A beautifully produced and richly illustrated book that showcases the day-to-day adventures of independent girl-about-town Victoria Psismall and her pet land octopus Otto. Thirty panoramic, full-page illustrations humorously chronicle the duo's home and social activities that include (among other things) bathing, biking, dating, cooking, playing croquet, and pumpkin carving. Accompanying text explains the "do"s and "don't"s of living with a large land octopus. The book's art is extremely detailed, and each illustration tells its own visual story. The Victorian era characters and period-influenced design elements combine to create a wonderful, collectible art-object for those who still value the classic elegance of ink-on-paper. The hardcover binding is plussed with two-layer embossing and spot varnish, and the interior is printed on extra heavy paper. An exquisite volume for lovers of books, art and pets.
Brian Kesinger's charming collection of pen-and-ink dragon portraits obliterates winged-serpent stereotypes with its fun and fantastic portrayal of these magnificent creatures at their informal best. There are no cookie-cutter fantasy clichés to be found here... just candid studies of dozens of the world's most wonderful dragons with their individual personalities on display. An authentic and insightful glimpse into the little-known realities of being a dragon. The toned-paper sketchbook format of this handsome volume presents expertly drafted monochromatic drawings of the dragons along with their names and descriptions of their unique qualities. Characters like Fynlar the Daring, Gorüng the Skittish, and So'kee the Vegetarian will delight readers of all ages. The cover of Penned Dragons features head-turning lenticular art that brings Brian Kesinger's sketch of Koga the flightless kite-flying dragon to life, and serves as a nod to his two decades as a contributing artist on some of the world's most famous animated motion pictures.
Brian Kesinger's lovely, hand-drawn mermaid illustrations wash away misconceptions about undersea sirens while providing fresh insights into aquatic lore. Nuanced depictions of a diverse cross-section of these seldom-seen beings provide a revealing glimpse into their true-life realms. Contrary to popular beliefs, all mermaids do not look alike... genetics, geography, and socio-environmental circumstances contribute to a diverse mer-population that has never before been observed or presented with such in-the-field attention to detail. The artist's elegant pen and wash renderings on pulpy paper are collected here in a faithful facsimile of his personal sketchbook that can be handed down from generation to generation -- preserving this historically significant chronicle of contemporary citizens of our planet's seas. Caribbean pirate Miss Jessica, Chicago River flapper Roxie, and the bayou's crocodilian Madame Lizette are just three of many unique personalities profiled within the pages of this mini encyclopedia which is embellished with lenticular cover art showcasing Brian Kesinger's enchanting animation of Lady Elizabeth bobbing blissfully with her sea turtle companion at tea time. Cheers!
The girls are back and angrier than ever! The fourth book in the successful Angry Little Girls series features the hilarious return of this beloved cast of characters, this time recast as fairy-tale heroines. Kim, the angry little Asian girl, stars in "Snow Yellow and the Seven Short Men"; Wanda, the fresh soul sistah, stars in "RapPunsWell"; Xyla, the gloomy girl, stars in "Little Miss Wears a Hood"; and the other girls star in furiously fractured versions of "Beauty and the Beast" and "The Princess and the Pea." Filled with Lela Lee's culturally charged humor, this clever collection of new comics proves that there's an angry little girl inside of everyone.
Author: Philip Reeve
Publisher: A&C Black
Art and his family are invited on a fantastic free holiday to the exotic Asteroid Belt, in a remote part of space near Mars. Taking the train, they arrive to discover that nothing is quite as it seems - the hotel slips curiously back and forth through time, and the guests behave rather strangely too. What is behind these bizarre goings-on? It's up to Jack Havock, Art and his sister Myrtle (against her will) to get to the bottom of things. But the giant sand clams and man-eating starfish which roam freely nearby are nothing compared to the True Enemy, which is cunning, sinister, and almost unstoppable and may resemble a hat.
While the Granville family dutifully entertain their guests at Devonton Abbey, an ace team of Secret Service agents camp out as unsuspecting household staff, protecting the Royal Crown and her citizens from impending world war. Who is aware of the international intrigue concealed below stairs? Will Agent Gates save Britain from her enemies while ensuring Devonton Abbey’s reputation is upheld? Will Lady Margaret secure a proposal from Martin Crawhill, the heir to the estate? Will Thompson and O’Malley ever get lung cancer? “Preposterous.” --The Dowager Countess “Wicked and daring. An uproarious adventure suited for anyone who must bear the tedium of reality.” --Lady Margaret “The pictures are awfully nice.” --Lady Flora “Slanderous…Utter rot.” --Lord Granville “A graphic expose that triumphs in its ability to question elitist society and esoteric class systems.” --Lady Cynthia “Can I be on the cover?” --Lady Ethel
Outlander joins the adult coloring book craze! Featuring 45 original black-and-white illustrations from the series. A coloring book featuring original illustrations inspired by the sights and scenes of Diana Gabaldon's bestselling Outlander series.
Author: Philip Reeve
Publisher: Bloomsbury Publishing USA
When the festive season arrives at Larklight, so does some unsettling news. A sinister-looking cloud is fast approaching the outskirts of the Known Universe. The closest planet, Georgium Sidus, has but two human inhabitants: the missionary Rev Cruet and his daughter Charity: most recent communication: 'Great danger - imperative that-'. And so, aboard a Naval Gunship, Art, Myrtle and family, bravely go where only one man and his daughter have gone before, to determine the nature of the menacing cloud and rescue the Cruets.
The Trojan Icon
Author: William Dietrich
Moving from the chilly intrigues of the Russian Court to the secretive palace of the Ottoman Empire, Ethan Gage and his family seek a relic that promises imperial invincibility.
Author: Brian J. Robb
Publisher: Voyageur Press
Steampunk is the hottest science fiction counterculture, alive in fantasy novels, films, arts and crafts, fashion, comic books, music, computer games, even architecture. Enter a world of Victorian technology, where steam power meets space travel. From Jules Verne and H. G. Wells to Alan Moore, Hayao Miyazaki, and Philip Pullman, the genre has captured imaginations around the globe. Here’s the first grand, illustrated history of the counterculture movement in a book fittingly stylish in its design, package, and artwork. From the fastest dirigible and steam-powered ray guns to fashionistas Lady Gaga and Alexander McQueen, the whole story of the gaslight romance is here.
The Great Leveller
Author: Joe Abercrombie
Publisher: Hachette UK
Collected together for the first time, here are the three hard-hitting standalone novels set in the world of Joe Abercrombie's bestselling FIRST LAW trilogy. BEST SERVED COLD: War may be hell but for Monza Murcatto, the Snake of Talins, the most feared and famous mercenary in Duke Orso's employ, it's a damn good way of making money too. Her victories have made her popular - a shade too popular for her employer's taste. Betrayed, thrown down a mountain and left for dead, Murcatto's reward is a broken body and a burning hunger for vengeance. Whatever the cost, seven men must die. THE HEROES: Over three bloody days of battle, the fate of the North will be decided. But with both sides riddled by intrigues, follies, feuds and petty jealousies, it is unlikely to be the noblest hearts, or even the strongest arms that prevail. Three men. One battle. No Heroes. RED COUNTRY: Shy South hoped to bury her bloody past and ride away smiling, but she'll have to sharpen up some bad old ways to get her family back, and she's not a woman to flinch from what needs doing. She sets off in pursuit off her family's killers with only a pair of oxen and her cowardly old stepfather Lamb for company. But it turns out Lamb's buried a bloody past of his own, and out in the lawless Far Country, the past never stays buried.
Author: John Allman
Publisher: Potomac Books, Inc.
How did the human brain with all its manifold capacities evolve from basic functions in simple organisms that lived nearly a billion years ago? John Allman addresses this question in Evolving Brains, a provocative study of brain evolution that introduces readers to some of the most exciting developments in science in recent years.
The present book explores the mechanisms and evolution of animal behaviour, including neural, hormonal, and genetic substrates of behaviour, foraging; anti-predator defences; mating systems and sexual selection; social behaviour; communication; parental care; kin selection and recognition; and territoriality. This thoroughly up-to-date text shows how evolutionary biologists analyse all aspects of behaviour. It is distinguished by its balanced treatment of both the evolutionary theory in unifying the different behavioural disciplines.
Author: Benjamin Legrand, Jean-Marc Rochette
Publisher: Titan Comics
On a perpetually frozen planet Earth, a second train shares the same track around the world as the perpetually moving Snowpiercer, from which a small group emerges that will brave the cold in order to explore and scavenge.
“The focus is the most severe mass extinction known in earth’s history. The science on which the book is based is up-to-date, thorough, and balanced. Highly recommended.” —Choice Today it is common knowledge that the dinosaurs were wiped out by a meteorite impact 65 million years ago that killed half of all species then living. It is far less widely understood that a much greater catastrophe took place at the end of the Permian period 251 million years ago: at least ninety percent of life on earth was destroyed. When Life Nearly Died documents not only what happened during this gigantic mass extinction but also the recent renewal of the idea of catastrophism: the theory that changes in the earth’s crust were brought about suddenly in the past by phenomena that cannot be observed today. Was the end-Permian event caused by the impact of a huge meteorite or comet, or by prolonged volcanic eruption in Siberia? The evidence has been accumulating, and Michael J. Benton gives his verdict at the end of the volume. The new edition brings the study of the greatest mass extinction of all time thoroughly up-to-date. In the twelve years since the book was originally published, hundreds of geologists and paleontologists have been investigating all aspects of how life could be driven to the brink of annihilation, and especially how life recovered afterwards, providing the foundations of modern ecosystems.