Tuesday, January 26, 2010

Giveaway and Darkover Spotlight - Hastur Lord by Marion Zimmer Bradley

Fans of fantasy will be familiar with Marion Zimmer Bradley and the books in her Darkover universe. Hastur Lord, a brand new Darkover novel co-written by Deborah J. Ross was just released on January 5 and thanks to the generous folks at Penguin Canada, I have four (4) copies of the DAW hardcover to give away. Please note that this giveaway is limited to residents of Canada (well this is a Canadian blog eh?).

  1. Leave a comment telling us about your favourite Darkover or Marion Zimmer Bradley book or why you would or wouldn't want psychic/telepathic powers.
  2. Open to Canadian residents.
  3. Leave a way to notify you if you should win.
  4. Blog, tweet, post on Facebook or other social network sites for an extra entry. Leave a comment here to let me know.
  5. Giveaway open until Midnight, February 9, 2010 EST. Winners will be selected by the Randomizer.
My guest reviewer Mark Taylor provides a review of this newest book here. From the book jacket -
Before her death in 1999, bestselling author Marion Zimmer Bradley began writing what would turn out to be her last Darkover novel. She called her book "The Shadow King," but, because of her deteriorating health, she was never able to finish this work. For a decade the incomplete manuscript of "The Shadow King" languished on a shelf. Now, Deborah J. Ross has fleshed out and completed this last of Marion's work, and you hold in your hand the resulting novel: Hastur Lord.
The Darkover saga spanned over 40 years of Marion Ziimmer Bradley's career with the first book The Planet Saver appearing as an Ace Double in 1958. New books in the series were written with regularity until her death in 1999.  Author Deborah J. Ross continues to co-author books in the series and sustains Marion's Darkover legacy.

I discovered Marion Zimmer Bradley through her early works that appeared from Ace and later with DAW, avidly reading each new release. Like many people, my favourite novel of hers was Mists of Avalon. I was fortunate to meet Marion on a couple of occasions at SF conventions and have included a scan of one of several books I was lucky to have autographed. I have included a list of the Darkover novels below with covers for your enjoyment.

About Marion Zimmer Bradley
Marion Zimmer was born in Albany, NY, on June 3, 1930, and married Robert Alden Bradley in 1949. Mrs. Bradley received her B.A. in 1964 from Hardin Simmons University in Abilene, Texas, then did graduate work at the University of California, Berkeley, from 1965-67.

Writing for over 4 decades, she is best known for her Darkover science fantasy series and her Arthurian masterpiece, The Mists of Avalon. She also edited anthologies for 14 years and published Marion Zimmer Bradley's FANTASY Magazine.

She died in Berkeley, California on September 25, 1999, four days after suffering a major heart attack.

Darkover Series:
  • The Planet Savers (1958)
  • The Sword of Aldones (1962)
  • The Bloody Sun (1964)
  • Star of Danger (1965)
  • The Winds of Darkover (1970)
  • The World Wreckers (1971)

  • Darkover Landfall (1972)
  • The Spell Sword (1974) (with Paul Edwin Zimmer (uncredited)

  • The Heritage of Hastur (1975)
  • The Shattered Chain (1976)

  • The Forbidden Tower (1977)

  • Stormqueen! (1978)
  • The Bloody Sun (1979) rewritten and expanded edition
  • Two To Conquer (1980)

  • Sharra's Exile (1981)
  • Hawkmistress! (1982)

  • Thendara House (1983)
  • City of Sorcery (1984)

  • The Heirs of Hammerfell (1989)
  • Rediscovery (1993) (with Mercedes Lackey)

  • Exile's Song (1996) (with Adrienne Martine-Barnes)
  • The Shadow Matrix (1997) (with Adrienne Martine-Barnes)
  • Traitor's Sun (1999) (with Adrienne Martine-Barnes)

The Clingfire Trilogy
  • The Fall of Neskaya (2001) (with Deborah J. Ross)
  • Zandru's Forge (2003) (with Deborah J. Ross)
  • A Flame in Hali (2004) (with Deborah J. Ross)

  • The Alton Gift (2007) (written  principally by Deborah J. Ross)
  • Hastur Lord (2010) (written principally by Deborah J. Ross)


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  2. I was introduced to Darkover by one of her later novels, Exile's Song. I have since tracked them all down and read them. One of my favorite series to reread.

    I wouldn't want telepathy or any other -pathy. Reading about Margaret and her struggles with her powers just made me glad it wasn't me. :)

    And my post deleted itself. *sigh*

    adeledawn2099 (at) yahoo (dot) com

  3. Hi Doug :)_
    I really loved the Darkover series.
    My favorites are Darkover Landover and The Renunciates and...
    I love the covers you posted. Brought back great memories. I had the entire DAW set 1st editions but lost 'em all in a fire. *sob*
    What an excellent series.
    All the best,

  4. Fantastic review and bio. I've ready MZB for years, but didn't know all of this. Wish I lived in Canada and could participate in the drawing. Guess I'll just have to look for this book out here!

  5. I read all the Darkover books years ago when I first started to read fantasy. I couldn't pick a favourite, I enjoyed them all. Would love a chance to win this new book.

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    Please enter me in the giveaway.

    I have not read anything by Marion Zimmer before but I think having psychic powers might be a bit scary because you'd know too much.

  7. i havent read any fo the novels but would love to , these are my kinds of books, and i would sooo love to have these powers, would be soo great !!
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  9. Although I love the Darkover series of books, I still remain loyal to the first book I read by this author, The Mists of Avalon, and it has always remained my favourite.

    I think it's time to go dig up those Darkover books I have and re-read them. It's been awhile. It might chase away the blues with all the winter snowstorms here in Ontario.

    Although I would love to have psychic powers, knowing what my students think would be downright scary in the classroom, so I would pass on reading people's minds.

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  10. I love all of the Darover books, so I'll answer about the pshyic ability. I would love to be telepathic, but only if I could turn it on and off.


  11. I would like to have psychic powers if I had the ability to turn them on and off as needed. If they were constant i'm pretty sure that would lead to insanity.


  12. Marion Zimmer Bradley's books were my first reading obsession as a teenager - I still find myself reading some of them (Heritage of Hastur, especially - my favorite of all) over and over again. What a wonderful treat is was to read "Hastur Lord" and finally read about the love "between the lines." What a difference a decade makes! What a perfect requiem for an incredible writer.

    I now write my own original fiction. I have no doubt that Ms. Zimmer Bradley was my inspiration - I only wish I had her talent and her amazing imagination.

    Danilo and Regis are smiling - I hope Ms. Zimmer Bradley is, too!

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