Far from being a political firebrand or a simple ruffian, he's prone to religious visions and recurring nightmares -- in particular, one that leaves him believing that he did manage to burn down Lahardane. Upon waking from this dream, he requires reassurance ''yet again, that it had never been set on fire, that the child who was dead in his dreams had been left solitary by her parents, the victim of an error.
But still there was the funeral, the hearse drawn through familiar streets, the horse hooves echoing; still he awoke, his body wet with sweat. It says something about Trevor's modesty and craftsmanship that he can speak of his brief, taut novels almost as failures of economy: ''I'm a short story writer,'' he once said, ''who writes novels when he can't get them into short stories.
He is a master at burying the lead, and of letting the reader infer an important event only through a glimpse of its aftermath. He's prone to letting characters die in their sleep. In ''Lucy Gault,'' we learn of the exiled Heloise's failure to have another child from this bit of attention to a toy: ''She watched while he wound up the clockwork of the magician. He had bought it to divert her while she rested, until early one morning her baby was lost. There is no quieter narrative voice than Trevor's impersonal but irreducible one, and none that so demands a reader's strict attention.
Enormities come without warning, never a decibel louder than anything else, from this writer who has long had more in common with Alfred Hitchcock than some of the chroniclers of Irish life with whom he is frequently grouped. In ''Felicia's Journey,'' Trevor's novel about a serial killer, atrocity finally arrives, terrifyingly, in the same tone and at the same pace as the whole deceptive buildup. In this new novel, one may fail to notice Horahan's nervous chatter veering into an account of what actually happened that night in , when the house did not burn but the inhabitants turned to ash.
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How on earth do you make a chiglet? With this inventive book, children are invited to flip the pages to make outlandish creatures with silly hybrid names. Featuring boldly colored, simply shaped animals ready to be mixed up again and again, these sturdy board-book pages open to the left and the right for easy manipulation by little hands. Want to become an award-winning cartoonist and inventor? Follow your dreams, just like Rube Goldberg! From a young age, Rube Goldberg had a talent for art. But his father, a German immigrant, wanted Rube to have a secure job.
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Toys, food, and other everyday household objects have wild adventures at night, while the humans in the house sleep, in this imaginative collection of 26 poems. They play, of course! In this compendium of poems by Laura Purdie Salas, everything from stuffed animals to clothing to writing utensils comes to life under the cover of night. An overdue library book searches for the perfect place to hide. A paper clip skydives with a tissue parachute. A fruit snack unrolls to create a tricky racetrack for toy cars. A hose unwinds and rolls around the yard before curling back up just before dawn.
Lola Shapes the sky by Wendy Greenly, illus. A cloud with a mind of her own and a gift for making awe-inspiring shapes encourages her friends to go beyond their practical functions and expand their imaginative horizons. What is the Stanley Cup? Out of the thirty-two pro hockey teams that compete, only one can call itself the champion and proudly hoist up the Stanley Cup—the oldest sports trophy in the world!
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This beautiful little gift book featuring The Very Hungry Caterpillar provides a simple, easy-to-follow journey to relaxation, perfect for children and adults. With simple coping mechanisms and beautiful illustrations, this book is an excellent reminder to kids and adults alike to take a moment, breathe deep, and smile!
The Supa Buddies have been working hard to help Dog Man overcome his bad habits. But when his obsessions turn to fears, Dog Man finds himself the target of an all-new supervillain! Ada Twist is full of questions. A scientist to her very core, Ada asks why again and again.
As Uncle Ned floats farther and farther away, Ada starts asking lots of questions: How high can a balloon float? Is it possible for Uncle Ned to float into outer space? Hank is the prickliest cactus in the entire world. He sits in a pot in a window that faces the empty desert, which is just how he likes it.
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Alexander Bopp is the leader of the Super Secret Monster Patrol, a club whose members are sworn to protect the town from monsters. Then he starts finding weird old-timey objects, cake crumbs, and creepy monster cards all over town! Could the monsters be back? The Super Secret Monster Patrol will have to get back together to find out!
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Bee plays a crucial part in these dreams but just what part remains uncertain. As Bee is dragged by her sadistic captors across half the world, Fitz and the Fool, believing her dead, embark on a mission of revenge that will take them to the distant island where the Servants reside a place the Fool once called home and later called prison. It was a hell the Fool escaped, maimed and blinded, swearing never to return.
For all his injuries, however, the Fool is not as helpless as he seems. He is a dreamer too, able to shape the future. And though Fitz is no longer the peerless assassin of his youth, he remains a man to be reckoned with deadly with blades and poison, and adept in Farseer magic.
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And their goal is simple: to make sure not a single Servant survives their scourge. Along with millions of her other fans, I delight in every visit to the Six Duchies, the Rain Wilds, and the Out Islands, and can't wait to see where she'll take me next. A book meant to be inhabited rather than run through. Hobb's expertise is evident as always. Hobb lets rip with revelations, treachery, vengeance, sword fights and full on magical mayhem.
I was born in California in , but I grew up in Alaska. When we first moved to Fairbanks from our suburban tract home in San Rafael, it was quite a shock. I was nine years old. In an effort to teach us self sufficiency, our father had purchased for our new home an old log house that lacked plumbing, wiring, insulation, interior walls, and a heat source.
The same day that we moved in, Bruno arrived. He subsequently became my constant companion and I soon knew the surrounding acreage of woods and sloughs as well as I had once known my back yard.