What have you read lately that’s good?

Right now, I’m reading a paper copy of the Tao Te Ching (and loving it). On my kindle, I’ve got these books open: Brave New World (kind of dense), Thus Spake Zarathustra (good stuff), The Poetic Edda (I’m working on a novel concept related to Norse mythology), The Mammoth Book of Golden Age Science Fiction (edited by Isaac Asimov), The Art of Worldly Wisdom by Baltasar Gracián and The Shadow Factory: The Ultra-Secret NSA from 9/11 to the Eavesdropping on America.

That last one sounds like a timely tell-all but I’m stuck around 65% of the way into the book, mired in meaningless minutiae, like what paintings are on the wall at NSA headquarters in Crypto City. It’s infuriating that a respected author like James Bamford would promise such an enticing book and deliver this kind of brain-deadening monotony.

In the science fiction anthology mentioned above though is The Weapons Shop by A.E. van Vogt, a monster classic about counter-economic firearms traders with great defensive weapons tech and, well, I don’t want to spoil it for you. But if you haven’t read The Weapons Shop, you don’t know what you’re missing.

Speaking of not missing anything, I’m bringing you 150 science fiction and fantasy novels and box sets for 99c each this weekend only from over a hundred emerging authors, excellent talents you get to discover.

Browse the selection here and pick up a couple. Reading is good for you. Then let me know if you find anything you liked.

P.S. Stay tuned for this month’s free short story. I aim to have it for you on the 15th of every month but you know us writers, lost in all the smoky rooms, empty rye bottles everywhere, the ladies lined up around the corner. Sometimes it takes an extra day or two. Oh, if you want to get the original, never-before-published and galactically free story, you have to be on my list, no exceptions.

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