"Heartbreaking, overstuffed, seeping with history, lonelier than imaginable and truly in-the-face of American culture, Climbing Back's debris-field of prose poems tries with all its heart to outrun cultural paradigms and ends up refining our spiritual ignorance till it's our most gorgeous attribute."—from Jorie Graham's citation for the National Poetry Series. "Dionisio D. Martínez's Climbing Back is an epic-poetic-cinematic response to culture, a one-book shorthand to the 20th century and beyond, a series of responses to the world that are imaginative rather than reductive."—Susan Hussey, Organica
Following the narrative arc of Herman Melville’s Moby Dick, Ismael narrates the story of how he has come to end up lying, injured, in a compound on the Afghanistan border after a drone strike, life draining away. The story unfolds towards the present, as he thinks back across his journey from a suburb of Birmingham, where he was brought up, to pray circles in the city run by a charismatic individual who leads the small group Ismael joins, to Dubai, on to Karachi, and then to the mountains, to meet the fabled White Sheik. This journey begins with the discovery that he was adopted, after his real father killed himself in a suicide bombing.
Ismael decides to test himself to see whether, if subjected to the same environment, his nature will push him to similar violent conclusions. Along the way he is asked to work for the security services, informing on the man who had radicalised his real father. As the story progresses he is torn between loyalty to those he is travelling with, those he has come to work with at the security services, and to himself. After witnessing the violence created by both sides, as he moves through this new world, back in the present, he is forced to decide what acts are acceptable and work out what he is prepared to do to get himself home. The story explores what makes some of us need to seek out adventure and conflict, and makes many of us need to believe in a cause. Ismael attempts to understand why so much of the violence he has seen is caused by our inability to accept what it means to be human and the reality of all our fates. 70% of the sale of this product will be donated to War Child, charity no. 1071659
Maya is having a hard time going to sleep. Nanay has tried almost everything, but Maya still lies awake with her eyes wide open. What is keeping Maya from falling asleep?
With a loan shark at her door, can Louisa accept the protection of the brothers Freed? After her mother's sudden death, abandoning the brothers Freed in the French Alps had been a knee-jerk reaction. Now she is alone once more. When a loan shark comes knocking on her door demanding payment for her mother's debt, Louisa finds herself in danger from a merci criminal. Saved from a brutal beating, Bryce Freed offers her the safety of the Freed family home, a job within their company and a warm spot in their beds. With few other options, Louisa finds herself agreeing to his offer.
But she isn't sure which scares her more; the man after her money, or the men after her heart. Storm of Seduction is the second book in the Brothers Freed series. The first book, Avalanche of Desire, is currently in the Snow & Seduction box set and will be re-released with extended chapters before this book releases in March. This is a reverse harem story and for 18+ readers. Coming soon: Avalanche of Desire - book one in the Brothers Freed series (re-releases late February) Coming Soon: Dawn of Love – book three in the Brothers Freed series.
What is the universe? What does that mean? I will try to explain to those persons who want to know. The universe is the large emptiness we see all around and parts we do not see yet.
It is easy for us to see through it and reach out, and we touch nothing. The universe does exist because there are things that we can touch and feel. There is space around everything; this empty space. It did not exist before any parts or trees, grass, animals, people, so there was emptiness. This is called es or ethrea and exists millions and billions of years ago. There was a super intelligent being, whom we call Jehovah, and Jehovah looked all over this empty space and found no other being or no other part or thing in this emptiness that exists.
He called it ethrea; he found nothing existed besides him. So he thought and thought for quite some time and decided he would create a being called animal, but there was nothing to be like him. "It does not need to look like me. Nothing can be like me. It must have a place to move and a part that helps it move. It must have legs and feet to touch something to move on." So Jehovah discovered that he could speak and lots of stuff would come into existence. "Now how can make this stuff form into balls, or better, I'll call it a planet or nebula.
If I make it go around like a whirlwind, it will come to a center." So he caused the stuff to go round and round, and he discovered it got hot with friction. When it cooled down, it became a large ball, and he called it the sun. Some of the spinning stuff became smaller balls, and he could call those the planets and the smaller ones as moons. There were so many of these planets and moons. What could he do with them? He could make grass and trees and animals and people that could be companions. It would take many years of experiments to do this, and he had so many planets to cause to grow and many years to make the animals able to talk, and they will need to be able to eat.
Ο Mister Bank έχει ερωτευτεί τρελά μια τρομοκράτισσα. Δεν του έχει δείξει όμως ποτέ το πρόσωπό της. Τη συναντάει κάθε βράδυ μυστικά στην τράπεζά του, την «Total Bank». - Αγάπη μου, πες μου το όνομά σου, δεν θα το πω σε κανέναν... ... Μια νύχτα δεν άντεξε. Τραβάει την κουκούλα με δύναμη, οπότε βλέπει με φρίκη ότι η αγαπημένη του είναι άντρας! - Είσαι ο Κουφοντίνας! φωνάζει. Μα πώς γίνεται; Εσύ είσαι στη φυλακή! - Είμαι ο δίδυμος αδελφός του! Μάικελ Κουφοντίνας. Ζω στον Καναδά. Εκεί είμαι λίγο τρομοκράτης, όποτε μου τη δώσει... - Εμένα μ' αρέσουν οι τρομοκράτες... λέει ο Mister Bank.
Είναι κύριοι... Δεν κλέβουν σαν ζώα. Έχουν άποψη.
Την ώρα που σε σκοτώνουν, σου εξηγούν πώς θα πεθάνεις και γιατί.
Είχα έναν φίλο στο σχολείο, κακό μαθητή: - Θέλω να γίνω τρομοκράτης, μου έλεγε. Να βγαίνω έξω με την κουκούλα μου και το πιστόλι μου και να με τρέμουνε όλοι! Τελικά έγινε μάγειρας... Ο Lee και η Lou δεν ξέρουν μόνο να γαβγίζουν... Ξέρουν πολλά...
In orbit out from Jupiter in view of its malignant red eye is OUTLAND.
Here on Io -- moon of Jupiter, hell in space -- men mine ore to satisfy the needs of Earth. They are hard men, loners for whom the Company provides the necessities: beds, food, drink and women for hire. Now, in apparent suicide or in frenzied madness, the men are dying... To OUTLAND comes the new U.S. Marshall O'Neil, a man with a sense of duty so strong it drives him to ferret out evil, greed and murder regard of the cost. If he must, he will forfeit love, livelihood -- even life itself.