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Perdition

**WELCOME TO HELL**

**The prison ship *Perdition* , a floating city where the Conglomerate’s most dangerous criminals are confined for life, orbits endlessly around a barren asteroid.  **

Life inside is even more bleak. Hailed as the Dread Queen, inmate Dresdemona �Dred”� Devos controls one of *Perdition’s* six territories, bordered on both sides by would-be kings eager to challenge her claim. Keeping them at bay requires constant vigilance, as well as a steady influx of new recruits to replace the fallen. Survival is a constant battle, and death is the only escape.

Of the newest convicts, only one is worth Dred’s attention. The mercenary Jael, with his deadly gaze and attitude, may be the most dangerous criminal onboard. His combat skill could give her the edge she needs, if he doesn’t betray her first. Unfortunately, that’s what he does best. Winning Jael’s allegiance will be a challenge, but failure could be worse than death
**FIRST IN A NEW SERIES!**

Patricia Highsmith

In this, the first full-length critical study of Patricia Highsmith’s literary achievements, Russell Harrison offers a thoughtful consideration of the most successful and representative of the writer’s works. In clear, accessible language Harrison argues that Highsmith’s fiction demonstrates elements of existentialism as linked to Sartre and Camus – and, earlier, to Dostoyevsky and Gide – and reflects sociopolitical concerns, from the Cold War of the 1940s and 1950s through the politicization of the 1960s and 1970s to the gay and lesbian issues of the 1980s and 1990s. Discussed as well are Highsmith’s depictions of interpersonal relationships, including families and extended families, and her emphasis on objects as a central aspect of her characters’ lives. Separate chapters provide instructive biographical background, drawing on heretofore unpublished material made available by friends of Highsmith, and take up by turns the works of the 1950s and beyond, the political dimensions of the novels, the gay and lesbian works, and the short stories. An excellent supplement for courses in American fiction, mystery novels, lesbian/gay fiction, and the short story, Patricia Highsmith is sure to be welcomed by high school and college students and by scholars and general readers.
*Twayne’s United States Authors* Series presents concise critical introductions to great writers and their works. Devoted to critical interpretation and discussion of an author’s work, each study takes account of major literary trends and important scholarly contributions and provides new critical insights with an original point of view. An *Authors* Series volume addresses readers ranging from advanced high school students to university professors. The book suggests to the informed reader new ways of considering a writer’s work. A reader new to the work under examination will, after reading the *Authors* Series, be compelled to turn to the originals, bringing to the reading a basic knowledge and fresh critical perspectives. Each volume features: A critical, interpretive study and explication of the author’s works A brief biography of the author An accessible chronology outlining the life, work, and relevant historical background of the author Aids for further study — complete notes and references, a selected annotated bibliography and an index A readable style presented in a manageable length

Path of the Fury

VENGEANCE IS A DISH BEST SERVED HOT Imperial Intelligence couldn’t find them, the Imperial Fleet couldn’t catch them, and local defenses couldn’t stop them. It seemed the planet-wrecking pirates were invincible. But the pirates made a big mistake when they raided ex-commando leader Alicia DeVries’ quiet home world, tortured and murdered her family, and then left her for dead. Since the Imperial forces seem hog-tied, Alicia decides to turn “pirate” herself, and steals a cutting-edge AI ship from the Empire to start her vendetta. Her fellow veterans think she’s crazy, the Imperial Fleet has shoot-on-sight orders. And of course the pirates want her dead, too. But Alicia DeVries has two allies nobody knows about, allies as implacable as she is: a self-aware computer, and a creature from the mists of Old Earth’s most ancient legends. And this trio of furies won’t rest until vengeance is served.

Path of the Crushed Heart: Book Four of the Serpent Catch Series

The last installment of the Serpent Catch Series
Catching the serpents was only the beginning. Before Tull can lead his people to freedom, Tull must first free himself from the beast within.
He must break the fiery chains of Adjonai as he leads an uprising against the powerful Slave Lords, but the ultimate battle for Tull and his allies will come against the Creators, machines with minds of crystal waging a program of total genocide against all life on Anee.

Partials

For fans of *The Hunger Games* , *Battlestar Galactica* , and *Blade Runner* comes the first book in the Partials Sequence, a fast-paced, action-packed, and riveting sci-fi teen series, by acclaimed author Dan Wells. Humanity is all but extinguished after a war with Partials—engineered organic beings identical to humans—has decimated the population. Reduced to only tens of thousands by a weaponized virus to which only a fraction of humanity is immune, the survivors in North America have huddled together on Long Island. But sixteen-year-old Kira is determined to find a solution. As she tries desperately to save what is left of her race, she discovers that that the survival of both humans and Partials rests in her attempts to answer questions about the war’s origin that she never knew to ask. Playing on our curiosity of and fascination with the complete collapse of civilization, *Partials* is, at its heart, a story of survival, one that explores the individual narratives and complex relationships of those left behind, both humans and Partials alike—and of the way in which the concept of what is right and wrong in this world is greatly dependent on one’s own point of view. Supports the Common Core State Standards **
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“A thrilling sci-fi adrenaline rush, with one of the most compelling and frightening visions of Earth’s future I’ve seen yet. I couldn’t put it down.” (Pittacus Lore, #1 New York Times bestselling author of I Am Number Four)
“Wells creates a compelling, fantastically complex post-apocalyptic landscape, adding thought-provoking twists to a classic story of humanity creating its own doom…With broad cross-genre appeal and an engaging balance of thematic depth and rip-roaring action, this winner will leave readers clamoring for sequels.” (Bulletin of the Center for Children’s Books)
“A dark, wild ride.” (Kirkus Reviews)
“Readers who enjoy headstrong feminist leads making their way . . . in the not-too-distant future will find plenty to like in Partials.” (Los Angeles Times)
“Mr. Wells has recombined familiar dystopian elements, added original ones and thrown in dashes of dry wit to create a sprawling, action-packed medical thriller full of big ideas and exciting reversals.” (Wall Street Journal)
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For fans of *The Hunger Games* , *Battlestar Galactica* , and *Blade Runner* comes the first book in the Partials Sequence, a fast-paced, action-packed, and riveting sci-fi teen series, by acclaimed author Dan Wells. Humanity is all but extinguished after a war with Partials—engineered organic beings identical to humans—has decimated the population. Reduced to only tens of thousands by a weaponized virus to which only a fraction of humanity is immune, the survivors in North America have huddled together on Long Island. But sixteen-year-old Kira is determined to find a solution. As she tries desperately to save what is left of her race, she discovers that that the survival of both humans and Partials rests in her attempts to answer questions about the war’s origin that she never knew to ask. Playing on our curiosity of and fascination with the complete collapse of civilization, *Partials* is, at its heart, a story of survival, one that explores the individual narratives and complex relationships of those left behind, both humans and Partials alike—and of the way in which the concept of what is right and wrong in this world is greatly dependent on one’s own point of view. Supports the Common Core State Standards

Painting Watercolors on Location

A comprehensive workshop approach presented by a master watercolorist, this guide features 11 step-by-step demonstrations filled with valuable methods and techniques for achieving striking on-site watercolor compositions. Beautiful examples and locations — including the Greek island of Santorini, a desert oasis, and a Midwest farmhouse — provide a wealth of inspiration as author and artist Tom Hill demonstrates how to paint intelligently, selectively edit a scene, and more.
*Painting Watercolors on Location* shows developing artists not only how to acquire better understanding and techniques for painting on location but also how to incorporate these helpful practices into their everyday routines. Suitable for art students and artists at the intermediate level and up, these pointers include suggestions for choosing the correct on-site equipment, rendering accurate drawings, selecting and mixing colors, forming textures, and other methods for creating exciting and expressive watercolor paintings.

Pagan’s Vows

Pagan’s Vows is an engrossing, marvellously written medieval thriller, a brilliant sequel to Pagan’s Crusade and Pagan in Exile. ‘The Pagan Chronicles are a kind of medieval version of Tin Tin…told with a delightfully slapstick, cinematographic vigour.’ – Ursula Dubosarsky; Monks, monks, monks. Monks everywhere … crammed together on their chapter-house seats like bats in a cave. Like crows around a corpse. Pagan is back! After renouncing the sword in Pagan in Exile, Pagan and his noble Lord Roland become novices at the Abbey of Saint Martin, where they will prepare to learn the twelve steps of humility and take the oath of obedience. But as Pagan soon finds out, neither humility nor blind obedience comes easily to him. And while Roland sets his eyes firmly on the face of God, the more worldly Pagan discovers just how corrupt and dangerous life in a monastery can be. Book Three in the Pagan Chronicles, Pagan’s Vows is a lively, engrossing medieval thriller – a brilliant sequel to Pagan’s Crusade and Pagan in Exile. ‘Humour? Rage? Agony? Spiritual journeys? Murder? Moral turpitude? Twists both welcome and dismaying? This decidedly unique historical saga has it all.’ — Kirkus Reviews, USA.

Pagan’s Scribe

Pagan’s Scribe, the fourth novel in the brilliant Pagan Chronicles, is an engrossing story played out during one of the most brutal religious wars in history. ‘Brimming with wit and fascinating details of medieval history…this emotionally satisfying epic brings the Middle Ages to life.’ – The Horn Book; The enemy. When will they come? What will they do? What does an army look like, encamped around a city? I’ve read so much, but I just can’t imagine it.Languedoc in 1209 is a dangerous place. When the delicate, bookish Isidore becomes scribe to Pagan Kidrouk, Archdeacon of Carcassonne, he is plunged into the real world – Pagan’s world, and that of his beloved Lord Roland, and Roland’s enigmatic older brother, Lord Jordan. But this is the year in which papal forces from the north begin their bloody crusade against the Cathar heretics. And the battle line is moving closer to Carcassonne …Book Four in the Pagan Chronicles, Pagan’s Scribe is another action-packed saga of the savvy and sarcastic Pagan Kidrouk. ‘Rich in authentic detail, humor, grief, and deep insight into the life of the mind as well as the heart, this makes a fitting close to a high-water mark in historical fiction.’ — Kirkus Reviews (starred review).

Pagan’s Daughter

The award-winning Pagan Chronicles are international bestsellers. And the action-packed epic continues with the adventures of Babylonne – as feisty, funny and irresistible as her famous father. ‘The quality and pace of Jinks’s writing is flawless . . . a triumph.’- Sydney Morning Herald ‘We’ve forbidden her to speak. We’ve stuffed her mouth with tow. We’ve shaved off her hair, once or twice. We’ve even locked her in that chest over there. And she remains incorrigible. She’s eaten up with sin, Holy Father, I don’t know what to do with her any more.’ At sixteen, Babylonne is desperate. She’s been starved and beaten, she’s endured six bloody sieges, and now her aunt wants her to marry a crazy old man who thinks he’s a giant olive. Can she trust the mysterious priest who’s been spying on her, claiming to be a friend of her father’s? Or would it be better to fight – and perhaps die – in the long, vicious war with the French? Catherine Jinks’s award-winning Pagan series are international bestsellers. Now her action-packed epic continues with Book Five of the Pagan Chronicles – Pagan’s daughter, Babylonne, is as feisty, funny and irresistible as her famous father. ‘Full of the richly-textured, high-smelling, highly individualistic atmosphere of the Middle Ages, Catherine Jinks’s Pagan series offers unforgettable characters in an extraordinary setting and time, presented in crisp, pungent prose.’ — Sophie Masson.

Pagan’s Crusade

Pagan’s Crusade is the first of five books in the Pagan Chronicles. ;’Humour, romance, adventure, violence – who would have thought Medieval Jerusalem could be so much fun?’- Lili Wilkinson, Centre for Youth Literature; Wham! So here I am, standing in a sea of dirt, with a big mad Templar lobbing rocks at my head. Wham! Like some kind of martyr. Wham! He throws like a catapult. ‘All right, Pagan, that’s enough.’ (I should damn well think so.) ‘Do you see what your problem is?’ Wait – don’t tell me. You are. It’s twelfth-century Jerusalem, the time of the Crusades. Shrewd and scrappy Pagan has been plucked from the streets to work for Lord Roland, a Templar knight. Set against a background of mounting tension as Saladin’s infidels close in on the Holy City, Pagan’s Crusade is an exciting and exuberant tale of medieval adventure.Catherine Jinks masterfully intertwines thrilling action with a deeply personal story as Roland emerges as both mentor and friend for the orphaned Pagan. An engaging, moving and thoroughly satisfying experience.’What a romp! Not since Don Quixote took up with Sancho Panza has a knight had a squire like Pagan Kidrouk.’ — Voice of Youth Advocates

Pagan in Exile

Pagan in Exile is the second of five books in the action-packed medieval saga of the savvy and sarcastic Pagan Kidrouk. ‘Pagan is a real, live boy who leaps off the page and compels you to listen to his story.’ – Kirsty Murray; ‘How terrible to think that for all these years, I’ve missed out on the joys of hunting. The thrill of standing behind a bush for half a day. The breathless excitement of gnat bites. The gut-wrenching sound of dogs sniffing each other’s genitals. Now I can see what all the fuss is about.’ It’s 1188, and the infidels have conquered Jerusalem. Forced into exile, Pagan escapes to France with his Templar lord, the noble Roland. But Lord Roland’s homecoming is less than joyful – his violent family clash both with their neighbours and with each other. At the centre of this bloody feud stands the highly principled Esclaramonde, a woman whose enigmatic character and heretical religious beliefs both disturb and attract Roland. And Pagan, too, has some unpalatable truths to confront. Book Two in the Pagan Chronicles, Pagan in Exile is brimming with action, intrigue, and the down-and-dirty details of medieval life. ‘Readers will laugh and weep along with these vividly rendered wanderers.’ — Kirkus Reviews