Witty, fast-paced fantasy heist where morality is...debatable.
Kip is a young thief on the hard streets of Tander in the middle of the Sparelands -- a dry, hot piece of hell, hit with frequent and terrible storms. All he wants to do is leave, but first he must save enough to cover fare for the only safe exit in town: the iron wain.
With six months to go, the job of a lifetime lands in his lap: To steal a vial of the Essence -- a piece of myth and legend. He'll do anything to pull it off, but the question is... Will he survive?
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"a sand-buckling adventure"
"this is edge of your seat stuff. it just keeps going, from one adventure to the next. I can't wait to see what happens next."
“A gripping thriller . . . I was on the edge of my seat! . . . my heart was pounding!” —Amazon reviewer, five stars
“The Handmaid’s Tale meets Blade Runner. A powerful tale of control, love and family in a brave new world where nothing is as it seems.” —M. Sean Coleman, author of The Cuckoo Wood
Her future is about to change. So is her past . . . In the English seaside town of Brighton, Robyn Lockhart has a boyfriend named Vincent, a frail, sickly sister, and a mother who keeps a lock on one of the cupboards. These things she knows. Other things are much foggier, and it’s not because of the drugs or alcohol. For example, Tiffany—the tattooed bartender she befriends after an ugly fight with Vincent. She seems familiar, and she appears to know Robyn. Is this the start of a new relationship or a continuation of one? While Robyn connects with Tiffany, a vicious storm hits the city, punctuated by a deafening roar in the middle of the night. The next day, the source of the sound is revealed: a battered ship has run aground on the beach across from Tiffany’s apartment. Authorities arrive quickly. The gawking crowds are forcefully driven away as a noxious gas fills the air. Oddly enough, news outlets make no mention of the event. For Robyn, the mystery surrounding the beached vessel is as disturbing as the question of her sanity. As she tries to sort out what is real and why she’s unable to remember certain details, Robyn will discover to the truth about herself, her family, and the place she’s always called home.
"Know, oh prince, that between the years when the oceans drank Atlantis and the gleaming cities, and the years of the rise of the Sons of Aryas, there was an Age undreamed of, when shining kingdoms lay spread across the world like blue mantles beneath the stars—Nemedia, Ophir, Brythunia, Hyperborea, Zamora with its dark-haired women and towers of spider-haunted mystery, Zingara with its chivalry, Koth that bordered on the pastoral lands of Shem, Stygia with its shadow-guarded tombs, Hyrkania whose riders wore steel and silk and gold. But the proudest kingdom of the world was Aquilonia, reigning supreme in the dreaming west. Hither came Conan, the Cimmerian, black-haired, sullen- eyed,sword in hand, a thief, a reaver, a slayer, with gigantic melancholies and gigantic mirth, to tread the jeweled thrones of the Earth under his sandalled feet."
The complete Robert E. Howard's Conan in a new omnibus edition that includes:
The Frost Giant's Daughter
The Tower of The Elephant
The God in The Bowl
Rogues in The House
Queen of The Black Coast
The Vale of Lost Women
Shadows in The Moonlight
A Witch Shall Be Born
Shadows in Zamboula
Xuthal Of the Dusk
The Devil in Iron
The People of The Black Circle
The Black Stranger
The Pool of The Black One
Jewels of Gwahlur
Beyond the Black River
The Phoenix on the Sword
The Scarlet Citadel
The Hour of the Dragon
Synopsis, Drafts and Unfinished Stories
The Hyborian Age
“An epic novel with enough terrifying adventure to accommodate at least a few sleepless nights. All aboard—and highly recommended!” —Dark Bites Under the subways’ roar, out of the deep, wet caves, comes the fury from Hell . . . . . . to be met by an unlikely troupe ready to save the lives and soul of their city. In the bedrock beneath New York, beautiful news reporter Lya Marsden and hard-bitten detective Michael Corvino enter an eerie maze of abandoned tunnels, searching for a train that vanished with all aboard—over half a century ago. But under the concrete maze of skyscrapers and tourists, below the peep shows and the penthouses, within the clammy darkness, and around the next turn—an unholy evil waits to disgorge violence and blood. In Night Train, the urban decay of 80s-era New York City meets hordes of feral cats, a Subway Slasher, the occult, and an underground labyrinth full of primeval and modern monsters that threaten to swallow whole a four-hundred-year-old city and its inhabitants. What’s beneath their feet will shock and horrify till the last blaring warning of lost Train 93. Praise for Thomas F. Monteleone “Monteleone has a dark imagination, a wicked pen, and the rare ability to convey an evil chill with words.” —Dean Koontz, New York Times–bestselling author “Tom’s an expert storyteller.” —F. Paul Wilson, author of The Keep and Deep as the Marrow “A vastly entertaining novel of horror and suspense [that poses] difficult questions about the nature of man, God and the devil.” —Los Angeles Daily News “The story is irresistible, moving to a mighty climax.” —The New York Times
Asking too many questions – even the right ones – can get a person in trouble.
Laila Harrow knows the best way to track down anything—or anybody—ask Billie Farmer. As the brains of the Laguna Shores Research Club, Billie teaches fellow members how to reach into the ether and pluck out facts. Counting on Billie’s guidance, Laila promises the St. Augustine Museum a catalogue of Florida Highwaymen paintings that will catapult her standing in the art world. But when Billie dies suddenly, Laila is forced to pull herself out of the darkness to think like Billie and follow the facts.
Fact: Billie’s good health makes the diagnosis of a heart attack unlikely.Fact: Her actions the night of her death hint at a looming threat.Fact: Her condo has been turned upside down, her computer and phone missing.
With support from her friends and family, Laila vows to get to the bottom of Billie’s death. Then one last piece of information comes to light.
Fact: Laila is at the center of a dangerous game.
Stories by “one of the Harlem Renaissance’s most original writers . . . Gothic surrealism that fascinates and repels with the intensity of a sunstroke” (David Levering Lewis, Pulitzer Prize–winning author). The only published work by Caribbean-born author Eric Walrond, Tropic Death was acclaimed by Langston Hughes for its “hard poetic beauty.” After having lived in Panama at one point during his early years, Walrond considered himself a spiritual native of the country, and in many of these stories, he portrays the diverse mix of workers who labored to build the Panama Canal. He also captures the beauty and danger of nature, especially the sun, in such tropical climates as Guiana and Barbados. In “Drought,” a man grieves his dead daughter, while in “Panama Gold,” a tragic fire deprives a lonely woman of a chance at love. Two boys risk shark-infested waters to dive for coins thrown by tourists in “The Wharf Rats.” Seven more stories are included in the collection, which ends with the autobiographical “Tropic Death.” “In prose . . . tough as the hanging vines from which monkeys leap and chatter, and as unsentimental as the blazing sun, ten intimate and body-touching pictures of the West Indies unroll themselves. There is nothing soft about this book. . . . The throbbing life and sun-bright hardness of these pages fascinate me. . . . And the ease and accuracy of Mr. Walrond’s West Indian dialects support one in the belief that he knows very well the people of who he writes.” —Langston Hughes, New York Herald Tribune Book Review “A book which excites and disturbs, oppresses and enchants the reader.” —The New York Times Book Review
Heart of Darkness (1899) is a novella by Polish-British novelist Joseph Conrad, about a voyage up the Congo River into the Congo Free State, in the heart of Africa, by the story's narrator Charles Marlow. Marlow tells his story to friends aboard a boat anchored on the River Thames, London, England. This setting provides the frame for Marlow's story of his obsession with the ivory trader Kurtz, which enables Conrad to create a parallel between London and Africa as places of darkness.
Central to Conrad's work is the idea that there is little difference between so-called civilised people and those described as savages; Heart of Darkness raises questions about imperialism and racism.
Originally issued as a three-part serial story in Blackwood's Magazine to celebrate the thousandth edition of the magazine, Heart of Darkness has been widely re-published and translated into many languages. In 1998, the Modern Library ranked Heart of Darkness sixty-seventh on their list of the hundred best novels in English of the twentieth century.
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