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What strange timing - The Last Wish: Introducing the Witcher is a $4 deal for Kindle today.

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They changed the name. Interesting (was The Sword of Destiny when I got it).
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The Sword of Destiny was the first book released in the United States, but it's not the first story in the series. At some point they re-branded and bundled together the actual first stories of the Witcher into "The Last Wish" and now market it as the true origin of the series.

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Smoove_B wrote:
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The Sword of Destiny was the first book released in the United States, but it's not the first story in the series. At some point they re-branded and bundled together the actual first stories of the Witcher into "The Last Wish" and now market it as the true origin of the series.
They don't "market" it as the first book - it *is* the first book the way the author intended it (the first story in The Last Wish, about Foltest and the striga, is the very first Witcher story from 1986). The Sword of Destiny is the 2nd book of short stories. Both books are meant to be read before you jump into full-length novels.

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Amazon is having a one day sale on non-fiction.
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Falter: Has the Human Game Begun to Play Itself Out? by Bill McKibben is on sale for $3.99 today. It's a book that just came out, so I guess the price isn't quite "deep discount", but still pretty low:
Bill McKibben’s groundbreaking book The End of Nature -- issued in dozens of languages and long regarded as a classic -- was the first book to alert us to global warming. But the danger is broader than that: even as climate change shrinks the space where our civilization can exist, new technologies like artificial intelligence and robotics threaten to bleach away the variety of human experience.

Falter tells the story of these converging trends and of the ideological fervor that keeps us from bringing them under control. And then, drawing on McKibben’s experience in building 350.org, the first truly global citizens movement to combat climate change, it offers some possible ways out of the trap. We’re at a bleak moment in human history -- and we’ll either confront that bleakness or watch the civilization our forebears built slip away.

Falter is a powerful and sobering call to arms, to save not only our planet but also our humanity.
I read "The End of Nature" in college as part of a course - one that was likely fundamental to my overall development and likely career path, though I didn't know it at the time. It's a sobering book, though it did end on a high note. I'm not sure this new book does, but I share for those that aren't familiar with the great Bill McKibben.

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For those looking to remember better days, Dragons of Autumn Twilight (Dragonlance Chronicles Book 1) is a $1.99 Kindle deal for today:

Once merely creatures of legend, the dragons have returned to Krynn. But with their arrival comes the departure of the old gods—and all healing magic. As war threatens to engulf the land, a group of lifelong friends reunite for an adventure that will change their lives and shape their world forever . . .

When Tanis, Sturm, Caramon, Raistlin, Flint, and Tasslehoff see a woman use a blue crystal staff to heal a villager, they wonder if it's a sign the gods have not abandoned them after all. Fueled by this glimmer of hope, the Companions ban together to uncover the truth behind the gods' absence—though they aren't the only ones with an interest in the staff. The Seekers, a new religious order, wants the artifact for their own ends, believing it will help them replace the gods and overtake the continent of Ansalon. Now, the Companions must assume the unlikely roles of heroes if they hope to prevent the staff from falling into the hands of darkness.
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I ADORED those Dragonlance books in high school.

I tried to read Dragons of Autumn Twilight maybe 10 years back and the writing was so bad it was cringe-worthy. I'm a little afraid to attempt it again, but I might go for it anyway. I recently started re-reading the first Drizzt trilogy, and I'm enjoying it a great deal.

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I loved the trilogy when I was young - one of the few fantasy series I read (I prefer stand alone books, because of the smaller commitment, and fantasy novels always seemed to be series). It also looks like the audiobook is only $3.50.

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...and on the opposite end of the spectrum, I offer up one of the single best books I've ever read regarding public health. It came out shortly after I graduated with a degree in public health and immediately after reading it, I'd realized just how much was left out of my formal schooling.

Betrayal of Trust: The Collapse of Global Public Health by Laurie Garrett is $3.99 today. It's an amazing well-researched (and documented) examination of public health systems (and their histories) around the globe. It was prophetic when I read it in 2000 and I can only imagine what a re-read would be like now. If you have even a passing interest in the subject material, I can't recommend it enough.
What do Russia, Zaire, Los Angeles, and--most likely--your community have in common? Each is woefully unprepared to deal with a major epidemic, whether it's caused by bioterrorism or by new or reemerging diseases resistant to antibiotics. After the publication of her critically acclaimed The Coming Plague, which looked at the reemergence of infectious diseases, Laurie Garrett decided to turn her highly honed reportorial skills to what she saw as the only solution--not medical technology, but public health. However, what she found in her travels was the collapse of public-health systems around the world, no comfort to a species purportedly sitting on a powder keg of disease. In Betrayal of Trust, Garrett exposes the shocking weaknesses in our medical system and the ramifications of a world suddenly much smaller, yet still far apart when it comes to wealth and attention to health.

With globalization, humans are more vulnerable to outbreaks from any part of the world; increasingly, the health of each nation depends on the health of all. Yet public health has been pushed down the list of priorities. In India, an outbreak of bubonic plague created international hysteria, ridiculous in an age when the plague can easily be treated with antibiotics--that is, if you have a public-health system in place. India, busy putting its newfound wealth elsewhere, didn't. In Zaire, the deadly Ebola virus broke out in a filthy and completely unequipped hospital, and would have kept up its rampage if the organization Doctors Without Borders hadn't stepped in, not with high-tech equipment or drugs, but with soap, protective gear, and clean water. Most of the world still doesn't have access to these basic public-health necessities. The 15 states of the former Soviet Union have seen the most astounding collapse in public health in the industrialized world. But during a cholera epidemic, officials refused to use the simple cure public-health workers have long relied on--oral rehydration therapy. Many of the problems in these nations can also be found in one degree or another in the U.S., where medical cures using expensive technology and drugs have been emphasized to the detriment of protecting human health. The result? More than 100,000 Americans die each year from infections caught in hospitals, and America has a disease safety net full of holes.

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I don't remember why I added it to my wishlist, but The Dragon's Path (The Dagger and the Coin series Book 1) is a Kindle $2.99 deal for an unknown period of time:
Marcus' hero days are behind him. He knows too well that even the smallest war still means somebody's death. When his men are impressed into a doomed army, staying out of a battle he wants no part of requires some unorthodox steps.

Cithrin is an orphan, ward of a banking house. Her job is to smuggle a nation's wealth across a war zone, hiding the gold from both sides. She knows the secret life of commerce like a second language, but the strategies of trade will not defend her from swords.

Geder, sole scion of a noble house, has more interest in philosophy than in swordplay. A poor excuse for a soldier, he is a pawn in these games. No one can predict what he will become.

Falling pebbles can start a landslide. A spat between the Free Cities and the Severed Throne is spiraling out of control. A new player rises from the depths of history, fanning the flames that will sweep the entire region onto The Dragon's Path -- the path to war.

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When his men are impressed into a doomed army, staying out of a battle he wants no part of requires some unorthodox steps.
I've never seen that usage of impressed. If the language is that... I am not even sure what word to use here. Clunky isn't right.... anyway it's enough to scratch any interest I may have had.
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Impressment is the term used for what a press game does, and a term usually not used in favor of 'shanghaied'.

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Smoove_B wrote:
Thu May 21, 2020 2:23 pm
I don't remember why I added it to my wishlist, but The Dragon's Path (The Dagger and the Coin series Book 1) is a Kindle $2.99 deal for an unknown period of time:
Marcus' hero days are behind him. He knows too well that even the smallest war still means somebody's death. When his men are impressed into a doomed army, staying out of a battle he wants no part of requires some unorthodox steps.

Cithrin is an orphan, ward of a banking house. Her job is to smuggle a nation's wealth across a war zone, hiding the gold from both sides. She knows the secret life of commerce like a second language, but the strategies of trade will not defend her from swords.

Geder, sole scion of a noble house, has more interest in philosophy than in swordplay. A poor excuse for a soldier, he is a pawn in these games. No one can predict what he will become.

Falling pebbles can start a landslide. A spat between the Free Cities and the Severed Throne is spiraling out of control. A new player rises from the depths of history, fanning the flames that will sweep the entire region onto The Dragon's Path -- the path to war.
This is a fairly epic fantasy quintet by one of the duo who wrote the Expanse. It’s quite good!

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Amazon is clearly going for some comfortable nostalgia - the first book of the Finer's Stone Trilogy (Azure Bonds) is a $1.99 daily Kindle deal:
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Determined to learn the nature of the mysterious tattoo, Alias joins forces with an unlikely group of companions: the halfling bard, Ruskettle, the southern mage, Akabar, and the oddly silent lizard-man, Dragonbait. With their help, she discovers that the symbols hold the key to her very existence.
But those responsible for the sigils aren't keen on Alias's continued good health. And if the five evil masters find her first, she may discover all too soon their hideous secret.
The book was the inspiration for the SSI Gold Box game and the D&D module Curse of the Azure Bonds.

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You may want to check your mail, as I received a random "$5 credit towards a wish list title" from Amazon. Except the odd things are: 1) the kindle title I got the credit for was not in my wish list (it probably was in the past, though) and 2) I *already* bought the title in the past, so the credit is kind of useless to me (it doesn't seem to be useable on any other book).

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Smoove_B wrote:Amazon is clearly going for some comfortable nostalgia - the first book of the Finer's Stone Trilogy (Azure Bonds) is a $1.99 daily Kindle deal:
Grabbed it. I'm on a huge D&D nostalgia kick after picking up that huge Drizzt Humble Bundle.

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YellowKing wrote:
Wed Jun 03, 2020 1:57 pm
Smoove_B wrote:Amazon is clearly going for some comfortable nostalgia - the first book of the Finer's Stone Trilogy (Azure Bonds) is a $1.99 daily Kindle deal:
Grabbed it. I'm on a huge D&D nostalgia kick after picking up that huge Drizzt Humble Bundle.
I read a *ton* of those D&D books back in middle school / high school. I also remember giving a book report on Azure Bonds back in 8th grade.

I wonder why I wasn't cooler.

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I know it's been a deal before and I picked it up because YK recommended it. Having just read it a few months ago I can completely endorse Boy's Life by Robert McCammon as a $1.99 deal of the day.
An Alabama boy’s innocence is shaken by murder and madness in the 1960s South in this novel by the New York Times–bestselling author of Swan Song.

It’s 1964 in idyllic Zephyr, Alabama. People either work for the paper mill up the Tecumseh River, or for the local dairy. It’s a simple life, but it stirs the impressionable imagination of twelve-year-old aspiring writer Cory Mackenson. He’s certain he’s sensed spirits whispering in the churchyard. He’s heard of the weird bootleggers who lurk in the dark outside of town. He’s seen a flood leave Main Street crawling with snakes. Cory thrills to all of it as only a young boy can.

Then one morning, while accompanying his father on his milk route, he sees a car careen off the road and slowly sink into fathomless Saxon’s Lake. His father dives into the icy water to rescue the driver, and finds a beaten corpse, naked and handcuffed to the steering wheel—a copper wire tightened around the stranger’s neck. In time, the townsfolk seem to forget all about the unsolved murder. But Cory and his father can’t.

Their search for the truth is a journey into a world where innocence and evil collide. What lies before them is the stuff of fear and awe, magic and madness, fantasy and reality. As Cory wades into the deep end of Zephyr and all its mysteries, he’ll discover that while the pleasures of childish things fade away, growing up can be a strange and beautiful ride.

“Strongly echoing the childhood-elegies of King and Bradbury, and every bit their equal,” Boy’s Life, a winner of both the Bram Stoker and World Fantasy Awards, represents a brilliant blend of mystery and rich atmosphere, the finest work of one of today’s most accomplished writers (Kirkus Reviews).

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Thanks Smoove. I may pick that up for a re-read at some point. My tattered paperback copy has been long lost for a few years now.

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I've read probably 10 or 11 of Robert McCammon's books and I really liked all but one, Stinger.

That said, Boy's Life was my favorite.

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One of the Youtubers I watcher regularly was doing a feature on Weird West stuff, and he strongly recommended a series I'd never heard of - Merkabah Rider: High Planes Drifter - which just happens to be on sale for $0.99 on Kindle (I think for July). There's 3 more books in the series and they're all on sale for $3 (instead of $14 each) so I guess this might be a good time to get into them. What's the hook?
The last of an ancient order of Jewish mystics capable of extraplanar travel, The Merkabah Rider roams the demon haunted American West of 1879 in search of the renegade teacher who betrayed his enclave. But as the trail grows fresher, shadows gather, and The Hour Of The Incursion draws near... Four novella episodes in one book.

In a town hungry for blood, the Rider encounters a cult of Molech worshippers bent on human sacrifice('The Blood Libel'). A murderous, possessed gunman descends upon a mountain town, and only the Rider stands in his way ('Hell's Hired Gun'). A powerful ju ju man with powers rivalling the Rider's own holds a fledgling Mexican boomtown in his sway ('The Dust Devils'). Finally the Rider faces the Queen of Demons and a bordello full of antedelluvian succubi ('The Nightjar Women').
So yeah, insta-buy.

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