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The Del Rey Book of Science Fiction and Fantasy

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ISBN10 : 0345507827

Publisher : Del Rey

Number of Pages : 416

Category : Fiction

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Book Summary: “Ellen Datlow is the queen of anthology editors in America.”—Peter Straub With original stories by Jeffrey Ford, Pat Cadigan, Elizabeth Bear, Margo Lanagan, and others From Del Rey Books and award-winning editor Ellen Datlow, two of the most respected names in science fiction and fantasy, comes a collection of fifteen all-new short stories, plus a science fiction novella, that could count as a virtual “best of the year” anthology. Here you will find slyly twisted alternate histories, fractured fairy tales, topical science fiction, and edgy urban fantasy. In “Daltharee,” World Fantasy Award–winning author Jeffrey Ford spins a chilling tale of a city in a bottle—and the demented genius who put it there. In “Sonny Liston Takes the Fall,” John W. Campbell Award–winning author Elizabeth Bear pens a poignant and eerie requiem for the heavyweight forever associated with his controversial loss to Cassius Clay. From hot new writer Margo Lanagan comes “The Goosle,” a dark, astonishing take on Hansel and Gretel. In the novella “Prisoners of the Action,” Paul McAuley and Kim Newman take a trip down a rabbit hole that leads to a Guantanamo-like prison whose inmates are not just illegal but extraterrestrial. Many of the writers you’ll recognize. Others you may not. But one thing is certain: These stars of today and tomorrow demonstrate that the field of speculative fiction is not only alive and well—it’s better than ever. PLUS TWELVE MORE STORIES “The Elephant Ironclads” by Jason Stoddard “Ardent Clouds” by Lucy Sussex “Gather” by Christopher Rowe “North American Lake Monsters” by Nathan Ballingrud “All Washed Up While Looking for a Better World” by Carol Emshwiller “Special Economics” by Maureen F. McHugh “Aka St. Mark’s Place” by Richard Bowes “Shira” by Lavie Tidhar “The Passion of Azazel” by Barry N. Malzberg “The Lagerstätte” by Laird Barron “Gladiolus Exposed” by Anna Tambour “Jimmy” by Pat Cadigan

The Pilgrim's Progress

Author : John Bunyan

ISBN10 : 9780890514405

Publisher : New Leaf Publishing Group

Number of Pages : 860

Category : Fiction

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Book Summary: John Bunyan s famous work, The Pilgrim's Progress is, next to the Bible, the most popular book ever published. It has been widely distributed the world over since originally published in the 17th century. But many aren t familiar with the story in it s original form or it s famous author and his life story. Master Books is now making available this exquisite reproduction of this 125-year-old historical compilation manuscript in it s original 860-page entirety. This masterpiece will become an instant family heirloom, introducing entire generations to the pilgrims spiritual journey to truth. This hardcover edition was originally published in 1876. Over 125 years later, Master Books has re-created this valuable and rare heirloom with today s modern technology, but kept the original look and feel by painstakingly scanning in high-resolution every page of this 860-page tome - historic look and all! The Pilgrim s Progress appears in the original large print inside this new edition, creating an easier reading experience for all ages. Not since the 19th century, has this collection of Bunyan Classics been available or accessible to anyone and everyone today. This classic edition has been painstakingly reproduced in it s complete form and includes such rare treasures as: # John Bunyan's personal memoir # His last sermon--preached in the year 1688 # His personal account of his life before he accepted Christ # His time spent in prison for preaching # Over a dozen beautifully detailed artistic etchings that visually narrate special scenes Included Are Nine Historical Books Written By and About John Bunyan: # THE PILGRIM S PROGRESS: (Page 1 - 376) The most popular of more than sixty books published by the prolific author John Bunyan. This popular and powerful book has been published more than any other book in history, outside of the Bible. # THE HOLY WAR; (Page 377 - 684) A discourse of trial made by Shaddai upon Diabolus, for the Regaining the Metropolis of the World; or, the losing and taking again of the Town of Man-soul. # GRACE ABOUNDING TO THE CHIEF OF SINNERS; (Page 685 - 688) A detailed and faithful account of the Life of John Bunyan including his imprisonment, recovery and conversion to becoming a faithful follower of Jesus Christ. # THE IMPRISONMENT AND RELEASE OF JOHN BUNYAN; (Page 689 - 703) --includes dialgoue with Dr. Lindale and the Justices; examination by the Justices, and by Mr. Cobb, the clerk of the peace; interview with his wife and Judge Hale. # BUNYAN S DYING SAYINGS (Page 704 - 767) --Of sin; of affliction; repentance and coming to Christ; of prayer; Lord s day and daily duties; love of the world; of suffering; death and judgment; the joys of heaven and torments of hell. # CHRISTIAN BEHAVIOUR; (Page 768 - 800) thoughts concerning true Christianity and how to walk so as to please God. # THE BARREN FIG-TREE; (Page 801 - 830) thoughts concerning the doom and downfall of a fruitless life and the signs by which such miserable mortals may be known. # BUNYAN S LAST SERMON (Page 831 - 834) -Preached, July, 1688, from John 1:3. THE WATER OF LIFE; (Page 835 - 860) A discourse presenting the richness and glory of the Grace and spirit of the Gospel."

Skylarks

Author : F. A. Casemore

ISBN10 : 9781469711928

Publisher : iUniverse

Number of Pages : 580

Category : Family & Relationships

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Book Summary: For myself, lest I forget, or die unsung. This is not a travelogue, or a survival kit. This is the Fable of the Wealthy Man. A Dragon, with a Hoard of Treasures, Hidden, High in the Mountains, Far, Far away. For me.

Grey Owl and Me

Author : Hap Wilson

ISBN10 : 1459704886

Publisher : Dundurn

Number of Pages : 248

Category : Sports & Recreation

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Book Summary: Hap Wilson is back for another journey, this time on the lighter side of the adventure trail, where the bizarre melds with the sublime. Nurtured by the writings of Canadian environmentalist and wannabe-Native, Grey Owl, Wilson adopted a lifestyle similar to the 1930s conservationist but with his own twists and turns along a meandering path full of humorous misadventures. Wilson, too, learned many of his nature skills as a youth, paddling in Temagami, working as a wilderness canoe ranger and guide, and following in the footsteps of one of Canada’s most revered outdoor icons. The author recounts early days winter camping, motorcycling the Labrador coast, and teaching actor Pierce Brosnan how to throw knives and paddle a canoe for the Richard Attenborough film about Grey Owl. He also takes us to a few of his favourite places and shares intimate secrets of wilderness living. Here, Grey Owl has returned as an ever-present critic – a buckskin-clad spectre in a modern world of Gore-Tex, Kevlar canoes, and gear freaks.

Winter's Children

Author : Michael G. Coney

ISBN10 : 0575129379

Publisher : Gateway

Number of Pages : 320

Category : Fiction

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Book Summary: The countryside is hundreds of feet deep in snow, and a small community is managing to exist in the bell-tower of a church, just above the snow level. For sustenance they make journeys to the shops of the village far below by tunnels. They also stay alive by hunting the ferocious and telepathic bear-like animals known as Pals. The individuals in the small group are brilliantly portrayed, in turn defeatist, boastful, querulous, selfish and generous. They are obsessive, they argue; but when danger threatens, as it often does, they immediately band together in their common fight for survival.

The Man of the Forest

Author : Zane Grey

ISBN10 : 1609771583

Publisher : Simon and Schuster

Number of Pages : 303

Category : Fiction

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Book Summary: A thrilling adventure story by America's most famous author of the West.

Touch and Go

Author : M. R. D. Meek

ISBN10 : 0008252696

Publisher : HarperCollins UK

Number of Pages : 224

Category : Fiction

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Book Summary: Chance is a fine thing, thought the nurse who had watched wealthy Muriel Probert die in her Fifth Avenue apartment, so she took that chance – along with other fine things – and ran.

The Boyer Brothers of Baseball

Author : Lew Freedman

ISBN10 : 1476617368

Publisher : McFarland

Number of Pages : 252

Category : Sports & Recreation

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Book Summary: This the story of the seven baseball-playing Boyer brothers from western Missouri who signed professional contracts in the 1940s, 1950s and 1960s. Led by oldest brother Cloyd, a pitcher, third baseman Ken and third baseman Clete, three of the seven brothers reached the majors. This book recounts their hardscrabble upbringing and how they fought their way to success. Initially discouraged by arm injuries that curtailed his big-league career, Cloyd became a coach and manager at the minor and major league levels, and remained in the game for nearly half a century. The most accomplished, Ken, became a perennial National League All-Star, and was the 1964 Most Valuable Player. In the 1960s, he was the face of the St. Louis Cardinals, and after his playing days ended he returned to manage the team. Clete gained prominence as a regular for the American League champion New York Yankees, and competed in five World Series before starring in the National League and concluding his career in Japan. While they did not make it to the top, the other four brothers enrich the story with their own baseball histories, and help illustrate how the closeness of the family helped each of them succeed.

The Adventures of Firestorm Strang

Author : Kat Fox

ISBN10 : 1503586383

Publisher : Xlibris Corporation

Number of Pages : 136

Category : Fiction

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Book Summary: This is the story about the bravest, smartest, and most attractive hero the world has ever known! A man so courageous that the cosmos will forever sing his name in the heavens! Of course, this is the story about me, Firestorm Strang The Rogue of the West! Dragon Master! Deliverer of Justice! And Savior of Damsels in Distress! Not many are born with a soul so pure and brave as I, but please dont be jealous. Im sure you who are reading this have a wonderful soul as well. You are at least very smart to be reading about me! Prepare yourself for a tale of gripping adventure and mystery. The town of Gulsfeather is a town on the brink of disaster. Dragons are burning up their fishing boats at night, and a shady baron is bleeding the town dry. The people of Gulsfeather are helpless with no way to stop them. Who will save them from this nightmare? Well, I dont want to give everything away, but you can be assured that yours truly is involved!

Thank God for Mr. Chaney

Author : Rudy Gray

ISBN10 : 9781462034703

Publisher : iUniverse

Number of Pages : 228

Category : Fiction

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Book Summary: first-rate work.The writing is excellent throughout: the characters are well drawn, interesting and sharply differentiated; the dialogue is trenchant and lively; the atmosphere captures the world in which these people live and act; and most of all, the story, the narrative is suspenseful and imminently believable. I was with the book all the way. It is a keen portrait of the world it is depicting and exploring.... Edwin Wilson CUNY Grad Center, Yale University Wall Street Journal Rudy Gray gives us a black teacher in a Bronx junior high during the gold-chain-snatching early 1980s. This book is fresh, nuanced, poignant, redemptive. Thank God for Rudy Gray! Jane Mushabac, 2011 Scholar on Campus, NYC College of Technology, CUNY, co-author of A Short and Remarkable History of New York City, selected as a Best of the Best by the American Association of University Presses Earl Chaney is a successful but burned-out teacher in a challenging junior high school. Continuously haunted by past misdeeds and failures to act, Earl needs an academic achievement to feed his starving ego. Thirteen-year-old Kaseem Abdullah thinks that being cool requires him to control everything around himincluding himself. He is a malicious, confused problem student who has a penchant for pilfering necklaces from innocent female victims. But after he acts out in school one time too many, he is confronted by school administrators who graciously decide to give him another undeserved chance to redeem himself. After transferring Kaseem into Earls already troubled classroom, Kaseem pretends to turn over a new leaf, providing Earl with an unjustified sense of accomplishment. Yet outside of school, Kaseem continues on his path of self-destruction. Earl mistakenly thinks his miscreant student has become a fine citizen. When the truth is finally discovered, Earl must come to terms not only with his students deception, but also with his own personal flaws.

Emergency

Author : Neil Strauss

ISBN10 : 0062136461

Publisher : Harper Collins

Number of Pages : 432

Category : Self-Help

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Book Summary: Featuring all new material not included in the print edition, including: two deleted chapters, the contents of Neil’s Bugout Bag, a disaster survival cheat sheet on how to survive 35 catastrophic events, and ten emergency-preparedness myths that can kill you. Terrorist attacks. Natural disasters. Domestic crackdowns. Economic collapse. Riots. Wars. Disease. Starvation. What can you do when it all hits the fan? You can learn to be self-sufficient and survive without the system. **I've started to look at the world through apocalypse eyes.** So begins Neil Strauss's harrowing new book: his first full-length worksince the international bestseller The Game, and one of the most original-and provocative-narratives of the year. After the last few years of violence and terror, of ethnic and religious hatred, of tsunamis and hurricanes–and now of world financial meltdown–Strauss, like most of his generation, came to the sobering realization that, even in America, anything can happen. But rather than watch helplessly, he decided to do something about it. And so he spent three years traveling through a country that's lost its sense of safety, equipping himself with the tools necessary to save himself and his loved ones from an uncertain future. With the same quick wit and eye for cultural trends that marked The Game, The Dirt, and How to Make Love Like a Porn Star, Emergency traces Neil's white-knuckled journey through today's heart of darkness, as he sets out to move his life offshore, test his skills in the wild, and remake himself as a gun-toting, plane-flying, government-defying survivor. It's a tale of paranoid fantasies and crippling doubts, of shady lawyers and dangerous cult leaders, of billionaire gun nuts and survivalist superheroes, of weirdos, heroes, and ordinary citizens going off the grid. It's one man's story of a dangerous world–and how to stay alive in it. Before the next disaster strikes, you're going to want to read this book. And you'll want to do everything it suggests. Because tomorrow doesn't come with a guarantee...

A Voyage to Arcturus

Author : David Lindsay

ISBN10 : 0141992905

Publisher : Penguin UK

Number of Pages : 384

Category : Fiction

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Book Summary: 'Extraordinary' Philip Pullman Following one man's journey from earth to an alien landscape of ethereal beauty and existential terror, A Voyage to Arcturus is a profound questioning of the nature of evil. Dreamlike and philosophical, this landmark cult novel has influenced generations of writers. 'That shattering, intolerable and irresistible work' C. S. Lewis 'A Nietzschean Pilgrim's Progress ... Lindsay's engrossing book, a mixture of metaphysics and surreal dream-quest, stands as one of the great originals' Guardian

A Life on the Lines

Author : R H N Hardy

ISBN10 : 1784424587

Publisher : Bloomsbury Publishing

Number of Pages : 192

Category : History

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Book Summary: During much of his early career, from 1944 through to the early 1960s, Richard Hardy took hundreds of pictures of life on the railways and the men he knew and worked with on a daily basis, using his trusty Brownie 620 box camera. These unique behind the scenes images form a fascinating and hugely evocative portrayal of Britain at the height of the era of steam, during the time of the 'Big Four', and after 1947 when the sprawling nationalised network known as British Railways came of age. The second edition contains many new unseen photos which capture the railways in wartime, providing a valuable social record of the nation at war. In addition there is a sequence of rare photographs of French engines, railways and railwaymen, offering a superb contrast to the British rail network (it quickly becomes evident that the British rail system ran on tea, whereas the French system ran on wine). Great characters are the unifying theme of the pictures, and they include famous figures associated with the railways, such as the poet John Betjeman. This wonderfully illustrated book sets Richard's personal photographs and text alongside a carefully collated selection of ephemera, artworks and photographs drawn from the National Railway Museum in York. Collectively these images and artefacts tell the stories of the great brotherhood of railwaymen, brilliantly evoking the speed, heat and dust of the footplate.

The Road

Author : Cormac McCarthy

ISBN10 : 0307267458

Publisher : Vintage

Number of Pages : 256

Category : Fiction

Viewed : 1963

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Book Summary: NATIONAL BESTSELLER WINNER OF THE PULITZER PRIZE The searing, post-apocalyptic novel about a father and son's fight to survive. A father and his son walk alone through burned America. Nothing moves in the ravaged landscape save the ash on the wind. It is cold enough to crack stones, and when the snow falls it is gray. The sky is dark. Their destination is the coast, although they don't know what, if anything, awaits them there. They have nothing; just a pistol to defend themselves against the lawless bands that stalk the road, the clothes they are wearing, a cart of scavenged food—and each other. The Road is the profoundly moving story of a journey. It boldly imagines a future in which no hope remains, but in which the father and his son, "each the other's world entire," are sustained by love. Awesome in the totality of its vision, it is an unflinching meditation on the worst and the best that we are capable of: ultimate destructiveness, desperate tenacity, and the tenderness that keeps two people alive in the face of total devastation. A New York Times Notable Book One of the Best Books of the Year The Boston Globe, The Christian Science Monitor, The Denver Post, The Kansas City Star, Los Angeles Times, New York, People, Rocky Mountain News, Time, The Village Voice, The Washington Post

The Fall and Rise of Political Leaders

Author : L. Derfler

ISBN10 : 0230117244

Publisher : Springer

Number of Pages : 271

Category : Political Science

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Book Summary: Olof Palme (Sweden), Olusegun Obasanjo (Nigeria), and Indira Gandhi (India) achieved the pinnacle of political power, fell from or relinquished power, and then, after a period in the political wilderness, regained it. By placing greater emphasis than that customarily accorded by biographers on the "interment" that followed their "fall" and preceded their "resurrection," the book describes how what they did, the lessons they learned, and the mistakes made by their successors facilitated their reentry.

Grave Visions

Author : Kalayna Price

ISBN10 : 1101595078

Publisher : Penguin

Number of Pages : 384

Category : Fiction

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Book Summary: The USA Today bestselling author of Grave Memory and Grave Dance returns with her bewitching heroine Alex Craft in a new novel of twisting urban fantasy where the secrets of the dead can wreak havoc on the living. If you want to hear voices from the dead in Nekros City, you call Alex Craft. She’s a grave witch with reasonable rates and extraordinary powers who specializes in revealing the secrets of the dead. But she has her own secrets. She’s not human—and her newly discovered heritage is causing havoc for her both in the human realm and in Faerie. Fae can’t survive without a tie to Faerie, and now that Alex’s true nature has awoken, she’s no exception. She must align herself to a court and soon. To retain as much freedom as possible, she makes a deal to track the source of a new glamour-infused street drug which causes hallucinations that kill—and not just the user. Her investigation entangles Alex in a conflict brewing in Faerie, and she must find answers before she’s dragged so deep that she loses not only her freedom, but her life.

Oliver Twist

Author : Charles Dickens

ISBN10 : 1555763251

Publisher : EDCON Publishing Group

Number of Pages : 72

Category : Juvenile Fiction

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Book Summary: Bring the Classics To Life. These novels have been adapted into 10 short chapters that will excite the reluctant reader as well as the enthusiastic one. Key words are defined and used in context. Multiple-choice questions require the student to recall specific details, sequence the events, draw inferences from story context, develop another name for the chapter, and choose the main idea. Let the Classics introduce Kipling, Stevenson, and H.G. Wells. Your students will embrace the notion of Crusoe's lonely reflections, the psychological reactions of a Civil War soldier at Chancellorsville, and the tragedy of the Jacobite Cause in 18th Century Scotland. In our society, knowledge of these Classics is a cultural necessity. Improves fluency, vocabulary and comprehension.

The Heroes

Author : Joe Abercrombie

ISBN10 : 0575088753

Publisher : Gollancz

Number of Pages : 560

Category : Fiction

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Book Summary: They say Black Dow's killed more men than winter, and clawed his way to the throne of the North up a hill of skulls. The King of the Union, ever a jealous neighbour, is not about to stand smiling by while he claws his way any higher. The orders have been given and the armies are toiling through the northern mud. Thousands of men are converging on a forgotten ring of stones, on a worthless hill, in an unimportant valley, and they've brought a lot of sharpened metal with them. Bremer dan Gorst, disgraced master swordsman, has sworn to reclaim his stolen honour on the battlefield. Obsessed with redemption and addicted to violence, he's far past caring how much blood gets spilled in the attempt. Even if it's his own. Prince Calder isn't interested in honour, and still less in getting himself killed. All he wants is power, and he'll tell any lie, use any trick, and betray any friend to get it. Just as long as he doesn't have to fight for it himself. Curnden Craw, the last honest man in the North, has gained nothing from a life of warfare but swollen knees and frayed nerves. He hardly even cares who wins any more, he just wants to do the right thing. But can he even tell what that is with the world burning down around him? Over three bloody days of battle, the fate of the North will be decided. But with both sides riddled by intrigues, follies, feuds and petty jealousies, it is unlikely to be the noblest hearts, or even the strongest arms that prevail. Three men. One battle. No Heroes.

Lord of the Flies

Author : William Golding

ISBN10 : 0571267386

Publisher : Faber & Faber

Number of Pages : 176

Category : Fiction

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Book Summary: William Golding's Lord of the Flies is a dystopian classic: 'exciting, relevant and thought-provoking' (Stephen King). When a group of schoolboys are stranded on a desert island, what could go wrong? 'One of my favorite books - I read it every couple of years.' (Suzanne Collins, author of The Hunger Games) A plane crashes on a desert island. The only survivors are a group of schoolboys. By day, they discover fantastic wildlife and dazzling beaches, learning to survive; at night, they are haunted by nightmares of a primitive beast. Orphaned by society, it isn't long before their innocent childhood games devolve into a savage, murderous hunt ... 'Stands out mightily in my memory ... Such a strong statement about the human heart.' (Patricia Cornwell) 'Terrifying and haunting.' (Kingsley Amis) 'Beautifully written, tragic and provocative.' (E. M. Forster) ONE OF THE BBC'S ICONIC 'NOVELS THAT SHAPED OUR WORLD' What readers are saying: 'Every real human being should read this ... This is what we are.' 'It's brilliant, it's captivating, it's thought provoking and brutal and for some, its truly terrifying.' 'It can be read and re-read many times, and every time something new will appear.' 'There is a reason why this is studied at school ... Excellent read.' 'This is one of the few books I've read that I keep on my Kindle to read again.' 'I revisit this every few years and it's always fresh and impressive ... One of the best books I've ever read.'