All Katie Lin wants is to get away from her family: from the magic, from the mayhem, and from the never-ending war.
Unfortunately, someone has other ideas, and sends her a box. A box that jumps.
The tiny fire hazard inside may just force her back to Wales - and right into the path of a dragon war, the Crow King, and at least one reluctant elf prince. Sometimes, running away just doesn't work as planned.
Topical and timely, Booker Prize-winning author Ben Okri's new collection of short stories blur parallel realities and walk the line between darkness and magic.
Is what you see all there is? Look again.
Playful, frightening, even shocking – the stories in this collection blur the lines between illusion and reality. This is a writer at the height of his power, making the reader think, making them laugh, and sometimes making them want to look away while holding their gaze.
Stories here are set in London, in Byzantium, in the ghetto, in the Andes, in a printer's shop in Spain. The characters include a murderer, a writer, a detective, a man in a cave, a man in a mirror, two little boys, a prison door, and the author himself.
There are twenty-three stories in all. Each one will make you wonder if what you see in the world is all there is...
If you go down to the woods today beware of a sissy surprise . . .
Charlie Morris fantasies become a reality when he encounters a beautiful and mysterious woman in his local supermarket. Naturally dominant, he is immediately attracted to her and she begins his tuition in the art of submission in a local wood close to his place of work. He is slowly manipulated by his Mistress’s guile and superiority and soon Charlie finds himself in a position of slavery and submission to this powerful dominatrix that uses her seductive charms and some well-chosen blackmail to push him into panties and become her outdoor sissy slave. But where will this lead, will his Mistress fully enslave him and make him hers or does she have other plans for him? Read ‘Sissy in the Woods’ to find out the fate of this forced feminised sissy slave.
The German philosopher Friedrich Nietzsche became one of the most influential thinkers of the nineteenth century. Nietzsche's utterance 'God is dead', his insistence that the meaning of life is to be found in purely human terms, and his doctrine of the Superman and the will to power were all later seized upon and unrecognisably twisted by, among others, Nazi intellectuals. The works of Friedrich Nietzsche have fascinated readers around the world ever since the publication of his first book more than a hundred years ago.
From New York Times bestselling author James Rollins comes an electrifying short story, in which the battle over a lost treasure leads to murder, betrayal, and the revelation of a shocking mystery hidden aboard the . . . Ghost Ship
The discovery of a burned body sprawled on a remote Australian beach shatters the vacation plans of Commander Gray Pierce. To thwart an ingenious enemy, he and Seichan are pulled into a centuries-old mystery surrounding a lost convict ship, the Trident. The vessel—with a history of mutiny and stolen treasure—vanished into the mists of time, but nothing stays lost forever. A freak storm reveals clues scattered across the Great Barrier Reef, but following those clues will lead to bloodshed and savagery, for where this ghost ship is hidden is as shocking as the mystery behind its disappearance. It will take all of Gray’s ingenuity and Seichan’s deadly skills not only to survive—but to stop an enemy from destroying everything in his path.
Included with this short story is a sneak peek at the upcoming Sigma Force novel, The Demon Crown, where events here lead to Sigma’s most harrowing adventure to date.
“. . . a beautifully wrought hymn of praise to readers and book-lovers in the most sacred of places, the libraries where we find both.” —Cassandra King, author of the best-selling novels The Sunday Wife
WHEN ADELE COVINGTON becomes an author in her sixties, she goes on a book tour to speak to the Friends of the Library groups in ten small towns in her home state of Mississippi. Chasing her personal demons through the Christ-haunted South of her childhood, Adele befriends an eclectic group of wounded people and decides to tell their stories. From Eupora to Meridian, from a budding artist with an abusive husband to a seven-year-old with a rare form of cancer, each story contains elements of hope and healing and honors the heart, soul, and history of the Magnolia State.
E. W. Farnsworth's westerns continue the unique vision of his earlier stories, only with expanded scope and characters. Forgotten historical tales are resurrected here. often with the assistance of memory figures who put their own spin on what they relate. The frontier Arizona Territory, with its shifting population and lawlessness, contains the remnants of the failed Confederate succession's leadership in "The Thirteen Apostles" while "The Black Bear of Payson" tells of a gritty frontier woman's heroism against tribulations fighting the largest black bear ever. "Metamorphoses" suggests the mythic transmogrification of individuals as they are absorbed into the western landscape. Fanciful adaptations of current nineteenth-century events form stories like, "Arizona Exposition of 1855" and "The Bloodless Dodge City War," and fictional battles in critical passes are central to "Pass to Lemmon Mountain" and "Fighting Through Apache Pass" wherein Farnsworth recounts the bloody difficulties of the so-called Indian Wars. Farnsworth tells ghost stories of the old west in "Ghost Rider" and "Ghost of the Vulture Mine," also known as "The Varmint Man." Myths are blended into "The Woman Who Became a Triceratops" and "Fastest Gun in the Games," both of which play subtle games with history. Throughout this eminently readable collection, Farnsworth's wit and allusiveness sport with intelligent readers' minds inviting their participation in his recreations of cowhand reality.
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