Giveaway: Monstrous Regiment

War has come to Discworld … again.

And, to no one’s great surprise, the conflict centers around the small, arrogantly fundamentalist duchy of Borogravia, which has long prided itself on its unrelenting aggressiveness. A year ago, Polly Perks’s brother marched off to battle, and Polly’s willing to resort to drastic measures to find him. So she cuts off her hair, dons masculine garb, and — aided by a well-placed pair of socks — sets out to join this man’s army. Since a nation in such dire need of cannon fodder can’t afford to be too picky, Polly is eagerly welcomed into the fighting fold—along with a vampire, a troll, an Igor, a religious fanatic, and two uncommonly close “friends.” It would appear that Polly “Ozzer” Perks isn’t the only grunt with a secret. But duty calls, the battlefield beckons. And now is the time for all good … er … “men” to come to the aid of their country.

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Monstrous Regiment was the first Terry Pratchett book I wanted to read—I accidentally read Moving Pictures first, but I eventually got there. I’m giving away a slightly used copy of it to one reader.

Here are the rules:

  • Comment to enter–don’t forget to include an e-mail address I can reach you at!
  • US residents only, sorry!
  • Winners will need to respond within two days or another winner will be chosen.

This giveaway will end on March 25.

Good luck!

Giveaway: The Hobbit

If you care for journeys there and back, out of the comfortable Western world, over the edge of the Wild, and home again, and can take an interest in a humble hero (blessed with a little wisdom and a little courage and considerable good luck), here is a record of such a journey and such a traveler. The period is the ancient time between the age of Faerie and the dominion of men, when the famous forest of Mirkwood was still standing, and the mountains were full of danger. In following the path of this humble adventurer, you will learn by the way (as he did) — if you do not already know all about these things — much about trolls, goblins, dwarves, and elves, and get some glimpses into the history and politics of a neglected but important period.

For Mr. Bilbo Baggins visited various notable persons; conversed with the dragon, Smaug the Magnificent; and was present, rather unwillingly, at the Battle of the Five Armies. This is all the more remarkable, since he was a hobbit. Hobbits have hitherto been passed over in history and legend, perhaps because they as a rule preferred comfort to excitement. But this account, based on his personal memoirs, of the one exciting year in the otherwise quiet life of Mr. Baggins will give you a fair idea of the estimable people now (it is said) becoming rather rare. They do not like noise.

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To help ring in the New Year (give or take a few weeks), I’m giving away a used (but apparently never read!) copy of The Hobbit—perfect for anyone who has resolved that this year is the year they start in on Tolkien.

Here are the rules:

  • Comment to enter–don’t forget to include an e-mail address I can reach you at!
  • US residents only, sorry!
  • Winners will need to respond within two days or another winner will be chosen.

This giveaway will end on January 28.

Good luck!

Giveaway: Chronicle Books Happy Haul-idays!

Anastasia alerted me to this utterly amazing contest, and I’m quite grateful for it. Why is this contest so amazing, you might ask? Well, let’s let Chronicle Books explain:

Post a list of Chronicle Books valued at up to $500 that you’d like to haul in, and you’ll be automatically entered into a drawing to WIN your list of books! And, one of your readers who comments on the post will win the list too!

That’s a thousand dollars worth of books in all–it’s definitely worth a shot, right? The only downside, of course, is that Chronicle Books sells Moleskines and other fabulous notebooks, but this contest is solely for books. (Moleskines are expensive but so lovely…) So I’ve been deliberating over what I’d like to haul in yesterday and this morning, and I’ve finally made a decision. Hopefully, you’ll want some of the stuff on my list!

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Giveaway: A Back to School Giveaway Winners!

My Back to School Giveaway is over, mercifully allowing me to cull the literary herd a bit.

The Transformation of Bartholomew Fortuno goes to Chris, and Shadow of the Swords goes to Kristen M.! Both winners have been contacted by e-mail.

This does, however, leave me with a copy of The Burning City. I suppose I’ll donate it to my local library, as we do have Racing the Dark, but if anyone’s interested, drop me a line and I’ll pass it on.