Smoke and Mirrors

Author: Neil Gaiman
Publisher: Hachette UK
ISBN: 9780755379972
Release Date: 2010-09-30
Genre: Fiction

The storytelling genius of Neil Gaiman, bestselling author of The Ocean at the End of the Lane and Stardust, is one dazzling display in the variety of Smoke and Mirror's original and brilliant short pieces. 'A very fine and imaginative writer' The Sunday Times. If you love Roald Dahl's Tales of the Unexpected or Terry Pratchett, Smoke and Mirrors is highly recommended. An elderly widow finds the Holy Grail beneath an old fur coat. A stray cat fights and refights a terrible nightly battle to protect his unwary adoptive family from unimaginable evil. A young couple receives a wedding gift that reveals a chilling alternative history of their marriage. These tales and much more await in this extraordinary book, revealing one of our most gifted storytellers at the height of his powers.

The Folkloresque

Author: Michael Dylan Foster
Publisher: University Press of Colorado
ISBN: 9781607324188
Release Date: 2015-11-01
Genre: Social Science

This volume introduces a new concept to explore the dynamic relationship between folklore and popular culture: the “folkloresque.” With “folkloresque,” Foster and Tolbert name the product created when popular culture appropriates or reinvents folkloric themes, characters, and images. Such manufactured tropes are traditionally considered outside the purview of academic folklore study, but the folkloresque offers a frame for understanding them that is grounded in the discourse and theory of the discipline. Fantasy fiction, comic books, anime, video games, literature, professional storytelling and comedy, and even popular science writing all commonly incorporate elements from tradition or draw on basic folklore genres to inform their structure. Through three primary modes—integration, portrayal, and parody—the collection offers a set of heuristic tools for analysis of how folklore is increasingly used in these commercial and mass-market contexts. The Folkloresque challenges disciplinary and genre boundaries; suggests productive new approaches for interpreting folklore, popular culture, literature, film, and contemporary media; and encourages a rethinking of traditional works and older interpretive paradigms. Contributors: Trevor J. Blank, Chad Buterbaugh, Bill Ellis, Timothy H. Evans, Michael Dylan Foster, Carlea Holl-Jensen, Greg Kelley, Paul Manning, Daniel Peretti, Gregory Schrempp, Jeffrey A. Tolbert

Liminality in Fantastic Fiction

Author: Sandor Klapcsik
Publisher: McFarland
ISBN: 9780786488438
Release Date: 2012-01-09
Genre: Literary Criticism

"Intriguing"--Matt Hills, Cardiff University, the author of Fan Cultures and The Pleasures of Horror; "Mr. Klapcsik ... is certainly deeply knowledgeable about the whole range of post-structuralist theory, and able to use a number of theoretical vocabularies with authority"--Brian McHale, Ohio State University, the author of Constructing Postmodernism and The Obligation toward the Difficult Whole"--Provided by publisher.

Creatures of the Night

Author: Neil Gaiman
Publisher: Dark Horse Comics
ISBN: 9781621153405
Release Date: 2000-12-19
Genre: Comics & Graphic Novels

From the New York Times best-selling author Neil Gaiman comes this collection, featuring two magical and disturbing stories lushly adapted to comics by veteran painter Michael Zulli (The Last Temptation). Rewritten by Gaiman for this graphic novel, these two ominous stories from the author's award-winning prose work Smoke and Mirrors: Short Fictions and Illusions feature animals and people not being quite what they seem. In "The Price," a black cat like a small panther arrives at a country home and is soon beset by mysterious and vicious wounds. What is he fighting every night that could do this, and why does he persist? "The Daughter of Owls" recounts an eerie old tale of a foundling girl who was left with an owl pellet as a newborn on the steps of the Dymton Church. She was soon cloistered away in a local convent, but by her fourteenth year word of her beauty had spread—and those who would prey upon her faced unforeseen consequences.

Das Herz der Finsternis

Author: Joseph Conrad
Publisher: BookRix
ISBN: 9783730970423
Release Date: 2013-12-20
Genre: Fiction

Das Herz der Finsternis (Heart of Darkness) ist die Erzählung Conrads, die seinen Weltruhm begründete. - In einer Rahmenhandlung erzählt der ehemalige Seemann Marlow seinen Freunden eine Episode aus seinem Leben: Er fuhr mit einem Dampfboot den Kongo hinauf, um den Leiter einer Handelsniederlassung zu finden. Die Erzählung diente als Vorlage für Filme (Aguirre, der Zorn Gottes, Apocalypse Now) und für Computerspiele (Far Cry 2, Spec Ops: The Line).

Niemalsland

Author: Neil Gaiman
Publisher: BASTEI LÜBBE
ISBN: 9783732532742
Release Date: 2016-10-14
Genre: Fiction

Richard Mayhew führt ein unaufgeregtes Leben in London, bis ihm eines Tages ein verletztes Mädchen direkt vor die Füße fällt und ihn um Hilfe bittet. Richard willigt ein und gerät dadurch in ein Abenteuer, das er sich in seinen Träumen nicht hätte vorstellen können. Denn Door ist kein gewöhnliches Mädchen, sondern gehört zum verborgenen Reich von "Unter-London". Mit ihr landet Richard in einer Welt, die weit seltsamer und gefährlicher ist, als alles, was er vorher kannte.

A Dictionary of Writers and their Works

Author: Christopher Riches
Publisher: Oxford University Press
ISBN: 9780192518507
Release Date: 2015-01-29
Genre:

Over 3,200 entries An essential guide to authors and their works that focuses on the general canon of British literature from the fifteenth century to the present. There is also some coverage of non-fiction such as biographies, memoirs, and science, as well as inclusion of major American and Commonwealth writers. This online-exclusive new edition adds 60,000 new words, including over 50 new entries dealing with authors who have risen to prominence in the last five years, as well as fully updating the entries that currently exist. Each entry provides details of a writer's nationality and birth/death dates, followed by a listing of their titles arranged chronologically by date of publication.

Songs of the Dying Earth

Author: George R. R. Martin
Publisher: Tor Books
ISBN: 9781429928076
Release Date: 2010-12-07
Genre: Fiction

To honor the magnificent career of Jack Vance, one unparalleled in achievement and impact, George R.R. Martin and Gardner Dozois, with the full cooperation of Vance, his family, and his agents, have created a Jack Vance tribute anthology: Songs of the Dying Earth. The best of today's fantasy writers to return to the unique and evocative milieu of The Dying Earth, from which they and so many others have drawn so much inspiration, to create their own brand-new adventures in the world of Jack Vance's greatest novel. Half a century ago, Jack Vance created the world of the Dying Earth, and fantasy has never been the same. Now, for the first time ever, Jack has agreed to open this bizarre and darkly beautiful world to other fantasists, to play in as their very own. To say that other fantasy writers are excited by this prospect is a gross understatement; one has told us that he'd crawl through broken glass for the chance to write for the anthology, another that he'd gladly give up his right arm for the privilege. That's the kind of regard in which Jack Vance and The Dying Earth are held by generations of his peers. This book contains original stories from George R. R. Martin, Neil Gaiman, Dan Simmons, Elizabeth Moon, Tanith Lee, Tad Williams, Kage Baker, and Robert Silverberg, along with fifteen others--as well as an introduction by Dean Koontz. At the Publisher's request, this title is being sold without Digital Rights Management Software (DRM) applied.

People of Today 2017

Author: Lucy Hume
Publisher: Debrett's
ISBN: 9781999767037
Release Date: 2017-10-05
Genre: Biography & Autobiography

Established in 1982, People of Today annually recognises over 20,000 individuals who are positively influencing Britain and inspiring others through their achievements and leadership. Entry is by invitation only. The objective criteria for inclusion and removal are strictly maintained, ensuring it is the only publication of its type whose membership accurately reflects people of influence today. Expert nomination panels guarantee People of Today is uniquely current and trusted and encompasses over 40 sectors, from academia, law and business to charity, sport and the arts.

Rogues

Author: George R. R. Martin
Publisher: Titan Books
ISBN: 9781783297207
Release Date: 2014-08-29
Genre: Fiction

A thrilling collection of twenty-one original stories by an all-star list of contributorsincluding a new A Game of Thrones story by George R. R. Martin! If you're a fan of fiction that is more than just black and white, this latest story collection from #1 New York Times bestselling author George R. R. Martin and award-winning editor Gardner Dozois is filled with subtle shades of gray. Twenty-one all-original stories, by an all-star list of contributors, will delight and astonish you in equal measure with their cunning twists and dazzling reversals. And George R. R. Martin himself offers a brand-new A Game of Thrones tale chronicling one of the biggest rogues in the entire history of Ice and Fire. Follow along with the likes of Gillian Flynn, Joe Abercrombie, Neil Gaiman, Patrick Rothfuss, Scott Lynch, Cherie Priest, Garth Nix, and Connie Willis, as well as other masters of literary sleight-of-hand, in this rogues gallery of stories that will plunder your heartand yet leave you all the richer for it. Featuring all-new stories by Joe Abercrombie, Daniel Abraham, David W. Ball, Paul Cornell, Bradley Denton, Phyllis Eisenstein, Gillian Flynn, Neil Gaiman, Matthew Hughes, Joe R. Lansdale, Scott Lynch, Garth Nix, Cherie Priest, Patrick Rothfuss, Steven Saylor, Michael Swanwick, Lisa Tuttle, Carrie Vaughn, Walter Jon Williams, Connie Willis

Lessons in Disability

Author: Jacob Stratman
Publisher: McFarland
ISBN: 9781476623085
Release Date: 2015-11-16
Genre: Literary Criticism

Disability is a growing reality. According to the United States Census Bureau, approximately 57 million people--19 percent of the population--had a disability in 2010, more than half being reported as "severe." Interest in disability studies is also growing, in literature, film, art, politics and religion. Exploring the intersection between disability and young adult literature, this collection of new essays fills a gap in scholarship between teachers and YAL scholars. The contributors offer textual analysis, best practices and numerous examples that enable teachers to expose students to dynamic characters who both reflect and contrast with the reader's reality.

Songs of Love and Death

Author: George R. R. Martin
Publisher: Simon and Schuster
ISBN: 9781439150153
Release Date: 2011-10-25
Genre: Fiction

An anthology of original tales that explores crossover themes of romance, fantasy and science fiction includes contributions by leading genre authors and is co-edited by the creator of the A Song of Ice and Fire series and a 15-time Hugo Award-winning writer. Reprint. 125,000 first printing.

Wizards

Author: Jack Dann
Publisher: Penguin
ISBN: 9781101208748
Release Date: 2007-05-01
Genre: Fiction

Neil Gaiman, Eoin Colfer, and many more join ?this magical brew [that] will enchant young adult readers and their elders as well.? (Publishers Weekly) In Wizards, today?s master fantasists turn their hands to tales of these magical beings, living in both ancient and modern times, as well as in fantasy realms that never were. Featuring stories by New York Times bestselling authors Neil Gaiman, Eoin Colfer and Garth Nix as well as tales from Kage Baker, Peter S. Beagle, Terry Bisson, Orson Scott Card, Terry Dowling, Andy Duncan, Jeffrey Ford, Elizabeth Hand, Nancy Kress, Tanith Lee, Patricia A. McKillip, Mary Rosenblum, Tad Williams, Gene Wolfe, and Jane Yolen.