Tuesday, August 10, 2010

Book Giveaway!

Peter and the Starcatchers

First, I am pleased to say that I completed the Denver Publishing Institute! I have lots of things to catch up on, including a lot of e-mail and blogs, as well as revisiting and re-reviewing books I've read. I have a handful of books remaining from my 2004 reads, and then it's on to a mix of the greatest hits from yesterday and today, to borrow a line from radio!

In the meantime, a contest open to people with a U.S. mailing address! I have a hardback copy of Peter and the Starcatchers by Dave Barry and Ridley Pearson to give away. If you didn't read this when it was first out, it's a fun take on Peter Pan. I've read it, but I'm not quite ready to post my review yet!

For a chance to win, leave me a comment with your pirate name--one you make up or find on the internet somewhere. You'll also have to leave me a way to contact you; you can leave an e-mail address, but I recommend that you insert some extra spaces to prevent getting spam. If you'd like two chances to win, post a link to this contest on your blog--saying "Win a copy of Peter and the Starcatchers here!" with a link is plenty!"--and leave me a link in your comment. I'll count that as an additional comment for you when I do a random number draw on Friday, August 13, at midnight Mountain time. If you win, I'll e-mail you for your U.S. mailing address. I apologize for not being able to send books internationally!


  1. pirate name? The Book Bandit! Thanks for hosting - please enter me. bevsharp@desch.org

  2. I thought it had been a cool adventure by itself, but as a prequel to "Peter Pan" it fails. Not only are there a TON of fact-checking mistakes in it as compared to Barrie's original stories, they changed the very thematic core of his work! That's pretty darn disrespectful.

    Here are two Pan books worth their salt -
    First, a faithful continuation based on Barrie's notes for more: Click!
    Second, a 'What if?' adventure taking the characters on another path: Click!


  3. My pirate name is Mad Prudence. Please include me in your giveaway.
    Debbie D

  4. I used a pirate name generator and got Cutthroat Charity lol
    throuthehaze at gmail dot com

  5. Old Youngblood is my pirate name!
    Thanks for the giveaway.


  6. That's interesting; I perceive these to be riffs more than prequels, and even if prequels, I wouldn't necessarily require everything to fit neatly between books in a series. I love it when everything is aligned, of course, but I think of it like in TV shows where they "rewind" the story a few minutes at the beginning of the next episode (or after a commercial) and convey the past events in a way that will make sense for those who haven't seen or don't quite remember the last bit.

    Retellings are not mistakes. And I very much disagree that retelling a story and changing its intent is automatically disrespectful.

    Because you seem to have been all over the internet recommending the book you link to, and the intent is obvious, I might in turn recommend more subtlety.

  7. I would make my pirate name be Bob. I know that sounds weird, but there is this song called The Bob Song about a pirate named Bob by Big and Rich and I love that song. Plus one of my nicknames for really no reason at all is Bob the Snowman. (I like it really, really cold.)

    Emily ebdye1(at)gmail


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