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Sleepwalk

From Publishers Weekly

Borrego looks like an ordinary New Mexico town: it borders an Indian reservation, its teenagers are bored and restless, and its only industry is the outdated oil refinery. But someone has a plan to shake up Borrego that involves controlling the minds of the local residents. When Judith Sheffield is asked to return to her sleepy hometown to teach high school math, she discovers that the students’ mandatory flu shots don’t really contain flu vaccine. The teacher joins forces with refinery worker Frank Arnold; his teenage son, Jed, whose mother belonged to the neighboring tribe; and Brown Eagle, the boy’s grandfather, to find out what and who is behind the flu-shot edict and an equally mysterious takeover bid for the oil refinery. There are compelling scenes in which Brown Eagle introduces Jed to Native American mysticism, and the novel’s climax involves a spectacular display of man restoring nature to its rightful place–after having almost destroyed everything in the process. Saul’s ( Creature ) suspenseful tale leaves the reader with no doubt on the question of who wins and who loses in the struggle of good against evil.
Copyright 1990 Reed Business Information, Inc.

Product Description

A peaceful desert town is taken over by a madman with terrifying powers.

Sleepers

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*Sleeper (colloq.): 1. out-of-town hit man who spends the night after a local contract is completed. 2. A juvenile sentenced to serve any period longer than nine months in a state-managed facility.*
This is the story of four young boys. Four lifelong friends.
Intelligent, fun-loving, wise beyond their years, they are inseparable. Their potential is unlimited, but they are content to live within the closed world of New York City’s Hell’s Kitchen. And to play as many pranks as they can on the denizens of the street. They never get caught. And they know they never will.
Until one disastrous summer afternoon.
On that day, what begins as a harmless scheme goes horribly wrong. And the four find themselves facing a year’s imprisonment in the Wilkinson Home for Boys. The oldest of them is fifteen, the youngest twelve. What happens to them over the course of that year — brutal beatings, unimaginable humiliation — will change their lives forever.
Years later, one becomes a lawyer. One a reporter. And two have grown up to be murderers, professional hit men. For all of them, the pain and fear of Wilkinson still rages within. Only one thing can erase it.
Revenge.
To exact it, they will twist the legal system. Commandeer the courtroom for their agenda. Use the wiles they observed on the streets, the violence they learned at Wilkinson.
If they get caught this time, they only have one thing left to lose: their lives.
SLEEPERS is the extraordinary true story of four men who take the law into their own hands. It is a searing portrait of a system gone awry and of the people — some innocent, some not so innocent — who must suffer the consequences. At the heart of SLEEPERS is a sensational murder trial that ultimately gives devastating, yet exhilarating, proof of street justice and truly defines the meaning of loyalty and love between friends. Told with great humor and compassion, even at its most harrowing, SLEEPERS is an unforgettable reading experience.

Slay Ride

Review

“Nobody sets up a mystery better than Dick Francis.”
—_San Francisco Chronicle_

Product Description

A smash hit novel now in trade—from “a rare and magical talent… who never writes the same story twice.”(_San Diego Union-Tribune_)

A New York Times Notable Book

Slay Ride finds British investigator David Cleveland betting on foul play when a champion jockey disappears—right before a big race and the birth of his child…

Slawter

Product Description

Lights. Camera. Slawter! Grubbs Grady and his half-brother Bill-E are thrilled to join their uncle Dervish as onset consultants for the newest movie by cult horror producer David A Haym. Shot in a deserted town renamed Slawter, the demon-themed movie is to be Haym’s masterpiece. But as strange incidents disrupt the set, Grubbs begins to wonder whether more than filming is afoot.

About the Author

Darren Shan says: I always wanted to be a writer – I’ve loved telling stories since I was a child. One day, on a whim, I decided to try a book for children. The result was Cirque Du Freak. Much to my surprise, it took off, and I became a de facto children’s author! Since then I’ve used my ill-gotten gains to buy lots of comic-strip art and travel the world. When I’m not working or traveling, I like watching movies. I’ve even been known to read the odd book or two. Darren is currently at work on his fourth book in The Demonata series.

Skypoint

SUMMARY: The eighth novel in the bestselling Torchwood range from BBC Books. SkyPoint is the latest high-rise addition to the ever-developing Cardiff skyline. It’s the most high-tech, avant-garde apartment block in the city. And it’s where Rhys Williams is hoping to find a new home for himself and Gwen. When Torchwood discover that residents have been going missing from the tower block, one of the team gets her dream assignment. Soon, SkyPoint’s latest newly married tenants are moving in. And Toshiko Sato finally gets to make a home with Owen Harper. Then something comes out of the wall…

Sky of swords

SUMMARY: When the king is killed, Princess Malinda realizes that is up to her to protect the heir to the Kingdom, her baby brother Amby, and that the only ones that can help her are the Blades of the Royal Guards.

Skulduggery Pleasant

(Skulduggery Pleasant #1) EDITORIAL REVIEW: Meet Skulduggery Pleasant Ace Detective Snappy Dresser Razor–tongued Wit Crackerjack Sorcerer and Walking, Talking, Fire-throwing Skeleton —as well as ally, protector, and mentor of Stephanie Edgley, a very unusual and darkly talented twelve-year-old. These two alone must defeat an all-consuming ancient evil. The end of the world? Over his dead body.

Skippy Dies: A Novel

EDITORIAL REVIEW: Why does Skippy, a fourteen-year-old boy at Dublin’s venerable Seabrook College, end up dead on the floor of the local doughnut shop? Could it have something to do with his friend Ruprecht Van Doren, an overweight genius who is determined to open a portal into a parallel universe using ten-dimensional string theory? Could it involve Carl, the teenage drug dealer and borderline psychotic who is Skippy’s rival in love? Or could “the Automator”—the ruthless, smooth-talking headmaster intent on modernizing the school—have something to hide? Why Skippy dies and what happens next is the subject of this dazzling and uproarious novel, unraveling a mystery that links the boys of Seabrook College to their parents and teachers in ways nobody could have imagined. With a cast of characters that ranges from hip-hop-loving fourteen-year-old Eoin “MC Sexecutioner” Flynn to basketballplaying midget Philip Kilfether, packed with questions and answers on everything from Ritalin, to M-theory, to bungee jumping, to the hidden meaning of the poetry of Robert Frost, *Skippy Dies *is a heartfelt, hilarious portrait of the pain, joy, and occasional beauty of adolescence, and a tragic depiction of a world always happy to sacrifice its weakest members. As the twenty-first century enters its teenage years, this is a breathtaking novel from a young writer who will come to define his generation.

Skeptics and true believers: the exhilarating connection between science and religion

SUMMARY: Years ago, noted science teacher and writer Chet Raymo embarked upon his own quest to reconcile the miracle stories he learned as a child with the science he learned as an adult.Skeptics and True Believersis the culmination of that searcha passionate, ever-inquisitive statement that science and religion can mutually reinforce the way we experience the world. Acknowledging that the scientific and the spiritual communities are increasingly split, Raymo builds strong bridges between them. He illustrates his argument with an array of thought-provoking stories, such as the remarkable migratory flight of a small bird called the red knot; the long, glorious glide of the Comet Hyakutake across the night sky; a hilarious alien abduction that didn’t happen. Together, they are compelling evidence that religion should embrace the reliable knowledge of the world that science provides, while at the same time science should respect and nourish humankind’s need for spiritual sustenance. “Miracles are explainable,” Raymo paraphrases the writer Tim Robinson, “it is the explanations that are miraculous.” For anyone drawn to reflect on life’s meaning and purpose, Chet Raymo’s uncompromising skepticism and reverence for mystery will affirm and inspire. Chet Raymois the author ofThe Dork of Cork,Honey from Stone, andThe Soul of the Night. He is a professor of physics and astronomy at Stonehill College in Massachusetts. Years ago, noted science teacher and writer Chet Raymo embarked upon his own quest to reconcile the miracle stories he learned as a child with the science he learned as an adult.Skeptics and True Believersis the culmination of that searcha passionate, ever-inquisitive statement that science and religion can mutually reinforce the way we experience the world. Acknowledging that the scientific and the spiritual communities are increasingly split, Raymo builds strong bridges between them. He illustrates his argument with an array of thought-provoking stories, such as the remarkable migratory flight of a small bird called the red knot; the long, glorious glide of the Comet Hyakutake across the night sky; a hilarious alien abduction that didn’t happen. Together, they are compelling evidence that religion should embrace the reliable knowledge of the world that science provides, while at the same time science should respect and nourish humankind’s need for spiritual sustenance. “Miracles are explainable,” Raymo paraphrases the writer Tim Robinson, “it is the explanations that are miraculous.” For anyone drawn to reflect on life’s meaning and purpose, Chet Raymo’s uncompromising skepticism and reverence for mystery will affirm and inspire. “These confessions of a wise religious humanist who also loves, practices, understands, and lives by the ideals and findings of science show us how to heal the false and unnecessary rifts in our intellectual cultures, and to bridge the gap between knowledge and morality.”Stephen Jay Gould “His book is engaging, entertaining, and illuminating, filled with intelligence, humor, and refreshing humility.”Boston Globe “Declaring himself a ‘Skeptic who believes that words like God, soul, sacred, spirituality, sacrament, and grace can retain currency in an age of science,’ noted science writer Raymo argues for a reconciliation between science and religion.Library Journal “Responding in part to the rise of millennial-driven New Age spirituality, Raymo (Honey from Stone: A Naturalist’s Search for God) writes along the tender edges of mystery that bind off objective science from religious faith. Using a light journalistic style, Raymo seeks to find some common ground upon which to construct mutual appre

Six Moon Dance

Amazon.com Review

In Six Moon Dance, veteran fantasy and science fiction writer Sheri S. Tepper tells the tale of the strange planet Newholme. An intriguing human society occupies the metal-poor planet, a society with gender values quite different from Earth, resulting from a virus that kills 50 percent of baby girls at birth. Newholmians use the best and the worst of dogma, religion, and “patriarchy” to uphold a society where men manage the money but women hold the keys to power through church, reproductive control, and their own short supply. “Family men” pay exorbitant dowries in order to gain a temporary wife, contracted for wifely duties and reproduction for a number of years. When their marriage contracts are finished, the women, relieved of duty, retire to enjoy the sexual services of male “Consorts.”

The plot here involves an official Questioner who visits Newholme to investigate reports of human rights abuses, the strange native inhabitants whose biology may hold the key to human survival on the planet, and a disastrous lunar alignment. Although quite creative, Tepper’s plot is simply not as gripping as the sociology and society she invents for Newholme. She uses her feminist instincts and knowledge about the sexes and religion to create a world worth taking a look at. James Tiptree, Jr. Memorial Award judges should be sure to take a look at Six Moon Dance for its unique take on gender roles. –Bonnie Bouman

From Publishers Weekly

Ambitiously choreographed and executed without a misstep, Tepper’s complex new novel follows her acclaimed The Family Tree into a profound ecological and sociological commentary on human individuality. Originally settled by now-vanished immigrants from the testosterone-rich planet of Thor, the matriarchal world of Newholme faces imminent volcanic destruction. To determine whether Newholme’s ruling Hags and their society deserve to be saved, the galactic Council of Worlds dispatches a cybernetic super-grandma, the Great Questioner, who collects a brilliantly conceived multispecies team to probe mysteries deep in Newholme’s past. Tepper courageously tackles touchy issues like gender dominance with grace and wit. Through handsome charmer Mouche, sold by his parents into Hunk toy-boy training, Tepper unveils the Hag-ridden female will-to-power, just as threatening to individual freedom as that of the horrid male supremacist-schemers she depicts. Tepper deftly conjoins a superb awareness of otherness with penetrating insight into selfhood in this shining, bravura performance. (July) FYI: Tepper’s Beauty (1991) was voted Best Fantasy Novel of the Year by readers of Locus magazine.
Copyright 1998 Reed Business Information, Inc.

Sisters

Sisters by Danielle Steel
Four sisters, a Manhattan brownstone, and a tumultuous year of loss and courage are at the heart of Danielle Steel’s new novel about a remarkable family, a stunning tragedy — and what happens when four very different young women come together under one very lively roof.
Candy (it’s the only name she needs ) is blazing her way through Paris, New York, and Tokyo as fashion’s latest international supermodel. . . .
Her sister Tammy has a job producing the most successful hit show on TV, and a home she loves in L.A.’s Hollywood Hills. . . . In New York, oldest sister Sabrina is an ambitious young lawyer, while Annie is an American artist in Florence, living for her art. . . . On one Fourth of July weekend, as they do every year, the four sisters come home to Connecticut for their family’s annual gathering. But before the holiday is over, tragedy strikes and their world is utterly changed.
Suddenly, four sisters who have been fervently pursuing success and their own lives — on opposite sides of the world — reunite to share one New York brownstone, to support each other and their father, and to pick up the pieces while one sister struggles to heal her shattered body and soul. Thus begins an unscripted chapter of their lives, as a bustling house is soon filled with eccentric dogs, laughter, tears, friends, men . . . and the kind of honesty and unconditional love only sisters can provide. But as the four women settle in, they are forced to confront the direction of their respective lives. As the year passes and another July Fourth approaches, a season of grief and change gives way to new beginnings — as a family comes together to share its blessings and a future filled with surprises and, ultimately, hope.
With unerring insight and compassion, Danielle Steel tells a compelling story of four sisters who love and laugh, struggle and triumph . . . and are irrevocably woven into the fabric of each other’s lives. Brilliantly blending humor and heartbreak, she delivers a powerful message about the fragility — and the wonder — of life.

Sister of the Dead

SUMMARY: The Noble Dead saga continues as Magiere and Leesil, the slayers of the undead for DHAMPIR and THIEF OF LIVES, embark on a quest to uncover the secrets of their mysterious origins – and those responsible for orchestrating the events that brought them together…. Magiere is a dhampir – half human, half vampire – sired for the purpose of slaying the undead. Outside the village of Chemestúk, where she was born and raised, stands her father’s keep. Within its walls, she hopes to discover the secrets of her past and figure out why a vampire would wish to breed a creature capable of slaughtering his own kind…. But there are those who don’t want Magiere to learn the truth—and when her half-elf partner, Leesil, makes a startling discovery in the keep, he can understand why. Before Leesil can reveal the truth to Magiere, they must vanquish a creature of unimaginable and unlimited power who has damned a small village of people with a horrifying curse…

Sister Carrie

A landmark in American literature, presented in its complete and unexpurgated version. Dreiser’s unsparing story of a country girl’s rise to riches as the mistress of a wealthy man marked the beginning of the naturalist movement in America…

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Siren Call

[Siren Everlasting Classic ManLove: Erotic Alternative Fantasy Romance, M/M, gods, HEA] In a world where gods and men live and work side by side, Rorik, son of Loki, is a man without equal. A very successful trader, he sails the globe with his crew seeking profit and adventure. However, this time he may have bitten off more than he can chew. Capturing a male siren mightve seemed fun at first but having him may prove dangerous to Rorik keeping his heart. Terren never expected to find freedom in the arms of a barbarian. Promised to a man hes never met, he yearns for escape. When Rorik comes ashore, he thinks perhaps his luck has turned for the better. A life with the barbarian promises adventure and freedom within the year if he serves on Roriks crew. However, other gods will go to any lengths to get him back where he belongs. Can they find the strength to forge their own destiny or will the pressure separate them before they have a chance? ** A Siren Erotic Romance
(source: Bol.com)

The Sinatra files: the secret FBI dossier

EDITORIAL REVIEW: An American Icon Under Government SurveillanceWhen Frank Sinatra died in 1998, he was one of the most chronicled celebrities ever, but the most unusual record of his life came to light only posthumously: a 1,275-page dossier recording decades of FBI surveillance stemming from J. Edgar Hoover’s belief that Sinatra had mob or Communist ties. This shadow biography, with information never before presented in book form, details:Hoover’s search through Sinatra’s past to see if he got a bogus medical deferment from military service, ultimately yielding the simple fact that Sinatra really had suffered a perforated eardrum as a youthThe FBI’s previously unreported cooperation with journalists looking for dirt on Sinatra, including one who had recently been punched out by the singerNumerous instances of the star’s carousing and intemperate behavior — including a detailed report alleging that he rampaged through a Las Vegas hotel after he and his wife Mia Farrow lost small fortunes gamblingThe mob’s attempts to curry favor with John F. Kennedy through Sinatra — and its anger when Attorney General Robert F. Kennedy turned up the heat.This fascinating record of governmental scrutiny will captivate every Sinatra fan, as well as anyone who wants to understand the second half of the American century — the Cold War, popular culture, the cult of celebrity, Camelot, and the FBI’s mania for investigating American citizens — all personified by the most dominant entertainer of the era.

The Simulacra

On a ravaged Earth, fate and circumstances bring together a disparate group of characters, including a fascist with dreams of a coup, a composer who plays his instrument with his mind, a First Lady who calls all the shots, and the world s last practicing therapist. And they all must contend with an underclass that is beginning to ask a few too many questions, aided by a man called Loony Luke and his very persuasive pet alien.In classic Philip K. Dick fashion, “The Simulacra” combines time travel, psychotherapy, telekinesis, androids, and Neanderthal-like mutants to create a rousing, mind-bending story where there are conspiracies within conspiracies and nothing is ever what it seems. Over a career that spanned three decades, Philip K. Dick (1928 1982) wrote 121 short stories and 45 novels, establishing himself as one of the most visionary authors of the twentieth century. His work is included in the Library of America and has been translated into more than twenty-five languages. Eleven works have been adapted to film, including “Blade Runner” (based on “Do Androids Dream of Electric Sheep?”), “Total Recall,” “Minority Report,” and “A Scanner Darkly.” ”