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It’s Spider Goddess Day!

The Prosekiller Chronicles: Rise of the Spider Goddess (An Annotated Novel) is out today in print and electronic format! This is a little different from my other books, but the urge to Kermit-flail and run around telling everyone to BUY MY BOOK while simultaneously clicking to refresh my Amazon ranking every seven seconds is unchanged. I’m starting to think authors should simply be tied up like Odysseus when our books come out…

Rise of the Spider GoddessSummary:

In 2006, DAW Books published Jim C. Hines’ debut novel Goblin Quest. But before Jig the goblin, before fairy tale princesses and magic librarians and spunky fire-spiders, there was Nakor the Purple, an elf who wanted nothing more than to stand around watching lovingly overdescribed sunrises with his pet owl Flame, who might actually be a falcon, depending on which chapter you’re reading.

This is Nakor’s story, written in 1995 and never before shared with the world. (For reasons that will soon be painfully clear.) Together with an angsty vampire, a pair of pixies, and a feisty young thief, Nakor must find a way to stop an Ancient Evil before she destroys the world. (Though, considering the relatively shallow worldbuilding, it’s not like there’s much to destroy…)

With more than 5000 words of bonus annotation and smart-ass commentary, this is a book that proves every author had to start somewhere, and most of the time, that place wasn’t very pretty.

A Few Advance Reviews:

“Every new writer has a Rise of the Spider Goddess inside them. Now it’s been published, there’s no need to write it. Chock-full of essential advice, self-mockery, and compassion for the beginner, it’s a hilarious reminder that we all start somewhere.”

-Sean Williams, author of The Slug in the Sky (age 15) and the #1 NYT Bestselling Star Wars: The Force Unleashed (age 39)

“We can often learn more from the mistakes of others than from their successes. Hines has been kind enough to put his own errors on display as an object lesson for the student writer: everything from cliches of prose to morally dubious characterization, from paper-thin worldbuilding to continuity errors big enough to fly a dragon through. If you want to know what not to do, read this book.”

-Marie Brennan, author of World of the Elementals (age 10) and Voyage of the Basilisk (Tor Books, age 33)

“Jim deserves a Darwin Award for releasing this masterpiece of Words! In! Order! into the wild. I admire him greatly. If the Bulwer-Lytton contest gave prizes for whole books, this one would win by a mile. Eye of Argon look out! The Spider Goddess is about to steal your crown.”

-Diana Pharaoh Francis, author of City of Terrible Night (age 16), and Trace of Magic (age 47)

Guest Posts and Other Links (to be updated throughout the week):

Buy the Book (please):

Mirrored from Jim C. Hines.

Comments

( 14 comments — Leave a comment )
chris_gerrib
Dec. 2nd, 2014 03:51 pm (UTC)
My review of Jim's book is up at Heroines of Fantasy.
jimhines
Dec. 2nd, 2014 07:21 pm (UTC)
Thanks, Chris!
shanrina
Dec. 2nd, 2014 06:20 pm (UTC)
Happy bookday/spider goddess day!
swan_tower
Dec. 2nd, 2014 07:20 pm (UTC)
I see you decided to use my substantive comment, rather than the one where I said I took ability score damage from reading the book. ;-)
jimhines
Dec. 2nd, 2014 07:21 pm (UTC)
It was not an easy decision :-)
martianmooncrab
Dec. 2nd, 2014 07:37 pm (UTC)
how can one not love anything made of Purple?
jimhines
Dec. 2nd, 2014 07:40 pm (UTC)
Exactly!
deborahblakehps
Dec. 2nd, 2014 11:15 pm (UTC)
Woot! Happy release day to thee and me!
dharawal
Dec. 3rd, 2014 05:31 am (UTC)
I have purchased this book from the stores of the Amazon, it is winging it's way to me via the bandwidth of the internets as we speak, and I shall inform you of my opinion of it as soon as I finish laying my eyes upon it.
siege
Dec. 3rd, 2014 11:18 pm (UTC)
You a-Muse'd me today
The Scalzi post inspired some mildly bad poetry from me, titled "Casually with a knife."

Congratulations!
jimhines
Dec. 4th, 2014 01:17 pm (UTC)
Re: You a-Muse'd me today
Cool! Though methinks we need to find you a better quality muse :-)
siege
Dec. 4th, 2014 07:09 pm (UTC)
Re: You a-Muse'd me today
Indeed! I usually write better poetry, but simply writing at all is a victory the past couple of months.
sunlit_music
Dec. 5th, 2014 11:24 am (UTC)
I've posted a review of Rise of the Spider Goddess at my livejournal blog. :) Happy release day!
jimhines
Dec. 5th, 2014 12:46 pm (UTC)
Thank you so much! :-)
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