A picture is worth a thousand words.
A story can be worth a thousand pictures.
Each of the sixty flash stories – each only a page in length – is a glimpse into another life. Monsters and saints, homemakers and warriors, goblins and astronauts; each gives us a brief look into the things and events that make us who and what we are.
Marissa Meyer - Cinder (angol)
Prepare to see the New York Times-bestselling series like you’ve never seen it before, now with new cover art! The first book in the #1 New York Times- and USA Today-Bestselling Lunar Chronicles series by Marissa Meyer! See where the futuristic YA fairytale saga all began, with the tale of a teenage cyborg who must fight for Earth's survival against villains from outer space. "An interesting mash up of fairy tales and science fiction . . . a cross between Cinderella, Terminator, and Star Wars." ―Entertainment Weekly "Prince Charming among the cyborgs." ―The Wall Street Journal Humans and androids crowd the raucous streets of New Beijing. A deadly plague ravages the population. From space, a ruthless lunar people watch, waiting to make their move. No one knows that Earth's fate hinges on one girl. . . . Cinder, a gifted mechanic, is a cyborg. She's a second-class citizen with a mysterious past, reviled by her stepmother and blamed for her stepsister's illness. But when her life becomes intertwined with the handsome Prince Kai's, she suddenly finds herself at the center of an intergalactic struggle, and a forbidden attraction. Caught between duty and freedom, loyalty and betrayal, she must uncover secrets about her past in order to protect her world's future. With high-stakes action and a smart, resourceful heroine, Cinder is a Cinderella retelling that is at once classic and strikingly original.
Anne Rice - The Queen of the Damned
After six thousand years of horrifying stillness, Akasha, mother of all vampires and Queen of the Damned, has risen from her sleep to let loose the powers of the night But her monstrous plan for ruling the worlds of the living and the undead must be stopped before she destroys mankind. And it falls to the evil vampire Lestat to fight her all-encompassing evil - for it is he who challenged her power by waking her from sleep. 'Imaginative ... intelligently written ... This is popular fiction of the highest order' - USA Today
Marissa Meyer - Scarlet (angol)
Prepare to see the New York Times-bestselling series like you’ve never seen it before, now with new cover art! The second book in the #1 New York Times- and USA Today- Bestselling Lunar Chronicles series by Marissa Meyer! Our cyborg heroine teams up with two new characters, Scarlet and Wolf, to defend Earth against a wicked space queen. "An interesting mash up of fairy tales and science fiction . . . a cross between Cinderella, Terminator, and Star Wars."―Entertainment Weekly on the Lunar Chronicles "Prince Charming among the cyborgs." ―The Wall Street Journal on the Lunar Chronicles Cinder is back and trying to break out of prison―even though she'll be the Commonwealth's most wanted fugitive if she does―in this second installment from Marissa Meyer. Halfway around the world, Scarlet Benoit's grandmother is missing. It turns out there are many things Scarlet doesn't know about her grandmother, or the grave danger she has lived in her whole life. When Scarlet encounters Wolf, a street fighter who may have information as to her grandmother's whereabouts, she is loath to trust this stranger, but is inexplicably drawn to him, and he to her. As Scarlet and Wolf unravel one mystery, they encounter another when they meet Cinder. Now, all of them must stay one step ahead of the vicious Lunar Queen Levana. The adventure continues in this fresh fairytale retelling that combines elements of Cinderella and Little Red Riding Hood.
Marissa Meyer - Cress (angol)
Prepare to see the New York Times-bestselling series like you’ve never seen it before, now with new cover art! The third book in the #1 New York Times- and USA Today-Bestselling Lunar Chronicles series by Marissa Meyer! The evil space queen gives an imprisoned hacker orders to track down our cyborg heroine and her team of reimagined fairytale characters. Can the Rapunzel-like hacker break free and help them instead? "An interesting mash up of fairy tales and science fiction . . . a cross between Cinderella, Terminator, and Star Wars."―Entertainment Weekly on the Lunar Chronicles "Prince Charming among the cyborgs." ―The Wall Street Journal on the Lunar Chronicles Cinder and Captain Thorne are fugitives on the run, with Scarlet and Wolf in tow. Together they're plotting to overthrow Queen Levana and her army. Their best hope lies with Cress, who has been trapped on a satellite since childhood with only her netscreens as company. All that screen time has made Cress an excellent hacker; unfortunately, she's just received orders from Levana to track down Cinder and her handsome accomplice. When a daring rescue goes awry, the group is separated. Cress finally has her freedom, but it comes at a high price. Meanwhile, Queen Levana will let nothing stop her marriage to Emperor Kai. Cress, Scarlet, and Cinder may not have signed up to save the world, but they may be the only ones who can. Find out what happens in another richly imagined adventure in Marissa Meyer's world of fairytale (with characters based off of Cinderella, Little Red Riding Hood and Rapunzel), science fiction, and intergalactic intrigue.
Mark Lawrence - Tövisek Császára
A KIRÁLY, AKI MINDENKIN URALKODNI AKAR, MÉG NAGYOBB BIRODALOMRA VÁGYIK. DE EZ A BIRODALOM A PUSZTULÁS SZÉLÉN TÁNCOL… Jorg Ancrath király immár húszéves és hét ország ura. Apján ezidáig nem sikerült bosszút állnia, és az őt kínzó belső démonok egyre erősödnek. Ám legyen bármilyen gyötrelmes is az útja, ő kitartóan tör előre. Mert csakis egyfajta hatalmat érdemes birtokolni: a teljhatalmat. Jorg császár akar lenni. Ezt a méltóságot azonban karddal nem, csak szavazatokkal lehet megszerezni. És emberemlékezet óta nem jutott még többséghez senki a császárválasztó Kongresszuson, a Széthullott Birodalomnak emberemlékezet óta nincs vezetője. Jorgnak feltett szándéka, hogy változtat ezen, és szokás szerint nem válogat a módszerekben. Még több elfeledett technológiát tár fel a múltból, és nem habozik használni azokat. Csakhogy a megszerzendő birodalmat egy még nála is jobban rettegett és gyűlölt, misztikus alak fenyegeti: a Holt Király.
Ann Aguirre - Menedék
A második világégéskor születtem. Legendák szóltak egy olyan korról, amikor az emberek hosszú ideig éltek. Én dajkamesének tartottam. Az én világomban senki sem érte meg a negyven évet. Egy enklávéban éltem, ahol a legidősebb közülünk huszonöt éves volt. Némelyek azt suttogták, megváltás lenne számára a halál, de igazából csak nem akarták a saját maguk jövendőjét látni. Pikk amióta csak az eszét tudja, vadásznő szeretett volna lenni. A vadászok feladata élelmet szerezni a közösségnek a föld alatti menedéket körülölelő, életveszélyes alagútrendszerből, amelyben örök sötétség honol, miközben igyekeznek elkerülni a Korcsokat, ezeket a zombiszerű, vérszomjas szörnyetegeket. Amikor az örök kívülálló, Fakó nevű vadászt osztják be mellé társul, aki titokzatos körülmények között került az enklávéba, a lányt tiltott érzelmek kerítik hatalmukba. Fakóval hamarosan rádöbbennek, hogy a Korcsok egyre szervezettebben lépnek fel ellenük, ám az idősek nem hallgatnak figyelmeztetésükre. Megszokott kis világuk szertefoszlik, így rákényszerülnek, hogy szembenézzenek az ismeretlennel. Köszöntünk az apokalipszisben!
Ann Aguirre - Helyőrség
Sötét színek, hátborzongató történet… Ann Aguirre könyvét nem lehet letenni! - Gena Showalter, a New York Times sikerszerzője Pikk egy új világban találja magát. Míg odalent a társai felnőttként, a közösség teljes jogú tagjaként kezelték, a városkában csak egy gyerek a sok közül, akinek az iskolapadban a helye. Pikk képtelen megtagadni magát, hiába igyekszik beilleszkedni a kisváros életébe, makacssága újabb és újabb konfliktusokba sodorja. Ráadásul Fakó is hűvösen és távolságtartóan viselkedik vele, míg Kósza többet akar a puszta barátságnál. Az új környezetben a barátok egyre jobban eltávolodnak egymástól. Pikk nem tehet mást: a maga útját kell járnia, bármilyen fájdalmas és magányos legyen is az. A tanév végén Pikk őrszolgálatra jelentkezik, hogy a kiválasztottakkal együtt megvédhesse a földműveseket a korcsok egyre hevesebb és kegyetlenebb támadásaitól. Az eseménytelenül induló küldetés azonban váratlan fordulatot vesz. A városlakók által alábecsült korcsok figyelik az embereket. Terveket szőnek és várnak. El akarják pusztítani Megváltás városát, és a végső katasztrófát csak Pikk látja előre...
Jennifer L. Armentrout - Obsidian
Starting over sucks. When we moved to West Virginia right before my senior year, I’d pretty much resigned myself to thick accents, outhouses, dodgy internet access, and a whole lot of boring. Until I spotted my hot neighbor with his looming height and eerie green eyes. Things were looking up. And then he opened his mouth. Daemon is infuriating. Arrogant. Stab-worthy. We do not get along. At all. But when a stranger attacks me and Daemon literally freezes time with a wave of his hand, well, something…unexpected happens. The hot alien living next door marked me. You heard me. Alien. Turns out Daemon and his sister have a galaxy of enemies wanting to steal their abilities, and the mark he left on me has me lit up like Las Vegas strip to the bad guys. The only way I'm getting out of this alive is by sticking close to Daemon until my alien mojo fades. If I don't kill him first, that is. And then things got really bad…
Kim Newman - Andy Warhol's Dracula
1978. New York. Johnny Pop, the young-looking vampire who came to America with Coppola's film crew, finds his place in his new homeland, on his way to becoming the next Dracula. He becomes rich (creating a drug ring that sells "drac", derived from vampire blood) and socially successful (befriending many luminaries, including Andy Warhol), but risks losing it all when the many enemies he makes along the way join forces against him. The Softcover Edition is limited to 500 numbered copies.
Ramsey Campbell - The Hungry Moon
A town trapped in the grip of spreading evil. Isolated on the moors of northern England, the town of Moonwell has remained faithful to their Druid traditions and kept their old rituals alive. Right-wing evangelist Godwin Mann isn’t about to let that continue, and his intolerant brand of fundamentalism has struck a chord with the residents. But Mann goes too far when he descends into the pit where the ancient being who’s been worshipped by the Druids for centuries is said to dwell…. What emerges is no longer Mann, but a demon in Mann’s shape, and only the town’s outcasts can see that something is horribly wrong. Slowly, as the evil spreads, Moonwell becomes cut off from the rest of the world. Telephone lines become disconnected. Roads no longer lead out of town. And the monster’s power only grows…and grows.
Graham Joyce - The Silent Land
Award-winning novelist and cult favorite Graham Joyce transports readers to a mysterious world of isolation and fear with a hypnotically dark story about a young couple trapped by an avalanche in the remote French Pyrenees. . . a daring and powerful novel about love, loss, and rebirth. In the French Pyrenees, a young married couple is buried under a flash avalanche while skiing. Miraculously, Jake and Zoe dig their way out from under the snow—only to discover the world they knew has been overtaken by an eerie and absolute silence. Their hotel is devoid of another living soul. Cell phones and land lines are cut off. An evacuation as sudden and thorough as this leaves Jake and Zoe to face a terrifying situation alone. They are trapped by the storm, completely isolated, with another catastrophic avalanche threatening to bury them alive . . . again. And as the couple begin to witness unsettling events neither one can ignore, they are forced to confront a frightening truth about the silent land they now inhabit. Award-winning author Graham Joyce has written a mysterious masterpiece, a tour de force that will thrill fans of Peter Straub and the hit television show Lost.
Thomas M. Disch - The Businessman
The Businessman presents the sinister tale of Bob Glandier, a morally repulsive Twin Cities executive who murders his estranged wife and attempts to go back to business as usual, until she returns sets about arranging his divine retribution. With help from her dead mother and the ghost of poet John Berryman-thoroughly bored of suburban séances and all too eager to lend a hand-Giselle undertakes the elaborate, righteous, and wickedly amusing haunting of her husband. There is justice in the afterlife after all-at least in Minnesota.
Piers Anthony - Split Infinity
_Split Infinity_ is the first book in Piers Anthony's Apprentice Adept series. Here two worlds exist side by side: Proton and Phaze. Proton is a science fiction world, where everything works in a logical and scientific manner. Phaze is a fantasy world similar to Anthony's Xanth in that there's no such thing as science - it's all done with magic! The wild plot involves a young adventurer named Stiles who lives in Proton and learns that his "double" in Phaze has been murdered. To solve his own demise, Stiles must travel between the two realities, each abounding with the expected confusions and unexpected plot twists for which Anthony is famous. An artful blending of SF and fantasy clichés and situations, _Split Infinity_ shows Piers Anthony at the top of his ingenious game(s).
Piers Anthony - Blue Adept
In Book Two of the epic adventure that began in _Split Infinity,_ Stile discovers life on Proton and Phaze is getting more difficult. On Proton he's a serf trying to prove his right to exist by competing in the Great Games. And on Phaze, where only magic worked, he was the Blue Adept trying to master the powers of sorcery. On both worlds, someone was trying to assassinate him. And as if that weren't enough, he has to win the love of Lady Blue, fight a dragon, discover the ultimate weapon, and of course, seek out the all-powerful Citizen who was trying to kill him!
Piers Anthony - Juxtaposition
Stile had problems on two different worlds. On Proton he was threatened with murder, and on Phaze, an alternate world ruled by magic, he had to master magic, fight a dragon, win the friendship of a lady unicorn, locate his enemy among the paranoid Adepts and return out of Phaze to win the Great Games on Proton. After that, he was ready to face the real problems!
Piers Anthony - Out of Phaze
Two worlds - the scientific Proton and the magical Phaze - exist side by side. Now, Mach has crossed from Proton to Phaze, switching places with his counterpart Bane. And both must learn to survive in environments alien to their own nature.
Piers Anthony - Unicorn Point
The combined magic and technology between the parallel worlds of Phaze and Proton is not enough to save the planets from a conquering invasion. Only Mach and Bane - robot and wizard, linked between worlds - have any chance of stopping this threat.
R. A. Lafferty - Fourth Mansions
Take a trip through a near-psychedelic reality, with: Seven very special people blending to create a higher form of humanity; A laughing man living alone on a mountaintop, guarding the world; The Returnees: men who live again and again, century after century; A dog-ape "Plappergeist," who can only be seen out of the corner of one's eye; And a young man named Foley, very much like you and me, who begins to find out about the above people and things, and how they are reshaping the world!