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A Sound of Thunder and Other Stories

By Ray Bradbury
  • ISBN Code: : 0062242075
  • Publisher : Harper Collins
  • Pages : 352
  • Category : Fiction
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With his disarmingly simple style and complex imagination, Ray Bradbury has seized the minds of American readers for decades.This collection showcases thirty-two of Bradbury's most famous tales in which he lays bare the depths of the human soul. The thrilling title story, A Sound of Thunder, tells of a hunter sent on safari -- sixty million years in the past. But all it takes is one wrong step in the prehistoric jungle to stamp out the life of a delicate and harmless butterfly -- and possibly something else much closer to home ...

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This collection features 14 of Melville's short stories reprinted from Harper's and Putnam's magazines, including "The Encantadas or Enchanted Isles," a dramatic story set on the Galapagos Islands, plus "The Bell-Tower," more.

The Myth of Hiawatha and Other Stories of the North American Indians

By Henry Schoolcraft
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  • Publisher : e-artnow
  • Book Code : N.a
  • Total of Pages : 254
  • Category : History
  • Members : 531
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The Myth of Hiawatha is a collection of Native American myths and legends collected and edited by Henry Schoolcraft. This book is one of the most authentic collections of Indian myths because Schoolcraft faithfully recored every world of storytellers. He presents this collection as transcripts of the thought and invention of the aboriginal mind with the intention to bring closer Native American culture and tradition to a common reader.

Investigating Heroes

By David Simmons
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  • Publisher : McFarland
  • Book Code : 0786488689
  • Total of Pages : 187
  • Category : Performing Arts
  • Members : 685
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Book Short Summary:

Premiering in September of 2006, the weekly NBC television series Heroes was an immediate commercial and critical hit, lasting four successful seasons. Heroes follows a group of interrelated characters who discover they have superhuman powers, with each successive episode exploring how these people react to and utilize their powers for good or for evil. This collection of essays explores a variety of issues surrounding Heroes, examining the series’ content, marketing and reception. Also investigated is the show’s fusion of “cult” and mainstream elements of television, analyzing its ability to combine so-called lowbrow elements (comic books and superheroes) with a high-quality television form prizing such factors as moral ambiguity and depth of characterization—and what this blending process suggests about the current hybrid state of genre television, and about the medium as a whole.

Amazing Truths

By Michael Guillen
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  • Publisher : Zondervan
  • Book Code : 0310343763
  • Total of Pages : 208
  • Category : Religion
  • Members : 786
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Book Short Summary:

Does science discredit the Bible, God, religious faith? Absolutely not, says Dr. Michael Guillen, former Harvard physics instructor and Emmy-winning ABC News Science Editor. In Amazing Truths, he uses his entertaining, down-to-earth storytelling skills to reveal ten astonishing truths affirmed by both ancient Scripture and modern science that answer some of our biggest questions: Can faith really move mountains? Does absolute truth exist? Are humans truly unique? Is it possible to communicate with God? How much about the universe do we actually know? How could Jesus have been fully man and fully God? In Amazing Truths, Dr. Guillen explains that faith is not some outdated way of thinking. Faith is a necessary part of science, Christianity, and any intelligent, comprehensive, coherent worldview--vastly more powerful than even logic. Amazing Truths will expand your mind and bolster your faith. You will see for yourself what Dr. Guillen, a theoretical physicist and devout Christian, has discovered in a lifetime of serious exploration--that science and faith are not at odds. In fact, they're the ultimate power couple.

Pelevin and Unfreedom

By Sofya Khagi
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  • Publisher : Northwestern University Press
  • Book Code : 0810143046
  • Total of Pages : 296
  • Category : Literary Criticism
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Book Short Summary:

Sofya Khagi’s Pelevin and Unfreedom: Poetics, Politics, Metaphysics is the first book-length English-language study of Victor Pelevin, one of the most significant and popular Russian authors of the post-Soviet era. The text explores Pelevin’s sustained Dostoevskian reflections on the philosophical question of freedom and his complex oeuvre and worldview, shaped by the idea that contemporary social conditions pervert that very notion. Khagi shows that Pelevin uses provocative and imaginative prose to model different systems of unfreedom, vividly illustrating how the present world deploys hyper-commodification and technological manipulation to promote human degradation and social deadlock. Rather than rehearse Cold War–era platitudes about totalitarianism, Pelevin holds up a mirror to show how social control (now covert, yet far more efficient) masquerades as freedom and how eagerly we accept, even welcome, control under the techno-consumer system. He reflects on how commonplace discursive markers of freedom (like the free market) are in fact misleading and disempowering. Under this comfortably self-occluding bondage, the subject loses all power of self-determination, free will, and ethical judgment. In his work, Pelevin highlights the unprecedented subversion of human society by the techno-consumer machine. Yet, Khagi argues, however circumscribed and ironically qualified, he holds onto the emancipatory potential of ethics and even an emancipatory humanism.

Peasants and Other Stories

By Anton Chekhov
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  • Publisher : New York Review of Books
  • Book Code : 1590179447
  • Total of Pages : 496
  • Category : Fiction
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Book Short Summary:

The ever maturing art and ever more ambitious imaginative reach of Anton Chekhov, one of the world's greatest masters of the short story, led him in his last years to an increasingly profound exploration of the troubled depths of Russian society and life. This powerful and revealing selection from Chekhov's final works, made by the legendary American critic Edmund Wilson, offers stories of novelistic richness and complexity, published in the only formatp edition to present them in chronological order. Table of Contents A Woman's Kingdom Three Years The Murder My Life Peasants The New Villa In the Ravine The Bishop Betrothed

Vathek and Other Stories

By Malcolm Jack,William Beckford
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  • Publisher : Penguin UK
  • Book Code : 0141960140
  • Total of Pages : 352
  • Category : Fiction
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Book Short Summary:

Beckford's Gothic novel Vathek, an Arabian tale, was originally written in French when the author was twenty-one. Published in English in 1786, it was one of the most successful of the oriental tales then in fashion. This edition makes available to a new generation of scholars and general readers, the originality of Beckford's ideas, and the excellence of his prose.

Tripping Points on the Roads to Outwit Terror

By Yair Sharan,Ted J. Gordon,Elizabeth Florescu
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  • Publisher : Springer Nature
  • Book Code : 3030725715
  • Total of Pages : 205
  • Category : Political Science
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This book assesses potential developments of terrorism and ways to prevent it—the growing threats as new technologies become available — and how the same new technologies may help trap those with potential mal-intent. The drumbeat of terror resonates from everywhere; how can we stop it? What are the tripping points along the road and how can we avoid them? Increasingly more people have access to increasingly more information and increasingly more destructive technologies. In the meantime, increasingly advanced technologies help us create an increasingly safer and more harmonious world. Advantages and disadvantages are accelerating each other. While hybrid threats are intensifying, so are the opportunities to address them. But what are the compromises and how can we mitigate them? This book also looks at the unexpected and often random success and failure of policies to counter the evolving terror threat. The various aspects of the terrorism phenomena are presented in a unique way using scenario vignettes, which give the reader a realistic perception of the threat. The combination of positive and negative implications of emerging technologies is describing what might well be one of the most important dimensions of our common future.

The Island of Dr. Death and Other Stories and Other Stories

By Gene Wolfe
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  • Publisher : Orb Books
  • Book Code : 1429966807
  • Total of Pages : 384
  • Category : Fiction
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A superb collection of science fiction and fantasy stories, The Island of Doctor Death and Other Stories and Other Stories is a book that transcends all genre definitions. The stories within are mined with depth charges, explosions of meaning and illumination that will keep you thinking and feeling long after you have finished reading. At the Publisher's request, this title is being sold without Digital Rights Management Software (DRM) applied.