Anne of Green Gables is the first novel in Anne Series, the main work of a Canadian writer Lucy Maud Montgomery, which is devoted to the description of life of Anne Shirley, a young orphan living somewhere in Canadian countryside beginning with her childhood and adoption. At the first glance these texts may seem extremely plain and commonplace – a bildungsroman, difficult, but interesting childhood, what the person understood, what the person learnt, etc., etc. But after a while you start to notice something unusual about the book, something rather appealing, although it is hard to say what it is exactly.
James Herriot is the pen-name of a British veterinary surgeon James Alfred Wight, who may be considered one of the most well-known veterinarians in the world throughout the existence of the profession. Having spent most of his life in Yorkshire countryside, treating animals of all kinds, he finally found a way to tell the world about what the work of veterinarian is: about its difficulties, sad and funny moments, about people who surrounded him throughout his work in this area.
Moon is a Harsh Mistress is rightfully considered to be one of the classical examples of science fiction libertarian prose; even to an extent of being awarded a corresponding award and lending a motto TANSTAAFL (There Ain’t No Such Thing As A Free Lunch) to the Libertarian Party of the USA.
The movie Omen or at least one of its numerous sequels is known, at least as hearsay, to everyone. A little boy who is the son of Satan is born into a family of a powerful American ambassador which leads to all kinds of supernatural happenings with generally bad ending. Two well-known authors, Pratchett and Gaiman, ask a question: what would happen if such a son of Satan would by accident be born into a very-very ordinary English family? Good Omens is their brilliant answer to this question.
Douglas Adams is best known for his cycle The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy in five books; the rest of his works are much less famous, and for no good reason. Dirk Gently’s Holistic Detective Agency first introduces Dirk Gently – a shabby-looking detective working according to the principle of interconnectedness of all things in the world. While Sherlock Holmes used to say that when the impossible is ruled out, what is left, however unlikely, is the actual truth. Dirk Gently, however, refuses to rule out the impossible, and usually turns out to be correct in his assumptions.