The Best British Fantasy 2014

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Ormeshadow

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Editor: Tor.com
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Acclaimed author Priya Sharma transports readers back in time with Ormeshadow, a coming-of-age story as dark and rich as good soil. Burning with resentment and intrigue, this fantastical family drama invites readers to dig up the secrets of the Belman family, and wonder whether myths and legends are real enough to answer for a history of sin. Uprooted from Bath by his father's failures, Gideon Belman finds himself stranded on Ormeshadow farm, an ancient place of chalk and ash and shadow. The land crests the Orme, a buried, sleeping dragon that dreams resentment, jealousy, estrangement, death. Or so the folklore says. Growing up in a house that hates him, Gideon finds his only comforts in the land. Gideon will live or die by the Orme, as all his family has. At the Publisher's request, this title is being sold without Digital Rights Management Software (DRM) applied.

Mad Hatters and March Hares

Mad Hatters and March Hares Pdf/ePub eBook Author: Ellen Datlow
Editor: Tor Books
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From master anthologist Ellen Datlow comes an all-original of weird tales inspired by the strangeness of Lewis Carroll’s Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland and Through the Looking-Glass and What Alice Found There. Between the hallucinogenic, weird, imaginative wordplay and the brilliant mathematical puzzles and social satire, Alice has been read, enjoyed, and savored by every generation since its publication. Datlow asked eighteen of the most brilliant and acclaimed writers working today to dream up stories inspired by all the strange events and surreal characters found in Wonderland. Featuring stories and poems from Seanan McGuire, Jane Yolen, Catherynne M. Valente, Delia Sherman, Genevieve Valentine, Priya Sharma, Stephen Graham Jones, Richard Bowes, Jeffrey Ford, Angela Slatter, Andy Duncan, C.S.E. Cooney, Matthew Kressel, Kris Dikeman, Jane Yolen, Kaaron Warren, Ysbeau Wilce, and Katherine Vaz. At the Publisher's request, this title is being sold without Digital Rights Management Software (DRM) applied.

Fantasy from Asia and the Asian Diaspora

Fantasy from Asia and the Asian Diaspora Pdf/ePub eBook Author: Neon Yang,Saad Z. Hossain,Zen Cho,S. L. Huang,Nghi Vo
Editor: Tordotcom
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Fantasy from Asia and the Asian Diaspora by Neon Yang,Saad Z. Hossain,Zen Cho,S. L. Huang,Nghi Vo Summary

Clerics and tigers. Nuns and bandits. Archers and hunters. Mages versus Machinists. A recently awoken djinn king and the soldier who must contain him. All these and more can be found in excerpts from five fantasy novellas rooted in Asia and the Asian Diaspora that will enchant minds and hearts alike. The Order of the Pure Moon Reflected in Water by Zen Cho The Gurkha and the Lord of Tuesday by Saad Z Hossain Burning Roses by S. L. Huang When the Tiger Came Down the Mountain by Nghi Vo The Black Tides of Heaven by Neon Yang At the Publisher's request, this title is being sold without Digital Rights Management Software (DRM) applied.

The Flight of the Ravens

The Flight of the Ravens Pdf/ePub eBook Author: Chris Butler
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Amsterdam, 1889. Elizabeth Bergen and her school friend Bernard are drawn into a house that appears to be abandoned, but is not. The owner has hardly eaten for weeks. His skin has loosened on his face. He remembers leaving the door unlocked now. His inner demon has lost none of its cunning. There is no hope of controlling himself. The events that follow leave Elizabeth traumatised, the house empty, and Bernard lost. All Elizabeth has left is a raven’s feather, which she presents to Bernard’s father, Huginn Raaf. His eyes widen and he tells her, “I’ve been looking for a raven.” Ten years pass, years in which Elizabeth lives with the certain knowledge that there are monsters in the world and they will consume you if you do not adequately protect yourself. To that end, she learns all she can of the magical nature of the world. Huginn Raaf becomes a mentor to her, though a distant one. He encourages Elizabeth in her studies, sending her books on mythology, mysticism and science. Now she sends a letter to him, explaining that she feels anxious and suspects she is being followed. Huginn returns to Amsterdam, but events soon begin to spiral out of their control. Elizabeth must solve a mystery that is centuries old, and face a darkness that haunts her. She vows she will destroy it. But how can she, when doing so threatens to unleash an even greater power? A force that could see all Amsterdam devoured in flames.

The Dark Blood of Poppies

The Dark Blood of Poppies Pdf/ePub eBook Author: Freda Warrington
Editor: Titan Books (US, CA)
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The Dark Blood of Poppies by Freda Warrington Summary

The ballerina Violette Lenoir has fallen victim to the bite of the vampire Charlotte. Her fire and energy have fuelled a terrifying change and a dreadful realisation; that Violette has become Lilith, the demon mother of all vampires. Haunted by Violette's dark sensuality, Charlotte and her immortal lover Karl are drawn towards the dancer and the terrible destiny that has fallen on her shoulders.

House of Earth and Blood

House of Earth and Blood Pdf/ePub eBook Author: Sarah J. Maas
Editor: Bloomsbury Publishing USA
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A #1 New York Times bestseller! Sarah J. Maas's brand-new CRESCENT CITY series begins with House of Earth and Blood: the story of half-Fae and half-human Bryce Quinlan as she seeks revenge in a contemporary fantasy world of magic, danger, and searing romance. Bryce Quinlan had the perfect life-working hard all day and partying all night-until a demon murdered her closest friends, leaving her bereft, wounded, and alone. When the accused is behind bars but the crimes start up again, Bryce finds herself at the heart of the investigation. She'll do whatever it takes to avenge their deaths. Hunt Athalar is a notorious Fallen angel, now enslaved to the Archangels he once attempted to overthrow. His brutal skills and incredible strength have been set to one purpose-to assassinate his boss's enemies, no questions asked. But with a demon wreaking havoc in the city, he's offered an irresistible deal: help Bryce find the murderer, and his freedom will be within reach. As Bryce and Hunt dig deep into Crescent City's underbelly, they discover a dark power that threatens everything and everyone they hold dear, and they find, in each other, a blazing passion-one that could set them both free, if they'd only let it. With unforgettable characters, sizzling romance, and page-turning suspense, this richly inventive new fantasy series by #1 New York Times bestselling author Sarah J. Maas delves into the heartache of loss, the price of freedom-and the power of love.

Infinite Detail

Infinite Detail Pdf/ePub eBook Author: Tim Maughan
Editor: MCD x FSG Originals
ISBN: 0374718601
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Infinite Detail by Tim Maughan Summary

The Guardian's Pick for Best Science Fiction Book of the Year! A timely and uncanny portrait of a world in the wake of fake news, diminished privacy, and a total shutdown of the Internet BEFORE: In Bristol’s center lies the Croft, a digital no-man’s-land cut off from the surveillance, Big Data dependence, and corporate-sponsored, globally hegemonic aspirations that have overrun the rest of the world. Ten years in, it’s become a center of creative counterculture. But it’s fraying at the edges, radicalizing from inside. How will it fare when its chief architect, Rushdi Mannan, takes off to meet his boyfriend in New York City—now the apotheosis of the new techno-utopian global metropolis? AFTER: An act of anonymous cyberterrorism has permanently switched off the Internet. Global trade, travel, and communication have collapsed. The luxuries that characterized modern life are scarce. In the Croft, Mary—who has visions of people presumed dead—is sought out by grieving families seeking connections to lost ones. But does Mary have a gift or is she just hustling to stay alive? Like Grids, who runs the Croft’s black market like personal turf. Or like Tyrone, who hoards music (culled from cassettes, the only medium to survive the crash) and tattered sneakers like treasure. The world of Infinite Detail is a small step shy of our own: utterly dependent on technology, constantly brokering autonomy and privacy for comfort and convenience. With Infinite Detail, Tim Maughan makes the hitherto-unimaginable come true: the End of the Internet, the End of the World as We Know It.

Ancillary Justice

Ancillary Justice Pdf/ePub eBook Author: Ann Leckie
Editor: Orbit
ISBN: 0316246638
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Ancillary Justice by Ann Leckie Summary

The only novel ever to win the Hugo, Nebula, and Arthur C. Clarke Awards and the first book in Ann Leckie's New York Times bestselling trilogy. On a remote, icy planet, the soldier known as Breq is drawing closer to completing her quest. Once, she was the Justice of Toren - a colossal starship with an artificial intelligence linking thousands of soldiers in the service of the Radch, the empire that conquered the galaxy. Now, an act of treachery has ripped it all away, leaving her with one fragile human body, unanswered questions, and a burning desire for vengeance. In the Ancillary world: 1. Ancillary Justice2. Ancillary Sword3. Ancillary Mercy

Planetfall

Planetfall Pdf/ePub eBook Author: Emma Newman
Editor: Penguin
ISBN: 0698404327
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From the Hugo Award-winning author of Between Two Thorns comes the first novel in a captivating science fiction series where a secret withheld to protect humanity’s future may lead to its undoing… “Cathartic and transcendent.”—The New York Times “An exceptionally engaging novel that explores the complex relationship between mythology and science.”—The Washington Post Renata Ghali believed in Lee Suh-Mi’s vision of a world far beyond Earth, calling to humanity. A planet promising to reveal the truth about our place in the cosmos, untainted by overpopulation, pollution, and war. Ren believed in that vision enough to give up everything to follow Suh-Mi into the unknown. More than twenty-two years have passed since Ren and the rest of the faithful braved the starry abyss and established a colony at the base of an enigmatic alien structure where Suh-Mi has since resided, alone. All that time, Ren has worked hard as the colony's 3-D printer engineer, creating the tools necessary for human survival in an alien environment, and harboring a devastating secret. Ren continues to perpetuate the lie forming the foundation of the colony for the good of her fellow colonists, despite the personal cost. Then a stranger appears, far too young to have been part of the first planetfall, a man who bears a remarkable resemblance to Suh-Mi. The truth Ren has concealed since planetfall can no longer be hidden. And its revelation might tear the colony apart...

A Hint of Magic (Teen Fantasy Series)

A Hint of Magic (Teen Fantasy Series) Pdf/ePub eBook Author: Claire Chilton
Editor: Ragz Books
ISBN: 1908822449
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A Hint of Magic (Teen Fantasy Series) by Claire Chilton Summary

THE DEMON DIARIES is a whimsical young adult series that combines GOOD OMENS style wit with urban fantasy stories similar to CASSANDRA CLARE’S MORTAL INSTRUMENTS to create an enchanting paranormal series that you won’t be able to put down. Embark on the first exciting adventure for free with A HINT OF MAGIC. She's looking for a hint of magic in her world... Dora Carridine is fed up with her life as a preacher’s daughter and sets out to explore the darker side of life instead. If she can find some magic in the world, then maybe she will find a place she belongs. When she comes across a coven of witches, she takes on their trials to try and join them. But the witches aren’t all they appear to be, and Dora finds herself slipping into a darker world than she imagined. She has to make a choice to do the right thing, but Dora’s never been very good at doing anything right… “Wildly, bizarrely, brain-punchingly inventive!” – Derek Landy, bestselling author of Skulduggery Pleasant. DISCOVER THE DEMON DIARIES, WHICH HAS SPELLBOUND 2.5 MILLION READERS. WHAT READERS ARE SAYING “I love how Claire Chilton keeps your pulse racing until the end of the book. The addictive writing plus amusing characters and supernatural stories in these books create an unforgettable read.” ★★★★★ “If you are looking for an action-packed and funny gothic fiction series with a strong female lead to completely immerse yourself in, then this might be the book series for you.” ★★★★★ “The descriptions in this hilarious occult series are rich with meaning, and the parody of preternatural characters are brilliantly human.” ★★★★★ “I love Dora! Her sarcasm manages to amuse me whether she’s being tortured in the academy for demons in Hell or just arguing with the Fallen One in Heaven. Great world building, and the best and most sarcastic characters.” ★★★★★ “Claire Chilton not only conjures a YA fantasy world brimming with magical creatures like vampires, werewolves, zombies, angels, demons, succubus, dragons, elves, fae, fairies, ghosts, gods, shapeshifters and a whole range of mythical monsters, she also creates a few of her own. Were-squirrels, anyone?” ★★★★★ “If you’re looking for a dark teen comedy that is the goth lovechild of Deadpool and Buffy, then look no further. The novels in this series are fast-paced, dogma-driven, satires that focus on an outcast teenage girl who uses witty banter and a spellbook to become a witch and travel to Hell and back. With light humour and a lot of lols along the way, this Sabrina-like heroine explores the horror of death and darkness in even the most heavenly places.” ★★★★★ “An entertaining, humorous and romantic paranormal novel that kept me up past midnight because I couldn’t put it down.” ★★★★★ “When the demon lord you’re dating takes you home to meet his undead family, and then you’re forced to attend school in Hell, you know the romance is going to get a bit weird. This was a fun unearthly romp that will make you laugh out loud. The first story is a bit short, but it’s also free. The stories aren’t overly romantic, so they’re great for older teenage boys and girls.” ★★★★★ “Deliciously thrilling and wickedly silly from the grave and back! If you’re tired of depressed heroines, then enjoy this feisty female protagonist as she travels on the road to Hell with nothing but her spells, soul chips and wits to keep her alive.” ★★★★★ “A must-read series of sorcery, comedy, witches and demons. I can’t wait for more new releases in this series.” ★★★★★ BOOKS IN THIS SERIES A Hint of Magic: Bewitched by Magic Demonic Dora: Bewitched in Hell Deceased Dora: Bewitched in Death Divine Dora: Bewitched in Heaven A Hint of Hell: Bewitched by Christmas LANGUAGES: Available in British and American English. EDITION: American eBook FORMAT: EPUB (eBooks)

City of Stairs

City of Stairs Pdf/ePub eBook Author: Robert Jackson Bennett
Editor: Del Rey
ISBN: 0804137188
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An atmospheric and intrigue-filled novel of dead gods, buried histories, and a mysterious, protean city--from one of America's most acclaimed young fantasy writers. The city of Bulikov once wielded the powers of the gods to conquer the world, enslaving and brutalizing millions—until its divine protectors were killed. Now Bulikov has become just another colonial outpost of the world's new geopolitical power, but the surreal landscape of the city itself—first shaped, now shattered, by the thousands of miracles its guardians once worked upon it—stands as a constant, haunting reminder of its former supremacy. Into this broken city steps Shara Thivani. Officially, the unassuming young woman is just another junior diplomat sent by Bulikov's oppressors. Unofficially, she is one of her country's most accomplished spies, dispatched to catch a murderer. But as Shara pursues the killer, she starts to suspect that the beings who ruled this terrible place may not be as dead as they seem—and that Bulikov's cruel reign may not yet be over.

Black Feathers: Dark Avian Tales: An Anthology

Black Feathers: Dark Avian Tales: An Anthology Pdf/ePub eBook Author: Ellen Datlow
Editor: Simon and Schuster
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A dazzling anthology of avian-themed fiction guaranteed to frighten and delight, edited by one of the most acclaimed horror anthologists in the genre. Birds are usually loved for their beauty and their song. They symbolize freedom, eternal life, the soul. There’s definitely a dark side to the avian. Birds of prey sometimes kill other birds (the shrike), destroy other birds’ eggs (blue jays), and even have been known to kill small animals (the kea sometimes eats live lambs). And who isn’t disgusted by birds that eat the dead—vultures awaiting their next meal as the life blood flows from the dying. One of our greatest fears is of being eaten by vultures before we’re quite dead. Is it any wonder that with so many interpretations of the avian, that the contributors herein are eager to be transformed or influenced by them? Included in Black Feathers are those obsessed by birds of one type or another. Do they want to become birds or just take on some of the “power” of birds? The presence or absence of birds portends the future. A grieving widow takes comfort in her majestic winged neighbors, who enable her to cope with a predatory relative. An isolated society of women relies on a bird to tell their fortunes. A silent young girl and her pet bird might be the only hope a detective has of tracking down a serial killer in a tourist town. A chatty parrot makes illegal deals with the dying. A troubled man lives in isolation with only one friend for company—a jackdaw. In each of these fictions, you will encounter the dark resonance between the human and avian. You see in yourself the savagery of a predator, the shrewd stalking of a hunter, and you are lured by birds that speak human language, that make beautiful music, that cypher numbers, and seem to have a moral center. You wade into this feathered nightmare, and brave the horror of death, trading your safety and sanity for that which we all seek—the promise of flight.

Brother's Ruin

Brother's Ruin Pdf/ePub eBook Author: Emma Newman
Editor: Tor.com
ISBN: 0765393956
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Brother's Ruin by Emma Newman Summary

The year is 1850 and Great Britain is flourishing, thanks to the Royal Society of the Esoteric Arts. When a new mage is discovered, Royal Society elites descend like buzzards to snatch up a new apprentice. Talented mages are bought from their families at a tremendous price, while weak mages are snapped up for a pittance. For a lower middle class family like the Gunns, the loss of a son can be disastrous, so when seemingly magical incidents begin cropping up at home, they fear for their Ben's life and their own livelihoods. But Benjamin Gunn isn't a talented mage. His sister Charlotte is, and to prevent her brother from being imprisoned for false reporting she combines her powers with his to make him seem a better prospect. When she discovers a nefarious plot by the sinister Doctor Ledbetter, Charlotte must use all her cunning and guile to protect her family, her secret and her city. Brother's Ruin is the first in a new gaslamp fantasy series by Emma Newman. At the Publisher's request, this title is being sold without Digital Rights Management Software (DRM) applied.

Get Started in Writing Science Fiction and Fantasy

Get Started in Writing Science Fiction and Fantasy Pdf/ePub eBook Author: Adam Roberts
Editor: Teach Yourself
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YOUR COMPLETE GUIDE TO WRITING AWESOME AND AMAZING FICTION FROM ANOTHER DIMENSION. This is an authoritative and engaging introduction to writing science fiction and fantasy for the complete beginner. This book provides all the information, guidance, and advice you need to write great science fiction to captivate your readers. It will help you understand how the genre works, the big dos and don'ts - as well as giving you the inspiration and motivation you actually need to write. Written by a leading Science Fiction novelist and a Professor in Creative Writing at the University of London - you'll discover how to let your creativity flow, create incredible worlds, and get your novel finished. ABOUT THE SERIES The Teach Yourself Creative Writing series helps aspiring authors tell their story. Covering a range of genres from science fiction and romantic novels, to illustrated children's books and comedy, this series is packed with advice, exercises and tips for unlocking creativity and improving your writing. And because we know how daunting the blank page can be, we set up the Just Write online community at tyjustwrite, for budding authors and successful writers to connect and share.

Weaver's Lament

Weaver's Lament Pdf/ePub eBook Author: Emma Newman
Editor: Tor.com
ISBN: 0765394103
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Charlotte's magical adventures continue in Weaver's Lament, the sequel to Emma Newman's Brother's Ruin. Charlotte is learning to control her emerging magical powers under the secret tutelage of Magus Hopkins. Her first covert mission takes her to a textile mill where the disgruntled workers are apparently destroying expensive equipment. And if she can’t identify the culprits before it’s too late, her brother will be exiled, and her family dishonoured... At the Publisher's request, this title is being sold without Digital Rights Management Software (DRM) applied.

Ignite Me

Ignite Me Pdf/ePub eBook Author: Tahereh Mafi
Editor: Harper Collins
ISBN: 006208559X
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The heart-stopping third installment in the New York Times bestselling Shatter Me series, which Ransom Riggs, author of Miss Peregrine's Home for Peculiar Children and Hollow City, called "a thrilling, high-stakes saga of self-discovery and forbidden love." With Omega Point destroyed, Juliette doesn't know if the rebels, her friends, or even Adam are alive. But that won't keep her from trying to take down The Reestablishment once and for all. Now she must rely on Warner, the handsome commander of Sector 45. The one person she never thought she could trust. The same person who saved her life. He promises to help Juliette master her powers and save their dying world . . . but that's not all he wants with her. The Shatter Me series is perfect for fans who crave action-packed young adult novels with tantalizing romance like Divergent by Veronica Roth, The Hunger Games by Suzanne Collins, and Legend by Marie Lu. Tahereh Mafi has created a captivating and original story that combines the best of dystopian and paranormal and was praised by Publishers Weekly as "a gripping read from an author who's not afraid to take risks." Don’t miss Defy Me, the shocking fifth book in the Shatter Me series!

A Stranger in Olondria

A Stranger in Olondria Pdf/ePub eBook Author: Sofia Samatar
Editor: Small Beer Press
ISBN: 1931520771
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Jevik travels to the city of Olondria where he is overtaken by a ghost from his past.

Exit Wounds

Exit Wounds Pdf/ePub eBook Author: Paul Kane,Marie O'Regan
Editor: Titan Books (US, CA)
ISBN: 1785659197
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A brand-new anthology of crime stories written by masters of the genre, including Jeffrey Deaver, Elly Griffiths and Joe R. Landsdale. A brand-new anthology of crime stories written by masters of the genre.

Professor Challenger

Professor Challenger Pdf/ePub eBook Author: Charles Prepolec,J. R. Campbell
Editor: EDGE Science Fiction and Fantasy Publishing
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Professor Challenger by Charles Prepolec,J. R. Campbell Summary

This original anthology, from the authors and editors who brought you the Gaslight Sherlock Holmes series, sees Challenger and his stalwart companions including the reporter Malone, big game hunter Lord John Roxton and the skeptical colleague Professor Summerlee, travel across space and witness the ravages of time, narrowly eluding a dinosaur’s bite only to battle against the invasive red bloom of alien foliage, and then plunge deep into the mysteries hidden within the Earth and reach out to the moon and into the heart of the unknown. Strap yourself in for chills, thrills, and challenges to the unknown in exciting new worlds and lost places with literature’s foremost scientific adventurer. Featuring stories by: Simon Kurt Unsworth, Stephen Volk, Guy Adams & James Goss, Lawrence C. Connolly, Mark Morris, Josh Reynolds, John Takis, Wendy N. Wagner, Andrew J. Wilson and J. R. Campbell. With an Introduction by Christopher Roden.

Any Time Now

Any Time Now Pdf/ePub eBook Author: Chris Butler
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England, 2005. Kate Chapman is living alone after the life she expected to live was cruelly snatched away from her. When Joe crashes into her life she thinks perhaps she might start to live again. But Joe is far more than he seems. Keith Darnell, the head of a military division at the Scholman Research Centre, is investigating a mysterious power loss that occurred a year ago. The blackout affected an area with a two hundred mile radius. Now there are signs that it might be happening again. The events that follow lead Kate and Joe into the beginnings of a possible romance, but also into mystery and danger. Darnell realises they are at the centre of his investigation. And he is not the only one hunting Joe. Everything changes for Kate on a night when the sky lights up like nothing ever seen before. And once Kate knows the truth about Joe, it opens up other possibilities. The thing she wants most in the world, the person she thought was irretrievably lost to her, might not be beyond her reach after all. She asks Joe to unravel the events of the past. But how can he, when he knows the past can never be changed? The final resolution will depend on split second timing, when certain death is moments away and time is running out.