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From the bestselling author of the MaddAddam trilogy here is the 1 New York Times bestseller and seminal work of speculative fiction from the Booker Prize-winning author Now a Hulu series starring Elizabeth Moss Samira Wiley and Joseph Fiennes Includes a new introduction by Margaret Atwood Offred is a Handmaid in the Republic of Gilead She may leave the home of the Commander and his wife once a day to walk to food markets whose signs are now pictures instead of words because women are no longer allowed to read She must lie on her back once a month and pray that the Commander makes her pregnant because in an age of declining births Offred and the other Handmaids are valued only if their ovaries are viable Offred can remember the days before when she lived and made love with her husband Luke when she played with and protected her daughter when she had a job money of her own and access to knowledge But all of that is gone now Funny unexpected horrifying and altogether convincing The Handmaid s Tale is at once scathing satire dire warning and literary tour de force
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
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
Now a STARZ Original Series produced by FremantleMedia North America starring Ricky Whittle Ian McShane Emily Browning and Pablo Schreiber Locked behind bars for three years Shadow did his time quietly waiting for the day when he could return to Eagle Point Indiana A man no longer scared of what tomorrow might bring all he wanted was to be with Laura the wife he deeply loved and start a new life But just days before his release Laura and Shadow s best friend are killed in an accident With his life in pieces and nothing to keep him tethered Shadow accepts a job from a beguiling stranger he meets on the way home an enigmatic man who calls himself Mr Wednesday A trickster and a rogue Wednesday seems to know more about Shadow than Shadow does himself Life as Wednesday s bodyguard driver and errand boy is far more interesting and dangerous than Shadow ever imagined Soon Shadow learns that the past never dies and that beneath the placid surface of everyday life a storm is brewing an epic war for the very soul of America and that he is standing squarely in its path Mystery satire sex horror poetic prose American Gods uses all these to keep the reader turning the pages Washington Post
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
Written in 1948 1984 was George Orwell s chilling prophecy about the future And while 1984 has come and gone his dystopian vision of a government that will do anything to control the narrative is timelier than ever The Party told you to reject the evidence of your eyes and ears It was their final most essential command Winston Smith toes the Party line rewriting history to satisfy the demands of the Ministry of Truth With each lie he writes Winston grows to hate the Party that seeks power for its own sake and persecutes those who dare to commit thoughtcrimes But as he starts to think for himself Winston can t escape the fact that Big Brother is always watching A startling and haunting vision of the world 1984 is so powerful that it is completely convincing from start to finish No one can deny the influence 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
A dazzling new collection of short stories--the first major new work of fiction from the beloved internationally acclaimed Haruki Murakami since his 1 best-selling Colorless Tsukuru Tazaki and His Years of Pilgrimage Across seven tales Haruki Murakami brings his powers of observation to bear on the lives of men who in their own ways find themselves alone Here are vanishing cats and smoky bars lonely hearts and mysterious women baseball and the Beatles woven together to tell stories that speak to us all Marked by the same wry humor that has defined his entire body of work in this collection Murakami has crafted another contemporary classic
Soon to be a major motion picture starring Matthew McConaughey and Idris Elba An impressive work of mythic magnitude that may turn out to be Stephen King s greatest literary achievement The Atlanta Journal-Constitution The Gunslinger is the first volume in the epic Dark Tower Series A 1 national bestseller The Gunslinger introduces readers to one of Stephen King s most powerful creations Roland of Gilead The Last Gunslinger He is a haunting figure a loner on a spellbinding journey into good and evil In his desolate world which mirrors our own in frightening ways Roland tracks The Man in Black encounters an enticing woman named Alice and begins a friendship with the boy from New York named Jake Inspired in part by the Robert Browning narrative poem Childe Roland to the Dark Tower Came The Gunslinger is a compelling whirlpool of a story that draws one irretrievable to its center Milwaukee Sentinel It is brilliant and fresh and will leave you panting for more Booklist
A magnificent collection of Outlander short fiction including two never-before-published novellas featuring Jamie Fraser Lord John Grey Master Raymond and many more from 1 New York Times bestselling author Diana Gabaldon The Custom of the Army begins with Lord John Grey being shocked by an electric eel and ends at the Battle of Quebec Then comes The Space Between where it is revealed that the Comte St Germain is not dead Master Raymond appears and a widowed young wine dealer escorts a would-be novice to a convent in Paris In A Plague of Zombies Lord John unexpectedly becomes military governor of Jamaica when the original governor is gnawed by what probably wasn t a giant rat A Leaf on the Wind of All Hallows is the moving story of Roger MacKenzie s parents during World War II In Virgins Jamie Fraser aged nineteen and Ian Murray aged twenty become mercenaries in France no matter that neither has yet bedded a lass or killed a man But they re trying A Fugitive Green is the story of Lord John s elder brother Hal and a seventeen-year-old rare book dealer with a sideline in theft forgery and blackmail And finally in Besieged Lord John learns that his mother is in Havana and that the British Navy is on their way to lay siege to the city... Filling in mesmerizing chapters in the lives of characters readers have followed over the course of thousands of pages Gabaldon s genius is on full display throughout this must-have collection more
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