Master of the House of Darts

Master of the House of Darts


Author : Aliette de Bodard
Publisher : Jabberwocky Literary Agency, Inc.
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ISBN : 1625671628
Pages : 448 pages
Rating Book: 4.2/5 (625 users)

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The conclusion to the critically acclaimed Obsidian and Blood trilogy: The year is Three Rabbit, and the storm is coming. The Mexica Empire now has a new Emperor, but his coronation war has just ended in a failure: the armies have retreated with a paltry forty prisoners of war, not near enough sacrifices to satisfy the gods. Acatl, High Priest for the Dead, has no desire to involve himself yet again in the intrigues of the powerful. However, when one of the prisoners dies of a magical illness, he has little choice but to investigate. For it is only one death, but it will not be the last. As the bodies pile up and the imperial court tears itself apart, dragging Teomitl, Acatl's beloved student, into the eye of the storm, the High Priest for the Dead is going to have to choose whom he can afford to trust; and where, in the end, his loyalties ultimately lie... REVIEWS: ‘Like the previous books, the third in the Obsidian and Blood series abounds with suspects and red herrings. It’s a twisty and colourful tale filled with strange gods who demand sacrifices and pain for the least favour. I liked the way Acatl is beginning to question the way things are, and the first stirrings of doubt are awakening in him. He’s always had misgivings about his own suitability as High Priest, but in this novel his eyes are opened to some of the deeper wrongs done in the name of the empire, and in the name of people’s unswerving loyalty to the gods.’ —WarpCore SF ‘I found this to be the best book of a very good series. The same positives from the first two books are still present, a very easy-to-read writing style (easy to read but not simple or dumbed down), a quick pace, and some incredible world building, incredible accessibility despite the lesser know pantheon and names. Even though the second book dealt with a possible end to the world, MASTER OF THE HOUSE OF DARTS took a similar fate and did it better. Perhaps this was because in many ways it felt more like a fantasy book than a mystery book, which lends itself better to the “save the world” type story. The magic felt more organic here, it was never used as a crutch, or perhaps it was just better explained. There was a bit less travelling this time around, which also led to a tighter story. The ending involved several confrontations that were tense and believable, including some between people who are supposed to be allies... a great end to the series.’ —Fantasy Review Barn ‘Whether you take it as historical noir or as a highly accurate fantasy, it’s hard not to enjoy the Obsidian and Blood books—it’s a perfect fit for those looking for something different from their usual fare, but still exciting in ways they’re used to.’ —Guys Lit Wire ‘Acatl, is very much at the heart of the story, more so perhaps than the plot. He slowly grows into his position as the High Priest of the Dead throughout the trilogy, while the author moves along a parallel path, her narrative growing into its teller and inhabiting his mind with increasing comfort and self-assurance. Acatl is both the hero and the author’s avatar as she explores her ideas of what a hero can and should be. Perceptive readers will find Acatl to be a very different kind of hero than we are accustomed to reading about, but the action and the mystery proceed so smoothly that some may never notice the gleeful contrariness that lurks below the surface... Acatl is not, and this is apparent from much earlier in the trilogy, a typical action hero. He is not even a typical mystery solver, at least not in the Western idiom... The entirety of the Obsidian & Blood trilogy gets high marks... for creativity, execution, and gentle subversion. Not just recommended, but, to paraphrase Demi Moore in A Few Good Men, strenuously recommended.’ —Two Dudes in an Attic


Seven of Infinities

Seven of Infinities


Author : Aliette de Bodard
Publisher : Jabberwocky Literary Agency, Inc.
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ISBN : 1625675321
Pages : 138 pages
Rating Book: 4.2/5 (625 users)

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From the award-winning author of The Tea Master and the Detective comes a science fictional whirlwind romance against the background of a murder mystery... On a string of orbitals called the Scattered Pearls Belt lives Sunless Woods—sentient spaceship, master of disguise, and master thief who chafes against the obscurity that comes with her retirement. There, too, lives Vân, a poor scholar with little confidence but plenty of heart, and whose income comes from tutoring a wealthy student. Their lives are turned upside down when Vân finds a corpse in her student's quarters and Sunless Woods, intrigued by Vân's sense of justice, offers her help. Scholar and spaceship must chase the mystery around the empire's forgotten edge: from rundown teahouses to ascetic havens, and even in the wreck of a spaceship—and all the while, they begin to fall for each other in earnest. But the secrets they’ve kept from each other are large and devastating—will they and their love survive the revelations? REVIEWS “With this lush, immersive sci-fi tale, de Bodard (The House of Sundering Flames) delves into a world as gritty as it is ethereal... [R]eaders will be swept away by the vivid prose, intrigue, and romance of this intricate tale. This fascinating, unusual story is sure to entrance.” -Publishers Weekly “Seven of Infinities is a novella concerned with forgiveness, deserved or not, about cages, self-made or otherwise. It concerns itself with growth, with grace, with ruthlessness and its costs and consequences. It’s a tightly written jewel of a story, intense and full of feeling, and I recommend it highly.” -Liz Bourke, Locus “A magnificent sf mystery, nuanced, intense, and romantic, with a complex, clever plot nested inside de Bodard’s rich, evocative, and vivid Xuya universe.” -Kate Elliott, author of Unconquerable Sun and Cold Magic Other stories in the Xuya Universe (stories can each be read independently) 1. On a Red Station, Drifting 2. The Citadel of Weeping Pearls 3. Of Wars, and Memories, and Starlight 4. The Tea Master and the Detective 5. Seven of Infinities


Echoes

Echoes


Author : Ellen Datlow
Publisher : Gallery / Saga Press
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ISBN : 1534413464
Pages : 816 pages
Rating Book: 4.3/5 (534 users)

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The essential collection of beloved ghost stories, compiled by the editor who helped define the genre—including stories from award-winning, bestselling authors such as Joyce Carol Oates, Alice Hoffman, Seanan McGuire, and Paul Tremblay. Everyone loves a good ghost story, especially Ellen Datlow—the most lauded editor in short works of supernatural suspense and dark fantasy. The Saga Anthology of Ghost Stories is her definitive collection of ghost stories. These twenty-nine stories, including all new works from New York Times bestselling authors Joyce Carol Oates, Alice Hoffman, Seanan McGuire, and Paul Tremblay, span from the traditional to the eclectic, from the mainstream to the literary, from pure fantasy to the bizarrely supernatural. Whether you’re reading alone under the covers with a flashlight, or around a campfire with a circle of friends, there’s something here to please—and spook—everyone. Contributors include: Joyce Carol Oates, Alice Hoffman, Vincent J. Masterson, A.C. Wise, M. Rickert, Seanan McGuire, Lee Thomas, Alison Littlewood, M.L. Siemienowicz, Richard Kadrey, Indrapramit Das, Richard Bowes, Nick Mamatas, Terry Dowling, Aliette de Bodard, Carole Johnstone, Dale Bailey, Stephen Graham Jones, Bracken MacLeod, Garth Nix, Brian Evenson, Jeffrey Ford, Gemma Files, Paul Tremblay, Nathan Ballingrud, Pat Cadigan, John Langan.


Blade of the Immortal: On silent wings

Blade of the Immortal: On silent wings


Author : Hiroaki Samura
Publisher : Dark Horse Manga
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Pages : 176 pages
Rating Book: 4.3/5 (31 users)

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Condemned to a life of warfare until he kills a thousand evil men, Manji, a skilled samurai swordsman, labors as the bodyguard for Rin, a woman who has vowed revenge for her father's murder. Original.


Lone Wolf and Cub: Frangrance of death

Lone Wolf and Cub: Frangrance of death


Author : Kazuo Koike
Publisher : Dark Horse Manga
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Pages : 324 pages
Rating Book: 4.0/5 (3 users)

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A stoic Ronin wanders the countryside of ancient Japan, carting his small child in a vessel that more than meets the eye, with a banner to advertise: son for hire, sword for hire.


Lone Wolf and Cub Vol. 1: The Assassin's Road

Lone Wolf and Cub Vol. 1: The Assassin's Road


Author : Kazuo Koike
Publisher : Dark Horse
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ISBN : 9781569715024
Pages : 308 pages
Rating Book: 4.1/5 (715 users)

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Dark Horse Comics is proud to present one of the authentic landmarks in graphic fiction, Lone Wolf and Cub, to be published in its entirety for the first time in America. An epic samurai adventure of staggering proportions -- over 7000 pages -- Lone Wolf and Cub (Kozure Okami in Japan) is acknowledged worldwide for the brilliant writing of series creator Kazuo Koike and the groundbreaking cinematic visuals of the late Goseki Kojima, creating unforgettable imagery of stark beauty, kinetic fury, and visceral thematic power that influenced a generation of visual storytellers both in Japan and in the West. Don't miss this monumental monthly release, twenty-eight volumes, with each collection approximately 300 pages! This volume includes the following stories: Son for Hire, Sword for Hire A Father Knows His Child's Heart, as Only a Child Can Know His Father's From North to South, From East to West Baby Cart on the River Styx Suio School Zanbato Waiting for the Rains Eight Gates of Deceit Wings to the Birds, Fangs to the Beast The Assassin's Road


Lone Wolf and Cub: A taste of poison

Lone Wolf and Cub: A taste of poison


Author : Kazuo Koike
Publisher : Dark Horse Manga
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Pages : 330 pages
Rating Book: 4.0/5 (3 users)

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A stoic Ronin wanders the countryside of ancient Japan, carting his small child in a vessel that more than meets the eye, with a banner to advertise: son for hire, sword for hire.


Heaven and Earth

Heaven and Earth


Author : Kazuo Koike
Publisher : Dark Horse Manga
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ISBN : 9781569715949
Pages : 292 pages
Rating Book: 4.1/5 (715 users)

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A stoic Ronin wanders the countryside of ancient Japan, carting his small child in a vessel that more than meets the eye, with a banner to advertise: son for hire, sword for hire.


Blade of the Immortal

Blade of the Immortal


Author : Hiroaki Samura
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ISBN : 9781569713006
Pages : 184 pages
Rating Book: 4.1/5 (713 users)

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Manji, a ronin warrior of feudal Japan, has been cursed with immortality and to rid his eternal suffering and lift the curse, he must slay one thousand enemies, and his quest begins with a young girl who seeks revenge on her parents' killers.


Michael's Favorite Spot

Michael's Favorite Spot


Author : Makoto Kobayashi
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ISBN : 9781569715574
Pages : 88 pages
Rating Book: 4.1/5 (715 users)

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Winner of a New York Library Book Award and a Parents Choice Award and described by Wizard magazine as 'Japans version of Garfield, Heathcliff, and Krazy Kat all rolled into one, ' "What's Michael?" is one of mangas most delightful exports to the States, a one-of-a-kind blend of screwball fantasy mixed with slice-of-life hilarity that has audiences on both sides of the world rolling in the aisles. Youve seen comics and youve seen cats, but youve never seen anything quite like "What's Michael?."


Club 9

Club 9


Author : Makoto Kobayashi
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ISBN : 9781569719152
Pages : 192 pages
Rating Book: 4.1/5 (719 users)

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Chronicles the adventures of a Japanese farm girl who moves from the country to the city and takes a job as a hostess at a hot nightclub in order to make ends meet.


You're Under Arrest!

You're Under Arrest!


Author : Kōsuke Fujishima
Publisher : Dark Horse Manga
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ISBN : 9781569714324
Pages : 117 pages
Rating Book: 4.1/5 (714 users)

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Tokyo's most arresting cops are back--and woe to the crooks and creeps who cross these babes with badges! Whether Miyuki and Natsumi are tracking a baseball wielding vigilante, thwarting an extortion ring of phony police, or dealing with the Santa from Hell, the scales of justice never balanced quite so beautifully! Produced by acclaimed Oh My Goddess! creator Kosuke Fujishima.


Hand in Hand

Hand in Hand


Author : Kosuke Fujishima
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ISBN : 9781569719213
Pages : 256 pages
Rating Book: 4.1/5 (719 users)

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After lonely college student Keiichi dials a wrong number, his wish of having a goddess as a companion is granted, and many adventures ensue involving him, his goddess girlfriend, her older sister, and other unworldly friends.


Oh My Goddess!

Oh My Goddess!


Author : Kosuke Fujishima
Publisher : Dark Horse Manga
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ISBN : 9781569714218
Pages : 92 pages
Rating Book: 4.1/5 (714 users)

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Oh My Goddess!


Blade of the Immortal

Blade of the Immortal


Author : Hiroaki Samura
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ISBN : 9781569714690
Pages : 200 pages
Rating Book: 4.1/5 (714 users)

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Manji, a ronin warrior of feudal Japan, has been cursed with immortality and to rid his eternal suffering and lift the curse, he must slay one thousand enemies, and his quest begins with a young girl who seeks revenge on her parents' killers.


The Youth's Companion

The Youth's Companion


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Rating Book: 4.L/5 ( users)

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Includes music.


The Spectator

The Spectator


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Pages : pages
Rating Book: 4.9/5 (39 users)

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