Alas, this edition of Free Readin’ contains no full novels, but that doesn’t mean it isn’t damn exciting anyway! What I’ve pulled together here are two early excerpts from some eagerly anticipated novels and the third is a collections of excerpts from one major publishers latest catalog.

Pyr Sampler

Pyr is offering anyone interested 327 pages of free PDF glory. Included in the download are the first chapters from many of Pyr’s most prominent authors:

Excerpts are from Joe Abercrombie’s Before They Are Hanged, Kay Kenyon’s A World Too Near, Theodore Judson’s The Martian General’s Daughter, Robert Silverberg’s Son of Man, David Louis Edelman’s Infoquake, and Mike Resnick’s Stalking the Unicorn and Stalking the Dragon.

You can download the Sampler HERE and also download a copy of their catalog HERE. Also be sure to check out their blog, Pyr-o-mania.

R. Scott Bakker

Switching gears a little, R. Scott Bakker, best known for his The Prince of Nothing trilogy, a gritty, dense fantasy, he know brings readers a contemporary thriller, Neuropath. Pat, from Pat’s Fantasy Hotlist, really liked it:

As you guys know, I really enjoyed Neuropath, as much as it was the most disturbing book I ever read. And if you click on this link, you can now check out the first chapter and get a feel for what could potentially be a controversial novel when it’s released this spring. If you think the excerpt is a bit fucked up, believe me when I say that you have seen nothing yet!

Luckily Fantasybookspot is offering an exclusive peek at the first chapter from the novel, which you can find HERE.

J.V. Jones

Last up is the prologue for the upcoming novel from J.V. Jones, Watcher of the Dead. This is the latest installment of her increasingly long (but still highly regarded) series, Sword of Shadows.

You can find the prologue HERE and also many other excerpts from all her novels HERE.

  • Robert March 27, 2008 at 8:40 am

    Thanks for the heads up on the J.V. Jones prologue! I hadn’t seen that…