September 4, 2009

A Waiting List Weekend

I'm on a bit of a lucky streak with book contests, again. God bless you bloggers and your book giveaways. Thanks to these things, I'm becoming familiar with authors and books I would otherwise glaze over or even ignore. The fantasy novels have been especially helpful in opening my eyes to a diverse and enticing genre. I may not be heading out to play Dungeons & Dragons any time soon, but I am warming a little to the swords and sorcery.

I had my winning streak earlier in the year, thanks to contests held by Darque Reviews, Ty Schwamberger, Thoughts of Joy, Bookin' with Bingo, A Bibliophile's Bookshelf, Amberkatze's Book Blog, and Charlotte's Library.

Now, over the past month or so, I've won four more books. I already mentioned in an earlier post winning Chris Eboch's Haunted: The Ghost on the Stairs, a middle-grade, historically set spookfest via a contest held by The Spectacle. Well, after checking my e-mail this week, I discovered I won three more titles.

From Graeme's Fantasy Book Review, I won Nathalie Mallet's The King's Daughters. This is a follow-up to Mallet's debut novel, The Princes of the Golden Age, which I haven't read yet. I fully intend to, however, as soon as I can lay my hands on a copy.

From Fantasy Book Critic, I won Chris Evans' The Light of Burning Shadows. This, too, is a sequel in Evans' Iron Elves series. This sequel sounds like it's a stronger read than its predecessor, and the story sounds easy enough to follow that I may not need to track down the first novel. But, if I do see the first, A Darkness Forged in Fire, I'll give it a read just for the sake of continuity.

And from The Eclectic Book Lover, I won David Liss' The Devil's Company. Yet again, a sequel--the third in a series this time. I'm not worried because it doesn't sound like the plot of this novel is hinged on the preceding novels. And, when I first read the plot summary for it (an 18th century thief and ruffian out to do some thieving and ruffianing), my interest spiked. If I like it, I'll have to go back and read the first two books.

So, a hearty thanks to all of the great book blogs that have been providing me with some very fun, and very free, reads this year. It's greatly appreciated, even if you merely pulled my name from a hat.

EDIT: I received a couple of parcel slips in the mail, so I'll have to check the post office Saturday morning. It looks like I may have received a couple of these titles. Yay!

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