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The Black Marble

By Joseph Wambaugh
  • ISBN Code: : 1453228128
  • Publisher : Open Road Media
  • Pages : 416
  • Category : Fiction
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Two LAPD cops stumble into trouble during a search for a kidnapped dog in this “superb” New York Times bestseller from the author of Hollywood Station (St. Louis Post-Dispatch). Russian-American detective A. A. Valnikov is a burned-out homicide detective who gets teamed with Natalie Zimmerman, twice-divorced with a grudge against men. These unlikely partners are assigned the strange case of a stolen show dog being held for ransom. In this bittersweet tale that the Los Angeles Times called “terrifying and romantic,” the partners will find much more than they ever could have imagined. Cosmopolitan called it “fast, colorful and gripping . . . as touching as it is breathlessly entertaining.”

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In an alternative 1919, the very air is toxic and the world lies in ruins. Zenith City, dominated by the corporation Illusion Inc., has seized control of the global economy. The Great War ended after the corporation invented Synthetic Men who defeated the enemy but went on to wipe out most of the population. After their creations murder his wife, one man swears revenge on the corporation and its CEO Ronald Pryor. With the aid of a small band of operators, including Spider Nelson and Glory McBride, Alastor—a Magician whose real name is Talbot Carruthers—wages a personal vendetta against the corporation, battling Pryor and his right-hand man Gavril Princip, while searching for the missing pages of the Book of Magik in a perilous world of flying cars and ancient sorcery.

The Black Magic MEGAPACK®

By August Derleth,Robert Bloch
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  • Publisher : Wildside Press LLC
  • Book Code : 147944412X
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  • Category : Fiction
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Light a candle, draw a protective circle, and chant your prayers because you’re about to encounter tales of the occult and supernatural, all with a decidedly dark turn. Ancient curses, tribal rites, the horrors of the crucifixion -- even Old Scratch himself makes an appearance! Assembled in this volume of classic tales by 19th and 20th Century masters are: THE SUICIDE IN THE STUDY, by Robert Bloch THE GOLGOTHA DANCERS, by Manly Wade Wellman POLLOCK AND THE PORROH MAN, by H.G. Wells THE RED ROSARIE, by William J. Wintle SATAN’S BONDAGE: A WEREWOLF WESTERN, by Manly Banister THE LEGEND OF MARK SHAYNE, by John York Cabot THE ETERNAL PRIESTESS, by Harold Lawlor THE CREEPER IN DARKNESS, by Frank Belknap Long ANYTHING, by Lester del Rey WHAT THE MOON BRINGS, by George T. Wetzel THE TERRIBLE PARCHMENT, by Manly Wade Wellman THE DARK BEASTS, by Frank Belknap Long THE EYES, by Edith Wharton MYSTERIOUS MAISIE, by Wirt Gerrare THE OPEN DOOR, by Margaret Oliphant THE MOONLIT ROAD, by Ambrose Bierce NIGHT SHOULD BE BLACK, by Everil Worrell JUMBEE, by George T. Wetzel MRS. CORTER MAKES UP HER MIND, by August Derleth THE SLYPE HOUSE, by A.C. Benson If you enjoy this ebook, don't forget to search your favorite ebook store for "Wildside Press Megapack" to see more of the 350+ volumes in this series, covering adventure, historical fiction, mysteries, westerns, ghost stories, science fiction -- and much, much more!

The Black Eagle; or, Ticonderoga

By G. P. R. James
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  • Publisher : DigiCat
  • Book Code : N.a
  • Total of Pages : 361
  • Category : Fiction
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"The Black Eagle" by G. P. R. James is a novel set in the Town of Ticonderoga, New York, during the period of the French and Indian War (1754-1763). Excerpt: "Among the minor trials of faith, few, perhaps, are more difficult to contend against than that growing conviction, which, commencing very soon after the holiday happiness of youth has been first tasted, becomes stronger every year, as the experience unfolds to us the great, dark secrets of the world in which we are placed--the conviction of the general worthlessness of our fellow-men. A few splendid exceptions, a few bright and glorious spirits, a few noble and generous hearts, are not sufficient to cheer and brighten the bleak prospect of the world's unworthiness; and we can only reconcile to our minds the fact that this vast multitude of base, depraved, tricky, insincere, ungrateful beings, are the pride of God's works, the express images of his person, by a recurrence to the great fundamental doctrine of man's fallen state, and utter debasement from his original high condition, and by a painful submission to the gloomy and fearful announcement, that 'strait is the gate, and narrow is the way, and few there be that find it."

The Curse of the Black Swan

By Alyssa Day
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  • Publisher : Penguin
  • Book Code : 0451489748
  • Total of Pages : 116
  • Category : Fiction
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New York Times bestselling author Alyssa Day introduces the League of the Black Swan--and the dangerous game one woman plays when her family's curse dooms her to kill the man she loves--in this thrilling novella. A thousand years ago, Brynn Caroll's ancestor was cursed: every third night, the eldest daughter of each generation is transformed into a black swan and forced to sing songs to the moon. When she meets the love of her life and bears him a daughter, the legacy is passed on to the next generation. Intent on ending the curse once and for all, Brynn refuses to fall in love. But she never anticipated meeting Sean O'Malley--a man who is also burdened by a difficult secret--and facing temptation like never before. Previously published in Enthralled.

The People of the Black Circle

By Rovert E. Howard
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  • Publisher : Good Press
  • Book Code : N.a
  • Total of Pages : 81
  • Category : Fiction
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"The People of the Black Circle" is one of the original novellas about Conan the Cimmerian, written by American author Robert E. Howard. The story tells about pseudo-historical Hyborian Age hero Conan the Cimmerian. This time, Conan kidnaps an exotic princess from Vendhya (prehistoric India) while foiling a nefarious plot of world conquest by the Black Seers of Yimsha.

Canterbury Cathedral, Trinity Chapel

By David S. Neal,Warwick Rodwell
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  • Publisher : Oxbow Books
  • Book Code : 178925843X
  • Total of Pages : 416
  • Category : History
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Canterbury Cathedral possesses a unique marble mosaic pavement, dating from the early twelfth century, which has long intrigued scholars and been the subject of speculation and debate. It forms part of the floor of the Trinity chapel, adjacent to the site where the shrine of St Thomas Becket stood, prior to the Reformation. Since the mosaic is older than the chapel itself and partly destroyed a pavement of figurative roundels, laid c. 1215, it must have been moved here from elsewhere in the cathedral. This volume explores the history and archaeology of the Trinity chapel, the pavement and the physical remains of the cult of Becket, based largely on hitherto unrecorded and unpublished evidence. In the early twelfth century, Archbishop Anselm rebuilt the eastern arm of the cathedral, introducing architectural elements from his native Italy, and these included a magnificent mosaic pavement, composed of the most expensive marbles, which lay in front of the high altar. In 1170, Archbishop Becket was murdered in the cathedral, and his body rested overnight on the pavement before being buried in the crypt. Thomas was immediately revered as a martyr, and in 1173 was canonized by the pope; a simple shrine was erected over his tomb. In the following year, a fire (arson) destroyed the eastern arm of the cathedral, precipitating the construction of the present Trinity and Corona chapels, wherein St Thomas’s remains were enshrined. After decades of delay and political strife, the enshrinement took place in 1220, in the presence of Henry III. The shrine comprised a great marble table, supported on six clusters of columns. On top of the table was a marble sarcophagus containing the saint’s body in an iron-bound timber coffin, over which stood the sumptuous feretory, a gabled timber ‘roof’, plated with sheets of gold and adorned with jewels. East of the shrine lies the small Corona chapel in which a fragment of Becket’s skull was separately encased in a ‘head-shrine’, and to the west a large area was paved with forty-eight figurative stone roundels, created by French artisans. All around, stained-glass windows display the early miracles of Becket. The layout of the Trinity chapel underwent transmutations, first around 1230, when the mosaic pavement was taken up from the old presbytery, reduced in size and relaid in front of Becket’s shrine, where is it today. Second, the chapel was reordered in c. 1290, when the podium carrying the shrine was enlarged and the paving around it reconfigured. Medieval tombs were now being installed in the chapels, including those of the Black Prince and Henry IV. The end came in 1538, when Henry VIII ordered the thorough destruction of Becket’s shrines, but a great deal of archaeological evidence remained in the floors, walls and a few surviving fragments of the shrines, all now recorded and discussed in this volume for the first time.

The Blue Orchid, the Black Rose, and the Ayame

By Sallie Becker,Edward G. Becker
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  • Publisher : Xlibris Corporation
  • Book Code : 1483672964
  • Total of Pages : 215
  • Category : Fiction
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The Star have landed on one of the beautiful pink moons of Forest. Their arrival did not go unnoticed, as everyone in the village felt the ground shake and the windows in their homes shatter. As one of the Star arrived at the village, Sabre, Elli, and the other villagers began to flee because of the destruction taking place around them. The sage of the village challenges the Star to buy time for the villagers to leave the village. After the villagers took refuge in the woods, Sabre and Elli meet Ayami for the first time, and their journey truly begins. Join these characters as they battle horrific adversaries during their travels while attempting to change their imminent destiny.

The Routledge Companion to Epistemology

By Sven Bernecker,Duncan Pritchard
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  • Publisher : Routledge
  • Book Code : 1136882006
  • Total of Pages : 944
  • Category : Philosophy
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Epistemology, the philosophy of knowledge, is at the core of many of the central debates and issues in philosophy, interrogating the notions of truth, objectivity, trust, belief and perception. The Routledge Companion to Epistemology provides a comprehensive and the up-to-date survey of epistemology, charting its history, providing a thorough account of its key thinkers and movements, and addressing enduring questions and contemporary research in the field. Organized thematically, the Companion is divided into ten sections: Foundational Issues, The Analysis of Knowledge, The Structure of Knowledge, Kinds of Knowledge, Skepticism, Responses to Skepticism, Knowledge and Knowledge Attributions, Formal Epistemology, The History of Epistemology, and Metaepistemological Issues. Seventy-eight chapters, each between 5000 and 7000 words and written by the world’s leading epistemologists, provide students with an outstanding and accessible guide to the field. Designed to fit the most comprehensive syllabus in the discipline, this text will be an indispensible resource for anyone interested in this central area of philosophy. The Routledge Companion to Epistemology is essential reading for students of philosophy.

The Cimmerian: People of the Black Circle #3

By Sylvain Runberg
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  • Publisher : Ablaze Publishing
  • Book Code : N.a
  • Total of Pages : 20
  • Category : Comics & Graphic Novels
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Conan must battle the Black Seers of Mount Yimsha in order to save the captive Princess Yasmina. But the seers and their master are powerful wizards with dark, destructive magic at their disposal. It will take every trick in the book, and maybe a little luck, for the Cimmerian to succeed…