The Magician's Nephew / The Lion, The Witch and the Wardrobe / The Horse and His Boy
C.S. Lewis - 1995
Here, Winter and the White Witch are thegreatest threats and the children must join forces with thegreat lion, Aslan, to battle against the evil enchantment.In The Horse and His Boy, Shasta, the slave boy,meets Bree, a talking horse, and together they flee on awild and dangerous journey through strange cities,eerie tombs and harsh deserts - in search of Narnia,where there is freedom and safety.This volume brings together the first three booksof the timeless fantasy series.
The Lions of Al-Rassan
Guy Gavriel Kay - 1995
The Asharite empire has splintered into decadent city-states led by warring petty kings. King Almalik of Cartada is on the ascendancy, aided always by his friend and advisor, the notorious Ammar ibn Khairan — poet, diplomat, soldier — until a summer afternoon of savage brutality changes their relationship forever.Meanwhile, in the north, the conquered Jaddites' most celebrated — and feared — military leader, Rodrigo Belmonte, driven into exile, leads his mercenary company south.In the dangerous lands of Al-Rassan, these two men from different worlds meet and serve — for a time — the same master. Sharing their interwoven fate — and increasingly torn by her feelings — is Jehane, the accomplished court physician, whose own skills play an increasing role as Al-Rassan is swept to the brink of holy war, and beyond.Hauntingly evocative of medieval Spain, The Lions of Al-Rassan is both a brilliant adventure and a deeply compelling story of love, divided loyalties, and what happens to men and women when hardening beliefs begin to remake — or destroy — a world.
The Winter King: A Novel of Arthur
Bernard Cornwell - 1995
His uncle, the loyal and gifted warlord Arthur, now rules as caretaker for a country which has fallen into chaos - threats emerge from within the British kingdoms while vicious Saxon armies stand ready to invade. As he struggles to unite Britain and hold back the enemy at the gates, Arthur is embroiled in a doomed romance with beautiful Guinevere. Will the old-world magic of Merlin be enough to turn the tide of war in his favour?
The Fifth Dominion
Clive Barker - 1995
There has never been a book like Imajica. Transforming every expectation of fantasy fiction with its heady mingling of radical sexuality and spiritual anarchy, it has carried its millions of readers into regions of passion and philosophy that few books have even attempted to map. It's an epic in every way; vast in conception, obsessively detailed in execution, and apocalyptic in its resolution. A book of erotic mysteries and perverse violence. A book of ancient, mythological landscapes and even more ancient magic.
Dinotopia: The World Beneath
James Gurney - 1995
They have only begun to adjust to this remarkable civilization before heading off on separate quests. Will takes to the sky as the pilot of a giant pterosaur known as a skybax, while Arthur leads an excavation deep underground to discover the origins of the world beneath Dinotopia. Little does either of them know of the dangers they are about to face ...
Mayfair Witches Collection
Anne Rice - 1995
When he learns that another Taltos has been seen, he is suddenly propelled into the haunting world of the Mayfair family, the New Orleans dynasty of witches forever besieged by ghosts, spirits, and their own dizzying powers. For Ashlar knows this powerful clan is intimately linked to the heritage of the Taltos. This mesmerizing novel takes us on a wondrous journey back through the centuries to a civilization half-human, of wholly mysterious origin, at odds with mortality and immortality, justice and guilt. It is an enchanted, hypnotic world that could only come from the imagination of Anne Rice...
The Fionavar Tapestry
Guy Gavriel Kay - 1995
At a Celtic conference, Kimberley, Kevin, Jennifer, Dave, and Paul meet wizard Loren Silvercloak. Returning with him to the magical kingdom of Fionavar to attend a festival, they soon discover that they are being drawn into the conflict between the dark and the light as Unraveller Rakoth Maugrim breaks free of his mountain prison and threatens the continued existence of Fionavar. They join mages, elves, dwarves, and the forces of the High King of Brennin to do battle with Maugrim, where Kay's imaginative powers as a world-builder come to the fore. He stunningly weaves Arthurian legends into the fluid mix of Celtic, Nordic, and Teutonic, creating a grand fantasy that sweeps readers into a heroic struggle that the author makes all the more memorable because of the tributes he pays to past masters. The trilogy is a grand homage to J.R.R. Tolkien's The Lord of the Rings, but while the echoes of Tolkien's masterwork are very real, the books offer the wonderful taste of a new fantasy writer cutting his teeth at the foot of a master. Kay has a very real connection to Tolkien--as Christopher Tolkien's assistant, Kay was invaluable in helping to wrestle Tolkien's posthumous The Silmarillion into shape for publication. Kay is undoubtedly one of the Canadian masters of high fantasy, and The Fionavar Tapestry is one of his most enduring works. Readers, however, should also check out Kay's Tigana, A Song for Arbonne, The Lions of Al-Rassan, and The Sarantine Mosaic to truly experience a master at work. --Jeffrey Canton
The Myst Reader: Three Books in One Volume
Rand Miller - 1995
Myst captivated the world when it was first conceived and created by brothers Rand and Robyn Miller. Its extraordinary success has gone on to spawn Riven, Myst III Exile, and most recently, Uru: The Ages Beyond Myst. Devoted fans of these surreal adventure games gather yearly at "Mysterium" (whose event sites are spreading to other countries) to exchange game strategies, share stories, and meet up with old friends.The Myst Reader is a literary companion to the CD-ROM games and a compendium of the bestselling official Myst trilogy: The Book of Atrus, The Book of Ti'ana, and The Book of D'ni. Devoted fans and new players alike will be delighted to have three books in this mythic saga together for the first time in one value-priced volume, which will be published in time to coincide with the long-awaited release of Myst Revelations.
Robin Hobb - 1995
Only his magical link with animals - the old art known as the Wit - gives him solace and companionship. But the Wit, if used too often, is a perilous magic, and one abhorred by the nobility.So when Fitz is finally adopted into the royal household, he must give up his old ways and embrace a new life of weaponry, scribing, courtly manners; and how to kill a man secretly, as he trains to become a royal assassin.
Snow, Glass, Apples
Neil Gaiman - 1995
A retelling of the Snow White fairy tale from the point of view of the "wicked stepmother." This version was a chapbook compiled by Black Phoenix Alchemy Lab and sold at Comic Con 2008 and on the BPAL website with all proceeds going to the Comic Book Legal Defense Fund.
Interesting Times: The Play
Stephen Briggs - 1995
Opposing him, though, is the evil and manipulative Lord Hong and his army of 750,000 men.Oh?Rincewind is also aided by Twoflower - Discworld's first tourist and the author of a subversive book, about his visit to Ankh-Morpork, which has inspired the rebels in their struggle for freedom.The book is called "What I Did On My Holidays".
There and Back Again: The Map of the Hobbit
Brian Sibley - 1995
Trace Bilbo's epic journey through the Forest of Mirkwood to the Enchanted River and the Elvenking's Halls. Travel through the desolation of Smaug to the heart of the Lonely Mountain, wherein lives the huge and evil dragon. Visit Rivendell, home of the Elves, in a hidden valley beyond the edge of the Wild. The Map of The Hobbit comes with an illustrated explanatory booklet by Brian Sibley, creator of the highly successful radio dramatisation of The Lord of the Rings and is a companion map to The Map of Tolkien's Middle-Earth.
The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe: A Graphic Novel
Robin Lawrie - 1995
Narnia... the land beyond the wardrobe, the secret country known only to Peter, Susan, Edmund, and Lucy... the place where the adventure begins.Lucy is the first to find the secret of the wardrobe in the professor's mysterious old house. At first, no one believes her when she tells of her adventures in the land of Narnia.But soon Edmund and then Peter and Susan discover the Magic and meet Aslan, the Great Lion, for themselves. In the blink of an eye, their lives are changed forever.A fully illustrated version of the most popular book in The Chronicles of Narnia, with glowing full page artwork and an abridged text for easier reading.
Jack of Kinrowan: Jack the Giant-Killer / Drink Down the Moon
Charles de Lint - 1995
Hurled into the mythical land of Faerie by a faceless gang of bikers, young Jacky Rowan is stunned when she is immediately hailed as the legendary hero Jack of Kinrowan and directed to save the land from a treacherous evil force.Contents:Jack, the Giant Killer: A faceless gang of bikers on Wild Hunt through the streets of present-day Ottawa hurtles young Jacky Rowan across the threshold into the perilous land of Faerie. There, to her dismay, she is hailed as the Jack of Kinrowan, a once-and-future trickster hero whose lot is to save the Elven Courts from unimaginable evil.Drink Down the Moon: Once the realm of Faerie drew its power from the Moon herself. But now a ghastly creature has stolen that power and enslaved the Fair Folk--and Jacky Rowan herself. Only Johnny Faw, a handsome fiddler unaware of his magical gifts, has the power to set them free..
The Big ElfQuest Gatherum
Cherie Wilkerson - 1995
The Big Elfquest Gatherum is the biggest and best place to find interviews, articles, portfolios, glossaries, and a wealth of Other behind-the-scenes glimpses into the fantastic world of Elfquest, such as its origins and some of the many faces it has Worn over nearly 20 years.The Big Gatherum collects material of interest to the casual and the committed reader that is available nowhere else.
The Discworld Mapp: Being the Onlie True and Mostlie Accurate Mappe of the Fantastyk and Magical Dyscworlde
Terry Pratchett - 1995
Well, it has been done, proving them wrong once again. After years of research, cunningly contrived in as many minutes, the Discworld has its map. It takes full account of the historic and much documented expeditions of the Discworld's fêted (or at least fated) explorers: General Sir Roderick Purdeigh, Lars Larsnephew, Llamedos Jones, Lady Alice Venturi, Ponce da Quirm and, of course, Venter Borass.Now travellers on this circular world can see it all: from Klatch to the Ramtops, from Cori Celesti to the Circle Sea, from Genua to Bhangbhangduc. The great cities of Hunghung, Pseudopolis, Al Khali and, of course, Ankh-Morpork are placed with loving care upon this world which is carried through space by Great A'Tuin.
The Armless Maiden: And Other Tales for Childhood's Survivors
Terri Windling - 1995
A groundbreaking work in the tradition of Joseph Campbell, Bruno Bettelheim and Robert Bly, this book explores the darker side of childhood--loss, betrayal, oppression, and abuse.
The Forestwife Trilogy
Theresa Tomlinson - 1995
A powerful retelling of the Robin Hood story from Marian's point of view.Who will champion the poor against injustice and cruelty?When fifteen year old Mary flees into the forest to avoid a fearsome marriage arranged by her uncle, she little knows what challenges lie in store for her as the wise and magical Green Lady of the Woods.In this riveting and action-packed saga, Theresa Tomlinson breathes new life into the story of Robin Hood by focusing attention on the women who will pull a bowstring and stand up against the cruel laws of Medieval England.
The Merchant of Marvels and the Peddler of Dreams
Frédéric Clément - 1995
He must find the perfect gift. Will it be the pea, perhaps a little squashed, from the Princess and the Pea? Perhaps a small round bell, formerly owned by a ravishing cherub? Or will it be a troop of elephants, as small as specks of sand? Or the Mona Lisa's beauty spot?
Luis Royo - 1995
Each collection sparkles with pieces seen on book covers from around the world. Fantasy, science fiction, eroticism, etc... Royo has devised a special personal mix of media that makes his work so uncannily real, so beguilingly engaging as to make him a best-selling star.
William Browning Spencer - 1995
"Gotta get moving," Rock said. A couple of hundred million years went by. A rock is always slow to take action. A rock watches an oak grow from a sapling to a towering tree, and it's a flash and a dazzle in the mind of a rock. What was that? Rock thinks. Or maybe, Huh?That's how Zod Wallop starts. Harry Gainesborough wrote and drew the story three years ago, before his daughter drowned. Now he writes nothing. Raymond Story read Zod Wallop while he was a patient at Harwood Psychiatric. Now the book means everything to him - so much so that he'd like to meet its author and live out its events. In fact, Zod Wallop means so much to Raymond that he has taken great pains to escape the institution and is now journeying to Harry Gainesborough's house with his young wife, Emily, in tow.These odd doings alone would be enough to unsettle Harry, but they're compounded by other coincidences. Bizarre coincidences. Occurrences that lead Harry to believe that Zod Wallop is actually happening.
Compact Discworlds 1-4: The Colour of Magic/The Light Fantastic/Equal Rites/Mort
Terry Pratchett - 1995
Discworld is a flat planet, supported on the backs of four elephants, who in turn stand on the back of the great turtle A'Tuin as it swims majestically through space.
Oath of Swords
David Weber - 1995
He's no knight in shining armor. He's a hradani, a race known for their uncontrollable rages, bloodthirsty tendencies, and inability to maintain civilized conduct. None of the other Five Races of man like the hradani. Besides his ethnic burden, Bahzell has problems of his own to deal with: a violated hostage bond, a vengeful prince, a price on his head. He doesn't want to mess with anybody else's problems, let alone a god's. Let alone the War God's! So how does he end up a thousand leagues from home, neck-deep in political intrigue, assassins, demons, psionicists, evil sorcery, white sorcery, dark gods, good gods, bad poets, greedy landlords, and most of Bortalik Bay? Well, it's all the War God's fault.
The Mask of the Sorcerer
Darrell Schweitzer - 1995
He is also the author of The White Isle, The Shattered Goddess, and nearly 300 short stories, many of which are collected in such volumes as Tom O'Bedlam's Night Out, Transients, Refugees from an Imaginary Country, Nightscapes, and The Great World and the Small. An expert on fantastic fiction, who has written books about Lord Dunsany and H.P. Lovecraft, he is also co-editor of the legendary Weird Tales magazine.The Mask of the Sorcerer is one of the ten best fantasy novels of the past generation. The plot is compelling and moves at breathtaking pace. The characters are intriguing, multi-dimensional, lovingly drawn. The fear is chilling, the excitement intense. But mostly The Mask of the Sorcerer is about magic. True magic. Magic that rings in the bones and the soul, magic that very few contemporary writers can understand or create. Darrell Schweitzer is a sorcerer, and his knowledge of magic is awesome. The Mask of the Sorcerer is authentic, a beacon shining above a sea of imitations. Unique as all great creations are unique, it stands alone." -- Morgan Llywelyn
Eric S. Nylund - 1995
When he wakes in our world, he's stuck in a marginal job trying to care for his disturbed mother; when he sleeps in our world, he pursues a scholar's life in the isolated, mysterious Abbey. Sleeping or waking, both lives are frustratingly constrained, and when Roland is offered opportunities to break away in both worlds, he embarks on dual journeys of self-discovery leading to union.
Mage: The Ascension, 20th Anniversary Edition: Free RPG Day 2014 Introductory Quickstart Rules and Adventure Hooks
Phil Brucato - 1995
For the moment, they exist outside the vast intrigues of the Ascension War.Yet, depending on their choices, that isolation may not last for long.
Mage: The Ascension
Phil Brucato - 1995
From countless ages we have dreamed, from endless worlds we have beckoned, from infinite choices we have suffered. The world chokes under stifling conformity, hopes crumble in the fire of mediocrity, heroes die in the snare of pride. Armageddon is at hand. Reality is a lie. The truth is magic.Open your eyes and Awaken.
Mago: A Ascensão
Phil Brucato - 1995
Open your eyes and see with mystick sight. A War rages, A Reckoning is at hand. On one side stand the Others, Who would twist our world with their mad designs; On the other hand, the snare of Pride, and Power's lure, Await an inner Fall. Is our Path too narrow? You decide. Come forth, A journey beckons. Open your eyes And Awaken.
Russian Fairy Tales
Gillian Avery - 1995
Notable for their magnificent, jewel-like color illustrations by Bilibin, these traditional tales include "The Frog Princess," "Vassilissa the Beautiful," and "The White Duck." Though Russian Fairy Tales in the Pantheon Folklore Library is a book for adults, it has sold over 30,000 copies.
The Key of the Keplian
Andre Norton - 1995
All that is, save for one young Native American girl new to Witch World, who rescues a Keplian mare and her foal and discovers an awesome truth--the Keplians were created to serve light, not darkness, and to ride with humans. This is the first in a new trilogy.
Robert E. Howard - 1995
Solomon Kane was in fact one of the first series characters created by the prolific pulp writer, who virtually single-handedly created the subgenre of heroic fantasy. Set in the 1600s, these tales are a striking combination of horror and fantastic adventure that remain among Howard's most intense. A lone swordsman on a mission to rid the world of evil, Kane wanders across Europe and Africa, endlessly fighting mad villains, winged vampires, and black magic. Originally published in the legendary pulp magazine "Weird Tales," the stories have been collected in several variant editions. More recent editions have striven to publish the tales as the author originally composed them--utterly merciless and without any hint of light reaching into Howard's unique vision of darkness. --Stanley Wiater
House of Tribes
Garry Kilworth - 1995
Pedlar, a yellow-necked mouse, has reached that point. Told to leave the Hedgerow and go on a long journey, the adventurous mouse says his farewells and sets out for a far-distant country knows as The House. Reaching his destination, Pedlar enters a strange new world inhabited by many warring tribes: the Stinkhorns of the cellar, the great Savage Tribe in the kitchen, the library Bookeaters, the Invisibles, the Deathshead and the rebellious 13-K Gang.
The Gormenghast Novels
Mervyn Peake - 1995
At the center of it all is the seventy-seventh Earl, Titus Groan, who stands to inherit the miles of rambling stone and mortar that form Gormenghast Castle and its kingdom, unless the conniving Steerpike, who is determined to rise above his menial position and control the House of Groan, has his way.In these extraordinary novels, Peake has created a world where all is like a dream - lush, fantastical, and vivid. Accompanying the text are Peake's own drawings, illustrating the whole assembly of strange and marvelous creatures that inhabit Gormenghast.Also featuring:Introductory essays by Anthony Burgess and Quentin CrispTwelve critical essays, curated by Peake scholar Peter G. WinningtonFragment of the unpublished novel, Titus Awakes
Beth Webb - 1995
It might seem like magic but it is something different. And much stronger. Now the Fire has been taken from the Ring. It falls to Gemma, a kitchen maid, and Fleabag, a three-legged, humorous, talking cat, to find it. It must be restored to its rightful place and a new King or Queen must be crowned. But the evil wizards of Porthwain are determined to overcome the Fire and take its power for themselves. Gemma loses her courage and worse, is separated from Fleabag. In one final, terrible challenge, the Ring Fire seems to be lost when it is betrayed by someone who was sworn to protect it. There is no one left for Fleabag to turn to - or is there? Who is the strange boy who plays the fiddle and seems so afraid of everyone? In these three acclaimed stories, Beth Webb relates the thrilling series of conflicts over the Ring Fire as the unlikely accomplices battle the powers of destruction to save the kingdom.
The Crimson Tapestry
Michael Joens - 1995
Times are difficult. Fear and violence are a way of life, as Britain remains in constant danger of invasion. Into this setting Worm, a boy who cannot remember his past, is taken to a mysterious village to embark upon a future brighter than he has ever imagined.
The Chess Garden
Brooks Hansen - 1995
Gustav Uyterhoeven left the chess garden that he and his wife, Sonja, had created together in Dayton, Ohio, and journeyed to South Africa to serve as a doctor in the British concentration camps of the Boer War. Over the next ten months he sent twelve chess pieces and twelve letters back to Sonja. She set out her husband's gifts as they arrived and welcomed all the most faithful guests of the garden to come and hear what he had written - letters which told nothing of his experience of the camps but described an imagined land called the Antipodes, where all the game pieces that cluttered the sets and drawers of the garden collection came to life to guide the doctor through his fateful and wondrous last adventure. Brooks Hansen offers a tale of spiritual progress disguised in the most exotic visions of the imagination. And yet The Chess Garden encompasses a very real world, too. Alongside the doctor's visions of the Antipodes, the story of his life gradually unfolds as well. History and allegory are expertly woven until finally both lead back to the chess garden itself, a place where ideas give way to vision, reason meets faith, and fact and figment are finally reconciled.
The Dragon and the Unicorn
Lynne Cherry - 1995
But one day Valerio discovers King Orlando cutting down trees to build a shelter. Only the king's young daughter, Arianna, seems sympathetic to the animals who are losing their homes. But can she save them all before it is too late?
Per and the Dala Horse
Rebecca Hickox Ayres - 1995
The middle son comes by a fine riding horse, and Per, the youngest, receives a handsomely carved and painted Dala horse. Though his brothers laugh, Per guesses that his horse will prove useful. And when the trolls of the underworld work their mischief, neither the workhorse nor the riding horse can compare with Per's magnificent Dala horse.
Mus of Kerbridge: TSR Books
Paul Kidd - 1995
As companion to Miriam, a Half-Horse damsel in distress, Mus must protect his lady fair from sorcery and battle, facing sinister intrigues that seek to overthrow the very throne.When the world seems all but over run by war, Mus proves that a tiny body can hold a lion's heart…
Fire and Dust
James Alan Gardner - 1995
As part of a multi-faction team, Britlin Cavendish (artist, swordsman, and Sensate) gets drafted to stake out the Mortuary and keep an eye out for trouble. One fire bomb later, Britlin and his companions are fighting wights that don't obey the Death Pact, on a trail that leads from the Plane of Dust to Carceri, Plague-Mort, and many strange places in between.
3 Favourite Stories: Roald Dahl Reads The Enormous Crocodile, Fantastic Mr Fox and The Magic Finger
Roald Dahl - 1995
Read by the Author himself. The Enormous Crocodile The enormous crocodile has an even more enormous appetite and a head full of dirty tricks. But the other jungle animals plan to foil his nasty plans. Fantastic Mr FoxThe greedy farmers—Boggis, Bunce and Bean—are out to catch him, but they're no match for fantastic Mr Fox. The Magic FingerDon't get on the wrong side of the girl with the magic finger—you never know what might happen!
The Wonderful Wizard of Oz
L. Frank Baum - 1995
Desperate to return home, and with the Wicked Witch of the West on their trail, Dorothy and Toto - together with new friends the Tin Woodsman, Scarecrow and cowardly Lion - embark on a fantastic quest along the Yellow Brick Road in search of the Emerald City. There they hope to meet the legendary, all-powerful Wizard of Oz, who alone may hold the power to grant their every wish.Just as captivating as it was a hundred years ago, this is a story that all ages will love.
Demons of the Night: Tales of the Fantastic, Madness, and the Supernatural from Nineteenth-Century France
Joan C. Kessler - 1995
Featuring such authors as Balzac, Mérimée, Dumas, Verne, and Maupassant, this book offers readers familiar with the works of Edgar Allan Poe and E. T. A. Hoffman some of the most memorable stories in the genre. With its aura of the uncanny and the supernatural, the fantastic tale is a vehicle for exploring forbidden themes and the dark, irrational side of the human psyche.The anthology opens with "Smarra, or the Demons of the Night," Nodier's 1821 tale of nightmare, vampirism, and compulsion, acclaimed as the first work in French literature to explore in depth the realm of dream and the unconscious. Other stories include Balzac's "The Red Inn," in which a crime is committed by one person in thought and another in deed, and Mérimée's superbly crafted mystery, "The Venus of Ille," which dramatizes the demonic power of a vengeful goddess of love emerging out of the pagan past. Gautier's protagonist in "The Dead in Love" develops an obsessive passion for a woman who has returned from beyond the grave, while the narrator of Maupassant's "The Horla" imagines himself a victim of psychic vampirism.Joan Kessler has prepared new translations of nine of the thirteen tales in the volume, including Gérard de Nerval's odyssey of madness, "Aurélia," as well as two tales that have never before appeared in English. Kessler's introduction sets the background of these tales—the impact of the French Revolution and the Terror, the Romantics' fascination with the subconscious, and the influence of contemporary psychological and spiritual currents. Her essay illuminates how each of the authors in this collection used the fantastic to articulate his own haunting obsessions as well as his broader vision of human experience.
Look Out For The Elephant And Other Stories
Enid Blyton - 1995
Contents:- Look Out For The Elephant!- Jigsaw Jennie- Michael's New Belt- Little Emily- The House In The Fog- Interfering Ina- A Spell For A Lazy Boy- The Surprising Broom- Wanted- A Chatterbox- A Peep Into The Magic Mirror- The Very Fierce Carpenter- She Wouldn't Believe It- Rain In Toytown
A Gift of Her Own: An Elfquest Story
Wendy Pini - 1995
One night she decided to run away from home. Little did she know that she would meet some magical friends from the world of Elfquest -- and that they would show her some magic of her own. Join Elmy and the Wolfrider elves in this tale of self-discovery written for young readers and their parents.
The Book of Atrix Wolfe
Patricia A. McKillip - 1995
Now, the Queen of the Wood has offered him one last chance for redemption. She asks him to find her daughter, who vanished into the human world during the massacre he caused. No one has seen the princess-but deep in the kitchens of the Castle of Pelucir, there is a scullery maid who appeared out of nowhere one night long ago. She cannot speak and her eyes are full of sadness. But there are those who call her beautiful.
Ten Points for Style
Walter Jon Williams - 1995
1. The Crown Jewels (1987) + 2. House of Shards (1988) + 3. Rock of Ages (1995) in one big book. Rock of Ages: He's the Human Constellation's number-one-rated Allowed Burglar, one of a very select few permitted to rob the public and keep his plunder - provided he performs with style and avoids getting caught before the caper is broadcast galaxy-wide to his enormous audience. Drake is so famous as an Allowed Burglar that he has been invited to join the Diadem, the group of celebrities who are well-known enough to need only one name, and whose every movement is recorded and broadcast, and sighed over by billions of humans and aliens in both the Empire and the Human Constellation. Maijstral has made himself a legend by declining to join. But being Number One has its drawbacks. Suddenly you become the target of every other Allowed Burglar in the system. You can't go anywhere without being suspected of every theft that occurs, and your friends suddenly become all too cautious about their valuables. And then there are the Duels. Drake Maijstral can tolerate the constant suspicion and the suddenly cancelled invitations. But the challenges to fight to the death over imagined breaches of hospitality are too much for him. The last straw comes when Drake himself is the victim of a burglary that is clearly a challenge to his status. Someone has stolen Drake's father's coffin, the hibernation module that maintains the old Duke in his status as Legally Dead. Clearly, something must be done.
The Eternal Champion
Michael Moorcock - 1995
Contents• Dear Reader (The Eternal Champion) • essay • The Eternal Champion • [Eternal Champion] • (1970) • novel • Phoenix in Obsidian • [Eternal Champion] • (1970) • novel • The Dragon in the Sword • [Eternal Champion] • (1986)Cover Illustration: Yoshitaka Amano
Lewis Carroll - 1995
This is a beautifully illustrated edition of Lewis Carroll's nonsense verse, which most people are familiar with from Alice in Wonderland. Well-known verses are included alongside some lesser-known poems that are a delight to discover, including "The Three Badgers," "The Mad Gardener's Song," and "The White Knight's Ballad." Fantastically detailed, jewel-like illustrations complement the delights of this most nonsensical verse.
Frances Gordon - 1995
Only Catherine, a paternal descendant, has tried to escape the terrible legacy that she has grown up fearing and detesting. Eventually, she enters a convent, hoping to find the peace she has long desired. But when she meets journalist Michael Devlin, she is drawn back to the ancient castle in the Carpathian mountains. For Michael, who is haunted by the last thing he saw before losing his sight, is determined to discover the truth about the line of the infamous Elizabeth Bathory... The lady that history had named The Blood Countess.