[Free eBook] Libraries and Enlightenment: Eighteenth-Century Norway and the Outer World by Gina Dahl [Travel Literature History]

Libraries and Enlightenment: Eighteenth-Century Norway and the Outer World by Gina Dahl is her history of the rise in popularity and availability of books about travel and discovery and their impact on society, free for a limited time courtesy of publisher Aarhus University Press in Denmark.

This is an accessibly-written academic book about books, specifically the impact that the greater availability of books about things outside of early modern Norway had on the people of Norway, who were able to do “virtual travel” to other worlds by means of armchair-discovering the foreign places and cultures described in said books. While this does concentrate mainly on the availability of and impact of such books in Norway specifically, some of it also appears to cover the greater trend for such travelogue and discovery-type books in the wider world of the Enlightenment, also examining the attitudes expressed by the authors of particular well-known titles and their apparent reception by the popular audience.

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[Free eBook] Stoleleg: Jørgen Leths verdener by Dan Ringgaard [Danish Filmmaker Career Retrospective]

Stoleleg: Jørgen Leths verdener (Chair Games: The Worlds of Jørgen Leth) by Dan Ringgaard, a Professor in the Communication and Culture department at Aarhus University and a recipient of the Georg Brandes Prize for literary criticism, is his Danish-language creative career retrospective about the noted filmmaker, free for a limited time courtesy of publisher Aarhus University Press in Denmark.

This was published to coincide with Jørgen Leth‘s 75th birthday, according to the official announcement on Leth’s blog, and is a Danish-language retrospective appreciation cum critical examination of his life and times and works. While Leth is best known to international audiences as a filmmaker, he is apparently also a poet and has dabbled in journalism, sports, and other fields which author Ringgaard covers in a series of essays, apparently from a somewhat personal perspective, drawing from his own encounters with Leth and his resulting views of the man’s work over the decades.

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[Free eBook] Adventures: Volume I: 1922-1926 by Mike Resnick [SFnal Historical Pulp Fiction Satire]

Adventures: Volume I: 1922-1926 by Mike Resnick, a prolific Hugo & Nebula Award-winning author, is the 1st collection in his The Chronicles of Lucifer Jones series of satirical sfnal pulp fiction adventure tales, free for a limited time courtesy of publisher Phoenix Pick Press.

This was originally published in 1985 by Signet’s New American Library imprint. The series consists of retro-historical interconnected short stories starring an unrepentant conman plying his trade in situations which comedically spoof old school pulp fiction adventure tropes, including encounters with science fiction and fantasy elements such as aliens and dragons (not in this particular volume, IIRC). Each volume takes our “hero” to a different continent, and this one has stories set mostly in and around Africa during the 1920s, and features cameo appearances from pastiches of classic characters such as Tarzan. NB: although the send-ups of unfortunately period-accurate social and other prejudices are mostly meant as satire, YMMV if you understandably just don’t want to read about stereotypical colonialist and sexist attitudes in your leisure entertainment.

Offered DRM-free worldwide through the month of February, directly from the publisher as their Free Book of the Month selection.

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[Free eBook] A Hint of Frost by Hailey Edwards [High Fantasy with Romance]

A Hint of Frost by Hailey Edwards is the 1st novel in her Araneae Nation series of dark high fantasy with strong f/m romantic elements, free for a limited time courtesy of publisher Samhain.

The series is set in a dark high fantasy world with spider-based magic clans at war—with an emphasis on political intrigue, action adventure, and alliance through marriage—and many installments centre around romantically-attracted opponents who eventually join forces against a greater cause. This installment finds one clan in chaos when its head is dead from poison, leaving her heir in need of an alliance to strengthen their position. In the midst of battle, a younger daughter disappears, and the heir and her prospective mate must journey to find the missing sister, meanwhile uncovering a strange plague which threatens all the clans.

In addition to this 1st-in-series freebie, two more short stories are also offered free courtesy of the author herself, and there’s a worldbuilding compendium including a pronunciation guide on her website. The entire series can be gotten for 50% off until February 28th as part of publisher Samhain’s going-out-of-business sale on their entire catalogue, which includes reprints of classic horror, as well as their extensive selection of romance and sf/fantasy with romantic elements.

Offered worldwide until February 28th (when the publisher goes out of business), available at multiple retailers (some DRM-free).

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[Free eBook] The Actress by Elizabeth Sims [Murder Mystery]

The Actress by Elizabeth Sims, a Lamdba Literary Award-winning author and regular contributor to Writer’s Digest, is the 1st novel in her Rita Farmer series of contemporary murder mysteries, free for a limited time courtesy of the author herself via her self-publishing imprint Spruce Park Press.

This was originally published in 2008 by St. Martin’s Press’s Minotaur imprint. The series is a humorous one which stars a part-time actress and single mother who is saving up for law school and in the meantime puts her acting skills to unusual use. This installment has a celebrity defense lawyer hiring her to coach his client to give a greater appearance of innocence at an upcoming murder trial, and Rita finds herself getting involved with more than just the optics of yet another Hollywood tabloid case.

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[Free eBook] Frontier Law by Hank Madison [Western Historical Action Novel]

Frontier Law by Hank Madison, a pseudonym for prolific multi-genre author Donald S. Rowland, is his vintage standalone western historical action adventure novel, free for a limited time courtesy of publisher Endeavour Press’ Pioneering Press imprint

This was originally published in 1976 by Robert Hale. The story stars a Texas Ranger on the trail of an outlaw, who finds himself in a skirmish that kills a seemingly innocent bystander (or was he?), and that his own law enforcement mentor has disappeared while on the trail of another outlaw, which leads him to seek out answers as to whether all these occurrences are connected, and can he do to maintain justice.

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[Free eBook] A Night In With Audrey Hepburn by Lucy Holliday [Chick-Lit Magical Realism Comedy]

A Night In With Audrey Hepburn by British author Lucy Holliday, a pseudonym for young adult science fiction novelist Angela Woolfe, is the 1st novel in her A Night In With series of chick-lit magical realism with f/m romantic comedy elements, free for a limited time courtesy of publisher HarperCollins’s Harper imprint.

This series combines Hollywood nostalgia with humour and magical realism elements, and stars aspiring actress Libby Lomax, who takes inspiration from the classic film stars, who show up to give her advice. This installment has the heroine experiencing an especially low point in her career and personal situation, whereupon the spirit of Audrey Hepburn—ghostly, hallucinatory, or the after-effect of inhaling fumes from lying on the dodgy second-hand couch in her new flat, who knows?—shows up to guide her into turning her life around.

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[Free eBook] Random by Craig Robertson [Police Procedural]

Random by UK author Craig Robertson is the 1st novel in his Tony Winter series of police procedural mysteries, free for a limited time courtesy of publisher Simon & Schuster UK.

This was a finalist for the 2010 New Blood Dagger Award for debut novels awarded by the Crime Writers’ Association, and is the featured Free Book of the Week in the iTunes UK store. The series is set in Glasgow, Scotland, and stars police photographer Tony Winter and Detective Sergeant Rachel Narey, whom he works under. This story sets up their working partnership as they become acquainted while the police force investigates the baffling case of the obligatory senseless-seeming serial killer with a signature.

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[Free eBook] Signatures by James A. Hetley [Urban Fantasy Murder Mystery]

Signatures by James A. Hetley is his standalone contemporary urban fantasy murder mystery novel, free for a limited time courtesy of the author himself via the Book View Café backlist author re-publishing consortium.

This is a police procedural set in a magical version of our world, starring a retired police forensic wizard tracking down the culprit behind the mysterious dreams of an old, dead criminal whose magical signature is now adorning new murder victims.

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[Free eBook] Murder, Suicide or Accident: The Forensic Pathologist at Work by Bernard Knight [True Crime Professional Memoir]

Murder, Suicide or Accident: The Forensic Pathologist at Work by Welsh author Bernard Knight, who has also written the popular Crowner John mystery series, is his vintage non-fiction professional overview cum memoir, free for a limited time courtesy of publisher Endeavour Press.

This was originally published in 1971 by Robert Hale using the Bernard Picton pseudonym. This is a combination of Q&A and true crime memoir about forensic pathology in Britain in the decades leading up to the 1970s, drawing upon the author’s own personal experience, which he would later incorporate into his bestselling mystery novels. Although this has not been updated to cover developments in the years since, the original information about investigative procedures and medical knowledge still provides a nifty snapshot of everything you might want to know about what could be detected from potential crime scenes and how it was handled back then.

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