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Traitor's Sun

by Bradley Marion Zimmer

The power of laran. It has been fifteen years since Marguerida Alton returned to Darkover, discovered the terrifying powers of her special laran, and fell in love with Mikhail Lanhart-Hastur, heir designate to the regency of Darkover. With the proper instruction Margerida has, over time, learned to control her telepathic Gift, and can even work with her unique shadow matrix. Now Marguerida's life is more settled - though no less hectic. As the seconds-in-command to the aging Regent, Regis Hastur, life in Comyn Castle for Marguerida and Mikhail is far from serene. But the current tensions in Darkover have more to do with the Terran Federation than with anything internal to Darkover. For nearly ten years, Lyle Belfontaine, the corrupt and ambitious Station Chief at Federation Headquarters in Thendara, has been pressuring Comyn Council to relinquish Darkover's Protected status and join the Federation as a full member planet. Yet this is something Comyn Council will never to agree to do, for it would mean the death of their culture and the rape of their planetary resources. But when the military coup rocks the Federation, cutting off all communication with local envoys, Belfontaine sees an opportunity to wrest by force what he has been unable to gain through diplomacy and plans a violent takeover on Darkover. Can Mikhail and Marguerida face the might of Terran weapons with only their combined telepathic laran powers?

The Magic Toybox

by Denise Little

13 all-new tales about the magic of childhood. In this exciting short story collection, toys come to life through the love and belief of the children who play with them. Thirteen authors take up the challenge of filling readers' fantastical toyboxes with intriguing playthings. A tiny Mr. Magoo yearns to escape the Old Things Roadshow and get home to the woman he'd been stolen from. A child slave in Rome dreams of owning a wooden gladiator. Could an act of magic fulfill his dream? Can a ghost who's found refuge in a what-not doll solve a case of unrequited love?

Novel Ideas-Fantasy

by Brian Thomsen

Eight award-winning stories that served as the genesis for some of the most memorable novels and series in fantasy. Includes authors' introductions.

Novel Ideas-Fantasy

by Martin H. Greenberg Brian M. Thomsen

How do novels get their start? The answers to that question often prove as varied as the authors who create them. In Novel Ideas: Fantasy, seven of the genre's most talented tellers of tale are represented by eight masterful short works--many of them award winners--which laid the groundwork for some of the most acclaimed fantasy novels and series in the field.

The Return of Nightfall

by Mickey Zucker Reichert

"Finally, a new Nightfall novel. . . this is a great story. --Starlog .

Grasp the Stars

by Jennifer Wingert

Pursued by members of every species, Meris-the most ancient and legendary of the Jadamiin-is a stowaway on a ship bound for the Port Earth space station. But the pursuit isn't over-and suddenly Port Earth is embroiled in high level intrigue that could annihilate the entire station. .

The Gates of Heaven

by Curt Benjamin

The evil sorcerer Markko has sworn to capture the last of Prince Llesho's brothers. If Markko succeeds, Llesho will not be able to save Thebin, or reopen the Gates of Heaven. As murder and dark magic threaten Llesho's alliances, he realizes his only chance lies in finding his brothers first. So begins a desperate hunt that will lead the prince from the slave market to a sea voyage fraught with perils, and an incredible discovery about the sorcerer who seems bent on his destruction. .

Prince of Dreams

by Curt Benjamin

Here is Volume Two of Seven Brothers-a magnificent fantasy saga of kingdoms lost, nobles enslaved, families reunited and gods reborn. . . Llesho has succeeded in finding several of his brothers and winning the aid of allies such as the trickster god, the emperor, two gladiators, a young witch and a goddess. But can he discover the truth about his own identity? And can he survive the ultimate masters of evil?

The Forbidden Circle

by Bradley Marion Zimmer

These two classic Darkover novels tell the epic tale of four people who challenged the ancient laws of the matrix towers. .

The Prince of Shadow

by Curt Benjamin

This first novel in the Seven Brothersseries draws upon the rich legends, cultures, and traditions of the East to create an epic tale. Llesho was only seven years old when the Harn invaded Thebin, slaying his father and selling the boy into slavery. On Pearl Island, he was trained as a diver-until a vision changed his life completely. The spirit of his long-dead teacher revealed the truth about Llesho's royal family-his brothers were alive, but enslaved, living in distant lands. Now, to free his brothers-and himself-Llesho must become a gladiator. He must go face to face with sorcerers. And gods. And more.

The Staggerford Murders and Nancy Clancy's Nephew

by Jon Hassler

Filled with his trademark humor and warmth, Jon Hassler's The Staggerford Murders and The Life and Death of Nancy Clancy's Nephew offer a welcome return to the town that has captivated readers for years. In The Staggerford Murders, residents of the Ransford Hotel "solve" the nine- year-old murder of esteemed Staggerford citizen Neddy Nichols and the disappearance of his widow, Blanche. Hassler's wry humor is in full force as this wonderful tale unfolds. In the more poignant and bittersweet The Life and Death of Nancy Clancy's Nephew, elderly W. D. Nestor finds his loneliness dispelled by his friendship with a young Staggerford boy, but it is a sudden visit to his one hundred-year-old Aunt Nancy that provides the peace he has always been looking for.

The Westing Game (Puffin Modern Classics)

by Ellen Raskin

"A supersharp mystery...confoundingly clever, and very funny." --Booklist, starred review A bizarre chain of events begins when sixteen unlikely people gather for the reading of Samuel W. Westing's will. And though no one knows why the eccentric, game-loving millionaire has chosen a virtual stranger--and a possible murderer--to inherit his vast fortune, on things for sure: Sam Westing may be dead...but that won't stop him from playing one last game! Winner of the Newbery Medal Winner of the Boston Globe/Horn Book Award An ALA Notable Book "Great fun for those who enjoy illusion, word play, or sleight of hand." --The New York Times Book Review "A fascinating medley of word games, disguises, multiple aliases, and subterfuges--a demanding but rewarding book." --The Horn Book

Parched

by Heather King

This powerful memoir chronicles how the author became her drinking self, spending over 20 years in a cycle of drinking and self-loathing. From highly functioning alcoholic to living in dive bars, King's painful and poignant story tells how she evolved, stopped, and changed her life.

Time and Chance

by Penman Sharon Kay

The long-awaited sequel to Sharon Kay Penman's acclaimed novel When Christ and His Saints Slept, Time and Chancerecounts the tempestuous marriage of Eleanor of Aquitaine and Henry II in a magnificent story of love, power, ambition-and betrayal. He was nineteen when they married, she eleven years his senior, newly divorced from the King of France. She was beautiful, headstrong, intelligent, and rich. It was said he was Fortune's favorite, but he said a man makes his own luck. Within two years, Henry had made his, winning the throne of England and exercising extraordinary statecraft skills to control his unruly barons, expand his own powers, and restore peace to a land long torn by banditry and bloodshed. Only in one instance did Henry err: Elevating his good friend and confidant Thomas Becket to be Archbishop of Canterbury, he thought to gain control over the Church itself. But the once worldly Becket suddenly discovered God, and their alliance withered in the heat of his newfound zeal. What Becket saw as a holy mission-to protect the Church against State encroachments-Henry saw as arrant betrayal, and they were launched inevitably on the road to murder. Rich in character and color, true to the historical details, sensitive to the complex emotions of these men and women, Time and Chancerecreates their story with all the drama, pain, and passion of the moment. It is Penman at her best.

What's Worth Knowing

by Wendy Lustbader

Colorful and enlightening vignettes about life by everyday people in their seventies, eighties, and nineties. When social worker Wendy Lustbader was asked to take down the histories of residents in a retirement community, she discovered that "the man with Alzheimer's in room 410" was actually ninety-six-year-old Ole Harlen, a former concert pianist. "The woman who people-watches in the lobby" was really Lila Lane, who eloped to Tijuana with her sweetheart at age sixteen, and who at age seventy-five bemoaned the fact that she could no longer wear high heels. Lustbader gathered these stories and more into What's Worth Knowing, a compilation of unforgettable first-person testimonials on love, truth, grief, faith, and fulfillment by people in their seventies, eighties, and nineties. Israel Grosskoff, for example, describes learning about trust while hiding from the Nazis during World War II. Giuseppe Maestriami passes on child-rearing lessons he discovered through growing prize-winning tomatoes. And Arsene St. Amand talks about the importance of making time for love-which he found for the first time only six months before his death. In What's Worth Knowing, readers can spend time with Ole, Lila, Israel, Giuseppe, and Arsene-and a hundred others, whose wisdom matters all the more because of the way they've acquired it. .

The Way of the Warrior

by Andrew Matthews

Enter the world of the Samurai, an order steeped in mystery and tradition, in this thrilling tale of revenge. Synopsis Vowing to avenge his parents' death, Jimmu becomes a Samurai, an expert and lethal fighter. After infiltrating his sworn enemy's personal guard, his skills and loyalties come under heavy attack, in this graphic and gripping story.

Lysistrata

by Aristophanes Judith Fletcher Douglass Parker

In Lysistrata a band of women tap into the awesome power of sex in order to end a war.

The Danish Girl

by David Ebershoff

Set against the glitz and decadence of 1920s Copenhagen, Paris and Dresden, and inspired by a true story, The Danish Girl is about one of the most passionate and unusual marriages of the twentieth century. Einar Wegener and his American wife Greta Waud have been married for six years, but are yet to have a child. Both painters, they live a life of bohemian languor in Copenhagen until one day their lives are irreversibly altered. The Danish Girl eloquently portrays the intimacy that defines a marriage and the nearly forgotten story of the love between a man who discovers that he is, in fact, a woman, and his wife who would sacrifice anything for him. This elegantly written, sensual and engrossing novel is a wonderful celebration of love. With great sensitivity and intelligence, David Ebershoff tells the story of this extraordinary marriage, which survives the hardest test any couple could face. Praise for The Danish Girl 'an engrossing story of true love, suffering and sacrifice' -Sunday Telegraph 'a quality of extraordinariness. . . an astonishing idea, rendered arrestingly: a hypnotising uniqueness' -Courier-Mail 'an enthralling read' -The Times 'an unusual and affecting love story' -New York Times

The House of Rothschild

by Niall Ferguson

In his rich and nuanced portrait of the remarkable, elusive Rothschild family, Oxford scholar and bestselling author Niall Ferguson uncovers the secrets behind the family's phenomenal economic success. He reveals for the first time the details of the family's vast political network, which gave it access to and influence over many of the greatest statesmen of the age. And he tells a family saga, tracing the importance of family unity and the profound role of Judaism in the lives of a dynasty that rose from the confines of the Frankfurt ghetto and later used its influence to assist oppressed Jews throughout Europe. A definitive work of impeccable scholarship with a thoroughly engaging narrative, The House of Rothschild is a biography of the rarest kind, in which mysterious and fascinating historical figures finally spring to life.

In Conquest Born

by Friedman C. S.

In Conquest Born is the monumental science fiction epic that received unprecedented acclaim#151;and launched C. S. Friedman's phenomenal career. A sweeping story of two interstellar civilizations#151;locked in endless war, it was nominated for the John W. Campbell Award.

Who Left that Body in the Rain?

by Patricia Sprinkle

Sixty-something Southerner MacLaren Yarbrough keeps busy as a county magistrate, a co-owner of Yarbrough's Feed, Seed and Nursery, and a loving wife and mother. But her penchant for snooping around in other people's business often lands her up to her neck in murder... In Hopemore, Georgia, good ol' boy Skye MacDonald lives life large--as a dedicated family man, back-slapping civic leader, and flamboyantly successful owner of a local automobile empire. Very little happens in this cozy town without Skye's full knowledge and participation. So the whole community is shocked when his body is found in a muddy road, run over by his own car. Judge MacLaren Yarbrough and her husband, Joe Riddley, have known the MacDonalds for years. So they can't help but get involved in this baffling murder investigation, especially when it produces more questions than answers: Why has Skye's son skipped town? How many secrets was Skye keeping? And... Who Left That Body in the Rain? .

Behind You

by Jacqueline Woodson

A moving story of love and loss from a three-time Newbery winning author You are so light you move with the wind and the snow. . . . And it lifts you up-over a world of sadness and anger and fear. Over a world of first kisses and hands touching and someone you're falling in love with. She's there now. Right there. . . . Miah and Ellie were in love. Even though Miah was black and Ellie was white, they made sense together. Then Miah was killed. This was the ending. And it was the beginning of grief for the many people who loved Miah. Now his mother has stopped trying, his friends are lost and Ellie doesn't know how to move on. And there is Miah, watching all of this&150unable to let go. How do we go on after losing someone we love? This is the question the living and the dead are asking. With the help of each other, the living will come together. Miah will sit beside them. They will feel Miah in the wind, see him in the light, hear him in their music. And Miah will watch over them, until he is sure each of those he loved is all right. This beautiful sequel to Jacqueline Woodson's If You Come Softly explores the experiences of those left behind after tragedy. It is a novel in which through hope, understanding and love, healing begins.

Hush

by Jacqueline Woodson

A powerfully moving novel from a three-time Newbery Honor-winning author Evie Thomas is not who she used to be. Once she had a best friend, a happy home and a loving grandmother living nearby. Once her name was Toswiah. Now, everything is different. Her family has been forced to move to a new place and change their identities. But that's not all that has changed. Her once lively father has become depressed and quiet. Her mother leaves teaching behind and clings to a new-found religion. Her only sister is making secret plans to leave. And Evie, struggling to find her way in a new city where kids aren't friendly and the terrain is as unfamiliar as her name, wonders who she is. Jacqueline Woodson weaves a fascinating portrait of a thoughtful young girl's coming of age in a world turned upside down A National Book Award Finalist

Prom

by Laurie Halse Anderson

High school senior Ashley Hannigan doesn't care about prom, but she's the exception. It's pretty much the only good thing at her urban Philadelphia high school, and everyone plans to make the most of it-especially Ash's best friend, Natalia, who's the head of the committee. Then the faculty advisor is busted for taking the prom money, and Ash suddenly finds herself roped into putting together a gala dance out of absolutely nada. But she has help-from her large and loving (if exasperating!) family, from Nat's eccentric grandmother, from her fellow classmates. And in putting the prom together, Ash learns that she has choices about her life after high school. Prom has everything that award-winning author Laurie Halse Anderson is known for-humor, poignancy, teen readers' tough issues dealt with head-on, and a voice teen readers will recognize as their own.

The Narrative of Arthur Gordon Pym of Nantucket

by Poe Edgar Allan

Edgar Allan Poe's only long fiction has provoked intense scholarly discussions about its meaning since its first publication. The novel relates the adventures of Pym after he stows away on a whaling ship, where he endures starvation, encounters with cannibals, a whirlpool, and finally a journey to an Antarctic sea. It draws on the conventions of travel writing and science fiction, and on Poe's own experiences at sea, but is ultimately in a category of its own. Appendices include virtually all of the contemporary sources of exploration and south polar navigation that Poe consulted and adapted to the narrative, together with reviews and notices of Pym and a sampling of responses to the novel from a wide array of authors, from Herman Melville and Charles Baudelaire to H. P. Lovecraft and Toni Morrison. Seven illustrations are also included.

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