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A Voyage to Arcturus (航向大角星)

By David Lindsay
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Scottish novelist David Lindsay (1876-1945) was born to a middle-class Calvinist family, forced by poverty to work as an insurance clerk instead of attending university, and at the age of forty took up the cause and worked his way to Corporal of the Royal Army Pay Corps in World War I. After the war he moved to Cornwall with his wife and began writing full-time, publishing his first novel, "A Voyage to Arcturus," in 1920. Although the science fiction novel initially sold less than six hundred copies, it has come to be known as a major "underground" novel of the 20th century, and heavily influenced C.S. Lewis's "Out of the Silent Planet." The story is set at Tormance, an imaginary planet orbiting Arcturus, where an adventurous Scot named Muskall has travelled and where he encounters myriad characters and lands that reflect Lindsay's critique of various philosophical systems.

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  • Total of Pages : 232
  • Category : Social Science
  • Members : 559
  • Pdf File: from-asgard-to-valhalla.pdf

Book Short Summary:

Whether they focus on Thor's powerful hammer, the mysterious valkyries, the palatial home of the gods - Asgard - or ravenous wolves and fierce elemental giants, the Norse myths are packed with vivid incident. But at the centre of their cosmos stands a gnarled old ash tree from which all distances and times are measured. When the old tree creaks, Ragnarok - the end of the world and of the gods themselves - is at hand. It is from this tree that Odin, father of the gods, hanged himself in search of the wisdom of the dead: a disturbing image of divine sacrifice far removed from the feasting and fighting of his otherworld home, Valhalla. This is the first book to show how the Norse myths have resonated from era to era: from Viking-age stories of ice and fire to the epic poetry of Beowulf; and from Wagner's "Ring" to Marvel Comics' "Mighty Thor". Heather O'Donoghue considers the wider contexts of Norse mythology, including its origins, medieval expression and reception in post-medieval societies right up to the present. "From Asgard to Valhalla" is a book that will intrigue and delight anyone with an interest in how the Norse myths have so profoundly shaped the western cultural heritage.

Stories about Stories

By Brian Attebery
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  • Publisher : Oxford University Press
  • Book Code : 0199316082
  • Total of Pages : 320
  • Category : Literary Criticism
  • Members : 878
  • Pdf File: stories-about-stories.pdf

Book Short Summary:

Myth is oral, collective, sacred, and timeless. Fantasy is a modern literary mode and a popular entertainment. Yet the two have always been inextricably intertwined. Stories about Stories examines fantasy as an arena in which different ways of understanding myth compete and new relationships with myth are worked out. The book offers a comprehensive history of the modern fantastic as well as an argument about its nature and importance. Specific chapters cover the origins of fantasy in the Romantic search for localized myths, fantasy versions of the Modernist turn toward the primitive, the post-Tolkienian exploration of world mythologies, post-colonial reactions to the exploitation of indigenous sacred narratives by Western writers, fantasies based in Christian belief alongside fundamentalist attempts to stamp out the form, and the emergence of ever-more sophisticated structures such as metafiction through which to explore mythic constructions of reality.

The Mainstream Companion to Scottish Literature

By Trevor Royle
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  • Publisher : Random House
  • Book Code : 1780574193
  • Total of Pages : 338
  • Category : Literary Criticism
  • Members : 935
  • Pdf File: the-mainstream-companion-to-scottish-literature.pdf

Book Short Summary:

The Mainstream Companion to Scottish Literature is the most comprehensive reference guide to Scotland's literature, covering a period from the earliest times to the early 1990s. It includes over 600 essays on the lives and works of the principal poets, novelists, dramatists critics and men and women of letters who have written in English, Scots or Gaelic. Thus, as well as such major writers as Robert Henryson, William Dunbar, Gavin Douglas, Allan Ramsay, Robert Fergusson, Robert Burns, Walter Scott, Robert Louis Stevenson and Hugh MacDiarmid, the Companion also lists many minor writers whose work might otherwise have been overlooked in any survey of Scottish literature. Also included here are entries on the lives of other more peripheral writers such as historians, philosophers, diarists and divines whose work has made a contribution to Scottish letters. Other essays range over such general subjects as the principal work of major writers, literary movements, historical events, the world of printing and publishing, folklore, journalism, drama and Gaelic. A feature of the book is the inclusion of the bibliography of each writer and reference to the major critical works. This comprehensive guide is an essential tool for the serious student of Scottish literature as well as being an ideal guide and companion for the general reader.

Around the Outsider

By Colin Stanley
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  • Publisher : John Hunt Publishing
  • Book Code : 1846948843
  • Total of Pages : 345
  • Category : Literary Criticism
  • Members : 833
  • Pdf File: around-the-outsider.pdf

Book Short Summary:

In May 1956, aged just 24, Colin Wilson achieved success and overnight fame with his philosophical study of alienation and transcendence in modern literature and thought, The Outsider. Fifty-four years on, and never out of print in English, the book is still widely read and discussed, having been translated into over thirty languages. In a remarkably prolific career, Wilson, a true polymath, has since written over 170 titles: novels, plays and non-fiction on a variety of subjects. This volume brings together twenty essays by scholars of Colin Wilson?s work worldwide and is published in his honour to mark the author?s 80th birthday. Each contributor has provided an essay on their favourite Wilson book (or the one they consider to be the most significant). The result is a varied and stimulating assessment of Wilson?s writings on philosophy, psychology, literature, criminology and the occult with critical appraisals of four of his most thought-provoking novels. Altogether a fitting tribute to a writer

Inkshard: A Compendium of Essays

By Eric Muss-Barnes
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  • Publisher : Lulu Press, Inc
  • Book Code : 0359732011
  • Total of Pages :
  • Category : Performing Arts
  • Members : 879
  • Pdf File: inkshard.pdf

Book Short Summary:

InkShard is a compendium of articles and social commentary, written by author Eric Muss-Barnes, between 2004 and 2018. Revised and expanded, this volume assembles various topics culled from posts on social media websites to the scripts of video essays. Carefully compiled from the finest of his journalistic work, InkShard represents the definitive collection of Eric’s most compelling dissertations and beloved editorials.

The Routledge Companion to Science Fiction

By Mark Bould,Andrew Butler,Adam Roberts,Sherryl Vint
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  • Publisher : Routledge
  • Book Code : 1135228353
  • Total of Pages : 576
  • Category : Literary Criticism
  • Members : 199
  • Pdf File: the-routledge-companion-to-science-fiction.pdf

Book Short Summary:

The Routledge Companion to Science Fiction is a comprehensive overview of the history and study of science fiction. It outlines major writers, movements, and texts in the genre, established critical approaches and areas for future study. Fifty-six entries by a team of renowned international contributors are divided into four parts which look, in turn, at: history – an integrated chronological narrative of the genre’s development theory – detailed accounts of major theoretical approaches including feminism, Marxism, psychoanalysis, cultural studies, postcolonialism, posthumanism and utopian studies issues and challenges – anticipates future directions for study in areas as diverse as science studies, music, design, environmentalism, ethics and alterity subgenres – a prismatic view of the genre, tracing themes and developments within specific subgenres. Bringing into dialogue the many perspectives on the genre The Routledge Companion to Science Fiction is essential reading for anyone interested in the history and the future of science fiction and the way it is taught and studied.

Pardon This Intrusion

By John Clute
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  • Publisher : Gateway
  • Book Code : 1473219795
  • Total of Pages : 320
  • Category : Literary Criticism
  • Members : 698
  • Pdf File: pardon-this-intrusion.pdf

Book Short Summary:

Pardon This Intrusion gathers together 47 pieces by John Clute, some written as long ago as 1985, though most are recent. The addresses and essays in Part One, "Fantastika in the World Storm", all written in the twenty-first century, reflect upon the dynamic relationship between fantastika - an umbrella term Clute uses to describe science fiction, horror and fantasy - and the world we live in now. Of these pieces, "Next", a contemporary response to 9/11, has not been revised; everything else in Part One has been reworked, sometimes extensively. Parts Two, Three and Four include essays and author studies and introductions to particular works; as they are mostly recent, Clute has felt free to rework them where necessary. The few early pieces - including "Lunch with AJ and the WOMBATS", a response to the Scientology scandal at the Brighton WorldCon in 1987 - are unchanged.

The Greatest Sci-Fi Classics

By Jules Verne,H. G. Wells,Mary Shelley,Arthur Conan Doyle,Edgar Allan Poe,Mark Twain,Edward Bulwer-Lytton,Edwin A. Abbott,Jack London,Edward Bellamy,Robert Louis Stevenson,George MacDonald,H. Rider Haggard,William Hope Hodgson,Charlotte Perkins Gilman,Hugh Benson,David Lindsay,Abraham Merritt
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  • Publisher : e-artnow
  • Book Code : 8026896947
  • Total of Pages : 4304
  • Category : Fiction
  • Members : 924
  • Pdf File: the-greatest-sci-fi-classics.pdf

Book Short Summary:

This meticulously edited Sci-Fi Collection is formatted for your eReader with a functional and detailed table of contents: Jules Verne: Journey to the Center of the Earth Twenty Thousand Leagues under the Sea H. G. Wells: The Time Machine The War of The Worlds Mary Shelley: Frankenstein Arthur Conan Doyle: The Lost World Edgar Allan Poe: A Descent into the Maelstrom The Conversation of Eiros and Charmion Mark Twain: A Connecticut Yankee in King Arthur's Court Edward Bulwer-Lytton: The Coming Race Edwin A. Abbott: Flatland Jack London: Iron Heel Edward Bellamy: Looking Backward: 2000–1887 Robert Louis Stevenson: The Strange Case of Doctor Jekyll and Mr Hyde George MacDonald: Lilith H. Rider Haggard: King Solomon's Mines William Hope Hodgson: The Night Land Charlotte Perkins Gilman: Herland Hugh Benson: Lord of the World David Lindsay: A Voyage to Arcturus Abraham Merritt: The Moon Pool The Metal Monster

100 Must-read Fantasy Novels

By Nick Rennison,Stephen E. Andrews
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  • Publisher : Bloomsbury Publishing
  • Book Code : 1408114887
  • Total of Pages : 208
  • Category : Language Arts & Disciplines
  • Members : 498
  • Pdf File: 100-must-read-fantasy-novels.pdf

Book Short Summary:

Fantasy is one of the most visible genres in popular culture - we see the creation of magical and imagined worlds and characters in every type of media, with very strong fan bases in tow. This latest guide in the successful Bloomsbury Must-Read series covers work from a wide range of authors: Tolkien, Philip Pullman, Terry Pratchett, Michael Moorcock, Rudyard Kipling and C.S Lewis to very contemporary writers such as Garth Nix and Steven Erikson. If you want to expand your range of reading or deepen your understanding of this genre, this is the best place to start.

Christian Fantasy

By Colin N. Manlove
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  • Publisher : Springer
  • Book Code : 1349125709
  • Total of Pages : 356
  • Category : Religion
  • Members : 426
  • Pdf File: christian-fantasy.pdf

Book Short Summary:

This is the first account of invented stories involving the Christian supernatural. In their development a central concern is found to be the fantasy-making human imagination itself, at first seen as a obstacle to Christian purpose, but more recently given freer rein.