Soundtrack Giveaway Winner 2011

And the providential winner of this year’s Soundtrack Giveaway is… Faith Blum! Congratulations! I’ll contact you by e-mail and get your prize sent to you as soon as possible!

To everyone else who participated… I really cannot thank you all enough. In last year’s giveaway, a mere 8 people participated. This year, there were 34. And that, my friends, is awesome. God willing, I’ll be hosting this giveaway annually. So if you enjoyed participating this year, be sure to stick around (and spread the word).

Reading Goals for 2012

Crime and Punishment by Fyodor Dostoyevsky
Northanger Abby by Jane Austen
1984 by George Orwell
Brave New World by Alduos Huxley
The Death of Ivan Ilyich by Leo Tolstoy
Catch 22 by Josef Heller
To Kill A Mockingbird by Harper Lee
The Great Gatsby by F. Scott Fitzgerald

Black Hawk Down by Mark Bowden
Public Enemies by Bryan Borrough
Charles Hodge by Paul C. Gutjahr
Steve Jobs by Walter Isaacson
Mornings On Horseback by David McCullough
History of the American People by Paul Johnson


Practical Religion by J.C. Ryle
God Is by Douglas Wilson
Why We’re Not Emergent by Kevin DeYoung & Ted Kluck
The Wages of Spin by Carl Trueman
Notes from the Tilt-A-Whirl by N.D. Wilson
The Closing of the American Mind by Allan Bloom
Wordsmithy by Douglas Wilson
Christian Love by Hugh Binning

World War Z by Max Brooks
Ender’s Game by Orson Scott Card
Starship Troopers by Robert Heinlein
The Night Circus by Erin Morgenstern
Boneshaker by Cherie Priest


The Border Trilogy by Cormac McCarthy
Doc by Mary Dorothea Russell
Shogun by James Clavell
Gilead by Marilynne Robinson
The Karla Trilogy by John Le Carre
The Bourne Identity by Robert Ludlum
Clear and Present Danger by Tom Clancy

2011 Year In Review: Movies


1. District 9 (2009)
“… a combination of potent allegory, ambitious sci-fi action, and emotionally-wrenching drama – and the result is nothing short of breathtaking.” Read full review

2. Cinderella Man (2005)
“… a wholesome, inspiring piece of filmmaking of the type seldom produced by Hollywood these days, and by the time I got to the end credits, I wanted to stand up and cheer.” Read full review

3. 13 Assassins (2010)
“… a phenomenal tale of courage and sacrifice. The story is intelligent, exceptionally well-paced, and executed with a dazzling panache, and the acting is top-notch from the entire cast.” Read full review

4. Collateral (2004)
“Michael Mann’s gritty crime thriller is an excellent film that requires your brain to come along for the ride. And it’s a ride you won’t soon forget.” Read full review

5. Black Hawk Down (2001)
“… triumphs not only as a gripping story of camaraderie and courage, but also as a raw, unflinching depiction of modern warfare.” Read full review

6. Captain America: The First Avenger (2011)
“A refreshingly unapologetic pro-American thrill ride. You don’t wanna miss this one. It boasts fine acting, superb visual effects, a dash of humor, plenty of imaginative action, and a slick retro vibe with sci-fi gizmos galore.” Read full review

7. Taken (2008)
“… the powerful story of a father who loves his daughter so much he’s willing to fight to protect her life and purity. He doesn’t give up, he doesn’t back down, until she is safely in his arms again. And he doesn’t negotiate with bad guys.” Read full review

8. The Kingdom (2007)
“… an excellent film that takes a serious look at Islamic terrorism. Check this one out – it’s a rough ride, but oh so worth it.” Read full review

9. True Grit (2010)
“Not only does it boast great storytelling, a smart script, and Oscar-worthy performances, it also offers surprisingly thoughtful commentary on the nature and consequences of revenge.” Read full review

10. Sherlock Holmes: A Game of Shadows (2011)
“… succeeds wildly on its own terms – combining the sleuthing suspense of Arthur Conan Doyle with elements of the Steampunk genre and the inventive, globe-trotting action of Indiana Jones.” Read full review


11. Spider-Man 2 (2004)
“… one those rare sequels that surpasses its predecessor in just about every way. The story is richer, the themes are far more complex, the characters are have greater depth, the visual effects are splendid, and the action sequences are downright awesome.” Read full review

12. Gran Torino (2008)
“… a unique and unforgettable experience, tackling the subject of racism while simultaneously exploring themes of redemption, sacrifice, and forgiveness.” Read full review

13. First Blood (1982)
“… a thrilling adventure with a surprising amount of intelligence and emotional heft. Director Kotcheff deftly balances the gunfire, stunt work, and explosions with a wonderfully compelling story.” Read full review

14. Slumdog Millionaire (2008)
“… a beautiful story of love, perseverence, and triumph in the face of overwhelming odds. It’s not always easy to watch; but in all the darkness, hope is never far away.” Read full review

15. Equilibrium (2002)
“Both a thought-provoking Orwellian tale and a thrilling action-fest, this is a superb and underrated science fiction film.” Read full review

2011 Year In Review: Books


  1. The Book Thief by Markus Zusak (Review)
  2. The Holy War by John Bunyan
  3. Blood Meridian by Cormac McCarthy (Review)
  4. All the Pretty Horses by Cormac McCarthy (Review)
  5. No Country for Old Men by Cormac McCarthy (Review)
  6. Tinker, Tailor, Soldier, Spy by John Le Carre (Review)
  7. The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy by Douglas Adams (Review)
  8. The Passage by Justin Cronin (Review)
  9. A Tale of Two Cities by Charles Dickens
  10. Lord of the Flies by William Golding


11. The Hunt For Red October by Tom Clancy (Review)
12. To Say Nothing of the Dog by Connie Willis (Review)
13. Pride and Prejudice by Jane Austen
14. A Good Man Is Hard to Find and Other Stories by Flannery O’Conner
15. The Day of the Triffids by John Wyndham (Review)


  1. All God’s Children and Blue Suede Shoes by Kenneth Meyers
  2. After America by Mark Steyn (Review)
  3. Tactics by Gregory Koukl (Review)
  4. The Holiness of God by R.C. Sproul
  5. The World-Tilting Gospel by Dan Phillips (Review)
  6. Think by John Piper (Review)
  7. Christ and Him Crucified by Jon Cardwell (Review)
  8. Band of Brothers by Stephen Ambrose (Review)
  9. Mere Christianity by C.S. Lewis
  10. Lone Survivor by Marcus Lutrell (Review)


11. A Call to Prayer by J.C. Ryle
12. The Next Story by Tim Challies
13. To End All Wars by Ernest Gorden (Review)
14. The Christian Life by Sinclair Ferguson (Review)
15. The Bruised Reed by Richard Sibbes

Soundtrack Giveaway 2011

Ladies and germs, allow me to welcome you to the second annual Soundtrack Giveaway here at the Ink Slinger blog. Be my guest and take a seat – we’re about to begin.

If you participated last year, you know what’s going on. You probably also noticed that I’m hosting this giveaway at a rather later date than last year. The reason is fairly simple: I wanted to sample all of the soundtracks released in 2011, including the ones released closer to the new year. I’m glad I made this decision, because otherwise, I would’ve missed out big time.

If you’re new to this giveaway – and most of my readers are – you are likely wondering what the heck is going on. “A soundtrack giveaway? What is that?” Easy – it’s just like any other giveaway. Only, instead of getting a quilt, a CD, or a book, the winner receives a soundtrack.

“Alrighty,” you say. “Makes sense. But why soundtracks? I don’t see any other bloggers giving away soundtracks.” I don’t either. That’s the point. Since nobody else I know of is doing it, I’ll do it.

Of course, there are those who will inevitably respond, “But what if I don’t listen to soundtracks, or enjoy them?” Well, in that case, I’d have to say – with all kindness – that it’s your loss.

Now that we’ve got that out of the way, let’s move on…

2011 has been a great year for film scores, so it’s rather difficult for me to select just two for this giveaway. Nevertheless, here you are: the soundtracks I’ll be featuring this year are Hans Zimmer’s score for Sherlock Holmes: A Game of Shadows and Alan Silvestri’s score for Captain America: The First Avenger.

Leave a comment if you would like your name to be entered in the drawing. To increase your chances, share this giveaway on your blog (or link to it via social networking), and let me know you have done so. I’ll enter your name for each “share”. The giveaway will close at 12pm MT on Friday, December 30th. Aftwards, a name will be drawn and the winner will recieve his/her choice of the soundtracks featured (on MP3).

Now… get going.