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The novel tells the story of Tess whose fate is changed when her ne'er-do-well father tries to improve the family fortune via a misguided association with a local well to do family. Hardy's writing produces such empathy for Tess that one is compelled to continue reading even though it is unbearable to imagine where the story will go.
Essays was first published in 1580. In it Montaigne essentially invented the literary form of the essay, a short subjective treatment of a given topic. Montaigne's stated goal in his book is to describe man, and especially himself, with utter frankness. The modernity of thought in Montaigne's essays, coupled with their sustained popularity, made them arguably the most prominent work in French philosophy until the Enlightenment. Their influence over French education and culture is still strong.
The discovery of Cavorite, a substance with anti-gravity properties, by an English scientist during Victorian times makes possible one of mankind's oldest dreams - travel to the moon. But a journey into the unknown brings with it all sorts of mysterious risks. Captured by aliens on the moon, the humans need to escape and thwart their abductors from conquering earth. Another brilliant H.G. Wells sci-fi story.
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