By The Light of the Moon by Dean Koontz (813.54 KOONTZ K)
Dylan O'Connor, on his way to an arts festival in Santa Fe, is attacked by a mysterious "doctor" who injects him with an unknown substance and tells him that he is now a carrier of something that will either kill him or transform his life. Then he is told that he must flee--before the doctor's enemies hunt him down for the secret circulating through his body. No one can help him, the doctor says, not even the police. The next 24 hours turn into an odyssey of terror, mystery--and wondrous discovery.
Camille by Alexander Dumas (843.7 Dumas D)
The book begins with a sale of a courtesan's things after her death. The narrator happens to go there by chance, and intrigued by what he saw, decides to write about her life. Margaret Gautier was the most popular and sought-after courtesan in Paris. Her symbol was the white camellia, which she wore whenever she was . . . available for business. However, she casts off her upper-class lifestyle for the commoner Armand Duval. But try as they might, society constantly challenges their love.
Ordeal by Nevil Shute (823.912 SHUTE S)
Written in 1938, just before the Second World War broke out, Ordeal is what Nevil Shute, and possibly the rest of Europe, feared would happen.The story follows the Corbett family as they try to survive multiple bombings, cholera, food shortages, and life aboard their small little yacht in the south of England.The Corbetts are good people, but sometimes they have to resort to more monstrous means in order to take care of their family and survive.
The Brief and Frightening Rein of Phil by George Saunders (813.54 SAUNDERS S)
Phil used to be a perfectly ordinary guy, with a perfectly ordinary hate for the people of Inner Horner until one day the country of Inner Horner shrinks and its few residents find themselves standing inn the country of Outer Horner. Never one to waste a chance, Phil claims that they are invading the country and must be punished. It begins innocently enough with a tax, but before long, Phil becomes so power-hungry that he feels the need to rule everything and get rid of the Inner Hornerites. In short, it is probably the strangest story about war that you will ever find, but it's wonderfully entertaining.
H.G. Wells has a reputation for being one of the fathers of science fiction, and that rests mainly on these three novels. The Time Machine follows its scientist narrator to the year 802701 A.D. where two social classes have evolved into two separate races. The Invisible Man is about a scientist who discovers a way to make himself invisible and then becomes disconnected from society and from his own mind. The War of the Worlds features an alien invasion by martians who devastate the earth and feed on human victims while the red weed spreads over the planet.