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Old 22-03-2020, 19:43   #1561
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Just wondering if anyone here that was getting the Kindle Daily Deals email has stopped getting it without asking to unsubscribe?
Not had it for a couple of days...
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Old 23-03-2020, 16:24   #1562
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Yeh not had it in a while, I missed the Harry Bosch book
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Old 23-03-2020, 22:36   #1563
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I tried unsubscribing and subscribing again on Saturday but still haven't started getting it again yet.
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Old 26-03-2020, 13:41   #1564
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Free at the moment:

https://www.amazon.co.uk/Searching-C...s=books&sr=1-1

Searching for Candy: John Candy: A Biography

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An unauthorised biography about John Candy.

Legendary comedic actor, John Candy, is often described as one of the sweetest men in Hollywood.

Police Academy legend, Tim Kazurinksy, once said that “John wasn’t just a one in a million guy - he was a one in a hundred million guy”.
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Old 27-03-2020, 15:45   #1565
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Got my first daily deals e-mail in ages just now
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Old 28-03-2020, 15:01   #1566
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Was looking for some Star Wars novels which centre around the Sith. This one came highly recommended, decent price:

Star Wars: Darth Plagueis - James Luceno - £1.99

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Old 01-04-2020, 16:09   #1567
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Confessions of a Conjuror - Derren Brown [99p]
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The inside of Derren Brown's head is a strange and mysterious place. Now you can climb inside and wander around. Find out just how Derren's mind works, see what motivates him and discover what made him the weird and wonderful person he is today.

Obsessed with magic and illusions since childhood, Derren's life to date has been an extraordinary journey and here, in Confessions of a Conjuror, he allows us all to join him on a magical mystery tour - to the centre of his brain... Taking as his starting point the various stages of a conjuring trick he's performing in a crowded restaurant, Derren's endlessly engaging narrative wanders through subjects from all points of the compass, from the history of magic and the fundamentals of psychology to the joys of internet shopping and the proper use of Parmesan cheese. Brilliant, hilarious and entirely unlike anything else you have ever read before, Confessions of a Conjuror is also a complete and utter joy.
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Wireless: The Essential Charles Stross [£1.99]

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It has been said that the natural state of science fiction is the short story. If that is so, you won't find a better exploration of that state than Charles Stross's new collection. Centred around an original and previously unpublished novella, 'Palimpsest', WIRELESS is a showcase of some of the best short SF of the 21st century.

With an introduction from the author and containing hitherto uncollected works such as 'Missile Gap', 'Trunk and Disorderly' and 'Rogue Farm', and some gems previously available only in small press publications, such as 'A Colder War' and 'Antibodies', WIRELESS will illustrate perfectly why award-winning editor and anthologist, Gardner Dozois, once declared:

'Where Charles Stross goes today, the rest of science fiction will follow tomorrow.
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Old 02-04-2020, 09:18   #1568
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Takeshi Kovacs (3 Book Series) @ £2.97 - rarely cheap, the Altered Carbon trilogy

Or individually at 99p: One - Two - Three (pages: 500 + 300 + 500)

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Old 02-04-2020, 09:45   #1569
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Takeshi Kovacs (3 Book Series) @ £2.97 - rarely cheap, the Altered Carbon trilogy

Or individually at 99p: One - Two - Three (pages: 500 + 300 + 500)

I bought and read the first before the Netflix series came out - highly recommended. Bought the other two yesterday but forgot to post it here!
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Old 14-04-2020, 09:30   #1571
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I wan't going to get this, but the amazingly positive reviews swayed me - 4.8 out of 5 (1,707 ratings).

Sounds like it's not just interesting for the obvious whistle-blower stuff, but a actually good bio overall.

Permanent Record - by Edward Snowden - first time @ 99p

Just a reminder that, after purchase, look out for the "Get the Audible Audiobook for this Kindle book" message, when you can often get the audiobook too for an additional £3-£6 (cheaper than buying separately, and cheaper than an Audible credit). For me, this was offered at £5.49 (not sure if this price is the same for everyone?)


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Old 14-04-2020, 10:15   #1572
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Old 17-04-2020, 08:30   #1573
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Dropped to 99p again - if you've not already got it, buy it now!

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Highly recommended (by me), and highly reviewed (by Amazon, 4.8/9000 ratings)

Trevor Noah - Born A Crime: Stories from a South African Childhood

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  • An engaging, fast-paced and vivid read . . . Essential reading not only because it is a personal story of survival, leavened with insight and wit, but because it does more to expose apartheid - its legacy, its pettiness, its small-minded stupidity and its damage - than any other recent history book or academic text (GUARDIAN)
  • Powerful... The story of his life is full of chase scenes in which he runs, hell for leather, from spankings, from the long arm of the law, and from the swinging fist of his stepfather... a unique perspective (THE TIMES)
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Old 24-04-2020, 07:40   #1574
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Only the 2nd time cheap since 2012. I read this long before seeing the (disappointing) film. Recommended.

Cloud Atlas - by David Mitchell @ 99p, 500+ pages

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Old 26-04-2020, 16:57   #1575
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'Imaginative Fiction'

Stories - Various [£1.99]
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Stories, edited by bestselling authors Neil Gaiman (author of The Ocean at the End of the Lane and the epic American Gods) and Al Sarrantonio, is 'an unmissable collection' (Guardian), filled with distinctive, original and thrilling tales from writers such a Jodi Picoult, Lawrence Block, Roddy Doyle and many more.

Rather than being dictated by genre, for co-editors Gaiman and Sarrantonio there is only one true distinction in fiction: the one dividing realistic and imaginative fiction. STORIES is a collection of the very best original fiction from some of the most imaginative writers in the world, as well as a showcase for some of fiction's newer stars.

One hell of a huge book of great, exciting stories which will become a uniting force for readers of all forms of imaginative fiction.
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Quarantine - Greg Egan [£1.99]

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It's late in the 21st century and bioengineering is now so common that people are able to modify their minds in any way they wish. It is an era which has been shaped by information systems so vast that security, in any form, is easily breached. Now you can be whatever you want to be, and do whatever you want to do. On Earth anyway.

One night, thirty three years ago, the stars went out. 'The Bubble' - a perfect sphere centred on the sun - appeared in the sky, isolating the solar system from the rest of the universe. For thirty-three years, humanity has lived with the religious cults and terrorism which spawned in the wake of the darkness.

We are now alone. Humanity has been cut off. Quarantined.
Diaspora - Greg Egan [99p]

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Since the Introdus in the twenty-first century, humanity has reconfigured itself drastically. Most chose immortality, joining the polises to become conscious software. Others opted for gleisners: disposable, renewable robotic bodies that remain in contact with the physical world of force and friction. Many of these have left the solar system forever in fusion-drive starships.

And there are the holdouts: the fleshers left behind in the muck and jungle of Earth-some devolved into dream apes, others cavorting in the seas or the air-while the statics and bridgers try to shape out a roughly human destiny.

But the complacency of the citizens is shattered when an unforeseen disaster ravages the fleshers and reveals the possibility that the polises themselves might be at risk from bizarre astrophysical processes that seem to violate fundamental laws of nature. The orphan Yatima, a digital being grown from a mind seed, joins a group of citizens and flesher refugees in a search for the knowledge that will guarantee their safety-a search that puts them on the trail of the ancient and elusive Transmuters, who have the power to reshape subatomic particles, and to cross into the macrocosmos, where the universe we know is nothing but a speck in the higher-dimensional vacuum.
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Gun Machine - Warren Ellis [99p]

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This morning Detective John Tallow was bored with his job.
Then there was this naked guy with a shotgun, and his partner getting killed, and now Tallow has a real problem: an apartment full of guns. Old guns. Modified guns. Arranged in rows and spirals on the floor and walls. Hundreds of them.
Each weapon is tied to a single unsolved murder. Which means Tallow has uncovered two decades' worth of homicides that no one knew to connect and a killer unlike anything that came before.
Tallow's bosses don't want him to solve the case. The murderer just wants him to die. But there's a pattern hiding behind the deaths, and if Tallow can figure it out he might even make it out alive.
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Old 26-04-2020, 20:27   #1576
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Another Egan...

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Schild's Ladder - Greg Egan [£1.99]

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Cass has stumbled on something that might be an entirely different type of physics, and she's travelled three hundred and fifty light-years to Mimosa Station, a remote experimental facility, to test her theory. The novo-vacuum she creates is predicted to begin decaying the instant it's created, but even so short-lived a microscopic speck could shed new light on the origins of the universe.

But instead of decaying, Cass's novo-vacuum is wildly successful and begins expanding, slowly but inexorably taking over the universe ...

SCHILD'S LADDER: a wild ride through the far future by one of the world's most respected and acclaimed writers.
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Whit - Iain Banks [£1.99]

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A little knowledge can be a very dangerous thing... Innocent in the ways of the world, an ingenue when it comes to pop and fashion, the Elect of God of a small but committed Stirlingshire religious cult: Isis Whit is no ordinary teenager.
When her cousin Morag - Guest of Honour at the Luskentyrian's four-yearly Festival of Love - disappears after renouncing her faith, Isis is marked out to venture among the Unsaved and bring the apostate back into the fold. But the road to Babylondon (as Sister Angela puts it) is a treacherous one, particularly when Isis discovers that Morag appears to have embraced the ways of the Unsaved with spectacular abandon...
Truth and falsehood; kinship and betrayal; 'herbal' cigarettes and compact discs - Whit is an exploration of the techno-ridden barrenness of modern Britain from a unique perspective.
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Rosewater - Tade Thompson [99p]

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***Winner of the Arthur C. Clarke Award 2019***

Rosewater is a town on the edge. A community formed around the edges of a mysterious alien biodome, its residents comprise the hopeful, the hungry and the helpless - people eager for a glimpse inside the dome or a taste of its rumoured healing powers.

Kaaro is a government agent with a criminal past. He has seen inside the biodome, and doesn't care to again - but when something begins killing off others like himself, Kaaro must defy his masters to search for an answer, facing his dark history and coming to a realisation about a horrifying future.

Rosewater is the start of a vibrant and compellingly told trilogy by one of science fiction's most engaging new voices - perfect for fans of N. K. Jemisin's The Fifth Season, Ann Leckie's Ancillary Justice and Jeff Vandermeer's Southern Reach trilogy.
Just finished this: really enjoyed it, and will be buying the other two in the trilogy.
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Ancillary Justice - Ann Leckie [99p]

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The record-breaking debut novel that won every major science fiction award in 2014, Ancillary Justice is the story of a warship trapped in a human body and her search for revenge.
Ann Leckie is the first author to win the Arthur C. Clarke, the Nebula and the Hugo Award for Best Novel in the same year.

They made me kill thousands, but I only have one target now.

The Radch are conquerors to be feared - resist and they'll turn you into a 'corpse soldier' - one of an army of dead prisoners animated by a warship's AI mind. Whole planets are conquered by their own people.
The colossal warship called The Justice of Toren has been destroyed - but one ship-possessed soldier has escaped the devastation. Used to controlling thousands of hands, thousands of mouths, The Justice now has only two hands, and one mouth with which to tell her tale.
But one fragile, human body might just be enough to take revenge against those who destroyed her.
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That's a great book (and series), one of the better new sci-fi books I've read in the last few years, it can be a little strange (until you get used to it), but then that's a good thing for a story telling things from the perspective of someone or something that isn't what you're used to

I just finished rereading all three of the series (and a forth set in the same universe but as a separate story), and enjoyed them even more the second time round.
I'm hoping she'll do more in the same 'verse, as she's set it up with hints of so much going on in background, both for the main civilisation covered in the books and others.


Her latest "The Raven Tower" released in February is only £1.99 at the moment as well.
It's fantasy rather than Sci-fi but equally good.
"A usurper has claimed the throne. Invaders amass at the borders. And they have made their alliances with enemy gods...

For centuries the kingdom of Iraden has been protected by a god known as the Raven. But in their hour of need, the Raven speaks nothing to its people. It is into this unrest that the warrior Eolo - aide to the true heir to the throne - arrives. In seeking to help his master reclaim his city, Eolo discovers that the Raven's Tower holds a secret. Its foundations conceal a dark history that has been waiting to reveal itself... and to set in motion a chain of events that could destroy Iraden forever."
Another very good one, that is told from a slightly odd perspective for some of it.

Anne Leckie has become one of the authors whose work i'm specifically starting to look out for and tending to pre-order the moment I can.

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