Title : My Man Jeeves
Author: P G Wodehouse
Genre: Humour
Exam Date 25-Aug-2018
Reading Time : 30 Hours

My Man Jeeves (Classics To Go)

“My Man Jeeves” is a collection of short-stories. Sir Pelham Grenville Wodehouse (P G Wodehouse) was an English author known for novels and short stories with elaborate plots, and for a unique writing style based on a combination of very formal language, references to classical literature, and contemporary club-room slang. Extensive usage of similes, metaphors, epithets and clichés make for very interesting reading. This book will introduce the reader to a unique style of British humor.
The stories in this collection are built around Bertie Wooster and his resourceful and wise valet, Jeeves, who provides suggestions whenever Bertie or his friends are in trouble.
PG Wodehouse, though well known for his novels and short stories, was also a talented playwright and lyricist who was part author and writer of fifteen plays and of 250 lyrics for some thirty musical comedies.

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Title : The Time Machine
Author: H G Wells
Genre: Science Fiction
Exam Date 25-Sep-2018
Reading Time : 25 Hours

The Time Machine

H G Wells was an English writer, popularly known as “Father of Science Fiction”. His other popular science fiction works include “The Island of Doctor Moreau”, “The Invisible Man” and “The War of the Worlds”. He has written books in multiple genres like short stories, novels, social commentary, biography, satire.

The Time Machine is based on the concept of “time travel” where the operator uses a vehicle to travel purposefully into a time in the future and return. The term “time machine” coined by H G Wells is now commonly used to describe this concept. This novel describes the time travel and the adventurous experiences of a scientist and inventor who has invented such a machine. He comes across some imaginary characters that will transport the reader to a world of fantasy.

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Title : The Mysterious Affair at Styles
Author: Agatha Christie
Genre: Mystery
Reading Time : 25 Hours

The Mysterious Affair at Styles

Agatha Christie was an English writer, well-known for her 66 detective novels and 14 short story collections, particularly those revolving around her fictional detectives Hercule Poirot and Miss Marple. In 1971 she was appointed a Dame Commander of the Order of the British Empire (DBE) for her contribution to literature.

'The Mysterious Affair at Styles' is a murder mystery and Agatha Christie introduces the detective Hercule Poirot, Inspector Japp and Arthur Hastings in this book. Murder occurs in a country house and the potential suspects are limited by the circumstances and they are all concealing secrets. Death occurs due to poison, and the detective gathers all the suspects together one final time to unveil the solution to the mystery.

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Title : Strange Case of Dr Jekyll and Mr Hyde
Author: R L Stevenson
Genre: Satire
Reading Time : 18 Hours

Strange Case of Dr Jekyll and Mr Hyde

Robert Louis Stevenson was a British novelist, poet, essayist, musician and travel writer. Some of his most famous works are Treasure Island, Kidnapped, Strange Case of Dr Jekyll and Mr Hyde.

Strange Case of Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde, published in 1886 by Robert Louis Stevenson, is about a man who transforms between two personae: Dr. Henry Jekyll and Mr. Edward Hyde.The novel has some horror elements of persona-changing potions, murders, and eventual suicide. The novel is frequently interpreted as an examination of the duality of human nature, usually expressed as an inner struggle between good and evil. It shows how the thoughts and desires banished to the unconscious mind motivate the behaviour of the conscious mind.

The novel had a major impact on the English language, with the phrase "Jekyll and Hyde" referring to people with an unpredictably dual nature: usually very good, but sometimes shockingly evil instead.

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Title : The Alchemist
Author: Coelho, Paulo
Genre: Adventure
Reading Time : 21 Hours

The Alchemist

Paolo Coelho is a Brazilian novelist, writer and lyricist. He is widely known for “The Alchemist”, which was originally written in Portuguese. It has been translated and published in English in 1993.

The Alchemist follows the journey of a shepherd boy named Santiago who dreams that he will discover a treasure at the Egyptian pyramids. The book is about his adventures as he goes about in search of the treasure.

Santiago’s journey teaches us about the wisdom of listening to our hearts, learning to read the signs along life’s path, and following our dreams.

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Title : A Brief History of Time
Author: Stephen Hawking
Genre: Popular Science
Reading Time : 25 Hours

A Brief History of Time

Stephen Hawking was an English theoretical physicist, cosmologist, and author, who was director of research at the Centre for Theoretical Cosmology at the University of Cambridge at the time of his death in March 2018.

His scientific works included a collaboration with Roger Penrose on gravitational singularity theorems in the framework of general relativity and the theoretical prediction that black holes emit radiation, often called Hawking radiation. Hawking was the first to set out a theory of cosmology explained by a union of the general theory of relativity and quantum mechanics.

A Brief History of Time is a popular-science book on cosmology (the study of the universe). It was first published in 1988. Hawking wrote the book for nonspecialist readers with no prior knowledge of scientific theories. He writes in non-technical terms about the structure, origin, development and eventual fate of the universe, which is the object of study of astronomy and modern physics. He talks about basic concepts like space and time, basic building blocks that make up the universe (such as quarks) and the fundamental forces that govern it (such as gravity). He writes about cosmological phenomena such as the Big Bang and black holes. He discusses two major theories, general relativity and quantum mechanics, that modern scientists use to describe the universe. Finally, he talks about the search for a unifying theory that describes everything in the universe in a coherent manner.

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Title : Who Moved My Cheese?
Author: Spencer Johnson
Genre: Self-help
Reading Time : 8 Hours

Who Moved My Cheese?

Dr Spencer Johnson was an American physician and author, popular for his 1998 self-help or motivational book Who Moved My Cheese?, which recurred on the New York Times Bestseller list for almost 5 years, and on the Publishers Weekly Hardcover nonfiction list for over 200 weeks.

Who Moved My Cheese? An Amazing Way to Deal with Change in Your Work and in Your Life, is a motivational business fable. The text describes change in one's work and life, and four typical reactions to those changes by two mice and two "little people", during their hunt for cheese. They live in a maze, a representation of one's environment, and look for cheese, representative of happiness and success.

Johnson also wrote the book "Yes" or "No": The Guide to Better Decisions (1992). He co-authored the One Minute Manager series of books with management writer Ken Blanchard. His latest book is Peaks And Valleys.

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Title : The Jungle Book
Author: Rudyard Kipling
Genre: Fable
Reading Time : 16 Hours

The Jungle Book

Joseph Rudyard Kipling was an English journalist, short-story writer, poet, and novelist. He was born in India, which inspired much of his work. Kipling's works of fiction include The Jungle Book, Kim, and many short stories, including "The Man Who Would Be King". He is regarded as a major innovator in the art of the short story; his children's books are classics of children's literature, and one critic described his work as exhibiting "a versatile and luminous narrative gift". In 1907, at the age of 41, he was awarded the Nobel Prize in Literature, making him the first English-language writer to receive the prize and its youngest recipient to date.

The Jungle Book (1894) is a collection of short stories. Most of the characters are animals such as Shere Khan the tiger and Baloo the bear, though a principal character is the boy or "man-cub" Mowgli, who is raised in the jungle by wolves. A major theme in the book is abandonment followed by fostering, as in the life of Mowgli. Another important theme is of law and freedom; the stories are not about animal behaviour, still less about the Darwinian struggle for survival, but about human archetypes in animal form. They teach respect for authority, obedience, and knowing one's place in society with "the law of the jungle", but the stories also illustrate the freedom to move between different worlds, such as when Mowgli moves between the jungle and the village.

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Title : The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night Time
Author: Mark Haddon
Genre: Mystery
Reading Time : 20 Hours

The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night Time

Mark Haddon is an English novelist, best known for The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time (2003). He won the Whitbread Award, the Dolly Gray Children's Literature Award, Guardian Prize, and a Commonwealth Writers Prize for his work.

The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time is narrated in the first-person perspective by Christopher Boone, a 15-year-old boy who describes himself as "a mathematician with some behavioral difficulties" living in Swindon, Wiltshire. The boy suffers from Asperger's syndrome and is a difficult child having typical traits and characteristics. He relaxes by groaning and doing math problems in his head, eats red-but not yellow or brown-foods and screams when he is touched. Strange as he may seem, other people are far more of a conundrum to him, for he lacks the intuitive "theory of mind" by which most of us sense what's going on in other people's heads.

When his neighbor's poodle is killed and Christopher is falsely accused of the crime, he decides that he will track down the killer. His investigations lead him to unexpected discovery that changes his life. Though Christopher insists, "This will not be a funny book. I cannot tell jokes because I do not understand them," the novel brims with touching, ironic humor.

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