[Free eBook] Segregation: A Global History of Divided Cities [Academic Urban Planning Social History]

Segregation: A Global History of Divided Cities by Carl H. Nightingale, an associate professor of urban and world history at the University of Buffalo, is his book providing an overview and analysis of historical and modern-day human tendency to divide the inhabitants of cities up by sometimes fairly arbitrary and rather discriminatory criteria, free for a limited time courtesy of the University of Chicago Press.

This is part of the UCP’s Historical Studies of Urban America series, and is an accessibly-written academic examination of contemporary trends around the world in urban city segregation by class, race, and other divisions and their roots in historical attitudes and practices as well as modern viewpoints. Despite the series name, this book actually devotes a great deal of space to global regions throughout time and space, from British and French colonialism in India and Southeast Asia to apartheid in South Africa, even going as far back as Ancient Babylon.

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[Free eBook] Crescent Moon by James Fahy [Dystopian Sci-Fi Paranormal Mystery Thriller]

Crescent Moon by British author James Fahy is the 2nd novel in his Phoebe Harkness his series of post-apocalyptic science fiction thrillers with paranormal horror elements, free for a limited time courtesy of publisher Endeavour Press’ Venture imprint.

This series is set in a future steampunk dystopian version of Oxford, England in the aftermath of a world war, where mutated subspecies which resemble werewolves and vampires are taking over from the remaining normal humans. This installment is a mystery/suspense one, which continues the adventures of the eponymous heroine, as she tries to track down a serial killer in New Oxford even while she must juggle her delicate position as liaison between the normal and paranormal human communities and cope with the discovery that certain individuals close to her hold previously-unsuspected responsibility for the devastating war.

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[Free eBook] Plague Pit by Marc Alexander [Archaeological Medical Horror Thriller]

Plague Pit by New Zealand author Marc Alexander, is his standalone archaeological medical horror thriller novel, free for a limited time courtesy of publisher Endeavour Press’ Venture imprint.

This was originally published in 1981 by Hamlyn using his Mark Ronson pseudonym. The story is set in modern-day (for 1980s values of modern) London, where an ancient disease is unleashed when construction unwisely uncovers a burial crypt which dates back to a 17th century plague outbreak.

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[Free eBook] Wicked Intentions by Elizabeth Hoyt [Historical Romantic Suspense]

Wicked Intentions by Elizabeth Hoyt is the 1st novel in her Maiden Lane of series of f/m historical romance, free for a limited time courtesy of publisher Hachette’ Grand Central Publishing imprint.

The series is set in London during the 1730s, and features pairings of apparently virtuous and apparently wicked characters. This installment is one with mystery/suspense elements, as a disreputable Lord searching for a murderer strikes a bargain with a respectable local widow in charge of an charity orphanage, in return for her help navigating the slums.

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[Free eBook] Six-Gun Prodigal by A. A. Glynn [Western Historical Action Novel]

Six-Gun Prodigal by British author A. A. Glynn is his standalone western historical action adventure novel, free for a limited time courtesy of publisher Endeavour Press’ Pioneering imprint.

This was originally published in 2006 by Robert Hale using the pseudonym Ken Brompton, as part of their Black Horse Western line. This stars a man chased by bounty hunters after a wrongful accusation of murder, who finds his return to his hometown complicated by the deaths of his family due to a local land grabber, leaving him to attempt to avenge them with an elaborate revenge scheme as he tries to mobilize the locals to thwart the usurper even as he must avoid the hunters after him.

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[Free eBook] Samarkand: The Omnibus by Graham Diamond [Central Asia Historical Fantasy]

Samarkand: The Omnibus by British author Graham Diamond is the collected edition comprising his complete Samarkand duology of historical fantasy adventure novels, free for a limited time courtesy of publisher Endeavour Press’ Venture imprint.

These were originally published in 1980 & 1981 by Playboy Press (which also published “serious” genre and thriller novels in addition to the porny stuff). These novels are loosely based on historical events from the 13th & 14th centuries, set in the titular Central Asian city during the period of the Mongol invasions. These books star the Princess Sharon, a cousin of the ruling emir, who escapes the besieged city into the arms of a local hill tribe, who believe she may be able to fulfill their ancient prophecy of reclaiming the city as their own by means of terrible magical powers with which to take revenge upon the invaders.

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[Free eBook] The Sign of the Moonbow by Andrew J. Offutt [Historical Sword & Sorcery Fantasy]

The Sign of the Moonbow by the late Andrew J. Offutt is the 4th novel in the Cormac Mac Art series of Celtic Viking historical fantasy franchise novels, free for a limited time courtesy of publisher Endeavour Press’ Venture imprint.

This was originally published in 1977 by Kensington’s Zebra imprint. The series stars the character Cormac mac Art, a Gaelic pirate who becomes involved with a band of Danish Vikings during the reign of King Arthur, who was originally invented as an historical adventurer by Conan the Barbarian creator Robert E. Howard, perhaps inspired by the legendary Irish High King Cormac mac Airt. This spin-off novel takes the character into sword & sorcery fantasy territory, as he and fellow adventurer Wulfhere Hausakluifr team together to thwart the plans of an evil wizard from another world.

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[Free eBook] In Memoriam by ‘Nathan Burgoine [Gay Paranormal Romance]

In Memoriam by Canadian author ‘Nathan Burgoine, a finalist for the Lambda Literary Award, is his m/m paranormal romance novella, free for a limited time courtesy of LGBT specialty publisher Lethe Press.

This is a second chance romance short with paranormal fantasy elements, starring a terminally ill man who appears to be slipping through time and memory to revive a missed opportunity with a lost love.

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[Free eBook] Revenge of the Witch by Joseph Delaney [Young Adult Supernatural Fantasy]

The Last Apprentice: Revenge of the Witch by bestselling British author Joseph Delaney is the 1st novel in his The Last Apprentice sub-series which is the foundation of his Spook’s Universe setting of tween/YA supernatural dark fantasy adventures, free for a limited time courtesy of publisher HarperCollins’ Greenwillow imprint.

This was originally published under the title of The Spook’s Apprentice in the UK, where the series is known as The Wardstone Chronicles. This dark fantasy/light horror series is set in a magical version of Lancashire County, where supernatural beings haunt the English countryside and Spooks are elite magicians who are highly-trained to combat the evils that arise. This sub-series follows the training of the titular last apprentice of one such Spook, whose previous apprentices all had a very high mortality rate, with this installment introducing the one who will eventually survive, if he can overcome various fatal challenges including the titular witch.

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[Free eBook] Violent Borders: Refugees and the Right to Move by Reece Jones [Sociopolitical Current Affairs]

Violent Borders: Refugees and the Right to Move by Reece Jones, a Professor of Geography at the University of Hawaii, is his non-fiction sociopolitical book about the current refugee crisis, free for a limited time courtesy of publisher Verso Books.

This is an accessibly-written pop academic title which covers the various recent crises involving refugees, examining the global responses to and underlying contributing factors of, with a special focus on cross-border mobility as related to economic disparity.

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