Angry Robot Books sure thinks Kaaron Walker’s Walking the Tree is worth getting excited about. Not only have the given it a gorgeous cover, now they’re giving away a full novella with every purchase of the novel. The coolest thing? The novella is a re-telling of Walking the Tree from the perspective of a different character!

From the Angry Robot blog:

While writing Walking the Tree, ace AR author Kaaron Warren naturally concentrated on her central character, Lillah. But as she explored that woman’s incredible journey around Botanica’s immense Tree, she became just as fascinated with the story of one of her young companions, Morace.

So fascinated, in fact… that she rewrote the whole book from Morace’s point of view! Well, we couldn’t just hide that away and so, if you buy a physical copy of Walking the Tree you’ll find, amongst our usual swathe of extras and freebies at the end, the first two chapters of his story… and a secret download link and password, that will allow you to download or read the entire novella. And if you get the eBook edition, well, you get the whole thing as an added extra.

What a cool idea, from both Warren and Angry Robot Books. Obviously not all authors are able to rewrite their novel from a secondary perspective, but the idea of giving away a complimentary story (a novella nonetheless!) is a great incentive to pick up the book new, rather than get a used copy, from which the author and publisher receive no money. I’d love to see other Publishers get on board with this type of promotion. I’m also getting even more curious about Walking the Tree, so I guess Angry Robot Books know what they’re doing!

  • N. R. Alexander February 2, 2010 at 5:50 pm

    Yep. The press release sure sold me. Sounds like a great story – wait, two great stories? Well, sell me once, sell me twice. Looking forward to this one.

  • Richard R. February 5, 2010 at 8:29 am

    Can’t see that the special deal will apply to us here in the States, but I may be wrong. Perhaps it on;y becomes available when the book is ordered from the publisher as a pre-order?

    Regardless, it’s an excellent cover, very evocative, pulls you right in.