Wednesday, October 13, 2010

Preview and Giveaway: The Half-Made World ~ by Felix Gilman



A Giveaway and Preview ~  for a brand new release  from an award winning author,  which is a complex genre-expanding combo …

About: A fantastical reimagining of the American West which draws its influence from steampunk, the American western tradition, and magical realism.

The world is only half made. What exists has been carved out amidst a war between two rival factions: the Line, paving the world with industry and claiming its residents as slaves; and the Gun, a cult of terror and violence that cripples the population with fear. The only hope at stopping them has seemingly disappeared - the Red Republic that once battled the Gun and the Line, and almost won. Now they’re just a myth, a bedtime story parents tell their children, of hope.

To the west lies a vast, uncharted world, inhabited only by the legends of the immortal and powerful Hill People, who live at one with the earth and its elements. Liv Alverhyusen, a doctor of the new science of psychology, travels to the edge of the made world to a spiritually protected mental institution in order to study the minds of those broken by the Gun and the Line. In its rooms lies an old general of the Red Republic, a man whose shattered mind just may hold the secret to stopping the Gun and the Line. And either side will do anything to understand how.

Bio:  Felix Gilman has been nominated for the John W. Campbell Award and the Crawford Award for best new writer and the Locus Award for best first novel. He is the author of the critically acclaimed Thunderer and Gears of the City. He lives with his wife in New York City. Link to his blog, website, the book’s facebook fan page, his Goodread’s author page, and one of his main character’s twitter accounts.


  • Hardcover: 480 pages
  • Publisher: Tor Books; First Edition edition (October 12, 2010)

In case you cannot wait to win here are purchasing links for US/UK/Canada.

And for more information on the book - a post from Tor’s blog around The Half-Made World.  


Now for The Giveaway:

Since the book will be sent by the publisher - you do not need to be a “reader” for this giveaway. Anyone can enter and it is international!

Contest Info:

To enter you must:

  • comment
  • include in the post your email so that I can contact you

For optional extra points you can do any, none, or all of the below for 1 entry point each: (All entries may be included in one single comment.)

  1. Be a subscriber of Layers of Thought – google or facebook. (I need to be able to see you – to get updates in facebook feed and add me as a friend otherwise it does not count.)
  2. Blog it - side bars are great - please provide links
  3. Tweet it – provide links please
  4. Friend on Twitter
  5. Friend on Goodreads
  6. Friend on Book Blogs
  7. Friend on Glue  - new to glue? have questions? let me know.

As stated above, this giveaway is international.

Contest ends Sunday November 14, 2010 at 12 pm US Pacific time. Winner will be posted and notified on Monday November 22, 2010.

Please note that unlike for other posts we do not respond to comments for giveaways. If you have a question or concern (like a typo or bad link) please email me via my profile – Shellie.

Thanks for entering and good luck! 

*****An additional give away for The Half-Made World please link over to Bill’s blog – The Azure Dwarf. He writes great reviews and would love a few more readers. *****


Cheri said...

So glad Steampunk is gaining a wider audience, it means more books!

+1 friend on Goodreads

cherimhoward at gmail dot com

Shane Ede said...

Lets see.

I follow on Twitter. I'm a friend on Goodreads. I subscribe through Google and am a google friend (I believe) although how I prove those two, I just don't know.

Ah, and an email. admin ~at~

Blodeuedd said...

Sounds strange, so what am I waiting for, I am in :)

blodeuedd1 at gmail dot com
Google buddy

Jakob Barnard said...

I'm in too!


Amanda Makepeace said...

I've been eagerly awaiting this book! Do enter me!

I'm a follower on twitter.
I'm a friend on Goodreads.
I'm a friendon Glue.

I follow your blog through Google Reader and Google Friend Connect.

And I tweeted:!/amandamakepeace/status/27246219199



Simcha said...

I love Tor because they are always willing to send out books to us "international" people.
I've heard great things about this book and would love to win it.

I'm already a follower of your blog and on Goodreads and just followed on Twitter.


Lori L said...

I'd love to read this book!
I'm a follower.

Unknown said...

Looks like a wonderful book. Can I have one please?


+1 facebook
+1 goodreads

SusiSunshine said...

I'm so intrigued by steampunk and I'm sure BF would love this one too.

Thanks for the chance. =)

I tweeted but I have no idea how to link to the new RT. O_o

And email addy is in my profile.

Kulsuma said...

sounds great! count me in please.


Moridin said...
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Anonymous said...

please enter my name,i also follow on twitter ,subscribe to blog &good ead through google,

ediFanoB said...

Great giveaway Shellie!
I really appreciate that it is an international one because that give me the opportunity to take part.

+1 Friend on Facebook and follower via Google Friend Connect

+1 I posted about the giveaway

+1 I tweeted:!/ediFanoB/status/27550242315

+1 friend on Twitter
+1 friend on Goodreads

My blogger profile contains my mail address

Salatiel Júnior said...

Hey, this book looks to be very interesting... =D

I'm learning english and nothing better for this than a book...

And how this contest is international, and I'm brazilian.. I am in!.. haha =D

My e-mail:

John Leavitt said...

This one looks pretty interesting; almost picked it up at B&N the other day.

jrrl AT steampunk DOT com

+1 friended on goodreads.

Giada M. said...

Thank you for making this AWESOME giveaway international! I love steampunk and I can't wait to read this book! :D

I'm a google subscriber and I added you on Facebook.

Giada M.

fabgiada (at) gmail (dot) com

wilbarr said...

I subscribe through google reader.

pagebar09 at gmail dot com

Arielle said...

This sounds like an interesting book and would love to read it!

+ I'm a subscriber of Layers of Thought
+ Blogged:
+ Tweet:!/bookatopia/status/28064194096
+ Follower on Twitter
+ Goodreads fiend


Darlyn said...

I would love to read the book!

darlyn225 at gmail dot com

+ follow via GFC

PinkStuff28 said...

Interesting book :)

I'm a follower
Follow you on Tweeter (@raluk15)
Added as a friend on Glue (Jenny Misty )

buddyt said...

I follow via GFC (buddyt)

Thanks for the International giveaway for this book.

I would love to get my hands on it.

Carol T

buddytho {at} gmail DOT com

Sharli said...

I'm glad we are seing more and more steampunk around. I'd love to read this. Thanks for the review and the giveaway :)

+1 Follow on Networked blogs (Sharli - Entre Libros)
+1 Follow on Twitter@Entre_Libros
+1 Friended on Goodreads
+1 Friended on Glue (smm)
+1 Friended on Book Blogs

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Bernadette Simpson said...

I've been interested in reading some steampunk novels!

+ Blog follower via FB/Networked Blogs

bernadette AT bernadettesimpson DOT com

Kulsuma said...

+1 friend on goodreads


Bitsy Bling Books said...

I've been on the hunt for good steampunk books for November reads.

GFC friend
Twitter follower @bitsyblingbooks
Networkd blog (KellyRosburyLee)
Goodreads friend (Charlie Courtland)


Madalena said...

Followed on twitter (@MikaBooks), sent friend request on Goodreads (Mika) and followed on GFC!

Thanks for this giveaway. I'm so glad steampunk is getting a larger audience! :)

Dolly said...

Thank you for hosting this :-) I would love to win this book.

I am following through Google
Friend on Twitter
Goodreads Friends

lostwanderer5 [at] gmail [dot] com

jen7waters said...


just added you as friend on FB and on Goodreads (I'm Carla Costa on both) I tried to follow you on twitter, but something is wrong with twitter right now...:s

so I guess that's:
1 comment
+1 FB
+1 GR
+1 sidebar:


thank you:)

Ricki said...

I love steampunk!

E.J. Stevens said...

Thanks for the giveaway!
+1 friends on Goodreads
+1 friends on Book Blogs
From the Shadows[at]gmail[dot]com

ninefly said...

definitely sign me up please!
+1 google follower
+1 follower on twitter @angeltyuan
+1 goodreads friend (ninefly)



Unknown said...

Would love to read this Please count me in
tanyainjville at yahoo dot com

Tabathia B said...

Thanks for the giveaway
tbarrettno1 at gmail dot com

Amber said...

Thanks for offering all these great giveaways!!

Amber said...

I follow on twitter @aly3360

jen7waters said...

Twitter is working now! thanks for the message on GR:)

I have a feeling Twitter shut down yesterday because of the Spooktacular Giveaways xD so many people clicking the "follow" buttons!

So I'm now a twitter follower too ;) (@Jen7waters)


Lisa (starmetal_oak) said...

I really want to win this!! Thanks for the giveaway :)


+1 Follower Google Friend Connect as Lisa P.
+1 Twitter follower as @starmetaloak
+1 Friend on goodreads as Lisa

Total: 3

Jenn S. said...

Sounds like a good one.

jas8929 at gmail dot com

+1 twitter: jashelep

Taffy said...

I enjoy reading new books!


Leslie (Under My Apple Tree) said...

I'm a follower.

+1 GFC
+1 Goodreads (Leslie)
+1 Twitter (@undermyappletre)
+1 Book Blogs (Leslie)

undermyappletree at gmail dot com

andrea b said...

email: brigneti(at)gmail(dot)com

+1 GFC follower (andrea b)
+1 Follower on twitter (@andreadbc)
+1 friend on Goodreads

thanks for the giveaway!


IdentitySeeker said...

Hi! Thanks for the great giveaway!
+1- I am a Goodreads friend: Sarah Setar
+1- I follow on Twitter: @SweetNSensible
+1- I tweeted:
+1- I follow the blog on GFC

Hope to win!

Asenath said...

Steampunk and Western? Will it be like Firefly?? :)

+1 Google Follower
+1 Twitter Follower (@msasenath)

Judit said...

Thank you for the giveaway!

I'm GFC and Twitter follower (@judittten)

judittten at gmail dot com

Unknown said...

Subscriber of Layers of Thought – facebook - Ashley's Bookshelf
Tweet it –
Friend on Twitter - @ashleybookshelf
Friend on Goodreads - Ashley's Bookshelf
Friend on Book Blogs - Ashleys Bookshelf
Friend on Glue - Ashleys Bookshelf

Thanks for the giveaway!

Ashley's Bookshelf

Sophia said...

Thanks for the giveaway! I am a Twitter and Goodreads follower (adidaswbm) (Sophia)

sophiayunjin @

Scoot said...

I would love to read this book! I have heard great things about it. seescootread[at]gmail[dot]com

evening-green said...

Thanks a bunch for the giveaway!
I'm a GFC-Follower~

sablelexi said...

Love Steampunk. Looking forward to this book.

+1 I'm a GFC follower as sablelexi.
+1 I'm a twitter follower as @sablelexi.
+1 I'm a Goodreads friend as Jennelle

jlynettes @ hotmail . com

Unknown said...

It sounds like a promising novel, so I'll throw my name in the hat.

I also started following this blog via GFC today.


Andrea I said...

It sounds interesting.

+1 GFC follower
+1 Follow on Twitter @lillieblue613
+1 GoodReads Friend Andrea Infinger

Anonymous said...

Please count me in for this giveaway. Thanks.

+1 GFC follower (Melanie L)
+1 follow on Twitter (Melanie_2006)
+1 friend on Goodreads (Melanie L)
+1 friend on Book Blogs (Melanie Lynch)


Aik said...

I'd love to enter!

+1 I'm a follower of Layers of Thought.
+1 Tweeted
+1 I'm your friend on Twitter @aikchien
+1 I'm your friend on Goodreads [Aik Chien]

aikychien at yahoo dot com

Enbrethiliel said...


I've just discovered how wonderful Steampunk is! I can't think of a better hybrid than Steampunk and Western. =D

Please enter me in this giveaway!

For my extra entry, I have the contest linked on my sidebar:

Book Sake said...

Another great contest! Can't wait to read this book.
+1 subscriber of Layers of Thought google
+1 Friend on Twitter
+1 Friend on Goodreads
+1 Friend on Book Blogs

Laura H. said...

Thanks for participating in the SPOOKTACULAR Book Blog Giveaway Hop and your awesome contribution!

+1 GFC follower, Networked Blogs follower, e-mail subscriber, FB friend (Laura Grassie Henderson)
+1 Tweeted giveaway:!/MamaHendo3/status/29221561669
+1 Twitter follower @MamaHendo3
+1 Goodreads friend (Laura Henderson)
+1 Book Blogs friend (Laura Henderson)
+1 Glue friend (Laura Grassie Henderson)


Carol M said...
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Anne said...

I'd love to read this
+1 I follow on google friend connect

ajolly1456 at gmail dot com

hendy said...

Thanks for the giveaway, this book looks interesting.
I follow via GFC, twitter @HendyMartin, and I tweeted
hmhenderson AT yahoo DOT com

Unknown said...

Please enter me in the giveaway.
GFC follower.
Twitter follower. @mbreakfield

logankstewart said...

I'd love to enter.
+1 comment
+1 subscriber
+1 GoodReads
+1 Book Blogs
+1 Being Awesome...;)
Total: +4

logankstewart (at thingy) gmail (dot) com

logankstewart said...

Gah. I couldn't help myself.
+1 Blog link (here)

New Total, from last comment: +5

buddyt said...

I have enjoyed the steampunk novels I have read so far and the author is new to me, so I would like to try this book.

I am a Follower via GFC.

Thanks for the giveaway and especially that it is open worldwide.


buddytho {at} gmail DOT com

Buffy said...

Big fan of steampunk, so I hope I win :)

Laura H. said...

Thanks for another great giveaway!

+1 GFC follower (Bornajhawk)
+1 Tweeted giveaway:!/MamaHendo3/status/3890519730036737
+1 Twitter follower @MamaHendo3.
+1 Friend on Goodreads (Laura Henderson)
+1 Friend on Book Blogs
+1 Friend on Glue


Carol M said...

This sounds good! Please enter me. Thank you!

I follow on GFC.


Friend on Twitter-CarolAnnM

mittens0831 at aol dot com

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