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  • The Chessmen of Mars, by Edgar Rice Burroughs
  • The Mad King, by Edgar Rice Burroughs
  • Out of Time’s Abyss, by Edgar Rice Burroughs
  • A Princess of Mars, by Edgar Rice Burroughs
  • Tarzan the Terrible, by Edgar Rice Burroughs
  • Tarzan the Untamed, by Edgar Rice Burroughs.  It looks like someone at Project Gutenberg is passionate about getting good-quality versions of Burroughs’s work to the people.  That is a very worthy mission, because even though these novels were never of high literary merit, and are now painfully dated as well… they are still awesome.
  • Vikram and the Vampire: Classic Hindu Tales of Adventure, Magic, and Romance.    I am proud to own a three-volume set of Richard Burton’s translation of the Arabian Nights, which I got for a song at a flea market in college, and which once almost killed me.  That collection is wonderful, in a way that unwinds slowly and beautifully and which I still haven’t finished but maybe someday will.  This is a translation of an 11th-century Sanskrit collection of fantastic tales.
  • The Life and Letters of Charles Darwin, volume one and volume two, by Charles Darwin.  I want to be just like Darwin when I grow up.
  • The Voyage of the Beagle, by Charles Darwin.  The scientific journey that slowly turned into the most important scientific development in human history.
  • Anarchy, by Errico Malatesta.  Do you feel like violently overthrowing the government today?  Sure, we all do!
  • The Chase of the Ruby, by Richard Marsh.  He was a contemporary of Bram Stoker’s.  His novel, The Beetle, was more popular than Dracula.  But have you heard of him?  No, neither have I.  Let’s give him a try, shall we?
  • The Taming of the Shrew, by William Shakespeare.  A woman with opinions and a will of her own is a bad thing.  Here’s how to fix her.  Or: such a woman makes the best wife of all… if you can get her cooperation in the endeavor.  Take your pick.
  • Walden, by Henry David Thoreau.  This is my fantasy, when I get tired of my life- to run away and live simply in the woods.  But then, I suppose it’s many people’s fantasy.  Let’s share it now, shall we?
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Written by Contented Reader

August 1, 2012 at 7:35 am

Posted in Project Gutenberg

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