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Old 04-06-2012, 12:56 AM   #1
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Amazon $1.99 Weekend Deal - Flowers for Algernon

And the winner is.... Flowers for Algernon by Daniel Keyes. Price dropped from $7.99 to $1.99 until Sunday. This will probably get a price match everywhere else tomorrow, so you can check your favourite storefront for it. In case you grew up on Mars and have never heard of this:
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Daniel Keyes wrote little SF but is highly regarded for one classic, Flowers for Algernon. As a 1959 novella it won a Hugo Award; the 1966 novel-length expansion won a Nebula. The Oscar-winning movie adaptation Charly (1968) also spawned a 1980 Broadway musical.

Following his doctor's instructions, engaging simpleton Charlie Gordon tells his own story in semi-literate "progris riports." He dimly wants to better himself, but with an IQ of 68 can't even beat the laboratory mouse Algernon at maze-solving:

I dint feel bad because I watched Algernon and I lernd how to finish the amaze even if it takes me along time.

I dint know mice were so smart.

Algernon is extra-clever thanks to an experimental brain operation so far tried only on animals. Charlie eagerly volunteers as the first human subject.

Vote for next weekend's $1.99 deal here. The Nomination looks good, but you could vote for one of the others if you insist.
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Old 04-06-2012, 02:13 AM   #2
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Sounds like a good deal. I can remember reading the story in high school. I can't recall if I read the short story or novel length version when in school but I do remember it. Cliff Robertson played the main character in the movie version.
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Old 04-06-2012, 08:08 AM   #3
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Thank you, Synamon! I'm on a binge of reading/rereading the past Hugo awarded books, so this deal comes at the perfect time.
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Old 04-06-2012, 09:30 AM   #4
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hmm...this sounds pretty sad :c
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Old 04-06-2012, 03:53 PM   #5
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It is touching and poignant, but a very good read.

The short story is, IMHO, much more powerful than the later novelization.
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Yes, it's heartbreaking and wonderful at the same time.
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And the winner is.... Flowers for Algernon by Daniel Keyes. Price dropped from $7.99 to $1.99 until Sunday. This will probably get a price match everywhere else tomorrow, so you can check your favourite storefront for it.
This is not an Agency 6 ebook, so it's not likely to be price-matched. B&N has it at an outrageous $9.99, a dollar more than the mass market paperback they sell. Kobo is $8.55, so if you're looking for a cheap epub, you're not likely to find one.
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Old 04-07-2012, 04:28 AM   #9
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Amazon UK don't have it as an ebook at all.
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Old 04-07-2012, 10:00 AM   #10
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This is not an Agency 6 ebook, so it's not likely to be price-matched. B&N has it at an outrageous $9.99, a dollar more than the mass market paperback they sell. Kobo is $8.55, so if you're looking for a cheap epub, you're not likely to find one.
Not too awful, if you can pair it with one of the 35%-45% off coupons.
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A truly heartbreaking book. I think it's a great book, but one I find difficult to read.
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I read it many years ago, but I'm fairly certain I read the older novella version rather than the full-length novel offered by Amazon, as I read it as part of an anthology. It was definitely an excellent story, truly heartbreaking as described above. I've now purchased the full-length novel from Amazon, and it's now on my Kindle for future reading.

Thanks for the information!

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BBC's A Good Read discussed it recently. One of the greatest SF stories of all time.
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