The only way for Khya to get her brother back alive is to kill Varan—the immortal ruler who can’t be killed. But not even Varan knew what he was doing when he perverted magic and humanity to become immortal. Khya’s leading her group of friends and rebels into the mountains that hold Varan’s secrets, but if risking all their lives is going to be worth it, she has to give up everything else—breaking the spell that holds her brother captive and jeopardizing her deepening relationship with Tessen, the boy who has been by turns her rival and refuge since her brother disappeared. Immortality itself might be her only answer, but if that’s where Khya has to go, she can’t ask Tessen or her friends to follow. The Ryogan Chronicles are best enjoyed in order. Reading Order: Book #1 Island of Exiles Book #2 Sea of Strangers Book #3 War of Storms
From the penthouse on the sixtieth floor of a high-rise building, he watches the planes hit the towers of World Trade Center. He is calm; he is tying his tie. The event is horrible. He thinks of the panicthe hurrying and scurrying. There is going to be a lot of destruction. He finishes tying his tie. He continues to watch. He wonders what the future will bring. He believes in America. He believes in New York City. He always has. He will delay discussion of rebuilding for a short time. Meanwhile, there is his fifth heart transplant to prepare for.
An Operator's Manual for the Laf-Graf Model 1300 Humor Analyzer
Author: Gary R. Peterson
The Laf-Graf system of humor analysis began as a simple checklist of comedic literary devices compiled by the author during the writing of his first novel, Rhapsody In Overdrive. Further investigations into the principles of humor lead him straight to the heart and soul of philosophy. From there he discovered a clear view of the world through the fractured perspective of humor. Peterson developed the theoretical Laf-Graf humor analysis instrument-with the help of the mental giants at The Institute that bears his name-to guide the operator through any scenario that the human mind can misconceive. It systematically untangles laughable predicaments through the loopholes of circumstantial evidence. Laughter is a symptom of humor, but thanks to the Laf-Graf Model 1300, it is also a beacon by which one can navigate the obstacle course of life. The Peterson Institute of Arts & Science Research Laboratory and Gift Shop is factitiously located at 6464 Rhapsody Overdrive-Berzerkley, Michigan's most prestigious address for over 50 years. It's an art gallery, science laboratory, church, school, medical facility, lutherie, bus stop, gift shop, entertainment complex, and sports arena for mind games-a "think tank" of higher learning where the only tuition is intuition. Humor Scene Investigation as reviewed in International Journal of Humor Research: "...forensic examination of humor is the subject...of the book. I would give Peterson an 'A' for his effort. This 'scholarly discourse disguised as bombastic spoof' deserves to be read." - Peter Derks, Psychology Dep't., College of William and Mary.
From the British-West Indian novelist who is rapidly emerging as the bard of the African diaspora comes a haunting work about “the final passage”—the exodus of black West Indians from their impoverished islands to the uncertain opportunities of England. In her village of St. Patrick’s, Leila Preston has no prospects, a young son, and a husband, Michael, who seems to prefer the company of his mistress. So when her ailing mother travels to England for medical care, Leila decides to follow her. As Caryl Phillips follows the Prestons’ outward voyage—and their bewildered attempt to find a home in a country whose rooming houses post signs announcing “No vacancies for coloureds”—he produces a tragicomic portrait of hope and dislocation. The Final Passage is a novel rich in language, acute in its grasp of character, and unforgettable in its vision of the colonial legacy. “Like Isabel Allende and Gabriel García Márquez, Phillips writes of times so heady and chaotic and of characters so compelling that time moves as if guided by the moon and dreams.”—Los Angeles Times Book Review