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The God of Small Things

The year is 1969. In the state of Kerala, on the southernmost tip of India, a skyblue Plymouth with chrome tailfins is stranded on the highway amid a Marxist workers’ demonstration. Inside the car sit two-egg twins Rahel and Esthappen, and so begins their tale. . . .
Armed only with the invincible innocence of children, they fashion a childhood for themselves in the shade of the wreck that is their family–their lonely, lovely mother, Ammu (who loves by night the man her children love by day), their blind grandmother, Mammachi (who plays Handel on her violin), their beloved uncle Chacko (Rhodes scholar, pickle baron, radical Marxist, bottom-pincher), their enemy, Baby Kochamma (ex-nun and incumbent grandaunt), and the ghost of an imperial entomologist’s moth (with unusually dense dorsal tufts).
When their English cousin, Sophie Mol, and her mother, Margaret Kochamma, arrive on a Christmas visit, Esthappen and Rahel learn that Things Can Change in a Day. That lives can twist into new, ugly shapes, even cease forever, beside their river “graygreen.” With fish in it. With the sky and trees in it. And at night, the broken yellow moon in it.
The brilliantly plotted story uncoils with an agonizing sense of foreboding and inevitability. Yet nothing prepares you for what lies at the heart of it.
The God of Small Things takes on the Big Themes–Love. Madness. Hope. Infinite Joy. Here is a writer who dares to break the rules. To dislocate received rhythms and create the language she requires, a language that is at once classical and unprecedented. Arundhati Roy has given us a book that is anchored to anguish, but fueled by wit and magic. –front flap

The Geography of Strabo Volume 2

This historic book may have numerous typos and missing text. Purchasers can download a free scanned copy of the original book (without typos) from the publisher. Not indexed. Not illustrated. 1856 edition. Excerpt: …Aimti. ” And JEglele Anaphe, close to the Lacedcemonian Thera; ” and in another, he mentions Thera only, “Mother of my country, celebrated for its fine breed of horses.” Thera is a long island, about 200 stadia in circumference. It lies opposite to the island Dia,1 towards the Cnossian Hera-cleium. It is distant about 700 stadia from Crete. Near it are Anaphe and Therasia.2 The little island los3 is distant from the latter about 100 stadia. Here according to some authors the poet Homer was buried.4 In going from los towards the west are Sicenus5 and Lagusa,6 and Pholegandrus, ‘ which Aratus calls the iron island, on account of its rocks. Near these islands is Cimolus,8 whence is obtained the Cimo-lian earth. From Cimolus Siphnus9 is visible. To this island is applied the proverb, ” a Siphnian bone (astragalus),” on account of its insignificance. Still nearer, both to Cimolus and Crete, is Melos,10 more considerable than these. It is distant from the Hermionic promontory, the ScyllsBum,11 700 stadia, and nearly as many from the Dictynngean promontory. The Athenians formerly despatched an army to Melos,12 and put to death the inhabitants from youth upwards. These islands are situated in the Cretan sea. Delos,13 the Cyclades about it, and the Sporades adjacent to these, belong rather to the JEgasan sea. To the Sporades also are to be referred the islands about Crete, which I have already mentioned. 2. The city of Delos is in a plain. Delos contains the temple of Apollo, and the Latoum, or temple of Latona. The Cynthus,14 a naked and rugged mountain, overhangs the city. 1 Standia. Therasia, on the west of Santorino. ‘ Nio. According to Herodotus, in the Life of Homer. 5 Sikino, anciently CEnoe. Pliny iv. 12. Cardiodissa, or Cardiana. ‘ Policandro. 8…

The Enemy

Jack Reacher. Hero. Loner. Soldier. Soldier’s son. An elite military cop, he was one of the army’s brightest stars. But in every cop’s life there is one case that changes everything. For Jack Reacher, this is that case…. New Year’s Day, 1990. In a North Carolina motel, a two-star general is found dead. His briefcase is missing. Nobody knows what was in it. Within minutes Jack Reacher has his orders: Control the situation. Within hours the general’s wife is murdered. Then the dominoes really start to fall…. Somewhere inside the vast worldwide fortress that is the U.S. Army, Reacher is being set up as a fall guy with the worst enemies a man can have. But Reacher won’t quit. He’s fighting a new kind of war–against an enemy he didn’t know he had. And against a conspiracy more chilling, ingenious, and treacherous than anyone could have guessed.

The Empire Stone

Who Holds the Stone Rules the World!

It could light a path in the dead of night. Fashioned by gods-or demons-it could bring power and untold riches to any who possessed it. But it was lost with the destruction of the fabled city of Thyone.

And now . . . it may have been found.

Follow Peirol of the Moorlands on an epic adventure across oceans and strange lands filled with mystery and magic. There he will find his true calling – and the Stone!

The Dog Who Came in From the Cold

The heartwarming and hilarious second installment in the Corduroy Mansions series presents the further adventures of Alexander McCall Smith’s newest, already-beloved character: the Pimlico Terrier Freddie de la Hay.
In the elegantly crumbling four-storey mansion block in Pimlico called Corduroy Mansions, the comings and goings of the wonderfully motley crew of residents continue apace. A pair of New Age operators has determined that Terence Moongrove’s estate is the cosmologically correct place for their Centre for Cosmological Studies. Literary agent Barbara Ragg has decided to represent a man who is writing a book about his time “hanging out” with the abominable snowman. And, our small, furry, endlessly surprising canine hero, Freddie de la Hay – belonging to failed oenophile William French – has been recruited by MI6 to infiltrate a Russian spy ring. Needless to say, the other denizens of Corduroy Mansions have issues of their own. But all of it will be addressed with the wit, charm and insight into the foibles of the human condition that have become the hallmark of this truly peerless storyteller.
*From the Hardcover edition.*

The Dog Owner’s Guide

If you are thinking about buying a dog or you have a dog, you need to know some basic facts about healthcare, grooming, diet, vaccinations, training etc. “The Dog Owner’s Guide” has valuable information to help you give your pet the care it needs. A dog depends on the owner to look after it. If you want your pet to develop into a happy and well-behaved companion you can’t bypass this book. This book is perfect for young or old first time dog owners.

The Demon Spirit

Elbryan and Pony–soul mates from childhood who grew even closer over time–fervently hope that the tide of darkness is at last receding from the land of Corona. Yet if evil is on the retreat, why are hordes of goblins and bloody-capped powries slashing their way ever-deeper into civilized lands?

A sinister threat now looms over Corona, for the power of the demon dactyl was not entirely vanquished by the sacrifice of the monk Avelyn Desbris. Instead, its darkness has infiltrated the most sacred of places–as a once-admired spiritual leader rededicates his life to the most vicious, most insidious revenge against the forces of good. There may be no stopping the spread of the malignant evil . . .
### Amazon.com Review
The Demon trilogy by R.A. Salvatore began with *The Demon Awakens* and continues with *The Demon Spirit*. Corona is a fantasy world regularly menaced by the “demon dactyl” who organizes the usual suspects–goblins, dwarfs, giants–in hope of wiping out humanity. Having been comprehensively blown up in book one, the now bodiless demon resorts to corrupting the soul of the abbot who is Corona’s chief religious leader. It’s an easy task, since despite a few good monks the church is already a murderous, hypocritical outfit.
On the other side, Elbryan the elf-trained warrior and his magic-wielding lady are busy cleaning up the increasingly disorganized remnants of the demon’s armies, with skilled assistance from elf and thief companions. The magic comes from stones and jewels with various interesting powers, liberated from the church by a renegade monk in book one. This annoys the Abbot no end, and his “Brother Justice” assassins are hot on the stones’ trail, bumping off rival clerics and innocent bystanders en route.
There’s plenty of slick incidental adventure and skirmishing, and even an exciting raid on the torture chambers of the biggest and best-defended abbey. Meanwhile the battle lines are being rearranged: the fight is no longer against the demon but the now demon-influenced church, with the final clash scheduled for the concluding volume *The Demon Apostle*. Fast-moving commercial fantasy that delivers action rather than misty enchantment. *–David Langford, Amazon.co.uk*
### From Library Journal
A slain demon lives on in spirit.
Copyright 1997 Reed Business Information, Inc.

The Demon Awakens

In THE DEMON AWAKENS, bestselling author R. A. Salvatore creates an astonishing new world for readers to explore–and an intrepid hero to lead the way: Elbryan Wynden, who must confront the dark tides of destiny in his epic search for justice and peace . . .

A great evil has awakened in the land of Corona, a terrible demon determined to spread death and misery. His goblin armies and fearsome giants ravage the settlements of the frontier, and in the small village of Dundallis their merciless attack leaves behind two shattered orphans: Pony and her lifelong friend, the youth Elbryan. Taken in by elves, Elbryan is raised to become a formidable ranger–a fateful role that will lead him into harrowing confrontation.

Meanwhile, on a far-off island, a shower of gemstones will fall onto the black sand shores. These heaven-sent stones carry within them an incredible power–the key to all that is good in the world and all that is evil, and it is up to one young monk to liberate them from the corrupt monastery that harvests them. Pray that they don’t fall into the wrong, clawed hands . . .
### From Library Journal
The demon dactyl awakens in a mountainside cave on Corona populated by elves, goblins, humans, centaurs, and giants. When goblins destroy the village of Dundallis, orphaned Pony and her friend Elbryan survive. Aided by magically powerful gemstones, they fight to defeat the evil dactyl. Recommended for fantasy collections.
Copyright 1997 Reed Business Information, Inc.
### From Booklist
Salvatore’s new saga opens in a volcano, with a “demon dactyl” awaking and sending out goblins to ravage the peaceful land of Corona. The scourge orphans young Elbryan Wyndon and the maiden Pony, and the two have to flee for their lives. Meanwhile, on a beach far, far away, multicolored gemstones rain down and prove to have enormous potential for both good and evil magic, depending on whose hands they fall into. After many peregrinations, Elbryan and Pony end up guardians of the gemstones, but that is only their first victory. Salvatore lacks the command of language and the humor of some other exploiters of the classic elements of fantasy, yet he lacks nothing in pacing and well-handled battle scenes. Morever, the extra elbow room he gives himself in this stout volume (and its probable successors) allows him to improve his characterization and world building. This is his most ambitious book to date; if it is not superlatively original, it is certainly very readable. *Roland Green*

The Delta Anomaly

The year is 2250, and it has been six months since James Kirk joined Starfleet Academy. A rebellious young man, Kirk is used to doing things his way–and whenever he feels like it. However, the Academy is changing him little by little, showing him how to transform his headstrong attitude and ambition into qualities that make him a leader. Kirk’s behavior often brings him to clash with another Starfleet Academy member, a half-Vulcan, half-human named Spock. This book series will delve into the lives and relationships of Kirk and the other recruits at the Academy, their training, their missions, and their romances.
In *The Delta Anomaly* , a shocking San Francisco crime shakes up Starfleet Academy, entangling Kirk, McCoy, Uhura, and Spock… . and turns out to have chilling intergalactic implications.

The Deep Reaches of Space

Is he George Whitley, a twentieth-century writer of science fiction – or Peter Quinn, Second Officer of the interstellar liner *Lode Maiden*?
An injection of lysergic acid and Whitley finds himself … where … who … and in what age? He is inhabiting the body of Second Officer Quinn but his mind is still that of George Whitley.
Aboard the *Lode Maiden* he can capture only fragments of Quinn’s memory and consciousness, until a magnetic storm throws the ship off trajectory into the deep reaches of space. Then, somehow, enough knowledge comes to him to enable him to help land the ship on an unnamed planet on the Galactic Rim.
But the forced landing damages the ship and kills the Captain, leaving Quinn – or is it Whitley? – to lead the crew and passengers to safety through the horrors and dangers of the unknown planet.

The Dead Sun

Kyle Riggs sits uneasily upon Earth’s throne. He’s liberated his homeworld from a tyrant, only to replace him. In THE DEAD SUN, the ninth book of the Star Force Series, the Great War between life and the machines reaches its final chapter. Both sides have new technology and expanded industrial bases. Star Force and the machines attempt to exterminate one another in a final, glorious conflict. Along the way, Riggs finally learns who his real friends and enemies are.THE DEAD SUN is a military science fiction novel by bestselling author B. V. Larson.

The Darwin Awards 4

All new tales from the shallow end of the gene pool Named in honour of Charles Darwin, the father of evolution, The Darwin Awards pays homage to those who improve our gene pool . . . by removing themselves from it. Most of us know instinctively that igniting a blasting cap in our mouth is a recipe for disaster. Darwin Award winners do not. Most of us have basic sound judgement that eliminates the need for NO SMOKING signs at ammo dumps. Darwin Award winners do not. Whether it’s thallium-snorting soldiers, head-butting motorcyclists, or hatchet-wielding men who mistake a body part for a chicken neck, there’s no shortage of creative Darwin Award winners. Filled with 150 original tales of evolution in action, science essays by guest writers, and a spoof research paper supporting Intelligent Design, The Darwin Awards IV demonstrates that when it comes to common sense, natural selection still has a long way to go.

The Dancing Mind

On the occasion of her acceptance of the National Book Foundation Medal for Distinguished Contribution to American Letters on the sixth of November, 1996, Nobel laureate Toni Morrison speaks with brevity and passion to the pleasures, the difficulties, the necessities, of the reading/writing life in our time.
*From the Hardcover edition.*