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Hall James Norman is an American author of the beginning of the 20th century. The participant of the World War I, he describes the post-war time and situation of the East Pacific, and being attached to this land, portraits his first acquaintance with French Polynesia. This story is one of his classic adventure travel ones.
A historical novel of George Alfred Henty, an English novelist of the late 19th century. The author depicts the reality of the American Civil War avoiding embellishing as it is sees by a teenaged boy. The youngster learns about state's rights, slavery, and the war; gets wounded, is twice taken prisoner and escapes; but his courage brings him safely through all difficulties.
The style of prose and the vocabulary of the novel make the story yet more valuable to the reader.
This is a nice fairytale intended for children of elementary school. The main character of the book is an elderly Bee-man who lives with other bees eating honey and working till the day when his life changes a lot. A judge Junior Sorcerer opens his eyes telling that he was transformed and was not born as a bee. The main character gets shocked and at the same time interested so he starts searching for the truth. He lives the place where he lived and the adventures start. He travels a lot and saves a baby from a dragon. He feels very right close to the baby and it convinces him that this might be his original form. An elderly wizard takes the spell off him and he returns to his childhood. The story is really fascinating and all children would be fond of it. It narrates about the destiny and the role of a personal choice in it. Though it was published in 1887 for the first time, it does not seem old and with every year more and more generations of children grow up reading the lines of this wonderful fairytale.
In the middle of the nineteenth century navigators throughout all seas and oceans became witnesses of an unusual object: a luminous spindle-like monster, which excelled whales both in size and speed.
From the creator of classic adventure novel, Jules Gabriel Verne, a French author, whose timeless works are still read with great pleasure as it was a century ago. “Twenty Thousand Leagues Under the Sea”, published in 1869, attracts millions of readers – the lovers of wonderful journeys. The story of Professor Pierre Aronnax accompanied by his friends, who found themselves adrift on a mysterious submarine, captivates by unexpected plot, dangers, adventures and mysterious word - the world that attracted, along with the space, men since old times – of the ocean depths. In spite of the fact that the book touches upon a series of social and moral problems and appears to be a reach encyclopaedia of underwater life, it is above all a fantastic voyage and adventure in pure form, one of those one never is bored to set off for. An indisputable classic of the genre.
They considered their work in collecting the fairy tales of Europe to be an academic exercise, but the Brothers Grimm-aka German folklorists and linguists Jakob (1785-1863) and Wilhelm Grimm (1786-1859)-are today known as best tellers of dark stories for children. In this book they compiled 53 the most beloved stories, from well-known ones such as "The Sleeping Beauty," "The Frog Prince," "Rapunzel," and "Hansel and Grethel" to more obscure ones including "The Rabbit's Bride," "Six Soldiers of Fortune," "Faithful John," and "The Three Spinsters." A treasury of classic mystical and dark stories with beautiful illustrations will amaze children and adults alike.
Russian classic prose by Leo Tolstoy, a writer widely regarded as among the greatest of novelists, best known for his masterpieces “War and Peace” and “Anna Karenina”. At the heart of the story Tolstoy put a legend “Archangel”, heard from a narrator of folk tales. “What Men Live By” became the first short story appeared after a four-year interruption and evoked a great interest of critics. The book also includes the stories “Three questions”, “The Coffee House of Surat” and “How much land does a man need”.
A criminal called Conger is hired to go back in time and kill the Founder, a religious leader upon whose teachings a new church had been based. When Conger arrives to the past, he founds out he himself is the Founder, being a prophet with all his knowledge about future.
A novel from Philip Kindred Dick, an American author, short story writer, and essayist, touches upon the idea of the beginnings of a religion. "The Scull" surfaces the Dick's daring suggestion that religion was unwittingly founded by beings, which have discovered time-travel, from a different dimension or time; those who were not aware of what they had really done.