Book Review: Ashes to Water by Irene Ziegler
4 Stars , Fiction / March 18, 2011

I got this eBook for free. The author has made available one (1) eBook of “Ashes to Water” to be given out- enter at the end of the post   My rating for Ashes to Water – 4 About: “Ashes to Water” by Irene Ziegler (website | Twitter) is a fictional mystery which takes place in pre-Disney Florida. This is a very atmospheric novel involving a small town murder and a resolute woman intending on cracking the mystery. 394 pages Publisher: Five Star ISBN: 9781594148606 Purchase “Ashes to Water” through the ManOfLaBook affiliate account on: Amazon |Book Depository US | Book Depository UK Thoughts: Even though “Ashes to Water” by Rene Ziegler is suppose to be a murder/mystery book, the charm is the small town portrait and its inhabitants. As in any small town there are secrets, betrayals and events which slowly, and not so slowly, unfold. At the beginning I was a bit overwhelmed by all the new characters, but reading further I found myself engaged in small town politics and enjoying the large cast of the inhabitants. There is the assortment of odd folks that make up the backbone of any small town, a town hero, dangerous boyfriends,…

Book Review: so much for that by Lionel Shriver
5 Stars , Fiction / March 17, 2011

Shep Knacker has worked hard all his life and pinched every penny to retire in an idyllic third world country where his money could last him forever.  Glynis, Shep’s wife, always found some excuse whey “now” is not the right time to go.  Shep had had enough and he announces that he is leaving with or without Glynis.

Book Review: The Trinty Six by Charles Cumming
4 Stars , Fiction / March 15, 2011

I got this book for free. Article first published as Book Review: The Trinity Six by Charles Cumming on Blogcritics. My rating for The Trinity Six – 4 About: “The Trinity Six” by Charles Cumming (website) is a fictional spy thriller focusing on the theory that the Cambridge Five (a ring of English Trinity College students who were spies for Russia – Guy Burgess, Donald Maclean, John Cairncross, Anthony Blunt, and Kim Philby) had a sixth member. As always, what gets the politicians is usually never the act, but the cover up. 368 pages Publisher: St. Martin’s Press Language: English ISBN: 0312675291 Purchase “The Trinity Six” through the ManOfLaBook affiliate account on: Amazon |Book Depository US | Book Depository UK Thoughts: In “The Trinity Six” by Charles Cumming, the author takes one of the most notorious, written about spy rings ever and puts his spin on it. In this scenario there was a sixth man to the ring and the clues of the cover up go all the way up to the top of MI6. The book is a well conceived story and properly thought out. There are treacheries galore, double agents abound and a big secret which I will…

Greed vs. Library eBook Lending
Opinion / March 14, 2011

In the news last week it was announced that certain publishers decided that eBooks which have been sold to libraries will have a license to allow a book to be loaned 26 times before the embedded DRM (Digital Rights Management system) kicks in so the library will have to buy a new copy.

Book Review: Hero The Life and Legend of Lawrence of Arabia by Michael Korda

The author does an excellent job brining the reader the many sides of Lawrence, from admiration “cool judgment under fire” to the introducing a complex man, depressed, shy but certainly eccentric.  The T.E. Lawrence we learn about has “found himself in part of the world where his taste for sweet things and his dislike of alcohol were shared by most of the local population”.

Self Published Success Story
Opinion / March 8, 2011

Amanda Hocking (blog | Amazon Page) is from Minnesota, she is 26, self published and … sold 900,000 copies of her books (and no, she doesn’t have a reality TV show). While I usually don’t read the paranormal genre I have to admire what Ms. Hocking has achieved and, what I believe to be, a big trend which I hope will continue. That trend is that us, book consumers, will decide who will be the next best seller, not some marketing guru sitting in an ivory tower high above Times Square negotiation for shelf space in a book store. Is traditional publishing dead? Not by a long shot but the way business is done certainly has to be looked at (hint: pricing eBooks the same as print books is not the way to go).  Ms. Hocking’s books sell anywhere from $0.99 to $3 and her fans happily buy more and more.  She isn’t trying to compete with the big guys who can alienate more readers, quite the opposite – Ms. Hocking sells the products her customers want to buy. Innovative? Maybe for those executives who want customers to buy what they sell them. While Ms. Hocking’s story certainly is the…

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