Monthly Archives: February 2015

Another Humble Bundle science fiction/fantasy collection!

While a lot of this collection is from authors that I don’t follow regularly or don’t know at all, there are three standouts for me: The Jack Vance Treasury, Barry Hughart’s The Chronicles of Master Li and Number Ten Ox, and John Scalzi’s The Mallet of Loving Correction. Master Li and Number Ten are excellent stories set in medieval China, very cool stuff, and I would buy it just to have that one book as an ebook.

Other books in the collection are: Brayan’s Gold by Peter V. Brett, The Top of the Volcano: The Award-Winning Stories of Harlan Ellison (did he register his name?), The Ape’s Wife and Other Stories by Caitlin R. Kiernan, Jacaranda: A Novella of the Clockwork Century by Cherie Priest, Muse of Fire by Dan Simmons, Inside Job by Connie Willis, Black Hat Jack by Joe R. Lansdale, The Hunter from the Woods by Robert McCammon, Academic Exercises by K.J. Parker, Amityville Horrible by Kelley Armstrong, Tortured Souls: The Legend of Primordium by Clive Barker, The Merchant and the Alchemist’s Gate by Ted Chiang, The End of the Sentence by Maria Dahvana Headley and Kat Howard, Nobody’s Home: An Anubis Gates Story by Tim Powers, and the ever popular More Books Coming Soon!

The sale is up for another eight days, and again, are multi-format ebooks and DRM-free! This sale supports the charity Worldbuilders, with which I am not familiar.

Exploding kittens! Star Wars! Brainy ebooks!

Wow. So first, let’s talk about Exploding Kittens. This is a game by the creator of Saturday Morning Breakfast Cereal’s creator, Elan Lee. And it is nuts. Pure nuts. You take turns drawing from a deck, and if you draw an exploding kitty, you blow up and are out. But if you can distract them with a laser pointer card, or wear a cheetah butt, etc., you avoid the blast. I just hope they weight the deck so you can’t have an exploding kitten as your first card.

Anyway, the Kickstarter for this one sought $10,000. It has five days to run and has currently brought in $6.2 MILLION. The video is fantastic and I’m really looking forward to it. They say they’ll have a ship date of July ’15, so they must have the pre-production almost totally complete.

Next, Star Wars computer games. Man, talk about memories! I remember playing these things back in the ’90s when good game graphics were pretty new. This is a Humble Bundle that packages Knights of the Old Republic, Jedi Academy, Dark Forces, Empire At War, The Force Unleashed I and II, and more. For $12. And the bundle is supporting UNICEF, so it’s a pretty good charity. This deal is good for another 3 days.

And in the ebook department, Humble has a brainiac bundle that teaches programming, electronics, Lego construction and robotics, and other cool stuff. 16 ebooks, DRM-free, for $15. Funds are supporting the EFF, definitely a worthwhile org, and it’s available for another four days.

Sorry about the short notice: my wife had the flu four weeks ago, I caught it three weeks ago, worked last week and now a sinus infection knocked me down this week. Such fun. And I only found out about the Exploding Kittens today.

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