The Infernal Aether

Author: Peter Oxley
Publisher: CreateSpace
ISBN: 9781503180741
Page: 356
View: 6761
"I am in every shadow behind every door. I am every nightmare you never quite remember. I am that itching feeling at the back of your neck but when you look round there's no one there. You are but mayflies to me, flickering and dying in the blink of an eye. I am Andras. I am forever, and this is my world!" London, 1865. Betrayed by his closest friend and rapidly drinking his way through his inheritance, Augustus Merriwether Potts returns to London to find himself drawn into an underworld of demons, ghosts and clockwork men. He is thrust into this world thanks to the reckless curiosity of his older brother Maxwell, a talented inventor; Kate, their somewhat unconventional maidservant; and N'yotsu, a paranormal investigator with powers every bit as supernatural as the creatures they pursue. The creation of a portal to a terrifying otherworld known as the Aether heralds the start of a demonic invasion, and Mankind's salvation rests with this unlikely group of heroes. They must overcome not only the demonic forces ranged against them but also terrifying truths from their own pasts as they seek to overcome the threats emanating from that mysterious realm: The Infernal Aether. The first book in The Infernal Aether series, this gothic fantasy will terrify and bewitch you in equal measure. The Infernal Aether is the debut historical sci-fi/fantasy novel by Pete Oxley. Drawing inspiration from such writers as H.G. Wells, Arthur Conan Doyle, and K.W. Jeter, Pete Oxley has created a concept blending Victorian Era science fiction, adventure, fantasy, and horror, with a Wellsian Jekyll/Hyde duality theme and a chaotic Lovecraftian evil.

The Girl with the Iron Touch

Author: Kady Cross
Publisher: Harlequin
ISBN: 1460326601
Category: Juvenile Fiction
Page: 304
View: 9148
In 1897 London, something not quite human is about to awaken When mechanical genius Emily is kidnapped by rogue automatons, Finley Jayne and her fellow misfits fear the worst. What's left of their archenemy, The Machinist, hungers to be resurrected, and Emily must transplant his consciousness into one of his automatons—or forfeit her friends' lives. With Griffin being mysteriously tormented by the Aether, Finley turns to Jack Dandy, but trusting the master criminal is as dangerous as controlling her dark side. Meanwhile, Sam is searching everywhere for Emily. He would walk into hell for her, but the choice she must make will test them more than they could imagine. To save those she cares about, Emily must confront The Machinist's ultimate creation—an automaton more human than machine. And if she's to have any chance at triumphing, she must summon a strength even she doesn't know she has….


Author: Ali Cross
Publisher: N.A
ISBN: 9781927847169
Page: N.A
View: 3742
Desi chose Midgard over Hel, over her father, Loki, but she couldn't banish the Shadow that lives within her.

Knee-Deep in the Dead

Author: Dafydd ab Hugh
Publisher: Simon and Schuster
ISBN: 1439117330
Category: Fiction
Page: 256
View: 6434
The Gates were there on Phobos when mankind first arrived. Inert, unyielding, impossibly alien constructs, for twenty years they sat lifeless, mute testaments to their long-vanished creators, their secrets hidden. Then one day, they sprang to life... Meet Corporal Flynn Taggart, United States Marine Corps; serial number 888-23-9912. He's the best warrior the twenty-first century has to offer, which is a damn good thing. Because Flynn Taggart is all that's standing between the hell that just dropped in on Mars and an unsuspectingg planet Earth...

Against the Day

Author: Thomas Pynchon
Publisher: Penguin
ISBN: 1101594667
Category: Fiction
Page: 1584
View: 6091
A New York Times Notable Book of the Year, a Washington Post Best Book of the Year Spanning the era between the Chicago World’s Fair of 1893 and the years just after World War I, and constantly moving between locations across the globe (and to a few places not strictly speaking on the map at all), Against the Day unfolds with a phantasmagoria of characters that includes anarchists, balloonists, gamblers, drug enthusiasts, mathematicians, mad scientists, shamans, spies, and hired guns. As an era of uncertainty comes crashing down around their ears and an unpredictable future commences, these folks are mostly just trying to pursue their lives. Sometimes they manage to catch up; sometimes it’s their lives that pursue them.


Author: D. M. Livingston
Publisher: Dan Livingston
ISBN: 9780985874605
Page: 480
View: 5373
A heartwarming fantasy-horror novel. If this is Hell, where is everybody? Nyx, a sarcastic, mouthy fairy, is hurled into the Inferno, but instead of damned souls and devils, she finds only a group of confused, young human witches. It's hate at first sight. But Nyx and the witches, whose magical skills are not quite polished, must work together to survive the ravages of Hell, and then the demon-infested nightmare Earth has become. The motley crew searches for the Keys of Iron, Flame, and Sorrow, which will (hopefully) close the Gates of Hell. However, the dark queen Morda, who opened the Gates by tricking Lucifer himself, takes a special interest in obliterating the bickering group. That is, if they don't obliterate each other first...

The Girl in the Steel Corset

Author: Kady Cross
Publisher: Harlequin
ISBN: 1459205383
Category: Juvenile Fiction
Page: 304
View: 2322
In 1897 England, sixteen-year-old Finley Jayne has no one…except the "thing" inside her. When a young lord tries to take advantage of Finley, she fights back. And wins. But no normal Victorian girl has a darker side that makes her capable of knocking out a full-grown man with one punch…. Only Griffin King sees the magical darkness inside her that says she's special, says she's one of them. The orphaned duke takes her in from the gaslit streets against the wishes of his band of misfits: Emily, who has her own special abilities and an unrequited love for Sam, who is part robot; and Jasper, an American cowboy with a shadowy secret. Griffin's investigating a criminal called The Machinist, the mastermind behind several recent crimes by automatons. Finley thinks she can help—and finally be a part of something, finally fit in. But The Machinist wants to tear Griff's little company of strays apart, and it isn't long before trust is tested on all sides. At least Finley knows whose side she's on—even if it seems no one believes her.

The Corrections

A Novel
Author: Jonathan Franzen
Publisher: Farrar, Straus and Giroux
ISBN: 9781429928618
Category: Fiction
Page: 576
View: 2778
Winner of the 2001 National Book Award for Fiction Nominated for the National Book Critics Circle Award An American Library Association Notable Book Jonathan Franzen's third novel, The Corrections, is a great work of art and a grandly entertaining overture to our new century: a bold, comic, tragic, deeply moving family drama that stretches from the Midwest at mid-century to Wall Street and Eastern Europe in the age of greed and globalism. Franzen brings an old-time America of freight trains and civic duty, of Cub Scouts and Christmas cookies and sexual inhibitions, into brilliant collision with the modern absurdities of brain science, home surveillance, hands-off parenting, do-it-yourself mental healthcare, and the anti-gravity New Economy. With The Corrections, Franzen emerges as one of our premier interpreters of American society and the American soul. Enid Lambert is terribly, terribly anxious. Although she would never admit it to her neighbors or her three grown children, her husband, Alfred, is losing his grip on reality. Maybe it's the medication that Alfred takes for his Parkinson's disease, or maybe it's his negative attitude, but he spends his days brooding in the basement and committing shadowy, unspeakable acts. More and more often, he doesn't seem to understand a word Enid says. Trouble is also brewing in the lives of Enid's children. Her older son, Gary, a banker in Philadelphia, has turned cruel and materialistic and is trying to force his parents out of their old house and into a tiny apartment. The middle child, Chip, has suddenly and for no good reason quit his exciting job as a professor at D------ College and moved to New York City, where he seems to be pursuing a "transgressive" lifestyle and writing some sort of screenplay. Meanwhile the baby of the family, Denise, has escaped her disastrous marriage only to pour her youth and beauty down the drain of an affair with a married man--or so Gary hints. Enid, who loves to have fun, can still look forward to a final family Christmas and to the ten-day Nordic Pleasurelines Luxury Fall Color Cruise that she and Alfred are about to embark on. But even these few remaining joys are threatened by her husband's growing confusion and unsteadiness. As Alfred enters his final decline, the Lamberts must face the failures, secrets, and long-buried hurts that haunt them as a family if they are to make the corrections that each desperately needs.

Den of Shadows (Gambler’s Den series, Book 1)

Author: Christopher Byford
Publisher: HarperCollins UK
ISBN: 0008257485
Category: Fiction
Page: 384
View: 1394
“Den of Shadows was absolutely amazing. It is full of mystery, intrigue and felt a little bit magical.” Rebecca Evans The Gambler’s Den weaves its away across the desert... But will it stop at your station?

Beyond the Aether

Book 3 in the Infernal Aether Series
Author: Peter Oxley
Publisher: Createspace Independent Publishing Platform
ISBN: 9781974045402
Page: 232
View: 814
When Satan himself comes calling, what would you do? When their friend Kate is kidnapped by the Almadites, Augustus Potts and his friends must risk everything to rescue her before it is too late by venturing beyond the Aether. Forced into a pact with the demon Andras, they must face their deepest fears before finally coming face-to-face with humanity's oldest enemy in a world stripped of all hope. Beyond the Aether is the third book in the Infernal Aether series, a dark gothic fantasy series which will grip and terrify you in equal measure.Pick up your copy today

Something Strange and Deadly

Author: Susan Dennard
Publisher: Harper Collins
ISBN: 0062083287
Category: Young Adult Fiction
Page: 544
View: 2195
Sixteen-year-old Eleanor Fitt’s brother is missing. And when she discovers that the Dead are rising in Philadelphia and wreaking havoc throughout the city, she knows that her brother is involved. So Eleanor enlists the help of the Spirit-Hunters. This motley crew, hired to protect the city from supernatural forces, is after the necromancer who has been reanimating corpses. Their skills can save her brother. But as Eleanor spends time with the Spirit-Hunters, and their handsome inventor, Daniel, the situation becomes dire. Now not only is her reputation at risk, but her very life may hang in the balance. In Something Strange and Deadly, the first book in a trilogy, Susan Dennard weaves together vividly imagined scenes of action, adventure, and gorgeous Victorian fashion to create an entertaining steampunk tapestry of humor, horror, and romance. Readers who love Cassandra Clare’s Infernal Devices series will be intrigued from the start.

All Darling Children

Author: Katrina Monroe
Publisher: Red Adept Publishing, LLC
Category: Fiction
Page: 202
View: 5888
All boys grow up, except one. On the tenth anniversary of her mother's death, fourteen-year-old Madge Darling’s grandmother suffers a heart attack. With the overbearing Grandma Wendy in the hospital, Madge runs away to Chicago, intent on tracking down a woman she believes is actually her mother. On her way to the Windy City, a boy named Peter Pan lures Madge to Neverland, a magical place where children can remain young forever. While Pan plays puppet master in a twisted game only he understands, Madge discovers the disturbing price of Peter Pan's eternal youth.

The Scar

Author: China Miéville
Publisher: Del Rey
ISBN: 0345454898
Category: Fiction
Page: 656
View: 5844
BONUS: This edition contains an excerpt from China Miéville’s Embassytown. A mythmaker of the highest order, China Miéville has emblazoned the fantasy novel with fresh language, startling images, and stunning originality. Set in the same sprawling world of Miéville’s Arthur C. Clarke Award-winning novel, Perdido Street Station, this latest epic introduces a whole new cast of intriguing characters and dazzling creations. Aboard a vast seafaring vessel, a band of prisoners and slaves, their bodies remade into grotesque biological oddities, is being transported to the fledgling colony of New Crobuzon. But the journey is not theirs alone. They are joined by a handful of travelers, each with a reason for fleeing the city. Among them is Bellis Coldwine, a renowned linguist whose services as an interpreter grant her passage—and escape from horrific punishment. For she is linked to Isaac Dan der Grimnebulin, the brilliant renegade scientist who has unwittingly unleashed a nightmare upon New Crobuzon. For Bellis, the plan is clear: live among the new frontiersmen of the colony until it is safe to return home. But when the ship is besieged by pirates on the Swollen Ocean, the senior officers are summarily executed. The surviving passengers are brought to Armada, a city constructed from the hulls of pirated ships, a floating, landless mass ruled by the bizarre duality called the Lovers. On Armada, everyone is given work, and even Remades live as equals to humans, Cactae, and Cray. Yet no one may ever leave. Lonely and embittered in her captivity, Bellis knows that to show dissent is a death sentence. Instead, she must furtively seek information about Armada’s agenda. The answer lies in the dark, amorphous shapes that float undetected miles below the waters—terrifying entities with a singular, chilling mission. . . . China Miéville is a writer for a new era—and The Scar is a luminous, brilliantly imagined novel that is nothing short of spectacular.

Noggle Stones Book I

The Goblin's Apprentice
Author: Wil Radcliffe
Publisher: N.A
ISBN: 9780615787084
Page: 322
View: 3856
While searching for the lost ruins of an ancient temple, the mad goblin scholar, Bugbear, and his gambler cousin, Tudmire, come into possession of a most peculiar scroll. It is through this scroll that the mystical world of Annwfn and the world of 19th Century humanity are suddenly and inadvertently thrust together. Allying themselves with the awkward human stage magician, Martin Manchester, and the fierce warrior woman, Maga, Bugbear and Tudmire must rally the frightened folk of the small town of Willow Prairie against the gathering evil... an evil that has been awakened by the scroll... an evil that hungers for revenge! It is only when Bugbear and Manchester come to realize the wisdom held in an ancient rhyme that they are able to summon the courage to face their hidden foe... "White, gray, and black stones Scattered cross the board Now you must unite them To become the Noggle Lord!"

The Wedding Speech Manual

The Complete Guide to Preparing, Writing and Performing Your Wedding Speech
Author: Peter Oxley
Publisher: CreateSpace
ISBN: 9781490333090
Category: Wedding speeches
Page: 154
View: 7043
Worried about making a wedding speech? Nervous? Unsure how to start or what to say? The Wedding Speech Manual is the complete, practical, step-by-step guide which shows you how to write and perform a personalised wedding speech: something which will be enjoyed and cherished by your loved ones, friends and family.This book will give you the confidence to approach the wedding day safe in the knowledge that you have an excellent, original wedding speech. Not just that - you will also learn tools to master your nerves and deliver your speech as confidently, coolly and calmly as any professional. Includes practical exercises to guide you step-by-step through the process of researching, writing and performing your wedding speech, as well as a "Troubleshooting" section with answers to the most common questions and issues faced by wedding speechmakers. You will learn: * What you will be expected to say and do. * How to master your nerves and stop them getting in the way of your successful speech. * How to research, draft and edit your speech. * How to deliver your speech as confidently, professionally and impressively as possible. * How to handle other typical issues: like props, microphones and difficult audiences.


A Rousing Tale of Dauntless Pluck in the Farthest Reaches of Space
Author: Philip Reeve
Publisher: Bloomsbury Publishing USA
ISBN: 1619631180
Category: Juvenile Fiction
Page: 432
View: 580
Arthur (Art) Mumby and his irritating sister Myrtle live with their father in the huge and rambling house, Larklight, travelling through space on a remote orbit far beyond the Moon. One ordinary sort of morning they receive a correspondence informing them that a gentleman is on his way to visit, a Mr Webster. Visitors to Larklight are rare if not unique, and a frenzy of preparation ensues. But it is entirely the wrong sort of preparation, as they discover when their guest arrives, and a Dreadful and Terrifying (and Marvellous) adventure begins. It takes them to the furthest reaches of Known Space, where they must battle the evil First Ones in a desperate attempt to save each other - and the Universe. Recounted through the eyes of Art himself, Larklight is sumptuously designed and illustrated throughout.

The Emerald Light in the Air

Author: Donald Antrim
Publisher: Farrar, Straus and Giroux
ISBN: 0374712409
Category: Fiction
Page: 176
View: 2927
Nothing is simple for the men and women in Donald Antrim's stories. As they do the things we all do—bum a cigarette at a party, stroll with a girlfriend down Madison Avenue, take a kid to the zoo—they're confronted with their own uncooperative selves. These artists, writers, lawyers, teachers, and actors make fools of themselves, spiral out of control, have delusions of grandeur, despair, and find it hard to imagine a future. They talk, they listen, they hope, they dream. They look for communion in a city, both beautiful and menacing, which can promise so much and yield so little. But they are hungry for life. They want to love and be loved. These stories, all published in The New Yorker over the last fifteen years, make it clear that Antrim is one of America's most important writers. His work has been praised by his significant contemporaries, including Jonathan Franzen, Thomas Pynchon, Jeffrey Eugenides, and George Saunders, who described The Verificationist as "one of the most pleasure-giving, funny, perverse, complicated, addictive novels of the last twenty years." And here is Antrim's best book yet: the story collection that reveals him as a master of the form.

Once Upon A Kiss

17 Romantic Faerie Tales
Author: Sarra Cannon,Yasmine Galenorn,Anthea Sharp,Mandy M. Roth,Jenna Elizabeth Johnson,Alexia Purdy,Hailey Edwards,Phaedra Weldon,Julia Crane,Shawntelle Madison,Debra Dunbar,C. Gockel,Jennifer Blackstream,Devon Monk,Alethea Kontis,Nikki Jefford,Kate Danley
Publisher: Fiddlehead Press
ISBN: 1680130897
Category: Fiction
Page: 400
View: 1030


Back to the Future with the New Victorians
Author: Paul Roland
Publisher: Oldacastle Books
ISBN: 1843442507
Category: History
Page: 1928
View: 9131
Credited with cofounding the movement with his Edwardian/Victorian themed albums, Paul Roland traces the history of the genre, drawing on exclusive quotes from leading writers, artists, musicians, and filmmakers in the fieldWhat began in the late 1980s as an underground community of science fiction and fantasy aficionados with a fetish for Victoriana now pervades almost every aspect of popular culture from music and movies to comics and computer games. Written by one of the godfathers of steampunk, this cultural history includes exclusive interviews with key figures including Cherie Priest, Mark Hodder, Kris Kukski, Chaz Kemp, Professor Elemental, and Abney Park. This account demonstrates that steampunk is much more than a retro-futuristic fashion statement or a subgenre of science fiction. On the surface its adherents profess a penchant for neo-Victorian fashion, fanciful clockwork accessories, and have a desire to live in an alternative reality inhabited by airships and eccentric inventions. But the literature, art, music, and movies of this burgeoning community offer a radical and irreverent reimagining of society the way it might have evolved had history taken a sharp detour prior to the industrial revolution giving us a world without electricity, the infernal (sic) combustion engine, and the technology that we take for granted today. The world of steampunk as explored here is the elegant gas lit world of Jules Verne and H. G. Wells, of Michael Moorcock and their literary antecedents for whom the digital age never dawned.

The Dwarves of Elvenshore

Author: Clark Graham
Publisher: Createspace Independent Pub
ISBN: 9781478307617
Category: Fiction
Page: 224
View: 5682
Scout from the human city of South Fort stumbles upon a group of Dwarves lost in the untamed forest of the Westwood. He saves them from getting killed and rescues a Dwarf Prince. For these actions he is adopted by the Dwarves and helps them in their wars and battles to save the kingdom. Set in Elvenshore, A mystical place settled long ago by the Elves and later abandoned by them. This story tells the tale of battles with new and old foes as the Dwarves try and retake their kingdoms from the evil things that roam the forest and mountains of Elvenshore.