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Topsy-Turvy

By: Jules Verne

Topsy Turvy is a translation of Sans dessus dessous (1889) . This anonymous translation was first published by J. G. Ogilvie (New York, 1890). We meet our old friends Barbicane and J.T. Maston from “Earth to the Moon” who now give us their own approach to the topic of “global warming”. Although they are searching for coal and not oil, readers will find that the auction of the Arctic energy reserves has a definite 21st century ring. (Summary from the Gutenberg e-text.)

Adventure, Fiction, Science fiction

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Wit and Humor of America, The Vol 06

By: Various

The Wit and Humor of America is a 10 volume series. In this, the sixth volume, 55 short stories and poems have been gathered from 42 authors. This volume is sure to delight listeners. (Summary by Linette Geisel)

Adventure, Fiction, Humor, Literature, Philosophy, Romance, Satire, Short stories

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Man Who Would Be King, The

By: Rudyard Kipling

The Man Who Would Be King tells the story of two British adventurers in British India who become kings of Kafiristan, a remote part of Afghanistan. It was inspired by the exploits of James Brooke, an Englishman who became the white Raja of Sarawak in Borneo, and by the travels of American adventurer Josiah Harlan, who claimed the title Prince of Ghor. The story was first published in The Phantom Rickshaw and other Tales (Volume Five of the Indian Railway Library, publish...

Adventure, Fiction, Short stories, Literature

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For Treasure Bound

By: Harry Collingwood

For Treasure Bound is one of the earlier novels by Harry Collingwood (William Joseph Cosens Lancaster), published in 1897. We follow the hero, whose name is incidentally also Harry Collingwood, on a quest to the pacific islands for treasure and his marooned father, through all the perils he encounters on his journey, such as pirates, sea monsters, and beautiful young ladies. (Summary by Carolin)

Adventure, Fiction, Sea stories

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Michael Strogoff, de Koerier van den Czaar

By: Jules Verne

Michael Strogoff wordt door de tsaar gevraagd een boodschap naar diens broer, de grootvorst van het veraf gelegen Irkoetsk, te brengen. Hij krijgt een brief mee en de instructie zich aan niemand bekend te maken. Daaraan houdt hij zich stipt, zelfs tegenover zijn oude moeder, die in Omsk woont en hem op doortocht daar herkent. Dat is het begin van grote moeilijkheden. Gelukkig heeft de koerier hulp in de vorm van een jong meisje, Nadia, dat onderweg verliefd op hem is gew...

Adventure, Fiction

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Golden Snare, The

By: James Oliver Curwood

With but two years of service in the RNMP Philip Raine finds himself somewhat unwillingly on the trail of Bram Johnson, wanted for murder and a wild, untamed and savage man who commands a pack of wolves as his brethren. But most peculiar of all is the snare which Bram had had in his posession and had somehow lost. It was a golden snare intricately woven out of the finest, most delicate flaxen hair of a woman. But what could possibly be the relationship between this half-...

Fiction, Adventure

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Alleen op de wereld

By: Hector Malot

Zelden, misschien nooit, las ik een boek, dat zoo rein en eenvoudig en toch zoo boeiend en vol afwisseling is, als dit meesterstuk van Hector Malot, door den schrijver aan zijne dochter Lucie opgedragen en zoo terecht met den Montyon-prijs bekroond. Alleen op de wereld is rijk aan afwisselende gebeurtenissen, maar niet minder rijk aan gevoelvolle en ook spannende tafereelen. Het ademt evenveel menschenkennis als menschenliefde, en zonder dat de schrijver zich tot hoofddo...

Adventure, Fiction

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Northwest!

By: Harold Bindloss

Northwest! takes place in western Canada, primarily western Alberta and British Columbia. The story revolves around Jimmy not being sure whether or not he shot and killed a Northwest Mounted while he and some friends were out hunting one day. Not exactly a bushman, he needs to head northwest to avoid capture by the officials who are out to find him and bring him to trial. At least that's what he suspects. Survival in the wilderness for one who was raised in British class...

Adventure, Fiction, Romance

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Make-Believe Man, The

By: Richard Harding Davis

Adventure was what our protagonist was looking for, when he boarded the steamer Patience for his holiday, and when one has a man with such a vivid imagination like Joseph Forbes Kinney as a travel companion, who seems to find adventures at every turn of the road (and if not, he manufactures them), the two travellers are sure to stumble into trouble... (Summary by Carolin)

Adventure, Fiction, Humor, Romance

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Flower of the North

By: James Oliver Curwood

Flower of the North finds Philip Whittemore on an adventure which takes him up the Churchill River of northern Canada to a land which he thought he knew. However, tucked in among the rocks and hills lies an unfamiliar outpost which he's been told is called Fort o' God whose inhabitants and history are shrouded in mystery. It is Jeanne D'Arcambal and her protector Pierre who have told him of this place, but there is so much which they haven't told him, including who they ...

Fiction, Adventure, Romance, Mystery

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Web of the Golden Spider, The

By: Frederick O. Bartlett

The Web of the Golden Spider is a tale of mystery, intrigue and adventure that begins in the city, progresses to a mutinous open sea voyage, eventually leading to the remotest areas on the slopes of the Andes of South America. Wilson, our hero, finds himself in the midst of a battle between a deposed queen and revolutionists who have banded together in an effort to bring their country together as a republic. Wilson, although torn between helping mercenaries, freedom figh...

Fiction, Adventure

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Peter Schlemihls wundersame Geschichte

By: Adelbert von Chamisso

Peter Schlemihl lernt den reichen Kaufmann Thomas John kennen, in dessen Garten er einem eigenartigen grauen Herrn begegnet. Dieser überredet ihn dazu, seinen Schatten für ein Säckel voller Gold zu verkaufen, der wie ein Füllhorn nie versiegt. Sobald die Menschen aber bemerken, dass er keinen Schatten hat, fürchten sie sich und meiden ihn. Er reist deshalb über das Gebirge zu einem Badeort und richtet sich dort mit Hilfe seines treuen Dieners Bendel so ein, dass seine Sc...

Adventure, Fiction

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Don Quixote - Vol. 1

By: Miguel de Cervantes Saavedra

Don Quixote is an early novel written by Spanish author Miguel de Cervantes Saavedra. Cervantes created a fictional origin for the story in the character of the Morisco historian, Cide Hamete Benengeli, whom he claims to have hired to translate the story from an Arabic manuscript he found in Toledo's bedraggled old Jewish quarter. The protagonist, Alonso Quixano, is a minor landowner who has read so many stories of chivalry that he descends into fantasy and becomes convi...

Adventure, Fiction, Literature

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Willem Roda

By: Eli Heimans

Het leven van Willem Roda, zoon van een rijke Amsterdamse bankier, verandert drastisch als zijn vader plotseling al zijn geld verliest. Er volgt een aaneenschakeling van avonturen, die hem ondere andere voeren naar een jongensgesticht bij Doetinchem, een hutje op de Veluwe, de mergelgrotten bij Maastricht en de binnenlanden van Australie (waar de oorspronkelijke bewoners met een negentiende eeuwse blik beschreven worden). Een klassieker uit de Nederlandse jeugdliteratuur.

Adventure, Fiction, Teen/Young adult, Children

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Napoleón en Chamartín

By: Benito Pérez Galdós

Napoleón en Chamartín es la quinta novela de la primera serie de los Episodios Nacionales de Benito Pérez Galdós. Continúa con la historia del joven gaditano Gabriel de Araceli, quien es también protagonista de los anteriores episodios, Bailén, El 19 de marzo y el 2 de mayo, La Corte de Carlos IV y Trafalgar. Siguiendo a su amada Inés, Gabriel llega a Madrid. Tras la derrota sufrida por los franceses en Bailén, el propio Emperador Napoleón se dirige a Madrid con la inten...

Fiction, Adventure, Romance, War stories

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Members of the Family

By: Owen Wister

Members of the Family is a collection of eight short stories about people in the Wyoming Territory in the late 19th and early 20th centuries. (Summary by David Wales)

Adventure, Fiction, Westerns, Short stories

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Copper Princess, The

By: Kirk Munroe

The Copper Princess: A Story of Lake Superior Mines is an adventure set in the beautiful Upper Peninsula of Michigan. The delightful story features a brave and wholesome hero struggling for his rightful copper mining inheritance against smugglers and bandits. He also encounters a beautiful and mysterious maiden who is caught in her father's secret crimes. [Summary by Brenda Price] Note: This book contains racial comments that may be offensive to modern listeners.

Fiction, Adventure, Teen/Young adult, Sea stories

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Emperor's Candlesticks, The

By: Baroness Emmuska Orczy

When a group of Russian anarchists kidnap a Russian prince in Vienna there are repercussions. On learning that the Cardinal d'Orsay has agreed to convey some hollow candlesticks from the Emperor to the Princess Marionoff in St Petersburg, two spies both see the possibility of using them to convey messages safely into Russia. One is an eager young idealist involved in the plot against the prince, the other is Madame Demidoff, a beautiful agent of the Tsar. When the candle...

Adventure, Fiction, Historical Fiction, Spy stories

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Wizard, The

By: H. Rider Haggard

Described by the author, best known for his King Solomon's Mines, as a tale of victorious faith, this story begins on a Sunday afternoon in an English church. Most of the book, though, is set in Africa, and the adventure story is as engaging as any of Haggard's African tales. What makes this one different is the religious question: What has happened to miracles in the church? Is there any power left in Jesus' promise, Whoso that believeth in me, the works that I do he sh...

Fiction, Adventure, Religion

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Star of Gettysburg, The

By: Joseph A. Altsheler

The Army of Northern Virginia, still victorious after three hard years of fighting, capitalize on their victories at Fredericksburg and Chancellorsville, and a young Harry Kenton, is an eyewitness to the Confederate invasion of the north, culminating in the epic three-day struggle at Gettysburg, Pennsylvania, where Robert E. Lee puts into place a strategy that will end the war, or shatter his army. (Introduction by Robert Fletcher)

Adventure, Fiction, Historical Fiction, War stories

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