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Monday, October 18, 2010

A Steam Punk Winner:The Half-Made World GiveAway! FREE!!

Coming on October 22nd is a review of the Half-Made World by Felix Gilman ,a prime example of the newest genre, Steam Punk. What is Steam Punk? According to Wikipedia, Steampunk is a sub-genre of science fiction, alternate history, and speculative fiction that came into prominence during the 1980s and early 1990s. Specifically, steampunk involves an era or world where steam power is still widely used—usually the 19th century and often Victorian era Britain—that incorporates prominent elements of either science fiction or fantasy. Works of steampunk often feature anachronistic technology or futuristic innovations as Victorians may have envisioned them; in other words, based on a Victorian perspective on fashion, culture, architectural style, art, etc. This technology may include such fictional machines as those found in the works of H. G. Wells and Jules Verne or real technologies like the computer but developed earlier in an alternate history.

Enough already, what about the GiveAway?

Each person who comments and leaves an email address on my Half-Made World review will be entered to win a copy of Felix Gilman’s Half-Made World. Each comment will be assigned a number based on the order the comment was received. The numbers will be input at www.random.org to determine the winner. The winner will be notified by email and will need to provide a physical address for shipment of the book. If there is no response from the winner in 48 hours, another winner will be chosen. The winner will be announced on Pick of the Literate and Azure Dwarf.

Drop by, read the review, make your comment and sit back and hope you win. Contest will begin on October 22, 2010 and end on November12, 2010 midnight east coast time, the publisher will ship the book to the winner.

Want to improve your odds?

Follow me on Twitter to get another numeric entry.

If you blog, put a link on your blog to my blog and I will add another entry for you.
Comment here on any of my other posts or comment on my other blogs and I will add another entry for you.

There are many ways to increase your chances, how much you want to do so is up to you.

For a Two-Fer, Go to Layers of Thought and and enter the contest there too.

Thanks for reading and good luck.  Oh,contest is for anywhere on this planet as far as I can determine.  Aww, what the heck, anywhere in our solar system.


  1. Hi Bill - I have linked your give away in my post. I did not see a mention if the give away is international or not.

    Great post!

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  3. I'd love to read this book.

  4. Oh, sign me in!!!

    Sure about the Solar System part??


  5. I loved Thunderer ad am halfway through Gears of the City. Felix has an imagination and a half, and I'm really excited by the number of positive review half Made World is getting.

  6. Sounds good! I love this new steampunk trend we're seeing lately. Count me in :)
    I also follow you on twitter @Entre_Libros

    entrelibros_blog at hotmail.com

  7. I am looking forward to reading this Thanks for the chance to win
    tanyainjville at yahoo dot com

  8. I'm looking forward to reading steampunk.
    Thanks for the chance to win.

  9. Posted comment on Pick of the Literate - The Assassin by Stephen Connts.

  10. Follwoing on Twitter. @lillieblue613


  11. I'd love to read this book :)

    I'm a follower on Twitter (bookatopia)



  12. I'd love to win these :-)

    following on Twitter DollyGarland

  13. Hi:) The steampunk genre is no doubt an interesting one. I have read The Time Machine and would love to win this books, so
    my e-mail add is: sarah.setar@gmail.com

    +1 I am a Twitter follower: @SweetNSensible
    +1 I commented on your Money Saving Tech Tips blog under the Dell laptop battery article as Identity Seeker/Sarah.
    +1 I entered the giveaway on the Layers of Thought blog.


  14. P.S. I also follow this blog (hope that scores me an extra entry)!

  15. I would love to read this book. Thanks for the chance to win.

  16. Following on Twitter @Melanie_2006

  17. I'd love to enter this giveaway!


  18. Wow thanks for the giveaway! =)

    sophiayunjin @ gmail.com

  19. I'd love to enter!

    +1 Following on Twitter @aikchien

    aikychien at yahoo dot com

  20. Thanks for the giveaway. I would love to read the book.

    darlyn225 at gmail dot com

  21. I'd love to win a copy of Half-Made World- And I've entered at Layers of Thought too!

  22. Count me in please! Would love to read this. I love steampunk!!

  23. This looks interesting. I'm joining!


  24. I haven't read any steampunk yet but I've heard great things about the genre. count me in.

  25. This looks great, there aren't enough steampunk books out there. I can't wait to read it.


  26. This book is high on my TBR list. I haven't read any other steampunk yet, and I've heard this is a great place to start!