The Nature of the Beast
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The Nature of the Beast is a New York Times bestselling Chief Inspector Gamache novel from Louise Penny. Hardly a day goes by when nine year old Laurent Lepage doesn't cry wolf. From alien invasions, to walking trees, to winged beasts in the woods, to dinosaurs spotted in the village of Three Pines, his tales are so extraordinary no one can possibly believe him. Including Armand and Reine-Marie Gamache, who now live in the little Quebec village. But when the boy disappears, the villagers are faced with the possibility that one of his tall tales might have been true. And so begins a frantic search for the boy and the truth. What they uncover deep in the forest sets off a sequence of events that leads to murder, leads to an old crime, leads to an old betrayal. Leads right to the door of an old poet. And now it is now, writes Ruth Zardo. And the dark thing is here. A monster once visited Three Pines. And put down deep roots. And now, Ruth knows, it is back. Armand Gamache, the former head of homicide for the Sûreté du Québec, must face the possibility that, in not believing the boy, he himself played a terrible part in what happens next.
Turned into a major feature film, 'The Nature of the Beast' is the award-winning story of a community devastated by unemployment and an unknown beast roaming the moors, and which young Bill Coward is determined to track down.
Charting cultural diversity's various incarnations, from ethnic arts in the late 1970s, black arts in the 1980s, new internationalism in the 1990s and culturally diverse arts in the 21st Century; Hyltons study considers how today's overly benevolent and prescriptive attempts at inculcating cultural diversity within the visual arts reprise much of the outmoded thinking dating back to the 1970s. Through in-depth research and analysis, this study assesses the extent to which certain policies and initiatives might have assisted or hindered the progress of Black artists within the English gallery system.
Stripped of his indestructible skeleton and the power that defined him as a mutant, Wolverine suddenly discovers that he no longer knows who he really is or if his life has any value if he cannot be a member of the X-Men. Original.
In this captivating new collection from Hannah Howell, Adrienne Basso, and Eve Silver, three women meet the irresistible vampires who are their destiny--and discover a passion satisfied only by complete surrender. . . "Dark Hero" by Hannah Howell Unlike most of his clan, Berawald MacNachton chooses to live in comfortable seclusion, far from the enemies who hunt his kind--until Evanna Massey and her young brother intrude upon his solitude. . . "Bride of the Beast" by Adrienne Basso When Haydn of Gwynedd first met Bethan of Lampeter, she was a brave and fearless young girl, risking her life to save his. Now Bethan has grown into a striking, courageous woman who needs Haydn's help to defeat her tyrannical stepfather. Haydn's dark gift compels him to offer marriage in name only, but he cannot deny the passion that sears them both. . . "Kiss of the Vampire" by Eve Silver Devoted to her work at King's College Hospital, Sarah Lowell is shocked to discover that someone--or something--is killing the weakest patients, draining them of their blood. Killian Thayne, an enigmatic surgeon, offers Sarah his protection, but his sensual, commanding presence presents another kind of danger. . .
The werewolf in popular fiction has begun to change rapidly. Literary critics have observed this development and its impact on the werewolf in fiction, with theorists arguing that the modern werewolf offers new possibilities about how we view identity and the self. Although this monograph is preoccupied with the same concerns, it represents a departure from other critical works by analysing the werewolf’s subjectivity/identity as a work-in-progress, where the fixed and final form is yet to be arrived at – and may never be fully accomplished. Using the critical theories of Deleuze and Guattari and their concepts of ‘multiplicities’ and ‘becoming’, this work argues that the werewolf is in a state of constant evolution as it develops new modes of being in popular fiction. Following on from this examination of lycanthropic subjectivity, the book goes on to examine the significant developments that have resulted from the advent of the werewolf as subject, few of which have received any sustained critical attention to date.
The name of Fritz Lang—the visionary director of Metropolis, M, Fury, The Big Heat, and thirty other unforgettable films—is hallowed the world over. But what lurks behind his greatest legends and his genius as a filmmaker? Patrick McGilligan, placed among “the front rank of film biographers” by the Washington Post, spent four years in Europe and America interviewing Lang’s dying contemporaries, researching government and film archives, and investigating the intriguing life story of Fritz Lang. This critically acclaimed biography—lauded as one of the year’s best nonfiction books by Publishers Weekly—reconstructs the compelling, flawed human being behind the monster with the monocle.
Two hundred years after Castelle and Femarine, in a nation that was once their enemy, Prince Benson is on a quest to find The Exercitation, a cure for his beloved, but deathly-ill fiancé. He has no clue what he's getting into; he knows only that he cannot fail. Who are his enemies, and who his friends? He's going to be surprised by both, because in this world there are demons, and you can bet your assumption that they're nothing like he ever imagined.
Professor Bryan Sykes, the world's leading expert on human genetics, set a goal to locate and analyse as many DNA samples as possible with links to the yeti. In doing so, he found himself entering a strange world of mystery and sensationalism, fraud and obsession and even the supernatural. Protected by the ruthless vigour of genetic analysis he was able to listen to the stories of the yeti without having to form an opinion. The only opinion that mattered was the DNA. Three hair samples from the miogi, the Bhutanese yeti are the cause of the investigation. The hairs did not surrender their secrets easily, but eventually two were identified as known species of bear. The third remained a mystery. One of the many theories to account for the yeti legend is that there were small groups of Neanderthals that had managed to survive until recent times. If so, would it be possible to detect recent interbreeding between our own species and Neanderthals in the genomes of indigenous people living in remote regions? Professor Sykes has made some surprising and significant discoveries. Discoveries that could change our understanding of human origins.
In 1962 a strike force of elite special agents for a clandestine group is sent to unearth and recover four powerful artifacts from a temple buried in the Middle Eastern desert. The artifacts are recovered, but only the three mission leaders survive, making off with two of the artifacts. In 1976, the surviving junior member of the desert mission is now an agent on a special assignment: he is to abduct, artificially inseminate, and release Angela Trelaine, the wife of billionaire industrialist Reginald Trelaine. His mission is a success. The next year, Angela dies in childbirth as she delivers twins, Jack and Sarah Trelaine. Her husband, Reginald, blames his wife's death on the infant Jack but vows to wait until the boy is older to take revenge. It is now 2004 and when a convenience store clerk is attacked and sexually assaulted by a group of gangbangers, the rape is cut short by a man wearing black leather and Kevlar that covers everything but the red goggles over his eyes. He tears the gangbangers apart with his bare hands before hurling a titanium hammer through the skull of the last attacker. This starts a chain of events that bathes the Indianapolis streets in blood.Now a grown Jack must strive to save those closest to him while struggling to uncover the Nature of the Beast. About the Author: First-time novelist Michael L. Romansky resides with his family in Indianapolis. He has three books in the works including the sequel. Publisher's website: http: //SBPRA.com/MichaelLRomansk
It is widely known that such Western institutions as the museum, the university, and the penitentiary shaped JapanÕs emergence as a modern nation-state. Less commonly recognized is the role played by the distinctly hybrid institutionÑat once museum, laboratory, and prisonÑof the zoological garden. In this eye-opening study of JapanÕs first modern zoo, TokyoÕs Ueno Imperial Zoological Gardens, opened in 1882, Ian Jared Miller offers a refreshingly unconventional narrative of JapanÕs rapid modernization and changing relationship with the natural world. As the first zoological garden in the world not built under the sway of a Western imperial regime, the Ueno Zoo served not only as a staple attraction in the nationÕs capitalÑan institutional marker of national accomplishmentÑbut also as a site for the propagation of a new ÒnaturalÓ order that was scientifically verifiable and evolutionarily foreordained. As the Japanese empire grew, Ueno became one of the primary sites of imperialist spectacle, a microcosm of the empire that could be traveled in the course of a single day. The meaning of the zoo would change over the course of Imperial JapanÕs unraveling and subsequent Allied occupation. Today it remains one of JapanÕs most frequently visited places. But instead of empire in its classic political sense, it now bespeaks the ambivalent dominion of the human species over the natural environment, harkening back to its imperial roots even as it asks us to question our exploitation of the planetÕs resources.
The true tale of an edenic Rocky Mountain town and what transpired when a predatory species returned to its ancestral home. When, in the late 1980s, residents of Boulder, Colorado, suddenly began to see mountain lions in their yards, it became clear that the cats had repopulated the land after decades of persecution. Here, in a riveting environmental fable that recalls Peter Benchley's thriller Jaws, journalist David Baron traces the history of the mountain lion and chronicles Boulder's effort to coexist with its new neighbors. A parable for our times, The Beast in the Garden is a scientific detective story and a real-life drama, a tragic tale of the struggle between two highly evolved predators: man and beast.
James is just winding down his moribund 'detective' business when he recieves an offer he cannot refuse. Solving the case of who has put Johnny Johnson in Intensive Care. James accepts for two reasons. Firstly; you don't turn down paid work. Secondly; James has to make sure the case is never solved or at least that the truth is never revealed. In a tangled web of power, corruption and lies, James has to protect himself, those around him and find a solution to suit everybody. Preferably before Johnny Johnson regains consciousness.His friends offer levity and obstacles in equal measure and his love life is becoming a joke. Immersed in an ever more seedy and secretive enviroment, James discovers that there are more than just skeletons in the closet