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Best New Horror 2

A showcase of outstanding samples of the horror genre includes works by Peter Straub, Harlan Ellison, F. Paul Wilson, Gene Wolfe, Thomas Ligotti, Elizabeth Massie, and others
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Best New Horror 1

From razor sharp terror to supernatural chills…This sensational for the best short horror novels and stories collects spine-melting material from all areas of the field – blood-soaked reveries; splatterplunk nightmares; and thought-provoking fantasies that linger long into the night.Rare treats include the ‘The Pin’ by Robert R. McMannon, one of the most sustained, stomach churning chillers of recent years; Thomas Tessier’s elegant ‘Blanca’; ‘The Horn’ by Stephen Gallagher and Thomas Ligotti’s dark vision ‘The Strange Design of Master Rignolo’.Included are other writers at the pinnacle of their careers: Karl Edward Wagner, Richard Laymon, Steve Rasnic Tem and Ramsey Campbell, as well as rising stars like Kim Newman, Ian Watson, Brian Lumley, Chet Williamson and many more.

Best Lesbian Erotica 2010

*Best Lesbian Erotica 2010* travels around the world of lesbian sex with deliriously delicious stories that push lesbian lust and desire to new heights. Edited by Kathleen Warnock and selected and introduced by the the world’s hottest lesbian band, BETTY, this latest edition of the bestselling lesbian erotica series is thoughtful, surprising, and breathtaking. Featuring handome butches and flirtatious femmes and everything in between, these stories expertly blend sex and seduction with affection and desire. From inventive threesomes to seductive first-times, the women in these stories reveal all their pleasures in this collection of arousing and sensually lyrical fiction. *Best Lesbian Erotica 2010* is the most provocative, authentic, smart, edgy, and hot lesbian erotica published anywhere.

Best Lesbian Erotica 2009

Best Lesbian Erotica 2009 by Tristan Taormino, Joan Larkin
Winner of the Lambda Literary Award for Erotica in 2003 and 2004, Cleis’ *Best Lesbian Erotica* series is the gold standard for erotic lesbian fiction, and this year’s collection is no exception. *Best Lesbian Erotica 2009* journeys into the world of hot women-on-women action with edgy, unusual stories that push lesbian lust and desire to new heights. Edited by best-selling author Tristan Taormino and selected and introduced by the noted author, playwright, and poet Joan Larkin, this latest edition of America’s most popular lesbian erotica series is smart, sensual, inventive, and breathtaking. From threesomes to gender-bending to shedding one’s wholesome image to indulge in more visceral pursuits, the women in these stories reveal all their pleasures in memorable tales that are both sexy and lyrical.

Best Lesbian Erotica 2004

The sister release of Best Gay Erotica 2004, Best Lesbian Erotica 2004 is the ninth annual collection in Cleis’s successful series featuring the steamiest, most thought-provoking lesbian sex writing. This selection of the year’s finest erotica represents a wide range of styles and voices journeying into the world of lesbian sex with uncommon, edgy stories that push lesbian lust and desire to new heights. This year’s stories are selected by award-winning author Michelle Tea, whose gritty, personal writing has earned her the accolade ‘a modern day Beat’ – Publishers Weekly.

Best Laid Plans

SUMMARY: She was the sexiest thing in a hard hat that architect Cody Johnson had ever seen, but structural engineer Abra Wilson also had a will as strong as a steel girder – and just about as flexible. But Cody had plans for Abra that not even this spirited beauty could resist…

The Best American Short Stories 2018

Best-selling, award-winning, pop culture powerhouse Roxane Gay guest edits this year’s Best American Short Stories, the premier annual showcase for the country’s finest short fiction. Best-selling, award-winning, pop culture powerhouse Roxane Gay brings her “signature dry wit and piercing psychological depth” (Harper’s Bazaar) to selecting The Best American Short Stories 2018.

The Best American Short Stories 2011: Selected From U.S. And Canadian Magazines

In her introduction to The Best American Short Stories 2011, Geraldine Brooks draws the comparison between a well-told joke and a good short story. She writes, Each form relies on suggestion and economy. Characters have to be drawn in a few deft strokes. There s generally a setup, a reveal, a reversal, and a release . . . In the joke and in the short story, the beginning and end are precisely anchored tent poles, and what lies between must pull so taut it twangs. The twenty tightly crafted stories collected here are full of deftly drawn characters, universal truths, and often, like good jokes, surprising humor. Richard Powers s To the Measures Fall is a comic meditation on the uses of literature in the course of a life. In the satirical The Sleep, Caitlin Horrocks puts her fictional prairie town to bed the inhabitants hibernate through the long winter as a form of escape while in Steve Millhauser s imagined town the citizens are visited by ghostlike apparitions in The Phantoms. Allegra Goodman s spare but beautiful La Vita Nuova finds a jilted fiancee letting her art class paint all over her wedding dress as a poignant act of release. Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie wryly captures the social change in the air in Lagos, Nigeria, in her story of a wealthy young man who is not entirely at ease with what his life has become. As Brooks pursued these richly imagined and varied landscapes she found that it was like walking into the best kind of party, where you can hole up in a corner with old friends for a while, then launch out among interesting strangers. ”

The Best American Short Stories 2011

In her introduction to The Best American Short Stories 2011, Geraldine Brooks draws the comparison between a well-told joke and a good short story. She writes, Each form relies on suggestion and economy. Characters have to be drawn in a few deft strokes. There s generally a setup, a reveal, a reversal, and a release . . . In the joke and in the short story, the beginning and end are precisely anchored tent poles, and what lies between must pull so taut it twangs. The twenty tightly crafted stories collected here are full of deftly drawn characters, universal truths, and often, like good jokes, surprising humor. Richard Powers s To the Measures Fall is a comic meditation on the uses of literature in the course of a life. In the satirical The Sleep, Caitlin Horrocks puts her fictional prairie town to bed the inhabitants hibernate through the long winter as a form of escape while in Steve Millhauser s imagined town the citizens are visited by ghostlike apparitions in The Phantoms. Allegra Goodman s spare but beautiful La Vita Nuova finds a jilted fiancee letting her art class paint all over her wedding dress as a poignant act of release. Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie wryly captures the social change in the air in Lagos, Nigeria, in her story of a wealthy young man who is not entirely at ease with what his life has become. As Brooks pursued these richly imagined and varied landscapes she found that it was like walking into the best kind of party, where you can hole up in a corner with old friends for a while, then launch out among interesting strangers. ”

Berserker Wars

With the support of the peace loving Carmpan Race, earth descended humanity continues to lead the struggle in the ongoing thousand-year war against the Berserkers, an unliving, self-replicating enemy programmed to destroy all life.
   Almost all the information earth descended humanity have ever had directly from the Carmpan on any subject—Berserkers, the Builders, the Carmpan themselves, the Elder Races, almost everything—a very great proportion of this information has come to our Solarian worlds through long-distance communications signed by one individual, known only as Third Historian.
   Here are eleven of THs translated communications along with an explanation of their discovery by Archivist Ingli:
   Stone Place, The Face Of The Deep, What T and I did?, Mr. Jester, The Winged Helmet, Starsong, Some Events at the Templar Radiant, Wings out of Shadow, The Smile, The Adventure of the Metal Murderer, and Patron of the Arts

Berlitz Cruising and Cruise Ships 2019

If you want a holiday that’s hassle-free, virtually pre-paid, and that lets you see lots of places while only needing to pack and unpack once, then you should try a cruise. This best-selling book is the cruise industry bible: it gives you all the information you need to choose the right cruise for you. Meticulously updated every year by cruise expert Douglas Ward, it is divided into two main parts: the first helps you work out what you’re looking for in a cruise holiday and how to find it; the lively text and colour photographs describe every aspect of life on board, including safety, the highs and lows of the cruise experience and how to save money. The second part contains unbiased reviews and fascinating detail of almost 300 ocean-going cruise vessels, and grades them on service, food, entertainment and facilities, using an internationally recognised ratings system.

Berenice Abbott

Berenice Abbott: A Life in Photography by Julia Van Haaften
The comprehensive biography of the iconic twentieth-century American photographer Berenice Abbott, a trailblazing documentary modernist, author, and inventor.Berenice Abbott is to American photography as Georgia O’Keeffe is to painting or Willa Cather to letters. She was a photographer of astounding innovation and artistry, a pioneer in both her personal and professional life. Abbott’s sixty-year career established her not only as a master of American photography, but also as a teacher, writer, archivist, and inventor. Famously reticent in public, Abbott’s fascinating life has long remained a mystery—until now.In Berenice Abbott: A Life in Photography, author, archivist, and curator Julia Van Haaften brings this iconic public figure to life alongside outlandish, familiar characters from artist Man Ray to cybernetics founder Norbert Wiener. A teenage rebel from Ohio, Abbott escaped first to Greenwich Village and then to Paris—photographing, in Sylvia Beach’s words, “everyone who was anyone.” As the Roaring Twenties ended, Abbott returned to New York, where she soon fell in love with art critic Elizabeth McCausland, with whom she would spend thirty years.In the 1930s, Abbott began her best-known work, Changing New York, in which she fearlessly documented the city’s metamorphosis. When warned by an older male supervisor that “nice girls” avoid the Bowery—then Manhattan’s skid row—Abbott shot back, “I’m not a nice girl. I’m a photographer…I go anywhere.” This bold, feminist attitude would characterize all Abbott’s accomplishments, including imaging techniques she invented in her influential, space race–era science photography and her tenure as The New School’s first photography teacher.With more than ninety stunning photos, this sweeping, cinematic biography secures Berenice Abbott’s place in the histories of photography and modern art, while framing her incredible accomplishments as a female artist and entrepreneur.

BEOWULF

Beowulf is the conventional title of an Old English heroic epic poem consisting of 3182 alliterative long lines, set in Scandinavia, commonly cited as one of the most important works of Anglo-Saxon literature. It survives in a single manuscript known as the Nowell Codex. Its composition by an anonymous Anglo-Saxon poet is dated between the 8th and the early 11th century. In 1731, the manuscript was badly damaged by a fire that swept through a building housing a collection of Medieval manuscripts assembled by Sir Robert Bruce Cotton. The poem’s existence for its first seven centuries or so made no impression on writers and scholars, and besides a brief mention in a 1705 catalogue by Humfrey Wanley it was not studied until the end of the eighteenth century, and not published in its entirety until the 1815 edition prepared by the Icelandic-Danish scholar Grímur Jónsson Thorkelin. In the poem, Beowulf, a hero of the Geats in Scandinavia, comes to the help of Hroðgar, the king of the Danes, whose mead hall (in Heorot) has been under attack by a monster known as Grendel. After Beowulf slays him, Grendel’s mother attacks the hall and is then also defeated. Victorious, Beowulf goes home to Geatland in Sweden and later becomes king of the Geats. After a period of fifty years has passed, Beowulf defeats a dragon, but is fatally wounded in the battle. After his death, his attendants bury him in a tumulus, a burial mound, in Geatland. The numerous different translations and interpretations of Beowulf turn this monumental work into a challenge for the reader.

A Bend in the Road

SUMMARY: Miles Ryan’s life seemed to end the day his wife was killed in a hit-and-run accident two years ago. As deputy sheriff of New Bern, North Carolina, he not only grieves for her and worries about their young son Jonah but longs to bring the unknown driver to justice. Then Miles meets Sarah Andrews, Jonah’s second-grade teacher. A young woman recovering from a difficult divorce, Sarah moved to New Bern hoping to start over. Tentatively, Miles and Sarah reach out to each other…soon they are falling in love. But what neither realizes is that they are also bound together by a shocking secret, one that will force them to reexamine everything they believe in-including their love.

The Bell Jar

SUMMARY: The Bell Jar is Sylvia Plath’s only novel. Renowned for its intensity and outstandingly vivid prose, it broke existing boundaries between fiction and reality and helped to make Plath an enduring feminist icon. It was published under a pseudonym a few weeks before the author’s suicide.

Belinda

Belinda by Anne Rice, Anne Rampling
**From the #1 *New York Times* bestselling author of the Sleeping Beauty trilogy comes an erotic, carnal tale of obsession…**

Handsome and famous, forty-four-year-old children’s book illustrator Jeremy Walker has all of life’s pleasures at his fingertips. But he’s about to be tempted by the ultimate forbidden fantasy…

Belinda is bewitching. She is beguiling. And at sixteen she is the most seductive woman he has ever seen. As he captures her beauty on canvas, Jeremy falls completely under Belinda’s sensual spell.

But behind the lure of her golden hair lies a dangerous secret—one that could destroy them both…