The Fourth Book of Slack Wyrm! This is a collection from Slack Wyrm #281 to #352, the strange, bizarre yet oddly entertaining webcomic by Joshua Wright. First seen at joshuawright.net and dubious social media sites, Slack Wyrm is the continuing, confused story of an indifferent dragon in an unfeeling world. Ferragus Slackwyrm is a slothful, sluggish, self-absorbed creature who lives in an exotic fantasy realm with only a shaky grasp on reality. Along with Ferragus himself, in Book 4 you'll see the epic conclusion of Zizok's quest to recover the Giant Magical Black Forest Cake, you'll read about the adventures of Sookmoor the Sorcerer and his infiltration of Slackwyrm Keep, and be terrified at the sight of Rascal, the mischievous, murderous monkey. Plus there's the tragedy of Lord Edgelord, the knight too edgy for his own good. If you already have Slack Wyrm Books 1, 2, and 3 you NEED Book 4 to complete your collection! If you don't have them, get Book 4 anyway. It's the best one yet!
by Esq. Tom PIERCE (pseud. [i.e. Sir Francis Cowley Burnand.])
The discovery of life on other planets would be perhaps the most momentous revelation in human history, more disorienting and more profound than either the Copernican or Darwinian revolutions, which knocked the earth from the centre of the universe and humankind from its position of loftyself-regard. In Here Be Dragons, astronomer David Koerner and neurobiologist Simon LeVay offer a scientifically compelling and colourful account of the search for life beyond Earth.The authors survey the work of biologists, cosmologists, computer theorists, NASA engineers, SETI researchers, roboticists, and UFO enthusiasts and debunkers as they attempt to answer the greatest remaining question facing humankind: Are we alone? From their 'safe haven of scepticism' the authorsventure into the 'rough seas of speculation', where theory and evidence run the gamut from hard science to hocus pocus.Arguing that the universe is spectacularly suited for the evolution of living creatures, Koerner and LeVay give us ringside seats at the great debates of Big Science. The contentious arguments about what really happens in evolution, the acrimonious UFO controversy, and the debate over intelligenceversus artificial intelligence shed new light on the wildly divergent claims about the universe and life's place in it. The authors argue that while no direct evidence of extraterrestrial life yet exists, habitats and chemical building blocks for life abound in the universe. A wealth of newastonomical techniques and space missions may provide this evidence early in the next century. Lucidly written and scientifically rigorous, Here Be Dragons presents everything we know thus far about the emergence of intelligent life here on Earth, and perhaps, beyond.
For years the provinces of Deverry have been in turmoil; now the conflict escalates with the kidnapping of Rhodry Maelwaedd, heir to the throne of Aberwyn. Intent on rescuing him, his beloved Jill and the elven wizard Salamander infiltrate the distant land of Bardex, where Rhodry is held captive. Tied to Deverry by obligation and circumstance, the immortal wizard Nevyn begins to see that all the kingdom's problems can be traced to a single source: a master of dark magics, backed by a network of evil that stretches across the sea. Now Nevyn understands that he too is being lured away to Bardek--and into a subtle, deadly trap designed especially for him. Katharine Kerr's novels of the Kingdom of Deverry unfold in a world of stunning richness and depth. Her vivid portrayal of characters caught in a complex web of fate and magic captures the imagination with a realism that few can match. Now she retums to this enchanted kingdom, where the wheels of destiny are tuming anew.
Although it was probably conceived as a trilogy, only the first two parts of Thomas Deloney's prose romance were completed, dealing with the origins of the shoemaker's trade and how it succeeded in London. The Gentle Craft is best known as the principal source of Thomas Dekker's The Shoemaker's Holiday. But Deloney's tale of Simon Eyre, who founded Leadenhall, the centre of the leather trade, and rose to be Lord Mayor of London, is itself significant for its adaptation of euphemistic romances and jestbooks. In this volume Simon Barker offers in modern typography, with explanatory notes and an extensive introduction, an account of the sources and influence of the book, its publication history and what is known of its author. He suggests that Deloney's combination of romance with the practical morality of an emerging social class produced a text that is uniquely important for those interested in late-Elizabethan popular culture.
Dragonflies Saved the Day invites you to share in common experiences with the author and grow spiritually from exploring real-life situations. With a sense of humor, Audrey challenges the reader to reflect on what is healthy and working in your spirituality and what needs anything from a mild adjustment to oodles of transformation. Each short entry includes a reflection, an invitation to think about it, and a prayer. Mind, emotion, and spirit are recognized as elements that get along with each other in a balanced psyche, but often get out-of-kilter because life happens. If you believe in God but dont have (or dont want) a grasp on dogmatic religion; or if you feel out of balance but not bad enough for a self-help book; or if youve found some traditional devotional books a bit heavy, then this book may be what youre looking for. With laughter, smiles, and a few tears, deepen your faith in God and lighten your spirit with whimsical reflections, transforming thoughts, and humble prayers.
"The Place of Dragons: A Mystery" by William Le Queux. Published by Good Press. Good Press publishes a wide range of titles that encompasses every genre. From well-known classics & literary fiction and non-fiction to forgotten−or yet undiscovered gems−of world literature, we issue the books that need to be read. Each Good Press edition has been meticulously edited and formatted to boost readability for all e-readers and devices. Our goal is to produce eBooks that are user-friendly and accessible to everyone in a high-quality digital format.
During the middle of the 19th-Century, Britain and China would twice go to war over trade, and in particular the trade in opium. The Chinese people had progressively become addicted to the narcotic, a habit that British merchants were more than happy to feed from their opium-poppy fields in India. When the Qing dynasty rulers of China attempted to suppress this trade--due to the serious social and economic problems it caused--the British Government responded with gunboat diplomacy, and conflict soon ensued. The first conflict, known as the First Anglo-Chinese War or Opium War (1839-42), ended in British victory and the Treaty of Nanking. However, this treaty was heavily biased in favour of the British, and it would not be long before there was a renewal of hostilities, taking the form of what became known as the Second Anglo-Chinese War or Arrow War (1857-60). Again, the second conflict would end with an 'unequal treaty' that was heavily biased towards the victor. The Lion and the Dragon: Britain's Opium Wars with China, 1839-1860 examines the causes and ensuing military history of these tragic conflicts, as well as their bitter legacies.
In the early days of World War II, a young Marine named Charles Fenn was recruited by the Office of Strategic Services (OSS) for undercover operations in the China-Burma-India theatre. Fenn knew exactly what it took to get the job done. His wartime exploits are the stuff of legend, but not even his OSS compatriots knew the full extent of his espionage activities. Fenn's skill as a spy is matched by his talent as a storyteller, and this witty, elegantly written account of his OSS days not only adds to the historical record, it makes for a compelling read.