As part of our Locus Challenge, we are hosting a giveaway for 2 copies of The Dream of Perpetual Motion by Dexter Palmer to two lucky readers, thanks to the generosity of Picador. The Dream of Perpetual Motion by Dexter Palmer is on the Locus recommended reading list as one of the best first novels of the year 2010. Here’s the book blurb:
Imprisoned for life aboard a zeppelin that floats high above a fantastic metropolis, greeting-card writer Harold Winslow pens his memoirs. His only companions are the disembodied voice of Miranda Taligent, the only woman he has ever loved, and the cryogenically frozen body of her father, Prospero, the genius and industrial magnate who drove her insane. As Harold heads toward a last desperate confrontation with Prospero to save Miranda’s life, he finds himself an unwitting participant in the creation of the greatest invention of them all: the perpetual motion machine. Beautifully written, stunningly imagined, and wickedly funny, The Dream of Perpetual Motion is a heartfelt meditation on the place of love in a world dominated by technology.
Here’s praise for The Dream of Perpetual Motion:
“Dexter Palmer has written a strange, passionate, enthralling first novel, a novel that is itself a kind of perpetual motion machine—constantly turning, giving off more energy than it receives, its movement at once beautiful and counterintuitive.” Kevin Brockmeier, New York Times bestselling author of The Brief History of the Dead
“The breadth and depth of Dexter Palmer’s storytelling is exhilarating. He’s written a smart, funny, sad, and beautiful novel, full of magic, mystery, mechanical men, and a delightful amount of mayhem.” Scott Smith, New York Times bestselling author of The Ruins
“An extravagantly wondrous and admirable first novel.” The Washington Post Book World
“A singular riff on steampunk—sophisticated, subversive entertainment that never settles for escapism.” Jeff VanderMeer, The New York Times Book Review
To enter in the giveaway, you must:
Best of luck, and happy reading! This giveaway ends March 9, 2011 at midnight Pacific time.
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