If you’re reading this then you like to read. How’s that for wisdom.
I love to read even though I love TV and movies. I especially enjoy finding relatively unknown authors who write for the pure joy of sharing the stories that have been locked inside them screaming to be set free. My primary love is fiction. I get enough reality everyday and I choose to escape.
I sincerely hope that YOU will also share your favorite authors and sources by using the comments section. I would especially like to hear about the authors you enjoy who haven’t made it to the best seller lists.
The advent of the e-book has made publishing easier than at any point in history. They gives us exposure to many talented and creative authors and of course mind numbingly poor drivel like this blog. Some of these free or low-cost books also have some editing errors. These little glitches don’t really take away from my enjoyment of the books, but I’ve read reviews where readers disparage the authors for poor editing. With every great advance in history there comes a cost. Deal with it.
Smashwords is a stunning repository of e-literature. It is low-cost or free and covers a wide range of topics.
From the Smashwords site: Smashwords is an ebook publishing and distribution platform for ebook authors, publishers and readers. We offer multi-format, DRM-free ebooks, ready for immediate sampling and purchase, and readable on any e-reading device.
For readers, Smashwords provides an opportunity to discover new voices in all categories and genres of the written word. Once you register, the site offers useful tools for search, discovery and personal library-building, and each week we add new features based on feedback from members.
At Smashwords, our authors and publishers have complete control over the sampling, pricing and marketing of their written works.
Smashwords is ideal for publishing novels, short fiction, poetry, personal memoirs, monographs, non-fiction, research reports, essays, or other written forms that haven’t even been invented yet.
It’s free to publish and distribute with Smashwords.
Randolph Lalonde is a young author I’m hooked on. He represents everything that’s great in the old style of science fiction storytelling updated for today’s reader. The initial trilogy is free. The subsequent books are very low-priced.
“In the darkest region of explored space sits a bright beacon; Freeground Station. Serving as a supply and trading post it is home to a select number of human beings that will take a desperate chance to make a difference in their end of the galaxy. – Contains the entire First Light Chronicles Trilogy. A Space Opera Adventure enjoyed across the globe by all ages”
Dana Donovan has created a series that combines the supernatural with detective fiction with a little romance. The first book is free so you can see if this is your cup of tea. I don’t like romance or much supernatural fiction, but I was hooked and this series.
“A group of individuals proficient in the psychic academia of clairvoyance, mental telepathy and bilocation work together to understand life’s most unusual secrets. But in a world where secrets among psychics are hard to keep, they soon realize that even their abilities of mind over matter cannot save them from the blade of the surgeon stalker. Book one in a series of Detective Marcella mysteries”
“Brad Ashton fled three years ago to avoid a conviction for murder. Now he’s back. And his hope for freedom appears to be within reach. Unfortunately there are those who have no interest in his legal status; they only want him dead or on the run once more… ”
Maybe I do like fantasy and supernatural stories after all. This is not a book series I normally would have chosen. But I tried it and was impressed with the depth of the character development. Be aware that this series is very violent, graphic, and bloody. This is the first book in the series.
“Harruq and Qurrah Tun, half-blood exiles of elves and orcs, have sworn their lives to the prophet of a death god, gaining power in return for igniting war between the race of elves and man. Harruq’s love of an elf may save him from his dark path, but to protect her means he must turn against his brother and fight the killing nature with which he was born. No matter his decision, someone will die. ”
“The Machine Stops” is a science fiction short story (12,300 words) by E. M. Forster. After initial publication in The Oxford and Cambridge Review (November 1909), the story was republished in Forster’s The Eternal Moment and Other Stories in 1928. After being voted one of the best novellas up to 1965, it was included that same year in the populist anthology Modern Short Stories. In 1973 it was also included in The Science Fiction Hall of Fame, Volume Two. (From Wikipedia)
This short story is included among my favorites for predicting so much of today’s society with uncanny insight. It is available at iBooks and a variety of sources. You can also read it online at: The Machine Stops or Download from Feedbooks here.
The Gods of Asphalt by fellow blogger H.E. Ellis is a compelling read from the first chapter and has a cast of incredibly well drawn characters. Take a moment and click the graphic above and just read the first chapter at Amazon or on her blog. That’s all you’ll have to do and you’ll be hooked like I was. These are characters you will identify with no matter your age or gender, whether from a parent’s or child’s view.
Feedbooks is another resource for free public domain books in a variety of formats
Oh, thanks for the info. I’m a big freebie lover … and I do love to read:
Kundera, Miller, Vonnegut, Carver, Bukowski … just noticed they’re all dudes. Add Ayn Rand–she’s got some balls.
HA! I bet I know who recommended “The Machine Stops” to you! 🙂
It’s one of my favorites as well, and I frequently recommend it to others. How could he have known all those years ago where we (our society) would be headed 100 years later…
Michelle, You would be right! However I had read it many years ago but went and found it again and re-read it. It applies so well to today. Thanks for the visit.
I bet he was mighty pleased that you already knew of the piece… 🙂