Reservoir 13

Reservoir 13

Jon McGregor

Fiction / Contemporary / Novels

Midwinter in an English village. A teenage girl has gone missing. Everyone is called upon to join the search. The villagers fan out across the moors as the police set up roadblocks and a crowd of news reporters descends on what is usually a place of peace. Meanwhile, there is work that must still be done: cows milked, fences repaired, stone cut, pints poured, beds made, sermons written, a pantomime rehearsed. As the seasons unfold and the search for the missing girl goes on, there are those who leave the village and those who are pulled back; those who come together and those who break apart. There are births and deaths; secrets kept and exposed; livelihoods made and lost; small kindnesses and unanticipated betrayals. An extraordinary novel of cumulative power and grace, RESERVOIR 13 explores the rhythms of the natural world and the repeated human gift for violence, unfolding over thirteen years as the aftershocks of a tragedy refuse to subside.
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Chasing the Red Queen

Chasing the Red Queen

Karen Glista

Fiction / Novels / Contemporary

Donja Bellanger, suffering after the death of her father, finds herself in dire straits when her mom takes a new husband. Forced not only to move to a strange city, but to share a room with her glamorous, new stepsister, Makayla Hampton, her life spirals out of control. Makayla lures her from goth to glam, straight into an exclusive club, not only for wealthy elites but Immortal Descendants. Donja crosses paths with Torin Mancini and he’s too damn handsome to be real. Torin, who has concealed his identity as a powerful ancient sprit for eight hundred years, sets his eyes on Donja; there’s something about her blood, something he can’t walk away from. He’s not alone. A deadly predator has picked up her scent. Stalked, she reaches out to Torin, but the lure of her blood has him on edge. As Torin battles his heart desires and feelings he thought buried and gone, one thing is clear: they have as much, if not more to fear of each other than the predator who would have her life. Is love enough? Can she accept him for what he is and better yet, can he control his hungry, hungry eyes? A beautiful love story with relentless action, elite battles and steamy moments… unforgettable!
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This Isn't the Sort of Thing That Happens to Someone Like You

This Isn't the Sort of Thing That Happens to Someone Like You

Jon McGregor

Fiction / Contemporary / Novels

A man builds a tree house by a river, in anticipation of the coming flood. A sugar-beet crashes through a young woman's windscreen. A boy sets fire to a barn. A pair of itinerant labourers sit by a lake, talking about shovels and sex, while fighter-planes fly low overhead and prepare for war. These aren't the sort of things you imagine happening to someone like you. But sometimes they do. Set in the flat and threatened fenland landscape, where the sky is dominant and the sea lurks just beyond the horizon, these delicate, dangerous, and sometimes deeply funny stories tell of things buried and unearthed, of familiar places made strange, and of lives where much is hidden, much is at risk, and tender moments are hard-won. Watch Jon McGregor reading from This Isn't the Sort of Thing That Happens to Someone Like You Jon McGregor discusses This Isn't the Sort of Thing That Happens to Someone Like You
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The Borer: A Captain Major Tale

The Borer: A Captain Major Tale

Jim D. Scott

Childrens / Fantasy / Novels

An energetic, comic tale of Captain Major's battle with the Borer.When Captain Major is blamed for the rise of the new supervillain, the Borer, she must find new partners to save Metroville from destruction.The second Captain Major story in the series, The Borer details Captain Major's struggles with supervillains and single life. Dee Major signs up with ChooseYourOwnCompanion.com, a 80s nostalgia dating site. When a date goes horribly wrong, Captain Major can't jump into action because her new enemies are just too ordinary. Dee Major tries to defuse the situation, but a new super villain is born. The Borer immediately seeks his revenge against Captain Major by destroying the city she comes out of retirement to protect.The story continues to reward soft-core nerdery, with nods to Dig Dug, Dead Poets Society, GamerGate and super hero tropes from Ben Edlund to Stan Lee.The Borer includes language and themes likely to be appropriate for those fourteen years and older. It's less explicit than the Deadpool movie.
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The Legend of the Lightkeeper's Gold - A Summer Camp Mystery Kids Adventure

The Legend of the Lightkeeper's Gold - A Summer Camp Mystery Kids Adventure

Ginny Lassiter

Mystery / Novels / Childrens

The kids from Miss Shoe’s Orphanage get caught up in another adventure when they uncover a hidden map of a lost treasure! Their suspenseful journey takes them from the Lightkeeper’s cottage to a forgotten vault buried deep inside the island! But they need to watch out for a suspicious old fisherman who will do anything to keep it for himself!The kids from Miss Shoe’s Orphanage get caught up in another adventure when they uncover a hidden map of a lost treasure! Their suspenseful journey takes them from the Lightkeeper’s cottage to a forgotten vault buried deep inside the island! But they need to watch out for a suspicious old fisherman who knows the legend of the lost gold and will do anything to keep it for himself! Help the kids solve the mystery and uncover the Legend of the Lightkeeper’s Gold!
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So Many Ways to Begin

So Many Ways to Begin

Jon McGregor

Fiction / Contemporary / Novels

In this potent examination of family and memory, Jon McGregor charts one man's voyage of self-discovery. Like Kazuo Ishiguro's The Remains of the Day, So Many Ways to Begin is rich in the intimate details that shape a life, the subtle strain that defines human relationships, and the personal history that forms identity. David Carter, the novel's protagonist, takes a keen interest in history as a boy. Encouraged by his doting Aunt Julia, he begins collecting the things that tell his story: a birth certificate, school report cards, annotated cinema and train tickets. After finishing school, he finds the perfect job for his lifetime obsession as curator at a local history museum. His professional and romantic lives take shape as his beloved aunt and mentor's unravel. Lost in a fog of senility, Julia lets slip a secret about David's family. Over the course of the next decades, as David and his wife Eleanor live out their lives - struggling through early marriage, professional disappointments, the birth of their daughter, Eleanor's depression, and an affair that ends badly, David attempts to physically piece together his past, finding meaning and connection where he least expects it.
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A Warm Place to Self-destruct

A Warm Place to Self-destruct

Weasel

Fiction / Music / Novels

"a warm place to self-destruct" is a collection of poems about suffering. The poems follow the narrator through rough times of being broke, sexual encounters, losing identity, losing family, and everything in between. The narrator is an asshole and smokes...a lot.I devoured the quite satisfying "warm place to self-destruct" in mere hours, and it is time well spent in the theatre of imagination. Weasel’s poems transport you into this hypnotic, darkly erotic, elegiac, fatalistic netherworld; an invitation to his private purgatory of fears and desires. Do yourself a favor and curl up with this passionate monster of a book. It will resonate with you long after you've turned the last page.—Brian Kehinde, author of Synchronicity In Violence.Weasel is like Charles Bukowski with a twist – he focuses on the sensuality of experience but also manages to reveal decadent natures of sexuality and the self. "a warm place to self-destruct" has an affinity for the cosmic and the devastating. It is the gateway between worlds through its meditative style of poetic exploration. This collection has its roots firmly planted in an environment which Weasel interprets as sensuous, raw and terrifying. It acts as a warning against the comfort of familiarity which can eventually push a man into the depths of despair. These poems read as a yearning for excitement and adventure and ponder the possibility of reaching beyond the boundaries we set ourselves, to overcome our inner lethargy to discover a more fulfilling existence.—Nathan Hassall, author of The Flesh and Mortar Prophecy
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The Bath Fugues

The Bath Fugues

Brian Castro

Fiction / Travel / Novels

The Bath Fugues is a meditation on melancholy and art, in the form of three interwoven novellas, centred respectively on an ageing art forger; a Portuguese poet, opium addict and art collector; and a doctor, who has built an art gallery in tropical Queensland. These characters are tied by more than their art, each dealing with questions of deception and discovery, counterfeiting and rewriting, transmission and identity and each stretching the bonds of trust and friendship.
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On Eagles' Wings (Wyldhaven Book 2)

On Eagles' Wings (Wyldhaven Book 2)

Lynnette Bonner

Fiction / Novels

Take the next stagecoach to Wyldhaven, where the coffee's perked hot, the sheriff likes his apple pie fresh from the oven, and adventure invariably waits just around the next river bend. Boardinghouse owner Dixie Pottinger has done her best to avoid the attractive Dr. Griffin. But now that her mother-in-law is sick and he’s going to be coming around more to care for her, Dixie knows she must inform him about her past. She works up her courage and feels great relief when she finally tells Dr. Griffin that she’s a married woman…maybe…if her husband, Steven Pottinger, survived the bullet put into him before she fled. Dr. Flynn Griffin can’t believe he’s been having feelings for a married woman! His honor requires that he immediately put those feelings to rest. As for the man who had abused Dixie so badly that she retreated into hiding… If he was still alive, he better never show up in Wyldhaven, because Flynn had plenty of ideas on how to teach the man lessons in gentlemanly conduct. Little does Flynn know that Steven Pottinger is about to become his patient. Gravely injured by an accidental gunshot, Steven lies on the brink of eternity. Never in all his life has Flynn been tempted to break his Hippocratic Oath. Until now.
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Consider the Lilies (Wyldhaven Book 4)

Consider the Lilies (Wyldhaven Book 4)

Lynnette Bonner

Fiction / Novels

Take the next stagecoach to Wyldhaven, where the coffee's perked hot, the sheriff likes his apple pie fresh from the oven, and adventure invariably waits just around the next river bend. When Jacinda Callahan lost her husband to an outlaw’s bullet years ago, she realized she simply couldn’t trust God to protect those she loves. So, though Marshal Zane Holloway has gently pushed his suit, she’s kept him at arm’s length. The last thing she needs is another man to worry about. But now the dratted marshal has been shot! He’s bleeding on her kitchen floor, and she realizes she might not have guarded her heart quite as well as she thought. Zane has always sensed Jacinda’s underlying anxiety. That was the very reason he’d tried to hide this blasted bullet wound from her. But hang it if he isn’t all light-headed! And with a band of brigands on the loose! Right now, he doesn’t have the time or the strength to cosset her. She’s going to have to learn that the God who clothes the lilies, has a perfect plan for those in His care. Jacinda is flooded with familiar fears as Zane rides off to confront the outlaws. Fears that turn to terror as day gives way to night and he still hasn’t returned. But this time she won’t stand by helplessly! Surely God’s perfect plan won’t be spoiled by a little help from her gun!
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Catastrophe: And Other Stories

Catastrophe: And Other Stories

Dino Buzzati

Novels / Short Stories / Fantasy

In Catastrophe, the renowned Italian short story writer Dino Buzzati brings vividly to life the slow and quietly terrifying collapse of our known, everyday world. In stories touched by the fantastical and the strange, and filled with humor, irony, and menace, Buzzati illuminates the nightmarish side of our ordinary existence. From “The Epidemic,” which traces the gradual effects of a “state influenza” that targets those who disagree with the government, to “The Collapse of Baliverna,” where a man puzzles over whether a misstep on his part caused the collapse of a building, to “Seven Floors,” which imagines a sanatorium where patients are housed on each floor according to the gravity of their illness and brilliantly highlights the ominous machinations of bureaucracy, Buzzati’s surreal, unsettling tales reckon with the struggle that lies beneath everyday interactions, the sometimes perverse workings of human emotions and desires, and, with wit and pathos, describe the small steps we take as individuals and as a society in our march toward catastrophe. With hints of Kafka and Edgar Allan Poe, Catastrophe, published for the first time in the United States, feels as timely today as ever.
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