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The Riddler’s Gift & Second Sight by Greg Hamerton: Giveaway Winner!

Finally, and a day late (totally my fault!), I’m ready to announce the winner of the giveaway. πŸ™‚

The lucky winner will received a set of the first two novels in Greg Hamerton‘s Tale of the Lifesong series – Book 1, The Riddler’s Gift and Book 2, Second Sight. The books will be winging their way to the winner courtesy of Greg himself! πŸ™‚ Without further a-do, the winner is……>>>>>

Sarah Bibi Setar!

Congratulations, Sarah! πŸ™‚ Your prizes should be on their way to you shortly!

Thanks to everyone who entered the giveaway – it’s a shame there could only be one winner, huh?

Sorry again for keeping you all waiting!

A Massive thank-you to Greg for supplying the prizes and for all of those that entered; you guys have changed my mind about giveaways and I’ll be running more, in the near future! πŸ™‚

Be EPIC!

 
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Posted by on October 6, 2010 in Announcements, Giveaways

 

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Giveaway: Win The Riddler’s Gift and Second Sight by Greg Hamerton

Thanks to Greg’s awesome generosity, a set of the first two novels in his ‘Tale of the Lifesong’ series is up for grabs!

Why am I not giving you any info about the books? Well, you need to answer a question to be eligible to enter, and just giving away the answer would be a bit too easy. πŸ˜‰

Rules for the giveaway:

1) Only entrants from and in South Africa, please – postage costs are quite hectic, to say the least.

2) You have to head over to Greg’s website and find the answer to this question: “Where is The Riddler’s Gift set?”

3) To enter the giveaway, leave a comment on this post with your name and the answer.

4) The giveaway starts today (5 September 2010) and will run until the 4th of October (2010), with the winner announced on the 5th.

Oh, and I’m sure Greg won’t mind personalizing the books for the winner, so get your entries in! πŸ™‚

For those not in SA, order your copies of the novels here:

The Riddler’s Gift: Amazon UK, Kalahari.net, Amazon US – Paperback, Kindle.

Second Sight – Amazon US

For great deals on both books (available for ordering at the same place), check out the special deals on Greg’s website.

Second Sight:
Be EPIC!

 
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Posted by on September 5, 2010 in Giveaways

 

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The Light of Burning Shadows by Chris Evans – Giveaway Winners!!

That’s right, the winners have been chosen by the great Random.org and I’m ready to reveal the names of the lucky winners of what is sure to be another excellent novel from Chris Evans! πŸ™‚

Each winner, and there are ten of them, will be receiving a copy of Book 2 in The Iron Elves Trilogy, so if you haven’t yet checked your mail, do so – there may just be an email from me! πŸ™‚

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Here are the winners:

Anwar Sheik, Lood Du Plessis from South Africa, Neville Thompson from South Africa, Joshua Lee, Joel Simard fromCanada, Lon Braidwood, Anders Lindh from Sweden, Mark Chitty from the UK, Lorraine Weldon from Ireland, Shaheer Gillani from Pakistan!

Congrats to all of you! πŸ™‚

Be EPIC!

 
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Posted by on August 9, 2009 in Giveaways

 

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Twisted Metal SA & UK Giveaway Winners & Light of Burning Shadows Mega-Giveaway!

So, I’ve been away for a while. 😦 I know, I know, but work has been hectic, money has been tight (thus throwing the option of internet cafe’s out the window), and the flu (no, thankfully not that flu) was shitty (to say the barest minimum about my utter hatred of that evil virus), but I am back! Eventually! πŸ™‚

First off, let’s get into announcing the winners of the Twisted Metal giveaway! πŸ™‚ I’m posting the books off on Monday (this coming Monday), so the winner’s will be receiving the books soon! πŸ™‚

Without any further a-do, the SA winner of the Hard Cover copy of Twisted Metal is Noelene Botha, and the UK winner of the ARC-softcover of Twisted Metal is M.E. Staton! πŸ™‚ Congratulations, you two! πŸ™‚ I hope you enjoy the book as much as I did! πŸ™‚

And now, time to announce the beginning of my next giveaway! πŸ™‚

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There have been a host of giveaways running for this book, and with good reason! I’m reading Book 1 of the Iron Elves Trilogy at the moment, A Darkness Forged in Fire, and I’m pretty much hooked! Chris Evans is definitely going to be a force in Epic Fantasy – his style is easy and flowing, the action scenes are great, the characters memorable and the humor sharp! Look out for a review of that soon!

But back to the giveaway! Thanks to Sheryl at Sneak Attack I have TEN, that’s right, TEN copies of the book to give away! And folks, this giveaway is open WORLDWIDE!! πŸ™‚ How do you enter?

Just send an email to my Gmail account: davebrendon (at) gmail (dot) com ! That’s it!

The giveaway will be running for a week, so next week Saturday the 8th I’ll be drawing the winners, and I’ll announce them on Sunday the 9th. That gives you all a week to get your entries in, more than enough time! And with TEN copies, there’s definitely going to be some very happy readers out there. πŸ™‚

Let’s recap: I’ve got TEN copies of The Light of Burning Shadows to give away; the giveaway will close on the 8th of August, I’ll announce the winners on the 9th, the giveaway is open to entrants WORLDWIDE, and you can enter by sending me an email at davebrendon (at) gmail (dot) com πŸ™‚

Star getting those entries in! πŸ™‚

To order your copy of A Darkness Forged in Fire, click here for South Africa, here for the US, and here for the UK,

and

To order your copy of Light of Burning Shadows, click here for South Africa, here for the US, and here for the UK!

And be EPIC!

 
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Posted by on August 1, 2009 in Giveaways

 

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Review: Twisted Metal by Tony Ballentyne

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You wont see the review here. πŸ™‚

But you will see it over at Liz & Mark’s blog, My Favourite Books. πŸ™‚ Liz asked me to do a guest review on her blog -in fact, the review happened as a repayment of many favours Liz has done for me- and then something else happened that made the review even better, but more on that at the end of this post. πŸ™‚

Suffice it to say that Twisted Metal is an excellent SF book, a worthy addition to the already-great lore of Robots, and a surprisingly original take on robots themselves. πŸ™‚ If you’ve been overloaded with robots of all kinds in the past while (what with Transformers: Revenge of the Fallen & Terminator Salvation), don’t worry, Twisted Metal doesn’t emulate them in any way. Trust me when I say that you’ve never quite met robots like those that populate the world Tony has created in Twisted Metal.
Do head on over to Liz and Mark’s excellent blog and read my review. πŸ™‚

Next up, I’m also announcing the new giveaway here – it’s already been announced by Liz. πŸ™‚ Here’s the info, and how to enter. πŸ™‚

There are TWO copies of Twisted Metal up for grabs: 1 paperback and 1 hardback.

We are throwing the competition open ONLY to British peeps AND South African peeps. The UK peeps get the chance to win the paperback and the South African peeps get to win the hardback – this is of course due to postage costs.

Here’s what you do: email us with your name and address to EITHER of the following addresses: ours – myfavouritebooksatblogspot(at)googlemail(dot)com or DaveBrendon’s email: davebrendon(at)gmail(dot)com. Duplicate entries will be disqualified! Put TWISTED METAL in the subject line. The two winners will be chosen (via Random.org) from the combined list of entires we get. Competition ends next week Friday: 17th July 2009.

Good luck!

Check out Tony Ballantyne‘s website here, and if you’d like to order the book, click here for SA, here for USA, here for UK. πŸ™‚

Be EPIC!

 
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Posted by on July 10, 2009 in Giveaways, Reviews

 

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Graceling Giveaway Winner!

No more entries! (Well, let’s face facts – it’s not as if there were plenty πŸ™‚ )

This lucky reader will be getting a trade-paperback copy of Graceling, reviewed here by David! πŸ™‚ I’ll be posting the book off on Saturday (will be at work, but will take a break and dash upstairs), so the winner should have the book next week some time. πŸ™‚

Without further a-do, the winner is…

Lood De Plessis! πŸ™‚ Congrats, Lood! You’ll have your copy shortly! πŸ™‚

And now, let me show you what I’m reading right now – awesome stuff, really damn cool!

Check out the blog tomorrow for the next giveaway – 2 copies of a really cool SF book! πŸ™‚ This is also the first time that I will be opening the giveaway for readers in the UK too!

Until then,

Be EPIC!

 
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Posted by on July 9, 2009 in Giveaways

 

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Review and Giveaway: Graceling by Kristin Cashore

Reviewed by David

Well here it is my latest review, Kristin Cashore’s – Graceling.

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This was a truly interesting read for me, sad to say it won’t be on my top ten list but it was not too bad. I can definitely see that Kristin is a new author and testing the various elements of writing trying to find her own unique style. Some parts of the book were very well crafted while others felt lacking to me.

But lets get to the book itself:

In the world of the Seven Kingdoms people are born with extraordinary graces, talents allowing them to excel in a specific area. None has a grace more feared than Katsa, gifted with the grace of killing since she was ten years old and trained to be the weapon of her uncle, the King.

A mystery arises in the Seven Kingdoms, one that ties together the fates of a helpless old man, a young princess and the one eyed King, who seems to be both responsible and blameless for everything. And at the heart of this mystery, with the responsibility to solve it, sits Katsa and an enigmatic Liened prince who rivals even Katsa’s fighting abilities.

Katsa finally decides to no longer be the lady killer for her uncle and sees this mystery as her escape, but what will this cost her? Not only does this lead her to re-evaluate her entire life but also to a startling realization about her grace; is she really graced with killing, or is it something else?

Well, now that the scene has been set, lets get in a little deeper.

On the up side Kristin does create very vivid and beautiful landscapes at times, spending a good deal of attention on details. This in turn helps to set specific moods, thought at times it is quickly broken by the events that follow.

The flow of the story is not bad either as it stays relatively constant, however the pace at which it flows could use a little change. For the most part I found it very laid back and relaxed, not quite boring yet but not a lot of action.

This is definitely more of an adventure mystery with a bit of a love story and self discovery tied into it.

One of the things I did love about the book was the detail to character development, and there is a lot of it. Katsa and Po, our two main characters, are constantly changing and evolving throughout the plot of the story, especially Katsa. As I sit here I also realize that in the beginning of the book it was Po who helped Katsa in accepting herself and by the end it is Katsa who helps Po accept the circumstances he has to live with.

Katsa is a very negative person when we meet her; not planning on marrying or loving anyone, she hates herself for who she is and wants to get away from the life she is in, but is unable to do so until she meets Po.

Po on the other hand is a very positive person and the complete opposite to Katsa, but apart from their unusual meeting they soon become friends and even deeper feelings start to grow between them, until something devastating happens.

The graces were an interesting addition to the storyline to say the least, but the illusion surrounding them was quickly broken for me in part due to over-explanation about them. Some of the graces were truly interesting and supernatural but then Kristin mentioned a few less than impressive graces and I have to say I lost a big part of my appreciation for them.

Lastly something that in my opinion was the saving grace for the book is the mystery. The middle part of the book was mostly boring and I would have had trouble getting through it if it was not for the intrigue behind the mystery. Kristin kept just enough fog over the mystery, deceiving you with her words so that you could not make complete sense of the clues you found. I think she could have, and should have, pulled it out a little longer but it was still a very interesting mystery and by the time it was over the story picked up a little bit more of a pace.

Finally she ended the story in a manner that you do not see that often. She gave full attention to her characters and setting out some future plans for them. Instead of simply ending a story with lovers uniting and a kingdom at peace, she sets out the plans for her characters and what they will be doing in the following months. Something she did not have to do, but it gives the story a bit more of a continuation and flow instead of a blunt ending.

Well there you have it.

Graceling may not be my favorite book of the year but it was not bad either. I will definitely like to read the next one, aptly called Fire; I’m kind of intrigued to see what these monsters in Fire will be like. It should also be noted that she is busy with a follow-up to Graceling called Bitterblue, referring to Princess Bitterblue, but more of that on a later date.

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So if you’re in the mood for a light adventure mystery you can definitely take a look at this one, just don’t expect a great deal of action as the action sequences are few and far apart.

Good mystery, good character development, I will give it a

6/10

Check out more info on Kristin at this site. πŸ™‚

If you want to buy yourself a copy of Graceling you can find it here.

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You can also try your luck with our give-away, just in time for you to get up to speed with the Seven Kingdoms. πŸ™‚

Later this year she will be launching her new book Fire, which is set 30 years before Graceling, and promises to be an even better addition to the series. πŸ™‚ Kristin is also busy with her follow-up to Graceling, Bitterblue, so this is an excellent chance to get acquainted with the world she has created for us.

If you want to know a bit more about the book itself, take a look at the review above, and you can also find Kristins web site here.

Okay, down to the rules!

1) No-one working for a publisher is allowed to enter.

2) Only South Africans or people living in South Africa are allowed to enter, please! The postage from SA to Europe or the US is a killer.

3) How do you enter? Just leave a comment on this post!

The giveaway starts today (being the 25th of June), and will run until the 9th of July, so that gives you all 2 weeks to enter! πŸ™‚

Well there you have it guys and girls! πŸ™‚ Spread the word about the giveaway to anyone you think would be interested! πŸ™‚

 
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Posted by on June 25, 2009 in Giveaways, Reviews

 

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Upcoming Review and Give-away

Hey guys and girls David here, first of all i just want to apologise for the laps of absence, but I’m back now.

I will have a brand new review up for you guys before the weekend is over, all about Kristin Cashore’s new book Graceling.

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Along with the review you will see Dave and me will also be have a give-away of Graceling, so keep an eye out for that.

In the mean time if you want to find out a bit more about Kristin Cashore, you can find her here, where you can look up some of her other books as well. She will also be bringing out a prequel to Graceling in October called Fire and she is currently busy with a sequel to Graceling.

So make sure to keep an eye on the site for the review and who knows you just might be the lucky winner of the Graceling give-away!

 
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Posted by on June 20, 2009 in Announcements, Giveaways

 

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Patient Zero by Jonathan Maberry – Giveaway Winner!

Ok, it’s time to announce the winner! πŸ™‚ This was really a bloody difficult choice – I couldn’t really use the Randomizer for this, since I only had two entries (50/50 chance, you know), so I sat for a bit, got some advice from Gav on Twitter and picked the winner….

So, without further a-do, the winner of the insanely cool novel that is Patient Zero is…. (tossing a coin for this one)

Kim Dietrich! πŸ™‚ Congrats, Kim! Your copy will be with you shortly! πŸ™‚

Be EPIC!

P.S. Tomorrow I will announcing the next giveaway, and I think we should go the SF route with it! πŸ™‚

P.P.S. For those of you who would still like to get yourselves a copy of this excellent book, check out these links: SA, UK, USA.

 
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Posted by on June 14, 2009 in Giveaways

 

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Season of the Witch Giveaway Winner!

Hey guys and girls, I’m really sorry to have kept you in suspense like I did, but work, private life and problems with the internet got in the way! 😦 I am, however, here now to let you all know that the random number generator I use has chosen a winner for Natasha Mostert’s Season of the Witch, and the lucky person will be getting a copy through the post soon! πŸ™‚

Now, without any further a-do, the winner is….!

(drumrolllll…!)

Mark Thompson! Congratulations, Mark! πŸ™‚ Your book will be on its way shortly – or in other words, as soon as I take it to the post office and send it on it’s way, so check your email and send me address! πŸ™‚

I’ll be announcing the new giveaway next week some time, and trust me, it’s going to be a doozie! Got some awesome books to give away! πŸ™‚

Be EPIC!

 
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Posted by on May 22, 2009 in Giveaways

 

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