Even in a galaxy torn apart by war, the young still have dreams.
On Rajipuri, a poor planet in the Empire of Worlds, Anjali Patel and her two younger sisters look up at the stars and dream of escaping the limitations of a traditional and rigidly stratified society.
At the same time, in a camp for war orphans in the Republic of United Planets, Mikhail Grikov also looks up at the stars and dreams of escaping a life of pain and abuse.
One day in the far future, they will meet and change the galaxy. But for now, they're merely dreaming of the stars…
This is a prequel novelette of 8500 words or approx. 29 print pages to the "In Love and War" series, but may be read as a standalone.
Twenty-eight short stories by the Katherine Mansfield Prize–winning author: “a most impressive collection, a work of genuine imagination” (Observer, UK). Elspeth Davie is one of Scotland’s finest and most unjustly overlooked short-story writers. Her prose style is as clear and occasionally unnerving as that of Muriel Spark, yet her work reveals a gentler and more compassionate, but no less penetrating eye for the beauty and the strangeness of the human condition. In The Man Who Wanted to Smell Books and Other Stories, readers will discover Davie’s wry humor, her ear for the cadences of daily life, and her innate understanding of the depths and absurdities hidden just beneath the surface. With an introduction by Giles Gordon, this wide-ranging collection of the very best of Davie’s short fiction offers an important reassessment of a wonderful writer. "Mrs. Davie commands a beautifully clear prose style that she can intensify when necessary to touch the hem of poetry." —Edinburgh Evening News
The Top 10 – Western Europe - An Introduction
The West has often promoted itself as the crucible of democracy, civil society and the Arts. The reality is far from that but its literature has, perhaps, more merit as a force for good. Their authors use their talents wisely as they explore all manner of subjects with characters of literary brilliance.
Short stories have always been a sort of instant access into an author’s brain, their soul and heart. A few pages can lift our lives into locations, people and experiences with a sweep of landscape, narration, feelings and emotions that is difficult to achieve elsewhere.
In this series we try to offer up tried and trusted ‘Top Tens’ across many different themes and authors. But any anthology will immediately throw up the questions – Why that story? Why that author?
The theme itself will form the boundaries for our stories which range from well-known classics, newly told, to stories that modern times have overlooked but perfectly exemplify the theme. Throughout the volume our authors whether of instant recognition or new to you are all leviathans of literature.
Some you may disagree with but they will get you thinking; about our choices and about those you would have made. If this volume takes you on a path to discover more of these miniature masterpieces then we have all gained something.
In a Society Dominated by Religion and Bound by ties of strict family loyalty, two teenagers are trapped by their secret love. As a dangerous vendetta spills onto the streets, the young lovers are forced to risk all to be together in Shakespeare's fast-paced tragedy of thwarted love.
The best-selling author of Atonement and Enduring Love, Ian McEwan is known as one of contemporary fiction’s most acclaimed writers. This Booker Prizewinning novel by McEwan finds two men connecting at the funeral of their ex-lover. Distressed by how she was slowly destroyed by an illness, the two make a pact to save each other from enduring such a fate.
Tarot cards predict the future, right? Trust Jack Nightingale to find a pack that can change that future...and of course he 'borrows' a card and signs a Latin contract he can’t read in his own blood.
Can Jack and his longtime assistant Jenny McLean thwart the cards and destroy his and dozens of other contracts? Would anyone put money on a demon triumphing when Nightingale is on a mission?
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