The following are excerpts from "Frustrated Young Men: A Collection of Short Fiction" by John O'Brien: Sometimes he could feel his mind burning, ripe with ideas, each thought rolling around like slick mercury eating through the top of his skull. He would ride the train home from work and feel each precious thought smoking like raw egg fallen on a gas burner. As he closed the door to his apartment and hung his jacket, they would already be half gone like the afterimage of a sunset against his closed eyelids, floating and translucent, and lost when he sat down late every night, after a long day of nothing, to type and write and rhapsodize about his own stupidity.
- from "The Writer"I figured if I played cards with her, if I talked to her, if I cared about her, then maybe. It's funny. Though I didn't know in the beginning, as long as I've known her she's been sick. You begin to wonder if you'd like them if they weren't sick. If their sickness is what keeps you there. Are you their friend who has stuck with them to help them through their sickness or does their sickness make you their friend? - from "Dinner with Caitlin McRay"The question to ask yourself is, does the fact that it is all cliche, that it has all been done before and will be done again, better and more fully, does that make loving Jen so passionately, so violently, somehow ? Does the fact that every teenager probably falls in love with the first person they have sex with decrease the strength of my own feeling? Can I still find sanctity and validity in this thing called love? And more importantly, did she love me? - from "Toby Grey"
The fifth book in the exciting AMP series! The Grid has come to rest in a new sector. New hostiles emerge, once again setting the Human existence in jeopardy. A peek is given of the origin of the Human race. Follow along with the action as the follies of Don Grange and his Gray Ghoul fighters continues!
Brilliant anime director Satoshi Kon (Paprika, Paranoia Agent, Tokyo Godfathers, Millennium Actress, Perfect Blue) died tragically young in 2010 at the age of forty-six. But before he became a director, he was a manga artist, and Dark Horse is honored to remember Kon with the release of Satoshi Kon’s OPUS,an omnibus collection of a two-volume manga from 1996, created by Kon on the eve of his first film. OPUS contains the mastery of both realism and surrealism that would make Kon famous in Perfect Blue,as a manga artist planning a shocking surprise ending to his story gets literally pulled into his own work—to face for himself what he had planned for his characters! OPUS is Kon's metafictional tale of Chikara Nagai, a creator under pressure to finish his latest graphic novel, Resonance, who finds that the harshest critic of the shock ending he's got planned is the character who'll have to die in it! Nagai's stregths and weaknesses as a creator are tested beyond their limits as his present and his past, and the worlds of the manga and of reality, become the levels of a maze he may never escape... let alone get a chance to resolve the story!
Time-traveling teenagers Dawk and Hype are excited by a trip to Nottingham and Sherwood Forest in 1258. They even meet a real-life Robin Hood, Roger Godberd. ButGodberd family squabbles put all their plans in jeopardy, and the appearance of someone claiming to be Friar Tuck -- who supposedly never existed -- puts the siblings on high alert. Dawk and Hype might finally find themselves way over their heads this time."
Someone's going on a killing spree. Bodies are turning up all over the place with cryptic calling cards, hinting at more carnage to come. Law and Tilley know there's a pattern, they've just got to fit the pieces together. But sometimes it's very hard to see what's staring you in the face.
In ‘Wat alleen de roman kan zeggen’ schrijft een gepassioneerd romanschrijver over zijn métier in een nieuwe tijd. Het gaat over beeldcultuur en literaire cultuur, over klassieken als Tolstoj en Proust, maar ook over Jonathan Franzen en de grote Japanse schrijver Kawabata; over de verhouding tussen roman en actualiteit, de verbeelding van het intieme, het belang van stijl en literaire traditie, het verlangen naar nieuwe vormen en de toekomst van de roman. Allesbeheersend is de vraag: hoe kan de roman overleven in een cultuur waarin hij met zoveel andere media moet concurreren?