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Tales of Wonder

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by Lord Dunsany

Audiobook by Chirag Patel

 
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​Written in the dark days of World War I, join Lord Dunsany as he spreads the dreams that we cannot leave to die.

Dunsany was the most influential writer in the genre that came to be known as fantasy, which his stories set trends for that continue to this day.

Come along, for a dream of a mystical London, bawdy jokes that offend ghosts, swapping sins in Paris, and the strange tale of Why The Milkman Shudders As He Perceives The Dawn.

In this collection of twenty stories, you’ll find adventures at sea and the edge of the world, of Ali Baba come to the industrial hills of the Black Country, and take flight with strange run and gnome-brewed wines.

Dunsany was an influence on Tolkien, Lovecraft, Gaiman, Borges, Clarke, Moorcock, Yeats, Le Guin and many more besides. Worlds of monsters and magic, of strange names and stranger tales, were all born in Dunsany’s work.

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Biggles Takes The Case

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by W.E. Johns

Audiobook by Chirag Patel

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Some problems solved by Air Detective-Inspector Bigglesworth, C.I.D., and his Air Police

Nine stories of Biggles’ adventures with the Air Police. Join Biggles, Algy, Ginger and the gang as Raymond sends them searching for Uranium thieves in the Cairngorms, arms dealers in Malaysia, diamond smugglers in Africa, nefarious murderers, and the cause of strange aircraft crashes. Also includes the tale of a dangerous bet from Captain Bigglesworth’s days with the Royal Air Force in World War I.

The stories are:

SKYWAY ROBBERY: Can Biggles find the stolen Jewels of the Rajah of Malliapore?

THE CASE OF THE UNKNOWN AIRCRAFT: A plane carrying uranium from an unknown source crashes in the Cairngorm mountains. Can Biggles survive this Scottish adventure?

THE RENEGADE: Chasing down a fellow Brit who has turned his back on the Empire and is working towards it’s destruction.

BIGGLES BAITS THE TRAP: Biggles pulls a fast one in order to catch a gang of thieves AFRICAN ASSIGNMENT: A trader’s son reaches England with a tale of a tribe turned violent. Can Biggles discover the source of their new attitude?

ALL IN THE DAY’S WORK : A simple day of saving the government from humiliation and disaster.

THE CASE OF THE SECRET AEROFOIL: Did the pilot of a new test place really die in a crash?

THE CASE OF THE MYSTERIOUS GUNSHOTS: A native in the Sudan is attacked by a plane, sending Biggles into the heart of Africa to investigate.

 THE HARE AND THE TORTOISE: Squadron Commander Wilkinson—known better as Wilks—makes a dangerous bet with Biggles.

ebook and print versions include illustrations from the original book, as well as covers from the magazines which these stories were first published in.

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The Cloud of Unknowing

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The Cloud Of Unknowing: A classic of Christian mystical wisdom, now in modern English

Original editor Evelyn Underhill

Modern edit and narration Chirag Patel

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In the middle ages, Christianity shared much with Buddhism and other Eastern philosophies. Read on to learn how Christian mystics came to the same conclusions as those from very different faiths. This edition has been adapted from the 1923 version into modern English to make the ideas more accessible to today’s reader, the Cloud of Unknowing distills a complex mystical epistemology and discipline into engagingly readable prose.

The Cloud of Unknowing is a work of Christian mysticism written in Middle English in the latter half of the 14th century. It is a spiritual guide, which focuses on using contemplative prayer to know God by abandoning consideration of God’s particular activities and attributes, and having the courage to surrender your mind and ego to the realm of “unknowing”, at which point one may begin to glimpse the nature of God.

The book counsels the young student to seek God, not through knowledge and intellect, but through intense contemplation, motivated by love, and stripped of all thought. This is brought about by putting all thoughts and desires under a “cloud of forgetting,” and thereby piercing God’s cloud of unknowing with a “dart of longing love” from the heart.

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Fifty-One Tales

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Fifty-One Tales

A collection of short, strange, and often dark stories from the world’s first and greatest fantasy writer

by Lord Dunsany

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Includes illustrations by Arthur Rackham, the Victorian Era’s classic fairytale illustrator.

Lord Dunsany was the most influential writer in the genre that came to be known as fantasy, of which his stories set trends for that continue to this day.

He was an influence on Tolkien, Lovecraft, Gaiman, Borges, Clarke, Moorcock, Yeats, Le Guin and many more besides. Worlds of monsters and magic, of strange names and stranger tales, were all born in Dunsany’s work. Before him, the closest thing to fantasy that existed was folktales; after him, people built worlds beyond imagining and epic stories in the lands he first explored.

Contained herein are tales of mysteries and monsters, deserted cities and dangerous dreams, of war between the gods and men who are not all they seem.

In this collection you’ll find sixteen stories from the first and greatest master of the fantasy genre.

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A Dreamer’s Tales

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A Dreamer’s Tales

A collection from the world’s first fantasy writer, written in 1905 and an influence on everything that came after.

by Lord Dunsany

[Edward John Moreton Drax Plunkett, 18th Baron of Dunsany]

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Lord Dunsany was the most influential writer in the genre that came to be known as fantasy, of which his stories set trends for that continue to this day.

He was an influence on Tolkien, Lovecraft, Gaiman, Borges, Clarke, Moorcock, Yeats, Le Guin and many more besides. Worlds of monsters and magic, of strange names and stranger tales, were all born in Dunsany’s work. Before him, the closest thing to fantasy that existed was folktales; after him, people built worlds beyond imagining and epic stories in the lands he first explored.

Contained herein are tales of mysteries and monsters, deserted cities and dangerous dreams, of war between the gods and men who are not all they seem.

In this collection you’ll find sixteen stories from the first and greatest master of the fantasy genre.

Book includes illustrations by Arthur Rackham, the Victorian Era’s classic fairytale illustrator.

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Xiaojiang | The Classic of Filial Piety

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Xiaojiang | The Classic of Filial Piety

The classic Confucian book for Children

Translated by Ivan Chen

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For over two thousand years, this books has been the foundation of Chinese family life.

Based on a series of conversations with Confucius, and supplemented by a series of story examples by an Emperor in the 11th Century, it is essential to understanding the nature and order of Chinese society. It speaks of how one should behave towards a senior such as one’s parents, elder brother or ruler, and the obligations that follow in the opposite direction. Written in 400BC, the Xiaojang is legendarily a dialogue between Confucius and Zeng Zi, a disciple who was well known for his filial piety.

Since that time, it has been an essential tool of Chinese civilisation, often being the first book that Chinese children are given when they are able to read it. For Confucius and his disciples, family life is the foundation and cornerstone of society, and recognising the value and impact of family harmony on both the local and greater environments is crucial to stability and prosperity.

SOME OPINIONS OF THE PRESS

  • The Athenaeum.–“We wish that there were more of them; they are dreamy, lifelike, and fascinating.”
  • Pall Mall Gazette.–“No translation of this important work has been made since the beginning of the eighteenth century.”
  • Manchester Courier.–“Worthy of close study by all who would penetrate to the depth of Eastern thought and feeling.”
  • The Scotsman.–” should not fail to please readers of the more studious sort.”
  • Southport Guardian.–“will find considerable favour with all Students of Eastern Literature and Eastern Philosophy.”
  • Bristol Mercury.–“We commend these little books to all who imagine that there is no knowledge worth having outside Europe and America.”

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The Sayings of Lao-Tzu

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The Sayings of Lao-Tzu

An accessible narrative prose translation of the Dao De Jing

by Lionel Giles

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A prose translation of the Tao that focuses on bringing out the subtlety and depth of the classic Way.

Most translations of the famous Way and Virtue (Dao De Jing/Tao Te Ching) focus on the poetics and depth of the original. In contrast, Giles’ translation focuses on telling stories with the text, drawing out the nuances in a way that is more familiar to Western audiences from philosophical and religious texts.

“Few can help being struck by the similarity of tone between the sayings of Lao Tzu and the Gospel enunciated six centuries later by the Prince of Peace. There are two famous utterances in particular which secure to Lao Tzu the glory of having anticipated the lofty morality of the Sermon on the Mount. The cavilers who would rank the Golden Rule of Confucius below that of Christ will find it hard to get over the fact that Lao Tzu said, “Requite injury with kindness,” and “To the not-good I would be good in order to make them good.” It was a hundred and fifty years later that Plato reached the same conclusion in the first book of the Republic.

It is interesting to observe certain points of contact between Lao Tzu and the early Greek philosophers. He may be compared both with Parmenides, who disparaged sense-knowledge and taught the existence of the One as opposed to the Many, and with Heraclitus, whose theory of the identity of contraries recalls some of our Sage’s paradoxes. But it is when we come to Plato that the most striking parallels occur. It has not escaped notice that something like the Platonic doctrine of ideas is discoverable in the “forms” which Lao Tzu conceives as residing in Tao. But, so far as I know, no one has yet pointed out what a close likeness Tao itself bears to that curious abstraction which Plato calls the Idea of the Good.”

Book Includes images of Wang Bi’s classic commentary to the Dao.

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Another job for Biggles

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Another job for Biggles

by Cpt WE Johns

Audiobook by Chirag Patel

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An action packed adventure across Arabia in search of a new hashish.

A grave peril has reached London. Air Commodore Raymond of Scotland Yard has discovered a new drug, one being used for robberies and more. Gurra is a risk to civilization itself, and only one man can be entrusted to save it.

Can Biggles find the source before this new drug scourges civilisation?

Join the newly-promoted Detective Air-Inspector Bigglesworth as he is sent on a mission by Scotland Yard in the Arabia’s infamous Rub Al Khali, the Empty Quarter.

Accompanied by his old flying buddies Ginger and Bertie, Biggles travels to Aden, in order to fly out across the savage desert in search of a mysterious oasis, the only known source of a dangerous new drug. There they find the trusty Zahar, who has been betrayed and left to die by the servant of a perfidious crimelord.

Can Biggles and the gang survive the perils of the desert and achieve their mission of saving civilisation from this terrible new drug? Facing perils from dust storms and poisoning to drought to capture and mortal danger,

Captain Biggles shows off the best of british nobility and grit in this fast-paced adventure.

Cover Illustration by Stead

First Published in February 1951. Originally published in seven monthly parts as BIGGLES IN ARABIA in COLLINS MAGAZINE FOR BOYS AND GIRLS (February to August 1950)

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The Niche for Lights

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Mishkât Al-Anwar (The Niche For Lights): The classic work of Sufi mystical thinking

By Al-Ghazzali

Audiobook by Chirag Patel

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The classic work of Sufi mystical thinking from 1100CE, available in audiobook for the first time. It is also known as A Niche of Lamps.

 In the middle ages, Sufi scholars reconciled rationality and faith, both of which were ascendant in the empires of the time. This is one of the great philosophical and theological works from that period, and shows another side to Islam than the doctrinaire version that is more commonly spoken of.

 Al-Ghazali is often called “the proof of Islam” (hujjat al-islam), because he tried to bridge inquiry, legislation and mystical practice. One could call al-Ghazali the prototype Muslim intellectual.

This translation was done in 1823 by WHT Gairdner, who also includes a commentary upon the ideas that Al-Ghazzali presents.

The Niche of Lights, written near the end of his life, is about the need for balance between the authority of the divine and reason, seeing both as essential to real spiritual development.

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My Rise and Fall In The AI Apocalypse (2017-2072)

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My Rise and Fall In The AI Apocalypse (2017-2072):

One woman’s journey of power, discovery and loss through a changing century (Still Light Book 2)

by Chirag Patel

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The 21st century will see great changes for humanity. True Artificial Intelligence comes into existence, and in its wake the world is ripped apart and reborn. In new technology ancient ways will find new expression, as the secret rulers of the world choose its future shape. It is a time of great change, of disaster and destruction matched only by the flowering of mind.

The book Posthumanity Rises charts the great events of this time; but what of the others? What about those who get caught up in events, but cannot guide them? Those who are given power, but not enough to be free?
They too have their stories, and this is one of them. Follow Aina from 2017 to 2072, as she becomes one of the custodians of the ultimate secret society, and discovers that divinity doesn’t bring control or security. Great events follow and command her, but her fate is to pick up the pieces, not cause the conflicts.

A standalone companion tale to Posthumanity Rises [2017-2070AD]

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