With ghost stories that stretch back to biblical times, it is clear that people have been delighting in scaring one another for a long time. Of course, it is a genre that certainly doesn't appeal to everyone, but there are still plenty of readers who love to be terrified. These days there is no shortage of movies and television shows that deliver the ghostly thrills that audiences crave, but this certainly doesn't mean that books with ghost stories are obsolete. There is still something uniquely chilling about reading a ghost story all on your own, preferably with the lights dimmed and the house quiet.
Thanks to the spread of civilization and advances in technology, there are very few areas left on the planet that are truly unexplored. However, it wasn’t that long ago when people discovered new places or even lived out in the wild. Fortunately, many of these people wrote books about their experiences, which makes for fascinating reading. A lot of these books are now in the public domain, which makes it possible to read about their encounters with nature without having to spend anything.
Myths and legends have fascinated mankind since the dawn of time. While science has cleared up many of the mysteries that may have baffled our ancestors, many of the tales they told remain just as interesting today. It is also really intriguing how different cultures from around the world have come up with their own unique myths and legends. Fortunately, most of these stories have been compiled by various authors over the years and it is now possible to read many of them for free.
Authors like J. R. R. Tolkien, George R. R. Martin, Terry Goodkind and Michael Moorcock have become household names for fans of the fantasy genre, but the industry is definitely not just male dominated. Woman like J.K. Rowling, Anne McCaffrey, Robin Hobb and many others have definitely left their mark on the genre as well. However, while there may be more woman writing fantasy books than ever before these days, you'll also find plenty of good fantasy ebooks that are available completely free. Here are just a few examples of fantasy books by women that are definitely worth checking out.
There is no shortage of wondrous Utopian future worlds in science-fiction novels, but it is often the more dangerous worlds that make for the most action packed stories. This is why there is no shortage of novels that are set in post apocalyptic worlds. However, some authors are particularly imaginative when it comes to creating dangerous worlds for their protagonists to brave. You don’t have to look very far to find some good examples either, as there are plenty of free sci-fi ebooks that feature some very dangerous settings. Here are just a few of the most dangerous worlds that authors have come up with over the years.
In addition to a large number of classic horror books that are now in the public domain, readers fond of thrills and chills can also find more contemporary fare for free. Things that go bump in the night has been a firm literary favorite of both authors and readers for a long time, which means there are plenty of stories to choose from. So, if you are ever in the mood to experience the adrenaline rush that a good horror story can provide, then take your pick from any of the free ebooks on this list. All of them were written after 2000 and, who knows, you might even pick up a survival tip or two in the event that your worst nightmares ever come true.
There are thousands of free ebooks, across all genres available online, but it isn’t just adults that can reap the benefits. Many of the books that are available are also written for younger readers. Adventure books are one of the most popular genres amongst younger readers as it enables them to escape to world’s that would otherwise be inaccessible to them. So, if you are a young reader or simply young at heart, grab any of the following free adventure ebooks and get ready to become caught up in the stories.
Nothing spices up a good adventure like a healthy dose of romance, which is something that authors have learned long ago already. Even books that are predominantly romances also often contain some adventurous elements just to keep readers on the edge of their seats. It doesn’t matter whether you enjoy some romance in your adventure books or adventure in your romance books, the following five titles will definitely hit the spot. Best of all, they can all be read for free.
Although there is a wealth of classic fantasy books available for free online as ebooks, this doesn’t mean that you don’t have contemporary options available too. There are numerous authors who are writing epic fantasy sagas that span dozens of books, which can make it daunting to choose where to start. Fortunately, some of these authors have also released the first title in their series as free ebooks, so you can delve in without having to spend a penny. If you have exhausted your reading list of classic fantasy ebooks or simply want to try something new for a change of pace, any of the following free fantasy ebooks could be a good starting point. They have all been released after 2000 and serve as introductions to their respective series of fantasy books.
There are a myriad of reasons why books end up being banned, some of which may be justified while others are just plain frivolous. However, it is also true that times change and what was once seen as offensive might actually be quite tame by modern standards. Quite often the act of banning books has quite the opposite effect, as it draws the curiosity of people who might otherwise have not been interested in these books at all. Thankfully, the act of banning books is not as common as it used to be and the internet has also made it much easier to find banned books that might have been unobtainable otherwise. In fact, there are a couple of books that were once banned, but which are not available as free eBooks. For anyone interested in seeing what the fuss was all about, here are just a few examples of these previously banned books.
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