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The Fountains of Paradise

EDITORIAL REVIEW: Vannemar Morgans dream is to link Earth to the stars with the greatest engineering feat of all timea 24,000-mile-high space elevator. But first he must solve a million technical, political, and economic problems while allaying the wrath of God. For the only possible site on the planet for Morgans Orbital Tower is the monastery atop the Sacred Mountain of Sri Kanda.

The Forever War

### Amazon.com Review
In the 1970s Joe Haldeman approached more than a dozen different publishers before he finally found one interested in *The Forever War*. The book went on to win both the Hugo and Nebula Awards, although a large chunk of the story had been cut out before it saw publication. Now Haldeman and Avon Books have released the definitive version of *The Forever War* , published for the first time as Haldeman originally intended. The book tells the timeless story of war, in this case a conflict between humanity and the alien Taurans. Humans first bumped heads with the Taurans when we began using collapsars to travel the stars. Although the collapsars provide nearly instantaneous travel across vast distances, the relativistic speeds associated with the process means that time passes slower for those aboard ship. For William Mandella, a physics student drafted as a soldier, that means more than 27 years will have passed between his first encounter with the Taurans and his homecoming, though he himself will have aged only a year. When Mandella finds that he can’t adjust to Earth after being gone so long from home, he reenlists, only to find himself shuttled endlessly from battle to battle as the centuries pass. *–Craig E. Engler*
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“To say that *The Forever War* is the best science fiction war novel ever written is to damn it with faint praise. It is, for all its techno-extrapolative brilliance, as fine and woundingly genuine a war story as any I’ve read.”
— **William Gibson** , author of _Neuromancer, Spook Country
_”There are a handful of moments when an American science fiction novel abruptly and seemingly effortlessly satisfied every possible expectation conveyed not only by the genre’s ambitions, but of those of the whole literary landscape with which it was contemporary: Sturgeon’s *More Than Human* , Dick’s *The Man In The High Castle* , LeGuin’s *Dispossessed* , Gibson’s *Neuromancer*. *The Forever War* is one such book, and like those others still carries with it that air of recognition and possibility.”
— **Jonathan Lethem** , author of _Gun With Occcasional Music, Fortress of Solitude
_”Perhaps the most important war novel written since Vietnam . .  . Haldeman, a veteran, is a flat-out visionary . . . and protagonist William Mandella’s attempt to survive and remain human in the face of an absurd almost endless war is harrowing hilarious heartbreaking and true  . . . like all the best works of literature THE FOREVER WAR takes you apart and then, before you can turn that last page, puts you back together: better, wiser, more human.  Simply extraordinary.”
— **Junot Diaz** , Pulitzer Prize winning author of _The Brief and Wondrous Life of Oscar Wao
_”If there was a Fort Knox for Science Fiction writers, we’d have to lock Joe Haldeman up.”
— **Stephen King** , author of _The Shining, The Dead Zone, The Stand
*”* The Forever War_ is not just a great Science Fiction novel, it’s a great Vietnam war novel – and a great war novel, without qualification- that is also Science Fiction.  A classic to grace either genre.”
— **Iain M. Banks** , author of _Use of Weapons, The Player of Games, Matter
_”FOREVER WAR is brilliant–one of the most influential war novels of our time. That it happens to be set in the future only broadens and enhances its message.”
— **Greg Bear** , author of _Moving Mars, Eon, The Forge of God
_“A parable whose lessons are needful learning once more.”
— **John Scalzi** , author of _Old Man’s War, The Ghost Brigades, Zoe’s Tale
_”I first read this twenty years ago and have never forgotten the wonder and fury it kindled at the time.  Anyone who talks about the glory of war has obviously never read it.  A beautifully detailed and intensely personal account of a conflict which lasts for over a thousand years, as told by one grunt who lives through it all.  Only a writer as skillfull and knowledgeable as Haldeman could use war’s dark glamour to lure the reader in and then deplou the sam fascination to show just what kind of effect this orchestrated barbarism can have on the human soul.”
— **Peter F. Hamilton** , author of _Pandora’s Star, Judas Unchained, The Dreaming Void
_“In a literature of ideas, *The Forever War* is a titan: a book filled with mind-bending ideas about relatavistic time-distortion and world-shaking ideas about the futility of war. In today’s world, where we think declaring war on abstract nouns like TERROR is a winning strategy, we need THE FOREVER WAR.”
— **Cory Doctorow** , author of _Down and Out in the Magic Kingdom, Little Brother X
_“It is to the Vietnam War what *Catch-22* was to World War II, the definitive, bleakly comic satire.”
— **Thomas M. Disch** , author of _Camp **Concentration** , 334
*”* The Forever War_ does what the very best science fiction does. It deals with extremes both societal and teleological; it places a frame around humankind’s place in the universe to show us what is outside the frame; and it functions simultaneously at the literal and metaphorical level.  Inarguably one of the genre’s great novels, it is also among the finest novels ever written about war.”
— **James Sallis** , author of *The Long Legged Fly, Drive, Cripple Creek*

The fires of heaven

SUMMARY: In this sequel to the phenomenal New York Times bestseller The Shadow Rising, Robert Jordan again plunges us into his extraordinarily rich, totally unforgettable world:. … Into the forbidden city of Rhuidean, where Rand al’Thor, now the Dragon Reborn, must conceal his present endeavor from all about him, even Egwene and Moiraine. … Into the Amyrlin’s study in the White Tower, where the Amyrlin, Flaida do Avriny a’Roihan, is weaving new plans. … Into Andor, where Siuan Sanche and her companions, including the false Dragon Logain, have been arrested for barn-burning. … Into the luxurious hidden chamber where the Forsaken Rahvin is meeting with three of his fellows to ensure their ultimate victory over the Dragon. … Into the Queen’s court in Caemlyn, where Morgase is curiously in thrall to the handsome Lord Gaebril. For once the Dragon walks the land, the fires of heaven fall where they will, until all men’s lives are ablaze. And in Shayol Ghul, the Dark One stirs.

The Fifth Mountain

EDITORIAL REVIEW: **A Struggle of the Spirit and a Search for the Truth ** Written with the same masterful prose and clarity of vision that made *The Alchemist* an international phenomenon, *The Fifth Mountain* is Paulo Coelho’s inspiring story of the Biblical prophet Elijah. In the ninth century B.C., the Phoenician princess Jezebel orders the execution of all the prophets who refuse to seek safety in the land of Zarephath, where the unexpectedly finds true love with a young widow. But this newfound rapture is to be cut short, and Elijah sees all of his hopes and dreams irrevocably erased as he is swept into a whirlwind of events that threatens his very existence. In what is truly a literary milestone, Coelho gives a quietly moving account of a man touched by the hand of God who must triumph over his frustrations in a soul-shattering trail of faith.

The Federalist papers

SUMMARY: The Federalist Papers–85 essays published in the winter of 1787-8 in the New York press–are some of the most crucial and defining documents in American political history, laying out the principles that still guide our democracy today. The three authors–Alexander Hamilton, James Madison, and John Jay–were respectively the first Secretary of the Treasury, the fourth President, and the first Chief Justice of the Supreme Court in American history. Each had played a crucial role in the events of the American Revolution, and their essays make a compelling case for a new and united nation, governed under a written Constitution that endures to this day. The Federalist Papers are an indispensable guide to the intentions of the founding fathers and a canonical text in the development of western political thought. This is the first edition to explain the many classical, mythological, and historical references in the text, and to pay full attention to the erudition of the three authors, which enabled them to place the infant American republic in a long tradition of self-governing states.Lawrence Goldman is Fellow and Tutor in Modern History, St Peter’s College, Oxford. He is the editor of the Oxford Dictionary of National Biography and has published widely on nineteenth- and twentieth-century British History, including Britain’s social and political relations with the United States.

The Eye of the World

**’Epic in every sense’ – *Sunday Times***
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**The first novel in the Wheel of Time series – one of the most influential and popular fantasy epics ever published.**
The Wheel of Time turns and Ages come and pass, leaving memories that become legend. Legend fades to myth and even myth is long forgotten when the Age that gave it birth returns again.
But one truth remains, and what mortal men forget, the Aes Sedai do not . . .
What was, what will be, and what is, may yet fall under the shadow.
**’With the Wheel of Time, Jordan has come to dominate the world that Tolkien began to reveal’** *New York Times*
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****’A fantasy phenomenon’ ***SFX*
The Wheel of Time
The Eye of the World
The Great Hunt
The Dragon Reborn
The Shadow Rising
The Fires of Heaven
Lord of Chaos
A Crown of Swords
The Path of Daggers
Winter’s Heart
Crossroads of Twilight
Knife of Dreams
The Gathering Storm
Towers of Midnight
A Memory of Light
New Spring (prequel)
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The elegant universe: superstrings, hidden dimensions, and the quest for the ultimate theory

SUMMARY: “[Greene] develops one fresh new insight after another…In the great tradition of physicists writing for the masses, The Elegant Universe sets a standard that will be hard to beat.” –George Johnson, The New York Times Book ReviewIn a rare blend of scientific insight and writing as elegant as the theories it explains, Brian Greene, one of the world’s leading string theorists, peels away the layers of mystery surrounding string theory to reveal a universe that consists of 11 dimensions where the fabric of space tears and repairs itself, and all matter-from the smallest quarks to the most gargantuan supernovas-is generated by the vibrations of microscopically tiny loops of energy.Green uses everything from an amusement park ride to ants on a garden hose to illustrate the beautiful yet bizarre realities that modern physics is unveiling.    Dazzling in its brilliance, unprecedented in its ability to both illuminate and entertain, The Elegant Universe is a tour de force of science writing-a delightful, lucid voyage through modern physics that brings us closer than ever to understanding how the universe works.

The Earth

Earth From Space: A Visual Tour is a book with a collection of over 180 gorgeous images compiled from instrument data of NASA and their world-class collaborators. Some of these instruments are sensitive to the visual range of the electromagnetic spectrum. Other instruments record other wavelengths such as ultraviolet and infrared. Colors are assigned to portions of data to make images that portray our Earth with visual imagery. Details of the Earth from above show forest fires, floods, hurricanes, parks, cloud formations, the great cities of the world, sleepy backwaters, reefs, oceans, glaciers, snow capped mountains, archaeological sites, and transportation highways.
Our understanding is transformed as we can truly see events like algae blooms, carbon emissions, crop health, volcanic eruptions, and more. The images in this book are beautiful and genuinely artful. Images of Earth from space are shaping our current ideas, beliefs, and perspectives and pointing the way to…

The drawing of the three

EDITORIAL REVIEW: The Man in Black is dead, and Roland is about to be hurled into 20th-century America, occupying the mind of a man running cocaine on the New York/Bermuda shuttle. A brilliant work of dark fantasy inspired by Browning’s romantic poem, “Childe Roland to the Dark Tower Came”.

The Dragon Reborn: Book Three of ‘The Wheel of Time’

SUMMARY: The Dragon Reborn–the leader long prophesied who will save the world, but in the saving destroy it; the savior who will run mad and kill all those dearest to him–is on the run from his destiny.Able to touch the One Power, but unable to control it, and with no one to teach him how–for no man has done it in three thousand years–Rand al’Thor knows only that he must face the Dark One. But how?Winter has stopped the war-almost-yet men are dying, calling out for the Dragon. But where is he?Perrin Aybara is in pursuit with Moiraine Sedai, her Warder Lan, and the Loial the Ogier. Bedeviled by dreams, Perrin is grappling with another deadly problem–how is her to escape the loss of his own humanity.Egwene, Elayne and Nynaeve are approaching Tar Valon, where Mat will be healed–if he lives until they arrive. But who will tell the Amyrlin their news–that the Black Ajah, long thought only a hideous rumor, is all too real? They cannot know that in Tar Valon far worse awaits…Ahead, for all of them, in the Heart of the Stone, lies the next great test of the Dragon reborn….

The diary of a young girl: the definitive edition

EDITORIAL REVIEW: More than fifty years after its first publication, Doubleday’s definitive edition of Anne Frank’s famous diary generated an extraordinary amount of excitement when it was published in early 1995. Enthusiastically received by critics and readers alike, it reigned for nine weeks on *The New York Times* bestseller list and will remain for all time the version that millions of readers will cherish.In a handsome package with flaps, rough front, and printed endpapers, this Anchor trade paperback will be the perfect gift for anyone who seeks insight into the indestructible nature of the human spirit.

The Dhammapada

SUMMARY: Dhammapada means “the path of dharma,” the path of truth, harmony, and righteousness. Eknath Easwaran’s translation of this essential Buddhist text, based on the oldest version, consists of 423 short verses gathered by the Buddha’s direct disciples after his death and organized by theme: anger, thought, joy, pleasure, and others. The Buddha’s timeless teachings take the form of vivid metaphors from everyday life and are well served by Easwaran’s lucid translation. An authoritative introduction and chapter notes offer helpful context for modern readers.

The Devil in the White City: Murder, Magic & Madness and the Fair that Changed America

SUMMARY: Two men, each handsome and unusually adept at his chosen work, embodied an element of the great dynamic that characterized America’s rush toward the twentieth century. The architect was Daniel Hudson Burnham, the fair’s brilliant director of works and the builder of many of the country’s most important structures, including the Flatiron Building in New York and Union Station in Washington, D.C. The murderer was Henry H. Holmes, a young doctor who, in a malign parody of the White City, built his “World’s Fair Hotel” just west of the fairgrounds—a torture palace complete with dissection table, gas chamber, and 3,000-degree crematorium. Burnham overcame tremendous obstacles and tragedies as he organized the talents of Frederick Law Olmsted, Charles McKim, Louis Sullivan, and others to transform swampy Jackson Park into the White City, while Holmes used the attraction of the great fair and his own satanic charms to lure scores of young women to their deaths. What makes the story all the more chilling is that Holmes really lived, walking the grounds of that dream city by the lake.The Devil in the White City draws the reader into a time of magic and majesty, made all the more appealing by a supporting cast of real-life characters, including Buffalo Bill, Theodore Dreiser, Susan B. Anthony, Thomas Edison, Archduke Francis Ferdinand, and others. In this book the smoke, romance, and mystery of the Gilded Age come alive as never before.Erik Larson’s gifts as a storyteller are magnificently displayed in this rich narrative of the master builder, the killer, and the great fair that obsessed them both.From the Hardcover edition.

The Devil and Sherlock Holmes: Tales of Murder, Madness, and Obsession

SUMMARY: As Sherlock Holmes once conceded to Dr. Watson, ‘If we could fly out of that window hand in hand, hover over this great city, gently remove the roofs and peep in at the queer things which are going on, the strange coincidences, the planning, the cross-purposes, the wonderful chain of events, working through generations and leading to the most outré results, it would make all fiction with its conventionalities and foreseen conclusions most stale and unprofitable.’ And with such a spirit for investigation and discovery does David Grann set out in The Devil and Sherlock Holmes to unravel the truth of twelve great, real-life mysteries. Although Holmes is the subject of just one of the mesmerizing stories in this collection, all twelve contain elements of intrigue. Many of the protagonists are sleuths: a Polish detective trying to determine whether an author planted clues to a real murder in his post-modern novel; an arson investigator racing to prove whether a man about to be executed is innocent; a legendary French con man questioning whether he is the one who is suddenly being conned; and scientists stalking a sea monster. Unlike the adventures of Sherlock Holmes, these tales are all true. The protagonists are mortal and pieces of the puzzle often elude them. Some of the characters are driven to deception and murder. Others go mad. But ultimately the stories contained in The Devil and Sherlock Holmes shed light on the human condition, and why some people on this earth devote themselves to good and others to evil. As Holmes put it, ‘Life is infinitely stranger than anything which the mind of man could invent’.

The devil and Miss Prym

SUMMARY: A new novel of temptation by the author of the international bestsellers “The Alchemist” and “The Zahir,” A community devoured by greed, cowardice, and fear. A man persecuted by his painful past. A woman searching for happiness. In one eventful week, each of them will face questions of life, death, and power, and each will choose their own path. Will they choose good or evil? In the remote village of Viscos, a stranger arrives, carrying with him a backpack containing a notebook and eleven gold bars. He comes searching for the answer to the question: Are human beings good or evil? In welcoming the mysterious foreigner, the whole village becomes an accomplice to his sophisticated plot, which will forever mark their lives. Paulo Coelho’s stunning novel explores the timeless struggle between good and evil and brings to our everyday dilemmas fresh incentive: to master the fear that prevents us from following our dreams, from being different, and from truly living.

The Dead Zone

SUMMARY: In the St. James Guide to Horror, Ghost & Gothic Writers, Gary Westfahl predicts that “King has already earned himself a place in the history of literature…. At the very least, he will enjoy the status of a latter-day Anthony Trollope, an author respected for his popularity and social commentary…. More likely, he will be enshrined as the Charles Dickens of the late 20th century, the writer who perfectly reflected, encapsulated, and expressed the characteristic concerns of his era.” If any of King’s novels exemplifies his skill at portraying the concerns of his generation, it’s The Dead Zone (1979). Although it contains a horrific subplot about a serial killer, it isn’t strictly a horror novel. It’s the story of an unassuming high school teacher, an Everyman, who suffers a gap in time–like a Rip Van Winkle who blacks out during the years 1970-75–and thus becomes acutely conscious of the way that American society is rapidly changing. He wakes up as well with a gap in his brain, the “dead zone” of the title. The zone gives him crippling headaches, but also grants him second sight, a talent he doesn’t want and is reluctant to use. The crux of the novel concerns whether he will use that talent to alter the course of history. The Dead Zone is a tight, well-crafted book. When asked in 1983 which of his novels so far was “the best,” Stephen King answered, “The one that I think works the best is Dead Zone. It’s the one that [has] the most story.” –Fiona Webster