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A young Irishman finds love and danger in the shadows of Weimar Berlin Francis Bacon has never cared much for country living, so he is overjoyed when his father sends him to Berlin as punishment for his not-so-innocent flirtations with the other boys at school. With afternoons at the cinema, dinner at the Hotel Adlon, and nights at the most outrageous cabarets in Germany--and in his uncle Lastings's bed--he'll fit right in. The Great War having ended over a decade ago, and its resulting economic turmoil in the past, Germany is enjoying the "Golden Twenties"--a time of healthy fiscal growth, and creative and sexual resurgence, centered in Berlin. Yet dark clouds are gathering as Hitler consolidates power within the Nazi Party and brownshirts march through the streets. As tensions rise, Francis finds his uncle Lastings busy welcoming countless men into his hotel room--some invited for pleasure, others to be recruited for the fight against Bolshevism. But when the Nazis send Lastings fleeing for his life, Francis is left alone, penniless, and hunted, with only his keen sense of hedonism to distract him from a city that gets more menacing every night. Nights in Berlin is the 4th book in the Francis Bacon Mysteries, but you may enjoy reading the series in any order.
A New York Times Notable Book: "Examines the industrial revolution, the Vietnam War, racism and sexism, and the escapist dreams of genre fantasy. A truly great anti-fantasy." --China Miéville Jane is trapped as a changeling in an industrialized Faerie ruled by aristocratic high elves and populated by ogres, dwarves, night-gaunts, and hags. She is the only human in a factory where underage forced labor builds cybernetic, magical dragons that are weaponized and sent off to war. When the damaged dragon Melanchthon tempts Jane with promises of freedom, the stage is set for a daring escape that will shake the foundations of existence. Combining alchemy and technology, a coming-of-age story like no other, The Iron Dragon's Daughter takes place against a dystopic mindscape of dark challenges and class struggles that force Jane to make costly decisions at every turn. A finalist for the Arthur C. Clarke Award, the World Fantasy Award for Best Novel, and the 1994 Locus Award, The Iron Dragon's Daughter a is one-of-a-kind melding of grimdark fantasy and cyberpunk grit from the Nebula Award-winning author of Stations of the Tide. It engages the reader in a nihilistic world in which nothing is as it seems and everything comes at a steep and often horrific price.
A brilliant history of the Korean War based on the real experiences of soldiers from both sides Pulitzer Prize-winning author John Toland reports on the Korean War in a revolutionary way in this thoroughly researched and riveting book. Toland pored over military archives and was the first person to gain access to previously undisclosed Chinese records, which allowed him to investigate Chairman Mao's direct involvement in the conflict. Toland supplements his captivating history with in-depth interviews with more than two hundred American soldiers, as well as North Korean, South Korean, and Chinese combatants, plus dozens of poignant photographs, bringing those who fought to vivid life and honoring the memory of those lost. In Mortal Combat is comprehensive in it discussion of events deemed controversial, such as American brutality against Korean civilians and allegations of American use of biological warfare. Toland tells the dramatic account of the Korean War from start to finish, from the appalling experience of its POWs to Mao's prediction of MacArthur's Inchon invasion. Toland's account of the "forgotten war" is a must-read for any history aficionado.
Jonathan Lethem, Joyce Carol Oates, Richard Christian Matheson, and many more venture into the darkest corners of the human psyche in this compilation of wicked acts of payback. From Shakespeare to Poe, revenge has always been one of the great themes in literature. This anthology contains eighteen stories of ruthless vengeance. A philanderer spends a night with one nameless woman too many. A second-rate music video talent turns down a chance at superstardom and escapes a deadly contract. A comedy duo realizes that retribution is no laughing matter. And a single woman must face the shocking reasons for her solitary lifestyle. Multiple-award-winning editor Ellen Datlow commissioned these and fourteen other tales from some of the most talented authors of our time to make up Lethal Kisses. Available for the first time in the United States, this is a collection of eighteen horrifying tales on evening the score. This ebook features an illustrated biography of Ellen Datlow, including rare photos from the editor's personal collection.
A New York Times Notable Book: Roxana Robinson's definitive biography of Georgia O'Keeffe is a rich and revealing portrait of the iconic American artist. Artist Georgia O'Keeffe was born into a family of strong Midwestern farmwomen and taught self-reliance at an early age. Coming of age in the modern era, she went on to defy the social conventions of her time and lead a successful and emancipated life full of creativity, feminism, and austerity that has taken on mythic proportion. Roxana Robinson's multilayered book explores O'Keeffe's journey to personal and professional independence, the evolution of her art, and her most influential relationships. Written with the cooperation of O'Keeffe's family, and using sources unavailable during her lifetime, this biography presents the artist's own voice through her letters to family and friends. Robinson follows O'Keeffe from her childhood on a Wisconsin farm to the center of the New York art scene where she met her husband, photographer Alfred Stieglitz. Stieglitz championed O'Keeffe, exhibiting her work at his gallery and drawing her into his inner circle of early modernists. But O'Keeffe, ever caught between the demands of love and art, left New York to find inspiration in the New Mexico desert where she created some of her most renowned work. This vividly rendered, beautifully written account succeeds in capturing the passions, controversies, and contradictions in the life of an extraordinary woman.
A New York Times Notable Book: Fourteen exquisitely crafted tales of love, betrayal, loss, and renewal among the upper class. Acclaimed author Roxana Robinson's collection runs the gamut of emotion, with characters facing shifting family dynamics and moments of personal crisis: marriage and remarriage, the delights and struggles of raising children, the lure of illicit romance, and the bitter acrimony of divorce. Robinson draws her characters--including disaffected stepchildren, seemingly well-meaning in-laws, and adult children coping with aging parents--with compassion and a deep understanding of the heart's capacity for pain, hope, and growth. "Second Chances" examines the complications of arranging a Thanksgiving dinner in a family of second marriages, former spouses, and stepchildren, where connections are tenuous at best and spiteful and destructive at worst. In "Graduation," a woman dreads attending her son's boarding-school festivities, where she will see the vindictive ex-husband she hasn't spoken to in years. And another mother finds her own desires threatened by her young daughter's blossoming independence in "Daughter." Through the nuanced experiences of the complex and flawed characters in her debut story collection, Robinson expertly probes the universal complexities of friendship and forgiveness, love and devotion, separation and reunion, echoing the wit and grace of John Cheever, Henry James, and Edith Wharton.
A New York Times Notable Book: A luminous, deeply affecting story of divorce, remarriage, and parenthood. Peter and Emma, two single parents who have found love again after failed first marriages, dream of a peaceful and happy blended family with each of their daughters under one roof. They navigate this treacherous territory with the best of intentions, but face resistance from the girls, who, like many children of divorce, find their relationships tinged by grief, anger, and resentment. Emma's three-year-old daughter, Tess, takes to the arrangement while Amanda, Peter's sullen and unhappy seven-year-old, views it as a disaster rather than a fresh start. Over the course of this emotional powerhouse of a novel, Amanda becomes increasingly hostile and alienated--until one night she commits an act that threatens the already fragile bonds of the fledgling family. Set on the Upper East Side of Manhattan, This Is My Daughter is a skillful and sensitive portrayal of the challenges facing modern families from master of the contemporary novel Roxana Robinson, whose acute observations of domestic life invite comparison to John Cheever and Henry James.
Celebrated contemporary author Roxana Robinson stakes out John Cheever territory in this stellar anthology. Whether it's a woman who must accept the reality of her son growing up, or a daughter becoming disillusioned with her father, this moving collection expertly conveys the joys, doubts, fears, and endless contradictions that are inescapable parts of domestic life. In "Mr. Sumarsono," included in TheBest American Short Stories of 1994, a visiting Indonesian diplomat brings out the confidence and charm in a suburban divorcée, much to the surprise of her two young daughters; and in "Leaving Home" a teenage girl, stifled by her family's rigid sense of virtue, attempts to reinvent herself during a summer vacation. The everyday challenges of parenting, stepparenting, and familial love and loyalty take on great weight as the richly drawn characters of each story--fathers, mothers, children, lovers--face them with genuine need, strength, and confusion. Up and down the Eastern Seaboard, from Manhattan's Upper East Side to Maine, Connecticut, and Long Island, these stories showcase the trademark insight and tenderness with which Robinson explores divorce, remarriage, and families yearning to move on.
Edgar Award Finalist: The terrifying true story of savage murders, a terrorized midwestern town, and the serial killer who could have lived next door In 1967, during the time of peace, free love, and hitchhiking, nineteen-year-old Mary Terese Fleszar was last seen alive walking home to her apartment in Ypsilanti, Michigan. One month later, her naked body--stabbed over thirty times and missing both feet and a forearm--was discovered, partially buried, on an abandoned farm. A year later, the body of twenty-year-old Joan Schell was found, similarly violated. Southeastern Michigan was terrorized by something it had never experienced before: a serial killer. Over the next two years, five more bodies were uncovered around Ann Arbor and Ypsilanti, Michigan. All the victims were tortured and mutilated. All were female students. After multiple failed investigations, a chance sighting finally led to a suspect. On the surface, John Norman Collins was an all-American boy--a fraternity member studying elementary education at Eastern Michigan University. But Collins wasn't all that he seemed. His female friends described him as aggressive and short tempered. And in August 1970, Collins, the "Ypsilanti Ripper," was arrested, found guilty, and sentenced to life in prison without chance of parole. Written by the coauthor of The French Connection, The Michigan Murders delivers a harrowing depiction of the savage murders that tormented a small midwestern town.
In a town where Confederate blood still flows, a serial killer is on the loose--one so evil he's no longer human. America's Civil War left wounds on the land that bled for over a century--and perhaps something even more terrible that will never heal. A man on the edge, haunted by a recent personal tragedy, homicide detective Martin Decker has been assigned to investigate a bizarre series of gruesome and seemingly random mutilation murders plaguing Richmond, Virginia. A serial killer is somehow finding his way into locked rooms to butcher his victims before vanishing without a trace, and the only witness is a little girl with Down syndrome who claims to have seen the "so-scary man" responsible for the horrific carnage. But the bloody trail is leading Decker to a place where his sanity will be sorely tested--and where pure evil has given rise to an unstoppable nightmare of terror and death. This gripping masterwork of horror fiction from Graham Masterton, the award-winning author of The Manitou, takes horror to a breathtaking new level. A story not for the faint of heart, The Devil in Gray is a stunningly original tale of terror, one of the very best, from an acknowledged giant of the genre.
Is the rusting old tank only a relic of the war-torn past--or is it the residence of a satanic demon about to inflict its horror on an unsuspecting world? Thirty-five years have passed since the Allied invasion of Normandy on D-Day turned the tide of World War II against Adolf Hitler and the Nazi Reich, and it's been more than three decades since the residents of the tiny French village of Le Vey witnessed the horrific slaughter of hundreds of German soldiers by thirteen black tanks. One of the tanks remains on the outskirts of town--its hatch mysteriously sealed, trapping its controller inside--only to be discovered by American surveyor and cartographer Dan McCook. Driven by curiosity and an inexplicable compulsion, McCook is about to do the unthinkable and release what lives within the tank upon an unsuspecting world. And once the monstrous occupant reunites with others of its demonic kind, a new world war will begin, one that threatens to wash the earth in blood and drag every man, woman, and child through the fiery gates of hell. A chilling and ingeniously original tale of demonic possession and apocalyptic possibilities, The Devils of D-Day is classic horror at its best, from the award-winning author of The Manitou.
With modern military emphasis on whiz-bang weapons technology and the constant quest for things that make a bigger bang on the battlefield, it's easy to forget that at the dark heart of war stands an infantryman and his individual weapons. Those who understand warfare from research or from personal experience generally realize this about the conflicts that have plagued mankind since the dawn of time. Infantry weapons--often referred to as small arms--have fascinated soldiers and scholars for decades as they are the most personal aspects of combat. Small arms come into play when contact is close and potentially lethal. This was particularly true during the long, frustrating war in Vietnam, but much of the focus in studying that conflict has been either on aerial weapons--strike aircraft or armed helicopters--or on the originally much-maligned M16 rifle. There were huge numbers of other weapons used by both sides, but they are often ignored and rarely seen being used in combat action. This book solves that problem. Divided into easily digestible sections and preceded by cogent discussions of each weapon type, the authors have presented an intriguing collection of photographs that depict the primary small (and not so small) infantry arms most common on Vietnam battlefields. There are rare and stirring images here that depict what it was like to fight in the jungle-covered mountains and in the rice paddies. Viewing these images is like studying a primer about one of America's longest and deadliest wars.
An illustrated classic from the author of Saville and Flight into Camden Written before David Storey's 1976 Man Booker Prize-winning novel Saville, Edward tells the tale of a kindly and aging bishop who lives his life by just and holy standards--until one day he is surprised by the appearance of an old key, sitting in a curious box atop his study desk. Illustrated by the fine hand of Donald Parker, Edward follows the bishop as he works to ascertain the true nature of the key--and the lock which it opens. In stunning, gripping prose the story unfolds as a mechanic comes to settle the matter once and for all. Part childlike, humorous frolic, part overarching metaphor for the challenges each of us face, Edward is a satirical classic.
Ten stories of wonder and imagination by an author named Grand Master by the Science Fiction and Fantasy Writers of America In the collection's title story, Frederick Gray is closing in on seventy and has outlived his usefulness as a professor of law. He has no family; his best friend, fellow faculty member Ben Lovell, has recently died. Before Gray moves into a retirement home, he takes a final canoe trip to a favorite fishing spot he and Lovell had visited many times, only to find that someone has built a house on the remote riverside. When an accident leaves Gray stranded and in pain, he returns to the shelter seeking aid and instead finds a new reason for living. Nine additional tales showcase Clifford D. Simak's talent for spinning stories that allow us to glimpse the possibilities of life beyond Earth as well as expand our wisdom of what it means to be human. Each story includes an introduction by David W. Wixon, literary executor of the Clifford D. Simak estate and editor of this ebook.
Twelve tales of the unknown from a master of science fiction Clifford D. Simak had a sublime ability to evoke a lost way of life. He spent his youth in rural Wisconsin, a landscape filled with mysterious hollows, cliffs, dark forests, and the Wisconsin River flowing in its deep-cut valley. As Simak wandered the countryside and the ridges, he peopled them with imaginary characters who later came to life in his stories. One such individual is Johnny, the orphaned farm boy of "The Contraption," who stumbles upon a wrecked starship and receives a priceless gift from its owners. Another is the old prospector Eli, whose surprising discoveries on Mercury get him killed in "Spaceship in a Flask." In "Huddling Place," a man with paralyzing agoraphobia is the only one who can save the life of a dear friend on Mars--if he can bear to make the trip. And in the title story, aliens slowly take over Earth while humans leave it behind and head for the Homestead Planets. Each story includes an introduction by David W. Wixon, literary executor of the Clifford D. Simak estate and editor of this ebook.
Collected tales of wonder, danger, and the future, including the Hugo and Nebula Award-winning title story This volume contains ten stellar short stories by science fiction Grand Master Clifford D. Simak. In "Grotto of the Dancing Deer," a man carrying an ancient secret finally speaks up, unable to bear any longer the loneliness he has experienced for millennia. In "Over the River," which Simak wrote in memory of his beloved grandmother Ellen, children from an embattled future are sent back for safekeeping to their ancestors in the peaceful past. And in "Day of Truce," the inhabitants of a suburban subdivision must barricade themselves against bands of roving attackers. On only one day each year do the gates open wide. . . . Each story includes an introduction by David W. Wixon, literary executor of the Clifford D. Simak estate and editor of this ebook.
How could I possibly explain all the events of a lifetime, try to tell him who I was and what secrets I carried inside me? As if he were my confessor and I his supplicant. Dissatisfied with the normalcy and safety of what appears to be the perfect relationship, Noah Ballard finds himself more and more distracted by the sensuality of the world around him. A passionate and talented record executive, he feels that he is not cut out for domesticity and longs for something darker and more powerful, an encounter that could stir him as deeply and ritualistically as music does. Summer Zahova also craves an experience that is just beyond reach. Since the death of her lover Dominik, no one has been able to free the lust and shame she has buried within. An acclaimed violinist who has cast her music aside, Summer has spent the past few months in Brazil working as the organizer of the latest Ball--an erotic fête of the senses in which guests can truly be themselves and let their demons out to play. But her work for the Ball seems to touch only the surface, and she desires more: Summer needs love. Noah and Summer finally meet in a back alley of the city of Recife, and what follows is an ecstatic symphony of lust and anguish, fear and surrender that puts the most intimate parts of Summer's soul on display. . . . Praise for Vina Jackson "Beautiful, arousing writing." --Publishers Weekly on Winter "Audacious and lustful: a love story that will take your breath away." --20 minutes on Eighty Days Yellow "It's modern, it's hot, but most of all it's beautifully written." --Elleadore.com on Eighty Days Yellow "Fun, frisky, and grown-up. It's refreshing to see female desire comes in more shades than just grey!" --Belle de Jour on Eighty Days Yellow
Batter up! When baseball fever hits Bear Country, Papa Bear wants to turn Brother Bear into a star player--but what about Sister Bear? Little League is coming to Bear Country! It's enough to wake Papa Bear from his spring snooze in the hammock. Mama Bear knows there's no stopping him as Papa races up to the attic and gets down his old bat, ball, and glove to coach the next Hall of Famer: Brother Bear. But the cub would rather play with his friends. Who wants to practice day and night? Isn't baseball supposed to be fun? Will Papa Bear put together a winning team and make Brother Bear the star player? And will Sister Bear ever get her turn at bat?
Bear Country is stuck in a long, snowy winter--will Easter be called off? When Papa Bear goes off to cut wood in the forest, Brother Bear wishes he had other cubs to play with. Bill Bunny, Finerty Frog, and Fred Firefly are just fair-weather friends. To make matters worse, it doesn't look like this gray and gloomy winter will ever end, especially when Boss Bunny--who's in charge of Easter--suddenly quits his job. How will Papa get his jelly beans? What about rainbows and baby robins and the miracle of new life? Without Easter, how will Mama Bear unveil her big surprise? There must be a way to get the seasons to change again. Can Brother Bear help bring spring back to Bear Country?
The Bear Family discovers the true meaning of giving thanks when Bigpaw comes to Bear Country Papa Bear can't wait for the 3rd Thursday in November, when he can feast on turkey with all the trimmings and his favorite treat of all: mixed nuts. But a message in the harvest honeycomb strikes terror in the heart of Mama Bear. Bigpaw, the legendary Thanksgiving monster, is coming to Bear Country to make sure the bears are remembering to share nature's great bounty with others. Papa pooh-poohs the legend because, after all, he knows best--no ifs, ands, or buts! Accompanied by Brother and Sister Bear, he travels to the mixed-nut forest to gather his special holiday treat. The animals are quaking in their boots--Bigpaw is already here! Are the cubs in danger? In this delightful, illustrated poem, the Berenstain Bears discover the true gift of sharing.
When Lady Grizzly's priceless antiques go missing, the Bear Detectives are on the case! When Papa Bear is invited to Grizzly Mansion to talk business with Squire Grizzly, the richest bear in Bear Country, Brother and Sister Bear beg to come along. The butler answers the door, announcing the arrival of Papa, Brother, Sister, and the cubs' visiting cousin, Freddy. The disappearance of Lady Grizzly's priceless antiques soon throws the household into chaos. Papa, who thinks he's an expert on everything, vows to solve the case with the assistance of Freddy's sniffer hound, Snuff. But the biggest vanishing act is yet to come. Can the Bear Family solve the case and restore harmony to Grizzly Mansion?
When Brother and Sister Bear dig up the past, it's an adventure to remember! On a beautiful sunny day in Bear Country Park, Brother Bear is riding his skateboard and Sister Bear and her new butterfly friend are skipping rope. Then they notice a sign on the Shagbark Hickory Bulletin Board: HELP WANTED! AT ARCHEOLOGICAL DIGS. Determined to be the first to apply, Sister and Brother Bear hotpaw it to the Bearsonian Institution and meet Professor Actual Factual. He drives them to the dig, where Sister Bear unearths a medieval suit of armor, complete with a curse. They transport the find back to the museum and assemble the knight, hoping it will attract bears from all over. But the next morning, it comes charging out of the tower room! Will the exhibit go on and give everyone in Bear Country a true knight to remember?
It's back to school for the Berenstain Bears! After a summer of swimming, lazy days, and overnight camp-outs, it's back to school for Brother and Sister Bear. The cubs are nervous as they board the big yellow bus. What if their teacher doesn't like them? What if the homework is too hard? What if Brother Bear isn't chosen for the soccer team? Or what if he gets into trouble and is sent to the principal's office? With tons of interesting stuff to learn and explore, Brother and Sister barely have any time to worry. When the bell rings, they'll have made it through their 1st day of class. Will they be happy to see the day end or will they be excited about making new friends and the school year to come?
A little boy begins taking yoga lessons at the zoo, where he learns that he can mimic the animals there with simple yoga poses. When he returns home after his lessons, he practices with his cat, Nino. With an illustration of each animal pose and a description of how to do it, this enchanting book makes the perfect instruction guide for even the smallest yogi.
Based on acclaimed singer-songwriter Ellis Paul's Christmas song, this hilarious tale focuses on an inevitable part of the holiday season--lights! Year after year, the neighbors on one suburban street try to outdo one another with their holiday decorations, until one night their efforts take out the world's power grid. Once the neighborhood is dark, though, they're finally able to see the stars above clearly--a simple, perfect Christmas show.
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