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A Diversity of Creatures

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Author: Rudyard Kipling
Published: 1917
Language: English
Wordcount: 106,504 / 296 pg
Flesch-Kincaid Reading Ease: 88.3
LoC Category: PR
Downloads: 1,716
Added to site: 2006.07.10 14167

As Easy as ABC
MacDonough's Song
Friendly Brook
The Land
In the Same Boat
'Helen all Alone'
The Honours of War
The Children
The Dog Hervey
The Comforters
The Village that Voted the Earth was Flat
The Press
In the Presence
Jobson's Amen
A Translation
The Edge of the Evening
The Horse Marines
The Legend of Mirth
'My Son's Wife'
The Floods
The Fabulists
The Vortex
The Song of Seven Cities
'Swept and Garnished'
Mary Postgate
The Beginnings

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t to his cap, and we heard the hull of the Victor Pirolo ring to the command: 'Lamps! Both watches stand by! Lamps! Lamps! Lamps!'

'Keep still!' Takahira whispered to me. 'Blinkers, please, quartermaster.'

'It's all right--all right!' said Pirolo from behind, and to my horror slipped over my head some sort of rubber helmet that locked with a snap. I could feel thick colloid bosses before my eyes, but I stood in absolute darkness.

'To save the sight,' he explained, and pushed me on to the chart-room divan. 'You will see in a minute.'

As he spoke I became aware of a thin thread of almost intolerable light, let down from heaven at an immense distance--one vertical hairsbreadth of frozen lightning.

'Those are our flanking ships,' said Arnott at my elbow. 'That one is over Galena. Look south--that other one's over Keithburg. Vincennes is behind us, and north yonder is Winthrop Woods. The Fleet's in position, sir'--this to De Forest. 'As soon as you give the word.'

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Average Rating of 5 from 1 reviews: *****
Vance P. Frickey

Remarkable for many great Kipling short stories, including his excellent if quirky "As Easy As ABC," which shows us the postwar Rudyard Kipling stung by the excesses of democratic government and modern journalism (the latter of which he also explores in the last chapter of his unjustly criticized "American Notes").

Also has two great "Stalky & Co." stories ("The Honours of War" and "Regulus") written, I suppose, after the collection of that name was compiled; those stories alone justify the acquisition of this volume.



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