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Zagadka
24th July 2006, 07:55
A Messiah at the End of Time

*Book #5 in Dancers at the End of Time Series*

Michael Moorcock

Zagadka
24th July 2006, 08:00
Americana

Don DeLillo

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Book Description :

A young television executive takes to the road in the 1960s with a movie camera to capture his own past in a "cinema verite" documentary. Within this framework, he delivers his observations on the influence of film, modern corporate life, young marriage, New York City and hipness.

Zagadka
24th July 2006, 08:01
End Zone

Don DeLillo

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Book Description :

Don DeLillo was awarded the 1999 Jerusalem prize, recognizing a writer who addresses individual freedom in society.

Zagadka
24th July 2006, 08:02
Great Jones Street

Don DeLillo

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Book Description :

The narrator of this novel is Bucky Wunderlick, a Dylan-Jagger amalgam who finds he's gone as far as he knows how. Mid tour he leaves his rock band and holes up in a dingy East Village apartment, in Great Jones Street. The plot revolves around his retreat and a drug designed to silence dissidents.

Zagadka
24th July 2006, 08:03
Ratner's Star

Don DeLillo

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Book Description :

One of DeLillo's first novels, Ratner's Star follows Billy, the genius adolescent, who is recruited to live in obscurity, underground, as he tries to help a panel of estranged, demented, and yet lovable scientists communicate with beings from outer space. It is a mix of quirky humor, science, mathematical theories, as well as the complex emotional distance and sadness people feel. Ratner's Star demonstrates both the thematic and prosaic muscularity that typifies DeLillo's later and more recent works, like The Names.

Zagadka
24th July 2006, 08:04
Players

Don DeLillo

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Book Description :

In Players DeLillo explores the dark side of contemporary affluence and its discontents. Pammy and Lyle Wynant are an attractive, modern couple who seem to have it all. Yet behind their "ideal" life is a lingering boredom and quiet desperation: their talk is mostly chatter, their sex life more a matter of obligatory "satisfaction" than pleasure. Then Lyle sees a man killed on the floor of the Stock Exchange and becomes involved with the terrorists responsible; Pammy leaves for Maine with a homosexual couple.... And still they remain untouched, "players" indifferent to the violence that surrounds them, and that they have helped to create.

Originally published in 1977 (before his National Book Award-winning White Noise and the recent blockbuster Underworld), Players is a fast-moving yet starkly drawn socially critical drama that demonstrates the razor-sharp prose and thematic density for which DeLillo is renown today.

"The wit, elegance and economy of Don DeLillo's art are equal to the bitter clarity of his perceptions."-New York Times Book Review

Zagadka
24th July 2006, 08:06
Running Dog

Don DeLillo

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Book Description :

DeLillo's Running Dog, originally published in 1978, follows Moll Robbins, a New York city journalist trailing the activities of an influential senator. In the process she is dragged into the black market world of erotica and shady, infatuated men, where a cat-and-mouse chase for an erotic film rumored to "star" Adolph Hitler leads to trickery, maneuvering, and bloodshed. With streamlined prose and a thriller's narrative pace, Running Dog is a bright star in the modern master's early career.

Zagadka
24th July 2006, 08:07
The Names

Don DeLillo

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Book Description :

Set against the backdrop of a lush and exotic Greece, The Names is considered the book which began to drive "sharply upward the size of his readership" (Los Angeles Times Book Review). Among the cast of DeLillo's bizarre yet fully realized characters in The Names are Kathryn, the narrator's estranged wife; their son, the six-year-old novelist; Owen, the scientist; and the neurotic narrator obsessed with his own neuroses. A thriller, a mystery, and still a moving examination of family, loss, and the amorphous and magical potential of language itself, The Names stands with any of DeLillo's more recent and highly acclaimed works.

"The Names not only accurately reflects a portion of our contemporary world but, more importantly, creates an original world of its own."-Chicago Sun-Times

"DeLillo sifts experience through simultaneous grids of science and poetry, analysis and clear sight, to make a high-wire prose that is voluptuously stark."-Village Voice Literary Supplement

"DeLillo verbally examines every state of consciousness from eroticism to tourism, from the idea of America as conceived by the rest of the world to the idea of the rest of the world as conceived by America, from mysticism to fanaticism."-New York Times

Zagadka
24th July 2006, 08:08
White Noise

Don DeLillo

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Book Description :

Jack Gladney, head of Hitler studies at the College-on-the-Hill, is afraid of death, as is his wife Babette and his colleague Murray who runs a seminar on car crashes. The author exposes our common obsession with mortality, and Jack and Babette's biggest fear - who will die first?

Zagadka
24th July 2006, 08:10
Libra

Don DeLillo

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Book Description :

Recounting the story of Lee Harvey Oswald, this novel concentrates on the inner life of the people who shaped the Kennedy assassination. The author also wrote "The Names", "Ratner's Star", "Players" and "White Noise" which won the American Book Award.

Zagadka
24th July 2006, 08:11
Mao II

Don DeLillo

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Book Description :

Written by the author of "Libra", which won the Aer Lingus International Fiction Prize, this novel is about words and images, novelists and terrorists. It is haunted by the intermingled spirits of such diverse figures as Andy Warhol and Mao Zedong.

Zagadka
24th July 2006, 08:13
Underworld

Don DeLillo

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Book Description :

Opens at the Shea Stadium at the World Series Game of 1951, where the ball is caught by a young, black man in the crowd, and continues to change hands throughout the book. The various recipients of the ball tell the story of post-war US history giving a panorama of America from the 50s to the 90s.

Zagadka
24th July 2006, 08:15
Cosmopolis

Don DeLillo

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Book Description :

It is an April day in the year 2000 and an era is about to end -- those booming times of market optimism when the culture boiled with money and corporations seemed more vital and influential than governments.

Eric Packer, a billionaire asset manager at age twenty-eight, emerges from his penthouse triplex and settles into his lavishly customized white stretch limousine. On this day he is a man with two missions: to pursue a cataclysmic bet against the yen and to get a haircut across town.

His journey to the barbershop is a contemporary odyssey, funny and fast-moving. Stalled in traffic by a presidential motorcade, a music idol's funeral and a violent political demonstration, Eric receives a string of visitors -- his experts on security, technology, currency, finance and theory. Sometimes he leaves the car for sexual encounters and sometimes he doesn't have to.

Cosmopolis, Don DeLillo's thirteenth novel, is both intimate and global, a vivid and moving account of a spectacular downfall.

jasel
24th July 2006, 13:51
DEEP FATHOM

On The Day Everything Changed Forever...
The millennium's first eclipse of the sun cast a shroud over the Earth. And then catastrophe struck...
On The Day The End Began...
Solar flares have triggered a series of gargantuan natural disasters. Earthquakes and hellfire rock the globe. The death toll rises at an unimaginable rate. And in the midst of chaos, Air Force One and America's president have vanished from the skies.

The Sea Revealed A Mystery
Ex-Navy Seal Jack Kirkland surfaces from an aborted underwater salvage mission to find the Earth burning — and the U.S. on the narrow brink of a nuclear apocalypse. Now, aboard his oceangoing exploration ship, Deep Fathom, Kirkland is on a desperate mission that is leading him to an earth-shattering discovery miles below the ocean's surface. For devastating secrets and a power an ancient civilization could not contain have been cast out into a modern day — and they will forever alter a world racing toward its own destruction.

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jasel
24th July 2006, 14:57
Sandstorm

An inexplicable explosion rocks the antiquities collection of a London museum and the race begins to determine how it happened, why it happened, and what it means.

Lady Kara Kensington's family paid a high price in money and blood to found the gallery that now lies in ruins. Her search for answers leads Kara and her friend Safia al-Maaz, the gallery's curator, into a world they never dreamed existed. Evidence exposed by the tragedy suggests that Ubar, a lost city buried beneath the Arabian desert, is more than mere legend ... and that something astonishing is waiting there.

The two extraordinary women and their guide, Omaha Dunn, are not the only ones being drawn to the desert. Former U.S. Navy SEAL Painter Crowe, a covert government operative and head of an elite counter-espionage team, is hunting down a dangerous turncoat and the trail is pointing him toward Ubar.

What is hidden below the sand is more than a valuable relic of ancient history. It is an ageless power that lives and breathes. Many lives have already been destroyed by ruthless agencies dedicated to guarding its mysteries and harnessing its might. The end may be at hand for Kara, Safia, Crowe, and all of the interlopers who wish to expose its mysteries, as it prepares to unleash the most terrible storm of all...

Here is one more of Rollins...

Zagadka
24th July 2006, 15:32
The Body Artist

Don DeLillo

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Book Description :

For thirty years, since the publication of his first novel AMERICANA Don DeLillo has lived in the skin of our times. He has found a voice for the forgotten souls who haunt the fringes of our culture and for its larger-than-life, real-life figures. Thrice-married film director Rey Robles informs Lauren, his much younger wife, that he's going for a drive -- and proceeds to travel all the way from the New England coast to the Manhattan apartment of his first wife, where he shoots himself. Now Lauren is left alone...or perhaps not, as she welcomes a stranger into the house -- an eerie, gifted individual she calls "Mr. Tuttle". This odd man, who often speaks in Rey's voice or Lauren's, and who knows both intimate moments of their past life and things that haven't yet happened, seems to defy time and to deepen the mystery of human perception. This is Don DeLillo's stunning exploration of the idiosyncrasies that simultaneously isolate and bind us, as he enters the essential space of human encounter.

Zagadka
24th July 2006, 15:43
Second Variety and other stories

*Book #3 in Collection of Stories Series*

Philip K. Dick

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Book Description :

The stories within SECOND VARIETY were written between 1952 and 1955, while America was in the grip of McCarthyism. The concerns of the time are reflected in stories such as 'Second Variety', which tells of an endless war fought by ever more cunning and sophisticated robots, or 'Imposter' where a man accused of being an alien spy finds his whole identity called into question. Using his marvellously varied, quirky and idiosyncratic style, Dick speaks up for ordinary people against militarism, paranoia and xenophobia.

Zagadka
24th July 2006, 15:47
VALIS

*Book #1 in Valis Series*

Philip K. Dick

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Book Description :

It began with a blinding light, a divine revelation from a mysterious intelligence that called itself VALIS. And with that, the fabric of reality was ripped open and laid bare so that anything seemed possible, but nothing seemed quite right. Part science fiction, part theological detective story - in which God plays both the missing person and the perpetrator of the ultimate crime, VALIS is both disorienting and eerily funny, and a joy to read.

Zagadka
24th July 2006, 15:50
The Divine Invasion

*Book #2 in Valis Series*

Philip K. Dick

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Book Description :

The second in the "Valis" trilogy of books, this story tells of the Second Coming: a story of total confusion.

Zagadka
24th July 2006, 15:55
The Transmigration of Timothy Archer

*Book #3 in Valis Series*

Philip K. Dick

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Book Description :

Loosely based on the story of Bishop James Pike, Dick's last novel in the trilogy that includes The Divine Invasion and Valis tells of an erudite man of the cloth whose faith is shaken by the suicides of his son and mistress, and then transformed by his bizare quest for the identity of Christ.

Zagadka
24th July 2006, 16:39
Radio Free Albemuth

Philip K. Dick

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Book Description :

As America gasps in a stranglehold of a skull-crushing totalitarian regime, a supernatural intelligence speaks from the stars. Will the agents of ominiscent Valis succeed in their mission of liberation? Or will the tactics of President Freemont extend the grip?

Zagadka
24th July 2006, 16:45
The Shifting Realities of Philip K. Dick: Selected Literary and Philosophical Writings

Philip K. Dick

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Book Description :

Collects articles on science fiction and related topics, chapters from an unfinished novel, excerpts from journals, and other writings.

Zagadka
24th July 2006, 16:49
Ubik

Philip K. Dick

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Book Description :

Glen Runciter is dead. Or is he? Someone died in the explosion orchestrated by his business rivals, but even as his funeral is scheduled, his mourning employees are receiving bewildering messages from their boss. And the world around them is warping and regressing in ways which suggest that their own time is running out. If it hasn't already.

Zagadka
24th July 2006, 16:52
Something From the Nightside

*Book #1 in Nightside Series*

Simon R. Green

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Book Description :

John Taylor is not a private detective per se, but he has a knack for finding lost things. That's why he's been hired to descend into the Nightside, an otherworldly realm in the center of London where fantasy and reality share renting space and the sun never shines.

Zagadka
24th July 2006, 16:55
Agents of Light and Darkness

*Book #2 in Nightside Series*

Simon R. Green

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Book Description :

The New York Times bestselling author takes readers back to the Nightside.

A quest for the Unholy Grail-the goblet from which Judas drank at the Last Supper-takes private eye John Taylor deep into the secret, magical heart of London...called the Nightside.

Zagadka
24th July 2006, 16:58
Nightingale's Lament

*Book #3 in Nightside Series*

Simon R. Green

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Book Description :

In the Nightside, the hidden heart of London where it's always 3 AM, Detective John Taylor must find an elusive singer known as The Nightingale. Her silken voice has inexplicably lured many a fan to suicide--and Taylor is determined to stop her, before the whole neighborhood falls under her trance. But to catch the swift-winged Nightingale, he'll have to hear the deadly music--and survive.

Zagadka
24th July 2006, 17:01
Hex and the City

*Book #4 in Nightside Series*

Simon R. Green

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Book Description :

Lady Luck has hired John Taylor to investigate the origins of the Nightside--the dark heart of London where it's always 3 A.M. But when he starts to uncover facts about his long-vanished mother, the Nightside--and all of existence-- could be snuffed out.

Zagadka
24th July 2006, 17:04
Across the Nightingale Floor

*Book #1 in Tales of the Otori Series*

Lian Hearn

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Book Description :

This is an epic story for readers young and old. Set in a mythical, feudal Japanese land, a world both beautiful and cruel, the intense love story of two young people takes place against a background of warring clans, secret alliances, high honour and lightning swordplay.

Zagadka
24th July 2006, 17:07
Grass For His Pillow

*Book #2 in Tales of the Otori Series*

Lian Hearn

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Book Description :

The journey continues... The sequel to Across the Nightingale Floor follows the separate fates of young lovers, Otori Takeo and Shirakawa Kaede, as they fight for survival in a violent time of war, famine and treacherous alliances. Takeo has pledged his life to the secret Tribe. His supernatural skills of invisibility and acute hearing make him their most deadly assassin. He must deny the spiritual vows of his upbringing, his birthright of Otori wealth, land and power - and his love for Kaede. If he does not serve the Tribe, they will kill him. In growing from boy to man, Takeo chooses a path of danger and vengeance, and learns of the prophecy that shapes his destiny. Kaede, destined to submit to a political marriage, must use her intelligence, beauty and cunning to assert her place in a world of all-powerful men - who must never know that she is carrying Takeo's child. In the ancient Oriental lands of the Otori, Lian Hearn has created a brilliantly imagined culture that has cast its spell over thousands of readers worldwide. Here is epic storytelling whose appeal crosses genres, genders and generations. GRASS FOR HIS PILLOW is one of the most eagerly awaited novels of 2003.

Zagadka
24th July 2006, 17:15
Brilliance of the Moon

*Book #3 in Tales of the Otori Series*

Lian Hearn

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Book Description :

The long-awaited third installment of the worldwide phenomenon and number-one international bestseller, Tales of the Otori

Set in an imagined medieval Japan, Book Three is a thrilling-and surprising-follow-up to the previous adventures of Takeo and Kaede. Taking us deeper into the complexities of the loyalties that bind the novel's characters at birth-the fates from which they cannot escape-Brilliance of the Moon goes beyond its transcendent storytelling in demonstrating how we are shaped by forces outside of our control and yet must forge our own destinies all the same.

A thoroughly gripping read, Brilliance of the Moon is also the most powerful novel in the series-a beautiful, haunting evocation of a time and a place just beyond the reach of an outside world.

Zagadka
24th July 2006, 17:26
Northern Lights

*Book #1 in His Dark Materials Series*

Philip Pullman

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Book Description :

When Lyra's friend Roger disappears, she and her daemon, Pantalaimon, determine to find him. Their quest leads them to the bleak splendour of the North where a team of scientists are conducting unspeakably horrible experiments. But something more perilous awaits Lyra.

Zagadka
24th July 2006, 17:29
The Subtle Knife

*Book #2 in His Dark Materials Series*

Philip Pullman

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Book Description :

Will is 12 years old and he's just killed a man. Determined to discover the truth about his father's disappearance, Will steps through a window into another world. There, he meets a girl called Lyra who, like himself, is on a mission which she intends to carry out at all costs.

Zagadka
24th July 2006, 17:34
The Amber Spyglass

*Book #3 in His Dark Materials Series*

Philip Pullman

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Book Description :

The Amber Spyglass brings the intrigue of The Golden Compass and The Subtle Knife to a heart-stopping end, marking the final volume of His Dark Materials as the most powerful of the trilogy.

Along with the return of Lyra, Will, Mrs. Coulter, Lord Asriel, Dr. Mary Malone, and Iorek Byrnison the armored bear, come a host of new characters: the Mulefa, mysterious wheeled creatures with the power to see Dust; Gallivespian Lord Roke, a hand-high spymaster to Lord Asriel; and Metatron, a fierce and mighty angel. So, too, come startling revelations: the painful price Lyra must pay to walk through the land of the dead, the haunting power of Dr. Malone's amber spyglass, and the names of who will live--and who will die--for love. And all the while, war rages with the Kingdom of Heaven, a brutal battle that--in its shocking outcome--will uncover the secret of Dust. Philip Pullman deftly brings the cliff-hangers and mysteries of His Dark Materials to an earth shattering conclusion--and confirms his fantasy trilogy as an undoubted and enduring classic.

Zagadka
24th July 2006, 17:43
Winter Queen

*Book #1 in Erast Fandorin Series*

Boris Akunin

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Book Description :

This is the first book featuring Erast Fandorin, a gentleman sleuth who solves murders and mysteries in tsarist Russia. A 23 year old law student commits suicide in broad daylight in Moscow's Alexander Gardens. Fandorin is put on the case to find out what drove him to it, a case that deepens as he discovers that the young man was the son of a rich and influential factory owner. The story is enhanced by its authentic backdrop of nineteenth century Russia. After all, it's difficult to keep your mind on a case when the new Dostoyevsky novel has just hit the shops. Fandorin has been described as 'the James Bond of the 19th century' and Akunin has been compared to Gogol, Tolstoy and Conan Doyle. The UK publication of these books will be an international literary event and mark the arrival of a startling new voice in the thriller marketplace.

Zagadka
24th July 2006, 17:46
Shamanspace

Steve Aylett

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Book Description :

Opposing groups of occult assassins compete to exterminate God. In a multidimensional war, young gun Alix travels through sidespace to confront evil-though he risks destroying the universe. When he becomes the victim of a complex conspiracy between his closest allies and the enemy, his resolve is tested. This alchemical conspiracy adventure tackles fundamental questions about the nature of good and evil and the relationship between humans and god.

Zagadka
24th July 2006, 17:51
Oryx and Crake

Margaret Atwood

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Book Description :

A stunning and provocative new novel by the internationally celebrated author of The Blind Assassin, winner of the Booker Prize

Margaret Atwood's new novel is so utterly compelling, so prescient, so relevant, so terrifyingly-all-too-likely-to-be-true, that readers may find their view of the world forever changed after reading it.

With breathtaking command of her shocking material and with her customary sharp wit and dark humour, Atwood projects us into a conceivable future of our own world, an outlandish yet wholly believable place left devastated in the wake of ecological and scientific disaster and populated by characters who will continue to inhabit your dreams long after the book is closed.

This is Margaret Atwood at the absolute peak of her powers. For readers of Oryx and Crake, nothing will ever look the same again.

Zagadka
24th July 2006, 17:54
Dancing Girls and Other Stories

Margaret atwood

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Book Description :

Pregnant women, students and journalists, farmers and bird-watchers, ex-wives, adolescent lovers - and dancing girls: all ordinary people - or are they? This collection of short stories, by the author of "The Handmaid's Tale" and "Cat's Eye", offers a study of human motivation.

Zagadka
24th July 2006, 17:57
Running Wild

J G Ballard

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Book Description :

From Publishers Weekly Thirty miles outside of London lies a suburban utopia called Pangbourne Village, an exclusive residential development in which all the houses are new, the security system is impeccable, parents are happy and children are provided with a nonstop roster of structured activity. But fans of Ballard's High Rise , in which he turned an apartment tower into a warring miniature city, will recognize his dim view of fabricated societies. Indeed, in his eerie new novella's first moments, Pangbourne's 32 adults are found murdered, and the complex's 13 children, all but one of them teenagers, have vanished. Written as a police psychiatrist's forensic diary, the story unfolds as an investigation that quickly points to the children themselves as culprits. Though the author sketches a sharp portrait of complacent privilege in Thatcher's England and tells a provocative story with a jolting final twist, the explanation of a carefully coordinated plot among the youths--``in a totally sane society, madness is the only freedom''--is unduly glib. At just over 100 pages, that's really all there is to it; this is, in every sense, a minor work by a major writer.

Zoey
24th July 2006, 23:03
Fannie Farmer - 1896 Boston Cooking-School Cookbook

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Book Description:

This is a facsimile edition of the original Fannie Farmer Cookbook—a perennial bestseller first published in 1896. A pioneering work in the culinary field, it was the first cookbook to provide level measurements and easy-to-follow directions.

Zoey
24th July 2006, 23:13
Olive Garden Recipes

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Book Description:

Some of the most favourite recipes from the most famous restaurant.

Zoey
25th July 2006, 00:04
A Taste Of Mexico

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Book Description:

This book is a wonderful introduction to the wide world of Mexican cooking. It presents recipes that showcase the unique qualities of Mexican regional cooking. This authentic collection of Mexican dishes is presented with clear, easy-to-understand instructions for making popular favorites, as well as regional specialties

Zoey
25th July 2006, 00:29
Cookin' Cajun

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Book Description:

Gumbo, jambalaya, crawfish, etouffee - these are some Cajun and Creole delicacies that imbue the spirit of New Orleans. Now, creating mouthwatering Cajun and Creole dishes in your own kitchen is just pages away with the help of this popular cookbook. Traditional and contemporary recipes, tips, techniques, and ingredient information have been carefully sandwiched into one meaty volume

Zagadka
25th July 2006, 06:44
Night Train

*Book #1 from the Martin Hoolihan Series*

Martin Amis

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Book Description :

Detective Mike Hoolihan, an American policewoman, begins to investigate the suspicious death of a police colleague's daughter, a girl too blessed in looks, love and intelligence to commit suicide. As Mike probes further into Jennifer's life and death, she has to ask, "If not who, then why?"

Zagadka
25th July 2006, 06:46
The Rachel Papers

Martin Amis

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Book Description :

Amis's vision of adolescence is an unvarnished, terrifying and hilarious one."

Zagadka
25th July 2006, 06:47
Dead Babies

Martin Amis

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Book Description :

If the Marquis de Sade were to crash one of P. G. Wodehouse's house parties, the chaos might resemble the nightmarishly funny goings-on in this novel by the author of London Fields. The residents of Appleseed Rectory have primed themselves both for a visit from a triad of Americans and a weekend of copious drug taking and sexual gymnastics. There's even a heifer to be slugged and a pair of doddering tenants to be ingeniously harassed. But none of these variously bright and dull young things has counted on the intrusion of "dead babies" -- dreary spasms of reality. Or on the uninvited presence of a mysterious prankster named Johnny, whose sinister idea of fun makes theirs look like a game of backgammon.

Zagadka
25th July 2006, 06:48
Success

Martin Amis

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Book Description :

Gregory's life is a series of effortless conquests. Sister, employers, acquaintances are but co-stars among a cast of thousands to have passed through his bed. His foster-brother, Terry, has to make do with the leavings as he pursues his own existence of squalid mediocrity. But roles are reversed.

Zagadka
25th July 2006, 06:49
Other People

Martin Amis

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Book Description :

In this metaphysical thriller, Mary awakes - on a white trolley in a white room - to discover that she cannot recall her past. As she tries to piece together the clues to her life, Mary ponders the gains that the loss of her past has brought her.

Zagadka
25th July 2006, 06:50
Money: A Suicide Note

Martin Amis

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Book Description :

Porn freak and jetsetter, John Self, is the shameless heir to a fast-food culture where money beats out an invitation to futile self-gratification. Out in New York, mingling with the mighty, Self is embroiled in the corruption, the brutality and the obscenity of the money conspiracy.

Zagadka
25th July 2006, 06:51
London Fields

Martin Amis

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Book Description :

London Fields is Amis's murder story for the end of the millennium. The murderee is Nicola Six, a "black hole" of sex and self-loathing intent on orchestrating her own extinction. The murderer may be Keith Talent, a violent lowlife whose only passions are pornography and darts. Or is the killer the rich, honorable, and dimly romantic Guy Clinch?

"A comic murder mystery, an apocalyptic satire, a scatological meditation on love and death and nuclear winter...by turns lyrical and obscene, colloquial and rhapsodic."--Michiko Kakutani, New York Times

Zagadka
25th July 2006, 06:53
Time's Arrow: Or the Nature of the Offense

Martin Amis

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Book Description :

In Time's Arrow the doctor Tod T. Friendly dies and then feels markedly better, breaks up with his lovers as a prelude to seducing them, and mangles his patients before he sends them home. And all the while Tod's life races backward toward the one appalling moment in modern history when such reversals make sense.

"The narrative moves with irresistible momentum.... [Amis is] a daring, exacting writer willing to defy the odds in pursuit of his art."--Newsday

Zagadka
25th July 2006, 06:54
The Information

Martin Amis

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Book Description :

Richard Tull, a failed novelist, contemplates with jealousy the success of his rival and friend Gwyn Barry. He looks in vain for a means of damaging Gwyn's reputation, and finally finds someone who will do this for him in exchange for cash.

Zagadka
25th July 2006, 06:55
Yellow Dog

Martin Amis

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Book Description :

Amis's first novel since The Information: a post 9/11 comedy When 'dream husband' Xan Meo is vengefully assaulted in the garden of a London pub, he suffers head-injury, and personality-change. Like a spiritual convert, the familial paragon becomes an anti-husband, an anti-father. He submits to an alien moral system - one among many to be found in these pages. We are introduced to the inverted worlds of the 'yellow' journalist, Clint Smoker; the high priest of hardmen, Joseph Andrews; the porno tycoon, Cora Susan; and Kent Price, the corpse in the hold of the stricken airliner, apparently determined, even in death, to bring down the plane that carries his spouse. Meanwhile, we explore the entanglements of Henry England: his incapacitated wife, Pamela; his Chinese mistress, He Zhezun; his fifteen-year-old daughter, Victoria, the victim of a filmed 'intrusion' which rivets the world - because she is the future Queen of England, and her father, Henry IX, is its King. The connections between these characters provide the pattern and drive of Yellow Dog. Novelists have noticed that contemporary reality keeps outdoing their imaginations. Yet there is still the obligation to attempt a reading of the present and the very near future. If, in the twenty-first century, the moral reality is changing, then the novel is changing too, whether it likes it or not. Yellow Dog is an early example of how the novel, or more particularly the comic novel, can respond to this transformation. But Martin Amis is also concerned here with what is changeless and perhaps unchangeable. Patriarchy, and the entire edifice of masculinity; the enormous category-error of violence, arising between man and man; the tortuous alliances between men and women; and the vanished dream (probably always an illusion, but now a clear delusion) that we can protect our future and our progeny.

Zagadka
25th July 2006, 06:56
Einstein's Monsters

Martin Amis

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Book Description :

A collection of stories about a frightening world inhabited by people dehumanized by the daily threat of nuclear war and postwar survivors deformed by its results.

Zagadka
25th July 2006, 06:58
Visiting Mrs. Nabokov: And Other Excursions

Martin Amis

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Book Description :

A collection of Martin Amis's journalism over the last ten or so years. There are literary/bookish pieces including an account of an interview with John Updike. But the subjects range beyond this to sport, "Watford in China", and the big issues - a long piece on the nuclear bomb.

Zagadka
25th July 2006, 07:00
The Moronic Inferno: And Other Visits to America

Martin Amis

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Book Description :

A collection of essays on America by the author of "London Fields", "The Rachel Papers" and "Money".

Zagadka
25th July 2006, 07:05
The Algebraist

Ian Banks

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Book Description :


In The Algebraist, Iain Banks returns to spectacular space opera but not to his familiar Culture universe. His new setting is a complex, war-torn galaxy with an entirely different history going back almost to the Big Bang...
For short-lived 'Quick' races like humans, space is dominated by the complicated, grandiose Mercatoria whose rule is both military and religious. To the Dwellers who may live billions of years, the galaxy consists of their gas-giant planets--the rest is debris.

Our human hero Fassin Taak is a 'Slow Seer' privileged to work with the Dwellers of the gas-giant Nasqueron in his home system Ulubis. His life work is rummaging for data in their vast, disorganised memories and libraries. Unfortunately, without knowing it, he's come close to an ancient secret of unimaginable importance.

Though Ulubis is currently cut off from the galactic wormhole travel network, two interstellar battle fleets are racing for this secret. The hissable arch-villain Luseferous--whose tastes run to torture, atrocity and genocide--seems bound to arrive in overwhelming strength before the Mercatorian rescue squadron.

So Fassin is reluctantly conscripted into security forces, and enters the hell of Nasqueron's atmosphere to seek the magic key (code? signal frequency? equation?) that might save everything. Even at their most helpful and charming, though, Dwellers are maddeningly elusive. For ancients, they seem bumbling and whimsical, far more interested in hunting, kudos, and extreme sports like GasClipper Races or Formal War than in saving humanity's skin. Their ramshackle transport and awesome yet run-down floating cities suggest that Dweller legends of hypertechnology are sheer bluff. But are they keeping something dark?

Fassin's journeys and discoveries are exhilarating, witty, sometimes mind-boggling. Exotic weaponry abounds. The Dwellers are engagingly eccentric, like AI Minds in the Culture books--but the Mercatoria has banned artificial intelligence as Abomination, and this too is a plot strand. Additionally there are human revenge, intrigue and betrayal subplots; surprises and upsets; and the mother of all shaggy-dog revelations. Once again Banks is having enormous fun with space opera, and his exuberant enjoyment is infectious. Highly readable stuff.--David Langford --This text refers to the Hardcover edition.

Zagadka
25th July 2006, 07:08
The Pearl Harbor Murders
Book 3 of the Disaster Series
Max Allan Collins

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Book Description :

Many believe a war with Japan is imminent, but author Edgar Rice Burroughs is too busy basking in the Hawaiian sun to pay the rumors much mind. That is, until he finds a young Japanese-American woman murdered on the beach.

An exceptional storyteller. (San Diego Union-Tribune)

The master of true-crime fiction. (Publishers Weekly)




Double Dealer
Book 1 of CSI: Crime Scene Investigation Series
Max Allan Collins

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Book Description :

Meet the little know and even less understood heroes of police work in Las Vegas - the forensic investigators, as they work to untangle the evidence behind the yellow police tape. Wednesday, 5.30am: in an off-the-strip, somewhat-out-of-the-way casino, a room service waiter rounds a corner and stumbles across a killer, and a corpse. Homicide detective Jim Brass summons Grissom and company to the scene. As Brass follows his instincts, Warrick and Sara folow evidence the killer left behind, and Nick and Catherine investigate a murder that's fifteen years new. Although focused at first on the perpetrator's deadly double-tap signature, Grissom will soon make the most troubling discovery of all: the inexplicable interest of FBI agent Rick Culpepper.



Sin City
Book 2 of CSI: Crime Scene Investigation Series
Max Allan Collins

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Book Description :

Meet the little know and even less understood heroes of police work in Las Vegas - the forensic investigators, as they work to untangle the evidence behind the yellow police tape. LAS VEGAS, NV--Lynn Peirce, devoted wife and mother, has disappeared without a trace--but her best friends have an audio tape of her husband threatening to cut her up into little pieces. Stripper Jenna Patrick, on the other hand, has just been found--strangled to death in a private room of the club where she worked. Crime Scene Investigation director Gil Grissom and his CSI team must uncover the evidence and unravel the truths behind both shocking murders.



Regeneration
Max Allan Collins

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Book Description:

In a desperate bid for new youth, new chances, and a new identity, aging and once-successful Joyce Lackey signs a contract with the mysterious X-Gen Agency that promises rejuvenation, an ironclad contract that demands a perilously high price.

Zagadka
25th July 2006, 07:10
Pinocchio

Carlo Collodi

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Book Description :

Pinocchio, a wooden puppet full of tricks and mischief, with a talent for getting into and out of trouble, wants more than anything else to become a real boy.

Zagadka
25th July 2006, 07:12
The Black Company

*Book #1 from the Black Company Series*

Glen Cook

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Book Description :

Adrift in a world torn by sorcery gone wild, the Company is the last remnant of a once-great mercenary army. Led by Croaker, former physician and primary chronicler, they must search the world for the last ray of hope--the White Rose.

Zagadka
25th July 2006, 07:14
A Night at the Movies

Robert Coover

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Book Description :

Library Journal
Coover here presents a series of short, connecting fictions associated with the cinema. Thus, we are given contrivances titled ``Adventure,'' ``Comedy,'' and ``Romance,'' but they violate our expectations of these time-honored forms: ``Shootout at Gentry's Junction'' is a typical Western, but the good guys lose; in ``Charlie in the House of Rue,'' a sort of funhouse, the tricks turn nasty, even murderous; and the romance in ``You Must Remember This'' sours into sordid adultery. These longer fictions are framed by shorter ones carrying out the cinematic conceit: there are previews, shorts, cartoons, even an intermission. Coover's style is viciously witty, so that one must finally ask ``What's the point?'' A brilliant but empty tour de force, though librarians should still consider this new work by the author of the well-received Gerard's Party. Susan Avallone

Zagadka
25th July 2006, 07:15
Pinocchio in Venice

Robert Coover

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Book Description :

Internationally renowned author Robert Coover returns with a major new novel set in Venice and featuring one of its most famous citizens, Pinocchio. The result is a brilliant philosophical discourse on what it means to be human; a hilarious, bawdy adventure; and a fitting tribute to the history, grandeur, and decay of Venice itself.

Zagadka
25th July 2006, 07:17
AEgypt

*Book #1 from the AEgypt Series*

John Crowley

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Book Description :

Reengaging the motifs of alternate lives, worlds and world-views that pulsed through his remarkable Little, Big, Crowley's new novel shapes itself around unorthodox historian Pierce Moffett, who seeks to explain the secret histories of the world, the old notions of science, religion and philosophy that have survived in astrology, myths and superstition; not the real, geographical Egypt, but AEgypt, the cognate country of the imagination from which the gypsies came. In resonating stories nested one inside the other, Crowley describes Blackbury Jambs, Pa., where among ex-students turned shepherds and mystics turned babysitters, Pierce finally finds himself part of a community and rediscovers the source of his quest, the historical novels of local writer Fellowes Kraft, who has his own stories to tellof young Will Shakespeare, Elizabethan Doctor John Dee's desire to speak with angels and Giordano Bruno's thirst to understand his world, for which he would be burned as a heretic. Affecting, cerebral, surprising and delightful, this extraordinary philosophical romance suggests an unlikely but thriving marriage between a writer like Anne Tyler and one such as Jorge Luis Borges.

Zagadka
25th July 2006, 07:19
Love and Sleep

*Book #2 from the AEgypt Series*

John Crowley

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Book Description :

With this impressive if flawed sequel to the magisterial AEgypt (1987), Crowley offers another taste of his deeply intellectual brand of contemporary fantasy. As a boy, historian and writer Pierce Moffett developed a fascination with the occult, devouring tomes of arcane lore. Now Pierce has become increasingly convinced that, several times in history, the world has undergone a great transformation whereby the nature of things--the systems that govern its operation--have changed; where once alchemy and magic worked, now they don't. Digging through the papers of a favorite childhood novelist, Pierce discovers an unpublished manuscript that, set in the 16th century and tracking two real-life men of knowledge, seems to bolster his supposition that things were indeed once different. Several people are affected by his discovery--the woman he comes to care for; an epileptic child; a dying man seeking the philosopher's stone. It's not in the plot that the relative strengths of Crowley's book lie. Rather, it's in the breathtaking language, the rolling seductive sentences and the precision with which he evokes the sense of everyday life spiced with hints of mystical secrets. The problem, though, is that there's no proper payoff to all the portent. Crowley tries mightily, but he just can't pull off the miracle of creating his own philosopher's stone here. Still, if what he ends up with isn't quite gold, it glitters enough to keep readers involved.

Zagadka
25th July 2006, 07:22
Infinite Jest

David Foster Wallace

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Book Description :

"Infinite Jest" is a movie so entertaining and addictive, anyone who watches it loses all desire to do anything else. Individuals, organizations and governments vie to obtain the master copy, and recovering addicts get caught up in increasingly desperate attempts to control it.

Zagadka
25th July 2006, 07:23
Girl With Curious Hair

David Foster Wallace

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Book Description :

In these stories, the author renders the bizarre normal and the absurd hilarious, from the eerily "real", almost holographic evocations of historical figures, to overtelevised game-show hosts and late-night comedians. In the title story, punk nihilism meets Young Republicanism.

Zagadka
25th July 2006, 07:24
Brief Interviews with Hideous Men

David Foster Wallace

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Book Description :

In his startling and singular new short story collection, David Foster Wallace nudges at the boundaries of fiction with inimitable wit and seductive intelligence. Among the stories are 'The Depressed Person', a dazzling and blackly humorous portrayal of a woman's mental state; 'Adult World', which reveals a woman's agonised consideration of her confusing sexual relationship with her husband; and 'Brief Interviews with Hideous Men', a dark, hilarious series of portraits of men whose fear of women renders them grotesque.

Wallace's stories present a world where the bizarre and the banal are interwoven and where hideous men appear in many different guises. Thought-provoking and playful, this collection confirms David Foster Wallace as one of the most imaginative young writers around. Wallace delights in leftfield observation, mining the ironic, the surprising and the illuminating from every situation. His new collection will delight his growing number of fans, and provide a perfect introduction for new readers.

Zagadka
25th July 2006, 07:27
Why is Sex Fun

Jared Diamond

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Book Description :

From Library Journal
This book speculates on the evolutionary forces that shaped the unique aspects of human sexuality: female menopause, males' role in society, having sex in private, and?most unusual of all?having sex for fun instead of for procreation. Through comparative evolution, biologist and science author Diamond (Guns, Germs, and Steel: The Fate of Human Societies, LJ 2/15/97), poses credible and thought-provoking yet entertaining factors: the lengthy period of dependency of human infants, sex for pleasure as the tie that helps bind a mother and a father together, and menopause as an evolutionary advantage that, by ending the childbearing years, allows females to pass wisdom and knowledge on to society and succeeding generations. Recommended for most libraries.?Gloria Maxwell, Kansas City P.L., Kan.
Copyright 1997 Reed Business Information, Inc. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

Zagadka
25th July 2006, 07:29
Camp Concentration

Thomas Disch

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Book Description :

Thomas M. Disch is one of the overlooked masters of science fiction, and Camp Concentration is one of his finest novels. The unlikely hero of this piece is Louis Sacchetti, an overweight poet who's serving a five- year prison term for being a "conchie", or conscientious objector, to the ongoing war being fought by the United States. Three months into his sentence, Sacchetti is mysteriously taken from prison and brought to Camp Archimedes, an underground compound run by General Humphrey Haast. This is the so-called "camp concentration" of the book's title, a strange oubliette where inmates are given a drug that will raise their intelligence to astounding levels, though it will also kill them in a matter of months.

Sacchetti's job is to chronicle the goings-on at Archimedes in a daily journal that is sent to Haast and other select members of the project. Through his writings, readers get to know the various characters that inhabit the camp, geniuses whose intellectual fires burn brightly even while their bodies slowly go cold. Although these latter-day Einsteins are supposed to be thinking up new ways of killing the enemy, most of the inmates are instead focusing their studies on alchemy, which Haast hopes will allow them to discover the secret of immortality.

Camp Concentration is one of those SF books that falls squarely into the "literature" category both for the eloquence of Disch's writing and the timelessness of his ruminations on life and war. This is a thoughtful novel that offers insights into human existence, and it will likely stay with readers long after they have turned the last page. Ursula K. LeGuin summed up the book best in her cover blurb, which says simply: "It is a work of art, and if you read it, you will be changed." --Craig E. Engler

Zagadka
25th July 2006, 07:31
Fup

*Book #1 from the Rebel Inc Series*

Jim Dodge

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Book Description :

Between these covers reside a twenty pound duck that won't fly, thirty miles of barbed-wire fencing, and several batches of illicit whiskey. Fup is a classic tale that celebrates all the amazing connections and pitfalls of rustic living. The story is set in the coastal hills of northern California between 1880 and the present. The plot revolves around Grandaddy Jake Santee who believes he is immortal, his grandson Tiny whose passion is building masterfully crafted fences even though they don't have any stock, and Fup, a hen mallard with a prodigious appetite. These three come together in a transcendent tale that has won international acclaim and the affection of thousands of readers.

Zagadka
25th July 2006, 07:34
The Imitation Factor_Evolution Beyond the Gene

Lee Alan Dugatkin

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Book Description :

From Publishers Weekly
The dominant paradigm in evolutionary biology asserts that genes are responsible for virtually all manifestations of animal behavior while the environment plays a small role. In a thoroughly engaging, accessible manner, Dugatkin, professor of biology at the University of Louisville, challenges "that assumption by presenting the case that cultural transmission and gene-culture interactions are serious, underestimated forces in evolutionary biology." He analyzes a broad array of behavioral studies conducted by himself, his students and many other scientists to demonstrate that animals imitate each other regularly, learn new behaviors from this mimesis and even engage in activities that are best called teaching. By presenting behavioral examples of simple and complex animals ranging from guppies to macaques, from blackbirds to humans, he proves that large brains are not a prerequisite for imitation. Even more important, Dugatkin establishes these actions as constituents of culture, which many scientists limit to humans. Dugatkin explains scientific method superbly and conveys the thrill of designing an ingenious experiment. His theories and supporting evidence will inspire even the most skeptical readers to rethink humans' place in the animal kingdom. Anyone interested in the nature/culture debate will learn something new from Dugatkin. (Jan.)
Copyright 2000 Reed Business Information, Inc.

Zagadka
25th July 2006, 07:36
Ella Minnow Pea: A Novel in Letters

Mark Dunn

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Book Description :

Ella Minnow Pea is a girl living happily on the fictional island of Nollop off the coast of South Carolina. Nollop was named after Nevin Nollop, author of the immortal pangram,* “The quick brown fox jumps over the lazy dog.” Now Ella finds herself acting to save her friends, family, and fellow citizens from the encroaching totalitarianism of the island’s Council, which has banned the use of certain letters of the alphabet as they fall from a memorial statue of Nevin Nollop. As the letters progressively drop from the statue they also disappear from the novel. The result is both a hilarious and moving story of one girl’s fight for freedom of expression, as well as a linguistic tour de force sure to delight word lovers everywhere.

*pangram: a sentence or phrase that includes all the letters of the alphabet

Zagadka
25th July 2006, 07:38
Baudolino

Umberto Eco

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Book Description :

Eco returns to the Middle Ages with Baudolino - a wondrous, provocative, beguiling tale of history, myth, and invention. It is April, 1204, and Constantinople, the splendid capital of the Byzantine Empire, is being sacked and burned by the knights of the fourth Crusade. Amid the carnage and confusion, one Baudolino saves a Byzantine historian and high court official from certain death at the hands of the crusading warriors, and proceeds to tell his own fantastical story. Born a simple peasant in northern Italy, Baudolino has two major gifts - a talent for learning foreign languages and skill in relling lies. One day, when still a boy, he met a foreign commander in the woods, charming him with his quick wit and lively mind. The commander - who proves to be the emperor Frederick Barbarossa - adopts Baudolino and sends him to the university in Paris, where he makes a number of fearless, adventurous friends. Spurred on by myths and their own reveries, this merry band sets out in search of Prester John, a legendary priest-king who was said to rule over a vast kingdom in the East - a phantasmagorical land of strange creatures with eyes on their shoulders and mouths on their stomachs, of eunuchs, unicorns, and lovely maidens. As always with Eco, this abundant novel includes dazzling digressions, outrageous tricks, pages of extraordinary feeling and poetry, and vicarious reflections on our postmodern age. Baudolino is an utterly marvelous tale by the inimitable author of The Name of the Rose.

Zagadka
25th July 2006, 07:41
The Living End

Stanley Elkin

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Book Description :

This short novel exhibits the author's sardonic fatalism, a kind of humor so dark that, before the work closes, it's more sad--or angry--than funny. A basically good man dies in a stickup, finds himself in hell, whence proceed comic misadventures. Elkin gives his dramatis personae an endearing quality--except for God, who is a petulant, willful despot. George Guidall, one of the best audiobook narrators, misses none of the beats. Wisely, he reads with a comic tone, but without the comic timing of gags that would turn satire into the Three Stooges. He stints on none of the drama, yet pulls back on the bigger moments to keep them from turning bathetic. His interpretation conjures up a phantasmagoria by Hieronymus Bosch in a prankish mood. If he errs, it's in his inability to give Joseph, a minor character here as in the New Testament, the Yiddish inflections the author wrote for him. There is something of Dostoyevsky as much as of Elkin in Guidall's horrifically funny afterlife, something bigger than the text he reads from. Y.R. An AUDIOFILE Earphones Award winner (c)AudioFile, Portland, Maine --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

Zagadka
25th July 2006, 07:46
The Crimson Petal and the White

Michel Faber

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Book Description :

Gripping from the first page, this immense novel is an intoxicating and deeply satisfying read. Faber's most ambitious fictional creation yet, it is sure to affirm his position as one of the most talented and brilliant writers working in the UK. Sugar, an alluring, nineteen-year-old whore in the brothel of the terrifying Mrs Castaway, yearns for a better life. Her ascent through the strata of 1870's London society offers us intimacy with a host of loveable, maddening and superbly realised characters. At the heart of this panoramic, multi-layered narrative is the compelling struggle of a young woman to lift her body and soul out of the gutter. The Crimson Petal and the White is a big, juicy, must-read of a novel that will delight, enthral, provoke and entertain young and old, male and female.

Zagadka
25th July 2006, 07:47
Lost Pages

Paul Di Filippo

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Book Description :

A collection of nine stories transplants famous writers to strange new worlds, as "Frank" Kafka becomes another Superman, Henry Miller becomes a messenger, and Anne Frank a stand-in for Judy Garland in The Wizard of Oz. Original. IP.

Zagadka
25th July 2006, 07:49
Invasion of the Body Snatchers

Jack Finney

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Book Description :

The local doctor in the sleepy town of Mill Valley in northern California hears a patient's strange complaint that her uncle isn't really her uncle anymore. Dr Miles Bennell discovers that aliens are silently taking over bodies and minds and the world as he knows it.

Zagadka
25th July 2006, 07:53
Introducing Don DeLillo

Frank Lentricchia

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Book Description :

For obvious reasons Don DeLillo's publishers are pleased to advertise their man as a "highly acclaimed" novelist, but until the publication of White Noise in 1985 DeLillo was a pretty obscure object of acclaim, both in and out of the academy

Zagadka
25th July 2006, 07:56
Neverwhere

Neil Gaiman

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Book Description :

Under the streets of London there is a world of which most people could never dream. When Richard Mayhew accidentally stumbles on this hidden city of monsters, saints, murderers and angels, he is catapulted from a safe and predictable world into one that is eerily familiar yet utterly bizarre.

Zagadka
25th July 2006, 07:57
Stardust

Neil Gaiman

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Book Description :

From the creator of "The Sandman", this ia an illustrated "Faerie" tale of a long-ago world where magic and humanity mingle in extraordinary ways.

Zagadka
25th July 2006, 07:58
American Gods

Neil Gaiman

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Book Description :

After three years in prison, Shadow has done his time. But as the days, then the hours, then the hours, then the seconds until his release tick away, he can feel a storm building. Two days before he gets out, his wife Laura dies in a mysterious car crash, in apparently adulterous circumstances. Dazed, Shadow travels home, only to encounter the bizarre Mr Wednesday claiming to be a refugee from a distant war, a former god and the king of America. Together they embark on a very strange journey across the States, along the way solving the murders which have occurred every winter in one small American town. But they are being pursued by someone with whom Shadow must make his peace... Disturbing, gripping and profoundly strange, Neil Gaiman's epic new novel sees him on the road to finding the soul of America.

Zagadka
25th July 2006, 07:59
Coraline

Neil Gaiman

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Book Description :

The day after they moved in,
Coraline went exploring....

In Coraline's family's new flat are twenty-one windows and fourteen doors. Thirteen of the doors open and close.

The fourteenth is locked, and on the other side is only a brick wall, until the day Coraline unlocks the door to find a passage to another flat in another house just like her own.

Only it's different.

At first, things seem marvelous in the other flat. The food is better. The toy box is filled with wind-up angels that flutter around the bedroom, books whose pictures writhe and crawl and shimmer, little dinosaur skulls that chatter their teeth. But there's another mother, and another father, and they want Coraline to stay with them and be their little girl. They want to change her and never let her go.

Other children are trapped there as well, lost souls behind the mirrors. Coraline is their only hope of rescue. She will have to fight with all her wits and all the tools she can find if she is to save the lost children, her ordinary life, and herself.

Critically acclaimed and award-winning author Neil Gaiman will delight readers with his first novel for all ages.

Zagadka
25th July 2006, 08:01
Anansi Boys

Neil Gaiman

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Book Description :

God is dead. Meet the kids.

When Fat Charlie's dad named something, it stuck. Like calling Fat Charlie "Fat Charlie." Even now, twenty years later, Charlie Nancy can't shake that name, one of the many embarrassing "gifts his father bestowed - before he dropped dead on a karaoke stage and ruined Fat Charlie's life.

Mr. Nancy left Fat Charlie things. Things like the tall good-looking stranger who appears on Charlie's doorstep, who appears to be the brother he never knew. A brother as different from Charlie as night is to day, a brother who's going to show Charlie how to lighten up and have a little fun...just like Dear Old Dad. And all of a sudden, life starts getting very interesting for Fat Charlie.

Because, you see, Charlie's dad wasn't just any dad. He was Anansi, a trickster god, the spider-god. Anansi is the spirit of rebellion -- he is able to overturn the social order, create wealth out of thin air, and baffle the devil.

Exciting, scary, and deeply funny, Anansi Boys is a kaleidoscope journey deep into myth, a wild adventure, and a fierce and unstoppable farce, as Neil Gaiman shows us where gods come from, and how to survive your family.

Zagadka
25th July 2006, 08:04
Smoke and Mirrors

Neil Gaiman

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Book Description :

This anthology of short stories, and the occasional story poem, is vintage Neil Gaiman: quirky, sometimes very funny, often dark and disturbing. Most have been published before, but are hard to find elsewhere and cover all of Gaiman's writing life. As Gaiman says in his introduction, "most of the stories in this book are about love in some form or another," but not requited love. The stories in Smoke and Mirrors touch on all of Gaiman's themes: sex, death, dreams, and the end of the world. From "Chivalry," about the Holy Grail and where it finally ended up, to "Troll Bridge," a very adult version of "The Three Billy Goats Gruff"; from "Bay Wolf," a story poem that melds Beowulf and Baywatch, with interesting results, to "Murder Mysteries," which is about a murder, but also about angels, God's will, and Evil, these stories leave lasting impressions. Fans of Ray Bradbury's short stories and of Gaiman's other works will enjoy this collection. --Nona Vero --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

Zagadka
25th July 2006, 08:07
Monarch of the Glen

Neil Gaiman

Book Description :

The Story:
Neil Gaiman revisits the world of American Gods with an all-new novella! After his role in the war between old gods and new, Shadow has decided to take an extended vacation. After wandering about Scandinavia, he winds up in a Scottish village without castles or ruins, but a great environment for walks. In the hotel bar, he meets a man who speaks of monsters, and offers Shadow a lucrative job for the weekend, minding the door at an exclusive gala at an old castle on the hill. Not learning from experience, Shadow takes the job, placing him in the middle of an ancient struggle between man and monster. As the distinction between the two blurs, Shadow’s only hope for survival may rest with a mysterious woman of the land. If Shadow can defeat the forces working against him, he may be able to free long-lost gods from torment and one day return home–but what will his victory mean to his beautiful benefactor?

Zagadka
25th July 2006, 08:11
The Mind's Past

Michael S. Gazzaniga

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Book Description :

Gazzaniga, director of the program in cognitive neuroscience at Dartmouth and author of Mind Matters, The Social Brain and Nature's Mind, adds an engaging account of how and why the human brain creates a narrative to explain its experiences. Writing for a popular audience, Gazzaniga relates that a portion of the left brain, which he calls the "interpreter," constantly drives the mind to seek reasons for its convictions no matter how unfounded they may be. An example is given of a woman who suffered from a syndrome that led her to believe she was home while visiting her doctor. When asked how she could explain the elevators in the corridor, she immediately produced a reason: "Doctor, do you know how much it cost me to have those put in?" While Gazzaniga's anecdotes are fascinating, the conclusion he draws from them seems rather unconvincing. Arguing from the standpoint of evolutionary psychology, he asserts that the left brain's incessant ratiocinations function to enhance human beings' reproductive success through sensible reasoning. Gazzaniga's conclusion about the "interpreter" seems analytic, at least in relation to evolutionary theory, which already presupposes that all facets of a species function to promote its reproduction and survival. In fact, Gazzaniga's conclusion stands in contradiction to a basic tenet of his own theoretical framework: namely, that adaptation is not determined by reason but rather by chance. Nonetheless, Gazzaniga's work remains intriguing precisely in its attempt to understand the brain's will toward order and reason, "even when they don't exist."
Copyright 1998 Reed Business Information, Inc. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

Zagadka
25th July 2006, 08:12
Pattern Recognition

William Gibson

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Book Description :

Cayce Pollard is an expensive, spookily intuitive market-research consultant. In London on a job, she is offered a secret assignment: to investigate some intriguing snippets of video that have been appearing on the Internet. An entire subculture of people is obsessed with these bits of footage, and anybody who can create that kind of brand loyalty would be a gold mine for Cayce's client. But when her borrowed apartment is burgled and her computer hacked, she realizes there's more to this project than she had expected.

Still, Cayce is her father's daughter, and the danger makes her stubborn. Win Pollard, ex-security expert, probably ex-CIA, took a taxi in the direction of the World Trade Center on September 11 one year ago, and is presumed dead. Win taught Cayce a bit about the way agents work. She is still numb at his loss, and, as much for him as for any other reason, she refuses to give up this newly weird job, which will take her to Tokyo and on to Russia. With help and betrayal from equally unlikely quarters, Cayce will follow the trail of the mysterious film to its source, and in the process will learn something about her father's life and death.

Zagadka
25th July 2006, 08:19
On Intelligence

Hawkins, Jeff with Blakeslee, Sandra

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Book Description :

Hawkins designed the technical innovations that make handheld computers like the Palm Pilot ubiquitous. But he also has a lifelong passion for the mysteries of the brain, and he's convinced that artificial intelligence theorists are misguided in focusing on the limits of computational power rather than on the nature of human thought. He "pops the hood" of the neocortex and carefully articulates a theory of consciousness and intelligence that offers radical options for future researchers. "[T]he ability to make predictions about the future... is the crux of intelligence," he argues. The predictions are based on accumulated memories, and Hawkins suggests that humanoid robotics, the attempt to build robots with humanlike bodies, will create machines that are more expensive and impractical than machines reproducing genuinely human-level processes such as complex-pattern analysis, which can be applied to speech recognition, weather analysis and smart cars. Hawkins presents his ideas, with help from New York Times science writer Blakeslee, in chatty, easy-to-grasp language that still respects the brain's technical complexity. He fully anticipates—even welcomes—the controversy he may provoke within the scientific community and admits that he might be wrong, even as he offers a checklist of potential discoveries that could prove him right. His engaging speculations are sure to win fans of authors like Steven Johnson and Daniel Dennett.
Copyright © Reed Business Information, a division of Reed Elsevier Inc. All rights reserved.

Zagadka
25th July 2006, 08:21
A Moveable Feast

Ernest Hemingway

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Book Description :

Hemingway records his five years in Paris, describing his own creative struggles and providing portraits of such fellow expatriates as Fitzgerald, Pound, and Stein.

Zagadka
25th July 2006, 08:24
Riddley Walker

Russel Hoban

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Book Description :

First Sentence:
On my naming day when I come 12 I gone front spear and kilt a wyld boar he parbly ben the las wyld pig on the Bundel Downs any how there hadnt ben none for a long time befor him nor I aint looking to see none agen.

Zagadka
25th July 2006, 08:27
The Lion of Boaz Jachin and Jachin Boaz

Russel Hoban

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Zagadka
25th July 2006, 08:28
A Long Way Down

Nick Hornby

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Book Description :

Narrated in turns by a dowdy, middle-aged woman, a half-crazed adolescent, a disgraced breakfast TV presenter and an American rock star cum pizza delivery boy, A Long Way Down is the story of the Toppers House Four, aka Maureen, Jess, Martin and JJ. A low-rent crowd with absolutely nothing in common - save where they end up that New Year's Eve night. And what they do next, of course. Funny, sad, and wonderfully humane, Nick Hornby's new novel asks some of the big questions: about life and death, strangers and friendship, love and pain, and whether a slice of pizza can really see you through a long, dark night of the soul.

Zagadka
25th July 2006, 08:32
The Hunchback of Notre Dame

Victor Hugo

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Book Description :

The story of Quasimodo, the hunchback bellringer of Notre-Dame cathedral and his devotion to the beautiful gypsy dancer Esmeralda. When the demented archdeacon Frollo sets out to abduct Esmeralda, he uses Quasimodo to do the evil deed on his behalf. However, Quasimodo turns from captor to saviour.

Zagadka
25th July 2006, 08:35
Collected Essays

Aldous Huxley

Zagadka
25th July 2006, 08:36
The Unconsoled

Kazuo Ishiguro

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Book Description :

A musician of international renown checks into a hotel in eastern Europe. He has the distinct recollection that he is due to perform in the Civic Concert Hall in a few days' time, but as the hotel porter escorts him to his room it occurs to him that there is much more to his visit than he expected.

Zagadka
25th July 2006, 08:38
The Floating Opera

John Barth

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Book Description :

This is the story of the day Todd Andrews, hero and narrator, confirmed bachelor, convinced nihilist, practising lawyer, rake, saint, cynic and potential suicide, decides not to commit suicide.

Zagadka
25th July 2006, 08:39
The End of the Road

John Barth

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Book Description :

By the author of THE SOT-WEED FACTOR and THE FLOARING OPERA. THE END OF THE ROAD is the story of Jacob Horner. On his 28th birthday, he decides that he has no convincing reason for doing anything. And that's what he does, nothing- until a strange black man who calls himself a doctor tells him about his case and prescribes teaching at Wicomico State Teacher's College as a cure. There he meets Joe Morgan, a young historian, and Rennie, his wife. Joe and Rennie have taught themselves to say goodbye to objective values. Jacob had none in the first place. This is the story of Jacob, Joe and Rennie. They are in love.

Zagadka
25th July 2006, 08:43
Chimera

John Barth

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Book Description :

In Chimera, John Barth injects his signature wit into the tales of Scheherezade of the Thousand and One Nights, Perseus, the slayer of Medusa, and Bellerophon, who tamed the winged horse Pegasus. In a book that the Washington Post called stylishly maned, tragically songful, and serpentinely elegant, Barth retells these tales from varying perspectives, examining the myths relationship to reality and their resonance with the contemporary world. A winner of the National Book Award, this feisty, witty, sometimes bawdy book provoked Playboy to comment, There s every chance in the world that John Barth is a genius.

Zagadka
25th July 2006, 08:47
Lost in the Funhouse

John Barth

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Book Description :

Fourteen short literary experiments intended for perusal in sequence are set in contemporary society and classical Greece.

Zagadka
25th July 2006, 08:48
The Friday Book

John Barth

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Book Description :

This nonfiction work is what Barth callls "an arrangement of essays and occaisonal lectures, some previously published, most not, most on matters literary, some not, accumulated over 30 years or so of writing, teaching and teaching writing". Barth speculates on the future of literature and the literature of the future. He looks back too upon historical fiction and fictitous history.

Zagadka
25th July 2006, 08:50
Mind Wide Open

Steven Johnson

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Book Description :

It's the rare popular science book that not only gives the reader a gee-whiz glimpse at an emerging field, but also offers a guide for incorporating its new insights into one's own worldview. Johnson, the former editor of the Webzine Feed and author of the acclaimed Emergence (2001), does just that in his fascinating, engagingly written new survey. Applying what he calls "the `long-decay' test" to gauge the information's enduring relevance, he chooses a handful of current neuroscience concepts with the potential to transform our thinking about emotions, memories and consciousness. In a charming device, the writer subjects himself to the latest in neurological testing techniques, from biofeedback to the latest forms of MRI, and shares the insight he gains into the moment-by-moment workings of his own brain, from the adrenaline spike he gets from making jokes to his intense focus when composing sentences. The structure is fluid almost to a fault, as Johnson illustrates, elaborates on and returns to his view of the brain as a modular, associative network, "more like an orchestra than a soloist." He introduces the amygdala, for example, as a small region in the brain implicated in our ongoing, nearly automatic interpretation of the emotional states of others (called "mind reading"), a function impaired in autistic individuals. But the amygdala, the brain's source of "gut feelings," returns in the following chapter as important in encoding fearful memories, a connection that helps explain why fearful or traumatic memories are so much more tenacious and detailed than emotionally neutral ones. Always considerate of his audience, Johnson weaves disparate strands of brain research and theory smoothly into the narrative (only a concluding section on Freud's modern legacy feels like a tangent), which leaves readers' minds more open than they were.
Copyright © Reed Business Information, a division of Reed Elsevier Inc. All rights reserved.

Zagadka
25th July 2006, 08:52
The Phantom Tollbooth

Norton Juster

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Book Description :

Illustrated in black-and-white. This ingenious fantasy centers around Milo, a bored ten-year-old who comes home to find a large toy tollbooth sitting in his room. Joining forces with a watchdog named Tock, Milo drives through the tollbooth's gates and begins a memorable journey. He meets such characters as the foolish, yet lovable Humbug, the Mathemagician, and the not-so-wicked "Which," Faintly Macabre, who gives Milo the "impossible" mission of returning two princesses to the Kingdom of Wisdom.

Zagadka
25th July 2006, 08:54
The Last Light of the Sun

Guy Gavriel Kay

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Book Description :

From award-winning author Guy Gavriel Kay, who "stands among the world's finest fantasy authors" (Montreal Gazette), comes a sweeping tale evocative of the Celtic and Norse cultures of the ninth and tenth centuries, filled with the human passion and epic adventure he is noted for.

Zagadka
25th July 2006, 08:56
Sailing to Sarantium

*Book #1 from the Sarantine Mosaic Series*

Guy Gavriel Kay

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Book Description :

The first of a two-volume story continuing that of the world created in "Tigana". The empire of Sarantium is beset to east and west but Valerius II wishes to take back the western lands which gave birth to the empire he now rules. The master mosaicist, Caius Crispus, is called upon to play a role.

Zagadka
25th July 2006, 08:57
Lord of Emperors

*Book #2 from the Sarantine Mosaic Series*

Guy Gavriel Kay

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Book Description :

Crispin the mosaicist wants to concentrate on his art. Rustem of Kerakek, a physician, is also on his own journey of self-discovery. But no man may withdraw from society that easily, and both men soon find themselves drawn into the deadly webs of Sarantium. The sequal to "Sailing to Sarantium".

Zagadka
25th July 2006, 08:59
Girl, Interrupted

Susanna Kaysen

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Book Description :

In 1967, 18-year-old Susanna Kaysen was sent to McLean Hospital to be treated for depression and spent most of the next two years there. In this, her memoir of her time there, she questions our definitions of sane and insane, and offers vivid portraits of her fellow patients and their keepers.

Zagadka
25th July 2006, 09:02
Newton's Cannon

*Book #1 from the Age of Unreason Series*

Gregory Keyes

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Book Description :

A dazzling quest whose outcome will raise humanity to unparalleled heights of glory--or ring down a curtain of endless night . . .

1681: When Sir Isaac Newton turns his restless mind to the ancient art of alchemy, he unleashes Philosopher's Mercury, a primal source of matter and a key to manipulating the four elements of Earth, Air, Fire, and Water. Now, as France and England battle for its control, Louis XIV calls for a new weapon--a mysterious device known only as Newton's Cannon.

Half a world away, a young apprentice named Benjamin Franklin stumbles across a dangerous secret. Pursued by a deadly enemy--half scientist, half sorcerer--Ben makes his fugitive way to England. Only Newton himself can help him now. But who will help Sir Isaac? For he was not the first to unleash the Philosopher's Mercury. Others were there before him. Creatures as scornful of science as they are of mankind. And burning to be rid of both . . .

Zagadka
25th July 2006, 09:03
A Claculus of Angels

*Book #2 from the Age of Unreason Series*

Gregory Keyes

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Book Description :

1722: A second Dark Age looms. An asteroid has devastated the Earth, called down by dire creatures who plot against the world of men. The brilliant-- some say mad--Isaac Newton has taken refuge in ancient Prague. There, with his young apprentice Ben Franklin, he plumbs the secrets of the aetheric beings who have so nearly destroyed humanity.

But their safety is tenuous. Peter the Great marches his unstoppable forces across Europe. And half a world away, Cotton Mather and Blackbeard the pirate assemble a party of colonial luminaries to cross the Atlantic and discover what has befallen the Old World. With them sails Red Shoes, a Choctaw shaman whose mysterious connections to the invisible world warn him that they are all moving toward a confrontation as violent as it is decisive . . .

Zagadka
25th July 2006, 09:04
Empire of Unreason

*Book #3 from the Age of Unreason Series*

Gregory Keyes

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Book Description :


While Europe lies devastated by an asteroid and North America plagued by a new ice age, Benjamin Franklin leads a group of survivors againt the alien malakim.

Zagadka
25th July 2006, 09:06
The Shadows of God

*Book #4 from the Age of Unreason Series*

Gregory Keyes

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Book Description :

In the climactic conclusion of The Age of Unreasons series, Benjamin Franklin and Red Shoes, the Choctaw shaman, join forces with Adrienne de Montchevreuil, a magic-wielding French aristocrat, to defeat the Sun Boy and the armies of the Malakim.

Zagadka
25th July 2006, 09:07
The Charnel Prince

*Book #2 from the Kingdoms of Thorn and Bone Series*

Gregory Keyes

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Book Description :


From Publishers Weekly
The age of Everon is ending in the elegiac second installment of bestseller Keyes's fresh and imaginative high fantasy saga that began with 2003's The Briar King. Told in a inventive prose often as disturbing as it is beautiful, Keyes's sprawling multiple-viewpoint narrative explores a weird landscape fraught with "ancient evils and fresh curses." Black briars spurt up "like slow fountains" wherever the Briar King walks in the King's Forest. As the Briar King turns villagers into unholy monsters, creatures such as greffyns and manticores once deemed the stuff of myth attack anyone who dares challenge him. In a land on the brink of civil war, assassins have claimed most of Queen Muriel's family except for her gifted youngest daughter, Anne Dare, who escaped death with her servant Austra, and is now struggling to return home to fulfill a prophecy. Other well-drawn characters include Sir Neil MeqVren, the queen's protector, and Leovigild "Leoff" Ackenzal, a talented composer. Those who haven't read The Briar King may have problems at first following the plot, but Keyes's lyricism, pacing and deft handling of eternally important topics—the dance between church and state, man and woman, life and death—make this a thought-provoking entertainment.
Copyright © Reed Business Information, a division of Reed Elsevier Inc. All rights reserved.

Zagadka
25th July 2006, 09:12
The Fortress of Solitude

Jonathan Lethem

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Book Description :

This is the story of two boys, Dylan Ebdus and Mingus Rude. They are friends and neighbors, but because Dylan is white and Mingus is black, their friendship is not simple. This is the story of their Brooklyn neighborhood, which is almost exclusively black despite the first whispers of something that will become known as "gentrification."

This is the story of 1970s America, a time when the most simple human decisions-what music you listen to, whether to speak to the kid in the seat next to you, whether to give up your lunch money-are laden with potential political, social and racial disaster. This is the story of 1990s America, when no one cared anymore.

This is the story of punk, that easy white rebellion, and crack, that monstrous plague. This is the story of the loneliness of the avant-garde artist and the exuberance of the graffiti artist.

This is the story of what would happen if two teenaged boys obsessed with comic book heroes actually had superpowers: They would screw up their lives.

This is the story of joyous afternoons of stickball and dreaded years of schoolyard extortion. This is the story of belonging to a society that doesn't accept you. This is the story of prison and of college, of Brooklyn and Berkeley, of soul and rap, of murder and redemption.

This is the story Jonathan Lethem was born to tell. This is THE FORTRESS OF SOLITUDE.

Zagadka
25th July 2006, 09:15
My Cousin, My Gastroenterologist

Mark Leyner

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Book Description :

From Publishers Weekly
These 17 loosely linked short stories are intelligent, funny and incredibly bizarre. Though not all are science fiction, each displays a supercharged cyberpunk writing style jam-packed with elements of tabloid journalism, bits of advertising slogans, references to kung fu films, literary allusions, television trivia, deadpan non sequiturs, puns and poetry. The fiercely imaginative Leyner ( I Smell Esther Williams ) announces: "Dad was in the basement centrifuging mouse spleen hybridoma, when I informed him that I'd enrolled at the Wilford Military Academy of Beauty." He also discusses the difficulty of finding a haberdashery near the Mitsubishi Heavy Industries shipyard and speculates on a televised encounter between Tennessee's youngest member of the House of Representatives and 17th-century metaphysician Baruch Spinoza. Squads of displaced, armed and dangerous combatants inhabit a young boy's bedroom in the marvelous "In the Kingdom of Boredom, I Wear the Royal Sweatpants." It's an exuberant, adventurous and audacious collection. Some of the pieces were originally published in Esquire, Harper's and Fiction International , among other magazines.
Copyright 1990 Reed Business Information, Inc. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

Zagadka
25th July 2006, 09:18
Too Beautiful For You

Rod Liddle

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Zagadka
25th July 2006, 09:22
The Subject Steve

Sam Lipsyte

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Book Description :

From Publishers Weekly
Lipsyte's latest is a dark satire in which a protagonist named Steve is diagnosed with a vague but deadly disease called Prexis that sounds suspiciously like terminal boredom with modern life. Steve's doctors, two shadowy figures known only as the Mechanic and the Philosopher, try a variety of equally vague experimental treatments on him until their programs are exposed as fraudulent. His bizarre illness sets off a panic and a media frenzy, and Steve finds himself drawn to a clinic in upstate New York called the Center for Non-Denominational Recovery and Redemption run by a shady former torture expert known only as Heinrich of Newark, who uses pain-based "treatments." The cultish clinic proves equally ineffective, so Steve takes a couple of stabs at alternative medicine before heading west into the desert to join a futuristic cult called the Realm, where he prepares to meet his maker through a strange series of therapy sessions and off-the-wall broadcasts. In the stretches between the erratic and often bizarre plot twists, the author explores the disaffections of a divorced middle-aged man, delving into his professional disappointments, the emptiness of his marriage and love life, and the death of his best friend. Lipsyte (Venus Drive) has come up with an intriguing experimental concept, but the absence of coherent, linear plot means the commentary must be particularly sharp and interesting, and much of what Lipsyte offers is rambling, self-absorbed and at times just plain annoying. The troubles of the alienated and estranged offer plenty of opportunities for an adventurous approach, but much of what Lipsyte submits is familiar, a mannered echo, product of a sensibility halfway between Lish and Vonnegut.

Zagadka
25th July 2006, 09:24
Cosmonaut Keep

*Book #1 from the Engines of Light Series*

Ken MacLeod

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Book Description :

When Alexander Cairns made his fortune, he did some gambling - financing interstallar probes to look for other life forms. Now his son has discovered that one of them has sent back evidence of alien intelligence, and a space ark financed by a rival family is obliviously approaching the area.

Zagadka
25th July 2006, 09:25
Dark Light

*Book #2 from the Engines of Light Series*

Ken MacLeod

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Book Description :

Among the powerful intelligences that pervade the universe, there are profound differences of opinion about how to deal with surface life-forms such as human beings. Now, as humans have finally achieved space travel, they find themselves involved in the politics of the gods . . . and in their wars.

Zagadka
25th July 2006, 09:26
Engine City

*Book #3 from the Engines of Light Series*

Ken MacLeod

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Book Description :

The explosive final volume in Ken MacLeod's far-future trilogy. Nova Babylonia is in decline. The expected alien invaders never came and the Regime has fallen. Into this corrupt city arrives an outsider whose purpose is ambiguous. But businessman or spy, he is not the only visitor.

Zagadka
25th July 2006, 09:28
Frank's World

George Mangels

Zagadka
25th July 2006, 09:29
The Light Ages

Ian MacLeod

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Book Description :

In a bleak and gritty England, in a fantastical Age of Industry, the wealth that comes from magic is both revered and reviled. Here, an ambitious young man is haunted by his childhood love-a woman determined to be a part of the world he despises...

From a new star on the fantasy scene who offers something "truly out of the ordinary,"* this is a literary experience that evokes a moody, atmospheric past-while at the same time speculating on a fascinating alternate vision of that world.

Zagadka
25th July 2006, 09:31
The Best of Cordwainer Smith

Cordwainer Smith

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Book Description :

This contains: Scanners Live in Vain; Lady Who Sailed the Soul; Game of Rat and Dragon; Burning of the Brain; Cime and the Glory of Commander Suzdal; Golden the Ship Was - Oh Oh Oh; Dead Lady of Clown Town; Under Old Earth; Mother Hitton's Littul Kittons; Alpha Ralpha Boulevard; Ballad of Lost C'mell; and Planet Named Shayol.

Zagadka
25th July 2006, 09:35
The Confusion

*Book #2 from the Baroque Cycle Series*

Neal Stephenson

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Book Description :

The Barnes & Noble Review
The Confusion, the shelf-bending sequel to Neal Stephenson's equally meaty Quicksilver, continues his epic Baroque Cycle by following a remarkable cast of late-17th-century characters that includes spies, vagabonds, and historical figures like Sir Isaac Newton and German mathematician Gottfried Wilhelm Leibniz.

The two primary story lines revolve around Jack Shaftoe, the infamous King of the Vagabonds, and Eliza, a seductive spy who is both puppet-master and pawn to powerful alchemists, cryptographers, and kings. The novel begins with Jack a half-insane, pox-infected galley slave aboard a pirate ship. He and a cabal of ten ingenious slaves engineer a wild plot to win their freedom -- and untold fortunes. The complicated scheme -- which involves stealing an enormous cache of silver bound for Spain -- succeeds beyond their wildest dreams; but instead of thieving a hoard of silver, the cabal now possesses gold: "not just any gold, but gold imbued with miraculous -- even divine -- qualities."

Meanwhile, Eliza -- a former slave -- finds herself penniless once again in France and must use intellect and cunning to save herself and her children from certain death. Her primary objective is to seek vengeance on the man who forced her into slavery, but fate intervenes at the most inopportune moment...

With the swashbuckling action and the quixotic ambiance of Alexandre Dumas classics such as The Three Musketeers and The Count of Monte Cristo, the page-turning intrigue of Dan Brown's The Da Vinci Code, and a cast of characters to rival any Harry Turtledove epic, Stephenson's Baroque Cycle is destined to rank among the most ambitious historical sagas ever written. Wildly engaging, richly described and delectably complex, The Confusion is a storytelling masterwork. Paul Goat Allen

Zagadka
25th July 2006, 09:37
The System of the World

*Book #3 from the Baroque Cycle Series*

Neal Stephenson

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Book Description :

The Barnes & Noble Review
The System of the World, the third and concluding volume of Neal Stephenson's shelf-bending Baroque Cycle (Quicksilver and The Confusion), brings the epic historical saga to its thrilling -- and truly awe-inspiring -- conclusion.

Set in the early 18th century and featuring a diverse cast of characters that includes alchemists, philosophers, mathematicians, spies, thieves, pirates, and royalty, The System of the World follows Daniel Waterhouse, an unassuming philosopher and confidant to some of the most brilliant minds of the age, as he returns to England to try and repair the rift between geniuses Sir Isaac Newton and Gottfried Wilhelm Leibniz. After reluctantly leaving his family in Boston, Waterhouse arrives in England and is almost killed by a mysterious Infernal Device. Having been away from the war-decimated country for two decades, Waterhouse quickly learns that although many things have changed, there is still violent revolution simmering just beneath the surface of seemingly civilized society. With Queen Anne deathly ill and Tories and Whigs jostling for political supremacy, Waterhouse and Newton vow to figure out who is trying to kill certain scientists and decipher the riddle behind the legend of King Solomon's gold, a mythical hoard of precious metal with miraculous properties.

Arguably one of the most ambitious -- and most researched -- stories ever written, Stephenson's Baroque Cycle is set in one of the most turbulent and exciting times in human history. Filled with wild adventure, political intrigue, social upheaval, civilization-changing discoveries, cabalistic mysticism, and even a little romance, this massive saga is worth its weight in (Solomon's) gold. Paul Goat Allen

Zagadka
25th July 2006, 09:38
Snow Crash

Neal Stephenson

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Book Description :

In the future the only relief from the sea of logos is the computer-generated universe of virtual reality? But now a strange computer virus, called Snow Crash, is striking down hackers, leaving an unlikely young man as humankind's last hope. This book is shortlisted for the Arthur C. Clarke Award.

Zagadka
25th July 2006, 09:40
Interface

Neal Stephenson and George Frederick

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Book Description :

Neal Stephenson's political thriller, written under the pen name Stephen Bury. A governor with a biochip in his head is the perfect candidate, thanks to the polling information in his brain.

Zagadka
25th July 2006, 09:41
The Diamond Age

Neal Stephenson

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Book Description :

A nanotechnologist, John Hackworth, breaks the moral code of his tribe, the neo-Victorians. He has made an illict copy of a device called "A Young Lady's Primer". Its purpose is to raise and educate a girl capable of thinking for herself, but Hackworth's copy has fallen into the wrong hands.

Zagadka
25th July 2006, 09:42
Cryptonomicon

Neal Stephenson

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Book Description :

A panoramic novel of the latter half of the 20th century, ranging from World War II and the breaking of the Enigma code to more recent struggles for control of the Internet. From the author of "Snowcrash".

Zagadka
25th July 2006, 09:45
Jonathan Strange and Mr. Norrel

Susanna Clarke

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Book Description :

Centuries ago when magic still existed in England, the greatest magician of them all was the Raven King. A human child brought up by fairles, the Raven King blended fairy wisdom and human reason to create English magic. Now at the beginning of the nineteenth century, he is barely more than a legend, and England, with its mad King and its dashing poets, no longer believes in practical magic. Then the reclusive Mr Norrell of Hurtfew Abbey appears and causes the statues of York Cathedral to speak and move. News spreads of the return of magic to England and, persuaded that he must help the government in the war against Napoleon, Mr Norrell goes to London. There he meets a brilliant young magician and takes him as a pupil. Jonathan Strange is charming, rich and arrogant. Together, they dazzle the country with their feats. But the partnership soon turns to rivairy. Mr Norrell has never conquered his lifelong habits of secrecy, while Strange will always be attracted to the wildest, most perilous magic. He becomes fascinated by the shadowy figure of the Raven King, and his heedless pursuit of long-forgotten magic threatens, not only his partnership with Norrell, but everything that he holds dear. Elegant, witty and utterly compelling, Jonathan Strange and Mr Norrell creates a past world of great mystery and beauty that will hold the reader in thrall until the last page.

Zagadka
25th July 2006, 09:46
The Embedding

Ian Watson

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Book Description :

Aliens arrive on Earth hoping to trade some of their advanced knowledge for insights into Earth's linguistic structure. "The Embedding" is the story of three experiments in linguistics driven by a searching analysis of the nature of communication.

Zagadka
25th July 2006, 09:50
The Recognitions

Willim Gaddis

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Zagadka
25th July 2006, 09:52
JR

Willim Gaddis

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Book Description :

A biting satire, JR features JR, an eleven-year-old capitalist, who embodies the cash culture he grows up in. The young JR manipulates his meagre economic beginnings including a shipment of Navy surplus picnic forks, a defaulted bond issue and turns them into a massive paper empire. The novel's satiric assault upon the American Dream, and the economics it represents makes a compulsive read and the seminal American novel.

Zagadka
25th July 2006, 09:53
Carpenter's Gothic

Willim Gaddis

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Book Description :

This story of raging comedy and despair centers on the tempestuous marriage of an heiress and a Vietnam veteran. From their "carpenter gothic" rented house, Paul sets himself up as a media consultant for Reverend Ude, an evangelist mounting a grand crusade that conveniently suits a mining combine bidding to take over an ore strike on the site of Ude's African mission. At the still center of the breakneck action--revealed in Gaddis's inimitable virtuoso dialoge--is Paul's wife, Liz, and over it all looms the shadowy figure of McCandless, a geologist from whom Paul and Liz rent their house. As Paul mishandles the situation, his wife takes the geologist to her bed and a fire and aborted assassination occur; Ude issues a call to arms as harrowing as any Jeremiad--and Armageddon comes rapidly closer. Displaying Gaddis's inimitable virtuoso dialogue, and his startling treatments of violence and sexuality, Carpenter's Gothic "shows again that Gaddis is among the first rank of contemporary American writers" (Malcolm Bradbury, The Washington Post Book World).

"An unholy landmark of a novel--an extra turret added on to the ample, ingenious, audacious Gothic mansion Gaddis has been building in American letters" --Cynthia Ozick, The New York Times Book Review

Zagadka
25th July 2006, 09:55
A Frolic of His Own

Willim Gaddis

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Book Description :

A satirically jaundiced view of modern law and justice chronicles the fortunes of Oscar Crease, a middle-aged college instructor and playwright, as he sues a Hollywood producer for pirating a play.

Zagadka
25th July 2006, 09:56
Agape Agape

Willim Gaddis

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Book Description :

Agapc Agape continues Gaddis' career-long reflection via the form of the novel on those aspects of corporate culture that are uniquely destructive of the arts. The unnamed narrator of William Gaddis's last novel lies dying in bed, as its author did, gaping in wonder and amazement at our lost capacity for sacred passion.

Zagadka
25th July 2006, 09:58
A Rush for Second Place

Willim Gaddis

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Book Description :

William Gaddis published only four novels during his lifetime, but with those works he earned himself a reputation as one of America's greatest novelists. Less well known is Gaddis's body of excellent critical writings. Here is a wide range of his original essays, some published for the first time. From "'Stop Player. Joke No. 4,'" Gaddis's first national publication and the basis for his projected history of the player piano, to the title essay about missed opportunities in America during the past fifty years, to "Old Foes with New Faces," an examination of the relationship between the writer and the problem of religion-this diverse collection displays the power of an autonomous literary intelligence in an age increasingly dominated by political and religious conservatism.

jasel
25th July 2006, 10:45
LITTLE JOHNNY JOKES COLLECTION

These are hilarious....
Enjoy

jasel
25th July 2006, 11:07
RICHARD PRESTON THE COBRA EVENT

The Cobra Event is a petrifying, fictional account of a very real threat: biological terrorism.

Seventeen-year-old Kate Moran wakes one morning to the beginnings of a head cold but shrugs it off and goes to school anyway. By her midmorning art class, Kate's runny nose gives way to violent seizures and a hideous scene of self-cannibalization. She dies soon after. When a homeless man meets a similarly gruesome - and mystifying - fate, the Centers for Disease Control in Atlanta sends pathologist Alice Austen to investigate. What she uncovers is the work of a killer, a man who calls himself Archimedes and is intent on spreading his deadly Cobra virus throughout New York City. A silent crisis erupts, with Austen and a secret FBI forensic team rushing to expose the terrorist.

Even more frightening than Preston's story about the fictitious Cobra virus, however, is the truth that lies beneath it. As the author writes in his introduction, "The nonfiction roots of this book run deep.... My sources include eyewitnesses who have seen a variety of biological-weapons installations in different countries, and people who have developed and tested strategic bioweapons." In fact, the only reason The Cobra Event was not written as nonfiction is that none of Preston's sources would go on record.

Woven throughout the novel are sections of straight nonfiction reporting that reveal the terrifying truth about the development of biological weapons and the clandestine operations of Russia and Iraq. Three years of research and more than 100 interviewswithhigh-level sources in the FBI, the U.S. military, and the scientific community went into The Cobra Event. The result is sure to shock you.

jasel
25th July 2006, 14:08
JAMES ROLLINS - MAP OF BONES

The bestselling master of astonishing adventure James Rollins delivers his most relentlessly exciting page-turner to date -- a gripping and explosive novel of an ancient conspiracy to create a terrifying new world order out of the ashes of modern civilization.

The crime is inhumanly cruel with horrific consequences both unthinkable and inevitable. During a service at a cathedral in Cologne, Germany, a band of armed intruders dressed in monks' robes unleash a nightmare of blood and terror, ruthlessly gunning down worshippers and clergy alike. The killers haven't come for the church's gold and valuable artwork, but for a priceless treasure secreted within: the preserved bones of the Three Magi who once came to pay homage to a newborn savior. As they flee the carnage they have wrought, they carry a prize that could reshape the world.

The Vatican is in turmoil, and Lieutenant Rachel Verona of Rome's carabinieri is assigned to lead the investigation. But no ordinary police organization alone can deal with the bizarre theft and massacre, and SIGMA Force -- an elite covert arm of the U.S. Defense Department -- is called in under the command of Grayson Pierce. New to SIGMA, Pierce assembles a crack team of scientific and Special Forces operatives to unravel the mystery of the stolen bones, and together they set out on a twisting trail through a labyrinth of clues and dark revelations that carry them to the sites of the Seven Wonders of the World -- and to the doorstep of the mystical and terrifying Dragon Court.

An ancient, secret fraternity of alchemists and assassins, the master-adepts of the Dragon Court have plans for the sacred remains that will alter the future of humankind in devastating ways that only the maddest of zealots could desire -- and they will let nothing and no one stand in their way. Suddenly Pierce, Verona, and the SIGMA team are the hunted as well as the hunters, forced to use every skill they possess to survive as they follow the bones to the ultimate confrontation between darkness and light -- in a lost place of history where science and religion will unite to unleash a horror not seen since the beginning of time

Zoey
25th July 2006, 23:07
Florence Nightingale - Notes on Nursing

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Book Description:

Outspoken writings by the founder of modern nursing record fundamentals in the needs of the sick that must be provided in all nursing. Covers such timeless topics as ventilation, noise, food, bed and bedding, light, cleanliness, and observation of the sick. "...Still the finest book on nursing..."

Zagadka
26th July 2006, 06:37
Split Infinity

*Book #1 from the Apprentice Adept Series*

Anthony Piers

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Book Description :

Soon after escaping assassination on the highly technical, science-oriented planet of Proton, Stile finds himself in a world of sorcery and magic where another power seeks his destruction.

Zagadka
26th July 2006, 06:38
Blue Adept

*Book #2 from the Apprentice Adept Series*

Anthony Piers

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Book Description :

Careening between two-worlds--Proton, the world of science, and Phaze, the world of magic--Stiles must earn his life in the annual games on Proton and become a Blue Adept, a master of magic, on Phaze.

Zagadka
26th July 2006, 06:39
Juxtaposition

*Book #3 from the Apprentice Adept Series*

Anthony Piers

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Book Description :

Stile had problems on two different worlds. On Proton he was threatened with murder, and on Phaze, an alternate world ruled by magic, he had to master magic, fight a dragon, win the friendship of a lady unicorn, locate his enemy among the paranoid Adepts and return out of Phaze to win the Great Games on Proton. After that, he was ready to face the real problems!

Zagadka
26th July 2006, 06:41
Out of Phaze

*Book #4 from the Apprentice Adept Series*

Anthony Piers

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Zagadka
26th July 2006, 06:42
Robot Adept

*Book #5 from the Apprentice Adept Series*

Anthony Piers

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Book Description :

Proton and Phaze, parallel worlds of science and magic, are ripe with the seeds of revolution. Mach, a brave and sensitive robot from Proton, and his alternate self, magical Bane from Phaze, hold the power to link the two warring systems--or to destroy them entirely! The spectacular sequel to the New York Times bestseller, Out of Phaze.

Zagadka
26th July 2006, 06:43
Unicorn Point

*Book #6 from the Apprentice Adept Series*

Anthony Piers

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Book Description :

Robot Mach and his alternate self continue their struggle to communicate between the frames, and the battle against the evil empires threatening Proton and Phaze is taken up by their children.

Zagadka
26th July 2006, 06:44
Phaze Doubt

*Book #7 from the Apprentice Adept Series*

Anthony Piers

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Book Description :

The conclusion of the enchanting Apprentice Adept series. With most of the inhabitants of the planet Phaze/Proton incarcerated or in hiding from a hated enemy government, the job of saving this endangered planet falls to Nepe and Flach, two children with special magical powers.

Zagadka
26th July 2006, 06:46
A Spell for Chameleon

*Book #1 from the Xanth Series*

Anthony Piers

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Book Description :

Xanth was the enchanted land where magic ruled--where every citizen had a special spell only he could cast. That is, except for Bink of North Village. He was sure he possessed no magic, and knew that if he didn't find some soon, he would be exiled. According to the Good Magician Humpfrey, the charts said that Bink was as powerful as the King or even the Evil Magician Trent. Unfortunately, no one could determine its form. Meanwhile, Bink was in despair. If he didn't find his magic soon, he would be forced to leave....

Zagadka
26th July 2006, 06:48
The Source of MAgic

*Book #2 from the Xanth Series*

Anthony Piers

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Book Description :

Bink feels that he is the only being in Xanth without talent, but a dangerous assignment by King Trent to uncover the secret of the Kingdom's enchantment proves otherwise.

Zagadka
26th July 2006, 06:49
Castle Roogna

*Book #3 from the Xanth Series*

Anthony Piers

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Book Description :

Millie, a ghost for 800 years wants only one man--Jonathan, and he's a zombie. To prove himself, Magician Dor volunteers to get the potion that can restore Jonathan to full life. But he has to go back through time to do it, to a peril-haunted, ancient Xanth, where danger lurks at every turn....

Zagadka
26th July 2006, 06:50
Centaur Aisle

*Book #4 from the Xanth Series*

Anthony Piers

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Book Description :

Dor is preparing to be the next Magician-King of the magic land of Xanth, when the reigning King fails to return from a mission to Mundania.

Zagadka
26th July 2006, 06:52
Ogre, Ogre

*Book #5 from the Xanth Series*

Anthony Piers

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Book Description :

Smash, himself, was part ogre. Although ogres were considered so stupid they coud hardly speak, and spent their time eating young girls, seven assorted females had suddenly turned to him for guidance and saftety? In Xanth, one visit to the Good Magician Humfrey worked wonders....

Zagadka
26th July 2006, 06:53
Night Mare

*Book #6 from the Xanth Series*

Anthony Piers

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Book Description :

Although the Nextwave of barbarian warriors was invading Xanth, Mare Imbrium discovered that ever since she had gained the half soul, the night mare had begun to mishandle her job of delivering bad dreams. Exiled to the day world with a message for King Trent, Mare met the relentless, unforgiving Horseman. For the night mare, it began to be all a horrible nightmare!

Zagadka
26th July 2006, 06:54
Dragon on a Pedestal

*Book #7 from the Xanth Series*

Anthony Piers

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Book Description :

There is trouble in Xanth again. The Gap Dragon had escaped and was ravaging across the land, the forget-spell was causing mass amnesia, three-year old Ivy was headed right for a hungry dragon. Could things get any worse? Probably....

Zagadka
26th July 2006, 06:56
Crewel Lye: A Caustic Yarn

*Book #8 from the Xanth Series*

Anthony Piers

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Book Description :

Jordan was a ghost in Castle Roogna now. Although once he had been the most valorus of knights--that is, until he was betrayed by two wily magicians and the woman he loves. Now, if he only can remember how he was killed, he'll be able to reassemble his body. And he is getting impatient....

Zagadka
26th July 2006, 06:57
Golem in the Gears

*Book #9 from the Xanth Series*

Anthony Piers

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Book Description :

Tiny Grundy Golem rides the Monster Under the Bed to the Ivory Tower in search of Stanley Steamer, a lost dragon, but he finds Rapunzel instead.

Zagadka
26th July 2006, 06:58
Vale of the Vole

*Book #10 from the Xanth Series*

Anthony Piers

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Book Description :

Esk, the young ogre-nymph-human, recruits a band of bizarre creatures from the treacherous depths of Xanth to help him save a lush river valley and its peaceful inhabitants from demon hordes.

Zagadka
26th July 2006, 06:59
Heaven Cent

*Book #11 from the Xanth Series*

Anthony Piers

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Book Description :

A sequel to "Vale of the Vole". Xanth is a fantasy world, full of creatures beyond imagining and guided by Magicians who can change into anything they like at the slightest whim. The Good Magician Humfrey disappears - can the nine-year-old Prince Dolph solve the riddle of the age?

Zagadka
26th July 2006, 07:00
Man From Mundania

*Book #12 from the Xanth Series*

Anthony Piers

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Book Description :

The third story in the "Magic of Xanth" trilogy shows Xanth three years after Prince Dolph's search for the Good Magician Humphrey. Electra has electra-plated the Heaven Cent whom Dolph's sister Ivy invokes to help her continue the Quest. The author has also written "Vale of the Vole".

Zagadka
26th July 2006, 07:01
Isle of View

*Book #13 from the Xanth Series*

Anthony Piers

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Book Description :

Young Che Centaur is stolen away by the goblins: first the good goblins, then the evil ones. Can he and his friend Jenny Elf, who has fallen through a magic hole from her own land into Xanth, be rescued? Meanwhile, Prince Solph must choose between his two fiancees, but how can he decide?

Zagadka
26th July 2006, 07:03
Question Quest

*Book #14 from the Xanth Series*

Anthony Piers

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Book Description :

Being grown up is a drag . . . or so thinks Lacuna, one of the michievous Castle Zombie twins. So she makes the Good Magician Grey an an offer he can't refuse. Thirsty for a taste of the Elixir of Youth, she'll help him outwit the evil Com-Pewter if he'll send her to Hell (in a handbasket, no less) to find Humphrey, the missing sorcerer. And while there, she'll learn the True History of Xanth (simplified) and help rescue a blushing Rose from the demon X(A/N) . . . with the help of a gorgon or two.

Zagadka
26th July 2006, 07:04
The Color of Her Panties

*Book #15 from the Xanth Series*

Anthony Piers

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Book Description :

Preoccupied with helping Gwenny beat out her awful half-brother, Gobble, for chiefship of the goblin horde, Che Centaur and Jenny Elf, along with Gwenny, must find the fabulous egg in order to reach their goal.

Zagadka
26th July 2006, 07:05
Demons Don't Dream

*Book #16 from the Xanth Series*

Anthony Piers

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Book Description :

Ingram Two young adventurers are drawn into the world of Xanth through a computer game and find themselves in a desperate race against time when treachery, danger, and deceit place Xanth itself in peril, as they learn that some things are more important than winning.

Zagadka
26th July 2006, 07:06
Harpy Thyme

*Book #17 from the Xanth Series*

Anthony Piers

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Book Description :

The 17th XANTH novel in which Gloha the harpy-goblin, aided by a rejuvenated Magician Trent, finds the right husband after an adventurous quest.

Zagadka
26th July 2006, 07:07
Geis of the Gargoyle

*Book #18 from the Xanth Series*

Anthony Piers

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Book Description :

Gary Gargoyle seeks out the Good Magician Humfrey to alter his geis, and is prepared to do anything. Humfrey doesn't let him down, and soon Gary is barely resisting the allure of Sorceress Iris and the snares of Demoness Mentia. But his problems really start when he reaches the Realm of Madness.

Zagadka
26th July 2006, 07:08
Roc and a Hard Place

*Book #19 from the Xanth Series*

Anthony Piers

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Book Description :

The 19th story from the land of Xanth.

Zagadka
26th July 2006, 07:10
Yon Ill Wind

*Book #20 from the Xanth Series*

Anthony Piers

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Book Description :

The Demon X(A/N)th enters a bet with other demons which involves him going into Xanth as a mortal character in the form of a donkey-headed reptile, on a quest for a single tear shed for grief or love of him. Meanwhile a family are blown into Xanth, along with Tropical Storm Gladys.

Zagadka
26th July 2006, 07:11
Faun and Games

*Book #21 from the Xanth Series*

Anthony Piers

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Book Description :

Another adventure in the Xanth series moves the scene to Ptero, a tiny planet where the future of Xanth is fulfilled, and where a young satyr searches for a spirit to save a magic tree.

Zagadka
26th July 2006, 07:12
Zombie Lover

*Book #22 from the Xanth Series*

Anthony Piers

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Book Description :

Breanna, a beautiful young newcomer to the enchanted land of Xanth, must deal with a distressing dilemma. She has unwittingly attracted the affections of King Xeth, ruler of Xanth's Zombies, who yearns to make her Queen of the Undead! Her quest to preserve her innocence, and find her destiny, takes her on an exhilarating excursion packed with perils, puzzles, and piles of puns. Zombie Lover will provide a profusion of macabre merriment for Xanth's many fans.

Zagadka
26th July 2006, 07:13
Xone of Contention

*Book #23 from the Xanth Series*

Anthony Piers

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Book Description :

After a year filled with harrowing adventures, all Breanna of the Black Wave and her newfound love, Justin Tree, want is a little time to get to know each other better and explore the wonders of the enchanted land of Xanth. But their incipient idyll is soon shattered by a stunning discovery. A climatic catastrophe is causing a massive meltdown that threatens to inundate the ancient forests of Xanth.

Zagadka
26th July 2006, 07:14
The Dastard

*Book #24 from the Xanth Series*

Anthony Piers

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Book Description :

Piers Anthony's comical chronicles of his enchanted realm of Xanth are among the most beloved fantasy series ever written, with millions of readers worldwide. Now, Anthony returns with an all-new adventure that blends high hilarity with super-scary suspense.

Many malevolent menaces have imperiled the magical land of Xanth in its long and storied history. But none has been as despicably dangerous as the Dastard. Once a common country boy, he sold his soul to a detestable demon for the power to erase events and rewrite history for his own devious ends. Now the entire future of Xanth is at the mercy of the Dastard's every whim.

But this depraved desperado underestimates the courage and cleverness of a young girl named Becka, who can transform herself into a fearsome dragon at the speed of thought. With the help of a colorful band of brave companions, Becka challenges the Dastard with the greatest magic of all - the power of the human heart.

Zagadka
26th July 2006, 07:15
Swell Foop

*Book #25 from the Xanth Series*

Anthony Piers

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Book Description :

"Do you think the puns will ever run out?" a character asks early in Anthony's 26th funny Xanth adventure. "If they do, Xanth will dissolve into chaos... It is mostly made of puns," another character sagely replies. And so it goes. This fantasy confection is full of puns, clever mathematical and grammatical lessons and some gratuitous sexual innuendo. Cynthia Centaur and her companions must find the Six Rings of Xanth (Fire, Earth, Idea, Water, Air and Void) in order to rescue the Demon Earth from the thrall of the Swell Foop. These rings are the only artifacts capable of locating the Foop. When they are stacked and aligned, a person who sights through them will be able to see the Foop if the stack is pointing the right way, and if that person is destined to use it. The rings also control the six known Regions of Xanth. The ring bearers, who include Jaylin, a Mundanian human girl, as well as five Xanth creatures, must use their creativity and sense of humor to find Demon Earth, or else the gravity needed in Xanth and Earth will disappear forever. Diehard Xanth fans will rejoice at this fast-paced romp, but even they might get a bit tired of the incessant panty humor. Some readers may have raging hormones, but the preteens, who would most enjoy this book, aren't quite there yet, and many older teens are ready to explore more mature issues. (Oct. 17)autobiography, How Precious Was That While (Forecasts, July 23).

Copyright 2001 Cahners Business Information, Inc.

Zagadka
26th July 2006, 07:16
Up in a Heaval

*Book #26 from the Xanth Series*

Anthony Piers

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A SPOT OF TROUBLE

An innocent piece of Mundane Snail Mail has provoked the dreaded Demon Jupiter to hurl his Red Spot at the magical land of Xanth. As the dire Dot draws closer, the unwelcome ordeal of saving the enchanted realm falls to Umlaut, an unlikely lad with an unknown past and an uncertain future. With a handful of colorful companions at his side, Umlaut must unravel a high-stakes intergalactic puzzle, uncover the secret of his mysterious past, and learn to understand the urgings of his own heart.

It might have been the merest chance that brought Umlaut to Castle Zombie that morning and launched him on a harrowing adventure. But in the magical land of Xanth, things are seldom left to chance, and adventures lurk around every corner.

An unassuming young man with a uncanny knack for attracting lovely young ladies and an uncommon talent for emulating anyone he wished, Umlaut was forced to flee a flock of overly friendly females by disguising himself as a Zombie girl. In his haste to find a hiding place, he found himself face-to-face with a dreadful dragon and feared he would soon meet his end. But in Xanth, things are seldom exactly as they seem, and he soon discovered that the dragon was really a sinuous female sea serpent named Sesame, with a gift similar to his own, who had become accidentally entrapped in the Castle's dungeon.

When the two happen upon a packet of mail from Earth delivered by mischance to the Zombie King, they inadvertently set in motion a sinister scheme that could spell the end of Xanth. A letter they forward to the Demon Jupiter unexpectedly enrages him, causing him to send his own Red Spot hurtling toward Xanth. Soon everything is up in a heaval, for no one knows how to avert this interplanetary peril. Even the Good Magician Humfrey is baffled, for some strange force has obscured the future. In desperation, he instructs Umlaut and Sesame to deliver the remaining letters to their far-flung recipients, in the faint hope that this may somehow stop the Spot.

As they set out on their appointed rounds, Umlaut and Sesame are soon joined by two feline friends, Jenny Elf's companion, Sammy Cat, and a lovely, prescient creature named Claire Voyant who can sometimes see the future. Beguiled and bedeviled by the delicious Demoness Metria, who uses her shapely assets to distract him from his goal, Umlaut leads his allies on an unforgettable odyssey to the farthest reaches of the enchanted realm, from the submicroscopic Nth Moon of Ida, and the home of all dreams and nightmares, to the unmagical land of Euphoria, where he meets a sweet and sprightly young girl named Surprise who captures his heart. But before Umlaut can complete his quest and return to his beloved, he must unravel the unfathomable puzzle of his own existence, which is somehow inextricably entwined with the fate of Xanth.

A satisfyingly suspenseful tale filled with mystery, magic, and merriment, Up in a Heaval is exciting and entertaining fantasy adventure from the pen of a master storyteller.

Zagadka
26th July 2006, 07:17
Cube Route

*Book #27 from the Xanth Series*

Anthony Piers

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For nearly three decades, Piers Anthony's bestselling Xanth series has been delighting tens of thousands of fantasy fans around the world. Now, with Cube Route, the series' twenty-seventh adventure, Anthony has penned a tale that adds another dimension to this exciting saga.

In the magical land of Xanth, wishes are far more than mere words. So when a Plain Jane called Cube whispers a wistful wish to be beautiful, she finds herself leading a company of colorful companions on a search for the mysterious Cube Route--a perilous path that leads to danger, adventure, and perhaps her heart's desire as well. This curious quest takes them all over Xanth, into the mythical realm of Phaze, and even to our own world, where Cube rescues a beautiful human woman from a very ugly situation, ending at last in a mysterious Counter-Xanth where things can be transformed into their opposites in the wink of an eye.

A rollicking tale brimming with laughter, wonder, and enchantment, Cube Route is also a moving exploration of the beauty that dwells within all of us.

Zagadka
26th July 2006, 07:25
Dawn of Amber

*Book #1 from the Dawn of Amber Series*

John Gregory Betancourt

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The first in a trilogy of prequel novels, fully authorised by the estate of Roger Zelazny. In Roger Zelazny's AMBER universe there is only one true world, of which all others are but Shadows. In the ten book saga that he created readers learnt that Amber was not the first true world; rather, it was the Courts of Chaos. The saga chronicled the adventures of the royal family of Amber, culminating with the world-shaking battle between champions from Amber and Chaos. Zelazny did not have the chance to create the origin of Amber and its royal family, or reveal other key information that is alluded to before he died. THE DAWN OF AMBER trilogy will expand the 'Amber' universe and answer the important questions left open, including how Amber was created and why. The events in the trilogy will precede those in the existing novels, but will follow some of the same, immortal characters. Finally fans of the series will discover why it was necessary to create Amber, how Chaos and Amber came to be at war, and the true nature of the universal, sentient forces that Amber and Chaos represent.

Zagadka
26th July 2006, 07:27
Chaos and Amber

*Book #2 from the Dawn of Amber Series*

John Gregory Betancourt

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Book Two of the new Amber series follows the continuing adventures of Oberon, who is destined to create Amber and be the founding member of its royal family. In CHAOS AND AMBER, Dworkin and his son Oberon arrive at the Courts of Chaos to discover and confront their hidden enemies. But things don't go as planned. Oberon has a terrible physical reaction to being in Chaos, while assassination attempts are made on both his and Dworkin's lives - and the traitor in their family remains a hidden but quite real threat. Dworkin takes Oberon on a desperate journey, pressing deeper into Shadow than ever before. Here, Oberon discovers more of the true nature of his father...and of his real mother. But they have been followed and are attacked by a horde of hell-creatures. Ultimately, Dworkin must create a new Pattern with his own blood to save himself, his family and the future.

Zagadka
26th July 2006, 07:30
Gold Mine

Wilbur Smith

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A thriller set in the cut-throat world of the gold mining industry.

Zagadka
26th July 2006, 07:31
Amazonia

James Rollins

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Book Description :

When the Director of the CIA is handed a report from a Brazilian morgue documenting the confirmed death of Agent Clark, who disappeared four years before on an expedition into the Amazon jungle, it doesn't take long for him to realize why he has been notified. In one hand, he holds a pre-expedition photo of Agent Clark, waving with the one arm he has left after a sniper's bullet cost him the other; in his other hand, the director holds a photo from the morgue - both arms resting by Clark's sides. What happened out there? A specially selected scientific and military team is sent in to find out...

Zagadka
26th July 2006, 07:35
Neverness

David Zindell

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Book Description :

The universe of Neverness is intriguingly compex, filled with extraordinary beings. There are the Alaloi, who have chosen to return to the Neanderthal state. the Order of Pilots which reworks the laws of time and physics to catapult its members through dense regions of 'thick space'. the Solid State Entity, a vast brain made up of moon-sized biocomputers. and the Ieldra, a legendary race of aliens that seeded the galaxy aeons ago with its DNA and so began the evolutionary cycle.

Against this rich backdrop unfolds the story of young, headstrong Mallory Ringess, a novitiate of the Order of Pilots. Against all odds, he has penetrated the Solid State Entity - and made a stunning discovery.
A discovery that could unlock the secret of immortality hidden among the Alaloi.

Zagadka
26th July 2006, 07:39
Mezzanine

Nicholson Baker

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Book Description :

The story of one man's lunch hour, tackling the important issues of life, such as "Why does one shoe-lace wear out before the other?" and "Who invented the spout on the paper milk carton?". Nicholson Baker is the author of "Vox", "Room Temperature", "The Fermata", "U & I" and "Thoughts".

Zagadka
26th July 2006, 07:41
Weaveworld

Clive Barker

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Book Description :

WEAVEWORLD is an epic adventure of the imagination. It begins with a carpet in which a world of rapture and enchantment is hiding; a world which comes to life, alerting the dark forces and beginning a desperate battle to preserve the last vestiges of magic which Humankind still has access to. WEAVEWORLD is a book of visions and horrors, a story of quest, titanic struggles, of love and of hope. It is a triumph of imagination and storytelling, an adventure, a nightmare, a promise

Zagadka
26th July 2006, 07:43
Adventures of Peter Pan

JM Barrie

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Book Description :

This book and tape pack tells the story of Peter Pan, the boy who never grows up and Wendy, the girl who runs away to the Never-Land. Children can follow the story of Tinker Bell, the Lost Boys and Captain Hook in the book while the tape is running.

Zagadka
26th July 2006, 07:46
Come Back Dr. Caligari

Donald Barthelme

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Zagadka
26th July 2006, 07:48
Snow White

Donald Barthelme

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Book Description :

Webster Schott
"Probably the most perversely gifted writer in the United States, Donald Barthalmy has created a new form of fiction...Snow White has everything, including William Burrough's cut ups, words posing as paintings, ribbled social commentary, crazy aesthetic experiments, and comedy that smashes." -- Life

Jack Kroll
"We hear the singing dwarfs of our childhood, in the voice of a splendid writer who knows how to turn spiritual delimma into logic, and how to turn that logic into comedy which is the true wise-ed up story of our time." -- Newsweek

Zagadka
26th July 2006, 07:49
The Dead Father

Donald Barthelme

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Book Description :

The Dead Father is a gargantuan half-dead, half-alive, part mechanical, wise, vain, powerful being who still has hopes for himself--even while he is being dragged by means of a cable toward a mysterious goal. In this extraordinary novel, marked by the imaginative use of language that influenced a generation of fiction writers, Donald Barthelme offered a glimpse into his fictional universe.

Zagadka
26th July 2006, 07:51
Unspeakable Practices, Unnatural Acts

Donald Barthelme

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Book Description :

One of the US's most sylish and original satirists - a collection of stories

Zagadka
26th July 2006, 08:02
Paradise

Donald Barthelme

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From Library Journal
A middle-aged architect on sabbatical brings home three lovely young lingerie models with no place to stay. Self-mocking, estranged from his wife and daughter, haunted by dreams and memories, Simon begins to live a male fantasy of domestic bliss the women call "hog heaven." They share him sexually and use his apartment as a way station for their inevitable departure. Their snappy, contrapuntal dialogue and coltish ways create for Simon a lively and sensual vision of paradise. The images are pure Barthelme: a wrinkled red bra hangs "like a cut throat" in the shower; a policeman enters "the felon-thick night"; the furniture of paradise is "knoll, basically." A curiously innocent, freewheeling erotic romp, tinged with sadness as much as celebration. Mary Soete, San Diego P.L., Cal .
Copyright 1986 Reed Business Information, Inc.

Zagadka
26th July 2006, 08:05
The Illuminatus! Trilogy

Robert Shea and Robert Anton Wilson

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Book Description :

Filled with sex and violence - in and out of time and space - the three books in this trilogy are only partly works of the imagination. They tackle the cover-ups of our time - from who really shot the Kennedys to why there's a pyramid on a one-dollar bill - and suggest a mind-blowing truth.

Zagadka
26th July 2006, 08:07
Masks of the Illuminati

Robert Anton Wilson

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Book Description :

Young and wealthy Englishman Sir John Babcock has discovered that an ancient criminal order is preparing to take over the world. He seeks the help of two brilliant, yet unlikely, drinking buddies--James Joyce and Albert Einstein--the only people genius enough to uncover the wretched scheme!

Zagadka
26th July 2006, 08:08
Schrödinger's Cat Trilogy

Robert Anton Wilson

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Book Description :

The sequel to the cult classic The Illuminatus! Trilogy, this is an epic fantasy that offers a twisted look at our modern-day world--a reality that exists in another dimension of time and space that may be closer than we think.

Zagadka
26th July 2006, 08:10
V

Thomas Pynchon

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Book Description :

This reissue represents Pynchon's first published work, a complex philosophical allegory, proclaimed in 1963 as a new kind of novel which recalled Joyce, Beckett and Joseph Heller.

Zagadka
26th July 2006, 08:12
The Crying of Lot 49

Thomas Pynchon

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Book Description :

The highly original satire about Oedipa Maas, a woman who finds herself enmeshed in a worldwide conspiracy, meets some extremely interesting characters, and attains a not inconsiderable amount of self knowledge.

Zagadka
26th July 2006, 08:13
Gravity's Rainbow

Thomas Pynchon

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Book Description :

Pynchon's convoluted, allusive novel about a metaphysical quest, published in 1973, further confirmed Pynchon's reputation as one of the greatest writers since World War II.

hiteshp
26th July 2006, 08:14
Brittle Innings

Michael Bishop

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For seventeen-year-old Danny Boles, a 5’5” shortstop out of Tenkiller, Oklahoma, the summer of 1943 would be a season to remember. The country’s at war, and professional baseball needs able-bodied men. Danny’s headed for Highbridge, Georgia—home of the Goober Pride peanut butter factory and the Highbridge Hellbenders, a Class C farm club in the Chattahoochee Valley League. He’s a scrappy player with one minor quirk: a violent encounter on the train to Georgia has rendered him mute, his vocal cords tied up in knots. Danny’s idiosyncrasy, however, is nothing compared to that of his new Hellbender roommate, an erudite seven-foot giant by the name of Jumbo Hank Clerval. With his yellow eyes, strangely scarred face, and sausage-sized fingers, Hank seems to have been put together in a meat-packing plant. But he plays a mean first base and can hit the ball a mile. With the Hellbenders in a pennant race as hot as the relentless Georgia sun, the eloquent Clerval forms a special kinship with the speechless kid from Oklahoma. Danny soon realizes that Hank is not an ordinary man but something more complex...more mysterious than he’d imagined. These two very different ballplayers forge a bond as the season moves inexorably toward its dramatic, and ultimately violent, conclusion. Both want a shot at the major leagues and both want to know what it’s like to be a man. But they are about to discover how ambition and desire can turn even the gentlest soul into the worst kind of monster. At turns funny, tragic, and ultimately uplifting, Brittle Innings is a brilliant evocation of a uniquely American drama: a season-long contest in which fantasies are engaged, heroes are created and destroyed, and innocence is lost forever.


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26th July 2006, 08:15
Vineland

Thomas Pynchon

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Book Description :

Thomas Pynchon's first novel for 17 years is set in California in 1984, where a group of people are struggling against political passions and the consequences of the 1960s. The author also wrote "The Crying of Lot 49", "V" and "Gravity's Rainbow".

hiteshp
26th July 2006, 08:17
The Piano Tuner

Daniel Mason

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In 1886 a shy, middle-aged piano tuner named Edgar Drake receives an unusual commission from the British War Office: to travel to the remote jungles of northeast Burma and there repair a rare piano belonging to an eccentric army surgeon who has proven mysteriously indispensable to the imperial design. From this irresistible beginning, The Piano Tuner launches its protagonist into a world of seductive loveliness and nightmarish intrigue. And as he follows Drake’s journey, Mason dazzles readers with his erudition, moves them with his vibrantly rendered characters, and enmeshes them in the unbreakable spell of his storytelling.


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26th July 2006, 08:17
Mason and Dixon

Thomas Pynchon

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Charles Mason and Jeremiah Dixon were 18th-century British surveyors who ran the boundary between Pennsylvania and Maryland - the Mason-Dixon Line. This is their story, featuring Native Americans and frontier folk, ripped bodices, erotic and political conspiracies, naval warfare and caffeine abuse.

Zagadka
26th July 2006, 08:19
Slow Learner

Thomas Pynchon

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Book Description :

This collection of short stories is derived from Pynchon's early work and contains a revelatory essay on his early influences and writing.

hiteshp
26th July 2006, 08:21
The Time Axis

Henry Kuttner

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The story of four adventurers from the 20th century who face a power of ultimate destruction at the end of time. It becomes a battle that rages through the core of time.


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26th July 2006, 08:21
Ilium

*Book #1 from the Ilium Series*

Dan Simmons

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Book Description :

Taking the events and characters of the Iliad as his jumping off point Dan Simmons has created an epic of time travel and savage warfare. Travellers from 40,000 years in the future return to Homer's Greece and rewrite history forever, their technology impacting on the population in agodlike fashion. This is broad scope space opera rich in classical and literary allusion from one of the key figures in 1990s world SF and marks a return to the genre for one of its greats.

Zagadka
26th July 2006, 08:23
Olympos

*Book #2 from the Ilium Series*

Dan Simmons

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Helen of Troy is in mourning for her dead husband, Paris. Killed in single combat with the merciless Apollo. His body a scorched and blasted thing. Hockenberry, her lover, still sneaks from her bed after their nights of lovemaking. And the Gods still strike out from the besieged Olympos. Their single-molecule bomb casings quantum phase-shifting through the moravecs' force shield and laying waste to Ilium. Or so Hockenberry and the amusing little metal creature, Mahnmut, have tried to explain to her. Helen of Troy does not give a fig about machines. She must dress for the funeral. And man and the gods and the unknown players in this tragedy must prepare for the final act. And a battle that will decide the future of the universe itself.

Zagadka
26th July 2006, 08:25
The Zenith Angle

Bruce Sterling

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Book Description :

[Sterling offers] great insights about the inner workings of government, private industry and the threats that could disrupt the online world as we know it. The Zenith Angle mixes technology, politics, dry humor and suspense to provide a first-rate read.?
-Howard A. Schmidt, former CSO/Microsoft and former Cyber Security Advisor for the Bush Administration

hiteshp
26th July 2006, 08:26
Dreamsnake

Vonda Neel Mcintyre

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In a far-future, post-holocaust Earth, a young healer named Snake travels the world, healing the sick and injured with her companion, the alien dreamsnake. But she is being pursued…


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26th July 2006, 08:28
Bob The Gambler

Frederick Barthelme

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In a darkly funny love story, Ray and Jewel Kaiser dive headfirst into the gambling lifestyle of middle-class hedonism that has developed near their hometown, only to find themselves yearning for their peaceful earlier world.

hiteshp
26th July 2006, 08:30
Fahrenheit 451

Ray Douglas Bradbury

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Nowadays firemen start fires. Fireman Guy Montag loves to rush to a fire and watch books burn up. Then he met a seventeen-year old girl who told him of a past when people were not afraid, and a professor who told him of a future where people could think. And Guy Montag knew what he had to do


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26th July 2006, 08:30
Red Dog

Louis de Bernières

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'In early 1998 I went to Perth in Western Australia in order to attend the literature festival, and part of the arrangement was that I should go to Karratha to do their first ever literary dinner. Karratha is a mining town a long way further north. I went exploring and discovered the bronze statue to Red Dog outside the town of Dampier. I felt straight away that I had to find out more about this splendid dog. A few months later I returned to Western Australia and spent two glorious weeks driving around collecting Red Dog stories and visiting the places that he knew, writing up the text as I went along. I hope my cat never finds out that I have written a story to celebrate the life of a dog.'

Zagadka
26th July 2006, 08:33
The Sheltering Sky

Paul Bowles

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American novelist and short-story writer, poet, translator, classical music composer, and filmscorer Paul Bowles has lived as an expatriate for more than 40 years in the North African nation of Morocco, a country that reaches into the vast and inhospitable Sahara Desert. The desert is itself a character in The Sheltering Sky, the most famous of Bowles' books, which is about three young Americans of the postwar generation who go on a walkabout into Northern Africa's own arid heart of darkness. In the process, the veneer of their lives is peeled back under the author's psychological inquiry.

Zagadka
26th July 2006, 08:34
The Blue Afternoon

William Boyd

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In the 1930s, Kay Fischer is a modernist architect. When she is approached by a stranger claiming to be her father, she is uncertain how to react. But as he pursues her, she finds herself drawn to him and when he asks her to accompany him on a mysterious pilgrimage to Lisbon, she accepts.

hiteshp
26th July 2006, 08:35
Dancing Girls and Other Stories

Margaret Atwood

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This splendid volume of short fiction testifies to Margaret Atwood’s startlingly original voice, full of a rare intensity and exceptional intelligence. Each of the fourteen stories shimmers with feelings, each illuminates the interior landscape of a woman’s mind. Here men and women still miscommunicate, still remain separate in different rooms, different houses, or even different worlds. With brilliant flashes of fantasy, humor, and unexpected violence, the stories reveal the complexities of human relationships and bring to life characters who touch us deeply, evoking terror and laughter, compassion and recognition—and dramatically demonstrate why Margaret Atwood is one on the most important writers in English today.


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26th July 2006, 08:36
Stand on Zanzibar

John Brunner

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There are seven billion-plus humans crowding the surface of 21st century Earth. It is an age of intelligent computers, mass-market psychedelic drugs, politics conducted by assassination, scientists who burn incense to appease volcanoes ... all the hysteria of a dangerously overcrowded world, portrayed in a dazzlingly inventive style. Employing a dazzling range of literary techniques, John Brunner has created a future world as real as this morning's newspaper - moving, sensory, impressionistic, as jagged as the times it portrays, this book is a real mind stretcher - and yet beautifully orchestrated to give a vivid picture of the whole.

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26th July 2006, 08:38
The Handmaid’s Tale

Margaret Atwood

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In this multi-award-winning, bestselling novel, Margaret Atwood has created a stunning Orwellian vision of the near future. This is the story of Offred, one of the unfortunate “Handmaids” under the new social order who have only one purpose—to breed. In Gilead, where women are prohibited from holding jobs, reading, and forming friendships, Offred's persistent memories of life in the “time before” and her will to survive are acts of rebellion. Provocative, startling, prophetic, and with Margaret Atwood’s devastating irony, wit, and acute perceptive powers in full force, “The Handmaid’s Tale” is at once a mordant satire and a dire warning.


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26th July 2006, 08:39
Cities of the Red Night

*Book #1 from the Cities of the Night Series*

William Burroughs

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While young men wage war against an evil empire of zealous mutants, the population of this modern inferno is afflicted with the epidemic of a radioactive virus. An opium-infused apocalyptic vision from the legendary author of Naked Lunch - the first of the trilogy with The Place of Dead Roads and his final novel The Western Lands.

Zagadka
26th July 2006, 08:41
The Soft Machine

William Burroughs

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Book Description :

Hanged soldiers, North African street urchins, addicted narcotic agents, Spanish rent boys, evil doctors, corrupt judges and monsters from the mythology of history or the laboratories of science - Burroughs is truly the Hieronymous Bosch of our time. In this surreal, savage and brilliantly funny sequel to Naked Lunch, Burroughs's famous 'cut-up' technique, the slicing and random folding in of words, was fully developed, transforming the narrative into an extraordinary, unequalled new form of prose poetry.

Zagadka
26th July 2006, 08:42
The Matisse Stories

Antonia S Byatt

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Book Description :

A collection of three stories, each haunted in a different way by the spirit of Matisse, from the winner of the 1990 Booker Prize for "Possession".

Zagadka
26th July 2006, 08:44
Dervish is Digital

Pat Cadigan

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Book Description :

Dore Konstantin is officer in charge of TechnoCrime, Artificial Reality Division and, as if handling a heavy case-load almost single-handed wasn't enough, she's now got a stalker to deal with.

Zagadka
26th July 2006, 08:48
About Schmidt

Louis Begley

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Book Description :

From Publishers Weekly
Both Auchincloss's sophisticated comedies of WASP manners and the terrain mapped in Ishiguro's The Remains of the Day come to mind as comparisons for Begley's new novel, but his discerning intellect and lapidary prose distinguish this powerful story of a man whose fall from grace has a double-edged irony. Albert Schmidt retired from his job in a white-shoe New York law office during his wife's terminal illness. In his 60s, he lives in her magnificent family home in the exclusive Long Island community of Bridgehampton, where he makes sardonic observations about those who betray his archaic values and rigid social standards. The most egregious traitor is his beautiful, brilliant (i.e., Harvard summa cum laude) daughter, Charlotte, whose decision to marry a blatantly ambitious Jewish lawyer is a bitter blow to Schmidt?although he remains outwardly civil. Schmidt has no idea that his cool, remote behavior has alienated Charlotte, that she is aware of the veiled anti-Semitism he himself denies and that her new family, which Schmidt thinks vulgar, offers the warmth and human contact he has never provided. With sublime, delicious irony, Begley shows Schmidt's bizarre metamorphosis from a pillar of rectitude to a silly old fool; a Puerto Rican waitress younger than Charlotte is the instrument of Schmidt's descent down the primrose path. Taking advantage of Schmidt's loneliness, streetwise Carrie uses her sexual wiles to move herself and her drug-dealing boyfriend into his house and life. Begley guides the narrative with smooth aplomb and dry humor, providing a wealth of acutely observed social detail and a clear depiction of emotional dysfunction. Though his classic Holocaust novel, Wartime Lies, is a standard Begley can't improve upon, this elegant, sophisticated novel is another study in self-deception that confirms his reputation as a masterful literary novelist.

Zagadka
26th July 2006, 08:52
Rim: A Novel of Virtual Reality

Alexander Besher

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Book Description :

From Library Journal
A savage corporate war results in the crash of the world's largest recreational virtual reality environment, stranding thousands of users in neural limbo. Dr. Frank Gobi, an experimenter on the fringe of psychic downloading, races against time to track down a rogue CEO and restore the system before the minds of those trapped inside are lost beyond recall. The author of The Pacific Rim Almanac (LJ 6/1/91) has envisioned a 21st century that will be born from the pairing of technological advances with Eastern mysticism. Sparkling prose, inventive plotting, and an engagingly self-deprecatory hero combine to produce a compelling sf thriller of the next century. A strong addition to sf collections.
Copyright 1994 Reed Business Information, Inc. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

Zagadka
26th July 2006, 08:53
Cosmicomics

Italo Calvino

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Book Description :

The author traces the transformation brought about in every sphere of European life by the dual occurrence of the French and Industrial revolutions. The account highlights the 60 significant years when industrialism established domination over the world it was to hold for a century.

Zagadka
26th July 2006, 08:55
Killing Time

Caleb Carr

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Book Description :

Meet Dr. Gideon Wolfe, expert criminologist of the new millenium. A professor at New York's John Jay University in the year 2023, he lives in an era that has seen plague, a global economic crash, and the 2018 assassination of President Emily Forrester. In this turbulent new world order, Wolfe's life and everything he knows are turned upside down when the widow of a murdered special-effects wizard enters his office.

The widow hands him a silver disc from her husband's safety deposit box, hoping that Wolfe's expertise in history and criminology will compel him to track down her husband's killers. The disc contains footage of President Forrester's assassination, the same video that has been broadcast countless times on TV and over the internet-with one crucial, shocking difference: This version shows that before the video was released, it was altered with sinister special effects.

This explosive discovery will lead Gideon Wolfe on an electrifying journey from a criminal underworld of New York to the jungles of Africa and on a quest to find the truth in an age when all information can be manipulated. With this novel, Carr has boldly established a new genre-future history-combining the best elements of mystery and thrillers with unique historical insight. Breathtakingly suspenseful,Killing Time unfolds as the work of a master novelist.

Zagadka
26th July 2006, 08:57
Burning Yours Boats :Collected Short Stories

Nagela Carter

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Book Description :

From reflections on jazz and Japan through vigorous refashionings of classic fairy tales to stunning snapshots of modern life in all its tawdry glory, Burning Your Boats charts the evolution of Angela Carter's marvelous magic vision in a volume that assembles her considerable legacy of short fiction, including early and previously unpublished stories.

Zagadka
26th July 2006, 08:58
Where I'm Calling From

Raymond Carver

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Book Description :

A collection of short stories published during the author's life traces his development over two decades into a writer on par with Hemingway, Welty, Salinger, and Cheever.

Zagadka
26th July 2006, 09:02
The Amazing Adventures of Kavalier and Clay


Michael Chabon

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Book Description :

In 1939 New York City, Joe Kavalier, a refugee from Hitler's Prague, joins forces with his Brooklyn-born cousin, Sammy Clay, to create comic-book superheroes inspired by their own fantasies, fears, and dreams.

Zagadka
26th July 2006, 09:03
The Final Solution

Michael Chabon

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Book Description :

In the Pulitzer Prize-winning novel The Amazing Adventures of Kavalier and Clay, prose magician Michael Chabon conjured up the golden age of comic books -- intertwining history, legend, and storytelling verve. In The Final Solution, he has condensed his boundless vision to craft a short, suspenseful tale of compassion and wit that reimagines the classic nineteenth-century detective story.

In deep retirement in the English country-side, an eighty-nine-year-old man, vaguely recollected by locals as a once-famous detective, is more concerned with his beekeeping than with his fellow man. Into his life wanders Linus Steinman, nine years old and mute, who has escaped from Nazi Germany with his sole companion: an African gray parrot. What is the meaning of the mysterious strings of German numbers the bird spews out -- a top-secret SS code? The keys to a series of Swiss bank accounts perhaps? Or something more sinister? Is the solution to this last case -- the real explanation of the mysterious boy and his parrot -- beyond even the reach of the once-famed sleuth?

Subtle revelations lead the reader to a wrenching resolution. This brilliant homage, which won the 2004 Aga Khan Prize for fiction, is the work of a master storyteller at the height of his powers.

Zagadka
26th July 2006, 09:05
McSweeney's Mammoth Treasury of Thrilling Tales


Michael Chabon

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Book Description :

Includes:

Jim Shepard's "Tedford and the Megalodon"

Glen David Gold's "The Tears of Squonk, and What Happened Thereafter"

Dan Chaon's "The Bees"

Kelly Link's "Catskin"

Elmore Leonard's "How Carlos Webster Changed His Name to Carl and Became a Famous Oklahoma Lawman"

Carol Emshwiller's "The General"

Neil Gaiman's "Closing Time"

Nick Hornby's "Otherwise Pandemonium"

Stephen King's "The Tale of Gray Dick"

Michael Crichton's "Blood Doesn't Come Out"

Laurie King's "Weaving the Dark"

Chris Offutt's "Chuck's Bucket"

Dave Eggers's "Up the Mountain Coming Down Slowly"

Michael Moorcock's "The Case of the Nazi Canary"

Aimee Bender's "The Case of the Salt and Pepper Shakers"

Harlan Ellison's "Goodbye to All That"

Karen Joy Fowler's "Private Grave 9"

Rick Moody's "The Albertine Notes"

Michael Chabon's "The Martian Agent, a Planetary Romance"

Sherman Alexie's "Ghost Dance"

Zagadka
26th July 2006, 09:07
McSweeney's Enchanted Chamber of Astonishing Stories

Michael Chabon

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Book Description :

Michael Chabon is back with a brand-new collection that reinvigorates the stay-up-all-night, edge-of-the seat, fingernail-biting, page-turning tradition of literary short stories, featuring Margaret Atwood, Stephen King, Peter Straub, David Mitchell, Jonathan Lethem, Heidi Julavits, Roddy Doyle, and more!

Margaret Atwood - Lusus Naturae

David Mitchell - What You Do Not Know You Want

Jonathan Lethem - Vivian Relf

Ayelet Waldman - Minnow

Steven Erickson - Zeroville

Stephen King - Lisey and the Madman

Jason Roberts - 7C

Heidi Julavits - The Miniaturist

Roddy Doyle - The Child

Daniel Handler - Delmonico

Charles D'Ambrosio - The Scheme of Things

Poppy Z Brite - The Devil of Delery Street

China Mieville - Reports of Certain Events in London

Joyce Carol Oates - The Fabled Light-house at Vi-a del Mar

Peter Straub - Mr. Aickman's Air Rifle

Zagadka
26th July 2006, 09:13
Lunar Park

Bret Easton Ellis

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Book Description :

Imagine becoming a best-selling novelist, and almost immediately famous and wealthy, while still in college, and before long seeing your insufferable father reduced to a bag of ashes in a safety-deposit box, while after American Psycho your celebrity drowns in a sea of vilification, booze, and drugs.

Then imagine having a second chance ten years later, as the Bret Easton Ellis of this remarkable novel is given, with a wife, children, and suburban sobriety—only to watch this new life shatter beyond recognition in a matter of days. At a fateful Halloween party he glimpses a disturbing (fictional) character driving a car identical to his late father's, his stepdaughter's doll violently "malfunctions," and their house undergoes bizarre transformations both within and without. Connecting these aberrations to graver events—a series of grotesque murders that no longer seem random and the epidemic disappearance of boys his son's age—Ellis struggles to defend his family against this escalating menace even as his wife, their therapists, and the police insist that his apprehensions are rooted instead in substance abuse and egomania.

Lunar Park confounds one expectation after another, passing through comedy and mounting horror, both psychological and supernatural, toward an astonishing resolution—about love and loss, fathers and sons—in what is surely the most powerfully original and deeply moving novel of an extraordinary career.

Zagadka
26th July 2006, 09:15
Pashazade

*Book #1 from the Arabesk Series*

Jon Courtenay-Grimwood


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Book Description :

El Iskandria is the most famous and cosmopolitan city of Ottoman Egypt in the 21st century. Ashraf Bey travels there to escape an American prison but ends up the main suspect in a case of murder.

Zagadka
26th July 2006, 09:16
Light

John Harrison

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Book Description :

Beneath the unbearable light of the Kefahuchi Tract - a huge, fulminating ocean of radiant energy deep in the galaxy - three objects lie on the barren surface of an asteroid: an abandoned spacecraft, a pair of what look like bone dice, and a human skeleton. What are they, and what do they mean?

Zagadka
26th July 2006, 09:18
The Percolated Stars

Rhys Hughes

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Zagadka
26th July 2006, 09:20
Judas Unchained

*Book #2 from the Commonwealth Saga Series*

Peter Hamilton

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Book Description :

The high-action concluding novel of the Commonwealth Saga from Britain's No. 1 Science Fiction writer

It is around the year AD2400 and a war between humans and Gaens is raging over many starsystems. Against this backdrop, Captain Wilson Kime confides to Paula Myo, chief investigator at the Intersolar Serious Crimes Directorate, his belief that humans are being manipulated. With the help of the one creature she can trust, Qatux, a Raiel, Paula Myo's team set out on an investigation to discover the unknown entity responsible for corrupting the humans, which leads to a race against time as both humans and Gaen hurry to deploy their new doomsday weapons.

Zagadka
26th July 2006, 09:22
The Straw Men

*Book #1 from the The Straw Men Series*

Michael Marshall

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Book Description :

In Montana, a man attends the funeral of his parents, ostensibly killed in a car crash. In Los Angeles, a fifteen-year-old girl is abducted by a man assumed dead. These events are linked by the fact that in both there is something missing. As there is in so much of the world, for so much of the time. What's missing is a secret, something which strikes at the heart of what it is to be human. What it is that makes us this way.

Zagadka
26th July 2006, 09:23
The Lonely Dead

*Book #2 from the The Straw Men Series*

Michael Marshall

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Book Description :

The electrifying sequel to the bestselling THE STRAW MEN A guilty man on the verge of suicide makes a bizarre discovery in the deepest corner of the dark forests of Washington State -- a discovery that threatens to overturn the whole of American history. Ward Hopkins and John Zandt, now full-time on the trail of the world's hidden murderers, become involved in a battle not just to save the lives of two individuals, but to protect something of far greater consequence -- from those dedicated to destroying it. And in the background, as ever, are the shadowy Straw Men, exerting a mysterious and sinsiter influence on both individuals and historic events.

Zagadka
26th July 2006, 09:25
Blood of Angels

*Book #3 from the The Straw Men Series*

Michael Marshall

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Book Description :

The tense and suspense-filled follow-up to The Straw Men and The Lonely Dead. Ward Hopkins' past come backs to haunt him with a vengeance when an ex-CIA colleague tracks him down, desperate for help in solving a bizarre series of events surrounding a covert government experiment which has gone badly wrong.Meanwhile Ward's brother, The Upright Man, has escaped from prison -- where he was awaiting trial for murders beyond number. And Hopkins' erstwhile ally and former homicide cop, John Zandt, is still on the trail of the organization which killed his daughter and Ward's parents. the further John digs, the more extraordinary the secrets he uncovers.The shadows are gathering, and across America forces are stirring. Only Ward, John and FBI agent Nina Baynam stand against this tide, and against The Upright Man -- who now has a grudge against just about everyone in the world. It's only a question of where the killing will start ... and whether it will ever stop.

Zagadka
26th July 2006, 09:26
The Cement Garden

Ian McEwan

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Book Description :

In the relentless summer heat, four abruptly orphaned children retreat into a shadowy, isolated world, and find their own strange and unsettling ways of fending for themselves.

Zagadka
26th July 2006, 09:29
Saturday

Ian McEwan

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Book Description :

Saturday is a novel set within a single day in February 2003. Henry Perowne is a contented man - a successful neurosurgeon, happily married to a newspaper lawyer, and enjoying good relations with his children, who are young adults. What troubles him is the state of the world - the impending war against Iraq, and a general darkening and gathering pessimism since the New York and Washington attacks two years before. On this particular Saturday morning, Perowne makes his way to his usual squash game with his anaesthetist, trying to avoid the hundreds of thousand of marchers filling the streets of London, protesting against the war. A minor accident in his car brings him into a confrontation with a small-time thug called Miller. To Perowne's professional eye, something appears to be profoundly wrong with this young man. Miller, in his turn, believes the surgeon has humiliated him, and visits the opulent Perowne home that evening, during a family reunion - with savage consequences that will lead Henry Perowne to deploy all his skills to keep this doomed figure alive.

Zagadka
26th July 2006, 09:33
The Scar

*Book #2 from New Crobuzon Series*

China Miéville

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Book Description :

Winner of the Arthur C. Clarke Award and the British Fantasy Award by the age of 30, China Miéville has also been a World Fantasy Award and Bram Stoker finalist. The Scar, arguably his most ambitious novel yet, takes us on a bizarre voyage on a vast ship teeming with grotesquely re-engineered prisoners. Among them, biding her time for a peaceful landing, is the brilliant Bellis Coldwine, a linguist whose access to secrets protects her. But on the Swollen Oceans, pirates overrun this vessel of mutants, and Bellis, now doubly captive, confronts a death sentence that others call life...

Zagadka
26th July 2006, 09:34
Iron Council

*Book #3 from New Crobuzon Series*

China Miéville

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Book Description :

It is a time of revolts and revolutions, conflict and intrigue. New Crobuzon is being ripped apart from without and within. War with the shadowy city-state of Tesh and rioting on the streets at home are pushing the teeming metropolis to the brink. In the midst of this turmoil, a mysterious masked figure spurs strange rebellion, while treachery and violence incubate in unexpected places. In desperation, a small group of renegades escapes from the city and crosses strange and alien continents in the search for a lost hope, an undying legend. In the blood and violence of New Crobuzon's most dangerous hour, there are whispers. It is the time of the Iron Council.

Zagadka
26th July 2006, 09:35
King Rat

China Miéville

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Book Description :

Saul is hauled out of bed by the police and charged with hurling his father from a top-floor window. While lying dazed in a cell, he is visited by a sharp-featured stranger who leads him on a gravity-defying escape. After introducing himself as Saul's uncle, King Rat, he explains Saul is half rat.

Zagadka
26th July 2006, 09:37
Market Forces

Richard Morgan

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Book Description :

A blistering near-future thriller that will propel Richard Morgan onto the bestseller lists - a novel that will be enjoyed by any thriller reader.

Zagadka
26th July 2006, 09:39
Spin State

Chris Moriarty

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Book Description :

From a stunning new voice in hard science fiction comes the thrilling story of one woman's quest to wrest truth from chaos, love from violence, and reality from illusion in a post-human universe of emergent AIs, genetic constructs, and illegal wetware...

SPIN STATE

UN Peacekeeper Major Catherine Li has made thirty-seven faster-than-light jumps in her lifetime—and has probably forgotten more than most people remember. But that's what backup hard drives are for. And Li should know; she's been hacking her memory for fifteen years in order to pass as human. But no memory upgrade can prepare Li for what she finds on Compson's World: a mining colony she once called home and to which she is sent after a botched raid puts her on the bad side of the powers that be. A dead physicist who just happens to be her cloned twin. A missing dataset that could change the interstellar balance of power and turn a cold war hot. And a mining "accident" that is starting to look more and more like murder...

Suddenly Li is chasing a killer in an alien world miles underground where everyone has a secret. And one wrong turn in streamspace, one misstep in the dark alleys of blackmarket tech and interstellar espionage, one risky hookup with an AI could literally blow her mind.

Zagadka
26th July 2006, 09:41
Pixel Juice

Jeff Noon

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Book Description :

"Pixel Juice" is a selection of fifty stories from Jeff Noon's fertile imagination, each one strange, telling, disturbing or sometimes just plain weird. Most of the tales are surprising such as finding an "off" switch for the human body.

Zagadka
26th July 2006, 09:42
Vurt

*Book #1 from Vurt Series*

Jeff Noon

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Book Description :

In the world of the not-too-distant future, Scribble embarks on a perilous and mythical odyssey into the virtual underworld to rescue his beloved sister, Desdemona, from the drug-induced dreamstate in which she has become trapped.

Zagadka
26th July 2006, 09:44
Invisible Monsters

Chuck Palahniuk

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Book Description :

A fashion model with everything is disfigured in a road "accident" and goes from being the beautiful centre of attention to being a monster, so hideous that no one will acknowledge she exists. She then has to learn that reinventing herself means erasing her past and making up something better.

Zagadka
26th July 2006, 09:45
Choke

Chuck Palahniuk

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Book Description :

Fight Club, Chuck Palahniuk's controversial and blazingly original debut novel, introduced a fresh and even renegade talent to American fiction, one who has retooled the classic black humour of Terry Southern and Vonnegut for the lunacy of the millennial age. In his new novel, Choke, he gives readers a vision of life and love and sex and mortality that is both chillingly brilliant and teeth-rattlingly funny. Victor Mancini, a dropout from medical school, has devised a complicated scam to pay for his mother's hospital care: pretend to be choking and the person who 'saves' you will feel responsible for the rest of their life. Multiply that a couple of hundred times and you generate a healthy flow of cheques, week in, week out. Between fake choking gigs, Victor works at Colonial Dunsboro with a motley group of losers and stoners trapped in 1734, cruises sex addiction groups for action and visits his mother, whose anarchic streak made his childhood a mad whirl and whose Alzheimer's disease now hides what may be the startling truth about his, possibly divine, parentage. An antihero for our deranging times, Victor's whole existence is a struggle to wrest an identity from overwhelming forces. His creator, Chuck Palahniuk, is the visionary we need and the satirist we deserve.

Zagadka
26th July 2006, 09:46
Diary

Chuck Palahniuk

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Book Description :

The bestselling author of Lullaby and Choke continues his twenty-first century reinvention of the horror novel in this homage to Rosemary's Baby. Diary takes the form of a 'coma diary' kept by one Misty Tracy Wilmot as her husband lies senseless in hospital after a suicide attempt. Once she was an art student dreaming of creativity and freedom; now, after marrying Peter at art school and being brought back to once quaint, now tourist-overrun Waytansea Island, she's been reduced to the condition of a resort hotel maid. Peter, it turns out, has been hiding rooms in houses he's refurbished and scrawling vile messages all over the walls - an old habit of builders but gone nuts on his part. Angry homeowners are suing left and right, and Misty's dreams of artistic greatness are in ashes. But then, as if possessed by the spirit of Maura Kinkaid, a fabled Waytansea artist of the nineteenth century, Misty begins painting again, compulsively. The canvases are taken away by her mother-in-law and her doctor, who seem to have a plan for Misty - and for all those annoying tourists... A dark, hilarious and, this time, poignant act of storytelling from America's favourite, most inventive nihilist.

Zagadka
26th July 2006, 09:47
Haunted

Chuck Palahniuk

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Book Description :

Haunted by Chuck Palahniuk is a novel made up of stories: Twenty-three of them, to be precise. Twenty-three of the most horrifying, hilarious, mind-blowing, stomach-churning tales you'll ever encounter-sometimes all at once. They are told by people who have answered an ad headlined "Writers' Retreat: Abandon Your Life for Three Months," and who are led to believe that here they will leave behind all the distractions of "real life" that are keeping them from creating the masterpiece that is in them. But "here" turns out to be a cavernous and ornate old theater where they are utterly isolated from the outside world-and where heat and power and, most important, food are in increasingly short supply. And the more desperate the circumstances become, the more extreme the stories they tell-and the more devious their machinations become to make themselves the hero of the inevitable play/movie/nonfiction blockbuster that will surely be made from their plight.

Haunted is on one level a satire of reality television-The Real World meets Alive. It draws from a great literary tradition-The Canterbury Tales, The Decameron, the English storytellers in the Villa Diodati who produced, among other works, Frankenstein-to tell an utterly contemporary tale of people desperate that their story be told at any cost. Appallingly entertaining, Haunted is Chuck Palahniuk at his finest-which means his most extreme and his most provocative.

Zagadka
26th July 2006, 09:48
Fugitives And Refugees: A Walk in Portland, Oregon

Chuck Palahniuk

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Book Description :

Everyone looking to start a new life seems to head west. And one of the cheapest, hippest places to go is Portland, which may explain why the town attracts a certain outlaw element -- or what Chuck Palahniuk calls "the most cracked of the crackpots." A writer famous for the quirkiness quotient of his fiction, Palahniuk is the perfect guide for this tour of the offbeat, historic Pacific Northwest city. Equal parts travelogue and freak show, this hysterical book is a must-read for Portland locals, tourists, and fans of the author.

Zagadka
26th July 2006, 09:50
Prague

Arthur Phillips

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Book Description :

A novel of startling scope and ambition, Prague depicts an intentionally lost Lost Generation as it follows five American expats who come to Budapest in the early 1990s to seek their fortune. They harbor the vague suspicion that their counterparts in Prague have it better, but still they hope to find adventure, inspiration, a gold rush, or history in the making.

Zagadka
26th July 2006, 09:52
Vernon God Little

DBC Pierre

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Book Description :

Fifteen-year-old Vernon Gregory Little is in trouble, and it has something to do with the recent massacre of 16 students at his high school. Soon, the quirky backwater of Martirio, barbecue capital of Texas, is flooded with wannabe CNN hacks, eager for a scapegoat.

Zagadka
26th July 2006, 09:54
Ishmael: An Adventure of the Mind and Spirit

Daniel Quinn

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Book Description :

Now available in paperback for the first time, Ishmael is the winner of the Turner Tomorrow Award--a prize for fiction that offers solutions to global problems. When a man in search of truth answers an ad in a local newspaper from a teacher looking for serious students, he finds himself alone in an abandoned office with a gorilla named Ishmael.

Zoey
26th July 2006, 12:34
Patricia A. Rasey - Deadly Obsession

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Book Description:

THRILLER/SUSPENSE: A killer is loose who has a taste for human blood. Cole presses harder into the investigation, but the body count climbs. He has personal reasons for detesting the press, so sparks fly when Laurie hounds him for a story. Fate forces them to join forces, neither one anticipating the attraction that ensues. But just as Cole thinks he is close to finding all the answers, both personal and professional, Laurie disappears.

Zoey
26th July 2006, 12:37
Patricia A. Rasey - The Hour Before Dawn

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Book Description:

THRILLER/SUSPENSE: Tevan Zaber wants to be a detective. But how far is he willing to go to get it? Thrust into the dark underworld of real vampires, reality begins to blur into the society of role-playing. Can Krystal Braxton, who wrestles with her own demons, save Tevan from becoming one of them? Together they must infiltrate the occult covens to save the city from a blood-thirsty killer resurrected from a year's old case as they enlist the help of Fairview Park's lieutenant, Cole Kincaid. The Hour Before Dawn picks up where Deadly Obsession leaves off.

Zoey
26th July 2006, 12:49
Patricia A. Rasey - Kiss of Deceit

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THRILLER/SUSPENSE: Marcus “Snake” Gallego lives in the fast lane. Play hard, ride fast, die young. But nothing seems to touch him, not until his faithless wife turns up dead, and a pretty little detective slams his head against a bar, cuffing his hands behind his back.

LeAnne McVeigh has a murderer to catch and “Snake” is a prime suspect according to her fiancé, the County prosecutor. She fights her growing attraction to the biker, but the pull is too strong to ignore and more than that, he proves to be her friend in adversity.

Zoey
26th July 2006, 12:55
Patricia A. Rasey - Eyes of Betrayal

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The long-awaited and riveting sequel to the best-selling Kiss Of Deceit.

THRILLER/SUSPENSE: Two long years have passed since Marcus "Snake" Gallego left behind Henry County and Detective LeAnne McVeigh, leaving her to mourn the fact he had ridden into the sunset without her. But when he finally returns to her Ohio town, he isn't alone. Snake has brought along a friend, Egan Tate, who looks the epitome of evil. And if things couldn't possibly get worse, her best friend, the good doctor Whitney Montgomery, has her eyes set on Tate.

When a vicious murder suddenly stirs the relatively peaceful community to turmoil, a murder reminiscent of the killings that plagued the county several years earlier, LeAnne begins to wonder about this mystery man Snake has befriended. Has a copycat killer truly emerged, or does Henry County have a ghost on its hands?

Zagadka
26th July 2006, 13:32
Farewell to Yesterday's Tomorrow

Alexei Panshin

Book Description :

A collection of Panshin's short fiction including: "What's Your Excuse", "The Sons of Prometheus", "A Sense of Direction", "How Georges Duchamps Discovered a Plot to Take Over The World", "On Sunday in Neptune", "Now I'm Watching Roger", "Arpad", "How Can We Sink When We Can Fly", "Sky Blue", "When the Vertical Becomes Horizontal", "Lady Sunshine and the Magoon of Beatus", and "Farewell to Yesterday's Tomorrow".

Zagadka
26th July 2006, 13:36
New Celebrations: The Adventures of Anthony Villiers

Alexei Panshin

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Many books have been hailed as "in the tradition of" THE HITCHHIKER'S GUIDE TO THE GALAXY. Not this one. It came first. It may, however, be something of a precursor. A space-operatic comedy of manners and meditation on life, a cheerful noir thriller, NEW CELEBRATIONS comprises the first three, and so far only, novels about the enigmatic Anthony Villiers, a young man who trails both a mysterious past and a six-foot furred toad companion whose papers are not in order. From a space-station gambling resort, to a nice camping venue in a nature reserve, to the masquerade on Delbalso where arboreal peels grunt like clockwork, Villiers tours many odd social circles of the interstellar Nashuite Empire. Hounded by want of cash, by assassins and, worse, bureaucrats, he remains polite, has fun, and makes an impression. Meet him and see. "STAR WELL [the first book of NEW CELEBRATIONS] is a wise, delightful, and well-turned book; and it is something I have never seen in science fiction before. It is the first of a series of novels that examines the proposition that the world is composed of small communities of mutual interest. When the pith of that statement is bared as astutely as it is in this novel, it does not matter which 'small community' you belong to: Star Well hits." --Samuel R. Delany, from the Introduction "I strongly recommend you introduce yourself to Anthony Villiers . . . It's all glorious, ridiculous, tongue-in-cheek parody of almost anything you can think of . . . Get it!

Zagadka
26th July 2006, 13:38
Aberystwyth Mon Amour

*Book #1 in Aberystwyth Series*

Malcolm Pryce

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Schoolboys are being murdered all over Aberystwyth and nobody knows why. Louie Knight, the town's private investigator, soon realises that finding out what is happening to the boys is not going to be easy.

Zagadka
26th July 2006, 13:42
Last Tango in Aberystwyth

*Book #2 in Aberystwyth Series*

Malcolm Pryce

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To the girls who came to make it big in the town's 'What the Butler Saw' movie industry, Aberystwyth was the town of broken dreams. To Dean Morgan who taught at the Faculty of Undertaking, it was just a place to get course materials. But both worlds collide when the Dean checks into the notorious bed and breakfast ghetto - a dark labyrinth of druid speakeasies and toffee apple dens, where every spinning wheel tells the story of a broken heart - and mistakenly receives a suitcase intended for a ruthless druid assassin. Soon he is running for his life, his heart hopelessly in thrall to a porn star known as Judy Juice. Louie Knight, the town's only private eye knows that in order to find the Dean, he has to discover what was in the druid's case. It turns out to be something so evil it makes even the hard-boiled gumshoe gasp...

Zagadka
26th July 2006, 13:44
Diamond Dogs

Alastair Reynolds

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Just when you thought it was safe to go back into interstellar space ... Alastair Reynolds burst onto the SF scene with the Arthur C. Clarke Award shortlisted REVELATION SPACE, British Science Fiction Award winning CHASM CITY, and REDEMPTION ARK. Now experience the phenomenal imagination and breathtaking vision of 'The most exciting space opera writer working today' (Locus) in these two tales of high adventure set in the same universe as his novels. The title story, 'Diamond Dogs', tells of a group of mercenaries trying to unravel the mystery of a particularly inhospitable alien tower on a distant world; 'Turquoise Days' is about Naqi, who has devoted her life to studying the alien Pattern Jugglers.

Zagadka
26th July 2006, 13:49
Fierce Invalids Home FromHot Climates

Tom Robbins

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The Imaginary Invalid

Like many of his characters, Tom Robbins appears to thrive on contradictory stimuli. His last novel, Half Asleep in Frog Pajamas, set its account of spiritual enlightenment and extraterrestrial influences against the credibly rendered backdrop of a faltering stock exchange. His latest, Fierce Invalids Home From Hot Climates, is also concerned with the quest for enlightenment but chooses for its hero a renegade operative for that supremely unenlightened, reflexively conservative institution, the Central Intelligence Agency.

The operative in question is named, simply, Switters, and he gives new meaning to the phrase "loose cannon." Switters, along with a number of his fellow agents, sees himself as an "angel," a subversive element dedicated to opposing the "cowboys" of the CIA, those zealots who have done so much damage in the name of our national interests. A born anarchist, Switters meditates, indulges in mind-altering substances, reads and rereads Finnegans Wake, and obsessively ponders the fate of language in the cybernetic future that is rapidly taking shape around us. He is the antithesis of such traditional CIA employees as his pompous-and perfectly named-superior, Mayflower Cabot Fitzgerald.

Fierce Invalids begins when Switters, who is bound for Peru on Company business, agrees to perform an act of mercy for his octogenarian grandmother, who wants him to return her pet-an aging parrot named Sailor Boy-to its ancestral home in the Amazon rain forest. Switters's mission is interrupted when a British ethnographer-R. Potney Smithe-introduces him to a tribal shaman named, variously, End of Time and Today is Tomorrow, whose head is shaped exactly like a pyramid, and who believes that laughter is one of the animating forces of the universe. Switters spends a single hallucinatory night in End of Time's company, in the course of which he eats his grandmother's parrot and takes a drug-induced trip through "the Hallways of Always," where the secrets of the cosmos reside. In the dazed aftermath of revelation, he learns that arcane knowledge exacts a heavy price. From that day forward, Switters is forbidden-on literal penalty of death-to rest his feet on solid ground.

Zagadka
26th July 2006, 13:53
The Neon Bible

John Kennedy Toole

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John Kennedy Toole--who won a posthumous Pulitzer Prize for his best-selling comic masterpiece A Confederacy of Dunces--wrote The Neon Bible for a literary contest at the age of sixteen. The manuscript languished in a drawer and became the subject of a legal battle among Toole's heirs. It was only in 1989, thirty-five years after it was written and twenty years after Toole's suicide at thirty-one, that this amazingly accomplished and evocative novel was freed for publication.

The Neon Bible tells the story of David, a young boy growing up in a small Southern town in the 1940s. David's voice is perfectly calibrated, disarmingly funny, sad, shrewd, gathering force from page to page with an emotional directness that never lapses into sentimentality. Through it we share his awkward, painful, universally recognizable encounter with first love, we participate in boy evangelist Bobbie Lee Taylor's revival, we meet the pious, bigoted townspeople. From the opening lines of The Neon Bible, David is fully alive, naive yet sharply observant, drawing us into his world through the sure artistry of John Kennedy Toole.

Zagadka
26th July 2006, 14:05
The Risen Empire

Scott Westerfeld

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From the acclaimed author of Fine Prey, Polymorph, and Evolution's Darling (Philip K. Dick Award special citation and a New York Times Notable Book) comes a sweeping epic, The Risen Empire, Scott Westerfeld's dazzling hardcover debut.The undead Emperor has ruled his mighty interstellar empire of eighty human worlds for sixteen hundred years. Because he can grant a form of eternal life, creating an elite known as the Risen, his power has been absolute. He and his sister, the Child Empress, who is eternally a little girl, are worshiped as living gods. No one can touch them. Not until the Rix, machine-augmented humans who worship very different gods: AI compound minds of planetary extent. The Rix are cool, relentless fanatics, and their only goal is to propagate such AIs throughout the galaxy. They seek to end, by any means necessary, the Emperor's prolonged tyranny of one and supplant it with an eternal cybernetic dynasty of their own. They begin by taking the Child Empress hostage. Captain Laurent Zai of the Imperial Frigate Lynx is tasked with her rescue.Separated by light-years, bound by an unlikely love, Zai and pacifist senator Nara Oxham must each in their own way, face the challenge of the Rix, and they each will hold the fate of the empire in their hands. The Risen Empire is the first great space opera of the twenty-first century.

Zagadka
26th July 2006, 14:10
Dream Factories and Radio Pictures

Howard Waldrop

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What if the post-apocalyptic world was inherited by the android avatars of a famous duck, mouse, and dog? What if every '50s Bugarama monster-movie nightmare came true at once? What if Thunder Cloud pioneers had transformed the arid Southwest into a subtropical paradise?

What do you mean, what if? They're real, they're here, a life-giving downpour in a desert of mundanity, right from the cranium of Howard Waldrop, one of the best, most original writers in America.

For the first time, ElectricStory brings together the greater part of Howard's media-related tales. TV, radio, movies--they're all right here.

PLUS original essays by the author.

PLUS a never-before-published novelette: "Major Spacer in the 21st Century," about the triumph of McCarthyism over a space-opera serial, the subsequent death of democracy, and the country's eventual second shot at freedom.

In this collection, Howard brings to life the kind of historical trivia nobody else can imagine. Oh sure, you can laud his insights into the technical and social development of our dream factories and radio pictures. But what will blow you away are his wacky ideas--the way he brings together things that you'd never imagined on the same bookshelf, much less the same page of the same story. And yet, once he lays them out, you wonder why no one else thought to see it that way--his quirkiness exposes the romance of it all better than any cinéma vérité ever could.

So sit back, relax, and enjoy the show--you're about to see the world in a whole new aspect ratio. You may never see it the same way again.

Zagadka
26th July 2006, 14:16
Politics

Adam Thirwell

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From Publishers Weekly
In this nervy, self-conscious debut novel, British writer Thirlwell airs the unspoken anxieties and confusions of two lovers, crafting a talky deconstruction of a relationship. Moshe is a character actor, "the sketchy one, the sardonic one, the oddball cool"; Nana is an architecture student, "tall, thin, pale, blonde, breasty." It is the off-stage narrator, however, who is the book's most notable presence, with his countless digressions, "simple" theories, lengthy explanations and bossy directives. Despite his repeated assertions that the book is not about sex ("sex isn't everything"; "sometimes I think that this book is an attack on sex"), Moshe and Nana are constantly experimenting ("oral sex, use of alternative personae, lesbianism, undinism"), though their experiments usually end in failure. This is true of their biggest experiment, a three-way affair involving Anjali, an Anglo-Indian actor friend of Moshe's. Reading Thirlwell's novel is similar to watching a film with the director in the room, guiding the viewer through every scene. While many of the resulting narrative flourishes are clever or endearing, their humor and intellectual cachet wear thin as the ratio of window dressing to substance tips heavily in favor of the former. Still, Thirlwell's brave attempt to debunk the primacy of sex (while elaborately describing his characters' hapless pursuit of it) is surprisingly convincing.
Copyright 2003 Reed Business Information, Inc. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

Zagadka
26th July 2006, 14:20
The Fiction of Martin Amis

Martin Amis

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In this Icon Readers' Guide, Nicolas Tredell explores the critical judgements and interpretations generated by Amis's novels and short stories over the past quarter of a century.

Zagadka
26th July 2006, 14:27
Singularity Sky

*Book #1 in Singularity Sky Series*

Charles Stross

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This much-anticipated debut novel is set 400 years in the future-and in the wake of perfected time travel, the ultimate advancements in technology and information, and the groundbreaking development of Artificial Intelligence. Is this all a great step for humanity? Or will it be our ultimate downfall?

Singularity Sky is a truly visionary novel of the future, and already its author, Charles Stross, has become the most talked-about new voice in science fiction...

Zagadka
26th July 2006, 14:31
The Year of Our War

Steph Swainston

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Jant is the Messenger, one of The Circle, a cadre of 50 immortals who serve the Emperor, and the only who can fly. The Emperor seeks to protect mankind from the hordes of giant insects who have plagued the land for centuries. But he must also contend with the rivalries of his chosen immortals.

Zagadka
26th July 2006, 14:36
The Brief and Frightening Reign of Phil

George Saunders

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In The Brief and Frightening Reign of Phil, George Saunders offers his most boldly imaginative fiction yet.

In a profoundly strange country called Inner Horner, large enough for only one resident at a time, citizens waiting to enter the country fall under the rule of the power-hungry and tyrannical Phil, setting off a chain of injustice and mass hysteria.

An Animal Farm for the 21st century, this is an incendiary political satire of unprecedented imagination, spiky humor, and cautionary appreciation for the hysteric in everyone. Over six years in the writing, and brilliantly and beautifully packaged, this novella is Saunders' first stand-alone, book-length work--and his first book for adults in five years.

Zagadka
26th July 2006, 14:40
Galatea 2.2

Richard Powers

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From Publishers Weekly
Powers, in his mid-30s and with four well-received books under his belt (Three Farmers on Their Way to a Dance; The Gold Bug Variations; etc.), is among our most prodigious young novelists, and without a doubt our most cerebral. He seems bent on proving the novel to be a form capable of housing all manner of human thought and expression: art, music, genetic theory, linguistics and philosophy. In Galatea 2.2, Powers, known as an extremely private person, is writing about himself?Richard Powers, the cerebral author of four novels?in a most intimate fashion, detailing his loves, passions and failings. His objective, however, is nothing so mundane as self-portraiture. Typically, he has a bigger idea: in exploring the nature of consciousness, he is trying to build a conscious novel in much the same way that the novel's fictional Powers is trying to spark consciousness in a university computer. The result is a kind of double simulation of intelligence that is breathtakingly elegant. Powers the character, returns to a Midwestern university with a huge computer science department, after several years in Holland, where he has left behind the love of his life, who saw him through the first four books. As a visiting writer, his job is to bombard a computer network, which he comes to call Helen, with literature, music and conversation so that it will recognize beauty in some neuronal simulation, and therefore become conscious of it. Meanwhile, Powers reveals his life, including his career as a novelist (down to the mentioning of a rare picture of him in a PW interview four years ago). It's as if both Helen and the novel itself can be programmed into self-consciousness. In the course of tutoring Helen to be able to successfully interpret a piece of text in a manner indistinguishable from a human, Powers and Helen form an enchanting though eerie bond: she has "read" all his books; he knows her circuitry. Still, there remain mysteries that can't be accounted for by electron paths, in Helen's case, or by a theory of the self, in Powers's case. In the end, Powers is left with the conviction he started with: that intelligence is irreducible; it cannot be known. Although parts of the book seem hastily done or weakly felt (the university folk are rather two-dimensional, and Powers's crush on a rail-thin, obnoxious grad student is simply unaccountable), these are minor flaws in an otherwise ingenious performance.
Copyright 1995 Reed Business Information, Inc. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

Zoey
26th July 2006, 14:41
Patricia A. Rasey - Facade

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THRILLER/SUSPENSE: Deputy Detective KC Tanner guards his private life much the same as his Doberman, Zappa, guards his home. He's content to live a life of solitude, hiding behind the wall he's carefully constructed around himself. Trouble is Sharalee MacArthur, stuck in a fantasy world of her own making, still envisions KC as the man she will one day marry. That is until reality shatters his isolation and dashes her hopes, and a madman running lose in their homey little community has KC and Shar running for their lives...

Zoey
26th July 2006, 14:45
Patricia A. Rasey - Fear the Dark

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THRILLER/SUSPENSE: A vicious serial killer is on the loose, and his weapon of choice slithers, rattles…and bites! Can Detective Jack Carter and Cara Banks catch him before time runs out and Cara realizes her ultimate nightmare? They’ll need to put their personal differences aside and maybe even find out where they went wrong along the way.

Zagadka
26th July 2006, 14:45
Operation Wandering Soul

Richard Powers

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From Publishers Weekly
Powers, the certified (by a MacArthur grant) genius whose last novel was the much-admired Gold Bug Variations , continues to baffle and excite with his new book. Set in the pediatric ward of a big L.A. hospital in the apparently near future, it is a vast, impassioned fantasy-allegory about the plight of the world's children in a time of cynicism, corruption and easy destruction of life. The only recognizable adults are surgical resident Richard Kraft, desperately weary of trying to patch up the shattered lives and bodies of innocents, and therapist Linda Espera, who tries to instill hope through storytelling and play-acting. The two are deeply involved with a band of patients led by a precociously wise but hopelessly crippled Thai girl and a cynical, commanding boy whose rare disease has withered his body into that of an old man. Richard and Linda evoke for the children, or share with the reader, various factual and fabulous accounts of endangered children through the centuries: England during the blitz, the Pied Piper legend rendered amazingly contemporary, the abortive medieval Children's Crusade portrayed by a comic book, flashes of Peter Pan. As always with Powers, the verbal dexterity is amazing, but ultimately exhausting. He is quite capable of fluent sequential narrative, and readers will be relieved when he lapses into it after all the self-conscious brilliance and endlessly impressive allusion. Powers has a remarkable, virtuoso voice and much to say with it, but he desperately needs to curb his apparent need to show it off.
Copyright 1993 Reed Business Information, Inc. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

Zagadka
26th July 2006, 14:56
The Gold Bug Variations

Richard Powers

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Powers ( Three Farmers on Their Way to a Dance ; Prisoner's Dilemma ) is a recipient of a MacArthur "genius" grant , and it seems appropriate: this strange, overwritten, often infuriating, manically intelligent and sometimes deeply moving novel could hardly have been produced by a writer of mere talent. Powers has woven an extraordinary knowledge of music, of science (particularly of the search for genetic coding, and of computer programming), of the mysteries of language and art history, into a saga that is dazzling and wearying in almost equal measure. The novel jumps back and forth between the late '50s, when brilliant scientist Stuart Ressler is involved with an Illinois research team trying to break the mysteries of DNA coding, and the '80s, when librarian Jan O'Deigh and computer programmer Franklin Todd get to know Ressler, now holding an insignificant night job at a massive computer database operation in Brooklyn, N.Y., and try to figure what derailed his promising career. Not a great deal happens, in a conventional narrative sense. Ressler has an affair with one married fellow scientist and learns music from another; his scientific career is, in fact, aborted by his resulting passion for music. O'Deigh leaves her glib Madison Avenue boyfriend, takes up with Todd and is then abandoned by him in his vain search for information about an obscure 16th-century Flemish artist. Toward the end the three principals are involved in a massive computer scam to help a stricken colleague. Despite occasional bewilderment at arid patches of scientific jargon and interminable displays of arcane knowledge for its own sake, a reader persists with The Gold Bug Variations (the title, obviously, is a play on Bach's Goldberg Variations , which have a key role in the book's intellectual structure, and Edgar Allan Poe's The Gold Bug , about the solving of a puzzle). For there is a perpetual air of surprise about the book, of intellectual excitement, a passionate involvement with words that expands into delightfully witty dialogue and profoundly evocative description. Reading it is hard work, but it's also deeply enriching; the decade is not likely to bring another novel half as challenging and original.
Copyright 1991 Reed Business Information, Inc. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

Zagadka
26th July 2006, 15:07
A Time of Our Singing

Richard Powers

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In some respects, Richard Powers's The Time of Our Singing is just a big, absorbing drama about an American family, with the typical ingredients of an immigrant parent and some social obstacles--in this case, a biracial marriage in the Civil Rights era--to be overcome by the talented children. But Powers's lyrical gifts lift this material far above its familiar subject matter. His descriptions of music alone will transport the reader. The Strom family were raised with this common language: "Our parents' Crazed Quotations game played on the notion that every moment's tune had all history's music box for its counterpoint. On any evening in Hamilton Heights, we could jump from organum to atonality without any hint of all the centuries that had died fiery deaths between them." The central figure of this novel is the dazzling Jonah, who makes a life from singing, and who may be the only person around him who regards his racial heritage as irrelevant to his ambitions. Powers's is such a fertile writer, however, that he can't stay with any single story, but plunges into pages and pages of family and social histories. The result is a rambling, resonant, fearless novel that pulls the reader along in its wake. --Regina Marler --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

Zoey
26th July 2006, 15:17
Gypsy Road Series, Vol. 1

Karen Wiesner - Leather & Lace

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Contemporary Romance: Can a rogue find love with the girl next door? Not if his ex-girlfriends have any say in it!

Bethany Briggs is a wallflower who's always looked for love in the wrong places. Rod Summers is notorious for the string of broken-hearted girlfriends he's left behind.

Even when she sees a teddy bear beneath his wild exterior, she isn't sure she can trust her heart. But this shy girl-next-door is about to prove that the pattern for leather and lace can be tailor-made...

Zoey
26th July 2006, 15:19
Gypsy Road Series, Vol. 2

Karen Wiesner - Flesh & Blood

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Contemporary Romance: After risking her heart once and learning to regret it, JoJo Summers finds it necessary to live her life as a paper doll. No emotions, no danger and no pain. Randy Briggs is the one man who can change her mind, if he can just break down ten years' worth of her defenses. Getting through to JoJo means uncovering the demons in his own past. But Randy believes in true love and intends to make JoJo a believer too. His only ace in the hole is that she underestimates the power of love.

Just when JoJo takes the first step in risking her heart to Randy, her past comes back to haunt her, in flesh and blood... and then her heart isn't the only thing she's in danger of losing.

Zagadka
26th July 2006, 15:21
The Terminal Man

Sir Alfred Mehran

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The extraordinary true story of the charming eccentric Sir Alfred Mehran who has spent the last 15 years living on a bench in Terminal 1 at Charles de Gaulle Airport, Paris and dining on MacDonalds every day - the strangest case in immigration history!

Zoey
26th July 2006, 15:21
Gypsy Road Series, Vol. 3

Karen Wiesner - Fire & Ice

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Contemporary Romance: Jon Rushing has finally found the answer to a lifetime of misplaced guilt and misery. Tracey Scott is unlike anyone Jon has ever met before. She's completely open and honest, ever true to her own heart... and set on having a baby, ASAP.
Jon is the man of Tracey's dreams, but she isn't sure she can trust her heart not to blind itself to his past obsessions—ones that could easily come back to destroy them both.

Even as Jon vows to be everything she'll ever need and Tracey sets her heart on him, the past rears its ugly head. What Tracey wants most of all is the one thing Jon can't give her... unless he can find a way to go back in time and reverse the damage.

Zoey
26th July 2006, 15:25
Gypsy Road Series, Vol. 4

Karen Wiesner - Vows & The Vagabond

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Contemporary Romance: They both want what they can't have -- each other...

Blackie Scarpacchio has had hard lessons kicked in him from birth, leaving him cynical and afraid to trust in love. Lori Gordon has loved Blackie all her life. After one stolen night with him when she was 19, he'd torn her soul in two when he admitted their relationship was based on vows he'd made to her father.

Five years later, she's come home to discover that absence has made her heart grow fonder of her dark warrior and vagabond. She still believes their love could be destiny if they both reached out for it. Blackie doesn't know how to deal with his own unresolved feelings for this woman. But when Lori starts receiving threats, his protectiveness thrusts him into constant contact... and reborn needs that could either heal him or destroy them both.

Zagadka
26th July 2006, 15:29
Secret & Lies

Bruce Schneier

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Whom can you trust? Try Bruce Schneier, whose rare gift for common sense makes his book Secrets and Lies: Digital Security in a Networked World both enlightening and practical. He's worked in cryptography and electronic security for years, and has reached the depressing conclusion that even the loveliest code and toughest hardware still will yield to attackers who exploit human weaknesses in the users. The book is neatly divided into three parts, covering the turn-of-the-century landscape of systems and threats, the technologies used to protect and intercept data, and strategies for proper implementation of security systems. Moving away from blind faith in prevention, Schneier advocates swift detection and response to an attack, while maintaining firewalls and other gateways to keep out the amateurs.
Newcomers to the world of Schneier will be surprised at how funny he can be, especially given a subject commonly perceived as quiet and dull. Whether he's analyzing the security issues of the rebels and the Death Star in Star Wars or poking fun at the giant software and e-commerce companies that consistently sacrifice security for sexier features, he's one of the few tech writers who can provoke laughter consistently. While moderately pessimistic on the future of systems vulnerability, he goes on to relieve the reader's tension by comparing our electronic world to the equally insecure paper world we've endured for centuries--a little smart-card fraud doesn't seem so bad after all. Despite his unfortunate (but brief) shill for his consulting company in the book's afterword, you can trust Schneier to dish the dirt in Secrets and Lies. --Rob Lightner

Zagadka
26th July 2006, 15:34
Dress Your Family in Corduroy and Denim

David Sedaris

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In his latest collection, Sedaris has found his heart. This is not to suggest that the author of Me Talk Pretty One Day and other bestselling books has lost his edge. The 27 essays here (many previously published in Esquire, G.Q. or the New Yorker, or broadcast on PRI's This American Life) include his best and funniest writing yet. Here is Sedaris's family in all its odd glory. Here is his father dragging his mortified son over to the home of one of the most popular boys in school, a boy possessed of "an uncanny ability to please people," demanding that the boy's parents pay for the root canal that Sedaris underwent after the boy hit him in the mouth with a rock. Here is his oldest sister, Lisa, imploring him to keep her beloved Amazon parrot out of a proposed movie based on his writing. ("'Will I have to be fat in the movie?' she asked.") Here is his mother, his muse, locking the kids out of the house after one snow day too many, playing the wry, brilliant commentator on his life until her untimely death from cancer. His mother emerges as one of the most poignant and original female characters in contemporary literature. She balances bitter and sweet, tart and rich—and so does Sedaris, because this is what life is like. "You should look at yourself," his mother says in one piece, as young Sedaris crams Halloween candy into his mouth rather than share it. He does what she says and then some, and what emerges is the deepest kind of humor, the human comedy.
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Zagadka
26th July 2006, 15:40
Oranges are Not the Only Fruit

Jeanette Winterson

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Book Description :

This title, the winner of the 1985 Whitbread Award for a First Novel, chronicles the struggles of a young girl against a domineering mother and the strictures of religion. The novel takes a look at religious excess and human obsession.

hiteshp
26th July 2006, 15:43
Bone Dance

Emma Bull

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In the pitiless post-apocalyptic future, Sparrow’s confusion and self-doubt are more than mere teenage angst. How much more may determine the future. Mixing symbolism from the Tarot deck, voodoo mythology, and a finely detailed vision of life and technology after the nuclear war, Bull has come up with yet another winner. Sparrow’s video-age consciousness has obvious appeal for the MTV generation. A tense, ferocious dance on the deteriorating high wire of the future.


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Zagadka
26th July 2006, 15:44
Gut Symmetries

Jeanette Winterson

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Set on board the "QE2", and in New York and Liverpool, this story welds together sex and science into a celebration of love in all its frailty, confusion and excess.

Zagadka
26th July 2006, 15:49
Boating For Beginners

Jeanette Winterson

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Zoey
26th July 2006, 19:39
Amanda Stevens - Fade To Black

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Book Description:

Romance/Suspense: Ex-special agent Pierce Kincaid wakes up one day to find that he's lost, literally, five years of his life. His wife, Jessica -- no longer pregnant -- doesn't know what to say when his now five-year-old son asks who the stranger is. They believed Pierce had walked out on them. But he hadn't. It soon becomes clear that someone had kidnapped him and he does.

Zoey
26th July 2006, 19:43
Amanda Stevens - Stranger In Paradise

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Romance/Suspense: Welcome to the other side of paradise... When Emily planned on hyping her new B& B by republicizing a 15-year-old unsolved murder, she never dreamed the townspeople would react so bitterly. Or that attempts on her life would be part of the deal... Her life in Paradise quickly became a living hell. But then Matthew Steele blew into town... and everything changed. As Emily sized up the mysterious stranger astride his motorcycle, she found herself lost in his arresting gray eyes. Was it a mere coincidence that he resembled the alleged killer from all those years ago, or could he possibly be her knight in shining black leather?

Zoey
26th July 2006, 19:54
Amanda Stevens - A Baby's Cry

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Romance/Suspense: A BABY'S CRY ECHOED THROUGH THE YEARS....

Taylor Robinson and Dillon Reeves had once been the perfect couple--high school sweethearts voted the most likely to marry and have a big family. Only, Taylor's wealthy family had proven too rich for Dillon's blood, and he'd left town without ever looking back...without ever knowing about Taylor's delicate condition.

Now, ten years later, Taylor had reason to believe her and Dillon's baby hadn't been stillborn,after all. Only, no one will believe her, least of all Detective Dillon Reeves. Against all odds, Taylor struggles to reunite the family that never was...but should have been.

Zoey
26th July 2006, 20:07
Amanda Stevens - A Man Of Secrets

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Book Description:

Romance/Suspense: With her ex-husband's murdered body in her shop, Natalie Silver needed all the help she could get. However, she was surprised to find an ally in her brother-in-law, FBI agent Spencer Bishop. And as Spencer unraveled more clues, it was only a matter of time before he discovered Natalie's secret -- her six-year-old son was more than just Spencer's nephew!

Zagadka
27th July 2006, 07:09
Rage

Richard Bachman

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Book Description :

In Rage , a high-school student goes berserk in the classroom, killing the teacher and holding the class hostage.

Zagadka
27th July 2006, 07:11
The Long Walk

Stephen King, Richard Bachman

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Book Description :

Finally available in a single volume edition under Stephen King's name! In the near future, a young boy has been one of 100 selected to take the Long Walk--a deadly contest of endurance and determination, in which each step can literally be your last. Follow the contestants' tortured footsteps as they struggle with each other, and themselves, to survive the race. Includes the Introduction "The Importance of Being Bachman". Vintage King, this harrowing tale was originally published under the Richard Bachman pseudonym.

Zagadka
27th July 2006, 07:13
Roadwork

Stephen King, Richard Bachman

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Book Description :

Originally written under the Richard Bachman pseudonym, Roadwork is now available completely repackaged and under all-time bestselling author Stephen King's name.

In this gritty narrative, a lone man takes on the wheels of progress in a showdown of cataclysmic proportions. When a highway project puts him out of work and threatens to destroy his home, he has more than enough time on his hands to plot his revenge. Driving his wife and friends away with his obstinate refusal to give in, he pushes the powers-that-be to the limit, taking a stand against what he sees as a criminal act in progress. Building to a shattering climax, Roadwork is a suspenseful tale you won't soon forget!

Zagadka
27th July 2006, 07:15
The Regulators

Richard Bachman

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Book Description :

Stephen King's pseudonymous alter-ego delivers a tale of occult mayhem and social satire set along a quiet suburban street in an idyllic town in Ohio, where the arrival of an inauspicious red van unleashes a nightmare.

Zagadka
27th July 2006, 07:17
Elsingham Portrait

Elizabeth Chater

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Zagadka
27th July 2006, 07:19
Hornet's Nest

*Book #1 from Andy Brazil Series*

Patricia Cornwell

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Book Description :

Deputy Chief Virginia West likes and respects her boss, Hammer, but with an increasing number of visiting businessmen being murdered in her city by a maniac with a penchant for painting his victims bright orange, she finds it hard to accept Hammer's edict that a rookie reporter should ride on patrol with her to better relations with their citizens. Her worst fears are confirmed when the reporter, Brazil, presses the button to activate the boot-release rather than the siren on their first outing. He's not the only blight on her life right now: her cat's angsty, her hormones are misbehaving, her opposite number in the uniformed division is behaving like a jackass, the radio despatcher is determined to trip her up, the D.A. is in the middle of a hot battle with the trial schedule. And orange coloured corpses keep turning up on her patch.

Zagadka
27th July 2006, 07:20
Southern Cross

*Book #2 from Andy Brazil Series*

Patricia Cornwell

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Book Description :

Judy Hammer has accepted the challenge of Richmond, Virginia's police department to try and reverse the escalating crime statistics in the city. She brings with her Deputy Chief Virginia West and Andy Brazil, now a full-time police officer. They find a lot of things they are all too familiar with - teenage gangs, a rash of robberies at cash dispensers, street corner drug-dealing, racial tensions, too many people with too many guns and a cardiac inducing lack of parking spaces. They also meet resentment from the established police force and over-high expectations from the city's institutions. Then a computer virus crashes the police computer, freezing their screens with a design of blue fish, and the same blue fish appears on the statue of Jefferson Davis, which a graffiti artist has turned into a black basketball player and a gang called the Pikes claim it is their symbol, which also has links to the robberies. In an incredibly fast-moving police procedural Patricia Cornwell takes her readers on a roller-coaster ride of action and emotion.

Zagadka
27th July 2006, 07:22
Isle of Dogs

*Book #3 from Andy Brazil Series*

Patricia Cornwell

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Book Description :

Newly installed superintendent of the Virginia State Police, Judy Hammer, and her right hand and confidant, Andy Brazil, are at their wits' end trying to protect the public from the politicians - and vice versa. And amid the mayhem an island off the coast of Virginia declares UDI - claiming its independence lies in the history of America's first settlers, those who set sail from London's Isle of Dogs in 1607.

Zagadka
27th July 2006, 07:30
Postmortem

*Book #1 from Kay Scarpetta Series*

Patricia Cornwell

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Book Description :

A serial killer is on the loose in Richmond, Virginia. Three women have died, brutalised and strangled in their own bedroom. There is no pattern: the killer appears to strike at random - but always early on Saturday mornings. So when Dr Kay Scarpetta, chief medical officer, is awakened at 2.33 am, she knows the news is bad: there is a fourth victim. And she fears now for those that will follow unless she can dig up new forensic evidence to aid the police. But not everyone is pleased to see a woman in this powerful job. Someone may even want to ruin her career and reputation ...

Zagadka
27th July 2006, 07:31
Body of Evidence

*Book #2 from Kay Scarpetta Series*

Patricia Cornwell

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Book Description :

A reclusive writer is dead. And her final manuscript has disappeared ... Someone is stalking Beryl Madison. Someone who spies on her and makes threatening, obscene phone-calls. Terrified, Beryl flees to Key West - but eventually she must return to her Richmond home. The very night she arrives, Beryl inexplicably invites her killer in ... Thus begins for Dr Kay Scarpetta the investigation of a crime that is as convoluted as it is bizarre. Why would Beryl open the door to someone who brutally slashed and then nearly decapitated her? Did she know her killer? Adding to the intrigue is Beryl's enigmatic relationship with a prize-winning author and the disappearance of her own manuscript. As Scarpetta retraces Beryl's footsteps, an investigation that begins in the laboratory with microscopes and lasers leads her deep into a nightmare that soon becomes her own.

Zagadka
27th July 2006, 07:32
All That Remains

*Book #3 from Kay Scarpetta Series*

Patricia Cornwell

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Book Description :

A killer is stalking young lovers. Taking their lives ... and leaving just one tantalising clue ...

When the bodies of young courting couples start turning up in remote woodlands areas, Dr Kay Scarpetta's task as Chief Medical Examiner is made more difficult by the effects of the elements. Eight times she must write that the cause of death is undetermined. But when the latest girl goes missing turns out to be the daughter of one of the most powerful women in America, Kay finds herself prey to political pressure and press harassment. As she starts to investigate, she finds that vital evidence is being withheld from her - or even faked. And all the time a cunning, sadistic killer is still at large ...

Zagadka
27th July 2006, 07:33
Cruel and Unusual

*Book #4 from Kay Scarpetta Series*

Patricia Cornwell

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Book Description :

The fingerprints say the murderer is the man who's just been executed ...

At 11.05 one December evening in Richmond, Virginia, convicted murderer Ronnie Joe Waddell is pronounced dead in the electric chair. At the morgue Dr Kay Scarpetta waits for Waddell's body. Preparing to perform a post-mortem before the subject is dead is a strange feeling, but Scarpetta has been here before. And Waddell's death is not the only newsworthy event on this freezing night: the grotesquely wounded body of a young boy is found propped against a rubbish skip. To Scarpetta the two cases seem unrelated, until she recalls that the body of Waddell's victim had been arranged in a strikingly similar position ...

Zagadka
27th July 2006, 07:34
The Body Farm

*Book #5 from Kay Scarpetta Series*

Patricia Cornwell

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Book Description :

The Body Farm - a research institute that tests the decomposition of corpses.

Black Mountain, North Carolina: a sleepy little town where the local police deal with one homicide a year, if they're unlucky, and where people are still getting used to the idea of locking their doors at night.

But violent death is no respecter of venue, and the discovery of the corpse of the corpse of an 11-year-old girl sends shock waves through the community. Dr Kay Scarpetta, Chief medical Examiner on a similar case in Virginia, is called in to apply her forensic skills to this latest atrocity, but the apparent simplicity of the case proves something of a poisoned chalice - until Scarpetta finds enlightenment through the curious pathologists' playground known as the Body Farm ...