Very good detail. Engaging writing while maintaining a factual approach.
I appreciated the photography included.
The object arrived without warning, tearing a spiral path of devastation across the rural landscape. After the explotion, searchers sifted through the immense pile of debris ... to discover a fantastically instrumented capsule, and a strangely human pilot, stone dead. Bowden Karvel's theory, that the capsule's port of origin lay in the distant future, seemed a plausible explanation. But while investigating, the capsule was accidentally dispatched again through time ...
only to reappear with an alien navigator, this time destroying a small French town. One thing seemed imperative: a human operator must man the intricate controls of the capsule, riding it forward to its mysterious point of origin. And Bowden Karvel seemed the perfect choice to make the trip...
In this highly anticipated fifteenth novel in the Immortals After Dark series, #1 New York Times bestselling author Kresley Cole spins a sultry tale of a mighty warrior scarred inside and out and the beguiling sorceress with the power to heal him—or vanquish him forever. ETERNAL OBSESSION As a boy, Thronos, prince of Skye Hall, loved Lanthe, a mischievous Sorceri girl who made him question everything about his Vrekener clan.
But when the two got caught in the middle of their families’ war, tragedy struck, leaving Thronos and Lanthe bitter enemies. Though centuries have passed, nothing can cool his seething need for the beautiful enchantress who scarred his body—and left an even deeper impression on his soul. ENDLESS YEARNING Lanthe, a once-formidable sorceress struggling to reclaim her gifts, searches for love and acceptance with all the wrong immortal suitors. But she’s never forgotten Thronos, the magnificent silver-eyed boy who protected her until she was ripped from the shelter of his arms. One harrowing night changed everything between them. Now he’s a notorious warlord with a blood vendetta against Lanthe, hunting her relentlessly. CAN THE HEAT OF DESIRE BURN BRIGHTER THAN VENGEANCE? With their families locked in conflict and battles raging all around them, will Thronos and Lanthe succumb to the brutal chaos that threatens everything they cherish? Or will the fragile bond they formed so long ago spark a passion strong enough to withstand even the darkest doubts?
When the body of a young woman is discovered in the Lane of Many Heads, an alley in modern-day Mecca, no one will claim it, as they are all ashamed of her nakedness. As Detective Nasser pursues his investigation of the case, seemingly all of Mecca chimes in—including the Lane of Many Heads itself—in this brilliant, funny, profane, and enigmatic fever dream of a novel by Raja Alem, the first woman to win the International Prize for Arabic Fiction. Nasser initially suspects that the dead woman is Aisha, one of the residents of the Area, and he searches her emails for clues. The world she paints embraces everything from crime and religious extremism to the exploitation of foreign workers by a mafia of building contractors, who are destroying the historic areas of the city. In stark relief with this grimness is the beauty of her love letters to her German boyfriend. Another view reveals the city through the eyes of Yusuf, Aisha's neighbor, increasingly frustrated by the acceleration pace of change. As gripping as classic noir, nuanced as a Nabokov novel, and labyrinthine as the alleys of Mecca itself, this powerful and disturbing work of fiction masterfully reveals a city and a civilization in all its contradictions, at once beholden to brutal customs and uneasily coming to terms with new traditions.
Raja Alem's singular The Dove's Necklace is a virtuosic work of literature that deserves the world's attention.
Note: This is Part 1 of Girl Discovers Girls. Part 1 is titled "Dorm Shave Girls." Bisexual Charlotte is proud of her formerly sheltered roommate Brittany - in the space of one night she's come out of her shell and realized how much she enjoys touching and playing with other girls.
When Brittany's long distance boyfriend Jake arrives on campus a day early, Brittany and Charlotte have to rearrange their plans to find hidden places on campus to fool around. Evening the odds, Charlotte recruits her friend Tom to come along, and the four head to campus. When a game of truth or dare starts, Tom wants to see Brittany and Charlotte kiss. Unknown to the guys, the girls are no stranger to this, and are eager to please, with one catch: they want the guys to kiss too.
What follows is a campus orgy to shock and titillate you. EXCERPT: “Truth or Dare?” he asked Charlotte. She frowned, “Dare.” “Charlotte is bisexual, aren’t you?” he looked down at the blonde cradled in his arms. She nodded emphatically; pursuing her lips just a little to make the motion a bit cuter. “I want to see it,” Tom declared, he looked over at Brittany, “I’ll dare you to make out with her right here in front of us.” Charlotte shrugged, tugging herself away from Tom, she didn’t bother to rise to her feet, she crawled across the space that separated her from the gorgeous redhead she’d seduced yesterday, was it that long ago already? Their lips met, Brittany responded passionately, the alcohol causing her to lose any inhibitions she might have had about kissing in front of strangers, about kissing a girl, or even about doing so in front of her boyfriend. Their tongues twined together for a moment before Charlotte pulled away, she tossed her hair over her shoulder as she turned to stare at Tom. One delicate blonde eyebrow arched as he swallowed, crossing his legs to hide his sudden erection. “I’ll bet you won’t get it on,” he declared, turning to Jake, “Do you think they will?” Jake shook his head, “Nope,” his voice sounded somewhat hopeful that he was wrong. He turned; his blue eyes wide as he watched his girlfriend grope at the blonde’s breasts. He swallowed; he’d never realized she was so hot before. Or, he stared as she groped the blonde’s ample breasts again, bisexual. What hadn’t she told him? Jake swallowed, staring as the blonde responded to Tom, “We’ll get it on,” her voice was husky and incredibly sexy, Jake had never wanted to fuck someone else more in his life, “If you get it on.” “What??” Jake heard the words coming out of his mouth. He stared as she turned back to Brittany, kissing her passionately, their tongues curled together; hands caressed the heavy swell of breasts. “If we do, they will,” Tom whispered in his ear, “Come on…” Jake stared again, his eyes wide as the two girls pulled apart again, “Okay,” he heard himself say. His cock throbbed inside of his pants, barely contained by the fabric of the jeans. The prospect of watching them make out was driving him crazy, like a secret fantasy he’d never even dared to dream that was suddenly coming true right before his eyes. “You first,” Charlotte’s oh-so-sexy voice told him; she pursued her lips, blowing them a tiny kiss. WARNING: This 4100+ erotic short story contains men kissing each other, girls kissing each other, and two men and two women having sex for pages and pages.
A masterful account of the assassins who hunted down the perpetrators of the Armenian Genocide In 1921, a tightly knit band of killers set out to avenge the deaths of almost one million victims of the Armenian Genocide.
They were a humble bunch: an accountant, a life insurance salesman, a newspaper editor, an engineering student, and a diplomat. Together they formed one of the most effective assassination squads in history. They named their operation Nemesis, after the Greek goddess of retribution. The assassins were survivors, men defined by the massive tragedy that had devastated their people. With operatives on three continents, the Nemesis team killed six major Turkish leaders in Berlin, Constantinople, Tiflis, and Rome, only to disband and suddenly disappear. The story of this secret operation has never been fully told, until now. Eric Bogosian goes beyond simply telling the story of this cadre of Armenian assassins by setting the killings in the context of Ottoman and Armenian history, as well as showing in vivid color the era's history, rife with political fighting and massacres. Casting fresh light on one of the great crimes of the twentieth century and one of history's most remarkable acts of vengeance, Bogosian draws upon years of research and newly uncovered evidence. Operation Nemesis is the result--both a riveting read and a profound examination of evil, revenge, and the costs of violence.