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September 2010 batch: Requests must be in by Sunday, September 26th at 6pm EST.

Pereira Maintains by Antonio Tabucchi (Canongate Books)

Description: Set in the sweltering summer of 1938 in Portugal, a country under the Fascist shadow of Spain, PEREIRA MAINTAINS tells a tale of reluctant heroism. Dr. Peirera, an editor at a second-rate Lisbon newspaper, wants nothing to do with European politics. He's happy to translate 19th-century French stories. His closest confidante is a photograph of his late wife. All this changes when he meets Francesco Monteiro Rossi, an oddly charismatic young man. Pereira gives Rossi work, and continues to pay him, even after discovering that he is using the money to recruit for the anti-Franco International Brigade. PEREIRA MAINTAINS chronicles Pereira's ascent to consciousness, culminating in a devastating and reckless act of rebellion.

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15 review copies available
258 members requesting

closed for requests
Request by Sep 26
On sale Nov 04

Subsòl by Unai Siset (Bromera)

Description: Un instant captat per l'objectiu de la càmera fotogràfica de
Peter Turnley és el punt de partida. Entre les milions d'imatges captades pel conegut fotògraf, un escriptor ha escollit la més anònima i d'entrada inexpressiva per a teixir la seua obra. Es tracta d'una instantània capturada al metro de París l'any 1979 i que es converteix en el pretext per a endinsar-nos en les vides de set dels rostres apareguts. Asseguts al metro i capficats en els quefers quotidians del moment, cadascun dels protagonistes de la fotografia és aliè a les històries que amaguen la resta de companys de viatge i que l'autor ens despullarà una a una. Històries de desesperació, d'amor, assassinats, frustracions... són captades pel doble objectiu del fotògraf i l'escriptor. On ens portaran aquestes
històries? S'hi creuaran en algun moment? Quint sentit té
investigar la vida de set desconeguts?

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15 review copies available
8 members requesting

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On sale Jan 10

Fires of Nuala by Katharine Eliska Kimbriel (BookViewCafe)

This book is an eBook, not a physical book.

Description: Format: Open, non-DRM file. Winners will be sent the URL of a webpage where they can download the eBook in PDF, ePub, Kindle, or prc format.

Nuala. A world cursed by riches . . . and by radiation.

A lost colony founded by stranded scientists, the planet Nuala had long fought a battle with high levels of ground radiation and mutated microbes. It took them 1000 years to stabilize their metals and their genes, reaching back into known space in search of trading partners to buy their rare metals and raw materials, and sell healthy genetic swatches in turn.

Nuala's ruling class is based on fertility, and clans with a high number of fertile people hold power—it is that simple. In the great families, it is required that children of power marry off-worlders to purify and strengthen the ruling lines.

But wealthy planets attract predators....

"Ms. Kimbriel once again catches our fancy with a subtle and complex plot, weaving an intricate socio-political structure from an imaginative premise." Rave Reviews

On The Chronicles of Nuala series:

"Fire Sanctuary, her first novel, is a new entry in the unnamed sub genre of science fiction where the Darkover Books of Marion Zimmer Bradley and the Pern books of Anne McCaffrey fall. The intricacies of the well-controlled plot are far too great to go into here — there is much upheaval, much intrigue, and much romance. . .a particularly fine mix." LOCUS Magazine

"An ambitious book, at once a cultural extrapolation, a love story, and the struggle for control of an unusual planet. A tale of loyalties, intrigue, action…entwining the fates of people and worlds." Roger Zelazny, author of The Chronicles of Amber

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100 review copies available
428 members requesting

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On sale Sep 30
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First Stringers by Gerald M Weinberg (BookViewCafe)

This book is an eBook, not a physical book.

Description: Format: Open, non-DRM file. Winners will be sent the URL of a webpage where they can download the eBook in PDF, ePub, Kindle, or prc format.

What happens if science's String Theory is correct? What if the "real" universe is nothing more than a mental model? And what happens to the half-dozen deformed young adults who can mentally manipulate that universe's strings?

Who are these Stringers? There's Ember, blind, and deathly afraid of her own hot anger-heat that emasculated a man attempting to molest her. There's Bolton, an angry, crippled genius who mentally robs casino computers to finance his toy robot cars and rockets. Then, there's Gina
Red-Bear, a beautiful but alienated half-Sioux who can read and control others' emotions. Or, her wheel-chair-bound twin brother, George, whose own cerebral power can synthesize any chemical-including illegal drugs. Finally, there's Alandra, an innocent Down Syndrome girl whose
remarkable ability could easily make her the richest person in the world-or the most dangerous.

Each of these five is threatened by others who would control theirpower. For example, General Jakes, supreme leader of an army of survivalists, already controls his own deaf son, Lee. Lee is a Stringer whose power allows him to throw a cruise liner halfway around the world.

To protect themselves from Jakes, each of the five Stringers must first wrestle with their fear of unleashing the devastating unintended consequences of their vast powers. Then they must overcome their conflicts and jealousies to create The Quintet-in which each Stringer
complements the others' abilities and handicaps. Only united can they hope to grow in skill and sophistication, defeat their enemies, and finally become more fully human.

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On sale Sep 01
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The Starfarers Quartet by Vonda N. McIntyre (BookViewCafe)

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All four books in the Starfarers series - Starfarers, Transition, Metaphase, and Nautilus - together in one volume!
Yes, that's four books from a Hugo and Nebula award winning author.

The alien contact team learns that a starship is going to be turned into a looming military platform, and does what any red-blooded scientific researchers would do.

They steal the starship.

Alien contact team. Genetic engineering. Alien humans. Silver slugs. Grandmothers in space. Virtual reality artist. Solar sail. Polyamory. Cosmic string. Canadian sea people at war with the United States. Hero of the Soviet Union. Accountant spy? Artificial intelligence. Alien museum. Labyrinth. Miniature horses. The other ones. Fake fossils. Artificial stupids. Meerkats. Largerfarther, Largernearer, Smallernearer, Smallerfarther. Black holes.
Squidmoths.

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100 review copies available
586 members requesting

closed for requests
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On sale Sep 22
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The Textile Planet by Sue Lange (BookViewCafe)

This book is an eBook, not a physical book.

Description: Marla Gershe is going insane and she's taking The Textile Planet with her. In this humorous story, Gershe is an underpaid, overworked show coordinator in a textile plant. She decides one day to quit the rat race and travel to the ends of the universe only to find herself back where she began at The Textile Planet.

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100 review copies available
329 members requesting

closed for requests
Request by Sep 26
On sale Sep 21
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