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  • Old English Baron
    by Reeve, Clara

    Clara Reeve (1729-1807), novelist, was the author of several novels, of which
    only one is remembered -- "The Old English Baron" (1777), written in imitation
    of, or rivalry with, the "Castle of Otranto" by Horace Walpole, 4th Earl of
    Orford, with which it has often been printed. Her novel has noticeably
    influenced Mary Shelley's "Frankenstein." Her innovative history of prose
    fiction, "The Progress of Romance" (1785), can be regarded generally as a
    precursor to modern histories of the novel and specifically as upholding the
    tradition of female literary history.
    Old English Baron
  • Widgets
    by Dabb, Andrew

    Tunnel Rat takes center stage! Everyone's favorite bug-eating, self-talking,
    tunnel-crawling nature lover comes up against the ultimate in evil technology:
    Overkill and his army of Battle Android Troopers! The worst part? Tunnel Rat is
    alone, and without his Sigma Suit in the middle of Siberia! How's he going get
    out of this one?! G.I. Joe SIGMA 6 graphic novels are based on the hit TV show!
    Widgets
  • The Bonds of Reasoning
    by Shirodaira, Kyo

    After a near-miss with a bomb-collar, Ayumu attempts to have Rio of the Blade
    Children arrested and is instead threatened with the prospect of ruining his
    genius brother's reputation as his sibling's sinister ties to the group are
    further unveiled. When Kanone, a hunter of the Blade Children, hits the scene,
    Eyes Rutherford, one of the Blade Children, attempts to enlist a fellow member
    and sprinter, Ryouko, in his cause. Only thing is... she won't oblige so easily,
    and Eyes finds himself in the unenviable spot of dancing to someone else's tune!
    The Bonds of Reasoning
  • InterLock
    by Green, Steve

    After a Great Upheaval, a new order is established which employs computer logic
    to maintain world stability. Luan, a young woman of that time, appears to suffer
    from auditory hallucinations. Once she tells others about the "voices", she is
    categorized and treated in a prescribed manner according to the diagnosis
    applied. When Luan speaks about a "Code", her thoughts are dismissed as part of
    her delusional system. But what if the voices are real? Would any one believe
    her? Who are the voices and what significance do they play in human history? The
    path of research scientists, mental health personnel, politicians, and patients
    overlap as the plot weaves its course. This technique allows me to offer a
    critique about the mental health field, provide an overview on historical
    events, and comment upon current political dynamics. The story contains elements
    of mystery, psychic phenomenon, political intrigue, and hypnotic beauty. It
    sustains a leve!
    InterLock
  • The Canterbury Tales
    by Chaucer, Geoffrey

    The Knight's Tale 1 Introduction 1 The Knight's Tale, which mostly takes place
    in ancient Athens, is the conflicted love story of two royal Theban cousins who
    love the same woman. Because "The Knight's Tale" is by far the longest and most
    complex of the Canterbury Tales presented in this volume, a quick summary of the
    action of the four parts of the tale may help readers encountering it for the
    first time: Part I. On his way back to Athens with his bride, Hypolita, and his
    sister-in-law, Emily, Duke Theseus responds to the pleas of some grieving widows
    by defeating Creon, the tyrant of Thebes. Among the bodies of the defeated army,
    he finds near death the royal cousins Palamon and Arcite. Rather than kill them,
    Theseus takes them back to Athens and places them in prison. From their barred
    prison window, the two young men see the lovely Emily and both fall in love with
    her. Arcite after a time is released but banished from Athens on pain of death,
    while Palamon remains in prison. The two are envious of each other's condition.
    Part II. Arcite disguises himself as a common laborer and comes back to Athens,
    where he gets a job working in Emily's household. Meanwhile, Palamon escapes
    from prison, and the rival cousins chance to meet in a grove near Athens. While
    Palamon and Arcite are fighting a bloody duel, Theseus, Hypolita, and Emily, out
    hunting, by chance come upon them in a grove. At first angry, Theseus soon
    relents, sets both of his enemies free, and invites them to return in a year,
    each with a hundred knights, to take part in a glorious tournament, with Emily's
    hand going to the winner. Part III. Theseus builds a splendid amphitheater in
    preparation for the tournament and places on its west, east, and north borders
    elaborately decorated temples to Mars, Venus, and Diana. When the two troops of
    warriors come back for the tournament, the three principals each pray to one of
    the planetary deities. Palamon prays to Venus, not for victory but for the hand
    of Emily. Emily prays to Diana to be spared marriage to either Palamon or
    Arcite, praying instead to remain a maiden always. Arcite prays to Mars for
    victory in the tournament. Part IV. Just before the tournament begins Theseus
    declares that he wants no lives to be lost and restricts the kinds of weapons
    that may be used. He sets out the rules of the game, the primary one being that
    the winning side will be the one that takes the loser to a stake at the end of
    the field. After vigorous fighting, Arcite's men drag the wounded Palamon to the
    stake. No sooner is Arcite declared the winner than Saturn commands Pluto, god
    of the underworld, to send a diabolical fury to frighten Arcite's horse. Arcite
    is thrown and crushed by his own saddle bow. After an elaborate funeral and the
    passage of some years, Theseus tells Palamon and Emily to marry, and they
    happily do so. Arching over the story of the warriors and lovers down on the
    earth below is a heavenly conflict among the gods or, more precisely, among the
    planetary or astrological influences that were thought to control the affairs of
    men. Indeed, a key feature of "The Knight's Tale" is the prayers of the three
    principal characters to these influences. Closely tied up with the question of
    whether Palamon or Arcite will get the young woman they both love is the
    question of how the powerful Saturn will settle the conflicting demands on him
    of Mars, Venus, and Diana. Chaucer's main source for "The Knight's Tale" is
    Giovanni Boccaccio's several-hundred-page-long Teseida. Readers who are upset at
    having to read Chaucer's long and leisurely story of Palamon, Arcite, and Emily
    should thank Chaucer for streamlining a story tha
    The Canterbury Tales
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