The Japanese Fairy Book represents a collection if twenty-two Japanese legends and fairy tales about peasants and kings, good and evil sides of life, princesses and princes, love and hate, animals, the sea, and the sky and the nature. The book will be loved by everyone including not only children but also adults interested in Asian and Japanese literature as it is a deserving representative of this literature. One of the stories, for example, is called The Farmer and The Badger and it narrates about an old farmer and his life who lived high in the mountains far away from the town. They did not have any neighbors except a bad badger who used to come to the farmer's field every night and damage the plants to which the farmer devoted a lot of time. The father tolerated this for a long time as he had a kind heart but this could not last forever and he decided to stop it. The farmer waited for a badger with a large club for a long time but could not catch. Then he tried making traps for the animal and eventually the badger got into one of the holes dug by the farmer. The farmer was very happy about it and he took the badger to his house and asked his wife to look after the badger and not to let it to escape while the farmer was working in his field. The badger realized that he might become a soup in the evening and started to think of the ways out...
David and the Phoenix is a children's novel published in 1957 telling about a boy traveling with a magical bird Phoenix. This is the first story created by Edward Ormondroyd who became popular almost immediately. David, the main character of the novel, starts his adventures in the magical world when he moves to a new house situated very close to the mountains. One day he climbs the mountain and on its peak he sees Phoenix. David gets scared; Phoenix is frightened as well as it hides from Scientist. Phoenix likes a young boy so he decides to open many mysteries to him. The problem appears when the bird realized that it cannot flight because his wings are flabby after sitting on the mountain for a long time. But David helps Phoenix recall how to fly and the adventures begin. Phoenix takes David to meet Gryffins, one of the most wonderful races that inhabit the magical world whcih also include Gryffons, and Gryffens. On their way they meet a Witch. During their first journey they does not meet Gryffins but get acquainted with Gryffons, and Gryffens who get angry with Phoenix who has brought a human to the magical world and sentence him to death. After escaping from captivity, Phoenix flies to see the Witch and David goes to find Scientist. The adventures go further and further and keep both children and their parents attentive and carried-away.
Animal Ghosts by O'donnell Elliott is a real find and comfort for those who lost their loved pet. The book confirms the reader that a dead pet is not gone at all, there is an afterlife, and pets after death return as ghosts. Animal Ghosts helps in finding the way to communicate with the ghost of an animal, so that man in grief would feel that his precious pet still lives on. There are separate chapters for cats, dogs, birds, farm and wild animals. Here you can read several stories of the people who communicated with their dead pets.
Perhaps not so many people know the wonderful and very thoughtful works of Octavius Winslow but everyone who meets the valuable world of his ideas, discovers something new and very important for himself. The Precious Things of God is one of the best books written by Octavius Winslow. Despite the fact that it appeared a long time ago and is filled with old worlds, it is pretty easy to understand the main idea and details because the most important thing is to read this work with your heart. You have to feel every word and then you understand every idea. In this book the author is trying to open readers' eyes on the truths and promises of God. The idea that it is extremely important for each person to build his/her own relationship with God runs through the whole book. The book is written in classical style of the 19th century so it would be extremely interesting to dive into that time and see what great thinkers and philosophers thought about religion and person's connection with God.
This impeccably structured novel revolves around Milo Weaver and his battles for identity and meaning within the world of "Tourism". Forget digital cameras and souvenirs, however; Weaver and his colleagues travel the world on behalf of a clandestine US intelligence agency, combatting global organized crime, terrorists and other miscellaneous enemies of the United States. We first meet Weaver as a burned out shell of a man, whose soul is being destroyed by what the job demands of him. Its early pages dart back and forth across a six-year-timespan, introducing us to key characters in the drama to follow, from fellow Tourists to his boss Tom Grainger, from the woman he loves and marries to the woman whose investigation into the death of a hired killer Weaver has been hunting, nicknamed the Tiger, threatens to derail his fragile happiness.
Each of those characters is carefully drawn and feels as vivid and 'real' as does Milo himself in his struggle to extricate himself from a trap to implicate him in murder and treason. Who orchestrates that conspiracy, for what reason and how it is resolved is at the heart of the plot. Steinhauer never strikes a false note in his writing or cuts corners in the intricate plot. Early on, as Milo muses about his profession, "the truth was that intelligence work seldom, if ever, ran in straight lines. Facts accumulated, many of them useless, some connecting and then disconnecting." Steinhauer, however, keeps each fact relevant, and carefully scatters clues to the novel's denouement along the path that the reader will follow. Never, however, does the outcome feel inevitable or predictable; nor are the clues so opaque that the reader feels frustrated or irritated.