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Across the Stream By EF Benson,

1899 Review: This is a novel. It is a remarkable one. It deals with the Spiritualism or Spiritism, which is so marked a feature of present day life in England; and we must add, in our own country also. The author is, as we understand, a son of the late archbishop Benson, of Canterbury, and a brother of Arthur Benson, a writer perhaps better known to us than this man. It is said, however, that E. F. stands higher in England than Arthur does as a literary man. The purpose of the author in this story is evidently not merely to entertain an idle hour; he means to read us a lesson. The story, however, is intensely interesting. A young nobleman who has lost a very promising brother, himself develops a very frail physique, and for that reason is treated by his anxious parents with the most solicitous care. Early in youth he discovers that he has a remarkable power, the power to submerge his conscious state. In this state as he gradually learns, he can receive communications from a mysterious visitant whom he calls Martin. For a time he indulges this faculty simply for entertainment. But as he grows older he finds “Martin” ready to offer him counsel, and in a certain grave crisis in his moral life “Martin” becomes his guide. From that day on he is plied with the subtlest sophistry. At first Martin seems to speed like an angel of life. But as Archie follows more and more consistently his counsel he becomes a totally different person. He deteriorates rapidly until those Who love him best are wounded, estranged, and almost in despair. The noble girl who loves him above seems to discern the real root of the mischief, and by the “two-edged sword of love and prayer,” vanquishes the evil spirit which has obtained the fatal ascendancy over Archie. The scene in which this victory is won is one of the most weird and vivid we have ever read. The lesson of the book is: Don’t tamper with Spiritualism. We believe it is a lesson for our times. Some think all that passes under the name is a gross vulgar fraud. Others believe in a reality here but think the communications are from the spirits of the departed dead. The fact seems to be that in the midst of a lot of sheer humbug there is some very real communication going on between living man and woman and the spirit world; but that the communications are not with departed human spirits but with demons “the familiar spirits” of which our Bible speaks. All such intercourse God has forbidden as dishonoring to Him and ruinous to souls. And Spiritualism, judged by its fruits, is of the Devil. Theron S. Rice.

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Travellers Five Along Life’s Highway By Annie Fellows Johnston

1905 Review:  Five stories of five travellers, Jimmy Gideon, Wiggan the clown, Wexley Snathers, Bap Sloan: one on the trail of the wise men, one in the wake of a honeymoon, another towards his accolade, another by way of an inherited circus, and the fifth to his Mount of Pisgah.

Here’s a bio of Johnston, who is more well known for her Little Colonel series.
The Little Colonel
The Little Colonel in Arizona

It’s been a while, but my personal recollection is that while I can see why these were so popular, they are not just dated, but I felt uncomfortable with the casual racism. However, I’ve heard that they have been republished in some cases with the language and attitudes updated, so you can check the free versions to see if the basic storyline is something you enjoy, and then look for a product to purchase.

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Housekeeping:

Subject to change without notice: Free Titles were free at the time I copied and pasted the links. But they don’t always stay free. The older, public domain books should, because they are all in the public domain, but sometimes….

Shameless money grubbing: I thought this was common knowledge, but it turns out it’s not- these are affiliate links. If you click on a free title and download it, I get….. nothing.  If you click on a free title and while you are at Amazon also buy something else, I get….. something.  Depending on what you buy, it will probably be somewhere between 4% and 7.5% of what you spend (I don’t get a percentage on penny sales) but I don’t pretend to understand how all of that side works. People have tried to explain, but they start with numbers and my ears buzz and I can’t hear.

Also, Swagbucks remains my favorite source for free Amazon gift cards. And if you haven’t joined, please click on the link and join so that I can keep getting free Amazon gift cards because I am still shameless.  Of course, if you regularly shop on line, you can also sign up for ebates, and then always check ebates first, before you do your regular shopping. You can get quite a tidy sum back on the purchases you were going to make anyway, which is not a bad deal.  And then you can use the money for books- or for other things.=)

Don’t have a Kindle? : You don’t have to have Kindle to take advantage of these offers. You can read them on various free reading apps. I often read mine on my laptop if they are short enough books.  Or I will start there to see if I want to finish it later or remove it from my Kindle already.   If you’re curious, this is the Kindle I have, and I have used others and mine remains my favorite. Mine has Keyboard 3G, Free 3G + Wi-Fi and I don’t have commercial screensavers.   Personally,  I don’t like Kindle Fires because I am a crank like that.

If you like these free listings, you should also like my Facebook page, because I list other free titles there several times each week.

Yes, my Kindle gets slow because I stuff it too full since I have no sense of proportion when it comes to owning books, both real and virtual.

You can left click on a title on your Kindle and delete it from your device, while still keeping it in your list of titles at Amazon in case you want to add it back to your Kindle later without paying for the title all over again. Don’t delete it from folder at Amazon unless you want to rid yourself of it permanently.  Now that I have my tricksy little new phone, I have added it to my list of devices to which I can download devices.  Woot!

commentary sources: Most of the blurbs and book descriptions above are not mine, but come from reviews on Amazon’s page.

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