“Grief was a miserable emotion. A friend once told me the hurt that came with the end of a relationship was painful because it was the death of a dream - the future you’d imagined with a lover, a loved one, a child, or a friend. That loss was its own painful, nearly tangible thing. You had to reimagine your future, perhaps in a different place, with different people, doing different things than you might have first imagined.”—Twice Bitten by Chloe Neill (via candicemeester)
Amazon’s service also will be available through its free Kindle app on other handheld devices, such as the iPad and Android phones, among others.
It will not be a free-for-all, however, as library card holders will still have to wait for high-demand titles. For instance, at the New York Public Library, if a member orders an e-book, others wait on a list until that digital version is free again.
That list can get awfully long. Yesterday, the most popular title at the NYPL was Harlan Coben’s mystery novel “Caught,” with more than 275 people on the waiting list.
E-books do eliminate late fees, however, as loans expire after a given timeframe — usually three weeks. The Kindle also allows readers to take digital notes.
Amazon said the library option would launch this year, but it didn’t give a precise date.
Not all publishers are on board, however. HarperCollins, which like The Post, is owned by News Corp., has set a limit of 26 for the amount of times a digital version of one of its books can be borrowed before a library has to buy a new one. Simon & Schuster and Macmillan don’t participate in library e-lending.
Can’t believe am about to start another review with a cover rant, but yeah, this one does not do this book justice either! Nor does the title actually, but luckily, 50 Ways to Hex Your Lover by Linda Wisdom was a Kindle Freebie (oh-so-smart-move Publisher Person because now I’m hooked and I will buy the rest of the series), so it was easy to press the ‘Buy’ button.
This book is black, funny, wry, and felt as ‘real’ as a supernatural tale can feel in terms of relationships and dialogue. I liked the fact the two protagonists are well-matched, no newbie versus master thing going on here, just a well explained back story (spanning nearly a millennium) that doesn’t interfere with a great mystery and some real tension as the nefarious doings of the villain unfolded.
The secondary characters were also great and, while providing light relief, definitely not one dimensional, especially Irma, the ghost very much attached to our heroine’s car.
Not really sure why this is classified as ‘lite paranormal’. It seemed too developed for that but I give up trying to understand the shades of gray in fantasy sub-genres. Suffice to say, great story, great alternate universe creation, and great characters means I will be snapping up the next three books in the series as soon as possible.
Tattoos that shimmer and move over your body, peel themselves off your skin and come to life, and then rise up protect you from the things that go bump in the night. All in a day’s work for Dakota Frost, the best magical tattooist in the southeast.
Frost Moon is the first in the Skindancer series from Anthony Francis and Dakota is definitely a first in the genre as a six foot two tattoo artist who packs a serious magical punch and has a predilection for outrageous wardrobe choices and Mohawks. Her life is thrown into chaos as she battles to find a serial killer hunting those with magic in their skin, navigating between the two worlds she straddles.
I loved the way this book came alive in its descriptions of the ‘normal’ and ‘super-normal’ Atlanta with its vampires, magicians, and weres “dragging magic kicking and screaming into the light” and the passion and color that infused any scene featuring her work as a tattoo artist or the magic coming to life under her skin. But like the two worlds she inhabits, the story often takes a turn for the impenetrable as more and more characters are introduced and the plots twists and turns and loops back on itself. It almost felt like a radio station going in and of of range. When the signal was strong I was totally enthralled with the writing, the supernatural beings, and the world-building, but when it faded out all I was left with was faint confusion .
Even Dakota started to get a bit fuzzy around the edges, a hard feat for a woman who doesn’t blend in (or wish to blend in) anywhere she goes. I couldn’t work out whether she was a complex, multi-layered woman or just plain inconsistent.
For fans of urban fantasy, as opposed to paranormal romance, this book will come as a breath of fresh air as the romance is muted. There are lost of references to past lovers and flirtations galore but very little develops, which is a relief because I don’t think the book could have handled another layer of complications.I think it was smart move, definitely going against the norm while also creating lots of possibilities for the future.
I will definitely pick up the next in the series. I really do want to see how she develops her powers and where she goes next, but I hope the author settles down and realizes that less can be more.
For all its growth, the e-book market has been stillborn in one major way: monetizing itself. But recent news that a Spanish company called 24Symbols went into beta on a an e-book service, which includes both ad-supported and subscription options, shows that maybe digital publishing could truly be evolving from a one-trick pony into a showhorse.
Unlike online video, music and video games, e-books only really put money into the publisher’s pocket through sell-through. The other content types offer many payment methods for consumers: rental, subscription, ad-supported and sales. Add in windowing, and the sophistication (and overall revenue opportunities) are much more ample in markets like video.
For the last year, however, some have started to think maybe e-books could start to emulate other content models. There’s been talk of ad-supported e-books, while others have looked at subscription-based e-book plans, or what some have called Netflix for e-books.
Dear non-Kindle user, I apologize in advance for this post…
Brilliant idea- linking Kindle users so they can lend each other books! Not so many UF books on here right now, but hopefully with more users (and permission from publishers!!!), there will be more choice soon.
Have a look and sign up so we can all have MOARRRR books.
Following certain authors on Twitter can (almost!) help you deal with the long gaps between books. Sometimes they even give crumbs of info on the new book! But more often than not, they’re just being fabulous. and talking to other fabulous authors. Like sanctioned eavesdropping, really…
I haven’t read something set in space since my introduction to fantasy books through the amazing worlds created by Anne McCaffrey, and after reading Collision Course by Zoe Archer, I’m asking myself, why haven’t I been reading more of them?
This book is FUN. And fast paced as all getout, definitely not for those looking for a gentle love-story. OK, there was a little more romance than I usually like with my action, but in part that was because I really wanted to see more of this world, of all the things Ms Archer hinted at, like the Fire Caves of Tawhiri Rio and the scavengers in action. I wanted more of the black market, seedy criminal underbelly, and dodging hostile aircraft while coaxing scavenger vessels through inhospitable environments. (Read the section on the journey through the energy storm and tell me it didn’t make you hold your breath a little.)
But of course, that wouldn’t have left enough time for us to study ‘hostilities’ between our protagonists as they got to know each other. I don’t think a better title for this book is out there because the way our hero and heroine connect is nothing short of immediate and intense. Both know exactly what they want and why it wouldn’t work, but that doesn’t stop them in the slightest.
Mara, a highly experienced pilot who operates in a very gray area, is coerced against her will to aid in a 8th Wing mission to rescue a downed ship and its pilot before it gets sold to the highest bidder in a black-market auction and, whether she likes it or not (hint: she doesn’t), Commander Kell Frayne must accompany her. On her made-for-one-person ship. As she fights overwhelming lust for him. Cue instant professional and personal fireworks. Extremely explicit fireworks. I think you get the point.
One of my favorite things about this book was the way the author played with the language and jargon of the galaxies (space pirates ahoy!). How could you not fall for a sentence like “Her timing was worse than a sipkaswine accidentally wandering into a Joppan cookout”? No idea what it means, but I love the fact the author doesn’t explain and just throws it into the mix!
I’m not sure whether this is a stand-alone book, or if we’ll see more in a series; personally, my vote is for a series of books in this universe. I think this book would have been even better if it were part of a greater arc and if Mara and Kell had had a little more time and a few more adventures to work all that angst and alpha-ness out. It all felt a little too neatly tied up for two such complicated human beings, but then again, the demands for HEA reign supreme!
This book is only available in e-book format. Full disclosure: I received an advance copy for review of Collision Course.