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A powerful, breathtaking memoir about a young man's descent into madness, and how running saved his life. “Voluntary or involuntary?” asked the nurse who admitted J. M. Thompson to a San Francisco psychiatric hospital in January 2005. Following years of depression, ineffective medication, and therapy that went nowhere, Thompson feared he was falling into an inescapable darkness. He decided that death was his only exit route from the torture of his mind. After a suicide attempt, he spent weeks confined on the psych ward, feeling scared, alone, and trapped. One afternoon during an exercise break he experienced a sudden urge. “Run, I thought. Run before it’s too late and you’re stuck down there. Right now. Run. ” The impulse that starts with sprints across a hospital rooftop turns into all night runs in the mountains. Through motion and immersion in the beauty of nature, Thompson finds a way out of the hell of depression and drug addiction. Step by step, mile by mile, his body and mind heal. In this lyrical, vulnerable, and breathtaking memoir, J. M. Thompson, now a successful psychologist, retraces the path that led him from despair to wellness, detailing the chilling childhood trauma that caused his depression, and the unorthodox treatment that saved him. Running Is a Kind of Dreaming is a luminous literary testament to the universal human capacity to recover from our deepest wounds. Supplemental enhancement PDF accompanies the audiobook.Show more
'What is it like to be a bat?', the philosopher Thomas Nagel famously asked concerning consciousness. For biologist Martin Stevens, the question forms the starting point of an exploration of animal senses. How indeed does a bat-or an owl, a bee, or a platypus-experience the world? Very differently to us humans, as we discover. Many animals experience a world far richer in sight, sound, and smell, and interact with each other in ways we simply don't pick up, and which continue to surprise researchers. Who would imagine that rats and mice sing complex songs while courting; or that the humble dung beetle relies on light from the Milky Way above for guidance as it carries its precious cargo away from competitors. The world must show so much more colour to many birds, with four types of cones in their eyes instead of our three, and the ability to see into the ultraviolet. And that's just considering the senses we share. What of those we have no inkling of-like the electric fields sensed by so many animals; or the magnetic maps used by migrating birds, and by sea turtles to find a current and return after many years to the shore where they hatched? In this enthralling account, we learn not only of the wonder of animal senses, but how they work and how scientists go about investigating them. And, throughout, we consider how these senses came to be. For evolution is at the root of it all, as Stevens explains. Senses arose to enable animals to catch prey, to hide,and to mate more effectively, usually honed through fierce competition and arms races with predators. The result, over millions of years, is a wondrous panoply of ways of experiencing the world, against which our own senses often pale into insignificance.Show more
As a barrister in 1818 London, William Snopes has witnessed firsthand the danger of only the wealthy having their voices heard, and he's a strong advocate who defends the poorer classes against the powerful. That changes the day a struggling heiress, Lady Madeleine Jameson, arrives at his door. In a last-ditch effort to save her faltering estate, Lady Jameson invested in a merchant brig, the Padget. The ship was granted a rare privilege by the king's regent: a Letter of Marque authorizing the captain to seize the cargo of French traders operating illegally in the Indian Sea. Yet when the Padget returns to London, her crew is met by soldiers ready to take possession of their goods and arrest the captain for piracy. And the Letter-the sole proof his actions were legal-has mysteriously vanished. Moved by the lady's distress, intrigued by the Letter, and goaded by an opposing solicitor, Snopes takes the case. But as he delves deeper into the mystery, he learns that the forces arrayed against Lady Jameson, and now himself, are even more perilous than he'd imagined.Show more
An epic fantasy buddy flick/bromance with a dark edge as well as humor, the Assassins of Landria series veers into horror, action, family, angst, comedy, and the occult. Think Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid recast as medieval assassins. Six months after the events of Sellsword's Oath, Ridge is living in a small village far from the intrigue of the cities. Under a new name and a false identity, he tends bar at Road's End, an unremarkable tavern in an even more forgettable town. The Witch Lord's puppets control the kingdom and have placed a king of their choosing on the throne, a cousin of King Kristoph. Kristoph's heir is dead, though rumors persist of a hidden, bastard son whose claim would still best that of the usurper. Ridge turned his back on politics when he fled, and never recovered from the betrayal or Rett's death. Henri, Ridge and Rett's old squire, turns up at Road's End. He's been searching for Ridge, having narrowly escaped with his life on the night of the coup. An overheard conversation led Henri to believe Rett might still be alive and imprisoned by one of the Witch Lord's nobles. Several soldiers have followed Henri, unbeknownst to him, and when they attack, Ridge proves he has lost none of his fighting edge in a battle that kills the soldiers, destroys the tavern and sends Ridge and Henri running again. Ridge takes up his sword again to save Rett, punish old enemies, and reclaim his honor. Years ago, Ridge and Rett swore on their swords that they would let nothing stop one from rescuing the other, even if it meant crossing the Shadow Veil or traveling the Paths of the Damned. Ridge makes good on his word, rescuing Rett from torture and imprisonment and slaughtering his captors, with Henri's help. Rett is broken physically and psychologically, trapped in nightmares and racked by pain, locked in his own mind. Ridge's obsession to free Rett from his silent torment and heal him leads to the discovery that certain events from their past held far more portent than either of them realized, and Rett's rogue magic might change everything. Rett knows a dangerous secret, one that could topple the Witch Lord, and powerful men will stop at nothing to learn it. Ridge finds himself on the run from hired killers, protecting the traumatized bearer of forbidden knowledge; two wounded warriors and a squire against the world. His only hope is to gain sanctuary at Rune Keep, heal Rett, and broker the secrets for safe passage out of the kingdom. That's easier said than done when everyone wants them dead.Show more
This collection of short stories and novelettes includes the previously published stories "The Potter's Daughter" (a prequel to the novel The Element of Fire), "Holy Places," "Rites of Passage," "Houses of the Dead," "Reflections" (the Giliead and Ilias stories, prequels to the Fall of Ile-Rien trilogy), as well as "Night at the Opera" (a Nicholas and Reynard story original to this collection, set before the Nebula-nominated novel The Death of the Necromancer).Show more
The definitive history of the Vikings-from arts and culture to politics and cosmology-by a distinguished archaeologist with decades of expertise The Viking Age-from 750 to 1050-saw an unprecedented expansion of the Scandinavian peoples into the wider world. As traders and raiders, explorers and colonists, they ranged from eastern North America to the Asian steppe. But for centuries, the Vikings have been seen through the eyes of others, distorted to suit the tastes of medieval clerics and Elizabethan playwrights, Victorian imperialists, Nazis, and more. None of these appropriations capture the real Vikings, or the richness and sophistication of their culture. Based on the latest archaeological and textual evidence, Children of Ash and Elm tells the story of the Vikings on their own terms: their politics, their cosmology and religion, their material world. Known today for a stereotype of maritime violence, the Vikings exported new ideas, technologies, beliefs, and practices to the lands they discovered and the peoples they encountered, and in the process were themselves changed. From Eirík Bloodaxe, who fought his way to a kingdom, to Gudrid Thorbjarnardóttir, the most traveled woman in the world, Children of Ash and Elm is the definitive history of the Vikings and their time.Show more
Can the youngest son of a noble house save his family from a plot generations in the making? Crispin Marlowe grew up in his brothers shadow, but Hadrian is gone, and his grandmotherthe Duchess of Delosis dying. Answering her summons, Crispin takes off on what should be a routine flight to the ducal palace from the castle at Devils Rest. But he is flying into a trap. There are whispers of treachery among the duchesss many daughters, rumors of hidden knives in the planets court if he can even make it there. With no one coming to save him and only his sister, Sabine, and a few injured guardsmen to protect him, House Marlowes least famous son must make his heroic stand, and contend not only the foes arrayed against his house, but with the cultists who dwell in the mountains above his familys ancestral home.Show more
Buddy flick epic fantasy! The second in the Assassins of Landria series from the award-winning, bestselling author of Scourge: A Novel of Darkhurst, and The Chronicles Of The Necromancer books! Wandering mystic Yefim Makary, known to his followers as the Witch Lord, disappeared before he could be accused of inciting dissent against King Kristoph. His supporters among the disenchanted aristocrats who werent arrested have fled or died by their own hand. The king is happy to put the matter behind him. Yet Burke, the commander of the elite Kings Shadows, doesnt believe the threat is over, and he assigns his two most troublesome, rule-breakingand successfulassassins to ferret out the real threat and put a stop to Makarys plots. Joel Ridge Breckinridge and Garrett Rett Kennard rose through the ranks of the Landrian army together, from teenaged conscripts to seasoned fighters. Together, they became the most feared team of assassins in Landria, surviving longer that most in their profession by virtue of excellent fighting skills, legendary bravado, peerless strategy, and an uncanny synchronicity. As the threads of a new plot come together revealing disloyalty among the priests and generals, Ridge and Rett once again find themselves on the run, hoping they and their allies can figure out the Witch Lords latest scheme before it costs them their livesand the king his throne.Show more
A young woman is caught up in a dangerous double life on behalf of her country during World War II in Danielle Steel's thrilling new novel. At eighteen, Alexandra Wickham is presented to King George V and Queen Mary in an exquisite white lace and satin dress her mother has ordered from Paris. With her delicate blond looks, she is a stunning beauty who seems destined for a privileged life. But fate, a world war, and her own quietly rebellious personality lead her down a different path. By 1939, Europe is on fire and England is at war. From her home in idyllic Hampshire, Alex makes her way to London as a volunteer in the First Aid Nursing Yeomanry. But she has skills that draw the attention of another branch of the service. Fluent in French and German, she would make the perfect secret agent. Within a year, Alex is shocking her family in trousers and bright red lipstick. They must never know about the work she does-no one can know, not even the pilot she falls in love with. While her country and those dearest to her pay the terrible price of war, Alex learns the art of espionage, leading to life-and-death missions behind enemy lines and a long career as a spy in exotic places and historic times. Spy follows Alex's extraordinary adventures in World War II and afterward in India, Pakistan, Morocco, Hong Kong, Moscow, and Washington, D.C., when her husband, Richard, enters the foreign service and both become witnesses to a rapidly changing world from post-war to Cold War. She lives life on the edge, with a secret she must always keep hidden.Show more
The endgame has begun. The battle for the emperor's throne grows ever fiercer. The City of Countless Souls cowers behind locked doors as the whims of the downtrodden and the powerful bring the great game of Araxes to its chaotic conclusion. With the soulblade at his hip and magic in his soul, Caltro's freedom is almost within reach. But as Temsa reign of murder clashes with Widow Horix's plans, the locksmith's fate becomes all the more entwined with the needs of dead gods, the Cult, and vengeful royals. Caltro realises his struggle is not just for his redemption, but for that of the entirety of the Far Reaches. While the Core Districts descend into chaos, debts left unpaid in the desert haunt Nilith's long-awaited arrival in the city. A new foe is hunting her through the streets, an enemy with enough power to rival even that of the Cloudpiercer. And yet all their struggles pale in comparison to the dark omen that is spreading through the Arctian Empire: The River Nyx is drying up.Show more
Nothing is certain in Araxes. Not even death. Stolen from the widow's clutches, master thief and ghost Caltro Basalt must learn new ways to survive the cutthroat society of the Arctian Empire. His one hope for freedom and justice? A gift from the dead gods, who continue to beg for a saviour.Show more
Meet Caltro Basalt. He's a master locksmith, a selfish bastard, and as of his first night in Araxes, stone cold dead. They call it the City of Countless Souls, the colossal jewel of the Arctian Empire, and all it takes to be its ruler is to own more ghosts than any other. For in Araxes, the dead do not rest in peace in the afterlife, but live on as slaves for the rich. While Caltro struggles to survive, those around him strive for the emperor's throne in Araxes' cutthroat game of power. The dead gods whisper from corpses, a soulstealer seeks to make a name for himself with the help of an ancient cult, a princess plots to purge the emperor from his armoured Sanctuary, and a murderer drags a body across the desert, intent on reaching Araxes no matter the cost. Only one thing is certain in Araxes: death is just the beginning.Show more
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