After his girlfriend Val leaves him and transfers to another school, lovesick college student Henry, plagued by sleepless nights and sick delusions, is kidnapped by two strangers who claim to be future versions of himself sent to help him win Val back.
In this English-language translation to the Irish modernist novel, the dead don't roll in their graves — but they certainly don't rest in peace, either. Ó Cadhain's book, told all in the dialogue of the deceased, crafts a portrait of a small town seething in resentment, regret and humor.
Keeping his deathbed promise to his father — to free the small town of Mir Ali in Pakistan's Tribal Areas from oppressors — Hayat is forced to make terrible choices during a single morning when his brother, Sikander, and his troubled wife, Mina, are taken hostage by members of the Taliban.
"Modeled on true events, The Prisoner is a fast-paced thriller that brings the byzantine politics and the moral ambiguities of justice in Pakistan to life. With a gritty authenticity based on personal experience, Omar Hamid reveals a society where corruption and extremism are commonplace, and the line between the good guys and the bad guys is never as clear as we would like."
Enduring private misery in spite of a well-appointed life in suburban Zürich with her distant Swiss banker husband and young children, Anna Benz experiments with unfulfilling hobbies before engaging in a series of surprising sexual affairs.
Gregory Bridgerton has fallen head over heels for gorgeous Hermione Watson, despite the fact she is love with another, and joins forces with Hermione's best friend, Lady Lucinda Abernathy, to stop the disastrous alliance, but love has its own way of turning everything upside down.
The rakish Duke of Hastings will stop at nothing to hold the marriagemongers and matchmakers of his town at bay, even if it means pretending to be engaged to the lovely Daphne Bridgerton, but strong feelings soon intervene on both sides of this convenient arrangement.
Inez wanders a post-pandemic world, strangely immune to disease, making her living by volunteering as a test subject. She is hired to provide genetic material to a grief-stricken, affluent mother, who lost all four of her daughters within four short weeks. This experimental genetic work is policed by a hazy network of governmental ethics committees, and threatened by the Knights of Life, religious zealots who raze the rural farms where much of this experimentation is done. When the mother backs out at the last minute, Inez is left responsible for the product, which in this case is a baby girl, Ani. The Only Ones is a time-old story about how much we love our children, however they come, as well as a sly commentary on class, politics, and the complexities of reproductive technology.
When Inspector Peter Glebsky arrives at the remote ski chalet on vacation, the last thing he intends to do is get involved in any police work. He's there to ski, drink brandy, and loaf around in blissful solitude.
But he hadn't counted on the other vacationers, an eccentric bunch including a famous hypnotist, a physicist with a penchant for gymnastic feats, a sulky teenager of indeterminate gender, and the mysterious Mr. and Mrs. Moses. And as the chalet fills up, strange things start happening—things that seem to indicate the presence of another, unseen guest. Is there a ghost on the premises? A prankster? Something more sinister? And then an avalanche blocks the mountain pass, and they're stuck.
Which is just about when they find the corpse. Meaning that Glebksy's vacation is over and he's embarked on the most unusual investigation he's ever been involved with. In fact, the further he looks into it, the more Glebsky realizes that the victim may not even be human.
The Clakker: a mechanical man, endowed with great strength and boundless stamina — but beholden to the wishes of its human masters. But one audacious Clakker, Jax, can no longer bear the bonds of his slavery. He will make a bid for freedom, and the consequences of his escape will shake the very foundations of the Brasswork Throne.