It begins, “Don’t read The Book.” All information, past and present,
is controlled by The Book, a handheld digital reading device that exists
in a paperless, sustainable, dystopian future that looks shockingly
similar to our own. Among the multitude of Book lovers, we find Holden
Clifford, a simple sprinkler fitter who is content with his small life.
Through his favorite story, The Catcher in the Rye, Holden discovers an
inconsistency between the digital version and a rare paper page,
preserved in the form of “recycled” wallpaper in the bathroom of his
favorite Chicago bar, The Library. His quest for answers leads him
quickly beyond the page to discover a secret library of books and a man
named Winston who explains the subtle, potent censorship of every story
ever written. Equipped with excerpts from unedited novels, alongside a
group of like-minded readers called the Ex Libris, Holden dedicates
himself to freeing the world from the grip of the Publishing House. His
heroic mission draws him hastily into a dangerous scheme to overthrow
the Editors of The Book and save the last remnant of printed words left
on the earth. As his mission unfolds and a haunting reality about the
government’s capacity to outwit the minds of the public begins to reveal
itself, Holden is forced to accept that the only way to succeed may be
to sacrifice himself and the one thing they love more than life – books.
From the Author
THE BOOK is a work of dystopian fiction. I do not presume to
know what the ramifications of digital books on the future of
traditional publishing will be. I am only, in good, old-fashioned,
make-believe, assuming what route the next generations will take, based
on the current state of recycling, sustainability, the disregard of the
typed or printed word, and online information databases like Wikipedia -
where anyone can edit the truth. I find it apropos that the
completion of my story coincides (to the day) with the announcement of
the iPad by Apple. If the progression of digital music is any
indication, handheld electronic media devices (The Book, in my novel)
will become popular with younger generations and reading will be
preferred through this new medium. My hope is that not only would my
book gain appreciation as a cautionary tale against abandoning the
written or printed word, but that it could potentially revolutionize the
thinking of readers across the world. That they would feel a duty to
themselves and their children to keep truth and freedom alive by
continuing to read from printed books and passing laws to protect their
content from censorship. Of course, I do not wish for the e-book to
fail. Everyone should rally behind such convenient innovation. My
impetus for this story lies in the importance of the printed word and
what it used to mean for us as human beings. To quote my narrator:
"We, the people, have learned that while there is danger in the printed
word, so is there power. In the days of our ancestors, it stirred us to
revolution. Words were honored and protected. They were spiritual and
rehabilitating. But that was before recycling sustained the world and
asphyxiated our minds."
To quote the ironically-late J.D.
Salinger (deceased same date as the iPad announcement and the completion
of this book): "Publishing is a terrible invasion of my privacy."
Thank you for your interest in my story. Ex Libris.
Physicist Joseph Farrell's amazing book on ancient interplanetary
warfare! There is ample evidence across our solar system of cataclysmic
and catastrophic destruction events. The asteroid belt, for example, may
be the remains of an exploded planet! The known planets are scarred
from incredible impacts, and teeter in their orbits due to causes
heretofore inadequately explained. Rejecting the naturalist and
materialist assumptions of catastrophism forwarded by other researchers,
Farrell asserts that it is time to take the ancient myths of a Cosmic
War in the heavens seriously. Incorporating extraterrestrial artifacts,
cutting-edge ideas in contemporary physics, and the texts of ancient
myths into his argument, Farrell maintains that an ancient
interplanetary war was fought in our own solar system with weapons of
extraordinary power and sophistication. In doing so, he offers a
solution to an enigma that has long mystified researchers, disclosing a
cause of that ancient war, the means by which it was waged, and the real
nature of the secret technology behind the ancient "Tablets of
Destinies." Topics include: Killer Asteroids and the Exploded
Planet Hypothesis, The History of the Exploded Planet Hypothesis, The
Explanatory and Predictive Power of the Exploded Planet Hypothesis,
Other Phenomena Explained by the Exploding Planet Hypothesis, Problems
of the Original Exploded Planet Hypothesis and the Revised Hypothesis,
Plasma Cosmology and Ancient Mythology …The Problem of the Mercury
Rectifiers, Plasma Pinch, Plasma Focus, and the Nazi "Bell" Project,
Plasma Physics, The Plasma Focus, and Scalar Physics, Bearden's Claims
for "Scalar" Physics and its Weaponization, The Dangers of Scalar
Resonance: Planet-Busting “Doomsday” Implications, The Divine Weapon,
Evidence of Planetary Sized Discharges in the Solar System, Ancient
Testimony to the Existence of Giants, Hamlet's Mill: Another
Mythological Background, The Galactic Context of Ancient Myths, The
Astronomical-Galactic Meaning of “Earth,” The Galactic Meaning of
"Tiamat," The Celestial, or Galactic War and Deluge, and Mars-Nergal:
"The Great Leaping One," The Good, the Bad, and the Nephilim, Laurence
Gardner's Genealogical Tables, Gardner's "Grand Assembly of the
Anunnaki," The "Grand Assembly of the Anunnaki" and Mankind, The
Anunnaki and Mankind: Adam and Eve, Primordial Revolts and Wars: Sumer,
Edfu, and the Genesis "Gap" Theory, A Chronological Outline Emerges,
Angels and Plasma Life?, The Mysterious Moon, How Did it Get There?, The
Planetary Fission Model, Shards, Octagons, Craters, and Towers versus
Incessant Meteoric Bombardment, Mars Surface Anomalies, Pyramidal and
Other Rectilinear Formations, The Monoliths, Human Origins and the
"Celestial Extent" of Humanity or its Genus, The Two Space Programs
Hypothesis and Scientific Suppression, tons more.
In Paradise Lost, Milton set out to "justifie the wayes of God to men." In this novel, British author Duncan (Hope; Love Remains) attempts to justify the ways of Satan to the hip. God gives his evil subaltern a month in a human body, with an option to own, thus permanently casting off his pain-racked cosmological being. The grim alternative for Lucifer is to subsist in eternal nothingness. The vacant body belongs to Declan Gunn, a writer on the brink of suicide. Lucifer narrates his romps through escort service dates, cocaine-laced nights and, mostly, the thrills of the wondrous human sensorium. Lucifer options his life story-from his starring role with Adam and Eve to his struggles with an autocratic God-to a film producer and torments Declan's lover, Viola, with the promise of a juicy part in the upcoming movie. But for all his jauntiness, Lucifer must unexpectedly wrestle with Gunn's conscience, including Gunn's memories of Penelope, his alternately loathed and longed-for ex. When Lucifer makes the disastrous decision to see Penelope and forgive her for dumping him, he confronts the goodness of mercy, a battle that leaves him sick with nausea and cognitive disorientation. Lucifer tosses wisecracks around as if they were hand grenades. On the wickedness of a rival of Gunn's, he quips, "There's no murder in him, and only a very predictable dribble of lust. His soul, and billions like it, provide the cosmos with its muzak." Alas, Lucifer's wit doesn't often rise to this sharply satiric level: it's more like a series of outtakes from Bedazzled. This is the archetypal promising novel-the author's talent with words eclipses the substance of his story. Copyright 2003 Reed Business Information, Inc.
What’s a grown man to do, living in the shadow of one of the nation’s most famous entertainers? Run away from home, of course.Stefan Mackechnie is the son of Delonia Mackechnie, famous folk-singer and variety show host. When Stefan writes a letter out of frustration to his dead father, he receives an unexpected reply, a message that leads him on a journey across the ocean to a timeless city where he’ll face love, oblivion, and eternity.
'One of the most original, radical and stylish fiction writers of the twentieth century' Independent She belonged at the centre of the literature of her time -- Salman Rushdie New York Times
"Penguin Decades" bring you the novels that helped shape modern Britain. When they were published, some were bestsellers, some were considered scandalous, and others were simply misunderstood. All represent their time and helped define their generation, while today each is considered a landmark work of storytelling. Angela Carter's "The Infernal Desire Machines of Doctor Hoffman" was published in 1972, and is a magical, satirical adventure. Desiderio is stricken with love for Albertina, a woman he sees only in his dreams. He must also battle against Doctor Hoffman and his mysterious machines, as they bend time and space to turn Desiderio's city into a nightmare of lust, insanity and crime. But the evil Doctor is also Albertina's father...
Follow Alberto Gimaldi, code-cracker and bibliophile, as he unravels the mystery of an infinite library and discovers the treachery of the librarian Castellemare. What is the hidden plot of the library, and how will this impossible place set into motion a catastrophic narrative by the artful textual manipulation of unwitting agents in the real world? What is the buried and secret connection between all text and all life? A novel of dark mystery, infinity, and a compelling story for all those who love books and book-related enigmas. Codes, ciphers, and the sinister await those who would set foot inside the Infinite Library.
About the Author
Kane X. Faucher is the author of several novels and has been a regular contributor to a few international magazines. His works are a mix of the absurd, the comical, and the critical, generally involving themes of language, media, contemporary art, and libraries. His prose style is slightly elevated and satirically snide. He is also known for his expertise in rhetoric and propaganda studies, and publishes articles on Borges, Deleuze, social media, and Celine. He is an assistant professor at the University of Western Ontario.
Ellen Starke’s head, recovered from the crash that killed her mother, Eleanor, has a lot to deal with. She has a clone, but its body is a baby’s; she’s responsible for the teetering empire her mother created; she’s surrounded by people plotting against her; and she believes Eleanor can’t be dead. Applied People’s corporate fortunes are about to take a tumble, partly because Fred Londenstane’s on trial for his part in Ellen’s rescue. Andrea Tiekel, head of E-Pluribus, is maneuvering to take over the clone market and, in fact, angling for control of even more, including Heliostream and the entire extrasolar colonization plan. Heliostream CEO Merrill Meewee, one of Eleanor’s loyal agents, discovers some very interesting fish while skipping rocks in a pond on the Starke Enterprises campus. Intrigue, plotting, adventure, and bizarre conspiracies abound in this eminently satisfying follow-up to Counting Heads (2005). Marusek has built a solid world and paces the unfolding of corporate takeover and social mayhem so as to keep the reader fascinated. And the resolution is elegant and satisfying. --Regina Schroeder
"'A thought-provoking book that considers many issues, not least the role and image of women in Christianity.' Good Book Guide 'Lynn Picknett... presents the Magdalene in a fresh and disconcerting way.' Washington Post Book World 'Picknett's book... puts Mary Magdalene back on top of her pedestal.' Nexus"
"A gleefully mad collision between self-referential movie script and gumshoe noir/alien-abduction parody . . . Inspired lunacy that will be relished by anyone with a taste for humor in the bawdy, irreverent, smart-alecky, wisecracking British style." —_Kirkus Reviews_
"What you're getting is vintage Rankin. Booze sodden private dick private Eddie Bear is a marvellous creation." —_Starburst_
"Wacky and slightly peverse. If the title makes you smile, play spot-the-film references." —_Times_
"_The Toyminator_ has enough running jokes, crazy footnotes, and toilet humor to keep even the hardcore fans happy—and keep the new reader chuckling with delight too. It's mad, but wonderfully funny. A typically entertaining, rude, and quite bizarre Robert Rankin novel." —_SFX_
Somewhere over the rainbow and just off the Yellow Brick Road stands Toy City, formerly known as Toy Town. And things are not going well for the city's inhabitants. There have been outbreaks of STC - Spontaneous Toy Combustion - and there are strange signs and portents in the Heavens. Preachers of Toy City's many religions are predicting that the End Times are approaching and that a Toy City Apocalypse will soon come to pass. But can this possibly be true, or is there a simple explanation - an alien invasion, for instance. With the body count rising and the forces of law and order baffled, it is the time for a hero to step forward and attempt to save the day. Well, two heroes actually, Eddie Bear, Toy City Private Eye and his loyal sidekick, Jack: our courageous twosome are about to face their biggest challenge yet, to save not only toykind, but the world of mankind too. Which should keep them out of the pub for a while.
If you fear one thing in life, fear the djinn. This groundbreaking book presents the findings of Rosemary Ellen Guiley and Philip J. Imbrogno’s investigation into the powerful and mysterious interdimensional beings known as djinn or genies. It reveals what the djinn are, where they can be found—and their hidden agenda against the human race.
Working with material compiled from a variety of sources—including their own case files, Middle Eastern lore, the Qur’an, teachings of Islamic scholars, and the latest theories in quantum physics—the authors explore the relationship between the djinn, demons, fairies, shadow people, and extraterrestrials. They discuss the military’s interest in these clandestine beings, offer eyewitness accounts of modern human encounters with the djinn, and reveal the location of interdimensional entry points in North America.
From the Author
From Rosemary Ellen Guiley: The Djinn have intrigued me since the late 1980s, when I began long-term research of demons, angels, magic and related topics. I was already involved in paranormal investigations, and over the course of time, I encountered cases that fit certain patterns. Some of them were problem "hauntings" that resisted explanation and resolution. Something else began to emerge from that: the hidden presence of the Djinn. This hidden presence came more into focus as my research expanded into shadow people, ultraterrestrials, fairies, aliens, cryptids and other entities. The Djinn are little known in the West, but that does not mean they are not present. The Djinn, as well as any entity, can be anywhere -- and they are. We may not recognize them because they are unfamiliar to us, or they have taken on disguises. This book takes the Djinn out of the realm of folk tales and into the present, in our paranormal encounters that happen every day and anywhere. The Djinn are among us, and have been interacting with us throughout human history. What are they doing, and why?
This labyrinthine and extraordinary book, first published more than fifty years ago, was the outcome of Graves's vast reading and curious research into strange territories of folklore, mythology, religion and magic. Erudite and impassioned, it is a scholar-poet's quest for the meaning of European myths, a polemic about the relations between man and woman, and also an intensely personal document in which Graves explored the sources of his own inspiration and, as he believed, all true poetry.This new edition has been prepared by Grevel Lindop, who has written an illuminating introduction. The text of the book incorporates all Graves's final revisions, as well as his replies totwo of the original reviewers, and a long essay in which he describes the months of inspiration in which The White Goddess was written.