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As is pretty obvious, I am a massive fan of fantasy fiction so I am delighted to be able to give away two forthcoming fantasy titles for readers aged 9+, both of which are imaginative works with dark undertones.

First up is an ARC of TWILIGHT ROBBERY by Frances Hardinge. This is the much-anticipated sequel to Frances Hardinge's award-winning novel FLY BY NIGHT and follows the continuing adventures of Mosca Mye, her homicidal goose Saracan and wandering writer Eponymous Clent who by dint of adventure and happenstance find themselves in the strange and dangerous town of Toll trying to stop the kidnap of the town's mayor.

As dusk approaches the good people of Toll-by-day slam shut their doors and tremble ... It’s time to discover deadly Toll-by-night – a very different place! And orphan Mosca Mye is trapped there, with only a murderous goose and a war-crazed dandy to help her.


TWILIGHT ROBBERY is released in the UK on 4th March 2011 and I am very pleased to say that Frances Hardinge very kindly signed the copy to be given away. I'll be honest with you all, I've been debating whether to keep it for myself but my conscience kept pricking me, so it's in the giveaway.

Second up is an ARC of MINISTRY OF PANDEMONIUM by Chris Westwood, which follows Ben Harvester, a boy whose life changes forever when he meets Mr October and is introduced to the dangerous work of the Ministry of Pandemonium and learns more about his own mysterious gifts ...

Another night shift, another lost soul – pray the good guys find it first.


Ben Harvester sees what no one else can ...

A cobbled alleyway – a place where it’s always night – hidden behind a crack in the wall.

Mr October, a man of many faces and secrets, knows Ben has a unique gift. He sets out to recruit Ben to a top-secret, highly classified Ministry department – to help in an eternal war against an unspeakable enemy.

And so Ben begins to understand just how great and deadly his gift may be, and why it puts him and everyone he loves in grave danger ...</i>


MINISTRY OF PANEDEMONIUM will be released in the UK in March 2011 and there is already a lot of buzz gathering about this book for good reason.

All you have to do to be entered into the give-away draw is leave a comment here telling me your favourite sequel of all time - it can be a book or a film or a TV programme.

NOTE - ALTHOUGH ANONYMOUS COMMENTS ARE CURRENTLY SCREENED, PROVIDED YOU'RE NOT TRYING TO SELL ME ELECTRIC CIGARETTES, DODGY PORN OR WHATEVER - IT WILL GO IN THE DRAW.

RULES:



1. Leave a comment on this LJ telling me your favourite sequel of all time.

2. The winner will be chosen at random using a random generator.

3. You don't have to have an LJ account or be a friend of this LJ to enter this contest but if you don't have an LJ account then please tell me how I can contact you if you win (e.g. leave an email address in your comment).

4. You can comment as many times as you want (e.g. to change your mind about your favourite book), but each individual only gets one contest entry.

5. Comments must be posted before 23:59 (GMT) on Sunday 6th February 2011.

6. The winner will be notified by 23:59 on Sunday 13th February by LJ message or email and must respond with their mailing address by Sunday 20th February), or else another winner will be drawn.

7. The giveaway is open to anyone regardless of age or location BUT please note that the prize will be sent by post and I have no responsibility or liability for the vagaries of local mail systems.

8. Prizes are non-transferable and there is no cash alternative.

9. The Judge's (i.e. my) decision is final.

Comments

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shweta_narayan
Jan. 30th, 2011 06:26 pm (UTC)
OMG new Hardinge WANT.

But, um, love story or sequel? :)

My favourite sequel of All Time is ... er... I have so many favourites! But the one popping decidedly into my mind right now is Caroline Stevermer's wonderful A Scholar of Magics, sequel to A College of Magics.

My favourite love story is (of course) that of Raadha and Krishna, etched into my brain in so many forms I can't point at just one. But the paintings. Oh, the paintings.
hooton
Jan. 30th, 2011 06:52 pm (UTC)
Hello, my name is Caroline Hooton and I'm a dickhead. I was looking for sequels - but cut and paste the rules for my last give-away, hence the reference to love stories.

Ahem. Rules corrected. Carry on.
shweta_narayan
Jan. 30th, 2011 06:59 pm (UTC)
I figured it was probably just a C&P error, but I wasn't sure; not braining very well these days & as a result don't trust myself on much.

Anyway I think the book giveaways put you firmly & inherently in the category of not-dickhead *grins*
hooton
Feb. 8th, 2011 11:24 pm (UTC)
Well this has actually worked out quite well because the Random Generator picked ashfae below first and she only wanted the Westwood, which means that you get the HArdinge.

If you wouldn't mind emailing me your address to caroline_hooton AT yahoo DOT com then I will get it out in the mail.

Yay!
shweta_narayan
Feb. 8th, 2011 11:25 pm (UTC)
*squees*!
fyrie
Jan. 30th, 2011 06:46 pm (UTC)
If it's sequels, without question Empire Strikes Back. Nothing has ever come close for me :) It's the fact that it took the bold step of completely blowing the heroes to pieces and leaving them barely alive, which was daring. Plus, the best unexpected twist in any film.

If it's love story, I'm traditional, and go with Jane Eyre, which was so wonderfully shocking in its day. I love Rochester/Jane and that they are happy in the end, despite everything :) (Even if it has coincidences by the bucketload)
hooton
Jan. 30th, 2011 06:52 pm (UTC)
Hello, my name is Caroline Hooton and I'm a dickhead. I was looking for sequels - but cut and paste the rules for my last give-away, hence the reference to love stories.

Ahem. Rules corrected. Carry on.
fyrie
Jan. 30th, 2011 07:09 pm (UTC)
You are forgiven :)

And Empire Strikes Back still stands!
ashfae
Jan. 30th, 2011 08:25 pm (UTC)
Can I enter just for the Westwood? I haven't read the first one so I'd rather it went to someone who's waiting for it, on the off-chance I win. =) Or I'll just answer but not be entered.

Favorite sequel of all time...Nope, fyre is right. It just plain is Empire Strikes Back. Nothing has ever surpassed the level of awesome that that had the first time I saw it.

But I'll mention Chrono Cross, even though it's a video game and so not eligible. Damn that game was awesome. The first one was astonishing in its own right and then CC came along to say "Ah-hah, all those philosophical issues we didn't think about closely enough in the first game? HERE YOU GO" and dumped them on your heads. Oh, and twisted the world into paradox while it was at it. With dragons. I love video games.
hooton
Feb. 6th, 2011 04:43 pm (UTC)
Can I enter just for the Westwood?

Sure - don't see why not.

I also love Empire Strikes Back - first movie I remember seeing at the cinema and I literally would not move when the end credits began rolling because I was convinced something would happen so the good guys win.
hooton
Feb. 8th, 2011 11:22 pm (UTC)
Congratulations! The Random Generator picked your name out, so I'll send the Westwood up to you (could you send me your addy again to caroline_hooton AT yahoo DOT com because I think I've lost it) and I'll do a separate draw for the HArdinge.
deralte
Jan. 31st, 2011 03:02 pm (UTC)
I just reread it actually. My favourite sequel is The King of Attolia which is just one of those books that improves on the one before it, and the one before that immensely.
hooton
Feb. 6th, 2011 04:44 pm (UTC)
Oh, I've heard of The King of Attolia - someone was talking about it in a community I belong to.
deralte
Feb. 6th, 2011 10:15 pm (UTC)
One of the refreshing things about it is that the author expects her readers to be intelligent and catch subtleties since the whole book is told from the pov of a character who really dislikes the main character. Because of that, though, I really want to track down someone who read The King of Attolia before the other books in the series and get their impression.
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