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FICTION

A FOREST OF STARS Kevin J. Anderson
For readers who devour plot, "The Saga of Seven Suns" is acceptable space opera: political machinations within the three branches of humanity and within the Ildiran empire take up the bulk of the books. This action is rendered plausible and the characters, while just the barest wisps of humanity clinging tenuously to bare archetypes, are just hearty enough to carry the reader along...

THE AUTOGRAPH MAN Zadie Smith
Accused of being a "one-hit-wonder" after the internationally acclaimed White Teeth, 20 something Zadie Smith attempts to prove her worth with her second novel "The Autograph Man", but this overly self-conscious forced book leaves much to be desired...

BROWNSVILLE: STORIES Oscar Casares
No matter what your background or station, there is something to be gained from experiencing the simplicity and clarity of life in the tiny border town of Brownsville, TX...

THE CANAL HOUSE Mark Lee
A war corespondent's report on love, "The Canal House", is a fast-paced and intense journey. We see the world through the camera of Nicky, an experienced American photographer sent by Newsweek to cover the most dangerous war-torn hotspots...

CERULEAN SINS Laurell K. Hamilton
Laurell Hamilton's dark detective Anita Blake inhabits a world with a dark twist. While her environment in St. Louis appears in many aspects to be the same harsh city that many of us live in, it is in fact a shadow of our own realm...

THE DISCRETE CHARM OF CHARLIE MONK David Ambrose
There is some serious monkey business afoot in David Ambrose's new thriller, The Discrete Charm of Charlie Monk. While Ambrose has long been a standard among the Clancy-esque genre of military-tinged thrillers, he has outdone himself this time...

DREAMING PACHINKO Isaac Adamson
"Dreaming Pachinko" is so full of vibrant images straight out of Tokyo and characters that are so 3D that your mind's eye will be bursting by the time you finish the last chapter...

DROP CITY T.C. Boyle
Free love. Living off the bounty of nature. Smile on your brother, and peace for all. These are the some of the images brought to mind when we think of the denizens of The Summer of Love...

ENDLESS NIGHTS Neil Gaiman
If you're a fan of Neil Gaiman and his Sandman series, you've probably already purchased Endless Nights. If you're a fan but you have been putting it off for fear that Gaiman's lost his edge, let me assure you that he retains his formidable powers...

THE EYRE AFFAIR Jasper Fforde
If Kurt Vonnegut, Mel Brooks, Agatha Christie, Anne Rice and Dr. Hurley (my college English professor) had a literary love child it would look quite similar to "The Eyre Affair" an uproarious read-in-one-sitting ride by Japer Fforde...

THE FINAL CONFESSION OF MABEL STARK Robert Hough
The daughter of tobacco farmers, Mabel was orphaned at age 11 and forced to learn how to survive alone in the world. This tragic yet uplifting tale leads Mabel to the circus in the early 1900s during the height of the venue's popularity...

THE GRASSHOPPER KING Jordan Ellenberg
Set on the fictional campus of Chandler State University this story follows the adventures of Sam Grapearbor as he matures from a pimply, defensive undergraduate into a clean-skinned, clear-eyed (dare I say obsessed) scholar of Gravinics...

IN MY SISTER'S COUNTRY Lise Haines
Molly, the teenage narrator of "In My Sister's Country" is an angry, wanton mess. She lies; she sneaks and ditches school to sleep with her sister's boyfriend. When she's not doing that she's engaged in equally naughty behavior with whoever will play along...

IN THE ELECTRIC EDEN Nick Arvin
Nick Arvin comes from a background most people probably wouldn't expect. A student of engineering and ex-employee of The Ford Motor Company, Arvin stands defiantly against the idea that engineers know nothing about human emotion...

THE RUSSIAN DEBUTANTE'S HANDBOOK Gary Shteyngart
Tales of The American Dream - of pulling oneself up out of poverty and into the ranks of the wealthy and powerful, never cease to capture the imagination of audiences around the world. Within every human heart lies the hope of improving one's lot in life, and succeeding in the eyes of family, peers, and society...

SUPER FLAT TIMES Matthew Derby
It was the last few stories of Super Flat Times that made me realize, this was much more than a simple reprinting everything Derby had ever written, as seems to be the case with many short story collections, but rather it was an extremely ambitious satire, each piece building from the one preceding...

THOSE WHO WALK IN DARKNESS John Ridley
Comic books are always full of humans with extra ordinary powers running around saving the day and being the heroes. "Those Who Walk In Darkness" takes those same super heroes and tells us a story about what would happen if things went horribly wrong...

YOU SHALL KNOW OUR VELOCITY Dave Eggers
Eggers wrote the nonfiction book of a generation with "A Heartbreaking Work of Staggering Genius" in 2001, and now it's time to see whether he's Boston - a one-great-work mainstream phenomenon - or if he's Radiohead, a distinctly original voice for the deep-thinking, question-all-things-obvious subculture of a generation...

THE WAGES OF GENIUS Gregory Mone
It has been said of our day and age that there are no more heroes; that all of our role models are tainted, and that our generation has nobody to look up to or emulate. "The Wages of Genius" shows otherwise...

WITPUNK Claude Lalumiere & Marty Halpern (Editors)
Laughter is infectious and infections are often communicable. By that computation, Witpunk may be the death of us all or at least those in the broad humorless landscape of America. A movement that started just two years ago on the electronic forum of fictionmags...

NONFICTION

A PRAYER FOR BURMA Kenneth Wong
"A Prayer for Burma" is only a month in the author's life, but there are enough amazing stories, beautifully recounted scenes and wonderful characters to easily fill this novel and my head...

1421: THE YEAR CHINA DISCOVERED AMERICA Gavin Menzies
If Gavin Menzies is right in the claims made in his new work of speculative history, the entire course of modern civilization could have been changed. Like the famous Bradbury story in which the death of a butterfly affects the development of mankind, things would have been different...

ACCIDENTAL PLAYBOY: CAUGHT IN THE ULTIMATE MALE FANTASY Leif Ueland
"Accidental Playboy" by Leif Ueland is the story of a writer hired by Playboy to write daily dispatches for Playboy.com while on a cross-country bus tour to find the "Playmate of the Millenium."...

BABY OIL AND ICE: STRIPTEASE IN EAST LONDON Lara Clifton (Editor), Sarah Ainslee (Photographer), Julie Cook (Photographer)
I'm fascinated by this idea that there are worlds beneath our own, these subterranean cultures that exist not side-by-side with the waking world but below the everyday veneer of modern life. Like H.G. Wells' Morlocks, there are always going to be people who cannot abide by the rules...

DOWN 42ND STREET: SEX, MONEY, CULTURE, AND POLITICS AT THE CROSSROADS OF THE WORLD Marc Eliot
Marc Eliot's thorough history of New York's infamous tenderloin district is an engaging read for anyone with more than a passing interest in America's cultural capital...

THE GATE Francois Bizot
Francois Bizot, the only westerner to have survived a Khmer Rouge prison camp, has blessed us with "The Gate", his absolutely vivid retelling of his own unique view of this period in Cambodia's history...

MAGCULTURE: NEW MAGAZINE DESIGN Jeremy Leslie
'The product of ongoing collaboration between editors and designers, magazines have played a huge role in informing the design principles found in print media of the 20th century. In "magCulture," Leslie looks at why...

MONKEY DANCING Daniel Glick
'When author Daniel Glick lost his wife to another woman and his brother to cancer in the span of a single year he could've easily tripped into a downward spiral of sadness and despair. Instead, he packed his traveling bags, swallowed his fear and took his kids (Kolya, 13 and Zoe, 9) on a whirlwind trip around the world...

NO BEGINNING NO END Jakusho Kwong
'What is the sound of one Zen Master dropping the Dharma on his readers? Find out in "No Beginning No End," in which California Zen master, Jakusho Kwong-Roshi delivers a series of short Zen Buddhist lessons...

UNDERSTANDING NANOTECHNOLOGY Scientific American (Editor)
Nanotechnology is a sexy topic for scientists. Nanotech is a study that incorporates an array of sciences from physics to biology, and intrigues industries from electronics to automotive...

PLANE INSANITY: A FLIGHT ATTENDANT'S TALES OF SEX, RAGE, AND QUEASINESS AT 30,000 FEET Elliott Hester
Author Elliot Nester has assembled years of observation, adventure, and stark insanity into a slim volume that should be required reading for anyone who flies a major carrier. His sharp wit, told in first person through chapters like "The Ferret In First Class," and "Adios Hydraulics," is honed to a razor's edge...

POKER NATION Andy Bellin
Andy Bellin is an excellent poker player, and he's the first to admit it in his first book, Poker Nation. However, he's not a professional player. Bellin writes for a living, despite spending his time around a card table in New York on any given night ...

TIKI ROADTRIP James Teitelbaum, Sven A. Kirsten
Let's face it, too; the book is worth the cover price alone for the drink recipes. One appendix includes a variety that includes everything from the original Trader Vic's Mai Tai Roa Ae recipe to other retroactive spirituals like the Scorpion ...

DESIGN / TECHNICAL

THE BRAND GAP: HOW TO BRIDGE THE DISTANCE BETWEEN BUSINESS STRATEGY AND DESIGN Marty Neumeier
Lost in icons, avatars, logos and typeface? Uncertain of messaging, corporate imagery or taglines? Having troubles finding your audience or moving your product...

DREAMWEAVER MX: DESIGN AND TECHNIQUE (with CD-ROM) Ethan Watrall
I hack. I copy and paste, I steal and I re-use code over and over and over again. I stumble through JavaScript and get lost in Action Script, and I do it all by hand. I use Homesite® and NotePad but never an HTML WYSIWYG editor...

FLASH MX LEARNING STUDIO (WITH CD-ROM) Ethan Watrall
If you are entering into the world of Flash design, this is the best resource you can purchase - an excellent step-by-step interactive course into the Flash MX environment and beyond...

FLASH TO THE CORE Joshua Davis
"Flash to the Core," subtitled "an interactive sketchbook," falls somewhere between a textbook for Flash designers and a work of art and philosophy, as do Davis's web sites...

MACROMEDIA FLASH MX PRODUCTION TECHNIQUES M.D. Dundon
So - you are new to Flash? Then this book is going to help you out and is a lot of fun to use at the same time. Learn the Flash MX interface from the ground up and get your feet wet with the capability of the Flash program itself...


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