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A Blink of the Screen

By Terry Pratchett
  • Book ID : 1409043991
  • Publisher : Random House
  • Pages : 368
  • Genre : Fiction
  • Reads : 373
  • eBook Format : Pdf, ePub, Mobi, Kindle
  • File Pdf: a-blink-of-the-screen.pdf

Book Summary:

In the four decades since his first book appeared in print, Terry Pratchett has become one of the world’s best-selling and best-loved authors. Here for the first time are his short stories and other short form fiction collected into one volume. A Blink of the Screen charts the course of Pratchett’s long writing career: from his schooldays through to his first writing job on the Bucks Free Press,; to the origins of his debut novel, The Carpet People; and on again to the dizzy mastery of the phenomenally successful Discworld series. Here are characters both familiar and yet to be discovered; abandoned worlds and others still expanding; adventure, chickens, death, disco and, actually, some quite disturbing ideas about Christmas,all of it shot through with his inimitable brand of humour. With an introduction by Booker Prize-winning author A.S. Byatt, illustrations by the late Josh Kirby and drawings by the author himself, this is a book to treasure.

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  • File Pdf: seriously-funny.pdf

Book Summary:

‘I’ll be more enthusiastic about encouraging thinking outside the box when there’s evidence of any thinking going on inside it.’ The most quotable writer of our time, Terry Pratchett’s unique brand of wit made him both a bestseller and an enduring, endearing source of modern wisdom. This collection is filled with his funniest and most memorable words about life, the universe and snoring.

Losing Hope

By Colleen Hoover
  • Format : Pdf, ePub, Mobi, Kindle
  • Publisher : Simon and Schuster
  • Isbn : 1476746567
  • Pages : 336
  • Category : Fiction
  • Reads : 712
  • File Pdf: losing-hope.pdf

Book Summary:

#1 New York Times bestselling author of It Ends With Us held readers spellbound with her novel Hopeless, the story of what happened when a troubled girl named Sky encountered a long-lost childhood friend, Dean. Now, in Losing Hope, we finally learn the truth about Dean Holder. Haunted by the little girl he couldn’t save from imminent danger, Holder’s life has been overshadowed by feelings of guilt and remorse. He has never stopped searching for her, believing that finding her would bring him the peace he needs to move on. However, Holder could not have anticipated that he would be faced with even greater pain the moment they reconnected. In Losing Hope, Holder reveals the way in which the events of Sky’s youth affected him and his family, leading him to seek his own redemption in the act of saving her. But it is only in loving Sky that he can finally begin to heal himself.

The Science of Discworld IV

By Ian Stewart,Jack Cohen,Terry Pratchett
  • Format : Pdf, ePub, Mobi, Kindle
  • Publisher : Random House
  • Isbn : 1448147050
  • Pages : 352
  • Category : Science
  • Reads : 498
  • File Pdf: the-science-of-discworld-iv.pdf

Book Summary:

The fourth book in the Science of Discworld series, and this time around dealing with THE REALLY BIG QUESTIONS, Terry Pratchett’s brilliant new Discworld story Judgement Day is annotated with very big footnotes (the interleaving chapters) by mathematician Ian Stewart and biologist Jack Cohen, to bring you a mind-mangling combination of fiction, cutting-edge science and philosophy. Marjorie Daw is a librarian, and takes her job – and indeed the truth of words – very seriously. She doesn’t know it, but her world and ours – Roundworld – is in big trouble. On Discworld, a colossal row is brewing... The Wizards of Unseen University feel responsible for Roundworld (as one would for a pet gerbil). After all, they brought it into existence by bungling an experiment in Quantum ThaumoDynamics. But legal action is being brought against them by Omnians, who say that the Wizards’ god-like actions make a mockery of their noble religion. As the finest legal brains in Discworld (a zombie and a priest) gird their loins to do battle – and when the Great Big Thing in the High Energy Magic Laboratory is switched on – Marjorie Daw finds herself thrown across the multiverse and right in the middle of the whole explosive affair. As God, the Universe and, frankly, Everything Else is investigated by the trio, you can expect world-bearing elephants, quantum gravity in the Escher-verse, evolutionary design, eternal inflation, dark matter, disbelief systems – and an in-depth study of how to invent a better mousetrap.

The Perfect Mother

By Aimee Molloy
  • Format : Pdf, ePub, Mobi, Kindle
  • Publisher : HarperCollins
  • Isbn : 0062696815
  • Pages : 336
  • Category : Fiction
  • Reads : 962
  • File Pdf: the-perfect-mother.pdf

Book Summary:

THE INSTANT NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLER An addictive psychological thriller about a group of women whose lives become unexpectedly connected when one of their newborns goes missing. A night out. A few hours of fun. That’s all it was meant to be. They call themselves the May Mothers—a group of new moms whose babies were born in the same month. Twice a week, they get together in Brooklyn’s Prospect Park for some much-needed adult time. When the women go out for drinks at the hip neighborhood bar, they want a fun break from their daily routine. But on this hot Fourth of July night, something goes terrifyingly wrong: one of the babies is taken from his crib. Winnie, a single mom, was reluctant to leave six-week-old Midas with a babysitter, but her fellow May Mothers insisted everything would be fine. Now he is missing. What follows is a heart-pounding race to find Midas, during which secrets are exposed, marriages are tested, and friendships are destroyed. Thirteen days. An unexpected twist. The Perfect Mother is a "true page turner." —B.A. Paris, author of Behind Closed Doors

Amazing Stories Spring 2019

By Amazing Stories
  • Format : Pdf, ePub, Mobi, Kindle
  • Publisher : The Experimenter Publishing Company, LLC
  • Isbn : N.a
  • Pages : 100
  • Category : Young Adult Fiction
  • Reads : 407
  • File Pdf: amazing-stories-spring-2019.pdf

Book Summary:

Amazing Stories, the home of Jules Verne and H. G. Wells, publisher of the first stories of Ursula K. Leguin and Isaac Asimov, is back in print after an absence of more than a decade! This relaunch of the iconic first science fiction magazine is packed full of exciting science fiction, fantasy, and articles, all in a beautiful package featuring eye-catching illustrations and cartoons. The Amazing Stories Spring 2019 issue (the 616th issue since 1926) includes work by: • Darrell Schweitzer • Jack Clemons • R.S. Belcher • Marie Bilodeau • Kathy Kitts • Marc A. Criley • Matthew Timmins • Sean Grigsby • Rosemary Claire Smith • Paul Levinson • Tanya Karen Gough • Elsa M. Carruthers • Shirley Meier • Steve Fahnestalk • Veronica Scott Continuing a 93-year history - Amazing Stories returns as a print and digital publication!

Simplified C

By Kunal Banerjee
  • Format : Pdf, ePub, Mobi, Kindle
  • Publisher : Educreation Publishing
  • Isbn : N.a
  • Pages : 265
  • Category : Education
  • Reads : 163
  • File Pdf: simplified-c.pdf

Book Summary:

The book is written in a very simplified way to make all the readers understand the basic concept of C. This book will not make you expert but will help you in every aspect to make your basic clear in C programming.

Adventures of Doppy

By Edward Sexton
  • Format : Pdf, ePub, Mobi, Kindle
  • Publisher : Covenant Books, Inc.
  • Isbn : 1645598411
  • Pages : 80
  • Category : Fiction
  • Reads : 590
  • File Pdf: adventures-of-doppy.pdf

Book Summary:

This is a story of a man's walk-through time, space, and different worlds. He was giving a helping hand to the people he met in the way only he could.

CBSE Simplified C++

By Kunal Banerjee
  • Format : Pdf, ePub, Mobi, Kindle
  • Publisher : Educreation Publishing
  • Isbn : N.a
  • Pages : 292
  • Category : Education
  • Reads : 348
  • File Pdf: cbse-simplified-c.pdf

Book Summary:

The book is written in very simple and easy language. the book is strictly in accordance with CBSE syllabus and can also be used by beginners to learn C++.

Discworld and the Disciplines

By Anne Hiebert Alton,William C. Spruiell,Donald E. Palumbo
  • Format : Pdf, ePub, Mobi, Kindle
  • Publisher : McFarland
  • Isbn : 1476616019
  • Pages : 244
  • Category : Literary Criticism
  • Reads : 168
  • File Pdf: discworld-and-the-disciplines.pdf

Book Summary:

This collection of new essays applies a wide range of critical frameworks to the analysis of prolific fantasy author Terry Pratchett’s Discworld books. Essays focus on topics such as Pratchett’s treatment of noise and silence and their political implications; art as an anodyne for racial conflict; humor and cognitive debugging; visual semiotics; linguistic stylistics and readers’ perspectives of word choice; and Derrida and the “monstrous Regiment of Women.” The volume also includes an annotated bibliography of critical sources. The essays provide fresh perspectives on Pratchett’s work, which has stealthily redefined both fantasy and humor for modern audiences.

The Odette C. Bell Sci Fi Bundle

By Odette C. Bell
  • Format : Pdf, ePub, Mobi, Kindle
  • Publisher : Odette C. Bell
  • Isbn : N.a
  • Pages :
  • Category : Fiction
  • Reads : 710
  • File Pdf: the-odette-c-bell-sci-fi-bundle.pdf

Book Summary:

Are you ready to blast-off with four sci-fi adventures from Odette C. Bell? Consisting of the complete A Plain Jane series, the complete The Betwixt series, and the two stand-alone books Lucky Star and Zero, it’s over 500,000 words of space opera all in one bundle. Pick it up and soar free with an Odette C. Bell adventure today. A Plain Jane What if you lived your life thinking you were normal? No, worse – plain? What’d happen if the deadliest assassin in the galaxy attacked you one warm summer’s night? What would you do if you were thrust into an adventure with the galaxy’s greatest heroic heartthrob? What would happen if a mysterious, ancient race appeared to kill you? Would you run or fight? Jane grew up knowing she’s nothing but normal. Then one run-in with an assassin robot threatens to destroy everything she knows about herself. Soon she’s traversing space with Lucas Stone, the galaxy’s number one pin-up hero. Together, they must discover who Jane is and what’s after her before the galaxy’s plunged into a war that’ll destroy all. The Betwixt A mysterious past, a grand destiny – can a simple waitress save the galaxy? Mini’s just a waitress in a dingy space bar. But when her mysterious past comes knocking on her door in the form of a tiny red creature called Od, everything changes. According to him, she’s all that stands between the galaxy and an invasion of soul-sucking creatures from the in-between dimensions. As Mini's galactic experience revolves around serving drinks and smiling at customers, she finds that unlikely. But Od’s right. So she reaches for the closest thing at hand – a frying pan – and gives saving the galaxy a go. She isn't alone, however; she's caught the eye of a handsome Galactic Military Commander, and he won’t take his eyes off her until the end. Lucky Star Ariel doesn’t belong in this time. She comes from a world of call centers, cats, and lonely nights in front of the TV. Then the world ends. Hundreds of years later, she wakes up to a handsome soldier and a future that doesn’t want her. That’s fine by Ariel; she doesn’t want the future either. But when her hidden powers are discovered, she’ll be taught to fight. And it’ll thrust her into the middle of a malevolent plot to use her new-found abilities to end a 100-year galactic war. Soon, it’s up to Ariel to save the future she never wanted, and it’s up to her hot space marine to show her the future can be worth it as long as you have someone to spend it with. Zero Life’s good for Oatmeal; when he isn’t on the couch watching reruns in his boxers, he’s smashing CRIMs and cashing bounty checks. Then she comes along – a cutey dragging a galaxy-full of freaking trouble. He thought he’d just save the Earth-girl from the nasty aliens, give her to the police, and cash that fat reward. But Callie Hope is anything but ordinary. Just one day with her, and Oatmeal finds himself being tracked down by every CRIM, galactic cop, and terrorist the Milky Way can conjure. Now his options are painfully simple: take all the kid’s cash and dump her or… save the galaxy.

The Big Book of Modern Fantasy

By Ann Vandermeer,Jeff VanderMeer
  • Format : Pdf, ePub, Mobi, Kindle
  • Publisher : Vintage
  • Isbn : 0525563873
  • Pages : 864
  • Category : Fiction
  • Reads : 329
  • File Pdf: the-big-book-of-modern-fantasy.pdf

Book Summary:

WORLD FANTASY AWARD WINNER • A true horde of fantasy tales sure to delight fans, scholars, and even the greediest of dragons—from bestselling authors Ann and Jeff VanderMeer Step through a shimmering portal ... a worn wardrobe door ... a schism in sky ... into a bold new age of fantasy. When worlds beyond worlds became a genre unto itself. From the swinging sixties to the strange, strange seventies, the over-the-top eighties to the gnarly nineties—and beyond, into the twenty-first century—the VanderMeers have found the stories and the writers from around the world that reinvented and revitalized the fantasy genre after World War II. The stories in this collection represent twenty-two different countries, including Russia, Argentina, Nigeria, Columbia, Pakistan, Turkey, Finland, Sweden, China, the Philippines, and the Czech Republic. Five have never before been translated into English. From Jorge Luis Borges to Ursula K. Le Guin, Michael Moorcock to Angela Carter, Terry Pratchett to Stephen King, the full range and glory of the fantastic are on display in these ninety-one stories in which dragons soar, giants stomp, and human children should still think twice about venturing alone into the dark forest. Completing Ann and Jeff VanderMeer's definitive The Big Book of Classic Fantasy, this companion volume to takes the genre into the twenty-first century with ninety-one astonishing, mind-bending stories. A VINTAGE ORIGINAL

Spirits of a Lesser God

By A. R. Forte
  • Format : Pdf, ePub, Mobi, Kindle
  • Publisher : Troubador Publishing Ltd
  • Isbn : 1789012155
  • Pages : 200
  • Category : Fiction
  • Reads : 847
  • File Pdf: spirits-of-a-lesser-god.pdf

Book Summary:

This is a collection of fast-moving short stories that pack a punch. Each character is human, but has to negotiate completely different situations. Some are humorous, some are downright bizarre – and some are horrific.

Exiles Vol. 7

By Marvel Comics
  • Format : Pdf, ePub, Mobi, Kindle
  • Publisher : Marvel Entertainment
  • Isbn : 1302494295
  • Pages :
  • Category : Comics & Graphic Novels
  • Reads : 502
  • File Pdf: exiles-vol-7.pdf

Book Summary:

Collects Exiles #38-45. While the reality-hopping Exiles reel from the death of another team member, their otherworldly counterparts, Weapon X, begin a brand-new adventure! Hyperion is the most recent addition to their squad - and while extremely helpful in the thick of a battle, he may end up being more than they bargained for! Plus: Blink is back - but the Exiles don't have time to celebrate, because the fate of an entire world is at stake, and it's their job to save it. Also featuring a special look at Nocturne before she joined the Exiles! See what her life was like back when she lived at Xavier's Mansion with her father, Nightcrawler, and the school's headmaster, Wolverine.