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Rookie Privateer (Privateer Tales Book 1)

Rookie Privateer (Privateer Tales Book 1)

If pulpy space opera is what you want Rookie Privateer is the book for you! A run in with space pirates is sets Liam and Nick on an unforeseen adventure in the Mars Protectorate.

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Genderswapped Sixth Doctor cosplay outfit


From Frockasaurus (previously), this brilliant Femme Sixth Doctor Who cosplay set, a custom made, genderswapped version of Colin Baker's outfit including a jacket, corset/waistcoat, necktie and skirt. (via Geeky Merch)

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Marin's Dale, a very creepy novella

Marin's Dale

Sleepy Marin's Dale, Colorado has been struck by an unnatural catastrophe. Something not of this Earth has come to challenge the town in this crazy, creepy horror!

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The Backworlds by M. Pax

The Backworlds

I was excited to read The Backworlds by M. Pax. This pulp science fiction style adventure is available free for Kindle!

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Photography books we love: 'Understanding Exposure,' third edition

Understanding Exposure, 3rd Edition: How to Shoot Great Photographs with Any Camera

Bryan Peterson's Understanding Exposure is a fantastic book to help photographers old and new learn to manage light.

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Fluency by Jennifer Foehner Wells

Fluency (Confluence Book 1)

Jennifer Foehner Wells' highly recommended Fluency is a phenomenal story of first contact!

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Dead City by JJ Zep

Dead City (Zombie D.O.A. Book 1)

JJ Zep's Dead City is just the fresh twist on the zombie genre I was looking for.

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Planet of the Damned, free on Kindle

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Harry Harrison's Planet of the Damned is one of the first science fiction books I remember reading. It is available free for the Amazon Kindle.

I recently picked up a copy of this at Powell's Books, in Portland. I remembered the cover from my childhood and eagerly wanted to see if it'd held up. I expected unwitting heroes, improbable romance and unbelievable science. I also found some racism.

Planet of the Damned is the story of one genetically superior Brion Brannd. Only Brion can stop some backwards savages with nukes from killing a neighboring planet of peaceful philosophers. Suspend your disbelief and enjoy a great example of pulp science fiction.

Planet of the Damned, free on Kindle

Liz Climo's new children's book

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Rory The Dinosaur is a new children's picture book by cartoonist Liz Climo. This is an outgrowth of her hobby, drawing cute panel comics, but she's not quitting her day job any time soon. That's because her day job is working on storyboards for The Simpsons. Her simple, funny and cute comics made her a familiar sight online, at Reddit and Pinterest, with a little help from George Takei.

She tells me, "I started writing the book around the same time I found out I was pregnant, and finished before [my baby] was even born (then I did most of the illustrations with her chilling in a bassinet next to me). Now that I'm a mom, I relate to the story way more than I did when I wrote it. Rory's dad is following him around, wanting to let him have his independence while still making sure he's safe and taken care of - something I'm very familiar with now! I just wrapped on my second Rory book, and that one Marlow gave me a ton of inspiration for. I am definitely hoping to do more, and I think being a mom has a lot to do with that."

Station Eleven: great post-apocalyptic novel on sale as a Kindle ebook for $3

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I've read 83% of Station Eleven on my Kindle, so I don't know whether it has a interesting ending or not (I'm one of those lowbrows who doesn't like books without a satisfying conclusion), but I am loving it so far.

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The Wizard from Earth by SJ Ryan

The Wizard from Earth (The Star Wizards Trilogy Book 1)

There shouldn't be humans on Delta Pavonis, especially Matt. Landing in the middle of secret colony, with only the questionable help of his AI, Matt just became The Wizard from Earth.

SJ Ryan's fast paced tale replays familiar themes with clever twists. Matt is an average guy, sent to space with an AI embedded in his head, to meet his family and help colonize Alpha Centauri. Solar winds blow him off course and he meets Carrot, a super powerful, and unknown to the folks on Earth genetic variant of human. Unsurprisingly, the fate of this new world ends up in their hands.

This book is an incredibly fast read for 500 pages! Ryan does a fantastic job setting up his new world and characters, introducing brilliant technologies and moving the story along. It bogs down in occasional bouts of exposition, but I'll be looking for the next installment.

The Wizard from Earth (The Star Wizards Trilogy Book 1)

A Night In The Lonesome October, Zelazny's last published book

A Night In the Lonesome October

A Night In The Lonesome October is Roger Zelazny's final, addicting tale. Thirty one chapters on what really happens on Halloween!

Snuff, an incredible guard dog, watches over a number of curses for his master, Jack while assisting him in their nightly endeavors and spying on their colleagues. Together, they are working to keep a door closed that others want open. This happens every Halloween. A familiar enough cast of characters gathers, some Openers and some are Closers. Who, in the end, will win?

This is such an amazing story! I hear tells some folks read it a chapter a day in October, as a tribute. Zelazny is really a master.

I found this beautiful reprint at a used bookstore. I am thrilled to add it to my collection.

A Night in the Lonesome October (Rediscovered Classics)

Post-apocalyptic Charlie Brown and Snoopy

Original art by Max Dunbar. Inks by Vitali Iakovlev. Colors by Sean Ellery. [via]

Magic Books - the secret art of book hacking


What is a book? The commonly held notion is pretty simple: it is an object made of pieces of paper, glued or bounded together, with stuff written in it. Indisputable. But, maybe, there is more than meets the eye.

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The Whisper of Stars: A science-fiction thriller

The Whisper of Stars: A science-fiction thriller (Hibernation Series Book 1)

Hibernation and suspended animation stories have always fascinated me. The Whisper of Stars turns sleep into an action packed technology thriller.

Nick Jones' debut novel is a winner. I was immediately drawn into his dystopian near future, where the last best hope for humanity is hibernation. The characters are surprisingly engaging and I found myself actually caring about Jen, an officer in the Duality Division tasked with enforcing the laws around hibernation. Packed with fantastic conspiracy and technology,I'm looking forward to reading the next in his series!

The Whisper of Stars: A science-fiction thriller (Hibernation Series Book 1) by Nick Jones

Gallery of Star Trek comic book covers

I love these old Star Trek comic book covers, posted by AstroDevil in memory of Leonard Nimoy. The title lettering is fantastic!

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The importance of glass, artificial cold and more

fqwfqwfwqfIf you're looking for a comprehensive explanation for modern life is how it is, there are probably other books to read. But if you're looking for something light, informative and fun, HOW WE GOT TO NOW is just the thing. There's also a PBS TV show that goes along with it.

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Razorhurst: blood-drenched gang warfare and ghosts in Gilded Age Sydney

Justine Larbalestier's Razorhurst is an historical novel that skilfully weaves in a ghost story that puts the action of gang-warfare exactly where it belongs: in the relationship between the living and the dead. Read the rest

Fatal Boarding by ER Mason

Fatal Boarding

Fatal Boarding is a fantastic space adventure that introduces Adrian Tarn, a perfectly textbook 'doesn't do things by the book' hero.

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Erotica author says Amazon is hurting her $10 million yearly sales

Jaid Black, a 43 year old writer of self-published erotica ebooks, says Amazon is needling into her market: hardcore erotica for women.

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Noir and horror for your kindergartner

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Caldecott winner Jon Klassen, is one of the most respected and beloved contemporary children's book authors and illustrators. Kids love him—and adults do, too.

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The Year's Work at the Zombie Research Center

The Year's Work at the Zombie Research Center (The Year's Work: Studies in Fan Culture and Cultural Theory)

The Year's Work at the Zombie Research Center is a hilarious collection of short essays and stories about Zombie cultural significance.

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M.T. Anderson, sci-fi author, accidental prophet and nice guy

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In 2002, M.T. Anderson wrote the novel Feed, which featured a future in which humans are all hardwired with computer chips (the eponymous Feeds) so they can shop. Constantly. Back then it was a comment on consumerism. Now, 13 years later, I was curious if he was sick of telling us all "I told you so."

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Please Don't Tell My Parents I'm a Supervillain

Please Don't Tell My Parents I'm a Supervillain

A humorous take on the YA superhero novel! Penelope wants to become a superhero, just like Mom and Dad, but things don't quite go according to plan in Please Don't Tell My Parents I'm a Supervillain.

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Grasshopper Jungle takes angst to its allegorical limit

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Not all young adult novels are for adults1, But this one is.

Grasshopper Jungle isn't Andrew Smith's first novel, but it is the one that's thrust him forward as one of the best voices in the genre

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Read Dickens with the prices adjusted for inflation

So many times I'm reading a Victorian plot that revolves around some gentry fop handing a scullery boy a sum of 100 half-whatevers. And I’m left wondering: is that a staggeringly large amount of money or an insultingly small one?

Historical Currency Conversions is a tool for finding the current value of historical currency. Type in an amount you see in a book and it spits out: “100 guineas in 1850 had the same buying power as 14647.25 current dollars.” Sure there are socioeconomic challenges to comparing 1850 London with current times, but you get in the ballpark enough to move on with your book.

History of the great sex.com feud

In 1994 Gary Kremen (who would later found Match.com) registered a bunch of domain names: jobs.com, housing.com, and, most famously, sex.com. Soon after, a "brilliant con man" named Stephen Cohen gained control of sex.com and sold ads that brought in about a half million dollars a day.

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30-Day Guitar Workout

30-Day Guitar Workout

In addition to the oddest cover design ever, 30-Day Guitar Workout offers great exercises and has improved my playing.

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Apocalypticon, a hilarious post-apocalyptic novel

Apocalypticon

Who says post-apocalyptic fiction has to be dreary? In Apocalypticon the end of the world is absolutely hilarious.

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This doctor made a blind man see and an autistic boy speak

Psychiatrist Norman Doidge, who is on the faculty of the University of Toronto, uses sensory stimulation "to change the structure and function of brain circuits" in people with chronic pain, autism, and Parkinson's. Manuela Hoelterhoff of Bloomberg Business interviewed him about his work, which Doidge has written about in his new book, The Brain’s Way of Healing: Remarkable Discoveries and Recoveries from the Frontiers of Neuroplasticity.

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