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The Magician

Read the second book in the *New York Times* bestselling The Secrets of the Immortal Nicholas Flamel series, perfect for fans of*The Maze Runner* and Percy Jackson and the Olympians.
After fleeing Ojai, Nicholas, Sophie, Josh, and Scatty emerge in Paris, the City of Lights. Home for Nicholas Flamel. Only this homecoming is anything but sweet. Perenell is still locked up back in Alcatraz and Paris is teeming with enemies. Nicollo Machiavelli, immortal author and celebrated art collector, is working for Dee. He’ s after them, and time is running out for Nicholas and Perenell. For every day spent without the Book of Abraham the Mage, they age one year—their magic becoming weaker and their bodies more frail. For Flamel, the Prophesy is becoming more and more clear.
It’s time for Sophie to learn the second elemental magic: Fire Magic. And there’ s only one man who can teach it to her: Flamel’s old student, the Comte de Saint-Germain—alchemist, magician, and rock star. Josh and Sophie Newman are the world’s only hope—if they don’t turn on each other first.
**Praise for The Secrets of the Immortal Nicholas Flamel series:***
The Alchemyst*
[**STAR**] “[A] A riveting fantasy…While there is plenty here to send readers rushing to their encyclopedias…those who read the book at face value will simply be caught up in the enthralling story. A fabulous read.”—***School Library Journal*, Starred**
*The Magician*
[**STAR**] “Readers will be swept up by a plot that moves smartly along, leaving a wide trailer of destruction and well-timed revelations.”—***Kirkus Reveiws*, Starred**
*The Sorceress*
“Master yarnspinner that he is, Scott expertly cranks up the suspense while keeping his now-large cast in quick motion….This page –turner promises plenty of action to come.”—***Kirkus Reviews***
*The Necromancer*
“Unrelenting forward momentum….This book will thrill fans.”—***School Library Journal***
*From the Hardcover edition.*
**

Read the second book in the *New York Times* bestselling The Secrets of the Immortal Nicholas Flamel series, perfect for fans of*The Maze Runner* and Percy Jackson and the Olympians.
After fleeing Ojai, Nicholas, Sophie, Josh, and Scatty emerge in Paris, the City of Lights. Home for Nicholas Flamel. Only this homecoming is anything but sweet. Perenell is still locked up back in Alcatraz and Paris is teeming with enemies. Nicollo Machiavelli, immortal author and celebrated art collector, is working for Dee. He’ s after them, and time is running out for Nicholas and Perenell. For every day spent without the Book of Abraham the Mage, they age one year—their magic becoming weaker and their bodies more frail. For Flamel, the Prophesy is becoming more and more clear.
It’s time for Sophie to learn the second elemental magic: Fire Magic. And there’ s only one man who can teach it to her: Flamel’s old student, the Comte de Saint-Germain—alchemist, magician, and rock star. Josh and Sophie Newman are the world’s only hope—if they don’t turn on each other first.
**Praise for The Secrets of the Immortal Nicholas Flamel series:***
The Alchemyst*
[**STAR**] “[A] A riveting fantasy…While there is plenty here to send readers rushing to their encyclopedias…those who read the book at face value will simply be caught up in the enthralling story. A fabulous read.”—***School Library Journal*, Starred**
*The Magician*
[**STAR**] “Readers will be swept up by a plot that moves smartly along, leaving a wide trailer of destruction and well-timed revelations.”—***Kirkus Reveiws*, Starred**
*The Sorceress*
“Master yarnspinner that he is, Scott expertly cranks up the suspense while keeping his now-large cast in quick motion….This page –turner promises plenty of action to come.”—***Kirkus Reviews***
*The Necromancer*
“Unrelenting forward momentum….This book will thrill fans.”—***School Library Journal***
*From the Hardcover edition.*
**

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Madam

Jenny Angell recounts the life of a madam, Peach, who runs a successful escort service. Told from Peach’s point of view, ‘Madam’ looks at all different facets of this life where drugs are always in attendance and the glamour of the life hides many shocking secrets.

Jenny Angell recounts the life of a madam, Peach, who runs a successful escort service. Told from Peach’s point of view, ‘Madam’ looks at all different facets of this life where drugs are always in attendance and the glamour of the life hides many shocking secrets.

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The MacGregor Grooms

SUMMARY: It worked with his granddaughters. Now Daniel MacGregor, powerful patriarch of the MacGregor clan, wants to see his three handsome, eligible—but stubbornly single—grandsons married. So he’s found just the women to tempt, tease and torture D.C., Duncan and Ian all the way to the altar. And you can bet Daniel will be sitting by with his feet up, a glass of whiskey in hand, smugly watching his plans unfold.…

SUMMARY: It worked with his granddaughters. Now Daniel MacGregor, powerful patriarch of the MacGregor clan, wants to see his three handsome, eligible—but stubbornly single—grandsons married. So he’s found just the women to tempt, tease and torture D.C., Duncan and Ian all the way to the altar. And you can bet Daniel will be sitting by with his feet up, a glass of whiskey in hand, smugly watching his plans unfold.…

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Luring a Lady

SUMMARY: Nothing in Sydney Hayward’s background of wealth and privilege prepared her to take the helm of her family’s corporation. And her new responsibilities left no room for complications. Earthly and entirely masculine, Mikahil came from a world entirely different from her own but the way she felt when he put his strong, work-hardened hands on her was wreaking havoc with Sydney’s resolve…

SUMMARY: Nothing in Sydney Hayward’s background of wealth and privilege prepared her to take the helm of her family’s corporation. And her new responsibilities left no room for complications. Earthly and entirely masculine, Mikahil came from a world entirely different from her own but the way she felt when he put his strong, work-hardened hands on her was wreaking havoc with Sydney’s resolve…

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Lost in New York

This is Nicky’s first visit to New York. He is going to stay with his aunt, but she is not at the airport. Then some older boys on motorbikes play a dangerous game with him. Not long after he arrives, the police are looking for Nicky…

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This is Nicky’s first visit to New York. He is going to stay with his aunt, but she is not at the airport. Then some older boys on motorbikes play a dangerous game with him. Not long after he arrives, the police are looking for Nicky…

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Lone survivor: the eyewitness account of Operation Redwing and the lost heroes of SEAL team 10

SUMMARY:
In June 2005 four US Navy SEALs left their base in Afghanistan for the Pakistani border. Their mission was to capture or kill a notorious al Qaeda leader known to be ensconced in a Taliban stronghold surrounded by a small but heavily armed force. Less than twenty-four hours later, only one of those Navy SEALs was alive.This is the story of team leader Marcus Luttrell, the sole survivor of Operation Redwing, but it is also the story of his team who fought ferociously beside him until he was the last one left, blasted unconscious by a rocket grenade, blown over a cliff, but still armed and still breathing.Over the next four days, badly injured and presumed dead, Luttrell fought off six al Qaeda assassins who were sent to finish him off, then crawled for seven miles through the mountains before he was taken in a a Pashtun tribe who risked everything to protect him from the circling Taliban killers.

SUMMARY:
In June 2005 four US Navy SEALs left their base in Afghanistan for the Pakistani border. Their mission was to capture or kill a notorious al Qaeda leader known to be ensconced in a Taliban stronghold surrounded by a small but heavily armed force. Less than twenty-four hours later, only one of those Navy SEALs was alive.This is the story of team leader Marcus Luttrell, the sole survivor of Operation Redwing, but it is also the story of his team who fought ferociously beside him until he was the last one left, blasted unconscious by a rocket grenade, blown over a cliff, but still armed and still breathing.Over the next four days, badly injured and presumed dead, Luttrell fought off six al Qaeda assassins who were sent to finish him off, then crawled for seven miles through the mountains before he was taken in a a Pashtun tribe who risked everything to protect him from the circling Taliban killers.

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Little Brother

After being interrogated by the Department of Homeland Security after a major terrorist attack on San Francisco, Marcus is released into what is now a police state and uses his expertise in computer hacking to set things right.
**Recensie(s)**

I’d recommend Little Brother’ over pretty much any book I’ve read this year. Because I think it’ll change lives. It’s a wonderful, important book’ Neil GaimanCory Doctorow’s novel could hardly be more relevant, scary and eye-opening … seriously entertaining.’ The TimesA cracking read’ GuardianA well structured and superbly executed thriller with breakneck pacing and an emotional payoff to boot. Engaging, thought provoking, and at times harrowing.SciFi NowAn entertaining thriller and a thoughtful polemic on Internet-era civil rights … a terrific read’ New York TimesA compulsive and chillingly credible read … would make a great discussion for any reading group’ New BooksA tale of struggle familiar to any teenager, about those moments when you choose what your life is going to mean.’ Steven Gould, author of Jumper’A timely and at times frightening read that is sure to resonate with a generation of computer-savvy teens, but also with those who have never heard of an arphid or re-built a hard drive’ Sun Herald (Australia)Doctorow’s ambitious set-up spawns a fast-paced tale of triumph …rife with snappy dialogue and breathtaking scope … an exceptional, eye-opening novel that everyone should read’ Canberra Times
(source: Bol.com)

After being interrogated by the Department of Homeland Security after a major terrorist attack on San Francisco, Marcus is released into what is now a police state and uses his expertise in computer hacking to set things right.
**Recensie(s)**

I’d recommend Little Brother’ over pretty much any book I’ve read this year. Because I think it’ll change lives. It’s a wonderful, important book’ Neil GaimanCory Doctorow’s novel could hardly be more relevant, scary and eye-opening … seriously entertaining.’ The TimesA cracking read’ GuardianA well structured and superbly executed thriller with breakneck pacing and an emotional payoff to boot. Engaging, thought provoking, and at times harrowing.SciFi NowAn entertaining thriller and a thoughtful polemic on Internet-era civil rights … a terrific read’ New York TimesA compulsive and chillingly credible read … would make a great discussion for any reading group’ New BooksA tale of struggle familiar to any teenager, about those moments when you choose what your life is going to mean.’ Steven Gould, author of Jumper’A timely and at times frightening read that is sure to resonate with a generation of computer-savvy teens, but also with those who have never heard of an arphid or re-built a hard drive’ Sun Herald (Australia)Doctorow’s ambitious set-up spawns a fast-paced tale of triumph …rife with snappy dialogue and breathtaking scope … an exceptional, eye-opening novel that everyone should read’ Canberra Times
(source: Bol.com)

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Line War

The Polity is under attack from a melded’ AI entity with control of the lethal Jain technology, yet the attack seems to have no coherence. When one of Erebus’s wormships kills millions on the world of Klurhammon, a high-tech agricultural world of no real tactical significance, agent Ian Cormac is sent to investigate, though he is secretly struggling to control a new ability no human being should possess . . . and beginning to question the motives of his AI masters. Further attacks and seemingly indiscriminate slaughter ensue, but only serve to bring some of the most dangerous individuals in the Polity into the war. Mr Crane, the indefatigable brass killing machine sets out for vengeance, while Orlandine, a vastly-augmented haiman who herself controls Jain technology, seeks a weapon of appalling power and finds allies from an ancient war. Meanwhile Mika, scientist and Dragon expert, is again kidnapped by that unfathomable alien entity and dragged into the heart of things: to wake the makers of Jain technology from their five-million-year slumber. But Erebus’s attacks are not so indiscriminate, after all, and could very well herald the end of the Polity itself . . .The Polity is under attack from a melded’ AI entity with control of the lethal Jain technology, yet the attack seems to have no coherence. When one of Erebus’s wormships kills millions on the world of Klurhammon, a high-tech agricultural world of no real tactical significance, agent Ian Cormac is sent to investigate, though he is secretly struggling to control a new ability no human being should possess . . . and beginning to question the motives of his AI masters. Further attacks and seemingly indiscriminate slaughter ensue, but only serve to bring some of the most dangerous individuals in the Polity into the war. Mr Crane, the indefatigable brass killing machine sets out for vengeance, while Orlandine, a vastly-augmented haiman who herself controls Jain technology, seeks a weapon of appalling power and finds allies from an ancient war. Meanwhile Mika, scientist and Dragon expert, is again kidnapped by that unfathomable alien entity and dragged into the heart of things: to wake the makers of Jain technology from their five-million-year slumber. But Erebus’s attacks are not so indiscriminate, after all, and could very well herald the end of the Polity itself . . .
(source: Bol.com)

The Polity is under attack from a melded’ AI entity with control of the lethal Jain technology, yet the attack seems to have no coherence. When one of Erebus’s wormships kills millions on the world of Klurhammon, a high-tech agricultural world of no real tactical significance, agent Ian Cormac is sent to investigate, though he is secretly struggling to control a new ability no human being should possess . . . and beginning to question the motives of his AI masters. Further attacks and seemingly indiscriminate slaughter ensue, but only serve to bring some of the most dangerous individuals in the Polity into the war. Mr Crane, the indefatigable brass killing machine sets out for vengeance, while Orlandine, a vastly-augmented haiman who herself controls Jain technology, seeks a weapon of appalling power and finds allies from an ancient war. Meanwhile Mika, scientist and Dragon expert, is again kidnapped by that unfathomable alien entity and dragged into the heart of things: to wake the makers of Jain technology from their five-million-year slumber. But Erebus’s attacks are not so indiscriminate, after all, and could very well herald the end of the Polity itself . . .The Polity is under attack from a melded’ AI entity with control of the lethal Jain technology, yet the attack seems to have no coherence. When one of Erebus’s wormships kills millions on the world of Klurhammon, a high-tech agricultural world of no real tactical significance, agent Ian Cormac is sent to investigate, though he is secretly struggling to control a new ability no human being should possess . . . and beginning to question the motives of his AI masters. Further attacks and seemingly indiscriminate slaughter ensue, but only serve to bring some of the most dangerous individuals in the Polity into the war. Mr Crane, the indefatigable brass killing machine sets out for vengeance, while Orlandine, a vastly-augmented haiman who herself controls Jain technology, seeks a weapon of appalling power and finds allies from an ancient war. Meanwhile Mika, scientist and Dragon expert, is again kidnapped by that unfathomable alien entity and dragged into the heart of things: to wake the makers of Jain technology from their five-million-year slumber. But Erebus’s attacks are not so indiscriminate, after all, and could very well herald the end of the Polity itself . . .
(source: Bol.com)

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Just the Sexiest Man Alive

When she is hired to coach People’s “Sexiest Man Alive” for his role in an upcoming legal thriller, lawyer Taylor Donovan refuses to fall for Jason Andrews’s Hollywood heartthrob ways. Original.
**Recensie(s)**

-Chicagoan Taylor Donovan is driven to succeed, and her track record in defending corporate clients against sexual harassment lawsuits is unsurpassed. On loan to her firm’s Los Angeles office, she reluctantly agrees to coach big-name actor and sexy heartthrob Jason Andrews for his upcoming role as a lawyer. His attitude irks her, while her insistence on maintaining a professional distance, in spite of their obvious and mutual physical attraction, intrigues him. James herself is a practicing attorney in both Chicago and L.A., and her familiarity with both the law and the film industry lends credibility to this fast-moving, contemporary romantic comedy between two strong- willed characters.- –Booklist -If you’ve ever wondered what it is like having the Hollywood spotlight on you, this is the book to read. Each word and situation is lovingly crafted and is, happy to say, perfection. . . . Just The Sexiest Man Alive is a spectacular beginning of what I hope is a stellar career of debut author, Julie James. . . . I’m jumping up and down here asking you not to miss this awesome novel that rightly deserves my Perfect 10 award.- –Romance Reviews Today-Julie James has created a wonderful debut novel. I thoroughly enjoyed the ride that Taylor and Jason took me on… And it is funny! Before I was even 35 pages into the book, Ms. James had me laughing out loud at one particular scene . . . An actual put the book down, laugh out loud, and wipe the tears from my eyes laugh. It is a fabulous book and I highly recommend it to everyone.- –Romance Novel TV-James[‘s] . . . familiarity with both the law and the film industry lends credibility to this fast-moving, contemporary romantic comedy between two strong-willed characters.- –Booklist-Just the Sexiest Man Alive is witty, romantic, and so realistic I could have been there witnessing Taylor and Jason’s love story unfold. Julie James has a winning debut on her hands that is just an engaging delight to read.- –Joyfully Reviewed-Is anyone able to resist the sexiest man alive? You might be surprised in this funny story. . . . Even in the improbable world of Hollywood’s top actors, Julie James introduces believable characters with real motivations behind their actions. With two witty and charming main characters, the dialogue is sure to keep the reader entertained.- –Fresh Fiction-This is an absolutely delightful read. It is clever, witty, and wonderfully romantic. Ms. James uses a sharp sense of humor and intelligence to develop her characters. The story is packed full of wry comebacks and snappy dialogue. . . . This is one book you hate to see end, because the characters are just that much fun.- –Coffee Time -The sparks fly, hilarity is plentiful with all of the one-liners in the story, and underneath it all is a touching look at fame and fortune and how it can become the only reason people get close to a person. Just the Sexiest Man Alive is now residing on my -keeper- shelf. Once you read the exploits of Taylor and Jason, you will feel the same way. Bravo, Ms James.- –Affaire de Coeur -In her debut novel, James shakes up the world of lawyers and celebrity romance, producing a captivating, beautifully written story. The fireworks between the characters fuel the plot and will keep readers flipping the pages at a dizzying pace.- –Romantic Times BookReviews-Is there any woman alive who hasn’t dreamed of landing the absolute sexiest Hollywood star? . . . In Just the Sexiest Man Alive Julie James spins a tale of that dream come true. . . . A larger than life hero and an unlikely heroine whose lives would normally never intersect and yet they turn out to be perfect for each other. . . . If you’re looking for a feel-good romance, you can’t go wrong with this story.- –Queuemyreview-Ms. James tackles what happens to a person when being told NO becomes something of the past, the obstacles so many stars face with trying to sort out who really cares for them and who is only using them for their own 15 minutes of fame, and how to stay grounded and somewhat normal when the rest of the world puts you on a pedestal with wit, humor and plenty of NO from the heroine. The one-liners will keep you laughing all the way through this book.- –Night Owl Romance
(source: Bol.com)

When she is hired to coach People’s “Sexiest Man Alive” for his role in an upcoming legal thriller, lawyer Taylor Donovan refuses to fall for Jason Andrews’s Hollywood heartthrob ways. Original.
**Recensie(s)**

-Chicagoan Taylor Donovan is driven to succeed, and her track record in defending corporate clients against sexual harassment lawsuits is unsurpassed. On loan to her firm’s Los Angeles office, she reluctantly agrees to coach big-name actor and sexy heartthrob Jason Andrews for his upcoming role as a lawyer. His attitude irks her, while her insistence on maintaining a professional distance, in spite of their obvious and mutual physical attraction, intrigues him. James herself is a practicing attorney in both Chicago and L.A., and her familiarity with both the law and the film industry lends credibility to this fast-moving, contemporary romantic comedy between two strong- willed characters.- –Booklist -If you’ve ever wondered what it is like having the Hollywood spotlight on you, this is the book to read. Each word and situation is lovingly crafted and is, happy to say, perfection. . . . Just The Sexiest Man Alive is a spectacular beginning of what I hope is a stellar career of debut author, Julie James. . . . I’m jumping up and down here asking you not to miss this awesome novel that rightly deserves my Perfect 10 award.- –Romance Reviews Today-Julie James has created a wonderful debut novel. I thoroughly enjoyed the ride that Taylor and Jason took me on… And it is funny! Before I was even 35 pages into the book, Ms. James had me laughing out loud at one particular scene . . . An actual put the book down, laugh out loud, and wipe the tears from my eyes laugh. It is a fabulous book and I highly recommend it to everyone.- –Romance Novel TV-James[‘s] . . . familiarity with both the law and the film industry lends credibility to this fast-moving, contemporary romantic comedy between two strong-willed characters.- –Booklist-Just the Sexiest Man Alive is witty, romantic, and so realistic I could have been there witnessing Taylor and Jason’s love story unfold. Julie James has a winning debut on her hands that is just an engaging delight to read.- –Joyfully Reviewed-Is anyone able to resist the sexiest man alive? You might be surprised in this funny story. . . . Even in the improbable world of Hollywood’s top actors, Julie James introduces believable characters with real motivations behind their actions. With two witty and charming main characters, the dialogue is sure to keep the reader entertained.- –Fresh Fiction-This is an absolutely delightful read. It is clever, witty, and wonderfully romantic. Ms. James uses a sharp sense of humor and intelligence to develop her characters. The story is packed full of wry comebacks and snappy dialogue. . . . This is one book you hate to see end, because the characters are just that much fun.- –Coffee Time -The sparks fly, hilarity is plentiful with all of the one-liners in the story, and underneath it all is a touching look at fame and fortune and how it can become the only reason people get close to a person. Just the Sexiest Man Alive is now residing on my -keeper- shelf. Once you read the exploits of Taylor and Jason, you will feel the same way. Bravo, Ms James.- –Affaire de Coeur -In her debut novel, James shakes up the world of lawyers and celebrity romance, producing a captivating, beautifully written story. The fireworks between the characters fuel the plot and will keep readers flipping the pages at a dizzying pace.- –Romantic Times BookReviews-Is there any woman alive who hasn’t dreamed of landing the absolute sexiest Hollywood star? . . . In Just the Sexiest Man Alive Julie James spins a tale of that dream come true. . . . A larger than life hero and an unlikely heroine whose lives would normally never intersect and yet they turn out to be perfect for each other. . . . If you’re looking for a feel-good romance, you can’t go wrong with this story.- –Queuemyreview-Ms. James tackles what happens to a person when being told NO becomes something of the past, the obstacles so many stars face with trying to sort out who really cares for them and who is only using them for their own 15 minutes of fame, and how to stay grounded and somewhat normal when the rest of the world puts you on a pedestal with wit, humor and plenty of NO from the heroine. The one-liners will keep you laughing all the way through this book.- –Night Owl Romance
(source: Bol.com)

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Just One of the Guys

Being one of the guys isn’t all it’s cracked up to be…So when journalist Chastity O’Neill returns to her hometown, she decides it’s time to start working on some of those feminine wiles. Two tiny problems: #1–she’s five feet eleven inches of rock-solid girl power, and #2–she’s cursed with four alpha male older brothers.
While doing a story on local heroes, she meets a hunky doctor and things start to look up. Now there’s only one problem: Trevor Meade, her first love and the one man she’s never quite gotten over–although he seems to have gotten over her just fine.
Yet the more time she spends with Dr. Perfect, the better Trevor looks. But even with the in-your-face competition, the irresistible Trevor just can’t seem to see Chastity as anything more than just one of the guys….

Being one of the guys isn’t all it’s cracked up to be…So when journalist Chastity O’Neill returns to her hometown, she decides it’s time to start working on some of those feminine wiles. Two tiny problems: #1–she’s five feet eleven inches of rock-solid girl power, and #2–she’s cursed with four alpha male older brothers.
While doing a story on local heroes, she meets a hunky doctor and things start to look up. Now there’s only one problem: Trevor Meade, her first love and the one man she’s never quite gotten over–although he seems to have gotten over her just fine.
Yet the more time she spends with Dr. Perfect, the better Trevor looks. But even with the in-your-face competition, the irresistible Trevor just can’t seem to see Chastity as anything more than just one of the guys….

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Just After Sunset

Just After Sunset EXP: Stories by Stephen King
**Subtle, haunting, terrifying—this astonishing collection of short stories from #1 bestselling author Stephen King includes the short story “N.”**
Stephen King—who has written more than fifty books, dozens of number one *New York Times* bestsellers, and many unforgettable movies—delivers an astonishing collection of short stories, his first since *Everything’s Eventual* six years ago. As guest editor of the bestselling *Best American Short Stories 2007*, King spent over a year reading hundreds of stories. His renewed passion for the form is evident on every page of *Just After Sunset*. The stories in this collection have appeared in *The New Yorker*, *Playboy*, *McSweeney’s*, *The Paris Review*, *Esquire*, and other publications.
Who but Stephen King would turn a Port-O-San into a slimy birth canal, or a roadside honky-tonk into a place for endless love? A book salesman with a grievance might pick up a mute hitchhiker, not knowing the silent man in the passenger seat listens altogether too well. Or an exercise routine on a stationary bicycle, begun to reduce bad cholesterol, might take its rider on a captivating—and then terrifying—journey. Set on a remote key in Florida, “The Gingerbread Girl” is a riveting tale featuring a young woman as vulnerable—and resourceful—as Audrey Hepburn’s character in *Wait Until Dark*. In “Ayana,” a blind girl works a miracle with a kiss and the touch of her hand. For King, the line between the living and the dead is often blurry, and the seams that hold our reality intact might tear apart at any moment. In one of the longer stories here, “N.,” which broke new ground when it was adapted as a graphic digital entertainment, a psychiatric patient’s irrational thinking might create an apocalyptic threat in the Maine countryside…or keep the world from falling victim to it.
*Just After Sunset*—call it dusk, call it twilight, it’s a time when human intercourse takes on an unnatural cast, when nothing is quite as it appears, when the imagination begins to reach for shadows as they dissipate to darkness and living daylight can be scared right out of you. It’s the perfect time for Stephen King.

Just After Sunset EXP: Stories by Stephen King
**Subtle, haunting, terrifying—this astonishing collection of short stories from #1 bestselling author Stephen King includes the short story “N.”**
Stephen King—who has written more than fifty books, dozens of number one *New York Times* bestsellers, and many unforgettable movies—delivers an astonishing collection of short stories, his first since *Everything’s Eventual* six years ago. As guest editor of the bestselling *Best American Short Stories 2007*, King spent over a year reading hundreds of stories. His renewed passion for the form is evident on every page of *Just After Sunset*. The stories in this collection have appeared in *The New Yorker*, *Playboy*, *McSweeney’s*, *The Paris Review*, *Esquire*, and other publications.
Who but Stephen King would turn a Port-O-San into a slimy birth canal, or a roadside honky-tonk into a place for endless love? A book salesman with a grievance might pick up a mute hitchhiker, not knowing the silent man in the passenger seat listens altogether too well. Or an exercise routine on a stationary bicycle, begun to reduce bad cholesterol, might take its rider on a captivating—and then terrifying—journey. Set on a remote key in Florida, “The Gingerbread Girl” is a riveting tale featuring a young woman as vulnerable—and resourceful—as Audrey Hepburn’s character in *Wait Until Dark*. In “Ayana,” a blind girl works a miracle with a kiss and the touch of her hand. For King, the line between the living and the dead is often blurry, and the seams that hold our reality intact might tear apart at any moment. In one of the longer stories here, “N.,” which broke new ground when it was adapted as a graphic digital entertainment, a psychiatric patient’s irrational thinking might create an apocalyptic threat in the Maine countryside…or keep the world from falling victim to it.
*Just After Sunset*—call it dusk, call it twilight, it’s a time when human intercourse takes on an unnatural cast, when nothing is quite as it appears, when the imagination begins to reach for shadows as they dissipate to darkness and living daylight can be scared right out of you. It’s the perfect time for Stephen King.

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Jumper

SUMMARY: Written In The 1990S By American Author Steven Gould, Jumper Is The Inspiration For The Film Of The Same Name To Be Released In Feb 08 And Starring Samuel L Jackson. It Tells The Story Of Davy Rice, Played By Hayden Christensen, As He Escapes His Tortured Childhood To Explore The World Via Teleportation And Find His Long Lost Mother. At Seventeen The World Is At Your Feet& Especially If You Can Teleport. David Rice Barely Remembers His Mother. She Left His Alcoholic Father When Davy Was Very Young. She Left Davy Too, And Since Then All Of William Rice’S Abusive Anger Has Been Focused On His Young Teenage Son. One Evening, As He Is About To Receive Another Brutal Beating, Davy Shuts His Eyes And Wishes To Be Safe. When He Opens Them Again, He Finds Himself In His Small Town’S Library. Slowly, He Realises He Is Very Special, He Can Teleport. Armed With His New Power, Davy Sets Out With New Purpose: He Will Leave His Abusive Home And Find His Long Lost Mother. Davy’S Confidence Grows As His Skills Do, But They Also Draw Unwanted Attention And Soon Davy Finds That He Too Is Hunted.

SUMMARY: Written In The 1990S By American Author Steven Gould, Jumper Is The Inspiration For The Film Of The Same Name To Be Released In Feb 08 And Starring Samuel L Jackson. It Tells The Story Of Davy Rice, Played By Hayden Christensen, As He Escapes His Tortured Childhood To Explore The World Via Teleportation And Find His Long Lost Mother. At Seventeen The World Is At Your Feet& Especially If You Can Teleport. David Rice Barely Remembers His Mother. She Left His Alcoholic Father When Davy Was Very Young. She Left Davy Too, And Since Then All Of William Rice’S Abusive Anger Has Been Focused On His Young Teenage Son. One Evening, As He Is About To Receive Another Brutal Beating, Davy Shuts His Eyes And Wishes To Be Safe. When He Opens Them Again, He Finds Himself In His Small Town’S Library. Slowly, He Realises He Is Very Special, He Can Teleport. Armed With His New Power, Davy Sets Out With New Purpose: He Will Leave His Abusive Home And Find His Long Lost Mother. Davy’S Confidence Grows As His Skills Do, But They Also Draw Unwanted Attention And Soon Davy Finds That He Too Is Hunted.

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John Adams

SUMMARY: In this powerful, epic biography, David McCullough unfolds the adventurous life journey of John Adams, the brilliant, fiercely independent, often irascible, always honest Yankee patriot who spared nothing in his zeal for the American Revolution; who rose to become the second president of the United States and saved the country from blundering into an unnecessary war; who was learned beyond all but a few and regarded by some as “out of his senses”; and whose marriage to the wise and valiant Abigail Adams is one of the most moving love stories in American history. This is history on a grand scale — a book about politics and war and social issues, but also about human nature, love, religious faith, virtue, ambition, friendship, and betrayal, and the far-reaching consequences of noble ideas. Above all, John Adams is an enthralling, often surprising story of one of the most important and fascinating Americans who ever lived.

SUMMARY: In this powerful, epic biography, David McCullough unfolds the adventurous life journey of John Adams, the brilliant, fiercely independent, often irascible, always honest Yankee patriot who spared nothing in his zeal for the American Revolution; who rose to become the second president of the United States and saved the country from blundering into an unnecessary war; who was learned beyond all but a few and regarded by some as “out of his senses”; and whose marriage to the wise and valiant Abigail Adams is one of the most moving love stories in American history. This is history on a grand scale — a book about politics and war and social issues, but also about human nature, love, religious faith, virtue, ambition, friendship, and betrayal, and the far-reaching consequences of noble ideas. Above all, John Adams is an enthralling, often surprising story of one of the most important and fascinating Americans who ever lived.

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Japanese Visual Culture

Born of Japan’s cultural encounter with Western entertainment media, manga (comic books or graphic novels) and anime (animated films) are two of the most universally recognized forms of contemporary mass culture. Because they tell stories through visual imagery, they vault over language barriers. Well suited to electronic transmission and distributed by Japan’s globalized culture industry, they have become a powerful force in both the mediascape and the marketplace. This volume brings together an international group of scholars from many specialties to probe the richness and subtleties of these deceptively simple cultural forms. The contributors explore the historical, cultural, sociological, and religious dimensions of manga and anime, and examine specific sub-genres, artists, and stylistics. The book also addresses such topics as spirituality, the use of visual culture by Japanese new religious movements, Japanese Goth, nostalgia and Japanese pop, comics for girls, and more. With illustrations throughout, it is a rich source for all scholars and fans of manga and anime as well as students of contemporary mass culture or Japanese culture and civilization.

Born of Japan’s cultural encounter with Western entertainment media, manga (comic books or graphic novels) and anime (animated films) are two of the most universally recognized forms of contemporary mass culture. Because they tell stories through visual imagery, they vault over language barriers. Well suited to electronic transmission and distributed by Japan’s globalized culture industry, they have become a powerful force in both the mediascape and the marketplace. This volume brings together an international group of scholars from many specialties to probe the richness and subtleties of these deceptively simple cultural forms. The contributors explore the historical, cultural, sociological, and religious dimensions of manga and anime, and examine specific sub-genres, artists, and stylistics. The book also addresses such topics as spirituality, the use of visual culture by Japanese new religious movements, Japanese Goth, nostalgia and Japanese pop, comics for girls, and more. With illustrations throughout, it is a rich source for all scholars and fans of manga and anime as well as students of contemporary mass culture or Japanese culture and civilization.

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The Janson Directive

SUMMARY: When billionaire philanthropist Peter Novak is kidnapped by a terrorist known as The Caliph, it’s up to Paul Janson—a legend in the notorious U.S. covert agency Consular Operations—to save him. But Janson’s rescue operation goes horribly wrong…and soon Janson is marked for death, the target of a “beyond salvage” order issued from the highest level of the government. Now Janson is running for his life, pursued by Jessica Kincaid, a young agent of astonishing ability who can anticipate and counter his every move. To survive, Janson must outrace a conspiracy that has gone beyond the control of its originators. To win, he must counter it with a conspiracy of his own…

SUMMARY: When billionaire philanthropist Peter Novak is kidnapped by a terrorist known as The Caliph, it’s up to Paul Janson—a legend in the notorious U.S. covert agency Consular Operations—to save him. But Janson’s rescue operation goes horribly wrong…and soon Janson is marked for death, the target of a “beyond salvage” order issued from the highest level of the government. Now Janson is running for his life, pursued by Jessica Kincaid, a young agent of astonishing ability who can anticipate and counter his every move. To survive, Janson must outrace a conspiracy that has gone beyond the control of its originators. To win, he must counter it with a conspiracy of his own…

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Irish Thoroughbred

SUMMARY: It was a dream come true for Irish Lass Adelia “Dee” Cunnane to work with her uncle, a horse trainer at the Royal Meadows, one of the most renowned stables in the world. But there was a catch, and his name was Travis Grant. He was the stable’s owner and a man as proud, as passionate and as opinionated as…herself!

SUMMARY: It was a dream come true for Irish Lass Adelia “Dee” Cunnane to work with her uncle, a horse trainer at the Royal Meadows, one of the most renowned stables in the world. But there was a catch, and his name was Travis Grant. He was the stable’s owner and a man as proud, as passionate and as opinionated as…herself!

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