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22 June 2011 @ 02:53 pm
stupid list keeps getting longer  

Not that I have time to read them, but everybody should recommend one classic (or otherwise free) piece of fiction/non-fiction/whatever that I should go download for my e-reader. :)

ereader stuff:
- buy the new DKM book & the rest of the CT books in e-format too O.O SQUEE
- get 1gb SD card
- install updated firmware

vaguely work-related stuff:
- write review
- get boxes for last couple book sets to pack up
- sign up for wfc in britain (when i get paid again)
- go through email & add fanmail addresses to the mailing list
- email the few people who wanted copies of HoF

life stuff:
- citizenship paperwork
- call landlord
- do insurance paperwork
- firebomb my office
- and the bedroom
- and the computer room, for that matter

(x-posted from the essential kit)
joycemocha on June 22nd, 2011 02:02 pm (UTC)
Just about all of Jack London's work is available on Project Gutenberg, as are some obscure works by Louisa May Alcott. There's also some lovely works in the Victorian female adventure travel genre, stuff that's pretty obscure but fun to read.

Burning Daylight was a fun Jack London read, though pretty sentimental and sappy in its tone. Looking at the social overtones in the work and the characterization of a working woman of that era was rather interesting, as well as the characterization of the protagonist.
kitmizkit on June 22nd, 2011 02:03 pm (UTC)
Ooh, can you give me any kind of title for a Victorian female adventure travel book? That sounds awesome!
Mary Annepers1stence on June 22nd, 2011 03:28 pm (UTC)
not victorian, but just post-victorian - freya stark and gertrude bell were earlier adventurers into the middle east and were influential in shaping western/arab/persian national boundaries and understandings. if any of there stuff is available, it might be worth a read....I've read biographies, not primary source material but ...
joycemocha on June 22nd, 2011 04:34 pm (UTC)
I'm currently reading A Woman's Journey Round the World by Ida Pfeiffer. It's worth a cruise around Book Glutton and Project Gutenberg and looking at women authors of the nineteenth century. There's the classic Isabella Bird as well as others...my Stanza reader has been temperamental and at one point I had to delete a lot of stuff, unfortunately including more than a few of the Victorians. Need to redownload it (hell, need to back it up to the Mac which I've not done of late).
bookmobilerbookmobiler on June 22nd, 2011 02:27 pm (UTC)
stupid list keeps getting longer
You could try not adding to it.

All of Jane Austin's works are available.
madmiss on June 22nd, 2011 03:02 pm (UTC)
I sometimes have a browse through manybooks.net, which is a site very similar to Project Gutenberg.

I just found Sommerville and Ross's 'Some Experiences of An Irish RM'. That I've been wanting to read for years.

Other than that my knowledge of 19th century authors is woeful. (Though, I recently started reading Edward Bulwer Lytton and actually quite like his work.)
joycemocha on June 22nd, 2011 04:36 pm (UTC)
Interestingly many of the 19th century authors read quite well on an iPod.
omegaromegar on June 22nd, 2011 10:42 pm (UTC)
Hey I recently got two new SD cards for my camera. Which means the older one is no longer needed. If it is the right type for you needs, I have no real need for it and can pass it on.
K. Feetekatfeete on June 22nd, 2011 11:41 pm (UTC)

I don't know if you read Martha Wells but in case you don't, her first, out-of-print novel is available for free. It is also awesome, so anyone who likes fantasy and hasn't read this, you really, really should.

pgwfolcpgwfolc on June 23rd, 2011 06:12 pm (UTC)
For general use, I highly recommend going to mobileread.net/mobiguide which is a linked catalog of public domain ebooks in .mobi format. Much of it is from Project Gutenberg, but they've got some more recent stuff, as well.

Actually, it's through them that I found The Dance of the Gods. It's hard to describe, really. But I think you'd like it. In any case, check out the author's website. You may be interested in his story and what he's trying to do.

I'll also mention An Antarctic Mystery. Not because it's particularly good but because it's a novel-length fanfic written by Jules Verne, based on a book by Edgar Alan Poe.

Personally, I greatly enjoyed the autobiography of Clarance Darrow, which is available in HTML format and in PRC format. It's not just his life, but his philosophy. I posted about it several times in my own journal because I kept finding too many quotes I wanted to share. Even when I disagreed with him, I found his words eloquent and compelling.

Finally, the book I'm currently reading is Miss Madelyn Mack, Detective. A few short detective stories, similar to Holmes, but the main characters are female and living in (then-modern) 1914 New York. Miss Mack is a practical, no-nonsense detective of exceptional skill. Her assistant Nora is an ace reporter for The Bugle. The book includes a few pictures of Miss Mack herself, as modeled by a friend of the author's. The author dedicates the book to real-life turn-of-the-century detective Mary Holland (mentioned briefly on this page, and not to be confused with the Irish reporter).

I know, that's more than one. Sorry. But I think it's a good variety. I hope one of them catches your fancy.