Tuesday, September 16, 2008

BBAW Giveaway #2: The Sally Lockhart Mysteries Series by Phillip Pullman

I hope everyone is enjoying Book Blogger Appreciation Week. I've met a lot of great bloggers in the past two days. On Monday morning, I was subscribing to 89 feeds with my Bloglines account. Less than forty eight hours later, I'm up to 123 and I'm still adding new feeds!

As I mentioned in my review of The Ruby in the Smoke, Phillip Pullman combines three of my favorite things with his Sally Lockhart Mysteries: Victorian London, a good mystery, and young adult fiction. I'm giving away brand new paperback copies of the entire series: The Ruby in the Smoke, Shadow in the North, The Tiger in the Well and The Tin Princess.

To enter:
1. Leave a comment on this post for one entry.
2. Tell me one or more of your favorite literary elements for a second chance to win. Do you love a particular setting or genre? A certain type of character? A specific theme? If you love time travel stories narrated by purple turtles in 15th century France, I wanna know about it.
3. If you have a blog, link to this post and I'll give you three additional entries.

That's a total of five chances to win if you do all three. I'll announce the winner on September 19, 2008 at 11:59 EST. Also, don't forget about my Percy Jackson and the Olympians giveaway, which will end at the same time.


  1. I would love to win this series (even though I just barely got the first one the other day!)

    As for a favorite literary thing (sheesh I already forgot how you worded it... I'm tired!) I love to read about the tortured romantic hero... Heathcliff types. My heart always yearns to comfort them!

  2. My favorite literary things are: time travel, super-smart heroines, and stories with non-verbal(mental) communication (like the dragons of Pern, or Madeleine L'Engle's kything).

  3. These have been on my wishlist for a while now. By the way, I think you'd like Nancy Springer's Enola Holmes books. They're young adult mysteries about the younger sister of Sherlock Holmes. I've only just read the first one, but it was really good - I've bought the second and third, just haven't gotten to them.

    Anyway, as to my favorite literary elements, I love fantastical things - magic (of course), time travel (one of my favorite books is Timeline by Michael Crichton), and most things that aren't really possible, but would be totally cool if they were possible. I'm not huge into dragons and mythical beasty things, but when they're surrounded by other elements (like the Harry Potter books or Pullman's Dark Materials, for example), I totally get wrapped up in the story. I also have a love affair with children's lit. and young adult fiction.

  4. I love all things fantastical. I like books that take me away from real life.

    I only recently read His Dark Materials and would love a chance to read more of Pullman's books.

  5. Oh, I'd so love to read these. I've been meaning to buy them for ages. I'll definitely be blogging about this tomorrow when I can think straight.

    As far as literary loves go, I adore sympathetic villains, complex character-driven stories, and worlds I can practically live in, real or made up. I also tend to enjoy books that take place in 24 hours, because they sort of focus on the ordinary minutae of what makes up a life. I also enjoy unreliable narrators and books where the ending sort of sneaks up on you - something you've known all along but never explicitly thought, if you know what I mean.

  6. Please enter me! My favorite books or what I really like in a book is humor. Even if a character is in a bad situation and can still banter some sarcasm, thats a good character (or at least one I enjoy).

    I didn't speciffically link your contest, I just have a link on a post to My Friends Amys Blogger Book Giveaways. I don't know if that counts.


  7. Please enter me - this sounds like a great series.

    I love reading (and writing) from the paranormal genre: vampires, faeries, demons, etc.

    BBAW has been great so far - I've met all kinds of new book bloggers!

  8. I would love a chance to win this series of books.
    As for my literary tastes...
    I have a fondness for what I guess would be called noir, stories where Robert Mitchum would play the lead if it were a movie.

  9. What a generous giveaway!

    I love time travel. And strong but realistic female characters. And the Deep South: especially New Orleans. And ghosts. And WWI and the 20s era.

  10. I like fantasy story which has a really well designed and explained fantasy world with is just different enough from our world to make it seem plausible.

    If you will ship to South Africa then please enter me in the giveaway.

    Thanks and all the best


  11. These sound like fun! I'd love to win.

    I love reading anything about magic, fairies and witches! Very fun :)

    I've also blogged!

    bunnybx at gmail . com

  12. I'd love to win these!

    I love romance, and historical fiction. Combine the two, and you have my perfect book! I also enjoy young adult books.

  13. Please enter me as well!

    My favorite literary elements are: stories-within-stories, complex bad guys and less-than-perfect good guys, and well-turned metaphors (that last one isn't always successful, though.)

  14. Ruth, your blog is so polished and professional, I thought you'd been blogging way long than I have. One of my favorite literary thing is first person narration. I'd love to win these books!

  15. Hi Ruth!! Please throw my name in the hat for this giveaway.

    I really like historical fiction but haven't had the chance to read any lately. I've been reading a lot of "chick lit" lately and I actually feel I may be burning out a bit on it. Which isn't good since I have a few more books in that genre that I have to read for reviewing.


  16. I'd love to win this series because mysteries are one element I adore reading. I like logical puzzles, things to figure out, brain teasers, and fantasy elements (time travel, dragons, etc).

    Thanks for hosting this contest!

  17. I would love to win this series. Hmm what do I love about the books I read. Many things...really.

    1. strong characters
    2. tormented characters seeking to redeem themselves
    3. historical settings with facts intertwined with fictional characters
    4. vampires and werewolves are always fun
    5. intricate storylines that take a while for my mind to figure them out

  18. I added your contest here:


  19. Wow! This is a great giveaway! Thanks for the chance to win this set. I love stories set in the British Isles, especially mysteries and historicals. I usually like the brooding, lone detective type - doesn't matter what century. This year, I've been trying to branch out a bit, though - American detectives are not too bad!
    geebee.reads AT gmail DOT com

  20. I would love to win. I have always loved good character developement. A good character that has a great backstory always wins me over.

    angelleslament @ gmail.com

  21. I like humor in my fiction...especially a witty character. I also like a likable villain where it makes you have mixed emotions about them.


  22. Wow, I love the covers of those, they look entirely different! I read these books after His Dark Materials and didn't know anything about them. I was expecting something supernatural to happen and it wasn't until halfway through Ruby in the Smoke that I realised it just wasn't there! Loved them though. As I love most children's fiction with a strong female character!

  23. Great contest, enter me please. I've mentioned it on my blog here.

  24. What a great giveaway! Hmm..favorite literary elements...I love horror, gothic romance. Thrillers/mysteries that keep you guessing til the very last page.

    My blog is http://jennsbookshelf.blogspot.com/

  25. I LOVE these books, so I'm very excited! I think my current favorite literary genre is memoir -- I love reading stories about people's experiences, and appreciate when people are willing to share things about themselves through their writing like that.

    I also mentioned your giveaway on my blog here, http://grayskyeyes.wordpress.com/2008/09/17/bbaw-giveaways-and-whatnot/


  26. I'm almost always up for a mystery. I love good, literary writing. I'm also drawn to strong female characters, and books that successfully cross genres.

    hannah DOT free AT gmail.com

  27. I'm loving all the great responses from you guys! So many of you have highlighted things that I love: dragons, time travel, stories within stories, logical puzzles, unreliable narrators (I love having the rug pulled out from under me mid-story), brooding male characters, just to name a few.

  28. This series sounds great. I'd love to win them. My favorite literary elements are the often down to earth, could be your next door neighbor characters in culinary mysteries. I love cooking (and eating) so I really enjoy reading anything food themed. Yummy recipes included in a book are also a plus!

  29. Traci: I actually saw the Enola Holmes series in your library a couple weeks ago (We have such similar taste that I frequently check out your LibraryThing account for recommendations), and bought the first book in the series. It looks terrific! I'm going to read it as soon as I finish a couple more of the ARC's that I need to review.

  30. These sound like some books I would love :)

    and I really like YA books..time travel is fun, too, as are supernatural elements (at least for me)


  31. Janel: I think you might really enjoy One Bad Apple by Sheila Connolly if you haven't already read it. It's a wonderful culinary mystery with lots of scrumptious apple recipes included! I should have my review of the book up tonight or tomorrow.

  32. This is a wonderful contest, I would love to be entered!

  33. For a extra entry I do have a favorite location I read in addition to my reg. reads, like cont. fiction and some mysteries and Romance. My favorite that i read and have a bookcase just for them is books written with Coastal locations that's my favorite! Thanks for the awesome giveaway.

  34. these books sound amazing and like something I would really enjoy.

    I love fantasy nvels and pretty much any kind of fiction really. Love books like howls moving castle, harry potter (!! That world is sooo wonderful!!) I can't think of anymore right now but you get my point hehe : )

    lc_intocable at yahoo dot com

  35. I like a book with some mystery - when you're wondering why things are happening or who is responsible for what's happening.

    I also like a book with symbolism like the Poisonwood Bible.

  36. I have never heard of these books, but they look absolutely wonderful!

    I like a good villain/scoundrel/b*tch in my stories, especially when they are the main character. I don't like heroes who do not have a strong nemesis. I feel ripped off when the villain is built up to be evil but never carries through on it.

    Thanks for the great contest!

  37. What a great give away! I'd love to read this series!
    My favorite literary things are a really complexed mystery with a great looking guy for the hero.
    darbyscloset (at) yahoo (dot) com

  38. I would love to be entered to win these beautiful books.

    My favorite literary things are very strong, realistic characters and a good plot line that leads you in unexpected directions.

  39. I would love to win these.

    I look for books that well are well written and make me feel like I am there...love mysteries, romance, timetravel, historical romance....really I am open to reading most anything, some may put me to sleep but I love a good read that makes me stay up till dawn reading until the book is finished.

  40. I'd love to win these books and read them.

    My fav literary elements are:
    1) a happy ever after (HEA)
    2) romance genre (Victoria era, mysteries)

  41. I don't think I have a favorite literary element.. but I think I just look for certain qualities in a book... a place that sparks your interest, characters that you understand and relate too and see potential in... ones that strike you as interesting and funny.

    Though I love sarcasm in books, those characters that are purely sarcastic are hysterics!



    etwilight @ yahoo .com

  42. This sounds like a great series!

    And you know, I would LOVE to read time travel stories narrated by purple turtles in 15th century France :)

    Actually I am having fun reading some chick lit books right now but honestly any book that makes me cry and still has a somewhat happy ending is good for me!

  43. My favorite genre is general fiction and fantasy.


  44. i love watching your blog. you always have great looking reads being reviewed or for giveaways.
    its nice to see a consistently similar set of interests.

    please include me in your contest.
    Literary Elements:
    Bad guys as the protagonist. i have always been intrigued with the reasoning and logic behind our favorite culprits and destroyers. do they eat PB and J in the morning? what are their thoughts on reality tv? are they suffering from hemorrhoids and thus cranky enough to destroy the world?

    Check out Joss Whedon's "Dr. Horrible's Sing-Along-Blog" for a fine example of what i like to experience (even though it is video). Wicked would be a more appropriate example for here..

    this is the first aspect that comes to mind when prompted by "literary elements", but obviously, not the only :)


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  45. I'd love a shot at winning this series.

    As far at literary themes, I enjoy a good family conflict that involves complex but likable characters.

    For another three entries I posted this giveaway on my blog. Here is the URL:


  46. Please enter me for sure! Such a lovely giveaway.

    I posted about it here:


    As for a literary element I love...I really enjoy humor in books, I like stories are set in our time with very realistic characters/situations.


  47. I'd love to be entered!

    My favorite setting is Victorian London.

  48. You are sponsoring some amazing giveaway drawings! Mysteries are my favorite genre. For the most part, historical settings are what interest me the most. I adore Agatha Christie and her Detective Poirot! The place can be anywhere; overseas or in America. Quirky characters amuse me.
    Whether it is male or female, a person with a keen sense of solving mysteries and with a sense of humor. Thanks, Cindi

  49. I love cozy mysteries with lots of tea, knitting, and atmosphere - or, really bright mysteries like Gaudy Night and others by Dorothy Sayers.

    I'd love to win this - Pullman is a great writer!

    Tea Leaves

  50. You've picked another excellent series for your giveaway. It sounds fantastic!

    I love chick lit and I love suspenseful thrillers! However, I'll pretty much read anything that's not too slow moving.


  51. This looks like a great series. Thank you for hosting such great giveaways! :)

  52. I'd love to win these! I've never read any of them, but would love to!
    I like lots of different books, but one of my favorites is books that take place in Alaska. I also enjoy paranormal and suspense.
    digicat @ sbcglobal.net

  53. Blogged you here:

  54. I've never been much of a reader of fantasy, but I love a good mystery and Victorian England is a favorite era. My granddaughters love fantasy and I'm trying to encourage them to try historical fiction, so this series sounds like a perfect match.

  55. Hi Ruth! Found you late in the week, but hello anyway!

    I am very interested in recommended YA reads for my son, so this series sounds good.

    I adore fish out of water stories!

  56. ummmmm, very literary ...genre? well i would name it dreamy fantasy or magical fantasy? what mckillip's books are, even her bookcovers are perfect and exactly what makes you feel the way reading the story does. it also usually got lovely great heroines and most always a bit of romance. just perfect, maybe i should call it mckillip fantasy?