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SERIES 3
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BOOK 1:

The Mysterious Affair at Styles

by Agatha Christie, Edited with Foreword by Randy H. Sooknanan, Cover Art by Rauli Turusenaho

In The Mysterious Affair at Styles, while staying in a small Essex village, Poirot is called upon to investigate a murder at a nearby country manor. Emily Inglethorpe, an elderly woman of considerable wealth, is found poisoned in her locked bedroom. While all the clues seem to point to her younger husband, there is more to the murder than first appears. With the help of his ''little grey cells'', Poirot unravels the layers of deception behind this intriguing case.

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BOOK 2:

The Great Gatsby

by F. Scott Fitzgerald, Edited with Foreword by Randy H. Sooknanan, Cover Art by Alyssa Scott

The Great Gatsby is a 1925 novel by American writer F. Scott Fitzgerald. Set in the Jazz Age on Long Island, the novel depicts narrator Nick Carraway's interactions with mysterious millionaire Jay Gatsby and Gatsby's obsession to reunite with his former lover, Daisy Buchanan. Fitzgerald's third book stands as the supreme achievement of his career. This exemplary novel of the Jazz Age has been acclaimed by generations of readers. The story is of the fabulously wealthy Jay Gatsby and his new love for the beautiful Daisy Buchanan, of lavish parties on Long Island at a time when it was noted "gin was the national drink and sex the national obsession," it is an exquisitely crafted tale of America in the 1920s. The Great Gatsby is one of the great classics of twentieth-century literature.

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BOOK 3:

At the Mountains of Madness

by H. P. Lovecraft, Edited by Randy H. Sooknanan & Denise K. McTighe, Cover Art by Ville Assinen

At the Mountains of Madness is a science fiction-horror novella by American author H. P. Lovecraft, written in February/March 1931. The story is written in first-person perspective by the geologist William Dyer, a professor at Miskatonic University. He writes to disclose hitherto unknown and closely kept secrets in the hope that he can deter a planned and much publicized scientific expedition to Antarctica. On a previous expedition there, a party of scholars from Miskatonic University, led by Dyer, discovered fantastic and horrific ruins and a dangerous secret beyond a range of mountains higher than the Himalayas. Long acknowledged as a master of nightmarish vision, H.P. Lovecraft established the genuineness and dignity of his own pioneering fiction in with his quintessential work of supernatural horror, At the Mountains of Madness. The deliberately told and increasingly chilling recollection of an Antarctic expedition's uncanny discoveries --and their encounter with an untold menace in the ruins of a lost civilization--is a milestone of macabre literature.

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BOOK 4:

The Sleeper Awakes

by H. G. Wells, Edited by Randy H. Sooknanan, Cover Art by Denise K. McTighe,

**Revised Edition with Preface** The Sleeper Awakes is a dystopian science fiction novel by English writer H. G. Wells, about a man who sleeps for two hundred and three years, waking up in a completely transformed London in which he has become the richest man in the world. Graham, the main character, awakes to see his dreams realized, and the future revealed to him in all its horrors and malformities. Upon waking in the twenty-second century to a strange and nightmarish place, he first discovers he is master of the world, revered by an adoring populace who consider him their leader. Terrified, he escapes from his chamber seeking solace—only to realize that not everyone adores him, some even wish to harm him.

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BOOK 5:

The Variable Man

by Philip K. Dick, Edited by Randy H. Sooknanan, Cover Art by EBEL

Predictability has come a long way. The computers of the future can tell you if you’re going to win a war before you fire a shot. Unfortunately they’re predicting perpetual standoff between the Terran and Centaurian Empires. What they need is something unpredictable, what they get is Thomas Cole, a man from the past accidently dragged forward in time. Will he fit their calculations, or is he the random variable that can break the stalemate?

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BOOK 6:

The Thin Man

by Dashiell Hammett, Edited Randy H. Sooknanan & Denise K. McTighe

In The Thin Man by Dashiell Hammett we find Nick Charles, a former detective who has given up his profession to manage his wife Nora’s lumber fortune, which allows the couple to lead an easy life of nonstop parties and cocktails. Yet, when the secretary of a former client is murdered, Nick is drawn in, urged on by Nora, who loves a mystery. Hammett’s portrayal of sophisticated New York café society during Prohibition and his witty protagonists Nick and Nora Charles made this the most popular of his works, if not the most successful critically.

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BOOK 7:

Tutankhamen and his Tomb: The Discovery of The Tomb of Tutankhamen by The Earl of Carnarvon and Howard Carter

by G. Elliot Smith, Foreword by Randy H. Sooknanan, Edited by Denise K. McTighe

The Discovery of The TOMB of TUTANKHAMEN By The Earl of Carnarvon and Howard Carter. Howard Carter (1874–1939) was an English archaeologist and Egyptologist, now renowned for discovering the tomb of the pharaoh Tutankhamun. The leader of the excavation offers a firsthand description of the remarkable events surrounding the 1922 discovery of Tutankhamen's tomb in Egypt's Valley of Kings and of the unique and priceless treasures that were found there. Sir Grafton Elliot Smith (1871-1937) was an Australian-British anatomist, Egyptologist, he was the first to study Egyptian mummies using radiological techniques. He was the author of a number of books and this work on the discovery of Tutankhamen's Tomb was first published in 1923. Illustrated throughout.

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BOOK 8:

On the Origin of Species

by Charles Darwin, Foreword by Denise K. McTighe. Edited by Randy H. Sooknanan & Denise K. McTighe

On the Origin of Species, published on 24 November 1859, is a work of scientific literature by Charles Darwin that is considered to be the foundation of evolutionary biology. Darwin's book introduced the scientific theory that populations evolve over the course of generations through a process of natural selection.

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BOOK 9:

The Prince

by Niccolò Machiavelli, Edited by Randy H. Sooknanan, Cover Art by Paolo Veronese

The Prince is a 16th-century political treatise written by the Italian diplomat and political theorist Niccolò Machiavelli as an instruction guide for new princes and royals. The Prince is sometimes claimed to be one of the first works of modern philosophy, especially modern political philosophy, in which the "effectual" truth is taken to be more important than any abstract ideal. It is also notable for being in direct conflict with the dominant Catholic and scholastic doctrines of the time, particularly those concerning politics and ethics. The treatise is the most remembered of Machiavelli's works and the one most responsible for bringing the word "Machiavellian" into usage as a pejorative. It even contributed to the modern negative connotations of the words "politics" and "politician" in western countries.

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BOOK 10:

The Metamorphosis

by Franz Kafka, Edited by Denise K. McTighe, & Randy H. Sooknanan, Cover Art by Mario Jodra

One of Kafka's best-known works, The Metamorphosis tells the story of salesman Gregor Samsa who wakes one morning to find himself inexplicably transformed into a huge insect (German ungeheures Ungeziefer, literally "monstrous vermin"), subsequently struggling to adjust to this new condition.

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BOOK 11:

Animal Farm

by George Orwell, Edited by Denise K. McTighe & Randy H. Sooknanan, Cover Art by Vincent van Gogh

Animal Farm is an allegorical novella by George Orwell, first published in England on 17 August 1945. The book tells the story of a group of farm animals who rebel against their human farmer, hoping to create a society where the animals can be equal, free, and happy.

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BOOK 12:

The Art of War

by Sun Tzu, Foreword by Elvira Valentina Resta, Edited by Randy H. Sooknanan & Denise K. McTighe, Cover Art: Soldiers of Ming by Unknown Artist

The Art of War is an ancient Chinese military treatise dating from the Late Spring and Autumn Period. The work, which is attributed to the ancient Chinese military strategist Sun Tzu, is composed of 13 chapters. Each one is devoted to an aspect of warfare and how it applies to military strategy and tactics.

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BOOK 13:

The First Men in the Moon

by H. G. Wells, Edited by Randy H. Sooknanan & Denise K. McTighe, Cover Art by Trash Riot

The First Men in the Moon is a scientific romance by the English author H. G. Wells, originally serialised in The Strand Magazine from December 1900 to August 1901 and published in hardcover in 1901, who called it one of his "fantastic stories". The novel tells the story of a journey to the Moon undertaken by the two protagonists: a businessman narrator, Mr. Bedford; and an eccentric scientist, Mr. Cavor. Bedford and Cavor discover that the Moon is inhabited by a sophisticated extraterrestrial civilisation of insect-like creatures they call "Selenites".

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BOOK 14:

To the Lighthouse

by Virginia Woolf, Foreword by Denise K. McTighe, Edited by Denise K. McTighe & Randy H. Sooknanan, Cover Art by Denise K. McTighe

To the Lighthouse is a 1927 novel by Virginia Woolf. The novel centres on the Ramsay family and their visits to the Isle of Skye in Scotland between 1910 and 1920.