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.
These days, fantasy novels tend to be sprawling multi-book affairs that take ages to complete. Even if you do have the time to delve into one of these series, it sometimes takes years for an author to get around to writing the next book that continues the story. Thankfully, there are still short story collections for those who love the fantasy genre, but lack the time to become immersed in some of the newer novels. Even better, many of these collections are available completely free in ebook format. Here are just four short story collections that can give you your fantasy fix for free.
While most romance novels contain enough drama and intrigue to keep you on the edge of your seat, many authors also blend in elements of the thriller genre to spice things up. These elements of suspense, surprise and anticipation add a whole dimension to romance novels. However, it is not just modern authors that have found a lot of success by combining the romance and thriller genres. These two genres have gone hand in hand for many years already, which means there is a treasure trove of free ebooks to choose from. Here are just five examples of books that successfully blends romance and thrills to deliver enthralling tales.
The 18th and 19th century saw the release of numerous Gothic stories that would go on to become classics. Books such as Mary Shelley’s Frankenstein, Bram Stoker’s Dracula and even A Christmas Carol by Charles Dickens set the tone for this genre of fiction. However, these authors were by no means the only ones to write Gothic stories and many others also came up with some great stories. Thankfully, many of these books are now available for free online as eBooks, which means it is easier than ever before to discover the interesting blend of horror, fiction, death and romance that they offer.
We all know that books are amazing, but did you know that they can have health benefits too? They can help to reduce your stress hormone levels, trigger the release of endorphins and provide you with a sense of well-being. All you need to do to reap these benefits is laugh out loud. As luck would have it, there are a number of free ebooks available that are humorous enough to provide you with a couple of laughs. So, if you are in need of cheering up and can do with a little stress relief, then check out the following free ebooks that will make you laugh out loud.
Science fiction is a genre that is known for not being afraid to tackle complex subjects or shy away from convoluted plot-lines. While fans of the genre love the depth of these types of novels, it can also scare away readers in search of more casual reading material. Fortunately, not all science fiction novels are very complex, or even very serious. There are also a couple of books in the genre where the authors combined science fiction with more lighthearted elements. For a taste of some humor filled science fiction stories, take a look at the following free ebooks.
One of the great things about free ebooks, apart from the fact that they are free, is their age. Many of the books that are available free online are more than a hundred years old, which makes them fascinating glimpses into the past. Thanks to the internet, television and even virtual reality technology, it is now possible to experience almost every corner of the globe without ever leaving your house. However, the following travel themed books are written from a historical perspective, which enables you to read about the world from a completely different perspective.
The War of The Worlds by H.G. Wells is perhaps one of the most well known science fiction novels about alien contact, but certainly not the only one. Even before mankind has set foot in outer space, writers have been speculating about what might be waiting there for us. Some envisioned benevolent aliens who welcome humanity or are interested in offering assistance while others, like Wells, pictured them to be slightly less friendly. It is a topic that fascinates science fiction authors to this day, but you don’t need to buy a new book to read about alien encounters.
Most people read books to relax or to get caught up in the dramas of others, so that they can escape from their own problems. However, books in the horror category are purposely written to unnerve the reader, make them feel uneasy and even outright scare them. Despite the abundance of horror movies, books in this genre still has the edge as nothing created with CGI or practical effects can match what your imagination can conjure up.
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