New on Kindle: December 21st – 26th

There is a considerable trend of finishing series out in the Kindle here (often with the releases of older parts of the series).

One thing about electronic books—the backlist now has a very long secondary life, because ebooks do not go stale, do not take up physical warehouse space, and do not need to be re-printed. (And if you want to correct something, it’s not like you have to pulp entire runs to do so.)

With a Tangled Skein by Piers Anthony

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Piers Anthony’s Incarnations of Immortality series is finally making it onto the Kindle, following just about every single Xanth book in existence. ((If you want to start with Xanth, the first two extremely good books, A Spell for Chameleon and The Source of Magic, are available as a 2-for-1 bundle. After that, keep going until the title puns become very bad, or until The Colour of Her Panties, whichever comes first.)) The rest of the series (in particular, On a Pale Horse) are not yet available, but we’ll be watching.

Waking Up Screaming by H.P. Lovecraft

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Yet Another H.P. Lovecraft Collection With a Title So Unsubtle He Would Be Rolling Over in His Grave Right Now and Yeah You Better Watch Out, Anthology Editor.

Although his dialogue was rather terrible, even as his sense of gripping terror was compelling, so I guess pot, kettle, green-spotted-luminous-tentacled-folds.

Stories include: “Cool Air”, “The Case of Charles Dexter Ward”, “The Terrible Old Man”, “Herbert West–Reanimator”, “The Shadow Over Innsmouth”, “The Lurking Fear”, “The Hound”, “The Outsider”, “The Unnamable”, “From Beyond”, “Arthur Jermyn”, and others.

If you get this plus the first volume, Bloodcurdling Tales of Horror and the Macbre: The Best of H.P. Lovecraft, you’ll have a fairly full complement of his short story work. And yes, none of the stories are duplicated.

The Restaurant at the End of the Universe by Douglas Adams

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Douglas Adams’ classic Hitchhiker’s Guide series is also coming to completion on the Kindle, with most of the series following by December 31st.

  1. The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy (available now)
  2. The Restaurant at the End of the Universe (available now)
  3. Life, the Universe, and Everything (available now)
  4. So Long, and Thanks for All the Fish (December 31st)
  5. Mostly Harmless (no date yet)
  6. And Another Thing… (to be written by Eoin Colfer, who pens the Artemis Fowl series)

The Salmon of Doubt, consisting of Adams’ essays and an incomplete Dirk Gently novel, is also available.

A Pip & Flinx Adventure: Sliding Scales by Alan Dean Foster

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The adventures of Flinx, a man born with an abnormal mind condition ((These seem to lead to telepathy in both SF and fantasy novels, especially when you combine the two: see also the Obernewtyn series for a more recent take with a larger variety of animals, although none of them are minidragons.)) and a telepathic minidragon named Pip, and they have adventures in the far future in the Humanx Commonwealth worlds.

Other books involving this odd partnership:

  1. For Love of Mother—Not
  2. The Tar-Aiym Krang and Orphan Star 2-for-1 bundle
  3. The End of the Matter
  4. Flinx in Flux
  5. Mid-Flinx
  6. Reunion
  7. Flinx’s Folly
  8. Sliding Scales
  9. Running from the Deity
  10. Bloodhype
  11. Trouble Magnet
  12. Patrimony

How Few Remain by Harry Turtledove

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The first book in an alternate history saga of the United States, How Few Remain is a novel that begins with: What if the South won the war?—and goes on from there through Second Civil War between the now truly divided United States.

Also the 1998 Nebula Award winner for Best Novel.

It is followed herewith by:

  1. American Front (The Great War, Book 1)
  2. Walk in Hell (The Great War, Book 2)
  3. Breakthroughs (The Great War, Book 3)
  4. Blood and Iron (American Empire, Book 1)
  5. The Center Cannot Hold (American Empire, Book 2)
  6. The Victorious Opposition (American Empire, Book 3)
  7. Return Engagement (Settling Accounts, Book 1)
  8. Drive to the East (Settling Accounts, Book 2)
  9. The Grapple (Settling Accounts, Book 3)
  10. In at the Death (Settling ACcounts, Book 4)

Caress of Twilight by Laurell K. Hamilton

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The second book in the Merry Gentry series, featuring private detective Meredith Gentry, who also happens to be a faerie princess. Love, sex, magic, supernatural, etc.—the usual red-hot Laurell K. Hamilton mix.

The series is now complete on the Kindle:

  1. A Kiss of Shadows
  2. A Caress of Twilight
  3. Seduced by Moonlight
  4. A Stroke of Midnight
  5. Mistral’s Kiss
  6. A Lick of Frost
  7. Swallowing Darkness

Frog and Toad All Year by Arnold Lobel

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Yes, they are indeed bringing Frog and Toad, as well as the rest of Arnold Lobel’s classic charming children’s books, onto the Kindle.

Frog and Toad:

  1. Frog and Toad are Friends (December 30th)
  2. Frog and Toad Together (not yet available)
  3. Frog and Toad All Year
  4. Days with Frog and Toad (December 30th)

Also available is the exceedingly charming Owl at Home. There’s also Mouse Soup, and Uncle Elephant.

… this is going to be like The Velveteen Rabbit all over again. Well, it’s not like I’ll ever find my tattered, third-hand Frog and Toad paperbacks, ever lost in the space of time and… well, probably time.

Wondrous Strange by Lesley Livingston

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Featured over on John Scalzi’s The Big Idea, she talks about the theme of faerie lore and its collision with modern Central Park. This Young Adult book is under consideration for my January review pick for Tor.com.

You know, I’m very appreciative of The Big Idea series; otherwise trying to find books with more than a cover blurb is like trying to find a needle in a haystack, especially for new authors whose fans have not yet carved out a niche in Wikipedia.

The Treachery of Kings by Neal Barrett, Jr.

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Strongly resembling a mix of John Swift and Alice in Wonderland, this is the second book in the adventures of Lizard Maker Finn, his companion Letitia (a half-human/half-mouse experiment left over from older times), and Julia (his intelligent mechanical lizard). Finn must deliver a gift to a the King of Heldessia, which doesn’t like Finn’s home country. This, of course, doesn’t bode well.

The first book in this series, which apparently has no more, is The Prophecy Machine.

Use of Weapons by Iain M. Banks

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Banks’ Culture series is just now being released to the Kindle, starting with the third book, Use of Weapons. The only other book in the Culture series currently available on the Kindle is the seventh book in this 8-book series, Look to Windward. His most recent and acclaimed novel in this series, Matter, is not yet available on the Kindle either.

This should be remedied near in the future, considering that Orbit is the publisher.

The Ocean of Years by Roger Macbride Allen

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The second book the the Chronicles of Solace trilogy, about the far-future art of terraforming and all the things that can go horribly, horribly wrong. The first book, The Depths of Time, is not yet available on the Kindle, but the third book, The Shores of Tomorrow, is.

Ghost Town by Joan Lowery Nixon

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Seven young adult Western stories that all take place in seven different ghost towns. By the talented journalist and fiction writer behind The Other Side of Dark.

Muddle Earth Paul Stewart, illus. by Chris Riddell

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A young adult parody of Lord of the Rings, where Joe, an ordinary boy, is pulled into the world of Muddle Earth by the wizard Randalf, who works for the Horned Baron and his wife Ingrid. Amusing parallels listed on Wikipedia.

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