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​Amazon's Cyber Monday Kindle book sale offers hundreds of ebooks starting at $1.99, including some good finds

Lots of books for the taking. Here are some favorites we picked up.

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If you're like me, you woke up this morning to find 800-plus Kindle books being offered up in a massive one-day sale and thought, "wow, what a numbing amount of books." It is, and Amazon's bounty isn't clearly broken down by quality or genre.

A lot of the books are older classics, and many have been trotted out in previous Kindle daily deals. But there are still some good finds.

I sifted through the huge list today, and of course bought a handful of books. These were my favorites -- your tastes will obviously differ.

"Go Set a Watchman" by Harper Lee

The controversial follow-up to To Kill a Mockingbird is only $4.99 right now, and it's one of the highest-profile books on the Kindle sale list. (I didn't buy this one, but it's clearly one of the most notable.)

"Joyland" by Stephen King

I read Stephen King once every four years or so, and binge on a few books. There are too many to follow. Joyland is a pulp-style short novel set in a mysterious amusement park in the '70s. It's the only King book on sale at $1.99, instead of its normal price of $7.99.

"Schismatrix Plus" by Bruce Sterling

A totally weird cyberpunk classic I've never read, and Bruce Sterling novels rarely go on sale. A sci-fi must-get at $1.99.

"Genius: The Life and Science of Richard Feynman" by James Gleick

Gleick is a wonderful science writer, and his biography of the physicist Richard Feynman is a classic I've never read. But I will now, someday. At $1.44, it's an easy buy.

"The Drunken Botanist" by Amy Stewart

A rich guide to the botanicals in alcoholic drinks. Basically, an encyclopedia of plants and their relationship to booze. A perfect Kindle reference book and casual-browsing drink bible.

"Futureland" by Walter Mosley

I already own this Kindle book from the last time it went on sale, and you should do. A connected collection of near-future stories in the spirit of Black Mirror, but with an additional focus on race that's rare in sci-fi. $1.99.

"James Beard's Theory and Practice of Good Cooking" by James Beard

I've never seen this on sale before, and it's almost universally acclaimed as one of the classics for learning cooking technique. It's a big book, too. For only $2.99, took a plunge so I could polish my home skills.

There are also tons of books from Greg Bear, Carl Hiassen, Leon Uris, Pat Conroy, Michael Chabon, Octavia Butler, Pearl Buck, Samuel Delaney and more. It's worth the browse.