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Old 08-31-2010, 04:20 PM   #1
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OK -- so list a few of your favorite public domain works.

I just finished Wilkie Collins' Woman in White and loved it. It is well-written, suspenseful, and full of colorful characters. I remember really liking The Moonstone as well, when I read it in high school, so that's another reco.

One of my other all-time favorite classics is The Count of Monte Cristo By Alexander Dumas. Pirates? Got it. Romance? Got it. Daring escapes? Got it. Secret treasures? Got it. Revenge? Got it. Etc. etc. This is an amazing adventure novel.

So what are your faves and why?
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Old 08-31-2010, 04:24 PM   #2
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I will put Captain Blood by Rafael Sabatini on the list. There are several others of his that I want to read, but I haven't gotten around to them

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Chronicles of Clovis and Beasts & Super-Beasts, by Saki. I recommended his works to someone recently, and someone else jumped in with, "His stories read like Oscar Wilde, P.G. Wodehouse, and Rudyard Kipling somehow had a lovechild. An animal-loving, slightly evil, incredibly snarky lovechild."
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I really liked the "Mars" novels by Edgar Rice Burroughs. He also wrote a series set on Venus. And, I understand that there are similar books (swordsmen in space kind of adventure) by Otis Adelbert Kline. I'm pretty sure all the available books are in the MobileRead database.

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Burrough's Barsoom Omnibus, prepared by Harry T
Burrough's Venus Omnibus, prepared by Harry T
Kline's Venus Omnibus, prepared by mtravellerh

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Burrough's Barsoom Omnibus, prepared by Harry T
Burrough's Venus Omnibus, prepared by Harry T
Kline's Venus Omnibus, prepared by Harry T
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Chronicles of Clovis and Beasts & Super-Beasts, by Saki. I recommended his works to someone recently, and someone else jumped in with, "His stories read like Oscar Wilde, P.G. Wodehouse, and Rudyard Kipling somehow had a lovechild. An animal-loving, slightly evil, incredibly snarky lovechild."
Sounds totally intriguing!! I'll need to do some downloading
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Old 08-31-2010, 08:38 PM   #6
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I have been using eBook Mall for quite some time, starting back when I used my Palm Pilot as an ebook reader. A lot of them are free with membership and some are reduced price for members. They do charge a one time lifetime membership but it has been worth it. All of their books come in just about every format, including MobiReader, which drops right into the Kindle via USB cable.
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Old 08-31-2010, 09:15 PM   #7
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I've downloaded thousands of Project G public domain works just so I could read all the 'required literature' that I skipped in school by reading the Cliff Notes...
It really is a shame that these books were wasted on minds too young to enjoy them!

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Old 09-01-2010, 12:39 PM   #8
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You too? I thought I was alone here. I too never read a classic in shcool. Surprised I got through with passing grades. Anyway, now I'm reading all those greats and loving it. Maybe that's the plan all along, to instill interest for later in life.
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Old 09-01-2010, 02:11 PM   #9
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Queen Lucia, by E.F. Benson. I can't tell you how much I am enjoying this book. It's about the struggle for power in a small English town among very ordinary people - so it's social satire, I guess. The main character, Lucia, is the most insufferable snob but somehow I always end up rooting for her. A very amusing book, if you like Austen and Wodehouse there is a good chance you'll enjoy it.
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Queen Lucia, by E.F. Benson. I can't tell you how much I am enjoying this book. It's about the struggle for power in a small English town among very ordinary people - so it's social satire, I guess. The main character, Lucia, is the most insufferable snob but somehow I always end up rooting for her. A very amusing book, if you like Austen and Wodehouse there is a good chance you'll enjoy it.
Awesome, thank you! I'll check it out
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The "Mapp and Lucia" omnibus is available in the MobileRead library.

One of my favourite books is Nicholas Nickleby by Dickens. It was one of those books I was sad to say goodbye to and wanted to start all over again.
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Dracula by Bram Stoker. Very effective.
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One of my favourite books is Nicholas Nickleby by Dickens. It was one of those books I was sad to say goodbye to and wanted to start all over again.
I'll give that one a try. I have never been able to get into Great Expectations or Tale of Two Cities but so many people love Dickens, I want to figure out what I'm missing!
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I used to read a Dickens every 3-4 years, but since I got my Sony, I've been reading a lot more of him and loving it.

I particularly liked 'Our Mutual Friend' - the ending is a little lacking, but the pleasure of reading it was immense. Terrific characters, both serious and comic, and just a terrific pleasure.

I'll also read anything by Sabatini, but I second the 'Captain Blood' recommendation. It's one of my fave books, and one of the few books I actually wanted (and got) a first edition of.

Hard for me to pick just a few classics, as I've read so many and loved so many. There's only a few writers today that I follow with the same devotion I give a Dumas, Sabatini, Austen, MacDonald, or Dickens. Very few.

OK, two.
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H. Beam Piper, a science fiction author.

He was a somewhat popular author in his day, but not popular enough to make a living at writing (he killed himself because he was broke and couldn't sell any more of his writing, apparently).

His politics would probably rub a lot of people the wrong way nowadays (and back then, even - he'd be at home at a Tea Party event), but pretty much define his works. Every time I read his most famous novel, Space Viking, I can't help but thing it's very very relevant to today.

http://www.mobileread.com/forums/showthread.php?t=47980

(His work is out of copyright in the US, but I guess not Canada? Go figure. Gutenberg has it, as do a lot of places)
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