Memoirs of a Gnostic Dwarf by David Madsen

By David Madsen

Within the intersection of the fifteenth and sixteenth centuries, a Dwarf (Big "D" to teach appreciate) is going from the suggest streets of Rome to stroll with the giants of that global. Madsen remarkably offers us a journey of Europe, Italy, Rome, the Vatican, the papacy, Gnosticism, side-shows, intercourse, gore and love - continuously love. The Inquisition is in bloom and heretics are handled in ways in which are defined intimately, with wondering basic Christian or Roman Catholic ideals in addition to intimate descriptions of intercourse or be uncovered to visceral scenes. The publication is particularly good written and flows smoothly.

Dedalus specialises in fiction that can approximately be labeled as gothic or arcane - or certainly gnostic. First released in 1995, this one instantly stuck readers' imaginations and has when you consider that develop into anything of a modern vintage. It has a lovely body commencing (' it isn't priceless for me to narrate accurately how those memoirs fell into my hands...' ) and an unpleasant, if memorable starting right, equivalent to the beginning of Earthly Powers: ' This morning his Holiness summoned me to learn from St Augustine, whereas the healthcare professional utilized unguents and salves to his suppurating arse...' the remaining is freakish couplings, non secular sects, torture: a cracking learn for every age, then. --Giles Foden within the Guardian

About the Author
David Madsen is the pseudonym of a thinker, theologian, therapist and writer who has consistently had a unique curiosity within the esoteric, the indirect and the heterodox byways of the human psyche. His first novel, Memoirs of a Gnostic Dwarf, in part sprang from Madsen's enthusiasm for Gnosticism, which he had the potential for learning in Rome for a number of years; Memoirs received nice serious acclaim and has been translated into 11 languages. It used to be by means of Confessions of a Flesh-Eater, Confessions of a Flesh-Eater Cookbook and, such a lot lately, A field of desires, all released by way of Dedalus Books. He has additionally collaborated on movie scripts. David Madsen has been interviewed by means of a number of recognized periodicals and literary magazines, together with the recent Statesman, Spoiled Ink and Venue; he has additionally been the topic of articles and interviews in newspapers and journals from nations as different as Lithuania and Brazil.

Note: First released in print shape in 1997; book released 2012.

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Mistress of Rome (The Empress of Rome, Book 1) by Kate Quinn

By Kate Quinn

a thrilling debut: a shiny, richly imagined saga of historic Rome from a masterful new voice in old fiction

Thea is a slave lady from Judaea, passionate, musical, and protected. bought as a toy for the spiteful heiress Lepida Pollia, Thea turns into her mistress's rival for the affection of Arius the Barbarian, Rome's most recent and such a lot savage gladiator. His love brings Thea the 1st happiness of her life-that is readily ended while a jealous Lepida tears them aside.

As Lepida is going directly to wreak havoc within the lifetime of a brand new husband and his kinfolk, Thea remakes herself as a refined singer for Rome's aristocrats. Unwittingly, she draws one other admirer within the charismatic Emperor of Rome. yet Domitian's video games have a darker aspect, and Thea unearths herself battling for either soul and sanity. Many have attempted to wreck the Emperor: a vengeful gladiator, an upright senator, a tormented soldier, a Vestal Virgin. yet after all, the lifetime of the intense and paranoid Domitian lies within the arms of 1 lady: the Emperor's mistress.

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The Owl Killers by Karen Maitland

By Karen Maitland

England, 1321. Welcome to the darkish a long time. within the middle of the geographical region lies an remoted village, the place pagan Owl Masters rule via worry, superstition and homicide. while a bunch of spiritual girls ill-advisedly settles outdoors the village, they wake up risky jealousies. Why do their plants prevail? How do their farm animals continue to exist the plague? Are they concealing a holy relic which protects them from damage? The Owl Masters cry 'Witchcraft' and sharpen their talons. As torment and hellfire rain down, the ladies needs to glance to their religion to avoid wasting them from the darkness spreading around the land. worry is a question of what you think. And demise by myself the reply.

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The Big Crowd by Kevin Baker

By Kevin Baker

From “the lit world’s sharpest chronicler of latest York’s past” (Rolling Stone), a unique of 2 Irish brothers who trip from the gangland waterfront to the halls of power

Based on one of many nice unsolved murders in mob historical past, and the rise-and-fall of a real-life hero, The significant Crowd tells the sweeping tale of Charlie O’Kane. he's the yank dream come to existence, a bad Irish immigrant who labored his method up from beat cop to mayor of recent York on the city’s astounding, post-war zenith. well-known, strong, and married to a glamorous model version, he's seemed as much as by way of thousands, together with his more youthful brother, Tom. So whilst Charlie is accused of abetting a stunning mob homicide, Tom units out to transparent his brother’s identify whereas hiding a mystery of his own.

The fees opposed to Charlie stem from his days as a crusading Brooklyn DA, whilst he despatched the infamous killers of homicide, Inc., to the chair—only to enable an important witness move flying out a window whereas less than police shield. Now, out of place of work, Charlie lives in a shoddy, Mexico urban vacationer resort, eaten up with regrets and afraid he'll be indicted for homicide if he returns to the U.S. To discover what relatively occurred, Tom needs to confront wonderful truths approximately his brother, himself, and the key workings of the good urban he loves.

Moving from the Brooklyn waterfront to urban corridor, from the battlefields of global battle II to the seashores of Acapulco, to the glamorous nightclubs of postwar big apple, The giant Crowd is full of historic powerbrokers and gangsters, celebrities and socialites, scheming cardinals and fighting, dockside clergymen. yet finally it's a brilliantly imagined, highly American tale of the bonds and betrayals of brotherhood.

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Tuxedo Park by Jennet Conant

By Jennet Conant

The Untold tale of the yankee Entrepreneur Who Helped construct the Atomic Bomb and Defeat the Nazis.
Legendary financier, philanthropist, and society determine Alfred Lee Loomis accrued the main visionary clinical minds of the 20th century — Albert Einstein, Werner Heisenberg, Niels Bohr, Enrico Fermi, and others — at his cutting-edge laboratory in Tuxedo Park, ny, within the overdue Thirties. He validated a top-secret safeguard laboratory at MIT and in my view bankrolled pioneering learn into new, high-powered radar detection structures that helped defeat the German Air strength and U-boats. With Ernest Lawrence, the Nobel Prize-winning physicist, he driven Franklin Delano Roosevelt to fund study in nuclear fission, which resulted in the improvement of the atomic bomb.
Jennet Conant, the granddaughter of James Bryant Conant, one of many prime clinical advisers of worldwide struggle II, loved unparalleled entry to Loomis' papers, in addition to to peop

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The Signature of All Things: A Novel by Elizabeth Gilbert

By Elizabeth Gilbert

A excellent, sweeping novel of hope, ambition, and the thirst for wisdom, from the # 1 New York Times bestselling writer of Eat, Pray, Love and Committed

In The Signature of All Things, Elizabeth Gilbert returns to fiction, putting her inimitable voice into a captivating tale of affection, experience and discovery. Spanning a lot of the eighteenth and 19th centuries, the radical follows the fortunes of the intense Whittaker relations as led via the enterprising Henry Whittaker—a poor-born Englishman who makes an outstanding fortune within the South American quinine exchange, ultimately changing into the richest guy in Philadelphia. Born in 1800, Henry’s awesome daughter, Alma (who inherits either her father’s funds and his mind), finally turns into a botanist of substantial presents herself. As Alma’s study takes her deeper into the mysteries of evolution, she falls in love with a guy named Ambrose Pike who makes incomparable work of orchids and who attracts her within the complete opposite direction—into the world of the religious, the divine, and the paranormal. Alma is a clear-minded scientist; Ambrose a utopian artist—but what unites this not likely couple is a determined have to comprehend the workings of this international and the mechanisms in the back of all life.

Exquisitely researched and instructed at a galloping speed, The Signature of All Things soars around the globe—from London to Peru to Philadelphia to Tahiti to Amsterdam, and past. alongside the best way, the tale is peopled with unforgettable characters: missionaries, abolitionists, adventurers, astronomers, sea captains, geniuses, and the particularly mad. yet so much memorable of all, it's the tale of Alma Whittaker, who—born within the Age of Enlightenment, yet dwelling good into the commercial Revolution—bears witness to that awesome second in human heritage while all of the outdated assumptions approximately technological know-how, faith, trade, and sophistication have been exploding into harmful new rules. Written within the daring, questing spirit of that singular time, Gilbert’s clever, deep, and spellbinding story is bound to trap the hearts and minds of readers.

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Frank Frazetta's Creatures by Rick Remender

By Rick Remender

Acclaimed author RICK REMENDER (The Atom, Punisher struggle magazine) spins the untold adventures of Teddy Roosevelt, tough Rider, President of the USA and paranormal investigator as he uncovers a plot concocted through a band of nefarious extraterrestrial beings in cahoots with a malevolent old Mayan demon to remove humanity and declare Earth for his or her personal reasons. A merging of The X-Files, Ghostbusters, and Indiana Jones, Creatures can provide high-adventure beginning considered one of America’s maximum heroes of the early 20th century delivered to wonderful four-color lifestyles by means of Swedish big name PETER BERGTING.

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Revenger (John Shakespeare, Book 2) by Rory Clements

By Rory Clements

In his severely acclaimed debut mystery, Martyr, Rory Clements brought readers to the unforgettable John Shakespeare, leader intelligencer to Queen Elizabeth I and older brother to Will.

Now, 5 years later, the Queen wishes Shakespeare’s providers once again. not just is England nonetheless at battle with Spain, yet her courtroom is riven by means of savage infighting between bold younger courtiers.

Shakespeare is summoned through Elizabeth’s chilly yet lethal Privy Councillor Sir Robert Cecil and ordered to adopt associated missions: to enquire the secret of the doomed Roanoke colony in North America—Sir Walter Ralegh’s folly—and to undercover agent on Cecil’s rival, the speeding Earl of Essex.

Essex is the brightest megastar within the firmament, the Queen’s favourite. but if Shakespeare enters Essex’s dissolute international, he discovers not just that the Queen herself is at risk, yet that he and his relations also are ambitions. With a deadly disease devastating the rustic, Catholics dealing with persecution and martyrdom by the hands of an notorious torturer, and John’s personal spouse, Catherine, most likely holding a priest—Shakespeare has his personal survival to safe, in addition to that of his fading yet nonetheless feisty Queen.

Filled with the flavour and proof of a tumultuous time in English heritage, Revenger is a gorgeous novel of savage rivalries and reprisals from an writer quickly changing into a recognized grasp of historic suspense.

From the Hardcover version.

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Ramage & the Guillotine (The Lord Ramage Novels, Volume 6) by Dudley Pope

By Dudley Pope

Around the English Channel, Napoleon has massed a good invasion flotilla. English forces, less than Lord Nelson, are all yet paralyzed—not realizing the dimensions, power, or time of the international onslaught. In a bold undercover agent scheme to guard British beaches, Ramage is selected to plumb the secrets and techniques of the French, and the penalty for failure is the guillotine.

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