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.

9 Responses to “free fantasy giveaway: Eddison’s Zimiamvia”

  1.   Danjite
    February 11th, 2014 | 1:04 pm

    Woo… personally I’m interested… nay, intrigued… ‘cos it sounds like high-weird high-literature from the Dada era.

  2.   Jenni
    February 11th, 2014 | 5:04 pm

    I’d like to win these because I love fantasy and I love classic novels. My favourite classic to date is Dracula. I have many books, so new books would have lots of friends to snuggle with.

  3.   billy
    February 13th, 2014 | 6:24 pm

    OK so I think the winner will be determined by writing names on equal sized pieces of paper, screwing them up, and seeing which one a kitten goes for first.

  4.   Janet
    February 13th, 2014 | 10:45 pm

    I may not treasure it. I may like it so much I choose to share it with the world, as you have chosen. I won’t know until I try it. I may even ask you to give it away again here.

  5.   Lori
    February 14th, 2014 | 6:29 pm

    sounds hard to read. tolkien and lewis I have never really gotten into and whikipedia says the trilogy is written in archiac style…. this sounds like the joy of fantasy written in a shakespeare -like (code) I’ll pass and maybe my natural curiosity will lend itself to something meatier than youth fiction soon. he he I loved the Travelling Restaurant! Happy Reading all 🙂

  6.   Billy
    February 25th, 2014 | 11:21 am

    The winner was selected by Lola, the cat that hangs out in Aro Park. Presented with three scrunched up squares of telephone note paper, she went for the one marker Daniel.
    Lola’s decision is final.
    Congratulations, Dan.

  7.   Tom
    March 6th, 2014 | 3:41 pm

    Looks like the first book will be available for Kindle in August.

  8.   Billy
    March 6th, 2014 | 6:45 pm

    Crosby! Just the other day I was wondering about whatever happened to you!

    Tom Reply:

    Sometimes I wonder that myself.