Weekend Buys 4/4/14

“Each weekend I recommend three books. Some are books I’ve read and some are books I want to read. Some have been written by my friends. Or maybe I’ll just post a good deal I saw online. Just a little something to expose you to the kind of books that interest me.” 51JwkVwtBPL

Here's a deal for you right away: The Magic Kingdom of Landover Volume 1, the first three books in the beloved series by Terry Brooks, is just $1.99 on ebook. That's pretty freaking awesome. This includes Magic Kingdom for Sale SOLD, The Black Unicorn, and Wizard at Large. I'll confess that I've only read the first one (and many years ago), but I enjoyed it immensely. Definitely worth picking up all three for such a low price.

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Thought I'd throw you all a little changeup this week with some YA. Vodnik by Bryce Moore has come very highly recommended to me by several close friends, and indeed it has 4.7/5 stars on Amazon with 30 reviews. Quite impressive. If you like YA (which come on, most adult fantasy readers do), or if you're looking for something to get for a younger friend or relation grab a copy of Vodnik. I met Bryce for the first time many years before either of us had sold a book and he's really a very cool guy. Can grow a hearty beard as well.

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The Darwin Elevator by Jason Hough is another book that I bought forever ago and still haven't gotten to. Jason is one of my Taco Brethren, and all around cool cool guy and everyone I've talked to about his book has loved it. Damn, just check out the names on his blurb list on Amazon and I'm sure you'll be impressed.

Weekend Buys 3/21/14

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“Each weekend I recommend three books. Some are books I’ve read and some are books I want to read. Some have been written by my friends. Or maybe I’ll just post a good deal I saw online. Just a little something to expose you to the kind of books that interest me.” 517c8apFNlL

Hounded by Kevin Hearne. I had the pleasure of meeting award-winning author Kevin Hearne at World Con in San Antonio last fall. He's one of the most genuine, delightful people that you'll ever meet. His first book is just $.99 right now so if you enjoy urban fantasy, or even if that's not normally your thing, you should pick it up.

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This is a collection of the first three books in the Dragonriders of Pern series by Anne McCaffrey. I've only read the first two, and quite a long time ago, but I remember them as wonderful, unique books. Most authors I know seem to have fond memories of reading her novels. This whole collection is just $1.99 right now on ebook so it's a pretty dang good time to grab 'em.

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Ice Forged by Gail Z. Martin is one of those books I heard a ton of good things about and bought forever ago but which has not yet reached the top of my mile-long to-read list. Fortunately for you guys, it's just $1.99 right now.

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Yes, I know I recommended Myke Cole's books just a few weeks back and that I'm supposed to only do three books on this feature, but I thought it wise to let you know that Control Point: Shadow Ops recently went on sale for $1.99. If you had been thinking of trying to out the series you should do so now.

Weekend Buys 3/15/14

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Yet another book on my to-read list, Three Parts Dead by Max Gladstone follows a necromancer tasked with resurrecting a murdered god, which sounds fairly fun and different to me. It also has a really cool cover and is only $2.99 right now. The second book, Two Serpents Rise, is already out.

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I got to meet Cargill and his lovely wife at the San Antonio Worldcon. There may or may not be a video of me and Robert Jackson Bennett doing a rain dance in Cargill's hotel room at 2AM but really that's beside the point. C. Robert's book Dreams and Shadows is just $1.99 right now, so give it a go.

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Here's something a little different: a nonfiction book first published over 100 years ago. The Fifteen Decisive Battles of the World: from Marathon to Waterloo is the book that first got me into military history. It's a little dense, but incredibly fascinating. While well worth owning the hardcover or paperback and making yourself look all sophisticated to guests perusing your bookshelf, the ebook is free.

Weekend Buys 3/7/14

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“Each weekend I recommend three books. Some are books I’ve read and some are books I want to read. Some have been written by my friends. Or maybe I’ll just post a good deal I saw online. Just a little something to expose you to the kind of books that interest me.” Partials

Some of you may remember my post back in December where I talked about what I read in 2013. Among those books was Partials, by Dan Wells. It's a fantastic book and pretty much a must-read for anyone who likes post-apocalyptic science fiction. It's also currently $1.99. The second book, Fragments, is already out and the third book, Ruins, will be out in just four days.

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Looking for something a little different? I've heard amazing things about Blackbirds by Chuck Wendig. It's been on my kindle for some time now and like so many other of the weekend buys, I just haven't gotten to it yet. Some of you might know Chuck from his expletive-filled writing advice on Terribleminds (which I've been a huge fan of for almost two years now). The books won't break the bank at on $4.89, and the next two books in the series, Mockingbird and The Cormorant are already finished.

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Let's be honest. If you read epic fantasy and you don't know who Brandon Sanderson is, I would find that a little bit shocking. But hey, maybe you haven't gotten around to reading him yet. In which case you should check out The Way of Kings which is currently on sale for $2.99. It's the first book in Brandon's immense ten book series, the second book of which just came out this week. If you want to start with something a little smaller (and finished), you can begin with The Final Empire, which is the first in the three book Mistborn series.

Weekend Buys 2/28/14

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“Each weekend I recommend three books. Some are books I’ve read and some are books I want to read. Some have been written by my friends. Or maybe I’ll just post a good deal I saw online. Just a little something to expose you to the kind of books that interest me.” 51A7WtSZd+L

Miserere is the debut novel of Teresa Frohock. I've been intrigued by this book since I first laid eyes on it. Maybe it's because of the strikingly gorgeous cover. Maybe it's because it looks like supernatural, crusader-type fantasy which I think is awesome. Regardless, I picked it up because it's only $2.99 right now on Amazon. You should do the same.

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You know how every week I name at least one book on my to-read list that I really want to get to? Yeah, The Winds of Khalakovo by Bradley Beaulieu is the one for this week. I like to think of both Brad and his goatee as good friends of mine, ever since he taught me how to say his last name properly. I'll give you a hint: it looks like there isn't an 'r' in his last name but there is. Anyway, The Winds of Khala... The Winds of Khal... Brad's book is just $.99 right now so you should get it. Oh and as it turns out, Brad has put all three books on sale. So go ahead and pick up books two and three, The Straits of Galahesh and The Flames of Shadam Khoreh for $.99 each as well.

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I'm going to guess that most of you have seen The Princess Bride. If not, you should buy it immediately, because it's one of the best adventure movies ever made. I'm also gonna guess that most of you have not read the book upon which it is based. The Princess Bride: S. Morgenstern's Classic Tale of True Love and High Adventure by William Goldman is an absolute gem. I won't go on about how the book is better because it's honestly a coin toss for me, and they are two very different experiences. It should immediately go near the top of your to-read list.

Weekend Buys 2/22/14

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I'll be honest, I'm still a little mad that Leviathan Wakes didn't win a Hugo. This is an absolutely stellar book. It's space opera, so it has the pacing and complexity that I love in epic fantasy all in a science fiction setting. The science is well-thought out and it doesn't have the mysticism/magic you'd find in Dune or Star Wars. If memory serves, the series is meant to be five books of which Leviathan Wakes is the first. The next two, Caliban's War and Abaddon's Gate are equally as awesome. The fourth, Cibola Burn, is due out in June of this year. Do yourself a favor and pick up all of these books. You won't regret it.

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The Desert of Souls is another on my to-read list. I have heard literally nothing but praise for this book and I've met the author, Howard Andrew Jones, on several occasions and you will not hang out with a nicer guy. I had the chance to exchange books with him at ConFusion last month, and picked up his second, Bones of the Old Ones. These books are a sort of Arabian Nights fantasy, which to me sounds wicked cool.

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I absolutely love the Chronicles of the Black Company. I remember picking this up at the 2008 Worldcon in Denver, starting to read it on the bus to the airport, and pretty much not putting it down until I finished it the next day. It follows the adventures of the titular mercenary company as they fight for, and this is my favorite part, the big bad guy of their world. This is a collection comprised of the first three books in Glen Cook's Black Company series and at just $7.99 for the ebook it's an absolute steal.

Weekend Buys 2/14/14

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"Each weekend I recommend three books. Some are books I’ve read and some are books I want to read. Some have been written by my friends. Or maybe I’ll just post a good deal I saw online. Just a little something to expose you to the kind of books that interest me.”

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We'll start today with Tome of the Undergates by Sam Sykes. This is the first book in the Aeon's Gate Trilogy which is a finished series. Tome of the Undergates is actually on sale right now in the UK for just 1.49 so if you live across the pond be sure to pick it up. Last year I was delighted to learn that Sam and I are now book brothers; his next series will be published through Orbit in the US, starting with A City Stained Red.

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The Hammer and the Blade by Paul S. Kemp has gotten some pretty fantastic press. 117 reviews and no one-stars is very impressive for Amazon. It's also only $1.49 right now, so, uh, it seems like a no-brainer.

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His Majesty's Dragon by Naomi Novik is a truly fantastic book. Historical fantasy, it tells the story of the Napoleonic Wars as fought with dragons. That's really enough said. If you haven't gone to buy it based on that alone you might need to see a doctor. The whole series is a ton of fun (but start with His Majesty's Dragon, as it's the first).

I had the pleasure of meeting Naomi in 2006, back when I was still a wee lad of a wanna-be writer. This was years before Promise of Blood was just a twinkle in my eye. I remember her being very cool and fun and not at all bothered chatting with a nobody.

Weekend Buys 2/8/14

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The Shambling Guide to New York City by Mur Lafferty is currently $1.99 on Amazon and one of dozens of books on my to-read list. I got to meet Mur the first time at Worldcon in Chicago a year and a half ago. She's very cool and this last year at Worldcon (in Texas), she won the Campbell Award for Best New Writer. She's also a prominent podcaster in the writing and sff communities.

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Alchemist of Souls by Anne Lyle is another can't-pass-up deal at $1.39. And, funny enough, I also met Anne at Worldcon in Chicago. And, ashamedly, I haven't read this one yet either though it's been sitting on my kindle for the last year. I really need to read more. Anyhoo... AoS is historical fantasy set in Tudor England which sounds absolutely like the dog's bollocks. Not sure if this series is a trilogy or meant to be longer, but the first three books are out: Alchemist of Souls, The Merchant of Dreams, and The Prince of Lies.

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Dead Things by Stephen Blackmoore. While we're on the subject of books I really want to find the time to read... cough. This one is a tale of a modern day necromancer. Just by the blurb I'm guessing it's a sure thing for anyone who's a fan of the Dresden Files (which I love) or similar urban fantasy. It's not on sale, but the price of $5.99 for an ebook is super reasonable in this day and age.

 

Weekend Buys 2/1/14

Each weekend I recommend three books. Some are books I've read and some are books I want to read. Some have been written by my friends. Or maybe I'll just post a good deal I saw online. Just a little something to expose you to the kind of books that interest me.

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Not only is Doug Hulick a friend of mine, but he's also a very talented author. Among Thieves is an excellent book which should appeal to most fantasy readers, but especially anyone who enjoyed Lies of Locke Lamora. The long-on-coming book two, Sworn in Steel, will be out the same day as The Crimson Campaign and unless I get my hands on an ARC earlier, there's a good chance I'm gonna be reading it the day it comes out.

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Not a single book, but a collection of ten. The Malazan Book of the Fallen is my favorite big epic fantasy series, higher on my list even than Wheel of Time. This ebook collection will allow you to get all ten books in a single purchase. Some people might prefer to buy them all individually, starting with book one, Gardens of the Moon. But that's up to you. Fantastic world and if you want something to keep you occupied for the next six months, this is for you.

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American Elsewhere is one of those books that has hit my radar despite not being the sort of thing I'd normally be interested in (a Lovecraftian horror sort of thing). I haven't gotten to it yet, but it's sitting there near the top of my TBR list, mocking me. The book made countless "must read" lists of 2013. Oh, and I may have done a ritual dance with the author, Robert Jackson Bennett, while at Worldcon last year. But we're not gonna talk about that.

 

Weekend Buys

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Breach Zone, the third book in the Shadow Ops novels by my friend Myke Cole, will be out on January 28th. I read his first book, Control Point and really liked it. The second book, Fortress Frontier, got amazing reviews and a lot of people whose opinions I trust have told me Breach Zone is even better (yeah, I know, I need to catch up). If you haven't read them yet I recommend grabbing the whole series and if you have, definitely pre-order Breach Zone.

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I'm about 12 chapters into The Lives of Tao by Wesley Chu and it's really damn good. This book came out the same month as Promise of Blood and I'm just now getting around to it, and I feel bad. Because it's fantastic. The second book, The Deaths of Tao, is already out.

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Geekomancy, by my friend Michael R. Underwood, is on sale right now for $1.99. I've heard cool things about this book and last weekend I actually went archerying (acherizing?) with Michael at ConFusion in Michigan. Okay, I went archerying with Myke and Wes too but Michael was by far the best of us.

Also, if you're a fan of Kevin Hearne he just put out a new short story today: "The Chapel Perilous."