Saturday, June 23, 2012

The Further Adventures Of The Natty Hat Comp (The Literary Giveaway Blog Hop)


I was cycling home from work this evening, suitably attired, complete with my natty hat, when this strange light bedazzled me, now my first reaction I’m ashamed to say was to hurl a string of expletives like toxic pearls into the air, thinking some car had once again chosen to blind me instead of dip its lights. This reaction was momentary, as I was then absorbed into the light in some fashion that only a scientist or some trekkie would have an inclination of. Finding myself upon some non-terrestrial craft, I went into a first stage panic, having seen enough films & read enough  books  about alien abduction,  I tried to jump through what appeared to be the window/porthole-thingummy jig, after picking myself up of the floor & holding on to the minuscule degree of dignity I had left, I suddenly realised that I could hear a voice “If you want a shower, Just ASK!”. Now well into stage two panic I ran, then crawled into the darkest corner I could find (turned out to be the laundry basket) & grabbed a book. The voice obviously disdainful & downright embarrassed by the pitiful life form it had hauled onto its craft, with utter disgust,  kicked me off. I landed a few yards from where my bike lay, then before flying off it left me with these words ringing in my ear “I Was Told This Planet Was Full Of Intelligent Social Animals!!”.
Now what has this got to do with the infamous Natty Hat Comp – Literary Blog Hop? Wellllll, if you allow me a moment of verbosity, I’ll explain. As you may have realised, I survived the abduction & after crawling home on my bike, hat askew but still sat upon my head, I attempted to justify my somewhat cowardly action by stating I needed to survive in order to create some challenge for the Natty Hat Comp.*******
This is what I came up with (Sorry!). If you are stuck on an alien spaceship what book would be your safety blanket, or refuge, in other words what is your favourite book for getting away from this world.

Now as per tradition I’ll go first, one book that I have had a copy of for as long as I can recall is Ted Hughes Crow - From the life & songs of the Crow, yes I know it’s a book of poetry, but what else did you expect, another one, although I’ve not known it as long, (but the author & the book have in the time since I discovered it  become sort of a bench mark), is  A Reader on Reading by Alberto Manguel. Now over to you- Show me yours.

As you’ve made it this far, it’s only fair I reveal what it is I’m giving away, so the prize for surviving the endurance course that is this post is either Crow or A Reader on Reading, I’ll leave the choice to you, So leave your answer in the comments box with a means of contacting* You. All those who have entered will be placed in “The Natty Hat” & my Glamorous assistant will pull out the winner , who I will then contact for the necessary details & that’s it, If you like what you see feel free to join, but it’s not a condition of the Competition.
All That is left for me to do is to thank Judith from Leeswammes' Blog, for hosting this wonderful hop again and to introduce you to my fellow conspirators

* any comments that have no contact details will not be entered


Unknown said...

Well, as always, I'd opt for Trollope's 'Barchester Chronicles' - six novels which are made for escapism :)

As for the prize, the Manguel would be nice...

...hopefully, the aliens didn't take it ;)

Misha said...

Hi! Thanks for the giveaway!
I would choose A Reader on Reading if I manage to win :)

As for the answer to the question, I would choose The Lord of the Rings trilogy.

Ellie said...

You are clearly as mad as I am. I love it! :P

I would definitely choose A Reader on Reading if I win. As for my 'alien abduction space blanket'... um... Maybe Jeremy Mercer's BOOKS, BAGUETTES AND BEDBUGS (TIME WAS SOFT THERE if you're in the US). It's all about the author's year+ stay at Shakespeare and Co. in Paris, which is a world all its own anyway. It's all wine, storytelling, grand philosophical arguments and mad customers! Okay, maybe not a world all its own, but still. :)

Cheers m'dears - and enjoy the hop!
Ellie @ Musings of a Bookshop Girl

SarahC. said...

I'd take Tove Jansson's novels about the Moomins - perfect for getting away from everything and not as sweet as lots of people think.

I'd choose A Reader on Reading if I won.

Have a great hop!


Mystica said...

A Reader on Reading please! Thanks.


Unknown said...

Love your sense of humor! I'd very much like to win A Reader On Reading by Alberto Manguel.

My favorite "escape" book would be Shades of Grey by Jasper Fforde...I get lost in his creativity.

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Anonymous said...

I'd love A Reader on Reading. And thanks.

My getaway book - difficult - perhaps an old favorite AND LADIES OF THE CLUB by Helen Hooven Santmeyer - a read doorstop kind of book. It takes a while to read. LOL

janezfan at yahoo dot com

heather said...

I was thinking Lord of the Rings also for pure escapism.

Judith said...

Fun post, difficult question. Maybe I'd take Cloud Atlas by David Mitchell, as it has something of every time period and it's big enough to keep me going for at least.. 3 days or so! :-)

Thanks for joining the blog hop!

Judith - jh303015 at gmail dot com said...

I'm visiting you because you left such a nice song on my blog per The Literary Blog Hop! Thanks! I've never had anyone leave a 'song' in my comments before, so you are the first! Thank you! My Reader's will enjoy it!
A Sincere Thank You!
Laurie Carlson
If anyone would like to read it!

Debbie Rodgers said...

I'd love to read a Reader on Reading.

I escape to something less than literary fiction: Agatha Christie. Reading the Murder of Roger Ackroyd when I was thirteen was a seminal event.

Thanks for the chance to win!

debbie at exurbanis 9dot) com

Darlene said...

I would take Harry Potter and the Philosopher's Stone with me!

If I won, I'd choose A Reader on Reading.

Thanks for the giveaway!

darlenesbooknook at gmail dot com

Anonymous said...

I'd take TROPIC OF HOCKEY by Dave Bidini. Also, I'd choose A READER ON READING, because I'm kind of self-referential that way...thanks!


Deb Nance at Readerbuzz said...

I love to escape into children's books. I'm planning my getaway soon into Wrinkle in Time (have's the 50th anniversary of this book).

debnance at gmail dot com

Bellezza said...

What book would be my safety blanket, or refuge, in other words what is my favourite book for getting away from this world? I would have to say if I'm feeling especially "lost" that book would be the Bible. But, I also love turning to my favorite childhood authors such as Madeleine L'Engle. And of course there's always our Japanese authors!

I would enjoy being in the running for A Reader on Reading, but I don't want to be greedy as I won from your last give-away. Just here to share our thoughts as usual. :)

Mae said...

If I were on a spaceship, I would want to have Jane Eyre with me. And if I won your contest, I would probably choose A Reader On Reading. maevalentine39 [at] gmail [dot] com

@parridhlantern said...

Hi Tony, the Manguel is a great book.

Hi Misha, good choice.

Hi Ellie, I'm sure I'm not sure what you''re talking about, Are you doubting the veracity of my tale. I'm perfectly sane & have a certificate to prove it, my doctor says............

Hi SarahC, I Remember the Moomins.

Hello Mystica, Your name's in the hat.

Hi Beth, another one doubting the veracity of my tale, love Shades Of Grey, even posted on it on here somewhere.

Hi Kay, not one I've heard of, so thanks for the intro.

Hello Heather, another one for Tolkien a popular writer & one I've enjoyed myself.

Hi Judith, thanks for hosting this & a great choice, the book I gave away in WBN 2011.

Hi Laurie glad you enjoyed, It's a small foible of mine & a bit like graffiti, except I leave a poem.

Hello Debbie, a favourite of my wife.

Hi Darlene,one of my daughter's favourite writers, now topped by Neil Gaiman, thanks to my introduction.

Hello Anonymous [That sounds strange;-)] Not a book I'm aware of, so thanks for the suggestion.

Hi Deb Nance, As good a reason as any.

Hi Bellezza, I knew you would have your book in there, as you knew I would have poetry, As for the J-lit
It would be remiss of us not to have some around. As for childhood authors, I can't think of any myself.

Hi Mae, We would have to be on different Ships, I'm allergic to the Brontes they bring me out in a restless ache & I need to run far, but that's the delight of Lit there's so much of it In a multitude of styles & tastes.

Theresa N. said...

My favorite is William Faulkner's As I Lay Dying, it's a wild ride and you don't know if you should laugh or cry.
Theresa N

Amritorupa Kanjilal said...

Hi Parrish!
I'd choose my complete sherlock holmes as my spaceship comfort book :)

if i win your giveaway, I'd please like a copy of A Reader on Reading

Thank you!

wwe11 said...

Thanks for the giveaway.

Katie Amanda said...

I'd like A Reader on Reading. My favorite escape book is The Hunger Games series.



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Jeanne said...

The word "refuge" makes me think I'd have to choose The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy, by Douglas Adams. How else could I have something with me on the spaceship that says "Don't Panic" in big, friendly letters?

I would pick The Crow, since you know I like poetry and I've already read (and had my husband post about) the Manguel book.

@parridhlantern said...

Hi Theresa Great call.

Hello Amritorupa, not read these for a while.

Hi wwe11 no problems.

Hello Katie, not read this.

Unknown said...

My favorite book is The Great Lenore by J.M. Tohline.

I'd love to read A Reader on Reading.
Thanks for the amazing giveaway!
elizabeth @ bookattict . com
GFC: BookAttict

@parridhlantern said...

Hi BookAttict, another one I'm unaware of so thanks for the introduction.

@parridhlantern said...

Thank You Everyone for Entering The Natty Hat Comp, the Giveaway is now officially Closed & any entrants past this point will not be included. Thanks again I will post the winner later today after my assistant has plucked the winner from The Natty Hat.

@parridhlantern said...

Hi BookAttict, another one I'm unaware of so thanks for the introduction.