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This week's give away has been inspired by the recent trend for prequels and reboots to existing fiction series - e.g. Batman, Young James Bond, Wolverine's early years and next year's Tarzan reboot for teens by Andy Briggs.

So with this in mind, first up is a reboot in the shape of YOUNG SHERLOCK HOLMES: DEATH CLOUD by Andrew Lane, which sees Sherlock has a teenage boy forced to spend his summer holidays with his aunt and uncle. Soon he's drawn into investigating a strange death in the nearby town, helped by Matty (a young lad who's run away from London), Amyus Crowe (a survivor the American civil war with ideas on deduction) and Amyus's daughter, Victoria.

Two dead bodies.

One unforgettable hero.

The beginning of a legend.

YOUNG SHERLOCK HOLMES: DEATH CLOUD was released in the UK on 4th June 2010.

And in the prequel corner, I have BARTIMAEUS: THE RING OF SOLOMON by Jonathan Stroud, which is a prequel to his highly successful BARTIMAEUS TRILOGY. In it Bartimaeus is unwillingly serving a magician at the court of King Solomon whose immensely powerful magical ring keeps everyone's ambitions at bay. Until that is, the day on which a young woman arrives from the court of the Queen of Sheba with designs on ending Solomon's power.

”The rules between my masters and myself are clear: the magician forces me to help him get wealth and power, and I do my best to nobble him.”

Bartimaeus, the djinni with attitude, is back.

The inimitably insolent Bartimaeus has returned – as a slave to King Solomon, wielder of the all-powerful Ring. Until a girl assassin shows up with more than just murder on her mind and things start to get ... interesting.

BARTIMAEUS: THE RING OF SOLOMON was released in the UK on 14th October.

All you have to do to win these books is to leave a comment on this LJ telling me which existing fictional character or series you'd most like to see a prequel to or a reboot of.

(To start the ball rolling, I'd really like to see a reboot of Dorothy L. Sayers detective Lord Peter Wimsey, if only to see how someone would do a young Bunter).


1. Leave a comment on this LJ telling me which existing fictional character or series you'd most like to see a prequel to or a reboot of.

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 (British Summer Time) on Sunday 7th November 2010.

6. The winner will be notified by 23:59 on Wednesday 10th November by LJ message or email and must respond with their mailing address within one (1) week (i.e. by Wednesday 17th November), 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.


( 12 comments — Leave a comment )
Oct. 31st, 2010 06:12 pm (UTC)
I'd love another Time Travelers Wife story, although whether it'd be pre- or se-quel, it's kinda hard to say.

(If I can put in for just the Stroud book, I'd love to, seeing how we bitter colonists still can't order the damn thing:P)
Nov. 1st, 2010 10:29 pm (UTC)
I actually haven't read The Time Traveller's Wife. I was going to see the film but the reviews put me off. Hmmm ...

:contemplates adding to the 'To Read' list:

I'll do you a deal, if the Random Generator of Doom picks you, I'll let you have the Bartimaeus and do a second draw for the YOung Sherlock Holmes.
Oct. 31st, 2010 09:00 pm (UTC)
Drat, wish I'd thought of Peter Wimsey. I'd love to see that done, too.

Failing that, my reboot of choice...Firefly. Preferably a prequel rather than a reboot--more info about the world thereof would be terrific, it's a fascinating setup. They always refer to Earth-That-Was--what happened to it??

Edited at 2010-10-31 09:00 pm (UTC)
Nov. 1st, 2010 10:30 pm (UTC)
We can share Wimsey. There's enough of him to go arond. Although only I may have Bunter.


And I *still* haven't watched Firefly. I need to get myself sorted out, I am way out of touch with everyone.
Nov. 2nd, 2010 01:24 pm (UTC)
I have no idea what you'll think of it, but look forward to finding out. =)
Nov. 8th, 2010 09:18 pm (UTC)
Congratulations - the Random Generator selected you!

Drop an email to caroline_hooton AT yahoo dot com with your address and I'll get it out in the post to you asap.
Nov. 9th, 2010 01:15 pm (UTC)
WHEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEE!!!!!!!! *goes to email*
Nov. 1st, 2010 03:46 am (UTC)
One of the things I would love to see rebooted is The Scarlet Pimpernel. Or a proper prequel, since Orczy's family decided to change her canon when they re-did it, which completely shattered the timeline and plot set in book one.

(Incidentally, YAY BARTIMAEUS :D :D :D)
Nov. 1st, 2010 10:31 pm (UTC)
Oh wow! Pimpernel would be an AWESOME reboot!
Nov. 2nd, 2010 01:27 pm (UTC)
That would be SO COOL!!!
Nov. 7th, 2010 05:41 am (UTC)
I would love to see either a sequel to or a reboot of John R. Holt's Wolf Moon,.
Nov. 7th, 2010 04:13 pm (UTC)
Oooh - I've never head of that.

:goes to check out:
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