Scorpion Soup: A story in a story

By Tahir Shah

Encouraged by means of a publication his grandfather wrote 80 years in the past, grasp storyteller and writer Tahir Shah set approximately growing SCORPION SOUP, an severe adventure of interlinked and overlapping tales.

Having been raised on tales from either East and West, Shah believes that stories paintings on a number of degrees, subtly influencing the best way we see the realm, and how we examine from it.

Magical tools, and mystery machineries of their personal correct, tales are inside us all. And, the way in which we get pleasure from them, from the cradle is, Shah believes, a part of the default environment of Mankind.

Introduced in early formative years to the wonders of 1000 and One Nights, Shah realized to obtain and enjoy complicated buildings and storytelling units. those were used all through heritage to move on rules, cultural values and data, in addition to, in fact, to entertain.

Having been encouraged by means of The Nights, specifically within the approach that one tale leads into one other, and another, Shah used this system (known because the “frame story”) in SCORPION SOUP.

An interwoven and intoxicating choice of stories, the ebook descends down via many layers, as one tale progresses into the subsequent, and finally brings us again to the first.

There is the story of the Capilongo, a worldly bird-like creature that lives within the jungle with sloth-servants, who invitations his would-be murderer to dine earlier than permitting himself to be killed. and there's the story of the Clockmaker who harnesses the soul of a Jinn, within the guise of a hoopoe, and makes use of it to trip again in time to the world of Harun Al-Rachid. there's the cautionary story, too, of the fellow Whose hands Grew Branches, and the tale of the Fish’s Dream.

Unlike whatever that has been released within the Occidental global earlier than, SCORPION SOUP is a wealthy and various ceremonial dinner for the senses, and a ebook that instructs up to it does entertain.

About the Author

Tahir Shah is the writer of fifteen books, a lot of which chronicle quite a lot of outlandish trips via Africa, Asia and the Americas. For him, there is not anything so very important as decoding the hidden underbelly of the lands in which he travels. Shunning well-trodden vacationer paths, he avoids celebrated landmarks, who prefer as an alternative to place himself on a hectic highway nook or in a dusty café and realize existence pass by way of. Insisting that we will all be explorers, he says there is wonderment to be stumbled on at any place we're - it truly is only a subject of seeing the realm with clean eyes.

Tahir Shah's books have seemed in thirty languages and in additional than seventy variations. they're celebrated for his or her unique standpoint, and for combining trouble with shiny description.

He additionally makes documentary motion pictures, that are proven around the world on nationwide Geographical tv, and The background Channel. the newest, misplaced TREASURE OF AFGHANISTAN, has been screened on British television and proven all over the world. whereas learning the programme Shah was once arrested with his movie group and incarcerated in a Pakistani torture prison, the place they spent 16 terrifying days and nights.

Tahir Shah lives at Dar Khalifa, a sprawling mansion set squarely in the course of a Casablanca shantytown. he is married to the picture dressmaker, Rachana Shah, and has young ones, Ariane and Timur. His father used to be the Sufi author, Idries Shah.

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By Harlan Ellison

Includes the Nebula and Hugo Award–winning tale, “ ‘Repent, Harlequin!’ stated the Ticktockman.”


A distinct new selection of Ellison’s brief tales, chosen specifically for this quantity by way of the writer, together with the newly revised and extended story “Never ship to grasp for Whom the Lettuce Wilts.” In a profession spanning greater than fifty years, Harlan Ellison has written or edited seventy-five books, greater than seventeen hundred tales, essays, articles, and newspaper columns, dozen teleplays, and a dozen video clips. Now, for the 1st time anyplace, Troublemakers provides a suite of Ellison’s vintage tales that might introduce new readers to a author defined through the New York Times as having “the spellbinding caliber of a superb nonstop talker, with a cultural warehouse for a mind.” comprises the award‑winning tales “‘Repent, Harlequin!’ stated the Ticktockman” and “Deeper Than the Darkness.” 


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Acts of God

By Ellen Gilchrist

In her first tale assortment in over 8 years, nationwide publication Award winner Ellen Gilchrist provides readers with ten diversified situations within which humans facing forces past their keep an eye on one way or the other have the capacity to live to tell the tale, persevere, and triumph, whether it's only a triumph of the need. From the very younger to the very outdated, in a single approach or one other, they're opponents and believers, survivors who locate the power to move on whilst confronted with the reality in their mortality. and they're given vibrant existence in those tales advised with Ellen Gilchrist’s clear-eyed optimism and salty feel of humor.

“Reading Ellen Gilchrist is addictive . . . Her new paintings is full of strong those that exhibit fortitude and even heroism less than duress . . . during this age of edgy irony, her warm-hearted view of humanity is refreshing.” —

“Gilchrist manages to chop during the loud tussle of the area to offer truths made much more awesome through how traditional they're . . . The tales in Acts of God are nice postcards from the realm of Ellen Gilchrist. It’s a global of warfare and strife and surprises, and it really is, certain, terrific to behold.” —The manhattan instances ebook Review

“Refreshing, attractive, and inspiring.” —Library magazine                                  

“Beautiful, clever, phenomenally rich.”—Booklist, starred review

“Gilchrist is at her most sensible while the wry and satirical temper moves her, particularly while she is pricking the balloons of delight that the white Southern higher center classification inflates in its personal honor . . . the simplest of the tales in Acts of God rank with the easiest in her first assortment and in her moment, Victory Over Japan, for which she used to be provided a well-deserved nationwide booklet Award.” —The Washington Post 

“The salty wit of [her] characters will make you chuckle; their bravery could be breathtaking.”—Birmingham magazine


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The Journey Prize Stories 23 (Journey Prize Stories: Short Fiction from the Best of Canada's New Writers)

Detect a few of Canada's top new writers with this hugely acclaimed annual anthology, made attainable through the generosity of Pulitzer Prize-winning writer James A. Michener.

For greater than twenty years, The trip Prize Stories has been offering the simplest brief tales released every year via a few of Canada's most fun new writers. past members -- together with such now recognized, bestselling writers as Yann Martel, Elizabeth Hay, Annabel Lyon, Lisa Moore, Heather O'Neill, Pasha Malla, Timothy Taylor, M.G. Vassanji, and Alissa York -- have long past directly to win prestigious literary awards and honours, together with the Booker Prize, the Giller Prize, the Rogers Writers' belief Fiction Prize, the Governor General's Award, the Commonwealth Writers' Prize, and CBC's Canada Reads pageant. The tales incorporated within the anthology are contenders for the $10,000 trip Prize, that is made attainable by way of Pulitzer Prize-winning writer James A. Michener's donation of Canadian royalties from his novel Journey. The winner should be introduced in fall 2011.

Among the tales this 12 months: In a relocating tale approximately religion and the wish for redemption, a trio of strangers retains vigil in a health center ready room for a guy who has miraculously survived a fall from twenty-four storeys. A glamorous get together presents the backdrop for a monologue – right now deftly comedian and uncomfortably favourite – through a wannabe poet desirous to provoke. Over the process a unmarried day, the eldest son of a farm animals farmer needs to deal with new rites and outdated burdens, in an elemental tale of fathers and sons. while a disgruntled worker makes a decision to take measures into her personal palms, she is unprepared for the implications. In a spellbinding postmodern fairy story, bears, bees, and shrinking people populate the small international of the fur trader’s daughter, who's greater than she seems to be.

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Four Past Midnight

The Bram Stoker Prize-winner for most sensible Fiction Collection—four chilling novellas from Stephen King that would “grab you and never permit move” (The Washington Post). Now on hand in paperback from Scribner for the 1st time.

With the new luck of the Hulu sequence 11/22/63 starring James Franco and the hugely expected The darkish Tower motion picture within the works, Stephen King’s model is superior than ever. This assortment, nominated for a Locus Award, is absolute to maintain readers wakeful lengthy after bedtime, and lines an advent and prefatory notes to every novella via the writer. “Stephen King is a grasp storyteller, and you may always remember those stories,” raves the Seattle Times approximately Four earlier Midnight.

One previous Midnight: “The Langoliers” takes a red-eye flight from l. a. to Boston right into a so much unfriendly sky. merely 11 passengers continue to exist, yet touchdown in an eerily empty global makes them want they hadn’t. Something’s looking ahead to them, you see.

Two prior Midnight: “Secret Window, mystery backyard” enters the abruptly unusual lifetime of author Mort Rainey, lately divorced, depressed, and by myself at the shore of Tashmore Lake. on my own, that's, until eventually a determine named John Shooter arrives, pointing an accusing finger.

Three previous Midnight: “The Library Policeman” is determined in Junction urban, Iowa, an not going position for evil to be hiding. yet for small businessman Sam Peebles, who thinks he will be wasting his brain, one other enemy is hiding there as well—the fact. If he can locate it in time, he could stand a chance.

Four earlier Midnight: “The sunlight Dog,” a menacing black puppy, appears to be like in each Polaroid photograph that fifteen-year-old Kevin Delevan takes along with his new digital camera, beckoning him to the supernatural. previous Pop Merrill, fortress Rock’s sharpest dealer, goals to use The solar puppy for revenue, yet this creature that shouldn’t exist in any respect, is a truly risky funding.

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In the Heart of the Heart of the Country: And Other Stories (NYRB Classics)

By William H. Gass

First released in 1968, In the guts of the guts of the Country validated William Gass as certainly one of America’s most interesting and boldest writers of fiction, and approximately fifty years later, the e-book nonetheless stands as a landmark of up to date fiction. the 2 novellas and 3 brief tales it comprises are ready within the Midwest, and jointly they give  a legendary reimagining of America’s heartland, with its punishing extremes of warmth and chilly, its unending areas and claustrophobic families, its hidden and baffled wishes, its lurking hazard of violence. Exploring and increasing the bounds of the fast tale, Gass works magic with phrases, phrases which are as squirming, regal, and unforeseen because the roaches, boys, icicles, acquaintances, and neuroses that fill those pages, phrases that surprise, dazzle, illumine, and delight.

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The Complete Stories, Volume 2

By Isaac Asimov

The second one quantity in a unprecedented assortment released presently prior to the author's loss of life. In those 40 tales, Asimov's shiny expertise of the possibility of expertise is translated into human dilemmas. The definitive choice of brief fiction through Isaac Asimov, ideal grasp of the technology fiction style keeps with quantity of the total tales. the great physician used to be regularly prior to his time and his paintings stands this present day because the clearest expression of our collective hopes and fears for the long run. however the ever-expanding acclaim for his tales with old and young readers alike is defined by means of their wit, zest and human curiosity. inside of this quantity are tales frequently voted among the finest technology fiction tales of all time. In those tales Asimov's vibrant expertise of the opportunity of know-how is translated into human dilemmas which are extra appropriate this present day than ever before.

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The Weird: A Compendium of Strange and Dark Stories

From Lovecraft to Borges to Gaiman, a century of intrepid literary experimentation has created a corpus of darkish and unusual tales that go beyond all recognized style limitations. jointly those tales shape The Weird, and its practitioners comprise many of the maximum names in 20th and twenty-first century literature.

Exotic and esoteric, The bizarre plunges you into darkish domain names and brings you head to head with surreal monstrosities. you will not locate any elves or wizards here...but you can find the largest, boldest, and downright so much extraordinary tales from the final hundred years sure jointly within the greatest bizarre assortment ever assembled.
The bizarre features a hundred and ten tales via an all-star solid, from literary legends to overseas bestsellers to Booker Prize winners: together with William Gibson, George R. R. Martin, Stephen King, Angela Carter, Kelly hyperlink, Franz Kafka, China Miéville, Clive Barker, Haruki Murakami, M. R. James, Neil Gaiman, Mervyn Peake, and Michael Chabon.

The Weird is the winner of the 2012 international delusion Award for most sensible Anthology

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Islands Off the Coast of Capitola, 1978

By David Herter

David Herter creates a latest reimagining of Gene Wolfe's Island of general practitioner demise. younger Ballou lives by myself together with his mom in an outdated residence at the shore. whilst the mysterious Wilson arrives, Ballou's truth suggestions right into a global populated with characters from his pulp comedian books as he struggles to appreciate the adults round him.

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