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  • Ready player two Nouv.

    B>#1 NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLER The highly anticipated sequel to the beloved worldwide bestseller Ready Player One, the near-future adventure that inspired the blockbuster Steven Spielberg film./b> br> br>b>NAMED ONE OF THE BEST BOOKS OF THE YEAR BY THE WASHINGTON POST The game is on again. . . . A great mix of exciting fantasy and threatening fact.--The Wall Street Journal/b>br>br>AN UNEXPECTED QUEST. TWO WORLDS AT STAKE. ARE YOU READY? br>br>Days after winning OASIS founder James Hallidays contest, Wade Watts makes a discovery that changes everything.br>br>Hidden within Hallidays vaults, waiting for his heir to find, lies a technological advancement that will once again change the world and make the OASIS a thousand times more wondrous--and addictive--than even Wade dreamed possible.br> br>With it comes a new riddle, and a new quest--a last Easter egg from Halliday, hinting at a mysterious prize.br> br>And an unexpected, impossibly powerful, and dangerous new rival awaits, one wholl kill millions to get what he wants.br> br>Wades life and the future of the OASIS are again at stake, but this time the fate of humanity also hangs in the balance.br> br>Lovingly nostalgic and wildly original as only Ernest Cline could conceive it, Ready Player Two takes us on another imaginative, fun, action-packed adventure through his beloved virtual universe, and jolts us thrillingly into the future once again.

  • Resurrected one thousand years after his famed battles alongside Druss the Legend, Skilgannon the Damned struggles with fragmented memories in order to fulfill a prophecy that he will save war-torn Drenai from an evil sorceress and her half-man, half-beast minions.

  • At last in paperback in one complete volume, here are the five classic novels from Douglas Adams';s beloved Hitchiker series.
    The Hitchhiker';s Guide to the Galaxy Seconds before the Earth is demolished for a galactic freeway, Arthur Dent is saved by Ford Prefect, a researcher for the revised Guide. Together they stick out their thumbs to the stars and begin a wild journey through time and space.
    The Restaurant at the End of the Universe Facing annihilation at the hands of warmongers is a curious time to crave tea. It could only happen to the cosmically displaced Arthur Dent and his comrades as they hurtle across the galaxy in a desperate search for a place to eat.
    Life, the Universe and Everything The unhappy inhabitants of planet Krikkit are sick of looking at the night sky- so they plan to destroy it. The universe, that is. Now only five individuals can avert Armageddon: mild-mannered Arthur Dent and his stalwart crew.
    So Long, and Thanks for All the Fish Back on Earth, Arthur Dent is ready to believe that the past eight years were all just a figment of his stressed-out imagination. But a gift-wrapped fishbowl with a cryptic inscription conspires to thrust him back to reality. So to speak.
    Mostly Harmless Just when Arthur Dent makes the terrible mistake of starting to enjoy life, all hell breaks loose. Can he save the Earth from total oblieration? Can he save the Guide from a hostile alien takeover? Can he save his daughter from herself?
    From the Trade Paperback edition.

  • Retells the legend of Arthur as perceived by Viviane, the Lady of the Lake and high priestess of Avalon, Arthur's mother Igraine, his Christian wife Guinevere, and the sorceress Morgaine

  • A mysterious glowing orb appears over Central Asia, ripping the Earth into conflicting eras of the past, present, and future, mingling UN peacekeepers from the year 2037 with military forces from past eras.

  • Eight hundred years have passed since King Connavar of the Rigante and his bastard son, Bane, defeated the invading army of Stone. Now the Rigante have lost the freedom and culture so many gave their lives to preserve. Only one woman remains who follows the ancient ways-the Wyrd of Wishing Tree Wood-and she alone knows the nature of the evil soon to be unleashed. But the Wyrd pins her hope on two men: a giant Rigante fighter, a man haunted by his failure to save his best friend from betrayal; and a youth whose deadly talents will earn him the rancor of the brutal Varlish. One will become the Ravenheart, an outlaw leader whose daring exploits will inspire the Rigante. The other will forge a legend-and light the fires of revolution. . . .

  • The year is 2380. The Intersolar Commonwealth, a sphere of stars some four hundred light-years in diameter, contains more than six hundred worlds, interconnected by a web of transport "tunnels" known as wormholes. At the farthest edge of the Commonwealth, astronomer Dudley Bose observes the impossible: Over one thousand light-years away, a star ... vanishes. It does not go supernova. It does not collapse into a black hole. It simply disappears. Since the location is too distant to reach by wormhole, a faster-than-light starship, the Second Chance, is dispatched to learn what has occurred and whether it represents a threat. In command is Wilson Kime, a five-time rejuvenated ex-NASA pilot whose glory days are centuries behind him. Opposed to the mission are the Guardians of Selfhood, a cult that believes the human race is being manipulated by an alien entity they call the Starflyer. Bradley Johansson, leader of the Guardians, warns of sabotage, fearing the Starflyer means to use the starship b7 ss mission for its own ends. Pursued by a Commonwealth special agent convinced the Guardians are crazy but dangerous, Johansson flees. But the danger is not averted. Aboard the Second Chance, Kime wonders if his crew has been infiltrated. Soon enough, he will have other worries. A thousand light-years away, something truly incredible is waiting: a deadly discovery whose unleashing will threaten to destroy the Commonwealth ... and humanity itself. Could it be that Johansson was right?

  • The latest test subject in a covert government experiment, abandoned six-year-old Amy is rescued by an FBI agent who hides them in the Oregon hills, from which Amy emerges a century later to save the human race from a terrifying virus.

  • NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLER T he end of the world was only the beginning. In his internationally bestselling and critically acclaimed novel The Passage, Justin Cronin constructed an unforgettable world transformed by a government experiment gone horribly wrong. Now the scope widens and the intensity deepens as the epic story surges forward . . . In the present day, as the man-made apocalypse unfolds, three strangers navigate the chaos. Lila, a doctor and an expectant mother, is so shattered by the spread of violence and infection that she continues to plan for her childs arrival even as society dissolves around her. Kittridge, known to the world as Last Stand in Denver, has been forced to flee his stronghold and is now on the road, dodging the infected, armed but alone and well aware that a tank of gas will get him only so far. April is a teenager fighting to guide her little brother safely through a landscape of death and ruin. These three will learn that they have not been fully abandoned--and that in connection lies hope, even on the darkest of nights. One hundred years in the future, Amy and the others fight on for humankinds salvation . . . unaware that the rules have changed. The enemy has evolved, and a dark new order has arisen with a vision of the future infinitely more horrifying than mans extinction. If the Twelve are to fall, one of those united to vanquish them will have to pay the ultimate price. A heart-stopping thriller rendered with masterful literary skill, The Twelve is a grand and gripping tale of sacrifice and survival. Look for the entire Passage trilogy: THE PASSAGE THE TWELVE THE CITY OF MIRRORS Praise for The Twelve [A] literary superthriller. -- The New York Times Book Review An undeniable and compelling epic . . . a complex narrative of flight and forgiveness, of great suffering and staggering loss, of terrible betrayals and incredible hope. --Milwaukee Journal Sentinel The Twelve is even better than The Passage . -- The Plain Dealer A compulsive read. --San Francisco Chronicle Gripping . . . Cronin [introduces] eerie new elements to his masterful mythology. . . . Enthralling, emotional and entertaining. --The San Diego Union-Tribune Fine storytelling. --Associated Press Cronin is one of those rare authors who works on two different levels, blending elegantly crafted literary fiction with cliff-hanging thrills. -- Fort Worth Star-Telegram

  • Refusing the throne of faerie in order to protect her unborn twins, Merry withdraws with her bodyguards to Los Angeles before encountering unexpected dangers from the factions of the faerie courts and her own worshipers. By the best-selling author of Swallowing Darkness. Reprint.

  • Skilgannon the Damned had vanished from the pages of history. Following the terrible triumph at Perapolis, the General had taken the legendary Swords of Night and Day and ridden from the lands of Naashan. No-one knew where he had gone, and the assassins sent by the Witch Queen could find no trace of his passing.

    Three years later, as a mob intent on murder gathers outside a distant monastery, they are faced by a single unarmed priest. In a few terrifying seconds their world is changed for ever, and word spreads across the lands of the East.

    Skilgannon is back.

    Now he must travel across a perilous, demon-haunted realm seeking a mysterious temple, and the ageless goddess who rules it. With assassins on his trail, and an army of murderous foes ahead, the Damned sets off on a quest to bring the dead to life. But he does not travel alone.

    The man beside him is Druss the Legend.

    In a world torn by war, White Wolf is a page-turning tale of love, betrayal and treachery, which examines the nature of heroism and friendship and the narrow lines that divide good from evil, redemption from damnation.

  • Meredith Gentry, whose rightful place on the throne of Faerie is dependent on being able to produce an heir, is overjoyed when she finds herself pregnant after many failed attempts, but her triumph is overshadowed when she discovers that she carries two babies with different fathers and the lost of her beloved Frost. Reprint.

  • A woman stumbles upon a mysterious portal that links back to the Firstborn, omnipotent beings responsible for the upheaval of history and the creators of the notorious black monolith of "2001: A Space Odyssey."

  • A mysterious glowing orb appears over Central Asia, ripping the Earth into conflicting eras of the past, present, and future, mingling UN peacekeepers from the year 2037 with military forces from past eras.

  • Sparhawk, Knight and Queen's Champion, and his companions brave untold perils as they seek the Bhelliom, a fabulous, long-lost jewel with the power to cure the poison that threatens the life of Ehlana, Queen of Elenia

  • Sparhawk, who is in possession of the magical sapphire that can help him save Queen Ehlana, must first dodge the powers of the evil god Azash

  • Luke Skywalker faces the difficult decision to destroy Darth Caedus--formerly his peace-loving nephew Jacen Solo--while Jacen's twin sister, Jaina, must fulfill her destiny as the "Sword of the Jedi," joining her parents and others on a quest to confront her brother.

  • A woman stumbles upon a mysterious portal that links back to the Firstborn, omnipotent beings responsible for the upheaval of history and the creators of the notorious black monolith of "2001: A Space Odyssey."

  • With the Jedi Knights splintered by conflict and a deadly war between the Killiks and Chiss threatening to engulf the entire galaxy, Luke Skywalker makes a desperate gamble to prevent all-out war by venturing deep into hostile territory to undermine the war-making capabilities of all the combatants. Original.

  • Follows Anakin Skywalker as he struggles with his duty as a Jedi Knight and his role as the secret husband of Senator Padmâe Amidala, and chronicles the creation of Darth Vader and the birth of Luke Skywalker and Princess Leia Organa.

  • As Jacen Solo continues his rise to power, he grows increasingly like his grandfather, Darth Vader, and his evil Sith mentor, Emperor Palpatine, until he is forced to make a horrifying choice that will change his own life and those of the Skywalker and Solo families.

  • BONUS: This edition contains an excerpt from Terry Brooks's The Measure of the Magic.
    With his groundbreaking New York Times bestseller The Sword of Shannara and its acclaimed sequels, Terry Brooks brought a new audience to epic fantasy. Then he gave the genre a darkly compelling contemporary twist in his trilogy of the Word and the Void. Last year, in Armageddons Children, Brooks undertook the stunning chronicle that united two unique worlds. Now that story of clashing forces of darkness and light, of Shannaras beginnings and the human races possible end, marches forward into an unforgettable second volume full of mystery, magic, and momentous events.
    Across the ruined landscape that is Americahopelessly poisoned, plague-ridden, burned, and besieged by demon armies bent on exterminating all mortal lifetwo pilgrims have been summoned to serve the embattled cause of good. Logan Tom has journeyed to desolate Seattle to protect a ragged band of street urchins and the being known as the gypsy morph, who is both mortal and magical, and destined to save mankind unless he is destroyed. Likewise, Angel Perez has her own quest, one that will take her from the wreckage of Los Angeles to a distant, secret place untouched by the horrors of the nationwide blighta place where the race of Elves has dwelled since before man existed. But close behind these lone Knights of the Word swarm the ravenin forces of the Void.
    As the menacing thunder of war drums heralds the arrival of the demons and their brutal minions in Seattle, the young survivors who call themselves the Ghosts are forced to brave the dangerous world of gangs, mutants, and worse to escape the invasion. And Logan Tom must infiltrate a refugee compound to rescue Hawk, the leader of the street urchins, who has yet to learn the truth about who and what he is. Meanwhile, Angel Perez has joined an equally urgent mission: to find the Ellcrys, a fabled talisman crucial to protecting the Elven realm against an influx of unspeakable evil from the dread dimension known as the Forbidding. But Angel and her Elf allies must bewarefor a demon spy, with a monstrous creature at its command, walks among them.
    As the legions of darkness draw the noose tighter, and the time of confrontation draws near, those chosen to defend the soul of the world must draw their battle lines and prepare to fight with, and for, their lives. If they fail, humanity falls.

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