Author: Kim Stanley Robinson
Kim Stanley Robinson, the New York Times bestselling author of science fiction masterworks such as the Mars trilogy and 2312, has, on many occasions, imagined our future. Now, in SHAMAN, he brings our past to life as never before. There is Thorn, a shaman himself. He lives to pass down his wisdom and his stories -- to teach those who would follow in his footsteps. There is Heather, the healer who, in many ways, holds the clan together. There is Elga, an outsider and the bringer of change. And then there is Loon, the next shaman, who is determined to find his own path. But in a world so treacherous, that journey is never simple -- and where it may lead is never certain. SHAMAN is a powerful, thrilling and heartbreaking story of one young man's journey into adulthood -- and an awe-inspiring vision of how we lived thirty thousand years ago.
You think the proposition is preposterous, don't you? You have always believed that enlightenment would get you lasting happiness, even bliss. In fact, you have believed that a prerequisite for getting Enlightenment was shunning happiness, maybe even embracing pain. If that is so, welcome to a refreshingly new understanding. What Pursue Happiness And Get Enlightened does is to turn the whole subject of enlightenment or self-realization on its head. Ramesh Balsekar, articulate sage, leading teacher of Advaita Vedanta and author of over 30 well-known books, leads you step by interesting step to the understanding of the intimate relationship between Happiness and Enlightenment. He makes it clear that although uncertainty is the basis of daily living - no one can know whether the next moment will bring pleasure or pain - total free will to do whatever one feels like doing in any situation is as much our birthright as the ultimate happiness in life. The key is to understand what true happiness is. Ever since the newborn baby intuitively seeks its mother's breast, the whole purpose of life is to seek happiness, not enlightenment because enlightenment has never been a certified event. Pursue Happiness And Get Enlightened speaks with authority because it is not based on hearsay but personal experience endowed by God's Grace. Traditional seekers, crystallised into set concepts, may not find it easy to accept this book, but followers of true masters like Ramana Maharshi will welcome its wisdom like manna from heaven.
Author: Anne Perry
Publisher: Ballantine Books
Thomas Pitt, mainstay of Her Majesty's Special Branch, is summoned to Connaught Square mansion, where the body of a junior diplomat lies huddled in a wheelbarrow. Nearby stands the tenant of the house, the beautiful, notorious Egyptian woman Ayesha Zakhari, who falls under the shadow of suspicion. Pitt's orders are to protect—at all costs—the good name of the third person in the garden: senior cabinet minister Saville Ryerson. The distinguished public servant, whispered to be Ayesha's lover, insists that she is as innocent as Pitt himself. Pitt's journey to uncover the truth takes him from Egyptian cotton fields to the insidious London slum called Seven Dials—and ultimately to a packed London courtroom in which shocking secrets will at last be revealed.
Author: Michael Palin, Richard Seymour
An English schoolboy is snatched into another world by the magician scientist Salaman, who forces him to brave underwater terrors in a quest for the priceless Mirrorstone.
Bane and Shadow
Author: Jon Skovron
A killer adventure fantasy follow-up to HOPE AND RED, set in a fracturing empire spread across savage seas, where two young people from different cultures find common purpose. Red is being trained as a cold-blooded assassin by the biomancers. As he becomes increasingly embroiled in palace politics, he learns that even life among the nobility can be deadly. While terrorizing imperial ships as the pirate Dire Bane, Hope stumbles onto a biomancer plot of such horrifying scope that it makes even the massacre of her childhood village seem small in comparison. With the biomancers tightening their grip of fear over the empire, Hope and Red struggle to fill their new roles and responsibilities, but the cost will be greater than any of them realize. The Empire of Storms seriesHope and RedBane and Shadow
Author: Alyson Noël
Publisher: St. Martin's Griffin
From the #1 New York Times bestselling author of The Immortals, Alyson Noël, comes Fated—a breathtaking new saga brimming with magic, mystery, and an intoxicating love story that will steal your heart away. Meet The Soul Seekers. Strange things are happening to Daire Santos. Crows mock her, glowing people stalk her, time stops without warning, and a beautiful boy with unearthly blue eyes haunts all her dreams. Fearing for her daughter's sanity, Daire's mother sends her to live with the grandmother she's never met. A woman who recognizes the visions for what they truly are—the call to her destiny as a Soul Seeker—one who can navigate the worlds between the living and dead. There on the dusty plains of Enchantment, New Mexico, Daire sets out to harness her mystical powers. But it's when she meets Dace, the boy from her dreams, that her whole world is shaken to its core. Now Daire is forced to discover if Dace is the one guy she's meant to be with...or if he's allied with the enemy she's destined to destroy.
The Realms of Arkania
Author: Ulrich Kiesow
Publisher: Prima Lifestyles
A proud and powerful warrior, Selissa von Jergenquell must flee when treachery brands her a traitor and a murderess. Selissa and her rag-tag allies must cross hostile lands to confront the vengeful enemy and his evil sorceress. With only bravery, swords, and uncertain magic, the desperate band of warriors must challenge a madman whose occult forces grow stronger with every strike!About the Author Ulrich Kiesow is the author of numerous Realms of Arkania novels. He lives in Germany.
Till the Day Goes Down
Author: Judith Lennox
Publisher: Hachette UK
Turbulence and passion drive an unforgettable historical epic... 16th century Europe is the setting for Judith Lennox's thrillingly epic novel Till the Day Goes Down. Perfect for fans of Rosanna Ley and Kate Morton. As England prepares for the threat of invasion, Catholic forces in France, Scotland and Spain plan the 'Enterprise of England', weaving a cat's-cradle of intrigue around the imprisoned Mary, Queen of Scots, to bring her to the throne. In London, Sir Frances Walsingham, Elizabeth I's Secretary of State and master of espionage, pits his intellect against the forces that threaten England. The Anglo-Scots border, too, is a battleground, an anarchic land whose people acknowledge no allegiance but to their family name. But Luke Ridley, illegitimate son of a gypsy, has no allegiances: he must earn his living in whatever way he can. He is caught up in treacheries both of his own and of Sir Francis Walsingham's making. Into the dangerous melting-pot of Northumberland arrive Christie and Arbel Forster. Fragile, amoral Arbel is a catalyst for all the simmering tensions of the borders; Christie has her own obsession: to rediscover the family she lost years before in the terror of the French Wars of Religion. The blood-feud between the Forsters and the Ridleys has been in abeyance; now it begins to smoulder again, its embers rekindled by the passions and betrayals of the past. What readers are saying about Judith Lennox: 'Judith Lennox writes wonderful stories which are compelling and beautifully descriptive' 'Another wonderful story of power and greed, but always with the thread of passion' 'Five stars'
Author: Jeffrey Lang
Publisher: Simon and Schuster
When a new android created by Starfleet is apparently destroyed in a freak explosion, Lieutenant Commander Data and the crew of the Enterprise-E embark on a search for the truth and find themselves thrust into a crossfire between a secret group of ancient androids and the immortal android maker, Flint. Along the way, Data is forced to confront issues of grief, love and immortality as we explore the nature of artificial intelligence and what it means to be human in the Star Trek universe.
Decision at Thunder Rift
Author: William H. Keith, Jr., Andrew Keith
Publisher: New Amer Library
With his friends and family dead and his father's regiment destroyed, Grayson Death Carlyle, a MechWarrior, must learn to fight for justice in a world turned hostile. Original.
Author: Mark Moreland
Taldor Endures! The first-and at one point, largest-empire in Avistan after devastation of Earthfall, Taldor has stood for millennia, and though its neighboring nations snicker at its lavish parties and out-of-touch nobility, none dare challenge the mother empire's might! With 6 millennia of history spanning the breadth of a continent, Taldor is a land of long-buried secrets and ruins, partnered with modern cutthroat dramas and political action. Secrets and treasure abound across Taldor-many forgotten, but far more deliberately buried. Will you fight to preserve the glorious traditions of the past, or will you pave the way for a reformed Taldor to attain new heights? Taldor is the dynamic setting for the War for the Crown Adventure Path, making this comprehensive guide to the nation's geography, politics, and history a perfect resource for that campaign, as well as for many Pathfinder Module adventures! Inside this book you'll find: ►A thorough gazetteer of Taldor's major prefectures and provinces, including details on the reigning nobles of each and over 70 points of interest across the nation, from Antios's Crown and its endless royal necropolis to the militarized city of Zimar. ►An overview of Taldor's government, foreign relationships, and society. ►Nearly a dozen adventure sites tied to Taldor's past glories and modern decay, from ruined cities to lost valleys of the dead. ►Nine new monsters perfectly adapted to life in Taldor, including the corrupting giniver, perfectly suited to hiding in plain sight, and testaments to noble excess such as the titanboar and the blood-bathing baetriov. Pathfinder Campaign Setting: Taldor, The First Empire is intended for use with the Pathfinder campaign setting, but it can be easily adapted to any fantasy world.
Tyler and Lucinda have returned to a far-from-ordinary place for the summer. Instead of pigs and sheep, this farm is home to dragons, unicorns and flying monkeys...But this summer, everything has changed - security fences are everywhere and Ordinary Farm is in no small danger. Shortly after Uncle Gideon declares he wants to leave the farm to Tyler and Lucinda, he goes missing, and the children suspect the evil hand of the witch-housekeeper, Mrs. Needle. But then Gideon just as mysteriously returns, weak and unwell. Mrs. Needle persuades him that the children are conspiring against him and, suddenly, horribly, the tables are turned...
The Underworld Sourcebook features complete descriptions of Shadowrun's various underworld organizations -- from the mafia and yakuza to environmental terrorists, magical societies, freedom fighters, and street gangs. Who's in charge, where they operate, their importance in the Shadowrun universe -- The Underworld Sourcebook is a veritable road map of the Shadowrun world, a treasure trove of secrets, power plays, and back-stabbings that no player will want to be without.
Sargava, the Lost Colony
Author: J. D. Wiker, Alex Aparin, Jim Pavelec
Publisher: Paizo Pub Llc
Learn this history of this desperate Chelish colony and the ancient traditions it upholds more strongly even than in the fallen homeland. Explore Eleder, the capital city of Sargava, and the many intrigues that keep it balanced on a knife's edge of extinction. Choose a campaign trait suitable to the Serpent's Skull or a host of jungle adventures, learn the secrets of the tribal beliefs of the Mwangi, and join one of several pirate clans prowling the colony's western shores in this invaluable player reference for the Pathfinder Roleplaying Game. Each volume of the Pathfinder Companion contains several player-focused articles exploring the volume's theme as well as short articles with innovative new rules for social, magic, religious, and combat-focused characters, as well as a persona section detailing helpful NPCs and traits to better anchor the player to the campaign.