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05 Nov 2010, Posted by Rob Thurman in Contests, Fun, News, The Chimera Novels
CHIMERA: The CHIMERA Novels, Book 1
CHIMERA: The CHIMERA Novels, Book 1

CHIMERA: The CHIMERA Novels, Book 1

It’s Friday. I’m wishing I was out seeing the movie Red, but I’m in ratty sweats with bed hair writing my ass off, because that’s what being a writer is most of the time: missing movies and lunches with friends, working seven days a week in a job with no health insurance, no sick time, no vacation time, and no retirement benefits. So while Michael refuses to cooperate in CHIMERA 2 (BASILISK), I need me some ego boosting, people. I’m feeling low. Probably the only person feeling lower is that jack-ass George Takei called a douche-bag (you rock, George.)

I’ll give away one signed (if you want it signed) CHIMERA today. Contest ends at midnight for those who work late or live in the land of freaky non-Eastern Standard Time. Just leave a comment here, on this blog (yep, LJers, you’ll have to heave yourselves to my website here and leave it. I need people to come to my website. People tell me this is important. Hits and what not. I don’t know.)

You can cheer me up by telling me your favorite character and why (from any of the three series…Zeke! Because he’s a borderline sociopath with a big gun! Godzilla! Because he’s a completely sociopathic ferret! Salome…because she leaves Great Danes on your pillow), or one of your favorite lines or moments (all those probably involve Goodfellow.) And if you’re too busy working, too, you can just say Gimme! and leave your name. Okay, ready, set, try for some CHIMERA ass!

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  • Meredith

    I’m gonna have to go with Caliban as my favorite character ever, because when I was a moody, angsty teenager, I discovered him and his world and it made me feel waaaay better about anything that could possibly ever happen to me ever. Also, he’s got the best lines second only to Goodfellow. And possibly Zeke, but that’s a different book entirely. So.

  • Alisha "LishiePoo" DiMambro

    OMMGG!! Gimmie ^_^ i have been meaning to pick up that book anywaysssss… (i own all of Cal Leandros and Trickster!!) — baahhh!! fav character? hmm.. well, honestly that would be a toss up between Goodfellow & Zeke.. they both have their moments (granted Goodfellows has his more often.. ;D lmao!) … but in the end Goodfellow wins because of his alluring sex appeal.. (yes, a book character that i have never seen can make me quiver with delight and make me want to rape his face… O_o) … and his ability to tease Cal in the face of death! hehe

    buuttt then there was Zeke’s burst of gayness (which was only to be expected) that simply made Trick of Light delightfully entertaining at the end of the series =D (and so the lion fell in love with the lamb).

    ahhhhhhhhh…. *le sigh* <3 j'adore !!

    so yes… GIMMIEEE!! (pweezzeee?????)

  • Jen

    It’s gotta be Cal/Niko cos they’re such a tragicomedic pair. You can’t have one without the other.

  • Sue G

    Lenore, “A Paean”, ’cause who can’t love a Norse god disguised as a snarky crow. Well, okay, I love Leo to death, but Niko is probably my favorite, because he can snark Cal to death.

  • Chys

    The more you write about Ishiah the more I like him. He just gets better with age. I especially love his relationship with Goodfellow. (I love Robin. Goodfellow is in a league of his own, Oh my!)

    I was wondering if Ishiah has the same ability as Zeke in how angels are telepathic? (Whereas Demons are empathic.) I was a bit confused on that part, if all Peris in the Cal series were like that too. (Since aside from only Griffin, they are Angelic in origin.)

    I very much enjoyed that Ishiah showed up in the second Trixter book. Aside from Ishiah, I have to say the trinity is the hottest. I’m looking forward to Blackout!

    ^_^

  • Aniday

    (As posted on LJ… ‘Cause I’m that thorough…… maybe… just a little brainless…)

    Don’t think there’s a character I’m not in some way enamored with… No lie. Caliban will always be my boy, but I gotta say that Trixa is one sexy bitch(in the best possible way). And to add this as an amusing fact if nothing else; as it is possible to be hot for a fictional character, it is also possible to be jealous of one… and of course I mean Leo. Lucky bastard.
    I can’t phrase every sentence that has either floored me or made me snicker like a hyena on crack, but plenty come to mind… One being in Madhouse, after Cal disembowels an Annis and the intestines rather disturbingly reveal a life of their own on his person: “Did I shake my leg like I was having an epileptic seizure? Yes, I did. Did I scream like a B-movie bimbo? No… but it was a close thing.”
    … My more recent favorite has been pretty much all of Chapter 9 from Grimrose Path – starting with Ishiah’s entrance to Trixa’s explanation of the New York Exodus aftermath and onto how she got Eli but good. Damn fine reading. I grinned, guffawed, and winced all in one sitting. Awesome stuff.

    I send some positive energy your way and hope it’ll somehow give you some spirit back. You tough it out like a champ, Rob, no denying. Thanks for hanging in there.

    ~ Aniday.

  • Laura

    I have to admit I love Michael. At first I hated the punk but he sort of grew on me. What he did on the beach turned around my opinion of him, even if it was at the end.

  • Debbie

    I really like Salome. One of these days Robin is going to have to find her a friend to play with.

    • Rob Thurman

      Ha! You’re psychic. In BLACKOUT, Salome does make a friend. And then there are the forks. My favorite part of BLACKOUT is the forks. I may give away boxes of plastic forks as prizes when it comes out.

  • Michelle

    Ahhh! It’s so hard to pick. I can’t pick, but I have to pick…

    Niko is definitely my favorite from the Cal books. I love the tortured, responsible types!

    And I adore Trixa in her series. But I also adore Leo! I can’t wait for the next one πŸ™‚

    • Rob Thurman

      Google random number generator has chosen Michelle as da winner! Please send your name and mailing address to my email address which can be found on the home page under ‘About.’ Congrats. Do you want it signed?

  • Karen

    I’m completely torn between Zeke – who I love because he doesn’t see the shades of gray, only black & white, he’s totally bad ass and amazingly innocent at the same time….and Niko, because, well, he’s badass, hot, intense, he has a katana & knows how to use it. πŸ˜€

  • Courtney

    I don’t need the copy, but I’ll just use this opportunity to throw love at pretty much all the characters from all three series.
    Especially Ish. Because damn that man puts up with so much. Gets some in return, but still, there has to be a limit.

    Favorite villain? Does Eli count? Because damn that sexy mutha.
    Not to mention Trixa being my favorite female character in all of fantasy/urban fantasy literature.

    And I’d still take Stefan out to a drink. Because he probably still needs it. You can come, too. Michael seems to not be cooperating with either of you,

  • Rhianna

    I don’t know if this will truly stroke your ego or not Rob but the Cal series is one of a very small handful I refuse to review because I love it so much. It’s kind of like that member of the family who you could love no matter WHAT they do. πŸ˜‰ I’ve been seriously behind because I’m like Randi above… kids and husband and puppy and life always fighting for my reading time. Then of course the promised review reading comes first when you’re a blogger so the series I love most often pile up a couple of books before I can get caught up. Then my husband went and spoiled Roadkill for me because he forgets I can’t always read them right after he does. Damn me for telling him about the adventures of Cal & Niko. *head/desk*

    Anywho, I could easily say Goodfellow is my fave but then Abbagor was kind of my first favorite so instead I’m going with Niko. I think there’s a little bit of him in me or vice versa… that whole older sibling protector thing always has resonated with me as the very overprotective big sister to a very trouble-magnetic younger brother.

    Thanks for having a giveaway today and I hope tomorrow you won’t be feeling as low. πŸ™‚

  • Hollie

    My favorite character is still Cal, though Trixa is relentlessly chasing the number one spot. I love that your books are inventive and smart, with a good dose of sarcastic wit. Something missing from many works these days. Hope you have a better weekend; coerce someone into taking you to the movies!

  • caleb

    I WANNA HAVE IT! -squeaks- pwease?

  • Adamedwardo

    Robin Goodfellow FTW!!

    Who woulda thought of all the things to happen in the Cal series the Robin/Ishiah “thing” stands out the most to me.

    SIGNED PLEASE!

  • Jess

    *hugs*

    However! Being a writer also involves a shitload of people sitting around staring into the last pages of your books going ‘dude, that was *badass*’.

    (I would like a copy of Chimera because I would like to give it to my best friend for Christmas. <3 FEEL BETTER. You are a badass and should always feel like one, even when sitting around in sweats and missing movies in favor of sharing your exceptional wonky characters with us mere mortals.)

  • Mad_Bonnie

    I love Niko, Griffin, and Stefan. Hhmm… I think I’ve got a trend going, here. Older, protective types. πŸ˜‰ But these guys wouldn’t be nearly as cool without the rest of their respective gangs in the books. You’re really good at putting together a cast of characters that interact amusingly with one another.

    Favorite villain? Abbagor. He was just so jolly (well, maybe not so jolly in the second book, but at least he still had his sense of humor.) Ya gotta love a guy who relishes being a villain as much as he did.

  • Randi Shane

    I actually just finished Chimera yesterday and was trying to decide exactly how to tell you how much I loved it. Since I have a 2 1/2 year old and a seven month old, it’s been super hectic the past couple years and I’ve gotten some reading in, but not as much as I’d like. Not only that, but when I start to read something, I have to finish it. I don’t care if it only half interests me, I will keep reading until it’s done. The book I read before Chimera took me over a month to finish and I read at several hundred words a minute when I’m going slow. I wasn’t entirely sure what to expect with Chimera, but I was hopeful, because I generally love your writing.

    It took me about four days to read it. I would have finished it in one, but it’s hard to concentrate to a chorus of crying baby and toddler yelling, “Mommy! Mommy! Mommy, help! Mommy, get up, mommy. Mommy ‘top book. No book. Play, Mommy!” And my Husband wouldn’t let me read it out loud because it wasn’t “child appropriate.” Stupid Husband.

    But I did spent every free moment reading. While I exercised, while I waited for meals to finish cooking, before I had to get the children ready for daycare, as many minutes as I could spare before bedtime, and even while I was at stoplights on the road. In the end I was desperate enough that I took my Kindle to work with me so I could finish.

    You are amazing, the story is amazing. I pinned my Husband in the kitchen and told him that I didn’t care whether he wanted to hear it or not, I was still telling him about it and I went into fits of giggles when I saw the second one listed on Amazon with an actual release date. Not only that, but I did a little happy dance when I saw the excerpt on Livejournal and that it was going to be from Misha’s POV.

    Despite the fact that my Husband doesn’t really like Urban Fantasy (or reading in general), he does say that he loves you for making making me that happy, because he hadn’t seen me that excited about something literary in a long time.

  • ladyofthetide

    Stefan is my absolute favorite. I love the conflicting parts of his personality, how he’s an ex-mafia man, but also trying so hard to be a good brother to Misha. He’s loyal, and funny, and good with a gun. What’s not to love?

    I would love a signed copy! I’ve pimped out my copy to way too many people, and it’s looking a little worse for the wear.

  • Lucyl

    Thanks for the giveaway!
    Please enter me in the contest.

    lucybeugelingramos@gmail.com

  • Lindsay

    Favorite character is Cal. Favorite line is the one about thinking and the union saying it rolls him into overtime or however it goes. My union is totally like that.

  • Amber

    Ooooh just…..gimme! coz I have no memory (I am a bear of very little brain) and can only remember I really liked the Nightlife series and enjoyed Chimera… And I feel your pain, especially if it keeps you from watching Supernatural tonight!!!

  • Psistriker

    While I love all of your genius creations, I’ve gotta give Trixia the nod here. She’s smart, funny, has a most wonderful sense of justice , and quite frankly as more balls than all the guys put together. πŸ˜‰

  • guilshad

    Ooh, a signed copy of chimera? That’s be awesome.

    Well, I love all of them, so it’s hard to pick. So, I’ll pick Leo because I am extremely surprised by how much I loved him. So, not necessarily my favorite character, but it was completely unexpected when I realized just how awesome he is.

  • Sara Hubert

    My favorite? Out of all of them, Cal, simply because I would love to take him out for coffee.

    • Rob Thurman

      Damn, Cal on caffeine?? Cal and his guns, grenades, and flamethrower on caffeine?? That’s a thought…I hope I’m not in NYC when it happens.

  • Deidre

    You make it so hard!
    Pick one character?
    ONE?!
    Ugh. D:<
    Oh well…here I go.
    Niko. For sure. Not only because he is the most kick ass human in all of your series, or the fact that he's utterly drool-worthy, but because he is so dedicated to his brother. Family is very important to me, and I feel like many people take this for granted. Though your world is completely realistic at times (minus the monsters, people can be monsters in their own right! To be honest, sometimes I'd RATHER have monsters) what with all the suffering and pain those two went through…
    Despite that Niko is still willing to put Cal first, always before anybody else, even himself! Even if he knows that deep down Cal really IS a monster he still won't believe that his human side is totally gone.
    I love Niko. He makes me giggle like a school girl at one second and cry like a blubbering baby the next.
    Plus the kickass comebacks to Cal's snarky comments always brighten my day.
    Whew!
    So there you have it.
    (:

  • Dai

    Too busy right now to leave a proper comment. But I adore Misha ? His love for sugar goes unchallenged and is a rather cute character quirk.

  • ghostfour

    Hmmm…the question is hard because there is so much…

    Okay, I love Zeke and Griff (for lessons on puppies and demons). I Love the moment, that first time Michael *doesn’t* argue when Stefan calls him brother. I love how much he loves junk food, ’cause, yeah. He soo would. I love Salome, but mostly because she reminds me of my own cat, who *thinks* he can take down a Great Dane…and might succeed. I love Leo. Period. And I love the moments between Niko and Cal, how they can communicate things in a glance without anyone else being aware of it; how deep their bond is; how Cal would give anything for Niko’s happiness, and how Niko loves Cal for exactly what he *is*, *whatever* that is…not what anyone else might want him to be.

    Hope you feel better soon.

  • Angie

    ME ME!! I want Chimera!! <3

  • Greig Bates

    Gimme, Gimme, Gimme. Bout time I started reading some of your work!

  • nick woltring

    I love Niko because he’s loyal to the core, loves Cal no matter what and has his shit together, wish I were that organized.

  • James Williams

    Niko – Something about him strikes a cord in me, kinda like were cut from the same cloth.

    Later,

    James

  • Ashli

    Damn it, a signed copy would be nice please. I totally forgot to include that little but very important note! Since I haven;t slept yet that’s why I fail at doing this. Sorry.

  • Angel Davis

    I’m going to have to pick Cal. He’s wonderfully screwed up and damaged and for some reason I just love that.

  • Dave Robinson

    I would love a signed Chimera. I’m a big fan of Niko myself, I love Cal’s complaints about him.

  • Cheryl detmer

    I’d love a signed copy of Chimera. Love Stefan and Michael. Can’t wait for the sequel. You always have the best heroes and brother duos. I hope we have more in the future. Love your website. What a cool site. Love hte pictures here. I’m enjoying Grimrose Path now. I read slow but enjoy every book I read by you. Can’t wait for March for Cal again. thanks so much for the fun books. Cheryl

  • Karen Ritchie

    Ooh, ooh! Pick me! I love reading! I am totally going to make sure my bestie comes here, too. She’s the one who got me to read Nightlife.

  • Zerlina

    Its unfair to make me choose. You’ve breathed so much life into your characters that they all have those moments of pure awesomesauce that take my breath away. But if I really have to say just one then I’ll have to say Salome. Whats not to love about an undead cat that is just as leathal as the people around her?

  • MARCHIA ABOKIE

    I know this is lame but I really like Salome… Great Dane killer mummified cat, you try explaining that to the girls in work when the ask what you’re reading!!
    Secondly – also very lame, I love the character of Cal. Started reading your books by buying Chimera on a whim and now have read most of them (have just finished Deathwish, now onto Roadkill)

    Thanks

    M

  • Kaite Schneirla

    Me Kaite! Me like Rob Thurman books! Words… and… stuff… GOOD!

    Haha! Seriously though your books are the majority of my collection… which is saying quite a bit because I have lots!

    It’s so hard to pick a favorite… that’s mean. Okay erm… It’s a tie between Robin Goodfellow and Zeke. Because how could you NOT love them!?

    Though when I was reading “Chimera” and Godzilla popped up it reminded me so much of my little ferret guy “Meeko” that I had to love. It’s true that they take everything… including a shoe, a football, and oddly enough my dad’s c-pap machine.

    Your books make me laugh, smile, and cry my heart out. Only truly good writers can do that! So best wishes and happy writing.

  • Mike

    Me like cookies. Nom Nom Nom. Me like to read, so gimme gimme!

  • Stefanie

    Niko, because he never gives up on his brother.

  • Tina

    You had me at Nightlife.

  • Carla Costa

    Hey Rob! Well, I can only say gimme because I don’t know these series πŸ™ – but want to πŸ˜€

    Oh, yeah, and I’m in Europe, not sure if I can enter *hopes so*

  • nick E

    Goodfellow!!!! He’s the man because he always wants to be the witty puck with the last word. Goodfellow also has to deal with all the trouble of Cal and Niko…which usually results in his sarcastic humor filing the pages πŸ˜›

  • Ashli

    Gimmie please? Niko. ’cause he’s a badass brother with a perfect mix if tough love, dry humor, and typical older brother syndrome.

  • Ana

    I’m gonna have to pick Caliban because it’s nice to know that a younger sibling can be more screwed up than me… πŸ˜€ I love his sense of humor/sarcasm, it always makes me laugh. And also just to tally up his bad luck and injuries, I finally found someone who beats me!

  • Rob Blake

    I’m at work, so gimme (nevertheless, I think my favorite character is our beloved Trixa Iktomi as she was in the first Trickster novel, _Trick_of_the_Light_.

  • Carol Lloyd

    I do adore Salome. I’m a cat lover from way back, but it’s always nice to have one that can REALLY kick some ass and not need a litter box. πŸ˜€

  • Zita Hildebrandt

    I’m at work. Gimme.

  • Rubygirl29

    Griffin. I love Griffin because he does the hero thing even though he feels he doesn’t deserve it. And because, well … Zeke and Griffin spooning just makes me all happy inside!

    • Rob Thurman

      Who doesn’t love a good spooning…and handcuffs?