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The Complete Essays of Michel de Montaigne

by Michel de Montaigne

really want to read his essays.

Reviewed on 2014.08.31
by Jojomn

The Mystery of the Green Ray

by William le Queux

At the start of World War I, Ron Ewart is on the brink of enlisting. He is making a farewell visit to Myra McLeod, his fiancée, in the Scottish Highlands when she is suddenly and mysteriously blinded in what appears at first to be a freak accident, but isn't what it seems. As Ron, Myra and friends delve into the strange events, the McLeod's neighbors behave oddly. Are they to be trusted?

Fast moving and cleverly plotted, this short thriller brings in elements of mystery, science fiction and espionage. While the general area where the solution lies becomes obvious fairly soon, the details will keep you guessing.

Reviewed on 2014.08.31
by Leah A. Zeldes

Kept

by Zoe Winters

Vampire/magician/shapechanger stories are not something I seek out. They bore me. This one had a plot that kept me guessing (what was Simon's plan? who was in on it? who could be trusted?), a couple of good characters, a little sex, and no werewolves (she was a werecat).
It's set in a strange American town where almost everyone is a vampire, a were-something, or a sorcerer, and has arbitrary rules everyone knows and obeys. It was good.

Reviewed on 2014.08.31
by Paulo Respighi

Lost in Translation

by Laurence Mark Janifer

An agent for the Interstellar Union is sent to a newly discovered planet with a highly efficient, logical, scientifically brilliant race that is on the verge of spaceflight and has atomic weapons. His mission is to subvert their incursion into space and keep them on their planet. His attempt is amusing.

Reviewed on 2014.08.31
by Lisa Carr

Dante: His Times and His Work

by Arthur John Butler

A fascinating biography if you are interested in medieval literature or the Machiavellian politics of 14th century Italy. Mostly covering Dante Alighieri’s greatest work, The Divine Comedy, and how it was sort of a poison pen letter for the people he felt had betrayed Christianity – and him personally. At the time, Florence was one of the greatest cities, so rich that its banks lent money to kings. When Dante was exiled for political reasons in the year 1301, possibly forced to leave his love – the inspiration for Beatrice – he felt the enduring sting of injustice. And this was the inspiration for his hell.


In this pit are punished the hypocrites, who go in slow procession clad in cowls of gilded lead.


Examining the circles shows how Dante even gave grades or levels to sins, scientifically applying weight to them.


The seventh pit is appointed for the punishment of thieves. Serpents and dragons are here introduced. In some cases the body is reduced to ashes in consequence of the bite, and presently recovers its shape; in others man and serpent blend; in others, again, they exchange natures, the sinners themselves being transmuted into the reptiles, and becoming the instruments of torment to their fellows. A kind of reckless and brutal joviality seems to characterize the malefactors.

Reviewed on 2014.08.30
by Patrick Wayland

Poison Island

by Arthur Thomas Quiller-Couch

(1912) Mystery (Murder/Treasure) / Thriller (Search) / Adventure (Quest)


R: * * * *


Plot bullets


  • Harry Rogers is sent away to school. It isn't a good school and Harry doesn't get on well at first. In the town he finds that two old sea captains are far better companions than his school mates. Captain Coffin has wonderful tales to tell. He also has a dark past and supposedly a buried treasure map. Captain Branscome is friends to both and a steadying influence. Harry has also become friends with Mr. Goodfellow, a carpenter and struggling architect.

  • The Captain's tales of treasure are thought of as just that, tales. This all changes when Aaron Glass, an ex-shipmate of Coffin's appears. Glass is an evil man fresh out of prison. He knows of the treasure and plans to get Coffin's map, at any cost.

  • Harry is call home at his father's death. His father was brutally murdered, it appears for the money in a cash box. Miss Belcher, a strong willed neighbor, Miss Plinlimmon, the housekeeper and Mr. Rodgers, a constable, begin to play an important part, as to the reason for the murder and the identity of the murderer.

  • Captain Coffin is later found dead near Harry's father. Two men are dead and money and a treasure map is missing. It is soon determined that Glass is the most likely suspect for the theft and murder.

  • Harry finds the treasure map. Soon all these players will become involved in a treasure hunt in the West Indies. They come to the treasure island. Now, their lives will be in danger from an even greater menace, Doctor BeauregardD (AKA Martin, The Man In Black, The Master of the Island).

  • The island is strange and it's master evil. The adventurers will soon find that there is more than one kind of poison on 'Poison Island'


Reviewed on 2014.08.30
by Henry L. Ratliff

In the Dark

by Ronal Kayser

A company president leaves a recorded message for his wife about what he had done in her absence. In its way, the story is just as creepy as Poe's The Telltale Heart. Who needs a blackmailer when you've got your own mind?

Reviewed on 2014.08.30
by Lisa Carr

Children of Tomorrow

by Arthur Leo Zagat

I love this. it's simple and captivating.

Reviewed on 2014.08.29
by hans

Every-Day Errors of Speech

by L.P. Meredith

It's very highly educative, thank you for this wonderful material.

Reviewed on 2014.08.29
by H. Galadima

If at First You Don't...

by John Brudy

185 years after its launch in 1958 the hulk of Delta 58 is about to finally reenter the atmosphere and burn up. Except . . . some factions want to preserve it for one reason, and others for other reasons, and they all write congress.
More of a satire on government and the military than hard science fiction, but maybe that's what science fiction is. A story from 1960, it's interesting that no one smokes. Women, it's true, only exist as secretaries, and phones seem to still have cords, but the story was amusing.

Reviewed on 2014.08.29
by Lisa Carr

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