With contributions by Leonie Brialey, MJ Clarke, Roy T. Cook, Joseph J. Darowski, Ian Gordon, Gene Kannenberg Jr., Christopher P. Lehman, Anne C. McCarthy, Ben Owen, Lara Saguisag, Ben Saunders, Jeffrey O. Segrave, and Michael TisserandThe Comics of Charles Schulz collects new essays on the work of the creator of the immensely popular Peanuts comic strip. Despite Schulz's celebrity, few scholarly books on his work and career have been published. This collection serves as a foundation for future study not only of Charles Schulz (1922-2000) but, more broadly, of the understudied medium of newspaper comics.Schulz's Peanuts ran for a half century, during which time he drew the strip and its characters to express keen observations on postwar American life and culture. As Peanuts' popularity grew, Schulz had opportunities to shape the iconography, style, and philosophy of modern life in ways he never could have imagined when he began the strip in 1950. Edited by leading scholars Jared Gardner and Ian Gordon, this volume ranges over a spectrum of Schulz's accomplishments and influence, touching on everything from cartoon aesthetics to the marketing of global fast food. Philosophy, ethics, and cultural history all come into play. Indeed, the book even highlights Snoopy's global reach as American soft power.As the broad interdisciplinary range of this volume makes clear, Peanuts offers countless possibilities for study and analysis. From many perspectives--including childhood studies, ethnic studies, health and exercise studies, as well as sociology--The Comics of Charles Schulz offers the most comprehensive and diverse study of the most influential cartoonist during the second half of the twentieth century.
A New York Times Notable Book: The People vs. God in “a funny, ferocious fantasy” from the two-time Nebula Award–winning author (The Philadelphia Inquirer). Hallelujah! God is not dead. He’s just been a deep-freeze coma in the Arctic. Strapped for cash, the Vatican has sold the body (a bargain at $1.3 billion!) to Baptists in Florida. Enterprising souls that they are, they’ve turned the Corpus Dei into a popular, two-mile long theme-park attraction at Orlando’s Celestial City USA—hooked up to the largest life-support system on earth. Then things get weird. Martin Candle, a justice of the peace who’s suffered a series of devastating setbacks, decides to put Him on trial in The Hague for crimes against humanity. Now, to accumulate evidence for the prosecution, Candle enters God’s brain on a steamer to find out what in the world the Almighty could possibly have been thinking all these years. What ensues in this sequel to James Morrow’s World Fantasy Award–winning Towing Jehovah is a “square off for the greatest moral debate of all time . . . [and it’s] not to be missed” (Booklist). “Surreal . . . dark and powerful.” —Publishers Weekly “A wildly imaginative novel . . . as barbed with high and low comedy as an Aristophanes play—and just as fundamentally serious.” —The Bloomsbury Review “Hilarious . . . [Morrow] demonstrates a sharp mind, [and] a sharper tongue . . . Salman Rushdie, eat your heart out.” —The San Diego Union-Tribune
Paris is sick of being a magician, the Spell Caster. Where he comes from it just means being a paranormal-nerd. He hears about Career Worlds, sees the ads and decides he’s going to become a space marine! But first, he has to get away from the stupid Trinity pit and is declared AWOL by the Assembly who decide what magicians can and cannot do. Well, screw that!
As he breaks away he dreams of fighting … someone, defending his world against … who knows what, and body building. From the moment he breaks away from O’rah, the Spell Magnifier, and Gargoyle, the Spell Binder, Paris finds life not quite what he was expecting especially when his cat, Path, joins the marines with him. This was his time to shine! What's worse? The marines seem to like his cat more than him.
A satirical dream-logic journey through the dark heart of 1950s Los AngelesDr. Frederick Eichner, world-renowned dermatologist, is visited by the entrancingly irritating Felix Treevly who comes to him as a patient and stays as an obsession. Prosaic incidents blossom into bizarre developments with the sharpened reality of dreams as the spectral Mr. Treevly leads the doctor into a series of increasingly weird situations. With the assistance of a drunken private detective, a mad judge, a car crash, a game show called “What’s My Disease,” and a hashish party, Treevly drives Eichner to madness and mayhem. It is through comedy and a strange blend of violence and poetic delicacy that the novel charms. Southern’s first novel, Flash and Filigree was turned down by seventeen timorous American publishers. It was Southern’s mentor, the “genius” English novelist Henry Green, who brought the book to the attention of a leading British publishing house, which released it to high praise. A fast-paced dark comedy, Flash and Filigree established Terry Southern as one of the finest American prose stylists to emerge in Paris after the War. This ebook features an illustrated biography of Terry Southern including rare photos and never-before-seen documents from the author’s estate.
Washington Square is a short novel by Henry James. Originally published in 1880 as a serial in Cornhill Magazine and Harper's New Monthly Magazine, it is a structurally simple tragicomedy that recounts the conflict between a dull but sweet daughter and her brilliant, domineering father. The book is often compared to Jane Austen's work for the clarity and grace of its prose and its intense focus on family relationships. James was hardly a great admirer of Jane Austen, so he might not have regarded the comparison as flattering. In fact, James was not a great fan of Washington Square itself. He tried to read it over for inclusion in the New York Edition of his fiction (1907-1909) but found that he couldn't, and the novel was not included. Other readers, though, have sufficiently enjoyed the book to make it one of the more popular works of the Jamesian canon. (summary from Wikipedia)
A small-town Florida cop finds big trouble when he becomes a seductive movie star’s bodyguard in this clever mystery from the author of Hot Shot. Det. Samuel Cooper, known as “Coop” to his friends, is the chief of police in Gulf Front, Florida, a sleepy little beach town that doesn’t see many outsiders. Indeed, “chief of police” is a grand title, considering Coop’s the only officer on the “force.” Then, out of the blue, he gets offered an intriguing side gig as bodyguard to the movie star Cherry Page. Cherry will be shooting on location in Atlanta, and someone’s been sending twisted threats to her personal email. Coop is surprised when his girlfriend Penny encourages him to take the job with the famous femme fatale. But he gets more drama than he bargained for when the celebrity stalker turns out to be a serial killer who follows Coop and Cherry back to Gulf Front.
24symbols is a digital reading subscription service. In exchange for a small monthly fee you can download and enjoy reading from our complete catalogue of ebooks on any device (mobile, tablet, e-reader with web navigator or PC). Our catalogue includes more than 1 million books in several languages. This subscription can be terminated at any time in the section "Subscription".