Some of the darkest hints in all of H.P. Lovecraft's Cthulhu Mythos relate to what will happen after the Old Ones return and take over the earth. What happens when Cthulhu is unleashed upon the world? What happens when the other Old Ones, long since banished from our universe, break through and descend from the stars? What would the reign of Cthulhu be like on a totally transformed planet where mankind is no longer the master? Find out in these exciting, brand-new stories.
"Darrell Schweitzer is a fine writer . . . Not only is he skilled in the exotic use of the best trappings of Fantasy, he employs a disquieting awareness of the dark nooks of the mind and soul. . . .Best of all, Schweitzer is a story-teller, by whose smoky fire one may sit spell-bound." -- Tanith Lee
Darrell Schweitzer has been three-times nominated for the World Fantasy Award, twice for Best Collection, and once for the novella "To Become a Sorcerer," which forms the first four chapters of this book. He is also the author of "The White Isle," "The Shattered Goddess," and nearly 300 short stories, many of which are collected in such volumes as "The Darrell Schweitzer Megapack." An expert on fantastic fiction, who has written books about Lord Dunsany and H.P. Lovecraft, he also co-edited the legendary "Weird Tales" magazine.
A LANTERN MAKER OF AI HANLO
THE STORY OF A DADAR
REFUGEES FROM AN IMAGINARY COUNTRY
THE SORCERER EVORAGDOU
THE MYSTERIES OF THE FACELESS KING
KING YVORIAN’S WAGER
THE SPIRIT OF THE BACK STAIRS
THE OUTSIDE MAN
ON THE LAST NIGHT OF THE FESTIVAL OF THE DEAD
VANDIBAR NASHA IN THE COLLEGE OF SHADOWS
ONE OF THE SECRET MASTERS
RUNNING TO CAMELOT
HOW IT ENDED
THE MOST BEAUTIFUL DEAD WOMAN IN THE WORLD
THE EATER OF HOURS
FIGHTING THE ZEPPELIN GANG
THE LAST HERETIC
THE WITCH OF THE WORLD'S END
HOWLING IN THE DARK
PEELING IT OFF
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From New York to Los Angeles to Bucharest, fifteen never-before-published tales by some of the world’s finest fantasy and horror writers celebrate the newest incarnations of an age-old terror that strikes when the moon is full . . . the werewolf. No longer confined to the forests, these modern monsters can be found in places you frequent every day—and never before thought to fear.
CARRIE VAUGHN’s popular werewolf radio host Kitty Norville is drawn into a controversy as to whether it’s fair to ban lycanthropy from professional sports. New York’s famous Plaza Hotel is the setting for ESTHER M. FRIESNER’s tale of one very grisly little girl, while Beverly Hills may never quite recover from RON GOULART’s middle-aged Hollywood screenwriter who falls prey to a most unusual problem. Celebrated fantasy author PETER S. BEAGLE tells a chillingly lyrical story of three Louisiana loup garoux locked into a deadly dance of death. Plus many more biting tales from award-winning authors:
HOLLY BLACK • P.D. CACEK • GREGORY FROST • TANITH LEE
HOLLY PHILLIPS • MIKE RESNICK • DARRELL SCHWEITZER • LISA TUTTLE
IAN WATSON • GENE WOLFE • CHELSEA QUINN YARBRO
"The Cheshire-Cat," by Lewis Carroll
"All in the Golden Afternoon," by Marilyn "Mattie" Brahen
"Fat Cat," by Robert Reginald
"Alex," by Mary A. Turzillo
"The Cat-Tracker Lady of Asad Alley," by A. R. Morlan
"A Limp Dead Cat in My Arms," by Michael Hemmingson
"The Ruined Queen of Harvest World," by Damien Broderick
"Stories of Cat Sagacity," by W. H. G. Kingston
"Mau," by Douglas Menville
"Cat in the Box," by A. R. Morlan
"Purple," by Mary A. Turzillo
"Ebenezer Wheezer (c1972-1990)," by Douglas Menville
"Concerning the 'Pretty Lady'," by Helen M. Winslow
"The Boys," by Kathryn Ptacek
"Reverence for Cats," by Mark Twain
"'...And Mongo Was His Name-O'," by A. R. Morlan
"Tommy's Cat," by David C. Smith
"Tatiana," by Mary A. Turzillo
"Lin Jee," by Mary A. Turzillo
"The Squaw," by Bram Stoker
"How the Former Pets Survive or Die," by Michael Hemmingson
"Cat Burglar," by Kathryn Ptacek
"Puss in Boots: Two Versions," by Charles Perrault and Dinah Maria Mulock
"No Heaven Will Not Ever Heaven Be...," by A. R. Morlan
"The Queen's Cat," by Peggy Bacon
"Chocolate Kittens from Mars," by Mary A. Turzillo
"Cats Can Colonize Mars," by Mary A. Turzillo
"Cat Anecdotes," edited by Adam White
"The Adventure of the Hanoverian Vampires," by Darrell Schweitzer
"The Beancounter's Cat," by Damien Broderick
"A Little Pinch Is All You Need," by A. R. Morlan
"They Always Die," by Michael Hemmingson
"Scout," by Mary A. Turzillo
"The Cat," by Mary E. Wilkins Freeman
"The Hunter's Mothers," by Mary A. Turzillo
"Hunger," by A. R. Morlan
"Ryah's Guest," by Robert Reginald
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This bibliography is a revision of the landmark volume published in 1993, which first charted the full scope of Dunsany’s writing. This new edition not only brings the bibliography up to date, listing the dozens of new editions of Dunsany’s work that have appeared in the last two decades and the wealth of criticism that has been written about him, but also records many obscure publications in Dunsany’s lifetime that have not been previously known or identified. In all, the bibliography has been expanded by at least thirty percent. Among this new material are dozens of uncollected short stories, newspaper articles, and poems, and many books, essays, and reviews of Dunsany’s work published over the past century.
Altogether, this bibliography is the definitive listing of works by and about Dunsany and will be the foundation of Dunsany studies for many years to come.
FLOWER WATER, by Tanith Lee
THE RENFIELDS, by Christopher Lee Walters
THE GAME, by Melanie Tem
ON THE LAST NIGHT OF THE FESTIVAL OF THE DEAD, by Darrell Schweitzer
BEDDY-BYE, by F. Gwynplaine MacIntyre
TO FAST IN FIRES, by Charles D. Edkert
RING RING! by Seth Hill
STEPMOTHER, by Valerie J. Friereich
THE BIBLE IN BLOOD, by Ian Watson
Join Cassandra Clare and a Circle of more than a dozen top YA writers, including New York Times bestsellers Holly Black, Rachel Caine, and Kami Garcia, as they write about the Mortal Instruments series, its characters, and its world.
Inside you’ll read:
• A cinematic tutorial on why the best friend (Simon) always loses out to the bad boy (Jace)
• The unexpected benefits of the incest taboo
• What we can read between the lines of Alec and Magnus’ European vacation
• The importance of friendship, art, humor, and rebellion
• And more, from the virtues of Downworlders to the naughty side of Shadowhunting
Exploring J.R.R. Tolkien’s “The Hobbit” is a fun, thoughtful, and insightful companion volume designed to bring a thorough and original new reading of this great work to a general audience. Professor Corey Olsen takes readers on an in-depth journey through The Hobbit chapter by chapter, revealing the stories within the story: the dark desires of dwarves and the sublime laughter of elves, the nature of evil and its hopelessness, the mystery of divine providence and human choice, and, most of all, the transformation within the life of Bilbo Baggins. Exploring J.R.R. Tolkien’s “The Hobbit” is a book that will make The Hobbit come alive for readers as never before.
Go deeper into the complexities of Orson Scott Card’s classic novel with science fiction and fantasy writers, YA authors, military strategists, including:
Ender prequel series coauthor Aaron Johnston on Ender and the evolution of the child hero
Burn Notice creator Matt Nix on Ender's Game as a guide to life
Hugo award–winning writer Mary Robinette Kowal on how Ender’s Game gets away with breaking all the (literary) rules
Retired US Air Force Colonel Tom Ruby on what the military could learn from Ender about leadership
Bestselling YA author Neal Shusterman on the ambivalence toward survival that lies at the heart of Ender’s story
Plus pieces by:
Mette Ivie Harrison
David Lubar and Alison S. Myers
John F. Schmitt
Eric James Stone
Also includes never-before-seen content from Orson Scott Card on the writing and evolution of the events in Ender's Game, from the design of Battle School to the mindset of the pilots who sacrificed themselves in humanity’s fight against the formics
Would you want to be one of Artemis’ Hunters?
Why do so many monsters go into retail?
Spend a little more time in Percy Jackson’s world—a place where the gods bike among us, monsters man snack bars, and each of us has the potential to become a hero.
Why Dionysus might actually be the best director Camp Half-Blood could have
How to recognize a monster when you see one
Why even if we aren’t facing manticores and minotaurs, reading myth can still help us deal with the scary things in our own lives
Plus, consult our glossary of people, places, and things from Greek myth: how Medusa got her snake hair extensions, why Chiron isn’t into partying and paintball like the rest of his centaur family, and the whole story on Percy’s mythical namesake.
For the first time in one volume, The History of the Hobbit presents the complete unpublished text of the original manuscript of J.R.R.Tolkien’s The Hobbit, accompanied by John Rateliff's lively and informative account of how the book came to be written and published. As well as recording the numerous changes made to the story both before and after publication, it examines – chapter-by-chapter – why those changes were made and how they reflect Tolkien's ever-growing concept of Middle-earth.
The Hobbit was first published on 21 September 1937. Like its successor, The Lord of the Rings, it is a story that "grew in the telling", and many characters and story threads in the published text are completely different from what Tolkien first wrote to read aloud to his young sons as part of their "fireside reads".
As well as reproducing the original version of one of literature's most famous stories, both on its own merits and as the foundation for The Lord of the Rings, this new book includes many little-known illustrations and previously unpublished maps for The Hobbit by Tolkien himself. Also featured are extensive annotations and commentaries on the date of composition, how Tolkien's professional and early mythological writings influenced the story, the imaginary geography he created, and how Tolkien came to revise the book years after publication to accommodate events in The Lord of the Rings.
Like Christopher Tolkien’s The History of The Lord of the Rings before it, this is a thoughtful yet exhaustive examination of one of the most treasured stories in English literature. Long overdue for a classic book now celebrating 75 years in print, this companion edition offers fascinating new insights for those who have grown up with this enchanting tale, and will delight those who are about to enter Bilbo's round door for the first time.
—George R.R. Martin
Foreword by New York Times bestselling author R.A. Salvatore
Go beyond the Wall and across the narrow sea with this collection about George R.R. Martin’s A Song of Ice and Fire, from A Game of Thrones to A Dance with Dragons.
The epic game of thrones chronicled in George R.R. Martin’s A Song of Ice and Fire series has captured the imaginations of millions of readers. In Beyond the Wall, bestselling authors and acclaimed critics offer up thought-provoking essays and compelling insights:
Daniel Abraham reveals the unique challenges of adapting the original books into graphic novels.
Westeros.org founders Linda Antonsson and Elio M. García, Jr., explore the series’ complex heroes and villains, and their roots in the Romantic movement.
Wild Cards contributor Caroline Spector delves into the books’ controversial depictions of power and gender.
Plus much more, from military science fiction writer Myke Cole on the way Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder shapes many of the leading characters to author and television writer Ned Vizzini on the biases against genre fiction that color critical reactions to the series.
R.A. Salvatore (foreword)
Elio M. García, Jr.
John Jos. Miller
Andrew Zimmerman Jones
Characters and Genealogies
Magical Objects and Forces
Mid-World and Our World Places
Portals and Magical Places
Mid-, End-, and Our World Maps
Timeline for the Dark Tower Series
Mid-World Rhymes, Songs, and Prayers
Political and Cultural References
References to Stephen King’s Own Work
Terry Pratchett has earned a place in the hearts of readers the world over with his bestselling Discworld series -- but in recent years he has become equally well-known and respected as an outspoken campaigner for causes including Alzheimer's research and animal rights. A Slip of the Keyboard brings together for the first time the finest examples of Pratchett's non fiction writing, both serious and surreal: from musings on mushrooms to what it means to be a writer (and why banana daiquiris are so important); from memories of Granny Pratchett to speculation about Gandalf's love life, and passionate defences of the causes dear to him.
With all the humour and humanity that have made his novels so enduringly popular, this collection brings Pratchett out from behind the scenes of the Discworld to speak for himself -- man and boy, bibliophile and computer geek, champion of hats, orangutans and Dignity in Dying.
Snuff was the bestselling adult hardcover novel of 2011. A Blink of the Screen, Terry's short fiction collection, was also one of the bestselling hardcovers of 2012.
From master language creator David J. Peterson comes a creative guide to language construction for sci-fi and fantasy fans, writers, game creators, and language lovers. Peterson offers a captivating overview of language creation, covering its history from Tolkien’s creations and Klingon to today’s thriving global community of conlangers. He provides the essential tools necessary for inventing and evolving new languages, using examples from a variety of languages including his own creations, punctuated with references to everything from Star Wars to Michael Jackson. Along the way, behind-the-scenes stories lift the curtain on how he built languages like Dothraki for HBO’s Game of Thrones and Shiväisith for Marvel’s Thor: The Dark World, and an included phrasebook will start fans speaking Peterson’s constructed languages. The Art of Language Invention is an inside look at a fascinating culture and an engaging entry into a flourishing art form—and it might be the most fun you’ll ever have with linguistics.
From the Trade Paperback edition.
Bucking family tradition, Dyre is determined to become his planet’s first hero, even if it breaks his mother’s heart. He sets out on numerous quests to save the universe, however his altruism never seems to turn out quite as expected. Who knew doing the right thing was so hard?
In between saving those who don’t want his help—and the chaos that follows—he rescues a damsel in distress. She doesn’t appreciate his heroic abduction, and even worse, once Dyre gets to know the outspoken human, he entertains less than noble thoughts about ravishing her.
It takes only a couple of comical mishaps, some hot kisses and danger for Dyre and his human damsel Betty to discover their happily ever after—and thank the stars for a heroine who ends up saving this hero, and the galaxy, from his chivalrous side.
Genre: science fiction romance, space opera, comedy, humor, space adventure, space exploration, sci-fi romance, fantasy romance, paranormal romance, futuristic romance, alpha male
• What does Panem look like?
• How does Panem define race?
• How do Panem’s districts reflect the major themes of the trilogy?
• What allusions to our world are found in Panem names like Finnick, Johanna, Beetee, Cinna, Everdeen, and Mellark?
The Panem Companion gives fresh insight into Suzanne Collins’ trilogy by looking at the world of the Hunger Games and the forces that kept its citizens divided since the First Rebellion. With a blend of academic insight and true fan passion, V. Arrow explores how Panem could have evolved from the America we know today and uses textual clues to piece together Panem’s beliefs about class, ethnicity, culture, gender, sexuality, and more.
Includes an extensive name lexicon and color-illustrated unofficial map
THE ANNIHILATION OF FOREVERLAND
When kids awake on an island, they’re told there was an accident. Before they can go home, they will visit Foreverland, an alternate reality that will heal their minds.
Reed dreams of a girl that tells him to resist Foreverland. He doesn’t remember her name, but knows he once loved her. He’ll have to endure great suffering and trust his dream. And trust he’s not insane.
Danny Boy, the new arrival, meets Reed’s dream girl inside Foreverland. She’s stuck in the fantasy land that no kid can resist. Where every heart’s desire is satisfied. Why should anyone care how Foreverland works?
FOREVERLAND IS DEAD
Six teenage girls wake with no memories. One of them is in a brick mansion, her blonde hair as shiny as her shoes. The others are in a cabin, their names tagged to the inside of their pants. Their heads, shaved. Slashes mark the cabin wall like someone has been counting.
Hundreds of them.
There’s wilderness all around and one dead adult. The girls discover her body rotting somewhere in the trees. As the weeks pass, they band together to survive the cold, wondering where they are and how they got there. And why.
When an old man arrives with a teenage boy, the girls learn of a faraway island called Foreverland where dreams come true and anything is possible. But Foreverland is dead. In order to escape the wilderness, they’ll have to understand where they are.
More importantly, who they are.
ASHES OF FOREVERLAND
Tyler Ballard was in prison when his son created a dreamworld called Foreverland, a place so boundless and spellbinding that no one ever wanted to leave. Or did. Now his son is dead, his wife is comatose and Tyler is still imprisoned.
But he planned it that way.
The final piece of his vision falls into place when Alessandra Diosa investigates the crimes of Foreverland. Tyler will use her to create a new dimension of reality beyond anything his son ever imagined—a Foreverland for the entire world.
Danny, living outside of Spain since escaping the very first Foreverland, begins receiving mysterious clues that lead him to Cyn. They are both Foreverland survivors, but they have more in common than survival. They become pieces of another grand plan, one designed to stop Tyler Ballard. No one knows who is sending the clues, but some suspect Reed, another Foreverland survivor. Reed, however, is dead.
Everyone will make one last trip back to Foreverland to find out who sent them. And why.
INTERVIEW WITH THE AUTHOR
HOW IMPORTANT ARE NAMES TO YOU IN THIS BOOK. DID YOU CHOOSE THEM BASED ON SOUND OR MEANING?
Almost all of my books have names with special meaning, some foreshadowing a big twist. In The Annihilation of Foreverland, Reed’s name was symbolic of his ability to tolerate suffering, bending in the face of gale forces but never breaking.
WHERE DOES YOUR TOMORROW SPRING FROM? IN OTHER WORDS, HOW DID YOU COME UP WITH THE CRAZY WORLD?
Sometimes, I can’t remember how the story started by the time I get to the end. The Annihilation of Foreverland started with the premise of identity. I wanted to write it as a YA book in the science fiction dystopia genre in a way that slowly unfolded as well as questioned who we are and explore our fear of death, and what we’re willing to do to avoid it. Like all of my stories, it does have a romantic angle mixed into the action. Because it should.
GIVE YOUR BOOK THE BECHDEL TEST. IT HAS TO HAVE AT LEAST TWO (NAMED) WOMEN IN IT WHO TALK TO EACH OTHER ABOUT SOMETHING BESIDES A MAN.
I failed because there’s only one female in The Annihilation of Foreverland. However, the young adult sequel (Foreverland is Dead) passes with flying colors since its mostly female characters that rarely talk about men.
WHAT SORT OF BODY COUNT ARE WE TALKING HERE?
The bodies die, but not necessarily the characters. Chew on that a second.
DO YOU WANT YOUR TOMORROW TO MAKE IT BIG, AS IN JK ROWLINGS-BIG? WHY OR WHY NOT?
Believe it or not, no. Don’t get me wrong, I’d like to make enough cash to pay off this house and send my kids to college, but I’ll pass on fame and fortune. Anonymity is a blessing.
YOU CAST YOUR CHARACTERS FOR A MOVIE. WHO MAKES IT?
In The Annihilation of Foreverland, I only casted two characters in my head while I was writing it. The Director is Jeff Bridges and Mr. Jones is Anthony Hopkins. It was like watching a movie as I wrote.
HAVE YOU WRITTEN IN ANY OTHER GENRES BESIDES YA DYSTOPIAN? WHAT DREW YOU TO YOU THIS GENRE?
I’ve been fascinated by consciousness, identity and what this all means since I was young. I would read my grandfather’s science fiction books with elements of artificial intelligence and alternate realities and wonder what happened when they died? I suppose that’s why all of my writing deals with the big mysteries of life in one way or another. In a way, I write for my own exploration, in a sort of thought experiment approach, pulling apart our identities, exploring what makes us who we are. If I lost my memories, would I still be me? If I had my body parts replaced with synthetic replications, at what point would I not be me? Do I even need a body?
What am I?
A few years ago, I figured I’d write a romance novel. Since all of my books have a romantic element, I thought it would be fun. Halfway through the novel, I found myself thinking more and more about the next project—a dystopian idea. So 40,000 words in, I scrapped the romance novel and got back to what I love. Science fiction.
In The Fellowship, Philip and Carol Zaleski offer the first complete rendering of the Inklings' lives and works. The result is an extraordinary account of the ideas, affections and vexations that drove the group's most significant members. C. S. Lewis accepts Jesus Christ while riding in the sidecar of his brother's motorcycle, maps the medieval and Renaissance mind, becomes a world-famous evangelist and moral satirist, and creates new forms of religiously attuned fiction while wrestling with personal crises. J.R.R. Tolkien transmutes an invented mythology into gripping story in The Lord of the Rings, while conducting groundbreaking Old English scholarship and elucidating, for family and friends, the Catholic teachings at the heart of his vision. Owen Barfield, a philosopher for whom language is the key to all mysteries, becomes Lewis's favorite sparring partner, and, for a time, Saul Bellow's chosen guru. And Charles Williams, poet, author of "supernatural shockers," and strange acolyte of romantic love, turns his everyday life into a mystical pageant.
Romantics who scorned rebellion, fantasists who prized reality, wartime writers who believed in hope, Christians with cosmic reach, the Inklings sought to revitalize literature and faith in the twentieth century's darkest years-and did so in dazzling style.
This anthology of Stapledon's work offers many of his fictional gems, including sections of his best-known novels, Last and First Men, Darkness and the Light, and Star Maker, and the complete test of a novella, The Flames: A Fantasy and the story "Old Man in New World." Many previously unpublished writings, such as Stapledon's essays, poems, memoirs, and letters round out this collection.
In Dragonwriter, Anne’s son and Pern writer Todd McCaffrey collects memories and stories about the beloved author, along with insights into her writing and legacy, from those who knew her best. Nebula Award–winner Elizabeth Moon relates the lessons she learned from Pern’s Lessa (and from Lessa’s creator); Hugo Award–winner David Brin recalls Anne’s steadfast belief that the world to come will be better than the one before; legendary SFF artist Michael Whelan shares (and tells stories about) never-before-published Pern sketches from his archives; and more.
Join Anne’s co-writers, fellow science fiction authors, family, and friends in remembering her life, and exploring how her mind and pen shaped not only the Weyrs of Pern, but also the literary landscape as we know it.
• Angelina Adams
• David Brin
• David Gerrold
• John Goodwin
• Janis Ian
• Alec Johnson
• Georgeanne Kennedy
• Mercedes Lackey
• Sharon Lee and Steve Miller
• Lois McMaster Bujold
• Elizabeth Moon
• Charlotte Moore
• Robert Neilson
• Jody Lynn Nye and Bill Fawcett
• Robin Roberts
• Elizabeth Ann Scarborough
• Wen Spencer
• Michael Whelan
• Richard J. Woods
• Chelsea Quinn Yarbro
Volume 5 of the collected Tor.com Wheel of Time Reread covers books 13 and 14 of The Wheel of Time: Towers of Midnight and A Memory of Light co-authored by Brandon Sanderson.
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Journey to Westeros with Remy J. Verhoeve as he celebrates his tenth reading of A Game of Thrones. Chapter by chapter, the author, a Dutch-Norwegian English teacher and self-confessed fantasy geek, is both fellow traveler and tour guide as he shares his insightful reflections on Martin's writing techniques, major - and seemingly minor - plot points and characters, and much more.
True to its origins as a blogging project undertaken while not-so-patiently waiting for A Dance With Dragons, the author does not hold back in this unauthorized companion book that is both an unabashed homage to the novel that started it all, as well as a candid - and at times controversial - commentary on the issues surrounding the delayed release of the fifth book.
Whether or not they agree with everything the author has to say, all fans of A Song of Ice and Fire, from those who have loved the series since its inception in 1996 to those who have only just discovered it through the HBO series, will enjoy this thought-provoking and outspoken book.
Volume 2 of the collected Tor.com Wheel of Time Reread covers books 5 and 6 of The Wheel of Time: The Fires of Heaven and Lord of Chaos.
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Volume 3 of the collected Tor.com Wheel of Time Reread covers books 7 through 9 of The Wheel of Time: A Crown of Swords, The Path of Daggers, and Winter's Heart.
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A Wizard of Their Age began when the students in Cecilia Konchar Farr’s “Six Degrees of Harry Potter” course at St. Catherine University kept finding errors in the available scholarship. These students had been reading Harry Potter for their entire literate lives, and they demanded more attention to the details they found significant. “We can do better than this,” they said.
Konchar Farr, two undergraduate teaching assistants, and five student editors decided to test that hypothesis. After issuing a call for contributions, they selected fifteen thoughtful academic essays by students from across the country. These essays examine the Harry Potter books from a variety of perspectives, including literary, historical, cultural, gender, mythological, psychological, theological, and genetic—there is even a nursing care plan for Tom Riddle. Interspersed among the essays are brief vignettes entitled “My Harry Potter Story,” where students write about their personal encounters with the novels.
Although a quick Internet search yields a dazzling number of books about Harry Potter, few are as deeply invested or insightful as A Wizard of Their Age. Written and edited by—and for—members of the Harry Potter generation, these essays demonstrate this generation’s passionate engagement with the Harry Potter phenomenon and provide numerous critical insights into the individual novels and the series as a whole.
Reflecting on L. Frank Baum's entire series of full-length Oz books, this study introduces readers to the great folklorist who created not only Dorothy and friends, but countless wonderful characters who still await discovery. Close analysis of each book invites readers to search Baum's fascinating stories for meaning and mythical quality. Progressing chronologically through the canon, the author discusses literary devices and important thematic implications in each book, arguing that Baum wrote for the pleasure of both children and adults, both to provide entertainment and to teach moral lessons. Of particular significance is the argument, sustained over several chapters, that Baum modeled his Oz books on classic mythical patterns, rewriting Oz history in nearly every book to produce a different set of backgrounds and a different conception of utopia for his imaginary kingdom. This variety of backgrounds and archetypes gives Baum's books a truly universal appeal. Examinations of his non-Oz books and his other Oz works, such as Little Wizard Stories of Oz and The Woggle-Bug Book, illuminate the discussion of the Oz novels.
Kurt Vonnegut’s desire to save the planet from environmental and military destruction, to enact change by telling stories that both critique and embrace humanity, sets him apart from many of the postmodern authors who rose to prominence during the 1960s and 1970s. This new look at Vonnegut’s oeuvre examines his insistence that writing is an “act of good citizenship or an attempt, at any rate, to be a good citizen.” By exploring the moral and philosophical underpinnings of Vonnegut’s work, Todd F. Davis demonstrates that, over the course of his long career, Vonnegut has created a new kind of humanism that not only bridges the modern and postmodern, but also offers hope for the power and possibilities of story. Davis highlights the ways Vonnegut deconstructs and demystifies the “grand narratives” of American culture while offering provisional narratives—petites histoires—that may serve as tools for daily living.
How can simple pleasures such as gardening, taking long walks, and eating delicious meals with friends make you significantly happier? Why is the act of giving presents on your birthday instead of getting them such a revolutionary idea? What should you do when dealing with the Gollum in your life? And how can we carry the burden of our own "magic ring of power" without becoming devoured by it? The Wisdom of the Shire holds the answers to these and more of life's essential questions.
The stunning conclusion to the #1 international bestselling sci-fi romance trilogy
When a ruthless enemy finally strikes, Mia and Korum will face the biggest test of their relationship yet. But it’s Korum’s own secrets that may ultimately tear them apart.
From the beaches of Costa Rica to a planet in a distant galaxy, theirs is a love story that may change the world.
Aaron Jace barely survived his last encounter with the Drake, a ruthless technological advancement constructed to murder the Alenzar'seth, the Lords of Shandara. Sarah, the woman he loves, has been kidnapped by the deadly machine, and Aaron's closest allies suggest he abandon all hope of ever seeing her again.
As Aaron recovers, rumors of the Alenzar'seth's return begin to spread throughout Safanar, causing kingdoms to mobilize their armies for war. The pressure is rising, and Aaron knows the people of Safanar are all in grave danger.
Aaron has one shot to protect his love and stave off war, but it will leave him vulnerable to the cunning High King Amorak and the vile Elitesmen Order. If he fails, the world will fall and nothing can save Sarah from an irreversible transformation.
Echoes of a Gloried Past is the second installment in The Safanarion Order, an epic fantasy series that fans are calling a perfect blend of magic and technology. Expect a gripping tale with a rapid pace, detailed and realistic world-building, exquisite villains, and excitement on every page. Author Ken Lozito continues the high-octane action in the next book of his sword and sorcery series.
If you love Terry Brooks, then start reading this worthy successor today!
Keywords: epic fantasy series, epic hero, epic science fiction, fantasy adventure, sword and sorcery adventure, action, adventure, quest, superhero, demons, paranormal fantasy, coming of age fantasy, clean romance, dragons, heroic fantasy, men’s adventure, destiny, swords, parallel world, contemporary fantasy
The highly anticipated sequel to Close Liaisons
In Lenkarda, the main Krinar colony on Earth, Mia is completely at Korum's mercy. With no way to leave and no idea how to operate even the most basic Krinar technology, she has no choice but to trust the K who brought her there—the lover whom she had betrayed.
Will he keep his promise to bring her home, or is she destined to be his prisoner forever? Can a human become a part of Krinar society? Does Korum love her, or does he only wish to possess her?
Read on to find out...
Aaron and Sarah have defeated the High King, but the danger of war is far from over. As they relentlessly hunt down rogue Elitesman strongholds, they know General Halcylon and the Zekara won't stay in hiding for long. Battles of terrifying proportion are imminent, and it will take the combined forces of all the kingdoms to stop the Hythariam army. Little do they know that their actions could have disastrous and apocalyptic consequences.
Forty years in the future, Bayen is brought out of cryostasis to a hellish, war-torn world on the brink of destruction. Everyone he knows and loves is dead, but hope remains. The cruel and gritty future of Safanar can be averted if Bayen travels back to protect the most heinous villain in recorded history. Both failure and success may end his life, but victory alone will prevent the end of the world.
Heir of Shandara is the fourth installment in the Safanarion Order, an unconventional fantasy series that mixes sword and sorcery with science fiction. Fans call the gripping series "simply amazing," as they keep coming back for edge-of-their-seat action, cosmically generative imagination, and unforgettable entertainment.
Pick up the next tale in Ken Lozito's epic fantasy series today, and you won't be able to put it down until the final page ends.
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Aaron Jace is a prisoner of war. Captive on the Hythariam home world that's destined for destruction, there's little chance that Aaron can return to protect Safanar.
When rebellion breaks out in Khamearra, Sarah must abandon her quest to reach Aaron to help free her people. It seems an impossible task against High King Amorak who can strike anywhere, anytime, and without warning.
As the Free Nations Army desperately prepares for war against Amorak and a ruthless invasion force determined to enslave them all, Sarah and Aaron's companions may be the only hope to keep the people of Safanar alive. Loyalties and friendships will be strained to the breaking point, as a fragile alliance of nations may be all that keeps the world from tearing apart.
Amidst the Rising Shadows is the third installment in the Safanarion Order, a not-so-traditional fantasy series that fans are calling a true epic in the making. Readers should anticipate heart-pounding action, an innovative plot, and breakneck pacing that keeps the pages turning. Author Ken Lozito's series is a winner for fantasy lovers.
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Kirkus raves: "...its appealing protagonist and high personal stakes provide an excellent read for young fantasy fans."
Twelve-year-old Andy returns to Oomaldee and finds he must locate unicorns in the land and retrieve a unicorn horn as the next ingredient to break the curse that plagues the land. He and his company embark upon this unicorn quest only to have a seductive voice tempt him to surrender the unicorn horn. What will he do?
"The scenes and dialog come alive on the page. This is an amazing adventure filled with unicorns and magic!" - Rena Marthaler, Rena Writes (Rena is 10)
"A long-lasting story with unicorns that is part of one of my favorite series." - Erik Weibel, This Kid Reviews Books Blog (Erik is 13)
"Sometimes, I just let the 5 star rating speak for itself. I can add nothing more to wonderful this tale of unicorns." - Wayne Walker, Home School Book Review
This series is perfect if you love unicorn epic fantasy for children, teens and young adults. Unicorns and fantasy with unicorns ...this is it!
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Enter Thorn: a dark angel of destiny or Jon’s undoing? It is only with the help of this sultry new companion does Jon obtain the ability to wreak vengeance on his tormentors, through the power of the vampire formula.
With the vampire formula, the user has the ability to transform into a vampire over night, complete with the awesome powers afforded to the living dead. Jon must only choose his path: redemption or forgiveness? For a young man in the throes of young love and awakened passions, revenge is a dish best served in the dead of night.
In this all-new dark fantasy series Vampire Formula from P.A. Ross, imagine the world of vampires and forbidden love turned upside down. Will darkness and passion get the better of Jon Harper, or will the power of the night change him forever? Find out in this first installment in the series, The Birth of Vengeance!
“The Birth of Vengeance (Vampire Formula #1)” is the first novel in a series of new vampire books.
This book is a dark fantasy of young adult boy to man. A coming of age story with a blend of fantasy, horror and science fiction. Jon is submerged into a dark world of vampires and a shadowy organisation called the 'Hunters.' He must face his own inner demons if he is to succeed and take revenge on those that forced him down a dark path.
There is a free prequel story to download
"I Want Vengeance: Vampire Formula #0"
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Resurrection stone? Almost. The Stone of Athanasia has kept the king and his wizard alive for over five-hundred-years, but a villain has stolen it, driving the pair to the brink of death.
Andy must hunt down the Stone along with the next ingredient in the curse-breaking potion. But as Andy and his friend, Alden, scour the land, things get really weird when they visit Oomaldee's ancient library and find a portrait that looks exactly like Andy.
Andy holds the fate of the monarchy in his hands. But what fate will the library's secrets hold for Andy?
Venom of the Serpent's Cunning is the second novel in a coming-of-age, epic fantasy adventure featuring page-turning action, terrifying villains, and witty banter mixed with tender exchanges that will grab your heart and make you beg for more. Author L. R. W. Lee's Andy Smithson series continues to grow in scope and excitement in this second installment.
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Unclaimed Baggage department.
Unfinished Business office.
Soul music plays...
Imogenia unexpectedly finds herself in the Afterlife, having to navigate between the Unclaimed Baggage department, the Unfinished Business office, and other governmental agencies. Against a backdrop of soul music, she encounters all manner of new experiences from black, frothing, arsenic-spiced drinks, to guest services personnel, and more.
However, Imogenia has never forgotten the cause of her early arrival in the afterlife...her brother, the former prince, now king, and she plots revenge.
How will her proposed Beta test be received? Will she realize the justice denied her?
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Medieval and modern-day collide when otherworldly forces draw ten-year-old Andy Smithson into a medieval world where fire-breathing dragons, deranged pixies, and vengeful spirits are the way of things.
Trading his controller for a sword of legend, Andy embarks upon several epic quests to break a centuries-old curse oppressing the land. It isn't chance that plunges him into the adventure though, for he soon discovers ancestors his parents have kept hidden from him are behind the curse.
The Andy Smithson series is a coming-of-age, epic fantasy adventure featuring fast-paced action, sword fights, laugh-out-loud humor, with a few life lessons thrown in.
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Over a year later, Andy arrives back in Oomaldee to tensions running high as more and more citizens are turned into zolt. But there's more going on than meets the eye, for the effectiveness of Abaddon's strikes reveal he's getting inside information. Could there a spy in their midst?
Despite the chaos, Andy receives a clue for the fifth ingredient needed for the curse-breaking potion, the claw of a griffin. There's one not-so-small problem however--griffins guard the land of Carta's gold and silver mines and don't take kindly to humans. While away in Carta, fears over an imminent attack materialize and Abaddon with his new mage, Fides, enact a campaign of terror no one could have imagined!
So what is the truth behind vampires? What is the purpose of this dark, strange and destructive creature V has become? Will the truth set him free—or is his salvation shrouded in shadow as well?
Dive back into the heart of darkness in P.A. Ross’ dark fantasy series Vampire Formula in this all new thrilling sequel that will leave you thirsty for more. Embrace the darkness and grab your copy of The Truth of Vengeance today!
Thorn and the vampires are even stranger than he thought.
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