Kindle Brain Dump for July 29th

Stuff on my Kindle (be prepared for incredibly long list):

“A Small Room in Koboldtown” by Michael Swanwick
Hugo 2008 nominee. Nice conversion from the PDF.
“After the Coup” by John Scalzi
Mobi direct from’s stories page. A little spaced out but very readable.
“After the Siege” by Cory Doctorow.
You know Cory. I owe him a buy of his anthology; I really enjoyed this stuff. The Feedbooks Download Guide helped me find this and download on my Kindle, with nary a stop to USB or email over Whispernet.
Agent to the Stars, first edition, by John Scalzi.
He let this out into the wild himself quite a whiles back. I just sent the entire HTML over to the Kindle conversion machine. The links still work, too. Nicely output for the most part.
All Seated on the Ground by Connie Willis.
Hugo 2008 nominee. I already bought the book version from Subterranean Press. I must say that Asimov’s managed to employ DRM on an HTML page—it’s so broken that I had to strip it down before it could convert sanely. But hey; the DRM was brilliant.
Amazon Daily blog subscription
Mostly just for kicks and to see how a subscription would work—for free. I can visit the links over the Basic Web browser. Good enough for me. Has images too.

Recovering Apollo 8 by Kristine Kathryn Rusch
Hugo 2008 nominee. See comments for All Seated.
The Art of War by Sun Tzu
Feedbooks Download Guide hitting Project Gutenberg, with nicer formatting.
The Atrocity Archives by Charles Stross
Bought from Amazon Kindle store mostly to cuddle up with anywhere I go. I already have the paper version.
Battlestar Galactica TM by Jeffrey A. Carver et al limited time free books bonanza offer.
[sample] The Boggart by Susan Cooper
Never got to read her as a kid. Will try it now. All of Chapter One from the Amazon Kindle store for free, which beats out the length of samples from the “normal” store and Google Library.
Brasyl by Ian McDonald
I owe him a buy, but I want this thing in eBook form. Poorly converted from the .rtf files I got from the free eBooks initiative over at John Scalzi’s place as an official Hugo voter.
[sample] Candle by John Barnes
Suggested as Heinlein replacement #2. From Amazon Kindle store.
Hal Spacejock by Simon Hayes
Full download from his official site. Desperately need funny (as in Discworld funny) science fiction so I can be convinced that not all is doom doom gloom some funny stuff gloom doom world ends…
Little Brother by Cory Doctorow
You know Cory. I have the hardcover too. And the ARC. Twice. It’s that good. Passing out the love.
[sample] The Cosmic Express by Jack Williamson
I forget why. Impulse download of sample from Amazon Kindle store.
[sample] The Dark is Rising by Susan Cooper
Blame John Scalzi. Download from Amazon Kindle store.
Darkness of the Light by Peter David
Tor Free Book Bonanza
David Copperfield by Charlies Dickens
Need to study serial work from the best. Feedbooks Download Guide hitting Project Gutenberg.
The Disunited States of America by Harry Turtledove
A YA series from him! Tor Free Book Bonanza
[sample] Double Star by RAH
Someone said it’s their favorite on; Amazon Kindle Store
Down and Out in the Magic Kingdom by Cory Doctorow
You know Cory.
“Down on the Farm” by Charles Stross
Direct from free stories.
[sample] Dust by Elizabeth Bear
Why is this just a sample??? Will fix that in less than a minute from Amazon Kindle store. Mmm, much better now.
The Electric Church by Jeff Somers
Hi Jeff. We worship you where I work. Also need to read Serial stuff. Amazon Kindle store.
[sample] “The Excaliber Murders” by J.M.C. Blair
Hmmm. Think I was on a buy-as-many-short-stories-from-Amazon-Kindle-store jig.
Farthing by Jo Walton free book bonanza
Flash by L.E. Modesitt free book yadda
Flatland by Abbot
Feedbooks Download Guide Proj. Gutenberg
Four and Twenty Blackbirds by Cherie Priest free book
[sample] Galactic North by Alastair Reynolds
It is not often you see a solid five-star on Amazon Kindle Store.
[sample] The Geography of Bliss by Eric Weiner
Ferry acquaintance recommended it. He had a paper version. It was good for the few minutes I had. Chapter one from Amazon Kindle store to read.
The Ghost Brigades by John Scalzi
For cuddling purposes. I have the paperback too. Amazon Kindle Store (hereby abbreviated to “AKS”).
“Green” by Jay Lake
From his LJ (public entry). Converted on a simple copy-paste-send plain text file very nicely.
[sample] The Grey King by Susan Cooper
Curse you Scalzi; AKS
Halting State by Charles Stross
The ONLY Hugo 2008 novel nominee to exist in Kindle form; AKS.
[sample] “the Happy Unfortunate” by Robert Silverberg
??? AKS
[sample] His Majesty’s Dragon by Naomi Novik
Recommendation from someone on I think multiple someones. AKS
[sample] Hunter’s Run by George R. R. Martin
Do your worst, man. Although I understand that’s Black, White, and Red All Over. AKS
“I, Robot” by Cory Doctorw
[sample] In Green’s Jungles by Gene Wolfe
*squee* Gene Wolfe *squee* although I’ve never read either the Long or the Short Suns before, so am trying it out. AKS
In the Garden of Eden by Kage Baker
*squee* Kage Baker’s cyborgs *squee* Tor Free Book
In the Midnight Hour by Patti O’Shea
First paranormal action/romance I’ve read ever. Tor Free book
Ink and Steel by Elizabeth Bear
Must buy all the others.. but only two of the others are on AKS. Sigh
“Itsy Bitsy Spider” by James Patrick Kelly
Hugo winner. Available for free for some reason over Feedbooks DG.
So awesome. Especially after it’s been indexed. You can find stuff like Freud’s The Interpretation of Dreams and download directly. Happy.
Kindle Fan Guide
Little tips and tricks. Like accessing the Mine Sweeper easter egg. Also alt-t gives you fuzzy times. AKS
Original Kindle User’s Guide
came with Kindle
The Last Colony by John Scalzi
Hugo 2008 initiative. Waiting for official eBook, because translation was pretty poor to Mobipocket form.
Little Fuzzy by Henry Beam Piper
Hugo winner. Decided to try. AKS
Logorrhea edited by John Klima
Looked interesting, plus really loved Cambist (Hugo 2008 nominee). But really… really… stupid flash app for the free Hugo 2008 giveaway gave me freaking headaches. Almost didn’t buy because of that horrible memory. Please, please don’t do that again. AKS.
Lord of the Isles b David Drake
tor free book
[sample] The Lost Fleet: Dauntless by Jack Campbell
Keeps coming up whenever I search for John Scalzi; what the heck, let’s try it. A lot of Lost Fleet seems to be in the Kindle store. AKS
M is for Magic by Neil Gaiman
Cuddle. Gaiman fangirl. AKS
[sample] The Man in the High Castle by Phillip K. Dick
Classic. Result of comment thread off one of Jo’s columns. AKS
Mistborn: the Final Empire by Brandon Sanderson
“Nimby and the Dimension Hoppers by Cory Doctorow
Old Man’s War by John Scalzi
cuddle TFB
Omnivore’s Dilemma by Michael Pollan
Really good non-fiction book; AKS
[sample] On Blue’s Waters by Gene Wolfe
See above; AKS
Orphans of Chaos by John C. Wright
The Outstretched Shadow by James Mallory
Fountain of Age by Nancy Kress
Hugo 2008 nominee; Asimov’s HTML funnily unintentional DRM stripped
“The Pear-Shaped Man” by George R. R. Martin
Wanted more Martin while waiting for next SIF book. AKS
[sample] Perdido Street Station by China Mieville
Everyone must try a little Mieville. Or so I’m told. AKS
“A Peripheral Affair” by George R. R. Martin
See above.
Pride and Prejudice by Jane Austen
FDG – PG. Love this book.
[sample] Red Seas Under Red Skies by Scott Lynch
Nominee for Best New SF Writer; wanted to read one of his 2007/2006 books
Reiffen’s Choice by S. C. Butler
[sample] Return to the Whorl by Gene Wolfe
The other reason I haven’t picked up the whole Long/Short sun stuff is that not all of it is there. Do not want to be tricked into pining for the rest. AKS
Rollback by Robert Sawyer
Hugo 2008 nominee. Converted poorly. Waiting for eBook.
“Sandkings” by GRRM
AKS. I now really, really, really hate ants.
Saturn’s Children by Charlies Stross
Curse you Scalzi. AKS
[sample] Septimus Heap, Book One: Magyk by Angie Sage
AKS – it could work out. But misspellings of “magic” can sometimes bode ill
A Shadow in Summer by Daniel Abraham
Tons of Shadow Unit by Elizabeth Bear et al
Just download HTML one by one and toss at email converter. Works like a charm. Links preserved.
The Situation by Jeff Vandermeer
PDF converts nicely. Free eBook from the original source, scoop by io9.
[sample]The Sky So Big and Black by John Barnes
Supposed RAH clone #2
Soldier of Sidon by Gene Wolfe
Have the other two; really liked despite the weirdness of a daily reset. AKS. Has pictures.
Sherlock Holmes Volumes I – II by Doyle
AKS, actually. Nicely formatted, links in ToC all work.
“Someone Comes to Town, Someone Leaves Town” by Cory Doctorow
Soul by Tobsha Learner
Spin by Robert Charles Wilson
Spirit Gate by Kate Elliot
Will buy the rest of her books now. TFB. Hope they are all on Kindle
Star Fish by Peter Watts
TFB. Actually, also free on his website, along with a bunch of other stuff—in Mobi form, too.
Starlight 3 edited by Patrick Nielsen Hayden
I actually like all of it. This is unusual. Where are 1 and 2? Although working out all the rights doesn’t sound like much fun.
[sample] “The Stone City” by GRRM
Crossing fingers that book 5 of SIF actually makes it out in 2008. AKS
Sun of Suns by Karl Schroeder
“Super Man and the Bug Out” by Cory Doctorw
Apparently there is also an audio version. YKC
The Merchant and the Alchemist’s Gate by Ted Chiang
Dang it. Missed the Subterranean Press edition. Had to munge together all the separate HTML files from SF&F, not too fun but better than Asimov’s, converted like a charm.
Through Wolf’s Eyes by Jane Lindskold
Tor RSS feed through FeedBooks
I can update it too without needing to download on a computer, yo.
Touch of Evil by C. T. Adams and Cathy Clamp
[sample] Uglies by Scott Westerfield.
Cuddle. But am disappointed that the rest of the series is not on Kindle, so am not sure the investment is worth it for the eBook version; I do have all the books on paper though. Hardcover wherever I could get it, which is hard as a late adopter let me tell you. AKS
“When Sysadmins Ruled the World” by Cory Doctorow
[sample] Year’s Best Science Fiction, the 19th Annual Collection edited by Gardner Dozois
Really, really haven’t agreed with him of late.AKS
[sample] Year’s Best SF 4 edited by David G. Hartwell
Willing to try because he’s cute

Yes, nothing is stolen. Yes, I expect to buy up half the samples. Yes, I re-bought some stuff though I have the paper versions because I like re-reading them and frankly sometimes I want to re-read, especially after a nasty day. Yes, some of the Hugo 2008 nominees have prompted buying entire collections, despite annoying attempts to stop pirating despite the Hugo 2008 nominees being free.

By the way: every single Terry Pratchett book, I believe, is in AKS.


2 thoughts on “Kindle Brain Dump for July 29th

  1. Great Collection of books dude. But if you need conversion help to kindle or mobipocket and that too professional then you must refer to I have a personal experience of getting my files converted over here….

  2. Hi Jack,

    Thanks for the tip, but at the moment I’m pretty good with Mobipocket/etc conversion, and do it at a fairly professional level (and very quickly as well).

    (And for authors/organizations I like, if I have time for them, I do it for free.)

    This post was early in my career, so to speak.

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