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Fairy Tales

SUMMARY: Fairy Tales, by Hans Christian Andersen, is part of the Barnes & Noble Classics series, which offers quality editions at affordable prices to the student and the general reader, including new scholarship, thoughtful design, and pages of carefully crafted extras. Here are some of the remarkable features of Barnes & Noble Classics: New introductions commissioned from today’s top writers and scholars Biographies of the authors Chronologies of contemporary historical, biographical, and cultural events Footnotes and endnotes Selective discussions of imitations, parodies, poems, books, plays, paintings, operas, statuary, and films inspired by the work Comments by other famous authors Study questions to challenge the reader’s viewpoints and expectations Bibliographies for further reading Indices & Glossaries, when appropriateAll editions are beautifully designed and are printed to superior specifications; some include illustrations of historical interest. Barnes & Noble Classics pulls together a constellation of influences—biographical, historical, and literary—to enrich each reader’s understanding of these enduring works.Who has not laughed at the emperor’s new clothes, thrilled to the song of the nightingale, or sympathized with the ugly duckling? In the 170 years since they first began to appear, Hans Christian Andersen’s Fairy Tales have entranced and bewitched millions of readers, adults and children alike. Writing in the midst of a Europe-wide rebirth of national literature, Anderson broke new ground with his fairy tales in two important ways. First, he composed them in the vernacular, mimicking the language he used in telling them to children aloud. Second, he set his tales in his own land and time, giving rise to his loving descriptions of the Danish countryside. In contrast to such folklorists as the Brothers Grimm, Anderson’s tales are grounded in the real and often focus on the significance of small or overlooked things. Here are all of Andersen’s collected tales, many—such as “The Little Mermaid,” “The Red Shoes,” and “The Steadfast Tin Soldier”—still popular through modern adaptations, and others, including “The Flying Trunk” and “The Most Incredible Thing,” well worth rediscovering. Jack Zipes is professor of German and comparative literature at the University of Minnesota. A specialist in folklore and fairy tales, he has authored numerous books of criticism over the last thirty years and edited several major anthologies, including the Norton Anthology of Children’s Literature (2005). Marte Hvam Hult holds a Ph.D. in Scandinavian languages and literatures from the University of Minnesota. She is the author of Framing a National Narrative: The Legend Collections of Peter Christen Asbjørnsen and a forthcoming translation of Asbjørnsen’s Huldreeventyr.

Faded Steel Heat

EDITORIAL REVIEW: Since the end of the war, there had always been bigotry against non-humans in TunFaire. Even though many species had sacrificed in battle, some groups of humans thought the “Golden Rule” translated to “Humans rule. Now give us your gold.” With the streets descending into bloody race riots, and the organized “human” brotherhoods flexing both physical and economic muscle, TunFaire was a hairsbreadth from total chaos. Garrett is a wise-guy private investigator who speaks loudly and carries a big stick. Backed by a circle of friends no one would wish on their worst enemy Garrett is caught in a conspiracy of hate that pits man against.everybody! Praise for Glen Cook: “Lively homage to Chandler and company, with plenty of suspects, sex, and corpses…Cook turns fantasy inside out!” –*Locus* “Garrett spouts argot and attitude worthy of the hardest-boiled detective who ever pounded mean streets…fun to read!” –*Fantasy Review* “Fast-paced adventure that combines sword and sorcery with hard-boiled detective fiction!” –*Library Journal*

A Face in the Crowd

The coroner’s report identifies the body as young, black, female, and impossibly anonymous. Yet one thing is clear to Detective Chief Inspector Jane Tennison about the latest victim discovered in one of London’s poorest districts—that news of her murder will tear apart a city already crackling with racial tensions, hurling Scotland Yard and Tennison herself into a maelstrom of shocking accusations and sudden, wrenching violence.
Even as London’s brutal killer remains at large, Tennison remains locked in a struggle to overcome her station house’s brutal chauvinism and insidious politicking. And as the department’s deeply rooted racism rears its head to overshadow every facet of her new investigation, the trail of her prime suspect is growing colder. Worse, when the details of the beleaguered detective’s stormy personal life explode across the headlines of London’s sleaziest tabloids, Tennison’s already frenzied determination to bring the killer to justice will be catapulted into obsession—one that could send her spiraling over the edge.
This critically acclaimed mystery series features Detective Chief Inspector Jane Tennison, who struggles to combat the “boys’ club” atmosphere in her profession as a homicide detective. Set in London, these upbeat stories, based on the smash hit PBS-TV “Mystery” series, give mystery readers hard-hitting realism, fast-paced action, and a savvy against-the-odds heroine they’ll never forget.

Eye of the storm

From Publishers Weekly

Higgins’s thrillers may evoke a strong sense of deja vu (same basic story, different time frame), but that doesn’t seem to diminish the impact of each new novel. Early in 1991, while the Gulf war is in full bloom, operatives of Saddam Hussein hire legendary terrorist Sean Dillon to take the war to the enemy. A master of disguise and subterfuge, Dillon began his career with the IRA, earning the enmity of Liam Devlin–the unforgettable antihero of The Eagle Has Landed , who makes a featured appearance here–and of Martin Brosnan, an American Special Forces hero and IRA member turned college professor. After Dillon’s attempt to assassinate former Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher during a visit to France fails, he decides to go after her successor, John Major, and his War Cabinet with a mortar attack on 10 Downing Street. Learning that British Intelligence is recruiting Brosnan to track him down, Dillon confronts his old enemy, a meeting that ends in tragedy and leaves Brosnan bitterly committed to revenge. Although readers can be sure that Dillon’s scheme will be foiled, fun remains in the how and why. Standard Higgins in style, plot and resolution, this is bound for bestsellerdom. BOMC feature alternate; Reader’s Digest Condensed Books selection; audio rights to Dove.
Copyright 1992 Reed Business Information, Inc.

From Kirkus Reviews

A world-class assassin goes after British PM John Major in Higgins’s latest firmly engaging round of speculative derring-do. The Day of the Jackal this isn’t, although Sean Dillon–a rogue IRA hit-man who’s also a master thespian–is nearly as charismatic a killer as Forsyth’s Jackal; and the author’s own The Eagle Has Landed it isn’t quite either, though Higgins, a diligent literary recycler, revives the spirit, pacing, and even one major player from that 1975 classic. This is the vigorous, rather simple tale of what might have been behind the real-life, still unexplained, mortar attack on Number Ten Downing Street on February 7, 1991. Here, Saddam Hussein, reeling under the allied bombing of Baghdad, asks oily Iraqi billionaire Michael Aroun to avenge Iraqi honor, which Aroun does by joining forces with Stalinist KGB Colonel Josef Makeev and hiring Dillon to blow away Margaret Thatcher, now visiting in France. When Dillon is betrayed by two hirelings and misses his shot at the Iron Lady, he ups the stakes- -why not, he proposes, go after the current PM (here, a most charming chap) and in fact the entire British War Cabinet? Using his Olivier-like powers to pose as several characters, including a bag-lady, and aided by a sexy KGB spy, Dillon sneaks into England, then Ireland, contacts old criminal/IRA pals, and plans. Arrayed against him in an ever-more suspenseful chase are several stalwart British agents, male and female, and two ex-IRA men, including Liam Devlin of Eagle fame. The mortar attack itself has about as much dramatic impact as a hiccup, but Higgins saves his big melodrama for Dillon’s attempted escape–which will leave readers happily breathless and waiting for a sequel. The action’s so fast, the heroes so valiant, and the villains so blackhearted that not even Higgins’s syntax-crunching prose will keep his fans from driving this–his most enjoyable book in years- -up the charts. (Book-of-the-Month Split Main Selection for July) — Copyright ©1992, Kirkus Associates, LP. All rights reserved.

Extracurricular Activities

SUMMARY: Professional academic and amateur sleuth Alison Bergeron is worried to death about her best friend’s wedding in her latest and wildest adventure yet!“QUIRKY, ROMANTIC…fashionable, free-spirited [and] intense ”—Tampa TribuneYou’d think, now that she’s off the hook for murder, that Alison, an English professor at a cushy college campus just north of chaotic New York City, would be able to relax. But how can she, with a wedding in the works? A Ph.D can only go so far…“Will please readers who like action and romance in the same package.”—BooklistThe recently-divorced Alison couldn’t be happier for her best friend, the bride Max. The problem is with the groom. Namely, his best man: the stunningly handsome yet technically married NYPD homicide detective Bobby Crawford. Alison just can’t stop day-dreaming about him—until a new nightmare unfolds.  “Series Grade: A.”—Susan McBride, author of the Debutante Dropout MysteriesAlison’s ex-husband has just turned up dead. And now that’s she’s being dragged into another murder investigation—his time, involving the Mob-boss parent of a student—Bobby might be the only man she can trust with her life. But will he ever make Alison his wife? With a killer on the loose, the pursuit of happiness may just have to wait…

Express Lane Meals

SUMMARY: How can you get a wholesome, delicious dinner on the table without spending time on long lines at the supermarket? Rachael knows how!Her secret weapon is keeping plenty of versatile, flavorful ingredients in the cupboard, fridge, and freezer, combining these staples with just a few fresh items—never more then ten—to create delicious meals for every night of the week. In Express Lane Meals, Rachael provides her personal go-to list of must-have items—so you can do a big shop every week then simply zip through the Express Lane to make any of these 30-minute meals.She divides the recipes into three categories: “Meals for the Exhausted,” “ Meals for the Not Too Tired,” and “Bring It On! (But, Be Gentle).” No matter which you choose you’ll learn handy tricks and shortcuts to get the most impressive-looking meals on the table in 30 minutes or less. These are Rachael’s quickest and easiest recipes yet and a breeze to shop for—because you shouldn’t have to spend all of the time Rachael saves you in the kitchen standing in line at the grocery store!RACHAEL RAY IS A VERY BUSY LADY . . .And she knows you’re busy, too. But that doesn’t mean you can’t enjoy a delicious, healthy, and home-cooked meal every night of the week. Not when cooking is as simple as this! In Express Lane Meals, Rachael Ray is back and faster than ever! With her latest batch of recipes this beloved Food Network phenomenon takes her 30-Minute Meal concept to the next level, creating recipes based on staples from a well-stocked pantry and just a few fresh items—so few you’ll never be stuck on a long grocery line again. YUMMO!

Exposure

EDITORIAL REVIEW: When your worst fear comes true. Someone is watching Kaycee Raye. But who will believe her? Everyone knows she’s a little crazy. Kaycee’s popular syndicated newspaper column pokes fun at her own paranoia and multiple fears. The police in her small town are well aware she makes money writing of her experiences. Worse yet, she has no proof of the threats. Pictures of a dead man mysteriously appear in her home—then vanish before police arrive. Multisensory images flood Kaycee’s mind. Where is all this coming from? Maybe she is going over the edge. High action and psychological suspense collide in this story of terror, twists, and desperate faith. The startling questions surrounding Kaycee pile high. Her descent to answers may prove more than she can survive.

Explosive

His touch could consume her – if it doesn’t kill her first . . . Dr. Sophie Gable wasn’t expecting her peaceful getaway to be shattered by the arrival of the half-dazed, dead-sexy guest. Thomas Nicasio has obviously been traumatized, and Sophie thinks she knows by what. There’s something about Thomas’s father that he can’t-or won’t-remember. Something that could get them both killed. Still, she can’t resist Tomas’s electrifying seduction-or her instincts to help him. An ex-Navy explosives specialist, Thomas has never felt this type of volatile need for a woman. Even while he’s grieving the deaths of his brother and nephew, something in Sophie makes Thomas want to overtake her. And each time he does, her willing submission makes him want her all the more. But danger is lurking close by, and if her can’t face the demons of his past, he and Sophie could be the next victims in a pattern of meaningless violence . . . . Praise for the novels of Beth Kery ‘Truly hot enough to make the pages smoke.’ – Fallen Angel Reviews ‘A powerful and engaging voice in erotic suspense . . . A sophisticated, erotically creative novel.’ – Award-winning author Lacey Alexander ‘Powerful emotion and scorching-hot sex . . .an irresistible combination!’ – Eden Bradley, author of The Beauty of Surrender

Expensive People

EDITORIAL REVIEW: Joyce Carol Oates’s Wonderland Quartet comprises four remarkable novels that explore social class in America and the inner lives of young Americans. In Expensive People, Oates takes a provocative and suspenseful look at the roiling secrets of America’s affluent suburbs. Set in the late 1960s, this first-person confession is narrated by Richard Everett, a precocious and obese boy who sees himself as a minor character in the alarming drama unfolding around him. Fascinated by yet alienated from his attractive, self-absorbed parents and the privileged world they inhabit, Richard incisively analyzes his own mismanaged childhood, his pretentious private schooling, his “successful-executive” father, and his elusive mother. In an act of defiance and desperation, eleven-year-old Richard strikes out in a way that presages the violence of ever-younger Americans in the turbulent decades to come.A National Book Award finalist, *Expensive People* is a stunning combination of social satire and gothic horror. “You cannot put this novel away after you have opened it,” said *The Detroit News*. “This is that kind of book–hypnotic, fascinating, and electrifying.”*Expensive People *is the second novel in the Wonderland Quartet. The books that complete this acclaimed series, A* Garden of Earthly Delights*, them, and *Wonderland*, are also available from the Modern Library.

Exit Wound

SUMMARY: The breathtaking new Nick Stone thriller from the bestselling author ofBravo Two Zero. Three tons of Saddam Hussein’s gold sit in an unguarded warehouse in Dubai. For two of Nick Stone’s closest ex-SAS comrades, it was to have been the perfect, victimless crime. But when they’re double-crossed and the robbery goes devastatingly wrong, only Stone can identify his friends’ killer and track him down. As one harrowing piece of the complex and sinister jigsaw slots into another, Stone’s quest for vengeance becomes a journey to the heart of a chilling conspiracy. Ticking like a time-bomb, brimming with terror and threat, Andy McNab’s latest Nick Stone adventure is a high-voltage story of corruption, cover-up and blistering suspense – the master thriller writer at his electrifying, unputdownable best.

Exit Strategy

SUMMARY: Popular fantasy author Kelley Armstrong (Women of the Otherworld series) makes her first foray into crime fiction, with the debut of a series of non-paranormal novels featuring female assassin Nadia Stafford. Nadia Stafford is one of the world’s few female contract killers. A former cop, drummed out of the force because of a scandal, she is an expert at disguise and cool under pressure. But when fellow hitman Jack arrives on the scene, Nadia’s very private existence is seriously challenged. A series of victims are being murdered seemingly at random all over the country — different areas, different walks of life, different MOs. There is nothing to tie them together except a random page torn out of a single book: “Helter Skelter,” But does the Helter Skelter killer — as the hysterical media now dub him — have a real connection to Charles Manson? Or is there something even more sinister at work? Is this, in fact — as Jack believes — the carefully planned exit strategy of a fellow professional killer, determined to leave the life, but equally determined to clear up an old mistake? And, if so, which is the real victim? Now, the highly suspicious and secretive hitman community will have to break their cover — at least, to each other — and help take down this killer before the cops and the Feds discover his true connection to their own secret, exclusive society… .

Exile and the Kingdom

SUMMARY: Four of these stories are set on the shimmering desert fringes of Albert Camus’ native Algeria, and all of them first appeared in 1957, the year when he became the youngest French writer to win the Nobel Prize for Literature.

The Evolutionary Void

EDITORIAL REVIEW: Peter F. Hamilton’s startling perspectives on tomorrow’s technological and cultural trends span vast tracts of space and time, his stories are as compelling as they are epic in scope, and yet they are always grounded in characters – human, alien and other – who, for all their strangeness, still touch our hearts and fire our imaginations. Now, in “The Evolutionary Void”, Hamilton concludes the highly acclaimed Commonwealth saga that has unfolded in “The Dreaming Void” and “The Temporal Void”. ‘The master of widescreen baroque’ – “Guardian”. ‘Compulsively readable and abundantly full of ideas’ – “The Times”. ‘Epic, multi-stranded, full of wonders’ – “SFX”.

Evolution: a novel

Amazon.com Review

Following up his cosmic Evolution. The book is nothing less than a novelization of human evolution, a mega-Michener treatment of 65 million years starring a host of smart, furry primates representing Homo sapiens‘s ancestry. Each stage of our ancestry is represented by a character of progressively increasing intelligence, empathy, and brain size, who must survive predation and other perils long enough to keep the natural-selection ball rolling. While Baxter carefully follows some widely accepted theories of evolution–punctuated equilibrium, for instance–he also strays from the known in postulating air whales and sentient, tool-wielding dinosaurs. And why not? There’s nothing in the fossil record to contradict his musings about those things, or about the first instances of mammalian altruism and deception, which he also lets us observe. From little Purga, a shrewlike mammal scurrying under the feet of ankylosaurs, all the way through Ultimate, the last human descendant, Baxter adds drama and a strong story arc to our past and future. But he spends too much time on details of the various prehumans’ lives, which can become repetitive: fight, mate, die, ad infinitum. And readers eager for a science-fictional adventure will only find satisfaction in the posthuman chapters at the end. Despite these flaws, Evolution grips the attention with an epoch-spanning tale of the random changes that rule our genetic heritage. Recommended. –Therese Littleton

From Publishers Weekly

Taking a page from SF saga writers like Kim Stanley Robinson and Brian Stableford, British author Baxter (the Manifold trilogy) portrays humanity’s origins, growth and ultimate disappearance in a loose-knit series of brutal vignettes spanning millions of years of evolution. Beginning with the gritty slice-of-life tale of a small, ratlike proto-primate called Purga (short for species Purgatorius), the story travels from the end of the Cretaceous through the millennia as primates slowly evolve into creatures more and more recognizably human, learning to make and use tools, developing language and the ability to feel empathy-the trait that Baxter selects as definitive of true humanity. Resonating with that theme, the vignettes are linked by a thin near-future frame about scientists meeting in the midst of ecological and political chaos to find a way to save humanity from itself through the “globalization of empathy.” More concerned with technical detail than character or plot, the book rises above its fragmented narrative and frequently repetitive violence to reach a grim and stoic grandeur, which (despite a tendency toward preachiness) clearly has humanity’s best interests at heart. Here is a rigorously constructed hard SF novel where the question is not whether humanity will reach the stars but how it will survive its own worst tendencies.
Copyright 2003 Reed Business Information, Inc.

The Evolution of God

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The Evolution of God by Robert Wright
In this sweeping narrative that takes us from the Stone Age to the Information Age, Robert Wright unveils an astonishing discovery: there is a hidden pattern that the great monotheistic faiths have followed as they have evolved. Through the prisms of archaeology, theology, and evolutionary psychology, Wright’s findings overturn basic assumptions about Judaism, Christianity, and Islam, and are sure to cause controversy. He explains why spirituality has a role today, and why science, contrary to conventional wisdom, affirms the validity of the religious quest. And this previously unrecognized evolutionary logic points not toward continued religious extremism, but future harmony.
Nearly a decade in the making, The Evolution of God is a breathtaking re-examination of the past, and a visionary look forward.

Evidence of the Afterlife: The Science of Near-Death Experiences

SUMMARY: Evidence of the Afterlife shares the firsthand accounts of people who have died and lived to tell about it. Through their work at the Near Death Experience Research Foundation, radiation oncologist Jeffrey Long and his wife, Jody, have gathered thousands of accounts of near-death experiences (NDEs) from all over the world. In addition to sharing the personal narrative of their experiences, visitors to the website are asked to fill out a one hundred–item questionnaire designed to isolate specific elements of the experience and to flag counterfeit accounts. The website has become the largest NDE research database in the world, containing over 1,600 NDE accounts. The people whose stories are captured in the database span all age groups, races, and religious affiliations and come from all over the world, yet the similarities in their stories are as awe-inspiring as they are revealing. Using this treasure trove of data, Dr. Long explains how medical evidence fails to explain these reports and why there is only one plausible explanation—that people have survived death and traveled to another dimension.