A Companion to Contemporary French Cinema presents a comprehensive collection of original essays addressing all aspects of French cinema from 1990 to the present day. Features original contributions from top film scholars relating to all aspects of contemporary French cinema Includes new research on matters relating to the political economy of contemporary French cinema, developments in cinema policy, audience attendance, and the types, building, and renovation of theaters Utilizes groundbreaking research on cinema beyond the fiction film and the cinema-theater such as documentary, amateur, and digital filmmaking Contains an unusually large range of methodological approaches and perspectives, including those of genre, gender, auteur, industry, economic, star, postcolonial and psychoanalytic studies Includes essays by important French cinema scholars from France, the U.S., and New Zealand, many of whose work is here presented in English for the first time
The TLA Video and DVD Guide 2005 is the absolutely indispensable guide to worthwhile cinema. It includes over 10,000 entries on the best of film and video that a real film lover might actually want to see. Unlike some of the other mass market guides that tend to be clogged with unenlightening entries on even more unenlightening films, TLA focuses on independent, foreign, and the best of Hollywood to bring the cineaste an opinionated guide that is both fun and useful. The guide includes: -Reviews of more than 10,000 films -Four detailed indexes--by star, directory, country of origin, and theme -More than 300 photos throughout -A listing of all the major film awards of the past quarter-century, as well as TLA Bests and recommended films -A comprehensive selection of cinema from more than 50 countries Now published annually, the TLA Video and DVD Guide is one of the most respected guides from one of the finest names in video retailing, perfect for anyone with an eclectic taste in cinema.
The Crimson Circle was written in the year 1925 by Edgar Wallace. This book is one of the most popular novels of Edgar Wallace, and has been translated into several other languages around the world. This book is published by Booklassic which brings young readers closer to classic literature globally.
Parallel worlds have been mentioned throughout history. It has even been assumed that the Earth was hollow, sheltering other population inside it. When a college student believes he has discovered the entrance to one of these worlds, his adventure and that of two classmates begins.
Artistic, intellectual, and appreciably avant-garde, the French film industry has, perhaps more than any other national cinema, been perennially at the center of international filmmaking. With its vigorous business and wide-ranging film culture, France has also been home historically to some of the most influential filmmakers and movements - and, indeed, the very first motion picture was screened in Paris in 1895. This volume addresses the great directors and key artistic movements, but also ventures beyond these well-established films and figures, broadening the canon through an examination of many neglected but intriguing French films. Framing essays explore the salient stylistic elements, cultural contexts, and the various conceptions of cinema in France, from avant-gardes to filmmaking by women, from documentary and realism to the Tradition of Quality, as well as genres like comedy, crime film, and horror. Illustrated by screen shots, film reviews by leading international experts offer original approaches to both overlooked titles and acknowledged classics. Readers wishing to explore particular topics in greater depth will be grateful for the book's reading recommendations and comprehensive filmography. A visually engaging journey through one of the most dynamic, variegated, and idiosyncratic film industries, Directory of World Cinema: France is a must-have for Francophiles and cinema savants.
The world’s most beloved mystery writers celebrate their favorite mystery novels in this gorgeously wrought collection, featuring essays by Michael Connelly, Kathy Reichs, Ian Rankin, and more. In the most ambitious anthology of its kind, the world’s leading mystery writers come together to champion the greatest mystery novels ever written. In a series of personal essays that reveal as much about the authors and their own work as they do about the books that they love, over a hundred authors from twenty countries have created a guide that will be indispensable for generations of readers and writers. From Agatha Christie to Lee Child, from Edgar Allan Poe to P. D. James, from Sherlock Holmes to Hannibal Lecter and Philip Marlowe to Lord Peter Wimsey, Books to Die For brings together the best of the mystery world for a feast of reading pleasure, a treasure trove for those new to the genre and for those who believe that there is nothing new left to discover. This is the one essential book for every reader who has ever finished a mystery novel and thought…I want more!
A failed refugee claimant stranded on an island in the Canadian immigration system separated from his wife and children for four years finds himself facing a critical question - how do I remain faithful to my wife and to my God in the face of loneliness and rejection. The answer to that question is further complicated by a dashing damsel in distress. Now, not only is Jacob distracted, but is living on the edge and in danger of utter derailment. Everything, his faith, his immigration hopes, his accreditation preparation, his job and his very sanity hinge on the outcome of this infatuation. Jacobs is at crushing crossroads! This is a true story.
All, this is for all: We finally Officially Have the only one border. You see it only when you go down! Uhhhuu! Beautiful paths!! So.. Imagine it See it clearly till details Make a simple, safe, the most reasonable “step”.. And the dream goes on What open eyes can’t see, open mind can!! The Lord of all creations
Alice is a struggling actress with a peculiar part time job _ reading and singing to Johan, a mysterious man whose face she has yet to see. When he spontaneously reveals himself to her, they begin an awkward, yet sweet romance. As their relationship develops, inexplicable things occur with startling frequency. Despite the warnings of those around her, she pries into his deepest secrets and uncovers a pernicious world hidden for centuries. Nathaniel is a successful actor with a secret that haunts the darkest crevices of his being. After centuries of living alone, a chance meeting with Alice brings a chance for redemption. Centuries past come to a head as the three struggle to conquer their sins and save a dying world.
“Nocturnal Sunrise” is a collection of dark sombre verse reflecting the thoughts and memories of the author. Its deep and often menacing content reveals life as seen through her eyes. Each verse concentrates on the heart rendering pain explored within relationships, trying to capture the torment, pain and suffering that is felt when betrayed. Each poem tries to explore our deepest turmoil. Emotions we often refuse to recognise, demonising such thoughts as though they don’t exist. By ignoring such observations we become “lifeless corpses on our own empty stage of life”. The idea of “Nocturnal Sunrise” grew out of a sadness that could never be lifted. Not unlike Pandora’s box which should never have been opened. Happiness shattered within a blink of an eye. Some sorrow lasts forever, especially those of memories. Never to be erased, forever within. Not only during waking hours, but when night falls. How ordinary thoughts are consumed by vivid memories both destructive and deviant. Such feelings were the basis behind “Nocturnal Sunrise”. How influences and comparisons exist in each and every waking hour. Never leaving, eventually engulfing all worth and twisting love into an obsession of hatred. Hidden beneath the darkened veil of sorrow and sadness lies great passion within the poetry. It would be difficult to feel such pain if such love had not been experienced. This is reflected by the use of angelic references in “Euphoria” and “Cherubs” as well as counteractive deathly images within “Grin” and “Worthless”. A sporadic tale of realisation when true love is eventually found only to discover its darkened past. To delve into the deepest annals of human nature .The frustration felt when an injustice is done. “Nocturnal sunrise” compares the death of a relationship to that of a mortal. Each stage presents a different emotion with deepened sadness, blame, anger and ultimately revenge reflected in such poems as “Crucifixion” and “Peaceful Revenge” Seeped in gothic undertones and imagery “Nocturnal Sunrise” also challenges the notion “love conquers all”. Love causes pain, but there is a glimmer of hope scattered throughout the poetry with uplifting moments of joyous times. More pure memories. It is indeed a morose and melancholy read but the message is positive. “Memories and thoughts won’t fade not even for a while Reminders of our yesterdays dwelling deep inside”
The central triad of this novel involves two young men, Josh and Donald, who have developed a bitter rivalry, but are forced to form an alliance in order to save the life of their mutual love interest. Several other triangular relationships are interwoven into the plot as the enduring consequences of untreated neglect, abuse, and pain are explored. An action thriller on the surface, Triangles also details a young mans journey into adulthood as he confronts his insecurities while striving for a sense of purpose, independence, and a stable sense of personal identity.
Released in 1995, La Haine is the black and white chronicle of 24 hours in the life of a mixed-race young male trio from a run-down Parisian suburb. The work of a then unknown young team (director and actors were all under 30), it became hugely and unexpectedly successful, launching director Mathieu Kassovitz and lead player Vincent Cassel to stardom.The film's combination of hard-hitting social exposé, stylish black and white cinematography and hip-hop culture also turned it into an enduring cult movie with younger viewers. With great style and insight, Ginette Vincendeau provides a thorough understanding of the context of the film's making, its narrative tension, stylistic sophistication and ideological ambiguity and of its extraordinary success nationally and internationally. She thus explains why, out of so many films about disaffected youth, La Haine is the one that caught the imagination, becoming an instant classic.
Read John Reed's posts on the Penguin Blog. An epic tragedy of love, war, murder, and madness, plucked from the pages of Shakespeare In All the World’s a Grave, John Reed reconstructs the works of William Shakespeare into a new five-act tragedy. The language is Shakespeare’s, but the drama that unfolds is as fresh as the blood on the stage. Prince Hamlet goes to war for Juliet, the daughter of King Lear. Having captured Juliet as his bride—by reckless war—he returns home to find that his mother has murdered his father and married Macbeth. Enter Iago, who persuades Hamlet that Juliet is having an affair with Romeo. As the Prince goes mad with jealousy, King Lear mounts his army. . . This play promises to be the most provocative and entertaining work to be added to the Shakespeare canon since Tom Stoppard’s Rosencrantz and Guildenstern Are Dead.
When Santa Fe antique dealer Julia Anderson was curiously drawn to purchase a battered jewelry box, she never expected it to contain her own personal love slave. Especially not tall, dark and sinfully handsome Tristan—a man hard to resist, and determined to fulfill her every desire. Though Tristan was a rogue of the battlefield and the boudoir, making love with Julia was like nothing he'd ever known. Yet revealing his true heart would break the centuries-old spell and separate them forever. And Tristan would do anything to go on loving Julia…even remain a slave through all eternity….
Title Leon Davith Grand Wizard – Legends of Dragons – Swords and Sorcery Bard is the son of a Grand Wizard that feigns his death the pretense allows Leon Davith to observe his son from afar unsuspectingly. The Arch Wizard regards his protégé as his greatest creation. The bronze Golem pays homage to his father. Even thus, the true hero of the story hurdles from one escapade to the next hoping to solve the world's evils. The crystal swallowing Golem was waist-deep in peril. Even so, the warrior travels in the fellowship of an enchanting Wizard-ess called Quill who was capable of casting spells adept at making love with her eyes. In the process, Bard exercises self-control even then; the prudent warrior comes to grips with his plights even though facing incredible odds. Currently, Leon Davith suffered from a stroke of hard luck that was the ultimate cause of dissatisfaction; he claimed his suffering was the outcome of a bad heart torpid liver, including gallstones combined with financial insolvency. However, with all that happened, he realized that whatever illness or misfortune can be tolerated by most individuals with some degree of submission providing the victim's ailments are not affected by the supernatural. Leon by all odds was a strong case; never at any time did anyone hear so much as a whine. Even so, his fears were unfounded of course, only a few of his gifted associates could predict the future or read into a crystal ball. When Leon reached the bottom of the stairs, he heaved his own sigh. A sigh of relief. Consequently, his esoteric knowledge of this fact eased his conscience somewhat. In the meantime, Leon frequented a secluded spot in his castle, to study the art of magic along with its effects. Leon stated. "Love is born when a man finally escapes the age long prison of himself." After his statement, the Grand Wizard let his demands for secrecy be known throughout his fortress. Leon reasoned what his companions didn't know, couldn't spill from their mouths. Could this passionate and determined Magician fill his role as a dedicated Warrior and Father?
James Blackthorne has composed a complex puzzle with a strange adventure as the centerpiece this book is the result of three stories based on the idea that people, however, eccentric are passionately committed to one another in a struggle to keep the lifestyle they love. Memories, magic and even murder lies in wait as they endure their travels throughout the cosmic realms. When the chapter begins, we discover that the finest mind in the known world has died. This mysterious character is a Grand Wizard called Leon Davith. His only heir and successor is also his greatest creation, a self – aware Golem by the name of Bardson Wolf. He'll be faced with adversaries and dilemmas that threatened to test the very steel that comprises his magic soaked form. Join him on his journey of self – discovery, even as the forces of chaos seek to unmake the very world he only wishes to see preserved. After reaching midway in the fast-moving chapters, Bard has long been in retirement ever since his journey of self discovery came to an end, now content to carry on research on the matter of summoning in the Nine Moons that fuel that Summoning, he unlocks powerful foe that he has to hastily seal away, for fear of the destruction that it might cause. Perhaps the highlight of these adventures are the final chapters that feature the title, Thunder at Dawn, Threshold of the Unknown." Within this thrilling sequence, Bard, Quill, Erin and Leda seek to undo the nightmare that their own negligence ultimately visited upon the world, and through it all, a mysterious Plague strikes unwary citizens, corrupting them with darkness and madness telling them after they've spent the better part of the year has monsters spreading the mysterious illness and dealing death to any fall victim to their talons. But in their way are the Fve Commanders of the Black Legion, including an engamatic Black Warrior wearing a Golden eye patch, called the" White Wolf" this foe is an unstoppable force to be reckoned with. Observe how he dogs the steps of the heroes every chance that presents itself. Will the world died a slow, choking back under the federal rule of the demon Lord known for causing the slow extinction of the entire world's in his cruelty, or will the red warrior find the ultimate weapon in time and bring about an end to the dark Prince? And just who is the mysterious red warrior who rides and Emerald Bird? And why does he seek the Greatest Sword in the known universe, Thunder at Dawn?
A Story of Love That Won't Let Go - No Matter What! California’s gold country, 1850. A time when men sold their souls for a bag of gold and women sold their bodies for a place to sleep. Angel expects nothing from men but betrayal. Sold into prostitution as a child, she survives by keeping her hatred alive. And what she hates most are the men who use her, leaving her empty and dead inside. Then she meets Michael Hosea, a man who seeks his Father’s heart in everything. Michael obeys God’s call to marry Angel and to love her unconditionally. Slowly, day by day, he defies Angel’s every bitter expectation, until despite her resistance, her frozen heart begins to thaw. But with her unexpected softening comes overwhelming feelings of unworthiness and fear. And so Angel runs. Back to the darkness, away from her husband’s pursuing love, terrified of the truth she no longer can deny: Her final healing must come from the One who loves her even more than Michael does…the One who will never let her go. A powerful retelling of the story of Gomer and Hosea, Redeeming Love is a life-changing story of God’s unconditional, redemptive, all-consuming love. Includes a six-part reading group guide!
Jim Glass' long-sought peace is shattered when the ex-soldier and ex-Ranger discovers six of his corralled horses dead, their throats slit. Though he dreads doing so, he'll strap on his weapons and go hunting for the culprit—because someone capable of such a foul, thoughtless killing is capable of anything. The dusty town of Domingo has been targeted by a pair of blood-crazed brothers and their Texas cohorts with robbery, murder and mayhem on their minds, and that's where Glass will make his stand—even though his only support is an old Indian named Hairy Legs and an over-the-hill lawman named Trout. Because a home's the one thing a man's got that's worth fighting—and dying—for.
Ben Thompson—author of Badass, creator of the epic website badassoftheweek.com, and the Internet’s foremost expert on badassitude—is back to enthrall lovers of skull-smashing, bone-crushing bad behavior with his latest compendium, Badass: The Birth of a Legend. Like its macho predecessor, Badass: The Birth of a Legend celebrates fearless berserkers of every stripe, male and female, but this time pulls them from the hoary pages of mythology, fantasy fiction, and the silver screen—from Zeus to Beowulf to Dirty Harry Callahan, the most merciless gods, monsters, heroes, villains, and mythical creatures ever envisioned. Forget your whiny Twilight vampires and werewolves, these badasses kick butt!
Innocent people are dying. Who will be next? Find out in the second Detective Mark ‘Heck’ Heckenburg from #1 ebook bestseller Paul Finch.
One fateful night changed my life forever and brought secrets to light I never could have imagined, leaving me parentless, penniless, and caring for an ailing sister. My father was not the man I thought I knew, and his greed and sickness have left me with virtually nothing to use to care for my sister and get her the treatments she needs to maybe one day walk again. And now, we might lose our house, as well. Luckily, an ad in the paper helps me regain some hope. I have something to barter with that not many courtesans have, after all, and it just might be enough to earn what's needed to secure my future as a successful Blood Courtesan. My first client turns out to be the man of my dreams, the sexy-as-sin vampire rock star I've lusted after since I was a teen, but he wants nothing to do with me or what I have to offer. My father's misdeeds continue to haunt me and I'm left with only one option: I need to make the talented and headstrong Lyric Rivers desire me, or lose everything. Maybe even my life. The Blood Courtesans Series, where vampires are real, rich, powerful--and hungry. Blood is bought and sold like fine wine, and the best blood goes to the highest bidder. It's not supposed to be about love ... until it is.
The Book of Five Rings by Miyamoto Musashi from Coterie Classics All Coterie Classics have been formatted for ereaders and devices and include a bonus link to the free audio book. “Think lightly of yourself and deeply of the world” ― Miyamoto Musashi, A Book of Five Rings The Book of Five Rings is a classic collection of wisdom and strategy.
Sara realizes she might not the only one with amazing paranormal powers. Sara is used to having visions, but she has no idea why she keeps seeing a cute blonde she’s dubbed “Mystery Boy”…and then she meets him. Mason isn’t all that friendly, yet Sara feels drawn to him, and the two begin spending more and more time together. Sara isn’t sure she even likes him, but she can’t stop thinking about him. And the strangest things seem to happen whenever the two are together... Meanwhile, Sara begins to suspect that she has developed another power: telekenesis. Lady Azura insists she is mistaken, but the more research Sara does, the surer she is that she—or someone close to her—has the rare and awesome ability to move objects with the mind. The question is, who is it?
A ruthless queen. An ancient god. One brave girl and an impossible choice. For over a thousand years, Queen Servilia has ruled the world of Illium. Using magical red dust mined from the earth, she has enslaved her subjects, enforcing uniformity and sameness to maintain her absolute power. But in Village Twenty-One, wild magic is growing. Fen, a young girl whose hand has been cut off as punishment for theft, wakes one morning to discover that her hair has gone crimson: a sign that she has been invested with magic of her own, and is a threat to Servilia’s reign. For Fen, this is a death sentence. When her village is burned to the ground and her sister captured, Fen must make an impossible choice. Will she risk unleashing the most feared magical entity of all time—an ancient god who could overthrow Servilia, but whose power may be even more terrifying—in order to save the only family she has left?
HelenKay Dimon’s suspenseful, provocative series of double agents and dark desire continues with a novel featuring two men bound by a dangerous job—and by the cravings they feel for each other. As the son of an international crime lord, Will Rivers only inherited one thing after his father died: trouble. The Pentasus organization deals in kidnapping and murder, and Will wants no part of the power grab that’s tearing leadership apart. But the only way he’ll be able to escape is with some help from his former bodyguard, Hunter Cain, whose sculpted body and brooding looks keep Will awake at night. Somehow, Hunter has resisted the tension between them . . . until, suddenly, he gives in. As a German intelligence officer working deep undercover, Hunter has a very good reason to keep Will in the dark about his identity and his intentions. Although the sex is hot, Hunter’s true feelings are a growing liability. Now the only way to save Will from his old life is to push him deeper into danger. But when two strong men are each determined to protect the other, the heat isn’t just combustible—it’s a firestorm. Praise for The Talented Mr. Rivers “[Helen Kay] Dimon is one of the absolute best. . . . She’s one of the queens of romantic suspense.”—The Book Reading Gals “The Talented Mr. Rivers is a story of mystery, suspense, betrayal and revenge. . . . The characters are intelligent, strong, charismatic and intense, [and] the romance is energetic and passionate.”—The Reading Cafe “The chemistry between these guys in intense . . . both sexy and exciting.”—Joyfully Jay “If you enjoy the enemies-to-lovers trope with a dash of witty banter and hot encounters, then this book should be on your shelf.”—Scandalicious Book Reviews “With The Talented Mr. Rivers you’ll find action, humor, love, enthralling suspense, and non-stop action. . . . It’s the total package. . . . This is basically the perfect romantic suspense novel.”—Heroes and Heartbreakers “A riveting, action-packed, suspense-filled, scorching-hot love story of an undercover agent and his mark.”—Gay Book Reviews “Good and evil, right and wrong, Hunter and Will have a fight on their hands and neither is prepared to lose. . . . [An] emotional roller-coaster ride.”—Lustful Literature Includes an excerpt from another Loveswept title.
An engaging, futuristic thriller! Star-crossed lovers Rayn and Dina, bound to each other by their telepathic abilities, are forced to part when Rayn is deported back to his home world. But instead of reuniting as planned, they're enslaved by forces out of their control--he by the laws of his world, and she by a raider who seeks revenge against an old enemy. Raider Alecto Kylariz, a member of the mysterious race known as the Roven, seizes Dina on a whim, thinking to use her as bait in his game of cat-and-mouse with his nemesis, a military commander who murdered Kyl's lover long ago. But when Dina becomes too valuable to risk, the game changes. Now Kyl will stop at nothing to keep her from all his enemies, including her ex-lover, Rayn DeStar. Following his deportation to his home world, outlaw Rayn DeStar is on probation, forbidden to leave the planet. But when he learns Dina's been abducted, he trades his future freedom for the chance to go after her and kill her abductor. Rayn and Kyl vow to destroy each other. Dina has spent the past several months on a harsh and lawless world, fighting for survival and finding safety only with Alecto Kylariz, a man not only with tortured dreams and a lust for revenge, but one who harbors a secret so guarded even her telepathic powers can't breach it. Now she's caught between her love for Kyl and for Rayn, the ex-lover she doesn't know anymore. How can she decide who fights for love and who fights only for vengeance?
#1 NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLER BONUS: This edition contains excerpts from John Grisham's The Litigators and Calico Joe. An innocent man is about to be executed. Only a guilty man can save him. In 1998, in the small East Texas city of Sloan, Travis Boyette abducted, raped, and strangled a popular high school cheerleader. He buried her body so that it would never be found, then watched in amazement as police and prosecutors arrested and convicted Donté Drumm, a local football star, and marched him off to death row. Now nine years have passed. Travis has just been paroled in Kansas for a different crime; Donté is four days away from his execution. Travis suffers from an inoperable brain tumor. For the first time in his miserable life, he decides to do what’s right and confess. But how can a guilty man convince lawyers, judges, and politicians that they’re about to execute an innocent man?
A nineteenth century French priest discovers something in his mountain village at the foot of The Pyrenees which enables him to amass and spend a fortune of millions of pounds. The tale seems to begin with buried treasure and then turns into an unprecedented historical detective story - a modern Grail quest leading back through cryptically coded parchments, secret societies, the Knights Templar, the Cathar heretics of the twelfth and thirteenth centuries and a dynasty of obscure French kings deposed more than 1,300 years ago. The author's conclusions are persuasive: at the core is not material riches but a secret - a secret of explosive and controversial proportions, which radiates out from the little Pyrenees village all the way to contemporary politics and the entire edifice of the Christian faith. It involves nothing less than... the Holy Grail.
Andrew Lang (1844-1912) was a prolific Scots man of letters, a poet, novelist, literary critic and contributor to anthropology. He now is best known as the collector of folk and fairy tales. He was educated at the Edinburgh Academy, St Andrews University and at Balliol College, Oxford. As a journalist, poet, critic and historian, he soon made a reputation as one of the ablest and most versatile writers of the day. Lang was one of the founders of the study of "Psychical Research," and his other writings on anthropology include The Book of Dreams and Ghosts (1897), Magic and Religion (1901) and The Secret of the Totem (1905). He was a Homeric scholar of conservative views. Other works include Homer and the Epic (1893); a prose translation of The Homeric Hymns (1899), with literary and mythological essays in which he draws parallels between Greek myths and other mythologies; and Homer and his Age (1906). He also wrote Ballades in Blue China (1880) and Rhymes la Mode (1884).
How do you move on when the world won’t let you? 12:46: Claire Bingleystands alone at a bus stop 12:47: Ted Conkaffey parks his car beside her 12:52: The girl is missing . . . Six minutes in the wrong place at the wrong time—that’s all it took to ruin Sydney detective Ted Conkaffey’s life. Accused but not convicted of a brutal abduction, Ted is now a free man—and public enemy number one. Maintaining his innocence, he flees north to keep a low profile amidst the steamy, croc-infested wetlands of Crimson Lake. There, Ted’s lawyer introduces him to eccentric private investigator Amanda Pharrell, herself a convicted murderer. Not entirely convinced Amanda is a cold-blooded killer, Ted agrees to help with her investigation, a case full of deception and obsession, while secretly digging into her troubled past. The residents of Crimson Lake are watching the pair's every move . . . and the town offers no place to hide. "Complex, human characters, and a dark, meaty story, and fine writing, and a great sense of place – this is one of the best crime thrillers of the year. Sign me up as a big-time Fox fan!" —Lee Child Crimson Lake by Sydney-based, Ned Kelly award-winning author Candice Fox is a thrilling contemporary crime novel set in Queensland, Australia, perfect for readers of authors like James Patterson, Harlan Coben, Lisa Gardner, and Tana French. At the Publisher's request, this title is being sold without Digital Rights Management Software (DRM) applied.
It is almost impossible to envision what childhood would be like without the enchanting world of fairyland. Princes and princesses, flying dragons, monsters and magicians, giants and dwarfs, ogres and fairiesâ€”these are the companions who thrill youngsters of all lands and times. This book contains 21 such tales. Coming from all quarters of the world, including France, England, Germany, Denmark and Romania, the stories provide rich insight into the lives and cultures of different peoples. Narrated in clear, lively and easy to understand language, the tales are enriched with beautiful illustrations.
Havgan of Corania knows he is different from others, but he does not know why. He does know, however, that he adamantly hates the witches of Kymru. When he becomes Warleader of Corania, he sets the might of his empire against them and their country. Gwydion the Dreamer and his friend Rhiannon travel to Corania to spy on Havgan after Gwydion?s dream reveals Havgan?s imperialistic desires. In their frantic attempt to save Kymru, they risk everything. But when a thoughtless action threatens to doom them all, Gwydion and Rhiannon must fight not only to discover Havgan?s secret but also to understand why Havgan seems so hauntingly familiar.
From one of our most important modern poets comes an essential early collection, including the famous long poems “The Skaters” and “Clepsydra” When Rivers and Mountains was published in 1966, American poetry was in a state of radical redefinition, with John Ashbery recognized as one of the leading voices in the New York School of poets. Ashbery himself had just returned to America from ten years abroad working as an art critic in France, and Rivers and Mountains, his third published collection of poems, is now considered by many critics to represent a pivotal transition point in his artistic career. The poet who would gain widespread acclaim with his multiple-award-winning Self-Portrait in a Convex Mirror (1975) is, in this collection, still very much engaged in the intimate, personal project of taking his poetry apart and putting it back together again, interrogating not just the act of writing but poetry itself—its purpose, its composition, its fundamental parts. Nominated for a National Book Award by a panel of judges that included W. H. Auden and James Dickey, Rivers and Mountains includes two of Ashbery’s most studied and admired works. “Clepsydra,” which takes its name from an ancient device for measuring the passage of time, echoes both the physical form and the philosophical weight of a water clock in its contemplation of the experience of time as it passes. “The Skaters,” the long poem that closes the collection, was immediately praised as a masterpiece of modern American poetry, and is the work that perhaps most clearly introduces the voice for which Ashbery is now well known and loved: generous, restless, wide-ranging, and human.
In this novel of mounting psychological suspense from an award-winning author, a surprise waits beneath the home of a quiet, childless New England couple . . . Albert and Alice Graves live a normal, if monotonous, domestic life. They’ve never had children; they spend their days tending to their home and enjoying their time together. One day, when the oil man, Richard, is refilling their furnace, Alice invites him to dinner, never suspecting that a casual act of charity will lead to a horrifying, morbid discovery in the crawlspace underneath their beloved house. The Graves take Richard into their lives, becoming attached to his presence as though to the son they never had. Their town, though, is not nearly so welcoming. When the locals lash out against the Graves and their strange houseguest, the contented household is irrevocably drawn into a darkness they could not have imagined.
Facets of Jupiter presents a new collection of poetry written by a girl who was born one of seven children in a small town on the outskirts of New Orleans, Louisiana. Her earliest memories were of her mother, who had a gift for ceramics and pottery and who lovingly shared her gift with her daughter. This planted a small seed within this creative old soul. Born as the archer, the hunter ruled by planet Jupiter. When I was a child, I would drift away like the clouds. In the morning, I would wake up, and it was as if the wind, rain, Sun, all the elements were calling my name. I spent hours playing and daydreaming. My imagination was vast and whimsical. I would divide the sky into sections with my mind; it was mine, and all mine. What gave me such entitlement, I will never know, but this is what unlocked the creative soul. Facets of Jupiter, is a collection of poetry that takes you on a journey through the eyes of a woman, a mother, and most of all a lover of life. I was born to create, not to destroy. It is only through my creations, such as this collection, that I truly can be free. Beautiful Sunrise Beautiful sunrise Envelopes my soul; Brings me to your open arms. I watch your sun-kissed skin, Building sand castles. I sit in awe of your charms, Your laughter, your smile. Beautiful sunrise Envelopes my soul; Brings you to my open arms.
FIRST TIME IN PRINT Nalini Singh, the New York Times bestselling “alpha author of paranormal romance” (Booklist) returns to an immortal world of violent passion and lethal power…on the brink of a deadly archangelic war. Angels are falling from the sky in New York, struck down by a vicious, unknown force. Vampires are dying impossibly of disease. Guild hunter Elena Deveraux and the Archangel Raphael must discover the source of the wave of death before it engulfs their city and their people, leaving New York a ruin and Raphael’s Tower under siege by enemy archangels. Yet even as they fight desperately to save the city, an even darker force is stirring, its chill eyes trained on New York…and on Raphael. Rivers of crimson and nightmares given flesh, the world will never again be the same…
A journey to the green inferno of the African jungle brings one man face to face with his macabre past. Every year the storks would set off on their astounding 12,000-mile migration from Northern Europe to the remote Central African Republic. One year, inexplicably, puzzling numbers of them fail to return. At the invitation of a Swiss ornithologist, Louis Antioch agrees to investigate the mystery of the birds' disappearance. Before he can set off on his quest, however, his patron is found dead in bizarre circumstances. Jean-Christophe Grang-'s uncompromising narrative develops at a nightmare pace from a Bulgarian gypsy encampment to a kibbutz in the Occupied Territories, to the African jungle, to Calcutta, where an appalling and gruesome truth emerges: the end of a mission that began with the Flight of the Storks-
Since July 1918, no one has been able to solve the mysterious disappearance of Princess Anastasia—until Dr. Laura Pavlov uncovers some haunting clues in this thriller by the acclaimed, bestselling author of The Second Messiah. SOMETIMES MYSTERIES ARE NEVER SOLVED. SOMETIMES THERE ARE NO ANSWERS. DR. LAURA PAVLOV, an American forensic archaeologist, is about to unravel a mystery that promises to shed light on one of the twentieth century’s greatest enigmas. Digging on the outskirts of the present-day Russian city of Ekaterinburg, where the Romanov royal family was executed in July 1918, Pavlov discovers a body perfectly preserved in the permafrost of a disused mine shaft. The remains offer dramatic new clues to the disappearance of the Romanovs, and in particular their famous daughter, Princess Anastasia, whose murder has always been in question. Pavlov’s discovery sets her on an unlikely journey to Ireland, where a carefully hidden account of a years-old covert mission is about to change the accepted course of world history and hurl her back into the past—into a maelstrom of deceit, secrets, and lies. Drawn from historical fact, The Romanov Conspiracy is a page-turning story of love and friendship tested by war, and a desperate battle between revenge and redemption, set against one of the most bloody and brutal revolutions in world history.
A stunning debut perfect for fans of Patrick Ness and Neil Gaiman! The Danék is a wild, treacherous river, and the Fobisher family has tended it for generations—clearing it of ice and weed, making sure boats can get through, and fishing corpses from its bleak depths. Wulliam’s father, the current Riverkeep, is proud of this work. Wull dreads it. And in one week, when he comes of age, he will have to take over. Then the unthinkable happens. While recovering a drowned man, Wull’s father is pulled under—and when he emerges, he is no longer himself. A dark spirit possesses him, devouring him from the inside. In an instant, Wull is Riverkeep. And he must care for his father, too. When he hears that a cure for his father lurks in the belly of a great sea-dwelling beast known as the mormorach, he embarks on an epic journey down the river that his family has so long protected—but never explored. Along the way, he faces death in any number of ways, meets people and creatures touched by magic and madness and alchemy, and finds courage he never knew he possessed. Martin Stewart's debut novel is an astonishing blend of the literary, the comedic, and the emotionally resonant. In a sentence, it's The Wizard of Oz as told by Patrick Ness. It marks the beginning of a remarkable career. From the Hardcover edition.