Troll: A Love Story

By Johanna Sinisalo

"A wily thriller-fantasy . . . each one discovery appears like the voice of a storyteller reminding us of the way the gods play with our fates."—New York Times

Winner of the Finlandia Award, Troll: A Love Story is a fascinating novel that has develop into a world sensation. Angel, a tender photographer, comes domestic from an evening of carousing to discover a bunch of drunken childrens within the courtyard of his residence construction, taunting a wounded, helpless younger troll. he is taking it in, now not suspecting the dramatic outcomes of this selection. What does one do with a troll within the urban? because the troll's presence impacts Angel's lifestyles in methods he may possibly by no means have anticipated, it turns into transparent that the creature is the widely used of man's so much forbidden emotions. a singular of glowing originality, Troll is a wry, beguiling tale of nature and man's dating to wild issues, and of the darkish strength of the wildness in ourselves.

Show description

The Hollywood Dodo: A Novel

By Geoff Nicholson

From the severely acclaimed writer of The foodstuff Chain and Footsucker comes a worldly comedy approximately 3 humans stuck within the Hollywood machine.

Following the loss of life of his spouse, Henry Cadwallader, an English health care professional, insists on accompanying his aspiring actress daughter, Dorothy, on a visit to Hollywood. He fears she is going to fall prey to corruption and sleaze, yet unearths that it really is truly he who's being corrupted at each flip.

at the flight to los angeles, they meet 'auteur of the longer term' Rick McCartney. Rick's attempting to get the backing to make a dressing up drama set in seventeenth-century England a couple of guy who owns what he fears is the final dodo in the world.

Dorothy Cadwallader's quest for status starts badly and is going downhill from there. in the meantime Henry turns into concerned with a former actress became property agent. The lives of Henry and Dorothy once more intersect with that of Rick McCartney to dramatic impact because the characters locate themselves interested in the edge, the place desires die and extinction threatens.

Sharp humor and prepared remark force Geoff Nicholson's satisfyingly indirect examine America's obsession with stardom.

Show description

The Worst Thing I've Done: A Novel

By Ursula Hegi

Neighbors on account that earliest adolescence, Annie, Jake, and Mason have a different bond. whilst Annie's mom and dad die at the comparable evening that she and Mason get married, the 3 neighbors choose to bring up Annie's toddler sister, Opal, jointly. yet their bonds of intimacy, already entangled, develop into dangerously shut, at the line. One fateful evening, the 3 acquaintances goad each other into crossing that line with stunning results.

Show description

The Unsettled Dust

By Robert Aickman

Robert Aickman, the superb grasp of the supernatural, brings jointly 8 tales the place unusual issues ensue that the reader is not able to foretell. His characters are usually lonely and middle-aged yet all have an identical factor in universal - they're all delivered to the edge of an abyss that exhibits how terrifyingly fragile our piece of brain really is. 'The subsequent Glade', 'Bind Your Hair' and 'The Stains' seemed jointly within the Wine-Dark Sea in 1988 whereas 'The Unsettled Dust', 'The condominium of the Russians', 'No better Than a Flower', 'The Cicerones' and 'Ravissante' first seemed in Sub Rosa in 1968. The tales have been released jointly because the Unsettled airborne dirt and dust in 1990. Aickman obtained the British delusion Award in 1981 for 'The Stains', which had first seemed within the anthology New Terrors (1980), ahead of showing within the final unique posthumous choice of Aickman's brief tales, evening Voices (1985). "We are all power sufferers of the powers Aickman so skilfully conjures and commands". (Robert Bloch).

Show description

Come the Restorer

By William Goyen

This variation: Come the Restorer by way of William Goyen is his 5th novel of fantasy of sexuality in a Texas kingdom existence within the first half the 20 th century, non secular revivalism, and the cash insanity and ecological destruction as a result of the oil increase.

Show description

Mécaniques du ciel

By Tom Bullough

"De toute façon, dans mon monde, il n'y aurait pas de gravité. On pourrait arracher du sol tout ce qu'on voudrait. Dans mon monde, je pourrais faire des bonds de plusieurs verstes et franchir les nuages pour rejoindre l'éther. si l'envie me prenait d'aller à Moscou, il me suffirait de courir et de bondir. Je pourrais même m'y rendre en volant, facile ! Les passagers du teach me verraient filer à toute attract, comme un boulet de canon ! "

En 1867, Kostya a dix ans. Il vit à Riazan, sur les rives du fleuve Oka en russie centrale, et il rêve de s'envoler ; vers Moscou, vers les étoiles. Mais un jour, il contracte une scarlatine qui le prive de ses facultés auditives.Seules sa fascination pour le progrès et sa soif de savoir lui donnent de l'espoir.
Des forêts infestées de loups aux bordels moscovites, des superstitions villageoises aux miracles technologiques, du tragique à l'amour, Mécaniques du ciel raconte l'extraordinaire histoire d'un savant autodidacte qui, grâce à son admirable entêtement, a envoyé l'humanité dans l'espcace. En mêlant fiction et histoire, technology et émerveillement, ce roman poétique, enchanteur, démontre le pouvoir illimité de l'imagination.

"Merveilleux... Un roman histoirque qui porte l'histoire avec légèreté." The Observer

Show description

Melancholia: The Western Malady

Melancholia is a in general skilled feeling, and one with an extended and interesting clinical heritage which might be charted again to antiquity. keeping off the simplistic binary competition of constructivism and difficult realism, this e-book argues that melancholia used to be a culture-bound syndrome which thrived within the West as a result constitution of Western drugs because the historical Greeks, and due to the West's fascination with self-consciousness. whereas melancholia can't be equated with smooth melancholy, Matthew Bell argues that options from fresh melancholy examine can make clear melancholia. inside a extensive old landscape, Bell specializes in old scientific writing, specially the little-known yet pivotal Rufus of Ephesus, and at the drugs and tradition of early glossy Europe. Separate chapters are devoted to problems with gender and cultural distinction, and the ultimate bankruptcy bargains a survey of melancholia within the arts, explaining the prominence of melancholia - specially in literature.

Show description

The Evolutionary Imagination in Late-Victorian Novels: An Entangled Bank

By John Glendening

Ruled through Darwinism and the various guises it assumed, evolutionary thought used to be a resource of possibilities and problems for past due Victorian novelists. Texts produced by means of Wells, Hardy, Stoker, and Conrad are exemplary in reflecting and taking part in those demanding situations. not just do they deal with evolutionary issues, John Glendening argues, however the complexities and entanglements of evolutionary idea, interacting with a number of cultural affects, completely permeate the narrative, descriptive, and thematic cloth of every. the entire books Glendening examines, from The Island of health practitioner Moreau and Dracula to center of Darkness, handle the interrelationship among order and chaos published and promoted through evolutionary contemplating the interval. Glendening's specific concentration is on how Darwinism informs novels relating to a overdue Victorian tradition that inspired authors to emphasize, now not goal truths illuminated through Darwinism, yet really the contingencies, uncertainties, and confusions generated through it and different kinds of evolutionary concept.

Show description

What the Thunder Said: A Novella and Stories

By Janet Peery

From nationwide ebook Award finalist, Janet Peery, comes this "powerful, haunting, and wonderfully written" (Tucson Citizen) choice of associated tales set opposed to the dirt Bowl of the 1930s.

Etta and Mackie Spoon are sisters turning out to be up on an Oklahoma farm. Etta is rebellious and mercurial, Mackie, shy and overshadowed by way of her sister, yet either hold the burden of darkish relatives secrets and techniques. whilst tragedy moves, they set out on their lonesome, looking for whatever larger, anything past the pallid and brutal panorama they know.

Vivid and, every now and then, devastating, What the Thunder Said is the long-awaited 3rd paintings of fiction via considered one of our such a lot acclaimed novelists and storytellers.

Show description

The Soft Machine

In bare Lunch, William S. Burroughs published his genius. within the gentle laptop he starts an event that would take us even additional into the darkish recesses of his mind's eye, a zone the place not anything is sacred, not anything taboo. carrying on with his ferocious verbal attack on hatred, hype, poverty, battle, forms, and habit in all its kinds, Burroughs offers us a surreal area odyssey throughout the wounded galaxies in a booklet simply he may possibly create.

Show description