Sunday, July 10, 2011

Giveaway: Two Fantastic Books

There's a pretty awesome event going down right now at Rabid Reads (as well as at fellow host blogs Mission to Read and Deranged Book Lovers).  It's called the Midnight Summer Festival, and it's basically a celebration of all things mythological in books and stories.  Our hosts and all the blogs participating-- you can check out the full list HERE-- will be posting about all sorts of mythological goodness.  We're talking author interviews, reviews, guest posts... and of course, there will be giveaways.

As for my contribution, I'm going to be parting with a copy of TROY by Adele Geras.

The siege of Troy has lasted almost ten years. Inside the walled city, food is becoming scarce and the death toll is rising. From the heights of Mount Olympus, the Gods keep watch.

But Aphrodite, Goddess of Love, is bored with the endless, dreary war, and so she turns her attention to two sisters: Marpessa, who is gifted with God-sight and serves as handmaiden to Helen, the most beautiful woman in the world; and Xanthe, who is kind and loving and tends the wounded soldiers in the Blood Room. When Eros fits an arrow to his silver-lit bow and lets it fly, neither sister will escape its power.  With vitality and grace, Adèle Geras breathes personality, heartbreak, and humor into this classic story. This is truly an inspired novel, told through the eyes of the women of Troy, in which the Gods move among mortals and an ancient city is brought to life. 

Or, if treacherous kelpies and twisted fairy tales are more your style than scheming goddesses of love and men in togas, you're welcome to pick THE FAIR FOLK: Six Tales of the Fey as your prize instead.   It's a book of six short stories and novellas.

Winner of the World Fantasy Award.

Patricia McKillip, Jane Yolen and Midori Snyder, Tanith Lee, Megan Lindholm, Kim Newman, and Craig Shaw Gardner contribute stories of the fey to this award-winning collection. Some are frightful. Some are funny. Some are fair. Some are foul. All are fantastic.

Both of these books are somewhat lesser-known, which is unusual for me-- I'm very guilty of giving away the newest book that I think the most people would want to read the most.  But these two are old favorites, both featuring their own very unique blends of Greek and faerie mythology, respectively.  They're both pretty much wicked cool.  


-- You must have a mailing address in the US or Canada and be at least 13 years old.  

-- Leave a comment with your email address and tell me one thing you like about mythology.  It can be 'Brad Pitt as Achilles in the movie Troy', or 'Pegasi R cool', or whatever floats your boat.

-- Following is not required this time around, but is always much appreciated.  :D  

--Giveaway closes July 20th at midnight Eastern Time.  I'll announce the winner on my blog and said winner will have 48 hours to reply to my email and claim their prize.  Good luck, and thanks for entering! 


Laura (All the Word's a Page) said...

I read Troy ages ago but don't remember that much about it. As a kid I loved mythology a bunch and I tried to read as much as I could. After I saw the movie Troy I tried to read some excerpts from the Iliad online. Ahh terrifying!

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Maria Behar said...

Hi, Kat!!

Wow. You have not one, but TWO fabulous books to pick from!! I think I'd be happy with either one!

Now...what do I like -- no, LOVE --about mythology? EVERYTHING. It takes me out of this boring reality I'm stuck in. It makes my soul sing. It lifts me into worlds that just take my breath away! It also takes me back to a simpler time, a time in which sprites hide behind every tree, and magical horses pulling a chariot bring in the new day... I LOVE, LOVE, LOVE mythology!!

Here's my email address:

Thanks for the GREAT giveaway!! : )

BLHmistress said...

What I love about mythology is the tales of how each god and goddesses came to be, I find that so fascinating.


Liz @ Cleverly Inked said...

It's nice to see some older books gets some light. They both look fabulous

Orchid said...

Troy, you know I think I've read this one before...and absolutely loved it.
The thing I like about mythology is how easily you can do a retelling of the myths and give them a more modern feel. =)

Thanks for the great giveaway (follower).

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Teddi said...

My favorite thing about mythology is that my mother's name is Aphrodite (we are Greek) so the gods and goddesses have always meant something personal to me--as well as just being cool!

Kat said...

@Teddi-- How awesome that your mom's name is Aphrodite! It's such a beautiful name, as well as cool. :)

@Orchid-- Troy *is* a great book, and I think it was very popular 'back in the day'. Though it's actually only a few years old. Sometimes it seems like we bloggers are too fixated on the highly anticipated books to appreciate the excellent ones which are already published!

Pedantic Phooka said...

I love anything and everything Celtic/Gaelic in nature - and the entire Fae world fits into this category. My favorite fae being is the Phooka (thus my blog name). Celtic mythology is the root of some of my favorite stories and creatures.

Thanks for hosting this giveaway! Both books look great.

Holjo @ Pedantic Phooka

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Katie (The Literary Files) said...

Hey Kat! Oh my goodness, Troy has been one I keep forgetting about, but it sounds so amazing!

I definitely love the concept of an entire country going to war over a guy's love for a beautiful girl. It's romantic, but mostly totally crazy!! haha


The Bibliophile said...

I love finding all the literary allusions that have come from mythology into our language.


Unknown said...

Thanks for the giveaway!

I like drawing comparisons between the folklore and mythologies of different cultures and eras. There's so many similarities, even between places as diverse as China, Rome, and native America.

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Valen Steel said...

the thing i love most about mythology is that it is always based on sometype of natural occurence/event, of sorts. not a specific one, but just something that exists. i love that it can be explained in such a creatively beautiful way and at the same time still have a scientific explanation. it allows you to choose between the the magical; the fantasy and fairytale, the expansion of your own imagination and then the literal and factual.

My favorite mythological creautre is def the dragon! it might be a cliche, but i love dragons.

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also since you seem to love mythology/lore like i do, you should check out the Bible Series idk if thats what its actually called, but here is a link to my favorite one: The Fairy Bible

thekidstrumpet said...

As a child I loved drawing the various God's and Goddesses that appear in mythology. I liked learning about each God and Goddess and then comparing the say God's of the Greek culture with those of the Egytian or Chinese cultures. It is all so interesting.

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