Archive for March 24, 2009

Free ebook : Battlestar Galactica: the Miniseries (by Jeffrey A. Carver)

March 24, 2009 1 comment

So, were you one of those who watched the Sci-fi (or the rebranded Syfy – what a moronic rebranding by the way) mini-series “Battlestar Galactica” finale? Are you a totally lost new viewer? Or are you a veteran who’d like to refresh your memories?

Well, if you’re any of the above, you might want to check out Jeffrey A. Carver’s novelization of Battlestar Galactica: the Miniseries (Tor Science Fiction). And as a special gift to his fans, Jeffrey Carver is providing a FREE download of the ebook version of his novel on his website.

Product Description (from

“Battlestar Galactica, an original SCI FI Channel miniseries, electrified viewers and critics alike and was hailed as a landmark in sci-fi television. Here, for the first time, is the novel based on that exciting drama.

For forty years, the Twelve Colonies of Man were at peace, united since the war against the robotic Cylons. These mechanical beings, created by mankind to perform the manual labor civilization required, were gone forever…or so humanity thought.

But in those years, the Cylons developed new Cylons that looked and acted like humans…and then they attacked the Twelve Worlds.

Only a single warship survived the massive attack: Battlestar Galactica, the oldest ship in the fleet, ready to be decommissioned and turned into a museum. Commander William Adama, himself set to retire, had but one course: to marshal his meager forces, and somehow keep the Cylons from wiping out the last vestiges of the human race. But their inhuman Cylon enemies—stronger, smarter, and driven to destroy—may be too powerful for them, and all of humanity, to survive.”

The novelization is a pretty faithful retelling of the tv series (from what I can see – I’m still reading) with the characters just fleshed out a bit more. I can say that it is a page turner and is pretty fast-paced. Jeffrey Carver writes a mean action scene (and there are many), and has an easy-reading writing style. Don’t expect the author to explain or clear up plot holes or give more details to you though, because he doesn’t. Oh well, novelizations are never considered “canon” anyway.

So, if you haven’t gotten the book yet – give it a go. Click here to get your free copy – scroll down to the bottom. While you’re at it, check out his other books “Sunborn“, all his books from “The Chaos Chronicles”, and his short fiction which are also available for free download. Also check out his personal blog to get the latest news straight from the source!

If you want to support the author though, head on to Amazon to download (and pay for) the Kindle Edition or a wood-pulp copy.

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FREE : The End Is Not The End EP (House Of Heroes)

March 24, 2009 Leave a comment

Do you dig upbeat pop-infused alt rock? Check out House of Heroes‘ sound with this free download. I don’t usually go for Christian bands, but hey, if the price is right ($0.00) – I’m willing to give it a listen. I’m awfully glad that Amazon started offering (full) song samples off albums – it’s introduced me to artists I would never have given a second thought to before.

Song List:
1. If
2. Lose Control
3. In The Valley Of The Dying Sun

I really liked “In The Valley Of The Dying Sun” – personally – it’s the best song in this EP and I’m considering buying the album based on this song. “If” also grows on you after several listens.

In case you missed the link above, click here to get the free EP.

ETA: The full album is available for download here.

I’ve given it a listen, and I’m glad they’re not “in your face” about the religious stuff. The majority of the songs are rock-ish (infused with pop) with a sprinkling of ballad thrown in. I wouldn’t say this is an “incredible” album, but it’s worth a listen. If not, you still have the free EP anyways.

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FREE “The Cook’s Illustrated How-to-Cook Library” (Kindle Edition)

March 24, 2009 Leave a comment

Amazon is giving away “The Cook’s Illustrated How-to-Cook Library: An illustrated step-by-step guide to Foolproof Cooking” (Kindle Edition)(America’s Test Kitchen). Review

“This very special Kindle collection covers all the culinary ground, from barbecue, grilling, garden vegetables, holiday roasts, potatoes, soups, stews, stir-fries, pasta sauces, pizza, appetizers, salads, shrimp and shellfish, to pies, layer cakes, cookies and brownies, holiday desserts, ice cream, simple fruit desserts, and lots more. It’s all you really need in the kitchen and it all sits nice and handy on a Kindle as well. Now your own definitive recipe collection is portable and easy to access, the perfect helper in the kitchen.”

Click here for the free Kindle E-book.

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