HG Wells was an incredibly prolific writer who contributed short stories in a variety of genres, including science fiction, dystopian fiction, and gothic horror. Originally published in 1897, Thirty Strange Stories contains tales like "The Triumphs of a Taxidermist", "Pollock and the Porroh Man", "The Story of the Late Mr. Elvesham", and "The Stolen Bacillus". "The Red Room" is the horrifying story of a man trapped in a haunted room, but it is never made clear what it is that haunts the room.
HG Wells (1866-1946) was a prolific writer who mastered many sub-genres of the horror, science fiction, and monster tale. The Plattner Story and Others is a collection of 17 short stories, mostly published in periodicals during the 1980s. They include chestnuts like "The Argonauts of the Air", "In the Abyss", "The Apple", "Under the Knife", "The Sea Raiders", "The Cone", and "The Purple Pileus".
In his fiction, HG Wells explored various fantasy and science fiction sub-genres, from alien invasion narratives through time travel to dystopian tales. He was also an innovator and pioneer in matters of plot and style, as proven by the 33 short stories in The Country of the Blind and Other Stories. The tale of the title is about a mountaineer who discovers a secluded valley of blind people. When he tries to tell them about the sense of sight, they scoff and attribute it to an over-active imagination.
Volume 2 of The Lives of the Saints contains information on events and saints like St. Ignatius, Bishop of Antioch, Bridget, Patroness of Ireland, Sigebert II, French King of Austrasia, The Purification of the Blessed Virgin Mary, Laurence, Archbishop of Canterbury, Wereburge, Patroness of Chester, Isidore of Pelusium, Priest, The Martyrs of Japan, the Martyrs of Pontus under Diocletian, Barsanuphius, Tresain, Attracta, Scholastica, Soteris, and many more.
Alban Butler's Lives of the Saints is one of the most revered Catholic books after the Bible, the Missal, and The Imitation of Christ. Written in the early 19th century by Butler, an English convert to Catholicism, the collection is organized by date, which makes the work easy to use for those who want to deepen their devotion to the Saints. Each biographical entry is followed by a lesson to help believers apply the virtues of that saint to their own lives.
Saint Athanasius (c. 296 - 298 - 2 May 373) was the 20th bishop of Alexandria. He was a fierce Trinitarian and a champion of orthodoxy who opposed four Roman emperors and many prominent churchmen of his time. This work begins with the creation, making it clear that the redeeming Word is also the Word which creates. Athanasius contends that the Godhead is present in every particle of creation, and especially in the person of Jesus Christ who is The Word. In his view of atonement, Jesus is the Christus Victor - the hero who defeats Satan and, thereby, destroys death.
The Soul of Prayer was written by P. T. Forsyth (1848 - 1921), a British Nonconformist minister and author of 25 books and 260 articles. In this work, the author discusses the philosophical and scriptural principles relating to the prayer life of believers. He expounds on the inwardness, the naturalness, and the timelessness of prayer, and considers the vicariousness and the insistency of the practice. The Soul of Prayer serves as an in-depth resource for the earnest seeker on how to cultivate and maintain a fruitful prayer life.
"The Twilight of the Idols" was written by Nietzsche in 1888 as a short introduction to his work. In it, he labels the era’s German culture as decadent and nihilistic, and criticizes certain British, French and Italian cultural figures who, in his view, represented similar tendencies. By decadence, he means a fading of life, vitality and an embrace of weakness. In contrast to those alleged representatives of cultural decadence, Nietzsche holds up historical personages like Julius Caesar, Napoleon, Goethe, Thucydides and the Sophist philosophers as healthier types.
Ecce Homo, subtitled How One Becomes What One Is, is the final original book written by Friedrich Nietzsche before he succumbed to the insanity which lasted until his death in 1900. In this extraordinary autobiography, Nietzsche chronicles his life and development as a philosopher, his tastes as an individual, and his vision for humanity.
Thus Spake Zarathustra is a philosophical novel by the German philosopher Friedrich Nietzsche. The work’s hybrid narrative encompasses philosophical sayings, fiction, and poetry, and also serves as a parody of and amendment to the Bible. The plot, a chronicle of fictitious speeches and travels attributed to the ancient sage Zarathustra or Zoroaster, emerges only sporadically throughout the text. Quite different from the historical figure, Nietzsche’s Zarathustra turns morality around and severely criticizes religion, which he views as "the worship of death".
Human, All Too Human: A Book for Free Spirits was originally published in 1878. The work is Nietzsche's first in the aphoristic style and discusses a range of concepts in brief paragraphs. It represents the start of Nietzsche's "middle period", in which he breaks with German Romanticism and Wagner.
Published in 1886, Beyond Good and Evil: Prelude to a Philosophy of the Future is a work which expands the ideas on Nietzsche’s previous work, Thus Spake Zarathustra. The book comprises 296 aphorisms arranged thematically into nine chapters. In the preface, Nietzsche accuses past philosophers of dogmatism, and in the first chapter he claims that every famous philosophy is merely a personal confession.
Captain John Smith (1904) is a gripping biography of a remarkable man and informative history of early colonial times. Captain Smith already had an adventurous life before he saved Jamestown colony, among other actions by forging relations with the Powhatan tribe.
James Wilson (1742-1798) was one of the founding fathers of the US and a signatory of the Declaration of Independence and the Constitution. A leading legal theorist, he was one of the six original justices appointed to the Supreme Court. In this work, he argues that man does not exist for the sake of government but that government exists for the sake of man.