[Free eBook] Cosmic Banditos by A. C. Weisbecker [SFnal Quantum Physics Comedy]

Cosmic Banditos by A. C. Weisbecker his standalone comedic speculative/literary fiction novel with science fiction elements, free for a limited time courtesy of publisher Endeavour Press’ Venture imprint.

This was originally published in 1986 by Random House’s Vintage Books imprint, and was later reprinted by their New American Library line under the title Cosmic Banditos: A Contrabandista’s Quest for the Meaning of Life, in a 2001 revised edition with a new introduction, which is offered here, and was apparently a cult classic, back in the day.

The story is a somewhat satirical speculative literary journey of self-discovery featuring a zany romp through quantum physics concepts as former drug-smugglers turned muggers who thereby unexpecedly acquire a visiting Professor’s physics texts and postcards from his daughter begin to learn and develop their own theories about life, the universe, and everything from them, embarking on a strange road trip (which may or may not involve time travel) to track the owners down and argue relativity, among other things.

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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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[Free eBook] Death Dives Deep by Michael Avallone [Comedic Pulp Espionage Mystery]

Death Dives Deep by Michael Avallone is the 21st novel in his Ed Noon series of vintage pulp mystery/crime thrillers with comedic elements, free for a limited time courtesy of publisher Story Merchant.

This was originally published in 1971 by Signet. The popular, long-running pulp mystery/crime series stars a P.I. in New York City, who often takes on cases with oddball clients, leading to zany adventures.

This case is a nautical adventure on the spy thriller side, seeing the P.I. take on an assignment from the US President, looking into sinister goings-on involving submarines in the Bermuda Triangle, and a story-within-a-story which leads him to uncover a top secret plot.

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[Free eBook REPEAT] Adios Muchachos by Daniel Chavarría [Award-Winning Latin American Literary Crime Comedy]

Adios Muchachos by Cuba-resident Uruguayan author Daniel Chavarría is his award-winning comedic literary mystery novel, free for a limited time courtesy of publisher Akashic Books, who are generously running a holiday advent calendar promotion.

This is an English-language translation of his Spanish-language novel Adiós muchachos, originally written in 1991, which won the 2002 Edgar Award for Best Paperback Original in this translated version, and is being made free again (previously offered part of as a holiday advent calendar celebration a few years ago) to promote National Hispanic Heritage Month, which runs until October 15th.

The story is a zany screwball literary fiction/crime mystery hybrid, set in a post-Cold War Cuba, which embarks on a suspenseful comedy of errors as a local prostitute and a foreign businessman inadvertently cause an accidental death, which they turn into an opportunity to MAKE MONEY FA$$$T, via a clever scheme which does not exactly go as planned.

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[Free eBook] Envy of Angels by Matt Wallace [Supernatural Foodie Urban Fantasy]

Envy of Angels by Matt Wallace is the 1st novel in his Sin Du Jour series of satirical urban fantasy, free for a limited time courtesy of publisher Tor Books.

This is a special flash giveaway, being made free to promote the upcoming 6th novel in the series, which comes out later this year. The series is centred around the adventures of a supernatural catering company in New York City.

This story involves a foodie challenge to create a dinner with a unique ingredient for a high-stakes diplomatic banquet, under the pressure of defusing a potential war between two rival demon gangs.

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[Free eBook] The Mules of Borgo San Marco by W. H. Canaway [WWII Adventure Thriller Satire]

The Mules of Borgo San Marco by the late English author W. H. Canaway, a novelist and screenwriter who had one of his own novels adapted into film, is his standalone historical adventure thriller with satirical literary fiction elements, free for a limited time courtesy of publisher Endeavour Press’ The Odyssey Press imprint.

This was originally published in 1967 by Hutchinson & Co.

The story is a comedy of errors which takes place in Italy, near the end of WWII, as two isolated German and English commanders are cut off from their respective armies and take each other prisoner with the co-operation of the local Countess, whose favour they must return when the mules bearing an essential load of olive oil for her tiny village go missing and must be retrieved, the search taking the men on wild adventures.

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[Free eBook] Beth by Jennifer Stevenson [Urban Fantasy Comedy]

Beth by Jennifer Stevenson is the 1st novel in her Coed Demon Sluts series of satirical chick-lit paranormal urban fantasy, possibly with f/m romantic elements, free for a limited time courtesy of the author herself via the Book View Café backlist author republishing consortium.

The series stars assorted women in bad life experiences who turn them into humorous ones by signing up to become demonic succubuses for fun and profit.

This installment finds a middle-aged woman in a midlife crisis answering the call. NB: Despite the ostensibly sexy premise of their new profession, apparently these are comedic rather than steamy. There’s also an accompanying series where men are/become incubuses.

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[Free eBook] Villa Mimosa by Jerrard Tickell [WWII Literary Thriller Satire]

Villa Mimosa by the late Irish author Jerrard Tickell, whose WWII comedy novel Appointment with Venus has been twice adapted to film, is his standalone historical literary fiction heist thriller, free for a limited time courtesy of publisher Endeavour Press.

This was originally published in 1960 by Hodder & Stoughton.

The story is a literary novel with satirical elements, framed as a heist thriller, taking place in occupied France during World War II, and is centred around a daring British military operation to rescue a group of eccentric civilians from an area previously thought safely evacuated.

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[Free eBook] Burning Moon by Jo Watson [Chick-Lit Thailand Travel Comedy with Romance]

Burning Moon by South Africa-resident author Jo Watson is the 1st novel in her Destination Love series of chick-lit travel adventures with strong f/m romantic comedy elements, free for a limited time courtesy of publisher Headline’s Eternal imprint.

The series consists of humorous travel adventures centred around serendipitous tourist encounters for heroines looking for a getaway from less-than-optimal life situations.

This story stars a recently-jilted bride going solo on her intended honeymoon trip to Thailand, and encountering the obligatory comedic mishaps during both journey and at the destination, which eventually put her on the path to finding an unexpected new love. NB: customer reviews seem to indicate that while upbeat and optimistic, this may not end with a confirmed HEA, in case you were hoping for an overtly romantic genre story.

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[Free eBook REPEAT] At Dusk All Cats Are Grey by Jerrard Tickell [1940s Literary Spy Thriller Satire]

At Dusk All Cats Are Grey by the late Irish author Jerrard Tickell, whose WWII cow-rescue comedy novel Appointment with Venus has been twice adapted to film, is his vintage literary espionage thriller novel, free again for a limited time courtesy of publisher Endeavour’s The Odyssey Press imprint.

This was originally published in 1940 by Chapman & Hall Ltd. This is a hybrid humorous literary novel cum serious spy thriller, and tells a tragicomic tale taking place on the eve of WWII, as some Britons began to experience increasing unease about the pre-war European political scene.

The story is centred around a young British woman whose talent for languages gets her in over her head, as the eccentric characters at the advertising agency where she works take on a more sinister cast as they recruit her to inform upon the issues of a group of Austrian refugees.

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