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City of Bards


Title : City of Bards
Author : Landon Porter
Publisher: Paradox-Omni Entertainment
Total pages: 182 pages
ISBN:
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With Pele suffering a bizarre mental crisis, her friends scramble to find answers. Believing that the link is to blame, Ru seeks out a cadre of magi whose research might hold insights into its inner workings. At the same time, Kaiel, Brin and Layaka uncover more of the terrible sins the hailene visited upon Pele. Meanwhile, a new assassin is dispatched to put an end to Vul Azan—and it's a very familiar face. Return to the World of Ere and the lives of Pele, Ru, Kaiel, Brin, Raiteria and the other characters from Rune Breaker for the start of an all-new adventure. Witness new places, new wonders—and new threats while along for a ride every bit as thrilling as the first series.


American Bards


Title : American Bards
Author : Edward Whitley
Publisher: Univ of North Carolina Press
Total pages: 264 pages
ISBN: 9780807899427
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Walt Whitman has long been regarded as the quintessential American bard, the poet who best represents all that is distinctive about life in the United States. Whitman himself encouraged this view, but he was also quick to remind his readers that he was an unlikely candidate for the office of national poet, and that his working-class upbringing and radical take on human sexuality often put him at odds with American culture. While American literary history has tended to credit Whitman with having invented the persona of the national outsider as the national bard, Edward Whitley recovers three of Whitman's contemporaries who adopted similar personae: James M. Whitfield, an African American separatist and abolitionist; Eliza R. Snow, a Mormon pioneer and women's leader; and John Rollin Ridge, a Cherokee journalist and Native-rights advocate. These three poets not only provide a counterpoint to the Whitmanian persona of the outsider bard, but they also reframe the criteria by which generations of scholars have characterized Whitman as America's poet. This effort to resituate Whitman's place in American literary history provides an innovative perspective on the most familiar poet of the United States and the culture from which he emerged.


From Bards to Biblical Exegetes


Title : From Bards to Biblical Exegetes
Author : David Emanuel
Publisher: Wipf and Stock Publishers
Total pages: 314 pages
ISBN: 1630870285
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A cursory glance through the Psalter reveals numerous allusions to events in Israel's literary history. While a range of literary and oral sources were obviously available to psalmists, the relationships between these sources and the psalmists' final work are more obscure. Concerning these relationships, numerous questions remain unanswered: - How strictly did the psalmists replicate their sources? - What kinds of alterations did they make (additions, omissions, etc.)? - Did they alter the meaning of their sources in their own compositions? Departing from the more classical approaches to researching the psalms--engaging in the determination of Sitz im Leben and Gattungen--this intertextual study addresses the aforementioned issues by focusing on a group of psalms associated with Israel's exodus tradition (105, 106, 135, and 136). Through a detailed comparison of lexical correspondences between the psalms and other biblical texts, together with a relative dating of each psalm, the study identifies literary sources employed by the psalmists. It additionally includes a close reading of each psalm to establish the unity and meaning of each composition. Emanuel then analyzes and categorizes lexical variances between each psalm and its sources, providing potential explanations for alterations found between the two, and revealing how the psalmists reinterpreted their biblical sources.


Bards and Sages Quarterly (January 2018)


Title : Bards and Sages Quarterly (January 2018)
Author : Russell Hemmell,A.J. Flowers,Jude-Marie Green
Publisher: Bards and Sages Publishing
Total pages: 98 pages
ISBN:
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First launched in January 2009, The Bards and Sages Quarterly is a celebration of short speculative fiction. Each issue brings readers a vibrant collection of speculative works from both new and established writers. Our goal remains the same today as when we began: to create a showcase in which to introduce readers to amazing voices they might have otherwise missed. In this issue: Stories by Russell Hemmell, James Victor Jordan, Steve Rodgers, J.G. Follansbee, George Nikolopoulos, Peter Medeiros, Robin Reed, Scarlett R. Algee, Judith Field, James Fitzsimmons, Jude-Marie Green, and A.J. Flowers.


Blake and the City


Title : Blake and the City
Author : Jennifer Davis Michael
Publisher: Bucknell University Press
Total pages: 235 pages
ISBN: 9780838756461
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Though usually classified as a Romantic, Blake subverts and dissolves the binaries on which Romanticism turns: self and other, art and nature, country and city. Rather than reject the city outright like many of his contemporaries, Blake embraces it as the intricate workshop of human imagination. Each chapter of this book focuses on a specific text of Blake's that illustrates a particular conception of metaphorical embodiment of the city. These shifting metaphors emphasize the construction of all human environments and the need for imaginative labor to build and interpret them. This study seeks to bridge a gap between transcendent and historicist readings of Blake while at the same time challenging assumptions that still color our view of the city in the twenty-first century. Jennifer Davis Michael is Associate Professor of English at the University of the South.


The Bards of Bone Plain


Title : The Bards of Bone Plain
Author : Patricia A. McKillip
Publisher: Penguin
Total pages: 336 pages
ISBN: 1101445815
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The latest "rich, resonant" (Publishers Weekly) fantasy from the World Fantasy Award-winning author of The Bell at Sealey Head. Eager to graduate from the school on the hill, Phelan Cle chose Bone Plain for his final paper because he thought it would be an easy topic. Immortalized by poets and debated by scholars, it was commonly accepted-even at a school steeped in bardic tradition-that Bone Plain, with its three trials, three terrors, and three treasures, was nothing more than a legend, a metaphor. But as his research leads him to the life of Nairn, the Wandering Bard, the Unforgiven, Phelan starts to wonder if there are any easy answers...


Bardic Tales and Sage Advice (Vol VI)


Title : Bardic Tales and Sage Advice (Vol VI)
Author : Amanda K. Thompson,Milo James Fowler,Lee Weathersby,Richard H. Fay,C.R. Hodges,Raz Greenberg,Ian Edward Smith,James Aquilone,Bethany Edwards
Publisher: Bards and Sages Publishing
Total pages: 150 pages
ISBN:
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Though originally meant as a standalone anthology, the Bardic Tales and Sage Advice collection has evolved into an annual celebration of speculative fiction. The first installment of the series was published in 2004 to spotlight the winners of what would become our annual charity writing competition. Since then, the series has evolved to include the winners of the charity competition, the winners of our annual Readers’ Choice awards, and select authors invited to participate. The stories in this year’s collection include knights and dragons, lonely zombies, a musician with mystical powers, an overzealous security system, and more. We consider it the perfect sampler of the wonderful emerging talent in the speculative genres. We hope you will agree.


The Heroic Age of India


Title : The Heroic Age of India
Author : N.K. Sidhanta
Publisher: Routledge
Total pages: 344 pages
ISBN: 1136201009
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Originally published between 1920-70,The History of Civilization was a landmark in early twentieth century publishing. It was published at a formative time within the social sciences, and during a period of decisive historical discovery. The aim of the general editor, C.K. Ogden, was to summarize the most up-to-date findings and theories of historians, anthropologists, archaeologists and sociologists. This reprinted material is available as a set or in the following groupings, or as individual volumes: * Prehistory and Historical Ethnography Set of 12: 0-415-15611-4: £800.00 * Greek Civilization Set of 7: 0-415-15612-2: £450.00 * Roman Civilization Set of 6: 0-415-15613-0: £400.00 * Eastern Civilizations Set of 10: 0-415-15614-9: £650.00 * Judaeo-Christian Civilization Set of 4: 0-415-15615-7: £250.00 * European Civilization Set of 11: 0-415-15616-5: £700.00


Imagining Ancient Cities in Film


Title : Imagining Ancient Cities in Film
Author : Marta Garcia Morcillo,Pauline Hanesworth,Óscar Lapeña Marchena
Publisher: Routledge
Total pages: 330 pages
ISBN: 1135013179
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In film imagery, urban spaces show up not only as spatial settings of a story, but also as projected ideas and forms that aim to recreate and capture the spirit of cultures, societies and epochs. Some cinematic cities have even managed to transcend fiction to become part of modern collective memory. Can we imagine a futuristic city not inspired at least remotely by Fritz Lang’s Metropolis? In the same way, ancient Babylon, Troy and Rome can hardly be shaped in popular imagination without conscious or subconscious references to the striking visions of Griffiths’ Intolerance, Petersen’s Troy and Scott’s Gladiator, to mention only a few influential examples. Imagining Ancient Cities in Film explores for the first time in scholarship film representations of cities of the Ancient World from early cinema to the 21st century. The volume analyzes the different choices made by filmmakers, art designers and screen writers to recreate ancient urban spaces as more or less convincing settings of mythical and historical events. In looking behind and beyond intended archaeological accuracy, symbolic fantasy, primitivism, exoticism and Hollywood-esque monumentality, this volume pays particular attention to the depiction of cities as faces of ancient civilizations, but also as containers of moral ideas and cultural fashions deeply rooted in the contemporary zeitgeist and in continuously revisited traditions.


Taliesin, Or, the Bards and Druids of Britain


Title : Taliesin, Or, the Bards and Druids of Britain
Author : D.W. Nash
Publisher: Рипол Классик
Total pages: pages
ISBN: 5877279726
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The Idea of a Town


Title : The Idea of a Town
Author : Joseph Rykwert
Publisher: Faber & Faber
Total pages: 252 pages
ISBN: 0571308767
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Roman towns and their history are generally regarded as being the preserve of the archaeologist or the economic historian. In this famous, unusual and radical book which touches on such disparate themes as psychology and urban architecture, Joseph Rykwert has considered them as works of art. His starting point is the mythical, historical and ritual texts in which their foundation is recounted rather than the excavated remains, such texts having parallels not merely in ancient Greece but also further afield Mesopotamia, India and China. To achieve his reading of the Roman town, he has invoked the comparative method of the anthropologists, and he examines first of all the 'Etruscan rite', a group of ceremonies by which all, or practically all, Roman towns were founded. The basic institutions of the town, its walls and gates, its central shrines and its forum are all of them part of a pattern to which the rituals and the myths that accompanied them provide clues. Like in other 'closed' societies, these rituals and myths served to create a secure home for the citizen of Rome and to make him feel part of his city and place it firmly in a knowable universe. 'It is refreshing to look at standard themes of the history of urban design from a nonrational point of view, to see surveyors as quasi priests and orthogonal planning as a sophisticated technique touched by divine mystery . . .. Rykwert's lasting worth will be to wrench us away from rationalist simplicities, and to make us face the fundamental disquietof the human spirit in its claim to a permanent place on the land.' Spiro Kostoff, Journal of the Society Architectural Historians


Joust


Title : Joust
Author : Mercedes Lackey
Publisher: Penguin
Total pages: 448 pages
ISBN: 9781101118368
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National best-selling fantasy author Mercedes Lackey creates a vivid, dynamic fusion of the cultures of ancient Egypt and legendary Atlantis with the most exciting and believable portrayal of dragons ever imagined. The first book in this thrilling new series introduces us to a young slave who dreams of becoming a jouster-one of the few warriors who can actually ride a flying dragon. And so, in secret, he begins to raise his own dragon...


Beneath the Forsaken City


Title : Beneath the Forsaken City
Author : C. E. Laureano
Publisher: NavPress
Total pages: 416 pages
ISBN: 1612917836
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Conor and Aine have barely escaped Seare with their lives. Conor knows he must return to find the harp that could end the Red Druid’s reign of terror, but in the midst of their escape, he and Aine are torn apart once more. Surrounded by despair and thrown into as much danger as they left behind, Conor and Aine must cling to the whispers of Comdiu’s plans for them and the homeland that depends on their survival. But at what cost? Will they learn to depend on Comdiu completely? Or will they give up hope?


Road to the Soul: Quantum Encryption


Title : Road to the Soul: Quantum Encryption
Author : Kim Falconer
Publisher: HarperCollins Australia
Total pages: 576 pages
ISBN: 0730494195
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The southern continent 1000 years before the temple wars ... a story of shifting perspectives and awakening hearts ... through darkness, the heart will find a way A mysterious artefact leads Jarrod back to Gaela's lost southern continent where he discovers a sentient being like himself. Ruthless and extremely dangerous, this other version has captured Janis Richter.Luka Paree and Janis' daughter, Ruby, are playing a dangerous game with Earth's dictatorship. they have laid their escape plans, but the hunters are closing in. If ASSISt discovers the portal to Gaela, all is lost ... Praise for Kim Falconer: 'An engrossing read' AurealisXpress on Path of the Stray 'an increasingly convincing writer with an interesting and unusual voice' Sydney Morning Herald on Path of the Stray 'one of the best fantasy books I've read in ages!' traci Harding, author of the Ancient Future on the Spell of Rosette


The City of Mexico in the Age of Díaz


Title : The City of Mexico in the Age of Díaz
Author : Michael Johns
Publisher: University of Texas Press
Total pages: 168 pages
ISBN: 0292788576
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Mexico City assumed its current character around the turn of the twentieth century, during the dictatorship of Porfirio Díaz (1876-1911). In those years, wealthy Mexicans moved away from the Zócalo, the city's traditional center, to western suburbs where they sought to imitate European and American ways of life. At the same time, poorer Mexicans, many of whom were peasants, crowded into eastern suburbs that lacked such basic amenities as schools, potable water, and adequate sewerage. These slums looked and felt more like rural villages than city neighborhoods. A century—and some twenty million more inhabitants—later, Mexico City retains its divided, robust, and almost labyrinthine character. In this provocative and beautifully written book, Michael Johns proposes to fathom the character of Mexico City and, through it, the Mexican national character that shaped and was shaped by the capital city. Drawing on sources from government documents to newspapers to literary works, he looks at such things as work, taste, violence, architecture, and political power during the formative Díaz era. From this portrait of daily life in Mexico City, he shows us the qualities that "make a Mexican a Mexican" and have created a culture in which, as the Mexican saying goes, "everything changes so that everything remains the same."


From Guam to Crown City Coronado (Thanks to Hermann, Missouri)


Title : From Guam to Crown City Coronado (Thanks to Hermann, Missouri)
Author : Mariecor Ruediger
Publisher: Xlibris Corporation
Total pages: 190 pages
ISBN: 1477116826
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many familiar locations where I have been and experienced, I enjoyed the reminiscing - B. Angus MacDonald, Captain, USN (Ret.) heart-felt and revealing - Joyce Churchill, Retired Missouri Educator (Gasconade County) a substantial piece of work - Brian F. McCabe, Outreach Editor, FOOTHILL: A JOURNAL OF POETRY


Leaves of Grass


Title : Leaves of Grass
Author : Walt Whitman
Publisher: Modern Library
Total pages: 800 pages
ISBN: 9780679642084
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Abraham Lincoln read it with approval, but Emily Dickinson described its bold language and themes as 'disgraceful.' And Ralph Waldo Emerson found Leaves of Grass 'the most extraordinary piece of wit and wisdom that America has yet contributed,' calling it a 'combination of the Bhagavad Gita and the New York Herald.' Published at the author's own expense on July 4, 1855, Leaves of Grass initially consisted of a preface, twelve untitled poems in free verse (including the work later titled 'Song of Myself' which Malcolm Cowley called 'one of the great poems of modern times'), and a now-famous portrait of a devil-may-care Walt Whitman in a workman's shirt. Over the next four decades, Whitman continually expanded and revised the book as he took on the role of a workingman's bard who championed American nationalism, political democracy, contemporary progress, and unashamed sex. This volume, which contains 383 poems, is the final 'Deathbed Edition' published in 1892.


The Real Numbers and Real Analysis


Title : The Real Numbers and Real Analysis
Author : Ethan D. Bloch
Publisher: Springer Science & Business Media
Total pages: 554 pages
ISBN: 0387721770
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This text is a rigorous, detailed introduction to real analysis that presents the fundamentals with clear exposition and carefully written definitions, theorems, and proofs. It is organized in a distinctive, flexible way that would make it equally appropriate to undergraduate mathematics majors who want to continue in mathematics, and to future mathematics teachers who want to understand the theory behind calculus. The Real Numbers and Real Analysis will serve as an excellent one-semester text for undergraduates majoring in mathematics, and for students in mathematics education who want a thorough understanding of the theory behind the real number system and calculus.


The Complete Works of Herman Melville


Title : The Complete Works of Herman Melville
Author : Herman Melville
Publisher: e-artnow
Total pages: 5364 pages
ISBN: 8026874293
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This carefully crafted ebook: “The Complete Works of Herman Melville” is formatted for your eReader with a functional and detailed table of contents: Novels: Typee Omoo Mardi Redburn White-Jacket Moby-Dick Pierre Israel Potter The Confidence-Man Billy Budd, Sailor Short Stories: The Piazza Bartleby, the Scrivener Benito Cereno The Lightning-Rod Man The Encantadas, or Enchanted Isles The Bell-Tower The Apple-Tree Table Jimmy Rose I and My Chimney The Paradise of Bachelors and The Tartarus of Maids Cock-a-Doodle-Doo! The Fiddler Poor Man’s Pudding and Rich Man’s Crumbs The Happy Failure The 'Gees The Two Temples Daniel Orme Poetry Collections: Clarel – A Poem and Pilgrimage in the Holy Land Battle-Pieces and Aspects of the War Timoleon and Other Ventures in Minor Verse Weeds and Wildings, With a Rose or Two John Marr and Other Sailors: Bridgeroom Dick Tom Deadlight Jack Roy The Haglets The Aeolian Harp To the Master of the "Meteor" Far off Shore The Man-of-War Hawk The Figure-Head The Good Craft "Snow Bird" Old Counsel The Tuft of Kelp The Maldive Shark To Ned Crossing the Tropics The Berg The Enviable Isles Pebbles Poems from Mardi We Fish Invocation Dirge Marlena Pipe Song Song of Yoomy Gold The Land of Love Essays: Fragments from a Writing Desk Etchings of a Whaling Cruise Authentic Anecdotes of “Old Zack” Mr. Parkman’s Tour Cooper’s New Novel A Thought on Book-Binding Hawthorne and His Mosses Criticism: Herman Melville by Virginia Woolf Herman Melville's Moby Dick by D.H. Lawrence Herman Melville's Typee and Omoo by D.H. Lawrence Herman Melville (1819-1891) was an American novelist, short story writer, and poet of the American Renaissance period. His writing draws on his experience at sea as a common sailor, exploration of literature and philosophy, and engagement in the contradictions of American society in a period of rapid change. His best known works include Typee, an account of his experiences in Polynesian life, its sequel Omoo, and the classic Moby-Dick.


The Naming


Title : The Naming
Author : Alison Croggon
Publisher: Candlewick Press
Total pages: 528 pages
ISBN: 0763652512
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In the classic spirit of epic fantasy comes this glittering saga of a young girl who learns she possesses an uncanny gift - and is destined to use it to save her world from a terrifying evil. Maerad is a slave in a desperate and unforgiving settlement, taken there as a child when her family is destroyed in war. She doesn't yet know she has inherited a powerful gift, one that marks her as a member of the noble School of Pellinor and enables her to see the world as no other can. It is only when she is discovered by Cadvan, one of the great Bards of Lirigon, that her true identity and extraordinary destiny unfold. Now, she and her mysterious teacher must embark on a treacherous, uncertain journey through a time and place where the forces of darkness wield an otherworldly terror.


Proofs and Fundamentals


Title : Proofs and Fundamentals
Author : Ethan D. Bloch
Publisher: Springer Science & Business Media
Total pages: 424 pages
ISBN: 1461221307
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The aim of this book is to help students write mathematics better. Throughout it are large exercise sets well-integrated with the text and varying appropriately from easy to hard. Basic issues are treated, and attention is given to small issues like not placing a mathematical symbol directly after a punctuation mark. And it provides many examples of what students should think and what they should write and how these two are often not the same.


A Life on Paper


Title : A Life on Paper
Author : Georges-Olivier Chateaureynaud
Publisher: Small Beer Press
Total pages: 248 pages
ISBN: 9781931520966
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A comprehensive introduction to the short stories of renowned French fabulist Georges-Olivier Chateaureynaud.


Vanished Cities Of Arabia


Title : Vanished Cities Of Arabia
Author : Erskine,
Publisher: Routledge
Total pages: 256 pages
ISBN: 1136205551
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First published in 2008. Routledge is an imprint of Taylor & Francis, an informa company.


The Concise Garland Encyclopedia of World Music


Title : The Concise Garland Encyclopedia of World Music
Author : Garland Encyclopedia of World Music,
Publisher: Routledge
Total pages: 672 pages
ISBN: 1136096027
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The Concise Garland Encyclopedia of World Music comprises two volumes, and can only be purchased as the two-volume set. To purchase the set please go to: http://www.routledge.com/9780415972932


Lunch in Paris


Title : Lunch in Paris
Author : Elizabeth Bard
Publisher: Little, Brown
Total pages: 336 pages
ISBN: 9780316072007
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In Paris for a weekend visit, Elizabeth Bard sat down to lunch with a handsome Frenchman--and never went home again. Was it love at first sight? Or was it the way her knife slid effortlessly through her pavé au poivre, the steak's pink juices puddling into the buttery pepper sauce? LUNCH IN PARIS is a memoir about a young American woman caught up in two passionate love affairs--one with her new beau, Gwendal, the other with French cuisine. Packing her bags for a new life in the world's most romantic city, Elizabeth is plunged into a world of bustling open-air markets, hipster bistros, and size 2 femmes fatales. She learns to gut her first fish (with a little help from Jane Austen), soothe pangs of homesickness (with the rise of a chocolate soufflé) and develops a crush on her local butcher (who bears a striking resemblance to Matt Dillon). Elizabeth finds that the deeper she immerses herself in the world of French cuisine, the more Paris itself begins to translate. French culture, she discovers, is not unlike a well-ripened cheese-there may be a crusty exterior, until you cut through to the melting, piquant heart. Peppered with mouth-watering recipes for summer ratatouille, swordfish tartare and molten chocolate cakes, Lunch in Paris is a story of falling in love, redefining success and discovering what it truly means to be at home. In the delicious tradition of memoirs like A Year in Provence and Under the Tuscan Sun, this book is the perfect treat for anyone who has dreamed that lunch in Paris could change their life.


Jubilee Hitchhiker


Title : Jubilee Hitchhiker
Author : William Hjortsberg
Publisher: Catapult
Total pages: 878 pages
ISBN: 1619020459
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Confident and robust, Jubilee Hitchhiker is an comprehensive biography of late novelist and poet Richard Brautigan, author of Troutfishing in America and A Confederate General from Big Sur, among many others. When Brautigan took his own life in September of 1984 his close friends and network of artists and writers were devastated though not entirely surprised. To many, Brautigan was shrouded in enigma, erratic and unpredictable in his habits and presentation. But his career was formidable, an inspiration to young writers like Hjortsberg trying to get their start. Brautigans career wove its way through both the Beat-influenced San Francisco Renaissance in the 1950s and the “Flower Power hippie movement of the 1960s; while he never claimed direct artistic involvement with either period, Jubilee Hitchhiker also delves deeply into the spirited times in which he lived. As Hjortsberg guides us through his search to uncover Brautigan as a man the reader is pulled deeply into the writers world. Ultimately this is a work that seeks to connect the Brautigan known to his fans with the man who ended his life so abruptly in 1984 while revealing the close ties between his writing and the actual events of his life. Part history, part biography, and part memoir this etches the portrait of a man destroyed by his genius.


Poetry


Title : Poetry
Author : John Strachan
Publisher: Edinburgh University Press
Total pages: 256 pages
ISBN: 0748688986
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Based on the authors' extensive teaching experience, this volume provides a lively route map through the main aspects of poetry such as sound effects, rhythm and metre, the typographic display of poems on the page and the language of poetry using practica


The Firbolg Wars


Title : The Firbolg Wars
Author : Rick Palinski
Publisher: iUniverse
Total pages: 348 pages
ISBN: 9781469750750
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The Firbolg Wars is a Celtic story quest of a young man in search of himself and a kingship. After the death of his father, David embarks on a journey to confront the evil that has invaded his homeland. With his friends and companions, David crosses the country fighting the evil Firbolg creatures.


Chants Democratic


Title : Chants Democratic
Author : Sean Wilentz
Publisher: Oxford University Press
Total pages: 480 pages
ISBN: 0199884005
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Since its publication in 1984, Chants Democratic has endured as a classic narrative on labor and the rise of American democracy. In it, Sean Wilentz explores the dramatic social and intellectual changes that accompanied early industrialization in New York. He provides a panoramic chronicle of New York City's labor strife, social movements, and political turmoil in the eras of Thomas Jefferson and Andrew Jackson. Twenty years after its initial publication, Wilentz has added a new preface that takes stock of his own thinking, then and now, about New York City and the rise of the American working class.


Daughter of Troy


Title : Daughter of Troy
Author : Sarah B. Franklin
Publisher: Harper Collins
Total pages: 544 pages
ISBN: 9780061871641
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The rightful-born queen of Lyrnessos, Briseis watched helplessly from the battlements as her husband and brothers were crushed by the invincible army of King Agamemnon. Taken into slavery, the proud, beautiful seer became the prize of Prince Achilles, the conquering Greeks' mightiest hero. But passion forged chains stronger than any iron, binding the hearts of captive and captor with a love that knew no equal, and when Troy fell, great Achilles promised his beloved Briseis would reign at his side as queen of Thessaly. Yet the jealousy of a ruthless king and the whims of the capricious deities would deny the lovers their happiness. As the flames of war rose higher around them, the prophetess vowed to save the beloved warrior for whom her dark gift foretold doom -- even if it meant defying the gods themselves.


The Sea of Trolls


Title : The Sea of Trolls
Author : Nancy Farmer
Publisher: Simon and Schuster
Total pages: 480 pages
ISBN: 1416914323
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Jack was eleven when the berserkers loomed out of the fog and nabbed him. "It seems that things are stirring across the water," the Bard had warned. "Ships are being built, swords are being forged." "Is that bad?" Jack had asked, for his Saxon village had never before seen berserkers. "Of course. People don't make ships and swords unless they intend to use them." The year is A.D. 793. In the next months, Jack and his little sister, Lucy, are enslaved by Olaf One-Brow and his fierce young shipmate, Thorgil. With a crow named Bold Heart for mysterious company, they are swept up into an adventure-quest that follows in the spirit of The Lord of the Rings. Other threats include a willful mother Dragon, a giant spider, and a troll-boar with a surprising personality -- to say nothing of Ivar the Boneless and his wife, Queen Frith, a shape-shifting half-troll, and several eight foot tall, orange-haired, full-time trolls. But in stories by award-winner Nancy Farmer, appearances do deceive. She has never told a richer, funnier tale, nor offered more timeless encouragement to young seekers than "Just say no to pillaging."


Slavers, Guards and Bards


Title : Slavers, Guards and Bards
Author : A.C. Ellas
Publisher: eXtasy Books
Total pages: 52 pages
ISBN: 1771117540
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Slavers steal the Valer children, and it�s up to High Priest S�Rak and Captain Jisten to hunt them down and rescue the children. In a country where slavery is legal and slavers as common as fleas on a dog, the children�s hope of rescue before the auction block is slim to none. S�Rak�s guards, long on the road, arrive in the city at last and immediately spark a battle and a diplomatic incident. Will S�Rak�s sanity, dignity and diplomatic immunity survive? Bard Tafflynn, also known as S�Tyll, arrives with S�Rak�s personal guard. He is not pleased by the presumption of the Valer captain. S�Rak is, after all, his spouse. Will the bond Jisten shares with Rak prove sufficient to shield him from the irate wrath of the high priest�s husband?


Bedlam Boyz


Title : Bedlam Boyz
Author : Ellen Guon
Publisher: Baen Publishing Enterprises
Total pages: 293 pages
ISBN: 1618241079
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Prequel to Bedlam's Bard When one of her friends is gunned down, Kayla uses her latent healing powers to heal her friend¾and the gang member who shot him¾and soon the city's gangs are eager to use her powers for evil. At the publisher's request, this title is sold without DRM (Digital Rights Management).


The Trojan War: A Very Short Introduction


Title : The Trojan War: A Very Short Introduction
Author : Eric H. Cline
Publisher: Oxford University Press
Total pages: 152 pages
ISBN: 0199333823
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The Iliad, Homer's epic tale of the abduction of Helen and the decade-long Trojan War, has fascinated mankind for millennia. Even today, the war inspires countless articles and books, extensive archaeological excavations, movies, television documentaries, even souvenirs and collectibles. But while the ancients themselves believed that the Trojan War took place, scholars of the modern era have sometimes derided it as a piece of fiction. Combining archaeological data and textual analysis of ancient documents, this Very Short Introduction considers whether or not the war actually took place and whether archaeologists have really discovered the site of ancient Troy. To answer these questions, archaeologist and ancient historian Eric H. Cline examines various written sources, including the works of Homer, the Epic Cycle (fragments from other, now-lost Greek epics), classical plays, and Virgil's Aeneid. Throughout, the author tests the literary claims against the best modern archaeological evidence, showing for instance that Homer, who lived in the Iron Age, for the most part depicted Bronze Age warfare with accuracy. Cline also tells the engaging story of the archaeologists--Heinrich Schliemann and his successors Wilhelm D?rpfeld, Carl Blegen, and Manfred Korfmann--who found the long-vanished site of Troy through excavations at Hisarlik, Turkey. Drawing on evidence found at Hisarlik and elsewhere, Cline concludes that a war or wars in the vicinity of Troy probably did take place during the Late Bronze Age, forming the nucleus of a story that was handed down orally for centuries until put into final form by Homer. But Cline suggests that, even allowing that a Trojan War took place, it probably was not fought because of Helen's abduction, though such an incident may have provided the justification for a war actually fought for more compelling economic and political motives. About the Series: Oxford's Very Short Introductions series offers concise and original introductions to a wide range of subjects--from Islam to Sociology, Politics to Classics, Literary Theory to History, and Archaeology to the Bible. Not simply a textbook of definitions, each volume in this series provides trenchant and provocative--yet always balanced and complete--discussions of the central issues in a given discipline or field. Every Very Short Introduction gives a readable evolution of the subject in question, demonstrating how the subject has developed and how it has influenced society. Eventually, the series will encompass every major academic discipline, offering all students an accessible and abundant reference library. Whatever the area of study that one deems important or appealing, whatever the topic that fascinates the general reader, the Very Short Introductions series has a handy and affordable guide that will likely prove indispensable.


The Necromancer Dance


Title : The Necromancer Dance
Author : Daniel N. Millirons
Publisher: Xlibris Corporation
Total pages: pages
ISBN: 1450081894
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Simon L'Furil, also known as the Sellsword Bard, travels with three companions: a mage from the feared country of Colta, a dwarf fond of strong drink, or any drink, that has a tendency to ax first and question later, and a seven foot tall Northman of the White Wolf clan, the age-old enemy of all dwarves. They have been up to every challenge thus far, but when Simon agrees to help a besieged duchess they will face a Necromancer for the first time, a Necromancer supporting a neighboring duke's army with the undead he controls.


The Odyssey


Title : The Odyssey
Author : Homer
Publisher: Homer
Total pages: pages
ISBN: 6050415137
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The Odyssey is one of two major ancient Greek epic poems attributed to Homer. It is, in part, a sequel to the Iliad, the other work ascribed to Homer. The poem is fundamental to the modern Western canon, and is the second oldest extant work of Western literature, the Iliad being the oldest. Scholars believe it was composed near the end of the 8th century BC, somewhere in Ionia, the Greek coastal region of Anatolia. The poem mainly centers on the Greek hero Odysseus (known as Ulysses in Roman myths) and his journey home after the fall of Troy. It takes Odysseus ten years to reach Ithaca after the ten-year Trojan War. In his absence, it is assumed he has died, and his wife Penelope and son Telemachus must deal with a group of unruly suitors, the Mnesteres (Greek: Μνηστῆρες) or Proci, who compete for Penelope's hand in marriage. It continues to be read in the Homeric Greek and translated into modern languages around the world. Many scholars believe that the original poem was composed in an oral tradition by an aoidos (epic poet/singer), perhaps a rhapsode (professional performer), and was more likely intended to be heard than read. The details of the ancient oral performance, and the story's conversion to a written work inspire continual debate among scholars. The Odyssey was written in a poetic dialect of Greek—a literary amalgam of Aeolic Greek, Ionic Greek, and other Ancient Greek dialects—and comprises 12,110 lines of dactylic hexameter. Among the most noteworthy elements of the text are its non-linear plot, and the influence on events of choices made by women and serfs, besides the actions of fighting men. In the English language as well as many others, the word odyssey has come to refer to an epic voyage. The Odyssey has a lost sequel, the Telegony, which was not written by Homer. It was usually attributed in antiquity to Cinaethon of Sparta. In one source, the Telegony was said to have been stolen from Musaeus by Eugamon or Eugammon of Cyrene (see Cyclic poets).


Only The Strong (The Knights of Virtue Part IV)


Title : Only The Strong (The Knights of Virtue Part IV)
Author : J.A. Giunta
Publisher: Brick Cave Books
Total pages: pages
ISBN:
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Stephany explores her own virtue and reads of a deepening mystery. This is story 4 of The Guardians Series. A collection of tales following the events of a family that shape a kingdom, The Guardians series is a continuing look into the lives of true heroes. The Recipe, inherited instructions to a secret magic, is passed on and protected by each generation of Guardians. Guided by inner strength and the abilities invested through Essence magic, the Knights of Virtue struggle to maintain a fragile balance. Samuel Esrald decides the time to pass on the Recipe has come and calls together his six children to tell the tale of how it all began: While Magarius pursues his experiments to unleash the power of Essence, the Esrald brothers seek to fulfill their father’s dream of creating the one cookie that will satisfy their King. When the two endeavors are thrown together by a mischievous Faerie Dragon named Flicker, the result is a series of mishap, adventure, and the Recipe. The virtues idealized by each of the brothers are Truth, Courage, Honor, Strength, Valor, and Humility. As Essence magic amplifies the core of a person’s being, what if one whose purpose is not so pure should ever be affected? Realizing this, the brothers swear the Oath of Virtue, a promise to keep others from harm by safeguarding the magic. With their ancestral story told, the new Knights of Virtue take the Oath as well. And the waking of old powers begins…


The Robin and the Kestrel


Title : The Robin and the Kestrel
Author : Mercedes Lackey
Publisher: Baen Publishing Enterprises
Total pages: 384 pages
ISBN: 1618241087
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Rune, Robin and Nightingale together they will save us all. (If we're very lucky) Rune: She ran away from an abusive home to become the greatest violinist her world had ever known¾and when The Ghost of Skull Hill tried to stop her, she played him to sleep! Robin: No mean musician herself, she must make her own visit to Skull Hill¾to recruit the dreadful ghost to their cause. Nightingale: Alone she could accomplish nothing. So she joined forces with T'fyrr, a strange nonhuman with the face of a raptor and the voice of an angelic choir. This unlikely set of heroes had the daunting task of saving the King¾and through him the Gypsies, Free Bards, and non-humans of the twenty kingdoms. Fortunately, their opponents had no idea how potent a weapon music could be . . . . At the publisher's request, this title is sold without DRM (Digital Rights Management). " . . . fast and furious. Romance, action, intrigue all blend in a believable fantastic setting. Fans of Lackey and fantasy will be delighted with this addition to her series." ¾Kliatt


The Arabian Nights


Title : The Arabian Nights
Author : Robert Irwin
Publisher: Tauris Parke Paperbacks
Total pages: 360 pages
ISBN: 0857730061
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A generous and erudite book...We’re in the company of someone who loves The Arabian Nights, and who has generously shared that love with us through this companion.' - Michele Roberts, Independent on Sunday 'Superlative...just the sort of relaxed, informative book that Edmund Wilson might have written had he grown interested in the Middle East and its early literature.' - Michael Dirda, Washington Post 'Irwin organizes his material like a good storyteller...he gives us the crystallized sum of The Nights: ancedote, history, moral fable, aphorism, story after story, wonder upon wonder. This monumental, infinitely faceted gem should be every writer's bedtime sampler.' - Michael Moorcock, New Statesman & Society 'A work both learned and witty...Robert Irwin has wonderfully deepened the pleasures and the interest in reading The Arabian Nights as a supreme work of imaginative fiction.' - Marina Warner,TLS


James Hogg and British Romanticism


Title : James Hogg and British Romanticism
Author : Meiko O\'Halloran
Publisher: Springer
Total pages: 308 pages
ISBN: 1137559055
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This study argues for Hogg's centrality to British Romanticism, resituating his work in relation to many of his more famous Romantic contemporaries. Hogg creates a unique literary style which, the author argues, is best described as 'kaleidoscopic' in view of its similarities with David Brewster's kaleidoscope, invented in 1816.


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