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I have been trying to crack the secret to writing classics; I try to read mostly authors whose works have remained in print for eighty years or more. Still, I have time for more contemporary works, like those of Kurt Vonnegut, Tom Robbins, and Douglas Adams, to name but a few. I think I may have struck upon the crucial sequence, plots, characters, writing style and everything to keep me published for a hundred years or more. Now I just need to sell some books.
I have recently resettled in San Antonio, Texas, to try to remember the Alamo. No matter how deeply I concentrate, it still feels a little before my time.
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John Carter pursues his kidnapped wife, the Martian princess Dejah Thoris, across the perilous red planet in this thrilling sequel to The Gods of Mars.
When Dejah Thoris is finally freed from the Temple of the Sun, new perils await her at the hands of her liberators. Along with Princess Thuvia of Ptarth, Dejah is immediately taken prisoner by the nefarious Matai Shang and his daughter Phaidor. Though John Carter is close on their trail, they escape from the south pole of Mars by heading into uncharted regions.As he pursues them to the equatorial Land of Koal and onward to the dangerous realms of the north pole, Carter battles fearsome monsters and discovers a forgotten race of yellow Martians. Before his adventure is over, his many feats of bravery and skill will have earned him the title Warlord of Barsoom.
One pitch-black London morning, a ghoulish little man tramples a young girl and continues heedlessly on his way. Caught by a passerby and returned to the scene of the crime, the man is forced to pay £100 in restitution. He produces ten pounds in gold and a check for the remainder. Curiously, the check bears the signature of the well-regarded Dr. Henry Jekyll. Even stranger, Dr. Jekyll’s will names this same awful and mysterious little man, Mr. Hyde, as the sole beneficiary. Troubled by the coincidence, Dr. Jekyll’s attorney visits his client. What he uncovers is a tale so strange and terrifying it has seeped into the very fabric of our consciousness.
An immediate success upon its publication in 1886 and a cultural touchstone to this day, The Strange Case of Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde is one of the most disturbing stories ever told.
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Having devoted his studies to optics and refraction, an impulsive scientist named Griffin has rendered himself invisible. Unable to reverse the effects, his struggle to survive grows desperate until he realizes that there are benefits to living out of the public eye. Increasingly isolated, he soon spirals into a life of crime and degenerates into madness. He can’t see that he has become his own worst enemy.
Exploring the loss of identity and the willful disappearance of conscience and morality, H. G. Wells crafted one of his most suspenseful and cautionary tales, which continues to intrigue to this day.
AmazonClassics brings you timeless works from the masters of storytelling. Ideal for anyone who wants to read a great work for the first time or rediscover an old favorite, these new editions open the door to literature’s most unforgettable characters and beloved worlds.
Revised edition: Previously published as The Invisible Man, this edition of The Invisible Man (AmazonClassics Edition) includes editorial revisions.
Two WWI enemies must work together to survive on a lost island of dinosaurs and prehistoric tribes in this classic sci-fi fantasy novel.
Shipwrecked by a German U-Boat, American soldier Bowen J. Tyler and the beautiful Lys La Rue are the only survivors. They join forces with a British tugboat crew and manage to survive by taking over the German sub. Now, operating an enemy ship, they are unable to find safe harbor. And with a saboteur aboard, they soon go wildly off course.Adrift in Antarctic waters, the half-starved passengers spot what appears to be their salvation: the lost island of Caprona. But once they pass through the island’s exterior cliffs, they encounter a host of dangers believed to be long extinct. In a tropical land full of dinosaurs and Neanderthal tribes, double crosses within their own ranks may yet be the worst threat of all. But when Lys goes missing, Bowen will risk his life—and his last chance to escape the island—to find her.
Her oval face was beautiful in the extreme, her every feature finely chisled and exquisite, her eyes large and lustrous and her head surmounted by a mass of coal black, waving hair, caught loosely into a strange yet becoming coiffure. Similar in face and figure to women of Earth, she was nevertheless a true Martian--and prisoner of the fierce green giants who held me captive, as well!
John Utterson, a prosecutor, is on his weekly walk with his relative, who proceeds to tell him of an encounter with a man he had seen some months ago while coming home late at night from Cavendish Place. The tale describes a sinister figure named Edward Hyde who tramples a young girl, disappears into a door on the street, and re-emerges to pay off her relatives with 10 pounds in gold and a cheque signed by respectable gentleman Dr. Henry Jekyll (a client and friend of Utterson's) for 90 pounds. Jekyll had recently and suddenly changed his will to make Hyde the sole beneficiary. This development concerns and disturbs Utterson, who makes an effort to seek out Hyde. Utterson fears that Hyde is blackmailing Jekyll for his money. Upon finally managing to encounter Hyde, Hyde's ugliness, as if deformed, amazes Utterson. Although Utterson cannot say exactly how or why, Hyde provokes an instinctive feeling of revulsion in him. Much to Utterson's surprise, Hyde willingly offers Utterson his address. After one of Jekyll's dinner parties, Utterson stays behind to discuss the matter of Hyde with Jekyll. Utterson notices Jekyll turning pale, yet he assures Utterson that everything involving Hyde is in order and that he is to be left alone.
The illustrations in this edition are by Marta Gómez-painted, illustrated in this same collection of Alice in Wonderland.
Excerpt from "The Coconuts of Wrath":
Gilligan pullis himself up on shore, wringing out his hat, dusting the sand off of his sodden clothing. He trudges wearily into the jungle. How long he journeys it is hard to say. Soon he comes across the Professor, who jumps out at him from behind a bush.
“Hey!” the Professor fairly shouts, “I know you from somewheres! Ain’t you that first mate of the Skipper’s, from over yonder?”
“Yep,” Gilligan stoically replies. “I’m headed home.”
The Professor is more than curious and leaps in front of him. “I thought you was a prisoner of those head-hunters.” This was half-question, half accusation. He peers into Gilligan’s eyes and demands a response.
“Relax, would ya?” Gilligan snaps. “They let me go, all honest-like. I’m on the up and up.” They walk together through the jungle for a spell, then Gilligan examines the Professor like a dog examining a steak. “Ain’t you the Professor?”
The Professor lets out a sigh and his shoulders slump from the burden the thin man just dropped on him. “Used to be,” he mutters, “used to be a durn good ‘un, too. But I lost my callin’. Was a time I used to make things out a coconuts you’d a thunk impossible, but I made ‘em just the same. I was full of the science, and I just wanted to do good things with my science, but ever’time I done sumpthin’, I jes’ realized I warn’t no scientist. I just wanted to do things to Ginger in the bushes. Finally, I jes’ gave up. I ain’t no scientist, an’ I never was one.”