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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 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
Spare and unsparing God Help the Child the first novel by Toni Morrison to be set in our current moment weaves a tale about the way the sufferings of childhood can shape and misshape the life of the adult At the center a young woman who calls herself Bride whose stunning blue-black skin is only one element of her beauty her boldness and confidence her success in life but which caused her light-skinned mother to deny her even the simplest forms of love There is Booker the man Bride loves and loses to anger Rain the mysterious white child with whom she crosses paths And finally Bride s mother herself Sweetness who takes a lifetime to come to understand that what you do to children matters And they might never forget A fierce and provocative novel that adds a new dimension to the matchless oeuvre of Toni Morrison
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
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
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
1 NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLER NOW A STARZ ORIGINAL SERIES Unrivaled storytelling Unforgettable characters Rich historical detail These are the hallmarks of Diana Gabaldon s work Her New York Times bestselling Outlander novels have earned the praise of critics and captured the hearts of millions of fans Here is the story that started it all introducing two remarkable characters Claire Randall and Jamie Fraser in a spellbinding novel of passion and history that combines exhilarating adventure with a love story for the ages OUTLANDER The year is 1945 Claire Randall a former combat nurse is just back from the war and reunited with her husband on a second honeymoon when she walks through a standing stone in one of the ancient 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 is catapulted 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 love so absolute that Claire becomes a woman torn between fidelity and desire and between two vastly different men in two irreconcilable... lives Praise for Diana Gabaldon s Outlander novels Marvelous and fantastic adventures romance sex perfect escape reading San Francisco Chronicle on Outlander History comes deliciously alive on the page New York Daily News on Outlander Gabaldon is a born storyteller The pages practically turn themselves The Arizona Republic on Dragonfly in Amber Triumphant Her use of historical detail and a truly adult love story confirm Gabaldon as a superior writer Publishers Weekly on Voyager Unforgettable characters richly embroidered with historical detail The Cincinnati Post on Drums of Autumn A grand adventure written on a canvas that probes the heart weighs the soul and measures the human spirit across centuries CNN on The Fiery Cross The large scope of the novel allows Gabaldon to do what she does best paint in exquisite detail the lives of her characters Booklist on A Breath of Snow and Ashes Features all the passion and swashbuckling that fans of this historical fantasy series have come to expect People on Written in My Own Heart s BloodFrom the Hardcover edition more
Abolish an Ancient Evil Threatening Devastation in this Adventure for the World s Greatest Roleplaying Game Called by the Elder Elemental Eye to serve four corrupt prophets have risen from the depths of anonymity to claim mighty weapons with direct links to the power of the elemental princes Each of these prophets has assembled a cadre of cultists and creatures to serve them in the construction of four elemental temples of lethal design It is up to adventurers from heroic factions such as the Emerald Enclave and the Order of the Gauntlet to discover where the true power of each prophet lay and dismantle it before it comes boiling up to obliterate the Realms An epic adventure for characters levels 1 15 the Elemental Evil story arc Princes of the Apocalypse provides everything a Dungeon Master needs to create an exciting and memorable play experience Includes new elemental spells and the element-touched genasi as a new playable race 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 Sasquatch Game Studio LLC
From the author of Never Let Me Go and the Booker Prize-winning The Remains of the Day The Romans have long since departed and Britain is steadily declining into ruin But at least the wars that once ravaged the country have ceased Axl and Beatrice a couple of elderly Britons decide that now is the time finally for them to set off across this troubled land of mist and rain to find the son they have not seen for years the son they can scarcely remember They know they will face many hazards some strange and otherworldly but they cannot foresee how their journey will reveal to them the dark and forgotten corners of their love for each other Nor can they foresee that they will be joined on their journey by a Saxon warrior his orphan charge and a knight each of them like Axl and Beatrice lost in some way to his own past but drawn inexorably toward the comfort and the burden of the fullness of a life s memories Sometimes savage sometimes mysterious always intensely moving Kazuo Ishiguro s first novel in a decade tells a luminous story about the act of forgetting and the power of memory a resonant tale of love vengeance and war
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