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The collection contains contributions by the following authors: David B. Silva, Harlan Ellison, Nancy Holder, John DeChancie, Francis J. Malozzo, Bentley Little, Darrell Schweitzer, Michael Green, Poppy Z. Brite, Jeffrey Osier, John Shirley, Lee Moler, Nina Kiriki Hoffman, T.E.D. Klein, Chet Williamson, Ed Gorman, Jack Hunter Daves Jr., Thomas Tessier, Les Daniels, John Maclay, Karl Edward Wagner, Elizabeth Massie, Charles L. Grant, G. Wayne Miller, and Joe R. Lansdale
Everyone already knows that. But the General of an army of Psycho Soldiers takes on this planetary hell headfirst, planning to enslave all of the Borderlands. And that General . . . is a Goddess. The General Goddess, Gynella, is a cunning maniac who uses the dark science of the vile Dr. Vialle to control a growing army of bandits and malcontents. Only four people stand in Gynella's way. Roland. Mordecai. Brick. And . . . Daphne. Daphne?! Better known as Kuller the Killer, she was once the galaxy's most effective assassin for organized crime--until her forced retirement on this abandoned wasteland of a world. Roland is one of the toughest fighters in the Borderlands, and Mordecai is the best shot in four solar systems--all the two really want is to get to the Crystalisks, harvest some Eridium, get rich, and leave the planet for the nearest intergalactic party. But there are nightmarish creatures to deal with: Varkids and Skags and Threshers. Worse, Gynella is still in their way. Brick--a pile of walking muscle who lives to smash his enemies, could be their ally or their enemy . . . but you'd definitely rather have him on your side. As for Daphne Kuller? Don't make her mad. Just . . . don't. If you want to hear about the whole thing, take a ride on the bus to Fyrestone with Marcus. Because Marcus has a tale to tell you . . . an untold story of the Borderlands.
The Borderlands cannot be conquered! Mordecai and Daphne have gotten themselves in a tough spot near the highly dangerous town of Gunsight, one of the most remote outposts on the planet Pandora, out in the boonies of the boonies of the Borderlands. Daphne has been taken prisoner by Jasper, a local warlord who controls the area around Gunsight... except for that other settlement, the former mining town Tumessa. There's some kind of big secret operation going on in Tumessa--another warlord, a particularly mutated Psycho named Reamus, is somehow making money. And he's been relentlessly raiding Gunsight and kidnapping Jasper's people. Jasper may be scum, but he needs those people for raids on other towns, so it all has to balance out. Mordecai needs to negotiate for Daphne's release, but now the only way he'll ever see her alive again is to kill his way into Tumessa, find out what's going on there, and report back to Jasper--only then will Mordecai get a paycheck and the girl. Mordecai doesn't want the job, but he is pretty devoted to Daphne... and somehow, he just might be able to turn this entire mess to his advantage...
A mother is found dead along a snowy pathway after dropping her son off at nursery school. She is the fourth murder victim to be found in a short time displaying the same characteristics. News reporter Annika Bengtzon is trying to start a story on it when she is told that her husband has been kidnapped in Kenya. As the murder spree continues, the police begin to think they have a serial killer on their hands. Meanwhile Annika is faced with impossible demands from her husband's kidnappers. Two mysteries to be solved before the body count rises furthera
New York Times bestselling author Nevada Barr delivers another extraordinary Anna Pigeon novel set in the wide open vistas of southwestern Texas. The killings on Isle Royale have left Anna drained and haunted, her memories of her time with the wolf study group forever marred by the carnage on the island. Diagnosed with post-traumatic stress disorder, she is on administrative leave, per her superintendent's urging. Anna wonders if the leave might not be permanent, either by her own choice or that of the National Park Service. The one bright spot in Anna's life is Paul, her husband of less than a year. Hoping the warmth and the adventure of a raft trip in Big Bend National Park will lift her spirits, Paul takes Anna to southwest Texas, where the sun is hot and the Rio Grande is running high. The sheer beauty of the Chihuahuan Desert and the power of the river work their magic until the raft is lost in the rapids and a young college student falls overboard, resulting in an even more grisly discovery. Caught in a strainer between two boulders and more dead than alive, is a pregnant woman, hair and arms tangled in the downed branches. Instead of the soul-soothing experience they'd longed for, Anna and Paul find themselves sucked into a labyrinth of intrigue that leads from the Mexican desert to the steps of the Governor's Mansion in Austin, Texas.
A student exchange program brings Frank and Joe to sun-kissed Greece. But the moment they hit the scenic port of Piraeus, they land in deep trouble. What starts as a street fight soon escalates to a hornet's nest of espionage, kidnapping, and diplomatic double cross. Near Yugoslavia, the Hardys find themselves on a mission to rescue someone they don't know, for a cause they barely understand. Only one thing is certain--if the brother team fails this border run, they'll be ancient history.
A back-to-nature cult has almost taken over the town where Joe Gunther was raised. Returning for a visit Joe becomes involved in a sudden outbreak of violence, when five die in a house fire and a man is stabbed to death. A shrewd and shambling detective, Lieutenant Joe Gunther of the Brattleboro Police Department is dissatisfied with his life. Wanting some time to mull things over, Gunther wrangles a temporary assignment in the village of Gannet, where he spent long-gone summers with his uncle Buster, a great bear of a man who at seventy still runs the local garage. But Gunther finds his boyhood town has changed. Five years earlier, economically depressed Gannet sold half of its houses and land to a back-to-nature cult called the Order. Though secretive, its members have coexisted peaceably with the laconic locals--until the arrival of hot-tempered Bruce Wingate and his reticent wife, Ellie, searching for their daughter, whom they believe has disappeared into the cult's ranks. Suddenly, rural life explodes into violence. Within a week, five members of the Order die when their home is burned to the ground--and a citizen is stabbed to death.
People are constantly telling Caroline that the relationship she shares with Jane is a little on the odd side, but, Caroline doesn't want to admit it. After all, Jane is everything to her: friend, lover, even a surogate mother. They met in a Palo Alto bookstore. Caroline had moved west, after the death of her mother, intent on making a new and independent life for herself. Jane, however, had different ideas. As the women grow closer, Caroline discovers that Jane cuts herself with razor blades, sucks her thumb, and claims to have been sexually abused as a child. She finds herself becoming ever more wrapped up in Jane's problems, until her own sanity is threatened.
Anthology containing Vorkosigan novellas, The Mountains of Mourning, Labyrinth, and Borders of Infinity.
Widespread in North American forest regions including the Rocky Mountains, the Boreal Owl (Aegolius funereus) was once the most numerous predatory bird in Eurasian boreal forests. Synthesising the results of unique long-term studies of Boreal Owls, this book explores hunting modes, habitats and foods, prey interactions, mating and parental care, reproduction, dispersal, survival and mortality, population regulation and conservation in boreal forests. Providing a detailed introduction to the species, the authors study the complex interactions of Boreal Owls with their prey species. They examine the inter-sexual tug-of-war over parental care, and the behavioural and demographic adaptations to environmental conditions that predictably and markedly fluctuate both seasonally and multi-annually. They also question whether Boreal Owls are able to time their reproductive effort to maximise lifetime reproductive success. Discussing the effect of modern forestry practices on owl populations, the book also examines how Boreal Owls could be managed to sustain viable populations.
Now an HBO original series starring Jason Schwartzman (Rushmore), Zach Galifianakis (The Hangover), and Ted Danson, "Bored to Death" is a Raymond Chandleresque tale of a struggling Brooklyn writer curiously named Jonathan Ames who, in a moment of odd whimsy and boredom, becomes a private detective after spontaneously posting an ad on Craigslist. As a rank amateur who just thinks he can help, this Ames alter ego quickly becomes embroiled in the search for a missing NYU coed. He moves from one scrape to the next, all while trying to escape a life of periodic alcoholism, dead-end relationships, writer's block, and hours of Internet backgammon.
Cats are commonly misconceived as the household pet that needs little attention. In reality, cats require the same sort of mental and physical stimulation as any other pet in order to be healthy, happy and more importantly, non-destructive in the house.Boredom Busters for Cats explores how to enrich your feline friend's life through socialization, interactive toys, activities and much more! Pet expert and author Nikki Moustaki covers different ways of interacting with your cat so that he will develop good habits in the house as well as enhancing his individual health and intelligence. She also includes advice on which toys to use, how to play with your pet, and activities for your cat to do while you're away from home.
Here's a Dog Fancy book for dog owners who work more hours than they'd like to...and for dog owners who own super-active dogs without real jobs to do (like herding sheep or retrieving ducks for ten hours a day). Boredom swiftly sets in on the domestic canine, and what usually follows is destructive, bad behavior that drives owners bonkers. Before you and your dog go bonkers together, Boredom Busters for Dogs holds forty great solutions to enriching your pet's world in meaningful, fun ways. Author Nikki Moustaki has collected a toy box full of great games, interactive toys, and pawsitively stimulating puzzles to keep even suburban Border Collie happy and out of mischief. The book presents enrichment ideas categorized by solo activities, interactive social exercises, and ways to enhance the dog's environment by offering variations or his own special places to play. In the chapter "Solo Enrichment," the author utilizes every dog's favorite things-food and toys-to motivate him to play and discover treats on his own. In "Social Enrichment," the old adage that "two dogs are better than one" is the common denominator for the games and activities used to keep canine pals occupied. "Environmental Enrichment" gives owners ideas how to provide their dogs with places they can call their own, including digging pits, wading pools, tire swings, and more. Activities for dog and owner are the topic of "Variance Enrichment," listing a dozen enjoyable day trips and outings, from hiking and cruising around time to doggy dancing and agility trials.
From reviews of the first edition: "A compulsively readable account of the life and works of our greatest. . . writer of fantasy. With a keen appreciation of Borges himself and a pleasant disregard for the critical cliches, Bell-Villada tells us all we really want to know about the modern master-from pronouncing his name to understanding the stories. " --New York Daily News "Of the scores of Borges studies by now published in English, Bell-Villada's excellent book stands out as one of the freshest and most generally helpful. . . . Lay readers and specialists alike will find his book a valuable and highly readable companion to Ficciones and El Aleph. " --Choice Since its first publication in 1981, Borges and His Fiction has introduced the life and works of this Argentinian master-writer to an entire generation of students, high school and college teachers, and general readers. Responding to a steady demand for an updated edition, Gene H. Bell-Villada has significantly revised and expanded the book to incorporate new information that has become available since Borges' death in 1986. In particular, he offers a more complete look at Borges and Peronism and Borges' personal experiences of love and mysticism, as well as revised interpretations of some of Borges' stories. As before, the book is divided into three sections that examine Borges' life, his stories in Ficciones and El Aleph, and his place in world literature.
Imagine the astonishment felt by neuroscientist Rodrigo Quian Quiroga when he found a fantastically precise interpretation of his research findings in a story written by the great Argentinian fabulist Jorge Luis Borges fifty years earlier. Quian Quiroga studies the workings of the brain--in particular how memory works--one of the most complex and elusive mysteries of science. He and his fellow neuroscientists have at their disposal sophisticated imaging equipment and access to information not available just twenty years ago. And yet Borges seemed to have imagined the gist of Quian Quiroga's discoveries decades before he made them. The title character of Borges's "Funes the Memorious" remembers everything in excruciatingly particular detail but is unable to grasp abstract ideas. Quian Quiroga found neurons in the human brain that respond to abstract concepts but ignore particular details, and, spurred by the way Borges imagined the consequences of remembering every detail but being incapable of abstraction, he began a search for the origins of Funes. Borges's widow, María Kodama, gave him access to her husband's personal library, and Borges's books led Quian Quiroga to reread earlier thinkers in philosophy and psychology. He found that just as Borges had perhaps dreamed the results of Quian Quiroga's discoveries, other thinkers--William James, Gustav Spiller, John Stuart Mill--had perhaps also dreamed a story like "Funes. " With Borges and Memory, Quian Quiroga has given us a fascinating and accessible story about the workings of the brain that the great creator of Funes would appreciate.
Jorge Luis Borges is the hero of this literary whodunit by one of Brazil's most celebrated writers. Vogelstein is a loner who has always lived among books. Suddenly, fate grabs hold of his insignificant life and carries him off to Buenos Aires, to a conference on Edgar Allan Poe, the inventor of the modern detective story. There Vogelstein meets his idol, Jorge Luis Borges, and for reasons that a mere passion for literature cannot explain, he finds himself at the center of a murder investigation that involves arcane demons, the mysteries of the Kaballah, the possible destruction of the world, and the Elizabethan magus John Dee's theory of the "Eternal Orangutan," which, given all the time in the world, would end up writing all the known books in the cosmos. Verissimo's small masterpiece is at once a literary tour de force and a brilliant mystery novel.
This stunning book is packed with outstanding examples of the recent artwork of Boris Vallejo and Julie Bell, two of the biggest names in the world of fantasy art. Featuring muscle-bound heroes, fierce dragons, and dazzlingly beautiful women in fantastical, otherworldly landscapes, their work is unrivaled in its field.Boris Vallejo and Julie Bell: Dreamland showcases a carefully curated selection of previously unpublished images accompanied by fascinating text from Boris and Julie themselves. Readers are given a unique insight into the way the two artists work, both separately and together. Biographical stories reveal their personal histories, their thoughts on the artists who have influenced them, the ideas that find their outlet in the work they produce, and their hopes for the direction their work will take in the future.Included is an exclusive set of limited-edition art prints, which can be removed, framed, and cherished.n of images is accompanied by fascinating text that provides unique insight into each artist's process as well as biographical stories that reveal their personal histories, the influences that have shaped them, the ideas that inspire them, and their future professional aspirations. Also, for the first time ever, this outstanding compendium includes ten stunning limited-edition art prints that can easily be removed and displayed.
Chief Inspector Van Veeteren is called to the sleepy coastal town of Kalbringen to assist the local police in the investigation of two recent ax murders. Soon the case turns from bad to worse when another body turns up and one of Van Veeteren's colleagues, a young female detective, disappears without a trace. Now Van Veeteren must find the killer, and, it is hoped, his colleague, before anyone else comes to harm. Riveting and intellectually satisfying, Borkmann's Point unfolds like a chess match where each move could prove deadly.
Special Agent Paul Chavasse is about to start a much-deserved holiday when he is abruptly pulled back to active duty. He knows that if he's being called into action, a job has gone bad--and it's about to get a lot worse.<P> As Hitler's private secretary--and an influential member of the Third Reich--Martin Bormann was one of those rare Nazis who managed to simply disappear at the end of World War II. But the terrible secrets Bormann carried into oblivion are about to be revealed to the world. A manuscript that exposes former Nazis now in hiding is up for grabs, and there are those in power who have much to lose with its discovery. Now, Chavasse must retrieve the Bormann Testament before it is buried forever--and him along with it...
Written with style and wit, far ranging in its implications, and rich with the stories of real people, Born Again Bodies launches a provocative yet sensitive investigation into Christian fitness and diet culture. Looking closely at both the religious roots of this movement and its present-day incarnations, R. Marie Griffith vividly analyzes Christianity's intricate role in America's obsession with the body, diet, and fitness.
Thirty-four-year-old Cynthia Barclay knows that marriage is supposed to be for better or for worse. Unfortunately, for the last ten years Cynthia has experienced the worst that marriage has to offer at the hands of her abusive husband, Marvin Barclay. With the hope of saving herself and her family, she turns to the Lord. When she doesn't see God manifest Himself in her life fast enough, she decides that she wants out. Abandoning her hope, her husband, and her two young sons, Cynthia boards a bus from New York City to Richmond, Virginia. She begins a new life armed with six thousand dollars on a prepaid credit card, a sketchy plan for success, and a promise to return for her sons--that is, until she meets Cheo, a photojournalist with enough connections to take her where she wants to be and help her forget where she came from. After six years in Richmond, Cynthia's dark past resurfaces. At the risk of losing it all--her past and her present--Cynthia returns home to right her wrongs. Has Cynthia chosen the right time to return home, or is it too late for God to restore everything she has broken?
Three apparent suicides by co-eds at the same university seem tragic, but not particularly frightening-until the police receive a mysterious letter claiming responsibility for the deaths. Suddenly the police and the university find themselves caught up in a deadly game of cat-and-mouse as they try to stop the killer before another innocent victim dies. Shanicha was born bad. She was born with no compassion, no remorse... completely heartless. Instead, she's become a brilliant puppet-master who plants the seeds of destruction, then sits back to watch the evil she has wrought. To Shanicha. other people are merely pawns in her cruel game ... a game she plays to chilling perfection.
Leshaya is a survivor. Rescued from the brink of death, this child of a heroin addict has seen it all: revolving foster homes, physical abuse, an unwanted pregnancy. Now, as her tumultuous childhood is coming to an end, she is determined to make a life for herself by doing the only thing that makes her feel whole . . . singing.Han Nolan pulls no punches in this hard-hitting story of a girl at the bottom who dreams of nothing but the top. The e-book includes a sample chapter from Pregnant Pause by Han Nolan.
Seventeen-year-old Dimple, whose family is from India, discovers that she is not Indian enough for the Indians and not American enough for the Americans, as she sees her best friend taking possession of her heritage and the boy she likes.
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