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1447268970
Paperback:Station eleven:2015 Paperback
Author: Mandel, Emily St. John
Year: 2015
Language: English
Interest category: Science fiction novels
Media class: Paperback
Publisher: Picador
Resource type: Physical
Note: Moving backwards and forwards in time, from the glittering years just before the collapse to the strange and altered world that exists 20 years after, 'Station Eleven' charts the unexpected twists of fate that connect six people: famous actor Arthur Leander; Jeevan - warned about the flu just in time; Arthur's first wife Miranda; Arthur's oldest friend Clark; Kirsten, a young actress with the Travelling Symphony; and the mysterious and self-proclaimed 'prophet'. General adult
333 pages ; 20 cm (pbk)
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I like the post-apocalypse stories because they usually show us the banality of life and humanity. The premise was interesting. The writing was neat. I like how the writer focuses more on how the survivor wants to live the world rather than how much sacrifice they have to do to stay alive in the first place.
06/12/17
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0670919969
Paperback:The power:2017 Paperback
Author: Alderman, Naomi
Year: 2017
Language: English
Interest category: General fiction novels
Media class: Paperback
Publisher: Penguin Books
Resource type: Physical
Note: Published outside the British Isles What if the power to hurt were in women's hands? Suddenly - tomorrow or the day after - teenage girls find that with a flick of their fingers, they can inflict agonising pain and even death. With this single twist, the four lives at the heart of Naomi Alderman's extraordinary, visceral novel are utterly transformed. General adult
340 pages, illustrations (black and white) ; 20 cm (pbk)
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So clever and a bit unsettling. Forgot I was in a story within a story. The last chapter just seals what a good book this is. Men, watch out...
10/04/20
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1784700444
Paperback:The memory police:2020 Paperback
Author: Ogawa, Yõko
Translator: Snyder, Stephen
Year: 2020
Language: English
Interest category: General fiction novels
Media class: Paperback
Publisher: Vintage Books
Resource type: Physical
Note: This translation originally published: London: Harvill Secker, 2019 Hat, ribbon, bird, rose. To the people on the island, a disappeared thing no longer has any meaning. It can be burned in the garden, thrown in the river or handed over to the Memory Police. Soon enough, the island forgets it ever existed. When a young novelist discovers that her editor is in danger of being taken away by the Memory Police, she desperately wants to save him. For some reason, he doesn't forget, and it's becoming increasingly difficult for him to hide his memories. Who knows what will vanish next? The Memory Police is a beautiful, haunting and provocative fable about the power of memory and the trauma of loss from one of Japan's greatest writers. For readers of The Handmaid's Tale, Fahrenheit 451 and Nineteen Eighty-Four. General adult
288 pages ; 20 cm (pbk)
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1784870145
Paperback:Brave new world:2014:New edition Paperback
Author: Huxley, Aldous
Year: 2014
Language: English
Interest category: General fiction novels
Media class: Paperback
Edition: New edition
Publisher: Vintage Classic
Resource type: Physical
Note: This edition originally published: 2007 The World Controllers have created the ideal society. Genetic science has brought the human race to perfection. From the Alpha-Plus mandarin class to the Epsilon Semi-Morons, man is bred and educated to be content with his pre-destined role. General adult
288 pages ; 20 cm (pbk)
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0141189347
Paperback:Cat's cradle:2008:[New ed.] Paperback
Author: Vonnegut, Kurt
Year: 2008
Language: English
Interest category: General fiction novels
Media class: Paperback
Edition: [New ed.]
Publisher: Penguin
Resource type: Physical
Note: Told with deadpan humour and bitter irony, Kurt Vonnegut's cult tale of global destruction preys on our deepest fears of witnessing Armageddon and, worse still, surviving it. General adult
Title series: Modern classics
xiii, 205 p. ; 20 cm (pbk)
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1405923180
Paperback:The last one:2016 Paperback
Author: Oliva, Alexandra
Year: 2016
Language: English
Interest category: Thriller novels
Media class: Paperback
Publisher: Penguin Books
Resource type: Physical
Note: Published outside the British Isles When Zoo agrees to take part in a new reality TV show, 'In the Dark', she knows that she will be tested to the limits of her endurance. Beating eleven competitors in a series of survival tasks deep in the forest, living on camera at the extremes of her comfort zone, will be the ultimate challenge before she returns home to start a family. But as the contestants are overcome by hunger, injury and psychological breakdown, the mind games, tricks and hazards to which Zoo is subjected grow dark beyond belief. This isn't what she signed up for: the deserted towns and gruesome props, the empty loneliness. Is this a game with no end? And what is happening away from the cameras' gaze? Discovering the truth will be just the beginning. General adult
342 pages ; 20 cm (pbk)
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0552773557
Paperback:Stark:2006 Paperback
Author: Elton, Ben
Year: 2006
Language: English
Interest category: General fiction novels
Media class: Paperback
Publisher: Black Swan
Resource type: Physical
Note: Deep in Western Australia where the Aboringals used to milk the trees, a planet-sized plot takes shape. Some green freaks pick up the scent. This is the second novel from comedian Ben Elton. Originally published: London: Sphere, 1989
496p ; 200mm (pbk)
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0552176052
Paperback:The warehouse:2020 Paperback
Author: Hart, Rob, (Fiction writer)
Year: 2020
Language: English
Interest category: Thriller novels
Media class: Paperback
Publisher: Corgi Books
Resource type: Physical
Note: Gun violence, climate change and unemployment have ravaged the United States beyond recognition. Amidst the wreckage, an online retail giant named Cloud reigns supreme. Cloud brands itself not just as an online storefront, but as a global saviour. Yet, beneath the sunny exterior, lurks something far more sinister. Paxton never thought he'd be working Security for the company that ruined his life, much less that he'd be moving into one of their sprawling live-work facilities. But compared to what's left outside, perhaps Cloud isn't so bad. Better still, through his work he meets Zinnia, who fills him with hope for their shared future. Except that Zinnia is not what she seems. And Paxton, with his all-access security credentials, might just be her meal ticket. General adult
467 pages ; 20 cm (pbk)
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0571298575
Paperback:Darkness visible:2013 Paperback
Author: Golding, William
Year: 2013
Language: English
Interest category: General fiction novels
Media class: Paperback
Publisher: Faber and Faber
Resource type: Physical
Note: With an introduction by Philip Hensher, this book opens at the height of the London Blitz, when a naked child steps out of an all-consuming fire. Miraculously saved but hideously scarred, soon tormented at school and at work, Matty becomes a wanderer, a seeker after some unknown redemption. Two more lost children await him, twins as exquisite as they are loveless. Toni dabbles in political violence; Sophy, in sexual tyranny. As Golding weaves their destinies together, his book reveals both the inner and outer darkness of our world. General adult
Title series: FSG classics
288 pages ; 20 cm (pbk)
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1785035738
Paperback:The end of the world survivors club:2019 Paperback
Author: Walker, Adrian J., (Suspense fiction writer)
Year: 2019
Language: English
Interest category: Science fiction novels
Media class: Paperback
Publisher: Del Rey
Resource type: Physical
Note: In 'The End of the World Running Club' Edgar Hill ran 550 miles after an apocalypse to try and find his family. He had it easy. This is his wife's story. Beth Hill has survived the apocalypse with a baby and toddler in tow. And what's more she's done it alone - without her husband's help. He's never been any help. But when disaster strikes and someone steals her kids, she knows what she has to do. The new world might be very different: no government, no law, no infrastructure and a whole lot more ocean than there used to be. But one thing hasn't changed - the lengths a mother will go to save her family. General adult
454 pages ; 20 cm (pbk)
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1786892421
Paperback:The book of Joan:2019 Paperback
Author: Yuknavitch, Lidia
Year: 2019
Language: English
Interest category: Science fiction novels
Media class: Paperback
Content type: Bibliography
Publisher: Canongate
Resource type: Physical
Note: In the near future, world wars have transformed the earth into a battleground. Fleeing the unending violence and the planet's now-radioactive surface, humans have regrouped to a mysterious platform known as CIEL, hovering over their erstwhile home. The changed world has turned evolution on its head: the surviving humans have become sexless, hairless, pale-white creatures floating in isolation, inscribing stories upon their skin. Out of the ranks of the endless wars rises Jean de Men, a charismatic and bloodthirsty cult leader who turns CIEL into a quasi-corporate police state. A group of rebels unite to dismantle his iron rule - galvanised by the heroic song of Joan, a child-warrior who possesses a mysterious force that lives within her. General adult
266 pages ; 20 cm (pbk)
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0008288747
Paperback:Who fears death:2018 Paperback
Author: Okorafor, Nnedi
Year: 2018
Language: English
Interest category: Science fiction novels
Media class: Paperback
Publisher: Harper Voyager
Resource type: Physical
Note: In a post-apocalyptic Africa, the world has changed in many ways; yet in one region genocide between tribes still bloodies the land. A woman who has survived the annihilation of her village and a terrible rape by an enemy general wanders into the desert, hoping to die. Instead, she gives birth to an angry baby girl with hair and skin the colour of sand. Gripped by the certainty that her daughter is different - special - she names her Onyesonwu, which means 'Who fears death?' in an ancient language. It doesn't take long for Onye to understand that she is physically and socially marked by the circumstances of her conception. General adult
386 pages ; 20 cm (pbk)
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0099449153
Paperback:The cave:2003 Paperback
Author: Saramago, José
Year: 2003
Language: English
Interest category: General fiction novels
Media class: Paperback
Publisher: Vintage
Resource type: Physical
Note: This translation originally published: London: Harvill, 2002 Cipriano Algor, an ageing potter, lives with his daughter in the shadow of the Centre, a nebulous megaplex that provides his livelihood - until it haughtily decrees it is no longer interested in his humble wares. General adult
294 p. ; 20 cm (pbk)
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0099518279
Paperback:The palace of dreams:2008 Paperback
Author: Kadare, Ismail
Year: 2008
Language: English
Interest category: General fiction novels
Media class: Paperback
Publisher: Vintage Classic
Resource type: Physical
Note: In the tradition of George Orwell's 1984, Albania's leading writer creates a disturbing vision of unrestraned totalitarianism and the impact it has on those who exist under its shadow. General adult Translated from the French; originally written in Albanian
192 p. (pbk)
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0099529742
Paperback:The foundation pit:2010 Paperback
Author: Platonov, Andrei Platonovich
Author: Chandler, Robert
Author: Chandler, Elizabeth
Author: Meerson, Ol/ga
Year: 2010
Language: English, Russian
Interest category: General fiction novels
Media class: Paperback
Publisher: Vintage Classic
Resource type: Physical
Note: Platonov's dystopian novel describes the lives of a group of Soviet workers who believe they are laying the foundations for a radiant future. As they work harder and dig deeper, their optimism turns to violence and it becomes clear that what is being dug is not a foundation pit but an immense grave. General adult Translated from the Russian
176 p. ; 20 cm (pbk)
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0241197791
Paperback:The trial:2015 Paperback
Author: Kafka, Franz
Year: 2015
Language: English
Interest category: General fiction novels
Media class: Paperback
Publisher: Penguin Classics
Resource type: Physical
Note: Translated from the German First published in 1925, 'The Trial' is a classic story of totalitarianism, sadism, and hysteria. With a labyrinth of meanings, author Franz Kafka explores the darkness of the terror state. General adult
Title series: Modern classics
208 pages ; 20 cm (pbk)
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0241352541
Paperback:Death in spring:2018:[New edition] Paperback
Author: Rodoreda, Mercè
Translator: Tennent, Martha
Year: 2018
Language: English
Interest category: General fiction novels
Media class: Paperback
Edition: [New edition]
Publisher: Penguin Books
Resource type: Physical
Note: Translated from the Catalan Previous edition of this translation: Rochester: Open Letter, 2009 Published outside the British Isles 'Death In Spring' is a dark and dream-like tale of a young boy's coming of age in a remote town in the Catalan mountains; a town where time is eternal, where cruel customs are blindly followed, and attempts at rebellion swiftly crushed. When his father dies, he must follow the town's bizarre rituals in a journey towards adulthood, his stepmother his only ally, until he seeks freedom of his own. General adult
Title series: Penguin European writers
viii, 149 pages ; 20 cm (pbk)
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Dark poetic novel largely incomprehensible in terms of any conventional story line
04/05/19
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0241355133
Paperback:The blizzard:2018 Paperback
Author: Sorokin, Vladimir
Year: 2018
Language: English
Interest category: Science fiction novels
Media class: Paperback
Publisher: Penguin Classics
Resource type: Physical
Note: Translated from the Russian Garin, a country doctor, is desperately trying to reach the village of Dolgoye, where a mysterious epidemic is transforming the villagers into zombies. He has with him a vaccine which will prevent the spread of this epidemic, but a terrible blizzard turns his journey into the stuff of nightmare. A trip that should take hours turns into a metaphysical odyssey, in which he encounters strange beasts, apparitions, hallucinations and dangerous fellow men. Trapped in this existential storm, Sorokin's characters fight their way through a landscape that owes as much to Chekhov's 19th-century Russia as it does to near-future, post-apocalyptic literature. General adult
Title series: Penguin modern classics
192 pages ; 20 cm (pbk)
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0241355583
Paperback:Kallocain:2019 Paperback
Author: Boye, Karin
Translator: McDuff, David
Year: 2019
Language: English, Swedish
Interest category: General fiction novels
Media class: Paperback
Publisher: Penguin Classics
Resource type: Physical
Note: Translated from the Swedish Written midway between 'Brave New World' and 'Nineteen Eighty-Four', as the terrible events of the Second World War were unfolding, Kallocain depicts a totalitarian 'World State' which seeks to crush the individual entirely. In this desolate, paranoid landscape of 'police eyes' and 'police ears', the obedient citizen and middle-ranking scientist Leo Kall discovers a drug that will force anyone who takes it to tell the truth. But can private thought really be obliterated? Karin Boye's chilling novel of creeping alienation shows the dangers of acquiescence and the power of resistance, no matter how futile. General adult
192 pages ; 20 cm (pbk)
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0571227309
Paperback:In the country of last things:2005 Paperback
Author: Auster, Paul
Year: 2005
Language: English
Interest category: General fiction novels
Media class: Paperback
Publisher: Faber
Resource type: Physical
Note: 'In the Country of Last Things' offers a haunting picture of a devastated world - a futuristic world - but one which chillingly shadows our own. General adult
188 p. ; 20 cm (pbk)
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0586090452
Paperback:Galápagos:1990 Paperback
Author: Vonnegut, Kurt
Year: 1990
Language: English
Interest category: General fiction novels
Media class: Paperback
Publisher: Flamingo
Resource type: Physical
Note: General adult
237p. ; 20 cm (pbk)
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1472263650
Paperback:The parable of the talents, a novel:2019 Paperback
Author: Butler, Octavia E.
Year: 2019
Language: English
Interest category: General fiction novels
Media class: Paperback
Publisher: Headline
Resource type: Physical
Note: It is 2032 and Lauren Olamina's daughter Larkin narrates the story of her mother's life as she spreads the word of her Earthseed philosophy. As Larkin describes how they attain their goal of reaching the stars, she denounces her mother. General adult
400 pages ; 20 cm (pbk)
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1509837868
Paperback:Ratner's Star:2016 Paperback
Author: DeLillo, Don
Year: 2016
Language: English
Interest category: General fiction novels
Media class: Paperback
Publisher: Picador
Resource type: Physical
Note: When Billy Twillig, a genius adolescent, wins the first Nobel Prize ever to be given in mathematics, he is recruited to live and work in the company of 30 Nobel laureates in obscurity underground. There, away from the rest of the world, this panel of estranged, demented and lovable scientists work together on a secret scientific project: deciphering a mysterious transmission received from outer space, from just near Ratner's Star. Written in DeLillo's characteristically mesmerising prose, this brilliantly observed, funny and deeply thought-provoking novel explores the mysterious, mind-blowing, mathematical world of the future. General adult
448 pages ; 20 cm (pbk)
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1526605236
Paperback:The farm:2020 Paperback
Author: Ramos, Joanne
Year: 2020
Language: English
Interest category: General fiction novels
Media class: Paperback
Publisher: Bloomsbury Publishing
Resource type: Physical
Note: Ambitious businesswoman Mae Yu runs Golden Oaks - a luxury retreat transforming the fertility industry - where women get the very best of everything, so long as they play by the rules. Jane is a young immigrant in search of a better future. Stuck living in a cramped dorm with her baby daughter and her shrewd aunt Ate, she sees an unmissable chance to change her life. But at what cost? General adult
326 pages ; 20 cm (pbk)
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1529392977
Paperback:Body tourists:2020 Paperback
Author: Rogers, Jane
Year: 2020
Language: English
Interest category: Science fiction novels
Media class: Paperback
Publisher: Sceptre
Resource type: Physical
Note: In this version of London, there is a small, private clinic. Behind its layers of security, procedures are taking place on poor, robust teenagers from northern Estates in exchange for thousands of pounds - procedures that will bring the wealthy dead back to life in these young supple bodies for fourteen days. It's an opportunity for wrongs to be righted, for fathers to meet grandsons, for scientists to see their work completed. Old wine in new bottles. But at what cost? General adult
229 pages ; 20 cm (pbk)
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