Mar 28, 2012

Guest Post: 3 Favorites With Erebos Author Ursula Pozanaski (+Giveaway)

Erebos by Ursula Pozanaski
January 19th, 2012 from Annick Press

When 16-year-old Nick receives a package containing the mysterious computer game Erebos, he wonders if it will explain the behavior of his classmates, who have been secretive lately. Players of the game must obey strict rules: always play alone, never talk about the game, and never tell anyone your nickname.

Curious, Nick joins the game and quickly becomes addicted. But Erebos knows a lot about the players and begins to manipulate their lives. When it sends Nick on a deadly assignment, he refuses and is banished from the game.

Now unable to play, Nick turns to a friend for help in finding out who controls the game. The two set off on a dangerous mission in which the border between reality and the virtual world begins to blur. This utterly convincing and suspenseful thriller originated in Germany, where it has become a runaway bestseller.

I am happy to have author Ursula Pozanaski on the blog today! She fills us in about her favorite video games and what she loves about America. Don't forget to check out the PW article and book trailer links below. Welcome, Ursula!
3 favorite video games:
Diablo I+II
Day of the Tentacle
The Settlers

3 favorite discoveries while researching for Erebos:
Details about Michelangelo's "The Last Judgement"
The best muffins in London
A few cool blogs about living in England

3 favorite recent reads:
Téa Obreht's, The Tiger's Wife
Patrick Rothfuss's,  The Wise Man's Fear
Maggie Stiefvater's,  The Scorpio Races

I definitly recommend all three!

3 things you would miss about Austria if you moved:
The landscape, which is the most beautiful I know
All the places of my childhood, where memories come alive as soon as I get there
The Austrian culture—which includes music, art, architecture food and wine ... and of course literature, but that's something I would be able to take with me.

3 of your favorite things about the USA
The open-mindedness I have encountered in most Americans I’ve met
Some of my favorite TV series (Modern Family, Two and a Half Men, Scrubs ... I have tons of DVDs ;-))

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You can find Pozanaski on her website
You can find Annick Press at their website
Publisher's Weekly gives EREBOS a Starred Review. Check out this great article from PW.
Check out the book trailer:

Stop by the other blog tour participants:

March 25: YA Bookshelf,
March 26: Bookosaur,
March 27: GreenBeanTeenQueen,
March 28: The Pen Stroke,
March 29: ME - I Read Banned Books,
March 30: Between the Covers,
March 31: Tahleen's Mixed-Up Files,

Lucky you, Annick Press has one copy up for grabs! Fill out the fancy doo-hickey below to be officially entered. Must be a follower, 13+, and US/CAN only.

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  1. I was just reading about this book the other day. It sounds really interesting. I imagine it's pretty darned good if they took the time to translate it into English and bring it over here.

  2. Erebos caught my attention because of its video game premise. It's been a while since I read a thriller. I enjoyed Ready Player One by Ernest Cline and I'm curious how that romp and '80s homage compares to a video game thriller.

    I still need to read The Tiger's Wife!

    (commenting as Justine)

  3. What an amazing concept. I'm always astonished with the ideas writers come up with. I'm looking forward to reading this one.

  4. This book sounds awesome. It remind me of the movie Stay Alive. Thanks for the giveaway!!

  5. Well that was quick, I'm hooked already. The concept of a secret game that you have to play alone and when you don't follow the rules it locks you out. Brilliant, perfect for a movie. You can stop accepting entries now. I want this book!

  6. This book looks amazing. My mom is from Germany, so maybe she could have one of her friends get an original edition and we can compare!

    Oh, I'm so excited. :D

  7. I'm so glad that the author likes Americans' openmindness! Most of us are right out there for everyone to see so you might as well like it rather than fight it!

  8. This sounds amazing! I love novels about the effect of computers/technology on our lives--I'm definitely going to pick this up!

  9. Hi everybody! I was just wondering if anyone could come visit my writing blog; I'm in desperate need of some reviewing and opinions.

  10. This sounds great! Reminds me of Stay Alive or Gamer but in book form. So definitely a want to read.

  11. I love the sound of this novel. It does remind me of Stay Alive but also Devour which is similar because the game does send them on crazy missions as well. I can't wait to read this. I'm so glad that culture is the one thing we can always take with us no matter where we are.

  12. I love the trailer and the cover of this book! :)

  13. sounds like an amazing book