The Scavenger Hunt for the signed book is over as of 11:30AM Eastern on Friday, April 24, because I am sick of moderating comments. You can still enter for the unsigned book.
(Hey! There are prizes at the end! Just didn't want you to miss it! I seem to be very excited! Sorry about that!)
I am not subtle. Nor coy. Nor any good at all at gentle implication or any other nicety of indirect communication. I've mostly given up even trying, but do occasionally give it a go and always fall well short. I am an open book, and when I want something it is desperately obvious and therefore it is best if I just come right out and say what it is I want.
I want you to buy Flipping Out by Marshall Karp. If you want a summary or a real review, you can check out the many five star reviews at Amazon, or the rave from Publishers Weekly, or the synopsis that Mr. Lady posted last week, which is one of my favorites so far. I'm not good at any of that stuff either.
But here's why I think you should buy the book. First, it is incredibly funny. And I have no sense of humor, so for me to think something is funny it has to be pretty damned funny. This book made me laugh out loud, which almost never happens.
Second, the characters are amazing. When you finish this book, you will be depressed that you cannot invite Mike and Terry and Diana and Marilyn and Big Jim and Angel and most of the rest of them (but not the serial killer, obviously) over for dinner and too many beers. You will be sort of in love with all of them, and the realization that they do not actually exist will be hard to cope with for a while there. (You will be okay though once you remember there are two more books that you haven't read yet.)
The third reason you should buy this book is that the author, Marshall Karp, is one of the nicest people you could ever hope to meet. I work for Marshall (some research, some administrative stuff, some riding his ass, and oh yes, I'm managing his blog tour), and not only has he ruined me for all future employment because he is the best boss you could ever hope to have, but he has become a very good friend to my family. Chris already covered that part, though.
The fourth reason you should buy this book is that once you read it, you can email Marshall about it, and he will be thrilled to hear from you. And if you tell him you liked his book, he'll be over the moon. And if you tell him you hated his book, he'll be crushed, but if you tell him why he'll really pay attention and use it when he writes the next one. And no matter what you say, he'll probably write you back and then you will be discussing a book with the author and that is pretty cool, right? (Although I have to warn you, he's funny, enough so that you may pee yourself a little. Fair notice.)
Really good book written by a really good guy. Hard to go wrong there, really.
And now, prizes! There are two, enter for the second prize and you are automatically entered for the first prize.
Prize the First - This is the easy one. I'm going to give away my own copy of Flipping Out. There's nothing special about it. I bought it from Amazon, it's slightly dog-eared,and there may be peanut butter on a couple of the pages. So nothing fancy, but hey, its free! All you have to do to be entered to win is to leave a comment on this post. (If you need a topic, tell me the last book you read.)
Prize the Second - This one takes a little more effort. I have a brand-new, pristine copy of Flipping Out that is signed by the author. To be entered to win, you have to go on a little scavenger hunt and answer at least one of the questions below. You only need to answer one question to win, but the more correct answers you get, the more entries you will get in the drawing to win the signed book. All answers can be found at Marshall's site, and are in the excerpts from Flipping Out, except for the final bonus question which is from his blog.
Leave your answers in the comments. "But wait" you say. "Won't other people just copy my answers?" Ah, no. Because after some serious contemplation of this problem, I arrived (in the shower, of course) at the perfect solution. All comments on this post are moderated, and none of the answers to the scavenger hunt will be published until the contest closes. Am quite brilliant, really.
I will even tell you that the answer to the first question is right here. Now try it, it will be fun.
- How much money did Terry Biggs win in the poker game?
- Where did Jo and Reggie Drabyak meet?
- Who is Lomax and Biggs's favorite crime scene investigator?
- What is Mike Lomax's contractor's name?
- What is Reggie Drabyak wearing the second time Lomax and Biggs see him?
- And the final, super-special bonus question: How many times does the f-word appear in Marshall's first book, The Rabbit Factory?
The Final Plea
So, buy the book, or check it out from your local library. And leave me a comment to win a free copy. Oh, and Chris got 89 comments when he did this, and I would so love to beat him (am competitive, so sue me). Please? Like, Girl Power, or something?
The Quick Reminder
Comments on this post are moderated, so no reason to hit submit 12 times.