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"A Beautiful Bastard: The Union army may be full of
bastards, but there’s only one big enough to think he can save the day
single-handed when the Gurkish come calling: the incomparable Colonel
Sand dan Glokta.
Made a Monster: After years of bloodshed, the
idealistic chieftain Bethod is desperate to bring peace to the North.
There’s only one obstacle left – his own lunatic champion.
Small Kindnesses: The hopes of Shevedieh, the best
thief in Westport, to turn her back on crime, come crashing down when
she finds a huge drunkard sleeping in her doorway. Doing the right thing
always comes at a price…
The Fool Jobs: Curnden Craw has been sent with his
dozen to recover a thing from beyond the Crinna. One small problem. No
one seems to know what the thing is.
Skipping Town: Shevedieh and Javre, ill-matched adventurers, find themselves forced to flee yet another self-made disaster.
Hell: ‘I have seen hell, and it is a great city under siege.’ The fall of Dagoska through the eyes of a young acolyte.
Two’s Company: Javre, Lioness of Hoskopp, runs into
Cracknut Whirrun on a bridge over a remote canyon. Can Shevedieh
persuade either of these proud heroes to step aside?
Wrong Place, Wrong Time: Three not entirely innocent bystanders are sucked into the chaos of Monzcarro Murcatto’s vengeance.
Some Desperado: There is no honour among thieves when the outlaw Smoke finds herself being hunted down by her own comrades.
Yesterday, Near a Village Called Barden: Royal Observer Bremer dan Gorst reports to the king on another ugly little skirmish as summer dies in the North.
Three’s a Crowd: It’s a foolish man who steals from
the best thief in Styria, and when Horald the Finger steals her lover,
it’s time for Shevedieh to stop running and start fighting. For those
who work in the shadows, though, few things are ever quite as they seem…
Freedom: Being an absolutely true account of the
liberation of the town of Averstock from the grip of the incorrigible
rebel menace by the famous Nicomo Cosca.
Tough Times all Over: All Carcolf wants is to take
her package from here to there, but in the city of fogs and whispers,
there are always a dozen other rogues with their own ideas."
"In the opening pages of the action-packed Book One of Lian Hearn's
epic Tale of Shikanoko series--all of which will be published in 2016--a
future lord is dispossessed of his birthright by a scheming uncle, a
mountain sorcerer imbues a mask with the spirit of a great stag for a
lost young man, a stubborn father forces his son to give up his wife to
his older brother, and a powerful priest meddles in the succession to
the Lotus Throne, the child who is the rightful heir to the emperor
barely escaping the capital in the arms of his sister. And that is just
As destiny weaves its rich tapestry, a compelling
drama plays out against a background of wild forests, elegant castles,
hidden temples, and savage battlefields. This is the medieval Japan of
Lian Hearn's imagination, where animal spirits clash with warriors and
children navigate a landscape as serene as it is deadly."
"A girl named Rose is riding her new bike near her home in Deadwood,
South Dakota, when she falls through the earth. She wakes up at the
bottom of a square hole, its walls glowing with intricate carvings. But
the firemen who come to save her peer down upon something even stranger:
a little girl in the palm of a giant metal hand.
years later, the mystery of the bizarre artifact remains unsolved—its
origins, architects, and purpose unknown. Its carbon dating defies
belief; military reports are redacted; theories are floated, then
But some can never stop searching for answers.
Rose Franklin is now a highly trained physicist leading a top secret
team to crack the hand’s code. And along with her colleagues, she is
being interviewed by a nameless interrogator whose power and purview are
as enigmatic as the provenance of the relic. What’s clear is that Rose
and her compatriots are on the edge of unraveling history’s most
perplexing discovery—and figuring out what it portends for humanity. But
once the pieces of the puzzle are in place, will the result prove to be
an instrument of lasting peace or a weapon of mass destruction?"
"Whoever is born here, is doomed to stay 'til death. Whoever settles, never leaves.
Welcome to Black Spring, the seemingly picturesque Hudson Valley town
haunted by the Black Rock Witch, a seventeenth century woman whose eyes
and mouth are sewn shut. Muzzled, she walks the streets and enters homes
at will. She stands next to children's bed for nights on end. Everybody
knows that her eyes may never be opened or the consequences will be too
terrible to bear.
The elders of Black Spring have virtually
quarantined the town by using high-tech surveillance to prevent their
curse from spreading. Frustrated with being kept in lockdown, the town's
teenagers decide to break their strict regulations and go viral with
the haunting. But, in so doing, they send the town spiraling into dark,
medieval practices of the distant past."
"Global war devastated the environment, a zombie-like plague wiped out
much of humanity, and civilization as we once understood it came to a
standstill. But that was a thousand years ago, and the world is now a
very different place.
Conflict between city states is constant,
superstition is rife, and machine relics, mutant creatures and
resurrected prehistoric beasts trouble the land. Watching over all are
the silent Dreaming Cities. Homes of the angels, bastion outposts of
heaven on Earth. Or so the church claims. Very few go in, and nobody
ever comes out.
"22000 B.C. A beautiful, ambitious angel stands on a mountaintop,
surveying the world and its little inhabitants below. He smiles because
soon, the last of humanity who survived the great flood will meet its
end, too. And he should know. He’s going to play a big part in it. Our
angel usually doesn’t get to do field work, and if he does well, he’s
certain he’ll get a big promotion.
And now it’s time . . .
angel reaches into his pocket for the instrument of humanity’s doom.
Must be in the other pocket. Then he frantically begins to pat himself
down. Dejected, he realizes he has lost the object. Looking over the
Earth at all that could have been, the majestic angel utters a single
2015. A thief named Coop—a specialist in
purloining magic objects—steals and delivers a small box to the
mysterious client who engaged his services. Coop doesn’t know that his
latest job could be the end of him—and the rest of the world. Suddenly
he finds himself in the company of The Department of Peculiar Science, a
fearsome enforcement agency that polices the odd and strange. The box
isn’t just a supernatural heirloom with quaint powers, they tell him.
It’s a doomsday device. They think . . .And suddenly, everyone is out to get it."
"Here is the whisper in the night, the creak upstairs, that
half-remembered ghost story that won’t let you sleep, the sound that
raises gooseflesh, the wish you’d checked the lock on the door before it
got really, really dark. Here are tales of suspense and the
supernatural that will chill, amuse, and exhilarate."
Table of Contents
Introduction by Kelly Link
“The Power of Storytelling: Joan Aiken’s Strange Stories” by Lizza Aiken
The Dark Streets of Kimball’s Green
The Lame King
The Last Specimen
A Leg Full of Rubies
The Man Who Had Seen the Rope Trick
The Mysterious Barricades
The People in the Castle
A Portable Elephant
A Room Full of Leaves
She Was Afraid of Upstairs
Some Music for the Wicked Countess
Sonata for Harp and Bicycle
"Even those who take no interest in the field of dragon naturalism
have heard of Lady Trent's expedition to the inhospitable deserts of
Akhia. Her discoveries there are the stuff of romantic legend,
catapulting her from scholarly obscurity to worldwide fame. The details
of her personal life during that time are hardly less private, having
provided fodder for gossips in several countries.
As is so often
the case in the career of this illustrious woman, the public story is
far from complete. In this, the fourth volume of her memoirs, Lady
Trent relates how she acquired her position with the Royal Scirling
Army; how foreign saboteurs imperiled both her work and her well-being;
and how her determined pursuit of knowledge took her into the deepest
reaches of the Labyrinth of Drakes, where the chance action of a dragon
set the stage for her greatest achievement yet."