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PostPosted: Sat Jul 21, 2018 5:49 am 
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Kindle specials today:

Deerskin by Robin McKinley $1.99

The Curse of the Pharaohs (Amelia Peabody bk2) by Elizabeth Peters $2.99

Whose Body? (1st Lord Peter Wimsey mystery) by Dorothy Sayers $0.99

The Five Red Herrings (book 5) by Dorothy Sayers $1.99


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PostPosted: Sat Jul 21, 2018 8:03 pm 
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I bought the Peabody one. Thanks, Imp!!

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PostPosted: Mon Aug 13, 2018 10:50 pm 
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There's a new Vorkosigan novella: The Flowers of Voshnoi, $3.99


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PostPosted: Mon Oct 22, 2018 11:50 pm 
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The first Expanse book is $3 on Kindle today.

Also, ROTK was free for Kindle owners this weekend, and may be still. This is a loan rather than a permanent free book, but you don't have to return it until you exceed the limit of how many books you can borrow, and you can return any borrowed book.

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PostPosted: Wed Oct 31, 2018 4:33 pm 
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Octavia Butler's Lilith's Brood trilogy on Kindle for $4 for all 3 books. I've never heard of it, but apparently it's a classic?

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PostPosted: Wed Oct 31, 2018 8:14 pm 
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Is it? Can anyone recommend it?

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PostPosted: Wed Oct 31, 2018 9:11 pm 
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I haven’t read these, but she was a brilliant writer of both fantasy and SF—the only SF writer ever to be awarded a MacArthur “genius grant.” She was also a pioneer as a black woman writing in the genre, and her characters and stories are enriched by black history and culture.

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PostPosted: Thu Nov 01, 2018 5:13 am 
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The summary, combined with Prim's recommendation, sold it to me.

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PostPosted: Thu Nov 01, 2018 5:28 am 
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Other black women writing SFF I can recommend are Nnedi Orokafor and N. K. Jemisin. This year Jemisin became the first writer, of any gender or color, ever to win the Hugo for Best Novel three years in a row—for all three books in a trilogy. And it is a damn fine trilogy, heartbreakingly good. Starts with The Fifth Season. Orokafor is acclaimed for a YA(ish—it skews older for me) trilogy beginning with Binti, about a young woman coming of age in a future Nigeria and later in space; I liked it a lot. The first book won the Hugo for Best Novella in 2016, the same year The Fifth Season took Best Novel.

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PostPosted: Thu Nov 01, 2018 9:14 pm 
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The Fifth Season and Binti have just been added to my amazon cart! Can't wait!

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PostPosted: Thu Nov 01, 2018 10:30 pm 
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I hope you like them! One friend I tried The Fifth Season on handed it back in a few days, saying she couldn't read it—it was too sad, too harsh.

It is sad and harsh, but not cruel—there's love and humor in it, too. The trilogy is set on a world that goes regularly through civilization-destroying geological disasters. The people are humans, though some have powers that let them control or even block earthquakes and other threats. Because this ability is essential to preserving life and civilization, those who manifest such powers are kept under rigid control and trained from childhood, through pain, to obey those without the power. They don't own their lives; they're enslaved. Because their powers are frightening and can be used to kill, they are hated. This is a trilogy about slavery, and about the healing of the Earth, and about a woman seeking her daughter in the middle of an apocalypse. It can be harrowing, but the through line of the story is about love and healing. (There's a mystery, too—only hinted at in the first book, but gaining weight and dimension as the story goes on.)

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PostPosted: Fri Nov 02, 2018 1:23 am 
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On my Amazon wishlist; I have to pce myself, financially-speaking.

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PostPosted: Fri Nov 02, 2018 5:33 am 
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I certainly understand this.

I read these on Kindle, but then bought the entire trilogy as physical books, because I want to put them on my shelf. But (as a writer) I can deduct all book purchases, electronic or physical, from my taxes, so it's an easier choice for me.

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PostPosted: Fri Nov 02, 2018 12:57 pm 
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Impenitent wrote:
On my Amazon wishlist; I have to pce myself, financially-speaking.


Tell me about it. I’m still smarting from buying one Expanse book after another (gives a look to Prim).

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PostPosted: Fri Nov 02, 2018 1:44 pm 
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Awww, gee. *shuffles feet*

The next one doesn’t come out until March, and there’s only one more after that.

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PostPosted: Fri Nov 02, 2018 1:48 pm 
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I put a moratorium on buying new books after I made a list of my to read pile. And then I bought the first Witcher book.

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