Genre: Fantasy Fiction
71 titles found
|Acts of King Arthur and his noble knightsSteinbeck, John, 1902-1968.PS3537.T3234 A64 2007 Book Stacks (A-K 3rd Floor, L-Z 2nd Floor) Check availability From the Publisher: John Steinbeck's retelling of Malory's beloved Arthurian stories will capture the attention and imagination of legions of Steinbeck fans, including those who love Arthurian romances, as well as countless readers of science fiction and fantasy literature. Featuring the icons of Arthurian legend-including King Arthur, Merlin, Morgan le Fay, the incomparable Queen Guinevere, and Arthur's purest knight, Sir Lancelot of the Lake-these enduring tales of loyalty and betrayal in the time of Camelot flicker with the wonder and magic of an era past but not forgotten.|
|Adventures of TelemachusAragon, 1897-PQ2601.R2 A9513 1988 Book Stacks (A-K 3rd Floor, L-Z 2nd Floor) Check availability|
|Allan QuatermainHaggard, H. Rider (Henry Rider), 1856-1925.PR4731 .A68 1995 Book Stacks (A-K 3rd Floor, L-Z 2nd Floor) Check availability|
|Always coming homeLe Guin, Ursula K., 1929-PS3562.E42 A79 2001 Book Stacks (A-K 3rd Floor, L-Z 2nd Floor) Check availability|
|Amber spyglassPullman, Philip, 1946-PZ7.P968 Am 2000 Book Stacks (A-K 3rd Floor, L-Z 2nd Floor) Check availability Lyra and Will find themselves at the center of a battle between the forces of the Authority and those gathered by Lyra's father, Lord Asriel.|
|American gods : a novelGaiman, Neil.PS3557.A3519 A84 2001 Book Stacks (A-K 3rd Floor, L-Z 2nd Floor) Check availability A master of inventive fiction pens the story of an ex-con who is offered a job as a bodyguard for Mr. Wednesday, a trickster and a rogue. Shadow soon learns that his role in the man's schemes are far more dangerous and dark than he could have ever imagined.|
|Annotated hobbit : The hobbit, or, There and back againTolkien, J. R. R. (John Ronald Reuel), 1892-1973.PR6039.O32 H6 2002 Book Stacks (A-K 3rd Floor, L-Z 2nd Floor) Check availability J.R.R. Tolkien's beloved novel The hobbit has deep roots in European folklore, mythology, and language. As a reader's introduction to Tolkien's Middle-earth, it contains references to the ancient history of this imaginary world which, though rarely explained, contribute greatly to the effect of Tolkien's art. This revised and expanded edition of The annotated hobbit unobtrusively and authoritatively illuminates the novel's antecedents and curiosities. Douglas Anderson has also collected here wonderful illustrations from all over the world. The many new annotations in this edition reflect more than a decade's additional scholarship on the history and evolution of The hobbit, and the annotations and illustrations are newly integrated with the core text in a handsome reader-friendly format. This edition also reproduces the fully corrected text of The hobbit as J.R.R. Tolkien approved it before his death, in 1973. Anderson has compared every page from every major edition of The hobbit with Tolkien's own last checking copy in the restoration work for this definitive edition.|
|Annotated She : a critical edition of H. Rider Haggard's Victorian romance with introduction and notesHaggard, H. Rider (Henry Rider), 1856-1925.PR4731 .S6 1991 Book Stacks (A-K 3rd Floor, L-Z 2nd Floor) Check availability|
|Annotated Wizard of Oz : the wonderful Wizard of OzBaum, L. Frank (Lyman Frank), 1856-1919.PS3503.A723 W59 2000 Book Stacks (A-K 3rd Floor, L-Z 2nd Floor) Check availability An illustrated, annotated reproduction of the 1900 edition of the story of Dorothy's journey over the rainbow to the wonderful world of Oz; with discussion of character sources, critical interpretations, and information on the life of author L. Frank Baum.|
|Arise and walk : a novelGifford, Barry, 1946-PS3557.I283 A89 1994 Book Stacks (A-K 3rd Floor, L-Z 2nd Floor) Check availability From the acclaimed author of Night People and Wild at Heart comes a stark, eccentric, and wholly original plunge into the dark and grimy world of just revenge. Set in New Orleans at the turn of the twenty-first century, Arise and Walk continues the chronicle of American madness begun in Night People. Tracking the lives of individuals intent on making a profound difference in the world before they are willingly or forcibly removed from it, Barry Gifford strips away the veneer of civility character by character only to leave the disturbing echo - is even vengeance enough?|
"Hear me ungrateful ones... Hear the black wings as they beat above, above and beyond... Behold, he shall come up as clouds and his chariots shall be as a whirlwind: his horses are swifter than eagles. Woe unto us! for we are spoiled... wash thine heart from wickedness, that thou mayest be saved." The prophetess, "La Preciosa," wails to her harkening audience from the other side of a nineteen-inch screen, while the Reverend Cleon Tone, formerly pastor of the Church of the Fresh Start in Daytime, Arkansas, is reduced to a street ministry on the corner of Burgundy and Orleans in the French Quarter. Suspended from his neck by a piece of string is a hand-lettered cardboard sign that reads HAND YURSEF A FRESH START BY LEND A MAN A HAND. "The Lord'll love you harder," he consoles, whenever a passerby drops a coin into his hat. Denying even the power of Christian charity in Arise and Walk, Gifford abandons the world to an army of moral equalizers.
From Cleon Tone, a disgraced pastor, whose only hope for salvation lies in his ability to rescue mankind from the devil's son; Presciencia Espanto, La Preciosa, a televangelist/prophetess whose version of the truth has resulted in her being indicted for felonious necromancy; Croesus "Spit" Spackle and Demetrious "Ice D" Youngblood, escaped convicts unwilling to pass unnoticed in the street of men or be swept under by the tide of history; Tombilena Gayoso, an Isleno woman for whom revenge is a supremely religious act; and Marble Lesson, the ultimate feminist and living embodiment of the biblical dictum "And a child shall lead them"; to the Mary Mother of God Rape Crisis Center and the New Idea of the Church of the Fresh Start, enter here a universe wherein the righteous arise and do considerably more than walk, and where despair is the only unforgivable sin.
|Black oxenKnox, Elizabeth.PR9639.3.K57 B58 2001 Book Stacks (A-K 3rd Floor, L-Z 2nd Floor) Check availability This is "the story of Carme Risk's pursuit of her beautiful and not quite human father through two worlds and three changes of identity."--Jacket.|
|Blue light : a novelMosley, Walter.PS3563.O88456 B6 1998 Book Stacks (A-K 3rd Floor, L-Z 2nd Floor) Check availability A spiritual novel on a cosmic ray which hits some people on Earth, giving them superhuman powers in strength and intelligence. They band to form a commune in California, but come under threat from the spirit of Death, also created by the ray.|
|Briar roseCoover, Robert.PS3553.O633 B75 1996 Book Stacks (A-K 3rd Floor, L-Z 2nd Floor) Check availability An allegorical retelling of Sleeping Beauty. It features a princess who dreams of a succession of kissing princes, and a fairy who inhabits her dreams, regaling her with legends of other sleeping beauties. A look at the power of romantic desire.|
|ChimeraBarth, John.PS3552.A75 C5 2001 Book Stacks (A-K 3rd Floor, L-Z 2nd Floor) Check availability In CHIMERA John Barth injects his signature wit into the tales of Scheherezade of the Thousand and One Nights, Perseus, the slayer of Medusa, and Bellerophon, who tamed the winged horse Pegasus. In a book that the Washington Post called "stylishly maned, tragically songful, and serpentinely elegant," Barth retells these tales from varying perspectives, examining the myths' relationship to reality and their resonance with the contemporary world.|
|Complete Sylvie and BrunoCarroll, Lewis, 1832-1898.PR4611 .S9 1991 Book Stacks (A-K 3rd Floor, L-Z 2nd Floor) Check availability Two fairy children meet adventure in such places as Dogland, Outland, and Elfland.|
|Connecticut Yankee in King Arthur's courtTwain, Mark, 1835-1910.PS1308.A2 S73 1983 Book Stacks (A-K 3rd Floor, L-Z 2nd Floor) Check availability Daniel Beard's original illustrations accompany the story of a Connecticut workman who finds himself transported back to medieval England.|
|Dead voices : natural agonies in the new worldVizenor, Gerald Robert, 1934-PS3572.I9 D43 1992 Book Stacks (A-K 3rd Floor, L-Z 2nd Floor) Check availability Gerald Vizenor gives life to traditional tribal stories by presenting them in a new perspective: he challenges the idyllic perception of rural life, offering in its stead an unusual vision of survival in the cities--the sanctuaries for humans and animals. It is a tribal vision, a quest for liberation from forces that would deny the full realization of human possibilities. In this modern world his characters insist upon survival through an imaginative affirmation of the self. In Dead Voices Vizenor, using tales drawn from traditional tribal stories, illuminates the centuries of conflict between American Indians and Europeans, or "wordies." Bagese, a tribal woman transformed into a bear, has discovered a new urban world, and in a cycle of tales she describes this world from the perspective of animals--fleas, squirrels, mantis, crows, beavers, and finally Trickster, Vizenor's central and unifying figure. The stories reveal unpleasant aspects of the dominant culture and American Indian culture such as the fur trade, the educational system, tribal gambling, reservation life, and in each the animals, who represent crossbloods, connect with their tribal traditions, often in comic fashion. As in his other fiction, Vizenor upsets our ideas of what fiction should be. His plot is fantastic; his story line is a roller-coaster ride requiring that we accept the idea of transformation, a key element in all his work. Unlike other Indian novelists, who use the novel as a means of cultural recovery, Vizenor finds the crossblood a cause for celebration.|
|Face at the windowMcFarland, Dennis.PS3563.C3629 F3 1997 Book Stacks (A-K 3rd Floor, L-Z 2nd Floor) Check availability A psychological novel on a man who in his old age meets ghosts, each of whom represents a facet of his earlier life. In this way there emerges the story of Cookson Selway, a crook who made millions. By the author of School for the Blind.|
|Fantasy hall of famePS648.F3 F36 1998 Book Stacks (A-K 3rd Floor, L-Z 2nd Floor) Check availability The definitive collection of the best modern fantasy. Chosen by the members of the Science Fiction & Fantasy Writers of America.|
|Fight Club : a novelPalahniuk, Chuck.PS3566.A4554 F54 1997 Book Stacks (A-K 3rd Floor, L-Z 2nd Floor) Check availability In a confusing world poised on the brink of mayhem, Tyler Durden, a projectionist, waiter, and anarchic genius, comes up with an idea to create clubs in which young men can escape their humdrum existence and prove themselves in barehanded fights.|
|Fixed period : a novelTrollope, Anthony, 1815-1882.PR5684 .F5 1990 Book Stacks (A-K 3rd Floor, L-Z 2nd Floor) Check availability Trollope's only science fiction novel, written in 1880, is set in the year 1980 on an island near New Zealand where euthanasia for citizens over the age of 67 is compulsory.|
|Flight : a novelAlexie, Sherman, 1966-PS3551.L35774 F57 2007 Book Stacks (A-K 3rd Floor, L-Z 2nd Floor) Check availability |
A gifted and accomplished storyteller returns with a powerful and timely novel of a troubled foster teenager. Simultaneously wrenching and deeply humorous, wholly contemporary yet steeped in American history, "Flight" is irrepressible, fearless, and groundbreaking.
|Free-lance pallbearersReed, Ishmael, 1938-PS3568.E365 F7 1999 Book Stacks (A-K 3rd Floor, L-Z 2nd Floor) Check availability "Ishmael Reed's first novel zooms readers off to the crazy, ominous kingdom of Harry Sam - a miserable and dangerous place ruled for thirty years by Harry Sam, a former used car salesman who wields his power from his bathroom throne. In a land of a thousand contradictions peopled by cops and beatniks, black nationalists and white liberals, the crusading Bukka Doopeyduk leads a rebellion against the corrupt Sam in a wildly uproarious and scathing satire."--BOOK JACKET.|
|From the dust returned : a family remembranceBradbury, Ray, 1920-PS3503.R167 F76 2001 Book Stacks (A-K 3rd Floor, L-Z 2nd Floor) Check availability "They have lived for centuries in a house of legend and mystery in upper Illinois - and they are not like other midwesterners. Rarely encountered in daylight hours, their children are curious and wild; their old ones have survived since before the Sphinx first sank its paws deep in Egyptian sands. And some sleep in beds with lids." "Now the house is being readied in anticipation of the gala homecoming that will gather together the far-flung branches of this odd and remarkable family. In the past-midnight stillness can be detected the soft fluttering of Uncle Einar's wings. From her realm of sleep, Cecy, the fairest and most special daughter, can feel the approach of many a welcome being - shapeshifter, telepath, somnambulist, vampire - as she flies high in the consciousness of bird and bat." "But in the midst of eager anticipation, a sense of doom pervades. For the world is changing. And death, no stranger, will always shadow this most singular family: Father, arisen from the Earth; Mother, who never sleeps but dreams; A Thousand Times Great Grandmere; Grandfather, who keeps the wildness of youth between his ears." "And the boy who, more than anyone, carries the burden of time on his shoulders: Timothy, the sad and different foundling son who must share it all, remember, and tell... and who, alone out of all of them, must one day age and wither and die."--BOOK JACKET.|
|Golden age : a novelAjvaz, Michal, 1949-PG5039.1.J83 Z39 2010 Book Stacks (A-K 3rd Floor, L-Z 2nd Floor) Check availability|
|Golden compassPullman, Philip, 1946-PZ7.P968 Go 1996 Book Stacks (A-K 3rd Floor, L-Z 2nd Floor) Check availability Accompanied by her daemon, Lyra Belacqua sets out to prevent her best friend and other kidnapped children from becoming the subject of gruesome experiments in the Far North.|
|GrendelGardner, John, 1933-PS3557.A712 G7 1985 Book Stacks (A-K 3rd Floor, L-Z 2nd Floor) Check availability The first and most terrifying monster in English literature, from the great early epic Beowulf, tells his own side of the story.|
|Grimus : a novelRushdie, Salman.PR6068.U757 G7 2003 Book Stacks (A-K 3rd Floor, L-Z 2nd Floor) Check availability After drinking an elixir that bestows immortality upon him, a young Indian named Flapping Eagle spends the next seven hundred years sailing the seas with the blessing, and ultimately the burden, of living forever. Eventually, he grows weary of the sameness of life and journeys to the mountainous Calf Island to regain his mortality. There he meets other immortals obsessed with their own stasis, and he sets out to scale the island's peak, from which the mysterious and corrosive Grimus Effect emits. Through a series of thrilling quests and encounters, Flapping Eagle comes face-to-face with the island's creator and unwinds the mysteries of his own humanity.|
|Gulliver's travels : complete, authoritative text with biographical and historical contexts, critical history, and essays from five contemporary criSwift, Jonathan, 1667-1745.PR3724 .G7 1995 Book Stacks (A-K 3rd Floor, L-Z 2nd Floor) Check availability This edition of Swift's classic novel presents the 1965 Herbert Davis Edition (based on the Faulkner Edition of 1735) along with five critical essays - newly commissioned or revised for a student audience - that read Gulliver's Travels from five contemporary critical perspectives. Each critical essay is accompanied by a succinct introduction to the history, principles, and practice of the critical perspective and by a bibliography that promotes further exploration of.|
that approach. In addition, the text and essays are complemented by an introduction providing biographical and historical contexts to Swift and Gulliver's Travels, a survey of critical responses to the novel since its initial publication, and a glossary of critical and theoretical terms.
|Gulliver's travelsSwift, Jonathan, 1667-1745.PR3724.G8 S85 1991 Book Stacks (A-K 3rd Floor, L-Z 2nd Floor) Check availability On four voyages, an Englishman becomes shipwrecked in various lands.|
|Handmaid's taleAtwood, Margaret Eleanor, 1939-PR9199.3.A8 H3 1998 Book Stacks (A-K 3rd Floor, L-Z 2nd Floor) Check availability "This visionary novel. in which God and Government are joined, and America is run as a Puritanical Theoracy, can be read as a companion volume to Orwell's 1984-its verso, in fact. It gives you the same degree of chill, even as it suggests the varieties of tyrannical experience; it evokes the same kind of horror even as its mordant wit makes you smile." E.L.Doctorow.|
|Hard-boiled wonderland and the end of the world : a novelMurakami, Haruki, 1949-PL856.U673 S4513 1993 Book Stacks (A-K 3rd Floor, L-Z 2nd Floor) Check availability The last surviving victim of an experiment that implanted the subjects' heads with electrodes that decipher coded messages is the unnamed narrator. Half the chapters are set in Tokyo, where the narrator negotiates underground worlds populated by INKlings, dodges opponents of both sides of a raging high-tech infowar, and engages in an affair with a beautiful librarian with a gargantuan appetite. In alternating chapters he tries to reunite with his mind and his shadow, from which he has been severed by the grim, dark "replacement" consciousness implanted in him by a dotty neurophysiologist. Both worlds share the unearthly theme of unicorn skulls that moan and glow.|
|Harry Potter and the Chamber of SecretsRowling, J. K.PZ7.R79835 Haj 1999 Book Stacks (A-K 3rd Floor, L-Z 2nd Floor) Check availability When the Chamber of Secrets is opened again at the Hogwarts School for Witchcraft and Wizardry, second-year student Harry Potter finds himself in danger from a dark power that has once more been released on the school.|
|Harry Potter and the goblet of fireRowling, J. K.PZ7.R79835 Hal 2000 Book Stacks (A-K 3rd Floor, L-Z 2nd Floor) Check availability Fourteen-year-old Harry Potter joins the Weasleys at the Quidditch World Cup, then enters his fourth year at Hogwarts Academy where he is mysteriously entered in an unusual contest that challenges his wizarding skills, friendships and character, amid signs that an old enemy is growing stronger.|
|Harry Potter and the Order of the PhoenixRowling, J. K.PZ7.R79835 Halm 2003 Book Stacks (A-K 3rd Floor, L-Z 2nd Floor) Check availability When the government of the magic world and authorities at Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry refuse to believe in the growing threat of a freshly revived Lord Voldemort, fifteen-year-old Harry Potter finds support from his loyal friends in facing the evil wizard and other new terrors.|
|Harry Potter and the prisoner of AzkabanRowling, J. K.PZ7.R79835 Ham 1999 Book Stacks (A-K 3rd Floor, L-Z 2nd Floor) Check availability During his third year at Hogwarts School for Witchcraft and Wizardry, Harry Potter must confront the devious and dangerous wizard responsible for his parents' deaths.|
|Harry Potter and the sorcerer's stoneRowling, J. K.PZ7.R79835 Har 1998 Book Stacks (A-K 3rd Floor, L-Z 2nd Floor) Check availability Rescued from the outrageous neglect of his aunt and uncle, a young boy with a great destiny proves his worth while attending Hogwarts School for Witchcraft and Wizardry.|
|Hero and the crownMcKinley, Robin.PZ7.M1988 He 1985 Book Stacks (A-K 3rd Floor, L-Z 2nd Floor) Check availability Aerin, with the guidance of the wizard Luthe and the help of the Blue Sword, wins the birthright due her as the daughter of the Damarian king and a witchwoman of the mysterious, demon-haunted North.|
|Hidden latitudes : a novelAnderson, Alison.PS3551.N354 H53 1996 Book Stacks (A-K 3rd Floor, L-Z 2nd Floor) Check availability The story of the aviatrix Amelia Earhart, some 40 years after her disappearance on her round-the-world flight. It is told as she spies on a young couple, repairing their boat on her island while sailing in the Pacific. She never reveals herself. A first novel.|
|How like a godClough, B. W.PS3553.L628 H68 1997 Book Stacks (A-K 3rd Floor, L-Z 2nd Floor) Check availability A computer programmer discovers he has the power to impose his will on people, a power transmitted to him via computers. When he realizes that he in turn is transmitting the power to his children, he takes fright at the chaos this could create. To stop the process he abandons his family and becomes a street person.|
|Jalamanta : a message from the desertAnaya, Rudolfo A.PS3551.N27 J35 1996 Book Stacks (A-K 3rd Floor, L-Z 2nd Floor) Check availability A New Age novel on a prophet who returns to his village from a 30-year exile in the desert. He reconnects with his wife who tends goats and resumes preaching, calling on people to fill their own lives with the light of God. By the author of Bless Me.|
|Last manShelley, Mary Wollstonecraft, 1797-1851.PR5397 .L3 1994 Book Stacks (A-K 3rd Floor, L-Z 2nd Floor) Check availability Best remembered as the author of Frankenstein, Mary Shelley wrote The Last Man eight years later, on returning to England from Italy after her husband Percy's death. It is the twenty-first century, and England is a republic governed by a ruling elite, one of whom, Adrian, Earl of Windsor, has introduced a Cumbrian boy to the circle. This outsider, Lionel Verney, narrates the story, a tale of complicated, tragic love, and of the gradual extermination of the human race by plague. The Last Man also functions as an intriguing roman-a-clef, for the saintly Adrian is a monument to Percy Bysshe Shelley, and his friend Lord Raymond is a portrait of Byron. The novel offers a vision of the future that expresses a reaction against Romanticism, as Shelley demonstrates the failure of the imagination and of art to redeem her doomed characters.|
|Lives of the monster dogsBakis, Kirsten.PS3552.A436 L58 1997 Book Stacks (A-K 3rd Floor, L-Z 2nd Floor) Check availability A German scientist in Canada creates over 100 dogs who can talk and walk on hind legs. One day they revolt and move to New York where they become instant celebrities. Rich, intelligent and elegantly dressed, their story is told by a young woman journalist who befriends them and who discovers that they are doomed. An exploration of the boundary between human and animal. A debut in fiction.|
|Lost world : being an account of the recent amazing adventures of Professor George E. Challenger, Lord John Roxton, Professor Summerlee, and Mr. E.Doyle, Arthur Conan, Sir, 1859-1930.PR4622 .L6 2003 Book Stacks (A-K 3rd Floor, L-Z 2nd Floor) Check availability Two scientists, a big game hunter, and a journalist travel to the Amazon rain forest. On a volcanic plateau, they discover an isolated world still inhabited by dinosaurs, climaxing in a chase scene with a Tyrannosaurus Rex.|
|Madeleine is sleepingBynum, Sarah Shun-lien.PS3602.Y58 M33 2004 Book Stacks (A-K 3rd Floor, L-Z 2nd Floor) Check availability When a girl falls into a deep sleep, the borders of her real life in a French village and a mysterious fantasy world disappear.|
|My other lifeTheroux, Paul.PS3570.H4 M88 1996 Book Stacks (A-K 3rd Floor, L-Z 2nd Floor) Check availability A fictionalized autobiography of a travel writer. There are descriptions of his experiences as a teacher of English in an African village, his meeting with the writer, Anthony Burgess, and his encounter with Queen Elizabeth of England.|
|Napoleon of Notting HillChesterton, G. K. (Gilbert Keith), 1874-1936.PR4453.C4 N3 1994 Book Stacks (A-K 3rd Floor, L-Z 2nd Floor) Check availability|
|Narn i chîn Húrin : the tale of the children of HúrinTolkien, J. R. R. (John Ronald Reuel), 1892-1973.PR6039.O32 N37 2007 Book Stacks (A-K 3rd Floor, L-Z 2nd Floor) Check availability A fantasy adventure saga set in the early days of Middle-Earth features humans and elves, dwarves and dragons, orcs and dark sorcerers clashing in an epic battle between good and evil.|
|Neveryóna, or, The tale of signs and citiesDelany, Samuel R.PS3554.E437 N4 1993 Book Stacks (A-K 3rd Floor, L-Z 2nd Floor) Check availability|
|Orlando : a biographyWoolf, Virginia, 1882-1941.PR6045.O72 O7 2006 Book Stacks (A-K 3rd Floor, L-Z 2nd Floor) Check availability|
|Other windLe Guin, Ursula K., 1929-PS3562.E42 O84 2001 Book Stacks (A-K 3rd Floor, L-Z 2nd Floor) Check availability The sorcerer Alder has the power of mending, but it may have become the power of destruction: every night he dreams of the wall between the land of the living and the land of the dead, and the wall is being dismantled. If the wall is breached, the dead will invade Earthsea. Ged, once Archmage of Earthsea, sends Alder to King Lebannen. Now Alder and the king must join with a burned woman, a wizard of forbidden lore, and a being who is woman and dragon both, in an impossible quest to save Earthsea.|
|PfitzCrumey, Andrew, 1961-PR6053.R76 P47 1997 Book Stacks (A-K 3rd Floor, L-Z 2nd Floor) Check availability An idealistic 18th century prince decides to create the perfect city--on paper. But a city needs inhabitants, so the prince hires specialists to fabricate their lives. The novel describes the way the specialists go about their task.|
|Plan B : a novelHimes, Chester B., 1909-PS3515.I713 P58 1993 Book Stacks (A-K 3rd Floor, L-Z 2nd Floor) Check availability Tomsson Black, political visionary, business genius, and underground revolutionary, plots to avenge injustice by instigating racial turmoil. The roots of racism extend far back into his ancestry, and persecution and suffering have affected many generations of his family. Tomsson's own misfortunes are the impetus for him to found a criminal underworld whose ultimate purpose is the overflow of white society. This novel, the history of Tomsson Black and an indictment of racism in America, ends in apocalypse. It is Chester Himes's ultimate statement about the destructive power of racism and his own personal fantasy of how the American Negro, through calculated acts of violence and martyrdom, could destroy the unequal system pervading American life. However, after reaching an ideological impasse, Himes, one of the angriest writers in the black protest movement, left this novel unfinished. After his death in Spain in 1984, a rumor persisted that he had left a final, unfinished Harlem story, in which he literally destroys both his Harlem backdrop and his heroes in a violent racial cataclysm. The manuscript, entitled Plan B, is that novel. It was edited and published in France, where it was widely hailed as an unfinished masterpiece by readers and critics alike. This new edition, appearing for the first time in the United States, includes an introduction by Michel Fabre (The Sorbonne) and Robert E. Skinner (Xavier University), who have prepared Plan B for publication.|
|Porius : a romance of the Dark AgesPowys, John Cowper, 1872-1963.PR6031.O867 P67 1994 Book Stacks (A-K 3rd Floor, L-Z 2nd Floor) Check availability "Porius stood upon the low square tower above the Southern Gate of Mynydd-y-Gaer, and looked down on the wide stretching valley below." So begins one of the most unique novels of twentieth-century literature, by one of its most "extraordinary, neglected geniuses," said Robertson Davies of John Cowper Powys.|
Powys thought Porius his masterpiece, but because of the paper shortage after World War II and the novel's lengthiness, he could not find a publisher for it. Only after he cut one-third from it was it accepted. This new edition not only brings Porius back into print, but makes the original book at last available to readers.
Set in the geographic confines of Powys's own homeland of Northern Wales, Porius takes place in the course of a mere eight October days in 499 A.D., when King Arthur - a key character in the novel, along with Myrddin Wyllt, or Merlin - was attempting to persuade the people of Britian to repel the barbaric Saxon invaders. Porius, the only child of Prince Einion of Edeyrnion, is the main character who is sent on a journey that is both historical melodrama and satirical allegory.
A complex novel, Porius is a mixture of mystery and philosophy on a huge narrative scale, as if Nabokov or Pynchon tried to compress Dostoevsky into a Ulyssean mold. Writing in The New Yorker, George Steiner has said of the abridged Porius that it "combines [a] Shakespearean-epic sweep of historicity with a Jamesian finesse of psychological detail and acuity. Faulkner's Absalom, Absalom!, which I believe to be the American masterpiece after Melville, is a smaller thing by comparison.".
This new, and first complete, edition of the novel substantiates both Steiner's judgement and Powys's claim for Porius as his masterpiece.
|Practical magicHoffman, Alice.PS3558.O3447 P73 1995 Book Stacks (A-K 3rd Floor, L-Z 2nd Floor) Check availability Orphaned at an early age, Gillian and Sally Owen are raised by an aunt who deals in sorcery. The girls long for the normal life and leave home as soon as they can. Years later tragedy strikes and it is then they realize that magic is their gift, not their affliction. By the author of Illumination Night.|
|RedwallJacques, Brian.PR6060.A36 R43 1998 Book Stacks (A-K 3rd Floor, L-Z 2nd Floor) Check availability When the peaceful life of ancient Redwall Abbey is shattered by the arrival of the evil rat Cluny and his villainous hordes, Matthias, a young mouse, determines to find the legendary sword of Martin the Warrior which, he is convinced, will help Redwall's inhabitants destroy the enemy.|
|Sabine's notebook : in which the extraordinary correspondence of Griffin & Sabine continuesBantock, Nick.PR6052.A54 S24 1992 Book Stacks (A-K 3rd Floor, L-Z 2nd Floor) Check availability Griffiin & Sabine, the most creative and discussed bestseller of 1991, left readers on the edge of a precipice. In the second volume of this inventive trilogy, they begin--along with Griffin--the fall. Told through strangely beautiful postcards and richly decorated letters, that actually must be taken from their envelopes to be read, the story is also culled from the sketchbook and diary kept by the possible unreal Sabine.|
|Sailing to ByzantiumSilverberg, Robert.PS648.S3 S25 2000 Book Stacks (A-K 3rd Floor, L-Z 2nd Floor) Check availability|
|Story of General Dann and Mara's daughter, griot and the snow dog : a novelLessing, Doris May, 1919-PR6023.E833 S78 2005 Book Stacks (A-K 3rd Floor, L-Z 2nd Floor) Check availability Dann tavels with a snow dog, hunting for knowldge and grappling with despair, while Mara's daughter and Griot embark on a strange adventure, discovering that love and song can bring happiness.|
|Subtle knifePullman, Philip, 1946-PZ7.P968 Su 1997 Book Stacks (A-K 3rd Floor, L-Z 2nd Floor) Check availability As the boundaries between worlds begin to dissolve, Lyra and her daemon help Will Parry in his search for his father and for a powerful, magical knife.|
|Swamplandia!Russell, Karen, 1981-PS3618.U755 S93 2011 Book Stacks (A-K 3rd Floor, L-Z 2nd Floor) Check availability Twelve year old Ava must travel into the Underworld part of the swamp in order to save her family's dynasty of Bigtree alligator wrestling. This novel takes us to the swamps of the Florida Everglades, and introduces us to Ava Bigtree, an unforgettable young heroine. The Bigtree alligator wrestling dynasty is in decline, and Swamplandia!, their island home and gator wrestling theme park, formerly no. 1 in the region, is swiftly being encroached upon by a fearsome and sophisticated competitor called the World of Darkness. Ava's mother, the park's indomitable headliner, has just died; her sister, Ossie, has fallen in love with a spooky character known as the Dredgeman, who may or may not be an actual ghost; and her brilliant big brother, Kiwi, who dreams of becoming a scholar, has just defected to the World of Darkness in a last ditch effort to keep their family business from going under. Ava's father, affectionately known as Chief Bigtree, is AWOL; and that leaves Ava, a resourceful but terrified thirteen, to manage ninety eight gators as well as her own grief. Against a backdrop of hauntingly fecund plant life animated by ancient lizards and lawless hungers, the author has written a novel about a family's struggle to stay afloat in a world that is inexorably sinking.|
|Tales from EarthseaLe Guin, Ursula K., 1929-PZ7.L5215 Tal 2001 Book Stacks (A-K 3rd Floor, L-Z 2nd Floor) Check availability Explores further the magical world of Earthsea through five tales of events which occur before or after the time of the original novels, as well as an essay on the people, languages, history and magic of the place.|
|Tales from the perilous realmTolkien, J. R. R. (John Ronald Reuel), 1892-1973.PR6039.O32 T35 2008 Book Stacks (A-K 3rd Floor, L-Z 2nd Floor) Check availability Never before published in a single volume, Tolkien's four novellas (Farmer Giles of Ham, Leaf by Niggle, Smith of Wootton Major, and Roverandom) and one book of poems (The Adventures of Tom Bombadil) are gathered together for the first time, in a fully illustrated volume. This new, definitive collection of works -- which had appeared separately, in various formats, between 1949 and 1998 -- comes with a brand-new foreword and endmatter, and with a series of detailed pencil illustrations by Alan Lee.|
|Tales from Watership DownAdams, Richard, 1920-PR6051.D345 T3 1996 Book Stacks (A-K 3rd Floor, L-Z 2nd Floor) Check availability Nineteen interconnected stories set in the world of rabbits. In one of them the rabbit hero, El-ahrairah, obtains for his people the sense of smell, in another he saves them from an invasion by rats. A sequel to the 1974 novel, Watership Down.|
|Talisman : a novelKing, Stephen, 1947-PS3561.I483 T3 2001 Book Stacks (A-K 3rd Floor, L-Z 2nd Floor) Check availability En 12-årig dreng bliver ved en vens hjælp ført ind i Territorierne, en eventyrlig og farlig parallelverden, for at finde den talisman, der kan frelse både hans kræftsyge mor, Territoriernes dronning og verden fra ondskaben.|
|Time traveler's wifeNiffenegger, Audrey.PS3564.I362 T56 2004 Book Stacks (A-K 3rd Floor, L-Z 2nd Floor) Check availability A dazzling novel in the most untraditional fashion, this is the remarkable story of Henry DeTamble, a dashing, adventuresome librarian who travels involuntarily through time, and Clare Abshire, an artist whose life takes a natural sequential course. Henry and Clare's passionate love affair endures across a sea of time and captures the two lovers in an impossibly romantic trap, and it is Audrey Niffenegger's cinematic storytelling that makes the novel's unconventional chronology so vibrantly triumphant. An enchanting debut and a spellbinding tale of fate and belief in the bonds of love, The Time Traveler's Wife is destined to captivate readers for years to come.|
|TuesdayWiesner, David.PZ7.W6367 Tu 1991 Book Stacks (A-K 3rd Floor, L-Z 2nd Floor) Check availability Frogs rise on their lily pads, float through the air, and explore the nearby houses while their inhabitants sleep.|
|What a piece of work I am : a confabulationKraft, Eric.PS3561.R22 W43 1994 Book Stacks (A-K 3rd Floor, L-Z 2nd Floor) Check availability After high school, Ariane Lodkochnikov worked as a waitress in a clam bar. It was a job but not a life, so one day she took off her goofy clam hat and quit. She couldn't have guessed then that her life would take her so far from her home in Babbington, Long Island. What a Piece of Work I Am is the story of her extraordinary career and the process of self-creation that it both requires and inspires. Like a thread through a labyrinth, her story takes many a strange turn.|
To tell it, she enlists the help of Peter Leroy, who loved her when he was a boy. Peter, a master of the art of wishful thinking, uses this book to give to Ariane the gift of a second chance at life, a chance to make herself into the person she might have become.
As she and Peter follow the thread of her bizarre tale, it becomes entangled with several others, including Peter's paternal grandparents' unsinkable devotion to each other, the treachery of a handsome guy named Guy, and the rise of the film director Greg Tschudin, who appropriates Ariane's stories, distorts them, and exploits them.
Told with Peter's compassion and Ariane's passion, her tale takes on the dimensions of a modern fable about artifice and deception, the ownership of our stories, the control of our lives, the making of our selves, what it means to create art, and what it means to be a work of art.
One person after another tries to take control of Ariane's life, to take from her the opportunity to make something of herself, but ultimately she finds a champion who defeats them all, in a magnificent and heartwarming triumph of devotion and imagination over treachery and despair.
|Widows of EastwickUpdike, John.PS3571.P4 W48 2008 Book Stacks (A-K 3rd Floor, L-Z 2nd Floor) Check availability Alexandra, Jane, and Sukie return to the old Rhode Island seaside town where they indulged in wicked mischief under the influence of the diabolical Darryl Van Horne. Darryl is gone, and their lovers of the time have aged or died, but enchantment remains in the familiar streets and scenery of the village, where they enjoyed their lusty primes as free and empowered women. And, among the local citizenry, there are still those who remember them, and wish them ill. How they cope with the lingering traces of their evil deeds, the shocks of a mysterious counterspell, and the advancing inroads of old age are at the heart of Updike's delightful, ominous sequel.--From publisher description.|
|Winter's taleHelprin, Mark.PS3558.E4775 W5 1995 Book Stacks (A-K 3rd Floor, L-Z 2nd Floor) Check availability When master mechanic Peter Lake attempts to rob a mansion on the Upper West Side, he is caught by young Beverly Penn, the terminally ill daughter of the house, and their subsequent love sends Peter on a desperate personal journey.|
|Witching hour : a novelRice, Anne, 1941-PS3568.I265 W5 1990 Book Stacks (A-K 3rd Floor, L-Z 2nd Floor) Check availability From the author of the extraordinary Vampire Chronicles comes a huge, hypnotic novel of witchcraft and the occult through four centuries. Demonstrating, once again, her gift for spellbinding storytelling and the creation of legend, Anne Rice makes real for us a great dynasty of witches--a family given to poetry and to incest, to murder and to philosophy; a family that, over the ages, is itself haunted by a powerful, dangerous, and seductive being. On the veranda of a great New Orleans house, now faded, a mute and fragile woman sits rocking - and The Witching Hour begins. It begins in our time with a rescue at sea. Rowan Mayfair, a beautiful woman, a brilliant practitioner of neurosurgery--aware that she has special powers but unaware that she comes from an ancient line of witches--finds the drowned body of a man off the coast of California and brings him to life. He is Michael Curry, who was born in New Orleans and orphaned in childhood by fire on Christmas Eve, who pulled himself up from poverty, and who now, in his brief interval of death, has acquired a sensory power that mystifies and frightens him. As these two, fiercely drawn to each other, fall in love and--in passionate alliance--set out to solve the mystery of her past and his unwelcome gift, the novel moves backward and forward in time from today's New Orleans and San Francisco to long-ago Amsterdam and a cht́eau in the France of Louis XIV. An intricate tale of evil unfolds--an evil unleashed in seventeenth-century Scotland, where the first "witch," Suzanne of the Mayfair, conjures up the spirit she names Lasher - a creation that spells her own destruction and torments each of her descendants in turn. From the coffee plantations of Port au Prince, where the great Mayfair fortune is made and the legacy of their dark power is almost destroyed, to Civil War New Orleans, as Julien--the clan's only male to be endowed with occult powers--provides for the dynasty its foothold in America, the dark, luminous story encompasses dramas of seduction and death, episodes of tenderness and healing. And always--through peril and escape, tension and release--there swirl around us the echoes of eternal war: innocence versus the corruption of the spirit, sanity against madness, life against death. With a dreamlike power, the novel draws us, through circuitous, twilight paths, to the present and Rowan's increasingly inspired and risky moves in the merciless game that binds her to her heritage. And in New Orleans, on Christmas Eve, this strangest of family sagas is brought to its startling climax.|