[Free eBook] The Unquiet Spirit by Marguerite Steen [Vintage 1950s Supernatural Thriller]

The Unquiet Spirit by the late English author Marguerite Steen, a Fellow of the Royal Society of Literature whose works enjoyed a period of popularity in the 1930s and 1940s, is her vintage standalone gothic-ish supernatural thriller novel, apparently with f/m romantic elements, free for a limited time courtesy of publisher Endeavour Press’ THe Odyssey Press imprint.

This was originally published in 1955 by Collins.

The story takes place at an English countryside home where all is not what it appears, when an old schoolfriend invited to stay for the weekend finds himself following a strange and spooky drama being played out, where local family conflicts apparently centred around an unusual child turn into a battle against supernatural forces.

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[Free eBook] A New Grand Tour: How Europe’s Cities Made Our World Great by Godfrey Hodgson [Travel History & Culture Essays]

A New Grand Tour: How Europe’s Cities Made Our World Great by British author Godfrey Hodgson, a journalist who was The Observer’s foreign correspondent for the White House, and later taught at Oxford University, is his part-travelogue book of destination essays, free for a limited time courtesy of publisher Endeavour Press.

This was originally published in 1995 by Penguin’s Viking imprint.

The book consists of cultural exploration essays which are part-travelogue, exploring the history and ways of life, etc., of selected European cities in an homage to the traditional Grand Tour of bygone ages, incorporating both observations from the accounts of travelers in previous centuries as well as musings from the author’s own personal experiences visiting them during the course of his career.

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[Free Audiobook] The War of the Worlds by H. G. Wells [Classic Science Fiction]

The War of the Worlds by the late British author H. G. Wells is his classic science fiction novel, free for a limited time courtesy of publisher Tantor Audio.

The story is an early tale of alien invasion, first published in 1898, with Martians mysteriously attacking the Earth, made famous by its many popular adaptations. This reading is narrated by Simon Vance.

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[Free eBook] Vegetables: A Biography by Evelyne Bloch-Dano [Award-Winning Culinary Botanical History with Recipes]

Vegetables: A Biography by Evelyne Bloch-Dano, a francophone author and journalist, is her culinary botanical and cultural history cum recipes, free for a limited time courtesy of the University of Chicago Press.

This is their featured Free Book of the Month selection for October and was a recipient of the Prix Brazier de l’essai gourmand in its original form as La Fabuleuse histoire des légumes, which was published in 2008 by Grasset, now translated from French by Teresa Lavender Fagan.

This book explores the scientific, cultural, and culinary histories via mini-biographies of 11 selected vegetables and their origins and uses in various countries throughout the world from the past to the present day, including a brief selection of illustrative vintage recipes showing several ways in which some have been cooked and served over the centuries.

Offered worldwide through October, available directly via the university’s website.

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[Free eBook] Industrial Heritage in Denmark: Landscape, Environments and Historical Archaeology [Urban Architectural Guide]

Industrial Heritage in Denmark: Landscape, Environments and Historical Archaeology edited by Caspar Jørgensen & Morten Pedersen is their local architecture and archaeology book, free for a limited time courtesy of Aarhus University Press in Denmark.

This is their featured English-language Free Book of the Month selection for October, and may be useful as a local sightseeing guide, if you are interested in visiting the areas showcased.

This is an accessibly-written coffee table-like book which presents 25 nicely-illustrated case studies of significant industrial and manufacturing sites in Denmark, from the 1840s-1970s, giving their development and conservation histories as well as more general information on cultural preservation strategies.

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[Free eBook] Middelalderens verden: Verdensbilledet, tænkningen, rummet og religionen [Danish European Middle Ages History & Culture Overview]

Middelalderens verden: Verdensbilledet, tænkningen, rummet og religionen edited by Ole Høiris & Per Ingesman is the a volume in their in the Verdensboger (World Book) series of Danish-language self-contained titles which provide a comprehensive introductory overview to particular cultural and historical periods, free for a limited time courtesy of Aarhus University Press in Denmark.

This is their featured Danish-language Free Book of the Month selection for October. The 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, written by scholarly experts, but meant to be accessible to a general audience as well.

This volume contains essays on various topics providing a comprehensive introduction to the world of the Middle Ages in Europe with a few excursions to areas outside, from influential thinkers including Thomas More to church architecture to early scientific and mathematical notions to the influence of trade with the Islamic world, with a special section on the Christianization of the Nordic regions, with the usual lavish illustrations including some very nice facsimiles of illuminated manuscript pages.

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[Free eBook REPEAT] Radix by A. A. Attanasio [Science Fiction]

Radix by A. A. Attanasio is the 1st novel in his Radix Tetrad quartet of far future science fiction novels, free again for a limited time courtesy of publisher Phoenix Pick Press.

This was originally published in 1981 by William Morrow, and was nominated for a Nebula Award, as well as placing 3rd on the Locus Award lists for Best First Novel.

The series is set in the far future of an almost unimaginably altered Earth, with the initial storyline taking place thirteen centuries from now, featuring themes of people being transformed as they embark upon adventures and come into conflict with others of their kind, as well as aliens. This self-contained installment is a sort of journey of self-discovery for one young man as he moves through increasingly elevated stages of personal development, acquiring unusual abilities.

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[Free eBook] Dylan the Bard: A Life of Dylan Thomas by Andrew Sinclair [20th C Welsh Poet Biography]

Dylan the Bard: A Life of Dylan Thomas by Andrew Sinclair author British, a novelist, historian, filmmaker, and Fellow of the Royal Society of Literature, is his biography of the 20th century Welsh poet, free for a limited time courtesy of publisher Endeavour Press’ The Odyssey Press imprint.

This was originally published in 1999 by Constable.

This is a comprehensive biography of the late Welsh poet, playwright, and short story author Dylan Thomas, who was active during the early-to-mid 20th century and left a lasting legacy of modern classic poems, exploring his personal life and travels and influences, as well as the attraction of his work to mass audiences, and also the particular creation of his radio play Under Milk Wood, which biographer Sinclair himself had adapted into a film in 1972, starring iconic actors Elizabeth Taylor, Richard Burton, Peter O’Toole, and many more.

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[Free eBook] Tomorrow’s Heritage by Juanita Coulson [Science Fiction]

Tomorrow’s Heritage by Juanita Coulson, who is also an award-winning filksinger, is the 1st novel in her Children of the Stars quartet of epic star-spanning generational saga science fiction novels, free for a limited time courtesy of publisher Endeavour Press’ Venture imprint.

This was originally published in 1981 by Ballantine Books’s Del Rey imprint. The series is an epic star-spanning generational saga about how the competing members of a prominent Earth family dynasty deal with assorted situations involving both aliens and humans at various points throughout the galactic future.

This tale begins the saga by setting up the initial alien contact on a near-future Earth, where infighting clan members must reconcile their differences long enough to present a united front to deal with whatever the approaching aliens might bring.

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[Free eBook] Disciple of a Dark God: A Grimdark Assassin’s Tale by Edmund Glasby [Satirical Quest Fantasy]

Disciple of a Dark God: A Grimdark Assassin’s Tale by British author Edmund Glasby is the 1st novel in his The Daemondamned Trilogy of humorously grimdark epic fantasy novels, free for a limited time courtesy of publisher Endeavour Press’ Venture imprint.

This was originally self-published by the author in 2010 via Matador, a self-publishing helper imprint, and the frontmatter has been updated with a new 2017 copyright, possibly indicating significant revisions. The series is apparently a satirical take on “grimdark” epic fantasy, exploring its gritty conventions in a comedic way.

This installment stars the obligatory cynical assassin cultist zealot serving the evil god who enabled his thirst for revenge, apparently becoming even more disillusioned by the depths to which he has manipulated on some quest adventure for a magical MacGuffin, in the company of a grave-robbing (and possibly backstabbing) thief with an agenda of his own.

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