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The Book Corner / MOVED: Alternate History-Historical
« on: May 05, 2018, 10:39:46 AM »

The Book Corner / MOVED: New 5 Star Paranormal Romance
« on: March 20, 2018, 09:11:34 AM »

« on: March 18, 2018, 09:48:50 AM »

The Book Corner / MOVED: Shadow Lawyer
« on: January 12, 2018, 11:38:06 AM »

The Book Corner / MOVED: Pronoun is Shutting Down
« on: November 06, 2017, 02:01:16 PM »

The Book Corner / MOVED: Middle-earth giveaway
« on: July 11, 2017, 09:48:33 AM »

The Book Corner / A precocious 11yo and tough topics
« on: June 12, 2017, 08:31:31 AM »
I need help from Moms, Teachers and other people who know about things precocious 11yo boys might like to read ....

My nephew and I had a great conversation yesterday about the things he learned recently that I'd like to help him explore in more detail.  He's an avid reader, so I thought some YA fiction or regular fiction could do the trick without scaring the crap out of him ....  So, I thought I'll just ask for some suggestions to see what comes up with various topics:

 - the hardest for me to work with him is he's recently learned about the social inequalities around race and the injustices he's likely to face as a latino male. I've read wonderful books about black and latino justice issues, but most are possibly too adult for him.

- The Holocaust.  At his age, I was reading things like _The Diary of Anne Frank_ and _The Hiding Place_ but I wasn't sure what might be more boy-centric.

 - With WWII, he also brought up the Gestapo so secret police is on the table .... but I think his interest is more toward WWII in general so that opens up a lot of avenues for less dark topics as well.

 - in the conversation, I mentioned the US internment camps for Japanese citizens and I think I piqued his interest there.

 - he also brought of the genocide of the Native Americans.  Again, rough topic.

I want to steer him towards things so he can learn about some of the stuff on the underbelly of humanity, since they're important to know about, and I also don't want to freak him out in the process ... so I think I need to to do a mix of books.  I'm just not really sure which are the best to choose from.  Any and all help is appreciated.

The attached book is exactly the kind of thing I would have loved at his age, so I'm probably going to put it in the pile ....

Code Talker: A Novel About the Navajo Marines of World War Two

The Book Corner / Amazon Kindle Scout Second Anniversary Sale
« on: March 23, 2017, 12:10:33 PM »
Now through April 3rd, Kindle Press is having a 99C sale to celebrate the second anniversary of the Kindle Scout Program.  All books published in the program are currently on sale for $.99.   

So, go and stock up everyone.   

Shop Shop Shop

Link to list of books on sale:
Link to kindle Scout:

The Book Corner / New Game - And then the Murders Began
« on: March 04, 2017, 12:30:28 PM »
On this past March 3, there was a tweet by Marc Laidlaw that said, "The first line of almost any story can be improved by making sure the second line is, 'And then the murders began'."   It started catching on and Neil Gaiman soon dubbed the theory LaidLaw's Law.

So, this game is to prove or disprove the theory by posting the first line of a book and adding 'And then the murders began' as the second line. 

Here are my first few submissions:

There was no possibility of taking a walk that day.  And then the murders began.
     - Jane Eyre, Charlotte Bronte

It is a truth universally acknowledged, that a single man in possession of a good fortune, must be in want of a wife.  And then the murders began.
     - Pride and Prejudice, Jane Austen

Hari Seldon ... born in the 11,988th year of the Galactic Era; died 12,069.  And then the murders began.
     - Foundation, Isaac Asimov

In a distant and secondhand set of dimensions, in an astral plane that was never meant to fly, the curling star-mists waver and part ... And then the murders began.
     - The Colour or Magic, Terry Pratchett

The Book Corner / MOVED: Free E-book
« on: February 13, 2017, 12:13:00 PM »

The Book Corner / MOVED: Free! I think you might like this.
« on: February 13, 2017, 12:12:48 PM »

The Book Corner / MOVED: Good read!
« on: February 13, 2017, 12:12:34 PM »

The Book Corner / MOVED: Free jokes book for kids
« on: February 12, 2017, 01:58:27 PM »

Let's Talk Kindle! / Amazon's new Device Content function
« on: February 06, 2017, 07:31:53 AM »
When I went into Manage Content and Devices this morning, I was happy to see that there was a note saying there's a new function to see Device Content.  Like most Amazon functions, I didn't see anything to show me how to find it, but it didn't take too long to find it.

First, I like the new list of devices, it somehow made it easier to see that I still had three old phones registered that I no longer use and it somehow made me want to deregister 3 kindles I have but don't use:


It did take me a while to then figure out that the link to the content was based on the last sync - which I never do - so that took a while to sync everything and let the Amazon servers catch up with the sync, but now things are in agreement so it's an interesting way to view the things on my kindle, I guess.  I can't remove items here (yet) so it's mostly an interesting view and maybe another way to pull up a book to see it's Amazon page.

it's a B-/C+.  A good first effort and a little meh.

The Book Corner / MOVED: Belly Diet Book
« on: February 05, 2017, 08:09:36 AM »

The Book Corner / MOVED: Free Cupcake Recipe Ebook 1/21-1/25
« on: January 23, 2017, 07:05:21 AM »

The Book Corner / MOVED: STAKE
« on: October 14, 2016, 11:24:34 AM »

Writers' Cafe / The 2016/2017 Gifting Library
« on: September 03, 2016, 06:23:13 AM »
The 2016-2017
Gifting Library

Our past year has been fun with suprise books here and there and everywhere, so I thought it was time to re-up.  Since it's time for a new school year to start, and time for the summer heat to break, and it's a long weekend so I have time to think about it, why not start now?     

If you've never played with the gifting library, the guidelines are simple:

1. Be sure your Wishlist is public and only contains ebooks.
2. Please don't put your own books on your list; this is the Book Corner, so self-promotion rules apply.  :)
3. Please keep your list to a single page.
4. You are under no obligation to put up a list or to purchase a book for anyone.  You are also under no obligation to tell the recipient who sent them a new book.
5. You may certainly buy books without putting up a list or you may put up a list without buying books for others.  There is no tally; this is simply about having a bit of fun.
6. Have fun; be joyful.

The link to the libary itself is here: The 2016/1017 Gifting Library

Once you've posted your list in this thread, I'll add you to the list of all participants in the third post on that thread, but I do live in the outside world, so PM me if I don't see your post. a little wave to catch my attention and I'll usually pretty good at fixing it right up.  :)

If you were part of the last Library list and want to keep a link to the same list, let me know and I'll re-add that one, or give me your new link - either way is good.


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