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Category Archives: Hot Takes

Where to find free fiction online

The internet’s yelling about book piracy again, so now’s a great time to do a roundup of legal ways of getting free books when you don’t have library access, aren’t working as a book reviewer, or are in a country where rights are restricted. This isn’t a guide to getting any particular book available for free…

Two stories, two franchises

So I’m going to tell you about two characters. The first is FN-2187, aka Finn, from 2015’s Star Wars: The Force Awakens. He’s one of the protagonists of the movie, a coward with a heart of gold who starts out as a Stormtrooper but stumbles into an adventure while fleeing from the First Order. The…

Books, ads, and cold hard cash

My long-suffering Keyboard Kindle finally shuffled off its mortal coil. I hopped on Amazon.com immediately to buy a new one, because I just can’t be without my precious $2.99 ebooks. The cheapest model available comes with advertisements: there’s a smallish banner on the home page, and when you turn the device off, the screen shows an advertisement…