It's the most wonderful time of year again: Time for the third annual Humble E-book Bundle*. You know how these work. Pay whatever amount you want, decide (if you want) how your payment gets divided between various charities, authors and the Humble Team, and then get stuff— in this case e-books.
(Yeah, I see it over there in the io9 "[Deals]" post, but if this one is as good as the last two, it deserves more signal boosting than that)
So, we've got Wil Wheaton's The Happiest Days of Our Lives. Wheaton's kinda a polarizing figure, you either love him, or you hate him**. Personally, I rather liked Just A Geek when I read it from Humble Ebook Bundle 2, so I'd be down to read more.
We've also got Tithe: A Modern Faerie Tale by Holly Black. Can't say I'd heard of this one or this author before, much less read anything of hers, but the synopsis sounds intriguing. Something about a faerie war tearing a girl away from her life traveling with her mom's rock band or something.
Also Steven Gould's Jumper, which, I assume is better than the movie starring Hayden Christensen and Samuel L. Jackson that was based on it. At least, I hope so.
Lastly (if you're a cheapskate who won't even make the average payment***), there's the anthology Zombies Versus Unicorns, which sounds like exactly what the cover states. Which are better? Do your research by reading the anthology, and then make a decision.
If you pay more than the average payment****, you get Ben "Yahtzee" Croshaw of Zero Punctuation fame's Mogworld, a parody of MMORPG's***** and necromancy, as well as Scott Westerfield's Uglies. You also get whatever is added to the bundle about this time next week (previous e-book bundles have added a bunch of comics in the last half, namely webcomic anthologies like Penny Arcade and xkcd.)
Lastly, if you hit $15 (my usual Humble Payment, bee-tee-double-you), you pick up the Audiobook of Cory Doctorow' Homeland, the sequel to Little Brother, which was in the previous Humble E-Book bundle, so I read it and was very impressed by it. That one's narrated by Wil Wheaton, so, if you're the type of person for whom Wheaton ruins things, well, you've been warned.
Edit: Oh yeah, and the deal goes for the next 13 days.
In other Humble News, the same email which announced E-book Bundle 3 also mentioned that you can prepurchase Neil Gaiman's Wayward Manor through their store for $9.99, so that's cool too.
*Okay, I know they've been once a year for the previous two, but I can't recall if they were on any sort of regular schedule…
** There's probably a middle ground, I would assume, but the Indifferent to Wil Wheaton Society doesn't seem to speak up very often…
*** $10.25 US as of this writing, but that tends to increase as these sales go on.
**** See previous footnote.
***** Longtime Zero Punctuation Fans know how that one is pronounced…