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varied interesting collection for a finder's fee
on 12 November 2013
As a Kindle app user (on a tablet), I have the advantage over purist Kindle (dedicated device) users in that i can peruse the range of alternative e-book-readers available. Whilst few are as good as the K-app, they mostly come with a bumper collection of free or public domain titles which you can peruse online and download at whim. From what I can tell, this is a selection culled from the public domain, someone else has taken the time and trouble to read through a whole lot of dross fiction to find the few really good pieces buried among them - so you won't have to, as the vogue saying goes.
But you can enjoy the ebenefit of someone else's search for the good stuff. This is all out-of-copyright (i.e. pre-1960s) stuff but there's some competent and even excellent writing skills on show. Any sci-fi buff will tell you the genre grew out of the sensationalist short-story era of the 1920s, and evoilved over time at attract firstly people with better ideas, and subsequently people with better writing skills, and this is a showcase of good ideas and good writing skills.
Amazing value for 30 pence plus vat. You won't find a John Varley, Bob Shaw or Gregory Benford story among these collections, but the stuff that's here is worth the read.