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Recommended Reads and my first Contest!

So, Elana Johnson has started a list of recommended reads, and I immediately asked if I could take part!  It’s a great idea, a bunch of writers writing about books that they admire.  I decided to recommend an author who I think is brilliant and hilarious all at once, Terry Pratchett.

Guards! Guards!

If you have never read Terry Prachett’s Discworld series, it’s about a world shuttled through space on the back of a giant turtle, held up by four elephants.  These books are both fantasy (a genre I love) and parody of the real world.  This series has it all; a cold, calculating Patrician who happens to be the only person capable of running the city; an orangutan librarian; the disheveled and terrified “Wizzard”, Rincewind, who is constantly forced into heroic actions; a walking trunk with a nasty temper and a BIG set of teeth; and the possibility of meeting Death around any corner – he’ll probably be the one in the black robe, petting the kitty cat.  For more information on this amazing series of books, go ahead and check Wikipedia.

For new Discworld readers, Guards! Guards! is an excellent place to start.  It follows the misadventures of the down-on-his-luck Captain of Ankh-Morpork’s night guard, Sam Vimes, and his crew of misfit men (Sergeant Colon, Corporal Nobbs, and new volunteer Carrot Ironfoundersson – a six foot tall dwarf) as they fight sobriety, the Thieves Guild, and a cranky Dragon who has just usurped the Patrician as ruler of the city.

The beauty of Discworld is in the simple humor around every corner.  Guards! Guards! is not the first book in the series, but it IS one of my favorites and it begins the guard’s storyline.

Onto the Contest!

As my friend, C. Michael Fontes is giving away a copy of Ender’s Game to anyone who will leave a comment in his post, I have decided to do the same.  To win a new copy of Guards! Guards!, leave a post in my blog and I will enter you for a chance to win.  For an added bonus, link my blog to yours and I will give you a second entry (just provide the link to your blog in your comment).

PLEASE make sure you use a valid email address in your comment!

I will draw the winner from my cool renaissance hat, in honor of Discword, on May 7th, midnight(ish) my time.

While you are at it, try your luck on C Michael Fontes’ contest and also in Natalie Whipple’s (she’s the one who gave him the idea, so I’m spreading the word).

EDIT: For a list of all the Spreading the Awesome Contests, check out Nicole Ducleroir’s awesome blog! She’s got a list of the contests on her left side panel!

To continue Spreading the Awesome, I direct you to Musings of a Palindrome to read about an awesome sounding book, The Bones of the Moon.

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15 Responses to “Recommended Reads and my first Contest!”

  1. Great review! I’ve not read this one but it sounds entertaining (I love parodies!) I’ll link this post to my sidebar with the other Spread the Awesome contest links. Thanks!!

    My blog is http://nicoleducleroir.blogspot.com


  2. A contest within your first week – this is going to be a good blog. Okay, I have linked to you from my site and here I am commenting. Line up two entries for me, please.

  3. Horray! I love contests! If I could nothing but participate in blog contests all day, I would!

  4. J. S. Roach says:

    Wrote in my email since I don’t have a website. Your review for the book was very well-written. I have never read any of the Discworld books, but your description makes me interested.

  5. töff says:

    Actually, I hope I don’t win. I don’t have any room on my reading list. But I hope the winner likes the book!

  6. Jenn Wilks says:

    This one looks great, too. I will never be able to read all the books on my TBR list. :’(

    If I win it, I’ll get to it sooner than later, though. :-D

  7. Jim says:

    I have read all of the disk world series and Guards! Guards! is also one of my favorites. My favorite character is Captain Carrot.

  8. David Oliver says:

    Terry Pratchett is a true marvel in literature and you did an excellent job reviewing the amazingly hilarious Diskworld. I would like to say that Guards Guards is one of my favorites, but I so thoroughly enjoyed so many of them I can’t tell which book, let alone which character is my favorite. Everybody out there who has not read this series would be well advised to find the time to try out at least one of these books, and I agree with Paula that Guards Guards is an excellent starting place. Keep up with the great posts!

  9. bunnyb says:

    I’ve heard lots of good reviews for his series, but I never managed to start reading it. Would love the chance to win this and start :) Thank you for the chance!
    bunnybx at gmail . com

  10. Andrea says:

    wow, these are both great posts and your writing is so engaging even while you are blogging.
    I do like Terry Pratchett, but I am not sure if I’ve read Guards! Guards! now I’ll have to see if I can find a copy here.
    Looking forward to new posts!!!

  11. Aik says:

    I’d love to read this book!

  12. roh says:

    Well, you’re jumping in with both feet!

    You are now linked on my blog…looking forward to more!

  13. TomPier says:

    great post as usual!

  14. Janet Johnson says:

    My husband is a Terry Pratchett fan . . . sounds like a good place to find out why!

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