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Texas Gothic

By Rosemary Clement-Moore
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  • Publisher : Delacorte Press
  • Isbn : 0375898107
  • Pages : 416
  • Category : Young Adult Fiction
  • Reads : 732
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Amy Goodnight knows that the world isn't as simple as it seems. She also understands that "normal" doesn't mix with magic, and she's worked hard to build a wall between the two worlds. Not only to protect her family, who are all practicing witches, but to protect any hope of ever having a normal life herself. Ranch-sitting for her aunt in Texas should be exactly that: good old ordinary, uneventful hard work. Only, Amy and her sister, Phin, aren't alone. There's someone else in the house with them--and it's not the living, breathing, amazingly hot cowboy from the ranch next door. It's a ghost, and it's more powerful than the Goodnights and all their protective spells combined. It wants something from Amy, and none of her carefully built defenses can hold it back. This is the summer when the wall between Amy's worlds is going to come crashing down. A Kirkus Reviews Best Book of the Year An ALA-YALSA Best Book for Young Adults Praise for Texas Gothic: [Star] "You can't get much more Nancy Drew. . . . This engaging mystery has plenty of both paranormal and romance, spiced with loving families and satisfyingly packed with self-sufficient, competent girls."--Kirkus Reviews, Starred [Star] "Teens looking for a rollicking adventure filled with paranormal events, dastardly evildoers, and laugh-out-loud moments as Amy and Ben argue and snipe their way to love will adore this book."--School Library Journal, Starred "The author mixes suspense, humor, and lots of local flavor. . . . The enjoyable sum is a lively teen ghost story with sex appeal."--The Horn Book "A deeply affectionate rendering of Texas landscapes and legends combines with an appealing cast of well-developed characters to give texture to this well-plotted mystery; truly scary moments are balanced by the humorous bumbles of the awkwardly developing romance between Amy and Ben, as well as Phin's sublime cluelessness about the way her eccentricities appear to other people."--The Bulletin

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  • Category : Language Arts & Disciplines
  • Reads : 799
  • File Pdf: encountering-enchantment.pdf

Book Summary:

The most current and complete guide to a favorite teen genre, this book maps current releases along with perennial favorites, describing and categorizing fantasy, paranormal, and science fiction titles published since 2006. • Encompasses a wide selection of speculative fiction genres to suit a broad spectrum of readers in grades 6–12 • Identifies award-winning titles, grade levels, book club potential, and alternative media formats and provides complete bibliographic information for each title • Includes interviews with prominent authors that convey the perspectives of the creators of the worlds into which readers are drawn • Covers some children's literature and some adult novels that are popular with young adults • Offers a detailed subject index with an extensive number of access points

Quang Tri Cadence

By Jon Oplinger
  • Format : Pdf, ePub, Mobi, Kindle
  • Publisher : McFarland
  • Isbn : 1476626847
  • Pages : 220
  • Category : History
  • Reads : 621
  • File Pdf: quang-tri-cadence.pdf

Book Summary:

Having flunked out of college in the fall of 1965, the author enlisted in the U.S. Army. After basic training he was assigned to Officer Candidate School at Fort Benning, Georgia, an institution dedicated to the manufacture of the commodity the wartime army most quickly expends—rifle platoon leaders. In June of 1968, he found himself leading a rifle platoon in D Company 2/5th, First Cavalry Division. Quang Tri Cadence draws upon the original maps used in Vietnam and upon the battalion radio logs which were recently declassified at the time of writing. Life in a rifle platoon is presented at the boot level with all its grit, bewilderment, fatigue and fear. This book is not about what the pentagon is pleased to call “violence processing”; this book is about ordinary events in strange places; it is about being “in the field” and coming home. The author’s experiences at Kent State University during the shootings in May of 1970 are also recounted.

Encyclopedia of Weird Westerns

By Paul Green
  • Format : Pdf, ePub, Mobi, Kindle
  • Publisher : McFarland
  • Isbn : 147662402X
  • Pages : 320
  • Category : Performing Arts
  • Reads : 287
  • File Pdf: encyclopedia-of-weird-westerns.pdf

Book Summary:

From automatons to zombies, many elements of fantasy and science fiction have been cross-pollinated with the Western movie genre. In its second edition, this encyclopedia of the Weird Western includes many new entries covering film, television, animation, novels, pulp fiction, short stories, comic books, graphic novels and video and role-playing games. Categories include Weird, Weird Menace, Science Fiction, Space, Steampunk and Romance Westerns.

In Search of the Black Dutch

By James Pylant
  • Format : Pdf, ePub, Mobi, Kindle
  • Publisher : Jacobus Books
  • Isbn : 0984185739
  • Pages : 54
  • Category : Reference
  • Reads : 795
  • File Pdf: in-search-of-the-black-dutch.pdf

Book Summary:

This revised, expanded version of an article originally published in American Genealogy Magazine, discusses the many theories about the origin of the Black Dutch (including claims that have been dismissed), the term's use as a derogative, and conclusions. Illustrated with rare pictures, In Search of the Black Dutch identifies 154 American families reporting Black Dutch ancestry.

Screening the Gothic

By Lisa Hopkins
  • Format : Pdf, ePub, Mobi, Kindle
  • Publisher : University of Texas Press
  • Isbn : 0292779593
  • Pages : 188
  • Category : Performing Arts
  • Reads : 271
  • File Pdf: screening-the-gothic.pdf

Book Summary:

Filmmakers have long been drawn to the Gothic with its eerie settings and promise of horror lurking beneath the surface. Moreover, the Gothic allows filmmakers to hold a mirror up to their own age and reveal society's deepest fears. Franco Zeffirelli's Jane Eyre, Francis Ford Coppola's Bram Stoker's Dracula, and Kenneth Branagh's Hamlet are just a few examples of film adaptations of literary Gothic texts. In this ground-breaking study, Lisa Hopkins explores how the Gothic has been deployed in these and other contemporary films and comes to some surprising conclusions. For instance, in a brilliant chapter on films geared to children, Hopkins finds that horror resides not in the trolls, wizards, and goblins that abound in Harry Potter, but in the heart of the family. Screening the Gothic offers a radical new way of understanding the relationship between film and the Gothic as it surveys a wide range of films, many of which have received scant critical attention. Its central claim is that, paradoxically, those texts whose affiliations with the Gothic were the clearest became the least Gothic when filmed. Thus, Hopkins surprises readers by revealing Gothic elements in films such as Sense and Sensibility and Mansfield Park, as well as exploring more obviously Gothic films like The Mummy and The Fellowship of the Ring. Written in an accessible and engaging manner, Screening the Gothic will be of interest to film lovers as well as students and scholars.

Moon Lake

By Joe R. Lansdale
  • Format : Pdf, ePub, Mobi, Kindle
  • Publisher : Mulholland Books
  • Isbn : 031654065X
  • Pages : 352
  • Category : Fiction
  • Reads : 167
  • File Pdf: moon-lake.pdf

Book Summary:

From an Edgar award-winning author comes the gripping and unexpected tale of a lost town and the dark secrets that lie beneath the glittering waters of an East Texas lake. Daniel Russell was only thirteen years old when his father tried to kill them both by driving their car into Moon Lake. Miraculously surviving the crash—and growing into adulthood—Daniel returns to the site of this traumatic incident in the hopes of recovering his father's car and bones. As he attempts to finally put to rest the memories that have plagued him for years, he discovers something even more shocking among the wreckage that has ties to a twisted web of dark deeds, old grudges, and strange murders. As Daniel diligently follows where the mysterious trail of vengeance leads, he unveils the heroic revelation at its core.

Bitter Blood

By Rachel Caine
  • Format : Pdf, ePub, Mobi, Kindle
  • Publisher : Penguin
  • Isbn : 1101602678
  • Pages : 432
  • Category : Young Adult Fiction
  • Reads : 458
  • File Pdf: bitter-blood.pdf

Book Summary:

For years, the human and vampire residents of Morganville, Texas, have managed to co-exist in peace. But now that the threat to the vampires has been defeated, the human residents are learning that the gravest danger they face is the enemy within… Thanks to the eradication of the parasitic creatures known as the draug, the vampires of Morganville have been freed of their usual constraints. With the vampires indulging their every whim, the town’s human population is determined to hold on to their lives by taking up arms. But college student Claire Danvers isn’t about to take sides, considering she has ties to both the humans and the vampires. To make matters worse, a television show comes to Morganville looking for ghosts, just as vampire and human politics collide. Now, Claire and her friends have to figure out how to keep the peace without ending up on the nightly news…or worse.

Legends of the American Desert

By Alex Shoumatoff
  • Format : Pdf, ePub, Mobi, Kindle
  • Publisher : Knopf
  • Isbn : 0307831817
  • Pages : 544
  • Category : Nature
  • Reads : 197
  • File Pdf: legends-of-the-american-desert.pdf

Book Summary:

For his brilliant reportage ranging from the forested recesses of the Amazon to the manicured lawns of Westchester County, New York, Alex Shoumatoff has won acclaim as one of our most perceptive guides to the oddest corners of the earth. Now, with this book, he takes us on a kaleidoscopic journey into the most complex and myth-laden region of the American landscape and imagination. In this amazing narrative, Shoumatoff records his quest to capture the vast multiplicity of the American Southwest. Beginning with his first trip after college across the desert in a station wagon, some twenty-five years ago, he surveys the boundless variety of people and experiences constituting the place--the idea--that has become America's symbol and last redoubt of the "Other. From the Biosphere to the Mormons, from the deadly world of narcotraffickers to the secret lives of the covertly Jewish conversos, Shoumatoff explores the many alternative states of being who have staked their claim in the Southwest, making it a haven for every brand of refugee, fugitive, and utopian. And as he ventures across time and space, blending many genres--history, anthropology, natural science, to name only a few--he brings us a wealth of information on chile addiction, the diffusion of horses, the formation of the deserts and mountain ranges, the struggles of the Navajo to preserve their culture, and countless other aspects of this place we think we know. Full of profound sympathy and unique insights, Legends of the American Desert is a superbly rich epic of fact and reflection destined to take its place among such classics of regional portraiture as Ian Frazier's Great Plains. Alex Shoumatoff has created an exuberant celebration of a singularly American reality.

The Dallas Deception

By Richard Abshire
  • Format : Pdf, ePub, Mobi, Kindle
  • Publisher : Crossroad Press
  • Isbn : N.a
  • Pages :
  • Category : Fiction
  • Reads : 840
  • File Pdf: the-dallas-deception.pdf

Book Summary:

A favor for a friend turns deadly serious when Detective Jack Kyle must capture a killer in the Dallas underworld. Jack Kyle's cop friend Eddie needs some help. His first problem: a lurid videotape featuring the daughter of Eddie's wealthy girlfriend. His second problem: extortion. Jack's job is to find the blackmailer fast and get the tapes, but a day later the guy is dead and Jack discovers the girl high on drugs, smeared with blood, and with no memory of the crime. Jack's search for the real killer leads him through the slick underworlds of designer drugs and Asian youth gangs and into the weird labyrinth of the girl's family. There he discovers a bizarre experiment gone out of control and a Faustian bargain more terrible than any crime he could ever have imagined. "Chandler in Dallas! ...The real attraction is Abshier's hero, who is entertainingly cranky, like Marlowe, without being downright misanthropic." - The Washington Post Book World

Demigods and Monsters

By Rick Riordan
  • Format : Pdf, ePub, Mobi, Kindle
  • Publisher : BenBella Books, Inc.
  • Isbn : 1937856372
  • Pages : 288
  • Category : Literary Collections
  • Reads : 498
  • File Pdf: demigods-and-monsters.pdf

Book Summary:

Which Greek god makes the best parent? Would you want to be one of Artemis' Hunters? Why do so many monsters go into retail? Spend a little more time in Percy Jackson's world—a place where the gods bike among us, monsters man snack bars, and each of us has the potential to become a hero. Find out: • Why Dionysus might actually be the best director Camp Half-Blood could have • How to recognize a monster when you see one • Why even if we aren't facing manticores and minotaurs, reading myth can still help us deal with the scary things in our own lives Plus, consult our glossary of people, places, and things from Greek myth: how Medusa got her snake hair extensions, why Chiron isn't into partying and paintball like the rest of his centaur family, and the whole story on Percy's mythical namesake.

Vengeance Road

By Rick Mofina
  • Format : Pdf, ePub, Mobi, Kindle
  • Publisher : MIRA
  • Isbn : 0369718186
  • Pages : 400
  • Category : Fiction
  • Reads : 491
  • File Pdf: vengeance-road.pdf

Book Summary:

“Vengeance Road is a thriller with no speed limit! It's a great read!”—Michael Connelly,#1 New York Times bestselling author The body of Bernice Hogan, a troubled young former nursing student with a tragic past, is found in a shallow grave near a forest creek. Jolene Peller, a single mom struggling to build a new life with her little boy, vanishes the night she tries to find Bernice. Hero cop Karl Styebeck is beloved by his community, but privately police are uneasy with the answers he gives to protect the life—and the lie—he's lived. The case haunts Jack Gannon, a gritty, blue-collar reporter whose own sister ran away from their family years ago. Gannon risks more than his job to pursue the story behind Styebeck's dark secret, his link to the women and the mysterious big rig roaming America's loneliest highways on its descent into eternal darkness. “Gripping, no-holds-barred…lightning paced…with enough twists to keep you turning pages well into the wee hours. Vengeance Road is masterful suspense.”—Allison Brennan, New York Times bestselling author Originally published in 2009. Don’t miss Her Last Goodbye, the newest thrill-ride from Rick Mofina!

The Word Factory

By Oscar Whinge
  • Format : Pdf, ePub, Mobi, Kindle
  • Publisher : Partridge Africa
  • Isbn : 1482860317
  • Pages : 906
  • Category : Education
  • Reads : 529
  • File Pdf: the-word-factory.pdf

Book Summary:

Unquestionably, The Word Factory is the perfect guide to better English Grammar and effortless writing. According to one newspaper report, universities in England had begun to penalise students who employed incorrect grammar in their essays. In South Africa, the analysis of seventy-four thousand short stories found that written work of children was littered with SMS language, American slang, exclamation marks, and references to celebrities. All through my formative years, I had to contend with five different languagesEnglish, Afrikaans, and two other dialects, which for the most part, accounted for my inability to translate thought into words effortlessly and inhibited my willingness to participate in lively social discussions especially in the course of my high school years. However, possessed of determination, I had vowed to overcome that infirmity. My need to succeed at all costs precipitated the memorisation of the entire Pocket Oxford Dictionary, an accomplishment that spanned ten long years, following which a further ten years were spent in acquainting myself with most English phrases, idiomatic expressions, and collecting the data and fully researching it. I decided to name the compilation The Word Factory. The fruits of my efforts, but more specifically the extensive employment of The Word Factory, not only marked my rise onto the podiums as master of ceremonies and public speaker, but had also enabled me to write approximately twenty-five articles to the Cape Argus, Cape Towns pre-eminent newspaper, within the space of two years, with 100 per cent publication rate.

Time Among the Maya

By Ronald Wright
  • Format : Pdf, ePub, Mobi, Kindle
  • Publisher : Penguin
  • Isbn : 014319819X
  • Pages : 464
  • Category : History
  • Reads : 416
  • File Pdf: time-among-the-maya.pdf

Book Summary:

The Maya of Central America have been called the Greeks of the New World. In the first millennium ad, they created the most intellectually and artistically advanced civilization of the Americas. Throughout the ensuing centuries, as neighbouring empires fell in warfare and to the Spanish invasion, the Maya endured, shaken but never destroyed. In Time Among the Maya, Ronald Wright's journey takes him not only to the lands of the ancient Maya, but also among the five million people who speak Mayan languages and preserve a Mayan identity today. His travels begin in tiny Belize, exploring the jungles and mountains of Guatemala, bloodstained by civil war, and end in Mexico's Yucatán Peninsula. Embracing history, politics, anthropology, and literature, this book is both a fascinating travel memoir and the study of a civilization.

Funny as a Dead Comic

By Susan Rogers Cooper
  • Format : Pdf, ePub, Mobi, Kindle
  • Publisher : Speaking Volumes
  • Isbn : 1645402517
  • Pages : 214
  • Category : Fiction
  • Reads : 129
  • File Pdf: funny-as-a-dead-comic.pdf

Book Summary:

“A gifted and perceptive writer whose characters are second to none.”—Sharyn McCrumb The many devoted readers of Susan Rogers Cooper's Milt Kovak mystery series have been noticed from time to time laughing out loud, even during a passage of thrilling drama. Obviously, the author is a very funny woman. And now she brings that aspect of her talent to fruition in the creation of Kimmey Kruse, stand-up comic. Kimmey is constantly assaulted by the public—bartenders, dentists, clean­ing ladies—all trying to give her jokes. "I don't tell jokes! I'm a stand-up comic!" But she is just as funny offstage as on, and a character to be savored. Life at this point, however, is about as much fun as picking okra for our pint-sized comedian. While playing the Kaiser Komedy Klub in Chicago, she encounters a former lover, Cab Neusberg, whom she hasn't seen since the Laff-a-Lot club in Denver several years earlier. Planning a brief reprise, Cab arrives at Kimmey's hotel room only to expire in her arms just as things are getting interesting. That's not funny at all, and it's even less funny when Sal Pucci, the Chicago detective who catches the case, informs Kimmey that somebody gave Cab enough digitalis to kill a Buick with heart disease. Who could it have been, Ms. Kruse? As a kind of up-to-date Greek chorus with common sense, there is Kimmey's corporate lawyer friend Phoebe, a very present phone presence in whom Kimmey confides. Phoebe gives the comedian strong doses of reality and the name of the Chicago equivalent of super-lawyer Racehorse Haynes. She'll need it. “Funny as a Dead Comic deftly pulls back the curtain on a world both witty and sordid. Kimmey Kruse in her debut as comedian and crime-solver keeps the crowd laughing and the pages turning. Susan Rogers Cooper has created a stand-up tragedy of the first order.”—Kinky Friedman, author of Elvis, Jesus & Coca-Cola