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For the first time all five novels in the epic fantasy series that inspired HBO s Game of Thrones are together in one boxed set An immersive entertainment experience unlike any other A Song of Ice and Fire has earned George R R Martin dubbed the American Tolkien by Time magazine international acclaim and millions of loyal readers Now here is the entire monumental cycle A GAME OF THRONES A CLASH OF KINGS A STORM OF SWORDS A FEAST FOR CROWS A DANCE WITH DRAGONS One of the best series in the history of fantasy Los Angeles Times Winter is coming Such is the stern motto of House Stark the northernmost of the fiefdoms that owe allegiance to King Robert Baratheon in far-off King s Landing There Eddard Stark of Winterfell rules in Robert s name There his family dwells in peace and comfort his proud wife Catelyn his sons Robb Brandon and Rickon his daughters Sansa and Arya and his bastard son Jon Snow Far to the north behind the towering Wall lie savage Wildings and worse unnatural things relegated to myth during the centuries-long summer but proving all too real and all too deadly in the turning of the season Yet a more immediate threat lurks to the south where Jon Arryn the Hand of the King has died under mysterious circumstances Now... Robert is riding north to Winterfell bringing his queen the lovely but cold Cersei his son the cruel vainglorious Prince Joffrey and the queen s brothers Jaime and Tyrion of the powerful and wealthy House Lannister the first a swordsman without equal the second a dwarf whose stunted stature belies a brilliant mind All are heading for Winterfell and a fateful encounter that will change the course of kingdoms Meanwhile across the Narrow Sea Prince Viserys heir of the fallen House Targaryen which once ruled all of Westeros schemes to reclaim the throne with an army of barbarian Dothraki whose loyalty he will purchase in the only coin left to him his beautiful yet innocent sister Daenerys Long live George Martin a literary dervish enthralled by complicated characters and vivid language and bursting with the wild vision of the very best tale tellers The New York Timesmore
Everything a player needs to create heroic characters for the world s greatest roleplaying game The Player s Handbook is the essential reference for every Dungeons Dragons roleplayer It contains rules for character creation and advancement backgrounds and skills exploration and combat equipment spells and much more Use this book to create exciting characters from among the most iconic D D races and classes Dungeons Dragons immerses you in a world of adventure Explore ancient ruins and deadly dungeons Battle monsters while searching for legendary treasures Gain experience and power as you trek across uncharted lands with your companions The world needs heroes Will you answer the call
Ray Bradbury s internationally acclaimed novel Fahrenheit 451 is a masterwork of twentieth-century literature set in a bleak dystopian future Guy Montag is a fireman In his world where television rules and literature is on the brink of extinction firemen start fires rather than put them out His job is to destroy the most illegal of commodities the printed book along with the houses in which they are hidden Montag never questions the destruction and ruin his actions produce returning each day to his bland life and wife Mildred who spends all day with her television family But then he meets an eccentric young neighbor Clarisse who introduces him to a past where people didn t live in fear and to a present where one sees the world through the ideas in books instead of the mindless chatter of television When Mildred attempts suicide and Clarisse suddenly disappears Montag begins to question everything he has ever known He starts hiding books in his home and when his pilfering is discovered the fireman has to run for his life
View our feature on George Orwell s 1984 Written in 1948 1984 was George Orwell s chilling prophecy about the future And while 1984 has come and gone Orwell s narrative is timelier than ever 1984 presents a startling and haunting vision of the world so powerful that it is completely convincing from start to finish No one can deny the power of this novel its hold on the imaginations of multiple generations of readers or the resiliency of its admonitions a legacy that seems only to grow with the passage of time
In the year 2044 reality is an ugly place The only time teenage Wade Watts really feels alive is when he s jacked into the virtual utopia known as the OASIS Wade s devoted his life to studying the puzzles hidden within this world s digital confines puzzles that are based on their creator s obsession with the pop culture of decades past and that promise massive power and fortune to whoever can unlock them But when Wade stumbles upon the first clue he finds himself beset by players willing to kill to take this ultimate prize The race is on and if Wade s going to survive he ll have to win and confront the real world he s always been so desperate to escape
Everything a Dungeon Master needs to weave legendary stories for the world s greatest roleplaying game The Dungeon Master s Guide provides the inspiration and the guidance you need to spark your imagination and create worlds of adventure for your players to explore and enjoy Inside you ll find world-building tools tips and tricks for creating memorable dungeons and adventures optional game rules hundreds of classic D D magic items and much more The third of three core rulebooks this book contains tools a Dungeon Master needs to provide captivating stories and game play An excellent resource for new and existing Dungeons Masters to engage in both adventure and world creation with rules guidelines and sage advice from the game s experts Created as part of a massive public playtest involving more than 170 000 fans of the game
A menagerie of deadly monsters for the world s greatest roleplaying game The Monster Manual presents a horde of classic Dungeons Dragons creatures including dragons giants mind flayers and beholders a monstrous feast for Dungeon Masters ready to challenge their players and populate their adventures The monsters contained herein are culled from the D D game s illustrious history with easy-to-use game statistics and thrilling stories to feed your imagination The leader in providing contemporary fantasy entertainment Dungeons Dragons is the wellspring for the entire modern game industry digital as well as analog This newest edition draws from every prior edition to create a universally compelling play experience and exemplifies the true spirit of a game that holds captive the hearts and minds of millions of players worldwide The second of three core rulebooks this book details all manner of creatures that characters might encounter over the course of their adventures An essential resource for Dungeon Masters to use in populating any type of challenge they might contrive for their players Created as part of a massive public playtest involving more than 170 000 fans of the game
1 NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLER A thrilling finale to a trilogy that will stand as one of the great achievements in American fantasy fiction Stephen King You followed The Passage You faced The Twelve Now enter The City of Mirrors for the final reckoning As the bestselling epic races to its breathtaking finale Justin Cronin s band of hardened survivors await the second coming of unspeakable darkness The world we knew is gone What world will rise in its place The Twelve have been destroyed and the terrifying hundred-year reign of darkness that descended upon the world has ended The survivors are stepping outside their walls determined to build society anew and daring to dream of a hopeful future But far from them in a dead metropolis he waits Zero The First Father of the Twelve The anguish that shattered his human life haunts him and the hatred spawned by his transformation burns bright His fury will be quenched only when he destroys Amy humanity s only hope the Girl from Nowhere who grew up to rise against him One last time light and dark will clash and at last Amy and her friends will know their fate Praise for The City of Mirrors Compulsively readable The New York Times Book Review The City of Mirrors is poetry Thrilling in every... way it has to be but poetry just the same The writing is sumptuous the language lovely even when the action itself is dark and violent The Huffington Post This really is the big event you ve been waiting for A true last stand that builds and comes with a bloody roaring payoff you won t see coming then builds again to the big face off you ve been waiting for NPR A masterpiece with The City of Mirrors the third volume in The Passage trilogy Justin Cronin puts paid to what may well be the finest post-apocalyptic epic in our dystopian-glutted times A stunning achievement by virtually every measure The National Post Justin Cronin s Passage trilogy is remarkable for the unremitting drive of its narrative for the breathtaking sweep of its imagined future and for the clear lucidity of its language Stephen King Superb This conclusion to bestseller Cronin s apocalyptic thriller trilogy ends with all of the heartbreak joy and unexpected twists of fate that events in The Passage and The Twelve foreordained Publishers Weekly starred review Readers who have been patiently awaiting the conclusion to Cronin s sweeping postapocalyptic trilogy are richly rewarded with this epic heart-wrenching novel Not only does this title bring the series to a thrilling and satisfying conclusion but it also exhibits Cronin s moving exploration of love as both a destructive force and an elemental need elevating this work among its dystopian peers Library Journal starred review Praise for Justin Cronin One of those rare authors who work on two different levels blending elegantly crafted literary fiction with cliff-hanging thrills Fort Worth Star-Telegrammore
NY TIMES BESTSELLING EPIC SF ADVENTURE WILL HUMANKIND SURVIVE THIS ALIEN INVASION Battlefield Earth is a science fiction saga of adventure daring and courage when man is an endangered species and the future survival of what s left of the human race is at stake In the year 3000 AD man has been savagely ruled for a thousand years by a space-plundering alien race of nine-foot high gas-breathing conquerors from the planet Psychlo One of the Psychlos the villainous Terl enslaves a man-creature and forces him to mine Earth gold Terl s plan to teleport the gold to Psychlo where he can then return wealthy and powerful From this dystopian landscape a slave emerges Jonnie Goodboy Tyler As a member of the dwindling community of only 35 000 human survivors Jonnie has plans to free mankind from alien tyranny and cause the ultimate destruction of the Psychlo empire But is Jonnie s fight to save humanity from these gigantic and technologically superior monsters a losing battle Or will humans regain the Earth once more This 21st Century Edition features 50 page of the author s never-before-published handwritten notes An exclusive author interview Hubbard s last media interview Cover art by legendary Frank Frazetta Experience the epic adventure... that changed the shape of science fiction forever more
NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLER NAMED ONE OF THE BEST BOOKS OF THE YEAR BY LOS ANGELES TIMES AND BUZZFEED Taking place nearly a century before the events of A Game of Thrones A Knight of the Seven Kingdoms compiles the first three official prequel novellas to George R R Martin s ongoing masterwork A Song of Ice and Fire These never-before-collected adventures recount an age when the Targaryen line still holds the Iron Throne and the memory of the last dragon has not yet passed from living consciousness Before Tyrion Lannister and Podrick Payne there was Dunk and Egg A young na ve but ultimately courageous hedge knight Ser Duncan the Tall towers above his rivals in stature if not experience Tagging along is his diminutive squire a boy called Egg whose true name is hidden from all he and Dunk encounter Though more improbable heroes may not be found in all of Westeros great destinies lay ahead for these two as do powerful foes royal intrigue and outrageous exploits Featuring more than 160 all-new illustrations by Gary Gianni A Knight of the Seven Kingdoms is a must-have collection that proves chivalry isn t dead yet Praise for A Knight of the Seven Kingdoms Readers who already love Martin and his ability to bring visceral human drama out... of any story will be thrilled to find this trilogy brought together and injected with extra life Booklist The real reason to check out this collection is that it s simply great storytelling Martin crafts a living breathing world in a way few authors can Gianni s illustrations really bring the events of the novellas to life in beautiful fashion Tech Timesmore