“The Move” Giveaway #4 (AUS Only)

I just want to say thanks to everyone who has been supporting me through this read & giveaway prior to us moving house.  The house is a long way from ready and I really don’t think I’d have read all 50 listed below but it’s amazing that am now on the 4th book!  Thanks again!

A Quick Review of the last read: Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter by Seth Grahame-Smith

I loved Pride and Prejudice and Zombies.  I thought it was just absolutely hilarious [Please note that I adore P&P].  Hence, I expected the same level of hilarity with this novel.  Unfortunately, it’s nothing of the sort.  Or at least, not to me…  I wonder though whether this has to do with the fact that I’m Australian.  I mean in the sense that I know very little of the American history and do not revere Abraham Lincoln as most Americans would.  Nevertheless, it was still an entertaining read for me.

I can’t find it to be scary; yet the pars I found scary were not ‘real’ either :p so that kind of ruin it a little for me.  Whilst it was definitely gory (lots of head chopping etc) there was also a soft side.  Here’s an entry in Lincoln’s diary (I don’t know whether this is a true extract or not) where he is expressing his adoration of his firstborn child.

I find myself staring at him for hours on end.  Holding him against my chest and feeling the gentle rhythms of his breath.  Running my fingers over the smooth skin of his fat, delightful feet.  I admit that I smell his hair when he sleeps.  Nibble at his fingers when he holds them near.  I am his servant, for I shall do anything to earn his slightest smile.


My most memorable quote though is;

“Without death,” he answered, “life is meaningless.  It is a story that can never be told.  A song that can never be sung.  For how would one finish it?”

The next one Up for Grabs: Legacy: A Novel by James A. Michener

Entries will be received up to midnight of Sunday, 3rd June 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

4 thoughts on ““The Move” Giveaway #4 (AUS Only)

  1. fantasyandscifiohmy

    I absolutely adore P&P, but haven’t read P&P&Z yet (I think I’m worried I won’t enjoy it!) but I don’t think I would understand Abraham Lincoln since I don’t know much about american history either!!!

    I’m not entering the giveaway but good luck 🙂

    1. Tien Post author

      I know what you mean. When I first saw P&P&Z, I scoffed and thought that I’d never pick it up especially since everybody seems to be raving about it. It was just one of those ‘daredevil’ moment that I decided to give it a go and ended loving it. You’ve gotta be able to poke fun at yourself and everything around you though, so for me, it was just hilarious. It was hard not to LOL since I know P&P quite well 🙂

      1. KateB

        I think you have to know P&P to really enjoy P&P&Z because half the fun of Zombies for me was the fact that it was so similar and yet so completely not.

        But from what I’ve read of Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Slayer – you don’t need to know that much about him to enjoy the story. I’ve only read the first 20% or so (I was sneak reading my brother’s copy when I was babysitting a few weeks ago and haven’t had a chance to go back and finish it) but I am fairly ignorant about Lincoln and was enjoying the novel.

        This isn’t an entry or anything. Just a comment 🙂

      2. Tien Post author

        I did enjoy the story but I was wondering if I missed out on the ‘hilarity’ factor at all… I loved that about P&P&Z which really prompted me to pick up this book.

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