An intimate portrait of Patrick O'Brian, written by his stepson Nikolai Tolstoy. Patrick O'Brian was one of the greatest British novelists of the twentieth century, securing his place in literary history with the bestselling Aubrey–Maturin series, books that have sold millions of copies worldwide and been hailed as the best historical fiction of all time. An exquisite novelist, translator and biographer, O'Brian moved in 1949 to Collioure in the south of France, where he led a secluded life with his wife Mary and wrote all his major works. The twenty books that make up the beloved Aubrey–Maturin series earned O'Brian the epithet 'Jane Austen at sea' for their authentic depiction of Nelson's navy, and the relationship between Captain Jack Aubrey and his friend and ship's surgeon Stephen Maturin. Outside his triumphant popularity in fiction, O'Brian also wrote erudite biographies of both Pablo Picasso and Joseph Banks, as well as publishing translations of Simone de Beauvoir and...
Ann Karr has found a historical precedent to create a female Sheriff of Nottingham for this retelling of the Robin Hood legend ... A remarkable work which recasts the traditional roles and sheds new light on the relationship between the famous characters.
Join Uther Pendragon jerkass; his advisor Merlin, who's even worse; his knights Sir Ulfius and Sir Brastias, the Old Firm; and young Arthur, King of the Britons, and actually a pretty okay guy! This comic retelling of the first two books of Sir Thomas Malory's Le Morte D'Arthur also descibes Sir Balin and his weird quest to strike the Dolorous Blow and die tragically. It's a hoot and a half!DID YOU KNOW:Sir Balin, the knight who delivered the dolorous stroke, was so stupid half of Camelot assumed it was an act to cover for his witchcraft? Sir Gawaine was a whiny little brat who demanded unlimited special treatment on account of he was King Arthur’s nephew? Arthur only married Guinevere to get his hands on her dowry, the Round Table? Nobody liked Merlin because he was terrible?If you did know all those things, clearly you’ve read Le Morte d’Arthur by Sir Thomas Malory, and I pity you. No one should have to slog through that pile of continuity errors and insipid descriptions of jousts. I’ve spent years of my life poring over all twenty-one Books of this foundational work of fantasy literature, dreadful as it is. Here, for your amusement and edification, I recount, dissect, and ruthlessly mock each ridiculous plot contrivance, each self-contradictory anecdote, and each unnamed damsel who runs in from offscreen and dies.Arthur Dies at the End volume 1: Something About a Sword and a Stone? covers Books I through III of Le Morte d’Arthur. Here you’ll find King Arthur’s earliest days, from the hilarious and rape-filled account of his conception to the bit with the sword in the stone we all remember to his first war to his loveless wedding to Guinevere and his nephew Gawaine’s very first quest (he screws it up pretty bad)!ARTHUR DIES AT THE END: I read Le Morte d’Arthur so you don’t have to!
They come to Amberleaf Fair—toymakers, storytellers, conjurers, and adventurers. They bring song and dance, gifts of love, and tales of far places. But in the midst of celebration, the high wizard Talmar is stricken with what appears to be the Choking Glory, his brother Torin the toymaker has been rejected by his lady love, and a fabulous necklace from across the sea has been stolen—and Torin is the chief suspect! This year Amberleaf Fair promises to be more than a place of marvels, a crossroads for magic, mysteries, and fabulous wealth. This year the fair promises to be much more interesting...and dangerous!
In Robert Treskillard's take on the Arthurian legends, young Merlin is faced with the challenge of saving his country and those he loves when a mysterious, and dangerous, stone falls from the sky. Partially blinded years ago, Merlin is a timid swordsmith who wants nothing more than to live a quiet life and win the hand of Natalenya, the beautiful and kind daughter of a magistrate. But after he and his friend Garth encounter a strange stone in the wood, one protected by druids, Merlin receives a series of visions and prophecies that he is to save his land and his Christian faith from a dark force. As the power of the stone grows and threatens his family and friends, Merlin is forced to embrace his calling---for he may be the only one immune to the stone's power.Touching on multiple elements of the classic Arthur story---from the Lady of the Lake, the creation of Excalibur, the sword in the stone, and the rescue of Arthur himself---this fantasy tale will appeal to young adults looking for adventure and a hint of romance, as well as adults who enjoy the classic tale this series is based on.Review"A fresh approach to an ancient genre ... an absolute must-read." - Award winning author Douglas Bond"A fabulous re-imagining of the legends." - Christian fantasy author Scott Appleton"Turn the pages, and you can almost feel the fog rolling in off the moors, smell the low heather, and catch a glint off a blade." - Best selling author Wayne Thomas Batson"Treskillard builds a real person in Merlin ... whose belief in honor and family make him a figure to cheer for." - Christy Award winning author Jill WilliamsonAbout the AuthorRobert Treskillard is a Celtic enthusiast who holds a B.A. in Biblical & Theological Studies from Bethel University, Minnesota. He has been crafting stories from his early youth, is a software developer, graphic artist, and sometime bladesmith. He and his wife have three children and are still homeschooling their youngest. They live in the country near St. Louis, Missouri.
In book two of the Merlin Spiral series by author Robert Treskillard, pursued and hunted, Merlin takes young Arthur north to find refuge from the soldiers misled into thinking the young king was kidnapped. Betrayed and enslaved, Merlin must fight for his freedom and sail to the lands of eternal darkness to save Arthur's life. Can he cleanse the world from this ancient and sinister evil?
"Dafydd seamlessly amalgamates the extraordinary into the everyday in her reworking of 'Culhwch and Olwen'" The Guardian 2011
Life is tough for Cilydd, after his wife Goleuddydd, who is nine months pregnant, seems to vanish into thin air at a supermarket one wintry afternoon. Cilydd gets his cousin, Arthur - a private eye who has never solved a single case - to help him with the investigation. So begins a tale of intrigue and confusion that ends with a wild boar chase and a dangerous journey to the House of the Missing.
In this contemporary retelling from Seren's New stories from the Mabinogion series, award winning Fflur Dafydd transforms the medieval Welsh Arthurian myth of the Mabinogion’s ‘Culhwch and Olwen’ into a 21st century quest for love and revenge.
The sorceress Frostflower could bring a babe from seed to term in the course of a winter's afternoon. The swordswoman Thorn could strew a field with corpses in a moment's battle rage. Outcasts, both of them. Hunted by the farmer-priests who ruled the wasteland that once had been a world. Then Thorn in her folly got pregnant. Flower, in her folly, wanted the child. And together, foolishly, they set out to survive...
The arrangements for the dinner party were overseen by Queen Quenevere herself. She selected the apples with her own hands. And before the evening ended, a young knight lay dead...and Arthur's beloved, unfaithful queen stood branded as a murderess and condemned to death!Phyllis Ann Karr has taken Celtic legend and given it a fresh new twist in this magical murder-mystery of knights and sorcery, romantic entanglements and courtly intrigues. This is a tale that explores the passions and motivations of the men and women who stride through the pages of Mallory's romance: Sir Kay, the sharp-tongued seneschal; Nimue, the elusive Lady of the Lake; Morgan le Fay, Merlin's complex nemesis; the tormented sons of Lot and Morgawse; and Mordred, Arthur's own bitter, terrified son!
The Fanciers & Realizers MEGAPACK® assembles Phyllis Ann Karr's complete series for the first time — 37 stories and novels, totalling more than 1700 pages of great Steampunk/alternate history reading! Included are:CAGEY WARRINGTON THURSDAYSOMETHING SHADY AT SUNVALE CLINICTHE CYCLOPS KILLERTHE REALIZERS/FANCIERS WORLDTHE STANDARD MURDER MYSTERYVARIETY'S NAMEROSEMARY LOZINSKI LESTRADETHE MONDAY AFTER MURDERWHO MOURNS FOR SILVERSTAIRS?THE BLUE THREAD KILLERMURDER WITH AN ARTIST'S RAGLOVE AND DEATH IN THE ASTEROID BELTHOUSE OF THE PENTAGRAMCORWIN AND ANGELATHE SPIDER: AN INCIDENT FROM THE BOYHOOD OF M. CORWIN POEA PREDICAMENT IN THE BELFRYTHE BREAKING POINTMAYDAY ON THE MELONAUTUMN LEAFTHE DREAMSTONETHE DREAMSTONE I: SOULS FOR TRADETHE DREAMSTONE II: LICENSED TO KILLTHE DREAMSTONE III: CURLING SNAKESHELLMOUTH PARKTHE PICKETS OF HELLMOUTHBLOOD GROTTOTHE HELLMOUTH SEVENCLEMENT CZARNYTHE...
The sorceress Frostflower has the power to guide the lightning through the air...and to leave her body to roam the Tanglelands. But her fellow traveller and fellow sorcerer Windbourne, blamed for the murder of a farmer-priest, carries a monstrous guilt that saps his powers and threatens their lives. Led by the valiant warrior Thorn, Frostflower and Windbourne begin the dangerous journey to Five Roads Crossing, where the mourning High Priestess lies in wait...
The four members of Dante's Delight Purgatorio do not consider what they do to be in any sense sadomasochistic. Of course, society at large takes a different view. And society at large includes Julie Whitcomb's newmet lover, Police Detective Dave Clayton, for whom she hopes to retire from purgatorial activity. Society at large also includes Angela Garvey, childhood sweetheart of the lad Julie hopes to mold into her Dante's Delight replacement, Corwin "Thesaurus Kid" Poe.When murdered bodies start turning up wearing the membership mark of Dante's Delight, it falls to Dave's immediate superior, Detective Sergeant Lestrade, to determine the guilt or innocence of the obvious prime suspects. And Rosemary Lestrade got into police work less to catch the guilty than to clear the innocent.