Mark Z. Danielewski Unveils New Cover For The Fifty Year Sword, Answers Reader Questions

The Fifty Year Sword Deluxe

A couple days ago we alerted you to the fact that Mark Z. Danielewski was giving away 10 galleys of The Fifty Year Sword via Facebook and Twitter. We also noted that the geeks over at io9 had the exclusive and would be unveiling the novella's cover by the end of the week. So if you haven't already seen it, Happy Friday, y'all. I hope you like 'pumpkin.'

Sword will see a print run of 75,000. There will also be a signed deluxe edition (pictured in header) with latched-box and Nepalese binding, whatever that is. (Word to the wise, do not Google 'Nepalese binding' with the safe search setting off.) These will be limited to 1000 copies and will run you a cool hundo.

As an added bonus, Marky Z answered reader questions in the comments, so head on over to io9 to check it out.

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Michael J. Riser's picture
Michael J. Riser from El Cerrito, CA (originally), now Fort Worth, TX is reading The San Veneficio Canon - Michael Cisco, The Croning - Laird Barron, By the Time We Leave Here, We'll Be Friends - J. David Osborne August 24, 2012 - 9:57am

I still want to know if this is any good. House of Leaves was amazing, as most agree, but I still haven't gotten to Only Revolutions, which most people seem to hate or only halfway love.

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jyh from VA is reading whatever he feels like August 24, 2012 - 10:08am

I think it looks great, but I would never ever buy it.

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Joshua Chaplinsky from New York is reading a lot more during the quarantine August 24, 2012 - 10:44am

@Michael: I'd say it's a much easier read than either of those, once you stop trying to figure out the quotation mark system and the breakdown of which narrator says what. Other than that, it's a cool, creepy little fable. I found it quite enjoyable.