Wednesday, February 3, 2010

Giveway-Drood, by Dan Simmons

To kick off the release of Black Hills by Dan Simmons, Hachette Book Group is generously offering a giveaway of five copies of the paperback edition being released this month. This contest is open to residents of the US and Canada this time. Simply leave a comment below and let me know what appeals to you about Drood or share with us any thoughts about other Dan Simmons books. This contest will run until Valentines Day, because it is my cat Ownen Beanie's Birthday. Good luck to all -- Owen Beanie will be routing for you.

Oh...don't forget to leave your crypted email for me.

Full Description from the Back Cover

On June 9, 1865, while traveling by train to London with his secret mistress, 53-year-old Charles Dickens--at the height of his powers and popularity, the most famous and successful novelist in the world and perhaps in the history of the world--hurtled into a disaster that changed his life forever. Did Dickens begin living a dark double life after the accident? Were his nightly forays into the worst slums of London and his deepening obsession with corpses, crypts, murder, opium dens, the use of lime pits to dissolve bodies, and a hidden subterranean London mere research . . . or something more terrifying?

Just as he did in The Terror, Dan Simmons draws impeccably from history to create a gloriously engaging and terrifying narrative. Based on the historical details of Charles Dickens's life and narrated by Wilkie Collins (Dickens's friend, frequent collaborator, and Salieri-style secret rival), DROOD explores the still-unsolved mysteries of the famous author's last years and may provide the key to Dickens's final, unfinished work: The Mystery of Edwin Drood. Chilling, haunting, and utterly original, DROOD is Dan Simmons at his powerful best.

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Blogger (Diane) Bibliophile By the Sea said...

I so want to read Drood...the whole Dickens and Wilkie Collins factor is what excites me about Drood.

bibliophilebythesea AT gmail DOT com

Thanks in advance :)

2/3/10, 8:46 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

This sounds like a facsinating read. Friends on a writer's forum have commented about the strange things we writers research online. Best poisons to kill a person? Google it. Ways to break someone out of prison? Google it. Would the FBI believe we're writing a novel? Charles Dickens venturing into underworld London? Perhaps the same thing as our online research--except not as safely.
Can't wait to read it!

2/3/10, 8:50 AM  
Blogger nomadreader said...

I'd love to win! Drood appeals to me (despite it's somewhat daunting length) because I love novels featuring real historical characters. Thanks! Novels featuring authors as characters are a bonus!

2/3/10, 8:55 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Very intrigued... Would like to read this as a companion piece to The Mystery of Edwin Drood. The real life/basis-in-real life connections & questions are quite compelling...

- ng

2/3/10, 9:32 AM  
Blogger Virginia C said...

Dickens wrote so well about the darker side of human nature and the miseries of mankind. Is it possible that he wrote from his own first-hand knowledge? Verrry Interesssting! Please enter my name in the drawing.

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2/3/10, 10:57 AM  
Blogger wisteria said...

Diane, nomadreader, ng, and Virginia..thanks for entering and good luck.

Diane..I am such a Dickens fan myself. Good luck.
nomadreader..Yes it is long, but so worth it. Good luck.

ng...Simmons has an extensive bibliography of sources for backup in his new book Black Hills Lots of history in this one as well. I love his writing.

Virginia..I'm sure he did. AS I said..I am a huge follower and fan of Dickens. So Drood appeals to me too. Good luck

2/4/10, 6:30 AM  
Blogger Sue said...

I'm a huge Dickens fan, so I'm very intrigued by this book. Thanks so much for the giveaway!

s.mickelson at gmail dot com

2/4/10, 3:39 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

The Dickens part makes this sound like a fascinating book.

rhoneygtn at yahoo dot com

2/5/10, 2:54 AM  
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2/5/10, 3:15 PM  
Blogger spynaert said...

i love historical terror books

2/6/10, 11:55 AM  
Blogger Ladytink_534 said...

I've heard differing opinions about this book which is why I'm curious about it. Plus having a well-known author in fiction is always a plus for me.


2/7/10, 2:47 AM  
Blogger The Bookworm said...

this one sounds really interesting! please include me, thanks!

2/7/10, 10:39 AM  
Blogger Iliana said...

I've heard a lot of good things about this one so please enter me in the drawing - sounds wonderful! Thanks Wisteria :)


2/7/10, 5:57 PM  
Blogger Kelly said...

I want to read Drood because I have heard a lot of good things about the book and Charles Dickens' life entrigues me. Thanks for the contest!

2/7/10, 7:51 PM  
Blogger Laura's Reviews said...

I would love to read Drood! I have a fascination with Dickens' life and this book sounds fantastic. I've read a lot of good reviews of it and it sounds like a book that is right up my alley.

Thanks for the great giveaway!


2/8/10, 5:41 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I'm very curious about this book - especially learning trhat Wilkie Collins figures large.

Thanks for the giveaway!


2/9/10, 3:20 PM  
Blogger g.g. said...

I like the brooding cover...happy birthday Owen!

anjamie4 AT gmail dot com

2/11/10, 6:49 AM  
Blogger Wickdogg said...

Heard good things about this one

wickdogg AT gmaildot com

2/11/10, 7:41 AM  
Blogger donnas said...

The Dickens aspect makes it sounds like a interesting book.

bacchus76 at myself dot com

2/11/10, 3:53 PM  
Blogger Renee G said...

I guess learning about the dark, underside of London at the time appeals to me.

2/11/10, 11:27 PM  
Blogger moushka said...

Sounds like a great page turner. The fact that it revolves around lots of mystery and a hidden subterranean London.

2/12/10, 4:37 PM  
Blogger Lori said...

I would love to read up on Dickens sounds very interesting as to the things he did.

2/12/10, 9:06 PM  
Blogger Jaime said...

love reading about real life mysteries
copperllama at yahoo dot com

2/13/10, 6:00 PM  
Blogger disneyfanheather said...

I would love to read this!
hsemonick at gmail dot com

2/14/10, 11:18 PM  
Blogger plhill2000 said...

I have always been a fan of Dickens and a peep into his dark side would be intriging.

2/18/10, 11:10 AM  

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