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City of Lies

SUMMARY: John Harper has always been alone. His mother died when he was just seven years old and he was raised in New York by an aunt he barely knew. He never even made his father’s acquaintance – a man who died shortly after he was born. After leaving the Big Apple as soon as he was old enough, his life consisted of one moderately successful book, a collection affectionately received newspaper columns and a comfortable existence in Miami. Then everything changes. A liquor store heist goes wrong – and turns John’s existence on its head. It seems that his father didn’t die all those years ago. In fact, he has thrived in the New York underworld. But now the man himself lies critically injured in a Manhattan hospital and it’s time for father and son to meet at last . . .

City of Dreams & Nightmare

They call it the City of a Hundred Rows. The ancient city of Thaiburley is a vast, multi-tiered metropolis, where the poor live in the City Below and demons are said to dwell in the Upper Heights.
Having witnessed a murder in a part of the city he should never have been in, Tom, a lowly street-nick, has to run for his life through the City Below, Thaiburley’s unsavoury basement world. Accused of committing the murder himself, he is pursued by sky-borne assassins, Kite Guards, and agents of a darker force intent on destabilising the whole city. His only ally is Kat, a renegade like him, but she proves to have secrets of her own…
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The City and the Stars/The Sands of Mars

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An omnibus edition featuring two science fiction classics presents The City and the Stars, about a man born into a society of immortals who wants to find out what lies beyond his narrow existence, and The Sands of Mars, in which science fiction writer Martin Gibson get a chance to visit Mars and discovers more than he had ever dreamed. Reprint.
(source: Bol.com)

City

Sinossi

The author of the international bestseller Silk now delivers a ravishing and wildly inventive novel about friendship, genius and its discontents, and the redemptive power of narrative. Somewhere in America lives a brilliant boy named Gould, an intellectual guided missile aimed at the Nobel Prize. His only companions are an imaginary giant and an imaginary mute. Improbably—and yet with impeccable logic–he falls into the care of Shatzy Shell, a young woman whose life up till that point has been equally devoid of human connection .

Theirs is a relationship of stories and of stories within stories: of Gould’s evolving saga of an underdog boxer and the violent Western that Shatzy has been dictating into a tape recorder since the age of six. Out of these stories, Alessandro Baricco creates a masterpiece of metaphysical pulp fiction that recalls both Scheherazade and Italo Calvino. By turns exhilarating and deeply moving, City is irresistible.

From the Trade Paperback edition.

Cisco Routers For The Desperate, 2nd Edition

Cisco routers and switches are the cornerstones of many networks. But when things break, repairs can intimidate even the most competent administrator. Luckily, just knowing the ”in case of emergency” basics will take you far.
Just like the original, this second edition of the highly acclaimed Cisco Routers for the Desperate is written for the administrator in crisis mode. Updated to cover switches and the latest Cisco terminology, with a tighter focus on the needs of the small network administrator, this second edition gives you what you need to know to provide reliable network services and fix problems fast. You’ll find coverage of:
* Installation—how to get your router and network connections up and running right the first time
* Troubleshooting routers and switches, so that you can determine whether your hardware or the Internet is broken
* Security concerns, like how to keep your network equipment safe from hackers and install a private network between two offices
* How to implement basic network redundancy to reduce the risk of network downtime

Cisco Routers for the Desperate, 2nd Edition is designed to be read once and left alone until something breaks. When it does, you’ll have everything you need to know in one easy-to-follow guidebook.
(source: Bol.com)

Cirque du Freak

Amazon.com Review

Anyone who loves the humorous but hair-raising horror in R.L. Stine’s Goosebumps series will devour British author Darren Shan’s first novel with equal zeal. Some books are born with a surrounding buzz; this one even has Harry Potter creator J.K. Rowling’s stamp of approval: “Fast-paced and compelling, full of satisfying macabre touches,” she writes. Warner Brothers will be making it into a movie, and the rest of the series is already in the works. Given all that, you’d expect a tour de force! Really, though, Cirque Du Freak is a thrill ride that will keep even the most reluctant readers turning pages, but will never take its place in the literary canon.

Darren Shan, author and narrator, sets the book up as a true story, warning readers: “Real life’s nasty. It’s cruel…. Evil often wins.” Indeed, evil begins to win when Darren and his buddies find a flier for “Cirque Du Freak,” a traveling freak show promising performances by the snake-boy, the wolf-man, and Larten Crepsley and his giant spider, Madame Octa. Darren and his friend Steve wouldn’t miss it for the world.

So, Saturday night they sneak out to the old theater, tall and dark, with broken windows. “Every act you see tonight is real,” croaks Mr. Tall. “Each performer is unique. And none are harmless.” That’s for sure. (A werewolf bites off the hand of someone in the audience, for instance.) Things grow very serious for the two boys when Steve not only recognizes Mr. Crepsley as a famous vampire, but professes his true desire to join him! To make matters worse, the spider-obsessed Darren goes back to the old theater to steal Madame Octa so he can teach her tricks in his room. (He does, with mixed results.) The plot further coagulates as Darren is faced with some terrible decisions about what to do to save his bloodthirsty friend Steve.

Readers may be too enthralled to notice some clumsy editing (the aforementioned bitten-off hand is later referred to as an arm, Darren stops dead in his tracks when he’s already stopped, etc.). They may also not notice that the boys constantly use adult-sounding expressions like “his breath stank to the high heavens,” though the book is clearly set in the 21st century. If this book gets under your kids’ skin (and it probably will), they’re in luck–we haven’t heard the last of the Saga of Darren Shan. (Ages 10 and older, not for the faint of heart) –Karin Snelson

From Publishers Weekly

With strong sales overseas and a movie deal in the works, book one in The Saga of Darren Shan series is poised to capture a wide audience of series horror readers. After a rather slow buildup, a boy with the same name as the author sneaks out with best friend Steve to an illicit freak show, and his life becomes entangled with a vampire spider-wrangler, Mr. Crepsley. “This is a true story,” writes Shan. “In real life, bad things happen. People die. Fights are lost. Evil often wins.” The scenario is compelling, and the author mines the exploitative history of early 20th-century sideshows to create an artfully macabre “Cirque du Freak.” But Darren’s actions are often undermotivated: “I can’t explain why Madam Octa [the spider] meant so much to me, or why I was placing my life in such danger to have her. Looking back, I’m no longer sure what drove me on.” Also his intermittent attraction to and repulsion by the vampire is never fully explored. His behavior may be explained in the sequel, The Vampire’s Assistant (due in Sept.), but the open ending leaves so many loose ends that readers may leave more frustrated than intrigued, especially since the characters’ wooden dialogue drains them of personality (“I’m upset,” says Steve. “It hurt, what Mr. Crepsley said, and you ignoring me at school… If you break up our friendship, I don’t know what I’ll do”). Readers interested in boys becoming vampires would be better served by M.T. Anderson’s Thirsty and those fascinated with freaks by Iain Lawrence’s Ghost Boy. Ages 10-up.
Copyright 2001 Reed Business Information, Inc.

Cinnabar Shadows

Water. On Athas, it is life, it is currency, it is power… The watery caverns beneath Urik have become a haven for political refugees and runaway slaves, a place safe from the ravages of Athas and her defilers. Until one such defiler brings destruction to the haven. Mahtra, who fled sunlit Urik for the dark undercity, must now emerge to set all to right. Her quest leads her to the palace of a sorcerer-king, to an ancient druidic grove, and beyond…

Chump Change: A Novel

SUMMARY: A blackout brought on by a Mad Dog binge that ended with a self-inflicted steak knife wound bought Bruno Dante another stint in the nuthouse, no different from all the rest. Now it’s done, and his wife, Agnes—taking time off from her personal-trainer lover—has come to pick Bruno up and to deliver a message from the West Coast: his screenwriter father is in the hospital in a coma and is not expected to live. So Bruno heads back to Los Angeles for a fraught family reunion, where the tension and stress force him to dull the pain the only way he knows how—with alcohol. And when he wakes up naked in a stolen car with an underage hooker whose pimp has stolen his wallet, Bruno realizes the trip has just begun.

Chuck Klosterman on Rock

Essays Include: The Jack Factor Appetite for Replication That ’70s Cruise In the Beginning, There Was Zoso Not a Whole Lotta Love Band on the Couch Unbuttoning the Hardest Button to Button Dude Rocks Like a Lady Fargo Rock City, for Real Singularity Oh, the Guilt

Chuck Klosterman on Pop

From Sex, Drugs, and Cocoa Puffs; Chuck Klosterman IV; and Eating the Dinosaur, these essays are now available in this ebook collection for fans of Klosterman’s writing on pop music.

(source: Bol.com)

Chuck Klosterman on Media and Culture

Chuck Klosterman on Media and Culture: A Collection of Previously Published Essays by Chuck Klosterman
From *Sex, Drugs, and Cocoa Puffs*; *Chuck Klosterman IV*; and *Eating the Dinosaur*, these essays are now available in this ebook collection for fans of Klosterman’s writing on media and culture.

Chuck Klosterman on Film and Television

Chuck Klosterman on Film and Television: A Collection of Previously Published Essays by Chuck Klosterman
From *Sex, Drugs, and Cocoa Puffs*; *Chuck Klosterman IV*; and *Eating the Dinosaur*, these essays are now available in this ebook collection for fans of Klosterman’s writing on film and television.

Chronicler of the Winds

SUMMARY: A haunting and powerful story about war-torn Africa, a mystical orphan boy, and the power of narrative to give a chaotic world order. In the hot African night a single gunshot cracks the silence. Jose Antonio traces the sound to the stage of the local theatre company, where he finds Nelio, the young prophetical leader of the city’s street kids, crumpled in blood. Nelio refuses to be taken to the hospital but instead tells Jose his life’s story: how bandits raided his village, his daring escape, and his struggle to survive on the streets. Jose is irrevocably changed. He becomes the Chronicler of the Winds, revealing Nelios’s magical tale to all who will listen.

Chosen: A Novel

EDITORIAL REVIEW: In *Chosen*, a young caseworker becomes increasingly entangled in the lives of adoptive and birth parents, with devastating results. It all begins with a fantasy: the caseworker in her “signing paperwork” charcoal suit standing alongside beaming parents cradling their adopted newborn, set against a fluorescent-lit delivery-room backdrop. It’s this blissful picture that keeps Chloe Pinter, director of the Chosen Child’s domestic-adoption program, happy while juggling the high demands of her boss and the incessant needs of both adoptive and biological parents. But the very job that offers her refuge from her turbulent personal life and Portland’s winter rains soon becomes a battleground involving three very different couples: the Novas, well-off college sweethearts who suffered fertility problems but are now expecting their own baby; the McAdoos, a wealthy husband and desperate wife for whom adoption is a last chance; and Jason and Penny, an impoverished couple who have nothing—except the baby everyone wants. When a child goes missing, dreams dissolve into nightmares, and everyone is forced to examine what he or she really wants and where it all went wrong. Told from alternating points of view, *Chosen* reveals the desperate nature of desire across social backgrounds and how far people will go to get the one thing they think will be the answer.

The Chosen

The Chosen (General Series #6) by S. M. Stirling, David Drake
The hottest team
in military SF is hack in action—
with Book I of a red-hot sequel
to The General series!
Planted by interstellar probes on hundreds of human-occupied worlds, the downloaded personalities of Raj Whitehall and the ancient battle computer known as Center work together for planetary unity. Their goal is to prepare those worlds for membership in the Second Federation of Man. But on one planet they do the opposite: on Visager they work to prevent unity. For on Visager a nation-state of vicious militarists is about to start the final war to unite their world-once that is accomplished and their technology has matured they will turn outward, bringing their fatal racist infection to the stars.
John Hosten is the son of a high general of the Chosen. Jeffrey Fair is the son of an admiral of the only nation on Visager that might be capable of halting the onslaught. Through a strange twist of fate they have become as brothers united in their hatred of all that the Chosen hope to do. Only they —with the aid of the disembodied voices of their mentors from the stars-stand between eternal tyranny’for their world and eternal war for the galaxy. At the publisher’s request, this title is sold without DRM (Digital Rights Management).

Chimaera

SUMMARY: Fantasy fiction. All resistance has been crushed. In a few minutes of overwhelming violence the Council’s air-dreadnought fleet has destroyed Fiz Gorgo’s defences. Xervish Flydd, Irisis and their rallies have been condemned to die in a brutal aerial spectacle designed to reinforce Chief Scrutator Ghorr’s power and majesty. The only one left uncaptured is Nish, but he is trapped in a burning watchtower, and hunted by both the scrutators and his former lover, Ullii, whose twin brother he accidentally killed. Before Nish can hope to rescue his friends, he must convince Ullii to spare him, then overcome the most powerful cabal of mancers in the world as well as the Council’s four hundred crack guards. And even if he succeeds, to win the war the allies still have to defeat the scrutators and overthrow Nennifer, the corrupt Council’s dread bastion, before the rampaging lyrinx overwhelm all Santhenar.