Kadavera, the witch, was dead. This should mean a celebration, but for nine-year-old Hugo, his schoolmate, Emma and their strange magical friend, Bird, it is the start of another dangerous adventure. Her death has precipitated the regeneration of not just one but both of her sister witches ? and they are both far worse than she ever was. Conscripting the Cornish goblins, the witches capture the gnomes from the Gnome Reserve to use as guinea pigs in their experiments to be able to exist in daylight. This would allow them to fulfil their dying vow; to kill and destroy all those and their descendants, who were responsible for their own and their mothers´ unjust execution 300 years before. They are determined not to let anyone stand in their way, especially two interfering children and a stupid bird. A chance finding of a small amulet leads Hugo and his friends into realms of King Arthur and to the magic power of his sword, Excalibur. Emma receives some terrible news, which ultimately takes her on a journey from which there may be no return and pits her against her friends. Can Hugo and Bird, rescue the gnomes and prevent the witches from achieving their lethal goal and how can an inquisitive journalist make everything far worse? Set in North Devon, the heart-pounding adventure continues and is based on historical events. Hugo and the Bird: Gnome Wars is a tale of fantasy, revenge and friendship that readers from nine years to ninety will identify with and love.
If life is, as some hold it to be, a vast melancholy ocean over which ships more or less sorrow-laden continually pass and ply, yet there lie here and there upon it isles of consolation on to which we may step out and for a time forget the winds and waves. One of these we may call Bird-isle-the island of watching and being entertained by the habits and humours of birds-and upon this one, for with the others I have here nothing to do, I will straightway land, inviting such as may care to, to follow me. I will speak of birds only, or almost only, as I have seen them, and I must hope that this plan, which is the only one I have found myself able to follow, will be accepted as an apology for the absence of much which, not having seen but only read of, I therefore say nothing about. Also, if I sometimes here record what has long been known and noted as though I were making a discovery, I trust that this, too, will be forgiven me, for, in fact, whenever I have watched a bird and seen it do anything at all-anything, that is, at all salient-that is just how I have felt. Perhaps, indeed, the best way to make discoveries of this sort is to have the idea that one is doing so. One looks with the soul in the eyes then, and so may sometimes pick up some trifle or other that has not been noted before.
A young boys dream is measured by a moment, each moment being more precious than the other. He and his little black bird have found solace and refuge in each other. Their lives are a mere reflection of the hardships to come and anguish for which will follow. They each search for purpose and strength from within as they are beheld by the silence of their youth and the warm hatred from those that are different. The very nature of their skin color makes them uniquely alike, yet the rest of their DNA marks them to be worlds apart. Both the little black boy and the little black bird, share in one common thread of natural enemies, people. For the enemy of little black birds hunt for fun, and the enemy of little black boys hunt for supremacy. In a subtle world for which only the strong survive, both the little black boy and the little black bird must navigate their way to freedom on a daily basis. If not, they face the futile hypothesis of being wrongfully targeted by the hunters. Will the little black boy and the little black bird be able to outwit the hunters, or will they fall prey to senseless acts of murder?
In this entertaining and challenging new collection of logic puzzles, Raymond Smullyan-author of What Is the Name of This Book? And The Lady or the Tiger?-continues to delight and astonish us with his gift for making available, in the thoroughly pleasurable form of puzzles, some of the most important mathematical thinking of our time. In the first part of the book, he transports us once again to that wonderful realm where knights, knaves, twin sisters, quadruplet brothers, gods, demons, and mortals either always tell the truth or always lie, and where truth-seekers are set a variety of fascinating problems. The section culminates in an enchanting and profound metapuzzle (a puzzle about a puzzle), in which Inspector Craig of Scotland Yard gets involved in a search of the Fountain of Youth on the Island of Knights and Knaves. In the second and larger section, we accompany the Inspector on a summer-long adventure into the field of combinatory logic (a branch of logic that plays an important role in computer science and artificial intelligence). His adventure, which includes enchanted forests, talking birds, bird sociologists, and a classic quest, provides for us along the way the pleasure of solving puzzles of increasing complexity until we reach the Master Forest and-thanks to Gödel´s famous theorem-the final revelation. To Mock a Mockingbird will delight all puzzle lovers-the curious neophytes as well as the serious students of logic, mathematics, or computer science.
Rene Rejmond, izvestnyj vsemu miru pod psevdonimom Dzhejms Hehdli CHejz, proslavilsya v zhanre ´´krutogo´´ detektiva. On vyshel iz sem´i otstavnogo britanskogo oficera, i otec prochil Rene kar´eru uchenogo. No v 18 let budushchij pisatel´ ostavil uchebu i navsegda pokinul roditel´skij dom. Postoyanno menyal rabotu i isproboval nemalo professij, prezhde chem stal agentom-rasprostranitelem knig, osnovatel´no izuchiv knizhnyj biznes iznutri. Vposledstvii on s ironiej vspominal: ´´?Prishlos´ postuchat´ ne menee chem v sto tysyach dverej, i za kazhdoj iz nih mog vstretit´ lyubogo iz personazhej svoih budushchih romanov? I stol´ko prishlos´ moknut´ pod dozhdem, chto sejchas nikto ne v silah zastavit´ menya vyjti iz doma v syruyu pogodu?´´ V techenie pochti poluvekovoj pisatel´skoj deyatel´nosti CHejz sozdal poryadka devyanosta romanov, kotorye pol´zovalis´ neizmennym uspekhom u chitatelej raznyh stran, i okolo pyatidesyati iz nih byli ehkranizirovany.
1948. Zwischen den Mächten der Alliierten treten immer deutlicher unterschiedliche Interessen zutage. Deutschland steht vor einer Zerreißprobe. Die Sowjetunion isoliert West-Berlin. Einige Monate nach der Währungsreform wird der Bankier Dr. Victor Wrede tot aufgefunden. Neben ihm liegen seine tote Frau und der bewusstlose Sohn Carl. Jahre später sucht Carl Wrede nach den Gründen für den Tod seiner Eltern. Dabei stößt er auf einen Betrug während der Währungsreform, der bisher unentdeckt blieb. Und auch unentdeckt bleiben sollte.
Set in Bangladesh and the United States, the eight stories in The Bird Catcher address gender expectations, familial love, and questions of identity and belonging. In ?The Anomalous Wife,? when Nirjhara decides she wants to walk into the ocean, her husband of thirty years is confused: she has the perfect life, he insists, the life of a dutiful housewife and mother who wants for nothing in her adopted country. The staff at the psychiatric facility can?t even pronounce Nirjhara?s name, let alone understand her mordant humor and her use of wide-ranging literary references (from Rabindranath Tagore to Sylvia Plath to The Ancient Mariner) to describe her despair. The other stories are equally resonant and thought-provoking. A college professor has to contend with a student who ?laughed every time I struggled on a word that didn?t want to come out of my forked tongue: one part third world, one part hyphenated American.? A young woman enjoys a loving but complicated relationship with her mother-in-law, a Bangladeshi immigrant who is both ebullient and opinionated, charming and exasperating. In the title story, drawing on fairy tale motifs, string theory, Sufi philosphy, and other traditions, a bird and a recluse argue over the nature of time and the meaning of freedom. The Bird Catcher offers wide-ranging variations on the theme of diasporic identity, intriguing glimpses into suppressed, fragmented, and resilient lives, and a meditation on the power and limitations of language. As Nirjhara explains in ?The Anomalous Wife,? ?Life is all about right word choices, right verbs, and right prepositions. If you walk by the ocean, you are a lover of life. If you walk into it out of your love for the ocean, you are kept here as a prisoner until you learn the correct use of prepositions.?
A flying visit to the City of Brotherly Love takes a murderous turn for Amy Simms, owner of Birds & Bees. Amy and her bird-loving crew are ducking out of Ruby Lake, North Carolina to attend the annual American Birding Expo in Philadelphia. The event will generate publicity for Birds & Bees, though assistant manager Esther is strangely reluctant to attend. Before she´s even set up their booth, Amy manages to insult JJ Fuller, famed bird photographer and the expo´s guest of honor. An inauspicious beginning, made worse when JJ is found dead as a dodo, his head caved in by a pair of binoculars. The police suspect Esther is mixed up in murder, and her mysterious past starts coming to light. Amy isn´t sure what to believe. JJ boasted that he would be the first to locate a near-extinct woodpecker. Did a rival decide to beat him-literally-to the punch? With a ZombieFest convention taking place in the exhibit hall next door, there´s all kinds of creepiness to contend with. And somewhere among the birders and the walking dead there´s a killer hoping to fly the coop before justice is served . . .
Der Roman zum Netflix-Film mit Sandra Bullock in der Hauptrolle! Öffne deinen Augen, und du bist tot! Dieses Mantra hat Malorie ihren beiden Kindern von Geburt an eingeimpft. Sie verlassen das Haus so selten wie möglich und wenn doch, dann nur mit verbundenen Augen. Denn irgendetwas ist dort draußen, dessen Anblick jeden in den Wahnsinn treibt. Da klingelt das Telefon, und der unbekannte Anrufer bietet ihr einen sicheren Ort, nur ein paar Meilen den Fluss hinab. Kein weiter Weg, wenn man ihn sehen kann. Doch mit verbundenen Augen unmöglich. Dennoch steigt Malorie mit den Kindern in ein kleines Boot, der Hoffnung entgegen ? oder dem Tod! Dieser Roman ist auch bereits unter dem Titel »Der Fluss« beim Blanvalet Verlag erschienen.
Ein Mädchen ohne Stimme. Ein König in Ketten. Ein Fluch, der sie vereint. Mit fünf Jahren musste Lark mit ansehen, wie ihre Mutter vor ihren Augen hingerichtet wurde. Mit dem letzten Atemzug nahm sie ihrer Tochter die Stimme und die Macht der Worte. Denn Magie ist eine Todsünde in Jeru. Dreizehn Jahre später erscheint der junge König Tiras am Hof von Larks Vater, um diesen an seine Treuepflicht im Krieg zu erinnern. Er nimmt die stumme junge Frau als Geisel mit sich. Zunächst fürchtet Lark den König, doch sie merkt schnell, dass Tiras ebenso wenig frei ist wie sie und dass die Liebe womöglich die einzige Waffe ist, die ihrer beider Ketten sprengen kann ... ´´Atemberaubend - eine epische Geschichte voller Magie und Romantik!´´ Totally Booked Blog