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 : The magic couple is the story about a couple who attain magical powers, James parents left James when James was quite young he had no one to care for but only his selfish uncle who pretended to be the real care taker, James knew him well, his uncle was an effrontery, his selfish desires to confiscate the property of James, since he was his closest relation. James married Sandra formed a good couple and true lovers, they both became the magical couple, his uncle tried to kill the couple on many an occasion but mysteriously they survived, since James parents visited James and warned him from the dangers, his uncle tried to inflict. One day James is annoyed, because his parents predict the death of the couple, the couple are shocked and determined to meet the holy man, the holy man tells them that once the couples' job or the purpose they were living for was over they would soon die, this annoys the couple more, they could not understand anything and decide to meet the magic sorcerer madam Reeta she helps them in some way. She tells them that their death was evident in certain way, but their real purpose was to protect the world from evil influence, she also tells them that James parents were living in the same house as spirits were protecting the couple, soon the couple would be empowered by magic, the dead parents would provide to the couple. She calls on the spirits of the parents of James, in her crystal ball and the parents , delivers them the magical powers, they tell James that they were delivered to them by some angels, they deliver the same to the couple, the couple become joyous and James could see his parents after many long years, he cries with happiness. The couple is left with the mission of saving the world, from the robbers, ferocious animals, and fires and soon they become famous, the world calls them the magical couple. But one day the couple's magical powers are gone, they dream about their parents and James parents warn them against his evil uncle Thomas, the next day the couple meet the holy man, the holy man provides the couple with the magical amulets which help restore the power in the couple. Now Thomas decides to meet an evil sorcerer Robo, Robo is an evil he misuses his magical powers in creating evilness and destroying the whole world, Robo has a mission, he wants to capture the whole world and make every one his slave, Thomas guesses the magical couple as James and Sandra he wants to eliminate them and so wants to eliminate them and so he decides to meet the black magician Robo, but Robo asks Thomas to get the magical amulets from the couple failing which may result the death of Thomas. So Thomas steels the amulets when the couple are sleeping, now when the couple are awake they see their amulets gone, James must do something to get the amulets, he disguises himself as Salina and lures Thomas but it was too late, when Robo appears at the scene and reveals the identity of Salina to Thomas, Thomas handovers the amulets to Robo, James is horrified and could not do anything. Robo becomes more powerful; he spreads evilness all over the world and captures many people making them his slave. James decides to meet Reeta, she helps him in every way, she tells him some secrets of Robo, she asks James whether he was ready to face Robo, James accepts the challenge. She tells James that Robo would not die easy because his half powers are stored in his magic book which was guarded by some evil spirits and certain non living objects as tree leaves other than that snakes, Kudos the cat. Robo was living in an obscure place no one knew this place except madam Reeta, his house was guarded by evil spirits, Robo had hypnotized and caste a spell on the living and non living objects and made them his slave. But in Robo's den there were certain good spirit who had been captured by Robo and his evil powers, like the spirit of the old man and other good spirits who protested Robo; Kudos, the cat was former lov
Description : WINNER OF THE NATIONAL BOOK CRITICS CIRCLE AWARD 2012 WINNER OF THE TRUMAN CAPOTE AWARD 2013 WINNER OF THE SHEIKH ZAYED BOOK AWARD 2013 Magic is not simply a matter of the occult arts, but a whole way of thinking, of dreaming the impossible. The supreme fiction of magical thinking is the Arabian Nights, with its flying carpets, hidden treasure and sudden revelations. As part of her exploration into the prophetic enchantments of the Nights, Marina Warner retells some of the most wonderful and lesser-known stories. She explores the figure of the dark magician or magus, from Solomon to the wicked uncle in 'Aladdin'; the complex vitality of the genies or jinn; and animal metamorphoses. With startling originality and impeccable research, this groundbreaking book shows how magic, in the deepest sense, helped to create the modern world, and how profoundly it is still inscribed in the way we think today.
Description : This volume presents selected papers read at the first meeting of the Society for Jewish and Biblical Studies in Central Europe, in Piliscsaba, Hungary, 1–2 February, 2009, but does not publish the proceedings of this meeting (for a clarification see here). The papers investigate various aspects of the concept “Stranger” in Jewish tradition, from the Hebrew Bible to Mediaeval Jewish thought. The bulk of the material focuses on the Early Jewish literature, which mirrors an intensive interaction with the Hellenistic system of thought, and the development of concurring Jewish interpretations of traditional values and of identity.
Description : A distinction is drawn between two very similarities based on the two types of characters that the same type of society produced. Orie, Puzo and Nmaku who hail from Angwa and the adjoining Ocha remained back in the village and made their lives almost permanently there rarely knowing what was going on in the outside world but being nonetheless greatly influenced by the latter. Their daily chores are dictated by the daily basic necessities of the moment and they have little to worry perpetually about. A lot of their life is controlled by the dictations and predictions of the traditional medicine man who occasionally misfires in his predictions which have no scientific basis supporting them. His situation is often taken advantage of by the political class who have little or nothing to lose even if the polity collapses. But Livinus on the other end of the spectrum emerges from the civil war and through a dint of luck and hard work studies hard and becomes a doctor. He even proceeds overseas despite a close shave by arsonists. He specializes and returns home to Akunwanta town from where he is again catapulted by fate and focus to become the governor of his state after a battle between titans eliminates the principal contestants. He at first meant well and had the intention of helping to reform society. Post election litigation and his lack of the economic leverage almost cost him his mandate. But again fate plays a hard one on him and because of his lack of cash he gets tied up to the economic vampires of his society. He is bailed out by a coalition of these vampires and narrowly reclaims his mandate only after colossal bribing of umpires who were least expected to soil their hands. He decides never to go begging ever again and hence he delves headlong into the rot and decay, not by his will but by the circumstances prevailing around him.
Description : In the fourth volume of the New York Times bestselling Books of Elsewhere series, Olive thought she had uncovered all the house's secrets. She was wrong. It's Halloween night when strangers come to Linden Street . . . and something absolutely vital to Olive goes missing. To what lengths will she go to get it back? Can she trust the strangers? Will she turn to a new and dangerous magic within the paintings of Elsewhere? Or will Olive put her faith in her own worst enemies to save the people and home she loves? The stakes grow higher, the secrets more dangerous, and mystery and magic abound as Olive, the boys, and the magical cats uncover the true nature of the old stone house on Linden Street. A must-read fantasy series for fans of Pseudonymous Bosch, Coraline, and Septimus Heap. "This haunting fantasy thriller brings together the quirkiness of Roald Dahl and darkness of Neil Gaiman." —Austin Family "The story was well-written, clever, and completely unpredictable...a great summer read that will let your imagination run wild." —TIME for Kids
Description : The Man of His Word series debut—a novel “with enough fresh ideas to allow it to sit unashamedly alongside the great fantasy books of recent times” (Fantasy Book Review). The tale of Magic Casement begins gently, even slowly, with Inosolan enjoying an idyllic childhood in a tiny backwater kingdom, too carefree and innocent even to understand that the feelings she shares with her friend Rap are more than friendship. Mystery, menace, and the gods appear in short order, and from then on the story grows in scope and power to straddle the world, and adversity thrusts rapid maturity on Rap and Inos. Populated by unforgettable characters—Aunt Kade, Little Chicken, Doctor Sagorn, and many more—Pandemia is an incredible world of credible people and infinite surprises.
Description : Discover a land of enchantment, legend, and adventure in this first book of the Immortals series, featuring an updated cover for longtime fans and fresh converts alike, and including an all-new afterword from Tamora Pierce. Thirteen-year-old Daine has always had a special connection with animals, but only when she’s forced to leave home does she realize it’s more than a knack—it’s magic. With this wild magic, not only can Daine speak to animals, but she can also make them obey her. Daine takes a job handling horses for the Queen’s Riders, where she meets the master mage Numair and becomes his student. Under Numair’s guidance, Daine explores the scope of her magic. But she encounters other beings, too, who are not so gentle. These terrifying creatures, called Immortals, have been imprisoned in the Divine Realms for the past four hundred years—but now someone has broken the barrier. And it’s up to Daine and her friends to defend their world from an Immortal attack.