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Treno espresso per l’universo

Zen e Nova, l’affascinante androide con le lentiggini, sanno cosa significhi viaggiare a bordo dei treni che uniscono mondi remoti: vengono dall’Impero della Rete, le cui stazioni sono sparpagliate per mezza galassia. Ma questa volta è diverso. Sono passati attraverso un gate che non dovrebbe esistere e hanno infranto ogni regola pur di aprirlo. Non sanno dove li condurrà e non possono più tornare indietro. Intanto l’Imperatrice della Rete ha liberato Chandni Hansa dalla prigione in cui era ibernata da lunghi anni e mentre attorno a loro esplode una guerra Zen e Nova devono fuggire per salvarsi la vita. Ma dove possono rifugiarsi, se nessun luogo è sicuro? La misteriosa Zona di Luce Nera li attrae con il suo oscuro richiamo e il cammino di Zen a volte si separa da quello di Nova, per poi tornare a incrociarlo. Tra il canto rombante dei treni, le urla di battaglia e il fragore degli spari ritroveranno mai la strada di casa? Ed esisterà ancora la loro casa?

Transition

A world that hangs suspended between triumph and catastrophe, between the dismantling of the Wall and the fall of the Twin Towers, frozen in the shadow of suicide terrorism and global financial collapse, such a world requires a firm hand and a guiding light. But does it need the Concern: an all-powerful organisation with a malevolent presiding genius, pervasive influence and numberless invisible operatives in possession of extraordinary powers? On the Concern’s books are Temudjin Oh, an un-killable assassin who journeys between the peaks of Nepal, a version of Victorian London and the dark palaces of Venice; and a nameless, faceless torturer known only as the Philosopher. And then there’s the renegade Mrs Mulverhill, who recruits rebels to her side; and Patient 8262, hiding out from a dirty past in a forgotten hospital ward. As these vivid, strange and sensuous worlds circle and collide, the implications of turning traitor to the Concern become horribly apparent, and an unstable universe is set on a dizzying course.

Tranquillo prof, la richiamo io

Le interrogazioni, i compiti, il tempo che non passa mai, sono gli incubi di qualunque studente. Tranne che in questo libro, dove è il professore a non essere preparato. Nato su Facebook e diventato molto rapidamente un fenomeno virale, Tranquillo prof, la richiamo io racconta di un docente non autorevole, spaventato, in cerca di riconoscimento, alle prese con degli studenti straordinariamente precisi, attenti, consapevoli del proprio ruolo. Attraverso telefonate, mail, sms, appuntamenti in chat, si srotola una divertentissima quanto atipica e struggente storia d’amore: con tanto di innamorato respinto (il prof), amata sfuggente (la classe), attacchi di gelosia (per la supplente) e paura dell’abbandono (ogni volta che una vacanza si avvicina)… Sembra il mondo alla rovescia, invece è la rappresentazione clinica della crisi dei presunti adulti, personaggi fragili e alla deriva. Una tragicommedia surreale. Una buffissima operetta morale. *** «Sono il prof. Il mio sangue è fatto del gesso che trasuda dalle lavagne. La mia carne è il succo della vita che sprigiona dall’inchiostro delle pagine sul registro. Il mio cuore batte all’unisono con l’eco delle campanelle». *** – Prof, mi può interrogare? – … – Prof, lascia stare un secondo Facebook e mi ascolta?

Trader of Secrets

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“Steve Martini ranks among the top authors of legal thrillers.”
— *Pittsburgh Post-Gazette* “You like *Law & Order*? Or even a John Grisham novel? Well, Steve Martini is one of the best of the best when it comes to crime thrillers.”
— *Asbury Park Press* The reasons why Steve Martini is one of the most popular thriller writers around are abundantly clear in *Trader of Secrets* : an ingenious plot, great characters, gripping storytelling that combines the legal expertise of John Lescroart, Brad Meltzer, and Scott Turow with the heart-pounding political intrigue of Vince Flynn and Brad Thor. Superstar crime novelist Linda Fairstein says, “Take it from a prosecutor—Steve Martini has created one of the most charismatic defense attorneys in thriller fiction,” referring to Martini’s fearless yet very human series protagonist, defense attorney Paul Madriani. In *Trader of Secrets* the crusading lawyer is on the trail of dangerous criminals who are trying to steal state-of-the-art weapons technology…with nothing less than the future of America at stake.

Tra inganno e verità

Inghilterra/Francia/Grecia, 1890 – Per Emily, il matrimonio con Philip, Visconte Ashton, è stato solo un espediente per sfuggire a una madre autoritaria, e quando lui è morto poco dopo le nozze non ha sofferto più di tanto. Dopo tutto lo conosceva appena. A distanza di due anni, però, scopre che il marito in realtà era un uomo molto diverso da quello che lei immaginava: non solo era uno studioso e un collezionista d’arte antica, ma era anche profondamente innamorato di lei. Il ritratto che emerge dalle pagine del suo diario è così affascinante da spingerla a studiare le civiltà del passato nella speranza di apprendere qualcosa di più sul suo conto, e la conduce nelle silenziose sale del British Museum che lui amava tanto. E qui, tra bellissime statue di inestimabile valore, scopre un pericoloso segreto che riguarda dei reperti trafugati dalla collezione di antichità greche e romane. Decisa a vederci chiaro, l’intraprendente Lady Emily inizia a indagare, sfidando le rigide convenzioni della società vittoriana e cercando al tempo stesso di tenere a bada due affascinanti corteggiatori il cui interesse, però, sembra scaturire da ragioni oscure e ambigue, piuttosto che da sentimenti sinceri.
Un mistero appassionante, condito da un pizzico di romanticismo. **
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Inghilterra/Francia/Grecia, 1890 – Per Emily, il matrimonio con Philip, Visconte Ashton, è stato solo un espediente per sfuggire a una madre autoritaria, e quando lui è morto poco dopo le nozze non ha sofferto più di tanto. Dopo tutto lo conosceva appena. A distanza di due anni, però, scopre che il marito in realtà era un uomo molto diverso da quello che lei immaginava: non solo era uno studioso e un collezionista d’arte antica, ma era anche profondamente innamorato di lei. Il ritratto che emerge dalle pagine del suo diario è così affascinante da spingerla a studiare le civiltà del passato nella speranza di apprendere qualcosa di più sul suo conto, e la conduce nelle silenziose sale del British Museum che lui amava tanto. E qui, tra bellissime statue di inestimabile valore, scopre un pericoloso segreto che riguarda dei reperti trafugati dalla collezione di antichità greche e romane. Decisa a vederci chiaro, l’intraprendente Lady Emily inizia a indagare, sfidando le rigide convenzioni della società vittoriana e cercando al tempo stesso di tenere a bada due affascinanti corteggiatori il cui interesse, però, sembra scaturire da ragioni oscure e ambigue, piuttosto che da sentimenti sinceri.
Un mistero appassionante, condito da un pizzico di romanticismo.

To Dream With the Dragons

A world where Dragons are slumbering gods….
Therian is a prince who inherits a dying land. Each year the sun dims in the sky and glaciers consume more of his kingdom. In early spring, birds are found dead in their nests, welded by ice to their silent young. Therian sets out to rekindle the sun, to return summer to his land. But to do so will require vast power. A single dark path lies open to him: he must dream with the Dragons and learn the sacrificial rites of sorcery. Armed with his twin ancestral blades and his growing knowledge of the dark arts, he searches the worlds for their most terrible secrets.
To Dream with the Dragons is a Sword and Sorcery novella of dark fantasy. It’s full of nightmarish fiends, rather than faeries…. The book is 25,000 words, about 100 pages in print form.

Tiger! Tiger!

Gully Foyle, Mechanic’s Mate 3rd Class, is the only survivor on his drifting, wrecked spaceship. When another space vessel, the Vorga, ignores his distress flares and sails by, Gully Foyle becomes a man obsessed with revenge. He endures 170 days alone in deep space before finding refuge on the Sargasso Asteroid and then returning to Earth to track down the crew and owners of the Vorga. But, as he works out his murderous grudge, Gully Foyle also uncovers a secret of momentous proportions…

Thunder and Roses

This fourth volume of Theodore Sturgeon’s Complete Stories publishes the work of 1946-1948, wen Sturgeon’s early popularity among science fiction readers crystallized into a lasting reputation among a wider group of readers. “Maturity” and “Thunder and Roses” are the best-known of the stories in this period. “It Wasn’t Syzygy” display’s Sturgeon’s interest in psychological themes. “The Professor’s Teddy Bear” is an early prototype of the modern “horror story” as practiced by Clive Baker, Stephen King and many others.
In these years Sturgeon was recovering from the failure of his first marriage and a severe case of “writer’s block”. In March 1947 his luck turned around: a story he had failed to sell earlier won a short story contest sponsored by the prominent British magazine, *Argosy* , with the then-enormous prize of $1000. Later Sturgeon credited this event for restoring his faith in himself as a writer. The same year “Maturity” and “Thunder and Roses” were received with tremendous enthusiasm by his peers. Ray Bradbury, a few years short of his own success, wrote to Sturgeon in February 1947:
“Ted, I hate you!…MATURITY…is a damned nice story. Your sense of humour, sir, is incredible. I don’t believe you’ve written a bad story yet; I don’t think you ever will. This is not log-rolling, by God; I only speak the truth. I predict you’ll be selling at least six stories a year to *Collier’s* and *The Post* before long. You have the touch.” A month later, the day he learned he’d won the contest, Sturgeon wrote to his ex-wife, “It’s more than a thousand dollars. The curse is off with me. My faith in [the story’s] quality and my own is restored, and I don’t think that I shall ever again experience that mystic diffidence and childish astonishment when one of my stories sells or is anthologized. I know now why they do, and I’m proud of it, and I know how to use it.”
This fourth volume also features a major “undiscovered” story, “Wham Bop!”, from an obscure youth magazine in 1947. It may be one of the finest fictional portraits of a 1940s jazz band in American letters.
Additional delicacies awaiting the Sturgeon fan in *Thunder and Roses* are his first Western Story, “Well Spiced”, and a UFO saga, “The Sky Was Full of Ships”, written in 1947 and set in the Southwest. It could well be the true story of the Roswell incident.

Threads That Bind

**The Havoc Chronicles is a Completed Series**
At 16, Madison has accepted herself for who she is: smart and witty, but overweight with thick glasses and the social life of a Tibetan monk. Everything changes the summer before her junior year of high school when her eyesight inexplicably corrects itself, and she begins to rapidly lose weight. However, her new look comes with an unexpectedly expensive price. Madison’s first kiss with the boy she has had a crush on for years triggers powers she can’t control, almost killing him.
She discovers she is a Berserker, a powerful being chosen to guard the world from the Havocs, ancient creatures brought into our world by magic thousands of years ago. They cause destruction and death, but cannot be killed. Only the Berserkers’ life-blood can bind – and free – the Havocs. One Havoc is free and wants Madison’s blood to free another. Instead of enjoying her new look and popularity at school, Madison must now work with the Berserkers to master her powers and bind the Havoc before it kills her.
Oh, and if that weren’t bad enough, it turns out she is the first female Berserker since, well – ever.

The Wood Nymph and the Cranky Saint

Caught between renegade magic and cranky religion, what’s a poor wizard supposed to do? When the king of Yurt goes on vacation, leaving his Royal Wizard Daimbert in charge, he is faced with the escalating crises of the cranky saint of the shrine of the Holy Toe, an all-too-beguiling wood nymph, bizarre horned rabbits, a scandalous duchess, the royal nephew’s mid-life crisis, and a monstrous creature made with spells they never taught at the wizards’ school. Daimbert had hoped–he thought–for a little more excitement and adventure, but at this rate the king won’t have a kingdom to come home to.

The Wolves of Midwinter

The tale of *The Wolf Gift* continues . . .
In Anne Rice’s surprising and compelling best-selling novel, the first of her strange and mythic imagining of the world of wolfen powers (“I devoured these pages . . . As solid and engaging as anything she has written since her early *Vampire Chronicles* fiction”—Alan Cheuse, *The Boston Globe* ; “A delectable cocktail of old-fashioned lost-race adventure, shape-shifting, and suspense”—Elizabeth Hand, *The Washington Post* ), readers were spellbound as Rice conjured up a daring new world set against the wild and beckoning California coast.
Now in her new novel, as lush and romantic in detail and atmosphere as it is sleek and steely in storytelling, Anne Rice takes us once again to the rugged coastline of Northern California, to the grand mansion at Nideck Point, and further explores the unearthly education of her transformed Man Wolf.
The novel opens on a cold, gray landscape. It is the beginning of December. Oak fires are burning in the stately flickering hearths of Nideck Point. It is Yuletide.
For Reuben Golding, now infused with the Wolf Gift and under the loving tutelage of the Morphenkinder, this promises to be a Christmas like no other . . .
The Yuletide season, sacred to much of the human race, has been equally sacred to the Man Wolves, and Reuben soon becomes aware that they, too, steeped in their own profound rituals, will celebrate the ancient Midwinter festival deep within the verdant richness of Nideck forest.
From out of the shadows of Nideck comes a ghost—tormented, imploring, unable to speak yet able to embrace and desire with desperate affection . . . As Reuben finds himself caught up with—and drawn to—the passions and yearnings of this spectral presence, and as the swirl of preparations reaches a fever pitch for the Nideck town Christmas festival of music and pageantry, astonishing secrets are revealed; secrets that tell of a strange netherworld, of spirits other than the Morphenkinder, centuries old, who inhabit the dense stretches of redwood and oak that surround the magnificent house at Nideck Point, “ageless ones” who possess their own fantastical ancient histories and who taunt with their dark magical powers . . .

The Witch & the Cathedral

Love and magic don’t mix, and neither do wizardry and the church. But that doesn’t stop Daimbert, the royal wizard of Yurt. When Daimbert discovers that the woman he’s loved for years is marrying someone else, he decides to leave Yurt for Caelrhon. But no one wants him there and he senses hidden sinister plots at work.

The Warrior’s Tale

Captain Rali Emilie Antero came from an illustrious and wealthy trading family whose members included a wizard, long dead, and a famous adventurer, Amalricvery much alive and regaling rapt audiences with tales of his quest to the legendary Far Kingdoms. Much was expected of an Antero…But Rali cared little for magic and magicians, and even less for journeying, particularly on the ocean. She was a soldier, committed to defending Orissa, the city of her birth, and to winning respect for her command, the elite, all-women Maranon Guard. Winning battles was no problem for the Guard; but there were too many jealous men who wanted the women warriors out of the way. So just when Rali should have been at home, resting on the laurels of her latest victory, she found herself assigned to lead a suicide mission: a seagoing odyssey in search of an evil master wizardthe last Archon of Lycanthwho had fled with a doomsday spell, a secret that could destroy all of civilization. And so Rali Antero and her Maranon warriors set out to sea, with the wizard Gamelan, on an epic hunt for Orissa’s most deadly enemy. It would be Rali’s greatest challenge: a desperate pursuit, raging across the great Western Sea, past the barbaric caravan port of Jeypur, past Tiger Bay and the Lemon Coast, past even the Jasmine Islands, to the great fire reefs that marked the end of the worldand beyond, to places unmarked even in legend.

The Warrior Returns

For those who thrill to the adventure and wonder of The Anteros, here is the book where all the secrets from KINGDOMS OF THE NIGHT are finally, dazzlingly, revealed. For new initiates, this tale stands alone, entry to a world of intrigue, high drama, derring-do . . . and, most of all, magic!All of Orissa believed that Rali Emilie Antero, legendary warrior and sorceress extraordinaire, was dead, lost at sea during some grand adventure gone wrong. In fact, Rali was not dead, but left entombed in ice to dream for eternity–until a goddess needed her for one last quest . . .Novari, a beautiful succubus intent on achieving ultimate power, had swept the world by storm. All the Anteros had been assassinated–save one: a golden, magical child named Emilie. Novari had succeeded in taking Orissa. Now she had only to sieze little Emilie, as well.She never counted on the return of Rali Antero . . .

The War God’s Own

THE ROAD HOME Bahzell Bahnakson of the Horse Stealer hradani never wanted to be a champion of the War God. Unfortunately, Tomandk had insisted. Even more unfortunately, Bahzell’s own sense of responsibility hadn’t let him say, “No.” Which was how he found himself in the Empire of the Axe, where even people who didn’t actively hate hradani regarded them with suspicion and fear. Of course, that was only the start of his problems. Next, there was the Order of Tomanak, many of whom were horrified by the notion that their deity had chosen a hradani as a champion . . . and intended to do something about it. And assuming he survived that, he had to go home-across three hundred leagues of bitter winter snow-to face a Dark God who threatened to destroy all hradani. Throw in the odd demon and brigand ambush, and add a powerful neighboring kingdom with no intention of letting Bahzell (or anyone else) save his people, and you have the makings of a really bad day. But one thing Bahzell has learned: a champion of Tomanak does what needs doing. And the people in his way had better move. At the publisher’s request, this title is sold without DRM (Digital Rights Management).

The Very Best of Charles De Lint

When asked to choose his “very best” stories, Charles de Lint went directly to his fans, who helped him select this collection of timeless, magical tales. From his beloved Newford to the streets of modern Ottawa, these stories take you effortlessly to a place where mystery and myth are right next door. To quote his readers: “His stories are good for the heart and soul…he reminds you of hope and strength and Beauty and Grace that you may have forgotten.” “Just as Charles de Lint’s pen drips magic and enchantment, he is also never afraid to write about the darker and painful side of life, and he writes it in a way that moves you. Give this wonderful book a chance; I promise you it won’t disappoint you. Even more, I can assure you, you won’t be the same person when you are done with it: de Lint will have changed you with his magic.” Reviews: Contemporary fantasist de Lint built this winning compilation with help from his readers, who voted on their favorite stories. The result is an outstanding and widely varied collection of 29 tales. The delightfully light-hearted “Pixel Pixies” adds magic and mischief to innocent online interactions. (“If you’re lucky, [the pixies are] still on the Internet and didn’t follow you home.”) “Merlin Dreams in the Mondream Wood” investigates the nature and meaning of memories. The heart-wrenching “In the House of My Enemy,” later developed into the novel The Onion Girl, narrates the decisions made by a pregnant girl with an abusive past. Longtime fans and newcomers alike will fall in love with de Lint’s graceful, poetic language and characters like “an old man who wore the shape of a red-haired boy with crackernut eyes that seemed as bright as salmon tails glinting up the water.” —Publishers Weekly When it comes to urban waifs and strays, Ottawa fantasy writer Charles de Lint has his own unusual take, creating in his fiction a fantastic world populated by artists, musicians, booksellers, scholars, runaways and, well, magic. With The Very Best of Charles de Lint, the author, who is also a musician, has created a greatest-hits set with a twist. To determine which stories to include (from a body of work spanning 25 years), he asked his fans for their favourites via Facebook and Twitter. The resulting volume is more than 400 pages of the finest urban fantasy fiction of the past three decades, characterized by de Lint’s deep and passionate humanism. —Robert Wiersema, National Post There are a number of stories here—quite an impressive number of them—that are simply perfect. By that, I mean that they hit the mark they’ve aimed at. (And de Lint never aims low.) They’ve achieved the intended effect. An artistic balance has been achieved between lyricism and clarity of language, consistent and well-developed characterisation that propel the plot at a good pace, and the elements of myth dosed out carefully enough that they retain the elements of mystery. And it’s easy to miss that exquisite feat of craft in sheer enjoyment of the story, and the set of feelings the author has evoked. And that, my friends, is storytelling at its best. —Green Man Review “Charles de Lint was writing Urban Fantasy before that genre was infiltrated by vampires and gritty streets. His Urban Fantasy introduces a magical realism to the world, spirit magic seeping into the cement environments mankind has built and most of the stories selected for this volume reflect that interest.” —Steven H. Silver, The SF Site De Lint is prolific, and if you’ve resisted picking him up because you’re not sure where to start, this is an excellent way to get a feel for his polished prose, his deep empathy for his own characters, and a wondrous world that may be filled with danger but is no less beautiful because of that. —Mark Rose, BookGasm “One of the most original fantasy writers currently working.”—Booklist “Charles de Lint is the modern master of urban fantasy. Folktale, myth, fairy tale, dreams, urban legend—all of it adds up to pure magic in de Lint’s vivid, original world. No one does it better.” —Alice Hoffman “De Lint creates an entirely organic mythology that seems as real as the folklore from which it draws.” —Publishers Weekly, starred review “Charles de Lint is an impossibly, ridiculously talented sort of man—and I’ve been reading him for so long that he pretty much crafted my own ideas of what a fairy tale ought to be.”—Cherie Priest “Charles de Lint is a folksinger as well as a writer and it is this voice we hear…both old and new, lyric, longing, touched by magic.” —Jane Yolen “He shows that, far from being escapism, contemporary fantasy can be the deep mythic literature of our time.”—Fantasy & Science Fiction “You open a de Lint story, and like the interior of a very genial Pandora’s box, the atmosphere is suddenly full of deep woods and quaint city streets and a magic that’s nowhere near so far removed as Middle Earth.”—James P. Blaylock “De Lint is a romantic; he believes in the great things, faith, hope, and charity (especially if love is included in that last), but he also believes in the power of magic—or at least the magic of fiction—to open our eyes to a larger world.”—Edmonton Journal “It’s hard not to feel encouraged to be a better person after reading a book by Ottawa’s Charles de Lint.” —Halifax Chronicle Herald