I love the way this Giveaway Hop hosted by Stuck in Books turns up in November, just as I’m starting to think about a review of the books I’ve read this year, and plans for next.
So, what am I grateful I’ve read this year?
The first thing that sprang to mind was the K’Barthan Trilogy. I know MT McGuire has taken a bit of stick for having a trilogy in four books recently. All I can say is, if you can’t see the fun in having a four-book trilogy, then you won’t enjoy the humour in the series – or serial, since it’s a rollercoaster from start to finish with cliff-hangers at the end of books 1 – 3. But I love the whole world(s) she’s created, of intersecting alternative earths, even though one is called K’Barth (or Grongolia). The Pan of Hamgee is cute, muddled, exciting, self-effacing, and perennially dim about the identity of the Candidate, who will emerge from the mists and save K’Barth from the Grongols. So it is prophesied. And thanks to some nifty time/space portals, he is able to nip into what looks a lot like our Earth, complete with modern tube trains, which prepared me for the change to my favourite trains when I turned up in London last year. There are intelligent nice feisty women (from Earth), drop dead gorgeous feisty ones (from Grongolia), and mean and unbelievably cruel (and hot) baddies (Grongolian). Or are they? There is also Big Merv, Our Trev, Snoofle, Blurpons, Pub Quiz Alan, people with dreadfully pun-ishing names, and it’s wacky and delightful.
And then there are snurds. You’ll have to read the books, but believe me, you’ll want a snurd. Even I want a snurd!
So having waxed lyrical about K’Barth, what else?
Well, I was equally upbeat for the Emperor’s Edge series by Lindsay Buroker, which was the subject of my giveaway hop in the summer. I was so up for meeting author Elly Griffiths whose Ruth Galloway crime mysteries I’m romping through, that she must have thought I was on something! I was also seriously grateful for finding Apocalypse Weird: Reversal, by Jennifer Ellis. You can read my reviews by clicking on the titles.
So I’m limiting myself to those as my books that I’m grateful I’ve read this year.
I’m giving away one prize of paperbacks from Book Depository to the value of $20 by any of those four authors I’ve been raving about above. Anywhere in the world that Book Depository ships to free of charge. If you’re keen on the K’Barthan ones I might even arrange for MT McGuire to send you two signed ones.
Just enter using the Rafflecopter below – entries close 11.59 pm 14th November New York time.
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