Adventures: Volume I: 1922-1926 by Mike Resnick, a prolific Hugo & Nebula Award-winning author, is the 1st collection in his The Chronicles of Lucifer Jones series of satirical sfnal pulp fiction adventure tales, free for a limited time courtesy of publisher Phoenix Pick Press.
This was originally published in 1985 by Signet’s New American Library imprint. The series consists of retro-historical interconnected short stories starring an unrepentant conman plying his trade in situations which comedically spoof old school pulp fiction adventure tropes, including encounters with science fiction and fantasy elements such as aliens and dragons (not in this particular volume, IIRC). Each volume takes our “hero” to a different continent, and this one has stories set mostly in and around Africa during the 1920s, and features cameo appearances from pastiches of classic characters such as Tarzan. NB: although the send-ups of unfortunately period-accurate social and other prejudices are mostly meant as satire, YMMV if you understandably just don’t want to read about stereotypical colonialist and sexist attitudes in your leisure entertainment.
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A Night In With Audrey Hepburn by British author Lucy Holliday, a pseudonym for young adult science fiction novelist Angela Woolfe, is the 1st novel in her A Night In With series of chick-lit magical realism with f/m romantic comedy elements, free for a limited time courtesy of publisher HarperCollins’s Harper imprint.
This series combines Hollywood nostalgia with humour and magical realism elements, and stars aspiring actress Libby Lomax, who takes inspiration from the classic film stars, who show up to give her advice. This installment has the heroine experiencing an especially low point in her career and personal situation, whereupon the spirit of Audrey Hepburn—ghostly, hallucinatory, or the after-effect of inhaling fumes from lying on the dodgy second-hand couch in her new flat, who knows?—shows up to guide her into turning her life around.
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Curse the Names by Robert Arellano, an Edgar Award-nominated author, is is his standalone hybrid literary fiction/noir crime technothriller novel, free for a limited time courtesy of publisher Akashic Books.
The novel is set in modern-day New Mexico, at the site of the Los Alamos National Laboratory (birthplace of the Manhattan Project which produced the atomic bomb), and contains psychological suspense/weird happenings elements (the novel’s style has been described as a mix between Alfred Hitchcock’s films, and The Twilight Zone television series). This story stars a reporter at the facility who is convinced he can prevent an accident which will lead to an atomic apocalypse, if it weren’t for all the strange people getting in his way.
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