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Old 04-02-2011, 01:28 AM   #1
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Bargain ($0.99 multiple US stores) - Consider Phlebas by Iain Banks [Science Fiction]

Consider Phlebas, 1st in award-winner Iain M. Banks' acclaimed Culture series of science fiction novels, is currently a mere 99 cents over multiple stores for the US only, as far as I can tell.

It's an Agency book from Hachette's Orbit imprint, thus B&N & Sony & Amazon all have it for the same low, low price.

Kobo/Borders seem to have it still at full price, but I'd give it a day or two to drop if you really want it from them, since that's how the Agency model is technically supposed to work.

His other works seem to cost $8 and up for US people (mostly 6.29 and couponable for Canadians, though, so I guess it averages out for us?)

Anyway, if you had Banks' work on your wishlist or this is just something you think you might be interested in, I encourage you to scoop it up to in turn encourage publishers to hopefully make a habit of dropping their books to 99 cents promotional pricing if they're not going to freebie them outright.

(ETA: Apparently this is the Spotlight feature discount book/author for April at B&N, which looks like it'll probably mean that this deal will be good for possibly the entire month.)

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The war raged across the galaxy. Billions had died, billions more were doomed. Moons, planets, the very stars themselves, faced destruction, cold-blooded, brutal, and worse, random. The Idirans fought for their Faith; the Culture for its moral right to exist. Principles were at stake. There could be no surrender.

Within the cosmic conflict, an individual crusade. Deep within a fabled labyrinth on a barren world, a Planet of the Dead proscribed to mortals, lay a fugitive Mind. Both the Culture and the Idirans sought it. It was the fate of Horza, the Changer, and his motley crew of unpredictable mercenaries, human and machine, actually to find it, and with it their own destruction.

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Old 04-02-2011, 07:13 AM   #2
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Thanks for the heads up. Banks is one of "my" authors and I haven't read this one yet.
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Old 04-02-2011, 11:57 AM   #3
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It's his first science fiction, (he wrote horror earlier), and to my mind not as good as later ones. Still worth reading though.
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Old 04-02-2011, 05:27 PM   #4
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One of my favourites. Got it in paper, but that's no reason not to snaffle it for my Kindle.
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Old 04-26-2011, 03:33 PM   #5
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For fans of Banks' Culture books, B&N now has an exclusive interview with him where he briefly discusses writing Consider Phlebas in conjunction with B&N's monthly spotlight promotion (which according to another post, is Orbit's April monthly special applicable to all participating US stores).

Also, at some point it dropped to the promo pricing @ Kobo for US persons (I assume that's the right link, since I'm getting a "Content not available internationally message") for anyone who might like to try the Kobo Gift Card + VPN IP proxy workaround for geo-restrictions.
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Old 04-26-2011, 06:39 PM   #6
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Also, at some point it dropped to the promo pricing @ Kobo for US persons (I assume that's the right link, since I'm getting a "Content not available internationally message") for anyone who might like to try the Kobo Gift Card + VPN IP proxy workaround for geo-restrictions.
Yes it's 99c on Kobo but the coupons don't work with it.

It's also 99c on Sony.
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Old 04-26-2011, 06:41 PM   #7
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I know. It's an Agency book. The Gift Card workaround is included for non-US people who might like to try getting it, without having to input possibly conflicting credit card billing info.
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Got it earlier when the 0.99 sale was announced. Just started it and am enjoying it so far.
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