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Fantastic Fables: Kevin Hearne’s Oberon on Various Fables

**Visit Tynga’s Reviews today for her Cinderella Fantastic Fable from Sharon Ashwood & a chance to win FROSTBOUND and a special giveaway of Darkness Descending from Devyn Quinn**

A new week of Fantastic Fables starts today and we have a very special visitor.  I’m a big fan of all things furry and it doesn’t get any better than man’s best friend.  Oberon isn’t your average Irish wolfhound.  He has a fine mind, some pretty cool abilities and a great sense of humor.  Lucky for us, Atticus agreed to let him hangout with us for the day.  Kevin Hearne’s HAMMERED (available now from Random House/Del Rey), is the third book in The Iron Druid Chronicles urban fantasy series, which is full of excellent mythology, worldbuilding and supernatural shenanigans.  Thanks to Kevin and the wonderful people at Random House/Del Rey, four of you who comment on this post will win a copy of the latest book!  See details below

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Oberon is an Irish wolfhound bound telepathically to the ancient Druid, Atticus O’Sullivan in The Iron Druid Chronicles. He learned English gradually through their link and spent many hours watching movies and TV while Atticus was working. He is, in all other respects, a normal dog—except he can type with his front claws.

All Fables Would Be Better With a Hound

Okay, when I look at all those stories that animators peddle to tiny humans so their parents don’t have to be parents for an hour or so, I can’t think of any one of them that wouldn’t be improved by having me around to solve some of their problems. There is a reason that dogs are called man’s best friend. We are actually a woman’s best friend, too—don’t lay that sexism on me!

Take Cinderella for an example.  She’s a doormat because her only friends are tiny little mice and some oddly cooperative birds. The mice are admittedly far more skilled at dressmaking than I am, but think of how much easier her life would have been if I’d been around to bark and growl at the stepsisters and generally persuade them to back the hell off.

I could have put food on the table by hunting deer. I could have protected their sheep from wolves, if they had any sheep or wolves. They would have been far more prosperous with a proper hound in the house, and all they would have had to do is feed me sausage and let me watch cable.

Speaking of wolves, Little Red Riding Hood seriously needed a hound if she couldn’t tell the difference between a wolf and her grandmother. Either that or the grandmother needed a giant tube of Nair. But with me along, I could have sniffed out that wolf right away and torn out its throat, and we all would have been spared Red’s formulaic sentence structure as she slowly pieced together that her grandma probably went down kinda tough and stringy and she was to be the tender main course.

And Goldilocks! Good grief, if only I’d been there, I could have saved her life! No hound with the tiniest shred of loyalty would let their human get eaten by great big bears! I would have smelled who lived there right away and the temperature of the porridge, the height of the furniture, and the comfort of the beds would have been moot points!

So basically I’m saying I make everything better. Atticus told me so and he wouldn’t lie to me. If you don’t have a hound, you should get one and stock up on treats. You won’t be sorry.

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About Kevin:

Kevin is the author of The Iron Druid Chronicles, an urban fantasy series published by Del Rey Books. The first three books of the series will be released in May and June of 2011.

An Arizona native, Kevin got hooked on comic books at an early age and embraced his inner nerd. Later he got hooked on coffee, but that did nothing to ameliorate his nerdhood. He spent time as a singing waiter in college and also contributed to the college newspaper as an editorial cartoonist and feature columnist. It was during this time he got the writing bug, thanks to Ken Kesey’s One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest.

He now teaches high school English, reads lots of fantasy, and paints miniature dwarfs because the redundancy amuses him. He’s currently working on the fourth book in The Iron Druid Chronicles.

You can visit Kevin around the web here: Website | Blog | Twitter | Facebook

Want to read more from Kevin Hearne?

Hounded Hexed Hammered

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This giveaway is provided by Kevin and Random House/Del Rey

Four winners will each receive a copy of Hammered by Kevin Hearne

Available on July 5, 2011 from Random House/Del Rey

About the Book:

Think of it: The entire world’s collected mythology and folklore is waiting to be mined for fictional gold. That’s what makes urban fantasy the most exciting genre to read and write for me. The potential for supernatural shenanigans in the present seems infinite. To narrow the focus a bit and keep myself sane, when I sat down to write Hounded, the first book of The Iron Druid Chronicles, I made myself a list of what I wanted to contribute to the genre. I wanted an unusual hero, easily distinguishable from others; I wanted to give man’s best friend a voice, and I wanted it to be a big best friend, like an Irish wolfhound; I wanted a little old lady sipping whiskey on her porch, some gratuitous allusions to Shakespeare, and a beautiful, (mostly) normal girl in there with freckles and strawberry lip gloss; and I wanted a whole lot of gods and goddesses trying to survive in a secular world, especially from some pantheons we don’t hear about all that often. Also, because they kind of scare me, no leather pants.

The Iron Druid Chronicles follows the adventures of Atticus O’Sullivan, a 2,100-year-old Druid who’s discovered that it’s the little things in life that make it worth living, and he can continue to enjoy those things so long as he hides from the Irish gods who want to kill him. Unfortunately, once he decides to take a stand, he draws the attention of all sorts of beings who thought the last real Druid had passed from this world long ago.

Part of the great fun of writing a character this old is figuring out where Atticus was during all of history’s great events and whether he might have had a hand in them. But the pith, the core of what makes him so interesting to me is how he handles outliving all his friends and loved ones: How does he hang on to his humanity when his lifespan is greater than that of every other human?

The Iron Druid Chronicles still has plenty of familiar urban fantasy elements, but I hope readers will enjoy this very different hero who can talk to both gods and dogs, yet loves nothing so much as conversing with friends over a fine plate of fish and chips and a pint to wash it down.

Click HERE to read an excerpt

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GIVEAWAY GUIDELINES:

1. Leave a comment for Kevin, let us know what you think of this fable, book or series.

2. +1 entries for tweeting about this contest, blogging about it, linking via your sidebar etc…(please tell me where!).

3. Giveaway is open to U.S. and Canada only.

4. Please include your email address in your comment.

5. All Fantastic Fables winners will be announced on September 7th.

6. The winner will be picked with the help of Random.org.

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74 Responses to “Fantastic Fables: Kevin Hearne’s Oberon on Various Fables

  1. SpazNo Gravatar
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    I’ve always thought that Druids were interesting, and I’ve heard really good things about your books. Would love to read them! And congrats Kevin on being picked up for three more!

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  2. Jennifer K JovusNo Gravatar
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    Oberon is such a stud. Forget hot Atticus, I have never wanted to be a french poodle so bad in my life. ;)

    I tweeted
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  3. erinNo Gravatar
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    I have been lusting after this series *forever* I love the original concept and I can’t wait to get my greedy lil hands on them. Thanks for the lol summations of the fables :) and the fanastic giveaway!

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  4. BeckyNo Gravatar
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    If I can’t have a book, may I have an Oberon?

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  5. Tabitha JensenNo Gravatar
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    I was intrigued by the male lead – I haven’t read many of those lately in this genre. Also – I haven’t read any books that i can recall with a druid in them.
    tlabunski (at) gmail
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  6. AnneNo Gravatar
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    I haven’t read the series yet, but I’ve read a lot of good reviews. It’s on my list.

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  7. Andy LawlerNo Gravatar
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    The same way Zelazny reinvented the fantasy story with his Amber books, we have authors like Butcher and now Hearne bringing a new take on faerie tales. Hearne’s druid is almost too good to be true, funny, tough and deeply rooted in both myth and the american noir hero. So much fun.

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  8. SusanNo Gravatar
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    Sounds like a great series. Thanks for the giveaway.

    sab5723 at hotmail dot com

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  9. Maria (pronounced Mariah)No Gravatar
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    If the books have humor in them like this post I am sure I will love them! Very funny!

    Tweet: http://twitter.com/#!/Maria_Smith_76/status/103568147956768768

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  10. Low KeyNo Gravatar
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    I have been wanting to get my hands on this series for quite a long time. It sounds amazing and right up my alley. Thank you so much for the giveaway!

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  11. Keisha TalleyNo Gravatar
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    I think this fable is interesting I love the ideal of Druids new spin on the story

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  12. Brittany HardyNo Gravatar
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    I’ve had this book series on my wish list since I saw the synopsis of it awhile back. Excited to start it!

    brittanynoelle at gmail dot com

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  13. Marlene BreakfieldNo Gravatar
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    I love it, a cable-watching wolfhound. I think that he would have improved all the fables, that he mentioned.
    Tweeted http://twitter.com/#!/mbreakfield/status/105487975831441408
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  14. AmyNo Gravatar
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    Love this series! I have been waiting for Hammered, cannot wait to read.

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  15. HeidiNo Gravatar
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    I finally got my husband to read these… and he flew through all three over the course of 4 days. I knew he’d finished Hammered when he burst open the door the patio and demanded I tell him the release date of the next book.

    Today, a long-ago ex IM’d me to rec the series, too. If you haven’t picked them up yet, please do. You won’t regret it.

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  16. winnieNo Gravatar
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    Really enjoyed the post! I’m intrigued by this series because I’ve heard some good things about it. Thanks for the giveaway!

    chibipooh(at)gmail(dot)com

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  17. dreyNo Gravatar
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    I agree. Every fairy tale should’ve had a hound. Actually, are you available to come and hang with me? :)

    dreyshouse at gmail dot com

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    tweeted

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    Linked to my sidebar: drey’s library

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  20. Jennifer KallhoffNo Gravatar
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    This book sounds really cool!

    Kalliandra2007(at)gmail(dot)com

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  21. Little Lamb LostNo Gravatar
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    I read wonderful things about your series and admit I am intrigued. And conversing with friends over a fine plate of fish and chips with a pint to wash it down with is a wonderful thing, indeed.

    little lamb lst at yahoo dot com

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  22. Michelle D.No Gravatar
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    I know this series has received a lot of good reviews, and I really want to read it, it looks so good!

    starlightgirl678 at aol dot com

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  23. Pam S (pams00)No Gravatar
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    LOL I loved this post and can totally see the reasoning in adding a dog to fairy tales, fables and such :). I have this series on my must list. Have Book 1 in ebook format to start. I think its going to be a unique and fascinating series – can’t wait !

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    tweeted – https://twitter.com/pams00/status/111233412894965760

    pams00 @ aol.com

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