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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A Confession

A Confession

Leo Tolstoy

This short work was originally titled An Introduction to a Criticism of Dogmatic Theology. It is a brief autobiographical story of the author’s struggle with a mid-life existential crisis, and describes his search for the answer to the ultimate philosophical question: “If God does not exist, since death is inevitable, what is the meaning of life?”

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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 Quintessence of the Philosophers

The Quintessence of the Philosophers

Theodorus Mundanus

Not much is known about Theodorus Mundanus, except for his mention by the diarist, John Evelyn. Evelyn was an acquaintance of W. Dickinson, to whom this short tract is addressed to, and upon visiting Dickinson, was informed that he had met Mundanus who claimed he was an adept in alchemy. Evelyn recorded the visit: ‘I went to see Dr. Dickinson the famous chemist. We had a long conversation about the philosopher’s…

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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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Lyrical Ballads

Lyrical Ballads

William Wordsworth and Samuel Taylor Coleridge

A collection of poems including: The Rime of the Ancyent Marinere; The Foster-Mother’s Tale; Lines left upon a Seat in a Yew-tree which stands near the Lake of Esthwaite; The Nightingale, a Conversational Poem; The Female Vagrant; Goody Blake and Harry Gill; Lines written at a small distance from my House, and sent by my little Boy to the Person to whom they are addressed; Simon Lee, the old Huntsman; Anecdote…

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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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