Hop-Frog (originally "Hop-Frog; Or, the Eight Chained Ourang-Outangs") is a short story by American writer Edgar Allan Poe, first published in 1849. The title character, a person with dwarfism taken from his homeland, becomes the jester of a king particularly fond of practical jokes.Taking revenge on the king and his cabinet for the king's striking of his friend and fellow dwarf Trippetta, he dresses the king and his cabinet as orangutans for a masquerade. In front of the king's guests, Hop-Frog murders them all by setting their costumes on fire before escaping with Trippetta. Critical analysis has suggested that Poe wrote the story as a form of literary revenge against a woman named Elizabeth F. Ellet and her circle.Edgar Allan Poe is also famous for such works as ''The Raven'', "The Cask of Amontillado", "The Fall of the House of Usher", "The Masque of the Red Death", "The Pit and the Pendulum", "The Murders in the Rue Morgue", "The Tell-Tale Heart", "The Gold-Bug", "The Black Cat", "The Facts in the Case of M. Valdemar", "Hop-Frog" and many more. 1. Language: English. Narrator: David Miles. Audio sample: http://samples.audible.de/bk/edel/014062/bk_edel_014062_sample.mp3. Digital audiobook in aax.
Fourteen-year-old Ozzy lives near Portland, Oregon, and is desperate for help. His scientist parents have been kidnapped after discovering a formula that enables mind control. Their work was so top secret that Ozzy is afraid to go to the police, but without help, he fears he'll never find his parents. Then he stumbles across a classified ad in the local newspaper that says "Wizard for Hire. Call 555-SPEL." Ozzy has read about wizards in books like Harry Potter, but wizards couldn't actually exist today, could they? After Ozzy meets the wizard Labyrinth - a.k.a. Rin - he's even more skeptical. Sure, Rin dresses like a wizard, but the short robe and high-top tennis shoes seem unorthodox, as does Rin's habit of writing notes on his shoes and eating breakfast for every meal. Plus, Rin doesn't even cast any magic spells, which means that the unexplained coincidences that start happening around Ozzy are just that - coincidences. With the help of a robotic talking raven invented by Ozzy's father, a kind and curious girl at school who decides to help Ozzy, and of course, a self-proclaimed wizard who may or may not have a magical wand, Ozzy begins an unforgettable quest that will lead him closer to the answers he desperately seeks about his missing parents. 1. Language: English. Narrator: Kirby Heyborne. Audio sample: http://samples.audible.de/bk/blak/011415/bk_blak_011415_sample.mp3. Digital audiobook in aax.
Obadiah Grudge is tall, dark, and gaunt, though he prefers the word rich. He dresses well and has a taste for the finer things, so its a good thing that the mysteries he writes consistently hit the top of the best-seller lists. The critics hate him; his public loves him. He has everything he wants.Then one day, he gets a call. His estranged father is dead, and its time for the family funeral. While his mother, his father's partner, and finally his father's ghost work to convince Obadiah that he's special, Obadiah is discovering that for himself. He barely escapes death by deranged killers, not all of whom are entirely human. Obadiah has inherited his father's monster-killing business, his lunatic of a partner, and his pet Raven. It's too bad he didnt inherit his father's skill. It seems Dad's death has put Obadiah's feet on The Revenant Road, and there's no escape from that. This edition includes the bonus story "Neville and the Midnight Miracle Massacre". Neville, Grudges partner in the monster-killing business, came by his mistrust of religion and his hatred of monsters early, but he's never liked to talk about it. Then Neville disappears, and Obadiah finds he has to get nosy if he's ever going to be the monster-killing partner his father was. 1. Language: English. Narrator: Michael Boatman. Audio sample: http://samples.audible.de/bk/adbl/001747/bk_adbl_001747_sample.mp3. Digital audiobook in aax.
Poetry. Native American studies. Steeped in her Native American heritage, Linda Hogan's latest collection of poems, THE BOOK OF MEDICINES, brings together stunning lore-like imagery and Native female spirituality. Histories of the earth, its natural elements and ancient inhabitants, are revitalized and given new meaning. Hogan offers an eco-feminist philosophy, encouraging women to accept their role as care takers of the environment. 'Linda Hogan's vision is breathtaking; the embryonic fingers of a fetal whale, the imperial walk of a raven, the torn-cloth dresses of her Chickasaw ancestors, are distilled in these pages into a critique of human survival'-Barbara Kingsolver. Hogan received an MA in English and Creative Writing at the University of Colorado at Boulder and began writing poetry, novels, short stories, plays, environmental works, and academic pieces.