[Free eBook] Say No to the Devil: The Life and Musical Genius of Rev. Gary Davis by Ian Zack [20th C Guitarist Biography]

Say No to the Devil: The Life and Musical Genius of Rev. Gary Davis by journalist Ian Zack is his biography of the eponymous African-American musician, free for a limited time courtesy of the University of Chicago Press.

This is their featured Free Book of the Month selection for November.

This biography of the late blues and gospel guitarist Reverend Gary Davis, whose style influenced many others (including Bob Dylan, the Grateful Dead, and more), traces his life and career, drawing upon extensive research and interviews (the author met several of Davis’ students while working as a ticket booker, who in turn introduced him to many more people who knew him).

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

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[Free Audiobook] The Secret Garden by Frances Hodgson Burnett [Children’s Classic Novel]

The Secret Garden by the late [Frances Hodgson Burnett][author-link] is her classic children’s journey of self-discovery novel, free for a limited time courtesy of publisher Tantor Audio.

This beloved children’s classic novel, originally published in 1911 and adapted many times to film, tells the tale of an abruptly orphaned girl who discovers a secret garden at her uncle’s manor, which has been neglected since the death of her aunt, and becomes transformed by her experience working to save it. This reading is narrated by Josephine Bailey.

Offered worldwide through November, available as a DRM-free MP3 download directly from the publisher.

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[Free eBook] The Aethers of Mars by Eric Flint & Charles E. Gannon [Alternate History Steampunk Science Fiction]

The Aethers of Mars by Eric Flint, who encouraged the formation of the Baen Free Library and helped many other writers establish their careers, & Charles E. Gannon is another installment in the multi-author Stellar Guild series of sf/fantasy novellas, free for a limited time courtesy of publisher Phoenix Pick Press.

The series consists of standalone mini-collections which pair a work from an established author with a sequel in the same setting by a newer one. This volume contains an essay by Hugo & Nebula Award-winning author Mike Resnick as well.

The stories in this one are alternate timeline steampunk adventures set in a 1900 where Cecil Rhodes, the real life colonialist figure who was very influential in South Africa and had Rhodesia (now the present-day nation of Zimbabe) named for him, rules Mars in the name of the British Empire.

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[Free eBook] Icequake by Crawford Kilian [Sci-Fi Disaster Survival Technothriller]

Icequake by US-born naturalized Canadian author Crawford Kilian, a now-retired college professor and occasional Aurora Award nominee, is the 1st novel in his Icequake series of sfnal disaster survival thrillers, free for a limited time courtesy of publisher Endeavour Press’ Venture imprint.

This was originally published in 1979 by Canadian publisher Douglas & McIntyre, and also picked up by the UK’s Futura and Bantam Books in the US. The “series” actually appears to be a loosely-related grouping of similarly-themed standalones with no obvious recurring characters.

This story takes place in Antarctica in the then-near future (circa the 1980s), as a group of scientists and explorers are stranded at their remote station which is cut off from communication by changes in the magnetic field following the titular icequake and gradually drifting from its original position, and must make the difficult decision of waiting for an unlikely rescue amidst the increasing peril, or making the dangerous journey over to another station to save themselves.

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[Free eBook] The Stellar Death Plan by Robert E. Vardeman [Science Fiction Adventure Thriller]

The Stellar Death Plan by Robert E. Vardeman, a 1972 Hugo Award finalist for Best Fan Writer in addition to being an author in his own right, is the 1st novel in his Masters of Space trilogy of science fiction space adventure thrillers, free for a limited time courtesy of publisher Endeavour Press’ Venture imprint.

This was originally published in 1987 by Avon. The series is written in the vein of old school pulp space adventures by E. E. Smith, and stars a man on the run after having been framed for thwarting a nefarious plan, and the wealthy socialite who aids and abets him.

This first adventure introduces the situation which puts him on the run, after uncovering theft of rare materials in his position as a mining inspector for alien overlords, which leads him to a deeper plot whose secret backers will stop at nothing to see it carried out.

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[Free eBook] Snowbeast! by Peter Tremayne [Creature Horror Thriller]

Snowbeast! by British author Peter Tremayne, perhaps best known as the author of the popular Sister Fidelma historical mystery series, is his creature feature horror thriller, free for a limited time courtesy of publisher Endeavour Press’ Venture imprint.

This was originally published in 1983 by Sphere.

The story is set in Scotland, where a niece visiting her doctor uncle’s remote lodge finds him investigating the mysterious ailment of a monk at a nearby monastery, which seems to point to possession by a dark myth out of ancient Gaelic legend akin to the abominable snowman, beginning to run rampant in the mountains.

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[Free eBook] Romantik 5 [18th-19th C Romanticism Era Literature & Culture Studies]

Romantik 05 edited by Robert W. Rix and a number of others from various universities in Europe is the 5th issue in the Romantik: Journal for the study of Romanticisms series of academic journals featuring multi-disciplinary articles and reviews on the topic of various aspects of the Romantic Era of the late 18th to mid 19th century and/or publications about them, 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 November.

This issue is focused on mainly literature and adjacent arts, but also features essays on nationalistic history-building and other diverse related topics, as well as reviews of recent Romanticism-related books.

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[Free eBook] Pensionatets kulturhistorie: Fællesskab, flirt og frikadeller by Mette Tapdrup Mortensen [Danish Travel Lodgings Cultural History]

Pensionatets kulturhistorie: Fællesskab, flirt og frikadeller (Cultural history of the pension: community, flirting, and meat patties) by Mette Tapdrup Mortensen is the 12th volume in the Skrifter om Dansk Byhistorie (Writings on Danish Urban History) series of topical academic titles, 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 November.

This accessibly-written book covers the history and cultural significance of the pensionat, a kind of guesthouse or short-term boarding house for visitors and travellers, covering various aspects of life in and around them, from their heyday in Denmark between the 1800s and WWII, to declining usage into the modern era, and suggestions as to the applicability of its model in the future, illustrated with plenty of period photographs and other facsimiles.

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[Free eBook] Selbstgespräch mit Protoplasma by Peter Schattschneider [Award-Winning German Science Fiction Collection]

Selbstgespräch mit Protoplasma by Austrian author Peter Schattschneider, a physicist as well as author who has twice been a recipient of the prestigious Kurd-Lasswitz Prize, is a collection of his German-language science fiction short stories, free for a limited time courtesy of publisher Endeavour Press.

This was originally published in 2009 by Waldgut Verlag and contains the short story Pflegeleicht!©, which won him one of his two Kurd-Laßwitz Preis recognitions in 1992.

The short stories in this collection apparently explore themes of connection between environment, individual development, and the meaning of humanity.

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[Free eBook] Dakota Manhunt by John Glasby [Western]

Dakota Manhunt by the late British author John Glasby is his vintage standalone western historical action adventure novel, free for a limited time courtesy of publisher Endeavour Press’ Pioneering imprint.

This was originally published in 1965 by John Spencer using the pseudonym Chuck Adams and was later reprinted by Robert Hale as part of their Black Horse Western line using the pseudonym Alan T. Leacroft.

The story stars an embittered man hardened by his past, who reluctantly takes on a town sheriff job and rapidly becomes fed up with it, but must keep things from becoming personal as criminal incidents escalate.

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