Read An Ebook Week runs from March 2 through March 8.
I do not know who had this idea, but was notified by my publisher. During this week, my books are available at 50% off. This reduces the excuse not to buy one of my ebooks by half.
Tell all your friends...if you have any you are not afraid of losing. Here'e the link, to save time looking':
I am not a big fan of Western films or novels. That said, I enjoyed everything written by Larry McMurtry.
I was reminded of this, because Lonesome Dove was on television recently. The film adaptation is rather good, but cannot compete with the novel. This is one of the better books I have read in my life. I recall someone recommending this and convincing me, after I made the remark about not liking cowboy stories. This book is full of so much color and so many interesting (as well as despicable) characters, that anyone with half a brain should enjoy it. The sequels are good, but none lives up to the original.
Last night I finished AlanFurst's latest novel, Spies of the Balkans. I have read all his books, and each is excellent in its own right. The title is a bit misleading, because the main character is a policeman and works more at thwarting Nazis than spying. But, that does not matter. The story is interesting and the characters, as always with this author, are unique and credible.
His novels are set in the late Thirties and early Forties in Nazi dominated Europe. The author captures the feeling of the period better than most. Of course, Germans are the bad guys (such convenient villains), even if a few try to act nobly. The heroes are more anti-hero, being cops, newspapermen, minor diplomats, filmmakers, and the like. Some are forced to work at low level espionage by circumstances and insistent government officials, but all try to help themselves and others less fortunate. This is real life, not James Bond or Hollywood stuff. The settings are also less glamorous yet evocative, such as Warsaw or Salonika, where people are forced to survive in a world gone haywire.
These books are a good way to spend a few hours visiting an interesting period and imagining circumstances no one wants to experience.
Anyone with a sense of humor, an appreciation of irony, and a minimum level of general knowledge (needed to get the irony!), will love Jon Stewart's Earth. (The Daily Show with Jon Stewart Presents Earth (The Book): A Visitor's Guide to the Human Race ) It's a book version of the best trockenbeerenauslese, chocolate truffles, or high-butterfat-contentbutter pecan ice cream: rich and satisfying. All are meant to be sipped or nibbled (except the ice cream, on which you can pig out) a bit at a time every few days and savored in a world of banal flavors.
If you're looking for something more intellectually stimulating and challenging, then you should try Richard Dawkins' fascinating book. The Ancestor's Tale: A Pilgrimage to the Dawn of Evolution
Prior to writing novels, the author enjoyed a multifaceted career: from decorated combat aviator to advertising professional to global communications director of a major consumer brand. He has traveled the world and met sports, film and television stars, political leaders, and royalty. He graduated from Middlebury College, is married, lives in Germany, and has two grown children.