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By Eric Powell. 2017
Eric Powell's Appalachian Mountain fantasy epic that tells the story of Rondel. A lonely figure who wanders the wooded hills…among witches and magical creatures as a folktale hero to those who dwell in this gritty dream world.
By Rebecca Sugar. 2019
Pug Davis is a curmudgeonly, gruff and tough space hero... he also happens to have the head of a pug.Reluctantly…teamed with his sensitive and thoughtful partner, Blouse, this odd couple fights aliens in space so we don't have to fight them here. In this early comic work by Rebecca Sugar, creator of Steven Universe, she shows her development as an artist and storyteller in an entertaining, thoughtful read with a lot of heart.
By Ernst Jünger. 1978
Now in a new translation, an imaginative, darkly radiant fable about a pair of brothers, formerly warriors, whose idyll is…shattered by an enroaching fascistic force.Set in a world of its own, Ernst Jünger&’s On the Marble Cliffs is both a mesmerizing work of fantasy and an allegory of the advent of fascism. The narrator of the book and his brother, Otho, live in an ancient house carved out of the great marble cliffs that overlook the Marina, a great and beautiful lake that is surrounded by a peaceable land of ancient cities and temples and flourishing vineyards. To the north of the cliffs are the grasslands of the Campagna, occupied by herders. North of that, the great forest begins. There the brutal Head Forester rules, abetted by the warrior bands of the Mauretanians. The brothers have seen all too much of war. Their youth was consumed in fighting. Now they have resolved to live quietly, studying botany, adding to their herbarium, consulting the books in their library, involving themselves in the timeless pursuit of knowledge. However, rumors of dark deeds begin to reach them in their sanctuary. Agents of the Head Forester are infiltrating the peaceful provinces he views with contempt, while peace itself, it seems, may only be a mask for heedlessness. Tess Lewis&’s new translation of Jünger&’s sinister fable of 1939 brings out all of this legendary book&’s dark luster.
By Marvel. 2022
Discover the craft of writing comics the Marvel way, with scripts and commentary from top writers and editors.The Marvel Script…To Page series is an official behind-the-scenes look at the craft of writing comic books, featuring exclusive scripts and commentary from top Marvel creators and editors. It&’s been 60 years since the spectacular Spider-Man first swung into action, and the web-slinging superhero is now a household name. Meet Peter Parker, Miles Morales, Doctor Octopus and many, many more iconic characters in selected scripts from a range of contemporary comics creators, with exclusive editorial commentary.
By Sam Maggs. 2023
When you become that which you fear most, how do you carry on?Veth Brenatto doesn&’t have an exciting life, but…she likes it that way. Unlike her childhood, it&’s safe. Predictable. And her husband and son love her almost as fiercely as she loves them. But Veth&’s cozy existence is turned on its head when she and her family are captured by raiders. In order to save them, Veth will commit an atrocity that will sever her from all that she loves––maybe forever––and lead her to become Nott the Brave of the Mighty Nein.Celebrated writer Sam Maggs (Captain Marvel, The Unstoppable Wasp) is joined by Critical Role cast members Matthew Mercer and Sam Riegel, with the expert art of William Kirkby (Rat Queens) and colors by Eren Angliolini (Justice League: Last Ride), with letters from Ariana Maher (Critical Role: Vox Machina Origins) for a heartbreaking look at a halfling&’s end and a goblin&’s beginning.
By Cavan Scott. 2023
St. Lilith&’s is a secret hospital for supernatural creatures. A place, and a life, Dr. Nat Reeves thought she left…behind. She was wrong. When a wounded woman (with a tail) appears on her doorstep, Nat crash lands at her old job in the emergency room of the city&’s last recourse for the otherworldly ill. The personnel are overworked, the facility is underfunded, and all operations must be kept hidden from the public, including Nat&’s own family. Some of the staff, like the self-duplicating nurse Lydia Black, are glad to have her back. Others, like Luis Cervantes, a new resident with something to prove (and more to hide), not so much. And who can tell what Dr. Kumasaka, the ghostly head of the department, is thinking? All Nat knows is that the overwhelming need they face every day is enough to keep the truth of why she left St. Lilith&’s at bay, at least, for a while. Then a magical plague hits the city, and everything sets to change, for everyone. From the author of bestselling titles for Star Wars, Doctor Who, Star Trek, Warhammer 40,000, Vikings, Judge Dredd, and others comes an intense medical drama abound with fairies, trolls, and real human pathos. Collects The Ward: Welcome to the Madhouse #1–#4.
By Cassandra Clare. 2023
James and Cordelia must save London—and their marriage—in this thrilling and highly anticipated conclusion to the Last Hours series from…the #1 New York Times and USA TODAY bestselling author Cassandra Clare. Chain of Thorns is a Shadowhunters novel. All first edition hardcovers will include full-color reverse jacket art, ten black-and-white interior illustrations, and a bonus short story!Cordelia Carstairs has lost everything that matters to her. In only a few short weeks, she has seen her father murdered, her plans to become parabatai with her best friend, Lucie, destroyed, and her marriage to James Herondale crumble before her eyes. Even worse, she is now bound to an ancient demon, Lilith, stripping her of her power as a Shadowhunter. After fleeing to Paris with Matthew Fairchild, Cordelia hopes to forget her sorrows in the city&’s glittering nightlife. But reality intrudes when shocking news comes from home: Tatiana Blackthorn has escaped the Adamant Citadel, and London is under new threat by the Prince of Hell, Belial. Cordelia returns to a London riven by chaos and dissent. The long-kept secret that Belial is James and Lucie&’s grandfather has been revealed by an unexpected enemy, and the Herondales find themselves under suspicion of dealings with demons. Cordelia longs to protect James but is torn between a love for James she has long believed hopeless, and the possibility of a new life with Matthew. Nor can her friends help—ripped apart by their own secrets, they seem destined to face what is coming alone. For time is short, and Belial&’s plan is about to crash into the Shadowhunters of London like a deadly wave, one that will separate Cordelia, Lucie, and the Merry Thieves from help of any kind. Left alone in a shadowy London, they must face Belial&’s deadly army. If Cordelia and her friends are going to save their city—and their families—they will have to muster their courage, swallow their pride, and trust one another again. For if they fail, they may lose everything—even their souls.
By Ronald L. Smith. 2022
A gripping, richly imagined fantasy set in an alternate ancient African world in which a Black girl finds her power and saves…her people from evil, by the Coretta Scott King/John Steptoe New Talent Award-winning author of Black Panther: The Young Prince. In the land of Alkebulan, twelve-year-old Asha is an orphan, raised by Madame S, the proprietor of a traveling carnival. When Madame S is attacked by ghoulish creatures, she manages to tell Asha before she dies, “Seek the Underground Kingdom, where the black flowers bloom.”Asha doesn’t understand the mysterious words, but they launch her onto a page-turning quest to protect her people and stop an ancient evil. Along the way, she uncovers shocking secrets about the family she never knew and begins to find her place in the world as she discovers her own untapped powers.
By Mike Chen. 2023
From the New York Times bestselling author of Star Wars: Brotherhood&“A love letter to the power of music, this thoughtful, humorous exploration…of what constitutes living versus mere survival sees Chen (Light Years from Home) at the top of his game.&” —Publishers Weekly starred review"A strong emotional core carries Chen&’s (Light Years from Home, 2022) latest, which is ultimately about healing from old wounds and learning how to embrace life again after loss—even if you&’re dead." —BooklistBeing a vampire is far from glamorous…but it can be pretty punk rock.Everything you&’ve heard about vampires is a lie. They can&’t fly. No murders allowed (the community hates that). And turning into a bat? Completely ridiculous. In fact, vampire life is really just a lot of blood bags and night jobs. For Louise Chao, it&’s also lonely, since she swore off family ages ago.At least she&’s gone to decades of punk rock shows. And if she can join a band of her own (while keeping her…situation under wraps), maybe she&’ll finally feel like she belongs, too.Then a long-lost teenage relative shows up at her door. Whether it&’s Ian&’s love of music or his bad attitude, for the first time in ages, Louise feels a connection.But as Ian uncovers Louise&’s true identity, things get dangerous—especially when he asks her for the ultimate favor. One that goes beyond just family…one that might just change everything vampires know about life and death forever.
By D. E. Paulson. 2023
Jakob Kuratowski is a lot of things—a witch, a baker… and a lightweight. Which is how, after a rare night…of drinking and dancing, he becomes the mate of an alpha werewolf.Jakob doesn&’t trust his new mate, Erik Lindstrom, any farther than he can throw him, and he&’s not about to give up the life he&’s built and the job he loves and go live with a bunch of werewolves just because his accidental husband wants him to. Werewolves might have a mystical instinct about their mates, but Jakob needs time.That doesn&’t stop him from helping *their pack*, as Erik insists on calling it, when they have magic trouble. He even lets Erik woo him a little. But when the deadly threat of the unlife—ravenous abominations who dwell in the dark place between the living and the dead—set their sights on Erik, Jakob has to step up and into his role in the pack to save the man he&’s coming to love.
By Cullen Bunn. 2023
Harrow County is back! The award-winning, Eisner-nominated southern-gothic horror series returns with a brand-new story.Ten years have passed since Emmy…left Harrow County. Since then a lot has changed, but what happened to Emmy herself and what adventures did she go on since she forfeited her magical powers and left town with the Abandoned. In this epic and essential tale find out where life has taken her and what dangers lurk in the shadows waiting for her in this story taking place outside of Harrow County for the first time. Collects Tales from Harrow County: Death&’s Choir #1–#4.
By Amanda Foody. 2023
Barclay and his friends find new dangers and fresh adventure when they encounter mysterious sandstorms in the Desert in this…thrilling third book of the New York Times bestselling Wilderlore series.After saving the Sea, Barclay and his fellow apprentices are eager to take part in a new kind of adventure—the Symposium, a set of courses that all apprentices of the Lore Keeper Guild need to pass before they can take their licensing exam. Barclay is excited to travel to the Desert to study at the University of Al Faradh, the most respected school in all the Wilderlands, and to reunite with the new friends he made at the Sea. He&’s slightly less excited about the Tourney, the traditional, good-natured prank war between the various apprentice tracks. As an Elsie, he&’s pretty sure he&’ll have enough on his hands keeping up with the Symposium without having to worry about stink bombs and slime warfare. But as mysterious, unnatural sandstorms start to appear around the Desert, there are more than just exams and bragging rights at stake. And the appearance of an exclusive, magical library might just be the key to everything…
Let’s recap the last twelve months of Dungeons & Dragons! Delve into all there is to know about the latest campaigns,…fantastical realms, and monstrous foes within Dungeons & Dragons.Featuring interviews with popular podcasters & streamers, awesome activities, and more, this official annual guide to one of the world's most popular tabletop roleplaying games is a treasure hoard of all the best tips and tricks to keep you up-to-date and bring your table to the next level!
By Quincy Thomas Stewart. 2023
An intelligent machine built to study methods of social warfare struggles to understand and communicate the lived experience of race…In a narrative full of social significance and poetically decorated with monks, vampires, and mythical statistics, Race in the Machine presents a world where the stories we use to explain race all simultaneously exist, within and around us, dictating our interactions and innermost beliefs. The nameless protagonist, an enigmatic social mechanic at Nearbay Institute, living in a population of socially connected intelligent machines, encounters a simple query in the context of an introductory lecture: "What exactly is race? And what is it in the context of the social machine?" This prompt guides the protagonist along a twisting intellectual tale surrounding a series of experiments which explore: How many racists does it take to create systems of inequality? What role do non-racists actors play in upholding them? How is bias learned? How does it spread? The narrator develops a distinct understanding of race through the figurative bending of time, dreams of a "race code" and by confronting a series of mysterious communications that remain just outside comprehension. Over the course of this journey, the answers to important questions about racial inequality quietly emerge for the protagonist. Scholarly encounters with both antagonistic colleagues and unexpected allies, culminate when the hero is forced to reach a devastating conclusion about themself and the world. Stirring and luminous, Race in the Machine deftly oscillates between the allegorically simplified and the impossibly complex to weave an utterly unique and nuanced portrait of race in the modern world.
By George S. Schuyler. 2023
A pioneering work of Afrofuturism and antiracist fiction by the author of Black No More, about a Black scientist who…masterminds a worldwide conspiracy to take back the African continent from imperial powersA Penguin Classic&“An amazing serial story of Black genius against the world&” is how Black Empire was promoted upon its original publication as a serial in The Pittsburgh Courier from 1936 to 1938. It tells the electrifying tale of Dr. Henry Belsidus, a Black scientific genius desperate to free his people from the crushing tyranny of racism. To do so, he concocts a plot to enlist a crew of Black intellectuals to help him take over the world, cultivating a global network to reclaim Africa from imperial powers and punish Europe and America for white supremacy and their crimes against the planet&’s Black population.At once a daring, high-stakes science fiction adventure and a strikingly innovative Afrofuturist classic, this controversial and fearlessly political work lays bare the ethical quandaries of exactly how far one should go in the name of justice.
By Jodi Taylor. 2018
A Chronicles of St Mary's short story that is sure to entertain. If you love Jasper Fforde or Ben Aaronovitch,…you won't be able to resist Jodi Taylor. It's not easy being a rebel.So many new skills to assimilate.Never mind strategic planning, weapons expertise and the like - there's bicycle-stealing, oil-stain removal and boat steering to be mastered first.And quickly.It's the time of the Civil Uprisings and two young women set out to make a difference.Their only problem?They don't know where they are.Or where they're going.Or what to do when they get there.Other than that ...Fans of St Mary's will enjoy this glimpse into the past of some of their favourite characters. Readers love Jodi Taylor: 'Once in a while, I discover an author who changes everything... Jodi Taylor and her protagonista Madeleine "Max" Maxwell have seduced me' 'A great mix of British proper-ness and humour with a large dollop of historical fun' 'Addictive. I wish St Mary's was real and I was a part of it' 'Jodi Taylor has an imagination that gets me completely hooked' 'A tour de force'
By Jodi Taylor. 2014
The fourth book in the bestselling Chronicles of St Mary's series which follows a group of tea-soaked disaster magnets as…they hurtle their way around History. If you love Jasper Fforde or Ben Aaronovitch, you won't be able to resist Jodi Taylor.Sometimes, surviving is all you have left.Max and Leon are safe at last. Or so they think.Snatched from her own world and dumped into a new one, Max is soon running for her life. Again.From a 17th century Frost Fair to Ancient Egypt; from Pompeii to 8th century Scandinavia; Max and Leon are pursued up and down the timeline, playing a dangerous game of hide-and-seek, until finally they're forced to take refuge at St Mary's where a new danger awaits them.Max's happily ever after is going to have to wait a while... Readers love Jodi Taylor: 'Once in a while, I discover an author who changes everything... Jodi Taylor and her protagonista Madeleine "Max" Maxwell have seduced me' 'A great mix of British proper-ness and humour with a large dollop of historical fun' 'Addictive. I wish St Mary's was real and I was a part of it' 'Jodi Taylor has an imagination that gets me completely hooked' 'A tour de force'
By Jodi Taylor. 2015
The fifth book in the bestselling Chronicles of St Mary's series which follows a group of tea-soaked disaster magnets as…they hurtle their way around History. If you love Jasper Fforde or Ben Aaronovitch, you won't be able to resist Jodi Taylor.A Fete Worse Than Death...The St Mary's Institute of Historical Research has finally recovered from its wounds and it's business as usual for those rascals in the History Department.From being trapped in the Great Fire of London to an unfortunately timed comfort break at Thermopylae, which leaves the fate of the western world hanging in the balance, Max must struggle to get History back on track.But first, they must get through the St Mary's Fete - which is sure to end badly for everyone.Only one thing is certain, life at St Mary's is never dull! Readers love Jodi Taylor: 'Once in a while, I discover an author who changes everything... Jodi Taylor and her protagonista Madeleine "Max" Maxwell have seduced me' 'A great mix of British proper-ness and humour with a large dollop of historical fun' 'Addictive. I wish St Mary's was real and I was a part of it' 'Jodi Taylor has an imagination that gets me completely hooked' 'A tour de force'
By Jodi Taylor. 2013
The second book in the bestselling Chronicles of St Mary's series which follows a group of tea-soaked disaster magnets as…they hurtle their way around History. If you love Jasper Fforde or Ben Aaronovitch, you won't be able to resist Jodi Taylor.Wherever the historians go, chaos is sure to follow...Dispatched to Victorian London to seek out Jack the Ripper, things go badly wrong when he finds the St Mary's historians first. Stalked through the fog-shrouded streets of Whitechapel, Max is soon running for her life. Again.And that's just the start. Max finds herself in a race against time when an old enemy is intent on destroying St Mary's. An enemy willing, if necessary, to destroy History itself.From the Hanging Gardens of Nineveh to the murder of Thomas a Becket, via an unscheduled dodo rescue mission, join the historians of St Mary's as they hurtle around History on more hilarious, hair-raising escapades Readers love Jodi Taylor: 'Once in a while, I discover an author who changes everything... Jodi Taylor and her protagonista Madeleine "Max" Maxwell have seduced me' 'A great mix of British proper-ness and humour with a large dollop of historical fun' 'Addictive. I wish St Mary's was real and I was a part of it' 'Jodi Taylor has an imagination that gets me completely hooked' 'A tour de force'
By L. Frank Baum. 1960
Blown by a cyclone from her Kansas home to the wonderful Land of Oz, Dorothy meets the Tin Woodman, the…Cowardly Lion, and other fantastic creatures. In "The Land of Oz," Dorothy and a venturesome companion search for the lost heiress of the kingdom of Oz. For grades 4-7 and older readers