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Little Pretty Things

Author: Lori Rader-Day
Publisher: Simon and Schuster
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Mary Higgins Clark Award Winner! OLD RIVALRIES NEVER DIE. BUT SOME RIVALS DO. Juliet Townsend is used to losing. Back in high school, she lost every track team race to her best friend, Madeleine Bell. Ten years later, she’s still running behind, stuck in a dead-end job cleaning rooms at the Mid-Night Inn, a one-star motel that attracts only the cheap or the desperate. But what life won’t provide, Juliet takes. Then one night, Maddy checks in. Well-dressed, flashing a huge diamond ring, and as beautiful as ever, Maddy has it all. By the next morning, though, Juliet is no longer jealous of Maddy—she’s the chief suspect in her murder. To protect herself, Juliet investigates the circumstances of her friend’s death. But what she learns about Maddy’s life might cost Juliet everything she didn’t realize she had. From the Trade Paperback edition.


Little Pretty Things

Author: Cristian Butnariu
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What are crime novels? Well, they include a perpetrator or perpetrators - the bad guys - who've committed an immoral or illegal act and a protagonist - the good guy - who's trying to bring them to justice. Most crime novels are either whodunits or howcatchems. They can be set in any time, or location and can be told from different points of view. Whodunits are pretty self-explanatory - the aim of the story is to discover, with the aid of clues, either alongside or before the detective, the perpetrator of the crime. Howcacthems are when the reader knows the identity of the perpetrator from the outset. The story focuses on how the detective finds the clues and catches the perpetrator. These two types of crime fiction are usually approached in the following ways: cosy crime - these are very popular. They are usually set in a middle class environment and often revolve around a murder that's solved by friendly police or private detective, with his dopey side-kick or an amateur sleuth. There's no graphic description of the crime or gruesome details of the murder. Once the crime is solved, everyone can go back to their cosy lives, safe in the knowledge that the killer has been caught. locked room mystery - so called because the crime takes place under an impossible set of circumstances. For example when it's impossible for someone to have entered or left a locked room hard-boiled - these are the opposite of cosy, they're graphic, gruesome and unsentimental. They contain details of the crimes committed, which are often violent or sexual in their nature. They often feature psychopaths and serial killers and have detectives with deeply flawed characters private detective - these focus on the work of a private detective, rather than the police, in finding the perpetrator of the crime courtroom - these revolve around the courtroom procedure related to the crime. Inevitably the reader knows the main suspects, as they are in the dock, and the details of the crime are revealed as the court case proceeds. This type of fiction often uses flash-back techniques to reveal the storyline. legal dramas - these are a lot like courtroom dramas but they are not conducted wholly in the courtroom. The main focus of the detective work falls on the legal team spy - the action centres on espionage. It usually features a spy working for an intelligence agency caper - these are told from the criminal's point of view with the main focus of the story being on the perpetrator's attempts to avoid detection and capture. These usually have elements of audacity, adventure or humour which distinguish them from normal crime fiction police procedural - these focus on the work of the police to identify the perpetrator and often include lots of detail about crime detection, interview and forensic techniques. The main character is usually a detective or police man tartan noir - a relatively new genre of crime fiction with a Scottish heritage. They are hard-boiled with main characters that are not very likeable. They are often deeply flawed and world weary, as well as having anti-hero traits. They usually suffer from personal crises during the course of the story and the crises will form a major part of the story."


Pretty Little Things to Fill Up the Void

Author: Simon Logan
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In a city of chemical warehouses and entropic factories, viral DJ's and anarchist skatepunks share the streets with nihilistic video game junkies and makeshift revolutionaries, whilst pirate broadcasters battle against one another and renegade paramedics hijack the dead and dying for profit . . . Pretty Little Things to Fill Up the Void is the story of four characters and their constantly-intertwining lives as they search for meaning and purpose in a place that seems to deny either: Elisabeth Afterlife, a renegade documentarist, haunted by the ghost of a bloody girl; Catalina Rodriguez, a fiery teenager and thrill-seeker; and the artists-lovers Camille and Auguste. And alongside all of them there is the mysterious Shiva, lurking in her complex of workshops, and moving devious chemical hands that will soon encompass all of the characters in an explosive point of singularity . . .


Fierce Pretty Things

Author: Tom Howard
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In these eight darkly comic stories, Tom Howard explores the instincts for violence and tenderness that mark his character's lives. A brother and sister wander the pier after a deadly plague destroys most of humanity. A high school bully struggles to overcome his demons. A man in the grips of dementia is visited by his children's ghosts. The people in these blistering tales grapple with past mistakes, trying to navigate their way toward redemption and resurrection and failing often—but always with a ferocious heart. Their unforgettable voices guide us through schoolyards, cemeteries, drive-in theaters, and the rich landscapes of their own imaginations. Equal parts funny, tragic, and wise, Fierce Pretty Things is a striking debut that teaches us how to live in a world as cruel as it is beautiful.


Oh You Pretty Things

Author: Shanna Mahin
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“A Hollywood native from the wrong side of the Walk of Fame makes a play for star status” (Cosmopolitan) in Shanna Mahin’s acclaimed novel, called “quite a breakout” by The New York Times. Jess Dunne is third-generation Hollywood, but her star on the boulevard has yet to materialize. Sure, she’s got a Santa Monica address and a working actress roommate, but with her nowhere barista job in a town that acknowledges zeroes only as a dress size, she’s a dead girl walking. Enter Jess’s mother—a failed actress who puts the strange in estrangement. She dives headlong into her daughter’s downward spiral, forcing Jess to muster all her spite and self-preservation to snag a career upgrade. As a personal assistant for a famous (and secretly agoraphobic) film composer, Jess’s workdays are now filled with shopping for luxury goods and cooking in his perfectly designed kitchen. Jess kills at cooking, a talent that only serves her intensifying urge to dig in to Los Angeles’s celebrity buffet. When her food garners the attention of an actress on the rise, well, she’s all too willing to throw it in with the composer and upgrade again, a decision that will have far-reaching ramifications that could explode all her relationships. All the while, her mother looms ever closer, forcing Jess to confront the traumatic secrets she’s been running from all her life. Oh! You Pretty Things is a dizzying ride at the carnival of fame, a fast-paced and sharply funny work that dares to imagine what happens when we go over the top in a town of gilded excess. From the Hardcover edition.


Swallow the Air

Author: Tara Winch
Publisher: Univ. of Queensland Press
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In 2006, Tara June Winch's startling debut Swallow the Air was published to acclaim. Its poetic yet visceral style announced the arrival a fresh and exciting new talent. This 10th anniversary edition celebrates its important contribution to Australian literature. When May's mother dies suddenly, she and her brother Billy are taken in by Aunty. However, their loss leaves them both searching for their place in a world that doesn't seem to want them. While Billy takes his own destructive path, May sets out to find her father and her Aboriginal identity. Her journey leads her from the Australian east coast to the far north, but it is the people she meets, not the destinations, that teach her what it is to belong. Swallow the Air is an unforgettable story of living in a torn world and finding the thread to help sew it back together.


Of Older Men and Pretty Young Things

Author: Munyama Chris Mukkuli
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"Of Older Men and Pretty Young Things" is a semi-fictional examination of life. The book takes a cynical look a lot of the things we hold dear in life (lying, cheating, young girls, children, religion and so on) and also some things we do not hold so dear (like in-laws, those ogres!). Why do we fall in love with the women we do? Beauty doesn't seem to be the answer because we do not always fall for the prettiest young things. Some of the things we do in life are also the direct causes of illnesses like high blood pressure. Trysting with school girls, for instance, is a thrilling, liberating, orgasmic thing, but it is also the cause of much misery, both emotional and financial. Then there is the matter of Christianity and the mystery that is Jesus Christ... Well, every facet of life is a source of misery...or humour... Happy reading!


Just an Ordinary Day

Author: Shirley Jackson
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Acclaimed in her own time for her short story “The Lottery” and her novel The Haunting of Hill House—classics ranking with the work of Edgar Allan Poe—Shirley Jackson blazed a path for contemporary writers with her explorations of evil, madness, and cruelty. Soon after her untimely death in 1965, Jackson’s children discovered a treasure trove of previously unpublished and uncollected stories, many of which are brought together in this remarkable collection. Here are tales of torment, psychological aberration, and the macabre, as well as those that display her lighter touch with humorous scenes of domestic life. Reflecting the range and complexity of Jackson’s talent, Just an Ordinary Day reaffirms her enduring influence and celebrates her singular voice, rich with magic and resonance. Praise for Just an Ordinary Day “Jackson at her best: plumbing the extraordinary from the depths of mid-twentieth-century common. [Just an Ordinary Day] is a gift to a new generation.”—San Francisco Chronicle Praise for Shirley Jackson “[Jackson’s] work exerts an enduring spell.”—Joyce Carol Oates “Shirley Jackson’s stories are among the most terrifying ever written.”—Donna Tartt “An amazing writer . . . If you haven’t read [Jackson] you have missed out on something marvelous.”—Neil Gaiman “Shirley Jackson is unparalleled as a leader in the field of beautifully written, quiet, cumulative shudders.”—Dorothy Parker “An author who not only writes beautifully but who knows what there is, in this world, to be scared of.”—Francine Prose “The world of Shirley Jackson is eerie and unforgettable.”—A. M. Homes “Jackson enjoyed notoriety and commercial success within her lifetime, and yet it still hardly seems like enough for a writer so singular. When I meet readers and other writers of my generation, I find that mentioning her is like uttering a holy name.”—Victor LaValle From the Trade Paperback edition.


Poems of Comfort and Cheer

Author: Jean Elizabeth Ward
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The Weight of the World

Author: Renee Huggans
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