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A Bard Day S Knight

Author : Michael a. Ventrella
ISBN : 177115232X
Genre : Fiction
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Welcome to Fortannis-a place where adventure waits to waylay you around every corner. It's a land where humans mingle with stubborn dwarves, mysterious elves, and feathered biata against shape-shifting gryphons, necromantic zombies, and silly goblins. It's a land where things are never as they seem; where good and evil are not always clear-cut, and where the strong do not always prevail. In Fortannis, one can learn magic by summoning the power of the flow of order in the world, to tie yourself to the living cycle of all around you. Or, if your inclinations are darker, you can be tempted by the flow of chaos and entropy, which allows you to create undead abominations and cast substantially more powerful spells (in exchange for the corruption of your soul). Hey, the choice is yours. This is the third collection of stories which take place in the world of Fortannis (which also happens to be the world in which my two novels take place-what a coincidence!). Some of these stories feature characters introduced in the first two collections, but you do not have to read the earlier ones to enjoy these stories. There are grand adventures, humorous contrivances, and strong morality tales. You'll meet clever con artists, suspicious spies, and pompous nobles. There are unexpected twists and turns and danger lurking on every page. Happy reading! "From the ridiculous to the sublime to the downright heartfelt and - at some instances - mildly terrifying, Ventrella's collection promises you that in Fortannis, anything and everything is up for grabs." - Tee Morris, author of the Ministry of Peculiar Occurrences series "A very readable collection of classic fantasy adventure." - Lawrence Watt-Evans, author of The Misenchanted Sword and the Annals of the Chosen series "What is really fascinating about an anthology like this is seeing what the world of Fortannis looks like through eyes with so many different perspectives. Old familiar friends are here - Ventrella's own squires Terin and Darlissa, Curso Brambletoes the clever, subtle hobling, exiled sellsword Sarlon and his companions Minnow and Mumblepeg - and new ones, including a unique view of the life of a rather unusual Goblin in "Shiny Savior," the eponymous and clever hero of "The Life and Death and Life of Beryl Truesword," Brenlund in "Blinded" who has to overcome his preconceptions to save both himself and others from a terrible fate. Though the title is humorous, readers shouldn't be fooled into thinking that this is parody or comedy; while many stories have a lighthearted touch to them, others do not, and almost all of them have strongly serious elements. Most of the stories have strong voices - the characters that must drive the story quickly define themselves, telling us who they are and why they matter, whether they are noble, poor, human, goblin, warrior or sorceror - and the challenges they overcome loom large within the stories, whether they are threats to many or merely the problem of day-to-day survival. I had a lot of fun reading A Bard Day's Knight, and anyone who enjoys fantasy adventure should too!" - Ryk Spoor, author of Grand Central Arena and Phoenix Rising

Tales Of Fortannis

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A Bard' Eye View is a wild and weird collection of fantasy stories that present some of the freshest writing around. Derring-do with a great sense of fun. Highly recommended. - New York Times bestseller Jonathan Maberry, author of The King of Plagues and Dust & Decay Rollicking good fun perfect for a beach read, subway read, airplane read-heck, just buy it and read it Mirth, mayhem and magic in an intriguing world. - Gail Z. Martin, author of the Chronicles of the Necromancer series A Bard's Eye View is a varied collection of adventures, whimsies, variously grim, grand and comedic; this book will appeal to fans of gaming and fantasy alike. - Jay Lake, Campbell Award-winning author of Green and Mainspring You don't need to know the background material to enjoy the range of stories from the talespinners assembled here. It has plenty of adventures that end with a twist that leave you shaking your head in pleased surprise. I'll be happy to look for many of these writers in days to come. - Jody Lynn Nye, author of View From the Imperium and Dragon's Deal Stories include: The Zombie King s Plan by Michael A. Ventrella Stealing the Sky by Danny Birt Listen to a Tale, My Friends by Michael Strauss Bad Debts by Bernie Mojzes Grip of Chaos by Laurel Anne Hill The Great Green Kettle Pie Recipe Caper by Roy C. Booth and Brian Woods Behind the Bar by Mark Mensch A Rock is a Rock is a Rock Or Is It? by J. Thomas Ross The Messenger s Trap by Matthew C. Plourde Faith by Tera Fulbright A Child s Tale by Davey Beauchamp Suffer the Liar by Ron F. Leota The Long Sleep by Nick Bond The Otherside Alliance by Jon Cory

The Engine Woman S Light

Author : Laurel Anne Hill
ISBN : 1937818470
Genre : Fiction
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Ghosts command Juanita to protect thrown-away people from a murderer. Yet to save innocents, Juanita must take lives of the corrupt, despite her belief in the sacredness of human life. And she might not survive to marry her betrothed. Come visit Juanita's California-where spirits meet steampunk, where love and anger emanate from beyond the grave.

A Conversation In Blood

Author : Paul S. Kemp
ISBN : 9780553392012
Genre : Fiction
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The hard-fighting, harder-drinking fortune hunters of The Hammer and the Blade and A Discourse in Steel are back to test their mettle and tempt fickle fate. Fantasy fiction has long welcomed adventurous rogues: Fritz Leiber’s Fafhrd and the Gray Mouser, George R. R. Martin’s Dunk and Egg, and Scott Lynch’s Locke Lamora and Jean Tannen have all made their mark. In his Egil & Nix series, New York Times bestselling author Paul S. Kemp introduces a daring new duo to the ranks of fantasy fame—or is it infamy? Nix is a nimble thief with just enough knowledge of magic to get into serious trouble. Egil is the only priest of a discredited god. Together, they seek riches and renown, but somehow it is always misadventure and mayhem that find them—even in the dive bar they call home. And their luck has yet to change. All Nix wants to do is cheer Egil up after a bout of heartbreak. And, of course, strike it so rich that they need never worry about their combined bar bill. But when the light-fingered scoundrel plunders a tomb and snatches mysterious golden plates covered in runes, the treasure brings terrifying trouble. Pursued by an abomination full of ravenous hunger and unquenchable wrath, Egil and Nix find all they hold dear—including their beloved tavern—in dire peril. To say nothing of the world itself. Praise for A Conversation in Blood “An adventure perfect for fantasy fans and action-movie lovers. It will take readers on a wild ride with heart-pounding fights, harebrained schemes, and several laugh-out-loud moments.”—Booklist “If you enjoy storytelling with the content sensibilities of Game of Thrones, then imagine George R. R. Martin forced to write while strapped to the front of a War Boys’ car going 100 mph, pumped full of Jolt Cola and Pixy Sticks with Metallica blaring from the speakers and you approximate the full Egil & Nix experience that [Paul S.] Kemp delivers.”—Rebels Report Praise for Paul S. Kemp’s thrilling Egil & Nix novels “Most heroes work up to killing demons. Egil and Nix start there and pick up the pace.”—Elaine Cunningham, author of Honor Among Thieves “Kemp delivers sword and sorcery at its rollicking best, after the fashion of Fritz Leiber’s Fafhrd and the Gray Mouser.”—Library Journal “Egil and Nix might not be the safest guys to go adventuring with, but they’re sure good company.”—Ed Greenwood, bestselling creator of Forgotten Realms “Did I mention how much fun Egil and Nix are? So. Much. Damn. Fun.”—Tor.com

Poets In Hell

Author : Janet Morris
ISBN : 0991465431
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The best, the worst, and ugliest bards in perdition vie for Satan's favor as poets slam one another, Satan's Fallen Angels smirk up their sleeves, and the illiterati have their day. Find out why the damned deserve their fates as Hell's hacks sink to new poetical depths! The first Bible writer drafts a deal with the Devil. Attila the Hun learns his punishment's just begun. Mary Shelley and Victor Frankenstein make a monstrous mistake. Bat Masterson and Wyatt Earp get their unjust deserts. Hell's Undertaker goes on holiday. The Damned Poets Society slams away. A nameless soul shows Dorothy Parker that fame is a bitch. In the underworlds, injustice always reigns: Join us and our damnedest poets for the crookedest poetry festival in perdition where language comes to die and no rhyme goes unpunished.

Dust Decay

Author : Jonathan Maberry
ISBN : 9781442402379
Genre : Juvenile Fiction
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“The zombie attacks are bigger, better—and gorier—in this nearly non-stop action sequel to Rot & Ruin” (Kirkus Reviews). Winner of the Bram Stoker Award. Six months have passed since the terrifying battle with Charlie Pink-eye and the Motor City Hammer in the zombie-infested mountains of the Rot & Ruin. It’s also been six months since Benny Imura and Nix Riley saw something in the air that changed their lives. Now, after months of rigorous training with Benny’s zombie-hunter brother Tom, Benny and Nix are ready to leave their home forever and search for a better future. Lilah the Lost Girl and Benny’s best friend Lou Chong are going with them. But before they even leave there is a shocking zombie attack in town, and as soon as they step into the Rot & Ruin they are pursued by the living dead, wild animals, insane murderers, and the horrors of Gameland—where teenagers are forced to fight for their lives in the zombie pits. Worst of all…could the evil Charlie Pink-eye still be alive? In the great Rot & Ruin, everything wants to kill you. And not everyone in Benny’s small band of travelers will survive….

The King Of Plagues

Author : Jonathan Maberry
ISBN : 1429966890
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Saturday 09:11 Hours: A blast rocks a London hospital and thousands are dead or injured... 10:09 Hours: Joe Ledger arrives on scene to investigate. The horror is unlike anything he has ever seen. Compelled by grief and rage, Joe rejoins the DMS and within hours is attacked by a hit-team of assassins and sent on a suicide mission into a viral hot zone during an Ebola outbreak. Soon Joe Ledger and the Department of Military Sciences begin tearing down the veils of deception to uncover a vast and powerful secret society using weaponized versions of the Ten Plagues of Egypt to destabilize world economies and profit from the resulting chaos. Millions will die unless Joe Ledger meets the this powerful new enemy on their own terms as he fights terror with terror.

Goblin Quest

Author : Jim C. Hines
ISBN : 1101098570
Genre : Fiction
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Jig is a scrawny little nearsighted goblin-a runt even among his puny species. Captured by a party of adventurers searching for a magical artifact, and forced to guide them, Jig encounters every peril ever faced on a fantasy quest.

The Eye Of Argon

Author : Jim Theis
ISBN : 9780809562619
Genre : Fiction
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This is not a hoax. Jim Theis was a real person, who wrote The Eye of Argon in all seriousness as a teenager, and published it in a fanzine, Osfan in 1970. But the story did not pass into the oblivion that awaits most amateur fiction. Instead, a miracle happened, and transcribed and photocopied texts began to circulate in science fiction circles, gaining a wide and incredulous audience among both professionals and fans. It became the ultimate samizdat, an underground classic, and for more than thirty years it has been the subject of midnight readings at conventions, as thousands have come to appreciate the negative genius of this amazing Ed Wood of prose.

The Wild Harmonic

Author : Beth W. Patterson
ISBN : 1943052387
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New Orleans musician Birch "Buzz" MacKinlay used to think she was the only werewolf in the world. But that was before the mysterious and captivating Rowan welcomed her into his pack, and showed her that shapeshifters- all kinds of shapeshifters- were hiding in plain sight everywhere. Now Birch is on a crash course by day to learn everything she can about the secret "shifter" world, while gigging as a bass player at night. But there's a problem with this dream come true: a dark and growing danger threatens the shifters, who are beginning to mysteriously disappear or die. Faced with hecklers, drunks, stalkers, and incompetent bandmates in one life and fang-toothed double agents in the other, Birch doesn't know who to trust- especially now that she's the target of a powerful enemy. With menace closing in fast, Birch must find a way to save her new pack... or lose everything that matters, including her own life.

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