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 again 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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Selbstgespräch mit Protoplasma by Austrian author Peter Schattschneider, a physicist as well as author who has twice been a recipient of the prestigious Kurd-Lasswitz Prize, is a collection of his German-language science fiction short stories, free for a limited time courtesy of publisher Endeavour Press.
This was originally published in 2009 by Waldgut Verlag and contains the short story Pflegeleicht!©, which won him one of his two Kurd-Laßwitz Preis recognitions in 1992.
The short stories in this collection apparently explore themes of connection between environment, individual development, and the meaning of humanity.
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Vegetables: A Biography by Evelyne Bloch-Dano, a francophone author and journalist, is her culinary botanical and cultural history cum recipes, free for a limited time courtesy of the University of Chicago Press.
This is their featured Free Book of the Month selection for October and was a recipient of the Prix Brazier de l’essai gourmand in its original form as La Fabuleuse histoire des légumes, which was published in 2008 by Grasset, now translated from French by Teresa Lavender Fagan.
This book explores the scientific, cultural, and culinary histories via mini-biographies of 11 selected vegetables and their origins and uses in various countries throughout the world from the past to the present day, including a brief selection of illustrative vintage recipes showing several ways in which some have been cooked and served over the centuries.
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Radix by A. A. Attanasio is the 1st novel in his Radix Tetrad quartet of far future science fiction novels, free again for a limited time courtesy of publisher Phoenix Pick Press.
This was originally published in 1981 by William Morrow, and was nominated for a Nebula Award, as well as placing 3rd on the Locus Award lists for Best First Novel.
The series is set in the far future of an almost unimaginably altered Earth, with the initial storyline taking place thirteen centuries from now, featuring themes of people being transformed as they embark upon adventures and come into conflict with others of their kind, as well as aliens. This self-contained installment is a sort of journey of self-discovery for one young man as he moves through increasingly elevated stages of personal development, acquiring unusual abilities.
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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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The Blackhouse by Scottish expat France-resident author Peter May is the 1st novel in his Lewis Trilogy of police procedural mystery/crime thrillers, free for a limited time courtesy of publisher Quercus’ Riverrun imprint.
This novel was originally translated into French for its initial release and won two French literature prizes, the Prix des Lecteurs at Le Havre, a festival prize, and the national Cezam Prix Littéraire Inter CE, and also won the US’ Barry Award for Crime Novel of the Year upon English publication.
The trilogy is set on the Isle of Lewis in Scotland’s Outer Hebrides, starring a locally-raised Inspector returning from Edinburgh. This first novel sees him draw back to his home island to investigate a murder which finds him becoming hunted by something sinister as old skeletons in the close-knit community are revealed.
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Beyond Grace’s Rainbow by Irish author Carmel Harrington is her standalone contemporary literary fiction heartwarming tearjerker novel with f/m romantic elements, free for a limited time courtesy of publisher HarperCollins’s HarperImpulse.
This was the featured Free Book of the Week in the iTunes UK store, and won the Book of the Year in the 2013 Kindle Book Awards and was also Winner of the Romantic eBook of the Year at the Festival of Romance 2013..
The story is set in Ireland, starring a young single mother diagnosed with cancer, whose best hope is finding a compatible bone marrow transplant, and accordingly goes on a quest to find more of her biological relatives with the help of friends, uncovering the obligatory family secrets along the way while dealing with the concerned renewed attention of her ex and son’s father.
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Seven Views of Olduvai Gorge by Mike Resnick, prolific Hugo & Nebula Award-winning author, is a standalone novella in his Birthright Universe setting of far future science fiction, free for a limited time courtesy of publisher Phoenix Pick Press.
This was originally published in 1994 by Pulphouse Publishing’s Axolotl Press imprint, and also appeared in the Magazine of Science Fiction & Fantasy and won both the Nebula & Hugo Awards, as well as receiving a number of other prize nods.
The story is set in the very far future, starring aliens archaeologists visiting Earth long after humanity and its Empire are gone, and making discoveries which tell them things about various eras of the long-vanished world, from the artifacts they find.
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A Strangeness in My Mind by Turkish author Orhan Pamuk, recipient of the 2005 Nobel Prize for Literature, is his standalone literary fiction novel, free for a limited time courtesy of publisher Penguin Random House Audio.
The novel is set in and around the city of Istanbul, Turkey, and is a coming of age journey of self-discovery tale, taking place over the course of four decades from 1969 to 2012. It was shortlisted for the 2017 International Dublin Literary Award, and also won two Turkish literary awards, the Erdal Öz Prize and the Aydın Doğan Foundation Award in 2015, as well as Russia’s Yasnaya Polyana Literary Award in the Foreign Literature category in 2016.
The story uses a cast of characters to tell from different viewpoints the core story of a misfit boy who grows to manhood through various experiences and mishaps, never ceasing to restlessly wander the streets and ponder the feeling of difference which sets him apart from everyone else, until he finally uncovers what it is he has always truly wanted out of life.
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The Inheritance by Angie Coleman, a pseudonym for Italian author Angela Iezzi is her standaloe chick-lit-flavoured workplace rivalry f/m romantic comedy, free for a limited time courtesy of publisher Head of Zeus’ Aria imprint for digital first publications by newer and translated authors.
This was originally published in 2017 by Italian publisher Newton Compton as Gli effetti speciali dell’amore, and is translated by Marco Condorelli. It was a recipient of the 2016 Premio Ilmioesordio, which appears to be a publisher prize for best manuscript submission.
The story is an enemies-to-lovers workplace tale of a woman expecting to eventually take over the running of the family business, who finds that her father’s will leaves her resented rival in place as director, only allowing her to inherit small share and that little on the stipulation that she work and live with him under the same roof for a year.
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