The Day of the Triffids

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The Day of the Triffids by John Wyndham Summary

The classic postapocalyptic thriller with “all the reality of a vividly realized nightmare” (The Times, London). Triffids are odd, interesting little plants that grow in everyone’s garden. Triffids are no more than mere curiosities—until an event occurs that alters human life forever. What seems to be a spectacular meteor shower turns into a bizarre, green inferno that blinds everyone and renders humankind helpless. What follows is even stranger: spores from the inferno cause the triffids to suddenly take on a life of their own. They become large, crawling vegetation, with the ability to uproot and roam about the country, attacking humans and inflicting pain and agony. William Masen somehow managed to escape being blinded in the inferno, and now after leaving the hospital, he is one of the few survivors who can see. And he may be the only one who can save his species from chaos and eventual extinction . . . With more than a million copies sold, The Day of the Triffids is a landmark of speculative fiction, and “an outstanding and entertaining novel” (Library Journal). “A thoroughly English apocalypse, it rivals H. G. Wells in conveying how the everyday invaded by the alien would feel. No wonder Stephen King admires Wyndham so much.” —Ramsey Campbell “One of my all-time favorite novels. It’s absolutely convincing, full of little telling details, and that sweet, warm sensation of horror and mystery.” —Joe R. Lansdale

The Night of the Triffids

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The Night of the Triffids by Simon Clark Summary

A sequel to John Wyndham’s post-apocalyptic horror classic The Day of the Triffids: “An action-filled tale that captures the spirit of the original story” (Library Journal). Winner of the British Fantasy Award for Best Novel In The Day of the Triffids, Bill Masen escapes with his family to a colony on the Isle of Wight after a meteor shower blinds most of the human race and the deadly Triffid plants begin to take over the world. Now the story continues, more than twenty-five years later, as pilot David Masen, Bill’s son, travels in search of an effective weapon against the Triffids. In New York City, he discovers a group of people who appear to be immune to the Triffids’ deadly poison. But all is not as it seems in this colony, and soon David must face a dangerous adversary from his family’s past . . . “Brisk and engaging . . . This crafty continuation is elegant in its construction . . . A truly enjoyable voyage.” —Publishers Weekly

La mélodie

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La mélodie by Jim Crace Summary

Alfred Busi, dit Mr Al, est attaqué chez lui par une créature étrange. Les médias crient à l’invasion de bêtes féroces pendant qu’Alfred affirme que son assaillant est un enfant rendu fou par la faim. Alfred, chanteur reconnu qui vient de perdre son épouse, devient alors malgré lui la seule voix dissonante dans la petite ville d’Angleterre frappée depuis quelques temps par de mystérieuses agressions. Lui appelle à la compassion et à l’action collective, alors que les habitants du coin se calfeutrent et développent un discours réactionnaire de plus en plus haineux. D’un sujet de société – la pauvreté, le sort des migrants – Jim Crace a fait un roman-fable mélancolique qui est aussi une réflexion sur la place de l’artiste dans le monde.

Le Livre des crânes

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Le Livre des crânes by Robert Silverberg Summary

Ils sont quatre. Quatre étudiants qui ont décidé de s’assurer l’immortalité physique, fût-ce au prix d’une terrible ascèse. Ils sont partis à la recherche du monastère de la Fraternité des Crânes dont ils ont découvert l’existence par accident dans le Livre. Mais pour atteindre l’éternité, il leur faut se découvrir. A la lisière du fantastique, de la fantasy, de la science-fiction, de l’horreur, un des chefs-d’œuvre absolus d’un des plus grands écrivains américains de notre temps, Robert Silverberg.

Dark Dreams 2.0

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Dark Dreams 2.0 by Charles Derry Summary

Greatly expanded and updated from the 1977 original, this new edition explores the evolution of the modern horror film, particularly as it reflects anxieties associated with the atomic bomb, the Cold War, 1960s violence, sexual liberation, the Reagan revolution, 9/11 and the Iraq War. It divides modern horror into three varieties (psychological, demonic and apocalyptic) and demonstrates how horror cinema represents the popular expression of everyday fears while revealing the forces that influence American ideological and political values. Directors given a close reading include Alfred Hitchcock, Brian De Palma, David Cronenberg, Guillermo Del Toro, Michael Haneke, Robert Aldrich, Mel Gibson and George A. Romero. Additional material discusses postmodern remakes, horror franchises and Asian millennial horror. This book also contains more than 950 frame grabs and a very extensive filmography.

The Science Fiction Handbook

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The Science Fiction Handbook by Nick Hubble,Aris Mousoutzanis Summary

As we move through the 21st century, the importance of science fiction to the study of English Literature is becoming increasingly apparent. The Science Fiction Handbook provides a comprehensive guide to the genre and how to study it for students new to the field. In particular, it provides detailed entries on major writers in the SF field who might be encountered on university-level English Literature courses, ranging from H.G. Wells and Philip K. Dick, to Doris Lessing and Geoff Ryman. Other features include an historical timeline, sections on key writers, critics and critical terms, and case studies of both literary and critical works. In the later sections of the book, the changing nature of the science fiction canon and its growing role in relation to the wider categories of English Literature are discussed in depth introducing the reader to the latest critical thinking on the field.

Literature of the 1950s

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Literature of the 1950s by Alice Ferrebe Summary

This lively study challenges the myths about apathy and smugness surrounding British literature of the period. It rereads the decade and its literature as crucial in twentieth-century British history for its emergent and increasingly complicated politics

Assassin’s creed : Odyssey

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Assassin’s creed : Odyssey by Gordon Doherty Summary

Grèce, Ve siècle av. J.-C. Vingt ans durant, Kassandra, descendante du puissant roi Léonidas, a tenté d’oublier la disgrâce dans laquelle elle était tombée : son père, Nikolaos, l’a bannie de Sparte pour avoir bravé la volonté des dieux et tenté de sauver la vie de son jeune frère. Un jour, un mystérieux inconnu arrive dans la paisible ville côtière où elle est devenue mercenaire. Il lui promet une fortune qui changera son existence à tout jamais. En échange, Kassandra doit traverser la Méditerranée pour prendre part à la guerre qui oppose Athènes à Sparte et tuer celui qu’on surnomme « le Loup » : Nikolaos de Sparte, son propre père, auquel elle n’a jamais accordé son pardon...

The Pleasure and Pain of Cult Horror Films

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The Pleasure and Pain of Cult Horror Films by Bartłomiej Paszylk Summary

The horror genre harbors a number of films too bold or bizarre to succeed with mainstream audiences, but offering unique, startling and often groundbreaking qualities that have won them an enduring following. Beginning with Victor Sjöström’s The Phantom Carriage in 1921, this book tracks the evolution and influence of underground cult horror over the ensuing decades, closing with William Winckler’s Frankenstein vs. the Creature from Blood Cove in 2005. It discusses the features that define a cult film, trends and recurring symbols, and changing iconography within the genre through insightful analysis of 88 movies. Included are works by popular directors who got their start with cult horror films, including Oliver Stone, David Cronenberg and Peter Jackson.

Flashes of the Fantastic

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Flashes of the Fantastic by David Ketterer Summary

H. G. Wells's first and fourth novels, The Time Machine and The War of the Worlds, have together largely created the science fiction genre. The centennial of the initial publication of The War of the Worlds was the focus of the 19th International Conference on the Fantastic in the Arts, and this volume includes selected essays from that conference. The first section of the book offers fresh interpretations of The War of the Worlds, while the second looks at Wells's other contributions and his shaping influence on science fiction and fantasy. The third includes papers on the art of noted science fiction writer Peter Straub, while the fourth explores a diverse range of topics related to the fantastic.

The Riverside Dictionary of Biography

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The Riverside Dictionary of Biography by Editors of the American Heritage Dictionaries Summary

An authoritative resource offering concise profiles of more than ten thousand of the world's most important people features information on individuals from ancient times to the present day and representing a wide range of fields of endeavor, furnishing details on birth and death dates, full name, nationality, occupation, and accomplishments, as well as thousands of cross references and brief quotations.

A Reader's Book of Days: True Tales from the Lives and Works of Writers for Every Day of the Year

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A Reader's Book of Days: True Tales from the Lives and Works of Writers for Every Day of the Year by Tom Nissley Summary

A witty and addictively readable day-by-day literary companion. At once a love letter to literature and a charming guide to the books most worth reading, A Reader's Book of Days features bite-size accounts of events in the lives of great authors for every day of the year. Here is Marcel Proust starting In Search of Lost Time and Virginia Woolf scribbling in the margin of her own writing, "Is it nonsense, or is it brilliance?" Fictional events that take place within beloved books are also included: the birth of Harry Potter’s enemy Draco Malfoy, the blood-soaked prom in Stephen King’s Carrie. A Reader's Book of Days is filled with memorable and surprising tales from the lives and works of Martin Amis, Jane Austen, James Baldwin, Roberto Bolano, the Brontë sisters, Junot Díaz, Philip K. Dick, Charles Dickens, Joan Didion, F. Scott Fitzgerald, John Keats, Hilary Mantel, Haruki Murakami, Flannery O’Connor, Orhan Pamuk, George Plimpton, Marilynne Robinson, W. G. Sebald, Dr. Seuss, Zadie Smith, Susan Sontag, Hunter S. Thompson, Leo Tolstoy, David Foster Wallace, and many more. The book also notes the days on which famous authors were born and died; it includes lists of recommended reading for every month of the year as well as snippets from book reviews as they appeared across literary history; and throughout there are wry illustrations by acclaimed artist Joanna Neborsky. Brimming with nearly 2,000 stories, A Reader's Book of Days will have readers of every stripe reaching for their favorite books and discovering new ones.

Motor Girl

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Motor Girl by Terry Moore Summary

L'oeuvre culte de Terry Moore éditée dans son intégralité, dans un format digne de ce nom et réalisée en collaboration avec l'auteur. Cette intégrale sera proposée en trois volumes de plus de 200 pages chacun. Samantha, ex-militaire qui a effectué trois séjours en territoire hostile et souffrant de syndrome post-traumatique, vit retirée du monde et gère un garage - ou plutôt une casse auto - en plein désert. Elle a pour seul compagnon un ami imaginaire, un gorille de 2,20 mètres de haut... Lorsqu'une soucoupe volante choisit de se crasher près de la casse, les ennuis de Samantha ne font que commencer...

British Science Fiction Film and Television

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British Science Fiction Film and Television by Tobias Hochscherf,James Leggott,Donald E. Palumbo Summary

Written by international experts from a range of disciplines, these essays examine the uniquely British contribution to science fiction film and television. Viewing British SF as a cultural phenomenon that challenges straightforward definitions of genre, nationhood, authorship and media, the editors provide a conceptual introduction placing the essays within their critical context. Essay topics include Hammer science fiction films, the various incarnations of Doctor Who, Stanley Kubrick’s A Clockwork Orange, and such 21st-century productions as 28 Days Later and Torchwood.

British Fiction of the 1990s

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British Fiction of the 1990s by Nick Bentley Summary

The 1990s proved to be a particularly rich and fascinating period for British fiction. This book presents a fresh perspective on the diverse writings that appeared over the decade, bringing together leading academics in the field. British Fiction of the 1990s: traces the concerns that emerged as central to 1990s fiction, in sections on millennial anxieties, identity politics, the relationship between the contemporary and the historical, and representations of contemporary space offers distinctive new readings of the most important novelists of the period, including Martin Amis, Beryl Bainbridge, Pat Barker, Julian Barnes, A.S. Byatt, Hanif Kureishi, Ian McEwan, Iain Sinclair, Zadie Smith and Jeanette Winterson shows how British fiction engages with major cultural debates of the time, such as the concern with representing various identities and cultural groups, or theories of ‘the end of history’ discusses 1990s fiction in relation to broader literary and critical theories, including postmodernism, post-feminism and postcolonialism. Together the essays highlight the ways in which the writing of the 1990s represents a development of the themes and styles of the post-war novel generally, yet displays a range of characteristics distinct to the decade.

Nelson English Student Book

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Nelson English Student Book by John Jackman,Wendy Wren Summary

The Teacher Resource Books are the ideal companion to the pupils' resources and provide your key to the successful implementation of Nelson English.