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Introducing an instant classic master storyteller Neil Gaiman presents a dazzling version of the great Norse myths Neil Gaiman has long been inspired by ancient mythology in creating the fantastical realms of his fiction Now he turns his attention back to the source presenting a bravura rendition of the great northern tales In Norse Mythology Gaiman stays true to the myths in envisioning the major Norse pantheon Odin the highest of the high wise daring and cunning Thor Odin s son incredibly strong yet not the wisest of gods and Loki son of a giant blood brother to Odin and a trickster and unsurpassable manipulator Gaiman fashions these primeval stories into a novelistic arc that begins with the genesis of the legendary nine worlds and delves into the exploits of deities dwarfs and giants Once when Thor s hammer is stolen Thor must disguise himself as a woman difficult with his beard and huge appetite to steal it back More poignant is the tale in which the blood of Kvasir the most sagacious of gods is turned into a mead that infuses drinkers with poetry The work culminates in Ragnarok the twilight of the gods and rebirth of a new time and people Through Gaiman s deft and witty prose emerge these gods with their fiercely... competitive natures their susceptibility to being duped and to duping others and their tendency to let passion ignite their actions making these long-ago myths breathe pungent life again more
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
The seminal work of speculative fiction from the Booker Prize-winning soon to be a Hulu series starring Elizabeth Moss Samira Wiley and Joseph Fiennes 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
The Legend of Zelda Art and Artifacts contains over four hundred pages of fully realized illustrations from the entire thirty-year history of The Legend of Zelda including artwork from the upcoming The Legend of Zelda Breath of the Wild Every masterwork is printed on high-quality paper in an oversized format so you can immerse yourself in the fine details of each piece This book includes rare promotional pieces game box art instruction booklet illustrations official character illustrations sprite art interviews with the artists and much much more The Legend of Zelda Art and Artifacts collects many of your favorite masterpieces from the storied franchise as well as rare and never before seen content presented in one handsome hardcover Select artwork from the entirety of the franchise A nostalgic look at the past An exciting look at the future Interviews with some of the artists behind The Legend of Zelda series
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 more than ever Aldous Huxley s enduring masterpiece one of the most prophetic dystopian works of the 20th century Wall Street Journal must be read and understood by anyone concerned with preserving the human spirit in the face of our brave new world Aldous Huxley s profoundly important classic of world literature Brave New World is a searching vision of an unequal technologically-advanced future where humans are genetically bred socially indoctrinated and pharmaceutically anesthetized to passively uphold an authoritarian ruling order--all at the cost of our freedom full humanity and perhaps also our souls A genius who who spent his life decrying the onward march of the Machine The New Yorker Huxley was a man of incomparable talents equally an artist a spiritual seeker and one of history s keenest observers of human nature and civilization Brave New World his masterpiece has enthralled and terrified millions of readers and retains its urgent relevance to this day as both a warning to be heeded as we head into tomorrow and as thought-provoking satisfying work of literature Written in the shadow of the rise of fascism during the 1930s Brave New World likewise speaks to a 21st-century world dominated by mass-entertainment... technology medicine and pharmaceuticals the arts of persuasion and the hidden influence of elites Aldous Huxley is the greatest 20th century writer in English Chicago Tribune more
Following Star Wars Aftermath and Star Wars Life Debt Chuck Wendig delivers the exhilarating conclusion to the New York Times bestselling trilogy set in the years between Return of the Jedi and The Force Awakens EVERY END IS A NEW BEGINNING As the final showdown between the New Republic and the Empire draws near all eyes turn to a once-isolated planet Jakku The Battle of Endor shattered the Empire scattering its remaining forces across the galaxy But the months following the Rebellion s victory have not been easy The fledgling New Republic has suffered a devastating attack from the Imperial remnant forcing the new democracy to escalate their hunt for the hidden enemy For her role in the deadly ambush Grand Admiral Rae Sloane is the most wanted Imperial war criminal and one-time rebel pilot Norra Wexley back in service at Leia s urgent request is leading the hunt But more than just loyalty to the New Republic drives Norra forward Her husband was turned into a murderous pawn in Sloane s assassination plot and now she wants vengeance as much as justice But Sloane too is on a furious quest pursuing the treacherous Gallius Rax to the barren planet Jakku As the true mastermind behind the Empire s devastating attack Rax has led the... Empire to its defining moment The cunning strategist has gathered the powerful remnants of the Empire s war machine preparing to execute the late Emperor Palpatine s final plan As the Imperial fleet orbits Jakku an armada of Republic fighters closes in to finish what began at Endor Norra and her crew soar into the heart of an apocalyptic clash that will leave land and sky alike scorched And the future of the galaxy will finally be decided Praise for Chuck Wendig s Aftermath Star Wars Aftermath reveals what happened after the events of 1983 s Return of the Jedi It turns out there s more than just the Empire for the good guys to worry about The Hollywood Reporter The Force is strong with Star Wars Aftermath Alternative Nation The Star Wars universe is fresh and new again and just as rich and mysterious as it always was Den of Geek Aftermath Life Debt Compulsively readable the kind of caramel-corn book you just keep stuffing in your face until it s gone Tor com Man oh man this is good stuff Life Debt reveals what Han and Chewie were up to after Return of the Jedi io9 Gripping reading This novel hits the ground running New York Daily Newsmore
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
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