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I see The Hunger Games is £1.99 for the Kindle. Anyone read it, it's sold loads and they're making a film of it. I guess what I'm asking is it's classed as Young Adult fiction, how much pleasure would an adult get out of it? The premise sounds interesting.

Why worry about the fact that it's classed as YA? Download the first chapter and see if you like it :) Nobody is going to think you're twelve

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I see The Hunger Games is £1.99 for the Kindle. Anyone read it, it's sold loads and they're making a film of it. I guess what I'm asking is it's classed as Young Adult fiction, how much pleasure would an adult get out of it? The premise sounds interesting.

I've heard good things about the first couple of books and then it goes a bit wrong in the third book, but still worth a punt at that price.

For fans of sf and fantasy, a lot of Angry Robot's ebooks are going for a mere £1 on Amazon and are worth picking up. Just avoid Kell's Legend because it's fucking shit.

Read this review if you don't believe me.

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I've heard good things about the first couple of books and then it goes a bit wrong in the third book, but still worth a punt at that price.

That is indeed exactly how they go, the first two are good dumb fun though.

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I've got both. PM me your email address and I'll send them as an attachment if you like?

You, sir, are a legend.

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Not sure if they qualify as bargains as such - if you have a good second hand / exchange type bookshop you can probably pick up the paperbacks more cheaply - but I have just noticed that Gollancz, presumably as part of their big anniversary coming up, are releasing hundreds of "golden age of SF" titles from the 60s and 70s at the end of September - the likes of Silverberg, Bob Shaw, Sladek, Poul Andersen, the guys that got me picking up the books in the local library all those years ago.

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Not sure if they qualify as bargains as such - if you have a good second hand / exchange type bookshop you can probably pick up the paperbacks more cheaply - but I have just noticed that Gollancz, presumably as part of their big anniversary coming up, are releasing hundreds of "golden age of SF" titles from the 60s and 70s at the end of September - the likes of Silverberg, Bob Shaw, Sladek, Poul Andersen, the guys that got me picking up the books in the local library all those years ago.

It's the big Gateway project launch

http://www.sfgateway.com/

Gollancz, the SF and Fantasy imprint of the Orion Publishing Group, has announced: “The launch of the world’s largest digital SFF library, the SF Gateway, which will make thousands of out-of-print titles by classic genre authors available as eBooks.

Building on the remarkable success of Gollancz’s Masterworks series, the SF Gateway will launch this Autumn with more than a thousand titles by close to a hundred authors. It will build to 3,000 titles by the end of 2012, and 5,000 or more by 2014. Gollancz’s Digital Publisher Darren Nash, who joined the company in September 2010 to spearhead the project said, ‘The Masterworks series has been extraordinarily successful in republishing one or two key titles by a wide range of authors, but most of those authors had long careers in which they wrote dozens of novels which had fallen out of print. It seemed to us that eBooks would offer the ideal way to make them available again. This realization was the starting point for the SF Gateway.’ Wherever possible, the SF Gateway will offer the complete backlist of the authors included."

http://www.britishfantasysociety.org.uk/index.php/submitted-news/7-publisher/1508-gollancz-launches-the-sf-gateway

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Well' date=' no backlist freebie sf/fantasy yet as far as I can tell in the daily KDP select slushpile, but there's a bonanza of mystery/horror thriller novels and short stories from much-discussed pro-to-self-pub author J.A. Konrath/Jack Kilborn and frequent co-writer Blake Crouch.

At least 30 of their singly and jointly-written self-pub titles have shown up as free on Amazon as part of the exclusive-or-else program, and many of them seem to be DRM-free, for those with other readers who want to give their writing a try.

I have no idea whether this is a planned promotional stunt for the holidays or just a massive glitch when setting the exclusivity settings, but if you want these, pick them up post-haste before they go and change things for whatever reason.

There's no way I'm typing out and linking this many titles, so I will simply provide you with Amazon's "works by this author" links, pre-sorted low to high. Be sure to trawl through all three names, as while there's a good deal of overlap, a couple of the books seem only to be listed "solo".

There's even a freebied translation of one of the freebied thrillers into German, if you want to try out your language learning skills.

Writing as J.A. Konrath: in Amazon main, UK, DE, ES, FR, IT.

Writing as Jack Kilborn: in Amazon main, UK, DE, ES, FR, IT.

Written by Blake Crouch: in Amazon main, UK, DE, ES, FR, IT.

Happy reading, if you happen to like mystery/horror thrillers.

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Please forgive the self-promotion, and this isn't a recommendation...more of a notification.

I've just published my own novel on Amazon, for Kindle. With some fab cover art by fellow rllmuk'er cowfields. (This is all very strange to me, as I've never sold or pimped anything before.)

The book is an attempt at humourous sci-fi. It's a story about a cyborg called Z14, who, in trying to discover more about himself and the planet he's on, ends up embroiled in the B-movie-like plans of some arrogant, powerful, but naieve aliens. They've got ambitious plans for the humans of Deliverance...well, for parts of the humans, at least.

You can get it at the link below, although I've started a thread in Creative Design, where I say I'm happy to send out free copies to rllmuk'ers, in the hope you'll support me and buy it aftwards (or even take a plunge and just buy it anyway).

"Z14": http://www.amazon.co...f=docs-os-doi_0

Thread in Creative forum: http://www.rllmukfor...ovel-on-amazon/

I'm not going to spam the entire forum, just a post in this thread, the thread above (that I think should become a general rllmuk authors thread after a little while), and, finally, I'm going to put a link in my sig.

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Free today. This got a recommendation on Boing Boing

http://www.amazon.co.uk/Astronauts-and-Heretics-ebook/dp/B006JH4RNY/

An ardent missionary beams to another galaxy--but finds his convictions and personality altered in transmission.

A bounty hunter pursues a replicant from out of history. This is not called termination. It is called “impeachment.”

Aliens invade a globally depressed Earth with a sinister weapon: A new line of curiously addictive consumer products.

Superheroes must control their powers. Or a shadowy government agency will do it for them.

Plus the Second Coming, with a special guest appearance by the Patron Saint of Television.

Welcome to seven adventures in space, time, and from under the floorboards.

These stories were previously published in Realms of Fantasy, Interzone, Rosebud, Science Fiction Age, and other respected venues.

"In ASTRONAUTS AND HERETICS, author Tom Marcinko takes us on science-fictional journeys that have the special knack of making us think, dread and laugh, often at the same time. From the dystopic possibilities of superhuman powers and a real-world return of Christ, to the comedic mashup of 'Seinfeld' with 'Deep Space Nine,' to a truly original tale about interstellar Catholic missionaries, Marcinko's collection is sure to engage your mind, funny bone, and heart."--Mark A. Rayner, author of MARVELLOUS HAIRY and THE AMADEUS NET.

“Witty and unflinching…sharp and entertaining…If you’re craving dark humor and a twist on Armageddon, ‘A Close Personal Relationship’ is the perfect fix."—Maggie Jamison, TANGENT ONLINE

"I had really weird dreams I don't remember last night after reading 'Whiter Teeth, Fresher Breath' before I went to bed. Nice work. Seriously. I think I read the majority of these in one form or another way back when … but the whole "collected works" thing really brings out the tone and humor(s) in them."--Hop Wechsler, co-author, THE HUMAN MUSEUM

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Hmm. I paid more for that about 2 weeks ago. I guess it just sucks to be me and Amazon don't care?

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Contact them and ask for a refund - I've done this before when a pre-ordered new release book I'd bought dropped a fair bit about a week after release and they were fine to refund.

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That's interesting about the refunds. A lot of the self-published authors on Amazon play with their prices quite often. I wonder how many of them are plagued by refunds if they do that.

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