This is H. G. Wells' 1910 dystopian novel, “The Sleeper Awakes”. A man sleeps for 200 years and wakes up in a transformed London to find that, due to the compound interest of his bank account, he is the richest man in the world. However, with his wildest dreams also come his gravest nightmares. A fantastic science fiction novel from the father of the genre, “The Sleeper Awakes” is highly recommended for those with a love of dystopian fiction and is not to be missed by fans of Wells' work. Herbert George Wells (1866 – 1946) was a prolific English writer who wrote in a variety of genres, including the novel, politics, history, and social commentary. Today, he is perhaps best remembered for his contributions to the science fiction genre thanks to such novels as “The Time Machine” (1895), “The Invisible Man” (1897), and “The War of the Worlds” (1898). "The Father of Science Fiction" was also a staunch socialist, and his later works are increasingly political and didactic. Many vintage books such as this are becoming increasingly scarce and expensive. We are republishing this book now in an affordable, modern, high-quality edition complete with a specially commissioned new biography of the author.
The Dream of the Red Chamber (also known as The Story of the Stone) is one of the Four Great Classical Novels of China, and considered the greatest of them all. Almost 40 main characters and some 500 minor characters tell the fortunes of the Chia family; the book details mainly the life of Chia Pao-yü, the heir apparent, who is described as very intelligent, but also as carefree and self-indulging. The already wealthy Chia family rises to new heights when Pao-yü's elder sister becomes an imperial consort. On her first visit home, a lush garden is built, where much of the rest of the story takes place. The intrigues surrounding Pao-yü and his cousins, especially Lin Tai-yü who he loves, and Hsüeh Pao-ch'ai who he is finally tricked into marrying, make up a large part of the story. The decline of the Chia family begins with the death of the imperial consort, and when they fall into disfavour with the emperor, their mansions and the garden are eventually destroyed.
The whole book has 120 chapters, only 80 of which were written by Cao Xueqin before his death in 1764. Cheng Weiyuan and Gao E claimed to have access to Cao's papers, and published what is now known as the Cheng-Gao version in 1791. Henry Bencraft Joly translated only part of the book written by Cao. Book I contains the first 24 chapters, Book II ends abruptly with chapter 56; a Book III was never published.
A masterful collection of 28 short stories by Edwardian satirist Hector Hugh Munro, who wrote under the pseudonym “Saki”. The Chronicles of Clovis includes many of Saki’s best known tales, exemplifying his witty and multi-layered storytelling, satirizing the habits and morals of British society of his day."Esme""The Match-Maker""Tobermory""Mrs. Packletide's Tiger""The Stampeding of Lady Bastable""The Background""Hermann the Irascible""The Unrest-Cure""The Jesting of Arlington Stringham""Sredni Vashtar"
"Adrian""The Chaplet""The Quest""Wratislav""The Easter Egg""Filboid Studge""The Music on the Hill""The Story of St. Vespaluus""The Way to the Dairy""The Peace Offering""The Peace of Mowsle Barton""The Talking-out of Tarrington""The Hounds of Fate""The Recessional""A Matter of Sentiment""The Secret Sin of Septimus Brope""Ministers of Grace""The Remoulding of Groby Lington"
This famous classic of Jules Verne details the grand adventure of the french valet Passpartout and his unflappable master, one Phileas Fogg in their journey around the world in eighty days, with Mr Foggs whole fortune at stake.
Narrated by Michael Ward
Young Claribel was a girl taught goodness by her parents and lived a happy life, especially when she went to school. Claribel loved her teacher, a kindly woman who taught her students the importance of honesty above all else. Her teacher taught them of the Beautiful City where the Good and Honest children would go one day, and Claribel wanted nothing more. One day in class, whilst working on her math, she became bored and distracted and began to draw a lily that she saw out the classroom window. The devil, quick to pounce on distracted children and lead them away from the path of Good, got inside Claribel's mind and helped her draw her sketch of the lily. When she had to show her work to the teacher, the teacher believed the Claribel had simply gotten confused and helped her solve the problem. Claribel, wracked with guilt over lying to her teacher over the true reason for her not doing her work, dreams of angels and lilies and realizes what she must do to stay on her path of Honesty and Goodness.
A. J. Alan was the pseudonym of Leslie Harrison Lambert (1883-1941), an English magician, intelligence officer, short story writer, and radio broadcaster. He was hugely popular in the '20s and '30s for his radio broadcasts, when he performed his own humorous and often macabre short stories, which he always delivered wearing full evening dress. 1. "A Coincidence" 2. "Charles" 3. "My Adventure at Chislehurst" 4. "H2 etc." 5. "The Dream" 6. "My Adventure in Jermyn Street" 7. "The Cabmen’s Shelter" 8. "My Adventure in Norfolk" 9. "The Diver" 10. "The Hair"
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