The Lost Aztec Mines

Author: Jack Lamb
Publisher:
ISBN: 1520928203
Release Date: 2017-03-26
Genre:

The Lost Aztec Mines is the second book in The Art and Artifacts of Adventure series, including the following volumes:Time Travelers into a Forgotten Land (Book One)The Lost Aztec Mines (Book Two)A Mythic Mayan Meander (Book Three)Extreme Living (Book Four)The four books in The Art and Artifacts of Adventure series, containing over 600 color photographs in all, relate adventures experienced when we set forth on an archaeological expedition to explore obsidian mines concealed since the Aztec abandoned them on the upper reaches of an 18,500-foot volcano in the eastern Mexican highlands. Since the books in this series narrate the account of a real-life adventure, they are set in the form and genre of an adventure novel. And while the author admits to enhancing the narrative for dramatic effect, the escapades and adventures we experienced and survived did in fact happen as described therein.Led by Terry Stocker, an archaeologist adept at getting us into one bizarre predicament after another, we traveled twelve thousand miles across Mesoamerica as well as through history, examining the wonders of the ancient world while traversing a modern world rife with war, poverty and genocide. Although our objective was to explore the lost Aztec mines Stocker discovered a decade earlier; our journey provided us the opportunity to investigate the artifacts left behind by the civilizations that rose to prominence and fell to ruin during the millennia prior to Columbus' arrival in the New World. Along the way, we interacted with the descendants of these same great civilizations; people struggling to exist and survive in a world not of their own making or choosing, imposed on them by the Spanish conquistadores and their progeny. Our archaeological objectives gave our expedition direction and focus, and kept us moving from one place to another across a wide range of topographies including snowcapped mountains, volcanoes, coastal swamps and primordial rainforests. That said; archaeology is just the framework supporting the real story within these pages about the incredible adventures we shared as we traveled in Mexico and Central America. For from the beginning, we were pulled into a chain of bizarre escapades ranging from the anecdotal to the audacious forcing us to act and react creatively to unfamiliar situations and circumstance, sometimes in order to extricate ourselves from dangers and difficulties, and other times simply to survive. This is the actual focus of the series; as my friends and I learn the Art of Adventure through unanticipated happenstance; and came to terms with how the Artifacts of our adventures affected us. Imagine what it must be like to experience people and places, and situations and settings where a challenging adventure confronts you each day. The upwelling rush is intense to be sure; and the enduring sensations can often be extreme. Now add persistent peril and the intensity multiplies exponentially. This is extreme living at its best; and precisely how we short-lived humans can cram more than one lifetime into the brief lifespans we live.So the underlying theme of The Art and Artifacts of Adventure series is learning to experience adventure until adventuring becomes elevated to a high art form, where one might squeeze out every last drop of existentiality from events occurring in our lives. But experiencing an adventure is not just a thrilling rollercoaster of a joyride without ramifications or a price to pay. For an adventure, just like a human life, births repercussions consequential to the actions we take as we live and endure; artifacts if you will created and left behind as surely as the remnants and ruins of the civilizations of Mesoamerican antiquity.

A Mythic Mayan Meander

Author: Jack Lamb
Publisher:
ISBN: 1520939507
Release Date: 2017-03-27
Genre:

A Mythic Mayan Meander is the third book in The Art and Artifacts of Adventure series, including the following volumes:Time Travelers into a Forgotten Land (Book One)The Lost Aztec Mines (Book Two)A Mythic Mayan Meander (Book Three)Extreme Living (Book Four)The four books in The Art and Artifacts of Adventure series, containing over 600 color photographs in all, relate adventures experienced when we set forth on an archaeological expedition to explore obsidian mines concealed since the Aztec abandoned them on the upper reaches of an 18,500-foot volcano in the eastern Mexican highlands. Since the books in this series narrate the account of a real-life adventure, they are set in the form and genre of an adventure novel. And while the author admits to enhancing the narrative for dramatic effect, the escapades and adventures we experienced and survived did in fact happen as described therein.Led by Terry Stocker, an archaeologist adept at getting us into one bizarre predicament after another, we traveled twelve thousand miles across Mesoamerica as well as through history, examining the wonders of the ancient world while traversing a modern world rife with war, poverty and genocide. Although our objective was to explore the lost Aztec mines Stocker discovered a decade earlier; our journey provided us the opportunity to investigate the artifacts left behind by the civilizations that rose to prominence and fell to ruin during the millennia prior to Columbus' arrival in the New World. Along the way, we interacted with the descendants of these same great civilizations; people struggling to exist and survive in a world not of their own making or choosing, imposed on them by the Spanish conquistadores and their progeny. Our archaeological objectives gave our expedition direction and focus, and kept us moving from one place to another across a wide range of topographies including snowcapped mountains, volcanoes, coastal swamps and primordial rainforests. That said; archaeology is just the framework supporting the real story within these pages about the incredible adventures we shared as we traveled in Mexico and Central America. For from the beginning, we were pulled into a chain of bizarre escapades ranging from the anecdotal to the audacious forcing us to act and react creatively to unfamiliar situations and circumstance, sometimes in order to extricate ourselves from dangers and difficulties, and other times simply to survive. This is the actual focus of the series; as my friends and I learn the Art of Adventure through unanticipated happenstance; and came to terms with how the Artifacts of our adventures affected us. Imagine what it must be like to experience people and places, and situations and settings where a challenging adventure confronts you each day. The upwelling rush is intense to be sure; and the enduring sensations can often be extreme. Now add persistent peril and the intensity multiplies exponentially. This is extreme living at its best; and precisely how we short-lived humans can cram more than one lifetime into the brief lifespans we live.So the underlying theme of The Art and Artifacts of Adventure series is learning to experience adventure until adventuring becomes elevated to a high art form, where one might squeeze out every last drop of existentiality from events occurring in our lives. But experiencing an adventure is not just a thrilling rollercoaster of a joyride without ramifications or a price to pay. For an adventure, just like a human life, births repercussions consequential to the actions we take as we live and endure; artifacts if you will created and left behind as surely as the remnants and ruins of the civilizations of Mesoamerican antiquity.

When You Reach Me

Author: Rebecca Stead
Publisher: Wendy Lamb Books
ISBN: 0375892699
Release Date: 2009-07-14
Genre: Juvenile Fiction

This Newbery Medal winner that has a fantastic puzzle at its heart has been called “smart and mesmerizing,” (The New York Times), “superb” (The Wall Street Journal), and “incandescent” (The Washington Post). When Miranda starts receiving mysterious notes, she doesn’t know what to do. The notes tell her that she must write a letter, a true story, and that she can’t share her mission with anyone—not even her best friend, Sal. It would be easy to ignore the strange messages, except that whoever is leaving them has an uncanny ability to predict the future. If that’s the case, then Miranda has an even bigger problem—because the notes tell her that someone is going to die, and she might be too late to stop it. “Lovely and almost impossibly clever.” —The Philadelphia Inquirer Winner of the Boston Globe–Horn Book Award for Fiction A New York Times Bestseller and Notable Book

The Land of Stories The Wishing Spell

Author: Chris Colfer
Publisher: Hachette UK
ISBN: 9781405517911
Release Date: 2012-07-17
Genre: Juvenile Fiction

Alex and Conner Bailey's world is about to change. When the twins' grandmother gives them a treasured fairy-tale book, they have no idea they're about to enter a land beyond all imagining: the Land of Stories, where fairy tales are real. But as Alex and Conner soon discover, the stories they know so well haven't ended in this magical land - Goldilocks is now a wanted fugitive, Red Riding Hood has her own kingdom, and Queen Cinderella is about to become a mother! The twins know they must get back home somehow. But with the legendary Evil Queen hot on their trail, will they ever find the way? The Land of Stories: The Wishing Spell brings readers on a thrilling quest filled with magic spells, laugh-out-loud humour and page-turning adventure.

St James Guide to Science Fiction Writers

Author: Jay P. Pederson
Publisher: St James Press
ISBN: UOM:39015023729836
Release Date: 1996
Genre: Literary Criticism

Concise discussions of the lives and principal works of prominent science-fiction authors, written by subject experts.

Turn Right at Machu Picchu

Author: Mark Adams
Publisher: Penguin
ISBN: 1101535407
Release Date: 2011-06-30
Genre: Travel

THE NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLER! What happens when an unadventurous adventure writer tries to re-create the original expedition to Machu Picchu? In 1911, Hiram Bingham III climbed into the Andes Mountains of Peru and “discovered” Machu Picchu. While history has recast Bingham as a villain who stole both priceless artifacts and credit for finding the great archeological site, Mark Adams set out to retrace the explorer’s perilous path in search of the truth—except he’d written about adventure far more than he’d actually lived it. In fact, he’d never even slept in a tent. Turn Right at Machu Picchu is Adams’ fascinating and funny account of his journey through some of the world’s most majestic, historic, and remote landscapes guided only by a hard-as-nails Australian survivalist and one nagging question: Just what was Machu Picchu?

In Patagonia

Author: Bruce Chatwin
Publisher: Random House
ISBN: 9781448105618
Release Date: 2012-10-31
Genre: Biography & Autobiography

Beautifully written and full of wonderful descriptions and intriguing tales, In Patagonia is an account of Bruce Chatwin's travels to a remote country in search of a strange beast and his encounters with the people whose fascinating stories delay him on the road.

The Unconquered

Author: Scott Wallace
Publisher: Broadway Books
ISBN: 9780307462985
Release Date: 2011-10-18
Genre: Biography & Autobiography

THE UNCONQUERED TELLS THE EXTRAORDINARY TRUE STORY OF A JOURNEY INTO THE DEEPEST RECESSES OF THE AMAZON TO TRACK ONE OF THE PLANET’S LAST UNCONTACTED IN DIGENOUS TRIBES. Even today there remain tribes in the far reaches of the Amazon rainforest that have avoided contact with modern civilization. Deliberately hiding from the outside world, they are the unconquered, the last survivors of an ancient culture that predates the arrival of Columbus in the New World. In this gripping first-person account of adventure and survival, author Scott Wallace chronicles an expedition into the Amazon’s uncharted depths, discovering the rainforest’s secrets while moving ever closer to a possible encounter with one such tribe—the mysterious flecheiros, or “People of the Arrow,” seldom-glimpsed warriors known to repulse all intruders with showers of deadly arrows. On assignment for National Geographic, Wallace joins Brazilian explorer Sydney Possuelo at the head of a thirty-four-man team that ventures deep into the unknown in search of the tribe. Possuelo’s mission is to protect the Arrow People. But the information he needs to do so can only be gleaned by entering a world of permanent twilight beneath the forest canopy. Danger lurks at every step as the expedition seeks out the Arrow People even while trying to avoid them. Along the way, Wallace uncovers clues as to who the Arrow People might be, how they have managed to endure as one of the last unconquered tribes, and why so much about them must remain shrouded in mystery if they are to survive. Laced with lessons from anthropology and the Amazon’s own convulsed history, and boasting a Conradian cast of unforgettable characters—all driven by a passion to preserve the wild, but also wracked by fear, suspicion, and the desperate need to make it home alive—The Unconquered reveals this critical battleground in the fight to save the planet as it has rarely been seen, wrapped in a page-turning tale of adventure. From the Hardcover edition.

The Journey to the West Revised Edition

Author:
Publisher: University of Chicago Press
ISBN: 9780226971414
Release Date: 2013-04-05
Genre: Fiction

Anthony C. Yu’s translation of The Journey to the West,initially published in 1983, introduced English-speaking audiences to the classic Chinese novel in its entirety for the first time. Written in the sixteenth century, The Journey to the West tells the story of the fourteen-year pilgrimage of the monk Xuanzang, one of China’s most famous religious heroes, and his three supernatural disciples, in search of Buddhist scriptures. Throughout his journey, Xuanzang fights demons who wish to eat him, communes with spirits, and traverses a land riddled with a multitude of obstacles, both real and fantastical. An adventure rich with danger and excitement, this seminal work of the Chinese literary canonis by turns allegory, satire, and fantasy. With over a hundred chapters written in both prose and poetry, The Journey to the West has always been a complicated and difficult text to render in English while preserving the lyricism of its language and the content of its plot. But Yu has successfully taken on the task, and in this new edition he has made his translations even more accurate and accessible. The explanatory notes are updated and augmented, and Yu has added new material to his introduction, based on his original research as well as on the newest literary criticism and scholarship on Chinese religious traditions. He has also modernized the transliterations included in each volume, using the now-standard Hanyu Pinyin romanization system. Perhaps most important, Yu has made changes to the translation itself in order to make it as precise as possible. One of the great works of Chinese literature, The Journey to the West is not only invaluable to scholars of Eastern religion and literature, but, in Yu’s elegant rendering, also a delight for any reader.

Island of the Blue Dolphins

Author: Scott O'Dell
Publisher: Houghton Mifflin Harcourt
ISBN: 9780547488899
Release Date: 2010-02-08
Genre: Juvenile Fiction

Far off the coast of California looms a harsh rock known as the island of San Nicholas. Dolphins flash in the blue waters around it, sea otter play in the vast kep beds, and sea elephants loll on the stony beaches. Here, in the early 1800s, according to history, an Indian girl spent eighteen years alone, and this beautifully written novel is her story. It is a romantic adventure filled with drama and heartache, for not only was mere subsistence on so desolate a spot a near miracle, but Karana had to contend with the ferocious pack of wild dogs that had killed her younger brother, constantly guard against the Aleutian sea otter hunters, and maintain a precarious food supply. More than this, it is an adventure of the spirit that will haunt the reader long after the book has been put down. Karana's quiet courage, her Indian self-reliance and acceptance of fate, transform what to many would have been a devastating ordeal into an uplifting experience. From loneliness and terror come strength and serenity in this Newbery Medal-winning classic. In celebration of the book's 50th anniversary, this edition has an introduction by Lois Lowry, Newbery Medal-winning author of The Giver and Number the Stars.

Blood River

Author: Tim Butcher
Publisher: Random House
ISBN: 9781446420935
Release Date: 2010-12-15
Genre: Travel

When Daily Telegraph correspondent Tim Butcher was sent to cover Africa in 2000 he quickly became obsessed with the idea of recreating H.M. Stanley's famous expedition - but travelling alone. Despite warnings that his plan was 'suicidal', Butcher set out for the Congo's eastern border with just a rucksack and a few thousand dollars hidden in his boots. Making his way in an assortment of vessels including a motorbike and a dugout canoe, helped along by a cast of characters from UN aid workers to a campaigning pygmy, he followed in the footsteps of the great Victorian adventurers. Butcher's journey was a remarkable feat, but the story of the Congo, told expertly and vividly in this book, is more remarkable still.

Forgotten Realms

Author: Ed Greenwood
Publisher:
ISBN: 0786918365
Release Date: 2001
Genre: Games

Everything a player needs to adventure in the Forgotten Realms, the most popular setting in the D&D "RM" game can be found right here: history, maps, non-player characters, geography, economics, societies, organizations, religions, politics, monsters, magic items, spells ... even a start-up adventure in the Realms!

The Incomplete Enchanter

Author: L. Sprague deCamp
Publisher: Hachette UK
ISBN: 9780575103399
Release Date: 2011-09-29
Genre: Fiction

The Mathematics of Magic was probably the greatest discovery of the ages - at least Professor Harold Shea thought so. With the proper equations, he could instantly transport himself back in time to all the wondrous lands of ancient legend. But slips in time were a hazard, and Shea's magic did not always work - at least, not quite as he expected . . . The Incomplete Enchanter is the first in L. Sprague de Camp and Fletcher Pratt's much-loved Compleat Enchanter series.

Incarnations

Author: Sunil Khilnani
Publisher: Penguin UK
ISBN: 9780241208236
Release Date: 2016-02-25
Genre: History

One of the world's most ancient cultures, India can be understood and explained in as many ways as humans can possibly devise. To make sense of this astonishing turmoil of ideas, Sunil Khilnani has created a remarkably simple and attractive solution. In this book (which accompanies a major Radio 4 series which he is narrating) he takes the lives of 50 Indians, starting with the Buddha, some very famous, some more obscure, from the earliest records to the present day, and in a series of short chapters describes what makes them so surprising, curious or important. These are not simply history lessons, but stories rooted in today's India, as Khilnani goes on a quest across contemporary India to find the living traces of these extraordinary individuals.

Back Over There

Author: Richard Rubin
Publisher: St. Martin's Griffin
ISBN: 9781250084330
Release Date: 2017-04-04
Genre: Travel

In The Last of the Doughboys, Richard Rubin introduced readers to a forgotten generation of Americans: the men and women who fought and won the First World War. Interviewing the war’s last survivors face-to-face, he knew well the importance of being present if you want to get the real story. But he soon came to realize that to get the whole story, he had to go Over There, too. So he did, and discovered that while most Americans regard that war as dead and gone, to the French, who still live among its ruins and memories, it remains very much alive. Years later, with the centennial of the war only magnifying this paradox, Rubin decided to go back Over There to see if he could, at last, resolve it. For months he followed the trail of the American Expeditionary Forces on the Western Front, finding trenches, tunnels, bunkers, century-old graffiti and ubiquitous artifacts. But he also found an abiding fondness for America and Americans, and a colorful corps of local after-hours historians and archeologists who tirelessly explore these sites and preserve the memories they embody while patiently waiting for Americans to return and reclaim their own history and heritage. None of whom seemed to mind that his French needed work. Based on his wildly popular New York Times series, Back Over There is a timely journey, in turns reverent and iconoclastic but always fascinating, through a place where the past and present are never really separated.