Tuesday, June 29, 2010

Giveaway HOW TO MELLIFY A CORPSE by Vicki Leon

OOOOh this is a treat for the readers! A giveaway is in order, what is up for grabs you ask? Two finished copies of "How To Mellify a Corpse" by Vicki Leon. Sorry but this one is open only to US and CANADA.

"In this delightful follow-up to IX to V, her entertaining look at work in the ancient world, León explores the tangled webs of science and superstition in Greek, Roman, Egyptian, and other ancient societies. With her characteristic deadpan humor, verve, and wit, she brings to life the practices of ordinary folks as they sought practical ways to avoid the evil eye, battle stronger enemies, and understand strange and marvelous astronomical events. Copulating during a strong north wind and ingesting magical potions were believed to guarantee a male child. Greeks and Romans placed gouty limbs on electric eels in order to ease their pain. Scythian warriors dipped their arrows in snake venom, human blood, and feces to ensure their targets would die a slow and gruesome death. Many ancient cultures touted the antiseptic properties of honey, using honey-soaked bandages to bind wounds. Many Greeks attributed the visions of soothsayers and diviners to "mad honey" made from the nectar of laurel and oleander plants. León™s rollicking tour helps us see that the daily lives and worries of the ancients were not far removed from our own".

The Rules
    * For 1 entry leave me a comment with a way to contact you.
    * For 2 entries follow my blog. If you already do, thanks, and please let me know in the comments. You're eligible for the extra entry as well.
    * For 3 entries blog or tweet this giveaway to spread the word. 

The giveaway will close on the 5th of July at midnight and will post the winners on the 6th. Good luck everyone this is such a good book I think it has elements that any person can admire.
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  1. Great Giveaway! Please enter me and I am a follower.

  2. Ooohhh, ooohhh I want to read this one! Please enter me and you know I am your bestest follower :)

    Thanks Liz!

  3. Oh yes please! Me too!
    And of course I follow!

  4. I love these books with bits of obscure facts and practices. Thanks for the giveaway.

    +2 I follow through Google Reader

  5. Ooooh!!! =) Thank you for entering me.

    I'm a follower

    tiredwkids at live dot com

  6. I would love to be entered for this giveaway. I have been a longtime follower and I tweeted about your giveaway http://twitter.com/dolleygurl/status/17368616264.


  7. The title drew me in!!! I follow you.


  8. I am already a Follower.

    What a wonderful book. I have been reading books like this since high school (read a long time - 1960's) and never tire of them. There are so many interesting tidbits out there, I can always find something new and interesting. I'd love to add this book to my collection. I will have to check out her IX to V.

    librarypat AT comcast DOT net

  9. I'm in it to win it! I'm a follower too. Thanks!


  10. jjeanhansen@live.com

    Please enter me---this book sounds right up my alley!

    I'm a follower.

    And I blogged the giveaway:

  11. I just love these kind of "odd facts" kind of books. Please count me in. Thanks!
    +1 GFC follower
    +1 tweet http://twitter.com/pixie13sweeps/status/17682181476


  12. Please enter me, I'm a new follower.

  13. Sounds intriguing! Thanks for the chance!


  14. I follow on GFC!


  15. Giveaway is now closed good luck everyone! Tallying winners right now.


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