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A Bookaholic, Pro-life, Pro-Family, Pro-Oxford Comma, Catholic (with Asperger's) who reads and writes as her obsession. I've been reading over 400 books a year lately. These are my ramblings on some of the books I read. To read about all the books I read and comment on, visit me at LibraryThing or Goodreads.

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I also read a short story a day from various collections, sometimes anthologies othertimes collections of a single author's work. These reviews are also posted here and while they are of mixed genre the mystery, thriller, horror, gothic and macabre often appear within their pages as well.


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Friday, November 6, 2009

Contest: The Lost City of Z ARC (Sticky)

I enjoyed this book so much that there is no way I would give up my own ARC but fortunately for you the publisher sent me the ARC twice. This means I have an extra to giveaway.

I am giving away an unread ARC of The Lost City of Z: A Tale of Deadly Obsession in the Amazon by David Grann. Being an ARC, this does not include any of the photos or maps included in the final edition, but the text is the same. This book is currently being filmed for a 2010 release starring Brad Pitt!

Contest will run until Nov. 6, with the winner randomly chosen and announced on Nov. 7. This contest is open to US and Canada only. Sorry, but International postage is too expensive for me.

To enter:

1) You must be a follower (over in the right bar) and let me know you are in your comment.

2) Leave your email address (if it is not in your profile.)

3) +2 Tweet or blog about this contest and leave me the link.

4) +1 if you could go back in time and go on a great exploration journey, where in the world would you explore or which famous explorer would you travel with.

Please try to leave all your responses in one comment.

You can read my review of the book here and see how much I enjoyed it. Here is the publisher's summary:

After stumbling upon a hidden trove of diaries, acclaimed New Yorker writer David Grann set out to solve "the greatest exploration mystery of the twentieth century": What happened to the British explorer Percy Fawcett and his quest for the Lost City of Z?

In 1925 Fawcett ventured into the Amazon to find an ancient civilization, hoping to make one of the most important discoveries in history. For centuries Europeans believed the world’s largest jungle concealed the glittering kingdom of El Dorado. Thousands had died looking for it, leaving many scientists convinced that the Amazon was truly inimical to humankind. But Fawcett, whose daring expeditions helped inspire Conan Doyle’s The Lost World, had spent years building his scientific case. Captivating the imagination of millions around the globe, Fawcett embarked with his twenty-one-year-old son, determined to prove that this ancient civilization—which he dubbed “Z”—existed. Then he and his expedition vanished.

Fawcett’s fate—and the tantalizing clues he left behind about “Z”—became an obsession for hundreds who followed him into the uncharted wilderness. For decades scientists and adventurers have searched for evidence of Fawcett’s party and the lost City of Z. Countless have perished, been captured by tribes, or gone mad. As David Grann delved ever deeper into the mystery surrounding Fawcett’s quest, and the greater mystery of what lies within the Amazon, he found himself, like the generations who preceded him, being irresistibly drawn into the jungle’s “green hell.” His quest for the truth and his stunning discoveries about Fawcett’s fate and “Z” form the heart of this complex, enthralling narrative.

20 comments:

  1. 1) I'm a follower.
    2) rae_sunshine4(at)yahoo.com
    3) +1
    Probably to South America, although I heard those explorers weren't such nice guys. :) Africa would be up there too - I'm a huge fan of the geology there.

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  2. I just became a follower and would like to be entered please
    dftrew(at)gmail(dot)com

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  3. Thank you for the offer to win this book.

    joannereynolds@sbcglobal.net

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  4. I'm a follower.

    melacan at hotmail dot com

    Honestly, I think it would have been cool to explore with Christopher Columbus when he discovered "the new world".

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  5. Mary D
    zenrei57 (at) hotmail (dot) com

    I have so been wanting to read this, but didn't know about the movie WOO HOO!!

    I am a follower :)

    +2 Well, I'm not really brave enough to trek through uncharted jungles or polar regions LOL But I imagine it would have been amazing to have traveled with Marco Polo! BUT, if I could 'go back in time' I imagine it would have been such a thrill to be on the Apollo missions and set foot on the moon :)

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  6. No need to enter me, hon. I'm dropping in to say thanks for the e-mail (and chance to make Brad Pitt jokes). I've got this posted at Win a Book. Without Brad Pitt. *grin*

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  7. Please enter me!

    I have become a follower.
    I blogged about it here:
    http://completepoppycock.blogspot.com/2009/10/lost-city-of-z.html

    And if I could go on e great exploration journey it would probably be in South America. But I would have a hard time picking an explorer to go with. Some of the journeys there didn't end very well.

    Thanks
    rebecca.bradeen(at)verizon(dot)net

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  8. Have heard nothing but good things about this book. I follow your blog and if I had the chance to explore I would have loved to been with Lewis and Clark.

    pjhess55(at)hotmail(dot)com

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  9. Count me in please

    I am a follower

    I would love to explore ruins in England

    Raelena
    throuthehaze at gmail dot com

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  10. Nicola, please enter me in the drawing. I am already a follower.

    booklogged at gmail dot come

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  11. thanks!
    +1 I am now a follower
    +2 Dey@mts.net

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  12. Please enter me in this giveaway! I am a follower.

    +2 I tweeted: http://twitter.com/saemmerson/status/5282785339

    +1 If I could go back in time, I would love to explore with Henry Hudson as he discovered the Hudson River in New York, which was later named after him.

    saemmerson at yahoo dot com

    Sarah Emmerson

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  13. Ooh, this book looks interesting, please enter me.

    I am a follower :)
    I would explore Ancient Egypt, and discover the secrets of the Pyramids... I dunno, egypt is just fascinating.

    -audrey
    mangoes_7@hotmail.com

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  14. I want to win this book!! Enter me please.

    +1 I am a follower.

    bsyb100 at gmail dot com

    +1 I can't say that I would like to really be exploring in uncharted territory. I would love to live in Victorian England just to experience it.

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  15. I'm a follower :)

    susiestoys at videotron dot com

    I would love to explore ancient ireland, scotland and the surrounding areas

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  16. i am a follower

    flower_child_23(at)hotmail(dot)com

    i would love to explore egypt
    thanks

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  17. I follow you with Google Friend Connect!

    I tweeted:
    http://twitter.com/coolcanucks/status/5484484775

    I own CoolCanucks.ca, which is a Canadian Contest and Freebie Site. This giveaway is shared here:

    http://forum.coolcanucks.ca/27445-back-books-lost-city-z-book-giveaway-nov6-canada

    I would love to win this! Please enter me into the giveaway, thanks!!!!!

    roxxyroller(at)hotmail(dot)com

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  18. Thanks so much for the giveaway -- I have read some really good reviews for this book! Also, I am following your blog (username Nelsby).
    Thanks!
    Aimee
    sierranelsby (at) gmail (dot) com

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  19. * Tweet *
    http://twitter.com/Nelsby/status/5500517079
    Thanks!
    Aimee
    sierranelsby (at) gmail (dot) com

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  20. Tough decision! I think I would most like to travel with Christopher Columbus. In addition to landing in America, he explored and discovered so many other great places.
    Thanks!
    Aimee
    sierranelsby (at) gmail (dot) com

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