Friday 28 February 2014

P. T. Barnum - Humbugs of the World

P.T. Barnum: An Account of humbugs, delusions, impositions, quackeries, deceits and deceivers generally, in all ages, written by the famous expert in the field - P.T. Barnum. Phineas Taylor Barnum (July 5, 1810 – April 7, 1891) was an American showman remembered for hoaxes and for founding the circus that became the Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey Circus. Barnum never flinched from his stated goal "to put money in his own coffers." He was a businessman, his profession was entertainment, and he was perhaps the first "show business" millionaire. He never said "There's a sucker born every minute" but his rebuttal to critics was often "I am a showman by profession...and all the gilding shall make nothing else of me."

Pages: 280
ISBN:  9781409237037

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Monday 24 February 2014

Harrison B Ford - Konsten att komma sig upp här i världen

En praktisk, lärorik och populär handbok för alla som vilja bliva självständiga, göra sig aktade och ansedda i samhället, samt finna vägen till livslycka och förmögenhet.

Först publicerad 1923, men nu äntligen i en efterlängtad nyutgåva. Ständigt aktuell!

Sidor: 120
ISBN:  9781409242758

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Friday 21 February 2014

P. G. Wodehouse - Jeeves & Wooster

"Jeeves & Wooster” by PG Wodehouse - Most enjoyable characters ever invented! Bertie Wooster, a young gentleman with a "distinctive blend of airy nonchalance and refined gormlessness", and Jeeves, his improbably well-informed and talented valet. Wooster is a bachelor, a minor aristocrat and member of the idle rich. He and his friends, who are mainly members of The Drones Club, are extricated from all manner of societal misadventures by the indispensable valet ("gentleman's personal gentleman"), Jeeves. The stories are set in the United Kingdom and the United States in the 1930s.

Pages: 420
ISBN:  9781304838483

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Sunday 16 February 2014

George MacDonald - The Princess and Curdie

George MacDonald's The Princess and Curdie is a children's fantasy novel. It is the sequel to The Princess and the Goblin. The Princess Irene and Curdie are now a year or two older, and must overthrow a set of corrupt ministers who are poisoning Irene's father, the king. Irene's grandmother also reappears and gives Curdie a strange gift and a monster called Lina to help his quest. Anne Thaxter Eaton writes in ‘’A Critical History of Children's Literature’’ that ‘’The Princess and the Goblin’’ and its sequel “quietly suggest in every incident ideas of courage and honor. Jeffrey Holdaway writing in New Zealand Art Monthly said that both books start out as “normal fairytales but slowly become stranger”, and that they contain layers of symbolism similar to that of Lewis Carroll’s work.

Pages: 164
ISBN:  9781409265436

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George MacDonald - The Princess and the Goblin

George MacDonald's The Princess and the Goblin is a children's fantasy novel. It was published in 1872 by Strahan & Co. The sequel to this book is The Princess and Curdie, in which Princess Irene and Curdie are a year or two older, and must overthrow a set of corrupt ministers who are poisoning Irene's father, the king. Irene's grandmother also reappears and gives Curdie a strange gift and a monster called Lina to help his quest. Anne Thaxter Eaton writes in ‘’A Critical History of Children's Literature’’ that ‘’The Princess and the Goblin’’ and its sequel “quietly suggest in every incident ideas of courage and honor. Jeffrey Holdaway writing in New Zealand Art Monthly said that both books start out as “normal fairytales but slowly become stranger”, and that they contain layers of symbolism similar to that of Lewis Carroll’s work.

Pages: 152
ISBN:  9781409265542

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Saturday 15 February 2014

E. & H. Hernon - Flaxman Low, Occult Psychologist

Flaxman Low is a psychic detective of a pure Sherlock Holmes-ian style. He investigates and solves psychic mysteries with no tools other than his immense knowledge of supernatural phenomena and his keen powers of observation. Flaxman Low is the last hope for those unfortunate people who are faced with a mystery that seems beyond all natural laws, and which imperils not only their bodies, but in some cases their very souls. Flaxman Low was one of the original detectives. His adventures were published in 1898-99. He's basically Sherlock Holmes, called in for his unassailable calm in the face of ghosts or elementals or other evil creatures. This volume contains all the twelve stories.

Pages 184
ISBN:  9781304838452

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L. T. Meade & Robert Eustace - John Bell, A Master of Mysteries

A Master of Mysteries, first published in 1898, concerning John Bell, a 'professional exposer of ghosts' who solves the mysteries of haunted houses. "It so happened that the circumstances of fate allowed me to follow my own bent in the choice of a profession. From my earliest youth the weird, the mysterious had an irresistible fascination for me. Having private means, I resolved to follow my unique inclinations, and I am now well known to all my friends as a professional exposer of ghosts, and one who can clear away the mysteries of most haunted houses....I propose in these pages to relate the histories of certain queer events, enveloped at first in mystery, and apparently dark with portent, but, nevertheless, when grappled with in the true spirit of science, capable of explanation." - from the Introduction to "A Master of Mysteries".

Pages: 168
ISBN: 9781304838513

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Friday 14 February 2014

E. R. Eddison - The Worm Ouroboros

The Worm Ouroboros is a heroic high fantasy novel by Eric Rücker Eddison, first published in 1922. The book describes the protracted war between the domineering King Gorice of Witchland and the Lords of Demonland in an imaginary world that appears mainly medieval and partly reminiscent of Norse sagas. This is the book that shaped the landscape of contemporary science fiction. J. R. R. Tolkien acclaimed its author as "the greatest and most convincing writer of 'invented worlds' that I have read." Written in the best traditions of Homeric epics, Norse sagas, and Arthurian myths, it recounts compelling tales of warriors and witches. The Worm Ourorobos is second only to the Lord of the Rings in the pantheon of 20th century English fantasy. You have never read anything like this before!

Pages: 428
ISBN:  9781304838551

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Sabine Baring-Gould - Curious Myths of the Middle Ages

Contains the myths of: The Wandering Jew, Prestor John, The Divining Rod, The Seven Sleepers of Ephesus, William Tell, The Dog Gellert, Tailed Men, Antichrist and Pope Joan, The Man in the Moon, The Mountain of Venus, Fatality of Numbers, S. Patrick's Purgatory, The Terrestrial Paradise, S. George, S. Ursula and the Eleven Thousand Virgins, The Legend of the Cross, Schamir, The Piper of Hameln, Bishop Hatto, Melusina, The Fortunate Isles, Swan Maidens, The Knight of the Swan, The Sangreal, Theophilus.

Pages: 320
ISBN: 9781409265924

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Thursday 13 February 2014

Marie Corelli - The Sorrows of Satan

The Sorrows of Satan, by Marie Corelli, was the first modern bestseller and was influential in establishing some of the major trends in twentieth-century bestselling fiction. The setting is London, 1895, and the Devil is on the loose. He is searching for someone morally strong enough to resist temptation, but there seems little chance he will succeed. Britain is all but totally corrupt. The aristocracy is financially and spiritually bankrupt; church leaders no longer believe in God; Victorian idealism has been banished from literature and life; and sexual morality is being undermined by the pernicious doctrines of the "New Woman." Everything and everyone is up for sale, and it takes a special kind of moral courage to resist the Devil's seductions.

Pages: 404
ISBN:  9781304830470

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Henry De Vere Stacpoole - The Blue Lagoon

The Blue Lagoon is a romance novel by Henry De Vere Stacpoole, first published in 1908 and it became an instant success. Two young children are the survivors of a shipwreck in the South Pacific. After days afloat, they arrive and are stranded on a lush tropical island. Together, cousins Richard and Emmeline Lestrange have to survive solely on their resourcefulness, and the bounty of their remote paradise. Years pass and both Richard and Emmeline grow into tall, strong and beautiful young adults. They live in a hut and spend their days fishing, swimming, diving for pearls, and exploring the island. During this period, they get along unthinkingly, although Richard often ignores Emmeline or takes her for granted, unless he needs an audience for one of his stories. Eventually, strange emotions start influencing their relationship. Richard and Emmeline begin to fall in love, although they do not realize it. They are physically attracted to each other, but don't realize it or know how to express it.

Pages: 240
ISBN: 9781304814357

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Wednesday 12 February 2014

Marjorie Bowen - Black Magic

Black Magic, by Marjorie Bowen, begins with this ominous first line: 'In the large room of a house in a certain quiet city in Flanders, a man was guilding a devil'. That person is Dirk Renswoude, a craftsman and loner of noble birth who has been mistreated in some unspecified way by his family. He meets Thierry, a young scholar on his way to study at the university at Basle and they soon discover that they have a shared fascination with the black arts. However, Thierry is initially cautious and afraid of blasphemy, whilst Dirk is ambitious to be "as great as the Master we serve can make his followers" and thirst for power. Dirk leads them on to experiments with mystic circles drawn on the floor in chalk, the chanting of arcane incantations and the evocation of grotesque, demonic visions writhing in the speculum. Thierry still wavers, but when their experiments lead to murder the die is cast for both of them. One of the best gothic novels ever written!

No 13 in Dennis Wheatley Library of the Occult.

Pages: 392
ISBN:  9781304830326

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The Niebelungenlied

The Nibelungenlied, translated as The Song of the Nibelungs, is an epic poem in Middle High German. The story tells of dragon-slayer Siegfried at the court of the Burgundians. It may be considered as the worlds first fantasy story. Heroes, dragons, treasures, sword fights and magic. This is the prose version of the famous epic poem. The Nibelungenlied is based on pre-Christian Germanic heroic motifs (the "Nibelungensaga"), which include oral traditions and reports based on historic events and individuals of the 5th and 6th centuries. Old Norse parallels of the legend survive in the Völsunga saga, the Prose Edda, the Poetic Edda, the Legend of Norna-Gest, and the Þiðrekssaga.

Pages: 316
ISBN:  9781304830555

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Tuesday 11 February 2014

Wilkie Collins - The Moonstone

The Moonstone (1868), by Wilkie Collins,  is generally considered to be the first detective novel in the English language and also one of the best detective stories of all time. Rachel Verinder, a young woman, inherits a large Indian diamond on her eighteenth birthday. It is a legacy from her uncle, a corrupt army officer who served in India. The diamond is of great religious significance as well as being extremely valuable and three Hindu priests have dedicated their lives to recovering it. Rachel's birthday is celebrated with a large party, whose guests include her cousin Franklin Blake. She wears the Moonstone on her dress that evening for all to see, including some Indian jugglers who have called at the house. That night, the diamond is stolen from Rachel's bedroom, and a period of turmoil, unhappiness, misunderstandings and ill-luck ensues. Told by a series of narratives from some of the main characters, the complex plot traces the subsequent efforts to identify the thief, trace the stone and maybe recover it.

Pages: 542
ISBN: 9781304830814

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Lord Dunsany - The King of Elflands Daughter

The King of Elflands Daughter by Lord Dunsany. The lord of Erl is told by the parliament of his people that they want to be ruled by a magic lord. Obeying the immemorial custom, the lord sends his son Alveric to fetch the King of Elfland's daughter, Lirazel, to be his bride. He makes his way to Elfland, where time passes at a rate far slower than the real world, and wins her. They return to Erl and have a son, but in the manner of fairy brides of folklore, she fits uneasily with his people. She returns to the waiting arms of her father in Elfland, and her lovesick husband goes searching for her, abandoning the kingdom of Erl and wandering in a now-hopeless quest. The poetic style and sweeping grandeur of The King of Elfland's Daughter has made it one of the most beloved fantasy novels of our time, a masterpiece that influenced some of the greatest contemporary fantasists. The heartbreaking story of a marriage between a mortal man and an elf princess is a masterful tapestry of the fairy tale following the "happily ever after."

Pages: 228
ISBN: 9781304830258

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