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Deathworld by Harry Harrison

Jason dinAlt is a professional gambler who uses his somewhat erratic psionic abilities to his advantage in the casinos. While on a gambling trip he meets a man from the planet Pyrrus who offers him a cut of a huge potential pot if he will help him win.

It's a Mystery 11/17/2012

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Bouchercon 2012

What an unbelievable experience it was for me to be able to attend the World Mystery Convention that was held here, in Cleveland, in October.  The four-day event featured over 1500 attendees, including over 500 published mystery authors and guests of honor Les Roberts, Robin Cook, John Connolly, Elizabeth George, and Mary Higgins Clark.  Among the rest of the attendees were aspiring authors, bloggers, journalists, publishers, and librarians, but mostly just, fans of the mystery/crime genre.

I know, I know!

Who wants to hear about the “H” word?
I know, I know! but if I don’t tell you about it now, it’ll all be gone!

Captain Vorpatril's Alliance by Lois McMaster Bujold

Set a few years before the most recent Miles Vorkosigan story (Cryoburn, 2011), this may be one of the most anticipated and long-awaited entries to Bujold’s acclaimed Vorkosigan saga. For years fans have clamored for Ivan Vorpatril’s story, and at last Bujold delivers something that will both thrill the devoted audience and entrance new readers.

Reiki Program Follow-Up

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Greetings Edge Readers:


I want to follow-up on our Reiki program that took place on Oct. 25. Thanks to everyone who attended and to our speaker, Linda Street, who did a wonderful job.


I've been going through the evaluations and taking note of your comments and suggestions for future programs. Those of you who indicated you're interested in seeing more on Reiki, with more in-depth coverage of the topic, will be happy to know that we will be having Linda back next year for a Reiki 102. We look forward to that. If you suggested programming on other topics, rest assured I have forwarded your suggestions to the appropriate staff members.

Bad Glass by Richard E. Gropp.

Something is wrong in Spokane.
The area has been (mostly) evacuated and the military isn't letting anyone in.
The stories that leak out are unbelievable.

The Sports Section - Beyond the Browns, Indians and Cavs

Are you looking for other sports options besides Cleveland's major sports teams?  There are a variety of sports contests in the Cleveland area and around the world that should appeal to a wide range of sports interests, as well as a number of Clevelanders participating in national and international competitions.

Ereaders, ereaders, ereaders

image of ereaderIf you are in the market for an an ereader as opposed to a tablet, I found this handy comparison chart that includes several of the top ereaders on the market including three Kindle models, the Nook Simple Touch with Glowlight, and the Sony Reader and Kobo Mini. This guide provides a lot detailed information about the technological specifications of the devices.

If you want reviews, I am a fan of CNET.com for reviews and the site has a special section for ereaders. Some of the newer models don't have reviews yet, but as the holidays drawer near, I'm sure both consumer and editor reviews will be added.

Tablets, tablets, tablets

image of iPad MiniAs of today we finally and officially know about Apple's new iPad Mini (which was one of the worst kept secrets in tech). While there have been other product launches of smaller tablets lately, many people have been waiting to hear about this new smaller version of the iPad before deciding on a small tablet. In today's press conference, what did we learn? I was suprised to see that the iPad Mini bucks the sub-$200 tablet price trend in a big way, with a starting price of $329.

Are you in the market for a new tablet device? I found this blog post from ars technica, hot off the proverbial presses, that does a good job comparing the major tablets based on features and specs, and includes the iPad Mini. Do you need to spend $329 to get what you want? Have a look at the guide and decide for yourself.

All of the devices listed in the article can use the Overdrive app for ebooks and audiobooks.

Do you have a jones for Game of Thrones?

So you love Game of Thrones, but the next season doesn't start until next spring...what can you do?
A great starting point for learning more about the series is "Inside HBOs Game of Thrones".