Did you know that Karl Marx was one of the Marx Brothers? That a man with two wives is called a pigamist? Or that certain road signs in Japan might ask you to drive sideways? These and other side-splitting examples of the many, many ways in which the English language is mangled, tortured, twisted and otherwise abused have been collected by veteran high-school English teacher Lederer for your reading pleasure and discombobulation. :)
Two novels by the great C. J. Cherryh in one volume: Brothers of Earth + Hunter of Worlds. Both are about human-alien contact - contact of minds, personalities, cultures. Both are thought-provoking, well written and wonderful.
Edited by Angela Kessler, this is a selection of the best stories and poems from Dreams of Decadence, the magazine of decadent vampire fiction. Sexy, dark, sultry, edgy - everything you could wish for! Includes work by Tanith Lee, Warren Lapine, Lawrence Schimel, and others.
A fast-paced novel about a young female werewolf, who'd rather live like a normal, un-supernatural person, and the happily werewolf-ish man who loves her. Sexual tension (and not just tension), lethal danger and complex family relations galore. The first in the Women of the Otherworld series.
Part nail-biting suspense, part stark yet lyrical meditation on otherness, this tale set in the modern English countryside is by turns grim and tender. A female blacksmith - a modern giantess with a lifetime's experience of being shunned by her peers - has to contend with her new neighbors: a group of people who might be hostile hippies, or might be members of a terrifying religious sect...
Compared to IN COLD BLOOD and SERPENTINE, this is the story of racial and class conflict in 1930s Hawaii, when four native youths are accused of raping and beating the wife of a US Navy officer. A gripping thriller.
Tanya Huff rocks! A female PI, her former police partner/boyfriend, and a suave vampire go up against the forces of evil in the streets of modern Toronto. Snappy dialogue, a fast-paced plot, and likeable characters... especially Henry Fitzroy, the bastard son of Henry VIII turned romance novelist by way of sexy bloodsucker.
A very interesting story about a nun who entered a strict contemplative order as a teenager and finds her faith lacking thirteen years later. When her brother dies, leaving behind a near-bankrupt family business and a pregnant wife, Sister Gabriel is forced to leave the convent temporarily and do battle with investment bankers, shifty managers, her depressed sister-in-law, her own spiritual crisis and belated sexual awakening. The basis for a wonderful miniseries starring Kristin Scott-Thomas.
An edited volume of the world's most famous fibs, evasions, white and black lies from antiquity to the present day. Includes excerpts from writings where said lies were mentioned, and editorial notes explaining the lies' impact on the development of world history. A fascinating read for both the history buff and the conspiracy theorist.
Some juicy lies featured:
Samson lies to Delilah about the source of his strength
Herodotus, the 'father of lies'
Peter denies he knows Jesus
Nero evades responsibility for the burning of Rome
Thomas Aquinas on whether every lie is a mortal sin
Lucrezia Borgia becomes a virgin again
Machiavelli on a prince's given word
Samuel Pepys lies to his wife
Jonathan Swift on lying in politics
Mark Twain on George Washington and the cherry tree
Emile Zola's J'accuse
Freud on truth suppression in psychoanalysis
Hitler's MANY lies
Stalin and the Ukrainian famine
President Johnson and the half-truth
Shere Hite on faking orgasms
and many, many, many more
Vintage Zelazny blend of demons and humor, a wonderful send-up of fairytales. A demon tries to win a bet by creating (Frankenstein-style) a prince and having him rescue a princess... but his creations have a will and ideas of their own.
The Chosen are a race of masters... Taller, more long-lived, more beautiful than ordinary people -- slaves and savages -- they must be masked at all times in the presence of their inferiors... they must never set foot on unhallowed ground... they must not be polluted by anything... they never forget a slight... their games and intrigues are invariably cruel and deadly.
Young Carnelian's father chose exile over a life of dishonor in the company of the other Chosen. But when the God Emperor of his people, a mortal man selected to be the embodiment of the divine Twins the Chosen worship, falls ill, Carnelian's father is called upon to oversee his successor's election. Carnelian embarks on a harrowing journey to the heart of the Three Lands, the forbidden temple/palace/city of Osrakum, which makes the Chinese Fobidden City look puny. Along the way he will learn about suffering, betrayal, loyalty, passion, and worst of all - choice.
Slow-moving but absorbing, this is a fantasy of mores and manners as much as it is a coming-of-age story set in an astonishingly opulent and cruel world.
Classic Clarke: the Earth is a wasteland, the last remnants of humanity gathered in a domed city. The hero is the first human child to be born for a million years -- born with a tireless curiosity about the world outside the city and all the worlds he sees in the sky...
Written in memoir-form, this page-turner tells the story of a middle-aged, married British politician who falls into an obsessive sexual liaison with his son's mysterious girlfriend. In a sparse, occasionally heavy-handed style, the narrator recounts his life as a successful facade concealing a decided lack of feeling, until the fateful meeting which both reveals his nature to him and threatens his entire life -- a sham, but a comfortable sham. Much of the action is told in dialogue form and conveys the emotional undercurrents of even the most casual exchange to great effect. The book served as the basis for the Louis Malle film of the same title, starring Jeremy Irons, Juliette Binoche and Miranda Richardson. I recommend reading the book, then seeing the movie, which fleshes out some elements of the story -- especially the character of the (anti)hero's wife, who doesn't really come into her own till the end of the book, but shines in the movie.