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manifesta ([personal profile] manifesta) wrote2010-05-20 11:58 am

book giveaway results!

Congratulations to [personal profile] ar and [personal profile] gloss for winning the book giveaway! Please PM me or email me at manifesta at dreamwidth dot org with your:

1. mailing address
2. which book you would like
3. if you want it as an ebook
4. your preferred online book distributor, if you have one

I include the last just in case someone really wants to support an indie bookstore, etc. but otherwise I'll order through anything that can ship to you.

Thank you everyone for participating in 3W4D and the giveaway! I may not have been able to reply to everyone, but I've truly appreciated your thoughts, comments, and support.

A few of my own thoughts on the giveaway process:

1. There were three other potential books that I at one point had wanted to analyze but didn't: Elantris by Branden Sanderson (political fantasy), The Last Mortal Man by Syne Mitchell (science fiction of some flavor or another), and Vision in White by Nora Roberts (contemporary romance). The last was originally among my top five but I realized last minute that it's a trade paperback, not mass market. The first two were quite good, but only featured one woman as a protagonist, and while they would have been fun to dissect, I was torn over whether or not they served the purpose of the giveaway as I saw it (which was, at its core, to be empowering for women).

2. On that note, common characteristics of the books I analyzed include: female authors with strong female protagonists; added to or subverted the traditional norms of the genre in some way; an element of fantasy; and thorough worldbuilding and/or characterization. I mostly went with instinct when picking my list, and I think it turned out well.

I'd also like to note that these aren't necessarily my favorite books, but rather good books I've read in the last 8 months or so.

3. Everyone's posts they linked to on the giveaway entry page are so interesting! I've been trolling the latest things/3W4D pages but it seems that there was still content out there that eluded me. Thank you for sharing your meta, comment fests, and recipes with me!

For some reason, the poll creator isn't working for me, so if you'd like to answer in the comments: Which of the four books were your favorite?

I'll be returning to my weekly meta and industry commentary now, so stay tuned.
ar: Claudia from the BSC looks excited but cannot spell the word "squee." (bsc - squee! (sp?))

[personal profile] ar 2010-05-20 08:40 pm (UTC)(link)
Eee! I'm so excited to have something new to read. Thank you so much for hosting a giveaway, and, more importantly, for writing such interesting reviews of these books.

Your analyses were fun and enlightening to read, especially because it's been some time since I've been able to pick out random books to read for pleasure--I've subsisted on other peoples' recommendations for years now. These're all reasonably different from the sort of books I'm normally recced, and I'm actually coming to a point where I'll (hopefully) have the time and money to read a wider range of books. So it was really exciting to hear about all of these, and it feels almost like a brand-new jumping off point for me. Thanks for giving me a great gateway back into the world of books. ♥
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[personal profile] holyschist 2010-05-21 01:37 am (UTC)(link)
I keep meaning to read the Bloody Jack books, but haven't ever managed to get around to it.

[personal profile] miss_haitch 2010-05-21 10:14 am (UTC)(link)
I've read The Drowning City and felt very ambivalent about it (though I think giving it a fresh look might help me feel more positive), and I tried Hawkspar but didn't get on with it very well. I do like the look of Bloody Jack, though, so I'm going to look for that one in my library!

[personal profile] miss_haitch 2010-05-23 07:06 am (UTC)(link)
Yes, that's how I felt about TDC -- I'm definitely going to read The Bone Palace, because there were aspects of The Drowning City that I really enjoyed and I think there's a lot of potential there.