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The Decameron is a collection of 100 very readable novellas finished in 1353. It is known for its bawdy tales that span the spectrum from erotic to tragic. The tales are told by a party of ten fleeing the black plague, on each of 10 days they each tell a tale on a particular theme. The stories remain compelling for the modern reader while providing a unique window into medieval life.
The War of the Worldsis the famous H.G. Wells Science fiction story of aliens from Mars invading earth. An explosion on Mars is followed by a cylinder landing on Horsell Common. When the cylinder opens tentacled creatures emerge and enormous tripod machines terrify all in their path. More cylinders land across the English countryside and the Martians from within their tripods armed with Heat Rays and chemical weaponry, heedlessly attack people and property leaving behind a trail of confusion, trauma and mass destruction. Is humanity doomed?......It's the stuff that movie blockbusters are made from. Legendary H.G. Wells.
Three Men in a Boat (To Say Nothing of the Dog), published in 1889, is a humorous account by Jerome K. Jerome of a boating holiday on the Thames between Kingston and Oxford. The trip has been recreated many times since most recently in 2005 for the BBC. Quotes and references turn up regularly, ranging from references in Robert A. Heinlein's 1958 Have space suit will travel through to the 2006 film Pirates of the Caribbean.
Wuthering Heights tells the story of an all-consuming love between Heathcliff and Catherine but betrayal leads to hatred, bitterness and retribution that reverberates across generations. Will enduring love prevail or bitterness destroy them all? Classic literature at its enthralling best.
English soldier turned Virginia explorer unknowingly becomes entangled in royal intrigue when he makes a quick marriage.
The author drives the plot through a series of adventures, each revealing more of the essential nature of the characters.
One Americas most popular historical novels and very hard to put down.
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