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Thursday, November 25, 2010

Thanksgiving Bounty- giveaways, interesting posts, and more!


I hope everyone is having a fantastic day filled with excellent food, surrounded by loved ones, but I have to say that there are TON of cool things going on in the book blogging world right now!

Interesting Blog Posts
To get the ball rolling, the always insightful Persnickety Snark has a really thought provoking post up about negative versus critical reviews that I highly recommend checking out. It's inspired by some recent blogging drama that I hadn't heard of until today, but the points she addresses are relevant to all of us.

Fun Free Stuff!
Owl Lover 2011 Calendar

2011 is almost here and that means it will be time for new calendars!  Via Craft, here's a free, customizable owl-themed calendar featuring all kinds of cool art from 30 different artists from My Owl Barn! There's also an option to download a predesigned calendar if that's more your bag. Check it out!

Want a chance to read the book that made Glenn Beck all angsty? Here's your chance!  The book's publisher is offering the book as a free PDF download. Here's the description, for those who haven't heard:
The machine had been invented a few years ago: a machine that could tell, from just a sample of your blood, how you were going to die. It didn't give you the date and it didn't give you specifics. It just spat out a sliver of paper upon which were printed, in careful block letters, the words DROWNED or CANCER or OLD AGE or CHOKED ON A HANDFUL OF POPCORN. It let people know how they were going to die." MACHINE OF DEATH tells thirty-four different stories about people who know how they will die. Prepare to have your tears jerked, your spine tingled, your funny bone tickled, your mind blown, your pulse quickened, or your heart warmed. Or better yet, simply prepare to be surprised. Because even when people do have perfect knowledge of the future, there's no telling exactly how things will turn out. Featuring stories by: Randall Munroe * Ben "Yahtzee" Croshaw * Tom Francis * Camille Alexa * Erin McKean * James L. Sutter * and many others. Featuring illustrations by: Kate Beaton * Kazu Kibuishi * Aaron Diaz * Jeffrey Brown * Scott C. * Roger Langridge * Karl Kerschl * Cameron Stewart * and many others.
Excellent Giveaways
I love this time of year, not only for all the festive togetherness and all that jazz, but because of the really awesome giveaways that pop up all over the blogging universe.  Check these out:
Among the Muses, Book of Secrets, and The Forbidden Bookshelf are giving away three excellent prizes in the form of gift certificates! First prize is $30, second is $20, and third is $10, and the giveaway is open internationally!  I'll get you started with the link to Among the Muses, but you can go to each blog sponsoring the event and enter there for three chances to win!

Literary Escapism has teamed up a bunch of authors to raise money and resources for Child's Play, a charity that works to put toys, games, and electronics into children's hospitals all over the world.  For each dollar you donate, whether in the form of a cash donation or in donating merchandise from a hospital's Amazon wishlist, you get one entry to win a whole boodle of prize packs- over 70 books are up for grabs! Head over to Literary Escapism for all the details!

Larissa from Larissa's Life always knows how to throw a party, and her combined Xmas/3rd Blogoversary is no exception. There are ton of excellent books up for grabs as well as Amazon gift cards, so get to Larissa's Bookish Life and enter enter enter!
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