The Secret Life of the Owl

Author: John Lewis-Stempel

Publisher: Random House

ISBN: 1473542510

Category: Nature

Page: 96

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‘Dusk is filling the valley. It is the time of the gloaming, the owl-light. Out in the wood, the resident tawny has started calling, Hoo-hoo-hoo-h-o-o-o.’ There is something about owls. They feature in every major culture from the Stone Age onwards. They are creatures of the night, and thus of magic. They are the birds of ill-tidings, the avian messengers from the Other Side. But owls – with the sapient flatness of their faces, their big, round eyes, their paternal expressions – are also reassuringly familiar. We see them as wise, like Athena’s owl, and loyal, like Harry Potter's Hedwig. Human-like, in other words. No other species has so captivated us. In The Secret Life of the Owl, John Lewis-Stempel explores the legends and history of the owl. And in vivid, lyrical prose, he celebrates all the realities of this magnificent creature, whose natural powers are as fantastic as any myth. 'John Lewis-Stempel is one of the best nature writers of his generation' Country Life

The Secret Life of Birds

Who they are and what they do

Author: Colin Tudge

Publisher: Penguin UK

ISBN: 0141962100

Category: Nature

Page: 496

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All animals are equal - but some, as George Orwell said, are more equal than others, and birds, most people would surely agree, are in the very first rank. They can do almost everything that mammals can do - and more. By mastering flight, they have a way of living that encompasses the whole world. In The Secret Life of Birds, Colin Tudge explores the life of birds, all around the globe. From the secrets of migration to their complicated family lives, their differing habitats and survival techniques to the secrets of flight, this is a fascinating account of how birds live, why they matter, and whether they really are dinosaurs. Colin Tudge shows how birds - who are like us in the general sense but very different in the particulars - live and think. For birds have minds: they feel, they are aware, they work things out. And so, by considering the birds, asking how and why it is possible for them to be so different, we gain insight into ourselves. Birds are beautiful, lively, intriguing - and all around us. This rich and endlessly absorbing book opens up their lives to everyone.

The Secret Life of Poems

A Poetry Primer

Author: Tom Paulin

Publisher: Faber & Faber

ISBN: 0571264042

Category: Literary Collections

Page: 256

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The Secret Life of Poems is a primer which offers a poem - or on occasion an excerpt - succeeding with commentary in which rhythm, form, metre and sources are the order of the day, not ethical commentary or descriptive paraphrase. This brief engagement with forty-seven poems is intended for students and readers of poetry, and seeks to explain how poetry works by bringing into view the hidden order of specific poems.

The Secret Life of a Training Wizard

Author: N.S.Hussain

Publisher: AuthorHouse

ISBN: 1496989198

Category: Fiction

Page: 224

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In a world where magic is restricted to those worthy. Sixty years have passed since magic was last taught in a wizarding school, within Wizardridge, where magic once was gifted to every child, but now with the ruling of the Concilium; magic is only being performed by the wealthy. A council of dark Witches and Wizards rule the masses, with the non-magical community enslaved to the wills of Councillor Cerberus and his dark Concilium. Councillor Cerberus resolute to ensure an age old prophecy does not transpire; that a young Witch or Wizard will rise from the people and challenge his reign; but to his knowledge a series of events are about to unfold, revealing a hidden secret that may change the complete existence of Wizardridge. Peter Jenkins is finally made to feel determined on his 15th birthday that the choice to disobey his father's wishes and not join his older brother in the mines but to venture into the world of magic in order to change his destiny. .......will he be the one to overthrow dark magic?

The Secret Life of Insects

An Entomological Alphabet

Author: Peter Milward

Publisher: Transaction Publishers

ISBN: 1412815894

Category: Philosophy

Page: 154

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Every science, including the study of insects, may have circumscribed limits, but its deeper principles open up new worlds of possibility. Milward uncovers these hidden principles by examining the daily lives and habits of insects. His studies lead him to fascinating speculations, taking the reader into the realms not only of literature, as suggested by the subtitle, but also of philosophy and theology. When Milward discusses what everybody knows about insects and what he has personally observed, he relates insects to human life in general. His insights help us feel a certain fellowship with the insects, or at least with some of the more familiar insects. He does not let us forget that there is an important diff erence between human beings and insects. Human beings think. It is our ability to think that makes us what we are, but it is thinking that enables us to discover our affi nity with insects. The Secret Life of Insects does not probe into the hidden lives of insects or treat them as individuals. His main interest is the light insects may throw on our human experience, and the assistance they may lend us as we seek to transcend our human experience. Milward aims at the level of common knowledge. In contrast to entomological scientists, Milward finds shadowy glimpses of hidden meaning in the insect world. Th ese intimations or shadowy glimpses reveal thoughts and possibilities that will extend the human imagination. As a consequence, this work will inspire philosophers, as well as general readers interested in refl ecting on the profundity of ordinary life.

The Secret Life of Houdini

The Making of America's First Superhero

Author: William Kalush,Larry Sloman

Publisher: Simon and Schuster

ISBN: 0743298500

Category: Biography & Autobiography

Page: 604

View: 2853


Handcuff King. Escape Artist. International Superstar. Since his death eighty-eight years ago, Harry Houdini’s life has been chronicled in books, in film, and on television. Now, in this groundbreaking biography, renowned magic expert William Kalush and bestselling writer Larry Sloman team up to find the man behind the myth. Drawing from millions of pages of research, they describe in vivid detail the passions that drove Houdini to perform ever-more-dangerous feats, his secret life as a spy, and a pernicious plot to subvert his legacy. The Secret Life of Houdini traces the arc of the master magician’s life from desperate poverty to worldwide fame—his legacy later threatened by a group of fanatical Spiritualists led by esteemed British author Sir Arthur Conan Doyle. Initiating the reader along the way into the arcane world of professional magic, Kalush and Sloman decode a life based on deception, providing an intimate and riveting portrayal of Houdini, the man and the legend.

In the Dark of the Night

Author: Vincenzo Penteriani

Publisher: Author House

ISBN: 1491892064

Category: Bubo bubo

Page: 114

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Vincenzo Penteriani and Maria del Mar Delgado are both researchers working in animal ecology and behaviour. At present, Vincenzo is a permanent researcher at the Estacion Biologica de Donana, a research centre of the Spanish Council for Scientific Research (CSIC) and Maria del Mar is a researcher in the Metapopulation Research Group at the University of Helsinki (Finland). They started their research on eagle owls in the '80s. To date, they have worked on this species in several European countries including Italy, France, Spain and Finland. Their eagle owl research projects are regularly funded by the Spanish Ministry of Economy and Competitiveness, the Excellence Projects of the Junta de Andalusia, the Finnish Academy, as well as several National and Regional Parks in Italy and France. All the photos were taken with professional and semi-professional Nikon cameras and lenses. Picture legend. The authors with one of their Rhodesian Ridgebacks in the field, after the successful trapping of a female eagle owl for radiotagging (picture by Joan Real)

People of the Owl

A Novel of Prehistoric North America

Author: Kathleen O'Neal Gear,W. Michael Gear

Publisher: Forge Books

ISBN: 1429992697

Category: Fiction

Page: 560

View: 9468


New York Times and USA Today bestselling authors W. Michael Gear and Kathleen O'Neal Gear are famous for writing novels about prehistoric America that are fast-paced, steeped in cultural detail, and smart. In People of the Owl they combine their distinctive trademark of high action with a rich psychological drama. Four thousand years ago, in what centuries later will be the southern part of the United States, a boy is thrust into manhood long before he's ready. Young Salamander would much rather catch crickets and watch blue herons fish than dabble in the politics of his clan. But when his heroic brother is killed, Salamander becomes the leader of America's first city. He inherits his brother's two wives, who despise him, and is forced to marry his mortal enemy's daughter to forge an alliance for the trade goods his people desperately need. Cast adrift in a stark wilderness of political intrigue where assassins are everywhere, young Salamander has no choice but to become a man-and quickly. At the Publisher's request, this title is being sold without Digital Rights Management Software (DRM) applied.

DK Eyewitness Books: Butterfly and Moth

Discover the Enchanting and Secret Life of Butterflies and Moths in Vivid Detail

Author: DK

Publisher: Penguin

ISBN: 0756669081

Category: Juvenile Nonfiction

Page: 72

View: 9552


Beautiful in their simplicity, the lives of butterflies and moths have long fascinated scholars and children alike. Here is a rich and innovative look at their natural history. Stunning real-life photographs provide a unique eyewitness view of the behavior of these complex and vividly beautiful insects, their structure and life cycle, where they live and feed, and how they protect themselves. See a butterfly emerging from its chrysalis, how silk mothsmake silk, a caterpillar eating its own eggshell, and butterflies that have become extinct. Learn how a caterpillar can frighten off predators, why some adultmoths never eat, which butterfly migrates the length of a subcontinent, and howto breed butterflies and moths, and much more! Discover in close-up the enchanting and secret life of butterflies and moths.

The Owls of Afrasiab

The Secret Story of Constantinople 1453

Author: Lars Holger Holm

Publisher: Arktos

ISBN: 1907166548

Category: Fiction

Page: 342

View: 6935


The battle between Islam and Christianity precipitating the fall of Constantinople was an event that for ever changed the course of history. Breathtakingly rendering the internal struggle of the Byzantine capital under deadly constriction, and the occult high-stake political game surrounding it, The Owls of Afrasiab also tells the story of the dangerous passion uniting the Genoese commander leading the city's defence with Hadije, one of the wives of the late Sultan Murad, determined to avenge herself for the murder of her baby boy ordered by the young and lethally ambitious Sultan Mehmet II. In the midst of the siege Hadije manages to get inside the city walls. The subsequent encounter with Commander Longo results in love at first sight and a conjuration of spirits dedicated to kill Mehmet before he takes the city. The plan, of course, turns out to be impracticable. The enemy is now not only outside the gates, but also actively conspiring from within. It seems an honest man and warrior can do nothing but stand by his word and sword until he falls. Meanwhile, a woman's got to do what a woman's got to do... A dazzling drama enacted at a pivotal point in European history, when the luminous ideas of the Renaissance begin to gain ascendancy over medieval darkness. Churchmen still squabble over the use of prepositions in dogma, humanists look for answers to new questions in arcane sciences, while eager merchants of Italian republics seek ways to hold on to their dominions, rapidly dwindling under the mounting threat of an enemy growing more menacing by the minute: the Ottoman, Islamic Turk.