The Night Guard walk the streets of the old kingdom of Bialta seeking out threats that are beyond the abilities of the common soldier. Nial is one such threat - a girl changed into something ´´other´´ and on the hunt for human souls. Salt, a sailor recently rescued by the Night Guard, has been inducted into their ranks. He´s a quick study, but as new threats multiply all around them, will he have what it takes to survive? Bialta is not alone in its woes. Sacral, a city that vanished in the distant past, has reappeared where it once stood at the heart of the Wastes. Like many of Sacral´s people, Maura is content living a quiet life, ignoring the outside world. But she finds herself desperately fighting to save her home as war comes to the city returned. Meanwhile, across the Great Desert, creatures are stirring. Carver, the last living master of the magic known as fleshcarving, has won the support of the tyrant of Tolrahk Esal. Together they will unleash his twisted creations to sweep across the land and forever disrupt the balance of power. In this epic tale, there is no good and evil. Armies march, demons feed, and deities unleash their powers on a world that will never be the same. 1. Language: English. Narrator: Graeme Malcolm. Audio sample: http://samples.audible.de/bk/adbl/031213de/bk_rhde_002536_sample.mp3. Digital audiobook in aax.
This eBook includes the full text of the novel plus the following additional content: • An exclusive preview chapter from Jean M. Auel´s The Land of Painted Caves, on sale in hardcover March 29, 2011 • An Earth´s Children® series sampler including free chapters from the other books in Jean M. Auel´s bestselling series • A Q&A with the author about the Earth´s Children® series Ayla, the independent heroine of The Clan of the Cave Bear and The Valley of Horses, sets out from the valley on Whinney, the horse she tamed. With her is Jondalar, the tall, handsome, yellow-haired man she nursed back to health and came to love. Together they meet the Mamutoi--the Mammoth Hunters--people like Ayla. But to Ayla, who was raised by the Clan of the Cave Bear, they are ´´the Others.´´ She approaches them with mixed feelings of fear and curiosity. Talut, a powerful bear of a man with bright red hair, a booming laugh, and a gentle heart, and his tall, dark-haired sister, Tulie, are the leaders of the Lion Camp of the Mamutoi. It is here that Ayla finds her first women friends, but some among the Mamutoi dislike Ayla because she was raised by ´´flatheads,´´ their name for the people of the Clan. Ayla is haunted by her memories of the Clan because Rydag, a child of mixed parentage living with the Mamutoi, bears so strong a resemblance to her own son, Durc. It is the Mamutoi master carver of ivory--dark-skinned Ranec, flirtatious, artistic, magnetic--who fascinates Ayla. She finds herself drawn to him. Because of her uncanny control over animals, her healing skills, and the magic firestone she discovered, Ayla is adopted into the Mammoth Hearth by Mamut, the ancient shaman of the Great Earth Mother. Ayla finds herself torn between her strong feelings for Ranec and her powerful love for the wildly jealous and unsure Jondalar. It is not until after the great mammoth hunt, when Ayla´s life is threatened, that a fateful decision is made. Set in the challenging terrain of Ice Age Europe that millions of Jean Auel´s readers have come to treasure, The Mammoth Hunters is an epic novel of love, knowledge, jealousy, and hard choices--a novel certain to garner Jean Auel even greater acclaim as a master storyteller of the dawn of humanity.
´´Dark Nights´´ is a collection of short stories by Thomas Burke, originally appearing in various English and American periodicals. Thomas Burke (29 November 1886 - 22 September 1945) was a British writer most famous for his ´´Limehouse Nights´´, a 1916 collection of stories based on life in the poor London district of Limehouse. This volume will appeal to all lovers of the short story form, and it is not to be missed by fans and collectors of Burke´s masterful work. Contents include: ´´Roses Round the Door´´, ´´Sontana in Scarlet´´, ´´Proud Mother´´, ´´Sweet and Low´´, ´´The Purple Star´´, ´´The Bloomsbury Wonder´´, ´´The Message´´, ´´Estella and Dolores´´, ´´Mysterious Disappearance´´, ´´Beautiful Doll´´, ´´The Black Stick´´, ´´The Yellow Box´´, etc. Many vintage books such as this are becoming increasingly scarce and expensive. It is with this in mind that we are republishing this volume now in an affordable, modern, high-quality edition complete with a specially commissioned new biography of the author.
The midnight hour approaches in an almost empty all-night diner. Mari sips her coffee and glances up from a book as a young man, a musician, intrudes on her solitude. Both have missed the last train home. The musician has plans to rehearse with his jazz band all night, Mari is equally unconcerned and content to read, smoke and drink coffee until dawn. They realise they´ve been acquainted through Eri, Mari´s beautiful sister. The musician soon leaves with a promise to return before dawn. Shortly afterwards Mari will be interrupted a second time by a girl from the Alphaville Hotel; a Chinese prostitute has been hurt by a client, the girl has heard Mari speaks fluent Chinese and requests her help. Meanwhile Eri is at home and sleeps a deep, heavy sleep that is ´too perfect, too pure´ to be normal; pulse and respiration at the lowest required level. She has been in this soporfic state for two months; Eri has become the classic myth - a sleeping beauty. But tonight as the digital clock displays 00:00 a faint electrical crackle is perceptible, a hint of life flickers across the TV screen, though the television´s plug has been pulled. Murakami, acclaimed master of the surreal, returns with a stunning new novel, where the familiar can become unfamiliar after midnight, even to those that thrive in small hours. With After Dark we journey beyond the twilight. Strange nocturnal happenings, or a trick of the night?
Seminar paper from the year 2014 in the subject English - Literature, Works, grade: 1,3, Johannes Gutenberg University Mainz, course: British Literature, language: English, abstract: Violence and the media have been sharing a long history together. This is primarily because people have always been interested in the question whether violence in the media increases the aggressive potential of real human beings. Although this question, according to Kunczik and Zipfel, cannot be answered satisfactorily, great parts of the worlds population blame violence in the media for being responsible for the sway in our nowadays society (399). Nonetheless, violence rapidly gains more and more importance in the pop culture which also affects the productions of media corporations (Ahrens 125). Action and horror movies often cause rushes to the cinemas and theaters worldwide. Bookstores sell thousands of thrillers every year and the names of authors such as Steven King or John Sinclair are famous throughout the globe. However, also smaller markets like the comics market are crowded with whole series containing a huge amount of violence and are, therefore, recommended for mature readers only. One graphic novel which filled itself to the brim with violence, cursing and things most would never dream of publishing (Batson, Vertigo - The Birth of an Imprint), is Vertigos Preacher (see fig. 1) by Garth Ennis and Steve Dillon. The protagonist, priest Jesse Custer, accidentally merges with a mysterious creature called Genesis. From that point on, he possesses the power of God. Together with his ex-girlfriend Tulip and the Irish vampire Cassidy, he starts a horrible and dark journey across the USA in order to find God, who has abdicated heavens throne. As already mentioned, Preacher contains a lot of violence which makes it according to Korsun the most intense adult comic in ages (44). Hence, the intensity of violence is located to a large extend in the degree to which it is presented as immediate an impactful on the viewer (King, Killingly funny 129). Nevertheless, King also argues that a huge amount of immediate violence can distract the audience (Killingly funny 129). To keep their comic entertaining, Garth Ennis and Steve Dillon had to establish certain narrative techniques which helped them to distance their readership from Preachers violent content. This leads to the circumstance that Ennis and Dillons work does not only contain hostile violence, but also a more humorous, almost kind violence.
The Dark Door:With linked Table of Contents Alan E. Nourse