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The Wonderful Wizard of Oz

The Wonderful Wizard of Oz by L. Frank Baum

The Wonderful Wizard of Oz by L. Frank Baum

The Wonderful Wizard of Oz is a children’s novel written by L. Frank Baum. It has since been reprinted numerous times, most often under the name The Wizard of Oz, which is the name of both the stage play and the extremely popular, highly acclaimed film version.

The timeless story of the Wizard Of Oz, follows Dorothy as she leaves Kansas for Oz on a cyclone. She meets many strange, and wonderful people and creatures along the way.

Thanks in part to the movie, it is one of the best-known stories in American popular culture and has been widely translated. Its initial success, and the success of the popular Broadway musical Baum adapted from his story, led to Baum’s writing thirteen more Oz books.

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The Wrong Box

The Wrong Box by Robert Louis Stevenson and Lloyd Osbourne

The Wrong Box by Robert Louis Stevenson and Lloyd Osbourne

The Wrong Box is a comedy about the ending of a tontine (a tontine is an arrangement whereby a number of young people subscribe to a fund which is then closed and invested until all but one of the subscribers have died. That last subscriber then receives the whole of the proceeds). The story involves the last two such survivors and their relations, a train crash, missing uncles, surplus dead bodies and innocent bystanders. A farce really.

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The Frozen Deep

The Frozen Deep by Wilkie Collins

The Frozen Deep by Wilkie Collins

The Frozen Deep is a story of a love triangle between Clara, Frank and Richard, spiced up with dangerous expeditions, mysterious visions and life-threatening circumstances. The end is as surprising and unexpected as we are (or are not) accustomed to in Collins’ books.

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Sherlock Holmes

The Adventures of Sherlock Holmes

the adventures of sherlock holmesWith a recent theatrical release from Hollywood and the hit British version for BBCTV, Sherlock Holmes is hot right now. There’s even talks of making an American version for tv, based on the British version! With a newfound popularity for detective extraordinaire, it doesn’t come to a surprise that All You Can Books is featuring The Adventures of Sherlock Holmes as one of the free downloadable books available for a limited time.

Written by Sir Arthur Conan Doyle, The Adventures of Sherlock Holmes is a collection of twelve short stories that were originally published in the popular British magazine, Strand, over a century ago (July 1891 to June 1892). Each story is from the perspective of Dr. Watson, Sherlock Holmes’s good friend, as he marvels at the cleverness of Holmes observations and ability to solve even the most complex of crimes.

This book is  a must-read for anyone who loves mysteries!

Interesting fact about Sherlock Holmes: The title character was named after Oliver Wendell Holmes, Sr, a renown American poet and physician who is best known for his “Breakfast-Table” works.

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Literary Classics

Literary Classics

So what is a classic to you? While everyone has their own opinion on what makes a great book that really moved you, there is a general definition on what a “literary classic” is. Here’s what you can look for to determine whether the book you just read can be deemed a literary classic:

1. The book has high artistic merit.

2. The story describes the complexity of life and the personalities of each character as they struggle through it.

3. The story has a profound effect on the reader, moving them.

4. It is popularly read and reread countless times, and is often recommended by one reader to another.

5. The story is relatable and can be appreciated by readers no matter when and where in time. A person from the same era as when it’s just been published may appreciate it much the same as someone who reads it a century later.

6. There is a general consensus of many people that the story can be considered a literary classic.

As you can see, there is no mention of when the book was written, or what particular time period during which the author existed. Yes, there are many books that have been deemed literary classics from centuries ago, but there are many that also deserve the title from contemporary times.

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The Hunchback of Notre Dame

hunchback of notre dameHeartwrenching, The Hunchback of Notre Dame is a tragic tale of the hunchback Quasimodo, his master Claude Frollo, and the gypsy La Esmeralda. It has been adapted for the big screen time and time again. The Hunchback of Notre Dame is a story that isn’t for the faint of heart, because although it may be considered openly as a romance, it features scenes of violence, injustice, and a heartbreaking ending that may leave you in tears. Despite its darkness, its popularity is so widespread that even Disney released an animated feature film version! But don’t be fooled by Disney’s fluffy PG version, because the real Hunchback of Notre Dame is far from a simple children’s tale.

The Hunchback of Notre Dame was written by Victor Hugo and is considered to be his first full-length novel. Published in 1831, the novel became so popular that the City of Paris was urged to restore the Notre Dame Cathedral, which was entirely neglected at the time, by the book’s fans. Thousands of tourists visited Notre Dame to catch a glimpse of the building, and it still draws thousands of more tourists today. You can read this magnificently written book, rich in details and insight, ABSOLUTELY FREE right now, at All You Can Books.

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Jane Austen

Pride and Prejudice

Pride and Prejudice is one of our top 100 books. It isn’t just the most famous novel penned by Jane Austen, it’s also one of the most well known novels of all time. A romance that examines society in 19th century England, Pride Prejudice is set in England at the turn of the century. It is an account of the lives of a young woman and her four sisters amongst the genteel. It is a romance comedy that is the predecessor of Harlequin – although to say that would be far too insulting!

Jane Austen
Jane Austen is a British writer who wrote this book in the early 1800s, and it was first published in 1813. There have been millions of copies of Pride and Prejudice sold throughout the world, an indication of how this great British Classic still retains its popularity in our modern society.

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All You Can Books Top 25 Books of All Time

All You Can Books has just released their “Top 25” books of all time.

Do you think they missed out on a book? Let us your know your thoughts in the comments below!

1. The Hunchback of Notre Dame
2. Hedda Gabler
3. The Legend of Sleepy Hollow
4. A Journey to the Centre of the Earth
5. The Island of Doctor Moreau
6. White Fang
7. A Connecticut Yankee in King Arthur’s Court
8. A Midsummer Night’s Dream
9. Much Ado about Nothing
10. An Ideal Husband

11. Ivanhoe
12. The Tale of Benjamin Bunny
13. King Solomon’s Mines
14. Washington Square
15. The Wings of the Dove, Volume 1 of 2
16. The Man in the Iron Mask
17. On the origin of species
18. Uncle Vanya
19. Tarzan of the Apes
20. A Little Princess

21. The Secret Garden
22. Poetics
23. Rhetoric
24. The Romance of Tristan and Iseult
25. Aesop’s Fables