Midnight in the Century (NYRB Classics)

By Victor Serge

In 1933, Victor Serge used to be arrested by means of Stalin’s police, interrogated, and held in solitary confinement for greater than 80 days. published, he spent years in exile in distant Orenburg. those studies have been the muse for Midnight within the Century, Serge’s looking out novel approximately revolutionaries dwelling within the shadow of Stalin’s betrayal of the revolution. 

one of the exiles collected within the city of Chenor, or Black-Waters, are the granite-faced previous Bolshevik Ryzhik, stoic but mild Varvara, and Rodion, a tender, self-educated employee who's attempting to make feel of the area and background. they fight within the not going corporation of Russian Orthodox previous Believers who're additionally ache for his or her religion. opposed to incredible odds, the younger Rodion will break out captivity and discover a new existence within the wild. Surviving the darkish iciness evening of the soul, he rediscovers the only, and such a lot radical, type of resistance: hope. 

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Prelude

By William Coles

Seventeen-year-old Kim is a pupil at one in all Britain's so much outstanding associations, Eton collage - full of over 1000 boys and never a woman in sight. His head is filled with the Falklands warfare and a potential military profession, until eventually the day he hears his new piano instructor, India, a gorgeous yet pained younger girl, enjoying a prelude from Bach's Well-Tempered Clavier. Kim's existence is just not an analogous back. An intensely passionate affair develops among him and his twenty-three-year-old instructor, and he wallows within the wild and unaccustomed thrill of old flame. Twenty-five years on, Kim recollects that heady summer time and the way their fledgling dating used to be so brutally snuffed out - accomplished off by means of his enemies, by way of the limitations of Eton, and by way of his personal withering jealousy. Prelude is the bittersweet tale of a life-changing love.

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Bloodstar: Star Corpsman: Book One (Star Corpsman Series)

By Ian Douglas

Together with his historical past, Legacy, and Inheritance trilogies, New York Times bestselling writer Ian Douglas confirmed himself as one of many actual masters of army sf—sharing middle degree with such authors as Rick Shelley, John Ringo, David Sherman, and Dan Cragg in a wildly renowned sub-genre of technological know-how fiction that incorporates such enduring classics as The eternally War through Joe Haldeman and Robert Heinlein’s Starship Troopers. Now, with Bloodstar, Douglas kicks off his new sequence, celebrity Corpsman, with a bang, concentrating on the elite devices of recon Marines and S/R Corpsmen who infiltrate alien worlds sooner than significant planetary invasions to collect intelligence on either the neighborhood atmosphere and at the psychology and biology of the enemy. In Bloodstar  Ian Douglas consists of readers once again around the mammoth galaxy, light-years from Earth, and into the hearth and terror of destiny struggle.

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Bright Island

Mabel Robinson's pleasant coming-of-age tale received a Newbery Honor in 1938 and garnered notable compliment from critics and readers alike.

Born and raised on brilliant Island off the Maine coast, grateful Curtis is extra like her sea captain grandfather than any of her older brothers are. not anything fits her larger than crusing and supporting her father with the farm. but if her dreaded sisters-in-law recommend that grateful get a few right education at the mainland, the wind is knocked from her sails.

Thankful unearths the uncharted waters of faculty tricky to navigate: there is a rocky reception from her wealthy roommate, Selina; the breezy habit of the captivating Robert; and stormy Mr. Fletcher, the good-looking Latin instructor whose caustic tongue mask a young middle. And whereas grateful works challenging to make the simplest of her new lifestyles, brilliant Island maintains to flash in her strategies, just like the sparkle of the solar at the water.

The New York Times raved, "One will be difficult positioned to it to discover a greater modern novel than this," and now this evocative story could be welcomed via a brand new iteration of readers.

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Mr. Monk and the New Lieutenant

By Hy Conrad

Welcome to the sequence of unique mysteries starring Adrian Monk, the bright investigator who continuously is aware whilst something’s out of place....
 
Monk and Natalie have ultimately settled right into a new place of work routine—but the detectives quickly have one other challenge to house: Captain Stottlemeyer’s new lieutenant, A. J. Thurman—a guy of constrained abilities whom Monk reveals insufferable.
 
Despite Thurman’s presence, Monk and Natalie attend the funeral of pass judgement on Oberlin, and it’s a superb factor. In usual model, Monk examines the physique within the casket—and unearths facts of poison. The pass judgement on used to be murdered.

When Captain Stottlemeyer exhibits a similar signs the pass judgement on had proven, Monk detects the paintings of a diabolical killer who desires either males useless. together with his pal at risk and an enemy shut, Monk should positioned his reservations apart to crack the case in time.

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Ghosts (New Directions Paperbook)

By César Aira

The so much unsettling and attractive of Aira's brief novels released via New Directions.

"On a construction website of a brand new, luxurious house development, viewers seemed up on the unusual, abnormal kind of the water tank that topped the edifice, and the massive parabolic dish that will offer tv photos to the entire flooring. at the fringe of the dish, a pointy steel area on which no poultry could have dared to perch, 3 thoroughly bare males have been sitting, with their faces became as much as the noon sunlight; nobody observed them, of course." ― from Ghosts

Ghosts is set a building laborers kinfolk squatting on a construction website. all of them see huge and good-looking ghosts round their quarters, however the teenage daughter is the main curious. Her questions on them develop into a growing number of heartfelt till the tale reaches a serious, chilling second whilst the mum realizes that her daughter's lifestyles hangs within the stability.

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A Monstrous Regiment of Women: A Novel of Suspense Featuring Mary Russell and Sherlock Holmes (A Mary Russell Mystery)

By Laurie R. King

Winner of the Nero Wolfe Award

It is 1921 and Mary Russell--Sherlock Holmes's very good apprentice, now an Oxford graduate with a level in theology--is at the verge of buying a large inheritance. autonomous finally, with a fondness for divinity and detective paintings, her so much baffling secret may perhaps now contain Holmes and the burgeoning of a deeper affection among herself and the retired detective. Russell's attentions flip to the hot Temple of God and its chief, Margery Childe, a charismatic suffragette and a mystic, whose draw at the younger theology student is impossible to resist. but if 4 bluestockings from the Temple occur useless presently after altering their wills, may possibly sins of a capital nature be afoot? Holmes and Russell examine, as their partnership takes a shocking flip in A sizeable Regiment of Women by means of Laurie R. King.

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The Dirt Eaters (The Longlight Legacy)

By Dennis Foon

When Roan’s mom and dad and the folks of Longlight perish in a raid, Roan is full of rage. Torn among his wish for revenge and the legacy of peace he has inherited, he's taken in by way of a sect of warriors. right here he learns he has unprecedented expertise as a fighter. yet Roan is haunted through visions he can’t comprehend. whilst he commits his first act of violence, he flees in disgust into the main wasted lands of all, the Devastation. it is just whilst Roan meets the unusual woman Alandra that he starts off to appreciate his life’s function and why the village of Longlight was once destroyed. Dennis Foon has created an immensely strong and tense examine a wasted international. in the course of the personality of Roan, desire and the promise of renewed lifestyles appear possible.

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The Breast

By Philip Roth

Like a latter-day Gregor Samsa, Professor David Kepesh wakes up one morning to discover that he has been remodeled. yet the place Kafka’s protagonist changed into a tremendous beetle, the narrator of Philip Roth’s richly conceived myth has turn into a 155-pound lady breast. What follows is a deliriously humorous but touching exploration of the total implications of Kepesh’s metamorphosis—a bold, heretical ebook that brings us nose to nose with the intrinsic strangeness of intercourse and subjectivity. “The Breast is tremendous . . . creative and sane and intensely humorous. The trick that is the center of the ebook is outstanding . . . and wealthy with meaning.”—John Gardner, the recent York occasions booklet evaluation “Hilarious, critical, visionary, logical, sexual-philosophical; the finishing amazes—the shaggy dog story takes 3 steps past savagery and satire and becomes a sublimeness of pity. One is aware whilst one is interpreting whatever that would completely input the culture.”—Cynthia Ozick

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