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Staked

By Kevin Hearne
  • ISBN Code: : 0345548523
  • Publisher : Del Rey
  • Pages : 363
  • Category : Fiction
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NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLER • In the eighth book in The Iron Druid Chronicles, two-thousand-year-old Druid Atticus O’Sullivan faces the clan of vampires who have been bent on destroying him—including Leif, his former best friend turned enemy. When a Druid lives as long as Atticus does, he’s bound to run afoul of a few vampires—make that legions of them. Even his former friend and legal counsel turned out to be a bloodsucking backstabber. Now the toothy troublemakers—led by power-mad pain-in-the-neck Theophilus—are no longer content to live undead and let live. Atticus needs to make a point—and drive it into a vampire’s heart. As always, Atticus wouldn’t mind a little backup. But his allies have problems of their own. Ornery archdruid Owen Kennedy is having a wee bit of troll trouble: Turns out when you stiff a troll, it’s not water under the bridge. Meanwhile, Granuaile is desperate to free herself of the Norse god Loki’s mark and elude his powers of divination—a quest that will bring her face-to-face with several Slavic nightmares. As Atticus globe-trots to stop his vampire nemesis, the journey leads to Rome. What better place to end an immortal than the Eternal City? But poetic justice won’t come without a price: In order to defeat Theophilus, Atticus may have to lose an old friend. Don’t miss any of The Iron Druid Chronicles: HOUNDED | HEXED | HAMMERED | TRICKED | TRAPPED | HUNTED | SHATTERED | STAKED | SCOURGED | BESIEGED

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  • Pdf File: the-gollanczfest-2019-ebook-sampler.pdf

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As part of this year's GollanczFest, we are thrilled to offer a bumper eBook featuring samples of books from authors we have published in 2019, or who are appearing at the festival. Filled to the brim with fantasy, science fiction and horror content, get your copy now and take a dip. You'll find extracts from genre heavyweights, award-winning novels, and exciting debuts; encounter dragons, spaceships, aliens and wizards; and, with the turn of every page, you'll discover brave new worlds. Contains extracts from: Revenger - Alastair Reynolds The Girl King - Mimi Yu Dragon Heart - Peter Higgins Master of Sorrows - Justin Travers Call One Way - SJ Morden Ancestral Night - Elizabeth Bear The Belles - Dhonielle Clayton From Darkest Skies - Sam Peters Luna - Ian McDonald Seventh Decimate - Stephen Donaldson Planetfall - Emma Newman Seven Blades in Black - Sam Sykes Smoke in the Glass - Chris Humphreys Slave to Sensation - Nalini Singh Rivers of London - Ben Aaronovitch Blackwing - Ed McDonald Stranger of Tempest - Tom Lloyd Twelve Kings - Bradley Beaulieu Episodes - Christopher Priest Empire of Silence - Christopher Ruocchio Shadows of the Short Days - Alexander Dan Vilhjalmsson The House of Shattered Wings - Aliette de Bodard Sanctuary - V V James We are the Dead - Mike Shackle Angel Mage - Garth Nix Cold Iron - Miles Cameron The Song of the Sycamore - Edward Cox The Blade itself - Joe Abercrombie World Engines - Stephen Baxter A Quick Bite - Lynsay Sands Steel Crow Saga - Paul Krueger Full Throttle - Joe Hill The Last Namsara - Kristen Ciccarelli The Gospel of Loki - Joanne M Harris The Switch - Justina Robson By the Pricking of Her Thumb - Adam Roberts The Promise of the Child - Tom Toner Swet Dreams - Tricia Sullivan Little Eve - Catriona Ward The Quanderhorn Xperimentations -Rob Grant & Andrew Marshall Fools - Pat Cadigan Swordspoint - Ellen Kushner The Ember Blade - Chris Wooding Seven Devils - Laura Lam & Elizabeth May

Oxford Companion to World Mythology

By David Leeming
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  • Publisher : Oxford University Press
  • Book Code : 0190288884
  • Total of Pages : 520
  • Category : Social Science
  • Members : 747
  • Pdf File: oxford-companion-to-world-mythology.pdf

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Cave paintings at Lascaux, France and Altamira, Spain, fraught with expression thousands of years later; point to an early human desire to form a cultural identity. In the Oxford Companion to World Mythology, David Leeming explores the role of mythology, or myth-logic, in history and determines that the dreams of specific cultures add up to a larger collective story of humanity. Stopping short of attempting to be all-inclusive, this fascinating volume will nonetheless be comprehensive, opening with an introduction exploring the nature and dimensions of myth and proposing a definition as a universal language. Briefly dipping into the ways our understanding of myth has changed from Aristotle and Plato to modern scholars such as Joseph Campbell, the introduction loosely places the concept in its present context and precedes articles on influential mythologists and mythological approaches that appear later in the Companion. The main body of Leeming's work consists of A-Z entries covering all aspects of mythology, including substantial essays on the world's major mythological traditions (Greek, Native American, Indian, Japanese, Sumerian, Egyptian), mythological types and motifs (Descent to the Underworld, the Hero, the Trickster, Creation, the Quest), mythological figures (Odysseus, Zeus, Osiris, Spider Woman, and Inanna) as well as numerous interrelated subjects such as fairly tales and legends. The Companion also locates myth in our lives today, relating it to language patterns, psychology, religion, politics, art, and gender attitudes. Many of the better-known and more significant myths are vividly retold in this volume that will be illustrated with maps, more than 70 black and white images, and eight pages of color highlighting the central role art has often played in the transmission and perpetuation of myth. Following the entries, a rich section of appendices will include family trees of the major pantheons, equivalency charts for the gods of Greece and Rome, Babylon and Sumer, as well as other traditions, an extensive bibliography, and an index.

Children's Stories from the Northern Legends - Illustrated by Harry G. Theaker

By M. Dorothy Belgrave
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  • Publisher : Read Books Ltd
  • Book Code : 144654849X
  • Total of Pages : 178
  • Category : Juvenile Fiction
  • Members : 248
  • Pdf File: children-s-stories-from-the-northern-legends-illustrated.pdf

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‘you will be held entranced by the adventures of charming Aslaug, you will revel in Baldur the Beautiful, and marvel at the wisdom of Odin... And can any fairy story or wild romance equal the adventures of Frithiof, or the beauty of Undine the water nymph? Read and judge for yourself' This collection, Children’s Stories from the Northern Legends, by M. Dorothy Belgrave and Hilda Hart, and edited by Capt. E Vredenburg – contains twelve full-colour plates by Harry G. Theaker, as well as black-and-white illustrations throughout. It includes tales of the Norse Gods and heroes, including ‘Asgard and Its King’, ‘Freyja’s Necklace’, ‘The Doom of Loki and his Children’, ‘The Sword of the Volsungs’ ‘Ragnar and Aslayg’ and the Vengeance of Ivar’. Presented alongside the text, Theaker’s enchanting creations serve to further refine and enhance the classic Nordic storytelling – making this a book to be enjoyed and appreciated, both for its folkloric, and artistic merits. Pook Press celebrates the great 'Golden Age of Illustration' in children's classics and fairy tales - a period of unparalleled excellence in book illustration. We publish rare and vintage Golden Age illustrated books, in high-quality colour editions, so that the masterful artwork and story-telling can continue to delight both young and old.

Mastermind

By Jerry Moffatt
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  • Publisher : Vertebrate Publishing
  • Book Code : 1839811714
  • Total of Pages : 288
  • Category : Sports & Recreation
  • Members : 357
  • Pdf File: mastermind.pdf

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‘The brain is the most important muscle for climbing.’ – Wolfgang Güllich Mastermind by climbing legend Jerry Moffatt is a guide to mental training for climbers. Drawing on his own personal experiences, as well as inspiring stories from the current elite of the sport including Alex Megos, Adam Ondra, Alex Honnold and Barbara Zangerl, Jerry invites climbers and other sportspeople to explore and maximise their mental potential. Broken down into easy-to-read sections, including Mind Control, Self Image and Visualisation, Mastermind will help you utilise the power of your mind to make the most of your existing strength, technique and ability so that you can perform under pressure – not just in climbing, but in all sport.

Trapped

By Pippa DaCosta
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  • Publisher : Pippa DaCosta
  • Book Code : N.a
  • Total of Pages : 177
  • Category : Fiction
  • Members : 189
  • Pdf File: trapped.pdf

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"When are you going to stop running, Caleb?" Taking the synth to the casino capital of the nine systems seemed like a great idea at the time, but as Caleb Shepperd's many enemies close in, he only has one way out. He must betray #1001. Caleb can't make the same mistake twice. Can he? #1001 has a price on her head. The Fenrir Nine and Chitec will stop at nothing to secure her secrets. The very same secrets that riddle her synthetic mind with faults. Her systems are failing. And the one man she's come to trust may prove to be her enemy. The sizzling, fast-paced, and action packed science-fiction continues in Trapped. Reading order: 1: Betrayal 2: Escape 3: Trapped 4: Trust WARNING: 18+ only. Genre: Science fiction, space opera.

The Head of Mimir

By Richard Lee Byers
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  • Publisher : Simon and Schuster
  • Book Code : 1839080558
  • Total of Pages : 352
  • Category : Fiction
  • Members : 442
  • Pdf File: the-head-of-mimir.pdf

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The young Heimdall must undertake a mighty quest to save Odin – and all of Asgard – in the first heroic fantasy novel set in Marvel’s incredible Legends of Asgard It is a dark time for Asgard. The All-Father is trapped in a bewitched Odinsleep, inspiring an all-out assault from the Frost Giants. They evade the gods’ defenses with uncommon ease, as if guided by augury. Heimdall, a quick-witted young warrior still finding his place amongst Asgard’s defenders, believes it no coincidence that Odin lies enchanted and that the Giants are so well-informed. Sneaking into Odin’s inner chambers, he discovers that the severed head of Mimir, a great source of wisdom, is missing. Accompanied by his sister, Lady Sif, Heimdall must quest across the Nine Realms to retrieve it, lest mighty Asgard fall.

US Navy Frigates of the Cold War

By Mark Stille
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  • Publisher : Bloomsbury Publishing
  • Book Code : 1472840526
  • Total of Pages : 48
  • Category : History
  • Members : 729
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Though they were never the most glamorous of warships, found US Navy frigates were frequently found on the frontlines of the Cold War at sea. These warships were the descendants of World War II's destroyer escorts, designed primarily to escort convoys. They specialized in anti-submarine warfare, but were intended to be numerous, tough, versatile, and well-armed enough to show US naval power around the world, performing roles that varied from intercepting drug-smugglers to defending aircraft carriers. When the Cold War turned hot, frigates were often there. It was a US Navy frigate, Harold E. Holt, that conducted the US Navy's first hostile boarding action since 1826 during the SS Mayaguez incident. Frigates were at the forefront of operations in the Persian Gulf during the Tanker War, with the frigate USS Stark suffering a notorious Exocet attack by Iraqi warplanes, and proving the Oliver Hazard Perry-class's legendary toughness. This book explains how the technology and design of frigates changed during the Cold War, how the classes were modified to keep up to date, and explores the many varied missions they performed during the Cold War and since.

The Symbolism of Freemasonry

By A.G. Mackey
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  • Publisher : Рипол Классик
  • Book Code : 5873859035
  • Total of Pages : 362
  • Category : History
  • Members : 979
  • Pdf File: the-symbolism-of-freemasonry.pdf

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Illustrating and explaining Its Science and Philosophy, its Legends, Myths, and Symbols

The Gospel of Loki

By Joanne M Harris
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  • Publisher : Gollancz
  • Book Code : 1473202388
  • Total of Pages : 320
  • Category : Fiction
  • Members : 452
  • Pdf File: the-gospel-of-loki.pdf

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The novel is a brilliant first-person narrative of the rise and fall of the Norse gods - retold from the point of view of the world's ultimate trickster, Loki. It tells the story of Loki's recruitment from the underworld of Chaos, his many exploits on behalf of his one-eyed master, Odin, through to his eventual betrayal of the gods and the fall of Asgard itself. Using her life-long passion for the Norse myths, Joanne Harris has created a vibrant and powerful fantasy novel.

Revolt Against the Modern World

By Julius Evola
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  • Publisher : Simon and Schuster
  • Book Code : 1620558548
  • Total of Pages : 412
  • Category : Body, Mind & Spirit
  • Members : 800
  • Pdf File: revolt-against-the-modern-world.pdf

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With unflinching gaze and uncompromising intensity Julius Evola analyzes the spiritual and cultural malaise at the heart of Western civilization and all that passes for progress in the modern world. As a gadfly, Evola spares no one and nothing in his survey of what we have lost and where we are headed. At turns prophetic and provocative, Revolt against the Modern World outlines a profound metaphysics of history and demonstrates how and why we have lost contact with the transcendent dimension of being. The revolt advocated by Evola does not resemble the familiar protests of either liberals or conservatives. His criticisms are not limited to exposing the mindless nature of consumerism, the march of progress, the rise of technocracy, or the dominance of unalloyed individualism, although these and other subjects come under his scrutiny. Rather, he attempts to trace in space and time the remote causes and processes that have exercised corrosive influence on what he considers to be the higher values, ideals, beliefs, and codes of conduct--the world of Tradition--that are at the foundation of Western civilization and described in the myths and sacred literature of the Indo‑Europeans. Agreeing with the Hindu philosophers that history is the movement of huge cycles and that we are now in the Kali Yuga, the age of dissolution and decadence, Evola finds revolt to be the only logical response for those who oppose the materialism and ritualized meaninglessness of life in the twentieth century. Through a sweeping study of the structures, myths, beliefs, and spiritual traditions of the major Western civilizations, the author compares the characteristics of the modern world with those of traditional societies. The domains explored include politics, law, the rise and fall of empires, the history of the Church, the doctrine of the two natures, life and death, social institutions and the caste system, the limits of racial theories, capitalism and communism, relations between the sexes, and the meaning of warriorhood. At every turn Evola challenges the reader’s most cherished assumptions about fundamental aspects of modern life. A controversial scholar, philosopher, and social thinker, JULIUS EVOLA (1898-1974) has only recently become known to more than a handful of English‑speaking readers. An authority on the world’s esoteric traditions, Evola wrote extensively on ancient civilizations and the world of Tradition in both East and West. Other books by Evola published by Inner Traditions include Eros and the Mysteries of Love, The Yoga of Power, The Hermetic Tradition, and The Doctrine of Awakening.