Kindle Crack: Ebook Sales from Niel Gaiman, Clive Barker, Stanislaw Lem, and More

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Svevo’s Zeno’s Conscience was fiercely advocated by James Joyce in its time, and you can sort of see why. Although it’s not a modernist hypertext like Ulysses and Finnegan’s Wake, it clearly habits the weird, transitory milieu of the early turn of the century. It’s one of the better “life-as-a-ridiculous-man” narratives (see Sartre’s Nausea), and it’s more than worth the next-to-nothing price tag.

So. Niel Gaiman writes a book about Douglas Adams and The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy. If you’re a fan of either of these writers, you can’t really go wrong here. While I’m not a Hitchhiker nut myself, I’m eyeballing this one a bit; it promises to be quite an experience. WARNING: this sale probably won’t last long.

Stanislaw Lem, known primarily for the novel Solaris, is a seriously underrated figure in the sci-fi and speculative fiction communities. This guy is brilliant, and I have no doubt this collection of short stories is no exception. Everything I’ve read by him is excellent, and I’m definitely adding this to 2019’s TBR pile.

If short stories aren’t your jam, here’s a novel by Lem for less than the price of a cheap hamburger. I haven’t read it myself, but see the above entry for my unhesitant advocacy of Lem.

God, this one’s so damned good. If you’re a fan of Clive Barker, then you probably know about this. Weaveworld is a sprawling, beautiful novel by the creator of Hellraiser. Of everything I’ve read by Barker, this has to be my favorite so far. Get this dark fantasy masterpiece now while it’s going for less than five bucks.

This is a really good translation of the Inferno, one of literature’s weirdest creations in history. I’d go as far as to claim that even thoroughly contemporary novel consumers would find much to enjoy in Dante’s descent into hell, given they approach this timeless classic with something of an open mind. If you’ve never tried Inferno, this is a great edition to begin with.

McCammon, McCammon, McCammon. People seem to love him or hate him. I haven’t formulated an opinion either way (I’ll have to read Swan Song first), but he’s undoubtedly one of the kings of the ebook sales. With enough patience, you can pick up nearly his entire oeuvre at a steal. Start here, if you’re interested.

This is an excellent work by Fracassi. I generally snag everything he drops, and this is probably one of my favorites. Shiloh has attracted a lot of attention since its 2018 release. If you haven’t already, grab this now to see what the noise is all about. I’m sure you’ll walk away understanding. Also, while you’re here, check out last year’s interview with the author himself.

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