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In the Coils of the Snake

*”What is the spell for?” Miranda asked curiously, stepping close beside him to squeeze through the first ring of trees. She didn’t know of any goblin spells that used flowers unless they were crushed like herbs.*
*”Do you really want to know?” murmured the elf absently, looking up at the dark crowns of the ancient oaks.*
*”Yes,” she said. She had always liked magic. He glanced back down at her then.*
*”It’s for you,” he said. And the instant they passed the great trunks, his hand closed over her wrist.*
**The powerful final volume of the Hollow Kingdom Trilogy**
Miranda has waited her whole life to come home to the goblin kingdom, but she never imagined she’d feel so alone there. Her beloved Marak, the center of her world since childhood, has reached the end of his reign.
But Marak didn’t raise a coward. Miranda needs all her courage when a mysterious elf lord takes her prisoner, reigniting an age-old battle. Caught between two hostile races, she becomes their greatest reason for war—and their only hope for a future.
In this final volume of the Hollow Kingdom Trilogy, Clare B. Dunkle draws readers deep into her magical realm for one last incredible story.

*”What is the spell for?” Miranda asked curiously, stepping close beside him to squeeze through the first ring of trees. She didn’t know of any goblin spells that used flowers unless they were crushed like herbs.*
*”Do you really want to know?” murmured the elf absently, looking up at the dark crowns of the ancient oaks.*
*”Yes,” she said. She had always liked magic. He glanced back down at her then.*
*”It’s for you,” he said. And the instant they passed the great trunks, his hand closed over her wrist.*
**The powerful final volume of the Hollow Kingdom Trilogy**
Miranda has waited her whole life to come home to the goblin kingdom, but she never imagined she’d feel so alone there. Her beloved Marak, the center of her world since childhood, has reached the end of his reign.
But Marak didn’t raise a coward. Miranda needs all her courage when a mysterious elf lord takes her prisoner, reigniting an age-old battle. Caught between two hostile races, she becomes their greatest reason for war—and their only hope for a future.
In this final volume of the Hollow Kingdom Trilogy, Clare B. Dunkle draws readers deep into her magical realm for one last incredible story.

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In the Cities of Coin and Spice

**Catherynne M. Valente enchanted readers with her spellbinding *In the Night Garden.* Now she continues to weave her storytelling magic in the next book of Orphan’s Tales—an epic of the fantastic and the exotic, the monstrous and mysterious, that will transport you far away from the everyday. . . .**
Her name and origins are unknown, but the endless tales inked upon this orphan’s eyelids weave a spell over all who listen to her read her secret history. And who can resist the stories she tells? From the Lake of the Dead and the City of Marrow to the artists who remain behind in a ghost city of spice, here are stories of hedgehog warriors and winged skeletons, loyal leopards and sparrow calligraphers. Nothing is too fantastic, anything can happen, but you’ll never guess what comes next in these intimately linked adventures of firebirds and djinn, singing manticores, mutilated unicorns, and women made entirely of glass and gears. Graced with the magical illustrations of Michael Kaluta, *In the Cities of Coins and Spice* is a book of dreams and wonders unlike any you’ve ever encountered. Open it anywhere and you will fall under its spell. For here the story never ends and the magic is only beginning. . . .

**Catherynne M. Valente enchanted readers with her spellbinding *In the Night Garden.* Now she continues to weave her storytelling magic in the next book of Orphan’s Tales—an epic of the fantastic and the exotic, the monstrous and mysterious, that will transport you far away from the everyday. . . .**
Her name and origins are unknown, but the endless tales inked upon this orphan’s eyelids weave a spell over all who listen to her read her secret history. And who can resist the stories she tells? From the Lake of the Dead and the City of Marrow to the artists who remain behind in a ghost city of spice, here are stories of hedgehog warriors and winged skeletons, loyal leopards and sparrow calligraphers. Nothing is too fantastic, anything can happen, but you’ll never guess what comes next in these intimately linked adventures of firebirds and djinn, singing manticores, mutilated unicorns, and women made entirely of glass and gears. Graced with the magical illustrations of Michael Kaluta, *In the Cities of Coins and Spice* is a book of dreams and wonders unlike any you’ve ever encountered. Open it anywhere and you will fall under its spell. For here the story never ends and the magic is only beginning. . . .

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In Deep

Take a step forward and fall suddenly into a creeping blob of protoplasm, then discover that your three companions have fallen with you and your bodies have been digested by the ‘thing’.
Watch a man searching on a beach, and feel your blood run cold when he tells you what he is searching for.
A doorway that will take you anywhere, except back to earth.

Take a step forward and fall suddenly into a creeping blob of protoplasm, then discover that your three companions have fallen with you and your bodies have been digested by the ‘thing’.
Watch a man searching on a beach, and feel your blood run cold when he tells you what he is searching for.
A doorway that will take you anywhere, except back to earth.

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Impossible Things

Winner of six Nebula and two Hugo awards for her fiction, Connie Willis is acclaimed for her gifted imagination and bold invention. Here are eleven of her finest stories, surprising tales in which the impossible becomes real, the real becomes impossible, and strangeness lurks at every turn. The end of the world comes not with a bang but a series of whimpers over many years in “The Last of the Winnebagos.” The terror of pain and dying gives birth to a startling truth about the nature of the stars, a principle known as the “Schwarzschild Radius.” In “Spice Pogrom,” an outrageous colony in outer space becomes the setting for a screwball comedy of bizarre complications, mistaken identities, far-too-friendly aliens–and even true love. A distraught woman obsessed with the past learns that the simplest choices can lead to madness and death in “Chance.” In “Jack,” the streets of London at the height of the Blitz bring out the courage and cowardice in humans…and in creatures of the night.

Winner of six Nebula and two Hugo awards for her fiction, Connie Willis is acclaimed for her gifted imagination and bold invention. Here are eleven of her finest stories, surprising tales in which the impossible becomes real, the real becomes impossible, and strangeness lurks at every turn. The end of the world comes not with a bang but a series of whimpers over many years in “The Last of the Winnebagos.” The terror of pain and dying gives birth to a startling truth about the nature of the stars, a principle known as the “Schwarzschild Radius.” In “Spice Pogrom,” an outrageous colony in outer space becomes the setting for a screwball comedy of bizarre complications, mistaken identities, far-too-friendly aliens–and even true love. A distraught woman obsessed with the past learns that the simplest choices can lead to madness and death in “Chance.” In “Jack,” the streets of London at the height of the Blitz bring out the courage and cowardice in humans…and in creatures of the night.

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Icefalcon’s Quest

While chaos reigned in the Eastern Lands, the Keep of Dare stood as a bastion against war and bandits and the spawn of unnatural sorceries. Then twin blows rocked the citadel: the fearsome Alketch army mounted siege, even as young Prince Tir was snatched from the heart of the Keep. Behind the terror was the depraved, hook-handed general Vair na-Chandros. He had learned that the royal child possessed forbidden wisdom: a secret with which the bloodthirsty Vair intended to conquer the world.
One single man posed a threat to Vair’s vaunting ambition: the legendary warrior known as the Icefalcon. Banished by his own people and scorned as a barbarian by others, only he could hope to free the boy from Vair’s clutches. With his sister Cold Death–a sorcerer whose magic was as sharp as her tongue–the Icefalcon embarked on a dangerous mission of rescue and redemption.
Braving nightmare demons and the endless hordes of Vair’s inhuman soldiers, he shadowed Vair and his small captive beyond the reaches of the known world. And when the boy led Vair to the forgotten Keep of the Shadow at the End of Time, the Icefalcon would face his greatest battle . . . for his prince, for his honor, and for all eternity.
*From the Hardcover edition.*

While chaos reigned in the Eastern Lands, the Keep of Dare stood as a bastion against war and bandits and the spawn of unnatural sorceries. Then twin blows rocked the citadel: the fearsome Alketch army mounted siege, even as young Prince Tir was snatched from the heart of the Keep. Behind the terror was the depraved, hook-handed general Vair na-Chandros. He had learned that the royal child possessed forbidden wisdom: a secret with which the bloodthirsty Vair intended to conquer the world.
One single man posed a threat to Vair’s vaunting ambition: the legendary warrior known as the Icefalcon. Banished by his own people and scorned as a barbarian by others, only he could hope to free the boy from Vair’s clutches. With his sister Cold Death–a sorcerer whose magic was as sharp as her tongue–the Icefalcon embarked on a dangerous mission of rescue and redemption.
Braving nightmare demons and the endless hordes of Vair’s inhuman soldiers, he shadowed Vair and his small captive beyond the reaches of the known world. And when the boy led Vair to the forgotten Keep of the Shadow at the End of Time, the Icefalcon would face his greatest battle . . . for his prince, for his honor, and for all eternity.
*From the Hardcover edition.*

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Iceberg

**High seas explorer Dirk Pitt must stop an American millionaire from using impoverished nations for his own personal experiments in this #1 *New York Times*-bestselling action adventure series.**
A routine survey mission over the North Atlantic exposes a missing luxury yacht frozen inside a million-ton mass of ice. The ship had vanished en route to a secret White House rendezvous, making it the responsibility of the National Underwater and Marine Agency to find out what happened. In other words, it’s time for Dirk Pitt to cut his sunny, California vacation short and get back to work.
Of course, when Pitt arrives on the scene and discovers the charred remains of the entire crew, who burned alive but never left their posts, he begins to suspect the tragic loss of the ship to be only the first, deliberate step in a far more sinister plan.
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**High seas explorer Dirk Pitt must stop an American millionaire from using impoverished nations for his own personal experiments in this #1 *New York Times*-bestselling action adventure series.**
A routine survey mission over the North Atlantic exposes a missing luxury yacht frozen inside a million-ton mass of ice. The ship had vanished en route to a secret White House rendezvous, making it the responsibility of the National Underwater and Marine Agency to find out what happened. In other words, it’s time for Dirk Pitt to cut his sunny, California vacation short and get back to work.
Of course, when Pitt arrives on the scene and discovers the charred remains of the entire crew, who burned alive but never left their posts, he begins to suspect the tragic loss of the ship to be only the first, deliberate step in a far more sinister plan.
**

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I Met a Traveller in an Antique Land

Jim is in New York City at Christmastime shopping a book based on his blog�Gone for Good�premised on the fact that �being nostalgic for things that have disappeared is ridiculous.� Progress decides for people what they need and what�s obsolete. It�s that simple. Of course, not everyone agrees. After Jim bombs a contentious interview with a radio host who defends the sacred technology of the printed, tangible book, he gets caught in a rainstorm only to find himself with no place to take refuge other than a quaint, old-fashioned bookshop.
Ozymandias Books is not just any store. Jim wanders intrigued through stacks of tomes he doesn�t quite recognize the titles of, none with prices. Here he discovers a mysteriously pristine, seemingly endless wonderland of books�where even *he* gets nostalgic for his childhood favorite. And, yes, the overwhelmed and busy clerk showing him around says they have a copy. But it �s only after Jim leaves that he understands the true nature of Ozymandias and how tragic it is that some things may be gone forever
From beloved, multiple-award-winning, *New York Times* best-selling author Connie Willis comes *I Met a Traveller in an Antique Land* , a novella about the irreplaceable magic of books.

Jim is in New York City at Christmastime shopping a book based on his blog�Gone for Good�premised on the fact that �being nostalgic for things that have disappeared is ridiculous.� Progress decides for people what they need and what�s obsolete. It�s that simple. Of course, not everyone agrees. After Jim bombs a contentious interview with a radio host who defends the sacred technology of the printed, tangible book, he gets caught in a rainstorm only to find himself with no place to take refuge other than a quaint, old-fashioned bookshop.
Ozymandias Books is not just any store. Jim wanders intrigued through stacks of tomes he doesn�t quite recognize the titles of, none with prices. Here he discovers a mysteriously pristine, seemingly endless wonderland of books�where even *he* gets nostalgic for his childhood favorite. And, yes, the overwhelmed and busy clerk showing him around says they have a copy. But it �s only after Jim leaves that he understands the true nature of Ozymandias and how tragic it is that some things may be gone forever
From beloved, multiple-award-winning, *New York Times* best-selling author Connie Willis comes *I Met a Traveller in an Antique Land* , a novella about the irreplaceable magic of books.

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I Am Crying All Inside: And Other Stories

Ten stories of mystery and imagination in a world that cannot be-including the never-before-published “I Had No Head and My Eyes Were Floating Way Up in the Air,” originally written for Harlan Ellison’s The Last Dangerous Visions (TM) People work. Folk play. That is the way it has been in this country as long as Sam can remember. He is happy, and he understands that this is the way it should be. People are bigger than folk. They are stronger. They do not need food or water. They do not need the warmth of a fire. All they need is a job to do and a blacksmith to fix them when they break. The people work so the folk can drink their moonshine, fish a little, throw a horseshoe. But when Sam starts to wonder about why the world is this way, his life will never be the same. Along with the other stories in this collection, “I Am Crying All Inside” is a compact marvel: a picture of an impossible reality that is not so different from our own. Each story includes an introduction by David W. Wixon, literary executor of the Clifford D. Simak estate and editor of this ebook. “To read science fiction is to read Simak. A reader who does not like Simak stories does not like science fiction at all.” -Robert A. Heinlein “Like Olaf Stapledon and SF’s later mystics, Simak could dream on a grand scale. . . . Thoreau or Wordsworth would feel at home in his isolated houses rooted in natural landscapes.” -Locus “Simak is the most underrated great science fiction writer alive, and has never written a bad book.” -Theodore Sturgeon “I read [Simak’s] stories with particular attention, and I couldn’t help but notice the simplicity and directness of the writing-the utter clarity of it. I made up my mind to imitate it, and I labored over the years to make my writing simpler, clearer, more uncluttered, to present my scenes on a bare stage.” -Isaac Asimov “Without Simak, science fiction would have been without its most humane element, its most humane spokesman for the wisdom of the ordinary person and the value of life lived close to the land.” -James Gunn During his fifty-five-year career, Clifford D. Simak produced some of the most iconic science fiction stories ever written. Born in 1904 on a farm in southwestern Wisconsin, Simak got a job at a small-town newspaper in 1929 and eventually became news editor of the Minneapolis Star-Tribune, writing fiction in his spare time. Simak was best known for the book City, a reaction to the horrors of World War II, and for his novel Way Station. In 1953 City was awarded the International Fantasy Award, and in following years, Simak won three Hugo Awards and a Nebula Award. In 1977 he became the third Grand Master of the Science Fiction and Fantasy Writers of America, and before his death in 1988, he was named one of three inaugural winners of the Horror Writers Association’s Bram Stoker Award for Lifetime Achievement.

Ten stories of mystery and imagination in a world that cannot be-including the never-before-published “I Had No Head and My Eyes Were Floating Way Up in the Air,” originally written for Harlan Ellison’s The Last Dangerous Visions (TM) People work. Folk play. That is the way it has been in this country as long as Sam can remember. He is happy, and he understands that this is the way it should be. People are bigger than folk. They are stronger. They do not need food or water. They do not need the warmth of a fire. All they need is a job to do and a blacksmith to fix them when they break. The people work so the folk can drink their moonshine, fish a little, throw a horseshoe. But when Sam starts to wonder about why the world is this way, his life will never be the same. Along with the other stories in this collection, “I Am Crying All Inside” is a compact marvel: a picture of an impossible reality that is not so different from our own. Each story includes an introduction by David W. Wixon, literary executor of the Clifford D. Simak estate and editor of this ebook. “To read science fiction is to read Simak. A reader who does not like Simak stories does not like science fiction at all.” -Robert A. Heinlein “Like Olaf Stapledon and SF’s later mystics, Simak could dream on a grand scale. . . . Thoreau or Wordsworth would feel at home in his isolated houses rooted in natural landscapes.” -Locus “Simak is the most underrated great science fiction writer alive, and has never written a bad book.” -Theodore Sturgeon “I read [Simak’s] stories with particular attention, and I couldn’t help but notice the simplicity and directness of the writing-the utter clarity of it. I made up my mind to imitate it, and I labored over the years to make my writing simpler, clearer, more uncluttered, to present my scenes on a bare stage.” -Isaac Asimov “Without Simak, science fiction would have been without its most humane element, its most humane spokesman for the wisdom of the ordinary person and the value of life lived close to the land.” -James Gunn During his fifty-five-year career, Clifford D. Simak produced some of the most iconic science fiction stories ever written. Born in 1904 on a farm in southwestern Wisconsin, Simak got a job at a small-town newspaper in 1929 and eventually became news editor of the Minneapolis Star-Tribune, writing fiction in his spare time. Simak was best known for the book City, a reaction to the horrors of World War II, and for his novel Way Station. In 1953 City was awarded the International Fantasy Award, and in following years, Simak won three Hugo Awards and a Nebula Award. In 1977 he became the third Grand Master of the Science Fiction and Fantasy Writers of America, and before his death in 1988, he was named one of three inaugural winners of the Horror Writers Association’s Bram Stoker Award for Lifetime Achievement.

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Hunt the Heavens

Joshua Wolfe: Bounty hunter. Federation Intelligence agent. Former friend, then prisoner, of the horrific alien race called the Al’ar. Master of the arcane Al’ar killing arts. And now Federation renegade, searching for Al’ar secrets in the rubble of an old war and the detritus of human lives.No one wanted him to learn those secrets. Not the Federation, which had hired him, then made him a wanted man. Not the deadly Chitet cult, who had their own interests in the Al’ar. And not the Al’ar themselves, whose shadows remained in the form of technological wonders of mystery and violence.His search led him from a mothballed fleet to a private moonlet, to the capital world of the very cult bent on destroying him, to a lethal world of robot protectors . . . and, finally, to an enemy more terrible than anything mankind had yet dreamed of.Wolfe’s only friend was Taen, the last Al’ar.Or was he the last?

Joshua Wolfe: Bounty hunter. Federation Intelligence agent. Former friend, then prisoner, of the horrific alien race called the Al’ar. Master of the arcane Al’ar killing arts. And now Federation renegade, searching for Al’ar secrets in the rubble of an old war and the detritus of human lives.No one wanted him to learn those secrets. Not the Federation, which had hired him, then made him a wanted man. Not the deadly Chitet cult, who had their own interests in the Al’ar. And not the Al’ar themselves, whose shadows remained in the form of technological wonders of mystery and violence.His search led him from a mothballed fleet to a private moonlet, to the capital world of the very cult bent on destroying him, to a lethal world of robot protectors . . . and, finally, to an enemy more terrible than anything mankind had yet dreamed of.Wolfe’s only friend was Taen, the last Al’ar.Or was he the last?

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Howling for You

Jeff Christopher is a shapeshifter and ally of Chicago’s Cadogan House of vampires—he’s also a tech whiz and mostly-legal hacker. And the only protective shields he’s never been able to find a way around are those of the powerful Keene Family.
For a long time, Jeff has only had eyes for the beautiful Fallon Keene. Unfortunately, she is the only sister of the lethal North American Central Pack Apex Gabriel Keene. The intricate balances of power and politics make it all but impossible for Fallon to trust her feelings.
But fate takes a hand when the Pack’s totem is stolen—threatening the Keene family’s rule—and Fallon enlists Jeff’s help to retrieve it before the Pack is thrown into chaos. Can she and Jeff find the totem, and restore order, before it’s too late? And will Jeff finally be able to prove himself to the only person he truly loves?
**Includes an exclusive preview of the Chicagoland Vampires novel… *WILD THINGS***
“These books are wonderful entertainment.”—#1 *New York Times* Bestselling Author Charlaine Harris
“A wonderfully compelling vampire heroine.”— *USA Today* Bestselling Author Julie Kenner
“A strong minded, sharp-witted heroine who will appeal to fans of Charlaine Harris’s Sookie Stackhouse series and Laurell K. Hamilton’s Anita Blake.”— *Library Journal*
“If you loved Nancy Drew but always wished she was an undead sword-wielding badass, Merit is your kind of girl.”— *Geek Monthly*

Jeff Christopher is a shapeshifter and ally of Chicago’s Cadogan House of vampires—he’s also a tech whiz and mostly-legal hacker. And the only protective shields he’s never been able to find a way around are those of the powerful Keene Family.
For a long time, Jeff has only had eyes for the beautiful Fallon Keene. Unfortunately, she is the only sister of the lethal North American Central Pack Apex Gabriel Keene. The intricate balances of power and politics make it all but impossible for Fallon to trust her feelings.
But fate takes a hand when the Pack’s totem is stolen—threatening the Keene family’s rule—and Fallon enlists Jeff’s help to retrieve it before the Pack is thrown into chaos. Can she and Jeff find the totem, and restore order, before it’s too late? And will Jeff finally be able to prove himself to the only person he truly loves?
**Includes an exclusive preview of the Chicagoland Vampires novel… *WILD THINGS***
“These books are wonderful entertainment.”—#1 *New York Times* Bestselling Author Charlaine Harris
“A wonderfully compelling vampire heroine.”— *USA Today* Bestselling Author Julie Kenner
“A strong minded, sharp-witted heroine who will appeal to fans of Charlaine Harris’s Sookie Stackhouse series and Laurell K. Hamilton’s Anita Blake.”— *Library Journal*
“If you loved Nancy Drew but always wished she was an undead sword-wielding badass, Merit is your kind of girl.”— *Geek Monthly*

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How to Write a Damn Good Thriller

A quick look at any fiction bestseller list reveals that thrillers make up most of the titles at the top. HOW TO WRITE A DAMN GOOD THRILLER will help the aspiring novelist or screenwriter to design, draft, write, and polish a thriller that is sure to grab readers. Frey uses examples from both books and movies and addresses the following hot topics:
*Germinal ideas
*Breathing life into great thriller characters
*Crafting a gripping opening
*Maintaining tension
*Creating obstacles and conflicts
*Writing a mean, lean thriller scene
*Adding surprise twists
*Building a smashing climax
and many more.
In his trademark approachable and humorous style, Frey illuminates the building blocks of great thrillers and gives the reader the tools to write his or her own.

A quick look at any fiction bestseller list reveals that thrillers make up most of the titles at the top. HOW TO WRITE A DAMN GOOD THRILLER will help the aspiring novelist or screenwriter to design, draft, write, and polish a thriller that is sure to grab readers. Frey uses examples from both books and movies and addresses the following hot topics:
*Germinal ideas
*Breathing life into great thriller characters
*Crafting a gripping opening
*Maintaining tension
*Creating obstacles and conflicts
*Writing a mean, lean thriller scene
*Adding surprise twists
*Building a smashing climax
and many more.
In his trademark approachable and humorous style, Frey illuminates the building blocks of great thrillers and gives the reader the tools to write his or her own.

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How to Twist a Dragon’s Tale

THE STORY CONTINUES in the fifth volume of Hiccup’s How to Train Your Dragon memoirs …Hiccup Horrendous Haddock III was an awesome sword-fighter, a dragon-whisperer and the greatest Viking Hero who ever lived. But it wasn’t always like that. Hiccup’s memoirs look back to when Hiccup was just an ordinary boy, and finding it very hard to be a Hero. Someone has stolen the Fire Egg. Now the Volcano on Volcano Island is active and the tremors are hatching the eggs of the Exterminator dragons! Can Hiccup return the Fire Egg to the Volcano, stop the Volcano from erupting, AND save the Tribes from being wiped out by the terrible sword-claws of the Exterminators? How to Train Your Dragon is a DreamWorks film starring Gerrard Butler, America Ferrera and Jonah Hill, out on DVD in October 2010 adapted from the best selling How to Train Your Dragon series by Cressida Cowell. Read the rest of Hiccup’s exploits in the How to Train Your Dragon series in How to Train Your Dragon, How to Be a Pirate, How to Speak Dragonese, How to Cheat a Dragon’s Curse, A Hero’s Guide to Deadly Dragons, How to Ride a Dragon’s Storm, and How to Break a Dragon’s Heart. Check out the all-new Hiccup website at www.howtotrainyourdragonbooks. com It’s the place to go for games, downloads, activities and sneak peeks! Read all about Hiccup and all of your favourite characters, learn to speak Dragonese and train your own dragon to do tricks!
### Review
‘exuberantly illustrated … laugh out-loud books, they will convert even the most relcutant reader to take their first dip.’ — Julia Golding, TES ‘a hilarious and gripping adventure, beautifully paced and studded with great dramatic scenes.’ — Amanda Craig, Times ‘Cowell writes laugh-out-loud books with plenty of boy appeal … Cowell’s anarchic drawings suit the slapstick humour.’ — The Herald ‘Fiercely exciting and laugh-aloud funny, it is as full of joy for children of 7+ who have given up reading as for those who love it.’ — Amanda Craig, The Times Irresistably funny, exciting and endearing — Amanda Craig, The Times CHILDREN’S BOOK OF THE WEEK: This book is great fun and has a Blackadderish sense of humour … full of the sort of jokes that will make schoolboys snigger. — Nicolette Jones, The Sunday Times How to Train Your Dragon is a delightful narrative caper… It offers a challenging read to 11-year-olds, and rewards reading aloud, especially for those who relish an element of theatre at story time. — Sunday Herald, Glasgow … raucous and slapstick … liberally illustrated with [Cressida Cowell’s] riotous drawings, notes and maps. — The Financial Times [Cressida Cowell] puts a contemporary spin on the old brains over brawn moral and brings the story to a climax with a thrilling dragon duel. Lots for lots of different readers to enjoy. — Books for Keeps Bulging with good jokes, funny drawings and dramatic scenes, it is absolutely wonderful. — Independent on Sunday ‘funny, outrageous and will lure in the most reluctant reader.’ — The Spectator ‘If you haven’t discovered Hiccup yet, you’re missing out on one of the greatest inventions of modern children’s literature.’ — Julia Eccleshare, Guardian children’s editor
### About the Author
Cressida Cowell grew up mostly in Central London. She has a BA in English Literature from Oxford University, a BA in Graphic Design from St Martin’s and an MA in Narrative Illustration from Brighton. Cressida has written and illustrated eight books in the popular Hiccup series. How to Train Your Dragon has reached over 100,000 sales and is now published in over 33 languages. A Dreamworks feature film is due to be released in 2010. Cressida lives in Hammersmith with her husband, three children and two cats.

THE STORY CONTINUES in the fifth volume of Hiccup’s How to Train Your Dragon memoirs …Hiccup Horrendous Haddock III was an awesome sword-fighter, a dragon-whisperer and the greatest Viking Hero who ever lived. But it wasn’t always like that. Hiccup’s memoirs look back to when Hiccup was just an ordinary boy, and finding it very hard to be a Hero. Someone has stolen the Fire Egg. Now the Volcano on Volcano Island is active and the tremors are hatching the eggs of the Exterminator dragons! Can Hiccup return the Fire Egg to the Volcano, stop the Volcano from erupting, AND save the Tribes from being wiped out by the terrible sword-claws of the Exterminators? How to Train Your Dragon is a DreamWorks film starring Gerrard Butler, America Ferrera and Jonah Hill, out on DVD in October 2010 adapted from the best selling How to Train Your Dragon series by Cressida Cowell. Read the rest of Hiccup’s exploits in the How to Train Your Dragon series in How to Train Your Dragon, How to Be a Pirate, How to Speak Dragonese, How to Cheat a Dragon’s Curse, A Hero’s Guide to Deadly Dragons, How to Ride a Dragon’s Storm, and How to Break a Dragon’s Heart. Check out the all-new Hiccup website at www.howtotrainyourdragonbooks. com It’s the place to go for games, downloads, activities and sneak peeks! Read all about Hiccup and all of your favourite characters, learn to speak Dragonese and train your own dragon to do tricks!
### Review
‘exuberantly illustrated … laugh out-loud books, they will convert even the most relcutant reader to take their first dip.’ — Julia Golding, TES ‘a hilarious and gripping adventure, beautifully paced and studded with great dramatic scenes.’ — Amanda Craig, Times ‘Cowell writes laugh-out-loud books with plenty of boy appeal … Cowell’s anarchic drawings suit the slapstick humour.’ — The Herald ‘Fiercely exciting and laugh-aloud funny, it is as full of joy for children of 7+ who have given up reading as for those who love it.’ — Amanda Craig, The Times Irresistably funny, exciting and endearing — Amanda Craig, The Times CHILDREN’S BOOK OF THE WEEK: This book is great fun and has a Blackadderish sense of humour … full of the sort of jokes that will make schoolboys snigger. — Nicolette Jones, The Sunday Times How to Train Your Dragon is a delightful narrative caper… It offers a challenging read to 11-year-olds, and rewards reading aloud, especially for those who relish an element of theatre at story time. — Sunday Herald, Glasgow … raucous and slapstick … liberally illustrated with [Cressida Cowell’s] riotous drawings, notes and maps. — The Financial Times [Cressida Cowell] puts a contemporary spin on the old brains over brawn moral and brings the story to a climax with a thrilling dragon duel. Lots for lots of different readers to enjoy. — Books for Keeps Bulging with good jokes, funny drawings and dramatic scenes, it is absolutely wonderful. — Independent on Sunday ‘funny, outrageous and will lure in the most reluctant reader.’ — The Spectator ‘If you haven’t discovered Hiccup yet, you’re missing out on one of the greatest inventions of modern children’s literature.’ — Julia Eccleshare, Guardian children’s editor
### About the Author
Cressida Cowell grew up mostly in Central London. She has a BA in English Literature from Oxford University, a BA in Graphic Design from St Martin’s and an MA in Narrative Illustration from Brighton. Cressida has written and illustrated eight books in the popular Hiccup series. How to Train Your Dragon has reached over 100,000 sales and is now published in over 33 languages. A Dreamworks feature film is due to be released in 2010. Cressida lives in Hammersmith with her husband, three children and two cats.

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How to Train Your Dragon

**Read the HILARIOUS books that inspired the HOW TO TRAIN YOUR DRAGON films!**
*Hiccup Horrendous Haddock the Third is a smallish Viking with a longish name. Hiccup’s father is chief of the Hairy Hooligan tribe which means Hiccup is the Hope and the Heir to the Hairy Hooligan throne – but most of the time Hiccup feels like a very ordinary boy, finding it hard to be a Hero.*
In the first *How to Train Your Dragon* book Hiccup must lead ten novices in their initiation into the Hairy Hooligan Tribe. They have to train their dragons or be BANISHED from the tribe FOR EVER!
But what if Hiccup’s dragon resembles an ickle brown bunny with wings? And has NO TEETH? The Seadragonus Giganticus Maximus is stirring and wants to devour every Viking on the Isle of Berk . . .
Can Hiccup save the tribe – and become a Hero?
***How to Train Your Dragon* is now a major DreamWorks franchise starring Gerard Butler, Cate Blanchett and Jonah Hill and the TV series, *Riders of Berk,* can be seen on *CBeebies* and *Cartoon Network.***

**Read the HILARIOUS books that inspired the HOW TO TRAIN YOUR DRAGON films!**
*Hiccup Horrendous Haddock the Third is a smallish Viking with a longish name. Hiccup’s father is chief of the Hairy Hooligan tribe which means Hiccup is the Hope and the Heir to the Hairy Hooligan throne – but most of the time Hiccup feels like a very ordinary boy, finding it hard to be a Hero.*
In the first *How to Train Your Dragon* book Hiccup must lead ten novices in their initiation into the Hairy Hooligan Tribe. They have to train their dragons or be BANISHED from the tribe FOR EVER!
But what if Hiccup’s dragon resembles an ickle brown bunny with wings? And has NO TEETH? The Seadragonus Giganticus Maximus is stirring and wants to devour every Viking on the Isle of Berk . . .
Can Hiccup save the tribe – and become a Hero?
***How to Train Your Dragon* is now a major DreamWorks franchise starring Gerard Butler, Cate Blanchett and Jonah Hill and the TV series, *Riders of Berk,* can be seen on *CBeebies* and *Cartoon Network.***

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How to Speak Dragonese

The rollicking sequel to “How to Train Your Dragon” and “How to Be a Pirate” offers a fast-paced plot, slapstick humor, witty dialogue, and imaginative black-and-white illustrations to enhance an exciting tale featuring Hiccup Horrendous Haddock III. Now available in paperback!
### From School Library Journal
Grade 3-5–The misfit hero of *How to Be a Pirate* (Little, Brown, 2005) returns in another Viking tall tale. Chief’s son Hiccup Horrendous Haddock III, his friend Fishlegs, and his cranky dragon, Toothless, get separated from their class during Boarding-An-Enemy-Ship practice. The peaceful fishing boat they are supposed to attack turns out to be a prowling Roman galley, crewed by some of the Empire’s least-distinguished legions. The invaders are plotting to provoke war among the Viking factions by kidnapping the heirs of Hiccup’s own Happy Hooligans and the Amazonian Bog-Burglar tribe. Then, while the locals are occupied, the Romans plan to make off with the entire dragon population of the islands. With the help of Bog-Burglar girl warrior Camicazi and the bumblebee-sized dragon Ziggerastica, the boys must find a way to counter the treacherous plan before they all end up facing combat to the death in the local arena. There is a lot of raucous humor and mock-heroic dialogue; ridiculous names add to the fun. The theme of brains over brawn is well defined. Warriors, Roman and Viking alike, are loud-mouthed, bullying braggarts, easy targets for clever, scrawny Hiccup. The sketchy, childlike black-and-white cartoon drawings are amusing but occasionally indistinct. Jon Scieszka’s Time Warp Trio books (Viking), for slightly younger readers, have a sharper, more literate sense of twisted history, but the broad humor of Hiccup’s misadventures will appeal to reluctant readers. *–Elaine E. Knight, Lincoln Elementary Schools, IL*
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### Review
‘If you haven’t discovered Hiccup yet, you’re missing out on one of the greatest inventions of modern children’s literature.’ — Julia Eccleshare, Guardian children’s editor ‘Irresistably funny, exciting and endearing’ — Amanda Craig, The Times 20051112 CHILDREN’S BOOK OF THE WEEK: ‘This book is great fun and has a Blackadderish sense of humour … full of the sort of jokes that will make schoolboys snigger.’ — Nicolette Jones, The Sunday Times 20030309 A super story, inventive, ingenious, perpetually surprising. One to cherish. — Armadillo, Spring 2003 20030309 A wonderfully wittily written and illustrated story. — Waterstones Quarterly Magazine 20030401 How to Train Your Dragon is a delightful narrative caper… It offers a challenging read to 11-year-olds, and rewards reading aloud, especially for those who relish an element of theatre at story time. — Lindsey Fraser, Sunday Herald, Glasgow 20030406 … raucous and slapstick… liberally illustrated with [Cressida Cowell’s] riotous drawings, notes and maps. — The Financial Times 20030405 [Cressida Cowell] puts a contemporary spin on the old brains over brawn moral and brings the story to a climax with a thrilling dragon duel. Lots for lots of different readers to enjoy. — Books for Keeps 20030501 Cowell brings Hiccup to life in this silly and delightful little novel. — St Paul Pioneer Press 20050108 Bulging with good jokes, funny drawings and dramatic scenes, it is absolutely wonderful. — Independent on Sunday 20030622 ‘hilarious’ — www.writeaway.org 20030622 ‘funny and well writen’ — Cheri Lloyd 20030622 ‘another fiendishly funny catalogue of disaster’ — Pet O’Connell 20030622

The rollicking sequel to “How to Train Your Dragon” and “How to Be a Pirate” offers a fast-paced plot, slapstick humor, witty dialogue, and imaginative black-and-white illustrations to enhance an exciting tale featuring Hiccup Horrendous Haddock III. Now available in paperback!
### From School Library Journal
Grade 3-5–The misfit hero of *How to Be a Pirate* (Little, Brown, 2005) returns in another Viking tall tale. Chief’s son Hiccup Horrendous Haddock III, his friend Fishlegs, and his cranky dragon, Toothless, get separated from their class during Boarding-An-Enemy-Ship practice. The peaceful fishing boat they are supposed to attack turns out to be a prowling Roman galley, crewed by some of the Empire’s least-distinguished legions. The invaders are plotting to provoke war among the Viking factions by kidnapping the heirs of Hiccup’s own Happy Hooligans and the Amazonian Bog-Burglar tribe. Then, while the locals are occupied, the Romans plan to make off with the entire dragon population of the islands. With the help of Bog-Burglar girl warrior Camicazi and the bumblebee-sized dragon Ziggerastica, the boys must find a way to counter the treacherous plan before they all end up facing combat to the death in the local arena. There is a lot of raucous humor and mock-heroic dialogue; ridiculous names add to the fun. The theme of brains over brawn is well defined. Warriors, Roman and Viking alike, are loud-mouthed, bullying braggarts, easy targets for clever, scrawny Hiccup. The sketchy, childlike black-and-white cartoon drawings are amusing but occasionally indistinct. Jon Scieszka’s Time Warp Trio books (Viking), for slightly younger readers, have a sharper, more literate sense of twisted history, but the broad humor of Hiccup’s misadventures will appeal to reluctant readers. *–Elaine E. Knight, Lincoln Elementary Schools, IL*
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### Review
‘If you haven’t discovered Hiccup yet, you’re missing out on one of the greatest inventions of modern children’s literature.’ — Julia Eccleshare, Guardian children’s editor ‘Irresistably funny, exciting and endearing’ — Amanda Craig, The Times 20051112 CHILDREN’S BOOK OF THE WEEK: ‘This book is great fun and has a Blackadderish sense of humour … full of the sort of jokes that will make schoolboys snigger.’ — Nicolette Jones, The Sunday Times 20030309 A super story, inventive, ingenious, perpetually surprising. One to cherish. — Armadillo, Spring 2003 20030309 A wonderfully wittily written and illustrated story. — Waterstones Quarterly Magazine 20030401 How to Train Your Dragon is a delightful narrative caper… It offers a challenging read to 11-year-olds, and rewards reading aloud, especially for those who relish an element of theatre at story time. — Lindsey Fraser, Sunday Herald, Glasgow 20030406 … raucous and slapstick… liberally illustrated with [Cressida Cowell’s] riotous drawings, notes and maps. — The Financial Times 20030405 [Cressida Cowell] puts a contemporary spin on the old brains over brawn moral and brings the story to a climax with a thrilling dragon duel. Lots for lots of different readers to enjoy. — Books for Keeps 20030501 Cowell brings Hiccup to life in this silly and delightful little novel. — St Paul Pioneer Press 20050108 Bulging with good jokes, funny drawings and dramatic scenes, it is absolutely wonderful. — Independent on Sunday 20030622 ‘hilarious’ — www.writeaway.org 20030622 ‘funny and well writen’ — Cheri Lloyd 20030622 ‘another fiendishly funny catalogue of disaster’ — Pet O’Connell 20030622

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How to Find a Higgs Boson—and Other Big Mysteries in the World of the Very Small

**The history of particle physics, the hunt for the most elusive particle, and the fundamental questions the search has inspired**
How did physicists combine talent and technology to discover the Higgs boson, the last piece in our inventory of the subatomic world? How did the Higgs change our understanding of the universe? And now, nearly a decade after its detection, what comes next? Answering these questions, Ivo van Vulpen—a CERN particle physicist and member of the team behind the detection—invites us on a journey to the frontiers of our knowledge.

Enjoy van Vulpen’s accessible explanation of the history of particle physics and of concepts like quantum mechanics and relativity—and ponder his inquiries regarding the search for new particles (to explain dark matter), a new force (to combine the existing fundamental forces), and new phenomena (undiscovered dimensions of space). This is a lively account of work at the world’s highest-energy particle accelerator, with inspiring personal reflections on humanity’s discoveries deeper and deeper into the world of the very small.

**The history of particle physics, the hunt for the most elusive particle, and the fundamental questions the search has inspired**
How did physicists combine talent and technology to discover the Higgs boson, the last piece in our inventory of the subatomic world? How did the Higgs change our understanding of the universe? And now, nearly a decade after its detection, what comes next? Answering these questions, Ivo van Vulpen—a CERN particle physicist and member of the team behind the detection—invites us on a journey to the frontiers of our knowledge.

Enjoy van Vulpen’s accessible explanation of the history of particle physics and of concepts like quantum mechanics and relativity—and ponder his inquiries regarding the search for new particles (to explain dark matter), a new force (to combine the existing fundamental forces), and new phenomena (undiscovered dimensions of space). This is a lively account of work at the world’s highest-energy particle accelerator, with inspiring personal reflections on humanity’s discoveries deeper and deeper into the world of the very small.

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How to Cheat a Dragon’s Curse

Read the HILARIOUS books that inspired the HOW TO TRAIN YOUR DRAGON films! Hiccup Horrendous Haddock the Third is a smallish Viking with a longish name. Hiccup’s father is chief of the Hairy Hooligan tribe which means Hiccup is the Hope and the Heir to the Hairy Hooligan throne – but most of the time Hiccup feels like a very ordinary boy, finding it hard to be a Hero. Hiccup’s best friend Fishlegs thinks he has a nasty cold, but Old Wrinkly has diagnosed . . . VORPENTITIS, caused by the sting of a Venomous Vorpent, which is pretty much ALWAYS FATAL! The only antidote is the Vegetable-that-No-one-Dares-Name – the POTATO. But the only way for Hiccup to find the cure is to face Norbert the Nutjob and the terrifying Sea Dragon, the DOOMFANG. Can Hiccup survive the quest to save his best friend – and discover how to cheat a dragon’s curse? How to Train Your Dragon is now a major DreamWorks franchise starring Gerard Butler, Cate Blanchett and Jonah Hill and the TV series, Riders of Berk, can be seen on CBeebies and Cartoon Network.

Read the HILARIOUS books that inspired the HOW TO TRAIN YOUR DRAGON films! Hiccup Horrendous Haddock the Third is a smallish Viking with a longish name. Hiccup’s father is chief of the Hairy Hooligan tribe which means Hiccup is the Hope and the Heir to the Hairy Hooligan throne – but most of the time Hiccup feels like a very ordinary boy, finding it hard to be a Hero. Hiccup’s best friend Fishlegs thinks he has a nasty cold, but Old Wrinkly has diagnosed . . . VORPENTITIS, caused by the sting of a Venomous Vorpent, which is pretty much ALWAYS FATAL! The only antidote is the Vegetable-that-No-one-Dares-Name – the POTATO. But the only way for Hiccup to find the cure is to face Norbert the Nutjob and the terrifying Sea Dragon, the DOOMFANG. Can Hiccup survive the quest to save his best friend – and discover how to cheat a dragon’s curse? How to Train Your Dragon is now a major DreamWorks franchise starring Gerard Butler, Cate Blanchett and Jonah Hill and the TV series, Riders of Berk, can be seen on CBeebies and Cartoon Network.

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