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Old 08-14-15, 08:50 PM   #131
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Some Friday sales for you!

These are kind of disparate offerings, but hey! Variety is the spice of life, yes?

First on deck:

Wild
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Wild: From Lost to Found on the Pacific Crest Trail, is the basis of the movie by Reese Whiterspoon. The novel, greatly autobiographical, was a pick for Oprah's book club.

Here, have a blurb:
At twenty-two, Cheryl Strayed thought she had lost everything. In the wake of her mother’s death, her family scattered and her own marriage was soon destroyed. Four years later, with nothing more to lose, she made the most impulsive decision of her life. With no experience or training, driven only by blind will, she would hike more than a thousand miles of the Pacific Crest Trail from the Mojave Desert through California and Oregon to Washington State—and she would do it alone. Told with suspense and style, sparkling with warmth and humor, Wild powerfully captures the terrors and pleasures of one young woman forging ahead against all odds on a journey that maddened, strengthened, and ultimately healed her.
Personally, I love this last paragraph in the note Ms Strayed has on amazon:
It's deeply rewarding to me when I learn that something I wrote moved or inspired or entertained someone; and it's crushing to hear that my writing bored or annoyed or enraged another. But an author has to stand back from both the praise and the criticism once a book is out in the world. The story I chose to write in Wild for no other reason than I felt driven to belongs to those who read it, not me. And yet I'll never forget what it once was, long before I could even imagine how gloriously it would someday be swept away from me.
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The Complete Western Stories of Elmore Leonard
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The Complete Western Stories of Elmore Leonard

(This one would have made my later father very, very happy--he adored well written Westerns) As the author needs no introduction, allow me to give you A Blurb!
Before he brilliantly traversed the gritty landscapes of underworld Detroit and Miami, Elmore Leonard wrote breathtaking adventures set in America's nineteenth-century western frontier—elevating a popular genre with his now-trademark twisting plots, rich characterizations, and scalpel-sharp dialogue.

No author has ever written more evocatively of the dusty, gutsy heyday of the American West than Elmore Leonard. This complete collection of his thirty-one Western tales will thrill lovers of the genre, his die-hard fans, and everyone in between. From his very first story ever published—"The Trail of the Apache"—through five decades of classic Western tales, The Complete Western Stories of Elmore Leonard demonstrates the superb talent for language and gripping narrative that has made Leonard one of the most acclaimed and influential writers of our time.
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Sick in the Head
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Sick in the Head

If you are into comedy--and the people behind it--this one is right up your alley.
Before becoming one of the most successful filmmakers in Hollywood, Judd Apatow was the original comedy nerd. At fifteen, he took a job washing dishes in a local comedy club—just so he could watch endless stand-up for free. At sixteen, he was hosting a show for his local high school radio station in Syosset, Long Island—a show that consisted of Q&As with his comedy heroes, from Garry Shandling to Jerry Seinfeld. They talked about their careers, the science of a good joke, and their dreams of future glory (turns out, Shandling was interested in having his own TV show one day and Steve Allen had already invented everything).

Thirty years later, Apatow is still that same comedy nerd—and he’s still interviewing funny people about why they do what they do.

Sick in the Head gathers Apatow’s most memorable and revealing conversations into one hilarious, wide-ranging, and incredibly candid collection that spans not only his career but his entire adult life. Here are the comedy legends who inspired and shaped him, from Mel Brooks to Steve Martin. Here are the contemporaries he grew up with in Hollywood, from Spike Jonze to Sarah Silverman. And here, finally, are the brightest stars in comedy today, many of whom Apatow has been fortunate to work with, from Seth Rogen to Amy Schumer. And along the way, something kind of magical happens: What started as a lifetime’s worth of conversations about comedy becomes something else entirely. It becomes an exploration of creativity, ambition, neediness, generosity, spirituality, and the joy that comes from making people laugh.

Loaded with the kind of back-of-the-club stories that comics tell one another when no one else is watching, this fascinating, personal (and borderline-obsessive) book is Judd Apatow’s gift to comedy nerds everywhere.
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Old 08-20-15, 07:00 PM   #132
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On sale: Mysteries! (Brother Cadfael)

Anyone out there a fan of Brother Cadfael?

Well, it so happens that (long) before the TV series, as excellent as it is, there were the books, and it also just so happens that the first three titles in the series are on sale right now!


A Morbid Taste of Bones
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A Morbid Taste of Bones


The first in the Chronicles of Brother Cadfael, Ellis Peters' A Morbid Taste of Bones introduces a most wonderful medieval sleuth:
On an expedition to acquire a saint’s remains, Brother Cadfael instead finds intrigue and murder

It is 1137, and the ambitious head of Shrewsbury Abbey wishes to acquire the remains of Saint Winifred for the glory of his Benedictine order. Brother Cadfael is part of the expedition sent to the saint’s final resting place in Wales, where he finds the villagers divided over the Benedictines’ quest.

When the leading opponent to moving the grave is shot dead with a mysterious arrow, some believe Winifred herself delivered the blow. Brother Cadfael knows that an earthly hand did the killing. But he doesn’t know that his plan to root out a murderer may dig up a case of love and justice, where the waves of sin may be scandal—or his own ruin.
The novel was first published in 1977; the Kindle edition is on sale right now at only $4.99

One Corpse Too Many
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One Corpse Too Many

The second in the series, One Corpse Too Many, was published in 1979; the Kindle version is on sale right now at only $2.99! Here, have two blurbs (the first from amazon, the second from Fantastic Fiction):
An ingenious killer disposes of a strangled corpse on a battlefield. Brother Cadfael discovers the body, and must then piece together disparate clues--including a girl in boy's clothing, a missing treasure and a single flower--to expose a murderer's black heart.
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In the summer of 1138, fighting engulfs Shrewsbury as King Stephen battles the Empress Maud for the throne of England. When Shrewsbury Castle falls, and its 94 defenders are hanged as traitors, Brother Cadfael is called upon to administer last rites to the dead. But his careful count reveals 95 corpses, and once again the sleuthing monk is on the trail of a murderer -- this time aided by a lovely young fugitive.
How awesome is that??

Monk's Hood
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Monk's Hood

The third Brother Cadfael novel, Monk's Hood, came out in 1980, and this kindle edition is also just $2.99 right now. Here, have a blurb!
When a visitor to the abbey dies, Brother Cadfael faces a personal drama. For not only was the man poisoned by monk's hood oil, made in Cadfael's own laboratory, the dead man's widow is also the woman to whom Cadfael was betrothed before he took his vows.

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Old 08-20-15, 09:12 PM   #133
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Re: On sale: Mysteries! (Brother Cadfael)

I haven't read any of these in years, but I can recommend them most highly.
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Old 08-20-15, 09:18 PM   #134
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Old 08-28-15, 05:37 PM   #135
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Sales (true crime, science fiction)

No Place Safe
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No Place Safe

Some of you are old enough to remember
the Atlanta Child Murders. For those who aren't: in the course of roughly two years between 1979 to 1981, 28 to 29 black children, teenagers and adults, were murdered. After a massive investigation, a 23 year old black man was charged with two of the murders, found guilty, and incarcerated.

Kim Reid is the daughter of one of the police officers directly involved in the investigation, and No Place Safe is her arresting memoir. The digital version is currently on sale for $2.99. Keep in mind that the book was originally sold and published in 2006, but the rights reverted to the author in 2013. This is the self-published edition.

Also notable, No Place Safe has also just been optioned by John Ridley (Oscar winner for 12 Years A Slave), for ABC Signature Studios.

Ms Reid also writes Young Adult novels, under the name Kimberly Reid. You can find more about her here.

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The Martian
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The Martian

Some of you have probably already read this, and others are waiting for the Matt Damon movie to come out later this year. Either way, this science-heavy science fiction story was first published on the author's blog. Later, Mr Weir self-published and sold it for 99c. Due to its immense popularity, the book was bought by one of the Big Publishers, and released in print, both hardback and mmpb, and later the rights to the movie were sold.

It is now on sale, for a limited time, at only $1.99. If you've been waffling, now it's a great time to try it out.

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Gone Girl
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Gone Girl

I don't think I have to say much about this, do I?

Okay, for those who don't know, here's the blurb:
On a warm summer morning in North Carthage, Missouri, it is Nick and Amy Dunne’s fifth wedding anniversary. Presents are being wrapped and reservations are being made when Nick’s clever and beautiful wife disappears. Husband-of-the-Year Nick isn’t doing himself any favors with cringe-worthy daydreams about the slope and shape of his wife’s head, but passages from Amy's diary reveal the alpha-girl perfectionist could have put anyone dangerously on edge. Under mounting pressure from the police and the media—as well as Amy’s fiercely doting parents—the town golden boy parades an endless series of lies, deceits, and inappropriate behavior. Nick is oddly evasive, and he’s definitely bitter—but is he really a killer?
It's on sale for just $2.99.

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Station 11
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Station 11

I'm not sure how well known this novel is, though look here,
this is a very well written review, but I'll also post the blurb:
One snowy night Arthur Leander, a famous actor, has a heart attack onstage during a production of King Lear. Jeevan Chaudhary, a paparazzo-turned-EMT, is in the audience and leaps to his aid. A child actress named Kirsten Raymonde watches in horror as Jeevan performs CPR, pumping Arthur’s chest as the curtain drops, but Arthur is dead. That same night, as Jeevan walks home from the theater, a terrible flu begins to spread. Hospitals are flooded and Jeevan and his brother barricade themselves inside an apartment, watching out the window as cars clog the highways, gunshots ring out, and life disintegrates around them.

Fifteen years later, Kirsten is an actress with the Traveling Symphony. Together, this small troupe moves between the settlements of an altered world, performing Shakespeare and music for scattered communities of survivors. Written on their caravan, and tattooed on Kirsten’s arm is a line from Star Trek: “Because survival is insufficient.” But when they arrive in St. Deborah by the Water, they encounter a violent prophet who digs graves for anyone who dares to leave.

Station 11 is also on sale for only $2.99.
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Re: Sales (true crime, science fiction)

Oh hey, I just saw this one!

LV has mentioned a couple of times that he really likes this book, and it's on sale for $1.99--totally worth it!

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Re: Sales (true crime, science fiction)

az I click on the the links but am not seeing the low price you are quoting?
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Oh dear, you are in Canada, right? (most of amazon's deals don't apply outside of the US--sorry!)
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