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The Trouble With Physics: The Rise of String Theory, The Fall of a Science, and What Comes Next      by     Lee Smolin The Trouble With Physics: The Rise of String Theory, The Fall of a Science, and What Comes Next by Lee Smolin. $2.99

From the Jacket Copy:

In this illuminating book, the renowned theoretical physicist Lee Smolin argues that fundamental physics—the search for the laws of nature—losing its way. Ambitious ideas about extra dimensions, exotic particles, multiple universes, and strings have captured the public’s imagination—and the imagination of experts. But these ideas have not been tested experimentally, and some, like string theory, seem to offer no possibility of being tested. Yet these speculations dominate the field, attracting the best talent and much of the funding and creating a climate in which emerging physicists are often penalized for pursuing other avenues. As Smolin points out, the situation threatens to impede the very progress of science. With clarity, passion, and authority, Smolin offers an unblinking assessment of the troubles that face modern physics—and an encouraging view of where the search for the next big idea may lead.

The Times of London said “The best book about contemporary science written for the layman that I have ever read … Read this book. Twice.”

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Final Appeal (Rosato and Associates Series #2)      by     Lisa ScottolineFinal Appeal by Lisa Scottoline. $ 2.99

From the Jacket Copy:

Grace Rossi is starting over after a divorce, and a part-time job with a federal appeals court sounds perfect. But she doesn’t count on being assigned to an explosive death penalty appeal. Nor does she expect ardor in the court in the form of an affair with the chief judge. Then Grace finds herself investigating a murder, unearthing a secret bank account and following a trail of bribery and judicial corruption that’s stumped even the FBI. In no time at all, Grace under fire takes on a whole new meaning.

This is the second book in the Rosato and Associates series. One reviewer felt that the author’s political leanings drove the narrative of the story with conservatives being portrayed as villains and liberals being portrayed as the heroes. the fact that the female protagonist is having an affair with a married man is enough to make me not want to read this, but Scottoline a very popular author and I thought this deal might appeal to readers.

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Deliver Me from Darkness: A Novel of the Paladin Warriors Tes Hilaire Deliver Me from Darkness by Tes Hilaire. $ .99

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He had once been a warrior of the Light, one of the revered Paladin. A protector. But now he lives in darkness, and the shadows are his sanctuary. Every day is a struggle to overcome the bloodlust. Especially the day Karissa shows up at his doorstep.


She is light and bright and everything beautiful—despite her scratches and torn clothes. Every creature of the night is after her. So is every male Paladin. Because Karissa is the last female of their kind. But she is his. He may not have a soul, but he can’t deny his heart.

This title caught my attention because one of the reviewers indicated that the heroine did not immediately become excited when confronted with information about otherworldly creatures. However it is a fated mate story and other reviews indicate that the mate plot storyline is a little too familiar.

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Wilders, Book One by Marie Brennan by Marie Brennan. $ .

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There are three kinds of lies: lies, damned lies, and prophecy.

Kim thought majoring in divination would prepare her for the future. But even with her foresight warning her of trouble, she’s taken by surprise when an unknown force attacks Julian, her enigmatic classmate and friend. Her gifts can’t protect him against further attacks and an inexplicable string of disappearances . . . and if she’s reading the omens right, Julian isn’t the only one in danger.

Kim knows she isn’t ready for this. But if she wants to save Julian — and herself — she’ll have to prove her own prophecies wrong.

Marie Brennan ( is offering a special DA-only coupon for the next two weeks; it ends midnight Dec. 17:


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Jane Litte is the founder of Dear Author, a lawyer, and a lover of pencil skirts. She self publishes NA and contemporaries (and publishes with Berkley and Montlake) and spends her downtime reading romances and writing about them. Her TBR pile is much larger than the one shown in the picture and not as pretty. You can reach Jane by email at jane @ dearauthor dot com


  1. Brian
    Dec 03, 2012 @ 14:40:05

    For Downton Abbey fans. Amazon’s daily deal (at the US site) is the Season 1 & 2 (UK versions) combo box set (including the Christmas Special) on DVD for $23.99 and Blu-Ray for $25.99

  2. Darlynne
    Dec 03, 2012 @ 14:52:00

    Scottoline’s Final Appeal is her second book, but it’s not part of the Rosato series, and she won the Edgar for it. There is an affair and yet I don’t recall being offended–YMMV–because she portrayed the relationship in a thoughtful way. What I do remember the most is Grace being older than the other junior attorneys and having a different perspective, plus she’s very funny. I’d have to say I really enjoyed reading it.

  3. DS
    Dec 03, 2012 @ 14:55:47

    I like Scottoline’s books, but this is a really old one– mid 90’s and really wasn’t that good.

    Think I’ll go for the Marie Brennan though. Her Onyx Court books pulled me in though they are not romance and are fairly dark. She has a touch for connecting fantasy to the real world.

  4. Brian
    Dec 03, 2012 @ 16:02:31

    FWIW Final Appeal by Lisa Scottoline is only $0.99 at Amazon, B&N and Kobo (as opposed to $2.99).

  5. Ros
    Dec 03, 2012 @ 17:18:48

    I think Smolin is half-right. Theoretical physics at the moment is dominated by the speculative and unfalsifiable. But I don’t necessarily think that’s as bad as he does. So much real progress in physics happens as a by-product of thinking about something else. It seems to me that thinking about string theory and so on is just as likely to produce the next significant breakthrough in some real, measurable, useful field as anything else.

  6. brandy
    Dec 03, 2012 @ 17:55:27

    Thanks Brian for the head’s up about the Downton Abbey sale… The UK version has been on my wishlist for ages. Whoop!

  7. Joy
    Dec 03, 2012 @ 22:37:18

    I don’t quite understand how the Marie Brennan coupon works. Can it be used to purchase digital titles?

  8. Jane
    Dec 03, 2012 @ 22:47:21

    Sorry! My post wasn’t very clear. The coupon is only good at

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