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Nobody sets up a mystery better than Dick Francis. — _San Francisco Chronicle_

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From the New York Times bestselling author of Field of 13, 10 Lb. Penalty, To the Hilt, and so many more…a com-pelling and chilling tale of drugged racehorses, double-dealers, and masterful detection that confirms Dick Francis’s reputation as “mystery’s Gibraltar.” (Chicago Sun-Times)

Fever Pitch

Amazon.com Review

In the States, Nick Hornby is best know as the author of and , two wickedly funny novels about being thirtysomething and going nowhere fast. In Britain he is revered for his status as a fanatical football writer (sorry, fanatical soccer writer), owing to Fever Pitch–which is both an autobiography and a footballing Bible rolled into one. Hornby pinpoints 1968 as his formative year–the year he turned 11, the year his parents separated, and the year his father first took him to watch Arsenal play. The author quickly moved “way beyond fandom” into an extreme obsession that has dominated his life, loves, and relationships. His father had initially hoped that Saturday afternoon matches would draw the two closer together, but instead Hornby became completely besotted with the game at the expense of any conversation: “Football may have provided us with a new medium through which we could communicate, but that was not to say that we used it, or what we chose to say was necessarily positive.” Girlfriends also played second fiddle to one ball and 11 men. He fantasizes that even if a girlfriend “went into labor at an impossible moment” he would not be able to help out until after the final whistle.

Fever Pitch is not a typical memoir–there are no chapters, just a series of match reports falling into three time frames (childhood, young adulthood, manhood). While watching the May 2, 1972, Reading v. Arsenal match, it became embarrassingly obvious to the then 15-year-old that his white, suburban, middle-class roots made him a wimp with no sense of identity: “Yorkshire men, Lancastrians, Scots, the Irish, blacks, the rich, the poor, even Americans and Australians have something they can sit in pubs and bars and weep about.” But a boy from Maidenhead could only dream of coming from a place with “its own tube station and West Indian community and terrible, insoluble social problems.”

Fever Pitch reveals the very special intricacies of British football, which readers new to the game will find astonishing, and which Hornby presents with remarkable humor and honesty–the “unique” chants sung at matches, the cold rain-soaked terraces, giant cans of warm beer, the trains known as football specials carrying fans to and from matches in prisonlike conditions, bottles smashing on the tracks, thousands of policemen waiting in anticipation for the cargo of hooligans. The sport and one team in particular have crept into every aspect of Hornby’s life–making him see the world through Arsenal-tinted spectacles. –Naomi Gesinger

From Publishers Weekly

Brought to print to take advantage of America’s presumed fascination with the ’94 World Cup (the first ever held here), Fever Pitch is a 24-year obsessional diary of English club football (soccer, to us Americans) games Hornby has witnessed and the way these games have become inextricable from his personal life. Hornby is the kind of fanatic who merely shrugs about the “tyranny” the sport exerts over his life–the mumbled excuses he must give at every missed christening or birthday party as a result of a schedule conflict. “Sometimes hurting someone,” he writes, “is unavoidable.” These occasions tend to bring out “disappointment and tired impatience” in his friends and family, but it is when he is exposed as a “worthless, shallow worm” that the similarly stricken reader can relate to the high costs of caring deeply about a game that means nothing to one’s more well-adjusted friends. These moments are fleeting, however. The book has not been tailored for American audiences, so readers lacking a knowledge of English club football’s rules, traditions, history and players will be left completely in the dark by Hornby’s obscure references. Unfortunately, he has neither Roger Angell’s ability to take us inside the game nor the pathos of Frederick Exley’s brilliantly disturbed autobiographical trilogy. Though Hornby does show flashes of real humor, Fever Pitch features mainly pedestrian insights on life and sport, and then it’s on to the next game–the equivalent, for an American reader, of a nil-nil tie. Author appearances.
Copyright 1994 Reed Business Information, Inc.

Fear Nothing

SUMMARY: Christopher Snow is different from all the other residents of Moonlight Bay, different from anyone you’ve ever met. For Christopher Snow has made his peace with a very rare genetic disorder that leaves him dangerously vulnerable to light. His life is filled with the fascinating rituals of one who must embrace the dark. He knows the night as no one else can — its mystery, its beauty, its terrors, and the eerie silken rhythms that seduce one into believing anything — even freedom — is possible. Until the night Christopher Snow witnesses a series of disturbing incidents that sweep him into a violent mystery only he can solve, a mystery that will force him to rise above all fears and confront the many-layered secrets of Moonlight Bay and its strange inhabitants. A place, like all places, that looks a lot different after dark. If you think you’ve got it tough, meet Christopher Snow, the hero of Dean Koontz’s novel Fear Nothing. Not only did his parents die under mysterious circumstances, but he’s also being stalked by shadowy characters who want Snow to stop trying to find out how they died–or else they’ll bump off his remaining loved ones (his supersmart, beer-lapping dog Orson; his best surfing buddy Bobby; and his late-night deejay girlfriend Sasha). And as if being on the lam in his own hometown, Moonlight Bay, California, isn’t bad enough, Snow has to outrun his pursuers without leaving town. He has XP–xeroderma pigmentosum–a rare genetic affliction that forces him to avoid light. Cumulative exposure to sun, fluorescent lights, and the like will give him cancer eventually, and he doesn’t dare leave the place where he’s skillfully “done the mambo with melanoma” for all of his 28 years. Koontz makes the night-town of Moonlight Bay come alive in this sometimes pulse-pounding, sometimes funny, but mostly rather lyrical thriller. Fans of Koontz’s legendary 1986 novel Watchers will love this book’s similar theme: our hero and a loveable super-dog deal with a genetic engineering laboratory run amok. Horror fans will savor the evil mutant rhesus “millennium monkeys” who hunt Snow, the few scenes of eloquent gore, and the plight of certain mutating townsfolk who are, as they put it, “becoming” something very creepy. Koontz gives Snow and Bobby a lingo that does for surfer talk what Austin Powers did for the Swinging ’60s, and his metaphors are almost as madcap as Tom Robbins’s: “As the chains of the swinging light fixture torqued, the links twisted against one another with enough friction to cause an eerie ringing, as if lizard-eyed altar boys in blood-soaked cassocks and surplices were ringing the unmelodious bells of a satanic mass.” Sometimes Koontz’s style goes over the top and wipes out, surfer-style, but for the most part, Fear Nothing will have readers bellowing “Cowabunga!” YA-Christopher Snow understands the night. He, like the owl, is nocturnal, living on the mysterious darker edge of society. Snow is afflicted with xeroderma pigmentosum, a rare and often-fatal genetic disease that makes ultraviolet rays-even those from lamps and televisions-deadly. His condition makes him a pariah in the isolated small town of Moonlight Bay where the ignorant and insensitive fear what they do not know. As the action begins, Snow’s father dies, leaving him with only a handful of offbeat but fiercely loyal friends to turn to for understanding. At the morgue, Snow accidentally witnesses his father’s body being replaced with the mutilated corpse of a vagrant. Before he can find out what is behind this scandal, he receives a frantic summons from a friend who is brutally murdered before she can finish explaining a strange story about monkeys and a secret project at the government compound at the edge of town. What begins as a disturbing puzzle quickly becomes a sinister conspiracy as Snow uncovers evidence of uncanny intelligence in many of the local animals and inhumanely vicious tendencies in some of the human residents of the Bay. They are “becoming” he learns, but becoming what? Chilling chase scenes steadily increase the breakneck pace as Snow, assisted by his remarkable dog, is pursued through the night by unseen forces. Despite some clunky and unnecessary surfer slang, fans will go wild for this well-plotted thriller.                                Robin Deffendall, Prince William Public Library System, VA Bantam brags that it is launching the biggest Koontz campaign ever with this thriller, whose protagonist lives by night (he has a genetic order that makes him highly sensitive to light) until he witnesses a murder. length: (cm)17.8                 width:(cm)10.7

Fat Vampire: A Never Coming of Age Story

EDITORIAL REVIEW: Doug Lee is undead quite by accident—attacked by a desperate vampire, he finds himself cursed with being fat and fifteen forever. When he has no luck finding some goth chick with a vampire fetish, he resorts to sucking the blood of cows under cover of the night. But it’s just not the same. Then he meets the new Indian exchange student and falls for her—hard. Yeah, he wants to bite her, but he also wants to prove himself to her. But like the laws of life, love, and high school, the laws of vampire existence are complicated—it’s not as easy as studying *Dracula*. Especially when the star of *Vampire Hunters* is hot on your trail in an attempt to boost ratings. . . . Searing, hilarious, and always unexpected, *Fat Vampire* is a satirical tour de force from one of the most original writers of fiction today.

Eternity Road

Amazon.com Review

Eternity Road is set 1,000 years from now, when the world as we know it has been dead for eight centuries, destroyed by a plague that killed most of humanity. Technological artifacts remain, but the knowledge of what they are and how to use them has been lost by a society that has degenerated into a series of city-states. Legend has it that the Roadmakers left a store of knowledge in a place called Haven, but when an expedition from Memphis sets out to find it, only one person returns. The lone, dishonored survivor eventually kills himself, but his son is determined to try again …

From Library Journal

After a cataclysmic viral plague wiped out humanity sometime in the 21st century, the next civilization arose in isolated pockets. In the Mississippi Valley, Illyrians built their town on what had been the Roadmakers’ Memphis. Some believed in the mythical Haven on the eastern ocean where books and other technological wonders had been saved. When all but one member of an expedition dies trying to find Haven, the leader’s son joins a second party on the long overland trek east. Unfortunately, the book raises more questions than it answers about the knowledge that was lost, leaving the reader unsatisfied. From the author of Ancient Shores (HarperCollins, 1996); a possible candidate to sf collections.
Copyright 1997 Reed Business Information, Inc.

A Change in Altitude

A Change in Altitude by Anita Shreve
Margaret and Patrick have been married just a few months when they set off on what they hope will be a great adventure-a year living in Kenya. Margaret quickly realizes there is a great deal she doesn’t know about the complex mores of her new home, and about her own husband.
A British couple invites the newlyweds to join on a climbing expedition to Mount Kenya, and they eagerly agree. But during their harrowing ascent,a horrific accident occurs. In the aftermath of the tragedy, Margaret struggles to understand what happened on the mountain and how these events have transformed her and her marriage, perhaps forever.
*A Change in Altitude *illuminates the inner landscape of a couple, the irrevocable impact of tragedy, and the elusive nature of forgiveness. With stunning language and striking emotional intensity, Anita Shreve transports us to the exotic panoramas of Africa and into the core of our most intimate relationships.

Brian’s Winter

From Publishers Weekly

First there was Hatchet, Paulsen’s classic tale of a boy’s survival in the north woods after a plane crash. Then came a sequel, The River, and, last year, Father Water, Mother Woods, a collection of autobiographical essays introduced as the nonfiction counterpart to Hatchet. Now Paulsen backs up and asks readers to imagine that Brian, the hero, hadn’t been rescued after all. His many fans will be only too glad to comply, revisiting Brian at the onset of a punishing Canadian winter. The pace never relents-the story begins, as it were, in the middle, with Brian already toughened up and his reflexes primed for crisis. Paulsen serves up one cliffhanger after another (a marauding bear, a charging elk), and always there are the supreme challenges of obtaining food and protection against the cold. Authoritative narration makes it easy for readers to join Brian vicariously as he wields his hatchet to whittle arrows and arrowheads and a lance, hunts game, and devises clothes out of animal skins; while teasers at the ends of chapters keep the tension high (“He would hunt big tomorrow, he thought…. But as it happened he very nearly never hunted again”). The moral of the story: it pays to write your favorite author and ask for another helping. Ages 12-up.
Copyright 1995 Reed Business Information, Inc.

From School Library Journal

Grade 5-9-At the conclusion of Hatchet (Macmillan, 1987), Brian Robeson is rescued after surviving a plane crash and summer alone in the north Canadian woods. Now, in this second sequel, Paulsen shows what would have happened if the 13-year-old boy had been forced to endure the harsh winter. For a brief time, Brian lives in relative luxury, living off the contents of the recently recovered survival pack, which included a gun for hunting. Then, his freeze-dried food runs out and his rifle fails, and he realizes how careless and complacent he has become. Suddenly aware of the changing seasons, he works frantically to winterize his shelter, fashion warmer clothes from animal skins, and construct a more powerful bow and arrow. About the time he has mastered winter survival, he discovers a dog-sled trail that leads him to a trapper and final rescue. The same formula that worked before is successful here: the driving pace of the narration, the breathtaking descriptions of nature, and the boy who triumphs on the merits of efficient problem solving. The author’s ability to cast a spell, mesmerize his audience, and provide a clinic in winter survival is reason enough to buy this novel. Although the plot is both familiar and predictable, Paulsen fans will not be disappointed.?Tim Rausch, Crescent View Middle School, Sandy, UT
Copyright 1996 Reed Business Information, Inc.

’48

SUMMARY: James Herbert transcends the horror medium with ’48, a blistering tale of post-World War II London overrun with fear and blood. Delivering not only terrifying imagery, but pulse-pounding action and historical adventure, it is destined to become a classic.It is a London Too Terrifying to Imagine. Already crippled by the relentless Nazi bombing, this once-beautiful city has been depopulated by a hideous blood plague unleashed in the final convulsive collapse of the German regime. Now, human vampires wander the rubble-strewn streets, desperately searching for the only thing that can cure them…But not all survivors have been afflicted, and Hoke — a lone hero accompanied only by his trusty dog and bitter memories — is relentlessly pursued for the clean blood that courses through his veins. Yet his flight soon takes on a different meaning as he saves two women and a former German soldier. Banding together, they flee into the city’s underground tunnels where an unexpected betrayal that delivers them right into the hands of their deadly adversaries prompts Hoke to take a stand against these monsters once and for all.”With ’48, James Herbert delivers another triumphant thriller that blends two-fisted action with the supernatural”. — Douglas E. Winter

De brandhaard

Na het uistekend ontvangen `uitstapje’ Wespennest verblijdt Patricia Cornwell haar vele fans met een nieuwe Kay Scarpetta. Ditmaal neemt de patholoog-anatoom uit Virginia het op tegen een geslepen moordenaar die zijn misdaden verhult door brandstichting.
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In een afgebrand huis wordt het lichaam van een vrouw gevonden. Patholoog-anatoom Kay Scarpetta onderzoekt samen met inspecteur Marino de doodsoorzaak en stuit daarbij op sporen die naar soortgelijke branden leiden en naar een bijzonder gevaarlijke bekende uit het verleden. Al gauw blijkt dat zijzelf, haar minnaar Bennett en haar nichtje Lucy in groot gevaar verkeren. Cornwell is auteur van vele bekroonde bestsellers. Ze heeft Engels gestudeerd, werd misdaadverslaggeefster en omdat ze misdaadliteratuur wilde schrijven, heeft ze bij een pathologisch-anatomische dienst in Virginia gewerkt. Ze doet veel research voor haar boeken en ook in dit verhaal is dat duidelijk te merken. Het is zeer grondig gedocumenteerd en ook al is er soms sprake van een nogal geforceerde constructie, toch is het een bijzonder spannend meesterwerkje dat leest als een trein. Voor een groot publiek in normale druk. Omslag: vage zwartwitfoto van achteroverhangend bovenlichaam. Auteursnaam in wit en titel in grote rode belettering. Toptien-boek (abonnement 1, 2 en 3). Heraanbieding van a.i. 98-37-061-8 (V); men dient opnieuw te bestellen.(Biblion recensie, Coefje Leeman.)
(source: Bol.com)

Les yeux dans les arbres

Nathan Price, pasteur baptiste américain au fanatisme redoutable, part en mission au Congo belge en 1959 avec sa femme et ses quatre filles. Ils arrivent de Géorgie dans un pays qui rêve d’autonomie et de libertés. Tour à tour, la mère et les quatre filles racontent la ruine tragique de leur famille qui, même avec sa bonne volonté et ses croyances de fer, ne résiste à rien, ni à la détresse, ni aux fourmis, ni aux orages…ni aux Saintes Ecritures. Après L’Arbre aux haricots et Les Cochons au paradis, Barbara Kingsolver a écrit son roman le plus ambitieux, un roman qui prend place dans la littérature postcoloniale.

La Tyrannie du plaisir

Poser clairement et sans faux-fuyants la question de la morale sexuelle – c’est-à-dire de la place de l’interdit – dans une société moderne, telle est l’ambition de ce livre. Depuis près d’une génération, nous vivions dans l’illusion que cette question ne se posait plus. Aujourd’hui, l’illusion se dissipe, mais un étrange et tumultueux désarroi la remplace. Ne sachant plus très bien où elles en sont, nos sociétés cherchent douloureusement leurs repères. Nos débats, à ce sujet, s’enferment immanquablement dans une alternative que je refuse : permissivité claironnante ou moralisme nostalgique. Nous n’aurions d’autres choix que celui-ci. Je voudrais, pour ma part, tenter de regarder cette question en face, d’en mettre à plat – pacifiquement – les principales données, tout en rectifiant les mille contrevérités qui sont le plus souvent répandues dès qu’il est question de sexe. Quantité de disciplines aussi différentes que l’histoire, la psychanalyse, l’anthropologie, la théologie, la philosophie politique, la démographie, l’économie, la criminologie – pour ne citer que les principales – s’intéressent à la sexualité, mais sans guère communiquer les unes avec les autres. J’ai donc pris le parti – risqué – de revisiter patiemment ces différents savoirs, avec le maximum d’attention et avec le souci constant de ” produire mes preuves “. Quant au titre du livre, c’est à Platon que je l’ai emprunté. Dans Les Lois, Platon fait l’éloge du plaisir, mais considère néanmoins comme faible et critiquable l’homme qui laisse le ” tyran Éros ” s’introniser dans son âme pour en gouverner, quotidiennement, tous les mouvements… J.-C. G.

Toxine

La toxine est une substance mortelle.
Elle peut empoisonner une personne.
Ou en tuer des millions.
Après *Invasion*, le nouveau best-seller de Robin Cook, le roi du thriller médical. Et si la réalité avait déià dépassé la fiction ?
Au début, ce n’était qu’une banale intoxication alimentaire. Le hamburger était “contaminé”. Mais lorsque le Dr. Reggis emmène sa fille aux urgences, il comprend que l’empoisonnement est bien plus grave qu’il n’en a l’air. Le mal progresse, inexorablement.
Un mal qui pourrait toucher toute la population si l’on n’intervient pas immédiatement. Car derrière une simple bactérie se cache un trafic frauduleux organisé par la pire des mafias : une industrie avide d’argent, prête à tout pour écouler une marchandise impropre à la consommation.
Des plus sordides abattoirs aux plus hautes instances des ministères, le mal circule insidieusement et se monnaye très cher. Pour le Dr. Reggis, une véritable course contre la montre et contre la mort s’engage.

Terre D’élection

Les Eosis, conquérants de la Terre, ont déporté des prisonniers sur une planète inhabitée : Botany. D’abord ramenés à l’âge de pierre, les “débarqués” ont renoncé à la vie communautaire dans des grottes, construisant des demeures individuelles où des couples se constituent, et ou naissent des enfants qui seront la deuxième génération des hommes libres. Mais la furieuse attaque des Eosis les pousse à réaliser la troisième partie de leur plan : l’anéantissement des agresseurs. Au cours de leurs incursions sur la Terre et sur Barevi (planète au pouvoir des Cattenis), Zainal, le seul Catteni de la colonie, a identifié un réseau de résistance parmi ses compatriotes. Il prend contact avec eux.
Les Eosis sont des entités insubstantielles (ou “Mentats”) qui, pour se manifester, entrent dans le corps d’un Catteni “élu”, dont la personnalité est absorbée parcelle de l’Eosi “récepteur”. Zainal n’a pas supporté cette perspective. Pourtant, c’est peut-être là qu’il faut chercher le talon d’Achille des conquérants.

Temps mort

A priori Myron Bolitar n’a aucune envie de jouer les baby-sitters auprès de Brenda Slaughter, sublime jeune espoir du basket féminin menacée par des coups de fil anonymes. Mais ni le charme électrique de Brenda, ni sa terrible histoire ne laissent Myron indifférent : elle n’avait que cinq ans quand sa mère a mystérieusement disparu, et voilà que son père Horace se volatilise à son tour… Une belle femme en péril et un vieil ami disparu – Horace a en effet joué un rôle décisif dans la carrière de Myron -, il n’en faut pas plus pour que l’agent sportif se lance dans l’enquête, le jugement peut-être un brin altéré par ses sentiments. Mais l’entreprise s’avère délicate : la destinée de la famille Slaughter est inextricablement liée à celle de la dynastie Bradford, et personne ne se risquerait à évoquer ce qui s’est passé vingt ans plus tôt dans le manoir où la mère de Brenda était employée. Encore moins au moment où Arthur Bradford se présente au poste de gouverneur. Personne… A part les morts eux-mêmes…
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