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Free e-books added to Project Gutenberg this week

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This is not the complete list of the new and updated books at Project Gutenberg this week, but a much shorter list of things I think might be fun to read.  For the full list (but no descriptions), go to Project Gutenberg.  The books are available for free download in a variety of formats, and also for online reading; whether you use a Kindle, a Nook, a Reader, or an iPad, you should be able to download and read these.

  • Tom Swift and His Motor-Boat, by Victor Appleton.  Another boys’ novel about Tom Swift, young scientist, adventurer, and all-around swell fellow!  Hurrah!
  • My Attainment of the Pole, by Frederick Cook.  Who was the first person to reach the North Pole?  Robert Peary, is what it said in my history book.  Robert Peary, April 6, 1909.  Except that Frederick Cook says he was there on April 21, 1908.  Peary worked hard to discredit Cook’s claim.  Except that there are certain holes in Peary’s story, too.  There are even people who say that neither of them actually made it to the North Pole, and that the real first was Roald Amundsen, in 1926. So this memoir might be the forgotten true story of the man who really was first to the North Pole, or it might be full of crap.  And we will never, ever know.  Either way, it’s a story of Arctic adventure, and who doesn’t love those?
  • The Recruiting Officer, by George Farquhar.  This is an eighteenth-century Restoration comedy, the story of the two soldiers’ “social and sexual exploits’.  The author is Irish; this is one of his best-known works.
  • Jock of the Bushveld, by Sir Percy Fitzpatrick.  This book was a best-seller when it was published in 1907, and remains a children’s classic in South Africa, where it was written.  It is the story of the author’s travels with Jock, his bull terrier.  A new version exists with the racist material edited out, but this is the old version, as the author wrote it in South Africa in 1907.
  • The Lost Heir, by G. A. Henty.  George Henty’s historical adventures star wholesome, plucky young men, and are still popular among certain groups of Christian homeschoolers for teaching children wholesome, plucky values.
  • The Gamekeeper at Home, by Richard Jefferies.  Nature writing from the English countryside, 1878.  This is a series of essays, first published in the Pall Mall Gazette, about the author’s friendship with the keeper of a nearby estate.  If you like it, the same author’s Wild Life in a Southern Country is also new this week.
  • Tales of the Sun, by Mrs. Howard Kingscote and Pandit Natresa Sastri.  This is a collection of folk stories from southern India.

Written by Contented Reader

August 9, 2011 at 4:09 pm

Posted in Project Gutenberg


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