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The Postmortal by Drew Magary

The Postmortal by Drew Magary
Penguin Paperback Original
On Sale: August 30, 2011

“The first novel from a popular sports blogger and humorist (Men with Balls) puts a darkly comic spin on a science fiction premise and hits the sweet spot between Margaret Atwood
and Kurt Vonnegut.”
—Ron Hogan, Shelf Awareness

“Immortality has figured in a number of sf novels prior to this one, but never, to my experience, in this way. . . . It surprised me in a good way.”
Fantasy & Science Fiction

“An odd mixture of satire and dystopian fantasy, this thoughtful novel cleverly explores the consequences of having a long-term lease on life, from the mundane to the profound”
Publishers Weekly

“One man blogs civilization’s slow, terrifying decline after a cure for aging is discovered. . . . Magary has created a smartly realized vision of a planet that’s hit the skids . . .”
Kirkus

ABOUT THE BOOK
Called “dark, funny, and terrifying” by New York contributing editor Will Leitch, THE POSTMORTAL, by Deadspin writer Drew Magary, documents what living forever might look like.

The year is 2019 and a cure for aging has been discovered. After much political and cultural debate “The Cure” is made available to populations worldwide. Through fast-paced journal entries and blogger-style news story roundups compiled by an ever-watchful New York lawyer, John Farrell, readers experience a world where age-related diseases and deaths disappear altogether.

But there are residual effects and THE POSTMORTAL forces us to rethink our idea of marriage if rendered indefinite and the allocation of precious resources in a world with exponential population growth. Ideological divisions manifest themselves in chilling ways in this new environment, introducing “pro death” anarchists who inflict ghastly punishments on those who dare to remain young.

With the apocalypse on the horizon and regret creeping into everyday lives, living forever, as it turns out, isn’t all it’s cracked up to be.

Clever, haunting, and culturally scathing, THE POSTMORTAL is a gripping read and a creative addition to the genre of speculative fiction.

ABOUT THE AUTHOR
Drew Magary writes for Deadspin, NBC, Maxim, and Kissing Suzy Kolber—a humor site dedicated to the NFL. He has also contributed to Rolling Stone, Comedy Central, New York Magazine, GQ, ESPN, Yahoo!, Playboy, Penthouse, and various other media outlets. This is his first novel. Follow Drew on Twitter @drewmagary

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Press Release
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Author Photo

For a review copy please contact gabrielle.gantz [at] us.penguingroup.com 

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The Magician King by TIME book critic, Lev Grossman

Get on the list now for a pre-publication review copy in mid-July. Also available on Netgalley (will be approving requests Wednesday, July 6th)

The Magician King by Lev Grossman
Viking / On Sale: August 9, 2011

Hailed as a “painfully perceptive novel of the fantastic that brings to mind both Jay McInerney and J. K. Rowling*,” Time magazine book critic Lev Grossman’s The Magicians was praised as a triumph by readers and critics of both mainstream and fantasy literature.  It debuted at #7 on the New York Times bestseller list in the summer of 2009 and has taken on a life of its own over the past two years.  Now Grossman is back with the much-anticipated sequel THE MAGICIAN KING, coming out from Viking on August 9th, 2011 (978-0-670-02231-1; $26.95).

THE MAGICIAN KING picks up in the magical land of Fillory, where Quentin and his friends are now kings and queens.  They spend their days insulated by privilege, but it’s a less than intellectually rigorous existence and their days and nights of royal luxury are starting to pall.  When a recreational hunting adventure takes a dark turn, Quentin and his old friend Julia charter a magical ship and set off on a quest to the wild outer reaches of their kingdom.     But their pleasure cruise becomes a disaster when the two are unceremoniously dumped back into the last place Quentin ever wants to see: his parents’ house in Chesterton, Massachusetts.  The obsessive expertise that should make Quentin a hero fails him back in suburban America, and only the black, twisted magic that Julia learned on the streets can save them.

More Information
Q&A with Lev Grossman
The Magician King Press Release

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The Golden Key
The Star Tattoos
Cover Image
Color Map of The Voyage of Muntjac

Links for THE MAGICIAN KING
The Magician King website
Lev on Twitter @leverus
Lev on Facebook

If you need a copy of the first book, The Magicians, please let me know. Contact: Gabrielle.Gantz [at] us.penguingroup.com 

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Planning Ahead: Summer and Fall 2011

Here’s a list of books I’m working on this coming Summer and Fall. Limited galleys are available where noted. As review copies become available each title will have its own page. Please follow Books on Tap on Facebook for updates. If you would like to be included on the review copy list, please email me at Gabrielle.Gantz [at] us.penguingroup.com.

August
Girls of Murder City: Fame, Lust, and the Beautiful Killers Who Inspired Chicago by Douglas Perry
Penguin Paperback Reprint / On Sale: July 26, 2011
Press Release
Cover Image
Q&A with Douglas
Author’s Website

Now You See It:  How the Brain Science of Attention Will Transform the Way We Live, Work, and Learn by Cathy N. Davidson
Viking / On Sale: August 18, 2011
Penguin Group page
Author’s Website

Real State of America Atlas: Mapping the Myths and Truths of the United States by Cynthia Enloe and Joni Seager
Penguin Paperback Original / On Sale: July 26, 2011
Review Copies Now Available
Book’s page

The Magician King by Lev Grossman
Second book in the Magicians series
Viking / On Sale: August 9, 2011
Penguin Group page
Cover Image
If you need a copy of the first book, The Magicians, please contact me

September
The Postmortal by Drew Magary
Penguin Paperback Original / On Sale: August 30, 2011
Physical advance copies now available. Limited availability through Netgalley.
Press Release
Cover Image
Author on Twitter

A Man of Parts: A Novel of H. G. Wells by David Lodge
Viking / On Sale: September 19, 2011
Limited advance copies available
Penguin Group page
David Lodge on H.G. Wells (Guardian UK)
David Lodge’s top H.G. Wells books (Guardian UK)
Cover Image
H.G. Wells books available from Penguin Classics

Campus Trilogy: Changing Places / Small World / Nice Work
by David Lodge
Penguin / On Sale: September 27, 2011

A collection of three works by David Lodge
Press Release
Cover Image 

October
Gandhi: A Manga Biography by Kazuki Ebine
Penguin Paperback Original / On Sale: September 27, 2011
Penguin Group page
Cover Image 

The Better Angels of Our Nature: Why Violence Has Declined by Steven Pinker Viking / On Sale: October 4, 2011
Now available on Netgalley with limited approval. Booksellers, librarians, and long lead magazine reviewers only until Wednesday, Aug. 24th.
Penguin Group page
Author’s website
Steven Pinker at TED on the myth of violence (opens with sound)

December
Charles Dickens: A Life by Jane Smiley
Penguin Lives Paperback / On Sale: November 29, 2011
Penguin Group page (hardcover edition)

James Joyce: A Life by Edna O’Brien
Penguin Lives Paperback / On Sale: November 29, 2011
Details to come

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Journal of a UFO Investigator

Journal of a UFO Investigator by David Halperin
Viking / On Sale: February 3, 2011 

“The UFO fell from the sky on the night of December 20, 1962, the week of my thirteenth birthday.  The event itself, after more than three years, I recall with perfect clarity.  Many of its circumstances, however, have blurred in my mind …”  So begins David Halperin’s enthralling debut novel: JOURNAL OF A UFO INVESTIGATOR (Viking / On-Sale: February 3, 2011 / ISBN: 9780670022458/ 304pgs./ $25.95).

Set against the backdrop of the troubled 60’s, the novel weaves together compelling psychological drama and vivid outer space fantasy.  Danny Shapiro, an awkward, lonely teen with a terminally ill mother and a hostile father, turns to an imaginative universe to escape his crumbling home life.   He enters the world of UFOs when a glowing red disk tumbles down upon him from the night sky, and his home is mysteriously burglarized not long afterward.  He becomes drawn into the “Super-Science Society,” a group of intellectually and sexually precocious adolescents who have as their emblem the trisected angle.  Soon he’s fallen for one of the “Super-Scientists,” the beautiful, seductive Rochelle.

Praise for JOURNAL OF A UFO INVESTIGATOR

“A thrilling romp through the domain of aliens and spacecraft, Halperin’s highly entertaining coming-of-age tale poses questions about the real and the imagined and suggests that fusing the two might be the only way to survive adolescence.”
—Booklist

“Set in the mid-1960s, religious studies professor Halperin’s gripping debut is less about aliens than alienation. . . .[T]his heartbreaking coming-of-age story of a boy losing and finding his way in this and other worlds will resonate with many readers.”
—Publishers Weekly

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Author’s Website 

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