Altered Carbon only $2.99 – the book, and our take on the Netflix series

Altered Carbon only $2.99 – the book, and our take on the Netflix series

Altered Carbon, by Richard K. Morgan

$2.99 Kindle Sale ($11.99)

We discovered this story through the Netflix series, Altered Carbon, which is probably different from the book in a lot of ways. (Isn’t it always!) Still, we were impressed by the series, and we fully expect to feel the same way about the book–a New York Times bestseller–which we just bought for less than the price of a cup of coffee. (We might not live in the age of immortality yet, but you sure can’t beat the entertainment.)

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Massive Sale on The Sword of Shannara Trilogy

Massive Sale on The Sword of Shannara Trilogy

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$2.99 Kindle sale ($19.99)

Usually $19.99 in ebook format, the entire hit trilogy by Terry Brooks, The Sword of Shannara, is on sale, collected in a single volume, for only $2.99. Now a classic, this has become one of those must-own series for any fantasy collection to be complete. (Yes, there are several more in the series, but these are the original three that started it all.) We read it ages ago. Lasting impressions? Loved the main character! Four and a half stars for the story, rounding up for longevity and influence on the market.

The deal will only last a few days, so snap it up fast. We sure did!

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Why I’ve Been Shamelessly Fangirling Simon Haynes for Books

Why I’ve Been Shamelessly Fangirling Simon Haynes for Books

Peace Force, by Simon Haynes

FREE for a limited time!

We’ve known Simon Haynes for years now. And by “know him,” I mean professionally, not personally. And by “professionally,” I mean I’ve fangirled him for something like a decade (Erin, not Steven, just to be clear), reviewing enough of his books to own an autographed first edition of Hal Spacejock #1.

But then I lost them!

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Riveting! The perfect blend of heart, humor, and nail-biting suspense.

Riveting! The perfect blend of heart, humor, and nail-biting suspense.

The Martian, by Andy Weir

$2.99 Kindle Sale! ($9.99)

Accidentally left behind on the first manned mission to Mars, astronaut Mark Watney finds himself marooned on a harsh and unforgiving planet. He’ll have to rely on his training, wits, and the few resources he has at hand–mostly scientific experiments–to try to make contact with Earth and get back home before the planet can finish him off.

Every soul on Earth thinks he’s dead. But he isn’t. Or, at least, not yet.

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A Guilty Pleasure Coming-of-Age Story with Hidden Depths

A Guilty Pleasure Coming-of-Age Story with Hidden Depths

Clan of the Cave Bear, by Jean M. Auel

$2.99 Kindle Sale! ($8.99)

This was a total guilty pleasure for me when I first read it. (And not just this book, but the whole series.) I hadn’t thought of it in ages, but then I discovered that it’s on sale. So today, you get a review and a sale. Not too shabby.

At its heart, Clan of the Cave Bear is an ugly duckling story, set in a time when the precursors of modern humanity still lived alongside a competitive species. A little girl, Ayla, is orphaned and raised by the others, who are at once eerily similar and yet so very different. Most of them do not fully accept her–because she is not Clan. And so she learns not to accept herself.

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Profoundly Satisfying Entertainment

Profoundly Satisfying Entertainment

I grew up reading science fiction. Ray Bradbury, Robert Heinlein, Isaac Asimov, L. Ron Hubbard, Orson Scott Card, Michael Crichton… In fact, I read every science fiction book I could find in our small-town library. Literally every single one until they ran out. Sadly, life went on…

I grew up, finished college, got a job, read other things. It was only recently that I returned to the genre with this novel: Seed, by Michael Edelson.

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Rare. Epic. Legendary.

Rare. Epic. Legendary.

Ready Player One, by Ernest Cline

In a future of limited resources and failing infrastructure, humanity lives out its dreams in a massive virtual reality game-world. Wade Watts is a high school student, getting an elite education for free despite his impoverished real-world life, because that was the vision of the game’s creator: unlimited access to knowledge, for rich and poor alike, where every kid has a genuine opportunity to make something of themselves. But not everyone wants to keep it that way.

The original programmer is dead, and a prize is hidden in the game. Whoever decodes the clues first will inherit his billions—and control the virtual universe. Wade has been searching for years. If he wins, he can leave his life in “the stacks” behind, and he can protect the world he knows and loves. But big business is searching too. If they win, the world can say goodbye to free education. That could add up to trillions, and they’ll do anything to get it. Continue reading “Rare. Epic. Legendary.”

The Space Between the Stars by Anne Corlett

The Space Between the Stars by Anne Corlett

An Excellent, Unexpected Read

If you go into this book expecting the usual dystopian fodder (one terrifying attempt after another just to stay alive… or to find other survivors… or to save what’s left of humanity), you’re in for a surprise. I’ll admit, that’s how I started out, based on the novel’s premise. But then something interesting happened…

I found myself on a parallel journey to the protagonist herself–letting go of the past; letting go of expectations; living from one breath (or one paragraph) to the next; letting the characters be who they were, instead of who I wanted them to be.

And then I became fascinated by the story in a whole new way.

It’s really a story about loss, and about living with that loss, on so many levels. It isn’t about stopping the plague. It’s about when the plague wins. And what comes after. It’s a human story about surviving the unthinkable, and then trying to re-imagine life as something different–not as a step backward, and maybe not as a step forward either…

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