Rasselas

Rasselas

Samuel Johnson

Also called ‘The History of Rasselas, Prince of Abissinia’, this is a fable about happiness, telling the story of Rasselas, son of the King of Abyssinia, who is shut up in a beautiful valley called The Happy Valley, “till the order of succession should call him to the throne”.

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The Luck of Barry Lyndon

The Luck of Barry Lyndon

William Makepeace Thackeray

This book is about a member of the Irish gentry (Redmond Barry of Bally Barry) who is desperately trying to become a member of the English aristocracy. Thackeray based the novel on the life of Andrew Robinson Stoney. The book was later reissued under the title ‘The Memoirs of Barry Lyndon, Esq’.

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Space Viking

Space Viking

H. Beam Piper

When his wife is murdered on his wedding day, Lucas Trask launches himself on a quest for revenge. Using his personal fortune, he buys a spaceship and becomes a Space Viking, raiding worlds while hunting for his wife’s killer. But there are unexpected consequences…

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Short Stories

Short Stories - Philip K. Dick

Philip K. Dick

I was excited to learn that some of Philip K. Dick’s books were in the public domain. Whilst I’m not the biggest fan, I have read and enjoyed some of his works, and I also realise how important a figure he is in the fictional sci-fi world. So here are 16 short stories including: Beyond Lies The Wub; The Gun; The Skull; The Defenders; The Eyes Have It; The Hanging Stranger; Mr. Spaceship; Piper In The Woods; Second Variety…

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The Gods of Pegana

The Gods of Pegana

Lord Dunsany

A collection of short stories linked by Dunsany’s invented pantheon of deities who dwell in Pegāna. Stories are: Of Skarl the Drummer; Of the Making of the Worlds; Of the Game of the Gods; The Chaunt of the Gods; The Sayings of Kib; Concerning Sish; The Sayings of Slid; The Deeds of Mung; The Chaunt of the Priests; The Sayings of Limpang-Tung; Of Yoharneth-Lahai; Of Roon, the God of Going, and the Thousand Home…

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The Time Machine

The Time Machine

H. G. Wells

The sci-fi novel that actually gave us the term: ‘time machine’. The book’s protagonist travels to the year A.D. 802,701, only to find that the state of the human race has changed considerably. He discovers two distinct peoples; the Eloi, and, the Morlocks, and originally believes that they share a kind of ‘Lord/Servant’ relationship. However, he soon realises that it is more like that of ‘Ranchers/Livestock’.

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The Lady of the Barge

The Lady of the Barge

W. W. Jacobs

Although W. W. Jacobs is most well known for his horror short story, A Monkey’s Paw – most of the work he published was more on the humourous side. This book is an anthology of 12 short stories including: The Monkey’s Paw; The Lady of the Barge; Bill’s Paper Chase; The Well; Cupboard Love; In the Library; Captain Rogers; A Tiger’s Skin; A Mixed Proposal; An Adulteration Act; A Golden Venture; and, Three at Table.

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Short Stories

Short Stories

Stanley G. Weinbaum

A collection of 21 short science fiction stories including: A Martian Odyssey; Valley Of Dreams; Flight On Titan; The Point Of View; Parasite Planet; The Lotus Eaters; Pygmalion’s Spectacles; The Worlds Of If; The Ideal; The Planet Of Doubt; The Adaptive Ultimate; The Mad Moon; Smothered Sea; Redemption Cairn; Proteus Island; The Circle Of Zero; Graph; The Brink Of Infinity; Shifting Seas; Tidal Moon; and, The Red Peri.

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The Book of Wonder

The Book of Wonder

Lord Dunsany

With 10 illustrations. A collection of 14 fantasy short stories, being unique in the fact that Sydney Sime drew the illustrations first, and Lord Dunsany wrote the stories afterwards. Stories include: The Book of Wonder; The Bride of the Man-Horse; Distressing Tale of Thangobrind the Jeweller; The House of the Sphinx; Probable Adventure of the Three Literary Men; The Injudicious Prayers of Pombo the Idolater; The Loot…

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Life is a Dream

Life is a Dream

Pedro Calderon de la Barca

A play regarding the human situation and the mystery of life with the central theme being the conflict between free will and fate. The story focuses on the fictional Segismundo, Prince of Poland, who has been imprisoned in a tower by his father, King Basilio, following a dire prophecy that the prince would bring disaster to the country and death to the King. Basilio briefly frees Segismundo, but when the prince goes…

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The Mysterious Key and What it Opened

The Mysterious Key and What it Opened

Louisa May Alcott

A fatal legacy and buried secret haunt the widow and daughter of a rich man who died after a visit from a mysterious stranger. What horrid news did the stranger impart to cause the man’s sudden death? And does the young boy who miraculously appears and befriends the family know anything about it? Is his obvious devotion to the widow and young mistress as pure as it seems?

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Eight Hundred Leagues on the Amazon

Eight Hundred Leagues on the Amazon

Jules Verne

This is the 21st book in the Extraordinary Voyages Series. Joam Garral grants his daughter’s wish to travel to Belém where she wants to marry Manuel Valdez. They travel down the Amazon River using a giant timber raft. At Belém, Joam plans to restore his good name, as he is still wanted in Brazil for a crime he did not perpetrate. A man named Torres, offers Joam absolute proof of Joam’s innocence but the price that Torres wants for this…

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The Child of the Cavern

The Child of the Cavern

Jules Verne

This is the 16th book in the Extraordinary Voyages Series. Covering a time span of over ten years, this novel follows the fortunes of the mining community of Aberfoyle near Stirling, Scotland. Receiving a letter from an old colleague, mining engineer James Starr sets off for the old Aberfoyle mine and from the outset, mysterious and unexplained happenings start to occur around the main characters.

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