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The Tripods Collection
  • Author : John Christopher
  • Publisher : Aladdin
  • Pages : 1088
  • ISBN : 1481415050
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  • Genre : Juvenile Fiction
  • The Tripods’ rule is complete: the classic alien trilogy and its prequel are now available in a collectible paperback boxed set. In Will’s world, everything is controlled by the Tripods—huge, three-legged machines that descended upon Earth long ago. Most people unquestioningly accept the Tripods’ power, but Will is not most people. Journey with him in this collection of all four books in John Christopher’s beloved classic sci-fi dystopian series, now available as a paperback boxed set. Includes: The White Mountains The City of Gold and Lead The Pool of Fire When the Tripods Came

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    The White Mountains
  • Author : John Christopher
  • Publisher : Simon and Schuster
  • Pages : 272
  • ISBN : 9781481414777
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  • Genre : Juvenile Fiction
  • Young Will Parker and his companions make a perilous journey toward an outpost of freedom where they hope to escape from the ruling Tripods, who capture mature human beings and make them docile, obedient servants.

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    When the Tripods Came
  • Author : John Christopher
  • Publisher : Simon and Schuster
  • Pages : 160
  • ISBN : 9781481409131
  • Reader Reviews : 7
  • Genre : Juvenile Fiction
  • Experience the beginning of the Tripods’ reign in this prequel to the classic alien trilogy ideal for fans of Rick Yancey’s The 5th Wave and Margaret Peterson Haddix’s Shadow Children series. When it comes to alien invasions, bad things come in threes. Three landings: one in England, one in Russia, and one in the United States. Three long legs, crushing everything in their paths, with three metallic arms, snacking out to embrace—and then discard—their helpless victims. Three evil beings, called Tripods, which will change life on Earth forever.

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    The Tripods Trilogy
  • Author : John Christopher
  • Publisher : MacMillan Publishing Company
  • Pages : 224
  • ISBN : 0020425716
  • Reader Reviews : 2
  • Genre : Science fiction.
  • Three stories recount a gripping science fiction saga of alien invaders on Earth, describing the earthlings' battle to save their own precious freedom.

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    When the Tripods Came
  • Author : John Christopher
  • Publisher : Aladdin
  • Pages : 240
  • ISBN : 148141481X
  • Reader Reviews : 7
  • Genre : Juvenile Fiction
  • Experience the beginning of the Tripods’ reign in this prequel to the classic alien trilogy ideal for fans of Rick Yancey’s The 5th Wave and Margaret Peterson Haddix’s Shadow Children series. When it comes to alien invasions, bad things come in threes. Three landings: one in England, one in Russia, and one in the United States. Three long legs, crushing everything in their paths, with three metallic arms, snacking out to embrace—and then discard—their helpless victims. Three evil beings, called Tripods, which will change life on Earth forever.

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    The Pool of Fire
  • Author : John Christopher
  • Publisher : Simon and Schuster
  • Pages : 160
  • ISBN : 9781481409148
  • Reader Reviews : 9
  • Genre : Juvenile Fiction
  • Will must defeat the Tripods once and for all in this third book of a classic alien trilogy ideal for fans of Rick Yancey’s The 5th Wave and Margaret Peterson Haddix’s Shadow Children series. After being held captive in the City of Gold and Lead—the capital, where the creatures that control the mechanical, monstrous Tripods live—Will believes that he’s learned everything he needs to know to destroy them. He has discovered the source of their power, and with this new knowledge, Will and his friends plan to return to the City of Gold and Lead to take down the Masters once and for all. Although Will and his friends have planned everything down to the minute, the Masters still have surprises in store. And with the Masters’ plan to destroy Earth completely, Will may have just started the war that will end it all.

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    The City of Gold and Lead
  • Author : John Christopher
  • Publisher : Aladdin
  • Pages : 304
  • ISBN : 1481414755
  • Reader Reviews : 10
  • Genre : Juvenile Fiction
  • Will and his friends return to the City of the Tripods—and risk their lives—in this second book of a classic alien trilogy ideal for fans of Rick Yancey’s The 5th Wave and Margaret Peterson Haddix’s Shadow Children series. When Will and his friends arrived at the White Mountains, they thought everything would be okay. They’d found a safe haven where the mechanical monsters called Tripods could not find them. But once there, they wonder about the world around them and how they are faring against the machines. In order to save everyone else, Will and his friends want to take down the Tripods once and for all. That means journeying to the Tripod capital: the City of Gold and Lead. Although the journey will be difficult, the real danger comes once Will is inside the city, where Tripods roam freely and humans are even more enslaved than they are on the outside. Without anyone to help him, Will must learn the secrets of the Tripods—and how to take them down—before they figure out that he’s a spy…and he can only pretend to be brainwashed for so long.

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    The War of the Worlds
  • Author : H. G. Wells
  • Publisher : First Avenue Editions ™
  • Pages : 206
  • ISBN : 9781467776219
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  • Genre : Fiction
  • When a meteorite lands in Surrey, the locals don't know what to make of it. But as Martians emerge and begin killing bystanders, it quickly becomes clear—England is under attack. Armed soldiers converge on the scene to ward off the invaders, but meanwhile, more Martian cylinders land on Earth, bringing reinforcements. As war breaks out across England, the locals must fight for their lives, but life on Earth will never be the same. This is an unabridged version of one of the first fictional accounts of extraterrestrial invasion. H. G. Wells's military science fiction novel was first published in book form in 1898, and is considered a classic of English literature.

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    The City of Gold and Lead
  • Author : John Christopher
  • Publisher : Simon and Schuster
  • Pages : 224
  • ISBN : 9781481409124
  • Reader Reviews : 10
  • Genre : Juvenile Fiction
  • Will and his friends return to the City of the Tripods—and risk their lives—in this second book of a classic alien trilogy ideal for fans of Rick Yancey’s The 5th Wave and Margaret Peterson Haddix’s Shadow Children series. When Will and his friends arrived at the White Mountains, they thought everything would be okay. They’d found a safe haven where the mechanical monsters called Tripods could not find them. But once there, they wonder about the world around them and how they are faring against the machines. In order to save everyone else, Will and his friends want to take down the Tripods once and for all. That means journeying to the Tripod capital: the City of Gold and Lead. Although the journey will be difficult, the real danger comes once Will is inside the city, where Tripods roam freely and humans are even more enslaved than they are on the outside. Without anyone to help him, Will must learn the secrets of the Tripods—and how to take them down—before they figure out that he’s a spy…and he can only pretend to be brainwashed for so long.

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    The Tripods Boxed Set
  • Author : John Christopher
  • Publisher : Simon & Schuster
  • Pages : 656
  • ISBN : 068900852X
  • Reader Reviews :
  • Genre : Juvenile Fiction
  • The Tripod trilogy and its prequel--The White Mountains, When the Tripods Came, The City of Gold and Lead, and The Pool of Fire--are boxed in this collection of tales about the mysterious visitors from outer space who take over the Earth. Original.

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    The Cultural Gutter
  • Author : Carol Borden,Chris Szego,Ian Driscoll
  • Publisher : Lulu.com
  • Pages : 218
  • ISBN : 9780557958399
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  • Genre : Education
  • Science fiction, fantasy, comics, romance, genre movies, games all drain into the Cultural Gutter, a website dedicated to thoughtful articles about disreputable art-media and genres that are a little embarrassing. Irredeemable. Worthy of Note, but rolling like errant pennies back into the gutter. The Cultural Gutter is dangerous because we have a philosophy. We try to balance enthusiasm with clear-eyed, honest engagement with the material and with our readers. This book expands on our mission with 10 articles each from science fiction/fantasy editor James Schellenberg, comics editor and publisher Carol Borden, romance editor Chris Szego, screen editor Ian Driscoll and founding editor and former games editor Jim Munroe.

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    The Death of Grass
  • Author : John Christopher
  • Publisher : Penguin UK
  • Pages : 208
  • ISBN : 9780141192017
  • Reader Reviews : 28
  • Genre : Fiction
  • A thought experiment in future-shock survivalism' Robert MacFarlane 'Gripping ... of all science fiction's apocalypses, this is one of the most haunting' Financial Times WITH AN INTRODUCTION BY ROBERT MACFARLANE A post-apocalyptic vision of the world pushed to the brink by famine, John Christopher's science fiction masterpiece The Death of Grass includes an introduction by Robert MacFarlane in Penguin Modern Classics. At first the virus wiping out grass and crops is of little concern to John Custance. It has decimated Asia, causing mass starvation and riots, but Europe is safe and a counter-virus is expected any day. Except, it turns out, the governments have been lying to their people. When the deadly disease hits Britain, society starts to descend into barbarism. As John and his family try to make it across country to the safety of his brother's farm in a hidden valley, their humanity is tested to its very limits. A chilling psychological thriller and one of the greatest post-apocalyptic novels ever written, The Death of Grass shows people struggling to hold on to their identities as the familiar world disintegrates - and the terrible price they must pay for surviving. John Christopher (1922-2012) was the pen name of Samuel Youd, a prolific writer of science fiction. His novels were popular during the 1950s and 1960s, most notably The Death Of Grass (1956), The World in Winter (1962), and Wrinkle in the Skin (1965), all works depicting ordinary people struggling in the midst of apocalyptic catastrophes. In 1966 he started writing science-fiction for adolescents; The Tripods trilogy, the Prince in Waiting trilogy (also known as the Sword of the Spirits trilogy) and The Lotus Caves are still widely read today. Ifyou enjoyed The Death of Grass, you might like John Wyndham's The Day of the Triffids, also available in Penguin Modern Classics.

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    The Guardians
  • Author : John Christopher
  • Publisher : Simon and Schuster
  • Pages : 288
  • ISBN : 9781481418362
  • Reader Reviews : 3
  • Genre : Juvenile Fiction
  • In a world where two nations rule all, Rob must find a way to live among them both in this futuristic story from the author of the Tripods series. In the future, the world has been divided into two societies. One is the Conurb—a sprawling, modern city where technology rules and people live with only the bare minimum they need to survive. The other is the County—a land of green fields and beautiful mansions, where the people have turned back the clock to a pristine past. Rob has always lived in the Conurb, but after he is sent to a terrible boarding school, he decides his only option is to take a chance and cross the Barrier into the unknown world of the County. There he meets another boy who introduces Rob to the very different society, and all the wondrous things that come with it. But even though Rob wants to believe that the County is a utopia, he begins to learn about the darkness that lurks beneath the smiles of his new family and friends. And when sinister secrets are revealed, Rob is forced to make a choice: stay in the County, where everything is a perfect lie, or return to the Conurb, where life is hard, horrible, and real.

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    Dragon Dance
  • Author : John Christopher
  • Publisher : Simon and Schuster
  • Pages : 224
  • ISBN : 9781481420167
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  • Genre : Juvenile Fiction
  • Two and a half years have elapsed since Brad and Simon went through the fireball. Since then they have travelled more than 8000 km from their starting point. Now, captured by Chinese slavers, the two boys are taken from California to China where they find a nation torn apart by civil war. They learn about the power of the Mind, with its creation of illusions, and finally discover the secret of the fireball itself. Faced with a decision which will affect their whole lives, what will they do? Will they return to their own world, or will they venture on into the unknown?

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    The Prince in Waiting
  • Author : John Christopher
  • Publisher : Simon and Schuster
  • Pages : 272
  • ISBN : 9781481419918
  • Reader Reviews : 2
  • Genre : Juvenile Fiction
  • Upon his father's death, thirteen-year-old Luke becomes the ruler of a primitive future world.

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    Fireball
  • Author : John Christopher
  • Publisher : Simon and Schuster
  • Pages : 256
  • ISBN : 9781481420112
  • Reader Reviews : 1
  • Genre : Juvenile Fiction
  • Two cousins are thrust into a parallel reality when they travel through time and fire in the first book of the alternative history Fireball Trilogy, from critically acclaimed Tripods author John Christopher. Simon and his cousin Brad hadn’t wanted to spend the summer together. And the quiet London suburb where Simon lived was the last place they expected anything unusual to happen. Then the fireball came. The huge whirling ball of light was like nothing the boys had ever seen before—and they felt compelled to investigate. They awoke in a world where everything had changed. It’s still England...but an England terrifyingly different from the one they had left behind. They passed through the fireball, and now they will have to learn to survive in the fascinatingly strange world on the other side…

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    The Tripods
  • Author : John Christopher
  • Publisher : N.a
  • Pages : 656
  • ISBN : 0689027737
  • Reader Reviews :
  • Genre : Juvenile Fiction
  • Fourteen-year-old Laurie and his family attempt to flee England when the Tripods descend from outer space and begin brainwashing everyone with their hypnotic Caps.

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    The Tripods Attack!
  • Author : John McNichol
  • Publisher : N.a
  • Pages : 370
  • ISBN : 0999170600
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  • Genre : Young Adult Fiction
  • Sci/fi fantasy that features a fictional Gilbert Chesterton battling an alien invasion. The story includes many references to other literary and real characters as the author weaves a fantastical and imaginative story.

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    A Wrinkle in the Skin
  • Author : John Christopher
  • Publisher : Wildside Press LLC
  • Pages : 254
  • ISBN : 9781587152351
  • Reader Reviews : 4
  • Genre : Fiction
  • "A massive series of powerful earthquakes on a worldwide scale reduce towns and cities to rubble and plunge the survivors into barbarism. Most of western Europe is dramatically uplifted, transforming the English Channel into a muddy desert, while elsewhere lands are plunged below sealevel and flooded. The protagonist is Matthew Cotter, a Guernsey horticulturalist who finds himself one of only a handful of survivors on the former island. Cotter decides to trek across the empty seabed to England, in the faint hope that his daughter has somehow survived. He finds the situation on the former mainland has descended to barbarism, with competing bands of scavengers preying on survivors. He and his companion, a young boy, finally make their way to the borders of Sussex, where his daughter was staying, only to discover that the land has slipped beneath the sea. Cotter, along with some survivors from the mainland, eventually returns to Guernsey."--Wikipedia.

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    The Day of the Triffids
  • Author : John Wyndham
  • Publisher : Rosetta Books
  • Pages : 189
  • ISBN : 9780795312113
  • Reader Reviews : 5
  • Genre : Fiction
  • The classic postapocalyptic thriller with “all the reality of a vividly realized nightmare” (The Times, London). Triffids are odd, interesting little plants that grow in everyone’s garden. Triffids are no more than mere curiosities—until an event occurs that alters human life forever. What seems to be a spectacular meteor shower turns into a bizarre, green inferno that blinds everyone and renders humankind helpless. What follows is even stranger: spores from the inferno cause the triffids to suddenly take on a life of their own. They become large, crawling vegetation, with the ability to uproot and roam about the country, attacking humans and inflicting pain and agony. William Masen somehow managed to escape being blinded in the inferno, and now after leaving the hospital, he is one of the few survivors who can see. And he may be the only one who can save his species from chaos and eventual extinction . . . With more than a million copies sold, The Day of the Triffids is a landmark of speculative fiction, and “an outstanding and entertaining novel” (Library Journal). “A thoroughly English apocalypse, it rivals H. G. Wells in conveying how the everyday invaded by the alien would feel. No wonder Stephen King admires Wyndham so much.” —Ramsey Campbell, author of The Overnight “One of my all-time favorite novels. It’s absolutely convincing, full of little telling details, and that sweet, warm sensation of horror and mystery.” —Joe R. Lansdale, author of Edge of Dark Water

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    The Lotus Caves
  • Author : John Christopher
  • Publisher : Simon and Schuster
  • Pages : 288
  • ISBN : 9781481418393
  • Reader Reviews : 2
  • Genre : Juvenile Fiction
  • Two boys discover a series of caverns underneath their moon colony home in this futuristic story from the author of the Tripods series. Marty and Steve may live on the moon, but that doesn’t mean they don’t want to get away every once in a while. So when Steve makes the suggestion to skip school and take a lunar car out to explore the moon’s surface like real astronauts, Marty thinks it’s a great idea. But the fun quickly ends when the lunar car crashes, stranding Marty and Steve beneath the moon’s surface. There, in a bizarre, cave, Marty and Steve find the unexpected: a world filled with various plants, food, and life…including a man who supposedly went missing more than one hundred years before. The boys think that they’ve found the most wonderful place in the galaxy…but they soon learn that the joy comes with a price. The strange creature that is keeping them alive also wants to control them, and when Marty and Steve decide that they want to leave, the creature might have something else in mind.

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    Behind the Bedroom Wall
  • Author : Laura E. Williams
  • Publisher : Milkweed Editions
  • Pages : 184
  • ISBN : 9781571318268
  • Reader Reviews : 6
  • Genre : Juvenile Fiction
  • It's 1942. Thirteen-year-old Korinna Rehme is an active member of her local Jungmadel, a Nazi youth group, along with many of her friends. She believes that Hitler is helping Germany by instituting a program to deal with what he calls the "Jewish problem," a program that she witnesses as her Jewish neighbors are attacked and taken from their homes. Korinna's parents, however, are members of a secret underground group providing a means of escape to the Jews of their city. Korinna is shocked to discover that they are hiding a refugee family behind the wall of her bedroom. But as she comes to know the family, her sympathies begin to turn. When someone tips off the Gestapo, loyalties are put to the test and Korinna must decide what she really believes and whom she really trusts. Filled with adventure, Behind the Bedroom Wall helps readers understand the forces that drove so many to turn on their neighbors and the courage that allowed some to resist.

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    Beyond the Burning Lands
  • Author : John Christopher
  • Publisher : Simon and Schuster
  • Pages : 272
  • ISBN : 9781481419949
  • Reader Reviews : 1
  • Genre : Juvenile Fiction
  • After his danger-filled quest for the fabled city of Khan Gothlen, Luke, as the Prince in Waiting, returns home to Winchester to find he is threatened by treachery.

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    The Possessors
  • Author : John Christopher
  • Publisher : Syle Press
  • Pages : 242
  • ISBN : 1911410024
  • Reader Reviews : 1
  • Genre : Fiction
  • When the storm rages and the avalanche cuts off power and phone lines, no one in the chalet is particularly bothered. There are kerosene lamps, a well-stocked bar and food supplies more than adequate to last them till the road to Nidenhaut can be opened up. They're on holiday after all, and once the weather clears they can carry on skiing. They do not know, then, that deep within the Swiss Alps, something alien has stirred: an invasion so sly it can only be detected by principled reasoning. The Possessors had a long memory ... For aeons which were now uncountable their life had been bound up with the evanescent lives of the Possessed. Without them, they could not act or think, but through them they were the masters of this cold world.

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    New Found Land
  • Author : John Christopher
  • Publisher : Simon and Schuster
  • Pages : 224
  • ISBN : 9781481420143
  • Reader Reviews : 1
  • Genre : Juvenile Fiction
  • Traveling through time was just the beginning—now Simon and Brad have to survive a reimagined early America in the second book of the alternative history Fireball trilogy, from critically acclaimed Tripods author John Christopher. When Simon and Brad were caught in the mysterious fireball and transported to the strange alternate world on the other side, they knew their lives would never be the same again. They definitely couldn’t have imagined the dangers ahead, especially when they set sail for Brad’s homeland: the still undiscovered America. The Algonquian territory is hardly the paradise Brad had been promised—or remembered from history class. Winter is brutal, the locals are hostile, and Simon and Brad know they have to escape. But can they? The adventures in store—from Vikings to a completely unexpected civilization—put their will to survive to the ultimate test.

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    Empty World
  • Author : John Christopher
  • Publisher : Simon and Schuster
  • Pages : 256
  • ISBN : 9781481420006
  • Reader Reviews : 3
  • Genre : Juvenile Fiction
  • Moving to a small village with his grandparents after a devastating accident, Neil endures a terrible plague that kills the world's adults, an event that compels him to make a treacherous journey to London in search of other survivors. By the author of the Tripods trilogy. Simultaneous and eBook.

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    Dear Weirdo
  • Author : Abraham Smith
  • Publisher : N.a
  • Pages : 96
  • ISBN : 0982770480
  • Reader Reviews :
  • Genre : Poetry
  • A long poem.

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    Webcomics
  • Author : Sean Kleefeld
  • Publisher : Bloomsbury Publishing
  • Pages : 272
  • ISBN : 9781350028197
  • Reader Reviews :
  • Genre : Art
  • The first critical guide to cover the history, form and key critical issues of the medium, Webcomics helps readers explore the diverse and increasingly popular worlds of online comics. In an accessible and easy-to-navigate format, the book covers such topics as: ·The history of webcomics and how developments in technology from the 1980s onwards presented new opportunities for comics creators and audiences ·Cultural contexts – from the new financial and business models allowed by digital media to social justice causes in contemporary webcomics ·Key texts – from early examples of the form such as Girl Genius and Penny Arcade to popular current titles such as Questionable Content and Dumbing of Age ·Important theoretical and critical approaches to studying webcomics Webcomics includes a glossary of crucial critical terms, annotated guides to further reading, and online resources and discussion questions to help students and readers develop their understanding of the genre and pursue independent study.

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    The Weathermonger
  • Author : Peter Dickinson
  • Publisher : Voyager
  • Pages : 236
  • ISBN : 0007140312
  • Reader Reviews : 2
  • Genre : Juvenile Fiction
  • The third book in the Changes trilogy.

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    Merle Haggard
  • Author : David Cantwell
  • Publisher : University of Texas Press
  • Pages : 297
  • ISBN : 9780292754171
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  • Genre : Biography & Autobiography
  • Merle Haggard has enjoyed artistic and professional triumphs few can match. He’s charted more than a hundred country hits, including thirty-eight number ones. He’s released dozens of studio albums and another half dozen or more live ones, performed upwards of ten thousand concerts, been inducted into the Country Music Hall of Fame, and seen his songs performed by artists as diverse as Lynryd Skynyrd, Elvis Costello, Tammy Wynette, Willie Nelson, the Grateful Dead, and Bob Dylan. In 2011 he was feted as a Kennedy Center Honoree. But until now, no one has taken an in-depth look at his career and body of work. In Merle Haggard: The Running Kind, David Cantwell takes us on a revelatory journey through Haggard’s music and the life and times out of which it came. Covering the entire breadth of his career, Cantwell focuses especially on the 1960s and 1970s, when Haggard created some of his best-known and most influential music, which helped invent the America we live in today. Listening closely to a masterpiece-crowded catalogue (including songs such as “Okie from Muskogee,” “Sing Me Back Home,” “Mama Tried,” “Working Man Blues,” “Kern River,” “White Line Fever,” “Today I Started Loving You Again,” and “If We Make It through December,” among many more), Cantwell explores the fascinating contradictions—most of all, the desire for freedom in the face of limits set by the world or self-imposed—that define not only Haggard’s music and public persona but the very heart of American culture.

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    The Wonderful Flight to the Mushroom Planet
  • Author : Eleanor Cameron
  • Publisher : Paw Prints
  • Pages : 214
  • ISBN : 1442013435
  • Reader Reviews : 22
  • Genre : Books
  • In answer to an advertisement David and Chuck build a small spaceship and are off on a mysterious adventure

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    My Side of the Mountain (Puffin Modern Classics)
  • Author : Jean Craighead George
  • Publisher : Penguin
  • Pages : 194
  • ISBN : 9780142401118
  • Reader Reviews : 65
  • Genre : Juvenile Fiction
  • Terribly unhappy in his family's crowded New York City apartment, Sam Gribley runs away to the solitude-and danger-of the mountains, where he finds a side of himself he never knew.

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    Uglies
  • Author : Scott Westerfeld
  • Publisher : Simon and Schuster
  • Pages : 432
  • ISBN : 9781442419810
  • Reader Reviews : 411
  • Genre : Juvenile Fiction
  • A fresh repackaging of the bestselling Uglies boks...the series that started the whole dystopian trend!

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    The Complete Adventures of Lucky Starr
  • Author : Paul French,Isaac Asimov
  • Publisher : N.a
  • Pages : 701
  • ISBN : 0739419412
  • Reader Reviews :
  • Genre : Books
  • Meet David "Lucky" Starr- the youngest man ever to become a member of Earth's council of Science, a dauntless detective in the face of a hostile universe.

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    In the Beginning
  • Author : John Christopher
  • Publisher : Simon and Schuster
  • Pages : 288
  • ISBN : 9781481420051
  • Reader Reviews : 1
  • Genre : Juvenile Fiction
  • Love proves ancient as time itself in this prehistoric adventure romance from critically acclaimed Tripods author John Christopher. In the beginning, many, many years ago, there were two tribes. Dom was a boy from the hunting tribe, and Va was a girl from the farming tribe. The two tribes fought, but that couldn’t stop Dom and Va from falling in love. In the midst of battle, Dom escapes and takes Va with him. Together, they journey across the stark landscape of eons past, learning about the harsh and aggressive world around them even as they learn more about the creative and peaceful feelings within themselves. In the Beginning includes the prequel short story “In the Beginning” and the novel Dom and Va, and marks a captivating departure from John Christopher’s other, futuristic work: this is a tale of the distant past, and of a beginning that represents the conflicts inherent in human nature—and the dark and light in all of us.

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    Kamishibai Man
  • Author : Allen Say
  • Publisher : Houghton Mifflin Harcourt
  • Pages : 32
  • ISBN : 9780547345949
  • Reader Reviews : 10
  • Genre : History
  • The Kamishibai man used to ride his bicycle into town where he would tell stories to the children and sell them candy, but gradually, fewer and fewer children came running at the sound of his clappers. They were all watching their new televisions instead. Finally, only one boy remained, and he had no money for candy. Years later, the Kamishibai man and his wife made another batch of candy, and he pedaled into town to tell one more story—his own. When he comes out of the reverie of his memories, he looks around to see he is surrounded by familiar faces—the children he used to entertain have returned, all grown up and more eager than ever to listen to his delightful tales. Using two very different yet remarkable styles of art, Allen Say tells a tale within a tale, transporting readers seamlessly to the Japan of his memories.

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    The True Meaning of Smekday
  • Author : Adam Rex
  • Publisher : Little, Brown Books for Young Readers
  • Pages : 432
  • ISBN : 9781484731680
  • Reader Reviews : 2
  • Genre : Juvenile Fiction
  • The book that inspired HOME, now a major motion picture! It all starts with a school essay. When twelve-year-old Gratuity ("Tip") Tucci is assigned to write five pages on "The True Meaning of Smekday" for the National Time Capsule contest, she's not sure where to begin. When her mom started telling everyone about the messages aliens were sending through a mole on the back of her neck? Maybe on Christmas Eve, when huge, bizarre spaceships descended on the Earth and the aliens—called Boov—abducted her mother? Or when the Boov declared Earth a colony, renamed it "Smekland" (in honor of glorious Captain Smek), and forced all Americans to relocate to Florida via rocketpod? In any case, Gratuity's story is much, much bigger than the assignment. It involves her unlikely friendship with a renegade Boov mechanic named J.Lo.; a futile journey south to find Gratuity's mother at the Happy Mouse Kingdom; a cross-country road trip in a hovercar called Slushious; and an outrageous plan to save the Earth from yet another alien invasion. Fully illustrated with "photos," drawings, newspaper clippings, and comics sequences, this is a hilarious, perceptive, genre-bending novel from best-selling author Adam Rex.

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    Freaks
  • Author : Daniel P Mannix
  • Publisher : eNet Press
  • Pages : 245
  • ISBN : 9781618867575
  • Reader Reviews :
  • Genre : Books
  • A noir classic about the era of the sideshow when freaks were the star attraction — respected and revered by other carnival members. Their stories are frankly and tenderly told by an author who lived and worked as a carny.