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Old Christmas

by Washington Irving

A collection of essays about Christmas.

The Man Who Was Afraid

by Maxim Gorky

OUT of the darkest depths of life, where vice and crime and misery abound, comes the Byron of the twentieth century, the poet of the vagabond and the proletariat, Maxim Gorky. Not like the beggar, humbly imploring...

Christmas

The Man From the Atom

by Green Peyton Wertenbaker

This was one of the 6 science fiction stories published in the first issue (April 1926) of the first magazine devoted to science fiction, Amazing Stories, edited and published by Hugo Gernsback, now considered...

The Mystery of the Barranca

Twenty Rules For Writing Detective Stories

Victory

by Lester Del Rey

It seemed Earth was a rich and undefended planet in a warring, hating galaxy. Things can be deceptive though; children playing can be quite rough--but that ain't war, friend!

Home is Where You Left It

by Stephen Marlowe

How black is the blackest treachery? Is the most callous traitor entitled to mercy? Steve pondered these questions. His decision? That at times the villain should possibly be spoken of as a hero.

Under the Sunset

The Girl in the Golden Atom

by Raymond King Cummings

A classic work of science fiction, this novel was one of the first to explore the world of the atom. The Girl in the Golden Atom is the story of a young chemist who finds a hidden atomic world within his mother’s...

A Bid for Fortune or Dr Nikola's Vendetta

by Guy Newell Boothby

This is the first in Boothby's series of Dr. Nikola novels. It opens with the manager of a fine London restaurant preparing for a dinner reserved in an odd letter originating from Brazil 3 months prior, for...

Erling the Bold

by Robert Michael Ballantyne

This is a tale of a Sea-rover, or Viking as they're called. In the author's own words, "The present tale is founded chiefly on the information conveyed in that most interesting work by Snorro Sturleson "The...

The Adventures of Peregrine Pickle

by Tobias Smollett

The story of the fortunes and misfortunes of the egotistical dandy Peregrine Pickle, and it provides a comic and caustic portrayal of 18th century European society.

Mr Standfast

by John Buchan

The third part of a trilogy which begins with The Thirty-Nine Steps and Greenmantle.

A Reversible Santa Claus

by Meredith Nicholson

A humorous and exciting story of a burglar who reformed on Christmas Eve and returned the things he had stolen, told in Mr. Nicholson's best vein.

The Evil Guest

Mr Polton Explains

by R. Austin Freeman

Told through the eyes of a watchmaker, Dr Thorndyke is once again faced with a nettly mystery involving a mysterious fire in a Soho house filled with supposedly inflammable objects. What transpires is an entertaining...

The Magnificent Ambersons

Pulitzer Prize for Fiction 1919

by Newton Booth Tarkington

The Magnificent Ambersons is a 1918 novel by Booth Tarkington which won the 1919 Pulitzer Prize. It was the second novel in the Growth trilogy, which included The Turmoil (1915) and The Midlander (1923, retitled...

Don Rodriguez: Chronicles of Shadow Valley

by Lord Dunsany

A coming of age story set in the mythical "golden age" of Spain. The titular character is excluded from the inheritance of the family castle on the grounds that given his expertise with sword and mandolin he...

Dr. Nikola Returns

by Guy Newell Boothby

In this second of Boothby's Dr. Nikola novels, adventurer Wilfred Bruce meets Dr. Nokola, who wants to hire Bruce to help him penetrate a secluded Chinese monastic society to obtain the occult secret for immortality....