All Fun and Games Until Somebody Loses an Eye

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Author: Christopher Brookmyre

Publisher: Grove Press

ISBN: 0802165729

Category: Fiction

Page: 416

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Internationally bestselling author Christopher Brookmyre has been as lauded for his dark sense of humor as his brilliant suspense plotting. Now available for the first time in the US, this prize-winning Brookmyre classic hits all the usual crime fiction marks: intrigue, espionage, violence, vacuuming. As a teenager Jane Bell had dreamt of playing in the casinos of Monte Carlo in the company of James Bond, but in her punk phase she’d got herself pregnant and by the time she reaches forty-six she’s a grandmother, her dreams as dry as the dust her Dyson sucks up from her hall carpet. Then her son Ross, a researcher working for an arms manufacturer in Switzerland, is forced to disappear before some rather shady and dangerous characters persuade him to part with the se-crets of his research. But they are not the only ones desperate to locate him. Ross’s firm also hires a team of security experts—headed by the enigmatic Bett, they have little in common apart from total professionalism and a thorough dis-regard for the law. Bett believes the key to Ross’s whereabouts is his mother, and in one respect he is right, but even he is taken aback by the verve underlying her determination to secure her son’s safety. The teenage dreams of fast cars, high-tech firepower and extreme action had always promised to be fun and games, but in real life it’s likely someone is going to lose an eye . . .

The Aesthetics of Culture in Buffy the Vampire Slayer

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Author: Matthew Pateman

Publisher: McFarland

ISBN: 0786422491

Category: Performing Arts

Page: 288

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On the TV screen as elsewhere, there is often more than meets the eye. For decades, television has offered not just entertainment, but observations--subtle and otherwise--on society. This book examines the cultural commentary contained in Buffy, the Vampire Slayer, a show that ran for seven seasons (1997-2003) and 144 episodes. On the surface, Buffy is the marriage of a high school drama to gothic horror. This somewhat unusual vehicle is used to present, via the character of Buffy, fairly typical views of late 20th century culture-teenage problems; issues regarding a broken home; and the search for meaning and validation. In addition, subtler themes, such as cultural views of knowledge, ethnicity and history, are woven into the show's critique of popular culture. Organized into two sections, this volume offers an in-depth examination of the show: first, through the lens of Buffy's confrontation with culture, and second, from the complex perspectives of the individual characters. Issues such as values, ethical choices and the implications of one's actions are discussed--without ever losing sight of the limitations of a medium that will always be dominated by financial concerns. The final chapter summarizes what Buffy has to say about today's society. An appendix lists Buffy episodes in chronological order.

Rescue 911

Tales from a First Responder

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Author: Michael Morse

Publisher: Post Hill Press

ISBN: 1682612872

Category: Biography & Autobiography

Page: 333

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First responders often don’t tell stories, preferring to keep what happens at work private. Rescue Captain Michael Morse changes that with these heartfelt descriptions of hundreds of emergency calls, with the usual coverings peeled back, exposing the bizarre, heartbreaking, and often hilarious reactions to 911 emergencies.

Someplace Else

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Author: Donna Montalbano

Publisher: Lulu Press, Inc

ISBN: 1483436276

Category: Juvenile Fiction

Page: N.A

View: 312

Is there Love After Death? When you leave your body, where do you go? Star-crossed young lovers meet in an ethereal borderland between life and death, called Someplace Else. One of them is alive, and the other is not; but they soon discover that there are fates worse than death. Unimaginable danger surrounds them: a lethal Garden of Eden; ghost towns inhabited by real ghosts; a bottomless blue hole of drowned spirits. Inside Someplace Else, desperate souls prey on the living. The Sun is a god, and Light and Dark rule their own kingdoms. The real-life setting is the otherworldly wilderness of the New Jersey Pine Barrens, home to the infamous Jersey Devil. Someplace Else is a supernatural love story more chilling, heartbreaking and purely romantic than any you have ever read. ForeWord Clarion Book Review

Laptop Dancing and the Nanny Goat Mambo

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Author: Tom Humphries

Publisher: Pocket Books

ISBN: 9781903650530

Category: Sports journalism

Page: 373

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Tom Humphries is a passion machine according to his colleagues at the Irish Times. Yes, he may sit in the press box, but in his heart, he is in the right place. On the terrace. For Tom is a true sports fan. And it shows in his passionate style of writing, which has won him several awards and thousands of sports fans. This book will contain some achingly hilarious and menacing accounts of his sporting year including: an interview with Clinton Morris at Crystal Palace; waiting with his daughter to try to get an autograph from Roy Keane; the Winter Olympics at Salt Lake City and Lillehammer; World Cup 2002, when he broke the news of Keane's return to Ireland; the time spent with Sergio Garcia at his home in Spain; the Ryder Cup; the Euro athletic championship in Munich and many more sporting occasions.

Bloomsbury Good Reading Guide

Discover Your Next Great Read

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Author: Nick Rennison

Publisher: A & C Black

ISBN: 9780713675870

Category: Literary Collections

Page: 486

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Deciding what to read next when you've just finished an unputdownable novel can be a daunting task. The Bloomsbury Good Reading Guide features hundreds of authors and thousands of titles, with navigation features to lead you on a rich journey through some of the best and most interesting books that have been published. This greatly expanded edition also includes the latest contemporary authors and landmark novels. An accessible and easy-to-read guide that no serious book lovers should be without.

The Writer's Handbook 2007

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Author: Barry Turner

Publisher: Macmillan Pub Limited

ISBN: 9781405049375

Category: Reference

Page: 821

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Completely revised and updated with newly commissioned articles, the 20th anniversary edition of The Writer's Handbook is an indispensible companion for everyone in the writing profession. Containing over 6,000 entries covering every area of writing, with provocative articles and useful advice from leading representatives of the trade, this practical, straightforward guide provides full details on the core markets. In addition to the key areas of UK and US book publishers, agents, magazines, screenwriting, theater and poetry, writer's courses and circles, festivals, and grants and prizes, the guide also offers invaluable expert advice on contracts, copyright, and taxation.

Perspectives on Marketing

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Author: Jason I. Miletsky,Michael Hand

Publisher: Cengage Learning Ptr

ISBN: 9781598638714

Category: Business & Economics

Page: 377

View: 4857

Marketing is not an exact science, and marketing issues are often interpreted, defined, and approached differently by different people, creating the potential for a disconnect in communication. This is particular true of the client/agency relationship, which oftentimes looks at a single marketing issue in radically different ways. Perspectives on Marketing is a unique spin on the he said/she said format, giving both the agency side (Jason Miletsky - CEO, PFS Marketwyse) and the client side (Mike Hand û Director of Sports Marketing, HersheyÆs) of a number of topics that deal with marketing and the client/agency relationship. It examines over 100 compelling and important marketing issues that marketers deal with on a regular basis, such as how to best measure ROI, how to determine the best means for reaching an audience, and how to craft the most effective message. Each topic is approached from both points-of-view in a conversational, point/counter point style. This unique approach provides a frank, insightful, and enjoyable look into the whole of the marketing process, and helps promote understanding between the marketer and the client.