“Ranging from South Korea to South Africa, Anthony Doerr brilliantly conjures the landscape of memory” (The Boston Globe) in Memory Wall.
In the luminous and beautiful title story, winner of a 2010 National Magazine Award, a young boy from South Africa comes to possess an old woman’s secret, a piece of the past with the power to redeem a life. In “River Nemunas”, a teenage orphan moves from Kansas to Lithuania to love with her grandfather and discovers a world in which myth becomes real. “Village 113”, winner of an O. Henry Prize, is about the building of the Three Gorges Dam and the seed keeper who guards the history of a village soon to be submerged. And in “Afterworld”, the radiant, cathartic final story, a woman who escaped the Holocaust is haunted by visions of her childhood friends in Germany, yet finds solace in the tender ministration of her grandson.
Every story in Memory Wall is a reminder of the grandeur of life – Doerr “lingers wonderfully over the details of individual lives and suggests the enormity of those billion things contained therein – mysterious, mournful, and lovely as they are” (San Fransisco Chronicle).
Jill Myles - Succubus, Interrupted
Remy's a carefree, easygoing immortal... with a secret. She made a deal with her masters - in exchange for a hundred years of freedom, she'd give them a hundred years of servitude. Pretty sweet deal... until it's time to pay up. Now, she's about to become enslaved again, and it's up to Jackie to step in and save the day. But will Zane help her? Or will he be happier without Remy at Jackie's side?
Jill Myles - Zombie Fairy Tales
Collected here are 7 short, slightly twisted fairy tales retold from a zombie perspective. What if Cinderella had been undead when she went to the ball? What if Little Red Riding Hood went to Grandma's house to eat her? Included are: Zombie Cinderella Beauty & The Zom-Beast Sleeping Zom-Beauty Little Red Rotting Hood The Princess and the Zomb-Pea Moldy-locks and the Three Bears Rapunzombel
Caroline Crayle - Jill Myles - Meljean Brook - Wild and Steamy
Three all-new novellas of the supernatural and steampunk kind... "THE BLUSHING BOUNDER" by Meljean Brook A Tale of the Iron Seas - While the search for a killer puts Constable Newberry’s life in danger, he faces a danger of another kind: to his heart, by the woman forced to marry him. What will it take for this prudish bounder to convince his wife to stay? (13K words) "VIXEN" by Jill Myles Miko’s denied her were-fox nature for far too long and turned her back on her vixen heritage. But when she meets two very sexy cat-shifters, she has to decide if she truly wants to give up on her frisky side, or embrace it. Because the were-fox in her doesn’t want to choose between both men…it wants them both. (15K words) "KITTEN-TIGER & THE MONK" by Carolyn Crane A Disillusionists Novella - Sophia Sidway, Midcity’s most dangerous memory revisionist, seeks out the mysterious Monk in the wasteland beneath the Tangle turnpike, hoping for redemption…but it turns out that the Monk is not all that pious, and the turnpike is no turnpike at all. (20K words)
Julia Quinn - Suzanne Enoch - Karen Hawkins - Mia Ryan - Lady Whistledown Strikes Back
Who Stole Lady Neeley’s Bracelet? Was it the fortune hunter, the gambler, the servant, or the rogue? All of London is abuzz with speculation, but it is clear that one of four couples is connected to the crime. Lady Whistledown's Society Papers, May 1816 Julia Quinn enchants: A dashing fortune hunter is captivated by the Season's most desired debutante...and must prove he is out to steal the lady's heart, not her dowry. Suzanne Enoch tantalizes: An innocent miss who has spent her life scrupulously avoiding scandal is suddenly -- and secretly -- courted by London's most notorious rogue. Karen Hawkins seduces: A roving viscount comes home to rekindle the passionate fires of his marriage...only to discover that his beautiful, headstrong bride will not be so easily won. Mia Ryan delights: A lovely, free-spirited servant is dazzled by the romantic attentions of a charming earl...sparking a scandalous affair that could ruin them both. You'll hear it first from Lady Whistledown
Julia Quinn - Suzanne Enoch - Karen Hawkins - Mia Ryan - The Further Observations of Lady Whistledown
Lady Whistledown Tells All! Society is abuzz when the Season's most promising debutante is jilted by her intended -- only to be swept away by the deceitful rogue's dashing older brother -- in New York Times bestseller Julia Quinn's witty, charming, and heartfelt tale. When the scandalous actions of his beautiful fiancée are recorded in Lady Whistledown's column, a concerned groom-to-be rushes back to London to win his lady's heart once and forever, in Suzanne Enoch's enchanting romantic gem. Karen Hawkins captivates with an enduring story of a handsome rogue whose lifelong friendship -- and his heart -- are tested when the lovely lady in question sets her cap for someone else. A dazzling and delightful tale by Mia Ryan has a young woman cast out of her home by an insufferable yet charming marquis -- who intends to take possession not only of the house ... but its former occupant as well!
Eli Easton - Blame It On The Mistletoe
When physics grad student Fielding Monroe and skirt-chaser and football player Mick Colman become college housemates, they’re both in for a whole new education. Mick looks out for the absent-minded genius, and he helps Fielding clean up his appearance and discover all the silly pleasures his strict upbringing as a child prodigy denied him. They become best friends. It’s all well and good until they run into a cheerleader who calls Mick the ‘best kisser on campus.’ Fielding has never been kissed, and he decides Mick and only Mick can teach him how it’s done. After all, the physics department’s Christmas party is coming up with its dreaded mistletoe. Fielding wants to impress his peers and look cool for once in his life. The thing about Fielding is, once he locks onto an idea, it’s almost impossible to get him to change his mind. And he just doesn't understand why his straight best friend would have a problem providing a little demonstration. Mick knows kissing is a dangerous game. If he gives in, it would take a miracle for the thing not to turn into a disaster. Then again, if the kissing lessons get out of hand they can always blame it on the mistletoe.
Aimee Bender - Willful Creatures
Aimee Bender’s Willful Creatures conjures a fantastical world in which authentic love blooms. This is a place where a boy with keys for fingers is a hero, a woman’s children are potatoes, and a little boy with an iron for a head is born to a family of pumpkin heads. With her singular mix of surrealism, musical prose, and keenly felt emotion, Bender once again proves herself to be a masterful chronicler of the human condition.
Edgar Allan Poe - Great Tales and Poems
Born to an unfortunate heritage, orphaned, unsympathetically raised, and then abandoned, Edgar Allan Poe struggled for greatness in an adverse social and economic climate -- a setting not improved by his fiery temperament and caustic criticism of others. Poe's melancholy brilliance, his passionate lyricism, and his tormented soul would make him one of the most widely read and original writers in American literature. Here, in one volume, are his classic short works: masterpieces of horror, terror, humor, and adventure -- and the finest lyric and narrative poetry of this ill-fated genius whose influence on both prose and verse continues to this day. Pocket Books' Enriched Classics present the great works of world literature enhanced for the contemporary reader. This edition of Great Tales And Poems Of Edgar Allan Poe contains the original Pocket Books introduction, first published in 1951, along with an updated selection of critical excerpts, and suggestions for further readings.
Ismeretlen szerző - Conjunctions 39
For perhaps two decades, a small group of writers rooted in the genres of science fiction, fantasy and horror have been simultaneously exploring and erasing the boundaries of those genres by creating fiction of remarkable depth and power. Their connections to the genres they have been radically redefining have, for many of these writers, limited the appreciation of their accomplishments to a specialized readership. For example, though John Crowley and Jonathan Carroll have massive underground reputations, and Peter Straub has written two books with Stephen King and other bestselling novels such as "Ghost Story, Koko, " and "The Throat," many if not most readers of "Conjunctions" will be unfamiliar with their work. In this haunting and beautiful collection of tales, Crowley, Carroll and Straub join Elizabeth Hand, China Mieville, M. John Harrison, Neil Gaiman and Kelly Link to demonstrate precisely how science fiction, fantasy and horror have been unobtrusively colonizing serious literature during the past 20 years. As an added bonus, science fiction and fantasy experts Gary K. Wolfe and John Clute offer a critical perspective and explain everything in sight. With original cover art by master cartoonist Gahan Wilson.
Michael Swanwick - The Dog Said Bow-Wow
Science fiction and fantasy's most adept short-story author reinvents some classic themes in an engaging collection that includes three of his Hugo award–winning stories. These smart expansions of traditional themes summon dinosaurs, dragons, peril in space, myths, faeries, and time travel, each undergoing artful alchemy to create serious genre literature that is playful, original, and clever. Comprising 16 imaginative and mischievous adventures, including the previously unpublished novelette, The Skysailor's Tale, this adroit gathering makes a collection to truly revel in.
Tammy Falkner - Just Jelly Beans and Jealousy
Sean has been in love with Lacey for as long as he can remember, but she has pushed him firmly into the friend zone and plans to keep him there. Or so he thinks. Lacey did put Sean in the friend zone, but now she's ready for more. Only he won't make a move. Lacey enters a contest in which a kiss from her will be the prize. Can Sean win the contest? Can he win the girl? *** This is a short story. It's not a full book. It's only 7000 words, plus samples of the Reed Brothers series. ***
Charles Dickens - A sírásó / The Sexton
Részlet a könyvből: Egy ódon apátsági városban, réges-régen - olyan régen, hogy a történetnek igaznak kell lennie, mivelhogy már dédapáink is föltétlenül hittek benne - mint sekrestyés és sírásó ügyködött a temetőben valami Grub Gábor. Abból, hogy valaki sekrestyés-sírásó és állandóan a halandóság jelképei környezik, semmiképp nem következik még az, hogy neki mogorva és búskomor embernek kell lennie; a halotthordók például a világ legvidámabb fickói; én meg egyszer abban a szerencsében részesültem, hogy bizalmas viszonyban lehettem egy temetésrendezővel, aki megánéletében és hivatalán kívül olyan furcsa és tréfás kis legény volt, hogy mindig beleséülés nélkül cirpegte el - vigye el az ördög - dalát, vagy lélegzetvétel nélkül hörpintette ki egy jókora pohár tartalmát. Ám, bár ezekkel az előzményekkel ellentétben áll, mégis úgy áll a dolog, hogy Grub Gábor kaján, bakafántos, komor fráter - mogorva és magános ember vala, aki senkifiával nem társalkodott, csak önmagával és egy ócska fonottas üveggel, amely beleillett kámzsája bő, mély zsebébe - és aki minden vidám arcra, amely mellette elment, olyan mélységes sanda, gonosz és morcos pillantást vetett, hogy aki csak útjába vetődött, bajosan menekült valami rossz érzéstől.
Bret Harte - A vörösvágási idill / The Idyll of Red Gulch
Francis Bret Harte (1839-1902.) Bret Harte kalandos uton jutott az irodalomhoz. Albanyban született, de már gyermekkorában elkerült Kaliforniába, hol előbb mint tanitó, aranyásó, szedő, újságíró és pénzügyi tisztviselő működött. Első munkái a hatvanas években jelentek meg; különös feltűnést keltettek kaliforniai novellái, melyekben az aranyásók zordon és kalandos életét mutatta be. Népies rajzai, jellemképei nagy hatással voltak az európai irodalomra, így nálunk Mikszáthra. Élete végén a kaliforniai egyetem tanára lett, majd Németországban és Angliában konzulkodott. Ugyanitt halt is meg. Nevezetesebb művei: Tales of the Argonauts (Az argonauták meséi. Novellák az aranyásók életéből. Ebből való az itt közölt elbeszélés.) The Story of a Mine (Egy bánya története) Jeff Brigg's Love (J. B. szerelme) Conclensed novels (Sűrített regények; tulajdonképpen híres nagy regények rövidre fogott paródiái.) Költeményei is figyelemre méltók.
Fay Weldon - A Hard Time To Be a Father
Fay Weldon won the Silver Pen Award for her last collection of stories, Wicked Women. Here are nineteen sparkling new tales about the way we live now, as lovers, partners, children, parents. Or alone. Stories of passion, desire and necessary restraint; of the near future, the recent past; of old habits, new technology; of won't-be mothers and would-be fathers; of houses ancient and modern. Stories, in fact, to enlighten us to the true and timeless nature of the human condition, in this new age of self-knowledge.
Nisio Isin - Another Note The Los Angeles BB Murder Cases
There's a serial killer loose in Los Angeles and the local authorities need help fast. For some reason the killer has been leaving a string of maddeningly arcane clues at each crime scene. Each of these clues, it seems, is an indecipherable roadmap to the next murder. Onto the scene comes L, the mysterious super-sleuth. Despite his peculiar working habits--he's never shown his face in public, for example--he's the most decorated detective in the world and has never taken a case he hasn't been able to crack. But this time he needs help. Enlisting the services of an FBI agent named Naomi Misora, L starts snooping around the City of Angels. It soon becomes apparent that the killing spree is a psychotic riddle designed specifically to engage L in a battle of wits. Stuck in the middle between killer and investigator, it's up to Misora to navigate both the dead bodies and the egos to solve the Los Angeles BB Murder Cases.
Elizabeth Gaskell - Lizzie Leigh and Other Tales
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Catherynne M. Valente - Silently and Very Fast
Fantastist Catherynne M. Valente takes on the folklore of artificial intelligence in this brand new, original novella of technology, identity, and an uncertain mechanized future. Neva is dreaming. But she is not alone. A mysterious machine entity called Elefsis haunts her and the members of her family, back through the generations to her great-great-grandmother -- a gifted computer programmer who changed the world. Together Neva and Elefsis navigate their history and their future, an uneasy, unwilling symbiote. But what they discover in their dreamworld might change them forever... Winner of the 2012 Locus Award for Best Novella. 2011 Nebula Award Nominee for Best Novella. 2012 Hugo Award Nominee for Best Novella. 2012 Sturgeon Award Finalist. 2012 World Fantasy Award Nominee for Best Novella.
Washington Irving - The Legends of the Alhambra
"At first she touched her lute with a faltering hand, but gathering confidence and animation as she proceeded, drew forth such soft aerial harmony, that all present could scarce believe it mortal. As to the monarch, who had already considered himself in the world of spirits, he set it down for some angelic melody or the music of the spheres. By degrees the theme was varied and the voice of the minstrel accompanied the instrument. She poured forth one of the legendary ballads treating of the ancient glories of the Alhambra and the achievements of the Moors. Her whole soul entered into the theme, for with the recollections of the Alhambra was associated the story of her love. The funeral chamber resounded with the animating strain. It entered into the gloomy heart of the monarch. He raised his head and gazed around: he sat up on his couch, his eye began to kindle-at length, leaping upon the floor, he called for sword and buckler. The triumph of music, or rather of the enchanted lute, was complete: the demon of melancholy was cast forth: and, as it were, a dead man brought to life. The windows of the apartment were thrown open:the glorious efulgence of Spanish sunshine burst into the late lugubrious chamber: all eyes sought the lovely enchantress, but the lute had fallen from her hand, she had sunk upon the earth, and the next moment was clasped to the bosom of Ruyz de Alarcon..."