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While Mortals Sleep: Unpublished Short Fiction
by Kurt Vonnegut
While Mortals Sleep: Unpublished Short Fiction
Format: PDF
Size: 4.8 MB
Pages: 272

Foreword by Dave Eggers

Smart, whimsical, and often scathing, the fiction of Kurt Vonnegut influenced a generation of American writers — including Dave Eggers, author of this volume’s Foreword. In these previously unpublished gems, Vonnegut’s originality infuses a unique landscape of factories, trailers, and bars — and characters who pit their dreams and fears against a cruel and sometimes comically indifferent world.

Here are stories of men and machines, art and artifice, and how ideals of fortune, fame, and love take curious twists in ordinary lives. An ambitious builder of roads, commanding an army of bulldozers, graders, and asphalt spreaders, fritters away his free time with miniature trains — until the women in his life crash his fantasy land. Trapped in a stenography pool, a young dreamer receives a call from a robber on the run, who presents her with a strange proposition. A crusty newspaperman is forced onto a committee to judge Christmas displays — a job that leads him to a suspiciously ostentatious ex-con and then a miracle. A hog farmer’s widow receives cryptic, unsolicited letters from a man in Schenectady about “the indefinable sweet aches of the spirit.” But what will she find when she goes to meet him in the flesh?

These beautifully rendered works are a testament to Vonnegut’s unique blend of observation and imagination. Like a present left behind by a departed loved one, While Mortals Sleep bestows upon us a shimmering Kurt Vonnegut gift: a poignant reflection of our world as it is and as it could be.

 



Brave New Worlds
by John Joseph Adams, Cory Doctorow, Paolo Bacigalupi, Orson Scott Card, Ursula K. Le Guin, M. Rickert, Kate Wilhelm, Geoff Ryman, Neil Gaiman, Bryan Talbot, J.G. Ballard, Carrie Vaughn, James K. Morrow, Alex Irvine, Ray Bradbury, Harlan Ellison, Genevieve Valentine, Sarah Langan, Kim Stanley Robinson, Matt Williamson, Philip K. Dick, Heather Lindsley, Kurt Vonnegut, Robert Silverberg, Jeremiah Tolbert, Joe Mastroianni, Adam-Troy Castro, Tobias S. Buckell, Vylar Kaftan, Shirley Jackson, S.L. Gilbow, Joseph Paul Haines, C.C. Finlay, Caitlín R. Kiernan, Ross E. Lockhart
Brave New Worlds
Format: PDF
Size: 8.6 MB
Pages: 481

From Huxley's Brave New World, to Orwell's 1984, to Atwood's The Handmaid's Tale, dystopian books have always been an integral part of both science fiction and literature, and have influenced the broader culture discussion in unique and permanent ways. Brave New Worlds brings together the best dystopian fiction of the last 30 years, demonstrating the diversity that flourishes in this compelling subgenre.
This landmark tome contains stories by Ursula K. Le Guin, Cory Doctorow, M. Rickert, Paolo Bacigalupi, Orson Scott Card, Neil Gaiman, Ray Bradbury, and many others.

 



The English Patient
by Michael Ondaatje
The English Patient
Format: PDF
Size: 5.7 MB
Pages: 320

With ravishing beauty and unsettling intelligence, Michael Ondaatje's Booker Prize-winning novel traces the intersection of four damaged lives in an Italian villa at the end of World War II. Hana, the exhausted nurse; the maimed thief, Caravaggio; the wary sapper, Kip: each is haunted by the riddle of the English patient, the nameless, burned man who lies in an upstairs room and whose memories of passion, betrayal, and rescue illuminate this book like flashes of heat lightning.

 



Foundation's Edge
by Isaac Asimov
Foundation's Edge
Format: PDF
Size: 8 MB
Pages: 450

At last, the costly and bitter war between the two Foundations had come to an end. The scientists of the First Foundation had proved victorious; and now they retum to Hari Seldon's long-established plan to build a new Empire that the Second Foundation is not destroyed after all-and that its still-defiant survivors are preparing their revenge. Now the two exiled citizens of the Foundation-a renegade Councilman and the doddering historian-set out in search of the mythical planet Earth… and proof that the Second Foundation still exists. Meanwhile someone-or something-outside of both Foundations sees to be orchestrating events to suit its own ominous purpose. Soon representatives of both the First and Second Foundations will find themselves racing toward a mysterious world called Gaia and a final shocking destiny at the very end of the universe!

 



Foundation and Earth
by Isaac Asimov
Foundation and Earth
Format: PDF
Size: 9.4 MB
Pages: 528

The fifth novel in Asimov's popular Foundation series opens with second thoughts. Councilman Golan Trevize is wondering if he was right to choose a collective mind as the best possible future for humanity over the anarchy of contentious individuals, nations and planets. To test his conclusion, he decides he must know the past and goes in search of legendary Earth, all references to which have been erased from galactic libraries. The societies encountered along the way become arguing points in a book-long colloquy about man's fate, conducted by Trevize and traveling companion Bliss, who is part of the first world/mind, Gaia.

From the Paperback edition.

 



A Tale of Two Cities / Great Expectations: Two Novels
by Charles Dickens
A Tale of Two Cities / Great Expectations: Two Novels
Format: PDF
Size: 15 MB
Pages: 834

Two of the most beloved novels in all of English literature-together in one extraordinary volume.

A TALE OF TWO CITIES
After eighteen years as a political prisoner in the Bastille, the ageing Doctor Manette is finally released and reunited with his daughter in England. There the lives of the two very different men, Charles Darnay, an exiled French aristocrat, and Sydney Carton, a disreputable but brilliant English lawyer, become enmeshed through their love for Lucie Manette. From the tranquil roads of London, they are drawn against their will to the vengeful, bloodstained streets of Paris at the height of the Reign of Terror, and they soon fall under the lethal shadow of the guillotine.

GREAT EXPECTATIONS
A terrifying encounter with an escaped convict in a graveyard on the wild Kent marshes; a summons to meet the bitter, decaying Miss Havisham and her beautiful, cold-hearted ward Estella; the sudden generosity of a mysterious benefactor- these form a series of events that changes the orphaned Pip's life forever, and he eagerly abandons his humble origins to begin a new life as a gentleman. Dickens's haunting late novel depicts Pip's education and development through adversity as he discovers the true nature of his "great expectations."

This deluxe paperback edition features
*French flaps
*rough-cut high-quality paper
*complimentary front- and back-cover designs highlighting each novel and including foil and debossing

 



The Best Nest
by P.D. Eastman
The Best Nest
Format: PDF
Size: 1.1 MB
Pages: 64

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Summer of the Monkeys
by Wilson Rawls
Summer of the Monkeys
Format: PDF
Size: 5.1 MB
Pages: 288

The last thing a fourteen-year-old boy expects to find along an old Ozark river bottom is a tree full of monkeys. Jay Berry Lee's grandpa had an explanation, of course-as he did for most things. The monkeys had escaped from a traveling circus, and there was a handsome reward in store for anyone who could catch them. Grandpa said there wasn't any animal that couldn't be caught somehow, and Jay Berry started out believing him…

But by the end of the "summer of the monkeys, " Jay Berry Lee had learned a lot more than he ever bargained for-and not just about monkeys. He learned about faith, and wishes coming true, and knowing what it is you really want. He even learned a little about growing up…

This novel, set in rural Oklahoma around the turn of the century, is a heart-warming family story-full of rich detail and delightful characters-about a time and place when miracles were really the simplest of things…

 



The Travels of Jaimie McPheeters
by Robert Lewis Taylor
The Travels of Jaimie McPheeters
Format: PDF
Size: 9.8 MB
Pages: 548

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A Fan's Notes
by Frederick Exley
A Fan's Notes
Format: PDF
Size: 6.9 MB
Pages: 385

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Sam and the Firefly
by P.D. Eastman
Sam and the Firefly
Format: PDF
Size: 1.1 MB
Pages: 62

Sam the Owl and Gus the Firefly literally light up the sky in this classic Beginner Book edited by Dr. Seuss. In Sam and the Firefly, P. D. Eastman (author of Are You My Mother? and Go, Dog. Go!) introduces us to the dynamic duo of Sam and Gus, who soar through the air writing words in the night sky. But when Gus’s words end up causing confusion and chaos for the people on the ground, it’s up to Sam to help Gus “write” his wrongs.

Originally created by Dr. Seuss, Beginner Books encourage children to read all by themselves, with simple words and illustrations that give clues to their meaning.

"… provides interest, suspense and word repetition. Illustrations excellent. Recommended."-(starred) School Library Journal.

 



From the Mixed-Up Files of Mrs. Basil E. Frankweiler
by E.L. Konigsburg
From the Mixed-Up Files of Mrs. Basil E. Frankweiler
Format: PDF
Size: 2.9 MB
Pages: 162

When Claudia decided to run away, she planned very carefully. She would be gone just long enough to teach her parents a lesson in Claudia appreciation. And she would go in comfort-she would live at the Metropolitan Museum of Art. She saved her money, and she invited her brother Jamie to go, mostly because be was a miser and would have money.

Claudia was a good organizer and Jamie bad some ideas, too; so the two took up residence at the museum right on schedule. But once the fun of settling in was over, Claudia had two unexpected problems: She felt just the same, and she wanted to feel different; and she found a statue at the Museum so beautiful she could not go home until she bad discovered its maker, a question that baffled the experts, too.

The former owner of the statue was Mrs. Basil E. Frankweiler. Without her-well, without her, Claudia might never have found a way to go home.

 



The Chill
by Ross Macdonald
The Chill
Format: PDF
Size: 5.1 MB
Pages: 288

In The Chill a distraught young man hires Archer to track down his runaway bride. But no sooner has he found Dolly Kincaid than Archer finds himself entangled in two murders, one twenty years old, the other so recent that the blood is still wet. What ensues is a detective novel of nerve-racking suspense, desperately believable characters, and one of the most intricate plots ever spun by an American crime writer.

 



Rabbit Angstrom: The Four Novels
by John Updike
Rabbit Angstrom: The Four Novels
Format: PDF
Size: 27.3 MB
Pages: 1520

Newly revised by the author for this edition, and printed together in one volume for the first time, Updike's four Rabbit novels chronicle the history of a man and a nation from the 1950s to the 1980s. Harry 'Rabbit' Angstrom, athlete, is Mr Middle America. Dazzling in style, tender in feeling, often erotic in description and coruscating with realistic details which recreate a world in each novel, these books give a complete picture of their age.

 



Jane Eyre
by Charlotte Brontë
Jane Eyre
Format: PDF
Size: 5.9 MB
Pages: 332

Orphaned into the household of her Aunt Reed at Gateshead, subject to the cruel regime at Lowood charity school, Jane Eyre nonetheless emerges unbroken in spirit and integrity. She takes up the post of governess at Thornfield, falls in love with Mr. Rochester, and discovers the impediment to their lawful marriage in a story that transcends melodrama to portray a woman's passionate search for a wider and richer life than Victorian society traditionally allowed.

With a heroine full of yearning, the dangerous secrets she encounters, and the choices she finally makes, Charlotte Bronte's innovative and enduring romantic novel continues to engage and provoke readers.

 



The View from Saturday
by E.L. Konigsburg
The View from Saturday
Format: PDF
Size: 2.9 MB
Pages: 163

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Midnight's Children
by Salman Rushdie
Midnight's Children
Format: PDF
Size: 8.3 MB
Pages: 463

Saleem Sinai was born at midnight, the midnight of India's independence, and finds himself mysteriously 'handcuffed to history' by the coincidence. He is one of 1, 001 children born at the midnight hour, each of them endowed with an extraordinary talent — and whose privilege and curse it is to be both master and victims of their times. Through Saleem's gifts — inner voices and a wildly sensitive sense of smell — we are drawn into a fascinating family saga set against the vast, colourful background of the India of this century.

 



Northanger Abbey and Angels and Dragons
by Vera Nazarian, Jane Austen
Northanger Abbey and Angels and Dragons
Format: PDF
Size: 6.2 MB
Pages: 346

From the author of Mansfield Park and Mummies… NORTHANGER ABBEY AND ANGELS AND DRAGONS

"Dragons in the skies of Regency England!"

Gothic horrors collide with high satire in this elegant, hilarious, witty, insane, and unexpectedly romantic supernatural parody of Jane Austen's classic novel.

Young and naive Catherine Morland is constantly surrounded by angels only she alone can see. Leaving her country home for the first time, to embark on a grand adventure that begins in fashionable Bath, our romantic heroine must not only decrypt the mystery of the Udolpho Code but win her true love Henry Tilney.

Meanwhile she is beset by all the Gothic horrors known to Impressionable Young Ladies — odious demons, Regency balls, elusive ghosts, pleasure excursions, temperature-changing nephilim, secret clues, ogre suitors, and a terrifying ancient Dragon who has very likely hidden a secret treasure hoard somewhere in the depths of Northanger Abbey.

"Gentle Reader — this Delightful Illustrated Edition includes Scholarly Footnotes and Appendices."

 



Ragtime
by E.L. Doctorow
Ragtime
Format: PDF
Size: 6 MB
Pages: 336

Published in 1975, Ragtime changed our very concept of what a novel could be. An extraordinary tapestry, Ragtime captures the spirit of America in the era between the turn of the century & the First World War. The story opens in 1906 in New Rochelle, NY, at the home of an affluent American family. One lazy Sunday afternoon, the famous escape artist Harry Houdini swerves his car into a telephone pole outside their house. Almost magically, the line between fantasy & historical fact, between real & imaginary characters, disappears. Henry Ford, Emma Goldman, J. P. Morgan, Evelyn Nesbit, Sigmund Freud & Emiliano Zapata slip in & out of the tale, crossing paths with Doctorow's imagined family & other fictional characters, including an immigrant peddler & a ragtime musician from Harlem whose insistence on a point of justice drives him to revolutionary violence.

 






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