Tuesday, January 31, 2012

Where to get "Greatest Hits"

 "Greatest Hits 1996-2011" is now available a lot of places. You can, of course, still by it at Smashwords, but you'll find it available through Amazon.com and Amazon.co.uk as well. Barnes & Noble and Apple iBooks, Kobo, Sony and Diesel sell it, too. Prices range from $2.99 to $5.74, Amazon.com being the most expensive, and in the UK you can get it for £1.98. I've checked out some of the editions and especially Apple's iBook edition looks amazing. Please, buy and read. I could really do with some reviews, too, especially on Smashwords and Amazon.
 I'll leave you with a funny book trailer that my daughter made for me. You can watch it here.

Friday, January 06, 2012

Greatest Hits 1996-2011

 After 30 years of paper books, publishers and 15% royalties, it is finally here: my first ever indie ebook! It's called "Greatest Hits 1996-2011" and it's a celebration of my first fifteen years as a short story author.

"Greatest Hits 1996-2011" consists of my ten most popular short stories. The collection is formed like a literary Top 10 chart, counting down from number 10 to number 1. The short stories have been selected based on sales figures like in any other chart, and the selection has been made from stories previously published in Danish and English short story collections, anthologies and literary magazines.

The collection includes "The Blackbird", "Bigal's Nasty Café", "The Smiling Skeleton" and the literary novella "Mooncalf". It takes you on a journey into my trademark magic realism universe populated by rusty rock stars, faithless lovers, ghosts and goddesses, where tall tales of empathy, prejudice, love and death unfold in the encounter between reality and paranormality. Hopefully you'll feel well entertained on the journey to places like Manhattan, Hell and Copenhagen - and a bit wiser afterwards, too!

"Greatest Hits 1996-2011" is available here through Smashwords and on Amazon.

Thursday, January 05, 2012

Books I read in 2011

I didn’t read as much in 2011 as in previous years, probably because I’ve been so busy writing, not only Don Powell’s biography, but also stuff of my own. You see, after 30 years of paper books, publishers and 15% royalties, I’ve decided to go indie, so hopefully no less than five of my works are going to get out in 2012 as indie ebooks.

Anyway, when reading through my book list, it is fairly simple to see what has interested me in 2011: manga, sci-fi, horror, mysteries, fantasy and high quality literature. And then of course 2011 was the year, when I stopped smoking! :-)

Here’s the list:
Aki, Katsu: “Manga Love Story”, vol. 1
Aki, Katsu: “Manga Love Story”, vol. 2
Arden, William: “The Mystery of The Shrinking House”
Arthur, Robert: “The Mystery of The Stuttering Parrot”
Barker, Clive: “Abarat”
Bradbury, Ray: A Graveyard for Lunatics”
Bradbury; Ray: “Something Wicked This Way Comes”
Bradbury, Ray: The Illustrated Man”
Carey, M. V.: “The Mystery of The Flaming Footprints”
Carleton, Barbee Oliver: “The Witches’ Bridge”
Carr, Alan: “The Easy Way to Stop Smoking”
Coope, Katy: “How to Draw Manga”
Garner, Alan: “Elidor”
Garner, Alan: “The Moon of Gomrath”
Gray, Peter: “How to draw Manga – Heroes and Villains”
Hart, Christopher: “Kids draw Manga Shoujo”
Hatori, Bisco: “Ouran High School Host Club”, vol. 14
Hatori, Bisco: “Ouran High School Host Club”, vol. 15
Hatori, Bisco: “Ouran High School Host Club”, vol. 16
Higgins Clark, Mary: “Loves Music, Loves to Dance”
Jones, Terry: “Furious Resonance”
Keene, Carolyn: The Clue in the Crumbling Wall”
Murakami, Maki: “Gravitation” vol. 1
Nakamura, Shungiku: “Junjo Romantica” vol. 13
Patterson, James & Peter de Jonge: “Miracle on the 17th Green”
Straub, Peter: “Ghost Story”
Tolkien, J. R. R.: “The Hobbit or There and Back Again”
Trudeau, G. B.: “Doonesbury”, vol. 20
Trudeau, G.B.: “Doonesbury”, vol. 28
Zwigtman, Floortje: “Auf Leben und Tod”

I especially recommend the books by Floortje Zwigtman (I was really sorry to see her Adrian Mayfield series come to an end with “Auf Leben und Tod” as they are the best books I have ever read), Terry Jones (I met him on the train to Birmingham, smashing bloke) and Alan Carr (I stopped smoking because of his book). Happy reading!


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