Books for which you can stay up all night
Arrange in the bed comfortably, turn on the night light and ... read until the morning!
Edgar Poe "The Fall of the House of Usher"
The Story, 1839–1840
In the darkest hours of the night, if you can not sleep, and terrible stories act on your nervous system, like strong coffee - just invigorate, why not open the book of stories by Edgar Poe? Asher's gloomy estate has already flung open its gates and is waiting for guests who, alas, can not help his masters - the last in the family aristocrats, brother and sister, dying day by day due to a strange hereditary disease and the terrible, dead atmosphere of their house.
... I know - sooner or later the hour will come when I at once lose both reason and life in the battle with this gloomy ghost - fear
Mine Reed "Headless Horseman"
Classic of the adventure novel, in which there is everything: both passionate lovers, and a cunning villain, and an ominous riddle, coupled with a cruel crime, and majestic wild nature. And - do not extinguish the lamp! - until the very last page of the story, a frightening headless horseman roams the Texas prairie,while the brave mustanger Maurice Gerald, his beloved Louise Poindexter, and their relatives and friends are trying to unravel the mystery. The novel was based on the impressions of Main Reed from a trip to North America made by the writer in the 1840s.
Love laughs over obstacles
Rafael Sabatini "Odyssey of Captain Blood"
Bachelor of Medicine Peter Blood assists a wounded rebel aristocrat and is accused of treason for this. Together with other rebels, and now slaves, he finds himself in a British colony in Barbados, from where he runs with his closest comrades, seizing the ship of the Spaniards who have attacked the island. Thus begins the fascinating adventures of the pirate-knight, the legend and thunderstorms of the Caribbean, a gentleman to the tips of his nails, a mocking handsome man with black curls and piercing blue eyes. Do you want to sleep when in your imagination the swords are ringing, you hear the cries of “Come aboard!” And the sails of the Arabella chasing the galleon of the treacherous Spanish admiral are filled with wind?
The popularity of "Odyssey ..." was so great that Sabatini wrote a sequel in two books - "The Chronicle of Captain Blood" and "Good Luck for Captain Blood."
Fortune hates the miser.She grants her blessings to those who know how to place bets correctly and spend their winnings with glitter
Mikhail Bulgakov "Master and Margarita"
It doesn't matter if you read this great book for the first time or read it again, black velvet of the night becomes an excellent background for everything that happens in the novel: for confidential conversations between the Master and Ivan Bezdomny; for reflection of Pontius Pilate tormented by questions to which he has no answer; for the murder of Judah from Kiriath, a traitor; for the ball of Satan; to execute Yeshua on Bald Mountain; for tricks of Koroviev and Behemoth; for scandalous performances of Woland and her retinue in a variety show and for the love that connected the Master and Margarita ... We’re in no hurry to turn the pages, pay attention to details, try to solve the author’s hints and riddles (for example, where did the Hella disappear in the epilogue?) and enjoy!
Manuscripts do not burn
Harper Lee "To Kill a Mockingbird"
South America, 1930s, the town of Maycomb, invented by the author. Eight-year-old Jean Louise, she's just Glazas, an intelligent and partial witness to everything that happens in the town.She tries to think and act like her father is a wise and decent person, an honest, principled attorney, Atticus Finch. Gene sees a lot: adults lie, hypocrite, gossip, do not stint on prohibitions and punishments, cherish prejudices, forget about the law, morality and humanity. And some of them even hide from the world, like the mysterious neighbor of Finchea - the recluse of the Strashila Radley. Even a strict nurse Calpurnia will not put you to bed with such a book!
Almost all people are good, big-eyed, when you finally understand them.
Maria Semenova "Valkyrie"
One of the best books in the genre of Slavic fantasy, which you want to reread again and again. The second title of the novel - "The one I always wait."
A girl named Zima in search of a different lobe than marrying at the behest of the head of the clan becomes a kmet with a slanting, full member of the military squad. The relatives did not accept her desire to independently manage their own lives, and in the new environment, Zima Zhelanovna would have to prove her right to wear a sword, a shield and a military belt (the nickname Valkyrie would be given to her by the prisoners of the Danes). But everything will turn out well, as in the fables that the little Zimushka on the stove was once told by his grandfather: the Neta-Dun fortress will become the Valkyries home, its warriors will be called brothers.She will meet here and the betrothed, only she does not recognize him immediately.
Fate is not for nothing called fate: it rarely asks what a person wants, and you can not argue with it
Marina and Sergey Dyachenko "Ritual"
A wonderful romantic fairy tale for adult girls, in which there is nothing sugary, infantile, on the contrary: the prince, princess and dragon are well here not at all stereotyped. A prince on a white horse is handsome, but a coward, a scoundrel and an egoist. The princess is a smart girl, but a plain woman with a difficult character. The dragon is a poet and a knight with an inferiority complex in the form of a terrible lizard. The prince (and later the king) lives without hesitation according to the canons accepted in society; the princess and the dragon violate them, suffocating in the deadly dictatorship of the rules "Live as prescribed by the ancestors" and rebel. From the history of Utah and Arman - who loved each other princesses and dragon - you can not tear myself away, until the last page is turned.
I am a butterfly in a stuffy network of rituals.
Freeborn, I was not free. Without you.
Show me where the sky is
Victor Pelevin «t»
Count T., the artistic alter ego of Leo Tolstoy with the talents of a Hollywood superhero, discoversthat the world around and he himself is an invention, the collective composition of the hell-born Ariel (he modestly calls himself a PR marketer of the book business) and five literary blacks. There is in the book Fyodor Dostoevsky, an elegant gentleman with ... a battle ax, a computer shooter character and the best friend of Count T. Pelevin’s retelling is ungrateful, but prepare yourself all the time to read yourself in the postmodern triangle "author - reader - book", each peak which is both a creator and an object of creativity. Before sleep, when the boundaries of reality and consciousness are erased?
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