S.G. Browne

Shooting Monkeys in a Barrel Giveaway

media-upload-1To celebrate the fact that I just feel like celebrating something, I’m giving away a fistful of copies of my short story collection Shooting Monkeys in a Barrel: Ten Twisted TalesHow can you enter to win? I’m glad you asked.

While I tend to read novels more than short story collections, I’m a fan of the short form. Some of my favorite collections include The Deportees by Roddy Doyle, St. Lucy’s Home for Girls Raised by Wolves by Karen Russell, and Skeleton Crew by Stephen King.

Sometimes entire collections stay with me. Other times, it’s a specific story, like Shirley Jackson’s “The Lottery” or Franz Kafka’s “The Metamorphosis.” (Technically a novella rather than a short story, but it’s on the short side as far as novellas go.)

However, there’s one short story that tends to stick a little more than the others and which floats around inside of me as if it’s become part of my genetic makeup, and that’s “The Ballad of the Flexible Bullet” by Stephen King (which can be found in Skeleton Crew.)

Which brings us back to the contest. In order to enter for a chance to win, all you have to do is leave a comment to this blog post with your favorite short story or short story collection in the comments. Feel free to elaborate or just post the title. That’s all there is to it.

As I mentioned, I’ll be giving away five (5) copies of Shooting Monkeys in a Barrel, which is available as an eBook for Kindle, Nook, iPad, and Kobo. Since I haven’t been able to figure out how to gift an eBook on Kobo, I’ll be gifting the collection on either Kindle, Nook, or iPad. Winner’s choice.

Now if you’re like me you might be saying: “Hey, I don’t own a Kindle, Nook, or iPad because I like my books to be three-dimensional with actual pages I can turn and on which I can accidentally spill my cappuccino without having to fork over a few hundred bucks to get a new one. How can I get a hard copy of Shooting Monkeys in a Barrel?”

The answer is: You can’t. But what you can do is download free software from Amazon or Barnes & Noble for your desktop or laptop or smart phone. (They also have options for Mac. Or I believe you can just use iTunes.) In any case, even if you don’t own an eReader, you can still win a copy of Shooting Monkeys in a Barrel and read it on your computer.

And now for the disclaimers:

  • Contest open only to residents of the United States.
  • Contest ends Sunday, June 8, 2014, at 11:59pm PST.
  • Multiple comments are allowed but will count as a single entry. However you can re-tweet the post on my Twitter account for another chance to win.

Thanks for playing and good luck!

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32 Comments »

  1. RT @s_g_browne: I’m giving away five copies of my collection SHOOTING MONKEYS IN A BARREL. Enter here http://t.co/9KIZhdHm0o and/or RT for …

    Comment by robynyourbank — June 4, 2014 @ 7:28 am

  2. RT @s_g_browne: I’m giving away five copies of my collection SHOOTING MONKEYS IN A BARREL. Enter here http://t.co/9KIZhdHm0o and/or RT for …

    Comment by partylikeaninja — June 4, 2014 @ 7:28 am

  3. RT @s_g_browne: I’m giving away five copies of my collection SHOOTING MONKEYS IN A BARREL. Enter here http://t.co/9KIZhdHm0o and/or RT for …

    Comment by 256directions — June 4, 2014 @ 8:07 am

  4. My favorite collection of short stories I have read lately would have to be Fragile Things by Neil Gaiman, always a sucker for Gaiman.

    Comment by Stephanie — June 4, 2014 @ 8:26 am

  5. Oh, this one is easy. Dangerous Visions, by Harlan Ellison, 1967. A game changer for the Sci Fi genre. There are always quite a few copies on the Copperfield’s SciFi section – but not as many copies as there are of Big Egos.

    ~Ray

    Comment by Ray Lawrason — June 4, 2014 @ 9:10 am

  6. RT @s_g_browne: I’m giving away five copies of my collection SHOOTING MONKEYS IN A BARREL. Enter here http://t.co/9KIZhdHm0o and/or RT for …

    Comment by wombatdeamor — June 4, 2014 @ 9:52 am

  7. Christmas Carol Charles Dickens

    Comment by hazel stanton — June 4, 2014 @ 12:51 pm

  8. Thanks for offering the giveaway! Spontaneous celebrations are awesome!

    I love short stories because I think it is really difficult to write a compelling story that’s under 100 or 200 pages.

    It’s so hard to pick a favorite, but I’ll go with Roald Dahl’s The Sound Machine. I discovered it in McSweeny’s 45 (which is pretty great with a name like Hitchcock and Bradbury Fistfight in Heaven).

    Comment by Heather — June 4, 2014 @ 4:07 pm

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    Comment by LizPsaltis — June 4, 2014 @ 4:42 pm

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    Comment by robynyourbank — June 5, 2014 @ 7:16 am

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    Comment by partylikeaninja — June 5, 2014 @ 7:19 am

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    Comment by Warning_Signs31 — June 5, 2014 @ 7:20 am

  14. It took me FOR-EV-ER to come up with a response!! I’m not at all a habitué of short-fiction, as I like to submerged in the story and characters for long periods of time. Then I remembered that one of my favorite novels of all time, “The Ultimate Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy”, although one book in my collection is an ensemble of short stories, respectively. Therefore, my favorite of those would be “The Restaurant at the End of the Universe.” An hilarious tale of conspiracy and dinner specials, Adam’s himself regarded “Restaurant” as his best of the five novels.

    Comment by Jennifer L — June 5, 2014 @ 10:33 am

  15. Just finished reading Olive Kitteridge by Elizabeth Strout. It received the Pulitzer Prize in 2009. Collection of thirteen short stories with the title character woven through each. Excellent read.

    Comment by Phil Bold — June 5, 2014 @ 10:51 am

  16. Like commenter Stephanie, I’m in love with Neil Gaiman, and one of my favorite pieces of short fiction is “How to Talk to Girls at Parties.”

    Comment by Ashley K — June 5, 2014 @ 1:13 pm

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    Comment by reniazen — June 5, 2014 @ 1:14 pm

  18. I liked living dead 2, my favorite story in it was zombie gigolo. Great collection

    Comment by Cindy — June 5, 2014 @ 1:26 pm

  19. Don’t have any yet but EXCITED at the possibility of picking up SMIAB. Either way, just read Fated and now I’m hooked on you as an author !!!

    Comment by Juan C — June 5, 2014 @ 2:01 pm

  20. I always like to read the short stories that are part of the series from authors that I like. Thanks for the giveaway.

    Comment by JanaB — June 5, 2014 @ 3:18 pm

  21. “Evil Robot Monkey” by Mary Robinette Kowal. The name drew me in. I mean, how can you NOT read a story called “Evil Robot Monkey”? But the story is one of my favorites because I think it is written with great skill and packs a lot of emotion in just three pages.

    Also, does “The Princess and Mr. Whiffle: The Thing Beneath the Bed” count as a short story? Not sure which genre children books fall into when they are not intended for children.

    Comment by Megan Dilley — June 6, 2014 @ 12:23 pm

  22. “Evil Robot Monkey” by Mary Robinette Kowal. I was drawn in by the name. I mean, how can you NOT read a story titled “Evil Robot Monkey”? But it is one of my favorites because of the emotion that it is able to pack into three short pages.

    Another favorite is “The Princess and Mr. Whiffle: The Thing Beneath the Bed” but not sure in which genre a children’s story falls when it is not intended for children.

    Comment by Megan Dilley — June 6, 2014 @ 12:26 pm

  23. Ray Bradbury was one of the first writers I got into as a youngling, and he was all about the short stories. Some of them are pretty famous, like Sound of Thunder and the Foghorn, but one of the lesser known stories that always stuck with me was Marionettes, Inc. Guy buys a robot duplicate of himself so he can hide in his man cave while the duplicate hangs out with his wife, only to have the duplicate fall in love with the wife and decide to take over the life completely by stuffing the guy in the robot box to send back to Ye Olde Robot Factory. I actually ended up riffing on this in one of the game books I wrote, the idea of some entity taking over your life because you weren’t doing so much with it.

    Comment by Thom Marrion — June 6, 2014 @ 12:38 pm

  24. One of my most memorable stories is “The Most Dangerous Game”. Like you, “The Lottery” is one of my favorites. The plot moved fast, the characters were memorable, and the theme thought-provoking. I’d better stop there because I’m getting a rush of too many great stories.

    Thanks, Scott, for your offer.

    Comment by Barbara Goff — June 6, 2014 @ 4:43 pm

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    Comment by ceciliajbh — June 7, 2014 @ 8:28 pm

  26. I can think of two short stories that I re

    Comment by Cecilia Bedigrew Huddleston — June 7, 2014 @ 8:46 pm

  27. I can think of several short tales that I really like.

    The first is a newer short story by a talented Irish author, Martin Treanor, titled, “Clinton”. It can be found on Martin’s ‘Goodreads’ page: https://www.goodreads.com/story/show/241465-clinton. Martin also has a few short tales on his webpage you might like: http://www.martintreanor.com.

    I also really like the older story, “Roses for Emily” by William Faulkner…very Alfred Hitchcock-y & creepy. Of course, who could not like Shirley Jackson’s, “The Lottery” & “A Good Man Is Hard To Find” by Flannery O’Connor…that is one unbelievably brutal tale yet has its humorous moments, too.

    Thanks so much for a chance to win your ebook, “Shooting Monkeys in a Barrel”, S.G.!

    Comment by Cecilia Bedigrew Huddleston — June 7, 2014 @ 10:15 pm

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    Comment by ceciliajbh — June 7, 2014 @ 10:20 pm

  29. Last day to enter the SHOOTING MONKEYS IN A BARREL giveaway. Leave a comment here http://t.co/ZWiraDfhw9 or RT for your chance to win.

    Comment by s_g_browne — June 8, 2014 @ 8:00 am

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    Comment by Flowseidon_ — June 8, 2014 @ 8:17 am

  31. I ate up Ray Bradbury when I was a kid. “All Summer in a Day” “The Veldt” and “The Long Rain” have always stayed with me. My Favorite has to be “A Sound of Thunder” Unforgettable! I’m not eligible for the contest because I already own “Shooting Monkeys in a Barrel” which I love! I just wanted to share my favorites.

    Comment by Lance — June 8, 2014 @ 10:02 am

  32. And the winners of the giveaway are:

    Cecilia Huddleston
    Marcus Thomas
    Robyn Swan
    Jane B.
    Mona A.

    Congratulations to the winners. If you haven’t done so already, please email me at scott@sgbrowne.com for instructions on how to claim your free copy.

    And to everyone else who posting your comments and/or retweeted my posts on Twitter, thank you. You’re all made of awesome.

    Comment by S.G. Browne — June 11, 2014 @ 9:07 am

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