Friday, September 09, 2011

Kindle book deals or: speaking of Vonnegut ...

Serendipity! I get annoyed by a Fox News guest ignorantly citing Kurt Vonnegut to buttress his politics back in June, but wait until September to get around to writing a post about it, in which I note my appreciation of Vonnegut's books, then a day later I see that Amazon Kindle is offering 18 of his books through September 28 for four dollars.

I have read fifteen of his works and have enjoyed every one of those reads, but if you have not read any of his works before, I would have to say that Slaughterhouse Five* (his most important/famous novel), Breakfast of Champions, and maybe Cat's Cradle are the ones I would start with.

There's also the recently launched Kindle Daily Deal which is fairly self-explanatory: it features a different book from a different genre everday at a discounted price ranging from a dollar to three or four dollars.

And, finally, thanks to the tip from Sheldon, there is Dean Baker's The End of Loser Liberalism: Making Markets Progressive for a dollar which can also be found for free in pdf format. Baker describes the book, here.

*I must note that Vonnegut unfortunately relied on the figures of Holocaust denier David Irving to inflate the number of dead in Dresden from Allied firebombing - a central event in the novel - from around 25,000 to 140,000. Although it is unlikely that Vonnegut would have realized what Irving's true intentions were, even after it came to light (thanks largely to the work of Deborah Lipstadt) that Irving was an anti-Semitic liar, Vonneut for whatever reason stuck to the original false figures in his book.


Mark Erickson said...

After going to a Half-Price Books, I was shocked to learn that their used books are indeed half-priced. Then I hit the clearance section and found the one and two dollar books. That must be your hunting grounds. I found The Wrecking Crew by Thomas Frank for two bucks, but just couldn't pull the trigger for eight dollar politics or ten plus dollars for science. You're turning me in to a bargain hunter.

Hume's Ghost said...

Yes, back when Angler first came out I found a hc copy for 8 or 9 bucks or something like that, thinking I had gotten a good deal. I now see it all the time - new - for one dollar.

I no longer buy books at full price, or even somewhat discounted, as I almost always within a year or so run across the book in the same condition for a fraction of the cost.

Alan said...


I have read all three of those, what would be your 4th and 5th suggestions?


P.S. - I'm still reading every post (though sometimes I have to catch up), keep up the good work...

Hume's Ghost said...

Hm. I guess Sirens of Titans and then I'm not quite sure - the rest are all about equivalent in my eyes, so I'd just go with one that has a plot that sounds interesting.

I see that Amazon is offering two non-fiction collections from Vonnegut (Palm Sunday & Fates Worse than Death) - I have not read either (will be reading Fates on kindle and recently got a print copy of Palm Sunday) but have read his other such collection, Wampeters, Foma, and Granfalloons, and enjoyed that a great deal.

I just finished Mother Night, which, as I can say for everything else I've read by him, I enjoyed; and I'm now reading/finishing Hocus Pocus, which I'm in the process of enjoying.