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From Cover to Cover: Evaluating and Reviewing Children’s Book

The revised edition of From Cover to Cover offers a fresh, up-to-date look at some of the best examples of children’s literature today and also includes practical advice on how to write clearly articulated, reasoned opinions so that others can learn about books they have not yet read.A brief, updated introduction explains how children’s books evolve from manuscripts into bound books, the importance of the many different parts of a book (jacket flaps, title page, copyright, etc.), and changes in the children’s book industry, such as the creation of two new major genre awards. In addition, the author demonstrates how to think about and critically evaluate several different genres of children’s books.Included are sections about books of information (and the author’s responsibility to document sources); traditional literature (myths, legends, tall tales, folktales); poetry, verse, rhymes, and songs; picture books; easy readers and traditional books; and fiction and graphic novels. There is also a concluding chapter on how to write reviews that are both descriptive and analytical, as well as a segment on children’s literature blogs.From Cover to Cover is an invaluable resource for all professionals who wish to write book evaluations that go beyond a simple personal response.

From a Buick 8

SUMMARY: Years after his police trooper father is killed in the line of duty, young Ned Wilcox starts investigating a mysterious vintage vehicle, kept locked in the station barracks, in the hope of uncovering the sinister secrets surrounding it.

Frightened Man

London in 1900 is a sprawling, chaotic web of change and expansion, perfect for a man like Denton, an American with a violent past seeking anonymity as an outsider. But his notoriety as the author of several dark novels—and the well-known story that, decades before, he had gunned down four men in the American West—sometimes brings unwanted visitors to his door. When a terrified man shows up one evening and says that he is being pursued by the long-gone Jack the Ripper, Denton dismisses him as one more victim of London’s lunacy. But then the mutilated body of a teenaged prostitute named Stella Minter is found in London’s East End. . . .        Disappointed by the lack of police concern, Denton determines to pursue the murderer, even after it’s clear that he’s become the next target. As Denton begins to peel away the layers of the lurid and horrifying murder, he finds himself exploring the dark underbelly of the bursting metropolis, a place so vast that Denton is forced to follow nothing but his instincts through the maze of London—its pubs, its police offices, its dark alleys and disreputable neighborhoods—to find a murderer who is himself an agent of the city’s cancerous growth. And along the way Denton is lucky enough to find an ally in a woman with a past as haunted and a spirit as independent as his own.        Kenneth Cameron has brought turn-of-the-century London vividly to life in this intelligent and compelling crime novel. The Frightened Man delves far deeper than the mere circumstances of a murder to investigate the unseen—the secrets harbored in London’s immeasurable streets and in the dark side of human nature.

Friend Request: The most addictive psychological thriller you’ll read this year

*****THE *SUNDAY TIMES & *NO.1 EBOOK BESTSELLER*****
‘Twisty and gripping’ Erin Kelly
‘I read it in one go’ Marian Keyes
‘I loved it’ Rachel Abbott
**Loved FRIEND REQUEST? Laura Marshall’s sensational new thriller, THREE LITTLE LIES, is available now in hardback, ebook and audio.**
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**Maria Weston wants to be friends with me **
Maybe that had been the problem all along: Maria Weston had wanted to be friends with me, but I let her down.
She’s been hovering at the edge of my consciousness for all of my adult life, although I’ve been good at keeping her out, just a blurred shadow in the corner of my eye, almost but not quite out of sight.
Maria Weston wants to be friends.
But Maria Weston has been dead for more than twenty-five years.
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THE ADDICTIVE PSYCHOLOGICAL THRILLER THAT EVERYONE’S RAVING ABOUT – perfect for fans of *He Said/She Said*, *The Couple Next Door* and *I See You*.
**’The twist is genuinely unexpected . . . **This is an obvious choice if you enjoyed *The Girl on the Train**Independent*
‘I **couldn’t put it down**!’ *Jenny Blackhurst, author of The Foster Child*
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‘A mystery with a **genius premise**’ *Stylist*
‘A **devour-in-one-sitting** must’ *Heat*
‘Tightly plotted, and with a **fabulous twist**’ *Sunday Mirror*
‘**Gripping **. . . loved it from start to finish’ *Goodreads Reviewer*
‘Twisty and gripping . . . **You must read this**!’ *Emma Kavanagh, author of Falling*
‘**Twists and turns** and real life scenarios make this a **fantastic thriller**’ *Amazon Reviewer*
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### Recensione
**A read-it-in-one-sitting thriller** . . . **Twisty** and **gripping** but always relatable, *Friend Request *is the ultimate it-could-happen-to-you read (*Erin Kelly, author of He Said/She Said*)
### Descrizione del libro
A pulse-pounding psychological thriller for fans of *The Girl on the Train*, *I See You* and *The Darkest Secret*

Friend Request

***THE SUNDAY TIMES & NO.1 EBOOK BESTSELLER***

‘Twisty and gripping’ Erin Kelly
‘I read it in one go’ Marian Keyes
‘I loved it’ Rachel Abbott

Loved FRIEND REQUEST? Laura Marshall’s sensational new thriller, THREE LITTLE LIES, is available now in hardback, ebook and audio.

*****

Maria Weston wants to be friends with me

Maybe that had been the problem all along: Maria Weston had wanted to be friends with me, but I let her down.

She’s been hovering at the edge of my consciousness for all of my adult life, although I’ve been good at keeping her out, just a blurred shadow in the corner of my eye, almost but not quite out of sight.

Maria Weston wants to be friends.

But Maria Weston has been dead for more than twenty-five years.

*****

THE ADDICTIVE PSYCHOLOGICAL THRILLER THAT EVERYONE’S RAVING ABOUT – perfect for fans of He Said/She Said, The Couple Next Door and I See You.

‘The twist is genuinely unexpected . . . This is an obvious choice if you enjoyed The Girl on the Train**Independent

‘I couldn’t put it down!’ Jenny Blackhurst, author of The Foster Child

‘A mystery with a genius premise’ Stylist

‘A devour-in-one-sitting must’ Heat

‘Tightly plotted, and with a fabulous twist’ Sunday Mirror

‘Gripping . . . loved it from start to finish’ Goodreads Reviewer

‘Twisty and gripping . . . You must read this!’ Emma Kavanagh, author of Falling

‘Twists and turns and real life scenarios make this a fantastic thriller’ Amazon Reviewer

**Recensie(s)**

An incredible debut novel that’s not to be missed! Fantastic writing that instantly drew me in. I simply couldn’t put it down – such a fast-paced, exciting thriller with some unexpected twists and turns. I loved it! * Hollie Overton, Sunday Times bestselling author of Baby Doll * I couldn’t put it down! * Jenny Blackhurst, author of the number one ebook bestseller How I Lost You * Fabulous! Twisty and gripping with huge depth and heart. These characters and the danger they face will stay with you long after the final page. You must read this! * Emma Kavanagh, author of Falling * Laura Marshall ramps up the tension page by page until it’s impossible to know who to trust. It’s a book that should make everybody realise how vulnerable social media can make them. I loved it! * Number one kindle bestseller, Rachel Abbott * Brilliant * Sunday Times bestseller, Jenny Colgan * A read-it-in-one-sitting thriller . . . Twisty and gripping but always relatable, Friend Request is the ultimate it-could-happen-to-you read * Erin Kelly, author of He Said/She Said *
(source: Bol.com)

French Polished Murder

French Polished Murder by Elise Hyatt
**You don’t stumble upon a series like the Daring Finds novels every day… **
Divorced mom, Candyce “Dyce” Dare is the owner of the furniture refinishing store Daring Finds. When she discovers decades-old letters inside an antique piano she’s renovating, she becomes distracted by an investigation that puts her at odds with the letter-writer’s very powerful local family.

FreeSWITCH 1.8 (English Edition)

**Build a robust, high-performance telephony system with FreeSWITCH**
## About This Book
* Learn how to install and configure a complete telephony system of your own, from scratch, using FreeSWITCH 1.6
* Get in-depth discussions of important concepts such as dialplan, user directory, NAT handling, and the powerful FreeSWITCH event socket
* Discover expert tips from the FreeSWITCH experts, including the creator of FreeSWITCH—Anthony Minessale
## Who This Book Is For
This book is for beginner-level IT professionals and enthusiasts who are interested in quickly getting a powerful telephony system up and running using FreeSWITCH. It would be good if you have some telephony experience, but it’s not a must.
## What You Will Learn
* Build a complete WebRTC/SIP VoIP platform able to interconnect and process audio and video in real time
* Use advanced PBX features to create powerful dialplans
* Understand the inner workings and architecture of FreeSWITCH
* Real time configuration from database and webserver with mod_xml_curl
* Integrate browser clients into your telephony service
* Use scripting to go beyond the dialplan with the power and flexibility of a programming language
* Secure your FreeSWITCH connections with the help of effective techniques
* Deploy all FreeSWITCH features using best practices and expert tips
* Overcome frustrating NAT issues
* Control FreeSWITCH remotely with the all-powerful event socket
* Trace packets, check debug logging, ask for community and commercial help
## In Detail
FreeSWITCH is an open source telephony platform designed to facilitate the creation of voice and chat-driven products, scaling from a soft-phone to a PBX and even up to an enterprise-class soft-switch. This book introduces FreeSWITCH to IT professionals who want to build their own telephony system.
This book starts with a brief introduction to the latest version of FreeSWITCH. We then move on to the fundamentals and the new features added in version 1.6, showing you how to set up a basic system so you can make and receive phone calls, make calls between extensions, and utilize basic PBX functionality.
Once you have a basic system in place, we’ll show you how to add more and more functionalities to it. You’ll learn to deploy the features on the system using unique techniques and tips to make it work better.
Also, there are changes in the security-related components, which will affect the content in the book, so we will make that intact with the latest version. There are new support libraries introduced, such as SQLite, OpenSS, and more, which will make FreeSWITCH more efficient and add more functions to it. We’ll cover these in the new edition to make it more appealing for you.
## Style and approach
This easy-to-follow guide helps you understand every topic easily using real-world examples of FreeSWITCH tasks. This book is full of practical code so you get a gradual learning curve.
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### Sinossi
**Build a robust, high-performance telephony system with FreeSWITCH**
## About This Book
* Learn how to install and configure a complete telephony system of your own, from scratch, using FreeSWITCH 1.6
* Get in-depth discussions of important concepts such as dialplan, user directory, NAT handling, and the powerful FreeSWITCH event socket
* Discover expert tips from the FreeSWITCH experts, including the creator of FreeSWITCH—Anthony Minessale
## Who This Book Is For
This book is for beginner-level IT professionals and enthusiasts who are interested in quickly getting a powerful telephony system up and running using FreeSWITCH. It would be good if you have some telephony experience, but it’s not a must.
## What You Will Learn
* Build a complete WebRTC/SIP VoIP platform able to interconnect and process audio and video in real time
* Use advanced PBX features to create powerful dialplans
* Understand the inner workings and architecture of FreeSWITCH
* Real time configuration from database and webserver with mod_xml_curl
* Integrate browser clients into your telephony service
* Use scripting to go beyond the dialplan with the power and flexibility of a programming language
* Secure your FreeSWITCH connections with the help of effective techniques
* Deploy all FreeSWITCH features using best practices and expert tips
* Overcome frustrating NAT issues
* Control FreeSWITCH remotely with the all-powerful event socket
* Trace packets, check debug logging, ask for community and commercial help
## In Detail
FreeSWITCH is an open source telephony platform designed to facilitate the creation of voice and chat-driven products, scaling from a soft-phone to a PBX and even up to an enterprise-class soft-switch. This book introduces FreeSWITCH to IT professionals who want to build their own telephony system.
This book starts with a brief introduction to the latest version of FreeSWITCH. We then move on to the fundamentals and the new features added in version 1.6, showing you how to set up a basic system so you can make and receive phone calls, make calls between extensions, and utilize basic PBX functionality.
Once you have a basic system in place, we’ll show you how to add more and more functionalities to it. You’ll learn to deploy the features on the system using unique techniques and tips to make it work better.
Also, there are changes in the security-related components, which will affect the content in the book, so we will make that intact with the latest version. There are new support libraries introduced, such as SQLite, OpenSS, and more, which will make FreeSWITCH more efficient and add more functions to it. We’ll cover these in the new edition to make it more appealing for you.
## Style and approach
This easy-to-follow guide helps you understand every topic easily using real-world examples of FreeSWITCH tasks. This book is full of practical code so you get a gradual learning curve.
### L’autore
**Anthony Minessale II**
Anthony Minessale II is the primary author and founding member of the FreeSWITCH open source softswitch. He has spent almost 20 years working with open source software. In 2001, he spent a great deal of time as an Asterisk developer and authored numerous features and fixes to that project. Anthony started coding a new idea for an open source voice application in 2005. The FreeSWITCH project was officially opened to the public on January 1, 2006. In the years that followed, Anthony has actively maintained and led software development for this project.

Free Women, Free Men: Sex, Gender, Feminism

From the fiery intellectual provocateur— and one of our most fearless advocates of gender equality—a brilliant, urgent essay collection that both celebrates modern feminism and challenges us to build an alliance of strong women and strong men. 
Ever since the release of her seminal first book, *Sexual Personae, *Camille Paglia has remained one of feminism’s most outspoken, independent, and searingly intelligent voices. Now, for the first time, her best essays on the subject are gathered together in one concise volume. Whether she’s calling for equal opportunity for American women (years before the founding of the National Organization for Women), championing a more discerning standard of beauty that goes beyond plastic surgery’s quest for eternal youth, lauding the liberating force of rock and roll, or demanding free and unfettered speech on university campuses and beyond, Paglia can always be counted on to get to the heart of matters large and small. At once illuminating, witty, and inspiring, these essays are essential reading that affirm the power of men and women and what we can accomplish together.
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### Recensione
“Fiercely erudite, freewheeling and sex-drenched . . . Paglia is a fearless public intellectual and more necessary than ever.” —*The New York Times*
“Polemical, thought-provoking, enraging, funny, and brave. And today [Paglia’s essays] sound prescient.” —*VICE *
“Compelling. . . . Thought-provoking. . . . Put[s] an intellectual spin on lowbrow entertainment and turn[s] more obtuse academic topics into something relatable and enthralling.” —*BUST*

“Inspirational in its tone and its message that freedom belongs to both sexes. . . . Paglia is a brilliant thinker on culture and human nature.” —*The New Criterion*
“[Paglia] is one of the most fascinating (and individualistic) writers on feminism and gender extant.” —*Buffalo News
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“Feminist and culture critic Paglia is at her feisty, full-throated best in this series of short manifestos that spans her career. . . . One does not have to agree with her theories about masculinity, femininity, and sex to enjoy Paglia’s bracing intellect and scrappy attitude.” —*Publishers Weekly
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 “The best single-volume introduction to Paglia’s thought. . . . Presented in a stunning prose style. . . . No one with the slightest interest in its issues can afford to overlook Paglia’s treatment of them here, which compels the consideration of her shrillest critic and ardent devotee alike.” —*American Conservative
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“Impressive. . . . [Paglia] uses new insight to dissect issues relating to feminism. . . . She argues for feminism to become an umbrella of people with differing political views, sexual orientations, and religions who seek to strengthen women. . . . Intriguing and thought provoking for readers interested in different perspectives of feminism.” —*Library Journal*
### Sinossi
From the fiery intellectual provocateur— and one of our most fearless advocates of gender equality—a brilliant, urgent essay collection that both celebrates modern feminism and challenges us to build an alliance of strong women and strong men. 
Ever since the release of her seminal first book, *Sexual Personae, *Camille Paglia has remained one of feminism’s most outspoken, independent, and searingly intelligent voices. Now, for the first time, her best essays on the subject are gathered together in one concise volume. Whether she’s calling for equal opportunity for American women (years before the founding of the National Organization for Women), championing a more discerning standard of beauty that goes beyond plastic surgery’s quest for eternal youth, lauding the liberating force of rock and roll, or demanding free and unfettered speech on university campuses and beyond, Paglia can always be counted on to get to the heart of matters large and small. At once illuminating, witty, and inspiring, these essays are essential reading that affirm the power of men and women and what we can accomplish together.

Free Trader Box Set: Books 7-9

The exciting final three volumes of the Free Trader in one package! New enemies abound from the southern tip to the northernmost settlement and onward into space. Braden, Micah, the Golden Warrior, and Fealona lead the charge against those who would tear the fabric of a rebuilt society.
Book 7 – Southern Discontent: A raid to steal the lightning spears from the town of Livestel drives a wedge between the Wolfoids and humanity. Braden and Micah partner with Bounder and Gray Strider as they trail the raiders to recover what was lost.
Book 8 – The Great Cat Rebellion: The Golden Warrior has had enough. Seeing into the human mind has forced him to take action. He galvanizes the Hillcats with a goal of nothing less than establishing lasting peace throughout all of Vii.
Book 9 – Return to the Traveler: If humanity ever wants to return to space, they need the spaceship Traveler to be safe. Braden takes it upon himself to pacify the ship and take the first step in humanity’s return to Earth. Of course, he won’t go alone as his friends volunteer to help.
Join the Free Trader as he travels with friends and family on a search for what matters most.
And the follow-on series…
Cygnus Space Opera (set in the Free Trader Universe)
Book 1 – Cygnus Rising
Book 2 – Cygnus Expanding
Book 3 – Cygnus Arrives

Free Live Free

”Free Live Free,” said the newspaper ad, and the out-of-work detective Jim Stubb, the occultist Madame Serpentina, the salesman Ozzie Barnes, and the overweight prostitute Candy Garth are brought together to live for a time in Free’s old house, a house scheduled for demolition to make way for a highway.

Free drops mysterious hints of his exile from his homeland, and of the lost key to his return. And so when demolition occurs and Free disappears, the four make a pact to continue the search, which ultimately takes them far beyond their wildest dreams.

This is character-driven science fiction at its best by a writer whom, at the time of its first publication, the Chicago Sun-Times called ”science fiction’s best genuine novelist.”

At the Publisher’s request, this title is being sold without Digital Rights Management Software (DRM) applied.

(source: Bol.com)

Free Fall in Crimson: Introduction by Lee Child

**’MacDonald had a huge influence on me . . . Reacher is like a fully detached version of Travis McGee’ LEE CHILD**
***Travis McGee isn’t your typical knight in shining armour. He only works when his cash runs out, and his rule is simple: He’ll help you find whatever was taken from you, as long as he can keep half.***
Ellis Esterland was rich, mean, and slowly succumbing to cancer – until someone hastened the inevitable by beating him to death. His son wants Travis McGee to find out who killed his estranged father. The ‘why’ seems obvious: his hotly contested, multimillion-dollar estate.
McGee’s quest takes him from Hollywood to the Midwest, from prostitution rings to drug deals gone wrong. In the haze of violence surrounding him, McGee is in danger of losing himself. But one thing remains crystal clear: he is on the trail of a killer conjured from his worst nightmares.
**First published in 1981, *Free Fall in Crimson* features an introduction by Lee Child**
**JOHN D. MACDONALD: A GRAND MASTER CRIME WRITER**
‘The great entertainer of our age, and a mesmerizing storyteller’ – Stephen King
‘Travis McGee is my favourite fiction detective. He’s great because he has a philosophical side – he will fight a bunch of mobsters in a car park and then have a muse about life, the universe and everything’ – Tony Parsons
‘A dominant influence on writers crafting the continuing series character . . . I envy the generation of readers just discovering Travis McGee’ – Sue Grafton
‘The consummate pro, a master storyteller and witty observer . . . The Travis McGee novels are among the finest works of fiction ever penned by an American author and they retain a remarkable sense of freshness’ – Jonathan Kellerman
‘. . . my favorite novelist of all time’ – Dean Koontz
‘A master storyteller, a masterful suspense writer . . . John D. MacDonald is a shining example for all of us in the field’ – Mary Higgins Clark
‘What a joy that these timeless and treasured novels are available again’ – Ed McBain
‘There’s only one thing as good as reading a John D. MacDonald novel: reading it again . . . He is the all-time master of the American mystery novel’ – John Saul

Freakonomics: A Rogue Economist Explores the Hidden Side of Everything

SUMMARY: Which is more dangerous, a gun or a swimming pool? What do schoolteachers and sumo wrestlers have in common? How much do parents really matter? These may not sound like typical questions for an economist to ask. But Steven D. Levitt is not a typical economist. He studies the riddles of everyday life—from cheating and crime to parenting and sports—and reaches conclusions that turn conventional wisdom on its head. Freakonomics is a groundbreaking collaboration between Levitt and Stephen J. Dubner, an award-winning author and journalist. They set out to explore the inner workings of a crack gang, the truth about real estate agents, the secrets of the Ku Klux Klan, and much more. Through forceful storytelling and wry insight, they show that economics is, at root, the study of incentives—how people get what they want or need, especially when other people want or need the same thing. SUMMARY: Which is more dangerous, a gun or a swimming pool? What do schoolteachers and sumo wrestlers have in common? Why do drug dealers still live with their moms? How much do parents really matter? What kind of impact did Roe v. Wade have on violent crime? These may not sound like typical questions for an economist to ask. But Steven D. Levitt is not a typical economist. He is a much heralded scholar who studies the stuff and riddles of everyday life — from cheating and crime to sports and child rearing — and whose conclusions regularly turn the conventional wisdom on its head. He usually begins with a mountain of data and a simple, unasked question. Some of these questions concern life-and-death issues; others have an admittedly freakish quality. Thus the new field of study contained in this book: freakonomics. Through forceful storytelling and wry insight, Levitt and co-author Stephen J. Dubner show that economics is, at root, the study of incentives — how people get what they want, or need, especially when other people want or need the same thing. In Freakonomics, they set out to explore the hidden side of … well, everything. The inner workings of a crack gang. The truth about real-estate agents. The myths of campaign finance. The telltale marks of a cheating schoolteacher. The secrets of the Ku Klux Klan. What unites all these stories is a belief that the modern world, despite a surfeit of obfuscation, complication, and downright deceit, is not impenetrable, is not unknowable, and — if the right questions are asked — is even more intriguing than we think. All it takes is a new way of looking. Steven Levitt, through devilishly clever and clear-eyed thinking, shows how to see through all the clutter. Freakonomics establishes this unconventional premise: If morality represents how we would like the world to work, then economics represents how it actually does work. It is true that readers of this book will be armed with enough riddles and stories to last a thousand cocktail parties. But Freakonomics can provide more than that. It will literally redefine the way we view the modern world.

Franz Kafka

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The conflation of reality and the fantastic, ambiguity, the relentless confrontation with horror, the fractured sense of identity: Franz Kafka created a wholly unique and enduring worldview through his literature and life, and he remains one of the central intellectual and cultural figures of our time. Sander L. Gilman brings together Kafka’s literary works, personal writings, and biography to create a compelling and wholly accessible narrative of the literary master’s life.

Gilman focuses on the relationship between Kafka’s life and work, reconstructing both Kafka’s cultural environment and the writer’s conceptual understanding of his own body. Kafka’s letters, diaries, and writings emerge in Gilman’s analysis as windows into his ongoing attempt to create an identity in a world where being a Central European Jew dictated an uneasy fate. The volume emphasizes in particular the image and role of the Jew in Kafka’s modern world and how Kafka responded to prevailing attitudes, repressive actions, and stereotypes in society at large. Gilman also examines the influence of psychoanalytic ideas on Kafka and his works, exploring how Kafka wove such psychoanalytic experiences into his literature. Gilman concludes with consideration of the ”Kafka-myth” and the wealth of material emerging from it over the past eighty years, including work by such illustrious minds as Walter Benjamin and Ted Hughes.

Franz Kafka features illuminating archival photographs and illustrations as well as a comprehensive bibliography and filmography of work by and about Kafka. This succinct yet penetrating volume offers valuable and original insight into how Kafka’s life and work shaped how we perceive our modern society and how, indeed, some aspect of the world is always ”Kafkaesque.”
**Recensie(s)**

Recognises that comprehensive, overarching interpretations . . . attenuate or simply miss the sheer strangeness of Kafka’s fictional world. — (11/05/2005)
(source: Bol.com)

Fragments

Kira Walker has found the cure for RM, but the battle for the survival of humans and Partials is just beginning. Kira has left East Meadow in a desperate search for clues to who she is. That the Partials themselves hold the cure for RM in their blood cannot be a coincidence–it must be part of a larger plan, a plan that involves Kira, a plan that could save both races. Her companions are Afa Demoux, an unhinged drifter and former employee of ParaGen, and Samm and Heron, the Partials who betrayed her and saved her life, the only ones who know her secret. But can she trust them?
Meanwhile, back on Long Island, what’s left of humanity is gearing up for war with the Partials, and Marcus knows his only hope is to delay them until Kira returns. But Kira’s journey will take her deep into the overgrown wasteland of postapocalyptic America, and Kira and Marcus both will discover that their greatest enemy may be one they didn’t even know existed.
The second installment in the pulse-pounding Partials saga is the story of the eleventh hour of humanity’s time on Earth, a journey deep into places unknown to discover the means–and even more important, a reason–for our survival.
(source: Bol.com)

The Fracture Zone

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The Fracture Zone: My Return to the Balkans by Simon Winchester
**A True Portrait of One of the World’s Most Chaotic and Beautiful Regions That Explains Why Violence Has Always Occurred There—And Why It May Continue For Years To Come**
The vast and mountainous area that makes up the Balkans is rife with discord, both cultural and topographical. And, as Simon Winchester superbly demonstrates in this intimate portrait of the region, much of the political strife of the past century can be traced to its inherent contrasts. With the aid of a guide and linguist, Winchester traveled deep into the region’s most troublesome areas—including Slovenia, Croatia, Bosnia, Montenegro, Albania, Kosovo, and Turkey—just as the war was tearing these countries apart. The result is a book not just about war but also about how war affects the living. Both timeless and current, *The Fracture Zone* goes behind the headlines to offer a true picture of a region that has always been on the brink. Winchester’s remarkable journey puts all the elements together—the faults, the fractures, and the chaos—to make sense out of a seemingly senseless place.