[Free eBook] Elephants Are Not Picked From Trees by Liv Emma Thorsen [Nature Museum Exhibit History]

Elephants Are Not Picked From Trees: Animal Biographies in the Gothenburg Natural History Museum by Liv Emma Thorsen, a professor emerita at the University of Oslo in Norway, is her natural museum exhibit micro-history book, free for a limited time courtesy of publisher Aarhus University Press in Denmark.

This is an accessibly-written academic history showcasing the origins of four of the subtitular Swedish natural history museum’s preserved animal exhibits. This is really very nifty, not only lavishly illustrated with period and modern photographs, but also with plenty of info explaining the historical cultural background surrounding the fad for taxidermied animal acquisition in past centuries, as well as quotes from original documents about the acquisition process and subsequent treatment and setup of the exhibits and their ensuing reception by the public. (Sadly, the notorious Gripsholm Lion, made memetically infamous as perhaps the worst ever historically taxidermied lion put on display, does not appear to be mentioned anywhere in its pages.)

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[Free eBook] Romantikkens verden: Natur, menneske, samfund, kunst og kultur [Danish 18th C Romanticism World History & Culture]

Romantikkens verden: Natur, menneske, samfund, kunst og kultur (The World of Romanticism: Nature, man, society, art and culture) edited by Ole Høiris & Thomas Ledet is a volume in their Verdensboger (World Books) series of Danish-language self-contained titles which provide a comprehensive introductory overview to cultural and historical periods, free for a limited time courtesy of publisher Aarhus University Press in Denmark.

This Danish-language series is fully equivalent in style and content to the Oxford University Press’ The Oxford Illustrated History of… or Routledge’s The World of… English series. This volume contains a thorough introduction to the history and culture and mindset of the world surrounding the 18th-19th century Romantic Era which followed the Age of Enlightenment, which had previously been dominant during the 18th century. Included are essays about art, literature, philosophy, etc. about both the Nordic regions and the wider world, lavishly illustrated with period paintings and photographs of documents and other artifacts.

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[Free eBook] Scratch on the Dark by Basil Copper [Vintage Crime Mystery]

Scratch on the Dark by the late British author Basil Copper, perhaps best known for his contributions to the Solar Pons series which was a popular Sherlock Holmes pastiche back in the day, is the 4th novel in his Mike Faraday series of vintage crime mystery/thrillers free for a limited time courtesy of publisher Endeavour Press’s Venture imprint.

This was originally published in 1967 by Robert Hale. The long-running series stars a gritty P.I. based in Los Angeles, California. This story takes place in and around Hollywood, as a search for a former movie star wife who has absconded with her estranged husband’s money puts him on the trail of a lucrative and potentially deadly underground filming racket.

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[Free eBook] Bloodthirst by Marc Alexander [Historical Supernatural Horror]

Bloodthirst by New Zealand author Marc Alexander is his standalone historical supernatural horror thriller, free for a limited time courtesy of publisher Endeavour Press’ Venture imprint.

This was originally published in 1979 by Hamlyn using the Mark Ronson pseudonym, and is also known under the title Blood-Thirst from a later reprint edition. The story is set during one historical time period and draws upon the personage-turned-legend of another, as WWII German soldiers retreating in Hungary take refuge in a crypt, where they awaken the malevolent and bloodthirsty 17th century spirit of notorious “Blood Countess” Elizabeth Báthory, unleashing an ancient (well, late medieval to early Renaissance-ish) horror upon an unsuspecting “modern” world.

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[Free eBook] Runes by Richard Monaco [Roman Arthurian Historical Fantasy]

Runes by Richard Monaco, a Pulitzer Prize finalist for two of his other Arthurian fantasy novels, is the 1st novel in his Leitus Sixtus duology of historical adventure fantasy novels with Arthurian elements, free for a limited time courtesy of publisher Endeavour Press’ Venture imprint.

This was originally published in 1984 by Ace Books. The series is set across the ancient Roman Empire, with this installment mostly taking place in Roman Britain and making use of lore from the classic Arthurian legends. This installment co-stars a Roman noble scion who has been falsely accused of a terrible crime by a malicious enemy, and a native Briton slave girl whose descendants are prophesied to have a great destiny, as they join forces against the evil which is revealed to them when they begin to access the hidden magical druidic world.

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[Free eBook] Cinnabar by Graham Diamond [Arabian Folklore Adventure Fantasy]

Cinnabar by British author Graham Diamond is his standalone historical fantasy adventure novel based on Arabian folklore, free for a limited time courtesy of publisher Endeavour Press’ Venture imprint.

This was originally published in 1985 by Fawcett as part of their Gold Medal line. The story stars off in a historical version of the city of Basra in Iraq, probably during later-medieval times when international exploration and trade had become more widespread The hero, Aladdin (who may or may not be encountering a helpful genie along the way), attempts to rescue the kidnapped fiancée of his friend the Sultan, embarking on a perilous and mysterious quest to a fabled faraway magical land in the company of his European sailor friends.

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[Free eBook] Nemesis Rides the Trail by S. J. Bounds [Western Historical Action Novel]

Nemesis Rides the Trail by the late prolific British multi-genre author S. J. Bounds 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 2001 by Robert Hale as part of their Black Horse Western line, using the pseudonym Sam Foster. The story stars a young woman out on a quest for revenge against the outlaws who wronged and left her for dead, becoming a US Deputy Marshal to achieve her goal.

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[Free eBook] Looking for Strangers: The True Story of My Hidden Wartime Childhood by Dori Katz [Holocaust Survivor Travelogue Memoir]

Looking for Strangers: The True Story of My Hidden Wartime Childhood by poet and translator Dori Katz, a Holocaust survivor who is also a professor emerita at Trinity College, is her memoir cum travelogue concerning her childhood spent in hiding during WWII, free for a limited time courtesy of the University of Chicago Press.

This is her personal memoir about rediscovering her half-forgotten childhood spent in hiding in Belgium during the war by reconnecting with the persons and places in her life during those years and afterwards as she travels back to them to find out more about what really happened from an adult perspective. The narrative is done in a series of interleaving chapters which jump through time as chapters which follow the author’s period era reminisces are interspersed with the modern-day (circa the 1980s) search for more information and her thoughts about the memories she has uncovered.

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[Free eBook] Wings by Aprilynne Pike [Young Adult Paranormal Fantasy]

Wings by Aprilynne Pike is the 1st novel in her Wings series of YA paranormal urban fantasy with f/m romance elements, free for a limited time courtesy of publisher HarperCollins’s Teen imprint.

The series is set in a stealth-paranormal version of our mundane world, starring a girl who discovers she has a hidden magical heritage. In this installment, the heroine’s family moves to a new town, where, having previously been homeschooled by her eccentric hippie parents, she experiences high school interactions with other teens, some of whom will become friends who help her uncover the cause behind the mysterious growth of her titular wings.

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[Free eBook] Ghost Point by James A. Hetley [Paranormal Fantasy]

Ghost Point by James A. Hetley is the 4th novel in his Stonefort series of retro-contemporary rural fantasy set in Maine, free for a limited time courtesy of the author himself via the backlist author re-publishing consortium Book View Café.

This is a self-published continuation of a trilogy that was originally printed by Ace Books in the mid-2000s. The series is set approximately in the 1970s, as a Vietnam War veteran who has apparently had supernatural encounters while overseas returns home to retire to a simpler, more peaceful life. This story involves a paranormal mystery as he discovers that his rural home in Maine is not immune to the influence of the supernatural, as the spirit world begins to overlap with the real world, and a colleague of his experiences danger from both.

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