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Free e-books new and updated on Project Gutenberg this week

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Here are some new things you might use to fill up your electronic reader, so you can go sit in the coffee shop, sipping your drink and reading, and impress and pick up chicks.

  • A Little Princess, by Frances Hodgson Burnett.  I loved this book as a pre-teen girl.  Loved.  Little Sara Crewe’s father dies, and she is moved from her place at her snooty girls’ school to sleep in the cold attic and work as a scullery-maid.  She manages to keep her spirits up by pretending that she is a little princess, and this is all an opportunity to show her worth… it’s sugary-sweet but there’s a reason it’s a classic of children’s literature.
  • The Old-Fashioned Fairy Book, by Constance Cary Harrison.  A collection of fairy tales you probably haven’t read before.
  • A Son of the Sahara, by Louise Gerard.  Thrilling desert adventures!  I quote from chapter one, “He was a big, handsome man with a swarthy complexion, coal-black hair and dark, fiery eyes, by nature impetuous and reckless. With a trio of white sergeants and a hundred Senegalese soldiers, he would attempt—and accomplish—things that no man with ten times his following would have attempted.”  There, now, don’t you want to read more?
  • Snowdrop and Other Tales, by Jacob Grimm and Wilhelm Grimm.  This is it, folks… Grimms’ fairy tales.  Some of them, anyway.  I see stories I know, like “The Seven Ravens” and “The Goose Girl,” and then there’s “The Jew Among the Thorns.”  I wonder why no one tells that last one any more?  Might be a good source for the next Disney feature?
  • The Second Jungle Book, by Rudyard Kipling.  Now that I think of it, I’ve never read this one.  I’ve read and loved the first one – I even used excerpts from it in class when my students read The Graveyard Book.  And I know that Kipling is a truly wonderful writer, who, although he is still well-known, isn’t really as widely-read as he deserves to be.
  • Verses of Feeling and Fancy, by W. M. MacKeracher.  I have kind of a soft spot for sentimental Victorian poetry.
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Written by Contented Reader

September 13, 2011 at 6:42 pm

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