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New Books of 2015 pt.2

Here is the second batch of books that I have so far acquired this year, another seven titles to add to the previous seven. So far that makes 14, and my paper book resolution target¬†is still at 20 (but only just, I said I'd try and read five more than I acquired). Like the previous batch there are a couple of late 2014 acquisitions in this group, but some of these are genuine new books of 2015 for me. Here are some of the reasons that I have chosen these titles (where I did choose them, one was an unexpected present). Up Against It by Locke I saw this recommended on Charlie Stross's blog by the man himself. It was cited as being a very good view of the harshness of life in space, especially if you were trying to…
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Book Review – Why Does My Book Not Sell? 20 Simple Fixes by Rayne Hall

Why Does My Book Not Sell? 20 Simple Fixes by Rayne Hall My rating: 5 of 5 stars This book is full of useful tips, and more importantly a broad framework for approaching improving your work as what works is continually evolving. Once enough people find a new technique for improving their book's visibility and sales it becomes less useful. However there are definitely a set of things that will always remain useful. I'm not going to tell you the list, Rayne deserves to profit from her hard work and she's not charging the earth for the book. I got it on pre-order for ¬£, about 99 cents US. That could of course just have been a ploy on her part to catapult it up the sales rankings. However even if it costs you a little more it may still…
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Latest new books

These are the newest arrivals in my house. Just started reading Suggs, which is a free review copy. The first dozen pages have got me interested and I will be reading it over the next week. Related articles Madness star Suggs on his love for his Welsh roots
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Free Future Thriller on Kindle

Yes, I'm doing another giveaway of my first novella, Exodus: Mike's Thread which is a thrilling tale of a military conspiracy to prevent a mad US President from launching a nuclear Here's the blurb "World War Z meets 24 in Book Form!" - reviewer An action packed military sci-fi novella centring around an army officer telling the story of a military coup occasioned by a religious US president who has maniacal plans for the country's nuclear weapons. Set in the mid 21st Century. People that vote are alienating themselves from science, and voting for the more religious right candidates. This has lead to some strange and unhelpful policies being adopted. As this trend continues some of the more rational and evidence based in government start to look for ways to reverse the trend. When the US President loses it and…
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Book Review – Tintin and the Black Island

The Black Island (Photo credit: Wikipedia) Somehow Tintin passed me by as a kid. The books were there in my local library alongside the Asterix ones, but I never wanted to check them out and read them. No idea why that was. However, my seven year old son did want to read them, probably because he saw the movie first. So having devoured The Secret of the Unicorn and Red Rackham's Treasure he wanted to read the rest of Tintin. So I took him to the library and we borrowed Tintin and the Black Island. It is an entertaining and engaging story. Tintin is an action hero and despite the setbacks he saves the day. It isn't all action though, there's loads of humour all through the book, almost every page has at least one gag, many of which are…
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