Where the magic happens: on an 11-year-old, pre-Intel PowerBook G4 with no distracting Internet connection.






Broos's books







Middlesex




4 of 5 stars










So moving and insightful that I had to remind myself it wasn't autobiographical. The clinical bits get so personal, though, that reading the book aloud can get kind of disconcerting.







A Sailor of Austria: In Which, Without Really Intending to, Otto Prohaska Becomes Official War Hero No. 27 of the Habsburg Empire




4 of 5 stars










A beautifully written, quietly humorous tale of an Austro-Hungarian U-boat commander during World War I. I was sorry to finish it. But then I remembered I've got three more of them to read.







Red Seas Under Red Skies




4 of 5 stars










Starts out with a bang--which leads to another bang, which leads to another ... Lightweight, but funny and inventive.







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Selected Works

The Matty Graves novels
Midshipman Matty Graves must choose between family and duty.

“Refreshingly cynical.”
—Jonathan Lunn

Acting-Lieutenant Matty Graves gets caught up in the Haitian Revolution in 1800. Mayhem ensues!

"[N]ever dull . . ."
—Madison Smartt Bell

Matty seizes the opportunity to make a name and fortune for himself—even if it means destroying those closest to him.

"[U]nusual, if somewhat jaundiced . . ."
Library Journal

Errata
Errors after the fact
History
Seamen's terms in landsmen's language
Haitian Timeline
Nautical info bits
How far it is from here to there, by sea, in English statute miles.
Public domain stuff—I didn't write this.
Maps
Yep, still maps

Beyond the Graves

Thar He Blows Against the Empire

September 28, 2010

Tags: Amazon, ebooks, Kindle, crap royalty rate

Since my books are available in electronic versions from Amazon, I assume that means those are Kindle versions. I've never even seen a Kindle in the flesh (so to speak), but I've been kind of jonesing for one. Especially when I think about moving again. And I admit I'm curious what my books look like on a Kindle.

Also I've heard from sailors who love being able to take a whole library to sea with them. And here I'd been hoping to donate a few of my surplus bound copies to our men and women far away at sea.

I still think Amazon is an evil empire, but even evil empires offer advantages. Like hefty discounts and free shipping, yay.

And since it turns out that my royalties on ebooks are crap anyway (and we can get into the reasons for that at another time), I say keep popping 'em out at a discount. As long as I'm not making any money anyway, I'd at least like to keep those puppies moving out the door.