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A Bid for Fortune

A Bid for Fortune by Guy Newell Boothby

A Bid for Fortune by Guy Newell Boothby

This book is the first in a series of five and introduces the good doctor himself. Dr Nikola Is a criminal mastermind with an occult twist and like much fiction of that era this book and the following are more about how others fall under his spell and into his web. Here we have an adventure and love story that sweeps us from Australia, the South Seas, the Middle East and rural Hampshire with our lovestruck hero constantly battling against Dr Nikola and his cohorts. The sense of mystery and the exotic settings are exceptionally well portrayed and give the book a nostalgic appeal for the days of imperialists and hardened empire builders.

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Hide and Seek

Hide and Seek by Wilkie Collins

Hide and Seek by Wilkie Collins

The artist Valentine Blyth has a very generous heart. He lovingly cares for his invalid wife, rescues a deaf orphan girl from maltreatment in a traveling circus and adopts her, and mentors a young man who gets in trouble with his tyrannical father. The girl, who received the nickname ‚Madonna’, falls in love with the young man, Zack. Because one of Valentine’s biggest fears is that Madonna’s blood relations will one day trace her and take her away from his home, he keeps the little that he knows of her origins a strict secret. One day, Zack befriends a mysterious stranger, who has just returned from years of rough life in the American wilderness. From that moment, the plot thickens, in mid-19th century dramatic style

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The Story of Atlantis and the Lost Lemuria

The Story of Atlantis and the Lost Lemuria by W. Scott-Elliot

The Story of Atlantis and the Lost Lemuria by W. Scott-Elliot

A theosophist and believer of the Occult, W. Scott-Elliot gives us a description of the history and structure of Atlantis and Lemuria, along with what he considers evidence of this.

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Mont Oriol

Mont Oriol by Guy de Maupassant

Mont Oriol by Guy de Maupassant

Young bride Christiane arrives in Auvergne to “take the waters” with her husband, described as “a sickly flower, or a sucking pig with its hair shaved off.” But rather than the relaxing family vacation she expects, she finds herself the center of a conspiracy between her father, the Marquis, and the “fossil” medical team in an effort to solve the problem of a lack of heir. Suddenly the discovery of a new spa throws the resort into disarray and brings a lowly family to prominence. Romantic intrigue, financial speculation, satire in the medical profession, a social commentary on the status of women, are all delivered in de Maupassant’s picturesque prose.

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Sabotage in Space

Sabotage in Space by Carey Rockwell

Sabotage in Space by Carey Rockwell

This book is part of the on-going adventures of Tom Corbett in the Space Cadet Stories. Tom, Astro and Roger are determined to find the saboteurs but get framed in the process, risking court martial and expulsion from the Space Academy.

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The Three Impostors

The Three Impostors by Arthur Machen

The Three Impostors by Arthur Machen

Three friends in a large old dilapidated house are laughing. They seem as giddy as an acting troupe at closing night. But their laughter is callous, cruel; you might say, evil. One of them, a young woman described as piquant rather than beautiful with eyes of a shining hazel, carries a neatly wrapped parcel. She says it is for the doctor’s museum. It is dripping.

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Greener Than You Think

Greener Than You Think by Ward Moore

Greener Than You Think by Ward Moore

Do remember reading a panic-mongering news story a while back about genetically engineered “Frankengrass” “escaping” from the golf course where it had been planted? That news story was foreshadowed decades previously in the form of prophetic fiction wherein a pushy salesman, a cash-strapped scientist, and a clump of crabgrass accidentally merge forces with apocalyptic consequences. A triple-genre combo of science fiction, horror, and satire, Greener Than You Think is a forgotten classic that resonates beautifully with modern times.

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For the Term of His Natural Life

For the Term of His Natural Life by Marcus Clarke

For the Term of His Natural Life by Marcus Clarke

For the Term of his Natural Life, written by Marcus Clarke. It is the best known novelization of life as a convict in early Australian history. Described as a “ripping yarn”, and at times relying on seemingly implausible coincidences, the story follows the fortunes of Rufus Dawes, a young man transported for a murder which he did not commit. The harsh and inhumane treatment meted out to the convicts, some of whom were transported for relatively minor crimes, is clearly conveyed. The conditions experienced by the convicts are graphically described. The novel was based on research by the author as well as a visit to the penal settlement of Port Arthur, Tasmania.

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The Purple Cloud

The Purple Cloud by M. P. Shiel

The Purple Cloud by M. P. Shiel

The story, a recording of a medium’s meditation over the future writing of the text, details the narrator’s (Adam Jeffson’s) expedition to the North Pole during the 20th century on board the Boreal. Jeffson’s fiancée, the Countess Clodagh, poisons her own cousin in order to secure a place on the ship for Jeffson, because the expedition was known to be one of the best ever planned.

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The Tempest

The Tempest by William Shakespeare

The Tempest by William Shakespeare

Banished from his own lands by a usurping brother, Prospero and his daughter Miranda have been living on a deserted island for years, until fate brings the brother within the range of Prospero’s powers. Will he seek revenge, or reconcilement?

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