Wednesday, March 10, 2010

Magic for Beginners giveaway

Magic for Beginners
by Kelly Link

Description from the amazon:
Magic for Beginners is Kelly Link’s eagerly anticipated and critically acclaimed follow-up to her beloved debut, Stranger Things Happen. “Cumulatively weirder and wiser” (The Believer), this new story collection riffs on zombies, marriage, witches, superheroes, haunted convenience stores, and weekly apocalyptic poker parties, among other things.

Link’s work is truly unique. Time Out New York called her stories “cross-genre gems,” and her admirers in the literary community—from Peter Straub and Karen Joy Fowler to Alice Sebold and Michael Chabon—reflect the amazing range that makes her style so special. Call it kitchen sink magical realism: Fantastic and bizarre but funny and down to earth, there is something for everyone in Magic for Beginners.

Description from back cover:
An entire village takes up residence in a woman's handbag. A man becomes convinced that his dead wife is having an affair. A family moved to their dream house in the suburbs, where gradually everything they have becomes haunted. The mundane mingles with the magical to dazzling effect in Kelly Lin's Magic for Beginners.

*** Giveaway ***

Win this book.

Open to all.

Offer ends April 11, 2010 --> extended to April 30, 2010

To do:

Recommend a book that has magic in it and let me know your email.
-Sorry, the Harry Potter series doesn't count because I read it already and loved it!

+1 provide a link to your review of the recommended book


Contest has ended - winner is here


* part of Alice in Whatsitland (see schedule)

* wanna be a part of Alice's adventure in Whatsitland? join the challenge!


  1. Have you ever read or heard of Eragon by Christopher Paolini.

    Written by a 15 year old boy who had never been to school, the story behind it is amazing and it eventually hit the best seller lists.

    Carol T

  2. Hey :) not entering, just wanted to say that this book is another one I received for Christmas - a wonderfully WILD collection of stories. Somebody is really going to enjoy winning this one!

    Cheerio ~

  3. If you haven't read it, you MUST read Thirteenth Child by Patricia C. Wrede. L-O-V-E it, and I think you would, too.

  4. Recommend a book that has magic in it and let me know your email.

    Violet Wings by Victoria Hanley

    +1 provide a link to your review of the recommended book

    aikychien at yahoo dot com

  5. I recommend the Septimus Heap series! Book 1 is titled Magyk. My review is here:

    Re-posted your contest at:


    mischivusfairy-warrior [at] yahoo [dot] com

  6. So now you've set me a poser. To be honest I have read much magic recently.
    Other than HP the ones I have read (Eragon, Inkheart, Artemis Fowl) were OK but not something I would recommend.

    I prefer people in situations where magic happens. I read a lot of these as a pre-teen and they are some of the best books I have read.
    *Tom's Midnight Garden by Philippa Pearce
    *A Traveller in Time by Alison Uttley
    *Penelope Lively's pre-teen books (she also writes for children and for adults)
    The Whispering Knights probably has the most magic as Morgan Le Fey makes an appearance.[@]gmail[.]com

  7. Jonathan Strange & Mr Norrell is absolutely brilliant!
    Two magicians fighting for the way of magic in England!


  8. The Riftwar Series (Raymond Feist)!

    educhico AT gmail DOT com

  9. I can't resist throwing my name in the hat. I've heard a couple of authors and editors recommend Link's work, and this is the first time I've stumbled across a mention of it. It looks quite promising.

    As a recommendation, I'll tip my hat to Peter Straub's Shadowland. It's just a stark and haunting tale that reminded me of the Harry Potter books ... if they had sharp teeth.

    +1 A link to my review of that book can be found here.

    e-mail: rabidfox(at)

  10. I really liked Child of Fire by Harry Connolly, but it's a really dark novel so some people might not like it.

    +1 My review of the book:


  11. I have also read the amazing "Jonathan Strange & Mr Norrell".
    It is one of the best books I ever read!

    joanapatriciadias AT gmail DOT com

  12. Neil Gaiman's comics "The Books of Magic"
    Pure genius!

    agcestrela [@] gmail [.] com

  13. The Alchemyst by Michael Scott

    goncalo DOT mil AT gmail DOT com

  14. Everyone has got to read the His Dark Materials Trilogy!!!!!!


  15. I recommend you Magic Study by Maria V. Snyder. Its actually book number 2 in the Study serie. The first one is Poison Study and I loved it! :D

    magabygc AT gmail DOT com

  16. I read the "The Bartimaeus Trilogy".

    39.5susy AT gmail DOT com

  17. Thanks for making this international!

    I would recommend the Kate Daniels series by Ilona Andrews, fantastic UF series, you can find my review of the 1st book here:

    I also started the Hollows series (also UF) by Kim Harrison and enjoyed it very much:

    And of course there is the absolutely wonderful Otherworld series of Kelley Armstrong, I'm a die hard fan, you can find my reviews of the 1st, 6th and 7th books here:

    1st book (Bitten):

    6th book (Broken):

    7th book (No Humans Involved):

    Thank you!

    stella.exlibris (at) gmail DOT com

  18. Poor Little Witch Girl is awesome because it mixes the icky part of magic with the good.

    +1 Review: Beth aka Jinx

  19. Witches by Roald Dahl.


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