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Unbound, Week One

UnboundUnbound [Amazon | B&N | Indiebound] has been out for one week now, and I’m starting to finally come down from the adrenaline rush.

My thanks, as always, to everyone who bought, borrowed, read, reviewed, and/or signal-boosted. It’s very much appreciated.

Reaction so far seems to be positive, including some great reviews:

  • “The joys of the first two volumes of the possibilities of Libriomancy are transformed and changed here into something very different, and in many ways, greater.”-Paul Weimer, SF Signal
  • “This is a great series with a lot of great components, but more than anything else it’s a love-letter to imagination.”-Smart Bitches, Trashy Books
  • “I had tears in my eyes when I recognized so much of what was going on with Isaac and saw how well it was woven into the story. I have to draw a distinction here: Isaac was depressed, and the depiction is necessarily a bit dark, but it never crosses over the line into the sort of darkness that makes reading it depressing … The fact that Hines could ride that line so beautifully without ever stepping over it in the wrong direction is really kick-ass!”-Errant Dreams

I have no idea what the sales look like, and probably won’t know a lot for a while yet. To be honest, I’m nervous. Book #4, Revisionary, is already under contract and being written. But how well Unbound does is going to be a significant factor in whether or not Revisionary is the last book. On the other hand, Four books will allow me to tell the story I wanted to tell, and to end the series in a good place if necessary. Given how many series get cut short after only one or two books, I’m very happy with how Magic ex Libris has done.

Other nifty stuff:

I’ll be doing a booksigning tonight at Schuler Books in Okemos at 7 p.m. I’ve also got a joint book launch at ConFusion with author guest of honor Karen Lord. That’s on Saturday from 1-3.

We now return to our regularly scheduled blogging.

Mirrored from Jim C. Hines.

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groblek
Jan. 13th, 2015 02:41 pm (UTC)
Ooh, there's going to be a book four? Shiny! With all the changes made in this one, I wasn't sure if Unbound was going to be te last one. I'd have been satisfied with this as the end, but am very glad to hear that we'll get to read at least one more story about Isaac and company.
jimhines
Jan. 13th, 2015 02:46 pm (UTC)
Yep! Book three let me get to the changes I'd been working toward. Book four will (hopefully) let me start to show how the world starts to change moving forward.
dionysus1999
Jan. 13th, 2015 03:22 pm (UTC)
Awesome, looking forward to reading this one. I'm getting serious about writing this year. I've been writing one story idea a day now for over a month, the challenge is to keep it up for the year. Already have a few I want to expand into stories.

Hope to see you this weekend.
jimhines
Jan. 13th, 2015 04:49 pm (UTC)
Do you have a plan for when you're going to start turning those ideas into stories?

See you at 'Fusion!
dionysus1999
Jan. 13th, 2015 05:51 pm (UTC)
Like the underpants gnomes, that part is a little fuzzy, but I've already went back and added details and started stories on a few of the ideas.

I'm also writing a screenplay, it's either really bad fanfic or a work of staggering genius.
temporus
Jan. 13th, 2015 04:56 pm (UTC)
Ha! You almost made me stay up late. But I finished just before bed time. :P

(Though there was a moment when my wife asked me to empty and refill the dishwasher last night, and I felt just like the kid in Galaxy Quest that had to do his chores right in the middle of saving the crew of the NSEA Protector. I'm pretty sure I've never emptied and refilled so quickly. I hope all the plates actually ended up where they belong.)

Enjoyed it. Waiting for books 4-6. ;)
jimhines
Jan. 13th, 2015 06:02 pm (UTC)
I've had people tell me they lost sleep to the books before, but I think this may be the first time someone has reported an impact on proper dishwashing :-)
temporus
Jan. 13th, 2015 06:42 pm (UTC)
New Writer's Merit Badge for you: Interfered with Chores.
epeeblade
Jan. 13th, 2015 05:13 pm (UTC)
I enjoyed it very much. I think it was my favorite of the three.
jimhines
Jan. 13th, 2015 06:01 pm (UTC)
Thanks! It's hard for me to judge them objectively, but I'm really happy with the payoff in this one.
deborahblakehps
Jan. 13th, 2015 07:52 pm (UTC)
I'm halfway though and really loving it!

(And still waiting to hear about Baba #3, so I feel your pain.)
jimhines
Jan. 13th, 2015 08:42 pm (UTC)
Still??? Sigh.
deborahblakehps
Jan. 14th, 2015 01:34 am (UTC)
This week, in theory. Fingers crossed for good news.
margaret_y
Jan. 13th, 2015 10:42 pm (UTC)
See you at ConFusion! I'll be there under my MH Mead pen name. :-)
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