Tuesday, September 1, 2009

Promotion & Contest - "Catching Fire" by Suzanne Collins

Today is the official release day for Catching Fire, the second book in The Hunger Games series by Suzanne Collins. I have to say The Hunger Games was perhaps my favourite YA read last year and I have really been anticipating this follow up.

SciFiGuy.ca is participating in a fantastic promotion to launch Catching Fire. I have three (3) terrific prize packages to be won, each consisting of the following items -
  • A limited edition T-shirt (see the photo at the end of the post)
  • A collectible mocking jay pin
  • A copy of Catching Fire
  1. In the spirit of the "Games" all you need to do to enter the contest is leave a comment and tell us what your favourite Olympic event is and why.
  2. The promotion runs from September 1 to September 15, 2009. Winners will be announced on or around September 16, 2009.
  3. Open to participants with a United States or Canadian mailing address.

Twenty- four are forced to enter. Only the winner survives.

In the ruins of a place once known as North America lies the nation of Panem, a shining Capitol surrounded by twelve outlying districts. Each year, the districts are forced by the Capitol to send one boy and one girl between the ages of twelve and eighteen to participate in the Hunger Games, a brutal and terrifying fight to the death – televised for all of Panem to see.

Survival is second nature for sixteen-year-old Katniss Everdeen, who struggles to feed her mother and younger sister by secretly hunting and gathering beyond the fences of District 12. When Katniss steps in to take the place of her sister in the Hunger Games, she knows it may be her death sentence. If she is to survive, she must weigh survival against humanity and life against love.

Against all odds, Katniss Everdeen has won the annual Hunger Games with fellow district tribute Peeta Mellark. But it was a victory won by defiance of the Capitol and their harsh rules. Katniss and Peeta should be happy. After all, they have just won for themselves and their families a life of safety and plenty. But there are rumors of rebellion among the subjects, and Katniss and Peeta, to their horror, are the faces of that rebellion. The Capitol is angry. The Capitol wants revenge.
Catching Fire Links:

Limited Edition T-Shirt


  1. OMG I can't wait to read this! Great giveaway

    I don't really have a favourite Olympic event. But I enjoy watching ice hockey in the winter olympics and field hockey and soccer during the summer olympics. I actually love watching the opening and closing ceremonies too :D


  2. Hi :)
    What a great contest!
    My favorite Olympic Event is Hockey!
    Go Canada!

  3. My favourite sport is Swimming.
    Me and my son jump into the pool any time we can.



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  5. Favorite olympic event? Tough one.. I love to watch the equestrian sports. I used to ride horses (when I had the time and money) and it makes me remember the good times.

    ohmorningglow AT aol DOT com

  6. I love the downhill skiing because it always looks to me like everyone's going to die, but then they suddenly pull through it. It's amazing.


  7. Great giveaway
    I agree with RKCharron,hockey is favorite olympic event,Go Canada a national past time to watch.I like both the women and men teams.


  8. My favorite event is gymnastics.

    bcanyon at hotmail dot com

  9. My favorite olympic event is the louge, I love speed!
    I am really excited to read this series, I am hearing great things about both books.

  10. My favorite Olympic event has been and always will be Women's gymnastics. They're incredible athletes!

    Thanks for the great contest!


  11. My favorite Olympic event is gymnastics. Because I love watching those kids do things I only wish I could do. :)


  12. Looks to be a great read!

    For Winter Olympics, it would have to be Skeleton. The speed, the daring, the precision... I'm always enrapt.

    For Summer Olympics, my fave would have to be either Volleyball or Olympics. Both are great fun to watch. Great athletes, jumping tremendously high, the strength, agility... amazing to watch.


  13. OMG, I loved The Hunger Games and can't wait to read catching Fire!!

    I love the swimming Olympic event! Why? Because swimming is my favorite sport!

    Thank you for this cool giveaway! My email is

  14. I love watching synchronized swimming because it so ridiculous. And difficult. Plus those little caps they wear are cute.

    brittanynoelle (at) gmail (dot) com

  15. I can't wait to read this book!

    The position for my favourite Olympic event is tied between three sports: hockey, gymnastics, and snowboard cross. Hockey because I'm a stereotypical Canadian, gymnastics because it's amazing to see what the athletes can do with their bodies, and snowboard cross because it's just so darn fun. I can't wait to watch it and hockey this winter!


  16. Well my favorite Olympic evetn sure is Hockey!
    It is my favorite sport, and one of the rare in which we can (Canada) expect a gold medal!

  17. Thanks for hosting this awesome giveaway. Those shirts are great!

    My favorite Olympic sport is figure skating and, yes, I am aware of how big a nerd this makes me. Tough. :)

  18. Amazing givaway! So excited for this book.

    My favorite Olympic sport is swimming.


  19. My favourite Olympic event is speedskating!
    Please enter my name in your wonderful draw. Thanks!
    wandanamgreb (at) gmail (dot) com

  20. I have a few favorites. But my favorite Winter Olympics sport is Curling. It is an absolute hoot to watch and is even funner to play.

  21. My favorite even is figure skating. It's so artistic, yet athletic too. And some of the costumes are just priceless.

    joderjo402 AT gmail DOT com

  22. Great contest! My favorite event would be either diving or synchronized swimming (those are some real athletes!).


  23. My favorite Olympic event is gymnastics, mens or womens, any of the four apparatus'. So much skill, dexterity, and conditioning needed. Love it all.

    Please enter me!

    Dottie :)


  24. I love watching downhill skiing. It's exciting--the speed, the danger, the rush.
    Great contest!
    Laurie T (llt806@optonline.net)

  25. I'm going to have to agree with a few people here. Definitely hockey. Great sport. Go Canada! :D

  26. My favorite sport is Swimming.

    kalynnick AT yahoo DOT com

  27. My favorite event is women's gymnastics, because it is so beautiful to watch!


  28. I've always loved watching gymnastics.


  29. My favourite is curling...another great Canadian sport! :)
    Thanks for the wonderful giveaway!
    Have a great day!
    timbit14 @ rogers . com

  30. My favorite winter Olympic sport is the figure skating. In the summer, it's the gymnastics. I also love the fencing, but they tend to broadcast it in the early hours of the morning if at all.

  31. I think it's between swimming and gymnastics :P (such a generic answer LOL)


  32. My favourite Olympic event is figure skating. I like the routines and how emotional they are and also how skaters can do some amazing moves on the ice.


  33. Oh, great contest!!

    I like watching the gymnastics the best, track & field is a close second.

  34. I like Curling...it's almost hypnotic watching them sweep the ice back and forth.
    throuthehaze at gmail dot com

  35. Please include me.

    My favorite is skiing. I just love watching them zoom down the hills and off the jumps.

    bacchus76 at myself dot com

  36. I really like the equestrian events. :D

    macmomma2099 (at) yahoo.com

  37. Please enter me! dasuzuki at yahoo dot com. My fave summer event is gymnastics. Not sure why but it's always been my fave. For winter I got into speed skating two Olympics ago. It's so exciting and amazing to watch.

  38. Oops, forgot the "why".

    Well, I like watching the horses and their riders work together to win. And you can always tell when the horse knows they've done good. :)

  39. Definitely basketball. It's always been my favorite sport and I played some in high school.

    yodelingdwarf (at) gmail (dot] com


  40. I favorite Olympic event is skeleton because they go really fast

    cavemanb (at) gmail (dot) com


  41. Summer Olympics: gymnastics and swimming

    Winter Olympics: ice skating solo and pair


  42. I think gymnastics is my favorite Olympic event. Either that, or rythmic gymnastics (for the uninformed, they are totally different). It sounds incredibly dorky, but it was actually kinda cool. XD

    eclecticdahlia at aol dot com

  43. Gymnastics!! It was so fun to watch although the commentators were ANNOYING as hell.

    Second - swimming after I watched Michael Phelps

    thanks so much for the entry

    gaby317nyc at gmail dot com

  44. Great giveaway!
    My fav olympic event is gymnastics (more specifically women's all-around).


  45. Olympic games: This is totally girly, (and I'm way too old for girly, haha) but my favorite winter olympic games is ice skating, especially when the skaters to something unique, like use rock or hip-hop music. I've always like the skating, ever since I was a little bitty girl.
    My favoriet summer games is track-I'll never ever run like those guys can.

  46. Oooo...great contest. I can't wait to read this.

    I favor the winter Olympics over the summer ones, just because the sports are more varied and interesting. I really love speed skating. Watching the guys and gals dance on a razor's edge (literally) around and around the track makes me bite my nails and cheer.


  47. I havent read this or Hunger Games yet! I suppose I should or I am going to be all alone on the planet! :)

    Figure Skating has always fascinated me.... I think it is incredible has always been my favorite to watch.

  48. My favorite Olympic event is gymnastics, because of the amazing skill it takes to do the routines. And because it's like watching Cirque du Soleil!

    Please enter me!

    nbmars AT yahoo DOT com

  49. I love the half pipe (snow boarding), gymnastics and figure skating, all because of the agility required for them. And they all visually just look so cool. What an awesome twist to the contest. I'm following you now.

  50. I've always loved the gymnastic events. It doesn't seem possible that they can do what they do with their bodies. The combination of grace and strength is beautiful to watch.

    Abigails.johnson (at) gmail (dot) com

  51. Thanks for a great contest!
    I think all of the Olympic events are amazing! I am so impressed by gymnastics and all the contortions they perform.


  52. please enter me to win the Catching Fire Contest. My Favorite Olympic event is swimming. I love to swim more than anything.

    findjessyhere at gmail dot com

  53. Oh, contests. I like contests.

    Favourite event would be figure skating because it's so graceful and pretty! It's almost like retro "So you think you can dance" with two people and more rules.

    Good luck, everyone!

  54. Can't wait to read this book!

    If I have to choose a favorite olympic sport, it would be gymnastics.

  55. My favorite Olympic event is the gymnastics

  56. Awesome giveaway! My favorite olympic Games event is ice Skating. I love watching ice skating because I love the costumes and the choreography as well as the amazing moves.


  57. Fantastic contest! Thanks for hosting it.

    My favorite Olympic sport is figure skating. It looks so graceful and effortless. Unlike when I ice skate.

  58. Ok my fav is swimming. I don't know why I just enjoy it. Best reason I guess.

  59. My favorite Olympic event is swimming. It's been my fave since Rome when Phelps made his debut. I get really into it too, shouting at the TV, it's my Super Bowl!

    I linked you on my sidebar

    zombiegirrrl21 at aol dot com

  60. My fav event is figure skating. When my mother was alive, a big thing for us was always watching the winter olympics together. We both loved figure skating and I just feel like she is there with me when I watch it now.

    For summer olympics my fav is gymnastics. I think it's so cool what they are able to do, and wish I could do it lol Same goes for the ice skaters in winter.

  61. My favorite event is hockey. I love that it's been an event since the 1920's. There is a wonderful sense of people playing for the love of the sport instead of for money. beretbrenckman at gmail dot com

  62. My favorite Olympic sport is soccer. Followed closely by the track and field events.

  63. Awesome giveaway! I would love to win this book. Thanks for the chance.

    My favourite Olympic event is Alpine skiing. Even though it's something I could never do I enjoy watching because it looks like so much fun and you never know what's going to happen.


  64. I really like watching ice skating in the Olympics because it is very artistic and athletic.


  65. My fav Olympic event would be swimming.


  66. WOW! These two books are on the Wanton Wantin' Book List, so they will be read even if I don't win.
    Favorite Summer Olympic event: Equestrian, just watching the smooth movements and the almost psychic connection between rider and horse.
    Synchronized swimming is a close second. Those athletes are just amazingly disciplined.

    Winter Olympics: Speed skating, they move so damn fast!

    VWinship at aol dot com

  67. My favorite Olympic event is snowboarding, the half pipe is so exciting to watch, it's amazing what they can do!


  68. My favorite summer event is diving and my favorite winter event is figure skating.


  69. Great contest!

    My favorite sport to watch is gymnastics. I love watching the uneven bars.


  70. my favorite olympic event is swimming. i love watching swimming and it is just so intense seeing whether or not the team you are rooting for will win! those swimmers go so fast and they make it look so easy! i only wish i can swim like that! llpwu2002@yahoo.com

  71. What a fabulous prize package giveaway drawing! I like the gymnastic competitions; especially,
    the floor performances.
    Many thanks!

  72. I really like the gymnastics. Uneven bars my favorite. :)
    I also like the awards ceremonies; where the athletes are singing and they're happy, and then it gets to a certain point and they start crying. :')

    antiblurb at aol dot com

  73. My favorite Olympic Event is Hockey!!!!
    Love watching it on the t'v with the family


    wadesherry@hotmail dot com

  74. I love to watch the gymnastic events. Those young people are so talented and graceful! My Mom calls me "Grace", but it's my lack thereof, LOL!

    rini00b at hotmail.com

  75. My favorite game is between gymnastics and ice-skating. I'd love to be able to do either of those things.

  76. I like watching fastpitch softball in the summer because I used to play, and I like watching snowboarding in the winter because I always wished I'd learned how. I also enjoy a little swimming, diving, and gymnastics.

    Sara M
    silentalibis AT yahoo DOT com

  77. I have two favorites: ice skating and gymnastics. I'm so in awe of what they can do and the grace they do it with. It makes me want to go and try it myself.

    Thanks! :0)
    librarygrinch at gmail dot com

  78. Hands down my absolute FAVORITE Olympic event is Gymnastics! I have been a gymnast for many years! It takes a lot of hard work and dedication and I just think it's a beautiful sport!

    Thanks for hosting this giveaway! I'm normally a lurker, but I had to come out and post for this one!

    I hope you'll stop by and visit me as well!

    x0xx Amy (Park-Avenue Princess)

  79. I love all Olympic sports/games. It is the spirit of the games, of competing that makes it the Olympics.

  80. My favorite events are swimming and gymnastics!


    Thanks for the giveaway!

  81. I have two: gymnastics and ice skating. :)


  82. my favorite olympic event is badminton! :)
    love the hunger games! thanks a billion for the awesome giveaway!!

  83. I have a lot of favorite Olympic events so I'll just name 1 for summer and 1 for winter.

    Gymnastics: It is so fun to watch and requires so much. Balance, strength, performance, and flexibility.

    Figure Skating: Same reason I like gymnastics.

    I'd love to win this!

    ~Briana :D

  84. My favorite Olympic event would have to be soccer. Why, because soccer is a beautiful game, plus I've played it. :)

    hauntingorchid (at) aol (dot) com

  85. Favorite Olympic event would have to be either the running ones (100m or whatever) or the downhill skiing, depending on the time of year :P. I can't get enough of downhill skiing. It's impressive that they put themselves through all that just to get to the bottom in record time...

    Thanks (email in profile)!

  86. Summer: swimming

    Winter: speed skating

  87. Hmmm my favorite? Well, gymnastics because the build of the athletes to do all the tumbling is impressive. And then diving because I am amazed at how close they come to the edge of the board/platform and have no fear. But I will always remember the track and field event during the Atlanta Olympics. I was there the day that Jackie Joyner-Kersee pulled her hamstring. jimmneygot@hotmail.com

  88. Gotta love giveaways. I'd say my favorite Olympic sport has gotta be curling. I mean, dudes with brooms? Guys so rarely sweep that we've actually made an olympic event out of it. Awesome.

  89. I think my favorite event to watch is track ones, which is weird because I can't run at ALL.

    deathmouse AT comcast DOT net

  90. Diving. I love watching beautiful bodies do amazing things (oh and to have that kind of core strength).


    Contact me through moderated comments.

  91. Awesome giveaway. I'd love to win, as I've heard great things but never read.

    My favorite Olympic event is swimming or down-hill skiing.


  92. Great contest, please count me in. My favorite Olympic event is the gymnastics. I was once limber but now I'm not, so I love watching it

  93. whoops, sorry, forgot email

  94. Please include me! Thanks

    I love gymnastics! Mainly because I wish I could do that! I think its truly amazing how they swing on the bars and flip on the floor exercises!

    Thanks again!
    dcf_beth at verizon dot net

  95. I like your three column blog change. Now its my turn. :)
    I have posted this give away on my blog, and would love to have a copy of this book. Thanks
    Layers of Thought

  96. The Hunger Games is such a fantastic series! I can't get enough of it so I really want that mockingjay pin :).

    My favorite Olympic event is Couples Ice Skating!

    I've already read the book and it really delivers an exciting and emotional story, just like book one.

  97. Winter, I'd go with The Downhill. Speed...danger...awesome. Summer, I'm a fan of the 200 and 400m Individual Medley in swimming. And it's not because my son recently met Ryan Lochte. It's just awesome.

    Am I too late?

  98. Michael Phelps is an American hero; he personifies hard work and a desire to succeed. Michael earned what he has unlike the wall street barons and crooked politicians of the world. The man is an American hero and most of us are proud and awed by his accomplishments in the pool. the fact that Phelps likes a glass smoking pipe, a hand rolled cigarette or big fat bong should in no way diminish the way we feel of the man’s accomplishments. Michael Phelps is doing his job and doing it to the degree of historical human greatness. Our admiration of this man does not give us the right to control his individual destiny or to judge his private choices through a lens of misguided morality. If one can achieve our world’s highest honors then they should be "free" in this country to their own pursuit of happiness.


  99. My favorite olympic event has gotta be gymnastics. I especially enjoy the moment just before they start thier routines. They stop, take a deep breath and smile at the crowds. Then suddenly thier facial expressions change to looks of utter concentration and focus. You can tell want to win--desire to win (years of training have climaxed to this moment). Then they begin...

    This reminds me of Katniss. She caters to the crowd but just before The Hunger Games, she focuses determined to use every talent she has in order to survive.

    I loved "Catching Fire" it was Magnificent.


  100. My favorite olympic event is pairs ice skating.
    Please enter me. Thanks for the chance.

    lizzi0915 at aol dot com

  101. My favourite Olympic event would be women's gymnastics. Although hockey comes in a really close second!


  102. ski or skatin


  103. My favorite Olympic event is Swimming or Gymnastics. Please include me in your giveaway.

  104. I've just finished the first book. My daughter has handed her copy of the second book to friends at school... So I don't know how long my wait is going to be!!!

    My favorite Olympic sport of the Modern Games is Croquet. It was only played in the 1900 Paris games with about 10 people... but it _was_ the first time women had competed in the games... most of the competetors were from France, including the women (Filleaul Brohy and Marie Ohnier). There is very little information about Croquet as an olympic sport... but it is my favorite because not only do I enjoy hitting little balls between wickets with my family and friends, but it also fascinates me that the first time women competed in the Modern Games they competed against men.

  105. My friends and I have been obsessed with Suzanne Collins since the Underland Chronicles, and we're loving this series just as much as the first. :) I can't wait for the third book to come out!

    Anyways... Olympic Games, hmm? There's no question- my favorite has to be fencing. It doesn't just require strength, or just require speed, or agility, or anything else- it's a combination of everything that not only makes it beautiful to watch, but also makes it fair for everyone. Fencing is one of the only sports in which woman can compete against men, and that's why- skill and agility, even perception, can make up for a lack in physical strength or speed.

  106. Id Love to be entered in the contest!!
    Baseball is my favorite olympic sport. I love to watch the p[layers from the US all get together and play on one team. I also love diving, just because it is really cool!

  107. I'm going to have to say figure skating. The faster they turn, the harder they fall.

    everead/at/gmail is my contact info.

  108. My favorite olympic games would be gymnastics.
    reneetaylor at sympatico dot ca

  109. I'm all about gymnastics. What amazing atheletes those young ladies and gentlemen are!

    deidre_durance at hotmail dot com

  110. I love diving because I can't even swim myself so it is hard to contemplate doing what they do. For winter I enjoy skating.

    Alex D.

  111. Great contest! I can't wait to read this book.

    I love the Olympics! Gymnastics is my favorite sport.


  112. I'm afraid I don't have a favorite Olympic event. Can I enter the giveaway anyway?


  113. Hi

    I like watching swimming because I enjoy seeing Michael Phelps win and win and win and win and win and win and win and win and win

  114. Entering for my 10-year-old son who'd love to win this. My favorite Olympic event is the biathlon.

  115. Bobsledding... Because of Cool Runnings.

  116. I love watching the swimming events. LOVE them.

    Thanks for the giveaway.

    s.mickelson at gmail dot com

  117. Thanks for holding this contest! It's GREAT!

    Favorite Olympic events...hm, for the Summer Games, gymnastics is always fun, as well as swimming, diving, and synchronized swimming. For the Winter Games, ice skating (and ice dancing) is very entertaining. :)


  118. Loved "Hunger Games" and can't wait for the 2nd and 3rd installments!

    Favorite Summer Olympic event: Gymnastics

    Favorite Winter: Figure Skating

    I know, unoriginal.


    Thanks for the chance to win!

  119. My favorite Olympic sport is gymnastics. There's just so much variety to it, and it's the sport that I always watch during the Olympics. The 2008 Olympics were great, especially when one of the gymnasts from China had background music that I recognized~ =)

    <3 The Hunger Games

  120. I love curling. It's like giant life size shuffleboard. Except on ice and with brooms.

  121. Would love to win this!


  122. Sweet. I'd love to win.

    Gotta go with the Biathlon. Because really, if you're a great Biathlete, aren't you just a James Bond villian?* And it's the only Olympic Event I've been to.

    *Yeah, I stole that from RvB.


  123. ================================
    Thanks go out to everyone that participated!

    I'll post winners on Thursday.


  124. My favorite Olympic events have to be the swimming competitions, and the weight lifting.


    jaywcomics at gmail.com

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