Get Alienated

By Mir
October 4, 2009
Category Contests

As an avid book dork, there’s little I like more than receiving Advanced Reader Copies (ARCs). While it may have a few errors that the final, official version of the book won’t have, it means I oftentimes get to read something fabulous before it’s available to the general public. And that makes me feel super-cool, because I probably need to get out more often.


Alienated by David O. Russell and Andrew Auseon is being released tomorrow (in hardback), but I have a stack of paperback ARCs here on my desk to share. This is a middle-grade (ages 9-12) sci-fi drama, filled with intergalactic conflict and all of the kind of stuff that’s particularly good for those reluctant boy readers who think books are boring. I promise, this is not boring. And although I’m quite a bit older than 12 (ahem), I thought this was a pretty awesome story.

I’ve got five copies to give away. Want to win one? Of course you do! First, go review the contest rules and regulations, then come on back here and leave a comment on this post by 7:00 a.m. Eastern (sorry, left coasters, that’s 4:00 a.m. Pacific) on Monday, October 5th, 2009 to be entered. Winners to be determined by random number generation and ability to incubate aliens in your abdomen. Or maybe just the random number thing.

Who doesn’t want a free action-packed novel? The terrorists, that’s who. Or maybe the socialists. I’m so easily confused….

Ready? Go!


  1. I would love to read it. Thanks.

  2. I’ve got this in mind for the son of a good friend…after I read it. Thanks!

  3. My alien obsessed son would love it! Thanks!

  4. My brother is finally liking reading .. after many years!

  5. Yes!

  6. yay!!!! thanks mir!

  7. Me! Me!

  8. I’m s reader!!!

  9. Books yum…

  10. I’d love to give this a try.

  11. Thanks Mir!

  12. I’m always looking for books to recommend to a friend who teaches many kids who don’t want/like to read. *crosses fingers and toes* Here’s hoping!


  13. that sounds great for my reluctant reader (even though she’s a girl!) 🙂

  14. Thanks for all the fun contests.

  15. no no it;s the communists. jk.

    count me in

  16. Sounds perfect for my 12 yr old boy!

  17. My kids and I would all enjoy reading that!

  18. I’d love to read it myself, and then it can go to our school library (always looking for more stuff for reluctant boy readers … and our school has about 100 of them in the 9-14 age range)

  19. I’ll read it and donate it to my pal (english teacher’s) classroom reading shelf.

  20. perfect for my 13 yr old son.

  21. Yes, I’d love a copy! I’m not convinced that books are boring to boys; my male students read like crazy. But if I win one of these, I’ll read it (of course!) and then probably donate it to my school’s library.
    (Come on, random number generator….)

  22. Oh, my 8-year-old son would LOVE this!! He’s a geek (just like me – ha!) and he’s currently reading The Lightning Thief, after zipping through all the Harry Potter books.

    Fingers crossed! Thanks…

  23. I would love this to offer to my students (after I read it, of course!)

  24. My son would love this book!

  25. Sounds perfect for my cousin’s son. Thanks!

  26. Sounds like something my boys would like (though neither of them is a reluctant reader).

  27. Pick me!

  28. Its for Jay….who would qualify as a reluctant reader, but loves a good story. Pick me!

  29. Sounds perfect for my son!

  30. My 14 year old would love this!

  31. I am always looking for good books for my constantly reading son to read, so pick me please! 🙂

  32. Sounds like a book my 11-year-old would just love!

  33. My 9 year old son is just now finding the joy of chapter books (whenever I can pry him away from science books.)

  34. oh that sounds great!!!

  35. Free book? Count me in and thanks 🙂

  36. sounds right up my son’s alley

  37. sounds cool. who doesn’t love an alien story?

  38. Ooh cool book! How does one become an Advanced Reader Copy person? I would love to be one of those…..

  39. Sounds right up my son’s alley!

  40. Books are always welcome at our house.

  41. This would be a wonderful prize (I’m a young adult librarian!)

  42. yes please

  43. pick me, please? I’m having a crappy day and need something to cheer me up.

  44. Great for my soon to be 13 year old grandson!

  45. me please

  46. me! me! Thanks, Mir.

  47. My middle-schooler would love it! Thanks!

  48. Ooooh, yes! My daughter adores sci-fi and fantasy!

  49. Perfect for my nephew — he’s one of those boys! Thanks.

  50. This book would be great for my son. Pick me.

  51. Sounds like fun!

  52. Yes, please!

  53. My 5th grade avid reader needs another book. He’s at loose ends right now. This would be super!

  54. Sounds like something my boy would like, after I finish it.

  55. My nephew loves to read … thanks!

  56. My boys would love this, thanks!

  57. As mother to 2 alien obsessed boys, all I can say is, “Please pick me!”

  58. Pick me please!

  59. Thanks, Mir!

  60. Oh, I’ve never managed to woo your random number generator before, but my dear 8-year-old nephew Dashiell — an avid reader, indeed — would genuinely appreciate it! Fun! There’s nothing better than books!

    Come on, random number generator … mama needs a new book for her awesome nephew!

  61. I’d love to read this book myself!

  62. I’d love to have this for my son, he’s 11 and loves to read!

  63. I’d love one for Gabriel.

  64. This sounds great!

  65. OH yea.. i am IN!

  66. My son and I both would read this one and maybe my daugther,,,,so yes! And thank you.

  67. My 9 year old would love it!!

  68. sounds like something for my boy

  69. My reluctant reader is a girl, but no less adventure story loving than the boys. I think she’d get a kick out of this. She loves 60s monster movies, too, lol.

  70. This would be great – I think my niece would really enjoy this. Maybe me, too!

  71. I have just the boy for your book! And 5 chances to win is awesome! You are a very pretty book geek!

  72. Sounds lovely, thanks Mir!

  73. As I still frequent the YA section for good sci fi, fantasy and horror books, I think I’d like to read this myself!

  74. Sounds great!

  75. Sounds wonderful. C’mon, random numbers!

  76. My ten-year-old book addict would love this!

  77. i think I would like this….

  78. i have incubated several aliens in my abdomen. and 2 of them are reluctant readers in that age range. i’m in.

  79. My son inhales books so this would be awesome: )

  80. always looking for good books for my book worms

  81. Yes! Sounds really great.

  82. Don’t have a nine year old boy, but my dad would probably enjoy this.

  83. I have a couple of students I’m trying to encourage to do more reading – this sounds like it would really appeal to them. Thanks, Mir.

  84. Comment!!
    I need books. my kids are reading way too much 😉


  85. I have 2 boys (one 9, one 13). Both love a good read! Pick us!

  86. I love books of all kinds, but these actually sound interesting- even better!.

  87. Thanks Mir!

  88. My 4th graders would be all over this. They’re crazy for aliens.

  89. Sounds like a good book; I’ve got a fifth and a third grader who like to read.

  90. Sounds like a great read!

  91. I have one of those reluctant boy readers!

  92. My nephew could use a good read!

  93. just in under the wire!! sounds interesting!

  94. I’m sure my daughter’s teacher would love this!

  95. I love ARCs as well — count me in!

  96. my kids would love this!

  97. I’ve been an Auseon fan for years! Can’t wait to read it!

  98. I’m always looking for something my son will read.

  99. My son is an avid reader, and because of that, we are running out of new stories. 🙂

    I’d love to win this book.

    Additionally, being a bit of a book dork myself, I’d love to know how to get on an ARC list. (Because I’m a dork in general, too.)

  100. Wow. Look at that. I’m SUCH a dork that I missed the contest cut-off.

    Sorry, Mir. 🙂

  101. My son would loooooooooooooove this!

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