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Comédie Humaine, La : 06 - Scènes de la vie de province tome 2 (25...

By: Honoré de Balzac

Ce n'était pas une petite tâche que de peindre les deux ou trois mille figures saillantes d'une époque, car telle est, en définitif, la somme des types que présente chaque génération et que La Comédie Humaine comportera. Ce nombre de figures, de caractères, cette multitude d'existences exigeaient des cadres, et, qu'on me pardonne cette expression, des galeries. De là, les divisions si naturelles, déjà connues, de mon ouvrage en Scènes de la vie privée, de province, paris...

Comedy, Fiction, Literature, Psychology

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Agony Column, The

By: Earl Derr Biggers

English romantic adventure starring a young American in London and inspired by the personal ads (agony columns) in the London papers. In this treacherous tale of murder and intrigue young American Geoffrey West tracks a killer from the posh dining room of the Carlton Hotel to the opium dens of London's Limehouse district in search of the truth and the heart of his true love only to find the culprit all too close to home. Earl Derr Biggers is better known as the author of...

Fiction, Mystery

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Dueling Machine, The

By: Ben Bova

The Dueling Machine is the solution to settling disputes without injury. After you and your opponent select weapons and environments you are injected into an artificial reality where you fight to the virtual death… but no one actually gets hurt. That is, until a warrior from the Kerak Empire figures a way to execute real-world killings from within the machine. Now its inventor Dr. Leoh has to prevent his machine from becoming a tool of conquest. – The Dueling Machine, wr...

Fantasy, Fiction, Science fiction

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Christmas, A Story

By: Zona Gale

This is a gentle Christmas story, whose message is that if we didn't already have Christmas, we'd find a way to invent it. It's hard times in Old Trail Town as the Season of Giving approaches. The factory that employs most of the town is closed and not likely to re-open, and town merchants fear that people will try to shop on credit. Unwilling to carry the debt, the merchants work out a scheme to get everybody in town to agree not to have Christmas that year. What happen...

Fiction, Holiday

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Mr. Trunnell, Mate of the Ship Pirate

By: Thornton Jenkins Hains

This is the tale of a perilous voyage aboard a clipper ship told by the second mate. He looks up to Trunnell, the first mate, who somehow manages to hold things together between a murdering former captain, a captain who may not actually be a captain, and a crew inclined to mutiny. This all leads to a surprising and satisfying ending. The author, Hains, wrote frequently of the sea. He is the author who (under a pen name) had a story on the newsstands about a liner hitting...

Fiction, Sea stories

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Outlaw of Torn, The

By: Edgar Rice Burroughs

The story is set in 13th century England and concerns the fictitious outlaw Norman of Torn, who purportedly harried the country during the power struggle between King Henry III and Simon de Montfort. Norman is the supposed son of the Frenchman de Vac, once the king's fencing master, who has a grudge against his former employer and raises the boy to be a simple, brutal killing machine with a hatred of all things English. His intentions are partially subverted by a priest ...

Adventure, Fiction, Historical Fiction

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Flood Tide

By: Sara Ware Bassett

Willie Spence may have been a bit eccentric by most standards, but he had a knack for creating gadgets in his small workshop at his home on Cape Cod. Whenever he was 'ketched' by an 'idee' he had to see it to completion, and always did. His small cottage on the Cape had become a labyrinth of string and wires tacked here and there so as to make life a bit challenging for his housekeeper Celestina. But she and most everyone else among the coastal towns and villages loved t...

Fiction, Humor, Sea stories

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Valley of Fear, The

By: Sir Arthur Conan Doyle

Doyle's final novel featuring the beloved sleuth, Sherlock Holmes, brings the detective and his friend to a country manor where they are preceded by either a murder or a suicide. A secretive organization lies culprit and an infiltration of it is in order. (Summary by Katie Riley)

Adventure, Fiction, Mystery

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Journey from This World to the Next, A

By: Henry Fielding

The narrator dies in the first sentence. Through relating his travels in the afterlife, Henry Fielding, author of Tom Jones and Joseph Andrews, gently satirizes life here on earth. (Summary by Denny Sayers)

Fantasy, Fiction, Satire

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Princess Aline, The

By: Richard Harding Davis

Morton Carlton, an easy-going, rich young artist, has never taken the concepts of love and marriage all that seriously -- until by accident a copy of an English illustrated paper falls into his hands, which contains a photograph of the young Princess Aline of Hohenwald. Instantly, Carlton is captivated by the princess, and decides that he must meet her. But how to get close to a princess, who lives in a small German duchy well protected by guards and etiquette? Carlton d...

Fiction, Humor, Romance

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Room with a View, A

By: E. M. Forster

When Lucy Honeychurch travels to Italy with her cousin, she meets George Emerson, a bohemian and an atheist who falls in love with her. Upon her return to England, she is forced to choose between free-spirited George and her more conventional fiancé, Cecil Vyse. The story is both a romance and a critique of English society at the beginning of the 20th century. (Summary from wikipedia)

Romance, Fiction, Literature

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Wise and Otherwise

By: Isabella Alden ; Pansy

Immature Mr. Tresevant (from The King's Daughter) comes to Newton with his spoiled wife to be the new pastor of the church attended by Dr. and Mrs. Douglass, Mr. and Mrs. Sayles, and Mr. and Mrs. Tyndall (from Ester Ried and Julia Ried), boarding with Jerome and Abbie Sayles. Authored by Isabella M. Alden under the pen name Pansy. Fourth in the Ester Ried series. (Summary written by TriciaG.)

Fiction, Religion

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History of Lady Julia Mandeville, The

By: Frances Moore Brooke

Lady Julia, the daughter of the earl of Belmont, and Mr. Henry Mandeville are falling in love. Though Henry is like a family friend, this love is not welcomed because the lady Julia is promised to someone else (or so Henry thinks). When they'll discover their chance of happiness, it is much too late. Summary by Stav Nisser.

Fiction, Romance, Literature

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Three Thousand Dollars

By: Anna Katharine Green

This short story by Anna Katharine Green revolves around a plot to steal some goods secured safely within an impenetrable vault within the confines of Mr. Stoughton's business concern. Nobody seems to have any clue as to how the vault can be accessed, and yet access is gained once a day by person or persons unknown, by a means not known to anyone, apparently Mr. Stoughton himself included! Every clerk in the office is suspect, as the devious plot to plunder the vault's c...

Mystery, Fiction

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Unang Sugilanon gikan sa Librong 'Larawan': Si Amboy, ang Palahubog

By: Vicente Rama

Sugilanon nga gisuwat ni Senador Vicente Rama bahin kang Amboy nga palahubog, ug ang iyang pamahala nga kinabuhi tungod sa iyang pagkapalahubog. Kini ay una nga istorya sa daghan nga nahabutang na istorya sa librong 'Larawan'. (Summary by April Gonzales)

Fiction

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Hero Squad : A Bib Koober Adventure

By: Rutherford McQuoib

Bib Koober is a dwarf who wants to be a cop in 1970's Winchester, Virginia. Thanks to a childhood tragedy and a mother who likes to party a little too much, Bib joins with the Hero Squad to take down the forces of evil who want to flood Northern Virginia with a scary new drug called "mofo." "Why is the best novel of 2015 only 53 pages? I want more!" Arold Chig, Omaha Literary Review of Literature "Bib Koober is every dwarf stereotype and shallow cliche come to lif...

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Staircase at the Heart's Delight, The

By: Anna Katharine Green

Detective Ebenezer Gryce tells the story of the case with which he begun his career in 1840. Several wealthy men were drowned and washed ashore in New York City, and the first clue leads to a dubious money lender... (Summary by Carolin)

Fiction, Mystery

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Library of the World's Best Mystery and Detective Stories, Volume 4

By: Various

In the six volumes of the Library of the World's Best Mystery and Detective Stories, Julian Hawthorne presents us thrilling and mysterious short stories from all corners of the world. Some of the stories appeared in this collection for the first time translated into English, and many of them come from unexpected sources, such as the letters of Pliny the Younger, or a Tibetan manuscript. In this fourth volume, we find stories originally written in French, Italian, Spanish...

Fiction, Mystery, Short stories

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Waverley, Volume 2

By: Sir Walter Scott

Waverley is set during the Jacobite Rebellion of 1745, which sought to restore the Stuart dynasty in the person of Charles Edward Stuart (or 'Bonnie Prince Charlie'). It relates the story of a young dreamer and English soldier, Edward Waverley, who was sent to Scotland in 1745. He journeys North from his aristocratic family home, Waverley-Honour, in the south of England first to the Scottish Lowlands and the home of family friend Baron Bradwardine, then into the Highland...

Fiction, Historical Fiction

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The Atheist Shopping Network Presents Two Short Novels

By: Tom Lichtenberg

On a dare, Gian Carlo Spallanzini set out to discover the deepest darkest secret of a person picked at random. He had no idea what he was getting into. Even a fat, bearded know-it-all ought to know better than to leap before you look. Add a crystal ball, a foul-mouthed parrot, and a cranky atheist talk show host and you'll never guess the outrageous mystery behind the orange car with stripes. These days it seems like everyone is cashing in on the New Atheism craze, e...

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