"Enter the future ... where reborn dinosaurs and guano-powered Cadillacs roam Earth's plains Where mankind struggles to accommodate itself, to, rather than dominate, nature. Where the naturist shaman Jack Tenrec and the scientist Hannah Dundee search for answers, both to the mysteries of this strange age and to why, when they are so opposed philosophically, they are so attracted to each other."--Back cover
For thousands of years, healers have used plants to cure illness. Aspirin, the world's most widely used drug, is based on compounds originally extracted from the bark of a willow tree, and more than a quarter of medicines found on pharmacy shelves contain plant compounds. Now Western medicine, faced with health crises such as AIDS, Alzheimer's disease, and cancer, has begun to look to the healing plants used by indigenous peoples to develop powerful new medicines. Nowhere is the search more promising than in the Amazon, the world's largest tropical forest, home to a quarter of all botanical species on this planet—as well as hundreds of Indian tribes whose medicinal plants have never been studied by Western scientists. In Tales of a Shaman's Apprentice, ethnobotanist Mark J. Plotkin recounts his travels and studies with some of the most powerful Amazonian shamans, who taught him the plant lore their tribes have spent thousands of years gleaning from the rain forest. For more than a decade, Dr. Plotkin has raced against time to harvest and record new plants before the rain forests' fragile ecosystems succumb to overdevelopment—and before the Indians abandon their own culture and learning for the seductive appeal of Western material culture. Tales of a Shaman's Apprentice relates nine of the author's quests, taking the reader along on a wild odyssey as he participates in healing rituals; discovers the secret of curare, the lethal arrow poison that kills in minutes; tries the hallucinogenic snuff epena that enables the Indians to speak with their spirit world; and earns the respect and fellowship of the mysterious shamans as he proves that he shares both their endurance and their reverence for the rain forest. Mark Plotkin combines the Darwinian spirit of the great writer-explorers of the nineteenth century—curious, discursive, and rigorously scientific—with a very modern concern for the erosion of our environment and the vanishing culture of native peoples.
The first of its kind, this annotated guide describes and evaluates more than 400 works in English. Rothschild's lively annotations discuss important features of each work-including the quality of the graphics, characterizations, dialogue, and the appropriate audience-and introduces mainstream readers to the variety and quality of graphic novels, helps them distinguish between classics and hackwork, and alerts experienced readers to material they may not have discovered. Designed for individuals who need information about graphic novels and for those interested in acquiring them, this book will especially appeal to librarians, booksellers, bookstore owners, educators working with teen and reluctant readers, as well as to readers interested in this genre.
Dinosaur memories are hard to forget! Most who revel in the current renaissance in dinosaur science, art, fiction and movies, or who enjoy the other appealing prehistoric animals so well popularized by the media have fond recollections of what it was like “growing up dinosaur.” Together with wife Diane and his father Allen G. Debus, Allen A. Debus unveils treasured dinosaur memories and stories about prehistoric animals and paleo-people, spanning from the cold-blooded dinosaur ‘era,’ to the modern wave dinosaur renaissance. Beginning with fondly recalled roadtrips to prehistoric places where T. rex still reigns, Dinosaur Memories ventures into the realm of thunder beasts and explores the rich ‘pop-cultural’ appeal of prehistoric animals. If you’ve ever collected dinosaurs, enjoyed fossil hunting or visits to see the old bones in museums, Dinosaur Memories is a book you’ll still recall years from now! Thirty-five chapters are grouped into seven sections titled, “Roads Into Prehistory,” “Thunder Beasts,” “Dinosaur Worlds,” “Fantasy Dinosaurs,” “Fossil Trickery,” “Paleo-people,” and “Rustlin’ up Dinos.”
Twenty thousand years ago, a savage reptilian race, known as Saurians, raised an army and attempted to defeat other races. Humans, giants, dragons, and elves all were attacked by the magic using carnivores. Many blood campaigns were fought before the Saurians were finally defeated and driven back underground. This tale of magic and fantasy will keep you spellbound as the adventure as the adventure unfolds.
THE SHAMAN WARRIOR is a classic book of magic and psychic exploration, much like the series of books by Carlos Castaneda and by Lynn Andrews. The author, a sociologist/anthropologist, first met Michael Fairwell, the shaman teacher she studied with, at a magical encampment, and much of Shaman Warrior consists of her descriptions of expeditions into the wilderness to work with Michael and other members of the group in contacting and communicating with the forces of nature. But she also highlights Michael's teachings of the principles of the shaman warrior way, provided in a series of ten lessons by Michael. These cover such topics as "seeing" into other realities, directing and stepping into dreams, projecting one's consciousness into other places and the future, getting in touch with one's inner voice, meeting one's ally, and working with trance, channeling, and ritual. Author Gini Graham Scott additionally sparks up the book with some of the interpersonal dynamics going on in the group of students she studied with. "Finally, a book which brings Shamanism to ALL people, women as well as men. Long overdue. A great work."-Susan B. White, Cyber-Shaman "Dr. Scott's book is an excellent text in teaching us that every man and every woman is a Star and that each of us has a right to practice our own Magick."-Christopher S. Hyatt, PhD, Magical Blend "Shaman Warrior is an intriguing breakthrough book in the field of magic and psychic exploration, much like the series of books by Carlos Castaneda and by Lynn Andrews The book is definitely an exciting read, and one can see Scott taking her place soon besides Castaneda, Andrews, and others who have been reporting on their continuing experience with modern shamans."-Frances Ling, Magical Blend
Secrets Of The Shaman is a follow-up book to The Shaman Warrior, in which the author, Gini Graham Scott, a sociologist/anthropologist, describes her experiences in studying personally with Michael Fairwell, the shaman teacher she first met at a magical encampment. After she joined his group and studied with them in Northern California, as described in The Shaman Warrior, she met with Michael Fairwell and some of his students for advanced training in the L.A. area. The book describes how she participated in a variety of exercises and lessons, from working with altered states of consciousness and raising and manipulating subtle energies to working with intention and creating gateways into other dimensions.
First in the sci-fi series “packed with exotic beings, ancient secrets, and futuristic worlds” from the New York Times–bestselling author (The Portalist). As Cluster opens, the alien envoy Pnotl of Sphere Knyfh seeks help from Sphere Sol in a shared galactic‐level crisis: Galaxy Andromeda has discovered the secret of energy transfer and intends to use it to steal the basic energy of the Milky Way Galaxy. Knyfh offers the secret of aura transfer on the understanding that Sphere Sol will spread the technology to help create a galactic coalition to find and defeat agents of Andromeda. Sol's highest‐Kirlian individual is Flint, a green‐skinned native of Outworld, who has a Kirlian aura of two hundred, an eidetic memory (useful for memorizing the complex equations of Kirlian transfer that he will need to communicate to other spheres). He has extraordinary intelligence and is highly adaptable. His mission is complicated, however, by the fact that he is pursued everywhere by a very high Kirlian female Andromedan agent and, somehow, the Andromedans are able to detect and trace Kirlian transfers. Flint embarks upon several missions to bring transfer technology to neighboring spheres, inhabiting various alien forms. His efforts are successful despite attacks and sabotage by the Andromedan agent. Through the conflict, however, the mutual attraction of their two vastly superior auras begins to undermine their individual loyalty to their own Spheres. Flint and a group of other entities recover the information that will allow them to detect and trace transfers, and a member of the group is revealed as the Andromedan agent. One result is the catastrophic destruction of the local habitat. Flint and his nemesis are transferred into alien Mintakan bodies to survive. Choosing to leave things with parity between their two galaxies, Flint and the Andromedan mate and remain together until their auras fade (which happens rapidly, since their physical bodies have been destroyed).
The authors capture the leading edge of the comics industry with pricing from 1961 (Silver Age) to the present. Independent releases and hard-to-find editions, plus all the regular releases are covered in detail. 300 photos.
Includes, beginning Sept. 15, 1954 (and on the 15th of each month, Sept.-May) a special section: School library journal, ISSN 0000-0035, (called Junior libraries, 1954-May 1961). Also issued separately.
A collection of original dinosaur stories by such authors as Gene Wolfe, Melanie Rawn, Jennifer Roberson, Kristine Kathryn Rusch, Michelle West, Jane Yolen, and Mike Resnick includes an explanation of what really happened to the dinosaurs. Original.
This work provides an extensive guide for students, fans, and collectors of Marvel Comics. Focusing on Marvel's mainstream comics, the author provides a detailed description of each comic along with a bibliographic citation listing the publication's title, writers/artists, publisher, ISBN (if available), and a plot synopsis. One appendix provides a comprehensive alphabetical index of Marvel and Marvel-related publications to 2005, while two other appendices provide selected lists of Marvel-related game books and unpublished Marvel titles.
Describes the disease malaria, including history, cause, treatment breakthroughs, vaccines, and the impact of global climate change on outbreak patterns.
All of the grownups in Tib's prehistoric tribe know that the dinosaurs disappeared ages ago. So of course they don't believe that Tib has made friends with one. But Tumtum the dinosaur is very clever at hiding from grownups. When the friendly red dino saves the tribe's kids from a pack of hungry wolves while the startled adults look on, the shaman decides that perhaps it's time to welcome a dinosaur into the tribe.
Come Quiet Your Mind, Warm Your Heart, & Lift Your Spirit! We all need a book that we can reach for that will make us smile and cry and laugh in joy – words that can give us hope that we can survive the hard days that will come in anyone’s life. These pages will guide you to deeper levels of acceptance and letting go, no matter what's happening in your life. The Shaman & His Daughter takes us inside the world of a 35 year veteran master shamanic healer/spiritual teacher and his powerful apprentice daughter three years after a devastating loss. Their journey will inspire and touch you in a deep part of your soul. Through these 18 tender tales you’ll learn how to trust that there is always a way out of tragedy, out of the deepest sadness and a way out of not understanding why life can sometimes feel so unfair. Come Experience a Journey of Recovery, Hope, and Magic! What reviewers are saying: ★★★★★ “This is a book I will keep on my bedside to read over and over again." – D. Thaler ★★★★★ “The Shaman & His Daughter is a wonderful, heartwarming and insightful book.” – J. Renfro ★★★★★ “I have things I want to underline so I can go back quickly and receive the wisdom Gregory has shared.” – Gloria Larimar ★★★★★ “An Indescribably Beautiful Treasure of a Book.” -- Heather Uva ★★★★★ “So blessed with the heartwarming love, deep intimacy and sacred wisdom and sensitivity you have expertly shared in these pages. Hard to put down!!” – Chris Cago ★★★★★ “This book warms my soul and emboldens me to look further, dream bigger and DO more. Highly recommended!” – Angela Pugh ★★★★★ “Excellent and awe inspiring moments. Can't wait till the sequel!” – Marti Jo Caldwell ★★★★★ “This book completely enthralled me - I laughed, I cried and I held the book close to my heart as if it were one of Angel Girl's bear friends.” – C. Ward ★★★★★ “This was a beautiful and gentle book that I read all in one sitting.” – Mandy Spay The Shaman & His Daughter is a moving deeply emotional book. If you like stories of inner strength, spiritual warriors in-training, and the beauty of a powerful father/daughter bond, then you’ll love Gregory Drambour’s inspiring saga. Buy The Shaman & His Daughter to discover the real world of shamanism and the value it can bring to your life!