Saturday, February 19, 2011

Giveaway: Human.4

by Mike A. Lancaster

Release date: March 8, 2011

Description from the amazon:
Kyle Straker volunteered to be hypnotized at the annual community talent show, expecting the same old lame amateur acts. But when he wakes up, his world will never be the same. Televisions and computers no longer work, but a strange language streams across their screens. Everyone’s behaving oddly. It’s as if Kyle doesn’t exit.

Is this nightmare a result of the hypnosis? Will Kyle wake up with a snap of fingers to roars of laughter? Or is this something much more sinister?

Narrated on a set of found cassette tapes at an unspecified point in the future, Human.4 is an absolutely chilling look at technology gone too far.

--/=/=-- Book Giveaway --=\=\=--

Prize: my ARC copy

Open to all.

Offer ends: March 13, 2011


Tell me --> if you were in a talent show, what act would you perform. The more detail and description you give, the better chance you have to win.

- winner will not be random

here i am now
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Contest has ended - winner is here


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  1. How about an actual talent show I was in once? My senior year in high school, we had a Mock Rock talent show (you know, the whole lip synching thing). I was in drama class all through high school and for the talent show, our class decided to do "We are the World". I was Tina Turner...the 80s jean jacket and jean mini-skirt Tina with the high heeled black pumps and the hair out to here (keep in mind that I'm not African American). I wore dark hose to make my legs the right color, we used RubiGlo bronzing powder (another 80s staple) for my face, neck and hands, and we teased my hair out to there (my hair was already the correct color or close enough). I looked just like her! One of my friends was Michael Jackson. We ended up winning first place and they had a costume contest and my friend and I won first and second place. It was too, too fun and one of the highlights of my high school years. Thanks for the giveaway. =O)


  2. Despite my irrational fear of talent shows (one failed attempt at lip syncing to my favorite song at my summer camp was enough for me), I do love the chance to be creative, so I'll have some fun with this...

    If I were in a talent show (most likely against my will), I think the most logical crowd pleaser would be a dramatic interpretation of a Ke$ha song. Now, mind you, I would not need props for a dramatic retelling such as this, nor would I employ the use of other actors...they would just get in the way ;)
    All I would need, in all actuality, would be buckets of glitter and a cardboard cut-out of Mick Jagger. Also a door...
    As I take the stage, there would be complete and utter silence. I'd bow my head, ready to begin, then the spotlight would hit me, and I'd raise my head to begin my dramatic monologue.
    Throughout the interpretive skit, no one in the audience would make a sound, but rather raise their eye brows, uncomfortably flabbergasted.
    At the end, I would take a long, sweeping bow, throw kisses to the audience, and wave as a stagehand slowly tows me offstage. Awkward coughs and the occasional fart would interrupt the impending silence. Scattered, pitying applause would then come from my very puzzled audience.
    The end. *bows* ;)


  3. If I had to do an act for a talent show, I would make the most extravagant costume of red silk and gold lace, adding gold beads, and a jingly belt, with clackers on my fingers, and would bellydance like no one was watching.

  4. I would definitely charm the audience with my piano playing skills. I would most probably perform Debussy's Arabesque No. 1 or Chopin's Fantasie Impromptu. They are my favourite pieces!

    aikychien at yahoo dot com

  5. I would do a most innovative fire breathing act!
    I would not only swallow and spit fire, but I would have it flow through my loins coming out of my other facial orifices, my nose and my ears.
    This would give me the aspect of a demon of old age and, with that look, I would receive the horse act.
    I would scare the beautiful whit horse and kidnap the girl riding it.
    With her in my arms I would go up to the high wire and threaten to throw her down as I was walking over it.
    in the last moment of the show, as the crowd was holding their breath in suspense, I would let the girl go so that two trapeze artists disguised as angels could save her.


  6. I enjoyed taking part in many performances as a child and teenager but in a dream world I would reprise the dance performance I took part in with a group of younger children.
    We did an underwater scene to the B52's Rock Lobster and I was the lobster in a red leotard and hair back-combed into a frenzy.
    We had so much fun and the audience thought it was fantastic.[@]gmail[.]com

  7. My [Un] Talent Show CAT Extravaganza
    A *fantasy* by MAD

    Okay, here goes. By the way, the LAST talent show I particiated in was like in 1970, when I was 12. Unlike a fine wine, my skills have not aged well, but why let reality stand in the way of *talent* is my motto :O

    I would perform CATS using REAL cats, namely all the 17 quadrillionzillion moochers that hang around my deck looking for free grub (which they get at approximately 2.7 hourly intervals).

    First, we would assign the male lead to that one turbo alpha male cat who has cahoonies the size of grapefruit and has undoutedly spawned more litters of kittens than dandelions in the spring. And I think he'd really *get into the role* if you know what I mean ;O

    For his love interest, I'd assign that to any of the ten thousand stray females in various stages of pregnancy, and then whip up some kind of feline follies chorus in the background. Sure, the choreography might be tricky, but that's the price I'm willing to pay for fame & stardom.

    For the finale, I'm thinking a real show-stopping gymnastical feat like building a living pyramid of kitties [note to self: remember to pick up catnip & duct tape], me dressed up as a 5 ft tuna fish, and maybe my deck rotating with pyrotechnics ala Prince, or the Artist-Formerly-Known-As-Prince, or whatever he goes by nowadays.

    Who knows, we could even perform this at next year's Super Bowl!?!


  8. Ooh lala :) This book looks snaztastic! yep, I said it! SNAZTASTIC! hehe idk what it even means.

    As for a talent show act, I'd tell a story of course :) Specifically ones about British Dragons named Stanley, an old perverted fisherman, an Evil Knight named Kirk, and a stupid princess named Bonquiqui (Yes, it's a real name). Then, when I'm finished telling the story, I'll throw MARSHMALLOWS INTO THE AUDIENCE SO THEY'LL LOVE ME!!!!!!


    THE END :)

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  10. Emm. right now I'm thinking about my culinary art. How about turn a raddish into a rose? I'm sure I do that excellently ;p

  11. I would turn a person into a zombie and then into a person again.
    Simply by turning on and then off a TV!

    agcestrela AT gmail DOT com

  12. I've always wondered what it would be like to stand in front of the audience and sing. I know its not original but its practical. Only problem is that my voice may sound amazing to win when i sing but when you hear the recording you want to cringe in horror. Plus my voice has no capabilities of hitting high and low notes. What would be like to stand in front of people and sing? Horrifying! I don't have stage fright but i have this lack of confidence...which kind of just leaves once i'm on stage. The problem is it ends up killing my nerves even before i stand up on stage.


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