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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
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
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 OF 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
Six days ago astronaut Mark Watney became one of the first people to walk on Mars Now he s sure he ll be the first person to die there After a dust storm nearly kills him and forces his crew to evacuate while thinking him dead Mark finds himself stranded and completely alone with no way to even signal Earth that he s alive and even if he could get word out his supplies would be gone long before a rescue could arrive Chances are though he won t have time to starve to death The damaged machinery unforgiving environment or plain-old human error are much more likely to kill him first But Mark isn t ready to give up yet Drawing on his ingenuity his engineering skills and a relentless dogged refusal to quit he steadfastly confronts one seemingly insurmountable obstacle after the next Will his resourcefulness be enough to overcome the impossible odds against him
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
NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLERFrom one of the master storytellers of this or any age The Tampa Tribune comes the stunning final adventure of one of the most remarkable and appealing characters in current fiction The Virginian-Pilot as Dean Koontz brings the unforgettable odyssey of Odd Thomas to its dazzling conclusion Odd Thomas is back where it all started because the time has come to finish it Since he left his simple life in the small town of Pico Mundo California his journey has taken him to places strange and wonderful mysterious and terrifying Across the land in the company of mortals and spirits alike he has known kindness and cruelty felt love and loss saved lives and taken them as he s borne witness to humanity s greatest good and darkest evil Again and again he has gone where he must and done what he had to do for better or worse with his courage and devotion sorely tested and his soul forever changed Every triumph has been hard won Each sacrifice has taken its toll Now whatever destiny drives him has finally steered his steps home where those he cares for most surround him the memory of his tragically lost true love haunts him and one last challenge vast and dreadful awaits him For Odd Thomas born to serve a purpose far... greater than himself the wandering is done Only the reckoning remains Acclaim for Dean Koontz and his Odd Thomas novels Odd s strange gifts coupled with his intelligence and self-effacing humor make him one of the most quietly authoritative characters in recent popular fiction Publishers Weekly Koontz gives his character wit good humor a familiarity with the dark side of humanity and moral outrage USA Today The ultimate Everyman an avatar of hope and honor and courage for all of us the linchpin of a rollicking good tale Odd evokes the homespun wisdom of Forrest Gump amid the mind-spinning adventures of a Jack Bauer BookPage There s never anything predictable about an Odd Thomas adventure Booklist The nice young fry cook with the occult powers is Koontz s most likable creation candid upright amusing and sometimes withering The New York Times An inventive mix of suspense whimsy and uplift The Washington Post Heartfelt and provocative a wonderfully rich and entertaining story Chicago Sun-Timesmore
2014 National Book Award FinalistA New York Times BestsellerAn audacious darkly glittering novel set in the eerie days of civilization s collapse Station Eleven tells the spellbinding story of a Hollywood star his would-be savior and a nomadic group of actors roaming the scattered outposts of the Great Lakes region risking everything for art and humanity One snowy night Arthur Leander a famous actor has a heart attack onstage during a production of King Lear Jeevan Chaudhary a paparazzo-turned-EMT is in the audience and leaps to his aid A child actress named Kirsten Raymonde watches in horror as Jeevan performs CPR pumping Arthur s chest as the curtain drops but Arthur is dead That same night as Jeevan walks home from the theater a terrible flu begins to spread Hospitals are flooded and Jeevan and his brother barricade themselves inside an apartment watching out the window as cars clog the highways gunshots ring out and life disintegrates around them Fifteen years later Kirsten is an actress with the Traveling Symphony Together this small troupe moves between the settlements of an altered world performing Shakespeare and music for scattered communities of survivors Written on their caravan and tattooed on Kirsten s arm is a line... from Star Trek Because survival is insufficient But when they arrive in St Deborah by the Water they encounter a violent prophet who digs graves for anyone who dares to leave Spanning decades moving back and forth in time and vividly depicting life before and after the pandemic this suspenseful elegiac novel is rife with beauty As Arthur falls in and out of love as Jeevan watches the newscasters say their final good-byes and as Kirsten finds herself caught in the crosshairs of the prophet we see the strange twists of fate that connect them all A novel of art memory and ambition Station Eleven tells a story about the relationships that sustain us the ephemeral nature of fame and the beauty of the world as we know it more
Now in paperback the international bestselling romantic comedy bursting with warmth emotional depth and humor Entertainment Weekly featuring the oddly charming socially challenged genetics professor Don as he seeks true love The art of love is never a science Meet Don Tillman a brilliant yet socially inept professor of genetics who s decided it s time he found a wife In the orderly evidence-based manner with which Don approaches all things he designs the Wife Project to find his perfect partner a sixteen-page scientifically valid survey to filter out the drinkers the smokers the late arrivers Rosie Jarman possesses all these qualities Don easily disqualifies her as a candidate for The Wife Project even if she is quite intelligent for a barmaid But Don is intrigued by Rosie s own quest to identify her biological father When an unlikely relationship develops as they collaborate on The Father Project Don is forced to confront the spontaneous whirlwind that is Rosie and the realization that despite your best scientific efforts you don t find love it finds you Arrestingly endearing and entirely unconventional Graeme Simsion s distinctive debut navigates the choppy waters of adult relationships both romantic and platonic with a fresh... take USA TODAY Filled with humor and plenty of heart The Rosie Project is a delightful reminder that all of us no matter how we re wired just want to fit in Chicago Tribune more
THE BOOKS THAT INSPIRED THE EPIC MOTION PICTURES J R R TOLKIEN THE LORD OF THE RINGS THE HOBBIT THE FELLOWSHIP OF THE RING THE TWO TOWERS THE RETURN OF THE KING New Line Productions Inc All rights reserved THE HOBBIT AN UNEXPECTED JOURNEY and the names of the characters items events and places therein are trademarks of The Saul Zaentz Company d b a Middle-earth Enterprises under license to New Line Productions Inc s12 Motion Picture Artwork 2012 Warner Bros Entertainment Inc All Rights Reserved
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