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The River of Death: A Tale of London In Peril

by Fred Merrick White Feedbooks (March 25, 2018)

Another in the "Doom of London" series, in which the author sounds a clarion call of potential disasters that may fall upon the great city. Here he relates a tale of environmental contamination leading to a...


The Invisible Force

by Fred Merrick White Feedbooks (March 25, 2018)

A Story of What Might Happen In the Days to Come, When Underground London is Tunnelled In all Directions for Electric Railways, If an Explosion Should Take Place In One of the Tubes. A short story in the "Doom...


The Dust of Death:  The Story of the Great Plague of the Twentieth Century

by Fred Merrick White Feedbooks (March 25, 2018)

A short story in the "Doom of London" series. It begins:

"The front door bell tinkled impatiently; evidently somebody was in a hurry. Alan Hubert answered the call, a thing that even a distinguished physician...


The Four Days' Night

by Fred Merrick White Feedbooks (March 25, 2018)

Another in the "Doom of London" series, in which the author sounds a clarion call of potential disasters that may fall upon the great city. Here he relates a tale of air pollution. Excerpt:

They crawled along...


Cleek: the Man of the Forty Faces

by Thomas W. Hanshew Feedbooks (March 25, 2018)

An ex-cracksman turned Scotland Yard detective, Cleek's slim and faultlessly dressed form is topped by an india-rubber-like face, of which he has remarkable control. With the power to distort and transform his...


Sultana's Dream

by Roquia Sakhawat Hussain Feedbooks (March 25, 2018)

Sultana's Dream is a classic work of Bengali science fiction and one of the first examples of feminist science fiction. This short story was written in 1905 by Rokeya Sakhawat Hussain, a Muslim feminist, writer...


Esther Waters

by George Moore Feedbooks (March 25, 2018)

Set in England from the early 1870s onward, the novel is about a young, pious woman from a poor working-class family who, while working as a kitchen maid, is seduced by another employee, becomes pregnant, is...


Rainbow Valley

by Lucy Maud Montgomery Feedbooks (March 25, 2018)

Anne Shirley is grown up, has married her beloved Gilbert and now is the mother of six mischievous children.

These boys and girls discover a special place all their own, but they never dream of what will happen...


The Story Girl

by Lucy Maud Montgomery Feedbooks (March 25, 2018)

The Story Girl narrates the adventures of a group of young cousins and their friends who live in a rural community on Prince Edward Island, Canada.


A Woman's Place

by Mark Irvin Clifton Feedbooks (March 25, 2018)

Home is where you hang up your spaceship—that is, if you have any Miss Kitty along!


The Mysterious Card Unveiled

by Cleveland Moffett Feedbooks (March 25, 2018)

Sequel to "The Mysterious Card", in which the mystery of the card is resolved.

According to Uncertain Endings: The World's Greatest Unsolved Mystery Stories by Otto Penzler (Penguin Books, 2006), this 2-part...


Kangaroo

by David Herbert Lawrence Feedbooks (March 25, 2018)

Kangaroo is an account of a visit to New South Wales by an English writer named Richard Lovat Somers, and his German wife Harriet, in the early 1920s. This appears to be semi-autobiographical, based on a three-month...


A Hundred Years Hence : The Expectations Of An Optimist

by T. Baron Russell Feedbooks (March 25, 2018)

In this serious attempt to forecast the changes ahead in the 20th century from the year 1906, the author deals with the accelerating rate of scientific progress, housing, travel, population, business, pleasure,...


The Adventures of Captain Horn

by Frank R. Stockton Feedbooks (March 25, 2018)

This was the third-best selling book in the United States in 1895. It begins:

"Early in the spring of the year 1884, the three-masted schooner Castor, from San Francisco to Valparaiso, was struck by a tornado...


The Great Stone of Sardis

by Frank R. Stockton Feedbooks (March 25, 2018)

A double adventure written at the end of the 19th century, somewhat in the theme of Jules Verne's Twenty Thousand Leagues Under the Sea and Journey to the Center of the Earth, telling of a submarine trip in...


The Lady, or the Tiger?

by Frank R. Stockton Feedbooks (March 25, 2018)

Called the most famous riddle mystery of all time, this very short story poses a dilemma. A man is sentenced to an unusual punishment for having a romance with a king's beloved daughter. Taken to the public...


The Million Pound Bank Note

by Mark Twain Feedbooks (March 25, 2018)

The story takes place in Victorian London, where two very rich, eccentric brothers give the penniless story protagonist, Henry Adams, one million pounds of money in the form of a single peerless bank note. Henry...


With Her in Ourland

by Charlotte Perkins Gilman Feedbooks (March 25, 2018)

Sequel to Herland.

Published serially in the author's monthly magazine, Forerunner, volume 7 (1916).

Herland described an all-women utopia in a secluded high valley, where 3 adventurous young men visit by airplane....


Wulf the Saxon

by G. A. Henty Feedbooks (March 25, 2018)

From the creator of exciting, historically accurate fiction for young readers comes this tale of loyalty and courage in 11th-century Britain. Wulf and his best friend, Beorn, fight bravely for their Saxon king...


The Riddle of the Night

by Thomas W. Hanshew Feedbooks (March 25, 2018)

A man mysteriously murdered at night, the figures 2x4 x 1x2 scrawled on his shirt front, a broken shoe-polish label beside him. Cleek solved it. Can you?


The Spell

by William Dana Orcutt Feedbooks (March 25, 2018)

A romance set in Italy involving a love triangle of Helen, Inez, and Jack, tangled up in a spell of dual personalities, in the present and in the past. Excerpts:

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"SLOWLY THE SPELL BEGAN TO WORK UPON INEZ’...


Among the Meadow People

by Clara Dillingham Pierson Feedbooks (March 25, 2018)

MANY of these stories of field life were written for the little ones of my kindergarten, and they gave so much pleasure, and aroused such a new interest in "the meadow people," that it has seemed wise to collect...


The Experiences of Loveday Brooke, Lady Detective

by Catherine Louisa Pirkis Feedbooks (March 25, 2018)

What is a young lady like Loveday Brooke doing in a private detective agency? She's working there, as a clever sleuth, a female Sherlock Holmes of sorts. Excerpts:

"Loveday Brooke, at this period of her career,...


The Plotters

by Alexander Blade Feedbooks (March 25, 2018)

He came from a far planet to find some of the Earth's secrets. But Marko found other things, too—like his love for beautiful Beth.


Emily of New Moon

by Lucy Maud Montgomery Feedbooks (March 25, 2018)

Similar to her earlier and more famous Anne of Green Gables series, the Emily novels depicted life through the eyes of a young orphan girl, Emily Starr, who is raised by her relatives after her father dies of...


Condemned as a Nihilist

by G. A. Henty Feedbooks (March 25, 2018)

There are few difficulties that cannot be surmounted by patience, resolution, and pluck, and great as are the obstacles that nature and the Russian government oppose to an escape from the prisons of Siberia,...


Among Malay Pirates : a Tale of Adventure and Peril

by G. A. Henty Feedbooks (March 25, 2018)

In this collection of shorter stories we visit Malay pirates, have a couple of tales of India, a shipwreck off the Channel Islands and a bursting dam in California, and finish off escaping from captivity in...


A Child of the Jago

by Arthur Morrison Feedbooks (March 25, 2018)

The novel recounts the brief life of Dicky Perrott, a child growing up in the "Old Jago", a fictionalisation of the Old Nichol, a slum in the East End of London.


Poor Jack

by Frederick Marryat Feedbooks (March 25, 2018)

It tells the story of Thomas Saunders, a sailor's son and neglected street urchin struggling to survive in Greenwich, London in the early 19th century. ("Poor Jack" was the title given by the waterfront boys,...


The Affair at the Semiramis Hotel

by A. E. W. Mason Feedbooks (March 25, 2018)

BOOK 2 IN THE INSPECTOR HANAUD SERIES, in which we again join Ricardo and Hanaud, this time in an ambiguous situation. A young, wealthy vagabond English man, Calladine, whom Ricardo knew before, hastily comes...


Redburn

by Herman Melville Feedbooks (March 25, 2018)

Wellington Redburn is a fifteen-year-old from the state of New York, with only one dream - to run away to sea. However, when he does fulfil this long-held fantasy, he quickly finds that reality as a cabin boy...


The Iron Woman

by Margaret Deland Feedbooks (March 25, 2018)

The Iron Woman is a novel of manners by the American writer Margaret Deland set in the 19th century fictional locale of Mercer, an Ohio River community that represents Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania.


The Thing From -- "Outside"

by George Allan England Feedbooks (March 25, 2018)

This was one of the 6 science fiction stories published in the first issue (April 1926) of the first magazine devoted to science fiction, Amazing Stories, edited and published by Hugo Gernsback, now considered...


The Mountain Girl

by Emma Payne Erskine Feedbooks (March 25, 2018)

A delightful love-story, genuinely American in feeling and treatment.


Sybil, or The Two Nations

by Benjamin Disraeli Feedbooks (March 25, 2018)

Sybil, or The Two Nations is an 1845 novel by Benjamin Disraeli. Published in the same year as Friedrich Engels's The Condition of the Working Class in England in 1844, Sybil traces the plight of the working...


The Man Who Saved The Earth

by Austin Hall Feedbooks (March 25, 2018)

The story opens on an oppressively hot day with a poor little newspaper boy, Charley, playing with a "burning glass" (a magnifying glass) which he uses to concentrate sunlight onto a small focal spot, thus intensifying...


Fifty Years Hence, or What May Be in 1943

by Robert Grimshaw Feedbooks (March 25, 2018)

"Fifty Years Hence" is a quasi-fictional work by Robert Grimshaw, a professional engineer, with the intent of making a serious prediction of America's technological future, using engineering knowledge from his...


The Man Who Ended War

by Hollis Godfrey Feedbooks (March 25, 2018)

The Secretary of War of the United States receives a letter sent to his and all other nations, declaring that war has too long devastated the earth and the time has come for peace. It orders them to destroy...


The Borough Treasurer

by Joseph Smith Fletcher Feedbooks (March 25, 2018)

Blackmail, murder and the secret of an ancient quarry go to make a very exciting yarn.


The Double

by Fyodor Mikhailovich Dostoyevsky Feedbooks (March 25, 2018)

The Double centers on a government clerk who goes mad. It deals with the internal psychological struggle of its main character, Yakov Petrovich Golyadkin, who repeatedly encounters someone who is his exact double...


In the Days of Drake

by Joseph Smith Fletcher Feedbooks (March 25, 2018)

In the whole history of the English people there is no period so absolutely heroic, so full of enthralling interest, as that in which the might of England made itself apparent by land and sea—the period which...