Tuesday, June 9, 2009

Giveaway and Promo – “Gardens of the Moon” by Steven Erikson

The gracious folks at H.B. Fenn and Company Ltd and Tor in Toronto recently sent me the 10th anniversary edition of Gardens of the Moon by Steven Erikson. This is the first book in his epic fantasy series Tales of the Malazan Empire. I have been reading and following Malazan for years and while I haven’t read them all, I am up to Reaper’s Gale and can personally recommend the series for those that love intense world-building, huge casts of characters and wildly inventive stories.

Because I have read Gardens of the Moon and already own an earlier copy, I am going to have a Giveaway for this copy which is a great entre into the series. If you like it, just think eight of the ten books are already in print ready for you to devour.

To enter the Malazan Contest:
  1. Leave a comment and tell us what fantasy book you would most like to see made into a movie.
  2. For an extra entry, blog about the Giveaway and leave a link in the comments.
  3. For an additional entry, add yourself as a Follower or subscribe to SciFiGuy.ca.
  4. Contest ends Midnight, June 14, 2009. I'll use Randomizer to pick a winner next Tuesday.
  5. Open to everyone, anywhere (at least on planet).

Steven Erikson’s Bio from the Malazan Empire website –

Steven Erikson is a pseudonym used by Steven Rune Lundin, who grew up in Winnipeg, Canada and currently lives in Victoria, British Columbia with his wife and son.

He is an anthropologist and archaeologist by training and a graduate of the acclaimed Iowa Writer’s Workshop. His debut fantasy novel, Gardens of the Moon, marked the opening chapter in the epic Malazan Book of the Fallen sequence, which has been hailed as one of the most significant works of fantasy of this millennium.

You can visit the Malazan website here and the Steven Erikson Wikipedia entry here.

The Malazan Empire simmers with discontent, bled dry by interminable warfare, bitter infighting and bloody confrontations with ancient and implacable sorcerers. Even the imperial legions, long inured to the bloodshed, yearn for some respite. Yet Empress Laseen's rule remains absolute, enforced by her dread Claw assassins.

For Sergeant Whiskeyjack and his squad of Bridgeburners, and for Tattersail, their lone surviving mage, the aftermath of the siege of Pale should have been a time to mourn the many dead. But Darujhistan, last of the Free Cities, yet holds out. It is to this ancient citadel that Laseen turns her predatory gaze.

However, the Empire is not alone in this great game. Sinister, shadowbound forces are gathering as the gods themselves prepare to play their hand . . .

Conceived and written on a panoramic scale, Gardens of the Moon is epic fantasy of the highest order--an enthralling adventure by an outstanding voice.

H.B. Fenn/Tor
Published: May 2009
ISBN #: 9780765322883
Format:Trade paperback
Pages: 494

Malazan Book of the Fallen Series:

  1. Gardens of the Moon (1999)
  2. Deadhouse Gates (2000)
  3. Memories of Ice (2001)
  4. House of Chains (2002)
  5. Midnight Tides (2004)
  6. The Bonehunters (2006)
  7. Reaper's Gale (2007)
  8. Toll the Hounds (2008)
  9. Dust of Dreams (Sept 2009 - Canada)
  10. The Crippled God (2010)


  1. I'm relatively new to fantasy but since my introduction was 'Wheel of Time', I'll choose that as the one I'd like to see in a movie theatre. And since that series was mammoth (and unfinished!) I'm not so scared to start a new one. 'Gardens of the Moon' sounds great.

    I'm a follower.

    mayamissani AT yahoo DOT ca

  2. I would love to see the Codex Alera series by Jim Butcher turned into movies. The first in the series would be

    The Furies of Calderon

    gaby317nyc AT gmail DOT com

  3. i'm a follower

    gaby317nyc AT gmail DOT com

  4. Hi Doug!

    (hope this doesn't show up twice, but I think blogger ate my comment)

    Since I recently review Vicki Pettersson's City of Souls and it's still so fresh in my mind, I would have to pick the Sign of the Zodiac Series. I just can't think of a series that would better translate to the big screen or TV. It would be an action packed fantasy adventure. It might also be neat to see it sort of like they did Sin City..sort of live action anime. I'm sure you know that Scent of Shadows is the first in the series. I think this would be too cool.

    I'm already a follower.

    And of course, I already have this contest posted on my blog @ http://myblog2point0.blogspot.com/.

    Thanks Doug!

    Dottie :)

  5. I sure wanna win, haven't read him :D
    Movies, oh I am so afraid they would suck. But I would love Robert Jordans Wot or Magician by Feist

    blodeuedd1 at gmail dot com

  6. I have the BOOK for a movie: Jonathan Strange & Mr. Norrell by Susanna Clarke. I love this book.

    I'm follower

    And.. I can´t blog this contest because my blog is about urban fantasy. Malazan is epic fantasy :S

  7. I would like to see The Silmarillion made into a movie.


  8. I'm a follower


  9. it has been a long time since i have been an avid reader just too busy , but my boys are really into these books , so i cant really answer your question, but would love to win a book for them

  10. i am following now i really loev sci fi and maybe i can catch up with things this way

  11. oops have to leave my email
    roswello at hotmail dot com

  12. There's way too many great fantasy series to pick from. My favorite is Sharing Knife series by Lois McMaster Bujold. Not so sure if it would make a great movie, but I'd love that series in any form.

  13. Hmmm, fantasy movie I'd like to see turned into a movie. If done right and not turned into the normal hollywoodized crap I wouldn't mind seeing "American Gods" on the big screen.

    I'm also a follower.

    Thanks for hosting this giveaway.

  14. It's gotta be Harry Potter - those stories would be.... err... what? It's already been done. Okay...

    But seriously, as a pure fanboy treat it would be The Painted Man. I know it's been optioned, but I can still put it here. It would rock something awesome :)

  15. I think Abercrombie's "The First Law" trilogy would be a great movie.

    Thanks for organizing this giveaway: rpgdnd (at) gmail (dot) com.

    I'm also a follower on your blog.

  16. I gotta say gaby317 beat me with saying the Codex Alera with Furies of Calderon as the first. I just finished Princeps Fury, and every book just keeps dragging me in further and further. Love the series.

  17. A book I'd love to see made into a movie is WARBREAKER by Sanderson.

  18. I'd love to see the Dark Jewels trilogy (Anne Bishop) turned into movies. That would be something absolutely new.

    I'm a follower.

    carianmoonlight AT gmail DOT com

  19. If it were done well, I think I'd like to see a movie version of Naomi Novik's His Majesty's Dragon.

  20. Doug,

    I would love to see the Mercy Thompson series by Patrica Briggs on the big screen (or the small). :)


  21. I'd like to see Stephen King's The Dark Tower series as a movie. If that doesn't count, then I'll choose Guy Gavriel Kay's The Fionavar Tapestry. Following now.

  22. Vote number three for The Furies of Caulderon - LOVE this series, can't wait for the final novel! However, I think the first Kushiel's Legecy trilogy would be a very original movie experience.

  23. I am a follower! Great blog!

    leahsimone AT ymail DOT com

  24. sounds wonderful thanks for the giveaway minsthins at optonline dot net

  25. Mary
    zenrei57 (at) hotmail (dot) com

    Oh my gosh - one of the best ever would have to be William Hope Hodgson's HOUSE ON THE BORDERLAND!!!
    And if no one has ever read this one, you are truly missing one of the all time greats!!! Imagine lurking swine that walk on two legs, it is such a visual tale :)

  26. I'd love to see the Mediator Series by Meg Cabot turned into a movie.

    I'm a follower.


  27. I think the Sookie Stackhouse series by Charlaine Harris would make an awesome series of movies!


  28. I would love to see Anne Bishop's Black Jewels trilogy made into a movie.

    I'm a follower.

    staciahelpman AT yahoo DOT com

  29. Would love to see Artemis Fowl!

    ajcmeyer AT go DOT com

  30. Susanna Clarke's Jonathan Strange & Mr. Norrell
    calcamanin at gmail dot com

  31. I am new to fantasy novels but would love to start getting into them. So as of yet I have no favorite that I would like to see made into a movie.

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  32. OK Hollywood are you paying attention? So far a great list of original properties that would make terrific movies. No rehashes, redoes or reboots. Some studio or director please step up to the plate!

  33. Love to have this.
    I would love to see any of the Anita Blake books made into movies.



  34. The Enduring Flame series by Mercedes Lackey would make a great movie.
    1bmore @ gmail . com

  35. I woudl also like to see the Dark Tower series as a movie. Or the Percy Jackson & The Olympians books.

  36. I'd like to see Vampire Academy by Richelle Mead and THe Mortal instruments by Cassancra Clare turned into movies!

    tynga85 at hotmail .com

  37. I would love to see the Dark Hunter series by Sherrilyn Kenyon made into a movie!
    believedreamcourage (at) gmail.com

  38. I'd love to see "Lord Foul's Bane" The Chronicles of Thomas Covenant, the Unbeliever

  39. *************************************************
    Thanks to everyone that entered. Lots of great suggestions.

    Congratulations Michelle G you are the winner!



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