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Pursuit of the House-Boat, The

By: John Kendrick Bangs

This sequel to Bangs' A House-Boat on the Styx continues the thought-experiment of bringing various historical and fictional figures together, detailing the adventures of the ladies of Hades after they are kidnapped by pirates and the attempts of the Associated Shades (led by Sherlock Holmes) to retrieve their house-boat. (Introduction by unfamiliar memory)

Fantasy, Fiction

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Surprising Adventures of Baron Munchausen, The

By: Rudolf Erich Raspe

The stories about Münchhausen were first collected and published by an anonymous author in 1781. An English version was published in London in 1785, by Rudolf Erich Raspe, as Baron Munchhausen's Narrative of his Marvellous Travels and Campaigns in Russia , also called The Surprising Adventures of Baron Munchhausen . It is not clear how much of the story material derives from the Baron himself; however, it is known that the majority of the stories are based on folktales t...

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Monsieur Beaucaire

By: Booth Tarkington

A madcap Frenchman posing as an ambassador's barber blackmails a dishonest duke to introduce him as a nobleman to a wealthy belle of Bath. Since the duke himself hopes to mend his fortunes by wedding this very woman, he attempts to murder Beaucaire, and failing that to discredit him. To test the lady's mettle, Beaucaire allows his deception to be exposed--up to a point--and there we must draw the curtain to preserve the surprise ending. ( Summary by Thomas A. Copeland )

Adventure, Fiction, Literature, Romance

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In the Days of the Comet

By: H. G. Wells

William (Willie) is a student living in the British town of Clayton. As a Socialist, he tries to move power from the upper class to the working class. Interestingly, in a fictitious confrontation Britain declares war on Germany. Willie falls in love with Nettie, but when she elopes with an upper-class man, Willie resolves to kill them both. Throughout the novel there is present in the sky a large comet which gives off a green glow. As Willie prepares to shoot the lovers,...

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Burning Daylight

By: Jack London

Burning Daylight, Jack London's fictional novel published in 1910, was one of the best selling books of that year and it was his best selling book in his lifetime. The novel takes place in the Yukon Territory in 1893. The main character, nicknamed Burning Daylight was the most successful entrepreneur of the Alaskan Gold Rush. The story of the main character was partially based upon the life of Oakland entrepreneur Borax Smith. (Wikipedia)

Adventure, Fiction

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Peter Schlemihls wundersame Geschichte

By: Adelbert von Chamisso

Peter Schlemihl lernt den reichen Kaufmann Thomas John kennen, in dessen Garten er einem eigenartigen grauen Herrn begegnet. Dieser überredet ihn dazu, seinen Schatten für ein Säckel voller Gold zu verkaufen, der wie ein Füllhorn nie versiegt. Sobald die Menschen aber bemerken, dass er keinen Schatten hat, fürchten sie sich und meiden ihn. Er reist deshalb über das Gebirge zu einem Badeort und richtet sich dort mit Hilfe seines treuen Dieners Bendel so ein, dass seine Sc...

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Alleen op de wereld

By: Hector Malot

Zelden, misschien nooit, las ik een boek, dat zoo rein en eenvoudig en toch zoo boeiend en vol afwisseling is, als dit meesterstuk van Hector Malot, door den schrijver aan zijne dochter Lucie opgedragen en zoo terecht met den Montyon-prijs bekroond. Alleen op de wereld is rijk aan afwisselende gebeurtenissen, maar niet minder rijk aan gevoelvolle en ook spannende tafereelen. Het ademt evenveel menschenkennis als menschenliefde, en zonder dat de schrijver zich tot hoofddo...

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Dark Moon

By: Charles W. Diffin

Mysterious, dark, out of the unknown deep comes a new satellite to lure three courageous Earthlings on to strange adventures. (Summary by Charles Diffin)

Adventure, Fiction, Science fiction

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Subspace Survivors

By: E. E. “Doc” Smith

A team of space travelers are caught in a subspace accident which, up to now, no one has ever survived. But some of the survivors of the Procyon are not ordinary travelers. Their psi abilities allow them to see things before they happen. But will it be enough? Smith's story Subspace Survivors first appeared in the July 1960 issue of the magazine Astounding.

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Yellow Journalist, A

By: Miriam Michelson

Rhoda Massey is a young, sharp reporter for a daily newspaper in San Francisco. After proving herself an astute and fearless investigator on her first big story, she spends most of her waking hours running down leads and doing (almost) anything it takes to produce headline grabbing tales and to be the first one to do so. She must compete with her male colleagues where she works but also with those from other newspapers. Rhoda discovers it useful to be pretty and small in...

Adventure, Fiction, Mystery, Politics, Romance

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Return of Dr. Fu-Manchu, The

By: Sax Rohmer

Burmese Commisioner Nayland Smith and his faithful friend Dr Petrie continue their fight against the evil genius of Dr Fu-Manchu when they seek to save the good doctor's lost love and protect the British Empire from disaster when their malignant enemy returns to England. (Summary by Elaine Tweddle)

Fiction, Adventure, Mystery

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Brushwood Boy, The

By: Rudyard Kipling

The experiences in public school, Sandhurst and military life in India of Major George Cotter together with his adventures in the dream world he discovers and frequents. (Summary by Liam Neely)

Adventure, Fantasy, War stories, Short stories, Romance, Historical Fiction

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Trees of Pride, The

By: G. K. Chesterton

Three trees, known as the Peacock trees, are blamed by the peasants for the fever that has killed many. Squire Vane scoffs at this legend as superstition. To prove them wrong, once and for all, he takes a bet to spend the night in the trees. In the morning he has vanished. Is he dead, and if so who has killed him? The poet? The lawyer? The woodsman? The trees? (Summary by Maria Therese)

Adventure, Fiction, Mystery, Short stories

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Quest of the Sacred Slipper, The

By: Sax Rohmer

Cavanagh becomes involved in the adventurous search for a precious relic in the mysterious East. (Introduction by Laineyben)

Adventure, Fiction, Mystery

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Lilith

By: George MacDonald

Lilith, written by the father of fantasy literature, George MacDonald, was first published in 1895. Its importance was recognized in its later revival in paperback by Ballantine Books as the fifth volume of the celebrated Ballantine Adult Fantasy series in September, 1969. Lilith is considered among the darkest of MacDonald's works, and among the most profound. It is a story concerning the nature of life, death and salvation. Many believe MacDonald is arguing for Christi...

Fiction, Fantasy

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Literary Sense, The

By: E. (Edith) Nesbit

A collection of short stories written by the author of other literary greats such as The Railway Children, Five Children and It and The Phoenix and the Carpet. Many of her books have been made into television series or films. She wrote for both adults and children and also wrote non-fiction and poetry. (Summary by Michele Eaton)

Adventure, Fiction, Short stories

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Totenstadt, Die

By: Robert Kraft

Die Totenstadt erschien 1901 im Rahmen der 10 Hefte umfassenden Serie „Aus dem Reiche der Phantasie“, wobei jedes Heft eine abgeschlossene Geschichte ist. Die Reihe wurde von Robert Kraft in Genre der Jules Verne’schen Schriften gehalten und für die Jugend geschrieben. Sie erschien im Münchmeyer Verlag. (Summary by Wassermann)

Fantasy, Fiction

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Ninth vibration and other stories, The

By: L. Adams Beck

This is a collection of the following short stories: The Ninth Vibration -- The Interpreter : A Romance of the East -- The Incomparable Lady : A Story of China with a Moral -- The Hatred of the Queen : A Story of Burma -- Fire of Beauty -- The Building of the Taj Majal -- How Great is the Glory of Kwannon! -- The Round-Faced Beauty. Many of them are romantic, some of them are fantasy and others are occult fiction.(Introduction by Linda Andrus)

Fantasy, Fiction, Romance

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Story of an African Farm, The

By: Olive Schreiner

The novel details the lives of three characters, first as children and then as adults - Waldo, Em and Lyndall - who live on a farm in the Karoo region of South Africa. The story is set in the middle- to late Nineteenth century - the First Boer War is alluded to, but not mentioned by name. The book is semi-autobiographical: in particular, the two principal protagonists (Waldo and Lyndall) display strong similarities to Schreiner's life and philosophy. The book was first p...

Adventure, Fiction, Literature

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Off on a Comet

By: Jules Verne

The story starts with a comet that touches the Earth in its flight and collects a few small chunks of it. Some forty people of various nations and ages are condemned to a two-year-long journey on the comet. They form a mini-society and cope with the hostile environment of the comet (mostly the cold). The size of the 'comet' is about 2300 kilometers in diameter - far larger than any comet or asteroid that actually exists.

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