Today Titan has released yet another classic, must-buy Farmerian tale.
Though it comprises only three novels, the Khokarsa series is one of the most world-building-intensive series Phil ever created. And that’s why you’re going to need to get your hands on the new, just-released Titan Books edition of HADON OF ANCIENT OPAR. Not only does this new edition feature an introduction in which Christopher Paul Carey (Phil’s coauthor on THE SONG OF KWASIN) explores the fascinating literary archaeology of Khokarsa, but at the back of the book you’ll also find a brand-new gazetteer and glossary to the Khokarsan civilization titled “A Guide to Khokarsa,” which covers the characters, people and tribes, religion, geography, and language of the great motherland civilization of Ancient Opar. So even if you own another edition of HADON, you’re going to want to get a hold of the new trade paperback. (and of course, if you’re a collector you have to get the first-ever trade paperback edition, right?). Or if you just can’t wait, just download the ebook edition and start reading right now!
Second, Locus Online conducted a poll to determinne the best novels, novellas, novelettes and short stories of the 20th and 21st centuries. While Phil's work is lower on the list than it was in similar polls conducted in 1975 and 1987, he remains on the list in the best novel and best novella categories with TO YOUR SCATTERED BODIES GOand "Riders of the Purple Wage."
To celebrate our favorite holiday we have three special things to tell you about. The first, as you can see by the graphic in the upper left hand corner of the screen, is the official announcement that FarmerCon VIII will once again be held in conjunction with PulpFest! Start making your plans now for a weekend of pulpy goodness and Farmerian camaraderie, July 25-28, 2013. You can already book your room at the beautiful Hyatt Regency at the special PulpFest Rate of only $112 per night.
The second special item is that we have several signed copies of GODS OF OPAR available for sale. These are not the $65 limited editions, but the $45 trade editions that were signed by Christopher Paul Carey at FarmerCon VII. Through December 17th, or until they are gone, whichever comes first, you can purchase this signed hardcover for only $40 AND we will include a free copy of Farmerphile #10 AND we'll throw in FREE SHIPPING (for US orders only). Not a bad deal for a 600+ page book that weighs nearly three pounds! Remember GODS OF OPAR contains two classic Farmer novels: HADON OF ANCIENT OPAR and FLIGHT TO OPAR published in hardcover for the first time ever, along with the long awaited conclusion to the series, THE SONG OF KWASIN by Philip José Farmer and Christopher Paul Carey.
Here is an even bigger deal for any of you out there who still who have not discovered THE WORLDS OF PHILIP JOSÉ FARMER series. Today, December 13, 2012 only, you can save $13 off the already discounted price when you purchase volumes 1, 2, and 3 (numbered limited editions with matching numbers) together if you add a copy of EXILES OF KHO (a signed limited edition) by Christopher Paul Carey to the order.
If shipped to Canada you would pay $69 + $21 but today you can get all four books for only $77!
If shipped anywhere else in the world you would pay $86 + $26, but today you can get all four books together for only $99!
What about EXILES OF KHO you might ask? While Christopher Paul Carey spent years doing research to complete THE SONG OF KWASIN, he kept coming across mentions of a legendary figure, a heroine-priestess named Lupoeth, who founded a city some 800 years before the events of HADON OF ANCIENT OPAR. This is her story.
Come back in January when we'll have some additions to the website like new (and old) reviews, more scans of inscribed books and other goodies.
First, Titan's kicked off their series of Wold Newton reprints with THE OTHER LOG OF PHILEAS FOGG (Afterword and Chronology by Win Scott Eckert) in May and it was fun to see it reviewed all over the internet in the likes of: Starburst, Affairs Magazine, Extraordinary Tales!, SF Crowsnest, The Tattooed Book, City Book Review, and Bookgasm.
Next came the rerelease of TIME'S LAST GIFT (Afterword by Christopher Paul Carey; Chronology by Win Scott Eckert & Dennis E. Power) in June which also garnered many reviews around the web: SFBook Reviews, Starburst, Rip Jager's Dojo, SF Crowsnest, Trash Mutant, DNM Magazine, Fantasy Matters, Wired, and My Bookish Ways.
Then in July came LORD TYGER (Introduction by Joe R. Lansdale; Foreword by Paul Spiteri) and again more reviews: Starburst, Sci-Fi-Online, SF Crowsnest, Good Reads, The British Fantasy Society, and She Never Slept. While there weren't quite as many reviews of this last title, one has to wonder if it because it is not part of the "Wold Newton" series which is attracting so much interest.
October brought us the reissue of Farmer's dark masterpiece A FEAST UNKNOWN (Afterword by Art Sippo). Not surprisingly there were not as many reviews of this title because the books' pornographic (but not erotic) nature: The PorPor Books Blog, SF Crowsnest, Genre Go Round Reviews are the only three we have found so far.
Whew! Now we're all caught up on Titan's reprints and they don't have another book coming out until, wait, TODAY! That's right, go hit your local big box book store and you will probably see LORD OF THE TREES (Introduction by Win Scott Eckert: "A Tale of Two Universes") on the shelf. And if you don't you can just click on that link and order it online.
In addition to all those reviews, we've also added links to reviews of THE PEERLESS PEER, UP THE BRIGHT RIVER, GODS OF OPAR, and all three volumes of THE WORLDS OF PHILIP JOSÉ FARMER.
Hey, one more really important thing you might have missed is Sean Levin's con report for FarmerCon VII. Give that a read, and then make your reservations for PulpFest/FarmerCon in Columbus, OH next year.