Daily Deals: The Misremembered Man and Quisr PRO

The Misremembered Man

Today deals from Amazon: The Misremembered Man by Christina McKenna for $0.99

Memoirist McKenna’s debut novel—a pastoral, feel-good yarn set in 1974 County Derry—concerns two Irish 40-somethings who meet through a newspaper Lonely Hearts column. Both farmer Jamie McCloone and schoolteacher Lydia Devine have suffered the recent death of a loved one. Jamie’s traumatic childhood at a sweatshop run by the nuns from hell precipitates his dependence on Valium and whiskey. Lydia, meanwhile, grew up under the oppressive thumb of her now-dead rector father and—at age 40, still a virgin who has never tasted alcohol—decides it’s time to live a little. The pair, of course, are grossly mismatched—she prim and buttoned-down, he a rough-edged rustic—which is underscored repeatedly during their lengthy postal courtship. Comic relief comes from Jamie’s neighbors, the McFaddens, who do their best to aid Jamie and lift him from his saturnine moods. McKenna—who’s written a memoir, My Mother Wore a Yellow Dress—places a few twists in the narrative, saving the most startling until the close. (Mar.)

The Misremembered Man is a charming yet harsh portrait of Ireland and some of it’s characters, mainly a man and a woman whose younger lives shared a common bond, oppression. This tale is engrossing although a wee syrupy at times, and here and there are touches of humor that are in sharp contrast to the lives of these two people. The author builds the characters well, then plops them in the middle of life in the small towns of Ireland. You might feel the final chapters will bring a heartwarming predictable ending that you hoped would happen, but the writer surprises you….worth the time to curl up on a comfortable sofa and read the day away. —-Mary S. Long (Baltimore, MD USA)
Quisr PRO

Quisr PRO is a game for your Kindle Fire and others Android devices which you can get for free here.

What year was the Battle of Hastings? Who was the last .400 hitter in Major League Baseball? Which pop star had a hit with “Genie in a Bottle”? If trivia is your game, you’ll love Quisr Pro for Android.

I’ll Take Movies for $200, Alex

Let’s face it: you know way too many obscure facts for your own good. What better way to show off all that useless knowledge than crushing your friends and ruling the world in a trivia game on your phone or tablet? That’s what you can do with Quisr.

Who Is Today’s Lucky Contestant?

The first time you open up Quisr you’ll need to create a unique profile. This allows you to participate in the worldwide leaderboards, and also enables you to create your own questions and review others’ suggested questions. You can even add an avatar to your profile to express your individuality.

Not a Trivial Pursuit

Now that you’re registered, your pride is on the line. Quisr offers two modes of play: Singleplayer, where the app feeds you a series of questions, and Multi Player, where you and up to three of your trivia-loving friends can duke it out on your device. This mode is based on the “first to buzz in” method of gameplay, and it’s great for tablets. Note that trash-talking in Quisr is allowed (although trash-talking in Singleplayer mode is kind of silly).

Quisr features more than 1,000 different questions, with more being added all the time. You’ll find eight categories included, everything from geography to sports and games to entertainment to history to–well, you get the picture. How culturally literate are you? You’ll find out quickly with this app.

Unlike some quiz games, the questions are not all boring multiple choice. Sometimes you’ll be given a rotating list and asked to pick out the two or three correct answers for that question. There is a timer, so don’t think you have all day to Google the answer or ask your Mom for help. Questions are worth different amounts of points, based on level of difficulty and how fast you answer. If you’re stuck, you can use a Joker option to stop the timer, eliminate wrong answers, or skip the question entirely.

Earn bonuses by correctly answering multiple questions in a row. If you get enough right, you’ll advance to the next level. Miss too many, though, and it’ll be “Thanks for playing!”

King of the Trivia World

After each game, Quisr tells you your total score for that game, your high score to date, and where you rank on the worldwide leaderboard. You can also go to the Quisr website and see the details, as well as participate in the making and reviewing of questions that will then appear in subsequent quizzes. See if you can stump your fellow players and claw your way to the top of the trivia heap with Quisr.

Fun Holiday Games for Kindle

I’ve been watching the Kindle games collection closely to see if any holiday games would show up this year. There are a few, but not as many as I thought there would be.

Right now there are three holiday themed Kindle games out there. The first is a holiday version of the hit free puzzle game, Pixel Perfect Puzzles. The object of this game is to create a picture by filling in individual blocks. Each row and column contains the number of blocks that that particular row or column will include.

The part that makes this game a little more challenging is that you have to figure out how far to space each set of blocks. So, far example, if it says 5 2, then you would do a set of 5 blocks all together, then a set of 2 blocks separated from the other set by one or two spaces.. The columns and rows have to match up. If you can figure out the easy ones, the harder ones tend to just fall into place. Pixel Perfect Holiday Puzzles includes themes from all holidays that come around this time, as well as winter terms.

Puzzle Baron’s Cryptograms is also available in a holiday edition. Cryptograms are scrambled words or phrases that you need to reorganize. The most helpful tip for me is to keep in mind what category the phrase is in. You can also compare your results with others, which usually helps players improve on their score.

I think that cryptograms can be some of the hardest word puzzles out there. Puzzle Baron’s Holiday Cryptograms include themes like Gift Giving, Holiday Season, New Year’s, Wintertime, and more.  Lots of fun to be had for word game lovers out there!

Lastly, there is a festive collection of Word Search puzzles with holiday terms from all kinds of categories such as movies. Word Search is a great game for all ages, and they are puzzles that everyone is familiar with to some degree.

The Holiday Word Search Kindle game is available on the Kindle Touch, as well as all other models with the exception of the Kindle Fire. The other two games are not available for the Kindle Touch at this time. I was a little surprised that Amazon’s own game is not compatible with the latest generation.

I hope to see more holiday games trickle in as the season gets going. It is still pretty early, so I wouldn’t be surprised to see a lot more to come in the next few weeks.