Monday 31 December 2007

BEST BOOK - SEMI-FINAL!

We have 12 candidates - let's get them down to six!

Please vote up to six books by six pm today!

The winner will be voted tonight at the DNOTY dinner!

The BOOK OF THE SEASON WINTER winners were:

The Five Muses
Revenge of Queen Rose
Lottie

Sunday 30 December 2007

DECEMBER WINNER BEST READ

The winner of December's BEST READ is :

If Chins Could Kill by Bruce Campbell.

Runner up was:

The Wheel of Darkness by Lincoln Preston.

Our poll for BOOK OF THE SEASON - WINTER is now up - please vote by 11am tomorrow December 31st.

Thank you for voting!

Saturday 29 December 2007

BEST READ - DECEMBER

Please vote for the Best read for December. The candidates are:

If Chins could kill by Bruce Campbell
The Wheel of Darkness by Lincoln Preston
The Last Vampire by Christopher Pike
Black Blood by Christopher Pike
Know Your New Zealand Birds by Murdoch Riley

Please vote by lunch time tomorrow (Sunday) - cos we're almost out of 2007!

Thursday 27 December 2007

BOOK OF THE SEASON - AUTUMN

Winners of the Autumn Book of the season are:

Heart-shaped Box
Mr Murder
The Empty Chair

No books by any of the DNs - for a change!

Sunday 23 December 2007

BOOK OF THE SEASON - SUMMER

And the winners of the Summer Best Read are:

MANGO
7 DAYS IN HELL
WILKIESTOP

Congrats to Mungo (again!), Iseult Murphy and Iserie Valult!

BOOK OF THE SEASON - SPRING WINNERS

Well, as you can all see, we have our winners for Spring and therefore the following books are shortlisted for the semi-finals of Book of the Year 2007:

LEAF
THE LUCKY DIAMOND
BLACK RABBIT ISLAND

Well done, Mungo and Valinora Troy, for making the semi-final (hope you do as well in the Times competition).

Wednesday 19 December 2007

UPDATES ON BOOK PLEDGE - INKPOT

Here are recent reports from Inkpot (actually sent from NZ!):


73. If Chins Could Kill by Bruce Campbell
I can't say I've actively followed Bruce's career, but I have always been happy to see him in the numerous movies and tv shows he has been in. I found his autobiography a fascinating insight into his career, how a group of guys from Detroit managed to break into the movie business as well as very humorous and Bruce came across as a really likeable, decent guy.

I like it. 8/10

74. The Wheel of Darkness by Lincoln Preston
A return to form for these pair, and about time too. This book concentrates on Special Agent Pendergast and his ward Constance Green and involves a stand alone adventure. They don't shirk from the preternatural in this tale, I am glad to say, and I found it a gripping read. My only gripe with his book would be that no mention is given of the demise of Vile Viola and the survival or Margo Green. It feels as if they made a conscious effort not to mention the back story of these characters.

Not bad. 7/10

75. The Last Vampire by Christopher Pike
I think these series of books are hot property - or so the ads on the radio tell me. I knew what to expect before I cracked the spine - first person, a little bit of Darren Shan, beat 'em up heroine ala Buffy and lots of praise for the heroine like Anita Blake. I am not a fan of these kind of books - Lottie the half vampire being an exception and I have high hopes for Tottie the Demon Rabbit Slayer - but this book stands slightly above the Shanmeister and Blakinator, mainly because of the interesting back story of the eponymous heroine.

The Curates egg. 6/10

76. Black Blood by Christopher Pike
The second in this series of vampire books. The Indian mysticism element to the back story is original but its interest quickly pales and I found this rehash of the first book soon lost my attention.

Readable. 5/10

77. Know your New Zealand Birds by Murdoch Riley
This handy illustrated pocket book lists 66 of the rarest and most common native and introduced New Zealand birds. I've seen 48 of them.

I like it. 8/10

BOOK OF THE YEAR - QUARTER FINALS

At the moment, we 21 books eligible for Book of the Year, and that is without December's votes!

Therefore here is how we will vote - for each quarter of the year, we will pick the top three books. These will go into a semi-final round, from which we will select six finalists.

Spring & Summer polls will be open until Friday night December 21st- so get voting!

Thanks!

Tuesday 18 December 2007

2008 - YEAR OF THE ????

As you are aware, 2007 was officially designated The Year of the Nodpot - and hence this blog came into being.

The year is now drawing to a close and unless the nodpots disresponsibly end the year on a date other than December 31st, this blog is drawing to a close. Our last entry will probably be early on January 1st, when we shall announce the winner of DNOTY '07.

Shortly before that, we will announce book of the year - more details later this week.

It has been a wonderful year here at the helm of our blog, and there's no doubt that both Bee and I will miss it terribly.

Anyway, watch out for the final vote of the year!

Wednesday 12 December 2007

AND THE WINNER IS...

Best read for November 2007 is a tie between Leaf: In Search of Ramune by Mungo and Lottie, The Half-Vampire by Valinora Troy.

A close second (or should that be third?) is The Five Muses.

Thanks for voting everyone!

Monday 10 December 2007

NOVEMBER BEST READ

Don't forget to vote - tomorrow is your last chance!

Wednesday 5 December 2007

TIMES/CHICKEN HOUSE COMPETITION

For those following the fortunes of Valinora Troy and Mungo, both entered in TheTimes/Chicken House Children's author competition, The Times Online have started to published extracts from some of the submissions. They will have a new one each week, and the first was posted Friday November 30th, so I expect there'll be a new one this Friday.

You check out the competition then at : http://timesonline.co.uk/tol/system/topicRoot/Children_s_author_competition/

Best of luck to the two Nodpots!

Monday 3 December 2007

BEST READ NOVEMBER

And the candidates are:

The Wisdom of Fr. Brown by G.K.Chesterton

The Five Muses Anthology (you know who the authors are!)

The Kingdom of Animals by Various

The Twelfth Card by Jeffrey Deaver

Priest by uncredited author

The People's Friend short story collection

The Scandal of Fr. Brown by GKC

Lottie The Half-Vampire by Valinora Troy

Leaf: In Search of Ramune by Mungo

The Twilight Watch by Sergei Lukyanenko


Hmm quite a line up! Plenty of short story collections plus a few by distinguished Nodpots...

You have until Tuesday 11th December to vote - so get voting!!

Saturday 1 December 2007

ANOTHER TEST FILE

Testing this new technology...

Also to show the Monster that Tofpot has conquered her fear of the stairs!

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