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    North and South

    by Gaskell, Elizabeth C

    Download Rank: 138

    North and South is set in the fictional industrial town of Milton in the North of England. Forced to leave her home in the tranquil rural south, Margaret Hale settles with her parents in Milton where she witnesses the brutal world wrought by the industrial revolution and employers and workers clashing in the first organised strikes. Sympathetic to the poor whose courage and tenacity she admires and among whom she makes friends, she clashes with John Thornton, a cotton mill manufacturer who belongs to the nouveaux riches and whose contemptuous attitude to workers Margaret despises. The novel traces both her growing understanding of the complexity of labor relations and her impact on some well-meaning mill owners, and the conflicted relationship between Margaret Hale and John Thornton.
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    Ethan Frome

    by Wharton, Edith

    Download Rank: 139

    Finding himself laid up in the small New England town of Starkfield for the winter, the narrator sets out to learn about the life of a mysterious local named Ethan Frome, who had a tragic accident some twenty years earlier. After questioning various locals with little result, the narrator finally comes to learn the details of Ethan’s “smash-up” (as the locals call it) when a violent snowstorm forces the narrator into an overnight stay at the Frome household.
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    Twelve Years a Slave

    by Northup, Solomon

    Download Rank: 173

    Twelve Years a Slave is an 1853 memoir and slave narrative by American Solomon Northup as told to and edited by David Wilson. Northup, a black man who was born free in New York state, details his being tricked to go to Washington, D.C., where he was kidnapped and sold into slavery in the Deep South. After having been kept in bondage for 12 years in Louisiana by various masters, Northup was able to write to friends and family in New York, who in turn secured his release with the aid of the state. Northup's account provides extensive details on the slave markets in Washington, D.C. and New Orleans, and describes at length cotton and sugar cultivation and slave treatment on major plantations in Louisiana.
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    A Christmas Carol in

    by Dickens, Charles

    Download Rank: 14

    An infamous man in town has a cold heart and through a series of events around Christmas he is faced with his past, present and future
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    The Adventures of Pi

    by Collodi, Carlo

    Download Rank: 60

    Pinocchio was naughty from the very first day that Geppetto created him. Instead of going to school or learning a trade, the little puppet who magically came to life wanted only to eat, drink, sleep, and play. Poor Pinocchio's problems grew — as did his nose every time he told a lie, which was quite often.
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    The Dunwich Horror

    by Lovecraft, H. P. (Ho

    Download Rank: 175

    In the isolated, desolate, decrepit village of Dunwich, Wilbur Whateley is the hideous son of Lavinia Whateley, a deformed and unstable albino mother, and an unknown father (alluded to in passing by mad Old Whateley, as "Yog-Sothoth"). Strange events surround his birth and precocious development. Wilbur matures at an abnormal rate, reaching manhood within a decade. Locals shun him and his family, and animals fear and despise him (due to his odor). All the while, his sorcerer grandfather indoctrinates him into certain dark rituals and the study of witchcraft. Various locals grow suspicious after Old Whateley buys more and more cattle, yet the number of his herd never increases, and the cattle in his field become mysteriously afflicted with severe open wounds.
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    A Thousand Degrees B

    by Leinster, Murray

    Download Rank: 176

    A Thousand Degrees Below Zero. A mad genius threatens to freeze earth's waterways unless he is acclaimed emperor of the planet.
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    The Silver Menace

    by Leinster, Murray

    Download Rank: 177

    The Silver Menace. An ecological disaster turns the oceans into masses of muck and unleashes a creeping doom on all mankind.
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    Among the Trees Agai

    by Stein, Evaleen

    Download Rank: 178

    Among the Trees Again is her second book of poetry inspired by the Indiana countryside.
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    Dave Dawson with the

    by Bowen, Robert Sidney

    Download Rank: 179

    The World War aviator partners with the Eighth Air Force
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    Dave Dawson at Singa

    by Bowen, Robert Sidney

    Download Rank: 181

    The World War aviator at Singapore
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    The Secret Martians

    by Sharkey, Jack

    Download Rank: 182

    The hero is sent by the Brain, a huge computer which helps run the government, to be sent to Mars along with the Amnesty, a badge that gives him authority to do anything, and with a collapsar, the weapon reserved for governement Security, in order to solve the problem of the disappearance of a bunch of Space Scouts -- young boys who had been on a trip to Mars. His main problem is a gorgeous girl with thename Snow White, elder sister of one of the presumably kidnapped Space Scouts. Her ability to distract him allows her to steal his Amnesty, and he vacillates between anger at her and helpless lust. He keeps trying to solve the main problem, even without his Amnesty badge, and ends up encountering some of the lizardlike aliens.
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    One Against the Moon

    by Wollheim, Donald A.

    Download Rank: 184

    A tale about a stowaway, on the first rocket to the moon. Trapped in an underground cavern of the moon, Robin Carew faced possible death-alone. Starvation was postponed only briefly. He had the two rabbits and a monkey that had accompanied him in the untested atomic rocket not designed for human passengers.
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    Later Than You Think

    by Leiber, Fritz

    Download Rank: 185

    Later Than You Think sets up a double twist in its conversation about a lost race that sounds very much like humanity…
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    Contagion

    by MacLean, Katherine

    Download Rank: 187

    Contagion opens on an alien world (Minos) with a hunting party consisting of four doctors –The hunting party is looking for native creatures because “if the animals were like Earth animals, their diseases might be like Earth diseases.” “Plague planets” had been responsible for the extinction of a number of colonies before stricter measures had been implemented. The hero soon discovers an unstoppable plague among her own crew.
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    The Alien

    by Jones, Raymond F.

    Download Rank: 188

    Speculate for a moment on the enormous challenge to archaeology when interplanetary travel is possible . . . and relics are found of a race extinct for half a million years! A race that was so far in advance of ours that they held the secret of life restoration! What happens when a member of that race is brought back after 500,000 years of death . . .
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    The Haunted Ship

    by Tucker, Kate

    Download Rank: 203

    An incredible adventure aboard a haunted ship.
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    An Australian Girl

    by Macleod, Mrs. Alick

    Download Rank: 162

    The novel is set in Australia and Europe in the 1880s. The story follows the early life of Stella Courtland, who, feeling herself unable to marry an Anglo-German intellectual Anselm Langdale, instead marries a long-term suitor who she later discovers is an alcoholic. She also discovers that Langdale is not already married as she originally thought. Following a breakdown and consideration of leaving her husband she finally decides to honour her marriage and stand by him.
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