Aaron Sorkin’s first shot at directing was for the movie Molly’s Game, starring Jessica Chastain as athlete and card game runner Molly Bloom. It is an interesting true story line, with many hidden gems. Like, Graham Greene playing the judge, and the fact that the actual real life prosecutor was Preet Bharara. Importantly, Sorkin wrote the screen play (Oscar nominated). The opening sequence in the movie, which addresses the question of what to say when someone claims that coming in fourth in the Olympics is the worst thing that can happen to an athlete. Also, as you probably already understand, Sorkin has a strong interest in sports and poker, so it all makes so much sense…. Continue reading Molly’s Game (like the Sorkin movie) and Forensic Geology: Cheap books
Little Big Man is one of the greatest movies ever made. But did you know it was a book first? You did? Well, OK, then, did you know that it is available in Kindle form for reduced price right now: Here: Little Big Man: A Novel
Sometimes the magic works. Sometimes it doesn’t.
A group of miscreants, led by a former reporter turned private eye, is fed up with the ongoing destruction of the Everglades and other natural wonders in Florida. So, they conspire to engage in anti-tourism terrorism. Carl Hiaasen’s Tourist Season is the first in a series of books, the first several of which are must-read. The common theme is the aforementioned missing governor, and his former body guard. The protagonist and antagonist change from book to book, but the former is usually a former journalist or a former cop or something along those lines, and the antagonist is an evil real estate developer, theme park owner, organized crime leader, Russian mobster, or something along those lines. It is possible I’ve got some of these details wrong since it has been years since I read them. But, I assure you, once you’ve read Tourist Season, Double Whammy , Native Tongue , you’ll probably do what I did. Grab used copies of any of those books you come across, to give to other people to read. Easier to do that than to explain the books.
For reasons I can not fathom, Mary Doria Russell’s books, The Sparrow and Children of God are seen as important novels in the discussion of religion and belief. Maybe it is the mention of “children of god” in the title of the second book. Maybe it is the fact that one of the main characters is a priest, and a good part of the novel takes place in a monkery. It is even the case that the publishers have for some editions included some extra back matter on how to use these books as a focal point in your church reading groups. Continue reading Great deal on a must read book: Children of God
The War of the Worlds by H. G. Wells is now free or cheap, depending on your relationship to Amazon, at Amazon, in Kindle form.
Kindle versions of some books of interest available cheap: Brief Candle in the Dark: My Life in Science by Dawkins, and not a big favorite of mine but other people like it, made in america: An Informal History of the English Language in the United States by Bryson. Enjoy.
In case you are one of the last nine people to read Collapse: How Societies Choose to Fail or Succeed: Revised Edition by Jared Diamond, now is the chance to pick it up for two bucks in Kindle format.
Whether you find Richard Dawkins a suitable leader in your personal mythology or prefer him roasted on the spit of MRA fueled internecine warfare among skeptics and science supporters, you still have to read The God Delusion by him. Cheap now on Kindle. Continue reading Dawkins’ Delusion Cheap (and some other books)
These books are cheap in Kindle form right now.
First, One Day in the Life of Ivan Denisovich: A Novel (FSG Classics). I mention this here simply because it was a book that influenced me as a kid. Made me realize that starvation was a thing.
If you’ve not read The Martian: A Novel, read it. Fun book. This is where science fiction is enhanced significantly but science and math geekiness. Destine to become a classic.
I know a lot of you are fans of forensic fiction. Puruant to that interest, these two books by Patricia Cornwell: Ripper: The Secret Life of Walter Sickert [Kindle in Motion] and Chasing the Ripper (Kindle Single), in which life imitates art.
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First, the tenth in Aaron Elkins; Gideon Oliver series, Skeleton Dance for two bucks on Kindle.
Second, and I don’t know anything about this but I figure some of my readers would: The Complete Aliens Omnibus: Volume One (Earth Hive, Nightmare Asylum, The Female War). Also in Kindle form, for a buck.
The exact price of each of these books will vary. Some of these prices are likely to expire soon. The prices range from free to about three bucks. The exact price will depend of if you are prime member, but for most of them it should not matter.
The first one is a shock to me, I did not know, of I forgot, that Sean B. Carroll had written this book. It looks fascinating. Continue reading Many mostly science books really cheap
The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy by Douglas Adams is now cheap in Kindle Form. It might be $0.42. But more likely, it is $2.99.