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By Russell Munson, Richard Bach. 1970
Now, for the first time ever, a new complete edition ebook original of a timeless classic that includes the never-before-published… Part Four and Last Words by Richard Bach.This is the story for people who follow their hearts and make their own rules...people who get special pleasure out of doing something well, even if only for themselves...people who know there's more to this living than meets the eye: they'll be right there with Jonathan, flying higher and faster than they ever dreamed.A pioneering work that wed graphics with words, Jonathan Livingston Seagull now enjoys a whole new life.
By Jack O'Connell. 2008
In this fantastic tale that blends the out-there mysticism of H P Lovecraft the… dark corridors and femme fatales of Dashiell Hammett and the pulpy lurid qualities of 50s comic books a man named Sweeney hoping for a miracle for his comatose son Danny journeys to the fortress-like Peck Clinic The doctors there claim to have resurrected patients who were similarly lost in the void but the real cure for his son s condition may lie in Limbo a comic book world beloved by Danny
By Steve Erickson. 1985
In what the Guardian recently named one of the best literary debuts ever, a love triangle intersects with a lost… film masterpiece and weather as turbulent as the heartLife stories converge and break away in Days Between Stations, Steve Erickson's searing first novel. At the center is the tumultuous union between Jason and Lauren, who fall in love as youths in Kansas, and later relocate to San Francisco. A cyclist training for the Olympics, Jason is often abroad and unfaithful; Lauren, in turn, finds solace in Michel, a nightclub manager trying to reconnect with his past. Michel's journey leads to The Death of Marat, a recovered lost masterwork of silent film directed by his grandfather, whose extraordinary life includes having grown up as an orphaned twin in a Parisian brothel. In a world shaped by sensuality and trauma, where sandstorms invade Los Angeles, the Seine freezes, bike racers vanish in Venice, and relationships are warped by amnesia, geological chaos and personal upheaval each wrenchingly reflect the other.
By Steve Erickson. 1999
If you read one philosophical-doomsday kinky-sex road-trip novel this year make it this one --SalonIt s New… Year s Eve 1999 and the members of a powerful cult are about to commit ritual suicide Fleeing their ranks at the final moment teenager Kristin lands in Tokyo where she gains employment listening to clients stories in a memory hotel designed to address the decay of Japanese collective memory after the Second World War But Kristin herself has a startling odyssey Among other things it involves answering a personal ad only to wind up imprisoned naked in an empty house presided over by a man known as the Occupant hard at work on a millennial calendar that has serious implications for the future The Sea Came in at Midnight is a breathtaking fable of redemption and one of Erickson s most impressive visions to date
By Steve Erickson. 1989
The course of a century is rewritten in this fabulously warped odyssey, named a best book of the year by… the New York TimesTours of the Black Clock is a wild dream of the twentieth century as told by the ghost of Banning Jainlight. After a disturbing family secret is unearthed, Jainlight throws his father out of a window and burns down the Pennsylvania ranch where he grew up. He escapes to Vienna where he is commissioned to write pornography for a single customer identified as "Client X," which alters the trajectory of World War II. Eventually Jainlight is accompanied by an aged and senile Adolf Hitler back to America, where both men pursue the same lover. Tours of the Black Clock is a story in which history and the laws of space and time are unforgettably transformed.
By Steve Erickson. 2007
In an alternate Los Angeles a young man uncovers a life-changing cinematic secretHailed as one of Erickson s finest… and most daring novels Zeroville is a unique love letter to film It centers on the story of Vikar a young architecture student so enthralled with the movies that his friends call him cin autistic With an intensely religious childhood behind him and tattoos of Elizabeth Taylor and Montgomery Clift on his head he arrives in Hollywood where he s mistaken for a member of the Charles Manson family and eventually scores a job as a film editor Vikar discovers the frames of a secret film within the reels of every movie ever made and sets about splicing them together--an undertaking that takes on frightening theological dimensions Electrifying and darkly comic Zeroville dives into the renegade American cinema of the 70s and 80s and emerges into an era for which we have no name
By Steve Erickson. 1986
Three outsiders cross paths in an alternate America that's been divided in twoIn a dystopian Los Angeles, Cale is a… newly released political prisoner under surveillance. Beset by dark visions and relegated to working in a desolate library, he's told, without explanation, that he's "the one everyone's looking for." For Catherine, a mysterious South American beauty, the crossing is no less extreme: Leaving her tribal life, she undergoes various confinements and escapes before winding up at the door of a Hollywood screenwriter. Finally Jack Mick Lake, possessed by numerology, must negotiate a river all his own. Stark and ethereal, Steve Erickson's tales connect to form a luminous and passionate whole.
By Steve Erickson. 1996
A washed-up novelist navigates the dreamscape of a cataclysm-ravaged Los Angeles In the apocalyptic Los Angeles of Amnesiascope, time zones… multiply freely, spectral figures roam the streets, and rings of fire separate the city from the rest of the country. The narrator, a former novelist, lives in a hotel and writes film criticism for a newspaper whose offices are located in a bombed-out theater. Viv, his girlfriend, is a sexually voracious artist, and together the two are collaborating on an avant-garde pornographic film. But in this world, what's real and what's merely the conjuring of the protagonist's imagination--obsessed with dreams, movies, sex, and remembrance--is far from clear. At once outrageous and hypnotically lyrical, Amnesiascope enflames the reader's memory.
By Dennis Cooper, Trinie Dalton. 2005
Trinie Dalton s voice is so charming in these stories and they fly right by so it takes a… little time to realize how deftly she is talking about death and sex and fear and love and fur and slumber parties how lightly she touches upon heaviness making an imprint so gentle you don t know it s there until later when the story floats back up in your memory light as a butterfly or a blood-oil lilypad in the bath --Aimee Bender Trinie Dalton is as radically original a young writer as I ve ever come across a post-punk post-apocalyptic post-everything sensibility casting spells of willed innocence against the powers of darkness she knows terrifyingly well --David Gates These charming stories vibrate with innocence and awe Trinie Dalton is an effortless purveyor of wonder strangeness and love She is a writer of high spirits and unguarded vision and this debut collection is an absolute pleasure to read --Ben Marcus In Wide Eyed a wonderfully eccentric and vibrant collection Trinie Dalton showcases her ability to put a fresh spin on the world leading the reader into places never explored--sometimes dreamlike sometimes nightmarish always riveting Her vision is wholly unique and memorable --Jill McCorkleIn Trinie Dalton s tweaked vision of reality psychic communications between herself and Mick Jagger The Flaming Lips Marc Bolan Lou Reed and Pavement are daily occurrences Animals also populate this book beavers hamsters salamanders black widows owls llamas bats and many more are characters who befriend the narrator This collection of stories is told by a woman compelled to divulge her secrets fantasies and obsessions with native Californian animals glam rock icons and horror movies among other things With a setting rooted in urban Los Angeles but colored by mythic tales of beauty borrowed from medieval times Shakespeare and Grimm s fairy tales Wide Eyed makes the difficulties of surviving in a contemporary American city more palatable by showing the reader that magic and escape is always possible Stories include Hummingbird Moonshine in which the narrator s frustrated hunt for authentic religion in botanicas and science books culminates in a spiritual connection made with a hummingbird In Oceanic she resolves to marry a manatee after a drunken pre-party for her best friend s wedding In Tiles four vignettes about bloody accidents in tiled bathrooms intermingle with scenes from Dalton s favorite scary movies Featuring oddball prose in the traditions of Dalton s literary heroes--Denton Welch Robert Walser and Jane Bowles--these stories have a dreamy imaginative quality that reveal a peculiar state of mental ecstasy To be inside the mind of Trinie Dalton is to be escorted into bliss
By Mitch Albom. 2003
Eddie is a wounded war veteran, an old man who has lived, in his mind, an uninspired life. His job… is fixing rides at a seaside amusement park. On his 83rd birthday, a tragic accident kills him, as he tries to save a little girl from a falling cart. He awakes in the afterlife, where he learns that heaven is not a destination. It's a place where your life is explained to you by five people, some of whom you knew, others who may have been strangers. One by one, from childhood to soldier to old age, Eddie's five people revisit their connections to him on earth, illuminating the mysteries of his "meaningless" life, and revealing the haunting secret behind the eternal question: "Why was I here?"ople You Meet in Heaven, Mitch Albom gives us an astoundingly original story that will change everything you've ever thought about the afterlife -- and the meaning of our lives here on earth. With a timeless tale, appealing to all, this is a book that readers of fine fiction, and those who loved Tuesdays with Morrie, will treasure.This edition of The Five People You Meet in Heaven includes an excerpt of The Time Keeper, the new novel by Mitch Albom, available in September 2012.
By Patrick Ness, Rovina Cai. 2018
From the #1 New York Times bestselling author of A Monster Calls comes a richly illustrated and lyrical tale, one… that asks harrowing questions about power, loyalty, obsession, and the monsters we make of others. <P><P>With harpoons strapped to their backs, the proud whales of Bathsheba's pod live for the hunt, fighting in the ongoing war against the world of men. When they attack a ship bobbing on the surface of the Abyss, they expect to find easy prey. Instead, they find the trail of a myth, a monster, perhaps the devil himself... <P><P>As their relentless Captain leads the chase, they embark on a final, vengeful hunt, one that will forever change the worlds of both whales and men. <P><P>With the lush, atmospheric art of Rovina Cai woven in throughout, this remarkable work by Patrick Ness turns the familiar tale of Moby Dick upside down and tells a story all its own with epic triumph and devastating fate.
By Jonathan Reggio. 2012
Feeling ill at ease with contemporary life James leaves the teeming cities behind and sets out on a pilgrimage… across rural Japan in search of wisdom During his travels he gets lost in a wild wood and meets a young Japanese farmer who is trying to live a new kind of life James is inspired by him and lets this man teach him to trust nature and the truths within Seven years later James decides he must return to Japan to learn the truth has the farmer succeeded or are we doomed to live out our lives at war with each other and the environment Based on a true story this is a life-changing tale of friendship love and spirituality
By O. R. Melling. 2013
Olwen Mellory is called away from her life as a writer of fairy tales to take part in a week-long… retreat on a remote Scottish island The Great Journey promises to be full of magical wisdom and visionary experiences It s an invitation she can t resist But within hours of arriving at the imposing Dunesfort House and meeting her companions in the circle Olwen s adventure takes an unexpected turn Before long her daytime explorations of mystical practices are paired with night-time dreams and phantasms that blur the line between the real and the imaginary As the enigmatic but vaguely sinister course director asserts his authority in a bid to create an act of modern alchemy Olwen begins to wonder in whom she can trust After a shocking event in the circle Olwen flees across the moors to the Callanish Stones only to find herself caught in an ancient moon rite Will this final calling free her from her personal demons forever or will it be the beginning of a new nightmare
By Thomas Lawrence. 2013
The solrom a soul journey to heal within by going without Two travellers collide in the wild country… on the island of Bracka Geeter not much more than a boy is running from the shadows cast by the death of his father Wode a gnoseer one of a sacred group possessing a deep knowledge of energy and power of the Inner Realms seeing and knowing what most cannot He is called to The Tree of Knowledge for a question of destiny his answer for one reaches into depths of karma for all But Wode has his own need of regeneration after the death of his wife The shared journey the two voyagers begin has consequences neither can have imagined What are the incredible powers that Wode s teachings begin to unleash in Geeter How can Wode move past his grief and return to his true spirit Smiling the Moon is a beautiful fable that is rich with magical encounters unexpected detours and meetings between souls
By David Michie. 2013
"What makes you purr? Of all the questions in the world, this is the most important. . . . .… Because no matter whether you are a playful kitten or sedentary senior, whether you’re a scrawny alley Tom, or sleek-coated uptown girl, whatever your circumstances you just want to be happy. Not the kind of happy that comes and goes like a can of flaked tuna, but an enduring happiness. The deep down happiness that makes you purr from the heart." His Holiness’s cat is back—older, a bit wiser, and as curious as ever. In this book, the Dalai Lama sets for his lovable feline companion the task of investigating The Art of Purring. Whether it’s the humorous insights gained from a visiting Ivy League Psychology Professor, the extraordinary research of a world-famous biologist, or the life-changing revelations of a mystical yogi, His Holiness’s Cat encounters a wealth of wisdom about happiness. And what she discovers changes the way she sees herself forever. With a much loved—and growing—cast of characters from the local community and His Holiness’s residence, as well as encounters with intriguing strangers and celebrities from far and wide, The Dalai Lama’s Cat and the Art of Purring will transport readers in another unforgettable story. Along the way they will come to understand how elements of contemporary science and Buddhism converge. And, once again, they will feel the warmth of compassion and nonattachment that radiate from the heart of the Dalai Lama’s teachings about our quest for enduring happiness.
By Andrea Adler. 2012
Pushing Upward is a remarkable debut novel that will sweep you along on one woman s unforgettable spiritual… quest The year is 1974 While trying to eke out a living as an actress in L A 21-year-old Sandra Billings discovers the I Ching the ancient Chinese oracle and uses it as her GPS to navigate a torrid love affair battle with demons of the past and search for meaning and truth She places a fateful newspaper ad Drama student in need of RM and BRD in exchange for housekeeping and encounters an assortment of outrageous and inappropriate individuals But it is one unlikely stranger who will change the course of her life Events ultimately build to a stunning climax where everything Sandra has gained is challenged by a poignant and surprising twist of fate
By Laurent Gounelle. 2012
At the end of a holiday in Bali Julian an unhappy schoolteacher decides to meet a renowned local… healer Samtyang Through daily sessions at the wise man s house he begins to identify the source of his unhappiness as a series of simple questions and answers point to his own limiting beliefs and fears Day after day their dialogue is punctuated by live examples and challenges Julian is asked to experience on the island s mainland and its surroundings From international best-selling author Laurent Gounelle The Man Who Wanted to be Happy explores the world of new possibilities that are open to us when we discover how to break free of what prevents us from being truly happy
By Paulo Coelho, Zo Perry. 2012
In the latest novel from 1 best-selling author Paulo Coelho a woman attempts to overcome midlife ennui by… rediscovering herself in a passionate relationship with a man who had been a friend in her youth A woman in her thirties begins to question the routine and predictability of her days In everybody s eyes she has a perfect life happy marriage children and a career Yet what she feels is an enormous apathy All that changes when she encounters a successful politician who had years earlier been her high school boyfriend As she rediscovers the passion missing from her life she will face a life-altering choice This eBook edition includes a Reading Group Guide
By Yasmim Plech. 2018
O amor d i como espinhos quando l bios vermelhos d o um ltimo beijo… em um dia chuvoso na Ilha da Alegria Vida Amor e Morte uma cole o de contos de Romance Crime Terror e Com dia Vida Amor e Morte uma cole o de contos peculiares que lidam com o lado mais sobrio do romance
By Paula Cocozza. 2017
From Guardian writer Paula Cocozza a debut novel of the breakdown of a marriage suburbian claustrophobia and… a woman s unseemly passion for a fox You ve seen a fox Come face to face in an unexpected place or at an unexpected moment And he has looked at you as you have looked at him As if he has something to tell you or you have something to tell him But what if it didn t stop there When Mary arrives home from work one day to find a magnificent fox on her lawn his ears spiked in attention and every hair bristling with his power to surprise it is only the beginning He brings gifts at least Mary imagines they are gifts and gradually makes himself at home And as he listens to Mary Mary listens back She begins to hear herself for the first time in years Her bullish ex-boyfriend still lurking on the fringes of her life would be appalled So would the neighbours with a new baby They only like wildlife that fits with the decor and they are determined to defend the boundary between the domestic and the wild But inside Mary a wildness is growing that will not be tamed In this extraordinary debut the lines between sanity and safety obsession and delusion blur in a thrilling exploration of what makes us human