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Old 01-02-2015, 02:46 PM
 
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Gandalara, thanks. I don't read much electronic stuff, but for free, I can make an exception. So---are you a childfree woman of the 60's in your 60's? That's definitely me!

What's with authors "selling" their books for free on Amazon? Trying to develop a buzz about it and then start to sell it?

I attempted to get through "All My Puny Sorrows" by Miriam Toewes. I think I've read some of her other books. Got rave reviews from critics and authors I like. But maybe I just wasn't ready for another book without quotation marks. Or maybe the genre of Canadian Mennonite sisters whose current problems have nothing to do with being Mennnonite but who are desperately unhappy even though one is a famed concert pianist just isn't for me. One reviewer on Amazon said she didn't love the story (depressing---the nonsuicidal sister trying to deal with the suicidal one) or the characters, but liked the writing. I didn't even like that!
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Old 01-02-2015, 03:35 PM
 
Location: New Jersey
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Just finished Mr Mercedes by Stephen King. Now I'm reading Bad Things Happen by Harry Dolan. Both intriguing page turners.
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Old 01-02-2015, 05:28 PM
 
Location: SoCal desert
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What's with authors "selling" their books for free on Amazon? Trying to develop a buzz about it and then start to sell it?
Because with some of the titles they put on their books, "free" is the only way people will try them?
I swear, sometimes I think I'm in line at the supermarket perusing tabloid headlines, LOL
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Old 01-02-2015, 05:38 PM
 
Location: NW Indiana
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I have two books I am currently reading, both historical works.

"The Greatest Knight" by Asbridge, about William Marshal, an English Knight who lived from 1147 - 1219.

The other is;

"Village of Secrets" by Mooreheadm, about an area of WWII France that successfully hid thousands of refugees from the Nazis.

These are sort of a break for me, as I normally read more fiction and fantasy. However, they are both well written and extremely intersting.
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Old 01-02-2015, 08:55 PM
 
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Not so sure about Dept. of Speculation. It was a NY Times "Best book of 2014" (or something like that), but it doesn't seem so "best" just yet. I am reading it on my Kindle and it seems to be jumping around like crazy. Sometimes when that happens, I wonder if font changes in the "real" paper book help keep it straight and on my old-school version Kindle, I just don't get the benefit of those. Not really sure.

I'm sort of itching to read Gone With the Wind again...
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Old 01-02-2015, 09:03 PM
 
Location: Montreal -> CT -> MA -> Montreal -> Ottawa
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Not so sure about Dept. of Speculation. It was a NY Times "Best book of 2014" (or something like that), but it doesn't seem so "best" just yet. I am reading it on my Kindle and it seems to be jumping around like crazy. Sometimes when that happens, I wonder if font changes in the "real" paper book help keep it straight and on my old-school version Kindle, I just don't get the benefit of those. Not really sure.

I'm sort of itching to read Gone With the Wind again...
I tried to read Dept. of Speculation. There are no font changes; it's just that weird. I thought that I'd had a stroke or something. I got to about page 3 and then it was, uh, gone with the wind.
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Old 01-03-2015, 08:32 AM
 
Location: on a big rock hurling through space
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Me Talk Pretty One Day by Sedaris. Unfunny, boring writer.
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Old 01-03-2015, 08:50 AM
 
Location: Fayetteville
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What Color is Your Parachute? Guide to Job-Hunting Online, Sixth Edition
The author puts in a lot of jokes to keep it from getting too boring.
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Old 01-03-2015, 09:30 AM
 
Location: CO
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Me Talk Pretty One Day by Sedaris. Unfunny, boring writer.
Dress Your Family in Corduroy and Denim was much better. He couldn't sustain the humor in all his books.
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Old 01-03-2015, 11:06 AM
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"Taliban: Militant Islam, Oil and Fundamentalism in Central Asia" by Ahmed Rashid.
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