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The Count of Monte Cristo (Bantam Classics)
Nominated as one of America’s best-loved novels by PBS’s The Great American ReadA popular bestseller since its publication in 1844, The Count of Monte Cristo is one of the great page-turning thrillers of all time. Set against the tumultuous years of the post-Napoleonic era, Alexandre Dumas’s grand historical romance recounts the swashbuckling adventures of Edmond Dantès, a dashing young sailor falsely accused of treason. The story of his long imprisonment, dramatic escape, and carefully wrought revenge offers up a vision of France that has become immortal. As Robert Louis Stevenson declared, “I do not believe there is another volume extant where you can breathe the same unmingled atmosphere of romance.”
Published by: Bantam Classics | Publication date: 12/02/2003
Kindle book details: Kindle Edition, 544 pages

Astrology for the Soul (Bantam Classics)
For the first time ever, a famous spiritual astrologer shares the secrets, previously known only to professionals, that hold the key to your future. Astrologer Jan Spiller shows you the key to discovering your hidden talents, your deepest desires, and the ways you can avoid negative influences that may distract you from achieving your true life purpose, as revealed in your chart by the position of the North Node of the Moon. With insight and depth impossible to gain from the commonly known sun-sign profiles, the enlightening self-portrait offered by the Nodes of the Moon can explain the life lessons you came here to learn and how to achieve the fulfillment and peace you desire. Jan Spiller shows you how to locate the all-important North Node of the Moon in your astrological chart and provides a detailed interpretation of its influence and exclusive exercises to help you learn about: • The SPECIAL TALENT that is waiting for you, a unique gift that could easily be turned into professional success • The SELF-DEFEATING TENDENCIES in your personality that can hold you back and sabotage relationships • The LOVE PARTNER who can be your soul mate—and the partner whose hold over you can lead to heartbreak • The TRAP or temptation from a past life that can lead to disaster if you are not forewarned • The HEALING AFFIRMATIONS designed to help you release your positive energy and strengthen the qualities that can bring you true happiness
Author: Jan Spiller
Published by: Bantam | Publication date: 11/04/2009
Kindle book details: Kindle Edition, 546 pages

The Diamond Age: Or, a Young Lady's Illustrated Primer (Bantam Spectra Book)
Vividly imagined, stunningly prophetic, and epic in scope, The Diamond Age is a major novel from one of the most visionary writers of our timeDecades into our future, a stone’s throw from the ancient city of Shanghai, a brilliant nanotechnologist named John Percival Hackworth has just broken the rigorous moral code of his tribe, the powerful neo-Victorians. He's made an illicit copy of a state-of-the-art interactive device called A Young Ladys Illustrated Primer  Commissioned by an eccentric duke for his grandchild, stolen for Hackworth's own daughter, the Primer’s purpose is to educate and raise a girl capable of thinking for herself. It performs its function superbly. Unfortunately for Hackworth, his smuggled copy has fallen into the wrong hands.Young Nell and her brother Harv are thetes—members of the poor, tribeless class.  Neglected by their mother, Harv looks after Nell.  When he and his gang waylay a certain neo-Victorian—John Percival Hackworth—in the seamy streets of their neighborhood, Harv brings Nell something special: the Primer.Following the discovery of his crime, Hackworth begins an odyssey of his own. Expelled from the neo-Victorian paradise, squeezed by agents of Protocol Enforcement on one side and a Mandarin underworld crime lord on the other, he searches for an elusive figure known as the Alchemist.  His quest and Nell’s will ultimately lead them to another seeker whose fate is bound up with the Primer—a woman who holds the key to a vast, subversive information network that is destined to decode and reprogram the future of humanity.
Published by: Spectra | Publication date: 08/26/2003
Kindle book details: Kindle Edition, 512 pages

Bantam of the Opera: A Bed-and-breakfast Mystery (Bed-and-Breakfast Mysteries Book 5)
Bed-and-breakfast hostess Judith McMonigle Flynn isn't exactly bellowing "Bravo!" over the news that obnoxious opera star Mario Pacetti and his entourage are coming to stay at the Hillside Manor. The world-class tenor is a renowned pain-in-the-neck—a bloated buffoon who could easily eat her out of house and home. So when the puffed-up, would-be Pavarotti inadvertently drinks poison and falls down dead on his tosca, accusing eyes turn to Judith and her amateur sleuthing partner, cousin Renie. Now it's curtains unless the cousins can unmask the real culprit—before a killer's final, fatal encore.
Author: Mary Daheim
Published by: HarperCollins e-books | Publication date: 10/13/2009
Kindle book details: Kindle Edition, 260 pages

THE BANTAMS: The Untold Story Of World War One.
THE BANTAMS tells the nigh incredible story of how the British and Canadian army recruited over 50,000 under-height men to serve as front-line soldiers. This book gives one of the best accounts this reviewer has ever encountered of the rigors of trench warfare. It is a must for all collections of World War One history and Canada's part in it. -- Neil Payne, Canadian Materials.The citizens of LeHavre weren’t prepared for the bizarre sight that greeted them when a British troopship arrived in the harbour in January, 1916, with a fresh contingent of reinforcements for the Western Front. The troops marched down the gangplanks and along the quay as though they were mocking the traditional image of the stalwart soldier. They were about five feet tall, miniature Guardsmen, more like mascots than fighting-men.And so the first battalion of the “Bantams”, as they were officially called, prepared for battle. They soon proved they were equal in stamina and valor as standard-sized soldiers. By 1918, more than 50,000 Bantams, including 2,000 from Canada, had fought in the trenches, and their casualties were enormous. Yet the story of the Bantams and their outstanding contribution to the war has been forgotten, overlooked, or deliberately concealed by army historians, perhaps embarrassed by the episode and mistakenly afraid that the army’s need to use such little men somehow revealed weaknesses in British preparedness.But thanks to military historian Sidney Allinson, their story is now told for the first time, and it’s enough to make short men stand tall. Sidney Allinson deserves credit for ferreting out the fascinating tale and for preserving it in the face of official indifference and even hostility. He was able to track down 300 surviving Bantams and make good use of their personal recollections, unpublished journals and letters. His findings document again the widespread illogical prejudice against people who happen to be short. –- William French, The Globe & Mail.Review of “THE BANTAMS: The Untold Story of World War I.”“This book chronicles the forgotten plight of the little-known courage of undersized British men determined to join the armed forces and to fight for their country, often against amazing odds, during World War I. At the outset of the First World War, when men were volunteering in droves, many diminutive males, though patriotic and fit, were being rejected because they did not meet the regulation minimum height requirements for enlisted soldiers.Eventually, though, a few far-sighted men prevailed, and units of “Bantam” infantrymen ranging in height between five feet and five-feet-three-inches was formed. After rigorous training, they were sent to fight in the trenches as bravely and effectively as any other soldiers. The book soon swings vigorously into fascinating details of the forming of the army units that became known as the Bantams, who like so many other soldiers were victims of wartime tactics of attrition. Through it all, the Bantams retained their courage and their sense of humour. The author has made it his task to tell their story. And like the bantam soldiers it depicts, this book is a small gem.-- Renee V. Cox, Vancouver, BC, Canada.This in-depth history covers every aspect of the bantam phenomenon. This is very much a stand alone source, ideal for the Great War enthusiast. -- Major Mike Peters, Soldier Magazine.Rare photographs and maps. 98,000 wordsSidney Allinson is a Canadian military historian and novelist. He served overseas with the Royal Air Force. He is a past Director of the Royal Canadian Military Institute; Chairman, Western Front Association; President, Sir Winston Churchill Society. His other books include "JEREMY KANE: A Canadian Historical Novel Of The 1837 Mackenzie Rebellion And Its Brutal Aftermath In The Australian Penal Colonies”, and "KRUGER’S GOLD: A Novel Of The Anglo-Boer War.” Born in England, a long-time resident of Toronto, he now resides in Victoria, British Columbi
Publication date: 10/22/2011
Kindle book details: Kindle Edition, 307 pages

Inferno (Bantam Classics)
In this superb translation with an introduction and commentary by Allen Mandelbaum, all of Dante's vivid images--the earthly, sublime, intellectual, demonic, ecstatic--are rendered with marvelous clarity to read like the words of a poet born in our own age.
Author: Dante
Published by: Bantam | Publication date: 08/03/2004
Kindle book details: Kindle Edition, 432 pages

The Errantry of Bantam Flyn (The Autumn's Fall Saga Book 2)
The Coburn. Rooster-Men of the Tin Isles.Proud and combative by nature, the coburn are an imposing race. The males, ever protective of their mates, fight to the death if threatened, especially against their own kind. Some, however, pursue a chaste life of chivalry and join the Valiant Spur, an order of coburn knights. Hopeful recruits must replace their drive to breed and covet with a will to serve, allowing only the most resolute to join the ranks of the Knights Errant. Bantam Flyn, hot-headed squire and wielder of the renowned sword Coalspur, yearns to be one of them. When Flyn returns to the ancestral stronghold of the Valiant Spur, he finds the castle under siege from within. Malevolent skin-changers, the gruagach, ruthlessly hunt a secret Flyn would die to keep. The swaggering warrior seeks unlikely allies, reinforcing his sharp steel with the keen mind of the castle’s awkward chronicler, Ingelbert Crane, and the incisive tongue of gnome herbalist, Deglan Loamtoes. Fleeing the reach of the gruagach, the trio become ensnared by a dwarven prophet who believes Flyn to be the foretold slayer of a primordial evil known as the Corpse Eater. Venturing into the unforgiving cold of Middangeard, the companions find themselves far from the Tin Isles and close to the history that shaped the very world. Hindered by giants, trolls, bands of berserkers, throngs of restless dead, and haunted by the howling phantoms of his own barbaric past, Flyn must face an ancient horror that threatens not only his life, but the fate of his entire race.
Published by: Ballymalis Press | Publication date: 07/24/2014
Kindle book details: Kindle Edition, 544 pages

Four Tragedies: Hamlet, Othello, King Lear, Macbeth (Bantam Classic)
HamletOne of the most famous plays of all time, the compelling tragedy of the young prince of Denmark who must reconcile his longing for oblivion with his duty to avenge his father’s murder is one of Shakespeare’s greatest works. The ghost, Ophelia’s death and burial, the play within a play, and the breathtaking swordplay are just some of the elements that make Hamlet a masterpiece of the theater.OthelloThis great tragedy of unsurpassed intensity and emotion is played out against Renaissance splendor. The doomed marriage of Desdemona to the Moor Othello is the focus of a storm of tension, incited by the consummately evil villain Iago, that culminates in one of the most deeply moving scenes in theatrical history.King LearHere is the famous and moving tragedy of a king who foolishly divides his kingdom between his two wicked daughters and estranges himself from the young daughter who loves him–a theatrical spectacle of outstanding proportions.MacbethNo dramatist has ever seen with more frightening clarity into the heart and mind of a murderer than has Shakespeare in this brilliant and bloody tragedy of evil. Taunted into asserting his “masculinity” by his ambitious wife, Macbeth chooses to embrace the Weird Sisters’ prophecy and kill his king–and thus, seals his own doom.Each Edition Includes:• Comprehensive explanatory notes • Vivid introductions and the most up-to-date scholarship • Clear, modernized spelling and punctuation, enabling contemporary readers to understand the Elizabethan English• Completely updated, detailed bibliographies and performance histories • An interpretive essay on film adaptations of the play, along with an extensive filmography
Published by: Bantam Classics | Publication date: 08/26/2009
Kindle book details: Kindle Edition, 976 pages

Four Comedies: The Taming of the Shrew, A Midsummer Night's Dream, The Merchant of Venice, Twelfth Night (Bantam Classic)
The Taming of the ShrewRobust and bawdy, The Taming of the Shrew captivates audiences with outrageous humor as Katharina, the shrew, engages in a contest of wills–and love–with her bridegroom, Petruchio, in a comedy of unmatched theatrical brilliance, filled with visual gags and witty repartee. A Midsummer Night's DreamFairy magic, love spells, and an enchanted wood turn the mismatched rivalries of four young lovers into a marvelous mix-up of desire and enchantment, all touched by Shakespeare’s inimitable vision of the intriguing relationship between dreams and the waking world.The Merchant of VeniceThis dark comedy of love and money contains one of the truly mythic figures in literature–Shylock, the Jewish moneylender. The “pound of flesh” he demands as payment of Antonio’s debt has become a universal metaphor for vengeance. Here, pathos and farce combine with moral complexity and romantic entanglements, to display the extraordinary power and range of Shakespeare at his best.Twelfth NightSet in a topsy-turvy world like a holiday revel, this comedy juxtaposes a romantic plot involving separated twins and mistaken identity with a more satiric one about the humiliation of a pompous killjoy. The hilarity is touched with melancholy, and the play ends, not with laughter, but with a clown’s plaintive song.Each Edition Includes:• Comprehensive explanatory notes • Vivid introductions and the most up-to-date scholarship • Clear, modernized spelling and punctuation, enabling contemporary readers to understand the Elizabethan English• Completely updated, detailed bibliographies and performance histories • An interpretive essay on film adaptations of the play, along with an extensive filmographyFrom the Paperback edition.
Published by: Bantam Classics | Publication date: 08/26/2009
Kindle book details: Kindle Edition, 738 pages

The Bantam: A Phantom Traveler Novella
Ehli never expected much from her life. She’s an Iscillian, designed in a lab to serve as custodian for a Xendari merchant crew, with no future beyond the warranty of their starship. When she reads two previously overlooked lines in the ship’s operations manual that cast doubt on everything she thought she knew about her existence, the satisfaction she once found in her simple life dissolves into an unsettling obsession with learning the truth.She is expected to report for duty, complete her assignments, and rest until her next shift. To put the needs of the ship and crew before her own. She knows better than to expect the oh-so-vertebrate Xendari to help her find the answers she craves, but every step she takes investigating her origins – and that of all Iscillian serving as bioaccessories across the galaxy – takes her further from the life she knew, and deeper into danger.But she can’t ignore what she’s learned. She must know what secrets have been kept from her, and she’s willing to risk everything to uncover them.
Author: R J Theodore
Published by: Creative Jay | Publication date: 01/11/2018
Kindle book details: Kindle Edition, 83 pages
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