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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
Colorless Tsukuru Tazaki and His Years of Pilgrimage is the long-awaited new novel a book that sold more than a million copies the first week it went on sale in Japan from the award-winning internationally best-selling author Haruki Murakami Here he gives us the remarkable story of Tsukuru Tazaki a young man haunted by a great loss of dreams and nightmares that have unintended consequences for the world around us and of a journey into the past that is necessary to mend the present It is a story of love friendship and heartbreak for the ages
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
Claire Randall is leading a double life She has a husband in one century and a lover in another In 1945 Claire Randall a former combat nurse is back from the war and reunited with her husband on a second honeymoon--when she innocently touches a boulder in one of the ancient stone circles that dot the British Isles Suddenly she is a Sassenach an outlander in a Scotland torn by war and raiding border clans in the year of our Lord 1743 Hurled back in time by forces she cannot understand Claire s destiny in soon inextricably intertwined with Clan MacKenzie and the forbidden Castle Leoch She is catapulted without warning into the intrigues of lairds and spies that may threaten her life and shatter her heart For here James Fraser a gallant young Scots warrior shows her a passion so fierce and a love so absolute that Claire becomes a woman torn between fidelity and desire and between two vastly different men in two irreconcilable lives
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
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
The highly anticipated finale to the 1 New York Times bestselling trilogy that began with A Discovery of Witches After traveling through time in Shadow of Night the second book in Deborah Harkness s enchanting series historian and witch Diana Bishop and vampire scientist Matthew Clairmont return to the present to face new crises and old enemies At Matthew s ancestral home at Sept-Tours they reunite with the cast of characters from A Discovery of Witches with one significant exception But the real threat to their future has yet to be revealed and when it is the search for Ashmole 782 and its missing pages takes on even more urgency In the trilogy s final volume Harkness deepens her themes of power and passion family and caring past deeds and their present consequences In ancestral homes and university laboratories using ancient knowledge and modern science from the hills of the Auvergne to the palaces of Venice and beyond the couple at last learn what the witches discovered so many centuries ago With more than one million copies sold in the United States and appearing in thirty-eight foreign editions A Discovery of Witches and Shadow of Night have landed on all of the major bestseller lists and garnered rave reviews from... countless publications Eagerly awaited by Harkness s legion of fans The Book of Life brings this superbly written series to a deeply satisfying close more
Fight the War Against Draconic Oppression in this Adventure for the World s Greatest Roleplaying Game In an audacious bid for power the Cult of the Dragon along with its dragon allies and the Red Wizards of Thay seek to bring Tiamat from her prison in the Nine Hells to Faerun To this end they are sweeping from town to town laying waste to all those who oppose them and gathering a hoard of riches for their dread queen The threat of annihilation has become so dire that groups as disparate as the Harpers and Zhentarim are banding together in the fight against the cult Never before has the need for heroes been so desperate The first of two adventures in the Tyranny of Dragons story arc Hoard of the Dragon Queen provides everything a Dungeon Master needs to create an exciting and memorable adventure experience Fans of the Dungeons Dragons Roleplaying Game can get a sample of what this product has in store for them through the D D Encounters in-store play program Adventure design and development by Kobold Press
1 NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLERIn her now classic novel Outlander Diana Gabaldon told the story of Claire Randall an English ex-combat nurse who walks through a stone circle in the Scottish Highlands in 1946 and disappears into 1743 The story unfolded from there in seven bestselling novels and CNN has called it a grand adventure written on a canvas that probes the heart weighs the soul and measures the human spirit across centuries Now the story continues in Written in My Own Heart s Blood 1778 France declares war on Great Britain the British army leaves Philadelphia and George Washington s troops leave Valley Forge in pursuit At this moment Jamie Fraser returns from a presumed watery grave to discover that his best friend has married his wife his illegitimate son has discovered to his horror who his father really is and his beloved nephew Ian wants to marry a Quaker Meanwhile Jamie s wife Claire and his sister Jenny are busy picking up the pieces The Frasers can only be thankful that their daughter Brianna and her family are safe in twentieth-century Scotland Or not In fact Brianna is searching for her own son who was kidnapped by a man determined to learn her family s secrets Her husband Roger has ventured into the past in search... of the missing boy never suspecting that the object of his quest has not left the present Now with Roger out of the way the kidnapper can focus on his true target Brianna herself Written in My Own Heart s Blood is the brilliant next chapter in a masterpiece of the imagination unlike any other Praise for Written in My Own Heart s Blood Written in My Own Heart s Blood features all the passion and swashbuckling that fans of this historical fantasy series have come to expect People With her Outlander series Gabaldon successfully juggles a sizable and captivating cast of characters developing thrilling plotlines that borrow equally from adventure history and romance and meticulously integrating a wealth of fascinating period details into the story without slowing down the pace The result is a sprawling and enthralling saga that is guaranteed to keep readers up long past their bedtimes Booklist starred review more
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
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