On a sweltering day in August 1942, Frankie Washburn returns to his family's rustic Minnesota resort for one last visit before he joins the war as a bombardier headed for the darkened skies over Europe. Awaiting him at the Pines are those he's about to leave behind: his hovering mother, the distant father to whom he's been a disappointment, the Indian caretaker who's been more of a father to him than his own, and Billy, the childhood friend who over the years has become something much more intimate.
"Tough Choices in a Tough Town"
When Prudence Alessandra Maccon Akeldama ("Rue" to her friends) is bequeathed an unexpected dirigible, she does what any sensible female under similar circumstances would do: she christens it the Spotted Custard and floats off to India. Soon she stumbles upon a plot involving local dissidents, a kidnapped brigadier's wife, and some awfully familiar Scottish werewolves.
"Pronunciations and character voices are Different!"
On behalf of queen, country...and the perfect pot of tea. When Prudence Alessandra Maccon Akeldama (Rue to her friends) is given an unexpected dirigible, she does what any sensible female would under similar circumstances - names it the Spotted Crumpet and floats to India in pursuit of the perfect cup of tea. But India has more than just tea on offer. Rue stumbles upon a plot involving local dissidents, a kidnapped brigadier's wife, and some awfully familiar Scottish werewolves.
The setting of this very funny novel, one of Barbara Pym's earliest, is an English village where Jane's husband is the newly appointed vicar, and where Prudence will pay Jane a visit and find herself courted by a fatuous young widower.
"Understated hilarious comic writing"
Baltasar Gracián y Morales, 1601-1658, est un écrivain et moraliste jésuite du Siècle d'or espagnol, que l'on peut rapprocher de Montaigne et La Rochefoucauld. On le présente parfois comme un "Machiavel de la vie pratique". "L'art de la prudence" ("Oráculo manual y arte de prudencia"), son ouvrage le plus célèbre publié pour la première fois en 1647, réunit trois cents conseils de comportement pour réussir dans la vie et savoir profiter du bonheur.
"The Temptation of Eustace Prudence McAllen" originally appeared in Westward Weird, published by DAW Books. The late Jay Lake was the author of 10 novels and more than 300 published stories. In 2004 he won the John W. Campbell Award for Best New Writer. Over his long career he was nominated for the Hugo, Nebula, World Fantasy, and many other awards.
When 10-year-old Megan helps her uncle invent the Thumbtop, the world's smallest computer, mice are overjoyed, and they want one for every mouse hole. The Big Cheese, leader of the Mouse Nation, has orders: Follow that girl - even if it means high-tailing it to Megan's new home on the other side of the country. While Megan struggles as the new girl, the mice wait for their chance.
Life is good for the four humans in Cleveland who know that mice have evolved into possibly the smartest species on Earth. Eleven-year-old Megan and her cousin Joey have great summer jobs at the mouse-powered factory that makes Thumbtops - the tiny computers mice use to spread the word about climate change. But suddenly, the Big Cheese, leader of the Mouse Nation, needs their help. There's trouble at his Headquarters in California.