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Selected by the Modern Library as one of the 100 best novels of all timeWinner of the Booker of BookersSaleem Sinai is born at the stroke of midnight on August 15, 1947, the very moment of India's independence. Greeted by fireworks displays, cheering crowds, and Prime Minister Nehru himself, Saleem grows up to learn the ominous consequences of this coincidence. His every act is mirrored and magnified in events that sway the course of national affairs; his health and well-being are inextricably bound to those of his nation; his life is inseparable, at times indistinguishable, from the history of his country. Perhaps most remarkable are the telepathic powers linking him with India's 1,000 other "midnight's children," all born in that initial hour and endowed with magical gifts. This novel is at once a fascinating family saga and an astonishing evocation of a vast land and its people-a brilliant incarnation of the universal human comedy. Twenty-five years after its publication, Midnight's Children stands apart as both an epochal work of fiction and a brilliant performance by one of the great literary voices of our time.
Dorina Basarab is a dhampir--half human, half vampire. Subject to uncontrollable rages, most dhampirs live very short, very violent lives. So far Dory has managed to maintain her sanity by unleashing her anger on those demons and vampires who deserve killing. Now Dory's vampire father has come back into her life. Her uncle Dracula (yes, the Dracula), infamous even among vampires for his cruelty and murderous ways, has escaped his prison. And her father wants Dory to work with the gorgeous master vampire Louis-Cesare to put him back there. Vampires and dhampirs are mortal enemies, and Dory prefers to work alone. But Dracula is the only thing on earth that truly scares her, so when Dory has to go up against him, she'll take all the help she can get...
The shadows deepen in every corner of the Realms.The sun no longer shines on a man who has embraced the darkness within him.The day's opposite finds Erevis Cale so far along the path away from his own humanity, he may never again walk as a man.In the end, to be Chosen by a god like Mask is more curse than blessing...
A hideous accident kills the senior officers of UNS Hibernia -- leaving a terrified young officer to save three hundred colonists and crew aboard a damaged ship on a seventeen-month gauntlet to reach the colony of Hope Nation.<P>With no chance of rescue or reinforcement, Nicholas Seafort must overcome despair, exhaustion, guilt; he must conquer malfunctions, mutiny, and an alien horror beyond human understanding. He must save lives. And he must take them, in the name of duty.<P>"The most entertaining and best science fiction series in decades."<BR> "LANSING STATE JOURNAL"<P>""Midshipman's Hope" and "Challenger's Hope" are prime examples of excellent science fiction action and adventure. These books are akin to a cross between Captain Hornblower and Ender's Game. I highly recommend Feintuch's works to any of you who enjoy a great story."<BR> "MYSTERY GALAXY BOOKSTORE NEWSLETTER"<P>"Compulsively readable and amazingly engaging. This is one of the best science fiction novels I have read in a long time."<BR> DANIEL KEYS MORAN, AUTHOR OF "THE LAST DANCER"
In the sultry midsummer of 1483, as Richard of Gloucester begins his bid for the English crown, Roger returns home to Bristol, glad to be out of the capital. But almost immediately, the Duke recalls him to London to investigate the mysterious disappearance of a young boy whose tutor has been found murdered, apparently in a locked room. It is an investigation which has as its background an ancient British legend, and which will imperil Roger's life as never before.
From the #1 New York Times bestselling author comes the story of a match made in hell that became a marriage made in heaven.
When Louise's daughter Cynthia brings home a famed home-and-garden expert to write a children's book, the Howard sisters' peaceful lives are turned upside down. And when Alice realizes that the dogs at the racing track in a neighboring town are being mistreated, she gets involved in a cause much deeper than she ever intended. One thing's for sure, life is never dull with these spirited sisters, whose long, wintry days are filled with wonder.
Readers everywhere have fallen for New York Times bestselling author Deanna Raybourn's intrepid amateur sleuth and socialite, Lady Julia Grey. Not to mention her devastatingly handsome partner in crime, Nicholas Brisbane. Midsummer Night is the long awaited novella of their wedding, a dashing-and potentially deadly-affair not to be missed...Midsummer in Victorian England-an auspicious time for a wedding. Brisbane has taken charge of the music. Julia has, perhaps mistakenly, allowed her sisters to choose the dress. And Belmont Abbey is overflowing with guests awaiting the blessed day. What could go wrong?Combine the close-knit chaos of village life, pagan traditions bursting through staid Victorian conventions, and the congenial madness that tends to swirl around Lady Julia's family and you get an unforgettable wedding. But add in a dangerous past nemesis who has come to wish them not-so-well, and their day to remember just might take a fatal turn...Don't miss a single tale in the Lady Julia Grey series-or Deanna Raybourn's latest stand alone novel, A SPEAR OF SUMMER GRASS.
A young boy is stunned by the death of his English teacher and has reasons to doubt the verdict of suicide.
While preparing for his school's Shakespeare fundraiser, dorky Jerry Flack goes head to head with the school bullyJerry Flack's first order of business as the new sixth-grade class president? Raising money to help make Hawthorne Middle School the coolest, starting with an Elizabethan fundraising festival to coincide with the class reading of Shakespeare's A Midsummer Night's Dream. There's just one problem: As class president, Jerry is going to have to make a speech in front of everybody to kick off the event. What's worse, class bully Craig Fox will see to it that Jerry embarrasses himself during his big moment. What's a dorky class president to do?With a lot of hard work and a little bit of help from his best friends, Jerry is determined to make this event a success. Can he rise to the occasion and show Craig that the school's biggest dork can organize the coolest Shakespeare festival ever?
Magic, love spells, and an enchanted wood provide the materials for one of Shakespeare's most delightful comedies. When four young lovers, fleeing the Athenian law and their own mismatched rivalries, take to the forest of Athens, their lives become entangled with a feud between the King and Queen of the Fairies. Some Athenian tradesmen, rehearsing a play for the forthcoming wedding of Duke Theseus and his bride, Hippolyta, unintentionally add to the hilarity. The result is a marvelous mix-up of desire and enchantment, merriment and farce, all touched by Shakespeare's inimitable vision of the intriguing relationship between art and life, dreams and the waking world.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 filmography
Magic, love spells, and an enchanted wood provide the materials for one of Shakespeare's most delightful comedies. When four young lovers, fleeing the Athenian law and their own mismatched rivalries, take to the forest of Athens, their lives become entangled with a feud between the King and Queen of the Fairies. Some Athenian tradesmen, rehearsing a play for the forthcoming wedding of Duke Theseus and his bride, Hippolyta, unintentionally add to the hilarity. The result is a marvelous mix-up of desire and enchantment, merriment and farce, all touched by Shakespeare's inimitable vision of the intriguing relationship between art and life, dreams and the waking world. 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 filmography
From the hilarious mischief of the elf Puck to the rough humor of the self-centered Bottom and his fellow players, from the palace of Theseus in Athens to the magic wood where fairies play, Shakespeare's marvelous A Midsummer Night's Dream is a play of enchantment and an insightful portrait of the predicaments of love.
"I feel that I have spent half my career with one or another Pelican Shakespeare in my back pocket. Convenience, however, is the least important aspect of the new Pelican Shakespeare series. Here is an elegant and clear text for either the study or the rehearsal room, notes where you need them and the distinguished scholarship of the general editors, Stephen Orgel and A. R. Braunmuller who understand that these are plays for performance as well as great texts for contemplation." (Patrick Stewart) The distinguished Pelican Shakespeare series, which has sold more than four million copies, is now completely revised and repackaged. Each volume features: * Authoritative, reliable texts * High quality introductions and notes * New, more readable trade trim size * An essay on the theatrical world of Shakespeare and essays on Shakespeare's life and the selection of texts
Fairy and human worlds collide in Shakespeare's beloved comedy of love and error. Includes notes on vocabulary, history and the dramatic structure of the play.
Presents the original play with a modern adaptation on facing pages. This line-by-line translation helps students transition from the adaptation to the original text. Parallel Text.
A new section of the Introduction to this updated edition considers important professional theater productions and the large output of scholarly criticism on the play which have appeared in recent years. The Reading List has been revised and augmented to reflect the scope of the revised edition.
A librarian stranded on the back roads of North Carolina encounters a man who looks just like her lost love. A modern re-telling of the Tam Lin story.<P><P> Set in the same universe as Kantra's Children on the Sea series, this novella features the fair folk, the elusive and otherworldly Children of Earth. <P> First published in the anthology Man of My Dreams.
From the New York Times bestselling author of The Importance of Being Alice comes the second Matchmaker in Wonderland romance, where finding love means falling head over heels... Lorina Liddel is terrified of embarrassing herself on national TV as the face of Dig Britain!, a new archeological reality show. Lorina would much rather keep her head down and her hands in the dirt underneath Ainslie Castle, but her on-screen partner is proving to be a major distraction. Brother to the castle's current lord, privileged, perfectly sculpted Gunner Ainslie is a sure bet to keep viewers glued to their screens. Lorina intends to keep the ladies' man focused on the job at hand, but Gunner is confident he'll soon have the beauty falling into his bed. When an unexpected find turns the academic dig into an all-out treasure hunt, Lorina and Gunner get swept up in the excitement. But when their steamy tryst is caught on camera, it'll take more than an award-winning performance to get them out of the hole they're in...
Jane Jeffry has a new hobby: the theater. Jane has graciously agreed to lend her taste buds to the college's newest production, helping Shelly judge prospective caterers who will be feeding the actors. But soon she's drawn deeper into the real life drama surrounding the play than she ever hoped or anticipated.
Facing bankruptcy, Celine's family was forced to turn their home into a guesthouse to make ends meet. Celine found her new life to be a lot of hard work but great fun, too. And she soon met a young man, Nicky, who seemed very taken with her-if only Nicky's overbearing cousin, Oliver, would stop interfering. But when Celine discovered that Nicky was married, she was only too grateful for Oliver's comforting presence. Gratitude wasn't exactly what Oliver had in mind, but it was a start.
What if Shakespeare were a historian and his world a mortal one of men and elves? Somewhere, spinning through another universe is a history almost like ours except for the result of a revolution or two and the earlier incidence of a few inventions. A prince called Hamlet has lived in Denmark, and the English woods are full of Pucks, Titanias, and Oberons. Cromwell is at the throat of King Charles, but locomotives rage through the verdant countryside and observation balloons tower over battle lines. Rupert, prince of the Rhine and defender of the crown, has been captured by the Roundheads, and an eviscerated Royalist force is chased to Glastonbury Tor, the site of lengendary Avalon, the Court of Arthur. But Rupert has escaped, sent on a magic quest for the fairy kingdom that chooses to make its stand in England against the forces of industrial revolution. If his aims succeed, Rupert can save both the land for its spirits and the king for his crown. Poul Anderson brings back heft and haleness to an age that used its language well and its halberd even better. Cavalier and Puritan come full-bodied and lively out of his rich imagination, and science fiction takes an unexpected ride into the past.
Whitley Johnson's dream summer with her divorce dad has turned into a nightmare. She's just met his new fiancee and her kids. The fiancee's son? Whitley's one-night stand from graduation night. Just freakin' great. Worse, she totally doesn't fit in with her dad's perfect new country-club family. So Whitley acts out. She parties. Hard. So hard she doesn't even notice the good things right under her nose: a sweet little future stepsister who is just about the only person she's ever liked, a best friend (even though Whitley swears she doesn't "do" friends), and a smoking-hot guy who isn't her stepbrother...at least, not yet. It will take all three of them to help Whitley get through her anger and begin to put the pieces of her family together. Filled with authenticity and raw emotion, Whitley is Kody Keplinger's most compelling character to date: a cynical Holden Caulfield-esque girl you will wholly care about.
A police novel about the brutal murders of prostitutes who look uncannily like each other. Joe Dante, undercover detective in the precinct bordering Manhattan's Times Square, finds this case as hard as they get.
This book contains Time Line of the Midwest, Forests and Prairies, Living in the Heartland, America's Workplace, Yesterday and Today, and Glossary.
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