Addendum: This contest is open only to those living in the US, due to cost of international postage. If you are someone living outside of the US that has entered this contest, please know that I am not being discriminatory, in exempting you from winning. It is purely a pragmatic reason for doing this.
Here on this blog,there are things that we love more than just reviewing books or tea; we love books that are suffused with witchcraft and wizardry. More importantly, we love blog theme months that celebrate a certain facet of a certain genre of books. I haven’t featured a blog theme in a very, very long time, but with the forthcoming release of the last installment of Deborah Harkness’ All Soul’s Trilogy, it is an opportune time to unveil details about July’s blog theme, which will be “Female Magic Wielders.”
It may seem like a bit of a mouthful, but in July, we will be featuring book reviews of various books starring female magic wielders, or books that offer a fascinating new vantage on the concept of female magic wielders. Whether we like it or not, there is a perplexing element of gender, when it comes to magic. Why are witches and wizards call as such? Why are wizards often seen as more venerable, and witches are often denounced as irredeemable evil incarnates? What is the difference between warlocks and witches, or wizards or witches? Linguistically, what is the etymological roots of these words, what different connotations do they have? Are they really always gender exclusive?
We’ll discuss Shakespeare’s The Tempest, and the origins and history of magic, the history witch burnings, etc. More importantly, we will allow contemporary fantasy books to guide us into the literary history of female magic wielders, how have the roles of female magic wielders evolved in contemporary fantasy.
This Wednesday, we are starting this month earlier with a review of Emily Croy Barker’s whimsical, wildly entertaining novel The Thinking Woman’s Guide to Real Magic. A Bibliophile’s Reverie is indebted to Emily Croy Baker, in a sense, for sparking the idea of this blog theme. More importantly, it is more relevant than ever with the forthcoming release of Deborah Harkness’ Book of Life, which has a very deep exploration of feminine power and its connection with magic. On July 15, 2014, we will feature an extensive review of this very exciting book right at midnight. I am very excited to offer my own opinion and analysis on this book, and how it offers so many interesting points of discussion to the evolution of female protagonists and the ways that we feature magic in our fantasy novels.
Diana Bishop’s Commonplace Book Giveaway:
Viking/Penguin was kind enough to allow this blog to feature this really awesome giveaway, that may make your heart skip a few beats, after you hear the details of the prize. Now, the contest will end on the last day of July, giving enough people time to really read and digest all of the posts throughout the month, related to Female Magic Wielder Month.
So, here is what you can win, and how to enter for your chance to win this very exciting prize package,
*Diana Bishop’s Commonplace Book
*A special Book of Life hologram pin
*Hardcover Edition of Book of Life
How do you enter? Click either of the images below to get to the Rafflecopter app, attached to my blog’s Facebook Fan Page. Please note that winners are chosen at random. I must be clear about this, so all of you know that the most number of entries accrued does not translate to “being the winner.” It just means that you have a stronger chance of win, but it doesn’t ultimately mean that you win
So, click either of the images of Diana Bishop’s commonplace book below to enter for your chance to win, by using the attached Rafflecopter App!!