From a taste test between two rat restaurants in South China to a profile of Yao Ming to the moving story of a small-town pharmacist, these pieces are bound by subtle but meaningful ideas: the strength of local traditions, the surprising ...
Author: Peter Hessler
Publisher: Harper Collins
Full of unforgettable figures and an unrelenting spirit of adventure, Strange Stones is a far-ranging, thought-provoking collection of Peter Hessler’s best reportage—a dazzling display of the powerful storytelling, shrewd cultural insight, and warm sense of humor that are the trademarks of his work. Over the last decade, as a staff writer for The New Yorker and the author of three books, Peter Hessler has lived in Asia and the United States, writing as both native and knowledgeable outsider in these two very different regions. This unusual perspective distinguishes Strange Stones, which showcases Hessler’s unmatched range as a storyteller. “Wild Flavor” invites readers along on a taste test between two rat restaurants in South China. One story profiles Yao Ming, basketball star and China’s most beloved export, another David Spindler, an obsessive and passionate historian of the Great Wall. In “Dr. Don,” Hessler writes movingly about a small-town pharmacist and his relationship with the people he serves. While Hessler’s subjects and locations vary, subtle but deeply important thematic links bind these pieces—the strength of local traditions, the surprising overlap between apparently opposing cultures, and the powerful lessons drawn from individuals who straddle different worlds.
Oh ! Is that the stone you found yesterday ? It's beautiful ! ” “ Isn't it ? " agreed Ezra proudly . “ I scrubbed it . Come on out and feel it , Tehilla . It's hard and smooth and coppery colored . It's warm , too .
Author: Yaffa Ganz
Publisher: Feldheim Publishers
Category: Juvenile Fiction
Savta Simcha and her friends in Jerusalem find a mysterious stone with magical powers.
Ten feet down below her were what looked like bone white canyons of stone that must have been carved out of the rocks for untold cycles. ... Along the canyon floor were strange stones that resembled bones of some sort, but they seemed ...
Author: John Triptych
Publisher: J Triptych Publishing
The first three books of this epic sci-fi adventure series (Lands of Dust, City of Delusions, The Maker of Entropy) are now available in one volume! Millions of years from now, the planet is dying. The oceans have dried into plains of ash. Strange, lethal creatures ravage the land. The surviving pockets of humanity eke out a brutal existence. But some humans have also evolved—into Magi, men who can move objects with a mere thought, and Strigas, women who can control others' minds. In this strange and exotic setting, a powerful telepathic protector must accompany a mysterious boy to bring hope to a dying planet. Explore Dying World, a new dystopian science fiction series in the tradition of Jack Vance’s The Dying Earth, Gene Wolfe’s Book of the New Sun, Frank Herbert’s Dune, Edgar Rice Burroughs's John Carter of Mars, and Star Wars—as only John Triptych could tell it!
Between the Qisong and the strange stones, a group of monks seemed to descend from the sky and walked slowly toward us. They all said, "It has been blocked by snow for three months. Now it is barely here because of the search for food.
Author: Xu Xiake
“Xu Xiake's Travels” (徐霞客游记) is a Chinese travelogue book, written in the 17th century. The book has 22 sections. It consists mainly of essays describing the travels of the Ming dynasty geographer Xu Xiake. Over 34 years, Xu produced more than 600,000 words, including works such as "Guizhou tour diary" and "Yunnan tour diary". This book offers detailed descriptions of geography, hydrology, geology, plants and other phenomena. It is also respected for its literary qualities and for its historicity.
Some of them get so weird, they collect stones when they're outside on work detail. Stones as contraband. Look...' She pointed. There, in the corner of the room by the door, was a round stone, worn smooth by water. 'It's tragic.
Author: Gray Williams
No magician has ever escaped Coldwater Prison. But that is exactly where Amanda Coleman, heist artist and Abra-killer, must go. Somewhere in London, a mysterious blackmailer has enough evidence to put Amanda’s head in a noose and ensure her only remaining daughter, Michaela, is right alongside her when it happens. To save Michaela, Amanda must assassinate one of Coldwater’s most infamous residents. But the only way in is as an inmate. But a notorious Abra-killer like Amanda can expect a few old enemies in a prison full of mages, and they have their own plans... A fast-paced thriller filled with magic and suspense, perfect for fans of Lauren Beukes and James Oswald.
KNOWN AS THE “ SUNDAY STONE . ” IN N an Oxford museum may be seen a strange stone . It is composed of carbonate of lime , and was taken from a pipe which carries off drain water in a colliery . The stone consists of alternate layers of ...
For others, the ones whom Brigid had dubbed firewalkers, the stones granted limited periods of invulnerability, turning their own flesh into the stone hide of their master. The strange stones were a tie to Ullikummis, and Cerberus ...
Author: James Axler
Publisher: HarperCollins UK
Enduring struggle The Cerberus rebels remain vigilant, defending mankind's sovereignty against the alien forces conspiring to gain control of the planet. Now a dark and deadly intelligence plots to eradicate what it means to be human: free will.
Could this be the rumoured cold-blooded, cold-blooded, and weird Yi Monarch? He was indeed a genius, like an immortal god. Ink Painting looked at Long Hao Miao's back as he left, quickly disappearing among the strange stones.
Author: Xue Xue
A car accident had caused her to become a wisp of a green soul, but it had actually attached itself to the body of a young lady of an official. "Since I'm here, I might as well settle down." Fang Zijun consoled himself. She received a piece of news that caused her to be stunned with her eyes wide open. One month later, they would be entering the palace for the talent show? With her title of doctor returning to the country, it shouldn't be too arduous for her to stay in the palace for three years! It was a pity that his luck had made a fool of him and offended someone he shouldn't have. "Woman, if you can't cure This King's illness, don't even think of leaving!" The man's sinister gaze, taking advantage of his pale face, trembled with fear! "Woman, you can only be This King's woman in your life!" The man lightly smiled. With a crafty gaze, he was extremely proud. "Woman, even if you have already gone to the underworld, This King will still find you and bring you back!" It was a bit domineering, with a heart piercing regret that made him wish he was dead, but there was nothing more he could do. Last night, the westerly wind withered the jade-green trees. Alone on the tall building, looking at the road, several entanglement, things are different. Once the lead flower was washed away, one would be standing on top of the imperial court, scheming to rule the world! On the palace wall, the faint smile from yesterday could be heard. After a few peach blossoms had drifted down, it was as if he was in the afterlife.
We came up twelve strange stones pitched in Gilgal . It is a child out of Jordan the tenth day of the first month , and here to whom all the world is only a great wonder - book , in Gilgal we set down the stones which silently tell the ...
moved the stone to Gnoll Gardens the fairies were very much annoyed ; and the grotto , which cost Lady Mackworth thousands of pounds to build , was no ... No man or woman could be induced to touch the strange stone after dark , and its ...
Author: Wirt Sikes
A miscellany of Welsh folklore presented as a background to the Mabinogion.
... are pite the extinction of the same rles H. Hapgood gave in connection both the result of fraud is truly species elsewhere . with the Acambaro collection also overwhelming ! There was enough vegetable apply to the strange stones of ...
The crimson glow intensified in the light as I held it before me and warmed it in my hands . “ Look , ” I said to Truel . “ It is a stone like no other . " Truel came close , bending over my hands that cupped the strange stone .
Author: Faith Richardson
Publisher: Fox Song Books
Category: Juvenile Fiction
Eleven-year-old Shahumin, who has just begun learning the wisdom of the elders, befriends an odd-looking youth whom she meets in the woods, not realizing he is an Other, one of the people not created by YAWH, and an enemy of her people.
There is actually in Tuscany a culture or worship of fetishes which are not Catholic , i.e. , of strange stones and many curious relics . But there is , withal , as I have remarked , a great deal of mystery and secrecy observed in all ...
Of course, what I'm talking about is not the sky full of stars, but a type of glowing stone, after absorbing the sunlight, many of the rocks in this ... He discovered that the strange stones on the top floor all gave off a strange glow.
Author: Chi XiaJiaoDeXia
Xiao Lianhe had just been hired into a large corporation and was about to go all out when he suddenly realized that his superior was actually a beauty who had been assaulted in his chest. Furthermore, the beauty had even appointed him as her secretary.
For most Americans the worship of stones exemplified by Sunita at the beginning of the Introduction is hard to understand. This practice is alien, weird, absurd, unreasonable, or silly and childish, perhaps even sinful.
Author: David L. Haberman
Publisher: Oxford University Press, USA
"Loving Stones: Making the Impossible Possible in the Worship of Mount Govardhan is based on ethnographic and textual research with two major objectives. First, it is a study of the conceptions of and worshipful interactions with Mount Govardhan, a sacred mountain located in the Braj region of north-central India that has for centuries been considered an embodied form of Krishna. In this capacity it provides detailed information about the rich religious world associated with Mount Govardhan, much of which has not been available in previous scholarly literature. It is often said in that Mount Govardhan "makes the impossible possible" for devoted worshipers. This investigation includes examination of the perplexing paradox of an infinite god embodied in finite form, wherein each particular form is non-different from the unlimited. Second, it aims to address the challenge of interpreting something as radically different as the worship of a mountain and its stones for a culture in which this practice is quite alien. This challenge involves exploration of interpretive strategies that aspire to make the un-understandable understandable, and engages in theoretical considerations of incongruity, inconceivability, and like realms of the impossible. This aspect of the book includes critical consideration of the place and history of the pejorative concept of idolatry (and secondarily, its twin anthropomorphism) in the comparative study of religions. Accordingly, the second aim aspires to use the worship of Mount Govardhan as a site to explore ways in which scholars engaged in the difficult work of representing other cultures struggle to "make the impossible possible". ""--
Go , to - morrow , up to the shoulder of the mountain , where you will see two strange stones of large size . Lift up the lesser of these stones , and whatever you find beneath it belongs to you : make as good use of it as you can ...
ered with these floating stones , almost like flakes of foam . In the Cordilleras the currents of ... According to M. Wetzstein , these strange stone needles proceed from an eruption of flaky lava . In the Sandwich Islands , and in the ...
Author: Royal Asiatic Society of Great Britain and Ireland North China BranchPublish On: 1866
This stone is cut into idols , pagodas and all kinds of ornaments . We procured several specimens of it , very like it that which is referred to in the Shoo - king as the strange stones , which formed part of the tribute of this ...
Author: Royal Asiatic Society of Great Britain and Ireland North China Branch
Author: Chun TianDeHeiLongJiangPublish On: 2020-06-11
It was actually a strange stone that absorbed all the Spirit Energy of heaven and earth. The stone flashed a few times and instantly turned into a red shield that protected his chest. The Cyan Cloud Sword had already arrived in front of ...
Author: Chun TianDeHeiLongJiang
He picked up a spatial ring. Inside it was a Five Elements Golden Cauldron, three Wordless Book, and an immortal sister that he couldn't even see ...