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Bookerly Font

28 August 2015 16:08 (GMT)

I've been reading with the new Bookerly font, which is supposed to be the "best for reading".

It took me a bit before getting used to it as it seemed a bit unsubstantial.
I've spotted a flaw with it that I thought was a formatting error on an Indie book, but have now seen it twice more, including on Robert Rankin's first Brentford book.
Where there's a 'C it shows as if it is ' C.

Has anyone else noticed this?  I suppose there's not that many occurrences of it, but it is annoying to see.  Well it is for a pedant like me.

I'm thinking I'm going to go back to the font I had before ...... but I cannot remember what it was Smile

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Death Squad

28 August 2015 12:02 (GMT)

Death Squad, the second Danny Lancaster book by Bill Todd, is another exciting read. 
The title is the name of a 1970s rock band and after a come-back they die one by one under inexplicable circumstances. You can only believe in so much coincidence. Danny Lancaster Investigates! Danny seems superficially to be a bit of a Jack-the-lad but his charisma and character are such that his friends willingly put themselves in danger to help him. In this case, he finds he’s been invited to investigate a case which then sets him up as the major suspect in a multiple murder. How is he going to get out of this one?
 

Bill Todd’s stories are always complex and, if you pay attention, they are a gripping read. They move fast, there are many characters and nasty things happen to people. If you’re a devotee of the murder, mystery, detective and/or thriller categories, these books will really hook you.

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JooRevoo: Demon Road by Derek Landy

27 August 2015 17:28 (GMT)

Demon Road by Derek Landy

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This, apparently is the first in a new series from Derek Landy. I enjoyed the first of the Skulduggery Pleasant series, but this one is aimed for a bit older audience.

When Amber becomes 16, she realises why her parents haven't really been bothered with her for all her life. Until now, when she becomes interesting to them and their friends. And so starts a mad road trip across America with her new found minder, Milo, and Glen the annoying side-kick, trying to stay one step ahead of her parents.

Following the "Demon Road" Amber and the gang meet all sorts of unsavoury characters and usually have to fight it out.

This is quite a violent story and I don't think Amber has as many good one-liners as Stephanie in the Skulduggery Pleasant series. It was a good read, however and I did enjoy it.

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Revolver by Michael Patrick Hicks

23 August 2015 13:52 (GMT)


For a really shocking and memorable view of the future, Revolver by Michael Patrick Hicks is a winner. I reviewed this as part of the No Way Home SF anthology and am pleased to find my quote right there on Revolver's front cover! 

My full review said: "Revolver by Michael Patrick Hicks, takes the ‘shocking’ gold medal. A classic example of social science fiction, this portrays a nightmarish future America with clear roots in the present day. Ironically this story is the furthest away from the ‘stranded’ theme and yet I found it the most gripping."

This is now on sale as a separate release for only 99p and well worth a read: http://www.amazon.co.uk/dp/B014ALS0KG/

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Paperwhite Update 5.6.5

15 August 2015 23:09 (GMT)

I found the new update to be done manually.
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The software update includes general improvements and the following new features:

A redesigned Smart Lookup makes it easier to get to the actions you want to take while reading - highlight, create a note, share a quote, and more, while keeping your favourite Smart Lookup features like Dictionary, Wikipedia, and X-Ray easily accessible. Just tap and hold on a word, phrase, or sentence to bring up Smart Lookup and swipe right to left to see the next card.
Bookerly, our new, exclusive font specifically designed for reading on digital screens to help customers read faster and with less eye strain, is now available.
New typography and layout improvements with hyphenation, justification, ligatures, and kerning, as well as pop-up footnotes, endnotes and chapter notes. These improvements are supported in hundreds of thousands of Kindle books today, including many best sellers, with more being added every week, and are currently available for titles in English, French, Italian, German, Spanish, Portuguese, and Dutch.
With your Kindle for Kids Unlimited subscription, thousands of kid-friendly books can now be read in your child’s profile.

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Elysian Wonderland by Stuart Ayris

09 August 2015 10:33 (GMT)

I find it hard to believe that I'm the first to review this book here, but I can't find a thread about it, so here goes:

Elysian Wonderland

 
This is another extraordinary creation by Stuart Ayris. It begins with a painfully accurate observation of a couple who still live together, but no longer communicate. On a whim they set off in their long-neglected campervan, Flo, who takes them to a music festival. An odd character, Purple Alice, persuades them to try a curious purple drink and their adventure begins as they find themselves in a world of talking animals, bizarre people and strange happenings.
There is a similarity to the theme of Alice in Wonderland, (hence, of course, the play on words in the title), but that similarity is only superficial. In this wonderland we find the author at his exuberant, whimsical best in a place where language is a flexible toy for creative play. If the word he needs doesn’t already exist, he invents it – and we instinctively know what he means. If a phrase sounds particularly fine, he’ll repeat it. His trademark pop music references abound – is there another author who would give us a character called Judy Judy Judy? Vivid images are thrown at us in rapid succession. From time to time he addresses the reader directly to make sure we’re still involved.
As they progress through the wonderland the couple see glimpses of their own and each other’s past lives and come to an understanding of their relationship in the real world.
It took me ages to read this book. I had to keep re-reading passages for the pure enjoyment of the writing that frequently feels more like poetry than conventional prose.

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Free Cookbook! Vegan Cheesecakes

27 August 2015 10:21 (GMT)

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Kickass urban fantasy Sky Ghosts: All for One is free today!

27 August 2015 10:17 (GMT)

"This is a book for those looking for action, heart, realism, sexiness, romance, loads of humor, and a dark and visual world." 

The first book in the Sky Ghosts series is free today and tomorrow (August 27-28)!

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Under the cover of night, unseen in their black gear against the black sky, there are Sky Ghosts - warriors and assassins, who have been hiding among humans for centuries, revealing their supernatural abilities only to the human elite. They are bodyguards of the highest level and protectors of their cities at night, when they hunt those who chose the dark side, Sky Beasts. 
In New York City, there are two fighters that Sky Beasts hate more than anyone - Jane and Pain, two sisters who don't think twice about beheading a Beast or two. One night, they save two boys from their enemies' blades, and since that moment, their lives are effectively ruined. The whole Sky Beasts gang is now after them, and not only the boys are in danger, but everybody the sisters love and care about. 
As a war threatens to break out, the main mystery remains unsolved: why would the Beasts hunt two ordinary human boys? 

Sky Ghosts: All for One is the first book in the Sky Ghosts series that won't leave indifferent fans of sword fighting, fantasy romance, and the woman warrior genre. 

*The series is free for reviewers: if you read and review the first book at Amazon, you can get the next book for free in any ebook format. All you need to do is send me a message via email alex.engellmann@gmail.com 
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What people say:
"The strongest aspect of this book was the way the characters interacted and played off of each other and the dialogue they had with one another. There was an abundance of humor anytime this young cast did anything together."

"Though most of the characters are equipped with supernatural abilities, none of them are outrageous geniuses or flawless superheroes. They are all very human in their thought processes and decisions."

"It's a cocktail of tragedy, irony, courage and self-sacrifice - with a bittersweet cherry of a love story on top. "

"This book has everything. Love, action, fantasy and world-building. This is one of those books which you can imagine sliding into reality, despite its fantastical elements."


The next book in the series, a short side-story, is already available!

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Last Stop Klindenspeil - free on Amazon August 22 - 26, 2015

22 August 2015 12:12 (GMT)

The YA novel, LAST STOP KLINDENSPIEL, is free on Amazon from August 22 to 26, 2015.  Download your free copy today!
Combining the survival instincts made famous in THE HUNGER GAMES with the intensity of THE BOOK THIEF, LAST STOP KLINDENSPIEL is a tightrope of horrors that will make you think twice about running away to join the circus… 

It’s been eight years since the Second World War has ended – long enough for people to forgive and forget – but feelings of hate run deep in Norway against people like fifteen-year-old Katya Holberg and her family. Separated from her father when the Allies liberated Poland, Katya and the rest of her family are sent to an internment camp in Oslo where they’re eventually rescued by a Norwegian war hero. After four tumultuous years together, he brutally murders her sister, forcing Katya and her mother to seek refuge with her grandmother in faraway Droeback where Katya’s mother is murdered by villagers soon after their arrival. Fearing for her safety, Katya’s grandmother sends her to Klindenspiel, the only circus of its kind in Europe, where all of the performers are children. Once there, Katya quickly learns that all of the young performers share her terrible secret, making them more like her than she could ever have imagined. Things become complicated when Klindenspiel’s artistic director pairs Katya with Aleks, a good-looking but secretive seventeen-year-old, who’s skilled in acrobatics and dance. Curious about, and attracted to her new partner, Katya secretly follows him one night and learns the horrible truth behind Klindenspiel’s magic. With the curtains about to rise on Klindenspiel’s newest show, Katya and Aleks must give the performance of a lifetime – both on and off the stage – because their lives, and those of their fellow performers, are depending on it. 
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FREE Vegan Cupcakes - kindle book

22 August 2015 09:33 (GMT)


I Love cupcakes and i'm vegan, i found this free cookbook and i try it, it's awesome!
http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B0145UEV8M?*Version*=1&*entries*=0

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