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CAMBRIDGE UNIVERSITY PRESS MAKES OVER 700 TEXTBOOKS FREE!

In light of the COVID-19 pandemic, Cambridge University Press has made textbooks free to access in HTML format until the end of May on Cambridge Core. 700 and counting published books are available on Cambridge Core to assist students and readers in their academic courses and pursuits. The following subjects are provided: economics, law, politics, science, and much more! Please do not wait to take advantage of this!

 

Cambridge University Press made this public via Twitter with a tweet that reads, “We are committed to supporting our global community of teachers, researchers and learners during the coronavirus pandemic. From free textbooks and research, to advice, guidance, blog and more, visit our website”.

80 more books and journal articles related to coronavirus are also be provided for free. If we are going to be quarantined for a while, it is best that we take advantage of those published writings on coronavirus and get educated!

 

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5 Fantasy Books Coming Out in March

What can I say? I love fantasy, and I love sharing new book releases. So is it really a surprise that I’m making this list? If I can find a way to share my love of the genre with other people, then I won’t hesitate to do exactly that.

Here are five fantasy books coming out this month.

 

1. House of Earth and blood by Sarah J. Maas

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Sarah J. Maas has written books like Throne of Glass and A Court of Thorns and Roses which I openly adore, so it goes without saying that I am extremely excited for her newest book House of Earth and Blood, which is currently being marketed as the first book in her Crescent City series. The book’s Goodreads page provides the following excerpt: “Bryce Quinlan had the perfect life—working hard all day and partying all night—until a demon murdered her closest friends, leaving her bereft, wounded, and alone. When the accused is behind bars but the crimes start up again, Bryce finds herself at the heart of the investigation. She’ll do whatever it takes to avenge their deaths. Hunt Athalar is a notorious Fallen angel, now enslaved to the Archangels he once attempted to overthrow. His brutal skills and incredible strength have been set to one purpose—to assassinate his boss’s enemies, no questions asked. But with a demon wreaking havoc in the city, he’s offered an irresistible deal: help Bryce find the murderer, and his freedom will be within reach. As Bryce and Hunt dig deep into Crescent City’s underbelly, they discover a dark power that threatens everything and everyone they hold dear, and they find, in each other, a blazing passion—one that could set them both free, if they’d only let it.”

Release: Out now

 

 

2. Tevinter nights by Patrick Weekes

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So, this is a bit different from some of the books that make the monthly fantasy book list here. Tevinter Nights, edited by Patrick Weekes, takes place in the famous video game universe of Dragon Age. The lore of the universe is in depth and nuanced, and there are so many stories and points of view to follow within the world of Thedas. The book’s Goodreads page provides the following description: “Ancient horrors. Marauding invaders. Powerful mages. And a world that refuses to stay fixed. Welcome to Thedas. From the stoic Grey Wardens to the otherworldly Mortalitasi necromancers, from the proud Dalish elves to the underhanded Antivan Crow assassins, Dragon Age is filled with monsters, magic, and memorable characters making their way through dangerous world whose only constant is change.” This book is actually a collection of short stories, so there is definitely a great deal to explore here.

Release: March 10th

 

 

3. Chain of Gold by Cassandra Clare

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This book has definitely been hyped up in the past few months. Cassandra Clare’s Chain of Gold is the first book in a new series. The book’s Goodreads page reads as follows “Welcome to Edwardian London, a time of electric lights and long shadows, the celebration of artistic beauty and the wild pursuit of pleasure, with demons waiting in the dark. For years there has been peace in the Shadowhunter world. James and Lucie Herondale, children of the famous Will and Tessa, have grown up in an idyll with their loving friends and family, listening to stories of good defeating evil and love conquering all. But everything changes when the Blackthorn and Carstairs families come to London…and so does a remorseless and inescapable plague. James Herondale longs for a great love, and thinks he has found it in the beautiful, mysterious Grace Blackthorn. Cordelia Carstairs is desperate to become a hero, save her family from ruin, and keep her secret love for James hidden. When disaster strikes the Shadowhunters, James, Cordelia and their friends are plunged into a wild adventure which will reveal dark and incredible powers, and the true cruel price of being a hero…and falling in love.”

Release: Out now

 

 

4. The kingdom of back by Marie Lu

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Marie Lu’The Kingdom of Back promises a tantalizing read with its Goodread’s summary: “Two siblings. Two brilliant talents. But only one Mozart. Born with a gift for music, Nannerl Mozart has just one wish—to be remembered forever. But even as she delights audiences with her masterful playing, she has little hope she’ll ever become the acclaimed composer she longs to be. She is a young woman in 18th century Europe, and that means composing is forbidden to her. She will perform only until she reaches a marriageable age—her tyrannical father has made that much clear. And as Nannerl’s hope grows dimmer with each passing year, the talents of her beloved younger brother, Wolfgang, only seem to shine brighter. His brilliance begins to eclipse her own, until one day a mysterious stranger from a magical land appears with an irresistible offer. He has the power to make her wish come true—but his help may cost her everything.”

Release: Out now

 

 

5. The empress of salt and fortune Nghi Vo

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Nghi Vo’s book The Empress of Salt and Fortune has a shorter description than the previously addressed books, but I find that this has me intrigued. The book’s Goodreads page states: “A young royal from the far north is sent south for a political marriage. Alone and sometimes reviled, she has only her servants on her side. This evocative debut chronicles her rise to power through the eyes of her handmaiden, at once feminist high fantasy and a thrilling indictment of monarchy.” This book will be released at the end of March, so we’ll definitely have something to look forward to! 

Release: March 24th

 

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135 Years of ‘Huckleberry Finn’

“Right is right, and wrong is wrong, and a body ain’t got no business doing wrong when he ain’t ignorant and knows better.” – Goodreads 

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Mark Twain (real name Samuel Langhorne Clemens), was born on Nov. 30th in the small town of Florida, MO as the sixth child to John Marshall and Jane Lampton Clemens. When Samuel was twelve, his father died of pneumonia, and Samuel was forced to leave school to become a printer’s apprentice.

Samuel found his enjoyment of writing when he began working for Orion’s newspaper as a printer and editorial assistant. By the time he was seventeen, Samuel had left Orion’s newspaper to work for a printer in St. Louis. There he became a river pilot, which is where he adopted his pseudonym, Mark Twain, a term used by river pilots to mean “that is safe to navigate”(CMG World Wide).

 

 

Due to the lull in river trade during the Civil War in 1861, “Clemens began working as a newspaper reporter for several newspapers all over the United States”, according to CMG World Wide. Seven years later, Samuel married a woman named Olivia Langdon, and the two had four children, one of whom died in infancy, and two more in their twenties. Clara, their only surviving child, lived to be 88 years of age, with one daughter. Unfortunately, Clara’s daughter died young without having any children of her own, leaving no living descendants of Samuel Clemens.

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Twain’s legacy survives, however, through his books, like The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn. Huck Finn, as it’s often called, has been taught in schools as one of the most famous works of literature. Below is a book summary:

“A nineteenth-century boy from a Mississippi River town recounts his adventures as he travels down the river with a runaway slave, encountering a family involved in a feud, two scoundrels pretending to be royalty, and Tom Sawyer’s aunt who mistakes him for Tom.” – Goodreads

 

 

Although it is the most famous, Huck Finn, is also very controversial. It turns up in the news more often than you think for being banned or restored in the school systems. On its anniversary, I encourage you to dive in and obtain a little bit of Mark Twain’s legacy.

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Honor Black History Month with These 5 Books From Nelson Mandela

Nelson Mandela is best known for his presidency in South Africa and the dismantling of apartheid, a system of institutionalized racial segregation.  To honor Black History Month, here are five books written by Nelson Mandela that you should read!

 

 

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1. long walk to freedom

This book is the most accessible book on Mandela’s life.  It was first published in 1994 by the American publisher Little, Brown and Company and is split into two sections.  The first section of the book describes his upbringing, from childhood to adolescence in South Africa.  He also talks about his experiences in education before he moves onto the second section, where he describes the political and social aspects of apartheid.  He then moves onto his arrest and 27-year prison term in Pollsmoor Prison, where he mentions cruel punishment and backbreaking labor.  Most of this autobiography was written in secrecy while Mandela was in prison.

 

 

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2. conversations with myself

This book is made up of Mandela’s letters, notebooks, taped conversations, prison diaries, calendars, and an unfinished autobiography.  First published in 2010 by Farrar, Straus and Giroux, the book covers leftovers of apartheid, reminisces of prison, protests to authorities, letters to loved ones, political strategizing and philosophical statements.  A lot of the book is about inward reflection.  Mandela also expresses his anger and humiliation at the hardships apartheid has caused him, but what comes through in this book is his resolve.

 

 

 

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3. no easy walk to freedom

This book is a collection of Mandela’s speeches, letters, and writing that vividly illustrates the attraction surrounding his campaigning for freedom.  First published in 1965, this edition is updated with revised notes and an introduction, and is regarded as an important document that looks into the life of a man who is known for his self-determination and fight for human rights.

 

 

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4. the struggle is my life

This book, first published at the end of 1990, includes Mandela’s speeches and political writings from his days as a leader of the African National Congress Youth League in 1944 until his release from prison in 1990.  If you’re interested in reading about his speeches from this time, this book will be for you.

 

 

 

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5. the prison letters of nelson mandela

This book, published by Liveright in 2018, is organized chronologically and divided by the four venues in which Mandela was a sentenced prisoner.  The collection of prison letters specifically talks about his relationships, his political training and how it influenced his support for prisoners’ rights.  They are hard to read, as they show his separation from those closest to him and how it affected him.

 

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Celebrate Delhi with These Indian Authors

New Delhi became India’s capital 89 years ago today, so here are five books, some from my own TBR, by Indian authors and set in India. Sorry there aren’t 89. Maybe next year.

 

The Devourers – Indra Das

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Spanning India and its history, this story tells of a race of people reminiscent of werewolves. Don’t take any lore for granted though, because the Devourers are a race all their own, and you, like the main character, might find yourself taking risks for the chance to learn this story’s end.

From my own TBR.

 

The Liar’s Weave – Tashan Mehta

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Zahan is born without a future. This is kind of a problem. It’s more of a problem when he discovers what this means – that any lies he tells can become reality. Every power has a price, and the more lies he tells, the more acute the danger.

 

The Simoquin Prophecies – Samit Basu

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Both a play on and a send up of classic fantasy, read this if you love that vibe but don’t mind sincere irony, or some Monty Python vibes counterbalancing the dyed in the wood fantasy elements. Sure, there’s a prophecy, but that doesn’t mean the book has to be predictable.

 

The Palace of Illusions – Chitra Banerjee Divakaruni

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Following a heroine of the Mahabharata, this is so much more than a retelling. Marriage, magic, war, and fate, appreciate the classic epic through a new lens and learn that navigating love, fate, and the will of the gods is never simple.

From my TBR

 

Two Years Eight Months and Twenty-Eight Nights

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A story about the descendants of the jinn and the unraveling of reason, Salman Rushdie can always be trusted to write something extraordinary – drawing here from mythology and the modern day both. Wasn’t on my TBR, but it is now.


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