I read a book (and I think there was at least one other book with the same characters - not sure if it was a true "series" or not), that had a detective who had a magical partner. In the plot I remember, they were investigating the death of a young man. One of the spells the wizard cast was a spell that showed the last image that the deceased had seen. The image was a beautiful woman. They had a hard time figuring out who she was, and finally they discovered that the man had been in love with his sister (but she did not return his feelings) and while others thought she was plain, her brother had seen her as this raving beauty so that's what the spell showed. They figured out it was her because her brother had a closet full of clothes that were exact duplicates of everything in her wardrobe, and he had his girlfriends wear them. When his sister had killed him, he ripped a button off of her shirt, but she took the copy from his closet and put the one with the missing button in his closet instead.
Along the lines of Poe, the story was fairly slow and deliberate, with lots of setup leading to a fantastic and highly improbable bloody end. I will summarize...
This is the story to the best of my knowledge, though some facts may turn out to be wrong. Bare with me.
An englishman is traveling abroad. He visits a sultan in the desert. He is made quite comfortable, and the sultan proves to be a wonderful host. The sultan has a servant who has been faithful and risen to great prestige in the house. Something happens, and he loses favor in the eyes of his master. Showing his true nature, the sultan has his arms cut off. More happens, and the man loses both his legs at the sultans command. All of this occurs while the englishman is staying at the palace/house. The servant has been kept alive at the pleasure of the sultan, and the love that used to fill the servants heart has changed to hate. One evening, the englishman cannot sleep. The house is set up with a courtyard in the center, and the sultan sleeps at the center surrounded by a fence, or maybe guards. The house is several stories tall, with open balconies surrounding the center courtyard at each level. The englishman sees the armless legless servant at the edge of the balcony opposite him. The servant stares down at the sultan with hot hate. He then wiggles over to a long colorful banner that is hanging from the top of the house down past the balconies. He grasps the fabric with his teeth and spins around several times, wrapping his body with the fabric. He then slowly begins to use his teeth to CLIMB up the fabric, very slowly and carefully. The englishman, who was not exactly pleased with the way the sultan had treated his favorite servant, decides to simply watch as the man escapes. The servant painstakingly climbs three or four stories, amazing the englishman. At last, he is on the top level, carefully balanced on the railing, fabric in teeth, looking down at the sultan. Just as the englishman begins to worry and thinks to alert the guards, the servant flings himself out from the balcony. He falls down and lands on the sultan, asleep in his bed, and rips his throat out with his teeth as he lay dying.
Englishman? Maybe not, but a gentleman, at least. Sultan? Palace? Again, maybe not. But something along those lines. But there it is, the story I dream of, and cannot find... can anyone help me? And be honest, doesn't this sound amazing!?
Jo is destitute. She lives in a crappy apartment and sells cheap furniture to hotel chains. The only thing of value she has is a necklace modeled on the one from the Marie Antoinette necklace scandel.
Long story short, she lures the griving girlfriend out onto a balcony, where gf is flung to her death. All is not list; Jo hired a woman to pretend to be the countess and wrote a will, leaving everything to Jo.
I read this around 2000. There is a second book that follows this story.
2. Sort of Danielle Steele-ish. Perfect family living in Canada. Gorgeoys house. Night of the big party, husband doesn't show up. Gets fired. Clueless and naieve wife sells house, moves to SanFrancisco. Husbands family is rich rich rich. She has no idea why he ran away but lo and behold, he'd run away from his family before. She starts making jewelry to support her family. ( His family is uber-rich). Eventually he shows up afer a big construction scandel.
3. Struggling widow and daughter will a huge lottery prize. Nuts come [ut [f the woodwork for a piece of it. They take a cruise to Alaska and fall into the company of slick father-son con artists. No hufe scandels, just the change a lot of money brings it.
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I read this in the late 1970s or early 1980s in the U.S. I remember it was a hardcover book, picture book size and landscape orientation. It probably had a dust jacket originally, but it had been lost by the time I got it, and the book itself was white.
I'd love to find this and would appreciate any tips. I looked at the David Macaulay books on Goodreads, but didn't see any that this would match; they all seem to be about specific types of buildings, etc. and this had both an apple and a ship so I think it was more general.
I suppose one might class it as a literary fiction novella.
I thought the title was something like 'Gathering Shells on the Shore' but that's proven entirely wrong.
I remember very little about the plot. The book is experimental in its prose - closer to prose poetry in some ways, I think. It's the story of a young woman's life. Near the start she takes a trip by ship (I think) where she meets a man who promises not to take away her 'aloneness'.
Later there might be a bit where she steals a baby. I'm not clear on the details.
The copy I had was a slim paperback. IIRC, the cover was yellow, with a picture of a shell and the title written in a ribbon-like font.
Thank you for any help you can offer.
A second story in the same book involved a stranger hiring a boatsman to journey across a stinking lagoon or lake. The stranger brings aboard a number of barrels containing a mystery liquid, and gradually empties them into the lake as they journey across it. They discuss a commercial protocol that determines what the purpose the empty barrels can be resold for, since you can't put wine in a barrel that once held something toxic, but you can still put nails or stones in it. The mystery liquid turns out to be beneficial - it restore the lake/lagoon to purity.
Brief synopsis of what i recall
an Ex-cop/detective? having quit the force due injury is told by an ex-colleague about this gig to be the bodyguard of a famous singer who turns out to be have attended the same high school, the singer liked him when he was in high school, admired him from afar, and so requested for him to be his bodyguard (find this out half way through)
that's basically all i remember, sorry if its a bit lean on details
thanks in advance
P.S. it's not Harley's Achilles By Sandrine Gasq-Dion
Any help would be much appreciated.
The only scene I remember was the protagonist (young female) was running through the forest in a training setting. Im sorry. I wish I remembered more. I read it in about 2005 maybe 2006.
If I remember correctly, the entire thing takes place inside this "prison" construct until our hero manages to foment an insurrection and take over from the captors.
Ringing any bells with anyone?
Found the book!It is the Missing Link trilogy by Kate Thompson
Unfortunately I don't recall the writer or title and would like to know either the story title or the book's (preferably both of course).
The story is about a female vampire who comes home, buying the appartment she used to live in.
When she was still alive she lived in it with her husband.
Currently it's reportedly haunted and people who buy it don't stay long.
This is because, when she got turned into a vampire in the past and went home, she attacked her husband in a craving for blood and he died, becoming a ghost.
She finds this out over time, due to things happening in the appartment that she can't explain (like curtains closing when she is was trying to commit suicide).
Now that she bought the appartment and starts fixing it up with the help of some off duty policemen who do renovating buildings at the side.
When they talk about their work, and especially criminals who got away with things, the vampire targets those to feed upon.
She tries to stay off the radar of other vampires, especially the one who is the boss in the city she lives in.
Luckily for her she has the gift to become invisible if not moving.
At a certain point one of the policemen is kidnapped by the vampire boss and she goes out to confront him, bringing her ghost husband along.
The fight ends to her advantage, as the vampire boss didn't manage to achieve control over her ghostly husband.
This is due to evil not having power over love, as one of the other vampires states.
As the heir of the vampire boss is rather happy with being free from the former he agrees on a truce with her.
The vampire woman, her ghost husband and the kidnapped police officer head back to the appartment and after some talking there the story ends.
The central part I recall is that the young woman, looking in a clear pond on the property, sees a scary face looking back at her. That face turns out to be a wooden statue - I think part of the newel post of the big mansion - that had been missing for some time. Around the statue's neck is a strand of wooden beads that looks charred, as if it had been in a fire.
It turns out that the beads had been in a fire on a ship. The statue is the figurehead from the ship, and the beads are coverings for a strand of gemstones - a treasure hidden away for a purpose I can't recall.
In my mind, I've thought this might have been either Zilpha Keatley Snyder's The Headless Cupid or Phyllis Whitney's The Quicksilver Pool.
I'd love to find this book. Thanks.
It was a science fiction paperback which he read in 2012, and upon buying it at secondhand store it already seemed pretty old even then. The story has a female protagonist and involves a space colony with scientists who have left for another planet which produces drugs they sell back to the colony.
Read a book in 2000s - Greek gods are playing golf with planets and with the Earth life - See more a
only 3 as I remember it was in or towards the middle ) concerned a man who made ( I believe marionette ) puppets every year for some annual festivities. I believe he made them for a parade float. A boy and possibly a friend are chosen to help the man make the puppets. Only it turns out he turns those chosen to help him into marionettes. Anyone know what book this was?
Obviously I am trying to find a certain book series. I read it in like the seventh or eighth grade, so around 2000-2002.
I know it was a teen series. I cannot remember how many books are in the series.
So the only things I remember about the plot are this. There was a guy and a girl (I cannot remember the characters' names) but they were dating and then they broke up because the guy decided to do a boat tour and she didn't want to go with him. So he went a the boat tour with a different ex girlfriend of his. On the tour, they got into a boating accident and everyone back home thought they had died. The (ex) girlfriend started dating a new guy. One night her and the new guy start messing around, and he finds that she taped a condom on her leg since she was wearing a skirt. As they are getting frisky, the(ex) boyfriend she thought was dead walked into town.
This is the part I remember because this was the last of the series my friend owned and then she moved away and I can't even remember the name of the series. This has driven me crazy for years, so if anyone has any ideas I would greatly appreciate it. Thank you so much!!!!
Here is what I know:
This girl goes missing and her three best friends have to find her, but none of them knew she was even friends with the other two. They each thought that they were her only friend
They are following clues she left
When I bought the book it had just been released and it was set to be the first book in a series
The cover had a brick wall on it and I think some vines and also maybe the profile of the girls face? The brick wall is the only thing I am pretty certain of on the cover
Here are the things I think I remember:
I wanna say someones name was Amanda but I could have pulled that detail out of thin air
I think there was a scene where all three of them went into a club of some sort? And there was a message written in the bathroom????? I may have made that up tho who knows
And also I am pretty sure one of the girls lived in a sort of run down or super messy house of some kind and was really really embarrassed about it and the girl made her feel comfortable about it? Its hazy so I do not know if that was right
Anyway please please help me remember the name or the author, thank you!
So, I think a little girl lived in a hotel or apartment and she came home and had to climb like all the steps because she didn't want to go in with a boy and when she gets there, her sister is exercising or something and then she takes her shoes off and points them to her bedroom door because it is a came that her and her father play (like hide and seek) then he comes home and finds her and announces that they are going on vacation and she thinks it is somewhere fancy and brags to her doorman, i think, and she brags about this big fancy yellow rug with a rose in the middle of it. She gets there and it is nothing like that, instead it's a teenage boys room filled with model airplanes. She's disappointed and her sister goes to the local pool to flirt with a lifeguard and she befriends a nearby girl. I think she picked scabs off of her knee and something about a yo yo. Eventually she makes more friends and has a sleep over. To which they play a game where they make a chart about what they really think about each other. Feelings get hurt and the model airplanes are thrown and broken. I can't really remember a lot of the rest. I think maybe earlier her baby brother falls and looses a tooth or something? Please help, it's driving me nuts to remember this much and not know the name.
This would have been in the early 80s, so the book would have had be written by that time. I THINK it was a full length book story rather than a collection of short stories (a la Bombeck or other columnist).
Does it sound familiar? My mom cracked up while trying to read it to me and I would kind of like to get it for her for Mother's Day
It's a gift for a friend who remembers reading this story as a kid, so probably from a kids/young adult book.
I remember the books being a fantasy series in which there are three main protagonists: a human, a fairy, and a goblin. The book stars with the story of the human, a male blacksmith(?) who can talk to inanimate objects. But this kind of power is seen as some sort of madness. And he's tries to hide from this festival where people with power like him are recognized and taken from their families. He get's taken from his wife who travels to try to get him back. The second protagonists is a fairy who is tasked to help this fairy princess(?) into a safezone because the fairies are going to war. And the final protagonists is goblin who fixes this box and uses this box to rise up in Goblin hierarchy. There's a lot more I remember so if this information isn't good enough, please tell me.
It's about a young woman who lives in a big American city (I think Chicago?) and she makes a living by designing sweaters and repurposing old, vintage sweaters. The story begins with her in a coffee shop and she sees her fiancé talking to another woman. Later she walks in on him cheating on her. She then receives a message from one of her last family members (her parents are both dead) asking her to come to England.
She goes to England to live with this family member (I think an aunt?) in this massive estate. While she's there she sees some ghost children out on the moors and some other slightly spooky stuff happens. As she's there she falls in love with the caretaker (I think?) of the estate and finds out that she actually met him when she was a child at her parents' funeral. There's some big mystery she ends up needing to figure out and her sweater business gets super successful and all is well in the end.
I hope that's enough to work with!
I am looking for a book i read ca. 20 years ago. It was a science fiction book, and I do not remember author, title or character names. But the main plot was like this: A green light covers the sky, and all humans looking it, gets blind. The main character has been eye operated, and does not. At the same time the earth are visited by dinosaurs/monsters starting an eating frenzy on the poor blind ones... Do not remember any more of the plot.... Anybody who know this book?
Hoping someone can lead me to the title as my googleing is not working.
It was about two kids, a boy and his younger sister I think. Their dad sent them to live with their aunt (I think) in some small town. (Idk what year it took place but I think it was an older setting) The boy had a friend who lived up the street and his friend had a lot of siblings and often made the youngest one join them. They would go to this graveyard that they werent allowed to go to and his friends mom wouldnt let them hang out anymore. Their mom was dead and the aunt knew something about it, it was some kind of mystery. I remember the aunt lived in a house and the house was surrounded by a moat. I think the title had something to do with "letters" like mail. The dad would send them mail. The kid would go into town some times with the friend and they hung out in the woods where the cool kids were. I think the boy found a secret room in the house or something. He was scared of thunder or something. I think they were only supposed to stay for the summer but the dad left them. I think there were ghosts but im not sure
Please help me, this is driving me crazy.
I had this book, and I loved it, but several years ago I lent it to a friend who then moved to Florida and took it with him. Cannot now recall what it was called. The title in my head is Becoming Human, but that brings up an entirely different book. I do rememebr that the auhor was female, it it may have been her debut novel.
The main characher is a clone/replicant type person, who is attached to a diplomat of sorts. They live on a space station, and I think he has advanced recall abilities, as well as language and protocol training. Not all of his abilities/programming is entirely legal, or at least, iccepted in the role he is in. At some point there is a murder, and he gets blamed for it, so he is killed. Then the POV switches to another clone, who is essentially the same dude, but has no idea that there was a previous iteration of himself working for the same woman. There is a bunch of political intrigue going on, mostly relating to the alliance of planets that he works for, and whether they are going to allow another planet to join. The new planet is populated by humans, but they are genetically altered to have super healing capabilities, but they also don't feel pain. Genetic alteration is pretty taboo in the alliance society, so this is a big deal, and they try to keep it hidden. There may be another alien race who is a threat looming on the horizon. through this all, our hero has to try to figure out who actually committed the murder that he was killed for, and discover his own humanity along the way. I seem to recall some plot points regarding the treatment of these replicants. Many of them were used in hard labour and the like, and I think they had expiry dates.
I beleive the cover was light coloured, with a man standing sideways, head bowed, and a white mask, possibly cracked, dangling from his hand.
So, there was a story I read over a decade ago, I'm pretty sure I was in high school. I found it in my local library, sifting through the "grown up's" fiction section. The YA section was just "too immature" for me, and I wanted to see if I could handle something with more depth to it.
The book I'm looking for, was a hard cover, with a dust cover. I can't remember the picture on the cover, nor can I remember the title of the book, or the author. I don't think it was part of a trilogy or series.
Maybe you guys could help me out?
I remember bits of the story: It's about a young man who is trained by an old wizard on how to name and control the winds, and use them to fly.
I remember the story ends with the young man relinquishing his control over the winds and letting them go.
It was a very good read for me then, only I can't find it now. The internet seems to think I only just read it recently, as all the books related to "wind" and "wizard" are published within the past two or three years, at most, and seem to be part of a trilogy. This book I read, was old when I found it.
I don't think it's part of the Earthsea books, as there doesn't seem to be the description of a boy learning to name or control the wind at all. I remember that using the wind, particularly flying on the wind, was mentioned throughout the novel.
I know I don't have much to go on. But I'm hoping maybe someone out there might be able to help me find the title. Any help is much appreciated! Thank you!
Story line is about a man and woman in the afterlife that are struggling against god. The afterlife is not what they expected, and they go on an extended search for the truth about god. In the end they meet Lucifer (or some other name) who tells them that god is just a higher being like him that is self-centered and forced the human race to believe he was the only god and that Lucifer was evil, when in reality, he is not and "hell" is a pretty good place.
quote on back of book says something like down with empire earth.
hero is the heir to the thrown of a rival planet of the imperial earth. instead of following his family he decides to join the imperial fleet and makes the rank of major or colonel. On a mission his commanding officer is sucking up to some higher ups and force the hero to take a crew and a small ship (boat) for some maneuvers around earths moon. something happens and the boat crashes killing all but him. after days of lying in pain and surrounding by the head a rescue ship finally gets them. after he recovers he punches out his commanding officer and is force to leave the military. as a cilvian he takes a merchant job on a cargo freighter who is a real jerk. most of the story here goes from the hero learning that the captain doesn't like him and that the captain and his first officer is planning on a trip to a planet where there are rumors or an alien race (i just remember them being called the master race as they were higher advance then all). the planet had a human girl that was stranded there and the captain wants to trade with the natives her life (for to be a slave) for random things. The natives are a less advance race. on the way to the planet the captain and the first officer tries to leave the hero on another planet by taking off without him. but he learns this and gets back to it. when they reach their designated planet the hero goes against the captain and saves the girl. but with the natives also after them they flee. after some time the hero and the girl find ships that are old but soon find out that it is from a most advance race. the ship is brought online and it instantly takes off on an automatic pilot to its home planet. there they find out that the ship can control other ships from that race and also learn that nobody is there. it appears that the planet was abandon. the hero gets control of the advance race ships and takes them to his home planet. where they use them to take down the empire of earth. somewhere there is a quote where the hero says "down with the imperial earth" something like that..
sorry for long post but that's all i can remember and would love to find this book. my google fu on this subject is not strong as i have been searching for a few year.
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FYI it is not Arthur C. Clark's book Imperial Earth.
The book is set in the old times, I'd say maybe in the medieval times or even before then. It opens with a child (who might be naked?) who lives with a couple wolves (2?) that go away hunting (I think) and is left alone. Eventually, they come back again and shapeshift to human form to take care of the child, who cannot transform, and so is left behind while the parents are away. There is a village nearby, and I think that the villagers are afraid of the supernatural and therefore the wolf-family. The story follows the adventures of the child for a while, and he/she meets a girl from the village who is hostile at first, but eventually becomes friendly. Another part of the story that stood out was a section about a pond or small lake that the child's parents took him/her to, to learn to become a wolf. It is crystal clear and very reflective, and initially reflects the human image of the child, but eventually shows him/her (most likely him) finally as a wolf after overcoming some sort of hardship. The fear of the supernatural family by the villagers eventually ends the story with the family leaving the area of forest around the village which they called home because of the hostility of the villagers, and the girl who becomes friends with the child runs away with them. The other part of the story that stood out to me was a dialogue between his father and the girl. The girl wants to be like the family and be able to shapeshift, but the father says something about how just because a worm can sense a bird, appreciate it and fear it, it doesn't mean that the worm can become a bird (or something along the lines of that, with a worm and a bird).
As I mentioned above, the book is set in olden times, possible medieval or pre-medieval, in the forest near a village of some sort.
It's been a long time since I read this book, and I could never find it since, so the plot details might not be 100% accurate, but should give a general gist of what's going on. At the time, I remembered it to be a very thick book, and the title was something about the moon. I'd appreciate any help that I can get!
The book was about this girl, and she was in love with a boy (I think his name was Nick)and he was an orphan or homeless or something. He lived in a shelter and later on got his own apartment but the girl's dad didn't like him very much. This was a book series so there were a couple, but the girl and Nick (??) never were really in a relationship that I can remember but they were always close. He ran away at one point and she couldnt find him. I remember one of the books having a blue cover with a picture on it, another one of them was pink. I don't remember how many were in the series.
If anyone knows what Im talking about please help me, it's driving me crazy that I can't remember this book haha.
A man drove through a tunnel, thinking about his dissatifactions with his family, career, etc. After he's exited the tunnel, he looks in the rear-view mirror and sees that the side of the mountain has collapsed. He chooses to keep driving and not contact anyone, knowing he'll be assumed dead for months, taking the opportunity to start a new life.