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Four Arthurian Romances: Eric Et Enide

by Chretien Detroys

Erec et Enide features many of the common elements of Arthurian romance, such as Arthurian characters, the knightly quest, and women or love as a catalyst to action. While it is not the first story to use conventions of the Arthurian characters and setting, Chrétien de Troyes is credited with the invention of the Arthurian romance genre by establishing expectation with his contemporary audience based on its prior knowledge of the subjects.

Four Arthurian Romances: Lancelot

by Chretien Detroys

The action centers on Lancelot's rescue of the queen after she has been abducted by Meleagant, the son of Bademagu. The Abduction of Guinevere is one of the oldest motifs in Arthurian legend, appearing also in Caradoc of Llancarfan's Life of Gildas and carved on the archivolt in Modena Cathedral.

Four Arthurian Romances: Yvain

by Chretien Detroys

In the poem, Yvain seeks to avenge his cousin Calogrenant who had been defeated by an otherworldly knight Esclados beside a magical storm-making stone in the forest of Brocéliande. Yvain defeats Esclados and falls in love with his widow Laudine.

Four Baboons Adoring the Sun and Other Plays

by John Guare

The setting is Sicily, the island where the gods once spent their holidays. The principals are a newlywed couple in their forties, who hope to meld the children of their previous marriages into a brave, new, postnuclear family. But in John Guare's vastly original and eerily beautiful new play, any family may be reconstructed as a tragic pantheon, enacting passion as ancient as the strata of an archaeological dig and as catastrophic as an earthquake.

Four Beastly Kendra Chronicles Collection

by Alex Flinn

A hapless witch, a bad boy turned beast, a beautiful girl and her wicked stepmother...what more could you want in these four modernized fairy tales, in one collection for the first time, by #1 New York Times bestselling author Alex Flinn.Beastly: Kyle was the cutest guy at school--and the most heartless. Kendra's spell turned him into a beast, but can Lindy's love turn him back into a boy? After winning a VOYA Editor's Choice award and spending over 22 weeks on the New York Times bestseller list, Beastly, a retelling of Beauty and the Beast, became a major feature film starring Vanessa Hudgens, Alex Pettyfer, Mary Kate Olsen, and Neil Patrick Harris.Beastly: Lindy's Diary: This novella lets readers peek into the journal Lindy kept while she was getting to know--and love--her beast.Bewitching: Kendra shares her other schemes that have gone wrong . . . no matter how hard she tries! These tweaked fairy tales take readers all through history and all over the world.Mirrored: In this retelling of Snow White, beautiful Celine must take refuge with her friend Goose and his family since her wicked stepmother, Violet, is on a mission to be the fairest of all and won't let anything--including Celine--get in her way.

Four Blind Mice (Alex Cross #8)

by James Patterson

Detective Alex Cross is on his way to resign from the Washington, D.C., Police Force when his partner shows up at his door with a case he can't refuse. One of John Sampson's oldest friends, from their days together in Vietnam, has been arrested for murder. Worse yet, he is subject to the iron hand of the United States Army. The evidence against him is strong enough to send him to the gas chamber.Sampson is certain his friend has been framed, and Alex's investigation turns up evidence overlooked-or concealed-by the military authorities. Drawing on their years of street training and an almost telepathic mutual trust, Cross and Sampson go deep behind military lines to confront the most terrifying-and deadly-killers they have ever encountered. Behind these three highly skilled killing machines there appears to be an even more threatening controller. Discovering the identity of this lethal genius will prove to be Cross's most terrifying challenge ever.On his visits home, Alex must confront another, more harrowing mystery: what's the matter with Nana Mama? As he explores the possibility of a new relationship with a woman who offers him new hope, Alex must also confront the fact that his beloved grandmother is only human.

Four Blondes

by Candace Bushnell

From the author of Sex and the City, 4 novellas about being single women in New York City.

Four Blondes (Books That Changed the World)

by Candace Bushnell

The New York Times bestseller that “chronicles the glittering lives of semicelebrities, social aspirants, and moneyed folk [with] withering precision” (The New York Times). From the author of Sex and the City, this collection of novellas tells the stories of four women facing up to the limitations of their rapidly approaching middle age in an era that worships youth. From the former it-girl heroine of “Nice N’Easy,” who each summer looks for a rich man who’ll provide her with a house in the Hamptons, to the narrator of “Single Process,” who goes to London on a hunt for love and a good magazine story, Candace Bushnell brings to life contemporary women in search of something more—when the world is pushing for them to settle for less. Sexy, funny, and “mercilessly satirical” (Publishers Weekly), Four Blondes is a knowing look at what lurks beneath our obsessions with sex, celebrity, and social status.“Stiletto-sharp wit and dialogue…A compulsive read.”—OK Magazine

The Four Books: A Novel

by Yan Lianke

From master storyteller Yan Lianke, winner of the prestigious Franz Kafka Prize and a finalist for the Man Booker International Prize, The Four Books is a powerful, daring novel of the dog-eat-dog psychology inside a labor camp for intellectuals during Mao’s Great Leap Forward. A renowned author in China, and among its most censored, Yan’s mythical, sometimes surreal tale cuts to the bone in its portrayal of the struggle between authoritarian power and man’s will to prevail against the darkest odds through camaraderie, love, and faith. In the ninety-ninth district of a sprawling reeducation compound, freethinking artists and academics are detained to strengthen their loyalty to Communist ideologies. Here, the Musician and her lover, the Scholar along with the Author and the Theologian are forced to carry out grueling physical work and are encouraged to inform on each other for dissident behavior. The prize: winning the chance at freedom. They're overseen by preadolescent supervisor, the Child, who delights in reward systems and excessive punishments. When agricultural and industrial production quotas are raised to an unattainable level, the ninety-ninth district dissolves into lawlessness. And then, as inclement weather and famine set in, they are abandoned by the regime and left alone to survive.

Four British Mysteries

by David Stuart Davies Nikki Dudley Sally Spedding Thoams Brown

Four British Mysteries: crime, detective, thriller and (mild) horror set in Britain by British authors.Lynnwood, by Thomas Brown, set in the New Forest, was listed for the 2014 People's Book Prize;A Taste for Blood, set in and around London, by the acclaimed Sherlock Holmes expert David Stuart Davies;Ellipsis, set in London, a psychological thriller by Nikki Dudley;Cold Remains, set in London and Wales, by crime writer and award-winning poet, Sally Spedding.Four great reads, for those who like to wrap their minds round unusual plots.

Four Chairs

by Carole Mohr

Chippy Chipmunk invites all his friends over to celebrate his birthday, but finds out that he doesn't have enough chairs.

Four Cheese Murder: Book 7 in Papa Pacelli's Pizzeria Series

by Patti Benning

As winter ravages northern Maine, the small coastal town of Kittiport has to pull together to offer help to the less fortunate. When Eleanora Pacelli hears about a local charity dedicated to supplying winter clothes, blankets, and warm food to those in need, she jumps at the chance to get more involved with the community - and create some good publicity for Papa Pacelli's at the same time. Tragedy strikes at the local community center while Ellie is dropping off a donation, and she finds herself embroiled in a case that is shrouded in mystery. With the sheriff out of commission, she has to rely on her own intuition and skills to find out the truth about the victim's unusual death.

Four Christmases

by Nell Iris

Will a decade-old family feud and long held secrets stand in the way of love?Auden Whipple is searching for a bit of peace and quiet from his loud family when he stumbles across the neighbor, Porter Eldin. Porter is scorching hot on a freezing Christmas Day, and nothing like Auden expected. A moment shared by the creek begins a relationship that surprises them both.As the Christmases pass, Auden and Porter’s relationship deepens. But the obstacle of the unresolved conflict between the Whipples and the Eldins makes Auden worried. Worried to tell his family of his new-found love, worried that the conflict will come between them.Can two men truly in love help mend fences that have been broken for too long? Can the holiday spirit help Auden and Porter find their happily ever after?

Four Classic Alex Delaware Thrillers 4-Book Bundle

by Jonathan Kellerman

For decades, thriller master Jonathan Kellerman has been keeping readers in suspense, putting to the test the razor-sharp insights of Dr. Alex Delaware. Alongside friend and partner, LAPD detective Milo Sturgis, the psychologist sleuth confronts mystery, deception, and danger. Now four of Delaware's most exhilarating adventures--Silent Partner, Devil's Waltz, Bad Love, and Self-Defense--are packaged together in one gripping eBook bundle perfect for stay-up-late entertainment. Contains an exciting preview of Jonathan Kellerman's upcoming novel Guilt! SILENT PARTNER "A complex and haunting story of tangled personalities, deeply buried family secrets, and of violence lying thinly under the surface . . . hits the reader right between the eyes."--Los Angles Times Book Review At a party for a controversial sex therapist, Alex encounters Sharon Ransom, an alluring lover who, more than a decade earlier, abruptly left him. The following day Sharon is dead, an apparent suicide. Driven by guilt and sadness, Alex plunges into the labyrinthine maze of her life--a journey taking him to the pleasure palaces of California's ultrarich, and deep into the dark alleyways of the mind, where childhood terrors still hold sway. DEVIL'S WALTZ "I double dare you to start reading Devil's Waltz and put it down."--Larry King Toddler Cassie Jones is rushed to the hospital with symptoms no doctor can explain. When Alex is called to investigate, instinct tells him that someone--Cassie's parents or the child's devoted nurse--could be a monster. Then a physician is brutally killed, and a shadowy death revealed. Alex and Milo have only a few hours to discover the link between these shocking events and baby Carrie's terrifying condition. BAD LOVE "Bad Love will have you looking over your shoulder before you turn out the lights."--Detroit Free Press Arriving in an unmarked brown wrapper is an audiocassette recording of a horrifying scream, followed by the chanting of a childlike voice. The tape is an early intimation that Alex is entering a living nightmare. With Milo's help, Alex uncovers a diabolical pattern of violent murder. And if they do not quickly decipher the twisted logic of a stalker's mind game, Alex will be the next to die. SELF-DEFENSE "Exciting . . . loaded with tension and packed with titillating insights."--The New York Times Book Review Lucy Lowell is referred to Alex for help with a recurring nightmare of a child in the forest at night, watching a strange and furtive act. Now Lucy's dream is disrupting her waking life, and Alex is concerned. The dream's grip on her emotions suggests to him that it may be more than a nightmare. It could be Lucy's repressed childhood memory of something chillingly real. Something like murder.

Four Classic American Novels

by Nathaniel Hawthorne Mark Twain Stephen Crane Herman Melville Sandra Newman

An adulteress, a runaway boy, a terrified soldier, and a maltreated sailor-all the heroes of these must-read novels have become part of our American literary heritage.

Four Classic Ghostly Tales

by Anita Miller

Here lie four remarkable ghost stories, carefully culled from a genre that had a great flowering in the mid-nineteenth and early twentieth centuries. They have been chosen because they are skillfully written; the reader--like the protagonists--is drawn slowly and inexorably into a nightmare that seems all the more credible because the world in which it happens is ordinary, filled with realistic detail. In addition, each of the four authors employs consideration psychological insight, so that the tales operate on multiple levels. The length of these stories has prevented them from being frequently anthologized. Aficionados of ghost stories are in for a treat! Included in this collection: "The Beckoning Fair One" by Oliver Onions, "How Love Came to Professor Guildea" by Robert Hichens, "The Old Nurse's Story" by Elizabeth Gaskell, "Couching at the Door" by D.K. Broster

Four Comedies

by William Shakespeare David Bevington David Scott Kastan

The Taming of the ShrewRobust and bawdy, The Taming of the Shrew captivates audiences with outrageous humor as Katharina, the shrew, engages in a contest of wills-and love-with her bridegroom, Petruchio, in a comedy of unmatched theatrical brilliance, filled with visual gags and witty repartee. A Midsummer Night's DreamFairy magic, love spells, and an enchanted wood turn the mismatched rivalries of four young lovers into a marvelous mix-up of desire and enchantment, all touched by Shakespeare's inimitable vision of the intriguing relationship between dreams and the waking world.The Merchant of VeniceThis dark comedy of love and money contains one of the truly mythic figures in literature-Shylock, the Jewish moneylender. The "pound of flesh" he demands as payment of Antonio's debt has become a universal metaphor for vengeance. Here, pathos and farce combine with moral complexity and romantic entanglements, to display the extraordinary power and range of Shakespeare at his best.Twelfth NightSet in a topsy-turvy world like a holiday revel, this comedy juxtaposes a romantic plot involving separated twins and mistaken identity with a more satiric one about the humiliation of a pompous killjoy. The hilarity is touched with melancholy, and the play ends, not with laughter, but with a clown's plaintive song.Each Edition Includes:* Comprehensive explanatory notes * Vivid introductions and the most up-to-date scholarship * Clear, modernized spelling and punctuation, enabling contemporary readers to understand the Elizabethan English* Completely updated, detailed bibliographies and performance histories * An interpretive essay on film adaptations of the play, along with an extensive filmographyFrom the Paperback edition.

Four Complete Classic Novels

by Lawrence H. Feigenbaum

Contains complete versions of four classic novels: Treasure Island (by Robert Louis Stevenson); A Christmas Carol (by Charles Dickens); The Man Without A Country (by Edward Everett Hale); and The Adventures of Tom Sawyer (by Mark Twain)

Four Complete Lord Peter Wimsey Novels

by Dorothy L Sayers

The complete and unabridged versions of Whose Body?, Clouds of Witness, Murder Must Advertise, and Gaudy Night.

Four Complete Novels

by Frank Herbert

Whipping Star, The Dosadi Experiment, The Santaroga Barrier and Soul Catcher.

Four Corners

by Kate Mcmurray

Since childhood, Jake, Adam, Kyle, and Brendan have been teammates, best friends, brothers. Then one day, when they were twenty-five, Adam disappeared without a word, devastating his friends--none more so than Jake, who had secretly loved Adam since they were teenagers. Now, five years later, Adam is back, and he has his mind set on Jake. But those years of anger, hurt, and confusion are a lot to overcome, and Jake doesn't find it easy to forgive. He isn't sure they'll ever fit together the way they did. Jake, Kyle, and Brendan have moved on with their lives, but Adam's high-profile career keeps him in the closet--the same place he's been for years. Still, his apologies seem sincere, and the attraction is still there. Jake desperately wants to give him a chance. But first he has to find out why Adam left and if he's really back for good.

Four Corners

by Wally Rudolph

Four Corners is a bare-knuckled debut novel in the style of Daniel Woodrell, Barry Hannah, and Charles Bowden. Both a savage, mean-streets thriller and a heartbreaking story of unfortunate love, Four Corners is carved from the rich, distinct voices and landscapes of the American Southwest. It manages to be brutal and beautiful at the same time.For the better part of thirty-seven years, Frank Bruce has hobbled through his life, dragging his hunger for amphetamines, alcohol, and crime behind him like a heap of tarnished weight. Now, emboldened by the love of his child-fiancé Maddie Nicole, Frank turns his back on all his addictions and runs away from New Mexico hoping for a second chance.Frank goes on the lam through the drug underworld of the Southwest trying to save Sean from his meth-riddled father and Machiavellian grandfather, the casino mogul Marcus Shenk, whose brutal tyranny crosses over all four corners of the southwest. Trapped by his crooked past, but determined to protect everything he loves, Frank looks for help from his onetime mentor, drug kingpin and murderer Jon Santer. But in doing so, Frank unknowingly drags himself and all that he is trying to keep safe into a final, vile reckoning with Shenk, his henchmen, and his terrible, corrupt legacy.

The Four Corners of my Past

by Alaitz Arruti

When Elena Bas woke up on a Tuesday morning in her apartment in Barcelona, she couldn’t imagine that the day of her fortieth birthday would become a journey through her past. Before the clock turns nine in the morning, Elena, will meet again with feelings she thought were forgotten, distant lovers, persons who in one way or another, had changed her life. At her forty years of age, she was the sum of every Elena that she once was, but she was also the Elena of Quim, Edward, Gibel and Manel. Four people, four stories, four moments of one life. If you had the opportunity of looking at your past face to face What would you say to it?

Four Corners of Night

by Craig Holden

In his critically acclaimed novels The River Sorrow and The Last Sanctuary, Craig Holden forged a powerful, poetic vision of the American heartland. Now the writer The New York Times calls "astonishing" returns to this haunting landscape in his newest work. At once a suspenseful search for the truth in a teenage girl's abduction and a multilayered rumination on family, love, and friendship, Four Corners of Night explores bold new terrain in literary suspense fiction.It's 9:00 A.M. in an unnamed Midwestern city. Bank Arbaugh and Mack Steiner have just come off a typical night shift--patrolling the city, scaring off prostitutes, shaking up the usual suspects. Sitting in Denny's, waiting for bacon and eggs, they get a call over the radio: A teenage girl is missing. With a glance, the two cops--best friends since childhood, as close as brothers-- know their lives have shifted off balance, because seven years before, Bank's own daughter went missing and has not been found to this day.Two parallel stories: two girls from opposite sides of town, seven years separating them. As evidence mounts, one case begins to illuminate the other, until finally, the inevitable conclusion is revealed. Craig Holden takes us on a harrowing journey into the night, and exposes not only the heart of a tattered American city, but also of two men whose lives are intertwined in loss, envy, and love.Stunning, haunting, and unforgettable, Four Corners of Night is a book that makes us think about friendship, the stuff of heroism, and the meaning of truth. Holden stops at nothing to ask the question: To what lengths will we go to overlook what we don't want to see?

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