• Fiction

The Mona Lisa Sacrifice

Book One of The Book of Cross
Author: Peter Roman
Publisher: ChiZine
ISBN: 1771481463
Category: Fiction
Page: 225
View: 2217
For thousands of years, Cross has wandered the earth, a mortal soul trapped in the undying body left behind by Christ. He’s been a thief, a con man, a soldier and a drunkard. He’s fought as a slave in the Colosseum and as a knight at King Arthur’s side. But now he must play the part of reluctant hero, as an angel comes to him for help finding the Mona Lisa—the real Mona Lisa that inspired the painting. Cross’s quest takes him into a secret world within our own, populated by characters just as strange and wondrous as he is: gorgons and dead gods hidden away in museums; faeries that live in countryside pubs, trapping and enslaving unwary travellers; and super-rich collectors who trade magical artifacts among themselves. He’s haunted by memories of Penelope, the only woman he truly loved, and he wants to avenge her death at the hands of his ancient enemy, Judas, a forgotten god from an ancient time. The angel promises to deliver Judas to Cross, but nothing is ever what it seems when Judas is involved, and when a group of renegade angels looking for a new holy war show up, things truly go to hell.

    • Self-Help

The Mona Lisa Stratagem

The Art of Women, Age, and Power
Author: Harriet Rubin
Publisher: Grand Central Publishing
ISBN: 0446536504
Category: Self-Help
Page: 256
View: 1036
Around the time a woman reaches 45, there is one enemy with the power to threaten her confidence, steal her beauty, make her feel invisible, and turn even the pleasures of life against her. That enemy is Time. Most women feel that an essential part of them dies when their youth is gone, yet the reality is women can grow more beautiful, experience new pleasures, and accomplish their best work later in life. Now, taking inspiration from a masterpiece of female beauty, mystery, and immortality, Leonardo Da Vinci's Mona Lisa, Harriet Rubin reveals a powerful stratagem for finding happiness and fulfillment in midlife and beyond. Interweaving stories of iconic women throughout history, Rubin codifies ten tactics--including how to be noticed, how to create circles of influence with you at the center, and how to express talents that have been ripening over decades. In the process, she uncovers the key to mature power, the highest art of leadership.

    • Fiction

The Apocalypse Ark

Book Three of the Book of Cross
Author: Peter Roman
Publisher: ChiZine
ISBN: 1771483784
Category: Fiction
Page: 280
View: 7930
In the third Cross book, the immortal angel killer Cross faces his most dangerous enemy yet: Noah. For ages Noah has sailed the seas, seeking out all of God's mistakes and imprisoning them on his ark. Noah is not humanity's saviour but is instead God's jailer. But he has grown increasingly mad over the centuries, and now he is determined to end the world by raising the mysterious Sunken City. Only one person can stop him: Cross. The Apocalypse Ark is an epic chase around the world and through history and myth as Cross races to stop Noah from finding the Sunken City. He's joined by a few old friends, such as Alice from the Alice in Wonderland tales, and several new characters make memorable appearances as well: Captain Nemo and his crew of Atlanteans aboard the submarine the Nautilus; the sorcerous pirate Blackbeard, who has sworn revenge upon Cross; the devilish angel Sariel, whose sacred duty is to protect God's Bible; and the eerie and mysterious Ishmael, who may be the key to the world's salvation—or its damnation. Cross must find a way to bring them all together to stop Noah or the world will drown in madness. Peter Roman is the pseudonym of Peter Darbyshire, who is known for Please, The Warhol Gang, and the Book of Cross series with The Mona Lisa Sacrifice and The Dead Hamlets.

    • Fiction

Mona Lisa Overdrive

A Novel
Author: William Gibson
Publisher: Spectra
ISBN: 0307831191
Category: Fiction
Page: 320
View: 3835
William Gibson, author of the extraordinary multiaward-winning novel Neuromancer, has written his most brilliant and thrilling work to date . . .The Mona Lisa Overdrive. Enter Gibson's unique world—lyric and mechanical, sensual and violent, sobering and exciting—where multinational corporations and high tech outlaws vie for power, traveling into the computer-generated universe known as cyberspace. Into this world comes Mona, a young girl with a murky past and an uncertain future whose life is on a collision course with internationally famous Sense/Net star Angie Mitchell. Since childhood, Angie has been able to tap into cyberspace without a computer. Now, from inside cyberspace, a kidnapping plot is masterminded by a phantom entity who has plans for Mona, Angie, and all humanity, plans that cannot be controlled . . . or even known. And behind the intrigue lurks the shadowy Yazuka, the powerful Japanese underworld, whose leaders ruthlessly manipulate people and events to suit their own purposes . . . or so they think.

    • Fiction

Chasing Mona Lisa

A Novel
Author: Tricia Goyer,Mike Yorkey
Publisher: Baker Books
ISBN: 0800720466
Category: Fiction
Page: 336
View: 5426
In August 1944, Swiss OSS agents Gabi Mueller and Eric Hofstadler battle against Nazi forces to prevent Gèoring seizing the Mona Lisa.

    • Fiction

The Book of Cross Omnibus


Author: Peter Roman
Publisher: ChiZine Publications
ISBN: 1771484276
Category: Fiction
Page: 894
View: 311
Cross is a killer, a thief, a soldier and a drunk. He’s also an immortal soul with the powers of an angel, even though he’s fallen as hell. And he may be the only one who can save the world. This collection brings together the first three books of the Cross series. In The Mona Lisa Sacrifice, Cross has wandered the world for centuries, until he is drawn into a modern-day war between the angels over the fate of humanity. The Dead Hamlets finds Cross in a race against time to solve the mystery of why a strange and deadly ghost is haunting plays put on by the faerie court, before his eerie, undead daughter becomes the next victim. And The Apocalypse Ark sees Cross trying to make up for past sins by chasing down Noah, who has gone mad and sails the seas in search of the Sunken City, which he plans to raise in order to unleash the end of the world. Cross is accompanied by a cast of characters as strange and fantastic as he is: the faerie queen Morgana; the quirky and unpredictable Alice, escapee of Wonderland; Captain Nemo and his crew of Atlanteans; a legion of angels who all have their own reasons to want Cross dead; and the ancient trickster god Judas, who is waging his own secret wars through the ages. This collection includes two new stories never before published: “A Different Kind of Wolf,” and “The World Will Drown in Tears,” finding Cross caught up again in ancient struggles that only he seems destined to mitigate. Read the Cross series today and find out why people are calling it “one of the strongest, and strangest, literary creations,” “deliriously unhinged” and “two-fisted, angel-punching action.”

    • Fiction

The Dead Hamlets

Book Two of the Book of Cross
Author: Peter Roman
Publisher: ChiZine
ISBN: 1771483172
Category: Fiction
Page: 200
View: 2497
Book two in the “Book of Cross” series. Something is rotten in the court of the faerie queen. A deadly spirit is killing off the faerie, and it has mysterious ties to Shakespeare’s play, HAMLET. The only one who can stop it is the immortal Cross, a charming rogue who also happens to be a drunk, a thief, and an angel killer. He is no friend of the faerie since they stole his daughter and made her one of their own. When it appears she may be the next victim of the haunting, though, he must race against time to save her. He encounters an eccentric and deadly cast of characters along the way: the real Witches of Macbeth, the undead playwright/demon hunter Christopher Marlowe, an eerie Alice from the Alice in Wonderland books, a deranged and magical scholar—and a very supernatural William Shakespeare. When Cross discovers a startling secret about the origins of HAMLET itself, he finds himself trapped in a ghost story even he may not be able to escape alive.

    • Fiction

The Vanishing of the Mona Lisa

A Novel
Author: Martin Caparros
Publisher: Simon and Schuster
ISBN: 9781416579434
Category: Fiction
Page: 352
View: 5554
On August 22, 1911, the world was shocked by an audacious crime: Leonardo da Vinci's Mona Lisa was stolen from the Louvre. Although some people suspected subversive artists like Picasso or Apollinaire of perpetrating the theft, no arrests were made. Two years later, an Italian named Vincenzo Perugia was detained after attempting to sell the Mona Lisa to an antiques dealer in Florence -- but the mystery of the theft itself was never satisfactorily resolved. In his spellbinding novel Valfierno, Martín Caparrós tackles this enigma, presenting us with a fascinating criminal unable to go to his grave without divulging the details of his outrageous heist. In tantalizing conversations with an American journalist, the Marqués de Valfierno sheds light on his past secrets, including his sordid origins as Bollino, son of a Buenos Aires servant woman, a man ultimately transformed into the most notorious con artist in the world. A sly and consummate entertainer, Valfierno reveals the shifting identities of the anonymous Argentine boy who has gone on to become a veritable artist, creating for himself the perfect role of wealthy aristocrat in Belle Époque Paris as he prepares for his crime. Featuring an engaging cat-and-mouse drama and unforgettable characters, Valfierno is a brilliant fictional-ization of the greatest theft of the twentieth century, as well as a compelling psychological portrait of a true mastermind. Valfierno, Caparrós's eighth novel, won the prestigious Premio Planeta award in 2004.

    • Fiction

Things Withered


Author: Susie Moloney
Publisher: ChiZine
ISBN: 1771481625
Category: Fiction
Page: 300
View: 2117
The first story collection from this award-winning author. A middle-aged realtor tries to get ahead any way she can. A bad girl pays for cheating with a married man. A wife with a dark past lives in fear of being exposed. The bad acts of a little old lady come home to roost. A young man with no direction finds power behind the wheel of a haunted truck. From behind the pretty drapes of the average suburban home, madness peers out. Nine stories of suburban darkness prove that life can turn on you, or you can turn on it.

    • Fiction

Mona Lisa Awakening


Author: Sunny
Publisher: Penguin
ISBN: 144062450X
Category: Fiction
Page: 272
View: 5439
A smoldering debut novel. From the time she was a child, Mona Lisa knew she was different?but she never knew how different until a man of otherworldly beauty entered her life.

    • Fiction

The Apocalypse Ark

Book Three of the Book of Cross
Author: Peter Roman
Publisher: ChiZine
ISBN: 1771483784
Category: Fiction
Page: 280
View: 1850
In the third Cross book, the immortal angel killer Cross faces his most dangerous enemy yet: Noah. For ages Noah has sailed the seas, seeking out all of God's mistakes and imprisoning them on his ark. Noah is not humanity's saviour but is instead God's jailer. But he has grown increasingly mad over the centuries, and now he is determined to end the world by raising the mysterious Sunken City. Only one person can stop him: Cross. The Apocalypse Ark is an epic chase around the world and through history and myth as Cross races to stop Noah from finding the Sunken City. He's joined by a few old friends, such as Alice from the Alice in Wonderland tales, and several new characters make memorable appearances as well: Captain Nemo and his crew of Atlanteans aboard the submarine the Nautilus; the sorcerous pirate Blackbeard, who has sworn revenge upon Cross; the devilish angel Sariel, whose sacred duty is to protect God's Bible; and the eerie and mysterious Ishmael, who may be the key to the world's salvation—or its damnation. Cross must find a way to bring them all together to stop Noah or the world will drown in madness. Peter Roman is the pseudonym of Peter Darbyshire, who is known for Please, The Warhol Gang, and the Book of Cross series with The Mona Lisa Sacrifice and The Dead Hamlets.

    • Art

Mona Lisa

A Life Discovered
Author: Dianne Hales
Publisher: Simon and Schuster
ISBN: 1451658974
Category: Art
Page: 336
View: 5620
A genius immortalized her. A French king paid a fortune for her. An emperor coveted her. Every year more than 9 million visitors trek to view her portrait in the Louvre. Yet while everyone recognizes her smile, hardly anyone knows her story. Mona Lisa: A Life Discovered, a blend of biography, history, and memoir, truly is a book of discovery-about the world's most recognized face, most revered artist, and most praised and parodied painting. Who was she, this ordinary woman who rose to such extraordinary fame? Why did the most renowned painter of her time choose her as his model? What became of her? And why does her smile enchant us still? Lisa Gherardini (1479-1542) was a quintessential woman of her times, caught in a whirl of political upheavals, family dramas, and public scandals. Her life spanned the most tumultuous chapters in the history of Florence-and of the greatest artistic outpouring the world has ever seen. Her story creates an extraordinary tapestry of Renaissance Florence, with larger-than-legend figures such as Leonardo da Vinci, Michelangelo, and Machiavelli. In Mona Lisa: A Life Discovered, Dianne Hales takes readers with her to meet Lisa's descendants; uncover her family's long and colourful history; and explore the neighbourhoods where she lived as a girl, a wife, and a mother.

Forever...


Author: Monalisa Lobato
Publisher: N.A
ISBN: 9780996743402
Category:
Page: 402
View: 9932
What would you do to save the person you love most? Would you die for the one you love? Would you kill for the one you love? When Nicolas first saw Mia, he didn't realize his life would change forevermore. What he did realize, is he was deeply in love with her. Until one day, their life and dreams are shattered and Nicolas is forced to search for a cure to save Mia. His journey takes him to Mia's ancestral town of Murcia Spain where he will find what he needs or will be forced to sacrifice all that he holds dear...

    • Fiction

Mona Lisa Craving

A Novel of the Monere
Author: Sunny
Publisher: Penguin
ISBN: 9780425217450
Category: Fiction
Page: 273
View: 2904
Mona Lisa, a Monere woman, is drawn to Dante, the warrior son of a healer, who had been cursed by a high priestess to endure a never-ending cycle of life and death and who wants nothing more than to die at Mona Lisa's hands.

Been So Long


Author: Adriene Thompson
Publisher: Adrienne Thompson
ISBN: N.A
Category:
Page: N.A
View: 897
The gang's back, picking up where they left off in Been So Long III. Mona is still struggling to trust her father. Cleo is still struggling to find hers. And Mona, Corey, and Wasif? Well, that's still complicated. Family, love, and drama... you'll find it all in Been So Long IV!

    • Juvenile Nonfiction

The Children of Willesden Lane

A True Story of Hope and Survival During World War II (Young Readers Edition)
Author: Mona Golabek,Lee Cohen
Publisher: Little, Brown Books for Young Readers
ISBN: 0316554871
Category: Juvenile Nonfiction
Page: 224
View: 4131
Fourteen-year-old Lisa Jura was a musical prodigy who hoped to become a concert pianist. But when Hitler's armies advanced on pre-war Vienna, Lisa's parents were forced to make a difficult decision. Able to secure passage for only one of their three daughters through the Kindertransport, they chose to send gifted Lisa to London for safety. As she yearned to be reunited with her family while she lived in a home for refugee children on Willesden Lane, Lisa's music became a beacon of hope. A memoir of courage, survival, and the power of music to uplift the human spirit, this compelling tribute to one special young woman and the lives she touched will both educate and inspire young readers. Featuring line art throughout and B&W photos.

    • Fiction

The Mountain Story

A Novel
Author: Lori Lansens
Publisher: Simon and Schuster
ISBN: 1476786623
Category: Fiction
Page: 320
View: 2848
Four lost hikers are about to discover they’re capable of something extraordinary. Nola has gone up the mountain to commemorate her wedding anniversary, the first since her beloved husband passed. Blonde, stick-thin Bridget is training for a triathalon. Vonn is working out her teenage rebellion at eight thousand feet, driven by family obligation and the urge to escape her mistakes. Still reeling from the tragic accident that robbed him of his best friend, Wolf Truly is the only experienced hiker among them, but he has come to the cliffs on his eighteenth birthday without food or supplies because he plans to take his own life. When a series of missteps strands this unusual group together in the wilderness, they soon realize that their only defense against the brutality of nature is one another. As one day without rescue spirals dramatically into the next, and misadventure turns to nightmare, these four broken souls begin to form an inextricable bond, pushing themselves and one another further than they ever could have dreamed possible. The three who make it home alive will be forever changed by their harrowing days on the mountain. From the New York Times bestselling author of The Girls, The Mountain Story is a fast-paced, suspenseful adventure and a gorgeous tribute to the resilience of the human spirit. Braving a landscape both unforgivingly harsh and breathtakingly beautiful, Nola, Bridget, Vonn, and Wolf find themselves faced with an impossible question: How much will they sacrifice for a stranger?

    • Fiction

Lucinda, Dangerously


Author: Sunny
Publisher: Penguin
ISBN: 1101148616
Category: Fiction
Page: 304
View: 9871
Soon after returning to the world of the living with her two bondmates, demon princess Lucinda is kidnapped and imprisoned by her enemy, Derek. He brings her back to a hidden outland in Hell, a bleak and desolate landscape riddled with disfigured rejects. At first enraged by Lucinda?s new abilities, Derek soon realizes that he may have just stumbled upon a way to regain his power?and Lucinda?s new life is the sacrifice.

    • Art, Renaissance

Leonardo and the Last Supper


Author: Ross King
Publisher: A&C Black
ISBN: 0747599475
Category: Art, Renaissance
Page: 336
View: 2124
Milan, 1496 and forty-four-year-old Leonardo da Vinci has a reputation for taking on commissions and failing to complete them. He is in a state of professional uncertainty and financial difficulty. For eighteen months he has been painting murals in both the Sforza Castle in Milan and the refectory of the convent of Santa Maria delle Grazie. The latter project will become the Last Supper, a complex mural that took a full three years to complete on a surface fifteen feet high by twenty feet wide. Not only had he never attempted a painting of such size, but he had no experience whatsoever in painting in the physically demanding medium of fresco.For more than five centuries the Last Supper has been an artistic, religious and cultural icon. The art historian Kenneth Clark has called it 'the keystone of European art', and for a century after its creation it was regarded as nothing less than a miraculous image. Even today, according to Clark, we regard the painting as 'more a work of nature than a work of man'. And yet there is a very human story behind this artistic 'miracle', which was created against the backdrop of momentous events both in Milan and in the life of Leonardo himself.In Leonardo and the Last Supper, Ross King tells the complete story of this creation of this mural: the adversities suffered by the artist during its execution; the experimental techniques he employed; the models for Christ and the Apostles that he used; and the numerous personalities involved - everyone from the Leonardo's young assistants to Ludovico Sforza, the Duke of Milan who commissioned the work. Ross King's new book is both a record of Leonardo da Vinci's last five years in Milan and a 'biography' of one of the most famous works of art ever painted.

    • Art

But Is It Art?: An Introduction to Art Theory


Author: Cynthia Freeland
Publisher: OUP Oxford
ISBN: 0191504254
Category: Art
Page: 254
View: 1646
In today's art world many strange, even shocking, things qualify as art. In this book, Cynthia Freeland explains why innovation and controversy are valued in the arts, weaving together philosophy and art theory with many fascinating examples. She discusses blood, beauty, culture, money, museums, sex, and politics, clarifying contemporary and historical accounts of the nature, function, and interpretation of the arts. Freeland also propels us into the future by surveying cutting-edge web sites, along with the latest research on the brain's role in perceiving art. This clear, provocative book engages with the big debates surrounding our responses to art and is an invaluable introduction to anyone interested in thinking about art.