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Shogun

**SOON TO BE AN FX LIMITED SERIES • A bold English adventurer. An invincible Japanese warlord. A beautiful woman torn between two ways of life. All brought together in an extraordinary saga aflame with passion, conflict, ambition, and the struggle for power.**
Here is the world-famous novel of Japan that is the earliest book in James Clavell’s masterly Asian saga. Set in the year 1600, it tells the story of a bold English pilot whose ship was blown ashore in Japan, where he encountered two people who were to change his life: a warlord with his own quest for power, and a beautiful interpreter torn between two ways of life and two ways of love.

The principal figures are John Blackthorne, whose dream it is to be the first Englishman to circumnavigate the globe, to wrest control of the trade between Japan and China from Portuguese, and to return home a man of wealth and position; Toranaga, the most powerful feudal lord in Japan, who strives and schemes to seize ultimate power by becoming Shogun—the Supreme Military Dictator—and to unite the warring samurai fiefdoms under his own masterly and farsighted leadership; and the Lady Mariko, a Catholic convert whose conflicting loyalties to the Church and her country are compounded when she falls in love with Blackthorne, the barbarian intruder.

In dramatizing how a Westerner, the representative man of his time, comes to be altered by his exposure to an alien culture, Mr. Clavell provides a spellbinding depiction of a nation seething with violence and intrigue as it moves from the medieval world to the modern.
**Praise for Shogun**
“I can’t remember when a novel has seized my mind like this one. . . . It’s not only something you read—you live it.”**—New York Times Book Review**

“Adventure and action, the suspense of danger, shocking touching human relationships . . . a climactic human story.”**—Los Angeles Times**

“A tale surging with action, intrigue and love . . . a huge cast . . . vast and dramatic . . . stunning . . . savage . . . beautiful . . . an extraordinary performance.”**—Publishers Weekly**

“Exciting, totally absorbing…be prepared for late nights, meals unlasting, buisness unattended.”**—Philadelphia Inquirer**
**Recensie(s)**

‘My bet for the most satisfyingly popular novel of the year … It has power, it has violence, subtlety and lots, lots more … Clavell never puts a foot wrong … Get it, read it, you’ll enjoy it mightily’ — Daily Mirror ‘SHOGUN is a huge exotic, blood-stained canvas of sixteenth century but still medieval Japan, rival warlords and proselytising Jesuits, geishas, seppuku, samurai with the death-with and a shipwrecked Elizabethan’ — Guardian ‘Mr Clavell tells his story brilliantly’ — The Times ‘One of the great page turners of all time’ — Good Book Guide 20020208 ‘I can’t remember when a novel has seized my mind like this one. It’s irresistable, maybe unforgettable. Clavell … creates a world so enveloping you forget who and where you are’ — New York Times 20020208
(source: Bol.com)

Shoggoths in Bloom

Short fiction from Elizabeth Bear, recipient of the “John W. Campbell Award for Best New Writer.” Includes her Hugo- and Theodore Sturgeon Memorial Award-winning “Tideline” and Hugo-winning novelette, “Shoggoths in Bloom,” as well as an original, never-published story. A World Fantasy, Nebula, and Philip K. Dick nominee, Bear is one of speculative fiction’s most acclaimed, respected, and prolific authors.
**Content**
Tideline
Sonny Liston Takes the Fall
Sounding
The Something-Dreaming Game
The Cold Blacksmith
In the House of Aryaman, a Lonely Signal Burns
Orm the Beautiful
The Inevitable Heat Death of the Universe
Love Among the Talus
Cryptic Coloration
The Ladies
Shoggoths in Bloom
The Girl Who Sang Rose Madder
Dolly
Gods of the Forge
Annie Webber
The Horrid Glory of Its Wings
Confessor
The Leavings of the Wolf
The Death of Terrestrial Radio

The Shoggoth Secret – Lovecraftian Erotica

Please Note: This story is Graphic. See end of description for details.
Jacob Harnon is playing hooky. His life is eaten up with college classes and work so he needs the down time.
As he wanders the woods near his rural New Hampshire town, he’s lured in by the last remaining remnant of a long forgotten, shape-shifting race. When the shifter offers to fulfill all of Jacob’s dreams, he frees it.
Women, money, women, all the sex he wants, women, power … Jacob is offered all this and more and the price is cheap. All he needs to do is nothing and by his inaction betray the human race.
Note: This story contains graphic kinky sex, body alteration, and more strangeness.
This story is approximately 31,000 words.
DRM Free

The Shoggoth Secret – Lovecraftian Erotica (English Edition)

Please Note: This story is Graphic. See end of description for details.
Jacob Harnon is playing hooky. His life is eaten up with college classes and work so he needs the down time.
As he wanders the woods near his rural New Hampshire town, he’s lured in by the last remaining remnant of a long forgotten, shape-shifting race. When the shifter offers to fulfill all of Jacob’s dreams, he frees it.
Women, money, women, all the sex he wants, women, power … Jacob is offered all this and more and the price is cheap. All he needs to do is nothing and by his inaction betray the human race.
Note: This story contains graphic kinky sex, body alteration, and more strangeness.
This story is approximately 31,000 words.
DRM Free
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Please Note: This story is Graphic. See end of description for details.
Jacob Harnon is playing hooky. His life is eaten up with college classes and work so he needs the down time.
As he wanders the woods near his rural New Hampshire town, he’s lured in by the last remaining remnant of a long forgotten, shape-shifting race. When the shifter offers to fulfill all of Jacob’s dreams, he frees it.
Women, money, women, all the sex he wants, women, power … Jacob is offered all this and more and the price is cheap. All he needs to do is nothing and by his inaction betray the human race.
Note: This story contains graphic kinky sex, body alteration, and more strangeness.
This story is approximately 31,000 words.
DRM Free

Shock Wave

SUMMARY: A Mysterious Plague in the Antarctic…A Diamond Empire Run by an Evil Genius…A Devastating New Technology…NUMA agent DIRK PITT® is investigating the baffling deaths of thousands of Antarctic marine animals when he stumbles on something even more chilling. The passengers and crew of a cruise ship all died simultaneously and instantly, leaving stranded on a remote island whaling station a small party of tourists led by the beautiful Maeve Fletcher. And the carnage is just beginning, as Pitt’s investigation leads him to Maeve’s estranged father and sisters, owners of the global diamond cartel Dorsett Consolidated Mining. From a chilling escape at a high-security Canadian mine to a tiny boat adrift on lonely, shark-infested seas, the ingenious Pitt is racing to thwart Dorsett’s ruthless plans — before an unthinkable disaster claims millions of innocent lives!

The Shiva Option

**The Barnes & Noble Review**
David Weber and Steve White’s popular Starfire military science fiction series (*Insurrection, Crusade,* and *In Death Ground*), which takes place in the Starfire role-playing game universe, continues in *The Shiva Option*.
After the events of Operation Pesthouse, the “most overwhelming disaster in the history of the Terran Federation Navy,” humankind and its alien allies must regroup to fight the carnivorous Arachnids, seemingly unstoppable invaders bent on galactic domination — and consumption.
The Arachnids (more commonly referred to as Bugs) are easy to hate. Reminiscent of Robert A. Heinlein’s *Starship Trooper* insectoid antagonists, they are relentless, merciless killing machines. “The radially symmetrical being bore neither relation nor resemblance to any Terran lifeform. But the six upward-angled limbs surrounding and supporting the central pod, the whole covered with coarse black hair, made it easy to see why the term ‘arachnid’ had been applied. Those limbs rose to pronounced ‘knuckles’ well above the central pod before angling downward once more, and two other limbs ended in ‘hands’ of four mutually opposable ‘fingers’ while above the eight limbs were eight stalked eyes, evenly spaced around the pod’s circumference. And if all that hadn’t been sufficient to show that this thing had evolved from nothing that ever lived on Old Terra, there was the mouth — a wide gash low in the body-pod, filled with lampreylike rows of teeth and lined with wiggling tentacles. Everyone present knew what those tentacles were for: to hold living prey immobilized for ingestion.”
In this, the Fourth Interstellar War, humankind has joined together in a Grand Alliance with several other alien races (including the catlike Orions) in a desperate attempt to defeat the swarming Arachnids once and for all. Together, the races try to figure out a way to stop wave after wave of attacking Bug spacecraft armed to the teeth with antimatter missiles and warheads.
But when the Federation Fleet finds one of the Arachnids’ home worlds (Home Hive Three) and destroys it using overwhelming force and the element of surprise, a flaw in the Bugs’ defense is discovered. When thousands of “civilian” Bugs are killed en masse, their communication system throughout the whole system is temporarily slowed and the ships are aimless without instructions. But with the Bugs’ superior numbers and very quick learning curve, will the Alliance be able to capitalize on this weakness?
Long forgotten in the epic galactic war is Fleet Survey Flotilla 19, believed destroyed in Operation Pesthouse years earlier. Rear Admiral Aileen Sommers and the rest of her crew have been missing for five and a half years. After fleeing through a warp point into the unknown, the humans thought they were safe. But the Bugs tracked the fleet down and were in the process of wiping them out when they were attacked and destroyed by a mysterious force — a new alien race with new technology! Will Sommers and her new friends (the Star Union of Crucis) be able to get back in time to help the Alliance before the Bugs defeat them?
The role-playing game origins of this series are evident in this novel. The Starfire universe is filled with warp points — shortcuts to other systems — which make military strategies even more complex. The discovery of a warp point into the Bugs’ Home Hive One, for instance, is a huge break for the Alliance — that is, if it isn’t another trap.
Hard-core military science fiction fans will thoroughly enjoy this series: There’s literally nonstop action, great subplots involving the tenuous relationships between humans and other races in the Grand Alliance, and an enemy that you can’t help but despise. *(Paul Goat Allen)*

Shipstar

When a landing party is sent to find out why, the Shipstar is on the same trajectory as a human party, half of the group is captured, the other half must go on the run from the bizarre inhabitants. The free group must find a way off of the object and back to their vessel. In the course of their attempt, however, they will uncover the secrets of the Shipstar—secrets that will forever upend their understanding of the universe, and mankind’s place in it.

Ship of magic

SUMMARY: Bingtown is a hub of exotic trade and home to a merchant nobility famed for its liveships–rare vessels carved from wizardwood, which ripens magically into sentient awareness. The fortunes of one of Bingtown’s oldest families rest on the newly awakened liveship Vivacia.For Althea Vestrit, the ship is her rightful legacy unjustly denied her–a legacy she will risk anything to reclaim. For Althea’s young nephew Wintrow, wrenched from his religious studies and forced to serve aboard ship, Vivacia is a life sentence.But the fate of the Vestrit family–and the ship–may ultimately lie in the hands of an outsider. The ruthless pirate Kennit seeks a way to seize power over all the denizens of the Pirate Isles…and the first step of his plan requires him to capture his own liveship and bend it to his will….

Ship of Destiny

SUMMARY: In the powerful conclusion to the Liveship Traders trilogy, Robin Hobb weaves the spellbinding story of a once-thriving city on the brink of ruin, a glorious and mythic species on the edge of extinction, and the Vestrit clan, whose destiny is intertwined with both….As Bingtown slides toward disaster, clan matriarch Ronica Vestrit, branded a traitor, searches for a way to bring the city’s inhabitants together against the Chalcedean threat. Meanwhile, Althea Vestrit, unaware of what has befallen Bingtown and her family, continues her perilous quest to track down and recover her liveship Vivacia from the ruthless pirate Kennit. Bold though it is, her scheme may be in vain. For her beloved Vivacia will face the most terrible confrontation of all as the secret of the liveships is revealed. It is a truth so shattering, it may destroy Vivacia and all who love her, including the boy-priest Wintrow Vestrit, whose life already hangs in the balance….

The Shining:

This is the No. 1 in the Signed Stephen King / Glenn Chadbourne Original Cover Series featuring THE SHINING. This is a dust jacket only. This commemorative original dust jacket cover is by artist Glenn Chadbourne. This dust jacket is personally signed by the artist. This original dust jacket fits The Shining, the current Doubleday hard cover edition, by Stephen King. This purchase includes: Original 2013 book cover painting of The Overlook Hotel by artist Glenn Chadbourne. Dust Jacket Signed by Glenn Chadbourne on the back flap. Each copy features the Glenn Chadbourne embossing with a gold seal to complete authentication, featured on the back side of the cover. Free acid-free book cover on your cover for complete protection. This purchase is only for this original dust jacket and does not feature a copy of the book.

Sheriff in Her Stocking

When beautiful, plus-sized Anglo Delaney Moore finds herself stranded in a snowstorm at Christmas time in the small town of Avery, Montana, she meets the town’s sexy, hot-blooded Hispanic sheriff. Since she’s only staying til the storm clears, she sees no harm in indulging a little sexy fun.
Rick Mateo Cruz grew up on the poor side of the tracks, but he’s made good as the sheriff of a small town. He loves his culture, his family, and a woman who isn’t afraid to give up control. Delaney’s voluptuous figure begs for his attentions, but her whiter-than-white upbringing gives him pause.
Her willingness to submit and his desire to dominate bring them closer together than either could ever have dreamed. They’ll have to find that same synergy between their cultural differences for Delaney to get a sheriff in her stocking.

Shepherd’s Quest: The Broken Key #1

Longing for adventure is one thing, but when it becomes reality… Four comrades set out to recover the segments of a key which they believe will unlock the King’s Hoard, rumored to hold great wealth. Written in the style of an RPG game, with spells, scrolls, potions, Guilds, and dungeon exploration fraught with traps and other dangers.

She Wanted It All: A True Story of Sex, Murder, and a Texas Millionaire

Trophy wife Celeste Beard wasn’t satisfied with a luxurious lifestyle and her rich Austin media mogul husband’s devotion — so she took his life!
**The wife:**
She wanted everything, but her husband stood in the way.
**The lesbian lover:**
A love-struck, middle-aged woman with a history of mental illness, she would do anything to set Celeste free.
**The beauty salon receptionist:**
Celeste hired her to tie up the loose ends … in a second conspiracy to commit murder.
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### Review
“With SHE WANTED IT ALL, Casey stakes her claim as one of the best in the business.”
### About the Author
ABOUT THE AUTHOR: Kathryn Casey is an award-winning, Houston-based journalist, the author of six highly acclaimed true crime books, and the creator of the Sarah Armstrong mystery series. SINGULARITY, the first in the Armstrong series, was included in Booklist’s best crime novel debuts of 2009, and Library Journal chose the third in the series, THE KILLING STORM, for its list of the best books of 2010. Casey’s protagonist is a Texas Ranger/profiler headquartered in Company A, Houston. In addition, Ann Rule calls Casey, “one of the best in the true crime genre.”  
Casey has appeared on Oprah, Oprah Winfrey’s Oxygen Network, Court TV, Biography, Nancy Grace, E! Network, Investigation Discovery, and A&E.

Shatter

*****Breaking Bad***** meets Marie Antoinette in a near-future world where the residents of Versailles live like it’s the 1700s–this sequel to Glitter by #1 *****New York Times***** bestselling author Aprilynne Pike will leave readers shocked!****
Danica planned to use beauty, blackmail, and a glittering drug to control her own fate. Her escape from the twisted world of the Palace of Versailles was perfectly orchestrated and paid for. Or so she thought.
Betrayed by the man who had promised her freedom, Dani is now married to the murderous king. It’s a terrifying position to be in . . . and yet it’s oddly intoxicating. Power may be an even stronger drug than Glitter–a drug Dani can’t resist, in the form of secrets, manipulation, and sabotage.
In her new position at the head of the court, Dani must ask herself who she really is. Can she use her newfound power to secure her real love, Saber’s freedom, and a chance at a life together outside the palace? Or is being queen too addictive to give up?
“I adored this genre-bending, futuristic, and super swoon-y romance featuring a strong anti-heroine to root for–fun, refreshing, and unpredictable!” –#1 *New York Times* bestselling author Melissa de la Cruz
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Sharpe’s Company: The Siege of Badajoz, January to April 1812 (The Sharpe Series, Book 13)

Captain Richard Sharpe has to lead the attack on the terrible fortress. It is a hard winter. For Richard Sharpe it is the worst he can remember. He has lost command to a man who could buy the promotion Sharpe covets. His oldest enemy, the ruthless and indestructible Hakeswill, joins the regiment and he is a man with a mission to ruin Sharpe. But Sharpe is determined to change his luck. The only way – a desperate choice – is to volunteer the Forlorn Hope, to lead the attack on the impregnable fortress town of Badajoz, a road to almost certain death or, just possibly, to heroic glory. Soldier, hero, rogue – Sharpe is the man you always want on your side. Born in poverty, he joined the army to escape jail and climbed the ranks by sheer brutal courage. He knows no other family than the regiment of the 95th Rifles whose green jacket he proudly wears.

Sharpe’s Battle: The Battle of Fuentes De Oñoro, May 1811 (The Sharpe Series, Book 12)

Richard Sharpe is fighting for his Irish battalion and his own honour through the blood-stained streets of the town. Quartered in a crumbling Portuguese fort, Richard Sharpe and his men are attacked by an elite French unit, led by an old enemy of Sharpe’s, and suffer heavy losses. The army’s high command blame Sharpe for the disaster and his military career seems to be ruined. His only hope is to redeem himself on the battlefield. So with his honour at stake, against an overwhelming number of French troops, Sharpe leads his men to battle in the narrow streets of Fuentes de Oñoro. Soldier, hero, rogue – Sharpe is the man you always want on your side. Born in poverty, he joined the army to escape jail and climbed the ranks by sheer brutal courage. He knows no other family than the regiment of the 95th Rifles whose green jacket he proudly wears.