A Tale of Two Castles by Gail Carson Levine
Mysteries abound, especially in Two Castles. A handsome cat trainer, black-and-white cats, thieves on four legs and two, suspicious townsfolk, a greedy king, a giddy princess, a shape-shifting ogre, a brilliant dragon. Which is the villainous whited sepulcher?
If the real world were a book, it would never find a publisher. Overlong, detailed to the point of distraction-and ultimately, without a major resolution.
Jasper Fforde, Something Rotten.
Wednesday, November 25, 2009
Tuesday, November 24, 2009
4. The Maze Runner by James Dashner
5. The Time Traveler's Wife by Audrey Niffenegger
I had signed up for the Swap because it just sounded like fun and it means I get a present (I like presents) but I forgot how horrible I am at choosing gifts for people, with the exception of my kids. But that's because my kids are happy with anything I get them. I bought my five year old a couple pairs of socks last week and he was ecstatic. So choosing a gift for someone who I don't know at all is a real challenge for me.
I took a look at her blog and saw that she likes knickknacks and reads pretty much all genres of books. I picked up a wooden camel at a tourist shop as well as a dreidel (to add a little Jewish culture)and I would like to include a book as well but can't decide which one. I'm considering either A Year in Provence, by Peter Mayle or A Walk in the Woods by Bill Bryson. These are two of my favorite books and everyone who I've lent Bryson's book to has loved it. But now I'm concerned that she might have already read one of them? Should I send two books, just to be safe?
I'm wondering if I should have just gotten her a pair of socks. You really can't go wrong with socks- just ask my five year old.
Monday, November 23, 2009
Sunday, November 22, 2009
Nishita's Rants and Raves is offering one book from her long list of books reviewed. There are some pretty good titles here, including The Graveyard book, by Neil Gaiman and The Lightening Thief by Percy Jackson. Contest ends Nov. 25th
Fantasy Dreamer's Ramblings is hosting author Nancy Holder who is offering one lucky winner five of her books and a tin of Wicked mints. Contest ends Nov. 27th
Book Bound is giving away:
A Touch of Dead by Charlaine Harris
Lover Avenged by J.R. Ward
Deep Kiss of Winter by Gena Showalter and Kresley Cole
Contest ends Nov. 28th
Booklover Book Reviews is giving away a $25 AUD gift voucher to Amazon or Fishpond. To enter you need to become a follower and leave a comment saying what book you would like to receive, Contest ends Dec. 11th
Fantasy Literature Frankly has a copy of The Magicians, by Lev Grossman, to give away. To enter, leave a comment about why you are a fantasy nerd, or a comment on the interview with Grossman. Contest ends Nov. 29th
A Booklover's Diary is having a really great contest in which four winners will be selected. The first winner will receive a .pdf of The Blue Pen by Lisa Rusczyk and a $35 Amazon giftcard. The second winner will receive three books of their choice from a list of books provided. The third winner will receive two books from that same list and the last winner will get to choose one book from whatever books remain. To enter all you have to do is leave a comment. Extra points are given following the blog and promoting the giveaway. Contest ends Nov. 30th.
Princess Bookie will be giving away 8 books, which she guarantees are good ones, though the titles of the books have not yet been listed. To enter, become a follower and leave a comment. And if you do enter, mention that you saw the contest listed here.
ScifiChick is giving away a copy of Sense and Sensibility and Sea Monsters. to enter you just have to fill out a form. Contest ends Dec. 4th
Out of the Blue is giving away a gift certificate to The Book Depository. To enter just leave your name and the book that you would like to win. Contest ends Dec. 6th
Who, What, When Where, Why has a copy of Ice, by Sarah Beth Durst, to give away. To enter, leave a comment. Contest ends Dec. 9th.
The Book Resort is giving away a $100 gift card to the bookstore of your choice. To enter, suggest a good name for a literary agency (it looks like the blogger, whose name I don't see anywhere on the blog, is intending to start one) as well as follow the blog. You can also get extra points by tweeting a blogging the contest. Contest ends Dec. 12th
Noobie is giving away a free kindle, valued at $259. To enter you just have to fill out a short form with your name and email address. And you get extra entries by forwarding the contest information to other people. Contest ends Dec. 14th.
Now I'm off to go enter all these contests myself...