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Fri Feb 20, 2009 - 4:54 PM EST - By Jennifer Chappell

Page Turners for your Palm Devices

I'm always happy to find new eBooks to put on my Palm smartphones. The more the merrier because I can't ever get enough books books to read. I also can't ever get enough gadgets, and I couldn't hold out any longer and pre-ordered the Kindle 2 from Amazon today. Even though I love reading eBooks on my Palms, I still want to see what it's like to read an eBook on a different kind of eBook reader. I passed on the Kindle 1, but the Kindle 2 really looks great.

Anyway, I was looking through the Fictionwise store recently and a few eBooks caught my eye. I've read "Angels & Demons" by Dan Brown and really enjoyed the book, and I was happy to find out recently that there's a movie coming out in May, 2009! WooHoo! I had also read and loved Brown's "The Da Vinci Code" and enjoyed the movie made from that book too. But as always is the case, the book was much better than the movie. And I'm sure it'll be true for the "Angels & Demons" movie as well.

Angels & Demons by Dan Brown

An ancient secret brotherhood. A devastating new weapon of destruction. An unthinkable target. When world-renowned Harvard symbologist Robert Langdon is summoned to a Swiss research facility to analyze a mysterious symbol--seared into the chest of a murdered physicist--he discovers evidence of the unimaginable: the resurgence of an ancient secret brotherhood known as the Illuminati...

You can get "Angels & Demons at Fictionwise for $9.99. There is an eBook excerpt available.

I think I'll get this book in eBook format and read it again, this time on my Centro. I want to read it again right before the movie comes out so I'll have the story fresh in my mind. Then I can make the book/movie comparisons.

Daemon by Daniel Suarez

Already an underground sensation, a high-tech thriller for the wireless age that explores the unthinkable consequences of a computer program running without human control--a daemon--designed to dismantle society and bring about a new world order. Technology controls almost everything in our modern-day world, from remote entry on our cars to access to our homes, from the flight controls of our airplanes to the movements of the entire world economy. Thousands of autonomous computer programs, or daemons, make our networked world possible, running constantly in the background of our lives, trafficking e-mail, transferring money, and monitoring power grids. For the most part, daemons are benign, but the same can't always be said for the people who design them. Matthew Sobol was a legendary computer game designer - the architect behind half-a-dozen popular online games. His premature death depressed both gamers and his company's stock price. But Sobol's fans aren't the only ones to note his passing. When his obituary is posted online, a previously dormant daemon activates, initiating a chain of events intended to unravel the fabric of our hyper-efficient, interconnected world. With Sobol's secrets buried along with him, and as new layers of his daemon are unleashed at every turn, it's up to an unlikely alliance to decipher his intricate plans and wrest the world from the grasp of a nameless, faceless enemy--or learn to live in a society in which we are no longer in control....Computer technology expert Daniel Suarez blends haunting high-tech realism with gripping suspense in an authentic, complex thriller in the tradition of Michael Crichton, Neal Stephenson, and William Gibson.

Daemon sounds like a great read! I love stories about computers taking control.

Daemon is available for $26.95.

Dead of Winter by Sean Harris

Allysen Coles sees dead people. A clairvoyant can run away to Fairbanks, but cannot hide from sinister spirits lurking in the long, dark Alaska winter. When a young woman reaches out from beyond the grave, Allysen answers her pleas to solve a decades old murder. Vivid dreams about the girl draw her closer to the truth, but also reveal her own life may be in danger. As she does more research, ghostly activity around her continues to escalate. Allysen soon learns people and things in Fairbanks are not what they seem. Will she put the pieces of the puzzle together in time? And--can she even trust her own friends to help her?

Hmmm... that sure sounds like a great book to dig into! There is an eBook excerpt available. You can get "Dead of Winter" for $5.99.

Icebound by Dean Koontz

A stunning and suspenseful thriller, about humanity's continuous and sometimes futile battle against nature from one of the most popular and bestselling authors in America. Conducting a strange and urgent experiment of the Arctic icefield, a team of scientists has planted sixty powerful explosive charges that will detonate at midnight. Before they can withdraw to the safety of the base camp, a shattering tidal wave breaks loose the ice on which they are working. Now they are hopelessly marooned on an iceberg during a violent winter storm. The bombs beneath them are buried irretrievable deep ... and ticking. And they discover that one of them is an assassin with mission of his own. This is classic Koontz.

Koontz is one of my favorite authors. "Icebound" is a book of his that I found out about after I thought I'd read all of his books. I was happy to find it and read it as it was really good!

You can get "Icebound" for $7.99. You can read an eBook excerpt at Fictionwise to give you a little taste too. ;-)

The Solar Sea by David Lee Summers

Humans settled the Moon and satellites orbiting the Earth were a common sight, but with the abolition of NASA, humans had no desire to go further and space exploration died. Then, a technician from the Very Large Array, a radio telescope in New Mexico, discovers powerful particles orbiting Saturn's moon, Titan, which could be a new energy source. Strangely enough, following the discovery's announcement, whales around the Earth changed their songs overnight. As scion of the powerful Quinn Corporation, Thomas Quinn builds a solar sail--a vessel pushed by sunlight itself--to find the source of these particles in Titan's orbit. He gathers the best and brightest team to pilot his craft: Jonathan Jefferson, an aging astronaut known as the last man on Mars; Natalie Freeman, a distinguished Navy captain; Myra Lee, a biologist, specializing in whale communication; and John O'Connell, the technician who first discovered the particles. All together they make a grand tour of the solar system and discover not only wonders but dangers beyond their imagination. Drawing on his experience as an astronomer, David Lee Summers has created a story that is both exciting and plausible, one that can be enjoyed by both the young and young-at-heart who enjoy looking at the planets on a clear night and dreaming of what could be.
"In The Solar Sea, David Lee Summers creates a page-turning yarn with some of the most dramatic characters I've read in years. You won't want to put it down, and when you're done, you'll only want more." -- J. Alan Erwine, author of The Opium of the People
"The Solar Sea is a high-tech science fiction adventure that spins a new twist on space exploration and alien encounters. Summers' descriptions of technology and scientific theories, along with his alien species, work together to raise the stakes and makes for an entertaining read for teens or adults alike. -- Erin Durante, author of the Damewood Trilogy

"The Solar Sea" sounds like some good science fiction to curl up with! You can get it here for $5.95. Be sure to check out the eBook excerpt.

The Terror by Dan Simmons

The men on board HMS Terror have every expectation of finding the Northwest Passage. When the expedition's leader, Sir John Franklin, meets a terrible death, Captain Francis Crozier takes command and leads his surviving crewmen on a last, desperate attempt to flee south across the ice. But as another winter approaches, as scurvy and starvation grow more terrible, and as the Terror on the ice stalks them southward, Crozier and his men begin to fear there is no escape. A haunting, gripping story based on actual historical events, The Terror is a novel that will chill you to your core.
"A ... Brutal, relentless, yet oddly uplifting, The Terror is a masterfully chilling work." -- Gilbert Cruz, EW
"Carefully researched, this tale is both dazzling history and a sparkling chiller." -- People (four stars)

I read this awhile back and it was pretty good. Creepy to know that the story is based on actual events. Ugh!

You can get "The Terror" at Fictionwise for $10.99. And you can read an excerpt too.

Have a great and relaxing weekend! And Happy eBook Reading! ;-)

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