[Free eBook] Galateo: Or, The Rules of Polite Behaviour by Giovanni Della Casa [16th C Etiquette Manual]

Galateo: Or, The Rules of Polite Behaviour by the late medieval Italian author and diplomat Giovanni Della Casa is his vintage etiquette manual, free for a limited time courtesy of the University of Chicago Press.

This is their featured Free Book of the Month selection for December. The manual was originally published in 1558 as Il Galateo, overo de’ costumi and was highly influential back in the day, widely circulated for centuries after its initial publication in assorted translations, and can be considered a precursor to modern etiquette authorities such as Miss Manners.

This edition is newly translated by M. F. Rusnak, and contains a facsimile of the frontispiece of the older 1576 English translation, alongside all sorts of wittily-presented practical advice for ordinary Renaissance persons aspiring to gentlemanly refinement on conversation, fashion, table manners, as much for How Not To Do It as well as how to.

Offered worldwide through December (will probably stay free a day or two longer due to the New Year’s holiday), available directly via the university’s website.

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[Free eBook] Double Star by Robert A. Heinlein [Classic Science Fiction]

Double Star by Robert A. Heinlein is his vintage classic science fiction novel, free for a limited time courtesy of publisher Phoenix Pick Press.

This is one of their featured Free Book of the Month selections for December (for a double holiday treat, the other is a repeat of Mike Resnick & Lezli Robyn’s short story collection Soulmates). The novel was originally published in 1956 by Doubleday, and won the Hugo Award for Best Novel.

The story is set in the future of our solar system where the Moon and assorted planets have been colonized by differing government entities, and stars anunemployed actor hired to play a role with unexpectedly high stakes, with the fate of Mars potentially hanging in the balance.

Offered DRM-free worldwide through December as their featured Free eBook of the Month selection, available directly from the publisher.

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[Free eBook] Doctoral Supervision: Organization and Dialogue by Søren S. E. Bengtsen [Health Professional Education]

Doctoral Supervision: Organization and Dialogue by Søren S. E. Bengtsen, an associate professor at Aarhus University, is his specialized medical management educational theory 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 December. The book observes and examines the current approaches towards the supervision of doctors and their training in Denmark and Britain, as well as proposing improvements for the future.

Offered DRM-free worldwide through December, available directly from the university’s website.

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[Free eBook] Statens idéhistorie: Magt, vold og politik by Mikkel Thorup [Danish Academic Political Theory History]

Statens idéhistorie: Magt, vold og politik by Mikkel Thorup, a professor in the School of Culture and Society at Aarhus University, is his academic book about the history of political ideas related to the modern state, 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 December. The book focuses on the subtitular trifecta of core threads in the formation of states and their enduring influence and results of their application.

Offered DRM-free worldwide through December, available directly from the university’s website.

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[Free eBook REPEAT] Soulmates by Mike Resnick & Lezli Robyn [Science Fiction & Fantasy Collection]

Soulmates by Mike Resnick, prolific Hugo & Nebula Award-winning author, & Australian author Lezli Robyn is their collection of science fiction & fantasy shorts, free again for a limited time courtesy of publisher Phoenix Pick Press.

This is being offered again as one of their featured Free Book of the Month selections for December (for a double holiday treat, the other is Robert A. Heinlein’s vintage classic novel Double Star), and the title story was voted to 2nd place for Asimov’s Reader’s Choice Award for Best Novelette.

These stories were written together in collaboration and published in assorted anthologies and magazines, alongside a bonus solo story from each author.

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[Free eBook] The Fall of the Republic by Crawford Kilian [Science Fiction]

The Fall of the Republic by US-born naturalized Canadian author Crawford Kilian, a now-retired college professor and occasional Aurora Award nominee, is the 2nd novel in his The Chronoplane Wars trilogy of science fiction time-travel adventures, free for a limited time courtesy of publisher Endeavour Press’ Venture imprint.

This was originally published in 1987 by Ballantine’s Del Rey imprint. The series features a temporal agency tasked with preventing disasters by altering history across varying timelines of alternate parallel Earths.

This story is a self-contained prequel adventure giving the backstory of a character in the 1st novel (also previously offered free), taking place on an alternate Earth where the world is staving off collapse by exploiting teenagers able to be trained into human computers, starring one such “Trainable” who has apparently decided to use his skills to change the future regardless of who or what stands in his way.

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[Free eBook] Trollnight by Peter Tremayne [Creature Horror Thriller]

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

This was originally published in 1987 by Sphere and was later reprinted by Severn House.

The story takes place in Norway, where an American scientist journeys to investigate the sudden mysterious death of his visiting sister, who had been helping an archaeological team dig into ancient things best left undisturbed.

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[Free eBook] El Diablo by John Glasby [Western]

El Diablo 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 1963 by John Spencer under the title The Peacemakers using the pseudonym Tex Bradley and was later reprinted by Robert Hale as part of their Black Horse Western line using the pseudonym William B. Carter.

The story stars a man who discovers that an old friend has been framed for a crime and killed, and adopts a vigilante alter ego to obtain revenge upon the culprit he holds responsible, a powerful man against whom he’ll need all the allies he can get.

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[Free eBook] Black Star Rising: A Cybernoir Space Adventure by Peter Kalu [Science Fiction Psychological Thriller]

Black Star Rising: A Cybernoir Space Adventure by British author Peter Kalu, an award-winning playwright, is a standalone science fiction thriller novel, free for a limited time courtesy of publisher Endeavour’s Venture imprint.

This was originally published by 1998 by Nia / The X Press which seems to have been a small non-genre publisher specializing in works by black writers, and was reviewed in Interzone magazine.

The story has psychological thriller and noir elements, and is set in a dystopian space-exploring future where black astronauts have been sent to crew a space mission with no explanation, as pawns in a conflict where their lives are considered of little worth and they confront adversity as best they can in an untrustworthy environment controlled by a potentially unreliable on-board Computer.

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[Free eBook] Jorn by R. M. Dorn [Sci-Fantasy Adventure]

Jorn by R. M. Dorn is the 2nd novel in the Power of Nine series of sci-fantasy coming of age adventures, free for a limited time courtesy of publisher Endeavour’s Venture imprint.

The series is set in a hybrid post-apocalyptic galactic future with magic and alien planets as well as other realms.

This story stars a boy from another realm training his unusual abilities in order to embark upon a quest to thwart an alien mage seeking the Tools of Power which will devastate the Earth.

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