as a free reader is it possible to download stories all at once like some premium users seem to suggest here in the forums or do I need to save the pages one at a time
Back when I was using MSWin, I had 'FreeDownloadManager' and 'Flashgot' (not Flashget) installed (both freeware). This allowed me to select (click'n'drag) the chapters in a story index, then right-click and download-selected links (the 'download selected' is a function of Flashgot, which will work with other download managers as well). That got the bulk in one operation but didn't cope with multipage chapters, so to catch those I'd start by opening the last chapter and work back (clicking the 'previous' link as that avoids having to scroll to the bottom of the page to get the 'next' link) doing the same select-and-download action if there was more than one page. This procedure gives you all the story pages as if you'd saved each individually (as html-only, not webpage complete, so looking a bit raw) in the background into a directory (if you'd set that up in your download manager first), but you have then to manually download the css and any pictures and edit the raw html to point to the local copies of these and to make the chapter links work locally, to get it to look and work like it does here. Getting the story blurb as well is another problem entirely.
Contrary to CW's assumption, downloading (or otherwise accessing) a number of chapters from the same story counts as only one story accessed, so you could grab an entire 100-chapter story (or 800+ jokes pages) in one go and provided your SOL story counter doesn't get reset during this, it will only use one slot from one day.
The FDM/Flashgot combination is about the only thing I seriously miss from MSWin, as the wget facility in Linux is so flexible and useful that nobody's made a similar application for Linux. However, it's nigh-on impossible to use wget to get an entire story with all its trimmings as it seems like the story page naming on site is designed to break wget's recursive download facility, although maybe it's actually to help with the not-logged-in or premiere previews.
ETA: looks like Flashgot (a Firefox addon) works with Linux and wget, so I'm going to have to do some experimenting...