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Do you want free books? Iain M. Banks' excellent scifi novels? Or the hard-boiled noir scifi of Richard Morgan? Or something else? I've got a bunch of books I'd like to give away, and they're completely free. I'll even pay the shipping costs to anywhere in the world.

What's the catch? Well, to get the books, you'll need to sign up with BookMooch and ask the books from me that way. If you do that, then I'll get paid few points for each book. I can then use the points to get new books. Everybody wins.

I've been using BookMooch for a while now and I'm very happy with it. I've sent out six books and received eight. I read a lot of English books, mostly science fiction, and the Finnish libraries aren't the best possible source for that kind of literature. BookMooch isn't free, but a lot cheaper than buying the books new. The selection is perhaps a bit erratic, but at least so far I've found a lot of interesting books, more than I can get right now. And of course, the selection grows larger all the time when new users join.

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Mikko, I've yet to read any of Iain Banks' books. The whole "space opera" genre doesn't appeal to me, although I love scifi. Where should I start? Any of his books similar style to Philip K. Dick, Ursula K. LeGrun, or Robert Heinlein?

Posted by: Phil at October 24, 2006 12:58 PM

No, not really... Well, don't know about Heinlein, but is anybody similar in style to Dick? LeGuin is in completely different corner of the world to Iain M. Banks, I think.

But Player of Games should interest you, that's a good place to start.

Posted by: Mikko Saari Author Profile Page at October 24, 2006 2:22 PM

Have you read Philip K. Dick's "The Game Players of Titan"??

Posted by: Phil at November 1, 2006 12:24 AM

No, I haven't. Sounds like I should...

Posted by: Mikko Saari Author Profile Page at November 1, 2006 6:04 AM

It's definitely one of Dick's better books. It's about a group of elite people in a futuristic United States who play a board game. Large regions of the U.S. are at stake, players win and lose these regions during the game.

Sounds kinda corny but it's a great, quick read!

Posted by: Phil at November 3, 2006 11:59 AM

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