'A true orginal among contemporary writers' - The Times. 'His jokes are the best thing since Wodehouse. His comic footnotes are still glorious' - The Time. 'Pratchett's writing is a constant delight. No-one mixes the fantastical and mundane to better comic effect or offers sharper insights into the absurdities of modern endeavour' - Daily Mail"
Be careful what you wish for...
Once upon a time there was a fairy godmother named Desiderata who had a good heart, a wise head, and poor planning skills—which unforunately left the Princess Emberella in the care of her other (not quite so good and wise) godmother when DEATH came for Desiderata. So now it's up to Magrat Garlick, Granny Weatherwax, and Nanny Ogg to hop on broomsticks and make for far-distant Genua to ensure the servant girl doesn't marry the Prince.
But the road to Genua is bumpy, and along the way the trio of witches encounters the occasional vampire, werewolf, and falling house (well this is a fairy tale, after all). The trouble really begins once these reluctant foster-godmothers arrive in Genua and must outwit their power-hungry counterpart who'll stop at nothing to achieve a proper "happy ending"—even if it means destroying a kingdom.
This sequel to Tom Sharpe's classic comic novel Porterhouse Blue takes the reader back to the hilarious goings- on at Porterhouse College. Though as cunning as ever, the formidable Skullion- previously head porter, now elevated to Master- is showing signs of physical frailty after his stroke. So the tricky business of appointing a new Master must start all over again. Meanwhile the College's monstrous debts refuse to go away, and a sinister American media mogul seems determined to make a television documentary on the premises, destroying part of the chapel in the process. Moreover, the widow of the previous Master is convinced that her husband was murdered, so she plants an agent in the Senior Common Room to dig up an unpleasant truth that everyone else would prefer kept under the carpet. Faced with such continuing crises, the instinct of the true Porterhouse man is to reach for the bottle- or to fall back on the subtle and traditional Cambridge skills of blackmail and kidnap. But will those be enough?
EDITORIAL REVIEW: "*Shardik* is a powerful work, dipping deep into old forms-allegory, epic, myth-resonating in the caverns of the readers' unconscious . . . It is an exciting story, the adventures compelling." (*Los Angeles Times*) "Grips with suspense, haunts with mystery . . . a memorable work, not to be read once only but to be reread as loved books are . . . a human saga." (*The Wall Street Journal*) Richard Adams's *Watership Down* was a number one bestseller, a stunning work of the imagination, and an acknowledged modern classic. In *Shardik* Adams sets a different yet equally compelling tale in a far-off fantasy world. *Shardik* is a fantasy of tragic character, centered on the long-awaited reincarnation of the gigantic bear Shardik and his appearance among the half-barbaric Ortelgan people. Mighty, ferocious, and unpredictable, Shardik changes the life of every person in the story. His advent commences a momentous chain of events. Kelderek the hunter, who loves and trusts the great bear, is swept on by destiny to become first devotee and then prophet, then victorious soldier, then ruler of an empire and priest-king of Lord Shardik-Messenger of God-only to discover ever-deeper layers of meaning implicit in his passionate belief in the bear's divinity. A gripping tale of war, adventure, horror and romance, *Shardik*, on a deeper level, is a remarkable exploration of mankind's universal desire for divine incarnation.
“Gas!” Parry Percival said under his breath. Martyn, who thought the Doctor was doing well, glanced indignantly at Parry and was astonished to see that he looked frightened. “ ‘—therefore,’ ” the Doctor was saying arrogantly, “ ‘to beg will not become me—’ ”
“Gas!” said an imperative voice off-stage and someone else ran noisily round the back of the set.
And then Martyn smelled it. Gas…
Kind-hearted Miss Hannah Pym is off to Portsmouth in the company of the beautiful but practical Miss Penelope Wilkins. Miss Pym quickly realises that Penelope needs someone to enliven her sheltered life, someone perhaps like their handsome travelling companion, Lord Augustus Railton. Penelope, however, thinks Lord Augustus is a ne'er-do-well... Hannah's hopes for adventure, on the other hand, are fulfilled when the coach happens upon a footman who faces hanging for a crime he didn't commit.
Het begint als een van die gewone, dagelijkse tripjes die Liz met de glasbodem maakt. De gebruikelijke groep toeristen, haar gebruikelijke uitleg van wat er in de oceaan onder hen te zien is... Alleen doet ze het dit keer in haar eentje omdat Jerry niet is komen opdagen. Waarom niet, begrijpt ze pas wanneer een van haar passagiers plotseling alarm slaat en ze hem op de zeebodem ziet liggen, gewikkeld in een ankerketting. Vanaf dat moment is er niets meer gewoon aan haar leven op Cozumel. Zeker niet nadat Jonas Sharpe is opgedoken, vastbesloten erachter te komen wat er met zijn tweelingbroer is gebeurd! (source: Bol.com)
Though this old-fashioned pulp western, the third volume in the Lost Lansdale series by the award-winning author of The Two-Bear Mambo, was written in the early 1980s, the vicissitudes of the publishing industry caused its publication to be delayed nearly 20 years. Successively acquired by Ace, Berkley and Silver Saddle, the book was left in limbo when all three publishers went out of business. Now in print at last, the tale begins in 1875 as Jim Melgrhue and his partner, Bob Bucklaw, ex-cowpunchers and gold miners, are forced into joining a ragtag gang of train robbers led by Major Beau Carson, a former Confederate officer who rode with the guerrilla cutthroat Quantrill. On their first major job, Melgrhue and Bucklaw see that Carson means to eliminate all the train passenger witnesses. In their attempt to prevent the slaughter, Bucklaw is killed and the badly wounded Melgrhue is left for dead. Nursed back to health by a giant mountain man, Liver-Eating Johnston--known as the legendary Crow Killer--Melgrhue is befriended by an outcast Crow warrior, Dead Thing, and sets out to find Carson and avenge his partner's murder. The trail leads to the notorious mining town of Deadwood Gulch, where Melgrhue hunts down the bad guys, one by one. After the obligatory purifying sun dance with Dead Thing, he wins another ally when he saves Wild Bill Hickok's life. The hunt for Carson finally ends at Little Bighorn, where Crazy Horse helps settle the villain's fate. Embellished with historical references and characters, this quaint shoot-'em-up is a near-perfect model of the time-honored, much-cherished Zane Grey/Louis L'Amour classic western. Illus. not seen by PW. (June)
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Confederate veterans in a Yankee’s world, Melgrhue and Bucklaw haven’t had much post-war success. Family, friends and farms lost in the conflict, they’ve been drifting for the past decade—driving sheep here, punching cattle there. It’s work that pays a man’s bills, mostly, but just mostly. More than panning for gold, it turns out, though that had seemed like a good idea at the time. And so they find themselves washed up in the Dakota Territory, staring a cold December in the face with empty pockets and emptier prospects. Which is how otherwise mostly-upstanding gentlemen come to contemplate signing-on as hired guns in a train robbery. If the robbery came off well, no one was double-crossed, and the boys retired to live a comfortable life south of the border, it wouldn’t be much of a Western. Fortunately, Lansdale, who’s turned his hand at so many genres—and invented a few new ones of his own—knows better, and has written a rip-roarer. Long-unavailable, having fallen between the cracks of the publishing industry, Blood Dance is a genuine Western Adventure to rival any of the classics.
Les incessantes révisions qu'opère l'égyptologie - une discipline somme toute récente - sont parfois longues à sortir du milieu des spécialistes. Ainsi, pour la plupart, avons-nous, de la civilisation du Nil, une vision quelque peu traditionnelle et conventionnelle, le plus souvent tributaire de découvertes et de travaux remontant aux années 50 et 60, alors que des avancées décisives ont eu lieu depuis. De ces acquis anciens et nouveaux un égyptologue propose ici une synthèse à la fois vivante et savante, portant sur l'ensemble de l'histoire de la terre des Pharaons (depuis la préhistoire jusqu'à la conquête d'Alexandre). Etayée sur la chronologie la plus sûre à ce jour et nourrie des informations livrées par un matériel archéologique de plus en plus abondant, elle fait une large part - et c'est là une de ses principales nouveautés - à l'économie, à la linguistique, à l'anthropologie, etc., à côté d'approches plus classiques comme le récit des événements et l'évocation des figures marquantes. Abondamment illustré et enrichi de nombreux textes égyptiens, cet ouvrage ambitionne de donner à l'honnête homme de notre temps, au voyageur, à l'étudiant une connaissance approfondie de la plus ancienne et assurément, la plus prestigieuse des civilisations du Bassin méditerranéen.
By the author of "English Music" and "Hawksmoor", this is a novel about sorcery and the possibilities of human redemption. It is concerned with the prospect of an eternal city. It is about the secrets of love and power, in a world where there can be no distinction between the past and the present.
Devon, ein verregnetes Waldstück an der Landstraße: Eine junge Anhalterin wird tot aufgefunden, erdrosselt – mit ihrem eigenen Halstuch. Knapp ein Jahr später wird im vornehmen Londoner Stadtviertel Mayfair eine weitere Leiche gefunden, die der schönen Ivy Childess. Wieder ist es eine Regennacht, wieder ist ein Halstuch die Mordwaffe. Superintendent Richard Jury, sein Assistent Wiggins und sein hilfreicher Freund Melrose Plant sind ratlos. Alle Spuren führen ins Nichts – bis eines Tages zwei verschreckte kleine Jungen bei Scotland Yard vorsprechen …
Ryan Cawdor’s post holocaust odyssey across America is about to come full circle — Ryan Cawdor is going home.
Forced away from Front Royal years earlier by a power-mad brother who had already committed fratricide, Ryan had roamed a devastated America searching out the small pockets of life where civilization was being reborn.
Emerging from a gateway in the ruins of New York City, Ryan decides to put his own house in order — it’s time to avenge the deaths of his father and older brother.
Accompanied by Krysty Wroth and J.B. Dix, Ryan Cawdor comes face to face with the harsh reality of post holocaust America. In the Deathlands, honor and fair play are words of the past. Vengeance is a word to live by.
With gluttony safely behind them, DIESEL and LIZZY find themselves in search of LUST. But are they really after LUST, or is it TRUE LOVE? To find out they'll have to hunt through Boston's Louisburg Square, the catacombs of the Old North Church, and infiltrate an ancient, secret society, deep within Dartmouth College… all the while battling WULF, his minion, HATCHET, and sweet TEMPTATION.