Thursday, March 5, 2009

Book Giveaway: Drood by Dan Simmons

Thanks to Hachette Books, I have one copy of Drood by Dan Simmons to give away. You can read my review here or read the book description written by the publisher:

On June 9, 1865, while traveling by train to London with his secret mistress, 53-year-old Charles Dickens--at the height of his powers and popularity, the most famous and successful novelist in the world and perhaps in the history of the world--hurtled into a disaster that changed his life forever.

Did Dickens begin living a dark double life after the accident? Were his nightly forays into the worst slums of London and his deepening obsession with corpses, crypts, murder, opium dens, the use of lime pits to dissolve bodies, and a hidden subterranean London mere research . . . or something more terrifying?

Just as he did in The Terror, Dan Simmons draws impeccably from history to create a gloriously engaging and terrifying narrative. Based on the historical details of Charles Dickens's life and narrated by Wilkie Collins (Dickens's friend, frequent collaborator, and Salieri-style secret rival), DROOD explores the still-unsolved mysteries of the famous author's last years and may provide the key to Dickens's final, unfinished work: The Mystery of Edwin Drood. Chilling, haunting, and utterly original, DROOD is Dan Simmons at his powerful best.


This contest is open to U.S. and Canadian residents only. The deadline for entries is Thursday, March 19, 2009 at 11:59 EST. I'll announce the winner the following Friday.

To enter:
1. Leave a comment on this entry.
(Please make sure to leave an e-mail address or some way for me to contact you if you win!)
2. For an additional entry, tell me your favorite historical setting to read about.
(Mine is Victorian London, which was one of the reasons I enjoyed Drood so much.)
3. For three additional entries, link to this contest on your blog or post a link to it on Twitter.

Good luck!

79 comments:

  1. I would love to be entered for this drawing please. The whole concept of Dickens, Wilke and a Dan Simmons rendering make this book so intriguing. Of course everyone knows Dickens had his dark side with a "Christmas Carol".

    As for Historical history. I love anything to do with Old New Orleans. Anne Rice got me hooked on the dark side of that city. Thanks! Indigo

    ravensquietscreams@gmail.com

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  2. I'd love to be entered for this. Favorite historical setting? Ancient Egypt has always been a favorite of mine.

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  3. I would LOVE to be entered in this drawing.

    Like you, I absolutely LOVE Victorian England as the setting for any novel. That is why I am so interested in reading this new book (although I feel compelled to read the Mystery of Edwin Drood before I begin reading this contemporary counterpart).

    Mstermind1 at gmail dot com

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  4. Please enter me for the drawing.

    I enjoy reading about Regency and Victorian era England. I also enjoy novels involving famous authors as characters. In my current TBR pile, I have Arthur & George, a novel of an imagined friendship of Sir Arthur Conan Doyle. I've also read novels involving Jane Austen and Beatrix Potter. As a fan of both Dickens and Wilkie Collins, Drood would be perfect to add to my little collection!

    Thanks!

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  5. I'd like to enter! My email is spiffyish @ hotmail.com. Also, I'll link to this post on my next Monday post. :3

    I'm not huge into historical fiction, but I am fond of reading about the French revolution period.

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  6. Please throw my name in the hat for this book! Thank you.

    Recently I haven't been able to get enough of books who's setting is during WWII. Be it Europe or Asia. I have read The Guernsey Literary and Potato Pie Society, The Piano Teacher and Sarah's Key. Next on my list in that time period is The Reader.

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  7. I'd love to win a copy of this book. I'm expanding my reading horizon.

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  8. I'd love a chance to win!

    Valorie
    morbidromantic@gmail.com

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  9. My favorite historical setting is Ancient Rome.

    Valorie
    morbidromantic@gmail.com

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  10. Blogged here:
    http://www.morbid-romantic.net/2009/03/02/book-giveaways-0302-0308/

    Valorie
    morbidromantic@gmail.com

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  11. Thanks for the great giveaway! Most of the historical fiction I read takes place during WWII, but I've started to explore other eras. I posted the giveaway in my sidebar.

    --Anna
    Diary of an Eccentric
    diaryofaneccentric at hotmail dot com

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  12. do enter me for this giveaway!

    like Anna, I have mainly been interested in books set during WWII.. but I need to explore other eras as well!

    ramyasbookshelf(at)gmail(dot)com

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  13. After reading all these reviews I'm hoping to win Drood from SOMEONE, it sounds good.

    I could probably read almost nothing but historical novels set in Tudor England if it ever came to that, I love that time period, it just fascinates me for some reason. That or during the reign of Henry II and Eleanor of Aquitaine, but then you have to broaden the place to England and France.

    devourers.books(at)gmail.com

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  14. thanks for the wonderful giveaway

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  15. this book sounds great! Thanks! utgal2004[at]yahoo[dot]com

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  16. I have been dying to get my hands on this book. Thanks for the giveaway:)

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  17. please include me
    God bless our troops

    tsslug7@yahoo.com

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  18. Please enter me for the drawing.

    remoseley (at) hotmail (dot) com

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  19. I would love to read this.

    Thanks

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  20. I would love to read Drood. I'm reading The Terror now and have found I love the way this author writes.

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  21. Thanks for the great giveaway I really want to read this one

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  22. I love reading historical fiction - preferably 1800's

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  23. Please include me in your giveaway.
    Thanks
    Carlene
    Willreadforever@verizon.net

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  24. I'm so interested in reading this book!

    Thanks so much!


    nancyrobster@gmail.com

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  25. I have to agree with you, that Victoria era London is my favourite historical fiction!


    Thanks very much!


    nancyrobster@gmail.com

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  26. Tweeted #1

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    http://tinyurl.com/dfe3nu Win The Drood!!

    Thanks

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  27. Tweeted #2

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  29. I would LOVE to win this book. My fave period - anything around Henry VIII or Elizabeth and Mary Queen of Scots.

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  30. I want to read that book so badly! Please enter me.

    I really like to read about the '60s and '70s.

    twitter name: happy_hugs

    Sara
    babyprincess716@yahoo.com

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  31. i would love to be entered. my favorite historical settings are the middle ages, then regency period and Victorian times. i love reading about the past. Will also try and blog about your contest later as well. Right now i need coffee & for coffee I need to run out for milk. Coffee takes priority. lol

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  32. Hooray! I read your review of this book and really want to read it, but my library doesn't have it. :( Can I haz book plz?

    My favorite setting for books is probably Regency England, although I am partial to pre-Revolutionary France, as well. Not that many books are set during that time period, though.

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  33. I'd love to read this book -- I'm thinking a nice long weekend on the couch with it would be good! Thanks for the chance to win a copy.

    My favorite historical setting -- so hard to pick just one -- I'll go with Medieval England, or 1950's New York!

    geebee.reads AT gmail DOT com

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  34. I love to find new books online.... thank you for the contest

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  35. Thanks for the giveaway!
    kimspam66(at)yahoo(dot)com

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  36. I didn't know all this about charles Dickens. I'd love to read the book. Thanks! :)

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  37. Interesting info on Dickens! Thanks for the giveaway!

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  38. My favorite historical setting is Medieval England!

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  39. I just saw this book at The Mystery Bookstore down in Westwood. I'd love to read it. I'm hoping that Mr. Simmons will be at Festival of Books this year as I'd really like to hear him talk about how he developed this story.

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  40. I have read many positive reviews for "Drood." I can't wait to read it. Thanks for the great giveaway.

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  41. My favorite historical settings would be Ancient Egypt and Medieval Europe. Thanks again.

    Misadventures(dot)of(dot)me(at)gmail(dot)com

    http://sayitwithlaughter.blogspot.com/

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  42. Thanks for the chance to win!

    areallibrarian[at]gmail[dot]com

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  43. I would love to read this.

    I like novels based in Regency and Victorian England as well as the time of King Arthur.

    bacchus76 at myself dot com

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  44. k_sunshine1977@yahoo.com

    this sounds like a book i would get lost in!

    my favorite time periods are the victorian era, the american wild west, ancient times (egypt especially), and 20th century history.

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  45. I've heard so many good things about this book. Thank you for the chance to win it!
    I like books from both the Victorian era and books written about the American Civil War.
    Carol M
    mittens0831 AT aol.com

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  46. Please count me in the drawing!

    Thanks,
    megalon22 at yahoo dot com

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  47. I have 2 favorite historical settings - Victorian England & Renaissance Italy

    Thanks for the contest,
    megalon22 at yahoo dot com

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  48. Please enter me in this contest!
    joannelong74@gmail.com

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  49. I love historical fiction that takes place around Henry VIII.
    joannelong74@gmail.com

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  50. I keep seeing this book, so I keep think I need to read it, but I haven't yet. My favorite historical time period to read about it when the Roman empire was at its height. Thanks for the giveaway.
    spackattak7(at)hotmail(dot)com

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  51. Please enter me! My email address is shereadsandreads(at)gmail(dot)com. Thanks!

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  52. Oh and my favourite historical period is Victorian England.

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  53. This book sounds so intriguing! I love Dickens. I like to read about Victorian England as well, and also medieval kind of stuff.
    saz AT chainreader DOT com

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  54. I'd love to read this book.

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  55. I would love to be entered in this!

    I like reading about like the 70s and stuff, it's cool.

    I put a link here: http://bookcontestlinks.blogspot.com/2009/03/more-contests.html

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  56. This book has been on my wish list ever since I saw the first contest for it. Please enter me.

    My favorite historical fiction that takes place in England - any time period.

    I've blogged about this in my right sidebar at:

    http://janelsjumble.blogspot.com

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  57. I am alway happy to enter a book drawing. Thanks.

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  58. I'm back to let you know that I blogged about your contest here.
    joannelong74@gmail.com

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  59. I would love to win this book. One of my favorite historical settings is Victorian England.

    I blogged about your giveaway here:
    http://teddyrose.blogspot.com/2009/03/this-weeks-giveaways-galore.html (I will also post it again in my updated Giveaways Galore Post on
    Saturday.

    teddyr66 at yahoodot com

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  60. Please include me in your giveaway.
    Thanks
    Debbie
    debdesk9@verizon.net

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  61. I would love to be entered to win this book... it sounds very interesting.

    debbebennett at yahoo dot com

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  62. Please enter me. I would love to read this. One of my favorite periods to read about is feudal Japan during the time of the shoguns.
    Thanks
    rebecca.bradeen(at)verizon(dot)com

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  63. I'd like to enter

    bridget3420(at)yahoo(dot)com

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  64. I Tweeted about this giveaway here:

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  65. Here's my Tweet: http://twitter.com/ASeaOfBooks/status/1332111863

    geebee.reads AT gmail DOT com

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  66. My favorite time period is WWII England, although I'll read just about anything historical, regardless of setting. I'd love a chance to read this book!

    bookfoolery AT yahoo DOT com

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  67. I'd love to get my hands on this book! Please count me in. Thank you so much!

    nfmgirl AT gmail DOT com

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  68. I like the earlier "pioneering" days of the us, preferably 1700-1800s.

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  69. The world of Charles Dickens unveiled? It does sound terrifying!
    Please enter me in the contest.
    My favorite historical place: Egypt (love ancient culture).
    I have tweeted at both KPG_PR and Folkheartpress and will link with excerpt of review on folkheartpress.blogspot.com.
    Best!

    Best, Karen

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  70. I'd love to win a copy of this book!

    kolists a\t gmail do/t com

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  71. I would love to win this book, thanks for the opportunity!

    My favorite time period to read about is seventeenth century France.

    lovejessicamarie [@] gmail [.] com

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  72. OK, I think I need to read Drood. I'd love to win it! :)

    Recently I've really enjoyed reading books set in the 1930s, particularly in London and the US.

    WordLily AT gmail DOT com

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  73. I have been dying to read "Drood" so here's to the contest gods and hoping I win! It looks like a great book.

    By far my favorite historical setting is Tudor-era England...but really any time period in London or greater UK is great by me. I think I was born on the wrong continent. :)

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  74. Please enter me in this giveaway.

    My favorite historical setting would be in the 1700's of England. I love that time. I especially like the Jane Austin era. The clothing, the manners, the way of life and the whole essence of this period is very appealing to me.

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  75. I would love to be entered - janemarieprice [at] gmail.com.

    I really enjoy books about England and Italy, but I saw New Orleans in the first comment and must say it might be my favorite as well.

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  76. Thanks so much for sharing!

    mommyhoodisthankless{AT}gmail.com

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  77. I blogged about this giveaway: Here

    mommyhoodisthankless{AT}gmail.com

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  78. I also love reading about Victorian London as well!

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