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Spellbinding action and breathless adventure — these are the realms of David Gemmell. His mythic characters represent the ultimates in good and evil, and everything in between. Brilliant warriors, they are heartbreakingly human in their ability to love, sacrifice, and summon extraordinary courage when all seems lost. With Stormrider, Gemmell continues his spectacular Rigante saga as the imperiled highland clan faces its deadliest threat . . . and calls for it’s greatest hero.Centuries ago, Connavar’s triumphant battles against the invading army of Stone gained the Rigante their freedom, yet magic that once flourished has been all but snuffed out. The Varlish king and his barons have stolen Rigante lands and robbed the people of their culture and liberty. From the Rigante’s former seat of power the black-hearted Moidart rules; only in the north are the clansmen free. There, in the Druagh mountains, the magic still reigns, strengthened by bold, brilliant victories of the outlaw leader known as Ravenheart.One glorious spark, one moment of Rigante rebellion, has ignited a revolution and forged a legend. The conquered clans set about to rediscover their greatness — yet theirs is not the only call to arms. In the south, civil war has drenched the land in blood, and the armies of destruction have begun creeping north. There the brooding Ravenheart waits, knowing the forces of the hated Moidart will come, led by the brutal ruler’s only son, Stormrider. Ravenheart and Stormrider: enemies of uncommon courage, are unaware that the fate of the world lies in their hands. Faced with this inexorable advance, deadly foes will be forced to unite, and a secret lost in the uncharted past will return to haunt these two warriors as they face the vengeance of an ancient evil. Immense armies of darkness advance on the highlanders, and it seems as if nothing will stop them. They crush their enemies with ease, until only a few thousand men stand before them, with no help in sight.But these are not ordinary men they face. They are clansmen, and more than that, they are Rigante.

Stone Maiden

An extraordinary first novel, a new fantasy in the exotic storytelling tradition of Tales from the Thousand and One Nights.
Muir is a slave, the lowest of the low. Yet hers is a magic great enough to shake the earth, great enough to topple kings from their thrones, perhaps even great enough to free the gods from their ancient prisons-if only she can free herself first.
Rodhlann is among the last of the Daiesthai, a race of inhuman sorcerers who bled the gods of their magic in order to enjoy limitless power and eternal life. But now, after untold centuries, the Daiesthai have lost the will to live.
Only Rodhlann resists oblivion’s siren song. Only he dares to dream of a future for his kind. And for that crime, they will kill him if they can.An extraordinary first novel, a new fantasy in the exotic storytelling tradition of Tales from the Thousand and One Nights.
Muir is a slave, the lowest of the low. Yet hers is a magic great enough to shake the earth, great enough to topple kings from their thrones, perhaps even great enough to free the gods from their ancient prisons-if only she can free herself first.
Rodhlann is among the last of the Daiesthai, a race of inhuman sorcerers who bled the gods of their magic in order to enjoy limitless power and eternal life. But now, after untold centuries, the Daiesthai have lost the will to live.
Only Rodhlann resists oblivion’s siren song. Only he dares to dream of a future for his kind. And for that crime, they will kill him if they can.

Oscar Wilde

Authors in Context examines the work of major writers in relation to their own time and to the present day. Combining history with lively literary discussion, each volume provides comprehensive insight into texts in their context.Wit, dandy, literary anarchist, self-publicist, and homosexual martyr: Wilde achieved fame and notoriety at a time when mass culture and communication promoted the ‘new’ in every area of British life – ‘New Women’, ‘New Hedonism’, ‘New Journalism’, ‘New Imperialism’. His plays, tales, and criticalwritings questioned traditional attitudes to religion, sexuality, women and the home, crime and punishment, and the freedom of the individual. This book examines the rich interplay between Wilde’s society and his writings and shows the remarkable recontextualizing of Wilde and his work on stage, infilm and the media in the century that has followed his death.


**There is one woman who is all that stands between us and the eternal night.**
**Here is an account of her legend….**
All Damali Richards ever wanted to do was create music and bring it to the people. Now she is a Spoken Word artist and the top act for Warriors of Light Records. But come nightfall, she hunts vampires and demons—predators that people tend to dismiss as myth or fantasy. But Damali and her Guardian team cannot afford such delusions, especially now, when a group of rogue vampires have been killing the artists of Warriors of Light and their rival, Blood Music. Strange attacks have also erupted within the club drug-trafficking network and drawn the attention of the police. These killings are a bit out of the ordinary, even for vampires. No neat puncture marks in the neck to show where the life’s blood has been sucked from the body. These bodies have been mutilated beyond recognition, indicating a blood lust and thirst for destruction that surpasses any Damali has encountered before. Damali soon discovers that behind these brutal murders is the most powerful vampire she has ever met, and this seductive beast is coming for her next. But his unholy intentions have also drawn the focus of other hellish dark forces. Soon Damali finds herself being pulled deeper into the vast and horrifying vampire world.

March to the Stars

Another Sunny Day on Marduk

Roger Ramius Sergei Alexander Chiang MacClintock has had a really bad year.

Bad enough to be the spoiled rotten fop of a prince no one wanted or trusted.

Worse to be sent off on a meaningless diplomatic mission, simply to get you out from underfoot, with a bodyguard of Marines who loathe and despise you.

Worse yet to be assumed dead and marooned for almost a year on a hell-hole planet while you and those same Marines fight your way through carnivorous beasts, murderous natives, and perpetual rain to the only starport. . . which is controlled by the Empire’s worst enemies.

Worst of all to have discovered that you were born to be a warrior prince. One whose bodyguards have learned the same lesson. And one haunted by the deaths of almost a hundred of your Marines… for what you know now was an unnecessary exercise in political expediency.

A warrior prince who wants to have a few choice words with your Lady Mother, the Empress of Man.

But to have them, you, your surviving Marines, and your Mardukan allies must cross a demon-haunted ocean, face a civilization that is “civilized” in name alone and “barbarians” who may not be exactly what they seem, and once again battle against impossible odds. All so that you can attempt to somehow seize a heavily defended spaceport and hijack a starship to take you home.

Yet what neither Roger, nor the Marines, nor his allies know is that the battle to leave Marduk is only the beginning. And that words with Roger’s mother will be hard to come by.

But that’s all right. Because what the Galaxy doesn’t know is that it’s about to receive a fresh proof of an old truism:

You don’t mess with a MacClintock.

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Leaping to the Stars

### Amazon.com Review
This satisfying conclusion to David Gerrold’s
This is a young adult novel that older adults will also find appealing. Charles is an engaging and sympathetic adolescent science fiction hero–smart, prickly, wrestling with hard lessons in adult responsibility. Readers new to the series should be patient: backstory is revealed gradually, so as not to interrupt the smooth mix of action and the scientific, philosophical, and religious questions that propel this thoughtful coming-of-age story. *–Roz Genessee*
### From Publishers Weekly
Fans of Heinlein’s trademark blend of space-bound high adventure and serious political philosophy will feel right at home in the third and final book of Gerrold’s series (Jumping Off the Planet; Bouncing Off the Moon) detailing the adventures of 13-year-old Charles “Chigger” Dingillian and his family as they seek a place to call home. On the moon, Charles’s HARLIE unit, an advanced artificial intelligence device packed into the body of a monkey, is coveted by Lunar Authority as well as by the revolutionaries who seek to overthrow it. The only option left for escaping these forces is to sign on as colonists bound for Outbeyond, Earth’s most distant colony, where the only surety is a life of backbreaking labor but also the chance to finally be free. Once the colony ship Cascade has set off, however, nothing goes smoothly. The colonists, particularly Charles’s divorced parents and two brothers, face pressure from Revelationists, a fundamentalist group traveling aboard the Cascade to their own colony on the way to Outbeyond. The Revelationists believe HARLIE is evil and must be destroyed, along with those who possess it and the Dingillians are at the top of the list. If that isn’t enough, Charles has his own growing uncertainty about HARLIE’s motives. Those new to the series will find the opening tough to follow, but through his engaging adolescent narrator, Gerrold gradually provides enough backstory to clarify without slowing down the action. The appeal to YA readers is obvious, but plenty of adults are also sure to enjoy this thoughtful adventure. (Mar. 15)”The Trouble with Tribbles.”
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Empire From the Ashes

Just a routine day in lunar orbit. That’s all Lieutenant Commander Colin Maclntyre, USN, expected. Only a simple training mission to test a new survey instrument intended for the first manned American-Russian interstellar flight.
What he got was just a bit different.
First, there was the fact that Earth didn’t actually have a Moon.
Then there was the three thousand-kilometer diameter alien starship pretending it was the Moon. And the millennia-old cybernetic intelligence that shanghaied him to serve as its crew.
Colin might have been forgiven for thinking that those were enough surprises for any one man, but there were a few other small problems.
Like the deadly mutiny which had been raging longer than the human race had existed on Earth … and still wasn’t over.
Or like the millions of other starships, crewed by genocidal aliens dedicated to the extermination of all possible competing life forms, which just happened to be headed straight towards Earth.
Or like the interstellar empire whose aid offered humanity’s only hope for survival… except for the minor fact that its last emperor and all of his subjects had died forty-five thousand years ago.
Add in the occasional homicidal terrorist, religious fanatics convinced that the only good Maclntyre was a dead Maclntyre, a bic-weapon capable of killing every living thing on any planet, a super-bomb which could take out whole worlds, a starship drive which could destroy complete solar systems, and the need to organize the entire planet Earth— and all of its warring, mutually murderous factions—for a probably hopeless last-ditch defense, and Colin was convinced that things were just about as bad as they could possibly get.
Until he found out whose job it had just become to fix all those problems, of course….
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Diuturnity’s Dawn

### From Publishers Weekly
If the idea of big bugs (the thranx) and human-sized snakes (the AAnn) makes you squirm, you’ll have fun with bestseller Foster’s latest installment (after 2000’s Dirge) in his saga of interspecies conflict set in the far reaches of the galaxy. The fanatic Elkanah Skettle, a human, together with his evil thranx associate, Beskodnebwyl, plan to terrorize a huge fair on the planet Dawn, as tensions on another planet build perilously close to war. After some pointless perambulations, two amiable preachers of different species manage to intervene, handily and unconvincingly putting a halt to the nefarious schemes of Skettle and his insectoid partner. Eminently readable the narrative may be, but it rambles on, more concerned with describing body parts (both alien and human) and the various species’ responses to each other than with dramatizing the tale through incident and adventure. The action really picks up only when some scientists who have been examining enigmatic sculptures above ground uncover beneath the surface a colossal chamber containing millions of unknown individuals within pods. The bright and winsome heroine, Fanielle Anjou, is a plus, though those fond of the traditional BEMs who lust after human females will lament the failure of the thranx and AAnn to express any sexual interest whatsoever in Fanielle. Younger readers should be particularly enthralled. (Mar. 1)Star Wars, the first three Alien films and Alien Nation.
Copyright 2002 Cahners Business Information, Inc.
### From
The conclusion to the Founding of the Commonwealth trilogy cements the affinity of humans and the insectlike Thranx. At first, the Thranx’s delicious natural perfume captivated humans; thereafter, people discovered the aliens’ dry sense of humor and love of poetry and art. Mutual appreciation for the finer things by the Thranx and at least some humans is the driving force behind the intercultural fair held on the planet Dawn. Meanwhile, on the frontier world Comagrave, an uneasy archaeological alliance of Thranx, humans, and Aan explores the well-kept secrets of the lost civilization of the Saun. After a series of accidents that occur where the Aan are convenient for helping an injured or stranded human, the chief Thranx scientist starts suspecting an anti-Thranx conspiracy. Back on Dawn, such a conspiracy seems to be up and running, for terrorists there plan vicious destruction to crush the infant commonwealth. Unexpected players in this engrossing drama are the brothers, human and Thranx, of the anything but dogmatic United Church, which ministers to both species with laughter and sensitivity. *Roberta Johnson*
*Copyright © American Library Association. All rights reserved*

Crown of Slaves

The Star Kingdom’s ally Erewhon is growing increasingly restive in the alliance because the new High Ridge regime ignores its needs. Added to the longstanding problem of a slave labor planet controlled by hostile Mesans in Erewhon’s stellar backyard, which High Ridge refuses to deal with, the recent assassination of the Solarian League’s most prominent voice of public conscience indicates the growing danger of political instability in the Solarian League—which is also close to Erewhon.
In desperation, Queen Elizabeth tries to defuse the situation by sending a private mission to Erewhon led by Captain Zilwicki, accompanied by one of her nieces. When they arrive on Erewhon, however, Manticore’s envoys find themselves in a mess. Not only do they encounter one of the Republic of Haven’s most capable agents—Victor Cachat—but they also discover that the Solarian League’s military delegation seems up to its neck in skullduggery.
And, just to put the icing on the cake, the radical freed slave organization, the Audubon Ballroom, is also on the scene—led by its notorious and ruthless assassin, Jeremy X.
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Le due guerre: guerra fascista e guerra partigiana

«Sono un testimone del secondo conflitto mondiale. O meglio, sono un testimone delle “due guerre” del secondo conflitto mondiale: della guerra fascista e della guerra partigiana».
Cosí, nell’Introduzione, Nuto Revelli anticipa il contenuto del suo libro. Due guerre: quella in cui il popolo italiano è stato trascinato dalla follia nazifascista sul Fronte occidentale, su quello greco-albanese e infine sul Fronte russo; e quella guerra partigiana, che ha significato il riscatto di un’intera nazione dopo due decenni di dittatura.
Un libro tra storia e memoria: storia ricostruita «dal basso», dalla parte degli umili, come ci ha abituato l’autore della Guerra dei poveri e del Mondo dei vinti; e memoria personale, tanto piú coinvolgente in quanto vita vissuta – e sofferta – dal suo narratore. Un libro di storia – rivolto ai giovani, che hanno il diritto di sapere, e ai meno giovani, che hanno il dovere di ricordare -, che ripercorre le vicende italiane dal 1922 al dopo-Liberazione.
«Perché ho voluto rivivere il mio fascismo, la mia guerra fascista, la mia guerra partigiana? Perché credo nei giovani. Perché voglio che i giovani sappiano».

La nebbia del passato

L’Avana, estate del 2003. Sono trascorsi quattordici anni da quando il tenente Mario Conde, deluso dalla professione e dalla vita, si era dimesso dalla polizia. In questo periodo Cuba ha assistito a molti cambiamenti, e Mario Conde, con più anni e più cicatrici sulla pelle e nel cuore, si guadagna da vivere dedicandosi alla compravendita di libri usati. Il ritrovamento fortuito di una preziosa biblioteca lo mette nelle condizioni di concludere un affare per lui grandioso, in grado di sistemare, almeno per qualche tempo, le sue finanze sempre sull’orlo del tracollo. Ma, in un volume di questa biblioteca, appare la pagina di una rivista dove una cantante di bolero degli anni Cinquanta, Violeta del Rio, all’apice della carriera annuncia il suo ritiro dalla scene. Attratto dalla bellezza della donna e incuriosito da questa decisione misteriosa, Conde inizia a indagare per proprio conto, senza prevedere che risveglierà un passato turbolento che, come la favolosa biblioteca, è rimasto nell’ombra per più di quarant’anni. **

Il sangue dei vinti. Quello che accadde in Italia dopo il 25 aprile

La cornice in cui si inserisce la ricostruzione dei tanti eventi ripercorsi nel volume vede Giampaolo Pansa confrontarsi con Livia, una brillante funzionaria della Biblioteca Nazionale di Firenze, che a suo tempo aveva svolto ricerche sui fatti sanguinosi dell’immediato dopoguerra. Assieme a lei,l’autore si avventura su un terreno minato, socchiudendo porte che ancora oggi molti vorrebbero tenere sbarrate: l’accusa di revisionismo è sempre in agguato per chi, pur condividendo le stesse posizioni dei vincitori, vuole scrivere tutta intera la storia. Pansa non se ne cura e indaga nelle pieghe di episodi e circostanze che videro migliaia di italiani vittime delle persecuzioni e delle vendette di partigiani e antifascisti. Questa edizione è corredata da una nuova introduzione dell’autore.

Le streghe del tempo

Sir Chadwick e Hilda Bluebell stanno per sposarsi. Abby, Spike, il Capitano Starlight e il Grande Mandini sono di nuovo insieme, per festeggiare gli amici. Ma il giorno delle nozze il perfido Lupius, signore delle Streghe della Notte, rapisce Hieda e a bordo di una carrozza fantasma la trasporta nel passato, cent’anni prima, a Torgate, cittadina che fu devastata da una terribile tempesta. Lupius vuole approfittare proprio di quella tempesta per vendicarsi della sua nemica Abby, annientandola in anticipo, perché proprio a Torgate s’incontrano e si amarono gli antenati della ragazzina. Gli amici di Abby s’imbarcarono, a loro volta, in un viaggio a ritroso nel tempo, per liberare Hilda e sventare il piano di Lupius. Età di lettura: da 10 anni. **

L’Italia finisce. Ecco quel che resta

Questo libro fu pubblicato per la prima volta a New York nel 1948; era scritto in inglese perché Prezzolini voleva spiegare agli americani, dopo la catastrofe della seconda guerra mondiale, come e perché l’Italia era quello che era. Mussolini per un ventennio aveva costruito il mito di una discendenza diretta del popolo italiano (“santi, poeti, navigatori”) dagli antichi romani; la prima guerra mondiale, secondo la vulgata, era stata vinta dall’Italia per tutti gli Alleati; il nostro primato “morale e civile” non veniva posto in discussione; il Risorgimento era stato attuato da tutto un popolo desideroso di riscatto. Puntualmente e ironicamente, col suo spirito icastico, Prezzolini smonta questi luoghi comuni. **


Con un audace balzo evolutivo, la maggior parte dell’umanità ha deciso di continuare a vivere sotto forma di intelligenze artificiali. Yatima è una delle personalità cibernetiche che affollano la polis, città delle macchine senzienti, e partecipa alle decisioni della comunità. Quando un contagio inesorabile distrugge la piccola percentuale di esseri umani che aveva deciso di continuare nell’esistenza biologica, viene stabilito di lasciare il pianeta: ed ecco la Diaspora nello spazio, un esodo di proporzioni titaniche verso il confine della galassia. ‘Mondi sconosciuti, catastrofi cosmiche e universi multipli per una saga dell’umanità che si estende per miliardi di anni nel futuro’: così è stato definito questo romanzo senza confini.