free fantasy giveaway: Eddison’s Zimiamvia

So longtime readers will know I am something of a nerd in general, and a fantasy nerd in particular.

My favourite fantasy author is E.R.Eddison. He was pre-Tolkien (and indeed, the only thing they could compare Tolkien to), and wrote great demented parallel-worlds, time-distortion, hi-concept philosophical-exploration through fantastical imaginative literature, back when there was no conceptual roadmap for what he was doing; ultimately it is pure Art. His prose is astounding, deeply affected, and not always easy. There is really nothing else like him. He is, as they say, the shit. He gets it like no one else and taps an unearthly vein of joyous wonder.

I have one copy to give away of his epic masterwork Zimiamvia trilogy – comprising Mistress of Mistresses, A Fish Dinner in Memison (aka the best fantasy novel I have ever read), and The Mezentian Gate (the most complete version of this unfinished novel) – in an annotated edition containing over a hundred pages of scholarly notes. It is the best available edition of Zimiamvia.

If you want it, post in the next few days explaining why you will treasure this. It helps if you are in NZ, but maybe not essential.

Waitangi Day-ish special cultural appropriation post: The Plunder of Glow Worm Grotto

 

How about this (laughable, terrible) episode of an obscure cartoon from the 1980s which makes remarkable use of “Maori” culture and “New Zealand” as a backdrop. Presenting: M.A.S.K S01E55: The Plunder of Glow Worm Grotto.

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All natives are basically interchangeable, after all.

(Sometimes, despite how much further there is to go, maybe we need to reflect on how far we have come.)