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    • Rudyard Kipling - The Second Jungle Book

      The Second Jungle Book is a collection of short stories of Rudyard Kipling and is widely known as an adventure masterpiece. It features five stories about Mowgli and three unrelated stories "The Miracle of Purun Bhagat", "The Undertakers" and "Quiquern", all but one set in India, most of which Kipling wrote while living in Vermont. This book is less well-known than the original. (By Don on 2010-07-24.)
    • Rudyard Kipling - The Jungle Book

      The Jungle Book is a collection of short stories of Rudyard Kipling and is widely known as an adventure masterpiece. The best-known of these stories are the three revolving around the adventures of an abandoned 'man cub' Mowgli who is raised by wolves in the Indian jungle. The most famous of the other stories are probably "Rikki-Tikki-Tavi", the story of a heroic mongoose, "Toomai of the Elephants", the tale of a young elephant-handler and Kotick, The White Seal seeking for his people a haven where they would be safe from hunters. (By Don on 2010-06-24.)
    • Rudyard Kipling - In the Rukh

      In the Rukh is a short story of Rudyard Kipling and is the first Mowgli story ever written. In the Rukh describes how Gisborne, an English forest ranger in India at the time of the British Raj, discovers a young man named Mowgli, who has extraordinary skill at hunting and tracking, and asks him to join the forestry service. Later Gisborne learns the reason for Mowgli's almost superhuman talents: he was raised by a pack of wolves in the jungle. (By Don on 2010-05-24.)
    • Virgil - Aeneid

      The Aeneid or Aeneis is an epic poem or an epic roman that is attributed to Virgil (aka Publius Vergilius Maro or Vergil), is a classic Roman historical and mythical story. This work brings a new variant of heroic stories, with a self-sacrificing hero, and is widely regarded as a masterpiece, that deals with the subject of conflict. It is also one of the early known Sword and Sorcery works. This translation to English by John Dryden (1631-1700) was first published in 1697. The Aeneid tells the legendary story of Aeneas, a Trojan, from the last day of Troy, his travelling to Italy, Aeneas' victory and the fusion of Trojans and Latins into one people. Where Aeneas became the ancestor of the Romans and their Latin world empire. (By Don on 2010-05-22.)
    • Homer - Odyssey

      The Odyssey is an epic poem or an epic roman that is attributed to the blind poet Homer (or Homerus / Homeros), and is a sequel to the his earlier work the Iliad and is a classic Greek historical and mythical story. This work is the is de founder of antiheroic stories and is widely regarded as a masterpiece of epic proportions and legendary subjects, one of the greatest works of literature to be written. It is also one of the first known Sword and Sorcery works. This translation to English by Samuel Butler (1835-1902) was first published in New York in 1898. The Odyssey tells of the long journey by the Greek hero Odysseus. He has just fought in the Trojan War, and now, along with his men, is returning home. Altogether, it takes Odysseus twenty years to return. His journey begins in Troy. On his return home he faces cyclops, lotus-eaters, sea monsters, and hostile giants. After getting through all these adventures, the hero finds himself trapped by a goddess on an island. Meanwhile, in Ithaca, the home of Odysseus, suitors have thronged his palace and are each trying to win the hand of Odysseus' wife Penelope. His son Telemachos believes that his father is still alive, and so, aided by the goddess Athena, sets out on a quest to find him. (By Don on 2010-05-11.)
    • Homer - Iliad

      The Iliad is an epic poem or an epic roman that is attributed to the blind poet Homer (or Homerus / Homeros), and is succeeded by his later work the Odyssey and is a classic Greek historical and mythical story. This work is an important founder of heroic stories and is widely regarded as a masterpiece, one of the great epics of our society, one that many people all over the world have come to like, sympathizing for each of the characters (Achilles, Hector, Helen of Troy, etc.). It is also one of the first known Sword and Sorcery works. This translation to English by Samuel Butler (1835-1902) was first published in 1898. The Iliad tells the story of the siege of Troy. A war started over a single fruit. More than a tale of war (the face that launched a thousand ships, Trojan horse, Achilles heel), but all fights that occur between men when their pride gets hurt, or one touches the one thing he is mad about. Homer's creative use of the Greek language and picturesque descriptions, make it read as if you were there, standing right next to each of the main Greek and Trojan warriors. Relate, sympathize or even hate the main characters as you go through. The war started because of Gods, and they continued interfering all through the story, from sleep to ruin. Aritei; the Greek word for honor, together with love and pride seem the thriving essence of the warriors, but as always when such deep emotions mix a complex potion surfaces. Ensue in an amazing story of pride, honor, love, and war. (By Don on 2010-05-04.)
    • Robert E. Howard - The Valley of the Worm

      The Valley of the Worm is a Novelette by Robert E. Howard, the horrors of prehistoric times are even bigger than warrior men clashing against one another. Join Niord on his epic hunt on the Worm. This story is part of the James Allison series. (By Don on 2010-01-29.)
    • Robert E. Howard - The Hyena

      The Hyena is a Short Sory by Robert E. Howard, the first of his contemporary horror stories and it is set in Africa. (By Don on 2010-01-17.)
    • Spartans

      Sparta is most commonly known today as the militaristic culture or rival of the "enlightened" Athens in ancient Greece. Its military achievements are remembered; particularly the heroic defence under King Leonidas and the 300 Spartans of the Pass at Thermopylae against the huge Persian armies in 480 BC. And for some its crushing defeat of Athens in the Peloponnesian War. People think of harsh discipline, a merciless emphasis on courage and a society lacking art, literature and culture, such views also predominate in popular literature and in non-specialist education. Prepare yourself for the bigger picture. This article claims the Spartans were still more complex. (By Don on 2010-01-10.)
    • Robert E. Howard - Lord of Samarcand

      Lord of Samarcand is a Novelette by Robert E. Howard, that brings together Tamerlane the Conqueror with a Highlander called Donald MacDeesa, a true Central Asian odd couple in a Swashbuckling Historical tale of vengeance. (By Don on 2009-12-06.)
    • Jack London - White Fang

      White Fang is one of Jack London's adventure masterpieces, a classic tale of a wolf-dog who endures great cruelty before he comes to know human kindness. It not only offers a vivid account of the Klondike gold rush and North American Indian life, but it is also serves as an intriguing study of the effects different environments have on an individual. (By Don on 2010-01-04.)
    • Robert E. Howard - The Beast from the Abyss

      The Beast from the Abyss is a Short Sory, Essay or Article by Robert E. Howard, that offers REH's observations, light and dark, on cats. (By Don on 2009-12-04.)
    • Jack London - The Call of the Wild

      The Call of the Wild is one of Jack London's adventure masterpieces, a classic tale of a previously domesticated dog named Buck, whose primordial instincts return after a series of events finds him serving as a sled dog in the treacherous, frigid Yukon during the days of the 19th-century Klondike Gold Rushes. At the time sled dogs were bought at generous prices and because of this many dogs were taken from their homes to work as sled dogs. (By Don on 2010-01-09.)
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