All around hoopy frood Cat Rambo has a new collection coming out. In fact it's a happy book day for her (just barely sneaking it in under the wire). It's called Near + Far and looks really cool.
See, it's done in a format that used to be called the Ace Double. Some of you kids aren't old enough to remember these dual novels back from before the time that novels could double as black-hole crystalization seeds. Ace would combine two novels back to back with a flip orientation. Buy one book, and if it's not doing it for you, flip the book over and start another novel. I just love these look-back formats coming back into vogue (deckle edges, slip sheets, chapter page illustrations). And that's just the wrapper.
The very cool part, of course, are the stories. This is a collection of her SF work. Cat's an excellent story teller and this collects some of her rarer stuff into one place.
And there are plenty of opportunities to score a free book. Like at Goodreads and Cat's own blog. As an extra, Cat had some jewelry made up to go with the book and she's giving that away too. If you want a taste of some of the chewy goodness inside, here's a link to the audio of Zeppelin Follies.
Of course, if you just can't stand the uncertainty of winning the book, you could always go get the copy yourself, or maybe convince your library to get a copy.
Don't believe me that this is a cool collection? Here's a Tor.com review.