- QuickviewFictionBanned in China for its candid exploration of a young girl's sexual awakening yet widely acclaimed as being "the first novel of 'tough youth' in China" (Beijing Today), Beijing Doll cuts a daring path through China's rock-and-roll subculture. This cutting edge novel -- drawn from the diaries the author kept throughout her teenage years -- takes readers to the streets of Beijing where a disaffected generation spurns tradition for lives of self-expression, passion, and rock-and-roll. Chun Sue's explicit sensuality, unflinching attitude towards sex, and raw, lyrical style break new ground in contemporary Chinese literature.
- QuickviewFictionBlack and Blue was written in 1997 by Scottish writer Ian Rankin. This book is a part of his Inspector Rebus series. in this book, Inspector Rebus has four cases to deal with. Set in the late 90's, Black and Blue circles around many events at once. These include a serial killer whose crime scenes bear a striking resemblance to the Bible John case, an investigation on Rebus himself and a bribery stint.Rebus is seen traversing through the cities of Scotland in the hopes of uncovering the secrets behind a murder investigation. During this, he becomes obsessed with the Johnny Bible killings and starts digging for answers. One case he involves himself with is the Alan Mitchison death. He travels to Aberdeen in search of some evidence or information regarding the same, which would lead him closer to the killer. Meanwhile, an old case is reopened which puts Rebus under scrutiny.Black and Blue is the eighth book of the Inspector Rebus series. With so many events happening at once, John Rebus has to find the identity of the killer quickly. Black and Blue was published by Orion in 2008 and is available in paperback.Key Features:This book won an award from the Crime Writers' Association and the Gold Dagger award as well. This book was the first to be adapted into a television series with Rebus as the central character in 2000.
- QuickviewFictionWith the bravura storytelling and pungent authenticity of detail she brought to her acclaimed Lymond Chronicles, Dorothy Dunnett, grande dame of the historical novel, presents The House of Niccolò series. The time is the 15th century, when intrepid merchants became the new knighthood of Europe. Among them, none is bolder or more cunning than Nicholas vander Poele of Bruges, the good-natured dyer's apprentice who schemes and swashbuckles his way to the helm of a mercantile empire. Winter 1474 finds Nicholas exiled in the frozen port of Danzig, Poland. His Machiavellian exploits in Scotland have cost him friends and family--not to mention countless riches. As the ice melts, temptations arise. Will he assist the Muslim Prince Uzum Hasan against the Turks? Will he lose himself among the secret, scented gardens of the Crimea in the arms of a close friend's bride? As Nicholas pursues his future, his estranged wife, Gelis, seeks the truth about his past, only to discover the secret identity of his latest comrade in arms--a tantalizing ghost from the past poised to deal him the crowning death blow. Shimmering with detail, alive with intrigue, Caprice and Rondo is Dorothy Dunnett's quicksilver evocation of a world where joy is fleeting, love is unexpected, and truth the rarest commodity of all.
- QuickviewFictionThis book is a collection of the complete works of short stories by Guy de Maupassant.
- QuickviewFictionSemi, Miranda, and Arnie are part of a group of 50 British Young Conservationists on their way to a wildlife conservation station deep in the rain forests of Ecuador. After a terrifying mid-air disaster and subsequent crash, these three are the sole survivors, stranded together on a deserted tropical island. Or so they think. Semi, Miranda, and Arnie stumble into the hands of Dr. Franklin, a mad scientist who’s been waiting for them, eager to use them as specimens for his experiments in genetic engineering.
- QuickviewFictionThe first book in the Chris Ryan Extreme series. Former SAS Warrant Officer Joe Gardner has fought the Regiment's deadliest enemies, in some of the most desolate places on earth. And he's always won. Now he's about to face his toughest challenge yet.After losing his hand whilst on a covert operation in Afghanistan, Gardner is forced to stand down from active duty. Now he lives off the grid. But trouble finds him in the shape of a phone call from an old friend. Ex-Regiment legend John Bald is trapped in a bullet-ridden favela in Rio de Janeiro and a violent gang is out to kill him. Unless Gardner helps, Bald is a dead man.What begins as a simple rescue mission soon descends into a desperate struggle for survival as Gardner finds himself caught up in a conceit that stretches from the slums of Brazil to the frozen steppes of Siberia. Stalked by elusive MI6 agents and ruthless ex-Blades, Gardner must draw on all his training and instincts to hunt down the hardest target of all - before disaster strikes...The Chris Ryan Extreme books take you even further into the heart of the mission with more extreme action, more extreme language and more extreme pace. Like Call of Duty or Medal of Honor, you'll feel part of the team.Chris Ryan Extreme: Hard Target has already been published as four separate shorter missions on ebook. This print edition features a new prequel mission that hasn't been published in ebook.
- QuickviewFictionThe haunting young adult gothic romance classic that launched Virginia Andrews’ incredible best-selling career. Up in the attic, four secrets are hidden. Four blonde, beautiful, innocent little secrets, struggling to stay alive… Chris, Cathy, Cory and Carrie have perfect lives – until a tragic accident changes everything. Now they must wait, hidden from view in their grandparents’ attic, as their mother tries to figure out what to do next. But as days turn into weeks and weeks into months, the siblings endure unspeakable horrors and face the terrifying realization that they might not be let out of the attic after all. Virginia Andrews is a publishing phenomenon, with over 100 million books in print. Still, as terrifying now as it was when it first appeared, Flowers in the Attic is a gripping story of a family’s greed, betrayal, and heartbreak.
- QuickviewFictionA New York Times Notable Book and the March 2001 selection of Oprah's Book Club® ! Icy Sparks is the sad, funny and transcendent tale of a young girl growing up in the mountains of Eastern Kentucky during the 1950’s. Gwyn Hyman Rubio’s beautifully written first novel revolves around Icy Sparks, an unforgettable heroine in the tradition of Scout in To Kill a Mockingbird or Will Treed in Cold Sassy Tree. At the age of ten, Icy, a bright, curious child orphaned as a baby but raised by adoring grandparents, begins to have strange experiences. Try as she might, her "secrets"—verbal croaks, groans, and physical spasms—keep afflicting her. As an adult, she will find out she has Tourette’s Syndrome, a rare neurological disorder, but for years her behavior is the source of mystery, confusion, and deep humiliation.Narrated by a grown up Icy, the book chronicles a difficult, but ultimately hilarious and heartwarming journey, from her first spasms to her self-acceptance as a young woman. Curious about life beyond the hills, talented, and energetic, Icy learns to cut through all barriers—physical, mental, and spiritual—in order to find community and acceptance.Along her journey, Icy faces the jeers of her classmates as well as the malevolence of her often-ignorant teachers—including Mrs. Stilton, one of the most evil fourth grade teachers ever created by a writer. Called willful by her teachers and "Frog Child" by her schoolmates, she is exiled from the schoolroom and sent to a children’s asylum where it is hoped that the roots of her mysterious behavior can be discovered. Here Icy learns about difference—her own and those who are even more scarred than she. Yet, it isn’t until Icy returns home that she really begins to flower, especially through her friendship with the eccentric and obese Miss Emily, who knows first-hand how it feels to be an outcast in this tightly knit Appalachian community. Under Miss Emily’s tutelage, Icy learns about life’s struggles and rewards, survives her first comical and heartbreaking misadventure with romance, discovers the healing power of her voice when she sings, and ultimately—takes her first steps back into the world.Gwyn Hyman Rubio’s Icy Sparks is a fresh, original, and completely redeeming novel about learning to overcome others’ ignorance and celebrate the differences that make each of us unique.
- QuickviewFictionAn anonymous and kinky author finds a fan in an eager librarian — but can the sensual stories become more than just fantasy? One day, librarian Gwendolyne Price begins finding indecent proposals and sexy stories in her suggestion box at work. Soon, she finds erotic letters and sensual emails aren’t enough: she has to meet her mysterious correspondent in the flesh.
- QuickviewFictionPat Parker goes to Malibu to before trade secrets of Ben Alabama who is a photographer. In Malibu, Pat meets and falls in love with Tony Valentino. But Tony has made an enemy of Emma Guinness, the English magazine editor who is out to destroy everyone who has crossed her.
- QuickviewFictionMy Sister's Keeper is a deeply moving story of two sisters, Anna and Kate. Kate is born with leukemia and suffers all her life because of her medical condition. Anna is born as a savior sister to help Kate deal with her illness and provide medical assistance through surgical transplants whenever necessary.When Anna turns 13 she is told that she will have to give up a kidney to help Kate survive longer, which troubles Anna deeply. She applies for medical emancipation and hopes to be able to make all her medical decisions on her own without the influence of her parents. The lives of the two girls, their parents, and their brother Brian will never be the same again after the litigation ensues.My Sister's Keeper is a tale of sacrifice, individuality, and the true meaning of sibling love. The delinquent brother who craves for attention, the confused and frightened parents who desperately want to save their child, the lawyer with a heart of gold who is fighting for Anna, all make for a compelling read. This is the film tie-in edition of the book and was published by Hodder Paperbacks in 2009 and is available in paperback.