Description : Our foremost theorist of myth, fairytale, and folktale explores the magical realm of the imagination where carpets fly and genies grant prophetic wishes. Stranger Magic examines the profound impact of the Arabian Nights on the West, the progressive exoticization of magic, and the growing acceptance of myth and magic in contemporary experience.
Description : The Stranger’s Magic Stick By: Carol Doumlele A young boy selling baskets with his grandfather meets an interesting stranger with a mysterious stick in his pocket. One day, the man tells Joshua that he has been chosen to receive the stick. Joshua’s grandfather recalls an old man from many years ago who played beautiful music on such a stick. However, Joshua is frustrated that he is not able to make it work. As he works to solve the mystery of the stick and release its beautiful sounds, Joshua, and the reader, learns an important lesson about honesty and trustworthiness.
Description : Max Frei has discovered that the one place he really fits in is the parallel world of Echo. In our world he's a loser, an insomniac with dubious social skills and an addiction to cigarettes. But in Echo, the reality is far stranger. There he is Sir Max, a superb magician and one of the powerful few chosen to defend the land against all possible enemies. And he's finally happy. But when one of his esteemed Knight colleagues tells Max of a strange dream - one that seems disturbingly familiar to Max - Max realises he will have to investigate. The subsequent series of events will remind our hero - and the people he protects - just how tenuous happiness can be. It could be his most dangerous mission yet, but The Stranger's Magic may win him through.
Description : The acclaimed Russian author’s international-bestselling fantasy series continues in this “unpredictable, mysterious” novel that’s “full of surprises” (Publishers Weekly). In The Stranger’s Magic, Sir Max once again travels to the enchanted parallel world of Echo, where magic is commonplace and he fits right in. As an investigator of illegal magic with the Secret Investigative Force, Max has made more than a few enemies. Now one “pretty boy” Nennurex Kiexla has set out for revenge against Max in the most insidious of ways—by infiltrating his dreams. Plunging back into the highly original realm first portrayed in The Stranger (Fandomania.com’s #1 Book of 2009) and continued in The Stranger’s Woes, Frei’s new novel blends fantasy, horror, philosophy, and comedy in this tale that will have readers “entranced” (Publishers Weekly). “Fans of Jasper Fforde and Susanna Clark will happily jump into Frei’s world.” —USA Today “If Harry Potter smoked cigarettes and took a certain matter-of-fact pleasure in administering tough justice, he might like Max Frei.” —Kirkus Reviews on The Stranger
Description : Chesterton's classic three-act fantasy play. This play was originally presented under the management of Kenelm Foss at The Little Theatre, London, on November 7, 1913.
Description : A comprehensive collection of powerful phrases to help you face a variety of life’s challenges. Travelers to foreign countries often carry handy phrase books to help them navigate uncharted territory. Now there’s a guide for getting through tough times in plain English–an essential selection of well-honed phrases to help you soothe and smooth your way through any prickly situation. Divided into three sections–Magic Words to say to yourself, to others, and for universal situations–this invaluable guide contains the verbal keys to the kingdom. Protect yourself in the midst of a tongue-lashing (“Are you actually yelling at me?”); politely remind an obnoxious cell-phone abuser to be courteous (“Don’t forget, you’re not in a phone booth”); or chant this mantra when things seem to be slipping over the edge (“If you want to gain control, you have to give up control”). Life is full of little, and big, stumbling blocks. Whether you’re dealing with an over-inflated ego, meddling in-laws, or even creating the problems yourself, this sharp little handbook has all the Magic Words you need to get through the toughest of times.
Description : This revised, expanded, and updated edition of the 1979 landmark Breaking the Magic Spell examines the enduring power of fairy tales and the ways they invade our subjective world. In seven provocative essays, Zipes discusses the importance of investigating oral folk tales in their socio-political context and traces their evolution into literary fairy tales, a metamorphosis that often diminished the ideology of the original narrative. Zipes also looks at how folk tales influence our popular beliefs and the ways they have been exploited by a corporate media network intent on regulating the mystical elements of the stories. He examines a range of authors, including the Brothers Grimm, Hans Christian Anderson, Ernst Bloch, Tolkien, Bettelheim, and J.K. Rowling to demonstrate the continuing symbiotic relationship between folklore and literature.
Description : A ragged man visits the houses of the nobility. He entered O’Donnel’s house unknown and asked the musicians to play for him. Then he took the harp from them and played far superior music with the harp between his feet, and he played the music with his toes. He insulted O’Donnell and was surrounded by armed men, but he made some of the armed men assume his features, and they were attacked and killed. He restored them to life by getting the doorkeeper to rub their upper palates with an herb. The beggar headed off to the earl’s house, went to bed, and began snoring heavily. When he met the household, he was given a book that was turned upside down and began reading it. He began playing chess with some of the best chess players in the area and beat them with only half of the pieces on the board. The juggler plays various tricks on the household. He then moves onto the lawn and opens his bag. He throws a rope into the sky. A cat and mouse appear from the bag and race up the rope. The mouse rides on the cat’s back while the cat tries to unseat it. A hound and hare are released and race up the rope with the hare on the hound’s back. The hound fails to dislodge the hare. The boy then goes up the rope but fails to carry out the juggler’s instructions. He is restored to life by the juggler who departs.