My true love gave to me The Golden Bough by Sir James George Frazer.
Mike Stewart, author of 24 Bones and one of the generous authors giving away the Jetbook Lite ereader at the end of this gift giving season, is not a short works writer. We therefore thought that a PDF of The Golden Bough, one of the most important works on magic, myth, and folklore, and referencing the myth of Osiris around which 24 Bones is based, would be a worthy gift for the day. It’s over 900 pages long, so a not inconsiderable download. We used the Project Gutenberg version, edited to include chapter breaks and formatted for readability.
You must be registered on the blog and logged in to download a story. There’s no limit to the number of stories that can be downloaded, but you are only entered into the drawing for the ebook reader once for each story you choose (void where prohibited). In other words, if you download today’s free book, you are entered once. If you also buy a book in the bookstore (the holiday sale has been extended through January 5!), you’ll be entered again.
Download: The Golden Bough (4 mb)
|When not writing, Michael Stewart is a venture capitalist in Silicon Valley North, Ottawa, Canada. He holds a B.A. in History from Queen’s University and a Masters in Business Administration from McMaster University. Michael has authored four YA graphic novels, which are to be released late 2008 (Rubicon Publishing).
Travel and a fascination with reading and religion spawned The Devil’s Backbone, which draws from Egyptian myth and is influenced by Jungian and Gnostic themes. Michael sees writing as a brilliant excuse to tramp across the world, and it has taken him abroad as a leader of Antarctic expeditions, crew of a tug boat on the Baltic Sea, paddling the Zambezi River, climbing in Sumatra, spelunking in Belize and, of course, singing inside the King’s Chamber of the Great Pyramid while lying in its rose-colored sarcophagus.
In addition to his writing and business careers, Michael is a four time world champion dragon boat athlete, father of two girls, and husband. He tries very hard to keep life an adventure both on and off the page.
|Seth, Horus, and Osiris are reborn, fated to re-fight their greatest battle.
Samiya, an Egyptian woman, and Taggart, a Canadian professor of Comparative Religion, have nothing in common, until they find themselves on opposite sides of a bloody war for causes neither is sure they believe in.
The Balance is in jeopardy, and either The Fullness: humanity, law, and reason; or The Void: animal instinct, chaos, and death; will soon rule the world.
But which is the right side? Reason has ruled for centuries. Is it time for Chaos to have a chance?