Scoundrels, Thugs, and Fools depicts an adventurous journey through an imaginary island nation completely dominated by right-wing extremists. Manifestations of wingnut skulduggery, corruption, dogmatism, and the wild spin of shameless propaganda are reflected in the names and actions of characters such as Pundit O. Gasbag (a loud, narrow-minded, infuriating news anchor talk-show host at Weasel News), Shrilly Noxious (his wild-eyed, psychopathic partner in punditry), Bovine Ninny (a shallow, inarticulate, dull-witted man of puzzling charisma who somehow became the Emperor of Neoconland), and Senator Hubris Mendacious III Esq. (a long-serving politician who dances to the tune of corporate lobbyists whenever they pull his puppet strings, which are attached to metal eye hooks screwed into his knees, wrists, skull, larynx, and groin). Some Neoconian locations, corporations, organizations, and artifacts include Flaming Filth River in Empathy Gulf Valley, Lobbyville in the capital city of Fascisto, the Zealots' Court Building, Dogma University, Coughing Coal-Black Industries, the Maniacal Cult of Intolerant Absolutism, and the Boneshredder assault rifle (grand prize at the Guns for Kids Jamboree). The playful story is supported by extensive footnotes explaining the meaning of the characters and events in terms of rigorous research findings from various academic disciplines.
She was originally the eldest daughter of the direct descendant of the Duke of Zhenguo Palace. Her father did not like her and her mother had died a long time ago. An imperial edict had chosen the Mansion of The State Direct Daughter as the foolish Qin Wang Princess. She, who had originally admired the King of Zhao, had become the shield for her stepsister. After being killed by mistake, what kind of brilliance would a cowardly soul emit when replaced by a genius who possessed a Special Ability? So what if you're a foolish king, her plant Special Ability can take a person's life and can also send a person's life, what if you can't cure a fool?
A brand-new historical fantasy from a legend of the genre. Fans of Bernard Cornwall, Conn Iggulden and Joe Abercrombie will love this. Reinmar of Bielawa, sometimes known as Reynevan, is a doctor, a magician and, according to some, a charlatan. Discovered in bed with the wife of a high-born knight, he must flee his normal life. But his journeys will lead him into a part of Europe which will be overtaken by chaos. Religious tension between Hussite and Catholic countries is threatening to turn into war. Pursued not only by the affronted Stercza brothers, bent on vengeance, but also by the Holy Inquisition, and with strange, mystical forces gathering in the shadows, Reynevan finds himself in the Narrenturm, the Tower of Fools. The Tower is an asylum for the mad, or for those who dare to think differently and challenge the prevailing order. The 'patients' of this institution form a gallery of colourful types including the young Copernicus, proclaiming the truth of his heliocentric solar system. But can Reynevan escape the Tower, and avoid being drawn in to the conflict around him, without losing his own mind? The first in an epic new trilogy set during the vibrantly depicted Hussite Wars by Andrzej Sapkowski, author of the bestselling Witcher series that has become an international phenomenon and inspired a bestselling videogame and Netflix show. Translated by David French, who worked with Sapkowski on six Witcher books. * * * * * * * * * 'A ripping yarn delivered with world-weary wit, bursting at the seams with sex, death, magic and madness' Joe Abercrombie
"Fools of Fortune; or, Gambling and Gamblers" by John Philip Quinn. 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.
This memoir, a young poet's tragicomic account of crossed loves and rebellions as he grows from boy to man under the vigilant eyes of the state in the Soviet Union between the 1950s and 1970s, can be approached as a bildungsroman. It is set in Tallinn, Riga and Moscow (with episodes in Uzbekistan, Moldavia, and the Ukraine) and, apart from this author's own story, deals with the experiences of young people of that period, their friendships and attempts to form erotic/romantic attachments, as well as their search for national - Baltic, Jewish, Russian - identity while being watched and sometimes interrogated by the secret police. It also includes some reconstruction of the author's family history: expulsion from Spain, the Magician of Prague, the renowned historian Simon Dubnov. The volume progresses from the demonstration of two seven-year-old boys against Stalin and Lenin, in Tallinn, in the mid-1950s to a dramatic and doomed love affair with a woman married to an army colonel who attempts to shoot the author as the latter is about to make his final exit from the country, with the KGB on his tail, in the early 1970s. While raising a number of important historical and contemporary issues, the memoir is also an involving narrative, a visually descriptive story, varied and engrossing, involving philosophical, theological, and detective elements; popular and literary culture; countries and languages; high seriousness and undercutting irony.
Dear Reader— It is true that I acted boldly, brazenly, wantonly…and I confess, I have only myself to blame. I knew what sort of man I was dealing with, knew Gawain Lammergeier was a rogue and a thief. Yet when I schemed to seduce him and reclaim what was rightfully mine, I never imagined I would succumb to the charms of this reckless, golden-haired scoundrel. Make no mistake, I took what I came for—the sacred relic stolen from my father that can restore the fortunes of my keep. I should have been content then, to return home with my prize. Alas, I let desire rule me. For I have dared to tempt Gawain—to best me, bewitch me and even bed me, in pursuit of my treasure. —Lady Evangeline of Inverfyre * * * Claire has written numerous books featuring the Lammergeier family and set in her fictional medieval Scottish realm of Ravensmuir, Kinfairlie and Ravensmuir. You can read all the books in order, or read each series in order. A. The Rogues of Ravensmuir The first trilogy. It all begins with Merlyn at Ravensmuir... 1. The Rogue - Merlyn and Ysabella's second chance romance 2. The Scoundrel - Gawain (Merlyn's brother) and Evangeline's mistaken identity/disguise romance. 3. The Warrior - Michael (the Hawk of Inverfyre and son of Gawain and Evangeline) and Aileen's marriage of convenience and second chance romance B. The Jewels of Kinfairlie This series tells the stories of the children of Roland, the younger son of Merlyn and Ysabella. There are eight children, and they appear briefly at the end of The Warrior. 1. The Beauty Bride - Madeline and Rhys' marriage of (in)convenience romance 2. The Rose Red Bride - Vivienne and Erik's mistaken identity and marriage of (in)convenience romance 3. The Snow White Bride - Alexander and Eleanor's marriage of convenience Christmas romance 4. The Ballad of Rosamunde - a short story featuring Rosamunde (the pirate queen) and Padraig and a friends-to-lovers romance. The True Love Brides This series follows the next four siblings and features a battle against the Fae for the hearts of those from Kinfairlie. 1. The Renegade's Heart - Isabella and Murdoch's forbidden love and protector romance 2. The Highlander's Curse - Annelise and Garrett's outcast and protector romance 3. The Frost Maiden's Kiss - Malcolm and Catriona's protector and marriage of convenience romance 4. The Warrior's Prize - Elizabeth and Rafael's protector, forbidden love, and outcast romance The Brides of Inverfyre This series (in progress) takes us into the Highlands to Inverfyre for the story of Ross, the eighth sibling, as well as the stories of the children of the Hawk and Aileen. 1. The Mercenary's Bride - Mhairi and Quentin's second chance Christmas romance 2. The Runaway Bride - Ross and Aiofe's runaway bride, protector and forbidden love romance. You can download free family trees from Claire's website, right here: https://delacroix.net/ravensmuir/family-trees/ * * * rogue, medieval, disguise, intrigue, highlands, thief, widow, protector, gothic, arranged marriage, class war, cat and mouse, protector, knight, warrior, bride
"Morley Swingle, veteran prosecuting attorney, combines true crime and legal analysis with a healthy dose of humor as he re-creates more than thirty stories of villains, heroes, and ordinary citizens, taking readers from the crime scene to the courtroom and sharing the occasional 'Perry Mason moment'"--Provided by publisher.
Zoe Archer’s BLADES OF THE ROSE series—featuring dashing men and fearless women—is finally together in one complete bundle! Warrior -- Book One The vicious attack Capt. Gabriel Huntley witnesses in a dark alley sparks a chain of events that will take him to the ends of the Earth and beyond--where what is real and what is imagined become terribly confused. And frankly, Huntley couldn't be more pleased. Intrigue, danger, and a beautiful woman in distress--just what he needs. Raised thousands of miles from England, Thalia Burgess is no typical Victorian lady. A good thing, because a proper lady would have no hope of recovering the priceless magical artifact Thalia is after. Huntley's assistance might come in handy, though she has to keep him in the dark. But this distractingly handsome soldier isn't easy to deceive... Scoundrel -- Book Two London Harcourt's father is bent on subjugating the world's magic to British rule. But since London is a mere female, he hasn't bothered to tell her so. He's said only that he's leading a voyage to the Greek isles. No matter, after a smothering marriage and three years of straitlaced widowhood, London jumps at the opportunity--unfortunately, right into the arms of Bennett Day. Bennett is a ladies' man, when he's not dodging lethal attacks to protect the powers of the ancients from men like London's father. Sometimes, he's a ladies' man even when he is dodging them. But the minute he sees London he knows she will require his full attention. The woman is lovely, brilliant, and the only known speaker of a dialect of ancient Greek that holds the key to calling down the wrath of the gods. Bennett will be risking his life again--but around London, what really worries him is the danger to his heart... Rebel -- Book Three Nathan Lesperance is used to being different. He's the first Native attorney in Vancouver, and welcome neither with white society nor his sometime tribe. Not to mention the powerful wildness he's always felt inside him, too dangerous to set free. Then he met Astrid Bramfield and saw his like within her piercing eyes. Now, unless she helps him through the harsh terrain and the harsher unknowns of his true abilities, it could very well get him killed... Astrid has traveled this path before. Once she was a Blade of the Rose, protecting the world's magic from unscrupulous men, with her husband by her side. But she's loved and lost, and as a world-class frontierswoman, she knows all about survival. Nathan's searing gaze and long, lean muscles mean nothing but trouble. Yet something has ignited a forgotten flame inside her: a burning need for adventure, for life--and perhaps even for love... Stranger -- Book Four Gemma Murphy has a nose for a story--even if the boys in Chicago's newsrooms would rather focus on her chest. So when she runs into a handsome man of mystery discussing how to save the world from fancy-pants Brit conspirators, she's sensing a scoop. Especially when he mentions there's magic involved. Of course, getting him on the record would be easier if he hadn't caught her eavesdropping... Catullus Graves knows what it's like to be shut out: his ancestors were slaves. And he's a genius inventor with appropriately eccentric habits, so even people who love him find him a little odd. But after meeting a certain redheaded scribbler, he's thinking of other types of science. Inconvenient, given that he needs to focus on preventing the end of the world as we know it. But with Gemma's insatiable curiosity sparking Catullus's inventive impulses, they might set off something explosive anyway...
Destined for the hangman's noose, love is a dream he cannot afford... When Blayne MacNeil agrees to be Miss Charlotte Russell's bodyguard, he doesn't expect her to expand the job description to fake fiancé. After twenty years in hiding, announcing his engagement to a viscount's daughter could prove fatal. For if anyone were to recognize him, he'd be charged with murder. Determined to keep her independence in order to safeguard her writing career, Charlotte must avoid marriage. After all, no respectable gentleman would ever permit his wife to pen outrageous adventure novels. But when her most recent manuscript disappears, the roguish Scotsman posing as her fiancé becomes her closest ally - and the greatest threat to her freedom.
Part epistolary novel laced with flights of magic realism escapist fantasy, part bellettrist polemic debating a shopping list of culture war topics, Last Refuge of a Scoundrel is an unusual, multifaceted and densely textured book meant to linger on your palate long after you put it down. Much of the action revolves around a bitter, protracted homeowners association dispute in north San Diego County, alternately, hilarious and enraging. It's a novel of ideas, ever strumming the
The Thuggees were a roving tribe of assassins and criminals who terrorized India for centuries. This fictionalized autobiography of a member of the Thuggees was a runaway bestseller in nineteenth-century England. Author Philip Meadows Taylor is said to have based the book on his conversations with Syeed Amir Ali (also known as Feringhea), a long-time member of the group.
It's time for freedom. There's no freedom now. The Italian government will never be able to win against organized crime from the south because people belonging to those organizations are too many. It's time for Veneto to stand out and detach itself from this terribly criminal and corrupted country, as Italy has been for the last half century now. Original.
Refining corpses to tame demons, sacrificing one's life for the fire, the flower girl Grass Demon, the remnants of the Mountains and Seas, the people of the Li Clan Nine Strange .... Behind the ordinary human world, there was an even more mysterious lost world! The hatred between the witchers and the demons that could not be eradicated for generations still lasts in this world today. In order to pursue his ancestry, the youth Chu Chi was involved in the search, roaming the cities and countryside, facing the countless demons and devils, with no place to escape.
Rollicking and informative, Reprehensible: Polite Histories of Bad Behaviour is your guide through some of the most shameful behaviour indulged in by humanity’s most celebrated figures, as told by Mikey Robins, one of Australia’s most loved comedians. It is often said that we live in an era of constant outrage, but we are definitely not the inventors of outrageousness. Let’s be honest, human beings have always been appalling. Not everyone and not all the time, but our history is littered with those whose work and deeds have rendered them . . . reprehensible. Sometimes it’s our most esteemed luminaries who behave the worst. What are we to make of Catherine the Great’s extensive collection of pornographic furniture, Hans Christian Andersen’s too-much-information diary and Karl Marx’s epic pub crawls? Or hall-of-fame huckster William McCloundy, who in 1901 actually ‘sold’ the Brooklyn Bridge to an unsuspecting tourist, and the pharaoh who covered his slaves in honey to keep flies off his meal? Did you know about the royal ticklers of the House of Romanov, and the bizarre coronation rituals of early Irish kings? (Let’s just say that eating a white horse wasn’t the weirdest part of the ceremony.) So sit back and rest your conscience: there will be a host of scoundrels, bounders and reprobates, tales of lust and power aplenty, as we indulge in that sweet spot where history meets outrage, with just a bit of old-school TMZ thrown in for good measure. Praise for Reprehensible: ‘Finally, Mikey Robins has put his vulgar mind to good use, telling history’s lesser known grubby yarns. I love it!’ Tom Gleeson
In the tumultuous late 60s and early 70s, a social movement known as the "New Left" emerged as a major cultural influence, especially on the youth of America. It was a movement that embraced "flower-power" and psychedelic "consciousness-expansion," that lionized Ho Chi Minh and Fidel Castro and launched the Black Panthers and the Theater of the Absurd.In Return Of The Primitive (originally published in 1971 as The New Left), Ayn Rand, bestselling novelist and originator of the theory of Objectivism, identified the intellectual roots of this movement. She urged people to repudiate its mindless nihilism and to uphold, instead, a philosophy of reason, individualism, capitalism, and technological progress.Editor Peter Schwartz, in this new, expanded version of The New Left, has reorganized Rand's essays and added some of his own in order to underscore the continuing relevance of her analysis of that period. He examines such current ideologies as feminism, environmentalism and multiculturalism and argues that the same primitive, tribalist, "anti-industrial" mentality which animated the New Left a generation ago is shaping society today.