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The work opens with an unnamed narrator listening to the reading of a manuscript written many years ago by a now dead young governess. The governess relates that soon after arriving to work in the house she learns that her predecessor had died under mysterious circumstances. As the tale unfolds the reader has room to doubt the reality of the evil that the governess feels is approaching.
The Underground Railroad says of itself: "An authentic record of the wonderful hardships, hairbreadth escapes, and death struggles which mark the track from slavery to freedom in the United States." The Underground Railroad was a network of secret routes helping African Americans escape to 'free states' or Canada. Between 1810 and 1850 the Railroad may have moved as many 100,000 people to freedom.
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.
Great Expectations is one of Dickens' later works and considered one of his best. It is notable for it's more naturalistic depiction of characters; here motivations and personal viewpoints form the heart of the narrative. The story follows the arc of a young orphan's life as he first tries to raise himself to a higher station in life and finally discovers the solution to some mysteries and comes to terms with himself.
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