The Face in the Frost
By John Bellairs
THE FACE IN THE FROST is a fantasy classic, defying categorization with its richly imaginative story of two separate kingdoms of wizards, stymied by a power that is beyond their control. A tall, skinny misfit of a wizard named Prospero lives in the Southern Kingdom - a patchwork of feuding duchies and small manors, all loosely loyal to one figurehead king. Both he and an improbable adventurer named Roger Bacon look in mirrors to see different times and places, which greatly affects their personalities and mannerisms and leads them into a myriad of situations that are sometimes frightening and often hilarious. Hailed by critics as an extraordinary work, combining the thrills of a horror novel with the inventiveness of fantasy, THE FACE IN THE FROST is the debut novel that launched John Bellairs' reputation as one of the most individual voices in young adult fiction.
Faery Lands Forlorn
By Dave Duncan
A princess and a stableboy? It sounds like the worst sort of hackneyed formula romance. Think again, for A MAN OF HIS WORD may well be the most original fantasy you ever read. The magic is unique and applied in unexpected ways, some of which the late Lester del Rey admitted he had not met in fifty years as writer and editor. The world itself is unique - there are no humans in Pandemia, only imps, elves, gnomes, jotnar, and many more, all of whom you will recognize as "human". FAERIE LANDS FORLORN When Inos was abducted through the magic casement and Rap tried to follow her, they arrived in places very strange - and very far apart...
Fairies, Orion Plain and Simple
A practical guide on the fairy realm.Fairies abound in the realms of myth and folklore. They have enchanted humans for centuries but are these mischievous, ethereal creatures more than just myth? Ralph Harvey is one of England's foremost modern-day witches. In this accessible guide he intersperses his own intriguing fairy encounters (among them, a mysterious musical interlude in an Irish valley) with succinct yet interesting introductions to fairy lore.You will learn why roses have special meaning to fairies and why "elf bolts" are significant. Harvey shares a fascination exploration into how fairies influenced everyone from Henry III to Sir Arthur Conan Doyle. You will even learn the best ways to seek out fairies (hint: aligning your chakras will help) and how to express gratitude for fairy favours and magical guidance.
By Paul McAuley
The 21st century. Europe is divided between the First World bourgeoisie, made rich by nanotechnology and the cheap versatile slave labour of genetically engineered Dolls and the Fourth World of refugees and homeless displaced by war and economic upheaval. In London, Alex Sharkey is trying to make his mark as a designer of psychoactive viruses, whilst staying one step ahead of the police and the Triad gangs. At the cost of three hours of his life, he finds an unlikely ally in a scary, super-smart little girl called Milena, but his troubles really start when he helps Milena quicken intelligence in a Doll, turning it into the first of the fairies. Milena isn't sure if she's mad or if she's the only sane person left in the world; she only knows that she wants to escape to her own private Fairyland and live forever. Although Milena has created the fairies for her own ends, some of the Folk, as fey and dangerous as any in legend, have other ideas about her destiny ...
The Falling Torch
By Algis Budrys
The spaceship dropped them into the night - two men pitted against the mighty empire that held Earth as a slave planet. One was the anonymous agent of the mysterious "munitions firm" supplying weapons to Earth's Underground. The other was Michael Wireman - son of the last President of Free Earth.Their mission was simple - and suicidal - to weld the underground guerrilla fighters into a force capable of beating the most powerful army in the Galaxy. Danger and death waited for them on Earth's nightside - but within him Michael Wireman held the weapon that could conquer Earth.The only trouble was¿ he didn't know he had it...
By Paula Downing King
Floating in the caverns beneath the surface of an asteroid has been the only existence Jahnel has ever known. She is accustomed to the effortless freefall lifestyle of living with the alien race, Avelle, and the necessity of hiding behind her cloak when they approach. When intruders threaten the Avelle, Jahnel prepares to defend the only companions she has ever known. But when the invaders arrive she is stunned to discover her enemies are human. Torn between defending the Avelle or honoring her the race of her birth, Jahnel must choose where her loyalties lie. She can prove herself as a warrior for the aliens, return to the place of her birth with her rescuers, or turn away from both and begin a new life for herself away from everything she understands, both human and alien. As the battle between races begins on the asteroid, the conflict inside Jahnel grows out of control.
By Jon Courtenay Grimwood
No longer El Iskandryia's Chief of Detectives Ashraf Bey is taking stock of his life, but now a revolt is breaking out across North Africa and Raf comes out of retirement to investigate an assassination attempt on his Excellency.Going underground in the dangerous back-streets Raf is hunting a man and a past that he knows he will not survive for a second time. And all the while the fox haunts him, whispering cryptic messages.Felaheen is set in an alternate 21st Century where the Ottoman empire never fell. It is a stylish ands elegant novel that will appeal to crime and SF fans alike.
By George Effinger
Someone's about to rip off a sleepy little Louisiana town! Chuck's gang of truckers are geared for looting. When Tom masterminds a false hurricane alert. When sheriff Boshardt orders an evacuation of the town. When Chuck moves in to strip the town clean. Their cool caper escalates into a devastating triple-cross that rips the rooftops off everything from Miami to New Orleans - and nothing - no one will ever be the same!
Feng Shui, Orion Plain and Simple
By Sarah Bartlett
A practical guide to the art of feng shui.Filled with easy-to-use tips and techniques for improving the energy in your life, this book wll teach you to harmonize and lay out spaces in your home to enhance your personal energy, improve your overall wellbeing, and bring good fortune and balance into your life.Includes information on how to:Declutter to clear the energy in your homeUse the Chinese bagua (number square) to map out rooms to enhance energyEmploy the five elements to harmonize the energy of your homeUse feng shui for the exterior of your home and outside landscapingThis wonderful primer will be hailed by anyone interested in interior design, Chinese legend and lore, and the creation of healing and harmonious living spaces.
Fighting Slave of Gor
By John Norman
Emotionally lost, Jason Marshall finds himself thrust into a lengthy struggle to save his beloved from slavery on an Earth-like world called Gor. Kidnapped and helpless, Jason begins a life on Gor as a slave and becomes a prominent warrior. He must battle his way to freedom, if only to liberate his love from the clutches of the alien slave emporium. Will Jason overcome the numerous obstacles he encounters? Will he ever reunite with the girl he loves? Can he survive the trials and tribulations he must endure on Gor?
By Christopher Jamison, Christopher Jamison
Have you ever wondered why everybody these days seems so busy? In FINDING SANCTUARY, Father Christopher Jamison, the Abbot from BBC TV's THE MONASTERY and THE SILENCE, offers practical wisdom from the monastic tradition on how to build sanctuary into your life.No matter how hard you work, being too busy is not inevitable. Silence and contemplation are not just for monks and nuns, they are natural parts of life. Yet to keep hold of this truth in the rush of modern living you need the support of other people and sensible advice from wise guides. By learning to listen in new ways, people's lives can change and the abbot offers some monastic steps that help this transition to a more spiritual life.In the face of many easy assumptions about the irrelevance of religion today, Father Christopher makes religion accessible for those in search of life's meaning and offers a vision of the world's religions working together as a unique source of hope for the 21st century.Read by Christopher Jamison(p) 2006 Orion Publishing Group
By Christopher Jamison, Christopher Jamison
Why is 'being happy' such an imperative nowadays? What meaning do people give happiness?In this book Abbot Christopher turns to monastic wisdom to offer answers, and to explain that in essence, happiness is a gift, not an achievement, the fruit of giving and receiving blessings.Following the same accessible and engaging format of FINDING SANCTUARY, Abbot Christopher takes different aspects of happiness, examines them, tells us what monastic wisdom has to say about them, and offers us steps towards our own journey to finding happiness.Read by Christopher Jamison(p) 2008 Orion Publishing Group
A Fire in the Sun
By George Effinger
In a world filled with so many puppets, strings tend to get tangled. In this follow-up to the groundbreaking cyberpunk novel WHEN GRAVITY FAILS, the Budayeen is still a very dangerous place, a high-tech Arabian ghetto where power and murder go hand in hand.Marid Audran used to be a low-level street hustler, relying on his wits and independence. Now, he's a cop planted in the force by Friedlander Bey, the powerful 'godfather' of the Budayeen. Marid is supposed to simply be Bey's envoy into the police, but as a series of grisly murders pile up - children, prostitutes, a fellow officer - he's drawn deeper and deeper into the city's chaos.Would Marid give up all his newfound money and power to get out of this mess? Absolutely. If only he could. But answers are never that easy and choices are never completely one's own in the Budayeen.
By Chelsea Quinn Yarbro
Beautiful security expert Carter Milne joins investigator William Ridour in tracing a series of strange, unexplained, and devastating fires, and finds herself drawn into a deadly world of supernatural forces. Firecode is a compelling novel of horror about an ancient force summoned by very modern technology.
By Sheri S. Tepper
In her 35th novel, science fiction master Sheri S. Tepper boldly weaves together the storylines of eleven of her previous works - from KING'S BLOOD FOUR (1983) to THE WATERS RISING (2010)In FISH TAILS, two of Tepper's beloved characters - Abasio and Xulai (A PLAGUE OF ANGELS and THE WATERS RISING) - and their children travel from village to village scattered across the sparsely populated land of Tingawa. They are searching for others who might be interested in adopting their sea-dwelling lifestyle.Along their journey they encounter strange visitors from the far-off world of Lom, characters from Tepper's nine-book True Game series of novels - Mavin Manyshaped, Jinian Star-eye, and Silkhands the Healer - all of whom have been gathered up by an interfering, time-traveling, rule-breaking do-gooder to do one last good dead on earth before its metamorphosis is complete. For the waters are rising and will soon engulf the entire planet, transforming it utterly and irrevocably.
By Paula Downing King
When the Wolf II colony is bombarded by sudden bursts from its long-dormant sun, Jason Roarke, aboard an approaching supply ship, defies his captain and risks his career to prepare for the evacuation of the colony's survivors.
By Stephen Baxter
From Terry Pratchett's co-author on the Long Earth books comes the ultimate disaster novel - the world is drowning and there is nowhere left on earth to go.Next year. Sea levels begin to rise. The change is far more rapid than any climate change predictions; metres a year. Within two years London, only 15 metres above the sea, is drowned. New York follows, the Pope gives his last address from the Vatican, Mecca disappears beneath the waves.Where is all the water coming from? Scientists estimate that the earth was formed with seas 30 times in volume their current levels. Most of that water was burnt off by the sun but some was locked in the earth's mantle. For the tip of Everest to disappear beneath the waters would require the seas to triple their volume. That amount of water is still much less than 1% of the earth's volume. And somehow it is being released. The world is drowning. The biblical flood has returned.And the rate of increase is building all the time. Mankind is on the run, heading for high ground. Nuclear submarines prowl through clouds of corpses rising from drowned cities, populations are decimated and finally the dreadful truth is known. Before 50 years have passed there will be nowhere left to run.FLOOD tells the story of mankind's final years on earth. The stories of a small group of people caught up in the struggle to survive are woven into a tale of unimaginable global disaster. And the hope offered for a unlucky few by a second great ark ...
Flower Essences, Orion Plain and Simple
By Linda Perry
A practical guide to flower essences, their uses and how to choose the right essence for you.Flower essences are herbal infusions, or decoctions, made from the flowering parts of plants that uniquely address emotional and mental aspects of wellness.This book provides a helpful introduction to flower essences - what they are and how to use them.Topics covered include:· How to choose essences · How to make a bottle of essences · Essences and their stories · Cases studies· A glossary of more than 60 essences and their usesThis is the essential introductory guide to flower essences for anyone interested in alternative health, aromatherapy, and vibrational health.
The Forge Of God
By Greg Bear
On July 26, Arthur Gordon learns that Europa, the sixth moon of Jupiter, has disappeared. Not hiding, not turned black, but gone.On September 28th, Edward Shaw finds an error in the geological records of Death Valley. A cinder cone was left off the map. Could it be new? Or, stranger yet, could it be artificial? The answer may be lying beside it-a dying Guest who brings devastating news for Edward and for Planet Earth.As more unexplained phenomena spring up around the globe-a granite mountain appearing in Australia, sounds emanating from the earth's core, flashes of light among the asteroids-it becomes clear to some that the end is approaching, and there is nothing we can do.Facing the destruction of all they know, some people turn to God, others to their families, and a few turn to saviors promising escape from a planet being torn apart. Will they make it in time? And who gets left behind to experience the last moments of beauty and chaos on earth?
The Form of Things
By A.C. Grayling
The bestseller from our pre-eminent philosopher, A.C. Grayling'Grief and loneliness, depression, despair and failure - those things are the common human lot at least at times in all our lives'. Yet it is philosophy which, while not providing an answer to these problems, can enable us to prepare for them, and create strategies with which to deal with them. It is only through reflecting upon the world around us, reading, thinking, questioning, enjoying, that we can inculcate understanding, tolerance and importantly the courage to live our lives. It is our responsibility to live such 'considered lives' and to realise that we are authors of a narrative that can be shaped and controlled.This is the fifth in a series of essay miscellanies from our foremost philosopher A.C. Grayling, reflecting upon the form of our world and its multiplicity. The essays are grouped by theme into reflections upon life and the standards we live by, including vivid polemics and perceptive pieces on significant thinkers, contemporary rights and liberties issues. This book brilliantly articulates the philosophical debate and reflection that is needed to prepare us for life in the twenty-first century.