Norse Mythology

Norse Mythology Author Neil Gaiman
ISBN-10 9780393609103
Year 2017-02-07
Pages 256
Language en
Publisher W. W. Norton & Company
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Introducing an instant classic—master storyteller Neil Gaiman presents a dazzling version of the great Norse myths. Neil Gaiman has long been inspired by ancient mythology in creating the fantastical realms of his fiction. Now he turns his attention back to the source, presenting a bravura rendition of the great northern tales. In Norse Mythology, Gaiman stays true to the myths in envisioning the major Norse pantheon: Odin, the highest of the high, wise, daring, and cunning; Thor, Odin’s son, incredibly strong yet not the wisest of gods; and Loki—son of a giant—blood brother to Odin and a trickster and unsurpassable manipulator. Gaiman fashions these primeval stories into a novelistic arc that begins with the genesis of the legendary nine worlds and delves into the exploits of deities, dwarfs, and giants. Once, when Thor’s hammer is stolen, Thor must disguise himself as a woman—difficult with his beard and huge appetite—to steal it back. More poignant is the tale in which the blood of Kvasir—the most sagacious of gods—is turned into a mead that infuses drinkers with poetry. The work culminates in Ragnarok, the twilight of the gods and rebirth of a new time and people. Through Gaiman’s deft and witty prose emerge these gods with their fiercely competitive natures, their susceptibility to being duped and to duping others, and their tendency to let passion ignite their actions, making these long-ago myths breathe pungent life again.

Year Zero

Year Zero Author Rob Reid
ISBN-10 9780345534484
Year 2012-07-10
Pages 384
Language en
Publisher Del Rey
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NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLER Low-level entertainment lawyer Nick Carter thinks it’s a prank, not an alien encounter, when a redheaded mullah and a curvaceous nun show up at his office. But Frampton and Carly are highly advanced (if bumbling) extraterrestrials. The entire cosmos, they tell him, has been hopelessly hooked on American pop songs ever since “Year Zero” (1977 to us), resulting in the biggest copyright violation since the Big Bang and bankrupting the whole universe. Nick has just been tapped to clean up this mess before things get ugly. Thankfully, this unlikely galaxy-hopping hero does know a thing or two about copyright law. Now, with Carly and Frampton as his guides, Nick has forty-eight hours to save humanity—while hoping to wow the hot girl who lives down the hall from him.

Trainspotting

Trainspotting Author Irvine Welsh
ISBN-10 9781407019994
Year 2008-12-05
Pages 448
Language en
Publisher Random House
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Choose us. Choose life. Choose mortgage payments; choose washing machines; choose cars; choose sitting oan a couch watching mind-numbing and spirit-crushing game shows, stuffing fuckin junk food intae yir mooth. Choose rotting away, pishing and shiteing yersel in a home, a total fuckin embarrassment tae the selfish, fucked-up brats ye've produced. Choose life.

Bad Astronomy

Bad Astronomy Author Philip C. Plait
ISBN-10 047142207X
Year 2002-10-08
Pages 288
Language en
Publisher John Wiley & Sons
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Advance praise for Philip Plait s Bad Astronomy "Bad Astronomy is just plain good! Philip Plait clears up every misconception on astronomy and space you never knew you suffered from." --Stephen Maran, Author of Astronomy for Dummies and editor of The Astronomy and Astrophysics Encyclopedia "Thank the cosmos for the bundle of star stuff named Philip Plait, who is the world s leading consumer advocate for quality science in space and on Earth. This important contribution to science will rest firmly on my reference library shelf, ready for easy access the next time an astrologer calls." --Dr. Michael Shermer, Publisher of Skeptic magazine, monthly columnist for Scientific American, and author of The Borderlands of Science "Philip Plait has given us a readable, erudite, informative, useful, and entertaining book. Bad Astronomy is Good Science. Very good science..." --James "The Amazing" Randi, President, James Randi Educational Foundation, and author of An Encyclopedia of Claims, Frauds, and Hoaxes of the Occult and Supernatural "Bad Astronomy is a fun read. Plait is wonderfully witty and educational as he debunks the myths, legends, and 'conspiracies that abound in our society. 'The Truth Is Out There' and it's in this book. I loved it!" --Mike Mullane, Space Shuttle astronaut and author of Do Your Ears Pop in Space?

Shriek

Shriek Author Jeff VanderMeer
ISBN-10 9781447265344
Year 2014-05-08
Pages 400
Language en
Publisher Pan Macmillan
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Janice Shriek, ex-society figure, narrates this tale with flamboyant intensity and under increasingly urgent conditions. We follow the adventures of her brother Duncan, an historian obsessed with a doomed love affair, and learn of a secret that may kill or transform him. We witness a war between rival publishing houses that will change Ambergris forever. And we’re introduced to the gray caps, a marginalized people armed with advanced fungal technologies, who’ve been waiting underground for their chance to mould the future of the city. Shriek: An Afterword is an epic yet personal look at life, love and death in the vividly imagined city of Ambergris. And, through this tumultuous story of the family Shriek, the author shows his genius at capturing and displaying the bizarre.

Being Lucky

Being Lucky Author Herman B Wells
ISBN-10 9780253006165
Year 2012-04-25
Pages 544
Language en
Publisher Indiana University Press
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In this absorbing autobiography, Herman B Wells, the legendary former president of Indiana University, recalls his small-town boyhood, the strong influence of his parents, his pioneering work with Indiana banks during the Great Depression, and his connection with IU, which began as a student when the still provincial school had fewer than 3,000 students. At the end of his 25-year tenure as president, IU was a university with an international reputation and a student body that would soon exceed 30,000. Both lighthearted and serious, Wells’s reflections describe in welcome detail how he approached the job, his observations on administration, his thoughts on academic freedom and tenure, his approach to student and alumni relations, and his views on the role of the university as a cultural center. Being Lucky is a nourishing brew of the memories, advice, wit, and wisdom of a remarkable man.

The Days Between the Years

The Days Between the Years Author Sherry Austin
ISBN-10 1570723249
Year 2007
Pages 200
Language en
Publisher The Overmountain Press
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A heartwarming story of a widow who rediscovers her distant past, this historical novel centers on Trixie Goforth as she revisits her former life. Trixie and her family are decorating the Christmas tree when she stumbles upon an old ornament and is reminded of a forgotten history. Through her memories, she reveals the sacrifices and compromises she made as a young woman to please her family, and her children discover she had a wild and reckless romantic nature that she had kept hidden for years. In the midst of the Great Depression and World War II, Trixie found warmth, family, and a first love; these cherished memories rewarm her present life, as she learns she may be celebrating her last Christmas.

Death from the Skies

Death from the Skies Author Philip C. Plait
ISBN-10 0670019976
Year 2008
Pages 326
Language en
Publisher Penguin
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It's only a matter of time before a cosmic disaster spells the end of the Earth. But how concerned should we about about any of these catastrophic scenarios? And if they do post a danger, can anything be done to stop them?

Quantum Theology

Quantum Theology Author Diarmuid Ó Murchú
ISBN-10 0824516303
Year 1997-01-01
Pages 227
Language en
Publisher Crossroad Classic
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"This book is not another dialogue between science and religion. It is instead a bold exploration of the divine co-creativity emanating from one of the most ingenious scientific discoveries of the twentieth century: quantum theory." "For the quantum theorist, the fact that the whole is greater than the sum of its parts underpins all reality. "This is not merely a scientific principle of immense significance for our times," writes Diarmuid O'Murchu, "it is also a theological norm, known to mystics for centuries and now maturing into a supreme wisdom for our age.""--BOOK JACKET.Title Summary field provided by Blackwell North America, Inc. All Rights Reserved

Grand Canyon

Grand Canyon Author Tom Vail
ISBN-10 0890513732
Year 2003
Pages 104
Language en
Publisher
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Looks at the Grand Canyon from a biblical worldview and explains how the splendor and grandeur of the Canyon is a display of God's power of creation.

The Mammoth Book of Killers at Large

The Mammoth Book of Killers at Large Author Nigel Cawthorne
ISBN-10 9781780333625
Year 2011-09-01
Pages 512
Language en
Publisher Hachette UK
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Reason to be afraid - over 50 unsolved cases of serial murder Fact: murderers and serial killers do not always get caught. Behind every headline of a newsworthy conviction lie other cases of vicious murderers who got away, and who remain somewhere among us. Here in one giant volume are more than 50 of the most serious serial killings and other murder cases that continue to remain unsolved. The cases covered in this alarming book include: " Argentina's crazed highway killer, responsible for mutilating and killing at least five people since 1997, and dumping their bodies along remote highways " The Green River Killer, believed to be a middle-aged white man, who has claimed at least 49 lives to date in the Seattle-Tacoma area " South Africa's 'Phoenix Strangler', suspected of killing 20 women in the province of KwaZulu Natal. " The Twin Cities Killer - either one or several people responsible for a series of over 30 murders on the streets of Minneapolis and St. Paul, where the victims were mostly prostitutes " Costa Rica's elusive 'El Psicópata' (The Psychopath), thought to have murdered at least 19 people in this small quiet Central American country " 'The Monster of Florence', responsible for a series of 15 sexual slayings just outside Florence In each case it is not just the crimes that are horrifying and fascinating, but the response of local police and authorities to the lack of a conviction. Local authorities may fear to admit the continued existence of a serial killer at large; whilst police bodies face the temptation to 'tidy up' loose unsolved murders under the aegis of other admitted crimes.

Save Yourself Mammal

Save Yourself  Mammal Author Zach Weiner
ISBN-10 098285370X
Year 2011-07
Pages 88
Language en
Publisher Breadpig Incorporated
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Presents selections from the online comic which addresses a wide variety of themes, including love, relationships, politics, religion, and science.

Halloween Party

Halloween Party Author R.L. Stine
ISBN-10 9781442486119
Year 2012-11-27
Pages 160
Language en
Publisher Simon and Schuster
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The invitation arrived in a black-bordered envelope and was delivered by the beautiful and mysterious transfer student. The inside showed a coffin with the inscription “Reserved for You”—perfect for an all-night Halloween party in an old house on Fear Street. The party is well under way when the lights go out. That’s to be expected at the Halloween party. But when the lights come back on, a boy is on the floor with a knife in his back. Just a Halloween prank? Maybe. Maybe not. Now the guests’ trick-or-treating has turned to terror. And it looks like someone’s idea of a party game is murder!