Already celebrated far beyond his native Iceland, the novels of Sjón arrive on waves of praise from writers, critics, and readers worldwide. Sjón has won countless international awards and earned ringing comparisons to Borges, Calvino, and Iceland's other literary superstar, the Nobel Prize winner Halldór Laxness. The Whispering Muse is his masterpiece so far. The year is 1949 and Valdimar Haraldsson, an eccentric Icelander with elevated ideas about the influence of fish consumption on Nordic civilization, has had the extraordinary good fortune to be invited to join a Danish merchant ship on its way to the Black Sea. Among the crew is the mythical hero Caeneus, disguised as the second mate. Every evening after dinner he entrances his fellow travelers with the tale of how he sailed with the fabled vessel the Argo on its quest to retrieve the Golden Fleece. What unfolds is a slender but masterful, brilliant, and always entertaining novel that ranges deftly from the comic to the mythic as it weaves together tales of antiquity with the modern world in a voice so singular as to seem possessed.
A showcase of the year's best typographic work in print and on screen in advertising, communications, education, marketing, and publishing. The only annual publication devoted exclusively to the art of type, Typography 35 presents the finest work in the field for 2013. Selected from approximately 2,300 international submissions to the annual Type Directors Club competition, the winning designs are models of excellence and innovation in the use of type design, representing a wide range of categories in diverse fields, including books, magazines, corporate branding, logos, stationery, annual reports, video and web graphics, and posters. Each year, the Type Directors Club selects a prominent design studio or designer to curate the latest Typography book and select the winners of their annual typography competition. Tremendous creative freedom is given to each studio, allowing the annual to evolve dramatically with each new publication. Typography 35 is designed by American graphic designer, creative director, and educator Brian Collins, who was the chief creative officer of the Brand Innovation Group, Ogilvy & Mather, from 1998-2007.
Almost anyone who has read or written Science Fiction or fantasy has been inspired by the work of Michael Moorcock. His literary flair and grand sense of adventure have been evident since his controversial first novel Behold the Man, through the stories and novels featuring his most famous character, Elric of Melniboné, to his fantasy masterpiece, Gloriana, winner of both the Campbell Memorial and World Fantasy, awards for best novel. Neil Gaiman, Alan Moore, and Michael Chabon all cite Moorcock as a major influence; as editor of New Worlds magazine, he helped launch the careers of many of his contemporaries, including Harlan Ellison, Philip K. Dick, and J. G. Ballard. Tor Books now proudly presents Moorcock's first independent novel in nine years, a tale both fantastical and autobiographical, a celebration of London and what it meant to be young there in the years after World War II. The Whispering Swarm is the first in a trilogy that will follow a young man named Michael as he simultaneously discovers himself and a secret realm hidden deep in the heart of London. At the Publisher's request, this title is being sold without Digital Rights Management Software (DRM) applied.
From author Cleveland Joahll Sai comes an intriguingly new genre that young and old readers alike will surely find fascinating and inspiring. In this self-help fiction, tales are more than stories for mere entertainment. The engaging stories, controversial dialogues, mystical anecdotes, and vivid otherworldly experiences serve a point. Though conveyed in fictional accounts, the serious intent of The Whispering Archangel is to inspire introspection and new vision. This intent permeates every word. The book presents a unique view of how we got to where we are and assumes that we can change where we say we are going. This absorbing book presents exchanges and thoughts about existence that are altogether unique. It supposes that ultimate truth is not so clearly defined. The individuals in the book have different stories and come from different worlds. In their quest for illumination they are lead to conclusions, personal truths and understandings which even contradict. Through them the reader may find that universal truth is found along the path of personal understanding. Through the tales in The Whispering Archangel, a story of ascension, as pursued humanity, is told. This book suggests that a profound examination of all that is within and all that surrounds humankind must occur in order for ascension to take place. It demands that humanity awaken, become more consciously aware of the Life surrounding it, and ascend.
Every writer needs a muse. Some are needier than others. Some are hungrier. Some demand blood. A new story of suspense, from USA Today bestselling author Robert Swartwood. PRAISE FOR ROBERT SWARTWOOD "Robert Swartwood is the next F. Paul Wilson — if F. Paul Wilson's DNA was spliced with Michael Marshall Smith. If you haven't yet read Swartwood, you're missing out." —Brian Keene "Robert Swartwood is a sharp writer, his prose lean and mean as a razor blade. He notches up the tension from chapter to chapter like a master story-teller, keeping you reading long into the night." —The Man Eating Bookworm "An exceptional novelist." —Douglas Clegg