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The Big Chill

By Doug Johnstone
  • Writer : Doug Johnstone
  • Isbn : 1913193357
  • Publisher : Orenda Books
  • Number of Pages : 300
  • Category : Fiction
  • Review Counts : 602
  • Book Compatibility : Pdf, ePub, Mobi, Kindle
  • Pdf : the-big-chill.pdf

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Running private-investigator and funeral-home businesses means trouble is never far away, and the Skelf women take on their most perplexing, chilling cases yet in Book Two of the darkly funny, devastatingly tense and addictive Skelfs series! ***Longlisted for Theakston's Old Peculier Crime Novel of the Year*** 'Compelling, compassionate ... just brilliant. This series gets better with every book. I cannot get enough of the Skelfs' Mark Billingham 'Brilliantly drawn and blackly comic' Herald Scotland 'Confirms the Skelfs as a classic crime clan. I can't wait for the next one' Erin Kelly 'I LOVE the Skelfs ... The only problem with The Big Chill is that you'll devour it so fast you'll feel as bereft as one of the Skelfs' clients. Doug Johnstone has murdered sleep' Val McDermid ____________________ Haunted by their past, the Skelf women are hoping for a quieter life. But running both a funeral directors' and a private investigation business means trouble is never far away, and when a car crashes into the open grave at a funeral that matriarch Dorothy is conducting, she can't help looking into the dead driver's shadowy life. While Dorothy uncovers a dark truth at the heart of Edinburgh society, her daughter Jenny and granddaughter Hannah have their own struggles. Jenny's ex-husband Craig is making plans that could shatter the Skelf women's lives, and the increasingly obsessive Hannah has formed a friendship with an elderly professor that is fast turning deadly. But something even more sinister emerges when a drumming student of Dorothy's disappears and suspicion falls on her parents. The Skelf women find themselves sucked into an unbearable darkness – but could the real threat be to themselves? Following three women as they deal with the dead, help the living and find out who they are in the process, The Big Chill follows A Dark Matter, book one in the Skelfs series, which reboots the classic PI novel while asking the big existential questions, all with a big dose of pitch-black humour. ____________________ 'Exceptional ... Johnstone seamlessly presents their stories with depth, elegance, and a delicate touch of wry humor as they get difficult jobs done with grace and kindness. This is a must for those seeking strong, authentic, intelligent female protagonists' Publishers Weekly 'Emotionally complex, richly layered and darkly funny. An addictive blend of Case Histories and Six Feet Under' Chris Brookmyre 'Johnstone's intuitive depiction of this trinity of resilient women is never less than flawless, in this tale punctuated by emotional depth and moments of dark humour...' Raven Crime Reads Praise for The Skelfs series ***Longlisted for the McIlvanney Prize for Best Scottish Crime Book of the Year*** 'An engrossing and beautifully written tale that bears all the Doug Johnstone hallmarks in its warmth and darkly comic undertones' Herald Scotland 'Gripping and blackly humorous' Observer 'This dark but touching thriller makes for a thoroughly enjoyable slice of Edinburgh noir' Mary Paulson-Ellis 'This enjoyable mystery is also a touching and often funny portrayal of grief, as the three tough but tender main characters pick up the pieces and carry on: more, please' Guardian 'A tense ride strong, believable cha

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  • Publisher : Cavendish Square Publishing, LLC
  • Isbn Code : 1502628139
  • Number of Pages : 232
  • Category : Juvenile Nonfiction
  • Reviews : 559
  • Pdf File: life-and-the-universe.pdf

Book Excerpt:

As astronomers and physicists develop a more detailed map of the universe, questions abound. What (and who) is beyond Earth and our solar system? This bright book explains the origins of the universe, its development, and scientists' predictions for its future. Related concepts like the possibility of time travel and alien encounters are examined critically so that readers can develop informed opinions and understand what is known and what is left to explore.

Music Festivals and the Politics of Participation

By Roxy Robinson
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  • Publisher : Routledge
  • Isbn Code : 131709199X
  • Number of Pages : 227
  • Category : Music
  • Reviews : 355
  • Pdf File: music-festivals-and-the-politics-of-participation.pdf

Book Excerpt:

The spread of UK music festivals has exploded since 2000. In this major contribution to cultural studies, the lid is lifted on the contemporary festival scene. Gone are the days of a handful of formulaic, large events dominating the market place. Across the country, hundreds of ’boutique’ gatherings have popped up, drawing hundreds of thousands of festival-goers into the fields. Why has this happened? What has led to this change? In her richly detailed study, industry insider Dr Roxy Robinson uncovers the dynamics that have led to the formation and evolution of the modern festival scene. Tracing the history of the culture as far back as the fifties, this book examines the tensions between authenticity and commerce as festivals grew into a widespread, professionalized industry. Setting the scene as a fragmented, yet highly competitive market, Music Festivals and the Politics of Participation examines the emergence of key trends with a focus on surrealist production and popular theatricality. For the first time, the transatlantic relationship between British promoters and the social experiment-come-festival Burning Man is documented, uncovering its role in promoting a politics of participation that has dramatically altered the festival experience. Taking an in-depth approach to examining key events, including the fastest growing independent music festival in recent years (Hampshire’s BoomTown Fair) the UK market is shown to have produced a scene that champions co-production and the democratization of festival space. This is a vital text for anyone interested in British culture.

Open With Care

By Genie Davis,Pauline Baird Jones
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  • Publisher : Pauline Baird Jones
  • Isbn Code : 1942583109
  • Number of Pages : 177
  • Category : Fiction
  • Reviews : 410
  • Pdf File: open-with-care.pdf

Book Excerpt:

Unexpected guests come bearing gifts. This interstellar Christmas will be one for the ages… Gini won't let her bickering family or the incoming blizzard dampen her holiday spirits. But nothing could prepare her for the uninvited houseguests. She's not sure if she's ready to exchange gifts with the man who broke her heart or the little green aliens on the roof. But the intergalactic visitors have a gift for Gini… a taste of the youth and love she left behind… Jane MacKenzie has never opened a Christmas gift that transformed her world. At least, not until she accidentally opens a box to find a man who was lost in a blizzard over 100 years ago. Jane isn't sure how to handle the strange visitor and his otherworldly agreement… But the Christmastime encounter may just open her heart to a love that can stand the test of time. Open With Care contains two sci-fi romances inspired by the spirit of gift giving. If you like simmering chemistry, snowy Wyoming settings, and family drama, then you'll love Genie Davis and Pauline Baird Jones' festive story set. Buy Open With Care today to discover why love isn't alien on Christmas!

The Real Dragon and Other Short Stories

By Pauline Baird Jones
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  • Publisher : Pauline Baird Jones
  • Isbn Code : 1942583451
  • Number of Pages :
  • Category : Fiction
  • Reviews : 207
  • Pdf File: the-real-dragon-and-other-short-stories.pdf

Book Excerpt:

Mayhem, romance and adventure runs through them… Together for the first time in one volume, Pauline Baird Jones’ science fiction romance short stories (with a little bit of steampunk swirled into some of them just for fun). Join Emma as she tries to puzzle out the mystery of her past, with a little help from her (mysteriously returned and talking) bearded dragon. Journey to Nebula Nine Station with Special Temporal Agent, Jane Jones, as she works with the handsome security chief to prevent a tragedy. Take a leap into the past with Prudence Pinkerton and sort out the mystery of the specters in the storm. Find out why going home for the holidays isn’t all cookies and eggnog. Dive into the two Project Enterprise short stories—a murder mystery with an alien twist, and join Ani as she faces down an automaton outlaw gang in old time Texas. And as a bonus for buying this digital collection, fall into a time trap with Briggs (from The Key and Girl Gone Nova), Madison, and the mysterious Sir Rupert. Pauline Baird Jones is known for writing smart, quirky, funny fiction. Grab your copy of this collection today!

Mysteries of the Universe

By Peter Altman
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  • Publisher : Jaico Publishing House
  • Isbn Code : 9389305683
  • Number of Pages : 320
  • Category : Science
  • Reviews : 368
  • Pdf File: mysteries-of-the-universe.pdf

Book Excerpt:

Answerable and Unanswerable Questions Does alien life exist? Is time travel possible? How did the Universe begin and how will it end? Is the future pre-determined? These are just some of the fascinating questions posed in this book which stretches across physics, the life sciences and cosmology. Each chapter considers a separate question and ends with either an answer or, if there is insufficient evidence, a ‘best guess’ answer. For every question addressed here—be it time travel, multiple universes, intergalactic travel, or the end of the world—the author has tried to exhaust all possibilities before arriving at a conclusion. Everyone will have their own opinion but one thing is certain— Mysteries of the Universe will fascinate, educate, and stimulate. DR PETER ALTMAN trained as a biochemist and now works as a science writer and speaker. His areas of special interest include cosmology, biochemistry and photography. He is the Founder and Chairman of the Bricket Wood Science Group and a member of the Magic Circle in London. I really like the premise of this book… The questions are just those that a lay person wants the answers to and the division into answerable and unanswerable makes a distinction that is not always apparent. ANDREW NORTON, Professor of Astrophysics Education, The Open University, UK

Armageddon Now

By Jim Willis,Barbara Willis
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  • Publisher : Visible Ink Press
  • Isbn Code : 1578592445
  • Number of Pages : 464
  • Category : History
  • Reviews : 238
  • Pdf File: armageddon-now.pdf

Book Excerpt:

Mining the religious and secular divide, this book examines the history of apocalyptic beliefs. It explains the various omens and prophecies as well as the actual events that may trigger the end, such as collisions with asteroids, nuclear war, the oil crisis, global warming, and famine. It also discusses the long history on the end of history.

The March of Time

By Friedel Weinert
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  • Publisher : Springer Science & Business Media
  • Isbn Code : 3642353479
  • Number of Pages : 284
  • Category : Science
  • Reviews : 978
  • Pdf File: the-march-of-time.pdf

Book Excerpt:

The aim of this interdisciplinary study is to reconstruct the evolution of our changing conceptions of time in the light of scientific discoveries. It will adopt a new perspective and organize the material around three central themes, which run through our history of time reckoning: cosmology and regularity; stasis and flux; symmetry and asymmetry. It is the physical criteria that humans choose – relativistic effects and time-symmetric equations or dynamic-kinematic effects and asymmetric conditions – that establish our views on the nature of time. This book will defend a dynamic rather than a static view of time.

Canada's Best Features

By Eugene P. Walz
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  • Publisher : Rodopi
  • Isbn Code : 9789042015982
  • Number of Pages : 383
  • Category : Literary Criticism
  • Reviews : 700
  • Pdf File: canada-s-best-features.pdf

Book Excerpt:

Long recognized for outstanding National Film Board documentaries and innovative animated movies, Canada has recently emerged from the considerable shadow of the Hollywood elephant with a series of feature films that have captured the attention of audiences around the world. This is the first anthology to focus on Canada's feature films - those acknowledged as its very best. With essays by senior academics and leading scholars from across the country as well as some fresh new voices, Canada's Best Features offers penetrating analyses of fifteen award-winning films. Internationally acclaimed directors David Cronenberg, Atom Egoyan, Denys Arcand, and Claude Jutra are represented here. Noteworthy films include Mon oncle Antoine, often cited as Canada's number one film of all time, such Cannes Festival favourites as Le déclin de l'empire américain and Exotica, and cult films Careful by Guy Maddin and Masala by Srinivas Krishna. The essays offer the latest word on these films and filmmakers, done from a variety of perspectives. Some of the films have never been examined in-depth before. Complete filmographies and bibliographies accompany each essay. A contextualizing introduction by Professor Gene Walz provides the necessary overview. An annotated bibliography of books on the Canadian film industry completes this impressive package.

Universe

By DK
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  • Publisher : Penguin
  • Isbn Code : 0744036534
  • Number of Pages : 528
  • Category : Science
  • Reviews : 636
  • Pdf File: universe.pdf

Book Excerpt:

Marvel at the wonders of the universe, from stars and planets to black holes and nebulae, in this exploration of our solar system and beyond. Universe opens with a look at astronomy and the history of the Universe, using 3D artworks to provide a comprehensive grounding in the fundamental concepts of astronomy, including the basic techniques of practical astronomy. The core of the book is a tour of the cosmos covering the Solar System, the Milky Way, and galaxies beyond our own. Explanatory pages introduce different celestial phenomena, such as galaxies, and are followed by catalogs that profile the most interesting and important examples. A comprehensive star atlas completes the picture, with entries on each of the 88 constellations and a monthly sky guide showing the night sky as it appears throughout the year as viewed from both the northern and southern hemispheres.

The War Veteran in Film

By Emmett Early
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  • Publisher : McFarland
  • Isbn Code : 9780786483396
  • Number of Pages : 296
  • Category : Performing Arts
  • Reviews : 818
  • Pdf File: the-war-veteran-in-film.pdf

Book Excerpt:

Movies have provided a record of the war veteran as he was viewed within his own culture and within the culture in which the movies were produced. Thus, movies account for a significant portion of what people "know" about the war veteran and how he fared during and after the war. In this book, the author examines 125 movies from the classical era to the 20th century that feature the war veteran. The author provides commentary on specific categories the films can be organized into and notes similarities between films produced in different periods. The categories deal with the wounded veteran returning home (e.g., The Sun Also Rises, The Best Years of Our Lives, Born on the Fourth of July, The Manchurian Candidate); the veteran struggling with guilt, revenge and post-traumatic stress disorder (Anatomy of a Murder, Lethal Weapon, Desert Bloom, In Country, Jacob's Ladder); the war veteran returning in disguise (Ulysses, Ivanhoe, The Seventh Seal, The Man in the Gray Flannel Suit); the war veteran as a social symbol (Dances with Wolves, Gosford Park, The Legend of Bagger Vance, The Big Chill, Gods and Monsters, Cornered); the war veteran in action (The Born Losers, Conspiracy Theory, She Wore a Yellow Ribbon, Saint Jack, Looking for Mr. Goodbar); and the war veteran before, during and after the war (The Deer Hunter, Forrest Gump).

Risky Business

By R. Serge Denisoff,William D. Romanowski
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  • Publisher : Transaction Publishers
  • Isbn Code : 141283337X
  • Number of Pages : 801
  • Category : Social Science
  • Reviews : 551
  • Pdf File: risky-business.pdf

Book Excerpt:

The role of motion pictures in the popularity of rock music became increasingly significant in the latter twentieth century. Rock music and its interaction with film is the subject of this significant book that re-examines and extends Serge Denisoff’s pioneering observations of this relationship. Prior to Saturday Night Fever rock music had a limited role in the motion picture business. That movie’s success, and the success of its soundtrack, began to change the silver screen. In 1983, with Flashdance, the situation drastically evolved and by 1984, ten soundtracks, many in the pop/rock genre, were certified platinum. Choosing which rock scores to discuss in this book was a challenging task. The authors made selections from seminal films such as The Graduate, Easy Rider, American Grafitti, Saturday Night Fever, Help!, and Dirty Dancing. However, many productions of the period are significant not because of their success, but because of their box office and record store failures. Risky Business chronicles the interaction of two major mediums of mass culture in the latter twentieth century. This book is essential for those interested in communications, popular culture, and social change.

From the Big Bang to the Big Crunch and Everything in Between

By Vlad Van Rosenthal, MD
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  • Publisher : iUniverse
  • Isbn Code : 1462016995
  • Number of Pages : 216
  • Category : Science
  • Reviews : 375
  • Pdf File: from-the-big-bang-to-the-big-crunch-and-everything-in-between.pdf

Book Excerpt:

In our passionate curiosity to unravel the mysteries of the world, life, and the universe, humans have contrived numerous theories, both scientific and religious, with each claiming more relevance than the last. Despite all of these influential postulates, however, the real truth remains obscured to us, as it likely will until the moment of our eventual extinction. In From the Big Bang to the Big Crunch and Everything in Between: A Simplified Look at a Not-So-Simple Universe, Dr. Vlad Van Rosenthal explores the subjects made complex by science and religion—those concerning our planet, our solar system, and our civilization. Van Rosenthal’s compelling and accessible style introduces us to the fundamental explanations of the origin and future of our universe and of human life. From the cataclysmic explosion at the beginning to the one at the end—either from asteroids colliding with the earth, the nuclear explosion of nearby stars, or the fatal swelling of our own sun—we are a unique species on an unique planet that has most likely seen numerous civilizations and will hopefully see many more. We are all invited to form and debate our own perspectives on the earth, time, and space, for we are truly beholden to no one’s mind but our own.

Morning in America

By Gil Troy
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  • Publisher : Princeton University Press
  • Isbn Code : 1400849306
  • Number of Pages : 448
  • Category : History
  • Reviews : 942
  • Pdf File: morning-in-america.pdf

Book Excerpt:

Did America's fortieth president lead a conservative counterrevolution that left liberalism gasping for air? The answer, for both his admirers and his detractors, is often "yes." In Morning in America, Gil Troy argues that the Great Communicator was also the Great Conciliator. His pioneering and lively reassessment of Ronald Reagan's legacy takes us through the 1980s in ten year-by-year chapters, integrating the story of the Reagan presidency with stories of the decade's cultural icons and watershed moments-from personalities to popular television shows. One such watershed moment was the 1984 Los Angeles Olympics. With the trauma of Vietnam fading, the triumph of America's 1983 invasion of tiny Grenada still fresh, and a reviving economy, Americans geared up for a festival of international harmony that-spurred on by an entertainment-focused news media, corporate sponsors, and the President himself-became a celebration of the good old U.S.A. At the Games' opening, Reagan presided over a thousand-voice choir, a 750-member marching band, and a 90,000-strong teary-eyed audience singing "America the Beautiful!" while waving thousands of flags. Reagan emerges more as happy warrior than angry ideologue, as a big-picture man better at setting America's mood than implementing his program. With a vigorous Democratic opposition, Reagan's own affability, and other limiting factors, the eighties were less counterrevolutionary than many believe. Many sixties' innovations went mainstream, from civil rights to feminism. Reagan fostered a political culture centered on individualism and consumption-finding common ground between the right and the left. Written with verve, Morning in America is both a major new look at one of America's most influential modern-day presidents and the definitive story of a decade that continues to shape our times.

Anxiety Muted

By Stanley C. Pelkey,Anthony Bushard
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  • Publisher : Oxford University Press
  • Isbn Code : 0199936161
  • Number of Pages : 336
  • Category : Music
  • Reviews : 498
  • Pdf File: anxiety-muted.pdf

Book Excerpt:

The most familiar entertainment icons and storylines from the 1950s and 60s remain potent signs that continue to resonate within contemporary American society and culture. Both the political Left and Right invoke the events and memories of those decades, celebrating or condemning the competing social forces embodied in and unleashed during those years. In recent decades, the entertainment industry has capitalized on this trend with films and television shows that take a look back on the 1950s and 1960s with a mixture of nostalgia and criticism. Anxiety Muted: American Film Music in a Suburban Age explores how the central concerns of the Fifties and Sixties--and resulting treatment in the motion picture media--can be examined and understood through the music of the time period. With its focus on soundtrack and scoring, the book demonstrates that specific television shows and films offer a more nuanced vision of community and conformity than is usually recognized, revealing much about our own current social anxieties.