7 kindle book deals to pick out your weekend’s reading from –
- The Windup Girl by Paolo Bacigalupi. Not exactly a deal but at $7.99 it’s a good price for a book that won the 2009 Nebula and shared the 2010 Hugo.
Starred Review. Noted short story writer Bacigalupi (Pump Six and Other Stories) proves equally adept at novel length in this grim but beautifully written tale of Bangkok struggling for survival in a post-oil era of rising sea levels and out-of-control mutation.
Capt. Jaidee Rojjanasukchai of the Thai Environment Ministry fights desperately to protect his beloved nation from foreign influences. Factory manager Anderson Lake covertly searches for new and useful mutations for a hated Western agribusiness.
- Not What She Seems by Victorine E. Lieske. Rated 4.5 stars on 26 reviews. Described as a ‘sweet’ romantic suspense. Just $1.
When billionaire Steven Ashton couldn’t stand his high society social life anymore, he left the stress of New York on a vacation for his soul. The need to meet real down to earth people lead him to a small Nebraska town he remembered visiting as a child.
Emily could have easily fallen in love with Steven, under different circumstances, but her past was catching up with her and she needed a new life. If the authorities found out about her, she could lose the one thing that meant everything, …
- A Touch of Deceit by Gary Ponzo. Rated 5 stars on 22 reviews. $1.99.
Winner of the Southwest Writers Novel Contest, Thriller category!
FBI agent Nick Bracco can’t stop a Kurdish terrorist from firing missiles at random homes across the country. The police can’t stand watch over every household, so Bracco recruits his cousin Tommy to help track down this terrorist. Tommy is in the Mafia. Oh yeah, it gets messy fast. As fast as you can turn the pages.
- Take the Monkeys and Run by Karen Cantwell. Have mentioned this before but it has a lot more reviews now – 4.5 stars on 28 reviews. Just $1.
Film lover Barbara Marr is a typical suburban mom living the typical suburban life in her sleepy little town of Rustic Woods, Virginia. Typical, that is until she sets out to find the missing link between a bizarre monkey sighting in her yard and the bone chilling middle-of-the-night fright fest at the strangely vacant house next door.
When Barb talks her two friends into some seemingly innocent Charlie’s Angels-like sleuthing, they stumble upon way more than they bargained for and uncover a piece of neighborhood history that certain people would kill to keep on the cutting room floor.
- Ransom X by I. B. Holder. Rated 4.5 stars on 9 reviews. $1.
Martin Legace is a former special ops standout, once recognized as the top field interrogator in the American military complex. His study of the human mind was carried out in make-shift tents on the edge of the battlefield; he didn’t write or read the book on how to break a prisoner, he simply followed his instincts, dissecting human behavior in a way that verges on autism.
He had a reputation for getting anything out of anyone – “had” being the operative word. Five years ago, a random crime shattered Legace’s world. Withdrawing inside himself, he built his life around the only family he had left, his teenage daughter.
His life was verging on stable when a young female agent from Washington walked into his office with an opportunity, an obligation and a threat.
- Strange Bedpersons by Jennifer Cruise. Rated 3.5 stars on 39 reviews. $1.61.
Tess Newhart knows her ex-boyfriend Nick Jamieson isn’t the right guy for her. He’s caviar and champagne; she’s take-out Chinese pot stickers. He’s an uptight Republican lawyer; she was raised in a commune. He wants to get ahead in business; she just wants…him.
Yet somehow she finds herself agreeing to play his fiancée on a weekend business trip that could make or break Nick’s career. And while he’s trying to convince Tess that he needs her in his respectable world, Tess is doing her best to keep her opinions to herself and her hands off Nick.
- Radical: Taking Back Your Faith from the American Dream by David Platt. Rated 4.5 stars on 125 reviews. Think it’s fascinating to contrast the pull of the American Dream with the pull of religion – any religion. $5.24 and was doing very well a week back – is still at #232.
“In his compelling new book, Radical, David Platt delivers a powerful picture of the church in America today that, on key points, stands in sharp contrast to what the Bible shows us about the person and purpose of Jesus Christ. David challenges Christians to wake up, trade in false values rooted in the American dream, and embrace the notion that each of us is blessed by God for a global purpose—to make Christ’s glory known to all the nations! This is a must-read for every believer!”
—Wess Stafford, president and CEO, Compassion Intl.
Looking at all the reviews and the patterns in the reviews always makes me wonder.
Patterns in Reviews and Ratings?
There’s obviously a lot of randomness but 4 key patterns often show up –
- Lots of 5 star reviews and 4 star reviews and little else.
- Almost evenly divided reviews.
- Lots of 5 star reviews and 4 star reviews and very few 3 star and 2 star reviews and lots of 1 star reviews.
- Clustering around the 3 star and 4 star mark with very few 5 star reviews and very few 1 star or 2 star reviews.
The 1st and 3rd are usually the most promising. With the 3rd the 1 star reviews are often a protest against a belief the book espouses rather than a protest against the book’s quality. The 2nd and 4th are my least favorites – a book that doesn’t evoke strong reactions is often a waste of time.