[Free Audiobooks] 2 free titles from AudioSYNC Summer of Reading [Young Adult, History, Fantasy, Comedy]

AudioFile’s SYNC Summer of Listening 2017 promotion for young adults continues, which offers 2 free audiobooks per week—1 classic or non-fiction, 1 modern—as free MP3 downloads, usually available worldwide (some titles are subject to geo-restrictions, and you can see the planned release schedule here).

This week’s two selected titles—which have a theme of witchcraft, both comedic and serious—, available until 7am Eastern Time on June 29th, are as follows:

  • The Witches: Salem, 1692 by Stacey Schiff, is her meticulously-researched history, giving a dramatized recounting of the background and details of the Salem witch trials, and the factors and personalities involved as a group of adolescent girls sparked events with accusations, and the community’s panicked response; from Hachette Audio, read by Eliza Foss
  • The Witch’s Vacuum Cleaner and Other Stories by Terry Pratchett is a posthumous collection of tween/YA-level short stories by the late grandmaster of humorously poignant fantasy, many written early in his career; from HarperAudio, read by actor Julian Rhind-Tutt

Offered as DRM-free MP3s through 7am Eastern Time on June 29th, available in selected countries worldwide (requires installing Overdrive Media console software on your PC, Mac, Android, or iDevice, and you need to finish downloading before the time limit).

[Free eBook] Swords Against Darkness [Sword & Sorcery Fantasy Anthology]

Swords Against Darkness credited to the late Robert E. Howard and edited by the late Andrew J. Offutt is the 1st volume in the Swords Against Darkness vintage anthology series of sword and sorcery fantasy, free for a limited time courtesy of publisher Endeavour Press’ Venture imprint.

This was originally published in 1977 by Kensington’s Zebra imprint, credited to editor Andrew J. Offutt only (the publication frontmatter for this volume appears to be slightly inaccurate, claiming a print date of 1974 from British publisher Robert Hale).

This anthology contains original sword & sorcery stories written in the vein of Robert E. Howard’s classic pulp fantasies, including a tale by Howard himself. Each story is prefaced by a special introduction, and contributors include notable authors such as SFWA Grand Master Poul Anderson, frequent British Fantasy Award horror awardee Ramsey Campbell, popular MilSF author David Drake, and more.

Offered worldwide, available at Amazon.

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[Free eBook] Star Quest by Fenton Brockley [Science Fiction]

Star Quest by Fenton Brockley, a pseudonym for British author Donald S. Rowland, is his vintage science fiction space adventure with investigative mystery elements, free for a limited time courtesy of publisher Endeavour Press’ Venture imprint.

This was originally published in 1974 by Robert Hale.

The story involves a space mission to rescue an exploring starship gone unexpectedly incommunicado and disappeared, and a Lieutenant looking for his vanished crewmember brother, trying to find answers to a mystery which may be rooted in sabotage and misdeeds.

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[Free eBook] The Lady of the Snowmist by Andrew J. Offutt [Sword & Sorcery Fantasy]

The Lady of the Snowmist by the late Andrew J. Offutt is the 3rd novel in his War of the Gods on Earth trilogy of classically epic sword & sorcery fantasy, free for a limited time courtesy of publisher Endeavour Press’ Venture imprint.

This was originally published in 1983 by Ace Books. The trilogy stars a tragically orphaned former village boy originally out on the obligatory quest for revenge against the forces which destroyed said village.

This final book concludes his adventures as he has now become a champion with a great weapon and also a warrior-woman companion, and must choose sides in a conflict between a powerful sorceress of ill repute who has done him a favour and may not be as evil as the group wishing to destroy her claims she is.

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[Free eBook] The Demon Lord by Peter Morwood [Epic Feudal Adventure Fantasy]

The Demon Lord by Irish author Peter Morwood is the 2nd novel in his The Book of Years quartet of epic feudal adventure fantasy, free for a limited time courtesy of publisher Endeavour Press’ Venture imprint.

This was originally published in 1984 by Century. The quartet is an epic adventure subseries in the feudal fantasy world of the Alban Saga universe, structured around competing clans which sometimes ally and other times scheme against each other.

This story stars a young clan lord, who has lost his purpose after gaining revenge upon those who killed his family and stole his birthright, finding it again upon a quest to help restore another displaced heir to her lost citadel, which is currently possessed by the demon representative of a greater evil they must work together to banish.

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[Free eBook] Fire and Fog by Robert E. Vardeman [Sci-Fantasy Multiverse Adventure]

Fire and Fog 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 5th novel in his Cenotaph Road series of sci-fantasy hybrid pulp adventure novels, free for a limited time courtesy of publisher Endeavour Press’ Venture imprint.

This was originally published in 1984 by Ace Books. The series takes place in a hybrid science fiction/fantasy world with demonpunk “technology”, amidst a multiverse accessed by travelling the road between the worlds.

This installment continues the plot arc from the 3rd & 4th books (also previously offered free) as the companions make progress on the quest to thwart the reassembling bodiless evil wizard trying to take over all the worlds, confronting his minions and gaining new friends along the way.

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[Free eBook] Old Man’s War by John Scalzi [Military Science Fiction]

Old Man’s War by John Scalzi, is the 1st novel in his Old Man’s War series of military science fiction space operas, free for a limited time courtesy of publisher Tor Books.

This was a finalist for the 2006 Hugo for Best Novel and placed 2nd on the Locus Award list for Best First Novel. The series is set in a far future world at war with aliens, using assorted technology to physically enhance the humans within.

The story uses the premise that the military doesn’t want young people, but instead seasoned and skillful types who’ve lived a lifetime already, starring one man who takes the deal, finding the experience to not quite be what he expected.

Offered through June 21st, available in Canada & the US directly from the publisher as their Free Book of the Month Club selection.

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[Free eBook] Iron Tongue by Robert E. Vardeman [Sci-Fantasy Multiverse Adventure]

Iron Tongue 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 4th novel in his Cenotaph Road series of sci-fantasy hybrid pulp adventure novels, free for a limited time courtesy of publisher Endeavour Press’ Venture imprint.

This was originally published in 1984 by Ace Books. The series takes place in a hybrid science fiction/fantasy world with demonpunk “technology”, amidst a multiverse accessed by travelling the road between the worlds.

This installment follows after the events of the 3rd novel (previously also offered free), seeing the hero, his arachnid sidekick, and a new traveling companion take to the road again to prevent a bodiless evil wizard from obtaining the titular magical MacGuffin which wil allow him to recorporate and resume his presumable reign of terror.

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[Free eBook] Island of Shadows by Peter Tremayne [Irish Mythological Fantasy]

Island of Shadows by British author Peter Tremayne, perhaps best known as the author of the popular Sister Fidelma historical mystery series, is his standalone mythological historical fantasy novel, free for a limited time courtesy of publisher Endeavour Press’ Venture imprint.

This was originally published in 1991 by Mandarin. The story is set in ancient Ireland, and loosely based upon a portion of the Ulster Cycle of classic Irish mythology.

This tells a tale about the early life of Scottish warrior woman Scáthach, who was teacher to the Irish hero Cú Chulainn, as she journeys to discover her mysterious past and also obtain revenge, after the adoptive father who raised her from a foundling babe is murdered by distinctively-marked strangers.

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[Free eBook REPEAT] Best Gay Stories: 2008 [LGBT Multi-Genre Anthology]

Best Gay Stories: 2008 edited by Steve Berman is an installment in the annual themed anthology series collecting the year’s best previously-published short stories across multiple genres, free again for a limited time courtesy of LGBT specialty Lethe Press.

This contains stories by LGBT authors and others writing about gay characters and themes across multiple subgenres, spanning from literary to mystery to speculative to erotic. Contributors include Lambda Literary Award-winning author Tom Cardamone, popular YA author Holly Black, m/m romance author Erastes, and many more.

Offered DRM-free, available worldwide @ Amazon.

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