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Tom Swift in the Land of Wonders

By: Victor Appleton

Tom Swift is the young protagonist in a series of juvenile adventure novels which began in the early twentieth century and continue to the present. Tom Swift is a genius inventor whose breakthroughs in technology (especially transport technology) drive the plots of the novels, placing them in a genre sometimes called invention fiction or Edisonade. This book is the 20th in the original series published from 1910 -1942, written by a ghost writer using the name of Victor A...

Children, Adventure, Teen/Young adult

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Warlord of Kor

By: Terry Carr

Terry Carr never really shone as a writer, though he did write some remarkably thoughtful stories. However, his talents as an editor and anthologist were important and undeniable, and he brought many good writers and authors into sf and fantasy. His first couple of novels, of which Warlord of Kor was one, did not have their copyright renewed by Mr. Carr on purpose, one understands. So enjoy the blood and thunder, but don't think it's representative of his work! (Summary by suburbanbanshee)

Science fiction

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West African Folk Tales

By: William H. Barker

A collection of folk tales mostly centred around Anansi. In West African lore Anansi is known as a trickster god, and is often depicted as either a spider, a human or a combination of both. Thus many of the stories are attempts by Anansi to trick others for his own gain. Other stories are about why certain animals act in certain ways. (Summary by Lizzie Driver)

Animals, Children, Fairy tales

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Woyzeck

By: Georg Büchner

Woyzeck ist ein Dramenfragment des deutschen Dramatikers und Dichters Georg Büchner. Büchner begann vermutlich zwischen Juni und September 1836 mit der Niederschrift. Bei seinem frühen Tod im Jahr 1837 blieb das Werk als Fragment zurück. Das Manuskript ist in mehreren Entwurfsstufen überliefert. Im Druck erschien Woyzeck erstmals 1879 in der stark überarbeiteten und vom Herausgeber veränderten Fassung von Karl Emil Franzos. Woyzeck wurde am 8. November 1913 im Residenzth...

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Yang Chu's Garden of Pleasure : Chapter 01 - Yang Chus Garden of Plea

By: Lieh-Tzu ; Liezi

At the Court of Liang at the period of Yang Chu, about 300 B.C., the philosophers were treated as guests of the reigning king, who reserved for them lodging and maintenance, and encouraged all who had any pretence to the pursuit of truth and wisdom. Whether or not Yang Chu was actually a native of the Wei State, or whether he came there drawn by the attraction of a critical and unrivalled audience, it is at least certain that he settled there as small proprietor, probabl...

Philosophy

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1601: Conversation, as it was by the Social Fireside, in the Time ...

By: Mark Twain

Also known simply as 1601, this is a humorously risque work by Mark Twain, first published anonymously in 1880, and finally acknowledged by the author in 1906. (Summary by John Greenman & Wikipedia)

Comedy, Erotica, Historical Fiction, Literature, Humor, Politics, Satire

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À se tordre

By: Alphonse Allais

Alphonse Allais est un journaliste, écrivain et humoriste français célèbre à la Belle Époque, connu pour sa plume acerbe et son humour absurde. (adapté de Wikipedia par Ezwa) Alphonse Allais was a French writer and humorist. He is the author of many collections of whimsical writings. (from Wikipedia)

Humor

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Abenteuerliche Simplicissimus Teutsch, Der I : Chapter 01 - Der Ab...

By: Hans Jakob Christoffel von Grimmelshausen

Der Abentheuerliche Simplicissimus Teutsch ist ein Schelmenroman von Hans Jakob Christoffel von Grimmelshausen, erschienen 1668. Er wird gemeinhin als das wichtigste Werk seiner Art im 17. Jahrhundert betrachtet. Ferner gilt er als der erste deutschsprachige Abenteuerroman mit stark autobiographischen Zügen, da er die Lebenswege von Autor und Held im Dreißigjährigen Krieg (1618–1648) teilweise zusammenführt, ohne sie freilich zur Deckungsgleichheit zu bringen. (Summary nach Wikipedia)

Adventure, War stories

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Abraham Lincoln Walks at Midnight

By: Vachel Lindsay

volunteers bring you 9 different recordings of Abraham Lincoln Walks at Midnight by Vachel Lindsay. This was the weekly poetry project for the week of February 18th, 2007.

Poetry

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Admirable Bashville, The

By: George Bernard Shaw

The Admirable Bashville is a product of the British law of copyright. As that law stands at present, the first person who patches up a stage version of a novel, however worthless and absurd that version may be, and has it read by himself and a few confederates to another confederate who has paid for admission in a hall licensed for theatrical performances, secures the stage rights of that novel, even as against the author himself; and the author must buy him out before h...

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Adresse à l'Assemblée nationale, pour l'abolition de la traite des...

By: Société des Amis des Noirs ; Jacques Pierre Brissot de Warville

La Société des Amis des Noirs est une association créée le 19 février 1788 qui avait pour but l'abolition immédiate de la traite des Noirs et non de l'esclavage; d'une part dans le souci de maintenir l'économie des colonies françaises, et d'autre part dans l'idée qu'avant d'accéder à la liberté, les Noirs devaient y être préparés, et donc éduqués. L'adresse à l'Assemblée nationale qui vous est proposée ici date du 5 février 1790. The Society of the Friends of the Blacks ...

History, Politics

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Advance of Science in the Last Half-Century, The

By: T. H. Huxley

Thomas H. Huxley, an English biologist and essayist, was an advocate of the theory of evolution and a self-proclaimed agnostic. A talented writer, his essays helped to popularize science in the 19th century, and he is credited with the quote, Try to learn something about everything and everything about something. In The Advance of Science in the Last Half Century , he presents a summary of the major developments in Physics, Chemistry and Biology during the period 1839-18...

Science

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Adventures of Buster Bear, The

By: Thornton W. Burgess

The Adventures of Buster Bear is another set of children’s stories by the conservationist, Thornton W. Burgess. Buster Bear has many adventures and misadventures as he meets the different characters in the Green Forest near the Laughing Brook. Along the way, we learn about the habits of Buster and his friends and we learn little lessons about life such as the importance of sharing, not stealing, making friends and not sticking one's head into tin pails. (Summary by John Lieder)

Fiction, Children, Fantasy, Nature

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Adventures of Huckleberry Finn, The

By: Mark Twain ; Samuel Clemens

Adventures of Huckleberry Finn (1884) by Mark Twain is one of the truly great American novels, beloved by children, adults, and literary critics alike. The book tells the story of “Huck” Finn (first introduced as Tom Sawyer’s sidekick in The Adventures of Tom Sawyer ), his friend Jim, and their journey down the Mississippi River on a raft. Both are on the run, Huck from his drunk and abusive father, and Jim as a runaway slave. As Huck and Jim drift down the river, they m...

Children

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Adventures of Johnny Chuck, The : Chapter 1 - Chapters 01 04

By: Thornton W. Burgess

The Adventures of Johnny Chuck is another in the long list of children's books by conservationist Thornton W. Burgess. In this story, it is spring time and a young chuck's fancy turns to thoughts of … traveling, protecting one's turf, finding a new home, and yes, love. Along the way, we learn little lessons about life such as there are good and bad kinds of pride, the importance of keeping secrets and that, even in the animal world, the three most important factors in de...

Children, Animals

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Adventures of Paddy Beaver, The : Chapter 01 - The Adventures of Paddy

By: Thornton W. Burgess

The Adventures of Paddy Beaver is another in the long list of children’s books by the conservationist, Thornton W. Burgess. In this book, the industrious and clever Paddy Beaver, a newcomer to the Green Forest, has encounters with Sammy Jay, Jerry Muskrat, Ol’ Man Coyote and other inhabitants of the Green Forest. Along the way, we learn how Paddy builds his dam and his house, and how he stores his food. We also learn little lessons about life, such as the importance of p...

Children, Animals, Nature

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Adventures of Sherlock Holmes, The : Chapter 01 - The Adventures o...

By: Sir Arthur Conan Doyle

The Adventures of Sherlock Holmes is a collection of twelve stories by Arthur Conan Doyle, featuring his famous detective. They were originally published in the Strand Magazine from July 1891 to June 1892. The title character was named after famous American poet Oliver Wendell Holmes, Sr. (Summary from Wikipedia)

Mystery, Adventure, Short stories

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Advice to the Grub Street Verse-writers

By: Jonathan Swift

volunteers bring you 9 different recordings of Advice to the Grub Street Verse-writers by Jonathan Swift. This was the weekly poetry project for the week of February 24th, 2008.

Poetry

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Aesops Fables in Russian

By: Aesop

A collection of the most famous from Aesop's fables in Russian language. Translated by Tolstoj L.N. and Alekseev V.A.

Fairy tales

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After London, or Wild England

By: Richard Jefferies

Jefferies' novel can be seen as an early example of post-apocalyptic fiction. After some sudden and unspecified catastrophe has depopulated England, the countryside reverts to nature, and the few survivors to a quasi-medieval way of life. The first part of the book, The Relapse into Barbarism, is the account by some later historian of the fall of civilisation and its consequences, with a loving description of nature reclaiming England. The second part, Wild England, is a...

Fantasy, Adventure, Science fiction

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