SA9 – Books! A Bountiful Supply of Books!

I just want to begin this with a bunch of disclaimers. First, these aren’t in any particular order. They are put down just as they came to me. This means that some other books which I have also enjoyed in the past may not be on this list. Secondly, just because I have down more than one story by the same author does not mean I prefer that author to others. It is simply because I happen to have liked more than one of their books. Finally, no copyright infringement is intended by these excerpts, so don’t give me any nonsense about that. Now to the actual intro blurb. In my opinion, I would tell each and every one of you to go and read these. I mean, come on guys, many of these can be found on a kindle, or, like The Innocence of Father Brown, the internet, so don’t excuse yourself, read them, and enjoy them. One recommendation for you though, if you read one of G. A. Henty’s books. Endure through the beginning. You will find it worth it I promise. 😀

The Innocence of Father Brown: The Blue Cross G. K. Chesterton

The Innocence of Father Brown

“Between the silver ribbon of morning and the green glittering ribbon of sea, the boat touched Harwich and let loose a swarm of folk like flies, among whom the man we must follow was by no means conspicuous – nor wished to be.”

“And they both stood an instant uncovered while the little Essex priest blinked about for his umbrella.”

Much Ado About Nothing: William Shakespeare

Much Ado About Nothing

“Enter Leonato, Hero, Beatrice, and a messenger.”

“They all dance then exit.”

Brothers at Arms: John J. Horn

Brothers At Arms

“I grasped the cold pistol handle and squinted at the target.”

“And here I close my story.”

In Freedom’s Cause: G.A. Henty

In Freedom's Cause

“The village of Glen Cairn was situated in a valley in the broken country lying to the west of the Pentland Hills, some fifteen miles north of the town of Lanark, and the country around it was wild and picturesque.”

“He was raised to the dignity of Baron Forbes by the king, and was ever regarded by him as one of his most trusty councillors, and his descendants played a prominent part in the changing and eventful history of Scotland; but the proudest tradition of the family was that their ancestor had fought as a patriot by the side if Bruce and Wallace when scarce a noble of Scotland but was leagues with the English oppressors of their country.”

The Boy Colonel – A Soldier Without a Name: John J. Horn

The Boy Colonel

“‘Fire at will!’”

“And so they sailed into the sunset, a red sunset—a red sky that all on board trusted would bring many more days of sailor’s delight to The Boy Colonel.”

The White Seneca: William Walker Canfield

“For the entertainment of those American boys and girls who love a rugged story of adventure, I propose to write some account of my captivity by the Indians and the several years I lived in their villages.”

“It was not, however, devoid of hardships and dangers; nor yet of sorrow; but that it was finally successful was a very great happiness.”

To Have and to Hold: Mary Johnston

To Have and to Hold

“The work of the day being over, I sat down upon my doorstep, pipe in hand, to rest awhile in the cool of the evening.”

“All things die not: while the soul lives, love lives: the song may be now gay, now plaintive, but it is deathless.”

Ragged Dick; or, Street Life in New York with the Boot Blacks: Horatio Alger Jr.

Ragged Dick

“‘Wake up there, youngster,’ said a rough voice.”

“‘A young gentleman on the way to fame and fortune,’ added Fosdick.”

Jane Eyre: Charlotte Brontë

Jane Eyre

“There was no possibility of taking a walk that day.”

“His own words are a pledge of this–

‘My Master,’ he says, ‘has forewarned me. Daily He announces more distinctly,– “Surely I come quickly!” and hourly I more eagerly respond,–“Amen; even so come, Lord Jesus!”’”

With Frederick the Great – A Story of the Seven Years’ War: G. A. Henty

With Frederick the Great

“It was early in 1756 that a Scottish trader, from Edinburgh, entered the port of Stettin.”

“The old Earl Marischal survived his younger brother for twenty years; and was, to the last, one of the king’s dearest and most intimate friends.”

I’m serious, read them.

And here’s all the other books that I didn’t list:

The Ranger’s Apprentice, Rujub the Juggler, ALL the Rover Boys, Around the World in 80 Days, Jack’s Ward, The Merry Adventures of Robin Hood, Men of Iron, Oliver Twist, A Tale of Two Cities, Rufus and Rose – or The Fortunes of Rough and Ready, Fame and Fortune – or The Progress of Richard Hunter, Adrift in New York – Tom and Florence Braving the World, Children of the New Forest, The Hiding place, Elsie Dinsmore, Martin Rattler, Hunted and Harried, The Gorilla Hunters, The Giant of the North – Pokings Round the Pole, Blue Lights – Hot work in the Soudan, With Clive in India – or the Beginnings of an Empire, By England’s Aid – or the Freeing of the Netherlands, St. George for England, Saint Bartholomew’s Eve – A Tale of the Huguenot Wars, The Tiger of Mysore – A Story of the War with Tippoo Saib, With Buller in Natal – or a Born Leader, Colonel Thorndyke’s Secret, The Lion of Saint Mark – A Story of Venice in the Fourteenth Century, At Agincourt, When London Burned: a Story of Restoration Times and the Great Fire, The Queen’s Cup, Forest and Frontiers – or Adventures Among the Indians, Winning His Spurs – A Tale of the Crusades, The Cat of Bubastes – A Tale of Ancient Egypt, A Knight of the White Cross: A Tale of the Siege of Rhodes, Just David, The Lonely Island – The Refuge of the Mutineers, The Coral Island – A Tale of the Pacific Ocean, The Dog Crusoe and His Master – A Story of Adventure in the Western Prairies, The Pirate City – An Algerine Tale, Pollyanna and the sequel, A Little Princess, Understood Betsy, The Secret Garden, Beric the Briton: A Story of the Roman Invasion, For the Temple – A Tale of the Fall of Jerusalem, The Boy Knight, The Cornet of Horse – A Tale of Marlborough’s Wars, In the Heart of the Rockies, The Bravest of the Brave – or with Peterborough in Spain, At the Point of the Bayonet – A Tale of the Mahratta War, The Young Carthaginian – A Story of the Times of Hannibal, ALL the Father Brown stories, Anne of Green Gables, The Lion, the Witch, and the Wardrobe, Pilgrim’s Progress, Thrawn Trilogy, etc.

Tours yruly


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