A paraplegic wakes to find he is the sole survivor of an unknown apocalypse. He decides to survive and spends a year navigating the empty motorways of England to see if he really is the only one left alive. He sets off with only his wheelchair and enough food and medical supplies to last a week. To live beyond that he must adapt and scavenge. Told through a daily account of poems he begins to question his own identity, whether you are disabled if there is no-one to be compared to and what does it mean to want to move forwards.
The Fire is Lit. But Can they Keep it Burning? Cedrick Custod is running out of time. This “farm boy” has learned much about his place in the world, but now he must learn to trust that world. New enemies are emerging. The unknowns of the past dog his every move, and if he can’t find the answers in time, all will be lost. But can he trust of what he learns? Are these legends, myths, and prophecies to be trusted? How do you trust a world that isn’t honest with you? If Cedrick can’t learn the truth behind his father’s hatred, the political intrigue among his own troops, and even his wife’s past, everything he has gained will be for nothing. Can he find the truth in time and trust it? Or will his confidence be their undoing?
A once noble land lies in ruins. A life of torment, starvation, and terror is all that awaits those who had survived. Though hope is not dead yet. Hidden away from the rest of the world, young Cedrick Custod is forbidden to use or study magic. One accidental spell will bring the fury of his father crashing down upon him. Yet, if he leverages the power inside of him, they could defeat Heklis: the evil sorcerer, who in a jealous rage killed off every last man, woman, and child of these divinely commissioned Custod and king lines. To save their world, Cedrick will have to choose between duty and family, between his own desires and those he loves most. Can he overcome his father’s fury and find the key to saving his world? Or will he be doomed to watch his world fall into darkness?
The truth is about to come out, but not before Cedrick finally undergoes his final test. The one that should have been his first. Cedrick is set to take the Custod test, and what he learns along the way will change anything. In the final installment of the main Custodian Chronicles, Cedrick and his family will have to uncover the full truth, defeat Heklis, and restore the proper world order. But what will it cost them?
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You’d have to be mad to steal from the feared International Patent Office. But that’s what Elizabeth Barnabus is about to try. A one-time enemy from the circus has persuaded her to attempt a heist that will be the ultimate conjuring trick. Hidden in the vaults of the Patent Court in London lie secrets that could shake the very pillars of the Gas-Lit Empire. All that stands in Elizabeth’s way are the agents of the Patent Office, a Duke’s private army and the mysterious Custodian of Marvels. Rod Duncan returns with the climactic volume ofThe Fall of the Gas-Lit Empire, the breathtaking alternate history series that began with the Philip K. Dick Award-nominated The Bullet-Catcher’s Daughter. File Under: Fantasy [ Time Runs Out | The Duke’s Enemy | Open the Vault | A Union ]
Simon Walker has been keeping a journal of his last year living on the grounds of the university, the only home he has ever known. In it, he offers an account of his 'family', from kitchen-worker confidants to Nobelists and high-ranking university officials. Among these interlocking narratives, he explains his involuntary transfer to Harmony House, a home for the unfit and unwanted. His chronicle captures the politics of ambition, intrigue, and fame of those who surround him and his own curious contributions which will affect them all. "A great talent." -Ray Powers, Scott & Field "An important satire on the culture of institutions and the uses of intellect . . . . rich in allegory" -Walter Proctor "Structurally ingenious." -Jonathan Galassi, Farrar, Straus & Giroux
Left penniless after her husband's death, Fiona Lenihan and her two children set out for California in search of a fresh start. Ten years ago Fiona fled the Irish Potato Famine. She has crossed an ocean, so why not a continent? Kier Moran is a loner with a reputation for being the best tracker, best shot, and best guide. As a favor to his aging parents, he is leading their wagon train West, to the Santa Clara Valley, known as the Valley of Heart's Delight. Kier intends to deliver his parents safely to California then resume life under the sun and stars. But meeting Fiona Lenihan threatens his simple plan.
With the imminent destruction of the solar system, Earth scientists conceive of a daring plan to preserve humanity, and the sum of its accumulated knowledge. The Custodian, a genetically enhanced human, and a super-computer named Sitrac, are entrusted with the monumental task of leading the remnants of humanity to a safe haven. They are all that stand between the success and failure of Project Survival. But the journey is fraught with danger.
This unique study uncovers the lives and working conditions of a group of individuals who are usually rendered invisible on college campuses--the custodians who daily clean the offices, residence halls, bathrooms and public spaces. In doing so it also reveals universities’ equally invisible practices that frequently contradict their espoused values of inclusion and equity, and their profession that those on the margins are important members of the campus community. This vivid ethnography is the fruit of the year’s fieldwork that Peter Magolda’s undertook at two universities. His purpose was to shine a light on a subculture that neither decision-makers nor campus community members know very much about, let alone understand the motivations and aspirations of those who perform this work; and to pose fundamental questions about the moral implications of the corporatization of higher education and its impact on its lowest paid and most vulnerable employees. Working alongside and learning about the lives of over thirty janitorial staff, Peter Magolda becomes privy to acts of courage, resilience, and inspiration, as well as witness to their work ethic, and to instances of intolerance, inequity, and injustices. We learn the stories of remarkable people, and about their daily concerns, their fears and contributions. Peter Magolda raises such questions as: Does the academy still believe wisdom is exclusive to particular professions or classes of people? Are universities really inclusive? Is addressing service workers’ concerns part of the mission of higher education? If universities profess to value education, why make it difficult for those on the margins, such as custodians, to “get educated.” The book concludes with the research participants’ and the author’s reflections about ways that colleges can improve the lives of those whose underpaid and unremarked labor is so essential to the smooth running of their campuses. Appendices provide information about the research methodology and methods, as well as a discussion of the influence of corporate managerialism on ethnographic research.
This book examines do-it-yourself (DIY) approaches to the collection, preservation, and display of popular music heritage being undertaken by volunteers in community archives, museums and halls of fame globally. DIY institutions of popular music heritage are much more than ‘unofficial’ versions of ‘official’ institutions; rather, they invoke a complex network of affect and sociality, and are sites where interested people – often enthusiasts – are able to assemble around shared goals related to the preservation of and ownership over the material histories of popular music culture. Drawing on interviews and observations with founders, volunteers and heritage workers in 23 DIY institutions in Australasia, Europe and North America, the book highlights the potentialities of bottom-up, community-based interventions into the archiving and preservation of popular music’s material history. It reveals the kinds of collections being housed in these archives, how they are managed and maintained, and explores their relationship to mainstream heritage institutions. The study also considers the cultural labor of volunteers in the DIY institution, arguing that while these are places concerned with heritage management and the preservation of artefacts, they are also extensions of musical communities in the present in which activities around popular music preservation have personal, cultural, community and heritage benefits. By looking at volunteers’ everyday interventions in the archiving and curating of popular music’s material past, the book highlights how DIY institutions build upon national heritage strategies at the community level and have the capacity to contribute to the democratization of popular music heritage. This book will have a broad appeal to a range of scholars in the fields of popular music studies, musicology, ethnomusicology, archive studies and archival science, museum studies, critical heritage studies, cultural studies, cultural sociology and media studies.
The Last Custodian chronicles a fascinating ancient legend. There is a mysterious treasure, an eternal and timeless object that has enthralled many for aeons. It is believed that the timeless treasure was extremely powerful and magical. This magical object was fashioned on a moonlit night aeons ago by the hands of ancient elvish pixies. This powerful magical object is the everlasting Eternal Leaves. The Last Custodian tells the story of a greedy fiend who aims to possess the Eternal Leaves, thereby seeking its powers, and how he is deceived in a quest to safeguard the timeless treasure from his vile clutches. A story of greed, deception, magic and valiant courage, The Last Custodian is an imaginatively woven narrative that celebrates courage in the face of danger, loyalty and the redeeming power of forgiveness.
Years ago, on a high school campus, built in the middle of a cornfield, a conversation transpired one day between two employees. After sharing a humorous moment, a suggestion was proposed by a secretary to record events occurring in the high school and middle school for nostalgic purposes. I thought it was an exceptional idea, but I decided to take it to the next level. I created a log book which provided the incentive for the manuscript. The wheels were set in motion. A multitude of drafts later, “A School Custodian’s Dilemma” was born.