Free (& Cheap) Reads (4)

There were a whole bunch of freebie books made available since the last time I posted, but they seem to have mostly disappeared now. A shame, but I hope these ones will tide you over! If you’d like to keep up daily with freebies, you may want to check out Randomize Me, where daily freebies and deals for the Kindle, Nook and otherwise are diligently posted.

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Freebies

Fiction
Transcendence by Christopher McKitterick (sci-fi). [PDF/ePub, DRM-free?, global]

Humankind rushes toward self-destruction and must evolve or die. Our perspective: a scientist exploring an alien artifact on Triton, a teen-aged hacker in a city gone mad, three actors manipulated into igniting interplanetary war, the de-facto ruler of half the solar system, a soldier fighting in Africa to entertain his audience, an artificial intelligence facing personal crisis, and a cast of billions.

The Morrow Project anthology (sci-fi). [PDF/ePub, DRM'd?, global]

“The Morrow-Project” is a unique literary project which shows the important effects that contemporary research will have on our future and the relevance that this research has for each of us. Research currently being conducted by Intel in the fields of photonics, robotics, telematics, dynamic physical rendering and intelligent sensors served as the basis to inspire four bestselling authors. The results are four short stories which paint amusing, thought-provoking and hopeful pictures of our future.

Forest of Time by Michael Flynn (sci-fi novella). [multiple, DRM-free, global] with coupon 9992374.

The story takes place in an alternate universe where the original thirteen colonies in America were unable to unite the country into the United States and the states developed into mutually hostile nation states.

The first five books of the Deviations series by Elisa Malcohn (sci-fi/dark fantasy). [multiple, DRM-free?, global]

Long ago the Masari and the Yata hunted together in peace, until the species they drove to extinction included those possessing nutrients necessary to Masari survival. The Yata then became the only source of those nutrients. Deviations tells how these peoples cope with the reality of being sentient creatures forced to play the roles of predator and prey, and how several of them try to thwart long-established conventions in the hope of overcoming their biological imperative. In Deviations love triumphs in the midst of death. The series focuses on the social, ethical, and spiritual dilemmas surrounding both the literal cannibalism of the societies involved and the many ways in which their different communities feed off each other.

Lost Tribe of the Sith #1-5 by John Jackson Miller (sci-fi). [Kindle, DRM'd, US-only?]

Book #1: For the ruthless Sith Order, failure is not an option. It is an offense punishable by death—and a fate to which Commander Yaru Korsin will not succumb. But on a crucial run to deliver troops and precious crystals to a combat hotspot in the Sith’s war against the Republic, Korsin and the crew of the mining ship Omen are ambushed by a Jedi starfighter. And when the Sith craft crash-lands, torn and crippled, on a desolate alien planet, the hard-bitten captain finds himself at odds with desperate survivors on the brink of mutiny—and his own vengeful half brother, who’s bent on seizing command. No matter the cost, Korsin vows that it will not be his blood and bones left behind on this unknown world. For the way of the Sith leaves little room for compromise—and none for mercy.

Non-Fiction
Allies and Enemies: How the World Depends on Bacteria by (science). [Kindle, DRM'd, US-only?]

Bacteria are invisible, mysterious, deadly, self-sufficient…and absolutely essential for all life, including yours. No other living things combine their elegant simplicity with their incredibly complex role: Bacteria keep us alive, supply our food, and regulate our biosphere. We can’t live a day without them, and no chemical, antibiotic, or irradiation has ever successfully eradicated them. They’re our partners, like it or not–even though some of them will happily kill us.

Allies and Enemies tells the story of this amazing, intimate partnership. Authored by Anne Maczulak, a microbiologist who’s hunted and worked with an extraordinary array of bacteria, this book offers a powerful new perspective on Earth’s oldest creatures. You’ll discover how bacteria work, how they evolve, their surprising contributions and uses, the roles they’ve played in human history, and why you can’t survive without them. No form of life is more important, and in Maczulak’s hands, none is more fascinating.

Nile Style: Egyptian Cuisine and Culture: Ancient Festivals, Significant Ceremonies, and Modern Celebrations (cookbook). [Kindle, DRM'd, US-only?]

From classics like Fava Bean Puree, Yogurt with Honey, and Egyptian Whole-Wheat Pita Bread, to tempting Lamb-Filled Phyllo Triangles and Peanut, Coconut, and Raisin Baklava, “Nile Style” spans the range of the Egyptian kitchen with recipes that will appeal to every palate! It includes 23 full menus showcasing, 150 easy-to-follow recipes and much more.

Cooking from China’s Fujian Province: One of China’s Eight Great Cuisines (cookbook). [Kindle, DRM'd, US-only?]

Fujian, a province in southeastern China, boasts a distinct culinary tradition that enjoys a thousand-year-old recorded history but is barely known in the Western world. This collection of 200 easy-to-follow, authentic recipes provides the perfect introduction to this unique cuisine.

Fujianese cuisine makes marvelous use of the foods and herbs found in the region’s mountains, flatlands, and on the coast. The staples rice, wheat, and sweet potatoes are featured in these sweet-and-pungent-flavored dishes. Buddha Jumping the Wall, a famous specialty, is made with shark’s fin, scallops, chicken, mushrooms, yams, scallions, and much more. Popular Fujianese dishes such as Crossing Bridge Noodles, New Year Money Bags, and Steamed Sea Cucumber Pockets are highlighted.

Also included are fascinating cultural and historical notes, handy glossaries of equipment and ingredients, and suggested menus for everyday meals and holidays. Eight pages of color photographs bring the foods of Fujian to life!

Color photographs which won’t show up on an ereader! Haha!

Old Havana Cookbook: Cuban Recipes in Spanish and English (cookbook). [Kindle, DRM'd, US-only?]

Havana is one of the oldest and most picturesque cities of the western hemisphere. It was a popular winter destination for North American tourists in the 1950s, and this cookbook recaptures the spirit of Old Havana– Habana la vieja– and its celebrated culinary traditions. Cuban cuisine, though derived from its mother country, Spain, has been modified and refined by locally available foods like pork, rice, corn, beans and sugar, and the requirements of a tropical climate. Fine Gulf Stream fish, crabs and lobsters, and an almost infinite variety of vegetables and luscious tropical fruits also have their places on the traditional Cuban table. This cookbook includes over 50 recipes, each in Spanish with side-by-side English translation– all of them classic Cuban fare and old Havana specialties adapted for the North American kitchen. Among the recipes included are: Ajiaco (famous Cuban Stew), Boiled Pargo with Avocado Sauce, Lobster Havanaise, Tamal en Cazuela (Soft Tamal), Quimbombo (okra), Picadillo, Roast Suckling Pig, and Boniatillo (Sweet Potato Dulce), along with a whole chapter on famous Cuban cocktails and beverages.

Cheapies (under $3)

Fiction
The Good, the Bad, and the Undead with Bonus Material by Kim Harrison (fantasy/paranormal romance?). $1.99. PRE-ORDER, will be released December 21. [Kindle, DRM'd, US-only]

For a limited time, discover Kim Harrison’s The Good, the Bad, and the Undead including an early excerpt from her new novel, Pale Demon, on sale February 22, 2011.

It’s a tough life for witch Rachel Morgan, sexy, independent bounty hunter, prowling the darkest shadows of downtown Cincinnati for criminal creatures of the night.

She can handle the leather-clad vamps and even tangle with a cunning demon or two. But a serial killer who feeds on the experts in the most dangerous kind of black magic is definitely pressing the limits.

Confronting an ancient, implacable evil is more than just child’s play — and this time, Rachel will be lucky to escape with her very soul.

Need by Carrie Jones (YA fantasy). $1.99 ($1.99 at B&N). [Kindle, DRM'd, US-only]

Zara collects phobias the way other high school girls collect lipsticks. Little wonder, since she’s had a pretty rough life. Her father left when she was a baby, and her stepfather just died. Her mother’s pretty much checked out – in fact, Mom’s sent her to live with her grandmother in cold and sleepy Maine to “keep Zara safe.” Whatever that means. Zara doesn’t think she’s in danger; she thinks her mother just can’t deal.

Zara’s wrong. The man she sees everywhere – the tall creepy guy who points at her from the side of the road – yeh, he’s not a figment of her imagination. He’s a pixie. And not the cute, sweet kind with little wings. Maine’s got a whole assortment of unbelievable creatures, like pixies and were-people. And they seem to need something – something from Zara…

Also: Queen of Babble Bundle with Bonus Material by Meg Cabot (fiction). Three books in the bundle, which works out to about $3.33 a book.

Also: The Griffin Mage Book #1 & #2 by Rachel Neumeier (fantasy) for $7.99. See here for other stores besides Amazon!

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