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Robinson

The Mammoth Book of Superstition

Roy Bainton
Authors:
Roy Bainton

Rather than providing a dictionary of superstitions, of which there are already numerous excellent, exhaustive and, in many cases, academic works which list superstitions from A to Z, Bainton gives us an entertaining flight over the terrain, landing from time to time in more thought-provoking areas. He offers an overview of humanity's often illogical and irrational persistence in seeking good luck and avoiding misfortune. While Steve Roud's two excellent books - The Penguin Dictionary of Superstitions and his Pocket Guide - and Philippa Waring's 1970 Dictionary concentrate on the British Isles, Bainton casts his net much wider. There are many origins which warrant the full back story, such as Friday the thirteenth and the Knights Templar, or the demonisation of the domestic cat resulting in 'cat holocausts' throughout Europe led by the Popes and the Inquisition. The whole is presented as a comprehensive, entertaining narrative flow, though it is, of course, a book that could be dipped into, and includes a thorough bibliography. Schoenberg, who developed the twelve-tone technique in music, was a notorious triskaidekaphobe. When the title of his opera Moses und Aaron resulted in a title with thirteen letters, he renamed it Moses und Aron. He believed he would die in his seventy-sixth year (7 + 6 = 13) and he was correct; he also died on Friday the thirteenth at thirteen minutes before midnight.As Sigmund Freud wrote, 'Superstition is in large part the expectation of trouble; and a person who has harboured frequent evil wishes against others, but has been brought up to be good and has therefore repressed such wishes into the unconscious, will be especially ready to expect punishment for his unconscious wickedness in the form of trouble threatening him from without.'

Canvas

Copperhead

Tina Connolly
Authors:
Tina Connolly

Helen Huntingdon is beautiful - so beautiful she has to wear an iron mask. Six months ago her sister Jane uncovered a fey plot to take over the city. But it was too late for Helen, who opted for fey beauty in her face. She now has to cover her face with iron so she won't be taken over by the curse, her personality erased by the bodiless fey.Not that Helen would mind that some days. Stuck in a marriage with the wealthy and controlling Alistair, she lives at the edges of her life, secretly helping Jane remove the dangerous fey beauty from the wealthy society women who paid for it. But when the chancy procedure turns deadly, Jane goes missing - and is implicated in a murder.Meanwhile, Alistair's influential clique Copperhead - whose emblem is the poisonous copperhead hydra - is out to restore humans to their rightful place, even to the point of destroying those who were previously allies.Helen is determined to find her missing sister, as well as continue the good fight against the fey. But when that pits her against her own husband - and when she meets an enigmatic young revolutionary - she's pushed to discover how far she'll bend society's rules to do what's right. But there's more than beauty at stake. Helen must fight for her honour ... and her heart.

Piatkus

2012

Daniel Pinchbeck
Authors:
Daniel Pinchbeck
Little, Brown US

The Urban Bestiary

Lyanda Lynn Haupt
Authors:
Lyanda Lynn Haupt

In THE URBAN BESTIARY, acclaimed nature writer Lyanda Lynn Haupt journeys into the heart of the everyday wild, where coyotes, raccoons, chickens, hawks, and humans live in closer proximity than ever before. Haupt's observations bring compelling new questions to light: Whose "home" is this? Where does the wild end and the city begin? And what difference does it make to us as humans living our everyday lives? In this wholly original blend of science, story, myth and memoir, Haupt draws us into the secret world of the wild creatures that dwell among us in our urban neighborhoods, whether we are aware of them or not. With beautiful illustrations and practical sidebars on everything from animal tracking to opossum removal, THE URBAN BESTIARY is a lyrical book that awakens wonder, delight, and respect for the urban wild, and our place within it.

Robinson

A Brief Guide to Ghost Hunting

Leo Ruickbie
Authors:
Leo Ruickbie
Sphere

Saratoga Bestiary

Stephen Dobyns
Authors:
Stephen Dobyns

Everyman detective Charlie Bradshaw and sidekick Victor Plotz dice with death in their fifth mystery in Saratoga Springs.Gambling, an art heist and dog fighting collide in Charlie's latest case, which once more lands on his doorstep when his pal Victor's gambling party is robbed at the Bradshaw family hotel.It's Super Bowl Sunday, and one of the five gamblers present at the party has an agenda beyond mere money - but who? And are they willing to kill to get what they want?

Robinson

A Brief Guide to Native American Myths and Legends

Lewis Spence
Authors:
Lewis Spence

In this brilliant reworking of Lewis Spence's seminal Myths and Legends of the North American Indians, Jon E. Lewis puts the work in context with an extensive new introductory essay and additional commentary throughout the book on the history of Native Americans, their language and lifestyle, culture and religion/mythology. He includes examples of myths from tribes omitted by Spence, a guide to tribes and their myths by region, a basic Lakota (Sioux) glossary, guides to key pronunciations and a bibliography.

Robinson

The Mammoth Book of Unexplained Phenomena

Roy Bainton
Authors:
Roy Bainton

New mysteries, as well as variations on recurring ones, continue to surface on a weekly basis around the globe, from showers of frogs over Hungary to birds falling to earth in Arkansas. This compendious round-up of unexplained phenomena examines everything from the experiments being done with the Large Hadron Collider to classic maritime mysteries involving inexplicably missing crews, via UFOs, mediums, cryptozoology, panics, paranoia and a universe proving stranger in fact than we'd imagined.

Yen Press

Olympos

Aki
Authors:
Aki
Robinson

A Brief Guide to the Supernatural

Leo Ruickbie
Authors:
Leo Ruickbie

From Most Haunted to Buffy the Vampire Slayer, from Underworld to Twilight, from Doom to Resident Evil, The Brief Guide to the Supernatural goes in search of the unearthly with unexpected results; combining history, science, psychology and myth he explores the allure of the paranormal - why so many people still believe in ghosts and angels - as well as the many ways people have tried to contact and record the impossible.

Robinson

The Mammoth Book of Lost Symbols

Nadia Julien
Authors:
Nadia Julien

Humanity has always used symbols-material objects used to denote difficult, abstract concepts-to describe thoughts and feelings, or to protect secret truths from common knowledge. This concise A-Z guide is a fascinating work of reference that brings to light all the symbols and symbolisms of the world, many aspects of which have been lost to time, including Freemasonry, the Kabbalah, the tarot, astrology, alchemy, Zoroastrianism, and ancient cultures from Egypt to Japan.

Black Dog & Leventhal

Urban Legends

Thomas J. Craughwell
Authors:
Thomas J. Craughwell

Combining Black Dog's three very successful hardcover collections of "urban legends" (Alligators in the Sewer, The Baby on the Car Roof, and The Cat in the Dryer) into one stupendous volume, Urban Legends is the ultimate collection of those outlandish tales people love to share. With themes that run the gamut from funny to sick, risqué to informative, frightening to disgusting, these fantastic yarns are remarkable for their uncanny ability to travel by word of mouth. We've all heard the one about the alligators that roam New York City's sewers, or how "Mikey" of Life Cereal fame died from ingesting Pop Rocks and Coke, or about the flustered parents who left their baby on the car roof. But, did you hear the one about the scuba diver who was found in the middle of a forest after a fire? These and other favorites are here in all of their creepy glory-guaranteed to amuse, enlighten, intrigue, and most of all, stick in the mind forever.

Westview Press

Computational Plasma Physics

Toshi Tajima
Authors:
Toshi Tajima

The physics of plasmas is an extremely rich and complex subject as the variety of topics addressed in this book demonstrates. This richness and complexity demands new and powerful techniques for investigating plasma physics. An outgrowth from his graduate course teaching, now with corrections, Tajima's text provides not only a lucid introduction to computational plasma physics, but also offers the reader many examples of the way numerical modeling, properly handled, can provide valuable physical understanding of the nonlinear aspects so often encountered in both labouratory and astrophysical plasmas. Included here are computational methods for modern nonlinear physics as applied to hydrodynamic turbulence, solitons, fast reconnection of magnetic fields, anomalous transports, dynamics of the sun, and more. The text contains examples of problems now solved using computational techniques including those concerning finite-size particles, spectral techniques, implicit differencing, gyrokinetic approaches, and particle simulation.

Basic Books

Hydra and the Bananas of Leonard Cohen

Roger Green
Authors:
Roger Green

English poet Roger Green left the safety of God, country, and whiskey to immerse himself in an austere and sober life on the Greek Island of Hydra. But when Green discovered that his terrace overlooked the garden of sixties balladeer Leonard Cohen, he became obsessed with Cohen's songs, wives, and banana tree. Hydra starts with a poem the author wrote and recited for his fifty-seventh birthday (borrowing the meter of Cohen's "Suzanne," and ripe with references to the song), with Cohen's ex-partner Suzanne, who may or may not be the subject of Cohen's song, in the audience. By turns playful and philosophic, Green's unconventional memoir tells the story of his journey down the rabbit hole of obsession, as he confronts the meaning of poetry, history, and his own life. Beginning as a poetic meditation upon Leonard Cohen's bananas, Green's bardic pilgrimage takes the reader on various twists and turns until, at last, the poet accepts the joy of accepting his fate.

Basic Books

Little Red Riding Hood Uncloaked

Catherine Orenstein
Authors:
Catherine Orenstein

In Little Red Riding Hood Uncloaked Catherine Orenstein reveals for the first time the intricate sexual politics, moral ambiguities, and philosophical underpinnings of Red Riding Hood's epic journey to her grandmother's house- and how, from the nursery on, fairy tales influence our view of the world. Beginning with its first publication as a cautionary tale on the perils of seduction, written in reaction to the licentiousness of the court of Louis XIV, Orenstein traces the many lives the tale has lived since then, from its appearance in modern advertisements for cosmetics and automobiles, the inspiration it brought to poets such as Anne Sexton, and its starring role in pornographic films. In Little Red Riding Hood Uncloaked , Red appears as seductress, hapless victim, riot grrrrl, femme fatale, and even she-wolf, as Orenstein shows how through centuries of different guises, the story has served as a barometer of social and sexual mores pertaining to women. Full of fascinating history, generous wit, and intelligent analysis, Little Red Riding Hood Uncloaked proves that the story of one young girl's trip through the woods continues to be one of our most compelling modern myths.

Westview Press

European Citizenship Practice

Antje Wiener
Authors:
Antje Wiener

Although great efforts have been made to understand citizenship, it has remained a contested concept, largely because of the problem of the changing relationship between citizens and their community of membership or belonging. The European Union poses the most recent and dramatic change to this definition of citizenship. Arguing that citizenship must be explored from a perspective that takes this continual change into account, Antje Wiener develops the concept of citizenship practice,the process of policymaking and/or political participation which contributes to creating the terms of citizenship. The approach draws on both comparative social-historical literature on the state and the new historical institutionalism in European integration theories. European" Citizenship Practice advances a discursive analysis of citizenship practice based on these related bodies of literature, which lie at the heart of this important contribution to citizenship studies.

Westview Press

Particles, Sources, And Fields, Volume 2

Julian Schwinger
Authors:
Julian Schwinger

This classic book (volume two of three volumes) is almost exclusively concerned with quantum electrodynamics. As such, it is retrospective in its subject matter. The topics discussed range from anomalous magnetic moments and vacuum polarization, in a variety of applications, to the energy level displacements in hydrogenic atoms, with occasional excursions into nuclear and high-energy physics. Based as it is upon the conceptually and computationally simple foundations of source theory, little in the way of formal mathematical apparatus is required, and thus most of the book is devoted to the working out of physical problems.

Leo Ruickbie

Dr LEO RUICKBIE has been investigating, writing about and sometimes experiencing the darker side of life - from haunted houses to Black Masses - for most of his professional career. What began as a philosophical discussion on re-enchantment (MA with distinction, Lancaster University) led to his being awarded a PhD from King's College, London, for his research into contemporary witchcraft and magic. In recognition of his studies he is also an Associate of King's College and the winner of the 1st Tinniswood Prize.He is the author of Witchcraft Out of the Shadows (2004, 2011), Faustus: The Life and Times of a Renaissance Magician (2009), and A Brief Guide to the Supernatural (2012). He is also a contributor to Fortean Times and Paranormal magazine among others, as well as academic journals with such articles as 'Child Witches: From Imaginary Cannibalism to Ritual Abuse' published in Paranthropology, 3.3 (July 2012). Recent contributions to academic volumes include a chapter on the role of spirit communication in the Hermetic Order of the Golden Dawn for The Spiritualist Movement: Speaking with the Dead in America and Around the World, ed. Christopher M. Moreman (Praeger, forthcoming), eighteenth century medical knowledge in relation to reports of vampirism for The Universal Vampire: Origins and Evolution of a Legend, ed. Barbara Brodman and Jim Doan (Rowman and Littlefield, forthcoming), the German Humanist Trithemius's innovation in cryptology that sealed his reputation as a black magician for Alchemy, Medicine, Science and the Occult in European Thought, ed. By Angela Catalina Ghionea (Cambridge Scholars Press, forthcoming) and the religious reactions to JK Rowling's Harry Potter series for The Sociology of Harry Potter, ed. Jenn Sims (Zossima, 2012).His work has been mentioned in the media from the Guardian to Radio Jamaica, and his expertise has been sought by numerous film and media companies, as well as by the International Society for Human Rights. He is a member of Societas Magica, the European Society for the Study of Western Esotericism, the Society for Psychical Research, and the Ghost Club. He can be found on the web at www.ruickbie.com and www.witchology.com. He is the author of A Brief Guide to Ghost Hunting.

Roy Bainton

Roy Bainton author of Honoured By Strangers, The Mammoth Book of Unexplained Phenomena and A Brief History of 1917: Russia's Year of Revolution travelled the world in the Merchant Navy. He has written extensively for radio, TV, magazines and newspapers.

Thomas J. Craughwell

Thomas J. Craughwell is an author and problem solver. He traced the evolution of Manhattan urban legends (Alligators in the Sewer); sorted out fact from fiction in old wives tales (Do Blue Bedsheets Bring Babies?); identified the patron saints of bloggers, vegetarians and hangovers (This Saint Will Change Your Life); and resurrected a long-forgotten story from 1876, when a gang of hapless Irish immigrant counterfeiters tried to kidnap the body of Abraham Lincoln--and almost got away with it (Stealing Lincoln's Body). Tom lives in Bethel, Connecticut.