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All Around the Moon

A few years ago the world was suddenly astounded by hearing of an experiment of a most novel and daring nature, altogether unprecedented in the annals of science. The BALTIMORE GUN CLUB, a society of artillerymen started in America during the great Civil War, had conceived the idea of nothing less than establishing direct communication with the Moon by means of a projectile! President Barbican, the originator of the enterprise, was strongly encouraged in its feasibility by the astronomers of Cambridge Observatory, and took upon himself to provide all the means necessary to secure its success. Having realized by means of a public subscription the sum of nearly five and a half millions of dollars, he immediately set himself to work at the necessary gigantic labors. In accordance with the Cambridge men’s note, the cannon intended to discharge the projectile was to be planted in some country not further than 28° north or south from the equator, so that it might be aimed vertically at the Moon in the zenith. The bullet was to be animated with an initial velocity of 12,000 yards to the second. It was to be fired off on the night of December 1st, at thirteen minutes and twenty seconds before eleven o’clock, precisely. Four days afterwards it was to hit the Moon, at the very moment that she reached her perigee, that is to say, her nearest point to the Earth, about 228,000 miles distant. The leading members of the Club, namely President Barbican, Secretary Marston, Major Elphinstone and General Morgan, forming the executive committee, held several meetings to discuss the shape and material of the bullet, the nature and position of the cannon, and the quantity and quality of the powder.

Alien Sex Cove

WARNING: Adult, 18+ ONLY!
No sooner than her return to the gray’s ship, Sidney materializes on a planet. A trio of new species has contracted her for sex and breeding. As events unfold, Sidney finds she may be at an advantage when the gray’s ship is attacked.
Will Sidney die or will she escape to finally find peace? Find out in the final installment of the Sex Slave Series!

Alien Love Slave

*This book is NOT for the squeamish*
WARNING: Adult 18+
*This book is not intended, and should not be viewed by anyone below the age of 18*
Sidney Marshall is abducted from her front lawn by aliens. After being subjected to an in-depth physical examination, she is horrified to learn she is now considered property to be loaned out for sex and breeding to any species who can pay. On the upside, her abductors have two requirements in their sex contract with other species: Sidney must experience pleasure & must be kept alive.
Will her life be hell or will she discover that life as a sex slave isn’t so terrible after all?
15,400 word count

The Alice Network: A Novel

NEW YORK TIMES & USA TODAY BESTSELLER#1 GLOBE AND MAIL HISTORICAL FICTION BESTSELLEROne of NPR’s Best Books of 2017!One of Bookbub’s Biggest Historical Fiction Books of 2017!Reese Witherspoon Book Club Summer Reading Pick!The 2017 Girly Book Club Book of the Year!A Summer Book Pick from Good Housekeeping, Parade, Library Journal, Goodreads, Liz and Lisa, and BookBub In an enthralling new historical novel from national bestselling author Kate Quinn, two women—a female spy recruited to the real-life Alice Network in France during World War I and an unconventional American socialite searching for her cousin in 1947—are brought together in a mesmerizing story of courage and redemption. 1947. In the chaotic aftermath of World War II, American college girl Charlie St. Clair is pregnant, unmarried, and on the verge of being thrown out of her very proper family. She’s also nursing a desperate hope that her beloved cousin Rose, who disappeared in Nazi-occupied France during the war, might still be alive. So when Charlie’s parents banish her to Europe to have her “little problem” taken care of, Charlie breaks free and heads to London, determined to find out what happened to the cousin she loves like a sister.1915. A year into the Great War, Eve Gardiner burns to join the fight against the Germans and unexpectedly gets her chance when she’s recruited to work as a spy. Sent into enemy-occupied France, she’s trained by the mesmerizing Lili, the “Queen of Spies”, who manages a vast network of secret agents right under the enemy’s nose. Thirty years later, haunted by the betrayal that ultimately tore apart the Alice Network, Eve spends her days drunk and secluded in her crumbling London house. Until a young American barges in uttering a name Eve hasn’t heard in decades, and launches them both on a mission to find the truth…no matter where it leads.“Both funny and heartbreaking, this epic journey of two courageous women is an unforgettable tale of little-known wartime glory and sacrifice. Quinn knocks it out of the park with this spectacular book!”—Stephanie Dray, New York Times bestselling author of America’s First Daughter

Alice in Zombieland

“They were indeed a queer-looking party that assembled on the bank-the birds with draggled feathers, the animals with their fur clinging close to them, and all dripping wet, cross, and uncomfortable. All of them were covered in Alice’s now cold and congealed blood, which made them even tastier looking to poor hungry Alice.”
When little Alice follows the Black Rat down into the gaping darkness of an open grave, she falls and falls. And soon finds herself in an undead nightmare of rotting flesh and insanity. Venturing further into this land of zombies and monsters, she encounters characters both creepy and madcap along the way. But there’s something else troubling poor Alice: her skin is rotting and her hair is falling out. She’s cold. And she has the haunting feeling that if she remains in Zombieland any longer, she might never leave.
Can Alice escape Zombieland before the Dead Red Queen catches up to her?
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Alice in Wonderland

With an Introduction and Notes by Michael Irwin, Professor of English Literature, University of Kent at Canterbury This selection of Carroll’s works includes Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland and its sequel, Through the Looking-Glass, both containing the famous illustrations by Sir John Tenniel. No greater books for children have ever been written. The simple language, dreamlike atmosphere, and fantastical characters are as appealing to young readers today as ever they were. Meanwhile, however, these apparently simple stories have become recognised as adult masterpieces, and extraordinary experiments, years ahead of their time, in Modernism and Surrealism. Through wordplay, parody and logical and philosophical puzzles, Carroll engenders a variety of sub-texts, teasing, ominous or melancholy. For all the surface playfulness there is meaning everywhere. The author reveals himself in glimpses.

The Algebraist

**A superb standalone novel from the awesome imagination of Iain M. Banks, a master of modern science fiction. **
It is 4034 AD. Humanity has made it to the stars. Fassin Taak, a Slow Seer at the Court of the Nasqueron Dwellers, will be fortunate if he makes it to the end of the year.
The Nasqueron Dwellers inhabit a gas giant on the outskirts of the galaxy, in a system awaiting its wormhole connection to the rest of civilisation. In the meantime, they are dismissed as decadents living in a state of highly developed barbarism, hoarding data without order, hunting their own young and fighting pointless formal wars.
Seconded to a military-religious order he’s barely heard of – part of the baroque hierarchy of the Mercatoria, the latest galactic hegemony – Fassin Taak has to travel again amongst the Dwellers. He is in search of a secret hidden for half a billion years. But with each day that passes a war draws closer – a war that threatens to overwhelm everything and everyone he’s ever known.
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**As complex, turbulent and spectacular as the gas giant on which it is set, this novel from Iain M. Banks is space opera on a truly epic scale.**
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****Praise for Iain M. Banks:
**’Epic in scope, ambitious in its ideas and absorbing in its execution’ ***Independent on Sunday*****
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**’Banks has created one of the most enduring and endearing visions of the future’ ***Guardian*****
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**’Jam-packed with extraordinary invention’ ***Scotsman*****
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**’Compulsive reading’ ***Sunday Telegraph *
The Culture series:
*Consider Phlebas*
*The Player of Games*
*Use of Weapons*
*The State of the Art*
*Look to Windward*
*Surface Detail*
*The Hydrogen Sonata*
Other books by Iain M. Banks**:**
*****Against a Dark Background*
*Feersum Endjinn*
*The Algebraist*
### Recensione
There is now no British SF writer to whose work I look forward with greater keenness (*The TIMES*)
Confirms Banks as the standard by which the rest of SF is judged (*The GUARDIAN*)
Explosive (*Sunday TIMES*)
Gripping, touching and funny (*T.L.S.*)
### Descrizione del libro
An explosive new SF novel from the UK’s bestselling writer in the genre.

Alex Cross’s Trial

**Written in the fearless voice of Detective Alex Cross, *Alex Cross’s Trial* is a #1 *New York Times *bestseller of murder, love, and above all, bravery.
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**From his grandmother, Alex Cross has heard the story of his great uncle Abraham and his struggles for survival in the era of the Ku Klux Klan. Now, Alex passes the family tale along to his own children in a novel he’s written-a novel called *Trial.*
As a lawyer in turn-of-the-century Washington D.C., Ben Corbett represents the toughest cases. Fighting against oppression and racism, he risks his family and his life in the process. When President Roosevelt asks Ben to return to his home town to investigate rumors of the resurgence of the Ku Klux Klan there, he cannot refuse.
When he arrives in Eudora, Mississippi, Ben meets the wise Abraham Cross and his beautiful granddaughter, Moody. Ben enlists their help, and the two Crosses introduce him to the hidden side of the idyllic Southern town. Lynchings have become commonplace and residents of the town’s black quarter live in constant fear. Ben aims to break the reign of terror-but the truth of who is really behind it could break his heart. Written in the fearless voice of Detective Alex Cross, *Alex Cross’s Trial* is a gripping story of courage in the face of prejudice and terror.

The Alchemyst

**Nicholas Flamel appeared in J.K. Rowling’s *Harry Potter*—but did you know he really lived? And he might still be alive today!*** ***Discover the truth in Michael Scott’s *New York Times* bestselling series the Secrets of the Immortal Nicholas Flamel with *The Alchemyst*, book one.**

The truth: Nicholas Flamel was born in Paris on September 28, 1330.

The legend: Nicholas Flamel discovered the secret of eternal life.

   The records show that he died in 1418.
   But his tomb is empty.
   Nicholas Flamel lives. But only because he has been making the elixir of life for centuries.
    The secret of eternal life is hidden within the book he protects—the Book of Abraham the Mage. It’s the most powerful book that has ever existed. In the wrong hands, it will destroy the world. That’s exactly what Dr. John Dee plans to do when he steals it.    Humankind won’t know what’s happening until it’s too late. And if the prophecy is right, Sophie and Josh Newman are the only ones with the power to save the world as we know it.
    Sometimes legends are true. And Sophie and Josh Newman are about to find themselves in the middle of the greatest legend of all time.

“**[A] A riveting fantasy**…While there is plenty here to send readers rushing to their encyclopedias…those who read the book at face value will simply be caught up in the enthralling story. **A fabulous read.**”—*SLJ*, Starred

** Read the whole series!**
*The Alchemyst*
*The Magician*
*The Sorceress*
*The Necromancer*
*The Warlock*
*The Enchantress*

The Alchemy of Things

If you have read The House that Pinterest Built, Smart Spaces, Iconic Australian Houses, or Elements of Style, you’re going to love Karen McCartney’s new book The Alchemy of Things.

Karen McCartney’s eighteen most fascinating homes in the world: The Alchemy of Things invites you into the homes and minds of eighteen fascinating UK, Australian, US and European creatives selected by esteemed interior design editor and author, Karen McCartney. These artists, interior designers, architects, collectors, gallerists, stylists, furniture designers and vintage retailers take you on an eccentric, whimsical, curated and clever tour of their interior design and home decor, and the philosophies behind their creations.

An esteemed interior design editor and author: Author Karen McCartney is best known for her work in the world of interiors, architecture and design across print and digital media. She edited Marie Claire Lifestyle and was the founding editor of Inside Out magazine before becoming Editorial Director (Lifestyle) at News Corp Australia. Karen is the author of eight architecture and interior design books including the bestselling 50/60/70 Iconic Australian Houses, 70/80/90 Iconic Australian Houses and more recently, Perfect Imperfect: The beauty of accident, age & patina. According to Karen, the idea for The Alchemy of Things arose out of her previous book, Perfect Imperfect, where some of the content revolved around remarkable people with quite extreme interiors – people such as Martyn Thompson in New York and Nectar Efkarpidis in Canberra.

Enjoy the visual splendour of The Alchemy of Things:

•Tap into architectural energy that defies trend
•Visit remarkable homes that have never been seen before
•Change your perspective and think out of the interior design box

(source: Bol.com)

The Alchemy of Blood

Mathieu Galmier, formerly of the Pasteur Institute, has to leave Paris under a cloud when one of his pioneering experiments in hematology goes awry. He is given refuge – of sorts – in London by Sir Juliam Templeforth. Unfortunately, the rewards both men hope to reap from continuing the experiments are slow to materialize. The research hits snags, and its human costs are beginning to weigh on Mathieu’s conscience.
Complicating matters further, some of Sir Julian’s unruly Irish tenants have come to London to demand satisfaction, and Mathieu’s presence has been detected by Philippe and Myrtille de Valcoeur, who have an intense interest in his research – seemingly more mystical than scientific.
When complications lead to catastrophe, Mathieu has to flee. But his past proves exceedingly difficult to escape . . .

Alcatraz Versus the Evil Librarians

SUMMARY: A hero with an incredible talent…for breaking things. A life-or-death mission…to rescue a bag of sand. A fearsome threat from a powerful secret network…the evil Librarians. Alcatraz Smedry doesn’t seem destined for anything but disaster. On his 13th birthday he receives a bag of sand, which is quickly stolen by the cult of evil Librarians plotting to take over the world. The sand will give the Librarians the edge they need to achieve world domination. Alcatraz must stop them!…by infiltrating the local library, armed with nothing but eyeglasses and a talent for klutziness.

Albion: The Origins of the English Imagination

Highly original and magnificent in scope, Albion: The Origins of the English Imagination discovers the roots of English cultural history in the Anglo-Saxon period, and traces it through the centuries.
What does it mean to be English? This dazzling book demonstrates that a quintessentially English quality can be discovered in all forms of English culture, not only in literature but also in painting, music, architecture, philosophy and science.
Just as London: The Biography guided the reader through the capital city with a mixture of narrative and theme, so Albion, employing the same techniques, engages the reader with stories and surprises – From Beowulf to King Arthur and the Knights of the Round Table, via Chaucer and Shakespeare, to the Bronte sisters, Alice through the Looking Glass and Lord of the Rings
Witty, provocative and anecdotal, this is Peter Ackroyd at his most brilliant and exuberant.
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Alassa’s Tale

The kingdom of Zangaria teeters on the edge of civil war. The nobles are plotting another coup, the merchants are demanding political representation and the peasants are on the verge of outright revolt. It will not be long before all hell breaks loose. And Princess Alassa, one of Emily’s closest friends, is at the center of the storm. Book 14.5 in the Schooled in Magic series.

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Akiri: Dragonbane

Through death comes power…Forbidden law promises that the soul can be harnessed, the magic of life captured in those final seconds, and used to give strength, power, and life everlasting. For the one who commands the soul of the dead, commands death itself. – Yarrow the Great -The bonds of the Dul’Buhar are eternal…The land is in the grip of a brutal winter when a desperate cry for help from one of his former sword brothers draws Akiri and Kyra up into the mountains beyond Erdogan Pass. But they are too late. Met on the way by his friend’s son, they arrive to find the village ablaze and his sword brother, Cammeric, his wife and daughter slain, leaving the boy an orphan. The fell beast that murdered his family is no mere man–it is the rotten husk of a warrior brought back from the grave and will stop at nothing to fulfill its master’s bidding. Sworn to protect the boy and avenge his friend, Akiri finds himself hunted across the mountains by the dead. But for each he slays another rises.Now, he must turn his back on this world and all he holds dear and venture into the kingdom of the dead if he is to put an end to the menace posed by a legendary evil. It’s dark magic hungers for one thing: The Soul of the First Dragon. And should he find it, the rise of the Necromancer will herald an eternal reign of death and darkness.


SUMMARY: 8 cassettes / 11 hoursRead by Frances CassidyUnabridged “Airframe” is also available abridged on CD, and abridged on cassette Three passengers are dead. Fifty-six are injured. The interior cabin virtually destroyed. But the pilot manages to land the plane. . . . At a moment when the issue of safety and death in the skies is paramount in the public mind, a lethal midair disaster aboard a commercial twin-jet airliner bound from Hong Kong to Denver triggers a pressured and frantic investigation. Airframe is nonstop listening: the extraordinary mixture of super suspense and authentic information on a subject of compelling interest that has been a Crichton landmark since “The Andromeda Strain,”