It’s approaching Christmas and you’re looking for a sweet short story to snuggle up with on a cosy sofa with a mug of warm chocolate. Or even on a long train ride home this season… A Christmas Encounter is the perfect heartwarming short read for the festive holiday. It’s Christmas Eve and head librarian Melissa Wright is travelling on the Shepherds Valley railway’s Santa’s Special, to reconcile with her on-and-off again ex Alex.
So a Knight a Druid and a bunch of Fae beings go into a bar. Sounds like a good joke? Unfortunately Mark and Allison are not laughing as they are dragged into the confict between light and dark. With no idea which side is which. They have been gifted with the ability to control the Elements? Fire, Air, Earth and water bending to their will. That's the power wielded by the Grail Knights.
“It was difficult to tell what was lightning, air fire or ground fire. It seemed we were trying to navigate a sky filled with fireworks within the middle of a storm. The plane shuddered, losing altitude in a dive that was too steep and too fast. Concerned that the stalling engine’s fire and tail rip may ignite the load of ammunition within, I instinctively banked, aiming offshore to the water below.”
What was supposed to be a fun weekend camping trip turns into a dangerous hike across another planet when three teenage boys are abducted from Earth. Their only hope of ever returning home is to escape from the laboratory that captured them and make their way across the alien deserts, oceans, and mountains. But while their journey is full of monsters all eager to attack the boys, it is their friendship and religious beliefs that are ultimately pushed to their limits.
A mostly irreverent, sometimes vulgar, but deadly serious story of pranking philosophers and their canine companions. Based on the rarely told documented true stories of the characters depicted in Raphael’s 1511 painting The School of Athens, re-live a semester in the lives of the mischief-makers and the artist. Set in the modern context of the University of Colorado (CU) in the Republic of Boulder, student Will Fiedler falls in with Houndman (Antisthenes) and Dowg (Diogenes) who recruit him and his classmates Ben Blair and Aldo Pierce into the secret society the Army of the Dog.
After suffering heavy losses at the hands of the Sadist, Patrick Stetson goes home to properly tend to his wounds. Three years later, Patrick is up for promotion and his life has almost returned to normal. But he learns the danger he fought once before is back, and this time it's hunting him. Paige Stetson left New York and moved to Boston leaving the past behind her. But her new found freedom is short lived once she receives the message encapsulated in a dream.
Melody Keen is the first child born on Mars, where her family populates a research settlement. When Melody is two, the adults begin vanishing. Though they return minutes later, they are not completely human. Melody is left alone with aliens who are using the bodies of her family members as hosts. Arriving days later, the rescue team finds Melody alive, and her family dead. The Terrans learn little of the aliens; the traumatized child remembers nothing.
It would be better if he stayed at home that day… A regular guy went fishing and suddenly met a beautiful but unusual creature who needed love and earthly sex. A monster in the guise of a beautiful woman? Scared, he ran away and tried to forget… But suddenly this beautiful creature became a part of his life when he saw somebody trying to kill it. He hurried to save it, but where is it now?
Greg was a good husband, for the most part, when Lauren was twenty-two. Loving and understanding of her various eccentricities, but not particularly ambitious, and unable to provide the finer things in life she so badly craved. Then came Nolan, a handsome man with a good income, capable of giving her the things she wants. Dividing her time fairly between the two men is a challenge, until Gordon comes along. Then it becomes impossible.
Combining the characters and social commentary of literary fiction with the addictive page-turning of a mystery, Margaret Leaving is a book for serious readers. It's long, the sentences are long, the vocabulary is extensive and idiosyncratically English. The settings may be foreign to you and the predicaments the characters find themselves in surprising. There is a lot of history. What's not to like?
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