Anna Banks - Legacy Lost
He is a mer-prince, she is the mermaid princess that his family orders him to marry so that their kingdoms unite. Grom dreads this arrangement, until he meets Nalia — both beautiful and smart, she's everything he ever wanted. But just when their connection grows deeper, tragedy strikes. Legacy Lost is a prequel story to Anna Banks' debut novel, OF POSEIDON.
Guy Cadogan Rothery - The Amazons
"The legend of the Amazons is amazingly consistent across three continents, even though actual documentary proof seems elusive. In particular, the Athenians were most insistent about the historical reality of a nation of all-women warriors; their legends described a prehistoric conflict with the Amazons as one of their finest hours. Although later the Amazons became just another map-filling imaginary creature alongside Centaurs, Cyclops, and Giants, Greek legend gives many fine-grained details about the geography, history and anthropology of the Amazon nation. It would be most interesting to see if any of these can be verified using modern techniques." (Quote from sacred-texts.com)
Colin Mochrie - Not Quite the Classics
Colin Mochrie, a man known worldwide for working without a script, has penned a collection of stories destined to make its own mark in the literary community. Borrowing from a well-known improve game, Mochrie takes the first and last lines from familiar classics and reimagines everything in between. With the same engaging humour he exhibits on stage, television, and film, he takes the reader in bizarre and hilarious new directions, using the original writer's words as a launch and landing point. Imagine A Tale of Two Cities in which Wile E. Coyote gets his revenge on the Road Runner, Dr. Seuss's The Cat in the Hat with zombies, or The Night Before Christmas with a time travelling twist. Imagine Sherlock Holmes devising a foolproof method for eliciting laughter and then taking the stage at a Victorian comedy club in Old London. This inspired collection is comical, quirky, and clever classic Mochrie.
H. R. Ellis Davidson - Gods and Myths of Northern Europe
This title surveys the pre-Christian beliefs of the Scandinavian and Germanic people. It provides an introduction to this subject, giving basic outlines to the sagas and stories, and helps identify the character traits of not only the well known but also the lesser gods of the age.
Alice Munro - Open Secrets
In these eight tales, Munro evokes the devastating power of old love suddenly recollected. She tells of vanished schoolgirls and indentured frontier brides and an eccentric recluse who, in the course of one surpassingly odd dinner party, inadvertently lands herself a wealthy suitor from exotic Australia. And Munro shows us how one woman's romantic tale of capture and escape in the high Balkans may end up inspiring another woman who is fleeing a husband and lover in present-day Canada.
Lucy Maud Montgomery - Further Chronicles of Avonlea
Nestled between the ocean and the hills of Prince Edward Island is a road that leads to the house where a girl named Anne grew up, Green Gables, and to the wonderful place called Avonlea. In this second volume of heartwarming tales a Persian cat plays an astonishing part in a marriage proposal . . . a ghostly appearance in a garden leads a woman to the fulfillment of her youthful dreams . . . a young girl risks losing her mother to find the father she never knew . . . and a foolish lie threatens to make an unattached woman the town's laughingstock when an imaginary lover comes to town for real! Filled with warmth, humor, and mystery, these unforgettable stories re-create the enchanting world of Avonlea.
Vladimir Napolskikh - Anna-Leena Siikala - Mihály Hoppál - Khanty Mythology
The Encyclopaedia of Uralic Mythologies offers a comparative base for the study of the roots and present forms of Finno-Ugrian and Samoyedic mythologies and ethnic religions. The peoples speaking the Uralic languages are indigenous peoples of Northern Eurasia in the territory extending from Fennoscandia to the Taimyr Peninsula. Along with their complicated histories and cultural differences, the Uralic groups have maintained and created original religious and mythological traditions, where traces of archaic religious systems, e.g. shamanism, animal ceremonialism and astral mythology, merged with ancient foreign influences and more recent religions. Mythology is understood in a broad sense, including not only myths proper but also information about religious beliefs, connected rituals, the sphere of magic and its specialists. The volumes offer basic information about the people in question and an overview of the history of the research. The central part of each volume is an explanatory and etymological dictionary of mythological terms for the tradition concerned. A list of literature, an index of mythical concepts and names are included in each volume. _Khanty Mythology_ is the second volume of the series. The forthcoming _Mansi_ and _Selkup_ volumes have already been completed in Russian. The editors-in-chief of the Encyclopaedia are Professor Anna-Leena Siikala (Helsinki University), Dr. Mihály Hoppál (Hungarian Academy of Sciences) and Prof. Vladimir Napolskikh (Udmurt State University).
Alice Munro - Who Do You Think You Are?
Rose and her stepmother, Flo, live in Hanratty - across the bridge from the "good" part of town. Rose, alternately fascinated and appalled by the rude energy of the people around her, grows up nursing her hope of outgrowing her humble beginnings and plotting an escape to university. Rose makes her escape and thinks herself free. But Hanratty's question - Who Do You Think You Are? - rings in her ears during her days in Vancouver, mocks her attempts to make her marriage successful, and haunts her new career. In these stories of Rose and Flo, Alice Munro explores the universal story of growing up - Rose's struggle to accept herself tells the story of our lives.
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.
David Colbert - The Magical Worlds of Harry Potter
J. K. Rowling fills her books with references to history, myths, legends and literature. _The Magical Worlds of Harry Potter_ reveals the stories behind the stories. All the questions you ever wanted to ask about Harry's fantastical world are answered here. Discover the astonishing origins of magical creatures, the clues to hidden meanings in names, and amazing facts about real-life wizards and ancient magic spells. From Alchemists to Unicorns, Basilisks to Veela, this fascinating compendium brings another dimension to Harry's adventures.
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.
Michelle Paver - Gods and Warriors
Hylas couldn't take it in... His sister was missing, his dog was dead, and he was running for his life. Hylas is scratching an existence in the mountains when he's attacked by mysterious warriors - nightmares of black rawhide armour and bronze spears, their faces smeared with ash. The black warriors want Hylas dead. He doesn't know why. He must escape and find his sister. So begins his quest across land and sea. His only friends Pirra, the rebellious daughter of the High Priestess, and a dolphin called Spirit. The black warriors are relentless. How will Hylas survive? Gods and Warriors is a breathtaking adventure series of the Greek Bronze Age: a time of chieftains, chariots and ancient magic - when the lowliest goatherd could rise to become a hero.
Ismeretlen szerző - Tales of the Cthulhu Mythos
"The oldest and strongest emotion of mankind is fear, and the oldest and strongest kind of fear is fear of the unknown." --H. P. LOVECRAFT, "Supernatural Horror in Literature" Howard Phillips Lovecraft forever changed the face of horror, fantasy, and science fiction with a remarkable series of stories as influential as the works of Poe, Tolkien, and Edgar Rice Burroughs. His chilling mythology established a gateway between the known universe and an ancient dimension of otherworldly terror, whose unspeakable denizens and monstrous landscapes -dread Cthulhu, Yog-Sothoth, the Plateau of Leng, the Mountains of Madness - have earned him a permanent place in the history of the macabre. In Tales of the Cthulhu Mythos, a pantheon of horror and fantasy's finest authors pay tribute to the master of the macabre with a collection of original stories set in the fearsome Lovecraft tradition.
Alice Munro - Too Much Happiness
Short-story collections continue to be the bane of the publishing world - as Alice Munro herself puts it in a story here, they seem to 'diminish the book's authority, making the author seem like somebody who is just hanging on to the gates of literature, rather than safely settled inside'. Well, the septuangenarian Munro is undoubtedly safely inside; widely considered among the best in the business, earlier this year she won the International Man Booker prize. This latest collection is, as you might expect from the mocking tenor of the title, largely concerned with the elusive nature of happiness, a state of mind that, amid the chaotic everyday inhabited by Munro's characters, is impossible to fathom or control. It starts horrifically, with a woman in therapy following the murder of her three children by her demented husband. Just when you think there can be no possible relief, Munro throws in a deft, final redemptive sentence that's the equivalent of opening a window on a stifling, locked-up-room. Many stories reverberate with the aftershock of some grotesque or traumatic childhood event, from the son who falls down a ravine in Deep-Holes and the consequences this has for his mother, to the woman in Child's Play who is forced to acknowledge the guilt she has refused to bear for the death of a fellow pupil at summer camp. Munro's prose is surprisingly rangy, almost giving the impression of artlessness, yet there's nothing remotely careless about these effortless composition that run so dangerously close to real life and which, like touching an electric fence, jolt you violently alive. (Claire Allfree)
Edgar Allan Poe - The Complete Tales and Poems
All of the tales by the master of the detective and the macabre story. 53 of his best-known poems plus essays and criticisms. Edgar Allan Poe self-published his first book, Tamerlane and Other Poems, in 1827. In 1830, Poe embarked on a career as a writer and began contributing reviews and essays to popular periodicals. He also wrote sketches and short fiction and in 1833 published his only completed novel, The Narrative of Arthur Gordon Pym of Nantucket. Over the next five years he established himself as a master of the short story form through the publication of "The Fall of the House of Usher," "The Masque of the Red Death," "The Tell-tale Heart" and other well-known works. In 1841, he wrote "The Murders in the Rue Morgue," generally considered the first modern detective story. The publication of The Raven and Other Poems in 1845 brought him additional fame as a poet.
Alice Munro - The Progress of Love
A divorced woman returns to her childhood home where she confronts the memory of her parents' confounding yet deep bond. The accidental near-drowning of a child exposes the fragility of the trust between children and parents. A young man, remembering a terrifying childhood incident, wrestles with the responsibility he has always felt for his younger brother. In these and other stories Alice Munro proves once again a sensitive and compassionate chronicler of our times. Drawing us into the most intimate corners of ordinary lives, she reveals much about ourselves, our choices, and our experiences of love.
Alice Munro - Friend of My Youth
In Friend of my Youth, Alice Munro once again dazzles with her finely nuanced depictions of the human heart. These ten stories bring to life characters in a remarkable variety of times and places. As always, Alice Munro's people are as real and recognizable as ourselves.
Alice Munro - Alice Munro's Best
In her lengthy and fascinating introduction Margaret Atwood says “Alice Munro is among the major writers of English fiction of our time... Among writers themselves, her name is spoken in hushed tones.” This splendid gift edition is sure to delight Alice Munro’s growing body of admirers, what Atwood calls her “devoted international readership.” Long-time fans of her stories will enjoy meeting old favourites, where their new setting in this book may reveal new sides to what once seemed a familiar story; devoted followers may even dispute the exclusion of a specially-beloved story. Readers lucky enough to have found her recently will be delighted, as one masterpiece succeeds another. The 17 stories are carefully arranged in the order in which she wrote them, which allows us to follow the development of her range. “A Wilderness Station,” for example, breaks “short story rules” by taking us right back to the 1830s then jumping forward more than 100 years. “The Albanian Virgin” destroys the idea that her stories are set in B.C. or in Ontario’s “Alice Munro Country.” And “The Bear Came Over the Mountain,” the story behind the film Away From Her, takes us far from the world of young girls learning about sex into unflinching old age. This is a book to read slowly, savouring each story. It deserves a place in every Canadian book-lover’s library.