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Old June 17 2008, 09:43 AM   #133
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Re: Let's Talk About Horror Fiction

Spaceman Spiff wrote: View Post
t'd be a good one for Hallowe'en, actually, since that's when it takes place, and it's got some of the window dressing. Its protagonist is a pretty die-hard Hallowe'en enthusiast, basically turning his hobby shop into Hallowe'en Central for the town. He also manages the town's Haunted Hayride. Fun stuff, and a pretty strong debut novel from Maberry.
Interesting-- sounds like Ray Bradbury and Stephen King had a child.

As for right now, well, a $40 price drop and an additional discount convinced me to buy a Kindle. I know it's a bit controversial in techie crowds, but other than a few minor nitpicks, I really like it.
It's good to see the price coming down, but it still seems way over the top; I don't know how they justify it when an iPod does far more for less. Anyway, I'm waiting for someone to come out with a large screen version that looks like a nice leather-bound book.

In fact, it's saving me some space, because I've packed up all of my books which are in the public domain and put them in the garage for that "someday" when my wife and I move into a house. I was pretty surprised to see how much of what I own is in the public domain, and how easy it all is to find online. Project Gutenberg alone has more than you can possibly read. Between that and legal torrents, the wireless capability almost seems unnecessary.
Oh, yeah. I just downloaded Gullivar Of Mars last week or so. If you like Victorian-era or early 20th century literature, you can find a lot of legally free stuff. Pulps, too.

That said, I enjoy browsing the Amazon store with it, especially for new releases. The horror section is still a little slim (1,413 titles, as I type this), but it slowly increases.
Well, that's good to know. They keep asking me to turn my book into a Kindle edition-- maybe it would be worth it.

Anyway, I don't mean for this to be a Kindle review (but if anyone's got a question about it, I'll answer)
I can probably think of a few. How do you get your own e-books on there? USB? What are the range of formats that it supports?

So what else are you ghouls reading? This thread has gone a while without mention of Dean Koontz, which may be a good or a bad thing. I've only read one Koontz book (Frankenstein: Prodigal Son), and it was co-written with Kevin J. Anderson, who I don't really care for. The book was pretty mediocre, and I don't know which to blame.
I've actually been in more of a Sci Fi phase lately; I've been reading some old James Schmidt (Hub of the Federation stuff) and Forbidden Planets, an SFBC original anthology. Schmidt writes excellent, classic SF-- if you like Asimov or Heinlein, you'll go for him-- and FP is pretty good, too.
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