John Yau engages visual art, social theory, and syntactical dexterity to push the limits of language toward an expansive counter-poetics
Jack Lime, amateur private eye, solves mysteries for his high school classmates in exchange for future favors. He stops at nothing - except for an occasional bout of narcolepsy - to crack three seemingly standalone cases while dodging bullies, Principal Snit and tireless reporter KC Stone. In the tradition of 1950s noir but with a thoroughly modern hero, these stories - shot through with Lime's acid wit - are best served with a root beer float.
The stories in this collection range in tone from zaniness to pathos. It's hard to choose a favorite…Highly recommended.”—Library Journal From “Reports Concerning the Death of the Seattle Albatross Are Somewhat Exaggerated,” about a mascot from outer space, to “K-Mart,” about boyhood, baseball, and betrayals, this collection of short fiction comes from the award-winning author of Shoeless Joe—basis for the movie Field of Dreams and one of Sports Illustrated’s “100 Greatest Sports Books.” These literary gems vary widely in their themes, yet each captures in one way or another the joy and poignancy of America’s pastime, and reminds us of why W.P. Kinsella is so beloved by those who love sports—or just outstanding literature.
Fifteen of the greatest writers of fantastic fiction have joined together to take you inside his world of shadows and fear in all-new tales of mystery, humor, horror, and the supernatural. These are your guides through The Further Adventures Of Batman. Contents: Death of the Dreammaster by Robert Sheckley Bats by Henry Slesar Subway Jack by Joe R. Lansdale The Sound of One Hand Clapping by Max Allan Collins Neutral Ground by Mike Resnick Batman in Nighttown by Karen Haber and Robert Silverberg The Batman Memos by Stuart M. Kaminsky Wise Men of Gotham by Edward Wellen Northwestward by Isaac Asimov Daddy's Girl by William F. Nolan Command Performance by Howard Goldsmith The Pirate of Millionaires' Cove by Edward D. Hoch The Origin of the Polarizer by George Alec Effinger Idol by Ed Gorman
After the original collection of stories featuring his lovable collie Lad was met with astounding success, journalist and dog expert Albert Payson Terhune penned a second batch of canine-centric yarns to please his clamoring fans. As always, the proud and playful Lad is at the center of these stories, bringing his usual mix of adventure, action, and adorable hijinks.
“The true sequel to Twain’s masterpiece.” —The Christian Science Monitor At the start of this exuberant adventure story, Huck Finn’s life is back to normal in St. Petersburg, Missouri: The Widow Douglas expects him to wear clean clothes and eat with a knife and fork, and Jim now gets paid two dollars a week for the same chores he did as a slave. But when tragedy strikes and Huck is framed for the murder of Judge Thatcher, the two old friends have no choice but to finally “light out for the Territory”—and straight into the chaos of the California Gold Rush. With tenacious lawman Bulldog Barrett in hot pursuit, Huck and Jim zigzag west, encountering a colorful cast of con artists, vixens, outlaws, and Indians along the way. Huck’s dastardly Pap even makes an appearance, rising from a watery grave to menace his son once again. When the adventurers visit a rowdy San Francisco theater, they find their greatest surprise yet: A popular playwright has dramatized their cross-country odyssey with Huck Finn as the dastardly villain and Tom Sawyer as the noble hero. A picaresque romp through the Old West and a heartfelt tribute to the greatest of American novels, The Further Adventures of Huckleberry Finn is rip-roaring fun from first page to last.
BONUS: This edition contains an excerpt from Calvin Trillin's Quite Enough of Calvin Trillin. “Trillin is our funniest food writer. He writes with charm, freedom, and a rare respect for language.” –New York magazine In this delightful and delicious book, Calvin Trillin, guided by an insatiable appetite, embarks on a hilarious odyssey in search of “something decent to eat.” Across time zones and cultures, and often with his wife, Alice, at his side, Trillin shares his triumphs in the art of culinary discovery, including Dungeness crabs in California, barbecued mutton in Kentucky, potato latkes in London, blaff d’oursins in Martinique, and a $33 picnic on a no-frills flight to Miami. His eating companions include Fats Goldberg, the New York pizza baron and reformed blimp; William Edgett Smith, the man with the Naughahyde palate; and his six-year-old daughter, Sarah, who refuses to enter a Chinese restaurant unless she is carrying a bagel (“just in case”). And though Alice “has a weird predilection for limiting our family to three meals a day,” on the road she proves to be a serious eater–despite “seemingly uncontrollable attacks of moderation.” Alice, Let Eat amply demonstrates why The New Republic called Calvin Trillin “a classic American humorist.” “One of the most brilliant humorists of our times . . . Trillin is guaranteed good reading.” –Charleston Post and Courier “Read Trillin and laugh out loud.” –Time
For fans of Captain Underpants and Diary of a Wimpy Kid, this sequel to The Adventures of Beanboy combines comic illustrations, a small-town bully facing off against a budding artist, and a rousing, decisive game of dodge ball. Perfect for kids transitioning between graphic novel and traditional books, this funny and action-packed sequel to The Adventures of Beanboy follows the quirky but likeable Tucker MacBean in his quest to make art--and himself--seem cool in seventh grade.
Originally published in ‘Cassell’s Magazine’, this delightful bundle of adventures features the gentleman criminal Romney Pringle, an engaging crook and literary agent who lives in Furnival’s Inn, cycling everywhere no matter what the scam! This series of six stories feature many colourful, bizarre characters from the ‘Chicago Heiress’ to the ‘Assyrian Rejuvenator’.
The Further Adventures of Robinson Crusoe is the lesser-known sequel to Defoe's well-loved Robinson Crusoe. Crusoe is married in England when he is overcome by the melancholy urge to visit his island once more. After the death of his wife he sets sail and finds his island in a state of disarray. He installs a code of conduct and leaves the habitants with useful skills. He then sails home via Madagascar, South-East Asia and China and Siberia, where he has further adventures.
Nobody who has followed the gallant sailor--diminutive, but oh, my!--in his previous adventures around the earth, is going to miss this red-hot volume of marvelous exploits.
Sherlock Holmes and Doctor Watson investigate the case of a kidnapped child. With no ransom note, and a sinister connection to the highest echelons of Victorian society, the companions' lives are in danger. What is the child's true heritage? And what is the connection with the vicious Whitechapel murders?
This volume - the follow-up to Olson’s bestselling "Confessions of a Bangkok Private Eye" - serves up more juicy portions of what goes on under the veneer in Thailand and includes stories deemed too hot to include in the first book for fear of repercussions. It also includes recent cases, where state-of-the-art surveillance devices and other advances in the dark arts of private investigation have made it easier to uncover dirt deep below the surface. This is a book that reads like exciting fiction, with one big difference: every story is true. Only the names and related identifying details have been changed to protect the innocent along with the guilty. These chronicles of a decade lived dangerously in the Land of Crooked Smiles will, by turns, entertain, shock, inflame and inform you.
Jacky Faber makes waves, even when docked in her adopted city of Boston to attend to the business of Faber Shipping Worldwide. With big dreams and perhaps too much exuberance for the Puritan populace, she quickly finds herself at odds with the Women’s Temperance Union and a town roiling over the arrival of hundreds of Irish laborers, brought in on Jacky’s Lorelei Lee. Thwarted at every turn by her enemies, Jacky is forced to acknowledge her shortcomings—and possibly lose her beloved Jaimy Fletcher. Will the impulsive Jacky Faber finally get her comeuppance?