Kicking the Property Ladder:Why buying a house makes less sense than renting - and how to invest the money you save in shares, gold, stamps and more Robin Bennett
NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLER • NAMED ONE OF THE BEST BOOKS OF THE YEAR BY NPR, BUZZFEED, AND BOOKLIST • With shades of The Hunger Games, Ender´s Game, and Game of Thrones, debut author Pierce Brown´s genre-defying epic Red Rising hit the ground running and wasted no time becoming a sensation. Golden Son continues the stunning saga of Darrow, a rebel forged by tragedy, battling to lead his oppressed people to freedom. As a Red, Darrow grew up working the mines deep beneath the surface of Mars, enduring backbreaking labor while dreaming of the better future he was building for his descendants. But the Society he faithfully served was built on lies. Darrow´s kind have been betrayed and denied by their elitist masters, the Golds-and their only path to liberation is revolution. And so Darrow sacrifices himself in the name of the greater good for which Eo, his true love and inspiration, laid down her own life. He becomes a Gold, infiltrating their privileged realm so that he can destroy it from within. A lamb among wolves in a cruel world, Darrow finds friendship, respect, and even love-but also the wrath of powerful rivals. To wage and win the war that will change humankind´s destiny, Darrow must confront the treachery arrayed against him, overcome his all-too-human desire for retribution-and strive not for violent revolt but a hopeful rebirth. Though the road ahead is fraught with danger and deceit, Darrow must choose to follow Eo´s principles of love and justice to free his people. He must live for more. BONUS: This edition includes an excerpt from Pierce Brown´s Morning Star. Praise for Golden Son ´´Gripping . . . Both author and lead character have cranked up the emotional stakes. . . . With Golden Son, Brown avoids the sophomore slump, charging the novel with the kind of dystopia-toppling action you´d expect in a trilogy ender, not a middle volume. On virtually every level, this is a sequel that hates sequels-a perfect fit for a hero who already defies the tropes. [Grade:] A´´-Entertainment Weekly ´´Stirring . . . Comparisons to The Hunger Games and Game of Thrones series are inevitable, for this tale has elements of both.´´-Kirkus Reviews ´´Brown writes layered, flawed characters . . . but plot is his most breathtaking strength. . . . Every action seems to flow into the next.´´-NPR ´´It´s a far superior sequel, in fact: one of the rare breed of reads that improves upon its predecessor in every conceivable category. . . . In a word, Golden Son is stunning. Never mind how little we´ve seen of 2015: Among science fiction fans, it should be a shoo-in for book of the year.´´-Tor.com ´´Brown is a prodigy. As great as the first book of the Red Rising Trilogy is, Golden Son is even better. A wild ride full of suspense, intrigue, and serious ass-kicking bravado, it´s expertly written and emotionally engaging, with top-notch universe-building that begs for further exploration. I want more!´´-Christopher Golden, New York Times bestselling author of Snowblind ´´The stakes are even higher than they were in Red Rising, and the twists and turns of the story are every bit as exciting. The jaw-dropper of an ending will leave readers hungry for the conclusion to Brown´s wholly original, completely thrilling saga.´´-Booklist (starred review) ´´Dramatic . . . the rare middle book that loses almost no momentum as it sets up the final installment.´´-Publishers Weekly
No sport has gone through the seismic changes that rocked tennis when the game, long a holdout against professionalism and creeping commercialism, abandoned its roots as a genteel, amateurs-only enterprise and became a pro sport, vying for the heart of the public with rivals like soccer, NFL football, or NBA basketball. Peter Bodo, who has covered tennis since the dawn of this ´´Open´´ era as the chief writer for Tennis magazine, was there to witness this transition and what it promised, what it delivered. He has covered the game on every continent since the early 1970s. The Courts of Babylon is more than a collection of essays, most of them growing out of a deep familiarity and, often, relationship with subjects that include Bjorn Borg, Chris Evert, John McEnroe, Evonne Goolangong, Jimmy Connors, Tracy Austin, Ivan Lendl, and Martina Navratilova. It is also a commentary on what was lost and what was gained by the transition to professionalism, and how the new, ´´Open´´ era delivered - or failed to make good - on the promise that professionalism would make tennis a more inclusive, egalitarian, accessible game. Relying heavily on formal, in-depth interviews conducted over two decades and his status as an ´´insider´´ in an insular game, Bodo´s book is both a meditation and exposé, a polemic and a tribute to the players who dragged tennis, often kicking and screaming, to the forefront of the public´s imagination - even when those players got it all too fast and too young. Bodo delves into the darkest and most controversial areas of the game, chroniciling the follies of overzealous parents and pampered athletes. He fearlessly wades into sensitive issues stemming from sex and gender, politics and commercialism. He celebrates the game while holding it to task, all the while acknowledging the reality of the demands and distortions that come with a way of life that is both difficult but glamorous, and eagerly embraced by athletes who, in some cases, ar... ungekürzt. Language: English. Narrator: Welland Scripps. Audio sample: http://samples.audible.de/bk/adbl/010493de/bk_rhde_002536_sample.mp3. Digital audiobook in aax.
Munchkin is about kicking down Doors, killing Monsters, and stealing their Treasure. But where are the dank walls of the subterranean labyrinth where our heroes engage in their murderous exploits?Demented Dungeons introduces a new twist on Munchkin. Now you can enter the Dungeon of Elvish Excess, where everyone is an Elf. Or take a Portal to the Dungeon of Manga Wrangling, where tentacles are even more dangerous. Or power up in the Dungeon of Unexpected Epicness - although it´s hardly unexpected,´´ given the name. Or all of them at once!Each of the 20 double-sized Dungeon cards adds a new rule that affects the entire party, and maybe the monsters too! Use the 16 Portal cards to jump from one Dungeon to the next in your search for gold and glory.´´
Take a mining townlet like Woodhouse, with a population of ten thousand people, and three generations behind it. This space of three generations argues a certain well-established society. The old County has fled from the sight of so much disembowelled coal, to flourish on mineral rights in regions still idyllic. Remains one great and inaccessible magnate, the local coal owner: three generations old, and clambering on the bottom step of the County, kicking off the mass below. Rule him out. A well established society in Woodhouse, full of fine shades, ranging from the dark of coal-dust to grit of stone-mason and sawdust of timber-merchant, through the lustre of lard and butter and meat, to the perfume of the chemist and the disinfectant of the doctor, on to the serene gold-tarnish of bank-managers, cashiers for the firm, clergymen and such-like, as far as the automobile refulgence of the general-manager of all the collieries. Here the ne plus ultra. The general manager lives in the shrubberied seclusion of the so-called Manor. The genuine Hall, abandoned by the County, has been taken over as offices by the firm. Here we are then: a vast substratum of colliers; a thick sprinkling of tradespeople intermingled with small employers of labour and diversified by elementary schoolmasters and nonconformist clergy; a higher layer of bank-managers, rich millers and well-to-do ironmasters, episcopal clergy and the managers of collieries, then the rich and sticky cherry of the local coal-owner glistening over all. Such the complicated social system of a small industrial town in the Midlands of England, in this year of grace 1920. But let us go back a little. Such it was in the last calm year of plenty, 1913. A calm year of plenty. But one chronic and dreary malady: that of the odd women. Why, in the name of all prosperity, should every class but the lowest in such a society hang overburdened with Dead Sea fruit of odd women, unmarried, unmarriageable women, called old maids? Why is it that every tradesman, every school-master, every bank-manager, and every clergyman produces one, two, three or more old maids? Do the middle-classes, particularly the lower middle-classes, give birth to more girls than boys? Or do the lower middle-class men assiduously climb up or down, in marriage, thus leaving their true partners stranded? Or are middle-class women very squeamish in their choice of husbands? However it be, it is a tragedy. Or perhaps it is not.
(2016/Sundazed) 7 tracks. C.A. Quintet´s legendäres Album aus dem Jahre 1968. Psychedelic Rock, gepresst auf goldenem Vinyl. The C.A. Quintets journey to Hades burned hot enough to melt the ice in their frigid Minnesota environs. A coveted collectable since the psychedelic record collecting disaster whirl first started over 30 years ago, Trip Thru Hell (1968) is rightly regarded as the epitome of local psych-cum-garage rising above its humble roots into something truly monolithic. Evolving from the local circuit into a hellish beast of keyboards, lysergic lyrics, trippy guitars and even subtle trumpet parts, the C.A. Quintets vision of the netherworld glowed in flaming orange, red and yellow as their instincts took over. Kicking off with the chilling psychedelicized keyboard-led instrumental title track, the album singes the psyche of the listener with an array of atmospheric beelzefuzz on Colorado Mourning, sitar-like solos intertwining with fuzz and horns on Underground Music, and the more benevolent Lucifer on Smooth As Silk, which swirls with keys and harmony vocals to underscore a brilliant melody. Mortals dare not venture to the sinister realm of the Cold Spider and especially not Sleepy Hollow Lane, a mistier place than even the Chocolate Watchband could dream of visiting. As the first label to give this distinguished work the treatment it deserved 20 years ago, Sundazed returns with this gold vinyl reissue reproducing all of the original artwork and ensuring the authentic analog sound of psychedelia.
Eight madcap tales of unpredictable dragons - including one made of ice, another that takes refuge in the General Post Office, and a fire-breathing monster that flies out of an enchanted book and eats an entire soccer team! The Book of Beasts (Excerpt) He happened to be building a Palace when the news came, and he left all the bricks kicking about the floor for Nurse to clear up-but then the news was rather remarkable news. You see, there was a knock at the front door and voices talking downstairs, and Lionel thought it was the man come to see about the gas, which had not been allowed to be lighted since the day when Lionel made a swing by tying his skipping rope to the gas bracket. And then, quite suddenly, Nurse came in and said, Master Lionel, dear, theyve come to fetch you to go and be King. Then she made haste to change his smock and to wash his face and hands and brush his hair, and all the time she was doing it Lionel kept wriggling and fidgeting and saying, Oh, dont, Nurse, and, Im sure my ears are quite clean, or, Never mind my hair, its all right, and, Thatll do. Youre going on as if you was going to be an eel instead of a King, said Nurse. The minute Nurse let go for a moment Lionel bolted off without waiting for his clean handkerchief, and in the drawing room there were two very grave-looking gentlemen in red robes with fur, and gold coronets with velvet sticking up out of the middle like the cream in the very expensive jam tarts. They bowed low to Lionel, and the gravest one said: Sire, your great-great-great-great-great-grandfather, the King of this country, is dead, and now you have got to come and be King. Yes, please, sir, said Lionel, when does it begin? You will be crowned this afternoon, said the grave gentleman who was not quite so grave-looking as the other. Would you like me to bring Nurse, or what time would you like me to be fetched, and hadnt I better put on my velvet suit with the lace collar? said Lionel, who had often been out to tea. Your Nurse will be removed to the Palace later. No, never mind about changing your suit; the Royal robes will cover all that up.... About Edith Nesbitt: Edith Nesbit (married name Edith Bland ; 15 August 1858 - 4 May 1924) was an English author and poet; she published her books for children under the name of E. Nesbit . Nesbit published approximately 40 books for children, including novels, collections of stories and picture books. Collaborating with others, she published almost as many more. According to her biographer, Julia Briggs, Nesbit was the first modern writer for children: Nesbit helped to reverse the great tradition of childrens literature inaugurated by Lewis Carroll , George MacDonald and Kenneth Grahame , in turning away from their secondary worlds to the tough truths to be won from encounters with things-as-they-are, previously the province of adult novels. Briggs also credits Nesbit with having invented the childrens adventure story . Noël Coward was a great admirer of hers and, in a letter to an early biographer Noel Streatfeild , wrote she had an economy of phrase, and an unparalleled talent for evoking hot summer days in the English countryside. Among Nesbits best-known books are The Story of the Treasure Seekers (1898) and The Wouldbegoods (1899), which both recount stories about the Bastables, a middle-class family that has fallen on (relatively) hard times. The Railway Children is also known from its adaptation into a 1970 film version . Gore Vidal called the time-travel book, The Story of the Amulet one in which Nesbits powers of invention are at their best. Her childrens writing also included numerous plays and collections of verse . She created an innovative body of work that combined realistic, contemporary children in real-world settings with magical objects - what would now be classed as contemporary fantasy - and adventures and sometimes travel to fantastic worlds. In doing so, she was a direct or indirect influence on many subsequent writers, including P. L. Travers (author of Mary Poppins ), Edward Eager , Diana Wynne Jones and J. K. Rowling . C. S. Lewis was influenced by her in writing the Narnia series and mentions the Bastable children in The Magicians Nephew . (Wikipedia)