Win a Kindle from The Gadgeteer


When I ordered the latest Kindle from Amazon for Janet’s and my review, I didn’t pay attention to the fact that it had ads for the screensavers. When I figured this out a couple hours later, I tried to cancel the order without success. So I ordered a 2nd Kindle without the ads. My screwup is your reward as I’m giving away this Kindle e-Reader to one lucky reader. Don’t worry, if you don’t like ads, you can get rid of them by paying $30 to convert the Kindle into a non-ad version (something I didn’t know about till Janet discovered it). Full contest details after the jump.


Kindle 4 ($79 version with ads)

How to enter:

1. Between now and Tuesday 10/18/2011 11:59PM EST, leave a comment to this post with the title, author and short description of your all time favorite book.

2. At some point on 10/19/2011, I’ll pick 1 random winner using The winner will be contacted by email and will have 48 hrs to accept their prize. If I do not receive an answer, I’ll do other drawings till the prize is gone.


1. Only one entry per person.

2. Contest is open to anyone in the world except for writers and families of The Gadgeteer.

3. is not responsible for any lost packages or incorrect shipping addresses.

UPDATE: The winner is #222 Mario Costa.

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  • Kevin Solik October 17, 2011, 10:07 am

    The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe by C.S. Lewis.

  • Rory dela Paz October 17, 2011, 10:44 am

    To Kill a Mockingbird, by Harper Lee. Outside of the major themes, racial injustice and coming of age or loss of innocence, the writing is just superb. The main characters, especially Scout and Atticus Finch, are so well drawn that you almost feel you are with them as the story unfolds.

  • Cristina October 17, 2011, 11:03 am

    I love “Wintergirls” by Laurie Halse Anderson. About a girl (Lia) who suffers anorexia and the struggle of her family against her disease.

    Thank you for this international giveaway!

  • Marco October 17, 2011, 11:07 am

    My fave book was “It” by Stephen King;first reason is it was the first King’s book I readed and after this I bought all the others,the second is It was the first of this genre and after it I started to love all this kind of writes.
    It’s a book I really suggest.

  • Raph84 October 17, 2011, 12:50 pm

    My favorite book is “1984” by George Orwell. It covers the comings and goings of Winston Smith as he deals with living in a totalitarian regime.

    It manages to cover politics, language and issues of privacy while still including love and emotion.

  • HenryB October 17, 2011, 1:00 pm

    My favorite book is Dune by Frank Herbert. A science fiction book that is incredibly detailed and has many original concepts. It has spawned many sequels, a couple movie adaptations, video games and god knows what else.

  • KC Kim October 17, 2011, 1:36 pm

    The Stand by Stephen King. Stephen King is the only author I can read a 1,000 page book and not get bored with.

  • Jeremiah Doggett October 17, 2011, 2:04 pm

    Dear Mom: A Sniper’s Vietnam
    Joseph T. Ward
    The letters Joseph Ward, one of the elite Marine Scout Snipers, wrote home to his mom reveal a side of the Vietnam war seldom seen.

  • Beth Stockenberg October 17, 2011, 2:08 pm

    Manchild in the Promisedland…Claude Brown. I was assigned to read it in a law class in high school 18 years ago (eek!)…the only assigned book I bothered to read in HS. As a suburban, middle class teen, I was fascinated by the daily life experiences of Mr. Brown in the most difficult neighborhoods of New York. Now, as an inner-city middle school teacher, I use the book as a teaching tool with my own students!

  • Stephen Beesley October 17, 2011, 2:49 pm

    The Way We Live Now by Anthony Trollope (1875). Trollope’s characters were always shades of grey. The “heroes” were never perfect; the “villains” were never utterly wicked. All were subject to human frailties. And even as Trollope savaged the greed and venality of his day, he never lost sympathy with the folk he peopled his tale with. This is the great, high-Victorian novel, packed with characters and sub-plots galore, all woven into a compelling whole by Trollope’s insightful and ironic storytelling.

  • Joni Bender October 17, 2011, 3:02 pm

    Water for Elephants – book great – movie not so much…

  • Ivan Velkov October 17, 2011, 4:29 pm

    Roger Zelazny’s “Jack of Shadows”. It’s about tragic love, a world divided between magic and technology, a destruction of a dream, of hopes and all life .

  • David Oseas October 17, 2011, 4:55 pm

    The Lotus Caves by John Christopher: Rebelling against the monotonous life of the moon colony, two boys go beyond its boundaries and discover a series of caves ruled by a super-intelligent plant-like being.

  • Roger Heil October 17, 2011, 8:16 pm

    My favorite book of all time is The Green Mile by Stephen King. Technically, a series of 6 smaller books, together they make a fascinating story of life, death, and the moral dilemma behind executions and “God”. Granted, I saw the movie first, but that made me go back and read the books which to this day I cant read all the way through without crying. On a more recent note, everyone reading this should go read “Ready, Player One” by Enrest Cline.

  • Pachauri October 17, 2011, 10:06 pm

    Many Lives Many Masters
    Brian Weiss
    Its about reincarnation, based on true story of the Psychiatrist (author) and his patient…

  • William Johnson October 17, 2011, 10:41 pm

    Ender’s Game, by Orson Scott Card.

    It’s not every day that an 11 year old boy is responsible for wiping out an entire sentient race and saving the human race from invasion. Only he doesn’t actually do either.

  • Johannes van der Walt October 18, 2011, 1:47 am

    The Hobbit
    J.R.R Tolkien

    A tale of heroism found in unlikely places. The Hobbit distills everything that is great about fantasy novels. It transports you to a world of fantastical beasts, wizards, and magic rings. Once started it is one of those rare stories that you cannot put down till the back cover greets you

  • James Gilchrist October 18, 2011, 8:04 am

    Jhereg by Steven Brust

    The story of a quick-witted young man growing up in a world where one’s House determines your fate, your innate characteristics, and your past. Unless you’re human, of course. Then it gets complicated…

  • Chelsea Reid October 18, 2011, 9:41 am

    The Sweetness at the Bottom of the Pie by Alan Bradley: A brilliant young British sleuth in pigtails with an obsession for chemistry, especially the nature of poision, stumbles upon a murder and goes to work on solving the crime.

  • Kelda Brenny October 18, 2011, 10:08 am

    One of my favorite books is the classic Emma by Jane Austen.

    It is about a wealthy, sophisticated match-maker having troubles making matches. Then, as she matures, she herself finds true love. It’s a sweet and humorous story.

    I also really enjoyed the movie.

  • Mario Costa October 18, 2011, 10:55 am

    I’d love to have that kindle… my wife would love me for it 🙂

  • Mario Costa October 18, 2011, 11:15 am

    Oops misread the requirements… my favourite book is Philip K. Dicks “Do Androids Dream of Electric Sheep?” which started my journey into Science-Fiction fandom! Genius writer along with Asimov, Clarke and Hubbard!

  • Jared October 18, 2011, 1:53 pm

    Favorite book …

    The Carpet Makers by Andreas Eschbach

    A fantastic multi-world sci-fi about the production of carpets handwoven from the finest human hair. The story is created from multiple vignettes and character threads which keeps the pace rather quick and spontaneous.

  • Andrew Freeman October 18, 2011, 3:46 pm

    My favorite author didn’t actually write the book, but he translated it. Joseph Smith and The Book of Mormon.

    It is a book that provides another testament of Jesus Christ.

  • GoWind October 18, 2011, 4:28 pm

    Catch-22 by Joseph Heller. Seems like I run into catch-22 situation way too often than I like.

  • Zelle October 18, 2011, 4:40 pm

    Wonderful Giveaway.

    Gabriel Garcia Marquez is my favorite author, and the book 100 Years of Solitude my most favorite novel, where a family saga’s story is shown as one of the most realistic yet mysterious, fantastic happenings I have ever read or even imagined. xx

  • Suzy October 18, 2011, 5:00 pm

    Pride & Prejudice by Jane Austen. It was the book that got me interested in reading as a teenager. Before then, reading was a chore. But now, I do it all the time!

  • Dan McGoldrick October 18, 2011, 5:01 pm


    The Catcher in the Rye by J. D. Salinger


  • Darien October 18, 2011, 5:07 pm

    The Deathworld Trilogy, by Harry Harrison.

    Deathworld centers on Jason dinAlt, originally from an agrarian planet Porgorstorsaand, a professional gambler who uses his erratic psionic abilities to tip the odds in his favor. He is challenged by a man named Kerk Pyrrus (who turns out to be the ambassador from the planet Pyrrus) to turn a large amount of money into an immense sum by gambling at a government-run casino. He succeeds and survives the planetary government’s desperate efforts to steal back the money. In a fit of ennui, he decides to accompany Kerk to his home, despite being warned that it is the deadliest world ever colonized by humans.

  • JD Northwest October 18, 2011, 5:22 pm

    There and Back Again, A.K.A. The Hobbit, by J. R. R. Tolkien. Immersive story and world. My gateway book into a SciFi/Fantasy book addiction.

  • Swisspotluck October 18, 2011, 5:31 pm

    So many, How do I choose? My choices of favorite have shifted as I go through life. I doubt I could choose just one. I really liked “The Boyfriend School” by Sarah Bird. It is about a reporter for a tiny paper in Texas that goes to cover a romance novel writers convention and then makes friends with some of the writers and also decides “Hey, I can do that!” and sets about trying too. Meanwhile a bunch of other stuff happens.

    It was written in the 80’s, but I still think it would be a fun and enjoyable read. In 1990 they made a movie of it with some awful title and starring Steve Guttenberg and Shelley Long and was probably horrible. I didn’t watch it of course since I really liked the book.

  • Scott Florack October 18, 2011, 5:33 pm

    Joseph Finder, Paranoia. Become a corporate spy or go to prison.. Great read!

  • sam victor October 18, 2011, 5:35 pm

    My favorite book is Rule of the Bone by Russell Banks. It tells the story of 14 year old chappie who drops out of school only to go around and getting into trouble with people he meets along the way. Including a bike gang and a Jamaican Rastafarian Migrant worker by the name I-Man, who he meets in new york, living in a bus. They fly to jamaica together until I-man is killed by a man named Jason. Great book

  • Abel Noe Calva October 18, 2011, 5:43 pm

    Pompeii by Robert Harris. A novel set in Pompeii while Mount Vesuvius is getting ready to blow its top.

  • Anson October 18, 2011, 6:48 pm

    An oldie but a goodie… JD Salinger’s “Catcher in the Rye” or “The Chrysalids” by John Wyndham !

  • An.Pap. October 18, 2011, 7:21 pm

    The Ingenious Gentleman Don Quixote of La Mancha
    by Miguel de Cervantes

  • Pamela C October 18, 2011, 8:44 pm

    I have a kindle ;<), I need something to read books with.
    Not an entire book but parts, why I am not a christian and other
    writings by Bertrand Russell, particularly about the agrument from analogy for other minds. Not for the reasons most people think, because it helped me form ideas about how to create characters to tell stories and to question everything for the pure mental exercise. Since I did this in my early teens, I can't really even remember what I read that well, but it started me on a long path for causing trouble that I really enjoy.

  • Bruce Brown October 18, 2011, 8:52 pm

    Slaughterhouse Five, Kurt Vonnegut

    In a combination of satire and science fiction Vonnegut’s main character Billy Pilgrim explores human nature in time of war while travelling through time and space. We also get to meet Kilgore Trout a science fiction writer that also stars in Breakfast of Champions by Vonnegut.

  • Scott Brownridge October 18, 2011, 9:19 pm

    Bill the Galactic Hero by Harry Harrison. Wickedly funny misadventures of a bumbling oaf who becomes the hero in an intergalactic military war.

  • Yu-Jin Cheah October 18, 2011, 10:01 pm

    The Shadow of the Wind by Carlos Ruiz Zafón

    Never had so much fun reading a book about books. 🙂

  • Mary October 18, 2011, 10:20 pm

    “Kim” by Rudyard Kipling (although it’s really hard to narrow it down! But I do come back to it often). It follows the adventures of an English boy growing up in India living as a native – fascinating look at the country, its history and religion, and a “ripping yarn” to boot!

    (If I win, my son gets it – we are running out of room to store his traditional dead-tree books!!)

  • Amanda October 18, 2011, 11:29 pm

    Jane Eyre by Charlotte Bronte. The transformation of Jane and the view of the world from Jane’s eyes is spectacular. It challenges societal norms and analyzes personalities. I felt connected to Jane through the entire book, it really is fantastic.

  • Greg Wyatt October 18, 2011, 11:33 pm

    My all time favorite is 12 Ordinary Men by John McArthur about the lives of the apostles and how Jesus chose simple, ordinary men to change the world. The point of the book is that you don’t need to be an executive, politician, rich, or anything other than who you are to change your life and others for the better.

  • Julie October 19, 2011, 7:33 am

    The winner is comment #222 Mario Costa.

    Thanks to everyone that entered and all the great book recommendations!!!

    I’m closing the comments on this post.