With each and every new novel, Dean Koontz raises the stakes – and the pulse rate – higher than any other author. Now, in what may be his most suspenseful and heartfelt novel ever, he brings us the story of an ordinary man whose extraordinary commitment to his wife will take him on a harrowing journey of adventure, sacrifice, and redemption to the mystery of love itself – and to a showdown with the darkness that would destroy it forever.
What would you do for love? Would you die? Would you kill?
We have your wife. You can get her back for two million cash. Landscaper Mitchell Rafferty thinks it must be some kind of joke. He was in the middle of planting impatiens in the yard of one of his clients when his cell phone rang. Now he’s standing in a normal suburban neighborhood on a bright summer day, having a phone conversation out of his darkest nightmare.
Whoever is on the other end of the line is dead serious. He has Mitch’s wife and he’s named the price for her safe return. The caller doesn’t care that Mitch runs a small two-man landscaping operation and has no way of raising such a vast sum. He’s confident that Mitch will find a way.
If he loves his wife enough. . . Mitch does love her enough. He loves her more than life itself. He’s got seventy-two hours to prove it. He has to find the two million by then. But he’ll pay a lot more. He’ll pay anything.
From its tense opening to its shattering climax, The Husband is a thriller that will hold you in its relentless grip for every twist, every shock, every revelation…until it lets you go, unmistakably changed. This is a Dean Koontz novel, after all. And there’s no other experience quite like it.
Han Shaogong - A Dictionary of Maqiao
From the daring imagination of one of China’s greatest living novelists comes a work of startling power and originality–the story of a young man “displaced” to a small village in rural China during the 1960s. Told in the format of a dictionary, with a series of vignettes disguised as entries, A Dictionary of Maqiao is a novel of bold invention–and a fascinating, comic, deeply moving journey through the dark heart of the Cultural Revolution. Entries trace the wisdom and absurdities of Maqiao: the petty squabbles, family grudges, poverty, infidelities, fantasies, lunatics, bullies, superstitions, and especially the odd logic in their use of language–where the word for “beginning” is the same as the word for “end”; “little big brother” means older sister; to be “scientific” means to be lazy; and “streetsickness” is a disease afflicting villagers visiting urban areas. Filled with colorful characters–from a weeping ox to a man so poisonous that snakes die when they bite him–A Dictionary of Maqiao is both an important work of Chinese literature and a probing inquiry into the extraordinary power of language.
Piskolti Bernadett - Tim Wilkinson - Mádi album / Mád Album
De hisz minden nap ünnep, ha eljöhetek. Altemplomok a pincék, és nincsenek zárva! _Sajó László_ But then every day is a feast day if I can come here. The cellars are church crypts, and they never shut! _László Sajó_
Amber Kizer - Meridian
Half-human, half-angel, Meridian Sozu has a dark responsibility. Sixteen-year-old Meridian has been surrounded by death ever since she can remember. As a child, insects, mice, and salamanders would burrow into her bedclothes and die. At her elementary school, she was blamed for a classmate’s tragic accident. And on her sixteenth birthday, a car crashes in front of her family home—and Meridian’s body explodes in pain. Before she can fully recover, Meridian is told that she’s a danger to her family and hustled off to her great-aunt’s house in Revelation, Colorado. It’s there that she learns that she is a Fenestra—the half-angel, half-human link between the living and the dead. But Meridian and her sworn protector and love, Tens, face great danger from the Aternocti, a band of dark forces who capture vulnerable souls on the brink of death and cause chaos.
William Blum - Killing Hope
Is the United States a force for democracy? In this classic and unique volume that answers this question, William Blum serves up a forensic overview of U.S. foreign policy spanning sixty years. Remarks from the previous edition: "Far and away the best book on the topic." — Noam Chomsky "A valuable reference for anyone interested in the conduct of U.S. foreign policy." — Choice "I enjoyed it immensely." — Gore Vidal "The single most useful summary of CIA history." — John Stockwell "Each chapter I read makes me more and more angry." — Helen Caldicott "A very useful piece of work, daunting in scope, important." — Thomas Powers, author and Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist "A very valuable book. The research and organization are extremely impressive." — A.J. Langguth, author and former New York Times bureau chief For those who want the details on our most famous actions (Chile, Cuba, Vietnam, to name a few), and for those who want to learn about our lesser-known efforts (France, China, Bolivia, Brazil, for example), this book provides a window on what our foreign policy goals really are. William Blum is the author of Rogue State: A Guide to the World’s Only Superpower.
Carlo Demand - Airplanes of World War I
Forty-three remarkable aircraft from the Great War rendered for coloring. Features authentic, accurate drawings of the Red Barron's Fokker Triplane, Rickenbacker's Nieuport, the Sopwith Camel, Spad S. XIII, and others. Detailed captions include a variety of important information on each plane, including details about design, history, coloring scheme, and more.
Mark Bryant - World War I in Cartoons
In an age before TV and radio the impact and importance of cartoon art was immense, especially when the only sources of information were silent cinema newsreels, posters, newspapers and books - all largely black and white. The cartoon had an immediacy and universal accessibility, giving a message words could not convey. So, not surprisingly, the Great War proved an extraordinarily fertile time for cartoonists. When Zeppelins blackened the sky and U-boats challenged the Royal Navy's supremacy at sea, it was Heath Robinson's crazy cartoons and the antics of Bairnsfather's immortal 'Old Bill' that kept the British upper lip resolutely stiff. And who could take Kasier Bill, the Red Baron and all the mighty Prussians at all seriously when H.M. Bateman and Bert Thomas cocked a snook at all they held dear and the pages of Punch, Bystander, London Opinion, Le Rire, Le Canard Enchaine' and such US journals as Puck, Judge and Life kept everyone amused? But not all the cartoons were lighthearted. Indeed, the vicious drawings of Louis Raemakers were powerful enough to call Holland's neutrality into question and hard-hitting cartoons by such committed artists as Dyson, the American Art Young and David Low caused considerable embarrassment to their respective governments. The Central Powers also had a wealth of talent laboring to counteract the Allies' propaganda machine and prewar satirical journals such as Kladderadatsch, Simplicissimus and Jugend rose to the challenge, producing some of the best work by such enduring artists as Johnson, Gulbransson and Grosz amongst others. Following on from the success of Grub Street's World War II in Cartoons, also by Mark Bryant, this book examines cartoons from both sides of the conflict, both in color and black-and-white, and skillfully blends them with text to produce this unique and significant visual history of the First World War.
Yefim Gordon - Dmitri Khazanov - Soviet Combat Aircraft of the Second World War I.
The first of a two-volume set detailing all Second World War combat aircraft - both prototype and operational. The book includes the products of many famous designers.
David Rickman - Plains Indians
Forty carefully researched, accurately rendered line drawings — ready to be colored — depict the traditional costume and culture of the Plains Indians, including the Apache, Pawnee, Crow, Blackfoot, Cree, and many others as they actually existed from the mid-17th through the early 20th centuries. Full captions. Introduction. 4 illustrations in color on covers.
David Rickman - Northwest Coast Indians
Museum curator and noted illustrator recaptures the rich, lost culture of Northwest Coast Indians in 33 meticulously-researched, ready-to-color line drawings. Depicts traditional lifestyles, costumes of the Nootka, Chinook, Kwakiutl, and other tribes from late 18th- to early 20th centuries. Full captions. Introduction. 4 illustrations in color on covers.
Masakazu Katsura - I''s 4. (angol)
Ichitaka's birthday is around the corner, and there's only one thing he wants: his beloved Iori--wearing nothing but a ribbon and a smile. Sadly, that won't be happening anytime soon. Barring his initial wish, Ichitaka will settle for a delightful evening on the town with Iori (most likely, with her clothes on), but his childhood friend Itsuki shows up and totally ruins the mood. Bummed out and bedraggled, Ichitaka manages to ask Iori out again, but she has already made other plans! Will Ichitaka let the b-day blues get the best of him, or will a kiss from Itsuki make him change his mind about his entire angst-addled existence?
Masakazu Katsura - I''s 3. (angol)
Angst-addled high school student Ichitaka was hoping for a romantic hot springs getaway with the lovely Iori, his number-one-crush-turned-teen-model-fat chance. Their dynamic duo has quickly become a fantastic foursome now that his childhood friend (and _über_-babe) Itsuki, along with his nebbish buddy Teratani, are tagging along. A starry summer night stroll affords Ichitaka the perfect chance to confess his feelings for Iori, but his declaration _de amor_ seems to fall on deaf ears. Will he get back at Iori by hooking-up with a headstrong (and bouncy) beach bunny?!
Masakazu Katsura - I''s 2. (angol)
High schoolers Ichitaka, Iori and, Itsuki find themselves in a full-blown love triangle. When Ichitaka tries to tell everyone that he and Itsuki are not going out--they're just childhood friends--Itsuki goes and declares her love for Ichitaka...right in front of Iori! That was before Itsuki moved out of his house without telling him where she was going. But, she's just moved down the block! When Itsuki wins a trip to a hot springs resort, she gives the tickets to Iori so she and Ichitaka can enjoy the prize. Is this the chance Ichitaka's been waiting for or will fate find another way to spoil his summertime fun?
Masakazu Katsura - I''s 1. (angol)
Torn between his physical feelings for Iori and his desire for real love, Ichitaka's life gets more complicated when his childhood friend Itsuki moves back from America and ends up living in his house! Itsuki's no longer the young girl Ichitaka remembers--she's a babe who is open with her feelings and not shy about walking around in a towel! How will Ichitaka hide a barely clothed Iori from his crush Itsuki?
Julia Cameron - The Artist's Way
The Artist’s Way is the seminal book on the subject of creativity. An international bestseller, millions of readers have found it to be an invaluable guide to living the artist’s life. Still as vital today—or perhaps even more so—than it was when it was first published one decade ago, it is a powerfully provocative and inspiring work. In a new introduction to the book, Julia Cameron reflects upon the impact of The Artist’s Way and describes the work she has done during the last decade and the new insights into the creative process that she has gained. Updated and expanded, this anniversary edition reframes The Artist’s Way for a new century.
Damien Noonan - Castles and Ancient Monuments of England
A county-by-county guide to more than 350 historic sites in England. A great book with a description and colour photograph for most of the major castles in England. The author offers his own personal opinion about whether a particular castle is worth visiting. We don't always agree with his views, but overall it is the best book we have found if you want to get out and explore castles in England.
A. G. Smith - Castles of the World
This carefully researched coloring book offers a fascinating pictorial survey of castles in varying styles from Great Britain, France, Italy, Spain, Portugal, Germany, Japan, and other countries. Detailed drawings of 31 world-famous structures, including Windsor, Edinburgh, Caernarvon, Krak des Chevaliers, Neuschwanstein, Pierrefonds, and more. Captions provide background information on each castle's history, construction, and inhabitants.
Matthew Reinhart - The Castles of Equestria
A must-have gift for pony fans of all ages! Five pop-up figures inside! The beautiful castles of Equestria pop to life inside this magical interactive book. Showcasing more wizardry than Star Swirl the Bearded, pop-up master Matthew Reinhart takes My Little Pony fans on a magical time-traveling tour through each palace. See the majestic castle in Canterlot, the shining spire of the Crystal Empire, and the reconstructed ancient Castle of the Two Sisters--where Princesses Celestia and Luna began their rule. Plus, see Twilight Sparkle's home, the newest castle in Equestria! Use the five pop-up figures included to explore doorways, gardens, and throne rooms. Spot all your favorite characters from the hit television series throughout this magnificently illustrated feat of pop-up engineering--you never know where somepony might appear!
Kevin Crossley-Holland - The Penguin Book of Norse Myths
The extraordinary Scandinavian myth cycle is one of the most enduring, exciting, dramatic and compelling of the world's great stories. A series of intertwined tales wich together form a strange and fantastical world teeming with gods and goddesses, heroes and monsters, battles and couplings, the Norse myths are as exciting to read as they are of vast cultural and historical importance. Taking us from the creation of the world through the building of Asgard's Wall to the final end in Ragnarok, and featuring the exploits and adventures of such mythical figures as Odin, Thor and Loki, The Penguin Book of Norse Myths brings alive the passion, cruelty and heroism of these unforgettable stories.
Kathi S. Barton - Blood, Body and Mind
Sara Temple goes to work one day and finds a group of rogue Vampires is going to kill her boss and his pregnant mate. In trade for her life, she agrees to save the life of the newly appointed – extremely handsome Master Vampire Aaron MacManus. Sara has been protecting the Queen of Magic for years – since the explosion that caused her to lose her unborn child. On the run from the Council of Magick, she tries to keep a low profile and watch over the Queen who nearly went to Fade – a place of certain death to her kind. Aaron discovers that Sara is his mate – for which neither of them is very happy about. Their discovery of each other and the magic that both have brings them closer than any other couple ever known. A sensual and sexual meeting of their minds is explosive and erotic. Together they can save Magic – all magic for mankind, they can bring a kiss of vampires together to bond and trust that has never been for something they’d had before. Theirs is a love story that will span centuries if they don’t kill one another first.