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Say Cheese and Die! (Classic Goosebumps #8)

By R.L. Stine

Discover the bone-chilling adventures that made Goosebumps one of many bestselling kid's e-book sequence of all time. Now with all-new bonus materials!

Greg thinks there's something unsuitable with the previous digital camera he came across. The photographs retain turning out . . . different.
When Greg takes an image of his father's brand-new motor vehicle, it truly is wrecked within the picture. after which his dad crashes the car.
It's just like the digital camera can inform the future--or worse. probably it makes the future!

It's one other fan-favorite prequel to R.L. Stine's blockbuster GOOSEBUMPS HORRORLAND sequence. Now with a consultant to haunted machines and different all-new bonus material!

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Red Gem of Mercury

By Henry Kuttner

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A stone from the celebs saved vigil, and a useless guy smiled, as Steve Vane bore a loss of life token from Mercury to the fellow who had promised him—murder!

Excerpt

The noise of pursuit used to be starting to be louder. Steve Vane's lungs ached with every one knife-thrust, gasping breath of the icy air. His grey criminal clothing have been no safety opposed to the wintry breeze, and his skinny footwear have been already rainy with snow and starting to freeze.

It was once demanding to maintain going. it'd be a ways more straightforward to renounce the mad try out, to prevent and wait, along with his arms within the air, until the guards got here and took him again to the naked grey partitions of his mobile. But—Vane took a brief look on the grim-faced guy racing alongside beside him—if tricky little Tony Apollo may well hold going, definitely husky, big-shouldered Steve Vane may grit his the teeth and stagger alongside. yet the place would it not finish? The holiday have been hopeless from the beginning, doomed to yes failure. in simple terms the iron selection of Tony Apollo, and the burning experience of injustice rankling inside Vane had stored the latter's will firm.

"Pasqual framed us both," Apollo had stated, his darkish face sombre with hatred. "I've been in right here longer than you have—but I'm getting out now. If you're clever, you're coming with me. one in all us has an opportunity to get Pasqual sooner than the law enforcement officials nail us."

And so the 2 had deliberate and fled. Blue and shaking with chilly, they plunged alongside the financial institution of the river gorge towards the cabin Apollo had acknowledged could function a hideout.

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Only Begotten Daughter

By James Morrow

File Note: PDF is searchable photo OCR

Nominated - Nebula 1990, gained - WFA 1991, Nominated - Mythopoeic 1991, Nominated - Locus delusion 1991, Nominated - Campbell 1991

Murray Katz, the celibate keeper of an deserted lighthouse close to Atlantic urban, has been blessed with a daughter conceived of his personal seed and a holy ovum. Like her part brother Jesus, Julie Katz can stroll on water, heal the blind, and lift the useless. yet being the Messiah isn't effortless, and Julie, bewildered through her function within the divine scheme of items, is tempted by way of the satan and challenged via neo- Christian zealots during this full of life odyssey via Hell and New Jersey.

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Kirinyaga

By Mike Resnick

Hailed for his grandeur of mind's eye and remarkable worldbuilding, winner of and nominee for greater than fifty awards for his remarkable paintings, Mike Resnick has rightfully received a spot as one in every of technology fiction's grasp storytellers. Now, in Kirinyaga, Resnick provides the haunting and completely compelling story of 1 man's utopia.

By the 20th moment century within the African kingdom of Kenya, polluted towns sprawl up the flanks of sacred Mount Kirinyaga. nice animal herds are yet far away thoughts. eu plants now develop at the sweeping savannas. yet Koriba, a amazing, expert guy of Kikuyu ancestry, is familiar with that lifestyles was once assorted for his humans centuries ago--and he's made up our minds to construct a utopian colony, no longer in the world, yet at the terraformed planetoid he proudly names Kirinyaga.

As the mundumugu--witch doctor--Koriba leads the colonists. Reinstating the traditional customs and stringent legislation of the Kikuyu humans, he by myself comes to a decision their destiny. He needs to face many demanding situations to the suffering colony's survival: from a super younger lady whose radiant mind may well threaten their conventional how one can the interference of "Maintenance" which holds the ability to revoke the colony's constitution. all of the whereas, in basic terms Koriba--unbeknownst to his people--maintains the pc hyperlink to the remainder of humanity.

Ironically, the Kirinyaga test threatens to collapse--not from violence or greed--but from humankind's insatiable wish for wisdom. The Kikuyu humans can not more stand nonetheless in time than their planet can cease revolving round its sun.

Deeply relocating, quickly paced, and profound in its implications, Kirinyaga is Mike Resnick's so much positive paintings so far. His fantasy of Utopia is the ebook each technological know-how fiction reader may want to personal and savour for future years.

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Dorian

Will Self's DORIAN is a "shameless imitation" of Oscar Wilde's the image of Dorian grey that reimagines the unconventional within the milieu of London's early-80s paintings scene, which for liberated homosexuals have been a golden period of intercourse, medicines and decadence ahead of the AIDS epidemic struck later within the decade. it's "an age within which appearances subject an increasing number of and extra. basically the shallowest of individuals will not pass judgement on via them." younger Dorian grey, simply out of faculty, is a belief funded, impressionable Adonis-like blonde without any of the cynicism of the characters who prove corrupting his innocence whilst they love him for it. He arrives in London to aid socialite and philanthropist Phyllis Hawtree along with her venture of working a safeguard for younger drug addicts. He is aware he's strikingly appealing, that he can be a male version, yet he attempts to not get too stuck up within the "looks thing." Basil Hallward, an artist good friend of Phyllis's son Henry Wotton, meets Dorian and instantly falls for him, asking him to pose for a video deploy known as Cathode Narcissus, in which Dorian is surrounded by means of 9 tv displays which venture pictures of himself taking a look right into a replicate. within the book's ultimate pages, we find that Dorian is so taken through the photographs that he makes a want that they are going to age whereas he is still ceaselessly younger. And certainly, Dorian quickly swears he sees a few faint lines of getting older within the images.

Meanwhile Dorian is so inspired with the witty, refined banter among Baz and Wotton that he instantly desires to be a part of their international (he is defined as a social chameleon, simply slipping into the features and models and mannerisms of these round him). Dorian, then, breaks up along with his university female friend and takes up with Baz's buddy Wotton, a wealthy, clever yet affectless gay boozer and cokehead (and careless Jaguar driving force) who has a loveless marriage of comfort with the socialite woman Victoria, a a little batty girl who's high quality to dwell in denial of her husband's sexuality as long as their marriage retains bringing in a flood of social gathering invites. Jealous of Baz's affections for Dorian and wanting to see Dorian "thoroughly excitement this jaded century" through his extraordinary appears to be like and funds, he is taking Dorian lower than his wing and Dorian quickly grows to want the wild, devil-may-care Wotton over the earnest, a little pretentious Baz. ("Baz Hallward the wayward acolyte, seething with strength and bumptiousness; whereas the more youthful guy [Wotton] performed the a part of his mentor, ate up with cool, eaten up with indifference.")

"Dorian knew his personal trouble: he had cash yet no genuine kind. His upbringing were right here and there, at the fringes of movie units, in overseas hotels… It had given him polish yet no shine. He lacked the deep lustre of somebody like Wotton." yet truthfully, Wotton isn't any larger himself: "Henry Wotton was once topic to announcing to somebody who may pay attention that the chameleon is the main major of contemporary types." And whereas outer visual appeal would appear to belie this, the reality was once that underneath the Planet of Wotton was once a realm of whole flux." The characters to which Wotton introduces Dorian aren't any higher: drug addicts who revere Dorian just for his appears and cash. As Dorian will get stuck up during this international he turns into every piece as superficial as those humans: "Dorian had started to exhibit skills within the merely components of existence which are worthy contemplating, he was once turning into a seducer par excellence, and he was once reworking himself into an artificer of contrast, someone who's able to utilising the entire aim global to realize his personal end." He ultimately falls for a junkie named Herman mostly for his attractive black epidermis. To have a good time the debut of Cathode Narcissus, Dorian invitations Herman over for an orgy with Wotton, Baz, and the others even though now not as jaded as Dorian has turn into (and it sounds as if now not a homosexual), Herman's yearning for medicinal drugs is such that he is of the same opinion, and on the social gathering he stocks a needle with the opposite attendees and unwittingly infects them with AIDS. After the celebration, maybe simply because he's ashamed of what he has sunk to, he kills himself within the street.

PART : TRANSMISSION

Ten years have handed, and Henry Wotton now lies in a health center mattress at the AIDS ward. He is aware he's death, as is his pal Baz who visits him now for the 1st time in years, yet not like Baz, Wotton has persisted to dwell the existence that introduced him down, bribing the health facility staff to enable his broker stopover at him. His spouse is in absolute denial, calling Wotton’s an infection a “bug.� Baz turns into offended that Wotton isn't really taking good care of himself (having been fresh for 5 years, Baz has recovered his soul). He tells Wotton approximately his circulation to manhattan urban within the early eighties, while new york was once “at the very height of an excellent mountain of depravity.� His drug behavior drove him to poverty and homelessness and he finally ended up an errand boy for 3 transvestite cabaret acts who housed him of their squaliiiiiid house. Dorian came across him right here and “saved� him by way of cleansing him up and taking him procuring in order that Baz may well introduce him to a few of his downtown connections (Warhol, Mapplethorpe, Burroughs, etc.) This doesn’t particularly take place, yet Dorian does be capable to “put himself on the middle of each season,� ever-popular for his seems to be, faux refinement, and cash. “His social promiscuity and his sexual promiscuity have had an identical bewildering effect—that of creating him incomprehensible, unknowable. Is he homosexual or directly? Is he nob or yob? And by the way, how previous is he exactly?� Dorian discovers homosexual nightlife, snoozing with enormous quantities (maybe hundreds of thousands) of guys and in a single brutal example he later remembers with glee, beating a guy to loss of life as he sodomizes him within the basement of the Mineshaft nightclub. ultimately, in spite of the fact that, whilst the AIDS scare starts off, Dorian attractiveness lessens while many suspect that he's knowingly transmitting the disease.

When Wotton returns from the AIDS ward, a cocktail party is thrown and Dorian indicates up suddenly. Wotton and Baz are surprised to determine that he seems to be precisely as he did ten years ago—he hasn’t elderly a piece and it appears doesn’t have AIDS. in the course of the celebration Baz tells Dorian that he want to picture Cathode Narcissus for an upcoming retrospective and Dorian invitations Baz again to his mews domestic to work out it. There, Dorian deals Baz oral intercourse and his first hit in 5 years. He tells Baz of the want he made whilst he first observed Cathode Narcissus and divulges that ever due to the fact that then, the pictures have certainly been getting older whereas he remains younger. while Baz refuses to think it Dorian unearths the screens and certain sufficient they play scary photos of an AIDS-stricken Dorian—“concentration camp sufferers pressured to bounce by way of a few insane Nazi general practitioner. whilst Baz refuses to repeat the tapes for Dorian in order that he can proceed to maintain his formative years, Dorian brutally stabs Baz numerous occasions, killing him with out compunction. “Baz joined the wraithlike Dorians, who had stepped down from their screens to fulfill him and within the null house in the midst of the null room, the 10 of them associated fingers, shaped a hoop, and began a stately dance.�

EPILOGUE

As it seems, every little thing up until eventually this element is the textual content of a singular written via Henry Wotton, who's now useless of AIDS and has left the booklet for Dorian and Victoria. Dorian is damage and angry concerning the method he's portrayed: he insists that he by no means killed an individual, he isn't a shallow narcissus yet really an individual who certainly cares in regards to the strong of others, he's not a free-loading version yet has labored tough because the writer of a fashion/design journal. He brushes the e-book off yet as he attempts to head on along with his paintings of retaining the now-famous paintings of Baz, the cynical narrative voice of Henry Wotton’s booklet retains intruding into his suggestions till eventually, as Dorian visits the scene of his buddy Princess Di’s deadly crash, Wotton reappears and cuts his throat.

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Undying World (Blade, Book 8)

By Jeffrey Lord

Richard Blade is an grownup fable pulp novel sequence produced by means of top Books among 1969 and 1984. The 37 books within the sequence have been written by way of Roland J. eco-friendly, Ray Nelson, and Manning Lee Stokes below the pseudonym "Jeffrey Lord."

The novels have been additionally published as audio books, and as trilogy units- each one set having edited models of three novels on 6 cassettes (running nine hours, or nearly three hours in line with novel), and afterward cds (1 consistent with publication, three consistent with trilogy set, less than the identify "Richard Blade Journeys". those have been published as Americana Audiobooks through Americana Publishing in English.

The novels have been a sequence of adventures that includes the titular personality (MI6A's detailed agent Richard Blade), who was once teleported right into a random exchange measurement at first of every novel and compelled to depend on his wits and power. alongside the best way, he could have numerous explicitly defined sexual encounters with attractive ladies (both in England and within the exchange dimensions), and may often go back from his event with a few merchandise, or little bit of wisdom beneficial to Britain (the ostensible cause of him being despatched within the first place). Richard Blade used to be quite British, and all of the tales are set in England (at least in the beginning and finish, with Blade being teleported to a couple different size for the majority of every tale). The sequence was once translated into numerous languages, together with Russian, Swedish, French and German.

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Once Upon a Time: A Story Collection (Ever After High)

By Shannon Hale

Learn those specific introductions to all of your favourite characters to determine what their lives are like at domestic! a brand new bankruptcy is ready to start at Ever After excessive, and the entire scholars are getting ready to begin their Legacy yr. in exactly a couple of weeks will probably be Legacy Day after they will signal the Storybook of Legends and decide to reside out their fairy-tale future, repeating the well-known tales in their parents.

This quantity collects jointly for the 1st time 12 brief stories, together with 5 BRAND-NEW tales. For the 1st time, discover what Dexter and Darling fascinating, Cedar wooden, Lizzie Hearts and Kitty Cheshire have been doing ahead of college began. This assortment additionally comprises the tales of Apple White, Raven Queen, Madeline Hatter, Briar good looks, Ashlynn Ella and Hunter Huntsman, and the fairy story the story of 2 Sisters, which have been formerly purely on hand on-line.

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The 13½ Lives of Captain Bluebear (Zamonien, Book 1)

By Walter Moers

Captain Bluebear tells the tale of his first 13-1/2 lives spent at the mysterious continent of Zamonia, the place intelligence is an infectious ailment, water flows uphill, and hazards lie in watch for him round each corner.

"A bluebear has twenty-seven lives. I shall recount 13 and a half them during this publication yet continue quiet in regards to the rest," says the narrator of Walter Moers’s epic experience. "What concerning the Minipirates? What in regards to the Hobgoblins, the Spiderwitch, the Babbling Billows, the Troglotroll, the Mountain Maggot… Mine is a story of mortal probability and everlasting love, of hair’s breadth, last-minute escapes." Welcome to the glorious international of Zamonia, populated by way of all demeanour of amazing characters. It’s a land of resourceful lunacy and ultimate experience, depraved satire and epic delusion, all combined jointly, became on its head, and lavishly illustrated via the writer.

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How to be Death (A Calliope Reaper-Jones Novel)

By Amber Benson

All Calliope Reaper-Jones ever sought after out of lifestyles was once a wonderful activity in long island urban and a truly scorching boyfriend. yet now, she's the brand-new President of demise, Inc. With the Board of dying respiring down her neck and her dad's reproduction of How to be dying (A absolutely Annotated Guide) unopened, Callie's quite feeling the stress. And while the advisor ebook is stolen at a complicated formal dinner, Callie has to determine find out how to be the boss--before the powers held in the publication get out and damage humanity forever...

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