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Sunday, December 11, 2011

Me Popping Up Elsewhere and Giveaway Winners

On Twitter over the weekend, debut author Mark Lawrence (Prince of Thorns) was chatting about author interviews by bloggers when he decided to turn the tables.  He sent out some interview questions to various bloggers and somehow I made the list.  Considering I haven't interviewed him, I should perhaps feel guilty.  Thankfully, I don't feel guilt as a self absorbed blogger.  In any case, head over to Mark's blog if you're interested in learning more about me, the blog, and why I consider reviewing to be akin to masturbation.

Here's a sample:
5. What's your favourite book and why? 
Tough one. Impossible really. If we're talking about speculative fiction... Hyperion by Dan Simmons. A writer at the height of his power, with a tremendous narrative construction, meets a philosophical space opera. It's just incredible. I wish the whole series held up as well. 
My other choice would be a 10-book series, which might be cheating. Steven Erikson's Malazan Book of the Fallen is the most significant work in fantasy since Tolkein. To explain why would exceed my word limit (self imposed). I wouldn't recommend anyone read it until they've got a good chunk of fantasy reading, and literary reading, under their belt... but it's worth it. 
My favorite book ever is Pafko at the Wall. A novella by Don DeLillo which went on to be the prologue for his novel Underworld. To me, it's a taste of America through the game of baseball. It's perfection.

                            
Giveaway Winners:

In other news, I have the winners of the Low Town giveaway courtesy of Doubleday from a few weeks back.  Sorry for the delay.  Thanks for participating, and enjoy the book!  I sure did.

Richard A, MA
Steve Z, IL
Andrew L, NC
Allen B, GA
Nick G, TX

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