Twenty years ago, a boy named Jack Sawyer travelled to a parallel universe called The Territories to save his mother and her Territories “twinner” from a premature and agonizing death that would have brought cataclysm to the other world. Now Jack is a retired Los Angeles homicide detective living in the nearly nonexistent hamlet of Tamarack, WI. He has no recollection of his adventures in the Territories and was compelled to leave the police force when an odd, happenstance event threatened to awaken those memories. When a series of gruesome murders occur in western Wisconsin that are reminiscent of those …
The story begins around dusk, one evening during the carnival season (similar to the Mardi Gras festival in New Orleans) in an unnamed European city. Montresor has been previously wronged by Fortunato, and so Montresor vows revenge against Fortunato in an effort to support his time-honored family motto: “Nemo me impune lacessit” (No one assails me with impunity). Montresor finds his “friend” inebriated, and dressed in carnival costume at dusk. Montresor cleverly induces Fortunato to follow him into the catacombs to determine if his newly-acquired cask of amontillado — a kind of Spanish sherry — is indeed authentic, and thus …
Heart of Darkness is a story within a story, narrated by a man named Marlow to colleagues at an evening gathering on a ship called the Nellie which sits upon the Thames river at the time of the storytelling. Marlow's tale describes an incident earlier in Marlow's life that occurred while he was a ship captain of a steamer, and a journey in which he embarked upon the Congo River to investigate the work of Kurtz, a Belgian trader in ivory in the Congo Free State.
Conway's story of her youth in mid-century Australia. Conway recounts the successive phases of her early life: her childhood on a remote sheep station, her teenage years in suburban Sydney, her education at the University of Sydney, and her decision to become a historian and to leave Australia for the United States. Her own coming of age is set against that of her country: the British Empire is disintegrating, and as England retreats to a local rather than an international role in world affairs, Australia must set out to rediscover its own identity, not as an extension of England, but …
Flash Gordon, dale Arden, and Dr Hans Zarkov crash land on Mongo, an alien world that threatens Earth's existence! Taken captive, they are brought before the despotic ruler of this hostile world, the self-proclaimed ruler of the universe, Ming the Merciless. Escaping Ming's clutches, the marooned fugitives' bravery and courage rallies others. Uniting under Flash’s leadership, the oppressed people of Mongo rise up, breaking Ming's reign of terror. Eluding justice, Ming wages a never-ending battle the regain the throne…and exact revenge on the earthlings responsible for his ruin! (kingfeatures.com)
The crimefighting adventures of The Green Hornet (descendant of The Lone Ranger) and Kato, his expert martial-artist sidekick.
Tony Stark is a high-tech genious and billionaire–making the world's most imaginative weapons defense systems. But when a powerful competitor attempts to kill him, and almost succeeds, he must build a modern-day suit of armor to stay alive. Building even more agile and powerful versions of the awesome suit, Tony uses his power to fight crime as the Invincible Iron Man!
In the near future, where Amerika has become a police state, one hundred teen boys are selected to enter an annual contest where the winner will be awarded whatever he wants for the rest of his life. The game is simple - maintain a steady walking pace of four miles per hour without stopping. Three warnings, and you're out - permanently. (from www.stephenking.com)
Led by the pigs, the Animals on Mr Jones's farm revolt against their human masters. After their victory they decide to run the farm themselves on egalitarian principles. Inspired by the example of Boxer, the hard-working horse, the cooperation prosper. The pigs become corrupted by power and a new tyranny is established under Napoleon. ‘All animals are equal, but some animals are more equal than others.’ Snowball, an idealist, is driven out. The final betrayal is made when the pigs try to reconcile their relationship with Mr. Jones.
Christine Penmark adores her daughter Rhoda but has long been troubled by her icy, controlled demeanor. She discovers that her little girl has killed and will kill again. Horrified, Christine eventually learns a terrible secret: within herself she carries the “bad seed,” an inherited moral blindness that has skipped her generation to burst into dreadful bloom in the next. Torn between her love of her child and her grief for Rhoda's victims, Christine must make a harrowing decision.
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