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Donald Trump: The Top Reasons He SHOULD Win The 2016 Presidential Election - Brad Lowry

“He knows the law, knows how to use it to his suit his needs and he knows how to negotiate and navigate shark-infested waters in a way other politicians just do not.”

 

So, the thing is I keep reading how most Trump supporters do not have higher education.  One quote went so far as to say that the higher the education, the leas likely you’d be a Trump supporter.   I point this out because ‘use it to his suit his needs’ and numerous other typos are often times brushed off as both not having the money to hire an editor and that self-published authors often don’t have the education to use grammar properly.   Given how many typos there are in this book, it made me think this might be written by someone without higher education and who just didn’t give a crap about proper grammar.  

 

“Trump has no trouble calling people out on their mistakes and openly assigning blame.”

 

As long as the blame doesn’t fall on him.   I bring this up because it’s something that is not pointed out in this book and I was watching either John Oliver or The Daily Show* and they pointed out that Trump has not really apologized once while running.   Given how egotistical he is, and how thin his skin is, I can understand why apologizing might be galling, but thinking about that fact and this quote here means I’d be scared to work for/under him.   The blame will, undoubtedly, fall on me at some point. 

 

*I was watching both, focusing on election issues this morning and many of the monologues are mixed up in my mind so I can’t remember who made the point.

 

“A self-made man…”

 

This claim is proven to be untrue later in this small book.   His father was incredibly wealthy, and he used his father’s money and connections to make his way: this book claims he worked for his father’s company and then later took it over.   Regardless of this is true or not, the author believes both these facts.   Except that they’re pretty much mutually exclusive.   If he was a self-made man, he wouldn’t have relied so much on his father’s help.   (And no, I didn’t research this.   As I said, I was looking more into the mindset of the Trump supporter.   The big point is the logic flaw and how this book, written in support of Trump, uses his same tactics: he says contradictory things at different points in time then excepts people to drink the kool aid.)

 

“He doesn’t care what sort of chaos his words evoke.   he doesn’t feel the need to hold himself back or sugar coat anything that he says.   He is just in your face like that!”

 

Personally, I see caring what sort of  chaos your words evoke to be pretty important with a president.   My friend complains that many newspapers are anti-Trump, in fact, and people who support Trump seem to be surprised that The New York Times, run by a man with Mexican heritage, or The Huffington post, run by a woman, run so many negative articles on him.   Perhaps he shouldn’t have said racist and misogynist things, then?   This, guys, is the chaos that your words can evoke.  

 

You can’t say you want complete and utter honestly and then pout when you're an asshole and your honesty gets you in bad, bad situations.   Or you can, but the world doesn’t work that way.   Furthermore, Trump seems to be unable to deal with the consequences of his words.   He pouts, he complains, and he takes zero responsibility for this chaos.   

 

Now, think about that.   Is that the man you really want dealing with foreign nations on our behalf?

 

“…he’s transparent in his dealings in a way that most politicians are not.”

 

And yet he refuses to turn over his tax reports, like every single other presidential candidate has for a long, long time.  So he’s transparent when it benefits him, which makes him no better or worse than any other politician.

 

“…yes, there are times that he comes off as brash and as someone who runs his mouth off, but that’s only because people cannot accept the truths he admits to.   He makes us uncomfortable because he is so transparent.”

 

Let me be perfectly clear, honest, and transparent: it’s not that Trump is so honest that makes me worried.   It’s that he’s racist, misogynistic, and seems eager to nuke places.   It’s not the honesty, it’s that the fact that behind that honesty is a scary, scary man. 

 

Look, it’s not that he’s honest about being able to grab pussies without consent.   It’s that he wants to.   That’s like you saying that the man admitting he wants to rape women makes me uncomfortable.   It's not the fact that he's honest about it; it's the fact that he wants to do it in the first place that makes me uncomfortable.   See, guys, it's that Trump is both an asshole and honest about it that's awkward.  (And almost funny because he's so deluded about the fact that he is a raging asshole; he truly believes that he respects women and isn't misogynistic.)

 

“Reason No. 3: His (Almost) Sound Immigration Policy”

 

Because it’s totally sound to call everyone else rapists and terrorist and threaten to build walls and keep them out of the country. 

 

It’s also a totally sound policy to piss off every single minority group you can think of, so he’s totally nailed it there, too!

 

“What’s the worst that could happen if we stop these illegal immigrants?   Lower rates of Taco joints being set up in the states near the borders?”

 

Look, holy crap, that’s so fucking racist.   So fucking racist.   Also, good job, insult tacos (which are not a proper name, so grammar issues also.)

 

 

Tacos are delicious, guys.   And I’m saying this as someone who, y’know, white as wonder bread.   And I love tacos.  

 

“Well, that’s like shooting two birds with a single bullet - we can address our obesity problem too!”

 

So I guess getting rid of illegal immigrants will also get rid of the rest of the fast food joints, and processed food and make sugar taste like crap and fruits and vegetables taste like juicy burgers?   Because, trust me, we could get rid of all the taco joints - and I’m still mind boggled over how fucking racist that bullshit was - and we would still have an obesity problem.

 

“Trump may be criticized for his Muslim hate speeches, but he raises a few valid points - how many of the refuges that come into the country are actually ISIS agents in disguise?”

 

Actually, I’ve had this conversation before.  I do believe in vetting people.   And I also realize that the reasons for terrorism are varied, and often times involve people who come from a marginalized, poverty ridden people who feel hopeless.   I also know that not everyone in that situation will become a terrorist.  

 

Look, I’m not arguing for terrorism.   I’m just saying we can have this conversation and raise these points without resorting to what this author says is ‘hate speech.’   Also, if you admit the person you’re trying to get me to vote for has used hate speech and continues to use hate speech, you’ve already lost me.   Boom.   

 

 

“Yes, there have been weak attempts to malign his image, but how much eve you ate Donald Trump, you got to admit, the man is squeaky clean.”

 

Well, if he’s squeaky clean, then I see no problem with eating him!

 

All I’ve got is a cannibalism joke, guys, sorry.   I mean, I could point out that the hot mic tape proves that he’s not squeaky clean, but we all already know.    (And he fucks anything with a vagina, so, yeah, I think I don’t want to eat him after all.   Who knows where he’s been and what kind of diseases I’ll get?)

 

“After all, you don’t raise a fortune, become a billionaire (and remain a billionare), unless you possess some tact, intuition and a lot of diplomacy.”

 

So, you admit that he uses hate speech.   It that diplomatic?

 

“As crude as it sounds, Donald Trump is the lesser of two evils.”

 

 

“He may give out outrageous and borderline stupid statements in the press or in his rallies, but he is a master at the art of negotiation.”

 

Why do your arguments always concede that he’s stupid, hateful and racist and then go ‘but this good quality!!!!’

 

He’s still a stupid, hateful racist!   

 

“So, he may piss off the world, but at least he will get what he wants for the nation.”

 

So, how does pissing off the world help with his negotiations?   And what if what he wants for the nation isn’t what I want for the nation?

 

“Reason No. 10: He Is An Excellent Orator”

 

I feel like every time he opens his mouth, he proves this statement wrong.   If that doesn’t do it for you, the author of this book - who is a Trump supporter - has said he uses hate speech and makes outrageous and borderline stupid statements.   

 

“If you were to listen to him talk, without knowing who was talking, you would think it is a common man, who is talking irrationally, with his speech full of hyperboles, make believes scenarios and generalization.”

 

Well, he does have all the best words.  I guess he just has the stupidest ideas.   

 

“Trump speaks what they want to hear.”

 

I thought the appeal was that he was honest, so which is it?

 

“He knows what his audience wants to hear and he adapts to it, in order to seem more approachable, and for his audience to connect with him, while getting what he wants out of them.”

 

This sounds like every politician ever, though.   

 

“As a leader of one of the most powerful nations in the world, you need to live and breathe confidence.   The slightest show of uncertainty or meekness and his opponents will pounce on him like a pack of rabid wolves.”

 

And yet Hillary’s fans - the rabid wolves - haven’t actually punched people.   Trump has called for violence, Hillary has not.   So, he’s trying to get people to act like rabid wolves.   Also, look at the Jewish reporters who are getting anti-semitic backlash, and the articles that show that this is tied into Trump’s campaign.   But, yeah, he has to protect himself.  Sure. 

 

And I know he has confidence.   It takes a delusional level of confidence to say that you haven’t assaulted women when you have, repeatedly, and believe they won’t speak up or that you can threaten to sue everyone until they censor those stories.

 

“It is the belief in yourself that even if you speak or do something that doesn’t make sense at all; people will support you no matter what.”

 

Well, he did say he could shoot someone in public and not loose support.  He didn’t lose as much support as I thought he would after those tapes were leaked, too.

 

“Is it not true that a huge number of pre-meditated murders can be prevented if the prospective killer was terrified of being hung himself if he was caught?”

 

Given how many DNA tests have proven ‘killers’ to be innocent, then how many innocent people would be killed if we were going to go back to the days of hanging people?

 

Hanging seems racially charged, as well, since a lot of times black people were lynched and hung in the past.  Seeing as this author has no problem with hate speeches, though, I wouldn’t be surprised if he was okay with this, though. 

 

“But, are his opinions the ultimate truth that he believe in and not deceit just for the sake of please people?   Yes.  Is he delusional the the get Mexico to build a wall?   Yes.   But behind this delusional claim is there a passionate urge to provide his fellow citizens with good jobs and by an extension a good living?   Absolutely yes! ”

 

Look, now he’s using hate speech, making borderline stupid statements, two faced and delusional.   And, guys, this a Trump supporter saying this.   But there’s always a but, always a good reason for this. 

 

Also, I thought he was the best orator and negotiator ever.   But he can’t even talk Mexico into building this wall, so y’know, I’m doubting the ability to get other nations to give him what he wants which you earlier claimed was a reason to vote for him.

 

“Powerful and rich people will always put their own interests over the needs of the masses and will not stop at anything to achieve their goals.  They create a kind of smoke screen in front of our eyes to hide the real issues and make us see what they want us to see.”

 

But, y’know, not Trump.   Despite being a billionare.   

 

I gotta go drink or something now.  Seriously, guys...

 

 

 

 

Ines' WordsInes' Words by Haidji
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

Amazing short story by Haidji, Ines' words is inspired by the true love story between Ines de Castro and king D Pedro. i honestly thought it was a work of fiction but when i googled Quinta das lagmias i found that this story did actually happen! *Shocker, i know!* God this is the most tragic and heartbreaking love story i have ever read.



The first few pages are about Ines and Pedro, the second part of the book is about a woman Mariana finding love in the most unexpected places *i hope she did find love, cause the book has an open ending*

in a world where everything was forbidden and immoral.
As if anyone could control or demand their own feelings.
or as if time could kill them.
What kills feelings
is
Indifference , or fear.

GREAT BOOK BY AN UNDER APPRECIATED AUTHOR

 

Harables: Short Stories 1 (Volume 1) by Haidji

What is there to say? it's just perfect, I love this book. It is clever and cute and fun, it’sone of those books where at the end I just sigh and wonder how I can convince other people that it's worth reading. Some stories were funny and cute “SRUGAR” 

 

Her mother looked at her "Melanie,Try it again,Say SUGAR" and Melanie said" i can't, i can't, i can't ,Mom! " and she said"srugar", whispering several times ', "srugar,srugar,srugar,srugar,srugar" smiling... and feeling like a pinkcess


The srugar pinkcess 

 

And some Stories were just relatable 

 

Work brain, Work, if you like it or not , you need to work now, 8 hours in a row, under the torture of boringness, stay awake,and work , even if you were up until 3 AM jumping between whatsapp and snapchat 

 

i received a paperback copy in exchange for an honest review

 

Read Me Like a Book by Liz Kessler

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Read Me Like a Book - Liz Kessler

If you're looking for a book to celebrate LBGQT month, look no further than Liz Kessler's Read Me Like a Book. This is a book on the lighter side. It celebrates the awkwardness of being a teenager, the beauty of discovering who you really are, and the strength that comes in sharing that with others. While it may not be the most serious book I've read on this subject, I can guarantee that it'll be a quick and enjoyable read.

 

Kessler has written one quirky character in Ashleigh, and I think that's what I liked most about her. She's the teenager who is caught in the middle. Caught in the middle of her parents, who seem to be on the road to divorce. Caught in the middle of wanting to hang out with friends, but also wanting to please her mother and do well in school. Now, as an extra layer, Ashleigh is caught in the middle of who society tells her she should be and who she thinks she might actually be. I liked Ashleigh a lot. She was adorable, awkward at times, and just too honest for her own good. The fact that the person who made her realize her full potential was a teacher, also made me smile! I have a soft spot in my heart for that.

 

My only qualm with this book was that it's a bit thin. A lot of things transpire in a very short amount of time, which doesn't leave much room for it all to be laid out and resolved. Now, I'm not saying that life is by any means clean when it comes to timelines. However, it made getting to know Ashleigh, her parents, and her friends, a lot more difficult. They ended up being a bit more transparent than I would have liked, because they were so busy pushing towards the ending that I knew was coming. I'm all about a happy ending, and I'm so glad that Ashleigh was given hers. I only wish I'd had a bit more time to enjoy her crazy journey, and rejoice in her decision to be true to herself.

 

As I said before, this book is lighthearted. It's a relatively easy journey through what it's like to bumble through realizing your sexuality. Ashleigh is presented with questions, yes. However she's also lucky enough to be surrounded by all manner of people who love, and support her. This might not be the case for everyone who is heading towards their coming-out moment, so I know some people will decry this story for being too simple. I think this kind of story is important though. It shows that the world isn't always a big, bad, and scary place. Sometimes it's just a little rough to realize that.

Read Me Like a Book by Liz Kessler

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Read Me Like a Book - Liz Kessler

If you're looking for a book to celebrate LBGQT month, look no further than Liz Kessler's Read Me Like a Book. This is a book on the lighter side. It celebrates the awkwardness of being a teenager, the beauty of discovering who you really are, and the strength that comes in sharing that with others. While it may not be the most serious book I've read on this subject, I can guarantee that it'll be a quick and enjoyable read.

 

Kessler has written one quirky character in Ashleigh, and I think that's what I liked most about her. She's the teenager who is caught in the middle. Caught in the middle of her parents, who seem to be on the road to divorce. Caught in the middle of wanting to hang out with friends, but also wanting to please her mother and do well in school. Now, as an extra layer, Ashleigh is caught in the middle of who society tells her she should be and who she thinks she might actually be. I liked Ashleigh a lot. She was adorable, awkward at times, and just too honest for her own good. The fact that the person who made her realize her full potential was a teacher, also made me smile! I have a soft spot in my heart for that.

 

My only qualm with this book was that it's a bit thin. A lot of things transpire in a very short amount of time, which doesn't leave much room for it all to be laid out and resolved. Now, I'm not saying that life is by any means clean when it comes to timelines. However, it made getting to know Ashleigh, her parents, and her friends, a lot more difficult. They ended up being a bit more transparent than I would have liked, because they were so busy pushing towards the ending that I knew was coming. I'm all about a happy ending, and I'm so glad that Ashleigh was given hers. I only wish I'd had a bit more time to enjoy her crazy journey, and rejoice in her decision to be true to herself.

 

As I said before, this book is lighthearted. It's a relatively easy journey through what it's like to bumble through realizing your sexuality. Ashleigh is presented with questions, yes. However she's also lucky enough to be surrounded by all manner of people who love, and support her. This might not be the case for everyone who is heading towards their coming-out moment, so I know some people will decry this story for being too simple. I think this kind of story is important though. It shows that the world isn't always a big, bad, and scary place. Sometimes it's just a little rough to realize that.

Review: The Girl You Lost by Kathryn Croft

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The Girl You Lost: A gripping psychological thriller - Kathryn Croft

Published by: Bookouture (5th February 2016)

 

ISBN: 9781910751701

 

Source: Netgalley

 

Rating: 5*

 

Synopsis:

Eighteen years ago, Simone Porter’s six-month-old daughter, Helena, was abducted. Simone and husband, Matt, have slowly rebuilt their shattered lives, but the pain at losing their child has never left them.

Then a young woman, Grace, appears out of the blue and tells Simone she has information about her stolen baby. But just who is Grace – and can Simone trust her?

 

When Grace herself disappears, Simone becomes embroiled in a desperate search for her daughter and the woman who has vital clues about her whereabouts.

Simone is inching closer to the truth but it’ll take her into dangerous and disturbing territory.

Simone lost her baby. Will she lose her life trying to find her?

 

Review:

This is one of those psychological thrillers that you just can't put down. The story builds, as does the tension, with every chapter. I read it over the course of a night, compelled to keep turning the pages until the very end with no concept of the time that had passed.

 

Kathryn Croft's writing seems effortless; each sentence cleverly crafted to draw you ever deeper in to Simone's story. Simone herself is a great complex character who is utterly believable. When the mysterious Grace appeared in her life, I desperately wished that she was telling the truth, so Simone could start to rebuild her life.

I was very torn with regards to Grace. Whilst I wanted her to be the long lost Helena for Simone's sake,  I was also suspicious and doubted her story.

 

Grace's disappearance raises the tension even more; and as Simone's search became more frantic, so did the speed at which I turned the pages. I was totally hooked and couldn't wait to find out what the conclusion would be.

 

The Girl You Lost is a dramatic psychological thriller that is a brilliantly compelling page turner. I'd recommend it to fans of Gone Girl and The Girl on the Train.

 

Special thanks to Bookouture and Netgalley for providing a review copy in return for my honest review.

 

 

 

Killing Sarai (In the Company of Killers, #1) by J.A. Redmerski

“You made me feel real emotions. You unlocked me.”

this book is great, i loved every part of it because it was very unpredictable it was filled with action, suspense, drama, danger, slow-burning romance, it's perfect.

when i started reading it i had a crush on victor, seriously guys by the end of the book i was blindly in love with him, he reminds me of HITMAN the movie.

I am attracted to him. I do have a strange, unfamiliar feelings for him. And I hate it!

 

 

Sarai was kidnapped and sold at age 14 to drug lord in Mexico by her own drug addict mother, After spending 9 years in captivity, Sarai's opportunity to escape arrives one day in the form of a cold blooded, ruthless man on a mission "Victor", a mission that doesn't include rescuing her, at first he tries to get rid of her but then he realises that she's a valuable leverage against the drug lord"Javier", So he decides to help her escape mexico by taking her back to USA, but going back home wasn't the end of this story, troubles follows them everywhere and victor found himself Torn by his conflicting feelings toward sarai, I enjoyed the anticipation of seeing how their story plays out, i did not like the ending but it made sense to me .... !

 

The Matriarch: An Erotic Superhero Romance by Sloane Howell

                                                     5 mindblowing stars

i'm speechless ! Seriously i loved this book so much , Rebekah Balfour/ Maggie Madison is such a badass i love her

 

 

 

The book will take you in to the darkest world our society has created it starts with Maddie moving to new hometown ! her parents started teaching there but criminals and thugs won't leave them alone till they pay a huge amount of money to be protected well it didn't end well for her family !

 

when Kiril sawed Dad’s throat, severing his main artery and spilling his blood to the floor. Kiril wrenched the severed head free and held it up like a trophy. I went numb. I was in a tunnel. Kyle and Mom shrieked in my ears but it felt like they were a hundred feet away. Kiril dropped Dad’s head on top of his lifeless body. Everything went dark.

 

After killing her family Kiril takes Maddie as his slave and turned her into a hooker, Maddie managed to escape and found a man ''Zak'' who took really care of her and trained her to learn how to fight and that's how she became the badass she is today . The action scenes are really good damn Sloane Howell did a great job with this one !

and OMG the ending is so unexpected !!!!!! THAT WAS COLD KYLE !!

 

 

"I want to be free. I want all of the girls to be free. I want justice for my family."
"Do you want justice or revenge?"
"Can I have both?

 

 

Never Tear Us Apart (Never Tear Us Apart, #1) by Monica Murphy

I loved this book so much , the plot is really good and the story is well written ! it has two points of view Katherine and Ethan and flash back of time ( present day and 8 years earlier) 

 

I really do find power in words, written words , books and poems and songs , Since i’ve always felt like i have no power 

 

Katie/ Katherine : Katie got raped at age of 12 by a drunk drug addict Aaron William monroe Even After 8 years of her abduction katie still couldn’t move on with her life
Nothing about Katie's life since her kidnapping has been easy , Struggling with upsetting emotions, frightening memories feeling numb sometimes , disconnected, and unable to trust other people, and a sense of constant danger.. 

 

I corrected her and said i’m not a victim i’m survivor , Big difference , Huge 

 

Some things i can never get rid of , the stupid alarm clock is one of them , My fears are another 

 

 

Will/Ethan : This man is my hero , i loved him so much but i couldn’t understand why he had to lie to katie ? It’s really big misunderstanding , her thinking he is in jail or moved on and forgate about her , and him thinking she hates him and wants nothing to do with him  

 

Near the end of the book we have some romantic moments 

 

“Do you want to be mine, Katie?”
“Yes,” I whisper against his lips. “That’s all I want. To be yours.” 

and then Cliffhanger .... It’s really good story I loved it and can’t wait to read the second book 

 

 

Combative by Jay McLean

Love, Friendship ,Family ,Lies ,secrets,Betrayal, fighting , this book got it ALL at first i thought "this is another beautiful disaster by another jamie mCguire" but i was wrong this one is completely different ! GOD ,i'm in love .  i loved everything about Kyler's character but i just found him a little naive when it comes to Maddison, i really hoped he could see who she really was underneath all the lies and secrets but that never happened and as i suspected the book ends with cliffhanger what i didn't like is Maddison POV we don't know really her motive or who is she really where she came from nothing at all *Sighing* !!! 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Jackson: It’s Madison.

Jackson: She’s not who she says she is. 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

The Never List by Koethi Zan

the book was Ok ! i liked the end of the story ( i had to skip so many pages to get to it ) that was unexpected turn of events , there was some boring scenes i felt like nothing was really happening !! i had really hard time finishing this one 

 

 

the book is about two girls Sarah and Jennifer who made '' The Never List" a list of things they would never do to avoid puting their lives at risk till "Jack Derber" who abducted and tortured them day after day for years , Sarah and Jennifer were not the only two victims , jack abducted many young girls but only two others were still alive  "Christine and tracey" ,Sarah managed to escape leaving jennifer behind thinking that she was dead ... but was she really Dead ? well read the book if you want to know their stories :) 

 

 

 

 

My Point...and I Do Have One by Ellen Degeneres

one of the funniest books i ve ever read ! i love Ellen so much she is a great human being and funny i loved her books so much and this one is my favorite 

 

 

 

“That's what life is all about. There's a lot of crying. So you'd better cry now and get used to it.”

 

i had so many "funny monents that left me laughing out loud :p" LOVE YOU ELLEN :D 

 

 

 

 

November 9: A Novel - Colleen Hoover

5 well deserved stars


there isn't enough words to describe what i'm feeling right now this book THIS BOOK made me cry like a baby ! this is the best book of Colleen hoover i ve read so far

 

 

just meh

Everything I Never Told You - Celeste Ng

 Personally I think there was a lot of complexity in the ending we don't know why did Lydia kill her self or not ! and why would she do it ? and jack saying that it was nath's fault what was that about ? Lots of questions ... no answers  

“Hope, in general, is dangerous. Hope can be the loose thread that pulls apart your sanity.”

The Girl in 6E by A.R torre

Be careful! These 10 books causing #bookhangover!

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Sometimes, the world seems imperfect due to the fact that you just finished reading a book that was completely submerged. In this list we collected books that particularly cause a hangover.
Perfume: The Story of a Murderer
An acclaimed bestseller and international sensation, Patrick Suskind's classic novel provokes a terrifying examination of what happens when one man's indulgence in his greatest passion - his sense of smell - leads to murder. In the slums of eighteenth-century France, the infant Jean-Baptiste Grenouille is born with one sublime gift-an absolute sense of smell. As a boy, he lives to decipher the odors of Paris, and apprentices himself to a prominent perfumer who teaches him the ancient art of mixing precious oils and herbs. But Grenouille's genius is such that he is not satisfied to stop there, and he becomes obsessed with capturing the smells of objects such as brass doorknobs and frest-cut wood. Then one day he catches a hint of a scent that will drive him on an ever-more-terrifying quest to create the "ultimate perfume" - the scent of a beautiful young virgin. Told with dazzling narrative brilliance, Perfume is a hauntingly powerful tale of murder and sensual depravity.
 
 
Lolita
With one of the most controversial novels of the twentieth century, Vladimir Nabokov's Lolita is a strange, troubling love story told by the one of the most unreliable narrators in literature. This Penguin Modern Classics edition includes an afterword by Craig Raine. Poet and pervert, Humbert Humbert becomes obsessed by twelve-year-old Lolita and seeks to possess her, first carnally and then artistically, out of love, 'to fix once for all the perilous magic of nymphets'. Is he in love or insane? A silver-tongued poet or a pervert? A tortured soul or a monster? Or is he all of these? Humbert Humbert's seduction is one of many dimensions in Nabokov's dizzying masterpiece, which is suffused with a savage humour and rich, elaborate verbal textures. Filmed by Stanley Kubrick in 1962 starring James Mason and Peter Sellers, and again in 1997 by Adrian Lyne starring Jeremy Irons and Melanie Griffith, Lolita has lost none of its power to shock and awe. "Lolita is comedy, subversive yet divine...You read Lolita sprawling limply in your chair, ravished, overcome, nodding scandalized assent."
The Book Thief
It’s just a small story really, about among other things: a girl, some words, an accordionist, some fanatical Germans, a Jewish fist-fighter, and quite a lot of thievery. . . .Set during World War II in Germany, Markus Zusak’s groundbreaking new novel is the story of Liesel Meminger, a foster girl living outside of Munich. Liesel scratches out a meager existence for herself by stealing when she encounters something she can’t resist–books. With the help of her accordion-playing foster father, she learns to read and shares her stolen books with her neighbors during bombing raids as well as with the Jewish man hidden in her basement before he is marched to Dachau.This is an unforgettable story about the ability of books to feed the soul.
 
 
The Master and Margarita
Mikhail Bulgakov's devastating satire of Soviet life was written during the darkest period of Stalin's regime. Combining two distinct yet interwoven parts—one set in ancient Jerusalem, one in contemporary Moscow—the novel veers from moods of wild theatricality with violent storms, vampire attacks, and a Satanic ball; to such somber scenes as the meeting of Pilate and Yeshua, and the murder of Judas in the moonlit garden of Gethsemane; to the substanceless, circus-like reality of Moscow. Its central characters, Woland (Satan) and his retinue—including the vodka-drinking black cat, Behemoth; the poet, Ivan Homeless; Pontius Pilate; and a writer known only as The Master, and his passionate companion, Margarita—exist in a world that blends fantasy and chilling realism, an artful collage of grotesqueries, dark comedy, and timeless ethical questions.
 
 
Flowers for Algernon
With more than five million copies sold, Flowers for Algernon is the beloved, classic story of a mentally disabled man whose experimental quest for intelligence mirrors that of Algernon, an extraordinary lab mouse. In poignant diary entries, Charlie tells how a brain operation increases his IQ and changes his life. As the experimental procedure takes effect, Charlie's intelligence expands until it surpasses that of the doctors who engineered his metamorphosis. The experiment seems to be a scientific breakthrough of paramount importance--until Algernon begins his sudden, unexpected deterioration. Will the same happen to Charlie?An American classic that inspired the award-winning movie Charly.
 
 
The Green Mile
Stephen King's international bestselling - and highly acclaimed - novel, also a hugely successful film starring Tom Hanks The Green Mile: those who walk it do not return, because at the end of that walk is the room in which sits Cold Mountain penitentiary's electric chair. In 1932 the newest resident on death row is John Coffey, a giant black man convicted of the brutal murder of two little girls. But nothing is as it seems with John Coffey, and around him unfolds a bizarre and horrifying story. Evil murderer or holy innocent - whichever he is - Coffey has strange powers which may yet offer salvation to others, even if they can do nothing to save him.
 
 
One Hundred Years of Solitude
One of the 20th century's enduring works, One Hundred Years of Solitude is a widely beloved and acclaimed novel known throughout the world, and the ultimate achievement in a Nobel Prize–winning career.The novel tells the story of the rise and fall of the mythical town of Macondo through the history of the Buendía family. It is a rich and brilliant chronicle of life and death, and the tragicomedy of humankind. In the noble, ridiculous, beautiful, and tawdry story of the Buendía family, one sees all of humanity, just as in the history, myths, growth, and decay of Macondo, one sees all of Latin America.Love and lust, war and revolution, riches and poverty, youth and senility -- the variety of life, the endlessness of death, the search for peace and truth -- these universal themes dominate the novel. Whether he is describing an affair of passion or the voracity of capitalism and the corruption of government, Gabriel García Márquez always writes with the simplicity, ease, and purity that are the mark of a master.Alternately reverential and comical, One Hundred Years of Solitude weaves the political, personal, and spiritual to bring a new consciousness to storytelling. Translated into dozens of languages, this stunning work is no less than an accounting of the history of the human race.
 
 
The Hunger Games
The book no one can stop talking about...
In the ruins of a place once known as North America lies the nation of Panem, a shining Capitol surrounded by twelve outlying districts. The Capitol is harsh and cruel and keeps the districts in line by forcing them all to send one boy and one girl between the ages of twelve and eighteen to participate in the annual Hunger Games, a fight to the death on live TV. Sixteen-year-old Katniss Everdeen, who lives alone with her mother and younger sister, regards it as a death sentence when she is forced to represent her district in the Games. But Katniss has been close to dead and survival, for her, is second nature. Without really meaning to, she becomes a contender. But if she is to win, she will have to start making choices that weigh survival against humanity and life against love.
New York Times bestselling author Suzanne Collins delivers equal parts suspense and philosophy, adventure and romance, in this searing novel set in a future with unsettling parallels to our present.
 
 
Norwegian Wood
First American Publication. This stunning and elegiac novel by the author of the internationally acclaimed Wind-Up Bird Chronicle has sold over 4 million copies in Japan and is now available to American audiences for the first time.  It is sure to be a literary event.Toru, a quiet and preternaturally serious young college student in Tokyo, is devoted to Naoko, a beautiful and introspective young woman, but their mutual passion is marked by the tragic death of their best friend years before.  Toru begins to adapt to campus life and the loneliness and isolation he faces there, but Naoko finds the pressures and responsibilities of life unbearable.  As she retreats further into her own world, Toru finds himself reaching out to others and drawn to a fiercely independent and sexually liberated young woman.A poignant story of one college student's romantic coming-of-age, Norwegian Wood takes us to that distant place of a young man's first, hopeless, and heroic love.
 
 
The Count of Monte Cristo

This beloved novel tells the story of Edmond Dantès, wrongfully imprisoned for life in the supposedly impregnable sea fortress, the Château d’If. After a daring escape, and after unearthing a hidden treasure revealed to him by a fellow prisoner, he devotes the rest of his life to tracking down and punishing the enemies who wronged him.
Though a brilliant storyteller, Dumas was given to repetitions and redundancies; this slightly streamlined version of the original 1846 English translation speeds the narrative flow while retaining most of the rich pictorial descriptions and all the essential details of Dumas’s intricately plotted and thrilling masterpiece.
Alexandre Dumas’s epic novel of justice, retribution, and self-discovery - one of the most enduringly popular adventure tales ever written - in a newly revised translation.

 

 

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