Free (& Cheap) Reads (8)

Your biweekly dose of free and cheap ebooks, now with more than just Kindle books!

Not a lot of freebies these past few weeks, but lots of interesting cheap books.

Freebies

Non-Fiction
Admit One: My Life in Film by Emmett James (memoir). [NOOK | Sony | Amazon | iBook | Kobo]

Set in Croydon, South London, in the 1980s, Admit One details how self-deprecating writer Emmett James escaped from the pains of adolescence by going to the cinema. Through wry wit and observation, the writer reflects, obsesses, and rages about film and its correlation to our pasts. Life soon imitates art, and the narrator finds that his true calling is in transcendence from one side of the screen to the other. He decides to leave England for the only place where he can realize his dream of becoming an actor–Hollywood.

We follow the narrator on his numerous adventures: as he jumps from forgery to pornography to crashing the Academy Awards under the alias of a nominated writer. All the while, the films that inspired each tale contextualize this humorous collection of stories. The narrator ultimately provides a unique insight into the fascinating industry of film, eventually himself stumbling into the biggest box-office grossing film of all time.

Cheapies

Fiction
The Great Perhaps by Joe Meno (fiction). $2.32. [NOOK | Sony | Amazon | iBook | Kobo]

The sky is falling for the Caspers, a family of cowards. When the parents decide to separate, this family is forced to appreciate the cloudiness of this modern age.

Gone by Michael Grant (YA sci-fi). $1.99. [NOOK | Sony | Amazon | iBook | Kobo]

In the blink of an eye, everyone in Perdido Beach, California, over the age of thirteen disappears. Gone too are phones, television, and the internet. As the kids struggle to survive in this new world, the world itself continues to evolve. A sinister creature lurks in a mine in the desert; animals are mutating; and some of the kids are developing dangerous supernatural powers that grow stronger by the day. A battle between good and evil is imminent, and for some of the kids, time is running out. On their fourteenth birthday, they disappear like everyone else. The first novel in Michael Grant’s Gone series is an action-packed thrill ride that will leave readers hungry for more. Don’t miss the series that Stephen King calls “exciting, high-tension.”

Halcyon Drift by Brian Stableford (sci-fi). $2.99. [NOOK | Sony | Amazon | iBook | Kobo]

In a galactic culture that extends from quasi-Utopian worlds like New Alexandria to vermin-infested slums like Old Earth, starship pilots have become the great romantic heroes of the day. When Star-Pilot Grainger is rescued from a shipwreck, he finds himself pressed into reluctant service to fly the Hooded Swan, the prototype of a new kind of interstellar ship. He’s also picked up an alien parasite that’s determined to share his brain. Under these dire circumstances, can Grainger possibly stay out of trouble? Not a chance! Hooded Swan, Book One.

Forbidden The Stars by Valmore Daniels (sci-fi). [NOOK | Sony | Amazon (UK) | iBook | Kobo | Smashwords]

At the end of the 21st century, a catastrophic accident in the asteroid belt has left two surveyors dead. There is no trace of their young son, Alex Manez, or of the asteroid itself.

On the outer edge of the solar system, the first manned mission to Pluto, led by the youngest female astronaut in NASA history, has led to an historic discovery: there is a marker left there by an alien race for humankind to find. We are not alone!

While studying the alien marker, it begins to react and, four hours later, the missing asteroid appears in a Plutonian orbit, along with young Alex Manez, who has developed some alarming side-effects from his exposure to the kinetic element they call Kinemet.

From the depths of a criminal empire based on Luna, an expatriate seizes the opportunity to wrest control of outer space, and takes swift action.

The secret to faster-than-light speed is up for grabs, and the race for interstellar space begins!

Non-Fiction
Madre by Liza Bakewell (social sciences). $2.83. [NOOK | Sony | Amazon | iBook | Kobo]

Leaping off the page with energy, insight, and attitude, Liza Bakewell’s exploration of language is anything but “just semantics.” Why does me vale madre mean worthless, while ¡qué padre! means fabulous, she asks? And why do one hundred madres disappear when one padre enters the room, converting the group from madres to padres? Thus begins a journey through Mexican culture in all its color: weddings, dinner parties, an artist’s studio, heart-stopping taxi rides, angry journalists, corrupt politicians, Blessed Virgins, and mothers both sacred and profane.

Along the way, a reader discovers not only an invaluable lexicon of Mexican slang (to be used with caution or not at all) but also thought-provoking reflections on the evolution of language; its winding path through culture, religion, and politics; and, not least, what it means—and what it threatens—to be a creative female, a madre.

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