Thursday, July 2, 2009

The Felix Castor Contest with Author Mike Carey

Dead Men’s Boots, the third book in Mike Carey’s dark urban fantasy series featuring freelance exorcist Felix Castor makes its North American debut on July 23. To celebrate the launch of the book, I have a terrific interview lined up with Mike Carey on July 16 to talk about the book, the series and his writing (he reveals some tidbits about new book projects). And for icing on the cake, Hachette Books and Grand Central Publishing have provided me with two fabulous giveaway packages.

I have a first prize of 5 copies of the Dead Men’s Boots hardcover available to giveaway to lucky readers. I will select the winners for these on July 17 after the interview.

But that’s not all. I also have 3 GRAND PRIZES consisting of Mike’s first three books, The Devil You Know, Vicious Circle and Dead Men’s Boots to giveaway. I will draw winners for those on July 23 – launch day.

CONTEST DETAILS:
The giveaway is open to residents of the U.S. and Canada (sorry no P.O. boxes).
The draw dates are –

July 17 - 5 copies of Dead Men’s Boots for entries received by Midnight July 16
July 23 –3 Grand Prizes (all 3 books) for entries received by Midnight July 22

All entries will be eligible for both draws however if someone from the early draw also wins the Grand prize a new name will be selected for the earlier prize.


To enter the Felix Castor Contest:
  1. A great name like Felix Castor can make a character memorable. Leave a comment and tell us your favourite character name from a book or ongoing series.
  2. Receive an extra entry if you blog about the Giveaway and leave a link in the comments.
  3. For another entry, add yourself as a Follower or subscribe to SciFiGuy.ca.
Dead Men's Boots Publishers Weekly Starred Review
Every bit as good as the better-known Jim Butcher, Carey hits his stride with his third hard-boiled supernatural thriller (after Vicious Circle). Felix Fix Castor, a London-based exorcist who uses music to fight evil spirits and other paranormal creatures, faces two major challenges. The burial of Fix's friend John Gittings is disrupted by a lawyer with a court order mandating that the corpse be cremated; Gittings's widow retains Felix to prevent the body's exhumation. Meanwhile, a woman asks Felix to clear her husband of rape and murder charges by proving that Myriam Seaforth Kale, a gangster who's been dead for 40 years, is actually responsible. While looking into how Kale has come back from the dead to resume killing people, Fix finds links to a larger threat from the dark side. Carey has a way with words (a character dresses like someone who'd taken The Matrix a little too seriously) as well as a gift for creating a plausible alternate reality.
Visit Mike Carey's Website

Mike Carey Bio:

MIKE CAREY got into writing through comic books, where his horror/fantasy series Lucifer garnered numerous international awards and was nominated for five Eisners. From there he moved into novels and screenplays, while still maintaining a presence in the comics world (he is currently writing two of Marvel's flagship titles, X-Men and Ultimate Fantastic Four).

He lives in London, England, about as far as you can get from the centre of the city and still have access to the London Underground train network. His wife, Linda, writes fantasy for young readers under the pseudonym A.J.Lake. They have three children and an implausibly beautiful cat.

57 comments:

  1. Hi there! I think my favorite character that I've read recently is from Rob Thurman's series---Cal Leandros. I think it's a great name because Cal is short for Caliban, a Shakespearean reference, and it really shows how the character's mother felt about his birth. Thanks for the awesome giveaway!

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  2. I just also because a follower of your blog. Thanks!

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  3. Doug,

    This is a very cool question and one that made me stop and think for a minute. LOL

    I have so many favorite series that names are just running through my head right now - but the one that stands out the most is Sookie Stackhouse from the series by Charlaine Harris. To me it is a very unusual name and unforgettable.

    M

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  4. Kisten from the Hollows series. I love that name:)

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  5. Blogged about giveaway

    http://bridget3420.blogspot.com/2009/07/72-giveaway-list-2-great-deals.html

    bjhopper(at)me(dot)com

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  6. Oh excellent, I just borrowed this series from the library!

    Heh heh, my favourite character name is Absalom Elvis da Vinci Williams from the short story, "Collision Course" in Dick Francis' antho, Field of 13. He's mostly referred to as "Bill Williams" but all throughout the SS, he's also referred to in variations of his full name such as "Absalom Elvis et cetera Williams", "A. E. da V. Williams", "Dr Williams, MA, PhD", "Dr. A. E. da V. etc.", "da V. Williams", "Bill (Absalom etc.) Williams", etc. etc. :D

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  7. I subscribe to your feed via Google Reader.

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  8. And I just became a follower.

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  9. I'm partial to the name Mouse for Harry Dresden's temple dog. Nice contrast there.

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  10. Who could forget a name like Holden Caulfield (Catcher in the Rye)?

    oheeyore at hotmail dot com

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  11. I follow your blog.
    oheeyore at hotmail dot com

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

    Happy 4th :)
    I'd have to say that Federal Agent Aloysius X.L. Pendergast from the Preston and Child 'Pendergast' series of books is my favorite character name. Such an unusual first name, while the second name has just a hint of olde world charm & influence. You know that anyone named Aloysius is a force to be reckoned with! I've been a long time fan of Preston & Child and as such, highly recommend their books - both collectively and writing separately.

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  13. I love the name Kitty for a werewolf in Carrie Vaughn's series. :)

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  14. Rumtumtigger, from TS Eliot's Old Possum's Book of Practical Cats

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  15. Phedre Delaunay! =)

    misusedinnocence@aol.com

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  16. I follow. :)

    misusedinnocence@aol.com

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  17. My favorite character is Odd Thomas. I love Dean Koontz and Odd is such a great character.
    jessica(at)fan(dot)com

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  18. Hi SciFiGuy!
    I've not heard of Mike Carey's books til today and super to learn about this series! I've been to the site just now too and so good to find a darker Urban Fantasy series! Would love to read these!
    I have many favorite characters! I often go with the ones I'm reading and right now its Bones with Jeaniene Frost's Huntress series! This Urban Fantasy series rocks too!


    I got your contest posted on:
    + http://caffeys-reads.blogspot.com on the 'Contest' post
    + http://myspace.com/auntcaffey on the blog post there
    + Too I'm following you here
    + And too subscribe to SciFiGuy.ca

    cathiecaffey(at)gmail(dot)com

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  19. http://iyamvixenbooks.blogspot.com/2009/07/scifi-guy-has-felix-castori-meanmike.html

    My favorite character name is Jeanne C Stein's Anna Strong.

    and I follow you on Yahoo.

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  20. Character names are important. I really like Sookie Stackhouse's name which is already mentioned above. And another not mentioned yet that I like is Reel from Judi Fennell's new book "In Over Her Head". A fun take on a name for a merman, especially since his brother is named Rod.
    I'm already a follower and have this contest posted up at my blog here: http://ladyvampire2u.blogspot.com/2009/07/get-in-it-to-win-it.html
    Thanks!
    LadyVampire2u(AT)gmail(DOT)com

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  21. Okay, these names are definitely not my favorite, but they are unforgettable:
    Rhage
    Zsadist
    Phury
    Vishous
    There are more,(no matter how you spell them, they are words) though I don't care for them (personal opinion), they ARE unforgettable.

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  22. I am already a follower of your blog, (like it too!)

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  23. Hi Doug!

    My favorite character will always be Kisten from Kim Harrison's Hollows Series because he can never be replaced in my heart. I loved him for all of his weaknesses and strengths. As for a character still alive (?) in a series, Jean Claude, Master of the City in LKH's Anita Blake Series. He continues to put up with Anita's crap and I love him for that. LOL! Too fun. Odd, both vampires.

    I'm a follower.

    I've re-posted on my blog at http://myblog2point0.blogspot.com/.

    Thanks!

    Dottie :)

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  24. Hello

    I had to think about that question a bit.

    My favorite character name is Maxine Kiss. Max is a nice strong female character name, combined with Kiss gives you some romantic intrigue. Perfect!

    Thanks for the wicked giveway. I haven't read any of this series so winning the whole set would make my month! LOL

    Miranda

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  25. John Greystoke, AKA Tarzan, both great and in the latter case, iconic names!

    Reuben(dot)Hubbard(at)saanich(dot)ca

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  26. My favorite character name would have to be Clayton Danvers from Kelley Armstong's Otherworld series. It has a certain ring to it that makes it stick out in my mind.

    I added your site to my RSS Feed yesterday so I'm hoping that counts toward this contest.

    And thanks for the great contest!!

    iiiioneloveiiii (AT) gmail (DOT) com.

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  27. Jacqueline Daniels (AKA Jack Daniels) in JA Konrath's books

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  28. I'm rather partial to Fred the mermaid from MJD. Such a blase name for an exotic person.

    Oh, and I'm now following your blog on blogger also.

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  29. Hi!
    I'd have to say my favorite characters name would be Jericho Barrons, from the Fever series by Karen Marie Moning. I love that name and I love his character, I can't wait for the Dreamfever in August! :D

    Also, I'm suscribing to your site now!
    Great contest,
    Tasha

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  30. My favorite name is for my favorite character: Marius de Romanus.

    Blogged: http://www.morbid-romantic.net/2009/07/06/book-giveaways-07-06-07-12/

    I follow.

    Valorie
    morbidromantic@gmail.com

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  31. I gotta try for some Felix Castor. I'm writing the post linking you up as I write this. You can find it Here.

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  32. It's been mentioned, but I love Kitty for a werewolf... How ironic.

    I follow.

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  33. My favorite character name is Kinsey Millhone from Sue Grafton's alphabet mysteries.

    megalon22 at yahoo dot com

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  34. I already follow

    megalon22 at yahoo dot com

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  35. My favorite character is Death in Terry Pratchett's Discworld series.

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  36. Mercedes Thompson from Patricia Briggs' Mercy Thompson Series. Thanks for hosting an awesome giveaway.

    Sue
    okibi_insanity[at]yahoo[dot]com

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  37. I blogged about this giveaway at my LJ:
    http://okibi-insanity.livejournal.com/9275.html

    Sue
    okibi_insanity[at]yahoo[dot]com

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  38. I follow your blog. :]

    Sue
    okibi_insanity[at]yahoo[dot]com

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  39. Favorite character - depends on the series but I really like the character Edward from the Anita Blake series.

    budletsmom at yahoo dot com

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  40. I follow your blog.

    budletsmom at yahoo dot com

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  41. Greetings. The absolute fave character name is Thursday Next from the Jasper Fforde series.

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  42. I like the servant character's name of Emancipor Reese from the Malazan novels.

    Just stumbled in to your blog...

    William
    (sphinx0126[at]gmail[dot]com)

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  43. I am a follower

    What an awesome question and so hard at that!

    I LOVE Zeddicus Zuil Zarrander from Terry Goodkind's Sword of Truth series. You can't forget a name like that! I also loved Dr. Kay Scarpetta from Patricia Cornwell's series of Scarpetta novels.

    I also posted on Twitter, my URL is www.twitter.com/historyslover

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  44. After thinking this over a bit, the one that floats to the top is The Gray Mouser, from Fritz Leiber's classic Lankhmar series.

    Thoughts on the name:

    - The Mouser's true name is hidden; as an apprentice wizard, of course, he learned that letting it be known would make him vulnerable to various sorts of sympathetic magic
    - It's a modification of the nickname Mouse given to him by his first love Ivrian, after the first time he killed.
    - It captures his appearance and his mode of fighting, and in turn he builds his persona around it, almost like a superheroic identity.

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  45. I love Kitty for a werewolf from Carrie Vaughn's books. But I also like unique names like MacKayla Lane and Jericho Barrons from the Fever series.

    bacchus76 at myself dot com

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  46. I am also a follower.

    bacchus76 at myself dot com

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  47. Jonathan BernardJuly 16, 2009 at 1:16 PM

    I like John Taylor from Simon R. Green's Nightside series.

    Jonathan

    netjon at gmail.com

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  48. A name that has always stuck with me is Randall Flagg from Stephen King's "The Stand." That last name really stuck out for me, and just added a little more "oomph" to the character.

    e-mail: rabidfox(at)ymail.com

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  49. For an extra entry, I've been following this blog for a little while now.

    e-mail: rabidfox(at)ymail.com

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  50. I also added a link to this contest on my own blog on the right-hand sidebar (CONTESTS section).

    I even posted a blog entry with a link to this contest and the interview.
    (http://waggingthefox.blogspot.com/2009/07/scifi-guy-has-big-contest-interview.html)

    e-mail: rabidfox(at)ymail.com

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  51. I like Isabella(Bella)from the Twilight Series. Thanks for this giveaway and please count me in

    chinook92(at)gmail(dot)com

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  52. I follow your blog

    chinook92(at)gmail(dot)com

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  53. I'm a follower

    I like the name Jack Reacher from Lee Child's series. He sounds like an ordinary person but larger - which he is. He's unusually strong and big and military trained but still a regular person.

    gaby317nyc AT gmail DOT com

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  54. just saw that this should be a separate entry

    i follow

    gaby317nyc AT gmail DOT com

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  55. I like Caliban and Niko in Rob Thurman's Madhouse series.

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