Nominated for the Man Booker International, Eka Kurniawan brings his short stories into English for the first time Eka Kurniawan's freewheeling imagination explores the turbulent dreams of an ex-prostitute, the hapless life of a perpetual student, victims of an anticommunist genocide, the travails of an elephant, even the vengeful fantasies of a stone. Dark, sexual, scatological, violent, and mordantly funny, these fractured fables span city and country, animal and human, myth and politics. Like nothing else, Kurniawan's stories bury themselves in the mind. His characters and insights are at once hauntingly familiar, peculiar, and twisted.
Mountainberry had the reputation of being a safe, quiet small town in rural Ontario. All that was about to change. In 1862 the original Harrisons, driven by desperation participated in an ancient arcane ritual and crossed a spiritual line. The door had been opened, permission granted, and evil began its spread throughout the generations to follow. A secret group called the Order held Mountainberry in a spiritual chokehold which was slowly tightening over the years. Each member was an important member of the society and was backed by his own demon which was under the authority of a territorial spirit. The battle lines were being drawn to play out in an epic battle in modern times.
Fever Devilin, a folklorist by inclination and training, was born and raised amongst the hill-country folk of the Georgia Appalachians and it was there that he returned once he decided to leave academia. And he's the perfect person to turn to when the owner of a mysterious medallion, one with some connection to the area, wants to uncover the provenance of the piece. On the surface, it sounds simple enough but in Fever's life, nothing is ever simple. Especially when the medallion's owner is found dead, murdered, in Fever's own house and the papers of Fever's late grandfather, of no intrinsic value, are stolen. And Fever himself in the prime suspect in the murder. The only clue to the truth behind these confusing events is the medallion itself, which is somehow tied to Fever's secretive family's history. With someone trying to frame him for the murder and other hidden forces hot on the trail of the medallion itself, Fever is wedged tightly between the proverbial ‘rock' and equally proverbial ‘hard place.' And the only possible way out is buried within the uncomfortable hidden truths about his own family that Fever has spent years trying to avoid.
Springdale, Ohio is a middle-class town nestled in southwestern Ohio, just outside of Cincinnati.It's a quiet, sleepy town which has a secret.In the early 1920's a man named Michael Westerly moved into this old house on Deadman's Bluff, overlooking a graveyard, but there was a reason Mr. Westerly chose this spot. He was into voodoo and trying to make zombies out of the townsfolk, but when the townsfolk got wind of this, they tried to drive him out of town, and ultimately they lynched him, but Mr. Westerly got his revenge, and 100 years later, the town of Springdale, Ohio was the epicenter of a conspiracy that brought Mr. Westerly's threats to fruition. Now the townspeople, including the Smith family, who moved into town in the summer of 2025, to flee for their lives in the ensuing zombie apocalypse. Can the Smiths and the townspeople of Springdale survive the nightmare that they find themselves in, or be swallowed up by "The Curse of Deadman's Bluff"
Love. Lust. Betrayal. The three most frequent milestones of the youth, in their journey of life. But when Riya takes the same path in her early twenties, she marks two more milestones beyond these. She explores mysteries much deeper into the simple daily actions of life like cursing and blessing, and finally ends up discovering the existence of a master plan behind all human actions and emotions, which is way beyond our control.
The world seemed not enough for free spirited Renuka, when she married the highly educated Shashank hailing from the mightiest Zamindars of Bengal. However, soon her life turned upside down when a neighbor revealed her of their sinister past. Its a mysterious supernatural curse cast on their family almost a century back. Generation by generation, Damini's enraged curse had passed on, declining their family clan from hundreds to a handful few. Who would be Damini's next victim? And why innocent lives are at a stake for a crime committed by an ancestor a hundred years back? Renuka would not settle until she finds an answer and in her quest she struggles to eradicate all the evils that come in her way. Would she ever win a battle against an unseen enemy? Would the wrong done to Damini be ever avenged? Set against the nostalgic era of 1940s, the story narrates the arduous journey of Renuka Pal, the protagonist, from a rash teen age freedom fighter to the seasoned writer of the 21st century India. In this thrilling saga of death, betrayal and power plays the narrative would cover a large chunk of twentieth century history. The passing of time, historical events and the changing country is so well-woven to the story that one would hardly differentiate between fact and fiction.
A new lease on life can end in death... After a brush with death, Jackie Parker has big plans to lie low for a while. The best laid plans didn’t check in with her stressful job as part of Damaged Goods property management—or her drama queen mother. When one of their clients is found brutally murdered and a recently evicted tenant is a suspect, Jackie vows to Luke and Logan that this time she’ll stay out of the fray. After all, she’s not a detective and they have more than enough on their plate. A rogue RV, drug dealers, furies, snakes and monkeys, oh my! Plus, there’s a rival property management company determined to ruin Damaged Goods, a kidnapping and a sexy animal lover looking to cause trouble in Jackie's already rocky marriage. The Magic City’s sassiest process server is sitting on a powder keg of crazy and the two men in her life are playing with matches. One thing’s for sure, as far as Jackie's concerned this isn’t a day at the beach but the end of life as she knows it. Buy Lease on the Beach and take out a lease on laughter today!
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