Saturday Savings 03.09.2016

Histories, mysteries and more . . .

Labor Day weekend brings an end, for some, to summer, and the beginning, to others, of college football season. Mister Sister and I spent the last few days giving our house a much-needed deep cleaning as we get ready for Game Day celebrations. I’m ready to relax (after the game, of course) with some good books. Here’s what I’ve found on sale today:

TitanicWalter Lord’s account of the Titanic disaster earned him a reputation for meticulously researched literary non-fiction. Open Road Media brings his A Night to Remember and The Night Lives On, which examines factual and fanciful theories surrounding the ship and its sinking, in The Complete Titanic Chronicles, discounted today to $4.99 (USD) — $20 off its list price!

Endeavour Press offers the sensational and best-selling history from Lord Russell of Liverpool of Nazi war crimes, detailing the illegal as well as immoralScourge atrocities committed against Germany’s own citizens, prisoners of war and others.  Lord Russell of Liverpool—né Edward Frederick Langley Russell, 2nd Baron Russell of Liverpool—was Deputy Judge Advocate General for the British Army of the Rhine, and was a chief legal adviser for Britain during the war crimes trials following World War II. The Scourge of the Swastika, his history of those crimes, is on sale today for $1.99 (USD), down from $14.99 (USD).

Mysterious Press discounts Aaron Elkins’ fourth Gideon Oliver mystery, Old Boneswhich won the Edgar Award and which was voted one of 100 Favorite Mysteries of the 20th Century by the Independent Booksellers Association, to $1.99 (USD) from $7.99.

BonesBook description: With the roar of thunder and the speed of a galloping horse comes the tide to Mont St. Michel goes the old nursery song. So when the aged patriarch of the du Rocher family falls victim to the perilous tide, even the old man’s family accepts the verdict of accidental drowning. But too quickly, this “accident” is followed by a bizarre discovery in the ancient du Rocher château: a human skeleton, wrapped in butcher paper, beneath the old stone flooring. Professor Gideon Oliver, lecturing on forensic anthropology at nearby St. Malo, is asked to examine the bones. He quickly demonstrates why he is known as the “Skeleton Detective,” providing the police with forensic details that lead them to conclude that these are the remains of a Nazi officer believed to have been murdered in the area during the Occupation. Or are they? Gideon himself has his doubts. Then, when another of the current du Rochers dies—this time via cyanide poisoning—his doubts solidify into a single certainty: someone wants old secrets to stay buried . . . and is perfectly willing to eradicate the meddlesome American to make that happen.

I love Rudyard Kipling’s stories, and Kim, the classic story of an orphaned boy, a lama and two empires clashing over one magical land, is free today, thanks to Open Road Media.

Middle Sister congratulates . . .

Wendy!

AnneWendy is the winner of the ultimate Anne of Green Gables collection from Timeless Reads.  Congratulations to Wendy, and grateful thanks to Timeless Reads and to all my readers.

I’m reading the third book in the series, and I’m a little short on sleep because I had a hard time putting it down last night.

Father’s Day Giveaway . . .

Enter to win a free Lucy Maud Montgomery collection!

AnneThanks to Timeless Reads,  subscribers can enter for a chance to win the ultimate Kindle collection of Lucy Maud Montgomery’s stories this week at MiddleSisterReviews.com!

The publisher is the father of four girls who love the Anne of Green Gables stories, so he created a well-formatted, easy-to-use collection that combines all of the stories in the public domain in a single collection — and the collection is available to readers everywhere. ($1.99/USD at Amazon.com.)

Somehow, I’d never read either Anne of Green Gables nor any of Lucy Maud Montgomery’s timeless stories. I picked up this collection a few years ago, yet it was languishing in my TBR folders until a few weeks ago, when one of my reading friends remarked on her love for these stories. I’m rapidly making up for lost time, squeezing in one story in between other reads, and regretting that I waited so long to get to know Anne, and Montgomery.

All of these stories are available in free public domain editions which were scanned by volunteers but which were not formatted specifically for e-readers, much less for Kindles. These can be hard to read. This collection from Timeless Reads, though, is properly formatted, with all the features that involves, from active tables of content to “go to” links. It also offers links to free audio versions of the stories, and it combines all of the LMM public-domain writings in one set. I like this collection simply because it is easy to read and makes it easy to organize the books in my e-library.

The winner of the free collection will be chosen randomly, by methods that may involve the caprice of a cat or the whims of another four-legged creature.  To enter, you must subscribe* or be subscribed* to MiddleSisterReviews.com and leave a comment on this post.  Share, and boost your odds of winning by receiving an extra entry for each new subscriber you refer to the site. Simply email your friend, and email Sis at Sis@MiddleSisterReviews.com with the address or name of your friend(s) so Sis will know who to credit.

*Subscriptions are free.  Subscribers may cancel anytime.  Sis will not share your email (unless you win) with anyone, ever!  The winner will receive an email from Timeless Reads with instructions on how to claim the collection.

From Timeless Reads:

 This exciting collection has these great features

  • The complete text of eight great books featuring Anne “with an e” Shirley
  • Three additional novels from Lucy Maud Montgomery
  • One complete book of poetry by Montgomery, “The Watchman and Other Poems”
  • 142 wonderful short stories written by Montgomery
  • Links to download the unabridged audiobooks of all 11 novels for FREE!
  • The ability to easily jump to any book using the Kindle “go to” feature
  • An individual, active table of contents for each book so you can go to any chapter
  • Clean formatting, giving you full control over fonts and font sizes
  • Did I mention an unbeatable price?

All titles in this Anne of Green Gables collection, along with their publication date, are listed below.

  • Anne of Green Gables (1908)
  • Anne of Avonlea (1909)
  • Anne of the Island (1915)
  • Anne’s House of Dreams (1917)
  • Rainbow Valley (1919)
  • Rilla of Ingleside (1921)
  • Chronicles of Avonlea (1912)
  • Further Chronicles of Avonlea (1920)
  • The Story Girl (1911)
  • The Golden Road (Sequel to The Story Girl, 1913)
  • Kilmeny of the Orchard (1910)
  • The Watchman and Other Poems (1916)
  • The Short Story Collection (1896-1922)

Unfortunately, there are two books in the Anne of Green Gables series which were published later and can’t yet be included in this Kindle collection because of copyright restrictions. These are Anne of Windy Poplars (1936) and Anne of Ingleside (1939).

Thanks for checking out my Anne Stories collection. I hope you and your family enjoy these books as much as we have!

Note from Sis:  I think this collection offers so much for so little! I deleted the free public domain editions because this is easier to read, easier to use, and easier to catelogue in my collections.  I’m grateful to Timeless Reads for helping me promote my site by offering this giveaway. If you don’t win, I hope you will consider adding this to your collection anyway.

See other offerings from Timeless Reads: