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Drag0nspeaker
Posted: Sunday, September 6, 2020 5:02:22 PM

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Ancient greece, with centaurs, Spartans and a girl disguised as a boy.
The "author" is a mother-daughter team, who have been writing together since Isabel was seven.
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Posted: Sunday, September 6, 2020 5:15:24 PM

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The late Colombian author Gabriel García Márquez published his most-famous work, One Hundred Years of Solitude, in 1967. The novel tells the story of seven generations of the Buendía family and follows the establishment of their town Macondo until its destruction along with the last of the family’s descendents. In fantastical form, the novel explores the genre of magic realism by emphasizing the extraordinary nature of commonplace things while mystical things are shown to be common. Márquez highlights the prevalence and power of myth and folktale in relating history and Latin American culture. The novel won many awards for Márquez, leading the way to his eventual honor of the Nobel Prize for Literature in 1982 for his entire body of work, of which One Hundred Years of Solitude is often lauded as his most triumphant.
Drag0nspeaker
Posted: Sunday, September 13, 2020 11:49:34 PM

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An excellent book from my view (I've read it three times in the last fifty years since I became too old for it).

Four kids find magic in the ruins of slums in Salford in the early 1960s. The author called it the "anti-Narnia". Alan Garner was a colleague of J.R.R. Tolkien and C.S. Lewis, though he was "next generation" really. Probably more known as the author of "The Owl Service".

anton exobio
Posted: Monday, September 14, 2020 6:42:58 AM

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The Resistible Rise of Arturo Ui (German: Der aufhaltsame Aufstieg des Arturo Ui), subtitled "A parable play", is a 1941 play by the German playwright Bertolt Brecht. It chronicles the rise of Arturo Ui, a fictional 1930s Chicago mobster, and his attempts to control the cauliflower racket by ruthlessly disposing of the opposition. The play is a satirical allegory of the rise of Adolf Hitler and the Nazi Party in Germany prior to World War II.
Date premiered: Stuttgart, Germany, 10 November 1958

Drag0nspeaker
Posted: Wednesday, September 16, 2020 5:01:34 PM

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anton exobio
Posted: Thursday, September 17, 2020 7:13:46 AM

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Dream of the Red Chamber (红楼梦), composed by Cao Xueqin, is one of China's Four Great Classical Novels. It was written some time in the middle of the 18th century during the Qing dynasty. Long considered a masterpiece of Chinese literature, the novel is generally acknowledged to be one of the pinnacles of Chinese fiction. "Redology" is the field of study devoted exclusively to this work.

Red Chamber is believed to be semi-autobiographical, mirroring the rise and decline of author Cao Xueqin's own family and, by extension, of the Qing dynasty. As the author details in the first chapter, it is intended to be a memorial to the women he knew in his youth: friends, relatives and servants. The novel is remarkable not only for its huge cast of characters and psychological scope, but also for its precise and detailed observation of the life and social structures typical of 18th-century Chinese society. It contains within its pages a sampling of all of the major modes and genres of the Chinese literary tradition.

Drag0nspeaker
Posted: Wednesday, September 23, 2020 8:31:02 PM

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The Convent of Sweet Mercy is not a common convent . . .
Nona, an eight-year old murderer is rescued from execution to be trained to kill more efficiently.

anton exobio
Posted: Tuesday, September 29, 2020 6:30:24 AM

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"THE RED AND THE BLACK", by STENDHAL (Henri Beyle, French, 1783-1842)



Le Rouge et le Noir is a historical psychological novel in two volumes by Stendhal, published in 1830. It chronicles the attempts of a provincial young man to rise socially beyond his modest upbringing through a combination of talent, hard work, deception, and hypocrisy. He ultimately allows his passions to betray him.

The title is taken to refer to the tension between the clerical (black) and secular (red) interests of the protagonist, but this interpretation is but one of many.

The novel's full title, Le Rouge et le Noir: Chronique du XIXe siècle (The Red and the Black: A Chronicle of the 19th Century), indicates its twofold literary purpose as both a psychological portrait of the romantic protagonist, Julien Sorel, and an analytic, sociological satire of the French social order under the Bourbon Restoration (1814–30).

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Posted: Wednesday, September 30, 2020 8:55:22 AM

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Marrying into a mob family, and working to reform them from the inside . . .

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Posted: Wednesday, September 30, 2020 10:39:45 AM

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"Solomon Gursky Was Here", by Mordecai Richler.

The novel tells of several generations of the fictional Gursky family, who are connected to several disparate events in the history of Canada, including the Franklin Expedition and rum-running. Some fans and critics have cited this as Mordecai Richler's best book, and in terms of scope and style it is unmatched by his other works. The parallels between the Gursky family and the Bronfmans are such that the novel "may be seen as a thinly disguised account of the [Bronfman] family". While Richler himself denied any similarities, "one longtime Bronfman associate put it 'I don't know why Mordecai bothered to change the names.'"
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Posted: Friday, October 16, 2020 8:26:03 AM

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"Emma" by Jane Austen
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Posted: Saturday, October 17, 2020 2:21:12 PM

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"Absurdistan" is a 2006 novel by Gary Shteyngart. It chronicles the adventures of Misha Vainberg, the 325-pound son of the 1,238th-richest man in Russia, as he struggles to return to his true love in the South Bronx.

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Posted: Wednesday, October 21, 2020 12:31:51 AM

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Set in Victorian England - in a circus where the magic is only disguised as legerdemain.

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Posted: Thursday, October 22, 2020 12:03:02 PM

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S Is For Space (1966) is a collection of 16 science fiction short stories written by Ray Bradbury (1920-2012). It was compiled for the Young Adult sections of libraries.



"Chrysalis"
A science fiction story in which three men anxiously watch their fellow-scientist as he is encased in a mysterious green chrysalis. They eventually come to believe he is undergoing metamorphosis inside the chrysalis.

"Pillar of Fire"
A science fiction/horror short novel. Set in the year 2349, it depicts a Utopian society in which all corpses are incinerated for hygienic reasons. All horror literature has also been burned to produce a healthier mindset. When his grave is disturbed, a man who died four centuries earlier rises from his tomb to infiltrate the utopia and launch a vendetta to restore fear.

"Zero Hour"
A science fiction story, involving a world-wide befriending of children by sinister aliens.

"The Man"
A rocket ship lands on an isolated planet, expecting an astounded welcome. However, they find they have been preceded by a much more important visitor.

"Time in Thy Flight"
A science fiction story. A high-school teacher takes three children on a field-trip in a time machine.

"The Pedestrian"

A science fiction story about a society addicted to television.

"Hail and Farewell"

A fantasy story concerning a middle-aged man who never physically aged past his pre-adolescence.

"Invisible Boy"

A comical story about an old woman who convinces a boy she has turned him invisible.

"Come into My Cellar"

A science fiction story about mushrooms and alien invasions.

"The Million-Year Picnic"

A science fiction story in which a family travels to an unsullied Mars to escape a ravaged Earth. Previously adapted as the final chapter of The Martian Chronicles (1950).

"The Screaming Woman"

A mystery/suspense story, describing a young girl who tries to procure help in digging up a woman buried in an empty lot.

"The Smile"
A science fiction story describing a world devastated by nuclear war, whose inhabitants systematically destroy artifacts of the past. The story touches on one boy who is enchanted by Leonardo da Vinci's Mona Lisa.

"Dark They Were, and Golden-Eyed"

An atomic war on Earth drives a family to flee to a human colony Mars.

"The Trolley"

An idyllic story about the last trolley-ride in a small town.

"The Flying Machine"

A story set in ancient China, whose Emperor discovers a peasant has invented a flying-machine.

"Icarus Montgolfier Wright"

A story concerning the first man to fly a rocket ship.
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