Hit Or Myth

Author: Robert Asprin
Editor: Walsworth Pub Co
ISBN: 9780898653311
Size: 17,46 MB
Format: PDF
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When the king decides to go on vacation, he orders, Skeeve, a bumbling apprentice sorcerer, to take his place


Author: Grazia Deledda
ISBN: 9780704301498
Size: 18,41 MB
Format: PDF, ePub
Read: 306

"Cosima" tells the story of an aspiring writer growing up in Nuoro, Sardinia during the last decades of the nineteenth century when formal education for women was rare and literary careers unheard-of. Based on Deledda's own life, the work describes a young woman's struggle against the dismay and disapproval of her family and friends at her creative ambitions. Yet it also reads like a charming fable with details of family life, rural traditions and wild bandits, and it is as much a novel of memory as of character or action. Deledda's characters are poor country folk driven by some predetermined force. Their loves are tragic, their lives as hard and as rigidly controlled as nature itself in the hills of Sardinia. Deledda creates memorable figures who play out their lives against this backdrop of mountains and bare plains, sheepfolds and vineyards. Shimmering in the distance is the sea and escape - for a few - to the Continent or America. In 1926 Grazia Deledda became the second woman and the second Italian to receive the Nobel Prize for Literature. She wrote thirty-three novels, including "Reeds in the Wind," and many books of short stories, almost all set on Sardinia. Her work has become well known to English-speaking readers through Martha King's translations for Italica Press.

The Shapeshifters

Author: Stefan Spjut
Editor: HMH
ISBN: 0544084047
Size: 18,94 MB
Format: PDF, Docs
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This tale of missing children and mythic monsters is “a fantastic novel in every sense of the word” (Karl Ove Knausgård). Summer 1978. A young boy disappears without a trace from a summer cabin. His mother claims he was carried away by a giant. He is never found. Twenty-five years later, another child goes missing. This time there’s a lead, a single photograph taken by Susso Myrén. She’s devoted her life to the search for trolls, legendary giants known as stallo who can control human thoughts and assume animal form. Convinced that the fabled beasts are real, she follows the trail of missing children to northern Sweden. But humans, some part stallo themselves, have been watching over the creatures for generations, and this hidden society of protectors won’t hesitate to close its deadly ranks. Mixing folklore and history, suspense and the supernatural, The Shapeshifters is an extraordinary journey into a frozen land where myth bleeds into reality. “Spjut has accomplished the masterstroke of writing convincingly about the existence of trolls and other mythical creatures in the Nordic forests . . . all this unfolds in a language that captures the everyday reality we know so well, with such precision and exquisite style that the words seem to sparkle on the page.” —Karl Ove Knausgård, author of My Struggle “A fun, cunning crime thriller . . . If you enjoy the novels of Michael Koryta or Tana French’s The Secret Place . . . you might eat up The Shapeshifters.” —Chicago Tribune “Spjut turns Scandinavian mythology upside down in a shades-of-gray world built for lovers of fantastical suspense.” —Publishers Weekly

The Curse Of The Pharaoh

Author: Steve Stevenson
Editor: Penguin
ISBN: 0448462176
Size: 20,39 MB
Format: PDF, Kindle
Read: 340

A fanciful new mystery series relates the tales about a headstrong girl detective who jets off on exotic and international adventures with the help of her hulking bodyguard and loyal cat named, aptly, Watson. Original.

Mister Roger And Me

Author: Marie-Renee Lavoie
Editor: House of Anansi
ISBN: 1770892036
Size: 20,38 MB
Format: PDF, ePub
Read: 247

Helen, alias "Joe," would rather be a boy and have all kinds of adventures like Lady Oscar, her favourite cartoon heroine. She daydreams about living in another time and achieving great things, but she must be content delivering newspapers and working at the bingo hall. After all, she is only eight years old, even though she claims to be ten. When Roger, an old man who drinks like a fish, swears like a sailor, and dreams about dying, moves into the working-class neighbourhood where Helen lives with her family, the two make uneasy acquaintances. But, after a series of scary and disturbing events, an unlikely friendship develops — one that changes them both forever. A stunning debut novel in the spirit of The Flying Troutmans by Miriam Toews, Mister Roger and Me perfectly captures the irony, innocence, heartbreak, and humour of childhood.

The Pen Of Glory

Author: Baha'u'llah
Editor: Baha'i Publishing Trust
ISBN: 9781931847551
Size: 12,80 MB
Format: PDF
Read: 553

Religious seekers have a new compilation taken from the writings of Bahaullah, the Prophet-Founder of the Bahai Faith. These selections are unique as they were written in response to specific questions from people wishing to know more about the principles and teachings of the Bahai Faith. The questions and the responses given between the years 1860 1880 are very relevant in todays world. The questions came from people came with various religious backgrounds, providing the reader with a broad understanding of the central tenets of the Bahai Faith. In each response, Bahaullah answers the question of the seeker and then expands on various related spiritual themes. In doing so, Bahaullah has provided us with a collection of far-reaching significance that is surprisingly applicable to the questions of religious seekers today.

The Speed Queen

Author: Stewart O'Nan
Editor: Ballantine Books
ISBN: 9780345422446
Size: 10,16 MB
Format: PDF, Kindle
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A darkly comic novel of life in the fast lane tells the story of a female gang leader and drug addict from Oklahoma whose life story is exploited by a best-selling novelist

Bradshaw S Continental Railway Guide Full Edition

Author: George Bradshaw
Editor: Old House Books
ISBN: 9781908402479
Size: 19,94 MB
Format: PDF, Kindle
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Following its bestselling edition of Bradshaw's Handbook 1863, Old House brings you this fascinating guide to Europe's rail network on the very brink of the First World War. Published in 1913, it is divided into three sections: timetables for services covering the continent, short guides to each city and notable destination and features, and a wealth of advertisements and ephemeral materials concerning hotels, restaurants and services that might be required by the early twentieth century traveller by rail. It affords a fascinating glimpse of fin de siècle Europe and of a transport network that was shortly to be devastated by the greatest war the world had ever seen.

Oxford First Rhyming Dictionary

Editor: Oxford University Press, USA
ISBN: 9780192735591
Size: 19,48 MB
Format: PDF, Docs
Read: 374

Have fun in the sun, drink lemonade in the shade and be inspired to write about pirates, kings and magic rings in the Oxford First Rhyming Dictionary. The dictionary contains a clear and simple alphabetical list of words that rhyme and rhyming sounds, as well as an index to make finding words simple. John Foster's lively poems accompany the rhyming sounds, and every page features bright and colourful illustrations. Children can expand their vocabulary, practise phonic sounds to help withspelling, and being to write their own rhymes! Writing, reciting and reading poetry is a requirement of the Primary curriculum, and the Oxford First Rhyming Dictionary is a perfect way to get into rhyme. For lots of FREE downloadable rhyming games, puzzles, activities and much more, go to www.oxforddictionaries.com/schools

The Dragon And The Poet

Author: Miyazawa Kenji
Editor: Volume Edizioni srl
ISBN: 8897747167
Size: 20,50 MB
Format: PDF, Mobi
Read: 366

The tale "The dragon and the poet" by Miyazawa Kenji (1896-1933) is the story of the meeting between the poet Suldatta and the dragon Chanata, in a magical atmosphere among poetry challenges, esoteric Buddhism and traditional Japan. The author, Miyazawa Kenji, dedicated is tales to children considered by him the only able to understand the universal teaching hidden inside them. From the preface: "The purpose of the work of my whole life has been to deliver this holy book in your hands, and make you able to enter the Most Noble Path by contacting the teaching of the Buddha" This is the note that on his deathbed Kenji asks his father to write on the copies, addressed to his friends, of the Japanese translation of the Lotus Sūtra. They echo the words of Sakyamuni "... I do what only because they could get the 'One Vehicle of the Buddha and the knowledge of each mode ..." The entire life of Miyazawa Kenji is the life of a bodhisattva of shakke, who acts for the good of the people fully utilizing their individual skills, generously devoting their talents to help others and contributing to social progress; Miyazawa wrote in 1914 to his friend Seki Tokuya :"From now on, the art will be the religion, the religion will be the art".