Thursday, October 14, 2010

Behemoth Giveaway with Scott Westerfield

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behemoth Next week is YA week at SciFiGuy.ca but I thought I would kick things off early with a giveaway of Behemoth by Scott Westerfield. Scott is one of the premier YA speculative fiction authors writing today with hugely popular series such as the Uglies series, Midnighters series, Risen Empire series, Leviathan series and several standalone novels.
Behemoth is the second book in the Leviathan steampunk adventure series following Leviathan and has just  been released. Thanks to the generous folks at Simon & Schuster Canada, I have two (2) copies of this exciting book (hardcover) to give away. Beautifully put together with gorgeous endpapers and interior illustrations by Keith Thompson.

To enter the giveaway, tell me you favourite Scott Westerfield book or series, or if you have not read anything of his yet tell me what appeals to you about YA and steampunk. Contest guidelines are at the end of the post. I’m reading this now and will have a review for you next week.

Goliath the third book in the series will be released in October 2011.


Behemoth Book Synopsis:
Publishers Weekly - The action is nonstop in Westerfeld's thrilling sequel to last year's Leviathan--fans of that book won't be disappointed. It's 1914 in the author's alternate world, the great powers are moving toward full-scale war, and Deryn, still posing as a boy, has found a place as a midshipman aboard the gigantic, living British airship Leviathan as it sails east on its secret mission to Istanbul. When Austria-Hungary enters the conflict, her friend Alek, the runaway heir to that empire, realizes that he must escape from the airship to avoid imprisonment, giving Deryn "a chance not just to help Alek but to change the course of the whole barking war." Battles abound between eccentric fighting machines and even stranger fabricated "beasties" as Deryn and Alek prove their courage and ingenuity while putting themselves in harm's way. This exciting and inventive tale of military conflict and wildly reimagined history should captivate a wide range of readers. Thompson's evocative and detailed spot art (as well as the luridly gorgeous endpapers) only sweetens the deal.
Here’s a sample chapter of Behemoth:


And here some of the gorgeous B&W illustrations done by Keith Thompson from Leviathan.
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  GIVEAWAY GUIDELINES:
  1. To enter leave a comment telling me your favourite Scott Westerfield book or series, or if you have not read anything of his yet tell me what appeals to you about YA and steampunk.
  2. Two names will be drawn at random. Open to US and Canada.
  3. Giveaway runs until Midnight, Monday, October 25.  
  4. Leave a way for me to contact you.
  5. Links to this post on your favourite social media sites, blogs, etc., would be appreciated.

32 comments:

  1. Can't wait to read Behemoth.

    I thought Scott's So Yesterday was different from most I read and I thought it was really cool how it never mentioned brand names but gave a discription that you could figure it out. Very different.

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  2. I quite like his UGLIES series.

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  3. I haven't read anything by Scott Westerfield yet, but I've been wanting to read Leviathan for quite a while. YA appeals to me because it's more about a great story, action, and wonderful characters and not about how many sex scenes an author can fit into a book. I enjoy Steampunk because of the adventure, the gadgets, and the fantastical elements, it's a very exciting genre.

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  4. I read both his Uglies and Midnighters series and loved both of them. I enjoyed this author's writing style and got my DH hooked on his writing as well.

    Leviathan is on my reading list and looking forward to reading it.

    Dawn
    love2read28 at gmail dot com

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  5. my brother really enjoyed Leviathan, I got a copy for him since he loves alternate/war history, I'm thinking of reading it soon too =)
    thanks for the giveaway!

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  6. Not entering but I ordered the Midnight Series a week ago and I cannot wait to get my hands on them!!
    My bestie loved the Uglies series so I might check that out too!

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  7. The Uglies Series was really good, My tween daughter and I have been reading those together for her school reading list. I have also really enjoyed the Risen Empire Series thus far.

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  8. The Uglies Series!!! ♥

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  9. I enjoyed Leviathan a lot, but out of Scott Westerfield's completed series The Risen empire is my favorite. I liked how neither side in Risen was portrayed as either all good or all evil and the emotional conflicts the central characters endured. This is part of what draws to his work, and it was evident in Deryn and Alek's interactions in Leviathan.

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  10. My favorite so far is definitely Leviathan- can't wait for Behemoth!

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    Thanks!

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  11. Leviathan is on my TBR pile and I have been hearing good stuffs about it. I'm appealed by the eclectic nature of steampunk and an air of mystery and well, punk-ness about it. :)

    -Len-
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  12. My favourite Scott Westerfeld book is Leviathan, for sure! I love learning about history and Leviathan was a wonderful blend of history and steampunk, which is a new but exciting genre. I can't wait to read Behemoth! Thanks for the giveaway :D

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  13. My favorite is the Uglies series. :0)

    Thanks!
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  14. I haven't read anything by Scott but I like YA because YA authors seem to come up with unique story ideas.

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  15. Love Scott's Uglies series and Leviathan was great.

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  16. I loved Leviathan. A great start to the series.
    Please enter me.
    Thanks

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  17. My favorite Scott Westerfeld book is Extras (the fourth book in the Uglies series). Although I enjoy all of his books and have read everything but Leviathan/Behemoth (which I plan to read soon).

    Sara M
    sara_UFblog [at] yahoo [dot] com

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  18. I got to meet Mr. Westerfield last October when he was on tour with another author. His presentation got me to read his Uglies series and I simply loved them!

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  19. I've read the first three Uglies books and really liked that series. Really have to pick up the fourth one someday.

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  20. I love love super love the Uglies Series!

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  21. I liked the Uglies series.

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  22. I've only read one Scott Westerfeld book so far -- Uglies -- so I guess it's my favourite. ;)

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  23. I haven't read anything from him, but I do love me some goooood Steampunk! What'snot to love about Steampunk?!hehe

    I follow!

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  24. So far all I've read of his is the Pretties series, which I have mixed feelings about. It was written great, but I did not like the main character. I really want to read Leviathan though. I love the whole steampunk vibe, the retelling of history and the steampunk technology sounds fascinating.

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  25. I haven't read any of Westerfield's books yet, but just reading the premise for Levanithan got me excited. I haven't read much Steampunk, but I really enjoy reading the interaction of technology and magic. It leads to some very interesting situtations.

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  26. Gonna have to go with Leviathan, definitely a great read!

    tntyrna [at] svsu [dot] edu

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  27. I have not read any of Scott's books yet, but did buy Leviathan at the school book fair and it is nearing the top of my reading pile. I avoided steampunk at first because I thought it would have a dry, Victorian feel. But talking to some Steampunk fans and creators at San Diego comic con got me interested and then I read Cherie Priest's Boneshaker and realized that Steampunk can be alt history adventure tales, very pulp, and that is right up my alley.

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  28. I discovered Scott Westerfeld with his serie "Uglies", but my favorite book from him is Leviathan. I'm a big steampunk fan for years now, so I guess I am kinda biased.

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  29. I've read his Uglies and Midnighters series, but my favorite of his books so far is Leviathan.

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  30. Uglies is probably my favorite book by Westerfeld, though I enjoyed Leviathan too. Looking forward to reading Behemoth!

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  31. What appeals to me about YA & Steampunk? Many YA titles appeal to me due to the fact that I can really relax and enjoy a good story-- the reading level is lower & gives me an opportunity to just sink into the stories easier. And as a previous commenter said, there tends to be less graphic material, or at least in the titles that I choose.

    Steampunk-- I love the mixture of old and new, classic and exotic textures. And of course the illustrations in the Leviathan series are just incredible!

    Thanks for the chance to win!

    Laura Hartness
    The Calico Critic
    CalicoCritic at gmail dot com

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  32. I am getting set to read Leviathan, and it will be my first dip into Steampunk. I think Dystopian and such appeals to me, because it hearkens back to my teen years and my desire for stories of teens making it on their own in a desolate world.

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