The stories narrate the tricks, deceit and greed of hyena in all his relationships. These traits come out strongly in the tales entitled ´´The Cow, Hyena, Lion and Hare Share a Home´´, ´´Hyena and Hare Go in Search of Food´´ and ´´The Hyena and the Hare´´. Hare, however, shows his ingenuity to always outsmart hyena. Cat´s pilgrimage to Mecca and his self righteous attitude on his return was challenged by the eldest member of the clan of rats. He was reminded of his old ways before his transformation. Gambian folk tales carry moral lessons and even though they are not all spelt out in this collection, they are evident. 1. Language: English. Narrator: Kumba Manneh, Sohna Gaye, Linguere Eunson, Sukai Mbye Bojang. Audio sample: http://samples.audible.de/bk/acx0/004769/bk_acx0_004769_sample.mp3. Digital audiobook in aax.
In Horny: Stories Selected & New, Greg Boyd reinvents fictions and fables we think we know and takes them in unexpected directions. From the ´´Minor Russian Classic´´ in highly-condensed form to the updated re-telling of the Lone Ranger tale in ´´Tonto,´´ to the tabloid satire of ´´I Married Elvis,´´ the stories in this collection celebrate the unexpected - often unraveling the threads of contemporary American myth and culture in the process. Only in Greg Boyd´s alternate literary reality could there exist ´´Further Adventures of Huck, Tom and Jim,´´ in which Mark Twain´s classic characters travel the dry concrete of the Los Angeles River. Mr. Boyd writes: ´´Though I cannot claim to have been raised by wolves, the strangeness of my family life did contribute to the blend of humor and surrealism readers have found in my writing. Certainly anything is possible and stories happen all around us. Driving through the fog one morning years ago I found a toddler walking in the middle of the deserted road. Like many of my characters, I travel along the indistinct frontier between imagination and reality.´´ 1. Language: English. Narrator: Christopher Kipiniak. Audio sample: http://samples.audible.de/bk/adbl/010831/bk_adbl_010831_sample.mp3. Digital audiobook in aax.
Nick Nolan’s Double Bound reunites us with many of the characters introduced in his delightful Strings Attached: Jeremy, now in a committed relationship with fun-loving, hot-headed Carlo; Arthur, Jeremy’s protector, confidant, and mentor; and Katharine, Jeremy’s wealthy benefactress, still hiding a slew of secrets and hidden agendas. This sequel displays the same wit, verve, style, and sense of adventure that were so engaging and fresh in Strings Attached. And where Strings Attached playfully alluded to Pinocchio, Double Bound has fun with the ´´Jack and the Beanstalk´´ fable. Just as Strings Attached was Jeremy’s story, Double Bound is Arthur’s, exploring his troubled relationship with disapproving parents and his precarious years as a gay Marine. However, there’s an added element this time out: the stakes are higher, the repercussions more dire, and the choices harder and more consequential. There is a darker feel to this novel, which not only adds depth to the characters but highlights Mr. Nolan’s growth and confidence as a storyteller. We’ve moved beyond high-school concerns into real-world choices, where outcomes are not always tied up in neat ´´happily ever after” packages.´´The plot moves along swiftly with great suspense...Double Bound is one of those books that is not easily forgotten...this is the kind of read that will haunt you.´´ - Amos Lassen, Literary Pride 1. Language: English. Narrator: Luke Daniels. Audio sample: http://samples.audible.de/bk/brll/004520/bk_brll_004520_sample.mp3. Digital audiobook in aax.
An award-winning visionary and true master of worlds and wonders, the man whom author David Brin calls ´´one of the best prophetic writers of our times´´, once again demonstrates the breathtaking scope and startling power of his imagination, transporting listeners across space and time, into the heart of darkness and the soul of madness. From the spine-tingling account of an intergalactic poacher’s rite of passage to an erotic and ultimately uplifting modern fable of inner scars and otherworldly transformation, here are 15 remarkable tales, including the classic novella The Hemingway Hoax. These are stories that sing with a unique and haunting voice—stories of war´s monsters, of brutal art and lost stars, and a brief, miraculous moment called childhood, when a young girl can actually fly. Joe Haldeman’s work includes the acclaimed Worlds trilogy and the Hugo and Nebula Award-winning novels The Forever War, The Hemingway Hoax, and Forever Peace. He has won five Nebula Awards and Hugo Awards each. A Vietnam veteran who was wounded, Haldeman teaches writing at MIT and lives part-time in Florida with his wife, Gay. 1. Language: English. Narrator: Tom Weiner. Audio sample: http://samples.audible.de/bk/blak/005129/bk_blak_005129_sample.mp3. Digital audiobook in aax.
Waifs of history put under the Stamp. Fixed imperishable to skivvy forever for the groanhuffs. Scarpered to live wild, fight back, liberate every scruff still in chains. Orphans, foundlings, latchkey kids... It´s over a century now since the Scruffians nicked the Stamp, done for the last of the Waiftaker Generals, and brung down the whole bleeding Trade. Still, there´s cribs being raided & scruffs being scrobbled, which means there´s comeuppances called for, innit. So sharpen yer shivs, scamps, and get ready to rumble. It´s time for a little old school Halloween fun, on the night when every scruff is hellion and every groanhuff best be scared. Urchins, changelings, live-by-wits... Like fugitives from the musical Oliver! by way of Clive Barker, like some queer punk bastard brat born of Neil Gaiman and William Burroughs, the anarchic Scruffians should appeal to readers of dark fantasy with a wicked sense of black humour and a fierce passion for social justice. Ain´t no escapism without equality, mate, far as scruffs are concerned, so for those who´ve lost their spoons to the fuckeries of power and privilege, well, yer new cribmates have spoons to spare, innit. Sharpened to shivs, natch. Wielding whimsy in the service of satire then, with a wink to Peter Pan, a nod to The Borribles, and a salute to Sweeney Todd, this is punk fiction for yer inner feral child. Rascals, scallywags, ruffians, scamps.... From short stories boiled down to pack the punch of a three-minute garage rock song to sprawling novellas as the pint-sized picaresque adventures of scallywag heroes of yore, here you´ll find a panoply of postmodern fabbles (´´it´s like a fable with a bit of fib and a bit of babble thrown in for fun, innit!´´) packed full of the profane and the poignant. Offering humour in the face of horror, farcical and slapstick as a Punch and Judy show, solace in the face of sorrow, heartwarming as a locket from a dead mum set in a sniffly orphan´s hand at Christmas, these are tales to break yer heart and remake it bigger than ever. Scoundrels, hellions, Scruffians STAMP! Whether it´s a quiet contemporary fantasy story of gay foster kid runaways drawn into this queer found family or a riotous historical fantasy yarn told by the fabbler of their new crib to ´´explificate´´ the Dire Situation of waifs down the centuries scrobbled and Fixed to serve as mill workers, chimney sweeps or worse, every story stands alone, self-reliant as a Whitechapel guttersnipe. Across and between these stories though, in the sneaky hints and clues of a Big Picture, there´s shenanigans and malarkey afoot too, for any reader ready to play along and delve ever-deeper into the world of the Scruffians. Praise for the Scruffians ´´The post- post- modern Victorian fables that comprise Hal Duncan´s A Scruffian Survival Guide inhabit a unique dark fantasy world – a feral dream. The language is mad genius.´´ — Jeffrey Ford on A Scruffian Survival Guide ´´Hal Duncan´s cheeky and charming Scruffian stories hide a steely shiv of inspection that digs uncompromisingly into the ribs of the establishment. This latest volume, populated as always with wonderful characters old and new, deepens that exploration and brings it bang up to date. I loved every word of it.´´ — Neil Williamson on A Scruffian Survival Guide