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Daily Deals: Blackberry Winter, Coraline and Face Frenzy

Blackberry Winter: A NovelToday Amazon offers Blackberry Winter: A Novel by Sarah Jio for $2.99.

From acclaimed novelist Sarah Jio, a new “mystery-slash-love story [that] will have you racing to the end”

Seattle, 1933. Vera Ray kisses her three-year-old son, Daniel, goodnight and reluctantly leaves for work. She hates the nightshift, but it’s the only way she can earn enough to keep destitution at bay. In the morning—even though it’s the second of May—a heavy snow is falling. Vera rushes to wake Daniel, but his bed is empty. His teddy bear lies outside in the snow.

Seattle, present day. On the second of May, Seattle Times reporter, Claire Hanson, awakens to another late-season snowstorm. Assigned to cover this “blackberry winter” and its predecessor decades earlier, Claire learns of Daniel’s unsolved abduction and vows to unearth the truth—only to discover that she and Vera are linked in unexpected ways.

Some words about the Author

Sarah Jio lives with her husband and three children in Seattle, Washington.

Coraline 10th Anniversary EditionCoraline 10th Anniversary Edition by Neil Gaiman costs just $1.99 today only.

Coraline lives with her preoccupied parents in part of a huge old house–a house so huge that other people live in it, too… round, old former actresses Miss Spink and Miss Forcible and their aging Highland terriers (“We trod the boards, luvvy”) and the mustachioed old man under the roof (“‘The reason you cannot see the mouse circus,’ said the man upstairs, ‘is that the mice are not yet ready and rehearsed.'”) Coraline contents herself for weeks with exploring the vast garden and grounds. But with a little rain she becomes bored–so bored that she begins to count everything blue (153), the windows (21), and the doors (14). And it is the 14th door that–sometimes blocked with a wall of bricks–opens up for Coraline into an entirely alternate universe. Now, if you’re thinking fondly of The Lion, the Witch, and the Wardrobe or Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland, you’re on the wrong track. Neil Gaiman’s Coraline is far darker, far stranger, playing on our deepest fears. And, like Roald Dahl’s work, it is delicious.

What’s on the other side of the door? A distorted-mirror world, containing presumably everything Coraline has ever dreamed of… people who pronounce her name correctly (not “Caroline”), delicious meals (not like her father’s overblown “recipes”), an unusually pink and green bedroom (not like her dull one), and plenty of horrible (very un-boring) marvels, like a man made out of live rats. The creepiest part, however, is her mirrored parents, her “other mother” and her “other father”–people who look just like her own parents, but with big, shiny, black button eyes, paper-white skin… and a keen desire to keep her on their side of the door. To make creepy creepier, Coraline has been illustrated masterfully in scritchy, terrifying ink drawings by British mixed-media artist and Sandman cover illustrator Dave McKean. This delightful, funny, haunting, scary as heck, fairy-tale novel is about as fine as they come. Highly recommended. (Ages 11 and older) –Karin Snelson

Some words about the Author

Neil Gaiman is the New York Times bestselling author of the novels Neverwhere, Stardust, American Gods, Coraline, Anansi Boys, The Graveyard Book, and Good Omens (with Terry Pratchett); the Sandman series of graphic novels; and the story collections Smoke and Mirrors andFragile Things. He is the winner of numerous literary honors, including the Hugo, Bram Stoker, and World Fantasy Awards, and the Newbery Medal. Originally from England, he now lives in America.

 

Face Frenzy: Monster EditionFace Frenzy: Monster Edition is a game which you can download free of charge.

Use your creative makeover skills to pretty up gory ghouls in Face Frenzy: Monster Edition. If you thought getting ready for a night out on the town was tough, imagine how hard it must be for Frankenstein. These faces don’t just stich themselves! Help a monster out.

All of these monsters are in a frenzy to get their faces ready for a night out on the town. Stitches need sewing and fangs need sharpening. Use a variety of tools to remedy everything from unique monster ailments to typical annoyances, like pimples and runny noses.

While you work your magic, do your best to keep them in a good mood before it’s time to go. Nobody wants to leave grumpy; it will ruin the night. Keep track of your high scores, which depend on how quickly you work–so work fast. These are three monsters you definitely don’t want to disappoint.

Use a variety of tools and vibrant colors to fix these scary monster faces. Get creative and have fun. Choose from three classic characters and move through various difficulty levels.

Amazon Launches Kindle App for Windows 8

Bringing Windows 8 into the Kindle App family didn’t take long.  Amazon has already got a polished version of the reading software in the Windows Store and ready to use.  As always, it’s free of charge.  Those familiar with the workings of Kindle apps, including the Kindle Cloud Reader, will find themselves right at home here.  There are, however, some peculiarities that make the Windows 8 offering stand out.

All of the standard features are present here.  The app can open any document associated with your Amazon account in either Cloud view or locally once you’ve downloaded it.  Whispersync takes care of updating your notes and maintaining your position in the document.  There are a number of options to customize parts of the display including the margins, font size, and color scheme.  A selection of fonts would have been nice, but that’s my only major complaint.

Basically you can assume that this app is a portal for the Kindle Cloud Reader without being too far off.  The visual style of the library is more in line with the Windows 8 aesthetic and some of the capabilities the app offers are specific to Windows 8, but once you are reading a book all of that falls away and it’s the same familiar experience.

The Windows 8-specific features are worth bring aware of, though.  Amazon has done a good job of integrating the hooks that make Microsoft’s new interface distinct.

The Charm Bar, largely the way you handle searching, sharing, and settings in any Windows 8 app, is the first thing to be aware of.  Searching the Kindle App will first pull up your library, making it handy for anybody with a large selection on hand, but will also show the top twenty search results from the Kindle Store.  Clicking on any of these will open a browser for shopping.  This searching is available even if the app itself isn’t currently open thanks to the way the Charm Bar works, taking a step out of the process of opening or shopping for a book.

Since Charms are the way that all sharing is handled, this is also where you go for that. My first attempt allowed me to share the title of the book I was reading, a note to go with that title, and a link to the book in the store.  This function will probably get more robust once Amazon figures out how to handle the even-handed treatment of all social sharing options in Windows 8.

It is also possible, and quite obvious, to “pin” a title to your Start Screen.  Any time you select a book or open the app bar while reading, this option is presented.  What this means is that the book will show up as a tile in the Start Screen, allowing you to jump directly into your book without worrying about navigating the library.  It’s a handy way to keep your current books readily at hand.

Basically, while the Kindle for Windows 8 app doesn’t accomplish anything revolutionary it also doesn’t have any obvious problems.  For a launch app, you’re not going to find many better implementations.  Check out win8review.com for more information.