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The Book Of Strange New Things

By Michel Faber
  • ISBN Code: : 1443436089
  • Publisher : Harper Collins
  • Pages : 592
  • Category : Fiction
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I am with you always, even unto the end of the world . . . Peter Leigh is a missionary called to go on the journey of a lifetime. Leaving behind his beloved wife, Bea, he boards a flight for a remote and unfamiliar land, a place where the locals are hungry for the teachings of the Bible—his "book of strange new things." It is a quest that will challenge Peter's beliefs, his understanding of the limits of the human body and, most of all, his love for Bea. The Book of Strange New Things is a wildly original tale of adventure, faith and the ties that might hold two people together when they are worlds apart. This momentous novel from the author of The Crimson Petal and the White sees Faber at his expectation-defying best.

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Book Short Summary:

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Book Short Summary:

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Book Short Summary:

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  • Pdf File: some-rain-must-fall-and-other-stories.pdf

Book Short Summary:

The debut work, a short story collection from the bestselling, critically acclaimed author of Under the Skin, The Crimson Petal and the White and The Book of Strange New Things. Michel Faber's short stories reveal an extraordinarily vivid imagination, a deep love of language and an adventurous versatility. Playful, yet profoundly moving, wickedly satirical yet sincerely humane, these tales never fail to strike unexpected chords. 'Some Rain Must Fall' juxtaposes the tragic circumstances of traumatised schoolchildren with the interior monologue of a teacher/psychologist enlisted to aid their recovery. In the pseudo-sci-fi 'Fish' a mother tries to protect her child in a terrifying world where fish swim through the streets and lurk in alleyways. Faber's collection is rich and assured, with a dazzling reach.

Marion's 25

By Marion Hill
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  • Publisher : Red Mango Publishing via PublishDrive
  • Book Code : N.a
  • Total of Pages : 60
  • Category : Literary Criticism
  • Members : 795
  • Pdf File: marion-s-25.pdf

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The book you need to read when you don’t know what books to read! Reading is one of life’s great pleasures, and every time you discover a new book it brings a world of excitement and a new emotional journey into your life. It also creates a unique connection between you, the author, and the other readers who have experienced the book for themselves. But with so many books to choose from, how do you decide what to read? The amount of choice can be overwhelming for seasoned readers and those who are new to books alike. Marion’s 25 solves the problem by offering numerous ideas for great reads, all in one convenient place. Marion Hill, author of the popular Kammbia series of fantasy novels, brings you reviews of 25 of his favorite novels in a wide variety of genres, helping you to decide what to read next, no matter your literary tastes. Marion has reviewed over 160 novels of all genres in his career as a book review blogger since 2011, and here he offers a diverse selection of those he has enjoyed most. You will find reviews of award-winning novels including Bel Canto by Ann Patchett (winner of the Orange Prize for Fiction and the PEN / Faulkner Award for Fiction, 2002) and Emily St John Mantel’s Station Eleven, which received the Arthur C Clarke Award in 2015; popular fantasy novels including Helene Wecker’s debut novel The Golem and the Jinni and The Name of the Wind, first novel in Patrick Rothfuss’s popular Kingkiller Trilogy; the critically acclaimed science fiction novel Aurora by Kim Stanley Robinson; and mystery novels including The Long Way Home by New York Times #1 bestselling author Louise Penny plus many more. Whatever types of books you enjoy, you can find something here to expand your reading repertoire and enable you to discover a whole world of exciting books and new authors. Since his early days as a bookstore assistant, Marion Hill has been a passionate reader. He loves the connection that recommending different books to other readers can bring. Now, as a successful author and book reviewer in his own right, he wants to share his love of books with you so you can experience the same joy he feels whenever he enters the world of a new book. Marion’s 25 is the book you need to read so you never again need to wonder what books to read!

Make-Believe

By David Dickinson
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  • Publisher : ISD LLC
  • Book Code : 0718847997
  • Total of Pages : 180
  • Category : Literary Criticism
  • Members : 780
  • Pdf File: make-believe.pdf

Book Short Summary:

I will tell you a story that will make you believe in God." No story can guarantee being able to do this. Yet novelists can tell stories that make us think about what we believe about God and why. Despite repeated predictions of the death of the novel, thousands of works of fiction are published and read in Britain each year. Although Western society is less religiously observant than it was, many 21st-century novelists persist in pursuing theological, religious and spiritual themes. Make-Believe seeks to explain why. With chapters offering analyses of novels from several genres - so-called literary fiction, historical fiction, science fiction, fantasy and dystopia - David Dickinson discusses a wide spectrum of novelists. Authors who are avowedly atheistic and authors who have a vested interest in perpetuating biblical stories are both featured. Well-known writers such as Rushdie, McEwan, McCarthy and Martell rub shoulders with some you may be meeting for the first time. Appealing to literature students and people who simply enjoy reading, whether Christian or not, this study of God in novels invites us to open our minds and allow aspects of our culture to shape our understanding of God and to change our ways of talking about the divine.

Perishing Heathens

By Julius H. Rubin
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  • Publisher : U of Nebraska Press
  • Book Code : 1496203100
  • Total of Pages : 270
  • Category : History
  • Members : 584
  • Pdf File: perishing-heathens.pdf

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In Perishing Heathens Julius H. Rubin tells the stories of missionary men and women who between 1800 and 1830 responded to the call to save Native peoples through missions, especially the Osages in the Arkansas Territory, Cherokees in Tennessee and Georgia, and Ojibwe peoples in the Michigan Territory. Rubin also recounts the lives of Native converts, many of whom were from mixed-blood métis families and were attracted to the benefits of education, literacy, and conversion. During the Second Great Awakening, Protestant denominations embraced a complex set of values, ideas, and institutions known as “the missionary spirit.” These missionaries fervently believed they would build the kingdom of God in America by converting Native Americans in the Trans-Appalachian and Trans-Mississippi West. Perishing Heathens explores the theology and institutions that characterized the missionary spirit and the early missions such as the Union Mission to the Osages, and the Brainerd Mission to the Cherokees, and the Moravian Springplace Mission to the Cherokees. Through a magnificent array of primary sources, Perishing Heathens reconstructs the millennial ideals of fervent true believers as they confronted a host of impediments to success: endemic malaria and infectious illness, Native resistance to the gospel message, and intertribal warfare in the context of the removal of eastern tribes to the Indian frontier.

Bodies on the Verge

By Joseph A. Marchal
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  • Publisher : SBL Press
  • Book Code : 088414335X
  • Total of Pages : 378
  • Category : Religion
  • Members : 867
  • Pdf File: bodies-on-the-verge.pdf

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A collection that resets the terms of interpreting the Pauline letters Interpretation of Paul's letters often proves troubling, since people frequently cite them when debating controversial matters of gender and sexuality. Rather than focusing on the more common defensive responses to those expected prooftexts that supposedly address homosexuality, the essays in this collection reflect the range, rigor, vitality, and creativity of other interpretive options influenced by queer studies. Thus key concepts and practices for understanding these letters in terms of history, theology, empire, gender, race, and ethnicity, among others, are rethought through queer interventions within both ancient settings and more recent history and literature. Features: New options for how to interpret and use Paul's letters, particularly in light of their use in debates about sexuality and gender Developing approaches in queer studies that help with understanding and using Pauline letters and interpretations differently Key reflections on the two "clobber passages" (Rom 1:26-27 and 1 Cor 6:9) that demonstrate the relevance of a far wider range of texts throughout the Pauline corpus

The Readers' Advisory Guide to Genre Fiction, Third Edition

By Neal Wyatt,Joyce G. Saricks
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  • Publisher : American Library Association
  • Book Code : 083891781X
  • Total of Pages : 344
  • Category : Language Arts & Disciplines
  • Members : 827
  • Pdf File: the-readers-advisory-guide-to-genre-fiction-third-edition.pdf

Book Short Summary:

Everyone’s favorite guide to fiction that’s thrilling, mysterious, suspenseful, thought-provoking, romantic, and just plain fun is back—and better than ever in this completely revamped and revised edition. A must for every readers’ advisory desk, this resource is also a useful tool for collection development librarians and students in LIS programs. Inside, RA experts Wyatt and Saricks cover genres such as Psychological Suspense, Horror, Science Fiction, Fantasy, Romance, Mystery, Literary and Historical Fiction, and introduce the concepts of Adrenaline and Relationship Fiction; include everything advisors need to get up to speed on a genre, including its appeal characteristics, key authors, sure bets, and trends; demonstrate how genres overlap and connect, plus suggestions for guiding readers among genres; and tie genre fiction to the whole collection, including nonfiction, audiobooks, graphic novels, film and TV, poetry, and games. Both insightful and comprehensive, this matchless guidebook will help librarians become familiar with many different fiction genres, especially those they do not regularly read, and aid library staff in connecting readers to books they’re sure to love.

Historical Noir

By Barry Forshaw
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  • Publisher : Oldcastle Books Ltd
  • Book Code : 0857301365
  • Total of Pages : 224
  • Category : Literary Criticism
  • Members : 972
  • Pdf File: historical-noir.pdf

Book Short Summary:

It's one of the most successful - and surprising - of phenomena in the entire crime fiction genre: detectives (and proto-detectives) solving crimes in earlier eras. There is now an army of historical sleuths operating from the mean streets of ancient Rome to the Cold War era of the 1950s. And this astonishingly varied offshoot of the crime genre, as well as keeping bookshop tills ringing, is winning a slew of awards, notably the prestigious CWA Historical Dagger. Barry Forshaw, one of the UK s leading experts on crime fiction, has written a lively, wide-ranging and immensely informed history of the genre, which might be said to have begun in earnest with Ellis Peters crime-solving monk Brother Cadfael in the 1970s and Umberto Eco's The Name of the Rose in 1980 (with another monkish detective), but which has now taken readers to virtually every era and locale in the past. As in earlier entries in his Noir series, Forshaw has produced the perfect reader's guide to a fascinating field; every major writer is considered, often through a concentration on one or two key books, and exciting new talents are highlighted. 'Historical Noir covers crime novels (and their authors) set in ancient Greece and beyond to the 1950s ... what a splendid, varied bunch Forshaw provides' - Times 'A very worthy addition to this great series' - Crime Squad Look out for the other books in Barry Forshaw's Noir series, Euro Noir, Nordic Noir, Brit Noir and American Noir, and for his latest book, Crime Fiction: A Reader's Guide.

Consumerism, Waste, and Re-Use in Twentieth-Century Fiction

By Rachele Dini
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  • Publisher : Springer
  • Book Code : 1137581654
  • Total of Pages : 253
  • Category : Literary Criticism
  • Members : 782
  • Pdf File: consumerism-waste-and-re-use-in-twentieth-century-fiction.pdf

Book Short Summary:

This book examines manufactured waste and remaindered humans in literary critiques of capitalism by twentieth-century writers associated with the historical avant-garde and their descendants. Building on recent work in new materialism and waste studies, Rachele Dini reads waste as a process or phase amenable to interruption. From an initial exploration of waste and re-use in three Surrealist texts by Giorgio de Chirico, André Breton, and Mina Loy, Dini traces the conceptualization of waste in the writing of Samuel Beckett, Donald Barthelme, J.G. Ballard, William Gaddis, and Don DeLillo. In exploring the relationship between waste, capitalism, and literary experimentation, this book shows that the legacy of the historical avant-garde is bound up with an enduring faith in the radical potential of waste. The first study to focus specifically on waste in the twentieth-century imagination, this is a valuable contribution to the expanding field of waste studies.

The Palgrave Handbook of Twentieth and Twenty-First Century Literature and Science

By Neel Ahuja,Monique Allewaert,Lindsey Andrews,Gerry Canavan,Rebecca Evans,Nihad M. Farooq,Erica Fretwell,Nicholas Gaskill,Patrick Jagoda,Erin Gentry Lamb,Jennifer Rhee,Britt Rusert,Matthew A. Taylor,Aarthi Vadde,Priscilla Wald,Rebecca Walsh
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  • Publisher : Springer Nature
  • Book Code : 3030482448
  • Total of Pages : 689
  • Category : Literary Criticism
  • Members : 371
  • Pdf File: the-palgrave-handbook-of-twentieth-and-twenty-first-century-literature-and-science.pdf

Book Short Summary:

This handbook illustrates the evolution of literature and science, in collaboration and contestation, across the twentieth and twenty-first centuries. The essays it gathers question the charged rhetoric that pits science against the humanities while also demonstrating the ways in which the convergence of literary and scientific approaches strengthens cultural analyses of colonialism, race, sex, labor, state formation, and environmental destruction. The broad scope of this collection explores the shifting relations between literature and science that have shaped our own cultural moment, sometimes in ways that create a problematic hierarchy of knowledge and other times in ways that encourage fruitful interdisciplinary investigations, innovative modes of knowledge production, and politically charged calls for social justice. Across units focused on epistemologies, techniques and methods, ethics and politics, and forms and genres, the chapters address problems ranging across epidemiology and global health, genomics and biotechnology, environmental and energy sciences, behaviorism and psychology, physics, and computational and surveillance technologies. Chapter 19 is available open access under a Creative Commons Attribution 4.0 International License via link.springer.com.

On Grand Strategy

By John Lewis Gaddis
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  • Publisher : Penguin
  • Book Code : 0525557296
  • Total of Pages : 384
  • Category : History
  • Members : 99
  • Pdf File: on-grand-strategy.pdf

Book Short Summary:

A master class in strategic thinking, distilled from the legendary program the author has co-taught at Yale for decades For almost two decades, Yale students have competed for admission each year to the "Studies in Grand Strategy" seminar taught by John Lewis Gaddis, Paul Kennedy, and Charles Hill. Its purpose has been to prepare future leaders for responsibilities they will face, through lessons drawn from history and the classics. Now Gaddis has distilled that teaching into a succinct, sharp and potentially transformational book, surveying statecraft from the ancient Greeks to Franklin D. Roosevelt and beyond. An unforgettable guide to the art of leadership, On Grand Strategy is, in every way, its own master class.

Beyond Safety

By Emily Johansen
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  • Publisher : Bloomsbury Publishing USA
  • Book Code : 1501377035
  • Total of Pages : 192
  • Category : Fiction
  • Members : 762
  • Pdf File: beyond-safety.pdf

Book Short Summary:

Beyond Safety argues that concerns about the ethical impossibility of individual safety in the face of risks with increasingly obvious global consequences alters representations of neoliberal contemporary life. As the climate crises in the Caribbean and Australia, ongoing European refugee and American border crises, and, most recently, anxieties about Coronavirus illustrate, contemporary life is characterized by global connections that produce and reflect precarious outcomes and dangers. The ability to ignore risk or shift it to others underscores the fact that it is mitigable for particular segments of society while inescapable for others. Emily Johansen investigates depictions of global danger and safety in contemporary transnational fictional and popular texts-those characterized by a narrative or representational emphasis on border crossing and global interdependences. She demonstrates how these texts use risk to question and re-imagine the norms and practices of contemporary global citizenship. Beyond Safety thus brings together three of the central keywords of contemporary literary criticism of the last ten years (cosmopolitanism, precarity, neoliberalism) and shows how their intersection allows for a fuller conception of contemporary life and imagines a new global future.

The Doctrine of Scripture

By Brad East
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  • Publisher : Wipf and Stock Publishers
  • Book Code : 1532664982
  • Total of Pages : 228
  • Category : Religion
  • Members : 679
  • Pdf File: the-doctrine-of-scripture.pdf

Book Short Summary:

When Holy Scripture is read aloud in the liturgy, the church confesses with joy and thanksgiving that it has heard the word of the Lord. What does it mean to make that confession? And why does it occasion praise? The doctrine of Scripture is a theological investigation into those and related questions, and this book is an exploration of that doctrine. It argues backward from the church’s liturgical practice, presupposing the truth of the Christian confession: namely, that the canon does in fact mediate the living word of the risen Christ to and for his people. What must be true of the sacred texts of Old and New Testament alike for such confession, and the practices of worship in which they are embedded, to be warranted? By way of an answer, the book examines six aspects of the doctrine of Scripture: its source, nature, attributes, ends, interpretation, and authority. The result is a catholic and ecumenical presentation of the historic understanding of the Bible common to the people of God across the centuries, an understanding rooted in the church’s sacred tradition, in service to the gospel, and redounding to the glory of the triune God.

Atlantic Afterlives in Contemporary Fiction

By S. Ahlberg
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  • Publisher : Springer
  • Book Code : 1137479221
  • Total of Pages : 212
  • Category : Literary Criticism
  • Members : 170
  • Pdf File: atlantic-afterlives-in-contemporary-fiction.pdf

Book Short Summary:

Atlantic Afterlives in Contemporary Fiction offers fresh readings of what has been called "transatlantic literature". In selected twentieth- and twenty-first-century texts it discovers a shift from oceanic, place-based knowledge to an atmospheric, placeless circulation of information. Consonant with the displacements of the Information Age, this book reads contemporary narrative as it imagines and navigates today's virtual spaces. An important conclusion of the book is that intellectual resources are finite and should be used sustainably. Thus, arguing against a conventional comparative approach, this book proposes reading practices that resist the tendency toward an oversupply of reworked literary contexts that seems bent on matching the reach of the World Wide Web. Instead, the book reimagines place as a practice in the way it is communicated and narrated. Ultimately, this book empowers the reader to reimagine a future for narrative in the Information Age.