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New and updated free e-books on Project Gutenberg this week

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These books have been added to Project Gutenberg, or edited and improved, this week.  All are available for free download in a variety of formats to use on your favorite electronic reading device.  The full list of this week’s new and updated books is here; I’ve selected a few of the new additions that might be most interesting to my readers.

  • The Lure of the Mask, by Harold MacGrath.  MacGrath was a best-selling author of thrillers, and eighteen of his books were made into movies.  This book came out in 1908, and was a bestseller.
  • Tom Swift in the City of Gold, by Victor Appleton.  The ‘Tom Swift’ books are a popular series of adventures for boys, starring Tom Swift as a young inventor and scientist.  Lots of your favorite old-school science fiction writers were inspired by Tom Swift; if you only know him from the parodies of their writing style known as ‘swifties,’ you owe it to yourself to pick one up.   This one is number 11 in the series, and was published in 1912.
  • The Mormon Puzzle, and How to Solve It, by R. W. Beers.  From 1887, an interesting look at early attitudes toward the newly formed community of Mormons in Utah.
  • A Lady’s Life in the Rocky Mountains, by Isabella Bird.  I’ve read several of Bird’s other travel books, and been entirely engaged by them.  She has a great writing style, an open mind, and an adventurous spirit.
  • A whole bunch of things by George Jacob Holyoke, a British freethinker.  He coined the term ‘secularism,’ and was the last person convicted in England for blasphemy in a public lecture.
  • A Very Naughty Girl, by L. T. Meade.  I just like the title.  I’d be willing to bet that, by my own standards, she isn’t all that naughty at all.
  • Maxims and Hints on Angling, Chess, Shooting, and Other Matters, by Richard Penn.  “When you have got hold of a good fish, which is not very tractable, if you are married, gentle reader, think of your wife, who, like the fish, is united to you by very tender ties, which can only end with her death, or her going into weeds. If you are single, the loss of the fish, when you thought the prize your own, may remind you of some more serious disappointment.”

Written by Contented Reader

July 26, 2011 at 10:41 am

Posted in Project Gutenberg


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