Throne of Jade
Author: Naomi Novik
Publisher: Del Rey
When Britain intercepted a French ship and its precious cargo–an unhatched dragon’s egg–Capt. Will Laurence of HMS Reliant unexpectedly became master and commander of the noble dragon he named Temeraire. As new recruits in Britain’s Aerial Corps, man and dragon soon proved their mettle in daring combat against Bonaparte’s invading forces. Now China has discovered that its rare gift, intended for Napoleon, has fallen into British hands–and an angry Chinese delegation vows to reclaim the remarkable beast. But Laurence refuses to cooperate. Facing the gallows for his defiance, Laurence has no choice but to accompany Temeraire back to the Far East–a long voyage fraught with peril, intrigue, and the untold terrors of the deep. Yet once the pair reaches the court of the Chinese emperor, even more shocking discoveries and darker dangers await. From the Paperback edition.
The New Life
Author: Orhan Pamuk
Publisher: Farrar, Straus and Giroux
Osman is a young university student whose life is changed by a chance encounter with a mysterious book. Osman becomes obsessed with the book, which seems to contain all the magic and power of life and love. Romantic and elusive, Orhan Pamuk's The New Life is a rhapsody to love and an investigation into the shadowy nature of self.
Author: Georg Engel
Publisher: Createspace Independent Publishing Platform
Klaus St�rtebeker war schon zu Lebzeiten eine Legende: Als Anf�hrer der ber�hmt-ber�chtigten Vitalienbr�der trieb der Freibeuter im 14. Jahrhundert in Nord- und Ostsee sein Unwesen und versuchte im Kaperkrieg, den Seehandel in den n�rdlichen Gefilden zum Erliegen zu bringen und das belagerte Stockholm mit Lebensmitteln zu versorgen. Packend und anschaulich erz�hlt Georg Engel den Werdegang St�rtebekers mit seinen zahlreichen H�hen und Tiefen bis zu seiner spektakul�ren Hinrichung im Jahre 1402 in Hamburg.
Master Of War
Author: David Gilman
Publisher: Head of Zeus
'Like a punch from a mailed fist, MASTER OF WAR gives a true taste of the Hundred Years War. It is a gripping chronicle of pitched battle, treachery and cruelty. The stench and harshness of medieval life is ever present' ROBERT FABBRI, bestselling author of the Vespasian series. England, 1346: For Thomas Blackstone the choice is easy – dance on the end of a rope for a murder he did not commit, or take up his war bow and join the king's invasion of France. As he fights his way across northern France, Blackstone will learn the brutal lessons of war – from the terror and confusion of his first taste of combat, to the savage realities of siege warfare. Vastly outnumbered, Edward III's army will finally confront the armoured might of the French nobility on the field of Crécy. It is a battle that will change the history of warfare, a battle that will change the course of Blackstone's life, a battle that is just the first chapter in a book of legend – Blackstone: Master of War.
Nadolny's masterpiece, a huge commercial and critical success in Germany and across Europe, recounts the life of one of the most interesting explorers of the nineteenth century - Sir John Franklin who, amongst other achievements, paved the way for the discovery of the NorthWest Passage. By means of Nadolny's acute reading of history and his storytelling prowess, the reader follows this misfit's development from awkward schoolboy to expedition leader, Governor of Tasmania, icon of adventure. Not only a riveting account of a remarkable life, The Discovery of Slowness is also a profound and thought-provoking meditation on time.The result is an extraordinary reading experience that justifies the novel's reputation as one of the classics of contemporary German literature.
The Gathering Night
Author: Margaret Elphinstone
Publisher: Canongate Books
Between Grandmother Mountain and the cold sea, Alaia and her family live off the land. But when one of her brothers goes hunting and never returns, the fragile balance of life is upset. Half-starved and maddened with grief, Alaia's mother follows her visions and goes in search of her lost son. Then a stranger from a rival tribe appears on their hearth seeking shelter. Are his stories of a great wave and a people perished really to be believed? What else could drive a man to travel alone between tribes in the depths of winter? Hopes of resolution come when Alaia's mother returns home as a Go-Between, one able to commune with the spirits. But as all the Auk people come together for their annual Gathering Night, who there will listen to the voice of a woman? The Gathering Night is a story of conflict, loss, love, adventure and devastating natural disasters. This utterly enchanting pre-historical novel is set deep in our stone-age past, but resonates as a parable of our troubled planet 8000 years on.
"The Picture of Dorian Gray" is Oscar Wilde's classic tale of the moral decline of its title character, Dorian Gray. When Dorian has his portrait painted by Basil Hallward and wishes that he would stay young while his picture changes, his wish comes true. In exchange for this Dorian gives up his soul and as he ages the bad deeds that he commits are reflected in his painting and not him. "The Picture of Dorian Gray", arguably Wilde's most popular work, was considered quite scandalous when it was first published in the late 1800s in Victorian England.
Author: Gene Wolfe
Publisher: Tor Books
A young man in his teens is transported from our world to a magical realm that contains seven levels of reality. Very quickly transformed by magic into a grown man of heroic proportions, he takes the name Able and sets out on a quest to find the sword that has been promised to him, a sword he will get from a dragon, the one very special blade that will help him fulfill his life ambition to become a knight and a true hero. Inside, however, Able remains a boy, and he must grow in every sense to survive the dangers and delights that lie ahead in encounters with giants, elves, wizards, and dragons. His adventure will conclude next year in the second volume of The Wizard Knight, The Wizard. Gene Wolfe is one of the most widely praised masters of SF and fantasy. He is the winner of the World Fantasy Award for Life Achievement, the Nebula Award, twice, the World Fantasy Award, twice, the John W. Campbell Memorial Award, the British Fantasy Award, and France's Prix Apollo. His popular successes include the four-volume classic The Book of the New Sun. With this new series, Wolfe not only surpasses all the most popular genre writers of the last three decades, he takes on the legends of the past century, in a work that will be favorably compared with the best of J. R. R. Tolkien, E. R. Eddison, Mervyn Peake, and T. H. White. This is a book---and a series---for the ages, from perhaps the greatest living writer in (or outside) the fantasy genre. At the Publisher's request, this title is being sold without Digital Rights Management Software (DRM) applied.
Author: Romesh Gunesekera
Publisher: Granta Books
A single lighted match banishes Triton from his father's home to the employ of Mister Salgado, a marine biologist obsessed by swamps, sea movements and a Sri Lankan island's disappearing reef. Stranded in London years later, Triton plumbs the depths of his childhood memories - a period of brewing political, ethical and religious turmoil - and brings us to understand how he has navigated this brave new world, which once lost will haunt him forever. Gunesekera's debut novel, short-listed for the Booker Prize, is a haunting and elegiac love-story set in a spoiled paradise, which continues to be as vital and relevant as ever. Re-printed by Granta in a beautiful new edition.
A Fear of Dark Water
Author: Craig Russell
Publisher: Random House
Just as a major environmental summit is about to start in Hamburg, a massive storm hits the city. When the flood waters recede, a headless torso is found washed up. Initially, Jan Fabel of the Murder Commission fears it may be another victim of a serial rapist and murderer who stalks his victims through internet social network sites, then dumps their bodies in waterways around the city. But the truth of the situation is far more complex and even more sinister. Fabel's investigations lead him to a secretive environmental Doomsday cult called 'Pharos', the brainchild of a reclusive, crippled billionaire, Dominik Korn. Fabel's skills as a policeman are tested to their utmost as he finds himself drawn into an unfamiliar, high tech world of cyberspace, where anyone can be anybody or anything they want. And he quickly realises that he is no longer the hunter, but the hunted.
The Dark Eye Core Rules
Author: Markus Plötz, Jens Ullrich
Publisher: Paizo Publishng Incorporated
The Dark Eye is Germany's premiere fantasy role-playing game, in continuous publication for more than 30 years, now in English in this exciting new edition. You and your friends play the leading roles at the center of heroic action. Travel the land as a virtuous knight, elven ranger, or erudite mage. Rebuild the war-weary Middenrealm, marvel at exotic wonders in the Lands of the Tulamydes, discover lost ruins in the steaming jungles of the South, or try to drive back the evil of the Shadowlands. Rescue innocent victims from cults of the Nameless One, navigate labyrinthine plots and intrigues at the Court of the Empress, or stand shoulder-to-shoulder with the brave defenders of the border cities to repel the ever-growing Orc Storm. Experience the breadth of Aventuria, The Dark Eye's immersive fantasy world crafted by those steeped in medieval lore amid ancient forests, forbidding mountains, and fairy-tale castles. The Core Rules present all of The Dark Eye's refined, time-tested game system. Character experience earns additional skills, new spells, and special fighting styles to face ever greater challenges. To get started, all you need is pen and paper, dice, and this book. Build the characters you want to play, or choose from a large selection of customizable character archetypes. Enter the classic fantastic world of The Dark Eye. Glory and adventure await!
Die Chronik Der Sperlingsgasse
Author: Wilhelm Raabe
Publisher: Createspace Independent Publishing Platform
Wilhelm Raabe, (Pseudonym: Jakob Corvinus; * 8. September 1831 in Eschershausen; + 15. November 1910 in Braunschweig), war ein deutscher Schriftsteller und einer der wichtigsten Vertreter des poetischen Realismus, besonders bekannt f�r seine gesellschaftskritischen Erz�hlungen, Novellen und Romane.Schon mit seinem ersten Roman Die Chronik der Sperlingsgasse" gelang Wilhelm Raabe der gro�e Durchbruch und er gilt heute neben Theodor Fontane als einer der bedeutendsten Vertreter des b�rgerlichen Realismus. In der Altberliner Sperlingsgasse wohnen die sogenannten kleinen Leute: Handwerker, Arbeiter, mittellose Intellektuelle und Studenten. Hier wohnt auch Johannes Wachholder, ein alter Junggeselle. Liebevoll, aber schon ein wenig von der Resignation des Alters gezeichnet, nimmt er Anteil an der Liebesgeschichte seiner Pflegetochter Elise und ihres ehemaligen Spielgef�hrten Gustav. Es ist eine einfache, allt�gliche Geschichte, die ihre gro�e Bedeutung dadurch erh�lt, dass gerade hier, im kleinen Kreis der Sperlingsgasse, unter den oft unscheinbaren Bewohnern solch gro�e Eigenschaften wie Opfermut, Vergebung und selbstlose Hilfsbereitschaft zu finden sind. Raabe gelingt es in seinem Roman, den er im Alter von 23 Jahren schuf, derartig �berzeugend die Sichtweise des alten Mannes wiederzugeben, dass in der �ffentlichkeit lange Zeit Zweifel an seiner Autorenschaft bestanden.
Poems and Prose
Author: Georg Trakl, Alexander Stillmark
Publisher: Northwestern University Press
An undeniable aura surrounds the name of Georg Trakl, a poet of intense inner vision and originality whose work stands alongside that of Yeats, Valery, and T. S. Eliot. The distinctive tone of Trakl's work--especially admired by his patron Ludwig Wittgenstein--is autumnal and melancholy. Trakl was writing at a time of spiritual and social disintegration on the eve of the First World War, when personal values and perceptions tended to be subsumed in a more generalized anguish and exaltation.
Author: Friedrich Wilhelm Mader