Sunday, October 23, 2016

Here be Dragon-winners

It has taken us rather longer than we would have liked to get our print process running smoothly, but Castalia House is pleased to announce that two books published earlier this year by our two Dragon Award-winning authors, Mr. John C. Wright and Mr. Nick Cole, are now available in hardcover.

IRON CHAMBER OF MEMORY is a deeply complicated tale of romance, mystery, and myth that has proven extremely popular with our readers, as its average 4.8-star rating tends to demonstrate.

The top review, from Richard Green, calls it "a wonderfully creepy, profound, sad and yet uplifting story."

Wright's latest is another fantastic and inventive piece from an author whose imaginative faculties boggle the mind. This book is a bit different from his universe-spanning COUNT TO A TRILLION series, and less baroque than SOMEWHITHER. I would compare it more to AWAKE IN THE NIGHT LAND and even A PARLIAMENT OF BEASTS & BIRDS; it is more intimate, following only three characters over a somewhat limited span of time, but it manages to encompass past, present, and future regardless.

IRON CHAMBER OF MEMORY retails for $24.99 and is available from Amazon or can be ordered through your local bookstore.

The new hardcover from Nick Cole, our other Dragon Award-winning novelist, THE END OF THE WORLD AS WE KNEW IT, is a war story, a post-apocalyptic zombie tale, and a deeply romantic tale of true love conquering all. It features an ending that is so flawless that, in my opinion, only John C. Wright and Jeff Sutton have ever done it better.

From the top review by J.R. Weaver:

Nearly every page is a gut-punch, whether it's from the descriptions of a brutal war against the undead that makes World War Z look like a Sunday picnic, or the unvarnished look into the heart of a guy who's lost everything. The characters are raw and brutal and real. The story is dark and uplifting at the same time. Mr. Cole is a romantic and wears it on his sleeve unashamedly.

THE END OF THE WORLD AS WE KNEW IT retails for $24.99 and is available from Amazon or can be ordered through your local bookstore.

Both books will also be available in trade paperback later this week. But most serious fans of Castalia's two Dragons will want to own these case-bound hardcovers. Also, please note that we are aware that the cover images have not yet percolated through Amazon's system yet, which can take up to 48 hours. And yes, the vagaries of Amazon's algos have, for reasons completely unbeknownst to us, bestowed a PhD on Mr. Wright. Or, perhaps we should say, Dr. Wright.

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Anonymous 5343 Kinds of Deplorable October 23, 2016 8:21 AM  

ICoM hardcover ordered! So glad to see this happening.

Blogger 1337kestrel October 23, 2016 9:15 AM  

Amazon most likely assigned a post-doctoral reading level to Dr. Wright's novels, noted that he coins nearly as many terms as Vance, and from there awarded him an honorary doctorate in lexical engineering.

Blogger John Wright October 23, 2016 9:19 AM  

Technically, as the holder of a juris doctor degree, I am a doctor of the law, one of the ilk who are the bad guys in the gospels.

Anonymous Wyrd October 23, 2016 9:27 AM  

I highly recommend Iron Chamber Of Memory. The imagery of the final epic battle roxxored my soxxorz! Tolkien-level goodness.

Blogger Aeoli Pera October 23, 2016 9:58 AM  

Each hardcover now comes with free medical advice!

Anonymous Mister M October 23, 2016 10:22 AM  

Time to hit million dollar lotto. I need more time to read.

Anonymous NZT October 23, 2016 11:06 AM  

Iron Chamber of Memory is easily the best fantasy story I've read in years, and I can already tell it's one I'll revisit regularly in years to come. I can't recommend it strongly enough to everyone.

Anonymous Mark auld October 23, 2016 11:27 AM  

Love the cover art.

Blogger Snidely Whiplash October 23, 2016 1:52 PM  

Well, a law degree is Juris Doctoris, Doctor of Law.

Anonymous Brick Hardslab October 23, 2016 2:10 PM  

I don't remember seeing the release of The End of the World as We Knew it.

Anonymous Dave October 23, 2016 2:22 PM  

@9 That's not what @3 JCW said; oh wait, yes it is.

@10 E-book was released Aug 2015.

Blogger Matthew October 23, 2016 2:39 PM  

Brick Hardslab wrote:I don't remember seeing the release of The End of the World as We Knew it.

As with CTRL ALT REVOLT!, Nick's book was previously published elsewhere in ebook. We're publishing the paperback and hardcover.

I believe Nick will be publishing the sequel to CTRL ALT REVOLT! with us.

Anonymous Bz October 23, 2016 3:07 PM  

I can highly recommend The Iron Chamber of Memory. One of the best books I've read in the last few years and with an extraordinary ending. Don't tell anyone but I was weeping like a mafia boss at the opera.

I also highly enjoyed Ctrl-Alt-Revolt! -- while it had some issues with pacing (pedal to the floor, even to the point that it skipped some events that it would have made sense to portray), the world building was top notch innovation. And I thirst for world building. Excellent, I'll buy the sequel.

Anonymous Claymore October 23, 2016 6:42 PM  

When I first saw this cover I thought maybe Melusine, from Wrath of Angels, was back.

Anonymous Brick Hardslab October 23, 2016 7:16 PM  

Damn it. I wish I knew it wasn't CH before I bought the ebook. Worse Amazon has screwed me on the order. At least with CH I always know that any problems are fixed fast.

Anonymous Brick Hardslab October 23, 2016 7:36 PM  

I wish I knew it was another publisher before I bought the eBook. Worse Amazon screwed me on the deal. CH would have fixed it np. They always do if there's an issue.

Anonymous Anonymous October 23, 2016 10:55 PM  

Why can't I buy any Castalia House books on Google Play Books?

Anonymous dagwood October 23, 2016 11:28 PM  

JCW certainly does seem to be on fire these days. Godspeed.

Blogger The Overgrown Hobbit October 24, 2016 12:29 AM  

Thank you for releasing these in time for Christmas.

Blogger The Overgrown Hobbit October 24, 2016 12:32 AM  

Thank you for releasing these in time for Christmas.

Blogger Devarayan Pathmanaban October 24, 2016 1:49 AM  

I highly recommend Iron Chamber Of Memory by Edial

Anonymous JTwig October 24, 2016 11:12 AM  

Nick Cole is one of those authors that always surprises me, must be because his profile is so low (though rising). I'm really enjoying his contributions to the Apocalypse Weird world. The book above was also good; I started and finished it within two days (which says something about quality of the book as I have four boys ages 13-3 and anyone with just one child knows how hard it is to finish a book in such a short period of time).

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