Author: Italo Calvino
Publisher: Houghton Mifflin Harcourt
Twelve stories by the brilliant Italian author employ the history of science and the poetic imagination to ring changes on the theme and activity of creation
"Good Night Stories For Rebel Girls 2" is the sequel to the sensational New York Times bestseller, and the most crowdfunded book of all times. The authors, Francesca Cavallo and Elena Favilli, will take you and your kids on an empowering journey through 100 new bedtime stories, featuring the adventures of extraordinary women from Nefertiti to Beyoncé. The unique narrative style of "Good Night Stories for Rebel Girls" transforms each biography into a fairy-tale, filling the readers with wonder and with a burning curiosity to know more about each hero. Good Night Stories for Rebel Girls 2 boasts a brand new graphic design, a glossary and 100 incredible new portraits created by the best female artists of our time. "This amazing book shows girls they can be anything they want." - Melinda Gates "Essential reading for girls and indeed boys; children who read this at bedtime are guaranteed some big and inspirational dreams." - Fiona Noble, The Guardian "The anti-princess book teaching girls to rebel." - Georgina Rannard, BBC News
M Is for Magic
Author: Neil Gaiman
Publisher: Harper Collins
Stories to delight, enchant, and surprise you. Bestselling author and master storyteller Neil Gaiman here presents a breathtaking collection of tales that may chill or amuse readers—but always embrace the unexpected: A teenage boy who has trouble talking to girls finds himself at a rather unusual party. A sinister jack-in-the-box haunts the lives of the children who owned it. A boy raised in a graveyard makes a discovery and confronts the much more troubling world of the living. A stray cat fights a nightly battle to protect his adopted family from a terrible evil. These eleven stories illuminate the real and the fantastic, and will be welcomed with great joy by Neil Gaiman's many fans as well as by readers coming to his work for the first time.
Everyone is familiar with this classic Christmas story. Ebenezer Scrooge is a miserly, unpleasant man who despises Christmas and overworks his clerk Bob Cratchit. As he prepares for another Christmas Eve without celebration, Scrooge is greeted by his dead business partner, Jacob Marley who warns him that his greed will not go unpunished. At first, Scrooge doesn't heed Marley's warning, but soon he is visited by the Ghosts of Christmas Past, Present, and Christmas Yet to Come. He is made to face his cruel nature, and to consider whether he should change his ways. This is a free digital copy of a book that has been carefully scanned by Google as part of a project to make the world's books discoverable online. To make this print edition available as an ebook, we have extracted the text using Optical Character Recognition (OCR) technology and submitted it to a review process to ensure its accuracy and legibility across different screen sizes and devices. Google is proud to partner with libraries to make this book available to readers everywhere.
The master of science fiction speculates about life on other planets... "Intriguing"--Publishers Weekly From the Trade Paperback edition.
The Empty Man
Author: Cullen Bunn
Publisher: BOOM! Studios
It's been one year since the first reported case of the Empty Man disease, and no drug has been able to slow its progress. The cause is unknown, and the symptoms include fits of rage, hideous hallucinations, suicidal dementia, followed by death, or a near lifeless, "empty" state of catatonia. As murder cults rise nationwide, the FBI and CDC enter a joint investigation of the Empty Man, hoping to piece together clues to stop the cult and uncover a cure. Collects the complete miniseries, issues #1-6
Oldsmill, the town's head honcho, is a white tiger. Karup, the chief of police, is a white bear. Huk, Karup's henchman, a white fox. Along with the other animals of immaculate pelt, they form the WASP association (W for White, AS for Anglo-Saxon, P for Protestant). All other town residents, from the black magpie to the reddish-brown fox to the tabby cat, are nothing but trash. And if the police aren't able to enforce white law, the wide-reaching arms of the ruthless Arctic Nation party, hooded and decked out in white robes, will soon put things in order. And they've got all the ropes and burning crosses they need. In this unwelcoming environment, Blacksad, a private detective, is investigating the disappearance of a child of color, Kyle. Dinah, Kyle's mother, had a job as Karup's housemaid, and some say she was getting pretty friendly with Oldsmill's son. It doesn't take Blacksad long to get his claws right into the vipers' nest, and he's as quick to lash out as any of them...
Ma quanti sono stati veramente i Vangeli? Perché ancora oggi tante persone credono che i Protocolli dei Savi di Sion siano autentici? Quale fu la vera sorte del conte Ugolino? Chi era per davvero Walt Disney? È mai esistito Re Artù? Cosa si nascondeva dietro la corsa alla conquista dello spazio? Sacco e Vanzetti erano davvero colpevoli? Perché Giulio Cesare fu ucciso? Che conseguenze ha avuto la scoperta dei nuovi continenti? Chi è stato l’avversario più pericoloso di Muhammad Alì? Perché s’infliggevano supplizi in nome di Dio? Da dove venivano gli Etruschi? Quali mutamenti provocò la Peste Nera? Qual’è stata la rivoluzione di Charles Darwin? E, infine, perché Ben Hur portava al polso un orologio? Historycast tenta di dare, per ognuna di queste domande, non tanto risposte, quanto strumenti per poter decidere autonomamente e in piena consapevolezza se la Storia che ci viene raccontata è così certa, valida, veritiera, obiettiva e semplice come alcuni vorrebbero farci credere.
“It is said that fact is sometimes stranger than fiction, and nowhere is that more true than in the case of black holes. Black holes are stranger than anything dreamed up by science fiction writers.” In 2016 Professor Stephen Hawking delivered the BBC Reith Lectures on a subject that has fascinated him for decades – black holes. In these flagship lectures the legendary physicist argues that if we could only understand black holes and how they challenge the very nature of space and time, we could unlock the secrets of the universe.
The Great Explosion
Author: Eric Frank Russell
Publisher: Pickle Partners Publishing
MISSION OF EMPIRE Earthmen had colonized hundreds of planets in the four centuries of deep space exploration—independent new civilizations founded by the discontented and adventurous of Terra. Trouble was, they were too independent—and the Terran government had ambitions for a space empire. A giant battle cruiser went out into the starlanes, with instructions to persuade the colonial planets to join the Empire—and with a couple of thousand troops to back up the persuasion ! It looked like an interesting, if easy, mission—after all, what kind of opposition could a bunch of backwoods planets offer to the most advanced military power in the Galaxy? Quite a lot, as it turned out ... and all of it wildly unexpected! One of the "old pros" of science-fiction, Eric Frank Russell has, in THE GREAT EXPLOSION, written a fast-paced and compelling adventure—a fascinating look at a possible tomorrow. A satirical Classic.
In questo libro, costituito da diciotto racconti che spaziano dal genere misterioso e fantastico, nella migliore tradizione di Maupassant e Poe, a quello favolistico o fiabesco, Andersen su tutti, e sapientemente costruito in densi spaccati che affondano le proprie radici nel vissuto della scrittrice e nei luoghi della sua amata Val d’Oise, ritroviamo la sublimazione stessa dell’atto creativo, di quel che dovrebbe essere per noi, oggi, scrivere per i ragazzi.
22 racconti che trasportano nel mondo strano e magico raffigurato sui Tarocchi. Un mondo che va dalla preistoria a un futuro prossimo e fantascientifico, dalle Mille e una notte ad antichissime città che risorgono dal mare. Dove treni stregati si portano via per sempre le belle ragazze e dove può capitare a un manager di incontrare il fantasma di una giovane donna in un bed & breakfast e di vivere uno straordinario viaggio nel tempo e nello spazio, così come può accadere a un giovane operaio della periferia industriale di Milano di imbattersi nel diavolo in persona. Un mondo alla rovescia dove barboni, prostitute, tossici e gattare vanno in Paradiso mentre cardinali, ministri e potenti finiscono all’Inferno, e in cui i sogni sono più autentici della vita quotidiana e, forse, non sono altro che viaggi in una realtà separata.