Tuesday, July 12, 2016

Someone drank the conspiracy kool aid?

July 12th is upon us! Amazon Prime Day has officially begun, with deals every few minutes to hours. Some are great, some are ok, and the rest that are in between, can be a hit or miss. Just depends on what you're looking for.

I happened to have found a book the other day, that I've started, called The President's Vampire. It's book two in a 3 book series* by Christopher Farnsworth. I happened to pick it up, not knowing it was the second title in the series (this is what happens when you shop after market stores). I am about halfway done with it, and truth be told, this book can stand out on its own. There are little hints from the first book, Blood Oath, but not enough to make you stop reading.

I just think it's funny, because the way this book is written, it feels like Mr. Farnsworth drank the conspiracy flavored kool aid. As in, he is on the same Reptilian Agenda road that a certain grey haired Brit and his pals want society believing in and against. Add a vampire that has a shred of President Lincoln's blood in him, and you have yourself over 300 pages of "this shit can't be real... can it?".

The "exact" synopsis (courtesy of Amazon):
For 140 years, vampire Nathaniel Cade has been bound to protect and serve the United States of America. When an ancient evil is resurrected, the President's Vampire and his human handler, Zach Barrows, must track down its source. The prime suspect is a shady private defense contractor who may be dealing with powers far deadlier than any mortal weapon. So it's up to Cade and Zach to drag the forces of darkness into the light..

I like conspiracies, I like science fiction, I like vampire hunting. Who doesn't? Sometimes, there are some nutso theorem that are so outlandish, it falls right into the sci-fi lap and people eat it up. Based on all the reviews of this series, I can see why. Farnsworth writes well, and has made some great fictional accounts on how the American Government needs to continue handling their business with the War On Terror. Leave it to a bloodsucker to get the job done, and you got yourself a deal.

I may seriously be buying the other books by the end of the day, just to play it safe and be able to see what I'm missing.

The only problem becomes...  if Jimmy Hoffa gets found, we're all in trouble. We're going to Hell in a hand basket if he's found alive.

By the way: I've got some extra tin foil, for those who need new hats...


* Four books, as there's a 52 page shorty called The Burning Men.

Tuesday, July 5, 2016

You know it's July when..

... Shark Week swam past in a blaze and you start seeing adverts on the TV for the MLB All Star Game. Not that I'm a baseball fan, mind you, but I happened to be watching something the other day, and I caught my first ad for the week long game.

But the "better" way to tell it's July? As of today, July 5th, "Amazon Prime Day is just seven days away". I think I'm getting more emails about that, then anything else.

Every day leading up to Prime Day, Amazon has "daily deals" (including a few days after the day). For example, there are two Tuesdays (today, July 5, and the upcoming July 12) where Prime members "in the U.S. can save up to 40% on a Kindle Unlimited membership".

Makes me glad I have the Kindle Fire (7"), but the downside is the fact I don't have Prime. I've not filled my space up yet with books, as I'm still reading paperbacks. I've accumulated a few easy reads in Kindle form (both free and otherwise), but not enough to jump over to the e-reader side. From what I've seen with the downloads, it goes pretty quickly when you're on Wifi. All you need to do is set up your Amazon account online (I'm using a PC), find the book you want to read, select Kindle Format, and an option to "download to Kindle" or "download to Kindle app" appears. I've got the Kindle App for my computer, so I'm putting the book in both places. That way I can attempt to read on my laptop as well as the tablet. The books are very legible, and not pixelated (I originally thought trying to read on this tablet would be hard). I can't speak for other applications like games or video, but the "brochure looks nice". From what I've also researched with this, you can tether to your computer for more functionality.

Slowly but surely I'm getting more into the techno savvy world. It's still hard to admit defeat, but at least I'm trying to give it a go. Will I eventually join the club and embark on a tablet solely for my reading pleasure? Who knows; maybe I may just have to. 

Time's up for 'net usage at this minute (sorry to cut it short... errands are calling). Stay cool this week; I know it's been hot and humid in a lot of places. See you on the next check in.


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