The plot of the book is a carrying-away science-fiction work. It narrates about Corn Maxwell who spent his early age on the planet of Poictesme where one of the armies was based during the System Star War. When the war ended, the army left the planet having destroyed their bases and equipment which they had over there. However, one piece of equipment got lost and should be found. It is a military super computer called Merlin. With the help of it any problem could be solved. And everyone understood that life would change a lot depending on who would find this computer first. The main character Corn has a mission to go and research computers and find Merlin. Conn after learning a lot comes back but nobody has ever seen the computer; everyone just talk about it a lot. The life on the planet becomes fussy and nervous as all inhabitants want to change their life for the better. And Conn understand that he needs to find Merlin. This book might be called a real masterpiece by H.Beam Piper as in it he mixes adventure and thriller. The end of the book is very unexpected so it will keep readers attentive till the very end.
The Adventures of Mabel is a remarkable children's novel created by Harry Thurston Peck and was first published in 1896-1897. It is a kind and interesting book with a bright cover and wonderful pictures. The characters of The Adventures of Mabel include not only humans but also different animals. Here you meet spiders, giants and other magic creatures which are so interesting for children. The New York Times put the story in the list of the 20 best children's books. Not only children but also their parents when reading it to their kids will be carried away.
Eileen Power's "Medieval People" sets out to study the Middle Ages not from the Historical abstraction viewpoint, but rather from that of the people who lived during the age. It is an account of six individuals who lived during the MA's; Bodo, a Frankish Peasant; Marco Polo, the famous Venetian merchant; Madame Eglentyne, prioress of Chaucer; an anonymous middle-class Parisian housewife; and two English merchants, one engaged in the wool trade and the other a clothier in Essex. The author has described various aspects of social life of the era by drawing on such sources as account books, diaries, letters, records, and wills. She starts the book with an essay entitled "The Precursors," (that previously has never been published) which describes the barbarian conquest of Rome. In this, she describes the lives of three men, Ausonius, Sidonius and Fortunatus and uses them to predict the life that would re-emerge in the Middle Ages. She starts by imagining a day in the life of the Peasant Bodo, in the time of Charlemagne. From her study of primarily economic documents from the Middle Ages of this time, she not only extrapolates but truly brings to life Bodo and his wife Ermentrude. From there, she goes on to the better documented life of Marco Polo, and also describes how he served as an inspiration for Columbus. Madam Eglentyne is next. Here, Power humorously describes in details the inner workings of a gossipy nunnery and how Eglentyne would have gone about her life as an aristocratic women of God. She next details the life of a middle class Parisian housewife by studying the contents of the Menagier's Wife and validating many of its points by referring to other documents. She concludes by detailing the lives of the two Thomases; Betson and Paycocke of Coggeshall. Both are merchants and provide a chance for Power to really show off her grasp of medieval economics as well as an ability to compile disparate correspondences into a story of a life. This is a rare scientific work that truly entertains while being read. "Medieval people" gives readers a realistic vision of that life, of how people saw the world in those times. This book is a real trip to Medieval times. Eileen Power managed to masterly combine a serious scholar work with a fascinating story that amazes from the very first page. The book is written in a simple readable style easy for understanding (and what is also quite important, for remembering). Divided into several stories about different people, this great work will not ever become boring during reading. It is full of interesting facts, the will surely amaze you. Author’s idea about describing lives of several people is really great, because it gives the chance to make a full all-sided impression about those times. This book will be interesting both for students and their teachers, as it is written in a simple language, and you don’t need to be a professor of History to catch the idea of the work.
A book by Peter Kropotkin, Russian historian, geographer and anarchist posit, is an introduction to anarchist communism. It is probably the one of his most widely read works, being a work of popular science, refuting the misuse of evolutionary theory. Kropotkin discusses and debunks with hard evidence the various myths, which have arisen about Mutual Aid. So, on reading the book, written in response to distortions of Darwin, it will become clear that it is considered to be important by both anarchists and non-anarchists. Suffice it to say, “Mutual Aid” is the innovative work of an outstanding scientist who also happened to be the notable anarchist thinker of his time.
‘Just David’ is a children’s best-seller novel written by Eleanor H. Porter in 1916. David is a boy ten years old who plays the violin and does not know his last name. He has an wonderful life in the mountains with his father. When David’s father becomes seriously ill, they are forced to go down into the valley. With his father's health becoming worse, they spend the night in a barn. Just before he dies, the father gives David a big sum of gold coins, and tells him to hide them until they are really needed. David plays the violin to quiet his "sleeping father". Later David was found by Simeon Holly and his wife and a new life begins for him. Just David is a naive and wonderful story. It makes the readers believe in justice and happiness in the world. It teaches not to lose faith in you and things you love. Just David is a novel that will definitely change you and your attitude to life. This book reminds of childhood, and those days when everything was just simple.
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In A Series Of Familiar Letters To A Friend, Historical, Autobiographical, Anecdotal And Descriptive. --This text refers to an alternate Paperback edition.
Purchase of this book includes free trial access to www.million-books.com where you can read more than a million books for free. This is an OCR edition with typos. Excerpt from book: CHAPTER IV FROM MILAN TO ROME Catherine, who at the time of these events vas fourteen, wept for her father and herself. Who now would ensure the happiness to which she had looked forward ? The coming of Cardinal Riario, with his splendid following, had appealed to her imagination ; this splendour had seemed to her to eclipse the magnificence of the Milanese Court and yet it was but a spark of a much more glorious flame. There was a more splendid Court than that of her father, there was a greater and more powerful sovereign than the Duke of Milan: he who held, besides the sceptre, the keys of Paradise. That Court should have been her home : she had been destined to be the most holy niece of the sovereign pontiff, at whose feet she would have seen emperors and kings kneel. She had felt that all the princesses of Italy must envy her! Now, the daggers of a handful of wretched madmen had imperilled all. But it was not so. For the death of Galeazzo inspired the Pope and Girolamo Riario with a momentary hope of obtaining possession of Milan, and in February 1477, the papal legate, Cardinal Mellini, arrived with instructions to hasten the marriage. Duchess Bona, who had always loved Catherine, most amply fulfilled her husband's promises : early in April, in her presence, that of the Cardinal and the assembled Court, Catherine's marriage was celebrated, by proxy and without any public rejoicing, on account of the recent death of the Duke. The first of Catherine's letters which exists reached Duchess Bona towards the end of that month. It ran as follows: " Most Illustrious And Most Excellent Madonna! " Be it known to Your Grace that by the grace of God, to-day I arrived at Parma well, and withal afflicted at being far from Your Grace and to be incapable of narrating and ex...