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The Alternative Hero

What do you do if you’re a failed music fanzine writer in your early thirties with a dead-end job, and the best moment of your life occurred when you went to your first Thieving Magpies gig as a teenager and suddenly you *belonged* in a way you never had before, and the worst moment of your life occurred about six years later when Lance Webster, the Magpies’ lead singer, self-destructed on stage before your eyes—basically taking you with him—and just today you’ve discovered that Lance lives down the street from you?
If you’re Clive Beresford—the haplessly obsessed guy at the center of Tim Thornton’s wildly comic and energetic debut novel—you get remarkably drunk and write and deliver a note to your idol (the contents of which you can’t remember the next morning), which causes two very large bouncer types to appear at your door warning you to back off, which, in turn, causes you to hide your true identity when you do finally meet Lance, totally by accident (he’s come a long way since the Magpies, but he is still LANCE F**CKING WEBSTER!) . . . none of which deters you from believing—really believing—that he could still save your life if only you could get that “earth-shattering exclusive” interview with him.
With the story shifting between Clive’s life-changing Magpies past and his frantic present, we get a headlong, boisterous coming-of-age (if-not-quite-growing-up) romp and a warmhearted, hilarious view of friendship, hero worship, and the full-blast power of music to help us become, at the very least, who we would like to think we are.
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Altered Carbon

SUMMARY: Four hundred years from now mankind is strung out across a region of interstellar space inherited from an ancient civilization discovered on Mars. The colonies are linked together by the occasional sublight colony ship voyages and hyperspatial data-casting. Human consciousness is digitally freighted between the stars and downloaded into bodies as a matter of course.But some things never change. So when ex-envoy, now-convict Takeshi Kovacs has his consciousness and skills downloaded into the body of a nicotine-addicted ex-thug and presented with a catch-22 offer, he really shouldnt be surprised. Contracted by a billionaire to discover who murdered his last body, Kovacs is drawn into a terrifying conspiracy that stretches across known space and to the very top of society.For a first-time SF writer to be so surely in command of narrative and technology, so brilliant at world-building, so able to write such readable and enjoyable SF adventure, is simply extraordinary.


From Publishers Weekly

As in its predecessor Joust (2003), a clear, uncluttered style marks Lackey’s latest light entertainment about wizards and dragons and social struggle. Vetch (aka Kiron), the hero of Joust, has escaped from the oppressive dragon riders of Tia with Avatre, the crimson female dragon he has secretly raised. In his native Alta, the former serf finds his fate interconnected with the destinies of Orest, youngest son of the Lord Ya-tiren, and the girl Aket-ten, a “Winged One” in training capable of speaking with animals. Vetch begins a new career teaching other Altan males how to bond with dragons from the egg. Vivid depictions of mythical creatures and a pastoral, casual approach to magic enliven such emotionally charged themes as cultural displacement, alienation and search for self. The crises of individual characters with easily identifiable conflicts nicely mirror larger catastrophes of plot. Full of adventure, romance and political intrigue if low on moral complexity, this highly readable fantasy will appeal particularly to young adults. Fans of Anne McCaffrey’s Pern series will also be happy.
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Young Vetch, former serf turned dragon boy in Joust [BKL Mr 15 03], and his hand-reared dragon, Avarte, escape from Tia and cross the deadly desert to Altan-controlled lands. Back among his own people, Vetch becomes indispensable because he knows how to tame newly hatched dragons, which then don’t need to be drugged into submission. All is not well with the Altans, however. The Magi, who work their will on the world, have great powers they use to prolong the war that is raging for their own benefit. There’s plenty of dragon lore as Vetch, now known as Kiron, teaches a close-knit cadre of young jousters how to bond with dragonets and train them for combat in the hope of ending the war. Rife with intrigue and dangerous counterintrigue, the story continues a classic quest-for-good-against-evil plot development while beautifully maintaining the world, society, and characterizations established in Joust. A very satisfying sequel with an ending that begs for another episode because the final battle is yet to come. Sally Estes
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SUMMARY: At OCD the losers are tormented.At Alpha Academy, they’re sent home.Skye Hamilton has scored an invitation to the ultra-exclusive Alphas-only boarding school where beta is spelled LBR . What happens when the country’s best, brightest, and hawtest begin clawing and scratching their way to the top?

Almost Perfect

SUMMARY: The ninth novel in the bestselling Torchwood range from BBC Books. Emma is 30, single and, frankly, desperate. She woke up this morning with nothing to look forward to but another evening of unsuccessful speed-dating. But now she has a new weapon in her quest for Mr Right. And it’s made her almost perfect! Ianto Jones woke up this morning with no memory of last night. He went to work, where he caused amusement, suspicion, and a little bit of jealousy. Because Ianto Jones woke up this morning in the body of a woman! And he’s looking just about perfect! And Jack Harkness has always had his doubts about Perfection…

Almost Dead: A Novel

SUMMARY: Politically incorrect, provocative, and steeped in wit and irony, a fast-paced tragicomedy about the perfectly ordinary madness in today’s Middle East A thirtysomething Tel Aviv businessman, Eitan “Croc” Einoch’s life is turned upside down when he narrowly escapes a suicide bombing on the minibus he rides to work. When he lives through a second attack, and then a third, he becomes, reluctantly, a national media celebrity. Naturally, the Palestinian terrorists responsible for the attacks are less than happy. This embarrassing symbol of their failure–this “CrocAttack”–must be neutralized. Meanwhile, Fahmi Sabih lies in a coma, quarrelling with his conscience. The young Palestinian suicide bomber has learned everything he knows about bombs, targets, and revenge from his brother. So why has Einoch survived? As Fahmi’s story unfolds, it becomes clear that their paths are destined to cross again–for there is another bombing still to come–and then luck will change drastically for one or both of them. But who, if anyone, has right on his side?

All You Zombies

First published in The Magazine of Fantasy and Science Fiction – March, 1959 – the story involves a number of paradoxes caused by time travel. It further develops themes explored by the author in a previous work, “By His Bootstraps”, published some 18 years earlier.

All the Sad Young Literary Men

EDITORIAL REVIEW: A charming yet scathing portrait of young adulthood at the opening of the twenty-first century, *All the Sad Young Literary Men* charts the lives of Sam, Mark, and Keith as they overthink their college years, underthink their love lives, and struggle through the encouragement of the women who love and despise them to find a semblance of maturity, responsibility, and even literary fame. Heartbroken in his university town, Mark tries to focus his attention on his graduate work on the Russian Revolution, only to be lured again and again to the free pornography on the library computers. Sam binds himself to the task of crafting “the first great Zionist epic” even though he speaks no Hebrew, has never visited Israel, and is not a practicing Jew. Keith, more earnest and easily upset than the other two, is haunted by catastrophes both public and private–and his inability to tell the difference. At every turn, at each character’s misstep, *All the Sad Young Literary Men* radiates with comedic warmth and biting honesty and signals the arrival of a brave and trenchant new writer.

All the Pretty Dead Girls

EDITORIAL REVIEW: One By One…Two decades ago, at a private women’s college in upstate New York, a student was brutally attacked in her dorm room. Her assailant was never found…They Disappear…Sue Barlow arrives at Wilbourne College twenty years later. When a classmate disappears, Sue thinks it’s an isolated incident. But then two other girls vanish…And Die…As fear grows on campus, Sue begins to sense she’s being watched. And as the body count rises, she soon realizes that a twisted psychopath is summoning her to play a wicked game – a game that only will end when she dies.

All That Lives Must Die

### From Publishers Weekly
Starred Review. Following the events of 2009’s Mortal Coils, 15-year-old twins Fiona and Eliot Post–children of Lucifer and the goddess Atropos–come into their powers at the onset of a vast battle between supernatural entities. Forced to enroll in an ultra-competitive magical school called Paxington, where even gym class can prove lethal, the twins encounter such mysterious, dangerous, and intriguing characters as headmistress Miss Weston and gym teacher Mister Ma, while learning more about familiar characters like slick Uncle Henry and Lucifer himself. Nylund masterfully blends the mundane details of studying with an epic war in Hell, and with similar skill portrays Fiona and Eliot’s sibling bond even as their political and romantic interests diverge. Nylund has hit his stride, piling on the plot developments, but never losing sight of the standout characterizations that made the first book memorable.
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The Immortals and the Infernals are still at it in the sequel to Mortal Coils (2009), and twins Eliot and Fiona, children of Lucifer and a goddess, are still caught in the middle as both sides vie to claim the half-Immortal, half-Infernal teens as their own. Having passed the life-or-death tests set up by the league of gods, the twins face even more challenges when they are admitted as freshmen to Paxington Institute, a high school for children of the gods, which has an extremely rigorous and competitive curriculum—it is possible they might not survive the first semester. Their skills of diplomacy and strategic thinking are tested, and they are trained how to use and strengthen their powers. However, Eliot and Fiona not only face the deadly perils inherent in their classes but also the machinations of the Infernals, who plan to draw the twins into a war between clans. The Immortals are also manipulating the twins, and the tale abounds with lies, plans, schemes, and double-crosses as well as death and destruction. The twins become even more multifaceted than in the first book, and the swirling intrigue is compelling. To be continued in the planned What Fools These Mortals, which is sure to be anticipated. –Sally Estes

All Souls’ Rising

SUMMARY: In this first installment of his epic Haitian trilogy, Madison Smartt Bell brings to life a decisive moment in the history of race, class, and colonialism. The slave uprising in Haiti was a momentous contribution to the tide of revolution that swept over the Western world at the end of the 1700s. A brutal rebellion that strove to overturn a vicious system of slavery, the uprising successfully transformed Haiti from a European colony to the world’s first Black republic. From the center of this horrific maelstrom, the heroic figure of Toussaint Louverture-a loyal, literate slave and both a devout Catholic and Vodouisant-emerges as the man who will take the merciless fires of violence and vengeance and forge a revolutionary war fueled by liberty and equality. Bell assembles a kaleidoscopic portrait of this seminal movement through a tableau of characters that encompass black, white, male, female, rich, poor, free and enslaved. Pulsing with brilliant detail, All Soul’s Rising provides a visceral sense of the pain, terror, confusion, and triumph of revolution.


SUMMARY: At fourteen, Alis has never been outside her strict religious community. But when her parents arrange for her to marry a forty-year-old man, she flees desperately to the dangerous, unfamiliar city. She learns quickly that the only way to survive there is to become a thiefor worse. Facing an impossible choice between a forced marriage or life on the streets, Alis seizes control of her own fate. But the path she chooses sets off a disastrous chain of events that leave her accused of murder. Steadfastly loyal, Alis must decide: will she betray a loved one or sacrifice herself?


SUMMARY: Alicia takes on Mission Spalfa: Spanish Alpha! Back in Spain to visit her relatives, Alicia discovers that Spain’s newest pop sensation ¡Ignacio! is searching for a true Spanish beauty to star in his new hit-single video. She can’t believe her luck! If Alicia is cast as a true Spanish beauty, Massie will never call her fake-Spanish again. The only trick: She’ll have to beat her super-bonita cousins to win the coveted spot. Adios, bimbos!

Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland and Other Stories

Everything that Lewis Carroll ever published in book form appears in this volume. In addition, at least ten of the shorter pieces have never appeared in print except in their original editions. Included are: “Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland” “Through the Looking-Glass” “Sylvie and Bruno” “Sylvie and Bruno Concluded” “The Hunting of the Snark” & all of the poetry, essays, phantasmagoria along with a substantial collection of the miscellaneous writings.
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Alice in Quantumland: An Allegory of Quantum Physics

Amazon.com Review

My eyes tend to glaze over when I encounter YAPBAQPs (Yet Another Popular Book About Quantum Physics). But this volume captured my attention, and imagination. Told in the same way as Alice in Wonderland (with many of the original passages re-tooled to their new purpose) and a hint of Flatland, Gilmore guides us through the principles of Quantum mechanics in a truly lively and fun way. I suspect it may even be a good read for teens or extremely bright children.


It (..) includes characters like the uncertain accountant and the state agent who shows Alice how items can be two places at once. — The Vancouver Sun