Ebook Bargains


#803

I agree in theory, but I think the convenience of not having to learn a new pronoun (ve? xe? herm?) outways the inconvenience of the ambiguous they.

People already use the singular “they”, and if anything, inventing a new pronoun draws extra attention to non-binary identity in a way I’m not entirely comfortable with, while singular “they” sounds like slightly lazy speech.

Ideally, eventually non-gendered pronouns would be as uncontroversial as using Ms. rather than Miss or Mrs, but there’s far enough to go that I think a singular they is a decent half-step.


#804

When you think about it though, genitalia is not used to denote gender in most social situations. I, for instance, have never seen the genitals of any of my co-workers, but am able to reliably gender all of them.


#805

Amazon has some Stanislaw Lem on sale today:

https://www.amazon.com/kindle-dbs/entity/author/B000AQ3P7Y&sort=price-asc-rank


#806

If anyone likes to read comics on e-readers, I just got an email offering $15 off a $30 purchase at Comixology, enter code THANKS18 at checkout.


#807

Thanks for the heads up! I was able to pick up a few sale items to double the savings.


#808

Bedfellow looks like a really creepy story. Purchased.


#809

Bookbub has Garcia Marquez’s excellent Love in the Time of Cholera for $2.99 today. Probably his second best novel. If you’ve never read him, here’s your chance!


#810

I assume you are putting "One Hundred Years of Solitude above it?

Oddly enough, my favorite book of Marquez’ to read is “Autumn of the Patriarch.”


#811

I like Autumn, but I can still recall how Solitude blew me away the first time I read it. Best first sentence in literature, maybe.

I’m (slowly) learning Spanish these days. One of the things I hope to do is re-read some of his shorter works in the original language.


#812

Dan Simmons’ “The Terror” is one of the deals today on Amazon, $2.99. Heard good things about it but I’ve obly read his science fiction stuff.


#813

It’s really good. A little long, but good.


#814

Agree, The Terror is a really good novel.


#815

I’m kind of afraid to post this here because whenever I mention a book I am usually told what crap someone thinks it is but…it’s a good price and you can get at almost any shop you want to get it at !

Digital versions are $2.99


#816

I’ve never read a Pern novel; I think because I played this C64 Pern game many years ago that just seemed strange, you flew a dragon around and tried to avoid these colorful wormlike things falling from the sky. I think I just assumed they books couldn’t be any good. Am I wrong?


#817

I didn’t read a lot of the. The White Dragon was pretty good, at least years ago. What I like about the Pern is the entire concept was kind of newish and well developed. I have no idea where it stacks with people who are, shall we say, high brow about their books. It was just neat. The board Game, which I have, was a little odd too… and had a lot of pieces!


#818

I loved the Pern books as a kid. I especially loved, as an 11 year old boy, that there was sex in them:) But also dragons and acidic skysnakes and time travel and mini dragons. These are awesome books. I should pick them up just to reminisce.


#819

I resemble these remarks! I’ve reread them a few times, and it’s always a fun bit of nostalgia.


#820

Yeah, bought. Thanks for the heads up, they’re good books!


#821

Read them as a kid, I think the early ones stand up okay. Actually if I remember correctly I read Dragonflight first, which chronologically is the way to start, but might ruin the “mystery” of the early novels if you don’t know the plot at all.

— Alan


#822