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Solar

SUMMARY: The literary event of the summer: a new novel from Ian McEwan, as surprising as it is masterful. Michael Beard is a Nobel prize–winning physicist whose best work is behind him. Trading on his reputation, he speaks for enormous fees, lends his name to the letterheads of renowned scientific institutions, and half-heartedly heads a government-backed initiative tackling global warming. While he coasts along in his professional life, Michael’s personal life is another matter entirely. His fifth marriage is crumbling under the weight of his infidelities. But this time the tables are turned: His wife is having an affair, and Michael realizes he is still in love with her. When Michael’s personal and professional lives begin to intersect in unexpected ways, an opportunity presents itself in the guise of an invitation to travel to New Mexico. Here is a chance for him to extricate himself from his marital problems, reinvigorate his career, and very possibly save the world from environmental disaster. Can a man who has made a mess of his life clean up the messes of humanity? A complex novel that brilliantly traces the arc of one man’s ambitions and self-deceptions, Solar is a startling, witty, and stylish new work from one of the world’s great writers. SUMMARY: The literary event of the summer: a new novel from Ian McEwan, as surprising as it is masterful. Michael Beard is a Nobel prize–winning physicist whose best work is behind him. Trading on his reputation, he speaks for enormous fees, lends his name to the letterheads of renowned scientific institutions, and half-heartedly heads a government-backed initiative tackling global warming. While he coasts along in his professional life, Michael’s personal life is another matter entirely. His fifth marriage is crumbling under the weight of his infidelities. But this time the tables are turned: His wife is having an affair, and Michael realizes he is still in love with her. When Michael’s personal and professional lives begin to intersect in unexpected ways, an opportunity presents itself in the guise of an invitation to travel to New Mexico. Here is a chance for him to extricate himself from his marital problems, reinvigorate his career, and very possibly save the world from environmental disaster. Can a man who has made a mess of his life clean up the messes of humanity? A complex novel that brilliantly traces the arc of one man’s ambitions and self-deceptions, Solar is a startling, witty, and stylish new work from one of the world’s great writers.

Snow Melts in Spring

SUMMARY: Loving her veterinarian job and harboring affection for a gruff rancher who has become a father figure to her, Mattie Evans faces a painful dilemma when the rancher’s estranged son, Gil, plans to sell the ranch and move his father to California, a situation that is further complicated by difficult family secrets. Reprint.

Snow Flower and the Secret Fan

Lily is the daughter of a humble farmer, and to her family she is just
another expensive mouth to feed. Then the local matchmaker delivers
startling news: if Lily’s feet are bound properly, they will be
flawless. In nineteenth-century China, where a woman’s eligibility is
judged by the shape and size of her feet, this is extraordinary good
luck. Lily now has the power to make a good marriage and change the
fortunes of her family. To prepare for her new life, she must undergo
the agonies of footbinding, learn *nu shu*, the famed secret
women’s writing, and make a very special friend, Snow Flower. But a
bitter reversal of fortune is about to change everything.
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### Recensione
Advance praise for Snow Flower and the Secret Fan
“Lisa See has written her best book yet. Snow Flower and the Secret Fan is achingly beautiful, a marvel of imagination of a real and secret world that has only recently disappeared. It is a story so mesmerizing the pages float away and the story remains clearly before us from beginning to end.”
–**Amy Tan**, author of *The Joy Luck Club* and* The Opposite of Fate: A Book of Musings*
“I was mesmerized by this wondrous book–the story of a secret civilization of women, who actually lived in China not long ago. . . . Magical, haunting fiction. Beautiful.”
–**Maxine Hong Kingston**, author of *The Fifth Book of Peace*
“Only the best novelists can do what Lisa See has done, to bring to life not only a character but an entire culture, and a sensibility so strikingly different from our own. This is an engrossing and completely convincing portrayal of a woman shaped by suffering forced upon her from her earliest years, and of the friendship that helps her to survive.”
–**Arthur Golden**, author of *Memoirs of a Geisha*
*From the Hardcover edition.*
### Descrizione del libro
In the vein of *Memoirs of a Geisha *and *Empress Orchid*, this mesmerizing novel about two young girls growing up in feudal China is now a major motion picture

Snow

When her prince comes, her dream could turn into a nightmare.
An Enchanted story.
It’s not that Anais hates her new stepdaughter. She simply has bigger things on her mind, like birthing a son for the aging king. Temptation beckons in the mirror eyes of the king’s huntsman, leading her down a path of dark desires until, by the time she realizes Rui’s true nature, it is too late. Her heart is ensnared, and she will do anything to keep him in her arms. Especially when his roving eyes land on the princess…and Anais’s indifference turns to hate.
Upon her father’s death, the painfully shy Snow White quickly learns she can rely on no one—least of all the stepmother she once hoped would become a friend. Surrounded by undercurrents of treachery she cannot hope to understand, she turns to her seven dwarven guards for guidance. Freed of their magical bindings, these small yet perfectly formed, handsome men vow to open her innocent eyes to the dangers of court politics…and the ways of men.
Yet lust is a cruel master, and Snow White’s girlish longing for purest love could blind her to the destruction that waits to take a bite out of her dreams…Warning: Contains explicit sex scenes between a queen and her lover, the lover and his male lover, and—yes—proof that size doesn’t matter when it comes to true lust, er, love.
(source: Bol.com)

Snapped

SUMMARY: Sara B. is losing her cool.Not just in the momentary-meltdown kind of way—though there’s that, too. At the helm of must-read Snap magazine, veteran style guru Sara B. has had the job—and joy—for the past fifteen years of eviscerating the city’s fashion victims in her legendary DOs and DON’Ts photo spread.But now on the unhip edge of forty, with ambitious hipster kids reinventing the style world, Sara’s being spit out like an old Polaroid picture: blurry, undeveloped and obsolete.Fueled by alcohol, nicotine and self-loathing, Sara launches into a cringeworthy but often comic series of blowups—personal, professional and private—that culminate in an epiphany. That she, the arbiter of taste, has made her living by cutting people down…and somehow she’s got to make amends.

Snake Agent: A Detective Inspector Chen Novel

### From Publishers Weekly
The shade of Charlie Chan hovers over Williams’s entertaining supernatural mystery, the first in a new series starring Det. Insp. Wei Chen of Singapore Three’s 13th precinct. In a near future that allows travel between Heaven and Hell and Earth, “snake agent” Chen finds himself in hot pursuit of ghost-girl Pearl Tang and the father who murdered her to protect his business of “supplying the souls of the virtuous to Hell.” Chen is not only a crack paranormal crime investigator but also a licensed feng shui practitioner never without his compass. While the plot might have benefited from a few more action scenes and some martial arts, Williams (_The Banquet of the Lords of the Night_) provides a sleuthing feast for those with a taste for the exotic Orient.
Copyright © Reed Business Information, a division of Reed Elsevier Inc. All rights reserved.
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In late twenty-first-century Singapore, detective inspector Wei Chen is a snake agent, a detective whose beat reaches to the fringes of Heaven and Hell. Married to a demon wife and surrounded by wary colleagues, he is nevertheless bored with investigating routine exorcism scams and bogus feng shui licenses. Then the newly deceased ghost of a wealthy industrialist’s daughter fails to make her appointed arrival in Heaven. When it quickly becomes obvious that the industrialist himself is implicated in a netherworldly soul-trafficking scheme and is responsible for his daughter’s death, Chen has to work with an unlikely sidekick, Zhu Irzh, one of Hell’s own vice detectives and a demon cursed with a conscience. Twice nominated for Philip K. Dick awards, Williams should easily qualify for another with this original and stirring blend of futuristic technology and chilling excursions into postmortem landscapes. This first odd-couple pairing of mortal Chen and immortal Zhu Irzh opens a prospective series. *Carl Hays*
*Copyright © American Library Association. All rights reserved*

Smoke and Mirrors: Short Fictions and Illusions

SUMMARY: In the deft hands of Neil Gaiman, magic is no mere illusion . . . and anything is possible. In Smoke and Mirrors, Gaiman’s imagination and supreme artistry transform a mundane world into a place of terrible wonders—where an old woman can purchase the Holy Grail at a thrift store, where assassins advertise their services in the Yellow Pages under “Pest Control,” and where a frightened young boy must barter for his life with a mean-spirited troll living beneath a bridge by the railroad tracks. Explore a new reality, obscured by smoke and darkness yet brilliantly tangible, in this extraordinary collection of short works by a master prestidigitator. It will dazzle your senses, touch your heart, and haunt your dreams.

The Smelliest Day at the Zoo

Slap bang in the middle of the hottest day of the year, the zoo’s drains have blocked up and there’s nowhere for the animals’ poo to go!

Mr Pickles the zoo keeper (who is looking distinctly green) must decide what to do with it all . . .

Before the naughty chimps beat him to it!

**Recensie(s)**

A wonderful romp * Observer * The illustrations are a delight * Junior * Charming – and if you are six years old – hilarious * Independent * The illustrations are a delight * Junior *
(source: Bol.com)

Smashwords Style Guide

Smashwords Style Guide by Mark Coker
The Smashwords Style Guide has helped thousands of authors produce and publish high-quality ebooks. This free guide offers simple step-by-step instructions to professionally create, format and publish an ebook. It’s required reading for any author who wants to distribute their book via Smashwords to major ebook retailers such as the Apple iBooks, Barnes & Noble, Scribd, and Kobo. Smashwords also distributes ebooks to public libraries via OverDrive, Baker & Taylor Axis 360, CloudLibrary and Odilo.
The Smashwords Style Guide provides a great primer introduction on ebook publishing. Over 500,000 copies downloaded!
Updated September 24, 2014.
INSIDE THE SMASHWORDS STYLE GUIDE
GETTING STARTED
Welcome to Smashwords!
Do-it-yourself, or hire help?
Good formatting examples
What Smashwords publishes, what we don’t publish
How to distribute books with Smashwords
How ebook formatting is different from print formatting
Introduction to Meatgrinder: How we convert your book into multiple ebook formats
Understanding the different ebook formats
The beauty and utility of simplicity
AutoVetter helps identify common formatting errors
Your required source file
FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS
FORMATTING
* Pre-Prep*
Making Word Behave
Step 1: Make a back up
Step 2: Activate Word’s Show/Hide
Step 3: Turn off Word’s “AutoCorrect” and “AutoFormat” features
Step 4: Turn off Track Changes
Step 5: The Nuclear Method
Step 6: Hug a loved one
*Formatting*
Step 7: Managing and modifying paragraph styles, fonts
Step 7a. How to choose the best paragraph separation method (first line indent or block?)
Step 7b: How to implement your chosen paragraph separation method
Step 7b-a: How to define a proper first line indent
Step 7b-b: How to define trailing “after” space for block paragraphs
Step 7b-c: Special tips for poetry, cookbooks and learning materials
Step 7b-d: How to define proper line spacing
Step 7b-e: Managing font color
Step 8: Check your normalized text
Step 9: How to automate the removal of tabs and space bar spaces
Step 10: Managing paragraph returns
Step 11: Managing external hyperlinks
Step 12: Designating chapter breaks, page breaks, section breaks
Step 13: Working with images
Step 14: Text justification
Step 14a: Centering text
Step 15: Managing font sizes
Step 16: Style formatting, symbols and glyphs
Step 17: Headers and footers
Step 18: Margins, page sizes and indents
Step 19: Add the Heading style to your Chapter headers (optional)
*Building Navigation*
Step 20: Building navigation into the manuscript
Step 20a: Creating the NCX
Step 20b: Creating the linked Table of Contents
Step 20c: Advanced link building (Footnotes, Endnotes)
Step 20d: Troubleshooting and testing
*Front Matter*
Step 21: Front matter
Step 21a: Blurbs (optional)
Step 21b: Title and copyright page (required!)
Step 21c: Add a Smashwords license statement below copyright page
*The End of Your Book*
Step 22: The end of your book
*POST-FORMATTING*
Step 23: Preparing your cover image
Step 24: Review requirements for Premium Catalog distribution
*Uploading Your Book to Smashwords*
Step 25: How to upload your book
Step 26: How AutoVetter works
Step 27: After you publish – check your work
Step 27a: Check for EPUBCHECK compliance (important!)
Distributing Your Book with Smashwords
Step 28: How Smashwords distribution works
*How to Market Your Book*
Step 29: Read the Smashwords Book Marketing Guide (how to market any book)
Step 30: Read the Secrets to Ebook Publishing Success (best-practices of successful authors)
Step 31: Watch our video workshops on YouTube
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Small Wars

Small Wars: A Novel by Sadie Jones
“Sadie Jones has a long literary future ahead of her.” —Tracy Chevalier, author of *Girl with the Pearl Earring*
Fresh off her triumphantly assured debut novel *The Outcast*, award-winning author Sadie Jones has again delivered a quiet masterpiece in *Small Wars*. Set on the colonial, war-torn island of Cyprus in 1956, Jones tells the story of a young solider, Hal Treherne, and the effects of this “small war” on him, his wife Clara, and their family. Reminiscent of classic tales of love and war such as *The English Patient *and *Atonement*, Jones’s gripping novel also calls to mind the master works of Virginia Woolf and their portrayal of the quiet desperation of a marriage in crisis. *Small Wars* is at once a deeply emotional, meticulously researched work of historical fiction and a profound meditation on war-time atrocities committed both on and off the battlefield.

Slow Decay

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When Torchwood track an energy surge to a Cardiff nightclub, the team finds the police are already at the scene. Five teenagers have died in a fight, and lying among the bodies is an extraterrestrial device. Next morning, they discover the corpse of a Weevil, its face and neck eaten away, seemingly by human teeth. And on the streets of Cardiff, an ordinary woman with an extraordinary hunger is attacking people and eating her victims.
The job of a lifetime it might be, but working for Torchwood is putting big strains on Gwen’s relationship with Rhys. While she decides to spice up their love life with the help of alien technology, Rhys decides it’s time to sort himself out — better music, healthier food, lose some weight. Luckily, a friend has mentioned Doctor Scotus’s weight-loss clinic…

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…