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Oscar Wilde

Authors in Context examines the work of major writers in relation to their own time and to the present day. Combining history with lively literary discussion, each volume provides comprehensive insight into texts in their context.Wit, dandy, literary anarchist, self-publicist, and homosexual martyr: Wilde achieved fame and notoriety at a time when mass culture and communication promoted the ‘new’ in every area of British life – ‘New Women’, ‘New Hedonism’, ‘New Journalism’, ‘New Imperialism’. His plays, tales, and criticalwritings questioned traditional attitudes to religion, sexuality, women and the home, crime and punishment, and the freedom of the individual. This book examines the rich interplay between Wilde’s society and his writings and shows the remarkable recontextualizing of Wilde and his work on stage, infilm and the media in the century that has followed his death.

The New Arabian Nights

New Arabian Nights by Robert Louis Stevenson, is a collection of short stories.
The collection contains Stevenson’s first published fiction, and a few of the stories are considered by some critics to be his best work, as well as pioneering works in the English short story tradition. New Arabian Nights is divided into two volumes. The first volume contains seven stories originally called Later-day Arabian Nights and published by London Magazine in serial format from June to October 1878. It is composed of two story groups, or cycles: “The Suicide Club” “The Rajah’s Diamond” The second volume is a collection of four unconnected (standalone) stories that were previously published in magazines: “The Pavilion on the Links”, told in 9 mini-chapters “A Lodging for the Night” “The Sire De Malétroits Door” “Providence and the Guitar”
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New Arabian Nights by Robert Louis Stevenson, is a collection of short stories.
The collection contains Stevenson’s first published fiction, and a few of the stories are considered by some critics to be his best work, as well as pioneering works in the English short story tradition. New Arabian Nights is divided into two volumes. The first volume contains seven stories originally called Later-day Arabian Nights and published by London Magazine in serial format from June to October 1878. It is composed of two story groups, or cycles: “The Suicide Club” “The Rajah’s Diamond” The second volume is a collection of four unconnected (standalone) stories that were previously published in magazines: “The Pavilion on the Links”, told in 9 mini-chapters “A Lodging for the Night” “The Sire De Malétroits Door” “Providence and the Guitar”
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Robert Louis Balfour Stevenson (13 November 1850 – 3 December 1894) was a Scottish novelist, poet, essayist, and travel writer. His most famous works are Treasure Island, Kidnapped, and Strange Case of Dr Jekyll and Mr Hyde.

Gain

**FROM THE MAN BOOKER PRIZE SHORTLISTED AUTHOR OF *THE OVERSTORY***
Richard Powers’ novel is a fascinating and profound exploration of the interaction of an individual human life and a corporate one. It tells two stories: the first that of an American company, which starts as a small family soap and candle-making firm in the early 1800s, and ends as a vast pharmaceuticals-to-pesticides combine in the 1990s. The second is that of a contemporary woman, living in the company town, who during the course of the novel is diagnosed and then finally dies of cancer, a cancer that is almost certainly caused by exposure to chemical wastes from the company’s factories.
Richly intellectually stimulating, deeply moving and beautifully written, Gain is very much a ‘Great American Novel’, an exploration of the history, uniqueness and soul of America, in the tradition of *Underworld*. But it is most reminiscent of Graham Swift’s *Waterland* , another novel that combines history, both public and private, with contemporary lives, showing how individuals are both the victims and shapers of large-scale historical and economic forces

Transition

A world that hangs suspended between triumph and catastrophe, between the dismantling of the Wall and the fall of the Twin Towers, frozen in the shadow of suicide terrorism and global financial collapse, such a world requires a firm hand and a guiding light. But does it need the Concern: an all-powerful organisation with a malevolent presiding genius, pervasive influence and numberless invisible operatives in possession of extraordinary powers? On the Concern’s books are Temudjin Oh, an un-killable assassin who journeys between the peaks of Nepal, a version of Victorian London and the dark palaces of Venice; and a nameless, faceless torturer known only as the Philosopher. And then there’s the renegade Mrs Mulverhill, who recruits rebels to her side; and Patient 8262, hiding out from a dirty past in a forgotten hospital ward. As these vivid, strange and sensuous worlds circle and collide, the implications of turning traitor to the Concern become horribly apparent, and an unstable universe is set on a dizzying course.

The Hunchback of Notre-Dame

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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.

Robur the Conqueror

The story begins with strange lights and sounds, including blaring trumpet music, reported in the skies all over the world. The events are capped by the mysterious appearance of black flags with gold suns atop tall historic landmarks such as the Statue of Liberty in New York, the Great Pyramid of Giza in Egypt, and the Eiffel Tower in Paris. These events are all the work of the mysterious Robur,, a brilliant inventor who intrudes on a meeting of a flight-enthusiast’s club called the Weldon Institute in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. Members of the Weldon Institute are all firm believers that mankind shall master the skies using “lighter than air” craft, and that “heavier than air” craft such as airplanes and helicopters would be unfeasible. The institute has been constructing a giant dirigible called the Go-ahead, and are having a heated discussion of where to place its propeller (in front to pull it, or behind to push it) when Robur appears at the meeting and is admitted to speak to them. He chastises the group for being balloon-boosters when “heavier than air” flying apparatuses are the future. When asked if Robur himself has “made conquest of the air,” he states that he has, leading to him accepting the title “Robur the Conqueror.” During his short time at the Weldon Institute Robur so incites the members, that they chase him outside. Just as they are about to attack him, Robur appears to vanish into the mob, but he has actually been borne away by a flying machine… (Excerpt from Wikipedia)

Twisted

***New York Times* bestselling author Jeffery Deaver has long thrilled fans with tales of masterful villains and their nefarious ways, and the brilliant minds who bring them to justice. Now the author of the Lincoln Rhyme series has collected for the first time his award-winning, spine-tingling stories of suspense — stories that will widen your eyes and stretch your imagination.**
A beautiful woman goes to extremes to rid herself of her stalker; a daughter begs her father not to go fishing in an area where there have been a series of brutal killings; a contemporary of the playwright William Shakespeare vows to avenge his family’s ruin; and Jeffery Deaver’s most beloved character, criminalist Lincoln Rhyme, is back to solve a chilling Christmastime disappearance.
Diverse, provocative, eerie and inspired, this collection of Jeffery Deaver’s best stories exhibits the amazing range and signature plot twists that have earned him the title “master of ticking-bomb suspense” ( *People* ). With nods to O. Henry and Edgar Allan Poe, these beautifully crafted pieces, never before compiled in one volume, pulse with subtle intrigue and Deaver’s incomparable imagination.

Kissing Kris Kringle

Kris Kringle is just an average guy living in the tiny town of North Pole, Maine where Christmas isn’t just a holiday—it’s a way of life. But not for Kris. He might be named after the big guy in red, but Kris is more Scrooge than Santa.

Until he wakes up from a night of partying with his friends to find himself in possession of a Santa suit, a toy bag and a puppy. Kris soon discovers that he’s been relegated to Santa’s naughty list and there’s only one way to get his name removed….put on the suit and spread some cheer.

Lucky for Kris every cloud has a silver snowflake and his quest to get off that list lands him in the arms of the woman he’s been lusting after for years.

It takes a little magic, but Kris is about to get everything he didn’t even know he wanted for Christmas.

THE SECRET SANTAS HOLIDAY COLLECTION
‘Tis the season for heroes and love stories that will make you believe…

Book One: KISSING KRIS KRINGLE by Erin Quinn
Book Two: NAUGHTY ST. NICK by Calisa Fox
Book Three: ROMANCING RUDY RAINDEAR by Mary Leo
(source: Bol.com)

Finding Infinity

“Finding Infinity” as described by Colin…
“Fine Charlie.” Colin says dropping his hands in defeat. “Here’s what I want. I want everybody to back off and let me play football. I want you to go back to practicing medicine because I’m ready for you to be happy again – not this forced shit that you keep trying to sell me. I want Brad to get his house finished because I’m tired of listening to his DIY project updates. I want Jenny to decide on a hair color. I want Aiden and Rachael to either figure their shit out or leave each other alone, because Aiden’s chick drama is annoying. I want Mark to quit trying so hard to be my buddy again. I want my parents to get off my back about us living in sin. I want you to pick a date to marry me. That’s what I want. What am I going to get? None of it, because I have to do another interview to try to patch the gaping wound that is my life with a Band-Aid.”
This is book three of the “Infinity Series.” To read them in order, please start with “Falling Into Infinity” and then “From Now Until Infinity.”

The Devil’s Teardrop

A classic thriller from *New York Times* bestselling author Jeffery Deaver featuring the intricate forensic detail, masterful plot twists, and harrowing breakneck pace that made *A Maiden’s Grave, The Bone Collector* , and *The Coffin Dancer* national bestsellers. It’s New Year’s Eve, December 31, 1999, and Washington, D.C., is under siege. Early in the day, a grisly machine gun attack in the Dupont Circle Metro station leaves dozens dead and the city crippled with fear. A note delivered to the mayor’s office pins the massacre on the Digger, a robotlike assassin programmed to wreak havoc on the capital every four hours—until midnight. Only a ransom of $20 million delivered to the Digger’s accomplice—and mastermind—will end the death and terror. But the Digger becomes a far more sinister threat when his accomplice is killed in a freak accident while en route to the money drop. With the ransom note as the single scrap of evidence, Special Agent Margaret Lukas calls upon Parker Kincaid, a retired FBI agent and the top forensic document examiner in the country. Somehow, by midnight, they must find the Digger—before he finds them.

The Blue Nowhere

DEAVER. DANGEROUSLY GOOD. Imagine you’re in a bar. A man approaches you. He doesn’t seem familiar but he knows your past, your job, your hobbies and your ex-boyfriend’s name. You go for a drink. This is your first – and last – mistake. You’re the latest victim of the latest killer. A man who can rip away the thin carapace protecting the secrets of your life – before ending it. Streetwise cop Frank Bishop has been charged with the job of halting the mounting body count. He enlists the help of Wyatt Gillette, a young hacker on the wrong side of the law. They must stalk this faceless criminal through both the real and the virtual universe, combining their old and new world skills to beat the mastermind. But how do you stop a man who knows your every move? You go into the blue nowhere… ‘One of the world’s best plotters – his intricate twists and turns catch out even the hardened thriller reader’ *Daily Mail* **
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A lot of the narrative is an added mystery for someone like me who does not find new technology user-friendly, but hackers everywhere will devour it. ( *IrishTimes* )
Another serial killer and the internet both helping and concealing the stunning solution. The murderer chooses victims through the internet, but it is old-fashioned sleuthing that tracks down method and motive ( *The Scotsman* )
Engrossing thriller that also imparts a wealth of computer info ( *Choice, London* )
Another serial killer and the internet both helping and concealing the stunning solution. The murderer chooses victims through the internet, but it is old-fashioned sleuthing that tracks down method and motive ( *The Scotsman* )
‘He has pulled off the considerable coup of introducing two distinctive new heroes . . . Recently, authors such as Patricia Cornwell have come adrift when trying to create a fresh formula for their books, but Deaver writes as if the prose in The Blue Nowhere had been his house style all along. Working against the considerable disadvantage of an online villain – Deaver really has to work hard to make him truly sinister – he has created a high-tech thriller that suggests he need never go back to his Lincoln Rhyme books. But he probably will…’ Publishing News
He has pulled off the considerable coup of introducing two distinctive new heroes . . . Recently, authors such as Patricia Cornwell have come adrift when trying to create a fresh formula for their books, but Deaver writes as if the prose in The Blue Nowhere had been his house style all along. Working against the considerable disadvantage of an online villain – Deaver really has to work hard to make him truly sinister – he has created a high-tech thriller that suggests he need never go back to his Lincoln Rhyme books. But he probably will… ( *Publishing News* )
‘A thriller of a thriller . . . Jeffery Deaver justs gets better and better’ Jonathan Spencer-Payne, Peak Bookshop, Chesterfield
‘Deaver has produced an exciting cyberthriller’ Sunday Telegraph
‘Deaver expertly leads the reader through the intricacies of the California State Police Computer Crimes Division’ Express
‘Jeffery Deaver’s story, set in California, sets out to dazzle and bewilder readers with all manner of cyber-clues and deceptions…a classic detective yarn’ Gerald Kaufman, The Scotsman
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A killer tracks his victims through their virtual world in Deaver’s powerful standalone thriller.

Where Roses Never Die

September 1977. Mette Misvær, a three-year-old girl disappears without trace from the sandpit outside her home. Her tiny, close middle-class community in the tranquil suburb of Nordas is devastated, but their enquiries and the police produce nothing. Curtains twitch, suspicions are raised, but Mette is never found.
Almost 25 years later, as the expiry date for the statute of limitations draws near, Mette’s mother approaches PI Varg Veum, in a last, desperate attempt to find out what happened to her daughter. As Veum starts to dig, he uncovers an intricate web of secrets, lies and shocking events that have been methodically concealed. When another brutal incident takes place, a pattern begins to emerge…
Chilling, shocking and full of extraordinary twists and turns, Where Roses Never Die reaffirms Gunnar Staalesen as one of the world’s foremost thriller writers.

‘Mature and captivating’ Herald Scotland

“One of the finest Nordic novelists – in the tradition of Henning Menkell’ Barry Forshaw, Independent

“Masterful pacing’ Publishers Weekly

“Norwegian master Staalesen is an author who eschews police procedural narratives for noirish private eye pieces’ Financial Times

“Staalesen is one of my very favourite Scandinavian authors and this is a series with very sharp teeth’ Ian Rankin

“A Norwegian Chandler’ Jo Nesbo

“One of Norway’s most skilful storytellers’ Johan Theorin

**Recensie(s)**

‘Gunnar Staalesen is one of my very favourite Scandinavian authors. Operating out of Bergen in Norway, his private eye, Varg Veum, is a complex but engaging anti-hero. Varg means wolf’ in Norwegian, and this is a series with very sharp teeth’ Ian Rankin * ‘Not many books hook you in the first chapter – this one did, and never let go!’ Mari Hannah * ‘One of Norway’s most skilful storytellers’ Johan Theorin * ‘Razor-edged Scandinavian crime fiction at its finest’ Quentin Bates
(source: Bol.com)

The Red-Headed League

Sir Arthur Conan Doyle, a Scottish writer and physician. He was born on 22nd May 1859 and was died on 7th July 1930. He was renowned for his ‘Sherlock Holmes Stories’.His famous work includes: A Study in Scarlet, The Sign of the Four, The Valley of Fear, The Mazarin Stone and His Last Bow etc.-wikipedia
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Out of the Dark

The Galactic Hegemony has been around a long time, and it likes stability–the kind of stability that member species like the aggressive, carnivorous Shongairi tend to disturb. So when the Hegemony Survey Force encountered a world whose so-called ”sentients”—”humans,” they called themselves—were almost as bad as the Shongairi themselves, it seemed reasonable to use the Shongairi to neutralize them before they could become a second threat to galactic peace. And if the Shongairi took a few knocks in the process, all the better.
Now, Earth is conquered. The Shongairi have arrived in force, and humanity’s cities lie in radioactive ruins. In mere minutes, more than half the human race has died.
Master Sergeant Stephen Buchevsky, who thought he was being rotated home from his latest tour in Afghanistan, finds himself instead prowling the back country of the Balkans, dodging alien patrols and trying to organize scattered survivors without getting killed. And in the southeastern US, firearms instructor and former Marine Dave Dvorak finds himself at the center of a growing network of resistance—putting his extended family at lethal risk, but what else can you do?
On the face of it, Buchevsky’s and Dvorak’s chances look bleak, as do prospects for the rest of the surviving human race. But it may well be that Shongairi and the Hegemony alike have underestimated the inhabitants of that strange planet called Earth…
(source: Bol.com)

Midnight at the Well of Souls

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Entered by a thousand unsuspected gateways – built by a race lost in the clouds of time – the planet its dwellers called the Well World turned beings of every kind into something else. There spacefarer Nathan Brazil found himself companioned by a batman, an amorous female centaur and a mermaid – all once as human as he. Yet Nathan Brazil’s metamorphosis was more terrifying than any of those…and his memory was coming back, bringing with it the secret of the Well World. For at the heart of the bizarre planet lay the goal of every being that had ever lived – and Nathan Brazil and his comrades were…lucky?…enough to find it!

The Memoirs of Sherlock Holmes

‘If I were assured of your eventual destruction I would, in the interests of the public, cheerfully accept my own.’ In The Memoirs of Sherlock Holmes, the consulting detective’s notoriety as the arch-despoiler of the schemes concocted by the criminal underworld at last gets the better of him. Though Holmes and his faithful sidekick Dr Watson solve what will become some of their most bizarre and extraordinary cases – the disappearance of the race horse Silver Blaze, the horrific circumstances of the Greek Interpreter and the curious mystery of the Musgrave Ritual among them – a criminal mastermind is plotting the downfall of the great detective. Half-devil, half-genius, Professor Moriarty leads Holmes and Watson on a grisly cat-and-mouse chase through London and across Europe, culminating in a frightful struggle which will turn the legendary Reichenbach Falls into a water double-grave . . .
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Holmes [is] still discussed, revered and cherished across the world * Guardian *
(source: Bol.com)