Morning, y’all. No, I don’t know what the title is supposed to mean, either. Let’s move on. 😛
Sooo… I’m in my new place, now. It is nice. I will be expending actual effort to keep it nice. Go, good intentions. ^^;
As promised, I’m going to stop posting teasers of things I haven’t written yet, and move back into releasing chapters of my web novels… which I also haven’t written yet. Go figure. The next chapter will be on Friday, although whether it is the next chapter of Anubai or something else will depend on… factors. We’ll see. 😉
OK, with that out of the way, let me tell you a quick story. See, as I was preparing for my move, I was absolutely ruthless about culling my collection of paperback novels. Sadly, this did not completely divest me of paperbacks; most of my Terry Pratchett collection is in paperback, for instance, and I’d rather lose an arm than those books. 😛
Among the few series that I decided not to part with, was the Bazil Broketail series by Christopher Rowley. It’s about a war between the forces of evil, and the forces of not-quite-as-evil-as-that, and it focuses on a unit of dragons in the army of “good”. I’ve had the books since high school (the last book was released in ’99, the year before I graduated), and it’s one of best fantasy war series I’ve ever read.
So, seeing that the books now had a place of prominence on my bookshelf, I decided to start reading the books again, possibly to prove that I was right to keep them.
I stand by my decision. These books are great. Well, at least the first book is, and I expect the later books won’t disappoint me too much… 😉
Anyway. As I was reading, I thought to myself, “Huh. It would be fun to start my Let’s Read project again, reading through this book.” But then I thought, “But this series was published back in the nineties; I really wonder if it’s available anywhere.” Because while I would love to post summaries and analysis of chapters, it really would be nice if I could recommend that people read it themselves as well. Kinda the point, really. 😛
So, I checked whether the books were available on Amazon Kindle. And, as it turned out, they were.
You see, someone seems to have picked up the property, divided the books in half, and made each half available at the price of a full book. Furthermore, only five of these installments are available currently, which is about two and a half of the original books. The names have been changed, obviously since they need more of them now, and the covers have been “modernized” I guess you could say. Call it my rampant nostalgia, but I don’t like the covers. 😛
(Exception: The cover of Battle Dragons 2: The Doom, is pretty awesome. Even if it is the second half of the first book. 😦 )
Soooo… yeah. I’m not sure if I want to do a full Let’s Read of the series, with such a questionable digital version. On the other hand, the original paperbacks are available through Amazon (the actual store) for just a couple bucks apiece, setting aside the shipping charges, so it’s not like it’s completely unavailable… I don’t know. What do you guys think?
Oh, and incidentally… if I do decide to resurrect Let’s Read, it won’t impact the weekly release of web novel chapters. So don’t weigh that in your opinions. 😉