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Island of the Sequined Love Nun

SUMMARY: Take a wonderfully crazed excursion into the demented heart of a tropical paradise—a world of cargo cults, cannibals, mad scientists, ninjas, and talking fruit bats. Our bumbling hero is Tucker Case, a hopeless geek trapped in a cool guy’s body, who makes a living as a pilot for the Mary Jean Cosmetics Corporation. But when he demolishes his boss’s pink plane during a drunken airborne liaison, Tuck must run for his life from Mary Jean’s goons. Now there’s only one employment opportunity left for him: piloting shady secret missions for an unscrupulous medical missionary and a sexy blond high priestess on the remotest of Micronesian hells. Here is a brazen, ingenious, irreverent, and wickedly funny novel from a modern master of the outrageous.

Island Beneath the Sea

From the sugar plantations of Saint-Domingue to the lavish parlours of New Orleans at the turn of the 19th century, Isabel Allende’s latest novel tells the story of a mulatta woman, a slave and concubine, determined to take control of her own destiny in a society where that would seem impossible. Born a slave on the island of Saint-Domingue, Zarite – known as Tete – is the daughter of an African mother she never knew and one of the white sailors who brought her into bondage. Though her childhood is one of brutality and fear, Tete finds solace in the traditional rhythms of African drums and the voodoo loas she discovers through her fellow slaves. When twenty-year-old Toulouse Valmorain arrives on the island in 1770, it’s with powdered wigs in his trunks and dreams of financial success in his mind. But running his father’s plantation, Saint Lazare, is neither glamorous nor easy. Against the merciless backdrop of sugar cane fields, the lives of Tete and Valmorain grow ever more intertwined. When the bloody revolution of Toussaint Louverture arrives at the gates of Saint Lazare, they flee the island that will become Haiti for the decadence and opportunity of New Orleans. There, Tete finally forges a new life – but her connection to Valmorain is deeper than anyone knows and not so easily severed. Spanning four decades, Island Beneath the Sea is the moving story of one woman’s determination to find love amid loss, to offer humanity though her own has been so battered, and to forge her own identity in the cruellest of circumstances.
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Island Beneath the Sea is a seductive, intoxicating saga. It starts with slavery, forbidden relationships and rebellion in Haiti, and expands to include struggles over secret children, racial castes and family heirs in Louisiana. Isabel Allende’s latest novel is sweeping, provocative and impossible to put down. Lawrence Hill, author of The Book of Negroes Praise for The Sum of Our Days: ‘No amount of acrobatics can outdo the absolute core of Allende’s talent: her gift for writing. She can bring even the most inert subjects to life, breathing vitality into them through her prose; if only books were people, her beloved daughter Paula would once again be alive and well.’ The Times ‘The reader is swept along by the energy of her prose, her brilliance as a story-teller, and the sheer force and warmth of personality.’ Michael Jacobs, Independent ‘If she wrote Paula as a redemptive exercise in grieving, The Sum of Our Days is written in the spirit of thanksgiving. Allende looks on with powerless awe as her grandchildren grow up and out of her control. As ever, her writing glows with generosity and affection for all those around her.’ Sunday Telegraph ‘Full of life and candid self-revelation The Sum of Our Days is a fine vivacious and inspiring memoir about moving on from tragedy and making life bright again.’ Melissa Katsoulis, FT ‘Positively bursting with love, hilarity and crazy good times: sex, drugs and lesbian Buddhist monks abound in this rollicking tale of the Allende clan’s life in their Californian castle, and you’ll feel a hundred times richer for reading.’ Sunday Telegraph, ‘Summer Reading’ ‘Her cast is vibrant: a courtesan and the French officer who marries her; Valmorain’s second wife, a Louisiana Creole; Zarite’s rebel lover!Allende brings women to the forefront of the story of rebellion’ Gauiutra Bahadur, Scotsman
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Ishmael

Ishmael: An Adventure of the Mind and Spirit by Daniel Quinn, Mdaniel Quinn
**One of the most beloved and bestselling novels of spiritual adventure ever published, *Ishmael *has earned a passionate following among readers and critics alike. This special twenty-fifth anniversary edition features a new foreword and afterword by the author, as well as an excerpt from *My Ishmael*.**
TEACHER SEEKS PUPIL.
Must have an earnest desire to save the world. Apply in person.
*It was just a three-line ad in the personals section, but it launched the adventure of a lifetime.*
So begins an utterly unique and captivating novel. In *Ishmael*, which received the Turner Tomorrow Fellowship for the best work of fiction offering positive solutions to global problems, Daniel Quinn parses humanity’s origins and its relationship with nature, in search of an answer to this challenging question: How can we save the world from ourselves?

**Praise for *Ishmael***
“As suspenseful, inventive, and socially urgent as any fiction or nonfiction you are likely to read this or any other year.”**—*The Austin Chronicle***
“Before we’re halfway through this slim book . . . we’re in [Daniel Quinn’s] grip, we want Ishmael to teach us how to save the planet from ourselves. We want to change our lives.”**—*The Washington Post***
“Arthur Koestler, in an essay in which he wondered whether mankind would go the way of the dinosaur, formulated what he called the Dinosaur’s Prayer: ‘Lord, a little more time!’ *Ishmael* does its bit to answer that prayer and may just possibly have bought us all a little more time.”**—*Los Angeles Times***

Isaac Asimov’s Guide to Earth and Space

A thrilling nonfiction tour of the cosmos that brings the universe down to Earth, from one of the all-time masters of science fiction.

No one makes sense out of science like Isaac Asimov. Are you puzzled by pulsars? Baffled by black holes? Bewildered by the big bang? If so, here are succinct, crystal-clear answers to more than one hundred of the most significant questions about the essential nature of the universe—questions that have fired the imagination since the beginning of history.

Over the course of this fantastic voyage, the origins, the discoveries, and the stunning achievements of astronomy will unfold before your eyes. You will experience close encounters with giant planets, exploding stars, distant galaxies, and more. For anyone who has ever asked the ultimate questions, who has ever looked up at the sky and asked What in heaven is going on?, Isaac Asimov’s unique vision, skill, and authority will bring the big picture into focus.

“A fine introduction to modern astronomical theory.”—Library Journal

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Isaac Asimov’s Caliban

In a universe protected by the Three Laws of Robotics, humans are safe.The First Law states, A robot may not injure a human being, or, through inaction, allow a human being to come to harm.When an experiment with a new type of robot brain goes awry, the unthinkable happens. Caliban is created… A robot without guilt or conscience. A robot with no knowledge of or compassion for humanity. A robot without the Three Laws.Caliban is a searing examination of Asimov’s Three Laws of Robotics, a challenge welcomed and sanctioned by Isaac Asimov, the late beloved genius of science fiction, and written with his cooperation by one of today’s hottest talents, Roger MacBride Allen, New York Times bestselling author of Ambush at Corella, The Modular Man, and The Ring of Charon.

Is This Apocalypse Necessary?

Way back when they were in wizards’ school together, Elerius was the best student the teachers had ever seen, but Daimbert barely managed to get out with a diploma, after all that embarrassment with the frogs. Now, years later, Elerius has served as Royal Wizard at a series of larger and more powerful kingdoms, while Daimbert has remained wizard of the tiny kingdom of Yurt.
Now the old Master of the wizards’ school is dying, and Elerius is ready to succeed: if his plans work out, he’ll not just be in control of institutionalized wizardry, but also all western kingdoms, cities, farms, even the church. Once messy individual initiative is eliminated, everything will be run *perfectly.* Daimbert may be the only person who can make the world safe for mediocrity.
But how can he oppose the best wizard of his or any generation? Daimbert has to find a solution somewhere, though his search will take him to the fabled Land of Dragons, to the exotic East, and even through Hell….
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Iron Council

BONUS: This edition contains an excerpt from China Miéville’s Embassytown.

Following Perdido Street Station and The Scar, acclaimed author China Miéville returns with his hugely anticipated Del Rey hardcover debut. With a fresh and fantastical band of characters, he carries us back to the decadent squalor of New Crobuzon—this time, decades later.

It is a time of wars 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 city to the brink. 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.
In the blood and violence of New Crobuzon’s most dangerous hour, there are whispers. It is the time of the iron council. . . .

The bold originality that broke Miéville out as a new force of the genre is here once more in Iron Council: the voluminous, lyrical novel that is destined to seal his reputation as perhaps the edgiest mythmaker of the day.

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Irish Thoroughbred

SUMMARY: It was a dream come true for Irish Lass Adelia “Dee” Cunnane to work with her uncle, a horse trainer at the Royal Meadows, one of the most renowned stables in the world. But there was a catch, and his name was Travis Grant. He was the stable’s owner and a man as proud, as passionate and as opinionated as…herself!

Irish Rose

SUMMARY: Erin McKinnon was a bold beauty, and thought she knew what she was letting herself into when she accepted Burke Logan’s loveless proposal and his cool promise of security and wealth.But could this ravishing Irish Rose win her hard-hearted husband’s love?

Irish Rebel

Irish Rebel (Irish Hearts Series #3) by Nora Roberts
She was practically royalty—the daughter of a rich, renowned horse-breeding dynasty. He was just a hardworking horse trainer. But Brian Donnelly was in America now, where even he might aspire to possess the breathtaking Keeley Grant. Her wealth and position didn’t deter Brian…for it was the innocence Keeley offered him that bguiled the wild Irish rebel and threatened to corral his restless heart!

Invitation to Murder

Invitation to Murder: A Card-Making Mystery by Elizabeth Bright
Jennifer Shane’s brainchild of a shop, Custom Card Creations, hasn’t been all glitter and tinsel. Customers are scarce and-after finally landing a client-Jennifer hears a murder over the phone. And when she receives a threatening note, it’s clear someone has designs on her life, too. Now, between holding cardmaking lessons, trying to scissor her ex-fiancè out of her life, and piecing together a murder, Jennifer has really got her work cut out for her.

The Invisible Ring

***New York Times* bestselling author Anne Bishop returns to the world of her Black Jewels Trilogy with a prequel that follows a man who is determined to rebel against the course set before him…**
Jared is a Red-Jeweled Warlord bound as a pleasure slave by the Ring of Obedience. After suffering nine years of torment as a slave, he murdered his owner and escaped—only to be caught and sold into slavery once again.

Purchased by a notorious queen, Jared fears he will share the mysterious fate of her other slaves—never to be seen again—and so prepares himself for death. But the Gray Lady may not be what she seems and Jared soon faces a difficult decision: his freedom, or his honor…

The Invisible Man

**From the twentieth century’s first great practitioner of the novel of ideas comes a consummate masterpiece of science fiction about a man trapped in the terror of his own creation.**
A stranger emerges out of a freezing February day with a request for lodging in a cozy provincial inn. Who is this out-of-season traveler? More confounding is the thick mask of bandages obscuring his face. Why is he disguised in such a manner? What keeps him hidden in his room? The villagers, aroused by trepidation and curiosity, bring it upon themselves to find the answers. What they discover is not only a man trapped in the terror of his own creation, but a chilling reflection of the unsolvable mysteries of their own souls.

“My fantastic stories do not pretend to deal with possible things. They aim indeed only at the same amount of conviction as one gets in a gripping good dream.”—H. G. Wells
**With an Introduction by W. Warren Wagar**
**and an Afterword by Scott Westerfeld **
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This is a wonderful edition, setting Wells’s text in a number of rich contexts, especially the history of invisibility literature. — Simon James, Durham University A marvelously comprehensive edition of an H.G. Wells classic. Editors Nicole Lobdell and Nancee Reeves meticulously reconstruct The Invisible Man from early printed sources, providing readers with both a seamless narrative experience and a fascinating glimpse into Wells’s creative process. The carefully curated appendices provide rich literary and scientific context for this complex and sometimes troubling scientific romance, and the concluding filmography demonstrates The Invisible Man’s enduring appeal to the popular imagination. Highly recommended for scholars, artists, and students alike. — Lisa Yaszek, Georgia Institute of Technology
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Invisible Man

**A milestone in American literature–a book that has continued to engage readers since its appearance in 1952. **
**Nominated as one of America’s best-loved novels by PBS’s The Great American Read**

A first novel by an unknown writer, it remained on the bestseller list for sixteen weeks, won the National Book Award for fiction, and established Ralph Ellison as one of the key writers of the century. The nameless narrator of the novel describes growing up in a black community in the South, attending a Negro college from which he is expelled, moving to New York and becoming the chief spokesman of the Harlem branch of ”the Brotherhood”, and retreating amid violence and confusion to the basement lair of the Invisible Man he imagines himself to be. The book is a passionate and witty tour de force of style, strongly influenced by T.S. Eliot’s The Waste Land, Joyce, and Dostoevsky.
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One of the most important American novels of the twentieth century Times A brilliant individual victory … proving that a truly heroic quality can exist among our contemporaries — Saul Bellow A stunning block-buster of a book that will floor and flabbergast some people, bedevil and intrigue others, and keep everybody reading right through to its explosive end — Langston Hughes Don’t try to write the Great American Novel, it has already been done … any US epic must address race, which remains the greatest single issue the country faces. — Paul Gambaccini The Week
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Invisible Cities

**“Cities, like dreams, are made of desires and fears, even if the thread of their discourse is secret, their rules are absurd, their perspectives deceitful, and everything conceals something else.” — from *Invisible Cities***
In a garden sit the aged Kublai Khan and the young Marco Polo — Mongol emperor and Venetian traveler. Kublai Khan has sensed the end of his empire coming soon. Marco Polo diverts his host with stories of the cities he has seen in his travels around the empire: cities and memory, cities and desire, cities and designs, cities and the dead, cities and the sky, trading cities, hidden cities. As Marco Polo unspools his tales, the emperor detects these fantastic places are more than they appear.
“*Invisible Cities* changed the way we read and what is possible in the balance between poetry and prose . . . The book I would choose as pillow and plate, alone on a desert island.” — Jeanette Winterson
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The Invisible Bridge

LONGLISTED FOR THE ORANGE PRIZE FOR FICTION

Paris, 1937. Andras L�vi, an architecture student, has arrived from Budapest with a scholarship, a single suitcase, and a mysterious letter he has promised to deliver to Clara Morgenstern a young widow living in the city. When Andras meets Clara he is drawn deeply into her extraordinary and secret life, just as Europe’s unfolding tragedy sends them both into a state of terrifying uncertainty.

From a remote Hungarian village to the grand opera houses of Budapest and Paris, from the despair of Carpathian winter to an unimaginable life in forced labour camps and beyond, The Invisible Bridge tells the story of a marriage tested by disaster and of a family, threatened with annihilation, bound by love and history.
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Old-fashioned in the best possible way: a big, generously involving story, utterly convincing in its texture and detail. Beautiful and sad * Metro * Compelling, passionate, tragic * Marie Claire * Powerful and affecting, crowded with the details of lives led and miseries inflicted * Sunday Times * There are characters whose fate we care about, and a profoundly moving love story threaded between the tenacity of family and the monstrous grind of war. One that cries for you to linger over page by enthralling page — Simon Schama * Financial Times * Gripping, moving * TLS * Stunning, gracefully written, altogether remarkable * LA Times * A sweeping epic, a good old-fashioned page-turner * Daily Mail *
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