Swan (Animal) by Peter Young

By Peter Young

The smooth winged type of the swan has encouraged artistic endeavors from fairy stories to ballets, and its profile is well-known instantly by way of even the main cursory of fowl admirers. Now the latest addition to Reaktion’s acclaimed Animal sequence examines the attention-grabbing tale at the back of this dependent bird.

The traditional historical past of the swan is unusually advanced, as Peter younger finds, delving into the bird’s habitat and feeding conduct, the physiological information of the 8 surviving species and a number of other extinct ones, the bird’s strength and patience, and the formation flying that enables them to preserve power and fly nice distances with velocity. Swan provides equivalent remedy to the lengthy and wealthy position of the swan in human tradition, from the Greek fantasy of Leda and the Swan to the bird’s portrayal in sculpture, furnishings, and model identify trademarks. younger additionally information the demanding situations dealing with conservation efforts to guard swans from human intake and fabric goods.

An engrossing account, Swan can be a welcome boost to the bookshelf of all who appreciate this pretty chicken.

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Nailed: Ten Christian Myths That Show Jesus Never Existed at by David Fitzgerald

By David Fitzgerald

Approximately booklet:
Why could an individual imagine Jesus by no means existed? Isn't it completely average to just accept that he used to be a true first century determine? because it seems, no. NAILED sheds mild on ten liked Christian myths, and, with proof amassed from historians around the theological spectrum, exhibits how they element to a Jesus Christ created completely via allegorical alchemy of wish and mind's eye; a messiah reworked from a basically literary, theological build into the prevalent determine of Jesus - in brief, a basically mythic Christ.

About writer:

David Fitzgerald is an atheist activist, ancient researcher, author and nationwide public speaker. He used to be the co-founder & director of the world's first Atheist movie pageant and San Francisco's oldest annual Darwin Day get together, "Evolutionpalooza!"

Today he works for the Secular scholar Alliance and co-runs The Godless Perverts tale Hour. he's additionally writer of "NAILED: Ten Christian Myths That express Jesus by no means Existed At All" and "The whole Heretic's advisor to Western Religion" series.

His 2010 e-book NAILED seriously examines the ancient proof of Christ, and he's at present engaged on the follow-up publication, Jesus: Mything in motion, in order to tackle the secular arguments for the old Jesus.

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The Monarch of the Glen by Neil Gaiman

By Neil Gaiman

The Monarch of the Glen is decided within the universe of American Gods.

Shadow reveals himself in Scotland, employed to bodyguard a celebration opposed to gatecrashers, by way of a bit surgeon who calls him a monster and tells him, “I am anything of a monster myself. Like calls to love. we're all monsters, are we no longer? excellent monsters, shambling throughout the swamps of unreason . . . “

‘The Monarch of the Glen’ is billed as “an American Gods novella”.

For my cash it’s higher conceptualised as a longer epilogue to ‘American Gods’... As in its guardian novel, ‘The Monarch of the Glen’ gains gods and monsters, myths and legends, all in mundane guises.
- SteelyPips

Published as a part of StoryBundle #14 - Truly Epic Fantasy

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A Brief Guide to the Greek Myths by Stephen Kershaw

By Stephen Kershaw

The publication leads the reader via those brilliant tales, from the origins of the gods via to the homecomings of the Trojan heroes. the entire common narratives are right here, in addition to a few much less customary characters and motifs. as well as the stories, the publication explains key concerns bobbing up from the narratives, and discusses the myths and their wider relevance.

This long-overdue publication crystallises 3 key parts of curiosity: the character of the stories; the tales themselves; and the way they've got and may be interpreted. For the 1st time, it brings jointly facets of Greek mythology in basic terms frequently on hand in disparate varieties - specifically children's books and educational works. there'll be a lot the following that's attention-grabbing, fantastic, and weird in addition to prevalent. specialists and non-experts, adults, scholars and schoolchildren alike will achieve leisure and perception from this interesting and critical quantity.

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The Book of Blood: From Legends and Leeches to Vampires and by HP Newquist

By HP Newquist

HP Newquist takes younger readers on an interesting journey of the area of blood, from
ancient background to fashionable science—with an occasional journey to the very unusual part of
the most vital tissue in bodies. Oddly adequate, scientists started to understand
this attention-grabbing fluid merely in the prior 100 years and the way its microscopic
components nourish the whole body.
Whether the stories of vampires, medieval scientific practices, and Mayan sacrificial
rites captivate or terrify, this accomplished research into blood’s earlier and present
will definitely enthrall. And if this account is a bit bloodcurdling, good, that’s part the
fun!

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Mythologie für Dummies by Amy Hackney Blackwell, Christopher W. Blackwell

By Amy Hackney Blackwell, Christopher W. Blackwell

Mythologie ist spannender als jeder Krimi, grausamer als jeder Horrorfilm und leidenschaftlicher als jeder Liebesroman!

Wie hieß er doch noch gleich, der Meeresgott bei den Griechen? was once waren bloß die zehn Aufgaben des Herkules? Antworten auf solch typische Fragen nach dem Motto "Wie warfare das nochmal?" finden Sie in diesem wunderbaren Nachschlagewerk, das zum Schmökern einlädt.

Der Schwerpunkt des Buches liegt auf der griechischen und römischen Mythologie, aber auch nordeuropäische Gestalten wie König Artus und Beowulf, weniger bekannte Sagen aus Ägypten und Asien und die Mythen lateinamerikanischer Völker wie den Maya, Azteken und Inkas kommen nicht zu kurz.

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Nefertiti's Heart (The Artifact Hunters, Book 1) by A. W. Exley

By A. W. Exley

Cara Devon has constantly suffered interest and impetuousness, yet tangling with a serial killer may well therapy that. Permanently.

1861. Cara has an easy project in London – finalise her father’s property and unload his damned choice of worthwhile artifacts. Her plan is going awry while a killer stalks the the Aristocracy, looking for an old Egyptian relic rumoured to carry the most important to immortality.

Nathaniel Trent, often called the villainous viscount, is relentless in his wish to lay his fingers on either Cara and the necessary artifacts. His icy external and fiery contact stirs Cara’s demons, or may perhaps he lay them to rest?

Self-preservation fuels Cara’s look for the gem often called Nefertiti’s center. In a society the place everybody wears a masks to conceal their actual reason, she must work out who to belief, prior to she sacrifices her personal middle and existence.

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Dionysus: Myth and Cult by Walter F. Otto

By Walter F. Otto

Water F. Otto's Dionysus: fable and Cult is a tricky yet super lucrative research not just of the god Dionysus yet of fantasy and cult in addition. The booklet is split into components. the 1st seems to be on the that means of fantasy and cult and their dating, the second one makes an attempt to reach on the crucial attribute of Dionysus. under no circumstances for those who pass the 1st half. In it Otto lays the foundation for his penetrating research of the god. it's a scintillatingly fabulous and illuminatingly unique exposition of the that means and origins of delusion and cult. an individual drawn to Greek faith or for that subject liturgy on my own, should still learn it. even though written over 40 years in the past it is going to nonetheless problem and startle. Otto is presented with a poetic intensity of belief and gnomic expressiveness valuable virtually of Heraclitus. for instance at one element he states: "The extra alive this lifestyles turns into, the closer demise attracts, until eventually the ultimate moment-the enchanted second while whatever new is created-when dying and existence meet in an include of mad ecstasy."
Otto holds that "The real visage of each real god is the visage of a world." within the moment half he units approximately gaining knowledge of the shape or visage of Dionysus. This he brilliantly lays out in chapters facing each point of the god. Chapters comprise: The Vine, The Somber insanity, Dionysus and the component to Moisture, Dionysus and the ladies, and Dionysus and Apollo. i cannot try to recount his conclusions. Get the ebook and browse them in Otto's lapidary language. Don't be cast off from examining this e-book if you happen to don't be aware of Greek. whereas there are a good variety of untransliterated phrases, you could comprehend the that means of the sentences from the context. even if, bear in mind that this isn't "lite" interpreting yet a major research that calls for and may pay off notion. The publication itself is a good-looking, strong paperback with glued signatures.

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Ardor by Roberto Calasso

By Roberto Calasso

During this revelatory quantity, Roberto Calasso, whom The Paris overview has known as "a literary institution," explores the traditional texts referred to as the Vedas. Little is understood concerning the Vedic humans, who lived greater than 3 thousand years in the past in northern India: They left at the back of nearly no gadgets, pictures, or ruins. They created no empires. Even the soma, the most likely hallucinogenic plant that looks on the heart of a few in their rituals, has no longer been pointed out with any walk in the park. just a "Parthenon of words" is still: verses and formulations suggesting a bold figuring out of life.

"If the Vedic humans were requested why they didn't construct cities," writes Calasso, "they may have responded: we didn't search strength, yet rapture." this can be the ardor of the Vedic global, a burning depth that's continually current, either within the brain and within the cosmos.

With his signature erudition and profound experience of the earlier, Calasso explores the enigmatic internet of formality and fable that defines the Vedas. frequently at odds with glossy inspiration, those texts light up the character of attention extra vividly than the rest has controlled to until eventually now. Following the "hundred paths" of the Śatapatha Brāhmaņa, a powerful exegesis of Vedic ritual, Ardor exhibits that it can be attainable to arrive what's closest via passing via that that's such a lot distant, as "the complete of Vedic India used to be an try to imagine further."

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