Monday, October 5, 2009

GIVEAWAY: Unseen Academicals

HarperCollins has been generous enough to offer THREE copies of Unseen Academicals, by Terry Pratchett to BookLust readers (well, to those located in the USA and Canada)!

Book Description
The wizards at Ankh-Morpork's Unseen University are renowned for many things—wisdom, magic, and their love of teatime—but athletics is most assuredly not on the list. And so when Lord Ventinari, the city's benevolent tyrant, strongly suggests to Archchancellor Mustrum Ridcully that the university revive an erstwhile tradition and once again put forth a football team composed of faculty, students, and staff, the wizards of UU find themselves in a quandary. To begin with, they have to figure out just what it is that makes this sport—soccer with a bit of rugby thrown in—so popular with Ankh-Morporkians of all ages and social strata. Then they have to learn how to play it. Oh, and on top of that, they must win a football match without using magic.

Meanwhile, Trev (a handsome street urchin and a right good kicker) falls hard for kitchen maid Juliet (beautiful, dim, and perhaps the greatest fashion model there ever was), and Juliet's best pal, UU night cook Glenda (homely, sensible, and a baker of jolly good pies) befriends the mysterious Mr. Nutt (about whom no one knows very much, including Mr. Nutt, which is worrisome . . .). As the big match approaches, these four lives are entangled and changed forever. Because the thing about football—the most important thing about football­—is that it is never just about football.

If you would like a chance to win a copy, just leave a comment by noon (CST) October 12 with your e-mail address and either your favorite satirical or your favorite fantasy novel. I will choose three winners at random that evening and contact you via e-mail. You get an extra entry if you are a BookLust subscriber or follower (just let me know in your comment that you are).

NOTE: Your entry WILL NOT be counted if you do not include all the elements above in your comment. Please remember your e-mail address AND your favorite book.

Thanks, and good luck!


  1. im a follower!

  2. I don't know if I've ever ready a fantasy novel...does Harry Potter, and Twilight count?

    Thanks for the giveaway

  3. Probably "Dirk Gently's Holistic Detective Agency" ... there's just something hilarious about a couch stuck in a stairwell ...

    I'm a subscriber!

    webereading AT gmailDOTcom

  4. I have all of Terry Pratchett's books, he is my favorite author!
    I sure hope I can win this one!
    I'm a follower also!

    my email is

  5. I'm a follower, but you know that ;-)

    mring42 at gmail dot com

    Favorite satirical novel...I'll go with "Moo" by Jane Smiley.

  6. Thanks for the giveaway! Choosing a favorite fantasy novel is difficult... it's between either Monstrous Regiment by Pratchett or The Hero and the Crown by Robin McKinley.

    My email is

  7. OMG!!!! As a devout Pratchett fan I just have to have this one !! Please please please enter me too !!!

    Email address:
    Subscriber: Yes :)
    Favorite fantasy novel: These days that's Stardust (or Neverwhere?) (or Stardust?) (or any Pratchett book that I came by?)
    Wait, I know. I'll nominate my first Pratchett book, the one that got me into liking him and fantasy in general: Thief of Time :)

  8. My daughter is crazy about Terry Pratchett. She got me to read Soul Music and now I am also hooked on the Ankh-Morpork world :)

    I have too many fantasy favorites. I like Neil Gaiman's books and also Terry Brooks' Shannara novels. My teen daughters are the ones who got me hooked on the Twilight series and the House of Night series and all the other vampires stuff. We love them all!

    I am now following your blog and I'm adding you to my blogroll so I remember to come back. You have a great blog!

  9. Follower!
    Hitchhikers Guide to the Galaxy!

    Since you just told me yesterday I need to start reading this author, I sure hope I win :)

  10. Anonymous10/06/2009

    I would love a chance to win this! my fave fantasy novel? would be the entire series of The War of The Spider Queen (Forgotten Realms) :) it's an awesome read.

    sensitivemuse at gmail dot com

  11. Yay Terry Pratchett hooray!

    Favorite fantasy novel/series/guilty pleasure: Kushiel's Dart, by Jacqueline Carey. Yes, its ridiculous and frothy and in love with itself, but I can't help but adore it.

    Favorite Satire: Terry Pratchett's "Mort."


  12. No need to enter me. I'm dropping in to say it's great to meet you and thanks for the e-mail. I've got this posted at Win a Book.

  13. Yay for a Pratchett book. I'm all excited.
    You cannot go wrong with The Hitchhikers Guide to the Galaxy.
    So awesome that book.


  14. I'd love a chance to win. I have never read anything by this author, but I have been meaning to. My favorite fantasy novel is actually a set called The Empire Trilogy. If you're interested in reading them, the first is called Mistress of the Empire, and it's very good.


    I also follow your blog

  15. Hi,
    arrived via West of Mars -

    first of all: Hooray for Helena Justina! I adore her and all her family, both related by blood and affection.

    Favorite fantasy? The one that impressed me most recently was 'Darkborn' by Alison Sinclair. Stunningly good read.

    I'm a follower. mayamissani AT yahoo DOT ca

  16. Terry Pratchett is my favorite humorous fantasy author. I'm so happy to see he has another book out!

    My favorite fantasy novel... that would be Watership Down. Humorous/satirical fantasy... I'd find it difficult to choose between Small Gods, The Truth and Feet of Clay.

    Please enter me into the giveaway as well!

    Marian - mdperera at hotmail dot com

  17. How about The Immortals...

    I'd love to read this!

    janemaritz at yahoo dot com

  18. My favourite fantasy novel (apart from everything Sir Pratchett's ever written) is American Gods, if that counts. If not, then Coraline.

  19. blackrose10/08/2009

    I think for favorite satire, it's a tie between "Small Gods" by Pratchett and "Wicked" by Gregory Maguire.

    My email is Thanks for the chance to win.

  20. New follower here! I lover your header, its gorgeous. :)
    My favorite fantasies at the moment are Mistborn by Brandon Sanderson, Graceling by Kristin Kashore (?) - I have not read anything by Pratchett yet.
    Your contest has been linked on my site Layers of Thought gotta love giveaways

  21. Anonymous10/08/2009

    My favorite satiracal is Going Postal

  22. That's easy - my favorite is Mort by Pratchett. I absolutely love that book. And I'm thrilled at the chance to win his latest novel. I'm a big fan.

    booklogged at gmail dot com

  23. Ooops! I forgot to include that I am a follower.

  24. Please enter me. Thanks for the chance. My favorite fantasy novel is Percy Jackson and the Lightening Thief.

    lizzi0915 at aol dot com

  25. Sweet Jane10/09/2009

    My favorite fantasy by Pratchett is Hogfather. Another favorite is A Dirty Job by Christopher Moore.

    My email is

    This is my first time to try for a free book.

  26. Hi! Thanks for the chance to win a new Terry Pratchett book. I love the stories about Unseen University and its wizards. I'm a subscriber, and my e-mail address is My favorite fantasy/satirical novel (it's both) is Good Omens, which I've read, re-read and passed around to my family. (My secret alter-ego is Agnes Nutter, Witch.)

  27. I'm a new follower! My email is goodbooksandgoodwine[@]

    My favorite fantasy novel is The Name of the Wind by Patrick Rothfuss. It's fairly new, but OMG is it awesome. It's about this guy named Kvothe who goes to university, um he fights some people, he's musical, my description does zero justice. Yes, it's worth reading just so I stop rambling :-)

  28. My favorite fantasy novels are the Harry Potter books!

    paradoxrevealed (at) aim (dot) com


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