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Title: Kindle books
Post by: tschmidlin on September 11, 2011, 05:02:04 PM
I'm looking for scifi/fantasy book recommendations.  I want to buy a couple for my kindle, but I haven't been paying attention to newly published books for years so I have no idea what new authors are good and which books are "must reads".  I wandered through a book store the other day and many of the books appeared to be crappy series where the authors churned out books.  At least half of them were about vampires, I'm sure of it.

Help!  Any suggestions?
Title: Re: Kindle books
Post by: 1vertical on September 11, 2011, 05:37:12 PM
I'm looking for scifi/fantasy book recommendations.  I want to buy a couple for my kindle, but I haven't been paying attention to newly published books for years so I have no idea what new authors are good and which books are "must reads".  I wandered through a book store the other day and many of the books appeared to be crappy series where the authors churned out books.  At least half of them were about vampires, I'm sure of it.

Help!  Any suggestions?
Wife said for you to get the unabridged version of "the Stand" by S. King.  available on your kindle.

I say Read "EON" by G. Bear  $6.99.  Have not read it, by the same author,"The Forge of God".

Now get buzy   ;D
Title: Re: Kindle books
Post by: tygo on September 11, 2011, 06:04:00 PM
If you haven't read King's The Dark Tower series I highly recommend it.  That would keep you busy for a good long while.
Title: Re: Kindle books
Post by: tubercle on September 11, 2011, 06:09:53 PM
Don't forget the SiFI classics. Most of the H.G. Wells are free and many of the other authors. Much better than a lot of the new stuff too.
Title: Re: Kindle books
Post by: euge on September 11, 2011, 06:25:11 PM
I love my kindle!

Anything by:

Neal Stephenson
William Gibson
Alastair Reynolds
Neal Asher
Charles Stross
Rudy Rucker
Jack Vance (The Demon Princes and Planet of Adventure are easy to find and great reads- but alas not kindlized yet)
Gene Wolfe (also lean in the kindle dept but the Book of The New Sun tetralogy is fantastic)

To name a few...
Title: Re: Kindle books
Post by: 1vertical on September 11, 2011, 06:44:17 PM
Tom,
My wife said here are some "free" ones. She is adept at the kindle thing and so here goes...
Astra:syncronicity....lisa eskra
to the stars.....thomas stone
the making of legend......richard barrs
resurrection of liberty.......michael wentz
right ascention.......David derrico
The honour of the Knights.....stephen sweeney
 Ok....1vertical bows out...
Title: Re: Kindle books
Post by: tschmidlin on September 11, 2011, 07:54:43 PM
Awesome, thanks.  I read the unabridged "The Stand" years ago, I liked it but have no desire to go through it again.  The copy I read had one whole section (about 50 pages) switched front to back - like it went from page 150 to 700 for a while, and then back.  If you skipped to the back of the book the missing pages were there.  I've never seen that before, if you didn't notice it made it hard to read.

I've read a lot of Greg Bear too, and the Dark Tower, and Stephenson.

I'll check out the free classics you mention tubercle, as well as your list 1vert.

Euge - I'll do some poking around for those authors, thanks for the recommendations.  I thought I had read the New Sun, but after looking it up I am thinking of some other book.

Now I have some work to do. :)
Title: Re: Kindle books
Post by: tygo on September 11, 2011, 08:01:42 PM
Another one to check out is Asimov's Foundation series.  I'm about halfway through right now.  I'm reading the paper version though  ;)
Title: Re: Kindle books
Post by: jeffy on September 11, 2011, 09:41:26 PM
My lovely wife is an avid sic fi reader.  She recommends just about any book by Terry Pratchett.
She also points out that NPR put out a list of the top 100 reader recommendations this summer.  (I would copy and paste the link to it here, but I have trouble with this new touch screen device sometimes.)

edit: http://www.npr.org/2011/08/11/139085843/your-picks-top-100-science-fiction-fantasy-books
It's a pretty good list.
Title: Re: Kindle books
Post by: Hokerer on September 11, 2011, 09:42:16 PM
Another one to check out is Asimov's Foundation series.  I'm about halfway through right now.  I'm reading the paper version though  ;)

Yeah, knocked the whole trilogy this summer.  Have also read "Prelude to Foundation".  None of the others yet, though
Title: Re: Kindle books
Post by: narcout on September 12, 2011, 12:37:46 AM
On the off chance that you haven't read them already, the Wheel of Time series by Robert Jordan and a Song of Ice and Fire by George R.R. Martin are both fantastic.

I also recently enjoyed The Magicians by Lev Grossman. 

Additionally, the Otherland series by Tad Williams is pretty amazing.
Title: Re: Kindle books
Post by: gmac on September 12, 2011, 12:43:31 AM
Song of Ice and Fire by George R.R. Martin are both fantastic.

+ 1 - I couldnt' agree more.  I'm 1/2 way through the 2nd book and they are great. 
My wife loved "The Hunger Games" series and has gotten our friends hooked on them too but I haven't read them yet.  No vampires that I'm aware of.
Title: Re: Kindle books
Post by: tubercle on September 12, 2011, 12:58:38 AM
If you want to read non-fiction, I suggest reading John E. Douglas, the guy who started the profile unit for the F.B.I.
 As a former LEO I have read them all. - see also:Silence of the Lambs, Hannibal Lecter & the Red Dragon

 You will be surprized, you will say"OMG, I know that guy!!!!".

 "Sexual Homicide: Patterns and Motives."
"Mindhunter: Inside the FBI's Elite Serial Crime Unit."...read this one first
.
"Journey into Darkness."....and this one second.
"Obsession: The FBI's Legendary Profiler Probes the Psyches of Killers, Rapists and Stalkers and Their Victims and Tells How to Fight Back."
"The Anatomy of Motive: The FBI's Legendary Mindhunter Explores the Key to Understanding and Catching Violent Criminals."
"The Cases That Haunt Us."

I'm telling you, you read these profiles, you will know someone who fit them. Everyone has a Jeffery Dalmer intheir family.  This is real life. Much more scary that fiction!!!!
Title: Re: Kindle books
Post by: tschmidlin on September 12, 2011, 03:44:01 AM
Thanks guys!

The Asimov series was great, I read them (and many of his books) years ago and loved them.

I'll check out Pratchett, and that list Jeff, thanks.

I've read most of the Wheel of Time, and have all of the books but can't remember where I left off.  Around 10 or 11 I think.  The George RR Martin books . . . I loved the first one but felt it went downhill after that.  I think by the third one all of the characters I liked had been killed off.  It became more of a chore than fun to read it.  I might pick it back up though, my wife is starting the series so we'll see if she can convince me to keep going.

I've read some Tad Williams but not Otherland, so I'll check that out.  The Magicians and Hunger Games too, thanks.

Tubercle - thanks for the recommendations, but I prefer to remain blissfully ignorant of the psychopathy of those around me ;)
Title: Re: Kindle books
Post by: euge on September 12, 2011, 06:12:05 AM
I certainly know what you mean about vampires Tom :D

So now that we got the recs out of the way what is your opinion of the Kindle? There are other options out there and the K2 has some flaws IMO. I'm particularly enamored with the app which has further enhanced my reading.



I'm telling you, you read these profiles, you will know someone who fit them. Everyone has a Jeffery Dalmer intheir family.  This is real life. Much more scary that fiction!!!!

Pick up the DSM IV and start looking at the conditions and their symptoms. Then look at your friends. :-\
Title: Re: Kindle books
Post by: dbeechum on September 12, 2011, 06:53:00 AM
On the urban fantasy side of the fence, I've devoured every one of the "Dresden File" novels by Jim Butcher. Tom Sniegoski's Remy Chandler books (A Kiss Before the Apocalypse) are pretty interesting as are Sandman Slim, the "Twenty Palaces" books by Harry Connolly (Child of Fire). The Dresden novels do have vampires, but they're usually the bad dudes and only variety "glitter" all sexy like.

On Sci Fi, I just got done reading Blackout by Connie Willis. Awesome book about a group of historians who work for Oxford in 2060 who are sent back to the Blitz period of WWII in England to observe the happenings and study the events up close and personal. I'm waiting for the library to deliver the second half "All Clear" to the local branch.

Oh and read "Old Man's War" yet if you haven't. It's like a really good non-juvenile Heinlein juvenile.
Title: Re: Kindle books
Post by: euge on September 12, 2011, 07:03:08 AM
I have not read Blackout. Thought Connie Willis sorta dropped off the map abruptly. This might be my next book since I've read the others in her alternate world. Wow the last book I read of hers was "Passage" and that was 9 years ago. Thanks Drew!
Title: Re: Kindle books
Post by: tschmidlin on September 12, 2011, 08:08:41 AM
I haven't read Blackout yet either, but I read all of the older ones in the same series, Firewatch, To Say Nothing of the Dog, and another  . . . Doomsday Book.  Good stuff.

Old Man's War is on my list, because it was on the list Jeff linked to and I haven't read it yet.  There's a lot of good books on that list, I've read more than half of them.  I've put the other rec's on the list too, I'll see what grabs me next time I am looking for good books.

I don't have much of an opinion either way on the kindle.  It seems cool, but I got it as a gift and haven't really had time to play with it.  But since I'm going to see the gift giver in a couple of weeks I figured I should bring it with me and put some books on it.  I don't plan to bring any other books with me for a week at the beach, so I'll have an opinion after that. :)

I have to say though, it makes me a little grumpy that the kindle versions of some books are more expensive than the paperback.  How does that make any sense?  Then when there's the public library and Half Price Books (http://www.hpb.com/) it gets hard to justify.  I can get a paperback copy of American Gods for $8 from Amazon, or the $10 Kindle version . . . I don't expect them to match the used price, $3 from HPB, but shouldn't it be no more than the paperback?  Or even less?
Title: Re: Kindle books
Post by: theoman on September 12, 2011, 09:54:50 AM
I don't usually read a lot of sci-fi, but I've really enjoyed the William Gibson stuff I read. I just started reading Kraken by China Mieville. I'm not far enough along to offer an opinion, but my brother-in-law dug it and recommended it to me (he also recommended the Gibson books).
Title: Re: Kindle books
Post by: woadwarrior on September 12, 2011, 02:34:40 PM
I have to say though, it makes me a little grumpy that the kindle versions of some books are more expensive than the paperback.  How does that make any sense?  Then when there's the public library and Half Price Books (http://www.hpb.com/) it gets hard to justify.  I can get a paperback copy of American Gods for $8 from Amazon, or the $10 Kindle version . . . I don't expect them to match the used price, $3 from HPB, but shouldn't it be no more than the paperback?  Or even less?

Can't blame you there. Considering that the expenses for making an ebook are nowhere near those for producing a printed book, there's no way I could justify to myself buying an ereader. (I'm a cheap SOB) I'll keep my printed book library for the foreseeable future. (besides, I have some nice, collectable, 1st editions in there)

Asimov is one of my favorite authors, so most anything by him (never read any of his westerns or detective novels though) is a good read IMHO. A lot of his books also tie in to his Foundation series. Particularly the assorted robot novels.  (Think of those as prequels.)
Anne McCaffrey is best known for her Dragonriders of Pern series.
Orson Scott Card"s Ender series or The Tales of Alvin Maker series are good
Jack Chalker's Quintara Marathon or Soulrider quadrilogies
C.J. Cherryh - most anything
Arthur C. Clark - Another of the "most anything is good" authors. The 2001 saga, & the Rama series are favorites
Gorden R. Dickson's Childe Cycle
Terry Goodkind's Sword of Truth series was a much better read than the TV show based off of them. (go figure)
Ursula K. LeGuin - Earthsea series (the TV miniseries pales in comparison)
Harry Harrison's Stainless Steel Rat series. Because they're amusing, over the top, escapism.
Katherine Kurtz She has a few interconnected series dealing with a race called the Deryni. medieval fantasy
Julian May - The Galactic Milieu series
Larry Niven - most anything
Margaret Weis - most anything
Roger Zelazny - Chronicles of Amber
There is also a 4 book set put out by the SciFi book club that is a compendium of the various thieve's world novels edited by Robert Lynn Asprin.  Basically he takes all the novels (written by many different authors) and puts the chapters into something reasonably close to chronological order. Authors include Robert Asprin, Janet Morris, Poul Anderson, Lynn Abbey, Marion Zimmer Bradley, Andrew J. Offut. The omnibus volumes are titled Sanctuary, Crosscurrents, The Shattered Sphere, and The Price of Victory. They are unfortunately long out of print, but can be found in the occasional library or at online used book sellers.

http://www.bookcloseouts.com/ often has some really good sales on new books. (A few months ago they had a $1.99 fiction sale. Damn but that hurt the checkbook. ;) )
And if any of you has a collection such as myself, this is an excellent program for cataloging your books. (also has music and movie versions) http://www.readerware.com/
And Baen (A large scifi publishing house) offers some free ebooks. http://www.baen.com/library/
Title: Re: Kindle books
Post by: denny on September 12, 2011, 03:50:02 PM
So now that we got the recs out of the way what is your opinion of the Kindle? There are other options out there and the K2 has some flaws IMO. I'm particularly enamored with the app which has further enhanced my reading.
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FWIW, I recently looked at all the various e readers to get one for my wife.  I settled on the Nook 2 black and white model.  She loves it.
Title: Re: Kindle books
Post by: weithman5 on September 12, 2011, 04:13:38 PM


Terry Goodkind's Sword of Truth series was a much better read than the TV show based off of them. (go figure)



my son is reading these now. loves them.  we just finished the tv series and he agrees the book is better.  (Briget Regan and Tabrett Bethell not withstanding)
Title: Re: Kindle books
Post by: akr71 on September 12, 2011, 04:25:47 PM
For fantasy I recommend David Eddings' "The Belgariad" & "The Mallorean"

For S/F I recommend Rober J. Sawyer's "Neaderthal Parallax" Trilogy
Title: Re: Kindle books
Post by: dbeechum on September 12, 2011, 04:43:44 PM
I have to say though, it makes me a little grumpy that the kindle versions of some books are more expensive than the paperback.  How does that make any sense? 

For that, I would talk to the boys and girls at the publishers. You'll notice on almost all the Kindle books the page on Amazon will say "Price set by Publisher". That's Amazon's way of letting you know that the gouging isn't coming from them. In fact, they had a big ass battle with several big groups like Penguin a few years back over that which lead to the pubs pulling their e-books from Amazon for several months.
Title: Re: Kindle books
Post by: euge on September 12, 2011, 05:59:38 PM
I have to say though, it makes me a little grumpy that the kindle versions of some books are more expensive than the paperback.  How does that make any sense? 

For that, I would talk to the boys and girls at the publishers. You'll notice on almost all the Kindle books the page on Amazon will say "Price set by Publisher". That's Amazon's way of letting you know that the gouging isn't coming from them. In fact, they had a big ass battle with several big groups like Penguin a few years back over that which lead to the pubs pulling their e-books from Amazon for several months.

A very sore spot with me!

It's all data. No paper. No presses and printing or ink. No binding. No workers packing books in boxes. No shipping. No trucking or fuel costs. Brick and mortar? Gone. Titles in a database where they can produce copies for practically nothing. YET they are MORE expensive!

Years ago I complained about it on the Amazon forum and was succinctly relayed a mantra that the "costs" in making traditional "books" are irrelevant and that the digital versions are treated like commodities subject to supply and demand of the market. I say don't piss down my back and tell me it's raining! The publishers must be seeing profits like they never have before. Hopefully the authors are getting a bigger share too. If the publishers are trying to make their profits up front and are worried about digital piracy, I must say that I haven't found a program to strip DRM yet. Not that I would attempt this; and the vast majority wouldn't either.

As I see it, the savings are in the new releases which if bought in hardcover would be $30+. Often the kindle versions are less than $20, so if one can't wait six months for a trade paperback then this is where the real savings can be seen.

So while the device has enhanced my reading, I actually read less because of the expense and my principles. I used to drop about $100 a month at Borders for titles I could hold in my hand and loan out to my friends. Now I'm much more picky in my choices. Balanced by this is that one can get a book anytime without getting up from the chair- even at 3am... :D
Title: Re: Kindle books
Post by: woadwarrior on September 12, 2011, 07:24:06 PM
For fantasy I recommend David Eddings' "The Belgariad" & "The Mallorean"
My problem with Eddings is that one trilogy reads nearly the same as any of his others. Read one of them, you'll have the plot and story line of the others.  He seems to follow a tight script with all his series. I read The Belgariad 1st, thought it was good and got The Mallorean. Was disappointed. Read the first book of The Rose, and it was like reading the 1st book in the other 2 trilogies.
Title: Re: Kindle books
Post by: euge on September 12, 2011, 07:29:58 PM
For fantasy I recommend David Eddings' "The Belgariad" & "The Mallorean"
My problem with Eddings is that one trilogy reads nearly the same as any of his others. Read one of them, you'll have the plot and story line of the others.  He seems to follow a tight script with all his series. I read The Belgariad 1st, thought it was good and got The Mallorean. Was disappointed. Read the first book of The Rose, and it was like reading the 1st book in the other 2 trilogies.

To me this is the problem with fantasy in general. And why I quit reading the genre.
Title: Re: Kindle books
Post by: Slowbrew on September 12, 2011, 08:03:41 PM
I have to say though, it makes me a little grumpy that the kindle versions of some books are more expensive than the paperback.  How does that make any sense? 

For that, I would talk to the boys and girls at the publishers. You'll notice on almost all the Kindle books the page on Amazon will say "Price set by Publisher". That's Amazon's way of letting you know that the gouging isn't coming from them. In fact, they had a big ass battle with several big groups like Penguin a few years back over that which lead to the pubs pulling their e-books from Amazon for several months.

A very sore spot with me!

It's all data. No paper. No presses and printing or ink. No binding. No workers packing books in boxes. No shipping. No trucking or fuel costs. Brick and mortar? Gone. Titles in a database where they can produce copies for practically nothing. YET they are MORE expensive!

Years ago I complained about it on the Amazon forum and was succinctly relayed a mantra that the "costs" in making traditional "books" are irrelevant and that the digital versions are treated like commodities subject to supply and demand of the market. I say don't piss down my back and tell me it's raining! The publishers must be seeing profits like they never have before. Hopefully the authors are getting a bigger share too. If the publishers are trying to make their profits up front and are worried about digital piracy, I must say that I haven't found a program to strip DRM yet. Not that I would attempt this; and the vast majority wouldn't either.

As I see it, the savings are in the new releases which if bought in hardcover would be $30+. Often the kindle versions are less than $20, so if one can't wait six months for a trade paperback then this is where the real savings can be seen.

So while the device has enhanced my reading, I actually read less because of the expense and my principles. I used to drop about $100 a month at Borders for titles I could hold in my hand and loan out to my friends. Now I'm much more picky in my choices. Balanced by this is that one can get a book anytime without getting up from the chair- even at 3am... :D

The fact publishers don't think their customers understand the costs they aren't incurring irks me quite a bit. 

I've been reading a fair number, of what can only be, self published, books that sell in the $1-$3 range.  These are books that would never get printed and stocked in a brick and mortar store.  Some of them are pretty good reads for very little dough.  They could use some basic editing now and then but I haven't run into anything much worse than the big houses are letting getting through these days.  Nothing makes more upset than paying $20 or $30 for a new release and having to guess at the missing words and look up misspelled words just to make sure I don't have gaps in my vocabulary.  The same is true for printed periodicals.  Where have all the print editors gone?

Take a stroll through the cheep books, you may find some interesting reads.  (This isn't shameless self promotion, no one would read any book I wrote even if it was free.   :D)

Paul
Title: Re: Kindle books
Post by: dbeechum on September 12, 2011, 08:10:05 PM
Hopefully the authors are getting a bigger share too.

I would laugh, but that would intolerably rude. Publishers... sharing money... with the authors! :)

The publishing industry as it stands today is a shadow of it's former self. Just like Hollywood they depend upon big name reliable bestsellers like James Patterson (now a one man industry - seriously, look it up)

Editors? Like one's who actually read and help the author shape the work? Thing of the past (although truthfully, that's always been a stronger trait in the American publishing industry than anywhere else) And don't even get me started on the proofreading and correction editors. Ten years ago, you'd be hard pressed to find typos. These days I'm surprised if I don't find one in a recent release.

But in truth, someone's gotta pay those salaries and those real estate costs in Manhattan!

Title: Re: Kindle books
Post by: Slowbrew on September 12, 2011, 09:21:44 PM
Hopefully the authors are getting a bigger share too.

I would laugh, but that would intolerably rude. Publishers... sharing money... with the authors! :)

The publishing industry as it stands today is a shadow of it's former self. Just like Hollywood they depend upon big name reliable bestsellers like James Patterson (now a one man industry - seriously, look it up)

Editors? Like one's who actually read and help the author shape the work? Thing of the past (although truthfully, that's always been a stronger trait in the American publishing industry than anywhere else) And don't even get me started on the proofreading and correction editors. Ten years ago, you'd be hard pressed to find typos. These days I'm surprised if I don't find one in a recent release.

But in truth, someone's gotta pay those salaries and those real estate costs in Manhattan!



I wonder if they still heat the buildings by burning the returned unsold copies?   :)

Paul
Title: Re: Kindle books
Post by: woadwarrior on September 13, 2011, 12:54:42 AM
For fantasy I recommend David Eddings' "The Belgariad" & "The Mallorean"
My problem with Eddings is that one trilogy reads nearly the same as any of his others. Read one of them, you'll have the plot and story line of the others.  He seems to follow a tight script with all his series. I read The Belgariad 1st, thought it was good and got The Mallorean. Was disappointed. Read the first book of The Rose, and it was like reading the 1st book in the other 2 trilogies.

To me this is the problem with fantasy in general. And why I quit reading the genre.

I'll admit there are some authors in the genre that are like David Eddings & Stephen R Donaldson that tend to be "formula" writers, there are plenty that aren't. Some of the authors I mentioned in my 1st post are amongst the best fantasy authors around (the others are primarily scifi) and are quite good at coming up with new story lines. Even for their longer series. It does seem though to be more difficult to find good fantasy authors as opposed to good scifi authors of which there are many.
Title: Re: Kindle books
Post by: SiameseMoose on September 14, 2011, 10:57:27 AM
There is a ton of free stuff available, although often for a limited time. I subscribe ($0.99 per month) to a daily blog (Free Kindle Books, by Michael Gallagher) from Amazon that lists the new books available for free that day. While the biggest category would be business books, SF would probably be the second. I got Charlie Bamforth's "Beer is Proof..." book free this way. I've probably downloaded nearly 100 books in the six months I subscribed to this blog.

Another source is Phoenix Publishing, http://www.phoenixpick.com/catalogue/PPickings.htm (http://www.phoenixpick.com/catalogue/PPickings.htm). They have a lot of great authors in their lineup. Once a month they make a title available for free, though you have to subscribe to their mail list to get it (they send out one message a month - to tell you what's free!). This month it's Radix, by A. A. Attanasio. The code to get it is 9991421.

Other sources include:
Manybooks, http://www.manybooks.net// (http://www.manybooks.net//), everything is free.
Smashwords, http://www.smashwords.com/ (http://www.smashwords.com/)
Baen, http://www.baen.com (http://www.baen.com)
Project Gutenberg, http://www.gutenberg.org/catalog/ (http://www.gutenberg.org/catalog/), for older stuff
Title: Re: Kindle books
Post by: tschmidlin on September 14, 2011, 04:34:28 PM
Awesome stuff, thanks Rob.
Title: Re: Kindle books
Post by: euge on September 14, 2011, 06:12:48 PM
Thanks Rob! Already downloaded a few choice titles. :) For freeeeeee.....
Title: Re: Kindle books
Post by: euge on November 03, 2011, 12:32:51 AM
Tom (everybody) I'm almost finished with Reamde (http://www.amazon.com/Reamde-A-Novel-ebook/dp/B004XVN0WW/ref=tmm_kin_title_0?ie=UTF8&m=AG56TWVU5XWC2) by Neal Stephenson. Excellent! A must read. Kindle version is 57% priced off versus the hardback.
Title: Re: Kindle books
Post by: tschmidlin on November 03, 2011, 02:36:56 AM
Awesome, thanks.  I've still working through the free ones I've downloaded, nothing has been awesome but I just bought a pre-release version of something, but i haven't been able to download it yet so I forgot what it was. :-\

Here it is:  Tau Ceti, Kevin J. Anderson, $2.99 and there is a 15% off discount code if you sign up for their newsletter.
http://www.phoenixpick.com/catalogue/PPickings.htm
Title: Re: Kindle books
Post by: james on November 03, 2011, 05:25:08 AM
Tom (everybody) I'm almost finished with Reamde (http://www.amazon.com/Reamde-A-Novel-ebook/dp/B004XVN0WW/ref=tmm_kin_title_0?tag=gnuinternet-20&ie=UTF8&m=AG56TWVU5XWC2) by Neal Stephenson. Excellent! A must read. Kindle version is 57% priced off versus the hardback.

Agreed on that one.  Excellent book.
Title: Re: Kindle books
Post by: SiameseMoose on November 03, 2011, 10:51:13 AM
The Phoenix free book this month is The Engines of Dawn, by Paul Cook. The website is http://www.phoenixpick.com/catalogue/PPickings.htm (http://www.phoenixpick.com/catalogue/PPickings.htm), the code to get it is 9991522.
Title: Re: Kindle books
Post by: morticaixavier on November 03, 2011, 03:12:16 PM
Tom (everybody) I'm almost finished with Reamde (http://www.amazon.com/Reamde-A-Novel-ebook/dp/B004XVN0WW/ref=tmm_kin_title_0?ie=UTF8&m=AG56TWVU5XWC2) by Neal Stephenson. Excellent! A must read. Kindle version is 57% priced off versus the hardback.

This one is on my wish list on audible. been digging Stephenson's stuff of late. Just finished listening to The King of Vagabonds. Disturbing but interesting. The Big U was bizarre and entertaining.

But my fav or his is still the first on I read which was The Diamond Age.
Title: Re: Kindle books
Post by: tschmidlin on April 02, 2012, 07:08:36 AM
I thought it was worth bumping this one back up . . . promo for weekly free kindle versions of some sci-fi books.  The initial secondary promo seems good too, I think I'll be stocking up.

http://www.phoenixpick.com/KPromo.htm