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Rating: 2.90 / 5
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World's Scariest Places: Volume Two: Helltown & Island of the Dolls

by Jeremy Bates

This omnibus edition includes books two and three in the bestselling World's Scariest Places series.Helltown - Since the 1980s there have been numerous reports of occult activity and other possibly supernatural phenomenon within certain villages and townships of Summit County, Ohio—an area collectively known as Helltown.When a group of out-out-town friends investigating the legends are driven off the road by a mysterious hearse, their night of cheap thrills turns to chills as they begin to die one by one.Island of the Dolls - Deep within an ancient Aztec canal system on the outskirts of Mexico City lies Isla de las Munecas...a reportedly haunted island infested with thousands of decrepit dolls.While there to film a television documentary, several friends discover a brutal murder. Soon fe...

Genre: Nonfiction, Literary Criticism & Theory
Size: 617 pages
Free eBook download for Kindle from 28 January 2020 onward  

Rating: 5.00 / 5
5 reviews

The Academic Book of the Future

by Rebecca E. Lyons

This book is open access under a CC-BY licence.What makes a book 'academic'? What spaces, physical and digital, can they be found in? How are they made, bought, and read? These questions are tackled by a cross-section of thirteen experts from the fields of bookselling, publishing, university libraries, and academic research in this volume of essays, which was produced in conjunction with the team from the AHRC/British Library Academic Book of the Future Project as an accelerated publishing challenge for the first ever Academic Book Week. The topics include campus bookshops and bookselling, the role of national libraries, Open Access, the Research Excellence Framework, and publishing innovation. The approaches explore the realities of the present and venture all the way through to possible ...

Genre: Arts & Photography, Stage & Theatre, Fiction, Nonfiction, Education & Reference, Education, Literary Criticism & Theory, Publishing & Books, Science & Maths
Size: 120 pages
Free eBook download for Kindle from 28 January 2020 onward  

Rating: 4.40 / 5
5515 reviews

Pride and Prejudice

by Jane Austen

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Genre: Comics & Graphic Novels, Graphic Novels, Fiction, Nonfiction, Literary Criticism & Theory, Parenting & Families, Family Relationships, Romance, Self-Help & Counselling, Relationships
Size: 3.41 mb
Free eBook download for Kindle from 27 January 2020 onward  

Rating: 4.60 / 5
507 reviews

The Prophet

by Kahlil Gibran

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Genre: Arts & Photography, Art, Fiction, Poetry, History, Middle East, Nonfiction, Literary Criticism & Theory, Politics & Social Sciences, Poetry, Drama & Criticism
Size: 70 pages
Free eBook download for Kindle from 27 January 2020 onward  

Rating: 4.20 / 5
656 reviews

Anna Karenina

by Leo Tolstoy

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Genre: Arts & Photography, Art, Fiction, Drama, Food & Drink, Regional & International, Nonfiction, Literary Criticism & Theory
Size: 1113 pages
Free eBook download for Kindle from 27 January 2020 onward  

Rating: 5.00 / 5
2 reviews

The Iliad & The Odyssey

by Homer

While Homer's existence as a historical person is still a topic of debate, the writings attributed to the name have made their mark not only on Greek history and literature, but upon western civilization itself. Homer's epic poems, The Iliad and The Odyssey, laid the foundation upon which Ancient Greece developed not only its culture, but its societal values, religious beliefs, and practice of warfare as well.This publication features the Samuel Butler translation, and while it strays from the poetic style reproduced by more well known translators like Robert Fagles and Robert Fitzgerald, the vision of the epics as if they were prose found in modern novels take their best form under Butler's most capable hand....

Genre: History, Ancient, Nonfiction, Literary Criticism & Theory
Size: 482 pages
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Rating: 4.00 / 5
10 reviews

The Complete Harvard Classics and Shelf of Fiction

by Charles W. Eliot

( newly updated TOC )The Harvard Universal Classics, originally known as Dr. Eliot's Five Foot Shelf, is a 51-volume anthology of classic works from world literature, compiled and edited by Harvard University president Charles W. Eliot and first published in 1909.Eliot had stated in speeches that the elements of a liberal education could be obtained by spending 15 minutes a day reading from a collection of books that could fit on a five-foot shelf. (Originally he had said a three-foot shelf.) The publisher P. F. Collier and Son saw an opportunity and challenged Eliot to make good on this statement by selecting an appropriate collection of works, and the Harvard Classics was the result.Eliot worked for one year with William A. Neilson, a professor of English; Eliot determined the works to b...

Genre: Nonfiction, Literary Criticism & Theory, Gay & Lesbian
Size: 40336 pages
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Transmedial Narration: Narratives and Stories in Different Media

by Lars Elleström

This open access book is a methodical treatise on narration in different types of media. A theoretical rather than a historical study, Transmedial Narration is relevant for an understanding of narration in all times, including our own. By reconstructing the theoretical framework of transmedial narration, this book enables the inclusion of all kinds of communicative media forms on their own terms.The treatise is divided into three parts. Part I presents established and newly developed concepts that are vital for formulating a nuanced theoretical model of transmedial narration. Part II investigates the specific transmedial media characteristics that are most central for realizing narratives in a plenitude of different media types. Finally, Part III contains brief studies in which the narrati...

Genre: Nonfiction, Literary Criticism & Theory, Politics & Social Sciences, Social Sciences, Education & Reference, Words & Language
Size: 152 pages
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Rating: 4.30 / 5
1214 reviews

The Picture of Dorian Gray

by Oscar Wilde and Reading Time

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Genre: Comics & Graphic Novels, Graphic Novels, Fiction, Gay & Lesbian, Nonfiction, Literary Criticism & Theory, Politics & Social Sciences, Philosophy, Social Sciences
Size: 223 pages
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Rating: 4.30 / 5
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Frankenstein

by Mary Shelley

Frankenstein; or, The Modern Prometheus is the original 1818 'Uncensored' Edition of Frankenstein as first published anonymously in 1818. This original version is much more true to the spirit of the author's original intentions than the heavily revised 1831 edition, edited by Shelley, in part, because of pressure to make the story more conservative. Many scholars prefer the 1818 text to the more common 1831 edition.Frankenstein; or, The Modern Prometheus is a novel written by Mary Shelley about a creature produced by an unorthodox scientific experiment. Shelley started writing the story when she was nineteen, and the novel was published when she was twenty-one. The first edition was published anonymously in London in 1818. Shelley's name appears on the second edition, published in France i...

Genre: Comics & Graphic Novels, Graphic Novels, Fiction, Fiction Classics, Horror, Nonfiction, Literary Criticism & Theory
Size: 220 pages
Free eBook download for Kindle from 26 January 2020 onward  

My Thoughts (Volume Book 1)

by Ryan Horton

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Genre: Nonfiction, Literary Criticism & Theory
Size: 74 pages
Free eBook download for Kindle from 26 January 2020 onward  

Rating: 4.40 / 5
123 reviews

A Room of One's Own

by Virginia Woolf

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Genre: Nonfiction, Literary Criticism & Theory, Politics & Social Sciences, Social Sciences, Education & Reference, Test Preparation & Guides, Religion & Spirituality, Islam, Teen & Young Adult
Size: Unknown
Free eBook download for Kindle from 26 January 2020 onward  

Common Sense (Annotated): The Origin and Design of Government

by Thomas Paine

Common Sense was a pamphlet written by Thomas Paine in 1775–76 advocating independence from Great Britain to people in the Thirteen Colonies.Writing in clear and persuasive prose, Paine marshaled moral and political arguments to encourage common people in the Colonies to fight for egalitarian government. It was published anonymously on January 10, 1776, at the beginning of the American Revolution, and became an immediate sensation.It was sold and distributed widely and read aloud at taverns and meeting places. In proportion to the population of the colonies at that time (2.5 million), it had the largest sale and circulation of any book published in American history. As of 2006, it remains the all-time best selling American title, and is still in print today.Common Sense made ...

Genre: History, Nonfiction, Literary Criticism & Theory
Size: 73 pages
Free eBook download for Kindle from 26 January 2020 onward  

Leo Tolstoy: The Complete Novels and Novellas

by Leo Tolstoy

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Genre: Arts & Photography, Stage & Theatre, Fiction, Drama, Nonfiction, Literary Criticism & Theory, Education & Reference, Foreign Languages
Size: Unknown
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The Essential Robert Burns: 500+ Poems and Songs by the National Poet of Scotland

by Robert Burns

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Genre: Fiction, Anthologies, Fiction Classics, Poetry, Nonfiction, Literary Criticism & Theory
Size: 748 pages
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Under the Cherry Blossoms: An Introduction to Japanese Tree Folklore

by Christopher Kincaid

Murder. Love. Sacrifice. From stories about a willow who falls in love with a human to an old samurai who kills himself so his beloved tree can live, Japanese folklore venerates trees. Beyond the sakura, the famous cherry tree, Japanese farmers told stories about the trees that welcomed them home and supported every aspect of their lives. Trees not only support our lives by providing building materials, food, and warmth, but they also teach us how to be human....

Genre: Fiction, History, Asia, Nonfiction, Literary Criticism & Theory, Politics & Social Sciences, Social Sciences
Size: 85 pages
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Heroic Poets, Poetic Heroes: The Ethnography of Performance in an Arabic Oral Epic Tradition (Myth and Poetics)

by Dwight F. Reynolds

An astonishingly rich oral epic that chronicles the early history of a Bedouin tribe, the Sirat Bani Hilal has been performed for almost a thousand years. In this ethnography of a contemporary community of professional poet-singers, Dwight F. Reynolds reveals how the epic tradition continues to provide a context for social interaction and commentary. Reynolds’s account is based on performances in the northern Egyptian village in which he studied as an apprentice to a master epic-singer. Reynolds explains in detail the narrative structure of the Sirat Bani Hilal as well as the tradition of epic singing. He sees both living epic poets and fictional epic heroes as figures engaged in an ongoing dialogue with audiences concerning such vital issues as ethnicity, religious orientation, codes of...

Genre: Fiction, Nonfiction, Literary Criticism & Theory, Politics & Social Sciences, Social Sciences
Size: 128 pages
Free eBook download for Kindle from 25 January 2020 onward  

Telling the Truth: The Theory and Practice of Documentary Fiction

by Barbara C. Foley

Barbara Foley here focuses on the relatively neglected genre of documentary fiction: novels that are continually near the borderline between factual and fictive discourse. She links the development of the genre over three centuries to the evolution of capitalism, but her analyses of literary texts depart significantly from those of most current Marxist critics. Foley maintains that Marxist theory has yet to produce a satisfactory theory of mimesis or of the development of genres, and she addresses such key issues as the problem of reference and the nature of generic distinctions. Among the authors whom Foley treats are Defoe, Scott, George Eliot, Joyce, Isherwood, Dos Passos, William Wells Brown, Ishmael Reed, and Ernest Gaines....

Genre: Fiction, Nonfiction, Literary Criticism & Theory
Size: Unknown
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Rating: 5.00 / 5
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Novels, Readers, and Reviewers: Responses to Fiction in Antebellum America

by Nina Baym

This book describes and characterizes responses of American readers to fiction in the generation before the Civil War. It is based on close examination of the reviews of all novels—both American and European—that appeared in major American periodicals during the years 1840–1860, a period in which magazines, novels, and novel reviews all proliferated. Nina Baym makes uses of the reviews to gain information about the formal, aesthetic, and moral expectations of reviewers. Her major conclusion is that the accepted view about the American novel before the Civil War—the view that the atmosphere in America was hostile to fiction—is a myth. There is compelling evidence, she shows, for the existence of a veritable novel industry and, concomitantly, a vast audience for fiction in the 1840...

Genre: Fiction, History, Americas, Nonfiction, Literary Criticism & Theory
Size: 288 pages
Free eBook download for Kindle from 25 January 2020 onward  

Rating: 3.90 / 5
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Island of the Dolls: A Novel (World's Scariest Places Book 4)

by Jeremy Bates

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Genre: Fiction, Horror, Nonfiction, Literary Criticism & Theory
Size: 325 pages
Free eBook download for Kindle from 25 January 2020 onward  

Rating: 3.70 / 5
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ESCAPED KILLER: Serial Killer Allan Legere. One of Canada's most Prolific Killers

by RJ Parker

When this killer was on the loose, citizens were vigilant, yet scared. Children were not allowed outside to play without adult supervision. But then he was captured, tried, convicted, and put away for life in prison. The community could finally breathe again. They are out of danger. Until the day the convicted killer escapes prison and rains terror upon anyone and everyone in his way. The manhunt pursues, the killer kills, and earns the title of a serial killer. This is the story of Allan Legere—a monster.Inside Bonus - the story of Andrea Yates from the book, "Parents Who Killed Their Children"...

Genre: Biography & True Accounts, History, Nonfiction, Literary Criticism & Theory, True Accounts, True Crime
Size: 78 pages
Free eBook download for Kindle from 25 January 2020 onward  

The Self and Its Pleasures: Bataille, Lacan, and the History of the Decentered Subject

by Carolyn J. Dean

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Genre: Professional & Technical, Medicine, Nonfiction, Literary Criticism & Theory, Politics & Social Sciences, Philosophy, Self-Help & Counselling, Psychology
Size: 288 pages
Free eBook download for Kindle from 25 January 2020 onward  

Rating: 4.70 / 5
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The Complete Fiction of H. P. Lovecraft: At the Mountains of Madness, The Call of Cthulhu, The Case of Charles Dexter Ward, The Shadow over Innsmouth, ... Witch House, The Silver Key, The Temple&helli

by H. P. Lovecraft

Written between the years 1917 and 1935, this collection features Lovecraft's trademark fantastical creatures and supernatural thrills, as well as many horrific and cautionary science-fiction themes, that have influenced some of today's writers and filmmakers, including Stephen King, Alan Moore, F. Paul Wilson, Guillermo del Toro, and Neil Gaiman. Included in this volume are "The Case of Charles Dexter Ward", "The Call of Cthulhu," "The Dream-Quest of Unknown Kadath," "At the Mountains of Madness," "The Shadow Over Innsmouth," "The Colour Out of Space," "The Dunwich Horror," and many more hair-raising tales....

Genre: Crime, Thriller & Mystery, Thrillers, Fiction, Horror, Short Stories, Nonfiction, Literary Criticism & Theory
Size: 1343 pages
Free eBook download for Kindle from 24 January 2020 onward  

Rating: 5.00 / 5
1 review

Franz Kafka: The Complete Novels

by Franz Kafka

This book contains the complete novels of Franz Kafka in the chronological order of their original publication.- The Trial- The Castle- Amerika...

Genre: Fiction, Short Stories, Nonfiction, Literary Criticism & Theory, Politics & Social Sciences, Philosophy
Size: 442 pages
Free eBook download for Kindle from 24 January 2020 onward  

The Complete Confucius: The Analects, The Doctrine Of The Mean, and The Great Learning

by Confucius

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Genre: Nonfiction, Literary Criticism & Theory
Size: 162 pages
Free eBook download for Kindle from 24 January 2020 onward  

Rating: 4.50 / 5
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SECRET MESSAGES: An Investigation into the Subliminal Messages in Junior Fiction, from a Christian Perspective.

by Ann Fox

DESCRIPTIONWhilst carrying out extensive research into the world of children’s books, covering nearly one thousand stories, I have discovered amongst their pages widespread distortion of Christian truth, such that would confuse the issues of good and evil and affect both family life and society in profound ways. Despite advancing technology, books are as much in demand as ever, with young readers greatly influenced by their fictional friends. Over several years, as a teacher, school-governor and mother, I have gathered together the evidence into a thorough but easy-to-read review entitled “Secret Messages”.Considering the materialistic age we live in, it is surprising how many stories have a “religious” setting, with supernatural powers, rituals and values which are far from Chri...

Genre: Fiction, Nonfiction, Literary Criticism & Theory, Parenting & Families, Literature Guides, Religion & Spirituality, Christianity
Size: 265 pages
Free eBook download for Kindle from 24 January 2020 onward  

Rating: 5.00 / 5
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Plato: The Complete Works (31 Books)

by Plato

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Genre: History, Ancient, Nonfiction, Literary Criticism & Theory, Politics & Social Sciences, Philosophy, Self-Help & Counselling, Psychology, Social Sciences
Size: Unknown
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Poetry in Speech: Orality and Homeric Discourse (Myth and Poetics)

by Egbert J. Bakker

Applying linguistic theory to the study of Homeric style, Egbert J. Bakker offers a highly innovative approach to oral poetry, particularly the poetry of Homer. By situating formulas and other features of oral style within the wider contexts of spoken language and communication, he moves the study of oral poetry beyond the landmark work of Milman Parry and Albert Lord.One of the book's central features, related to the research of the linguist Wallace Chafe, is Bakker's conception of spoken discourse as a sequence of short speech units reflecting the flow of speech through the consciousness of the speaker. Bakker shows that such short speech units are present in Homeric poetry, with significant consequences for Homeric metrics and poetics. Considering Homeric discourse as a speech process r...

Genre: Fiction, Nonfiction, Literary Criticism & Theory
Size: 256 pages
Free eBook download for Kindle from 24 January 2020 onward  

Rating: 5.00 / 5
4 reviews

James Fenimore Cooper: The Complete Novels

by James Fenimore Cooper

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Genre: Fiction, Anthologies, Fiction Classics, Nonfiction, Literary Criticism & Theory, Politics & Social Sciences, Social Sciences, Education & Reference, Foreign Languages
Size: 21.36 mb
Free eBook download for Kindle from 23 January 2020 onward  

Pastoral, Identity, and Memory in the Works of John Banville (Schweizer Anglistische Arbeiten (SAA) Book 144)

by Alexander G.Z. Myers

John Banvilles works waver indecisively between modernism and postmodernism. This study offers a hitherto unexplored vista on his works and argues that Banville is a post-/modern pastoralist. The pastoral lens opens new vistas to Banville's central concerns: the collusion of ethics and aesthetics, self-identification in narrative, and the topography of the troubled mind. Banvilles characters harbour an Arcadia of the unconscious conditioned by a subtext of nostalgia. Caught in a crisis, his characters explore, subvert and transform the pastoral mode into an ambiguous quest for a stable self....

Genre: Fiction, Nonfiction, Literary Criticism & Theory
Size: 223 pages
Free eBook download for Kindle from 23 January 2020 onward  

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