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♥ Book Title : The Black Rose
☯ Full Synopsis : "There are moments in time that we all share. Some moments feel like we have already experienced them. Like the French word deja vu. Yet they're not quite like deja vu. But some individuals will truly feel as if there were experiencing a moment, yes a moment that they knew of beforehand. There are those who dream dreams and later in their lives or others. That dream becomes reality. We would address this gift as a premonition. Then there are few, just a few, who believe that they are lucky. They may even feel that their special, unique, and even sometimes bulletproof. In this tale, we have a prophecy. From a man who chose to displace himself from society. To live a simple life. He will relate to is grandson his dreams and visions. His grandson which was his soul relation. Of a set of the events that will change his grandson's way of life as he knew it. Yet his grandson knew deep down in his soul, that this was to be. He will meet not only his friends, but someone who knew they were very unique. His life will become entangled with someone who is cunning, dangerous, and very confident. So confident in fact that they truly believed that they were invincible."Article| Go-Max| Statement ..."
♥ Book Title : Moving Pictures
☯ Full Synopsis : "Nominated for the 2011 Stumptown Award and Doug Wright Award! "A wonderful, poignant surprise."-- Paul Gravett, author of Graphic Novels: Stories to Change Your Life "Most of the story seems less drawn than peeled and chiseled away from absolute visual and moral darkness... [Moving Pictures] suggests how art can be a lifeline to meaning at a moment when nothing seems possible but betrayal."-- Douglas Wolk, The New York Times "This elegant and evocative historical graphic novel explores the personal relationships involved in protecting internationally recognized works of fine art during the Nazi occupation of Paris ... the storytelling and the characters are as sober as the crisp, heavy black-and-white of its images ... Deftly told, the whole story resonates long after its appropriately ambiguous final pages."-- Booklist (starred review) "Subtle [and] mature ... the Immonens keep the story spare and focused to allow the ambiguity of survival itself to become the drama."-- Publishers Weekly (starred review) "An engaging story that comments on art and value, decency and free will, and what it means to follow your convictions."-- Torontoist "A multifaceted story full of difficult storytelling and ambiguous morality... illustrative of what a major writing talent Kathryn Immonen really is. Husband Stuart's work is equally excellent, closed and evocative with skillful use of light and shadow."-- The AV Club "A sparse, bleak experience that moves with slow, deliberate steps through a world of deep, ambiguous shadow."-- Comics Alliance "Moving and atmospheric... The striking black and white artwork is suitably stark and moody and matched for impact by the brisk, loaded dialogue, lending the characters a life-like depth and immediacy."-- Christian Kerr, BlogCritics Top Shelf is proud to welcome Kathryn & Stuart Immonen (Ultimate Spider-Man, Nextwave, Patsy Walker: Hellcat, Never as Bad as You Think) to the Top Shelf family with this thrilling, intimate tale of love, war, and art. Moving Pictures is the story of the awkward and dangerous relationship between curator Ila Gardner and officer Rolf Hauptmann, as they are forced by circumstances to play out their private lives in a public power struggle. The narrative unfolds along two timelines which collide with the revelation of a terrible secret, an enigmatic decision that not many would make, and the realization that sometimes the only choice left is the refusal to choose. In a recent interview at comicbookresources.com, Kathryn explained that "The history is just a backdrop to tell a messed-up love story that's about how we assign value to things and people, how we behave when not everyone is playing by the same rules"and "in the end, maybe it's all about the fundamentally perverse nature of desire, about not being to help wanting what you want even if you don't know why. And how, from the outside, we really don't know anything about someone else's intimacies.""Article| Kathryn Immonen| Statement ..."
♥ Book Title : Rise of the Prophet
☯ Full Synopsis : "In the past, a meteor struck the planet with such devastation that it wiped out the dinosaurs. In the present another one strikes the planet with such ferocity that it nearly wipes out the human race. From the ashes of the terrible destruction comes man, ready to rediscover himself. Religion reemerges as it is reinvented. For one group of people, finding the ancient propaganda of a hateful man, their religion becomes a prejudicial driving force to commit genocide on a neighboring, peaceful people. One man, even more twisted than his religion, pushes the Aryans onto a destructive path that turns their talk and ideology into action and blood. As a new, yet timeless evil is born, so is man taken back to a simpler time of agriculture without the interference of contemporary technology. The Lakemen are happy to just work and exist, love and prosper. The third group of people sharing the adjacent lands is the Krossians. Little is known about them other than they are traders and are in touch with other people not inhabiting the valley. They are a secretive and mysterious group and they may be the only hope for the Lakemen as the imminent threat of the Aryans draws near. Josiah has a gift: He can see visions of what will be. While the future prophet is living amongst the Lakemen, his betrothed goes missing. Matters only worsen when Josiah’s people capture Hister, a strangely maniacal and hateful zealot, who wants to see the end of Josiah’s tribe. Can Josiah interpret his visions in time to save his people? Bear witness to the beginning of Josiah’s journey and learn the fate of his people. Rise of the Prophet: Another Final Solution combines past and present in a horrific look at what man is capable of, of what severe beliefs can construct, and of a dismal future that only a complete lack of respect for differences and individuality can produce. An ode to an underestimated and brilliant creative force and a remembrance of something tragically lost, Prophet epitomizes fanatical beliefs and follows an all-too-familiar look at what can happen when ignorance and hatred use religion as a tool for destruction."Article| Gawain Gnosta| Statement ..."
♥ Book Title : All That Is Red
☯ Full Synopsis : "If you could choose a world without loneliness, without shame, grief, misery, or feeling of any kind, would you, if it also meant that you lost the simple pleasure of a picnic on a sunny day or the joy of falling in love? Would the allure of a comfortable numbness prove too tempting to resist? Could you choose between feeling pain and not feeling anything, ever again? A girl is caught in a world where this choice is fiercely contested. In the cross-fire between the Red and White empires, the feeling and the unfeeling, each bent on the other's destruction, the girl must choose between emotion and oblivion, joining the ranks with the Reds as they fight to resist the Whites, but all the while struggling with her own desperate ambivalence. All That Is Red is a story of survival and a journey through the human condition, revealing how the intimate euphoria of pain can sometimes be all we have to remind us that we are alive. Anna Caltabiano is fifteen years old. She was born in British colonial Hong Kong to a Japanese mother and an Italian-American father, before moving to Palo Alto, California; the mecca of futurism. Her writing explores and exposes an adolescent dystopia in which accepted traditions, religions, cultures and communities have been eroded, resulting in a lost generation consumed by social apathy and self-loathing which has found solace through electronic connections. Unsettling, engaging and surprisingly erudite, All That Is Red is a remarkably assured debut from an ascending literary star."Article| Anna Caltabiano| Statement ..."
♥ Book Title : Surviving Dreaded Conversations: How to Talk Through Any Difficult Situation at Work
☯ Full Synopsis : "The essential guide for managers and professionals dealing with difficult workplace conversations Surviving Dreaded Conversations gives managers all they need to get through those difficult, face-to-face conversations we all encounter in our office. Whether it’s firing an employee, asking for a raise or delivering bad financial news to a client or staff, expert author Donna Flagg shows readers how to stop putting off these uncomfortable conversations and start successfully facing them head-on. Filled with tips, strategies, exercises, and easy-to-memorize scripts for effective preparation, Surviving Dreaded Conversations is packed with practical advice to help professionals get through the rough spots in the workplace."Article| Donna Flagg| Statement ..."
♥ Book Title : Sacred Journey
☯ Full Synopsis : "From One Of The Earliest Western Women To Find Amma, Comes This Long-Awaited Narrative Of Her Experience Of Spiritual Life With A God-Realized Soul. Mata Amritanandamayi, Called Amma, Or Mother, By Millions Around The World, Is The Renowned Indian Saint Whose Far-Reaching Charitable Works Alone Merit International Acclaim. Yet, It Is For Her Profound Spiritual Generosity That She Is Best Known As She Travels The World To Meet The Thousands Who Come To Receive Her Blessings In The Form Of A Maternal Embrace. Swamini Krishnamrita Prana Traveled To India From Australia While Just Out Of Her Teens On A Spiritual Quest That Soon Led Her To The Open Arms Of Her Mother. Here Is An Intimate Portrait, As Humorous As It Is Profound, Through The Eyes Of A Western Woman Who Has Served Amma From The Earliest Days To The Present. The Reader Gains Insight Through The Startling Clarity Of Amma’s Words And Responses In Unexpected Circumstances. As The Disciple Is Led And Transformed, So Too Will The Reader Benefit By The Daily Example Of A Divine Saint And The Radiant Love In Her Wise Instruction And Gracious Compassion. Published By The Disciples Of Mata Amritanandamayi Devi, Affectionately Known As Mother, Or Amma The Hugging Saint."Article| Swamini Krishnamrita Prana| Statement ..."
♥ Book Title : Judge Jackie
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♥ Book Title : Bhagavad Gita Simplified
☯ Full Synopsis : "The Bhagavad Gita Simplified is a collection of poems and translations of the pearls of wisdom delivered by Lord Krishna to rejuvenate Arjuna from inaction on the battle field, as depicted in the Mahabharatha written by Saint Vyasa. It is the essence of the ancient epic and vedas condensed into eighteen chapters, with each chapter elaborating on a yoga - a skill. The following chapters are a series of interpretations of the vedic poems for self-upliftment. Sankhya yoga explains the two paths; karma and knowledge. To achieve ultimate knowledge, one should follow both. In karma yoga, the need to perform karma is explained, because karma is the only means to achieve anything. In jnana – karma sanyasa yoga, the need for relinquishment is stressed. The yoga of meditation is very important, as it is said that without meditation, peace and enlightenment is impossible. Thus each chapter teaches a different skill, ultimately leading the reader to God Realization."Article| Saktheedharan Villwamangalam| Statement ..."