Offbeat Crimes


Author: Angel Martinez
Publisher: Pride
ISBN: 9781786861764
Category:
Page: 338
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Skim Blood and Savage Verse Words damage more than just feelings as Carrington hunts feral books menacing the city. When a ferocious book attacks Carrington at his own birthday party, he believes it's an isolated incident. But similar books soon pop up all over town, menacing innocent people with harsh bits of poetry and blank verse that deliver damaging physical blows. It's a frustrating case with too many variables and not enough answers, and the stakes go up with each attack. With the help of his misfit squad mates at the 77th and the public library's Rare Books Department, the missing pieces decrease but not Carrington's vexations. His commanding officer rakes him over the coals at the beginning of every shift. His police partner has lost patience with what she sees as his delusional relationship choices and his inability to pick the right man in a vast field of two. City Hall demands that the books be stopped immediately. It's enough to put a nutritionally challenged vampire off his skim blood. Feral Dust Bunnies An orphaned kitten may be the only witness to romance and the impossible. Officer Alex Wolf responds to a lot of 'paranormal' calls that aren't. Exotic pet birds aren't monsters and unusual dog breeds aren't aliens. It's a good thing he likes the Animal Control officers, but he both yearns for and dreads those calls where he runs into ACO Jason Shen. Jason's scent is so delicious that Wolf has a difficult time humaning around him. Animal Control calls take a disturbing turn, though, when Wolf and his lizard-man partner, Krisk, discover the impossibly mummified bodies of rats and an unfortunate mother cat. The rescue of the cat's sole surviving kitten not only gives Wolf more time with Jason, which is both perplexing and wonderful, but also leads to dangerous discoveries. Something inconceivable stalks the city and its officers of the law. Wolf has to figure out what it is before it can attack and drain the life from the people and the kitten he loves.

Feral Dust Bunnies


Author: Angel Martinez
Publisher: Total-e-bound
ISBN: 1786515938
Category: Fiction
Page: 115
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An orphaned kitten may be the only witness to romance and the impossible. Officer Alex Wolf responds to a lot of ‘paranormal’ calls that aren’t. Exotic pet birds aren’t monsters and unusual dog breeds aren’t aliens. It’s a good thing he likes the Animal Control officers, but he both yearns for and dreads those calls where he runs into ACO Jason Shen. Jason’s scent is so delicious that Wolf has a difficult time humaning around him. Animal Control calls take a disturbing turn, though, when Wolf and his lizard-man partner, Krisk, discover the impossibly mummified bodies of rats and an unfortunate mother cat. The rescue of the cat’s sole surviving kitten not only gives Wolf more time with Jason, which is both perplexing and wonderful, but also leads to dangerous discoveries. Something inconceivable stalks the city and its officers of the law. Wolf has to figure out what it is before it can attack and drain the life from the people and the kitten he loves.

Coyote's Creed


Author: Vaughn R. Demont
Publisher: Samhain Pub Limited
ISBN: 9781609287832
Category: Fiction
Page: 278
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Always have an ace up your sleeve. Broken Mirrors, Book 1 If con games were taught in high school, Spencer Crain would be on the honor roll. As it is, he’ll be riding the edge of failure to graduation next month. Then Spence gets the news that his long-gone father is not only dead, but was a Coyote, one of three clans of tricksters in the City. With a near-catatonic mother on his hands, Spence couldn’t care less about the Coyotes’ ongoing feud with the Phouka and the Kitsune—until it lands on his doorstep. Suddenly he’s thrown head-first into a dangerous world he knows next-to-nothing about. His only guide is Rourke, dashing King of the Phouka, plus a growing pack of half-siblings, a god, and Fate herself. As Spence embarks on a journey to learn the Coyote’s creed, the truth about his heritage, and how to handle his growing attraction to Rourke, he wonders when his life turned from TV sitcom to real-life danger zone. And what price must he pay to survive the next roll of the dice… Warning: Contains PG-13 rated violence, R-rated language and X-rated hotel scenes. Meta-humor, pop-culture humor, utter disregard for the 4th wall abound.

Finn


Author: Angel Martinez
Publisher: Total-e-bound
ISBN: 1786516551
Category: Fiction
Page: 181
View: 1092
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Finn’s been asleep for centuries. He’ll need to catch up fast to survive. Diego’s impulse to rescue a naked bridge jumper starts as just that—talk the man down and get him to social services. But there’s something odd about this homeless person, more than just his delusions of being a pooka, and something so vulnerable that Diego’s determined to help him stabilize rather than see him institutionalized or deported. Finn went into the Dreaming centuries ago to escape a heartbreak he couldn’t bear. Now that he’s back, he finds the Veil to the Otherworld closed. The fae courts have abandoned him in a poisoned human world where a displaced pooka has little chance of survival. His human rescuer is kind and compassionate—and shockingly familiar. One thing at a time, though. He needs Diego to believe he’s not human first.

All the World's an Undead Stage


Author: Angel Martinez
Publisher: Total-e-bound
ISBN: 1786516608
Category: Fiction
Page: 144
View: 2221
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‘Old actors never die’ shouldn’t be literally true. Carrington Loveless III, skim-blood vampire and senior officer of Philly’s paranormal police department, has long suspected that someone’s targeting his squad. The increasingly bizarre and dangerous entities invading their city can’t be a coincidence. So when a walking corpse spouting Oscar Wilde attacks one of his officers, Carrington’s determined to uncover the evil mind behind it all. As a rare books librarian, Erasmus Graham thought he understood some of the stranger things in life. Sharing a life with Carrington has shown him he didn’t know the half of it. They’ve survived attack books and deadly dust bunnies together and got through mostly unscathed. Now his world and his vampire’s appear ready to collide again. Books are missing from the Rare Book collection—old tomes of magic containing dangerous summonings and necromancy. He’s certain whoever has been stalking the Seventy-Seventh is composing their end game. It’s going to take a consolidated effort from paranormal police, librarians and some not-quite-authorized civilians to head off the impending catastrophe.

Skim Blood and Savage Verse


Author: Angel Martinez
Publisher: Total-e-bound
ISBN: 1786515520
Category: Fiction
Page: 137
View: 368
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Words damage more than just feelings as Carrington hunts feral books menacing the city. When a ferocious book attacks Carrington at his own birthday party, he believes it’s an isolated incident. But similar books soon pop up all over town, menacing innocent people with harsh bits of poetry and blank verse that deliver damaging physical blows. It’s a frustrating case with too many variables and not enough answers, and the stakes go up with each attack. With the help of his misfit squad mates at the 77th and the public library’s Rare Books Department, the missing pieces decrease but not Carrington’s vexations. His commanding officer rakes him over the coals at the beginning of every shift. His police partner has lost patience with what she sees as his delusional relationship choices and his inability to pick the right man in a vast field of two. City Hall demands that the books be stopped immediately. It’s enough to put a nutritionally challenged vampire off his skim blood.

The Stark Divide


Author: J. Scott Coatsworth
Publisher: DSP Publications
ISBN: 1635338336
Category: Fiction
Page: 284
View: 9589
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Humankind takes its first step toward the stars on a living ship that combines artificial intelligence and genetic mastery—with the help of generations of scientists and explorers.

Confessions of a Mask


Author: Yukio Mishima
Publisher: New Directions Publishing
ISBN: 9780811201186
Category: Fiction
Page: 255
View: 387
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When a Japanese youth discovers he has homosexual tendencies he hides himself behind conventional behavior

Gravitational Attraction


Author: Angel Martinez
Publisher: Dreamspinner Press
ISBN: 1627989013
Category: Fiction
Page: 266
View: 3390
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An amoral, power-hungry admiral kidnaps Isaac and uses him to convince Turk to become a weapon. It will take a group effort to save them.

The Best of Victor Wooten


Author: Victor Wooten
Publisher: Cherry Lane Music Group
ISBN: 1575604132
Category: Music
Page: 120
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(Bass). Highly regarded as a bass innovator, Victor Wooten has made a name for himself laying down the low-end for both Bela Fleck and during his guest stints with the Dave Matthews Band, and in his own successful solo career. The Best of Victor Wooten features his playing on 14 great tunes, which Wooten transcribed himself! This deluxe songbook includes note-for-note transcriptions of: Amazing Grace * Blu-Bop * Cherokee (Indian Love Song) * Norwegian Wood (This Bird Has Flown) * Sex in a Pan * A Show of Hands * The Sinister Minister * You Can't Hold No Groove * and 6 more, as well as Wooten's performance notes for each song, an insightful biography, an article on his gear, and fantastic photos!

Fireworks and Stolen Kisses


Author: Angel Martinez,Freddy MacKay
Publisher: Total-e-bound
ISBN: 1786516705
Category: Fiction
Page: 243
View: 2225
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No. Eating. Pixies. At the annual Global Lijun Alliance conference in Tokyo, Tally Bastille makes the first impulsive decision of his life. Others perceive his uktena—the enormous legendary serpent that’s his dual-spirit—as a threat, which makes him all too aware that he frightens fellow lijun. But an encounter with a passionate, obviously not-straight otter lijun one evening convinces Tally that he’s found his Em’halafi, his destined match. Tally is determined to barrel through all obstacles to make the match happen, including the otter’s conservative, traditional family. Trained as a Satislit—a bride-son—Haru Tanaka chafes at the strict boundaries set around their life. They rebel against their clan’s constant attempts to force an arranged match and wish desperately for someone who will love them. At the conference, Haru is horrified to learn their family has accepted an offer for them, one too lucrative for the clan to refuse. Not only has the Urusar sold Haru to a stranger, but the lijun is also a giant snake and one who believes in the tired old superstitions regarding Em’halafi. Threatened with banishment if they refuse, Haru has no choice but to marry the wealthy American serpent. Back in Tally’s home in Wisconsin, Haru and Tally must navigate both the widening gulf between them as they realize how much they’ve misunderstood about each other, and the tricky politics of the lijun clan Tally leads. Murder, intrigue and increasing hostility threaten to tear apart the little town of Wadiswan and the arranged marriage they’ve barely managed to begin.

The Family Eternal


Author: James Buchanan
Publisher: Deputy Joe Book
ISBN: 9781641220149
Category: Fiction
Page: 226
View: 8833
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When the body of a young woman is found in a burning rental cabin, Deputy Joe Peterson and newly minted Fire Inspector Kabe Varghese must learn to work together to find out who she is and why she died.

Quinn's Gambit


Author: Angel Martinez,Bellora Quinn
Publisher: Total-e-bound
ISBN: 1784304425
Category: Fiction
Page: 216
View: 9666
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An unregistered human con wizard and a duty-bound, straight-laced elf cop. As New York explodes with dangerous creatures, their passion goes nuclear. After a terrible magical accident at Berkeley created unpredictable holes between realities, all manner of non-human creatures started popping into our world. These displacements, called Random Anomalous Reality Events or RARE, have taken magic out of fiction and relocated it firmly in reality, resulting in a great deal of chaos and confusion. Displaced elf Valerian works with AURA, the Agency of Unnatural Resettlement and Assimilation, to intercept these beings as they appear in the human world, helping the peaceful ones and subduing the violent, malevolent ones. It’s good, satisfying work, and Val would be happy if he wasn’t so lonely. Quinten is a young mage just trying to get by, but New York isn’t the easiest city to make a living in. If his methods are sometimes morally dubious, his heart is still in the right place. Of course, for Quinn, the right place means firmly locked away, protected at all costs. Living by his wits and sometimes magically induced luck, he works as a ‘freelance magic user’, or unregistered mage and small-time con, according to the authorities. The last thing Quinn wants is to draw the cops’ attention, but when an Event happens right on top of him, he’s forced to turn to AURA for help. Valerian isn’t at all what he’d expected in an AURA cop, and he certainly wasn’t expecting to join forces with the sexy elf, a snarky drow and a bitter incubus, when certain individuals in power try to stop the RARE by any means necessary. Things are not all what they seem at AURA headquarters, and a greater evil lurks at the top than anyone could have imagined.

Vassily the Beautiful

An Esto Universe Novel
Author: Angel Martinez,Erika O. Williams
Publisher: CreateSpace
ISBN: 9781500106812
Category: Fiction
Page: 226
View: 8622
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Vassily Belikov, composer and pampered son of privilege, suffered neurological damage in the accident that killed his father. Resentful of being treated as an invalid, he lives as a recluse, dependent on his mother. That changes the day she brings home a new husband with two sons of his own. When deep-space pirates capture Vassily's mother, he's left to the mercy of his cruel, amoral stepfather. Fighting addiction and his physical shortcomings, he's forced to seek out the criminal mastermind Baba Yaga for a crucial piece of equipment. While she agrees to deal with him if he beats his Exoticus addiction, paranoia and mysterious intentions infuse her household. Drawn to her fierce, suspicious youngest son, certain his actions are all carefully observed, Vassily must find the courage to face both his fears and his desires if he expects to survive.

How Best To Avoid Dying

Stories
Author: Owen Egerton
Publisher: Soft Skull Press
ISBN: 1619023644
Category: Fiction
Page: 200
View: 2848
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In this devilishly clever collection of short fiction, renowned humorist Owen Egerton leads us on a wildly surprising, darkly comic, and often heart-wrenching ride into the terrible beauty of life's end. With razor wit and compassionate insight, Egerton has a crafted a work that brilliantly explores the pain and wonder of life, knowing that with the turn of any corner death could be panhandling for your soul.

Pretty Monsters


Author: Kelly Link
Publisher: Penguin
ISBN: 9781101215425
Category: Young Adult Fiction
Page: 416
View: 5072
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The crossover literary sensation...now in paperback! Through the lens of Kelly Link's vivid imagination, nothing is what it seems, and everything deserves a second look. From the multiple award- winning "The Faery Handbag," in which a teenager's grandmother carries an entire village (or is it a man-eating dog?) in her handbag, to the near-future of "The Surfer," whose narrator (a soccer-playing skeptic) waits with a planeload of refugees for the aliens to arrive, these ten stories are funny and full of unexpected insights and skewed perspectives on the world. Kelly Link's fans range from Michael Chabon to Peter Buck of R.E.M. to Holly Black of Spiderwick Chronicles fame. Now teens can have their world rocked too!

Semper Fae


Author: Angel Martinez
Publisher: Total-e-bound
ISBN: 1786516926
Category: Fiction
Page: 276
View: 7654
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Zack thought he had a strange job before, but personal assistant to a sidhe prince is downright bizarre. Zack thought he had a strange job before. Working as a Marine medic in a secret government installation was odd, but working as a human liaison to the fae and as the personal assistant to a sidhe prince is downright bizarre. Throw in the fact that he's pretty damn sure he's fallen in love with his boss, and things are close to unmanageable. Of course, around the fae, one never says 'things can't possibly get any worse'. Unexplained events plague the human world. Strange sightings, spontaneous magical explosions, and odd bends in reality crop up. When Finn falls ill and a monstrous creature attacks Zack, things quickly slide into disaster. Lycanthropy, loose-cannon mages, and Lugh conspire to make a hellish mess of things—but the real peril begins when Diego loses an important piece of his mind.

The Cat Wore Electric Goggles


Author: Ian Hutson
Publisher: CreateSpace
ISBN: 9781500557072
Category: Fiction
Page: 180
View: 9738
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Twelve mildly amusing fictions in vague science from an old-fashioned English gentleman who believes wholeheartedly in the cast iron foundation of rocket ships, good manners and always firing a warning shot over the heads of any belligerent mob before sending in the memsahib to duff 'em up.If variety is the spice of life then this collection is a splendid curry of improbable human conditions and improbable human beings. The ingredients include a spot of gentle medieval scifi, proper rocket ships, alien invasion of England, secret government satellites crashing and releasing stockpiled dinosaur DNA, insane Cold War time travel, groovy Victorian orang-utans in space, the televising of England's first Moon landing, a very rude first contact, young Mr Darwin's explanation of evolution placed in startling juxtaposition to flora and fauna on a distant planet, one or two maritime ghosts, a terrifying new virus and a detective with a serious career problem. I refrain for obvious reasons from mentioning here the elderly ladies in fur bikinis, and the least said about the Austin-Morris Motor Car Company's robotic labour relations the better. Suffice it to say that the man from the past isn't happy, and all's well that ends well, provided that you're a whale.You won't be a better person for having read this collection, but you will have a very respectable frown and a ruddy good permanently raised eyebrow under which to secure your monocle. Life is such utter nonsense.Contents The Cat Wore Electric Goggles One Saturday, Almost 2,000 Years A.D. VTC = 1:1 +/- H times ATP The Improvement Engine One Small Step for Ma'am, One Giant Leap for Ma'amkind The Unfortunate Fatal Incident at 7 AU Tiger, Tiger, Burning Bright Shall I be Mother? The Especial Relevance of Cowpats You fools! You fools! You insensible fools! The Truth, The Whole Truth And Nothing But The Truth The Almost Omnipresent Omniscient Monks

Let's All Die Happy


Author: Erin Adair-Hodges
Publisher: University of Pittsburgh Press
ISBN: 0822983141
Category: Poetry
Page: 80
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Winner of the 2016 Agnes Lynch Starrett Poetry Prize

Uncommonly Tidy Poltergeists


Author: Angel Martinez
Publisher: Createspace Independent Publishing Platform
ISBN: 9781540755872
Category:
Page: 180
View: 9190
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A poltergeist haunts Taro, dogging his international travels. It washes glasses, puts dishes away, and even dusts. At least he hopes it's a cleaning-obsessed poltergeist and not his own anxieties burbling over into neat freak fits he doesn't remember. When his property manager suggests he call paranormal expert, Jack Montrose, Taro's skeptical but desperate enough to try even a ghost hunter. Jack's arrival crushes Taro's hopes of a dashing Van Helsing-style hero. Instead of an invincible hunter, he gets Ichabod Crane. As the paranormal puzzles multiply and Jack begins to suggest the entity might not be a ghostly one, Taro adds a budding friendship with Jack to his pile of anxieties. It's a race to see whether Taro's poltergeist or his relationship with the obviously-not-ace Jack will reach maximum strangeness first.