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The culture, of course, reaches back several thousands of years, and so the poet may be reaching back a thousand years or more to engage with the poet he considers his master. The poem is in a third place between text and reader. Bringing them together in groups and letting them communicate in whatever form they can, and then foregrounding their successes. Rather than focusing on whatever difficulty they may have in communication, you note the creativity that they bring to communicating.

For instance, the patient who traveled to Japan alone. He no doubt felt a certain sense of isolation in a culture so different from his, but it might have actually been easier for him than being in his own culture and being isolated because of the language disability.

It should be something that welcomes you in regardless of whether you understand the words. You can hear a story and not understand every word of it but still be knocked off your seat by the power of it. Dawn McGuire will read at p. Wasik is an editor at WIRED, and his ability to distill complex histories and pathologies to their narrative essence is what makes this book work so very well. This young adult supernatural novel takes as its jumping-off place the already strange story of the disappearance of the Roanoke settlers in colonial Virginia.

Oh, and did I mention that both of the teens come from families with roots going back to the founding of the colony? And, while this could be just another entry in the overburdened genre, author Gwenda Bond seems to be one of those rare writers for teens who actually likes and understands teens; it gives the book a less predictable and far more entertaining tone. For teens who like Twilight, I suggest this as a much more well-written alternative.

For adults who like supernaturals, this will be a tasty treat. The investigation takes a few turns, and suddenly Andy finds himself on leave as the DA indicts his son, Jacob, for the murder. His grandfather and great-grandfather were also violent criminals. Throughout the novel, Andy is desperate to prove his son innocent and keep his family together—which we know, from the early, included testimony Andy gives to a grand jury, will be a Herculean struggle. This was very well done; it was also a quick and satisfying read.

Enraged by the loss of his entire community, he goes in search of them, and picks up another trail. In addition to a great read that spans three centuries, this is also a very deft examination of race and gender, as well as an interrogation of what it means to be human. The conflict between Doro and Anyanwu is both a philosophical disagreement and a rift over how we live our emotional lives.

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The narrative is shot through with various ways of looking at the outsider and the loneliness that accompanies that position. And, speaking of classics , J. Ballard 's wonderful—and prescient—view of a future in which climate change has melted the ice caps and left London a rain-forest-like jungle is available in a 50th anniversary hardcover edition. With giant lizards and humongo insects—not to mention a scientist-turned-action-hero— The Drowned World remains a pulp delight, as well as a not-so-subtle reminder that things are going to change a lot , if not precisely in this way, as a result of climate change.

Aboard the Intrepid, flagship of the Universal Union, Andrew Dahl has just joined the xenobiology lab. And all the carnage seems to happen near the captain and a handful of the bridge crew. Oh, and did I mention that Andrew is both curious and ticked off about the curse of the red shirt? Kunstler runs down the list—warming planet, peak oil, overpopulation, tanking economies—and makes connections most of us are afraid or unwilling to make. Of course, that will go a way toward reducing the population, but only the pre-ghost visitation Scrooge would suggest such a thing is a good outcome. At least the apocalypse will get them out of debt and provide meaningful work.

I was promised flying cars in the future. The sentiment is pure American; technology will solve all our problems. However, as Kunstler points out, the tech that was always going to save us has never dones so. In fact, it tends to make things worse. Have you been out there lately? Hot, paved, and empty during the day. Consider, for a moment, the recent murder of a Chinese manager at a coal mine in Zambia.

Employees were upset and protesting poor working conditions and low pay; the manager was killed accidentally. While Kunstler gives a lot of credit to the New Urbanism —a move toward sustainable, walkable cities that rely less on cars—he also notes that the ideas have been co-opted, resulting in a lot of unsustainable development that only looks like New Urbanism. If anything, Kunstler makes an argument for function over form. The basic human needs, unchanged for millennia, for food, water and shelter are going to become increasingly difficult to meet.

Cross-posted on The United States of Armageddon. The story opens by introducing us to year-old Herr Waldemar Leverkuhn, a retired brewery worker who just discovered that he and his three closest friends have won the lottery—not an exorbitant sum by any means but enough to cause a celebration. After a sumptuous soiree with his fellow lottery winners, Herr Leverkuhn is murdered in his bed.

Cause of death? The investigation, though, quickly hits a dead end; the widow, her neighbors and family and friends are incapable of supplying any kind of motive or suspect. The disappointing but most likely lead is a hypothetical drug addict who wandered in off the streets and murdered Herr Leverkuhn under a chemical-induced frenzy. But this lead, too, pans out to nothing. And, as a good mystery is wont to do, a final twist at the end is revealed to the reader and the reader alone. The main draw of this novel, and presumably of the series, is the cast of characters.

Breaking away from the Holmesian days of one man solving baffling puzzles solo aside from auxillary performances from Watson and Inspector Lestrade , detective novels today are just as likely to have teams instead of individuals working to solve the mystery. Much like Scandivanian cinema, Scandivanian literature does not seem to pull punches.

Still, it should also be noted that this novel offers many moments of levity one including the rumor of a red-headed dwarf murderer , and is overall a very satisfying mystery. That makes him a rare bird these days; it also means that he has more in common with former presidents Nixon and Reagan than you might think. The problem is that—erudite, scholarly fellow that he is— Dionne misses the real issue with the right or at least its base and history: To most of the far right in the Republican Party, history is whatever they think God has to say on the matter.

Barton has made a career of doing precisely that, and providing faux history on command for the true believers who are at the core of our current American divisive politics. I disagreed with that thesis from the get-go, and Dionne never managed to persuade me otherwise. He fails to see that the right only cloaks their politics in individualism; in fact, the politics of the right is shot through with community. None of the so-called adherents of individualism are actually practicing or seeking anything even close to it. He misses what the far right fully understands: The difference between left and right is not a difference of mere interpretation, but of world views.

Where liberals, moderates and traditional conservatives see a secular government serving a diverse citizenry, the far right is divided between a base that sees a Christian nation and an elite that sees a corporate oligarchy and is willing to use the base to insure that oligarchy gets what it wants. And that, I think, is their fundamental mistake, and the reason that the most democratic nation in history may find itself turning into a corporate-run, balkanized country of very little influence.

Tom Wilber is an accidental geology and energy reporter. In Under the Surface , Wilber first looks at the process by which mineral rights were acquired in an area where industry and jobs have disappeared over the last few decades. Some people grabbed at the chance to get a little extra cash by leasing their extraction rights, while others were a little more hesitant. That said, Wilber is remarkably even-handed in his reporting, as one would expect from an experienced journalist.

He makes clear that the decision to drill for shale gas only came when technology, demand, and prices all reached a level to make it profitable. We do need energy, and he understands that. Wilber provides a great deal of information—about geology, drilling, the economic and historical state of the states that sit atop the Marcellus Shale—but he does it in the best way possible: by showing readers the people who live there and letting them tell their own stories.

In short, this book is really good reporting. Ben Winters first landed on my radar as the author of Bedbugs , an incredibly creepy psychological thriller that had me double-checking every itch and twitch for weeks. In The Last Policeman , Winters has gone for a double-whammy: a murder mystery set in an immediately pre-apocalyptic Concord, New Hampshire. An orphan raised, along with his younger sister, by grandparents, Henry is determined to be a good detective. The mystery itself is interesting, with plenty of twists and engaging characters.

Everything we see in wartime, multiplied a thousandfold, shows up in little Concord, and Henry notes it. The result is that The Last Policeman succeeds both as a mystery, with a quirky detective and an intriguing whodunit , and as a piece of apocalyptic speculative fiction. And that is something we can anticipate with a good feeling.

Cross-posted at The United States of Armageddon. Like Soft Apocalypse, the narrator of Hitchers is a sensitive young man who seems to be in his late twenties. Gramps is none too happy that Finn has taken over—and reinvigorated—his old comic strip. This novel deals with grief, loss, and moving on—but with an added supernatural twist, given that, following a terrorist attack in Atlanta Hitchers is set in either a near-future or alternate timeline that, unfortunately, is terrorized in ways that have so far only been seen in war zones.

By that I mean that the story moves quickly and deftly through a well-defined narrative arc, but at each point along the way, it is the well-defined nature of the characters in the story that make it work. In Triggers, we have a near-future U. In this case, a president who has a plan to strike back at the terrorists in a big, top-secret way is shot in an assassination attempt.

A burst of electromagnetic energy results in the president waking up with the ability to remember the life of the PTSD-stricken vet who was being treated next door. In fact, there are a boatload of people who were on that floor or nearby who can now access the memories of others.

Because some of them are top-secret. Here are a couple of recent and really interesting literary novels that have gotten me thinking about what it means to write a historical novel. All this, and yet people still insist on getting their history from novels and on telling historical stories—often c. The self-conscious narrator, in this case, is the author himself—or perhaps a fictionalized version of the author, since that remains even less clear than how much of the tale is fiction. The narrator is a literary scholar living in Canada named Frances Gumm.

If you know your way around Hollywood history, you recognize immediately the birth name of Judy Garland. Set in a near-future in which outrageously long lifespans become the norm and aging is even more repulsive than it is in our youth-obsessed culture, Gilbert quite skillfully uses this one-sided correspondence to flesh out a character that, if not actually Garland, is certainly believable—especially when she takes hilarious digs at the late June Allyson or waxes rhapsodic on the art of the blow job or the equally fascinating art of celebrity.

With elements of post-modernism and queer theory—as well as much attention to the Oxfordian theory of Shakespearean authority—this might seem too cerebral as described. It is, most assuredly, not a purely intellectual pursuit; instead, it wonders about history as the product of messy humans, with all our frailties and bodily fluids. This story began as a daily serial on the website for The Telegraph London in and is still archived there for those interested in web-based reading.

In physical book form, A Conspiracy of Friends gives readers a portable, nonelectric version of the playful and fun serial. However, as a mystery novel, it offers plenty of intrigue—but not a lot of genuine mystery. Corduroy Mansions, a fictional housing unit in London, serves as the hub that connects a myriad of characters. Those with bad memories may want to take notes while reading.

The characters are written with an absurd sincerity or maybe a sincere absurdity much like the characters in Wes Anderson films: understated, emotionally reserved, and quirky are excellent descriptors. In the vein of a Sherlock Holmes story, an efficient mystery introduces the cast, gives us the problem, and then takes us along with the main characters to solve the problem. This is a very economic setup and can be quite filling, like a bowl of red beans and rice.

A Conspiracy of Friends lacks that quality. Still, if you enjoy stories with quirky ensemble casts, this read is worth it. Her lover Jake is no longer with her—due to events that took place in the last book—and the fetal werewolf inside her womb is constantly gnashing and clawing at her from within. Pregnancy never seemed more undesirable. After Talulla gives birth, the plot speeds up and darts through kidnapping, world travel, gruesome deaths and sex. Dirty—literally—werewolf sex. Suffice it to say this book is for mature readers only.

Shock value aside, these details seem to have purpose. Because of that, the memories of what Talulla did in wolf form are carried with her even when in human form. The moral ambiguities and internal dilemmas that result help keep the story fresh most of the time, but seem a little forced at other points. The climax of the story features some decent twists, and the pacing of the book made it an easy read, even without reading the preceding entry.

I presume fans of The Last Werewolf would be happy with this book. New readers may not be happy with their time investment, though. I was never scared while reading it. It was a fun ride, but the characters could have easily been replaced with Angelina Jolie and Jason Statham for equal effect. He came back with her and became a detective. And for the record, my favorite character is Sgt. I spend my weekends on the stuff that stretches my mind while also entertaining it: what most people still call science fiction, although the range is exceptionally wide, from sword-and-dragon fantasy to more science than fiction, in some cases.

She can touch someone and see how they die. What makes this time any different? Well, for openers, she really likes Louis. Wendig has combined what might seem a predictable supernatural element with some excellent story-driven writing and a handful of plot-twists that cannot be seen from a mile away probably because his pacing is so fast that the reader is on them before we can recognize it.

This is another good one; my only caveat is for people who have a hard time with violence, because Wendig writes it graphically and well. The other recent top-notch read in the brain-candy category has been David Brin 's latest novel, Existence. But at least one other—much older—artifact exists. Are there traps— built-in bottlenecks , say, in the development process—that keeps life from reaching the point of communication across stellar distances? As always, Brin is full of thought-provoking possibilities, while also bearing in mind that our state as humans is probably the largest threat of all to our existence.

Follow me on Twitter: KelMunger Share. It has to do with who has access to money in the first place—in other words, how well you pick your parents—and with how tax dollars are spent. But, hey, he includes footnotes; not only that, his narrative makes clear the disconnect between our belief in hard work as the key to success. I did the math. My Ph. Borrow money from your parents to start a business, as presidential candidate Mitt Romney suggested? The rest of us are trying to figure out how to take care of our dads, now that the investment-capitalist buyout of their old companies has dumped their pension obligations and left the folks with nothing but Social Security.

Or even better, the Eisenhower rates. The current move to reduce government workers puts additional strain on an already weak economy. More government workers means more money spent, which improves the economy in the private sector see the Krugman book below if you have trouble grasping that idea. Noah also suggests more regulation of Wall Street—surprise! In fact, he proposes to strengthen labor unions, which is exactly the opposite of what the big business class wants to do. But a healthy labor movement has been an indicator of a healthy and growing middle class since the last century.

Labor unions mean everybody is paid better and gets better benefits. On top of that, reducing the cost of higher education may seem like a no-brainer, at least to people who actually want to see an expansion of the middle class. There are only two ways to do that: with a four-year degree that catapults one into the white-collar, upper end of the working class, or with technical training in a trade, which makes for a short jump to the slightly more-stable solid middle of the working class.

And burdening working- and middle-class youth with exorbitant student loans? As mentioned above, Paul Krugman has had a great deal to say about the state of the economy, both as a columnist and blogger for the New York Times and in his most recent book, End This Depression Now! Ur doin it wrong. And it might as well be a depression, considering the way it feels and how it is affecting the people who do most of the work in this country. So we need to treat it with the only medicine that works: Government spending. Infrastructure spending—and seriously, you know how much construction jobs help the economy, because construction workers spend their pay.

This is the former Clinton economic hot-shot and current UC Berkeley prof in high dudgeon, and he pulls no punches. Want to start a book club? Oryx and Crake by Margaret Atwood. Once you read this, follow it speedily with The Year of the Flood , which is a sort of sequel. Make Room! This is just as salient a point as ever; the planet simply cannot support humans at the level of consumption we seem determined to maintain. I like both options very well. Parable of the Sower by Octavia E. Greed, destruction, religious mania and a heroine with super-empathy.

Vonnegut always knew how to make hell really, really cold. Alas, Babylon by Pat Frank I loved this book as an eighth grader. When I re-read it now, I recognize its dangers: The idea that we can survive nuclear war makes it inevitable that we will have nuclear war. The Children of Men by P. The War of the Worlds by H. In a metaphorical, literary way. Seriously, if almost everyone went blind, what do you think would happen? Always Coming Home by Ursula K.

A very touchy-feely book with an anthropological take on the differences between the Kesh, who live in a near-utopian society, and the disease of our society. Vaughan and Pia Guerra A graphic novel now available as a complete volume in which all but one human male have died from a terrible disease.

Whatever will the women do? Well, a lot more than you think. This is one of the best from Vertigo, the adult imprint of DC Comics. Excellent feminist speculative fiction. Swan Song by Robert R. McCammon This has elements of science fiction and of horror, which makes it doubly good. Depressing and literary, Auster never disappoints. McCarthy is never for the weak of heart or stomach.

Whitehead writes a literary zombie novel that has all the important elements, as well as some details that will really turn your stomach. When ordering, make sure you get a translation—my first copy was in the original French and hence unreadable to moi!

Also available as a graphic novel and a fairly good miniseries. The novel is just as dark and defeatist; turns out, we do go kinda quietly into that good night. The Body Snatchers by Jack Finney This novel is the source for four movie adaptations, all of which have their merits.

Do Androids Dream of Electric Sheep? This one has a plague that wiped out much of America, with asylum available in England. But does that mean we should leave the sick to die alone? That said, it treats WWII as the apocalypse it was, and it is very well written. I read it in one white-knuckled sitting. Dies the Fire by S.

A feudal world—with heroes and villains—quickly emerges. I was hooked immediately. First in a series. The novella is better than any of the movies; I like The Omega Man a lot, even though it takes many liberties with the story.

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High tech and military, the first one, Plague Year, includes apocalypse in East Sac. From the guy who gave us Dune. Resurrection Day by Brendan Dubois An alternate universe novel about a post-apocalyptic world in which the Cuban Missile Crisis devolved into an all-out nuclear war. Clarke Those alien overlords who brought peace and prosperity to the human race? Uh, yeah. Malevil by Robert Merle Nuclear war destroys the world, but a small village and adjacent villa in France are spared to re-civilize the world. Earth by David Brin Environmental disasters, overpopulation, scientific hubris and terrorism: Yeah, the planet may not last long unless we straighten up.

Mother of Storms by John Barnes This one is even more terrifying now than it was when it was first published in Barnes describes, in very technical meteorology terms, how oceanic warming can lead to hurricanes that make Katrina look like a spring shower. Flood by Stephen Baxter Along with its sequel, Ark , Flood is the story of trying to find a technical solution to an improbable problem: undersea seismic activity unleashes subterranean water reservoirs, flooding the planet.

First book is apocalypse; second is post-apocalyptic and has some interesting stuff about human adaptation to both life on an ocean planet and life in space. The Windup Girl by Paolo Bacigalupi Awesome bio-punk novel about a near future in which global warming has flooded a big chunk of the Earth and the calorie has become the most important measure of energy, with genetic manipulation the norm.

Seriously fun. The Hunger Games is surprisingly good, though, despite the hype. Robopocalypse by Daniel H. Life As We Knew It by Susan Beth Pfeffer A pretty good apocalyptic young adult novel, told in diary entries of a teenage girl, about a meteor that knocks the moon closer to the Earth, thus setting off a series of consequences.

Dayworld by Philip Jose Farmer A solution for dealing with an overpopulated world—letting everyone live only one day out of seven, and spend the rest of their time in suspended animation—has some real drawbacks. Z for Zachariah by Robert C. Directive 51 by John Barnes This book and its sequel, Daybreak Zero , are about a successful plot to destroy technology via a nanotech plague. Directive 51 refers to the order by which the U.

Crossposted on The United States of Armageddon. In spite of the attitude, Vulture Peak carries the reader relentlessly along. With sex tourism, drugs, and institutionalized corruption, Bangkok is a confusing place. Sonchai struggles to do the right thing according to his Buddhist beliefs, an effort that is hampered by the fact that his boss Colonel Vikorn not only runs the Thai police, but also directs smuggling and other enterprises as well.

The victims are missing their eyes and several vital organs. Going undercover as an organ smuggler to find those responsible for harvesting organs, Sonchai learns that donors are often unwilling—and extremely difficult to trace. His characters are subjected to the worst injuries and indignities. But they do not flinch, and if redemption is rarely an option, resilience often is. She then writes about Vietnam, and the terrible mess of war-making that both LBJ and Nixon made of things. She also writes about the rise in privatization of the military, a big way to send the country to war without the public being aware of it.

Maddow also indicts former Vice President Dick Cheney for being the brains behind the privatization of the military—all the while ending up making money off it, via his investments in Halliburton. Then he went to Halliburton and helped them get those contracts. She writes of the U. Privatization made it all easy, and quiet. The bottom line is this:. Their great advice was that we should structure ourselves as a country in a way that deliberately raised the price of admission to any way. It never stops.

Of course, being Rachel Maddow, she ends the book with her personal obsession: the nuclear arsenals still intact throughout the U. Frankly, I think she should have left this chapter out altogether—just saved it for the next book—because Drift is certainly full enough on its own, and we must hope only the first of many such works of reporting and analysis.

A full book-length version of the graphic novel Backderf did about going to high school with serial Killer Jeffrey Dahmer. Great new graphic novel of twin girls growing up in earlyth Century New York. Look for a print review in Coolhunting. Once again we discover that adoption is never as simple as some would have us believe. The reality was much worse. She offers some real insight into what drives people to wish for apocalypse even if it means they will die. The Clowes is another beautifully-illustrated graphic novel about a misfit, unloved and abandoned boy who does bad things as a young man—in this case, involving the death ray.

I love it when they make graphic versions of books about ideas. It makes complex things accessible, and this is particularly true where media theory is concerned. This book is a must-read for all students of media and news, but especially for younger people who may not yet be as media-savvy as they need to be to get by in our branded, spun, viral and manipulated culture.

Complications ensue, as well as the typical red-state small-town crap, but it all works out in the end. His interest in the lives of the survivors comes across as much less voyeuristic, too, and much more like compassion. I think hanging out with homeless people in Sacramento has been good for his writing as well as for his personality.

At least, he does after he finds out that a number of these terrorists have said the same thing, and that people as diverse as UAS Senator Osama bin Ladin and underworld smuggling thug Saddam Hussein are trying to keep it quiet. I love smart, sassy heroines who save the world Buffy, much? The bottom line is that he makes a very convincing and direct argument for relaxing housing restrictions on density and ending the financial subsidies to suburban and exurban builders. His history of higher education, though by necessity brief, is worth remembering, if only because it reminds us of why Rick Santorum would be so convinced it is evil—after all, a liberal education does tend to have a liberalizing effect.

Education should produce public servants, in the broadest possible sense; not people who are interested in making the best living they can for themselves, but in making the best society possible for all of us. We really need to re-examine higher education as a money-making enterprise or an individual investment. Look for this in an upcoming Coolhunting. See above.

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Very good dystopian novel. They hit and kill a year-old girl though what she was doing out at 3 a. The novel examines their lives over the course of three decades, up to the present day. It is, unfortunately, very emotionally distant—and so, ultimately, unsatisfying. I was particularly taken by the very clear and direct sense of purpose.

The future looks pretty bleak for Arizona, no matter how you slice and dice it. If blanket, he kills them and covers their bodies with a blanket. And Yocum has an interesting structure which makes the flashbacks—to the inundation of San Diego and the nuking of Las Vegas, for instance—work as integral parts of character development. The Tea Party?

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Not much different from the opposition to the New Deal, with the exception of the tea bags on their heads. Ultimately, it made me despair of the mental health of so many of my fellow Americans. Maddow has written a book with the sourcing of a scholar and the wit of a pundit. Look for a slightly longer review in print.

That drags him into a series of close calls, misunderstandings and exciting adventures that involve everything from a cannibal cult to a nunnery run by a psychotic drag queen who performed her own sex change operation. When the old institutions—government, church, academy—disappear, what will rise in their place?

Well, a strip club is as good as any other, unless you happen to be female. Grant issued an order that expelled Jews from the territory he commanded. No kidding. He targeted Jews because he blamed them for extensive black-marketeering in his sector. Mind you, President Abraham Lincoln rescinded the order almost immediately, and it caused a furor.

But it does strike me as really troubling that an incident of anti-Semitism which was a big deal at the time is almost forgotten now. This is a pretty good little graphic novel about an attempt by a neo-con Homeland Security administrator to run a false-flag operation that will take cash out of the economy by putting a nasty and often-deadly virus on currency. It has both elements of a nasty plague used as a biological weapon and a right-wing paranoid conspiracy to take away our civil liberties.

This is a wickedly irreverent novel set in a near future in which YouTube-like networks have taken over TV. So what does he do? Turn Martian exploration and colonization into a reality competition. When they talk about Survivor - like television, they mean some people may die.

In space. Where no one can hear you scream. This book was particularly resonant, given the way the murder of Trayvon Martin has been unfolding in the news cycle. His ghost is a main character here, as is the once-young woman who loved him, now a middle-aged widow looking for resolution. This is a very dreamy and sentimental book, but it has a strong pull in light of current events. The novel by noted playwright David Mamet is an older one, but it was brought to my attention recently in a Facebook discussion about the Leo Frank case a horrifying case of anti-Semitism, paranoia and lynching in Georgia in Mamet is incredibly good with language, but then most playwrights are.

The novel uses a lot of doubling to examine these two outsiders and their relationship to colonial and post-colonial Africa. Bonner examines the case of Edward Lee Elmore, who was convicted of murdering an elderly woman in Black and mildly retarded, Elmore was defended after his conviction by Diane Holt, and in many ways, this is her story. It is not, but it does have some interesting descriptions of death-related rituals.

Think of it as Eat, Pray, Die. Selected by Carl Phillips yes, one of my favorite poets , these are poems about pushing boundaries: as a Latino man, as a gay man, as a young man. Fantastic work. Christle has a delightful sense of play in her language—it matches her sense of humor—and an affinity for the absurd.

Definitely a keeper. Awesome, awesome, awesome book. Arthur Opp, a former professor, has become an agoraphobic plus pound semi-hoarder. His life is a wreck, but he clings to the memory of Charlene, a former student with whom he shared a friendship that had the potential for more and with whom he still exchanges letters. In a moment of honesty, he tells her what his life has become—and then begins to change it.

Arthur begins to open up just a little. Narrated alternately by Arthur and Kel, this is an emotionally honest and surprisingly hopeful novel about people who are trying not to give up, and who find that not giving up counts for something. Another interesting Armageddon book. Look for a longer post on this. Good News Clubs are evangelizing missions that operate in thousands of public schools across the country—thanks to a Supreme Court ruling — including two in the Sacramento Unified School District, and several in neighboring suburbs.

But the problem goes deeper. That means Catholics, Episcopalians, some Presbyterians, Methodists, Congregationalists, Unitarians—any variety of Christian that does not follow the strict and literal interpretation of the Bible put forward by CEF. Any way you look at it, kids in public schools? Rushkoff is a media theorist and this graphic novel explores the lives of a group of teens who are raise to do nothing but test multi-player video games. Amir and Khalil using first names only, to protect relatives who are still in Iran tell the story of a family searching for the younger son, who disappeared during the protests.

It provides an entry to the convoluted and depressing state of Iranian political and theological often the same thing matters. This was moving and well done, with the missing Mehdi as a stand-in for all the youth of Iran. It also included some excellent appendices to explain and contextualize the story. House of Mystery was a good horror graphic novel; nothing more, nothing less. Willis is one of my favorite sci-fi authors her series about time travel, Doomsday Book , Blackout and All Clear , is fantastic. This short novel addresses artificial intelligence, and takes as its organizing principle the old—and wonderful—film, All About Eve.

This encyclopedic story of the alternative presses and media—radio stations and television shows are also part of the story that arose because of racism, racial segregation and racial discrimination in America is fascinating. Oh, this is awesome. It gets its own post this week. I discovered this NorCal writer because I got a bad case of the flu and my wife has a sense of humor. What did it feel like to destroy the world? I was one of those little boys who grew up reading a lot of Stephen King and end-of-the-world novels. How far would you go to survive?

You get to be the good guys and the bad guys, both. I had a friend just send me another link about engineered DNA—not nanotech, but the biological equivalent—being used to cure cancer. They had to be, just to live. Simon Clark is the author of several acclaimed novels including The Night of the Triffids--the official sequel to John Wyndham's classic The Day of the Triffids--and is widely acknowledged as one of the most original voices in modern dark fiction and horror. WFA and Nebula Award nominated novelette. It is included in the collection Jubilee Nebula Award nominated novelette.

It originally appeared in Omni , April On a cool evening in Kolkata, India, beneath a full moon, as the whirling rhythms of traveling musicians fill the night, college professor Alok encounters a mysterious stranger with a bizarre confession and an extraordinary story. Tantalized by the man's unfinished tale, Alok will do anything to hear its completion. So Alok agrees, at the stranger's behest, to transcribe a collection of battered notebooks, weathered parchments, and once-living skins.

From these documents spills the chronicle of a race of people at once more than human yet kin to beasts, ruled by instincts and desires blood-deep and ages-old. The tale features a rough wanderer in seventeenth-century Mughal India who finds himself irrevocably drawn to a defiant woman--and destined to be torn asunder by two clashing worlds.

With every passing chapter of beauty and brutality, Alok's interest in the stranger grows and evolves into something darker and more urgent. Shifting dreamlike between present and past withintoxicating language, visceral action, compelling characters, and stark emotion, The Devourers offers a reading experience quite unlike any other novel. Darkness: Two Decades of Modern Horror. Compiling the finest in frightening tales, this unique anthology offers a diverse selection of horror culled from the last 25 years. Hand selected from cutting-edge authors, each work blends subtle psychology and mischievousness with disturbingly visceral imagery.

In the classic "Chattery Teeth," Stephen King provides a tautly drawn account of a traveling salesman who unwisely picks up yet another hitchhiker, while in Peter Straub's eerie "The Juniper Tree," a man whose nostalgia for the movies of his childhood leads to his stolen innocence. Renowned fantasy author George R. Martin weaves a sinister yarn about a young woman encountering a neighbor who is overly enamored with her in "The Pear-Shaped Man.

Brite, and Thomas Ligotti, with bold new talents to the genre, including Kelly Link, Neil Gaiman, and Stephen King's son, Joe Hill, this distinctive collection of stories will delight and terrify. From the award-winning author of the Dominion of the Fallen series comes a dark retelling of Beauty and the Beast. In a ruined, devastated world, where the earth is poisoned and beings of nightmares roam the land A woman, betrayed, terrified, sold into indenture to pay her village's debts and struggling to survive in a spirit world. A dragon, among the last of her kind, cold and aloof but desperately trying to make a difference.

She finds herself dangerously attracted to the dragon who is her master and jailer. Oscar is a sweet but disastrously overweight ghetto nerd who--from the New Jersey home he shares with his old world mother and rebellious sister--dreams of becoming the Dominican J. Tolkien and, most of all, finding love. But Oscar may never get what he wants. Encapsulating Dominican-American history, The Brief Wondrous Life of Oscar Wao opens our eyes to an astonishing vision of the contemporary American experience and explores the endless human capacity to persevere--and risk it all--in the name of love.

Ever feel like you care too much? After a breakup, after the funeral That's not an option for Dominga, an EMT who cares too much, or her drinking buddy Nico, who just lost his poor cat. Life hurts. They drink. They talk:. Nico's tired of hurting people. He wants out. Not suicide, not that - he'd just hurt everyone who loves him.

But what if he could erase his whole life? Undo the fact of his birth? Wouldn't Dominga be having a better night, right now, if she didn't have to take care of him?


And when Dominga finds a way to do just that, when she is gifted or armed with a terrible cosmic mercy, she still cares enough to say:. Read the full story for free at Tor. In the depths of winter in the land of Belarus, where ancient forests straddle modern country borders, an orphaned boy and his grandfather go to scatter his mother's ashes in the woodlands. Her last request to rest where she grew up will be fulfilled.

Frightening though it is to leave the city, the boy knows he must keep his promise to mama: to stay by and protect his grandfather, whatever happens. Her last potent gifts - a little wooden horse, and hunks of her homemade gingerbread - give him vigour. And grandfather's magical stories help push the harsh world away. But the driving snow, which masks the tracks of forest life, also hides a frozen history of long-buried secrets. And as man and boy travel deeper among the trees, grandfather's tales begin to interweave with the shocking reality of his own past, until soon the boy's unbreakable promise to mama is tested in unimaginable ways.

Dreams of Shreds and Tatters. When Liz Drake's best friend vanishes, nothing can stop her nightmares. Driven by the certainty he needs her help, she crosses a continent to search for him. She finds Blake comatose in a Vancouver hospital, victim of a mysterious accident that claimed his lover's life - in her dreams he drowns.

Blake's new circle of artists and mystics draws her in, but all of them are lying or keeping dangerous secrets. Soon nightmare creatures stalk the waking city, and Liz can't fight a dream from the daylight world: to rescue Blake she must brave the darkest depths of the Dreamlands. Even the attempt could kill her, or leave her mind trapped or broken. And if she succeeds, she must face the monstrous Yellow King, whose slave Blake is on the verge of becoming forever.

A new voice in the tradition of Lauren Beukes, Ian McDonald, and Nnedi Okorafor comes The Prey of Gods, a fantastic, boundary-challenging tale, set in a South African locale both familiar and yet utterly new, which braids elements of science fiction, fantasy, horror, and dark humor. In South Africa, the future looks promising. Personal robots are making life easier for the working class. The government is harnessing renewable energy to provide infrastructure for the poor.

And in the bustling coastal town of Port Elizabeth, the economy is booming thanks to the genetic engineering industry which has found a welcome home there. Yes--the days to come are looking very good for South Africans. That is, if they can survive the present challenges:. And an ancient demigoddess hellbent on regaining her former status by preying on the blood and sweat but mostly blood of every human she encounters.

It's up to a young Zulu girl powerful enough to destroy her entire township, a queer teen plagued with the ability to control minds, a pop diva with serious daddy issues, and a politician with even more serious mommy issues to band together to ensure there's a future left to worry about. Fun and fantastic, Nicky Drayden takes her brilliance as a short story writer and weaves together an elaborate tale that will capture your heart Harlan Ellison's masterwork of myth and terror as he seduces all innocence on a mind-freezing odyssey into the darkest reaches of mortal terror and the most dazzling heights of Olympian hell in his finest collection.

Deathbird Stories is a collection of 19 of Harlan Ellison's best stories, including Edgar and Hugo winners, originally published between and The collection contains some of Ellison's best stories from earlier collections and is judged by some to be his most consistently high quality collection of short fiction. The theme of the collection can be loosely defined as God, or Gods. Sometimes they're dead or dying, some of them are as brand-new as today's technology.

Unlike some of Ellison's collections, the introductory notes to each story can be as short as a phrase and rarely run more than a sentence or two. His stories will rivet you to the floor and change your heartbeat When Coraline explores her new home, she steps through a door and into another house just like her own It's a marvelous adventure until Coraline discovers that there's also another mother and another father in the house.

They want Coraline to stay with them and be their little girl. They want to keep her forever! Coraline must use all of her wits and every ounce of courage in order to save herself and return home. Hear this novella read on a podcast from Harper Teen. Richard Mayhew is a young man with a good heart and an ordinary life, which is changed forever when he stops to help a girl he finds bleeding on a London sidewalk.

His small act of kindness propels him into a world he never dreamed existed. There are people who fall through the cracks, and Richard has become one of them. And he must learn to survive in this city of shadows and darkness, monsters and saints, murderers and angels, if he is ever to return to the London that he knew. He would be completely normal if he didn't live in a sprawling graveyard, being raised and educated by ghosts, with a solitary guardian who belongs to neither the world of the living nor of the dead.

There are dangers and adventures in the graveyard for a boy-an ancient Indigo Man beneath the hill, a gateway to a desert leading to an abandoned city of ghouls, the strange and terrible menace of the Sleer. But if Bod leaves the graveyard, then he will come under attack from the man Jack-who has already killed Bod's family You ask me if I can forgive myself? I can forgive myself for many things. For where I left him. For what I did. This gorgeous full-color illustrated book version was born of a unique collaboration between writer Neil Gaiman and artist Eddie Campbell, who brought to vivid life the characters and landscape of Gaiman's story.

Harrison is the Monster Detective, a storybook hero. Now he's in his mid-thirties and spends most of his time not sleeping. Stan became a minor celebrity after being partially eaten by cannibals. Barbara is haunted by the messages carved upon her bones. Greta may or may not be a mass-murdering arsonist. And for some reason, Martin never takes off his sunglasses.

Unsurprisingly, no one believes their horrific tales until they are sought out by psychotherapist Dr. Jan Sayer. What happens when these questionably-sane outcasts join a support group? Together they must discover which monsters they face are within, and which are lurking in plain sight. When the young members of a British acid-folk band are compelled by their manager to record their unique music, they hole up at Wylding Hall, an ancient country house with dark secrets. There they create the album that will make their reputation, but at a terrifying cost: Julian Blake, the group's lead singer, disappears within the mansion and is never seen or heard from again.

Now, years later, the surviving musicians, along with their friends and lovers--including a psychic, a photographer, and the band's manager--meet with a young documentary filmmaker to tell their own versions of what happened that summer. But whose story is true? And what really happened to Julian Blake? In the underground city of Caverna the world's most skilled craftsmen toil in the darkness to create delicacies beyond compare - wines that can remove memories, cheeses that can make you hallucinate and perfumes that convince you to trust the wearer, even as they slit your throat.

The people of Caverna are more ordinary, but for one thing: their faces are as blank as untouched snow. Expressions must be learned, and only the famous Facesmiths can teach a person to show or fake joy, despair or fear - at a price. Into this dark and distrustful world comes Neverfell, a little girl with no memory of her past and a face so terrifying to those around her that she must wear a mask at all times. For Neverfell's emotions are as obvious on her face as those of the most skilled Facesmiths, though entirely genuine.

And that makes her very dangerous indeed Faith Sunderly leads a double life. To most people, she is reliable, dull, trustworthy--a proper young lady who knows her place as inferior to men. But inside, Faith is full of questions and curiosity, and she cannot resist mysteries: an unattended envelope, an unlocked door. She knows secrets no one suspects her of knowing.

She knows that her family moved to the close-knit island of Vane because her famous scientist father was fleeing a reputation-destroying scandal. And she knows, when her father is discovered dead shortly thereafter, that he was murdered. In pursuit of justice and revenge, Faith hunts through her father's possessions and discovers a strange tree. The tree bears fruit only when she whispers a lie to it. The fruit of the tree, when eaten, delivers a hidden truth. The tree might hold the key to her father's murder--or it may lure the murderer directly to Faith herself.

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    They've studied the books in his Library and learned some of the secrets of his power. And sometimes, they've wondered if their cruel tutor might secretly be God. Now, Father is missing--perhaps even dead--and the Library that holds his secrets stands unguarded. And with it, control over all of creation. As Carolyn gathers the tools she needs for the battle to come, fierce competitors for this prize align against her, all of them with powers that far exceed her own. The only trouble is that in the war to make a new God, she's forgotten to protect the things that make her human.

    Populated by an unforgettable cast of characters and propelled by a plot that will shock you again and again, The Library at Mount Char is at once horrifying and hilarious, mind-blowingly alien and heartbreakingly human, sweepingly visionary and nail-bitingly thrilling--and signals the arrival of a major new voice in fantasy. The Unpleasant Profession of Jonathan Hoag. Jonathan Hoag has a curious problem.

    Every evening, he finds a mysterious reddish substance under his fingernails, with no memory what he was doing during the day to get it there. Jonathan hires the husband and wife detective team of Ted and Cynthia Randall to follow him during the day and find out. But Ted and Cynthia find themselves instantly out of their depth. Jonathan leaves no fingerprints. His few memories about his profession turn out to be false. Even stranger, Ted and Cynthia's own memories of what happens during their investigation do not match. There is a thirteenth floor to Jonathan's building that does not exist, there are mysterious and threatening beings living inside mirrors, and all of reality is not what they thought it was.

    Part supernatural thriller, part noir detective story, Heinlein's trip down the rabbit hole leads where you never expected. Heinlein , and The Best of Robert Heinlein The Inheritance and Other Stories. Robin Hobb Megan Lindholm. Megan Lindholm Wizard of the Pigeons writes tightly constructed SF and fantasy with a distinctly contemporary feel. Robin Hobb Assassin's Quest writes sprawling, multi-volume fantasies set in imaginary realms. These two writers, apparently so different, are, of course, the same person, each reflecting an aspect of a single multifaceted imagination.

    Inheritance gathers the best of Hobb and Lindholm's shorter fiction into one irreplaceable volume containing ten stories and novellas seven by Lindholm, three by Hobb , together with a revealing introduction and extensive, highly readable story notes.

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    The Lindholm section leads off with the Hugo and Nebula-nominated novella 'A Touch of Lavender,' a powerful account of love, music, poverty, and addiction set against an extended encounter between human and alien societies. Other memorable entries include 'Cut,' a reflection on the complex consequences of freedom, and the newly published 'Drum Machine,' an equally absorbing meditation on the chaotic nature of the creative impulse.

    Two of Robin Hobb's contributions revisit the world of her popular Live Traders series. And in 'Cat's Meat,' a long and wonderful story written expressly for this collection, an embattled single mother reclaims her life with the help of a gifted--and utterly ruthless--cat. Inheritance offers the best of two separate but related fictional worlds. Whatever their differences, the Hobb and Lindholm stories have certain crucial elements in common: their intelligence, their attention to detail, and their instant, almost effortless accessibility. Together, these beautifully crafted tales constitute a unique and important collection that offers both offers both intellectual pleasure and pure narrative excitement on virtually every page.

    The House on the Borderland and Other Novels. The story of an adventure in time and space that spans all of creation. A building, constructed across an invisible chasm of space-time, fated to witness the very end of the world, is waiting with open doors for anyone who dares to enter it. The corpse-jumping body mercenary Nev is used to filling other people's shoes.

    When his assistant Tera recognizes the most recent waterlogged cadaver they bought off the street, though, he finds that his new body is carrying more trouble than he bargained for. Emma Nightingale prefers to remain grounded in reality as much as possible. Yet she's willing to indulge her nine year-old son Rupert's fascination with trains, as it brings him closer to his father, Gunnar, from whom she is separated.

    Once a month, Gunnar and Rupert venture out to follow the rails and watch the trains pass. Their trips have been pleasant, if uneventful, until one afternoon Rupert returns in tears. Rupert's terror strikes Emma as merely the product of an overactive imagination. After all, his fears could not be based in reality, could they? Published here for the first time in English, "Where the Trains Turn" won first prize in the Finnish science-fiction magazine Portti's annual short story competition and then went on to win the Atorox Award for best Finnish science fiction or fantasy short story.

    Read this story online for free at Tor. William is a dissolute book-forger. A talented writer in his own right he would rather scribble poems anonymously for an asian friend who is becoming increasingly successful as a result , and create forgeries of Jane Austen first editions to sell to gullible collectors.

    He's not all bad. The money from the forgeries goes straight to a homeless hostel and William's crimes don't really hurt anyone. And there are reasons William hasn't amounted to more. He did something he was ashamed of when he was a student, he drinks far too much and he can't commit to any relationships. Oh and he sees demons.

    Shadowy figures at the shoulder of everyone around him except the woman who runs the hostel, she remains untouched , waiting for a moment's weakness. Or is it just that William can see the suffering of the world? And then an extraordinary woman, who may just be able to save him from the world's suffering, walks into his life. This is William's own story. But who can believe a master forger? Willian Heaney is a pseudonym for author Graham Joyce. Sam and his friends are like any normal gang of normal young boys.

    Roaming wild around the outskirts of their car-factory town. Daring adults to challenge their freedom. Until the day Sam wakes to find the Tooth Fairy sitting on the edge of his bed. Not the benign figure of childhood myth, but an enigmatic presence that both torments and seduces him, changing his life forever. Waking after a night of troubled dreams, Gregor is surprised to find himself trapped in the body of a hideous man-sized bug. As he lies on his shell and gazes into space, his mother and father begin calling to him from outside his bedroom door.

    He must get out of bed, they tell him. He has to go to work. They need his money to live. Gregor replies to them nervously, his voice sounding strange to his ears. He'll be out very soon, he says. He's just getting ready! But he can't keep saying that forever. Masterpieces of Terror and the Supernatural. The Ape's Wife and Other Stories. In The Ape's Wife and Other Stories -- Kiernan's twelfth collection of short fiction since -- she displays the impressive range that characterizes her work.

    With her usual disregard for genre boundaries, she masterfully navigates the territories that have traditionally been labeled dark fantasy, sword and sorcery, science fiction, steampunk, and neo-noir. From the subtle horror of 'One Tree Hill The World as Cataclysm ' and 'Tall Bodies' to a demon-haunted, alternate reality Manhattan, from Mars to a near-future Philadelphia, and from ghoulish urban legends of New England to a feminist-queer retelling of Beowulf, these thirteen stories keep reader always on their toes, ever uncertain of the next twist or turn.

    Sarah Crowe left Atlanta, and the remnants of a tumultuous relationship, to live alone in an old house in rural Rhode Island. Within its walls she discovers an unfinished manuscript written by the house's former tenant-a parapsychologist obsessed with the ancient oak growing on a desolate corner of the property. And as the gnarled tree takes root in her imagination, Sarah risks her health and her sanity to unearth a revelation planted centuries ago Judas Coyne is a collector of the macabre: a cookbook for cannibals An aging death-metal rock god, his taste for the unnatural is as widely known to his legions of fans as the notorious excesses of his youth.

    But nothing he possesses is as unlikely or as dreadful as his latest discovery, an item for sale on the Internet, a thing so terribly strange, Jude can't help but reach for his wallet. For a thousand dollars, Jude will become the proud owner of a dead man's suit, said to be haunted by a restless spirit. He isn't afraid. He has spent a lifetime coping with ghosts-of an abusive father, of the lovers he callously abandoned, of the bandmates he betrayed.

    What's one more? But what UPS delivers to his door in a black heart-shaped box is no imaginary or metaphorical ghost, no benign conversation piece. It's the real thing. And suddenly the suit's previous owner is everywhere: behind the bedroom door Waiting-with a gleaming razor blade on a chain dangling from one bony hand Here is Stephen King's most gripping and unforgettable novel -- a tale of grief and lost love's enduring bonds, of haunting secrets of the past, and of an innocent child caught in a terrible crossfire.

    Four years after the sudden death of his wife, forty-year-old bestselling novelist Mike Noonan is still grieving. Unable to write, and plagued by vivid nightmares set at the western Maine summerhouse he calls Sara Laughs, Mike reluctantly returns to the lakeside getaway. There, he finds his beloved Yankee town held in the grip of a powerful millionaire, Max Devore, whose vindictive purpose is to take his three-year-old granddaughter, Kyra, away from her widowed young mother, Mattie.

    As Mike is drawn into Mattie and Kyra's struggle, as he falls in love with both of them, he is also drawn into the mystery of Sara Laughs, now the site of ghostly visitations and escalating terrors. What are the forces that have been unleashed here -- and what do they want of Mike Noonan? It is no secret that King is one of our most mesmerizing storytellers. In Bag of Bones, he proves to be one of our most moving as well. Stephen King's legendary debut, about a teenage outcast and the revenge she enacts on her classmates. Carrie White may have been unfashionable and unpopular, but she had a gift.

    Carrie could make things move by concentrating on them. A candle would fall. A door would lock. This was her power and her sin. Then, an act of kindness, as spontaneous as the vicious taunts of her classmates, offered Carrie a chance to be a normal and go to her senior prom. But another act--of ferocious cruelty--turned her gift into a weapon of horror and destruction that her classmates would never forget.

    Christine, blood-red, fat, and finned, was twenty. Her promise lay all in her past. Greedy and big, she was Arnie's obsession, a '58 Plymouth Fury. Broken down but not finished. There was still power in her — a frightening power that leaked like sump oil, staining and corrupting. A malign power that corroded the mind and turned ownership into possession. It is the children who see - and feel - what makes the town so horribly different. In the storm drains and sewers "It" lurks, taking the shape of every nightmare, each one's deepest dread.

    As the children grow up and move away, the horror of "It" is buried deep - until they are called back. Lisey Landon shared a profound and sometimes frightening intimacy with her husband, Scott, a celebrated bestselling novelist -- and a man with many secrets. One was the place where his gifts of imagination came from, a place that could heal or destroy him. Now, two years after his death, it's Lisey's turn to face Scott's demons on a nearly fatal journey into the darkness he inhabited After an automobile accident, novelist Paul Sheldon meets his biggest fan.

    Annie Wilkes is his nurse-and captor. Now, she wants Paul to write his greatest work-just for her. She has a lot of ways to spur him on. One is a needle. Another is an ax. And if they don't work, she can get really nasty When the Creeds move into a beautiful old house in rural Maine, it all seems too good to be true: physician father, beautiful wife, charming little daughter, adorable infant son -- and now an idyllic home.

    As a family, they've got it all But the nearby woods hide a blood-chilling truth -- more terrifying than death itself A dark and electrifying novel about addiction, fanaticism, and what might exist on the other side of life. In a small New England town, over half a century ago, a shadow falls over a small boy playing with his toy soldiers. Jamie Morton looks up to see a striking man, the new minister. Charles Jacobs, along with his beautiful wife, will transform the local church. The men and boys are all a bit in love with Mrs.

    Jacobs; the women and girls feel the same about Reverend Jacobs—including Jamie's mother and beloved sister, Claire. With Jamie, the Reverend shares a deeper bond based on a secret obsession. When tragedy strikes the Jacobs family, this charismatic preacher curses God, mocks all religious belief, and is banished from the shocked town. Jamie has demons of his own. Wed to his guitar from the age of thirteen, he plays in bands across the country, living the nomadic lifestyle of bar-band rock and roll while fleeing from his family's horrific loss.

    In his mid-thirties—addicted to heroin, stranded, desperate—Jamie meets Charles Jacobs again, with profound consequences for both men. Their bond becomes a pact beyond even the Devil's devising, and Jamie discovers that revival has many meanings. This rich and disturbing novel spans five decades on its way to the most terrifying conclusion Stephen King has ever written.

    Stephen King's second novel, 'Salem's Lot , is the story of a mundane town under siege from the forces of darkness. Considered one of the most terrifying vampire novels ever written, it cunningly probes the shadows of the human heart -- and the insular evils of small-town America. A tale of archetypal heroes and sweeping adventures, of dragons and princes and evil wizards, here is epic fantasy as only Stephen King could envision it.

    Young Rhea is a miller's daughter of low birth, so she is understandably surprised when a mysterious nobleman, Lord Crevan, shows up on her doorstep and proposes marriage. Since commoners don't turn down lords -- no matter how sinister they may seem -- Rhea is forced to agree to the engagement. Lord Crevan demands that Rhea visit his remote manor before their wedding.

    Upon arrival, she discovers that not only was her betrothed married six times before, but his previous wives are all imprisoned in his enchanted castle. Determined not to share their same fate, Rhea asserts her desire for freedom. In answer, Lord Crevan gives Rhea a series of magical tasks to complete, with the threat "Come back before dawn, or else I'll marry you.

    With time running out and each task more dangerous and bizarre than the last, Rhea must use her resourcefulness, compassion, and bravery to rally the other wives and defeat the sorcerer before he binds her to him forever. The citizens of Moonlight Cove, California, are changing. Some are losing touch with their deepest emotions. This is a story of just such a boy becoming a man despite his weaknesses. Listen as I read this fanciful story of an underwater city and its manhood ritual.

    Survive A shocking short story of survival Imagine you are a successful businessman on a routine but long business trip when suddenly your life changes forever. Try listening to one of my many short stories as read by me. These are fun to listen to and can help you pass some time and exercise your imagination. Just click on the link above, turn your volume up, sit back, and listen for fun.

    Please listen to this 20 minute short story as read by me, the author. It will take you on an unexpected journey through space and might even thrill you as you fly at the speed of light. But wait, there will be danger along the way. So, do not forget your seatbelts. Hmmm, do spacecraft have seatbelts…Well, listen and find out for your self. A Story of Survival a listen-to-it adventure. The last two days had been busy, and I was extremely tired.

    The welcome coolness of the sheets on my bare legs helped to lull me into a deep sleep. The light from the outdoor floodlight leaked into the living room and a blade of lighted carpet stood in sharp contrast to th. A gentle breeze travelled down highway twenty when suddenly flop, flop, flop. I knew the sound all too well. We just had acquired a flat tire. My wife was driving that morning because my arm was still in a sling.

    The Incredible Misadventures of Hurricane Michael versus the Lewis Family part2 The No Luck Affair One particularly miserable and infamous October night near the Choctawhatchee Bay, a mist of misery and cold, heavy air created a depressing sensation for all under its power. Sunset came early, so early that six in the evening was already in full darkness. I found myself awkwardly standing in a heavily wooded front yard of our former host of the last post-hurricane thirteen days s.

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