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December 18, 2011

Sunday Book Thread: Highlighting AoSHQ Writers

Last week I solicited AoSHQ readers to send in links to their own books if they (or someone they knew) had published books that they'd like to see featured in a Sunday Book Thread. I thought it would make a neat holiday feature: we bookworms get to add to our ever-growing list of books to read, and the writers get a bit more exposure (and perhaps some coin to jingle in their pockets).

The email address will remain available, so keep sending in those plugs for your books: aoshqbookthread AT gmail DOT com.

Ray Robison sends Nancy Pelosi's Amgen Conflict (Kindle edition). A day without the opportunity to mock Nancy Pelosi is like a day without sunshine. (Ray also recommends his e-books Saddam's Secret Terror Documents and The Media's War on the Military.)

Kent Steele sends Stacey's Quest, the story of a 15-year-old Philadelphia girl caught in an EMP attack on Black Friday. If you liked The Hunger Games, you'll probably like this one too.

Wotan recommends Robert Lescroart's series of novels featuring Dismas Hardy. Here's a link to the first Dismas Hardy novel, Dead Irish.

Kevin sends Obama Haiku: Tea Party, Conservative Poetry About the Greatest Human Being Ever to Walk Among Us by Rufus Kings.

John McKay (whose excellent Brave Men In Desperate Times I've mentioned in a previous book thread) sends his most recent book It Happened in Atlanta: Remarkable Events That Shaped History.

Reader Keri sends a link to a book written by her husband Brent Michael Kelley: Chuggie and the Desecration of Stagwater. A horror novel featuring a protagonist who is always drunk should be right up our alley!

Christopher DiGrazia sends a link to his book The Director's Cut, a murder mystery set in 1914. The protagonist and main sleuth is a silent-movie sex goddess named Theda Bara, so what's not to like? (You can also check out Christoper's website here.)

Sabrina Chase (isn't "Sabrina" a cool name?) sends a link to her latest: The Last Mage Guardian. If you're a fan of fantasy, this looks like a good one to pick up.

Ann Wilson, being a giving soul, sends a link to 12 (count 'em!) free e-books in the Terran Empire series. Ann is bringing the gift-giving season early this year! (These books are on the Gutenberg site, and can be downloaded in any number of formats, so you should be able to find one for whatever reading device you're using.)

This is a rich haul of bookly goodness right here. If you not only buy and read these books, but recommend them to friends and family, this has a two-fold effect: one, it spreads good reading material far and wide, which is always a good thing; and two, it makes sure that the authors of these books are rewarded for their efforts. And not just in terms of cash money (which is always nice), but in the knowledge that their readership is growing. We may be a bunch of drunken hobo-slaughtering vulgarians, but we are cultured vulgarians who appreciate finely-wrought prose and seek to promote the literary art.

Remember that if you buy your books (or other stuff) through the AoSHQ Amazon Storefront, Ace gets a little profit from every purchase at no cost to you. It's a pain-free way to give back to Ace for keeping all of those filthy hobos off the streets.

UPDATE: Patrick (StPatrick) sends recommendations for the science geeks among us. Gribbin's In Search of Schroedinger's Cat is a classic which I've read several times over the years; and Tuxedo Park is an interesting history about the development of radar during WWII.

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