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.

I've been blogging since 2007 and at this point (July 2015) am trying my hand at turning the theme of this blog towards mystery, thriller, and crime, fiction and nonfiction. I have some special interest topics and categories within this broad genre which include (but are not limited to) serial killers, scandi-crime, Victorian history and historicals, history of the criminally insane and asylums, psychopathology, death, funerary practices and burial, corpses, true crime and anything dealing with the real life macabre, or that portrayed in fiction.

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.

I also blog about
graphic novels and manga on a separate BLOG.

Sunday, January 24, 2010

Contest: Shades of Grey by Jasper Fforde

I just finished reading this book and am fortunate enough to have received a second ARC which I will be passing on to the lucky winner of this contest. You can read my review here.

Contest will run until Feb. 5, with the winner randomly chosen and announced on Feb. 6. This contest is open to US and Canada only. Sorry, but International postage is too expensive for me.

To enter:

Please try to leave all your responses in one comment.

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 already in your profile.)

3) +2 Tweet or blog (no sidebars) about this contest and leave me the link.

4) +1 If you could only see one colour and its various hues, while everything else appeared grey, what colour would you choose? (for example if you choose yellow you would be able to see all pure yellows plus when you looked at green, you would see the yellow hues only in yellow based greens)

Here is the publisher's summary:

As long as anyone can remember, society has been ruled by a Colortocracy. From the underground feedpipes that keep the municipal park green to the healing hues viewed to cure illness to a social hierarchy based upon one's limited color perception, society is dominated by color. In this world, you are what you can see.

Young Eddie Russett has no ambition to be anything other than a loyal drone of the Collective. With his better-than-average red perception, he could well marry Constance Oxblood and inherit the string works; he may even have enough red perception to make prefect.

For Eddie, life looks colorful. Life looks good.

But everything changes when he moves with his father, a respected swatchman, to East Carmine. There, he falls in love with a Grey named Jane who opens his eyes to the painful truth behind his seemingly perfect, rigidly controlled society.

Curiosity--a dangerous trait to display in a society that demands total conformity--gets the better of Eddie, who beings to wonder:
Why are there not enough spoons to go around?
Why is everything--and everyone--barcoded?
What happened to all the people who never returned from High Saffron?
And why, when you begin to question the world around you, do black-and-white certainties reduce themselves to shades of grey?

Part satire, part romance, part revolutionary thriller, this is the new world from the creative and comic genius of Jasper Fforde.


  1. I'd love to win this one.

    lillyswistek at gmail dot com

    I am a follower.

    And if I had to choose only one color, it would definitely be blue.

  2. I'm a follower and the color I couldn't go without seeing is probably blue. I'm a swimmer and I love water.


  3. I've got this on my wish list, I'd love to win a copy!

    bookdragonslair at gmail dot com

    purple is my favorite color but that is red/blue so I'm going with blue.

  4. Please enter me! I am a follower.

    +1 I would have to choose green.

  5. i loved what i have allready read of this author and would love to read this one

    i am a follower
    +1 it would have to be blue or purple

  6. I'm a huge Jasper Fforde fan and haven't read this book yet.


    +1 I would choose to see red. :)

  7. Please count me in. I follow.

    simplystacieblog at gmail dot com

  8. You can count me in for this one,
    sounds good.

    cenya2 at hotmail dot com

    I sub, by google reader.

  9. I just became a follower of your blog and would love to be entered in your draw. Thanks.

  10. Okay, despite saying at Win a Book that I wasn't going to enter, I'm curious how this stacks up to Jeffrey Overstreet's Auralia's Colors. Still. Don't enter me. I've got too many books I need to read.

    Thanks for the e-mail, darling. I've got this posted at Win a Book.

  11. justpeachy36@yahoo.com

    Please enter me in the giveaway.

    I am a follower.

    I would prefer to see shades of Blue.

  12. +1 new follower
    +2 tweeted: http://twitter.com/lexilewords/status/8222167552
    +1 I would want to see Blue. I try to surround myself in blue anyhow, so why not make it my predominant color?


  13. I've been wanting to read this since I read the first review I saw!

    I am a follower, and if I could only see one color, I would choose purple.

    nnjmom at yahoo dot com

  14. I'm a big Jasper Ffrode fan and would love to win a copy of Shades of Grey.
    Thanks for the contest!


  15. I am a hugh Jasper Fforde fan - have read all the books. I would love to win.

    I am a follower.

  16. I'm a follower, count me in! tWarner419@aol.com

  17. I love Jasper Fforde and I'd love to win this one. I'm a follower and as to color I'd choose, probably blue since it's my favorite and blue washes make everything seem calm (plus I love the water).

    whitreidsmama at yahoo dot com

  18. This sounds good!

    I follow your blog.

    I would have to pick green. It's always been my favorite color.

    mittens0831 at aol dot com

  19. Great giveaway! I am a follower, and the color I would pick would be blue.


  20. I follow!

    muchdeepmeaning @ gmail . com

    I would definitely go with yellow. Much as orange is my favorite color ever and I love no other color near as much, yellow and gray is my favorite combination.

  21. Please enter me. I'm a follower and I really, realy want to read this book.

    I blogged here:

    Tweeted here:

    and if I could only see one color I would have to go with blue.


  22. I've never read a Jasper Fforde book but have had his name on my authors tbr list for several months so I would love to win this book!

    I'm a new follower
    +1 my color choice is Red!
    +2 Tweeted:
    Shades of Grey Giveaway

    Thank you!

    ~ Amy
    Aimala127 AT gmail DOT com

  23. I'm a follower.

    whatinabox at gmail dot com

    +2 Tweet: http://twitter.com/whatinabox/status/8287432933

    +1 I would choose to see blue. It's my favorite color, and I'd love to see it everywhere!

  24. Count me in please. I am a follower.

    +1 I would choose blue

    throuthehaze at gmail dot com

  25. 1) I'm a follower.
    2) rae_sunshine4(at)yahoo.com
    4) +1 Answer: Probably green, although I'm tempted to say blue. But green, ah....that could be great.

  26. I'm a follower :)
    +2 tweet: http://twitter.com/kghobbs/statuses/8665670514
    +1 Green! I love green and would see all shades of it.