Guided by a tattered map, accompanied by Thomas the Pig Boy, and inspired by the storyteller's blood that thrums through her veins, eleven-year-old Trinket searches for the seven stories she needs to become a bard like her father, who disappeared years before. She befriends a fortune-telling gypsy girl; returns a child stolen by the selkies to his true mother; confronts a banshee and receives a message from a ghost; helps a village girl outwit—and out-dance—the Faerie Queen; travels beyond the grave to battle a dastardly undead Highwayman; and meets a hound so loyal he fights a wolf to the death to protect the baby prince left in his charge. All fine material for six tales, but it is the seventh tale, in which Trinket learns her father's true fate, that changes her life forever. The Seven Tales of Trinket is a Kirkus Reviews Best Children's Book of 2012
The pendulum is a unique physical system which exhibits remarkably varied and complex behavior under many different conditions. It is also a system which, in its many manifestations, has left a significant imprint on human thought and culture. Using graphs, figures, and narrative to explain scientific ideas and models, Gregory Baker gives a lucid account of the physics of the pendulum, showing the reader how the context of the pendulum progresses over four centuries from that of a simple system of classical physics, to that of a chaotic system, and eventually to that of a modern quantum system. He also describes its fascinating presence in cultural history, from its role in timekeeping and measurements of the earth to its importance as a literary symbol of doom. Seven 'tales', detailing different important facets of the pendulum, show the exciting diversity of the science of the pendulum, and its untold significance in the history of human intellectual development.
Let me introduce you to a new kind of fairy tale! Discover the magic of the daydream world of Reverie. Meet the Princess Miriam, a delightful, giggley little girl who might well be a kid in your own neighborhood. Go with her and six of her friends as they pass effortlessly between our world and Reverie, accompanied by the only cat ever to have been made a knight! Meet Mara, the greatest sorceress alive and Miriams mentor in magic. The King and the Kitten. King Ormund has barely begun his reign when he must send his beloved queen and their baby daughter into our world. The Princess and the cat Miriam learns that she is more than an ordinary child, as she fi nds her way back to Reverie, and receives her fairy wings. Sunshine Black and the Giant Hannah (nicknamed Sunshine) is captured by a giant who tries to make her his pet child. Starlight Avery befriends a winged pony from Reverie. She and Starlight fl y to the ice-cream mountain. The Island of Silly Imagine an island populated entirely by clowns! Princess Miriam and her friend Shakti must go there to enlist the aid of the clowns in defeating the invading army of mulligrumps. The Treasure of the Mercaptan Kid Molly discovers a map hidden many years before in her new home. Her neighbor, Miriam recognizes it as a map of Reverie. The search For Baby Violet Abbie is utterly devastated when her baby cousin vanishes into thin air right before her eyes.
Illuminating the dark side of the erotic, these interwoven stories explore obsession, violence, and the thin line between sex and death. Under a Mediterranean sun a man searches for the Temple of Zeus as his wife awaits her stalker; a sex worker at an illegal fetish club contemplates her options; a strike spirals out of control with eerie consequences; and a conflict with noisy neighbours reaches theatrical heights. Driven by lust, greed and revenge, chillingly calm or maddened by rage, Patricia Duncker's characters use every tool at their disposal to get what they want. Unapologetically disturbing and provocative like the B movies that inspired them, Seven Tales of Sex and Death holds up a mirror to humanity at its most flawed, ruthless and seductive.
Let me introduce you to a new kind of fairy tale! Discover the magic of the world of Reverie. This companion book for The Seven Tales of Reverie is your introduction to the daydream world! Meet the peasant boy, Damien. Follow his friendship with the Crown Prince, Ormund, who will be a future king of Reverie, together with Incense, the civilized dragon, through an enthralling series of adventures, as the boys grow from childhood to manhood.
She quietly reminisced . It was very hot in the market place, she found it too busy and crowded, while she was selling her wares. Simple jewellery, she made from pieces of wood and scraps of metal; she was tired and hot. When she shut her eyes she swayed in the heat. Earlier that day, a lovely butterfly flew into the house, before she could catch it; there it flew out again, like an omen. It had the colours of gold and peacock blue that shimmered in the heat...Seven Tales of the Timeless Traveller consists of seven historical and romantic journeys into other lives with moral lessons that the souls learn. The author Susanne West is a spiritual writer, poet and healer living in Lincolnshire.
Seven Tales and Alexander beautifully captures a spectrum of emotions from innocent childhood and early adolescence, to those of simple-hearted and uninquiring old age. On its original release in 1929 (The Scholartis Press), The New Statesman observed that Bates has 'by seeing with a child's eyes, found a world of marvellous and strange beauty, and has given the smallest shades of change and emotion the magnitude and drama they have in the minds of children and poets.' In 'The Child' we meet a young girl mesmerised by the sea seen through a multi-coloured window, and, in contrast, 'The Comic Actor' sees an unsuccessful farmer who, encouraged by his devoted family, fulfils a life ambition by participating in a village play. Bates draws on his own experiences of the barber shops of his youth in 'The Barber'. Forced to visit them on Saturdays, he was made to wait until the barber had served the army of 'black-necked, poaching, shoemaking, prizefighting, often stinking men.' The title story, 'Alexander', follows a young boy as he travels with his uncle by horse cart to the garden of an eccentric old lady, where each year they pick fruit. The boy becomes enamoured with a young girl, meets a darkly cunning and cynical poacher, picks a forbidden apricot as a gift for the girl, and is consequently thrust into first reflections on pleasure, pain, and life itself in this most charming story.
No one tells a story like Peter Straub. He dazzles with the complexity of his plots. He delights with the sophistication and eloquence of his prose. He startles you into laughter in the face of events so dark you begin to question your own moral compass. Then he reduces you to jelly by spinning a tale so terrifying-and surprising-you wind up sleeping with the lights on. With Magic Terror, the bestselling author of Ghost Story and The Talisman (with Stephen King) has given us one of the most imaginatively unsettling collections in years. The terrain of these extraordinary stories is marked by brutality, heart-break, despair, wonder, and an unexpected humor that allows empathy to blossom within the most unlikely contexts. "Bunny Is Good Bread" takes us into the mind of a small boy trapped in grotesque circumstances to portray the creation of a serial killer in a manner that compels pity, sorrow, comprehension, and grief-as well as judgment. "Hunger, an Introduction," narrated by the ghost of a pompous, self-pitying murderer, evokes a profoundly beautiful vision of earthly life, one appreciated far more by the dead than the living. The award-winning novella "Mr. Clubb and Mr. Cuff," a masterpiece of black comedy, draws upon Melville's "Bartleby the Scrivener" to create a revenge tale in which torture is a moral art and the revenger undergoes a transforming, albeit painful, education. In the words of Mrs. Asch, the visionary narrator of "Ashputtle," "The main feature of adventure is that it goes forward into unknown country." Straub's devotees will be entranced by what their fearless guide has in store for them. Those as yet uninitiated are in for a harrowing literary journey. Enjoy the ride.
Release on 2019-01-05 | by Roger Zelazny,Ed Greenwood
Author: Roger Zelazny,Ed Greenwood
Pubpsher: Amber Limited
Category: Amber (Imaginary place)
Short stories inspired by the Chronicles of Amber series. "A Secret of Amber with Ed Greenwood" -- "Salesman's Tale" -- "Blue Horse, Dancing Mountains" -- "The Shroudling and the Guisel" -- "Coming to a Cord" -- "Hall of Mirrors".