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Charlie and the Chocolate Factory

Charlie and the Chocolate Factory

Illustrator Michael Foreman
Author Roald Dahl
Year 1988 (first published 1964)
Publisher Puffin
ISBN 0-14-031824-0

“Greetings to you, the lucky finder of this Golden Ticket, from Mr Willy Wonka! I shake you warmly by the hand! Tremendous things are in store for you!”

The Golden Ticket allows Charlie to fulfil his dearest wish, to have a specially conducted tour of the mysterious chocolate factory, and who wouldn’t want to wander in a place which made Whipple-Scrumptious Fudgemallow Delight or Cavity-filling Caramels or Strawberry-Juice Water Pistols or Lickable Wallpaper for nurseries? But there are dangers in store as well, especially for such unlovable characters as Veruca Salt, who disappears down the Great Rubbish Chute, or Augustus Gloop who is swept away in a river of hot melted chocolate, or Violet Beauregarde who … but it’s all here in this famous story, waiting ‘to entrance, delight, intrigue, astonish and perplex you beyond measure’ just as it has delighted and astonished more than two million paperback readers already.

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The Colour of Magic

The Colour of Magic

Series Discworld
Illustrator
Josh Kirby
Author Terry Pratchett
Year 1985 (first published 1983)
Publisher Corgi
ISBN 978-0-552-12475-1

On a world supported on the back of a giant turtle (sex unknown), a gleeful, explosive, wickedly eccentric expedition sets out. There’s an avaricious but inept wizard, a naive tourist whose luggage moves on hundreds of dear little legs, dragons who only exist if you believe in them, and of course THE EDGE of the planet…

‘ONE OF THE BEST, AND ONE OF THE FUNNIEST ENGLISH AUTHORS ALIVE.’ Independent

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The Original Warm Fuzzy Tale

The Original Warm Fuzzy Tale

Illustrator Jo Ann Dick
Author Claude Steiner
Year 1980 (first published 1977)
Publisher Jalmar
ISBN 0-915190-08-7

A WARM FUZZY TALE

The Warm Fuzzy Tale was first published in 1970 and has since been reproduced and translated hundreds of thousands of times by people all over the world. The Fuzzy Tale has become a true folk tale which has penetrated the lives of many people far removed from its author. This is the first time that A Warm Fuzzy Tale has been fully illustrated in its original version. Continue reading

Crimson Crystal Adventure 1: Riddle of the Griffon

Riddle of the Griffon

Series Crimson Crystal Adventures (Endless Quest)
Illustrator Keith Parkinson (cover), Mario D. Macari, Gary Williams
Author Susan Lawson
Year 1985
Publisher TSR
ISBN 394-73979-5 / 0-88038-210-4

From the Producers of the DUNGEONS & DRAGONS® Game
PICK A PATH TO ADVENTURE™
RIDDLE OF THE GRIFFON

Forbidden to use your conjuring abilities, you now have the opportunity to rid your homeland of its oppressive ruler, Parthon. But to do so, you must leave the security of your father’s farm to face the gauntlet of the griffon and solve its riddle. Do you have the courage to pass this ultimate test of your new powers?

To help you on your quest, an old magic-user has given you a magical ruby, one of three powerful magic crystals. This special gem allows you to translate ancient messages, find hidden doorways, see through magical deception, and much more. It can show you many things, but take care or you might not see the truth that the stone reveals to you and find yourself in very real danger! Continue reading

The Complete Guide to Middle-Earth

The Complete Guide to Middle-Earth

Illustrator Linda Garland
Author Robert Foster
Year 1988 (first published 1978)
Publisher George Allen & Unwin
ISBN 0-04-803001-5

J. R. R. Tolkien’s fantasy works, The Hobbit, The Lord of the Rings and The Silmarillion have delighted millions of readers in recent years.

Middle-earth, the world in which the stories take place, is as real and complex as our own. Events, geography and names were created with care and loving attention by Tolkien, who wanted every single detail of his books to fit into their total pattern. A belief in perfection, the fun of the sub-creation and the desire to create something so totally convincing that the reader could believe in it (in a sense) as actual history, involved him in map-making, endless charts of dates and events and the development of his many invented languages. Continue reading

Analog Science Fiction and Fact – August 1989

Analog Science Fiction and Fact – August 1989

Illustrator Kelly Freas (cover)
Editor Stanley Schmidt
Year 1989
Publisher Davis

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Fighting Fantasy 29: Midnight Rogue

Midnight Rogue

Illustrator John Sibbick
Author Graeme Davis
Year 1987
Publisher Puffin
ISBN 0-14-032378-3

Danger lurks in every corner of Port Blacksand – infamous city of evil-doers!

YOU are an apprentice in the Thieves’ Guild of Port Blacksand. Tonight is the testing time, the climax of your training. Your mission is to find and steal a priceless gem, the Eye of the Basilisk, and the special skills you have learned will be tested to the limit!

Many terrors lie in wait in the darkness of this evil city’s backstreets and alleys. Will you be able to accomplish your dangerous task? You have until morning to prove yourself.

Two dice, a pencil and an eraser are all you need to set out on your mission. YOU decide which route to take, which creatures to fight and which dangers to risk.

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The Hobbit or There and Back Again

The Hobbit or There and Back Again

Illustrator J. R. R. Tolkien
Author J. R. R. Tolkien
Year 1980 (first published 1937)
Publisher George Allen & Unwin
ISBN 0-04-823154-1

The Hobbit is a tale of high adventure, undertaken by a company of dwarves, in search of dragon-guarded gold. A reluctant partner in this perilous quest is Bilbo Baggins, a comfort-loving, unambitious hobbit, who surprises even himself by his resourcefulness and skill as a burglar.

Encounters with trolls, goblins, dwarves, elves and giant spiders, conversations with the dragon, Smaug the Magnificent, and a rather unwilling presence at the Battle of the Five Armies are some of the adventures that befall Bilbo. But there are lighter moments as well: good fellowship, welcome meals, laughter and song.

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Triumph of the Darksword

Triumph of the Darksword

Series Darksword Trilogy
Illustrator
Larry Elmore (cover), Valerie A. Valusek
Author Margaret Weis and Tracy Hickman
Year 1988
Publisher Bantam Spectra
ISBN 0-553-27406-6

FROM THE BESTSELLING AUTHORS OF THE DRAGONLANCE LEGENDS

In a realm where magic is life, Joram was one of the Dead. Born without power, he was denied his royal birthright and sentenced to the Turning—his mind to be imprisoned inside a husk of living stone.

Yet at the last moment. Saryon took his place, suffering the eternal torment for his young master. And Joram and his wife Gwendolyn vanished into the mists that marked the Border of the World…

Now, ten years later, Joram and Gwendolyn have returned to reclaim their rightful place in Merilon. Wielding one last time the terrible, magic-thirsting Darksword, Joram must confront the evil sorcerer Menju and his army of Technologists from beyond the Border in a final apocalyptic battle.

Rejoined by Saryon, the mage Mosiah and Simkin, Joram will fulfill the ancient prophecy of the Darksword—the prophecy that puts in his hands the power to destroy the world…or save it.

TRIUMPH OF THE DARKSWORD – Volume III in the heroic saga of magic, betrayal and adventure, THE DARKSWORD TRILOGY.

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Also available Volume I: Forging the Darksword (1988)  Volume II: Doom of the Darksword (1988)

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Doom of the Darksword

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Series Darksword Trilogy
Illustrator
Larry Elmore (cover), Valerie A. Valusek
Author Margaret Weis and Tracy Hickman
Year 1988
Publisher Bantam Spectra
ISBN 0-553-27164-4

FROM THE BESTSELLING AUTHORS OF THE DRAGONLANCE LEGENDS

Born without magic, Joram was one of the Dead, denied the throne of Merilon. For years, he lived among outlaws, surviving by wit and sleight-of-hand.

Now, wielding the powerful, magic-absorbing Darksword, Joram returns to the enchanted Kingdom that once was his home to win revenge and claim his birthright. Here he will test Bishop Vanya and his fierce army of Duuk-tsarith in a battle unlike any their world has known.

Joined by the scholarly catalyst Saryon, the young mage Mosiah, and the trickster Simkin, Joram confronts the shattering secret of his past and discovers the ancient prophecy that puts the fate of the world in his hands—the hands that forged the Darksword.

DOOM OF THE DARKSWORD – Volume II in the heroic new saga of magic, deceit and adventure, THE DARKSWORD TRILOGY.

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Also available Volume I: Forging the Darksword (1988)  Volume III: Triumph of the Darksword (1988)

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The Road to the Rim/The Hard Way Up

The Road to the Rim/The Hard Way Up

Series John Grimes
Illustrator
Ken Barr
Author A. Bertram Chandler
Year 1981 (first published 1967/1972)
Publisher Ace
ISBN 0-441-73102-3

MEET JOHN GRIMES at the very beginning of a career that will lead him to fame and glory out at the edge of the galaxy, out where the laws of men are nonexistent, and those of nature itself are sometimes tenuous.

Someday Grimes will be a Commodore in the secessionist Rim Worlds Navy, but for now he is merely a very junior Lieutenant in another space navy entirely, that of the Federation. If he keeps his nose clean, one day he can be an Admiral in that Service; all he has to do is follow regulations regardless of the consequences, and obey orders regardless of whether they are right or wrong—and he is determined to do just that.

But being John Grimes, he will find it a more difficult task than he expects—especially when he must turn a blind eye to the piratical acts of the Waldegrenese Navy, or ignore the plight of a beauteous damsel in distress. That’s why, although he doesn’t know it yet, he is already on THE ROAD TO THE RIM.

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The Demon Hand

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Series Greyhawk Adventures
Illustrator
Clyde Caldwell (cover), John and Laura Lakey
Author Rose Estes
Year 1988 (first published 1987)
Publisher TSR/Penguin
ISBN 0-14-011277-4

See empires toppled and demons destroyed in the thrilling final volume of the Mika Trilogy…

Return to the magical world of Greyhawk, where strange and terrifying creatures haunt the land – and your dreams. Watch as the evil demon Maelfesh works his latest wickedness and as the Wolf Nomad Mika prepares to battle once more against sinister supernatural forces – the deep-dwelling cavernquatch, the granite moles, the rock beasties and more…

Will Mika win through and free the enchanted princess from Maelfesh’s clutches? Will TamTur and the faithful companions survive? Rose Estes’s spell-binding novel will grip you as only Greyhawk can.

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Master Wolf

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Series Greyhawk Adventures
Illustrator
Clyde Caldwell (cover), Bart Sears
Author Rose Estes
Year 1988 (first published 1987)
Publisher TSR/Penguin
ISBN 0-14-011139-5

‘A Wolf Nomad does not know the meaning of defeat as long as he is still alive! We are born for a life of fighting.’

But Mika, the brave and handsome Master Wolf, has little interest in war or the mystical chants of his ancestors – until he is compelled to do battle with the warlike kobolds. The terrifying tribe has brought tragedy to the noble Mika and, with the fearful demi-demon Juz, is out to destroy him and reduce the Wolf Nomads to savages…

Mika has no choice but to gather all his strength and summon up his family legacy of magic to save his tribe, his companion Tam Tur – and his own soul – from the hideous evil that stalks him.

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Andersen’s Fairy Tales

Andersen's Fairy Tales

Illustrator Sheila Greenwald
Author Hans Christian Andersen
Translator Pat Shaw Iversen
Year 1987 (first published 1966)
Publisher Signet
ISBN 0-451-52107-2

For over one hundred years, Hans Christian Andersen’s beloved fairy tales have charmed and entertained audiences around the world. Blending old folk tales told to him as a child with a mixture of colloquial speech and fantasy, Andersen’s stories reveal a vision rich in humor, sharp with irony, and reflect both the sadness and joy of living. The forty-seven tales in this beautifully translated collection transport readers into a magical world of kings and princesses, farm lads and mermaids, witches, and even the devil’s grandmother! But whether we are marveling at the fragile porcelain palace of the Emperor of China or weeping for the poor little match girl, every tale shocks us into recognizing a human truth—as clear as the nakedness of the Emperor in his new clothes, or the final beauty of the Ugly Duckling. As generation after generation of readers has discovered, and as Pat Shaw Iversen notes in a splendid Afterword, Hans Christian Andersen is a storyteller who ranks as “one of the greatest literary geniuses the world has ever known.”

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Isaac Asimov’s Science Fiction Magazine – May 1980

Isaac Asimov’s Science Fiction Magazine – May 1980

Cover “Wolkenheim Fairday
Illustrator
George Barr
Editor George H. Scithers
Editorial Director Isaac Asimov
Year 1980
Publisher Davis
ISSN 0162-2188

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Matilda’s Stepchildren

Matilda's Stepchildren

Series John Grimes
Illustrator
Ken W. Kelly
Author A. Bertram Chandler
Year 1983 (first published 1979)
Publisher DAW
ISBN 0-87997-845-7

John Grimes, owner of the deep space pinnace Little Sister, could not afford to be fussy about whom he carried. But there were compensations, for if his ship had not been chartered to take Fenella Pruin, muckraking reporter, to exclusive New Venusberg he would never have been able to visit that fabulous pleasure planet. Continue reading

Fighting Fantasy 10: House of Hell

Illustrator Ian Miller (cover), Tim Sell
Author Steve Jackson
Year 1984
Publisher Puffin
ISBN 0-14-031831-3

Taking refuge in the infamous House of Hell has to be the worst mistake of your life!

The dangers of the torrential storm outside are nothing compared to the blood-curdling adventures that await you inside. Who knows how many hapless wanderers like yourself have perished within its gruesome walls? Be warned! Tonight is going to be a night to remember…

Two dice, a pencil and an eraser are all you need to make your journey. YOU decide which way to go, which dangers to risk and which monsters to fight.

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Demondoom

Series Sagas of the Demonspawn
Illustrator
John Blanche
Author J. H. Brennan
Year 1985
Publisher Fontana
ISBN 0-00-617207-5

King Voltar’s violent death has shaken the realm, which has lost its one protector. Fire*Wolf, now a member of the Ruling Council, knows that ten years of peace have ended and that the hellish Demonspawn are at work again, plotting devilish destruction. Only the mighty Golden Orb, with its treacherous magical powers, can vanquish the old menace forever.

But Fire*Wolf’s terrifying quest takes him into the heart of the Spawn’s foul caverns – and into his greatest test of skill and strength. You alone can decide whether he will triumph – or meet a horrifying end… Continue reading