Edgar Allan Poe - Tales of Mystery and Imagination
To an anomalous species of terror I found him a bounden slave. Including Poe's most terrifying, grotesque and haunting short stories, Tales of Mystery and Imagination is the ultimate collection of the infamous author's macabre works. Focusing on the internal conflict of individuals, the power of the dead over the living and psychological explorations of darker human emotion, the collection features some of his most popular tales. 'The Gold-Bug' is the only story that was significant within his lifetime, whereas 'The Black Cat', 'The Pit and the Pendulum' and 'The Murders in the Rue Morgue' became more widely read after his death.
James Baldwin - Giovanni's Room
David, a young American white man whose girlfriend has gone off to Spain to contemplate marriage, is left alone in Paris and begins an affair with an Italian man, Giovanni. The entire story is narrated by David during "the night which is leading me to the most terrible morning of my life," when Giovanni will be executed.
Sarah J. Maas - The Assassin's Blade
Celaena Sardothien is Adarlan’s most feared assassin. As part of the Assassin’s Guild, she’s sworn to her master, Arobynn Hamel, yet Celaena listens to no one and trusts only her fellow killer for hire, Sam. In these action-packed prequel novellas to Throne of Glass, Celaena embarks on five daring missions. They take her from remote islands to hostile deserts, where she fights to liberate slaves and avenge tyranny. But by acting on her own terms, will Celaena truly free herself from her master, or will she suffer an unimaginable punishment for such treachery? This bind-up features all five e-novellas, available in print for first time!
Sarah J. Maas - The Assassin and the Pirate Lord
A Throne of Glass novella. On a remote island in a tropical sea, Celaena Sardothien, feared assassin, has come for retribution. She’s been sent by the Assassin’s Guild to collect on a debt they are owed by the Lord of the Pirates. But when Celaena learns that the agreed payment is not in money, but in slaves, her mission suddenly changes—and she will risk everything to right the wrong she’s been sent to bring about.
Benjamin Rosenbaum - The Ant King
A dazzling, postmodern debut collection of pulp and surreal fictions: a writer of alternate histories defends his patron's zeppelin against assassins and pirates; a woman transforms into hundreds of gumballs; an emancipated children's collective goes house hunting. Benjamin Rosenbaum's stories have appeared in Asimov's Science Fiction and McSweeney's, been translated into fourteen languages, and listed in The Best American Short Stories 2006. Shortlisted for the Hugo and Nebula awards, Rosenbaum's work has been reprinted in Harper's and The Year's Best Science Fiction.
Kurt Vonnegut - Palm Sunday / Welcome to the Monkeyhouse
A diabolical government asserts control by eliminating orgasm from sex in the title story of Welcome to the Monkey House - setting the tone for a collection shot through with Vonnegut's acrid wit, and his bewilderment at the corruption of humanity. From riffs on country music, George Bush, and his mother's midnight mania, to a bitter-sweet tribute to a dead friend, Palm Sunday demonstrates why Kurt Vonnegut is equally well known as an essayist and commentator as he is a novelist. This caustic, funny and poignant collection resonates with Vonnegut's singular voice.
Edgar Allan Poe - Különös történetek / Curious Stories
Poe novellisztikája sokáig csak excentrikussága, akkoriban túlzottnak, már-már betegesnek érzett fantasztikussága, rejtett erotikája, szadizmusa és misztikája okán keltett feltűnést. Igaz ugyan, hogy az író valódi szakembere a szörnyűségeknek, a testi és lelki kínoknak, hagymázos látomásoknak, őrült képzelődéseknek, írásművészetének lényegét azonban nem az ilyen területen végzett bravúrjai adták. A Poe összes műveit felölelő sorozat e mostani kötete a kevésbé ismert, `különös` Poe-novellákból válogat, ám a mai olvasónak ezek az írások immáron egészen mást jelentenek, másról árulkodnak, másféle esztétikumot sugároznak, mint a korábbi Poe-olvasóknak. Mindenekelőtt az író hallatlan pontossága nyűgözheti le az elbeszélésben elmélyülőt. Méghozzá az a pontosság, amely rendkívül szigorúan bánik a környezettel, a külső körülményekkel és a lelki rezdülésekkel. Az érzékenység és a posztmodern lágyság teljes tagadását jelentik ezek az írások, amelyeket pedig álomszerűségük, melodikus nosztalgikusságuk, festőiségük okán felületes akár posztmodernszerűnek is lehetne tekinteni. A nagy amerikai író toronymagasan áll kései utódai fölött, többek közt abban is, hogy történetei intenzív romantikus hangulatot sugároznak, alakjai, helyzetei archetipikusak és mitologikusak, stílusa művészien tömör és költőien egyszerű. A kétnyelvű, magyar és angol szövegű kiadvány kitűnő a nyelvtanulók számára is, mivel a legtöbb történet letehetetlenül izgalmas olvasmány, s így erős motivációjú nyelvlecke is egyben.
Kurt Vonnegut - While Mortals Sleep
Foreword by Dave Eggers Smart, whimsical, and often scathing, the fiction of Kurt Vonnegut influenced a generation of American writers—including Dave Eggers, author of this volume’s Foreword. In these previously unpublished gems, Vonnegut’s originality infuses a unique landscape of factories, trailers, and bars—and characters who pit their dreams and fears against a cruel and sometimes comically indifferent world. Here are stories of men and machines, art and artifice, and how ideals of fortune, fame, and love take curious twists in ordinary lives. An ambitious builder of roads, commanding an army of bulldozers, graders, and asphalt spreaders, fritters away his free time with miniature trains—until the women in his life crash his fantasy land. Trapped in a stenography pool, a young dreamer receives a call from a robber on the run, who presents her with a strange proposition. A crusty newspaperman is forced onto a committee to judge Christmas displays—a job that leads him to a suspiciously ostentatious ex-con and then a miracle. A hog farmer’s widow receives cryptic, unsolicited letters from a man in Schenectady about “the indefinable sweet aches of the spirit.” But what will she find when she goes to meet him in the flesh? These beautifully rendered works are a testament to Vonnegut’s unique blend of observation and imagination. Like a present left behind by a departed loved one, While Mortals Sleep bestows upon us a shimmering Kurt Vonnegut gift: a poignant reflection of our world as it is and as it could be.
Aimee Bender - The Color Master
The bestselling author of The Particular Sadness of Lemon Cake returns with a wondrous collection of dreamy, strange, and magical stories. Truly beloved by readers and critics alike, Aimee Bender has become known as something of an enchantress whose lush prose is “moving, fanciful, and gorgeously strange” (People), “richly imagined and bittersweet” (Vanity Fair), and “full of provocative ideas” (The Boston Globe). In her deft hands, “relationships and mundane activities take on mythic qualities” (The Wall Street Journal). In this collection, Bender’s unique talents sparkle brilliantly in stories about people searching for connection through love, sex, and family - while navigating the often painful realities of their lives. A traumatic event unfolds when a girl with flowing hair of golden wheat appears in an apple orchard, where a group of people await her. A woman plays out a prostitution fantasy with her husband and finds she cannot go back to her old sex life. An ugly woman marries an ogre and struggles to decide if she should stay with him after he mistakenly eats their children. Two sisters travel deep into Malaysia, where one learns the art of mending tigers who have been ripped to shreds. In these deeply resonant stories - evocative, funny, beautiful, and sad - we see ourselves reflected as if in a funhouse mirror. Aimee Bender has once again proven herself to be among the most imaginative, exciting, and intelligent writers of our time.
Ismeretlen szerző - The Reign of Istar
Open the door to the magic and wonder of the Dragonlance world... Meet an irrepressible kender determined to become a Solamnic knight. A bounty-hunter of heretics. An unlikely ogre savior of the dwarven race. And a black-robed mage juggling the fate of the world in the Tower of High Sorcery. Poetry and short stories by well-known Dragonlance authors, topped by a Raistlin novella by original creators Margaret Weis and Tracy Hickman. All set in the faraway time of the Kingpriest.
Connie Willis - Time is the Fire
This new collection of stories from the multi-award-winning author of DOOMSDAY BOOK and TO SAY NOTHING OF THE DOG contains: A Letter from the Clearys At the Rialto Death on the Nile The Soul Selects Her own Society Fire Watch Inside Job Even the Queen The Winds of Marble Arch All Seated on the Ground Last of the Winnebagos Ten stories - which have all won the HUGO AWARD, the NEBULA AWARD or both - are compulsory reading for the serious science fiction fan.
Veronica Roth - The Transfer
More Four! Fans of the Divergent series by #1 New York Times bestselling author Veronica Roth will be thrilled by "The Transfer," the first of four new short stories told from Four’s perspective. Each brief story explores the world of the Divergent series through the eyes of the mysterious but charismatic Tobias Eaton, revealing previously unknown facets of his personality, backstory, and relationships.
Edgar Allan Poe - Rejtelmes történetek / Mystery stories
A sötét éjszaka mesterében, Poe-ban minden együtt van: ő a kánon, a kinyilatkoztatás, ő a törvény, s ami azon felül van benne, az az ördögtől való. A fantasztikus elbeszélés és a bizarr rémtörténet legnagyobb képviselője mellesleg megteremtette a logikára alapított detektívtörténetek később oly divatossá vált műfaját. Bár a krimiszerzők névsora lassan körbeéri az egyenlítőt, a mesterség alapjait mindenki Poe-tól tanulta. A detektívregény minden lényeges eleme együtt van a történeteiben: a titokzatos bűntény, a több gyanúsított, a remek logikával és emberismerettel rendelkező amatőr detektív, akinek a hivatalos nyomozás képviselőivel is meg kell küzdenie. Az általa megteremtett leltár azóta sem igen bővült. Poe a detektívregényt az általa művelt rémmese örökségével keresztelte meg. Ő nem a világban megjelenő gonosztett külső valóságát ragadja meg, hanem a lélek mélységében gyökerező bűntett belső valóságát. "A detektívregényt - mondja Van Doren Stern - éppúgy, mint a könyvnyomtatást, csupán technikailag tökéletesítették. Mint művészi alkotást sem Gutenberg bibliáját, sem Poe A Morgue utcai kettős gyilkosság című művét nem múlták felül soha."
Veronica Roth - The Traitor
The Traitor is the fourth of four new short stories told from Four’s perspective. Each brief story explores the world of the Divergent series through the eyes of the mysterious but charismatic Tobias Eaton, revealing previously unknown facets of his personality, backstory and relationships.
Cassandra Clare - Sarah Rees Brennan - Born to Endless Night
Simon, like the rest of the Academy, is stunned when a navy-skinned warlock baby is found on the Academy steps. They hand the child over to guest lecturer Magnus Bane, who has to bring a child home… temporarily, of course… to his man!
Veronica Roth - The Son
The Son is the third of four new short stories told from Four’s perspective. Each brief story explores the world of the Divergent series through the eyes of the mysterious but charismatic Tobias Eaton, revealing previously unknown facets of his personality, backstory and relationships.
Ann Aguirre - Foundation
In Ann Aguirre’s award-winning novel, Enclave, humans have taken refuge in colonies below ground. Here is the story of what drove them there, told through the eyes of a teen who would later have vast influence over the fate of many, and who gave his heart to the one person who needed him most.
Clay Boutwell - The Peace Party Massacre
Kidnapped! An honorable man has gone missing and his wife is not in the least helpful. The sheriff dithers and every day brings death closer to a reality. It is late 1865. After hostilities cease, the Agora Society, led by the indomitable Carl Brooke, sends a group to aid the reconstruction of Wilmington Port in North Carolina and to encourage its sister society, the Nec Temere. Unknown to the volunteers, a heinous crime has been committed, creating a greater urgency for the Agora’s more… colorful services. This is a story of a near death, a murder, and the letter that introduces Carl Brooke to “the figure that looms so vividly” in his nightmares. Nec Temere, Nec Timide Neither Rashly, Nor Timidly -- In the style of Arthur Conan Doyle, Clay Boutwell brings back the Agora Society and its premier scholar, Carl Brooke. This is the third short story in the Agora Series, the others being: Two Tocks before Midnight and the Penitent Thief.
Washington Irving - The Legends of the Alhambra
"At first she touched her lute with a faltering hand, but gathering confidence and animation as she proceeded, drew forth such soft aerial harmony, that all present could scarce believe it mortal. As to the monarch, who had already considered himself in the world of spirits, he set it down for some angelic melody or the music of the spheres. By degrees the theme was varied and the voice of the minstrel accompanied the instrument. She poured forth one of the legendary ballads treating of the ancient glories of the Alhambra and the achievements of the Moors. Her whole soul entered into the theme, for with the recollections of the Alhambra was associated the story of her love. The funeral chamber resounded with the animating strain. It entered into the gloomy heart of the monarch. He raised his head and gazed around: he sat up on his couch, his eye began to kindle-at length, leaping upon the floor, he called for sword and buckler. The triumph of music, or rather of the enchanted lute, was complete: the demon of melancholy was cast forth: and, as it were, a dead man brought to life. The windows of the apartment were thrown open:the glorious efulgence of Spanish sunshine burst into the late lugubrious chamber: all eyes sought the lovely enchantress, but the lute had fallen from her hand, she had sunk upon the earth, and the next moment was clasped to the bosom of Ruyz de Alarcon..."
Charles Bukowski - Tales of Ordinary Madness
In these tales of ordinary madness, Charles Bukowski ingeniously mixes high and low culture, from prostitutes and the philosophy of Kant to despair and classical music, to create his modern dystopia. Inspired by D.H. Lawrence, John Fante and Hemingway, Bukowski’s writing is passionate, extreme and relentlessly realistic. These are angry yet tender, humorous and haunting portrayals of life in the underbelly of America. Charles Bukowski was one of America’s best-known and most prolific writers. During his lifetime he published more than forty-five books of poetry and prose including the novels Post Office (1971), Factotum (1975), Women (1978), and Pulp (1994) all available from Virgin Books.