king of painToday’s free eBook, The King of Pain:  A Novel With Stories, was considered one of 2012′s most enjoyable novels, by New York Times writer Neil Genzlinger. Written by Seth Kaufman (formerly NY Post and TV Guide.com), the short stories trace a humorous narrative around modern culture’s love for reality television:

Rick Salter is a man everybody loves to hate. But that’s fine; in fact, it’s become a way of life for Rick ever since the launch of his outrageous – and outrageously successful – reality TV show about torture, The King of Pain. So when one Saturday morning Rick comes to on his living room floor, he’s not really bothered that cultural critics have put him on top of the list of “people who will hasten the demise of civilization” – no, his real problem is that he appears to be trapped under his gigantic home entertainment system. Which is no longer attached to the wall, but to him. With no phone or BlackBerry within reach, and with his housekeeper Marta off for the weekend, Rick has 48 long hours ahead of him before he can hope for rescue. 48 hours of pain and bad memories. Thank god there’s a book lying around to pass the time. It’s called A History of Prisons and the stories in the book seem to be strangely relevant to Rick’s own predicament.

This Kindle eBook is free for download all week beginning on January 6 to January 10, 2014 through Amazon. For more free eBooks, check out our 10 Websites to Download Free eBooks list, as well as our Free eBook of the Day archive.