Book Giveaway: Among Others (29/10/2013)

Yargh! Ugrosh smash secondary school selection system. Horrible horrible. Local selective school for geniuses: won’t get in. Distant selective school for almost-geniuses: too far away. Local good comprehensive: Not in catchment area. Local not-so-good comprehensive actually the only straightforward option. WHY DO YOU GIVE ME THIS ILLUSION OF CHOICE? RAGEMONKEY FURRYCHIMP KICKHOLEINTHEUNIVERSE NYAAARRRGH!!!!

Yes, yet another week in which not a lot got done. My second Bulldog Drummond novella got reworked and the first one got edited.

This week’s giveaway is Among Others by Jo Walton, maybe a love it/hate it book, not quite my personal cup of tea but exquisite in its own way. A book about books and fairies and magic and the real world too. Won some awards as well.

Fifteen-year-old Morwenna lives in Wales with her twin sister and a mother who spins dark magic for ill. One day, Mori and her mother fight a powerful, magical battle that kills her sister and leaves Mori crippled. Devastated, Mori flees to her long-lost father in England. Adrift, outcast at boarding school, Mori retreats into the worlds she knows best: her magic and her books. She works a spell to meet kindred souls and continues to devour every fantasy and science fiction novel she can lay her hands on. But danger lurks… She knows her mother is looking for her and that when she finds her, there will be no escape.

Usual deal – comment on this post before November 3rd and I’ll randomly select a lucky victims for a free copy of the book. This week we’re playing Fairy Supermarket so each comment (to enter)  needs to be in alphabetical order and be fairy-related shopping items. Like  A is for Ankou; B is for Brittany where Ankous come from; C is for Cee how easy it is…? Extra points if you tell me about a faery or a fairytale or something fey I’ve never heard of[1].

Although though no one has yet complained about how long it takes me to get to the post office and post things, it can take a while and if you live abroad then it can take even longer. Sorry about that, but they do get there eventually. Well, so far. Recent winners, I have cleared my backlog.

[1] Extra points not guaranteed to actually mean anything.


7 Responses to “Book Giveaway: Among Others (29/10/2013)”

  1. Mango Heroics says:

    Ariel from The Tempest is my favorite fairy. Not SF or F, but definitely fey.

  2. Laura says:

    Baku is my favorite Fey, he is Japanese and looks like a giant tapir, he has the body of a horse, the head of a lion and paws of a tiger. I like him because hos duty is to eat people’s nightmares making sleep easy. Oh, and to invoke him you need to say ‘devour them, o Baku’ which is awesome.

  3. paul Walsh says:

    Cliodhna – A fairy Queen from around Cork in Ireland.
    Former Irish billionaire Sean Quinn is now broke and facing probable jail time, the reason according to some being that he bull dozed a fairy fort he had been repeatedly warned to leave alone. Don’t mess with the fairies

  4. S Osborne says:

    D is for Dullahan – probably the most apt D that comes to mind given we’ve been watching Sleepy Hollow on the evil square box…and it’s Hallowe’en tomorrow!
    The Dullahan is a headless Irish fairy said to herald death – wherever he stops on his horse indicates where someone will soon die. Wish I could think of a cheerful link for D!

  5. Anastasia says:

    I’ll go with Ekimmu, because it’s the perfect time of year for a scary, crying fae :)

  6. Aaron says:

    F is for….. Felurian. Too easy.

  7. Stephen says:

    The Gods of Random choose Laura.

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