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After dark

From Publishers Weekly

Murakami’s 12th work of fiction is darkly entertaining and more novella than novel. Taking place over seven hours of a Tokyo night, it intercuts three loosely related stories, linked by Murakami’s signature magical-realist absurd coincidences. When amateur trombonist and soon-to-be law student Tetsuya Takahashi walks into a late-night Denny’s, he espies Mari Asai, 19, sitting by herself, and proceeds to talk himself back into her acquaintance. Tetsuya was once interested in plain Mari’s gorgeous older sister, Eri, whom he courted, sort of, two summers previously. Murakami then cuts to Eri, asleep in what turns out to be some sort of menacing netherworld. Tetsuya leaves for overnight band practice, but soon a large, 30ish woman, Kaoru, comes into Denny’s asking for Mari: Mari speaks Chinese, and Kaoru needs to speak to the Chinese prostitute who has just been badly beaten up in the nearby “love hotel” Kaoru manages. Murakami’s omniscient looks at the lives of the sleeping Eri and the prostitute’s assailant, a salaryman named Shirakawa, are sheer padding, but the probing, wonderfully improvisational dialogues Mari has with Tetsuya, Kaoru and a hotel worker named Korogi sustain the book until the ambiguous, mostly upbeat dénouement. (May)
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Other than an unexpected cheerfulness, After Dark is classic Haruki Murakami, featuring themes of loneliness and alienation, carefully crafted characters, Western references (such as an all-night Denny’s where Hall & Oates plays in the background), and distinctive magical-realist twists of fate. Critics also praised the impassive, omniscient narration, like a constantly shifting video camera, which renders each scene in magnificent detail. The chief complaint was the brevity of the novel, and the Los Angeles Times felt that Eri’s dreamlike scenes missed the mark as well. “For the unfamiliar, it’s the perfect appetizer. For the established fan, it’s a quick work that is over far too soon” (_Denver Post_).

Copyright © 2004 Phillips & Nelson Media, Inc.

Aesop’s Fables

SUMMARY: Aesop’s Fables, by Aesop, 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. As legend has it, the storyteller Aesop was a slave who lived in ancient Greece during the sixth century B.C. His memorable, recountable fables have brought amusing characters to life and driven home thought-provoking morals for generations of listeners and modern-day readers. Translated into countless languages and familiar to people around the world, Aesop’s fables never tarnish despite being told again and again. This collection presents nearly 300 of Aesop’s most entertaining and enduring stories—from “The Hare and the Tortoise” and “The Town Mouse and the Country Mouse” to “The Goose That Laid the Golden Eggs” and “The Wolf in Sheep’s Clothing.” Populated by a colorful array of animal characters who personify every imaginable human type—from fiddling grasshoppers and diligent ants to sly foxes, wicked wolves, brave mice, and grateful lions—these timeless tales are as fresh and relevant today as when they were first created. Full of humor, insight, and wit, the tales in Aesop’s Fables champion the value of hard work and perseverance, compassion for others, and honesty. They are age-old wisdom in a delicious form, for the consumption of adults and children alike.D. L. Ashliman is emeritus professor at the University of Pittsburgh. He taught folklore, mythology, German, and comparative literature at that institution for thirty-one years. He has also served as guest professor at the University of Augsburg in Germany.

The Adventures of Sherlock Holmes

CSF Publishing’s Classic Literature Collection includes title’s carefully updated and corrected from the original text, and features new enhancements such as the author’s complete biography and bibliography, story description, list of characters and their role in the story, and occasionally illustrations from antique editions. THE BOOK: The Adventures of Sherlock Holmes is a collection of twelve stories by Arthur Conan Doyle, featuring his famous detective and illustrated by Sidney Paget. These are the first of the Sherlock Holmes short stories, originally published as single stories in the Strand Magazine from July 1891 to June 1892. The book was published in England on 14 October 1892 by George Newnes Ltd and in a US Edition on 15 October by Harper. The initial combined print run was 14,500 copies. The book was banned in the Soviet Union in 1929 for the occultism of its author, although the book shows few to no signs of such material. Later, the embargo was lifted. THE AUTHOR: Sir Arthur Ignatius Conan Doyle (22 May 1859 – 7 July 1930) was a Scottish physician and writer, most noted for his stories about the detective Sherlock Holmes, which are generally considered a major innovation in the field of crime fiction, and for the adventures of Professor Challenger. He was a prolific writer whose other works include science fiction stories, historical novels, plays and romances, poetry, and non-fiction.
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The Adventures of Button

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THE ADVENTURE OF THE YELLOW FACE

“The Adventure of the Yellow Face”, one of the 56 short Sherlock Holmes stories written by British author Sir Arthur Conan Doyle, is the third tale from The Memoirs of Sherlock Holmes. It was first published in Strand Magazine in 1893 with original illustrations by Sidney Paget.
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The Adventure of the Solitary Cyclist: No. 32

The Adventure of the Solitary Cyclist: – Sherlock Holmes ILLUSTRATED EDITION Another adventure by the brilliant Sherlock Holmes, the world’s most famous detective is presented for mental stimulation and your enjoyment. Once again Holmes will come to the “only logical conclusion” as he solves yet another mystery. After all, “It’s elementary, Watson!” Sure to be enjoyed by all. Recommended by The Gunston Trust for Nonviolence in Literature for Children & Young Adults. Ages Adult & Young Adult+

The Adventure of the Gloria Scott

The Adventure of the Gloria Scott by Arthur Conan Doyle, Sidney Paget
The Adventure of the Gloria Scott, one of the 56 Sherlock Holmes short stories written by British author Sir Arthur Conan Doyle, is one of 12 stories in the cycle collected as The Memoirs of Sherlock Holmes. It is chronologically the earliest case in Sherlock Holmes canon. This story is related mainly by Holmes rather than Watson, and is the first case to which Holmes applied his powers of deduction, having treated it as a mere hobby until this time.
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Conan Doyle was also a fervent advocate of justice and personally investigated two closed cases, which led to two men being exonerated of the crimes of which they were accused. The first case, in 1906, involved a shy half-British, half-Indian lawyer named George Edalji who had allegedly penned threatening letters and mutilated animals. Police were set on Edalji’s conviction, even though the mutilations continued after their suspect was jailed.
The second case, that of Oscar Slater, a German Jew and gambling-den operator convicted of bludgeoning an 82-year-old woman in Glasgow in 1908, excited Conan Doyle’s curiosity because of inconsistencies in the prosecution case and a general sense that Slater was not guilty. He ended up paying most of the costs for Slater’s successful appeal in 1928.

Adventure of the Christmas Pudding and other stories

First came a sinister warning to Poirot not to eat any plum pudding…then the discovery of corpse in chest…next, an overheard quarrel that led to murder…the strange case of the of the dead man who altered his eating habits..and the puzzle of the victim who dreamt his own suicide. What links these six baffling cases? The distinctive hand of the queen of crime fiction

Adriano in Siria Opera Drammatica Da Rappresentarsi Nel Regio Teatro Del Buon-Ritiro, Festeggiandosi Il Gloriosissimo Giorno Natalizio Di D Ferd

This is a reproduction of a book published before 1923. This book may have occasional imperfectionssuch as missing or blurred pages, poor pictures, errant marks, etc. that were either part of the original artifact, or were introduced by the scanning process. We believe this work is culturally important, and despite the imperfections, have elected to bring it back into print as part of our continuing commitment to the preservation of printed worksworldwide. We appreciate your understanding of the imperfections in the preservation process, and hope you enjoy this valuable book.++++The below data was compiled from various identification fields in the bibliographic record of this title. This data is provided as an additional tool in helping to ensure edition identification: ++++ Adriano In Siria. Opera Drammatica Da Rappresentarsi Nel Regio Teatro Del Buon-Ritiro, Festeggiandosi Il Gloriosissimo Giorno Natalizio Di … D. Ferdinando VI … Pietro Metastasio en la oficina de Miguel Escrivano, 1757

Adam & Eve

What Happened To Eden?
The *New York Times* bestselling author of *Ahab’s Wife*, *Four Spirits*, and *Abundance* returns with a daring and provocative novel that envisions a world where science and faith contend for the allegiance of a new Adam & Eve.
Hours before his untimely—and highly suspicious—death, world-renowned astrophysicist Thom Bergmann shares his discovery of extraterrestrial life with his wife, Lucy. Feeling that the warring world is not ready to learn of—or accept—proof of life elsewhere in the universe, Thom entrusts Lucy with his computer flash drive, which holds the keys to his secret work.
Devastated by Thom’s death, Lucy keeps the secret, but Thom’s friend, anthropologist Pierre Saad, contacts Lucy with an unusual and dangerous request about another sensitive matter. Pierre needs Lucy to help him smuggle a newly discovered artifact out of Egypt: an ancient codex concerning the human authorship of the Book of Genesis. Offering a reinterpretation of the creation story, the document is sure to threaten the foundation of the Jewish, Christian, and Muslim religions . . . and there are those who will stop at nothing to suppress it.
Midway through the daring journey, Lucy’s small plane goes down on a slip of verdant land between the Tigris and Euphrates rivers in the Middle East. Burned in the crash landing, she is rescued by Adam, a delusional American soldier whose search for both spiritual and carnal knowledge has led to madness. Blessed with youth, beauty, and an unsettling innocence, Adam gently tends to Lucy’s wounds, and in this quiet, solitary paradise, a bond between the unlikely pair grows. Ultimately, Lucy and Adam forsake their half-mythical Eden and make their way back toward civilization, where members of an ultraconservative religious cult are determined to deprive the world of the knowledge Lucy carries.

Acts of Faith

SUMMARY: Philip Caputo’s tragic and epically ambitious new novel is set in Sudan, where war is a permanent condition. Into this desolate theater come aid workers, missionaries, and mercenaries of conscience whose courage and idealism sometimes coexist with treacherous moral blindness. There’s the entrepreneurial American pilot who goes from flying food and medicine to smuggling arms, the Kenyan aid worker who can’t help seeing the tawdry underside of his enterprise, and the evangelical Christian who comes to Sudan to redeem slaves and falls in love with a charismatic rebel commander. As their fates intersect and our understanding of their characters deepens, it becomes apparent that Acts of Faith is one of those rare novels that combine high moral seriousness with irresistible narrative wizardry.

Act of Will

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*Act of Will* is a boisterous fantasy adventure that introduces us to Will Hawthorne, a medieval actor and playwright who flees the authorities only to find himself inextricably bound to a group of high-minded adventurers on a deadly mission. Will travels with them to a distant land where they are charged with the investigation and defeat of a ruthless army of mystical horsemen, who appear out of the mist leaving death and devastation in their wake.
In the course of Will’s uneasy alliance with his new protectors, he has to get his pragmatic mind to accept selfless heroism (which he thinks is absurd) and magic (which he doesn’t believe in). Will must eventually decide where his loyalties really lie and how much he is prepared to do–and believe–to stand up for them.

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Accidentally the Sheikh’s Wife

Accidentally the Sheikh’s Wife by Barbara McMahon
For Bethanne Saunders, flying Sheikh Rashid al Harum’s private plane has its perks. When her feet touch the ground it’s on the plush carpet of his sumptuous palace. And just being near gorgeous Rashid makes her feel on cloud nine!
Bethanne has all the luxury she can handle—until suddenly she’s promoted to princess! But the dazzling rock on her finger is a stark reminder that it’s a convenient engagement. Everyone knows sheikhs don’t fall for ordinary girls from Texas….

The Accident Man

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Meet the Accident Man, Samuel Carver
Carver is a good guy who makes bad things happen to bad people. Drug-baron’s helicopter develops mechanical failure mid-flight: Samuel Carver. Terrorist blown-up in his own bomb factory: Samuel Carver. Ex-SAS, now freelance mercenary he is the frontline weapon of the ‘Consortium’, a black-ops British government outfit, or is it?
Carver is called to do a hit at very short notice. *Do this job for us and be paid very well. Refuse and you better run and hide.* He believes the target to be a high-ranking Pakistani terrorist. The job is to organise a car crash in a Paris underpass.
But Carver is being set up. When he discovers the real identity of his target, and more importantly the identity of the target’s female companion, he knows one thing – his life is over. This is a secret too big to let him live, unless he can track down the real villains before they get to him.
Combining the plotting of Robert Ludlum, with the pace and tension of Frederick Forsyth, Tom Cain is a major new thriller writer and *The Accident Man* is a classic in the making and launches Samuel Carver straight into the top rank of action heroes.
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“The best first thriller I have read since *The Day of the Jackal*, and that was a long time ago. With one mightly bound Tom Cain has vaulted over Archer and Grisham and stands close on Freddie Forsyth’s tail” (Wilbur Smith)
“Audacious, authentic, full of tension and tradecraft… maybe it’s true and maybe it isn’t, but either way it is a great thriller read” (Lee Child)
“The most audacious and timely thriller in years” (*Daily Mirror*)
“Fast-moving, cleverly constructed and very readable” (*Daily Mail*)
“Like the Bourne movies meets Frederick Forsyth” (*Guardian*)
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Transworld’s major new thriller signing.

Absent Friends

SUMMARY: The secrets of a group of childhood friends unravel in this haunting thriller by Edgar Award winner S. J. Rozan. Set in New York in the unforgettable aftermath of September 11, Absent Friends brilliantly captures a time and place unlike any other, as it winds through the wounded streets of New York and Staten Island…and into a maze of old crimes, damaged lives, and heartbreaking revelations. The result is not only an electrifying mystery and a riveting piece of storytelling but an elegiac novel that powerfully explores a world changed forever on a clear September morning.In a novel that will catch you off guard at every turn, and one that is guaranteed to become a classic, S. J. Rozan masterfully ratchets up the tension one revelation at a time as she dares you to ponder the bonds of friendship, the meaning of truth, and the stuff of heroism.From the Hardcover edition.

About Last Night: A Loveswept Contemporary Romance

**Sure, opposites attract, but in this sexy, smart, eBook original romance from RITA finalist and *USA Today* bestselling author Ruthie Knox, they positively combust! When a buttoned-up banker falls for a bad girl, “about last night” is just the beginning.
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Cath Talarico knows a mistake when she makes it, and God knows she’s made her share. So many, in fact, that this Chicago girl knows London is her last, best shot at starting over. But bad habits are hard to break, and soon Cath finds herself back where she has vowed never to go . . . in the bed of a man who is all kinds of wrong: too rich, too classy, too uptight for a free-spirited troublemaker like her.
Nev Chamberlain feels trapped and miserable in his family’s banking empire. But beneath his pinstripes is an artist and bohemian struggling to break free and lose control. Mary Catherine–even her name turns him on–with her tattoos, her secrets, and her gamine, sex-starved body, unleashes all kinds of fantasies.
When blue blood mixes with bad blood, can a couple that is definitely wrong for each other ever be perfectly right? And with a little luck and a lot of love, can they make last night last a lifetime?
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Includes a special message from the editor, as well as excerpts from these Loveswept titles: *Because of You, Ride with Me,* and *Midnight Hour*.**
### Review
“Readers will cheer for the cautious Cath and wish that they had a their own Nev!” — **RT Book Reviews** , 4.5 stars
“A terrifically warm and funny contemporary romance . . . highly recommended for lovers of contemporary romance and chick lit.” — **Library Journal XPress Reviews**
“A sensuous treat with passion and compassion, humor and originality. I highly recommend it.” — **Jane Bowers, Romance Reviews Today**
“About Last Night is fabulous! I couldn’t put it down, I laughed out loud at Cath’s attitude, and I’m still crying at the ending. So totally romantic!” — **Drey’s Library**
“A page-turner, full of sex, sizzle, and heart.” — **Susan Andersen** , New York Times best-selling author of Playing Dirty
“About Last Night is a standout, filled with wit, romance, and charm.” — **Lori Wilde** , New York Times best-selling author
“Funny, unabashedly sexy, and at times achingly emotional, *About Last Night* kept me ripping through the pages to get to the happily ever after. Ruthie Knox is a unique, fresh voice in romance. I highly recommend her!” — **Jaci Burton** , *New York Times* best-selling author
“I fell for Ruthie Knox’s hero, I cheered for her heroine…and I simply adored everything about their love story! *About Last Night* is an absolutely wonderful romance.” — **Bella Andre** , best-selling author of *I Only Have Eyes for You*
“Smart and sexy . . . *About Last Night* is absolutely irresistible.” — **Shiloh Walker** , best-selling author of the Ash Trilogy
“If only all romances were this funny, smart, sexy, and real!” — **Isabel Sharpe** , Harlequin Blaze
### About the Author
RITA Award finalist Ruthie Knox is the *USA Today* bestselling author of sexy, witty contemporary romance, including the novels *Ride with Me* , *Along Came Trouble* , and *Flirting with Disaster*.
*AudioFile* Earphones Award winner Coleen Marlo has been nominated three times for an Audie Award, winning for *Snakewoman of Little Egypt* by Robert Hellenga. She has also been awarded three Listen-Up Awards from *Publishers Weekly* , and *Publishers Weekly* named Coleen Audiobook Reader of the Year for 2010.