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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Moonlight by Lisa Kessler is the 1st novel in her Moon series of f/m contemporary paranormal shapeshifter romances, free for a limited time courtesy of publisher Macmillan’s Entangled: Select Otherworld imprint.
This received a San Diego Book Award for Best Published Romance, as well as a HOLT Medallion Award of Merit, and was a finalist for two other genre awards. The series is set in a world where werewolf and jaguar shifters live undercover, featuring a conflict in a small town between a werewolf pack and the jaguar pack which threatens to expose them to the local humans.
This story finds the werewolf pack’s heir, who is tasked with killing any encroaching jaguars he can find, trying to protect an orphaned jaguar woman, who grew up unaware of her shifter heritage, from both packs which are now after her.
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Homer’s Iliad: The Shield of Memory by Kenneth Atchity, a former professor of comparative literature and classics who later became a film producer, is his vintage classical literature studies text, free for a limited time courtesy of publisher Story Merchant Books.
This was originally published in 1978 by Southern Illinois University Press as part of their Literary Structures series and credited as by Kenneth John Atchity and contains a foreword by series editor the late John Gardner, who was a notable novelist and literary critic in his own right.
The book thoroughly examines and interprets the titular classic ancient Greek epic from what was hailed as a fresh perspective at the time, and as Atchity’s Ph.D. dissertation, was awarded Yale University’s John Addison Porter Prize.
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The Sand Pebbles by the late Richard McKenna, a U.S. Navy sailor turned novelist and posthumous recipient of the Nebula Award for science fiction, is his vintage historical war drama novel, free for a limited time courtesy of publisher RosettaBooks.
This was originally published in 1962 by Harper & Row , after being serialized in The Saturday Evening Post and won the 1963 Harper Prize before being adapted into the eponymous 1966 film starring Steve McQueen.
The story takes place against the backdrop of the ongoing fighting between the Nationalists and the warlords in China during the 1920s. In it, the crew of a foreign gunboat ordered to patrol the region and protect U.S. citizens gets caught up in the conflict, as the novel explores the changing ideas of Chinese nationalism and western imperialism and tradition and modernity through the interactions between an American engine mechanic and his shipmates, as well as the Chinese workers aboard the gunship, and the officials on all sides around them.
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Redeployment by Phil Klay, a recipient of the National Book Award, is his collection of contemporary literary fiction short stories with a military experience theme, free for a limited time courtesy of publisher Penguin Random House Audio.
This collection won the 2014 National Book Award and is written partially-based upon the author’s own recent experience as an officer in the U.S. Marine Corps. The unabridged reading is over 7 hours long and narrated by actor Craig Klein.
The stories take place in and around the aftermath of the wars in Afghanistan and Iraq, dealing with the soldiers who engage in various war-related acts for better or worse, exploring the effects on themselves and the people around them, as well as the difficulties faced in readjusting to a domestic life back in the States.
Offered worldwide until 12 PM Eastern Time on May 27th, available as a DRM-free MP4 download directly from the publisher and in their app.
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A Fire Upon the Deep by Vernor Vinge is the 1st novel in his Zones of Thought sequence of science fiction space opera novels, free for a limited time courtesy of publisher Tor Books.
This won the 1993 Hugo Award for Best Novel in a tie with Connie Willis’ Doomsday Book, and also received the SF Chronicle Award. The series is set in a far future filled with aliens and super-intelligent beings, where people communicate via a Usenet-like network, and a species’ level of technology and mental ability is determined by which space zone it lives in, which has an arbitrary effect upon its development which is not fully understood.
This novel starts the saga with the discovery that the Earth exists in one of the “slow” zones, and humanity’s efforts to get around the effects of that, alongside the unleashed threat of the use of a devastating weapon designed by the beings in the super-intelligence zones and the ensuing galactic power struggle between the other alien species.
Offered through May 15th, available in Canada & the US directly from the publisher as their Free eBook of the Month Club selection.
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Every Heart A Doorway by Seanan McGuire is the 1st novella in her Wayward Children series of contemporary portal fantasy, free for a limited time courtesy of publisher Tor Books.
This is currently a finalist for both the Hugo and Nebula Awards and was the recipient of one of the the American Library Association’s 2017 Alex Awards, which recognize “ten books written for adults that have special appeal to young adults ages 12 through 18”, and is being made free to promote the upcoming release of the 2nd story in the series, Down Among the Sticks and Bones in June.
The series is a contemporary fantasy set at a somewhat gothic group boarding house where the children tend to slip off to have adventures in fantasy otherworlds, Narnia-style. This story deals with the aftermath of these adventures when one girl’s return from her fantasy world is accompanied by seemingly sinister change and tragedy at the Home, which she and her schoolmates must get to the bottom of.
Offered through April 26th, available worldwide directly from the publisher as a special flash giveaway promotion.
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Wicked Things by Thomas Tessier, a three-time recipient of the International Horror Guild Award, is his standalone supernatural horror thriller, free for a limited time courtesy of publisher Endeavour Press’ Venture Press imprint.
This was originally published in 2007 by Dorchester’s Leisure Books imprint and won the International Horror Guild Award. The story takes place in the obligatory seemingly-idyllic small town which reveals layers of terrible dysfunction and bizarre happenings of which the locals dare not speak, when a stranger begins looking into a series of murders in the deceptively picture-perfect place.
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Shadow & Claw by Gene Wolfe is an omnibus edition comprising the 1st & 2nd novels in his The Book of the New Sun (aka the “Solar Cycle”) series of hybrid science fiction/fantasy set in the future of a distant Earth, free for a limited time courtesy of publisher Tor Books.
This combined volume contains The Shadow of the Torturer and The Claw of the Conciliator, which were originally published in 1980 and 1981 by Simon & Schuster, and between the two of them managed to garner the British Fantasy Society Award, the World Fantasy Award, and Nebula, Locus, and SF Chronicle wins for Best Novel.
The series is a mix of science fiction and fantasy, set on a distant future Earth which is a world full of plotty political intrigue and adventure. The series is a mix of science fiction and fantasy, set on a distant future Earth which is a world full of plotty political intrigue and adventure.
Offered through March 13th, available in Canada & the US directly from the publisher as their Free Book of the Month Club selection.
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The Bloodline Feud by British author Charles Stross, a recipient of the Hugo, Locus, and Sidewise Awards, combines the 1st and 2nd novels in his The Merchant Princes series of parallel universe-crossing alternate history science fiction, free for a limited time courtesy of publisher Tor Books.
The first three novels in this series collectively won the 2006 Sidewise Award for Alternate History, and some of the individual volumes have also been nominated for the Locus and Prometheus Awards. This is a quasi-omnibus edition of the first two novels, The Family Trade &The Hidden Family, which were originally written as one combined story, but split into separate volumes for publication, which the author has now re-edited back into their intended version. This is being made free to promote the release of the 1st novel in a new trilogy in this setting, Empire Games, which came out in January.
The series is centred around competing merchant clans which have become predominant through a genetic ability to cross parallel universes, resulting in an extensive trading network across alternate Earths, each with its own history and culture and level of technology. This story stars a journalist from one such alternate timeline who discovers her world-hopping relatives and her own ability, setting her on a path that eventually leads to changing all the worlds.
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