Summary Book Review Marco Polo and the Sleeping Beauty by Avram Davidson:
Download or read book Marco Polo and the Sleeping Beauty written by Avram Davidson and published by Hachette UK. This book was released on 2012-10-29 with total page 320 pages. Available in PDF, EPUB and Kindle. Book excerpt: Ten years in the service of Kublai Kahn...Marco, Niccolo, and Maffeo Polo have seen magic and miracles, and accumulated riches beyond their dreaming. But now all they want is to return to their beloved Venice. Alas - as the only Westerners in the glittering Mongol court, they are high favourites with the Khan of Khans. And before he will allow them to leave, they must undertake one strange, final quest. Kublai is beginning to suffer the ravages of old age. Tales have reached him of a mysterious princess who sleeps forever, yet remains forever young, unaging...Surely she has the secret of immortality. Bring me the princess, he tells the Polos, and you are free!
Summary Book Review Folktales Retold by Amie A. Doughty:
Download or read book Folktales Retold written by Amie A. Doughty and published by McFarland. This book was released on 2015-03-14 with total page 219 pages. Available in PDF, EPUB and Kindle. Book excerpt: Folktales and fairy tales are living stories; as part of the oral tradition, they change and evolve as they are retold from generation to generation. In the last thirty years, however, revision has become an art form of its own, with tales intentionally revised to achieve humorous effect, send political messages, add different cultural or regional elements, try out new narrative voices, and more. These revisions take all forms, from short stories to novel-length narratives to poems, plays, musicals, films and advertisements. The resulting tales paint the tales from myriad perspectives, using the broad palette of human creativity. This study examines folktale revisions from many angles, drawing on examples primarily from revisions of Western European traditional tales, such as those of the Grimm Brothers and Charles Perrault. Also discussed are new folktales that combine traditional storylines with commentary on modern life. The conclusion considers how revisionists poke fun at and struggle to understand stories that sometimes made little sense to start with.
Summary Book Review My South Seas Sleeping Beauty by Guixing Zhang:
Download or read book My South Seas Sleeping Beauty written by Guixing Zhang and published by Columbia University Press. This book was released on 2007-03-15 with total page 216 pages. Available in PDF, EPUB and Kindle. Book excerpt: My South Seas Sleeping Beauty is a captivating coming-of-age tale set in the magical jungles of Borneo. Told through the vivid recollections of a Chinese-Malay youth, the novel recounts the life of Su Qi, a troubled, sensitive son of a wealthy family, and exemplifies the imaginative range of one of Taiwan's most innovative writers. "There were all sorts of stories about how my younger sister died," Su Qi begins, hinting at the power of memory to bend and refract truth. Yet whichever the real story may be, the fact is that the death of Su Qi's sister created an irrevocable rift in Su Qi's family, driving his father into the arms of aboriginal women and his mother into a world of her own invention. In an effort to escape the oppression of home, Su Qi loses himself in the surrounding jungle, full of Communist guerillas and strange tropical fauna. The jungle further blurs the line between fantasy and reality for Su Qi, until he meets Chunxi, the beautiful, frail daughter of his father's best friend. Chunxi is an oasis of kindness and honesty in an otherwise cruel and evasive world, but after a bizarre accident, Chunxi falls into a deep coma, and Su Qui flees to Taiwan. In college Su Qi meets Keyi, a vivacious siren who helps Su Qi forget not only his violent past but also the colorful tales of his youth. When a family member dies, however, Su Qi is pulled back to the jungles of Borneo where he begins to unravel the secrets of his family's past-a story stranger than any fairy tale-and learns that his cherished dream of awakening his beloved Chunxi may be more than just a fantasy. Influenced by the lyricism of William Faulkner and the magical realism of Gabriel Garcia Marquez, My South Seas Sleeping Beauty is a deeply evocative exploration of sexuality and identity and a masterful reworking of Chinese and Western myth. Valerie Jaffee's careful translation retains all the tone and detail of the original work and provides rare access to a new and exciting generation of Chinese writers born in Southeast Asia.
Summary Book Review Caravan to Xanadu, A Novel of Marco Polo by Edison Marshall:
Download or read book Caravan to Xanadu, A Novel of Marco Polo written by Edison Marshall and published by DigiCat. This book was released on 2022-08-01 with total page 347 pages. Available in PDF, EPUB and Kindle. Book excerpt: DigiCat Publishing presents to you this special edition of "Caravan to Xanadu, A Novel of Marco Polo" by Edison Marshall. DigiCat Publishing considers every written word to be a legacy of humankind. Every DigiCat book has been carefully reproduced for republishing in a new modern format. The books are available in print, as well as ebooks. DigiCat hopes you will treat this work with the acknowledgment and passion it deserves as a classic of world literature.
Summary Book Review The Investigations of Avram Davidson by Avram Davidson:
Download or read book The Investigations of Avram Davidson written by Avram Davidson and published by Minotaur Books. This book was released on 2015-03-03 with total page 256 pages. Available in PDF, EPUB and Kindle. Book excerpt: Like Malamud and Jackson, Avram Davidson brought a unique level of charm, wit, and intrigue to the short story form. Collected here for the first time are his remarkable mystery tales, including the 1815 investigations of New York's Chief Constable; a sinister lesson in New England thrift; New Amsterdam river pirates versus the KGB; treachery in nursing home; and expatriates who will kill for a little peace and quiet. "Aficionados of short mystery fiction will be hard-pressed to find any more ingenious and entertaining stories than those in this volume." --Bill Pronzini, author of Boobytrap
Download or read book The Ogre written by Avram Davidson and published by eStar Books. This book was released on 2011-04-25 with total page pages. Available in PDF, EPUB and Kindle. Book excerpt: When the menace of Dr. Ludwig Sanzmann first appeared, like a cloud no bigger than a man's hand, Dr. Fred B. Turbyfil, at twenty-seven, had been the youngest museum director in the country; and now at thirty-five he was still one of the youngest.
Summary Book Review The Other Nineteenth Century by Avram Davidson:
Download or read book The Other Nineteenth Century written by Avram Davidson and published by Hachette UK. This book was released on 2013-07-25 with total page 327 pages. Available in PDF, EPUB and Kindle. Book excerpt: Avram Davidson was widely regarded as one of the most outstanding authors of short fantasy fiction in our time. This collection comprises his distinctive historical fantasies - tales of strange Mitteleurpoas, of magic in Victorian England and on the American frontier. Here are "The Lineaments of Gratified Desire", "Traveller from an Antique Land", and "What Strange Stars and Skies"; here are dragons, cameras, and "The Singular Incident of the Dog on the Beach". Witty, whimsical, dark, and strange, these tales of times and places that almost were will leave even the most jaded readers amazed. No one has ever written like Avram Davidson, before or since.
Summary Book Review Peregrine: Secundus by Avram Davidson:
Download or read book Peregrine: Secundus written by Avram Davidson and published by Hachette UK. This book was released on 2012-12-14 with total page 320 pages. Available in PDF, EPUB and Kindle. Book excerpt: Peregrine, bastard son of King Paladrine, thought he had trouble when he was transformed by a sorcerer into a falcon. In fact, his real troubles began when the prepubescent Princess Ruby changed him back into...well, almost a prince. A bastard. Whereupon he found himself dragged off by a dyspeptic dragon, smooched by a sphinx, wooed by the weefolk and finally appointed Sub-Imperial-sub-Legate, which is still not quote a prince, but somewhat more elegant than a bastard...
Summary Book Review Rogue Dragon by Avram Davidson:
Download or read book Rogue Dragon written by Avram Davidson and published by Hachette UK. This book was released on 2012-09-18 with total page 320 pages. Available in PDF, EPUB and Kindle. Book excerpt: Jon-Joras had come to Earth simply to oversee arrangements for a dragon hunt to amuse the king. These hunts were as much pageantry as sport - the dragons, brought to Earth centuries before as pets of an alien race, were powerful but slow-witted. But suddenly the dragons had become dangerous - quick, deceptive, a menace to the nobles who hunted them. And Jon-Joras found himself caught in the middle of an uprising that could shake the powers that ruled the star-worlds.
Summary Book Review The Enemy of My Enemy by Avram Davidson:
Download or read book The Enemy of My Enemy written by Avram Davidson and published by Hachette UK. This book was released on 2013-05-31 with total page 160 pages. Available in PDF, EPUB and Kindle. Book excerpt: The Seven Signs of Tarnis were: Green eyes Long fingers Long ears, with tips Smooth and hairless bodies Full mouths Slender feet Melodious voices Jerrod Northi - rogue, pirate and a citizen of Pemath - was desperate enough to want to go through the transformation. It cost 100,000 units for the Craftsmen to endow him with the Seven Signs - a rather steep price even for him. But he would pay it somehow, for since the attack of the deadly leeris, he feared that the cost of missing this opportunity to find a refuge in the land of Tarnis would be even higher.
Summary Book Review Dinosaurs II by Gardner Dozois:
Download or read book Dinosaurs II written by Gardner Dozois and published by Baen Publishing Enterprises. This book was released on 2013-03-25 with total page 126 pages. Available in PDF, EPUB and Kindle. Book excerpt: Eleven earthshaking tales of the most fearsome creatures of all time Eleven tales of primeval fantasy bring readers to the world of dinosaurs with the works of such notable writers as Isaac Asimov, Robert Silverberg, Ursula K. Le Guin, Roger Zelazny, Jane Yolen, Lisa Tuttle, and Michael Bishop. _The Big SplashÓ by L. Sprague de Camp _Just Like Old TimesÓ by Robert Sawyer _The Virgin and the DinosaurÓ by R. Garcia y Robertson _The Odd Old BirdÓ by Avram Davidson _BernieÓ by Ian McDowell _Small DeerÓ by Clifford D. Simak _Dinosaur PliesÓ by R. V. Branham _Day of the HuntersÓ by Isaac Asimov _Herding with the HadrosaursÓ by Michael Bishop _Ontogeny Recapitulates PhlogenyÓ by R. Garcia y Robertson _Trembling EarthÓ by Allen Steele At the publisher's request, this title is sold without DRM (Digital Rights Management).
Summary Book Review The A to Z of Fantasy Literature by Brian Stableford:
Download or read book The A to Z of Fantasy Literature written by Brian Stableford and published by Scarecrow Press. This book was released on 2009-08-13 with total page 568 pages. Available in PDF, EPUB and Kindle. Book excerpt: Once upon a time all literature was fantasy, set in a mythical past when magic existed, animals talked, and the gods took an active hand in earthly affairs. As the mythical past was displaced in Western estimation by the historical past and novelists became increasingly preoccupied with the present, fantasy was temporarily marginalized until the late 20th century, when it enjoyed a spectacular resurgence in every stratum of the literary marketplace. Stableford provides an invaluable guide to this sequence of events and to the current state of the field. The chronology tracks the evolution of fantasy from the origins of literature to the 21st century. The introduction explains the nature of the impulses creating and shaping fantasy literature, the problems of its definition and the reasons for its changing historical fortunes. The dictionary includes cross-referenced entries on more than 700 authors, ranging across the entire historical spectrum, while more than 200 other entries describe the fantasy subgenres, key images in fantasy literature, technical terms used in fantasy criticism, and the intimately convoluted relationship between literary fantasies, scholarly fantasies, and lifestyle fantasies. The book concludes with an extensive bibliography that ranges from general textbooks and specialized accounts of the history and scholarship of fantasy literature, through bibliographies and accounts of the fantasy literature of different nations, to individual author studies and useful websites.
Summary Book Review The Redward Edward Papers by Avram Davidson:
Download or read book The Redward Edward Papers written by Avram Davidson and published by Hachette UK. This book was released on 2013-08-29 with total page 208 pages. Available in PDF, EPUB and Kindle. Book excerpt: This collection of works includes the novella The Redward Edward Papers, along with five short stories. Delicatessen was painted in faded, faded, ornate letters on the store window, and a battered metal sign advertised a well-known soft drink. Edward had never been in the place before, but the instant he entered he recognized it as an archetype. Such places are always owned by men named Hans or Ernest and have splintery wooden floors which are swept an average of once every quarter of an hour. They smell very strongly of vinegar and have very little on display in the way of wares - on top of the glass display case, a large pickle jar, usually almost empty, inside the case a small piece of cheese, a small end of roast beef and a small end of ham, perhaps one knackwurst, a pint of salad, and some rye bread. In that part of the establishment referred to by Ernest or Hans as The Back is the beer, the soft drinks, the stove on which the coffee is made To Go. One winces at the small resources on or out of which Erny is obliged to sustain life, one goes on wincing for ten, twenty, thirty years, wondering if Erny is ever going to be able to make enough money to afford a large piece of roast beef, an entire ham, or a whole rye bread. And then one day Erny isn't there any more and one learns that he has retired and moved to Florida where, in partnership with his brother-in-law, a retired plumbing contractor from New Brunswick or Queens, he now owns and operates three motels, a liquor license, a restaurant, and an all-night grocery. Never again will one hear Erny's inimitable conversation, to wit: "What can I do for you?"... The odor of vinegar was very sharp. The man behind the counter had scant hair around his head and abundant flesh around his jaws. "You are the Grand Logothete", said Edward. This time, so sharp and so strong the odor of vinegar that he never smelled the mandragore at all, even after he went blind and before he lost consciousness...
Summary Book Review Aliens Among Us by Gardner Dozois:
Download or read book Aliens Among Us written by Gardner Dozois and published by Baen Publishing Enterprises. This book was released on 2013-03-15 with total page 177 pages. Available in PDF, EPUB and Kindle. Book excerpt: Look closely. Theyre here. In this thought-provoking collection of short stories, some of the most ingenious talents in science fiction explore the secret lives of the aliens who walk among us... "The Other Celia" by Theodore Sturgeon "Residuals" by Paul J. McAuley & Kim Newman "Eight O'Clock in the Morning" by Ray Nelson "Expendable" by Philip K. Dick "The Reality Trip" by Robert Silverberg "Decency" by Robert Reed "The Mindworm" by C. M. Kornbluth "Popeye and Pops Watch the Evening World Report" by Eliot Fintushel "The Autopsy" by Michael Shea "Or All the Seas with Oysters" by Avram Davidson "Angel" by Pat Cadigan _Among the Hairy Earthmen" by R. A. Lafferty "I'm Too Big But I Love To Play" by James Tiptree Jr. "The Hero as Werwolf" by Gene Wolfe "Motherhood, Etc." by L. Timmel Duchamp At the publisher's request, this title is sold without DRM (Digital Rights Management).
Summary Book Review The Island Under the Earth by Avram Davidson:
Download or read book The Island Under the Earth written by Avram Davidson and published by Hachette UK. This book was released on 2013-07-31 with total page 159 pages. Available in PDF, EPUB and Kindle. Book excerpt: Earthy, hot-tempered Captain Stag followed a simple man's quest; Tabnath Lo the trader was driven by obsessions; the enigmatic augurs Castegor and Gortecas maneouvred toward secret ends; and around them all the Six-limbed Folk massed in hatred and plotted barbaric vengeance...
Summary Book Review Modern Classics of Fantasy by Gardner Dozois:
Download or read book Modern Classics of Fantasy written by Gardner Dozois and published by St. Martin's Press. This book was released on 2014-10-28 with total page 647 pages. Available in PDF, EPUB and Kindle. Book excerpt: While humanity has been telling fantastic stories for millennia, fantasy fiction has only come into its own as a genre in the latter half of the twentieth century, as the works of such writers as J.R.R. Tolkien and Robert E. Howard have found a wide audience. This wonderful collection celebrates fantasy's heyday with 33 masterpieces of short fiction, ranging from 1940s stories by L. Sprague de Camp, H.L.Gold, Fritz Leiber, and Manly Wade Wellman to more recent tales by such towering modern talents as Peter S. Beagle, Terry Bisson, James P. Blaylock Suzy McKee Charnas, John Crowley, Tanith Lee, Michael Swanwick, Judith Tarr, Howard Waldrop, Jane Yolen, and Roger Zelazny. Just as Gardner Dozois's Modern Classics of Science Fiction has helped longtime fans and new readers alike discover the genre's finest short stories, so too shall this anthology allow readers to find in one volume more than two dozen masterworks of fantasy.