Mark Twain’s masterpiece and the greatest of American novels. Tom Sawyer’s best friend, Huckleberry Finn, takes center stage in this classic tale of boyhood adventure. Fleeing his drunken father and the civilizing influence of the Widow Douglas, Huck and the runaway slave Jim pilot a log raft down the mighty Mississippi River. The colorful characters and dramatic situations they encounter along the way—from bloodthirsty thieves lurking in an abandoned steamboat to a pair of aristocratic conmen dead set on robbing Arkansas blind—draw the two escapees closer together, until Huck is forced to make a fateful choice between Jim’s freedom and his own salvation. One of the first major novels written in an American vernacular, The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn is an essential part of the national identity. Its sophisticated treatment of serious themes such as the evils of slavery, the individual versus society, and the conflicting impulses of human nature, make it as vital and important today as when it was first published more than one hundred and thirty years ago. This ebook has been professionally proofread to ensure accuracy and readability on all devices.
A fascinating collection of some of the great—but less well known—fairy tales of all time.
The Glass MenderThe Giant who had no HeartThe Gifts of the MagicianThe Miller, his Son and their AssPunchkinThe Enchanted KnifeThe MinstrelThe StonecutterThe ParrotThe Alligator and the JackalThe Stag at the PoolThe Cormorants of UdrostThe Three DogsThe Brahman, the Tiger and the Six JudgesThe PancakeEast of the Sun and West of the MoonThe Stag in the Ox StallThe Lad and the DevilThe Blue RoseThe Man who was going to Mind the HouseThe Golden MermaidThe Lads who met the Trolls in Hedale WoodsThe Curse of the Seven ChildrenThe FrogThe Blind Man, the Deaf Man and the DonkeyThe Cunning ApprenticeAn Old Fashioned Christmas EveThe Eagle and the JackdawThe Two FrogsThe Silver MountainThe Donkey SkinTit for TatThe Old Woman and the PhysicianThe Wise PrincessThe Bronze RingThe Princess who was hidden UndergroundMatthias the Hunter’s StoriesThe Language of AnimalsMercury and the WorkmenPeter Gynt
A man has died. But there's really no mystery in that. His heart failed, that's all. But when Father Brown goes into a room to write down the man's final confession, he is distracted by the strange way in which someone is walking outside his door. From the gait of the queer feet, he deduces all.
Ernest Bramah (1868-1942) was an English author of 21 novels and numerous short stories and features. His humorous works have been ranked with Jerome K. Jerome and W. W. Jacobs, his detective stories with Conan Doyle, his politico-science fiction with H. G. Wells, and his supernatural stories with Algernon Blackwood.In his stories of detection, Bramah hit on the idea of a blind detective, Max Carrados, whose triumphs are all the more amazing because of his disability.In Who Killed Charlie Winpole?, Max Carrados investigates what initially appears to be a tragic case of a teenage boy who is accidentally poisoned by a toxic toadstool mistaken for an edible mushroom. Within a few days, the boy's uncle has been arrested and charged with murder. But Carrados is not satisfied by this explanation either and embarks on a highly irregular kind of investigation.
A Flea, a Grasshopper, and a Leap-frog once wanted to see which could jump highest; and they invited the whole world, and everybody else besides who chose to come to see the festival. Three famous jumpers were they, as everyone would say, when they all met together in the room...
Volume One introduces classic stories from the original masters of horror, including Edgar Allan Poe, HP Lovecraft and Charles Dickens. Read by horror icon Doug Bradley with music and sound design by Alistair Lock.This volume features William F Harvey's original undead hand story 'The Beast with Five Fingers' that sparked many movies including Sam Raimi's 'The Evil Dead'. Poe's classic The Tell Tale Heart is joined by Lovecraft's creepy tale of alienation 'The Outsider', and a chilling Dickens ghost story 'The Signalman'.Harvey's other selected story, 'August Heat', asks a chilling question about a man's fate, and Saki offers something different with a tale of dead hunters returned from their marshy graves in 'The Open Window'.This audio book collection presents the greatest works by a cross section of the most influential writers in the genre. Doug's dramatic readings are enhanced with sound design and music to really place the listener in the story.
William Wilkie Collins (1824-1889) was an English novelist, playwright, and author of short stories.Mad Monkton is a bizarre ghost story. It is said that a strain of hereditary madness blights the Monkton family, heirs to the huge domain of Wincot Abbey. Rumours in the neighbourhood are that Alfred, the youngest scion, has inherited this insanity. His odd behaviour certainly points that way. Alfred is engaged to his childhood sweetheart, Ada Elmslie.But at the very moment when various obstacles to the match are overcome, Alfred suddenly departs for Italy on what appears to be a wild goose chase, seeking the corpse of his disreputable uncle, who is believed to have been killed in a duel.But what could have driven Alfred to do this? And why does he so desperately want to find his late uncle's remains? The mystery is bizarre and gruesome...and the tale takes on one weird twist after another.
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