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Hotel (Object Lessons) By Joanna Walsh, Christopher Schaberg (Editor), Ian Bogost (Editor) Cover Image
$14.95
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ISBN: 9781628924732
Published: Bloomsbury Academic - September 24th, 2015

Part-treatise, part-memoir of a troubled marriage, what begins as a philosophical exploration of the nature and purpose of hotels takes in home, love, marital politics, madness and the Marx Brothers in a witty and insightful stream of associations.


Review by Stephen

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The Wake: A Novel By Paul Kingsnorth Cover Image
$19.00
ISBN: 9781555977177
Availability: Out of stock, usually available in 3-10 days
Published: Graywolf Press - September 1st, 2015

This linguistically ambitious novel uses an invented dialouge that borrows from the vocab, spelling, and syntax of Old English to recreate the world of Saxon Britain in the bloody period after the Norman invasion. Learning to read it is an experience in itself!


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The Ministry of Fear: An Entertainment By Graham Greene, Alan Furst (Introduction by) Cover Image
By Graham Greene, Alan Furst (Introduction by)
$17.00
ISBN: 9780143039112
Availability: Out of stock, usually available in 3-10 days
Published: Penguin Classics - April 26th, 2005

Guessing the weight of a cake plunges Arthur Rowe into a deadly game of cat and mouse in this WWII-era thriller that combines the excitement of Hitchcock with the absurdity of a Kafkaesque nightmare.


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Life a User's Manual (Verba Mundi #18) By Georges Perec, David Bellos (Translator) Cover Image
By Georges Perec, David Bellos (Translator)
$24.95
ISBN: 9781567923735
Availability: Out of stock, usually available in 3-10 days
Published: Verba Mundi - July 1st, 2009

Not much useful life advice here, but this delightful book about a Parisian apartment building and all the people and objects that have inhabited it, is one of the most unusual and fascinating novels I've ever read.


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Someone Else's Skin: Introducing Detective Inspector Marnie Rome By Sarah Hilary Cover Image
$16.00
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ISBN: 9780143126188
Published: Penguin Books - June 24th, 2014

All of the women in "Someone Else's Skin" have scars, emotional and/or physical. Including Detective Inspector Marnie Rome. But not all of those women are victims and it will be up to DI Rome and her team to sort out who is who before more lives are ruined. 


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The Keeper of Lost Causes: The First Department Q Novel (A Department Q Novel #1) By Jussi Adler-Olsen Cover Image
$18.00
ISBN: 9780452297906
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Published: Dutton - July 31st, 2012

Much to his dismay, Det. Carl Morck has found himself Denmark's "Keeper of Lost Causes." Relegated to the basement of police HQ following a horrific ambush, Carl is handed the coldest of the cold cases and an assistant of questionable origins. This is Department Q born.


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The Snowman: A Harry Hole Novel (7) (Harry Hole Series #7) By Jo Nesbo, Don Bartlett (Translated by) Cover Image
By Jo Nesbo, Don Bartlett (Translated by)
$17.00
ISBN: 9780307742995
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Published: Vintage Crime/Black Lizard - April 17th, 2012

Winter may be a distant memory, but Jo Nesbo's "The Snowman" will chill you to the core. Oslo detective Harry Hole has battled demons both personal and professional throughout his career, but the emergence of Norway's first serial killer may be the greatest challenge he has faced. Dubbed 'The Snowman' after his calling card left at the scene of grisly murders, this evil and cunning killer has very carefully planned his finale and the role Harry Hole will play in it. Suspenseful and thrilling!


Review by Deborah

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Soulless (The Parasol Protectorate #1) By Gail Carriger Cover Image
$17.99
ISBN: 9780316402415
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Published: Orbit - April 1st, 2014

As befits a steampunk novel set in Victorian London, "Soulless" combines the humor and romance of a Julia Quinn novel with a heroine who wields a parasol as effectively as Amelia Peabody. Throw in some vampires, werewolves and, of course, dirigibles, and you have a most original, highly entertaining creation.


Review by Deborah

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Gentlemen and Players: A Novel By Joanne Harris Cover Image
$15.99
ISBN: 9780060559151
Availability: Out of stock, usually available in 3-10 days
Published: William Morrow Paperbacks - December 26th, 2006

A diabolical chess match is underway between the venerable St. Oswald's school for boys and a ghost from its past bent on revenge. At stake is not only the reputation of the school, but the very lives of its staff and students. This is a quintessential British psychological thriller from a very unexpected source.


Review by Deborah

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