A Handful of Dust

By Evelyn Waugh

After seven years of marriage, the attractive woman Brenda final has grown tired of lifestyles at Hetton Abbey, the Gothic mansion that's the satisfaction and pleasure of her husband, Tony. She drifts into an affair with the shallow socialite John Beaver and forsakes Tony for the Belgravia set. In a unique that mixes tragedy, comedy, and savage irony, Evelyn Waugh indelibly captures the irresponsible temper of the "crazy and sterile new release" among the wars.

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The Mouse that Roared: A Novel

By Leonard Wibberley

In Leonard Wibberley's vintage political satire, a tiny backwards state makes a decision the one solution to live on a surprising financial downturn is to claim battle at the usa and lose to get overseas relief - yet issues do not pass in response to plan.

The Mouse That Roared used to be made right into a winning function movie starring Peter Sellers.

Books within the Grand Fenwick Series:

Books 2 via five are most sensible learn after The Mouse That Roared, yet the entire books should be learn and loved at any element within the series.

Book 1: The Mouse That Roared
Book 2: The Mouse at the Moon

Book three: The Mouse On Wall Street
Book four: The Mouse That kept The West

Book five: watch out for The Mouse (A Grand Fenwick sequence Prequel)

***All 5 books now additionally on hand in an e-book sequence bundle--The Mouse That Roared Boxed Set (Books 1-5)***

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Willful Child

By Steven Erikson

From the New York instances Bestselling writer Steven Erikson comes a brand new technology fiction novel of devil-may-care, close to calamitous and downright chaotic adventures during the countless vastness of interstellar space.

These are the voyages of the starship A.S.F. Willful Child. Its ongoing challenge: to search out unusual new worlds on which to plant the Terran flag, to subjugate and if useful obliterate new life-forms, to boldly blow the...

And so we sign up for the not-terribly-bright yet enormously cock-sure Captain Hadrian Sawback and his motley group on board the Starship Willful Child for a chain of devil-may-care, near-calamitous and downright chaotic adventures via ‘the countless vastness of interstellar space.'

The New York instances bestselling writer of the acclaimed Malazan publication of the Fallen series has taken his lifelong ardour for Star Trek and remodeled it right into a shrewdpermanent, creative, and highly enjoyable spoof frequently mankind-exploring-space-for-the-good-of-all-species-but-trashing-stuff-with-a-lot-of-high-tech-gadgets-along-the-way, overblown experience. the result's an SF novel that deftly parodies the style whereas additionally paying fond homage to it.

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Tik-Tok

By John Sladek

Anything has long gone very heavily mistaken with Tik-Tok's "asimov circuits." they need to retain him at the directly and slender, following Asimov's first legislations of robotics: A robotic shall no longer injure a person, or via state of being inactive enable a man or woman to come back to hurt. yet, that's now not what's occurring. even if every little thing seems to be nice from the outside, and Tik-Tok continues the outward visual appeal of a mild-mannered robotic, his schedule is murderously diversified. And, it's not only due to his creative traits and sympathy for the robotic rights stream, both. This witty chronicle of 1 irregular machine-man, and his dealings with an collection of deranged and maniacal people, actually showcases the satirical genius of John Sladek.

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To the Hermitage

In alternating narratives, Bradbury brilliantly recreates the weather of the eighteenth century―as Diderot trips to Russia on the behest of Catherine the good for discussions at the nature of the late-18th-century global, in addition to the 20 th century educational milieu.

In October 1993, a novelist is invited to visit Stockholm and Russia to participate in what's enigmatically known as the Diderot venture. In Stockholm he's joined by means of a variety of different participants of the project―including a tutorial, a lustful opera singer, and a Swedish diplomat. at the trip to Russia extra is printed concerning the nice Enlightenment author Denis Diderot―the son of a knife maker in Langres, who went to Paris and compiled the Encyclopedia, a booklet that modified the realm.

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Whiskey Tango Foxtrot

By David Shafer

One of Time Magazine's Ten most sensible Books of 2014

Selected by way of NPR, Slate, and Kirkus as the best Books of 2014

Shortlisted for the Pacific Northwest booklet Award


Three teens grapple with the standard thirty-something problems--boredom, authenticity, an all-powerful on-line oligarchy--in David Shafer's darkly comedian debut novel.

The Committee, a world cabal of industrialists and media barons, is at the verge of privatizing all info. pricey Diary, an idealistic on-line Underground, stands within the means of that takeover, utilizing radical politics, vintage spycraft, and expertise that makes massive information appear like dial-up. Into this mystery conflict stumbles an not likely trio: Leila Majnoun, a upset non-profit employee; Leo Crane, an unhinged trustafarian; and Mark Deveraux, a phony self-betterment guru who works for the Committee.
Leo and Mark have been top associates in collage, yet early maturity has set them on diverging paths. turning out to be more and more disdainful of Mark's platitudes, Leo publishes a withering takedown of his rules on-line. however the Committee is reading--and erasing--Leo's phrases. at the different part of the realm, Leila's discoveries in regards to the Committee's far-reaching objectives threaten to spoil people who are closest to her.
In the spirit of William Gibson and Chuck Palahniuk,Whiskey Tango Foxtrot is either a suspenseful worldwide mystery and an emotionally honest novel concerning the fight to alter the area in- and outdoors your head.

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Blue Movie

By Terry Southern

A hilarious, wildly erotic, and biting satire of Hollywood, Blue motion picture tells the tale of King B., an Oscar-winning director who is decided to shoot the dirtiest and most costly X-rated motion picture ever made; Sid Krassman, a manufacturer who is made a fortune catering to the tastes of the yank public, and Angela Sterling, a misunderstood intercourse image who'd provide whatever (and every little thing) for an opportunity to do whatever "serious." The set is fraught with giant egos and massive libidos — the type of scenario that may basically come from the mind's eye of the irrepressible Terry Southern.

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Devil and the Good Lord and Two Other Plays (A Vintage Book V-65)

By Jean-Paul Sartre

Of 'all modern playwrights of France ... Sartre is the main major .... between his contemporaries, he's so much comparable to Picasso. Like him, he's a planned genius, by no means swerving from his diabolical will to persevere in what all people else manufacturers as an mistakes; he's boastful even if he's humble; he can borrow triumphantly from others and honor them by way of appropriating their lead and transmuting it into gold.
Every writer, at the least in Continental Europe, eventually will write his Faust. Camus' Faust used to be his Caligula .... Sartre's Faust occurs in Germany for the time of the Lutheran reform and the Peasants' struggle . . . [The hero] ends by way of accepting males of their finiteness. [He] needs to concede that absolute strong is simply as incorrect as absolute Evil.
...Some of the main shiny scenes in The satan and the nice Lord are sheer comedy. For Sartre has a superb comedian experience and an artwork of the smelly, witty discussion unrivaled this day. the opposite performs are unique comedies. Nekrassov ... is even a farce within the culture of Aristophanes, boisterously ridiculing politicians and newshounds of latest Paris .... Kean is a mordant satire at the snobs, the pompous roues of London society, and on their better halves and mistresses... all desperately bored by means of their synthetic lives. . . at the back of its historic side, in spite of the fact that, it poses frightening questions of the authenticity of the comic. 'Am I slipping? Am I enhancing? [Kean] asks his replicate, and his attendants. within the theatre as in love, there's just one legislations: increase, or slip back.

-Henri Peyre in The ny Times

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