15 science fiction and fantasy books to read this December

We’ve reached the end of 2017, and it’s been quite the year for books. December tends to be the slow period of the publishing calendar, but that doesn’t mean that there aren’t some exciting books hitting stores this month.

I’ve been trying to find time to pick up more nonfiction books this fall, and one of the more interesting ones that I’ve dug into is American Fire: Love, Arson, and Life in a Vanishing Land by Monica Hesse. It’s a quick read about a a string of fires set by a pair of arsonists in Virginia’s Accomack County. Hesse weaves in the backstory of the county — which used to be one of the wealthiest in the nation — with a bizarre romance that led to over dozens of abandoned houses being set ablaze. If you enjoyed the Serial…

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Google Play Black Friday deals include discounts on games, movies, and books

Google Play Black Friday deals

Black Friday is one of the biggest deal days of the year, and that includes sales on digital goods.

Google has announced its Black Friday deals for the Play Store. There’s a variety of sales to be had, including discounts on games, movies, and books.

Some of the best game deals include Mini Metro for $ 0.99 (normally $ 4.99), Monument Valley for $ 1.29 (normally $ 3.99), and Ticket to Ride for $ 1.99 (normally $ 6.99).

You can also get some solid deals on recently released movies. For example, Wonder Woman has been marked down from $ 19.99 to $ 9.99, Baby Driver has been reduced from $ 14.99 to $ 8.99, and War for the Planet of the Apes has had its price cut from $ 19.99 to $ 9.99.

If you prefer to rent movies rather than own them, you’ll be able to rent any movie on the Play Store for $ 0.99 on November 25th.

Also of note are book deals that include a $ 5 credit toward any book over $ 5 and TV sales like season 1 of This Is Us for $ 14.99.

Finally, Google is offering a free four-month subscription to Google Play Music. This offer is only open to new subscribers.

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Google trims return period for defective movies, books, and TV shows from 120 to 65 days

In a odd turn of events, Google has decided to reduce the return window for defective movies, books, and TV shows bought in the Play Store to 65 days. Originally 120 (or unlimited for books), this change is interesting to note with the impending holidays (and hopefully an influx of Google Play gift cards).

Here’s the original text:

  • “If your movie or TV show is defective, unavailable, or doesn’t perform as stated, you can request a refund within 120 days of your purchase.”
  • “You can return most books bought on Google Play for a full refund within 7 days of purchase.

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Amazon Australia could sell more than books come Black Friday

Amazon's Australian marketplace is going live "really, really soon," the company's local CEO, Roco Braeuniger, announced at a recent event. Apparently, "really, really soon" could mean next week: According to CNET, the e-retail titan has told third-p…
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