Friday, September 19, 2008

Summer Reading Thing Ends on Sunday

The Summer Reading Thing for 2008 ends on Sunday. I really do not know where my mind has been. I mean, when you sponsor a reading challenge and promise weekly prizes, you really should give out those weekly prizes on a weekly basis, right?

I am soooo sorry.

I actually have given out 7 of the 13 promised prizes. And here's your chance to win one of the remaining six. Remember, in order to win a prize, you . . .
  1. Must be signed up for the Summer Reading Thing 2008. (If you're not signed up already, it's too late now.)

  2. Must leave a comment on THIS POST before midnight on Sunday, September 21, 2008.

  3. Must have a shipping address within the U.S.

I will pick the winners of the following books at random. If you want to tell me which book you'd prefer to win, you can list that in your comment. First winner will get their first choice. Second winner will get their choice, if winner #1 didn't take it, etc. etc.

The prizes are:

Prey by Michael Crichton

In the Nevada desert, an experiment has gone horribly wrong. A cloud of nanoparticles—micro-robots—has escaped from the laboratory. This cloud is self-sustaining and self-reproducing. It is intelligent and learns from experience. For all practical purposes, it is alive. It has been programmed as a predator. It is evolving swiftly, becoming more deadly with each passing hour. Every attempt to destroy it has failed. And we are the prey.

Mass market paperback; like new condition.

The March by E.L. Doctorow

In 1864, Union general William Tecumseh Sherman marched his sixty thousand troops through Georgia to the sea, and then up into the Carolinas. The army fought off Confederate forces, demolished cities, and accumulated a borne-along population of freed blacks and white refugees until all that remained was the dangerous transient life of the dispossessed and the triumphant. In E. L. Doctorow’s hands the great march becomes a floating world, a nomadic consciousness, and an unforgettable reading experience with awesome relevance to our own times.

Trade paperback; like new condition.

The Wedding by Nicholas Sparks

From #1 New York Times bestselling author Nicholas Sparks comes the long-awaited follow-up to his classic tale of enduring love, The Notebook. After 30 years, Wilson Lewis, son-in-law to Noah and Allie (of The Notebook fame), is forced to admit that the romance has gone out of his marriage. Despite the shining example of his in-laws' 50-year love affair, Wilson himself is a man unable to express how he truly feels. With the distractions of his daughter's upcoming wedding he is forced to realize how close he is to losing his own wife Jane. But if Wilson is sure of anything, it's this: His love for his wife has only intensified over the years, and he wants nothing more than to make their marriage work. Now, with the memories of his in-laws' inspiring life together as his guide, Wilson pledges to find a way to make his wife fall in love with him. . . again.

Trade paperback; very gently read.

A New Song by Jan Karon

In A New Song, Mitford's longtime Episcopal priest, Father Tim, retires. However, new challenges and adventures await when he agrees to serve as interim minister of a small church on Whitecap Island. He and his wife, Cynthia, soon find that Whitecap has its own unforgettable characters: a church organist with a mysterious past, a lovelorn bachelor placing personal ads, a mother battling paralyzing depression. They also find that Mitford is never far away when circumstances "back home" keep their phone ringing off the hook. In this fifth novel of the beloved series, fans old and new will discover that a trip to Mitford and Whitecap is twice as good for the soul.

Trade paperback; very gently read.

Skipping Christmas by John Grisham

Imagine a year without Christmas. No crowded malls, no corny office parties, no fruitcakes, no unwanted presents. That’s just what Luther and Nora Krank have in mind when they decide that, just this once, they’ll skip the holiday altogether. Theirs will be the only house on Hemlock Street without a rooftop Frosty; they won’t be hosting their annual Christmas Eve bash; they aren’t even going to have a tree. They won’t need one, because come December 25 they’re setting sail on a Caribbean cruise. But, as this weary couple is about to discover, skipping Christmas brings enormous consequences–and isn’t half as easy as they’d imagined. A classic tale for modern times, Skipping Christmas offers a hilarious look at the chaos and frenzy that have become part of our holiday tradition.

This is the book that the movie Christmas with the Kranks was based on. Mine has a different cover. Hardbound, library copy; good condition.

Powers That Be by Anne McCaffrey and Elizabeth Ann Scarborough

Strange things were happening on the icy planet called Petaybee. Unauthorized genetically engineered species had been spotted, while some people were simply disappearing. None of the locals were talking to the company, so the company sent disabled combat veteran Yanaba Maddock to spy. But a strange thing happened. With her relocation to the arctic planet came a return of Yana's health and strength. And the more she got to know the people of Petaybee, the more determined she became to protect her new home....

Prize has a different cover. Mass market paperback; slightly used condition.

Mr. Linky for wrap-up posts coming tomorrow.


Anonymous said...

Prey or Powers that Be sound good.

Sandra said...

I am so behind on my book review posts. I guess I'll just do a quick recap of most of them in one long post

SherMeree said...

It was a good summer!

Gamila said...

The March looks interesting...

Marsha Ward said...
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Jeni said...

count me in!

Julie Wright said...

Fun books listed here! I love Anne McCaffrey!