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PRESS RELEASE: Dreams of the Compass Rose - FREE Download for 90 Days!


In the wake of her hilarious Jane Austen parody Mansfield Park and Mummies, Nebula Award-Nominated author Vera Nazarian offers something altogether different—an unprecedented, limited time FREE e-book download of her classic novel Dreams of the Compass Rose, soon to be reissued in print by Bricktower Press.

Dreams of the Compass Rose by Vera Nazarian

The title is available now, and will be for 90 days, in its entirety, as a FREE download, in various e-book formats from Smashwords, and other online retailers.

After the initial free download period (ending September 15, 2010), the title will be available for sale at the regular retail price.

Copies downloaded during the free period will remain yours permanently—completely free-of-charge, without any DRM restrictions, to be enjoyed on your various reading devices.

(Note: since this is a copyrighted work, we ask you kindly not to share your complimentary copy.)


In the vein of The One Thousand and One Nights, Tanith Lee's Flat Earth, and Catherynne M. Valente's The Orphan's Tales...

The Compass Rose universe—an ancient milieu where places have no names, cities spring forth like bouquets in the desert, gods and dreams walk the scorching sands in the South, ice floats like mirror shards upon the Northern sea, islands that do not exist are found in the East, death chases a thief on the rooftops of a Western city, immortal love spans time, and directions are intertwined into one road we all travel....

You come to this place when you wonder, and sometimes, only when you dream.


"A clever concoction of vignettes and short stories knitted into a morality tale about the temptation of illusion and the price of truth... an exotic setting reminiscent of Tanith Lee's Flat Earth series.... The author's sumptuous language will resonate with Lord Dunsany and Clark Ashton Smith fans.... Nazarian's vital themes and engaging characters are sure to entertain."
—Publishers Weekly

"I love this book. Dreams of the Compass Rose is a story-cycle in which we keep coming back to the same characters, except from different viewpoints and different times in their lives. It's set in a land of desert empires that never was, though it could easily be our world -- far in the future, or deep in the past. Some of the stories are brutal, some are like dreams. All of them are engaging and resonant, creating a new mythology that feels so right one might be forgiven for thinking that it's the cultural heritage of some forgotten country or people that have been lost to history. It reminded me of those wonderful, dream-laden story-cycles that Clark Ashton Smith and Lord Dunsany were writing around the turn of the last century. Dreams of the Compass Rose has a similar stately lyricism, a compelling and visionary voice that speaks to the heart of the reader."
—Charles de Lint

"An intricate multi-level story... a kind of Aesop's Fables... spoken with a voice from the Far East, hypnotic as the desert sands."

"Nazarian's story cycle treads the borderline between the episodic novel and the short-story collection... her imagery is rich, vivid, and memorable, not to mention being remarkable because she realizes it not in her native language, Russian, but in English.... this is a singularly appealing book by a new voice in fantasy."
—ALA Booklist

"A banquet for readers who savor fluid language."
—Black Gate

"Nazarian's prose is well constructed and her exotic settings are vivid and realistic. There's almost a fairy tale quality to the book, and it differs enough from the usual array of usurped thrones and quest stories to warrant your time."
—Science Fiction Chronicle

"Dreams may well become a landmark in the architectonics of the fantastic."
—Nick Gevers at Infinity Plus

"This is a novel to be read and reread in small doses as pieces of the puzzle are put together."
—The Denver Post

"The colorful strong writing style that Vera has worked on for years has come to full fruition."
—Marion Zimmer Bradley, Author of The Mists of Avalon


DOWNLOAD your complete FREE E-Book Here:

Available formats include:

Epub, Kindle (.mobi), PDF, RTF, LRF (Sony Reader), Palm Doc (PDB), Plain Text

Vera Nazarian immigrated to the USA from the former USSR as a kid, sold her first story at the age of 17, and since then has published numerous works in anthologies and magazines, and has seen her fiction translated into eight languages.

She made her novelist debut with the critically acclaimed novel Dreams of the Compass Rose (2002), followed by epic fantasy about a world without color, Lords of Rainbow (2003). Her novella The Clock King and the Queen of the Hourglass with an introduction by Charles de Lint made the Locus Recommended Reading List for 2005. This first collection Salt of the Air, with an introduction by Gene Wolfe, contains the 2007 Nebula Award-nominated "The Story of Love." Recent work includes the 2008 Nebula Award-nominated, baroque novella The Duke in His Castle.

Ancient myth, moral fables, eclectic philosophy, and her Armenian and Russian ethnic heritage play a strong part in all her work, combining the essences of things and places long gone into a rich evocation of wonder.

In addition to being a writer and award-winning artist, she is also the publisher of Norilana Books.

Official website:

Norilana Books is a Los Angeles-based new independent publisher, owned and operated by Vera Nazarian since 2006. With over 270 books in print, Norilana Books specializes in beautifully packaged hardcover and trade paperback classics of world literature, quality fantasy, science fiction, romance and women's fiction, and young adult titles. For more information visit


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