Free eBooks: “Off Armageddon Reef”, “White Fang”, and More

It's a new month and a new year, and that means new free ebook offers.

First up is Tor.com's eBook Club pick for January. This month's title is Off Armageddon Reef, the first title in David Weber's Safehold series.

Hunted by the Gbaba, the human rulers of our refuge planet of Safehold have taken extraordinary measures to keep us hidden: using mind control technology to create a religion that keeps society medieval forever.

800 years pass. In a hidden chamber on Safehold, an android from the far human past awakens, determined to restore technological progress to humanity. The android takes a new gender—male—and adopts a new name: Merlin.

This series started out as steampunk, and it was very good at the beginning. But by about the fourth or fifth book, after Weber had achieved superstar status and Tor-Forge stopped editing him, the series turned into what would best be described as a novelization of the history of engineering, as told through meeting minutes.

The later books are bloated and tedious reads. This one is good, though, so you should download it and read it.

But if it's not your thing then perhaps you will like one of the Kindle First titles for January. They're free for Prime members, and $1.99 for the rest of us.

Amazon is also giving away an ebook+audiobook bundle; this month the free title is Jack London's White Fang.

P.S. if you know of another free ebook offer which belongs in this post, the comments are open.

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Nate Hoffelder is the founder and editor of The Digital Reader:"I've been into reading ebooks since forever, but I only got my first ereader in July 2007. Everything quickly spiraled out of control from there. Before I started this blog in January 2010 I covered ebooks, ebook readers, and digital publishing for about 2 years as a part of MobileRead Forums. It's a great community, and being a member is a joy. But I thought I could make something out of how I covered the news for MobileRead, so I started this blog."

7 Comments on Free eBooks: “Off Armageddon Reef”, “White Fang”, and More

  1. I hate to have to say this, but Weber’s writing has been going downhill for a while and has turned into “same plot, different names and technologies.” All of his series have become slogs through (to paraphrase Shakespeare) “two great empires, alike in dignity.” And the fun has gone out of all of them.

    • I see the problem as that he used to write riproaring yarns, but now he sees all of his series as epic tales with multiple intersecting story lines, millions of words of background, hundreds of personal bios.

      There’s a market for that type of storytelling, but it is not why we fell in love with his work in the first place.

      • I understand completely. My husband seems to think that anything under 100,000 words is a short story, and he’s completely taken with the Safehold series and other books where the volumes are the size of a small encyclopedia. (*cough* GoT *cough*)

  2. Tor’s eBook Club are only for North Americans.

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