Paris Savages

'This story has its genesis in fact, when three Fraser Island people were taken to Germany in 1882–83. The sole survivor was Bonangera (Boni/Bonny) whose life-size plaster cast remains at the Musée des Confluences Lyon, France. The silencing that Badtjala people continue to endure in the localised historiography of place is ongoing.' Dr Fiona Foley, Badtjala artist and academic On beautiful Fraser Island in 1882, the population of the Badtjala people is in sharp decline following a run of brutal massacres. When German man Louis Müller offers to sail eighteen-year-old Bonny to Europe, along with twenty-two year old Jurano and his fifteen-year-old niece, Donordera, the proud and headstrong Bonny agrees. Accompanied by Müller's bright and grieving daughter, Hilda, the group begins their journey to perform in Hamburg, Berlin, Paris and eventually London in the hope of seeking help from the Queen of England. While...
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Matryoshka

When Sara Rose returns to live in her recently deceased grandmother's Tasmanian cottage, her past and that of her mother and grandmother is ever-present. Sara's grandmother, Nina Barsova, a Russian post-war immigrant, lovingly raised Sara in the cottage at the foot of Mt Wellington but without ever explaining why Sara's own mother, Helena, abandoned her as a baby. Sara, a geneticist, also longs to know the identity of her father, and Helena won't tell her. Now, estranged not only from her mother, but also from her husband, Sara raises her daughter, Ellie, with a central wish to spare her the same feeling of abandonment that she experienced as a child. When Sara meets an Afghani refugee separated from his beloved wife and family, she decides to try to repair relations with Helena – but when a lie told by her grandmother years before begins to unravel, a darker truth than she could ever imagine is revealed.Matryoshka is a haunting and beautifully...
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Clean Slate

Pray it was only a dream.Mitch Osborn can't shake the feeling that a nightmare he's been having is somehow true. If it is, his life is over . . . like that of the woman he may have killed.A new piece of short speculative fiction that came to me after seeing the movie "Inception" and having a particularly harrowing dream soon thereafter.From Kenny Kemp, award-winning and best-selling author of DAD WAS A CARPENTER, I HATED HEAVEN, and LIGHTLAND.
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Buddhist Scriptures

While Buddhism has no central text comparable to the Bible or Koran, there is a powerful body of scripture from across Asia that encompasses the dharma, or the teachings of the Buddha. In this rich anthology, eminent scholar Donald S. Lopez, Jr., brings together works from a broad historical and geographical range, and from such languages as Pali, Sanskrit, Tibetan, Chinese, and Japanese. There are tales of the Buddha's past lives, a discussion of qualities and qualifications for a monk, and an exploration of the many meanings of enlightenment. Together they provide a vivid picture of the Buddha and of the vast and profound nature of the Buddhist tradition.
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The Black Hawks

Dark, thrilling, and hilarious, The Black Hawks is an epic adventure perfect for fans of Joe Abercrombie and Scott Lynch. Life as a knight is not what Vedren Chel imagined. Bound by oath to a dead-end job in the service of a lazy step-uncle, Chel no longer dreams of glory – he dreams of going home. When invaders throw the kingdom into turmoil, Chel finds opportunity in the chaos: if he escorts a stranded prince to safety, Chel will be released from his oath. All he has to do is drag the brat from one side of the country to the other, through war and wilderness, chased all the way by ruthless assassins. With killers on your trail, you need killers watching your back. You need the Black Hawk Company – mercenaries, fighters without equal, a squabbling, scrapping pack of rogues. Prepare to join the Black Hawks.
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Pilot's Handbook of Aeronautical Knowledge (Federal Aviation Administration)

The Pilot's Handbook of Aeronautical Knowledge is an official Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) Handbook that provides basic knowledge that is essential for pilots. This updated handbook introduces pilots to the broad spectrum of knowledge that will be needed as they progress in their pilot training. Written for the pilot preparing for a Remote, Sport, Private, Commercial, or Flight Instructor Pilot Certificate, it is a key reference for all the information necessary to operate an aircraft and to pass the FAA Knowledge Exam and Practical Test.This handbook introduces readers to flying and a history of flight, then explores the role of the FAA, criteria for earning the various pilot certificates, how to plan their flight education, and the examinations associated with earning a pilot certificate. With covered topics ranging from aeronautical decision-making to flight instrument use to weather theory, beginners and advanced pilots alike will find the Pilot's...
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Skyfaring: A Journey With a Pilot

A poetic and nuanced exploration of the human experience of flight that reminds us of the full imaginative weight of our most ordinary journeys—and reawakens our capacity to be amazed. The twenty-first century has relegated airplane flight—a once remarkable feat of human ingenuity—to the realm of the mundane. Mark Vanhoenacker, a 747 pilot who left academia and a career in the business world to pursue his childhood dream of flight, asks us to reimagine what we—both as pilots and as passengers—are actually doing when we enter the world between departure and discovery. In a seamless fusion of history, politics, geography, meteorology, ecology, family, and physics, Vanhoenacker vaults across geographical and cultural boundaries; above mountains, oceans, and deserts; through snow, wind, and rain, renewing a simultaneously humbling and almost superhuman activity that affords us unparalleled perspectives on the planet we inhabit and the communities we form.
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Sky Girls

"A beautiful and inspiring book...fascinatingly told." —Donna Shirley, former head of the U.S. Mars program, NASAThe exhilarating true story of the unsung pioneers who blazed a pathway towards a new era of female aviation...The year is 1929, and on the eve of America's Great Depression, nineteen gutsy and passionate pilots soared above the glass ceiling in the very first female cross-country air race. Armed with grit and determination, they crossed thousands of miles in propeller-driven airplanes to defy the naysayers who would say it cannot – not should not – be done.From the indomitable Pancho Barnes to the infamous Amelia Earhart, Sky Girls chronicles a defining and previously forgotten moment when some of the first women pilots took their rightful place in the open skies. For a country on the brink of defining change, they would become symbols of hope, daring, and the unstoppable American spirit. And for generations to...
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If I Had a Son'

His friends called George Zimmerman "Tugboat," the one who always came to the rescue. An Hispanic-American civil rights activist, he helped a black homeless man find justice. He helped guide two black teens through life. He helped a terrified mother secure her house. He helped his wary neighbors secure their community.  'In If I Had A Son', Jack Cashill tells the inside story of how, as the result of a tragic encounter with troubled seventeen-year-old Trayvon Martin, the media turned Tugboat into a white racist vigilante, "the most hated man in America."  'If I Had A Son' tells how for the first time in the history of American jurisprudence, a state government, the US Department of Justice, the White House, the major media, the entertainment industry and the vestiges of the civil rights movement conspired to put an innocent man in prison for the rest of his life.  All that stood between Zimmerman and lifetime internment were two folksy local lawyers, their aides, and some very...
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CLOAK - Lost Son of the Crested Folk

Cloak; the irony of his own name weighed heavily on his young shoulders. He is nearing his sixteenth year but unlike his peers, he has yet to grow a crest, a crown of spines whose form and degree will determine his role and standing in society. He cloaks his head and hides away, fretting constantly on what the future holds for him and unaware that others conspire to write his future for him. He is not what he appears. He is a well guarded secret, a potent force nurtured from birth by dark majic, a weapon of war, a renderer and a conduit to majic from the earth’s core.His true name and birthright are known only to only one man, the king. Concealed by the sovereign, his crestless years in Delta Crossing were hidden from the eyes of the seers and the touch of the tellers. It is not destined to last. The king’s plans to recover the boy go awry and as his cresting day approaches, the swirling mists of time grow momentarily still. Prying eyes now spy him out, men who both lust after his power and fear it in equal measure. It is now that fate and majic intervene.In the kingdom of the Crested Folk, threads of coloured majic flow freely through the earth. It is as vital to their lives as the air they breathe and is freely given by Mother Earth. Majic flows through all who bear a crest, but for those fortunate few blessed with a high crest, majic can be summoned, shaped and wielded. The grander the crest, the deeper and more powerful the colour of majic that can be drawn. This rainbow of colours is put to many uses but powerful as they are, they are naught compared to the power of the black and white.Throughout history, the summoning of white has been the preserve of the Troll, the pure core majic fuelling their powerful charms. Black is never summoned; such majic seeks out its own vessel and bonds to it for life. Amongst the crested folk, such a talent is rarer than rare, indeed, with the passing of the centuries such a vessel has become little but a character of myth. Yet it is true.In the hands of the chosen, black majic is timeless, it is yesterday and tomorrow, it is life and death. Cloak’s world is about to be turned upside down but who will ultimately succeed in shaping the boy’s fate?
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