Before the fall, and before the trials of “the Titan’s son” Kyklo, a young smith by the name of Angel Aaltonen grappled with the giants as only a craftsman could…
The first of the three-part Before the Fall light novels, whose second and third installments have been adapted into a manga of the same name, this prequel of prequels details the origins of the devices that humanity developed to take on the mysterious Titans.
Isuna Hasekura - Spice & Wolf 5
Arriving in the town of Lenos, Lawrence and Holo take a respite from their travels north — but a true businessman never rests! It isn’t long before an opportunity for profit presents itself to Lawrence, one that could fulfill his dreams of owning his own establishment. But as always, the promise of great reward carries great risk — and risk is never greater than when one plans to use a wisewolf as collateral! As Lawrence and Holo feel the ties binding them stretched thin, has the time come for the pair to go their separate ways?
Isuna Hasekura - Spice & Wolf 4
Continuing their journey north, Lawrence and Holo stop in the village of Tereo in hopes of finding a local abbey where they might uncover more information regarding the fate of Holo’s ancient home, Yoitsu. Soon after their arrival, though, the companions are caught up in a local dispute between Tereo and the neighboring town of Enberch that could cost Lawrence and Holo both their fortunes and their lives! With the Wisewolf’s help, can Lawrence devise a way to save an entire town from ruin — and his skin and that of his traveling companion in the process?
Isuna Hasekura - Spice & Wolf 3
Having narrowly escaped financial ruin, Lawrence turns his attention to helping Holo find her ancient homeland in the North. But how long can a traveling merchant afford to wander the countryside looking for a village that he suspects may have ceased to exist long ago? When a rival merchant sets his sights on Lawrence’s beautiful companion, though, can Lawrence truly be confident that Holo will remain by his side? Has the time come when Lawrence must ask himself whether his relationship with the Wisewolf is business or pleasure?
Isuna Hasekura - Spice & Wolf 2
Following his good fortune in Pazzio, Lawrence is confident that he is on the path to realizing his dream of becoming a town merchant. One ill-informed business decision, though, leaves him teetering on the brink of bankruptcy and ruin! With no assets to his name — other than the cunning of his fetching traveling companion, Holo the Wisewolf — Lawrence may need to resort to illicit means to put his affairs in order. With all of the merchant’s plans hinging on one beautiful young shepherdess — for whose vocation Holo holds no affection — Lawrence’s prospects, both personal and professional, are looking grim!
Isuna Hasekura - Spice & Wolf 1
The life of a traveling merchant is a lonely one, a fact with which Kraft Lawrence is well acquainted. Wandering from town to town with just his horse, cart, and whatever wares have come his way, the peddler has pretty well settled into his routine — that is, until the night Lawrence finds a wolf goddess asleep in his cart. Taking the form of a fetching girl with wolf ears and a tail, Holo has wearied of tending to harvests in the countryside and strikes up a bargain with the merchant to lend him the cunning of “Holo the Wisewolf” to increase his profits in exchange for taking her along on his travels. What kind of businessman could turn down such an offer? Lawrence soon learns, though, that having an ancient goddess as a traveling companion can be a bit of a mixed blessing. Will this wolf girl turn out to be too wild to tame?
Nagaru Tanigawa - The Wavering of Haruhi Suzumiya
Haruhi Suzumiya, the fierce and fabulously spontaneous leader of the SOS Brigade (a club for her high school’s most extraordinary students), is always a magnet for wild adventures (and trouble!). Now, get ready to go back in time in this sixth installment of the series! Five short stories reveal never-before-seen events from the SOS Brigade’s past exploits, from the much-anticipated school cultural festival to unanswered questions from the ski trip getaway. The last story, which brings the SOS Brigade back to the present, rounds out this collection of entertaining, hilarious, and, as always, unpredictable misadventures. Anything is possible in Haruhi’s world!
Nagaru Tanigawa - The Melancholy of Haruhi Suzumiya
Meet Haruhi — a cute, determined girl, starting high school in a city where nothing exciting happens and absolutely no one understands her. Meet Kyon — the sarcastic guy who sits in front of Haruhi in homeroom and the only boy Haruhi has ever opened up to. His fate is now tied to hers. Meet the SOS Brigade — an after-school club organized by Haruhi with a mission to seek out the extraordinary. Oh, and their second mission? Keeping Haruhi happy…because even through she doesn’t know it, Haruhi has the power to destroy our universe…
Nagaru Tanigawa - The Rampage of Haruhi Suzumiya
Stunning, brash, and completely clueless about her powers, Haruhi Suzumiya can make anything bend to her will. Although she doesn’t know it, she’s a goddess who has the ability to destroy the world…don’t make her mad! Luckily, she has her SOS Brigade — a club comprised of her high school’s most extraordinary students — to keep her happy. This fifth volume in the wildly fun and unpredictable Haruhi Suzumiya series features three short stories for Haruhi’s every mood: an endless summer, an overheated competition with the computer club, and a ski trip getaway in a dangerous blizzard!
Nagaru Tanigawa - The Disappearance of Haruhi Suzumiya
It’s one week before Christmas Eve, and Haruhi and the SOS Brigade (a club for her high school’s strangest and most extraordinary students) are gearing up for holiday festivities. But just before the fun kicks off, Kyon, the only “normal” club member, wakes up in a weird alternate dimension — one in which Haruhi attends another school entirely; Nagato, the robot-like alien, is just an ordinary human; and Mikuru, the cute girl of Kyon’s dreams, doesn’t even recognize him. In other words, the SOS Brigade never existed. Kyon must head back in time to set things right again in this holiday tale reminiscent of A Christmas Carol and It’s a Wonderful Life. Time travel, alternate dimensions, and aliens, oh my! With Haruhi, there’s a surprise around every corner.
Nagaru Tanigawa - The Boredom of Haruhi Suzumiya
Haruhi is the bossy and beautiful leader of the SOS Brigade, a club comprised of her high school’s most extraordinary (and strangest) students. On a typical day, the SOS Brigade must struggle to keep Haruhi happy and occupied because, unbeknownst to her, Haruhi has the power to destroy the world. This third volume in the Haruhi Suzumiya series features a collection of four wildly unpredictable and fun short stories that cover everything from baseball and time travel to alternate dimensions. It even includes an intriguing murder mystery — when it comes to Haruhi, you never know what you’re going to get!
Nagaru Tanigawa - The Sigh of Haruhi Suzumiya
Gorgeous, confident, and demanding, Haruhi Suzumiya is the leader of the SOS Brigade, a club comprised of her high school’s most extraordinary students. So when Haruhi is bored, it’s up to the SOS Brigade to do something about it. In this sequel to the clever and uniquely witty The Melancholy of Haruhi Suzumiya, the SOS Brigade goes along with Haruhi’s scheme to make a movie for the school’s upcoming cultural festival. But when filming begins, strange things start to happen, and Haruhi — who has no idea she’s a goddess with the ability to destroy the world — starts to show her devastating powers. Could the end be near? Or is it just another day at high school? You never know when Haruhi is involved!
Nagaru Tanigawa - The Intrigues of Haruhi Suzumiya
It’s a new year, and Haruhi Suzumiya, the powerful (and pushy) leader of the SOS Brigade is actually…content. For once, she’s not seeking out time-traveling exploits, murder mysteries, or any other wild adventures that could lead to the destruction of the universe. Surprisingly, it’s Kyon, the most normal member of the SOS Brigade, who wants to shake things up. When Kyon discovers that something’s not right with the universe, it’s up to him, his pal (and secret crush) Mikuru, and the beautiful but stoic Nagato to head back to the past in order to save the future.
Reki Kawahara - Sword Art Online 1. - Aincrad
In the year 2022, gamers rejoice as Sword Art Online-a VRMMORPG (Virtual Reality Massively Multiplayer Online Role Playing Game) like no other-opens its virtual doors, allowing players to take full advantage of the ultimate in gaming technology: NerveGear, a system that allows users to completely immerse themselves in the game world by manipulating their brain waves to create a wholly realistic gaming experience. But when the game goes live, the elation of the players quickly turns to horror as they discover that, for all its amazing features, SAO is missing one of the most basic functions of any MMORPG-a log-out button. Now trapped in the virtual world of Aincrad, their bodies held captive by NerveGear in the real world, users are issued a chilling ultimatum: conquer all one hundred floors of Aincrad to regain your freedom. But in the warped world of SAO, “game over” means certain death-both virtual and real…
Isuna Hasekura - Spice & Wolf 9
The capture of a narwhal and the ensuing power struggle between the northern and southern districts of Kerube has Lawrence caught in the middle! Backed into a corner by his own trade guild, can the merchant find a way to extricate himself from this delicate situation? And what of the wolf bone from Holo’s pack? Can the Wisewolf of Yoitsu manage to keep her rage and frustration in check?
Isuna Hasekura - Spice & Wolf 8
Hearing rumors of a “leg bone of the wolf” being used as an artifact of the Church to showcase its power, Lawrence and Holo head to the site to gather more information. Holo can’t just turn away from what might be a relic of her own kind, after all. Of course, upon arrival, the travelers find that the town is the center of a giant trade dispute! Seems that Col will be getting a lesson in microeconomics!
Akihisa Ikeda - Rosario+Vampire 8.
QUIZ 8: SHIKIGAMIWHEN YOUR SCHOOL PRINCIPAL MAKES YOU PLAN A SCHOOL FESTIVAL WITH A CHARISMATIC LEADER OF THE STUDENT BODY WHO HAS HIS OWN PERSONAL SHIKIGAMI, YOU HAD BETTER...a. not trust him as far as you can throw his one-eyed demonb. follow his lead blindlyc. decorate the gym with colored toilet paper
Hiro Mashima - Fairy Tail 47.
LOST IN THE ETHERIOUS Desperate to stop the Face bombs from going off, Natsu and Gajeel face off against Tempester and Torafuzar from Tartaros! Meanwhile, Gray emerges from his dramatic encounter with Silver with a new power: demon slayer magic, and Erza finally reaches the control room only to find it infested by demons! The Book of Zeref’s worst denizens stand arrayed before Fairy Tail’s wizards… Can they defeat them and preserve the magic of the entire continent?
Colin Meloy - Wildwood
Prue McKeel's life is ordinary. That is, until her brother is abducted by a murder of crows and taken to the Impassable Wilderness, a dense, tangled forest on the edge of Portland. No one's ever gone in—or at least returned to tell of it. So begins an adventure that will take Prue and her friend Curtis deep into the Impassable Wilderness. There they uncover a secret world in the midst of violent upheaval—a world full of warring creatures, peaceable mystics, and powerful figures with the darkest intentions. And what begins as a rescue mission becomes something much greater as the two friends find themselves entwined in a struggle for the very freedom of this wilderness. A wilderness the locals call Wildwood.
Clive Barker - The Thief of Always
___ Mr. Hood's Holiday House has stood for a thousand years, welcoming countless children into its embrace. It is a place of miracles where every childhood whim may be satisfied. There is a price to be paid, of course, but young Harvey Swick, bored with his life and beguiled by Mr. Hood's wonders, does not stop to consider the consequences. It is only when the house shows its darker face—when Harvey discovers the pitiful creatures that dwell in its shadows—that he comes to doubt Mr. Hood's philanthropy. ___ But the house and its mysterious architect are not about to release their captive without a battle. Mr. Hood has ambitions for his new guest, for Harvey's soul burns brighter than any he has encountered in ten centuries . . .