The Slayers’ lives are short, and not very sweet. The Watchers’ Journals are full of their tales — their battles, their triumphs, and ultimately, their successors.
Buffy the Vampire Slayer is but the latest in a long line of women warriors stretching back to the dawn of humankind. As long as there have been vampires, there has been a Slayer. Usually called in her teens, the Chosen One leads a brief life full of conflict and doom.
From the Anasazi villages of A.D. 1250 to Shanghai, China, in 1866, from Hollywood in the ‘40s to Buffy’s predecessor in Tokyo of the ’90s, Slayers have always risen above their most recent defeat.
Four best-selling Buffy novelists come together in a collection of novellas chronicling tales of Slayers past. Christopher Golden, Nancy Holder, Mel Odom, and Yvonne Navarro each present a new entry in the historic line of Slayers.
Steve Fallon - Lonely Planet Slovenia
From the best ski spots in the Julian Alps,the most blissed-out spa experiences in Stajerska, the coolest white-water rafting in the Soca Valley and the spookiest caves in Europe, this 6th edition will tell you all you need to know. 70 Detailed and easy to use maps LOCAL TIPS and regional itineraries get you to the heart of the country EXPANDED activities coverage helps you explore Slovenia's exciting landscapes BEAUTIFUL colour highlights section to get you inspired
John Howe - Myth & Magic - The Art of John Howe
John Howe is one of the foremost fantasy artists working today, known especially for his remarkable renderings of J.R.R. Tolkien’s Middle–earth and as the conceptual artist for the film Lord of the Rings. Now, for the first time, 250 of Howe’s paintings and sketches have been collected in one volume.
Kelly Keaton - Darkness Becomes Her
Ari can’t help feeling lost and alone. With teal eyes and freakish silver hair that can’t be changed or destroyed, Ari has always stood out. And after growing up in foster care, she longs for some understanding of where she came from and who she is. Her search for answers uncovers just one message from her long dead mother: Run. Ari can sense that someone, or something, is getting closer than they should. But it’s impossible to protect herself when she doesn’t know what she’s running from or why she is being pursued. She knows only one thing: she must return to her birthplace of New 2, the lush rebuilt city of New Orleans. Upon arriving, she discovers that New 2 is very...different. Here, Ari is seemingly normal. But every creature she encounters, no matter how deadly or horrifying, is afraid of her. Ari won’t stop until she knows why. But some truths are too haunting, too terrifying, to ever be revealed.
Charles R. Cross - Heavier Than Heaven
Kurt Cobain's life and death fast became rock'n'roll legend. The worldwide success of his band, Nirvana, defined the music scene in the early 1990s and their songs spoke to and for a generation. Music journalist Charles R. Cross, a veteran of the Seattle music scene, relates this extraordinary story of artistic brilliance and the pain that extinguished it. _Heavier Than Heaven_ is the definitive life of one of the twentieth century's most creative and troubled music geniuses.
Claude C. Hopkins - My Life in Advertising and Scientific Advertising
Gain a lifetime of experience from the inventor of test marketing and coupon sampling -- Claude C. Hopkins. Here, you'll get two landmark works in one easy-to-carry volume and discover his fixed principles and basic fundamentals that still prevail today.
Anna Maxted - Being Committed
Hannah thinks you have to be absolutely nuts to want to get married. She's quite content with her life thank you very much - her job as a private investigator (albeit not a very successful one) for Hound Dog investigations, Jason (her boyfriend of ten years standing), and her relationship with her wonderful dad (pity her mum is such a disaster). Besides which, she's tried it once but she and Jack ended up divorced before she was 21: well really, it's a bit much to ask a girl to stay faithful when she's scarcely out of her teens and the world is full of such wonderful men- So when the long-suffering Jason proposes Hannah doesn't think twice about turning him down. But would she have said no quite so quickly had she known that only a month later he'd have gotten engaged to another person? Is she really the emotional retard that Jason thinks she is? Hannah's family is acting like she blew the one fluky chance she had of hooking a permanent man , and maybe - just maybe - there's something in Jason's theory that being committed means first coming to terms with your past.
Frederick P. Brooks Jr. - The mythical man-month
Few books on software project management have been as influential and timeless as The Mythical Man-Month. With a blend of software engineering facts and thought-provoking opinions, Fred Brooks offers insight for anyone managing complex projects. These essays draw from his experience as project manager for the IBM System/360 computer family and then for OS/360, its massive software system. Now, 20 years after the initial publication of his book, Brooks has revisited his original ideas and added new thoughts and advice, both for readers already familiar with his work and for readers discovering it for the first time. The added chapters contain (1) a crisp condensation of all the propositions asserted in the original book, including Brooks' central argument in The Mythical Man-Month: that large programming projects suffer management problems different from small ones due to the division of labor; that the conceptual integrity of the product is therefore critical; and that it is difficult but possible to achieve this unity; (2) Brooks' view of these propositions a generation later; (3) a reprint of his classic 1986 paper "No Silver Bullet"; and (4) today's thoughts on the 1986 assertion, "There will be no silver bullet within ten years."
Jessica Valenti - Full Frontal Feminism
Feminism isn't dead. It just isn't very cool anymore. Enter _Full Frontal Feminism_, a book that embodies the forward-looking messages that author Jessica Valenti propagates on her popular website, Feministing.com. Covering a range of topics, including pop culture, health, reproductive rights, violence, education, relationships, and more, Valenti provides young women a primer on why feminism matters. Valenti knows better than anyone that young women need a smart-ass book that deals with real-life issues in a style they can relate to. No rehashing the same old issues. No belaboring where today's young women have gone wrong. Feminism should be something young women feel comfortable with, something they can own. _Full Frontal Feminism_ is sending out the message to readers — yeah, you're feminists, and that's actually pretty frigging cool.
Barbara Taylor Bradford - Just Rewards
From the blockbuster bestselling author comes the dramatic conclusion to the saga that began with Emma Harte and A Woman of Substance. Four women at a crossroads. A family in crisis. And an enemy planning for his long-awaited chance at revenge. Who will have their Just Rewards? Linnet O'Neill, great-granddaughter of Emma Harte, finds herself following in the footsteps of the original woman of substance as she battles to modernize the family business. Returning from her honeymoon full of fresh ideas for bringing the Harte empire into the new century, Linnet locks horns with her mother, Paula, in a battle about the future. But due to unexpected circumstances, Linnet finds herself alone at the helm, just as her great-grandmother once was. Tesse Fairly is ready to start a new life after an acrimonious divorce -- which might include rivaling her sister Linnet for the top spot in the Harte business. India Standish, in the midst of planning her glamorous summer wedding in Ireland, is thrown off balance when her fianc�'s daughter Atlanta comes to live with them -- closely followed by his unstable ex-girlfriend, intent on trouble. And Evan Hughes, their American cousin, unwittingly brings an enemy into their midst! Evan's sister Angharad, who tries to infiltrate the quartet of young women, meets Jonathan Ainsley, the deadly enemy of the Hartes. Together, they spin a web of vengeance whereby no Harte is safe. Just Rewards brings the story of Emma Harte and A Woman of Substance full circle.
Amy Tan - Rules for Virgins
This sensual jewel of a tale is an extract from ‘Valley of Amazement’ – the first book in six years from the beloved and bestselling Amy Tan. Shanghai, 1912: beautiful courtesans compete for the patronage of wealthy gentlemen. The contest is deadly serious; if played well, it can set a young woman up for life as mistress to a rich and prominent man. However, erotic power is hard to achieve, especially in the loftiest social circles. Enter veteran temptress, Magic Gourd. Once one of the most beautiful women in Shanghai, now the attendant of Violet, an aspiring but inexperienced courtesan. Violet has youth, but Magic Gourd has the cunning without which Violet is sure to fail. These tricks of the trade are not in books; to pass them on, Magic Gourd must recall her own professional past, bringing her lessons alive with stories from a career spent charming and manipulating men. Amy Tan’s ‘Rules for Virgins’ is a painstaking recreation of this strict yet sexualised society. Shocking and intriguing, it reveals the vanity and folly, calculation and desire, that define the mysterious human heart.
Ambrose Bierce - An Occurrence at Owl Creek Bridge
''An Occurrence at Owl Creek Bridge'' is one of the most widely anthologized American short stories and is considered Ambrose Bierce's best work of short fiction. First published in Bierce's short story collection Tales of Soldiers and Civilians in 1891, the story centers on Peyton Farquhar, a southern planter who, while not a Confederate Soldier, is about to be hanged by the Union Army for attempting to destroy the railroad bridge at Owl Creek. As Farquhar stands on the bridge with a noose around his neck, Bierce leads the reader to believe that the rope breaks and that Farquhar falls into the water below, only to escape to his farm, where he is reunited with his wife. It is revealed at the end of the story, however, that Farquhar has, in fact, been hanged and that these imaginings took place in the seconds before his death. While ''An Occurrence at Owl Creek Bridge" has been occasionally faulted for what some critics consider its gimmicky ending, it has nonetheless been lauded as an example of technical brilliance and innovative narration as well as for its examination of such themes as the nature of time and the complexities of human cognition.
Housuke Nojiri - Rocket Girls: The Last Planet
When the Rocket Girls accidentally land in the yard of Yukari Morita's old school, it looks as though their experiment is ruined. Luckily, the geeky Akane is there to save the day. Fitting the profile - she's intelligent, enthusiastic, and petite - Akane is soon recruited by Solomon Space Association. Yukari and Akane are then given the biggest Rocket Girl mission yet: a voyage to the edge of the solar system and the minor planet of Pluto to save a NASA probe.
Dee Williams - Sorrows and Smiles
When young Pam King starts to go out with Robbie Bennetti, she can't understand her grandmother's fury. What secret is Ivy refusing to reveal? When Robbie fails to return from a visit to Italy, it seems brokenhearted Pam will never knowâuntil almost a lifetime later.
Matsuri Akino - Pet Shop of Horrors: Tokyo 7.
It's Kabukicho, Japan. A red light district where drifters gather and everything is obtainable. In this city, foreigners and citizens as well as purebloods and mixed bloods gather together to live and survive. Tonight as well, the strange creatures in Count D's pet shop raise their voices. He has any kind of pet you could wish for. A pet to join your family. A pet to be your life long partner. And...even pets that will end your life, if you so wish it. The new pets at Count D's shop appear to be cute and sweet...until their true identities are exposed.
Dorothy Edwards - My Naughty Little Sister's Friends
My naughty little sister is always doing silly things. She's curious about what's in a chimney and covers everything in soot! But when she has measles she's itchy and sad and grumpy and has to stay in bed, and can't be naughty at all!
Mike Gayle - Wish You Were Here
Their holiday brochure said 18 -- 30 ...But they've just turned 35. After ten years together Charlie Mansell has been dumped by his live-in girlfriend, Sarah. All he wants to do is wallow in misery, but mates Andy and Tom have a better idea: a week of sun, sea and souvlaki in Malia -- party capital of the Greek islands. But Charlie and his mates aren't eighteen any more. Or even under thirty. And it shows. It isn't the cheap beer, the late nights or even the fast-food that's the problem. It's girls. And life. And most of all ...each other. Wish You Were Here is a heart-warming, funny and wise tale about love and friendship and how seven days in the sun can change your life forever.
Ismeretlen szerző - Rogue Trader RPG - Core Rulebook
In Rogue Trader, you take on the role of a Rogue Trader and his most trusted counselors, empowered by an ancient warrant of trade to seek out profit and plunder amongst unexplored regions of space. Your ship will take you to new worlds and uncharted reaches of the void, where you will encounter rivals, pirates, aliens, and possibly even creatures of the warp. You will acquire and spend great wealth and riches, and fame or infamy will follow. You will discover ancient and forgotten mysteries and search out the unknown to find lost human worlds or never-before-seen celestial phenomena. You must survive the dangers of space, for beyond the threat of vacuum and deadly radiation lurk things Man was never meant to find... To be part of a Rogue Trader's crew is to stand on the threshold of nearly unlimited opportunity. Vast profits await for you and your fellow Explorers to find and claim. Fame and fortune reward the bold, but the unwary find only an anonymous death. Begin your players' path to wealth and glory with a complete starting adventure that puts the Explorers right into the middle of the action. The Rogue Trader core rulebook contains everything you need to start your adventure in the Warhammer 40,000 universe.
Patricia Cornwell - From Potter's Field
Christmas had never been a particularly good time for Dr Kay Scarpetta. Although a holiday for most, it always seem to heighten the alienation felt by society's violent fringe; and that usually means more work for Scarpetta, Virginia's Chief Medical ExaminerI. The body was naked, female and found propped against a fountain in a bleak area of New York's Central Park. Her apparent manner of death points to a modus operandi that is chillingly familiar: the gunshot wound to the head, the sections of skin excised from the body, the displayed corpse - all suggest that Temple Brooks Gault, Scarpetta's nemesis, is back at work. Calling on all her reserves of courage and skill, and the able assistance of colleagues Marino and Wesley, Scarpetta must track this most dangerous of killers in pursuit of survival as well as justice - heading inexorably to an electrifying climax amid the dark, menacing labyrinths of the New York subway.
Alessandra Zecchini - Savour
Close your eyes and conjure the aroma of home baking drifting from the kitchen When friends or family gather, nothing disappears more rapidly and readily than freshly made speciality bread or a just-baked tart placed on the table. In a savoury follow-up to Sweet As..., Alessandra Zecchini presents over a hundred recipes for pizza, tarts, pies and other delicious offerings for a wide range of occasions. Contents include pizza; focaccia and speciality breads; tarts and quiches; savoury pies; bite-size eats; and oven-free/non-baked dishes.