Sunday, October 2, 2011

Bargain Ebooks Today: What the Dickens and The Name of the Rose

For those of you considering a Kindle after all the new iterations announced this week--or those who already own one--two books that may be of interest to readers here just dropped in price, probably temporarily, so if you are interested, don't wait. Sometimes these price drops only last a matter of hours or days. (I picked up the Hunger Games Trilogy for under five dollars on Wednesday in a deal that only lasted a few hours.) They've been on my really long watch list and these prices make them a great bargain.

And, while we're here, if you are considering a Kindle--I myself already preordered a Kindle Fire so expect a review when it arrives--please remember to click through SurLaLune before adding one to your cart to purchase. SurLaLune gets a small percentage which helps keep this site going. Believe it or not, this site just manages to support itself--it's not making me rich or even paying a bill or two--this is all done out of passion, not finance, but it helps when it doesn't take away from my pockets either! The Kindle Fire won't be replacing my beloved Keyboard Kindles but will supplement for reading books in color and web browsing and note taking in meetings, or so I hope on the latter. Yes, I have another job entirely separate from SurLaLune that actually pays the bills. I just adore the e-ink screens too much for my extensive bouts of reading so the e-ink Kindles are still my preferred devices for reading regular books.

But on to the bargain books, here's more about them:

What-the-Dickens: The Story of a Rogue Tooth Fairy by Gregory Maguire

Book description:

A terrible storm is raging, and Dinah is huddled by candlelight with her brother, sister, and cousin Gage, who is telling a very unusual tale. It’s thestory of What-the-Dickens, a newly hatched orphan creature who finds he has an attraction to teeth, a crush on a cat named McCavity, and a penchant for getting into trouble. One day he happens upon a feisty girl skibberee working as an Agent of Change — trading coins for teeth — and learns of a dutiful tribe of tooth fairies to which he hopes to belong. As his tale unfolds, however, both What-the-Dickens and Dinah come to see that the world is both richer and far less sure than they ever imagined.

The Name of the Rose by Umberto Eco

Book description:

The year is 1327. Franciscans in a wealthy Italian abbey are suspected of heresy, and Brother William of Baskerville arrives to investigate.When his delicate mission is suddenly overshadowed by seven bizarre deaths, Brother William turns detective. He collects evidence, deciphers secret symbols and coded manuscripts, and digs into the eerie labyrinth of the abbey where extraordinary things are happening under the cover of night. A spectacular popular and critical success, The Name of the Rose is not only a narrative of a murder investigation but an astonishing chronicle of the Middle Ages.

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