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Old 08-01-2020, 06:21 PM   #4171
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Two books from the Undying Mercenaries series by B V Larson on sale for $1.99 Amazon only. Military scifi.

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Old 08-01-2020, 11:37 PM   #4172
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And with a religious cult ready to buy up as many copies as required to get it onto the bestseller lists, as with all of his books.
Yeah, the history of Ronnie's bestsellers is more interesting than the books themselves.

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I did actually read all of these, many years ago, and while yes, they are terrible, there was some amusement to be had.
So you're the one who finished Mission Earth! I'm glad to see you've gotten past your bout of insanity.

I don't doubt that mixed in to ten volumes of crap there are nuggets of enjoyment. Maybe a good editor could have whittled it down to a single good book.

My limited experience with L. Ron convinces me he was a quantity over quality guy. Like he put out his first draft and moved on to something new rather than polishing what he did. That gives him a large body of work, but there's not a lot worth reading. I'd bet if not for the cult, his work would be OOP and forgotten.
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Old 08-02-2020, 01:27 AM   #4173
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I actually enjoyed Battlefield Earth. Of course, I read it as a teen. I couldn't get past the third book of Mission: Earth if I remember correctly.
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Old 08-02-2020, 03:22 AM   #4174
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Many new titles in Amazon.com's daily deal:
A Memory Called Empire by Arkady Martine - $2.99 - Link
First in a series. Very highly regarded.
Who took advantage of the special?
Does it still cost the same, what does a Hugo do to pricing
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Old 08-02-2020, 03:26 AM   #4175
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Does it still cost the same, what does a Hugo do to pricing
It was on sale on the 30th. (I don't usually post repeats)
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Old 08-02-2020, 05:40 AM   #4176
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It was on sale on the 30th. (I don't usually post repeats)
Did a search for "A Memory Called Empire" only your post last year 16-02-2019 came up. Apologies then..
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Old 08-02-2020, 06:04 AM   #4177
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I would also note that ALL of the nominees, and a majority of the runner-ups, were on sale in the past year, and I believe I may have posted about all of them. you're missing out by just focusing on the winner.

Same goes for novellas.
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Old 08-02-2020, 10:07 AM   #4178
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The Eon Series By Greg Bear $2.99 Amazon, Kobo and B&N
Omnibus of 3 books

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Old 08-02-2020, 12:55 PM   #4179
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So you're the one who finished Mission Earth! I'm glad to see you've gotten past your bout of insanity.
I read the whole series not too recently (maybe 10 years ago) because the library had them all and I had started, but not finished them as a teen. They actually are quite funny, although much of the humor is heavy-handed and you can see all of L. Ron's pet peeves clearly. Even in their current state they read quickly, I finished each book (and they're all pretty thick) much quicker than I expected. They really need drastic editing, (as I like to say, they need editing with an ax) cutting it down to a trilogy would likely make for some seriously funny and quick-reading books that most people would enjoy. I don't regret reading the whole series once, although I'll never do it again.

If you can get them from the library go for it, but don't spend any money on them.

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The Eon Series By Greg Bear $2.99 Amazon, Kobo and B&N
Omnibus of 3 books

Amazon: https://www.amazon.com/Eon-Legacy-Et...al-text&sr=1-3
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These are quite excellent books, highly, highly recommended. At this price they're a huge bargain.
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Old 08-02-2020, 03:40 PM   #4180
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Maybe cutting them with an ax would make them horrendously funny!
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Old 08-02-2020, 04:35 PM   #4181
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So you're the one who finished Mission Earth! I'm glad to see you've gotten past your bout of insanity.
I read that series as it came out. It has something in common with John Norman’s Gor books: they’re the only books I’ve deliberately tossed out of my collection.

Note that I don’t consider selling a physical book after getting the ebook to be the same thing; I’ve done that plenty of times. Similarly, books I’ve lost to other causes don’t count. These I just plain got rid of.
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Old 08-02-2020, 04:53 PM   #4182
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What scares me is that all of the Gor books are available in Canada with a Kobo Plus subscription.

I've heard such terrible things about them, I might take a look at the first one just to see how bad it really is... (I decided to take advantage of the free month trial.)
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Old 08-02-2020, 05:47 PM   #4183
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What scares me is that all of the Gor books are available in Canada with a Kobo Plus subscription.

I've heard such terrible things about them, I might take a look at the first one just to see how bad it really is... (I decided to take advantage of the free month trial.)
You poor soul. I read the first book in the series back in the late sixties and then read the next one because "they can't all be that bad" (those were the ones that read like a Edgar Rice Burroughs pastiche). I was wrong.
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Old 08-02-2020, 07:57 PM   #4184
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What scares me is that all of the Gor books are available in Canada with a Kobo Plus subscription.

I've heard such terrible things about them, I might take a look at the first one just to see how bad it really is... (I decided to take advantage of the free month trial.)

The first 3 (or 4) are not bad. They're very 'Burroughs-ish' and 'Kline-ish'.

The rest stink something horrible.
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Old 08-02-2020, 08:44 PM   #4185
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3 or 4 years ago I tried to sell off about 20 sets of old books. Most I couldn't give away but amazingly the 10 or so Gor books got several bidders and netted about $35...
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