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Posts Tagged ‘Herman Melville’

Free Samples of Favorite Reads From 15 New York Times Columnists

nytlogoFifteen writers have been working as contributors for the “Bookends” column at The New York Times. All of them have revealed the titles that gave them “their favorite reading experience of 2014.” Below, we’ve collected free samples of most of the books on the list for your reading pleasure.
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‘Moby Dick’ Marathon Reading Featured On Kickstarter


Polly Bresnick, Amanda Bullock, and Molly Rose Quinn will come together to host a marathon reading of Herman Melville’s beloved novel, Moby Dick. The trio has raised more than $5,000 through crowdfunding to pull off this event.

The group first launched this event back in 2012 with the participation of more than 150 readers. Last year, they presented a Moby Dick-themed variety show. This year, they plan to have this reading from November 14th to November 16th. We’ve embedded a video about the project above. Here’s more from the Kickstarter page:

“The funding will help pay for the aforementioned expenses (printing and providing spoons and such) but it will also allow us to make the whole marathon bigger and better: color programs, hiring a designer to create print and online materials, higher quality print souvenirs, more chowder spoons, and the countless miscellaneous expenses that producing an event of this magnitude requires. We not only hope to fund this year’s marathon, but also to grow the MDMNYC community.”

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Moby Dick’s One-Star Reviews on Amazon

mobydickcoverBiblioklept.org has put together a list of one-star reviews of Herman Melville‘s classic novel Moby Dick. At the time of writing this post, the book averages four stars with 939 total reviews. That includes 530 five-star reviews, 154 four-star reviews, 107 three-star reviews, 73 two-star reviews and 75 one-star reviews.

Here are some of the reviews highlighted on Biblioklept.org, taken from Amazon exactly how they were written.

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My Favorite Breakup Book

What book did you read while coping with a breakup? During one particularly lonely breakup years ago, I read Herman Melville‘s Moby Dick in an unhinged reading marathon.

No one will ever include this book on a list of breakup books, but it is the perfect thing to read with a broken heart. The book will fill your lonesome hours with a compelling story, make you forget about love and relationships, and, most importantly, drag you into an obsessive, turbulent and self-destructive universe that mirrors your own state of mind.

Follow this link to download a free copy of Moby Dick to save for your next breakup.

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Moby Dick Card Game Raises $65,500+

With 21 days left in the campaign, King Post has raised more than $65,500 on Kickstarter for “Moby Dick, or, The Card Game.”

Each card will showcase a quote from Herman Melville‘s beloved novel. The finished product will feature a deck that consists of more than 100 unique cards, 40 custom oil makers, 2 dice, and a rule book. We’ve embedded a video about the project above–what do you think? Here’s more about the project:

Just as one of Melville’s goals in writing the book was to bring landlubbers like us into the glorious and tragic world of the whaler at sea, our game encourages players to interact with the text in a new, exciting and immersive way. Even without a knowledge of the novel, playing the game will clue you into the relationships between key sailors and the various perils and processes of hunting whales in the 19th century.

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Teju Cole Mixes Classic Lit & Drones on Twitter

Novelist Teju Cole published “Seven short stories about drones” on Twitter, mixing in violent unmanned aerial vehicle imagery with classic first lines from literature.

Web artist Josh Begley collected the short stories in a Storify post (embedded below).

The short short stories referenced seven famous novels. We’ve linked to free copies of the books, when available. The are, in order: Mrs. Dalloway by Virginia Woolf, Moby Dick by Herman Melville, Ulysses by James Joyce, Invisible Man by Ralph Ellison, The Trial by Franz Kafka, Things Fall Apart by Chinua Achebe and The Stranger by Albert Camus.

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Free eBooks for Your New iPad, Kindle or Nook

Readers around the globe have unwrapped new tablets and eReaders this holiday season. Below, we’ve included a long, long, long list of free and legal eBooks you can download right now for any device.

Explore our Project Gutenberg lists and click “read this eBook online” to sample the book without downloading anything.

If you have an iPad, iPad Mini, iPhone or iPod Touch, you can download the ePub edition. If you have a Kindle or a Kindle Fire, you need to download the Kindle edition. If you have a Nook, Sony eReader or a Kobo, you should download the ePub edition.

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Free Books That Inspired Barack Obama

President Barack Obama has won the 2012 Presidential election. We’ve collected links to five free eBooks that inspired Obama during his road to the Presidency.

In a 2009 essay, New York Times critic Michiko Kakutani wr0te about the books that inspired the President. Here’s an excerpt:

Mr. Obama’s love of fiction and poetry — Shakespeare’s plays, Herman Melville’s “Moby-Dick” and Marilynne Robinson‘s “Gilead” are mentioned on his Facebook page, along with the Bible, Lincoln’s collected writings and Emerson’s “Self Reliance“ — has not only given him a heightened awareness of language. It has also imbued him with a tragic sense of history and a sense of the ambiguities of the human condition quite unlike the Manichean view of the world so often invoked by Mr. Bush.

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Free Herman Melville eBooks for Moby Dick Anniversary

Google has created a Google Doodle (embedded in this post) to celebrate the 161st anniversary of Moby Dick, the great American novel by Herman Melville.

If you want to read the book right now, follow his link to download a free copy of Moby Dick, Or, The Whale

In addition, Project Gutenberg has a great collection of other free eBooks by Melville. We’ve linked to these individual titles below–you can download the correct format for Kindle, Nook, Kobo, iPad and many other devices. (Google link via Mark Athitakis)

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Free eBook Flowchart

What’s your favorite kind of book? We’ve created a giant flowchart to help you browse the top 50 free eBooks at Project Gutenberg.

Click the image above to see a larger version of the book map. Your choices range from Charles Dickens to Jane Austen, from Sherlock Holmes to needlework. Below, we’ve linked to all 50 free eBooks so you can start downloading right now. The books are available in all major eBook formats.

Follow this link to see an online version of the flowchart, complete with links to the the individual books.

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