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Old 11-23-2014, 06:38 AM
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Am using my tablet as an e-reader finally. Downloaded a bunch of public domain horror before Halloween but only read one during the season (a Canadian horror tale called "The Wendigo" which had interesting elements but wasn't all that great and was a bit racist). Finally started reading Frankenstein, which is a bit of a slog in the first 6 pages of set up until the character of Frankenstein finally arrives. I know it is supposed to start out as a series of generic letters, but there's something about it that feels like a complete chore. When it gets into the story, it's a lot less frustrating, even though the first two chapters amount to "I liked a girl once and then I liked science too". It becomes a much more inviting read when that happens. Looking forward to getting into the meat of the story, all the same.
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Old 11-29-2014, 06:21 AM
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Today's Amazon Deal is 20 Sci-Fi/Fantasy which is a bit of a mixed bag selection - Phoenix Guard is great but I'd read the other Jhereg books first, the first of Wolfe's Wizard Knight books but it's really only half a book, Alloy of Law but you should read at Mistborn first.
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Old 12-01-2014, 06:06 AM
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Amazon Cyber Monday - "Biggest Kindle Sale Ever" is full of repeat sales from the year and old back-in-print-via-iffy-OCR reprints, but if you dig through it there's some things. Samuel Delaney, Harlan Ellison, and Michael Chabon books are in there with the Gor and Bio of a Space Tyrant books. Also if you missed any Mary Renault, Barbara Hambly, Alan Dean Foster, or David Duncan novels from previous sales, they're here again. Be aware that some books are sold individually and then again as multi-book editions (which annoy me) so be careful not to buy duplicates!

Personally I got the Sorcery & Cecelia series, the Below the Root books, and The Incredible Tide, the novel Miyazaki's "Future Boy Conan" was based on.

So much stuff: also Cadfael, Dortmunder, Lankhmar, Peter Wimsey...

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Old 12-19-2014, 11:13 AM
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All nine of Diane Duane's Young Wizards books are available as a mega-bundle for $19 for the next 15 hours. If you've read them before you know how fantastic they are. If you haven't read them before, NOW'S YOUR CHANCE.
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StoryBundle has another Video Game Bundle up. This one has one of Leigh Alexander's books, HG101's Sega book and several Boss Fight Books in it.
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Old 01-18-2015, 06:40 AM
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Jeff VanderMeer's Southern Reach books are the Kindle daily deal for $2.99 each!
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Old 01-24-2015, 09:03 AM
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FREE, today only at Amazon: The Very Best of Charles de Lint.
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Old 02-12-2015, 10:00 AM
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Kindle Unlimited is available in Canada now!

Anyone using the service? I'm thinking of checking it out, just $10 a month seems a bit much at my current rate of reading, though it might make me read more?
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Old 02-15-2015, 09:09 AM
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All of Finishing School is currently on sale on Kindle for 2 dollars a pop and that is a STEAL and you should read it if you like fun adventure stories.
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Old 02-15-2015, 12:38 PM
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All of Finishing School is currently on sale on Kindle for 2 dollars a pop and that is a STEAL and you should read it if you like fun adventure stories.
Thanks for the heads-up! I bought the first one a while back but haven't read it yet. The premise seems right up several of my alleys so I'll go ahead and snag the other two!
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Old 02-15-2015, 01:01 PM
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All of Finishing School is currently on sale on Kindle for 2 dollars a pop and that is a STEAL and you should read it if you like fun adventure stories.
Holy cow, the premise looks amazing and the books are cheap. Bought!

Thanks for the heads up.
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Old 02-15-2015, 01:38 PM
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Make sure you read her other stuff, too, which is in the same world. The Parasol Protectorate books, where it all started, will be regular rereads for me, even with the weaknesses of the first book's writing (which don't keep it from being awesome).

If anyone is still on the fence, the author has masters in archaeology and anthropology and adores octopuses.
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Old 02-15-2015, 01:43 PM
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(Btw, if looking for a deal, all five volumes of the Parasol Protectorate are available as a "boxed set" on kindle for $17, which isn't bad)
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Old 02-15-2015, 03:10 PM
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"#1 Best Seller in Teen & Young Adult European Historical Fiction eBooks"

That's a really specific category there, Amazon.
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Old 02-21-2015, 08:02 AM
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The Princess Bride is a Kindle Daily Deal today.

Also, Burning Water by Mercedes Lackey, from back when she was good.
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Old 03-06-2015, 04:32 PM
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Libriomancer by Jim C. Hines is the Kindle Daily Deal today. It's an urban fantasy series in which mages can pull objects out of books (as long as they can fit through the pages). Highly recommended.
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Old 04-27-2015, 10:57 AM
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The Man with the Golden Torc by Simon R. Green is currently $2 on Amazon.
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Old 04-27-2015, 11:05 AM
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Just read the summary. This sounds absolutely ridiculous.
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Old 04-27-2015, 12:02 PM
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Just read the summary. This sounds absolutely ridiculous.
Oh it is, in all the best ways. Simon R. Green writes fantastic pulpy sci-fi and fantasy. I'd also recommend Hawk & Fisher (husband and wife team solve crimes in a generic fantasy world) and Deathstalker (SPACE OPERA IN SPACE). Blue Moon Rising is also one of my favorite novels ever -- it's a deconstruction of "epic" fantasy, but when I first read it at the age of twelve I just desperately wanted to grow up to be Princess Julia.
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Old 04-27-2015, 12:07 PM
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Never read Green before. Been meaning to give him a try
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Old 06-24-2015, 10:14 AM
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Did you miss the chance to get all the past issues of Scroll in the last Videogame Story Bundle? Would you like to get Issue 12? Well, today's your lucky day, because there's a new Videogame Bundle with Scrolls 1-12 at the bonus level.
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Old 07-30-2015, 05:18 AM
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Finch by Jeff VanderMeer is a Kindle Daily Deal today. It's his third Ambergris book, so maybe read those first?

John Scalzi's The Human Division and Agent to the Stars are monthly deals (which is just about over).
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Old 07-30-2015, 09:27 AM
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Finch by Jeff VanderMeer is a Kindle Daily Deal today. It's his third Ambergris book, so maybe read those first?

John Scalzi's The Human Division and Agent to the Stars are monthly deals (which is just about over).
Funny, that's the first one of that series I bought. Making my way through the second right now. VERY GOOD!

Agent to the Stars is a great book, and I've been meaning to read Human Division so I'll have to get both of those!
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Old 08-05-2015, 05:05 AM
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The latest Story Bundle is a Women in Sci-Fi bundle. I'm grabbing that one, just out of principle!

Honest question: how good is Vonda N. McIntyre? I'm grabbing the top tier anyway, but I want to know if I should bother in reading her book after her awful, awful Star Wars EU novel.
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Old 08-30-2015, 11:30 AM
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Feed by Mira Grant (Seanan McGuire) is a Kindle Daily Deal for $2 today.

It's a zombie book for people who don't like or are sick of zombies; the Rising happened 25 years ago and book itself is actually a political thriller set in a world where humanity has more or less figured out how to deal with the whole walking dead thing.
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The Name of the Wind is currently available for $1.99, for the few of you who have not read it yet.
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Old 08-31-2015, 07:39 AM
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Feed by Mira Grant (Seanan McGuire) is a Kindle Daily Deal for $2 today.
I took one look at the cover and the wordplay made me smile. Bought and added to the backlog.
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Old 10-05-2015, 02:45 AM
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Anybody knows of a service that monitors and alerts when there's a deal for a particular e-book Amazon? I know of similar services for videogames, and one for Amazon would be great for books I'm not all that convinced about but that I would gladly snap during a deal.
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Old 10-05-2015, 01:20 PM
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No, but I would love such a thing. As well as a service that would tell you when your favorite authors released something.
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Old 10-05-2015, 01:53 PM
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http://camelcamelcamel.com/ does pretty much that. You can associate it with your Amazon account so if you put something on your wish list its automagically on there.
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