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 Scarlet Pimpernel is a series of adventure novels by Emma Orczy set during the Reign of Terror following the start of the French Revolution. The title character, Sir Percy Blakeney, represents the original “hero with a secret identity” that inspired subsequent literary creations such as Don Diego de la Vega (Zorro) and Bruce Wayne (Batman). Taking into account occasional discrepancies in the dates of events (real and fictional), this series is set out in approximate chronological order.
Sometimes referred to as the Cosmic Trilogy, this is a series of science fiction novels by C. S. Lewis. These stories are not especially concerned with technological speculation, and in many ways read like a fantasy adventure combined with themes of biblical history and classical mythology. Like most of Lewis’s mature writing, they contain much discussion of contemporary rights and wrongs, similar in outlook to Madeleine L’Engle’s Kairos series. Many of the names in the trilogy reflect the influence of Lewis’ friend J.R.R. Tolkien’s Elvish languages.
Skirting the ever-growing threat of Turan, Conan traverses the Hyborian kingdoms to end up in Argos where he joins a band of mercenaries before heading to Stygia. From here he drifs westward to have an adventure in The Vale Of Lost Women. By the end of The Pool Of The Black One Conan is a Zingaran freebooter. As he heads eastward, he meets up with Valeria, and as mercenaries they help guard the southern frontier of Stygia. Red Nails ends with Conan and Valeria heading west before Conan heads East pursuing a tale of legendary lost treasure in the Jewels of Gwahlur.
The Time Traders introduces the series’ premise, a confrontation between Western heroes, and the “Reds”, and a mysterious alien race that has used time travel to alter Earth. This novel alternates between present day and a trading tribal society in Britain, 2000 B.C. The series is part of Andre Norton’s “Forerunner” Universe. There are four volumes from the original series and three in collaboration with Pauline M. Griffin and Sherwood Smith.
The Trilogy is a series of three novels written by the Polish author Henryk Sienkiewicz. The series follows dramatized versions of famous events in Polish history, weaving fact and fiction. The first novel, titled With Fire and Sword, chronicles the 17th century Cossack revolt known as the Chmielnicki Uprising. The second book, The Deluge, describes the Swedish invasion of Poland known as The Deluge. The final novel, Fire in the Steppe, follows wars between Poland and the Ottoman Empire in the late 17th century.
These eight stories follow the adventures of Tom Corbett, Astro, and Roger Manning, cadets at the Space Academy as they train to become members of the elite Solar Guard. The action takes place at the Academy in classrooms and bunkrooms, aboard their training ship the rocket cruiser Polaris, and on alien worlds, both within our solar system and in orbit around nearby stars.
Tom Swift is the central character in a series of early 20th century American Juvenile Adventure novels which emphasize science, invention and technology. In his various incarnations (usually in his teens) he’s inventive and science-minded, “Swift by name and swift by nature”. Each book focuses on Tom’s latest invention, and its role either in solving a problem or mystery, or in assisting him in feats of exploration or rescue. Often he must protect his new invention from villains “intent on stealing Tom’s thunder or preventing his success”, but he’s always successful in the end.
A series of four science fiction novels by author Rudy Rucker. The first two books both received the Philip K. Dick Award for best novel. The closest to the cyberpunk genre of all his works, the tetralogy explores themes such as rapid technological change, generational differences, consciousness, mortality and recreational drug use. In 2010 the online version of was released for free distribution under a Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial-No-Derivative License. (source: Wikipedia)
The Waverley Novels are a series of books by Sir Walter Scott, regarded as the first historical novels in the western tradition, and for nearly a century the most widely-read novels in Europe. As recommended by the New York Times, this epubBooks series is listed in “chronological order, that is, the oldest in date to begin with. No one novel is a sequel to another, but the scenes portrayed are fitting to the time in which they are laid, and many being historical, following in order of time is serviceable to fasten events in memory.”