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Every morning I sift through a list of new free ebooks available for Kindle. I do this not only for myself but for the voracious reading monster I’m raising–my daughter. Amazon sells a butt load of ebooks, but did you know they sell short stories as well as full length novels? If you’re looking for more bite sized fiction, Tor Books has an ever growing selection of free short stories. Here are a few but I recommend checking out all the Tor Books on Amazon for a complete list of free fiction and many more that are $0.99 and up.

The Burned Tower by Sergey and Marina Dyachenko

A truck driver on a lonely stretch of road, a hitchiker, and an ancient curse— a brilliant and moving tale, steeped in folklore, by the masters of modern Fantasy. In 1999 “The Burned Tower” was awarded the “Interpresscon” as the best short story of the year on the international SF-convention in St-Petersburg. Now, for the first time, in English. Also contains a preview of the upcoming Tor book, The Scar (publication date: 2/28/12).


A Pehov Duet by Alexey Pehov

Two original, exciting and engaging short stories from Alexey Pehov that feature master thief Shadow Harold, the protagonist of the Chronicles of Siala epic fantasy series.

In “The Snake”, Harold, the most accomplished thief in the world (and reluctant hero of Alexey Pehov’s award-winning series, Chronicles of Siala) may have finally met his match in what could prove to be his most dangerous escapade. A stand-alone short story appearing for the very first time.

“Battle of the Margend Horseshoe” is an additional scene from SHADOW BLIZZARD, Pehov’s upcoming conclusion to the Chronicles of Siala. Harold and friends, old and new, prepare for a spirited offensive attack after cleverly cornering the Orc army at the Margend Horsehoe river bend. An exciting taste of the masterful battle scenes that are Pehov’s forte.


Some of the Best from Tor.com 2011 Edited by Patrick Nielsen Hayden and Liz Gorinsky

A collection of some of the best original short fiction published on Tor.com in 2011. Includes stories by Charlie Jane Anders, James Allan Gardner, Yoon Ha Lee, Nnedi Okorafor, Paul Park, Matthew Sandborn Smith, Michael Swanwick, and Harry Turtedove.

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