The Undrowned Child

Teodora has consistently longed to go to Venice, and finally she has her likelihood. yet unusual and sinister issues are afoot within the appealing floating urban. Teo is instantly subsumed right into a mystery international during which salty-tongued mermaids run subversive printing presses, ghosts strong and undesirable patrol the streets, statues communicate, rats learn, and librarians fluidly become cats. And the place a e-book, The Key to the key City, leads Teo immediately into the center of the chance that threatens to break town to which she feels she belongs. An old proverb turns out to unite Teo with a Venetian boy, Renzo, and with the Traitor who has lower back from the darkish previous to wreak revenge. . . . yet who's the Undrowned baby destined to avoid wasting Venice?

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The Folk Tales of Scotland: The Well at the World's End and Other Stories

By Norah Montgomerie

The vintage folks stories of Scotland have been handed down from storyteller to storyteller, and from the 1st sentence they have been designed to carry the eye of the listener or reader as if a spell have been solid over them, transporting them to a paranormal realm the place mermaids and males, selkies and sailors, ogres and princesses mingle and are miraculously remodeled. The Montgomeries, uncommon folklorists, accumulated conventional tales from all elements of Scotland. Their assortment, first released in 1956, grew to become a vintage of the storytelling culture, with the tales retold in an easy, dramatic kind, attractive to grownup and baby alike. Now republished by means of Birlinn Ltd in a good-looking reward variation and illustrated with Norah Montgomerie's personal unique drawings, it's a e-book to be valuable for years because the key to an enchanted, undying global.

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The Sorcerer's Companion: A Guide to the Magical World of Harry Potter

The New York Times bestseller, now absolutely up-to-date to include Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix

Who was once the true Nicholas Flamel? How did the Sorcerer’s Stone get its energy? Did J. okay. Rowling dream up the terrifying basilisk, the seductive veela, or the vicious grindylow? And if she didn’t, who did?

Millions of readers around the globe were enchanted via the mystical international of wizardry, spells, and legendary beasts inhabited by way of Harry Potter and his acquaintances. yet what so much readers don’t comprehend is that there's a centuries-old trove of real historical past, folklore, and mythology in the back of Harry’s very good universe. Now, with The Sorcerer’s Companion, these with out entry to the Hogwarts Library can institution themselves within the interesting truth at the back of J. ok. Rowling’s international of magic.

Newly up-to-date to incorporate Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix, The Sorcerer’s Companion permits curious readers to seem up something magical from the Harry Potter books and find a wealth of exciting, unforeseen details. Wands and wizards, boggarts and broomsticks, hippogriffs and herbology, all have dazzling histories rooted in legend, literature, or real-life occasions relationship again hundreds of thousands or maybe hundreds of thousands of years. Magic wands, like these offered in Rowling’s Diagon Alley, have been as soon as formed by way of Druid sorcerers out in their sacred yew bushes. Love potions have been first concocted in historical Greece and Egypt. And books of spells and curses have been hugely renowned in the course of the center a long time. From Amulets to Zombies, you’ll additionally learn:
•how to learn tea leaves
•where to discover a basilisk at the present time
•how King Frederick II of Denmark financed a conflict with a unicorn horn
•who the true Merlin used to be
•how to securely harvest mandrake root
•who wore the 1st invisibility cloak
•how to put off a goblin
•why owls have been feared within the historic world
•what relatively lies past the Veil
•the origins of our modern day “bogeyman,” and extra.

A spellbinding travel of Harry’s beautiful global, The Sorcerer’s Companion is a needs to for each Potter aficionado’s bookshelf.

The Sorcerer's spouse has no longer been ready, authorized, or approved via any one or entity that created, released, or produced the Harry Potter books or comparable properties.

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Trickster and Hero: Two Characters in the Oral and Written Traditions of the World

By Harold Scheub

The trickster and the hero, present in such a lot of of the world’s oral traditions, are probably antagonistic yet frequently united in a single personality. Trickster and Hero offers a comparative examine a wealthy array of worldwide oral traditions, folktales, mythologies, and literatures—from The Odyssey, The Epic of Gilgamesh, and Beowulf to local American and African stories. Award-winning folklorist Harold Scheub explores the “Trickster moment,” the instant within the tale while the story, the teller, and the listener are reworked: we're either guy and girl, god and human, hero and villain.
    Scheub delves into the significance of trickster mythologies and the transferring relationships among tricksters and heroes. He examines protagonists that determine centrally in a variety of oral narrative traditions, exhibiting that the real hero is often to a point a trickster to boot. The trickster and hero, Scheub contends, are on the middle of storytelling, and the entire probabilities of existence are there: we're taken aside and rebuilt, dismembered and reborn, defeated and renewed.

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Scylla: Myth, Metaphor, Paradox

What is in a reputation? utilizing the instance of a well-known monster from Greek fable, this booklet demanding situations the dominant view legendary image denotes a unmarried, simple 'figure' and proposes as a substitute to conceptualize the identify 'Scylla' as a mixture of 3 recommendations - sea, puppy and girl - whose articulation alterations through the years. whereas archaic and classical Greek types often emphasize the metaphorical coherence of Scylla's a number of elements, the identify is more and more taken care of as a well-defined but in addition paradoxical build from the overdue fourth century BCE onward. continuing via distinct analyses of Greek and Roman texts and photographs, Professor Hopman exhibits how a similar identify can variously show anxieties concerning the sea, canines, competitive girls and shy maidens, therefore providing an empirical reaction to the semiotic puzzle raised via non-referential right names.

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The Helmet of Horror: The Myth of Theseus and the Minotaur

By Victor Pelevin

A cyber-age retelling of the parable of Theseus and the Minotaur from one among Russia’s most enjoyable younger writers.
Labyrinth (noun): An problematic constitution of intercommunicating passages, during which it really is tricky to discover one’s manner with out a clue; a maze.

They have by no means met; they've been assigned unusual pseudonyms; they inhabit exact rooms which open out onto very diverse landscapes; they usually have entered right into a discussion which they can't break out – a discourse outlined and destroyed by way of the Helmet of Horror. Its wearer is the dominant strength they name Asterisk, a strength for solid and sick during which the Minotaur is ceaselessly current and Theseus is the good unknown.

Victor Pelevin has created a mesmerising international the place the surreal and the hyperreal collide. The Helmet of Horror is dependent in response to the web exchanges of the twenty-first century, but instilled with the figures and narratives of classical mythology. it's a labyrinthine exam of epistemological uncertainty that extensively reinvents the parable of Theseus and the Minotaur for an age the place info is plentiful yet wisdom turns out finally unattainable.

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Girl Meets Boy: The Myth of Iphis (Myths, The)

By Ali Smith

From the astonishingly gifted author of The unintended and Hotel international comes Ali Smith’s marvelous retelling of Ovid’s gender-bending fable of Iphis and Ianthe, as noticeable in the course of the eyes of 2 Scottish sisters. Girl Meets Boy is approximately boys and girls, women and ladies, love and transformation, and the absurdity of consumerism, in addition to a narrative of reversals and revelations that's as sharply witty because it is lyrical. humorous, clean, poetic, and political, Girl Meets Boy is a fantasy of metamorphosis for an international made in Madison Avenue’s photograph, and the funniest addition to the Myths sequence from Canongate considering the fact that Margaret Atwood’s The Penelopiad.

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The Red Book: A Reader's Edition (Philemon)

A transportable variation of the recognized Red Book textual content and essay.

The pink Book, released to extensive acclaim in 2009, includes the nucleus of C. G. Jung’s later works. It used to be right here that he built his vital theories of the archetypes, the collective subconscious, and the method of individuation that may remodel psychotherapy from therapy of the in poor health right into a potential for the better improvement of the character. As Sara Corbett wrote within the New York Times, “The construction of 1 of recent history’s actual visionaries, The purple Book is a unique paintings, outdoors of categorization. As an inquiry into what it capacity to be human, it transcends the historical past of psychoanalysis and underscores Jung’s position between innovative thinkers like Marx, Orwell and, in fact, Freud.” The pink publication: A Reader’s Edition beneficial properties Sonu Shamdasani’s introductory essay and the complete translation of Jung’s important paintings in a single quantity.

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The Folklore of Birds (Collins New Naturalist Library, Volume 39)

By Edward A. Armstrong

Tracing the magico-religious ideals surrounding birds as a long way again in time as is feasible, to the cultures within which those ideals arose. This variation is unique to

Edward A Armstrong is already recognized to readers of the recent Naturalist because the writer of the outstanding examine at the wren. His vast scholarship and abilities have outfitted him outstandingly for this booklet, that can in basic terms were written by way of a guy together with his deep knowing, not just of ornithology, yet of social anthropology, psychology and comparative religion.

Mr Amstrong has chosen a few conventional birds - resembling the swan, the raven, the owl, the robin and the wren - and has traced magico-religious ideals referring to them way back to attainable to the cultures during which those ideals arose. With the scientist's eye and strategies of research he has tested the improvement of delusion and formality with originality and ingenuity.

Many abnormal and fascinating proof are mentioned, and causes are given, for instance of the customs of breaking the wish-bone, and of fables pertaining to weather-prophet birds and the new release of the Barnacle Goose from shell-fish.

This e-book is the 1st therapy of a gaggle of folklore ideals as a sequence of artefacts are taken care of through an archaeologist, classifying them so as in line with epochs. Archaeological facts, in addition to oral and literary traditions, were used to demonstrate the origins and value of the present folklore.

The illustrations are of outstanding caliber and include over a hundred and forty conscientiously selected photos and line drawings from around the world assets.

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Nailed: Ten Christian Myths That Show Jesus Never Existed at All

By David Fitzgerald

Approximately publication:
Why may someone imagine Jesus by no means existed? Isn't it completely moderate to simply accept that he was once a true first century determine? because it seems, no. NAILED sheds mild on ten loved Christian myths, and, with proof accumulated from historians around the theological spectrum, indicates how they aspect to a Jesus Christ created exclusively via allegorical alchemy of wish and mind's eye; a messiah remodeled from a basically literary, theological build into the favourite determine of Jesus - briefly, a merely mythic Christ.

About writer:

David Fitzgerald is an atheist activist, historic researcher, author and nationwide public speaker. He used to be the co-founder & director of the world's first Atheist movie pageant and San Francisco's oldest annual Darwin Day party, "Evolutionpalooza!"

Today he works for the Secular pupil Alliance and co-runs The Godless Perverts tale Hour. he's additionally writer of "NAILED: Ten Christian Myths That express Jesus by no means Existed At All" and "The whole Heretic's advisor to Western Religion" series.

His 2010 booklet NAILED severely examines the historic proof of Christ, and he's at the moment engaged on the follow-up publication, Jesus: Mything in motion, with the intention to tackle the secular arguments for the old Jesus.

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