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1984 George Orwell


The much acclaimed and prophetic classic by Orwell has stood the test of time. Is it perfect? Absolutely not.

Does it have the flawless symmetry of Austen’s novels? Not really.

Could Orwell delineate the characters like Dostoevsky? Barely.

Does it have the devilish sense of humor so conspicuous of The Animal Firm? No.

Is the plot original? Far from it (check We by Yevgeny Zamyatin).

Does it have a touch of Salman Rushdie’s poetic story telling? Actually, it is more of an essay.

Orwell’s 1984 should be read for reasons of its own. In spite of its flaws, it makes a terrifying future too real for a work of fiction. It could be a Nazi Germany, a Fascist Italy, a so-called socialistic Russia, Napoleon’s despotic France or a combination of all of them. How common are “Big Brothers” in the world as it exists today? “Nothing was your own except the few cubic centimetres inside your skull.” — does this tone seem familiar across socio-economic-political levels? This is not a review of the book, so let the reader be the judge of how imposing Orwell view of the human future is.

“It was a bright cold day in April, and the clocks were striking thirteen.” – what follows would possibly change the way you look at any ideology or propaganda and wonder, like Wordsworth said, “What man has made of man.”

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Download ebook — She: A History of Adventure by Henry Rider Haggard

She H. Rider Haggard

Henry Rider Haggard’s She, set mainly in Africa, is one of the greatest adventure stories ever told. Wikipedia mentions that this classic tale has never been out of print. She expresses the imperialistic and colonial views of the time and takes a controversial stand on womanhood and femininity. It is for the individual reader to decide if She confirms to your literary taste, but you certainly cannot afford to skip this.

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Edition history: Hodder C 119 (1957)

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Happy Birthday Samuel Taylor Coleridge

Samuel Taylor Coleridge

“God save thee, ancient Mariner,
From the fiends that plague thee thus! –
Why look’st thou so?’ -“With my crossbow
I shot the Albatross.”

Samuel Taylor Coleridge — one of the major figures of the Romantic Movement, a friend of William Wordsworth, and lifelong opium addict — was born on the 21st of October, 1772. His most acclaimed works include The Rime of the Ancient Mariner and Kubla Khan. The prose work Biographia Literaria and study of Shakespeare are also critically acclaimed. He coined the phrase “willing suspension of disbelief”, which has found way to popular culture. Coleridge, like a lot of other gifted souls, was cursed with depression and ill health. Death seized him on 25th July 1834 and the dreamy spirit was not of this world anymore.

Carlyle wrote:

“Coleridge sat on the brow of Highgate Hill, in those years, looking down on London and its smoke-tumult, like a sage escaped from the inanity of life’s battle…”.

Happy Birthday Mr. Coleridge. We miss you.

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Download ebook: The Three Musketeers by Alexandre Dumas (PDF)

The Three Musketeers Alexandre Dumas

The Three Musketeers (and its sequels) cannot be simply defined as historical fiction. To a lot of people French history is limited to just what Alexandre Dumas wrote in these novels. Dumas’ outstanding delineation of King Louis XIII, Queen Anne, and particularly Cardinal Richelieu makes the dry characters of history books intriguing and alive. And how would you forget the dangerously seductive Milady de Winter, who you wish were more than just a fictional character (check out Milla Jovovich in the latest movie adaptation of the novel)?

As long as friendship, loyalty, passion doesn’t perish from the face of the earth, we shall remember Athos, Porthos, Aramis and the wild, courageous, handsome D’Artagnan.

Did you know that D’Artagnan’s character is based on Charles de Bast de Castelmore, who was count of Artagnan. Charles was a musketeer in the service of King Louis XIV.

Chivalrous romance, conspiracies, nail biting escapes, assassinations, betrayals, duels — this novel has more force than an intercontinental ballistic missile.

If you have an inspired, headstrong revolutionary in you, The Three Musketeers is your Bible. Viva de France.

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Download ebook: Weird Tales (15 Issues)

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The legendary Weird Tales, arguably the best known horror and pulp fiction magazine of all time, needs no introduction. It launched the careers of master writers of the genre like Lovecraft and Clark Ashton Smith. WT was a stately galleon carrying bizarre and unusual treasures. It presented us sparkling jewels of literature like August Darleth, Ray Bradbury, Robert Bloch and Seabury Quinn among others.

Renowned artists like Margaret Brundage, J. Allen St. John, and Virgil Finlay made Weird Tales famous for its outstanding cover and interior art.

Unfortunately, Weird Tales was ahead of its time. Its bizarre content was not appreciated by contemporary readers and the magazine was on the verge of bankruptcy during the time of Edwin Baird, its first editor. Baird’s successor, Farnsworth Wright, had better luck. The immensely popular Conan the barbarian stories of Howard were published during Wright’s editorial reign.

Did you know that Wright infamously rejected Lovecraft’s The Call of Cthulhu? He thought it was too esoteric.

Dorothy McIlwraith was the next WT editor. The new editor shifted the focus of the magazine from Howard’s Sword and Sorcery to typical horror & SF stuff. McIlwraith introduced promising new authors like Bradbury and Theodore Sturgeon to WT readers.

In spite of all the efforts, Weird tales circulation never crossed 50,000. It terms of readership, it was way behind the bigger players like The Shadow.

In the post World War II era, Weird Tales faced stiff competition from paperbacks, comic books, and radio. Newsprint shortage added to its woes. Finally, after 279 issues, Weird Tales ceased publication in 1954.

Since then WT has seen several reincarnations. Respected figures like Stephen H. Seagal and Marvin Kaye has managed WT in recent times. These days, critics and readers hold Weird Tales in high esteem. The Magazine has gained a cult status and a loyal following. It is widely considered as a landmark effort in Weird fiction. A lot of people still search for old issues of Weird tales, feel nostalgic about the priceless old advertisements that appeared on the magazine, and long for those double column retro pages.

Weird Tales has won Hugo Award and World Fantasy Award for its significant contribution to the genre. More importantly, it has given us a frighteningly delightful world to escape to. May those pages never die.

Here are some collection of stories taken from Weird tales:

1) Weird Tales (1964)
2) Worlds of Weird (1965) all edited by Leo Margulies.
3) Far Below and Other Horrors (1974) ed. Robert Weinberg
4) Weird Tales (1976) ed. Peter Haining.
5) Weird Legacies (1977) ed. Mike Ashley.
6) Weird Tales:The Magazine That Never Dies (1988) ed. Marvin Kaye.
7) Weird Tales: 32 Unearthed Terrors (1988) ed. Weinberg, Stefan R. Dziemianowicz and Martin H. Greenberg.
8) The Eighth Green Man and Other Strange Folk (1989) ed. Weinberg.
9) 100 Wild Little Weird Tales (1994) ed. Weinberg, Dziemianowicz and Greenberg.
10) Best of Weird Tales (1995) ed. John Gregory Betancourt.
11) The Best of Weird Tales: 1923 (1997) ed. Kaye and Betancourt.
12) Weird Tales: Seven Decades of Terror (1997) ed. Weinberg and Betancourt.
13) Weird Tales: The 21st Century (2007) ed. Segal and Wallace.

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