HomeGroupsTalkZeitgeist

Early Reviewers: Free advance copies of books

You are either not logged in, or not signed up for the Early Reviewers/Member Giveaway program. To sign up, click here.

If you are a publisher interested in participating in Early Reviewers, click here.

Batch: Media Country

November 2010 batch: Requests must be in by Monday, November 29th at 6pm EST.

Forget the Goal, The Journey Counts...71 Jobs Later by Al Stites (MSI Press)

Description: Al got his first job at age 7 delivering the Plainfield Currier News in Plainfield, NJ. It was 1929. the Roaring Twenties, and the '29 Crash! It was the first of dozens of jobs Al would hold. In his jobs, he crossed paths with Hal Holbrook, Penn & Teller, President Ford, Prince Giovanni Borghese, Beverly Sills, Linda Bird Johnson, astronaut Jim Lovell, and many more notables. One of his children once asked, "Dad, you could have been a millionaire, why aren't you?" Al replied, "I never took a job for the money but only worked at what I would enjoy. Why would anyone work just to make a lot of money?"

» Publisher information

30 review copies available
650 members requesting

closed for requests
Request by Nov 29
On sale Dec 01
(all countries)

The House of the Mosque by Kader Abdolah (Canongate Books)

Description: Welcome to the house of the mosque . . .

Iran, 1950. Spring has arrived, and as the women prepare the festivities, Sadiq waits for a suitor to knock on the door. Her uncle Nosrat returns from Tehran with a glamorous woman, while on the rooftop, Shahbal longs only for a television to watch the first moon landing. But not even the beloved grandmothers can foresee what will happen in the days and months to come. The household is set to experience great love and loss as it opens its doors to faith and politics. In this uplifting bestseller, Kader Abdolah charts the triumphs and tragedies of a family on the brink of revolution.

» Publisher information

15 review copies available
232 members requesting

closed for requests
Request by Nov 29
On sale Jan 13

L'estany de foc by Silvestre Vilaplana (Bromera)

Description: Alguns llibres són extremadament perillosos. Sota el vel del coneixement hi amagen supersticions i heretgies contràries a la paraula de Déu. Però hi ha un d’especialment pervers. Un llibre preservat en secret per uns pocs homes que es converteix en l’obsessió de la Inquisició i que generarà a finals del segle XV la persecució més gran feta mai contra una obra escrita i els seus posseïdors. La dissortada existència dels protectors d’aquesta obra extraordinària anirà aparellada a la sort de l’últim exemplar, que cal salvar de l’estany de foc, l’indret on s’abrasa tot el que Déu ha esborrat del llibre de la vida.

L’estany de foc entrellaça, amb extraordinària mestria i intensitat captivadora, fets reals amb els purament ficcionals, per narrar un dels episodis més sagnants per part de la Inquisició de les nostres terres. Una persecució que involucrà els estaments religiosos, la noblesa i, sobretot, els jueus conversos que amagaven la seua fe.

» Publisher information

5 review copies available
13 members requesting

closed for requests
Request by Nov 29
On sale Jan 11

Catalanes del IX al XIX by Carme; Sanmartí, Montserrat Santamartí (Rovira i Virgili University Press)

Description: questa obra ofereix una panoràmica de més de mil anys de la història de Catalunya mitjançant les biografies de prop de 400 dones, d'oficis, especialitats i àmbits diversos. Per tal de recuperar la vida que no ha estat explicada d'aquestes protagonistes,l'equip de redacció ha buidat arxius i fons de museus, ha consultat notícies de premsa, documents notarials, correspondència i manuscrits inèdits. D'aquesta manera, ens mostren com les dones, fossin nobles o sense recursos, religioses o jutjades per bruixeria, artistes o escriptores, burgeses i propietàries, etc. van fer una contribució indispensable a la societat i a la cultura catalanes dels segles IX al XIX. També ens expliquen les dificultats de les dones per formar-se, prendre les pròpies decisions, escapar al destí marcat per a elles i deixar una empremta.
Carme Sanmartí (UVic), Montserrat Sanmartí (URV), Teresa Julio (UVic), Ramon Pinyol (UVic) i Clara Sanmartí donen veu i valor a aquestes dones silenciades. Catalanes del IX al XIX juntament amb Catalanes del XX (2006) constitueixen una proposta decidida per recuperar i situar les dones a la història del nostre país.

» Publisher information

5 review copies available
24 members requesting

closed for requests
Request by Nov 29
On sale Oct 25

Hidden Fires by Katharine Eliska Kimbriel (BookViewCafe)

This book is an eBook, not a physical book.

Description: Format: Open, non-DRM file. Winners will be sent the URL of a webpage where they can download the eBook in PDF, ePub, Kindle, or prc format.

This is book 3 of the Nuala series, the sequel to Fires of Nuala.

He had spent a hundred years seeking the woman called Silver; he still didn’t know if he was going to kill her.

Garth Kristinsson’s parents were free-traders, the aristocracy of con artists, able to fleece the dishonest with their own greed. But his father’s last scam went horribly wrong, and at the last, both his parents were dead. Garth wanted answers no authority could give him, so he searched for decades for any clue, any lead on his father’s partners-in-crime. One of them still lived – he would find her on the mysterious planet Nuala.

Nuala . . . planet of deadly radiation levels, humans who heal by touch, and the rarest platinum group metal in the known galaxy.

“Silver” is Darame Daviddottir, a famous free-trader who is now a citizen of Nuala – her husband, Sheel Atare, leads one of the planet’s most powerful tribes. Together they have brought an uneasy peace to a world racked by sterility, intrigue, and unimaginable wealth. For the first time in countless generations, Nualans are actually working together, their council a voice for interstellar trade and a sounding board for inter-tribal cooperation.

But the new ruler of Atare’s ancient enemy is a spoiled and arrogant genius named Rex Dielaan. When off-worlder Garth meets aristocrat Rex, it is a meeting of two con artists ripe for mischief...and maybe murder.

Two misplaced quests explode into a conspiracy of death, treason, and abduction. There’s a plan afoot leading toward war, and it threatens Nuala’s peace, Atare’s prosperity . . . and Silver’s life.

» Publisher information

100 review copies available
246 members requesting

closed for requests
Request by Nov 29
On sale Dec 01
(all countries)

Mistress of Molecules by Gerald M Weinberg (BookViewCafe)

This book is an eBook, not a physical book.

Description: Format: Open, non-DRM file. Winners will be sent the URL of a webpage where they can download the eBook in PDF, ePub, Kindle, or prc format.

Mistress of Molecules is the first in a new SF series. Late in the twenty-second century, humans have spread through the galaxy, but only with the help of the alien Zgaarid, whose advanced technology has stifled human creativity and drive.

This gentle slavery is about to change. Raised on libertine Precursor, a polluted planet controlled by powerful corporations, Libra fights for liberty using her extraordinary powers of chemical synthesis to terrorize those in power. Raised to be a fighting minister on moralistic Gemariah, an agricultural planet controlled by the Yahweh's Church, André escapes by stowing away on a Zgaarid spaceship. When André's quick thinking saves a precious Zgaarid spaceship, he's honored by becoming a Zgaarid Ancestor. While assigned to solve the problem of chemical terrorism on Precursor, he meets Libra. Together, they free Precursor's millions. Gemariah will be their next stop.

Before taking up his science fiction career, Gerald Weinberg published books on human behavior, including Weinberg on Writing: The Fieldstone Method, The Psychology of Computer Programming, Perfect Software and Other Fallacies, and an Introduction to General Systems Thinking. He also wrote books on leadership including Becoming a Technical Leader, The Secrets of Consulting (Foreword by Virginia Satir), More Secrets of Consulting, and the four-volume Quality Software Management series.

He incorporates his knowledge of science, engineering, and human behavior into all of writing and consulting work (with writers, hi-tech researchers, and software engineers). Early in his career, he was the architect for the Mercury Project's space tracking network and designer of the world's first multiprogrammed operating system. Winner of the Warnier Prize and the Stevens Award for his writing on software quality, he is also a charter member of the Computing Hall of Fame in San Diego and the University of Nebraska Hall of Fame.

» Publisher information

100 review copies available
389 members requesting

closed for requests
Request by Nov 29
On sale Nov 30
(all countries)

Wren Journeymage by Sherwood Smith (BookViewCafe)

This book is an eBook, not a physical book.

Description: Format: Open, non-DRM file. Winners will be sent the URL of a webpage where they can download the eBook in PDF, ePub, Kindle, or prc format.

The first summer of peace brings Wren on her weekly visit to the young Queen Teressa, where she encounters the derisive, upsetting Hawk Rhiscarlan riding in! Wren races to warn Teressa, to discover he’s expected, which causes the girls’ first argument. Tyron gives Wren a chance to leave Meldreth by sending her on a new journeymage project —to find Connor, who had wandered off to the Summer Isles.

When Wren vanishes, her scry stone abandoned, Teressa veers between regret over the argument, worry about Wren, and the beguilement of attraction as Hawk skillfully upsets her court. Wren has just made friends with some young sailors when they are captured and forced on board a shady smuggler, where Wren learns all about the sea. When pirates attack, Wren does magic, which leads her straight to another confrontation with the villain she hates most, aided by the boy she... what do you call these feelings? Once again the four — Wren, Teressa, Connor, and Tyron — find themselves deep in adventure, as they try to navigate the treacherous waters of growing up.

» Publisher information

100 review copies available
308 members requesting

closed for requests
Request by Nov 29
On sale Nov 10
(all countries)

Writing Horses by Judith Tarr (BookViewCafe)

This book is an eBook, not a physical book.

Description: Format: Open, non-DRM file. Winners will be sent the URL of a webpage where they can download the eBook in PDF, ePub, Kindle, or prc format.

How far can a horse travel in a day? What does a horse eat? When is a brown horse really a sorrel (or a bay, or a dun)? What do tack and withers and canter mean?

In this long-awaited and much-requested book based on her "Horseblog" at Book View Café, author and horse breeder Judith Tarr answers these questions and many more. She looks at horses from the perspective of the writer whose book or story needs them as anything from basic transport to major plot device, and provides definitions, explanations, and links and references for further research—leavened with insight into the world of the horse and the humans who both use and serve him.

How fast can a horse run? What happens when a foal is born? How have humans and horses evolved together over the millennia? And above all, what mistakes do writers most often make when writing about horses, and how can the educated writer avoid them?

Here is a guide to the fine art of getting it right.

Judith Tarr is the author of many novels and short stories under her own name and the pseudonyms Caitlin Brennan and Kathleen Bryan. A lifelong rider and lover of horses, she breeds, raises, and trains Lipizzan horses at Dancing Horse Farm near Tucson, Arizona. There are always horses in her books, notably A Wind in Cairo and, as Caitlin Brennan, the Mountain's Call series and her new book for young readers, House of the Star (Tor Starscape, November 2010). Her story, "Classical Horses," is much loved and often reprinted; it can be read for free at Book View Café.

» Publisher information

100 review copies available
246 members requesting

closed for requests
Request by Nov 29
On sale Nov 15
(all countries)

Endless Love by Scott Spencer (Open Road)

This book is an eBook, not a physical book.

Description: Format: DRM-locked epub or pdf file (60 day expiration, renewable — you don't own the ebook), which can be loaded on Nooks, Sony eReaders, Kindles or read on a computer using Adobe Digital Editions (which is free to download). Ebook provided through NetGalley, which requires you to sign up with them.
The impassioned love of two teenagers leaves a path of destruction in its perilous wake

Seventeen-year-old David Axelrod is consumed with his love for Jade Butterfield. So when Jade’s father exiles him from their home, David does the only thing he thinks is rational: He burns down their house. Sentenced to a psychiatric institution, David’s obsession metastasizes, and upon his release, he sets out to win the Butterfields back by any means necessary.

Brilliantly written and intensely sexual, Endless Love is the deeply moving story of a first love so powerful that it becomes dangerous—not only for the young lovers, but for their families as well.

This ebook features an illustrated biography of Scott Spencer, including rare photos from the author’s personal collection.

Scott Spencer (b. 1945) is the critically acclaimed, bestselling author of ten novels, including Endless Love and A Ship Made of Paper, both of which have been nominated for the National Book Award. Two of his books, Endless Love and Waking the Dead, have been adapted into films.

» Publisher information

15 review copies available
262 members requesting

closed for requests
Request by Nov 29
On sale Nov 23
(all countries)

Fearless by Rafael Yglesias (Open Road)

This book is an eBook, not a physical book.

Description: Format: DRM-locked epub or pdf file (60 day expiration, renewable — you don't own the ebook), which can be loaded on Nooks, Sony eReaders, Kindles or read on a computer using Adobe Digital Editions (which is free to download). Ebook provided through NetGalley, which requires you to sign up with them.
Yglesias’s New York Times–bestselling novel of trauma, loss, and the bonds formed between victims of catastrophe
Max Klein suffers from many anxieties—including a terrible fear of flying—but after surviving a plane crash his worries vanish and he suddenly believes himself invincible. Back home, a psychiatrist puts him in touch with Carla, a victim of the same crash who lost her infant son and suffers from a morbid, debilitating depression. Now Max and Carla begin a relationship that is sometimes intimate, sometimes painful, and perhaps the only path to recovery for both.

Fearless is a brilliant portrait of trauma and its aftermath—the shock of loss and the sometimes unexpected ways that people learn to cope with disaster.
This ebook features a new illustrated biography of Rafael Yglesias, including rare photos and never-before-seen documents from the author’s personal collection.

» Publisher information

15 review copies available
258 members requesting

closed for requests
Request by Nov 29
On sale Nov 16
(all countries)

Finding a Girl in America by Andre Dubus (Open Road)

This book is an eBook, not a physical book.

Description: Format: DRM-locked epub or pdf file (60 day expiration, renewable — you don't own the ebook), which can be loaded on Nooks, Sony eReaders, Kindles or read on a computer using Adobe Digital Editions (which is free to download). Ebook provided through NetGalley, which requires you to sign up with them.
In his third collection, Andre Dubus plumbs the dark depths of the human condition

The ominous tone of this exquisite collection is established at its onset, as a bereaved father stalks the man who murdered his son. Three stories later, a college student suffers a violent death at the hands of her boyfriend. And in later episodes, relationships falter and fail, not all fatalities being of the flesh.

Featuring some of the Dubus canon’s most haunting narratives, Finding a Girl in America is a remarkable lesson in the depiction of the darker side of human nature.

This ebook features rare photos and never-before-seen documents from the author’s estate and the Harry Ransom Center at the University of Texas at Austin.

Award-winning author Andre Dubus (1936–1999) has been hailed as one of the best American short story writers of the twentieth century. Finding a Girl in America features the story “Killings,” which was adapted into the critically acclaimed film In the Bedroom (2001), starring Sissy Spacek, Tom Wilkinson, and Marisa Tomei.

» Publisher information

15 review copies available
236 members requesting

closed for requests
Request by Nov 29
On sale Nov 23
(all countries)

Home in the Morning by Mary Glickman (Open Road)

This book is an eBook, not a physical book.

Description: Format: DRM-locked epub or pdf file (60 day expiration, renewable — you don't own the ebook), which can be loaded on Nooks, Sony eReaders, Kindles or read on a computer using Adobe Digital Editions (which is free to download). Ebook provided through NetGalley, which requires you to sign up with them.
A powerful debut from a new literary talent, this novel tells the story of a Jewish family confronting the tumult of the 1960s—and the secrets that bind its members together

Jackson Sassaport is a man who often finds himself in the middle. Whether torn between Stella, his beloved and opinionated Yankee wife, and Katherine Marie, the African American girl who first stole his teenage heart; or between standing up for his beliefs and acquiescing to his prominent Jewish family’s imperative to not stand out in the segregated South, Jackson learns to balance the secrets and deceptions of those around him. But one fateful night in 1960 will make the man in the middle reconsider his obligations to propriety and family, and will start a chain of events that will change his life and the lives of those around him forever.

Home in the Morning follows Jackson’s journey from his childhood as a coddled son of the Old South to his struggle as a young man eager to find his place in the civil rights movement while protecting his family. Flashing back between his adult life as a successful lawyer and his youth, Mary Glickman’s riveting novel traces the ways that race and prejudice, family and love intertwine to shape our lives.

This ebook features rare photos and never-before-seen documents from the author’s personal collection.

» Publisher information

15 review copies available
246 members requesting

closed for requests
Request by Nov 29
On sale Nov 09
(all countries)

The Intruders by Stephen Coonts (Open Road)

This book is an eBook, not a physical book.

Description: Format: DRM-locked epub or pdf file (60 day expiration, renewable — you don't own the ebook), which can be loaded on Nooks, Sony eReaders, Kindles or read on a computer using Adobe Digital Editions (which is free to download). Ebook provided through NetGalley, which requires you to sign up with them.
Stephen Coonts is a New York Times bestselling author of twenty-eight thriller, suspense, and nonfiction titles, including the blockbuster techno-thriller The Intruders, which is now available as an ebook.

Following graduation from West Virginia University, Coonts began flight training with the Navy at the age of twenty-two. He was stationed on the USS Enterprise for two combat cruises in the final years of the Vietnam War and flew an A-6 Intruder attack plane, an aircraft featured in many of his early novels.

In 1986, he published his highly successful debut, The Flight of the Intruder, which spent twenty-eight weeks on the New York Times bestseller list. Coonts’s debut borrows heavily from his own experiences as a combat pilot, and the novel is rich in the technical details of aviation and warfare. In The Intruders, Coonts delivers a sequel to his wildly popular debut, returning to Grafton’s last missions as a pilot in the Vietnam War.

» Publisher information

15 review copies available
258 members requesting

closed for requests
Request by Nov 29
On sale Nov 30
(all countries)

Breaking Waves by Phyllis Irene Radford (BookViewCafe)

This book is an eBook, not a physical book.

Description: Description: Format: Open, non-DRM file. Winners will be sent the URL of a webpage where they can download the eBook in PDF, ePub, Kindle, or prc format.

An Anthology for Gulf Coast Relief

Join writers from all genres in defense of the Gulf Coast with Breaking Waves: An Anthology for Gulf Coast Relief. Edited by Phyllis Irene Radford and Tiffany Trent, Breaking Waves offers up glimpses of maritime splendor, poignancy, and humor through the works of poets, essayists, and Hugo and Nebula-award winning authors like Ursula K. Le Guin, Vonda N. McIntyre, David D. Levine, and more.

All proceeds from the sale of this anthology will go to the Gulf Coast Oil Spill Fund of the Greater New Orleans Foundation.

The table of contents can be viewed here.

» Publisher information

5 review copies available
195 members requesting

closed for requests
Request by Nov 29
On sale Oct 31
(all countries)
You are using the new servers! | About | Privacy/Terms | Help/FAQs | Blog | Store | APIs | TinyCat | Legacy Libraries | Early Reviewers | Common Knowledge | 115,072,446 books! | Top bar: Always visible