Thursday evening kindle books at low prices

In the absence of free kindle book offers here are 7 good book deals -

  1. Extraordinary Popular Delusions and the Madness of Crowds by Charles Mackay is $1. It’s rated 4 stars on 71 reviews and includes all 3 volumes. Note that this is probably a public domain book.

    Why do otherwise intelligent individuals form seething masses of idiocy when they engage in collective action? Why do financially sensible people jump lemming-like into hare-brained speculative frenzies–only to jump broker-like out of windows when their fantasies dissolve?

    We may think that the Great Crash of 1929, junk bonds of the ’80s, and over-valued high-tech stocks of the ’90s are peculiarly 20th century aberrations, but Mackay’s classic–first published in 1841–shows that the madness and confusion of crowds knows no limits, and has no temporal bounds.

    These are extraordinarily illuminating,and, unfortunately, entertaining tales of chicanery, greed and naivete. Essential reading for any student of human nature or the transmission of ideas.

  2. Still Life: A Chief Inspector Gamache Novel by Louise Penny is $2.99, rated 4.5 stars on 78 reviews, and another example of authors flocking to the magical $2.99 price point. It gets a starred review from both Publishers Weekly and Booklist.

    This is a real gem of a book that slowly draws the reader into a beautifully told, lyrically written story of love, life, friendship, and tragedy. And it’s a pretty darn good mystery too.

    When the body of Jane Neal, a middle-aged artist, is found near a woodland trail used by deer hunters outside the village of Three Pines, it appears she’s the victim of a hunting accident. Summoned to the scene, Gamache, an appealingly competent senior homicide investigator, soon determines that the woman was most likely murdered.

  3. Killing Red by Henry Perez is rated 4.5 stars on 17 reviews and priced at $4.47. It’s made its way to the Top 100.

    On death row, serial killer Kenneth Lee Grubb has six days to live. His last request? An interview with reporter Alex Chapa. What begins as a dream story soon turns into a nightmare for Alex. For amidst Grubb’s taunts and boasts lies the horrific claim that someone is carefully repeating his past crimes.

    When nine people suddenly turn up dead, Alex realizes Grubb is telling the truth. Now the copycat killer is ready to pay his ultimate tribute to his idol. He’s set his sights on Annie Sykes or ‘Red’ as Grubb calls her – the only survivor of his bloodlust fifteen years ago.

  4. Hotel on the Corner of Bitter and Sweet by Jamie Ford is now $6.49. It’s rated 4 stars on 290 reviews.

    Henry Lee is a 12-year-old Chinese boy who falls in love with Keiko Okabe, a 12-year-old Japanese girl, while they are scholarship students at a prestigious private school in World War II Seattle.

    Henry hides the relationship from his parents, who would disown him if they knew he had a Japanese friend. His father insists that Henry wear an “I am Chinese” button everywhere he goes because Japanese residents of Seattle have begun to be shipped off by the thousands to relocation centers.

    This is an old-fashioned historical novel that alternates between the early 1940s and 1984, after Henry’s wife Ethel has died of cancer.

  5. Damage Control by Amy J. Fetzer is in the Top 100. It’s Contemporary Romance.

    Explosives expert Sebastian Fontenot has patience in spades – But when the hard-bodied operative learns his oldest friend is in trouble, he flies into action-and ends up on the Artic Circle, where a sexy scientist holds clues that threaten his mission and her life.

    Olivia Corrigan can handle men. But Sebastian Fontenot is like no other she’s encountered: hot as hell and in danger of thinking he can order her around with that delicious drawl of his. Lucky for her, the mesmerizing mercenary is on her side.

  6. Ruthless by Anne Stuart is rated 4 stars on 27 reviews. It’s priced at $5.59 and there’s a lot of praise for the powerful story. This one is Historical Romance.

    …dark, intense, and sometimes unsettling historical romance.

    In 1760s Paris, penniless British noblewoman Elinor Harriman is struggling to support her family when her ill mother runs away to an orgy held by Viscount Rohan, a mysterious libertine known as the King of Hell.

    This sets in motion a chain of events that draws Elinor and Rohan into a fierce contest of wills and desires. Stuart’s writing is crisp and quick, and her characters are finely and memorably drawn, but Rohan’s often violent and predatory treatment of Elinor goes well beyond what most readers will find acceptable in an ostensible hero, especially given Elinor’s traumatic childhood.

    Notions of the reformatory power of love fall flat against these grim scenes …

  7. Think and Grow Rich by Napoleon Hill is rated 4.5 stars on 477 reviews. It’s $1 though it might be available free as a public domain download.

    During our ten-year association, I learned the missing number to my combination for worldwide successful achievement. The Master Mind Principle: two or more persons working together in complete harmony toward a mutual goal or goals…

    …Napoleon Hill’s philosophy teaches you what you were never taught. Specifically: How to Recognize, Relate, Assimilate and Apply principles whereby you can achieve any goal whatsoever that doesn’t violate Universal Law – the Law of God and the rights of your fellowman.

It’s interesting that a book (Still Life) that got a starred review from both Publishers Weekly and Booklist is happily priced at $2.99 and doing well. It’s published by the Minotaur imprint of Macmillan.

10 Responses

  1. Sorry for the newbie question – Why do I see a difference between the costs in Amazon and the costs you present here? For example the last book (think and grow rich) – you say $1, but in Amazon I see $3. Is there a hidden cost that I’m not aware of? Maybe it was updated after you posted this post? Btw, I’m from Australia, is that the reason?

    Btw, great blog! Since I ordered my Kindle 3 (one of the lucky ones who should get it first) I follow it and find great gems!

    Thanks!

  2. While you’re at it Abhi, check out a report about the new Pandigital’s tablet.

    http://bit.ly/aTjg9W

    Cheers.

  3. Hey, Amazon changed the ship date on new orders to sep 17th. It was Sep 10th before. Just noticed this change in the wee hours on Friday the 20th.

  4. I wish you had a “contact me” option.

    You may wish to read the following post: http://www.tor.com/blogs/2010/08/a-fondness-for-antiques-the-future-of-books-according-to-science-fiction

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