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EDITORIAL REVIEW: The acclaimed *Farseer* and *Liveship Traders* trilogies established Robin Hobb as one of the most splendidly imaginative practitioners of world-class fantasy. Now, in Book 2 of her most stunning trilogy yet, Hobb continues the soul-shattering tale of FitzChivalry Farseer. With rich characters, breathtaking magic, and sweeping action, **Golden Fool** brings the reluctant adventurer further into the fray in an epic of sacrifice, salvation, and untold treachery.**Golden Fool**Prince Dutiful has been rescued from his Piebald kidnappers and the court has resumed its normal rhythms. But for FitzChivalry Farseer, a return to isolation is impossible. Though gutted by the loss of his wolf bondmate, Nighteyes, Fitz must take up residence at Buckkeep and resume his tasks as Chade’s apprentice assassin. Posing as Tom Badgerlock, bodyguard to Lord Golden, FitzChivalry becomes the eyes and ears behind the walls. And with his old mentor failing visibly, Fitz is forced to take on more burdens as he attempts to guide a kingdom straying closer to civil strife each day.The problems are legion. Prince Dutiful’s betrothal to the Narcheska Elliania of the Out Islands is fraught with tension, and the Narcheska herself appears to be hiding an array of secrets. Then, amid Piebald threats and the increasing persecution of the Witted, FitzChivalry must ensure that no one betrays the Prince’s secret—a secret that could topple the Farseer throne: that he, like Fitz, possesses the dread “beast magic.”Meanwhile, FitzChivalry must impart to the Prince his limited knowledge of the Skill: the hereditary and addictive magic of the Farseers. In the process, they discover within Buckkeep one who has a wild and powerful talent for it, and whose enmity for Fitz may have disastrous consequences for all.Only Fitz’s enduring friendship with the Fool brings him any solace. But even that is shattered when unexpected visitors from Bingtown reveal devastating secrets from the Fool’s past. Now, bereft of support and adrift in intrigue, Fitz’s biggest challenge may be simply to survive the inescapable and violent path that fate has laid out for him.*From the Hardcover edition.*

The Golden Elephant

After risking her life to uncover a Chinese imperial seal, only to have it stolen by a cunning tomb robber, archaeologist Annja Creed feels she has endured one treasure-hunting fiasco too many. But when a mysterious collector offers a reward for a priceless golden elephant, Annja gives in. After all, there are bills to be paid, adventures to be had.
The artifact is said to be hidden in a vast and ancient temple complex in the mountainous jungles of Southeast Asia, and Annja must meet with various scholars in order to pinpoint its location. But when each expert she visits is found dead, Annja fears someone else is after the artifact.
And her. And she’s probably next on the killer’s list.

The Golden Compass

EDITORIAL REVIEW: “SUPERB . . . WONDER-FILLED.”–The Washington Post Book WorldIt was no ordinary life for a young girl: living among scholars in the hallowed halls of Jordan College and tearing unsupervised through Oxford’s motley streets on mad quests for adventure. But Lyra’s greatest adventure would begin closer to home, the day she heard hushed talk of an extraordinary particle. Microscopic in size, the magical dust–found only in the vast Arctic expanse of the North–was rumored to possess profound properties that could unite whole universes. But there were those who feared the particle and would stop at nothing to destroy it.Catapulted into the heart of a terrible struggle, Lyra was forced to seek aid from witches, gypsies, and formidable armored bears. And as she journeyed into unbelievable danger, she had not the faintest clue that she alone was destined to win, or to lose, this more-than-mortal battle . . .”VERY GRAND INDEED . . . Scene after scene of power and beauty.”–The New York Times”A ROUSING, PAGE-TURNING ADVENTURE that promises to please fantasy readers of all ages.”–Library Journal (starred review)”POWERFUL . . . SPARKLES WITH CHILDLIKE WONDER.”–The Boston Sunday Globe

The Golden Ass

*The Golden Ass* by Apuleius is a unique, entertaining, and thoroughly readable Latin novel – the only work of fiction in Latin to have survived in entirety from antiquity. It tells the story of the hero Lucius, whose curiosity and fascination for sex and magic results in his transformation into an ass. After suffering a series of trials and humiliations, he is ultimately transformed back into human shape by the kindness of the Goddess Isis. Simultaneously a blend of romantic adventure, fable, and religious testament, *The Golden Ass* is one of the truly seminal books of European Literature, of intrinsic interest as a novel in its own right, and one of the earliest examples of the picaresque. It includes as its famous centrepiece the myth of Cupid and Psyche, the search of the human soul for union with the divine, and has been the inspiration for numerous creative works of literature and art since the Renaissance. This new translation is at once faithful to the meaning of the Latin, whilst reproducing all the exuberant gaiety of the original.

Gold: The Once and Future Money

For most of the last three millennia, the world’s commercial centers have used one or another variant of a gold standard. It should be one of the best understood of human institutions, but it’s not. It’s one of the worst understood, by both its advocates and detractors. Though it has been spurned by governments many times, this has never been due to a fault of gold to serve its duty, but because governments had other plans for their currencies beyond maintaining their stability. And so, says Nathan Lewis, there is no reason to believe that the great monetary successes of the past four centuries, and indeed the past four millennia, could not be recreated in the next four centuries. In *Gold, * he makes a forceful, well-documented case for a worldwide return to the gold standard. Governments and central bankers around the world today unanimously agree on the desirability of stable money, ever more so after some monetary disaster has reduced yet another economy to smoking ruins. Lewis shows how gold provides the stability needed to foster greater prosperity and productivity throughout the world. He offers an insightful look at money in all its forms, from the seventh century B.C. to the present day, explaining in straightforward layman’s terms the effects of inflation, deflation, and floating currencies along with their effect on prices, wages, taxes, and debt. He explains how the circulation of money is regulated by central banks and, in the process, demystifies the concepts of supply, demand, and the value of currency. And he illustrates how higher taxes diminish productivity, trade, and the stability of money. Lewis also provides an entertaining history of U.S. money and offers a sobering look at recent currency crises around the world, including the Asian monetary crisis of the late 1990s and the devastating currency devaluations in Russia, China, Mexico, and Yugoslavia.
Lewis’s ultimate conclusion is simple but powerful: gold has been adopted as money because it works. The gold standard produced decades and even centuries of stable money and economic abundance. If history is a guide, it will be done again.
**Nathan Lewis** was formerly the chief international economist of a firm that provided investment research for institutions. He now works for an asset management company based in New York. Lewis has written for the *Financial Times*, *Asian Wall Street* *Journal, Japan Times, Pravda, * and other publications. He has appeared on financial television in the United States, Japan, and the Middle East.

Gold: The Final Science Fiction Collection

Gold: The Final Science Fiction Collection by Isaac Asimov
*Gold* is the final and crowning achievement of the fifty-year career of science fiction’s transcendent genius, the world-famous author who defined the field of science fiction for its practitioners, its millions of readers, and the world at large.
The first section contains stories that range from the humorous to the profound, at the heart of which is the title story, “Gold,” a moving and revealing drama about a writer who gambles everything on a chance at immortality: a gamble Asimov himself made — and won. The second section contains the grand master’s ruminations on the SF genre itself. And the final section is comprised of Asimov’s thoughts on the craft and writing of science fiction.

Going Postal

SUMMARY: Arch-swindler Moist Van Lipwig never believed his confidence crimes were hanging offenses – until he found himself with a noose tightly around his neck, dropping through a trapdoor, and falling into … a government job? By all rights, Moist should have met his maker. Instead, it’s Lord Vetinari, supreme ruler of Ankh-Morpork, who promptly offers him a job as Postmaster. Since his only other option is a nonliving one, Moist accepts the position – and the hulking golem watchdog who comes along with it, just in case Moist was considering abandoning his responsibilities prematurely. Getting the moribund Postal Service up and running again, however, may be a near-impossible task, what with literally mountains of decades-old undelivered mail clogging every nook and cranny of the broken-down post office building; and with only a few creaky old postmen and one rather unstable, pin-obsessed youth available to deliver it. Worse still, Moist could swear the mail is talking to him. Worst of all, it means taking on the gargantuan, money-hungry Grand Trunk clacks communication monopoly and its bloodthirsty piratical head, Mr. Reacher Gilt. But it says on the building neither rain nor snow nor glo m of ni t … Inspiring words (admittedly, some of the bronze letters have been stolen), and for once in his wretched life Moist is going to fight. And if the bold and impossible are what’s called for, he’ll do it – in order to move the mail, continue breathing, get the girl, and specially deliver that invaluable commodity that every human being (not to mention troll, dwarf, and, yes, even golem) requires – hope.

Going Down Hard

Have you ever wondered what would happen if your high school crush finally noticed you? What if it happens 12 years later? I’ve only loved one man in my life. Gavin O’Leary. He made my high school days a nightmare. Not because he loved me. Not because he hated me. But because he had no idea who I was. He was the popular guy with the chiseled abs, dark tan and perfect hair. You know the type. The type that only dated the perfect-ten, cheerleader. I was the loner. The nerd who hated high school and couldn’t wait to say goodbye. And I did-to Freemont High and to Gavin. The last thing I expected was to see him again twelve years later. Yet here he is. Only this time-he notices me. This time-he kisses me. This time saying goodbye to Gavin O’Leary might destroy me. Novella introducing a brand new series. Instant lust that took twelve years to explore. Safe read with an Alpha who knows what he wants and goes after it–HARD

Godspeed

### From Publishers Weekly
Sheffield, known for both rigorous hard science fiction ( Cold as Ice ) and pulpy space opera ( Transcendence ) combines the two in this space adventure with a background of speculative science and the plot and characters of a Flash Gordon serial. On the isolated planet of Erin, young Jay Hara has grown up on dreams of space and legends of the fabled Godspeed drive, which once allowed humans to travel at translight speeds. After meeting Paddy Enderton, a seedy old spacer, Jay is drawn into a chase which carries him off the planet, into the asteroid belt and its tiny worldlets, and finally to the remnants of an ancient space station where the Godspeed drive may still exist. Along the way, Jay is at once awed and terrified of the piratical spacers who crew the ship, particularly the smooth-talking, ruthless captain, Daniel Shaker. Struggling to reconcile his admiration for Shaker with the man’s evident viciousness, Jay eventually comes into his own as a spacer and an adult. With this voyage of development, Sheffield raises his undemanding story above its otherwise rather hackneyed science fiction elements.
Copyright 1993 Reed Business Information, Inc.
### From Library Journal
To the citizens of the planet Erin, the Godspeed Drive is a legendary device from a lost age before the isolation of the Forty Worlds. To teenager Jay Hara, however, it is his one chance to claim his future in deep space–if he can find it. The author of Cold as Ice ( LJ 6/15/92) sets this coming-of-age adventure against the backdrop of a planet struggling in quiet desperation to hold onto the remnants of a dying technology. Despite the high-action content of his plot, Sheffield never slights his characters or his science. A good choice for most sf collections.
Copyright 1993 Reed Business Information, Inc.

The Gods Themselves

The Gods Themselves by Isaac Asimov
In the twenty-second century Earth obtains limitless, free energy from a source science little understands: an exchange between Earth and a parallel universe, using a process devised by the aliens. But even free energy has a price. The transference process itself will eventually lead to the destruction of the Earth’s Sun—and of Earth itself.
Only a few know the terrifying truth—an outcast Earth scientist, a rebellious alien inhabitant of a dying planet, a lunar-born human intuitionist who senses the imminent annihilation of the Sun. They know the truth—but who will listen? They have foreseen the cost of abundant energy—but who will believe? These few beings, human and alien, hold the key to Earth’s survival.

GodPretty in the Tobacco Field

“Beauty and sweetness weave a diaphanous fabric against the stark backdrop of poverty and cruelty.” –Sara Gruen, #1 *New York Times* bestselling author of *Water for Elephants* ******Nameless, Kentucky, in 1969 is a hardscrabble community where jobs are few and poverty is a simple fact–just  like the hot Appalachian breeze or the pests that can wipe out a tobacco field in days. RubyLyn Bishop is luckier than some. Her God-fearing uncle, Gunnar, has a short fuse and high expectations, but he’s given her a good home ever since she was orphaned at the age of five. Yet now, a month shy of her sixteenth birthday, RubyLyn itches for more.
Maybe it’s something to do with the paper fortunetellers RubyLyn has been making for townsfolk, each covered with beautifully wrought, prophetic drawings. Or perhaps it’s because of Rainey Ford, an African-American neighbor who works alongside her in the tobacco field, and with whom she has a kinship, despite her uncle’s worrisome shadow and the town’s disapproval. RubyLyn’s predictions are just wishful thinking, not magic at all, but through them she’s imagining life as it could be, away from the prejudice and hardship that ripple through Nameless.
Atmospheric, poignant, and searingly honest, *GodPretty in the Tobacco Field* follows RubyLyn through the course of one blazing summer, as heartbreaking revelations and life-changing decisions propel her toward a future her fortunetellers never predicted.
***GODPRETTY IN THE TOBACCO FIELD***
* Longlisted for the Pat Conroy Southern Book Prize
“A great piece of work.” – Bill Burton, Host, *Morning Edition, *WFPL(Kentucky NPR affiliate) on GODPRETTY IN THE TOBACCO FIELD by Kim MicheleRichardson
“A voice rich and authentic, steeped in the somber beauty that defines life in the South. Richardson knows this place well, and *GodPretty* sings of that honesty.”–David Joy, author of *Where All Light Tends to Go*
“Richardson’s brilliant writing made me feel as though I were transported back in time to poor parched Nameless, Kentucky, and actually there witnessing this poignant heartfelt story. To be able to do that to a reader is a sign of a truly gifted novelist.”–Charles Belfoure, *New York Times* bestselling author of *The Paris Architect*
“When a tale of days gone by, in a place you’ve never been, feels as vivid as your own memory, you know you’re in the hands of a great writer. Lyrical, wrenching, and riveting, *GodPretty in the Tobacco Field *is a triumph.” –Jamie Mason
“A reader always recognizes when the author has poured her soul into a body of work. *GodPretty in the Tobacco Field * is a tender, beautifully written second novel.” –Ann Hite
**Liar’s Bench**
“This story has southern small-town charm and may appeal to those who like Rebecca Wells or Jennifer Chiaverini.” –*Booklist*
“You’ll hear echoes of *To Kill A Mockingbird *in this haunting coming-of-age story, in which old and more recent tragedies collide. Beautifully written, atmospheric and intricately plotted, Kim Michele Richardson’s debut novel will stay with you long after the last page is turned.” –Susan Wiggs, # 1 *New York Times *bestselling author
“An intricately crafted plot with vivid characters make up Richardson’s debut novel. A wonderful story that will leave its mark on readers’ hearts.” –*RT Book Reviews*
“Readers of Southern fiction won’t be able to turn the pages fast enough as they follow this colorful tale.” –Ellen Marie Wiseman, author of *What She Left Behind*
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“Beauty and sweetness weave a diaphanous fabric against the stark backdrop of poverty and cruelty.” –Sara Gruen, #1 *New York Times* bestselling author of *Water for Elephants* ******Nameless, Kentucky, in 1969 is a hardscrabble community where jobs are few and poverty is a simple fact–just  like the hot Appalachian breeze or the pests that can wipe out a tobacco field in days. RubyLyn Bishop is luckier than some. Her God-fearing uncle, Gunnar, has a short fuse and high expectations, but he’s given her a good home ever since she was orphaned at the age of five. Yet now, a month shy of her sixteenth birthday, RubyLyn itches for more.
Maybe it’s something to do with the paper fortunetellers RubyLyn has been making for townsfolk, each covered with beautifully wrought, prophetic drawings. Or perhaps it’s because of Rainey Ford, an African-American neighbor who works alongside her in the tobacco field, and with whom she has a kinship, despite her uncle’s worrisome shadow and the town’s disapproval. RubyLyn’s predictions are just wishful thinking, not magic at all, but through them she’s imagining life as it could be, away from the prejudice and hardship that ripple through Nameless.
Atmospheric, poignant, and searingly honest, *GodPretty in the Tobacco Field* follows RubyLyn through the course of one blazing summer, as heartbreaking revelations and life-changing decisions propel her toward a future her fortunetellers never predicted.
***GODPRETTY IN THE TOBACCO FIELD***
* Longlisted for the Pat Conroy Southern Book Prize
“A great piece of work.” – Bill Burton, Host, *Morning Edition, *WFPL(Kentucky NPR affiliate) on GODPRETTY IN THE TOBACCO FIELD by Kim MicheleRichardson
“A voice rich and authentic, steeped in the somber beauty that defines life in the South. Richardson knows this place well, and *GodPretty* sings of that honesty.”–David Joy, author of *Where All Light Tends to Go*
“Richardson’s brilliant writing made me feel as though I were transported back in time to poor parched Nameless, Kentucky, and actually there witnessing this poignant heartfelt story. To be able to do that to a reader is a sign of a truly gifted novelist.”–Charles Belfoure, *New York Times* bestselling author of *The Paris Architect*
“When a tale of days gone by, in a place you’ve never been, feels as vivid as your own memory, you know you’re in the hands of a great writer. Lyrical, wrenching, and riveting, *GodPretty in the Tobacco Field *is a triumph.” –Jamie Mason
“A reader always recognizes when the author has poured her soul into a body of work. *GodPretty in the Tobacco Field * is a tender, beautifully written second novel.” –Ann Hite
**Liar’s Bench**
“This story has southern small-town charm and may appeal to those who like Rebecca Wells or Jennifer Chiaverini.” –*Booklist*
“You’ll hear echoes of *To Kill A Mockingbird *in this haunting coming-of-age story, in which old and more recent tragedies collide. Beautifully written, atmospheric and intricately plotted, Kim Michele Richardson’s debut novel will stay with you long after the last page is turned.” –Susan Wiggs, # 1 *New York Times *bestselling author
“An intricately crafted plot with vivid characters make up Richardson’s debut novel. A wonderful story that will leave its mark on readers’ hearts.” –*RT Book Reviews*
“Readers of Southern fiction won’t be able to turn the pages fast enough as they follow this colorful tale.” –Ellen Marie Wiseman, author of *What She Left Behind*
### L’autore
**Kim Michele Richardson** is a volunteer for Habitat for Humanity and an advocate for the prevention of child abuse and domestic violence. She is also the author of the memoir*The Unbreakable Child* and the novel *Liar’s Bench*. Kim Michele resides in the rolling hills of Kentucky with her family and is hard at work on her next novel.

The Godfather

EDITORIAL REVIEW: The Godfather is the Mafia leader Vito Corleone, a benevolent despot who stops at nothing to gain and hold power. Set in Long Island, Hollywood and Sicily, this is a story of a feudal society within society which does not hesitate to consolidate its power.

Goddess

International bestselling author Josephine Angelini concludes her action-packed Starcrossed trilogy with Goddess—a romantically-charged page-turner that Newsday raved was a ”clever reworking of Greek mythology.”
After Helen Hamilton accidentally unleashes the violent gods from their captivity on Olympus, she and her friends must imprison them before their thirst for war—and blood—take over the world. But the gods’ fury already has a body count, and time is running out. With Lucas Delos’s life hanging in the balance, and their once-solid group of friends now divided, Helen must face this battle alone, while also deciding who has her heart—Lucas, or the possible Tyrant, Orion.
With a masterfully-woven plot and epically-high stakes, the compelling twists and turns in Goddess will leave readers completely spellbound.
**Recensie(s)**

Move over, Romeo and Juliet – Josephine Angelini debuts a dizzying tale of action, drama and romance with just the right twist of humour and tragedy. Modern mythology has never been sexier!’ — Kiersten White, author of The New York Timesbestselling Paranormalcy A gorgeous, haunting saga that completely swept me away. I fell for Lucas just as hard as Helen did. OMGods, I can’t wait to read more! — Lauren Kate, author of the bestselling Fallen series.
(source: Bol.com)

God of Thunder

God of Thunder (Rogue Angel Series #7) by Alex Archer
Archaeologist Annja Creed narrowly
escapes an attack by unknown fi gures
when she tries to collect a package
near her loft. She later learns that
the sender—an old colleague named
Fellini—has been brutally murdered.
Fellini had been researching the
Hammer of Thor, the Norse god of
thunder, and had linked it to a Viking
warrior and a twelfth-century Latvian
village. A coded message in Fellini’s
package leads Annja on a wild chase
along the canals of Venice to Latvia
for more clues to an ancient treasure.
Rumored to be hidden deep in the
forests of Latvia for nine hundred
years, this fabled prize is also sought
by a ruthless corps of mercenaries.
And they will do anything to fi nd it.
Including killing Annja Creed.

A God of Gods

Chaos has chosen an ending. After stripping Trotter away from the Noevans, the race of people she’d sworn to protect, Chaos forced her into the mythical role of God of Gods. It is now her job to bring Death to all Creation. But something else is planning to use Trotter’s dominion over Death to alter the ending Chaos chose… The gods of Realm, terrified of Trotter’s new power, are manipulated into making a deal with devils from their ancient past. After thousands of years of imprisonment, however, the Undreams will stop at nothing to exact revenge on the gods and turn the universe back into a nightmare without end. Meanwhile, violence is spreading across the face of Aevum. Temples begin to fall one by one in cities far and wide to inexplicable uprisings. The only perpetrators left behind are nearly catatonic, with mysteriously solid white eyes and repeating the same phrase over and over again: Chaos Dreams, But He Never Sleeps. But even this isn’t as unnerving as when the gods begin appearing on their doorstep, ragged and terrified by what horrors they’ve released.

A God in Ruins

A God in Ruins by Leon Uris
A God in Ruins
Spanning the decades from World War II to the 2008 presidential campaign, *A God in Ruins* is the riveting story of Quinn Patrick O’Connell, an honest, principled, and courageous man on the brink of becoming the second Irish Catholic President of the United States. But Quinn is a man with an explosive secret that can shatter his political amibitions, threaten his life, and tear the country apart–a secret buried for over a half century–that even he does not know…
“As exciting as Exodus, Topaz and Mila 18.” (*Dallas Morning News*)
“Great reading…Uris mixes politics, history, love and people’s passions into yet another bestseller….Compelling.” (*Tulsa World*)
“Vintage Uris.” (*Lancaster (PA) Sunday News*)