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News of the Black Feast and Other Random Reviews by Brian Stableford Book Summary:
This new collection gathers together 45 of Stableford's best critical reviews on works of science fiction, fantasy, horror, decadent literature, and nonfiction books about these topics. His comments are witty, intelligent, and full of insight. Complete with comprehensive index.
Exquisite Corpse by Robert Irwin Book Summary:
Set in London, Paris, and Munich in the 1940s and 1950s, Exquisite Corpse is, like Irwin’s cult classic, The Arabian Nightmare, a novel about the strange and ever-morphing powers of the imagination. At once a love story, a mystery, and an investigation into the ideas of absurdist art, "Irwin's novel about English surrealism is funny and profound and hugely satisfying" (A. S. Byatt, Sunday Times)
The Arabian Nightmare by Robert Irwin Book Summary:
A cult classic that “combines the genres of travelogue, fable, dream narrative, novel and confessional into one beguiling whole” (Publishers Weekly). The hero and guiding force of this epic fantasy is an insomniac young man who, unable to sleep, guides the reader through the narrow streets of Cairo—a mysterious city full of deceit and trickery. He narrates a complex tangle of dreams and imaginings that describe an atmosphere constantly shifting between sumptuously learned experiences, erotic adventure, and dry humor. The result is a thought-provoking puzzle box of sex, philosophy, and theology, reminiscent of Italo Calvino and Umberto Eco. “Deft and lovely . . . The smooth steely grip of Irwin’s story-telling genius is a joy to read.” —The Washington Post “The Arabian Nightmare is a conceit worthy of Borges.” —The New York Times “[Irwin’s] fascination for inner perception, helped along with a delight in Scheherazadian frames and exotic lore, makes for quite a rich experience: a strangely playful construct that, like an intricate Chinese box, delights with each unexpected combination and hidden drawer.” —Kirkus Reviews
Satan Wants Me by Robert Irwin Book Summary:
Satan Wants Me is a novel for anyone who wants to know what it was like to be young in the 1960s ... amphetamines, weird sex and Devil-worship. '... the Lodge requires him to find a new partner, and they make him fill in the dating agency form that leads to Maud, one of the more memorable characters in recent fiction. Peter's initial contempt for Maud as a straight and boring hairdresser soon gives way to a kinky menage a trois, in which Sally eagerly dons a dog collar and frilly apron and has herself tattoed with the words 'I am Sally, the slave of Maud and Peter'. So extraordinary is Maud, in fact, that she has more than a little to do with the title of the book...... No doubt this contributes to the feel of Satan Wants Me as something to relish and curl up with, capable of inducing sensations rarely felt by people who have to read novels as work. With darkness outside and a drink to hand, I lay back on the sofa in the happy knowledge that I still had half of the book to go. Ah yes, I thought. This is the life.' Phil Baker in The Times Literary Supplement 'Irwin is a writer of immense subtlety and craftmanship, and offers us a vivid and utterly convincing portrait of life on the loopier fringes of the Sixties. Satan Wants Me is black, compulsive and very, very funny.' Christopher Hart in The Daily Telegraph 'Irwin's writing is witty and scabrous but it is also subtle in a way that keeps catching the reader out. The blend of the fantastical with the philosophical has been the defining characteristic of Irwin's fiction and in Peter's drug-drenched, satan-haunted diary, it has found its perfect expression.' Tom Holland in The New Statesman & Society 'Part of the book's fertile comedy stems from the ironic interweaving of the jargons of sociology, hippiedom and magick. It is hard to resist a pot-head mystic who hopes the Apocalypse will come on Wednesday because it will break up the week.' Tom Deveson in The Sunday Times
On the Duties of Brotherhood by Imam Al-Ghazali Book Summary:
The classic Islamic text and the central work by a great Arabic scholar. On the Duties of Brotherhood shows how brotherhood can be an aid to spiritual purification and the perfection of one's worship, as well as a source of help and comfort in the world. Readers will find the road to fellowship—by way of forgiveness, prayer, sincerity, loyalty, and consideration—and be enlightened by stories that illustrate the doctrine of brotherhood.
Night & Horses & The Desert by Robert Irwin Book Summary:
Spanning the fifth to the sixteenth centuries, from Afghanistan to Spain, Night & Horses & The Desert includes translated extracts from all the major classics in an invaluable introduction to the subject. Robert Irwin has selected a wide range of Arabic poetry and prose in translation, from the most important and typical texts to the very obscure. Alongside the extracts, Irwin’s copious commentary and notes provide an explanatory history of Arabic literature. What were the various genres and to what extent were they constrained by rules? What were the canons of traditional Arabic literary criticism? How were Arabic prose and poetry recited and written down? Irwin explores the literary environments of the desert, salon, mosque, and bookshop and provides brief biographies of the caliphs, princesses, warriors, scribes, dandies, and mystics who created such a rich and diverse literary culture. Night & Horses & The Desert gives western readers a unique taste of the sheer vitality and depth of the medieval Arab past.
The Dream Maker by Mikka Haugaard Book Summary:
"I am a liar," thought Max, dreamily forking his antipasto. "I knew lies before I knew sex, before I knew money. I am married to lies. And I shall stay married. I have made too many promises to do anything else." But Max has told too many lies, and he is beginning to lose his nerve. He thinks he has lost control -- but where? Has it happened in New York, Saint Petersburg, London, Buenos Aires, or here in Rome? And who wants to betray this charismatic gargoyle of a man with his alluring chatter and benevolent presence which compensate for his size? Max knows the answer: too many. The story of Max is told by Rachel. Max is fictitious and it is the Max trilogy which made Rachel rich until she lost everything. Now lying in bed, like Sheherazade in The Thousand and One Nights, she tells the story of Max, as well as her own story, which is also the story of Tina Faithful and le Comte de Braband: a story of love, death and betrayal. The Dream Maker is a dark comedy, rich in ambiguity, in which nothing is quite what it seems.
The Complete Roderick by John Sladek Book Summary:
A robot with learning capabilities, Roderick, who was educated by watching television, is adopted by an elderly couple in Kansas and tries to adjust to American society, in an omnibus edition that includes Roderick and Roderick at Random. Original.
Current Contents. Arts & Humanities by Institute for scientific information (Philadelphie, Pa). Book Summary:
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Historical Dictionary of Fantasy Literature by Brian M. Stableford Book Summary:
"This Historical Dictionary of Fantasy Literature provides an invaluable guide to the current state of the field. The chronology tracks fantasy's evolution from the origins of literature until the 21st century. The introduction explains the nature of the impulse to create and shape fantasy literature, the problems in defining what it is, and the reasons for its changing historical fortunes. The dictionary includes more than 700 entries on authors, both contemporary and historical, and more than 200 entries on fantasy subgenres, key images in fantasy literature, technical terms used in fantasy criticism, and the intimately convoluted relationship between literary fantasies, scholarly fantasies, and lifestyle fantasies.
Eroticon by Giōrgēs Giatromanōlakēs,Yoryis Yatromanolakis Book Summary:
Yorgi Yatromanolakis is a professor of ancie nt Greek, and is regarded as one of Greece''s most important 20th century novelists. His third novel, The History of a Ve ndetta, was awarded the First Greek National Prize for Liter ature '
Theodore by Christopher Harris Book Summary:
"Theodore was born into Europe's darked age, when the Byzantine Empire was overrun by pagans, weakened by civil war and religious strife. Fleeing war and persecution he sought certainly and love in his ceaseless wanderings through a collapsing world."--Back cover.
Made in Yaroslavl by Jeremy Weingard Book Summary:
The Soviet Union, 1983: If you want to get ahead, don't succeed too much. Made in Yaroslavl follows two shameless fraudsters, forerunners of the present day Russian gangsters, as they scour the Soviet Union in search of the essential ingredients of the renowned Yaroslavl pickled cucumber. They only have a very short time to convert the factory from making knitted jumpers to producing pickled cucumbers before it is inspected by the Ministry. The book shows how, under a repressive system of government, it is very hard for the average person to remain honest. It is even harder for our two heroes, who must face down the triple threat of jealous rivals, the mysterious Guild of Master Picklers and the humble pickle worm. Throughout these escapades, they keep up their spirits by inventing new ways to insult the intelligence of each other and of anyone else who will listen. Made in Yaroslavl is a brilliant satire that takes you on a rip-roaring adventure through the heart of the Soviet empire.
Pleading Guilty by Paul Genney Book Summary:
Wallace is full of passion. He is angry at the changing world around him. He is angry at the Bar, with its charter marks and political correctness, the Crown Prosecution Service for its gross incompetence and at the people running his chambers for their lack of loyalty to the clerk who had set up their chambers and helped to make them well paid lawyers. He is also full of love for his wife, their family and for Pauline, a legal assistant at another law firmAn over-the-top bittersweet comedy that introduces us to one of the most unlikely anti-heroes of modern times, Wallace, who is destined to leave his mark both on the legal establishment and his readers.
Dangerous Knowledge by Robert Irwin Book Summary:
An alternate history of the disparaged intellectual tradition of Orientalism explores how western scholars of Islamic culture came to be vilified as agents of European imperialism, in an account that profiles the intellectual and eccentric figures who introduced the Islamic world to America. Reprint.
Mappamundi by Christopher Harris Book Summary:
Where is Paradise? How can a man get there? A life of virtue might suffice, but who wants to wait for death to claim life's rewards? Thomas Deerham, wandering war-torn Europe, has no thought of going anywhere but home. But when he falls in with a friar and a pilgrim, his plans change. The three men, none of them quite what they seem, set off on a quest that takes them beyond the known world to places only dreamt of by ancient cosmographers. In this sequel to False Ambassador, Thomas Deerham seizes his chance to escape papal service when Pius II dies at Ancona. Stealing a copy of Plato's Timaeus, and a beautiful mappamundi drawn up by the great scholar Toscanelli, he heads for England and home. Robbed in Paris, he is helped by vagabond-poet FranÃ§ois Villon. Bitter after his exile and disgrace, FranÃ§ois follows Thomas to England. But the Hundred Years' War is giving way the Wars of the Roses, and England is no place for friendless wanderers. By the middle of a bitter winter, after a series if failed scams, the pair face starvation. They are rescued by Christian Rosenkreutz, who has followed Thomas to get the mappamundi, which he thinks will guide him to Paradise. When FranÃ§ois steals a bizarrely illustrated book, (now known as the Voynich Manuscript) written in a language no one can understand, new possibilities are suggested. Rosenkreutz proposes a voyage to search for the lost wisdom of Atlantis, and the three set off on travels that rival those of Mandeville and Marco Polo.
Defying Reality by Karina Mellinger Book Summary:
There are lots of famous people on TV and the most famous of them all is the gorgeous, top-heavy Serena Dawlish, star of the soap Coombe Ridge Crescent. When she appears on the small screen the nation comes to a standstill and the ratings soar. Women dream of wearing her clothes; men dream of ripping them off her. Then all at once, Serena's world is shattered. Her scheming manager tells her that however famous she thinks she is she isn't quite famous enough. Worse than that, her fame isn't the right kind of fame and won't last. Even her latest breast enlargements, her keep-fit DVD and her best-selling book Gift Wrapping As A Hobby aren't enough to save her. If she has any hope of keeping her celebrity status intact she has to appear on I Gave Birth To A Celebrity, a new TV show where famous people can expose their unhappy relationships with their mothers in front of a live audience. It will give Serena's career just the boost it needs. Serena agrees to appear on the show to pursue her goal of total, permanent fame but her quest is fraught with obstacles. Her husband, the renowned Shakespearean actor James Marlborough, is about to leave her as he can no longer cope with the smell of her fake tan. Geraldine Fortescue, the producer and presenter of the show, has decided that Serena's mother is too boring to play the part of her mother. And Serena's lover, a strange but well-hung astronomer called Marlon Drayton, is going onto the show to reveal to the world that Serena is really an alien. Serena's a professional celebrity - being well-known is more important to her than anything. But how can she hope to succeed in becoming famous forever when real life keeps getting in the way?
Night & Horses & The Desert: An Anthology of Classic Arabic Literature by Robert Irwin Book Summary:
The first collection of poetry and prose from a rich and all too unfamiliar literary tradition Spanning the fifth to the sixteenth centuries, from Afghanistan to Spain, Night & Horses & The Desert includes translated extracts from all the major classics in an invaluable introduction to the subject. Robert Irwin has selected a wide range of Arabic poetry and prose in translation, from the most important and typical texts to the very obscure. Alongside the extracts, Irwin’s copious commentary and notes provide an explanatory history of Arabic literature. What were the various genres and to what extent were they constrained by rules? What were the canons of traditional Arabic literary criticism? How were Arabic prose and poetry recited and written down? Irwin explores the literary environments of the desert, salon, mosque, and bookshop and provides brief biographies of the caliphs, princesses, warriors, scribes, dandies, and mystics who created such a rich and diverse literary culture. Night & Horses & The Desert gives western readers a unique taste of the sheer vitality and depth of the medieval Arab past.
Book Review Index by Gale Group Book Summary:
'Book Review Index' provides quick access to reviews of books, periodicals, books on tape and electronic media representing a wide range of popular, academic and professional interests. More than 600 publications are indexed, including journals and national general interest publications and newspapers. 'Book Review Index' is available in a three-issue subscription covering the current year or as an annual cumulation covering the past year.
Selections from the correspondence of ... Marie Fry, ed. by mrs. H.G. Guinness by Marie Fry Book Summary:
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The Church of England magazine [afterw.] The Church of England and Lambeth magazine by N.A Book Summary:
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Voices of a People's History of the United States by Howard Zinn,Anthony Arnove Book Summary:
Here in their own words are Frederick Douglass, George Jackson, Chief Joseph, Martin Luther King Jr., Plough Jogger, Sacco and Vanzetti, Patti Smith, Bruce Springsteen, Mark Twain, and Malcolm X, to name just a few of the hundreds of voices that appear in Voices of a People's History of the United States, edited by Howard Zinn and Anthony Arnove. Paralleling the twenty-four chapters of Zinn's A People's History of the United States, Voices of a People’s History is the long-awaited companion volume to the national bestseller. For Voices, Zinn and Arnove have selected testimonies to living history—speeches, letters, poems, songs—left by the people who make history happen but who usually are left out of history books—women, workers, nonwhites. Zinn has written short introductions to the texts, which range in length from letters or poems of less than a page to entire speeches and essays that run several pages. Voices of a People’s History is a symphony of our nation’s original voices, rich in ideas and actions, the embodiment of the power of civil disobedience and dissent wherein lies our nation’s true spirit of defiance and resilience.