There's a corpse in the bathtub, wearing nothing but a pair of pince-nez spectacles. Enter Lord Peter Wimsey, the original gentleman sleuth. Urged to investigate by his mother, the Dowager Duchess of Denver, Lord Peter quickly ascertains that the sudden disappearance of a well-known financier is in some way connecte…Read More »
At the time Thoreau made this wilderness canoe trip he was forty years old. The record of the journey is the latter half of his The Maine Woods, which is perhaps the finest idyl of the forest ever written. It is particularly charming in its blending of meditative and poetic fancies with the minute description of t…Read More »
Growing up in a colorful world peopled by knights in armor and fair damsels, foul monsters and evil witches, young Arthur slowly learns the code of the gentleman. Under the wise guidance of Merlin, the all-powerful magician for whom life progresses backward, the king-to-be becomes expert in falconry, jousting, hunti…Read More »
Once seen as a prediction of the sinking of the Titanic, this novella was written 14 years before that ill-fated event of 1912. Those striking similarities can be examined again in this new edition. John Rowland, a disgraced former Royal Navy lieutenant, has taken employment as a lowly deck hand aboard the largest s…Read More »
Treasure and the occult are vividly blended in this stirring tale of Africa. Allan Quatermain finds a village in the middle of the Dark Continent ruled by a huge, pale man with a strange knowledge of future events. This is the last Quatermain book.
The Tale of Tom Kitten is set in the cottage garden Beatrix created herself at Hill Top, the farm she owned near the village of Sawrey. Tom and his sisters look so smart in their new clothes. When their mother sends them outside while she waits for her visitors, she couldn't possibly guess what kind of mess they are…Read More »
Do you know the kind of life the drug fiend lives? Have you ever imagined what it must be like to be a slave to Chandu – the days of fierce craving, the ecstatic moment of fantastic dreams and exaltation and afterward the black despair which only more drugs can relieve? Sax Rohmer paints an unforgettable picture of…Read More »
"Equal if not superior to the best of Poe", raved poet W. H. Auden about this classic Victorian novel. A fantasy novel for adults that's rich with symbolism and suspense, and considered to be one of the most important visionary novels of the nineteenth century. A recent heir to his parents' English country manor, Mr…Read More »
During one night the audience are invited to witness the dreams of various people in the Welsh seaside town of Llaregyb including, amongst others, Captain Cat, Mister Waldo & Reverend Eli Jenkins. At day break the town awakes and the audience follow the townspeople going about their business until night falls again….Read More »
Philip Marlowe's client, a dried-up husk of a woman, wants him to recover a rare gold coin called a Brasher Doubloon, missing from her late husband's collection. Easy. Probably too easy. Unfortunately, each time the Doubloon pops up, so does a murder. That's unlucky for a private investigator, because leaving a trai…Read More »
This allegorical satire about a man fleeing from his evil dreams was written under the influence of the Spanish Civil War. The croquet player, comfortably sipping a vermouth, listens to the strange and terrible tale of the haunted countryside. Wells' modern ghost story of a remote English Village, Cainsmarsh. Dark e…Read More »
Emily Starr never knew what it was to be lonely——until her beloved father died. Now Emily's an orphan, and her mother's snobbish relatives are taking her to live with them at New Moon Farm. She's sure she won't be happy. Emily deals with stiff, stern Aunt Elizabeth and her malicious classmates by holding her head hi…Read More »
Our heroine is a girl decidedly out of the ordinary. Dramatic, and containing some tremendous descriptions of the daring of the men who are trying to reach the North Pole, but at the same time it's essentially a woman's book, and the story works itself out in the solution of a difficulty that is continually presente…Read More »
The story of a young, recently widowed ex-Army major and architect, Hayden Chart. He strives mightily to find personal meaning in Florence. Beautiful fellow American Dr Olivia Lomond is a budding scholar who tempts him to make his mind grow in appreciation of art and history. But earthy, honest Roxanna Eldritch,home…Read More »
Hanaud at his best he sets out to solve one of the cleverest cases in his typical diligent fashion. A mystery drawing heavily on Mason’s knowledge of and affection for cats, the feline protagonist was in fact based on one of Mason's actual pets.
Stephens's first collection of short stories revolves about the often nameless clerks, typists, and office supervisors of middle-class Dublin. The 19 stories include 'Women,' 'Three Heavy Husbands,' 'A Glass of Beer,' 'One and One,' 'Three Women Who Wept,' 'The Triangle,' The Daisies,' 'Three Angry People,' 'The Thr…Read More »
Raggedy Andy arrives in the mail at Marcella's father's office, displays his cheery smile, and is eagerly reunited with his sister, Raggedy Ann. After a warm welcome from the other dolls, Raggedy Andy adds to their fun with a dance, a pillow fight, and a taffy pull. His merry escapades frequently show his generosity…Read More »
Marcus, a.k.a "w1n5t0n," is only seventeen years old, but he figures he already knows how the system works–and how to work the system. Smart, fast, and wise to the ways of the networked world, he has no trouble outwitting his high school’s intrusive but clumsy surveillance systems. But his whole world changes when h…Read More »
Trapped in the dungeons beneath an evil wizard's scarlet stronghold, Conan must confront a slew of new challenges and foes as he fights to free himself and reclaim the throne of Aquilonia! Featuring duplicitous betrayers, sparring sorcerers, and all of the brutal excitement you've come to expect from the rampaging C…Read More »
Doc Savage and his fearless friends find a black arrowhead that leads a trail to the treacherous Spad Ames in the Arizona Badlands. There they encounter the mysterious men who live through the mists — men who can turn flesh into stone.
After a worldwide plague breaks civilization, Joaquin Smith and his sister build an empire up the Mississippi Valley. Who would be brave or foolish enough to stand in their way? Who but a young backwoodsman named Hull Tarvish?
The League is up to their old tricks again, but this time they have the help of a local simple girl from the country, Fleurette. When she and her love fall into danger for her help, the League decides these two innocents must be rescued as well. But matters are complicated when the Pimpernel discovers that Fleurette…Read More »
She spoke in a tongue dead a thousand years, and she had no memory for the man she faced. Yet he had held her tightly but a few short years before, had sworn eternal vengeance—when she died in his arms from an assassin's wounds.
White's masterful retelling of the saga of King Arthur is a fantasy classic as legendary as Excalibur and Camelot, and a poignant story of adventure, romance, and magic that has enchanted readers for generations. Once upon a time, a young boy called Wart was tutored by a magician named Merlyn in preparation for a fu…Read More »
This book, although it can be read as a separate story, is the third of the trilogy of which Marie and Child of Storm are the first two parts. It narrates, through the mouth of Allan Quatermain, the consummation of the vengeance of the wizard Zikali, alias The Opener of Roads, or "_The–Thing–that–should–never–have–b…Read More »
A terrific thriller from The Golden Age of the genre. Our hero attempts to rescue a compromising photographic negative of a European Queen from a gang of unscrupulous blackmailers. From the cool London nightclubs to Parisian hotels to the monasteries and castles of Switzerland…and a mysterious set of murders to …Read More »
Telling the story of two mice, Johnny Town-mouse and Timmy Willie. One is a town-mouse and one is a country-mouse, and when they end up in each other's worlds, they soon discover that they were much happier where they started. Based on an Aesop fable, Beatrix Potter relocates this tale to the Lake District. The town…Read More »
Lives is a series of biographies of famous Greeks and Romans by the ancient Greek historian Plutarch who lived during the first and second century AD. Consisting of twenty-three paired biographies, one Greek and one Roman, and four unpaired, which explore the influence of character on the lives and destinies of th…Read More »
Passos' only collection of poetry, many of these poems were published in periodicals in 1921/22, though some were composed as early as 1916. George H. Doran published A Pushcart at the Curb on October 11, 1922. There was no subsequent edition.
Derring-do on a world of primitive monsters! When Robert Grandon swapped bodies with a prince of the planet Venus, he was concerned only with the thrill and interest of living on a different world. But the situation he found himself in was hardly that of a leisurely sightseer. Instead, he found himself smack in the …Read More »