The first book giveaway

by Ahalya on September 27, 2009

Great, let’s get started!

Like I said in my earlier post, I will not be telling you the titles that I am giving away. However, you stand a chance of winning a book by Roald Dahl, Bill Bryson, Mark Twain, and four other amazing authors. All the books share a common theme – they are all about books, the art of writing and reading. And before you ask, they are all new books with uncracked spines!

Right, so my first question will be simple. Which is your favourite book and why? Write your answer in the Comment box (I am not holding you to a word count, but 100-150 words is minimum). If you tweet, blog, write about this giveaway on your FB wall, let me know. You will be immediately eligible for the Super Nice Book At the End of The Week Giveaway.

Read these rules:

1. Read the blog post of the day – there will be one for each day start­ing 27 September
2. Reply to the question(s) in the blog post, if any. Or fol­low the instruc­tions at the end of each post
3. If your com­ments don’t show up, don’t panic, they might be held up for moderation.
4. The contest for a book will close at mid­night of each day
6. Win­ner of the pre­vi­ous day will be announced on the fol­low­ing day
7. Title of the book will be kept undis­closed till the end of the week
8. All books will ship 4 Octo­ber onwards
9. Open to res­i­dents of the world
10. A spe­cial gift will be announced at the end of the week

Do This.

1. Use the same email id for all com­ments across the week
2. You may leave behind more than one com­ment each day
3. You may reply to other peo­ples comments
4. You may spread the word (twit­ter, blog, FB wall, etc.) and get your friends to join in
5. Give con­struc­tive criticism

Don’t Do This

1. Do not use mul­ti­ple email ids. Your IP will be monitored
2. Do not use foul lan­guage. You will not win
3. Do not wait till the 11th hour to com­ment, don’t trust tech too much

So, I am waiting till midnight to hear from you, and may you win!

The winner for this giveaway has been chosen, but discussions can continue!

{ 9 comments… read them below or add one }

Vandana Karve September 27, 2009 at 1:39 am

This is the toughest one yet!! All of them I think. Well, if I have to pick, it has to be 'A Hat full of Sky' – Terry Pratchett. This book took me on a journey of self discovery. The oversmart and ambitious Tiffany who feels that no one appreciates her true worth. The Nac mac Feegles with their amazing and tongue in cheek insights into human behaviour. And of course Granny Weatherwax. I admire that woman for all that she is .. Maybe I am putting this badly. But this book really made me think and laugh and bite my nails in anticipation and wish it would never end.. Definitely a personal favourite of all time.

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Mrsfife September 27, 2009 at 5:53 am

I can't believe I'm the first one. Probably you haven't approved the other ones yet?

This is always a tough question for me to answer because I have chunks of books I like, usually by author. However, to answer you I'm going to plump for one today. It's Alice in Wonderland (and Through the Looking Glass). The fun that Carroll pokes at the English language, at history and at people (above all, the people) never stales, and years after first reading it, I still find allusions which are new to me but explicable very cleverly once you 'get' them.

It's a book my sister and I often quote at each other, which adds to its value for us. We meet people out of its pages almost every day! It might have been written for children, but appeals enormously to all thinking adults too.

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kunal September 27, 2009 at 11:13 am

favorite book?one! wow.good luck to anyone on that. i dont have a single book or author to choose from. different books for different feels.
some of them are

Being Peace-Thich Nhat Hanh, a Buddhist monk, and yet a person who dosnt push philosophy at u. this is a rare ability.

just about any books by Terry Pratchett, this man interweaves reality with fantasy and leaves one breathless.my favorite three are thief of time, small gods[ a must read] and the truth. wow.
bill bryson, for taking the mundane and giving them the spark of life that they long for. its like listening to duke Ellington with Ella Fitzgerald. a jazz party if there ever was one.
Kurt Vonnegut, what can be said about kurt. is he just mean? or does he have tremendous empathy[ perhaps not necessarily towards human beings though :)]
dark humor has a king …

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Arun September 27, 2009 at 3:00 pm

Al-Ya.. this is definitely cool! I admire u sooo much!! Big Hugz! I dont deserve any books – let alone books for free – coz I still have like a big bunch of unread ones lying in HEAPS all over.. but I wanna tell u about my favorite book ever – it is.. (drumroll) ..The Wasteland! Its the third in the Dark Tower series by Stephen King – It has been a long time since I read this book but the images this book made are like permanently emblazoned in my mind!

The tale follows the story of the protagonist 'Roland – the last Gunslinger of Old' on his quest for the Dark Tower. The group of 7 – the 'ka-tet' – is solidified in this group and the most interesting character among them is 'Oy' – a billy bumbler, that is something like a cross between a dog and a badger with the ability to imitate human speech in monosyllables. I dont know how King does it but I instantly fell in love with this little creature and I could actually picture what he looked like!

Stephen King's has this fantastic smooth style of narrating their 'expedition' into the city of Lud, which is something like a futuristic version of the already futuristic film 'Escape from New York' but has much more going on in terms of action and imagery. There is an amazing chase sequence and a nail-biting cliffhanger ending that leads into Part IV of the DT series: 'Wizard & Glass'.

It is almost impossible for me to decide which one's the better of the two books but W&G makes up for the one missing element in the 3rd part – Romance. There is a heart-wrenching romantic episode in part IV that is beautiful in imagery. It grabs you and takes you into a different world altogether! In this book is also described Rolands first ka-tet with the two best friends of his childhood. This is equally fantastic and involves a 'Mexican standoff' scene that was so cool that it beats the Reservoir Dogs finale!

So, yeah, I'm no litereary critic – it doesnt take complex narrative methods to make me appreciate a novel – its all about imagery and emotion! And in these two books, I saw and I felt (and I nearly wept with joy and sorrow with the ups and downs of the characters). That for me is, (pardon mah french) a frigging good book 🙂

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Puja Ahuja September 27, 2009 at 10:04 pm

Hmmmm… and you call this an easy one?.. Well, let me think about the books I have read… and loved and hated and cried over and laughed with and laughed at and ooooh the ones that gave me a shiver…. now don’t be surprised if i cross the enchanted hour of midnight writing this for you…
Anyway, just kidding… a favourite book doesn’t require much thinking about… its a book that you fell in love with the first time you read it and the one that you read when you want a loved and familiar friend of many years with you.. and the one you read when you feel like you want to be hugged… for me it has always been “The little Princess” by Frances Hodgson Burnett. A story of grace, courage, love, justice and above all holding your dignity when life seems to be taking everything away.Sara Crewe, the girl who held fort when all chips were down, has always been the person I want to be in all my living years. Her story has a way of making you feel you can win even against the odds because you are strong, special and above all a Princess… not because of the riches but because of your nobility of character and warmth and inherent goodness. So , here is a toast to the Princess in all of us…

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admin September 27, 2009 at 10:28 pm

Two hours to go for the end of Day One and I can’t tell how happy I am. Giddily, sillyly, grinnily, super happy. Thanks for writing in re. It is so going to be hard to choose a winner. So I won’t. Ha! I am going to let a site like random.org do that for me.
@ Vandana: You know that’s my all-time favourite book too. Waily! Waily!
@ MrsFife: I read Alice in Wonderland years ago, must re-read it,t hanks for reminding me how good a book it is. Must be quite something to be able to quote a book to someone else who understands na.
@ Kunal: Hey, thanks for dropping by! I read your blog, pretty neat ya! I haven’t read Being Peace, but I will. So thanks for the heads up. I love what you wrote about Terry Pratchett, so well put!
and Kurt Vonnegut, I have only read one book, but now, I will try to read more of him. I will be seeing you around again, I do hope 🙂
@ Arun: Hey you! I was giddy just looking at the length of the comment! I loooove long comments! Esp during book giveaways 🙂 And guess what I never ever would have picked up Stephen King, but I will now. Loved your description of Oy, can’t wait to buy the book.
@ Puja: I am so sorry about the trouble you had posting the comment, but I am so glad you took the trouble of calling me up and telling me about it.
By the way, Everyone, if you have a problem posting comments, mail it to me, will you? ahalya@literaryangels.com
Puja, The Little Princess is one of my all time favourite books for all the same reasons. My sister has it now, our old tattered book, held together despite I don’t know how many readings! Time to get that book back 🙂

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Zubin Kabraji September 28, 2009 at 12:02 am

My favorite is The Last Mughal by William Dalrymple.

British authors have never been kind Bahadur Shah II, even though he was the last of the Mughal emperors of India, a descendant of both Genghis Khan and Timur the Great. He has rarely rated more than a paragraph or two, sometimes only one sentence, and as often as not has been referred to merely as the King of Delhi instead of the Emperor of India in order to diminish his credibility. Dalrymple has rescued him from near anonymity, and in doing so has greatly increased our understanding of what went on in the old Mughal capital at the time of the Indian mutiny. Dalrymple places the facts before us so that we may judge for ourselves as to what may have been right and what may have been wrong.

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admin September 28, 2009 at 12:04 am

It’s 12!!! and the comments to this post are now closed! The second question is up. Go and write quickly. The winner of the first giveaway will be announced later in the day. Thanks for writing! Do participate through the week!

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krishna September 28, 2009 at 12:28 am

If only u make me the jury, i wud vote for Mrsfife, not only b’coz alice in wonderland is one of my fav books too, but the joy of relatedness tht book can create. a common fav. book is like some free license to each others’ books stock.
good book gets best when we start getting committed for getting more & more ppl around us read tht book, just for us to relive the experience of tht book again & again. one may consider this behaviour -sadistic. but who cares?
One such book for me is totochan. i love this book.

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