Get a passport now

From Reference at Duluth :

"Beginning January 23, 2007 all persons traveling by air between the U.S. and Canada, Mexico, Central and South America, the Caribbean, and Bermuda will be required to present a valid passport. This website [‘Get a passport now’] provides brief information about the new requirements, material about sea and land travel, and links to official passport sites for U.S., Canadian, and Mexican citizens."

I appreciate this posting is a little off-topic for Petrona, but as 23 January is tomorrow, and I like the librarians at Duluth, I thought I’d mention their timely warning and the site to which they link.

Free book offer

While on the subject of cheap books, how about some free ones? I was stopped in my tracks from a charity shop run the other day by receiving a parcel from Kimbofo of Reading Matters. Kim had noted that I’d linked to her review of A Long Shadow by Charles Todd,  so she very kindly and generously sent me her copy. I sent her a list of my "read" books in return so she could choose one, which she did, but it occurs to me that other people might want one of them too. So let me know in the comments (or by email if you prefer not to put your mailing address in the comments) if you’d like any of the following (it would be preferable if you live in Europe but if you don’t, let me know anyway and I’ll investigate postage costs):

paperbacks:
Goodnight, Irene   Jan Burke
Fire Sale        Sara Paretsky
Bloodless Shadow   Victoria Blake
Savage Garden    Denise Hamilton (lge format)
hardbacks:
Looking Good Dead   Peter James
The Chemistry of Death  Simon Beckett
Bones   Jan Burke (bit tatty as second-hand when I bought it)
The Playroom  John Connor (book club edn)

Cell is book of the week

Amazon (UK) site is featuring Stephen King’s Cell as one of its three "books of the week" this week. The price is £3.15 for the paperback edition (that’s 55 per cent discount, claims Amazon) but you have to purchase the book by 2400 (GMT) Sunday 28 January. To avoid paying postage, put some other books or purchases into your shopping basket up to the value of £15. 

Synopsis (from the Amazon entry: I haven’t read the book):
‘Civilization slipped into its second dark age on an unsurprising track of blood but with a speed that could not have been foreseen by even the most pessimistic futurist. By Halloween, every major city from New York to Moscow stank to the empty heavens and the world as it had been was a memory.’ The event became known as The Pulse. The virus was carried by every cell phone operating within the entire world. Within ten hours, most people would be dead or insane. A young artist Clayton Riddell realises what is happening. And together with Tom McCourt and a teenage girl called Alice, he flees the devastation of explosive, burning Boston, desperate to reach his son before his son switches on his little red mobile phone!