Friday, May 23, 2008
Photo Contest Part IV - Celebrities and Foriegn Climes
People have been taking pictures of the book all over the place.

Based on some of the other photos that were included with this one, I'm guessing this is actually an honest-to-goodness desert-y area. As opposed to a beach or a gravel quarry.

This one was, apparently, taken on Mount Hood.

Not all of the locations were exotic. This one was taken at Uncle Hugos, a bookstore that deals exclusively in fantasy/science fiction. In an interesting side note, the guy who runs Uncle Hugos was one of the very first people to get excited about the book after reading a galley copy, and to ask me to come out for a signing. So this bookstore has a special place in my heart.

I've had several photos where the book was shown with famous landmarks. This one brings back some memories. I haven't been out to the statue of liberty since I had to fetch that shipment of Ambrosia for UNATCO all those years ago....

Not all the landmarks that people used were universally well known. But anyone who has spent any significant amount of time in Madison knows exactly where this photo was shot.

Here we are above the clouds....

And here we are below the ground, in a New York city subway.

Here's another by the same photographer. Can you guess where it is?

I have to say, I really like the composition of these shots. Even if it didn't say, BITTER Photography I'd have a strong suspicion that they were taken by a pro.

Here's the runner up in "Most Foreign." This was taken in the catacombs in Italy. Apparently, the photographer got yelled at because taking pictures in there is, well, forbidden. The fact remains that it's a pretty awesome shot.

But this has to be the winner. Not only was this the photo that gave me the idea for this contest, you can't get much more foreign than this. The photographer told me that it was balmy out when he took this - a mere 60 degrees below.

And, because I admire ingenuity, an honorable mention for the photo of my book at the West Pole. Let me know which prize you'd like too.

Another thing I didn't anticipate when I started this contest was the celebrity angle. A lot of folks sent in pictures of the book with famous people.

Of course, sometimes the celebrities weren't really willing participants in this activity....

Other times the celebrities involved were completely fictional....

Or both.

Generally speaking though, the celebrities in question were desirous of the book....

Even Indiana Jones...

...and Benito Juarez.

Some celebrities were forced to make difficult choices....

Here's Captain Joe again. Looking to help out the allied powers. As we all know, the hardcover will stop a bullet.

Here's one obviously taken by a fellow Buffy Fan.

The caption to this one read: "The lute?... bah! A _real_ hero would have played the accordion."

The runner-up does a nice job of illustrating why I like Batman better than Superman. Superman obviously can't be bothered with the book. He's obviously too busy flexing and reciting the pledge of allegiance in his head.

Batman, on the other hand, is obviously into it. I could see him appreciating Kvothe's character.

And here's the Winner of the celebrity category. On one hand, this picture can't help but make me happy, as it is packed with all sorts of awesome: a beautiful woman, my book, and a Boba Fett made entirely out of Lego. But on the other hand, this picture makes me sad, as I'm guessing it's probably the closest thing to a three-way that I'll ever have.

Still, in terms of a three-way, you have to admit that's pretty hot.

There's more to come. And rest assured, I'm saving some of the best for last.


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Blogger Matt said...

Heh... the geographic west pole pic forced a chortle from my otherwise stern composure, and your caption for Superman and Batman made me laugh out loud (although I do not see the problem with reciting the Pledge of Allegiance softly to your self on a cold and lonely Friday night...).

Sometimes I make my subordinates stand at attention and recite the Sailors Creed to entertain me. Perhaps I'll have them recite favorite passages from NOTW...

Leadership decisions like this are probably why I have so many cold and lonely nights...

Thanks for continuing to brighten our days, Pat :)

May 23, 2008 5:32 AM  
Anonymous marky said...

qI heard a rumour about boba fett being a bit of a two way adaptor! must have been true then!
that captain joe gets everywere. bet you he's lived many secret lives, struggling to reach the gathering. were the few who remain will battle to the last. no one has ever known he was among you..until now!!

May 23, 2008 5:36 AM  
Anonymous noblehobo said...

shoot - didn't even realize i was in the contest...

the geographic west pole pic? I'm going to post that on station - i laughed my ass off. as for yesterday? it was -87 F with a -127 F windchill but i can read by the light of the moon.

NOTW is making its rounds at the south pole as i type this. some people consider that we are at the bottom of the world. i prefer to think that when i hold your book it and (only slight less importantly) i are above everyone else.

all a matter of perspective.

here's to the continued success!

May 23, 2008 5:39 AM  
Blogger Eddie V said...

This is awsome i made it onto the blog.....for superman i was gonna stick my hand though his and hide under his cape to make it look like he was reading but security gave me the dirtiest look ever so for batman you should have seen how giddy i got when i took that picture it was just awsome....thanks for the mention book now rests in the arms of Iron mas statue thats in my room...(shhh i am a bit of a geek)

May 23, 2008 5:50 AM  
Anonymous Kip, The Quintessential said...

I like the Pics. My friend Jesus and I are going to make a special Pic for you. It will surprise you. MuaHAHAHAHA.

I'll give you a hint though, It involves 3lbs of lard, a goat. half of a pidgeon, and a block of wood carved in the shape of a walrus.

May 23, 2008 5:55 AM  
Blogger Doug said...

Deus Ex is possibly one of the best games I have ever played, I actually visited the island some time after I played the game, and I had this weird feeling like I had been there before.

May 23, 2008 9:27 AM  
Anonymous JAIMO said...

Ummm, Pat? I believe your rules state that to be eligible, the book featured in the photo must be a paperback. Is that a paperback in the geographic South Pole shot? SHENANIGANS!!!

May 23, 2008 9:28 AM  
Anonymous The Kip Has Spoken said...

Yes the rules state that, but that is the picture that started it all! It would be like saying Gary Gygax is not allowed to be thanked for D&D because he only created the first edition or so.

May 23, 2008 9:51 AM  
Blogger Captain Joe said...

Ah, man, some of my favourite photos in this selection. Most notably the 'geographic west pole' effort. I can appreciate the all-too-subtle humour and clever thought that would've gone in to such a shot.

Marky: Heh, I did get almost everywhere in time and space taking these photos. Probably won't make the blog, but there was even one of me and The Name of the Wind battling the Thunderbirds. Yeah, pretty epic.

I won, of course.

May 23, 2008 10:11 AM  
Anonymous Tycho said...

's a Jango Fett. No Boba. Close though. Genetically identical.

May 23, 2008 11:44 AM  
Blogger Mary J. said...

Wow, from Gray Hulk SMASH back to our charming and lovable Pat within a week. Awesome.

The West Pole is great. ;-)

Marky: I think that is our first official Highlander reference. Pat's blog is a happy place for fanboys and fangirls.

May 23, 2008 12:30 PM  
Blogger Matt said...

Captain Joe as an Immortal... interesting theory. That would explain the brooding demeanor and the cool jacket and shades. Either that, or the rest of us are just a bunch of coppertops and he's here to extract Patrick from this faux reality.

Take the red pill, Pat! The red pill!

May 23, 2008 1:32 PM  
Blogger Pat said...

JAIMO: Read the rules more closely. There was a specific exception made for the "Most Foreign" category.

May 23, 2008 1:41 PM  
Anonymous Jaimo said...

Damn my lack of focus...hey, is that a shiny paperclip?

May 23, 2008 2:48 PM  
Blogger Alison said...

Woot! My entry merited a 'buffy' tag! *swells with pride*

Also, I really like how the Batman one was posed. It looks real!

And this group also has my favorite photo-manipulation in it. The black and white one. Good on you again, Mr. Captain Joe, sir.

Plus, gotta love the Geographic West Pole. That one had me laughing for longer than strictly necessary.

May 23, 2008 5:45 PM  
Anonymous noblehobo said...

I would have happily ordered the paperback for Southern display as well, but we haven't had a flight since station close in mid-February and we won't see another until station opening in early November. Alas, no flights = no mail, no paperback at its release...

So its just one copy of the book and sixty winterovers slowly growing insane in the dark.

Damn fine times. That, and NOTW will be staying in the library here when I leave. For the foreseeable future, the world will revolve around it.

May 23, 2008 7:25 PM  
Blogger Captain Joe said...

Matt: It'd also explain the 'replica' gunblade. I need it for all the beheading I get up to on weekends/when there can be only one...

The red pill may be the safe option, but it sure ain't the fun one.

May 23, 2008 10:54 PM  
Blogger Matt said...

Have a wonderful Memorial Day weekend, Pat and fellow US blog addicts!

For our brother and sister international bloggers, have a wonderful and, I pray, fair weather weekend!

We'll use a looser interpretation of "fair weather" for you, noblehobo :) BTW, I love the idea that the world is revolving around Pat's novel :D

May 24, 2008 12:19 PM  
Blogger RedCochina said...

Oh! I was at a nephew's wedding and entertaining in-laws all weekend and just checked the blog tonight. Thank you so much, Pat! I never win anything! This is so exciting! (Can't stop using exclamation points!!!)!

I had so much fun asking strangers to take pictures of me and NOTW. I honestly thought I had no chance of even getting honorable mention. I was just having a blast that day. And now I can tell everyone I've had a threesome with Lego Fett and Paperback Rothfuss! ;) And won a prize! (!!)

May 25, 2008 3:46 PM  
Blogger Laura said...

I have to share a funny story.

A good friend of mine was irate after reading the latest blog post. Some stupid pseudo-celebrity chick, she complained, with her hair in dumb poodle bows, looking between the book and a Speed Racer sticker.... How vapid do these camera-beggars get?

She had no idea that it was ME in the photo. /laugh/

The photo in question is of the fictional celebrity Trixie, from the classic animated Speed Racer. We were dressed as the crew anyway and couldn't resist a few shots with the book. (And no, that's not the real Speed Racer, either. He's older now.)

So at least now I know that if ever I need to rob a bank, I should do it in my Trixie guise for staying incognito!

May 25, 2008 10:25 PM  
Anonymous Snall Trippin said...

I thought it said foreign CRIMES...I was excited...ah well....

May 25, 2008 10:49 PM  
Blogger Eddie V said...

wow i am runner up? dang ok always read fine print...this was a great lesson right before law school

Awsome ..Thanks Pat thanks all and Thanks NOTW for the WIN

May 26, 2008 8:28 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

couldn't find an address to contact Patrick on. thought I would leave a msg here.
Pat, your book is amazing. Borrowed it from the library, read it two days, duagter read it in about four. WOW!!!! When will the newxt one be out. You have two new fans from Aus.

May 27, 2008 1:05 AM  
Blogger I. M. Bitter said...

:D I loved those pics too. Thanks for the mention. :)

Congrats to the South & West pole winners!

June 1, 2008 8:11 AM  

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