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Illusions Of Fate

Author : Kiersten White
ISBN : 9780062135919
Genre : Young Adult Fiction
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Dive into a world of enchantment and romance in this lush fantasy, which Stephanie Perkins, international bestselling author of Anna and the French Kiss, called “an absolute delight—a magical, sparkling, dangerous world with witty repartee and a romance that will light your heart on fire.” Fans of Libba Bray and Cassandra Clare will fall in love with this captivating stand-alone novel from Kiersten White, New York Times bestselling author of the Paranormalcy trilogy. Jessamin has been an outcast since she moved from her island home of Melei to the dreary country of Albion. Everything changes when she meets the gorgeous, enigmatic Finn, who introduces her to the secret world of Albion's nobility. It’s a world that has everything Jessamin doesn't—power, money, status . . . and magic. But Finn has secrets of his own, and the vicious Lord Downpike will do anything to possess them. Unless Jessamin, armed only with her wits, can stop him.
Category: Young Adult Fiction

Street With No Name

Author : Andrew Dickos
ISBN : 9780813137490
Genre : Performing Arts
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A Choice Outstanding Academic Title Flourishing in the United States during the 1940s and 50s, the bleak, violent genre of filmmaking known as film noir reflected the attitudes of writers and auteur directors influenced by the events of the turbulent mid-twentieth century. Films such as Force of Evil, Night and the City, Double Indemnity, Laura, The Big Heat, The Killers, Kiss Me Deadly and, more recently, Chinatown and The Grifters are indelibly American. Yet the sources of this genre were found in Germany and France and imported to Hollywood by emigré filmmakers, who developed them and allowed a vibrant genre to flourish. Andrew Dickos's Street with No Name traces the film noir genre back to its roots in German Expressionist cinema and the French cinema of the interwar years. Dickos describes the development of the film noir in America from 1941 through the 1970s and examines how this development expresses a modern cinema. Dickos examines notable directors such as Orson Welles, Fritz Lang, John Huston, Nicholas Ray, Robert Aldrich, Samuel Fuller, Otto Preminger, Robert Siodmak, Abraham Polonsky, Jules Dassin, Anthony Mann and others. He also charts the genre's influence on such celebrated postwar French filmmakers as Jean-Pierre Melville, François Truffaut, and Jean-Luc Godard. Addressing the aesthetic, cultural, political, and social concerns depicted in the genre, Street with No Name demonstrates how the film noir generates a highly expressive, raw, and violent mood as it exposes the ambiguities of modern postwar society.
Category: Performing Arts

Fate Of The Empires

Author : Michael Maxwell
ISBN : 9781257507573
Genre : Fiction
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The great nation of Athusia has had a rocky treaty with its island nation neighbor, Densetsu, for many years. Now dark forces with their own agendas are attempting to break that treaty and cause the nations to go to war. It is up to four reluctant heroes to stop this war from happening ... if they can avoiding killing each other in the process. Might and magic collide in this epic struggle to decide the fate of the empires.
Category: Fiction

A Pen To A Pad

Author : Alina Hopgood
ISBN : 9781440175787
Genre : Poetry
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"A Pen to A Pad" is a collecton of poetry written by the author. Most of the works were inspired by experience and introspection. This book speaks to the reader in some ways. Poetry topics include, but not limited to, Relationships, God, and Inspiration. The author's dream is to inspire a generation to love themselves, live out their purpose, and fulfill their dreams.
Category: Poetry

Cinema S Illusions Opera S Allure

Author : David Schroeder
ISBN : 9781474291415
Genre : Social Science
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The invention of cinema was ingenious, so much so that virtually no-one quite knew what to do with it. In its earliest stages, especially with the advent of the feature film, it needed models, and opera proved to be especially useful in that regard. The allure of opera to cinema early in the twentieth century held up through the silent era, into sound films, through the golden age of movies, and beyond. This book explores the numerous ways – some predictable, some unexpected, and some bizarre – in which this has happened. The influence of Richard Wagner on filmmakers has been especially striking, and some have even devised visual images that seem to emerge from a kind of non-verbal Wagnerian essence – a formative, musical urge that can underlie a cinematic idea, defying explanation and remaining purely sensory. Directors like Griffith, DeMille, Eisenstein, Chaplin, Bunuel or Hitchcock have intuited this possibility. Schroeder provides a fascinating, well-researched and always entertaining account of the influence of one medium on another, and shows that opera can often be found lurking in the background (or booming in the foreground) of an impressive range of films.
Category: Social Science

The Fate Of Desire

Author : James S. Hans
ISBN : 0791402894
Genre : Philosophy
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The Fate of Desire examines the problems of living in a decentered world. Assuming that the poststructuralist declaration of the end of man is an essential aspect of our current ways of thinking, the book focuses on the positive values inherent in this shift. In substituting multiplicity and fields of play for identity and hierarchy, and in distinguishing between desire as fullness and desire as lack, Hans argues for a vision of existence that is based on the difficulties Nietzsche posited as an inevitable part of fully affirming the rich but tragic nature of life. These reconceptions of the human scene redefine self-discipline in terms of understanding and loving one's fate. Instead of providing yet one more critique of the flawed values through which the Western world has constituted itself, The Fate of Desire takes up the task of weighing the things of the world anew, revaluing them in terms of our present understanding of our positions in the world. Hans suggests that if we are fated to be driven by desire, and if we are led to accept the ways in which our desire manifests itself according to our own individual fates, there is still every reason to believe that humans can find a productive way of understanding and fully occupying their place in the world.
Category: Philosophy

The Fate Of Wonder

Author : Kevin M. Cahill
ISBN : 9780231528115
Genre : Philosophy
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Kevin M. Cahill reclaims one of Ludwig Wittgenstein's most passionately pursued endeavors: to reawaken a sense of wonder around human life and language and its mysterious place in the world. Following the philosopher's spiritual and cultural criticism and tying it more tightly to the overall evolution of his thought, Cahill frames an original interpretation of Wittgenstein's engagement with Western metaphysics and modernity, better contextualizing the force of his work. Cahill synthesizes several approaches to Wittgenstein's life and thought. He stresses the nontheoretical aspirations of the philosopher's early and later writings, combining key elements from the so-called resolute readings of the Tractatus with the "therapeutic" readings of Philosophical Investigations. Cahill shows how continuity in Wittgenstein's cultural and spiritual concerns informed if not guided his work between these texts, and in his reading of the Tractatus, Cahill identifies surprising affinities with Martin Heidegger's Being and Time—a text rarely associated with Wittgenstein's early formulations. In his effort to recapture wonder, Wittgenstein both avoided and undermined traditional philosophy's reliance on theory. As Cahill relates the steps of this bold endeavor, he forms his own innovative, analytical methods, joining historicist and contextualist approaches to text-based, immanent readings. The result is an original, sustained examination of Wittgenstein's thought.
Category: Philosophy

An Unwavering Fate

Author : Kimberley van Bassen
ISBN : 9781477142516
Genre : Fiction
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Author Kimberley van Bassen Shares an Adventure-Filled Fantasy Fiction A new addition to the world of fantasy fiction comes in the form of An Unwavering Fate, a compelling book published by Xlibris. Written by author Kimberley van Bassen, this stimulating and suspense-filled story introduces a versatile set of characters, along with an intriguing plot that takes readers to an imaginative world unlike any other. In this book, readers will witness the struggles of a young lad named Rowland whose life takes on a different turn when he discovers that a vicious group of men had raided his village and kidnapped his sister. The tale becomes more interesting as the main character comes face to face with a young woman named Della, who had suffered the same fate. Together, the two embark on an adventure into a world of forgotten magic and peril. The climax of the story rises when the characters slowly discover their own hidden powers that have lain dormant within them for many years. Allowing readers to explore the dark and elusive world of hunting and tracking down those that have taken away someone s beloved, this book stirs a sense of empathy for the lead characters, Rowland and Della. An epic story of good versus evil, An Unwavering Fate showcases profound lessons about courage despite powerful enemies that one encounters. It also teaches the value of love for one s family, which rises amidst overwhelming circumstances. Insightful, this book will make readers realize the most important things that truly matter in life, love and family. For more information on this book, interested parties can log on to
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A Splurch In The Kisser

Author : Sam Wasson
ISBN : 9780819569776
Genre : Performing Arts
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With one of the longest and most controversial careers in Hollywood history, Blake Edwards is a phoenix of movie directors, full of hubris, ambition, and raving comic chutzpah. His rambunctious filmography remains an artistic force on par with Hollywood's greatest comic directors: Lubitsch, Sturges, Wilder. Like Wilder, Edwards’s propensity for hilarity is double-helixed with pain, and in films like Breakfast at Tiffany's, Days of Wine and Roses, and even The Pink Panther, we can hear him off-screen, laughing in the dark. And yet, despite those enormous successes, he was at one time considered a Hollywood villain. After his marriage to Julie Andrews, Edwards’s Darling Lili nearly sunk the both of them and brought Paramount Studios to its knees. Almost overnight, Blake became an industry pariah, which ironically fortified his sense of satire, as he simultaneously fought the Hollywood tide and rode it. Employing keen visual analysis, meticulous research, and troves of interviews and production files, Sam Wasson delivers the first complete account of one of the maddest figures Hollywood has ever known.
Category: Performing Arts

Chains Of Fate

Author : Lee Tat Wei
ISBN : 9789814320320
Genre : Juvenile Fiction
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Magic. It is a word thought to be related to tricks, illusions, bluffs and scams. But never would have people thought that the future did not hold any high-tech machines, but rather, the world was ruled by magic. Join the teenagers, Zack, Drake and Terra as they find out their true purpose in life – to get rid of a dark order called the “Circle of Chaos”.
Category: Juvenile Fiction