Due to my overactive trigger finger, I have in my possession two finished copies of Dark Companion. And it would be silly to keep them both, especially given that I had SO MANY ISSUES* with the book. (<--But, hey, you might like it more!) Due to shipping errors, I also have extra copies of Foretold, edited by Carrie Ryan, and The Opposite of Hallelujah, by Anna Jarzub.
If you'd like to be entered in a WINNER TAKES ALL drawing for my extra copies of all three books, you have a few ways to enter:
If you haven't nominated books for the Cybils yet, do. Each nomination will result in an extra entry in the drawing. (In other words, if you nominate one book, you get one entry. If you nominate three, you get three entries. But remember, Cybils rules dictate that you only get one nomination per category, that nominated titles have to fall within the date parameters, and that you can't nominate titles that have already been nominated. See the rest of the rules here.) Let me know in the comments of this post what you nominated, and in what categories. ONLY ELIGIBLE NOMINATIONS WILL COUNT TOWARDS THIS DRAWING.
Never fear, those of you who've already nominated titles: you can enter this drawing in two ways! Tweet and/or blog about A) this drawing, B) the Cybils Award, or C) do all four. Yes, a post about both things will count twice, but you'll need to include links to both. Same goes for Tweets. Post the links in the comments below. Tweeps, don't forget the #cybils hashtag.
ALSO! If you write/Tweet about as-yet-overlooked titles, I'll give you an entry for each title, but you also have to tell us why you think it should be considered for the award. Again, ONLY ELIGIBLE TITLES COUNT, AND ONLY IF IT HASN'T BEEN NOMINATED AT THE TIME YOU DO THE RECOMMENDING. Links in the comments section below.
Yes, you can enter in any combination of the above, as long as you don't double up on anything. (Multiple recommended titles, fine, but not multiple recommendations of the same title. You know what I mean.)
If you don't blog or Tweet, you can recommend titles below (and tell us why you're recommending them), and I'll both give you entries for each one and write a round-up of recommendations.
And just for kicks, DOUBLE ENTRIES FOR ANY RECOMMENDATIONS WRITTEN IN HAIKU FORMAT.
You dig? Good. Let's get the word out about the Cybils, shall we?
In addition to the Kidlitcon (more on that shortly), life and work and so on has continued to be bananas, but it looks like things are settling down again, so I should be back to posting regularly again soon.
So, due to a shipping error, I have in my possession two finished copies of Beyond.
And as much as I love my ghost stories, I really don't need two copies of the same one in the same exact edition.
To anyone planning on calling me out about my doubles of Wodehouse or Aiken or Cruel Shoes: don't even try it. I am completely irrational on the topic.
Anyway, if you'd like to be entered in the drawing for my extra copy of the book, just leave a comment on this post about a title you're hoping will get some Cybils love. However, as in the Cybils nomination process, your entry only counts if no one else has mentioned the title.
Send me the link to a literary (okay, or pop-culture) themed postage stamp that you think would make a cool pendant/pin. You can leave it in the comments of this post, the FB post, or send it via Twitter (@bkshelvesofdoom).
Bonus entry to anyone who re-Tweets the contest. And, heck, a second bonus entry to those who share it on the FB.
I'll take entries until Sunday at 6pm (EST). Winner will be picked via Random Number Generator, and announced on Monday.
More specifically, I've had the utter awesomosity of said series on the brain, and expanding on that, the utter ridiculosity that it isn't getting/hasn't received more attention.
That frustration led to a conversation with a few like-minded bloggers -- who feel exactly the same way about the series, as well as Jenny Davidson's The Explosionist and Ysabeau Wilce's Flora Segunda.
Long story short, for the entire week of December 13th, we're going to celebrate and discuss -- and we, of course, invite and encourage you to do the same -- Alt History and Steampunk novels. (We're mostly focusing on the YAs, but I suspect we'll do some branching out -- there're a TON of adult titles, and loads of those have insanely excellent crossover potential.) While the discussion and celebration definitely won't be confined to the three series I've mentioned in this post, these are the books that inspired the concept, so these are the books we're using for the contest.
Right, right, the contest! Back to that!
Credit where credit is due: The contest was actually Josh's idea. If he doesn't like cover art, he generally won't pick up the book. (Seriously. I know he would dig The Explosionist, but IT LOOKS TOO GENERIC AND GIRLY, even though I've explained that the cover art doesn't even remotely reflect the story. Same goes for Flora Segunda, except in that case, it apparently looks TOO YOUNG AND NEW AGE-Y FLOATY FANTASY. (His words. Sigh.)) On the rare occasions that his desire for the book supersedes his stubbornness, he SPRAYPAINTS THE COVER BLACK. (I am so not exaggerating about this. I unearthed piles of them during my search the other day.)
So, the contest: Create a book cover -- something that would attract you (or an audience that you think is missing out on the series) WHILE ALSO reflecting the contents and tone of the story -- for one of D.M. Cornish's books2, for either Jenny Davidson's The Explosionist or Invisible Things, or for one of Ysabeau Wilce's Flora Segunda books. (Just one! You don't have to do one of each! I mean, unless you want to, obvs.)
Post it on your blog, and either email me the link or post it in the comments here.
The deadline: December 15th, and we'll announce the winner on the 17th, at the end of the Week of Alt History/Steampunk Celebration.
Judges are TBA.
THE PRIZE? Three books, one by Cornish, one by Davidson, and one by Wilce: Winner's choice as to the specific titles!
¹Well, technically, now it's The Foundling's Tale, which I actually do think is a better series title -- and not only because it suggests that there may be more to come -- but it is, nevertheless, a tad confusing for those of us who've been following the series from the get-go.
2I actually do love the new covers -- I think they reflect the tone of the books, and that they'll work better to attract the crossover audience that the series SHOULD attract. But, since the Cornish books are what sparked the idea, they had to be included -- and just because I like the new covers doesn't mean that you necessarily do!
Hot guys take classics And act in plays by Shakespeare-- Can Janet save Tom Lane? (Tam Lin by Pamela Dean)
Bloody Jack Faber Joins His Majesty's Navy Too bad she's a girl (Bloody Jack by L.A. Meyers)
So I flipped a coin, and the copy of Sovay goes to annie! And, as there was only one entry on the Facebook page (What gives, guys? Why don't more of you want this book that I didn't like??), it goes to Margaret for:
Strange Swedish creatures Midnight sun and long winter More human than us (the Moomin books)
Congratulations, and thanks for reminding me about the books that have been languishing on my TBR pile! Email me your mailing addresses, ladies!
As I just lugged home two boxes of books from the library book sale (oops), I've come to terms with the fact that I need to get rid of some books.
So. I have two copies of Sovay that are up for grabs. (No, I don't know how I ended up with two copies. These things just seem to happen.) While I personally thought that it was less-than-stellar, I'm sure someone else will just LOVE IT.
So, if you want it, post a haiku in the comments about a book that you think I WOULD like. Winners will be announced next Friday.
I am cross-posting this at the BoD Facebook page -- one winner will be picked from each place. (You can enter in both places, but each entry must be different!)