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A horse is a horse.... Staying on a horse is hard, and learning to ride is even harder. Especially when, for her Phys Ed beginner equitation class, Sabrina is assigned to ride a cranky and lame critter. His name? Mission Impossible. Uh-oh. If Sabrina can't learn basic horsemanship in the next two weeks, snobby classmate Debra will snicker, and worse, Sabrina's horse might be sold to a run-down rental stable. There's no time for horsing around. Looks like this might be an impossible mission for Sabrina, until Mission Impossible starts talking!
Eleven side trips to the dark edge of imagination by master storyteller Harlan Ellison, From the Land of Fear presents some of the author's early work from his start in the late fifties. Here you can see a vibrant, imaginative young writer honing his craft and sowing the seeds of what would become his brilliant career, including the standout piece "Soldier," a clever antiwar tale included both in short-story form and as a screenplay for TV's The Outer Limits. True Ellison fans will enjoy this collection as a chance to see the writer's growth over time. As Roger Zelanzy says in his wonderful Introduction, "He is what he is because of everything he's been up until the Now."
Sent away from Meadowsweet Farm after the tragic death of her mother, Hallie Muldoon has returned, determined to uncover the secrets that have kept her from her beloved childhood home. But some secrets are best left undisturbed. . . . Conjured by Hallie's dying grandmother, mysterious Trace Coltrane emerges from the mist with one purpose in mind: to protect Hallie and keep her safe from all harm. Much like a lone wolf, he is used to drifting. . . but Hallie's warmth leaves him yearning to fulfill her dream of home and family. As their newfound love grows, so do the dangers of secrets revealed. A past evil threatens to destroy all hope for the future with its simmering hatred. . . and Hallie is its target!
Earth's mightiest superteam-and dysfunctional as hell. OMNIPOTENT MAN-a body with the density of steel, and a brain to match -- THE FLYING SQUIRREL-aging playboy industrialist by day, avenging krypto-fascist by night -- IRON LASS-mythology's greatest warrior-but the world might be safer if she had a husband -- X-MAN-formerly of the League of Angry Blackmen . . . but not formerly enough -- THE BROTHERFLY-radioactively fly -- POWER GRRRL-perpetually deciding between fighting crime or promoting her latest album, clothing line, or sex scandal. Having finally defeated all archenemies, the members of the Fantastic Order of Justice are reduced to engaging in toxic office politics that could very well lead to a superpowered civil war. Only one woman can save them from themselves: Dr. Eva Brain-Silverman, aka Dr. Brain, the world's leading therapist for the extraordinarily abled."Faust has pretty much invented his own genre. He's totally original, full of surprises."-Richard K. Morgan, author of Altered Carbon"Samuel Delany, Harlan Ellison, and Ishmael Reed all rolled into one. Faust's writing is biting, insightful, and hugely entertaining."-Ernest Dickerson, director
Four strangers' lives are turned upside down when death comes for a visitAt first it seems like an ordinary dream. Talkative Englishman Ian McGann meets a long-dead acquaintance and asks him questions about the afterlife. But when he awakes, a thick pink scar stretches across his chest. Each subsequent night, as he dreams of death, he asks more questions, understands less, and awakens with increasingly gruesome injuries. When he meets an American traveler in Sardinia and tells him of his experience, the stranger begins having matching dreams--with the same painful results. Across the globe, a former TV icon struggles with leukemia, and a movie star falls in love with an HIV-positive photographer. All are flirting with death, and the more they struggle to understand the mysteries of the afterlife, the more they realize the world is not nearly as simple as they once believed. This ebook contains an all-new introduction by Jonathan Carroll, as well as an exclusive illustrated biography of the author including rare images from his personal collection.
This book contains a collection of all 118 short science fiction and fantasy stories of one of the masters of the vignette, all his short works except two which were rewritten into parts of a novel.
"One of the most important science fiction authors. Brunner held a mirror up to reflect our foibles because he wanted to save us from ourselves."--SF SiteFor each generation, there is a writer meant to bend the rules of what we know. Hugo Award winner (Best Novel, STAND ON ZANZIBAR) and British science fiction master John Brunner remains one of the most influential and respected authors of all time, and now E-Reads is pleased to re-introduce many of his classic works. For readers familiar with his vision, it's a chance to re-examine his thoughtful worlds and words, while for new readers, Brunner's work proves itself the very definition of timeless.Collected when Brunner was at the peak of his writing form, this even dozen of his short stories, with a bonus poem thrown into the mix, offers provocative ideas and thrilling action mixed with conceptions of the inevitable future, the inventable future, the alternate future, the future to be avoided and the future that is sometimes right now. A heady brew!
In Finney's cult classic Time and Again (1970), Manhattan adman Simon Morley joined a secret government time-travel project, transported himself back to the New York City of 1882, fell in love and decided to remain in the past. This entertaining sequel traces Simon's attempts to alter a course of events in 1912 and thereby prevent WWI.
B>Hunt, feed, repeat. . . Deirdre Griffin didn't choose to be a vampire. But she is. And she's determined to make the most of her fate. For Deirdre that means surrendering to the raging hunger ignited by even the slightest whiff of blood-a hunger that pulses through her body like a fever, demanding release. It means making friends in dark places-and savoring every hot, salty, bitter, revitalizing drop of life force the night has to offer. . .
Star of the previous year's basketball team, Jerry can't do anything right in the new season, but refuses to believe his new friend who, claiming to be a warlock, predicts Jerry's play won't improve until he changes his slovenly habits.
War--what is it good for? It's good for 19 all-new tales from the battlefield... Nineteen all-new tales that look at war from the perspective of everyone from human to alien, pixie to toy. From epic intergalactic struggles for the future of humankind to the microcosm of a single abandoned toy soldier in a boy's backyard; from a chemical experiment gone horribly wrong to a young recruit who may hold the key to "understanding" the enemy; from a half-mortal knight trying to avert a war with the Elfin Host to a Battle of Trenton fought against seven-foot tall Saurians, Front Lines brings together a diverse array of imaginative explorations of the phenomenon of war.
A Space Fantasy Filled with Horror The Mannschenn Drive was the gateway to the stars, but it had one unfortunate site effect . . . Traveling faster than light, mankind reverted to the bestial form of his own legendary nightmare: the werewolf. And space only feed the creatures they'd become. The lycanthropic horror that the full moon once called forth from the soul's depths, now no longer howls at the moon but soars far beyond it.
How do you fight a supernatural battle without the most secret and ancient of powers? This is precisely the question that Frost must answer when she is given the awesome task of delivering the Book of the Last Battle to those who have work in good magic. Frost must rely solely on the physical strength of her sword and the magic contained within her beauty to succeed in her quest and regain her powers.
In this #1 New York Times bestseller, author Patricia Briggs "has reached perfection" (The Nocturnal Library), as Mercy Thompson faces a shapeshifter's biggest fear... After an accident in bumper-to-bumper traffic, Mercy and her stepdaughter, Jesse, can't reach Alpha werewolf Adam--or anyone else in the pack, for that matter. They've all been abducted. Through their mating bond, all Mercy knows is that Adam is angry and in pain. But she fears Adam's disappearance may be related to the political battle the werewolves have been fighting to gain acceptance from the public--and that he and the pack are in serious danger. Outmatched and on her own, Mercy may be forced to seek assistance from any ally she can get, no matter how unlikely.
THE WINDS HAVE SHIFTED in the Beyond. It's summer, and that should mean warmth, fish, and meat, but blizzards rake the land and the caribou and moose that the wolves hunt are vanishing. Famine has arrived in the Beyond, and the strict order among the wolf clans is starting to break down. Worse, there's one wolf thriving on the chaos. He wears a stolen owl battle mask and calls himself the Prophet. There are horrible rumors that instead of helping the wolves survive, he's leading hundreds of them to their deaths. The elite wolves of the Watch send young Faolan and his friend Edme on a desperate mission to bring down the Prophet. But how can the two wolves stop an enemy they can't even find?
A massive vampire attack has put St. Vladimir's Academy on high alert. With the deadly creatures closing in, this year's trip to the wintery peaks of Idaho has just become mandatory. But Rose Hathaway can't escape her (guy) troubles. Her relationship with gorgeous tutor Dimitri can never be and her closest friend has just confessed to his huge crush on her . . . The glittering winter landscape may seem like the perfect hideaway - but Rose, and her heart, are in more danger than she ever imagined.
New York Times bestselling author Kelley Armstrong returns with the tenth installment of the Women of the Otherworld series. The Alaskan wilderness is a harsh landscape in the best of conditions, but with a pack of rogue werewolves on the loose, it's downright deadly. Elena Michaels, the Pack's chief enforcer, knows all too well the havoc "mutts" can wreak. When they hear of a series of gruesome maulings and murders outside Anchorage, she and her husband, Clay, journey to Alaska in the dead of winter in order to hunt down the dangerous werewolves. Trapped in this savage, untamed winter realm, she and Clay learn more about their own werewolf heritage than they bargained for, tapping a little more into the wild nature of the beast within. With Elena back in the starring role, this is the book Kelley Armstrong fans have been waiting for.
Fantasy fans of Rick Riordan's Percy Jackson and John Flanagan's Ranger's Apprentice series will embrace this first novel in an adventure-filled, Viking-inspired series by a debut author. Meet Karn. He is destined to take over the family farm in Norrøngard. His only problem? He'd rather be playing the board game Thrones and Bones. Enter Thianna. Half human, half frost giantess. She's too tall to blend in with other humans but too short to be taken seriously as a giant. When family intrigues force Karn and Thianna to flee into the wilderness, they have to keep their sense of humor and their wits about them. But survival can be challenging when you're being chased by a 1,500-year-old dragon, Helltoppr the undead warrior and his undead minions, an evil uncle, wyverns, and an assortment of trolls and giants. Readers will embark on a sweeping epic fantasy as they join Karn and Thianna on a voyage of discovery. Antics and hair-raising escapades abound in this fantasy adventure as the two forge a friendship and journey to unknown territory. Their plan: to save their families from harm. Debut novelist Lou Anders has created a rich world of over twenty-five countries inhabited by Karn, Thianna, and an array of fantastical creatures, as well as the Thrones and Bones board game. Praise for Frostborn:"A fun, fast-paced, and highly enjoyable tale." -Garth Nix, bestselling author of the Abhorsen trilogy"The most delightful fantasy I have read in ages. . . . Put me on the waiting list for book 2!" -Amy Plum, international bestselling author of the Die For Me series*"...a powerful, fast-paced tale... The setting is rich, the characters well-defined, and the danger ever-paramount." -Publishers Weekly, starred"Future fans of Tolkien and George R.R. Martin can happily cut their serial-fantasy teeth on this first book of an eventual series." -Kirkus Reviews"...an excellent choice for readers new to the genre. The themes of staying true to oneself, teamwork, and individuality will resonate with readers." -School Library Journal"...this accessible fantasy brings together two very different children bound by common goals." -BooklistFrom the Hardcover edition.
As a snowstorm locks down the city, someone beheads the wrong girl. Vampire-on-the-run Talia Rostova thinks it was meant to be her. Now she's the prime suspect in her own botched murder and the prisoner of her smoking hot neighbour - a hellhound. And the hot-blooded Lore was bred to serve and protect, so he's not freeing Talia until he's completely sure she's the prey and not the hunter.
Daughter of House HiloarWar Wizard of CormyrRenegadeOnly fools find themselves at Winterkeep after the first snowfall. The cold alone can kill, if you live long enough, and dangers far worse haunt the ruined keep in winter.But slavers stole her son. She would sacrifice everything to get him back. But in the uncaring, frozen north, will it be enough?About the AuthorMark Sehestedt (no relation to Laurence Tureaud) was born in Portales, New Mexico. He grew up on a steady diet of Marvel comic books, Star Trek reruns, Star Wars, science-fiction, horror, and Mel Brooks movies. His first attempt at a book was "How Not to Get Captured by Monsters on Halloween Night," which he wrote at age four while watching Scooby-Doo. It still hasn't found a publisher.He now lives in the Pacific Northwest with his wife, six children, a dog, a bird, a gecko, and various unnamed spiders. Frostfell is his first novel. Film rights are still available.
Frost is the daughter of a woman, a man, and a magical Demon Wolf. Or is she? This is a tale of survival, battle, love, and finding one's inner truth.
As one of the genetically enhanced Kyndred, Lilah can read and control the minds of animals. Rescuing a group of kids from a wayward bear brings her to the attention of GenHance, the shadowy biotech company willing to murder to acquire superhuman DNA. After being drugged and abducted, Lilah wakes up handcuffed to a half-dead man in a refrigerated truck. Walker, a soldier critically wounded in Afghanistan, is brought back to life by Lilah's warmth and determination and resolves to protect and free her. But Lilah has more to fear than GenHance. . .
Amidst the frozen ruins of an ancient city, wizards of different creeds are locked in a ferocious struggle. Each of them must seek to discover the treasures of a fallen empire and master long-forgotten but incredibly powerful magical lore. Each player takes on the role of a wizard from one of ten schools of magic, and builds his band of followers. While the wizard's apprentice will usually accompany his master, more than a dozen other henchmen types are available for hire, from lowly thugs to heavily armored knights and stealthy assassins. Wizards can build their magical knowledge by unlocking ancient secrets, with the potential to learn up to 80 spells in total. As players gain power and wealth, they can develop their headquarters on the outskirts of the city, turning one of a dozen different basic locations into bastions of their art, equipping them with alchemical laboratories, mystical forges, astronomical telescopes and other magical resources. While individual games of Frostgrave are quick and can easily be played in an hour or two, it is by connecting these games into an ongoing campaign, that players will find the most enjoyment. The scenarios given in the book are merely the beginning of the limitless, thrilling adventures that can be found amidst the ruins of the lost city.
The second book in Erin Bowman's gripping dystopian sci-fi series, this exhilarating sequel to Taken is perfect for fans of Incarceron by Catherine Fisher and Variant by Robison Wells.Gray Weathersby has escaped Claysoot and uncovered the truth behind the Laicos Project and the Order's twisted plans. Determined to fight back, his small group of rebels is on the hunt for more answers and more allies--a search that will take them on a harrowing journey across a frozen wasteland, and even deeper into a world built on the Order's lies.In Frozen, discover more of the nonstop action and riveting plot twists that made Marie Lu, New York Times bestselling author of the Legend trilogy, call Taken "an action-packed thrill ride from beginning to end."
"As fearless as a futuristic Game of Thrones."-- MARGARET STOHL, New York Times bestselling co-author of the Beautiful Creatures trilogyFrom Melissa de la Cruz and Michael Johnston, the New York Times bestselling authors of the Blue Bloods and Witches of East End series.Welcome to New Vegas, a city once covered in bling, now blanketed in ice. Like much of the destroyed planet, the place knows only one temperature--freezing. But some things never change. The diamond in the ice desert is still a 24-hour hedonistic playground and nothing keeps the crowds away from the casino floors, never mind the rumors about sinister sorcery in its shadows. At the heart of this city is Natasha Kestal, a young blackjack dealer looking for a way out. Like many, she's heard of a mythical land simply called "the Blue." They say it's a paradise, where the sun still shines and the waters are turquoise. More importantly, it's a place where Nat won't be persecuted, even if her darkest secret comes to light. But passage to the Blue is treacherous, if not impossible, and her only shot is to bet on a ragtag crew of mercenaries led by a cocky runner named Ryan Wesson there. Danger and deceit await on every corner, even as Nat and Wes find themselves inexorably drawn to each other. But can true love survive the lies? Fiery hearts collide in this fantastic tale of the evil men do and the awesome power within us all. This is a remarkable first book in a spellbinding new series about the dawn of a new kind of magic.
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