Winter Tide by Ruthanna Emrys is the 1st novel in her The Innsmouth Legacy series of alternate historical dark fantasy with strong horror, mystery, and espionage thriller elements, free for a limited time courtesy of publisher Tor Books.
This is a special time-limited promotion, being made free to boost the upcoming 2nd novel, and this edition includes a bonus short story. The series is set in the late H. P. Lovecraft’s popular Cthulhu Mythos, varying it as an alternate hidden history where during the 1920s, the U.S. government secretly rounded up the population of the seaside village of Innsmouth, long since hybridized with the mystical Deep Ones of the oceans, into desert internment camps.
This story takes place a generation later during the late 1940s as the Cold War is getting underway, when an FBI agent believing that Communists spies have stolen dangerous magical secrets from the legendary Miskatonic University, calls upon one of the few survivors of the camps for help, who must return to her ruined home and uncover the remaining scraps of her suppressed personal and ancestral history to face the threat.
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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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Hot Off the Presses by Elliott Mackle, a Lambda Literary Award finalist, is his standalone recent historical political/personal drama literary fiction novel with suspense and m/m romantic elements; free again for a limited time courtesy of LGBT specialty publisher Lethe Press.
The story is set in Atlanta in the period shortly before the hosting of the 1996 Olympic Games, and follows a gay newspaper editor as he deals with journalistic ethics complications surrounding coverage of the closeted athlete he’s falling for, alongside investigating assorted controversial issues having to do with the upcoming Olympics. This is partially based upon the author’s own real-life experiences as a journalist in the city during the time period.
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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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Humor (Humour) by Stefan Kjerkegaard, an associate professor in the School of Communication and Culture at Aarhus University, is the is the 52nd in the in the Tænkepauser (Reflections) series of Danish-language accessibly-written short essays intended to introduce laypersons to assorted academic topics, free for a limited time courtesy of Aarhus University Press in Denmark.
This semi-philosophical cultural essay focuses on the topic of the purposes and benefits of humour in our daily lives and wellbeing and surrounding society, beyond just joking around.
Offered DRM-free worldwide through October 9th, available directly from the university’s website.
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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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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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Tradition and Agency: Tracing cultural continuity and invention edited by Ton Otto, a Professor in the School of Culture and Society at Aarhus University, & [Poul Pedersen][coeditor-link], an associate professor at the same, is a collection of anthropology essays, free for a limited time courtesy of Aarhus University Press in Denmark.
This is their featured English-language Free Book of the Month selection for September.
This anthology of ethnographic essays looks at various contemporary cultures around the world, covering both traditions maintained throughout the generations as well as nearly-forgotten ones revived in modern times and/or invented to fill a cultural need, with case studies as diverse as Papua New Guinean artifacts to cheesemaking in France.
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Antikkens verden (The Ancient World: Science, culture, myths, religion, and strangers) edited by Birte Poulsen & Ole Høiris is a volume in the Verdensboger (World Book) series of Danish-language self-contained titles which provide a comprehensive introductory overview to particular cultural and historical periods, free for a limited time courtesy of Aarhus University Press in Denmark.
This is their featured Danish-language Free Book of the Month selection for September. The Danish-language series is fully equivalent in style and content to the Oxford University Press’ The Oxford Illustrated History of… or Routledge’s The World of… English series.
This volume contains a comprehensive introduction to the world of western classical antiquity, mostly in and around the Mediterranean and the Greek, Roman, and later Egyptian cultures that held sway, as well as some later “barbarians”, filled with essays on various cultural and historical topics, illustrated lavishly with many photographs of relevant artifacts from the corresponding places and times.
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