Download E-books The Five-and-Twenty Tales of the Genie (Penguin Classics) PDF

Part legendary, heroic and sagacious, the emperor Vikramaditya is greatly considered as India's maximum monarch. This selection of tales tells of the ruler's fabled come across with a vetala, a genie who inhabits the physique of a corpse. The emperor begs the spirit for his aid opposed to a effective necromancer and is informed in go back twenty-four stories, every one of which offers a scenario he may well face as a king and culminates in a riddle that he needs to clear up. With every one resolution, Vikramaditya screens his deep knowledge, proving himself to be the best monarch and successful, within the twenty-fifth story, the suggestions he wishes from the vetala to wreck his robust enemy. Written down in medieval instances yet encouraged by way of an oral culture stretching again centuries, those clever and witty stories rank among the nice masterpieces of Sanskrit literature.

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Download E-books Siege of Heaven (Novels of the Crusades) PDF

By Tom Harper

A robust novel of intrigue, sacrifice, savagery and holy war---the apocalyptic finishing of the 1st campaign trilogy.

August, 1098. After numerous battles and sieges, the surviving infantrymen of the 1st campaign are finally close by in their final target: Jerusalem. yet rivalries fester, and whereas the Crusaders hold up, new enemies are massing opposed to them within the Holy Land.

Demetrios Askiates has had adequate of the Crusade’s violence and hypocrisy---he longs to come back domestic. but if a regimen diplomatic challenge results in a dangerous ambush, he realizes he has been snared within the substantial energy struggles that underlie the campaign. the single approach out now leads throughout the Holy City.

From the plague-bound urban of Antioch to the guts of Muslim Egypt, throughout mountains, seas and deserts, Demetrios needs to accompany the military of warlords and enthusiasts to the very gates of Jerusalem. the place, because the deadly endgame performs out, the campaign climaxes in an apocalypse of pillage, bloodshed and slaughter.

Siege of Heaven is a panoramic finale to the severely acclaimed sequence. Following The Mosaic of Shadows and The Knights of the Cross, Tom Harper skillfully blends conflict, redemption, and triumph right into a attractive conclusion.

Praise for Knights of the Cross

“Harper’s first-class moment old whodunit indicates that his high-quality debut was once no fluke. Like Steven Saylor, the grasp of the traditional Roman old, Harper without problems attracts the reader into an unusual time, bringing alive the characters and their motivations.”

---Publishers Weekly (starred review)

“Gripping for its portrayal of the Crusader leaders . . . it is a nice instance from a reliable historian.”

---Independent

Praise for the Mosaic of Shadows

"Fans of well-written, meticulously researched historicals may still include this promising new talent.”

--Publishers Weekly (starred review)

“Considering what Arnold Schwarzenegger did with the identify ‘The Terminator,’ the hero of Tom Harper’s debut historic secret may perhaps cross the entire option to the pinnacle of yankee politics . . . Harper . . . is aware easy methods to healthy recognized evidence into flights of fancy to fantastic dramatic effect.”

---Chicago Tribune

“. . . an exhilarating historic secret . . . Reminding readers of Saylor’s Gordianus and Roberts’ Decius, Demetrios is an engaging protagonist who escorts readers on an excellent travel in the course of his harmful investigation.”

---Midwest booklet Review

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Download E-books White Lies: Race and the Myths of Whiteness PDF

By Maurice Berger

The acclaimed paintings that debunks our myths and fake assumptions approximately race in America

Maurice Berger grew up hypersensitized to race within the charged setting of recent York urban within the sixties. His father used to be a Jewish liberal who worshiped Martin Luther King, Jr.; his mom a dark-skinned Sephardic Jew who hated black humans. Berger himself was once one of many few white youngsters in his reduce East facet housing project.

Berger's strange experience--and his choice to envision the topic of race for its a number of and complex meanings--makes White Lies a clean and startling book.

Berger has develop into a passionate observer of race concerns, looking for the delicate and not-so-subtle manifestations of racial that means in way of life. In White Lies, he encourages us to reckon with our personal advanced and infrequently troubling evaluations approximately race. the result's an uncommonly sincere and affecting examine race in the USA today--free of cant, unusually interesting, unsettled and unsettling.

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Download E-books The Poems of Catullus (Oxford World's Classics) PDF

Of all Greek and Latin poets Catullus could be the main available to the fashionable reader. Dealing candidly with the fundamental human feelings of affection and hate, his virile, own tone exerts a robust allure on every kind of readers. The 116 poems accrued during this new translation comprise the well-known Lesbia poems and reveal the whole diversity of Catullus's mastery of lyric meter, mythological issues, and epigrammatic invective and wit.

About the sequence: For over a hundred years Oxford World's Classics has made to be had the broadest spectrum of literature from world wide. each one reasonable quantity displays Oxford's dedication to scholarship, offering the main actual textual content plus a wealth of alternative helpful gains, together with specialist introductions through top specialists, voluminous notes to elucidate the textual content, up to date bibliographies for additional learn, and masses more.

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Download E-books Day of the Minotaur PDF

By Thomas Burnett Swann

In DAY OF THE MINOTAUR, sleek readers finally have a chance to rediscover the creative genius of Thomas Burnett Swann, a author whose works were in comparison with the marvel-packed sagas of J.R.R. Tolkien, the sweeping adventure-tales of Mary Renault, and the sheer story-telling magic of Jack Vance and Edgar Rice Burroughs. this is often the radical of Eunostos, the final of an historical and robust race of bull-men; of the Achaean conqueror Ajax; and of the attractive Thea, referred to as the Beast Princess. you won't quickly fail to remember those charactes, nor the weird Bears of Artemis, the treacherous, bee-like creatures known as Thriae, and the remainder of the people and non-humans who come to the ultimate conflict within the thunderous conflict of the Beasts. a global of ask yourself and pleasure that may grip your mind's eye from the 1st web page to the final!

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Download E-books Celtic Mythology A to Z PDF

By Gienna Matson

Celtic Mythology A to Z is a basically written, illustrated consultant to the characters, items, and areas that make up the mythic lore of the Celtic peoples of eire, Scotland, the Isle of guy, and Wales. With hundreds and hundreds of entries offering definitions, causes, and outlines of the most important tales, gods and goddesses, locations, and ideology, this booklet is the suitable source for kids who need to know extra approximately historic Celtic myths. For the 1st time, this version is now in complete colour.

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Download E-books The Saga of Grettir the Strong (Penguin Classics) PDF

Composed on the finish of the fourteenth century by means of an unknown writer, The Saga of Grettir the robust is without doubt one of the final nice Icelandic sagas. It relates the story of Grettir, an eleventh-century warrior suffering to carry directly to the values of a heroic age turning into eclipsed by means of Christianity and a extra pastoral way of life. not able to settle right into a neighborhood of farmers, Grettir turns into the competitive scourge of either sincere males and evil monsters - until eventually, following a conflict with the sinister ghost Glam, he's cursed to suffer a lifetime of tortured loneliness clear of civilisation, scuffling with giants, trolls and berserks. A mesmerising mix of pagan beliefs and Christian religion, it is a profoundly relocating end to the Golden Age of the saga writing.

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Download E-books Medusa's Gaze and Vampire's Bite: The Science of Monsters PDF

By Matt Kaplan

This eye-opening travel via history’s mythical monsters and the technology and tradition that spawned them, offers new perception into the creatures that experience terrified us for centuries.

We all understand “there’s no such factor as monsters,” yet our imaginations let us know in a different way. From the legendary beasts of historical Greece to the hormonal vampires of the Twilight saga, monsters have captivated us for millennia. Matt Kaplan, a famous technology journalist and monster-myth fanatic, employs an pleasing mixture of state of the art learn and a love of lore to discover the historical past in the back of those fantastical fictions and our hardwired obsession with issues that cross bump within the evening.

Ranging throughout historical past, Medusa’s Gaze and Vampire’s chunk tackles the long-lasting questions that come up at the frontier among fable and fact. What prompted old Minoans to create the story of the Minotaur and its subterranean maze? Did dragons quite exist? What encouraged the construction of vampires and werewolves, and why are we so attracted to them?

With the attention of a journalist and the voice of a storyteller, Kaplan takes readers to the vanguard of technological know-how, the place our favourite figures of horror might locate real-life validation. Does the mythical Kraken, a squid of epic proportions, rather roam the deep? Are we just about making Jurassic Park a truth through replicating a dinosaur from fossilized DNA? As our fears evolve, so do our monsters, and Medusa’s Gaze and Vampire’s chunk charts the increase of the last word beasts, people themselves.

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Download E-books The Woman's Dictionary of Symbols and Sacred Objects PDF

By Barbara G. Walker

This interesting advisor to the background and mythology of woman-related symbols features:

  • particular association via form of image or kind of sacred item

  • 21 varied sections together with around and Oval Motifs, Sacred items, Secular-Sacred gadgets, Rituals, Deities' symptoms, Supernaturals, physique elements, Nature, Birds, crops, Minerals, Stones and Shells, and extra

  • Introductory essays for every part

  • 753 entries and 636 illustrations

  • Alphabetical index for simple reference

Three-Rayed solar The sunlight suspended in heaven through 3 powers, might be the Triple Goddess who gave beginning to it (see Three-Way Motifs).

Corn Dolly An embodiment of the harvest to be set within the middle of the harvest dance, or fed to the livestock to `make them thrive 12 months around' (see Secular-Sacred Objects).

Tongue In Asia, the prolonged tongue was once an indication of life-force because the tongue among the lips imitated the sacred lingam-yoni: male inside woman genital. protruding the tongue remains to be a well mannered signal of greeting in northern India and Tibet (see physique Parts).

Cosmic Egg In precedent days the primeval universe-or the good Mother-took the shape of an egg. It carried all numbers and letters inside of an ellipse, to teach that every little thing is contained inside one shape firstly (see around and Oval Motifs).

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Download E-books Goddess (Starcrossed) PDF

By Josephine Angelini

International bestselling writer Josephine Angelini concludes her action-packed Starcrossed trilogy with Goddess—a romantically-charged page-turner that Newsday raved was once a "clever remodeling of Greek mythology."

After Helen Hamilton by chance unleashes the violent gods from their captivity on Olympus, she and her acquaintances needs to imprison them ahead of their thirst for war—and blood—take over the area. however the gods' fury already has a physique count number, and time is operating out. With Lucas Delos's lifestyles placing within the stability, and their once-solid workforce of acquaintances now divided, Helen needs to face this conflict by myself, whereas additionally finding out who has her heart—Lucas, or the potential Tyrant, Orion.

With a masterfully-woven plot and epically-high stakes, the compelling twists and turns in Goddess will depart readers thoroughly spellbound.

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