Tuesday, October 07, 2014

Free Kindle fantasy titles

I'm not super good at reading titles on my Kindle app on my phone.  But I'm optimistic about the concept, and I'm even more optimistic about the concept of using Amazon and ebooks to enable independent writers to get their work out there, sell it to paying customers, and make a living (or at least a supplement to their living) from their work without having to work through the increasingly bloated, bureaucratic, ideological, and frankly blatantly rapacious traditional publishers.  Great idea.

The big problem, of course, is how does one find authors that one likes in this new, expanded, decentralized market?

If you go to Amazon's Kindle Books section, browse to Science Fiction and Fantasy, subheading Fantasy and then sort price low to high, you'll find that there are literally more free books than you can ever hope to read at any given time.  Many of them, no doubt, will be terrible.  But some of them are not.

In a rash of enthusiasm, I just "bought" about 20 free ebooks for the Kindle.  I specifically ignored anything that had a cover that looked like a romance novel (sadly, at least half of the titles.  What in the world has happened to our genre?)  Just to be extra careful, and because I had more selection than I'd be able to actually consume anyway, I even avoided most titles written by women entirely--I've been burned more than once with a book that had a great looking cover and blurb that ended up being a stealth romance novel with a fantasy coat of paint slapped on--unless it really looked like it was up my alley.

Along with all the content that I already had, my "To Read" list is now dramatically longer; I've just (mostly) ignored my Kindle content as not quite the same as my "real book" content.  I am, however, going to go ahead and add all of my Kindle titles to my "To Read" list and track (and review) them like regular books.  Anyway, here's my list, for the curious, in the order they are listed on at Amazon (I think in reverse order to how I bought them):

  • The Realm Shift by James Somers
  • Stealer of Flesh by William King
  • The Prophecy by Jeffrey Poole
  • The Unsuspecting Mage by Brian S. Pratt
  • Sword Bearer by Teddy Jacobs
  • Red Axe, Black Sun: Sword & Sorcery by Michael Karner
  • A Dwarf With No Name by D. P. Prior
  • Winds of Change by William Robert Stanek
  • Forged in Death by Jim Melvin
  • The Elder Unearthed by Michael W. Garza
  • Death's Angels by William King
  • Knights: The Hand of Tharmin by Robert E. Keller
  • Hammers in the Wind by Christian Warren Freed
  • The Emperor's Blades: Chapters 1-7 by Brian Staveley
  • The Sable City by M. Edward McNally
  • Wind Warrior by Jon Messenger
  • A Tide of Shadows by Tom Bielawski
  • Cthulhu Mythos Writers Sampler 2013 by David Conyers
  • Knights: The Eye of Divinity by Robert E. Keller
  • The God King by James A. West
  • The White Tree by Edward W. Robertson
  • Moth by Daniel Arenson
  • Nightblade Episode I by Garrett Robinson
  • The Last Roman by Edward Chrichton
  • The Last of the Sages by St. Clair
  • Thinblade by David A. Wells
  • Witch Hunt by Annie Bellet
  • The Dark Citadel by Michael Wallace
  • Fire Mage by Jon Forrester
  • The Chronicles of Dragon by Craig Halloran
  • Eye of the Moonrat by Trevor H. Cooley
  • A Quest of Heroes by Morgan Rice
  • Altdorf: The Forest Knights by J. K. Swift
  • Where the World Is Quiet by Henry Kuttner
  • The Metal Monster by Abraham Merritt
  • The Moon Pool by Abraham Merritt
  • The Way of Kings by Brandon Sanderson
  • Pellucidar by Edgar Rice Burroughs (I've read this before in print)
  • At The Earth's Core by Edgar Rice Burroughts (this too)
  • Chosen (The Amish Bloodsuckers Trilogy book 1) by Barbara Ellen Brink (this is the exception to my avoidance of cheap fantasy romance novels.  This looks too campy to be believed, so I couldn't resist.)
  • Servant: The Dark God Book 1 by John D. Brown (I actually paid for this one, but it was dirt cheap as part of a promotion a few weeks ago.)
  • Quantum Mortis: A Mind Programmed by Vox Day
  • Awake in the Night by John C. Wright
  • The Testing by Jonathan Moeller
  • Child of the Ghosts by Jonathan Moeller
  • The Tower of Endless Worlds by Jonathan Moeller
  • Blood of Requiem by Daniel Arenson
  • Magic of Thieves by C. Greenwood
  • A World if Born by Leigh Douglas Brackett
  • Polaris of the Snows by Charles B. Stilson
  • A Princess of Mars by Edgar Rice Burroughs (I've read this many times and own it in print)
  • The Gods of Mars by Edgar Rice Burroughs (this too)
  • Warlord of Mars by Edgar Rice Burroughs (and this)
  • Captain Blood by Rafael Sabatini (yes, and this too)
  • Scaramouche by Rafael Sabatini (and this)
  • The Sea-Hawk by Rafael Sabatini (I don't, however, own this one in print and haven't read it in years.)
  • The Circle of Sorcerers by Brian Kittrell
  • Gateway to Nifleheim by Glenn G. Thater
  • The Darkslayer by Craig Halloran
  • The Weight of Blood by David Dalglish
  • Caliphate by Tom Kratman
  • A Magic Broken by Vox Day
  • The Wardog's Coin by Vox Day

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