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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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Better Call Saul: Jimmy and Chuck unite for seniors' rights in "RICO"

Remember when the idea for Better Call Saul first floated around in television production gossip, and it was conceived as a half-hour comedy?

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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

Simple, space efficient grater set

OXO Good Grips Complete Grate and Slicer Set

Easy to use, clean and store, this grater/slicer set has replaced my box grater and my mandoline.

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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)

Better Call Saul reveals the tortured origin of Mike Ehrmantraut

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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

Cleartone Coated Extra Light Acoustic Guitar Strings

Cleartone

I hate changing guitar strings. These coated extra light ones last me a very long time.

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The midpoint of Better Call Saul's first season hinges on scenes without Jimmy

The latest episode of the Breaking Bad spinoff, recapped for your further entertainment.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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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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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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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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