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Following Amazon.com's bargain on Absolute Sandman 1 Amazon.co.uk is giving a whopping 90% discount on Odd and the Frost Giants.
Instead of forking out an exhorbitant £1 it is listing as pre-order for 10 shiny pence.
Odd and the Frost Giants for 2 bob.

Think I'll order 10 and pass them on . . .
 
Posts: 34 | Registered: September 10, 2005Reply With QuoteReport This Post
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No one buy this?
Somewhat dissapointed that my local supermarket only had 2 copies of Odd and loads of the other titles . . .
Is that a good thing?
Does it mean that they've sold loads? or just didn't get many in because they didn't expect to sell many?
Anyway, lovely illustrations by mr Buckingham.
 
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heya

i started a general world book day thread in the Worlds End where 3 or 4 people admitted to buying it.

I bought mine in WH Smiths today and was even happier when my dirt cheap books became even dirt cheaper because they have a 3 for 2 on childrens books!

I might try and buy some more later to corrupt people with. Smile


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the parrot... ...i ate him.


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Amazon honored that discount as well for those of us that preordered it.
Bought, read it, took an hour or less to read. Decent story, but it is a short story, not one that made me go 'OMG WOW!' but good.
 
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yes, i'd say it was a pleasant story.


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I prefer to live in a country that's small, and old, and where no one would ever have the NERVE to wear a cape in public, whether they could leap tall buildings in a single bound or not.

the parrot... ...gets tiresome.
the parrot... ...i ate him.


CHIKKINZ?
 
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I enjoyed it - I got it at WH Smith with a World Book Day token - which is what they were for (and then got one for someone else) They were only £1 after all!

I looked again on Saturday and the only books left from that offer were the Captain Underpants books (all the Odds had gone!)


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No reason whastsoever why everyone should get a copy: its ten pence.
 
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I ain't never heard of it. And appears Amazon.us doesn't get it til the end of the month? Anyone care to enlighten me?


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it's a short book neil wrote for World Book Day which was published in the UK and sold for £1.

It is a cute little story and three are up for grabs to posters who enter the board babies competion.

so far it has not been published in the US, although from what you are saying, it might be.


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I prefer to live in a country that's small, and old, and where no one would ever have the NERVE to wear a cape in public, whether they could leap tall buildings in a single bound or not.

the parrot... ...gets tiresome.
the parrot... ...i ate him.


CHIKKINZ?
 
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I see Amazon UK has "the Tales of Odd" listed for release on the the 5th of October 2009 . . .
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The two stories in this exciting novella follow the adventures of the intrepid young Viking Odd. As a brave and solitary twelve-year-old, in the first tale, he endeavours to free three Norse Gods trapped in the bodies of an eagle, a bear and a fox; then, in the second, a few years older, taller and stronger he sets off on a testing and epic journey to the Holy City of Jerusalem. But of course with Neil Gaiman's wit and style the stories transcend the normal and become humorous, rich and layered tales of a life lived courageously.

It's a Hardcover (so don't expect Amazon to sell it for two bob) priced at £10.99 (although Amazon are taking pre-orders for £8.79).

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So one of my bosses calls me into her cubicle announcing: "I have something you want. I have something you want very, very much." Since it was right before lunch time, I was hoping it would be something chocolate, but it was even better...
an Advance Readers Copy of the US edition of Odd and the Frost Giants.

You see...I have the incredible luck to work for a company that selects upcoming award winning kids and YA lit while they are still in manuscript form. I'm not part of the selection process, but once the slections have been made, I get to read the ARCs and tell my clients, school and public librarians about them.

So Odd and the Frost Giants is waiting for me, tantalizing me with it's crisp cover, waiting for it's spine to be cracked...once my boss finishes it. *sigh*


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*bump*
I can't believe it has taken me this long to read it. I did enjoy it and it is a fast read. Lately I have been getting my coworkers to read Neil and this one was well liked by all.


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I have a copy of it and I gave someone a copy as a present Smile Enjoyed it Smile bit short though Wink


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Just listened to the Audio Book version online and I thought it was very nice!
Wishing it was a bit longer as well, but he DID leave it WIDE open for a sequel.

Ya never know! : )
 
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it was a short book, but that was the point, it was released in the UK as part of world book day, where each school child gets a £1 book voucher, and there are a selection of books available which cost..you guessed it £1. These are just short books to wet the appetite of children who wouldn't normally read.


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I prefer to live in a country that's small, and old, and where no one would ever have the NERVE to wear a cape in public, whether they could leap tall buildings in a single bound or not.

the parrot... ...gets tiresome.
the parrot... ...i ate him.


CHIKKINZ?
 
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Odd And The Frost Giants somehow went under my Gaiman radar. I stumbled upon it in my local book store and bought the German edition to read it to my children. (I'm a bit afraid of reading the translation, as most translations from English to German are very bad but I can't wait till kids speak English)
So not having read it yet I'd like to know for which age you recommend it. My older daughter is 10 and for example read HP I-V.
I consider Coraline still a bit too creepy, the button eyes scare me a lot ...
I'll be grateful for opinions.


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Just wanted to do a bit beforehand reading.

Turned the first page, read
"Der lächelnde Odd und die Reise nach Asgard
translated from American English by ..."

Stupid editors! They should watch the Simpson's episode purely for educational reasons.

The name of the translator gave me hope though. It's translated by Andreas Steinhöfel, one of the best German Writers for kids/ young adults/ (and peeps like me) imho.
That really makes me hope the language won't make my teeth hurt.

Steinhövel - among various other good books - wrote a lovely Neverwhere inspired novel "Der magische prince" set in the underground of Berlin. And when I say inspired I mean an hommage with own spirit and ideas. Much as Williams' Memory Sorrow Thorn trilogy is an hommage to LOTR.

Taking of German authors and Neverwhere: a few years ago there was the much hyped (in Germany) trilogy Lycidas, Lilith and Lumen by Christoph Mazi. That is the most impertinent plagiat I ever read as a printed book. Neverwhere blown up to three big volumes and not a single original thought or character on any page. Marzi should have been sued for that instead of making money.

Ooops, got into rambling mode, sorry.

*sits silently in a corner*


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