Bookish Giveaway!

I have some free books on my hands (because I got them twice) for you to win!

What you have to do: Submit 3-4 sentences (plus a picture if you like) of your favourite book of 2019 so far, to be published on the blog.

Winners will be chosen randomly, please let me know which book you’d be interested in. Submit your short text (and maybe picture) to mshecke@uni-bonn.de by August 31, 2019. Winners will be announced here. You should be a member of BSFG to win. Feel free to sign up though 🙂

You can also win a little Hermione figure and other little bookish consolation prizes 🙂

What can you win?

1. “After Hope Dies” by Lilly Haraden. Summary taken from Amazon:

“This is what happens after America dies: th monsters take over. A young
prostitute’s reanimated soul prowls the streets, seeking revenge against
her killers. The reclusive nerd who lives next door suffers from a
serious problem that goes far beyond the time-bending demon infesting
his body. And across town, an occult guide owns a brothel where you can
buy a child for cheap.Inspired by the Black Lives Matter movement, this
dark literary fantasy debut examines life for the most disadvantaged who
call post-prosperity America home.

Advanced Praise: “Stunningly beautiful
language…” “The writing is beautiful, the concept is clever, and the
actual stories at the centre are captivating. I really loved the
characters and how flawed but endearing they are.” “It definitely is not
meant to be a happy story but it is a good one.” “The publisher’s warning
should definitely be taken seriously.”

Publisher’s note: This story
includes racist content, depictions of rape and strong themes of child
sexualisation/exploitation. If these topics upset you, consider if this
story is right for you. 50% author royalties will go to charity until
publication costs recovered, and a higher percentage thereafter.Modern
Fantasy, Dystopic Future, Magic Realism, Literary Fiction, Metafiction,
Racial Dystopic Fantasy”

If you like meta fiction, Sin City Style stories & content, and can deal with things like (trigger warning!): violence, sexual violence, rape, (sexual) exploitation of minors or hardcore racism, you might enjoy this very weird book! It’s a very dark read in parts but definitely not without hope! (I rated it with 4/5 Stars but had a hard time reading it in parts, very rewarding ending though.)

2. “Pachinko” by Min Jin Lee (Not fantasy!), Summary taken from Amazon as well:

“* Shortlisted for the National Book Award * * One of the New York
Times’s 10 Best Books of 2017 * * Selected for Emma Watson’s Our Shared
Shelf book club * ‘This is a captivating book … Min Jin Lee’s novel
takes us through four generations and each character’s search for
identity and success. It’s a powerful story about resilience and
compassion’ BARACK OBAMA. Yeongdo, Korea 1911. In a small fishing
village on the banks of the East Sea, a club-footed, cleft-lipped man
marries a fifteen-year-old girl. The couple have one child, their
beloved daughter Sunja. When Sunja falls pregnant by a married yakuza,
the family face ruin. But then Isak, a Christian minister, offers her a
chance of salvation: a new life in Japan as his wife. Following a man
she barely knows to a hostile country in which she has no friends, no
home, and whose language she cannot speak, Sunja’s salvation is just the
beginning of her story. Through eight decades and four generations,
Pachinko is an epic tale of family, identity, love, death and survival.”

If you are interested in a Buddenbrooks Style novel about Korea, making history and conflicts with Japan more intimate, this book might be for you. (I rated it with 5/5 stars and loved it a lot!)

GOOD LUCK and spread the word!

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