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Five Weeks in a Balloon By Jules Verne
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“Such, gentlemen, is my secret. It is simple, and, like most simple things, it cannot fail to succeed. The dilation and contraction of the gas in the balloon is my means of locomotion, which... More > calls for neither cumbersome wings, nor any other mechanical motor. A calorifere to produce the changes of temperature, and a cylinder to generate the heat, are neither inconvenient nor heavy. I think, therefore, that I have combined all the elements of success.” Jules Verne’s classic “Five Weeks in a Balloon” originally published in 1863. A true literary gem.< Less
The Adventures of Gerard By Sir Arthur Conan Doyle
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“Have I ever told you, my friends, the circumstances connected with my joining the Hussars of Conflans at the time of the siege of Saragossa and the very remarkable exploit which I performed in... More > connection with the taking of that city? No? Then you have indeed something still to learn. I will tell it to you exactly as it occurred. Save for two or three men and a score or two of women, you are the first who have ever heard the story.” Sir Arthur Conan Doyle’s classic “The Adventures of Gerard” originally published in 1903. A true literary gem.< Less
Northanger Abbey By Jane Austen
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“Whether she thought of him so much, while she drank her warm wine and water, and prepared herself for bed, as to dream of him when there, cannot be ascertained; but I hope it was no more than... More > in a slight slumber, or a morning doze at most; for if it be true, as a celebrated writer has maintained, that no young lady can be justified in falling in love before the gentleman’s love is declared, it must be very improper that a young lady should dream of a gentleman before the gentleman is first known to have dreamt of her. ” Jane Austen’s classic “Northanger Abbey” originally published in 1818. A true literary gem.< Less
The Master of the World By Jules Verne
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“Let no one attempt to seize or stop me. It is, and will be, utterly impossible. Whatever injury anyone attempts against me, I will return a hundredfold.As to the money which is offered me, I... More > despise it! I have no need of it. Moreover, on the day when it pleases me to have millions, or billions, I have but to reach out my hand and take them. Let both the Old and the New World realize this: They can accomplish nothing against me; I can accomplish anything against them. I sign this letter: The Master of the World.” Jules Verne’s classic “The Master of the World” originally published in 1904. A true literary gem.< Less
The World Set Free By H. G. Wells
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“ ‘It has begun,’ he writes in the diary in which these things are recorded. ‘It is not for me to reach out to consequences I cannot foresee. I am a part, not a whole; I am a... More > little instrument in the armoury of Change. If I were to burn all these papers, before a score of years had passed, some other man would be doing this. . . ’ ” H.G. Wells classic “The World Set Free”, written in 1913 and originally published in 1914, predicting the atomic bomb. A true literary gem.< Less
Robur the Conqueror By Jules Verne
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“Citizens of the United States! My name is Robur. I am worthy of the name! I am forty years old, although I look but thirty, and I have a constitution of iron, a healthy vigor that nothing can... More > shake, a muscular strength that few can equal, and a digestion that would be thought first class even in an ostrich!” Jules Verne’s classic “Robur the Conqueror” originally published in 1886. A true literary gem.< Less
Phantasmagoria and Other Poems By Lewis Carroll
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“I’m not so young, Sir,” he replied, “As you might think. The fact is, In caverns by the water-side, And other places that I’ve tried, I’ve had a lot of... More > practice: “But I have never taken yet A strict domestic part, And in my flurry I forget The Five Good Rules of Etiquette We have to know by heart.” Lewis Carroll’s classic “Phantasmagoria and Other Poems” originally published in 1869. A true literary gem.< Less
The Exploits of Brigadier Gerard By Sir Arthur Conan Doyle
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“You do very well, my friends, to treat me with some little reverence, for in honouring me you are honouring both France and yourselves. It is not merely an old, greymoustached officer whom you... More > see eating his omelette or draining his glass, but it is a fragment of history. In me you see one of the last of those wonderful men, the men who were veterans when they were yet boys, who learned to use a sword earlier than a razor, and who during a hundred battles had never once let the enemy see the colour of their knapsacks.” Sir Arthur Conan Doyle’s classic “The Exploits of Brigadier Gerard” originally published in 1896. A true literary gem.< Less
The Pirates' Who's Who By Philip Gosse
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“The end of most of the pirates and a large proportion of the buccaneers was a sudden and violent one, and few of them died in their beds. Many were killed in battle, numbers of them were... More > drowned. Not a few drank themselves to death with strong Jamaica rum, while many of the buccaneers died of malaria and yellow fever contracted in the jungles of Central America, and most of the pirates who survived these perils lived only to be hanged.” Philip Gosse’s biographical dictionary of “The Pirates’ Who’s Who” originally published in 1924. This edition is expanded with an extensive index for easy reference. A true literary gem.< Less