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This week’s free ebooks

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It was a very good week at Project Gutenberg.  There’s more good books added and updated this week than I can reasonably hope to read.  But I’m sure going to have a try.

  • Reason, the Only Oracle of Man, by Ethan Allen.  The next time someone tells you that the nation’s founders were Christian (and thus we should adopt the Bible as US law), point them toward this book.  Published in 1785 by one of the founders of Vermont and a Revolutionary War hero, this is an attack on Christianity and the author’s ideas about what the nation should adopt instead.
  • Sentiment, Inc, by Poul William Anderson.  Anderson is a classic SF author; this short story was first published in Science Fiction Stories in 1953.
  • Jungle Peace, by William Beebe.  Beebe was a popular science writer, a naturalist and explorer who wrote about his expeditions on behalf of the New York Zoological Society.  He is remembered as an ardent conservationist..
  • Of All Things, by Robert Benchley.  I’m so excited to see another Benchley collection added to Project Gutenberg.  Benchley was a colleague of Dorothy Parker and James Thurber, and while he isn’t entirely forgotten, he isn’t remembered as widely as they are- and he should be, because his humor writing is very, very funny.  This goes on my Reader today.
  • Anna Karenina, by Leo Tolstoy.  Forbidden love!  Despair!  Russians!
  • About the Holy Bible, Hell, and An Oration on the Life and Services of Thomas Paine, by Robert Green Ingersoll.  Looks like someone is interested in expanding Project Gutenberg’s collection of works by the famous agnostic orator.
  • The Scarlet Pimpernel, by Baroness Emmuska Orczy.  Also several sequels to the French Revolution adventurer’s story: El Dorado, The Elusive Pimpernel, The League of the Scarlet Pimpernel, and Lord Tony’s Wife.
  • Little Fuzzy, by H. Beam Piper.  This science fiction novel has been getting lots of renewed attention since John Scalzi’s Fuzzy Nation was published.  The original book is entertaining, sweet, funny, and engaging.
  • Varney the Vampire, or, The Feast of Blood, by Thomas Preskett Prest.  Penny dreadful writing at its best, which is also its worst.  You must read this.
  • Eve’s Diary, by Mark Twain.  Speaking of things you must read… this is one.
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Written by Contented Reader

October 11, 2011 at 7:28 am

Posted in Project Gutenberg

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