We’ve taken a different tack with our Friday Reads this week, and instead of telling you what we’ve been reading, we thought you might like to know what you could read for a super bargain price. This month, Gollancz have some brilliant Kindle deals which we thought only fair to let you know about. All of the deals run until 5th December 2013 through your favourite online retailers.
Horror-meister Joe Hill’s most recent outing, NOS4R2, got a Christmas makeover last month. But have you checked out his earlier novels? Heart-Shaped Box is one of the most memorable debuts in decades and marks the start of Hill’s career as a front-running horror expert. It’s on sale now for the bargain price of £1.49 in eBook across all online retailers.
‘Buy my stepfather’s ghost’ read the e-mail.
So Jude did.
He bought it, in the shape of the dead man’s suit, delivered in a heart-shaped box, because he wanted it: because his fans ate up that kind of story. It was perfect for his collection: the genuine skulls and the bones, the real honest-to-God snuff movie, the occult books and all the rest of the paraphernalia that goes along with his kind of hard/goth rock.
But the rest of his collection doesn’t make the house feel cold. The bones don’t make the dogs bark; the movie doesn’t make Jude feel as if he’s being watched. And none of the artefacts bring a vengeful old ghost with black scribbles over his eyes out of the shadows to chase Jude out of his home, and make him run for his life . . .
You may have been lucky enough to meet Patrick when he was over in the UK earlier this month, in which case you might already know how awesome The Name of the Wind is. This stunning fantasy debut is the perfect introduction to Patrick’s work, if you haven’t yet explored his mastery of the genre. It’s also currently a bargain £1.49 across ebook retailers.
‘I have stolen princesses back from sleeping barrow kings. I burned down the town of Trebon. I have spent the night with Felurian and left with both my sanity and my life. I was expelled from the University at a younger age than most people are allowed in. I tread paths by moonlight that others fear to speak of during day. I have talked to Gods, loved women, and written songs that make the minstrels weep.
My name is Kvothe.
You may have heard of me’
So begins the tale of Kvothe – currently known as Kote, the unassuming innkeeper – from his childhood in a troupe of traveling players, through his years spent as a near-feral orphan in a crime-riddled city, to his daringly brazen yet successful bid to enter a difficult and dangerous school of magic. In these pages you will come to know Kvothe the notorious magician, the accomplished thief, the masterful musician, the dragon-slayer, the legend-hunter, the lover, the thief and the infamous assassin.
As one of Gateway’s SF Masterworks, you know that Dune has the highest of accolades. There’s not much we can say on this award-winning classic that hasn’t been said before, but it’s worth mentioning again that it is one of the most brilliant and famous science fiction novels ever written, and as engrossing and heart-rending today as it was when it was first published half a century ago. It’s available on your ebook reader for £1.49 for a limited time, so if it’s been on your ‘to read’ pile since 1965, now’s your chance.
The Duke of Atreides has been manoeuvred by his arch-enemy, Baron Harkonnen, into administering the desert planet of Dune. Although it is almost completely without water, Dune is a planet of fabulous wealth, for it is the only source of a drug prized throughout the Galactic Empire. The Duke and his son, Paul, are expecting treachery, and it duly comes – but from a shockingly unexpected place.
Then Paul succeeds his father, and he becomes a catalyst for the native people of Dune, whose knowledge of the ecology of the planet gives them vast power. They have been waiting for a leader like Paul Atreides, a leader who can harness that force…
All our digital deals this month will run until 5th December 2013.