Description : In the Company, you're either a God or a Pawn, but sometimes you have to be both. The eight stories, reprinted for the first time in this collection delve further into the history and exploits of the Company and its operatives, including Mendoza, Lewis, and Alec. The book opens with the novella, "To the Land Beyond the Sunset," starring Lewis and Mendoza, and involving a strange tribe in Bolivia whose members claim to be gods. Their ability to grow a small tropical paradise in the middle of the desert certainly seems godlike, and it's Mendoza's job to figure what their secret is."Standing in His Light" features Van Drouten, and her role in the career of the artist Jan Vermeer. The story illustrates how, with a little help from the Company, lost masterpieces can be found (or created) easily. Other stories include "Welcome to Olympus, Mr. Hearst," which opens up intriguing questions about The Company, and the original novelette, "Hellfire at Twilight," which concludes the volume and tells of Lewis infiltrating the famous Hellfire Club in the England of the 18th century. This book is a compelling read for every Baker fan, and essential for Company addicts At the Publisher's request, this title is being sold without Digital Rights Management Software (DRM) applied.
Description : The classic, bestselling biography of one of the most controversial figures in British history from 'One of the finest historians of the age' The Times Literary Supplement From Fenland farmer and humble backbencher to stalwart of the good old cause and the New Model Army, Oliver Cromwell became the key figure of the Commonwealth, and ultimately Lord Protector. In this fascinating and insightful biography, Christopher Hill reveals Cromwell's life from his beginnings in Huntingdonshire to his brutal end. Hill brings all his considerable knowledge of the period to bear on the relationships God's Englishman had with God and England, giving an unprecedented insight vital to understanding Cromwell.
Description : In this the twenty-fourth edition of his celebrated annual Mammoth Book of Best New SF (its 28th as The Year's Best SF in the United States), award-winning editor Gardner Dozois presents 33 of 2010's most outstanding pieces of short science fiction, along with his typically informative notes on each author. Many are the work of award-winning writers, but there are also some surprising newcomers. The collection is prefaced, as ever, by Dozois's Summation of 2010 in SF, a review of the year's highlights in publishing and film - including non-fiction, media and awards - obituaries and an insightful look at emerging trends.
Description : The twenty-eight stories in this collection imaginatively take us far across the universe, into the very core of our beings, to the realm of the gods, and the moment just after now. Included here are the works of masters of the form and of bright new talents, including: * Cory Doctorow * Robert Charles Wilson * Michael Swanwick * Ian McDonald * Benjamin Rosenbaum * Kage Baker * Bruce McAllister * Alastair Reynolds * Jay Lake * Ruth Nestvold * Gregory Benford * Justin Stanchfield * Walter Jon Williams * Greg Van Eekhout * Robert Reed * David D. Levine * Paul J. McAuley * Mary Rosenblum * Daryl Gregory * Jack Skillingstead * Paolo Bacigalupi * Greg Egan * Elizabeth Bear * Sarah Monette * Ken MacLeod * Stephen Baxter * Carolyn Ives Gilman * John Barnes * A.M. Dellamonica Supplementing the stories are the editor's insightful summation of the year's events and a list of honorable mentions, making this book a valuable resource in addition to serving as the single best place in the universe to find stories that stir the imagination and the heart.
Description : The King of Ethrea is dying. His only surviving heir is the Princess Rhian. But if her enemies have their way, Ethrea will not be ruled by a woman. Dexterity Jones is a toymaker. To protect Princess Rhian and his country, he must place his trust in an exile from Mijak. Yet, as Ethrea comes ever closer to civil war, a greater danger awaits. Across the sea, an Empress has already slaughtered millions in the name of her god. And the war will not end -until the world kneels before her.
Description : Author's Note By looking into The Book of Life, Humanity's Soul Records, Sophia witnessed that Souls began their sacred journey in a "fall" from grace that shattered their innocence and caused a splintering of the personality. In four simple words, Sophia came to understand the Soul's raison d'être for existence--it is for The Education of Innocence. That secret has been well hidden within great Mysteries coveted by ancients in the sacred Temples of old. But why was that secret hidden? What does that secret reveal about the true essence of our nature? Once that true essence is known, how could that awareness bring knowledge that could change our lives? In essence, what does innocence have to do with Divine power? The Education of Innocence portrays the archetypal story that rings true for every incarnated Soul. The stages of a Soul's sacred journey are metaphorically portrayed, revealing the "fall" that had devastating consequences upon humanity's collective psyche, and what now compels an awakening in global consciousness critical for survival. When innocence became shattered, a shadow rose in place of light. Without understanding the shadow, one can never transcend illusions. Without transcending illusions, the admonition (deliberate use) in the bible, "Ye are Gods," can never be known again. The Master awaits. Book II opens in the Underworld of Darkness where a Dark Lord is reminiscing about events that shaped his brutal character, accountable for his splintered Soul. Striving to fulfill the Black Oracle to claim dominion over the Empire of Darkness, he must overcome impossible odds. Little Sol awakens to his destiny, with Initiations of remembrance guided by the Wizard Domaine. A whole host of sea creatures portraying Shadow and Light clash during the Apocalyptic times of The Final Reckoning. With the outcome unknown, the Immortals of the Original Ancestry of the Gods must come into remembrance if the Kingdom of Oceana is to be rescued from its terrifying fate.
Description : Beauty’s Vineyard: A Theological Aesthetic of Anguish and Anticipation, part spiritual memoir, part systematic theology, opens with an interpretation of the parable of the tenants and concludes with the parable of the workers in the vineyard. In between unfolds a systematic theology of anguish and anticipation in which the author wrestles with the social evils that plague our society and expresses hopeful anticipation for the coming of the “kingdom of God” about which Jesus spoke—a just and peaceful reality in the here and now that will find its ultimate consummation, Christians hope, in the hereafter. A theological understanding of Beauty as the incarnation of the Compassion of God guides the way, bringing the metaphysics of Thomas Aquinas into conversation with the liberative theologies of the Global South, through treatments of Trinity, imago Dei, sin, Christology, salvation, theodicy, and hope.
Description : It’s king’s day in Rufan Land, and everyone is celebrating—everyone except the king’s most trusted and powerful guards, Ray Hari and Troy Chasswood. Instead, Ray barges in on Troy’s day off to tell him his entire life story, revealing that he was hiding his true powers for years, that he saved himself from a deadly disease by cloning himself, and that he actually joined the ranks to find his father. After years of looking, the clones and Ray finally know where their father is.
Description : Is there a game going on in heaven, and are we victims of a great conspiracy created by "The Gods?" Has the game in heavenly congress turned into war, and are we feeling the effects of it here on earth? Are we unknowingly being manipulated? Was the "Bible" written by "The Gods" as a mystery to dupe religious mankind? What are the rules of the game, the main plot, the team players and the stratagems? In this book Michele Lyon reveals how the Mystery works; its sub-plots, hidden messages and clues held within its pages, and are now being revealed. A revealing of a lie so perverse and so abstract that it required letting go of all the old ideas and concepts to see it. She exposes what has been going on the last one hundred years that no-one has identified! This is a book of human failings and deceptions and the whispers that have been passed down through time that only now can be interpreted. The cover chess pieces: On the left side--Hitler, Usama Bin Laden and Stalin. On the right side--Jesus, Joan of Arc, Gandhi and Bill W. (co-founder of Alcoholics Anonymous).