Welcome to the Free Bookstore, at Chasing Unicorns. Please, no shoplifting.
The books in this store are in PDF format. Simply click on a book cover’s caption and start reading. You must have a PDF reader in your computer, tablet, smartphone, or whatever the heck you use. But most people do, whether they realize it or not. In fact there’s probably one lurking in your web browser.
You can also download a book and store it on your own computer. This will keep it readily available, in case nuclear war knocks out the entire internet. And you can distribute any of these books to others, under their Creative Commons license, as long as authorship is attributed to Tippy Gnu.
Title: The Cultural Revolution
Subtitle: Then and Mao
Approximate Word Length: 26,000 ww.
Some say America is currently going through a cultural revolution, with all the protests, riots, and looting we’ve seen in the news. And pundits have compared it with China’s Cultural Revolution, of the 1960s.
Do parallels exist? Find out for yourself by reading this history of China’s Cultural Revolution. You’ll also learn about the man behind the mayhem, Chairman Mao Zedong, and that other revolution he started, which brought communist rule to China.
The Cultural Revolution: Then and Mao first appeared as a series of posts in my blog, Chasing Unicorns, during the summer and fall of 2020.
Title: Conquering California
Subtitle: How America took California from Mexico
Approximate Word Length: 15,000 ww.
America has made a big deal out of illegal immigration across our southern border. But there was a time when it was the other way around. In the early 1800s, we were pouring into Mexico, causing all kinds of problems for their government.
Finally there were so many of us, we said, “To hell with it, we’re taking California.” This is the history of how that went down, from the Bear Flag Revolt to the California Campaign, during the Mexican-American War.
Conquering California first appeared as a series of posts in my blog, Chasing Unicorns, during the summer of 2019. I’ve since revised it, making a few corrections and clarifications here and there. And now you can download it in one piece, and easily and conveniently read it from start to finish.
Title: Go West or Go Weird
Subtitle: Strange Stories of the West & Weird
Approximate Word Length: 53,000 ww.
This is a book of short stories that nobody ever paid for. Well, that’s because I never submitted them for publication. And that’s because I’m lazy. But two were the result of assignments in a college Creative Writing class and English class, and I got B’s in both those classes. So that’s something, I guess.
I wrote the rest just for fun.
For more than 40 years I’ve occasionally taken time out of my life to act on inspirations, and throw together a story with a plot. Over the decades these stories have accumulated into a mountain of words. So I’ve finally decided to move this mountain, put it into print, and present it to the public.
I had fun writing every one of these stories. And I want you to have the same fun. Open the pages of this book and come on an adventure with me. Spend a few hours traveling 40 years through time, and discover the things that have inspired me over the course of my life.
I think you’ll enjoy the journey. But if not, hey, at least this book is free.
Title: The Birth of Tippy Gnu
Subtitle: My Adventures In and Out of the Womb
Approximate Word Length: 13,000 ww.
My ego got very excited when I started to write my autobiography. But then I decided to only cover the time period from conception to just after my birth, and exclude everything that happened after that. Sorry ego, but I’m not about to let you bore my few readers with all the lowlights of a long, dreary life.
If you want to know about me, Tippy Gnu, all you have to know is how I was conceived and carried in the womb. That’s where the foundation was laid, after my mom was laid by my dad.
This short tale converges the science of gestation with the spirit of human life, to produce an end product: me. It provides the reader with an alternative viewpoint on the Other Side, how I and everyone else got from there to This Side, and what life on This Side is all about.
Title: The Logic of Life and Death
Subtitle: How to live your life by resolving the Deep Mysteries of the here and hereafter
Approximate Word Length: 52,000 ww.
The best way to live your life can only be known when you have the best possible understanding of life. And the best way to prepare for death is when you have the best possible understanding of death.
But there are Deep Mysteries to life and death that are metaphysical. And because they’re metaphysical, science can’t solve these mysteries. Religion tries to solve them, but religious teachings tend to be contradictory, illogical, and rely upon fear and blind faith to maintain followers.
But we do have logic. Logic is our best bet for cracking open the Deep Mysteries, and finding answers that can help us in the here and now. The Logic of Life and Death uses a method I call Logical and Practical Assumption, to answer questions such as: What is Life? How is Life Created? Is There Life After Death? and What Is The Other Side Like?
You can discover the best way to live your life when you’re able to satisfactorily answer such questions. And the Logic of Life and Death helps you to find those answers.
Subtitle: A Unique Guide to Getting the Most Life Out of Life.
Approximate Word Length: 18,000 ww.
Unikonics is derived from the word unique. It’s a philosophy about life and change, and how the most unique changes can help us to get the most life out of life. Unikonics teaches the meaning of life, redefines life, and also redefines death. And it illuminates escape routes away from death.
It may only take you a few hours to consume this short book. And in that time, you’ll learn the four guiding principles of Unikonics, with each principle helping you to understand the Unikonics concept from a different perspective. This understanding can help you find ways to get the most life out of life.