N's Literary Asylum

25 sources of free public domain books

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An updated list of sites that offer free public domain books in electronic and audio format.


Every year new publications enter public domain. That means their intellectual property rights have expired or are not applicable any longer.

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If you like Harry Potter, start collecting stamps

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Now boy wizard and his friends can be sent to every place, literary. The most popular YA characters go on stamps. Great lifting to old-fashioned hobby and original accessories for all Harry Potter fans.


The United States Postal Service reveled five stamps which are part of a 20-stamp Harry Potter Forever collection. The collection will count 20 stamps and will be officially released on Tuesday (Nov 19th). But you can pre-order them now here: usps.com/stamps


What other characters would you like to see in this stamp collection? 




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The Ring Spell

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Three Rings for the Elven-kings under the sky,
Seven for the Dwarf-lords in halls of stone,
Nine for Mortal Men, doomed to die,
One for the Dark Lord on his dark throne
In the Land of Mordor where the Shadows lie.
One Ring to rule them all, One Ring to find them,
One Ring to bring them all and in the darkness bind them.
In the Land of Mordor where the Shadows lie.


Guardians Series: The Shoma (Book #6)

The Shoma

In order to reunite the Council and save both our world and theirs, the Guardians need to assemble three missing pieces of an ancient  relic called The Shoma. But their search is derailed by their love lives and entanglements. Surrounded by evil and under the threat of annihilation our lives depend on this one team. But with all the sex, scandal and secrets, who has time to save the world?

About Lola StVil

Lola was seven when she first came to this country from Port-au-Prince, Haiti. She attended Columbia College in Chicago, where her main focus was creative writing. In addition to plays, she also writes screenplays and short stories.
She has been commissioned to write for ABC, CBS and Princeton University. She won the NAACP award for her play "The Bones of Lesser Men". In addition to being nominated for LA Weekly awards. Her work has also received positive reviews from The LA Times, Variety and LA Weekly.

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Guardians Series

Book 1: The Girl The prophecy says I will fall in love with team leader and Angel, Marcus Cane. The prophecy also says that our love will cause his mission to fail and end the world. Whatever. This human is not worried. Why? Because I do not intend to fall in love with Marcus. The truth is I hate him. I hate his warm brown eyes with flecks of gold, his chiseled face and broad shoulders. I hate how over protective he is just because a few thousand demons are after me. In fact, I couldn't care less about Marcus or his perfect telekinetic girlfriend. And when I see him holding her, I don’t die a little inside…

Book 2: The Fallout
Just because she has wings, doesn’t mean she’s an Angel…
It's front page news on every Angel gossip rag:“Marcus & Ameana: Gone The Way Of “Brad & Jennifer.”So, Who Is The “Angelina?” Emmy Baxter—a mere mortal!” Ameana tries to avoid her ex and his new love by focusing on the other evil out to destroy the team. But soon her pain turns to fury. And before the end…a girl plots revenge, a leader is on the edge and an Angel falls. Add to Your Goodreads Shelf | Purchase on Amazon  

Book 3: The Turn
There. Will. Be. Blood. After the Council hands down a severe punishment, A Guardian declares war on the Angel world.
Before the end Lives will be lost Love will be tested And blood WILL flow... Add to Your Goodreads Shelf | Purchase on Amazon

Book 4: The Triplex
The team finds the locaton of the Triplex, but in order to destroy it and save the world, a horrific decision must be made. Can Marcus do what he needs to do in order to complete the mission? Or will his heart get in the way...Add to Your Goodreads Shelf | Purchase on Amazon

Book 5, Part 1: The Quo
WARNING: This book contains a scene in chapter 20 that is for mature audiences only. Readers can skip this chapter without missing any info vital to the plot. A team divided. A leader in turmoil. A love tested. Now, it's the heroes who need saving Add to Your Goodreads Shelf | Purchase on Amazon


Book 5, Part 2: The Lyris
 The end of the world is not coming; it's here An impossible decision... A massive war... A Guardian silenced forever... (Please note chapters 29 & 30 are for mature audiences) Purchase on Amazon  

Short Stories
 (THIS BOOK HAS SPOILERS, SO IT IS BEST READ AFTER BOOK 1 (The Girl)) Please note this is a book of short stories about the Guardians and their lives before the mission. This book is 20k words long and has nine short stories including *Julian's Core *Rio's secret crush *Julian & Femi's first meeting *The days & nights of Tony-Tone and more...

Short Stories From Book 5
Can't get enough "Guardians?"
Read these short stories AFTER reading book 5 part 2 and find out:
Why Marcus made the decision he did at the end of book 5.2
How Jay and Miku hooked up for the first time
and where Mouse came from!
Source: http://thevictorianvanity.blogspot.com/2013/11/guardians-series-shoma-book-6.html

Kindle Freebies for 21. June 2013.

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Yay kindle freebies

I don't know if it's just my bad luck or most Kindle Freebies are duplicates from previous weeks. Still here are some new ones I managed to find...


WARNING: Check price before downloading, some of these titles may not be free in your country.






Descent of Blood by Elizabeth Marx Paranormal Romance (with vampires)
Immortal Prophecy by Samantha Adams & Kay Fry Paranormal Romance (with vampires)
Beautiful Monster by Bella Forrest Paranormal Romance (with vampires)
Empath by HK Savage  Paranormal Romance


Element, Part 1 by C.M. Doporto Paranormal Romance
Blood and Sacrifice (Blood Ties #2) by Jessica Gibson Paranormal Romance (with vampires)
Foreshadowed (The Crimson Bond #2) by Erika Trevathan Paranormal Romance (with vampires)
Love Nip (Emily Sullivan #2) by Mary Whitten Paranormal Romance (with vampires)









Feel free to share your recommendations in comments and tell us what you downloaded or if I should download, read or avoid something from this list.

Source: http://bookwormdream.blogspot.com/2013/06/kindle-freebies-for-21-june-2013.html

Books into Movies in 2013

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2013 will be full of new books, new great releases, series continuations and new born bestsellers - that's easy to foresee. But it's also great time to reming yourself about books published some time age and will get second premiere as a book adaptations. Here are five books that probably will be higly aticipated movie versions and gain reading boost in pre-watching mood. Ready?


On February, as it's responsible for sweet and lovely atmosphere (Valentine's Day, you know), will be relesed Nicholas Sparks' Safe Haven. The story of a woman dealing with her past and finding love will surely satisfy any couple with butterflies in their bellies ;-)


The are set two movie releases for March. The first one will be a remake of already done adaptation, namely a next interpretations of Stephen King's Carrie  I saw the trailer and it gave me real shivers!


Another March book to movie is Stephenie Meyer's The Host. So there's a chance for Twilight fans not to cry in despair because of the end of vampire series. The Host definitely isn't a continuation but at least it is a book of the same author so you know what to expect.


    Two more books don't have a release date but seems to be doing good looking at the cast. Kate Winslet will be on the The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society by  Mary Ann Shaffer and Annie Barrows adaptation.


And in the story of serial killer by Erik Larson The Devil in the White City Leonadro DiCaprio agreed to play the devil, HH Holmes.


This book to movie set convinced me that it's worth re-reading or discovering books published some years ago. 

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New Books For New Year - Book Scrabble For January 2013

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Let's begin New Year with New Books - we played a little scrabble game with the first month of the new year and picked some interesting new releases of  J-A-N-U-A-R-Y. So let's have a look and discover new reads for new year.


J stands for January 2013 New Releases


A stands for Action Pages


  • Shadow Woman by Linda Howard (Jan 1st);
  • The One I Left Behind by Jennifer McMahon (Jan 2nd, 2013);
  • Kinsey and Me: Stories by Sue Grafton (Jan 8th, 2013);
  • The Blood Gospel: The Order of the Sanguines Series by James Rollins and Rebecca Cantrell (Jan 8th, 2013);
  • The Fifth Assassin by Brad Meltzer (Jan 15th, 2013);
  • Private Berlin by James Patterson & Mark Sullivan (Jan 21st, 2013);
  • Suspect by Robert Crais (Jan 22nd, 2013);
  • Speaking From Among the Bones: A Flavia de Luce Novel by Alan Bradley (Jan 29th, 2013);


N stands for Nonfiction Of All Sorts


  • The MILF Diet by Jessica Porter (Jan 1, 2013);
  • Searching for Zion by Emily Raboteau (Jan 1, 2013);
  • My Share of the Task by Stanley A. McChrystal (Jan 8th, 2013);
  • She Matters: A Life in Friendships by Susanna Sonnenberg (Jan 8th, 2013);
  • The Universe Within by Neil Shubin (Jan 8th, 2013);
  • The Atlantic Ocean: Reports from Britain and America by Andrew O'Hagan (Jan 22nd, 2013);
  • Going Clear: Scientology, Hollywood, and the Prison of Belief by Lawrence Wright (Jan 22nd, 2013);
  • American Isis: The Life and Art of Sylvia Plath by Carl Rollyson (Jan 29th, 2013);


U stands for Ultimate Literary Fiction


  • White Dog Fell from the Sky by Eleanor Morse (Jan 3rd, 2013);
  • Tenth of December: Stories  by George Saunders (Jan 8th, 2013); 
  • The History of Us by Leah Stewart (Jan 8th, 2013); 
  • Mrs. Lincoln's Dressmaker by Jennifer Chiaverini (Jan 15th, 2013);
  • The Aviator's Wife by Melanie Benjamin (Jan15th, 2013);
  • The Boy by Lara Santoro (Jan 15th, 2013);
  • A Deeper Love Inside: The Porsche Santiaga Story  by Sister Souljah (Jan 29th, 2013);


A stands for Alternative Worlds Novels


  • Scoundrels: Star Wars by Timothy Zahn (Jan 1st, 2013);
  • Impulse by Steven Gould (Jan 8th, 2013); 
  • The Awakening: Book One of the Sisters of the Spirits Trilogy by Yvonne Heidt (Jan 8th, 2013);
  • A Memory of Light (Wheel of Time) by Robert Jordan and Brandon Sanderson (Jan 8th, 2013);
  • Ever After by Kim Harrison (Jan 22nd, 2013);
  • Imager's Battalion (Imager Portfolio) by L. E. Modesitt Jr. (Jan 22nd, 2013);


R stands for Romance Stories


  • Love Unscripted by Tina Reber (Jan 1st, 2013);
  • Effortless by S.C. Stephens (Jan 8th, 2013);
  • The Husband List by Janet Evanovich and Dorien Kelly (Jan 8th, 2013);
  • Dream Eyes (Dark Legacy Novel) by Jayne Ann Krentz (Jan 8th, 2013);
  • Killing Time by Cindy Gerard (Jan 22nd, 2013);
  • Until the End of Time by Danielle Steel (Jan 29th, 2013);
  • Haunted Moon (An Otherworld Novel) by Yasmine Galenorn (Jan 29th, 2013);
  • When She Said I Do by Celeste Bradley (Jan 29th, 2013);


Y stands for YA Reads Not Only for Youngsters


  • Ali's Pretty Little Lies: 2 by Sara Shepard (Jan 2nd, 2013);
  • Shadowlands by Kate Brian (Jan 8th, 2013);
  • Paper Valentine  by Brenna Yovanoff (Jan 8th, 2013);
  • Through the Ever Night by Veronica Rossi (Jan 8th, 2013);
  • Rise by Andrea Cremer (Jan8th, 2013);
  • Gates of Paradise by Melissa de la Cruz (Jan 15th, 2013);
  • Shades of Earth by Beth Revis (Jan 15th, 2013);
  • Boundless by Cynthia Hand (Jan 22nd, 2013);
  • The Madman's Daughter by Megan Shepherd (Jan 29th, 2013);
  • Prodigy by Marie Lu (Jan 29th, 2013);
  • Asunder (Incarnate) by Jodi Meadows (Jan 29th, 2013);
  • The Prey (Hunt) by Andrew Fukuda (Jan 29th, 2013);


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Living many lives all the time!

10 Books Most Active on Social Media Thanks to Readers

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I came across article or rather a list of books that were mostly talked about in social media in November 2012 (via Publishers Weekly). It's a proof that readers do set up social reading trends, it is them (us) commenting the books after all. But is there some kind of pattern why some books are more trending than others?


1. & 3. & 6.

My first conclusion was that book adaptations are definitely on the spotlight. The Hobbit appears as the first one, meaning most trending on social media, in this summary, Life of Pi is third, Cloud Atlas sixth on the list what is quite justified since movies are on the go (just see the book covers) and pre-watching reading is normal reaction. In fact many books go through second life and book sale boost thanks to their big-screen versions. In this respect those two biz branches aren’t competing but rather complementing each other.

2. & 7.

Second and seventh on the list are second and third part of Suzanne Collin’s The Hunger Games Trilogy series Catching Fire and Mockingjay. The movie syndrome could be an explanation or rather pre-movie making pre-reading as the adaptation is still being adapted and not screened. But recent research showed that majority of YA books (around 55%) are bought, read and discussed by adults so maybe here’s a catch. I even came across with opinion that these books enhance parent-children relationship since they build up content to talk about. Parents and their kids talking about books? I say: Yes!


Fifty Shades of Grey holds spot right after the podium. The book gained fame thanks to simple but how desirable qualities: sex and money. This duet rule the world from ancient times and there’s nothing special about it, especially when we realize that erotic scenes and sex filled plots and “poor me-bossy him” scheme have already existed in fiction, mainly in romantic novels! But “Mummy Porn” (new literary genre) gained recognition not only among housewives but also women over 55 and even some men. Although I doubt whether those last ones would admit to that. Nor my granny.


This is big, like romantic affair on high political level. Oh, did I hit the nail on the head? Scandals are always widely commented, like here: CIA Director David Petraeus had an affair with his biographer Paula Broadwell (the book author) and so the story is still on and the book out. The love uplifts, right?  But there’s no win-win situation here. Only the author and her book All In: The Education of General David Petraeus gained grounds.


I must admit I had a crush on this book from the very beginning, it’s on my wishlist and I’m impatiently waiting for the Santa. Gone Girl received very positive reviews, readers like her writing style and dark territory scenes. The author has already stroked enthusiasm with inforamation that she’s planning to write next book for adults and first in her career novel for Young Adult readers (watching her trend it will be probably some darkish scenario). Many can't wait.


John Grisham is damn good author and that’s the reason why his books are great and trending. Period.


New traditions are made with this books and some tabu are broken, for example how Santa knows who is good and who is naughty. We all know that elves do the list ;-) I came across instruction  on the web that parents after reading the book with a kid should leave an elf doll on the shelf to spy on their child! The parent can hide the elf for the day and bring it back during night so the kid believes he’s really moving and coming back. For me it’s little schizophrenic and scary! If I were the child I would be really terrified to fall asleep. I'm afraid that social media is full of psychological hints rather than book reviews when it comes to this one ...


Is there a pattern? Not really. There are as many reading tastes as readers and books. But in era of social reading, readers aren't anonymous any more. Nor are they (we) only readers. We became active participants of bookish sphere in wide spectrum, some of us want to be reviewers and others only spotters. But at some point we all point to a given book, for different reasons. And when we do that it is heard, the above summary proves that it is happening.

Review: The Replacement by Brenna Yovanoff

Brenna Yovanoff'sThe Replacement [Hardcover](2010) - -N/A-
Title: The Replacement by Brenna YovanoffAuthor:
Razorbill/Penguin Group
Genera: paranormal.
Reading Level: Young Adult
Source: Sent to me by the publisher.
Rating: 3/5
Perfect for: Readers from age 14 and Up. 


Mackie Doyle is not one of us. Though he lives in the small town of Gentry, he comes from a world of tunnels and black murky water, a world of living dead girls ruled by a little tattooed princess. He is a Replacement, left in the crib of a human baby sixteen years ago. Now, because of fatal allergies to iron, blood, and consecrated ground, Mackie is fighting to survive in the human world.
Mackie would give anything to live among us, to practice on his bass or spend time with his crush, Tate. But when Tate's baby sister goes missing, Mackie is drawn irrevocably into the underworld of Gentry, known as Mayhem. He must face the dark creatures of the Slag Heaps and find his rightful place, in our world, or theirs.


My Review:
The replacement is "One of the best books I have ever read." still I have a hate/Love relation with it. You can never love it completely or hate it to the edge as it was almost perfect (for others it can be perfect but not me).
Mackie is not a human; he once was but now he is one of them living among us. The people of the underworld who must sacrifice a living child to keep them powerful.
Mackie is one of the teen characters that you will like but the one to love is his sister who event if she knew he is not her biological brother but still she kept him safe and alive.
You also have to repeat the dark creatures because not all of them need to kill or hate; some of them need to feel loved to live. Not all what is dark is bad.
I must pause now or I shall spoil the book. I am sure you shall enjoy reading it.
Source: http://thevictorianvanity.blogspot.com/2012/12/review-replacement-by-brenna-yovanoff.html
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Three Rings for the Elven-kings under the sky,
Seven for the Dwarf-lords in their halls of stone,
Nine for Mortal Men doomed to die,
One for the Dark Lord on his dark throne
In the Land of Mordor where the Shadows lie.
One Ring to rule them all, One Ring to find them,
One Ring to bring them all and in the darkness bind them
In the Land of Mordor where the Shadows lie.
He paused, and then said in a deep voice,
"This is the Master-Ring, the One Ring to rule them all.
This is the One Ring lost many years ago,
to the great weakening of its maker's power.
Now, he greatly desires to have it again,
- but he must NOT get it"

-J. R. R. Tolkien (The Lord of the Rings; The followship of the Ring) 

"Dipsychus" by the English poet Arthur Hugh Clough

The Quiet American - Graham Greene, Robert Stone

 This poem from The Quiet American novel & film...



Commentary and full text of The Ambler from Dipsychus, by Arthur Hugh Clough


The line comes from a long satirical verse called "Dipsychus," by the
English poet Arthur Hugh Clough.

"Dipsychus," written in 1850, is a hybrid between a poem and a play.
It takes the form of scenes which, in various styles of verse, develop
a dialogue between an idealist and a "devil's advocate." The word
'dipsychus' means 'divided mind' or 'two minds', and the work (which
was never finished by Clough, nor published during his lifetime)
depicts the ongoing squabble in the human soul between the starry-eyed
do-gooder and the cynical hedonist.

Here are some verses in which you'll find the refrain "So pleasant it
is to have money, heigh ho!"

As I sat at the café, I said to myself,
They may talk as they please about what they call pelf
They may sneer as they like about eating and drinking
But help it I cannot, I cannot help thinking,
How pleasant it is to have money, heigh ho!
How pleasant it is to have money.

I sit at my table en grand seigneur,
And when I have done, throw a crust to the poor;
Not only the pleasure, one’s self, of good living,
But also the pleasure of now and then giving.
So pleasant it is to have money, heigh ho!
So pleasant it is to have money.

It was but last winter I came up to town,
But already I’m getting a little renown;
I make new acquaintance where’er I appear;
I am not too shy, and have nothing to fear.
So pleasant it is to have money, heigh ho!
So pleasant it is to have money.

I drive through the streets, and I care not a d--n;
The people they stare, and they ask who I am;
And if I should chance to run over a cad,
I can pay for the damage if ever so bad.
So pleasant it is to have money, heigh ho!
So pleasant it is to have money.

We stroll to our box and look down on the pit,
And if it weren’t low should be tempted to spit;
We loll and we talk until people look up,
And when it’s half over we go out to sup.
So pleasant it is to have money, heigh ho!
So pleasant it is to have money.

The best of the tables and the best of the fare -
And as for the others, the devil may care;
It isn’t our fault if they dare not afford
To sup like a prince and be drunk as a lord.
So pleasant it is to have money, heigh ho!
So pleasant it is to have money.

We sit at our tables and tipple champagne;
Ere one bottle goes, comes another again;
The waiters they skip and they scuttle about,
And the landlord attends us so civilly out.
So pleasant it is to have money, heigh ho!
So pleasant it is to have money.

It was but last winter I came up to town,
But already I’m getting a little renown;
I get to good houses without much ado,
Am beginning to see the nobility too.
So pleasant it is to have money, heigh ho!
So pleasant it is to have money.

O dear! what a pity they ever should lose it!
For they are the gentry that know how to use it;
So grand and so graceful, such manners, such dinners,
But yet, after all, it is we are the winners.
So pleasant it is to have money, heigh ho!
So pleasant it is to have money.

Thus I sat at my table en grand seigneur,
And when I had done threw a crust to the poor;
Not only the pleasure, one’s self, of good eating.
But also the pleasure of now and then treating,
So pleasant it is to have money, heigh ho!
So pleasant it is to have money.

They may talk as they please about what they call pelf,
And how one ought never to think of one’s self,
And how pleasures of thought surpass eating and drinking -
My pleasure of thought is the pleasure of thinking
How pleasant it is to have money, heigh ho!
How pleasant it is to have money.

-Arthur Hugh Clough

The Ambler

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