The Mammoth Book of Celtic Myths and Legends

The Mammoth Book of Celtic Myths and Legends
Author : Peter Berresford Ellis
Publisher : Hachette UK
Total Pages : 640
Release : 2011-09-01
ISBN 10 : 9781780333632
ISBN 13 : 1780333633
Language : EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

The Mammoth Book of Celtic Myths and Legends Book Description:

Developed from an early oral storytelling tradition dating back to the dawn of European culture, this is one of the oldest and most vibrant of Europe's mythologies. From all six Celtic cultures - Irish, Scots, Welsh, Cornish, Manx and Breton - Peter Berresford Ellishas included popular myths and legends, as well as bringing to light exciting new tales which have been lying in manuscript form, untranslated and unknown to the modern general reader. The author brings not only his extensive knowledge of source material but also his acclaimed skills of storytelling to produce an original, enthralling and definitive collection of Celtic myths and legends - tales of gods and goddesses, heroes and heroines, magical weapons, fabulous beasts, and entities from the ancient Celtic world.

Celtic Myths and Legends

Celtic Myths and Legends
Author : Peter Berresford Ellis
Publisher : Running Press Adult
Total Pages : 640
Release : 2003-01-27
ISBN 10 : 0786711078
ISBN 13 : 9780786711079
Language : EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

Celtic Myths and Legends Book Description:

This is an enchantingly told collection of the stirring sagas of gods and goddesses, fabulous beasts, strange creatures, and such heroes as Cuchulain, Fingal, and King Arthur from the ancient Celtic world. Included are popular myths and legends from all six Celtic cultures of Western Europe—Irish, Scots, Manx, Welsh, Cornish, and Breton. Here for the modern reader are the rediscovered tales of cattle raids, tribal invasions, druids, duels, and doomed love that have been incorporated into, and sometimes distorted by, European mythology and even Christian figures. For example, there is the story of Lugh of the Long Hand, one of the greatest gods in the Celtic pantheon, who was later transformed into the faerie craftsman Lugh-Chromain, and finally demoted to the lowly Leprechaun. Celtic Myths and Legends also retells the story of the classic tragic love story of Tristan and Iseult (probably of Cornish origin—there was a real King Mark and a real Tristan in Cornwall) and the original tale of King Arthur, a Welsh leader who fought against the invading Anglo-Saxons. In the hands of Peter Berresford Ellis, the myths sung by long-dead Celtic bards come alive to enchant the modern reader. "The casual reader will be best entertained by ... the legends themselves ...colored with plenty of swordplay, ... quests, shape-shiftings, and druidic sorcery."—Publishers Weekly

A Brief Guide to Celtic Myths and Legends

A Brief Guide to Celtic Myths and Legends
Author : Martyn Whittock
Publisher : Hachette UK
Total Pages : 352
Release : 2013-10-03
ISBN 10 : 9781780338934
ISBN 13 : 1780338937
Language : EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

A Brief Guide to Celtic Myths and Legends Book Description:

A very readable guide which fills the gap between academic analysis and less critical retellings of the myths and legends. Marytn Whittock provides an accessible overview while also assessing the current state of research regarding the origins and significance of the myths. Since all records of the myths first occur in the early medieval period, the focus is on the survival of pre-Christian mythology and the interactions of the early Christian writers with these myths. A wide-ranging and enthralling introduction to Celtic mythology, from the Irish gods before gods, the Fomorians, to the children of Llyr, the sea deity; from the hunter-warrior Fionn mac Cumhaill, whose exploits are chronicled in the Fenian Cycle, to Cú Chulainn, the Hound of Ulster; and from the Welsh heroes of the Mabinogion to Arthur, King of Britain, though the mythical, Welsh version who predates the medieval legends.

Myths and Legends of the Celts

Myths and Legends of the Celts
Author : James MacKillop
Publisher : Penguin UK
Total Pages : 432
Release : 2006-06-01
ISBN 10 : 9780141941394
ISBN 13 : 0141941391
Language : EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

Myths and Legends of the Celts Book Description:

Myths and Legends of the Celts is a fascinating and wide-ranging introduction to the mythology of the peoples who inhabited the northwestern fringes of Europe - from Britain and the Isle of Man to Gaul and Brittany. Drawing on recent historical and archaeological research, as well as literary and oral sources, the guide looks at the gods and goddesses of Celtic myth; at the nature of Celtic religion, with its rituals of sun and moon worship; and at the druids who served society as judges, diviners and philosophers. It also examines the many Celtic deities who were linked with animals and such natural phenomena as rivers and caves, or who later became associated with local Christian saints. And it explores in detail the rich variety of Celtic myths: from early legends of King Arthur to the stories of the Welsh Mabinogi, and from tales of heroes including Cúchulainn, Fionn mac Cumhaill and the warrior queen Medb to tales of shadowy otherworlds - the homes of spirits and fairies. What emerges is a wonderfully diverse and fertile tradition of myth making that has captured the imagination of countless generations, introduced and explained here with compelling insight.

The Mammoth Book of Vampires

The Mammoth Book of Vampires
Author : Stephen Jones
Publisher : Hachette UK
Total Pages : 544
Release : 2011-08-04
ISBN 10 : 9781780332802
ISBN 13 : 1780332807
Language : EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

The Mammoth Book of Vampires Book Description:

Modern masters of the macabre bring the dead to life in this specially re-vamped edition of the classic compilation every horror fan will want to sink their teeth into. From an award-winning editor who knows the genre backwards, here is the very best in vampire fiction: from tales of tempting sirens to contemporary serial killers; from the dark origins of fairy tales to a modern reinterpretation of the King of the Undead himself, Count Dracula. This revised edition features over a dozen new stories, including Tina Rath's A Trick of the Dark and Kim Newman's Andy Warhol's Dracula, as well as classic novellas such as Hugh B. Cave's Stragella and Chelsea Quinn Yarbro's Investigating Jericho. There are contributions by Nancy Kilpatrick, Christopher Fowler, Paul Mcauley, Chelsea Quinn Yarbro, Tina Rath, Neil Gaiman, Harlan Ellison and Kim Newman.

The Mammoth Book of Comic Quotes

The Mammoth Book of Comic Quotes
Author : Geoff Tibballs
Publisher : Hachette UK
Total Pages : 624
Release : 2012-03-01
ISBN 10 : 9781780337227
ISBN 13 : 1780337221
Language : EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

The Mammoth Book of Comic Quotes Book Description:

With over 10,000 entries, arranged by topic and fully indexed, here is a giant new collection of witticisms and wisecracks for the 21st century. If you're looking for a bon mot for an after-dinner talk, struggling to put the finishing touches to a wedding speech or just want to cheer yourself and your mates up, this fabulous fat book provides all you'll ever need. Entries range from insults, put-downs, gags and one-liners to homespun philosophy, witty proverbs, movie quotes and graffiti. Among the contributors featured are Woody Allen, Dave Barry, P. J. O'Rourke, Winston Churchill, Will Rogers, Jay Leno, P. G. Wodehouse, Bill Cosby, W. C. Fields, Oscar Wilde, Spike Milligan, Groucho Marx, George Bernard Shaw and many more. Never be stuck for a good line again! 'Always read something that will make you look good if you die in the middle of it.' P. J. O'Rourke 'I'm sure sex wouldn't be as rewarding as winning the World Cup. It's not that sex isn't good, but the World Cup is every four years and sex is not.' Ronaldo

The Mammoth Book of Best New Horror 2003

The Mammoth Book of Best New Horror 2003
Author : Stephen Jones
Publisher : Hachette UK
Total Pages : 512
Release : 2012-03-01
ISBN 10 : 9781780337166
ISBN 13 : 1780337167
Language : EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

The Mammoth Book of Best New Horror 2003 Book Description:

The finest exponents of horror fiction writing today, Neil Gaiman, China Mieville, Ramsey Campbell, Kim Newman, Graham Joyce, Paul McCauley, Stephen Gallagher, Caitlin R. Kiernan, Basil Cooper, Glen Hirshberg, Jay Russell, feature in the world's premier annual horror anthology series, another bumper showcase devoted exclusively to excellence in macabre fiction. To accompany the very best in short stories and novellas is the year's most comprehensive horror overview and contacts listing as well as a fascinating necrology.

The Mammoth Book of Best New SF 19

The Mammoth Book of Best New SF  19
Author : Gardner Dozois
Publisher : Hachette UK
Total Pages : 720
Release : 2012-03-01
ISBN 10 : 9781780337180
ISBN 13 : 1780337183
Language : EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

The Mammoth Book of Best New SF 19 Book Description:

The only essential annual SF collection Widely regarded as the benchmark anthology for every science fiction fan, The Mammoth Book of Best New SF 19 continues to uphold its standard of excellence with over two dozen stories from the previous year. This year's volume includes many bright young talents of science fiction, as well as a host of established masters. It covers every aspect of the genre - soft, hard, cyberpunk, cyber noir, anthropological, military and adventure. Also included is a thorough summation of the year and a recommended reading list.

The Mammoth Book of How it Happened World War I

The Mammoth Book of How it Happened  World War I
Author : Jon E. Lewis
Publisher : Hachette UK
Total Pages : 512
Release : 2012-03-01
ISBN 10 : 9781780337296
ISBN 13 : 1780337299
Language : EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

The Mammoth Book of How it Happened World War I Book Description:

The spectre of the Great War still haunts us. No other conflict so dramatically illustrates the waste of life, and the slaughter of innocents, as that of 1914-18. And none has so dramatically shaped the modern world: the Russian Revolution, the rise of Hitler, the break-up of Empire, the supremacy of America and World War II all stem from the four years of the 'war to end all wars'. Here is the eye-witness chronicle of that war, from the trenches of Flanders to the staff rooms of the Imperial Germany Army, from T. E. Lawrence in the desert to the 'Red Baron' in the air, from Land Girls in England to German U-boat crews in the Atlantic, it leaves nothing out. And if all the horror of the war fought by the Tommies in the trenches is captured, so too are the machinations of the 'top brass' and politicians.

The Mammoth Book of Best New SF 16

The Mammoth Book of Best New SF 16
Author : Gardner Dozois
Publisher : Hachette UK
Total Pages : 512
Release : 2011-08-04
ISBN 10 : 9781780332642
ISBN 13 : 1780332645
Language : EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

The Mammoth Book of Best New SF 16 Book Description:

Michael Swanwick, Geoff Ryman, Allen Steele, Nancy Kress, Robert Reed, Michael Cassott, Charles Stross are just some of the high-profile names that feature in this volume of what is now regarded as essential reading for every science-fiction fan. This year's edition includes not just the biggest names in science-fiction writing but also many of its other brightest young talents too, as well as even more stories than ever before. All this, and the usual thorough summations of the year, plus a list of recommended reading, more than upholds an established tradition of value and excellence.