Kindle Advent Calendar: Day 2 – The Stupidest Angel

The Stupidest Angel
by Christoper Moore
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This Christmas story is not like the others
This book has a flavor all its own
If you want a Christmas tale that is like no other
I suggest that you take this one home

The angel Raziel has discovered a child with a Christmas wish: to bring Santa Claus back to life. Awwww. If only this all wasn’t a misunderstanding on the lines of “I saw mommy killing Santa Claus”.

Christopher Moore: man is funny. His stories have a lot of heart without falling into the saccharine stage, which is perfect for Christmas stories. And he can poke fun at things without sounding just a wee bit bitter, also perfect for Christmas stories.

For a year or so now, apart from Terry Pratchett, Moore’s probably the only man that can get me to read about vampires without throwing up a little in my mouth. ((You’d think that Jim Butcher would be here, too, but while I persist in reading the Harry Dresden series because of the supreme addiction factor, I still do throw up a little bit every time I read about his vampires. Good thing they occur only spasmodically.)) Check out You Suck, and I’m also waiting patiently for Bloodsucking Fiends: A Love Story to show up on the Kindle.

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Kindle Advent Calendar: Day 2.5 – Christmas Games


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Christmas Games
by David Langford
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This story could have happened in Star Trek: The Next Generation Season 8 as an illustrative “this is why holodecks should not be on starships” scenario. Star ship staffers take a yearly Christmas VR trip where they roleplay a murder story—the same one, apparently, every year, like clockwork—except this time the detective’s died from an aneurysm, and the program has decided to take everybody hostage.

One of those “lie back and think of Monty Python” stories, and if you think I’m mixing my metaphors, that’s exactly what it’s like.

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Kindle Advent Calendar: Day 3 – Christmas Season


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Christmas Season
by Jay Lake
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How many versions of “Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer” have you heard of late? Your enjoyment may very proportionally with this little short-short from Jay Lake.

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Kindle Advent Calendar: Day 4 – Chip Crockett’s Christmas Carol


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Chip Crockett’s Christmas Carol
by Elizabeth Hand
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Unlike yesterday’s short-short, today is an entire novella, originally serialized at SciFiction.com. A modern day Christmas Carol in Washington, D.C. that isn’t a crass carbon-copy or sickeningly sweet carries the day here, and is one of the best Christmas tales around.

The Kindle-friendly version compiles all 8 parts into one long page, so it’ll take a couple seconds to load. This is one you’ll want to save off and send off to <your kindle name>@kindle.amazon.com .

If you prefer to be on the web when reading this, LiveJournal has a less eye-ripping-out version than the SciFiction.com archives.

You can also buy a hardcover of this novella alone, or the collection in which it appears, Bibliomancy, though both of these are getting really hard to find and very expensive to buy.

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Kindle Advent Calendar: Day 4 – Chip Crockett's Christmas Carol


Photographer: Alex Steffler

Chip Crockett’s Christmas Carol
by Elizabeth Hand
SCIFiction: OriginalKindle-friendly ((The Kindle-friendly version is NOT hosted on my site; this is a CGI script that filters the more annoying framing HTML from the story text. You can still save the filtered HTML and convert it for your Kindle (with some help from Amazon). And remember: don’t distribute this thing.))

Unlike yesterday’s short-short, today is an entire novella, originally serialized at SciFiction.com. A modern day Christmas Carol in Washington, D.C. that isn’t a crass carbon-copy or sickeningly sweet carries the day here, and is one of the best Christmas tales around.

The Kindle-friendly version compiles all 8 parts into one long page, so it’ll take a couple seconds to load. This is one you’ll want to save off and send off to <your kindle name>@kindle.amazon.com .

If you prefer to be on the web when reading this, LiveJournal has a less eye-ripping-out version than the SciFiction.com archives.

You can also buy a hardcover of this novella alone, or the collection in which it appears, Bibliomancy, though both of these are getting really hard to find and very expensive to buy.

S∂’s full 2008 Advent Calendar.

New on Kindle: December 9th to 20th – Part 1

And lo, there shall be much bookage that follows herewith. I’m splitting all this up into two parts, because there’s just too much bookage.

Gentlemen of the Road by Michael Chabon

Buy: Kindle Store

From the writer of the multiple-award-winning The Yiddish Policeman’s Union and Pulitzer Prize-winning The Amazing Adventures of Kavalier & Clay comes a story about two adventurers who decide to aid a young prince in reclaiming his throne during the age of the Jewish Kingdom of Khazaria.

Magic Kingdom for Sale–Sold! by Terry Brooks

Buy: Kindle Store

Apparently the stories of the fantasy kingdom of Landover are starting to migrate to the Kindle backlist. The first in the series, about a lawyer in a rut who comes to be the king of Landover through an interesting deal. Of course, all such deals tend to backfire in the end….

Blade of Tyshalle by Matthew Woodring Stover

Buy: Kindle Store

You may remember Caine Black Knife discussed on John Scalzi’s Big Idea. The other two books in the series, this and the wonderfully named Heroes Die, are now available on the Kindle.

You can also find his work at Fictionwise.

Star Corps by Ian Douglas

Buy: Kindle Store

They call him Ian Douglas, and he’s penned quite a few military SF books. HarperCollins is making his Legacy, Heritage, and Inheritance (third book of which has yet to come out anywhere) series available for the Kindle.

Legacy:

Heritage:

Inheritance:

Goddess for Hire by Sonia Singh

Buy: Kindle Store

She’s a hip California 30-something who’s discovered that she’s the incarnation of Kali, the Hindu goddess of death and destruction. And she needs to save the world while her family attempts to play an aggressive game of match-making, which is the last thing even a goddess of death needs.

Of course, it’s not like she has fans. She does, however, have hateful, murderous fanatics after her.

Endgame by Kristine Smith

Buy: Kindle Store

The Jani Kilian series was featured on John Scalzi’s Big Idea, covering the portrayal of its main character as an alien/human hybrid—along with all the physical and mental difficulties involved.

The series is now available on the Kindle in all its glory:

Deadly Visions by Roy Johansen

Buy: Kindle Store

Finally! A book for the skeptics among us. Joe Bailey partners up—extremely reluctantly—with a psychic as they pursue a serial killer with seemingly supernatural qualities.

The preceding book, Beyond Belief, is also available on the Kindle.

Thunder in the Deep by Joe Buff

Buy: Kindle Store

In the very new future (2011 – 2012), high-tech submarines fight in an imminent world war. And you know what a World War in the 21st century means: nukes. At the very least.

Much of this series is now available on the Kindle, starting with the first book:

Blood Sins by Kay Hooper

Buy: Kindle Store

The second book in a paranormal thriller series: an unholy preacher of the Church of the Everlasting Sin has been killing people in nasty ways with psychic powers, and Haven operative Tessa Gray must stop him.

The preceding book, Blood Dreams, is also available on the Kindle.

Pirate Wars by Kai Meyer

Buy: Kindle Store

Kai Meyer is a successful Young Adult author in his home country, Germany, and his books are now being translated to English. This is the third book in the Wave Walkers trilogy, an epic pirate story that takes place in an immersive and fantastical world.

His other series, Dark Reflections, features a flying stone lion, a girl who’s the embodiment of the Flowing Queen, and her friend with mirrors for eyes, as they travel through a world involving all things Egyptian.

For some reason, some of his books are attributed to, I believe, his translators, rather than him.

Other Kai Meyer books available:

Wave Walkers trilogy:

Dark Reflections trilogy:

Night World No. 1: Secret Vampire; Daughters of Darkness; Spellbinder by L.J. Smith

Buy: Kindle Store

Three books in one. If you loved Twilight, or if you loved the idea of Twilight and hated the actual execution, you may find this series quite eerily attractive.

The entire first book, Night World, is available as a complete free sample. (Don’t pay attention to the 1-star ratings, which complain about how they’re not getting all three books for free….)

To be continued.

Kindle Advent Calendar: Day 5 – Visions of Gingerbread


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Visions of Gingerbread
by Bruce Holland Rogers
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There’s a theory about what goes into your eggnog….

A short-short and nutmeg-sweet story. You can also read more of Bruce’s short-shorts (and short-short-shorts) over at http://www.shortshortshort.com/.

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Things to Do Before Snowpocalypse Hits


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When it hits the island, it really whacks it sideways with a 2×4 and then stomps up and down until the island is out of power for multiple days. Last time it was out, I was out for seven.

So: checklist of things I need to do:

  1. Upload all my valuable files and stuff I was working on to my encrypted JungleDisk share, which sits on Amazon’s super-redundant S3 storage.

    This includes all the books I’m working on, every cool script, and thanking the gods I’m not running my own webserver anymore.

    I’ve also saved my Amazon MP3 music up there. It currently costs me 12 cents a month.

    iPod owner’s note: Your iPod can too be an accessible 2-way storage of music. See iLinkPod to show you the way to drag the muzak out of there, and Dukko to rename the craziness.

    DONE.

  2. Notify my boss that I may get knocked out by winter winds and be unable to carry out my oncall duties.

    Yeah, that one really cuts me to the bone. Yeah. Uh-huh. To the quick.

    DONE.

  3. LAUNDRY.

    DONE.

  4. Find my Black n’ Red notebook of awesome and pens of awesome.

    DONE.

  5. Write down LOTS of contact numbers, starting with that of my internet provider and the chain of command at work.

    At work, we have a little thing that will create a small PDF, credit-card-sized, of numbers for your teammates and your chain of command.

    DONE.

  6. SHOWER! Actually, this can be done even after the lights go out. Hot water storage FTW.

    DONE.

  7. Those POND pre-soap cloths that you soak. Those are nice. Couldn’t find them. Wah.

  8. Protein in food form. Nuts in wholesale form, for instance.

    DONE.

  9. Jim MacDonald’s scary medical posts. in ebook form.

    Surprisingly complicated. May or may not do; I have Where There is No Doctor in solid book form. And also Merck Manual of Medical Information 2nd Home Edition.

    Substituted.

  10. Fill up on gas.

    I don’t have to! Because I follow Uncle Jim’s emergency advice: half-a-tank means empty. My tank is pretty much full right now.

    DONE.

  11. Shut off wireless on my Kindle after downloading various things and buying a couple titles from the Kindle store (in particular, nonfiction like The Great Movies by Roger Ebert.

    Kindle will last for a week or more without it (wireless is such a power suck).

    DONE.

  12. Watch the last bits of Season 7 West Wing while eating a last Digiorno microwave pizza for one (those are really good, by the way). Then pop the West Wing DVD out of the computer.

    DONE.

  13. Seriously charge my MacBook for as long as possible, after shutting off the wireless on it too.

  14. Flashlights! And many batteries in multiple sizes: 9v, C, ton of AA, many AAA. One of my flashlights can take D, C, or AAA; another one is an LED with lots of life in it that can be used to scare off looters and crush the skulls of zombies; and two keychain ones that still have life.

    DONE.

  15. Booklight. Mighty Brite. Takes AAA. Check.

    DONE.

  16. Medical refills. Did them a couple days ago, plus I have a million of Daily Essential Enzymes because I can’t digest a lot of food without them. Well. Not well anyways.

    DONE.

  17. Bottled water, canned food or rehydratable soups, snacks, and those rehydrating powder packs. I have Emergen-C, strawberry.

    DONE.

  18. Portable butane stove and its little butane cans. Check. Little pots and pans and especially the teakettle, check.

    DONE.

  19. Automated posts for tonight and the next couple of days. Yay WordPress.

    DONE.

I may be some time.

Kindle Advent Calendar: Day 6 – In the Late December


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In the Late December
by Greg van Eekhout
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And even unto the heat-death of the Universe, Santa perseveres.

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