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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

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

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

Crystal Illusions

Author : J.E. Taylor
Genre : Fiction
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Assistant D.A. Carolyn Hastings has an uncanny knack for putting away criminals. With one of the best prosecution records in recent history, her future as Manhattan’s next District Attorney looks certain. But her sixth sense for winning cases threatens to work against her when she starts seeing a string of murders through the eyes of the killer. With suspects piling up as fast as bodies, and the motives of those closest to her questionable, Carolyn doesn’t know who to trust. When the FBI assigns Special Agent Steve Williams to the case, Carolyn discloses her deepest fear - that the man she loves may be the one responsible for the city’s latest crime spree. The only thing Steve knows for sure is Carolyn has an inexplicable psychic connection with the killer, and all the victims have one thing in common…a striking resemblance to Carolyn Hastings. And he knows it’s only a matter of time before this psychopath knocks on her door. “Taylor has a strong thriller where every single character has reasonable doubt flashing like a neon sign hanging over them, and right from the beginning you are trying to guess who the killer really is. Gripping, rich and magnificent - crime whodunnits don't get any better than this!” Author Poppet / Gemma Rice – Author of QUISLINGS, BLINDSIDED, DJINN and DUSAN “CRYSTAL ILLUSIONS is a dizzying thriller with a terrifying killer, a unique detective, and some twists you will not see coming! This is Steve Williams’ most addictive adventure so far and J.E. Taylor at her very best!” Ty Drago - Author of PHOBOS and THE UNDERTAKERS: RISE OF THE CORPSES and Managing Editor/Publisher of ALLEGORY E-zine. "This has to be one of the best mysteries I have ever read. Move over Agatha Christie there's a new sheriff in town, and she is great." - PRG Reviews
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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

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

The End Of Illusions

Author : Joseph Loconte
ISBN : 9780742578241
Genre : History
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On the eve of America's entry into World War II, a fierce debate raged among religious leaders over the United States's participation in the war. In The End of Illusions, Joseph Loconte brings together pieces from the most significant religious thinkers of the day about the responsibilites of America and Europe in the face of Nazi agressions. As America faces a new war on terror, the arguments from half a century ago resonate with renewed passion, clarity, and poignancy.
Category: History

The Earth Of Illusions

Author : Nano P Bott, S. Dave
ISBN : 9781948352796
Genre : Fiction
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Have you ever felt that humans are… insignificant? Has it ever been felt like this before? How about a change from the usual setup from humans and rebel passively? Hidden in the most insignificant place of the world, how can mere students hide facts from the rest? Demon, Yokai, Mythological Beast, these all are quite adept at hiding and blending yet, why does the most perfect student seem to have a secret? Who are we… exactly?
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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

Illusions Of Control

Author : Fathali M. Moghaddam
ISBN : 0275960250
Genre : Psychology
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Discusses the historical and evolutionary context of illusions of control in a wide variety of domains, from the psychological level of the individual to societal levels. Discussion encompasses psychological and political aspects of illusions of control, and illusions of control in organizational an
Category: Psychology