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The Sun Also Rises

by Ernest Hemingway, Edited by Randy H. Sooknanan & Denise K. McTighe, Cover Art by Claude Monet

The Sun Also Rises is a 1926 novel by American writer Ernest Hemingway, his first, that portrays American and British expatriates who travel from Paris to the Festival of San Fermín in Pamplona to watch the running of the bulls and the bullfights.

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The Land That Time Forgot

by Edgar Rice Burroughs, Edited by Randy H. Sooknanan & Denise K. McTighe, Cover Art by Milomingo

The Land That Time Forgot is a fantasy novel by American writer Edgar Rice Burroughs, the first of his Caspak trilogy. His working title for the story was "The Lost U-Boat." The sequence was first published in Blue Book Magazine as a three-part serial in the issues for August, October, and December 1918.

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by Yevgeny Zamyatin, Translated by Gregory Ziloboorg, Foreword by Randy H. Sooknanan, Edited by Denise K. McTighe, Cover Art by Igor Goryunov

'WE' is a Dystopian novel by Soviet dissident Yevgeny Zamyatin. It was written between 1920–1921, right after the Russian Revolution. The themes and ideals expressed in 'WE' offer a powerfully inventive vision of the future that later heavily influenced Aldous Huxley’s 'Brave New World' and George Orwell’s '1984'. It was Zamyatin’s book that others borrowed from and helped give birth to a distinctive Dystopian fictive genre. His work gave way to ideas of futurism and post-apocalyptic storytelling. At the core of such like-minded stories, 'WE’s principles are still predominant in today’s popular books, film, and television. The story describes a world of harmony and conformity within a united totalitarian state. The reader finds a uniform society where individuality is viewed as a dysfunction and where thinking for oneself can be the most dangerous thing. Within a glass-enclosed city ruled by the all-powerful ‘Benefactor', the citizens of OneState live out their lives devoid of passion and creativity - until the book’s main character, D-503, a mathematician who dreams in numbers, makes a discovery; he learns he has an individual soul. Set in the 26th-century, 'WE' is one of the most powerful Dystopias of all time and has been perceived as a general warning about totalitarianism, the dangers of reducing people to just numbers and conditioning them inside a standard system of conformity.

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Siddhartha: An Indian Tale

by Herman Hesse, Edited by Randy H. Sooknanan & Denise K. McTighe, Cover Art by Dong Lin

Siddhartha: An Indian Tale is a 1922 novel by Hermann Hesse that deals with the spiritual journey of self-discovery of a man named Siddhartha during the time of the Gautama Buddha. The book, Hesse's 9th novel, was written in German, in a simple, lyrical style. In the novel, Siddhartha, a young man, leaves his family for a contemplative life, then, restless, discards it for one of the flesh. He conceives a son, but bored and sickened by lust and greed, moves on again. Near despair, Siddhartha comes to a river where he hears a unique sound. This sound signals the true beginning of his life -- the beginning of suffering, rejection, peace, and, finally, wisdom. Herman Hesse's classic novel has delighted, inspired, and influenced generations of readers, writers, and thinkers. In this story of a wealthy Indian Brahmin who casts off a life of privilege to seek spiritual fulfillment, Hesse synthesizes disparate philosophies--Eastern religions, Jungian archetypes, Western individualism--into a unique vision of life as expressed through one man's search for true meaning.

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The Big Sleep

by Raymond Chandler, Edited by Randy H. Sooknanan, Cover Art by DapperNoir 

The Big Sleep (1939) is an example of a prototypical hardboiled crime novel, it was written by Raymond Chandler, and is the first to feature his iconic detective character Philip Marlowe. The first noticeable theme in the novel is the Corruption of Society. Raymond Chandler's crime noir novel The Big Sleep deals with the dark underbelly of L.A. society. Wealth, Status, and Social Mobility. Cynicism and Survival. Masculinity. The other major theme of the story is the different levels of American society at the time period.

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by George Orwell, Edited by Randy H. Sooknanan & Denise K. McTighe, Cover Art by Trash Riot

Nineteen Eighty-Four (also stylised as 1984) is a dystopian social science fiction novel and cautionary tale written by English writer George Orwell. It was published in June 1949 and was Orwell's ninth and final book completed in his lifetime. Thematically, it centres on the consequences of totalitarianism, mass surveillance and repressive regimentation of people and behaviours within society. Orwell, a democratic socialist, modelled the totalitarian government in the novel after Stalinist Russia and Nazi Germany. More broadly, the novel examines the role of truth and facts within politics and the ways in which they are manipulated.

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BOOK 14:

The Trial

by Franz Kafka, Translated by David Wyllie, Edited by Randy H. Sooknanan & Denise K. McTighe, Cover Art by Félix Labisse

The Trial is a novel written by Franz Kafka between 1914 and 1915 and published posthumously in 1925. One of his best-known works, it tells the story of a man, Josef K., who is arrested and prosecuted by a remote, inaccessible authority, with the nature of his crime revealed neither to him nor to the reader. Heavily influenced by Dostoevsky's Crime and Punishment and The Brothers Karamazov, Kafka even went so far as to call Dostoevsky a blood relative. Like Kafka's two other novels, The Trial was never completed, although it does include a chapter which appears to bring the story to an intentionally abrupt ending. After Kafka's death in 1924 his friend and literary executor, Max Brod, put the author's text and remaining manuscript together in Berlin for publication in German. This edition is translanted by David Wyllie.

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BOOK 15:

The Maltese Falcon

by Dashiell Hammett, Edited by Randy H. Sooknanan & Denise K. McTighe, Cover Art by Lizzie Houldsworth

The Maltese Falcon is a 1930 detective novel by American writer Dashiell Hammett, originally serialized in the magazine Black Mask beginning with the September 1929 issue. The story is told entirely in external third-person narrative; there is no description whatsoever of any character's thoughts or feelings, only what they say and do, and how they look. The novel has been adapted several times for the cinema. The main character, Sam Spade (who also appeared later in some lesser-known short stories), was a departure from Hammett's nameless detective, The Continental Op. Spade combined several features of previous detectives, notably his cold detachment, keen eye for detail, unflinching and sometimes ruthless determination to achieve his own form of justice, and a complete lack of sentimentality. 

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