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Star Hunter

by André Norton Standard Ebooks (October 10, 2018)

On the unexplored jungle world of Jumala, former pilot turned safari guide Ras Hume schemes to collect the reward for finding a missing heir to a fortune. A busboy from local dive bar is brainwashed into believing...


Hard Times

by Charles Dickens Standard Ebooks (October 02, 2018)

Hard Times (originally Hard Times—For These Times) was published in 1854, and is the shortest novel Charles Dickens ever published. It’s set in Coketown, a fictional mill-town set in the north of England....


After the Divorce

by Grazia Deledda Standard Ebooks (September 26, 2018)

Giovanna and Costantino Ledda are a happily married young Sardinian couple living a contented village existence with their small child and extended family. But after Costantino is wrongly convicted of murdering...


Voodoo Planet

by André Norton Standard Ebooks (September 18, 2018)

Voodoo Planet is the third in a series of novels featuring the adventures of Dane Thorson and the spaceship Solar Queen, written in the 1950s by Andre Norton under her male pseudonym, Andrew North. In this installment,...


His Last Bow

by Arthur Conan Doyle Standard Ebooks (September 16, 2018)

His Last Bow: Some Reminiscences of Sherlock Holmes is the fourth collection of Sherlock Holmes stories published by Arthur Conan Doyle. It begins with a preface by Dr. John Watson, supposedly written in 1917,...


Sibyl

by Benjamin Disraeli Standard Ebooks (September 08, 2018)

Benjamin Disraeli was a remarkable historical figure. Born into a Jewish family, he converted to Anglican Christianity as a child. He is now almost certainly most famous for his political career. Becoming a...


The Little Demon

by Fyodor Sologub Standard Ebooks (September 05, 2018)

Ardalyon Borisitch Peredonov believes himself better than his job as teacher, and is hoping that the Princess will be able to promote him to the position of Inspector. Unfortunately for him his connection to...


The Prince and the Pauper

by Mark Twain Standard Ebooks (August 09, 2018)

The Prince and the Pauper remains one of Twain’s more popular novels, having been adapted many times for the stage, screen, and elsewhere. When Tom Clancy, a young pauper in London, meets Prince Edward, the...


The Crystal Stopper

by Maurice Leblanc Standard Ebooks (August 07, 2018)

The Crystal Stopper is a mystery novel by Maurice Leblanc featuring the adventures of the gentleman thief Arsène Lupin. The novel appeared in serial form in the French newspaper Le Journal from September to...


The Return of Sherlock Holmes

by Arthur Conan Doyle Standard Ebooks (July 28, 2018)

The Return of Sherlock Holmes is the third collection of Holmes stories by Arthur Conan Doyle, published in 1905. It includes stories published in The Strand Magazine in 1903 and 1904, bringing Holmes for the...


A General View of Positivism

by Auguste Comte Standard Ebooks (July 27, 2018)

Auguste Comte, considered by some to be the first “philosopher of science,” was perhaps most famous for founding the theory of Positivism: a framework of thinking and living meant to engender unity across...


Poetry

by Wilfred Owen Standard Ebooks (July 27, 2018)

Wilfred Owen was a soldier and poet during the second half of the first World War. His poetry, contrary to the propaganda of the time, dealt with the horrors of front-line trench warfare and was written at least...


Fables

by Aesop Standard Ebooks (July 27, 2018)

Whether it’s the benefits of taking it slow and steady (“The Tortoise and the Hare”), the necessity of invention (“The Crow and the Pitcher”), or the problems of cognitive dissonance (“The Fox and...


Tales of Space and Time

by H. G. Wells Standard Ebooks (July 27, 2018)

Tales of Space and Time is a collection of science fiction short stories and novellas that explore accounts from the distant past to the distant future: from the first human to ride a horse who becomes the leader...


Kipps

by H. G. Wells Standard Ebooks (July 27, 2018)

Kipps is the story of Arthur “Artie” Kipps, an illegitimate orphan raised by his aunt and uncle on the southern coast of England in the town of New Romney. Kipps falls in love with neighbor friend Ann Pornick...


The Grand Babylon Hotel

by Arnold Bennett Standard Ebooks (July 27, 2018)

When Theodore Racksole—one of the richest men in America, and consequently the world—sits down in London’s Grand Babylon Hotel and orders a beefsteak and a bottle of beer, he isn’t aware that he’s...


The Little White Bird

by J. M. Barrie Standard Ebooks (July 27, 2018)

The Little White Bird is generally divided into three sections: the first chronicles the narrator’s life in London, beginning with how he came to know a little boy named David (who joins him on his adventures),...


Personal Memoirs of Ulysses S. Grant

by Ulysses S. Grant Standard Ebooks (July 27, 2018)

The Personal Memoirs of Ulysses Simpson Grant are an American classic. In them Grant, the most able General of the Civil War, tells the story of his life and experiences, covering his birth, early youth, military...


813

by Maurice Leblanc Standard Ebooks (July 27, 2018)

When Arsène Lupin disappeared at the end of The Hollow Needle the public and police assumed he was dead; but it turns out he was just biding his time and waiting for the right opponent to face off against....


The House of Mirth

by Edith Wharton Standard Ebooks (July 27, 2018)

The House of Mirth is Edith Wharton’s biting critique of New York’s upper classes around the end of the 19th century. The novel follows socialite Lily Bart as she struggles to maintain a precarious position...


Wuthering Heights

by Emily Brontë Standard Ebooks (July 27, 2018)

Wuthering Heights is Emily Brontë's only novel. It was first published in 1847 under the pseudonym Ellis Bell, and a posthumous second edition was edited by her sister Charlotte. The name of the novel comes...


The Black Tulip

by Alexandre Dumas Standard Ebooks (July 27, 2018)

Cornelius van Baerle, a respectable tulip-grower, lives only to cultivate the elusive black tulip and win the magnificent prize for its creation. But after his powerful godfather is assassinated, the unwitting...


The Memoirs of Sherlock Holmes

by Arthur Conan Doyle Standard Ebooks (July 27, 2018)

The Memoirs of Sherlock Holmes is a collection of Sherlock Holmes stories, originally published in 1894, by Arthur Conan Doyle.


The Woodlanders

by Thomas Hardy Standard Ebooks (July 27, 2018)

Grace Melbury, daughter of a rich local wood-trader, has been raised beyond her family through years of expensive education. Coming home, she finds herself pulled between her love for her childhood friend Giles...


The Adventures of Sherlock Holmes

by Arthur Conan Doyle Standard Ebooks (May 08, 2018)

The Adventures of Sherlock Holmes is a collection of twelve stories by Sir Arthur Conan Doyle, featuring his famous detective and illustrated by Sidney Paget.

These are the first of the Sherlock Holmes short...


The Wonderful Visit

by H. G. Wells Standard Ebooks (May 04, 2018)

The Wonderful Visit is an early work by H. G. Wells, published in the same year as The Time Machine. It takes a gentle, semi-comic approach to some of Wells’ social concerns by using the device of an angel...


Ivanhoe

by Walter Scott Standard Ebooks (May 01, 2018)

Set in 12th-century England, Prince John rules while his brother King Richard is away during the Crusades. During his reign, Prince John and others of Norman nobility abuse their power over the Saxons, forcing...


The Hollow Needle

by Maurice Leblanc Standard Ebooks (April 27, 2018)

In this first full-length Arsène Lupin novel the gentleman-thief remains a shadowy figure for most of the novel, working two steps beyond the law with a hidden aim. To fight against this anti-hero, Leblanc...


King Solomon's Mines

by H. Rider Haggard Standard Ebooks (April 27, 2018)

King Solomon’s Mines was published in September 1885, becoming an immediate best seller by tapping into people’s excitement for the unknown: in this case, the unexplored regions of Africa.

Haggard wrote...


Nostromo

by Joseph Conrad Standard Ebooks (April 25, 2018)

Originally published as a serial, Nostromo is set in a fictional South American country where the outbreak of civil war puts the mining town of Sulaco in turmoil. Giovanni Battista Fidanza, known as Nostromo,...


The Great Impersonation

by E. Phillips Oppenheim Standard Ebooks (April 24, 2018)

It’s 1913, and war is on the horizon. The disgraced English aristocrat, Everard Dominey, is stumbling through East Africa when he comes across his old classmate and lookalike—the German Baron von Ragastein....


Short Fiction

by H. P. Lovecraft Standard Ebooks (April 05, 2018)

Howard Phillips Lovecraft was one of the most influential writers of horror fiction in the early 20th century. His fame is mostly posthumous—he was only published in pulp magazines, and never saw financial...


Of Human Bondage

by W. Somerset Maugham Standard Ebooks (March 30, 2018)

Considered by many to be Maugham’s masterpiece, Of Human Bondage is a semi-autobiographical coming-of-age tale. The novel follows Philip, a sensitive young man interested in literature and art, as he searches...


Just So Stories

by Rudyard Kipling Standard Ebooks (March 29, 2018)

The stories, first published in 1902, are pourquoi stories, fantastic accounts of how various phenomena came about. A forerunner of these stories is "How Fear Came" in The Second Jungle Book (1895), in which...


Moby Dick

by Herman Melville Standard Ebooks (March 28, 2018)

Moby-Dick is an 1851 novel by Herman Melville. The story tells the adventures of the wandering sailor Ishmael and his voyage on the whaling ship Pequod, commanded by Captain Ahab. Ishmael soon learns that Ahab...


The Inferno

by August Strindberg Standard Ebooks (March 21, 2018)

The narrator of The Inferno?—ostensibly August Strindberg himself?—has not had an easy recent past, and a move to Paris is not helping. As his mania overtakes his ability to function in the society of artists,...


Emma

by Jane Austen Standard Ebooks (March 21, 2018)

Emma has lived a pampered, protected life and consequently is somewhat unrealistic in her regard for herself and her own abilities.She befriends Harriet Smith, a young woman of dubious parentage and no money...


The Lady of the Barge

by W. W. Jacobs Standard Ebooks (February 16, 2018)

W. W. Jacobs was a prolific writer of short stories. His topics were typically humorous and nautical in nature, but they weren’t exclusively so. This anthology includes some of his most famous short stories,...


The Big Time

by Fritz Leiber Standard Ebooks (February 16, 2018)

Fritz Leiber (1910-1992) may be best known as a fantasy writer, but he published widely and successfully in the horror and science fiction fields. One of his major SF creations is the Change War, a series of...


The Wood Beyond the World

by William Morris Standard Ebooks (February 16, 2018)

William Morris is famous in no small part for his contributions to defining the genre of modern fantasy literature, and The Wood Beyond the World is a classic example of that influence. Written in a purposefully-antiquated...


The Lost Continent

by C. J. Cutcliffe Hyne Standard Ebooks (February 16, 2018)

The Lost Continent, initially published as a serial in 1899, remains one of the enduring classics of the “lost race” genre. In it we follow Deucalion, a warrior-priest on the lost continent of Atlantis,...


Right Ho, Jeeves

by P. G. Wodehouse Standard Ebooks (February 16, 2018)

Right Ho, Jeeves is a novel by P. G. Wodehouse, the second full-length novel featuring the popular characters Jeeves and Bertie Wooster, after Thank You, Jeeves. It also features a host of other recurring Wodehouse...


Father Goriot

by Honoré de Balzac Standard Ebooks (February 16, 2018)

Father Goriot, today considered one of Balzac’s most important works, is part of his novel sequence The Human Comedy. It’s the first of Balzac’s novels to feature recurring characters, a technique that...


Love Among the Chickens

by P. G. Wodehouse Standard Ebooks (February 16, 2018)

P. G. Wodehouse once described his writing as “musical comedy without music,” and Love Among the Chickens is one of the earliest examples of his trademark style. The narrator, Jeremy Garnet, is a mild-mannered...


The Cosmic Computer

by H. Beam Piper Standard Ebooks (February 16, 2018)

The Cosmic Computer is a 1963 science fiction novel by H. Beam Piper based on his short story “Graveyard of Dreams,” which was published in the February 1958 issue of Galaxy Magazine.

The action largely...


Beyond Good and Evil

by Friedrich Nietzsche Standard Ebooks (February 16, 2018)

Beyond Good and Evil, one of Nietzsche’s four “late period” works, is a philosophical treatise organized into nine parts and 296 short individual sections. In it he explores the concept of morality as...


The Man Who Was Thursday

by G. K. Chesterton Standard Ebooks (February 16, 2018)

Sometimes described as thrilling, sometimes as comic, and sometimes as metaphysical or spiritual, The Man Who Was Thursday is perhaps a little of each. The tale begins when an undercover policeman infiltrates...


Little Fuzzy

by H. Beam Piper Standard Ebooks (February 16, 2018)

Little Fuzzy is a science fiction novel set on the planet Zarathustra, a world rich in natural resources being exploited by a huge chartered company from Earth. Jack Holloway is a free-lance sunstone miner working...


Idylls of the King

by Alfred Lord Tennyson Standard Ebooks (February 16, 2018)

The Idylls are a series of twelve long blank verse poems by Alfred, Lord Tennyson, telling the tale of Arthur and his round table. While some of them are stories of adventure and daring of the kind you’d expect...


North of Boston

by Robert Frost Standard Ebooks (February 16, 2018)

North of Boston is Robert Frost’s second collection of poetry. It includes some of his more famous poems, like “Mending Wall,” “Home Burial,” and “After Apple-Picking.”