The Historian by Elizabeth Kostova is a ground breaking (like you do in a grave yard!) and illuminating (as in don’t go out in the sun) work of fiction that I know many of you have read because we’ve talked about it. So you have a copy. But maybe you don’t have a Kindle copy, which is now available for 4.99. But not in Transylvania.
And by that I mean* the Kindle book Brave New World: With the Essay “Brave New World Revisited” by Aldus Huxley is now on Kindle for 99 cents, at leas in the US.
Only vaguely related, but I thought you’s like to know about it, Dan Rather’s book What Unites Us: Reflections on Patriotism, Kurt Vonnegut Junior’s Slaughterhouse-Five: A Novel and Neil Gaiman’s Stardust are also cheap at this moment.
Shawn Otto’s The War on Science: Who’s Waging It, Why It Matters, What We Can Do About It is currently available cheap on Kindle. This is a must read, and very relevant.
The book* Drawdown: The Most Comprehensive Plan Ever Proposed to Reverse Global Warming edited by Paul Hawken is a must have resource if you want to have useful conversations, and carry out effective activism, related to Global Warming. I actually recommend you get the print version, but at the moment, the Kindle version available cheap (at least in the US) so I wanted to let you know about it. Two bucks, and also, lower carbon footprint (on the other hand, books are carbon sinks, right?)
You already own this but in case you want a Kindle version so you can search the text or whatever, The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe is now 3 bucks, which is slightly less than half the usual price. This is book one, no wait, book two, no wait, book one, of the Chronicles of Narnia series. Book One, in my opinion. Fight me if you want.
While we’re on the subject of books you already own in meatspace but not yet on Kindle, Bratchett’s Equal Rites: A Novel of Discworld is two bucks, way less than half price. Go for it!
Ironic? Maybe, because we know democracy should not be for sale, and never, on sale. Whatever. I’m here to tell you* that Nancy MacLean’s “Democracy in Chains: The Deep History of the Radical Right’s Stealth Plan for America” is on Kindle right now for cheap, at least in the US, where Democracy and books about it are always on sale!
In an unrelated development, this may be of interest to you as well: Chancing It: The Laws of Chance and How They Can Work for You by Robert Matthews with a forward by Larry Gonick is also cheap* on Kinddle at this moment. This is yet another book about how people with calculators are smart compared to you. But, it has a foreword by Larry Gonick!
Falter: Has the Human Game Begun to Play Itself Out? by climate change activist Bill McKibben* is now cheap on Kindle. The Kindle form of a book has a low carbon footprint. So, now is your chance!
Here was my idea. I call it “The Wedge.” See, there’s this wedge of, well, effect, emanating from the cluster of black hoes near the center of the galaxy, and sweeping around like a lighthouse beam, with one rotation every several thousand years (details to be worked out). While The Wedge is shining on your plant, things work one way. When it passes, things go back to normal. Our solar system has been within the Wedge Zone for thousand of years (except may be it flicked off now and then, say, during Egyptian times, or whatever). Never mind the details. Continue reading Poul Anderson totally stole my idea!
How many ways can I describe The Sympathizer: A Novel by Viet Thanh Nguyen*?
Shocking. Revealing. Informative. Historic. Historical. Hard to put down. Won all the prizes (Pulitzer, Edgar, Andrew Carnegie, etc).
Do not read reviews of it. They tend to give some of the story away. Just read the book. Best novel of the last few years (it came out in 2016). I’ve recommended it before, but now, it is on Kindle for $1.99 (at least in the US) so NOW is the time to get it.
I didn’t even know this book existed, but here it is: Letters From Father Christmas by JRRT* … Every December an envelope bearing a stamp from the North Pole would arrive for J.R.R. Tolkien’s children. Inside would be a letter in a strange, spidery handwriting and a beautiful colored drawing or painting. The letters were from Father Christmas.
They told wonderful tales of life at the North Pole: how the reindeer got loose and scattered presents all over the place; how the accident-prone North Polar Bear climbed the North Pole and fell through the roof of Father Christmas’s house into the dining room; how he broke the Moon into four pieces and made the Man in it fall into the back garden; how there were wars with the troublesome horde of goblins who lived in the caves beneath the house, and many more.
No reader, young or old, can fail to be charmed by Tolkien’s inventiveness in this classic holiday treat.
You may be interested in these two cheap Kindle versions of classic books.
The Two Towers: Being the Second Part of The Lord of the Rings by JRR Tolkein* is 3.99. The Fellowship of the Ring and The Return of the King are still ten bucks on the Kindle, tho.
2001: A Space Odyssey by Arthur Clarke* is 2.99.
As long as we are on the subject of cheap Kindle book, 366 Days in Abraham Lincoln’s Presidency: The Private, Political, and Military Decisions of America’s Greatest President by Stephen Wynalda* is two bucks. I’m not recommending it, I’ve not read it, but I am reading Lincoln, by David Herbert Donald, which I recommend, so it caught my eye.
Slaughterhouse-Five: A Novel by Kurt Vonnegut is cheap on Kindle right this second. Not at some other time.*
But time is relative, so you better also check out The Perfect Theory: A Century of Geniuses and the Battle over General Relativity by Pedro Ferreira, also cheap at this time, relative to other times.*
The novel that started it all, A Game of Thrones* by George Martin (the first in a series) is now available on Kindle for cheap right now. This is the illustrated edition. I thought you should know.
This is not the TV series, but it is the critically acclaimed novel.
Why do we do the things we do?
Over a decade in the making, this game-changing book is Robert Sapolsky’s genre-shattering attempt to answer that question as fully as perhaps only he could, looking at it from every angle. Sapolsky’s storytelling concept is delightful but it also has a powerful intrinsic logic: he starts by looking at the factors that bear on a person’s reaction in the precise moment a behavior occurs, and then hops back in time from there, in stages, ultimately ending up at the deep history of our species and its genetic inheritance.
Behave: The Biology of Humans at Our Best and Worst by Robert Sapolsky cheap now on Kindle