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Tales of the Hidden World by Simon R. Green

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By Simon R. Green

Seventeen delightfully unforeseen tales from Simon R. Green—including a brand-new event of the Droods—take us deep into the Darkside, embroil us within the mystery Histories, and lead us into the shadowy locations the place monsters and demons roam

Welcome to the worlds of Simon R. eco-friendly. during this wide-ranging assortment, the New York Times–bestselling city fantasist opens doorways into hidden locations: unusual nation-states bordering our personal mundane lifestyles and prowled through creatures of fancy and nightmare. listed below are the unusual, often deadly—and occasionally even dead—things that lurk in garbage-strewn urban alleyways and dirty subway stations after middle of the night, obvious simply to the main perceptive human or inhuman eye.

In those stories, eco-friendly revisits the inventive worlds inside worlds that he created for his wildly renowned novels. Take a walk at the Darkside with a jaded road wizard, an underpaid govt functionary answerable for conserving demons, vamps, and extraterrestrial beings in line. input the hidden recesses of Drood corridor, the place the getting older loved one who creates strong guns that defend humankind remembers his lengthy and bloody profession. subscribe to a squad of no-longer-human infantrymen dispatched to wrestle the all-consuming jungle on a far off planet. stopover at a home on the intesection of 2 realities that serves as a sanctuary from the evil of all worlds. Confront the unstoppable zombie military of common Kurtz in an excellent homage to Apocalypse Now. And no matter what you do, always remember that there are monsters in the market. Really.

Each tale encompasses a new afterword via the author.

Question of Solace
Street Wizard
Death Is a Lady
Dorothy Dreams
Down and Out in Deadtown
From Out of the solar, without end Singing
It’s All in regards to the Rendering
Find Heaven and Hell within the Smallest Things
Jesus and devil cross strolling within the Desert
Food of the Gods
He acknowledged, Laughing.
Soldier, Soldier
Awake, wide awake Ye Northern Winds
In the Labyrinth

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Nat pwes (various through the year) At gatherings such as the Brother Lords Festival in Taungbyon, music, dance, inebriation, and gambling are part of the day’s events as the 37 nat spirits are invoked, worshipped, and petitioned (see pp136–7). Taunggyi Balloon Festival (November) Balloons of all shapes and sizes are exhibited and flown during the day, while ear-splitting explosions rent the night sky over Taunggyi when elaborately decorated giant paper balloons packed with fireworks are let loose over the heads of cheering crowds (see p172).

Shortly after their coronation, to eliminate any potential threat to their rule, the couple oversaw the killing of scores of young royals in a massacre that outraged world opinion. The British called for regime change, but finally it was a dispute over timber taxes on Scottish teak importers that ignited the third, and decisive, Anglo-Burmese war of 1885. This time, the Konbaung king offered no more British soldiers at the Shwedagon Pagoda, First Anglo-Burmese War 1800 1825 1862 Exiled Bahadur Shah Zafar, India’s last Mughal emperor emperor Bahadur Shah Zafar dies in Rangoon 1850 1824 First Anglo- 1826 Treaty of Yandabo 1852 Second 1859 Mindon Burmese War between the British East India Company and the King of Inwa (Ava) Anglo-Burmese War; British seize and expand Rangoon moves capital to Mandalay T H E H I S T O R Y O F M YA N M A R than token resistance to the army that steamed up the Ayeyarwady.

Applying gold leaf Gold leaf is among the favorite donations of Burmese Buddhists. In some famous shrines, it is applied directly by pilgrims. However, only men are allowed to do this. Vipassana Literally “seeing through the veil of ignorance,” Vipassana is a form of meditation aimed at promoting insight and concentration. It had a great revival in Burma in the early 20th century. Merit making Merit (punya in Sanskrit) derives from all good thoughts and actions, and contributes towards a person’s spiritual liberation.

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