Today, November 22nd, is the 50th anniversary of C.S. Lewis’ death. I thought it an appropriate time to discuss our favorite works of Lewis and perhaps share what influence, if any, he has had on us. Plus, that all adds up to a perfect chance for another giveaway too!
The winner will receive a copy of On Stories, The Screwtape Letters, and Till We Have Faces. So, there’s a lot to be gained by entering the giveaway! To do so, leave a comment here telling us about your favorite work by C.S. Lewis and/or telling us what influence, if any, he has had on your life. The giveaway will run through November 29th.
As a thank you for sticking with us during our recent hiatus due to nargles and other assorted nasties, we’ve decided to do a giveaway. The prize is a Kobo N647-KBU-B Wireless e-book Reader. It’s an older model and fairly basic but new and unused. Plus, if you win the giveaway, it’s free! 🙂
To enter the giveaway, please comment and tell us how you first found The Hogshead. Also let us know how involved you still are in the Harry Potter fandom. To give everyone who wants to participate plenty of time to do so, the giveaway will run through when this is posted till Monday, July 22nd, at 6 PM Mountain Time. If you would like to check out what Kobo has to offer for books, you may find their bookstore here. At the end of the giveaway, I’ll assign each entry a number and then use a random number generator to pick the winner.
So, thank you again for patronizing the Pub and comment away!!
(Just a brief note, the members of the Blogengamot are, of course, ineligible for the giveaway, but they should also feel free to comment.)
The first of two spooky October giveaways is here! With special thanks to revgeorge, this first giveaway Where the Deep Ones Are, a parody of Maurice Sendak’s Where the Wild Things Are, written by a Lovecraft fan. Here’s the description:
Renowned Mythos aficionado Ken Hite retells H P Lovecraft’s “The Shadow Over Innsmouth” through this parody of classic children’s literature.
After greedily yelling for more fish, young Bobby is sent to his bedroom without any supper at all. But Bobby escapes when the Manuxet River runs right through his room carrying an old boat that takes him to Innsmouth. When the Deep Ones come for him he flees, but will he eventually join their wild rumpus under the ocean, and be crowned the most Deep One of all?
32 pages, illustrated, full color, side-sewn hardcover
The first giveaway is a simple drawing, and to enter your name, comment on this thread by telling us your favorite scary story (book, short story, or movie), and why that’s your favorite. Be sure to enter for the drawing by Midnight (EDT) on Thursday, October 23.
As I announced yesterday, The Hog’s Head is giving away three free audiobooks in the form of Brilliance Audio’s “The Myths Collection.”
- Karen Armstrong, A Short History of Myth: What are myths? How have they evolved? And why do we still so desperately need them? Heralding a major series of retellings of international myths by authors from around the world, Karen Armstrong’s characteristically insightful and eloquent book serves as a brilliant and thought-provoking introduction to myth in the broadest sense – and why we dismiss it only at our peril.
- Margaret Atwood, The Penelopiad: In a splendid contemporary twist to the ancient story of Penelope and Odysseus, Margaret Atwood has chosen to give the telling of it to Penelope and to her twelve hanged Maids, asking: “What led to the hanging of the maids, and what was Penelope really up to?” In Atwood’s dazzling, playful retelling, the story becomes as wise and compassionate as it is haunting, and as wildly entertaining as it is disturbing.
- Jeannette Winterston, Weight: In ancient Greek mythology, the victorious Olympians force Atlas, guardian of the Garden of Hesperides and its golden apples of life, to bear the weight of the earth and the heavens for eternity. With her typical wit and verve, Jeanette Winterson brings Atlas into the twenty-first century. Simultaneously, she asks her own difficult questions about the nature of choice and coercion, and how we forge our own destiny.
How to Enter Your Name for the Giveaway
It’s very, very simple this time. I’m looking for feedback for this site, particularly on subjects that we haven’t covered or haven’t covered sufficiently. You need to leave a comment on this post with one specific idea for a topic to be covered in the future here at The Hog’s Head. “Specific” is the key:
- Bad Example: “Mythology” – way too broad
- Good Example: “Comparing Harry with Beowulf” – much more specific; and it’s even better if you write something like, “Comparing Harry with Beowulf: compare and contrast their identities as ‘Christian’ heroes”
- Bad Example: “More Character Studies” or even “Delores Umbridge”
- Good Example: “The Psychology of Delores Umbridge: why does she take so much pleasure in inflicting pain?” (suggested recently)
You can only enter your name once, so come up with a good idea. If it’s too general, I’ll ask you to submit again. You have until midnight, EST on Friday, July 11, at which time comments will close. I’ll have some random person at Portus draw from the hat.