For the Heinlein fans, Stranger in a Strange Land is currently* available cheap in Kindle form.
Even though I have a hard copy of this, I’ll probably get a cheap* Kindle version of The Flamingo’s Smile: Reflections in Natural History. You know what the book is and why you want it, and you probably already have one, but maybe not an ebook version. Just thought you should know about it. You’re welcome.
Suddenly available cheap from Amazon*, Do Androids Dream of Electric Sheep?: The inspiration for the films Blade Runner and Blade Runner 2049 by Philip Dick.
While we are on the subject of cheap books, did you know that the popular, and pretty good, “Longmire” of TV started out as a series of books? The Highwayman: A Longmire Story (Walt Longmire Mysteries) by Craig Johnson is also cheap on Kindle, which is the 11th point five in the series (apparently it is complicated). The first is The Cold Dish: A Longmire Mystery. (Kindle edition of the first in the series here.)
I read The Source: A Novel by James Michener a long time ago, so I might have some of this wrong, but…
It is a fun read, not actually religious as some might suggest. The story starts at the beginning and the end at the same time. The end involves a group of archaeologists digging down in a tel (called Tell Makor in the book, but I’m told it might be closest the the actual Tel Dan.) The beginning involves a family of pre-Neolithic people who invent agriculture and domesticate the dog. (I oversimplify, as does in that are, the author.) The rest of the story is a rough approximation of the Old Testament history.
Anyway, relatively cheap for Kindle* (2.99) right now.
I should also mention* that The Historian by Elizabeth Kostova, is still cheap ($4.99).
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.