PDA Fiction

Sunday, May 30, 2004

Women's History

I'm uploading a number of Women's History documents to PDAFiction. Here's a chance to grab a few before they are announced
(All files are in Palm Reader format):

Woman's Half Century of Evolution

The Yellow Wall-Paper
The Woman's Congress of 1899
Our Androcentric Culture

Elizabeth Cady Stanton (by Ida Husted Harper)
The Seneca Falls Declaration

While you're there, don't miss these other favorites:

Anarchism and Other Essays


Selected Poems

Ladies Almanack
The Book of Repulsive Women

SCUM Manifesto

My Brilliant Career

Politics and the English Language by George Orwell

For Memorial Day, an Orwell essay to help cut through the cant and hypocrisy:

"In our time it is broadly true that political writing is bad writing. Where it is not true, it will generally be found that the writer is some kind of rebel, expressing his private opinions and not a "party line." Orthodoxy, of whatever color, seems to demand a lifeless, imitative style. The political dialects to be found in pamphlets, leading articles, manifestoes, White papers and the speeches of undersecretaries do, of course, vary from party to party, but they are all alike in that one almost never finds in them a fresh, vivid, homemade turn of speech. When one watches some tired hack on the platform mechanically repeating the familiar phrases -- bestial, atrocities, iron heel, bloodstained tyranny, free peoples of the world, stand shoulder to shoulder -- one often has a curious feeling that one is not watching a live human being but some kind of dummy: a feeling which suddenly becomes stronger at moments when the light catches the speaker's spectacles and turns them into blank discs which seem to have no eyes behind them. And this is not altogether fanciful. A speaker who uses that kind of phraseology has gone some distance toward turning himself into a machine. The appropriate noises are coming out of his larynx, but his brain is not involved as it would be if he were choosing his words for himself. If the speech he is making is one that he is accustomed to make over and over again, he may be almost unconscious of what he is saying, as one is when one utters the responses in church. And this reduced state of consciousness, if not indispensable, is at any rate favorable to political conformity.

"In our time, political speech and writing are largely the defense of the indefensible. Things like the continuance of British rule in India, the Russian purges and deportations, the dropping of the atom bombs on Japan, can indeed be defended, but only by arguments which are too brutal for most people to face, and which do not square with the professed aims of the political parties. Thus political language has to consist largely of euphemism., question-begging and sheer cloudy vagueness. Defenseless villages are bombarded from the air, the inhabitants driven out into the countryside, the cattle machine-gunned, the huts set on fire with incendiary bullets: this is called pacification. Millions of peasants are robbed of their farms and sent trudging along the roads with no more than they can carry: this is called transfer of population or rectification of frontiers. People are imprisoned for years without trial, or shot in the back of the neck or sent to die of scurvy in Arctic lumber camps: this is called elimination of unreliable elements. Such phraseology is needed if one wants to name things without calling up mental pictures of them."

Get the entire essay in Palm Reader format here at PDAFiction.com

Thursday, May 27, 2004

Repligo On Sale

Get 10% off Repligo at PalmGear with this Promo Code: 57829740

On Sale at eReader.com: The Lies of George W. Bush

If Molly Ivins likes it, shouldn't you?

"One of the oddest aspects of the Bush presidency has been how reluctant journalists are to report that Bush lies. Reporters who jumped on Bill Clinton for disingenuous hair-splitting and piled on Al Gore for harmless exaggerations have given George W. Bush pass after pass after pass. No longer. Veteran journalist David Corn has collected all the glaring evidence. With flair, he skewers Bush and shows—beyond question—that the fellow in the White House has manhandled the truth about Iraq, the war on terrorism, tax cuts, global warming, stem cells, and other crucial issues, as well as his own past. Here are the lies you remember and the lies you don't. Get ready to get mad. Corn has cut through the spin and crafted an important and powerful challenge to Bush and his crew."

The Lies of George Bush is on sale for $9.45 (use the Newsletter Discount code - I don't know this week's! - or the 10% off link at the top of the page to drop the price to $8.51)

Wednesday, May 26, 2004

An End to the Wretched Graffiti 2?

"MILPITAS, Calif., May 21 /PRNewswire-FirstCall/ -- palmOne, Inc. (Nasdaq: PLMO) announced that summary judgment had been issued in its favor dismissing Xerox Corporation's claim that palmOne's former text-entry system, Graffiti(R), infringed a Xerox patent. In a decision released today, Judge Michael A. Telesca of the United States District Court for the Western District of New York held that the Xerox patent was invalid.

The summary judgment ruling will result in the dismissal of a lawsuit brought by Xerox in 1997 against Palm, Inc..."

Reuters AlertNet - Analysts say US threat warning is back-covering

[ellipses are mine]

"WASHINGTON, May 26 (Reuters) - A vague new U.S. warning that al Qaeda may be planning a massive attack smacks of political back-covering and campaigning, not just a call for heightened vigilance, analysts and former government officials say....

"Critics say the new threat warnings may also just be a ploy to shore up the president's job approval ratings or divert attention from the increasingly unpopular Iraq campaign...

"But beyond urging citizens to be on their guard, officials failed to suggest what Americans should do to help mitigate the threat. They said the government had no plans to raise the terror threat level or announce new precautions, and gave no details on when, where or how it might occur.

"New York and Los Angeles, two of the biggest U.S. cities, said they had not been briefed on any new threats.

"Most people feel that just a generalized 'be concerned about things' is not that useful," said Randall Yim, head of the homeland security division at the government's General Accounting Office, the investigative arm of Congress....

"Some critical voices say the government may also be hoping the warnings could score political points on national security that could boost President George W. Bush's flagging popularity ahead of the November elections..."

George Orwell: free web books, online

From Adelaide University (Australia) -- a good antidote to American political cant :

Animal Farm
Homage to Catalonia

Remarks by Al Gore 5/26/04

Too bad this guy didn't win the election....

...oh wait, he did.

Too bad we're not ready "to take the training wheels off" and try democracy in the USA, as GW Bush so cleverly said of Iraq (right before he fell of his bicycle. Really).

Tuesday, May 25, 2004


A new site, Mazarin, provides a simple front end for retrieving Gutenberg texts in HTML

The formatting seems clean (I've just browsed through a few books) and the site is quite fast. Certainly worth a bookmark.

Monday, May 24, 2004

Gossip Column: A Hollywood Novel at Fictionwise

Gossip Column: A Hollywood Novel [MultiFormat]
eBook by Patricia Turner

Unencrypted ebook fro DLSIJ Press -- 25% discount from Fictionwise
Buy it before 7 AM ET USA for an additional 5% Rapid Rebate (I think)

"Outsiders call Hollywood Tinsel Town. Insiders call it The City of Fear. It's 1941 and they're known as Hollywood's Wicked Witches--Hedda Hopper and Louella Parsons--the newspaper gossip gurus who can make or break careers at will. When a rookie reporter, Cinamon Spark, sets out to take over their turf, Hollywood trembles at the prospect of a War of the Witches. On the surface, Joshua Coleman and his wife Angel Early, two of the most celebrated stars of the day, appear to have a perfect life together, but could their marriage itself be an attempt to protect a secret? Cinamon Spark sniffs scandal and senses her big chance to scoop her opponents. Dolores Valdez, the sultry South American beauty, believes she can elude the gossip gatherers, but a betrayal by a man of the cloth entraps her in a web. Can she outwit her adversaries and cling to her hard-fought fame...or are the Witches too shrewd to be outsmarted? Will the stars survive the War of the Witches? Will their secrets be exposed and their reputations shredded in the ensuing bloody battle?"

I know nothing about this book. I do know DLSIJ is a publisher of lesbian ebooks -- so this might be the way to start taking advantage of Fictionwise's 25% discount on unencrypted ebooks

Fictionwise: Pre-Order Sale on Bill Clinton's Memoirs

If you're interested in the Clinton Presidency - here's a chance to get Clinton's forthcoming memoirs at a substantial discount.

Untill June 22, Fictionwise if offering a 50% MicroPay discount. For BuyWise Club members, this brings the cost of the book down to $11.90 For everyone else, final price is $14.00

Fictionwise Anniversary Sale

"Huge Store-wide Anniversary Sale -- Limited Time!

"Fictionwise is four years old on June 1, 2004! To celebrate and to thank our members for their support, every unencrypted Multiformat eBook is discounted 25% and every encrypted Secure eBook features a 25% Micropay Rebate. We very rarely run an every-eBook-in-the-store sale, so don't let this one pass you by!

"And of course, Buywise club members get their 15% discount applied to the already-low sale price (more with large purchases)."

The Spitting Image: Myth, Memory, and the Legacy of Vietnam

I've long suspected that the story of spat upon vets returning from Vietnam was a right-wing urban legend, because it clashes so totally with my recollection of the times. I was deeply involved with the anti-Vietnam war movement and with a number of veterans and vets' organizations. Predictably, the vets I knew were also anti-war. However, the mistreatment they experienced and reported was generally at the hands of the governement (spying by the FBI & wretched treatment at VA hospitals, to name two examples) - not from "hippies."

Similarly, the baby-killer epithet, I suspect, was tied to a My Lai poster I still recall vividly. It showed a full color photograph of the victims of the My Lai massacre. At the top was the questions: "Even babies?" Below the pictures of the dead women and children and babies were the words "Even babies."

Did that picture disturb vets? I imagine so. It sure as hell disturbed me. It was designed to disturb anyone who saw it. But the rage was directed at the government. I don't think many viwed Lt Calley as much more than a scapegoat (which is not the same thing as an innocent bystander). The war criminals were civilians in suits.

Anyway, the rewriting of this history has served the purpose of the Right - not the vets. Remember - the Vietnam Memorial was originally denounced by right-wing commentators as "Jane Fonda's Wall of Shame" when it was built. The simple recording of names - name after name after name - was viewed then -as Koppel's broadcast was viewed by the Chickenhawks this month - as shameful.

Well, they should be ashamed. They (Johnson, McNamara, Nixon, Kissinger then - Bush, Rumsfeld et al now) sent those young men and women to die for lies.

So I was very interested in this article by a Vietnam vet and anti-war activists whose memories match my own.

Here's a snippet:

"The spitting image is a myth, however, not because the alleged acts of spitting did not happen, but because of the way the image functions in the society. The spitting image, I contend, helps to tell a story that is not true, namely, that the United States lost the war in Vietnam because of betrayal on the home front. In other words, the spitting image helps construct an alibi for why the war was lost. The alibi runs that we were not beaten by a small, underdeveloped, nation of Asians but rather by liberals in congress who "tied one hand behind our backs" and by radicals in the streets whose actions demoralized our troops and gave aid and comfort to the enemy. It is an alibi that helps preserve key elements of American national and racial superiority: we were not defeated by Asian "others" but by our own kind. In effect, the alibi allows those who wish to believe that we were defeated by the only power on earth capable of beating the United States: the United States itself. "

Read the whole article -- then prepare for a new re-working of the myth to cover the disaster now befalling the US occupation of Iraq.

The Iraq fiasco is already starting to generate its own "Stab In The Back" stories. (See various war supporters' evolving comments on Abu Ghraib.) Bush didn't lose the war through his own arrogance and stupidity. The "media" did it! The Democrats did it! Nick Berg's parents did it! Ted Koppel did it! Gary Trudeau did it!

Don't fall for it.

Sunday, May 23, 2004

Susan Sontag in today's NY Times Magazine: Regarding the Torture of Others

Susan Sontag discusses Abu Ghraib:

"The issue is not whether the torture was done by individuals (i.e., ''not by everybody'') -- but whether it was systematic. Authorized. Condoned. All acts are done by individuals. The issue is not whether a majority or a minority of Americans performs such acts but whether the nature of the policies prosecuted by this administration and the hierarchies deployed to carry them out makes such acts likely. "

"The notion that apologies or professions of ''disgust'' by the president and the secretary of defense are a sufficient response is an insult to one's historical and moral sense. The torture of prisoners is not an aberration. It is a direct consequence of the with-us-or-against-us doctrines of world struggle with which the Bush administration has sought to change, change radically, the international stance of the United States and to recast many domestic institutions and prerogatives. The Bush administration has committed the country to a pseudo-religious doctrine of war, endless war -- for ''the war on terror'' is nothing less than that. Endless war is taken to justify endless incarcerations. Those held in the extralegal American penal empire are ''detainees''; ''prisoners,'' a newly obsolete word, might suggest that they have the rights accorded by international law and the laws of all civilized countries. This endless ''global war on terrorism'' -- into which both the quite justified invasion of Afghanistan and the unwinnable folly in Iraq have been folded by Pentagon decree -- inevitably leads to the demonizing and dehumanizing of anyone declared by the Bush administration to be a possible terrorist: a definition that is not up for debate and is, in fact, usually made in secret."

There's also, as you might expect, lots of meditation on the meaning of photography.

Grab the printer friendly version with Repligo or iSiloX

Friday, May 21, 2004

Palm Digital Media Changes Name

All of a sudden Palm Digital Media is morphing into eReader.com

The PalmReader has become the eReader.

The eBook Studio has become ....well, the eBook Studio.

I suppose PDM has realized that their books can also be read on PocketPCs -- and maybe the name should be a tad less platform-specific. All well and good.

The better news is, if you haven't already purchased the PalmReadePro and are considering it, the bundle of books now offerd with eReader Pro now includes The Black Ice by Michael Connelly.

Tuesday, May 18, 2004

Now Is the time To Open your Heart by Alice Walker

Alice Walker's latest novel is now available at a discount:

Fictionwise has it at $9.95 with a 15% Micropay Rebate for a final price of $8.46 (or $7.19 to Buywise Club members)

Palm Digital Media has it for $9.95. The Newsletter Discount cannot be applied to this book.

Monday, May 17, 2004

Get A Free Copy of Visual Basic.net from Microsoft

I found this in today's LangList:

"Microsoft is giving away free copies of Visual Basic .Net at http://msdn.microsoft.com/vstudio/

... You have to watch 5 promotional videos and answer short rating question to prove you really saw them. You then get a special code you can use to get a free copy of Visual Basic .NET 2003 Standard Edition.

...If you're in software development, getting a free copy of VB might be pretty attractive..."

More on Bush -- From Salon:

"'President Bush on Monday renewed his call for Congress to pass a constitutional amendment banning gay marriages. On the same day that Massachusetts began issuing licenses to gay couples, Bush said in a statement, 'The sacred institution of marriage should not be redefined by a few activist judges.' In the statement, read aboard Air Force One by White House press secretary Scott McClellan while traveling to Topeka, Kan., Bush said that 'all Americans have a right to be heard in this debate.'

"The reason Bush went to Topeka today was to mark the 50th anniversary of the Supreme Court ruling that ended racial segregation in schools. Good to know the president celebrated the end of one form of discrimination by calling for yet another form of discrimination to be enshrined in the U.S. Constitution."

-- Geraldine Sealey in Salon

The Dear Leader Speaks

"May 17, 2004 | TOPEKA, Kan. (AP) -- President Bush on Monday renewed his call for Congress to pass a constitutional amendment banning gay marriages.

"On the same day that Massachusetts began issuing licenses to gay couples, Bush said in a statement, "The sacred institution of marriage should not be redefined by a few activist judges."

"In the statement, read aboard Air Force One by White House press secretary Scott McClellan while traveling to Topeka, Kan., Bush said that "all Americans have a right to be heard in this debate."

"Noting that he had called on Congress some time ago to pass a constitutional amendment banning such marriages, Bush said "the need for that amendment is still urgent, and I renew that call today."

Even the head of the "Massachusetts Family Institute," which is leading the fight for a constitutional amendment to ban Gay marriages in Mass. had the decency to say, about the celebrations in Boston and Cambridge, "...give those people their happiness for the day." But not Bush. Nope. I guess when your poll ratings are sinking like a stone happiness is the last thing on your mind.

Happy Couples in Massachusetts

The Djinn by Janis Ian

Yes, that Janis Ian!

Janis Ian writes science fiction! Who knew? Certainly not me -- but here's a short story in various unencrypted formats from Fictionwise for under a dollar. (Use your Micropay account to avoid the service charge)

The whole Janis Ian writing sci-fi thing is weird enough - don't even get me started about Najara....

And for those of you too young to remember, check out the official Janis Ian web site here

Fictionwise eBooks: Lost Light by Michael Connelly

Fictionwise is offering a 50% Micropay rebate on Lost Light. That brings the final cost to under $3.00.

Daily Kos Report from Cambridge.

MAJeff has a nice report (on DailyKos) from Cambridge City Hall as the first marriages were performed

Gay Marriage Massachusetts

Some early pictures from Cambridge City Hall in Massachusetts

Sunday, May 16, 2004

Homer's Iliad & Odyessey

Do you believe Brad Pitt as Achilles? And they killed Agamemnon in battle? I suppose Aeschylus was just some hack writing looking for a cheap sequel. Well, there go the greatest works of Greek tragedy down the tubes. Sheesh!

Read the real thing, courtesy of Blackmask:

The Iliad -- Translated by Samuel Butler in iSilo format & MobiPocket format

The Iliad of Homer--Translated by Alexander Pope in iSilo format & MobiPocket format

The Iliad--Translated by Edward, Earl of Derby in iSilo format & MobiPocket format

Saturday, May 15, 2004

Newsweek Poll: Gay Marriage

"... as Massachusetts gets set to allow the first legally-recognized same-sex marriages in the nation, the poll shows that a majority (51%) of adults approve of some form of legal recognition for gay and lesbian couples; 28 percent say they favor full marriage rights, while 23 percent favor civil unions or partnerships but not gay marriage. But more than four in 10 (43%) oppose any form of legal recognition. Big differences in attitudes toward gay marriage are seen by age group. Almost two-thirds (64%) of young adults aged 18-29 favor some form of legal recognition for same-sex couples; 41 percent favor full marriage rights, 23 percent favor civil unions and 34 percent oppose any form of legal recognition. Among Americans aged 30 to 49, 34 percent support gay marriage and 20 percent civil unions, while 40 percent oppose all legal recognition. And among 50 to 64 years olds, 23 percent support marriage, 27 percent civil unions and 46 percent no legal recognition. In contrast, seniors aged ove 65 are least likely to favor full marriage rights (8%) and most likely to oppose any form of gay marriage (57%)"

In other happy news, the same poll reports that a majority of adults (52%) disapprove of George Bush.

Jeremy Reynalds on the Iraqi Prison Abuse Scandal

I believe this rant speaks for itself:

"There are some aspects about this alleged abuse with which I am really uncomfortable. Firstly, there has been far too little discussion about why the few individuals who committed the alleged abuses made a bunch of Iraqi prisoners pile on top of each other in a human pyramid. Were these just angry individuals who had no business being in a position of authority, or was there a deeper motive? In addition, what motivated them to take pictures?

"Could it be, as Rush Limbaugh mentioned in passing on a recent broadcast, that the perpetrators of the alleged crime are homosexuals? If that's the case, maybe the motivation for their activities was far different than from what has been discussed in the media's wall to wall coverage of this incident. If these individuals are homosexuals, maybe they were getting stimulated by looking at naked Iraqis in sexually provocative positions.

"Of course, as Limbaugh said because of the military's "don't ask, don't tell" policy concerning homosexuality we'll probably never know the answer, but I think the scenario is still definitely worth considering.

"After all, it would answer why the alleged activities took place and it would also provide a solution to the really bizarre question as to why pictures were taken of the humiliating and sexually suggestive poses.

"Why, you ask? Many people believe that homosexuals have a much greater potential than heterosexuals to be sexual predators. In addition, a sizeable number of sexually dysfunctional individuals (aka sexual predators) take pictures of their illicit acts. It gives them an opportunity to glory in their "conquest" as they visually relive their sickening activities."

There is no way to even begin to untangle the mess of bigotry and stupidity in those paragraphs.

Tuesday, May 11, 2004

Grab & Convert Web Content for your PDA

It's easy, it's cheap or even free:

Repligo (shareware)
Adobe for the Palm (broadband connection) (freeware)
Adobe for the PocketPC (broadband connection) (freeware)
iSiloX (freeware)
MobiReader Web Companion
Plucker (freeware)
MakeDocW (freeware)

Read the Reports

"After a meeting with Rumsfeld, military leaders and other top administration officials at the Pentagon, Bush told Rumsfeld, 'Thank you for your leadership. You are courageously leading our nation in the war against terror.' "

That's Bush's response to viewing the still unreleased photos and videos. Or at least some of them. Or at least the ones Rumsfeld wanted to show him.

Unlike Bush & Co, we don't have to choose stupidity as both a way of life and an all purpose excuse. We can read the reports.

The most important documents (so far, at least) relating to the torture of prisoners at Abu Ghraib are all freely available on line. All can be turned into PDA friendly docs, either with a simple program like MakeDocW (for the Sy Hersh articles) or with Repligo or Adobe for the Palm (for the Red Cross report)

There is much worse to come, including, allegedly, a video of Americans raping a female detainee.

I can't even pretend to care about finding cheap ebooks at the moment. Read the reports, take action:

Sy Hersh : Torture at Abu Ghraib
Sy Hersh: Chain of Command
Taguba Report
Red Cross Report

Palm Digital Media: Free Culture

PDM is selling Lawrence Lessig's Free Culture for $19.95 ($17.96 with Newsletter discount)

If you want to support Professor Lessig's efforts financially, you could certainly buy the book. If, however, you just want to read his argument -- you can just read the book. He released it under a Creative Commons copyright and it is freely available at a number of sites.

Black Mask has Free Culture for free, in a variety of formats here

Check out Lessig's own site, with a free PDF download and links to many other formats, here

Monday, May 10, 2004

Honor Harrington

I'm not a sci-fi fan, so I'm not familiar with this series. However, there was recently a discussion about the Honor Harrington series on Radclyffe's Yahoo group, and someone was kind enough to post this link to Baen's free download site for the entire series in PDA format.

If you're a fan -- or just a potential fan -- give it a look


Army Times on Who's Responsible for Abu Ghraib:

"This was not just a failure of leadership at the local command level. This was a failure that ran straight to the top. Accountability here is essential - even if that means relieving top leaders from duty in a time of war.

-- Military Times editorial, May 17 issue"

Uncivil Disunion (washingtonpost.com)

From an editorial in The Washington Post, discussing a law passed by the Virginia legislature banning any recognition of any partnership between people of the same sex:

"IN THE GATHERING debate over gay marriage, some state legislatures have moved to ban it, others to create civil unions or domestic partnerships. Then there's the Virginia General Assembly, which last month -- brushing aside proposed amendments from Gov. Mark R. Warner (D) -- passed with veto-proof majorities a jaw-dropping bill that bans not only civil unions but any "partnership contract or other arrangement between persons of the same sex purporting to bestow the privileges or obligations of marriage." And it declares "void in all respects" and "unenforceable" in the commonwealth any such arrangement made in another state.

"In other words, not only is any public affirmation of gay relationships banned but even private legal arrangements between two people who love each other are prohibited. The bill's broad language would preclude contracts to share assets or provide for medical powers of attorney, and though its sponsors deny they intend to do so, it would seem to ban even certain contractual business relationships undertaken by people who happen to be of the same gender."

Alas, the days of Patrick Henry are long gone...

ZLauncher on sale at PalmGear

If you are looking for a Launcher for your PalmOS PDA, you won't find a better one than Z Launcher. It's a bargain at its normal $12.00 price - but you can get it now at PalmGear for $10.99

Enter code 39306096 at check out for the discount

Sunday, May 09, 2004

No Palm Reader Format at SimonSays.com

Here's the latest fallout from Overdrives insane overcharges to publishers:

"As a result of our distributor's decision to stop carrying Palm titles, beginning May 6, 2004, Palm Reader titles will be unavailable for purchase at SimonSaysShop until further notice. Previously purchased Palm eBook downloads will be honored until June 7, 2004. Therefore, we encourage you to download and archive all Palm eBooks you have purchased by June 7.

"We apologize for this inconvenience, and as a valued customer, we are offering you 50% OFF Adobe and Microsoft Reader titles until June 7, 2004. That's on top of our existing discounts for a savings of almost 70%! Just enter PalmBonus50 into the promotional code field at checkout.

"Remember, Adobe-formatted eBooks runs on Palm devices so you can still enjoy our eBooks on your favorite PDA and continue to save with us.

"For more information, please contact us at shop.feedback@simonsays.com.

SimonSaysShop Team"


From the "We're Not Foreigners, We Own The World' Department

Mr. Bush observed with no irony to Al Arabiya TV: "Iraqis are sick of foreign people coming in their country and trying to destabilize their country, and we will help them rid Iraq of these killers."

9/11 fund compensates lesbian whose partner died in terrorist attack

"The September 11th Victim Compensation Fund announced Thursday that it will compensate Nancy Walsh for the loss of her partner, Carol Flyzik, who was onboard an American Airlines flight that crashed into the World Trade Center on September 11, 2001"

Read the rest of the article, from the Advocate, here

Saturday, May 08, 2004

Fictionwise eBooks: Woman Justice by Rosalyn Wraight

New at Fictionwise from DLSIJ Press - Woman Justice by Rosalyn Wraight.

From the publisher's blurb: "What happens to all those characters a novelist creates? Could it be that they exist in an alternate plane? Could they be capable of returning to the writer, demanding a better, more fulfilling existence? This seems to be reality for Emily Decker, lauded mystery writer, when she is confronted by Milicent Baylor.

"In her effort to get Milicent's existence past the burgeoning state, Emily writes a series of erotic stories, set in varying locales— from Alaska to Timbuktu. Each word, each sentence that Emily writes, makes Milicent stronger, more viable, more real. Emily places herself in these torrid tales and follows her character's regeneration. As Milicent grows in strength and character, Emily realizes she is falling in love with her own creation.

"But all is not well in the real world...

"The book opens with a police investigation into a pile of bones found in the woods. Detective Laura McCallister intends to solve the riddle. Whose bones are they? What do they have to do with Emily? What do they have to do with Milicent? How do Emily's father and housekeeper fit into this twisted scenario? Is anything as it appears to be?

"Rosalyn Wraight has written more than just an engrossing novel. She has managed to weave three storylines into one seamless tale: a murder mystery, a love story, and an erotic adventure that stretches all over the globe."

There's a 15% discount, so the book is currently $5.82 or $4.95 for BuyWise Club members.

There's an interview with Rosalyn Wraight here.

Thursday, May 06, 2004

CACI Careers: Job Openings

Beyond belief

"CACI's Job Database

Interrogator/Intel Analyst Team Lead Asst.

Assists the interrogation support program team lead to increase the effectiveness of dealing with Detainees, Persons of Interest, and Prisoners of War (POWs) that are in the custody of US/Coalition Forces in the CJTF 7 AOR, in terms of screening, interrogation, and debriefing of persons of intelligence value. Under minimal supervision, will assist the team lead in managing a multifaceted interrogation support cell"

Letters from Sgt Frederick

Le Monde has posted a PDF of emails and handwritten letters from one of the US soldiers involved in the abuse of Iraqi prisoners. No editorializing from me -- read for yourself.


You might even do something George Bush and Donald Rumsfeld didn't bother to do and read the Taguba report.

I listened to George Bush declare repeatedly, in interviews, that this "isn't the America that I know." Well maybe not - but it is certainly the America he has created. Where else would his "zone of lawlessness" at Guantanamo lead but here? Where else would his suspension of habeas corpus lead but here?

Would any of Bush's excuses and platitudes satisfy you if they came from the mouth of a foreign leader justifying similar mistreatment of American soldiers?

Monday, May 03, 2004

Ellen Hart's Immaculate Midnight Now Available as Palm Reader Ebook

Jane Lawless fans (no.. that's right .. the other Lawless...) can pick up the latest in the series in Palm Reader format from Fictionwise or Palm Digital Media

List Price is $13.95.
PDM is selling it at $9.85 or $8.87 with the newsletter discount (This week's Promo Code is ZENITH )
Fictionwise has it for $10.95 with a 20% Micropay Rebate -- Final Price = $8.76. BuyWise Club Members can grab it for $7.45 after the rebate.

Sunday, May 02, 2004

Upton Sinclair's The Brass Check

The Brass Check, Upton Sinclair's classic and ever timely expose of the media is available (for free) from Teleread in a variety of formats, including MobiPocket, HTML, PDF, Word, and MS Reader. Additional formats, including RocketBook, are promised for the future.

Saturday, May 01, 2004

Mission Accomplished

Today marks the first anniversary of President Bush's photo op aboard the USS Lincoln, where he dressed up in a flight suit and announced an end to major military action in Iraq. Well, the war continues, Iraq is unstable and the Washington Post reports that with the deaths of 10 American soldiers in Iraq yesterday, more U.S. troops have now died in combat in the month of April than in the six weeks-long Iraq invasion last year.

What exactly have we accomplished? Check The Memory Hole for the things George Bush would rather you not know.

Fictionwise eBooks: Plan of Attack eBook by Bob Woodward

Plan of Attack is now available at Fictionwise in the normal 3 secure formats: Palm MS Reader and MobiPocket.

$11.99 after 20% Micropay rebate ($10.19 for BuyWise Club members)