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In “Beneath Hallowed Ground” Steven P. Locklin takes on the challenge of linking a plausible Civil War tale to an intriguing current day sleuthing adventure mystery, one in which we know somehow he will enticingly reveal how the Gold at this end of the Rainbow story shall be found.  If you have not yet gotten an Address in Gettysburg, join us for a Now and Then, before President Lincoln punches his ticket at a Theater he should not have a Ford ed.

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Sky Admiral Jules Verne vs. Mark Twainbot – A Match of Titans!

Posted: 07 Dec 2011 09:00 AM PST

Verne vs. Twain - A Match of Titans!Sky Admiral Verne vs. Twainbot – A Match of Titans!

SteampunkKindle.com is running a contest: Mark Twain vs. Jules Verne Boxing Match. Vote for who would win, and why – and get a free copy of Stories in the Ether for your Kindle along the way! Here’s the highlight from their blog:

It’s ON! Like Grey Poupon! There’s a battle about to commence- a Battle of The Books! And you will take home the spoils! Our own mascots, Sky Admiral Jules Verne and Mark Twainbot are going head-to-head in a fierce competition for supremacy, and they’re both looking for your support. Cast your vote and add some smack-talk (gentlemanly, of course), and we’ll send you a fabulous Steampunk eBook just for participating: “Stories in the Ether, Issue 1″ from Nevermet Press. Ten lucky winners will also receive“Stories in the Ether, Issue 2″ as well!

Also, a savage beating in the boxing-ring will unfold. You won’t want to miss the hilarious exchange in the running comments stream as our combatants spar verbally; and you are encouraged to add your own contribution!

Visit the original post to ENTER the Sweepstakes and Vote on which on of these Titans will be champion!

Cheers all!

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Like a mosquito bite, you just have to come back and keep scratching, Jennifer Estep has created an itch that just has to be scratched, over and over again.  Not sure I can wait until the next book comes out!  I just found out that she has some short stories to tide me over.  Check out http://www.jenniferestep.com/excerpts-short-stories/Spider’s Revenge (Elemental Assassin, #5)


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New Story! “Ghost Hedgehog” by Nina Kiriki Hoffman

"Ghost Hedgehog" With all the places ghosts could go, in this world and the next, who do they keep hanging around Jack? From Nina Kiriki Hoffman comes a new short story, “Ghost Hedgehog“!

Nina Kiriki Hoffman’s first solo novel, The Thread that Binds the Bones, won the Bram Stoker Award. Her short fiction has been shortlisted for every major award in the SF and fantasy field. The illustration is by Goni Montes.


It’s the Muppet Week!

It's the Muppet Week!The Muppets is due out just before Thanksgiving, so Tor.com is devoting some time to all things Henson!Muppet Week is here and we’re going to be talking about films, puppetry, and the SFF inspirations throughout Henson’s work. Danny Bowes finds the Rainbow Connection in The Muppet Movie, Chris Lough needs to remind you why The Great Muppet Caper is the best Muppet film of the lot, and Emily Asher-Perrin asks the most important question about The Muppets Take Manhattan – are Kermit and Miss Piggy really married? Ryan Britt takes a look at six SF icons who hung out with Kermit and the gang, and we’ve learned that several Muppets tried out for the part of Yoda before the wrinkled one landed the part: see their auditions! Plus, Bridget McGovern discusses Henson’s first major foray into fantasy, 1982’s The Dark Crystal. There’s more coming all week, so don’t miss out on all the laughs, songs and dances!


Barnes & Noble Booksellers Picks Take a Look at New Releases!

Barnes & Noble Bookseller's PicksThe Barnes & Noble Bookseller’s Picks is taking a look atnew releases this month: Michael M. Jones discusses the continuing adventures of a warrior princess in Mike Shepherd’s Kris Longknife: Daring, Gregory Manchess shares some of the year’s most fantastic SFF art inSpectrum 18, Emily Asher-Perrin talks about the nature of the Force in Star Wars: The Old Republic: Revan, and Ron Hogan gives us a vampire dystopia from the brilliant Guillermo del Toro in The Night Eternal. If you want excerpts, we’ve got one from Devon Monk’s Magic on the Line!

While you’re deciding what new books to add to your queue, we’ve got a question for you: what was the very first book you bought with your own money? We asked our readers last week, andwe’ve gotten quite a response so far – chime in with your own stories in the comments!


So Long, Johnny: Kubrick Week Ends

Kubrick's SFFDanny Bowes spent all last week revisiting Stanley Kubrick’s SFF films, but now it’s time to shut down our old friend HAL and send Dr. Strangelove to his top-secret subterranean bunker. In the final installments of the series, Danny praised Jack Nicholson and the visual impact of The Shining, worked through the problematic fever dream that was Eyes Wide Shut, and learned what happens when someone other than Kubrick tries to make a Kubrick film with A.I.: Artificial Intelligence. Don’t forget to check the week’s index for any movies you may have missed!


Girls With Swords and Arrows Set to Dominate Theaters Next Year

The Hunger GamesWe’ve seen quite a few new trailers emerge in the past week, and there seems to be an emerging trend – all over Hollywood, ladies are taking up arms. First, take a peek at the full trailer for The Hunger Games, then head on over to watch a feisty Scottish redhead who’s also pretty handy with a bow in the trailer for Pixar’s Brave. Then, Snow White and the Huntsman and Mirror, Mirror are poised to bring us dueling updates on the same classic fairy tale – watch the trailers here.

In other movie news, it could be that Harry Potter director David Yates is looking to bring Doctor Who to the big screen without building on television show’s continuity (though certain sources are vehemently denying it). Would you go see it? And for SFF at the theaters this past week, our reviewers weigh in on The Immortals and Melancholia!


Tor.com Comes to Google+

Tor.com on Google+We want to make sure you can find Tor.com on whatever social media platform you favor. We’ve been bringing you our content through Facebook and Twitter for some time now, and providing extra coverage from all over the web with our specialized Facebook and Twitter satellite accounts, for fans of Science Fiction,FantasyUrban FantasySteampunkArt, and the Wheel of Time series. We are happy to announce that Tor.com is now available on Google+! So wherever you prefer to hang out on the internet, you can always find you favorite Tor.com coverage.


 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Countdown: M Day! Over and Done.

Tom Kratman makes you sympathize and understand the reasons of the enemy, making it all the harder to see them killed off. War at its Best, War at its Worst, all boils down to Manpower and Money, and the willingness to spend both when needs must.

Over all I enjoyed  the 1st of this series “Countdown: The Liberators” much more.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Loren Foster aka shadolrds

“From Whom Words Shadow Doles”

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Shadowfist! Out of the Darkness and Across Time!

Maybe the Glass is really Half Full!

“Do you love Shadowfist but have no one with whom you can play in your area? Shoot us a message and we’ll either give you the tools to start your own Shadowfist group or find hidden players you might not know about! It only takes three players for a great game night of equal opportunity butt-kicking!”

http://www.facebook.com/pages/Shadowfist/180919495284693

Check out November’s Inner Kingdom Update to read up on the latest news and the long-awaited list of top Secret Warriors of 2011!
We have a new name at #1 this year!
http://www.shadowfist.com/node/3375

Hey Shadowfist friends! Inner Kingdom has released the board game, Zombie Dash. Available here: http://www.shadowfist.com/node/2968. We could use some help getting traffic to the game page athttp://boardgamegeek.com/boardgame/111292/zombie-dash. Please rate the game, or become a fan, or ‘Like’ it, if you like it. 🙂 Thanks!

www.shadowfist.com

Inner Kingdom Games’ very first board game pits players against each other as they race across town to safety! Outpace your opponents and beat your zombies to the finish line! For 3 to 6 players, ages 8 and up. Retail price: $24.95. Price below includes shipping.

http://s102.photobucket.com/albums/m92/Icehealer/?action=view&current=ZD1.jpgZombie Dash



Keyboard shortcuts and how to disable indexing on Kindle 3.

http://timctaylor.wordpress.com/2011/11/04/keyboard-shortcuts-and-how-to-disable-indexing-on-kindle-3/

Keyboard shortcuts and how to disable indexing on Kindle 3

My Kindle3 (Kindle Keyboard) recently started grinding to a halt every time I added a note or a highlight (a wait of up to a couple of minutes to save each note). A bit of digging showed that my firmware had recently updated to version 3.3 and this had re-enabled indexing.

Indexing is great for finding text within books. As any software coder will tell you, indexing isn’t easy to get right and there are always trade-offs. I’m an editor. I often make several thousand Kindle highlights and notes every month. That makes my usage pattern unusual enough that Amazon’s default settings make my Kindle unusable. I had previously solved this by disabling indexing. Unfortunately I’d forgotten how.

So here, as a reminder-to-self for the next time I need this, is how to disable indexing.

  1. Start at the HOME screen
  2. Bring up the search window (hit a letter key and then delete it)
  3. type in  ;debugOn   + ENTER You need to match the case and you need the symbol window OFF before you hit enter (the bit in the middle of the 5-way controller)
  4. type ~help + ENTER   to check you’ve activated debug mode.
  5. enter ‘disableIndexing
  6. enter ;debugOff
Not obvious, but works a treat.

Incidentally, there are a whole host of keyboard shortcuts you might not know about. Here’s a few:

  • ALT+SHIFT+H  Takes a screenshot (as a .gif file) and leaves in your ‘documents’ folder on the kindle
  • HOME->MENU->Settings->MENU->Restart  This gives a soft reset. Basically, if anything seems wonky, try this first. It’s like rebooting your PC.
  • ALT+SHIFT+M is naughty, so I won’t mention that.

There are loads more. Here’s a site that keeps a list. You can even download them to your Kindle. You might come across hacks that are downloaded applications. Be vary wary of these as they might become unstable with future firmware updates, and could be malicious.

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4.0 out of 5 stars There is something Dull, Gray or Heartless about GreyHart Press’s pressing of “The Quest for Elena the Fair”, November 11, 2011
This review is from: The Legends of Light (Kindle Edition)

There is something Dull, Gray or Heartless about GreyHart Press’s pressing of
“The Quest for Elena the Fair” by Gill Shutt.

It will cut you to the quick, and quick you to the cuttings, as the squire Govalon, in Serving alone to three Knights journey into the Vanishing Mists,
Read it and Sea what would make Sir Marik the Wrong so Wronged.
Listen and Fear what did unspool Sir Darven the Fool.
Quiver and Quell what did fell the Oxen Sir Jolan.
Begin here the Tale of the First,
Read on to the rest of a Saga of 6 Poems,
“The Legends of Light”

Read! Review! Repeat! for Free at GreyHart Press
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Loren Foster aka shadolrds
“From Whom Words Shadow Doles”
shadolrds.wordpress.com


There is something Dull, Gray or Heartless about GreyHart Press's pressing of 
"The Quest for Elena the Fair" by Gill Shutt.

It will cut you to the quick, and quick you to the cuttings, as the squire Govalon, in Serving alone to three Knights journey into the Vanishing Mists,
Read it and Sea what would make Sir Marik the Wrong so Wronged.
Listen and Fear what did unspool Sir Darven the Fool.
Quiver and Quell what did fell the Oxen Sir Jolan.
Begin here the Tale of the First,
Read on to the rest of a Saga of 6 Poems,
"The Legends of Light"

The Legends of Light

Read! Review! Repeat! at
http://greyhartpress.com/free-e-books/read-review-repeat/ 

Loren Foster aka shadolrds
"From Whom Words Shadow Doles"
/https://shadolrds.wordpress.com

The Alloy of Law Tour Will Unlock a Wheel of Time Secret!

The Alloy of Law contains a secret from the Wheel of Time!

That Brandon Sanderson, he’s tricksy — so tricksy, that he’s again decided to hide an exclusive secret from the Wheel of Time in plain sight — encoded here on his own website.

To unlock the secret, fans will have find and enter all 35 codes, each one printed on the back of a WoT snake bumper sticker (pictured) and secreted in bookstores along Brandon Sanderson’s book tour for his new standalone Mistborn novel, The Alloy of Law. Oh, and that book tour? Starts tomorrow….

Think you have what it takes to land your name in a gleeman’s epic???

Follow the Great Hunt on Twitter at hashtag #wotgh

Brandon Sanderson’s Tour Schedule for The Alloy of Law

Tuesday, November 8
12:00 AM (Midnight)
BYU Bookstore
Provo, UT

Wednesday, November 9
7:00 PM
Mysterious Galaxy Books
San Diego, CA

Thursday, November 10
7:00 PM
Barnes & Noble
Huntington Beach, CA

Friday, November 11
7:00 PM
University Book Store
Seattle, WA

Friday • November 11 • 7pm

The Alloy of Law: A Mistborn Novel by Brandon Sanderson
Brandon Sanderson

The Alloy of Law: A Mistborn Novel (TOR)

Reading & Book Signing

Brandon Sanderson, the man hand-picked to finish Robert Jordan’s Wheel of Time series, took a little time off from that epic task to return to one of his own Mistborn series. In his new book, which takes place some 300 years after his last book, his fantasy world sits on the cusp of modernity. But though science and technology are advancing, the old magics of Allomancy and Feruchemy still play a role. And at the land’s frontiers, they remain crucial to order and justice.

Prime tickets are $28 and include a copy of Alloy of Law; General tickets are $10 (admission only). Prime ticket holders will pick up their books at the event on November 11. Tickets are available through brownpapertickets.org.

Please Note: Autographed copies of books are only available after the event.

Saturday, November 12
Vancouver, BC
(TBA)

Monday, November 14
7:00 PM
Joseph-Beth Booksellers
Lexington, KY

Tuesday, November 15
6:30 PM
Murder by the Book
Houston, TX

Wednesday, November 16
7:00 PM
Barnes & Noble
Brooklyn, NY (Park Slope)
Note: This date is a SIGNING ONLY.

The Alloy of Law comes out on November 8. Don’t forget to check the Alloy of Law Index on Tor.com!