Saturday, November 15, 2014

Today's Kindle Daily Deals: a teen fantasy, a fantasy romance series, growing a vegetable garden, Arthur C. Clarke and fantasy for young readers.



Here's today's Kindle Daily Deal, available for $1.99!

The Rithmatist, by Brandon Sanderson.

From #1 New York Times bestselling author Brandon Sanderson: his debut novel for the young adult audience

More than anything, Joel wants to be a Rithmatist. Chosen by the Master in a mysterious inception ceremony, Rithmatists have the power to infuse life into two-dimensional figures known as Chalklings. Rithmatists are humanity’s only defense against the Wild Chalklings—merciless creatures that leave mangled corpses in their wake. Having nearly overrun the territory of Nebrask, the Wild Chalklings now threaten all of the American Isles.

As the son of a lowly chalkmaker at Armedius Academy, Joel can only watch as Rithmatist students study the magical art that he would do anything to practice. Then students start disappearing—kidnapped from their rooms at night, leaving trails of blood. Assigned to help the professor who is investigating the crimes, Joel and his friend Melody find themselves on the trail of an unexpected discovery—one that will change Rithmatics—and their world—forever.

Bestselling author Brandon Sanderson brings his unique brand of epic storytelling to the teen audience with an engrossing tale of danger and suspense—the first of a series. With his trademark skills in world-building, Sanderson has created a magic system that is so inventive and detailed that that readers who appreciate games of strategy and tactics just may want to bring Rithmatics to life in our world.

A Kirkus Reviews Best Book of 2013 A New York Times Book Review Notable Children's Book of 2013


At the publisher's request, this title is being sold without Digital Rights Management software (DRM) applied.

384 pages, with a 4.6-star rating from 32 reviews



Here's today's Daily Romance Deal, available for $1.99!

A Demon Bound (Imp Series Book 1), by Debra Dunbar.

Samantha Martin is an imp, enjoying an extended vacation from Hell. All she wants to do is drink beer by the pool, play mischievous pranks on the humans, and get her hot neighbor in the sack. It’s a relaxing break from her infernal home as long as she manages to avoid the angels, who won’t hesitate to execute her on sight.

But when her naughty hellhound lands her in trouble with the local werewolf pack, Sam is blackmailed into helping track and catch a killer. The steps she must take to appease the werewolves will put her right in the crosshairs of the angels. And with angels, there is no second chance.

295 pages, with a 4.6-star rating from 111 reviews

The next two books in the series are also on sale today:




Here's today's Daily Non-Fiction Deal, available for $1.99!

Carrots Love Tomatoes: Secrets of Companion Planting for Successful Gardening, by Louise Riotte.

This classic has now taught generations of gardeners how to use the natural benefits of plants to protect and support each other. Here is a reader's complete reference to which plants nourish the soil, which keep away bugs and pests, and which plants just don't get along. Here is a complete guide to using companion planting to grow a better garden. 555,000 copies in print.

This gardening classic was first published in 1975, and now a second generation of gardeners who prefer pest-resistant planning to chemicals will find a place for it on the shelves. Not only does it tell what to plant with what, but also how to use herbal sprays to control insects, what wild plants to encourage in the garden, how to grow fruit and nut trees, how to start small plots or window-box gardens, and much more. It's one of the most practical books around for any gardener of edibles, no matter how serious or casual.

224 pages, with a 4.5-star rating from 259 reviews



Here's today's Daily Science Fiction/Fantasy Deal, available for $1.99!

The City and the Stars (Arthur C. Clarke Collection: Vanamonde), by Arthur C. Clarke.

A billion years into the future, Earth's oceans have evaporated-and humanity has all but vanished. The inhabitants of the City of Diaspar believe theirs is the last city-but there is no way to find out for sure. The city is completely closed off by a high wall, and nobody has left in millions of years.

The last child born in the city in millions of years, Alvin is insatiably curious about the outside world. He embarks on a quest that leads him to discover the truth about the city and humanity's history-as well as its future.

The City and the Stars is a rewrite of Clarke's first novel, Against the Fall of Night. While the author assumed that the old version would be replaced by the new version and eventually go out of print, he was surprised to find that the older version was popular enough to stay in wide circulation. Today, both stories are equally popular.

Any fan of Clarke's would find this book a fascinating read, not just for the intriguing story and Clarke's singular futuristic vision, but also for the purpose of comparing his approach to the same story at different points in his writing career. While The City and the Stars shares the general plot of Against the Fall of Night, many details are different-making an interesting study of Clarke's progression as a writer.

254 pages, with a 4.4-star rating from 157 reviews



Here's today's Daily Youth Deal, available for $1.99!

Dark Lord: The Early Years, by Jamie Thomson.

When Dirk Lloyd awakens in the middle of a small town he's never seen before, he is confounded. What is this strange place and why is he powerless against these humans who insist on finding his parents? Could it be that Dirk Lloyd is really the earthly incarnation of a Dark Lord who, after a cataclysmic final battle with his arch nemesis, was hurled into the Pit of Uttermost Despair? Or is he just a confused boy from the cozy town of Whiteshields?

320 pages, with a 4.5-star rating from 26 reviews






Happy Reading!

Betsy

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