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The Island of Doctor Moreau

by H. G. Wells Start Publishing LLC (February 19, 2013)

Edward Prendick finds himself adrift at sea, a lone survivor of a ship wreck. He spends more than a week drifting without food or water. Pendrick consigns himself to death, but fate intervenes and delivers him...


Major Barbara

by George Bernard Shaw Start Publishing LLC (December 28, 2012)

Major Barbara is thought to be one of Shaw's most controversial works. While trying to give a realistic presentation of how he saw Christianity, many accused him of blasphemy. Major Barbara Undershaft thought...


Pygmalion

by George Bernard Shaw Start Publishing LLC (January 24, 2013)

Pygamalion tells the story of Henry Higgins, a professor of phonetics, who makes a bet with his friend Colonel Pickering that he can successfully pass off a Cockney flower girl, Eliza Doolittle, as a refined...


Of Human Bondage

by William Somerset Maugham Start Publishing LLC (December 10, 2012)

Of Human Bondage is a novel by W. Somerset Maugham. It is generally agreed to be his masterpiece and to be strongly autobiographical in nature, although Maugham stated, "This is a novel, not an autobiography,...


The Elusive Pimpernel

by Baroness Orczy Start Publishing LLC (January 03, 2013)

It is September 1793 and French Agent and chief spy-catcher Chauvelin is determined to get his revenge for the previous humiliations dished out to him at the hands of the Scarlet Pimpernel. Chauvelin travels...


The Moon and Sixpence

by William Somerset Maugham Start Publishing LLC (December 12, 2012)

A novel based on the life of Paul Gauguin, The Moon and Sixpence is W. Somerset Maugham's ode to the powerful forces behind creative genius. Charles Strickland is a staid banker, a man of wealth and privilege....


The Scarlet Pimpernel

by Baroness Orczy Start Publishing LLC (December 12, 2012)

Armed with only his wits and his cunning, one man recklessly defies the French revolutionaries and rescues scores of innocent men, women, and children from the deadly guillotine. His friends and foes know him...


The Time Machine

by H. G. Wells Start Publishing LLC (February 19, 2013)

"I've had a most amazing time...." So begins the Time Traveller's astonishing firsthand account of his journey 800,000 years beyond his own era—and the story that launched H.G. Wells's successful career and...


The Time Machine

by H. G. Wells Start Publishing LLC (February 19, 2013)

H. G. Wells' classic science fiction masterpiece The Time Machine explores human nature. The Time Traveler finds himself in 802,701 A.D., where he meets the peaceful Eloi and encounters the violent Morlocks....


The Histories Book 8: Urania

by Herodotus Start Publishing LLC (August 24, 2015)

Herodotus was an ancient Greek historian who lived in the fifth century BC (c.484 - 425 BC). He has been called the "Father of History", and was the first historian known to collect his materials systematically,...


The Kith of the Elf-Folk

by Lord Dunsany Start Publishing LLC (August 24, 2015)

The Wild Things are somewhat human in appearance, only all brown of skin and barely two feet high. Their ears are pointed like the squirrel's, only far larger, and they leap to prodigious heights. They live...


The Journey of the King

by Lord Dunsany Start Publishing LLC (August 24, 2015)

Then the King spake dolefully in the Hall of Kings, and said: "May I not find at last the gods, and must it be that I may not look in Their faces at the last to see whether They be kindly? They that have sent...


The Long Porter's Tale

by Lord Dunsany Start Publishing LLC (August 24, 2015)

There are things that are known only to the long porter of Tong Tong Tarrup as he sits and mumbles memories to himself in the little bastion gateway.


Idle Days on the Yann

by Lord Dunsany Start Publishing LLC (August 24, 2015)

So I came down through the wood on the bank of Yann and found, as had been prophesied, the ship Bird of the River about to loose her cable. The captain sat cross-legged upon the white deck with his scimitar...


The Sorrow of Search

by Lord Dunsany Start Publishing LLC (August 24, 2015)

There was also another prophet and his name was Shaun, who had such reverence for the gods of Old that he became able to discern their forms by starlight as they strode, unseen by others, among men. And in the...


Winesburg, Ohio

by Sherwood Anderson Start Publishing LLC (March 27, 2014)

Winesburg, Ohio was inspired by Sherwood Anderson's early life experiences growing up in Ohio. This frank realistic portrayal of small town life brought the novel into the twentieth century. The influence of...


The Last Book of Wonder

by Lord Dunsany Start Publishing LLC (August 24, 2015)

I do not know where I may be when this preface is read. As I write it in August 1916, I am at Ebrington Barracks, Londonderry, recovering from a slight wound. But it does not greatly matter where I am; my dreams...


Deathworld

by Harry Harrison Start Publishing LLC (October 19, 2015)

Deathworld' is perhaps Harry Harrison's best known novel and is certainly the book that put him on the map. Jason dinAlt is a daring gambler. He uses his spotty psionic powers to give himself a slight edge in...


Deathworld 2

by Harry Harrison Start Publishing LLC (October 19, 2015)

Jason dinAlt has been kidnapped and is being returned to the planet Cassylia to stand trial for his crimes. But en route the space ship he is on crash lands on a planet inhabited by men who have lost much of...


When the Gods Slept

by Lord Dunsany Start Publishing LLC (August 24, 2015)

There in Pegana lay the gods asleep, and in a corner lay the Power of the gods alone upon the floor, a thing wrought of black rock and four words graven upon it, whereof I might not give thee any clue, if even...


Demian: The Story of Emil Sinclair's Youth

by Hermann Hesse Start Publishing LLC (August 24, 2015)

Demian is a psychological masterpiece of modern literature. This novel explores the duality of human nature and the alienation of man's soul. A powerful coming of age story.


Tales from the Jazz Age

by F. Scott Fitzgerald Start Publishing LLC (April 28, 2014)

Tales of the Jazz Age (1922) is a collection of eleven short stories by F. Scott Fitzgerald. Divided into three separate parts, according to subject matter, it includes one of his better-known short stories,...


The Tents of the Arabs

by Lord Dunsany Start Publishing LLC (August 24, 2015)

A crown should not be worn upon the head. A sceptre should not be carried in Kings' hands. But a crown should be wrought into a golden chain, and a sceptre driven stake-wise into the ground so that a King may...


Ulysses

by James Joyce Start Publishing LLC (August 24, 2015)

Ulysses' takes place in a single day, 16 June 1904, also known as Bloomsday, it sets the characters and incidents of the Odyssey of Homer in modern Dublin and represents Odysseus (Ulysses), Penelope and Telemachus...


Under the Lilacs

by Louisa May Alcott Start Publishing LLC (August 24, 2015)

Louisa May Alcott was an American novelist best known as author of the novel 'Little Women.' In the mid-1860s, Alcott wrote passionate, fiery novels and sensational stories. She also produced wholesome stories...


The Ghost Pirates

by William Hope Hodgson Start Publishing LLC (October 19, 2015)

William Hope Hodgson was one of the finest writers to ver write horror. This tightly plotted novel is both compelling and terrifying. Do not read this one alone on a foggy night. The Ghost Pirates . . . is a...


The Sword of Welleran

by Lord Dunsany Start Publishing LLC (August 24, 2015)

Where the great plain of Tarphet runs up, as the sea in estuaries, among the Cyresian mountains, there stood long since the city of Merimna well-nigh among the shadows of the crags. I have never seen a city...


The People of the Black Circle

by Robert E. Howard Start Publishing LLC (August 24, 2015)

Conan kidnaps a princess and foils a nefarious plot of world domination in this action-packed adventure. An undisputed classic of Conan lore, often cited by Howard scholars as one of his best tales. It is also...


Thirteen at Table

by Lord Dunsany Start Publishing LLC (August 24, 2015)

"How can I ever thank you?" he said to me then. "We have been thirteen at table for thirty years and I never dared to insult them because I had wronged them all, and now you have done it and I know they will...


Why the Chimes Rang: A Play in One Act

by Elizabeth Apthorp McFadden Start Publishing LLC (August 24, 2015)

Why the Chimes Rang' is a beautifully written story based on an old legend. It has wonderful evocative symbolism, the old church with a bell tower soaring into the sky, touching the clouds waiting for a perfect...


Perfect Answer

by L. J. Stecher Start Publishing LLC (April 26, 2016)

Getting there may be half the fun ... but it is also all of a society's chance of survival!


The City on Mallington Moor

by Lord Dunsany Start Publishing LLC (August 24, 2015)

The City of the Sun is a dialogue between "a Grandmaster of the Knights Hospitaller and a Genoese Sea-Captain." The book describes a theocratic society where goods, women, and children are held in common. It...


The Three Infernal Jokes

by Lord Dunsany Start Publishing LLC (August 24, 2015)

"They offer you three jokes," said the stranger, "which shall make all who hear them simply die of laughter." I think my friend was reluctant then to have anything more to do with it, he wanted to go home; he...


The Three Sailors' Gambit

by Lord Dunsany Start Publishing LLC (August 24, 2015)

They lost three pawns almost straight off, then a knight, and shortly after a bishop; they were playing in fact the famous Three Sailors' Gambit.


How Nuth Would Have Practised His Art upon the Choles

by Lord Dunsany Start Publishing LLC (August 24, 2015)

Despite the advertisements of rival firms, it is probable that every tradesman knows that nobody in business at the present time has a position equal to that of Mr. Nuth.


The Laughter of the Gods

by Lord Dunsany Start Publishing LLC (August 24, 2015)

Men laugh at the gods; they often laugh at the gods. I am more sure that the gods laugh too. It is dreadful to think of the laughter of the gods. O the lute! the lute! How clearly I hear the lute. But you all...


The English Spirit

by Lord Dunsany Start Publishing LLC (August 24, 2015)

The English spirit is unique. Here Lord Dunsany gives examples of that spirit from the testing fields of World War I, where only a strong, unnerved spirit could survive.


In the Land of Time

by Lord Dunsany Start Publishing LLC (August 24, 2015)

Later the King, going abroad through his new kingdom, came on the Temple of the gods of Old. There he found the roof shattered and the marble columns broken and tall weeds met together in the inner shrine, and...


The Gods of Pegana

by Lord Dunsany Start Publishing LLC (August 24, 2015)

"In the mists before THE BEGINNING, Fate and Chance cast lots to decide whose the Game should be; and he that won strode through the mists to MANA-YOOD-SUSHAI and said: "Now make gods for Me, for I have won...


The Queen's Enemies

by Lord Dunsany Start Publishing LLC (August 24, 2015)

I have poured out dark wine to them, I have offered them fat, indeed, I have often offered them savoury things. I have said: The Queen should not have enemies; she is too delicate, too fair. But they will not...


The Men of Yarnith

by Lord Dunsany Start Publishing LLC (August 24, 2015)

The men of Yarnith hold that nothing began until Yarni Zai uplifted his hand. Yarni Zai, they say, has the form of a man but is greater and is a thing of rock. When he uplifted his hand all the rocks that wandered...


The Book of Wonder

by Lord Dunsany Start Publishing LLC (August 24, 2015)

Come with me, ladies and gentlemen who are in any wise weary of London: come with me: and those that tire at all of the world we know: for we have new worlds here. In the morning of his two hundred and fiftieth...


The Avenger of Perdondaris

by Lord Dunsany Start Publishing LLC (August 24, 2015)

And though I had seen him go forth with his terrific spear, and mighty elephant-hunter though he was, yet his was a fearful quest for I knew that it was none other than to avenge Perdóndaris by slaying that...


Kreativity for Kats

by Fritz Leiber Start Publishing LLC (April 26, 2016)

They are the aliens among us—and their ways and wonders are stranger than extraterrestrials!


The Fall of Babbulkund

by Lord Dunsany Start Publishing LLC (August 24, 2015)

Thus passed away in the hour of her iniquities before Annolith, in the two thousand and thirty-second year of her being, in the six thousand and fiftieth year of the building of the World, Babbulkund, City of...


Poltarnees, Beholder of Ocean

by Lord Dunsany Start Publishing LLC (August 24, 2015)

Toldees, Mondath, Arizim, these are the Inner Lands, the lands whose sentinels upon their borders do not behold the sea. Beyond them to the east there lies a desert, for ever untroubled by man: all yellow it...


A Quintet of Shakespeare Tragedies

by William Shakespeare Start Publishing LLC (August 24, 2015)

Murder, Mayhem, and Madness-- Collected here are five of William Shakespeare's greatest tragedies Romeo and Juliet, Hamlet, Macbeth, Othello, and King Lear. These are the plays that made Shakespeare's reputation....


The Metamorphosis

by Franz Kafka Start Publishing LLC (March 27, 2014)

The Metamorphosis by Franz Kafka is often cited as one of the seminal works of short fiction of the 20th century and is widely studied in colleges and universities across the western world; Elias Canetti described...