Bill Bryson’s first travel book, The Lost Continent, was unanimously acclaimed as one of the funniest books in years. In Neither Here nor There he brings his unique brand of humour to bear on Europe as he shoulders his backpack, keeps a tight hold on his wallet, and journeys from Hammerfest, the northernmost town on the continent, to Istanbul on the cusp of Asia. Fluent in, oh, at least one language, he retraces his travels as a student twenty years before. Whether braving the homicidal motorists of Paris, being robbed by gypsies in Florence, attempting not to order tripe and eyeballs in a German restaurant or window-shopping in the sex shops of the Reeperbahn, Bryson takes in the sights, dissects the culture and illuminates each place and person with his hilariously caustic observations. He even goes to Liechtenstein.
Love in an exotic setting. Esty's life was laid out for her from birth. She would marry one of a handful of young men suggested to her and settle down to raise a large family in a tiny space within the closed community of her parents, near to and yet far from the modern world. But Esty has decided to risk all by escaping while she still can. Will she make it to the other side? Mark, who is struggling with his own life changes, hopes that Esty will find a way through her troubles. He is fast falling in love with her. Separately and together, in Jerusalem and London, Esty and Mark need to overcome many obstacles in their endeavour to achieve their dream. So much more than a romance. A tale of transformation.
With a pimply face and braces on his teeth, the perpetually clumsy Brendan is having a hard time at school. When he starts hearing voices and conversing with chipmunks, he thinks he can add losing his mind to his growing list of problems. Then he discovers that he's a Faerie who was lost in the human world. Now that he knows his true identity, the human disguise that has been protecting him begins to fade and a whole host of wicked creatures tries to tempt him to use his Faerie power for evil intentions. It's up to Brendan to protect the human world, and to make the ultimate choice between the family he has grown up with and his new Faerie roots.
Kim is your typical rebellious black gay nerd aspiring astrophysicist, biding her time in college until she can get to her dream job at NASA. One day, her world begins to change and it seems like she is the one who is able to change it. Just as she starts to get a handle on this new ability, she finds herself entangled with a secret cohort of students who are counting on her to help them undo a vast conspiracy to reshape the world itself.
Cat Rambo's newest collection of short fiction includes some of her best fantasy works in the same format as her previous collection, Near + Far, a la the old Ace double-sided books. Neither Here features other world fantasy while Nor There showcases alt-world fantasy, including stories from the world of her novel The Beasts of Tabat.
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Fiction. A book as beautiful and infused with longing as the landscape it depicts. Marcel Jolley is a master of desire, and his protagonists, caught between lives they can hardly tolerate and futures they can hardly envision, are as real and complicated as the people we know.