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Cleopatra’s Daughter

The marriage of Marc Antony and Cleopatra is one of the greatest love stories of all time, a tale of unbridled passion with earth-shaking political consequences. Feared and hunted by the powers in Rome, the lovers choose to die by their own hands as the triumphant armies of Antony’s revengeful rival, Octavian, sweep into Egypt. Their three orphaned children are taken in chains to Rome; only two– the ten-year-old twins Selene and Alexander–survive the journey. Delivered to the household of Octavian’s sister, the siblings cling to each other and to the hope that they will return one day to their rightful place on the throne of Egypt. As they come of age, they are buffeted by the personal ambitions of Octavian’s family and court, by the ever-present threat of slave rebellion, and by the longings and desires deep within their own hearts. The fateful tale of Selene and Alexander is brought brilliantly to life in Cleopatra’s Daughter.Recounted in Selene’s youthful and engaging voice, it introduces a compelling cast of historical characters: Octavia, the emperor Octavian’s kind and compassionate sister, abandoned by Marc Antony for Cleopatra; Livia, Octavian’s bitter and jealous wife; Marcellus, Octavian’s handsome, flirtatious nephew and heir apparent; Tiberius, Livia’s sardonic son and Marcellus’s great rival for power; and Juba, Octavian’s watchful aide, whose honored position at court has far-reaching effects on the lives of the young Egyptian royals. Selene’s narrative is animated by the concerns of a young girl in any time and place–the possibility of finding love, the pull of friendship and family, and the pursuit of her unique interests and talents. While coping with the loss of both her family and her ancestral kingdom, Selene must find a path around the dangers of a foreign land. Her accounts of life in Rome are filled with historical details that vividly capture both the glories and horrors of the times. She dines with the empire’s most illustrious poets and politicians, witnesses the creation of the Pantheon, and navigates the colorful, crowded marketplaces of the city where Roman-style justice is meted out with merciless authority.Based on meticulous research, Cleopatra’s Daughter is a fascinating portrait of imperial Rome and of the people and events of this glorious and most tumultuous period in human history. Emerging from the shadows of the past, Selene, a young woman of irresistible charm and preternatural intelligence, will capture your heart.From the Hardcover edition.

Cleopatra: A Life

SUMMARY:
Cleopatras palace shimmered with onyx and gold, but was richer still in political and sexual intrigue. Though her life spanned fewer then forty years, it reshaped the contours of the ancient world. She was married twice, each time to a brother. She waged a brutal civil war against the first and she poisoned the second.Incest and assassination were family specialties. Cleopatra appears to have had sex with only two men.They happen, however to have been Julius Caesar and Mark Anthony, two of the most prominent Romans of the day. Both were married to other women. Cleopatra had a son with Caesar and – after his murder, three more with his prot_g_.Famous long before she was notorious, Cleopatra has gone down in history for all the wrong reasons. Shakespeare and Shaw put words in her mouth. Michelangelo, Tiepolo, and Elizabeth Taylor put a face to her name. Along the way the supple personality has been lost. In a masterly return to the classical sources, Stacy Schiff here boldly separates fact from fiction to rescue the magnetic queen whose death ushered in a new world order a generation before the birth of Christ. Rich in detail, epic in scope, Schiffs is a luminous, deeply original reconstruction of a dazzling life.

Clementine

Maria Isabella Boyd’s success as a Confederate spy has made her too famous for further espionage work, and now her employment options are slim. Exiled, widowed, and on the brink of poverty…she reluctantly goes to work for the Pinkerton National Detective Agency in Chicago.
Adding insult to injury, her first big assignment is commissioned by the Union Army. In short, a federally sponsored transport dirigible is being violently pursued across the Rockies and Uncle Sam isn’t pleased. The *Clementine* is carrying a top secret load of military essentials—essentials which must be delivered to Louisville, Kentucky, without delay.
Intelligence suggests that the unrelenting pursuer is a runaway slave who’s been wanted by authorities on both sides of the Mason-Dixon for fifteen years. In that time, Captain Croggon Beauregard Hainey has felonied his way back and forth across the continent, leaving a trail of broken banks, stolen war machines, and illegally distributed weaponry from sea to shining sea.
And now it’s Maria’s job to go get him.
He’s dangerous quarry and she’s a dangerous woman, but when forces conspire against them both, they take a chance and form an alliance. She joins his crew, and he uses her connections. She follows his orders. He takes her advice.
And somebody, somewhere, is going to rue the day he crossed either one of them.

Cleaving

SUMMARY: Julie Powell thought cooking her way through Julia Child’s Mastering the Art of French Cooking was the craziest thing she’d ever do– until she embarked on the voyage recounted in her new memoir, CLEAVING. Her marriage challenged by an insane, irresistible love affair, Julie decides to leave town and immerse herself in a new obsession: butchery. She finds her way to Fleischer’s, a butcher shop where she buries herself in the details of food. She learns how to break down a side of beef and French a rack of ribs–tough, physical work that only sometimes distracts her from thoughts of afternoon trysts. The camaraderie at Fleischer’s leads Julie to search out fellow butchers around the world– from South America to Europe to Africa. At the end of her odyssey, she has learned a new art and perhaps even mastered her unruly heart.

Clans of the Alphane moon

SUMMARY: When CIA agent Chuck Rittersdorf and his psychiatrist wife, Mary, file for divorce, they have no idea that in a few weeks they’ll be shooting it out on Alpha III M2, the distant moon ruled by various psychotics liberated from a mental ward. Nor do they suspect that Chuck’s new employer, the famous TV comedian Bunny Hentman, will also be there aiming his own laser gun. How things came to such a darkly hilarious pass is the subject of Clans of the Alphane Moon, an astutely shrewd and acerbic tale that blurs all conventional distinctions between sanity and madness.

The Claiming of Sleeping Beauty

Step beyond the wall of your own imagination to the place where erotic enchantment lies… When Sleeping Beauty awakes at the Prince’s kiss it is the beginning of our story, not the end. Once the prisoner of a spell, locked in the sleep of innocence – now she is the prisoner of sensual love, held fast by the magic of desire. Claimed by the Prince as the slave of his passions, Sleeping Beauty learns that tenderness and cruelty, pleasure and pain, longing and fulfilment are all one in the awesome kingdom of love. Beauty she is – but she is sleeping no more…

City of Time

; illustrated by Jon Goodell EDITORIAL REVIEW: CATI, THE BOLD Watcher readers met in *The Navigator*, returns from the shadows of time to summon Owen and Dr. Diamond, for time is literally running out. The moon is coming closer to the earth, causing havoc with weather, tides, and other natural cycles; people fear the world will end. To discover what’s gone wrong, Cati, Owen, and the Doctor must take an astonishing journey to the City of Time, where time is bought and sold. There, Owen begins to understand his great responsibility and power as the Navigator.

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…
Source: back cover

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