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The Farthest Shore

By Ursula K. Le Guin
  • ISBN Code: : 1442480831
  • Publisher : Simon and Schuster
  • Pages : 288
  • Category : Young Adult Fiction
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The National Book Award–winning third novel in the renowned Earthsea series from Ursula K. LeGuin. In this third book in the Earthsea series, darkness threatens to overtake Earthsea: The world and its wizards are losing their magic. But Ged Sparrohawk—Archmage, wizard, and dragonlord—is determined to discover the source of this devastating loss. Aided by Enlad’s young Prince Arren, Ged embarks on a treacherous journey that will test their strength and will. Because to restore magic, the two warriors must venture to the farthest reaches of their world—and even beyond the realm of death. With millions of copies sold worldwide, Ursula K. Le Guin’s Earthsea Cycle has earned a treasured place on the shelves of fantasy lovers everywhere, alongside the works of such beloved authors as J.R.R. Tolkien and C.S. Lewis.

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  • Pdf File: in-the-mirror-of-the-past.pdf

Book Short Summary:

These days, we are ever more often confronted by overwhelming events. Searching for a way to understand them, we turn to mythic archetypes still present in our culture. The authors of these essays pose questions about the reliability of the archetypes found in tradition, history, and scattered mythologemes. The essays in this collection deal with the presence of mythic time in modern speculative fiction, such as fantasy and alternate histories, and discuss major mythologemes and their functions in popular literature and extra-literary reality. The authors show how mythopoeic fiction becomes a (genetically) modified mythic mirror in which we hope to see answers to vexing questions, or just a reality superior to the ordinary one. In the Mirror of the Past: Of Fantasy and History is a collection of seven essays by American and Polish authors, including Brian Attebery, Terri Doughty, and Marek Oziewicz, with Mircea Eliade’s concept of “return from history to History” as their underlying theme.

Get Up and Go!

By Tom Sikes
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  • Publisher : iUniverse
  • Book Code : 149176645X
  • Total of Pages : 204
  • Category : Religion
  • Members : 438
  • Pdf File: get-up-and-go.pdf

Book Short Summary:

Get Up and Go!—Devotionals for Mission offers itself to the reader as a companion for the journey that follows Jesus into mission in daily life. Tom Sikes, author and pastor, presents brief devotions, where each reflection builds upon the foundation of a passage from the Bible and leads to a prayer. Get Up and Go! groups its devotions into two sections: “Get Up and Go with Jesus” and “Get Up and Go with the Disciples.” Within these two sections, individual devotions embrace a variety of topics with titles like “Mission Possible,” “The Swoosh,” “Feeling Small,” “Man Cave,” “We’ve Got Spirit,” and “Get the Bagpiper.” One final section, “Get Up and Go with Us,” presents a short compendium of suggestions for sources of inspiration for growth in one’s discipleship. You may have recollections of hearing and reading Bible stories and finding yourself wondering how the followers of Jesus made such drastic changes in their lives and set out with such fervor to carry out his mission. If you do, then Get Up and Go!—Devotionals for Mission will serve as your devotional guide for returning to Jesus and his disciples for inspiration and for answering his call to get up and go out into the world—to carry out his mission and share the good news.

Dancing the Tao

By Sandra J. Lindow
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  • Publisher : Cambridge Scholars Publishing
  • Book Code : 1443843024
  • Total of Pages : 285
  • Category : Fiction
  • Members : 103
  • Pdf File: dancing-the-tao.pdf

Book Short Summary:

Dancing the Tao: Le Guin and Moral Development takes an original approach to Ursula K. Le Guin’s work – speculative fiction, poetry and children’s literature – by considering her Taoist upbringing and then looking through the lens of moral development theorists such as Carol Gilligan and Mary Field Belenky, and psychologists such as Lenore Terr and Jennifer J. Freyd. It is the most comprehensive approach to Le Guin’s moral thinking to date. A particular emphasis is put on Le Guin’s depiction of physical and sexual child abuse and its long term aftereffects such as post traumatic stress disorder. The focus throughout the book is on how morality develops through self-awareness and voice, how moral decisions are made and how Le Guin challenges readers to reconsider their own moral thinking. This book covers all of Le Guin’s major works such as The Left Hand of Darkness, The Dispossessed, the Earthsea Series, Always Coming Home, The Telling and Lavinia, and it also looks in depth at work that is rarely discussed such as Le Guin’s early work, her poetry, and her picture books.

On the Shores of the Great Sea

By M. B. Synge
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  • Publisher : Ozymandias Press
  • Book Code : 1531262996
  • Total of Pages : 175
  • Category : History
  • Members : 484
  • Pdf File: on-the-shores-of-the-great-sea.pdf

Book Short Summary:

It is strange to think of a very old world, when men knew nothing of the great salt sea that washed their shores, and nothing of the wonderful lands, that lay beyond. Each day the sun rose and set as it does to-day, but they did not know the reason why: the rivers flowed through the land, but they did not know whence they came, or whither they went.

I Dream of A'maresh

By Allen Frank McNair
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  • Publisher : AuthorHouse
  • Book Code : 1496957466
  • Total of Pages : 224
  • Category : Fiction
  • Members : 974
  • Pdf File: i-dream-of-a-maresh.pdf

Book Short Summary:

This is my story of the lovely A’maresh. She comes to our world from the farthest shore of the celestial sea through an accident in space. She has extraordinary powers that she uses to serve our race as one of the village seers. She meets and falls in love with a man from our planet, Man Do Lin. Many are the adventures that they share. They marry and have a daughter, As’gareth, whom they raise to young adulthood. Through a great sacrifice, A’maresh saves As’gareth from the harm of Pan Do Rae, the evil village seer. There are people of wisdom who masquerade as good but actually harbor thoughts to rule rather than serve others who do not have their mental powers. You will no doubt cheer the good people and pity the evil ones. This is a book of science fiction written as an epic poem.

Of Modern Dragons

By John Lennard
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  • Publisher : Humanities-Ebooks
  • Book Code : 1847602916
  • Total of Pages :
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  • Members : 303
  • Pdf File: of-modern-dragons.pdf

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Legends

By Robert Silverberg
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  • Publisher : Tor Books
  • Book Code : 1429966572
  • Total of Pages : 720
  • Category : Fiction
  • Members : 219
  • Pdf File: legends.pdf

Book Short Summary:

Acclaimed writer and editor Robert Silverberg gathered eleven of the finest writers in Fantasy to contribute to this collection of short novels. Each of the writers was asked to write a new story based on one of his or her most famous series: from Stephen King's opening piece set in his popular Gunslinger universe to Robert Jordan's early look at his famed Wheel of Time saga, these stories are exceptionally well written and universally well told. The authors include King, Jordan, and Silverberg himself, as well as Terry and Lyn Pratchett, Terry Goodkind, Orson Scott Card, Ursula K. Le Guin, Tad Williams, George R.R. Martin, Anne McCaffrey, and Raymond E. Feist. At the Publisher's request, this title is being sold without Digital Rights Management Software (DRM) applied.