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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 / Re: A precocious 11yo and tough topics
« on: June 14, 2017, 10:57:53 AM »
Thanks.  He's read Percy Jackson.  I'm not sure about the Johnny Maxwell books ...

I did find a book that may be up his alley regarding racism since his father is white and his mother Latina and he's trying to sort that out since he looks Latino, doesn't want to speak Spanish and really not sure how he fits in yet ....

Mexican WhiteBoy

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 / Re: The Gifting Library Chat Thread ....
« on: June 06, 2017, 02:17:27 PM »
There was a Why Not surprise in my email this morning and a copy of The Long List Anthology: More Stories From the Hugo Award Nomination List (The Long List Anthology Series Book 1).  Hugo nominees for fun and profit!  hurray!

The Book Corner / Re: ebook club: one free ebook per month
« on: April 10, 2017, 04:31:10 PM »
I grabbed a copy just because it looks so unusual.

The Book Corner / Re: Amazon Kindle Scout Second Anniversary Sale
« on: March 23, 2017, 03:50:07 PM »
Sorry Ann.  It made sense in my head.  Things just get so much more complicated when you can't peak in under the hood.....

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 / Re: The Gifting Library Chat Thread ....
« on: March 21, 2017, 06:23:05 AM »
There was a surprise in my email this morning, Through Many Fires (Strengthen What Remains Book 1).  A nice little apocalypse full of booms from a A KBoard Friend.

The Book Corner / Re: ebook club: one free ebook per month
« on: March 07, 2017, 10:40:16 AM »
This month, Tor's free book is running from the 7th to the 13th of March and it's Gene Wolfe's Shadow & Claw.

The Book Corner / Re: New Game - And then the Murders Began
« on: March 05, 2017, 04:30:59 AM »
A well-known scientist (some say it was Bertrand Russell) once gave a public lecture on astronomy. And then the murders began.

 - A Brief History of Time, Stephen Hawking

The Book Corner / Re: New Game - And then the Murders Began
« on: March 04, 2017, 01:30:48 PM »
It's a little wordy, but.....

When in the Course of human events it becomes necessary for one people to dissolve the political bands which have connected them with another and to assume among the powers of the earth, the separate and equal station to which the Laws of Nature and of Nature's God entitle them, a decent respect to the opinions of mankind requires that they should declare the causes which impel them to the separation.

And then the murders began.

    - Declaration of Independence

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 »

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