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The Water Room

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The Water Room (Peculiar Crimes Unit Series #2) by Christopher Fowler
**ABOUT THIS BOOK**
They are detection’s oddest couple: two cranky detectives whose professional partnership dates back half a century. Now Arthur Bryant and John May return in a case of multiple murder that twists through a subterranean course of the secrets, lies, and extreme passions that drive even ordinary men and women to the most shocking crimes…
They are living legends with a reputation for solving even the trickiest cases using unorthodox, unconventional, and often completely unauthorized methods. But the Peculiar Crimes Unit headed by Detectives John May and Arthur Bryant is one mistake away from being shut down for good. And when the elderly sister of Bryant’s friend is found dead in the basement of her decrepit house in Kentish Town, they find themselves on the verge of making exactly that mistake.
According to the coroner, Ruth Singh’s heart simply stopped beating. But why was a woman who rarely left the house fully dressed for an outing? And why was there river water in her throat? Convinced that the old lady didn’t die a natural death, the detectives delve into a murky case with no apparent motive, no forensics, and no clues. And they’ve barely launched their investigation when death claims another victim. Suddenly they discover some very unnatural behavior surrounding Ruth Singh’s death by “natural” causes — from shady real estate developers and racist threats to two troubled marriages, from a dodgy academician working London’s notorious “grey economy” to a network of antiquities collectors obsessed with Egyptian mythology. And running beneath it all are the sweeping tentacles of London’s vast and forgotten underground river system. As the rains pour down and the water rises, Bryant and May must rely on instinct, experience, and their own very peculiar methods to stem a tide of evil that threatens to drown them all.
**CRITICAL PRAISE** >BR>
“Traditional mystery buffs with a taste for the offbeat will relish British author Fowler’s wonderful second contemporary whodunit featuring the Peculiar Crimes Unit and its elderly odd couple, Arthur Bryant and John May.”–*Publishers Weekly*, Starred Review
“A clever twist on the traditional police procedural… The real thrill here is the delightful duo in the starring roles, two fresh and unusual characters who manage to breathe new life into an established genre in which it’s getting harder and harder to find anything genuinely fresh.”–*Booklist*
**ABOUT THE AUTHOR**
Christopher Fowler is the acclaimed author of twelve previous novels, including the first Bryant & May novel, *Full Dark House*. He lives in London, where he is at work on his third novel featuring Arthur Bryant and John May.

Water for Elephants

SUMMARY: Jacob Jankowski says: “I am ninety. Or ninety-three. One or the other.” At the beginning of Water for Elephants, he is living out his days in a nursing home, hating every second of it. His life wasn’t always like this, however, because Jacob ran away and joined the circus when he was twenty-one. It wasn’t a romantic, carefree decision, to be sure. His parents were killed in an auto accident one week before he was to sit for his veterinary medicine exams at Cornell. He buried his parents, learned that they left him nothing because they had mortgaged everything to pay his tuition, returned to school, went to the exams, and didn’t write a single word. He walked out without completing the test and wound up on a circus train. The circus he joins, in Depression-era America, is second-rate at best. With Ringling Brothers as the standard, Benzini Brothers is far down the scale and pale by comparison. Water for Elephants is the story of Jacob’s life with this circus. Sara Gruen spares no detail in chronicling the squalid, filthy, brutish circumstances in which he finds himself. The animals are mangy, underfed or fed rotten food, and abused. Jacob, once it becomes known that he has veterinary skills, is put in charge of the “menagerie” and all its ills. Uncle Al, the circus impresario, is a self-serving, venal creep who slaps people around because he can. August, the animal trainer, is a certified paranoid schizophrenic whose occasional flights into madness and brutality often have Jacob as their object. Jacob is the only person in the book who has a handle on a moral compass and as his reward he spends most of the novel beaten, broken, concussed, bleeding, swollen and hungover. He is the self-appointed Protector of the Downtrodden, and… he falls in love with Marlena, crazy August’s wife. Not his best idea. The most interesting aspect of the book is all the circus lore that Gruen has so carefully researched. She has all the right vocabulary: grifters, roustabouts, workers, cooch tent, rubes, First of May, what the band plays when there’s trouble, Jamaican ginger paralysis, life on a circus train, set-up and take-down, being run out of town by the “revenooers” or the cops, and losing all your hooch. There is one glorious passage about Marlena and Rosie, the bull elephant, that truly evokes the magic a circus can create. It is easy to see Marlena’s and Rosie’s pink sequins under the Big Top and to imagine their perfect choreography as they perform unbelievable stunts. The crowd loves it–and so will the reader. The ending is absolutely ludicrous and really quite lovely. –Valerie Ryan

Watchers

EDITORIAL REVIEW: **“A superior thriller”(*Oakland Press*) from the #1 *New York Times* bestselling author—now in trade paperback for the first time.** On his thirty-sixth birthday, Travis Cornell hikes into the foothills of the Santa Ana Mountains. But his path is soon blocked by a bedraggled Golden Retriever, who will let him go no further into the dark woods. That morning, Travis had been desperate to find some happiness in his lonely, seemingly cursed life. What he finds is a friend—a dog of alarming intelligence—and a threat that could only have come from the darkest corners of man’s imagination…

The Waste Land and Other Poems

Few readers need any introduction to the work of the most influential poet of the twentieth century. In addition to the title poem, this selecion includes “The Love Song of J. Alfred Prufrock”, “Gerontion”, “Ash Wednesday”, and other poems from Mr. Eliot’s early and middle work.
“In ten years’ time,” wrote Edmund Wilson in Axel0s Castle (1931), “Eliot has left upon English poetry a mark more unmistakable than that of any other poet writing in English.” In 1948 Mr. Eliot was awarded the Nobel Prize “for his work as trail-blazing pioneer of modern poetry”.

Washington I.O.U.

Power Play. . . Thats the Washington game. When Mack Bolan crashes onto the scene he discovers a rats nest of mobsters and so-called political untouchables building a new game in town. Here, at the nerve center of America, the Executioner finds his quarry once again – for the Mafia enforcers have been hard at work in various areas directly linked to the government. Its Bolans toughest and most delicate mission so far. Law and order, the White House itself, are nearly powerless to cope with the insidious threat. Enter the Executioner. A new player. And a whole new game!

The Washington Connection and Third World Fascism

*The Political Economy of Human Rights* is an important two volume work, co-authored with Edward Herman also co-author of the classic *Manufacturing Consent* which provides a complete dissection of American foreign policy during the 1960s and ’70s, looking at the entire sweep of the Cold War during that period, including events in Vietnam, Cambodia, Indonesia and Latin America. For those looking to develop a broad understanding of American foreign policy during the 20th Century this work has been a vital resource and is now available to a new generation of scholars and activists.
For too long now, many important books by Noam Chomsky have been left to languish. Introducing Pluto’s ‘Chomsky Perspectives’ series: a collectible, beautiful new list, with cover design by David Pearson. Including both enduring favourites and neglected essentials, these books will appeal to the serious Chomsky reader.

Warship 2018

*Warship 2018* is devoted to the design, development and service history of the world’s combat ships. Featuring a broad range of articles from a select panel of distinguished international contributors, this latest volume combines original research, new book reviews, warship notes, an image gallery and much more to maintain the impressive standards of scholarship and research from the field of warship history.
This 40th edition features the usual range of diverse articles spanning the subject by an international array of expert authors.
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Warrior, Ride Hard [The Iron Warrior 1]

[Siren Allure ManLove: Erotic Alternative Historical Romance, M/M, HEA] Gristle—”tough and hard to swallow”—has rarely allowed anyone in his life to become close to him. One outstanding exception is Tristus, a man he saved ten years before from the urges of lonely soldiers. Tristus became his own lover for eleven months, and then he disappeared. Ten years later, the young pony trainer Wynn is smitten by Gristle’s looks and manner and follows him to his new home in Hibernia, where he becomes his lover. The stories of the three men interweave until at last they all three meet briefly in sacred Tara, home of the High King. Wynn is abducted by druids with sinister and lustful designs, and Tristus wants to follow the ministry of St. Patrick. Thus no sooner has Gristle found an old lover and a new one than they are all pulled apart by the one whom Gristle calls “the bitch goddess Fortuna.” ** A Siren Erotic Romance

Warrior, Ride Hard

** *This edition is no longer available for purchase* **
Former Roman soldier Gristle—“tough and hard to swallow”—has rarely allowed anyone in his life to become close to him. One outstanding exception is Tristus, a man he saved ten years before from the urges of lonely soldiers near the Wall of Hadrian. Tristus became his own lover for eleven months, and then he disappeared. Ten years later, the young pony trainer Wynn is smitten by Gristle’s looks and manner and follows him to his new home in Éire (Ireland) where he becomes his lover.
The stories of the three men interweave until at last they all three meet briefly in sacred Tara, home of the High King. Wynn is abducted by druids with sinister and lustful designs, and Tristus wants to follow the ministry of Father Patrick.
Thus no sooner has Gristle found an old lover and a new one than they are all pulled apart by the one whom Gristle calls “the bitch goddess Fortuna.”

Warrior Spirit

Warrior Spirit (Rogue Angel Series #9) by Alex Archer
a priceless artifact could restore a family’s honor – or destroy everything in its wake.
While vacationing in Tokyo, archaeologist Annja Creed is approached by a man who desperately needs her help. Kennichi Ogawa, the last descendant of an ancient warrior family, is trying to locate a stolen artifact. Legend has it that the vajra was mystically endowed by a warrior’s spirit to help the Yumegakure-ryu family forever be a source for good. But the vajra could help the forces of evil if it gets into the wrong hands. And now the bloodthirsty Yakuza and a group of hired ninja are after it.
As Annja and Kennichi trek through the fog-enshrouded mountains of the Iga province to find the relic, they must also outsmart the vicious Yakuza and ninja who are dangerously close to uncovering the vajra first…and to
destroying their competition.

Warrior Priest of Dmon-Li

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When James destroyed the Iron Mines at Sorna in a mammoth volcanic eruption after rescuing Miko from his enslavement, massive tsunamis wreaked havoc all along the Empire’s coastland. This brought the attention of certain powers within the Empire to bear. Now with a warrior priest of Dmon-Li in pursuit, James must lead the others safely out of the Empire to the relative safety of the kingdom of Cardri. After a disastrous sea voyage leaves them shipwrecked on the coast of an unforgiving swamp full of cannibals and ferocious creatures, they must forge their way north in an attempt to escape the clutches of the Empire. In The Warrior Priest of Dmon-Li, James is tested to the very limits of his endurance and intelligence. With Miko and Jiron beside him, he faces incredible challenges, both in battle and in reasoning. Their very survival will depend on how well he meets these challenges.
(source: Bol.com)

Warlords: Saga

The ancient Antarian scrolls speak of legends regarding a female warrior from an unknown house.
The life blood from the Beast of the Valley of Trenches can bring fortitude to the new Empress of Antares.

Follow along on this magical quest in search for the ancient texts and discover the mysteries of the Kron’Shulooka,
or Blood Spirit.Their hope is that the ancient writings will hold the clues of what must be done.

Prepare yourselves, the Warlords are coming…

(source: Bol.com)

Warleggan

Cornovaglia, 1792. Mentre l’Europa viene spazzata dai nuovi venti di guerra prodotti dalla Rivoluzione francese, sulle coste dell’Inghilterra Ross e Demelza Poldark, dopo un lungo periodo di difficoltà e amarezze, sembrano poter finalmente voltare pagina: lei si prende cura del piccolo Jeremy, e intanto il marito si butta anima e corpo in una nuova avventura mineraria con il cugino Francis. L’impresa, però, non è senza rischi e – soprattutto in quell’attività estrattiva che affonda nelle viscere della terra – il successo economico o il collasso finanziario dipendono da una varietà di circostanze, non sempre prevedibili. Così, quando il destino colpisce i Poldark con un’inattesa tragedia, la prospettiva della bancarotta si fa più concreta che mai. È in queste drammatiche circostanze che l’antica passione di Ross per Elizabeth torna a divampare, trascinandolo oltre i limiti della ragione, mentre Demelza, umiliata e in preda a sentimenti di vendetta, comincia a cedere all’insistente corteggiamento di un fascinoso ufficiale scozzese. Ogni cosa, nelle loro vite, sembra allora poter rovinare da un momento all’altro. Tanto più che l’ombra cupa del potente nemico, George Warleggan, questa volta si allunga fino a lambire le zone più intime e segrete del cuore di Ross. Tinte fosche, tormenti d’amore, imperituri valori di un eroe d’altri tempi: con il quarto episodio della saga di Poldark prosegue il grande romanzo storico di Winston Graham.

(source: Bol.com)

Warhead

A high-octane, near-future thriller for fans of [Andy McNab](https://www.fantasticfiction.com/m/andy-mcnab/) and [Matthew Reilly](https://www.fantasticfiction.com/r/matthew-reilly/).
It is the future. The earth has been devastated by a nuclear holocaust, and humanity is trapped under the iron fist of a new world government. But the promises of salvation are lies, and a fate even more terrible awaits mankind. The secret organization known as SPIRAL, the last line of defense against global chaos, has been forced underground. They are powerless, it seems, against the might and propaganda of the military. And now, it appears that SPIRAL has been betrayed by one of its own. Only Carter, their toughest agent, might prevent SPIRAL’s most guarded secret from falling into the hands of the enemy. But not even Carter has faced an enemy who is prepared to destroy the entire planet.

War Porn

**”One of the best and most disturbing war novels in years.” 
***—The Wall Street Journal
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“War porn,” *n*. Videos, images, and narratives featuring graphic violence, often brought back from combat zones, viewed voyeuristically or for emotional gratification. Such media are often presented and circulated without context, though they may be used as evidence of war crimes.**

War porn is also, in Roy Scranton’s searing debut novel, a metaphor for the experience of war in the age of the War on Terror, the fracturing and fragmentation of perspective, time, and self that afflicts soldiers and civilians alike, the global networks and face-to-face moments that suture our fragmented lives together. In *War Porn* three lives fit inside one another like nesting dolls: a restless young woman at an end-of-summer barbecue in Utah; an American soldier in occupied Baghdad; and Qasim al-Zabadi, an Iraqi math professor, who faces the US invasion of his country with fear, denial, and perseverance. As *War Porn *cuts from America to Iraq and back again, as home and hell merge, we come to see America through the eyes of the occupied, even as we see Qasim become a prisoner of the occupation. Through the looking glass of *War Porn*, Scranton reveals the fragile humanity that connects Americans and Iraqis, torturers and the tortured, victors and their victims.
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**Praise for *War Porn***
“Forceful and unsettling.” 
**—Michiko Kakutani, *The New York Times***
“One of the best and most disturbing war novels in years.” 
***—The Wall Street Journal ***
“*War Porn* offers a view of the American military unlike anything else written about Iraq or Afghanistan. The book offers a guided meditation on Iraq certain to force long overdue introspection on how we think about the war, those who fought it and the Americans and Iraqis it affected. Though *War Porn* doesn’t set out to change anyone’s mind, it’s impossible to read it without reconsidering how you think about Iraq and our treatment of those who served.”
**—New Republic **
“To read Scranton is to engage with a powerful intellect.”
**—*Los Angeles Review of Books***
“What impresses is the brutal immediacy of the writing, its authority. Roy Scranton is a truth telling war writer.”
**—E.L. Doctorow, National Book Critics Circle Award-winning author of *Ragtime* and *****The March***
“Roy Scranton’s searingly honest first novel is surreal, ultra-real, and like everything he writes from the heart. This examination of the tragedy of what happened in Iraq reaches out to touch of all us. A brilliant literary achievement.”
**—Jeff VanderMeer, author of the Southern Reach trilogy **
“Powerful, engaging, heartrending, corrosive and unyielding.”
**—Joyce Carol Oates
**”I have never read a book like *War Porn*. Roy Scranton writes with unnerving power. There is much to admire here—the meticulous craftsmanship, the hysterical comic passages, the way the sheer audacity of vision is matched at every turn by the innovative skill to carry it out—but what I’m left with at the end is difficult to put into words. It’s intense and troubling. It’s what all truly excellent literature leaves you with. A sense of something shattering.”
**—Phil Klay, National Book Award-winning author of *Redeployment
***”*War Porn* is dire, savage, and brilliant, a simmering fever-dream of a novel that’s as pure and true in its vision of the long war as anything I’ve read. Roy Scranton is merciless—and why should he be anything but? War’s corruption soaks through every layer of life, and *War Porn* drives home that truth with unflinching, and ultimately harrowing, honesty.”
**—Ben Fountain, author of *Billy Lynn’s Long Halftime Walk
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“Scranton, a US veteran with an unusually poetic ear, captures the Beckettian banter—as well as trauma—of modern soldiering. *War Porn* rewards repeated reading.”
**—*The Spectator *(UK)**
“In writing *War Porn*, Scranton has produced a literary work that doesn’t just describe the outrages of the war, but punches them into the American gut. *War Porn* contains some of the most significant and original writing on deployment to be found in contemporary American literature about the Iraq War.”
**—The Intercept ** 
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**”[Scranton] has a real aesthetic skill and is moved by a genuine sympathy for humanity. Roy Scranton’s *War Porn* expresses and helps advance the profound social anger that is emerging amidst the rumble of a society devastated by imperialist war.”
**—World Socialist Web Site**
“Roy Scranton’s *War Porn* is not a book you read once and put away. You read it, think about it, then read it again. Between its covers awaits a fracture in our cultural assumptions about war.”
***—Consequence Magazine***
“Brilliant.”
**—The Rumpus
**”[*War Porn* raises] interesting questions about the nature of those who demand and those who supply. Scranton is a gifted writer .”
**—Electric Literature **
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***”This book is truly unique—true in its fidelity to fact, unique in the depth of its empathy. In prose that rises to aphoristic, coruscating brilliance, Iraq vet Roy Scranton has painted, in words, the equivalent of Goya’s war etchings. A rare and genuine masterpiece.”
**—Joydeep Roy-Bhattacharya, author of *The Watch* and *The Storyteller of Marrakesh
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“A harrowing novel of the Iraq invasion and occupation, *War Porn* exposes the dark heart of that war for all to see. Brilliant and stark, *War Porn *is that rare book that demands to be read out of sheer significance—a stunning accomplishment.”
**—Matt Gallagher, author of *Youngblood***
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***”Roy Scranton’s four years of service in the U.S. Army lend his work an undeniable authority, but it’s his ability to address multiple sides of the conflict that proves exceptional, coloring his fiction with a rare empathy.”
***—The Village Voice*** 
“[*War Porn* is] a different kind of Iraq War novel, for sure, but it’s not just that. It’s an expression of Scranton’s philosophy about telling new, different stories as a means of survival.”
**—The Millions** ***
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“[A] fierce debut . . . Scranton delivers a poetic sensibility and a staccato writing style, and the result is a no-holds-barred amalgam of plotlines that is especially tragic given all that we now know about the wrenching mess that is today’s Iraq.”
***—Booklist 
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“Scranton’s provocative debut novel lucidly captures the fractured perspectives of war. Scranton writes with honesty and authority about a complicated clash of weapons, politics, and culture. [*War Porn*] is an unflinching, and sometimes difficult, examination of humanity during wartime.” 
***—Publishers Weekly *** 
“An uncompromising look at the trauma of war.”
***—Library Journal
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“A kaleidoscopic view of war experience . . . Scranton’s literary skill and fierceness of vision make him a stout antagonist for anyone who wants to take him on.”
**—Time Now**

“Necessary.”
**—scene4 magazine* ***
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**”One of the best and most disturbing war novels in years.” 
***—The Wall Street Journal
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“War porn,” *n*. Videos, images, and narratives featuring graphic violence, often brought back from combat zones, viewed voyeuristically or for emotional gratification. Such media are often presented and circulated without context, though they may be used as evidence of war crimes.**

War porn is also, in Roy Scranton’s searing debut novel, a metaphor for the experience of war in the age of the War on Terror, the fracturing and fragmentation of perspective, time, and self that afflicts soldiers and civilians alike, the global networks and face-to-face moments that suture our fragmented lives together. In *War Porn* three lives fit inside one another like nesting dolls: a restless young woman at an end-of-summer barbecue in Utah; an American soldier in occupied Baghdad; and Qasim al-Zabadi, an Iraqi math professor, who faces the US invasion of his country with fear, denial, and perseverance. As *War Porn *cuts from America to Iraq and back again, as home and hell merge, we come to see America through the eyes of the occupied, even as we see Qasim become a prisoner of the occupation. Through the looking glass of *War Porn*, Scranton reveals the fragile humanity that connects Americans and Iraqis, torturers and the tortured, victors and their victims.

The War of the Worlds

HarperCollins is proud to present its incredible range of best-loved, essential classics. “For a time I believed that mankind had been swept out of existence, and that I stood there alone, the last man left alive.” When a strange, meteor-like object lands

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