Tuesday, May 12, 2009

Free books

New batch--two fiction, nine non-fiction (crime/anthology, memoir, travel, biography, history/world affairs). Part of my reading fare in the last six months; I'm clearing space in my bookshelves, so off they go. You like? First-come, first-served, two titles at most per blogger. To reserve, e-mail me (with contact details) at gibbs_c@yahoo.com. No, you don't need to blog about the titles you'd get. You must be willing, though, to drop by the Inquirer office in Makati one of these days to get your book/s. Let's firm up when later. (Those who haven't claimed their freebies from earlier giveaways, whether books or other stuff, remind me again via e-mail, will ya?)

The Club Dumas, Arturo Perez-Reverte
The Waste Lands: The Dark Tower III, Stephen King

Equator: A Journey, Thurston Clarke
The Best American Crime Writing 2003, Otto Penzler and Thomas Cook, series editors
The Best American Crime Reporting 2007, Otto Penzler and Thomas Cook, series editors
Ghost Light, Frank Rich
Ten Discoveries That Rewrote History, Patrick Hunt, Ph.D.
A Cold Case, Philip Gourevitch
The Last Emperor, Edward Behr
Loot: The Heritage of Plunder, Russell Chamberlin
Against All Enemies: Inside America's War on Terror, Richard A. Clarke

My fave book from this batch: Thurston Clarke's Equator, a hilariously observant, almost magic-realist account of his solo quest to trace the earth's equator across three continents in three years. Here he is in the middle of Africa:

“In Gabon, the African nation nearest to Sao Tome, I met several amateur Sao Tome watchers... They said it was too bad I had just missed Sao Tome's first international conference, a gathering of the foreign ministers of Portuguese-speaking African countries. (There are more of these than you might think--five, to be precise.) To entertain them, the government had chartered a planeload of eggs, a luxury food in Sao Tome. Upon arrival, each minister was assigned his own antique sedan, and at dinner each man sat alone at a small table decorated with his national flag. They stared across the room at one another, silently eating omelets. In their bedrooms, microphones dangled like snakes from holes in the wall. After bugging the delegates' rooms, Sao Tome's KGB had discovered a shortage of plaster.”


the jester-in-exile said...

gibbs, sayang! maybe you could support this, too? it's one of the ways to be running the great philippine book blockade of 2009 :D

gibbs cadiz said...

hey JESTER, sure, dami ko pa libro na pwede i-donate, hehe. :)

Louie said...

hi gibbs! this may interest you http://www.bookcrossing.com/

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