The Book of Swords

Author: George R. R. Martin,Robin Hobb,Scott Lynch,Garth Nix
Publisher: Bantam
ISBN: 0399593772
Category: Fiction
Page: 544
View: 3350
New epic fantasy in the grand tradition—including a never-before-published Song of Ice and Fire story by George R. R. Martin! Fantasy fiction has produced some of the most unforgettable heroes ever conjured onto the page: Robert E. Howard’s Conan the Barbarian, Michael Moorcock’s Elric of Melniboné, Fritz Leiber’s Fafhrd and the Gray Mouser. Classic characters like these made sword and sorcery a storytelling sensation, a cornerstone of fantasy fiction—and an inspiration for a new generation of writers, spinning their own outsize tales of magic and swashbuckling adventure. Now, in The Book of Swords, acclaimed editor and bestselling author Gardner Dozois presents an all-new anthology of original epic tales by a stellar cast of award-winning modern masters—many of them set in their authors’ best-loved worlds. Join today’s finest tellers of fantastic tales, including George R. R. Martin, K. J. Parker, Robin Hobb, Scott Lynch, Ken Liu, C. J. Cherryh, Daniel Abraham, Lavie Tidhar, Ellen Kushner, and more on action-packed journeys into the outer realms of dark enchantment and intrepid derring-do, featuring a stunning assortment of fearless swordsmen and warrior women who face down danger and death at every turn with courage, cunning, and cold steel. FEATURING SIXTEEN ALL-NEW STORIES: “The Best Man Wins” by K. J. Parker “Her Father’s Sword” by Robin Hobb “The Hidden Girl” by Ken Liu “The Sword of Destiny” by Matthew Hughes “‘I Am a Handsome Man,’ Said Apollo Crow” by Kate Elliott “The Triumph of Virtue” by Walter Jon Williams “The Mocking Tower” by Daniel Abraham “Hrunting” by C. J. Cherryh “A Long, Cold Trail” by Garth Nix “When I Was a Highwayman” by Ellen Kushner “The Smoke of Gold Is Glory” by Scott Lynch “The Colgrid Conundrum” by Rich Larson “The King’s Evil” by Elizabeth Bear “Waterfalling” by Lavie Tidhar “The Sword Tyraste” by Cecelia Holland “The Sons of the Dragon” by George R. R. Martin And an introduction by Gardner Dozois

The Book of the Sword

With 293 Illustrations
Author: Sir Richard F. Burton
Publisher: Courier Corporation
ISBN: 0486142310
Category: History
Page: 336
View: 1999
DIVEloquent, erudite history of the sword from prehistory to early Roman Empire. Evolution and development of early swords, variations — sabre, broadsword, cutlass, scimitar, much more. /div

Hank Reinhardt's The Book of Swords

Author: Hank Reinhardt
Publisher: Baen Publishing Enterprises
ISBN: 1618247336
Category: History
Page: 256
View: 4728
The sword is the most revered of all of man's weapons. Although the club is older, the knife more universal, and the firearm much more efficient, it is to the sword that most decoration, myth, mysticism and reverence has been given. The katana has been called "The Soul of the Samurai," the Vikings lavished love, care and attached wonderful names to their weapons. The sword has been the symbol of Justice, of Vengeance, and of Mercy. No one artifact has so captured the imagination as has the sword. As our society has grown more and more advanced, and more reliant on technology, there has been an increased interest in the weapons of the past. The romance of the sword is very much alive¾but movies, books and fiction of all types have romanticized the past, and particularly the sword, beyond all recognition of the real thing. Drawing on information from grave excavations, illustrations of battle scenes, and many classical and medieval literary sources, this book discusses how contemporaries showed swords were used. Building on Oakeshott and other authoritative writers on the subject, this volume, representing ten years of writing and a lifetime of experience, will add to the body of knowledge of the history of swords by illustrating not only the beauty of the form of the sword, but also their beauty of function. At the publisher's request, this title is sold without DRM (Digital Rights Management).

The Book of Magic

A Collection of Stories
Author: George R. R. Martin,Scott Lynch,Elizabeth Bear,Garth Nix
Publisher: Bantam
ISBN: 0399593799
Category: Fiction
Page: 544
View: 6996
A new anthology celebrating the witches and sorcerers of epic fantasy—featuring stories by George R. R. Martin, Scott Lynch, Megan Lindholm, and many others! Hot on the heels of Gardner Dozois’s acclaimed anthology The Book of Swords comes this companion volume devoted to magic. How could it be otherwise? For every Frodo, there is a Gandalf . . . and a Saruman. For every Dorothy, a Glinda . . . and a Wicked Witch of the West. What would Harry Potter be without Albus Dumbledore . . . and Severus Snape? Figures of wisdom and power, possessing arcane, often forbidden knowledge, wizards and sorcerers are shaped—or misshaped—by the potent magic they seek to wield. Yet though their abilities may be godlike, these men and women remain human—some might say all too human. Such is their curse. And their glory. In these pages, seventeen of today’s top fantasy writers—including award-winners Elizabeth Bear, John Crowley, Kate Elliott, K. J. Parker, Tim Powers, and Liz Williams—cast wondrous spells that thrillingly evoke the mysterious, awesome, and at times downright terrifying worlds where magic reigns supreme: worlds as far away as forever, and as near as next door. FEATURING SIXTEEN ALL-NEW STORIES: “The Return of the Pig” by K. J. Parker “Community Service” by Megan Lindholm “Flint and Mirror” by John Crowley “The Friends of Masquelayne the Incomparable” by Matthew Hughes “The Biography of a Bouncing Boy Terror: Chapter Two: Jumping Jack in Love” by Ysabeau S. Wilce “Song of Fire” by Rachel Pollack “Loft the Sorcerer” by Eleanor Arnason “The Governoer” by Tim Powers “Sungrazer” by Liz Williams “The Staff in the Stone” by Garth Nix “No Work of Mine” by Elizabeth Bear “Widow Maker” by Lavie Tidhar “The Wolf and the Manticore” by Greg Van Eekhout “The Devil’s Whatever” by Andy Duncan “Bloom” by Kate Elliott “The Fall and Rise of the House of the Wizard Malkuril” by Scott Lynch Plus George R. R. Martin’s classic story “A Night at the Tarn House” and an introduction by Gardner Dozois

The First Swords

The Book of Swords
Author: Fred Saberhagen
Publisher: Tor Books
ISBN: 9780765392435
Category: Fiction
Page: 608
View: 6959
Fred Saberhagen's Book of Swords novels have captivated fantasy readers for more than a decade. Here, now available in one volume, are the three books that started it all. For a game the gods have given the world twelve Swords of Power so that they might be amused as the nations battle for their possession. But Vulcan the Smith has had his own little joke: the Swords can kill the gods themselves. What started out as Divine Jest has become all too serious as the gods fight to recover the Swords, and mortals discover that the mantle of power is more delicious and more terrible than anything they could have imagined.

The Book of the Sword

The Darkest Age 2
Author: A.J. Lake
Publisher: A&C Black
ISBN: 1408829959
Category: Juvenile Fiction
Page: 240
View: 4416
Snatched by a dragon at the end of book one, Edmund and Elspeth awake to find themselves soaring over the frozen wastes of the Snowlands, hundreds of miles from home. Escaping the dragon's clutches, they are discovered in the soft snow by Fritha. a charcoal burner's daughter. Edmund wants her help to arrange a passage home, but Elspeth has other ideas. The sword is speaking to her, filling her thoughts more and more. It's destiny is nearby, the purpose for which is was hewn, and where the sword goes, Elspeth must follow, increasingly under it's spell. Edmund and Fritha refuse to let Elspeth travel alone, and so they set out together on a perlilous route to Eigg Loki, the mountain which is drawing Elspeth and the sword, and to the dark secrets which lie at its heart.

... Band des Shadowrun-Zyklus

Runner sterben schnell / Mel Odom. [Dt. Übers. von Christian Jentzsch]
Author: Mel Odom
Publisher: N.A
ISBN: 9783453179547
Page: 330
View: 3140

Science Fiction Hall of Fame 2

Die besten Storys 1948-1963
Author: Robert Silverberg
Publisher: Golkonda Verlag
ISBN: 394472058X
Category: Fiction
Page: 400
View: 2859
Zum ersten Mal vollständig auf Deutsch: die legendäre Anthologie ›Science Fiction Hall of Fame‹ mit sechsundzwanzig klassischen Erzählungen aus den Jahren 1934 bis 1963. Die besten SF-Storys aller Zeiten, ausgewählt von den Mitgliedern der Science Fiction Writers of America! Die zweite Hälfte dieser legendären Anthologie umfasst die besten SF-Erzählungen aus den Jahren 1950 bis 1963. Dabei reicht das Spektrum von Highlights der Weltraum-SF (Cordwainer Smith, Ray Bradbury) bis zum Aufbruch des Genres in die Gefilde der modernen Literatur (Daniel Keyes, Roger Zelazny). Jede einzelne dieser Geschichten ist ein Juwel, das bis heute nichts von seinem Glanz verloren hat. Die beiden Bände ›Science Fiction Hall of Fame‹ sind einerseits die ideale Einstiegslektüre für alle, die einen Zugang zur Science Fiction suchen, ohne sich gleich eine ganze Bibliothek zulegen zu wollen. Für Freunde und Kenner der SF erfüllen sie andererseits einen lang gehegten Wunsch: Endlich liegen die grundlegenden Meisterwerke des Genres in neuen und überarbeiteten Übersetzungen gesammelt vor. Diese Erzählungen haben Geschichte geschrieben; diese beiden Bücher machen Geschichte greifbar. In ihrer spannendsten Form ...

The Connoisseur's Book of Japanese Swords

Author: Kōkan Nagayama
Publisher: Kodansha International
ISBN: 9784770020710
Category: Antiques & Collectibles
Page: 348
View: 3701
Connoisseur's Book Japanese Swords is a Kodansha International publication.

Magnus Chase 1: Das Schwert des Sommers

Author: Rick Riordan
Publisher: Carlsen
ISBN: 3646928530
Category: Juvenile Fiction
Page: 560
View: 4896
Magnus schlägt sich nach dem Tod seiner Mutter allein auf der Straße durch, denn seinen Vater hat er nie gekannt. Bis er eines Tages etwas Unglaubliches erfährt: Er stammt von einem der nordischen Götter Asgards ab! Leider rüsten diese Götter gerade zum Krieg; auch Trolle, Riesen und andere Monster machen sich bereit. Ausgerechnet Magnus soll den Weltuntergang Ragnarök verhindern. Dafür muss er ein magisches Schwert finden, das seit 1000 Jahren verschollen ist. Noch hat er keine Ahnung, was für Abenteuer auf ihn warten! Alle Bände der Magnus-Chase-Serie: Magnus Chase − Das Schwert des Sommers Magnus Chase − Der Hammer des Thor Magnus Chase − Das Schiff der Toten

The Book of the Sword

Author: Carrie Asai
Publisher: Simon and Schuster
ISBN: 1416503714
Category: Juvenile Fiction
Page: 224
View: 8965
When I was six months old, I dropped from the sky -- the lone survivor of a deadly Japanese plane crash. The newspapers called me Heaven. I was adopted by a wealthy family in Tokyo, pampered, and protected. For nineteen years, I thought I was lucky. I'm learning how wrong I was. They say your life begins on your wedding day. Here's what happened on mine: I lost the person I love most. I learned that everything I knew about my family was a lie. Now I'm being hunted. I must fight back, or die. My life ended that day. The old Heaven is gone. I AM SAMURAI GIRL.

A Storm of Swords

A Song of Ice and Fire: Book Three
Author: George R. R. Martin
Publisher: Bantam
ISBN: 9780553897876
Category: Fiction
Page: 992
View: 1057
THE BOOK BEHIND THE THIRD SEASON OF GAME OF THRONES, AN ORIGINAL SERIES NOW ON HBO. Here is the third volume in George R. R. Martin’s magnificent cycle of novels that includes A Game of Thrones and A Clash of Kings. As a whole, this series comprises a genuine masterpiece of modern fantasy, bringing together the best the genre has to offer. Magic, mystery, intrigue, romance, and adventure fill these pages and transport us to a world unlike any we have ever experienced. Already hailed as a classic, George R. R. Martin’s stunning series is destined to stand as one of the great achievements of imaginative fiction. A STORM OF SWORDS Of the five contenders for power, one is dead, another in disfavor, and still the wars rage as violently as ever, as alliances are made and broken. Joffrey, of House Lannister, sits on the Iron Throne, the uneasy ruler of the land of the Seven Kingdoms. His most bitter rival, Lord Stannis, stands defeated and disgraced, the victim of the jealous sorceress who holds him in her evil thrall. But young Robb, of House Stark, still rules the North from the fortress of Riverrun. Robb plots against his despised Lannister enemies, even as they hold his sister hostage at King’s Landing, the seat of the Iron Throne. Meanwhile, making her way across a blood-drenched continent is the exiled queen, Daenerys, mistress of the only three dragons still left in the world. . . . But as opposing forces maneuver for the final titanic showdown, an army of barbaric wildlings arrives from the outermost line of civilization. In their vanguard is a horde of mythical Others--a supernatural army of the living dead whose animated corpses are unstoppable. As the future of the land hangs in the balance, no one will rest until the Seven Kingdoms have exploded in a veritable storm of swords. . . . From the Paperback edition.

Brennende Finsternis

Roman - [Lady Alexia 2]
Author: Gail Carriger
Publisher: Blanvalet Taschenbuch Verlag
ISBN: 3641057949
Category: Fiction
Page: 416
View: 6776
Ohne dass irgendjemand dafür eine Erklärung hätte, verlieren sämtliche Vampire und Werwölfe in London ihre übernatürlichen Fähigkeiten. Lady Alexia hält es nicht nur für ihre Pflicht, sondern nachgerade für ihr Recht, ihren Ehemann, dem Chefermittler der Queen für übernatürliche Angelegenheiten, bei dessen Untersuchungen zu unterstützen. Schließlich sind sie frisch verheiratet, und Alexia ist nicht bereit, ihren geliebten Werwolf bereits wieder zu teilen ...

The Book of the Sword

A History of Daggers, Sabers, and Scimitars from Ancient Times to the Modern Day
Author: Richard Francis Burton
Publisher: Simon and Schuster
ISBN: 1628738472
Category: History
Page: 336
View: 9065
“The history of the sword,” the author writes in his introduction, “is the history of humanity.” For centuries, the sword has been a symbol of power, strength, liberty, and courage. In the Middle Ages, the image of a sword was used to signify the word of God. Nearly every culture in history has forged blades from stone or steel to fight in times of battle and protect in times of peace. In this groundbreaking work, Richard Francis Burton, explorer, translator, scholar, and swordsman, draws on a wealth of linguistic, archaeological, and literary sources to trace the millennia-old history of the sword. From its earliest days as a charred, sharpened stick to the height of craftsmanship in the modern era, the sword has been the weapon of choice for warriors of all stripes. In eloquent, captivating prose, Burton describes: • Dirks • Daggers • Knives • Sabers • Cutlasses • The origin of the weapon • The weapons of the age of wood • The Copper Age of weapons • The Iron Age of weapons • The sword in ancient Egypt • The sword in ancient Greece • And more Nearly three hundred line drawings enhance Burton’s richly detailed text. Any reader of history or student of weaponry will find this book a fascinating, highly enjoyable read.

A Book of Five Swords and a Scroll

Author: Stanford D. Carman
ISBN: 1411627393
Category: History
Page: 144
View: 4216
A Book of Five Swords and a Scroll, is about five Japanese swords that came to the United States after W.W.II and a Japanese hanging scroll of a 'Seated Samurai. The book is richly illustrated with over 110 photographs of these swords, map segments, and other associated materials. There are three original short stories centered around three of the swords. The book also contains sections regarding Medieval Japan, the Samurai, Japanese Sword Smiths, and Japanese Sword Care and Cleaning; Detail Technical Data of these swords is included, and there is a short biography of artist of the scroll. The chapter about the scroll, regards a person famous in 14th Century Japanese History. Two of these swords are over 450 years old. n addition there is a short biography of a unique US Marine that fought at Wake Island, Dec 8, 1941 - Dec 23, 1941 in WWII and taken as a Prisiner Of War by the Japanese. He spent a total of 1350 Days as a POW in Camps in China and Japan. This version of the book is in Color.

Die Republik der Diebe

Band 3 - Roman
Author: Scott Lynch
Publisher: Heyne Verlag
ISBN: 3641141028
Category: Fiction
Page: 944
View: 637
Fantasy im Breitwand-Format – Locke Lamora ist zurück! Locke Lamora, Meisterdieb, Lügner und wahrer Gentleman, ist mit seinem Kumpan Jean nur knapp dem Piratentod entronnen. Nun ist er wieder auf Beutejagd, doch dann begegnet er einer Frau, die er längst tot glaubte: Sabetha, seine wahre Liebe – und die ist entschlossen, Locke ein für alle Mal zu vernichten, im Auftrag der finsteren Soldmagier. Für Locke und Jean geht es nun um alles oder nichts...

Sturm über Windhaven

Author: George R.R. Martin,Lisa Tuttle
Publisher: Penhaligon Verlag
ISBN: 364121890X
Category: Fiction
Page: 448
View: 2147
Die Menschheit hat ihre Wurzeln vergessen, nur an eines erinnert sie sich noch: das Fliegen. Windhaven – eine wunderschöne Wasserwelt, doch geplagt von gewaltigen Stürmen. Die Menschen leben verstreut auf vielen kleinen Inseln, und es ist fast unmöglich, Kontakt zueinander aufzunehmen. Dennoch – oder deswegen – ist auf Windhaven ein alter Traum wahr geworden: Menschen können fliegen. Doch die Flügel sind kostbar, und die Gilde der Flieger ist eine streng abgeschottete Elite. Trotzdem will sich Maris von Amberly ihren Traum vom Fliegen nicht nehmen lassen ...

The Sword Book of Treasures

Author: N.A
Publisher: Sword of the Lord Publishers
ISBN: 9780873987868
Page: 352
View: 4616