20,000 Leagues Under The Sea

20,000 Leagues Under The Sea

Jules Verne

20,000 Leagues Under the Sea tells the story of Professor Aronnax, Ned Land and Conseil as they get taken captive by the fearsome Captain Nemo aboard the Nautilus. There, they are taken on an undersea adventure which they really enjoy, but still kind of resent being held virtual prisoners by Nemo. The 20,000 Leagues in the title refers not to the depth but to the distance they travel, even going as far as the South Pole. An enjoyable romp under the oceans.

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The $30,000 Bequest and Other Stories

The $30,000 Bequest and Other Stories

Mark Twain

A collection of thirty comic short stories by the iconic American humorist and writer Mark Twain. Includes; The $30,000 Bequest; A Dog’s Tale; Was It Heaven? Or Hell?; A Cure for the Blues; The Enemy Conquered; or, Love Triumphant; The Californian’s Tale; A Helpless Situation; A Telephonic Conversation; Edward Mills and George Benton: A Tale; The five boons of Life; The First Writing-Machines; Italian Without A Master; Italian With Grammar; A Burlesque…

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813

813

Maurice Leblanc

When one of Arséne Lupin’ victims is found dead in a way that implicates him, he insists on heading the police search for the real murderer. The mystery involves finding a package of letters once written to Bismarck, locating a clock on which the number 813 has significance, as well as causing a reigning emperor to make several journeys incognito.

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Aaron’s Rod

Aaron's Rod

D. H. Lawrence

Aaron’s Rod follows the story of Aaron Sisson, a guy who is trapped in an unhappy marriage. Aaron is also an amateur flautist and decides to desert his wife and children to go to Italy, in the hope of making it big. There, he has an excellent time mixing with intellectuals and having affairs (ok, one affair) and generally doing all the stuff he likes. But then something happens. I won’t tell you what, because that would ruin the story.

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Abbe Mouret’s Transgression

Abbe Mouret's Transgression

Emile Zola

This is the fifth novel in Émile Zola’s twenty-volume series Les Rougon-Macquart. The plot centres on the neurotic young priest Serge Mouret, as he takes his orders and becomes the parish priest for the uninterested village of Artauds. Eventually he has a complete nervous breakdown and his distant relative, Pascal Rougon, places him in the care of the inhabitants of a nearby derelict stately home, Le Paradou.

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Above the Dark Circus

Above the Dark Circus

Hugh Walpole

Hugh Walpole’s thrilling adventure novel of the 1920s revolves around Piccadily Circus. Richard Gunn is an ex-soldier in trouble after the end of the Great War. Jobless and starving in Piccadilly Circus, he encounters his nemesis, Leroy Pengelly. From this encounter the secrets of their shared past start to unravel. A novel which combines elements of the horror and supernatural with the puzzle element of the whodunnit – all wrapped up in one…

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Across the Years

Across the Years

Eleanor H. Porter

A collection of charming and insightful short stories from Eleanor H. Porter, best known for the widely acclaimed novel Pollyanna. Touching on an array of engaging subjects and timeless themes, these stories showcase Porter’s gift for crafting memorable characters that often find themselves in unusual or trying circumstances. Chapters include: When Father and Mother Rebelled; Jupiter Ann; The Axminster Path; Phineas…

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Actions and Reactions

Actions and Reactions

Rudyard Kipling

Actions and Reactions is a collection of short stories and poems. Chapters include: An Habitation Enforced; The Recall; Garm — A Hostage; The Power Of The Dog; The Mother Hive; The Bees And The Flies; With The Night Mail – A Story Of 2000 A. D.; The Four Angels; A Deal In Cotton; The New Knighthood; The Puzzler; The Puzzler; Little Foxes – A Tale Of The Gihon Hunt; Gallio’s Song; The House Surgeon; and, The Rabbi’s Song.

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Adam Bede

Adam Bede

George Eliot

Adam Bede was the first novel written by George Eliot. It was published pseudonymously, even though Evans was a well-published and highly respected scholar of her time. It tells the story of Adam Bede, an earnest and virtuous carpenter who is betrayed by his love, Hetty Sorrel. The bitter and tragic consequences of her actions shake the very foundations of their serene rural community.

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Adventure

Adventure

Jack London

Follows the “Adventure” of a plantation owner in the Solomon islands. Be warned, quite a bit of racism, and it doesn’t seem to have any underlying message about that being a bad thing. Definitely one of those books that is a product of its time.

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Adventures of Huckleberry Finn

Adventures of Huckleberry Finn

Mark Twain

With over 130 illustrations. Mark Twains classic tale concerns young Huckleberry Finn who runs away from home. He teams up first with Jim, a runaway slave and then later in the story, comes across the ‘Duke’, the ‘Dauphin’, the Grangerfords and the Wilks’. Banned for crudeness by several libraries upon its publication, it is still seen as controversial because of the apparent racism within the book. However, some have pointed out that the book…

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The Adventures of Pinocchio

The Adventures of Pinocchio

C. Collodi

Everyone knows the story of Pinocchio, the marionette who becomes a real boy. In between, Pinocchio is a bit of a scamp; not going to school, disobeying his father, etc. It’s also a lot darker than I had previously thought. The talking cricket? Pinocchio kills him. He also bites the head off a cat and depressingly enough, in Chapter 15, he gets hung from a tree. That, apparently, is where the story should have ended. When Pinocchio was first…

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The Adventures of Sherlock Holmes

The Adventures of Sherlock Holmes

Arthur Conan Doyle

Twelve Sherlock Holmes stories in one handy book. A Scandal In Bohemia, The Red Headed League, A Case Of Identity, The Boscombe Valley Mystery, The Five Orange Pips, The Man With The Twisted Lip, The Blue Carbuncle, The Speckled Band, The Engineer’s Thumb, The Noble Bachelor, The Beryl Coronet and The Copper Beeches. Tales of missing jewels, missing people, weird employers, persecuted families and more.

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