Wednesday, January 4, 2012

All My Enemies: Today's Free App, Plus Science Books

Moving into day 2 of our contest, we're excited to welcome all of the new followers and fans on the new social media networks. We wish everyone the best of luck winning the Kindle Fire! In the morning we post the daily free app and book deal, which always offers something interesting.

We also have a new tab for our Fire Giveaway at the top, which you can visit here: Kindle Fire Giveaway (Ends: 1/17). Note that the widget manages entries submitted from both posts, so earlier submissions will not be forgotten.

As the description states, today's free app recalls old games like R-Type and Space Invaders, which I certainly have fond memories of. Blast away at countless enemies, while maneuvering your fragile ship. Enjoy!

Name: All My Enemies
Rating: 2.9 stars over 36 reviews
Price: 0.00
Description: Launch into space and get ready for this challenging shooter game featuring HD graphics and realistic sound effects. Inspired by classic arcarde-style games like Gradius, Ikaruga, and R-Type, All My Enemies takes you on a journey that's out of this world, spanning six different planets and a dozen levels. Are you ready to conquer the final frontier?

"My dear servant, I, your Emperor, have strict orders for you. You must finish all opposition to my power, you must destroy all my enemies." Your goal in All My Enemies is to embark on an action-adventure mission to defeat the enemies of your Emperor. Dodge asteroids and fire at enemy craft while gaining experience, collecting gold, and obtaining power-ups to unleash more extreme firepower.

Get your free copy of All My Enemies!

Today's book of the day is actually a trio of science books from renowned author Dava Sobel. For those looking for something historical and scientific, these works of nonfiction will leave you informed and satisfied. Take a look!

Title: Science Books from Dava Sobel
Rating: 4.1 stars over 267 reviews
Price: $11.99 0.99
Description (from Galileo's Daughter): This impressive book proves to be less the story of Galileo's elder daughter, the oldest of his three illegitimate children, and more the story of Galileo himself and his trial before the Inquisition for arguing that Earth moves around the Sun. That familiar tale is given a new slant by Sobel's translationAfor the first time into EnglishAof the 124 surviving letters to Galileo by his daughter, Suor Maria Celeste, a Clarisse nun who died at age 33; his letters to her are lost, presumably destroyed by Maria Celeste's convent after her death. Her letters may not in themselves justify a book; they are devout, full of pious love for the father she addresses as "Sire," only rarely offering information or insight. But Sobel uses them as the accompaniment to, rather than the core of, her story, sounding the element of faith and piety so often missing in other retellings of Galileo's story. For Sobel shows that, in renouncing his discoveries, Galileo acted not just to save his skin but also out of a genuine need to align himself with his church. With impressive skill and economy, she portrays the social and psychological forces at work in Galileo's trial, particularly the political pressures of the Thirty Years' War, and the passage of the plague through Italy, which cut off travel between Florence, where Galileo lived, and Rome, the seat of the Pope and the Inquisition, delaying Galileo's appearance there and giving his enemies time to conspire. In a particularly memorable way, Sobel vivifies the hard life of the "Poor Clares," who lived in such abject poverty and seclusion that many were driven mad by their confinement. It's a wholly involving tale, a worthy follow-up (after four years) to Sobel's surprise bestseller, Longitude.

Get your copy of Science Books from Dava Sobel!

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