got to meet and talk with Misty at WFC2012 in Toronto.

All balance by my mother's death a year ago last Sunday, but still, I had some awesome stuff happen last year v
allmuzedup
Jan. 25th, 2013 03:18 pm (UTC)
omg that is how i had such a massive sf/ fantasy/ vampire library! i love those books. *sighs happily*

best thing of 2012, my fiance told me to finally set the date of our wedding, May 1, 2013 here we come!
jakobdrud
Jan. 25th, 2013 03:19 pm (UTC)
My daughter passed her final cancer checkup. Best thing to happen in AGES!
merlyn_gabriel
Jan. 25th, 2013 03:20 pm (UTC)
The best thing that happened to me (us) in 2012 was we bought the house we had been renting. We've been living here for 4 years and the owners ( who we really like) told us in January, out of the blue, they had sold it and their own house without a word to us before hand. We were sad, we like this house a lot. When we first walked in to view it it said "welcome home" with a warm whisper in my ear.
Then after 2 months of not a peep, we learned that deal fell through so they asked us if we'd like to buy it. We just smiled. This house had chosen us and this was confirmation. Through the magic of family pitching in to help and A LOT of work on the part of my husband doing all the bank and paperwork we were able to buy. After 46 years of wishing for a home of my own...on October 31st ( yep you read that right) we signed the papers. So now I have a lot of space for books.
awsumpossum
Jan. 25th, 2013 05:34 pm (UTC)
Congrats. I love this story! :)
muizenstaartje
Jan. 25th, 2013 03:27 pm (UTC)
Congrats!

I was going to say the best thing that happened to me in 2012 was getting married, but getting a box with over 70 minuature dinosaurs (meant to be boutonnieres) is competing for the first spot.
bummble
Jan. 25th, 2013 03:28 pm (UTC)
The best thing in 2012?

Being kissed (etc, etc) by someone for the first time in 10 years (I broke up with my previous boyfriend a few months before turning 30, in 2002, and I turned 40 in 2012; apparently, I'm not generally inclined to casual stuff) and falling in love with the guy.

(unfortunately, this also led to the worst thing of 2012, which was being dumped quite unexpectedly by the same guy in early December, which I'm still not quite over - but still, I'm counting the overall thing as a positive, most of the time)
etcet
Jan. 25th, 2013 03:32 pm (UTC)
Achievement: I deadlifted 500# for the first time.

Reward: Felicia Day ogled me in front of a panel at Dragon*Con.
inaurolillium
Jan. 25th, 2013 03:39 pm (UTC)
Same-sex marriage having finally become legal in my state, I eloped. My wife and I were married in the park we had our first date in, next to the conservatory I proposed in front of. We ran off to a cozy little B&B for the weekend. Best thing that's happened to me in years.
awsumpossum
Jan. 25th, 2013 05:35 pm (UTC)
<3 !
xnbach
Jan. 25th, 2013 03:41 pm (UTC)
It doesn't seem that way at first, but one of the best things to happen to me in 2012 was getting laid off from the Day Job. Sure, money is tighter now, but I have so much more time for writing and the wife and I were able to revisit where we spent our honeymoon for Christmas/Wife's Birthday/New Years.
chamekke
Jan. 25th, 2013 03:42 pm (UTC)
This isn’t a U.S.-only contest, so anyone can enter.

*grateful hug* It's so rare for a giveaway to include everyone. Thank you.

And congratulations on your big milestone!

2012 was a bit of a tough one, but the 2 things I'm most grateful for are (a) keeping my job during a series of layoffs, and (b) my best friend holding his own in his fight against cancer.
wood_dragon
Jan. 25th, 2013 03:51 pm (UTC)
One of the best things was finally moving to a new apartment.
markbernstein
Jan. 25th, 2013 04:04 pm (UTC)
Lots of good stuff happened, but the most obvious one is that both my son and I left the ranks of the unemployed.
stormsdotter
Jan. 25th, 2013 04:06 pm (UTC)
Since several people have posted more than one thing, I'm going to join the trend.

I found a job I enjoy at Houghton Mifflin and my boss is a published author.
I got married.
I've gotten my Rheumatoid Arthritis under control.
I lost 60 pounds, mostly from getting my RA under control with diet and exercise.
My husband and I found amazing housemates and moved to a new apartment with them.
Our housemates came with cats!
cat_mcdougall
Jan. 25th, 2013 04:12 pm (UTC)
Best thing to happen in 2012?

I got rid of a toxic relationship and took a step on the long path to actually healing. It's going to be a long, hard road but I've stepped on it, and that's what counts.
amysisson
Jan. 25th, 2013 04:16 pm (UTC)
One of the best things that happened to me in 2012 was getting to clamber all over the radio telescope at Arecibo.

Congrats on the SFBC editions! I really love that they do omnibuses.

roseaponi
Jan. 25th, 2013 04:22 pm (UTC)
Fond memories of the SFBC here, too. :) Sometime I'm signing back up, when I have time to read all the books I will undoubtedly buy :)
Let's see, 2012 rocked for me. I think I'm finally feeling reliably happy (haven't been there since I was 17, so, not sure what it looks like). I lost 30 lbs. and we went to Disney World, so it's hard to pick one thing.
liz_dejesus
Jan. 25th, 2013 04:24 pm (UTC)
Best thing to happen on 2012 was when my 1 year old son stopped teething and finally slept through the night. 7 hours of uninterrupted sleep...it was glorious. :D
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