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Science Fiction: The 100 Best Novels

By David Pringle
  • ISBN Code: : 1473208076
  • Publisher : Gateway
  • Pages : 224
  • Category : Fiction
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From one of the best-known editors in modern science fiction, this lively and authoritative guide will appeal to both newcomers and connoisseurs of the genre alike. Informative and readable, David Pringle's choices focus on landmark works by the likes of Ray Bradbury, Alfred Bester and J.G. Ballard, unearth less prominent talents such as Ian Watson, Octavia Butler and Joanna Russ, and highlight breakthrough novels by William Gibson and Philip K. Dick. An essential guide to science fiction literature.

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The Oxford Handbook of John Bunyan is the most extensive volume of original essays ever published on the seventeenth-century Nonconformist preacher and writer, John Bunyan. Its thirty-eight chapters examine Bunyan's life and works, their religious and historical contexts, and the critical reception of his writings, in particular his allegorical narrative, The Pilgrim's Progress. Interdisciplinary and comprehensive, it provides unparalleled scope and expertise, ranging from literary theory to religious history and from theology to post-colonial criticism. The Handbook is structured in four sections. The first, 'Contexts', deals with the historical Bunyan in relation to various aspects of his life, background, and work as a Nonconformist: from basic facts of biography to the nature of his church at Bedford, his theology, and the religious and political cultures of seventeenth-century Dissent. Part 2 considers Bunyan's literary output: from his earliest printed tracts to his posthumously published works. Offering discrete chapters on Bunyan's major works—Grace Abounding to the Chief of Sinners (1666), The Pilgrim's Progress, Parts I and II (1678; 1684); The Life and Death of Mr. Badman (1680), and The Holy War (1682)—this section nevertheless covers Bunyan's oeuvre in its entirety: controversial and pastoral, narrative and poetic. Section 3, 'Directions in Criticism', engages with Bunyan in literary critical terms, focusing on his employment of form and language and on theoretical approaches to his writings: from psychoanalytic to post-secular criticism. Section 4, 'Journeys', tackles some of the ways in which Bunyan's works, and especially The Pilgrim's Progress, have travelled throughout the world since the late seventeenth century, assessing Bunyan's place within key literary periods and their distinctive developments: from the eighteenth-century novel to the writing of 'empire.'

The Essential Mystery Lists

By Roger M Sobin
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  • Publisher : Poisoned Pen Press Inc
  • Book Code : 1615952039
  • Total of Pages : 592
  • Category : Reference
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Book Short Summary:

For the first time in one place, Roger M. Sobin has compiled a list of nominees and award winners of virtually every mystery award ever presented. He has also included many of the “best of” lists by more than fifty of the most important contributors to the genre.; Mr. Sobin spent more than two decades gathering the data and lists in this volume, much of that time he used to recheck the accuracy of the material he had collected. Several of the “best of” lists appear here for the first time in book form. Several others have been unavailable for a number of years.; Of special note, are Anthony Boucher’s “Best Picks for the Year.” Boucher, one of the major mystery reviewers of all time, reviewed for The San Francisco Chronicle, Ellery Queen Mystery Magazine, and The New York Times. From these resources Mr. Sobin created “Boucher’s Best” and “Important Lists to Consider,” lists that provide insight into important writing in the field from 1942 through Boucher’s death in 1968.? This is a great resource for all mystery readers and collectors.; ; Winner of the 2008 Macavity Awards for Best Mystery Nonfiction.

Beyond Testing

By Deborah Meier,Matthew Knoester
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  • Publisher : Teachers College Press
  • Book Code : 0807775843
  • Total of Pages : 144
  • Category : Education
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Book Short Summary:

The authors of this timely book argue that a fundamentally complex problem—how to assess the knowledge of a child—cannot be reduced to a simple test score. Beyond Testing describes seven forms of assessment that are more effective than standardized test results: (1) student self-assessments, (2) direct teacher observations of students and their work, (3) descriptive reviews of the child, (4) reading and math interviews with children, (5) portfolios and public defense of student work, (6) school reviews and observations by outside professionals, and (7) school boards and town meetings. These assessments are more honest about what we can and cannot know about children’s knowledge, skills, and dispositions, and are more adaptable to varying educational missions. Readers can compare and contrast each approach and make informed decisions about what is most appropriate for their school. “Many people have wondered,‘If not standardized testing, then what?’ Here are the answers.” —Diane Ravitch, New York University “This is a terrific introduction to alternatives to current assessment practices. Highly recommended!” —David C. Berliner, Regent's Professor Emeritus at Arizona State University and bestselling author “All parents, educators, and politicians need to read this book.” —Wayne Au, editor, Rethinking Schools “Beyond Testing is an outstanding book that should be employed by teachers and administrators today.” —Carl A. Grant, University of Wisconsin–Madison

The Best Paranormal Crime Stories Ever Told

By Martin H. Greenberg
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  • Publisher : Simon and Schuster
  • Book Code : 1628732431
  • Total of Pages : 512
  • Category : Fiction
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Book Short Summary:

Paranormal crime stories by bestselling fiction writers like Kelley Armstrong, Anne Perry, Simon R. Green, Patricia Briggs, and more. A massive, monumental volume of paranormal crime fiction by bestselling authors. Gripping tales of mayhem include both novellas and short stories like “Stalked by,” by Kelley Armstrong, “The Judgment” by worldwide bestselling author Anne Perry, “Appetite for Murder” by Simon R. Green, “, “Road Dogs” by Norman Partridge, “The Hex Is In” by Mike Resnick, “Doppelgangster” by Laura Resnick, the chilling “If Vanity Doesn’t Kill Me” by Michael A. Stackpole, and many, many, more. Compiled and edited by the world’s most prolific anthologist—the award-winning Martin H. Greenberg—this is the biggest paranormal crime book on the market and the ultimate collection for crime lovers, ghost hunters, and thrill seekers everywhere. Also included are multiple stories by New York Times bestselling authors. The Best Paranormal Crime Stories Ever Told is a new book in the series, which includes The Best Hunting Stories Ever Told and The Best Fishing Stories Ever Told.

Railway Reading and Late-Victorian Literary Series

By Paul Raphael Rooney
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  • Publisher : Routledge
  • Book Code : 1351965832
  • Total of Pages : 180
  • Category : Literary Criticism
  • Members : 160
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Book Short Summary:

The railway was one of the principal Victorian spaces of reading. This book spotlights one of the leading audience demographics in this late-Victorian market: the newly empowered readers of the expanding middle class. The transactions in which late-Victorian readers acquired the books read whilst travelling are reconstructed by exploring the leading determinants of consumers’ purchasing choices at the railway station bookstalls selling books intended for reading in this zone. This exploration concentrates on the impact of forces like the input of the staff running the bookstalls and the commercial environment in which consumers made their purchases. At the center of this study is a leading (and still relatively under-examined) genre of Victorian print culture circulating in this reading space― the series. Rooney examines three leading examples of late-Victorian series, which sought to satisfy railway passengers’ need for literary reading matter. Many of the period’s principal authors and literary genres featured in their lists. Each venture is representative of one of the three main pricing tiers of series publishing. Employing an eclectic methodological framework combining cultural studies and book history approaches with concepts from the new humanities, the reading experiences furnished by the light fiction of these series are reconstructed. This study reflects the recent growth in scholarship on historical readership, the expansion in the canon of Victorian popular literature, and the broader material turn in nineteenth-century studies.

Post-War British Women Novelists and the Canon

By Nick Turner
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  • Publisher : Bloomsbury Publishing
  • Book Code : 1441120947
  • Total of Pages : 202
  • Category : Literary Criticism
  • Members : 337
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Book Short Summary:

With the increasing number of books on contemporary fiction, there is a need for a work that examines whom we value, and why. These questions lie at the heart of this book which, by focusing on four novelists, literary and popular, interrogates the canon over the last fifty years. The argument unfolds to demonstrate that academic trends increasingly control canonicity, as do the demands of genre, the increasing commercialisation of literature, and the power of the literary prize. Turner argues that literary excellence, demonstrated by style and imaginative power, is often missing in many works that have become modern classics and makes a case for the value of the 'universal' in literature. Written in a jargon-free style, with reference to many supporting writers, the book raises a number of significant cultural questions about the arts, fashions and literary reputations, of interest to readers in contemporary literary studies.

The Victorian Bookshelf

By Jess Nevins
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  • Publisher : McFarland
  • Book Code : 147662433X
  • Total of Pages : 276
  • Category : Literary Criticism
  • Members : 194
  • Pdf File: the-victorian-bookshelf.pdf

Book Short Summary:

This introductory guide to the canon of Victorian literature covers 61 novels by authors from Jane Austen to Emile Zola. Brief critical essays describe what each book is about and argue for its cultural, historical and literary importance. Literary canons remain a subject of debate but critics, readers and students continue to find them useful as overviews—and examinations—of the great works within a given period or culture. The Victorian canon is particularly rich with splendid novels that educate, enlighten and entertain. Instructors considering this book for use in a course may request an examination copy here.

The Pleasures of Reading: A Booklover's Alphabet

By Catherine Sheldrick Ross
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  • Publisher : ABC-CLIO
  • Book Code : 1610694333
  • Total of Pages : 270
  • Category : Language Arts & Disciplines
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Book Short Summary:

Based on years of ground-breaking research, this book supplies a look at the unique relationship between each text and the individual reader that results in a satisfying, pleasurable, and even life-changing reading experience. • Supplies succinct, authoritative, and readable accounts on a wide range of genre literature and explains why these types of books appeal to readers • Promotes the librarian's role with readers and helps librarians design readers' advisory services to better serve readers • Offers valuable insights into readers and reading based on reading research • Includes an extensive bibliography and list of relevant titles for further reading • Provides a fascinating read for librarians, educators, and avid readers

The Ultimate Encyclopedia of Fantasy

By Tim Dedopulos,David Pringle
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  • Publisher : Welbeck Publishing Group
  • Book Code : 1802791574
  • Total of Pages : 304
  • Category : Literary Criticism
  • Members : 179
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Book Short Summary:

This essential reference book details everything the novice needs to know about the genre and everything the well-read fan is calling out for. Lavishly illustrated and expertly informed, it is edited by Tim Dedopulos and David Pringle, editor and co-founder of the internationally acclaimed Interzone magazine, and features forewords by legendary authors Terry Pratchett and Patrick Rothfuss. They have assembled a team of expert contributors to compile a visually stunning, informative and fascinating guide to the world of fantasy, from its origins and early trailblazers to the cultural phenomena of today's mega fantasy properties.

Teaching English Language and Literature 16-19

By Furzeen Ahmed,Marcello Giovanelli,Megan Mansworth,Felicity Titjen
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  • Publisher : Routledge
  • Book Code : 1000204553
  • Total of Pages : 152
  • Category : Education
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Book Short Summary:

This book offers both a scholarly and practical overview of an integrated language and literature approach in the 16-19 English classroom. Providing a comprehensive overview of the identity of the subject, it outlines the pedagogical benefits of studying a unified English at post-16 and provides case studies of innovative classroom practice across a range of topics and text types. Including contributions from practising teachers and higher education practitioners with extensive experience of the post-16 classroom and drawing on a range of literature, this book covers the teaching of topics such as: Mind style in contemporary fiction Comparative poetry analysis Insights from linguistic cohesion Criticality through creative response Written to complement the two other Teaching English 16–19 titles in the NATE series, Teaching English Language and Literature 16–19 is the ideal companion for all practising A-level English teachers, of all levels of experience.