Becoming Batman

Author: E. Paul Zehr
Publisher: JHU Press
ISBN: 0801896215
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A fun foray of escapism grounded in sound science, Becoming Batman provides the background for attaining the realizable—though extreme—level of human performance that would allow you to be a superhero.

The Bone Clocks

Author: David Mitchell
Publisher: Random House
ISBN: 0812994736
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The New York Times bestseller by the author of Cloud Atlas | Longlisted for the Man Booker Prize | Named One of the Top Ten Fiction Books of the Year by Time, Entertainment Weekly, and O: The Oprah Magazine | A New York Times Notable Book | An American Library Association Notable Book | Winner of the World Fantasy Award Named to more than 20 year-end best of lists, including NPR | San Francisco Chronicle | The Atlantic | The Guardian | Slate | BuzzFeed Look for special features inside. Join the Random House Reader’s Circle for author chats and more. “With The Bone Clocks, [David] Mitchell rises to meet and match the legacy of Cloud Atlas.”—Los Angeles Times Following a terrible fight with her mother over her boyfriend, fifteen-year-old Holly Sykes slams the door on her family and her old life. But Holly is no typical teenage runaway: A sensitive child once contacted by voices she knew only as “the radio people,” Holly is a lightning rod for psychic phenomena. Now, as she wanders deeper into the English countryside, visions and coincidences reorder her reality until they assume the aura of a nightmare brought to life. For Holly has caught the attention of a cabal of dangerous mystics—and their enemies. But her lost weekend is merely the prelude to a shocking disappearance that leaves her family irrevocably scarred. This unsolved mystery will echo through every decade of Holly’s life, affecting all the people Holly loves—even the ones who are not yet born. A Cambridge scholarship boy grooming himself for wealth and influence, a conflicted father who feels alive only while reporting on the war in Iraq, a middle-aged writer mourning his exile from the bestseller list—all have a part to play in this surreal, invisible war on the margins of our world. From the medieval Swiss Alps to the nineteenth-century Australian bush, from a hotel in Shanghai to a Manhattan townhouse in the near future, their stories come together in moments of everyday grace and extraordinary wonder. Rich with character and realms of possibility, The Bone Clocks is a kaleidoscopic novel that begs to be taken apart and put back together by a writer The Washington Post calls “the novelist who’s been showing us the future of fiction.” An elegant conjurer of interconnected tales, a genre-bending daredevil, and a master prose stylist, David Mitchell has become one of the leading literary voices of his generation. His hypnotic new novel, The Bone Clocks, crackles with invention and wit and sheer storytelling pleasure—it is fiction at its most spellbinding. Praise for The Bone Clocks “One of the most entertaining and thrilling novels I’ve read in a long time.”—Meg Wolitzer, NPR “[Mitchell] writes with a furious intensity and slapped-awake vitality, with a delight in language and all the rabbit holes of experience.”—The New York Times Book Review “Intensely compelling . . . fantastically witty . . . offers up a rich selection of domestic realism, gothic fantasy and apocalyptic speculation.”—The Washington Post “[A] time-traveling, culture-crossing, genre-bending marvel of a novel.”—O: The Oprah Magazine “Great fun . . . a tour de force . . . [Mitchell] channels his narrators with vivid expertise.”—San Francisco Chronicle From the Trade Paperback edition.

Bear in the Rough

Author: Ariana Hawkes
Publisher:
ISBN: 9781534848962
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New world. New clan. Sexy new bunch of rough and tumble shifters. Are you ready for the Broken Hill Bears to fight for your heart? *** Full-length standalone novel *** Freya Wright is on a mission to heal her broken past by hiking the entire west coast of the USA with her two best friends. The first time she comes face to face with Xander Silvester, Alpha of the Broken Hill Bears, he's fighting in a live shifter wrestling match, and the fleeting connection between them is magnetic. The second time is when he tells her that she and her friends have to spend the rest of their lives in Broken Hill, after his clan mates accidentally kidnap them. She's determined to fight it every step of the way, but resisting the muscle-bound Alpha with the smoldering dark eyes proves to be her biggest challenge of all. The longer she's held captive, the more she sees in the charismatic and powerful Xander. Should she stand by her principles and fight for her freedom, or yield to the demands of her body and love the only man who's ever reached her heart? Xander Silvester's life has turned from military order into absolute chaos overnight. He's the new Alpha of the Broken Hill Bears, an infamous wrestling clan, but his father's unconventional choice has left him with a rebelling older brother, a disobedient clan and the threat of enemy attack. And then a moment of stupidity from certain clan members lands three human females right in the middle of Broken Hill. He needs to decide how to deal with them, but just one look at the sexy, feisty one, and he can't get her out of his mind. As clan politics spiral out of control and his leadership is on the line, he's faced with a terrible dilemma: lose the respect of his clan, or break the dreams of the woman who's captured his heart. This is a 55,000-word novel (around 275 standard pages)

Her Dragon His Demon

Author: Julia Mills
Publisher: Createspace Independent Publishing Platform
ISBN: 9781530665693
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Book 12 in the Dragon Guard series. The books can be read as stand-alone stories, but it is advisable to read them in order to get the most enjoyment from the series. Her Dragon is strong and loyal, a leader among his kin. He makes her feel things she never thought possible and...he is her only hope for survival. His Demon is beautiful and alluring, the other half of his soul. She is the One the Universe made for him and... she is his only hope for eternal love. Together they must battle a darkness unlike any other led by Hell's Chancellor himself. It's not just their love that's at stake...this time it's their very existence. This book contains explicit sexual material and violence. It is only suited for mature readers 18 years of age and older.

Innocent III

Author: James M. Powell
Publisher: CUA Press
ISBN: 9780813207834
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When it was first published by D.C. Heath in 1963 as part of their Problems in European Civilization series, this small volume alone offered readers a broad representation of the scholarly discussion on Pope Innocent III in an accessible format. Now revised and updated, the new edition presents the latest scholarship on the role of Innocent III in the development of the medieval papacy, while enlarging the treatment of the Crusades, Innocent III's importance in theology, his political life, and his pastoral and reform activities. Eight new selections have been added, along with a revised and expanded introduction. At the time the first edition appeared more than thirty years ago, its title aptly summed up the main lines of discussion about the pontificate of Pope Innocent III. Although extreme statements criticizing Innocent for claiming secular power or defending his conception of papal authority no longer commanded major support, modified versions of these views continued to dominate scholarship; to a lesser degree they continue to do so today. Yet in the past three decades, important studies have emerged that emphasize Innocent's place as theologian, his role in the crusade movement, and his involvement in efforts to reform the church and Christian society. The papacy as a developing historical institution is now more firmly established in the context of the important changes that were taking place in late twelfth- and early thirteenth-century Europe. If Innocent III is no longer seen by most as pursuing secular dominance, he is perhaps more realistically viewed as struggling within the limits of his age to find ways to make a better Christian world. Offering an impressive sampling of current and established scholarship, this new paperback edition will prove especially valuable as a supplementary text in both undergraduate and beginning graduate courses in religious studies, European history, medieval history, and the history of Christianity. James M. Powell is professor of medieval history at Syracuse University. He is the author of Albertanus of Brescia: The Pursuit of Happiness in the Early Thirteenth Century (1992) and Anatomy of a Crusade (1986) and has edited a number of works, including Medieval Studies: An Introduction (second edition, 1992) and Muslims under Latin Rule, 1100-1300 (1990). Contributors: Brenda Bolton; Alexander J. and Robert W. Carlyle; Christopher Cheney; Augustin Fliche; Johannes Haller; Albert Hauck; Friedrich Hurter; Wilhelm Imkamp; Friedrich Kempf; Elizabeth T. Kennan; Achille Luchaire; Michele Maccarrone; Charles H. McIlwain; John C. Moore; Kenneth Pennington; James M. Powell; Brian Tierney; Helene Tillmann

The Deeds of Pope Innocent III

Author: James M. Powell
Publisher: CUA Press
ISBN: 0813214882
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The Deeds of Pope Innocent III, composed before 1210 by an anonymous member of the papal curia, provides a unique window into the activities, policies, and strategies of the papacy and the curia during one of the most important periods in the history of the medieval church.

The Crusades the Kingdom of Sicily and the Mediterranean

Author: James M. Powell
Publisher: Ashgate Publishing, Ltd.
ISBN:
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This collection of studies by James M. Powell focuses on two related centers of attention. The first is the crusade campaigns undertaken by western Europeans in the eastern Mediterranean during the twelfth and thirteenth centuries, the reasons for them, and the manner in which they were organized and promoted. The second is the society, economy and Muslim population of the Kingdom of Sicily under Frederick II, himself a crusader.

Haunted New Hampshire

Author: Thomas D'Agostino
Publisher: Schiffer Pub Limited
ISBN:
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New Hampshire is a state rich with history; some of it haunted. Explore the ghosts and their haunts in towns such as Alton, Dover, Franconia, Litchfield, Nashua, Portsmouth, and West Chesterfield that will leave your senses tingling with adventure. Get the shivers as you: · Visit spirits of yesteryear still lingering in the historical societies of Goffstown and Hampton, New Hampshire. · Join the ghosts of haunted restaurants and taverns in Concord, Laconia, Merrimack, and Windham as they loiter in their favorite rooms. · Sit a spell in a haunted hotel in Bretton Woods or nestle into an eerie Durham bed-and-breakfast. · Take a tutorial in terror at one of the many schools in Keene where immortal tenants roam the halls. · Encounter a dead pirate in the Isles of Shoals or banshee on an island off the smallest coastline in the United States. · Stopover to see the haunted cemetery in Hollis and Conway where the dead rise from their tombs and glow before your eyes. These tales, and more throughout New Hampshire, will keep you chilled as you explore its ghostly side.