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The Sword of Shannara

The Sword of Shannara (Shannara Series #1) by Terry Brooks
Living in peaceful Shady Vale, Shea Ohmsford knew little of the troubles that plagued the rest of the world. Then the giant, forbidding Allanon revaled that the supposedly dead Warlock Lord was plotting to destory the world. The sole weapon against this Power of Darkness was the Sword of Shannara, which could only be used by a true heir of Shannara—Shea being the last of the bloodline, upon whom all hope rested. Soon a Skull Bearer, dread minion of Evil, flew into the Vale, seeking to destroy Shea. To save the Vale, Shea fled, drawing the Skull Bearer after him….

SWORD IN THE STORM

Fierce and proud, the Rigante dwell deep in the green mountain lands, worshiping the gods of air and water, and the spirits of the earth.  Among them lives a warrior who bears the mark of fate. Born of the storm that slew his father, he is Connavar, and tales of his courage spread like wildfire.
The Seidh–a magical race as old as time–take note of the young warrior and cast a malignant shadow across his life. For soon a merciless army will cross the water, destroying forever the timeless rhythms of life among the Rigante.
Swearing to protect his people, Connavar embarks on a quest that will take him into the heart of the enemy. Along the way, he receives a gift: a sword as powerful and deadly as the Seidh who forged it. Thus he receives a name that will strike fear into the hearts of friend and foe alike–a name proclaiming a glorious and bitter destiny . . .
Demonblade.

Sword & Citadel

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The Book of the New Sun is unanimously acclaimed as Gene Wolfe’s most remarkable work, hailed as “a masterpiece of science fantasy comparable in importance to the major works of Tolkien and Lewis” by *Publishers Weekly*, and “one of the most ambitious works of speculative fiction in the twentieth century” by T*he Magazine of Fantasy and Science Fiction. Sword & Citadel *brings together the final two books of the tetralogy in one volume:
*The Sword of the Lictor* is the third volume in Wolfe’s remarkable epic, chronicling the odyssey of the wandering pilgrim called Severian, driven by a powerful and unfathomable destiny, as he carries out a dark mission far from his home.
*The Citadel of the Autarch* brings The Book of the New Sun to its harrowing conclusion, as Severian clashes in a final reckoning with the dread Autarch, fulfilling an ancient prophecy that will forever alter the realm known as Urth.
“Brilliant . . . terrific . . . a fantasy so epic it beggars the mind. An extraordinary work of art!”-*Philadelphia Inquirer*
“The Book of the New Sun establishes [Wolfe’s] preeminence, pure and simple. . . . The Book of the New Sun contains elements of Spenserian allegory, Swiftian satire, Dickensian social consciousness and Wagnerian mythology. Wolfe creates a truly alien social order that the reader comes to experience from within . . . once into it, there is no stopping.”*–The New York Times Book Review*

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Outstanding…A major work of twentieth-century American literature. –The New York Times Book Review Wonderfully vivid and inventive…the most extraordinary hero in the history of the heroic epic. –Washington Post Book World Brilliant…terrific…a fantasy so epic it beggars the mind. An extraordinary work of art! –Philadelphia Inquirer Outstanding…A major work of twentieth-century American literature. The New York Times Book Review Wonderfully vivid and inventive…the most extraordinary hero in the history of the heroic epic. Washington Post Book World Brilliant…terrific…a fantasy so epic it beggars the mind. An extraordinary work of art! Philadelphia Inquirer Outstanding…A major work of twentieth-century American literature. The New York Times Book Review Wonderfully vivid and inventive…the most extraordinary hero in the history of the heroic epic. Washington Post Book World Brilliant…terrific…a fantasy so epic it beggars the mind. An extraordinary work of art! Philadelphia Inquirer Outstanding…A major work of twentieth-century American literature. — The New York Times Book Review Wonderfully vivid and inventive…the most extraordinary hero in the history of the heroic epic. — Washington Post Book World Brilliant…terrific…a fantasy so epic it beggars the mind. An extraordinary work of art! — Philadelphia Inquirer
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Swing, Brother, Swing

Swing, Brother, Swing (Roderick Alleyn Series #15) by Ngaio Marsh
Lord Pastern and Baggot is a classic English eccentric, given to passionate, peculiar enthusiasms. His latest? Drumming in a jazz band. His wife is not amused, and even less so when her daughter falls hard for Carlos Rivera, the band’s sleazy piano player. Aside from the young woman, nobody likes Rivera very much, so there’s a wealth of suspects when he is shot in during a performance. Happily, Inspector Alleyn is in the audience.

Swell Foop

Someone-or some thing-has kidnapped the dreaded Demon Earth. If he isn’t found, the very fabric of our world will unravel, removing the Earth’s gravitational field, and, incidentally, that of the magical land of Xanth as well! To combat this dastardly deed, six bold adventurers must locate the mysterious object known as the Swell Foop, and wield it in a deadly cosmic contest against an awesome enemy.
The twenty-fifth exhilarating episode in Piers Anthony’s fabulous saga of Xanth, *Swell Foop *blends laughter and romance, wonder and danger, in one of the most intricate and intriguing tales in the history of the series.
*Swell Foop, *the twenty-fifth volume in Piers Anthony’s bestselling Xanth fantasy adventures, is one of the most intricate and intriguing tales in the history of the series.

Sweets and Candy: A Global History

With eye-popping colors and shapes, intense flavors, and curious textures, sweets and candy are beloved by people of all ages worldwide. They provide minor treats, lessons in economics for children, and colorful giveaways to mark festivities. They can be admired for beauty and novelty, make ideal gifts, and can even be used to woo. But these seemingly inconsequential indulgences are freighted with centuries of changing cultural attitudes, social and economic history, emotional attachments, and divergent views on the salubriousness of sugar. How did confectionary become so popular? Why do we value concentrated sweetness in such varied, gooey forms? And in the face of ongoing health debates, why persist in eating sweets?
From marzipan pigs and nutty nougat to bubblegum and bonbons, *Sweets and Candy* looks beneath the glamour and sparkle to explore the sticky history of confectionary. Methods for making sweets can be traced back to the importance of sugar in Arabic medicine and the probable origin of this practice in ancient India—a place where sweetness is still important for both humans and gods. Gorging on gobstoppers from these early candy antecedents to modern-day delectables, Laura Mason describes the bewildering and fascinating ways in which different cultures have made, consumed, valued, and adored sweets throughout history. Featuring a selection of mouthwatering illustrations and scrumptious recipes to try at home, this global candy trail will delight sweet-toothed foodies and history buffs everywhere.

Sweet Tart and Licorice Whips

Combining Sweet Tart with Licorice Whips, this book rounds out Denny and Cain’s story.

In Sweet Tarts Cain and Denny have been apart a lot for work, and they’re missing their time together a lot. Denny knows just what to do for New Year’s, though, and it involves getting rid of all of that hair on Cain’s face. And possibly everywhere else as they try to start the New Year with a clean slate.

Then in Licorice Whips Denny and Cain are learning all about each other, playing games that make Cain blush and make Denny as happy as he’s ever been. They’re getting along great, but Cain doesn’t want Denny to think he needs financial support.

When Cain gets even deeper into money trouble, he hesitates to tell Denny, even though he wants to. He knows he’s in love, but he’s just not sure he can trust what he feels. Can Denny convince Cain that what they have is real?

*Publisher’s Note: this is a revised and updated version of a previously released title.
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SWAT Team Seven: Goddess of the Circle

Kamea Mahalan is hiding her identity with an ultimate goal to take out the wolf who massacred her family. Forced to evade being killed, she hid in a secret spot her father taught her and listened as her family was murdered. Following a plan, she escapes and is aided by two wolves who her father trusted and is taught everything she needs to know about her family and being of wolf decent. She didn’t count on getting discovered by her mates or the one she seeks revenge upon.
Mano, Gideon, Chordeo, Chance, and Edric Dolberg are members of a SWAT Team, hold position in a secret order her father was part of, and are determined to protect her as their mate. She has her agenda until fate steps in and gives the responsibility to choose between her decade-long promise of revenge, or her responsibility to her destiny.
[Siren LoveXtreme Forever: Erotic Paranormal Ménage Romance, M/F/M/M/M/M/M, werewolves, HEA]
Word Count: 61,365

Swan Song

Facing down an unprecedented malevolent enemy, the government responds with a nuclear attack. America as it was is gone forever, and now every citizen—from the President of the United States to the homeless on the streets of New York City—will fight for survival.*Swan Song* is Robert McCammon’s prescient and “shocking” (John Saul) vision of a post-Apocalyptic nation, a grand epic of terror and, ultimately, renewal.In a wasteland born of rage and fear, populated by monstrous creatures and marauding armies, earth’s last survivors have been drawn into the final battle between good and evil, that will decide the fate of humanity: Sister, who discovers a strange and transformative glass artifact in the destroyed Manhattan streets…Joshua Hutchins, the pro wrestler who takes refuge from the nuclear fallout at a Nebraska gas station…And Swan, a young girl possessing special powers, who travels alongside Josh to a Missouri town where healing and recovery can begin with Swan’s gifts. But the ancient force behind earth’s devastation is scouring the walking wounded for recruits for its relentless army, beginning with Swan herself….“Compelling…. A long, satisfying look at hell and salvation.” —*Publishers Weekly*“No one can paint word pictures as vividly as Robert McCammon.” —Sandra Brown
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Swallowing Darkness

I am Meredith, princess of faerie, wielder of the hands of Flesh and Blood, and at long last, I am with child–twins, fathered by my royal guard. Though my uncle, Taranis, King of Light and Illusion, claims that he is the true father since he abducted me from my home, betrayed, and defiled me. And now he has branded my guards as a threat to my unborn children.
Bearing an heir has placed me halfway to my aunt’s throne, that much closer to my reign over the Unseelie Court–and well ahead of her son, my cousin Cel, in this race. Now I must stay alive to see my children born and claim my place as queen.
But not all in faerie are pleased with the news, and conspirators from every court in the realm plot against me and mine. They seek to strip my guards, my lovers, from me by poisoned word or cold steel. But I still have supporters, and even friends, among the goblins and the sluagh, who will stand by me.
I am Meredith Nic Essus, and those who would defy and destroy me are destined to pay a terrible price—for I am truly my father’s daughter. To protect what is mine, I will sacrifice anything—even if it means waging a great battle against my darkest enemies and making the most momentous decision ever made as princess of faerie.

Suzanne’s Diary for Nicholas

SUMMARY: Katie Wilkinson has finally found the perfect man – but one day he suddenly disappears, leaving behind only a diary written by a new mother named Suzanne for her baby, Nicholas. In it she intimately reveals the romance between herself and the child’s father, her hopes for their marriage, and her unparalleled joy in motherhood. As Katie reads on, she realizes that the man she loves is Suzanne’s husband. Now, filled with terror and hope, Katie must struggle to understand what has happened – and find out if her new love has a prayer of surviving.

Suspicion

A man and a woman stranded in a city of robots are the only logical suspects in a case of murder and their identities and the name of the murderer are two of the mysteries to be solved

Survivor

From the author of the underground sensation *Fight Club* comes this wickedly incisive second novel, a mesmerizing, unnerving, and hilarious vision of cult and post-cult life.
Tender Branson—last surviving member of the so-called Creedish Death Cult—is dictating his life story into the flight recorder of Flight 2039, cruising on autopilot at 39,000 feet somewhere over the Pacific Ocean. He is all alone in the airplane, which will crash shortly into the vast Australian outback. Before it does, he will unfold the tale of his journey from an obedient Creedish child and humble domestic servant to an ultra-buffed, steroid- and collagen-packed media messiah, author of a best-selling autobiography, *Saved from Salvation*, and the even better selling *Book of Very Common Prayer* (The Prayer to Delay Orgasm, The Prayer to Prevent Hair Loss, The Prayer to Silence Car Alarms). He’ll reveal the truth of his tortured romance with the elusive and prescient Fertility Hollis, share his insight that “the only difference between suicide and martyrdom is press coverage,” and deny responsibility for the Tender Branson Sensitive Materials Sanitary Landfill, a 20,000-acre repository for the nation’s outdated pornography. Among other matters both bizarre and trenchant.
Not since Kurt Vonnegut’s *Mother Night* and Jerzy Kosinski’s *Being There* has there been as dark and telling a satire on the wages of fame and the bedrock lunacy of the modern world. Unpredictable, compelling, and unforgettable, *Survivor* is Chuck Palahniuk at his deadpan peak; and it cements his place as one of the most original writers in fiction today.

A Surfeit of Lampreys

Ngaio Marsh’s most popular novel begins when a young New Zealander’s first contact with the English gentry is the body of Lord Wutherford – with a meat skewer through the eye…
The Lampreys had plenty of charm but no cash. They all knew they were peculiar and rather gloried in it. The double and triple charades, for instance, with which they would entertain their guests like rich but awful Uncle Gabriel, who was always such a bore. The Lampreys thought if they jollied him up he would bail them out yet again.
Instead, Uncle Gabriel met a violent end. And Chief Inspector Alleyn had to work out which of them killed him.