“The Move” Giveaway #3 (AUS Only)

Let’s keep moving with “The Move”!!

A Quick Review of the last read: You Wouldn’t Be Dead for Quids by Robert G. Barrett

The two things you’d have to keep in mind when reading this book is that it’s the 80s and Les Norton is an absolutely true blue Aussie 😉

Being Aussie, it’s all about the idea of ‘fair go and you just gotta be able to take a piss at yourself. I reckon this is what this book is all about.

The book seriously surprised me; was completely off my rocker! It’s a lot more funny than I ever expected it to be (even though it’s mostly polictically incorrect), heaped with violence (again keep in mind that it’s the 80s in Kings Cross and Norton is a bouncer), lots of drinking (& drink driving! *grimace*), sex, and “fair dinkum” peppered throughout the book.

About Les:

…he was just a shade under six feet…  he did have exceptionally long, think sinewy arms covered in bristly red hairs and at the end of them dangled two massive gnarled hands, the fingers literally like Fijian bananas, the knuckles like fifty cent coins… 

As far as looks go Les wasn’t ugly, but he was no Robert Redford either.  His scrubby red hair topped a pair of dark, brooding eyes set in a wide square face, and with his lantern jaw and the mandatory broken nose of a bouncer Les looked pretty much exactly what he was.  His one outstanding feature was a pair of immensely bushy eyebrows, that caused the owner of the casino where Les worked to nickname him Yosemite Sam after a character in the Bugs Bunny show on TV.  And whenever Les was about to go into action with his fists those big bushy eyebrows would bristle like the hairs on a dog’s back.

And lastly, just a sample of “politically incorrect” Aussie humor (LOL)

‘Turn it up Billy,’ replied Norton, ‘I wouldn’t be seen dead with that big fat thing.’

‘She’s not that fat.’

‘Not that fat? She looks like some one’s been up her arse with a bike-pump. If she ever fell over she’d rock herself to sleep trying to get back up.’

‘Now she’s not that bad.’

‘Not that bad. Have a look at her big fat head.  She’s got more chins than the Hong Kong phone book.  I reckon if there was a peeping-tom in her neighbourhood he’d pull her blind down.’

  Next Up: Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter by Seth Grahame-Smith (thanks, Heav!)

Entries will be received up to midnight of Sunday, 27th May 2012).  To enter, just leave a  comment with your name and contact details (it doesn’t have to be your email address – it could be your goodreads profile etc just as long as I can get a message to you).  Only the winner will be contacted and you’ll have 48 hours to respond.

While you’re here, you can also nominate the next book I should read and therefore give away NEXT 😉

My list of books (alphabetical order of author’s last name):

  1. Kane and Abel by Jeffrey Archer
  2. The Harmony Silk Factory by Tash Aw
  3. You Wouldn’t Be Dead for Quids by Robert G. Barrett
  4. Murphy’s Law (Molly Murphy Mysteries 1) by Rhys Bowen
  5. Jane Slayre: The Literary Classic… with a blood-sucking twist by Charlotte Bronte & Sherri Browning Erwin
  6. Musk & Byrne by Fiona Capp (ARC Edition)
  7. The Cairo Diary by Maxime Chattam
  8. The Coffin Dancer by Jeffery Deaver
  9. Avalanche by Jack Drummond
  10. The Horse Whisperer by Nicholas Evans
  11. Code to Zero by Ken Follett
  12. The Pillars of the Earth by Ken Follett
  13. Shadows on the Aegean by Suzanne J Frank
  14. Sunrise of the Mediterranean by Suzanne J Frank
  15. Duet by Kimberley Freeman
  16. The Perfect Husband (Quincy & Rainie 1) by Lisa Gardner
  17. The Third Victim (Quincy & Rainie 2) by Lisa Gardner
  18. The Next Accident (Quincy & Rainie 3) by Lisa Gardner
  19. The Killing Hour (Quincy & Rainie 4) by Lisa Gardner
  20. Gone (Quincy & Rainie 5) by Lisa Gardner
  21. The Memoirs of Cleopatra by Margaret George
  22. Marathon Man by William Goldman
  23. Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter by Seth Grahame-Smith
  24. Far from the Madding Crowd by Thomas Hardy
  25. Birdman by Mo Hayder
  26. Surrender by Sonya Hartnett
  27. 1788 by David Hill
  28. Arctic Chill by Arnaldur Indridason
  29. Voices by Arnaldur Indridason
  30. Ironweed by William Kennedy
  31. The Last 10 Seconds by Simon Kernick
  32. Highways to a War by Christopher J Koch
  33. Grace Notes by Bernard MacLaverty
  34. An Imaginary Life by David Malouf
  35. Legacy: A Novel by James A. Michener
  36. Tales of the South Pacific by James A. Michener
  37. The Official Fahrenheit 9/11 Reader by Michael Moore
  38. The Silent Country by Di Morrissey
  39. Secret Ones (Dream of Asarlai 1) by Nicole Murphy (ARC copy)
  40. Green Mountains by Bernard O’Reilly
  41. Thirteen Steps Down by Ruth Rendell
  42. A Sense of the World by Jason Roberts
  43. A Suitable Boy by Vikram Seth
  44. Tully by Paullina Simons
  45. Devil’s Corner by Lisa Scottoline
  46. A Bend in the Road by Nicholas Sparks
  47. Handpicked by Siew Siang Tay
  48. The Chimney Sweeper’s Boy by Barbara Vine
  49. The Aunt’s Story by Patrick White
  50. Culture is… :Australian Stories Across Cultures – An Anthology edited by Anne-Marie Smith

9 thoughts on ““The Move” Giveaway #3 (AUS Only)

  1. KateB

    I suggest Pillars of the Earth to be next – it’s one of my favourite books and I’m always pimping it out to people 😛

    I think this is an awesome thing to do. I get sad when people just throw out their books when they’re moving instead of passing them on.

    1. Tien Post author

      Thanks, Kate! It’s a BIG one so it’s been sitting on my shelf for quite a while now. Be good to actually get it over with (I mean that in the nicest way) so thanks for the ‘encouragement’ 😀

  2. shelleyrae @ Book'd Out

    Don’t enter me, since I already own Robert G Barret’s series but I am glad you enjoyed it. I love the whole series, unPC and all 🙂

    1. Tien Post author

      Thanks for picking that one for me, Shelleyrea. I’ve picked it up a number of times only to put it away again so I’m glad I read it 🙂

      And, btw, the one up for grabs now is ‘Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter’. Is this something that interests you?

  3. Heav

    Hi Tien, Heav again, I’m waiting with baited breath for the book I won, thanks again. I just wanted to let you know that I read No.10 yesterday cause I worked a school fete and they had a book stall, {WooooHooooo!!!!!}. I ended up buying about 5 boxes of books, and have read 1/2 a box already. The Horse Whisperer, and Legacy: A Novel where among them. You will enjoy them both I think, I did and the robert redford movie just gave the characters faces, it didn’t detract from the novel at all.

    1. Tien Post author

      Wow, sounds like you had quite a haul there! Did you buy the whole book stall? LOL. I probably couldn’t resist either!

  4. Tien Post author

    Thanks for stopping by & commenting.

    I’ve written your names on pieces of paper, shuffled and hid them behind the laptop for a random drawing – and the first one I grabbed was…. **drum rolls**


    Wow, truly unexpected. You’re one lucky star! I’ll be sending you a message via GR soon 🙂


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