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THE BARBARY PIRATES by William Dietrich — Swashbuckling American explorer and ladies’ man Ethan Gage finds himself in a desperate race — this time with the Barbary Pirates, a powerful band of Muslim outlaws from North Africa. Also after Ethan is his nemesis — and former lover — Aurora Somerset, member of a dangerous sect called the Egyptian Rite. The prize is the Mirror of Archimedes, an ancient superweapon that, according to legend, once burned a Roman fleet with its power. In 1802, this death ray could tip the balance of power in the Mediterranean, and Ethan must stop the pirates from using it against the American, English and French fleets.
THE BEST SCIENCE FICTION AND FANTASY OF THE YEAR: VOLUME FOUR edited by Jonathan Strahan — The depth and breadth of what science fiction and fantasy fiction is changes with every passing year. The two dozen stories chosen for this book by award-winning anthologist Jonathan Strahan carefully maps this evolution, giving readers a captivating and always-entertaining look at the very best the genre has to offer, featuring stories by Stephen Baxter, Pat Cadigan, Alex Irvine, Kelly Link, Bruce Sterling and many more.
DECEPTION by Jonathan Kellerman — Her name is Elise Freeman, and her chilling cry for help comes too late to save her. On a DVD found near her lifeless body, the emotionally and physically battered woman chronicles a year-and-a-half-long ordeal of monstrous abuse at the hands of three sadistic tormentors. But even more shocking than the lurid details is the revelation that the offenders, like their victim, are teachers at one of L.A.’s most prestigious prep schools. With Elise now dead by uncertain means, homicide detective Milo Sturgis is assigned to probe the hallowed halls of Windsor Prep Academy. And if ever he could use Dr. Alex Delaware’s psychological prowess, it’s now.
NOT LESS THAN GODS by Kage Baker — Recently returned from war, young Edward Anton Bell-Fairfax is grateful to be taken under the wing of the Gentleman’s Speculative Society. There, Edward soon learns that a secret world flourishes beneath the surface of London’s society, a world of wondrous and terrible inventions and devices used to tip the balance of power in a long-running game of high-stakes intrigue. Through his intensive training, Edward Anton Bell-Fairfax, unwanted and lonely boy, becomes Edward Anton Bell-Fairfax, Victorian super-assassin, fleeing across the Turkish countryside in steam-powered coaches and honing his fighting skills against clockwork opponents.
HOW TO WRITE A DAMN GOOD THRILLER: A STEP-BY-STEP GUIDE FOR NOVELISTS AND SCREENWRITERS by James N. Frey — A quick look at any fiction bestseller list reveals that thrillers make up most of the titles at the top. HOW TO WRITE A DAMN GOOD THRILLER will help the aspiring novelist or screenwriter to design, draft, write, and polish a thriller that is sure to grab readers. Frey uses examples from both books and movies and addresses the following hot topics: crafting a gripping opening, maintaining tension, creating obstacles and conflicts, adding surprise twists, building a smashing climax and many more.
ONE HUNDRED GREAT FRENCH BOOKS: FROM THE MIDDLE AGES TO THE PRESENT by Lance Donaldson-Evans — Proving that French literature has been a consistent and powerful source of cultural influence on an international level, this collection of 100 timeless French masterworks spans 10 centuries. Featuring a broad spectrum of literary genres, styles and formats — including comic books, detective novels and science fiction — this introduction provides cultural and social context to emphasize the importance of each work in literary history. Detailing each author’s background, historical significance and a summary of content, this compilation offers a panorama of one of the most fascinating and influential literatures in the world.
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