Slave of the colossus builders or scourge of the Inland Sea? Both roles awaited Dray Prescot on his return to Kregen. Torn between two contending forces, the Star Lords and the Savanti, Prescot himself wanted only to find his beloved, the Princess Delia of the Blue Mountains. But the powers that had drawn him across interstellar space to the world that orbited the red and green suns in the Constellation Scorpio had set him a task, the nature of which even he could not fully comprehend.
Slave of the colossus builders or scourge of the Inland Sea?Both roles awaited Dray Prescot on his return to Kregen. Torn between two contending forces, the Star Lords and the Savanti, Prescot himself wanted only to find his beloved, the Princess Delia of the Blue Mountains. But the powers that had drawn him across interstellar space to the world that orbited the red and green suns in the Constellation Scorpio had set him a task, the nature of which even he could not fully comprehend...
Augustus Pirran wanted protection - protection from the brutal killer who wanted him dead. So, for an exorbitant sum of money, he hired two of the toughest men in the business to do the job - Neil Whittaker, private investigator, and Bob Gann, a top agent in the F.B.I. But on the fourth night of a cruise from England to New York, Bob Gann was viciously murdered his skull crushed by a cruel succession of blows - while Augustus Pirran was left sleeping peacefully in his bed. It was then that Whittaker began to wonder just who needed the protection . . .
" ...Urgent you penetrate icefield for possible rendezvous. Maximum risk must be accepted. Repeat. Must be accepted." In the weird world where huge ice islands rotate round the North Pole, Soviet submarines still prowl beneath the icecap. Top Russian oceanographer Michael Gorov, early believer in world peace, flees from his Soviet base to hand the West secrets which would neutralize the East's potential stranglehold. His escape route is across the grimmest terrain on earth - the empty wastes of the frozen Arctic. Keith Beaumont, Polar veteran, is sent to bring Gorov in to safety. Moscow sends master polar strategist, Colonel Igor Papanin to seize him first. Exposed to traitors and worsening weather, Beaumont struggles to outwit a whole Soviet fleet to save Gorov - to help him to reach the Western base. "Colin Forbes 'has no equal'" - "Sunday Mirror".
Bill's in trouble again. A hideous outer-space infection has transformed one of his feet into a satyr's hoof; he has two right hands; the nurses at the hospital where he lies recovering from his last escapade are steel robots. But soon he's off again in search of science fiction's greatest cliches.
Bill is the perfect starship trooper: big, strong and completely brainwashed. He'll also do almost anything to save his neck. Now he's been sent to Barworld, home planet of the finest beverages in the universe. But can Bill survive an entire planet of blondes, booze and bathtubs of champagne?
“Engaging, atmospheric, and lovely . . . utterly absorbed me from start to finish.” —Gail Carriger, New York Times bestselling author of Soulless
“M. K. Hobson gives us a Reconstruction-era America, beautifully drawn and filled with the energy of a young nation—and magic! Her heroine, Emily Edwards, is outspoken, brash, loving, and true; a delight to spend time with. Could there be a sequel, please?”—Madeleine Robins, author of Point of Honour
“M. K. Hobson dazzles! The Native Star is an awesome mash-up of magic and steam-age technology—call it witchpunk. This debut novel puts a new shine on the Gilded Age.”—C. C. Finlay, author of The Patriot Witch
From the Paperback edition.
In a brilliant mix of magic, history, and romance, M. K. Hobson moves her feisty young Witch, Emily Edwards, from the Old West of 1876 to turn-of-the-nineteenth-century New York City, whose polished surfaces conceal as much danger as anything west of the Rockies.
Like it or not, Emily has fallen in love with Dreadnought Stanton, a New York Warlock as irresistible as he is insufferable. Newly engaged, she now must brave Dreadnought’s family and the magical elite of the nation’s wealthiest city. Not everyone is pleased with the impending nuptials, especially Emily’s future mother-in-law, a sociopathic socialite. But there are greater challenges still: confining couture, sinister Russian scientists, and a deathless Aztec goddess who dreams of plunging the world into apocalypse. With all they must confront, do Emily and Dreadnought have any hope of a happily-ever-after?
Limits and Renewals, Kipling's last collection of short stories, was written shortly after the death of his only son.
Unsurprisingly therefore, many of the stories take on the themes of pain, inner suffering and mental anguish, with an on-going exploration into the level of physical and psychological torment that can be endured before a complete breakdown. Dark and penetrating in tone, these are brilliant portraits of a soul in torment with some welcome relief coming in the tales of 'Aunt Ellen' and'The Miracle of Saint Jubanus'.-----
source: House of Stratus
Limits and Renewals, Kipling's last collection of short stories, was written shortly after the death of his only son. Unsurprisingly therefore, many of the stories take on the themes of pain, inner suffering and mental anguish, with an on-going exploration into the level of physical and psychological torment that can be endured before a complete breakdown. Dark and penetrating in tone, these are brilliant portraits of a soul in torment with some welcome relief coming in the tales of 'Aunt Ellen' and 'The Miracle of Saint Jubanus'.
Quelque part en Italie, dans une villa transformée en hôpital militaire, Hana, une jeune infirmière, veille sur son unique patient : un aviateur anglais, atrocement brûlé lors d'un accident d'avion dans le Sahara. La Seconde Guerre mondiale s'achève. Les Alliés remontent vers le nord. Mais Hana refuse de partir. Ce qui lui reste de vie et d'espoir, elle le donne à cet inconnu, à ce corps de grand brûlé qu'elle baigne comme celui d'un enfant ou d'un saint. Deux hommes font irruption dans la villa. Le premier est un monte-en-l'air à qui ses talents ont valu de servir dans le Renseignement militaire. Le second, Kip, un jeune sikh enrôlé dans l'armée britannique, désamorce les bombes avec élégance. Il a planté sa tente dans le jardin. Hana l'y rejoint la nuit, pour parler, faire l'amour, dormir. Tandis que la mort rôde autour de la villa éventrée par les obus, chacun dévoile son histoire. La plus énigmatique demeure celle de ce patient anglais, ivre de morphine, amoureux du désert et détruit par sa passion pour une femme rencontrée au Caire, à la veille de la guerre. Mais qui est-il au juste ? Un aventurier ? Un savant ? Ou un espion à la solde des Allemands ? Ce livre somptueux et imprévisible est une plongée dans un univers romanesque peuplé de visions nocturnes, d'odeurs, de souvenirs. Sa puissance et sa beauté lui ont valu le Booker Prize en 1992.
Dom Salabos had a lot of advantages.As heir to a huge fortune he had an excellent robot servant (with Man-Friday subcircuitry), a planet (the First Syrian Bank) as a godfather, a security chief who even ran checks on himself, and on Dom's home world even death was not always fatal.Why then, in an age when prediction was a science, was his future in doubt?
In 1941, when she was turned into an armed merchant cruiser, theS. S. Benbenculawas already old. Yet even she was needed to protect the vital Atlantic sea lanes. Commander Lindsay, her new captain, had to work desperately to mould the ship's company raw recruits and old timers into a fighting force. And better than anyone, Lindsay knew this could be his last command, his last chance.
SUMMARY: The place: a future New York City torn by racial tension and ripe for rebellion. The revolutionaries have high technology and careful planning on their side, their soldiers are well trained and sworn to secrecy, and their plans are unsuspected . . . until the Night of Power. Caught in the middle of the insurrection are Russell and Dena Grant and their daughter Jennifer, a 13-year-old whose genius-level intelligence saves her lifer more than once after insurrection breaks out. As an interracial couple, the Grants face the problems every couple does-but the Night of Power becomes the ultimate test, of their loyalty to each other and to their separate races.