Up Jumps the Devil by Michael Poore

By Michael Poore

A stunningly imaginitive, sharp, humorous, and slyly delicate novel that includes the satan himself, John Scratch.

He's made up of wooden. He chefs a very good gumbo. Cows love him. And he's the world's past love tale . . . and the world's first damaged middle. Meet the darkly good-looking, captivating John Scratch, aka the satan. Ever considering his real love, a fellow fallen angel named Arden, determined that Earth used to be a bit too terrifying and violent, John Scratch has been attempting to trap her again from the forgiving grace of Heaven. notwithstanding neither the wonders of Egypt nor the glories of Rome have been adequate to maintain her on the earth, John Scratch believes he's chanced on a brand new Eden: America.

John Scratch capitalizes at the bounty of this arcadia as he shapes it into his puppy state. Then, one darkish evening within the overdue Nineteen Sixties, he meets 3 down-on-their-luck musicians and moves a deal. In alternate for his or her souls, he'll provide them popularity, wealth, and the opportunity to make the area a greater position. quickly, the trio helps the satan push the USA to the peak of civilization—or so he thinks. yet there's greatly approximately people he nonetheless must research, even after spending such a lot of millennia between them.

Overflowing with mind's eye, perception, and humor, rippling with background and fantasy, Up Jumps the Devil is as madcap and fascinating because the satan himself.

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The Renegade (Guardians Trilogy, Book 2) by Jack Whyte

By Jack Whyte

The eagerly awaited moment quantity within the Guardians series

The yr is 1284 and it's a interval of seeming peace in Scotland. it's also a time while the way forward for a rustic is being solid within the kind of a tender boy, ten-year-old Robert Bruce. he's witness to a unprecedented amassing of aristocrats who've come to his family's property, together with King Edward of britain, King Alexander of Scotland, and Lord Angus Mohr MacDonald of Islay. it really is his first come across with those robust males, however it is unquestionably now not his final. And what he sees and learns there in regards to the nature of strength will stay with him for a few years to come.

In the last decade that follows, King Alexander dies with out an inheritor and Scotland falls into chaos. the potential of civil struggle brings a transforming into possibility of invasion from England as Edward I, younger Bruce's hero and feudal client, develops an obsession with including Scotland, like Wales, to England's crown via conquest. One guy with awesome imaginative and prescient and power will unite Scotland's warring factions opposed to the bigger chance that looms past its borders, yet to take action he'll need to unravel the clash of his personal own, feudal, and nationwide loyalties. this is often the tale of the fellow destined to be Robert I, King of Scots.

Filled with intrigue, excessive experience, and noteworthy characters, The Renegade is a blinding feat of storytelling that weaves attention-grabbing old aspect into the drama and pleasure for which Jack Whyte is well known.

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Crap Kingdom by D. C. Pierson

By D. C. Pierson

The selected ONE needs to be RETRIEVED FROM EARTH

he'll deliver DOWN THE WALL AND repair the dominion TO GLORY

HIS identify IS TOM PARKING

With this mysterious but oddly ordinary-looking prophecy, Tom's destiny is sealed: he's been plucked from his existence and whisked away to a mystical nation to be its selected One.

There's only one challenge: the dominion is generally made from rubbish from Earth. ok, good, difficulties: the king hates Tom. additionally, the princess loves to put on faux mustaches. And being selected One turns out to consist more often than not of cleansing out rats' noses on the Royal Rat-Snottery.

So, essentially, the dominion sucks.

while Tom turns down the task of selected One, he thinks he's creating a good move. but if Tom discovers he's been changed by means of his ally Kyle, who's constantly been cooler, extra athletic, and higher with women, Tom desires Crap country back—at any price. And the hilarity that ensues will confirm the destiny of the universe.

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Best European Fiction 2012 (Best European Fiction) by Nicole Krauss, Aleksandar Hemon

By Nicole Krauss, Aleksandar Hemon

Best eu Fiction is a thrilling read.”—Time
Now in its 3rd 12 months, the Best ecu Fiction sequence has turn into a mainstay within the literary panorama, every year that includes new voices from all through Europe along extra confirmed names corresponding to Hilary Mantel, Jean-Philippe Toussaint, Ingo Schulze, George Konrad, Victor Pelevin, and Enrique Vila-Matas.

For 2012, Aleksandar Hemon introduces a complete new cross-section of ecu fiction, and there are a couple of editorial adjustments to boot. For the 1st time, the preface might be through an American—Nicole Krauss—and the tales, one according to country/language, may be prepared inside of topics (love, artwork, warfare, the body), to facilitate e-book membership and studying staff discussions.

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The House on Willow Street: A novel by Cathy Kelly

By Cathy Kelly

 #1 overseas bestselling writer Cathy Kelly’s writing is “warm, lyrical, and fascinating” (Marian Keyes) and “rich with the emerald attract of the Irish landscape” (Publishers Weekly). In The residence on Willow highway, four ladies become aware of that domestic isn’t the place you come back from, yet the place you're intended to be. . . .
Every picture-perfect village tells a narrative. . . .
The Irish beach city of Avalon is a tourist’s dream of old fashioned retailers and alluring cafés. Avalon condominium, perched on the finish of Willow road, was once in Tess Power’s kinfolk for generations. Now Tess ekes out a dwelling from her antiques store whereas the crumbling mansion awaits a brand new proprietor. Her marriage and company could be floundering, yet her affection for Avalon is undimmed. a similar can’t be stated of her glamorous sister. Suki left with no backward look and married into an American political dynasty. just a muckraking biographer might ship her slinking again to eire to flee a scandal.
Postmistress Danae watches from the sidelines, dishing out mild recommendation whereas locking away her personal secrets and techniques. Then her unconventional niece Mara involves remain and attracts her lonely aunt again into the realm. As autumn supplies approach to wintry weather, the 4 ladies stumble upon previous loves, embody new friendships, and start to appear past the previous to the chances simply starting to spread.

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Terra do Pecado by José Saramago

By José Saramago

Terra do Pecado foi o primeiro romance publicado por José Saramago, em 1947, pela Editorial Minerva, ano em que nasceu sua filha, Violante. Com a publicação de Levantado do chão, em 1980, Saramago ganha notoriedade e, na década de 1990, seu primeiro romance, que havia sido esquecido e rejeitado, volta a figurar entre suas grandes publicações do ultimate do século passado, conquistando seu devido espaço.

Em entrevista ao jornal lisboeta O Independente, em 17 de maio de 1991, dizia o escritor sobre este seu primeiro romance:

"Escrevi o meu primeiro livro aos 25 anos, em 1947. Chamava-se a "Viúva". Foi publicado pela Minerva, mas o editor achou que "A Viúva" não period um título comercial e sugeriu que se chamasse "Terra do Pecado". Pobre de mim, queria period ver o livro editado e assim saiu. De pecados sabia muito pouco e, embora a história comporte alguma actividade pecaminosa, não eram coisas vividas, eram coisas que resultavam mais das leituras feitas do que duma experiência própria. Não o incluo na minha bibliografia, apesar de os meus amigos insistirem que não é tão mau como ecu teimo em dizer. Mas como o título não foi meu e detesto aquele título... Acho que é por isso que resisto a aceitá-lo. Um dia, quem sabe se não reconhecerei a paternidade uma vez que há por aí exemplares. Ainda outro dia encontrei um, numa dessas bancas em segunda mão, e paguei por ele oito contos. Com desconto, porque o homem reconheceu-me e abateu-me quinhentos escudos. Um preço completamente disparatado e exorbitante."

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Chasing Darkness (Elvis Cole, Book 11) by Robert Crais

By Robert Crais

Elvis Cole is Back--In a determined struggle to transparent his Name...

It's fireplace season, and the hills of la are burning. while police and hearth division body of workers rush door to door in a frenzied evacuation attempt, they become aware of the week-old corpse of an obvious suicide. however the gunshot sufferer is much less grotesque than what they locate in his lap: a photograph album of 7 brutally murdered younger ladies -- one in step with yr, for seven years. And while the suicide sufferer is pointed out as a former suspect in a single of the murders, the scoop turns Elvis Cole's global the other way up.
3 years prior Lionel Byrd was once dropped at trial for the homicide of a feminine prostitute named Yvonne Bennett. A taped confession coerced by way of the police encouraged a fashionable safety legal professional to take Byrd's case, and Elvis Cole used to be employed to enquire. It used to be Cole's eleventh-hour discovery of an exculpatory videotape that allowed Lionel Byrd to stroll unfastened. Elvis was once hailed as a hero.
however the discovery of the demise album in Byrd's lap now manufacturers Elvis as an unwitting partner to homicide. Captured in photos that can in basic terms were taken via the assassin, Yvonne Bennett used to be the 5th of the seven sufferers -- extra younger ladies have been murdered after Lionel Byrd walked unfastened. So Elvis can't aid yet ask yourself -- did he, Elvis Cole, rate extra younger women their lives?
close out of the research by way of a unique LAPD job strength decided to shut the case, Elvis Cole and Joe Pike desperately struggle to discover the reality approximately Lionel Byrd and his nightmare album of loss of life -- a fact hidden by way of lies, politics, and corruption in a global the place not anything is what it kind of feels to be.
Chasing Darkness is a blistering mystery from the bestselling writer who units the normal for excessive, strong crime writing.

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The Lemoine Affair (The Art of the Novella) by Marcel Proust

By Marcel Proust

Translated through Charlotte Mandell

Their pal Marcel Proust had killed himself after the autumn in diamond stocks, a cave in that annihilated part of his fortune.

This is the first-ever translation into English of this startling tour-de-force by means of one of many 20th century’s maximum writers.

The Lemoine Affair was encouraged via the real-life French scandal concerning Henri Lemoine, who claimed he may manufacture diamonds from coal and confident various people—including officials of the De Beers diamond mine corporation and Proust himself—to put money into the scheme. In a sequence of pastiches—imitations written within the sort of different writers—Proust tells the tale of the embarrassment rippling throughout excessive society Paris within the wake of the scandal, poking enjoyable at himself (in one tale, a personality publicizes that Marcel Proust is so embarrassed he’s suicidal) whereas lampooning a few of France’s maximum writers, together with Flaubert, Balzac, and Saint-Simon.

filled with refined wit and surprising wordplay, and rife with allusions to his buddy and fictional characters, many Proust students see the dead-on mimicry of The Lemoine Affair—written quickly after Proust’s rejection of society life—as the paintings wherein he honed his personal detailed, masterly voice.

The artwork of The Novella Series

Too brief to be a singular, too lengthy to be a quick tale, the novella is usually unrecognized via lecturers and publishers. still, it's a shape liked and practiced through literature's maximum writers. within the artwork Of The Novella sequence, Melville condo celebrates this renegade paintings shape and its practitioners with titles which are, oftentimes, awarded in publication shape for the 1st time.

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Ladies and Gentlemen, the Bible! by Jonathan Goldstein

By Jonathan Goldstein

A hilarious re-imagining of the heroes of the previous testomony for a contemporary world-and the neurotic, not easy reader.

In the beginning...there used to be humor.

certain, it's the basis for far of Western morality and the cornerstone of worldwide literature. yet let's face it: the Bible regularly wanted punching up. Plus, it raised numerous questions glossy international refuses to disregard from now on: wouldn't it's dull to stay within a whale? How did Joseph clarify Mary's being pregnant to the fellows at paintings? Who precisely was once the megalomaniacal foreman who oversaw the development of the Tower of Babel? And in truth, what was once Cain's problem?

In Ladies and gents, the Bible!, Jonathan Goldstein re-imagines and recasts the Bible's maximum heroes with intensity, wit, and snappy discussion. this can be the Bible populated by means of offended loners, hypochondriacs, and reluctant prophets who worry for his or her sanity. primarily, a Bible that readers can eventually, surely relate to.

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