Micromegas and Other Short Fictions (Penguin Classics)

Someplace among stories and polemics, those humorous, ribald, and creative items convey Voltaire doing what he does most sensible: brilliantly difficult got knowledge, spiritual intolerance, and naïve optimism. touring via unusual environments, Voltaire's protagonists are knowledgeable, usually all at once, into the complexities and contradictions in their global. Arriving in the world from the superstar Sirius, the large explorer Micromégas discovers a diminutive individuals with an inflated suggestion in their personal significance within the universe. Babouc in "The international because it Is" learns that humanity is both able to barbarism and noteworthy altruism. different characters comprise a little-known god of infidelity, a pretentious graduate who invitations a savage to dinner, and an Indian fakir who places up with a mattress of nails to achieve the adoration of his woman disciples. those "fables of cause" problem the assumptions of reader and protagonist alike.

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The Crack in Space: A Novel

By Philip K. Dick

In The Crack in Space, a repairman discovers gap in a defective Jifi-scuttler ends up in a parallel international. Jim Briskin, campaigning to be the 1st black president of the U.S., thinks alter-Earth is the answer to the continual overpopulation that has seventy million humans cryogenically frozen; Tito Cravelli, a shadowy deepest detective, desires to recognize why Dr Lurton Sands is hiding his mistress on this planet; billionaire mutant George Walt desires to make the empty global all his personal. but if the opposite earth seems to be inhabited, every thing changes.

Winner of either the Hugo and John W. Campbell awards for top novel, broadly considered as the top-rated technology fiction author of his day, and the article of cult-like adoration from his legions of fanatics, Philip ok. Dick has emerge as visible in a literary mild that defies category in a lot an analogous approach as Borges and Calvino. With breathtaking perception, he makes use of vividly unusual worlds to rouse the hauntingly and hilariously widely used in our society and ourselves.

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The Sinister Signpost (Hardy Boys #15)

By Franklin W. Dixon

In a single of the main harmful and exciting situations in their careers, Frank and Joe Hardy aid their father examine a chain of mysterious motor vehicle injuries. all the drivers had noticeable a signpost marked possibility almost immediately sooner than his coincidence. The younger detectives examine, in simple terms to find that the signposts have vanished. The tried robbery of a mystery experimental motor and the abduction of a well-known race horse are a part of this exciting case, which proves to be as sinister because the signposts themselves.

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The Climb (Everest #2)

By Gordon Korman

The ascent of Everest starts . . . in addition to the 1st casualties at the youngest challenge ever to the top.

The youngest excursion ever to aim an Everest climb has began. however the hassle begins lengthy ahead of they achieve the summit. pageant is fierce. stipulations are harsh. And the trek from Base Camp proves a problem that now not all of the contestants can meet . . . with disastrous results.

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The Girl Who Was Supposed to Die

By April Henry

"Take her out again and end her off."

She does not recognize who she is. She does not be aware of the place she is, or why. All she is aware whilst she involves in a ransacked cabin is that there are males arguing over even if to kill her.

And that she needs to run.

In her riveting variety, April Henry crafts a nail-biting mystery concerning homicide, identification robbery, and organic battle. persist with Cady and Ty (her unintentional savior became companion), as they race opposed to the clock to stick alive, in The lady Who was once imagined to Die.

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Genius Squad

By Catherine Jinks

Now that the Axis Institute for international Domination has been blown up; the founder, Dr. Phineas Darkkon, has died; and Prosper English (who enrolled Cadel within the first position) is in penitentiary for myriad offenses, Cadel Piggott has round the clock surveillance so he will be secure until eventually he testifies opposed to Prosper English. yet not anyone turns out to need Cadel. no longer Fiona, his social employee; no longer Saul Greeniaus, the detective assigned to guard him.
     while he's approached through the pinnacle of Genius Squad--a team shaped to enquire GenoME, one in every of Darkkon's puppy projects--Cadel is doubtful Genius Squad can supply him a true domestic and the entire know-how his middle wishes. yet why cannot he convey himself to inform Saul what the crowd is admittedly as much as? and the way can Genius Squad shield Cadel as soon as Prosper English breaks out of jail?

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Grøftetildragelsesmysteriet

By Thure Erik Lund

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I denne satiriske og burleske romanen fortelles historien om Tomas Myrbråten - småbrukersønnen fra enkle kår som reiser til hovedstaden og blir intellektuell. Her filosoferer han mye over hva det vil si å være et sant åndsmenneske, i pakt med naturens betingelser. Samtidig får han et større oppdrag av Kulturdepartementet: å utarbeide en betenkning over våre kulturminner. Hovedpersonen kommer ikke særlig heldig ut av denne situasjonen.

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I denne satiriske og burleske romanen fortelles historien om Tomas Myrbråten - småbrukersønnen fra enkle kår som reiser til hovedstaden og blir intellektuell. Her filosoferer han mye over hva det vil si å være et sant åndsmenneske, i pakt med naturens betingelser. Samtidig får han et større oppdrag av Kulturdepartementet: å utarbeide en betenkning over våre kulturminner. Hovedpersonen kommer ikke særlig heldig ut av denne situasjonen, og dette danner utgangspunktet for en fortelling som syder av energi, og som inneholder de utroligste situasjoner og groteskerier.

Thure Erik Lund (f. 1959) debuterte i 1942 med Tanger, som han fikk Tarjei Vesaas' debutantpris for. Hans andre bok, Leiegården (1994), ble norsk vinner i den skandinaviske konkurransen om beste samtidsroman. I 1995 kom Zalep, en tekst forfatteren selv har kalt "en roman uten personer", og som befestet Lunds posisjon som en av 90-årenes mest løfterike og nyskapende forfattere.

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L'étranger

L'Etranger est un roman d Albert Camus, paru en 1942. Il prend position dans los angeles trilogie que Camus nommera « cycle de l absurde » qui d'ecrit les fondements de los angeles philosophie camusienne : l absurde. Cette trilogie comprend également l essai philosophique intitulé Le Mythe de Sisyphe ainsi que les deux pièces de théâtre Caligula et Le Malentendu. Le roman a été traduit en quarante langues et une model cinématographique a été réalisée par Luchino Visconti en 1967.

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The Western Limit of the World: A Novel

By David Masiel

David Masiel’s first novel, 2182 Kilohertz, used to be some of the most enormously praised books of 2002. A riveting event of an not likely hero’s quest for private redemption in frigid arctic waters, it earned its writer comparisons to such giants of nautical fiction as Melville and Conrad. Now Masiel greater than meets the promise of his debut with a harrowing odyssey of affection and betrayal at the excessive seas–and within the shadowy corners of the human heart.

At fifty-nine, Harold Snow has noticeable his percentage of demise. His baptism of fireside got here on his twenty-first birthday, on a army send within the Coral Sea, whilst a eastern kamikaze pilot slammed into the deck. Years later, within the aftermath of a storm within the Bay of Bengal, he lay wakeful on a boat surrounded via millions of drowned corpses and listened to the sharks feed.

Now, serving as boatswain aboard the Tarshish, a decrepit tanker whose papers are as suspect as its seaworthiness, a weary Snow feels demise creeping nearer than ever. It’s there within the deadly shipment of unstable chemical compounds the send includes in its leaky carry. It stares again from the brutal eyes of the 1st mate, Bracelin, with whom Snow has launched into a determined and hugely unlawful enterprise to thieve a black-market fortune. It’s within the risky welter of feelings he feels for Beth, the gorgeous half-English, half-Liberian crewmate lusted after via some other male onboard. It clings to younger George Maciel, grandson of Snow’s oldest good friend, a seminary dropout whose disastrous arrival earns him a name as a Jonah. And it’s there within the reminiscence of Van Sickle, a lifeless guy who haunts Snow with visions of his personal darkish past.

Snow’s dicy plans start to pass awry while the Tarshish is refused access to the Bay of San Francisco. pressured to come back to the open Pacific, Snow and Bracelin embark on a scattershot voyage of shoestring improvisation that might take the disintegrating hulk–sailing below cast papers and a brand new name–from South the US to Africa. alongside the best way they'll stumble upon hurricanes, crooked customs officers, and tropical ports seething with vice and revolution.

This outer voyage is reflected by means of a depressing and twisted internal trip that might strip Snow right down to his naked essence as a guy. And as George and Beth flaunt their involvement, and Bracelin embraces cold-blooded homicide, Snow will face a stark selection among existence and demise, damnation and redemption, on the western restrict of the area.

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Whittington

This Newbery-Honor profitable story introduces Whittington, a roughneck Tom who arrives in the future at a barn filled with rescued animals and asks for a spot there. He spins for the animals—as good as for Ben and Abby, the youngsters whose grandfather does the rescuing—a yarn approximately his ancestor, the anonymous cat who introduced Dick Whittington to the heights of wealth and gear in 16th-century England. this can be an unforgettable story concerning the therapeutic, transcendent energy of storytelling, and the way studying to learn saves one little boy.

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