By H. H. Munro (Saki)
Beasts and Super-Beasts is a set of brief tales via Hector Hugh Munro, released lower than his literary pseudonym, Saki. The tales are every one involved not directly with a distinct animal, because the name indicates. Munro's sort is straightforward, cynical and funny.
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