I’m back from having a wonderful time at FarmerCon VII/PulpFest 2012, where my new signed limited edition novella Exiles of Kho debuted. I’m happy to announce that the book is now shipping from Meteor House. It’s almost sold out, though, with only about forty twenty-five or so copies remaining in stock at the publisher, so place your order now if you want a copy.
|Exiles of Kho book release and signing at PulpFest (Photo by Jason Aiken)
|Signing more copies of Exiles of Kho at the Meteor House table at PulpFest
|Cover art by Mike Hoffman
David Brzeski has reviewed Gods of Opar: Tales of Lost Khokarsa for the British Fantasy Society website. Here’s an excerpt:
Indeed, one of the strengths of the entire series is that there are no clearly delineated good and evil sides. Many of the characters united in fighting the mad king Minruth actively despise each other. Farmer and Carey tell a realistically complex tale of a religious war in which whichever side ultimately wins, countless people lose and their world is left devastated.
Check out the review here.
From the News/Recent Releases sidebar of the newly redesigned Subterranean Press website:
We’re already down to our last fifty copies of Gods of Opar, which collects two classic novels by Philip Jose Farmer, and a third completed from Farmer’s notes by Christopher Paul Carey. At 576 pages, it’s also a bargain, as Publishers Weekly noted: “Fans of Farmer’s original series will appreciate this repackaging and enjoy the finale, both in tone and because of the closure it provides. Likewise, fans of Burroughs, H. Rider Haggard, and other pulp authors will find the entire collection an accessible and enjoyable throwback.”
Trade Hardcover: $45
Over the next week I’ll be putting the finishing touches on the manuscript of Exiles of Kho, my signed limited edition novella set in the world of Philip José Farmer’s Khokarsa (i.e., the same world as Gods of Opar) that’s due out later this summer from Meteor House. This is a big-picture continuity story that has ties to the larger Farmerian mythos (dust off your old DAW Books editions of Ironcastle, folks!), so I’m really excited about it.
Meteor House would like for me to remind you that if you preorder the novella by June 30, your name will appear on a special acknowledgments page in the book! Only a few copies of the novella will be printed beyond the number preordered, so it’s expected that it will sell out fast, especially since those few extra copies will be on sale at PulpFest in August. So if you want a copy of Exiles of Kho, the only way to guarantee you’ll get a copy is to preorder it now!
Locus Online has posted a well-considered and perceptive review by Paul di Filippo of Gods of Opar: Tales of Lost Khokarsa. Here’s an excerpt from the review on The Song of Kwasin, the previously unpublished third novel in the Khokarsa cycle that I coauthored with Phil Farmer:
[T]he novel possesses an organic, unified feel, and a high level of storytelling craft. The legacy of the Khokarsa cycle is continued in honorable and entertaining fashion…
So readers who miss Farmer’s distinct voice and worldview can safely rejoice in this posthumous addition to his worldbuilding canon.
Read the full review online here.
It’s been almost seven years since Philip José Farmer and I first discussed the idea of completing The Song of Kwasin, the third novel in the Khokarsa series. Since that time, too many hurtles on the road to the novel’s publication have been jumped for me to even remember them all, and many were the days that I feared Kwasin’s story might go forever untold. But this morning the long-awaited day finally arrived and I received printed copies of the omnibus of all three novels in the series—Gods of Opar: Tales of Lost Khokarsa.
This massive tome is a Brobdingnagian thing of beauty thanks to Bob Eggleton’s fantastical apocalyptic dust jacket painting and the top-notch design folks at Desert Isle Designs and Subterranean Press. The trade edition clocks in at 576 pages, and the limited edition at a weighty 616 (a whole extra signature of bonus materials by PJF!). At last Phil’s epic trilogy of adventure and prehistory is complete, with the ending of the saga exactly as he told me he wanted it.
I’d like to take a moment to thank everyone who helped along the way to make this book become a reality—family, friends, colleagues, and professionals. But especially I’d like to thank the graciousness, kindness, and generosity of Phil and Bette Farmer. As I said in the book’s acknowledgments, I’ll always cherish the good times we had in Peoria.
Well, don’t say I didn’t warn you: the Limited Edition of Gods of Opar: Tales of Lost Khokarsa is now SOLD OUT. Pick up a copy of the trade edition while you can, folks.