At an undisclosed location in Kiev, Ukraine in 1983, a brilliant chess champion-in-waiting meets his nemesis. The latter is a wildy eccentric retired champion who yearns to reclaim his relevance. In the midst of the Cold War, Garry Kasparov and Bobby Fischer sit across from each other in a room charged with emotion as they struggle to answer: Who is the greatest chess player of all time?
Have I shown you my beautiful tail? Peacock asks. Isn't it the loveliest you've ever seen? Pig proclaims that his pink corkscrew is even more charming. Soon, Donkey, Dog, Cat, Horse, Rabbit - the entire farm, in fact - are admiring the magnificence of their own tails. The question on everyone's mind is: who has the best tail in the barnyard?
A four-time Governor General's-award nominee for both poetry and non-fiction, Christopher Dewdney is celebrated internationally as a writer and a visionary and is best known for his particular imagining of place and memory. Beginning with Paleozoic fossil formations in southwestern Ontario and moving through eons of natural history to cityscapes and the digital present, Dewdney's poetics encapsulate often surreal experiences from radical and epiphenomenal perspectives. His writing vibrates in a standing wave between science and art, reason and myth--embedding geology, neurophysiology, linguistics, and post-digital technology within a play of transitory viewpoints. Children of the Outer Dark provides a geological survey of Dewdney's poetic strata. The poems selected, along with their order of presentation, serve a critical function to mine diverse layers of development in Dewdney's career. This collection will reward all those who seek inspiration and will provide teachers, students, and other writers with a short natural history of one of Canadas essential poetic minds.
As the original writer of the hit movie Anaconda, my ebook novel, ANACONDA: The Writer's Cut, is now available from Amazon. ($4.99, 4.
3 – 87 reviews, 365 pages). goo.gl/udfBuk. “It has been said that, among the continents, South America will teach it to you: God and the Devil are the same; this last great reservoir of primordial wilderness is at once both Garden of Eden and green sweltering Hell.” An epic adventure, Anaconda tells the story of twenty-something, middle-school biology teacher Andie Easter and six young colleagues who, in the dead of a Chicago winter, hatch a plan to spend their summer in Brazil, hoping to reverse their meager fortunes by joining a modern-day gold rush on a tributary of the mighty Amazon. Disoriented and increasingly isolated, the treasure hunters find themselves journeying though the remote domains of three colossal snakes: daughter, mother, grandmother. One by one, under terrifying circumstances, the teachers fall victim to the devastating effects of gold fever and the relent brutality of the primeval South American jungle. Andie Easter must discover her inner Amazon as she struggles to survive the Mother of All Snakes. If you have a few moments to spare, your Amazon review will be greatly appreciated.
REVENGE BECOMES HER The Hell Girl is the ultimate avenger. Go to her website at midnight, enter the name of your tormentor, and the Hell Girl will destroy your enemy. Some who turn to the Hell Girl are evil (the figure skater who’ll stop at nothing to win); others are good people at the end of their rope (the girl who saves her sister from an abusive nanny). But the price of revenge is the same for all: eternal torment in hell!
"The Thin Line," through cross narratives often layered one on top of the other, leaps between gray and gloomy industrial Tel-Aviv, Israel, where a family of three once had a chance, and Los Angeles, the sunny 'City of Angels', where there is still a fighting hope of possibility. Nikko Akur, who hails from a shielded family in Tel-Aviv, reluctantly finds himself a police operative who becomes sucked into a seemingly inescapable life of crime. After participating in a robbery that culminated in three deaths, Nikko is asked to testify as a criminal and keep his informant past a secret. His death is staged and he is shipped, through the pipelines of the witness protection program, to Los Angeles with a new identity and an unspoken warning; his wife, Julia, and son, Maor, are to be left behind as leverage. The threat is clear... Julia sees Nikko's closed casket lowered to the ground, weeps below gray skies for her beloved, their shattered dreams, the disgrace that she must now face, and for their son. Where did she go wrong? They were just two kids loving and dreaming. There was a sense of danger to him, a sexy edge. Did Maor inherit it? The gene? Julia prepares to take a journey into her past, visiting the places that might hold the answers. Slowly, she begins uncovering the dark criminal world that had consumed her husband.
Nikko, now aliased Pauli, adjusts to life in downtown Los Angeles. Starting anew with a clean slate, he opens a liquor store. He befriends Dmitry Bulgakarov. But following a dangerous pool hall fight in which guns are drawn, and after his store is burned down, he is once again knee deep in the life he had so desperately wanted to relinquish. Like a sick deja vu, Pauli is approached by Bill, an FBI task force agent, who provides him with an ultimatum; become an informant and infiltrate Dmitry's mob family, or... Julia sinks deeper.
She finds strange bank accounts and questions that begin to surface. She meets Max who ran around in the same gang as her dead husband. But even Max bobs between two worlds with a hidden agenda that will eventually tear him apart. Pops Bulgakarov, head of a Mafia conglomerate, is approaching the end of an era. On the eve of his seventieth birthday, Pops is pushed by his wife Anna to give it all up. It's time to hand over the reigns to Yevgeniy, their eldest son. But Pops has risen to and remained at the top using his instincts, the same instincts screaming that Yevgeniy is not ready; no, rather, he's just not right. Meanwhile, the stranger with no past, Pauli, has entered the family's world gaining Dmitry's respect, Yevgeniy's distrust and turning Alex, their little sister, head over heels. Under the watchful eye of the FBI, Pauli needs to do wrong and right, living a double life just like the wife he left behind... Julia, the devoted mom in the morning who takes care of her son with passion and gently helps them both heal their loss, and Julia, undercover and desperate to do anything for answers. Charlie, her only confidante and her best friend through university, will help Julia concoct a new persona and be ready to enter the ruth crime den run by Amram, Tel-Aviv's underworld king. Amran, too, has a nagging feeling itching in his fingertips that something isn't right, that Nikko isn't dead. In a world run by men, Julia not only needs to prove herself and convince them to trust her, but also to stay clearly focused on her path as unofficial detective while convincing her family that she's a trustworthy mother. Each one will attempt to shape their separate destinies. But is the past something you can wash clean? Or does it shape your inevitable future?
El cúmulo globular de Akasa-Puspa, en un futuro distante: mundos remotos, en el abismo del espacio intergaláctico. Un pequeño universo de diez millones de soles, tan cercanos entre sí, que los viajes interestelares son posibles incluso con la tecnología más elemental; sacudido por continuas olas de civilización y barbarie; en cuyos planetas se alzan las babeles: colosales torres que dan acceso al espacio. El último imperio que dominó Akasa-Puspa se encuentra en decadencia y Khan Kharole, el general bárbaro, lucha por mantener la civilización en sus confines. Para ello, deberá aliarse con Srila, supremo líder religioso de Aksa-Puspa, que aspira a la supremacía de la Hermandad sobre los restos del Imperio. Ajeno a toda intriga palaciega, Jonás Chadragupta, es un científico que investiga el origen de la Humanidad en Akasa-Puspa, ¿cómo llegaron los primeros humanos hasta allí y en qué circustancias?; pero ha sido reclutado para una misión en una remota zona del cúmulo, donde hallará la sorprendente y espectacular respuesta a este enigma.