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Daily Deals: Alone: The Classic Polar Adventure and Lame Castle

Alone: The Classic Polar AdventureToday Amazon offer to get Alone: The Classic Polar Adventure by Richard E. Byrd for $1.99

When Admiral Richard E. Byrd set out on his second Antarctic expedition in 1934, he was already an international hero for having piloted the first flights over the North and South Poles. His plan for this latest adventure was to spend six months alone near the bottom of the world, gathering weather data and indulging his desire ?to taste peace and quiet long enough to know how good they really are.? But early on things went terribly wrong. Isolated in the pervasive polar night with no hope of release until spring, Byrd began suffering inexplicable symptoms of mental and physical illness. By the time he discovered that carbon monoxide from a defective stovepipe was poisoning him, Byrd was already engaged in a monumental struggle to save his life and preserve his sanity.

When Alone was first published in 1938, it became an enormous bestseller. This edition keeps alive Byrd?s unforgettable narrative for new generations of readers.

Some words about the Author

Admiral Richard Evelyn Byrd (1888-1957) was among the twentieth century’s most heroic public figures and one of history’s foremost explorers. Expeditions under his command mapped half of the Antarctic continent and three-quarters of its coast — more unknown territory than any other explorer since Captain James Cook in the eighteenth century.

Lame Castle

Lame Castle is a game for your Kindle Fire. You can get this app for free today only.

It is a truth universally acknowledged, that a knight in possession of a toy horse must smash a bunch of lame-o castles.

The Lame Game

Lame Castle is a fast-paced dash-and-run game with a lighthearted medieval theme. Mount your steed, grab your helmet, and dash and jump through tons of danger-strewn levels.

Gallop through 24 levels filled with deadly pits and obnoxious boulders. Try unique bonus objectives for each level, and shoot for a high score. At the end of each level, smash the lame castle of Wizzy the evil wizard, and garner the adoration of a generic pink princess.

Lame Difference

Get lost in four endless modes, and enter a nightmare maze of poor castle architecture.

Use a simple touchscreen interface to control your knight. Jump, double jump, and long jump with the left side of your screen, or press the right side to attack. Hit both for a jump-attack!

Lame-Faced

Get ready to punt chickens, loot treasure chests, and smash rocks. Don’t stand idly by while lame castles remain intact!

AWOL on the Appalachian Trail by David Miller

If you have hiked, or considered hiking the Appalachian Trail, or just want to know more about the experience, then I highly recommend reading David Miller’s AWOL on the Appalachian Trail.  It is free from Amazon Prime members via the Kindle Owner’s Lending Library.

Technology is so ingrained in our daily lives, that we have to physically escape from it.  Hiking the Appalachian Trail provides a chance to get away, face an unknown adventure, and to get to know other hikers and their experiences.

The AT can be hiked by section, or it can be hiked all the way through.  Hikers who make it all the way from Georgia to Maine are called “thru hikers.”  Some thru hikers go the purist route and hike the trail all the way through, and others skip sections and come back later.  To me, I’d just barrel through it and get it over with.  The sense of accomplishment at the end is much sweeter when you don’t have to worry about going back to other parts.

I love Miller’s easy, familiar writing style.  All of the hikers have trail names.  Miller encounters the same ones throughout his journey, and mentions their names like they’re old friends.  I chuckled a time or two at the more colorful characters.

Miller also gives advice on what to bring and things not to do.  Carry the lightest load possible.  there are stops along the way.  I was surprised to read that that there were so many shelters along the trail.

In short, AWOL on the Appalachian Trail isn’t the greatest book ever written, but I think it is worth a read.  There are some good books in the Kindle Owner’s Lending Library collection.

Robert Merivel

“Strong writing and accounting from all of the parts of the trail make it a great book for those armchair AT Hikers like myself. It is a nice mix of everyday life and what it takes on the trail, trail relationships (some good, some bad), and various observations on life and the trail. What makes it all that more surprising is it is a Self-Published book. It is definitely worthy of a more tangible publishing house.”

Wayne A. Robinson

“Just happened upon this book in the Kindle store on my new Kindle Fire and decided to give it a try. Really glad I did. I’m not particularly interested in hiking, but the author is a fine writer and the level of detail about his day-to-day journey made it feel more like a diary rather than a retrospective on his experience. Most adults with a family and a desk job can also identify with his motivation for doing the hike. I finished this quickly. Really liked Miller’s honesty and self-deprecating style too. I recommend! “