By John Hicklenton
The past due John Hicklenton was once one among Britain's prime comedian ebook artists, well-known for the brutal, visceral draughtsmanship he dropped at the 2000AD/Judge Dredd titles and Nemesis the Warlock. His final picture novel is a parable of environmental devastation, depicting the quest of Mara, Warrior and Earth Goddess, as she seeks revenge opposed to the Longpig: a Satanic personification of capitalism, pink in teeth and claw, whose fans, a legion of the damned, glance quite a bit like us. the realm of the Longpig is wealthy in killing fields and scenes of mass crucifixion that bear in mind Goya, Blake, and Bacon, and represents a real crossover of the picture novel shape with fantastic artwork. John took his personal existence with assistance from an assisted demise staff, following a heroic fight with a number of sclerosis. This book was drawn and written in foreknowledge of his approaching dying, and its perception into common issues of existence, demise, salvation, and damnation turns out to return from a spot among worlds. Its phrases these of a prophet, its paintings transcending the comedian booklet shape, 100 Months will redefine the grownup picture novel.
By Alexander McCall Smith
By Anita Shreve
"Shreve's 17th novel is a sad but hopeful tale of affection, reminiscence, loss, and rebuilding....The novel is either soft and harsh....Shreve's considerate, provocative historic story has glossy resonance." ---Publishers Weekly
Stella Bain has no reminiscence of her previous whilst she wakes up in a medical institution mattress in Marne, France. it really is 1916, and he or she wears the uniform of a British struggle nurse yet speaks with an American accessory. once she is ready, Stella units out for London, the place she hopes to discover solutions. What she discovers-with the aid of Dr. August Bridge, who takes an curiosity in her case-both shocks and startles. As Stella's thoughts come racing again, she needs to adopt a trip around the ocean to confront the haunted earlier of the lady she used to be.
In this gripping old drama that transports us from Europe to the United States and again back, Anita Shreve weaves an engrossing story approximately love and reminiscence, set opposed to the backdrop of a conflict that devastated a complete iteration.
By Poul Anderson
A story of battles, betrayals, revenge, magic, and monsters: the traditional legend of the fabled sixth-century Danish king, retold via an acclaimed grasp of technology fiction and fantasy
In the courtroom of the Anglo-Saxon king, a vacationing storyteller regales the assembled nobles with the enchanting story of her remote land's so much respected hero: the Viking Hrolf Kraki. Born of an incestuous union right into a royal relations with a heritage of violence, jealousy, usurpation, and homicide, Hrolf assembled a faithful band of the mightiest champions within the realm and increased his small nation via knowledge, braveness, and conquest. Unbeaten at the battlefield, his nice deeds and victories grew to become legends through the North as he ushered in an period of peace and prosperity. yet Hrolf's wish for vengeance was once ever the warrior-king's driver, as he sought the reality approximately his father's homicide. This obsession might threaten Hrolf's existence and his rule—and eventually carry his nice nation to ruin.
Poul Anderson, one of many stated giants of twentieth-century fable and technology fiction, employs his unheard of storytelling abilities to deliver Denmark's so much exciting historical legend to existence. A story that predates the tales of King Arthur and his knights and Shakespeare's Hamlet, whereas echoing the Oedipus and Beowulf myths, the saga of Hrolf Kraki, the best of all Danish Viking kings, takes on a brand new and breathtaking richness during this vintage novel that used to be commemorated with a British myth Award in 1974.
By J.R.R. Tolkien
The Fall of Arthur recounts in verse the final crusade of King Arthur, who, while he stands on the threshold of Mirkwood, is summoned again to Britain by means of information of the treachery of Mordred. Already weakened in spirit by means of Guinevere’s infidelity with the now-exiled Lancelot, Arthur needs to rouse his knights to conflict one final time opposed to Mordred’s rebels and overseas mercenaries. robust, passionate, and packed with vibrant imagery, this unfinished poem finds Tolkien’s reward for storytelling at its terrific top. Christopher Tolkien, editor, contributes 3 illuminating essays that discover the literary international of King Arthur, demonstrate the deeper which means of the verses and the painstaking paintings his father utilized to deliver the poem to a entire shape, and examine the interesting hyperlinks among The Fall of Arthur and Tolkien’s Middle-earth.
“Compelling in speed, haunted via loss, it lives as much as expectations.”—Daily Beast
“Erudite and beautiful.” – NPR.org
By Kelly Kazek
It is the such a lot tremendous time of the yr, in particular in Alabama. rejoice the spirit of the season with those stories of Christmases prior from the center of Dixie. there's the tale of Helen Keller's first Christmas thoughts in Tuscumbia, the story of the way Birmingham local Hugh Martin penned the vintage track Have your self a Merry Little Christmas, "? visions of all of the striking Christmas mild monitors in the course of the kingdom and lots more and plenty extra. In a suite of stories that variety from the heartwarming to the heartbreaking, Alabama writer Kelly Kazek culls from over 2 hundred years of Christmas celebrations within the kingdom and provides up a present that not anyone probably want to be with out come Christmas morning."
By Andrei Codrescu
"I worry each one passing evening that i cannot obtain my upkeep dose of suspense, after which i'll stop to exist."--Whatever will get you thru the Night
Whatever will get you thru the Night is an irreverent and deeply humorous retelling of the Arabian Nights and a wildly encouraged exploration of the undying paintings of storytelling. Award-winning author Andrei Codrescu reimagines how Sheherezade kept Baghdad's virgins and her personal lifestyles via a heroic feat of storytelling--one that stored the Persian king Sharyar striking in agonizing narrative and erotic suspense for 1001 nights. For Sheherezade, the top of both suspense or interest ability dying, yet Codrescu retains either alive during this pleasing story of the way she realized to carry a king in thrall, atmosphere together with her never-ending invention an unsurpassable instance for all storytellers around the a while. Liberated and mischievous, Codrescu's Sheherezade is as captivating as she is shrewd--and so is the tale Codrescu tells.
Written to have a good time the centennial of the Sphinx's arrival in Philadelphia, The Sphinx That Traveled to Philadelphia tells the attention-grabbing tale of the large sphinx that could be a spotlight of the Penn Museum's Egyptian galleries and an iconic item for the Museum as a complete. The narrative covers the unique excavations and archaeological background of the Sphinx, the way it got here to Philadelphia, and the unforeseen ways that the Sphinx's tale intersects with the historical past of Philadelphia, the college of Pennsylvania, and the Museum prior to international warfare I.
The booklet positive factors considerable illustrations—photographs, letters, newspaper tales, postcards, maps, and drawings—drawn principally from the huge fabrics within the Museum documents. pictures of comparable artifacts within the Penn Museum's Egyptian assortment and different gadgets from the Egyptian, close to East, and Mediterranean Sections (many now not on view and a few by no means earlier than published), in addition to items in museums within the usa, Europe, and Egypt, position the tale of the Penn Museum Sphinx in a much wider context. The writing sort is casual and textual content is woven round the photos that shape the spine of the narrative. The ebook is designed to be of curiosity to a large viewers of grownup readers yet obtainable and fascinating to more youthful readers as well.
In melancholy at having no son to prevail him, the King of Turkey leaves his palace to dwell in seclusion. quickly after, notwithstanding, he encounters 4 wandering dervishes - 3 princes and a wealthy service provider from Persia, Yemen and China - who've been guided to Turkey via a supernatural strength that prophesied their assembly. The 5 males take a seat jointly at the hours of darkness, each one in flip telling the story of misplaced love that led him to give up the area. As their tales inside of tales spread, an impressive international is published of courtly intrigue and romance, fairies and djinn, oriental gardens and indulgent feasts, adventures and mishaps. A story of 4 Dervishes (1803) is a beautiful instance of Urdu fiction that gives a desirable glimpse into the customs, ideals and folks of the time.