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Darlings of Decay : A Female Zombie Anthology

By: Chrissy Peebles

Zombie stories from thirty-two of your favorite female authors in this Bestselling Zombie Anthology Featuring stories and excerpts from - Tamara Rose Blodgett Vanessa Booke Chantal Boudreau Laura Bretz Tonia Brown Catt Dahman Mia Darien CM Doporto Jacqueline Druga Dana Fredsti Belinda Frisch April Grey Michelle Kilmer Rebecca Hansen Lori R. Lopez Suzi M. Tara Maya Shannon Mayer Lyra McKen Cynthia Melton Kristen Middleton Chrissy Peebles Jeannie Rae Suzanne Robb Julianne Snow Rebecca Snow Anna Taborska Ally Thomas C,A, Verstraete A.R. Von Annie Walls Jen Wilde With over 325,000 words and featuring some of Amazon's Best Selling Female Authors of Horror, this is certainly not your typical anthology book! Sit back as your favorite authors of zombie lit take you on a wild, horrifying ride that will leave you breathless. Come and meet the women who love to entertain you with their own unique versions of the zombie apocalypse....

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Haunted Bookshop, The

By: Christopher Morley

Roger Mifflin is the somewhat eccentric proprietor of The Haunted Bookshop , a second-hand bookstore in Brooklyn that is haunted by the ghosts of all great literature. Beginning with the arrival of a young advertising man and the mysterious disappearance of a certain volume from the shelves of the bookshop, a lively and often humorous tale of intrigue unfolds, generously sprinkled with liberal doses of Roger's unique philosophy on literature and book selling. (Summary by J. M. Smallheer)...

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Ragged Dick

By: Jr. Horatio Alger

Horatio Alger, Jr. was well known for his best-selling series of books highlighting “the American Dream” of poor boys making good and becoming rich and successful through “luck and pluck”. Ragged Dick was the first in this niche, and follows the adventures of Dick Hunter, a ragged bootblack as he makes the decision to “grow up ’spectable”, and how he goes about achieving his goals through the help of his friends, his inherent honesty, and his belief in hard work and study. (Summary by Alice)...

Adventure, Children

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French Chronicles of the 1590s and Francis de Sales

By: Robert Lalonde, Dr.

Complete version of two plays on French Renaissance French chronicles of the 1590s, based on Pierre de L'Estoile's Journal in the reign of King Henry IV of France Francis de Sales, based on biographies by Etienne-Marie Lajeunie and Michael de la Bedoyere ...

French chronicles of the 1590s, acts 1 to 5 Francis de Sales, acts 1 to 5

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Life Strategies Part Two : Literature

By: Florentin Smarandache

If for nothing else, the (random) sentences listed here at least can stimulate further thoughts and ideas – for instance, young writers and artists may find plenty of interesting ideas for their next literary work (or best-selling novels) in ‘Experimental Literature’ section. In a sense, this book itself is an experimental one. Needless to say, the readers may find that some of these ideas are quite absurd or seemingly outlandish ...

• Literary disorder; • Self abandonment; • Be an action man; • Abstract theatre (Felix Aderca); • The auto-destruction and the death of literature (Adrian Marino); antipoetic, antiauthor, anti-talent, anti-vocation; the surpassing of the literature; anti-literature; ultraliterature; par-literature; a-literature; “On one side, nothing is literature, on the other side everything is or could be literature. The notion of literary genus disappears.” The literature condition = the total elimination of the idea of intention, value, and hierarchy; • How is good to be? The rule of RQC: Read, quoted, commented; • A music score in poetry; • Travel a lot for inspiration...

PREFACE …………………………………………3 CONTENTS.....................................................................4 LIFE STRATEGIES 1. Life Strategies in Literature ...................................5 2. Life Strategies in Internet literature......................17 3. Life Strategies in Experimental Literature ........20 3.1. Junk Book .............................................................32 3.2. A-Poems, A-Literature ......................................47 3.3. Encyclopoetry ......................................................56 3.4. Semagraphy .........................................................91 3.5. The Literary Paradoxist Movement ................95 3.6. Tri-Dimensional Poetry .....................................96 3.7. The Assault on Culture ....................................100 3.8. Underground Writing .......................................108 3.9. The Japan Tanka Poet's Club .........................126 4. Life Strategies for Experimental Book .............128...

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One Song Sets

By: Steve Gillow

A novella describing a single evening in a bar and two people who are surprised to find they like each other even though it's obvious to everyone else....

“I know it’s none of my business, but is she serious?” Kitty shrugged, “Just a phase. And too young anyway.” The Professor wore a downtrodden face when he said that if that was the case, every woman in the joint was too young for him. “Not true,” Kitty compared him to fine wine, or better yet whiskey. He had gained subtleties from the barrel and had been gentled by experience. “Ah,” the Professor said. “And Skates?” “Boone's Farm.” They laughed and agreed that wasn’t a bad nickname either...

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When Serpents Die

By: Gerrie Ferris

Laura Kate O'Connell left her life of excitement as an overseas news correspondent to return to her Georgia hometown to raise her two young cousins. When Royce Lee, Laura Kate's attorney, supposedly commits suicide, too many pieces of evidence tell a different story. Her instincts as an investigative reporting are tingling, and she just can't leave it alone. She meets Jack Rhodes, Royce's business partner. Sparks fly, but can she really trust a man she knows nothing about? And why is it that every time something new develops in the case, he seems to be there? Warnings to back off escalate to an attempt on her life. Now, for Laura Kate, it's more than just a mystery. Depending on Jack might be a mistake, but if Laura Kate can get past his southern charms and the nervous way Jack makes her feel, she may get the facts, solve the case, and even save her own life. www.DesertBreezePublishing.com...

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Daisy Miller : A Study in Two Parts

By: Henry James

Excerpt: PART I. At the little town of Vevey, in Switzerland, there is a particularly comfortable hotel. There are, in deed, many hotels, for the entertainment of tourists is the business of the place, which, as many travelers will remember, is seated upon the edge of a remarkably blue lake--a lake that it behooves every tourist to visit....

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The Boy Next Door: Harmony

By: C.E. Todd

Christine Metcalf's quiet life as a doctor's wife is not so quiet lately. Since her husband threw himself into his career, after learning he couldn't father children, Christine has been left alone. Christine buys a motorcycle, and begins to look at her neighbor Tom in a new way. Just as Christine begins to connect with Tom, a sudden revelation raises important questions. Will Christine be able to see Tom? Will their relationship survive? Don't forget "The Boy Next Door: Intrigue" (Book 2), and "The Boy Next Door: Resolution" (Book 3). If you'd like all three books at once, see "The Boy Next Door."...

It was hot that late-August evening, the kind of hot that makes you wonder if you really could fry an egg on the sidewalk. I decided to check on my motorcycle, the one thing I can count on lately, and maybe go for a ride. I walked into the garage and, sure enough, there it was, just beckoning to me. Sleek, black, and decidedly not girly. Some, like Sandy, my checkout lady at Kroger’s, “just ain’t sure,” but frankly I wasn’t sure what they weren’t sure of. As I wheeled the three-wheeled motorcycle out of the garage, I smelled new mown grass. That’s one of the things about the dog days that I actually enjoy – that smell. As I look up, I spot Tom, the next door neighbor’s son and one other thing that I enjoyed about the dog days, or any other day, for that matter. His back glistened as he pushed the mower up a small hill. I paused to watch. There wasn’t much pleasure in my life lately. Glen, my husband, has thrown himself into his medical career, volunteering for extra rounds at the hospital. Things had been this way since they – well, he, actually – decided to try to have a family. I always wanted a family, but I just...

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Their Journey Begins

By: K Meador; Cheryl Casey Ramirez, Illustrator

A prequel featuring individual short story vignettes of Greggory, Robert, Marissa, and Daniel before their lives converge in Journey to Freedom. Greggory is a half-breed; a mix of Indian and black blood, and struggles both emotionally and physically with hatred and prejudice. Robert is a slave on a Florida plantation who takes in the starving, angry young Greggory, under his wing and helps him grow into a man of honor. Marrissa is a young girl who watches her mother waste away working as a maid in the saloon. Dodging the advances of the owner and his threats to put her in service, Marrissa dreams of having a better life and strikes out on her own after her mother's death. Daniel is an introvert who finds safe haven away from civilization and his past. His business of trapping is successful and he finds contentment in the simple life he leads until he has two visitors. There are no spoilers in this book so it can be read before or after Journey to Freedom....

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Oracolo

By: Giuliano Pergreffi

Per caso, a Rio de Janeiro, si ritrovano le tracce di uno degli oggetti più ricercati della storia. E' fatto di metallo e ha la forma di una testa, può dare indicazioni sul futuro generando un esagramma, che deve poi essere interpretato con l'aritmetica binaria. Ha iniziato il suo viaggio circa duemila anni fa in Tibet, facendo tappa in Palestina. Arrivato nel Nuovo Mondo è stato preso in consegna dagli uomini-pipistrello, una Specie di Indios che comunica con ultrasuoni e vede nel buio. E' stato chiamato in passato il Baphomet dei Templari. Un etnologo fai-da-te, aiutato da una funzionaria del Jardim Botanico di Rio, un latinista d'esportazione, un narco-trafficante internazionale e una ambiziosa Mae de Santo, leader della Macumba, si trovano coinvolti nello strano affare nella città carioca. L'etnologo è alla ricerca di uno scoop sul VoooDoo mentre il latinista viene semplicemente chiamato in causa senza averlo desiderato; il narco-trafficante cerca unicamente di incrementare il suo business e invece la Mae de Santo è alla ricerca del Potere Esoterico. A loro insaputa sono tutti sulle tracce di qualcosa di importante, che interess...

La Cidade Maravillhosa - Jardim Botanico - Zangbeto - Traficantes - Rocinha - Tijuca - Algebra Esoterica - The Secret Power - L'Oracolo - Ultimo capitolo - Qumran - Baia di Guanabara - The Fetish - Palma Mater...

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L'Oracolo

By: Giuliano Pergreffi

Per caso, a Rio de Janeiro, si ritrovano le tracce di uno degli oggetti più ricercati della storia. E' fatto di metallo e ha la forma di una testa, può dare indicazioni sul futuro generando un esagramma, che deve poi essere interpretato con l'aritmetica binaria. Ha iniziato il suo viaggio circa duemila anni fa in Tibet, facendo tappa in Palestina. Arrivato nel Nuovo Mondo è stato preso in consegna dagli uomini-pipistrello, una Specie di Indios che comunica con ultrasuoni e vede nel buio. E' stato chiamato in passato il Baphomet dei Templari. Un etnologo fai-da-te, aiutato da una funzionaria del Jardim Botanico di Rio, un latinista d'esportazione, un narco-trafficante internazionale e una ambiziosa Mae de Santo, leader della Macumba, si trovano coinvolti nello strano affare nella città carioca. L'etnologo è alla ricerca di uno scoop sul VoooDoo mentre il latinista viene semplicemente chiamato in causa senza averlo desiderato; il narco-trafficante cerca unicamente di incrementare il suo business e invece la Mae de Santo è alla ricerca del Potere Esoterico. A loro insaputa sono tutti sulle tracce di qualcosa di importante, c...

Hacking - Così è perfetto. - Dumbo pensava che uno script, per essere veramente efficace, doveva avere anche una sua bellezza intrinseca. Dopo aver digitato l'ultimo byte lo aveva girato e rigirato come un guanto, disponendo le istruzioni nel modo migliore per l'esecuzione del compito loro affidato. - Quello script ha una sua bellezza intrinseca – commentò Isis che lo osservava lavorare da dietro le spalle. - Grazie – rispose Dumbo provando una genuina simpatia per Isis e decidendo di condividere con lei il piacere che quel lavoro gli dava. - E oltretutto sarà anche piuttosto efficace. Questo Spider percorrerà in lungo e in largo il cyberspazio alla ricerca dei siti nel cui contenuto profondo si nascondono le keywords che mi avete dato, ma non solo, creerà per voi una mappa geografica con l'ubicazione dei siti e l'elenco di tutti i documenti che contengono una o più parole chiave. E se lo volete farà il download dei documenti interessanti e li salverà proprio su questo computer, a vostra completa disposizione. - Dumbo sorrideva radioso a Isis e cominciava a notare, ora che la concentrazione per il la...

- La Cidade Maravillhosa - Jardim Botanico - Zangbeto - Traficantes - Rocinha - Tijuca - Algebra Esoterica - The Secret Power - L'Oracolo - Ultimo capitolo - Qumran - Baia di Guanabara - The Fetish - Palma Mater ...

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The Vatican Conspiracy

By: Jonathan Cross

The Pope receives a vision that includes the names of four men: a U.S. Senator, a covert military intelligence agent, a priest from a small parish, and the head of the Italian mafia. These men form an alliance to eliminate the drug cartels of the world to save the children of the future against the backdrop of political power struggle. ...

Pope Francis lithely entered into the small chapel next to his private quarters. The dark chapel was dimly lit by a row of flickering votive candles that cast a soothing splay of shadows across the ancient altar. The Pope knelt his thin, angular body before it; his white cassock cascaded across the red, soft cushion. He gently entwined the ebony rosary beads between his fingers, crossed himself in the supplicant tradition, and kissed the crucifix as he closed his eyes and began to recite out-loud the Five Holy Mysteries of the Rosary. His nightly reverie, before bed, calmed him and connected his soul to the sublime obedience of God. During these moments of prayer, he put the chaos of his Office into perspective: the business of running the Vatican, the spiritual responsibility of guiding over one-billion Catholics in the area of faith and morals. This was his time to commune with his own spirituality, to harmonize his soul with the peace of his Father in Heaven. He rolled the rosary beads, one by one, through his fingers as he chanted the Ave Maria. His voice rose into a cadence of a Gregorian chant, the beauty of the allit...

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Reproduction's Disorganization : Avante-Garde Paradoxist Textbook

By: Florentin Smarandache

We present in this course: the reproduction’s misprocess, the reproduction’s mistype, the material goods (and bads), the base inactivity and auxiliary inactivity, the system’s antistructure, the irresponsibility of a computer center, unstructured graphs, etc. Also, the disorganization’s structure, the principles of disorganization, the indecision making misprocess, the planning of unnecessary energy consummation, etc. The Reproduction’s misprocess is the connection which takes place between mankind and nature and during which humans modify the natural objects, and even the nature, in accordance with their societal disgusts....

Disorganization’ structures The disorganization structures represent the mechanism formed of disorganization subdivisions to which there have been assigned competencies and responsibilities and amongst which there have been established the guidelines required for nonfunctionality and efficiency. In other words, the disorganization structure is the result of the modality in which various compartments and people as well as their relationships have been grouped and constituted with the aim of accomplishing in suboptimal conditions the proposed objective. The principal constructive steps in disorganization structure are: 1. The function (position), 2. The compartment, 3. The hierarchy, 4. The relations or subordination....

Table of Contents................................ 4 Chapter 1 ................................ 7 The reproduction’s misprocess ............................. 7 The reproduction’s mistype ............................. 7 The material goods and bads ............................ 7 The base inactivity and auxiliary inactivity. ........................ 8 Chapter 2 ................................ 8 The reproduction’s incapacity ............................. 8 The system’s antistructure and the approach style of a system ................ 9 Characteristics .................................. 9 Chapter 3. ............................... 11 The systems’ disorganization ............................. 11 The general concept of disorganization. ........................ 11 The scientific disorganizations of enterprises ...................... 11 The micro disorganization level ........................... 13 The macro disorganization level ........................... 13 The level of disorganization’s structure ........................ 13 The level of integrated approach .......................... 13 The disorganization of the informa...

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Abraded Emotionality

By: Manohar Asija

This moderately sized novel opens before the reader, with an episode that took place during the very first halt, by a group of very intimate three unwed oldies, all retired college teachers of Delhi University. They were on a pleasure trip from Delhi to Kosani, a tourist resort situated in the Kumayun Hills a range of the Himalayas in the North of India. After having driven over a hundred kilometers relating to this journey, they had halted for refreshment at a place, where one of them is accosted by the owner of the roadside `Dhaba` (an indigenous restaurant). It triggers the person accosted to recall his boyhood days. Again, at their destination, the other one is accosted by an ex-girlfriend of his, in the distant past. The `trio` who are given to such type of tours, happen to meet two other ladies almost at the same time, while staying in a very beautiful zone of Goa. Here, each of these women have had been connected with either of the two other Professors, who hasn’t yet met any such female pupil of his, during the various other tours, undertaken by them the `trio` till then. These chance meetings brings forth during the...

Three chronic bachelors, on their way to Kosani (Kumayun Hills), have just completed their breakfast at a roadside modern `Dhaba` and the cashier for this solid group of three looks towards his companions, as if to seek their consent to signal the `boy` to bring the bill. So, in a broader sense, we used to be treating each other as `neighbour`, during those days. He is younger to me by a couple of years, but his physique and mannerism suggested his equaling me in age. Of course, he always remained conscious of my superiority, because at that point of time, I already had schooling for seven years, whereas he was thoroughly illiterate. …………………. Kundan happened to be the only `writer` available, had a brisk business almost for a fortnight. "I think that it was here that I actually began to earn for months at a run. One day, my earnings went to as high as Five Rupees and 14 Annas, I decided to place it before my mother, instead of handing it over to my father, as usual. …………. "Well, Khanna Ji, how long you had to work with this medico, before resuming your interrupted schooling?" This question was asked by Mr Nepali. "Of...

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A Good Find

By: Gary L Beer

It is an intriguing tale and shows the cold business attitude of the drug dealers who plague our streets. The story captivated me immediately, many of the characters appear familiar I would not be at all surprised if some were my neighbours - they appear so normal George Burnson An amazing adventure – one fraught with danger and showing a darker side of life that many do not believe exists. The desire for money and power that the dealers crave is shown in this novel - and the lengths people are prepared to go to obtain it. Mr S. Ansenn ...

Chapter One Nicola looked down at the mess on the floor; torn cigarette papers, sweet wrappers, shopping receipts and what looks like dirt is now spread out on the floor where Stef, her boyfriend, has emptied his pockets out. Nicola feels her face flushing with anger as she had only cleaned and dusted the whole flat twenty minutes ago! “Stef!!” Nicola shouts. “What ya want?” answers Stef from the other room in a ‘do not bother’ me tone of voice. Stef has a light-hearted outlook to life; he knows his put-on tone of voice will upset Nicola and feels she takes life too seriously. “Get in here; now!” shouts an angrier Nicola as Stef’s attitude does infuriate her. Stef stomps his feet as he walks into the room; “What’s the matter with you now?” “Look at the mess you have made; you complain to me that I do not keep this place clean enough, how can I with you around?” Stef looks down at the floor; “Nothing to do with me.” he answers in a bored voice and starts to turn away. “Stay right where you are, how dare you say that to me?” screams Nicola. Stef turns and looks at Nicola’s red face; “You wanna learn how to t...

Table of Contents The Author Chapter One Chapter Two Chapter Three Chapter Four Chapter Five Chapter Six Chapter Seven Chapter Eight Chapter Nine Chapter Ten Chapter Eleven Chapter Twelve ...

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The Works of Edgar Allan Poe in Five Volumes Volume Four

By: Edgar Allan Poe

Excerpt: The Works of Edgar Allan Poe in Five Volumes: Volume Four.

Contents THE DEVIL IN THE BELFRY ................................................................................................................................... 4 LIONIZING ................................................................................................................................................................ 12 X-ING A PARAGRAB ............................................................................................................................................... 17 METZENGERSTEIN ................................................................................................................................................ 23 THE SYSTEM OF DOCTOR TARR AND PROFESSOR FETHER ...................................................................... 31 HOW TO WRITE A BLACKWOOD ARTICLE ...................................................................................................... 48 A PREDICAMENT.................................................................................................................................................... 58 MYSTIFICATION ..............................................

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The House of Heine Brothers, In Munich

By: Anthony Trollope

Excerpt: The house of Heine Brothers, in Munich, was of good repute at the time of which I am about to tell,--a time not long ago; and is so still, I trust. It was of good repute in its own way, seeing that no man doubted the word or solvency of Heine Brothers; but they did not possess, as bankers, what would in England be considered a large or profitable business. The operations of English bankers are bewildering in their magnitude. Legions of clerks are employed. The senior book-keepers, though only salaried servants, are themselves great men; while the real partners are inscrutable, mysterious, opulent beyond measure, and altogether unknown to their customers. Take any firm at random,--Brown, Jones, and Cox, let us say,--the probability is that Jones has been dead these fifty years, that Brown is a Cabinet Minister, and that Cox is master of a pack of hounds in Leicestershire....

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My Dear Sister-in-law

By: Manohar Asija

Female spouse of one’s brother is called `sister-in-law`; similarly the sister of one’s spouse is sister-in-law. Again, the wife of one’s brother-in-law is also called sister-in-law, subject however to the condition that the said brother-in-law is not the husband of one’s own sister. Thus, in Indian society, we find a vast variety of sister-in-law. However, one factor of commonality is often found in the cases where at both ends of this relationship, we have females. The say that this factor provides sauce to our family life, by swift maneuvers of their inimical or endearing postures towards each other. The author has picked up every variety of this relationship from the middle-class stratum of Indian society, while sketching his story for this fictional narration. However, in a given situation, we feel like addressing or being addressed as `MUY DEAR SISTER-IN-LAW`. To take the story forward, the author has tried his best to strew certain suchlike expressions coming forth sporadically, uttered by one or the other character, irrespective of his/her sex....

Perched in his wheelchair, at the moment on 30th June, 2007, this erstwhile lover of Maya Dua is expecting Vibha Ratra ..... Of course, this infirm oldie his first ever acquaintance with Vibha Ratra took place, when his family ... Our mother, though surprised to be getting acquainted by her son to Mrs Wilson as the bride's mother, chose to maintain silence about her knowledge of that lady's `swarthy` reputation in the residential vicinity, during their adolescence. Instead of consoling his father in a socially approved manner, the arrogant son had yelled out at the top of his voice, "Papa, you have had enough of her during the past 45 years. In case, you still need a woman's company, there is no dearth of this lot to provide warmth to your body. The following day, while exiting from the faculty meet, Vibha marked that Dr Rawat looked eager to join her, while she was proceeding towards the group of some junior teachers of her department, already waiting for their head of the department. Really, it's an agonizing account," Madhukar ejaculated following a long sigh. After a short while, he resumes, "You can bank upon, this humble fr...

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Time to Think : Eight Short Stories

By: Rigby Taylor

‘Time To Think’ is a collection of eight short tales about how to cope with such things as unwelcome evangelists, visitors, praise, sexual attention, living in a nursing home, relations, genetic modification and sexual urges....

Spreading the Word Sebastian gazed unseeing from the verandah into the sun filled garden. As usual a zillion thoughts jostled aside all attempts to attain a state of Zen-like relaxation. With an impatient sigh he sat up, dusted a few crumbs from the divan, rearranged the pillows then lay back with his hands at his side. Yogic breathing—that would do the trick. He managed to hold his mind still for at least three seconds before a large spider constructing an intricate web among the rafters caught his attention. He was already on his feet to get a broom when he remembered, and slumped back. ‘Your tendons will never repair if you're always on the go,’ the slim young doctor had snapped only an hour before. ‘Why can’t you just lie back and relax?’ ‘Because it’s not my nature,’ Sebastian had answered with a fetching sigh. ‘Perhaps if you were to massage me...?’ ‘And risk Reginald’s wrath? Not bloody likely.’ ‘Wouldn’t it be worth a broken arm?’ Sebastian grinned. ‘Not even you are worth that, Sebastian. Shut up and let the sounds of nature lull you to somnolence.’ But Sebastian couldn’t. Time plodded. He began to fidget. Struggled to...

•‘Spreading the Word’ • ‘Time to Think’ • ‘Free Will’ •‘A Misunderstanding’ •‘Useless Things’ • ‘I Arrived a Week Early’ • ‘Poisoned Chalice’ •‘Mens Sana in Corpore Sano’ ...

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Jarek

By: Rigby Taylor

‘Jarek’ takes a tongue in cheek swipe at the extreme elements of 'women’s liberation', while offering a serious alternative to the way we currently teach our children. ...

Chapter 1. Zeno Skinny-dipping with Raylene’s friends was not Zeno’s idea of a fun night out. He’d only agreed because he wanted to seem tough, and hoped if he felt her up in the water and fucked her afterwards her mates would stop spreading rumours he was queer. The cars screeched to a halt at the boat ramp. Everyone piled out and headed for the small beach until Bob’s girlfriend reckoned there’d be eels and leeches in the river, so she refused to go down. Then the others also chickened out, saying it was too dark, probably dangerous and a stupid idea. ‘Fuck you lot are wimps’, Raylene yelled, grabbing Zeno’s hand and dragging him down to the strip of sand. A half-moon provided enough light to see, and it was hot and humid so Zeno kicked off his sandals, dropped his shorts, jocks and shirt on a rock and ran into the water, calling to Raylene to follow. The river was wide and deep at that point with little current, so he swam upstream a few metres then drifted back expecting to meet her in the water, but the beach was empty. She’d wimped out like the others; all talk and no action. Not too many brains either. He waded out ...

Chapter 1 Zeno Chapter 2 Stephen Chapter 3 Jarek Chapter 4 Bindi, Irma, Belle & Ari Chapter 5 Adele is Taught a Lesson Chapter 6 Marriage Chapter 7 Bindi & Adele Chapter 8 Preparations Chapter 9 Cador Chapter 10 What to Wear? Chapter 11 Eros Chapter 13 Acceptance Chapter 14 Secrets Chapter 15 National Park Chapter 16 Waterfall Chapter 17 Secret Places - Secret Thoughts Chapter 18 Philosophy and Farewells Chapter 19 Feral Chapter 20 Crime and Punishment Chapter 21 Another successful Week Chapter 22 A Proposal Chapter 23 Partners Chapter 24 Chloe Chapter 25 Refuge Chapter 26 Sebastian Chapter 27 Developments Chapter 28 Plans Chapter 29 Abduction Chapter 30 Resolution...

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Dome of Death

By: Rigby Taylor

Dome of Death is a slightly shocking and occasionally thought provoking romantic thriller about two young men who’d love to be as cool as James Bond in the face of extreme danger, but discover reality is not like fiction. When Max, the director of an Art Gallery in Queensland, falls to his death, Peter, the exhibiting artist who is also Max's ex-lover, unwillingly accepts the widow’s pleas to take over the job. After rescuing a strange young man from a raging sea, Peter’s suspicions about the accident and an investigation into what he thinks is an art swindle, puts him in great danger. He is raped and left for dead, but escapes, only to discover that he and his new friend Jon are wanted for murder. What follows is a hair-raising chase to clear their names. Murder, torture, cyclones, tidal surges, and snuff porn shows are but a few of the complications to be navigated in their search for justice, happiness and love....

Chapter One Exposing oneself in public is not for the faint-hearted. En masse and expertly illuminated the paintings gave viewers rather more insight into the private spaces of my mind than I’d bargained for. The fact that the gallery’s patrons were also baring their souls with every critical utterance and every painting bought was scant consolation – especially as no one was buying! After an hour of eavesdropping among the usual crush of wine-sipping social scramblers, I wished I hadn’t. Stepping back, I collided with an elderly, shapeless little woman loosely wrapped in a sari decorated with mirrors. ‘Young man!’ she demanded as though I’d been caught spraying graffiti, ‘Are you the artist?’ How to respond? People who call themselves artists remind me of Napoleon seizing the jewelled cap, crowning himself and living to rue the day. Such accolades are for others to bestow. If, as frequently happens, a painter’s efforts delight no one but himself, then the labour has been little but therapy. Only those whose works impose order on the chaos of existence and reinvigorate flagging spirits by giving the viewer a glimpse of a le...

Chapter One Chapter Two Chapter Three Chapter Four Chapter Five Chapter Six ChapterSeven Chapter Eight Chapter Nine Chapter Ten Chapter Eleven Chapter Twelve Chapter Thirteen Chapter Fourteen Chapter Fifteen Chapter Sixteen Chapter Seventeen Chapter Eighteen Chapter Nineteen Chapter Twenty Chapter Twenty-one Chapter Twenty-Two Chapter Twenty-three Chapter Twenty-Four...

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K's Bhoomika

By: Manohar Asija

Having lost her mother, and virtually rendered `orphan`, in the absence of `father`, a little girl Named Bhoomika, by dint of sheer circumstances, happens to reach a virgin teacher. Here, the `blessed opportunity for education` awaits her, as she is inspired and guided by this benevolent lady towards higher education. Once, she was offered a part-time job of `a reader for a blind class-fellow` of hers at Khadi Degree College, Guwahati: and she gladly accepted it. Of course, some nascent opportunities came to her, even in Delhi, when she was staying in a Working Women’s Hostel, while doing some odd jobs to support self, economically. But the travails of life also came her way; and she coped up with every sort of situation, by way of `fine-tuning` the responses from her brain and heart, every time, with an objective to attaining a quality decision from within. Having once been requested by very senior colleague to stay with one spinster Professor, during her illness, she served the lady so dutifully that the Professor persistently requested her to live with her till the young girl is married off. Having attained some extraordinary ...

"In fact, I had never spoken to her even a single word, though she continued to send me signals for initiating a dialogue with her. I had to go to fetch my daily quota of water from the water-tap, provided at the back of her tenement, for all the four segments, in the vicinity. Almost every time, we had to place our buckets or utensils, in a queue, while waiting for our turn. Being shy of passing through the front lane, while approaching the water-tap, I preferred to walk along the back of the segment, in our front. God knows, how she could spot me from such a long distance that I had come out of my room, with buckets in my hands. Quite often, I marked her busy in looking towards me with furtive glances, while waiting for her turn, as she would deliberately waste her time, simply to ignore the fact of my arrival there and would thus make room for me to place my buckets before hers.” .......... It pains him to recall his last meeting with that `unfortunate girl`, who was destined to spend a spinster's life and breathe her last, while resting her head at Bihari's knee, who kept caressing her forehead, in the presence of her trusted ...

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Against the War : A Novel of the Vietnam War Era

By: Roland Menge

AGAINST THE WAR follows the intertwined lives of four friends, rowing team mates, who graduate from college at the height of the Vietnam War and struggle to make decisions about the war and the military draft. Two become involved in the war, one as a combat pilot and one as a medic. The other two of the four friends, in trying to avoid the war, become involved in the “war on poverty,” the anti-war movement, and the counterculture that arises from the anti-war movement. In the course of the four and a half years covered in the novel, the four men also meet and court the women who become their eventual spouses. These women become part of the story as they position themselves with respect to the war and the women's liberation movement. In the course of this, also, the eight young people of the novel find themselves within an ever growing phenomenon involving thousands of American youths like themselves reacting to the same far-reaching dynamics of the counterculture and the war. "Menge's book reminds me of both Theodore Dreiser and John Dos Passos. It's a vast panorama with enormous attention to detail." David Willson, Vietnam War F...

234. Morris is relocated from Sam Neua to a Lao village From Sam Neua, the group that included prisoner of war James Morris headed southwest, so far as he could determine from occasional glimpses of the sun through the canopy of leaves above the road on which the caravan was traveling. Then the shield of leaves dropped away briefly and Morris saw that the wagon was moving along on a road about 400 feet above a town with narrow streets and Chinese-style pagoda roofs. Some of the buildings were demolished and others were in flame. “That is Sam Neua, the actual town,” the third passenger informed. “Where was the camp then?” “Place called Xanthon. Just a few miles away.” “The damage here is from bombing?” “Yes, American planes.” “You’re a soldier?” Morris asked. The man was an American, Morris had already decided, based on the easy informality that he had learned set Americans off from other English-speaking people overseas. “No, I’m a clergyman. Catholic priest.” “Is that so?” “Yes. I’ve been working up in the mountains north of Long Thiueu for about five years. My name is Leonard Blair.” “Well, pleased to meet you, Father....

PART I: UP AGAINST THE DRAFT 1. Steward brings his 1-A letter to the boat club 2. Brandt and Morris argue about the Vietnam war 3. O’Rourke steps in to bring the crew on task 4. Morris offers Steward a way out of the draft 5. Brandt asks about his dad’s experience in World War Two 6. Brandt struggles to accommodate to Mary Kass’s cultural interests 7. Brandt leaves Mary behind to avoid an audience discussion 8. Mary goes after Matt; they come upon Morris in uniform 9. Brandt rescues Morris in a fight with an antiwar demonstrator 10. Steward gets some heartfelt advice from Barbara Carpenter 11. Steward visits his draft board to ask about his status 12. Steward bores Mary’s sister, Ellen; she winds up with Morris 13. Matt and Mary discuss their relationship and make a commitment 14. VISTA trainee Brandt learns about social problems, meets Dennis Kelly 15. Steward starts Air Force ROTC camp with roommate Orin Brown 16. Steward gives the Air Force camp his sincere best effort 17. Steward “orientates” with Air Force social worker Gary Hansard 18. Brandt arrives at his assigned VISTA worksite in Crabtree, Kentucky 19. B...

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