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A Modern Mephistopheles


A Modern Mephistopheles


$3.99


A haggard youth knelt before a little furnace, kindling a fire, with an expression of quiet desperation on his face, which made the simple operation strange and solemn.A pile of manuscript lay beside him, and in the hollow eyes that watched the white leaves burn was a tragic shadow, terrible to see-for he was offering the first-born of heart and brain as sacrifice to a hard fate. Slowly the charcoal caught and kindled, while a light smoke filled the room. Slowly the youth staggered up, and, gathering the torn sheets, thrust them into his bosom, muttering bitterly, “Of all my hopes and dreams, my weary work and patient waiting, nothing is left but this. Poor little book, we’ll go together, and leave no trace behind.”Throwing himself into a chair, he laid his head down upon the table, where no food had been for days, and, closing his eyes, waited in stern silence for death to come and take him. Nothing broke the stillness but the soft crackle of the fire, which began to flicker with blue tongues of flame, and cast a lurid glow upon the motionless figure with its hidden face. Deeper grew the wintry gloom without, ruddier shone the fateful gleam within, and heavy breaths began to heave the breast so tired of life.

A Modern Mephistopheles


A Modern Mephistopheles


$3.99


A haggard youth knelt before a little furnace, kindling a fire, with an expression of quiet desperation on his face, which made the simple operation strange and solemn.A pile of manuscript lay beside him, and in the hollow eyes that watched the white leaves burn was a tragic shadow, terrible to see-for he was offering the first-born of heart and brain as sacrifice to a hard fate. Slowly the charcoal caught and kindled, while a light smoke filled the room. Slowly the youth staggered up, and, gathering the torn sheets, thrust them into his bosom, muttering bitterly, “Of all my hopes and dreams, my weary work and patient waiting, nothing is left but this. Poor little book, we’ll go together, and leave no trace behind.”Throwing himself into a chair, he laid his head down upon the table, where no food had been for days, and, closing his eyes, waited in stern silence for death to come and take him. Nothing broke the stillness but the soft crackle of the fire, which began to flicker with blue tongues of flame, and cast a lurid glow upon the motionless figure with its hidden face. Deeper grew the wintry gloom without, ruddier shone the fateful gleam within, and heavy breaths began to heave the breast so tired of life.

A Modern Mephistopheles and A Whisper in the Dark


A Modern Mephistopheles and A Whisper in the Dark


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Without, a midwinter twilight, where wandering snowflakes eddied in the bitter wind between a leaden sky and frost-bound earth. Within, a garret; gloomy, bare, and cold as the bleak night coming down. A haggard youth knelt before a little furnace, kindling a fire, with an expression of quiet desperation on his face, which made the simple operation strange and solemn. A pile of manuscript lay beside him, and in the hollow eyes that watched the white leaves burn was a tragic shadow, terrible to see-for he was offering the first-born of heart and brain as sacrifice to a hard fate. Slowly the charcoal caught and kindled, while a light smoke filled the room. Slowly the youth staggered up, and, gathering the torn 8sheets, thrust them into his bosom, muttering bitterly, “Of all my hopes and dreams, my weary work and patient waiting, nothing is left but this. Poor little book, we’ll go together, and leave no trace behind.” Throwing himself into a chair, he laid his head down upon the table, where no food had been for days, and, closing his eyes, waited in stern silence for death to come and take him. Nothing broke the stillness but the soft crackle of the fire, which began to flicker with blue tongues of flame, and cast a lurid glow upon the motionless figure with its hidden face. Deeper grew the wintry gloom without, ruddier shone the fateful gleam within, and heavy breaths began to heave the breast so tired of life.

Beginning LEGO MINDSTORMS EV3


Beginning LEGO MINDSTORMS EV3


$39.99


Beginning LEGO MINDSTORMS EV3 shows you how to create new fun and fantastic creations with the new EV3 programmable brick along with other new EV3 pieces and features. You’ll learn the language of the EV3 brick, and then go on to create a variety of programmable vehicles using MINDSTORMS and Technic parts. You’ll then move into creating robot parts, including robotic arms. You’ll even learn how to make different types of MINDSTORMS walkers. Finally, you’ll learn how to incorporate light and sound into your amazing EV3 creations. Whether you’re a MINDSTORMS enthusiast wanting to know more about EV3, a robotics competitor, or just a LEGO fan who wants to learn all about what EV3 can do, Beginning LEGO MINDSTORMS EV3 will give you the knowledge you need. Note: the printed book is in black and white. The Kindle and ebook versions are in color (black and white on black and white Kindles).

Born Dead on a Winter's Night


Born Dead on a Winter’s Night


$3.99


Rolland Love was born dead in the dead of winter, still as a stone. Blue as the smoky haze that sometimes settles on the Ozark Mountains. It was a frightening scene: Doc Barnes, a tall rugged-looking man with bushy white hair, worked frantically when he realized there was trouble. His white shirt covered in blood and the flickering light of a kerosene lamp added ghost-like dimension. Cold enough to see your breath, the only source of heat came from a cast iron wood-burning stove in the living room. Love was saved because Doc carried him outside and rolled him in snow that covered the ground from a midwinter storm. The cold caused him to take a breath and began to cry. Rolland say’s he’s pretty sure starting life dead has had an effect. Often, he feels, sees or thinks about something and it stalks him. Intuition has been his companion since he was a kid. Love’s Memoir takes us back to a time when growing up meant living off the land, hunting, fishing and farming. Out of necessity, folks pulled together to make a life and find ways to have fun in the beautiful, and at times forbidding, Ozark mountains. It’s a tale of joy and learning and loss in the style of Mark Twain’s timeless adventures of Tom Sawyer. Experience a bygone era of life in a small Ozark community through the story of one boy’s coming of age in a land of rushing streams, haunted caves and deep woods.”Rolland, you are such a rare, witty, and honest writer! You bring us with you on every page.” ‪Deborah Shouse Special to The Kansas City Star ‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬Amazon Kindle – Featured Author Review – Rolland Love – “Love’s writing transfigures his Ozark Mountains stories into a series of fantastic tales Huck Finn and Tom Sawyer could have only dreamed of.”Rolland Love is an excellent storyteller. He writes about his real life experiences and he writes from the heart. Funny, too, like Mark Twain. This is not just my personal opinion. I have 4 years of 5th grade students who agree from my read

Fifteen-Year Sojourn in a Strange Land


Fifteen-Year Sojourn in a Strange Land


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Chaim Picker, grandson of an orthodox cantor from White Russia, under the tutelage of his maternal uncle, left Judaism at the age of fifteen, becoming a Jehovah’s Witness. Fifteen years later, disenchanted with the teachings of the Watchtower Society, he returned to his ancestral faith, becoming a Jewish educator and subsequently the cantor of Temple Israel. He is the author of The Descendants of Velvel Pochapovsky, Students Discover Genesis, He Kindled a Light, Make us a God, Temple of Diamonds, and “The Two Walked on Together”.

Foundation Course: Portrait Photography


Foundation Course: Portrait Photography


$16.99


Authoritative, concise course on successfully shooting arresting portraits, perfect for the novice photographerPortrait photography aims to capture the expression, personality, and mood of a person or group of people. Like other types of portraiture, the focus of the photograph is usually the person’s face, although the entire body and the background or context may also be included. With clear, concise, and jargon-free text, Portrait Photography guides the novice photographer through the various styles of portraiture to capture subjects from babies, toddlers, and children to teenagers and adults, and couples to families. The book begins with information on how to set up a small portrait studio in the home, including the use of appropriate backgrounds, flash equipment, and other accessories, in addition to assembling a portable kit of equipment for shooting in the field. As a guide to the technical aspects of photography, the authors cover the essentials of correct exposure, white balance settings, and shooting in natural light, along with hints and tips on pre-shoot preparations such as make-up, hair, and clothing for the subject of the portrait. Post-production techniques such as skin retouching and color correction are explained, as are printing options for portraits. The main content of the book is structured as a tutorial that explains the basic skills and techniques of photography in relation to the specific subject area it covers. This allows the reader to progress at his or her own pace. An informative lesson is followed by an easy revision guide, which leads on to a specific practical project. A section on analysis encourages the reader to critique his or her own work by pointing out the likely pitfalls. Kindle and ePub files are in fixed layout format which provide the reader with a visually immersive experience of this beautifully designed book. Pages can be zoomed and 2 portrait pages can be viewed together by turning the device to landscape. Please note th

Insight Kindling


Insight Kindling


$2.99


2016 IAN OUTSTANDING YOUNG ADULT WINNER2016 READERS’ FAVORITE YA ADVENTURE BRONZE WINNERCalla faces charges against her for changing the past. Her use of the Travel Glasses resulted in the creation of two writings that affected the lives of Edgar, the inventor of the Travel Glasses, and Valcas, their prior owner. Now Calla must explain her actions before the Time and Space Travel Agency. The hearing does not end well. The travel commissioner finds Calla guilty as charged and forces her to choose between two harsh penalties. Despite the risk of becoming lost herself, Calla accepts a dangerous travel mission that may help her find her father. She teams up with a group of talented travelers. While working with them, she soon discovers that she has a special travel talent of her own. Pursued by the sentient being of white light that’s been tracking her father’s bloodline, Calla fears her newfound talents may not be enough to protect her and her teammates before they complete their mission. Insight Kindling is the second installment in The Call to Search Everywhen serial series.

Inspirational Paintings: Landscapes


Inspirational Paintings: Landscapes


$2.22


Life Is Not Measured By the Number of Breaths We Take, But By the Moments That Take Our Breath Away.” “Inspirational Paintings: Landscapes” is a great book if you like and enjoy art. This Art Book contains many wonderful annotated Reproductions of landscapes with Table of Contents, and is formatted for all e-reading devices, and Android tablets: you may use rotate and zoom feature on landscape or horizontal images for optimal viewing. Being able zoom in or move around an image lets you learn so much about detail, color and painting technique. The images are in color; they render beautifully in optimized gray-scale tones for black-and-white e-book readers, but exhibit even more stunningly in full color with color readers and inside Kindle apps for color-enabled computers and portable or hand-held devices. Overall this is simply a decent collection of some fantastic landscape paintings for your everyday inspiration. The following landscapes are included: Akseli Gallen-Kallela – Cloud Towers (1904) Elin Danielson-Gambogi – Italian boats (1900) Paul Baum- Landscape near Sluis (1906) Winslow Homer – Incoming Tide, Scarboro, Maine, 1883 Ferdinand Hodler – Evening Fog on Lake Thun – 1908 Arnold Lyongrün – On blooming heather George Bellows – The Grove – Monhegan, 1911 Childe Hassam – Cliff Rock H.A. Brendekilde – Spring, 1896 Henri Edmond Cross – A Pine Wood, Provence Nikolay Dubovskoy – A winter’s evening John Joseph Ennekin – Mountain Landscape Olof Hermelin – Harvest Time (1904) Lesser Ury – Autumn creek landscape in the evening light (c.1900) Walter Leistikow – Mark Brandenburg lakes landscape with windmill and Park Hans Gude – Fishing at Silver Crown (1900) Karl Hagemeister – Shore landscape Carl Maria Nicolaus Hummel – View of Pieve di Cadore (1902) Ernst Ludwig Kirchner – The Loam Pit Willard Metcalf – Dogwood blossoms Anders Askvold – Norwegian Landscape Albert Biertadt – Sunset on the Plains Paul Cézanne – Country House by a River Georges Lemmen – He

ION Audio Sound Shine Single - Dimmable Light Bulb & Wireless Speaker


ION Audio Sound Shine Single – Dimmable Light Bulb & Wireless Speaker


$139.99


Consumer Electronics, DJ & Specialty Audio, Light up any room with musicThe Sound Shine light bulb speaker is the simple way to bring music and light to any room in your house, and installation is as simple as screwing in a light bulb. Featuring integrated Bluetooth® technology, Sound Shine lets you stream music wirelessly from any Bluetooth-enabled device. The built-in speaker plays the whole stereo signal. You can also get a second Sound Shine and link them together wirelessly to provide rich, full-range stereo sound, where one speaker plays the Left channel and the other speaker plays the Right channel. No matter how you use it, Sound Shine fills any room with your favorite sounds. Sound Shine speakers are ideal for any application that uses standard light bulb threads. They provide warm, white illumination equivalent to a 60-watt light bulb. Plus, the lights are dimmable with the downloadable ION app. Sound Shine simply screws into a standard light bulb socket-no batteries, no rewiring, no hassle! The name says it all-great Sound that Shines brightly! Steams music wirelessly from your Bluetooth®-enabled device Full-range high-excursion speaker delivers rich, room-filling sound LED lighting provides warm white illumination equivalent to 60-watt bulb Light is dimmable with free downloadable ION app Compatible with Android, iPhone, iPad, Kindle Fire HD and more Powered by light socket using standard light bulb thread Ideal for kitchens, living rooms, dorm rooms, offices and more Simple installation-no transmitter, no batteries, and no rewiring of any kind needed! Wirelessly link to a second Sound Shine for spacious stereoKEY FEATURESStreams music wirelessly from your Bluetooth®-enabled deviceFull-range high-excursion speaker delivers rich, room-filling soundLED lighting provides warm white illumination equivalent to 60-watt bulbLight is dimmable with free downloadable ION appCompatible with Android, iPhone, iPad, Kindle Fire HD and morePowered by light socket using standard light bulb threadIdeal for kitchens, living rooms, dorm rooms, offices and moreSimple installation-no transmitter, no batteries, and no rewiring of any kind needed! Wirelessly link to a second Sound Shine for spacious stereo

Kiss of the Incubus


Kiss of the Incubus


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Kiss of the Incubus (Paranormal Romance) Luka is everyone’s sexual fantasy figure. Tonight he felt the ceremonial Call of a woman seeking revenge against the man she believed had wronged her. In other words, a typical evening. But there was nothing typical about the beautiful Jemma, who was lighting the final candle to Summon an Incubus. She demanded revenge. “Tucker is a homophobe,” she said, her voice filled with anger. “I want him to suffer humiliation, so I command you to seduce him-make him your unresisting bitch.” The Incubus discovers Tucker is like Jemma. Both carry an unknown Supernatural heritage and their interactions with Luka will bring all three to new heights of passion and Power. In another time, the couple would have become Shamans. But waking these special abilities for two modern day humans in the middle of a lover’s quarrel could pose all sorts of danger to everyone around them. Can the sexy Incubus use his skills of seduction and ultimate lust to save them all? (An Adults Only story so steamy your Kindle may fog up. It features explicit supernatural sex with two mostly humans, initiated by the most erotic and sensual of the Fae. Luka requires the passion of others to survive, but pays in the currency of mind-blowing and extreme orgasms.) Excerpt: Jemma I was nursing the last of my two drinks while I waited for the Incubus to return. All I could think about was what it would be like to be with him. What skill he must have in bed. I felt guilty-dirty. I wasn’t focused on getting even with Tucker. Every time I closed my eyes, I would see those glowing red eyes spotted with pure white. I wondered what he would feel like underneath his clothes-what it would feel like to run my fingers through his thick chest hair. I sipped the last of my drink and realized my panties were damp. I looked up and he was staring at me, standing outside of the Circle. He had changed clothes, and his eyes were exactly the same color as Tucker’s. I felt a shiver

Ozeri KA1A Kandle LED Book Light in White


Ozeri KA1A Kandle LED Book Light in White


$14.18


The perfect accessory for any eBook, the Kandle by Ozeri is designed for the Amazon Kindle 1, 2, and DX, Sony Reader Digital Books, and other eBook Readers- New 2011 edition features improved lighting and the award winning design that attaches to eBooks and printed books without blocking the screen or page- It also boasts double pivoting arms that allow for easy positioning and adjustment to tailor the screen illumination- The Main Pivoting Arm rotates 90 degrees from its closed position, and the Upper Pivoting Arm rotates another 70 degrees for complete customization- Unlike other eBook lights, the Kandle by Ozeri is powered by two lifetime x2 LEDs that are optimized to distribute light evenly without creating glare or eyestrain- Petite and light, the Kandle by Ozeri is ultra portable and folds into a closed position where the LEDs are fully protected from scratches or breakage- Ships with 2 CR2032 batteries installed, a bonus set of extra batteries, and a protective pouch included- New patentpending WideLip grip that does not block the screen on the Kindle, Sony Reader and other eBook readers- Newly updated in Dec 2010 with increased brightness, the Kandle by Ozeri is powered by two lifetime X2 LEDs optimized to distribute uniform light without creating glare or eyestrain batteries included- Double pivoting arms allows for easy positioning and adjustment for tailored screen illumination- Color: White- SKU: OZRI029

Riders of the Silences


Riders of the Silences


$21.32


Excerpt: .of a group of cottonwoods they kindled two more little fires, shading them on three sides with rocks and leaving them open for the sake of light on the fourth. They worked busily for a time, without a word spoken by either of them. The only sound was the rustling of Jacqueline’s stolen silks and the purling of a small stream of water near them, some meager spring. But presently: “P-P-Pierre, I’m f-freezing.” He himself was numbed by the chill air and paused in the task of thrusting a leg into the trousers, which persisted in tangling and twisting under his foot. “So’m I. It’s c-c-cold as the d-d-d-devil.” “And these-th-things-aren’t any thicker than spider webs.” “Wait. I’ll build you a great big fire.” And he scooped up a number of dead twigs. There was an interlude of more silk rustling, then: “P-P-Pierre.” “Well?” “I wish I had a m-m-m-mirror.” “Jack, are you vain?” A cry of delight answered him. He threw caution to the winds and advanced on her. He found her kneeling above a pool of water fed by the soft sliding little stream from the spring. With one hand she held a burning branch by way of a torch, and with the other she patted her hair into shape and finally thrust the comb into the glittering, heavy coils. She started, as if she felt his presence. “P-P-Pierre ” “Yes?” “Look ” She stood with the torch high overhead, and he saw a beauty so glorious that he closed his eyes involuntarily and still he saw the vision in the dull-green gown, with the scarf of old gold about her dazzling white shoulders. And there were two lights, the barbaric red of the jewels in her hair, and the black shimmer of her eyes. He drew back a step more. It was a picture to be looked at from a distance. She ran to him with a cry of dismay: “Pierre, what’s wrong with me?” His arms went round her of their own accord. It was the only place they could go. And all this beauty was held in the circle of his will. “It isn’t that, but you’re so wonderful, Jack, so glorious, .

Stanley Park


Stanley Park


$4.99


In this debut novel from Racine Hiet, a young girl named April is chosen by fate to participate in a terrible, bloody crime. Unjustly blamed for the result, her life is forever altered. Like so many victims of trauma, she attempts to reinvent herself, changing her name and locking away her past. But when she meets a remarkable man named Markus, a flame is kindled inside her – a flame that illuminates her dark past. In the tradition of The Lovely Bones and White Oleander, Racine Hiet uses gentle, loving prose to conjure up a compelling tale of fighting for the light in an often dark world.

Te Tohunga: The Ancient Legends and Traditions of the Maoris


Te Tohunga: The Ancient Legends and Traditions of the Maoris


$3.99


A small fire had been kindled, and over it hummed the billy, boiling for the last time in Maoriland. Through the misty atmosphere the sun was sinking, powerless and glowing red: and night came. A grand night! Beautifully illuminated, grand clouds of smoke ascended from the burning primeval forest-a first mighty sign of the work of man, and the will of man, for the fire has to finish the work of the axe, and to consume the forest. Stars in silvery brilliance bespatter the East; the West is all aglow with crimson, gold, and creamy white; but to-morrow work and care will follow the great destruction, for endless is the beauty of this ever green country, but its liberty and its fruitfulness are labour. He who wishes for liberty must till the soil, and the fruit of liberty shall be art, for art is not an image, but a fruit. A strange fruit is once gathered by the Maori children of Nature, a fruit grown out of the darknesses of the ocean-encircled forests-an art, hopeless and sad. A fruit without seed. Was not Darkness the mother of All? Does not the everlasting ocean encircle all? And in the end must not Darkness again swallow all? This art followed the ways of untiring Nature: unseeming tools, unmeasured time, and endless labour, shaped to perfection the hardest stone into the “mere pounamu,” the beautifully formed and polished greenstone-weapon-the giant of the forest into the wonderful war-canoe. Sharp-edged stones and shells have to shape the tree into the centre-post of the house, into the mighty figure of the god and ancestor; and such labour stands in grim need of incantations to the atuas (gods) who dwell in the darknesses of the Lower World and who dwell in the spaces of light above the earth, that they may strengthen and enliven the unseeming tools with their god-power. The sages and dreamers of many generations had spent their lives bending over the smoke of their little fires, and forming into wisdom what their eyes perceived of the wonders of the world; and

The Complete Works of Rudyard Kipling (Illustrated) (Cronos Classics)


The Complete Works of Rudyard Kipling (Illustrated) (Cronos Classics)


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This collection gathers together the works by Rudyard Kipling in a single, convenient, high quality, and extremely low priced Kindle volume! This book contains now several HTML tables of contents that will make reading a real pleasure! NOVELS The Light that Failed (1891) The Naulahka (1892) ‘Captains Courageous’ (1896) Kim (1901) STORIES Plain Tales From the Hills (1888) Soldiers Three (1888) The Story of the Gadsbys (1888) In Black and White (1888) Under the Deodars (1888) The Phantom Rickshaw and Other Tales (1888) Wee Willie Winkie and Other Stories (1888) Life’s Handicap (1891) Many Inventions (1893) The Jungle Book (1894) The Second Jungle Book (1895) The Day’s Work (1898) Stalky & Co. (1899) Just So Stories (1902) Traffics and Discoveries (1904) Puck of Pook’s Hill (1906) Actions and Reactions (1909) Abaft the Funnel (1909) Rewards and Fairies (1910) A Diversity of Creatures (1917) The Eyes of Asia (1918) POEMS Departmental Ditties (1886) Barrack-Room Ballads (1892) The Seven Seas (1896) The Five Nations (1903) The Muse among the Motors (1904) The Years Between (1919) NON-FICTION American Notes (1891) A Fleet in Being (1898) From Sea to Sea (1899) The New Army in Training (1915) France at War (1915) Sea Warfare (1916) The War in the Mountains (1917)

The Diamond Master


The Diamond Master


$2.99


There were thirty or forty personally addressed letters, the daily heritage of the head of a great business establishment; and a plain, yellow-wrapped package about the size of a cigarette-box, some three inches long, two inches wide and one inch deep. It was neatly tied with thin scarlet twine, and innocent of markings except for the superscription in a precise, copperplate hand, and the smudge of the postmark across the ten-cent stamp in the upper right-hand corner. The imprint of the cancellation, faintly decipherable, showed that the package had been mailed at the Madison Square substation at half-past seven o’clock of the previous evening. Mr. Harry Latham, president and active head of the H. Latham Company, manufacturing jewelers in Fifth Avenue, found the letters and the package on his desk when he entered his private office a few minutes past nine o’clock. The simple fact that the package bore no return address or identifying mark of any sort caused him to pick it up and examine it, after which he shook it inquiringly. Then, with kindling curiosity, he snipped the scarlet thread with a pair of silver scissors, and unfolded the wrappings. Inside was a glazed paper box, such as jewelers use, but still there was no mark, no printing, either on top or bottom. The cover of the box came off in Mr. Latham’s hand, disclosing a bed of white cotton. He removed the downy upper layer, and there-there, nestling against the snowy background, blazed a single splendid diamond, of six, perhaps seven, carats. Myriad colors played in its blue-white depths, sparkling, flashing, dazzling in the subdued light. Mr. Latham drew one long quick breath, and walked over to the window to examine the stone in the full glare of day.

The Heritage of Dedlow Marsh and Other Tales


The Heritage of Dedlow Marsh and Other Tales


$2.99


The sun was going down on the Dedlow Marshes. The tide was following it fast as if to meet the reddening lines of sky and water in the west, leaving the foreground to grow blacker and blacker every moment, and to bring out in startling contrast the few half-filled and half-lit pools left behind and forgotten. The strong breath of the Pacific fanning their surfaces at times kindled them into a dull glow like dying embers. A cloud of sand-pipers rose white from one of the nearer lagoons, swept in a long eddying ring against the sunset, and became a black and dropping rain to seaward. The long sinuous line of channel, fading with the light and ebbing with the tide, began to give off here and there light puffs of gray-winged birds like sudden exhalations. High in the darkening sky the long arrow-headed lines of geese and ‘brant’ pointed towards the upland. As the light grew more uncertain the air at times was filled with the rush of viewless and melancholy wings, or became plaintive with far-off cries and lamentations

The Heritage of Dedlow Marsh and Other Tales


The Heritage of Dedlow Marsh and Other Tales


$1.99


The sun was going down on the Dedlow Marshes. The tide was following it fast as if to meet the reddening lines of sky and water in the west, leaving the foreground to grow blacker and blacker every moment, and to bring out in startling contrast the few half-filled and half-lit pools left behind and forgotten. The strong breath of the Pacific fanning their surfaces at times kindled them into a dull glow like dying embers. A cloud of sand- pipers rose white from one of the nearer lagoons, swept in a long eddying ring against the sunset, and became a black and dropping rain to seaward. The long sinuous line of channel, fading with the light and ebbing with the tide, began to give off here and there light puffs of gray-winged birds like sudden exhalations. High in the darkening sky the long arrow-headed lines of geese and ‘brant’ pointed towards the upland. As the light grew more uncertain the air at times was filled with the rush of viewless and melancholy wings, or became plaintive with far-off cries and lamentations. As the Marshes grew blacker the far-scattered tussocks and accretions on its level surface began to loom in exaggerated outline, and two human figures, suddenly emerging erect on the bank of the hidden channel, assumed the proportion of giants. When they had moored their unseen boat, they still appeared for some moments to be moving vaguely and aimlessly round the spot where they had disembarked. But as the eye became familiar with the darkness it was seen that they were really advancing inland, yet with a slowness of progression and deviousness of course that appeared inexplicable to the distant spectator. Presently it was evident that this seemingly even, vast, black expanse was traversed and intersected by inky creeks and small channels, which made human progression difficult and dangerous. As they appeared nearer and their figures took more natural proportions, it could be seen that each carried a gun; that one was a young girl, although dressed so l

The Mystery of Edwin Drood


The Mystery of Edwin Drood


$2.99


An ancient English Cathedral Tower? How can the ancient English Cathedral tower be here! The well-known massive gray square tower of its old Cathedral? How can that be here! There is no spike of rusty iron in the air, between the eye and it, from any point of the real prospect. What is the spike that intervenes, and who has set it up? Maybe it is set up by the Sultan’s orders for the impaling of a horde of Turkish robbers, one by one. It is so, for cymbals clash, and the Sultan goes by to his palace in long procession. Ten thousand scimitars flash in the sunlight, and thrice ten thousand dancing-girls strew flowers. Then, follow white elephants caparisoned in countless gorgeous colours, and infinite in number and attendants. Still the Cathedral Tower rises in the background, where it cannot be, and still no writhing figure is on the grim spike. Stay! Is the spike so low a thing as the rusty spike on the top of a post of an old bedstead that has tumbled all awry? Some vague period of drowsy laughter must be devoted to the consideration of this possibility. Shaking from head to foot, the man whose scattered consciousness has thus fantastically pieced itself together, at length rises, supports his trembling frame upon his arms, and looks around. He is in the meanest and closest of small rooms. Through the ragged window-curtain, the light of early day steals in from a miserable court. He lies, dressed, across a large unseemly bed, upon a bedstead that has indeed given way under the weight upon it. Lying, also dressed and also across the bed, not longwise, are a Chinaman, a Lascar, and a haggard woman. The two first are in a sleep or stupor; the last is blowing at a kind of pipe, to kindle it. And as she blows, and shading it with her lean hand, concentrates its red spark of light, it serves in the dim morning as a lamp to show him what he sees of her.
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