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NOOK Daily Find! Moving Day (Allie Finkle’s Rules for Girls Series #1) by Meg Cabot for $1.80!

September 30, 2011 Leave a comment

Well… Barnes & Noble has a new promo — the NOOK Daily Find: Today’s Great Book at a Great Price! So, Nook owners need not be envious of those with Kindles! 😉

And the new deal is…

Moving Day (Allie Finkle’s Rules for Girls Series #1)‘ by Meg Cabot (Soho Press ) is now available at the specially discounted price of $1.80 on the B&N Nookbooks site. Hopefully, Amazon will do a price match!

Book Description

Nine-year-old Allie Finkle is convinced her life is over when her parents have moved her and her brothers from their moderately stylish home to a creaky old Victorian house in the weirdest part of town. From the author of The Princess Diaries.

When nine-year-old Allie Finkle’s parents announce that they are moving her and her brothers from their suburban split-level into an ancient Victorian in town, Allie’s sure her life is over. She’s not at all happy about having to give up her pretty pink wall-to-wall carpeting for creaky floorboards and creepy secret passageways-not to mention leaving her modern, state-of-the-art suburban school for a rundown, old-fashioned school just two blocks from her new house.
With a room she’s half-scared to go into, the burden of being “the new girl,” and her old friends all a half-hour car ride away, how will Allie ever learn to fit in?

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Free iTunes app Download – CHM+ (ChmPlus) By Langui.net

September 29, 2011 Leave a comment

Are you looking for a CHM file reader for your iPad, iPhone or iPod? Well, how about trying out CHM+ By Langui.net for free! Not sure how long this promo will last, so snap it up asap!

CHM+ (ChmPlus) is a CHM (Microsoft Compiled HTML Help) document / ebook reader for iPad, iPhone and iPod touch.

CHM+ (ChmPlus) not only supports CHM documents, but also handles the most popular file types:

  • MS Office – .doc, .ppt., .xls
  •  iWork ’08/’09
  • PDF, HTML and text files
  •  High resolution images
  • Audio and video

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Enjoy the free app!

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NOOK Daily Find! Billy Boyle (Billy Boyle World War II Mystery Series #1) by James R. Benn for $3.25!

September 29, 2011 Leave a comment

Well… Barnes & Noble has a new promo — the NOOK Daily Find: Today’s Great Book at a Great Price! So, Nook owners need not be envious of those with Kindles! 😉

And the new deal is…

Billy Boyle (Billy Boyle World War II Mystery Series #1)‘ by James R. Benn (Soho Press ) is now available at the specially discounted price of $3.25 on the B&N Nookbooks site. Hopefully, Amazon will do another price match! (*I believe that this was free on Amazon a long time ago though).

Book Description

A fan-favorite mystery series debuts when Billy Boyle, a young Irish American cop from Boston, finds himself in London to serve as personal investigator for his uncle Ike — Dwight D. Eisenhower himself.

What’s a twenty-two-year-old Irish American cop who’s never been out of Massa-chusetts before doing at Beardsley Hall, an English country house, having lunch with King Haakon of Norway? Billy Boyle himself wonders. Back home in Southie, he’d barely made detective when war was declared. Unwilling to fight—and perhaps die—for England, he was relieved when his mother wangled a job for him on the staff of a general married to her distant cousin. But the general turns out to be Dwight D. Eisenhower, whose headquarters are in London, which is undergoing the Blitz. And Uncle Ike wants Billy to be his personal investigator.

Billy is dispatched to the seat of the Norwegian government in exile. Operation Jupiter, the impending invasion of Norway, is being planned, but it is feared that there is a German spy amongst the Norwegians.

Billy doubts his own abilities, with good reason. A theft and two murders test his investigative powers, but Billy proves to be a better detective than he or anyone else expected.

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FREE Amazon $2 Credit for MP3 Music Downloads!

September 29, 2011 Leave a comment

This is so cool! Want to get a FREE Amazon $2 Credit for MP3 Music downloads? Easy peasy! Here’s what you need to do:

  • Proceed to the Amazon page “How to Redeem Your Code for MP3 Music Downloads
  • Click on the button “enter your code” and enter this ultra special secret code FALLMP3S; ETA: You may need to enter the code twice for it to work
  • Voila! You have $2.00 credit on your Amazon account for use in the MP3 store! Only for those in the US and promo will expire on 09/30/2011 23:59:59

Come on, it’s a no brainer!

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NOOK Daily Find! Naked Lunch: The Restored Text by William S. Burroughs for $1.65!

September 28, 2011 Leave a comment

Well… Barnes & Noble has a new promo — the NOOK Daily Find: Today’s Great Book at a Great Price! So, Nook owners need not be envious of those with Kindles! 😉

And the new deal is…

Naked Lunch: The Restored Text‘ by William S. Burroughs (Grove/Atlantic) is now available at the specially discounted price of $1.65 on the B&N Nookbooks site. Hopefully, Amazon will do another price match! (I’ll update this post if Amazon does drop their price like I did for yesterday’s deal).

Book Description

Simply put, one of the most important novels of the twentieth century, a story that redefined American culture as well as literature for generations to come.

Naked Lunch is one of the most important novels of the twentieth century. Exerting its influence on the work of authors like Thomas Pynchon, J. G. Ballard, and William Gibson, on the relationship of art and obscenity, and on the shape of music, film, and media generally, it is one of the books that redefined not just literature but American culture. Reedited by Burroughs scholar Barry Miles and Burroughs’s longtime editor James Grauerholz, Naked Lunch: The Restored Text includes many editorial corrections to errors present in previous editions, and incorporates Burroughs’s notes on the text, several essays he wrote over the years about the book, and an appendix of 20 percent all-new material and alternate drafts from the original manuscript, which predates the first published version. For the Burroughs enthusiast and the neophyte, this volume is a valuable and fresh experience of this classic of our culture.

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NOOK Daily Find! Black Hawk Down by Mark Bowden for $2.99! (Now also Discounted for Kindles!)

September 28, 2011 Leave a comment

ETA: Thank you to Amazon which just price-matched 🙂 Black Hawk Down by Mark Bowden is now also $2.99 for US Kindle

Well… Barnes & Noble has a new promo — the NOOK Daily Find: Today’s Great Book at a Great Price! So, Nook owners need not be envious of those with Kindles! 😉

And the new deal is…

Black Hawk Down‘ by Mark Bowden (Grove/Atlantic) is now available at the specially discounted price of $2.99 on the B&N Nookbooks site. *Maybe we can hit up Amazon to price match? (it’s $7.81 for the Kindle)

Book Description

1999 National Book Award nominee for Nonfiction.

The gripping story of the October 1993 mission by a U.S. Special Forces in Mogadishu, Somalia that turned into a bloodbath that would cost the lives of 18 American soldiers. A modern military classic.

Black Hawk Down is Mark Bowden’s account of the longest sustained firefight involving American troops since the Vietnam War. On October 3, 1993, about a hundred elite U.S. soldiers were dropped by helicopters into the teeming market in the heart of Mogadishu, Somalia. Their mission was to abduct two top lieutenants of a Somali warlord and return to base. It was supposed to take an hour. Instead they found themselves pinned down through a long and terrible night fighting against thousands of heavily armed Somalis. The following morning, eighteen Americans were dead and more than seventy badly injured.

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Book Review – Firewall: A Kurt Wallander Mystery by Henning Mankell

September 28, 2011 Leave a comment

Book Description:

Eighth in the Kurt Wallander series.

A body is found at an ATM, the apparent victim of heart attack. Then two teenage girls are arrested for the brutal murder of a cab driver. The girls confess to the crime showing no remorse whatsoever. Two open and shut cases. At first these two incidents seem to have nothing in common, but as Wallander delves deeper into the mystery of why the girls murdered the cab driver he begins to unravel a plot much more involved complicated than he initially suspected. The two cases become one and lead to conspiracy that stretches to encompass a world larger than the borders of Sweden.

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If you’ve been following my reviews here, then you know that I’ve been blowing hot and cold with Henning Mankell’s Inspector Kurt Wallander series… but wow, I have to say that book #8 Firewall is definitely one of the good ones (if not the best!) I’m glad I stuck with the series even though I wasn’t too impressed at the start – now I’m dreading not having a Kurt Wallander book to look forward to anymore! Out of all the books,  I found this one to be the most suspenseful and exciting – I truly didn’t know what to expect next. It starts out slow (per usual), but when the action picks up, it keeps going at a break-neck pace. I was on the edge of my seat with the last chapters! 🙂

I was actually a bit weird-ed out in the beginning of the book, there’s  a lot of reminiscing going on with most of Wallander’s previous cases referenced in one way or another. Maybe Henning Mankell meant  Firewall to be the last book in the series? It did end up with a nice full circle moment for Kurt – but I’m glad that he revisited Wallander again in later books.

In Firewall, the Ystad’s police force’s latest perplexing cases are  the apparent death from natural causes of an old man, and a senseless (and brutal) act of murder committed by two unrepentant teenage girls. Henning Mankell usually has a running theme for his books, and this time around, he covers cyber-terrorism and the vulnerability of the internet age (the book is set around the time period when people were worried about the Y2K problem /Millennium bug). Kurt’s latest is a real challenge to him due to his uneasiness with computer technology (he’s a virtual technophobe), but he eventually muddles through with the help of some young ‘uns (a young hacker kid plus a younger detective whom Kurt had been ‘mentoring’).  I just wished that Mankell would let his main character be happy for once, but no – Kurt spends most of the book embroiled in a media scandal, with his job in jeopardy, and later – hit with not one but two betrayals! Kurt just can’t get a break 😦 Who knew I’d develop so much empathy for Kurt (after finding him really unlikeable in the first books)

Fast paced, clever writing, realistic characters – this one is a winner by my standards! Definitely recommended.

Firewall: A Kurt Wallander Mystery (8) by Henning Mankell is available on Amazon as a Kindle edition, Paperback edition and Audible Audio Edition. * Also available in Amazon UK

The eBook is also available at Barnes & Noble, Kobo books and the Apple iBookstore.


For a second opinion – here’s some reviews of Firewall by other bloggers:


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Book Review – The Sweetness at the Bottom of the Pie: A Flavia de Luce Mystery by Alan Bradley

September 25, 2011 2 comments

Book Description:

Amazon Best of the Month, April 2009; Winner of the 2009 Agatha Award for Best First Novel; Winner of the 2010 Barry Award for Best First Novel; Winner of the 2010 Macavity Award for Best First Mystery; Winner of the 2007 Debut Dagger Award

It is the summer of 1950–and at the once-grand mansion of Buckshaw, young Flavia de Luce, an aspiring chemist with a passion for poison, is intrigued by a series of inexplicable events: A dead bird is found on the doorstep, a postage stamp bizarrely pinned to its beak. Then, hours later, Flavia finds a man lying in the cucumber patch and watches him as he takes his dying breath.

For Flavia, who is both appalled and delighted, life begins in earnest when murder comes to Buckshaw. “I wish I could say I was afraid, but I wasn’t. Quite the contrary. This was by far the most interesting thing that had ever happened to me in my entire life.”

About the Author
Alan Bradley has published many children’s stories as well as lifestyle and arts columns in Canadian newspapers. His adult stories have been broadcast on CBC Radio and published in various literary journals. He won the first Saskatchewan Writers Guild Award for Children’s Literature.

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The Sweetness at the Bottom of the Pie: A Flavia de Luce Mystery by the 70-year-old-first time novelist Alan Bradley came highly recommended to me as a mystery series I shouldn’t miss.

Ms Flavia Sabina de Luce (the 11-year-old narrator of this book) is an organic chemistry prodigy (with a special genius for poisons AND avenging herself on her older sisters) who lives with her uppercrust family in a crumbling mansion called Buckshaw in the early 1950s English town of Bishop’s Lacey. With a distant father obsessed with stamps and teenage sisters Flavia has nothing in common with, the young girl spends most of her time alone tinkering with chemicals in her very own laboratory concocting poisons or learning useful skills like how to pick locks (from her only friend, the family gardener Dogger).  It is of course Flavia who ends up finding the dying man in their garden, and with her father arrested for the crime, Flavia sets out (with her trusty bike Gladys) to get to the bottom of the mystery. What follows is an absolutely entertaining 400+ pages where the unflappable child sleuth stays one step ahead of the local police (an Inspector Hewitt who is alternately bemused or exasperated by Flavia’s interference) while uncovering secrets from her father’s past, a connection with the death of her father’s beloved school professor, and even King George VI’s stolen rare stamp!

I suspect that I would be pretty exhausted with Ms Flavia if I spent any time with her in real life, but as a fictional character? Flavia just kicks ass! 🙂 I loved Flavia’s enthusiasm for science, her precocity, her supreme self-confidence, the fearlessness with which she faced everything and everyone …  if ever, my only complaint would be that Flavia just seemed waaay too knowledgeable to just be an 11-year-old kid. The girl I had in mind while I was reading was older – maybe a very smart 13 or 14 – which would also account for why she was allowed to run around totally unsupervised. And okay, my other complaint would be that the book just didn’t read ‘British’ at all to me (in comparison to say, an  Agatha Christie or PD James book) – maybe the setting should have stayed in the author’s native Canada? Just the way the language is used – certain phrasings or words that the author chose – just didn’t ring England to me.  Another problem for me was the time setting – it’s supposed to be 1950, but the book reads way earlier and more old-fashioned than that to me. Maybe 1920s or something. But other than these, I thought that this was a smart mystery, very entertaining and definitely had a unique heroine whom I could get behind!

The Sweetness at the Bottom of the Pie: A Flavia de Luce Mystery by Alan Bradley is available on Amazon as a Kindle edition, Paperback edition, and Audible Audio Edition.

The eBook is also available at B&N, Apple iBookstore, Kobo books and Sony eBookstore.


For a second opinion – here’s some reviews of The Sweetness at the Bottom of the Pie by other bloggers:

  • Book Snob – “a well written, inventive and clever novel with a rollicking plot and endearing characters”
  • Reviews by Lola – “Bottom line: all the good things you’ve heard about this book recently are well founded”
  • Book Nympho – “so unique and interesting with a colorful cast of characters”

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