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Island of the Mad

Island of the Mad

  • Author: Laurie R. King
  • Publisher: Allison & Busby Ltd
  • ISBN: 0749022590
  • Category: Fiction
  • Page: 300
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June, 1925. Mary Russell and Sherlock Holmes are enjoying a much-needed quiet summer evening in their home on the Sussex Downs. However, Russell soon receives a desperate telephone call from an old friend. Veronica’s aunt, Lady Vivian Beaconsfield, has disappeared following a supervised outing from Bethlem Royal Hospital. With Russell herself feeling less than balanced, the last thing she wants to deal with is the mad; however, she agrees to investigate. Lady Vivian had spent most of her adult life in and out of one asylum or another, and seemed at last to be adjusting to confinement at Bedlam. So why did she disappear? And why is there no trace of the nurse who accompanied her? In their search for the missing women, Russell and Holmes follow the trail from the cold, harsh wards of the hospital through to the ethereal beauty of Venice. Caught up in decadent soirées, the rising tide of fascism and the myth of a haunted madhouse, the pair will discover that there are secrets hidden in the lagoon – and that every Venetian wears a mask... Praise for Laurie R. King: ‘A master storyteller’ Michael Connelly ‘A triumph of plotting. Devoted readers . . . are in for a treat’ Booklist ‘Not only a high point in King’s long-running series, but a compelling demonstration of the ways inventive writers can continue to breathe new life into the Holmes-ian mythology’ Kirkus Reviews ‘As dry, sparkling and delightful as good champagne’ Washington Times

Island of the Mad

Island of the Mad

A Novel of Suspense Featuring Mary Russell and Sherlock Holmes

  • Author: Laurie R. King
  • Publisher: Bantam
  • ISBN: 0804177988
  • Category: Fiction
  • Page: 320
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Laurie R. King's New York Times bestselling series featuring Mary Russell and Sherlock Holmes is "the most sustained feat of imagination in mystery fiction today" (Lee Child)! The last thing Mary Russell and her husband, Sherlock Holmes, need is to help an old friend with her mad, missing aunt. Lady Vivian Beaconsfield has spent most of her adult life in one asylum after another, since the loss of her brother and father in the Great War. Although her mental state seemed to be improving, she's now disappeared after an outing from Bethlem Royal Hospital . . . better known as Bedlam. Russell wants nothing to do with the case--but she can't say no. To track down the vanished woman, she must use her deductive instincts and talent for subterfuge--and enlist her husband's legendary prowess. Together, the two travel from the grim confines of Bedlam to the murky canals of Venice--only to find the shadow of Benito Mussolini darkening the fate of a city, an era, and a tormented English lady of privilege. Praise for Island of the Mad "Full of lush details and clever twists."--Booklist "Once again validates Laurie R. King as the preeminent Holmes writer working today."--Bookreporter "A truly memorable mystery . . . Laurie King brings her always amazing imagination to the page to enthrall readers, as only she can do."--Suspense Magazine "Superb . . . shocking . . . Come for the mystery, stay for the sightseeing, the gibes at fascism, and the heroine's climactic masquerade as silent film star Harold Lloyd."--Kirkus Reviews "There's no shortage of entertainment. . . . If you are a fan of the series, you won't be disappointed!"--San Francisco Book Review "Well-plotted . . . This ranks as one of the better recent installments in this popular series."--Publishers Weekly

Island of the Mad

Island of the Mad

A Novel

  • Author: Laurie Sheck
  • Publisher: Catapult
  • ISBN: 1619028654
  • Category: Fiction
  • Page: 396
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The acclaimed author of A Monster’s Notes delivers a novel that’s “compelling, mysterious and hard to shake . . . utterly one of a kind” (Junot Díaz). Following on the heels of her exciting and widely praised A Monster’s Notes, and with Sheck’s characteristic brilliance of language, Island of the Mad follows the solitary, hunchbacked Ambrose A., as he sets out on a mysterious journey to Venice in search of a lost notebook he knows almost nothing about. Eventually he arrives in San Servolo, the Island of the Mad, in the Venetian Lagoon, only a few minutes boat-ride from Venice. At the island’s old, abandoned hospital which has been turned into a conference center, he discovers a mess of papers in a drawer, and among them the correspondence and notes of two of the island’s former inhabitants—a woman with a rare genetic illness which causes the afflicted to gradually become unable to sleep until, increasingly hallucinatory and feverish, they essentially die of sleeplessness; and her friend, a man who experiences epileptic seizures. As the sleepless woman’s eyesight fails, she wants only one thing—that her friend read to her from Dostoevsky’s great novel, The Idiot, a book she loves but can no longer read herself. As Ambrose follows their strange tale, everything he has ever known or thought is called into question. “If there is one thing to take away from the powerful collage of allusions, imagery, and lyricism in Laurie Sheck’s Island of the Mad, it is the fundamental importance of human connection . . . [a] warm and lyrical narrative.” —Los Angeles Review of Books

The Island of Mad Scientists

The Island of Mad Scientists

Being an Excursion to the Wilds of Scotland, Involving Many Marvels of Experimental Invention, Pirates, a Heroic Cat, a Mechanical Man and a Monkey

  • Author: Howard Whitehouse,Bill Slavin
  • Publisher: Kids Can Press Ltd
  • ISBN: 155453237X
  • Category: Juvenile Fiction
  • Page: 262
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Aviatrix Emmaline Cayley, test pilot Rubberbones and the rest of their wacky household decide to rendezvous on the Scottish island of Urgghh where they hope to find refuge, but the island is anything but safe.

Riviera Gold

Riviera Gold

The intriguing mystery for Sherlock Holmes fans

  • Author: Laurie R. King
  • Publisher: Allison & Busby Ltd
  • ISBN: 0749025638
  • Category: Fiction
  • Page: N.A
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It's summertime on the Riviera, where the Jazz Age is busily reinventing the holiday delights of warm days on golden sand and cool nights on terraces and dance floors. Just up the coast lies a more traditional pleasure ground: Monte Carlo, where fortunes are won, lost, stolen, and hidden away. So when Mary Russell and Sherlock Holmes happen across the Côte d'Azur in this summer of 1925, they find themselves pulled between the young and the old, hot sun and cool jazz, new friendships and old loyalties, childlike pleasures and very grown-up sins...

The Mad Voyage of Prince Malock (Fantasy)

The Mad Voyage of Prince Malock (Fantasy)

  • Author: Timothy L. Cerepaka
  • Publisher: Annulus Publishing
  • ISBN: N.A
  • Category: Fiction
  • Page: 227
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No mortal has ever sailed to the end of the world and returned to tell the tale. Legend says that the southern seas are full of monsters, lethal storms, and monstrous entities even the gods cannot conceive. Only a brave hero or a reckless fool would ever willingly venture into these deadly waters. Prince Tojas Malock travels to the southern seas in response to the summons from a goddess he has never met. To conquer these seas, Malock recruits the finest crew money can buy: An intelligent but haughty mage, an old fisherman with a mysterious past, a young female assassin, and a woman who knows far more than she lets on. With his ragtag crew of sailors behind him, Malock heads to the end of the world, ready for whatever the seas have to throw at him. But with mortal-eating gods, murderous pirates, and a traitor within the crew itself, Malock's voyage may end in tragedy. KEYWORDS: epic fantasy adventure series, epic fantasy dragons, epic fantasy magic, epic fantasy sword and sorcery, sword and sorcery adult fantasy, sword and sorcery series, sword and sorcery series magic

Churchill and the Mad Mullah of Somaliland

Churchill and the Mad Mullah of Somaliland

Betrayal and Redemption 1899–1921

  • Author: Roy Irons
  • Publisher: Pen and Sword
  • ISBN: 1473831555
  • Category: History
  • Page: 248
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In the late nineteenth century, the British Empire commanded the seas and possessed a vast Indian Empire, as well as other extensive dominions in South East Asia, Australasia, America and Africa.To secure the trade route to the glittering riches of the orient, the port of Berbera in Somaliland was taken from the feeble grasp of an Egyptian monarch, and to secure that port, treaties were concluded with the fierce and warlike nomad tribes who roamed the inhospitable wastes of the hinterland, unequivocally granting them 'the gracious favour and protection of the Queen'. But there arose in that wilderness a man of deep and unalterable convictions; the Sayyid, the 'Mad Mullah', who utilised his great poetic and oratorical gifts with merciless and unrelenting fury to convince his fellow nomads to follow him in an anti- Christian and anti-colonial crusade. At great expense, four Imperial expeditions were sent to crush him and to support his terrified opponents; four times the military genius of the Sayyid eluded them.It was at this point that the rising voice of Winston Churchill convinced his Liberal colleagues to abandon the expensive contest and retreat to the coast. By this betrayal, one third of the British 'protected' population perished.It wasn't until after the Great War that Churchill, now Minister for both War and Air, as well as a major influence in the rise of Air Power, was able to redeem this betrayal. The part he played in the destruction of the Sayyid's temporal power at this point was substantial, and the preservation of the Royal Air Force was also secured. By unleashing Sir Hugh Trenchard and giving his blessing to a lightning campaign, his original betrayal was considered to be redeemed in part and his honour belatedly and inexpensively restored.In this enthralling volume, Roy Irons brings to life this period of dynamic unrest, drawing together a number of historical accounts of the time as well as an evocative selection of illustrative materials, including maps and portraits of the main players at the forefront of the action. Personalities such as Carton de Wiart, Lord Ismay, and the much decorated Sir John 'Johnny' Gough, VC, KCB, CHG feature, as do the vaunted Camel Corps, in this eminently well-researched narrative account of this eventful and controversial episode of world history.As featured in Essence Magazine.

The Mad Scientist Hall of Fame:

The Mad Scientist Hall of Fame:

Muwahahahaha!

  • Author: Daniel H. Wilson,Anna C. Long,Illustrated by Daniel Heard
  • Publisher: Kensington Publishing Corp.
  • ISBN: 0806535644
  • Category: Humor
  • Page: 224
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Muwahahahaha! Dr. Frankenstein. Marie Curie. Dr. Moreau. Captain Nemo. They're the most fascinating minds of all time--and now a science guru has teamed up with an expert in human psychology to coax them out of their laboratories and onto the analyst's couch. Real and fictional, famous and infamous, crazy and just crazily driven, these brilliant men and women exhibit a list of neuroses almost as impressive as their extraordinary accomplishments. At last, you can explore their early fixations, their ambitions, their successes and failures, and the particular quirks that have granted each induction into the Mad Scientist Hall of Fame, including: • Dr. Evil: Megalomaniacal doctor with antisocial personality disorder (and pathological dislike of his own son, Scotty) • Nikola Tesla: Real-life mad scientist with obsessive compulsive disorder (and he talked to aliens) • Dr. Jekyll/Mr. Hyde: Brilliant doctor gone bad, suffering from multiple personality disorder (and a penchant for strong chemical cocktails) • Lex Luthor: Villain and supergenius with manic mood disorder (and premature baldness) Witty, illuminating, and thoroughly entertaining, this one-of-a-kind book offers irrefutable proof that success, super-intelligence, and a mantelpiece full of Nobel prizes is no guarantee of sanity. Praise for Daniel H. Wilson "Daniel H. Wilson and Anna C. Long have made an exhaustive study of the evil mind. It is complete, pulls no punches, and reveals secrets that have hitherto remained hidden. It is for these reasons that I must liquidate them. Great book!" --Mike Myers, aka Dr. Evil from Austin Powers "Forget about John Connor--it's Daniel H. Wilson who is going to save us from the Terminators." --Forbes on How to Survive a Robot Uprising "A tribute to the far-fetched ideas that often drive progress." --Erik Sofge, Popular Mechanics, for Where's My Jetpack?

Dream Island

Dream Island

The Mad, Mad World of Philip Yeo

  • Author: Peh Shing Huei
  • Publisher: Epigram Books
  • ISBN: 9814655309
  • Category: Juvenile Nonfiction
  • Page: N.A
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Philip Yeo was a curious boy who loved to read. He learnt a lot about the world from books, and went to Canada to study. Back in Singapore, he worked for the government and helped create jobs. One day, he gets an idea to combine seven islands into one and build chemical factories on it. Everyone thought it was a crazy idea. But Philip refused to give up.