The Beating of His Wings

The Beating of His Wings

Following the bestselling novels The Left Hand of God and The Last Four Things comes the final installment of Paul Hoffman’s stark, epic trilogy.

Author: Paul Hoffman

Publisher: Penguin

ISBN: 9780698168985

Category: Fiction

Page: 512

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Following the bestselling novels The Left Hand of God and The Last Four Things comes the final installment of Paul Hoffman’s stark, epic trilogy. Thomas Cale has been running from the truth…. Since discovering that his brutal military training has been for one purpose—to destroy God’s greatest mistake, mankind itself—Cale has been hunted by the very man who made him into the Angel of Death: Pope Redeemer Bosco. Cale is a paradox: arrogant and innocent, generous and pitiless. Feared and revered by those who created him, he has already used his breathtaking talent for violence and destruction to bring down the most powerful civilization in the world. But Thomas Cale’s soul is dying. As his body is racked with convulsions, he knows that the final judgment will not wait. As the day of reckoning draws close, Cale’s sense of vengeance leads him back to the heart of darkness—the Sanctuary—and to confront the person he hates most in the world….
Categories: Fiction

In the Shadow of His Wings

In the Shadow of His Wings

And he bowed down and fell on his face. And the angel of the LORD said to him,
“Why have you ... The angel disciplined him about beating his donkey, declaring
Balaam's actions perverse. Angels are sent to discipline and stop people doing ...

Author: Jonathan Macy

Publisher: Wipf and Stock Publishers

ISBN: 9781621892601

Category: Religion

Page: 172

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Historically, angels have been viewed as either disconnected objects of speculative investigation, or as mystifying beings mysteriously influencing our lives. However, this is not how the Bible describes them. Scripture, in sober and straightforward terms, simply describes what angels do. It is a practical depiction, a pastoral presentation. We see messages of encouragement, revelation, and guidance; we see judgment and correction; we see strengthening; we see journeying; we see prayer and worship. The biblical focus concerning angels is on ministry to the people of God. Angels are one way that God intervenes in human affairs in response to pastoral concerns or problems. Created to minister, angels are best understood, not using speculative or detached theology, but through applied and pastoral lenses. Using only Scripture and a classic model of pastoral theology as the framework, this book shows practically how angels are employed by God to bless His church and people as His servant ministers who glorify Him alone.
Categories: Religion

A Dance with Dragons

A Dance with Dragons

had fallen from his horse, the maegi Mirri Maz Duur had murdered Rhaego in her
womb, and Dany had smothered the empty shell of Khal Drogo with her own two
hands. Afterward ... Another fell away, shaken loose by the beating of his wings.

Author: George R. R. Martin

Publisher: Bantam

ISBN: 9780553905656

Category: Fiction

Page: 1040

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#1 NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLER • THE BOOK BEHIND THE FIFTH SEASON OF THE ACCLAIMED HBO SERIES GAME OF THRONES Don’t miss the thrilling sneak peek of George R. R. Martin’s A Song of Ice and Fire: Book Six, The Winds of Winter Dubbed “the American Tolkien” by Time magazine, George R. R. Martin has earned international acclaim for his monumental cycle of epic fantasy. Now the #1 New York Times bestselling author delivers the fifth book in his landmark series—as both familiar faces and surprising new forces vie for a foothold in a fragmented empire. A DANCE WITH DRAGONS A SONG OF ICE AND FIRE: BOOK FIVE In the aftermath of a colossal battle, the future of the Seven Kingdoms hangs in the balance—beset by newly emerging threats from every direction. In the east, Daenerys Targaryen, the last scion of House Targaryen, rules with her three dragons as queen of a city built on dust and death. But Daenerys has thousands of enemies, and many have set out to find her. As they gather, one young man embarks upon his own quest for the queen, with an entirely different goal in mind. Fleeing from Westeros with a price on his head, Tyrion Lannister, too, is making his way to Daenerys. But his newest allies in this quest are not the rag-tag band they seem, and at their heart lies one who could undo Daenerys’s claim to Westeros forever. Meanwhile, to the north lies the mammoth Wall of ice and stone—a structure only as strong as those guarding it. There, Jon Snow, 998th Lord Commander of the Night’s Watch, will face his greatest challenge. For he has powerful foes not only within the Watch but also beyond, in the land of the creatures of ice. From all corners, bitter conflicts reignite, intimate betrayals are perpetrated, and a grand cast of outlaws and priests, soldiers and skinchangers, nobles and slaves, will face seemingly insurmountable obstacles. Some will fail, others will grow in the strength of darkness. But in a time of rising restlessness, the tides of destiny and politics will lead inevitably to the greatest dance of all. Praise for A Dance with Dragons “Filled with vividly rendered set pieces, unexpected turnings, assorted cliffhangers and moments of appalling cruelty, A Dance with Dragons is epic fantasy as it should be written: passionate, compelling, convincingly detailed and thoroughly imagined.”—The Washington Post “Long live George Martin . . . a literary dervish, enthralled by complicated characters and vivid language, and bursting with the wild vision of the very best tale tellers.”—The New York Times “One of the best series in the history of fantasy.”—Los Angeles Times
Categories: Fiction

After the Great Divide

After the Great Divide

For a time one can still see the beating of his wings , hear into the roar the
landslide coming down before above behind him , louder the more furious his
futile movement , sporadic as it languishes . Then the moment closes down over
him ...

Author: Andreas Huyssen

Publisher: Indiana University Press

ISBN: 0253203996

Category: Art

Page: 244

View: 706

"One of the most comprehensive and intelligent postmodern critics of art and literature, Huyssen collects here a series of his essays on pomo . . . " --Village Voice Literary Supplement " . . . his work remains alert to the problematic relationship obtaining between marxisms and poststructuralisms." --American Literary History " . . . challenging and astute." --World Literature Today "Huyssen's level-headed account of this controversial constellation of critical voices brings welcome clarification to today's murky haze of cultural discussion and proves definitively that commentary from the tradition of the German Left has an indispensable role to play in contemporary criticism." --The German Quarterly " . . . we will certainly have, after reading this book, a deeper understanding of the forces that have led up to the present and of the possibilities still open to us." --Critical Texts " . . . a rich, multifaceted study." --The Year's Work in English Studies Huyssen argues that postmodernism cannot be regarded as a radical break with the past, as it is deeply indebted to that other trend within the culture of modernity--the historical avant-garde.
Categories: Art

The Year s Best Science Fiction Thirtieth Annual Collection

The Year s Best Science Fiction  Thirtieth Annual Collection

I can hear the beating of the wings.” “Er, sorry?” “John Bright, 1855. The angel of
death has been abroad throughout the land. One may almost hear the beating of
his wings. Death will be flying beside you if you take the mockup any higher.

Author: Gardner Dozois

Publisher: St. Martin's Press

ISBN: 9781250028044

Category: Fiction

Page: 704

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In the new millennium, what secrets lay beyond the far reaches of the universe? What mysteries belie the truths we once held to be self evident? The world of science fiction has long been a porthole into the realities of tomorrow, blurring the line between life and art. Now, in The Year's Best Science Fiction: Thirtieth Annual Collection the very best SF authors explore ideas of a new world through their short stories. This venerable collection brings together award winning authors and masters of the field such as Robert Reed, Alastair Reynolds, Damien Broderick, Elizabeth Bear, Paul McAuley and John Barnes. And with an extensive recommended reading guide and a summation of the year in science fiction, this annual compilation has become the definitive must-read anthology for all science fiction fans and readers interested in breaking into the genre. The multiple Locus Award-winning annual compilation of the year's best science fiction stories
Categories: Fiction

The Sacred Pipe

The Sacred Pipe

... the teeth of the wolf; His voice is the thunder clap and rolling thunder is caused
by the beating of His wings on the clouds; He has an eye, and its glance is
lightning. In a great cedar tree beside His lodge He has His nest made of dry
bones, ...

Author: Joseph Epes Brown

Publisher: University of Oklahoma Press

ISBN: 9780806186719

Category: Religion

Page: 172

View: 508

Black Elk of the Sioux has been recognized as one of the truly remarkable men of his time in the matter of religious belief and practice. Shortly before his death in August, 1950, when he was the "keeper of the sacred pipe," he said, "It is my prayer that, through our sacred pipe, and through this book in which I shall explain what our pipe really is, peace may come to those peoples who can understand, and understanding which must be of the heart and not of the head alone. Then they will realize that we Indians know the One true God, and that we pray to Him continually." Black Elk was the only qualified priest of the older Oglala Sioux still living when The Sacred Pipe was written. This is his book: he gave it orally to Joseph Epes Brown during the latter's eight month's residence on the Pine Ridge Reservation in South Dakota, where Black Elk lived. Beginning with the story of White Buffalo Cow Woman's first visit to the Sioux to give them the sacred pip~, Black Elk describes and discusses the details and meanings of the seven rites, which were disclosed, one by one, to the Sioux through visions. He takes the reader through the sun dance, the purification rite, the "keeping of the soul," and other rites, showing how the Sioux have come to terms with God and nature and their fellow men through a rare spirit of sacrifice and determination. The wakan Mysteries of the Siouan peoples have been a subject of interest and study by explorers and scholars from the period of earliest contact between whites and Indians in North America, but Black Elk's account is without doubt the most highly developed on this religion and cosmography. The Sacred Pipe, published as volume thirty-six in the Civilization of the American Indian Series, will be greeted enthusiastically by students of comparative religion, ethnologists, historians, philosophers, and everyone interested in American Indian life.
Categories: Religion

All Our Relatives

All Our Relatives

... has wings with four joints each ; he has no feet , yet he has huge talons ; he
has no head , yet he has a huge beak with rows of teeth in it like the teeth of a
wolf ; his voice is the thunder clap , and rolling thunder is caused by the beating
of his ...


Publisher: World Wisdom, Inc

ISBN: 0941532771

Category: Juvenile Fiction

Page: 36

View: 696

Presents quotations, songs, dreams, and tales about the life of the Plains Indians and how their ceremonies express the interdependence of creation and the presence of the Creator in all things.
Categories: Juvenile Fiction

Public Speech and the Culture of Public Life in the Age of Gladstone

Public Speech and the Culture of Public Life in the Age of Gladstone

139 As Coleridge's comment makes clear, however, despite both his lack of
classical education, and his oratorical ... you may almost hear the beating of his
wings,”143 are simple in their meaning, direct in their imagery, and vigorous in
their ...

Author: Joseph S. Meisel

Publisher: Columbia University Press

ISBN: 9780231505826

Category: History

Page: 336

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By the last decades of the nineteenth century, more people were making more speeches to greater numbers in a wider variety of venues than at any previous time. This book argues that a recognizably modern public life was created in Victorian Britain largely through the instrumentality of public speech. Shedding new light on the careers of many of the most important figures of the Victorian era and beyond, including Gladstone, Disraeli, Sir Robert Peel, John Bright, Joseph Chamberlain, Winston Churchill, Lloyd George, Charles Haddon Spurgeon, and Canon Liddon, the book traces the ways in which oratory came to occupy a central position in the conception and practice of Victorian public life. Not a study of rhetoric or a celebration of great oratory, the book stresses the social developments that led to the production and consumption of these speeches.
Categories: History

Sword of the Gods Prince of Tyre

Sword of the Gods  Prince of Tyre

November–3,390 BC Earth: Village of Assur Colonel Mikhail Mannuki'ili MIKHAIL
Mikhail stopped dead in his tracks in the ... He took to the air again and flew a
circle, trying to keep silent the beating of his wings. The Cherubim killing dance
gave him preternatural perception, but he could only sense within the five mortal

Author: Anna Erishkigal

Publisher: Seraphim Press

ISBN: 9780985489625

Category: Fiction

Page: 798

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"Does for Lucifer what 'Wicked' did for the Wicked Witch of the West..." --Reader review "Better than Game of Thrones..." --Reader review "You only think you know Lucifer!" --Reader review * At the dawn of time, two ancient adversaries battled for control of Earth. One man rose to stand at humanity's side. A man whose name we still remember today… At the dawn of time, two ancient adversaries battled for control of Earth. One man rose to stand at humanity's side. A soldier whose name we still remember today… The legend about the greatest superhero to ever walk the Earth continues in Prince of Tyre. Mikhail has a new mission: train the warriors to fight back against the mysterious kidnappings so his adopted village will be safe for Ninsianna and their expected child. But the journey from soldier to general is never easy, especially when the Chief's son undermines his authority. Challenges compound when they learn 'lizard demons' have put a bounty on Mikhail's head. Ninsianna thought her prayers had been answered when a man fell from the heavens and vowed to protect her village. But She-Who-Is is a demanding mistress—not only does she send nightmares of impending evil—but she causes her to view her husband with a pragmatic, and often self-serving eye. Can their marriage survive possession by a goddess? Or will She-Who-Is' power corrupt Ninsianna? Meanwhile in the heavens, rumors of a cure to the Angelic's impending extinction winds its way through the Emperor's desperate armies. Raphael is charged with finding this 'Holy Grail,' unaware that Lucifer barters the solution in a quiet coup d'etat. The Eternal Emperor and Shay'tan are so busy outwitting each other that neither notices Lucifer is a little 'off,' or that an ancient Evil is outmaneuvering them all. A tragic death forces the Alliance to choose which leader they will follow in an epic, heavens-fracturing showdown. The Eternal Emperor … or Lucifer? Note: this book is NOT Christian fiction. The Sword of the Gods saga is an epic fantasy retelling of the wars in heaven at the dawn of time, the clash of ancient adversaries and empires, the myth of Lucifer, the fallen angels, and the soldier we now call the Archangel Michael, and the 3,500 b.c. humans caught in middle, similar in tone and style to books such as Game of Thrones, Dune and Outlander, with a romantic undertone, all told with a science fiction / space opera twist. At the request of the publisher, this book is sold without DRM. Keywords: Archangel Michael, Archangel Mikhail, Archangel, angel, angels, archangels, guardian angels, angel fantasy, angel romance, Special Forces, galactic empire, Lucifer, Luciferi, morning star, Shaytan, Satan, dragon, dragons, devil, evil, nature of evil, Beelzebub, Beel-zebub, Ba'al Zebub, Moloch, angel, angels, fallen angels, fallen angels, books about angels, angels and demons, angel romance books, angel romance novels, demons, angel fantasy, Inanna, Abaddon, Jehoshaphat, Raphael, Archangel Raphael, Jophiel, Ubaid culture, Mesopotamian culture, ancient Mesopotamia, Assur, Ashur, Hiddekel River, what to read after Game of Thrones, Halifian culture, Halafian culture, Uruk culture, Annunaki, angel romance, genetically engineered super-soldiers, lion people, centaurs, merfolk, mermaids, military romance, wars in heaven, god vs. the devil, dark lord
Categories: Fiction

Brutt Or The Sighing Gardens

Brutt  Or The Sighing Gardens

... Joseph's wings I mean the sweetness of its beats and strokes send me
wandering out into a naked almost spring day, ... I imbibed everything, the beat of
his wings, as if he, Joseph, had been sitting right across from me, 235 3/29,3/30,3
/31 ...

Author: Roslyn Theobald

Publisher: Northwestern University Press

ISBN: 9780810119666

Category: Biography & Autobiography

Page: 265

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brütt, or The Sighing Gardens is the hallucinatory tale of an obsessive writer’s love affair late in life as told through the daily journal entries of the writer—a montage of relentless observation interspersed with found materials from newspaper articles, literature, and private correspondence. The process of aging and the process of writing are two persistent and carefully intertwined themes, though it is apparent that plot and theme are subordinate to the linguistic experiments that Friederike Mayröcker performs as she explores them. Mayröcker is known for crossing the boundaries of literary forms and in her prose work she creates a hypnotic, slurred narrative stream that is formally seamless while simultaneously overstepping all the bounds of grammar and style. She is always pushing to expose the limits of language and explore its experimental potential, seeking a re-ordering of the world through the re-ordering of words. Her multilayered texts are reminiscent of the traditions of Surrealism and Dadaism and display influences from the works of Beckett, Hölderlin, Freud, and Barthes. Yet, much of Mayrocker’s writing simply has no corollary and the experience of reading Roslyn Theobald’s brilliant translation grants the English-speaking audience an unforgettable encounter with this completely original work.
Categories: Biography & Autobiography

The Good Son

The Good Son

A Novel Craig Nova. is a surprise and bewildering, even when I have caught
sight of the bird beforehand. The bird rises from the ground, beating its wings
against its oddly plump body. Its wings are disproportionately ...

Author: Craig Nova

Publisher: Crown

ISBN: 9780307345776

Category: Fiction

Page: 480

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“The Good Son is the work of an artist in full command, and those of you entering it for the first time can only be envied.” —From the foreword by Jonathan Yardley Chip Mackinnon returns from World War II a changed man. After being shot down over the desert and imprisoned by the enemy, the world of privilege to which he belongs seems shallow. But in the shadow of his older brother’s death, the full weight of his father’s expectations falls on Chip. Pop Mackinnon—whose money is new but just as good as anyone else’s—has designs on the upper echelons of society. The polo ponies and expensive education he bought for his son weren’t gifts; they were an investment in the family’s future. Now it’s time for Chip to pay him back by marrying a girl who can finally bring the Mackinnons into society’s inner circle. A shrewd and cunning man, Pop is used to getting his way—until the arrival of Jean Cooper, that is. This Midwestern beauty awakens Chip’s passions, and the two embark on an affair that threatens to destroy Pop’s social-climbing plans. A battle of wills between father and son ensues, one that tests the boundaries of their relationship and strays into the place where love turns irrevocably to hate. Originally published in 1982 to wide acclaim, The Good Son remains Craig Nova’s undisputed masterpiece. This classic of contemporary American literature artfully explores the complicated web of emotions that exists between fathers and sons—ambition, jealousy, loyalty, love—in a tale that compels with its simple, searing honesty. Also Available as an eBook.
Categories: Fiction



Sumner gave his outer coat to the manservant; kissed Kate's hand without
affectation—to Chase's mild envy. ... nodded; and recited the next line of the
famed speech against the Crimean War, “You may almost hear the beating of his

Author: Gore Vidal

Publisher: Vintage

ISBN: 9780307784230

Category: Fiction

Page: 672

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Lincoln is the cornerstone of Gore Vidal's fictional American chronicle, which includes Burr, 1876, Washington, D.C., Empire, and Hollywood. It opens early on a frozen winter morning in 1861, when President-elect Abraham Lincoln slips into Washington, flanked by two bodyguards. The future president is in disguise, for there is talk of a plot to murder him. During the next four years there will be numerous plots to murder this man who has sworn to unite a disintegrating nation. Isolated in a ramshackle White House in the center of a proslavery city, Lincoln presides over a fragmenting government as Lee's armies beat at the gates. In this profoundly moving novel, a work of epic proportions and intense human sympathy, Lincoln is observed by his loved ones and his rivals. The cast of characters is almost Dickensian: politicians, generals, White House aides, newspapermen, Northern and Southern conspirators, amiably evil bankers, and a wife slowly going mad. Vidal's portrait of the president is at once intimate and monumental, stark and complex, drawn with the wit, grace, and authority of one of the great historical novelists. With a new Introduction by the author. From the Hardcover edition.
Categories: Fiction

To the High Redoubt

To the High Redoubt

Her voice in the wings was breathless, softer than the clarion chain mail. “I
suppose you have the....” He shrugged and felt the wings ride on his shoulders
with the movement. “How far is it to this redoubt?” “How far is anything in this
other place ...

Author: Chelsea Quinn Yarbro

Publisher: Open Road Media

ISBN: 9781480494879

Category: Fiction

Page: 342

View: 765

To the High Redoubt is an engaging, epic fantasy adventure written by the creator of the widely read series of novels about the immortal vampire known as Le Comte de Saint‐Germain. In his quest for power, Bundhi, Lord of Darkness and stealer of souls, has taken family, vision, and freedom from Surata, the last surviving adept in tantric alchemy, before selling her into slavery in a distant land. But he has underestimated the depth of Surata’s power and he could not foresee that destiny would bring her a champion, Arkady, soldier of fortune and destined hero. As their mutual trust deepens and the wellspring of power from which Surata draws her magic is steadily revealed, the two form an unbeatable force as they challenge their enemy in the very heart of his empire.
Categories: Fiction

Tales of Soldiers and Civilians

Tales of Soldiers and Civilians

She is the daughter of the insurgent gentleman who owns this house, and has, I
think, called to see about its present ... above whom gloomed the shadow of the
death angel, and who might almost have heard “the beating of his wings.” On that

Author: Ambrose Bierce

Publisher: Penguin

ISBN: 110117708X

Category: Fiction

Page: 304

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Questing after Pancho Villa's revolutionary forces, Ambrose Bierce rode into Mexico in 1913 and was never seen again. He left behind him theDevil's Dictionary and a remarkable body of short fiction. This new collection gathers some of Bierce's finest stories, including the celebrated Civil War fictions 'An Occurrence at Owl Creek Bridge' and 'Chickamauga', his macabre masterpieces, and his tales of supernatural horror. Reminiscent of Poe, these stories are marked by a sardonic humour and a realistic study of tense emotional states. For more than seventy years, Penguin has been the leading publisher of classic literature in the English-speaking world. With more than 1,700 titles, Penguin Classics represents a global bookshelf of the best works throughout history and across genres and disciplines. Readers trust the series to provide authoritative texts enhanced by introductions and notes by distinguished scholars and contemporary authors, as well as up-to-date translations by award-winning translators.
Categories: Fiction

The Incredible Fabulous Unknown Journey The Secrets of the Garden Alantras Nimes and the New World

The Incredible  Fabulous  Unknown Journey  The Secrets of the Garden  Alantras  Nimes  and the New World

Eric's heart was beating faster than his wings. He looked up to the column of
clouds above. “I'm coming, Logan.” Up he soared, higher and higher. Logan was
a small dot in the distance, and he tried to catch up. Harder and harder he tried, ...

Author: I.M. Lourraaine

Publisher: Lulu Press, Inc

ISBN: 9781483434568

Category: Juvenile Fiction


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Eric, one of the playful Dewdrop children in the garden, is a curious, mystical creature. He wonders: Where does Nimes end? Where do Dewdrops go when they leave the Alantras garden? Why can I never reach the end of Nimes? The Incredible, Fabulous, Unknown Journey ̧ a book for children, tells the story of Eric and his Dewdrop friends Lily, Emma, Hedda, and Marius and their amazing life in the garden. Filled with an array of creatures and nature, the garden is a safe and carefree place for the Dewdrop children to exist. The children not only discover the many secrets of Alantras, they eventually embark on quest to find their parents, enter into the world, and save the garden. Infused with many important life lessons for children, The Incredible, Fabulous, Unknown Journey offers a fanciful, action-based, and adventurous explanation of where children live before they are born.
Categories: Juvenile Fiction

The Greek Alexander Romance

The Greek Alexander Romance

'I saw in a dream some god, of great physical beauty, with grey hair and a grey
beard; he had horns on his temples, ... I watched this, I seemed to see a seahawk
standing beside me, who roused me from sleep with the beating of his wings.

Author: Richard Stoneman

Publisher: Penguin UK

ISBN: 9780141907116

Category: History

Page: 208

View: 555

Mystery surrounds the parentage of Alexander, the prince born to Queen Olympias. Is his father Philip, King of Macedonia, or Nectanebo, the mysterious sorcerer who seduced the queen by trickery? One thing is certain: the boy is destined to conquer the known world. He grows up to fulfil this prophecy, building a mighty empire that spans from Greece and Italy to Africa and Asia. Begun soon after the real Alexander's death and expanded in the centuries that followed, The Greek Alexander Myth depicts the life and adventures of one of history's greatest heroes - taming the horse Bucephalus, meeting the Amazons and his quest to defeat the King of Persia. Including such elements of fantasy as Alexander's ascent to heaven borne by eagles, this literary masterpiece brilliantly evokes a lost age of heroism.
Categories: History

A Very British Revolution

A Very British Revolution

'The angel of death has been abroad throughout the land,' he said, 'you can
almost hear the beating of his wings.' He was later to lose his seat because of his
opposition to the war. He could have been speaking about our times rather than

Author: Martin Bell

Publisher: Icon Books Ltd

ISBN: 9781848311008

Category: Political Science

Page: 245

View: 556

The revelations over MPs' expenses that began in May 2009 ranged from petty thieving to outright fraud and sparked a crisis in confidence unprecedented in modern times. This was a 21st-century Peasants' Revolt - an uprising of the people against the political class. Ordinary men and women with political views across the spectrum were by turns amused, incredulous, shocked and then bitterly angry as the disclosures on MPs' expenses flooded out. From Home Secretary Jacqui Smith's bath plug to Conservative MP Sir John Butterfill's 'flipping' of his constituency home - a now-notorious manoeuvre that required him to refund GBP60,000 to the taxpayer - the exposure of MPs' expenses revealed Westminster's culture of quiet corruption like never before. Drawing on his experience as an MP and as a member of the Committee on Standards and Privileges, Martin Bell explains how the expenses crisis arose and, most compellingly, lays out his prescription for healing the deep wounds inflicted by the scandal. As Martin puts it: 'The revolution will not be complete until all the rogues in the House are gone and public confidence in the MPs remaining is restored.' This is truly a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to revive British politics, and the rebuilding starts here.
Categories: Political Science

Airs Beneath the Moon

Airs Beneath the Moon

As he neared the trees, his hindquarters bunched and drove, and his wings
swept up and out. He lifted smoothly into the air, his narrow wings seeming to
beat without effort. Lark stared with a dry mouth and thumping heart as he circled
up ...

Author: Toby Bishop

Publisher: Penguin

ISBN: 1440628939

Category: Fiction

Page: 336

View: 688

In the Duchy of Oc, the most precious of creatures are the winged horses blessed by the goddess Kalla. When one is born, it is immediately taken to the Academy of Air to be trained and watched over. But this time, the Academy is getting more than it bargained for. At Deeping Farm, far in the Uplands, young Larkyn Hamley finds a lone winged horse, starving, exhausted, and about to give birth. The headstrong Larkyn saves the newborn from death. But in the process, the coal-black foal named Tup bonds with Lark—which the horses only do with one human woman, and for life. So when Mistress Phillipa Winter arrives to inspect Tup, she has little choice but to take the farm girl to the Academy for a “proper” education. There, Lark realizes that her unlikely good fortune may not be so lucky. For in the elite world of the Academy, Lark’s kindness and honesty prove to be weak armor against the taunts and cruelty of the high-born girls already there. Now, with Tup as her only ally, Larkyn Hamley is going to show everyone how high she can fly. Because if she falls, it’s a long, long way down.
Categories: Fiction

The War of the Worlds

The War of the Worlds

No, in spite of dull incredulity, the flying man is hard upon us; so close, indeed,
that even now the imaginative person may hear the beating of his wings. 4. H.G.
Wells. From “The Man of the Year Million,” Pall Mall Gazette 57 (6 November
1893): ...

Author: H.G. Wells

Publisher: Broadview Press

ISBN: 9781460404294

Category: Fiction

Page: 268

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H. G. Wells’s The War of the Worlds, the first story to speculate about the consequences of aliens (from Mars) with superior technology landing on earth, is one of the most influential science fiction books ever written. The novel is both a thrilling narrative and an elaboration of Wells’s socio-political thought on the subjects of imperialism, humankind’s treatment of other animals, and unquestioning faith in military technology and the continuation of the human species. This edition’s appendices include other related writings by Wells; selected correspondence; contemporary reviews; excerpts from works that influenced the novel and from contemporary invasion narratives; and photographs of examples of Victorian military technology.
Categories: Fiction

Crimea The Great Crimean War 1854 1856

Crimea  The Great Crimean War  1854 1856

When parliament reconvened after its Christmas break on 23 January 1854 the
atmosphere was sombre and ... to argue his case: 'The angel of death has been
abroad throughout the land; you may almost hear the beating of his wings.

Author: Trevor Royle

Publisher: St. Martin's Press

ISBN: 9781466887855

Category: History

Page: 528

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Crimea: The Great Crimean War, 1854-1856 by Trevor Royle The Crimean War is one of history's most compelling subjects. It encompassed human suffering, woeful leadership and maladministration on a grand scale. It created a heroic myth out of the disastrous Charge of the Light Brigade and, in Florence Nightingale, it produced one of history's great heroes. New weapons were introduced; trench combat became a fact of daily warfare outside Sebastopol; medical innovation saved countless soldiers' lives that would otherwise have been lost. The war paved the way for the greater conflagration which broke out in 1914 and greatly prefigured the current situation in Eastern Europe.
Categories: History