Monday, 28 January 2013

Books - New Amazon Kindle Titles 20p

I thought I'd share this with all you Kindlephiles out there, I've just discovered that there are several new and best-selling novels on Amazon for the Kindle at only 20p per title. Titles such as "Life of Pi" and "The Expats". That's an amazing 97-98% off!

Life Of Pi by Yann Martel (9 May 2002)
The Hundred-Year-Old Man Who Climbed Out of the Window and Disappeared by Jonas Jonasson (12 Jul 2012)
Safe House by Chris Ewan (17 Jul 2012)
1,227 QI Facts To Blow Your Socks Off by John Lloyd and John Mitchinson (30 Oct 2012)
Thursdays in the Park by Hilary Boyd (4 Aug 2011)
The Expats by Chris Pavone (6 Mar 2012)
The Half-Life Of Hannah by Nick Alexander (20 Aug 2012)
The Lewis Man (Lewis Trilogy) by Peter May (22 Dec 2011)
Pushing the Limits by Katie McGarry (31 Jul 2012)
Fifty Sheds of Grey: Erotica for the Not-too-modern Male by C. T. Grey (13 Sep 2012)
Winter in Madrid by C. J. Sansom (9 Apr 2008)
The Siren (Spice) (The Original Sinners: Book 1) by Tiffany Reisz (1 Jun 2012)
Bright Young Things by Scarlett Thomas (6 Sep 2012)
Capital by John Lanchester (20 Feb 2012)
Dark Winter by David Mark (29 Mar 2012)

Not sure how long these are going to be only 20p for, so grab them while you can.
(All links go direct to Amazon UK)

Friday, 11 January 2013

Books: A Scanner Darkly - Philip K. Dick

I've just finished reading A Scanner Darkly by Philip K. Dick. It was an amazing book.
Although a difficult read sometimes, it was dark and paranoid and was engaging throughout.
I would recommend this to any (potential) Philip K. Dick fan.

I came across the book after someone recommended that I see the film. This was actually the first time I've read the book after seeing the film, but I was very impressed with both.

Review from Amazon:
Mind- and reality-bending drugs feature again and again in Philip K. Dick's hugely influential SF stories. A Scanner Darkly is the novel that cuts closest to the bone, drawing on Dick's own experience with illicit chemicals and on his many friends who died through drug misuse. Nevertheless it's blackly farcical, full of comic- surreal conversations between people whose synapses are partly fried, sudden flights of paranoid logic, and bad trips like the one whose victim spends a subjective eternity having all his sins read to him, in shifts, by compound-eyed aliens. (It takes 11,000 years of this to reach the time when as a boy he discovered masturbation.) The antihero Bob Arctor is forced by his double life into warring double personalities: as futuristic narcotics agent "Fred", face blurred by a high-tech scrambler, he must spy on and entrap suspected drug dealer Bob Arctor. His disintegration under the influence of the insidious Substance D is genuine tragicomedy. For Arctor there's no way off the addict's downward escalator, but what awaits at the bottom is a kind of redemption--there are more wheels within wheels than we suspected, and his life is not entirely wasted. In a just world this harrowing novel, the 20th selection in the Millennium SF Masterworks, would have matched the sales of Trainspotting. --David Langford