ETA: Here is the link to Lois McMaster Bujold’s “The Warrior’s Apprentice” in the Baen Free Library.
A couple of weeks ago, I said I was tempted by Mary Robinette Koval’s debut novel “Shades of Milk and Honey” but wasn’t sure about spending the money on a hardcover release for a new-to-me author. So it must have been fate when I noticed she had a free short story up on Tor.com.
“First Flight” is an excellent and charming time-travel story – I highly recommend it, even if you’re not generally a SF fan. Or time-travel. Trust me. I don’t want to give too much away, but Eleanor Louise Jackson (aged well over a hundred, but not senile, thank you very much) is a delightful protagonist, the plot has just enough twist, and it ends on a wonderfully heart-warming note.
And if you’re wondering, yes, I’m pretty sure I’ll be buying “Shades of Milk and Honey” now.
Also, Lois McMaster Bujold, who is the author of what is possibly my all-time favourite series, the Miles Vorkosigan books (with a new book out in October!) has pointed out that not only is the novella “Mountains of Mourning” available in the Baen Free Library, but another novella “Borders of Infinity” is also available free online as the “first” chapter in her Miles Errant omnibus at Baen’s Webscriptions. I love both of these novellas – they may not be full-length novels but pack quite a punch, and I like to think that the events in both are defining moments in Miles’ life, something that becomes clearer in subsequent books.
Also, in the same post, Ms Bujold says there are apparently plans afoot to release the first book “The Warrior’s Apprentice” in the Baen Free Library – this is all sorts of wonderful because it will make it easier to hook new readers on this series *rubs hands in glee*