Birthday Giveaway: Win 4 Quirk Book Titles

Quirk Books Birthday Giveaway

My 38th birthday is just around the corner (January 9). To celebrate, as I have done over the last few years, I’m giving some of my favourite books away! This year, thanks to the wonderful people at Quirk Books, one lucky Geeky Pleasures reader will win the following four books (giveaway details below):

missp_NYTcover#1_300dpiMiss Peregrine’s Home For Peculiar Children by Ransom Riggs

On January 14, 2014, Hollow City, the sequel to the New York Times best seller Miss Peregrine’s Home For Peculiar Children, will be released. If you have yet to read this YA Fantasy, now’s your chance. Miss Peregrine’s Home For Peculiar Children was one of my favourite reads of 2011, and I’ve been waiting for its sequel for what seems like forever and a day.

The official synopsis reads:

A mysterious island. An abandoned orphanage. And a strange collection of very curious photographs.

It all waits to be discovered in Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children, an unforgettable novel that mixes fiction and photography in a thrilling reading experience. As our story opens, a horrific family tragedy sets sixteen-year-old Jacob journeying to a remote island off the coast of Wales, where he discovers the crumbling ruins of Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children.

As Jacob explores its abandoned bedrooms and hallways, it becomes clear that the children who once lived here—one of whom was his own grandfather— were more than just peculiar. They may have been dangerous. They may have been quarantined on a desolate island for good reason. And somehow—impossible though it seems—they may still be alive.

A spine-tingling fantasy illustrated with haunting vintage photography, Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children will delight adults, teens, and anyone who relishes an adventure in the shadows.

Also, you can pre-order Hollow City.

Geek's Guide

The Geek’s Guide To Dating by Eric Smith

I like that I can give away a book written by my pal Eric Smith. Even if you’re already in a relationship, The Geek’s Guide To Dating is an entertaining, funny, and adorable read.

The official synopsis reads:

You keep your action figures in their original packaging. Your bedsheets are officially licensed Star Wars merchandise. You’re hooked on Elder Scrolls and Metal Gear but now you’ve discovered an even bigger obsession: the new girl who just moved in down the hall.

What’s a geek to do? Take some tips from Eric Smith in The Geek’s Guide to Dating. This hilarious primer leads geeks of all ages through the perils and pitfalls of meeting women, going on dates, getting serious, breaking up, and establishing a successful lifelong relationship (hint: it’s time to invest in new bedsheets). Full of whimsical 8-bit illustrations, The Geek’s Guide to Dating will teach fanboys everywhere to love long and prosper.

princess_final_300Princesses Behaving Badly: Real Stories From History Without The Fairy-Tale Endings by Linda Rodriguez McRobbie

I don’t know about you, but I’m not a fan of Disney Princesses. Not only because of the unrealistic relationships portrayed in Disney Princess movies or other feminist issues, but also because Disney turns these stories into a “and they lived happily ever after” story, when the originals were wonderfully gritty. SPOILER ALERT: In the originals, the little mermaid dies, and the evil stepsisters cut off bits of their feet. If you, too, are tired of Disney Princesses, then Princesses Behaving Badly will thoroughly satisfy you.

The official synopsis reads:

You think you know her story. You’ve read the Brothers Grimm, you’ve watched the Disney cartoons, you cheered as these virtuous women lived happily ever after. But the lives of real princesses couldn’t be more different. Sure, many were graceful and benevolent leaders—but just as many were ruthless in their quest for power, and all of them had skeletons rattling in their royal closets.

Princess Stephanie von Hohenlohe was a Nazi spy. Empress Elizabeth of the Austro-Hungarian empire slept wearing a mask of raw veal. Princess Olga of Kiev murdered thousands of men, and Princess Rani Lakshmibai waged war on the battlefield, charging into combat with her toddler son strapped to her back.

Princesses Behaving Badly offers minibiographies of all these princesses and dozens more. It’s a fascinating read for history buffs, feminists, and anyone seeking a different kind of bedtime story.


William Shakespeare’s Star Wars by Ian Doescher

William Shakespeare. Star Wars. Do I really need to say more? You’ll enjoy this title more if you know how to read Shakespeare. If you are a Star Wars fan, obviously you’ll want this title. Though, I’m not sure how the Klingons feel about works originally done in Klingon now living in the Star Wars universe.

The official synopsis reads:

Return once more to a galaxy far, far away with this sublime retelling of George Lucas’s epic Star Wars in the style of the immortal Bard of Avon. The saga of a wise (Jedi) knight and an evil (Sith) lord, of a beautiful princess held captive and a young hero coming of age, Star Wars abounds with all the valor and villainy of Shakespeare’s greatest plays. ’Tis a tale told by fretful droids, full of faithful Wookiees and fearstome stormtroopers, signifying…pretty much everything.

Reimagined in glorious iambic pentameter—and complete with twenty gorgeous Elizabethan illustrations–William Shakespeare’s Star Wars will astound and edify Rebels and Imperials alike. Zounds! This is the book you’re looking for.

Now, for the giveaway details!

To enter:

  1. Leave a comment. Help others discover a great books by telling us your favourite titles of 2013.
  2. Only one comment per person. Leaving multiple comments will disqualify you. When leaving a comment, please use a valid e-mail address so that I can notify you if you win.
  3. You have until Monday, January 20, 2014 at 23:59 PST to leave a comment. At that time, I’ll use a random number generator to select one winner. The winner will be notified by e-mail on Tuesday, January 21, 2014. The winner will be announced in the comments of this post on Tuesday, January 21, 2014 before 16:00 PST.
  4. If you have any questions, please e-mail me.

Good luck!

Jules Sherred is the parent of two teenage boys, freelance writer, web designer, author of Five Little Zombies and Fred, General Manager and radio personality at The Look 24/7, owner of the largest Star Trek community on Google+, Geeky Pleasures creator, geek support for Parsec Award winning The Minister of Chance, and more. On the Geeky Pleasures Radio Show, Jules has interviewed Wil Wheaton, Jonathan Coulton, Phil Plait, Sylvester McCoy, Richard Hatch, Paul and Storm, R.A. Salvatore, John Kovalic, and so many more. Jules' writing can also be found on Hugo Award winning SF Signal, GeekMom, United Federation of, Nerdy With Children, Star Wars vs Star Trek. Slowly, Jules is working on another book titled Nerd Love. You can follow Jules on Twitter @GeekyJules. Also, JULES LOVES STAR TREK.

13 Responses to Birthday Giveaway: Win 4 Quirk Book Titles

  1. Confession 1: I am entering this entirely for the chance to win William Shakespeare’s Star Wars, though I’m sure the others are worth reading, too :)

    Confession 2: I did not, in 2013, read any books that were new in 2013. I blew through the Harry Potter books, which I had managed to avoid previously, and now I’m going through the Asimov robot novels. What can I say? I don’t do a great job of keeping up with new lit.

  2. Everyone who’s felt awkward and insecure, or has ever looked back with embarrassment at their childhood will find a sort of kinship with Allie Brosh. They’ll also find great enjoyment in her book “Hyperbole and a Half!” Chances are they’ll already have discovered her website and have spent hours enjoying her brilliant reflections on life and the world. This book has several classics from the site, but is at least 2/3 comprised of all new material that’s just as hilarious as the old favorites.

    Seriously, few things have made me laugh as hard as the opening section which is one of the book-exclusives.

    I suspect most of you are already well aware of this book, but it’s my favorite new book of the year (beating out both of Neil Gaiman’s new releases, which I also considered discussing, but I’ll leave those to anyone else who loved them).

    Also, I know it’s not for three days yet, but Happy Anniversary of the Day of Your Birth!

  3. From 2013 :
    Devoted: 38 extraordinary tales of love, loyalty and life with dogs. No ordinary dog book but essays showcasing man’s best friend and the devotion between owner and dog.

    William Shakespeare’s Star Wars. Loved it!

  4. Brandon Sanderson:
    Steelheart (Young Adult, but a fun read regardless)
    The Rithmatist (Also Young Adult, and also fantastic)

    Scott Lynch: The Republic of Thieves (Gentlemen Bastards Series- the entire series is phenomenal, but they come out VERY slowly. The first one is called “Lies of Locke Lamora”)

    I’ve read so much this year that I couldn’t really tell you what else was actually FROM this year.. but I think those three probably suffice.

  5. The Ocean at the End of the Lane. I enjoy all of Gaiman’s work, I sometimes even share his YA books with my kids, or I just get them their own copy.

  6. Sadly none of the books I read were released in 2013, but my favorite read was House of Leaves by Mark Z. Danielewski. It was incredibly fascinating, bizarre, and rather difficult to read at times, as the layout of the pages themselves reflect the mental state of the characters and can be a bit confusing (If you do an image search you’ll see what I mean). It’s an amazing and unique book however and I would recommend it wholeheartedly.

  7. I feel lucky. This is a birthday giveaway and the last day to enter is on my birthday. The book I am loving right now is The Golem and the Jinni.

  8. Earth Afire by Orson Scott Card definitely the best read of 2013! It predates Enders Game, it is the story of the first Formic War!

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