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Twitter Deal Alert! Sony PRS-T1 Just $99 at the Sony Store too!

December 7, 2011 Leave a comment

ETA: FYI, also $99 at the Sony Store on eBay!

Interesting – Sony has slashed it’s PRS-T1 Wi-Fi eBook Reader officially down to just $99 at the Sony Store too! Wonder if this is a permanent price change? ETA: Sale is only until December 24! Shipping is free. (The people who bought full price just a few months ago must be pissed!)

* Note that you can get this even cheaper by either trading in an old eReader for a $50 credit and you also get a free eBook with your purchase.

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FREE Christmas Holiday Song Download ‘O Holy Night’ by Leigh Nash (Amazon’s 25 Days of FREE)

December 7, 2011 Leave a comment

YES, Amazon has brought back the 25 Days of FREE Holiday Music promo on the Amazon MP3 store! We have 25 free Christmas tracks to look forward to 🙂 And the cool thing is – looks like you can even give the free songs as gifts!

The 7th free track under this promo is O Holy Night by Leigh Nash from the compilation album A Winter’s Night 2011. Just click HERE to get the freebie! (*Only for those in the US)

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NOOK Daily Find! The Pacific War: From Pearl Harbor to Hiroshima by Daniel Marston for $3.95!

December 7, 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…

The Pacific War: From Pearl Harbor to Hiroshima‘ by Daniel Marston (Osprey Publishing) is now available at the specially discounted price of $3.95 on the B&N Nookbooks site. (The US Kindle edition is currently $7.99, so be sure to let Amazon know to price-match!)

Book Description

Today, seventy years after that day that lives in infamy, reflect on World War II’s Pacific operations in this all-encompassing history that spans Pearl Harbor to Hiroshima and all the events in between.

One of the bestselling World War II Osprey titles, The Pacific War Companion brings together the perspectives and insights of world-renowned military historians. From the Japanese attack on Pearl Harbor through the release of the atomic bombs on Hiroshima and Nagasaki, the conflict in the Pacific was marked by amazing tactical innovations, such as those in amphibious warfare, and horrific battles that raged in the unforgiving climate of the island jungles. Each chapter in this book focuses on a different aspect of this conflict, from the planning of operations to the experiences of the men who were there.

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Book Review – Subject Seven by James A. Moore

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Book Description:

Years ago, scientists began developing the ultimate military weapon: deadly sleeper assassins housed within the bodies of teenagers. Now, Subject Seven, the dangerous alter-ego living inside a 16-year-old boy, has escaped the lab and is on a mission. His objective? To seek out others like him and build an army capable of destroying their creators.

Hunter, Cody, Gene, Tina, and Kylie: five teenagers leading typical lives, until the day they each receive a call from a mysterious stranger – and learn that their destinies are intertwined. Subject Seven holds the key that connects them all. And a vicious, bloody battle for their lives is just beginning.

About the author:
James A. Moore has twice been nominated for the Bram Stoker Award and spent three years as an officer in the Horror Writers Association. He cut his teeth in the industry writing for Marvel Comics. This is his first novel for young adults.

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Subject Seven by James A. Moore falls short of being one of the better written YA books out there, but what it has going for it is that it has a very interesting take on the Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde / Incredible Hulk themes that should spark the interest of horror/violent action-loving YA readers. It starts off with a bang for one thing. The prologue just grabs your attention – we meet an unusual 10-year-old boy called Subject Seven who’s the prize guinea pig of a secret government think-tank (The Janus Project) which is developing superhuman soldiers. After being pretty much tortured his whole life (an example of one of the tests done on him was vivisection!), he breaks out by killing many of his captors (scientists/guards) in pretty gruesome ways.

Fast forward five years to the present day, the book then picks up on Subject Seven as he goes about trying to learn more about his origins while locating other teens who may be like him. This is where the plotting gets very confusing and puzzling, with each subsequent chapter taking on the point of view of a new and different character (instead of just continuing from Subject Seven’s POV). I understood that the author was trying to set things up, but it gets needlessly repetitive to have a variation of ‘new character wakes up in a strange place… rinse… repeat …’  and since the other characters (aside from Subject Seven who isn’t in a sharing mood) have no idea what’s going on – neither do we, the readers, and we’re left hanging for a majority of the book. (Spoiler)

Things only come together in the last 3/4 of the book where we finally get some much need explanations and exciting action (which, warning, does get pretty violent) as pay-off for reading through the whole thing. Mr. Moore does set things up nicely for what promises to be an adrenaline-packed sequel (Run: A Subject Seven Novel, set for release in Jan 2012), so I’m hoping that the writing gets more polished in book #2. Another thing I’m hoping – can we have better villains please? The crazy scientist wasn’t very scary at all – but the teenage soldier Rafael seemed pretty interesting in the brief instances he appeared.

IMO, Subject Seven would have been better written as a graphic novel or as a comic instead of a straight-up novel. When I was reading it, I kept on visualizing the events in the book as different editions of a comic actually – and I’ve a feeling that the quick changes in POV would have been better represented.

Subject Seven by James A. Moore (Penguin Group/Razorbill) is available on Amazon as a Kindle edition and Paperback edition.

The eBook is also available at B&N, Sony, Kobo books, Apple iBooks and directly at Penguin.Com.

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FREE Audiobook – Beyond Religion: Ethics for a Whole World [UNABRIDGED] by His Holiness the Dalai Lama, Narrated by Martin Sheen

December 7, 2011 Leave a comment

The audiobook of Beyond Religion: Ethics for a Whole World [UNABRIDGED] [Audible Audio Edition] by His Holiness the Dalai Lama, Narrated by Martin Sheen is available for FREE download on the Audible.Com site (until Dec 20)! Enjoy!

Product Description:

Emmy Award-winning actor Martin Sheen (The West Wing) lends his distinguished voice to this stirring call to move beyond religion for the guidance to improve human life on individual, community, and global levels, including a guided meditation practice for cultivating key human values.

Ten years ago, in his best-selling Ethics for a New Millennium, His Holiness the Dalai Lama first proposed an approach to ethics based on universal rather than religious principles. Now, in Beyond Religion, the Dalai Lama, at his most compassionate and outspoken, elaborates and deepens his vision for the nonreligious way.

Transcending the mere “religion wars”, he outlines a system of secular ethics that gives tolerant respect to religion, but, with the highest level of spiritual and intellectual authority, makes a claim for what the Dalai Lama calls a third way. This is a universal code of ethics that transcends religion boundaries, that recognizes our common humanity and advocates for a global human community based on understanding and mutual respect.

Beyond Religion is an essential statement from the Dalai Lama, a blueprint for all those who yearn for a life fulfilled and a better world. Audible’s production of Beyond Religion is available free through December 20.

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