Ever since Martin Banks and his fellow computer geeks discovered that reality is just a computer program to be happily hacked, they've been jaunting back and forth through time, posing as medieval wizards and having the epic adventures that other nerds can only dream of having. But even in their wildest fantasies, they never expected to end up at the mercy of the former apprentice whom they sent to prison for gross misuse of magic and all-around evil behavior. Who knew that the vengeful Todd would escape, then conjure a computer game packed with wolves, wenches, wastelands, and assorted harrowing hazards--and trap his hapless former friends inside it? Stripped of their magic powers, the would-be wizards must brave terrifying dangers, technical glitches, and one another's company if they want to see Medieval England--and their favorite sci-fi movies on VHS--ever again. Can our heroes survive this magical mystery torture? Or will it only lead them and their pointy hats into more peril?
In 1957, a boy cleaning out his grandmother's barn in East Tennessee discovers the discarded correspondence of aviation's forgotten pioneer. They were the letters of Edward Huffaker -- written to Samuel Langley, Octave Chanute, and other early aviation scientists. It seems that he had discovered the secrets of how birds fly years before any of the distinguished researchers. These rare letters and unseen photos are reproduced in this work in time for the centennial celebration of flight in December 2003.
The book is set at the beginning of the 13th century and follows a young Kentish man whose future seems secure and destined to follow the course set by his parents. However his curiosity and restlessness is fuelled by travelling story tellers, and he determines to leave this secure and comfortable life path to embark on an adventure across Europe. His early steps are guided by a travelling companion from whom he learns to use his wits and skills to best effect. However the companion leaves him, in tragic circumstances, with a quest to fulfil which requires him to go further and reach the Holy Land. In France he finds he is crossing a land riven by religious upheavals as the Cathars struggle to follow their own Christian beliefs in the face of the increasing attention and displeasure of the Roman Catholic hierarchy. In south west France he meets a young Cathar man with whom he experiences emotions which have not before surfaced. The relationship seems destined to be short-lived, but on his return voyage from the Holy Land he is drawn to revisit the area, and search for the young Cathar. This new adventure brings him into the midst of the Cathar community which is fighting for its life against the overwhelming might of the Roman Catholic Church. The reunion is achieved but against the backdrop of the community being besieged and brutally extinguished in Beziers. Retreat to the mountain defences of the Pyrenees offers a final chance for the two men to share.
From the bestselling author of When Things Fall Apart, an open-hearted call for human connection, compassion, and learning to love the world just as it is during these most challenging times. In her first new book of spiritual teachings in over seven years, Pema Chödrön offers a combination of wisdom, heartfelt reflections, and the signature mix of humor and insight that have made her a beloved figure to turn to during times of change. In an increasingly polarized world, Pema shows us how to strengthen our abilities to find common ground, even when we disagree, and influence our environment in positive ways. Sharing never-before told personal stories from her remarkable life, simple and powerful everyday practices, and directly relatable advice, Pema encourages us all to become triumphant bodhisattvas--compassionate beings--in times of hardship. Welcoming the Unwelcome includes teachings on the true meaning of karma, recognizing the basic goodness in ourselves and the people we share our lives with--even the most challenging ones, transforming adversity into opportunities for growth, and freeing ourselves from the empty and illusory labels that separate us. Pema also provides step-by-step guides to a basic sitting meditation and a compassion meditation that anyone can use to bring light to the darkness we face, wherever and whatever it may be.
Tourette syndrome is a very misunderstood disorder. It is often said to have a mind of its own. A number of excellent books have been written by healthcare professionals and by people with TS. Most are either professional observations or personal stories about brave souls who have overcome enormous odds to succeed in spite of this often debilitating disorder. This book is different. It does include a bit of autobiographical information and it provides a comprehensive view of Tourette syndrome. However, its main focus is on the mental and physical processes that occur inside a person during tics and other symptoms. This book likely provides the deepest view inside the “mind of Tourette syndrome” ever published. The author, who has TS, presents an unsurpassed inside view of tics, obsessions, compulsions, intrusive thoughts, and feelings brought on by societal reaction. The book is totally honest from start to finish. It does not sugarcoat anything, it is not a “feel good” book and it exposes the most troubling experiences associated with this disorder. However, it also supports the reality that most people with Tourette syndrome are incredibly strong individuals who end up doing quite well in life. In addition, a link to an online version of the author’s documentary movie Inside Tourette Syndrome is provided. It features five adults with Tourette syndrome and it contains vivid details about what it is like to experience tics and obsessive-compulsive symptoms. No two individuals experience Tourette syndrome exactly the same. The author does not claim to speak for anyone other than himself. However, there are often similar, rarely-discussed experiences by people with TS and others with the disorder have agreed that this author’s descriptions are stunningly accurate. For those desiring to get a good idea of how it feels to experience the tics and other symptoms of Tourette syndrome, this book is a "must read." In addition, with the bonus of the included free online access to the documentary movie, this offering is a true bargain for anyone wishing to learn about Tourette syndrome.
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Theodore and Arlen have heard that the one true King lives in the castle at the top of the mountain, but they have never seen him. Arlen wants the King to punish his father for being so cruel to him and Theodore has read that the law of the land is "Love the King"--and how can she love him, if she doesn't know him? As they set off for the castle, the children are unaware of the danger awaiting them.
One day in 1925 a friend asked A.J.A. Symons if he had read Fr. Rolfe's "Hadrian the Seventh." He hadn't, but soon did, and found himself entranced by the novel -- "a masterpiece"--And no less fascinated by the mysterious person of its all-but-forgotten creator. "The Quest for Corvo" is a hilarious and heartbreaking portrait of the strange Frederick Rolfe, self-appointed Baron Corvo, an artist, writer, and frustrated aspirant to the priesthood with a bottomless talent for self-destruction. But this singular work, subtitled "an experiment in biography," is also a remarkable self-portrait, a study of the obsession and sympathy that inspires the biographer's art.
This biography of the journalist's early life, from his birth in 1870 to his departure for Europe on a special mission for President Woodrow Wilson in 1918, is as much a study of the changing times in which Baker lived as of the man himself. It is the first book to place Baker within a significant context, and as such it presents a full and historically useful portrait of an influential figure in American journalism. Originally published in 1969. A UNC Press Enduring Edition -- UNC Press Enduring Editions use the latest in digital technology to make available again books from our distinguished backlist that were previously out of print. These editions are published unaltered from the original, and are presented in affordable paperback formats, bringing readers both historical and cultural value.