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Best Books I've Ever Read...

Saff
By Saff

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These are some of my favorite books, or more accurately put books that have stayed with me and that I re-read over and over again. 

Wuthering Heights

Part of Penguin's beautiful hardback Clothbound Classics series, designed by the award-winning Coralie Bickford-Smith, these delectable and collectible editions are bound in high-quality colourful, tactile cloth with foil stamped into the design. In a house haunted by memories, the past is everywhere ...As darkness falls, a man caught in a snowstorm is forced to shelter at the strange, grim house Wuthering Heights. It is a place he will never forget. There he will come to learn the story of Cathy: how she was forced to choose between her well-meaning husband and the dangerous man she had loved since she was young. How her choice led to betrayal and terrible revenge - and continues to torment those in the present. How love can transgress authority, convention, even death.

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Geek Love

Geek Love is the story of the Binewskis, a carny family whose mater- and paterfamilias set out-with the help of amphetamine, arsenic, and radioisotopes-to breed their own exhibit of human oddities. There';s Arturo the Aquaboy, who has flippers for limbs and a megalomaniac ambition worthy of Genghis Khan . . . Iphy and Elly, the lissome Siamese twins . . . albino hunchback Oly, and the outwardly normal Chick, whose mysterious gifts make him the family';s most precious-and dangerous-asset. As the Binewskis take their act across the backwaters of the U.S., inspiring fanatical devotion and murderous revulsion; as its members conduct their own Machiavellian version of sibling rivalry, Geek Love throws its sulfurous light on our notions of the freakish and the normal, the beautiful and the ugly, the holy and the obscene. Family values will never be the same.From the Trade Paperback edition.

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Lost Souls

In the French Quarter of New Orleans the Mardi Gras celebrations conceal a different group of pleasure-seekers. For Zillah, Molochai and Twig, the party has been going on for centuries, fuelled by sexual frenzy, green Chartreuse and innocent blood. Born in horror and brought up in suburban Maryland, Nothing has always suspected he's different from other teenagers - and when he has his first taste of human blood, he knows he is right. Ghost is the singer of the band Lost Souls. When Nothing is drawn into Zillah's fatal circle, Ghost has to decide whether to save the boy - or abandon him to his bloody birthright. "Lost Souls" is a dark, decadent and delicious work of fantasy from the mistress of modern horror.

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Neuromancer

Voyager Classics - timeless masterworks of science fiction and fantasy. A beautiful clothbound edition of Neuromancer, the most influential science fiction novel of our time. The novel that launched the cyberpunk generation, heralded the coming of the internet, and won the Hugo, Nebula and Philip K Dick awards. The Matrix: a world within a world, a graphic representation of the databanks of every computer in the human system; a consensual hallucination experienced daily by billions of legitimate users in the Sprawl alone. And by Case, computer cowboy, until his nervous system is grievously maimed by a client he double-crossed. Japanese experts in nerve splicing and microbionics have left him broke and close to dead. But at last Case has found a cure. He's going back into the system. Not for the bliss of cyberspace but to steal again, this time from the big boys, the almighty megacorps. In return, should he survive, he will stay cured.

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Do You Know What It Means To Miss New Orleans?

First two editions have done very well in greater New Orleans area, selling close to 8,000 copies. Paperback edition to feature new cover Contributors include well-known investigative journalist Jason Berry (Render Unto Rome, Vows of Silence) and popular author Toni McGee Causey (the Bobby Faye trilogy for St Martin's). Reproduction of 19th Century prints of New Orleans and high-end design give the book gift appeal. Previous editions have sold well at the Louis Armstrong International Airport. Potential sales at Jazz Fest. Because book was written immediately after Katrina hit the city, the book has an immediacy and emotion other post-Katrina books lack. Potential for college course adoption as people begin to study Katrina and its aftermath. (Book has been on syllabi at NYU, Tulane, UNO.) Paperback design will link it to the 2010 Where We Know: New Orleans as Home. Chin Music Press plans to offer boxes to put the two books together as a box set at stores that have supported the book over the years (Octavia Books, Maple Street Books, Garden District Books, etc.) Contributors include active bloggers Colleen Mondor (Chasing Ray, Bookslut), Ray Shea (Ray in Exile) and Sarah Inman (Nolafugees).

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