InterWorld by Neil Gaiman and Michael Reaves is fun and clever entertainment suitable for most ages (I’d say 10 years and up…but there will be those nine year-olds who are ready for it). It’s adventure, science fiction, fantasy, coming-of-age, and world-moving ideas all rolled into one mad package. Plus it’s got lovely cover art.
Neil Gaiman is a hilarious, dark-yet-comfortable and immensely talented author who wins accolades and awards whenever he puts pen to paper. He has novels for adults, children, those in between, and those who will never grow old. I’ve just bought his Blueberry Girl picture book for my pregnant cousin-in-law. Imagine that kind of scope, will you?
So that was the rationale behind my last giveaway book pick: it had to be amusing, it had to be something in my own library (and thus properly endorsed), and it had to be something that I was fairly sure no one would have (yet want to own).
And the winner is…Alyce!
Congratulations! I’ve sent an email your way. Thank you to everyone who participated! My first contest/giveaway was a lot of fun and a success as well. To think I was afraid that no one would enter!
The problem is that I had too much fun. Not a problem for you all…a boon of sorts, really. Because I’ve now caught the contest-holding bug, and must host a NEW giveaway right away. Seriously.
So I’m giving away one (1) copy of Kelly Link’s Pretty Monsters.
Link, who has two breathlessly received books of strange, surrealistic tales for adults under her belt, makes the leap into the YA fold with this collection of short stories (most previously published in separate anthologies) that tug at the seams of reality, sometimes gently, sometimes violently. In nearly every one of these startlingly, sometimes confoundingly original stories, Link defies expectations with such terrific turnarounds that you are left precipitously wondering not only “What’s going to happen now?” but also “Wait, what just happened?”
Her conception of fantasy is so unique that when she uses words like ghost or magic, they mean something very different than they do anywhere else. Perhaps most surprisingly—and memorably— is Link’s dedicated deadpan delivery that drives home how funny she can be, no matter how dark the material gets. After gobbling up a group of campers, a zombie with a self-proclaimed sense of humor bargains with the terrified lone survivor, “How about if I only eat you if you say the number that I’m thinking of? I promise I won’t cheat. I probably won’t cheat.”
Shaun Tan contributes a handful of small illustrations that are, of course, just plain delightful. -starred Booklist review
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