In the thirty-third thrilling escapade in Piers Anthony's rousing Xanth fantasy series, an adventurous arachnid named Jumper must assume human form to save the enchanted realm from a cosmic peril. A cataclysmic battle between two all-powerful Demons has severed a mystical connection that joins Xanth to our own world. The key to restoring it is hidden within a cryptic prophecy that Jumper discovers when he is suddenly transformed from spider to man. As he sets out to discern the prophecy's meaning, he gathers about him a half dozen alluring damsels who do their best to help him solve the riddle while vying for his attentions. But a seductive siren and her demonic consort have determined to use their wiles to lure Jumper and his lovely companions away from their urgent mission. In a madcap adventure that is alternately harrowing and hilarious, they soon discover that danger, deception, and even true love may be found where they least expect it. In Jumper Cable, master storyteller Piers Anthony spins a wild and witty web of wonder that is sure to captivate fans of fantastic adventure everywhere! At the Publisher's request, this title is being sold without Digital Rights Management Software (DRM) applied.
This is one volume in the four-volume collection of the complete fantasy stories of George MacDonald, the great nineteenth-century innovator of modern fantasy, whose works influenced C.S. Lewis, J.R.R. Tolkien, and Charles Williams.
Long respected for bringing his poetic vision to histories, stories and legends, William Heyen captures the successes and shortcomings of the world's most visible family - The Royals. Through poems that both startle and delight, Diana, Charles, & the Queen reimagines the lives of those born and wed into the House of Windsor. A young Elizabeth contemplates love while crying into a cloth woven by Mahatma Gandhi; a gallant Charles courts a wide-eyed Diana with anecdotes of his travels; and Mother Teresa reads in the papers about Diana giving "the royal finger/to a photographer who'd crowded her/once too often." Gradually, we see the marriage of Diana and Charles crumbling, and the Windsors contemplating their role in Britain's future.
Publisher: Strategic Book Publishing & Rights Agency
Category: Alien abduction
“Alf,” I said, “What is it you want me to do then?” He replied simply, “To spread the word of something big that’s going to happen to the sheeple of Planet Earth if they don’t buck up their ideas.” In his new book Paranoid Sheep, author Lord M. A. Fricker continues his rant against the establishment, believing that we’re all influenced to think the way we do. “I reckon it’s time for you sheeple to open your minds to an alternative way of thinking. What if all is not as it seems?” he asks. With the help of “the voice in his head” Alf, the author takes readers on an incredible journey of discovery. Along the way there are sexual encounters with aliens, incredible predictions, amazing conspiracy theories, and the man in the middle trying to make sense of it all. Paranoid Sheep(What if) also looks at what we have learnt (or not learnt) from ancient civilizations, prophecies, war and religion, all wrapped up in a uniquely written book brimming with adult humour, rage, anarchy, and ultimately, hope. Find out why we should start growing our own, hugging trees, ditch our cell phones, and discover why June 15 could be a life-changing annual event. It’s all in this highly anticipated sequel to Programmed Sheep: Do You Control Your Mind or does Somebody Else Control It for You?
This bumper collection of Irish humour covers topics such as Absenteeism and Zoos and everything in between. It would be disappointing should such a large collection not include the best of famous Irish wits such as Oscar Wilde and George Bernard Shaw, but the emphasis is very much on contemporary Irish humour from the likes of Tommy Tiernan, Dylan Moran, Ardal O'Hanlon and Dara O'Briain, to name just a few. Lunatic, iconoclastic and, as Spike Milligan might have put it, involving 'sideways thinking', this is Irish humour at its very best.
Winter is coming and Wee Willie Winkie needs a jumper to keep him warm while he checks all the town’s children are in bed asleep. He visits a number of local sheep but sadly they have already given away their last bag of wool to someone else. Then a friend has an idea that saves the day. Join Wee Willie Winkie on his journey through Nursery Rhyme Land in his search. Who will he meet? Who saves the day? Come inside and see!
A logical followup to "QuickTime on the Web, " this eagerly awaited book details the power of QuickTime's wired media technology and provides a resource for professionals developing and deploying interactive content.
For fans of computers and comedy alike, an accessible and entertaining look into how we can use artificial intelligence to make smart machines funny. Most robots and smart devices are not known for their joke-telling abilities. And yet, as computer scientist Tony Veale explains in Your Wit Is My Command, machines are not inherently unfunny; they are just programmed that way. By examining the mechanisms of humor and jokes--how jokes actually works--Veale shows that computers can be built with a sense of humor, capable not only of producing a joke but also of appreciating one. Along the way, he explores the humor-generating capacities of fictional robots ranging from B-9 in Lost in Space to TARS in Interstellar, maps out possible scenarios for developing witty robots, and investigates such aspects of humor as puns, sarcasm, and offensiveness. In order for robots to be funny, Veale explains, we need to analyze humor computationally. Using artificial intelligence (AI), Veale shows that joke generation is a knowledge-based process--a sense of humor is blend of wit and wisdom. He notes that existing technologies can detect sarcasm in conversation, and explains how some jokes can be pre-scripted while others are generated algorithmically--all while making the technical aspects of AI accessible for the general reader. Of course, there's no single algorithm or technology that we can plug in to make our virtual assistants or GPS voice navigation funny, but Veale provides a computational roadmap for how we might get there.
A collection of three plays for the Young Vic's participation programme Taking Part, written by award-winning playwright Luke Barnes: Men in Blue, Fable, The Jumper Factory 'This is a collection of plays written with and for people who wouldn’t identify themselves as theatre-makers. The gesture of these plays is to give platform to people who aren’t heard in the hope that anyone who sees, reads, or does these plays will either be shaped by the experiences of lives removed from their own or feel less alone in hearing stories of peoples like them. This is not a celebration of writing. This is a celebration of human resilience and the practice of using Theatre as amplifier for giving voice to those unable to speak.' Luke Barnes Everyone has a story to tell... Listening to those stories told with all the deep power of the human heart, we all add hugely to our own experience of what it means to be living today... Nothing matters more. David Lan, from his Introduction