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Old 02-20-2012, 11:16 AM   #1
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Exclamation Free (Kindle KDP) Rediscovery by Marion Zimmer Bradley & Mercedes Lackey [Sci-Fi]

Rediscovery by Marion Zimmer Bradley & Mercedes Lackey is a prequel novel in the popular Darkover series of sf with redheaded psychic aristocratic caste vs those interloping Terranan, published circa 1993 by DAW books.

Mind you, it does seem to take place in some sort of compressed-time alternate pocket universe, since the timeline really doesn't match up with what had been previously established unless living under a red sun magically extends human lives and fertility by roughly 2 generations and some things in it outright contradict other stuff in the more "classic" novels where the future events first occur, but then, that's Darkover for you.

Nevertheless, it's fun enough to be a reasonably engaging read, even if it really doesn't fit into the series all that well.

This, unlike so many other KDP Select exclusive-or-else books, has not been yanked from distribution anywhere else, as it has been KDP Select exclusive-or-else from the outset.

Free with probably-DRM for likely just the one day @ Amazon main UK DE ES FR IT

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Leonie Hastur has a high degree of laran, the telepathic power of the Comyn caste, and wants to be Keeper of Arilinn Tower, which will give her as much power as her twin brother Lorill, Heir to Hastur. But she has a premonition that something strange and disturbing will come from the sky and change their world forever. She's correct.

Ysaye Barnett loves life on shipboard and would happily stay right there, with her beloved computers, forever. Her best friend Elizabeth Mackintosh, a musician and anthropologist, and her fiance, linguist David Lorne, want to marry and have children, which means they need a planet they can settle on and make their lives' work. They are very excited about the new planet, especially when they realize that it's a lost Terran colony.

As five young lives and their very different cultures meet, all of them will be changed by the encounter.


The rest is just what I found personally compelling enough in the slushpile to bother to include, though for any prospective trawlers, I will mention that there's a bunch of new stuff from authors who've previously been included, several with actual publication credits. If there's anything anyone has been particularly desiring to see yanked from availability elsewhere in other outlets for a potential up-to-5 free days out of 90 on Amazon alone, I'm sure they can find it themselves.

Sightseers & Scholars: Scientific Explorers in the Americas is a history of just what it says in the title, written by Stephen R. Bown, a Canadian non-fiction historical writer who has won a number of specified prizes and has had books selected for the Scientific American Book Club. Some of his works are available as e-books in the BC province-wide digital library if you happen to have a card.

A Good Soldier (US Grant mysteries) by Jeffrey Marks was very likely yanked from Smashwords and elsewhere, since the 1st in the series which we got was, but I like historical mysteries and it's rare that we get any of them anyway and I think it's that President's Day holiday in the US today, so whatever. This was published in 2003 by small press Overmountain and stars Ulysses S. Grant as the amateur sleuth.

I think I once mentioned that this author had the best set of brazen author lies in his bio that I'd yet come across on Amazon and it was a shame his book was no longer free as I'd have included it for the lulz. Well, it's free again now: Goldsmith's Return

Elementary school teacher Brad Miller has another educational book for the kiddies: Playing Around with Math: Card and Dice Games for Addition, Subtraction, Multiplication and More!

Happy reading, if indeed you manage to spot something you think you might like.
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Old 02-20-2012, 11:44 AM   #2
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This does not appear to be free at amazon.co.uk; the listed price is £4.99
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Here's an enhanced (annotated at least, possibly other features) version of H.G. Wells' The Time Machine that's dropped to free:

http://www.amazon.com/Machine-Enrich...N%3DB004XVQ73G
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Old 02-20-2012, 12:16 PM   #5
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Rediscovery doesn't appear to be free in the UK. It looks like the book is published by Gollancz's SFGateway imprint here.

Looks like I'm getting away without growing my TBR list today.
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Well, that's interesting. The last time the MZB Lit Works Trust had a conflict with an edition being available outside of kdp, it ended up with the book being hastily yanked from Fictionwise. Kind of wonder what will happen now, especially if Gollancz's line is available in other UK outlets.
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Well, that's interesting. The last time the MZB Lit Works Trust had a conflict with an edition being available outside of kdp, it ended up with the book being hastily yanked from Fictionwise. Kind of wonder what will happen now, especially if Gollancz's line is available in other UK outlets.
The UK link you posted in your initial message just goes to a "page not found" screen on Amazon, so I'd guess that whatever was there previously has been pulled.
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Sounds likely. When I checked it earlier on the bus via my Kindle, it still pulled up the product details but no price, unlike the 0 euros cost I get when I try the DE link. That was fast.
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I believe this one is included in Mad Stacks, for anyone who already has that. I'm soon going to need a wall chart for Scott's freebies.
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Rediscovery, UK edition

Unfortunately, Rediscovery isn't free in the UK. It is published there by Orion, and part of the deal is that the Marion Zimmer Bradley Literary Works Trust can't sell it in the UK territories listed in the contract (and you should see the list; there are 80 countries we have to exclude every time we put a book on Kindle that's covered by this deal). It hasn't been "yanked from elsewhere" because we just finished the scan/OCR/format/proofread/get cover art process. It's a new eBook, published less than two weeks ago.
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Here's an enhanced (annotated at least, possibly other features) version of H.G. Wells' The Time Machine that's dropped to free:

http://www.amazon.com/Machine-Enrich...N%3DB004XVQ73G
It may be a repeat. I got it on May 31st of last year. Of course Wells is always a good read.
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It may be a repeat. I got it on May 31st of last year. Of course Wells is always a good read.
Been free the whole time, it seems (as I check a list weekly, or so, that it's been free on since last May).
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It hasn't been "yanked from elsewhere" because we just finished the scan/OCR/format/proofread/get cover art process. It's a new eBook, published less than two weeks ago.
At the risk of sounding dense... why would you have to scan/OCR a new eBook, wouldn't it have been created as a digital document from the get-go?
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At the risk of sounding dense... why would you have to scan/OCR a new eBook, wouldn't it have been created as a digital document from the get-go?
It's an older book (early 90's??). They've created a new ebook to release it digitally.
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