The Battle of the Beetles 2: Beetle Queen

The Battle of the Beetles 2: Beetle Queen

Cruel beetle fashionista, Lucretia Cutter, is at large with her yellow ladybird spies - and she has a devious plan. Darkus, Virginia and Bertolt are determined to stop her, but Darkus's dad is dead set against their involvement. Hope rests on Novak, Lucretia's daughter and a Hollywood actress, but the beetle diva is always one scuttle ahead ...

Beetle Queen

Beetle Queen

Cruel beetle fashionista, Lucretia Cutter, is at large with her yellow ladybird spies. When Darkus, Virginia and Bertolt discover further evidence of her evil, they're determined to stop her. But the three friends are in trouble. Darkus' dad has forbidden them to investigate any further - and disgusting crooks Humphrey and Pickering are out of prison. Hope rests on Novak, Lucretia's daughter and a Hollywood actress, but the beetle diva is always one scuttle ahead ...

Revenge of the Beetle Queen

Revenge of the Beetle Queen

"The Empire Strikes Back" meets beetles in the chilling, darkly funny second book of a series about one amazing boy, his loyal friends, and some amazingly intelligent beetles.

Monstrous Nature

Environment and Horror on the Big Screen

Monstrous Nature

Godzilla, a traditional natural monster and representation of cinema’s subgenre of natural attack, also provides a cautionary symbol of the dangerous consequences of mistreating the natural world—monstrous nature on the attack. Horror films such as Godzilla invite an exploration of the complexities of a monstrous nature that humanity both creates and embodies. Robin L. Murray and Joseph K. Heumann demonstrate how the horror film and its offshoots can often be understood in relation to a monstrous nature that has evolved either deliberately or by accident and that generates fear in humanity as both character and audience. This connection between fear and the natural world opens up possibilities for ecocritical readings often missing from research on monstrous nature, the environment, and the horror film. Organized in relation to four recurring environmental themes in films that construct nature as a monster—anthropomorphism, human ecology, evolution, and gendered landscapes—the authors apply ecocritical perspectives to reveal the multiple ways nature is constructed as monstrous or in which the natural world itself constructs monsters. This interdisciplinary approach to film studies fuses cultural, theological, and scientific critiques to explore when and why nature becomes monstrous.

Empire of the Beetle

How Human Folly and a Tiny Bug Are Killing North America's Great Forests

Empire of the Beetle

Beginning in the late 1980s, a series of improbable bark beetle outbreaks unsettled iconic forests and communities across western North America. An insect the size of a rice kernel eventually killed more than 30 billion pine and spruce trees from Alaska to New Mexico. Often appearing in masses larger than schools of killer whales, the beetles engineered one of the world's greatest forest die-offs since the deforestation of Europe by peasants between the eleventh and thirteenth centuries. The beetle didn't act alone. Misguided science, out-of-control logging, bad public policy, and a hundred years of fire suppression created a volatile geography that released the world's oldest forest manager from all natural constraints. Like most human empires, the beetles exploded wildly and then crashed, leaving in their wake grieving landowners, humbled scientists, hungry animals, and altered watersheds. Although climate change triggered this complex event, human arrogance assuredly set the table. With little warning, an ancient insect pointedly exposed the frailty of seemingly stable manmade landscapes. Drawing on first-hand accounts from entomologists, botanists, foresters, and rural residents, award-winning journalist Andrew Nikiforuk, investigates this unprecedented beetle plague, its startling implications, and the lessons it holds.

Beetle

Beetle

Beetle is in trouble. He has been summoned by the queen to find her gold ring, which is lost. She has heard that he has magical powers for finding things. He is frightened about what she will do to him when she discovers he is a fraud.

ANThology 3 Quest for a Queen

ANThology 3 Quest for a Queen

Leap of Faith It was late morning, the birds were singing and all but a few were still asleep. The colony had worked as hard as they played and the late night fun had taken its toll on everyone. The events of the day before were a huge success, with games and pageantry, along a few surprises thrown in. Digger, Luna and Cocoa had slept outside near the ponds and were joined by Amy, Austin, Ricky and Chord, who were the first of early risers. The cricket was very impressed by the ants. They were everything the rabbit had said they were. He was intrigued by their creative nature and fascinated with their determination. "I'd never been to a party like yours, until last night. I played so hard, and had so much fun, my legs are a little sore this morning," Chord admitted. "We've never had a party like that before, but I know what you mean. With all the running and dancing, my legs are tired too," Ricky replied. "I may be the only one who's not exhausted. I guess it's because I didn't have a dance partner, but my throat is a little dry from all my whistling," the rabbit shared. "Digger told me you guys are looking for your queen," Chord said. "We were, but we've got one now," Amy teased. "What do you need a queen for? You've already got everything you could possibly want." "This might sound strange to you, but it's the queen who needs us," Austin answered. "Nothing is strange to me anymore, not after yesterday. I hadn't considered the queen needing you, but I see your point." "We have a lot of knowledge to share, which would improve her colonies quality of life and possibly insure their survival. Every colony should have a queen and it's the one thing we don't have," Austin explained. "I've seen ants along the creek and near the woods, several times, but I don't know where they come from," Chord admitted. "They've crossed the meadow through my mushroom patch, too. I think the colony is somewhere along the fence line," Digger added. "I appreciate all the information. We haven't decided when we'll resume our search, but I'm sure it will be in the very near future," Austin shared. The friends departed for home a short time later, before everyone else woke up. Life in the colony had changed forever. The city was as complete as it could be and the timetable of future projects was virtually nonexistent. They were proud of all they had accomplished in such a short time but now the challenge was missing for some of the educated ants. It wasn't that they were unhappy, for life had been good, but their desire had always been to find their queen. Having time on their hands gave them more thoughts about reaching that goal. They knew they had to resume their quest for a queen. They could feel the desire in their heart and soon, it would be time to leave again. The original nine ants met with Adam and James, in a private meeting away from the colony. It was their quest and they couldn't expect the rest of the colony to participate, since they hadn't missed having a queen and done quite well. This was personal and dear to their hearts. James would have to run the colony in their absence. Agnes was adamant about staying behind. She had experienced enough excitement for a lifetime just in reaching the barn and had no desire for the drama of a quest. She had everything she needed and wanted nothing more. Louise was still fulfilling her dream as a seamstress and there was definitely a need for her services. She wanted to go, but her heart was in her work. Christian wanted to stay where the food was. He didn't want to worry about his next meal. Besides, he couldn't think when he was hungry. Adam, on the other hand, wanted to go. He'd never been on a real adventure before and wanted to live it for himself, rather than hear the stories told through someone else. He begged his dad to let him go and James agreed, knowing

The Adventures of Margery Allingham

The Adventures of Margery Allingham

This biography was researched in the very room where Margery Allingham worked, and was written with the full co-operation of Margery's sister, her secretary and her housekeeper. It was first published in 1991. Since then, however, new material has becoma available, including a revalationary collection of letters and the startling truth about her husband's relationship with the writer Nancy Spain. Was there a corpse underneath the sofa? The book's new title, new introduction and afterword invite the reader to look again. The Adventures of Margery Allingham is a new edition of Margery Allingham: a Biography published by William Heinemann Ltd in 1991.

Fables

Fables