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Strange New World

Black and white / 710 pages / Adult content and strong language (to read Comments click on ‘See all Reviews’)
To look at the world of the past through films can be a sobering insight into how things have changed, but to look at the world of the 20th century through sex films is to witness a world that is almost inexplicable. In no decade is this experience more bizarre than the 1970s, and yet it is less than half a century in the past. Was society really so strange and different only forty years ago?
These films were often not pornography, as we understand the term. But what were they? Who made these films and why, and who were they made for? What did they say then, and what do they tell us now? In some cases, what were we thinking?? But in others, what have we lost? Nothing even remotely like these films is being made today. What has replaced them, and how, and why?
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JON ABBOTT, born in 1956 and a teenager in the 1970s, looks back at the era through over two hundred films exploiting sex and nudity, some of which he loved, and some of which he… liked a little less! This opinionated and fact-filled history looks at the strange new world that adults of both sexes and all ages found themselves in during the 1970s and surrounding decades, from the 1950s to the present day.
It looks at films from all around the world, including America, Britain, France, Italy, Sweden, Germany, Spain, Czechoslovakia, China, and Japan, at sci-fi, horror, crime thrillers, comedies that weren’t funny, and serious-minded films that were hilarious.
Some of the best-known masters of sexploitation are well represented–Stanley Long, Greg Smith, Joe Sarno, Russ Meyer, Mac Ahlberg, Jess Franco, Jean Rollin, Tinto Brass–as are some of the sex films’ most beautiful and prolific practitioners–Sylvia Kristel, Gloria Guida, Lina Romay, Maria Forsa, Edwige Fenech, Felicity Devonshire, Christina Lindberg, Joelle Coeur… and such mainstream movie names as Jane Fonda, Jenny Agutter, Julie Christie, and Pam Grier.
JON ABBOTT has been writing about films and TV for over thirty years in a variety of publications, trade, populist, and specialist. This is his fifth book.
Look out for the 150 page color supplement to this title, The A–Z of Bad Girls, a Naked Pulp special.
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Strange Music

**Unlikely duo Pip and Flinx return to right another wrong in this all-new sci-fi adventure from one of the genre’s living legends.**
Fans of fun, fast-paced, imaginative science fiction adventure, rejoice! #1 New York Times bestselling author Alan Dean Foster returns to his much-loved Commonwealth series with a new novel starring the indefatigable Flinx and his venomous minidrag, Pip. Facing danger and doing good is their business . . . provided the price is right.
The unexpected return of an old friend draws Flinx and Pip to the backward planet of Largess, whose seal-like denizens’ primitive technology and fractious clan politics have kept a wary Commonwealth from a profitable trade relationship. But now a rogue human employing forbidden advanced weaponry threatens to ignite a war among the Larians. And Flinx is just the man to stop it before it starts.
But once on Largess, Flinx discovers that his empathic abilities—usually his greatest asset—are rendered useless by the natives’ unique language, which is sung rather than spoken. Worse, the abduction of a powerful chieftain’s daughter has raised tensions to the boiling point. Now Flinx must depend on his own mettle—and of course Pip, the devoted minidrag with the deadly edge—to right wrongs, mend fences, and battle a cold-blooded adversary armed with enough firepower to blow them all away . . . and destroy the chance for peace in Largess forever.
**Advance praise for Strange Music**
“Adventure-loving readers new to the series, as well as old fans, will enjoy [Alan Dean] Foster’s return to Commonwealth space.”**—Publishers Weekly**
(source: Bol.com)

The Strain

The visionary creator of the Academy Award-winning Pan’s Labyrinth and a Hammett Award-winning author bring their imaginations to this bold, epic novel about a horrifying battle between man and vampire that threatens all humanity. It is the first installment in a thrilling trilogy and an extraordinary international publishing event. The Strain They have always been here. Vampires. In secret and in darkness. Waiting. Now their time has come. In one week, Manhattan will be gone. In one month, the country. In two months—the world. A Boeing 777 arrives at JFK and is on its way across the tarmac, when it suddenly stops dead. All window shades are pulled down. All lights are out. All communication channels have gone quiet. Crews on the ground are lost for answers, but an alert goes out to the CDC. Dr. Eph Goodweather, head of their Canary project, a rapid-response team that investigates biological threats, gets the call and boards the plane. What he finds makes his blood run cold. In a pawnshop in Spanish Harlem, a former professor and survivor of the Holocaust named Abraham Setrakian knows something is happening. And he knows the time has come, that a war is brewing . . . So begins a battle of mammoth proportions as the vampiric virus that has infected New York begins to spill out into the streets. Eph, who is joined by Setrakian and a motley crew of fighters, must now find a way to stop the contagion and save his city—a city that includes his wife and son—before it is too late.

Story Machine: Horror Writing Prompt

Do you want to write a novel with a gripping story? This book helps your creative juice to flow faster and better. Story Machine series aims at helping authors, who are stuck without a story at the moment.
Are you someone, who is looking at a blank document for hours together, unable to write? It could be writer’s block or it could be a void that the absence of a good story creates. This book is for you.
Here you can read horror story ideas and use it in your story. You can use them to develop a new story. No two people can develop a story idea exactly the same way. So go ahead, use the ideas and start writing HORROR today.
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Do you want to write a novel with a gripping story? This book helps your creative juice to flow faster and better. Story Machine series aims at helping authors, who are stuck without a story at the moment.
Are you someone, who is looking at a blank document for hours together, unable to write? It could be writer’s block or it could be a void that the absence of a good story creates. This book is for you.
Here you can read horror story ideas and use it in your story. You can use them to develop a new story. No two people can develop a story idea exactly the same way. So go ahead, use the ideas and start writing HORROR today.

Stormcaster

The third book in the thrilling four-book Shattered Realms series from New York Times bestselling author Cinda Williams Chima
The empress in the east—the unspeakably cruel ruler whose power grew in Flamecaster and Shadowcaster—tightens her grip in this chilling third installment in the series.
Vagabond seafarer Evan Strangward can move the ocean and the wind, but his magical abilities seem paltry in comparison to Empress Celestine’s. As Celestine’s bloodsworn armies grow, Evan travels to the Fells to warn the queendom of her imminent invasion. If he can’t convince the Gray Wolf queen to take a stand, he knows that the Seven Realms will fall. Among the dead will be the one person Evan can’t stand to lose.
Meanwhile, the queen’s formidable daughter, Princess Alyssa ana’Raisa, is already a prisoner aboard the empress’s ship. Lyss may be the last remaining hope of bringing down the empress from within her own tightly controlled territory.
Multiple intricately interwoven storylines converge in this gripping novel about a brave, coordinated effort to undermine a horrific tyrant.

Storm Witch

My name is Scarlet Jones, and I’m a witch…of *some* kind. Probably.
I grew up in a family full of strong Blood witches, in which my strange magic never belonged. I thought I was the only one of my kind out there, a true freak of nature, and I liked it that way. I lived on my own, learning to hunt these creatures nobody seemed to know anything about, a bunch of mindless thingies who were in the habit of sucking my magic dry wherever they found me. I even set up a party for them, just so I could teach them some manners.
But my plan went to hell when four strangers crashed the party, people who apparently were like me. Just like that, I no longer felt like a special little flower. With four unconscious bodies at my feet and no idea what was going on, I thought that was the worst it was going to get. Boy, was I wrong…
The rest of my life is only just beginning, and by the looks of it, it is **not** going to be a smooth ride.
**Disclaimer* This series takes place in the same world as the Winter Wayne and Victoria Brigham series, now completed:* **
***Winter Wayne Series:***
*Bone Witch*
*Bone Coven*
*Bone Magic*
*Bone Spell*
*Bone Prison*
*Bone Fairy*
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***Scarlet Jones Series:***
*Storm Witch*
*Storm Powert*
*Storm Legacy*
*Storm Secrets*
*Storm Vengeance*
*Storm Dragon*
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***Victoria Brigham Series:***
Wolf Witch
Wolf Uncovered
Wolf Unleashed
Wolf’s Rise
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*Each of these series stands alone, but if you’re looking to follow the exact timeline of events, you can begin with Winter Wayne.*

Storm Secrets

**Who would have thought that I, Scarlet Jones, the first ever Storm witch of the world, would one day work for *the* ECU?
I sure as hell didn’t, but here we are. **
When Jane Dunham came to the monastery to look for her sister Elisa, she had a parting gift for us: a horde of demons who came into our home and killed without mercy. It put an end to our illusion of safety pretty quickly.
On that same night, my father came to see me. I was ready to start running on all fours from him, but then he offered me a deal: If I agreed to work with the ECU and help them hunt and kill demons, they were going to give me what I wanted the most: they would set my people free. A no-brainer. I said yes.
Before I knew it, I had an office, a team of five, a Captain I’d officially named “Asshole”, and unlimited resources to hunt down demons, while the rest of the Storm witches were finally free to live as they deserved.
The dream life, right?
Could have been, but mistakes of the past always find a way to come back and bite you in the ass. Mine are about to cost me much more than I could have ever imagined.
And this is just the beginning of my troubles…

Storm Power

Continue to read Scarlet’s story to find out what happens next!
The demons are after us. The ECU is after us. What are the odds that we’ll ever stop them from hunting us down?
Very low.
Good thing I’m all up for impossible challenges.
When the demons came into the ECU’s “research” facility where we were being held prisoner, the strange dragon attached to my hand came to life, giving me a way to end those suckers for good. We might have made it out alive, but a lot of witches like us didn’t. Instead, they were kidnapped by the demons.
We can sugar-coat it all day long, but we all know it was my fault. I brought those demons to the facility. Now, I have to set the people they took free.
With a Hedge witch by my side, whose name is on the ECU’s most-wanted list right under mine, I plan to claw my way through those demons until every last one of them is dead, and until the ECU stops trying to wipe us off the face of the earth.
It’s time the whole world knew that we’re the new witches in town, and we’re here to stay.
Another good thing is that pretty much nothing went as planned, or this story would have been boring as hell.

Storm Legacy

**There is a Spellmaker. He’s alive and in hiding.
And we’re going to find him.**
The Carnival of Light didn’t exactly go the way the ECU had imagined. We ended up putting the best show in the world for them, right in front of everyone.
Hiding away in an abandoned monastery while all our enemies knew where we were sounded much better as an *idea*. Now that we were actually living there, all Storm witches who’d come to meet us at the Carnival, it was a whole other story. We’d gotten every person on the ECU hit-list under one roof, and we had no means to protect them. Yet.
Finding the Spellmaker kid is our top priority. Without spells, we don’t have much hope to make our place in the world. But finding him isn’t going to be easy, not while hiding from the demons, the ECU, and a brand new enemy who–surprise, surprise!–wants the dragon attached to my hand.
But we’re a determined bunch. One way or another, we’re going to find the Spellmaker. I’m just not sure if we’re ready for what we find when we get there.
Once again, this journey of us, of Storm witches against an entire world, shows me that nothing, absolutely *nothing* is ever what it seems…

Storm Island

Originally published as “*Storm Island*”.
It is 1944 and weeks before D-Day. The Allies are disguising their invasion plans with a phoney armada of ships and planes. Their plan would be scuppered if an enemy agent found out… and then, Hitler’s prize agent, “The Needle,” does just that. Hunted by MI5, he leads a murderous trail across Britain to a waiting U-Boat. But he hasn’t planned for a storm-battered island, and the remarkable young woman who lives there.

Storm Front

With the help of a beautiful and mysterious foreign agent–with whom Storm is becoming romantically and professionally entangled–he discovers that Volkov’s treachery has embroiled a wealthy hedge-fund manager and a U.S. senator. In a heated race against time, Storm chases Volkov’s shadow from Paris, to the lair of a computer genius in Iowa, to the streets of Manhattan, then through a bullet-riddled car chase on the New Jersey Turnpike. In the process, Storm uncovers a plot that could destroy the global economy–unleashing untold chaos–which only he can stop.

Stork Naked

Surprise Golem has just lost her brand-new baby. The Stork assigned to deliver her eagerly awaited Bundle of Joy has inexplicably refused to surrender it, flying off instead through a hole in the fabric of reality. Now, to track down her offspring, Surprise must lead an ill-assorted assemblage of confederates on a desperate quest through dozens of different Xanths. But sinister, unseen forces are determined to stop her. And in order to find her child, Surprise may have to lose her heart.Startling, stimulating, stirring, and surprising, Piers Anthony’s Stork Naked is a rollicking and revealing new fantasy adventure lusciously laced with dozens of dangers and delights, lovingly fashioned with all of Piers Anthony’s celebrated storytelling skills.

Storeys From the Old Hotel

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Hailed as “one of the literary giants of science fiction” by *The Denver Pos*t, Gene Wolfe is universally acknowledged as one of the most brilliant writers the field has ever produced. Winner of the World Fantasy Award for best fiction collection, *Storeys from the Old Hotel* contains thirty-one remarkable gems of Wolfe’s short fiction from the past two decades, most unavailable in any other form.
*Storeys from the Old Hotel *includes many of Gene Wolfe’s most appealing and engaging works, from short-shorts that can be read in single setting to whimsical fantasy and even Sherlock Holmes pastiches. It is a literary feast for anyone interested in the best science fiction has to offer.

**Recensie(s)**

The selections are richly varied in subject, tone, and style but all of them have the author’s inimitable touch. – -San Francisco Examiner A fine collection that showcases the wide range of Wolfe’s weird and wonderful talent. –Kirkus Reviews A splendid collection of singular tales from the finest writer the science fiction world has ever produced. –The Washington Post The selections are richly varied in subject, tone, and style but all of them have the author’s inimitable touch. –San Francisco Examiner A fine collection that showcases the wide range of Wolfe’s weird and wonderful talent. Kirkus Reviews A splendid collection of singular tales from the finest writer the science fiction world has ever produced. The Washington Post The selections are richly varied in subject, tone, and style but all of them have the author’s inimitable touch. San Francisco Examiner A fine collection that showcases the wide range of Wolfe’s weird and wonderful talent. — Kirkus Reviews A splendid collection of singular tales from the finest writer the science fiction world has ever produced. — The Washington Post The selections are richly varied in subject, tone, and style but all of them have the author’s inimitable touch. – -San Francisco Examiner
(source: Bol.com)

Stones into Schools

Stones into Schools: Promoting Peace with Books, Not Bombs, in Afghanistan and Pakistan by Greg Mortenson
**From the author of the #1 bestseller *Three Cups of Tea*, the continuing story of this determined humanitarian’s efforts to promote peace through education**
In this dramatic first-person narrative, Greg Mortenson picks up where *Three Cups of Tea* left off in 2003, recounting his relentless, ongoing efforts to establish schools for girls in Afghanistan; his extensive work in Azad Kashmir and Pakistan after a massive earthquake hit the region in 2005; and the unique ways he has built relationships with Islamic clerics, militia commanders, and tribal leaders. He shares for the first time his broader vision to promote peace through education and literacy, as well as touching on military matters, Islam, and women—all woven together with the many rich personal stories of the people who have been involved in this remarkable two-decade humanitarian effort.
Since the 2006 publication of *Three Cups of Tea*, Mortenson has traveled across the U.S. and the world to share his vision with hundreds of thousands of people. He has met with heads of state, top military officials, and leading politicians who all seek his advice and insight. The continued phenomenal success of *Three Cups of Tea* proves that there is an eager and committed audience for Mortenson’s work and message.

Stone of Tears

SUMMARY: In Wizard’s First Rule, Richard Cypher’s world was turned upside down. Once a simple woods guide, Richard was forced to become the Seeker of Truth, to save the world from the vile dominance of Darken Rahl, the most viciously savage and powerful wizard the world had ever seen. He was joined on this epic quest by his beloved Kahlan, the only survivor among the Confessors, who brought a powerful but benevolent justice to the land before Rahl’s evil scourge. Aided by Zedd, the last of the wizards who opposed Rahl, they were able to cast him into the underworld, saving the world from the living hell of life under Rahl.But the veil to the underworld has been torn, and Rahl, from beyond the veil, begins to summon a sinister power more dreadful than any he has wielded before. Horrifying creatures escape through the torn veil, wreaking havoc on the unsuspecting world above.If Rahl isn’t stopped, he will free the Keeper itself, an evil entity whose power is so vast and foul that once freed, it can never again be contained.