Deathworld is a series of science fiction novels by Harry Harrison including the books Deathworld, Deathworld 2 and Deathworld 3, plus the short story “The Mothballed Spaceship”. Jason dinAlt, a professional gambler who uses his erratic psionic abilities to tip the odds in his favor, is he central hero of Deathworld who becomes involved with colonists of an extremely hostile planet.
The History of the Decline and Fall of the Roman Empire is a non-fiction history book written by English historian Edward Gibbon, published between 1776 and 1789. Covering the history of the Roman Empire, Europe, and the Catholic Church between 98 to 1590, it discusses the decline of the Roman Empire in the East and West. Because of its relative objectivity and heavy use of primary sources, at the time, its methodology became a model for later historians. This led to Gibbon being called the first “modern historian of ancient Rome.”
This is the revised 1845 Rev. H. H. Milman edition.
The Divine Comedy is an epic poem written by Dante Alighieri between 1308 and his death in 1321 and is divided into three parts: Inferno, Purgatorio, and Paradiso. (Hell, Purgatory, Paradise) It’s widely considered the preeminent work of Italian literature and is seen as one of the greatest works of world literature. The poem’s imaginative and allegorical vision of the afterlife is a culmination of the medieval world-view as it had developed in the Western Church. These volumes include many illustrations.
Doctor John Dolittle is the central character of a series of children’s books by Hugh Lofting starting with the The Story of Doctor Dolittle. He is a doctor who shuns human patients in favour of animals, with whom he can speak in their own languages. He later becomes a naturalist, using his abilities to speak with animals to better understand nature and the history of the world. Doctor Dolittle first saw light in the author’s illustrated letters to children, written from the trenches during World War I when actual news, he later said, was either too horrible or too dull.
Drew Rennie is an adventure western rebels series written by American science fiction and fantasy writer, Andre Norton, from 1961-62.
The Educated Evans stories combine Wallace’s talent for humour with his hallmark detective story themes. The eponymous principal character is a London racing tipster. Garrulous and delightfully ignorant of most of the subjects about which he professes to have knowledge, Evans provides the comic foil for the towering figure of ‘The Miller,’ a formidable police detective named for his perpetual habit of chewing upon a length of straw. Together the pair form an uneasy partnership as they undertake various adventures in the worlds of racing and petty criminality.
Like her earlier, more famous Anne of Green Gables series, the Emily novels depict life through the eyes of a young orphan girl, Emily Starr, who is raised by her relatives after her father dies of tuberculosis. She is sent to live at New Moon Farm on Prince Edward Island with her aunts Elizabeth and Laura Murray and her Cousin Jimmy. She makes friends with Ilse Burnley, Teddy Kent, and Perry Miller, each having a special gift. Emily was born to be a writer, Teddy is a gifted artist, Ilse a talented elocutionist, and Perry has the makings of a great politician. (source: Wikipedia)
In the End of the Chapter trilogy Galsworthy continues the story of the Forsyte’s as the old Victorian society declines further under the onslaught of the Edwardian era. Here he writes about the Cherrells, cousins of the Forsytes, who’s son’s have for centuries left Condaford Grange to serve the state as soldiers, clergymen and administrators, but the 1930’s bring uncertainty in a world of changing values and unemployment. Galsworthy’s grasp of political and social change and its effect on a family, as well as his incisive sense of character, make this a fine trilogy to end the saga.
The Famous Five is a series of children’s novels, featuring the adventures of a group of young children: Julian, Dick, Anne, Georgina (George) and her dog Timmy. The stories usually take place in the children’s school holidays, and each time they meet they get caught up in an adventure, often involving criminals or lost treasure.
With over 100 million novels sold, The Famous Five is one of the best-selling series for children ever written. All the novels have been adapted for television, and several have been adapted as films in various countries. (source: Wikipedia)
Father Brown is a fictional character created by English novelist G. K. Chesterton, who stars in 52 short stories, and is based on Father John O’Connor, a parish priest in Bradford, UK, who was involved in Chesterton’s conversion to Catholicism in 1922. Father Brown is a short, stumpy Catholic priest, “formerly of Cobhole in Essex, and now working in London”, with shapeless clothes and a large umbrella, and uncanny insight into human evil. Author Ralph McInerny used Father Brown as the spiritual inspiration for The Father Dowling Mysteries, a TV series that ran in the U.S. from 1987–1991.
The Forsyte Chronicles contains 10 novels and several interludes. The Forsyte Saga chronicles the vicissitudes of the leading members of a large commercial upper middle-class English family. In A Modern Comedy the principal characters are Soames and Fleur. End of the Chapter chiefly deals with Michael Mont’s young cousin, Dinny Cherrell. On Forsyte ‘Change deals in the main with the older Forsytes before the events chronicled in The Man of Property. Separate sections of the saga, as well as the lengthy story in its entirety, have been adapted for cinema and television.
Dr. Fu Manchu is a fictional character introduced in a series of novels by British author Sax Rohmer during the first half of the 20th century. The character was also featured extensively in cinema, television, radio, comic strips and comic books for over 90 years, and has become an archetype of the evil criminal genius while lending the name to the Fu Manchu moustache.
The Glad Books series by Eleanor H. Porter is about a young orphan, Pollyanna, who goes to live in Vermont with her wealthy but stern Aunt Polly. Pollyanna’s philosophy of life centers on what she calls “The Glad Game” (an optimistic attitude she learned from her father), which consists of finding something to be glad about in every situation. Pollyanna has been adapted for film several times, with the best known being Disney’s 1960 version starring child actress Hayley Mills, who won a special Oscar for the role.
Hopalong Cassidy is a fictional cowboy hero created by the author Clarence E. Mulford, who wrote a series of popular short stories and many novels based on the character. In his early writings, Mulford portrayed the character as rude, dangerous, and rough-talking. Later he would revise and republish his earlier works to be more consistent with the character’s new, polished on-screen persona.
A novel in seven volumes, recounting the experiences of the Narrator while growing up, participating in society, falling in love, and learning about art. Prousts most prominent work, known for its theme of involuntary memory, the most famous example being the “episode of the madeleine.” The novel began to take shape in 1909 with Proust working on it until his final illness in 1922. The last three volumes contain oversights and fragmentary or unpolished passages as they existed in draft form at the death of the author; the publication of these parts was overseen by his brother Robert.
Inspector Gabriel Hanaud is a fictional French policeman depicted by the British writer A. E. W. Mason. He was modelled on two real-life heads of the Paris Sûreté, Macé and Goron and has been described as the “first major fiction police detective of the Twentieth Century”. The inspector has been seen as one of a number of influences on the creation of Agatha Christie’s Belgian detective Hercule Poirot.
Narrated by the wealthy, scatterbrained Bertie Wooster, this is a series of stories and novels from P.G. Wodehouse that recount the improbable and unfortunate situations in which Wooster and his friends find themselves and the manner in which his ingenious valet Jeeves is always able to extricate them. These are Wodehouse’s most famous stories and are a valuable compendium of pre-World War II English slang in use, perhaps most closely mirrored in American literature by the work of Damon Runyon.
Joseph Rouletabille is a fictional character created by Gaston Leroux, a French writer and journalist. Rouletabille is the nickname of 18-year-old journalist Joseph Josephin, who was raised in a religious orphanage in Eu, a small town near Fécamp.
Unfortunately only two English translations are currently in the Public Domain.
“I’ve seen all the great cities of the Hyborians, the Shemites, the Stygians and the Hyrkanians. I’ve roamed in the unknown countries south of the black kingdoms of Kush, and east of the Sea of Vilayet. I’ve been a mercenary captain, a corsair, a kozak, a penniless vagabond, a general …”, but now Conan is striking for the throne of Aquilonia.
Ruritania is a fictional country in central Europe which forms the setting for three books by Anthony Hope. Although the first and third are set in the recent past—between the 1850s and 1880s—the second is set in the 1730s, although it refers to subsequent events that happened between that time and the time of writing. The kingdom is also the setting for sequels and variations by other writers. It lent its name to a genre of adventure stories known as Ruritanian romances, and is used in academia to refer to a hypothetical country.