Tuesday, June 23, 2009

Titan Books - Review and Watchmen Book Giveaway

A while back I received several different books from Titan Publishing Group for review. Titan Books is known for their film and TV tie-ins as well as graphic novels and comics titles. Additionally, they publish popular "coffee table" books dealing with animation, popular culture, collectibles and comic and fantasy art. Watchmen, James Bond, Wallace & Gromit, Transformers, Tank Girl--these are a few of the many familiar characters found in their publications.

Some of the titles are appropriate for children and others are definitely meant for a more mature audience. The books are a good option especially for boys and reluctant readers that tend to avoid regular books. In March I reviewed two of Titan's Monsters vs Aliens Graphic Novels. The company was pleased with the feedback so they sent a few more my way for my readers to learn about. Here are some Titan titles for the late teens/adult audience (product descriptions from Titan website):

Watchmen The Film Companion by Peter Aperlo. Titan Books (February 2009); 176 pages; ISBN 9781848560673
My Review: Watchmen the movie was released in US theaters on March 6, 2009 (DVD comes out July 21st). Based the award-winning graphic novel by Alan Moore and Dave Gibbons, the rated "R" Warner Brothers movie is crime-conspiracy story. Watchmen The Film Companion provides a detailed behind the scenes view of the movie creation. Each page is filled with lots of photos from production as well as interviews with the cast and crew. I especially enjoyed the large section devoted to the characters in the film. Fans of the Watchmen film and graphic novel won't want to miss this excellent movie tie-in.

Titan books offers several James Bond graphic novels. This is just one example:

James Bond Polestar by Jim Lawrence, Yaroslav Horak, Ian Fleming. Titan Books (November 2008); 120 pages; ISBN 9781845767174

Product Description: This bumper action-packed volume collects ultra rare Bond stories that have not been seen since their original syndication: ‘Flittermouse’, ‘The Scent of Danger’, ‘Snake Goddess’, ‘Double Eagle’ and ‘Polestar’!
Plus a new introduction by Bond girl Valerie Leon (The Spy Who Loved Me), features on Ian Fleming’s home Goldeneye and a look at the rarely seen Bond Zig Zag comics series, this latest explosive volume is not to be missed!

This next book is the first in a series of original novels based on the television show, Primeval.

Primeval Extinction Event by Dan Abnett. Titan Books (March 2009); 288 pages; ISBN 9781845766931
Product Description: When strange anomalies in time start to appear Professor Cutter and his team have to help track down and capture a multitude of dangerous prehistoric creatures from Earth's distant past… and distant future.
An Entelodon goes on the rampage down Oxford Street in central London causing untold damage and loss of life, and Cutter decides a new approach to tackling the anomalies is needed. When a mysterious Russian scientist arrives at the ARC, Cutter thinks he might have found the answer...
In this brand new original never-seen-on-TV Primeval adventure Cutter and the team are forced to travel to Siberia to confront an anomaly problem on an epic scale...

Win a Titan book! In celebration of the YA Book Carnival, I'm giving away my review paperback copy of Watchmen The Film Companion.

To enter, visit Titan Books and leave a comment with the title of another Titan book that interests you.
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• Contest is open to US and Canada only; must be 18 years or older; if younger, you must obtain parental permission before accepting prize
• Contest ends on Monday, July 6th, 2009 at 11:59 PM CST.
• Winner will be chosen at random
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2nd extra entry: Blog about this contest then post your link in the comment section.
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Welcome all blog carnival friends. This giveaway is part of the YA Book Carnival at Shooting Stars Mag.


Erin Lowmaster said...

I'm a huge Lost fan so the Lost: Messages From The Island book I would love to have to make sure I'm not forgetting something important!

Erin Lowmaster said...

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Cecelia said...

The G.I. Joe: Mission Dossier film companion book looks interesting. I have three younger brothers, and I can't tell you how many times my Barbies 'played war' with their G.I. Joe action figures. I know they are looking forward to the new movie with glee, and a tie-in book sounds like a perfect gift.
Watchmen would probably be a big hit, too.


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katrina said...

The Transformers - Dark Star (limited edition) interests me! :)

katrina said...

Following you by all 3! :) RSS, email & Google Friend Connect

Anonymous said...

I think that "Transformers Breakdown" would be great for my two nephews.



Unknown said...

Torchwood - Rift War by Simon Furman, Ian Edginton, Paul Grist looks like a good read.

Please enter me into this drawing.

I'm also a follower of your blog.

Thanks for hosting this giveaway.

stacey dempsey said...

i am a huge star trek fan so any of the startrek series i would love soo many to choose from

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Unknown said...

I've also blogged about this giveaway here.


Belinda M said...

The Modesty Blaise: The Lady Killers novel looks interesting. The whole series does

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silverhartgirl said...

lost Messages From The Island book sounds interesting
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Scott said...

They're issuing a compilation of Tank Girl! That's all I needed to know. :-)

I also subscribe to your feed now. I look forward to reading!

Joanne ♦ The Book Zombie said...

Wow, Titan has a lot of great looking stuff! But there is one title that is a must-have for me -
Crystal Lake Memories The Complete History of Friday The 13th! I'm a huge F13 fan and this looks amazing.

Thanks for the giveaway!
I'm a subscriber through google reader.

Unknown said...

I LOVE watchmen!! Another Titan book/s that interests me are their Nemi graphic novels. They sound pretty interesting. They already had one volume released so I think I'll be checking it out. I love graphic novels and humor so having it mixed into one is awesome. :)

amanda said...

Lost is my favorite show, so I'd love to check out "Lost - Messages from the Island."

Mary A said...

I would also be interested in Tank Girl 1: Remastered. Thanks for the giveaway.

Ladytink_534 said...

Very cool books! I'd really like the Ghost Whisperer - Spirit Guide by Ian Sander, Kim Moses and Writing Science Fiction and Fantasy Television y Joe Nazarro.


Lesley (aka Upper West Side Writer) said...

I'm following you on Twitter (uwsreader) and I Tweeted about your contest:



tina reynolds said...

lost messages from the island sounds good thanks for the chance eaglesforjack@gmail.com

Beth (BBRB) said...

This looks fun! Please enter me!

How lovely to learn that there are Primeval books coming out even though the show was cancelled! I'd definitely like to check out Primeval: Extinction Event.

BethsBookReviewBlog AT gmail DOT com

Beth (BBRB) said...

I'm a subscriber via Google Reader.

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dag888888 said...

The Best of Simon and Kirby looks great!