The Man by Bram Stoker is a novel that is reminiscent from the Victorian era of British history, culture and society, which encompassed the period of the reign of Queen Victoria.
Reporter Malone wants to impress his loved one so he accepts to embark on a journey with Professor Challenger, Professor Summerlee and Lord Roxton in the Amazon. There the four find a lost plateau where pterodactyls own the sky and ape men rule part of the land. Who or what owns the other part?
Aramis wants to replace the current King of France, Louis XIV with a puppet ruler so he asks Porthos for help. D'Artagnan on the other hand sides with the current King so he immediately helps Louis when he is at peril. He also has to arrest his former friends for treason. Will he do it?
A British journalist meets two interesting adventurers in India ruing their plan of blackmailing a Rajah. They return to him several months later asking for maps and books of the area. They have a new quest in mind now: to become kings in the remote Afghanistan and rule over a unified nation.
Lost in the Arizona desert and found by a handsome missionary, Hazel Radcliffe is in turmoil: she falls in love yet finds herself unworthy of being loved in return. That’s why she needs to transform herself and become a better person. But is this self-transformation enough?
Charles Dickens has written a lovely story perfect for bedtime read aloud. The Magic Fishbone is the story of Princess Alicia, who is given a magic fishbone by her fairy godmother and then uses the fishbone to improve the fortune of her.
Published by Lady Charlotte in the 19th century, The Mabinogion is a collection of 12 Welsh legends compiled initially by the Welsh authors in the 12th and 13th century. The legends include King Arthur and other medieval heroes who succeed against all odds every time they face great danger.
Milt Dale is a solitary hunter but when he overhears a discussion about a possible kidnap and killing, he decides to leave his old life behind and save Helen Raynor. But will he succeed? And will he ruin the bad guys’ plan of taking over Al Auchincloss’ – Helen’s uncle – ranch?
The House of Mirth is a novel by Edith Wharton about a woman who is destroyed by the society that created her. It is the story of Lily Bart, a high-society, but penniless, young woman in turn-of-the-century New York.
Upon hearing a woman arguing that marriage should never be arranged and always be subject to love, Pozdnyshev asks: ‘What is love?’ He condemns the argument saying that love doesn’t last forever and can quickly turn into hatred. What is Pozdnyshev’s story? Why doesn’t he believe in love?
Griffin is a scientist who has developed the process to make a person invisible. He tests it out on himself, only to find that he cannot reverse the process.
The Jungle Book by Rudyard Kipling is a collection of stories about the Indian jungle by the English author. Embraced by children for generations, the stories include tales of Mowgli the "man-cub" who is raised by wolves in the jungle. This volume also includes "Rikki-Tikki-Tavi" about a mongoose who saves a family from a cobra, and "Toomai of the Elephants" about a young elephant handler.
Set in the late 21th century, The Last Man by Mary Shelley follows closely the life of Lionel who grew up isolated from society although he and his sister were meant to be raised by the Royal British family. Eventually, he becomes civilized and fond of the society of Men after meeting the heir of the British throne, Adrian. But how will he and the human society survive a deadly plague?
In The Life of Buddha and Its Lessons, readers can find practical applications for the tenets of Buddhism in this short essay. Learn about the life of the Buddha and how you can follow his example.
Two brothers by birth are also brothers in arms in the American Civil War. Their feelings are mixed: they want to destroy the enemy and at the same time, they desperately want to protect each other. Will they succeed?
The Hound of the Baskervilles is the 3rd crime novel featuring Sherlock Holmes by Sir Arthur Conan Doyle. In this case, Holmes solves an attempted murder and dispels the legend of a supernatural beast.
John Hare should have died… instead he is saved by a man with an adopted Indian daughter. He is also dragged into the light after experiencing the darkness of the West. But he isn’t quite ready to embrace it. First he must learn to love.
The Leavenworth Case by Anna Katharine Green is one of the very first mystery masterpieces of our modern times. Set in New York City, detective Ebenezer Gryce accepts to investigate the curious murder case of one very rich man, Horatio Leavenworth. Many clues lead to the two nieces but are they truly responsible for their uncle’s death? Maybe this is where “The butler did it” started or maybe, just maybe, Leavenworth’s private secretary had something to do with it.
First performed in 1895, the play is a satire of Victorian culture and social obligations. This play is witty and funny and is the most popular and enduring of Oscar Wilde's plays.
The Heart of Happy Hollow is a collection of 16 short stories that revolve around a small southern community named Sleepy Hollow. Witness the tense relationship between the former slaves and their masters, the young free African-American’s struggles and the way they see the leading white class.
When a Prince returns to Russia after years in a sanatorium, he finds himself scorned by the aristocracy because of his trusting nature and naiveté. Caught in a love triangle between a virtuous and pretty young girl and a mistress of the aristocracy, he finds his morals threatened in this psychological Russian thriller. The Idiot is one of Fyodor Dostoevsky's greatest works and often called one of the greatest Russian novels of all time.
Ten members depart on a journey to hunt the Snark, a fictional animal nobody can describe. The leader Bellman has a map, a blank paper that points to a strange land where the Snark can be found. They split up in their attempt to hunt the animal. But will they find it?
The Lifted Veil by George Eliot is a gothic novella in the vein of other Victorian horror stories like Mary Shelley's Frankenstein, Robert Louis Stevenson's The Strange Case of Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde, and Bram Stoker's Dracula. In The Lifted Veil, the unreliable narrator, Latimer, believes that he is cursed with an otherworldly ability to see into the future and the thoughts of other people. This leads to tragedy as his obsession with his brother's fiancee.
A world of lurking horrors and bizarre denizens that features a giant white worm that can transform into a woman. The Lair of the White Worm is a chilling Victorian horror story.
In two long letters, Captain Avery tries to exonerate himself from the evil deeds he is accused of. He doesn’t enjoy killing and he isn’t interested in raping women; gold and jewels are all he actually wants. Witness his ‘honorable’ life from his humble beginnings to a true King of Pirates.