Sunday, June 08, 2008

Sunday Salon: giveaways

I didn't do much reading on Sunday (it's Monday afternoon here) but did have a day at home and mostly relaxed. OK I did some housework but not too much. A bit of sad and scary news though. A guy randomly stabbed several people in Akihabara in Tokyo on Sunday, around midday. 7 people died and 10 others were injured. This happened in the electronics district, THE place to go if you want to buy anything electronics or game related. We were just there last Sunday! Yikes. Makes me doubly glad we stayed home yesterday.
But I shouldn't have started with such depressing news, sorry, so on to books. This past week I was fairly busy so I didn't get a lot of reading time in unfortunately, but I did finish the short story collection, Down to a Sunless Sea, by Mathias B. Freese. Some of the stories were quite dark and raw. I'll post a review of it sometime later this week hopefully, although this week looks like it'll be another busy one. Now I'm reading The Tenderness of Wolves by Stef Penney. I did the 'first few lines and random flip test' and this is the one that most appealed to me out of the other 5 I was choosing from. Does anyone else do that? I'm not too far into it but so far so good.
So that's it for my book news this week but there are a few giveaways happening.
Heather is giving away a signed hardback copy of Sin in the Second City by Karen Abbott. You can also read her interview with the author here.
Valentina is giving away 3 books that she's reviewed to 3 winners to celebrate her 1st year of blogging.
Another Heather is holding her first book giveaway, and she has 2 books up for grabs this month.
And Dewey is giving away a copy of We Are On Our Own by Miriam Katin in the effort to help spread respect for graphic novels. I have to admit that the only graphic novel I've read is Persepolis I and II by Marjane Satrapi but I really enjoyed it and would like to read more. I didn't join the Graphic Novels Challenge at the beginning of the year because with all the other challenges I wasn't sure I could add 6 more books to my list for the year, but I'm tempted to join now with a half-year goal of reading 3 graphic novels by the end of the year, which Dewey says is ok. I'll have to think about it. Reading challenges are both my motivation and my downfall. Have a great week!


  1. Ha! I read the first few sentences and do the random flip ALL the time!

  2. I loved reading Down to a Sunless Sea. Dark yet compelling. I have reviewed it too on my blog. After your review, we can link with each other!

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  4. That certainly is scary news. It's so sad that things like that happen and make you feel you're better off staying home. You need something light and uplifting to read and take your mind off random violence!

  5. Do you mind if I add my contest? I'm giving away two books this month ... click here for details. :) Thanks!

  6. Michelle- Glad to know of someone else who does that too. :)

    gautami tripathy- I saw you had a review of it but haven't read it yet, I'm so behind. I'll definitely link to it when I write my review.
    And I suppose you're right about the comment moderation. I'll take it off and see how it goes. As long as I don't have to moderate lots of spam, it does make commenting easier.

    jlshall- Well the book I'm reading now started out with a murder but it's not too heavy if that makes sense. All violence is sad, but such random acts always seem so terrible.

    Heather Johnson- Not at all, I'll update my post to include your giveaway. :)

  7. How awful. Not one of these random acts of violence ever makes a bit of sense and they all bring home the brutal reality that we just truly never know what time we have left and that we need to really take advantage of the time we have.

  8. The stabbing was on the news here and I was concerned about you - I'm so pleased you weren't involved, but it must have been so terrible and scary!!

    I've read two of the stories in Down to a Sunless Sea and found them very unsettling.

    I have so many books waiting tbr that I usually do the first few lines test as well - The Tenderness of Wolves is in the pile - I'll look forward to reading your view of it.

  9. I read about the stabbings in our paper this morning and the first thing I thought was that I hoped you were ok!! How terrifying! Our world has gotten to be so crazy. So sad.

  10. Take the plunge on the graphic novel challenge! (I'm enabling, I know). :D

  11. Nat, I read about the stabbing and I instantly thought of you. What a terrible thing to happen!

    So many contests! I was thinking of having another one, but I haven't settled on whether to give a book away or a gift certificate . . .

    I will be curious to know what you think of Freese's collection of short stories when you finish with it. It's definitely dark.

  12. Carl- So true. It really does make you realize that anything can happen at any time.

    BooksPlease- Thanks. We do go to Akihabara now and then to look at lenses for our cameras. Glad we weren't there this past Sunday!
    I haven't read too much yet but so far I'm enjoying The Tenderness of Wolves.

    Les- Yes the world does seem to have gone crazy. So much violence. :(

    Andi- LOL. Twist my rubber arm.. :P

    Literary Feline- H usually goes to that area a couple times a month! Scary although I suppose something like that could happen anywhere these days. Japan's not as safe as it used to be.
    Looking forward to your contest. :)

  13. Oh I hope you do join the graphic novel challenge. I am having such a great time with that one - I think that's the one I may actually finish this year! ha,ha...
    How are you liking Tenderness of Wolves? That's one that I've had my eye on for a while now.

  14. Oh, I see you have been catching up on many various activities concerning the great Blogsville. Thank you for the included giveaways!

    PS: I watched about that massive stabbing on the news. Freaky! I am so glad that you happened to miss that!

  15. Iliana- OK, I've decided to join! :)
    I really haven't read too much of The Tenderness of Wolves yet but I'm enjoying it so far.

    daydream- Good luck if you try for any of the giveaways. We do go to that area of Tokyo sometimes. Freaky indeed!

  16. That was scary news about the crime up North. Down here in Okianawa the largest concern is the military members getting into trouble off base and it hitting the international news. I'm relieved that they caught the criminal in Tokyo though. I love Tokyo myself but have never been to the "electronics district". We like Shibuya, Roppongi Hills and Ginza areas the most.

  17. planetbooks- It's true we don't hear much about Okinawa unless it's about the military there. ;)
    My husband has long been a computer geek (I say this affectionately) so he goes there sometimes and I go once in a while with him to look at new camera lenses. I used to work in Shibuya but rarely go there or Roppongi. We tend to go to Shinjuku more often or Ginza/Yurakucho. There's certainly no shortage of places to shop though!


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