The Last Man

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Mary Shelley’s astounding look at the end of the world

Set at the end of the twenty-first century, The Last Man is a moving and fantastical account of the apocalypse. Faced with a populace clamoring for more democratic rule, the last king of England relinquishes his throne. Suddenly a mysterious plague sweeps the globe, drawing ever nearer to England. As war, disease, and death ravage humanity, ideals of fairness and love are quickly supplanted by the imperative of survival.
 
With semibiographical characters drawn from Shelley’s own inner circle of friends and colleagues, this book is at once a look at the end of mankind and a critique of Romanticism. The Last Man’s themes of destruction resonate as much now as they did nearly two hundred years ago.
 
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Open Road Media
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Published on
Feb 24, 2015
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Pages
432
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ISBN
9781504005913
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Language
English
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Fiction / Classics
Fiction / Fantasy / Dark Fantasy
Fiction / Science Fiction / Apocalyptic & Post-Apocalyptic
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Hailed as "a literary fantasist of outstanding power and originality" by Michael Moorcock and "a mythmaking Gothic queen" by Neil Gaiman, Storm Constantine is one of the most exciting and innovative fantasy writers of her generation. The author of many acclaimed works of science fiction and fantasy, she is best known for her daring, stylish and provocative "Wraeththu" trilogy (The Enchantments of Flesh and Spirit , The Bewitchments of Love and Hate, The Fulfilments of Fate and Desire). The series, which chronicled the rise of a new race of seductive androgynous beings, with awesome powers, was hailed as a modern fantasy masterpiece, winning an avid international following of devoted readers.

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But while these three struggle for mortal political power, others are discovering that the psychic abilities of the Wraeththu and their sisters, the Kamagrian, are far greater, and far stranger, than any of them had ever supposed.



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BOOK 3 IN THE BLACK TIDE RISING SERIES FROM THE NEW YORK TIMES BEST-SELLING AUTHOR. Sequel to To Sail a Darkling Sea and Under a Graveyard Sky.

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The premier monster story of English literature—a tale of science pursued to horrifying extremes
An origin story nearly as famous as the book itself: One dreary summer on the shores of Lake Geneva, amid discussions of galvanism and the occult and fireside readings from a collection of German ghost stories, Lord Byron proposed a game. Each of his guests—eighteen-year-old Mary Godwin and her future husband, the poet Percy Bysshe Shelley, among them—would try their hand at writing a tale of the supernatural. Unable at first to think of a plot, Mary was visited one sleepless night by the terrible vision of a corpse, a “hideous phantasm of a man,” lurching to life with the application of some unknown, powerful force. The man responsible, a “pale student of unhallowed arts,” fled in horror from his creation, leaving it to return to the dead matter from which it had been born. But the monster did not die. It followed the man to his bedside, where it stood watching him with “yellow, watery, but speculative eyes”—eyes of one who thought, and felt. 
The novel that Mary Shelley would go on to publish, the legend of Victor Frankenstein and his unholy creation, and their obsessive, murderous pursuit of each other from Switzerland to the North Pole, has been the stuff of nightmares for nearly two centuries. A masterpiece of Romantic literature, it is also one of the most enduring horror stories ever written.
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"There is something at work in my soul which I do not understand..."

Mary Shelley:  literary queen of the Romantic era, deeply influenced by the Gothic tradition, and arguably the matriarch of the Science Fiction genre. Her works, though composed in the 1800s, contain elements straight out of today's headlines: the tension between what science can do vs. what it should do, cryonics, contagion, apocalypse and other dark futuristic themes. Shelley introduced the world to the first "mad scientist" character in her most popular work, Frankenstein, inspiring generations of horror stories, films, and comic books.

This collection includes:

Novels
Frankenstein, or the Modern Prometheus
Mathilda
The Last Man
Valperga
Lodore
Falkner
The Fortunes of Perkin Warbeck

Children's Literature
Proserpine & Midas

Short Stories
The Dream
The Mortal Immortal
The Evil Eye
The Invisible Girl
The Heir of Mondolfo
Transformation

Non-Fiction
Notes to the Complete Poetical Works of Percy Bysshe Shelley

Biography
Mrs. Shelley by Lucy Madox Rosetti

Audiobook Links: Links to download free, full-length audiobooks for some of Mary Shelley's works can be found at the end of the book.

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