HarperCollins makes Lois McMaster Bujold’s Beguilement free online. Unfortunately you can’t download it. I believe this is because HC believes that if they force you to use their awkward software, you’ll give up and buy the version and if they allow you to download it, you’ll never buy a legitimate copy. Whatever. In good news, though, Bujold’s “Horizon” is being released at the end of the month in hardcover. Bujold is a highly underrated author. Hope she sells buckets.
Oprah is giving Suze Orman’s 2009 Action Plan away in PDF format. This giveaway ends Tursday, January 15, 2009. (Thanks Susan)
In yet another example of Darwinism, scientists have a study that shows men with higher intelligence have more sperm and that its more motile than the sperm of the dumber men in society. (Thanks bec).
Also from bec is a list of Ten of the Best books with Duels. I’ve never read the book, Dangerous Liasons, but the movie version of the duel was great but not because of the swordplay. I thought it was particularly ironic that Pushkin wrote about duels over a woman and died himself in a duel because of a woman. (sorry, link only works with a subscription).
Elizabeth sends over the top 10 out of print books of 2008. The third is Nora Robert’s Promise Me Tomorrow which she refuses to have re-released. I tried to get it through interlibrary loan, but was my request was turned away. Libraries are probably afraid of thieves.