Speaking of ARCs, I got a copy of The Left Hand of God, Paul Hoffman's novel, debuting June 15th, 2010. I don't often get books this far in advance of publication, so it's fun being able to give the book some advance buzz.
But first, Penguin books has several venues for getting free books if you like contests (these sites are only for Canada though they probably have similar programs elsewhere). You can:
join their book club: penguinbookclub.ca
watch their twitter feed: twitter.com/penguincanada
become a member of their facebook page: facebook.com/penguincanada
and join the LibraryThing Early Reviewers program: librarything.com/er/list
If you're serious about doing a blog for book reviews, they have their Bloggers and Books Network. Go to penguin.ca/bloggerquestionnaire to see if you qualify.
It's through LibraryThing that I'm now the proud owner of a book that won't be out for another two months.
Here's the cover blurb:
The Left Hand of God is the story of sixteen-year-old Thomas Cale, who has grown up imprisoned at the Sanctuary of the Redeemers, a fortress run by a secretive sect of warrior monks in a distant, dystopian past. He is one of thousands of boys who train all day in hand-to-hand combat, in preparation for a holy war that only the High Priests know is now imminent. He has no reason to think he's special, no idea there's another world outside the compound's walls, and no hope for a life any different from the one he already knows.
And then, Cale opens a door.
What follows is a daring escape, an unlikely alliance, a desperate pursuit, a journey of incredible discovery, and an adventure the likes of which Cale could never possibly have imagined, culminating in Cale's asonishing realization that he alone holds the fate of the world in his hands.
Sounds great, doesn't it? I should post a review of it in the next few weeks.