Ranging from a polemical account of the founding of ancient Britain by the Old Syrians through to an outrageous and rollicking account of the events on the eve of the nativity, Yggdrasil does not skirt any sacred ground in its search for clarity amid the canonized tenets of historical dogmas. Probing the roots of Chaucerian verse and medieval poesy to dredge up a coherent modernistic sensibility, Morgan Alexander Brown turns to ancient history to proof his calculations, all while striving to maintain a distanced objectivity-an attempt he deems impossible for any man to undertake with his boldest of declarations; namely, that "the natural state of man is hypocrisy." Ripping in his satire, Brown's verses crush the very pillars of accepted truths and prep the foundations for original thought.This volume contains 26 poems with notes by the author, and 17 original illustrations, supplying readers with a plentiful sampling of Brown's best works composed early on in his career.
Originally published by Chipmunkapublishing, and now thoroughly revised, Assignment Yggdrasil is a groundbreaking novel about how far governments can go in the fight against bioterrorism. Set during the presidency of George W. Bush and the height of the War on Terror, the United States Department of Defense has secretly garnered intelligence confirming that, within a decade, groups intent on mass murder will possess bioweaponry capable of annihilating either the USA…or the entire human species. A special operation, Assignment Yggdrasil, has begun in an attempt to avert the so–called ‘Ragnarok,’ doomsday. Although they appear human, subjects have been genetically converted from human to transhuman, given immunity to all biological pathogens known to infect humans, as well as special abilities from other species. Only the new species, the transhuman, is predicted to survive the bioterrorist Ragnarok. The government has staked its bets on these transhumans, hoping they will rebuild American democracy in the resulting chaos. Yet the government is performing this transhumanism covertly, infecting thousands of citizens with the virus through their food, drink, and medicine. Some test subjects have died unwittingly under experimentation and the government is hiding everything. An equally furtive resistance has formed, led by various radical groups who dispute the bioethics of the operation. In a precarious showdown with the government, the rebels question whether the removal of humanity is really a gift and if the end justifies the means.
Ten year old Justine has lived with the loss of her mother for two years. Even while she misses her Mom, she is discovering the gifts they share. When bullying at school makes Justine's life miserable she befriends a tree she calls Drasil. It isn't fair that life causes so much pain for Justine, so her father is happy when she makes a new friend, even when that friend is a tree. She tells stories of visiting a land where peace is valued above everything else and hospitality is the primary virtue. Her father listens to her stories and marvels at how she changes, even as he wonders if her stories are true or the fantasy of a lonely young girl. When the stories get darker and more dangerous he worries that she is being hurt even in this land of peace. He has no idea how much they will both be changed as they get caught up in the struggle between a people who believe in peace, and those who trust in war.
A collection of Dorothy Sayer's Poetry. Dorothy Sayers, British author, translator and Christian humanist. She was also a student of classical and modern languages. She is best known for her mysteries, a series of novels and short stories set between World War I and World War II that feature English aristocrat and amateur sleuth Lord Peter Wimsey. However, Sayers herself considered her translation of Dante's Divina Commedia to be her best work.
National Geographic presents a palm-size overview of culture-defining myths, from ancient Egyptian deities to the Vedic gods of India...from Maya, Inca, and Aztec legends to the Dream time of the Aborigines.