Taiwan's most innovative science fiction writer presents three tales of intrigue, espionage, betrayal, political strife, time travel, and Chinese history and mysticism. After thousands of years of civil unrest and countless wars, the weary Huhui people of Sunlon City have once again succumbed to a ruthless and overpowering enemy. In Five Jade Disks, the first book in the trilogy, the imperialistic Shan have enslaved the inhabitants of Sunlon City and imposed a harsh martial order. As the Shan fight to retain control of the restless Huhui natives, an unstable rebel alliance prepares to win back its homeland. Amidst the confusion of revolt, Miss Qi, a determined young girl, emerges as an unlikely leader. With the help of her friends and the loyal Green Snake Brotherhood, Miss Qi discovers that an ancient cult and its insidious and unusually powerful leader may hold the key to the rebels' victory—or may yet be the cause of their undoing. As she rushes to put the pieces together, the rebels, divided by internal factions, strive to band together in a heroic attempt to overthrow the Shan. The story continues in Defenders of the Dragon City. The Shan have been defeated, but the victory celebrations of the Huhui are quickly brought to an end. After deserting Sunlon City, the Shan regroup and return for one final and bitter attempt to destroy the weakened rebel forces. During their exile, the Shan turn their aggressions against the indigenous races of the Huhui planet, a colorful mix of peaceful tribes resembling serpents, eagles, and leopards. Forced into the war to save their remaining territory, the indigenous peoples join the Huhui in their continuing struggle against the Shan. The third novel, Tale of a Feather, opens with images of chaos and devastation. The conflict with the Shan has left the city in flames, and refugees are fleeing in droves through the main gates. Taking advantage of the turmoil, a ruthless dictator assumes control of the weak interim government and begins a treacherous campaign to eliminate his adversaries. In this volatile atmosphere, Miss Qi continues her desperate search to discover the origin of the mysterious Bronze Statue Cult and come to terms with the dark power it wields over her people. The trilogy, first published in Taiwan in the late 1980s and early 1990s and widely considered to be a modern classic, is now presented for the first time in English and in a single volume. In these allegorical tales, Chang confronts some of the most serious and divisive issues of our time, including the burden of history and the ravages of oppression, racism, and ethnic displacement.
Five Jade Disks, Defenders of the Dragon City, and Tale of a Feather
Author: Hsi-kuo Chang
Publisher: Columbia University Press
Category: Literary Criticism
Lima, Peru, 2004: The body of a decapitated baby boy is found on a hilltop, surrounded by flowers, a liquor bottle and a container of blood, apparently the victim of a ritual sacrifice to appease a pre-Columbian earth god. New Jersey, USA, 2002: A Palo Mayombe sect temple basement is raided by police, who find human body parts and the remains of several animals seemingly sacrificed by worshippers. London, England, 2001: The dismembered torso of a five-year-old boy is found floating in the Thames, the victim of a Ju Ju ritual sacrifice... Around the world, humans are being trafficked, kidnapped, sold and enslaved, for the specific purpose of sacrifice. Mass-scale migration has seen these gruesome techniques exported from the land of the Aztecs -- and finding their way into Britain and the US. Voodoo priests in London have been linked with ritual murders. And a recent leaked police commissioned report found that witchcraft, voodoo-related abuse and murder, are rife in the UK. Jimmy Lee Shreeve takes us on a journey into the darkest corners of the world, following the initial investigations of Scotland Yard into the Thames murder, travelling to South Africa and then Nigeria, where the full horror of a wide 'export trade' in humans to Britain for sacrifice is unveiled. In the US, Palo Mayombe, a Cuban religious cult, is linked with a score of sacrifices and murders. In Mexico, a devotee of Palo Mayombe, Adolof de Jesus Constanzo, was responsible for torturing and boiling in a cauldron more than a dozen victims. Across South America, sacrifices are commonplace. Most are done on behalf of drug barons and millionaires, who want to atone for their sins by offering the Gods a 'gift'. And across Asia, similar stories are found. In Africa, and Britain, HIV-positive African males sacrifice young boys to 'cleanse' themselves of the disease. Along the way, Jimmy will bring his own brand of detective skills to the fore. Besides throwing up fresh research into the 'Adam' killing and providing startling conclusions to some of the world's most horrific murders, Jimmy will, variously, escape near arrest at Scotland Yard's HQ, perform a ritual ceremony with a Native American shaman on Hampstead Heath, and swap whiskey and guitar blues with a voodoo practioner. Written in Jimmy's unique, free-form, post-gonzo style, this is an investigative work with a trippy twist. By turns gruesome, disturbing and intriguing, BLOOD RITES reveals the true, untold story of a violent tradition taking place terrifyingly close to home.
Author: Jimmy Lee Shreeve
Publisher: Random House
Der Kuss der Hellen Fae: Ein Roman der ALTEN VÖLKER
Author: Thea Harrison
Publisher: Teddy Harrison LLC
When Darkness Reigns and the Full Moon Glows, Terror Emerges to Stalk the Unsuspecting… From lycanthropic creatures found on television and film such as Teen Wolf, Twilight, and True Blood to the earliest folklore of shape-shifting creatures, The Werewolf Book: The Encyclopedia of Shapeshifting Beings is an eye-opening, blood-pounding tour through the ages of monsters with the most amazing camouflage capabilities—they hide among us! Along the way, you’ll land at the doorstep of creatures like hirsute mass-murderer Albert Fish, and Fritz Haarman, who slaughtered and ate his victims—selling the leftovers as steaks and roasts in his butcher shop—as well as visits to mythical shamans, sirens, and skin walkers. Covering 140,000 years of legend, mythology, and fact, The Werewolf Book provides hair-raising evidence of strange and obsessional behavior through the centuries. Learn the basics of becoming a werewolf and the intricacies of slaying the beast. A true homage to werewolves and other full moon beasts, it includes topics such as … • Bear, tiger, coyote, and other shape-shifting people • Classic and modern werewolf movies • Gargoyles, totem poles, and Internet depictions • Serial killers and sadistic rulers • Sorcery, spells, and talismans • Television shows, songs, and computer games
The Encyclopedia of Shape-Shifting Beings
Author: Brad Steiger
Publisher: Visible Ink Press
Category: Body, Mind & Spirit
Als Kind wurde die junge Gestaltwandlerin Cat Benoit von einem Kriminellen entführt und gefangen gehalten. Jahre später gelingt ihr die Flucht, und sie kann sich in Texas ein neues Leben au auen. Dort begegnet sie auch dem unverschämt attraktiven Ridley Cromer, und aus anfänglicher Freundschaft wird schnell feurige Leidenschaft. Doch wie lange kann Cat die Leopardin in sich beherrschen? Ridley ahnt, dass Cat Geheimnisse vor ihm hat, doch als die Wahrheit ans Licht kommt, ist es beinahe schon zu spät . . .
Die Leopardenmenschen-Saga 6 - Roman
Author: Christine Feehan
Publisher: Heyne Verlag
A chilling chronicle of the often ignored history of vampirism as it has surfaced repeatedly in news articles, historical accounts, and first person interviews, this shocking account of occultist rituals and the inhuman forces that influence them shines a light on the horrifying truth. Revealing that real vampires are not immortal, do not have fangs or sleep in coffins, and have no fear of sunlight or crucifixes, the examination dispels many myths but also confirms the truth behind several traits of real vampires, such as the insatiable thirst for blood and the dream of an eternal soul. Complete with 30 spinetingling tales of the hideous wraiths and creatures that lurk in shadow, this fascinating collection includes the stories of the Mexican prostitute who mesmerized an entire village, convincing them she was an Incan goddess who required human sacrifice for her magic; the three teenagers who left a trail across the South as they conducted blooddrinking rituals with animals; and the mysterious Lady in Black who draws psychic energy from men who dare approach her as she wanders through city streets and parks.
Author: Brad Steiger
Publisher: Visible Ink Press
Category: Body, Mind & Spirit
Tauchen Sie ein in die faszinierende Welt der Leopardenmenschen! Nach »Wilde Magie« legt die internationale Bestsellerautorin Christine Feehan ihr neues Meisterwerk vor und entführt ihre Leser in ein leidenschaftliches Abenteuer um die Gestaltwandler, die sich – halb Mensch, halb Tier – in gefährliche Raubtiere verwandeln können. Einer von ihnen, Jake, nach außen hin ein eiskalter Geschäftsmann, trifft in einem schicksalhaften Augenblick auf die schöne Emma. Scheinbar haben er und die einfühlsame junge Frau nichts gemeinsam – doch auch Emma hütet ein Geheimnis ... Der Milliardär Jake Bannaconni hat eine schwere Kindheit hinter sich: Nachdem er die Erwartungen seiner grausamen Eltern, seine magischen Fähigkeiten zu nutzen, nicht erfüllen konnte, vereinsamte er zunehmend. Was seine Eltern jedoch nicht wissen – Jake verbirgt seine gestaltwandlerische Gabe bewusst vor ihnen. Mit seiner Volljährigkeit tritt er das Erbe seines Großvaters an und wird zu einem äußerst erfolgreichen, aber auch skrupellosen Geschäftsmann. Er hat sein Leben scheinbar im Griff, bis es zu einem dramatischen Autounfall kommt und er der schönen Emma begegnet. Er verfällt der jungen Witwe und öffnet zum ersten Mal in seinem Leben einer anderen Person sein Herz. Trotz ihrer ungleichen Beziehung entbrennt eine glühende Leidenschaft, die sowohl Emma als auch Jake vor eine schwere Wahl stellt.
Author: Christine Feehan
Publisher: Karl Blessing Verlag
The sleek, spotted leopard may be the smallest of the big cats, but its ferocity and solitary style makes lions and tigers seem puny in comparison. Lacking the social mentality of other animals, the leopard is stealthy and selfish, ambushing its prey and carrying it high into a tree where it can dine alone. Humans call leopards the “perfect predator." In Leopard, renowned zoologist Desmond Morris seeks to show all sides of the cat, delving into the fascinating history of these incredible animals. Morris examines the leopard’s athletic elegance, predatory skill, wary shyness, and cunning intelligence while also exploring the animal’s parental devotion, preference for solitude, and capacity for revenge. In addition to tracing the evolution of leopards, he considers how humans have related to the animal throughout history. Leopards, he shows, have long featured in the art, mythology, and folklore of ancient Greece, Persia, Rome, and even England, where they have not lived for several millennia. But humans and leopards do not always coexist peacefully; as Morris explains, leopards have been known to attack humans when their food is scarce or they are injured. He reveals how humans have exploited the cats, attempting to train them for circus roles, and how today some people are now making strides toward the leopard’s conservation. He also describes their rich symbolism, appearances in literature and film, and the use of the leopard print in both haute couture and down-market fashion. Packed with compelling images of this amazing animal in action, Leopard sheds new light on these gorgeous cats.
Author: Desmond Morris
Publisher: Reaktion Books
Für alle Fans von Jeaniene Frost und Lara Adrian! An den Flanken des Mount Anaya im Himalaya will die bildschöne Karen Sonnet ihren Traum wahrmachen: Sie gründet ein Hotel für Abenteurer im Hochgebirge. Doch dann gerät sie in die Klauen des skrupellosen Adrik Wilder. Nacht für Nacht macht er sie zu seiner Dienerin. Als Karen jedoch ein noch schlimmeres Schicksal droht als die Unterwerfung, bekommt Adrik Zweifel an seiner eigenen Ruchlosigkeit.
Author: Christina Dodd,Beate Darius
Author: Robert Payne
Category: Biography & Autobiography