The Familiar Volume 1

Author: Mark Z. Danielewski
Publisher: Knopf
ISBN: 9780375714955
Release Date: 2015-05-12
Genre: Fiction

From the author of the international best seller House of Leaves and National Book Award–nominated Only Revolutions comes a monumental new novel as dazzling as it is riveting. The Familiar (Volume 1) ranges from Mexico to Southeast Asia, from Venice, Italy, to Venice, California, with nine lives hanging in the balance, each called upon to make a terrifying choice. They include a therapist-in-training grappling with daughters as demanding as her patients; an ambitious East L.A. gang member contracted for violence; two scientists in Marfa, Texas, on the run from an organization powerful beyond imagining; plus a recovering addict in Singapore summoned at midnight by a desperate billionaire; and a programmer near Silicon Beach whose game engine might unleash consequences far exceeding the entertainment he intends. At the very heart, though, is a twelve-year-old girl named Xanther who one rainy day in May sets out with her father to get a dog, only to end up trying to save a creature as fragile as it is dangerous . . . which will change not only her life and the lives of those she has yet to encounter, but this world, too—or at least the world we think we know and the future we take for granted. (With full-color illustrations throughout.) Like the print edition, this eBook contains a complex image-based layout. It is most readable on e-reading devices with larger screen sizes.

Only Revolutions

Author: Mark Z. Danielewski
Publisher: Pantheon
ISBN: 9780375421761
Release Date: 2006
Genre: Fiction

Moving back and forth in American history, a kaleidoscopic novel follows Hailey and Sam, two wayward teenagers, as they crash New Orleans parties, barrel up the Mississippi, head through the Badlands, and take on other adventures.

Mark Z Danielewski s House of Leaves

Author: Mark Z. Danielewski
Publisher: Pantheon
ISBN: 9780375420528
Release Date: 2000
Genre: Fiction

A family relocates to a small house on Ash Tree Lane and discovers that the inside of their new home seems to be without boundaries

Revolutionary Leaves

Author: Sascha Pöhlmann
Publisher: Cambridge Scholars Publishing
ISBN: 9781443845809
Release Date: 2013-01-16
Genre: Literary Criticism

Mark Z. Danielewski is routinely hailed as the most exciting author in contemporary American literature, and he is celebrated by critics and fans alike. Revolutionary Leaves collects essays that have come out of the first academic conference on Danielewski’s fiction that took place in Munich in 2011, which brought together younger and established scholars to discuss his works from a variety of perspectives. Addressing his major works House of Leaves (2000) and Only Revolutions (2006), the texts are as multifaceted as the novels they analyze, and they incorporate ideas of (post)structuralism, modernism, post- and post-postmodernism, philosophy, Marxism, reader-response criticism, mathematics and physics, politics, media studies, science fiction, gothic horror, poetic theory, history, architecture, mythology, and more. Contributors: Nathalie Aghoro, Ridvan Askin, Hanjo Berressem, Aleksandra Bida, Brianne Bilsky, Joe Bray, Alison Gibbons, Julius Greve, Sebastian Huber, Sascha Pöhlmann, and Hans-Peter Söder.

Mark Z Danielewski s The Whalestoe Letters

Author: Mark Z. Danielewski
Publisher: Pantheon
ISBN: 0375714413
Release Date: 2000
Genre: Fiction

Between 1982 and 1989, Pelafina H. Lièvre sent her son, Johnny Truant, a series of letters from The Three Attic Whalestoe Institute, a psychiatric facility in Ohio where she spent the final years of her life. Beautiful, heartfelt, and tragic, this correspondence reveals the powerful and deeply moving relationship between a brilliant though mentally ill mother and the precocious, gifted young son she never ceases to love. Originally contained within the monumental House of Leaves, this collection stands alone as a stunning portrait of mother and child. It is presented here along with a foreword by Walden D. Wyhrta and eleven previously unavailable letters.

Hades

Author: Mark Z. Danielewski
Publisher: Pantheon Books
ISBN: 9780375715006
Release Date: 2017-02
Genre: Fiction

A viral video puts twelve-year-old Xanther under a spotlight of unwanted scrutiny at school. Eager to elude this attention, she seeks refuge at home with her little white cat, who-still unnamed, ever slumbering-continues to hold her in its thrall. But at home, too, there is worry. Anwar and Astair wonder about the strange currents that seem to shudder around their eldest daughter, touching off inexplicable happenings in her wake. The twins, Freya and Shasti, are visited by troubling entities in their dreams. Even promising news becomes tinged with unease when Anwar, on the eve of solving his family's financial difficulties, is forced to choose between known and unknown dangers. And all the while, faces unfamiliar to the Ibrahims draw inexorably nearer- Jingjing, clutching charms, boards a plane with Tian Li from Singapore to Los Angeles, while Cas and Bobby, with visions of Xanther in the orb, narrowly escape an attack-only to run headlong into murkier eventualities. Nine lives journey toward a point of no returnabut will these collisions lead to alliance or disaster?

The Fifty Year Sword

Author: Mark Z. Danielewski
Publisher: Knopf
ISBN: 9780307907738
Release Date: 2012-10-16
Genre: Fiction

In this story set in East Texas, a local seamstress named Chintana finds herself responsible for five orphans who are not only captivated by a storyteller’s tale of vengeance but by the long black box he sets before them. As midnight approaches, the box is opened, a fateful dare is made, and the children as well as Chintana come face to face with the consequences of a malice retold and now foretold. The blank pages in this book are a deliberate design element.

Rainy Day Dreams

Author: Lori Copeland
Publisher: Harvest House Publishers
ISBN: 9780736954006
Release Date: 2014-04-01
Genre: Fiction

Beloved Christian fiction authors Lori Copeland and Virginia Smith team up once more in the second volume of the Seattle Brides series. When the Burgert family moves to Seattle in 1852, Kathryn is convinced her father has destroyed her life. The backwoods settlement offers none of the comforts and culture she loves in San Francisco. She cares nothing for the new sawmill the townsfolk are so excited about. That is, until she meets Jason, a lumberjack with dreams for a bright future. As she comes to know Jason, Kathryn can’t help catching his vision. But the future they hope for is anything but secure. There are some who see Seattle as a threat and will stop at nothing to make sure the sawmill fails. With the harsh and rugged weather, at times it seems even the land itself is determined to thwart Seattle’s very existence. Kathryn and Jason’s plans for a happy future become entwined with Seattle’s struggle to survive in the midst of adversity, both manmade and natural. A gripping story of love, tenderness, and survival in the rugged Pacific Northwest.

The Explorers Guild

Author: Kevin Costner
Publisher: Simon and Schuster
ISBN: 9781476727400
Release Date: 2016-10-11
Genre: Fiction

Return to the golden age of adventure with this gorgeously wrought, action-packed, globetrotting tale that combines the bravura storytelling of Kipling with the irresistible, illustrative style of Hergé’s Adventures of Tintin. Behind the staid public rooms of an old world gentlemen’s club operates a more mysterious organization: The Explorers Guild, a clandestine group of adventurers who bravely journey to those places in which light gives way to shadow and reason is usurped by myth. The secrets they seek are hidden in mountain ranges and lost in deserts, buried in the ocean floor and lodged deep in polar ice. The aim of The Explorers Guild: to discover the mysteries that lie beyond the boundaries of the known world. This beautifully produced combination graphic novel and adventure tale, set against the backdrop of World War I, concerns the Guild’s quest to find the golden city of Buddhist myth. The search will take them from the Polar North to the Mongolian deserts, through the underground canals of Asia to deep inside the Himalayas, before the fabled city finally divulges its secrets and the globe-spanning journey plays out to its startling conclusion. “With its colorful cast, exotic locales, and intertwined fates, the book slowly addicts. A rousing throwback whose spinning plates never stop, even at the end,” (Kirkus Reviews), The Explorers Guild is perfect for fans of the adventures of J.J. Abrams and C.S. Lewis.

Stories For Rainy Days Vol 2

Author: Naela Ali
Publisher: Kepustakaan Populer Gramedia
ISBN: 9786024242909
Release Date: 2017-02-13
Genre: Juvenile Fiction

It was still raining. As her cat looked outside the window where the raindrops fell onto the monstera leaves, she put that furry little thing on her lap and continued reading the stories.

The Lost Scrapbook

Author: Evan Dara
Publisher: University of Alabama Press
ISBN: 1573660388
Release Date: 1998
Genre: Fiction

It may be the defining irony of our time: just as we are coming to recognise our shared destiny and interdependence, our culture seems to be dangerously fracturing along every fault line possible. This novel aims to capture the spirit of our time.

Ultimate Excursions

Author: Alan Gottlieb
Publisher: Alan Gottlieb
ISBN: 9780977418824
Release Date: 2007
Genre: Fiction

Seeking a respite from the stresses of Peace Corp life in rural Ecuador, Tim Lake embarks on a vacation to Peru that starts as an innocent journey that devolves into chaos. Ultimate Excursions will keep readers transfixed. At once gripping, darkly funny, and ultimately redemptive this magnificent novel is part thriller, and part meditation on what makes us tick as human beings.

The Familiar Volume 3

Author: Mark Z. Danielewski
Publisher: Pantheon Books
ISBN: 0375714987
Release Date: 2016-06-14
Genre: Fiction

Released for the summer from the perils of school, Xanther and her nameless cat are settling into a comfortable routine at home. However, the rest of the Ibrahim family is growing more and more unsettled. Astair fears their stretched finances are already at a breaking point. Not even a visit from an old friend can mitigate Anwar's feeling that he's failing to support those he loves and that even worse things are to come. The twins, Freya and Shasti, sense something too and blame their older sister. Honeysuckles haunt the air and smell of offerings . . . Meanwhile, Cas and Bobby's survival may depend on facing the one person they fear most. And on the other side of the world, Jingjing and Tian Li set out to find what was lost: their missing cat. With spectacular visuals and the vibrant wordplay that are his trademark, The Familiar (Volume 3) is a beautiful and singular reading experience that could come only from the imagination of Mark Z. Danielewski.

The familiar

Author: Mark Z. Danielewski
Publisher:
ISBN: 9780375714948
Release Date: 2015
Genre: Fantasy fiction

From the universally acclaimed, genre-busting author of House of Leaves comes a new book as dazzling as it is riveting . . . A page-turner from start to finish, ranging from Southeast Asia to Mexico to Venice, Italy, and Venice, California, with characters as diverse as a therapist-in-training whose daughters prove far more complex than her patients, an ambitious East-L.A. gang member hired for violence, two scientists on the run in Marfa, Texas, a recovering addict in Singapore summoned by a powerful but desperate billionaire, a programmer near Silicon Beach whose game engine just might augur far more than he suspects, and at the very heart a 12-year-old girl who one rainy day in May sets out from Echo Park to get a dog only to find something else . . . something that will not only alter her life but threaten the world we all think we know and the future we take for granted.