Try Kindle Unlimited (KU)

The following is a brief review of a brief overview. I am a fan of Kindle Unlimited (KU) and frequently mention it in my book reviews as a good alternative to the high costs of books in my expat living situation (Indonesia).

Kindle Unlimited: Is It Right for YOU? by Charles Wright is described in the following subtitle: “A Brief Guide to Understand the Positives and Negatives.” At eleven pages, it meets the requirements of brief. For me, the authorship was confusing. Released in 2015 by author Sherry Everett, it appears here as written by Charles Wright. I will place my question about why this is so in the basket for things I no longer care about and will not investigate further. Because I am an avid fan of Kindle Unlimited (it works well for me) I wanted to see what others thought the negatives were. Being a positive person, here we go.

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The Widow’s Network by Nick McDonell might be an eye-opening book for readers that believe armed conflicts are between two monolithic elements, that there is a good side and a bad side. Using a small core of named individuals that worked with female spy Sabrine, McDonell delivers a well-sourced account of the conflict in Iraq. There are shifting alliances, people who worked openly for more than one side, and some documented facts with flexible dates to serve bureaucratic purposes.

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A HUGE Collection of Short Weird Stuff

I feel it worthwhile to quote from the Introduction to this novel, Horror d’Oeuvres: Bite-Sized Tales of Terror so that readers know what they are getting into. I came to this collection via Tobias Wade. He publishes a couple of fantasy/horror/twisted tales per week. I get those free in a weekly email. Tobias Wade is listed as an author of this edited anthology. One of his emails recommended this collection. It has 61 pieces of short fiction plus three bonus stories. My (hopefully relevant quote):

“This anthology was born from a rogues gallery of the best authors from Reddit’s premier horror flash fiction community, /r/ShortScaryStories.” (loc 170-172).

“This charity anthology … All revenue generated from the sales of eBooks, physical books, and audiobooks will be donated to Scares That Care!, an approved 501(c)(3) charity which fights the REAL MONSTERS of childhood illness, burns, and breast cancer by helping families that are experiencing these extraordinary hardships cope with the financial burden. It’s a 100% volunteer charity; meaning all donations are given to those who are in need; no CEO salaries, no overheads. Donations will be made on a quarterly basis for one year following the publication date of this collection. All information on the donations, sales numbers, and all other pertinent information will be available on www.reddit.com/r/Human_Gravy.” (loc 175-180).

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When Is A Dilemna A Dilemma? (Never)

I found little evidence of a dilemma in this short story with what I consider to be a deceptive title. For me, a dilemma is a situation in which I must make a decision that will damage me the least whether that is in terms of material or more abstract goals. With General Rahmini’s Dilemna by Benson Grayson, there were multiple short terms dilemmas. But the General always fortuitously avoided them. He did not escape disaster by clever, well-planned actions; rather unusual opportunities presented themselves. After the first few times this happened, the novel became boring and I read along just to find out what other fantastic pieces of luck would fall out of the sky to improve his life. A reader of this might think a long time about Karma.

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Paybacks Are A …

If there was a measure of the ratio of surprises to a number of pages, Paid In Full by Mark Newman would rank very favorably. Not only were there a lot of surprises, they were paradigm shifts. A character development would be unfolding interestingly but almost predictably and then out of the blue the character would make a 90-degree shift. Characters to be pitied became malevolent, unsavory characters. Evil bad folks, along with the lines of torturers, would just give up and leave witnesses alive. Not that they would go unpunished, but they didn’t act in ways that would assure they would not get caught. This novel is a short story of 149 pages and was one I want to keep so I paid the USD 0.99 Amazon price.

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Many Kind of Monsters

Charted Water by Nick Wisseman is a very short story that will take longer to read than a first look would indicate. This story is all about time as the reader will immediately see by segment hearings. To assign a category, segments in italics are more about ships and crew. It is about their attempts, to include the two captains, to deal with a monster which has a very real presence that physically blocks the movement of ships. Items in non-italic type refer to either the dialogue between two ship captains; Martin, a French sea captain, or a monologue from Ryan, an English sea captain.

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What Are The Rules?

Revisions by Nick Wisseman might begin with a quick quiz. But the quiz is by text message and Blake is driving. He should know better than to text while ….

Because when Blake wakes up he is part of a celebration. The crowds are tremendous, but he doesn’t understand the language spoken. It might be Russian but before he can react, a raid begins, complete with shooting. Words appear in his mind to let him know where he is: Odessa, Russia, during a time of the revolution. Where did the words come from? They appeared almost as words in a cartoon bubble. Blake loses consciousness, he may have been shot.

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