Glory 

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Glory

Description: Glory is the wryly ironic story of Martin Edelweiss, a twenty-two-year-old Russian emigre of no account, who is in love with a girl who refuses to marry him. Convinced that his life is about to be wasted and hoping to impress his love, he decides to embark upon a “perilous, daredevil project” — an illegal attempt to reenter the Soviet Union, from which he and his mother had fled in 1919. He succeeds — but at a terrible cost. “Nabokov writes prose the only way it should be written, that is, ecstatically.” — John Updike
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Vladimir Nabokov Просмотров:  1948

Vespasian: Tribune of Rome 

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Vespasian: Tribune of Rome

Description: 26 AD: Sixteen-year-old Vespasian leaves his family farm for Rome, his sights set on finding a patron and following his brother into the army. But he discovers a city in turmoil and an Empire on the brink. The aging emperor Tiberius is in seclusion on Capri, leaving Rome in the iron grip of Sejanus, commander of the Praetorian Guard. Sejanus is ruler of the Empire in all but name, but many fear that isn't enough for him. Sejanus' spies are everywhere - careless words at a dinner party can be as dangerous as a barbarian arrow. Vespasian is totally out of his depth, making dangerous enemies (and even more dangerous friends - like the young Caligula) and soon finds himself ensnared in a conspiracy against Tiberius.
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Robert Fabbri Просмотров:  1540

The Other Wind: The Earthsea Cycle, Book 6 

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The Other Wind: The Earthsea Cycle, Book 6

Description: The sorcerer Alder fears sleep. He dreams of the land of death, of his wife who died young and longs to return to him so much that she kissed him across the low stone wall that separates our world from the Dry Land, where the grass is withered, the stars never move, and lovers pass without knowing each other. The dead are pulling Alder to them at night. Through him they may free themselves and invade Earthsea.
Alder seeks advice from Ged, once Archmage. Ged tells him to go to Tenar, Tehanu, and the young king at Havnor. They are joined by amber-eyed Irian, a fierce dragon able to assume the shape of a woman.
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Ursula K. Le Guin Просмотров:  1244

Tales From Earthsea: The Earthsea Cycle, Book 5 

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Tales From Earthsea: The Earthsea Cycle, Book 5

Description: To her much-loved Earthsea novels Le Guin appends five tales that, she states, "will profit by being read after, not before, the novels." One of them, a novella, is set during a dark era, some 300 years prior to the novels' time, when it is dangerous to practice sorcery. This richly told narrative provides background to the novels as it tells of a search for identity, a romance, and the beginning of a school for magicians. Of the other stories, one is about the wizards who taught the wizard who first taught Ged; one is a timeless love story; one a tale set when Ged was archmage of Earthsea; and one a bridge between Tenahu and a forthcoming novel, The Other Wind. It has been years since the last Earthsea book, but Le Guin hasn't lost her touch. She draws us into the magical land and its inhabitants' doings immediately. Earthsea mavens must rejoice, and relative newcomers will profit from the Earthsea history and two new maps that round out the book.
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Ursula K. Le Guin Просмотров:  1245

Tehanu: The Earthsea Cycle,Book 4 

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Tehanu: The Earthsea Cycle,Book 4

Description: Years before, they had escaped together from the sinister Tombs of Atuan -- she, an isolated young priestess, he, a powerful wizard. Now she is a farmer's widow, having chosen for herself the simple pleasures of an ordinary life. And he is a broken old man, mourning the powers lost to him not by choice.
A lifetime ago, they helped each other at a time of darkness and danger. Now they must join forces again, to help another -- the physically and emotionally scarred child whose own destiny remains to be revealed.
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Ursula K. Le Guin Просмотров:  1160

The Farthest Shore: The Earthsea Cycle, Book 3 

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The Farthest Shore: The Earthsea Cycle, Book 3

Description: The Farthest Shore is the third book in the renowned Earthsea trilogy. The young prince, Arren, brings harsh news. There is no longer true magic in Enlad; the mages have forgotten their spells so the springs of wizardry are running dry. Accompanied by Arren, Ged sets out to meet unknown dangers, to confront his own past, and to test the ancient prophecies, taking with him on his journey all the hopes of Earthsea, moving into doom or into a new age. The Farthest Shore rounds out the promise of A Wizard of Earthsea and The Tombs of Atuan. Author Ursula Le Guin has won numerous awards including the National Book Award, five Hugo and five Nebula Awards, the Kafka Award, and a Pushcart Prize.
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Ursula K. Le Guin Просмотров:  1346
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The Tombs of Atuan: The Earthsea Cycle, Book 2 

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The Tombs of Atuan: The Earthsea Cycle, Book 2

Description: The second Earthsea saga book, which precedes "The Farthest Shore" and follows "A Wizard of Earthsea". Ged continues in his struggle for peace, but is impeded by the priestess, Arha. The author's novels include "The Left Hand of Darkness" and "The Dispossessed", winners of Hugo and Nebula awards.
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Ursula K. Le Guin Просмотров:  1082

A Wizard of Earthsea: The Earthsea Cycle, Book 1 

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A Wizard of Earthsea: The Earthsea Cycle, Book 1

Description: Often compared to Tolkien's Middle-earth or Lewis's Narnia, Ursula K. Le Guin's Earthsea is a stunning fantasy world that grabs quickly at our hearts, pulling us deeply into its imaginary realms. Four books (A Wizard of Earthsea, The Tombs of Atuan, The Farthest Shore, and Tehanu) tell the whole Earthsea cycle--a tale about a reckless, awkward boy named Sparrowhawk who becomes a wizard's apprentice after the wizard reveals Sparrowhawk's true name. The boy comes to realize that his fate may be far more important than he ever dreamed possible. Le Guin challenges her readers to think about the power of language, how in the act of naming the world around us we actually create that world. Teens, especially, will be inspired by the way Le Guin allows her characters to evolve and grow into their own powers.
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Ursula K. Le Guin Просмотров:  1329

Guardians of Ga'Hoole, Book One: The Capture 

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Guardians of Ga'Hoole, Book One: The Capture

Description: Soren is born in the forest of Tyto, a tranquil kingdom where the Barn Owls dwell. But evil lurks in the owl world, evil that threatens to change Soren's life forever.Soren is captured and taken to a dark and forbidding canyon where there is a mysterious school. It's called an orphanage, but Soren believes it's something far worse. He and his new friend, the clever and scrappy Gylfie, find out that the orphanage is actually a training camp. Soren and Gylfie know that the only way out is up. To escape, they will need to do something these fledglings have never done before: fly. And so begins a magical journey. Along the way, Soren and Gylfie meet Twilight and Digger. The four owls band together to seek the truth, be reunited with their families, and protect the owl world from unimaginable danger.
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Kathryn Lasky Просмотров:  2135

I Am Emma Humphreys 

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I Am Emma Humphreys

Description: From BBC Radio 4; Written by Shelley Silas; Full cast dramatisation starring Joanne Froggatt, Stephen Critchlow, Delroy Brown and Susan Jameson; Directed by Claire Grove. The true story of Emma Humphreys, who in 1985, aged 16, murdered her pimp, Trevor Armitage, who had found her homeless on the streets of Nottingham.
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Shelley Silas Просмотров:  1599

On Her Majesty's Secret Service / На секретной службе её величества 

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On Her Majesty's Secret Service / На секретной службе её величества

Идя по следу своего старого врага Блюфельда, Бонд оказывается в Португалии, где он безумно влюбляется в необыкновенно красивую девушку, которая ко всему прочему является дочерью короля преступного мира.
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Ian Fleming, Ян Флеминг Просмотров:  1170

Foucault's Pendulum 

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Foucault's Pendulum

Description: If a copy (often unread) of The Name of the Rose on the coffee table was a badge of intellectual superiority in 1983, Eco's second novel--also an intellectual blockbuster--should prove more accessible. This complex psychological thriller chronicles the development of a literary joke that plunges its perpetrators into deadly peril. The narrator, Casaubon, an expert on the medieval Knights Templars, and two editors working in a branch of a vanity press publishing house in Milan, are told about a purported coded message revealing a secret plan set in motion by the Knights Templars centuries ago when the society was forced underground. As a lark, the three decide to invent a history of the occult tying a variety of phenomena to the mysterious machinations of the Order. Feeding their inspirations into a computer, they become obsessed with their story, dreaming up links between the Templars and just about every occult manifestation throughout history, and predicting that culmination of the Templars' scheme to take over the world is close at hand. The plan becomes real to them--and eventually to the mysterious They, who want the information the trio has "discovered." Dense, packed with meaning, often startlingly provocative, the novel is a mixture of metaphysical meditation, detective story, computer handbook, introduction to physics and philosophy, historical survey, mathematical puzzle, compendium of religious and cultural mythology, guide to the Torah (Hebrew, rather than Latin contributes to the puzzle here, but is restricted mainly to chapter headings), reference manual to the occult, the hermetic mysteries, the Rosicrucians, the Jesuits, the Freemasons-- ad infinitum . The narrative eventually becomes heavy with the accumulated weight of data and supposition, and overwrought with implication, and its climax may leave readers underwhelmed. Until that point, however, this is an intriguing cerebral exercise in which Eco slyly suggests that intellectual arrogance can come to no good end.
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Umberto Eco Просмотров:  3316
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