@sammydog01 I’m current dipping in and out of Bradbury’s The October Country. It’s not scary, but moody and atmospheric and sad-ish. Thinking about digging into my Robert Aickman collections when I’m done. Again, not scary, but generally incomprehensible and disturbing. And moody and atmospheric.
Can’t go wrong with M.R. James, though. So many choices!
@mehbee@sammydog01 A few Octobers back I decided to reread Something Wicked This Way Comes and was thrilled when I realized that it starts on the 23rd and that was the day I was reading it. My only comparable reading memory was in 2nd grade when I took A History of Unnatural Things by Daniel Cohen out of the school library and was reading about witches on the bus home, and then when I got home the Scooby Doo rerun was about the ghost of a witch (I mean, the odds were good, but I was 7 or 8, so it was exciting).
Audible subscribers: 2-fer-1 deal until October 12th. I saved most of my credits all year for a 2:1 and finally gave up last month and spent the lot. Now I’m creditless and THIS is when they fire up this offer?
@sammydog01 Ya, I need to evaluate the selections and decide if I can find 6 I want, to justify buying 3 more credits. My subscription expires in mid-Nov and I don’t wanna have to make a panic selection so I don’t avoid losing credits. Otherwise I guess I can just cancel now and switch to the monthly plan, get my one credit and cancel in 30 days.
Dunno. I’ve got so many in my library I still haven’t listened to yet. How many is enough?
You will not lose credits when your subscription renews. They always allow for a slight overflow on case you have some left at the end of the month or year.
In your case it would prob be that you can have 6-12 extras over the new ones your receive. For a total of up to say 18-24. Call audible or check the website to be sure.
Eventually if you get more credits and don’t spend some of the old ones first, there is some sort of limit and you will everyday lose the extras if you get way to many.
But if you call audible CS and ask nicely and spend some of your existing credits first, often they will restore any credits for having too many. So long as you act quickly. Within a few days or during the first month or something. It pays to keep on top of this.
Also I think you bought your annual subscription on a special sale. It will almost certainly renew at the regular price of $149/12 credits. Unless you cancel or switch to a different plan. Or unless they have another sale on that particular plan.
That’s why I normally do with the 24-credits/year plan. That’s the cheapest per-credit price for a plan not on sale.
And if you purchase extra credits they are also cheapest under the 24/year plan.
Am currently on the 12-credits/$99 sale plan that they briefly offered in Sept. Before it renews I will switch plans to 24/year unless audible offers this plan on sale again.
There is supposedly one book lover who owns more than 80,000 audible titles. This person is, by rumor, healthily, reasonably young, and already retired. Lots of free time.
And one or more members with more than 15,000.
None of those is me. But, depending on the quality of the titles in those libraries, I am envious.
Don’t you always want to own too many books not yet read, so that you can find the perfect book for your mood and current interests and state or mind?
Now listening to the 4th book in Stieg Larssen’s (currently 5 book) Millenium series.
(Aka The Girl With The Drain Tattoo series.)
This series has been continued (authorized) by David Lagercrantz, who is doing a creditible job of it.
Simon Vance narrates and is also wonderful. He’s not great so far with American accents, but the book series to date contains very few conversations with American characters.
@sammydog01 The Amazon listing recommended 20th Century Ghosts by Hill as well- turns out I bought it in 2013. More spooky reading for me! I’m actually listening to his book NOS4A2 now. I hope I like his stuff.
@elimanningface The basic Kindle has black letters on a whitish background. The Paperwhite also has lights shining down on the black letters. So they don’t have glare or eye strain associated with tablets which shine in your eyes. You can use a paperwhite in full sun no problem.
Tablets are easier to navigate.
So if you’re reading for pleasure the e-readers are way nicer in my opinion but if you’re looking at a textbook or cookbook where you want to jump around the tablet is easier.
@elimanningface Paperwhite will last for days and days and weeks between charges. Even with the lighting turned all the way up. Paperwhite is lighter in weight than nearly any other tablet, and super-compact in size, making it very easy to carry along.
This weekend I returned home from a few weeks in the UK. I used the Paperwhite extensively during my trip and only had to charge it once. If I had charged before I left the US I doubt I would have required any recharging.
Tsundoku isn’t the same as hoarding books obsessively.
People who engage in tsundoku at least intend to read the books they buy, in contrast to people with bibliomania, who collect books just for the sake of having them.
Yes. Good but not great. Good enough to attend the time in tho.
Obviously Patterson was the one who made the ideas into a readable book. Clinton provided the inside knowledge of WH procedures and protocol etc. I’m sure they collaborated on plot and characters. Clinton prob had a lot to contribute re plot.
Re thrift stores:
Yes. One of my favorite places in Half Price Books. They may have copies now. And the library of course…
But for anyone who wants the ebook version, or wants to read it without a wait, yesterday’s deal was pretty good.
Today’s Audible Daily Deal is the Scott Jurek recounting of his own record-setting speed-run of the Appalachian Train, south-to-north (the hard way, they say).
He did carry his own (very lightweight) gear and food, I think, and refreshed his supplies at the standard trail access points. He was usually not alone, I believe: other champion long distance runners accompanied him in shifts as they could. (Jurek may be the greatest ultra long distance runner living, in terms of his records and wins)
His run was sponsored, of course (he is a professional athlete); do he had the very best gear.
Unfortunately this deal is only available to persons who have current audible credit subscriptions.
By: Scott Jurek, Jenny Jurek
Narrated by: Scott Jurek, Jenny Jurek
$2.95 today only for audible members.
Last week I started The Rise and Fall of D.O.D.O. by Neal Stephenson and Nicole Galland. It’s a contemporary day sci-fi time travel/magic story, but there is no sci-fi fantasy feeling to it. Magic is really just a supporting actor in the bigger time travel picture.
Here’s a question: I have $36.09 in digital shipping credits at Amazon that expire in one week. My original plan was to buy the final season of Crazy Ex-Girlfriend, but there’s no rush on that because they moved the show an hour later so I can watch it live (well, that’s probably not why they did it, but that’s the end result for me). I noticed that there is a bunch (=5) of kindle Harlan Ellison collections marked down to $1.99. I already own all of them except for Strange Wine, which I might actually own too (I honestly can’t remember–if I have it, it’s not the cover I wanted, so it doesn’t count). Is it dumb to buy a bunch of books I already own in a different format? Is it a waste of what is essentially digital play money? It feels like a really good idea.
Edited to add: two of them may be weird reprints, or I am confused. I have too many pages open right now.
@therealjrn I don’t know! How can one tell? @sammydog01 Right? They’re good collections and while it’s not actual money it is going to disappear if I don’t use it in a week. And when I travel I’ll always be comforted by knowing I have immediate access multiple Harlan Ellison collections. Just in case. But is it a waste of money? I have much pricier books on my wish list, but I’m thinking that I could buy all of these books for the price of just one of Richard Lamparski’s weirdly incoherent memoirs.
@f00l@sammydog01@therealjrn The theory is that I can get rid of my old, ratty copy, but that rarely works out because I overthink it and start worrying about the intangibility of digital copies and potential power outages/the collapse of civilization.
I just sent my Woot 3G Paperwhite, the one that died a week after the warranty ended, back to Amazon. Rest in peace, buddy, you were a good friend. As soon as they acknowledge its return I’m using my half off coupon on a brand spanking new, bathtub friendly Paperwhite with audible. I’m even tossing in an extra $15 for 32 gigs so I can load up my audible books because a waterproof device for playing audible… well that’s actually kind of stupid. But half price!
I also realized I have maybe fifty bucks of old kindles lying around here- I should pack them up and ship them off too. It’s hard to read on a basic Kindle after using a Paperwhite.
It’s been 20 years since Cormac Reilly discovered the body of Hilaria Blake in her crumbling Georgian home. But he’s never forgotten the two children she left behind…
When Aisling Conroy’s boyfriend Jack is found in the freezing black waters of the river Corrib, the police tell her it was suicide. A surgical resident, she throws herself into study and work, trying to forget - until Jack’s sister Maude shows up. Maude suspects foul play, and she is determined to prove it.
Cormac Reilly is the detective assigned with the re-investigation of a seemingly accidental overdose 20 years ago - the overdose of Jack and Maude’s drug-and-alcohol-addled mother. Detective Reilly is under increasing pressure to charge Maude for murder when his colleague Danny uncovers a piece of evidence that will change everything…
This unsettling small-town noir draws us deep into the dark heart of Ireland, where corruption, desperation, and crime run rife. A gritty look at trust and betrayal where the written law isn’t the only one, The Ruin asks who will protect you when the authorities can’t - or won’t.
@sammydog01 Oh goody! Lotsa F bombs in this book! https://www.amazon.com/gp/customer-reviews/R2QXE3K20TPM9D/ref=cm_cr_arp_d_rvw_ttl?ie=UTF8&ASIN=B07BCK2HBZ
Brenda writes: “The worse part of this book was the lack of imagination of language skills for expressing the character’s anger or frustration. The “f” word or the name of Jesus was her constant fall back, when an angry or annoying situation called for action. SERIOUSLY, Miss Delva, you couldn’t keep it a little cleaner in the verbiage department! On another note, though the “mystery” in it’s self was good, the book is slow to get going ( some of the conversations were tedious), and the entire story very depressing. Is no one in Ireland having a happy life? I’d never recommend this book, not when Agatha Christie is still available…”
Sign up for audible using Alexa and get 4 free credits instead of two
Prob offer is not available to recently cancelled subscribers and current subscribers. Dunno.
How to get 4 free audiobooks:
On any Echo device, say “Alexa, start my Audible trial” to start. Alexa will let you know you’ll get two free audiobooks, and as a birthday surprise, we’ll add two more to your account after you sign up.
Four credits which can be exchanged for any audiobooks will be applied to the account registered to your device. Ask Alexa for any book to redeem them, or browse audiobooks to find a title.
Listen on your Echo and download the Audible app for iOS or Android to take your story on the go. Keep your place even when you switch devices. After one month, your Audible membership will renew at $14.95 for 1 audiobook credit/month. Cancel anytime.
About Audible Offer for Alexa’s Birthday:
Offer valid from 11/1/2018 at 12:00 a.m. PT until 11/6/2018 at 11:59 p.m. PT or while supplies last. Offer available only to new Audible customers who sign up for an Audible trial on an Alexa-enabled device through voice sign-up or via the Alexa App. At the end of the free trial, your membership will continue until cancelled at the then current full price (currently $14.95 per month) with your designated credit card or another available card on file. Cancel anytime by visiting the Account Details page. After you sign-up for your trial membership and your payment information is verified, your Amazon.com account will receive 2 additional bonus credits to be used on any audiobooks on Audible.com or Amazon.com. These bonus Credits may take up to 48 hours to appear in your account. The credits will be applied to the Amazon account that you used to sign up for the Audible membership. You must use the 2 bonus credits within 90 days of them being added to your account. Offer is limited to one per customer and account, is non-transferable and may not be resold. Audible and Amazon reserve the right to modify or cancel the offer at any time. If you violate any of these terms, this
This is an “Alexa birthday offer”.
can use the Alexa functions in any asked device including a fire tablet to sign up.
Once all 4 free credits are received, subscribers can not only cancel, they can change to other monthly or annual plans if they desire. Just call audible, their phone CS is fast and excellent.
Audible subscribers are eligible for 2 extra free offerings a month (out of a choice if 6), and eligible for the daily deal purchases.