Allan Quatermain by Rider Haggard

Allan Quartermain by H. Rider Haggard the last novel of this Allan Quatermain series. This book is no so popular unlike first book of the series, King Solomon’s Mines. Still it’s a great novel which is full of adventures, romance, remote Africa, ancient lost civilizations. Rider Haggard is founder of lost world type novels. His novels are great and you can put same level as today’s thriller novels.

At the beginning of this adventure Quatermain has lost his only son and longs to get back into the wilderness. Having persuaded Sir Henry Curtis, Captain John Good, RN, and the Zulu chief Umslopogaas to accompany him they set out from the coast of east Africa into the territory of the Masai and while staying with a Scottish missionary are attacked by a group of these tribesmen whom they overcome with heroism. There follows a voyage by canoe along an underground river to a lake in the kingdom of Zu-Vendis on the other side of a range of mountains. The Zu-Vendi are a warlike white race entirely isolated from other African races and when Curtis and Quatermain’s party arrives are ruled jointly by two sisters, Nyleptha and Sorais. The priests of the Zu-Vendi religion are hostile to the explorers but they are protected by the queens: however both fall passionately in love with Curtis and this together with the rejection by Nyleptha of the nobleman Nasta results in a civil war between them (Sorais and Nasta’s forces against those of Nyleptha, Curtis and Quatermain). After a battle in which Queen Nyleptha’s forces are outnumbered she is nevertheless victorious but then threatened by the treachery of the priests who plan to murder her in the palace. Umslopogaas and one loyal warrior manage to save her from this, killing Nasta and the chief priest Agon in the Fight on the Stairway. Sorais, defeated and jealous, takes her own life: Nyleptha and Curtis become King and Queen and Quatermain dies from a wound suffered in the battle.

This is the ending novel of  Allan Quatermain series since he dies at end of the story. Rider Haggard is one of my favorites authors and I enjoyed his all novels of  Allan Quatermain series. If you like those Lost world genre books and also historical adventure novels you are gonna love this book.

Robinson Crusoe by Daniel Defoe

Robinson Crusoe by Daniel Defoe is a great adventure novel which reminds you the Treasure Island’s Ben Gunn character. Daniel Defoe‘s enthralling story-telling and imaginatively detailed descriptions have ensured that his fiction masquerading as fact remains one of the most famous stories in English literature.

As a boy growing up in 17th Century England, all Robinson Crusoe wanted to do was be a sailor. His parents tried to dissuade him — it was a dangerous occupation, and certainly a middle class child like him could find a calling much safer and more comfortable. Naturally, he didn’t listen, and essentially ran away from home, finding opportunities to sail on a few ships and encountering a few dangers until he finally reached Brazil, bought a plantation, and looked forward to that comfortable life of prosperity his parents said would be his if he’d only use his head.But Crusoe is one to push fate. He embarks on a ship bound for Africa to collect slaves, and during a storm in the Caribbean Sea, the ship is wrecked and the crew drowned except for Crusoe, who manages to swim to the shore of a deserted island. Unable to get back to civilization, he salvages as many goods as he can from the wrecked ship and resolves to survive as long as possible in this new, unwelcome habitat.

Robinson Crusoe is not just a children’s classic but also anyone can enjoy this adventure novel.  The author of Robinson Crusoe, Daniel Defoe, is generally credited with being one of the first novel writers in the English language. He has details the island life beautifully taking reader right into the story.

Swallows and Amazons by Arthur Ransome

Swallows and Amazons by Arthur Ransome is the is the first book in The Swallows and Amazons series. It was first published in 1930 and story is set in the Lake District between the two World Wars. If you are a fan of English childrens classics of Enid Blyton then you should read childrens novels written by Arthur Ransome. Swallows of Amazons is a book for children, grownups, for anyone captivated by the world of adventure and imagination.

The story follows the Walker children (John, Susan, Titty and Roger), who sail a borrowed dinghy named Swallow, and the Blackett children (Nancy and Peggy), who sail a dinghy named Amazon. The Walkers are staying at a farm near a lake during the school holidays and want to camp on an island in the lake; the Blacketts live in a house nearby. The children meet on the island which they call Wild Cat Island, and have a series of adventures, involving sailing, camping, fishing, exploration and piracy.

Swallows and Amazons was inspired by a summer spent by Ransome teaching the children of his friends, the Altounyans, to sail. Three of the Altounyan children’s names are adopted directly for the Walker family. Ransome and Ernest Altounyan bought two small dinghies called Swallow and Mavis.

Arthur Ransome‘s “Swallows and Amazons” is the first in a classic series of childrens stories that will appeal to readers of all ages. Just like what Times Literary Supplement says about the book it has plenty of excitement, a little danger, a quality of thinking, planning and fun which is delightful and stimulating. What I like about this book is it can really happen to anyone because it has nothing unnatural or unrealistic. This one is very innocent, with no real violence or menace, but full of joyful adventure. The children are great role models; they’re feisty and independent, yet still respectful of their elders. A book parents would want their kids to read. even Adults who have happy memories of exploring will enjoy Swallows and Amazons novels. Even if you never had done these kind of things in your childhood then your imagination would take you back to your childhood and let you feel you are there in the story. Its a great book to be given as a gift to any child who loves reading. Swallows and Amazons Hard cover book would be a real treasure any kids book collection.

The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn by Mark Twain

The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn by Mark Twain is another great American classic children novel. originally published in 1884. It is the sequel to  The Adventures of Tom Sawyer . . Anyone who love Tom Sawyer would love this novel too. You will want to read none stop but will love every minute of it. One of the best-loved classics of children’s literature. Not just by children but also Adults.

Huckleberry Finn had a tough life with his drunk father until an adventure with Tom Sawyer changed everything. But when Huck’s dad returns and kidnaps him, he must escape down the Mississippi river with runaway slave, Jim. They encounter trouble at every turn, from floods and gunfights to armed bandits and the long arm of the law. Through it all the friends stick together – but can Huck and Tom free Jim from slavery once and for all?

This book has been banned by some libraries. mainly because book liberally uses the “N” word and heaps other abuse on African Americans. But I don’t think it has any kind of racism in it. Manly the story just reveal how society worked in those old days. Its all about the friendship between black slave and white boy who has no better society states than the black guy. But I think this might be differ depending on your nationality and ethnics. I just enjoy the story which those 2 face various problems they encounter while they run away.

The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn is filled with humor, adventure, and suspense. Even Ernest Hemingway called it the greatest American novel ever. You can say Mark Twain‘s writing is extremely entertaining. Hard cover books of The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn and The Adventures of Tom Sawyer would be great gift for any kid who love reading books.