Franz Kafka - The Castle
Translated, with an introduction by John Williams Kafka's final novel was written during 1922, when the tuberculosis that was to kill him was already at an advanced stage. Fragmentary and unfinished, it perhaps never could have been finished; perhaps the tensions between K., the Castle and the village, K.'s struggle for acceptance or recognition by the mysterious Castle authorities or by the people of the village, never will and never can be resolved. Like much of Kafka's work, _The Castle_ is enigmatic and polyvalent. Is it an allegory of the sprawling Austro-Hungarian Empire as it disintegrates into modern nation states, or a quasi-feudal system giving way to a new freedom for the subject? Is it the search by a central European Jaw for acceptance and integration into a dominant culture? Is it a spiritual quest for grace or salvation, or an individual's struggle between his sense of independence and his need for approval? Is K. an opportunist, a victim, or an outsider battling against an elusive authority? Is the Castle a benign source of authority or a whimsical system of control? Like K., the reader is presented with conflicting perspectives that rehearse the existential dilemmas and uncertainties of literary modernity.
Ian Rankin - Watchman
Miles Flint has been a successful middle manager in the shadowy ranks of British intelligence until recent mistakes, including a botched surveillance of an Arab assassin, put his career and reputation in jeopardy. Suspecting that the killer evaded him because of a tip from one of his own, Miles launches his own mole hunt, casting himself in a role that's uncomfortably active for him—especially as his search leads back to his wife, Sheila. And Miles's doings seemingly strike a nerve within the organization, getting him dispatched on a perilous IRA bombing-related mission.
Ian Rankin - Bleeding Hearts
The death of a TV reporter from a single bullet wound to the heart - a dramatic news story, an unsolved crime... but the twist in the tale is that this time it's the man who fired the bullet whose asking all the questions. Michael Weston wants to know how come the police were on his tail so quickly. What was it about this journalist that got someone so rattled enough to want her permanently out of the picture? Might she just have been a stooge, the job a set-up arranged to see him safely behind bars? His first task is to find the writer of his pay cheque, the second is to make sure he doesn't get caught. Because one thing's for certain - the longer he sticks around to find out, the bigger the risk of making mistakes, revealing his cover and maybe even losing his life.
Ian Rankin - The Flood
Mary Miller had always been an outcast. As a child, fell into the hot burn - a torrent of warm chemical run-off from the local coal mine - and her hair turned white. Initially she was treated with sympathy, but all that changed a few days later when the young man who pushed her in died in an accident. Now, many years later, Mary is a single mother caught up in a faltering affair. Her son, Sandy, has fallen in love with a strange homeless girl - and both mother and son are forced to come to terms with a dark secret from Mary's past.
Stephen King - Doctor Sleep (német)
Eine mörderische Sekte hat es auf Kinder abgesehen, die das Shining haben. Stephen King kehrt zu einem seiner berühmtesten Romane zurück: Der kleine Danny, der in Hotel Overlook so unter seinem besessenen Vater hat leiden müssen, ist nun erwachsen. Aber die Vergangenheit lässt ihn nicht los. Auch das Mädchen Abra hat das Shining. Kann er sie retten? Die große Fortsetzung von Shining
Kassák Lajos - Napok - A mi napjaink
Kassák Lajos (1887-1967) a magyar avantgárd világszínvonalú képviselője. Költő, prózaíró, festő, irodalomszervező. A gazdasági válság élesedő politikai harcaiban fő műfajai a publicisztika és az irányregény. Munkásmozgalmi nézeteit Napjaink átértékelése 1934 című kötetében összegezte. A művészetnek szociális cselekedetként való felfogása ihlette a korszak irányregényeit (Napok, a mi napjaink, 1928; Angyalföld,1929; Marika, énekelj!,1929; Megnőttek és elindulnak, 1931; Munkanélküliek, 1932; A telep,1933; Az utak ismeretlenek,1934; Akik eltévedtek, 1936). A regénysor egyben határozott elmozdulás a szociografikus hűségtől a miliőrajz és a lélektani regény irányába, s egyben a következő generációk életét és vágyait is érzékeltetve.
Julie Kagawa - Winternacht
So richtig hat Meghan noch nie irgendwo dazugehört: Halb Mensch, halb Feenprinzessin steht sie immer zwischen den Welten. Während sich im Feenland Nimmernie ein Krieg zwischen Oberons Sommerhof und dem Reich der Winterkönigin Mab anbahnt, spitzt sich Meghans Lage zu: Als Gefangene des Winterreichs in all seinem eiskalten, trügerischen Glanz sieht sie das Unheil in seinem ganzen Ausmaß heraufziehen, kann aber nichts unternehmen. Ihre magischen Fähigkeiten scheinen mit jedem Tag zu schwinden, und niemand glaubt ihr, dass die gefährlichen Eisernen Feen, Geschöpfe von unglaublicher Macht, längst darauf lauern, Nimmernie zu unterjochen. Denn keiner hat die dunklen Feen, die selbst Mabs Grausamkeit in den Schatten stellen, je gesehen. Nur Meghan – und Ash, der Winterprinz, dem Meghan ihr Herz schenkte und der sie verlassen hat …
Ken Follett - Edge of Eternity
EDGE OF ETERNITY is the sweeping, passionate conclusion to Ken Follett’s extraordinary historical epic, The Century Trilogy. Throughout these books, Follett has followed the fortunes of five intertwined families – American, German, Russian, English, and Welsh – as they make their way through the twentieth century. Now they come to one of the most tumultuous eras of all: the enormous social, political, and economic turmoil of the 1960s through the 1980s, from civil rights, assassinations, mass political movements and Vietnam to the Berlin Wall, the Cuban Missile Crisis, presidential impeachment, revolution – and rock and roll. East German teacher Rebecca Hoffman discovers she’s been spied on by the Stasi for years and commits an impulsive act that will affect her family for the rest of their lives.…George Jakes, the child of a mixed-race couple, bypasses a corporate law career to join Robert F. Kennedy’s Justice Department, and finds himself in the middle not only of the seminal events of the civil rights battle, but a much more personal battle of his own.…Cameron Dewar, the grandson of a senator, jumps at the chance to do some official and unofficial espionage for a cause he believes in, only to discover that the world is a much more dangerous place than he’d imagined.…Dimka Dvorkin, a young aide to Nikita Khrushchev, becomes a prime agent both for good and for ill as the United States and the Soviet Union race to the brink of nuclear war, while his twin sister, Tania, carves out a role that will take her from Moscow to Cuba to Prague to Warsaw – and into history. As always with Follett, the historical background is brilliantly researched and rendered, the action fast-moving, the characters rich in nuance and emotion. With the hand of a master, he brings us into a world we thought we knew but now will never seem the same again.
Jacqueline Wilson - My Sister Jodie
Quiet, cautious Pearl has always adored her bold, brash, bad big sister Jodie. When their parents get new jobs at a grand, fusty old boarding school, Melchester College, the girls have to move there - and when they arrive, things start to change. Jodie has always been the leader - but now it's Pearl who's making new friends. Jodie just seems to be getting into more and more trouble - arguing with Mum, scaring the little children, flirting with the gardener. She really doesn't fit in with the posh teenagers at the school. Pearl begins to wonder if she needs Jodie as much as she used to. But when Firework Night comes around and a tragic event occurs, Pearl realises quite how much Jodie means to her.
Jacqueline Wilson - Clean Break
Em adores her funny, glamorous dad - who cares if he's not her real father? He's wonderful to her, and to her little brother Maxie and sister Vita. True to form at Christmas, Dad gives them fantastic presents, including a real emerald ring for his little Princess Em. Unfortunately he's got another surprise in store - he's leaving them. Will Dad's well-meaning but chaotic attempts to keep seeing Em and the other children help the family come to terms with this new crisis? Or would they be better off with a clean break - just like Em's arm?
Isaac Asimov - Naken sol
Naken Sol utspilles i en fremtid hvor mennesket har befolket jerne kloder i andre solsystem. Sammenlignet med de nye koloniene er moderplaneten - Jorden - blitt et melkeveiens u-land. Men da det blir begått et uforklarlig mord på sosietetsplaneten Solaria, må man likevel søke hjelp på Jorden. kriminlbetjent Baily og hans robot-assistent tar saken.
Elizabeth Boyle - Love Letters From a Duke
He's at her service . . . Though she can't afford the coal to heat her drafty Mayfair mansion, Felicity Langley still clings to her dream of marrying a duke—one she's had since her very first curtsy. After all, she's been promised to the very lofty Duke of Hollindrake for the last four years. Now all she has to do is meet him. But what Felicity doesn't realize is that she has met her duke—he's the altogether too handsome man who Felicity has just mistaken . . . for her new footman! By rights, Thatcher should immediately set this presumptuous chit straight and tell her he has no intention of honoring the arranged betrothal. But he's quickly smitten by Felicity's delightful determination, her irrepressible charm . . . and her breathtaking sensuality. Yes, she'd wed him in an instant were his true identity revealed—but Thatcher's vowed to marry only for love. So begins his deception and his conquest of this uncommon woman who doesn't believe in romance, but is about to find her heart and passion set aflame by the unlikely man she's sworn to resist.
Ken MacLeod - Fractions
In a balkanized future of dizzying possibilities, mercenaries contend with guns as smart as they are, nuclear deterrence is a commodity traded on the open market, teenagers deal in "theologically correct" software for fundamentalists, and anarchists have colonized a planet circling another star. Against this background, men and women struggle for a better future against the betrayals that went before. Death is sometimes the end, and sometimes something altogether different… This volume comprises _The Star Fraction_ and _The Stone Canal_.
Bear Grylls - A skorpió sivataga
Bear Grylls hihetetlenül izgalmas kalandregény-sorozatának harmadik részében is a találékonyság és a túlélő technikák jelentik a kiutat! Beck Granger, és barátja, Peter afrikai útjuk során veszedelmes csempészek közé kerülnek, ezért kénytelenek kiugrani egy repülőgépből. Ám földet érve a Szahara végtelen homokdűnéi veszik körül őket. Így aztán tudják: ha nem jutnak mihamarabb lakott településre, a lassú kínhalál vár rájuk. A sivatag közepén azonban egy sietve bepakolt hátizsákon kívül csupán Beck életmentő technikáira, ügyességére és tapasztalatára számíthatnak. Ráadásul nem csupán a végtelen pusztaság az egyetlen ellenségük: Beck túl sokat tud a csempészekről, akik bármikor újra rajtuk üthetnek.
Balogh Béni - Szivárvány a Sajó felett
Balogh Béni, a Bükk szerelmese előző sikeres önéletrajzi ihletésű kötetének, a Vadócok a Bükkben önállóan is élvezhető folytatása a Szivárvány a Sajó felett. A század elejének Sajószentpétere elevenedik meg a könyv lapjain. A regény hőse a tizenhárom éves kiskamasz ebben a kedves városkában folytatja tanulmányait. A nagyközség, az iskola, a tanárok,a pajtások színes eleven rajza mellett egy hamvasan szép szerelmi történettel gazdagabb az olvasó, mire a könyv végére ér
Jason Mott - The Returned
_What if death was not the end?_ _Born. Died... Returned._ _Who’s coming back next?_ _What if the end was only the beginning?_ The Returned follows the lives of Harold and Lucille Hargrave whose lives were changed forever after the tragic death of their only son, Jacob, at his eighth birthday party in 1966. Years later they have settled into their old age and live a quiet but comfortable life until one day a government official appears on their doorstep with Jacob in his tow. Still eight years old, still exactly as he was when he died, this second event will have as profound effect on the Hargarves as the first. All over the world people’s loved ones are returning from beyond. No one knows how or why this is happening, whether it’s a miracle or a sign of the end. Not even Harold and Lucille can agree on whether the boy at their doorstep is real or a wondrous imitation, but one thing they know for sure: he’s their son. As tensions begin to rise across the globe, the newly reunited Hargrave family must navigate the conflict between those who believe the returned are a gift and those who are afraid of the unknown—a conflict that threatens to rock the very foundation of our humanity.
Gabriel García Márquez - Laubsturm
Gabriel GarcÝa Mßrquez' erster Roman, den er bereits mit 19 Jahren schrieb, f³hrt in die unverwechselbare Welt von Macondo. Ein alter unbeugsamer Oberst, seine Tochter Isabel und sein neunjõhriger Enkel erzõhlen von den Geschehnissen, nachdem B³rgerkriege, Bananenboom und Naturkatastrophen ³ber das in der Hitze verfallende Dorf hinweggefegt sind. " Ein Roman, durchaus eigenstõndig, knapp und brillant, auf dem Weg zur Meisterschaft." Frankfurter Rundschau
Kimberly Sabatini - Touching the Surface
Life altering mistakes are meant to alter lives… When Elliot dies for the third time, she knows this is her last shot. There are no fourth-timers in this afterlife, so one more chance is all she has to get things right. But before she can move on to her next life, Elliot will be forced to face her past and delve into the painful memories she’d rather keep buried. Memories of people she’s hurt, people she’s betrayed…and people she’s killed. As she pieces together the mistakes of her past, Elliot must earn the forgiveness of her best friend and reveal the truth about herself to the two boys she loves…even if it means losing them both forever.