Early this morning I opened a window in my schoolhouse in the glen of Quharity, awakened by the shivering of a starving sparrow against the frosted glass. As the snowy sash creaked in my hand, he made off to the water-spout that suspends its “tangles” of ice over a gaping tank, and, rebounding from that, with a quiver of his little black breast, bobbed through the network of wire and joined a few of his fellows in a forlorn hop round the henhouse in search of food. Two days ago my hilarious bantam-cock, saucy to the last, my cheeriest companion, was found frozen in his own water-trough, the corn-saucer in three pieces by his side. Since then I have taken the hens into the house. At meal-times they litter the hearth with each other’s feathers; but for the most part they give little trouble, roosting on the rafters of the low-roofed kitchen among staves and fishing-rods.
Émile Zola - Thérèse Raquin (angol)
Therese Raquin is a clinically observed, sinister tale of adultery and murder among the lower orders in nineteenth-century Paris. Zola's dispassionate dissection of the motivations of his characters, mere 'human beasts' who kill in order to satisfy their lust, is much more than an atmospheric Second Empire period-piece. Many readers were scandalized by an approach to character-drawing which seemed to undermine not only the moral values of a deeply conservative society, but also the whole code of psychological description on which the realist novel was based. Together with the important 'Preface to the Second Edition' in which Zola defended himself against charges of immorality, Therese Raquin stands as a key early manifesto of the French Naturalist movement, of which Zola was the founding father. Even today, this novel has lost none of its power to shock. This new translation is based on the second edition of 1868. The Introduction situates the novel in the context of Naturalism, medicine, and the scientific ideas of Zola's day. ABOUT THE SERIES: For over 100 years Oxford World's Classics has made available the widest range of literature from around the globe. Each affordable volume reflects Oxford's commitment to scholarship, providing the most accurate text plus a wealth of other valuable features, including expert introductions by leading authorities, helpful notes to clarify the text, up-to-date bibliographies for further study, and much more.
Alice McDermott - Charming Billy
Alice McDermott tells the story of Billy Lynch within the complex matrix of a tightly knit Irish American community, in a voice that is resonant and full of deep feeling. Charming Billy is a masterpiece about the unbreakable bonds of memory and desire.
Elizabeth George - Careless In Red
Scotland Yard’s Thomas Lynley returns to investigate what may be a perfect crime. On a lonely stretch of coastline, Lynley discovers the body of a young man. Thus begins a quest to unmask a clever and ruthless murderer. But this time, Lynley’s not in charge. He’s a witness—and possibly even a suspect. The local detective leading the investigation soon figures out that Lynley can help. So can his former associate Barbara Havers, whom Scotland Yard sends to Cornwall, ostensibly to assist in the investigation, but unofficially to check up on Lynley and possibly win him back to the Yard.
Diane Hoh - The Train
Four friends are enjoying a cross-country school train trip. Then they discover that they are travelling with a coffin that contains someone they were all very nasty to - or does it?
Ismeretlen szerző - Warship 2014
The 36th edition of this highly acclaimed annual maintains well-established standards of scholarship, research, news and reviews from the field of warship history. This edition features articles on a range of diverse subjects, including: a detailed technical description of the Queen Elizabeth (CVA-01); a review of the careers of Germany's Braunschweig and Deutschland classes; the development of the Italian aircraft carrier Cavour; the conception and characteristics of the armored cruisers of the IJN; an account of the escape of the Jean Bart from Saint-Nazaire; the career and loss of the submarine Mariotte; the origins and tortuous progress to completion of the IJN light carrier Ryûjô; the history of Russia's turret frigates of the Admiral Lazarev and Admiral Spiridov classes and a examination of the post-war evolution of fire control in the Royal Navy.
Diana Palmer - Merciless
Tall, dark and eligible? That's all that matters to the women of Jacobsville when it comes to handsome and aloof FBI agent Jon Blackhawk. But if it were up to him, he would never settle down. Luckily, Jon has a gatekeeper: his efficient and reliable assistant, Joceline Perry. Without her help, he'd be at the mercy of husband hunters—but the more he comes to rely on her, the more he notices how invaluable she really is.… While Joceline can't deny that her boss is attractive, as a single mother with responsibilities she's determined to be professional. But when Jon is accosted by a criminal seeking revenge, she comes to his aid—fueling the spark that is growing between them. As the danger to Jon's safety grows, Joceline stands by his side. But when the smoke clears, will the man who avoided love realize that all he ever needed was right there all along?
Ismeretlen szerző - The Time Traveller's Almanac
You are about to embark on a journey that will take you from the beginning of time to its very end. Reality will be warped, wormholes and rifts will pull you into strange and terrifying futures, maroon you in distant, hostile pasts and threaten – beware the Butterfly Effect! – to transform the era from whence you came forever. The Time Traveller's Almanac is the largest, most definitive collection of time travel stories ever assembled. Gathered into one volume by intrepid chrononauts and world-renowned anthologists Ann and Jeff VanderMeer, here is over a century's worth of literary travels into both past and future. Including stories from Douglas Adams, Isaac Asimov, Ray Bradbury, William Gibson, George R.R. Martin, Ursula K. Le Guin, Michael Moorcock and, of course, H.G. Wells, here are beloved classics and cutting-edge contemporary examples of the genre. Because, the truth is, fiction is the most effective time travel machine in the universe and always has been.
Sara B. Elfgren - Mats Strandberg - The Key
The heart-stopping conclusion to the internationally bestselling Engelsfors Trilogy Praised by Lev Grossman as “stunning . . . and very, very wicked,” The Circle, Book One of the Engelsfors Trilogy, introduced six teenage girls with supernatural powers who became the Chosen Ones, destined to fight against the ultimate evil. By the end of the second book, Fire, only four girls remain - the last defense against the mysterious, demonic forces that have been plaguing Engelsfors. The Chosen Ones have no chance to recover, and no choice but to rally together to try to prevent the apocalypse - even while their personal dramas threaten to tear them apart. Meanwhile, Ida may be dead, but she is by no means gone. Stuck between the living and the dead, she must find a way to aid her fellow Chosen Ones from beyond the grave. The final installment of the Engelsfors Trilogy - an international sensation with rights sold in twenty-nine countries - The Key combines thrilling action and dark magic with all the passion and drama of teen life.
Paul Kearney - Corvus
It is twenty-three years since a Macht army fought its way home from the heart of the Asurian Empire. The man who came to lead that army, Rictus, is now a hard-bitten mercenary captain, middle-aged and tired. He wants nothing more than to lay down his spear and become the farmer that his father was. But fate has different ideas. A young war-leader has risen to challenge the order of things in the very heartlands of the Macht. A solider of genius, he takes city after city, and reigns over them as king. What is more, he has heard of the legendary leader of The Ten Thousand. His name is Corvus, and the rumours say that he is not even fully human. He means to make himself absolute ruler of all the Macht. And he wants Rictus to help him.
Ian Livingstone - Return to Firetop Mountain
The diabolical reign of the evil sorcerer, Zagor, was ended ten years ago by a heroic adventurer who braves the countless perils of Firetop Mountain. Zagor has returned from the dead and plans to take revenge. Some brave adventurer-YOU- must enter the labyrinth and bring justice to the master of the Mountain.
Ismeretlen szerző - Harry Potter Magical Creatures Coloring Book
House-elves and merpeople, Cornish pixies and dragons--the wizarding world is populated by an unforgettable cast of magical beings and extraordinary beasts. Filled with detailed illustrations inspired by the Harry Potter films, this coloring book presents the creatures of the Forbidden Forest, the Great Lake, and much more. Relive favorite scenes like Harry, Ron, and Hermione's escape from Gringotts on the back of a dragon and explore intricate creature-themed patterns in this interactive journey through the wizarding world. Also included is a selection of stunning concept art and film stills from the making of the Harry Potter films to stimulate your creativity.
Bill Laws - Byways, Boots & Blisters
"The great affair is to move: to come down off this feather-bed of civilisation, and find the globe granite underfoot," wrote Robert Louis Stevenson. This book celebrates the history of walking for leisure and pleasure. There’s no shortage of the famous, and the not so famous, exponents of a good, long walk: Dr. Johnson and his faithful Boswell on their Hebridean jaunt; John Taylor, whose Penniless Pilgrimage, a record of his 1618 journey from London to Edinburgh, provided the first account of a walking tour; and Samuel Coleridge who conceived his epic tale of the Ancient Mariner on a ramble through Devon. The author also includes the stories of key inventions: the cagoule, the Thermos flask, the rucksack, Gore-Tex, and the walking pole. Fully illustrated throughout, this is an engaging history of one of man’s favorite pastimes.
Andrew Smith - Stand-Off
It’s his last year at Pine Mountain, and Ryan Dean should be focused on his future, but instead, he’s haunted by his past. His rugby coach expects him to fill the roles once played by his lost friend, Joey, as the rugby team’s stand-off and new captain. And somehow he’s stuck rooming with twelve-year-old freshman Sam Abernathy, a cooking whiz with extreme claustrophobia and a serious crush on Annie Altman—aka Ryan Dean’s girlfriend, for now, anyway. Equally distressing, Ryan Dean’s doodles and drawings don’t offer the relief they used to. He’s convinced N.A.T.E. (the Next Accidental Terrible Experience) is lurking around every corner—and then he runs into Joey’s younger brother Nico, who makes Ryan Dean feel paranoid that he’s avoiding him. Will Ryan Dean ever regain his sanity? From the author of the National Book Award–nominated 100 Sideways Miles, which Kirkus Reviews called “a wickedly witty and offbeat novel,” Stand-Off is filled with hand-drawn infographics and illustrations and delivers the same spot-on teen voice and relatable narrative that legions of readers connected with in Winger.
Brent Crawford - Carter Finally Gets It
Meet Will Carter, but feel free to call him Carter. (Yes, he knows it's a lazy nickname, but he didn't have much say in the matter.) Here are five things you should know about him: 1. He has a stuttering problem, particularly around boobs and belly buttons. 2. He battles Attention Deficit Disorder every minute of every day unless he gets distracted. 3. He's a virgin, mostly because he's no good at talking to girls (see number 1). 4. He's about to start high school. 5. He's totally not ready. Join Carter for his freshman year, where he'll search for sex, love, and acceptance anywhere he can find it. In the process, he'll almost kill a trombone player, face off with his greatest nemesis, suffer a lot of blood loss, narrowly escape death, run from the cops (not once, but twice), get caught up in a messy love triangle, meet his match in the form of a curvy drill teamer, and surprise the hell out of everyone, including himself.
Clare Strahan - Cracked
A wonderful debut novel that captures the essence of real, messy teenage lives: of action and consequence, of poor choices and fragile friendships, of standing up for what is right, and the attempt to make sense of a world when everything feels like it's falling apart. At fifteen, Clover is finding the going tougher than she expected. Her life is close to being derailed on the rocky terrain of family, friendship, first love, acts of defiance and a planet on the brink of environmental disaster. So when Keek breaks his promise to her, and school sucks, and her mother is impossible, and her beloved old dog is dying, and her dad is in the wind, and the girls at school are awful and the footy-boys are bullies and she's arrested for vandalism - well, what else can she be but a little bit broken? Can Clover pull herself together - or will she spiral further out of control? When life feels like it's fracturing, how do you find a way to feel whole?
Kathy Hoopmann - Blue Bottle Mystery - The Graphic Novel
This graphic novel re-telling of Kathy Hoopmann's best-selling _Blue Bottle Mystery_ brings the much-loved fantasy story to life for a new generation of readers. The hero is Ben, a boy with Asperger Syndrome (AS). When Ben and his friend Andy find an old bottle in the school yard, little do they know of the surprises about to be unleashed in their lives. Bound up with this exciting mystery is the story of how Ben is diagnosed with AS and how he and his family deal with the problems and joys that come along with it.
Chuck Dixon - Batman: The Chalice
When what appears to be a simple drinking bowl ends up in Bruce Wayne's hands, a horde of dark villains descend on Wayne Manor, intent on possessing it. Ra's al Ghul, the Penguin and Catwoman, as well as dozens of brutal mercenaries, all will stop at nothing to claim this mysterious chalice. As the battles build to a savage crescendo, many questions demand to be answered: Could this really be the Holy Grail of legend? Can even its apparently miraculous abilities keep Batman alive long enough to find out? And if it is the real Grail, what does one do with it?
Lisa Aldin - One of the Guys
Tomboy to the core, Toni Valentine understands guys. She'll take horror movies, monster hunts and burping contests over manicures. So Toni is horrified when she's sent to the Winston Academy for Girls, where she has to wear a skirt and learn to be a lady while the guys move on without her. Then Toni meets Emma Elizabeth, a girl at school with boy troubles, and she volunteers one of her friends as a pretend date. Word spreads of Toni’s connections with boys, and she discovers that her new wealthy female classmates will pay big money for fake dates. Looking for a way to connect her old best friends with her new life at school, Toni and Emma start up Toni Valentine’s Rent-A-Gent Service. But the business meets a scandal when Toni falls for one of her friends--the same guy who happens to be the most sought-after date. With everything she's built on the line, Toni has to decide if she wants to save the business and her old life, or let go of being one of the guys for a chance at love.
J. R. Lenk - Collide
Being bisexual is cool now—unless you're a boy. Or so it seems to invisible fifteen-year-old Hazard James. But when he falls in with bad apple Jesse Wesley, Hazard is suddenly shoved into the spotlight. Jesse and his friends introduce him to the underworld of teenage life: house parties, hangovers, the advantages of empty homes, and reputation by association. So what if his old friends don't get it? So what if some people love to hate him? Screw gossip and high school's secret rules. There's just something about walking into a room and having all eyes on him when just last year nobody noticed him at all. For a while Hazard basks in the attention, and before he realizes the depth of the waters he's wading, he and Jesse strike up a "friends with benefits" routine. It could be something more, but what self-respecting teenage boy would admit it? Not Jesse—and so not Hazard, either. Not until it's too late. Hazard and Jesse have collided, and Hazard's life will never be the same.
Penny Jordan - Special Treatment
An office romance Susannah was a successful magazine journalist who had worked hard to get where she was. But her insufferable new boss, Hazard Maine, assumed she had slept her way to the top, making their working relationship far from easy. To make matters worse, Susannah found Hazard devilishly attractive. Falling for the boss was definitely not part of Susannah!s job description, and it certainly wasn!t on Hazard!s agenda. So why, if he despised her as much as it seemed, did he insist on singling her out for special treatment?