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Isn't finished yet, here's just a sneak peak. Let me know what you think. Author: Athena Louise. A romance between a soldier and a princess that changed the world. Author: Moses Maravou. As part of our re-ordering project we invited the church family to sponsor seats. Some people wished to do this anonymously. Others gave dedications, which we have recorded in this book. Author: Deiniol Heywood. Just a collection of poems both new and old that I've written.
Hopefully this will give people a deeper look into who I am, and the daily thoughts my heart processes on a day to day basis. Author: Brandon M. This is the story of John Mitchell, a US Civil War solider, written from his acutal letters sent to his family during the war. Author: Mary Whitlock. This is a book of my first writings that is some simple poems which are a combination of experiences and imaginations. Author: Prathipa Nair. This book's about a girl You or your OC - Own Creation who's on an school trip where she stays there two nights with her class and she hears something from outside and decides to check up on it and Author: AnimeLover This book was written for Mrs.
Crooks Sophomore English class. Author: Nicholas A. This Book is a compilation of poems written by myself over the years. They vary between poetry written purely from creativity and poetry written from everyday life or life experiences. I hope that you Author: Alisha Hendrick.
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Author: Jamie Wilkinson. Lemonade is the fun book for all ages, and great poems that I wrote lie inside. I hope you enjoy and love these poems the way I do! You can even write your own poems in the back. Author: Ginny Falls. Author: Hunter Mitchell. Zlatibor je planinski region koji se nalazi u zapadnom delu Srbije. Predstavlja vaznu turisticku oblast Srbije sa sredstvima zdravstvrnog turizma,skijanja i planinarenja. Author: Jovana Janosevic. This book is a compilation of poetry that is both hard-hitting and controversial full of emotion and insight to the authors true inner thoughts and feelings.
It relates to Loss, suicide, mental he Author: Ceri Louise Baylis. My book is a variety of Poems about everything that I like, and have been through. Author: Tiffany Emond. My Mothers trip in From her own note book. Author: Valerie King. This man's riches are stolen by the Queen, herself, she is ruthless. This book is the sequel book to the last one i did. Author: Sarah Fisk. This book contains over poems from my entire catalogue. I love this book. I hope you do too. This is a collection of my poems. Author: Janet Bogusat. What would you do if you came home to nothing?
If everything you knew and loved was gone. Your parents, your dog, the furniture? Would you call the police? The FBI? Or would you make it your mission t Author: Alyssa Wacker. Scarlett was a well-known reporter in her home town. She was sent to a mass shooting site in a local high school, where she thought she would be safe. This was a bad time to be wrong. Scarlett gets c Author: Alexa Martinez and Hannah Wahab. A man by the name of Vlad Kashmir had just lost his wife to a murder and is determined to find the killer. It is a long, emotional journey with his only child, Feliks.
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After a while my Author: Izzy Wilson, Hailey Hanson. Long ago in the realm of myths, there was a great war between the Elves and Dwarves over the right to rule the land. As the war raged their numbers drastically dropped until peace was made for the sa This is the inspirational story of Aaron Wagner, a teenage boy who, through a series of tragic events, still manages to compete in track. Bob Duncan is riding on his motorcycle going down the highway on a trip to Colorado. While on the road he glances off the road for a split second to look at the scenery but when he looks back he sees Author: Holly Adkins and Austin Colter.
Prince Mathew Casleon has been kidnapped by the warring faction: Sheogorath. She goe Author: Reid Dettbarn. Fearing a nuclear war, Joe takes his daughter and his old friend to get away from America. On the plane ride to australia, the last thing they expect happens, the plane crashes. After they crash they Author: Brandon Magnuson and Adam Mander.
This book is about a not so popular girl who becomes friends with a popular girl, but that's only because of the popular girl's secret. The two girls work together and try to make the secret known, bu Author: Cecilia Myers and Madison Slobodnik. Aaron is living what seems like a perfectly normal life until his mom passes away from drug and alcohol usage. He moves in with his Grandma and starts at a new school. Soon after Aaron began hanging o It is a normal day for the King and Taylor families in the year of It is mid-day, the sun is shining bright, and everything seems to be going fine like any other day.
Then, something tragic happ This book is about a young high school boy who faces many problems through-out the course of his junior and senior year. He overcomes them with the help of all his friends and family. Author: Alex Sollazzo and Hailey James. Author: Ceela Blodgett and Katie Savage. He got the call he had been dreading.
He had been asked to move from his family's perfect house in Washington, to Iowa. His job is what paid the bills, so he was forced to pack up the family and move Author: Olivia True and Carlie Wilson. His parents who use to be in the military, expect him to follow their footsteps, but Flynt has something different in mind. Author: Kyle Shapcott and Riley Paul. It was the summer of Noah and Jason Smith were both eligible for the draft. One day they got a letter saying that they are both being drafted and were being taken to Germany to fight in the war a Author: Joey Jennings, and Jon Rasmussen.
Stories about Donald Lobb a boy who can talk to animals and all his adventures set around Mapledurham Lock in Berkshire as told by an Uncle to his niece. Author: Bill Ayling. A story about an old man on his deathbed telling his life story to his grandchildren.
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This brand new collection of poems and thoughts were inspired after I encountered a few sleepless nights. Combining deep and personal poems to humorous and rather cheeky ones, I hope this is a book yo It is a book about me and my life growing up as a pastor's kid. I moved several times when I was young and it has caused a lot of hardships. Missions trips are a huge part of my life as well. Get to k Author: McKenna Schneider. Jamie, a boy, wants to be free from this horrible place he was being kept in, and one night, plans to escape.
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I Was Born In Gaza" is a flowing poetry book. It expresses the anguish and agony of living in an occupied country, the fears of wars, and the splendid devotion to women. To me, poetry is the flowing Author: Mohammed Abdel latif Moussa. An informative book on the native but endangered species, the Red Squirrel. See some amazing photographs and learn all about photographing them as well as their behaviour, diet, habitat and conservati Author: Hannah Jennifer Norris.
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An epic love story with a handful of elite moments. Author: Brian Timmons. This book follows the life of thirteen year old Chris Eriksson and his life leading to adulthood. His school life his miserable, he is picked on by three kids that will do anything to make his life a Author: Johan Randall.
This is a story about Andrew's trip to the pumpkin patch with his pre-school class. His mother accompanied him. Andrew had a variety of experiences on his trip. The book details these experiences. Author: Marianne Chalk, Author and Illustrator. In the Aquatic Zone Alex runs into a talking seal. Join Alex in learning about plate tectonics and the Author: Stephanie Decker. The poems i have created in this book are simply my own experiences in life that i have faced and put it into poems which will help young and old people facing life to appreciate things are they happe Author: Josephine Laloyer.
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It is also a celebration of their as well as of his descendants Author: Kamla Parmar. This Book is a marriage proposal to my girlfirned based on our time together over the last year and in the format on a previous book i wrote for her called Fighting Witches which you can find on this Author: Jack Betts. This book is great for young girls ages or 8. This book has big letters Not to big and is a rhyming book. There are some photos added into the book just in case you want to use it for a picture Author: Tabitha Jayme.
Recommended for 19 years and older. Mystery with reality in the book. Real campers pictures in the book. This story is about a guy named jack that suddenly find a strange world where he doesnt belong Or does he? Author: Daniel Haglund. This book is about my unique quality's. Despite that he's relegated to "genre writer" category, there are numerous short stories that delve into deeper areas of philosophy, humanism, and, of course, the future of the worl I admit, I am biased.
Despite that he's relegated to "genre writer" category, there are numerous short stories that delve into deeper areas of philosophy, humanism, and, of course, the future of the world. Sure, there are predictable stories but the majority are really, honestly thought-provoking. He also isn't afraid of reusing a character.
Notable are the timelessness of the pieces, they seldom felt out-dated or period. I wish I could write like PDK. Mar 10, Jack Stovold rated it really liked it. Having never read any Philip K. I want to give you my impressions of his works as a first-timer and observe the evolution of his writing. I started with this one. Perhaps the thing that surprised me most about this collection, based on my impressions of Dick, was the frankly fantastical and earnest nature of most of these stories.
One other thing I like is how casually Dick throws in sci-fi tropes like aliens, time-travel and interplanetary councils and wars. They appear to be human and dark-skinned, but they apparently have a millennia old civilization. Whether they are truly alien or an ancient human colony is entirely unexplained. Also unexplained: do the people of Jupiter, Saturn, etc; actually live on gas planets? Dick obviously cares little about these things. Highly recommended. The only drawbacks are the tossed-off nature of many of the sci-fi concepts in here.
The concepts here are less important than how people react to them. On the whole, however, I found this very entertaining, and I look forward to more Dick. Apr 01, TAB rated it really liked it Shelves: america , s. Stupendous collection of short stories, I have been converted to Dick's idea of science fiction set out by him in the preface that the lead character of a science fiction story should not be a person but instead, an idea.
An idea that has roots in this, the modern world, but changes the face of what we know so as to make us question the possibilities of our future and in some cases our alternate past or present. Give me more! Best stories: "Beyond Lies the Wub", "The Defenders", "Paycheck", " Stupendous collection of short stories, I have been converted to Dick's idea of science fiction set out by him in the preface that the lead character of a science fiction story should not be a person but instead, an idea.
Jul 27, Jim rated it really liked it Shelves: sci-fi-geek. This collection of early as in pre-breakdown Philip K. Dick stories runs the gamut from later-became-blockbusters such as "Paycheck" to hidden gems like "Beyond Lies the Wub". If you're not familiar with Philip K. Dick, this is a good place to start. Apr 02, Mark rated it really liked it Shelves: sf , short-stories. I generally like Philip K. Dick better in his short stories.
He has fantastic and weird ideas, but too often his plotting and characterization can't sustain a novel length. Many are strongly influenced by the cold war, something that oddly contrasts with the current U. Among of my favorites is "The Preserving Machine" wherein a scientist is so concerned that WW3 will destroy cultural treasures that he invents a machine to turn classical music into animals so the music will be able to survive independent of human civilization.
The outcome, as you can probably anticipate, is not encouraging. May 05, Scurra rated it it was amazing Shelves: science-fiction. The five volumes of Dick's collected stories are a masterclass in how to write short stories from intimate character studies to massive universe spanning plots, all wrapped up in a few pages. And even more impressive is that very few of them take place in the same world. So often a massive amount of backstory has to be sketched in for us, or sometimes simply left for us to infer, and yet almost every time it works and is consistent.
Not every story is perfect, but more than enough of them are to j The five volumes of Dick's collected stories are a masterclass in how to write short stories from intimate character studies to massive universe spanning plots, all wrapped up in a few pages. Not every story is perfect, but more than enough of them are to justify the five stars. Thoroughly enjoyed this collection of stories by Philip K. The sheer range of his imagination staggers.
His exploration of a variety of subjects, in particular the consequences of war, result in stories that are often insightful and yes, often chilling as one recognizes the possibilities presented in each one. Jan 02, J. So I certainly think Dick is one of the great sci-fi writers, but this collection of early stories definitely shows it's earliness. Nothing is quite as polished as you'd like although that's pretty standard for Dick, I guess. When it boils down to it, there just weren't that many great stories here. Included: Stability - 3 stars - It's sort of ironic prescient?
Roog - 2 stars - I know this is a beloved story, but it's never done So I certainly think Dick is one of the great sci-fi writers, but this collection of early stories definitely shows it's earliness. Roog - 2 stars - I know this is a beloved story, but it's never done it for me, and it didn't this time, either. I know what it's going for, but it doesn't seem to get there, for me. The Little Movement - 3 stars - A humorous little story, but the ending is a little too predictable to have the necessary punch. Beyond Lies the Wub - 4 stars - I liked this one quite a bit.
It seems so silly and Seuss-ian, but there's something here about the depth of man's capacity for evil that I like. The Gun - 3 stars - reads like a fairly standard sci-fi story. Not bad, but nothing particularly PKD here. The Skull - 5 stars - I was really surprised that PKD's religious fascination started so early; I had gotten the impression this was a later phenomenon. Invariably, this is essentially PKD writing the "what if Jesus was a time traveler," but maybe not making it completely explicit. I assume that's because of when he was writing.
The finale and everything ends up being pretty predictable, but there's still something fascinating in how it unfolds. The Defenders - 5 stars - The first story revolving deeply around Cold War Hysteria, a theme he was big on. But this one points out the irony of the whole thing by having highly rational robots just trick the humans into behaving better.
I like seeing humans get tricked into bettering themselves, apparently. Mr Spaceship - 2 stars - has an interesting premise, but doesn't go anywhere interesting. Piper in the Woods - 3 stars - Futuristic disease investigation.
The Infinites -? The Preserving Machine - 3 stars - So this isn't really a science fiction story. It's about transforming pieces of music into animals, then letting them survive in the wild; so, more surreal than science. It turns out pretty much the way you'd expect, but the idea itself is sort of strangely compelling, so I enjoyed it. Expendable - 2 stars - Another one with some sort of premise that isn't teased out enough. This one feels like the first 5 pages of a longer story, in fact. The Variable Man - 1 star - This story is really long and rambling, and most of it is unnecessary for the story itself.
In fact, it gets so long and tedious that I actually can't remember what finally happens at the end. I think it does have some sort of resolution, but I was well past caring, by that point The Indefatigable Frog - 4 stars - As an academic, I tend to appreciate stories revolving around passionate and ridiculous academic arguments, as this one does. The Crystal Crypt - 2 stars - standard. About a guy who brings a shoe to life? I don't get it Meddler - 3 stars - In this world, you can see the future but not the past. That's really weird.
And it has deadly butterflies in it, which is cool. But at the end of the day, it's just too, too obvious what's going to happen. A story where the end is writ at the beginning. Paycheck - 2 stars - This is one of the PKD stories that I find really, really frustrating, because it has such a nice premise, and handles it well for a while, before completely going off the tracks. In this case, all is well as the premise begins to unfold: the main character has left himself a pile of random objects that seem unusually useful, for some reason.
And there's a fascinating premise here corporations have a sort of sacredness from government meddling that individuals don't have a surprisingly believable concept, at the moment. But then, our hero decides to use his powers to blackmail the corporation into hiring him? That's the big plan? It's so bizarre that I can never wrap my head around it. And the winking implication of an as-yet-unpredicted romance at the very end of the story is unbearingly groan-inducing. If you're reading this book, you probably know that this was made into a movie a decade or so ago.
That movie fixes the main problems in this story while introducing a whole host of new ones. Primary amongst them, the fact that this everyday engineer and his everyday biologist girlfriend somehow turn into some sort of super-ninja secret agents. This is only exacerbated by Girlfriend repeating to Boyfriend that he's "only OK" at handling a motorcycle, as he's performing matrix-style stunts through traffic.
The Great C - 4 stars - Post-apocalyptic humanity relates to a surviving mega-computer. Out in the Garden -? I find this one inexplicable. It's passable enough. Colony - 5 stars - This one made me laugh pretty hard. There is something fascinatingly paranoid and beautiful about the idea. Nice ending, too. Prize Ship - 2 stars - A space ship lets us visit Lilliput and Brobdingnag? Nanny - 4 stars - I love PKD's stories against consumerism, and that theme seems to start here. Companies are building their Nanny Robots to destroy each other, so that people have to keep upgrading.
There's something so patently ridiculous about it being babysitting robots, but it certainly drives the point home, eh? Apr 07, Nick rated it it was amazing Shelves: fiction. This was my first bush with PKD, and immediately made me a convert. This collection is more than a few science fiction short stories.
This is PKD at his best, flirting with an idea, stretching it as far as he can, stretching you as far as he can, and finishing with a great story leaving you with plenty to ponder. There really isn't a bad story in this extensive collection. View 1 comment. Jul 18, Rebecca rated it it was amazing Shelves: short-stories , science-fiction. I am not going to write a summary, it is annoying when people do that. Congratulations on restating everything that is located on the back of the book. Anyway, this is what I think This is one of those books I recommend purchasing and not borrowing from a library or a friend.
Great short stories that can be read and reread many times. Mar 21, Brian Schwartz rated it really liked it Shelves: science-fiction-fantasy. This first volume of Philip K. His abhorrence of war. Fear of atomic destruction. The folly of over reliance on technology. Dick is able to introduce these themes, make the reader consider his subtext, all while telling superb, plot driven fiction.
This is a rather interesting tale. So happens, a crew member on this ship buys an animal from a native for only 50 cents. Its strange but whats even stranger is that he talks, and hey, its no ordinary talking the thing is rather philosophical, anyway its called a Wub Apr 07, Tim Juchter rated it really liked it. You can see all Dick's themes developing, from simple stories about a dog whose barking is the only thing frightening away dangerous aliens, to more involved fantasies about a subterranean post-apocalyptic future.
Feb 24, Ratnesh Neema rated it really liked it. Simply amazing Philip's imagination knows no bounds! Jul 25, Rene Bard rated it really liked it. Immersed in the brilliance of his weirdness, I felt him reach out of the pages, grab my skin-covered skull, glasses and all, and shake it like a snow globe. These stories show PKD developing his chops. What this was or is, many of us are still having fun trying to figure out. Speaking of his development as a writer, PKD wrote in after years of publishing success: "The difference between a short story and a novel comes to this: a short story may deal with murder; a novel deals with the murderer In every story except "Paycheck" which was my least favorite in this collection, even the ones which are nothing more than the gimmicks of a wise-cracking genius - stories like "Expendable", "The Indefatigable Frog", and "Out in the Garden" - PKD's prose is lucid and always in control of the reader.