Deals: Books You Might Care About

The following books are part of this month's Kindle "Under $3.99 Sale".

A zombie book by Joyce Carol Oates is pretty much guaranteed to be awesome.
ETA: Does not contain actual zombies. :(
(Also on sale at B&N.)

Because you never know when you might need to wrestle an alligator.

I won't be getting this for self-evident reasons, but Valenti is a feminist and I've heard good things about the book.

Several of you have recommended this, so I bought it.

I have mixed feelings about Gaiman, but here's one of his most popular books.

Sure, you love the board game. But don't you want to read the book inspired by the board game?


Redwood Rhiadra said...

Are you sure about American Gods? I looked on the Amazon site and they're still listing the Kindle Edition as $7.59

Boutet said...

"I have mixed feelings about Gaiman"

This makes me so terribly interested in your mixed feelings. It seems like people who actually discusses Gaiman are hardcore fans of his and that makes the discussion more of a gush session.

I know you're busy though. Tonight I'll just spend some time picking away at it and wondering.

Boutet said...

Discuss, not discusses, sorry. I changed the sentence but I missed that word.

Ana Mardoll said...

Ah, thank you. 89 MB to 750 KB is a bit of a difference. I didn't notice that.

Ana Mardoll said...

TW: Rape

Alas, you may be disappointed, as I wasn't thinking about literature specifically when I said that. I've only read his short stories so far (including the problem of Susan, which, well, I have Thoughts on that and maybe we'll do a Gaiman Narnia post someday but then again maybe not). I have "Stardust" but haven't read it yet (though I have seen the movie and had mixed feelings about *that*).

In the OP, I was referring to his public persona: he strikes me as someone who wants to be an ally but still has a lot of hurdles. Most recently I unfollowed him on Twitter after he retweeted a joke from his wife about rape. Specifically that she was annoyed at someone talking on the phone in a public place, so she (supposedly) aggressed against the woman by singing a song about date-rape to/at her. As an actual victim of date-rape, I didn't find that terribly amusing in my Twitter feed.

He's also been spoken to a few times for using the term "bitch" (as in prison rape) about both himself and George R.R. Martin (as in, they aren't anyone's bitches), and his responses that I saw were basically classic non-pologies of the "sorry you were offended' variety.

I realize there are a lot of different breeds of progressive in the world, and even lukewarm allies are better than avid opponents, but I reserve the right to be privately disappointed with people who trivialize rape of men and women as something jokey and hilarious -- particularly when coming from people who are not, statistically-speaking, currently at a high threat level for rape. And I also reserve the right to privately side-eye those peoples' books and wonder if those attitudes leak into their writing and if maybe there's something better I could be doing with my time*.

* When you have a 2,000 book "to-read" list, like I do, these sorts of questions can help thin the list to something more manageable.

Boutet said...

Oh sheesh. I wasn't aware of any of that. I have no interest in celebrities' lives so I tend to miss anything that doesn't end up in the news. Sometimes that disinterest comes back to bite me (like picking up Ender's Game on a recommendation and then deeply regretting giving any of my money to Orson Scott Card) but I often forget to see who the money is going to before I buy books.

Dave in Hoosierland said...

I'm sure there's an essay (or book) out there somewhere about the politics of Neil Gaiman's oeuvre, but I think "lukewarm progressive" describes him pretty well. Issues like rape and pedophilia did occasionally crop up in THE SANDMAN, as I recall, though not exactly in an approving way.

AMERICAN GODS was a very entertaining novel, but I haven't been impressed with his other novels, and in any event life is too short to read every book recommended to you by one random poseur.

And since I can no longer stand SETTLERS OF CATAN, I think the novelization of the game would probably melt my brain.

Ana Mardoll said...

It's a herculean task, so I don't blame people for not always looking. And if we avoided EVERYTHING from people with wrong opinions, we'd have very little left. :)

But I understand what you mean. I've decided not to buy the Enders Game audio book because Card really is a mega-jerk and my money can go elsewhere.

graylor said...

*and the clueless corner has a question* I have an Amazon gift certificate burning a hole in my desk, but I don't have a Kindle. Would these books be readable/for sale in whatever format it would take to read them on my computer (which runs Windows)? ... Hmm. I should probably tell my sister, who does have an e-reader, about these books, though she might not see her Kindle again for a while if her son knew she had Gaiman on it, ;-p.

Ana Mardoll said...

Not precisely. There *is* a Kindle computer application which you can download and install on your computer and which will let you read the books -- as well as versions for almost every flavor of tablet and smartphone. But you do have to use Amazon Kindle software to access the material, because this stuff almost certainly has DRM on it.*

* If you happen to live in an area where removing DRM for personal use is legal, those tools do exist on the internet, or so I'm told.

graylor said...

Thanks, Ana. Well, pfft. I have no idea if it's legal here or not and I'd be afraid to try. Eventually I'll join the modern world.

JonathanPelikan said...

[CN: Mentions of United States Politics]

A tad off the topic, but: " realize there are a lot of different breeds of progressive in the world, and even lukewarm allies are better than avid opponents, "

Probably just the politically-aware American voter speaking now but holy crap could I not agree with this more. Probably something to do with, in a lot less than a month, half or less of the eligible people in my country will be deciding between This One Thing Over Here (Meh, he's kind if disappointed me on drones, and presidential power, and he was slow on DADT, and he was... [perfectly legit reasons to be annoyed with the big guy, ofc]) and This Other Thing Over There (HOLY FUCKING GODS I CANNOT BELIEVE MY COUNTRY IS ABOUT TO CUT THE JUGULAR AGAAAAAAAAAAAAAAIN) so man, if there was a time for I'll Take Just About Anybody Who'll Line Up And Aim That Way For A Minute, it's about now.

(murca, fuk ya)

Well, what to do but what we can?

Niccole Malkevitch said...

I actually gave the Gaiman a try since it was on sale and I wasn't terribly impressed. I feel like a quarter of that book is a random assortment of people buying and eating junk and diner food, which isn't terribly exciting.

Loquat said...

Note - turns out that Joyce Carol Oates book up top is not actually about undead, but rather about the mind of a psycho serial killer. I was disappointed.

Ana Mardoll said...

WHAT?!?!? That makes me so sad. Post updated to reflect lack of actual zombies.

BaseDeltaZero said...

(Fantasy-novel wizards who obviously have mana bars, take note.)

Because wizards not having *infinite* reserves of magic... now that's just silly.

Boutet said...

It doesn't seem like he's talking about finite vs infinite magical ability. It looks more like he doesn't like the game mechanic being presented as a literal thing, like a visible "bar" indicating how much magic people have left in them.
I also find it a bit odd when people are able to very accurately measure non-physical things in games. Especially in horror games when "sanity" is a concrete, measured thing that you can keep track of. It works in games because you do need to measure it accurately for the game to function, but the same is not true for novels. I would find it very off-putting to find characters in a story referring to their sanity level as a concrete measurement.

BaseDeltaZero said...

Well, I suppose that's true. I might be a bit annoyed at too much precision, but just the concept of wizards having a limited ability to cast magic, which is known as 'mana'. Maybe even quantifying it...

Heck, even 'hit points' could be explained somewhat... maybe.

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