Friday, 2 April 2010

Win a limited copy of Shadow Prowler by Alexey Pehov INTERNATIONAL COMP

Earlier on in the week, I reviewed the bestselling Russian fantasy Shadow Prowler. Well here it is!

The Prize: A numbered, special review copy of the book (haven't quite got the number with me, it is in the 30's, and there are only 500 of these in circulation.) This is an international competition.

NEW DEADLINE: 6pm GMT Thursday 29th April 2010

Entry rules: One entry per person. You must be over 18 years old. The book is given with the intention it will not be sold upon receipt.

How to enter: Comment on what your feelings are towards thieves in fiction. Do you like them or not? Please state why you do/don't like them. Putting your email is NOT mandatory. When I announce the winner I'll try and track them down :)

Winner will be selected at random.


buddyt said...

Like thieves or not ?

Well it really depends. If you are talking about the "good" type of thieves then yes if the character is interesting and very clever in the way they steal. The old "golden-hearted" thief type.

If they are evil and scary, then yes as well provided they are not just stupid and violent with no charcter traits to make them interesting.

If you are prepared to ship worldwide, then please enter me.

My email to make your life easier:

buddytho {at} gmail DOT com

Yunaleska said...

Thanks Buddy - I'd forgotten to put its international.

Sam said...

I'm fine with thieves in fiction as long as they're presented as well-rounded characters with a decent backstory. I don't have to like the character so long as they and their actions are believable.

That said, I suppose it depends on the individual character and the setting I find them in.

Yes, please enter me in the competition.

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Keith said...

An interesting question! It all depends really, as long as they're present well, or struggling against a corrupt authority which is making people poor and needing to steal to survive.

Though an anti-hero is also good, still a very underused genre methinks.

Would love to be entered into the comp please!

Am @coversnails

Anonymous said...

I like thieves. As a child I stole and would as an adult if I thought nobody would see, if no CCTV.


jaybull65 at

Spav said...

It depends on what kind of thief, but usually I like them, especially if you don't know who the thieve is and you have to find out. But if the protagonist of the novel is a thief, I would prefer that he had a good reason for stealing.


Hanna said...

I like thieves.

Everyone's a thief - everyone deprives others of something. In the same way no lunch is a free lunch, we deprive someone of something whenever we decide to do anything. It's human nature - everyone's a thief. So of course I like thieves in fiction. Their inclusion in literature signifies an acknowledgement of the thieving nature of humanity although this may or may not be an acceptance of it. So there, yes, I like thieves.

-Dwayne (My sister's account is in use)

happyfox said...

I think it depends very much on the author's perspective. If he or she is on the thief's side and the victim is obviously meant to be disliked, we will side with the thief and want him to succeed.

Simcha said...

I actually did a blog post a few weeks ago about how I'm usually drawn to books about thieves. From Robin Hood to Locke Lamora, they are usually the most interesting kind of characters. Particularly books a thief would normally be considered a villain of some sort but as a protagonist, the author has to show us their "good" side, which makes it even more interesting.

Aik said...

It depends. I like Robin Hood because he's a "good" thief, but I'm not sure about the others.

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