The Ant King And Other Stories

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The Ant King

The Ant King Pdf/ePub eBook Author: Benjamin Rosenbaum
Editor: Small Beer Press
ISBN: 1618730134
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"Rosenbaum's The Ant King and Other Stories contains invisible cities and playful deconstructions of the form. In "Biographical Notes to 'A Discourse on the Nature of Causality, With Air-Planes,' by Benjamin Rosenbaum"—yes, his name is part of the title—the author imagines a world whose technologies and philosophies differ wildly from ours. The result is a commentary on the state of the art that is itself the state of the art." —Los Angeles Times Favorite Books of 2008 * "Give him some prizes, like, perhaps, "best first collection" for this book." —Booklist (Starred review, Top 10 SF Books of the Year) "Featuring outlandish and striking imagery throughout—a woman in love with an elephant, an orange that ruled the world—this collection is a surrealistic wonderland." —Publishers Weekly "Rosenbaum proves he’s capable of sustained fantasy with "Biographical Notes," a steampunkish alternate history of aerial piracy, and "A Siege of Cranes," a fantasy about a battle between a human insurgent and the White Witch that carries decidedly modern undercurrents.... Perhaps none of the tales is odder than "Orphans," in which girl-meets-elephant, girl-loses-elephant." —Kirkus Reviews "Urbane without being arch, sweet without being maudlin, mysterious without being cryptic."—Cory Doctorow, Boing Boing "Lively, bizarre, and funny as well as dark, sinister, and sensual." —Boston Phoenix A dazzling, postmodern debut collection of pulp and surreal fictions: a writer of alternate histories defends his patron’s zeppelin against assassins and pirates; a woman transforms into hundreds of gumballs; an emancipated children’s collective goes house hunting. Benjamin Rosenbaum’s stories have appeared in Asimov’s Science Fiction and McSweeney’s, been translated into fourteen languages, and listed in The Best American Short Stories 2006. Shortlisted for the Hugo and Nebula awards, Rosenbaum’s work has been reprinted in Harper’s and The Year’s Best Science Fiction. He lives in Switzerland with his family.

The King's Last Song

The King's Last Song Pdf/ePub eBook Author: Geoff Ryman
Editor: Small Beer Press
ISBN: 1618730150
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Can a twelfth-century Cambodian king's sense of compassion and justice translate to the present?

The ninth vibration and other stories

The ninth vibration and other stories Pdf/ePub eBook Author: L. Adams Beck
Editor: Good Press
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"The ninth vibration and other stories" by L. Adams Beck. Published by Good Press. Good Press publishes a wide range of titles that encompasses every genre. From well-known classics & literary fiction and non-fiction to forgotten−or yet undiscovered gems−of world literature, we issue the books that need to be read. Each Good Press edition has been meticulously edited and formatted to boost readability for all e-readers and devices. Our goal is to produce eBooks that are user-friendly and accessible to everyone in a high-quality digital format.

The Year's Best Science Fiction: Twenty-Sixth Annual Collection

The Year's Best Science Fiction: Twenty-Sixth Annual Collection Pdf/ePub eBook Author: Gardner Dozois
Editor: St. Martin\'s Griffin
ISBN: 9781429985376
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The thirty stories in this collection imaginatively take us far across the universe, into the very core of our beings, to the realm of the gods, and the moment just after now. Included here are the works of masters of the form and of bright new talents, including: Paolo Bacigalupi, Stephen Baxter, Elizabeth Bear, Aliete de Bodard, James L. Cambias, Greg Egan, Charles Coleman Finlay, James Alan Gardner, Dominic Green, Daryl Gregory, Gwyneth Jones, Ted Kosmatka, Mary Robinette Kowal, Nancy Kress, Jay Lake, Paul McAuley, Ian McDonald, Maureen McHugh, Sarah Monette, Garth Nix, Hannu Rajaniemi, Robert Reed, Alastair Reynolds, Mary Rosenblum, Kristine Kathryn Rusch, Geoff Ryman, Karl Schroeder, Gord Sellar, and Michael Swanwick. Supplementing the stories are the editor's insightful summation of the year's events and a lengthy list of honorable mentions, making this book both a valuable resource and the single best place in the universe to find stories that stir the imagination, and the heart.

The Mammoth Book of Best New SF 22

The Mammoth Book of Best New SF 22 Pdf/ePub eBook Author: Gardner Dozois
Editor: Hachette UK
ISBN: 1849015279
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Widely acclaimed as the benchmark annual anthology for science fiction fans, The Mammoth Book of Best New SF is now in its 22nd successful year. Best SF 22 comprises over two dozen fantastic new pieces from the world's best writers of science fiction. This collection encompasses every aspect of the genre: soft, hard, cyberpunk, cyber noir, anthropological, military, and adventure. As ever, a bonus extra is an insightful review of the year's best books and an extensive list of recommended reading. Gardner Dozois is the world's leading SF anthologist, and has won the Hugo Award for Best Editor fifteen times.

Kalpa Imperial

Kalpa Imperial Pdf/ePub eBook Author: AngŽlica Gorodischer
Editor: Small Beer Press
ISBN: 1618730193
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Emperors, empresses, storytellers, thievesand the Natural History of Ferrets.

Household Stories by the Brothers Grimm

Household Stories by the Brothers Grimm Pdf/ePub eBook Author: Brothers Grimm
Editor: Courier Corporation
ISBN: 0486121402
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Fifty-three great Grimm stories: "Rumpelstiltskin," "Snow White," "Hansel and Gretel," and many more. 114 illustrations by Walter Crane.

The Wonder World of Ants

The Wonder World of Ants Pdf/ePub eBook Author: Wilfrid S. Bronson
Editor: Sunstone Press
ISBN: 0865346917
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Bronson, who is well known for his interesting stories of science, ventures into the world of ants and describes the different kinds, from devastating army ants to slave-making ants who kidnap the offspring of other tribes.

The Happy Prince and Other Stories

The Happy Prince and Other Stories Pdf/ePub eBook Author: Oscar Wilde
Editor: Penguin UK
ISBN: 0141926422
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These special fairy tales, which Oscar Wilde made up for his own sons, include 'The Happy Prince', who was not as happy as he seemed; 'The Selfish Giant', who learned to love little children; 'The Star Child', who suffered bitter trials when he rejected his parents. . . . Often whimsical and sometimes sad, they all shine with poetry and magic.

Solomon and the Ant

Solomon and the Ant Pdf/ePub eBook Author: N.A
Editor: Boyds Mills Press
ISBN: 1629792918
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A treasure trove of forty-three religious, wisdom, riddle, and trickster Jewish folktales that have been told near the hearth, at the table, and in the synagogue for centuries. Sheldon Oberman, a master storyteller, retells the tales with simplicity and grace, making them perfect for performing and reading aloud. Peninnah Schram, herself an acclaimed storyteller and folklorist, provides lively notes and commentary that examine the meaning of each tale and its place in history.

Ant King

Ant King Pdf/ePub eBook Author: Anders Hanson
Editor: ABDO
ISBN: 1599284790
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Grant the worker ant saves his colony from attack by archenemy Bull Dozer. Alternating pages provide facts about ants.

The Death of Ivan Ilyich and Other Stories

The Death of Ivan Ilyich and Other Stories Pdf/ePub eBook Author: Leo Tolstoy
Editor: OUP Oxford
ISBN: 0191649058
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'no one pitied him as he would have liked to be pitied' As Ivan Ilyich lies dying he begins to re-evaluate his life, searching for meaning that will make sense of his sufferings. In 'The Death of Ivan Ilyich' and the other works in this volume, Tolstoy conjures characters who, tested to the limit, reveal glorious and unexpected reserves of courage or baseness of a near inhuman kind. Two vivid parables and 'The Forged Coupon', a tale of criminality, explore class relations after the emancipation of the serfs in 1861 and the connection between an ethical life and worldly issues. In 'Master and Workman' Tolstoy creates one of his most gripping dramas about human relationships put to the test in an extreme situation. 'The Death of Ivan Ilyich' is an existential masterpiece, a biting satire that recounts with extraordinary power the final illness and death of a bourgeois lawyer. In his Introduction Andrew Kahn explores Tolstoy's moral concerns and the stylistic features of these late stories, sensitively translated by Nicolas Pasternak Slater. ABOUT THE SERIES: For over 100 years Oxford World's Classics has made available the widest range of literature from around the globe. Each affordable volume reflects Oxford's commitment to scholarship, providing the most accurate text plus a wealth of other valuable features, including expert introductions by leading authorities, helpful notes to clarify the text, up-to-date bibliographies for further study, and much more.

The Man Who Would Be King

The Man Who Would Be King Pdf/ePub eBook Author: Rudyard Kipling
Editor: OUP Oxford
ISBN: 0191605735
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The Man Who Would Be King by Rudyard Kipling Summary

This collection brings together seventeen of Kipling's early stories, written between 1885 and 1888, when Kipling was working as a journalist in India. Wry comedies of British officialdom alternate with glimpses into the harsh lives of the common soldiers and the Indian poor, revealing Kipling's legendary powers of observation and, in 'Baa Baa, Black Sheep' his own miserable childhood. From Mrs Hauksbee's Simla drawing-room to Mulvaney's cot in barracks, to the wild hills of Kafiristan, Kipling re-creates the India he knew in stories by turns ironic and sentimental, compassionate and bitter, displaying the brilliance that has captivated readers for over a century. ABOUT THE SERIES: For over 100 years Oxford World's Classics has made available the widest range of literature from around the globe. Each affordable volume reflects Oxford's commitment to scholarship, providing the most accurate text plus a wealth of other valuable features, including expert introductions by leading authorities, helpful notes to clarify the text, up-to-date bibliographies for further study, and much more.

Chinese Literature: A Very Short Introduction

Chinese Literature: A Very Short Introduction Pdf/ePub eBook Author: Sabina Knight
Editor: Oxford University Press
ISBN: 0199913137
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Chinese Literature: A Very Short Introduction by Sabina Knight Summary

Perhaps nowhere else has literature been as conscious a collective endeavor as in China, and China's survival over three thousand years may owe more to its literary traditions than to its political history. This Very Short Introduction tells the story of Chinese literature from antiquity to the present, focusing on the key role literary culture played in supporting social and political concerns. Embracing traditional Chinese understandings of literature as encompassing history and philosophy as well as poetry and poetics, storytelling, drama, and the novel, Sabina Knight discusses the philosophical foundations of literary culture as well as literature's power to address historical trauma and cultivate moral and sensual passions. From ancient historical records through the modernization and globalization of Chinese literature, Knight draws on lively examples to underscore the close relationship between ethics and aesthetics, as well as the diversity of Chinese thought. Knight also illuminates the role of elite patronage; the ways literature has served the interests of specific groups; and questions of canonization, language, nationalism, and cross-cultural understanding. The book includes Chinese characters for names, titles, and key terms.


Ant Pdf/ePub eBook Author: Charlotte Sleigh
Editor: Reaktion Books
ISBN: 1861894813
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Ants are legion: at present there are 11,006 species of ant known; they live everywhere in the world except the polar icecaps; and the combined weight of the ant population has been estimated to make up half the mass of all insects alive today. When we encounter them outdoors, ants fascinate us; discovered in our kitchen cupboards, they elicit horror and disgust. Charlotte Sleigh’s Ant elucidates the cultural reasons behind our varied reactions to these extraordinary insects, and considers the variety of responses that humans have expressed at different times and in different places to their intricate, miniature societies. Ants have figured as fantasy miniature armies, as models of good behavior, as infiltrating communists and as creatures on the borderline between the realms of the organic and the machine: in 1977 British Telecom hired ant experts to help solve problems with their massive information network. This is the first book to examine ants in these and many other such guises, and in so doing opens up broader issues about the history of science and humans’ relations with the natural world. It will be of interest to anyone who likes natural history or cultural studies, or who has ever rushed out and bought a can of RaidTM. "[Charlotte Sleigh's] stylish, engaging and informative study deserves to win new members for the ant fan club."—Jonathan Bate, The Times


Tsantsa Pdf/ePub eBook Author: Ted Sabine
Editor: Xlibris Corporation
ISBN: 1465386580
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TED SABINE is a retired English and creative writing teacher who taught for twelve years at Cairo American College in Egypt and has traveled the world extensively with his wife, Margaret (Mogie). The author has prospected for diamonds in Guyana, collected numerous species of insects from Africa, South America, New Guinea, and Borneo, and became known as the Bug Man by students during his time in Cairo for his ardent storytelling abilities. Still, his initial excursions were along the Pan American Highway in Ecuador, ending up in the province of El Oriente where he received his inspiration for Tsantsa. Mr. Sabines science fiction novel, The Soulsucker, was published in 1976. Today, his hobbies include fly fishing, travel photography, weight training, and insect collecting. Cover art by Bill Chapman

Fifty Famous Stories Retold

Fifty Famous Stories Retold Pdf/ePub eBook Author: James Baldwin
Editor: Lindhardt og Ringhof
ISBN: 9176393291
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Fifty Famous Stories Retold by James Baldwin Summary

Dive into history with this classic collection of fascinating stories, retold by the master children’s author James Baldwin at the turn of the century. Meet Alexander the Great and his horse Bucephalus, King Canute, Julius Caesar, Robin Hood, and many more famous kings and heroes. Exciting, fun, and educational, "Fifty Famous Stories Retold" tells the most thrilling and legendary tales from history and myth. James Baldwin (1841-1925) was an American author of children’s books and textbook editor. His most famous most works include "Fifty Famous Stories Retold" (1896) and "Abraham Lincoln, a True Life" (1904).

The Secret of Jimmy X

The Secret of Jimmy X Pdf/ePub eBook Author: Jason Fury
Editor: iUniverse
ISBN: 146970546X
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The Secret of Jimmy X by Jason Fury Summary

At last, a collection of brand new gay tales from the master story teller himself, Jason Fury. Terrifying, bizarre and eerie, all with a touch of tingling gay eroticism. What is the sinister secret of Jimmy X? Who is the serial killer of gay men in the ancient city of Wintersville? Why do the townspeople fear an underground disco where dozens of gay men were burned alive? A lone traveler comes across a group of handsome jocks playing football but he discovers something unwordly about their game. Three hustlers agree to appear in a porno film but find out the filmmaker wants it to become a real life slasher epic. A suicidal man moves into a mountain chalet, only to learn he has some terrifying roommates. These are only a few of the unforgettable characters in these extraordinary stories of the weird, the haunted and the doomed. A fitting companion to Fury's best-selling Eric's Body and smash-hit, His Eyes Were Dark, He Licked His Lips.

Using Paired Text to Meet the Common Core

Using Paired Text to Meet the Common Core Pdf/ePub eBook Author: William Bintz
Editor: Guilford Publications
ISBN: 1462519016
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Using Paired Text to Meet the Common Core by William Bintz Summary

Teaching students to make connections across related texts promotes engagement and improves reading comprehension and content learning. This practical guide explains how to select and teach a wide range of picture books as paired text--two books related by topic, theme, or genre--in grades K-8. The author provides mini-lessons across the content areas, along with hundreds of recommendations for paired text, each linked to specific Common Core standards for reading literature and informational texts. In a large-size format for easy photocopying, the book includes 22 reproducible graphic organizers and other useful tools. Purchasers also get access to a Web page where they can download and print the reproducible materials.