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#21
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Bookbuds send you an email daily with free or 99€ ebooks available for download. You set the type, ie fiction, children, non-fiction, scifi. It's a great way to load up before a trip.


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SKINNY DIP By Carl Hanssen. So very zany and funny. Florida coastal setting.

Serious historical fiction: EQUATOR by Tavares. Not electronic but just order a used paperback..great for transatlantic. Setting, São Tomé off the west coast of Africa.
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Originally posted by MaisonRose
SKINNY DIP By Carl Hanssen. So very zany and funny. Florida coastal setting.
Author name is actually Carl Hiaasen.

I also loved Skinny Dip and his other books. Perfect, gritty, mystery tales simmered in a Florida steamy wet, swampy setting.

(Trivia: Carl and I are among the 2% of "over 50 yr old native-born Floridians living in FL".)
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Originally posted by buckeyefan10
I plan to download a movie for the plane. I did this when I flew to Hawaii. It cost around the same as a paid preview movie at home ($2.99) and you have the movie for 24 to 48 hrs. It does run down you battery though. So no once you download it on the Kindle it's there and you don't need internet. LOVE my Kindle Fire!!!
Clarification: You rent the movie (or series, or book) and -- yes -- it's yours for 24-48 hours. Or you borrow a book from a friend on Kindle. Regardless, you've rented/borrowed something for a limited amount of time ... yes, it "disappears" off your Kindle at the appointed time ...

But here's the trick: If you're not done with it, keep your wi-fi TURNED OFF -- and you should keep it off anyway to preserve your battery. As long as your wi-fi is off, nothing will "transfer" in or out.

Useful to you? Maybe, maybe not.
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I belong to bookbub.com. Once you sign in you tell them what type(history, true, fiction, scyfy etc) that you like. Daily you will get an email offering free or cheap books. I find when I cruise I enjoy lighter reading so this is perfect. Many are new authors or giving you the first book free to hook you on a series. Works with all apps i.e. Kindle, nook, ibook.
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#26
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Since we do not know you or what you like to read, how can we reasonably be expected to recommend books to you.

I usually download 30 or so books from my local library to read when I travel. I know that I will not read all 30 but since I have not previewed any of them and I am not sure what my mood will be when I start reading, I am sure that there will be at least a few of the 30 that are worth reading.

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Being a member of my local library, Frederick County, Md. Allows me to check the catalog on line and in many cases download books...including audible versions through the Maryland State consortium.
You might check out if your local library offers this, too.

A fascinating book...World War 2, British intelligence: OPERATION MINCEMEAT by Ben McIntyre.
How the Brits used a dead body deposited near Cadiz, Spain, to fool German intelligence into thinking the Allies would invade Greece in their push to retake Europe.
Our library has it in audible and book form

Just be careful: your book will be returned automatically in 21 days!
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I usually load up with Jack Reacher or Tom Clancy books before my cruises, however I have had friends that have a Amazon kindle unlimited subscription and for a set monthly fee, it gives you access to 1.2 million titles or something like that.
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Originally posted by FLOTR
I'm not sure what your library is like in your area but if you can I would recommend checking out that resource. We have an awesome library system here and I check out all my kindle books through them. We can keep them on the kindle for 3 weeks after we check them out. Once the loan period is over it it automatically taken out of your kindle.
+1.

Last cruise I downloaded 35 books into my reader. I knew that I would not be able to read them all but since I could not preview them, I downloaded a whole bunch.

Cost to me was zero.

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Originally posted by spinnaker190
I usually load up with Jack Reacher or Tom Clancy books before my cruises, however I have had friends that have a Amazon kindle unlimited subscription and for a set monthly fee, it gives you access to 1.2 million titles or something like that.
Keep in mind that with that kind of a subscription, you have the books essentially "in a library". Before you can begin reading Book #1, you must download it -- and I have two thoughts on that:

- I prefer to make my choices /download my books before the cruise. I don't always make my choices fast, and downloading does take time. I'd rather spend time at home -- before the cruise -- making my choices, then I'd have a handful of books ready.
- I think these subscription places only allow you to download 1 book at a time, which means you'd be forced to download during the cruise.
#32
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If your Kindle is signed up with Amazon, you should be getting the emails with books on sail. As everything these days tracked on the web, if you by mysteries, they give you mysteries on sale. First of the month usually has the best as they are putting book #1 from series on sale to get you a little bit pregnant and come back for the second book etc.
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I love book suggestions. Here are some favorites of mine

The Cat's Table by Michael Ondaatje...young boy sent alonerom his Sri Lanka uncles home to join his mother in England. Adventures (think Tom Sawyer) and coming of age.
EQUATOR by Tavares. Cocoa plantation life on West African island ((Sao Tome) excellent, well written with some good romance but not just: political intrigue, too.
AND FINALLY
SKINNY DIP by Carl Hiaasen. Wife pushed overboard off Fla coast...hilarious revenge ensues.
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#34
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If you are looking for books you can not put down (maybe not good for a cruise) one choice is Lee Child's Jack Reacher series.
The Prey series by John Sanford is also very good and just a bit easier to put down.
An author, whom I think has some of the best ending, is Tami Hoag. Her mysteries some times have multiple twists at the end you don't see coming, but are very sound. The clues were there all along!
Just picked up a copy of SKINNY DIP by Carl Hiaasen recommended by MaisonRose above. Only 20 pages in, but is seams like fun easy reading.
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Originally posted by TheRabbit
If your Kindle is signed up with Amazon, you should be getting the emails with books on sail. As everything these days tracked on the web, if you by mysteries, they give you mysteries on sale. First of the month usually has the best as they are putting book #1 from series on sale to get you a little bit pregnant and come back for the second book etc.
Yes, I love this new Amazon promotion! I get the choice of six categories, not just mysteries (or any other one category). I don't know how they decide who gets what ... or whether we all get the same choices. What is it? 1.99 for a book that's not yet available? The first time they offered this deal, I didn't understand (should've read better) that you can't choose more than one at this price, and I scooped up the first one ... so now I look over all the options before I make my choice.
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Originally posted by MrsPete
Yes, I love this new Amazon promotion! I get the choice of six categories, not just mysteries (or any other one category). I don't know how they decide who gets what ... or whether we all get the same choices. What is it? 1.99 for a book that's not yet available? The first time they offered this deal, I didn't understand (should've read better) that you can't choose more than one at this price, and I scooped up the first one ... so now I look over all the options before I make my choice.
I have not seen where only 1 was available at the sale price, though I don't buy that many all at once. I have picked up a few of the 99 cent ones at one time though. The one I thought was funny was the Jame Paterson offer for a release next April that I got a few days ago. It is one thing to try and get pre-sales, but 11 months out? Maybe he is trying to raise money for a round the world cruise!
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A couple things I've read and enjoyed lately:

- The Fae Fever series /Makayla Lane series by Karen Marie Moning. It's an urban fantasy series. Unpredictable, characters are wonderful and memorable. I'm not sure whether to say it's high fantasy or not; it's set in Ireland, but it includes magic.

- The Highlander series by Karen Marie Moning. Okay, I actually read them a couple years ago, but they intertwine with the above-mentioned Fae Fever series. They're romance novels, and they lack the depth of plot of the Fae Fever series, but they're wonderful quick and easy reads -- if you're looking for something light.

- The Name of the Wind and Wise Man's Fear (one more's still to come in this series, and the waiting is killing me!) by Patrick Rothfuss. Absolutely beautiful language. I read the first chapter ... and then went back and read it again because it was just so lovely. It's high fantasy, and the main character is fascinating. Orphaned early in life, he's had to make it on his own, and -- against all odds -- he's made it to University. Magic university. Wonderful story, and I haven't yet decided whether the main character is a reliable narrator.

- The Glassblower Trilogy by Petra Durst Benning. Again, gorgeous language; you can just sink into the words. Takes place in a small German town in which everyone is involved somehow in the glass trade. Men "sit at the lamp" and women paint /package /sell glass. Every family has a specialty, and the main characters' family is prosperous and happy -- until Dad dies, leaving them with no one to blow glass. (I'm not giving away too much; this happens in chapter one.) The three daughters are thrown into crisis, and each one chooses to deal with it in a different way. It's a simple read, but the themes are deep, and the author doesn't buy into the typical must-have-happy-ending-for-all-even-if-unrealistic.

- The Two Family House by Lynda Cohen Loigman. Two brothers, their wives and their children share a duplex -- but everything isn't completely happy within the families. The older brother has only daughters, and he is upset about it. He desperately wants a son to follow in his footsteps, to whom he can leave his business. And he makes everyone else miserable because he lives so close to his brother and his four sons. Upstairs, the younger brother's wife is sad that her sons are growing up so fast, and she feels that they are growing away from her. She is jealous of her sister-in-law's close relationship with her daughters. Both women are expecting another baby, and in a strange twist, they find themselves in a very unusual situation ... and it comes with more twists and secrets than you'd expect. The initial situation is predictable; nothing else in the book is.

- The Light Between Oceans by ML Stedman. A young lighthouse keeper and his wife are blissfully happy in their remote home ... except for one thing: They desperately want children, yet every time she becomes pregnant, she miscarries. So when they find a baby, they face difficult choices. These are awful people, but you find yourself saying, "Yeah, but what would I do in that circumstance?"


- The Forever King by Warren Murphy and Molly Cochran. Are you a King Arthur fan? Bet you didn't think you'd ever read a modern Arthur story! (Actually, the Arthurian archetype has been retold many, many times, but it's usually buried a bit ... not so here.) A washed-up cop and a young boy discover they are the reincarnations of Galahad and Arthur, and Arthur's old enemies are chasing them. Very nicely done, the characters are deep and likeable.


- The Seasons Series by Dorris Domning. Leave it to a writer to compose FIVE novels and call it a seasons series! This is an historical romance set, an easy read, and the five stories are rather predictable ... but it's better done than most romance stories, and it's nice, light reading for a vacation.

- The Mortal Instruments ... or the Clockwork series, both by Cassandra Clare. Have you caught the TV show about Shadowhunters? Well, it stinks, but the books upon which the show is based is wonderful. This is YA lit, but it's not dull for adults. Mortal Instruments was written first and probably is best to read first because it explains more clearly just what the characters are. They're Shadowhunters, a group of paranormal beings that protect the earth. I actually enjoyed the second series more; however, as I began the first book in the second series I said, "Hey, they're just ripping off the original series!" But it didn't take me long to realize I was wrong. The storylines begin similarly, but they quickly become different storylines ... and the ending of the Clockwork series may be one of the most satisfying endings I've ever read. My teenaged daughter announced, "This is how Twilight should've ended!" And she's right.

- The Matthew Shardlake Mysteries by CJ Sansom. Historical fiction, the main character is a humpbacked man who works for the king. Shardlake is a likeable character who is forced to investigate wrongdoings in the church. I don't usually enjoy mysteries, but a friend recommended this series, and I did enjoy it.
#38
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Hi MrsPete
How odd - not sure how I saw this thread - looking for something on photos- anyway having stumbled, read you post and again sheer coincidence I just downloaded The Mortal Instruments series yesterday for DW.
I am not sure how "dodgy" this site is as they are all free but sometimes get taken down ! ! for copyright reasons?
You can just search for a book or an author- browse or find new releases- anyway you can have a look and use it or not.
Downloads are epub or text - I have never tried the read on line.
http://ebook.bike/books/141120/The-M...ete-Collection