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Dubbed "the American Tolkien" by Time magazine, #1 New York Times bestselling author George R.R. Martin is a giant in the field of fantasy literature and one of the most exciting storytellers of our time. Now he delivers a rare treat for readers: a compendium of his shorter works, all collected into two stunning volumes, that offer fascinating insight into his journey from young writer to award-winning master.Whether writing about werewolves, wizards, or outer space, George R.R. Martin is renowned for his versatility and expansive talent, highlighted in this dazzling collection. Included here, in Volume II, are acclaimed stories such as the World Fantasy Award-winner "The Skin Trade," as well as the first novella in the Ice and Fire universe, "The Hedge Knight," plus two never-before-published screenplays. Featuring extensive author commentary, Dreamsongs, Volume II; is an invaluable chronicle of a writer at the height of his creativity--and an unforgettable reading experience for fans old and new.From the Hardcover edition.
New York Times bestselling author Lynn Kurland's enthralling Nine Kingdoms saga brings together a weaver's apprentice and the son of a mage, both fighting to save the Nine Kingdoms from peril. Aisling of Bruadair has lived a provincial life, heedless of the evil creeping over her land. That ordinary existence changes forever, though, when she is sent to the opposite end of the world to find a master swordsman. If she fails, her life--and her country's safety--will be forfeit. She just never expected that swordsman to be a wounded elven prince masquerading as a simple soldier. Powerless and scarred from a long-ago conflict, Rùnach of Ceangail has spent years in obscurity, ignoing battles he can no longer fight. And although he has been drawn back into the world, he fully intends to live an unremarkable life far away from events he knows he cannot change... Until Rùnach meets Aisling and realizes that she is far more than what she seems, that their alliance has attracted unwelcome notice, and that some battles must be fought.
Dreams do come true . . . and so do nightmaresKaren normally can't remember her dreams, which is especially frustrating since she's taking a psych class where everyone else seems to be able to discuss theirs. But one night, she wakes up screaming and quickly recalls why--a classmate was murdered. It was so vivid--it felt real. The next morning she is shocked to find out it wasn't just a dream--the boy is dead. But the dreams continue, and so do the deaths. Is Karen psychic, or is she herself involved in the murders? Fearing she is being controlled by the killer, Karen must find a way to uncover the truth before more of her nightmares come true.
This is the story of the last defense of Faery against encroaching iron sword of the Era of Man. Cherryh, Hugo-award-winning author, proves her mastery of fantasy in this moving tale of mortal men breaching the last stronghold of immortality.
The adventure continues with acclaimed fantasy author Isobelle Carmody's The Dreamtrails, an omnibus edition of books five and six in the dystopian fantasy the Obernewtyn Chronicles--Wavesong and The Stone Key!Captured, Elspeth Gordie is drawn deep into the heart of her enemies. Once there, she meets unusual allies and uncovers a devastating plot brewing in their ranks. To stop them, she must risk everything to rescue a former ally whose mind and body have been manipulated to unleash a deadly plague upon the Land.From the Trade Paperback edition.
Book #1 in a trilogy from fantasy author Wayne Thomas Batson exploresthe concept of dreams and their effects on us.People are fascinated bydreams, and the Bible has a great deal to say about them. From Jacob's dream ofthe heavenly stairway in Genesis 28 to angels visiting Joseph during dreams inMatthew 1 to the Apostle John's "waking dream" from which he obtained the bookof Revelation--dreams have been powerful ingredients of God's plan as revealedthrough Scripture.Fourteen-year-old ArcherKeaton discovers he has the ability to enter and explore his dreams. He is a dreamtreader, one of threeselected from each generation. Their mission: to protect the waking world fromthe Nightmare Lord, who wreaks chaos in the Dream World. But as Archer's dreamsbecome more dangerous and threatening, so too does his waking life.Rigby Thames, the new kidfrom England, builds a suspicious rock star-like following at Dresden HighSchool a little too quickly. Even Archer's best friend and confidant, KaraWindchil, seems taken in by the cool guy with the wild blond hair, which definitelyrubs Archer the wrong way. Archer must face two foes in two worlds, but hecannot succeed alone. Archer sets off to find other dreamtreaders in adesperate attempt to defeat the enemy terrorizing his friends and family.Features & Benefits:New fantasy trilogy from bestselling author Wayne Thomas BatsonBatson's previous epic fantasy trilogy, The Door Within, has sold more than 250,000 copiesBrings epic fantasy with a biblical base to middle grade readersEpic fantasy is popular in movies and TV shows, and this is a spiritual epic fantasy
All her life Jessica Drake has dreamed of other worlds, some of them similar to her own, others disturbingly alien. She never shares the details with anyone, save her younger brother Tommy, a compulsive gamer who incorporates some aspects of Jessica's dreams into his games. But now someone is asking about those dreams. . . and about her. A strange woman has been watching her house. A visitor to her school attempts to take possession of her dream-inspired artwork. Why? As she begins to search for answers it becomes clear that whoever is watching her does not want her to learn the truth. One night her house catches on fire, and when the smoke clears she discovers that her brother has been kidnapped. She must figure out what is going on, and quickly, if she and her family are to be safe. Following clues left behind on Tommy's computer, determined to find her brother and bring him home safely, Jessica and two of her friends are about to embark on a journey that will test their spirits and their courage to the breaking point, as they must leave their own world behind and confront the source of Earth's darkest legends #150; as well as the terrifying truth of their own secret heritage.
You're a beginner who wants to design a state-of-the-art family web site. You've just started a new job, and you need to learn Dreamweaver fast. Or maybe you're a professional who's been using another program but is now switching to Macromedia's leading web design tool. Learning Dreamweaver 8 gets you up to speed, quickly and efficiently. Straightforwardly practical, with speed as the by-word, this hands-on guide focuses on the best practices for constructing both interactive and static web sites. While explaining core concepts clearly and thoroughly, so that beginners have a solid conceptural and technical foundation, it cuts through the clutter that might slow down a beginner tackling a subject as vast as web design and a tool as robust as Dreamweaver. Dreamweaver 8 Design and Construction emphasizes learning by doing, with short, task-oriented chapters that demonstrate theory by presenting design solutions and explaining the principles that make them work. Plenty of screen shots, illustrations, and sample layouts accompany rapid prototyping techniques for site production. Marc Campbell has been building web sites since 1997-for everything from comic book fan communities to state government portals and e-commerce applications. A Macromedia Certified Dreamweaver Developer and beta tester, he has taught web design to students at all levels and has written eight books on the subject. Sidebars in Dreamweaver 8 Design and Construction allow readers to decide how deeply they want to delve into the subject. "Best Bets" offer bottom-line recommendations for those who want to skip the general discussion, while "Behind the Scenes" sidebars provide more in-depth looks at particular topics for those who want more detail. Absolute beginner or faux debutante, you'll learn proven procedures for quickly building Dreamweaver sites.
Ever visited a knockout Web site and wondered, "How did they do that?" Wonder no more. Odds are, they did it with Dreamweaver. Completely updated to give you the scoop on all the cool new tools in the latest version, Dreamweaver 8 For Dummies will have you designing dynamite Web sites in no time. In fact, by Chapter 2 you'll dive right into setting up your Web site, creating your first Web page, and adding text images and links. This guide starts with basic Web page design features and progresses to the more advanced options for DHTML and database-driven sites, with step-by-step instructions for every function plus lots of screen shots. It walks you though: A tour of the desktop, covering the toolbars, menu options, the Insert bar, the Document window, the Properties inspector, the Vertical Docking panels, and morePopular features such as sophisticated template capabilities and Library items Tracing images, the Quick Tag Editor, Design Notes, and the History paletteMaking the most of Dreamweaver's site management features, including a Testing Server, the Check IN/Out feature, integrated e-mail, Design Notes, Site Map Layout and moreUsing HTML tables to create page layouts14 different benefits of using Cascading Style Sheets (CSS) and how to capitalize on themDreamweaver 8 For Dummies includes tips to save you time and money so you can create a Web site that makes a big impression without spending big bucks. Whether you're a beginner who wants to get started or an experienced pro who wants to enhance your skills...whether you want something simple like a site to promote a quaint bed & breakfast or something wild to catapult your rock band to the big time, Dreamweaver gives you the tools and this guide helps you make the most of them. When you're ready to tackle more complex sites, it covers:Using Fireworks with Dreamweaver to automate your workflow, optimize graphics for Web use, and create sophisticated animations, fancy rollovers, and special effectsShowing off with multimedia: creating Flash buttons and text; adding Flash movie files; working with sound and video files; getting familiar with Java and ActiveX controlIntegrating forms into dynamic, interactive sites and creating shopping cart systems, guest books, contact forms, search engines, chat rooms, and moreBuilding a simple database-driven siteE-commerce basicsWith Dreamweaver, you don't have to be a techie to design and create a terrific Web site. So get this book and get started!
As the Web's popularity continues to skyrocket, so does that of Macromedia Dreamweaver, one of the most elegant and powerful Web-page creation programs available. Dreamweaver offers a rich, well-designed, WISYWYG environment for building cross-platform, cross-browser Web sites; but unlike most visual editors, it doesn't clutter up the underlying HTML programming by inserting unnecessary HTML tags that make large Web sites difficult to manage. Dreamweaver is a favorite of multimedia designers, thanks to its smooth integration with other Macromedia applications, like Flash and Shockwave. Dreamweaver MX (for Mac OS 9, Mac OS X, and Windows) marks the historic union of Dreamweaver and Dreamweaver UltraDev, a package of Web-database language modules once sold separately. The new, unified program offers even more power--and Dreamweaver MX: The Missing Manual offers even more easily understood, witty lessons for harnessing it. As in his highly regarded Dreamweaver 4: The Missing Manual , author McFarland livens the book with unique,live examples,that let the reader see and test--on the Internet, itself--real Web pages that follow the development progress of the book's chapters. There's even a step-by-step tutorial for creating an interactive Web database using Microsoft's ASP programming language, new to Dreamweaver MX. In collaboration with Missing Manual series editor David Pogue, McFarland brings Dreamweaver MX to life with clarity, authority, and good humor. Armed with this book, the first-time or experienced Web designer will have little difficulty using DreamWeaver to create stunning, interactive Web sites.
Love and forgiveness spin their magic as a woman discovers that home is where her heart belongs in Emily March's moving new Eternity Springs novel. After another lonely Valentine's Day, Gabi Romano trades mountain snowfall for sunshine and sand at a luxurious Caribbean getaway. There she finds not one but two thrilling new passions: creating art glass, and Flynn Brogan, the sexy caretaker next door who brings her fantasies to life. But when violence interrupts their romantic interlude, she learns that Flynn is living a lie. Heartsick, she decides to concentrate on her craft. Playing with fire is safer than loving a man like Flynn. Flynn is determined to make things right with Gabi--until his enemies interfere. Now damaged and driven by a need he cannot define, he seeks out Gabi's Colorado community as a mystery man searching for peace, though not expecting redemption. But he never imagined a place like Eternity Springs, where lives are changed, second chances are given, and the possibility exists for two wounded souls to find their way home . . . to each other. Praise for the Eternity Springs series "With passion, romance, and revealing moments that will touch your heart, [Emily March] takes readers on an unhurried journey where past mistakes are redeemed and a more beautiful future is forged--one miracle at a time."--USA TodayFrom the Paperback edition.
The dream of the twentieth century was the construction of mass utopia. As the century closes, this dream is being left behind; the belief that industrial modernization can bring about the good society by overcoming material scarcity for all has been challenged by the disintegration of European socialism, capitalist restructuring, and ecological constraints. The larger social vision has given way to private dreams of material happiness and to political cynicism. Developing the notion of dreamworld as both a poetic description of a collective mental state and an analytical concept, Susan Buck-Morss attempts to come to terms with mass dreamworlds at the moment of their passing. She shows how dreamworlds became dangerous when their energy was used by the structures of power as an instrument of force against the masses. Stressing the similarities between the East and West and using the end of the Cold War as her point of departure, she examines both extremes of mass utopia, dreamworld and catastrophe. The book is in four parts. "Dreamworlds of Democracy" asks whether collective sovereignty can ever be democratic. "Dreamworlds of History" calls for a rethinking of revolution by political and artistic avant-gardes. "Dreamworlds of Mass Culture" explores the affinities between mass culture's socialist and capitalist forms. An "Afterward" places the book in the historical context of the author's collaboration with a group of Moscow philosophers and artists over the past two tumultuous decades. The book is an experiment in visual culture, using images as philosophy, presenting, literally, a way of seeing the past. Its pictorial narratives rescue historical data that with the end of the Cold War are threatened with oblivion and challenge common conceptions of what this century was all about.
Perhaps no other Supreme Court decision has had the political impact of "Dred Scott v. Sandford," Using a variety of documents that reflect regional opinions and political debates, Paul Finkelman examines the 1857 decision that helped set in motion the events that eventually led to a new birth of freedom and the abolition of slavery in the United States.
Racial hatred is one of the ugliest of human emotions. And the United States not only once condoned it, it also mandated it?wove it right into the fabric of American jurisprudence. Federal and state governments legally suspended the free will of blacks for 150 years and then denied blacks equal protection of the law for another 150.How did such crimes happen in America? How were the laws of the land, even the Constitution itself, twisted into repressive and oppressive legislation that denied people their inalienable rights?Taking the Dred Scott case of 1957 as his shocking center, Judge Andrew P. Napolitano tells the story of how it happened and, through it, builds a damning case against American statesmen from Lincoln to Wilson, from FDR to JFK.Born a slave in Virginia, Dred Scott sued for freedom based on the fact that he had lived in states and territories where slavery was illegal. The U.S. Supreme Court ruled against Scott, denied citizenship to blacks, and spawned more than a century of government-sponsored maltreatment that destroyed lives, suppressed freedom, and scarred our culture.Dred Scott's Revenge is the story of America's long struggle to provide a new context?one in which "All men are created equal," and government really treats them so.
Harriet Beecher Stowe's second antislavery novel was written partly in response to the criticisms of Uncle Tom's Cabin (1852) by both white Southerners and black abolitionists. In Dred (1856), Stowe attempts to explore the issue of slavery from an African American perspective. Through the compelling stories of Nina Gordon, the mistress of a slave plantation, and Dred, a black revolutionary, Stowe brings to life conflicting beliefs about race, the institution of slavery, and the possibilities of violent resistance. Probing the political and spiritual goals that fuel Dred's rebellion, Stowe creates a figure far different from the acquiescent Christian martyr Uncle Tom. In his introduction to the novel, Robert S. Levine outlines the contemporary antislavery debates in which Stowe had become deeply involved before and during her writing of Dred. In addition to its significance in literary history, the novel remains relevant, Levine argues, to present discussions of cross-racial perspectives.
From the author of "Uncle Tom's Cabin," comes this book showing Stowe's view of the downfall of society from slavery. This is Vol. I of II. British spellings throughout.
Theodore Dreiser's Russian Diary is an extended record of the American writer's travels throughout the Soviet Union in 1927-28. Dreiser was initially invited to Moscow for a week-long observance of the tenth anniversary of the October Revolution. He asked, and was granted, permission to make an extended tour of the country.This previously unpublished diary is a firsthand record of life in the USSR during the 1920s as seen by a leading American cultural figure. It is a valuable primary source, surely among the last from this period of modern history.
One doesn't have to be Jewish to recognize the words that have made their way into every fold of popular language: Chutzpah, Mensch, Tokhes, Mishmash, Nudge, Shtick, Schmaltzy, Schlep, Icky, and so on. Then there are phrases whose meaning and syntax are borrowed from Yiddish: "bite your tongue", "drop dead", "enough already", and "excuse the expression". This hilarious, concise guide includes chapters on the Basic Descriptions of People (the good, the bad, the ugly, and the goofy), the Fine Art of Cursing, Juicy Words and Phrases, Exclamations and Exasperations, and the Fine Art of Blessing. .
Drenched is an illustrated collection of five wet and wild erotic tales. From cool tropical lagoons to luxurious steaming showers, water is the element of lust!
For decades it has been assumed that the Allied bombing of Dresden -- a cultured city famous for its china, chocolate, and fine watches -- was militarily unjustifiable, an act of retribution for Germany's ceaseless bombing of London and other parts of England. Now, Frederick Taylor's groundbreaking research offers a completely new examination of the facts and reveals that Dresden was a highly militarized city actively involved in the production of military armaments and communications. Incorporating first-hand accounts, contemporaneous press material and memoirs, and never-before-seen government records, Taylor proves unequivocally the very real military threat Dresden posed -- and how a legacy of propaganda shrouded the truth for sixty years.
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