A Sad Affair

By Wolfgang Koeppen, Michael Hofmann

Set through the heady, pre-Second global warfare days of cabaret-era Germany, the radical centres on Sibylle - a gorgeous seductress who balances her amorous affairs with 5 males straight away - and Friedrich, the callow, melancholic early life who obsessively pursues her. initially banned by way of the Nazis for its frank sexual topics, Wolfgang Koeppen's first novel is showing in English. A romance that expected Beat literature by means of approximately two decades via its dizzying language and exploration of informal love, this can be Koeppen's such a lot autobiographical and a laugh paintings.

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Good Book: The Bizarre, Hilarious, Disturbing, Marvelous, and Inspiring Things I Learned When I Read Every Single Word of the Bible

By David Plotz

At a time while wars are fought over scriptural interpretation, whilst the impression of faith on American politics hasn't ever been better, whilst many american citizens nonetheless think within the Bible’s literal fact, it hasn't ever been extra vital to get to understand the Bible. Good Book is what occurs whilst a standard guy—an standard Job—actually reads the booklet on which his faith, his tradition, and his global are dependent. alongside the best way, he grapples with the main profound theological questions: what percentage commandments will we really need? Does God want obedience or reliable deeds? And the main unforeseen ones: Why are such a lot of girls within the Bible prostitutes? Why does God love bald males lots? Is Samson relatively that silly?

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The Best Book in the World

By Peter Stjernström

Who will win the race to put in writing the easiest booklet on this planet, and to what unbelievable lengths will they visit get there first? A hilarious story of authorly competition.

Titus Jensen is middle-aged, has a keenness for alcohol, and makes ends meet via giving public readings from imprecise books at fairs throughout Sweden. He can not help pondering there needs to be extra to existence for an writer of his caliber. Eddie X is hip, successful with the women, and loves being the guts of cognizance. a thorough poet and general at the pageant circuit, he can not help considering there should be extra to existence for a skilled, handsome guy like himself. One evening, after a profitable event—Titus reads from The illnesses of Swedish Monarchs and Eddie X waxes lyrical to the beating tones of steel band The Tourettes—the not going pair get horribly under the influence of alcohol jointly and hatch a plan to achieve world wide recognition. The resolution is to write down the easiest booklet within the world—a publication so outstanding that it'll turn out on the entire bestseller lists in each classification possible: mystery, self-help, cooking, company, dieting—a publication that mixes every thing in a single! yet there can in basic terms be one such publication, and because the alcohol-induced haze clears either men realize they aren't prepared to proportion the limelight. Hilariously quirky and witty, this novel will take readers on a meandering race to the end line, throwing lots of satirical punches alongside the way.

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Players at the Game of People

By John Brunner

Warfare hero, jet-setter, gourmet--Godwin Harpinshield was once all of these and extra; his lifestyles was once a online game performed one of the appealing humans whose status, wealth and tool set them above the legislation, and past the legislation of nature. due to an easy discount that every one the attractive humans made, Godwin's each hope was once his for the asking. Seduced by means of luxurious, Godwin by no means doubted his fortune, by no means questioned approximately his mysterious patrons.
Then the sport grew to become ugly.
Suddenly, the ante used to be raised and the sport was once actual. The stakes have been his destiny, his sanity and, probably, his very soul. All Godwin Harpinshield needed to detect was once: What have been the principles of the sport? And who--or what--were the opposite avid gamers?

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Sense and Sensibility and Sea Monsters

By Ben H. Winters

From the writer of Pride and Prejudice and Zombies comes a brand new story of romance, heartbreak, and tentacled mayhem.

Sense and Sensibility and Sea Monsters expands the unique textual content of the liked Jane Austen novel with all-new scenes of big lobsters, rampaging octopi, two-headed sea serpents, and different organic monstrosities. As our tale opens, the Dashwood sisters are evicted from their youth domestic and despatched to continue to exist a mysterious island filled with savage creatures and darkish secrets and techniques. whereas brilliant Elinor falls in love with Edward Ferrars, her romantic sister Marianne is courted through either the good-looking Willoughby and the hideous man-monster Colonel Brandon. Can the Dashwood sisters overcome meddlesome matriarchs and unscrupulous rogues to discover real love? Or will they fall prey to the tentacles which are endlessly snapping at their heels? This masterful portrait of Regency England blends Jane Austen’s biting social observation with ultraviolent depictions of sea monsters biting. It’s survival of the fittest—and simply the swiftest swimmers will locate real love!

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Answered Prayers

By Truman Capote

Even though Truman Capote’s final, unfinished novel bargains a devastating crew portrait of the low and high society of his time.
Tracing  the profession of a author of doubtful parentage and omnivorous erotic tastes, Answered Prayers careens from a louche bar in Tangiers to a banquette at l. a. Côte Basque, from literary salons to costly whorehouses. It takes in calculating beauties and sadistic husbands in addition to such real-life assisting characters as Colette, the Duchess of Windsor, Montgomery Clift, and Tallulah Bankhead. specially, this malevolently finny ebook screens Capote at his so much relentlessly observant and murderously witty.

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The Truth: A Novel of Discworld

By Terry Pratchett

A confrontation and a conflict for the reality in Terry Pratchett's bestselling Discworld® series

The denizens of Ankh-Morpork fancy they have obvious as regards to every little thing. yet then comes the Ankh-Morpork Times, suffering scribe William de Worde's upper-crust publication grew to become Discworld's first paper of checklist.

An moral journalist, de Worde has a proclivity for investigating stories—a nasty behavior that quickly creates robust enemies desirous to cease his presses. And what larger method than to begin the Inquirer, a titillating (well, what else would it not be?) tabloid that comfortably interchanges what is genuine for what sells.

But de Worde's acquired an within line at the sizzling tale bearing on Ankh-Morpork's major patrician, Lord Vetinari. The evidence say Vetinari is in charge. yet as William de Worde learns, evidence do not regularly inform the complete tale. there is that pesky little factor known as . . . the truth.

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Fight Club: A Novel

By Chuck Palahniuk

The first rule approximately struggle membership is you do not speak about struggle club.

In his debut novel, Chuck Palahniuk confirmed himself to be his generation's such a lot visionary satirist. Fight Club's estranged narrator leaves his lackluster activity whilst he comes lower than the thrall of Tyler Durden, an enigmatic younger guy who holds mystery boxing fits within the basement of bars. There males struggle "as lengthy as they've got to." A gloriously unique paintings that exposes what's on the center of our glossy world.

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The Little Demon (Penguin Classics)

A blackly comedian Russian vintage a couple of schoolteacher’s descent into sadism, arson, and murder

Mad, lascivious, sadistic, and ridiculous, the provincial schoolteacher Peredonov torments his scholars and has hallucinatory fantasies approximately acts of savagery and degradation, but to all people else he's an upstanding member of society. This gruesome reflect of a spiritually bankrupt society is arguably the best Russian novel to have pop out of the Symbolist movement.

For greater than sixty-five years, Penguin has been the prime writer of vintage literature within the English-speaking global. With greater than 1,500 titles, Penguin Classics represents a world bookshelf of the simplest works all through background and throughout genres and disciplines. Readers belief the series to supply authoritative texts more advantageous through introductions and notes via distinct students and modern authors, in addition to up-to-date translations via award-winning translators.

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After the Saucers Landed

By Douglas Lain


“When the alien will get round to unzipping her jumpsuit it’ll be very unlikely to work out what’s underneath.”

UFOlogist Harold Flint is heartbroken and depressed that the extraterrestrial beings that experience landed at the White condo garden seem to be directly out of an outdated B motion picture. They wave to the tv cameras of their sequined jumpsuits, shape a nonprofit association supplying new age enlightenment, and hover their saucers over the streets of latest York trying to find converts.

Harold wishes no a part of this kitschy invasion until eventually one of many extraterrestrial beings, a stunning blonde named Asket, begs him to enquire the saucers back and write one other alien craft e-book. The extraterrestrial beings and their project should not as they seem.

Asket isn’t who she turns out both. monitoring down her precise character leads Harold and his cowriter via a maze of identification and body-swapping insanity, descending into paranoia as Harold realizes that fact, or not less than humanity’s notion of it, might be extra versatile than somebody will admit.

After the Saucers Landed is a deeply unsettling experimental satire, putting writer Douglas Lain along contemporaries like Jeff VanderMeer and Charles Yu as certainly one of his generation’s most fun and difficult speculative fiction voices.

Skyhorse Publishing, lower than our evening color and Talos imprints, is proud to post a huge diversity of titles for readers drawn to technology fiction (space opera, time go back and forth, difficult SF, alien invasion, near-future dystopia), myth (grimdark, sword and sorcery, modern city myth, steampunk, substitute history), and horror (zombies, vampires, and the occult and supernatural), and masses extra. whereas no longer each name we post turns into a New York Times bestseller, a countrywide bestseller, or a Hugo or Nebula award-winner, we're devoted to publishing caliber books from a various team of authors.

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