The Roses met at an auction on Cape Cod. Oliver had just bought a Staffordshire figurine-one of a pair-but Barbara outbid him for its mate. The figurines belonged together, and so did the Roses. Now the two objets d'art sat together on a shelf in the Roses' home-symbols of the passion their owners shared. A passion that united them and now was about to tear them apart . Sharing, for Oliver and Barbara Rose, was a way of life. Living in the mansion they had restored together, with the antiques they had collected together, their rare wines, their orchids, and their children-all the beautiful things they owned-they were happy. Their latest project had been the kitchen, which was to be the core of Barbara's new-found career as a caterer of gourmet foods. Though Oliver was a busy and successful attorney, he had shared all the planning chores with her. The tripping point occurred when Oliver collapsed with what seemed to be a heart attack, and Barbara, as he had expected, did not rush to his side. Her indifference to his fate was both galling and an eye-opener about the truth of their marriage, a truth based more on materialism than mutual sharing and love. The War of the Roses is a timeless novel. Yet, this is a story uniquely of our own time, where more and more people measure their happiness and success in terms of the things they possess. This is the book that inspired one of the most famous movies about divorce ever produced. Shown somewhere in the world every week, the movie is an excellent adaptation of the book that has been translated in almost every language on the planet. The impact of both the book and the movie have made them both classics and brought the title The War of the Roses into the accepted jargon of divorce, describing the terrible hatred and cruelty engendered in the process. A Major Motion Picture starring Michael Douglas and Kathleen Turner released by Twentieth Century Fox.
Neal Asher takes on first contact, Polity style. This original novel recounts the first contact between the aggressive Prador aliens, and the Polity Collective as it is forced to retool its society to a war footing. The overwhelming brute force of the Prador dreadnaughts causes several worlds and space stations to be overrun. Prador Moon follows the initial Polity defeats, to the first draws, and culminates in what might be the first Polity victory, told from the point of view of two unlikely heroes.
Raised to adulthood during the end of the war between the human Polity and the vicious arthropoid race, the Prador, Ian Cormac is haunted by childhood memories of a sinister scorpion-shaped war drone and the burden of losses he doesn't remember. In the years following the war, he signs up with Earth Central Security, and is sent out to help either restore or simply maintain order on worlds devastated by Prador bombardment. There he discovers that though the old enemy remains as murderous as ever, it is not anywhere near as perfidious or dangerous as some of his fellow humans, some of them closer to him than he would like. Amidst the ruins left by wartime genocides, he discovers in himself a cold capacity for violence, learns some horrible truths about his own past and, set upon a course of vengeance, tries merely to stay alive.
SUMMARY: Gridlinked is a science fiction adventure in the classic, fast-paced, action-packed tradition of Harry Harrison and Poul Anderson, with a dash of cyberpunk and a splash of Ian Fleming added to spice the mix. Cormac is a legendary Earth Central Security agent, the James Bond of a wealthy future where "runcibles" (matter transmitters controlled by AIs) allow interstellar travel in an eye blink throughout the settled worlds of the Polity. Unfortunately Cormac is nearly burnt out, "gridlinked" to the AI net so long that his humanity has begun to drain away. He has to take the cold-turkey cure and shake his addiction to having his brain on the net.Now he must do without just as he’s sent to investigate the unique runcible disaster that's wiped out the entire human colony on planet Samarkand in a thirty-megaton explosion. With the runcible out, Cormac must get there by ship, but he has incurred the wrath of a vicious psychopath called Arian Pelter, who now follows him across the galaxy with a terrifying psychotic killer android in tow. And deep beneath Samarkand's surface there are buried mysteries, fiercely guarded. This is fast-moving, edge-of-the-seat entertainment, and a great introduction to the work of one of the most exciting new SF talents in years.
From the Philip K. Dick Award nominee author of Cowl, an adrenaline-powered new SF adventure: Brass Man. Neal Asher returns to his trademark Polity future setting, in a sequel to Gridlinked, which SFRevu.com called "brilliant and audacious work, chock-full of cutting-edge ideas."
Ian Cormac, a legendary Earth Central Security agent, the James Bond of a wealthy future, is hunting an interstellar dragon, little knowing that, far away, his competition has resurrected an horrific killing machine named "Mr. Crane" to assist in a similar hunt, ecompassing whole star systems. Mr. Crane, the insane indestructible artificial man now in a new metal body, seeks to escape a bloody past he can neither forget nor truly remember. And he is on a collision course with Ian Cormac.
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' worm ships 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' attacks are not so indiscriminate, after all, and could very well herald the end of the Polity itself...
To the remote planet Spatterjay come three travellers with very different missions. Janer is directed there by the hornet Hive-mind; Erlin comes to find the sea captain who can teach her to live; and Keech - dead for seven hundred years - has unfinished business with a notorious criminal. Spatterjay is a watery world where the human population inhabits the safety of the Dome and only the quasi-immortal hoopers are safe outside amidst a fearful range of voracious life-forms. Somewhere out there is Spatterjay Hoop himself, and monitor Keech cannot rest until he can bring this legendary renegade to justice for atrocious crimes committed centuries ago during the Prador Wars. Keech does not realise that Hoop's body is running free on an island wilderness, while his living head is confined in a box on an Old Captain's ships. Nor does he know that the most brutal Prador of all is about to pay a visit, intent on wiping out all evidence of his wartime atrocities. Which means major hell is about to erupt in this chaotic waterscape.
Polity Universe #10 - The Voyage of the Sable Keech
Sable Keech is a walking dead man, and the only one to have been resurrected by nanochanger. Did he succeed because he was infected by the Spatterjay virus or because he came late to resurrection in a tank of seawater? Tracing the mans last-known seaborne journey, Taylor Bloc wants to know the truth. He also wants so much moreadulation, power, controland will go to any lengths to achieve them. An ancient hive mind, almost incomprehensible to the human race, has sent an agent to this uncertain world. Does it simply want to obtain the poison sprine that is crucial to immortality. If so, maybe Janer must find it and stop it. Meanwhile, still faced with the ennui of immortality, Erlin has her solitude rudely interrupted by a very angry whelkus titanicus and begins the strangest of journeys. Deep in the ocean the Spatterjay virus has wrought a terrible change that will affect them all. Something dormant for ten years is breaking free, and once again the aftershocks of an ancient war will focus on this watery world. And Sniper, for ten years the Warden of Spatterjay, finally takes delivery of his new drone shell. Its much better than his old one: powerful engines, more lethal weapons, thicker armour. Hes going to need them.
This is a follow-up to The Voyage of the Sable Keech tracing the journey of an Old Captain, Orbus ' a sadist in charge of a crew of masochists - to a planetary wasteland called The Graveyard' lying between the Polity and the Prador Kingdom. An ancient war drone by the name of Sniper has stowed away aboard his spaceship, and the purpose of the journey is not entirely what the captain expected. Also heading in the same direction is the Prador king and the Prador Vrell. Vrell, having been mutated by the Spatterjay virus into something powerful and dangerous, has seized control of a Prador dreadnought, killing much of its crew, and is intent on heading back to the Prador Third Kingdom to exact vengeance on the King of the Prador, who tried to have him killed. All three ships are heading towards a climatic confrontation to The Graveyard, where underlying truths about the virus are revealed and an ancient menace to civilization reappears'Ś
During a war between two planets in the same solar system - each occupied by adapted humans - what is thought to be a cosmic superstring is discovered. After being cut, this object collapses into four cylindrical pieces, each about the size of a tube train. Each is densely packed with either alien technology or some kind of life. They are placed for safety in three ozark cylinders of a massively secure space station. There a female research scientist subsequently falls pregnant, and gives birth to quads. Then she commits suicide - but why? By the end of the war one of the contesting planets has been devastated by the hilldiggers - giant space dreadnoughts employing weapons capable of creating mountain ranges. The quads have meanwhile grown up and are assuming positions of power in the post-war society. One of them will eventually gain control of the awesome hilldiggers ...
Boston, Massachusetts. Donna Parrish entdeckt im Internet zufällig einen gefühlvollen Liebesbrief. Dort ist er nur kurze Zeit zu lesen. Donna hat sich den Liebesbrief aber ausgedruckt. Geschrieben ist er von einem T. Sie ahnt, dass sich dahinter ein Mann mit großen Gefühlen verbergen muss. Donna begibt sich auf Spurensuche und findet den Namen des Schreibers heraus: Tom Avellone. Donna schreibt Tom. Sie hofft, dass Tom der Mensch ist, der sie versteht und bei dem sie sich für immer fallen lassen kann. Zwischen ihnen entsteht ein Briefwechsel, der keine Zweifel offen lässt. Sie sind füreinander bestimmt. Dann fährt Donna für ein Wochenende zu Tom nach Vermont, wo gerade der Indian Summer begonnen hat. Es folgen 25 Stunden, die ihrer beider Leben für immer verändern werden.
Inspiriert von einer wahren Geschichte.
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Alex Dengler schreibt seit 2002 Deutschlands Kultbuchkolumne. Bis 2008 für die BILD am SONNTAG, seit September 2008 erscheint sie auf denglers-buchkritik.de. “Blätter treiben im Wind” ist sein erster Roman. Derzeit arbeitet er an seinem zweiten Roman.
Once intelligent and cruel, the ogres were given life by the gods, and their civilization was more advanced that that of the elves. However, their civilized world deteoriated and they became transformed into their present shapes — except for a small group led by the great Igraine, who embraced the cause of goodness and survived unchanged.
In 2004 is Jeroen Brouwers veertig jaar schrijver.
In het jaar van zijn literaire debuut, 1964, trad hij in dienst van de Brusselse uitgeverij Manteau, waarover de oprichtster, Angèle Manteau, tot 1970 de directie voerde.
Over deze periode van zeven jaar schreef Brouwers zijn herinneringen: opzienbarend, hilarisch, polemisch, nu en dan ontroerend. Bij gedeelten lijken deze geheugenrelazen op een zowel beklemmende als geestige roman.
'Geheugen, spreek!' zegt Brouwers Nabokov na. 'Er moeten nog wat memoires op papier voordat het licht voorgoed wordt uitgedraaid.'
De Nederlandse schrijver Jeroen Brouwers werkte vanaf halverwege de jaren zestig 12 jaar bij de Vlaamse uitgeverij Manteau. Al eerder deed hij uit de doeken hoe alle boeken van Vlaamse auteurs door hem ingrijpend geredigeerd werden. In dit vermakelijk geschreven boek vertelt hij vooral over het personeel op de uitgeverij. Om te beginnen Angele Mantetau ('waar zij verschijnt, steekt poolwind op'). De inmiddels tot barones verheven Manteau wordt afgeschilderd als een vrekkerige cultuurbarbaar die elk contact met auteurs vermeed en een grote weerzin had tegen het opbouwen van een archief. Brouwers schrijft een vernietigend portret van Manteau-redacteur Oegema van der Wal, een Nederlander die het Vlaams moest opkalefateren, maar toen hij na zijn pensioen een eigen boek inleverde, werd dat door zijn opvolger Brouwers geweigerd. Succesauteur Ward Ruyslinck krijgt van Brouwers min of meer de dood van zijn echtgenote in de schoenen geschoven. Paperback; vrij kleine druk
(Biblion recensie, Hans Renders)
«Buscaré la venganza contra aquellos que traicionaron a mi familia. Soy Ezio Auditore di Firenze. Soy un assassin…» Traicionado por las familias que gobiernan Florencia, Venecia y Roma en la Italia del Renacimiento, el joven Ezio Auditore se embarca en una épica lucha por erradicar la corrupción y restaurar el honor de su familia. Para ello deberá aprender el arte de la muerte. En su camino de venganza y lucha se encontrará con las grandiosas mentes de Leonardo da Vinci y Maquiavelo; deberá decidir entre el amor y su destino y descubrirá que este último es mucho más complejo y elevado de lo que nunca imaginó. Para sus aliados, Ezio se convertirá en la fuerza que les guiará en pos de la libertad y la justicia. Para sus enemigos, en una amenaza consagrada a la destrucción de los tiranos que abusan del pueblo italiano. Una historia épica de poder y venganza en la que la verdad se escribirá con sangre.
Gabi knows she’s left her heart in the fourteenth century, and she persuades Lia to help her to return, even though they know doing so will risk their very lives. When they arrive, months have passed, and all of Siena longs to celebrate the heroines who turned the tide in the battle against Florence—-while their enemies will go to great lengths to see them dead.Even in the midst of the battles, Gabi’s heart is increasingly drawn to Marcello, just as Lia’s is to Luca. In medieval Italy, the sisters discover things inside themselves that they couldn’t seem to find in the present—-connection with their mom, courage within, and the understanding that a life well lived often means encountering sacrifice. But in a world long past, many things still keep Gabi from giving Marcello her heart forever … and one thing in particular calls all three of the Betarrinis home.
Briony sabe que ella es una bruja. Sabe que es la culpable de hacerle daño a su querida madrastra. Ella también sabe que ahora que su madrastra ha muerto, deberá cuidar a su hermosa pero complicada hermana gemela, Rose. EEntonces, el enérgico, eléctrico, de cabellos dorados Eldric llega a su ciudad natal de Swampsea, y todo lo que Briony creía saber de sí misma y de su vida se convierte por arte de magia, en todo lo contrario.
“I fell into this story and the depth of emotions the author carries throughout…. Mr. Baron touches my heart and soul with his book. Telling a romantic story from the male perspective is not only a unique one, but breathtaking as well. I am looking forward to putting this on my shelf and re-reading this for many years to come.” -- Coffee Time Romance
"Michael Baron reveals his characters secrets in ways that make us care about them. Their search for love makes Crossing the Bridge a compelling read." -- Ann Pearlman, Author of The Christmas Cookie Club and Infidelity
“Michael Baron is an exceptionally gifted writer who is clever in delving into the inner feelings of his characters. The struggle he has portrayed for Hugh is nearly insurmountable and shows how much this character grows during his trials and tribulations. It's heartwarming to see how this family eventually pulls together in understanding and love for each other to learn to live again after death has torn them apart.” -- Fresh Fiction
“Writing eloquently about life, death, loss and love, Baron has a firm grasp on human frailty. This emotional story is about a man coming to terms with his past and trying to figure out his future. Excellent!” -- RT Book Reviews
“A love story that tugs on your heart from page one. The characters came to life to the point I didn't want the story to end….The characters took on a real-life quality whereas they could have been my family and friends. I highly recommend this warm and touching love story.” -- CMash Loves to Read
“This book was very emotional and really made me feel for the characters. It was hard to put down because I was so involved with the story that I needed to find out what happened next. If you like love stories that will make you cry, this is certainly one for you to read.” -- Confessions of an Overworked Mom
Hugh Penders has been stuck in neutral for nearly a decade since his brother Chase died in a car accident. He carries with him two secrets that he has never been able to share with anyone: that he believes he might have been able to prevent the accident, and that he was deeply in love with Chase's girlfriend, Iris.
When Hugh's father suffers a debilitating heart attack, Hugh must return to the New England home he's been running away from for the past ten years. One day, he encounters Iris, who has long since moved away, on the street. They begin a friendship and Hugh believes he's falling in love with Iris all over again.
But the ghost of Chase haunts both of them. And when each reveals a truth the other never knew, their lives, their vision of Chase, and their chances for a future together will change forever.
Charged by the power of desire and the impact of loss, Crossing the Bridge is a soulful, romantic novel that will speak to you deeply
The way her summer vacation is beginning might be everything 16-year-old Merelin Lindon ever imagined - in her wildest daydreams. Without any warning, she finds herself drawn into a world somehow connected with Earth's mythical past...and her own. But when she finds herself the target of a terrifying hunt, the once pleasant dream becomes a nightmare...
Éste es el último libro de Y.A (Young Adults), junto con el Tributo y Valiant, que ha escrito Holly Black. Parece que será el último con personajes que conozcamos porque se mezclan personajes del Tributo, de Valiant, y de Ironside. Encontramos a Kaye y Roiben, los protagonistas, también Silarial, la reina de la Corte Luminosa, cobra un mayor protagonismo, Corny vive una intensa historia de amor con un personaje de Valiant, y al final del libro salen Val, Ruth, Luis y el mismísimo Ravus. Se incorporan Ethine, la hermana de Roiben, que ya salía en el Tributo, y un tal Adair maldice a uno de los protas O.oIronside es la segunda, y tristemente, última parte de El Tributo. Kaye, siguiendo una costumbre de las hadas, decide declararse a Roiben, quien debe mandarla en una búsqueda para probar su amor. Y la manda en una búsqueda imposible: un hada que mienta. Kaye, rechazada por su madre y por Roiben, decide traer a la verdadera hija de Ellen (su madre) del reino de las hadas, y es entonces cuando la Reina Silarial intenta usarla como herramienta para conseguir el trono de la Corte Oscura....
War with their archrival, the evil Ansara clan, is unavoidable. For Mercy Raintree, a war means she must assume her position as guardian of the Sanctuary--the sacred Raintree home place deep in the Smoky Mountains. But doing so threatens to disclose her most prized secret--one Mercy has kept to herself for six years. As the solstice looms and the battle heats up, Dranir Judah Ansara gathers his forces, intending to wipe every Raintree from the face of the land. Including Mercy, whom he's claimed as his to kill. Then he comes face-to-face with her--and with her daughter, Eve. Will Mercy's closely guarded secret change not only the outcome of the battle--but also Judah's own bitter heart?
De hoofdpersoon is een vrouw van ruim 50 jaar die enkele jaren geleden is gescheiden. In de eerste plaats gaat het boek over het verwerken van deze echtscheiding. Gelijktijdig lijdt zij al jarenlang een lichamelijke pijn, zodanig dat haar leven soms ondraaglijk lijkt. Het feit dat zij een dochter heeft van 15 jaar geeft haar de wil en de moed om verder te leven. In de strijd leert zij inzien dat de "jaren zonder seizoenen" geen verloren jaren waren, maar groei betekenden en een uiteindelijke acceptatie van het verlies. Conny Sluysmans schrijft wekelijks een interview voor de Telegraaf en publiceerde o.a. boeken over een borstamputatie en hartinfarcten. De schrijfster wil bewust haar lezers iets meegeven, vooral troost en bemoediging bij intens verdriet en lichamelijk lijden. Een eerlijk en zeer leesbaar verhaal, zonder valse sentimenten en van een zeker literair gehalte, dat velen zal boeien, in het bijzonder lezers in enigszins vergelijkbare levensomstandigheden.
Durante el invierno de 2010, en un pequeño pueblo del interior de Mallorca, Anna y Marina, dos hermanas que fueron separadas en su juventud, se reencuentran para vender una panadería que han heredado de una misteriosa mujer a la que creen no conocer. Son dos mujeres con vidas muy diferentes. Anna apenas ha salido de la isla y sigue casada con un hombre al que ya no ama. Marina viaja por el mundo trabajando como cooperante de una ONG. Mientras intentan desentrañar el secreto que encierra su herencia, tendrán que hacer frente a los viejos conflictos familiares, a la vez que intentarán recuperar los años perdidos. Esta novela es una historia sobre la amistad femenina, sobre secretos guardados y recetas de pan olvidadas. Pero, sobre todo, es la historia de unas mujeres que aprenden a decidir, con libertad, sobre su futuro.
Nichole Chase is a daydreamer. No, really, just ask any of the math teachers that had the misfortune of seeing her name appear on their class schedule. For years she has had story lines and characters begging for attention, but she resolutely pushed them aside to focus on more normal (read, boring) jobs. Well, no longer! She is currently heeding the voices in her head and frantically writing their stories. Nichole resides in South Georgia with her husband, energetic toddler, three dogs, and two cats. When not devouring novels by the dozens, you may find her writing, painting, crafting, or chasing her daughter around the house while making monster noises.
Sixteen-year-old Molly Dix has just discovered that her biological father is Brick Berlin, world-famous movie star and red-carpet regular. Intrigued (and a little) terrified by her Hollywood lineage, Molly moves to Los Angeles and plunges headfirst into the deep of Beverly Hills celebrity life. Just as Molly thinks her life couldn't get any stranger, she meets Brooke Berlin, her gorgeous, spoiled half sister, who welcomes Molly to la-la land with a smothering dose "sisterly love"...but in this town, nothing is ever what it seems.
Set against a world of Redbull-fuelled stylists, tiny tanned girls, popped-collar guys, and Blackberry-wielding publicists, Spoiled is a sparkling debut from the writers behind the viciously funny celebrity blog GoFugYourself.com
Heather Cocks is a die-hard sports fan, a Leo, an ex-reporter, a Notre Dame grad, a dual citizen of the U.S. and U.K., a sandwich enthusiast, and a former...