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Omnitopia Dawn

A near-future techno-thriller from New York Times bestselling author Diane Duane. It’s the first quarter of the twenty-first century, and “massively multiplayer” on-line games have been around for a couple of decades. In an increasingly wired and computer-friendly world they’ve become a form of entertainment so popular they’re giving television and films a run for the money. And the most popular gaming universe of all is Omnitopia, created by genius programmer Dev Logan. For millions of people around the world, Omnitopia is an obsession, a passionate pastime, almost a way of life. Omnitopia is a virtual place where dreams come true-players can create their own universes within the game’s structure, and participate in the profits if their piece of the universe is a hit. Ten million players routinely play in Omnitopia, and at any given time, nearly a million of them are on-line, living in a world more real to them then their own. Worldwide, Omnitopia is now as much a culture as a game. Participants can become involved in it in a hundred different ways. Some game as if their lives depended on it, spending thousands of hours, or thousands of dollars, or both, on quests in search of “game glory” among their fellow players. Some game only to acquire sufficient in-game “value” to become entitled to become subcreators themselves, able to build new levels and start raking in the so-called “one percent of infinity” which is the leveler’s share of the profits. But there are also people who don’t game at all, preferring to use the massive platform simply to explore its worlds, or to interact with other participants. Some people do nothing but design on-line weapons and other items for Omnitopia gamers, and sell them-or act as brokers, buying and selling game artifacts to order. Some subcreators do the same kind of design and creation, but for tailored Microcosms or slices of them: these are the “unreal estate” dealers. Some players speculate in game “gold” on the success or popularity of Microcosms, rather than actually playing in them. And of course there are thieves and swindlers, cheaters who live to find the loophole in the game that will outside it in the real world. Now Dev and his people are preparing to rollout a major new expansion to the Omnitopia system. And even as players, staff, the media, and the heavy hitters on the world financial scene wait eagerly for this fast-approaching and momentous event, there are others preparing to play a very different game-one that is meant to strike at the heart of Omnitopia and bring the entire system crashing down….

Omen

The Jedi Order is in crisis. The late Jacen Solo’s shocking transformation into murderous Sith Lord Darth Caedus has cast a damning pall over those who wield the Force for good: Two Jedi Knights have succumbed to an inexplicable and dangerous psychosis, criminal charges have driven Luke Skywalker into self-imposed exile, and power-hungry Chief of State Natasi Daala is exploiting anti-Jedi sentiment to undermine the Order’s influence within the Galactic Alliance.
Forbidden to intervene in Jedi affairs, Luke is on a desperate mission to uncover the truth behind Jacen’s fall to the dark side-and to learn what’s turning peaceful Jedi into raving lunatics. But finding answers will mean venturing into the mind-bending space of the Kathol Rift and bargaining with an alien species as likely to destroy outsiders as deal with them. Still, there is no other choice and no time to lose, as the catastrophic events on Coruscant continue to escalate. Stricken by the same violent dementia that infected her brother, Valin, Jedi Knight Jysella Horn faces an equally grim fate after her capture by Natasi Daala’s police. And when Han and Leia Solo narrowly foil another deranged Jedi bent on deadly destruction, even acting Jedi Grand Master Kenth Hamner appears willing to bow to Daala’s iron will-at the expense of the Jedi Order.
But an even greater threat is looming. Millennia in the past, a Sith starship crashed on an unknown low-tech planet, leaving the survivors stranded. Over the generations, their numbers have grown, the ways of the dark side have been nurtured, and the time is fast approaching when this lost tribe of Sith will once more take to the stars to reclaim their legendary destiny as rulers of the galaxy. Only one thing stands in their way, a name whispered to them through the Force: *Skywalker.*
*From the Hardcover edition.*

Oliver Twist

SUMMARY: Nine-year-old Oliver has spent his life in a workhouse orphanage, where he becomes notorious for daring to ask for more food. Frustrated and hungry, he runs away to London, where he falls into the company of a gang of clever pickpockets, including Fagin, Bill Sykes, and the Artful Dodger. Oliver’s future looks uncertain, until a mysterious plot against him is unraveled by the kind Mr. Brownlow. What will become of poor Oliver Twist?

Oh Lord, Help Me Keep My Panties On

Oh Lord, Help Me Keep My Panties On follows a young lady who searches endlessly for love and passion. One day, she finally finds her soul mate – a dancer who turns out to be everything to her. Their relationship grows until his ex-girlfriend finds out about her and uses his child to get him back.
A few months later, she decides that it is time to let him go and search for love again. Her new search, however, only leads to new disappointments.
Ironically, every time she breaks up with a guy, the dancer re-appears in her life. Even though he’s with someone else, they continue to have a hypnotic and erotic love affair on the down low.

Oh Dio Mio!

«Quanti anni ha?».«Cinquemilasettecentosessantasei… la settimanaprossima».«Aha. Già, qualche volta anch’io mi sento così…».La psicologa Ella riceve un misterioso pazientebisognoso di un consulto urgente, il signor D. Dopo pochi minuti di seduta scoprirà che si tratta niente meno che di Dio, un Dio molto umano, e alla ricerca di una cura per una depressione che dura, giorno più giorno meno, da duemila anni. Non è facile trattare un paziente di una tale levatura, per di più senza una madre da incolpare, ma Ella, con coraggio e ironia, saprà trovare la via per sciogliere i nodi che hanno fatto ammalare Dio, un Dio che si è ritratto dalla Storia, abbandonando la sua sublime creazione al libero arbitrio degli uomini.Un testo originale e profondo, divertente, pervaso nella migliore tradizione yiddish da un umorismo sagace, che diventa, battuta dopo battuta, una vera e propria argomentazione teologica.Anat Gov nacque a Tiberiade nel 1953. Ha studiatorecitazione e teatro presso l’Università di Tel Aviv. Si è poi dedicata alla scrittura guadagnandosi un posto tra i grandi drammaturghi israeliani. Tra i suoi temi ci sono il rapporto tra donne, l’opposizione alla guerra, il confronto con la malattia. È morta nel 2012 dopo aver a lungo lottato contro il cancro.

Off on a Comet

“Off on a Comet (French: Hector Servadac) is an 1877 science fiction novel by Jules Verne.
The story starts with a comet that touches the Earth in its flight and collects a few small chunks of it. Some forty people of various nations and ages are condemned to a two-year-long journey on the comet. They form a mini-society and coping with the hostile environment of the comet (mostly the cold). The size of the ‘comet’ is about 2300 kilometers in diameter – far larger than any comet or asteroid that actually exists.” *(Quote from wikipedia.org)*
**About the Author**
“Jules Gabriel Verne (February 8, 1828 – March 24, 1905) was a French author who pioneered the science-fiction genre. He is best known for novels such as Journey to the Center of the Earth (1864), Twenty Thousand Leagues under the Sea (1870), and Around the World in Eighty Days (1873). Verne wrote about space, air, and underwater travel before air travel and practical submarines were invented, and before practical means of space travel had been devised. He is the third most translated author in the world, according to Index Translationum. Some of his books have been made into films. Verne, along with H. G. Wells, is often popularly referred to as the “Father of Science Fiction”.” *(Quote from wikipedia.org)*
**Table of Contents**
Publisher’s Preface; Introduction; Book I.; A Challenge; Captain Servadac And His Orderly; Interrupted Effusions; A Convulsion Of Nature; A Mysterious Sea; The Captain Makes An Exploration; Ben Zoof Watches In Vain; Venus In Perilous Proximity; Inquiries Unsatisfied; A Search For Algeria; An Island Tomb; At The Mercy Of The Winds; A Royal Salute; Sensitive Nationality; An Enigma From The Sea; The Residuum Of A Continent; A Second Enigma; An Unexpected Population; Gallia’s Governor General; A Light On Th

Of Love and Evil

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“I dreamed a dream of angels. I saw them and heard them in a great and endless galactic night. I saw the lights that were these angels, flying here and there, in streaks of irresistible brilliance . . . I felt love around me in this vast and seamless realm of sound and light . . . And something akin to sadness swept me up and mingled my very essence with the voices who sang, because the voices were singing of me . . . ”
Thus begins Anne Rice’s lyrical, haunting new novel, a metaphysical thriller of angels and assassins that once again summons up dark and dangerous worlds set in times past. Anne Rice takes us to other realms, this time to the world of fifteenth-century Rome, a city of domes and rooftop gardens, rising towers and crosses beneath an ever-shifting layer of clouds; familiar hills and tall pines . . . of Michelangelo and Raphael, of the Holy Inquisition and of Leo X, second son of a Medici, holding forth from the papal throne . . .
And into this time, into this century, Toby O’Dare, former government assassin, is summoned by the angel Malchiah to solve a terrible crime of poisoning and to search out the truth of a haunting by an earthbound restless spirit—a diabolical dybbuk.
O’Dare soon discovers himself in the midst of dark plots and counterplots surrounded by a darker and more dangerous threat as the veil of ecclesiastical terror closes in around him.
As he embarks on a powerful journey of atonement, O’Dare is reconnected with his own past, with matters light and dark, fierce and tender, with the promise of salvation and with a deeper and richer vision of love.
**Recensie(s)**

Ghosts and angels aside, Of Love and Evil transcends the metaphysical thriller label through its grounding in historical fact…[Toby’s] sense of wonder proves infectious for the reader as well…[Rice] not only explores a battle against evil, but asks what it means to be evil and who gets to define it. Above all, Of Love and Evil is simply good entertainment. — Carmela Ciuraru, The Boston Globe Rice tells a good story, nicely balancing the profound and the profane. — Judith Chettle, Richmond Times-Dispatch Rice knows how to tell a story, and this one’s a lot of fun. . . Rice’s knock-your-socks-off cliffhanger ending leaves no doubt that this series has wings. — People magazine (31/2 stars out of 4) Rice is remarkable in her ability to breathe life into another place, another time. — The Associated Press Present, as always, is the author’s ability to craft dreamlike prose to lull readers into believing every he
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The Odyssey

Attributed to the blind Greek poet, Homer, THE ODYSSEY is an epic tale about cunning and strength of mind. It takes its starting point ten years after the fall of the city of Troy and follows its Greek warrior hero Odysseus as he tries to journey…

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Review

[The] master of crime fiction and equine thrills. — _Newsday_

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“One of the greatest living suspense wirters.”
CBS RADIO”
After a fall from a racehorse that permanently crippled a hand, Sid Halley joined a detective agency. But it wasn’t until some two-bit hoodlum drilled a slug into his side that he was sent out on a case of his own. That was where he met Zanna Martin, a woman who just might make life worth living again. But it was even-money that he’d be killed before she had the chance….

October Skies

SUMMARY: 2008: Deep in the mountain forests of Wyoming, Julian Cooke stumbles across the rotting remains of a wooden wagon. He’s discovered what’s left of the Preston Group, a convoy of settlers that vanished in the winter of 1856. It’s clear that something horrific happened here all those years ago, but Cooke can only find a few tantalising clues.1856: as early snows descend, the eclectic group of settlers that form the Preston wagon train are forced to dig in. Miles from any kind of civilisation, they see the group of Native Americans also trapped nearby as their greatest threat. But they soon realise what true danger is. When a woman is found murdered, one of the Indian party struggles wounded back to camp, whispering of unspeakable evil as he dies. United by fear, the settlers and the Indians must protect themselves against whatever is lurking in the woods. But as suspicion and panic grow, perhaps their own terror will be just as dangerous. Or maybe, whatever’s out there is worse than anything they can imagine.Back in the present day, as Cooke unravels the mystery, he must question if the horror he is uncovering was in fact only the start of something much worse…

Occupied City

SUMMARY: A fierce, exquisitely dark novel that plunges us into post-World War II Occupied Japan in a “Rashomon”-like retelling of a mass poisoning (based on an actual event), its aftermath, and the hidden wartime atrocities that led to the crime. On January 26, 1948, a man identifying himself as a public health official arrives at a bank in Tokyo. There has been an outbreak of dysentery in the neighborhood, he explains, and he has been assigned by Occupation authorities to treat everyone who might have been exposed to the disease. Soon after drinking the medicine he administers, twelve employees are dead, four are unconscious, and the “official” has fled . . . Twelve voices tell the story of the murder from different perspectives. One of the victims speaks, for all the victims, from the grave. We read the increasingly mad notes of one of the case detectives, the desperate letters of an American occupier, the testimony of a traumatized survivor. We meet a journalist, a gangster-turned-businessman, an “occult detective,” a Soviet soldier, a well-known painter. Each voice enlarges and deepens the portrait of a city and a people making their way out of a war-induced hell. “Occupied City” immerses us in an extreme time and place with a brilliantly idiosyncratic, expressionistic, mesmerizing narrative. It is a stunningly audacious work of fiction from a singular writer. “From the Hardcover edition.”

Oblivion: stories

SUMMARY:
A recognised master of form and a brilliant recorder of human behaviour, David Foster Wallace has been hailed as ‘the most significant writer of his generation’ (TLS). Each new book confirms and extends his genius, and this new short story collection is no exception. In the stories that make up Oblivion, David Foster Wallace conjoins the rawest, most naked humanity with the infinite convolutions of self-consciousness – a combination that is dazzlingly, uniquely his.

An Object of Beauty

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An irresistible look at the glamour and subterfuge of New York’s art world, from bestselling author and Hollywood star Steve Martin.Lacey Yeager is beautiful, captivating, and ambitious enough to take the New York art world by storm. She begins her career at Sotheby’s, amidst the winks and nods of the fabulously wealthy. But hungry for more – and pursued by a whiff of scandal – Lacey migrates to edgy Downtown, watching Hirsts and Warhols multiply in value before her eyes.Charming men and women, old and young, rich and even richer, Lacey’s ascendancy seems assured. But when the art world bubble looks set to burst, a secret from her past rears its head, threatening to undermine everything she has worked for…

Object lessons

SUMMARY: A NEW YORK TIMES NOTABLE BOOK OF THE YEAR”Elaborate and playful…Honest and deeply felt….Here is the Quindlen wit, the sharp eye for the details of class and manners, [and] the ardent reading of domestic lives.”THE NEW YORK TIMESIt is the 1960s, in suburban New York City. Maggie and her family, are in the thrall of her powerful grandfather Jack Scanlan. In the summer of her twelfth year, Maggie is despertately trying to master the object lessons her grandfather fills her head with. But there is too much going on to concentrate. Everything at home is in upheaval, her grandfather is changing, and Maggie is unsure if what she wants is worth having….

Obama’s Wars

In *Obama’s Wars*, Bob Woodward provides the most intimate and sweeping portrait yet of the young president as commander in chief. Drawing on internal memos, classified documents, meeting notes and hundreds of hours of interviews with most of the key players, including the president, Woodward tells the inside story of Obama making the critical decisions on the Afghanistan War, the secret campaign in Pakistan and the worldwide fight against terrorism.    
At the core of Obama’s Wars is the unsettled division between the civilian leadership in the White House and the United States military as the president is thwarted in his efforts to craft an exit plan for the Afghanistan War.   
“So what’s my option?” the president asked his war cabinet, seeking alternatives to the Afghanistan commander’s request for 40,000 more troops in late 2009.  “You have essentially given me one option. …It’s unacceptable.”  
“Well,” Secretary of Defense Robert Gates finally said, “Mr. President, I think we owe you that option.”   
It never came. An untamed Vice President Joe Biden pushes relentlessly to limit the military mission and avoid another Vietnam. The vice president frantically sent half a dozen handwritten memos by secure fax to Obama on the eve of the final troop decision.   
President Obama’s ordering a surge of 30,000 troops and pledging to start withdrawing U.S. forces by July 2011 did not end the skirmishing.   
General David Petraeus, the new Afghanistan commander, thinks time can be added to the clock if he shows progress.  “I don’t think you win this war,” Petraeus said privately.  “This is the kind of fight we’re in for the rest of our lives and probably our kids’ lives.”   
Hovering over this debate is the possibility of another terrorist attack in the United States. The White House led a secret exercise showing how unprepared the government is if terrorists set off a nuclear bomb in an American city—which Obama told Woodward is at the top of the list of what he worries about all the time.   
Verbatim quotes from secret debates and White House strategy sessions—and firsthand accounts of the thoughts and concerns of the president, his war council and his generals—reveal a government in conflict, often consumed with nasty infighting and fundamental disputes.   
Woodward has discovered how the Obama White House really works, showing that even more tough decisions lie ahead for the cerebral and engaged president.   
*Obama’s Wars* offers the reader a stunning, you-are-there account of the president, his White House aides, military leaders, diplomats and intelligence chiefs in this time of turmoil and danger.

Number9dream

EDITORIAL REVIEW: **Number9Dream** is the international literary sensation from a writer with astonishing range and imaginative energy—an intoxicating ride through Tokyo’s dark underworlds and the even more mysterious landscapes of our collective dreams. David Mitchell follows his eerily precocious, globe-striding first novel, *Ghostwritten*, with a work that is in its way even more ambitious. In outward form, **Number9Dream** is a Dickensian coming-of-age journey: Young dreamer Eiji Miyake, from remote rural Japan, thrust out on his own by his sister’s death and his mother’s breakdown, comes to Tokyo in pursuit of the father who abandoned him. Stumbling around this strange, awesome city, he trips over and crosses—through a hidden destiny or just monstrously bad luck—a number of its secret power centers. Suddenly, the riddle of his father’s identity becomes just one of the increasingly urgent questions Eiji must answer. Why is the line between the world of his experiences and the world of his dreams so blurry? Why do so many horrible things keep happening to him? What is it about the number 9? To answer these questions, and ultimately to come to terms with his inheritance, Eiji must somehow acquire an insight into the workings of history and fate that would be rare in anyone, much less in a boy from out of town with a price on his head and less than the cost of a Beatles disc to his name.*From the Hardcover edition.*