The land of Terre d´Ange is a place of unsurpassing beauty and grace. It is said that angels found the land and saw it was good...and the ensuing race that rose from the seed of angels and men live by one simple rule: Love as thou wilt. Phèdre nó Delaunay is a young woman who was born with a scarlet mote in her left eye. Sold into indentured servitude as a child, her bond is purchased by Anafiel Delaunay, a nobleman with very a special mission...and the first one to recognize who and what she is: one pricked by Kushiel´s Dart, chosen to forever experience pain and pleasure as one. Phèdre is trained equally in the courtly arts and the talents of the bedchamber but, above all, the ability to observe, remember, and analyze. Almost as talented a spy as she is courtesan, Phèdre stumbles upon a plot that threatens the very foundations of her homeland. Treachery sets her on her path; love and honor goad her further. And in the doing, it will take her to the edge of despair...and beyond. Hateful friend, loving enemy, beloved assassin; they can all wear the same glittering mask in this world, and Phèdre will get but one chance to save all that she holds dear.Set in a world of cunning poets, deadly courtiers, heroic traitors, and a truly Machiavellian villainess, this is a novel of grandeur, luxuriance, sacrifice, betrayal, and deeply laid conspiracies. Not since Dune has there been an epic on the scale of Kushiel´s Dart - a massive tale about the violent death of an old age and the birth of a new. 1. Language: English. Narrator: Anne Flosnik. Audio sample: http://samples.audible.de/bk/tant/000910de/bk_rhde_002536_sample.mp3. Digital audiobook in aax.
This french Art Deco chandelier was designed in France during the 1920s. It is signed Degue French 1920-1930. Made from bronze and molded frosted glass, it holds four Degué signed molded panels in a stylized floral cornucopia pattern in thick moulded satin pressed glass, representative of the Degué´s style. The four shades are represented in a satin amber color with a typical Art Deco pattern of roses and leaves. The bronze frame is decorated with art deco motifs that matches the glass Verrerie D´Art Degue is the company of David Guéron producing Art Deco luxury art-glass & lighting from 1926 till 1936. It is in good and working condition, there are some minor chips on edges of the shades (see pictures).
These table lamps were made using the Sommerso technique on blown Murano glass. The glass is in an aubergine, clear, and Marcassite color. The lamps´ surfaces are all ground by hand with a difficult technique obtained with wheels, to create an effect that is called ´Battuto´ in Italian. There are two adjustable external bulb holders that can be put up and down and one bulb inside the metal bowl that creates an indirect light. The bulbs have separate switches so it is possible to light only the two outside, only the one inside the bowl, or the both together.
- This pair of Sommerso table lamps are made from Murano glass in a dark-aubergine color and ´´´´Transparent Marcassite´´´´ color - Complex structure in brass - Signed with the Seguso Vetri d´Arte label - Two Directional bulbs outside (the holders can be put up and down) and one bulb inside the metal white lacquered bowl to create indirect light - Separate switches - Possible to light only the two outside or only the one inside the shade or both - The shades are new
Far out in the ocean the water is as blue as the petals of the loveliest cornflower, and as clear as the purest glass. But it is very deep too. It goes down deeper than any anchor rope will go, and many, many steeples would have to be stacked one on top of another to reach from the bottom to the surface of the sea. It is down there that the sea folk live. Now dont suppose that there are only bare white sands at the bottom of the sea. No indeed! The most marvelous trees and flowers grow down there, with such pliant stalks and leaves that the least stir in the water makes them move about as though they were alive. All sorts of fish, large and small, dart among the branches, just as birds flit through the trees up here. From the deepest spot in the ocean rises the palace of the sea king. Its walls are made of coral and its high pointed windows of the clearest amber, but the roof is made of mussel shells that open and shut with the tide. This is a wonderful sight to see, for every shell holds glistening pearls, any one of which would be the pride of a queens crown.
´´Perhaps it is easy for those who have never felt the stinging darts of segregation to say, ´Wait.´ But...when you suddenly find your tongue twisted and your speech stammering as you seek to explain to your six year old daughter why she can´t go to the public amusement park that has just been advertised on television, and see tears welling up in her eyes when she is told that Funtown is closed to colored children, and see ominous clouds of inferiority beginning to form in her little mental sky...when you are forever fighting a degenerating sense of ´nobodiness´ - then you will understand why we find it difficult to wait.´´ - Martin Luther King, Jr. - from Letter from Birmingham Jail, April, 1963. ´´I have a dream that one day this nation will rise up and live out the true meaning of its creed: ´We hold these truths to be self-evident: that all men are created equal.´...I have a dream that my four little children will one day live in a nation where they will not be judged by the color of their skin but by the content of their character.´´ - Martin Luther King, Jr., from his I Have a Dream Speech, August, 1963. Dr. King has waited long enough! It´s time for us to come together and make his dream come true. Roberta Grimes is a small-business attorney and an afterlife researcher. Kelley Glover is a singer and music instructor whose ´´U BETTER Sing!´´ program teaches children the joy of sight-singing from the heart. We hope you will join us in coming together to end forever all racial divisions. Dr. King´s dream still beckons to us. Now the future can begin! 1. Language: English. Narrator: Roberta Grimes, Kelley Glover. Audio sample: http://samples.audible.de/bk/acx0/083138de/bk_rhde_002536_sample.mp3. Digital audiobook in aax.
A thrilling tale of encounters with nature´s masters of biochemistry. In Venomous, molecular biologist Christie Wilcox investigates venoms and the animals that use them, revealing how they work, what they do to the human body, and how they can revolutionize biochemistry and medicine today. Wilcox takes us from the coast of Indonesia to the rainforests of Peru in search of the secrets of these mysterious animals. We encounter jellyfish that release microscopic venom-packed darts known to kill humans in just two minutes, a two-inch caterpillar with toxic bristles that trigger hemorrhaging throughout the body, and a stunning blue-ringed octopus with saliva capable of inducing total paralysis. How could an animal as simple as a jellyfish evolve such an intricate, deadly poison? And how can a snake possess enzymes that tear through tissue yet leave its own body unscathed? Wilcox meets the fearless scientists who often risk their lives studying these lethal beasts to find out and puts her own life on the line to examine these species up close. Drawing on her own research on venom chemistry and evolution, she also shows how venom is helping us untangle the complex mechanisms of some of our most devastating diseases. Venomous reveals that the animals we fear the most actually hold the keys to a deeper understanding of evolution, adaptation, and immunity. Thrilling and surprising at every turn, Venomous will change the way you think about our natural world. 1. Language: English. Narrator: Emily Rankin. Audio sample: http://samples.audible.de/bk/rand/004724de/bk_rhde_002536_sample.mp3. Digital audiobook in aax.