From a lush, dazzlingly original new voice in YA fantasycomes an epic clash of witches, gods and demons as the fate of humanity hangsin the balance. Elysium, Oklahoma, is a town like any other. Respectable.God-fearing. Praying for an end to the Dust Bowl. Until the day the Dust Soldiers arrive ? until the people ofElysium learn it's all a lie. You see, there isn't only one god. There are twosisters: Life and Death. And the Sisters like to gamble against each other withthings like time and space and human lives. Elysium is to become the playboard in a ruthless gamebetween the goddesses. The Dust Soldiers will return in ten years' time, and ifthe people of Elysium have not proved themselves worthy, all will be slain. Nearly ten years later, seventeen-year-old Sal Wilkinson iscalled upon to lead Elysium as it prepares for the end of the game. But then anoutsider named Asa arrives at Elysium's gates with nothing more than a sharpsmile and a bag of magic tricks, the frightened townspeople flock to this side.Sal tries to prove herself the best witch to lead Elysium, only to trigger aterrible accident that gets both her and Asa exiled into the brutal Desert ofDust and Steel. There Sal and Asa stumble upon a gang of girls headed byanother exile - a young witch everyone in Elysiumbelieves to be dead. As the apocalypse looms, seven girls and one demon willuse their gifts to create a cavalry of magic-powered scrap metal horses to rideto Elysium's aid. But they must do more than simply tip the scales in Elysium'sfavor - only by reinventing the rulescan they beat Life and Death at their own game.
Like virtually no other photographer, Stefan Soell is a master at capturing extremely explicit erotic images in an astonishingly imaginative and aesthetic way. Often accompanied by a touch of humor and a wink of the eye, his models switch between innocence and excitement, physical attraction and cool distance. This is precisely what pleases men, and fllls the pages of his latest book, with a powerful sexual charge. Where on earth does Soell get these girls? In addition to some of his favorite models, the new volume contains some mainly new and sensationally pretty creatures (25 in all). In the classical mythology of the ancient Greeks, Elysium was a paradise, located between this world and the one to come. While browsing through the book, you do not need to be a Greek hero to get a kick out of these daughters of Elysium.
A chance meeting in the online game Destruction of Elysium changes the lives of a healer and a tank forever. The digital worlds of MMORPGs are Alex’ only safe space. Online, she’s the great AlexTheDestroyer, leader of one of the biggest raiding guilds in Destruction of Elysium, a max level tank who kicks monster ass and she knows her way around every dungeon. In real life, she’s just Alex, a clumsy girl who’s hyper and too impulsive. Until she meets a healer who seems to be able to heal more than just her online character. Only, Alex can’t fall for her. The guild desperately needs a new healer, or they’ll lose their top rank. Can she risk the fate of the guild just to confess to the one girl who really seems to get her? Fleur is a girly-girl who loves flowers, dresses and being a healer in her favourite MMORPG. But in this online world, like in real life, she feels like she’s only playing a role, never truly herself. That is until she meets a tank who seems to match her play style perfectly. She’s curious but also a little wary. Can she really trust someone she met in a videogame? When Alex and Fleur meet offline at the yearly guild meeting, everything they ever knew starts to shift...
Psychologist and struggling aspiring writer Kris Bronson was just your ordinary hardworking guy. But that was the problem. He wanted more. Desperate for the search of finding the imagination he craves so badly for his own writing, he looks to the minds of the criminally insane, particularly two men who seem to have survived the annals of time. What started off as a job turned into one of the most fantastical roller-coaster rides Kris would ever experience. Carried by the tales of the Trojan War, to the demise of Julius Caesar, and even a nod to the Arthurian legend of Camelot, Kris finds the imagination he has been looking for. As he sees the magic of these two seemingly insane, dangerous men go to work on his mind, the stories of worlds within our own, guarded by monstrous and magical figures, he realizes that he is doing much more than finding a cure to his writer’s block. He is being convinced that there is much more to this world than he ever realized, one that would inevitably be the end of the world as we know it by the hands of a modern-day terrorist that seems to have his own magical ties to Kris and the two men he conducts his sessions with.
An omnibus collection of novels and short stories by a late writer (1905-1990) whose witty tales of adultery found few publishers in their day. Typical is the novel, An Armful of Warm Girl, written in the 1950s and dealing with the many affairs of an upper-class roue. No publisher would accept the manuscript which took nearly 20 years to sell.
Eric Bentley brings to the attention of Gogol's still growing American public not only a new version of Inspector, but three other dramatic works: The Marriage, Gamblers and A Madman's Diary, the last-named being Bentley's dramatization of a famous Gogol story. In a critical preface, Bentley finds all four works to be a Gogolian treatment of love - or the lack of love - and by the same token, thoroughly original works of dramatic art. Also includes a piece on Gamblers by the eminent Polish critic Jan Kott.