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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
raizahanum
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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0241355117
Paperback:Day of the oprichnik:2018 Paperback
Author: Sorokin, Vladimir
Year: 2018
Language: English
Interest category: General fiction novels
Media class: Paperback
Publisher: Penguin Classics
Resource type: Physical
Note: Translated from the Russian This translation originally published: New York: Farrar, Straus, Giroux, 2011 Moscow, 2028. A scream, a moan and a death rattle slowly pull Andrei Danilovich Komiaga out of his drunken stupor. But wait: that's just his ringtone. So begins another day in the life of an oprichnik, one of the Tsar's most trusted courtiers, and one of the country's most feared men. General adult
Title series: Penguin modern classics
208 pages ; 20 cm (pbk)
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0751566721
Paperback:Happiness for humans:2018 Paperback
Author: Reizin, P. Z.
Year: 2018
Language: English
Interest category: General fiction novels
Media class: Paperback
Publisher: Sphere
Resource type: Physical
Note: Jen is sad. Aiden wants her to be happy. Simple? Except that Jen is a 30-something woman whose boyfriend has just left her and Aiden is a very complicated, very expensive piece of software. Aiden has calculated that Jen needs a man in her life for optimum wellbeing. And with the whole of the Internet at his disposal, he doesn't have to look far to find a perfect specimen and engineer a meeting. But what, exactly, makes human beings happy? And can a very-artificially-intelligent machine discover emotional intelligence in time to fix Jen's life? General adult
433 pages ; 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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1509852212
Paperback:American war:2018 Paperback
Author: El Akkad, Omar
Year: 2018
Language: English
Interest category: Science fiction novels
Media class: Paperback
Publisher: Picador
Resource type: Physical
Note: An audacious and powerful debut novel: a second American Civil War, a devastating plague, and one family caught deep in the middle - a story that asks what might happen if America were to turn its most devastating policies and deadly weapons upon itself. General adult
333 pages, maps (black and white) ; 20 cm (pbk)
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1786090090
Paperback:Gnomon:2018 Paperback
Author: Harkaway, Nick
Year: 2018
Language: English
Interest category: Science fiction novels
Media class: Paperback
Publisher: Windmill Books
Resource type: Physical
Note: In a near-future Britain, a distributed surveillance-democracy called The System knows everything about you: it can even spy on your mind. Britain has, in effect, become a Panopticon country. But when state investigators then look into the head of a refusenik novelist named Diana Hunter, what they find there is not her life story but that of four other people, spread across thousands of years, all vibrantly real and each utterly impossible. But before they can unravel that puzzle, Diana dies as a result of the investigation - an unheard of occurrence in a perfect system which protects everyone from harm. General adult
688 pages ; 20 cm (pbk)
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1509870636
Paperback:The road:2019:[New edition] Paperback
Author: McCarthy, Cormac
Year: 2019
Language: English
Interest category: General fiction novels
Media class: Paperback
Edition: [New edition]
Publisher: Picador
Resource type: Physical
Note: Previous edition: New York: Alfred A. Knopf; London: Picador, 2006 A father and his young son walk alone through burned America. Nothing moves in the ravaged landscape save the ash on the wind. They have nothing but a pistol to defend themselves against the men that stalk the road. General adult
Title series: Picador classic
xviii, 306 pages ; 20 cm (pbk)
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1784708216
Paperback:The testaments:2020 Paperback
Author: Atwood, Margaret
Year: 2020
Language: English
Interest category: General fiction novels
Media class: Paperback
Publisher: Vintage
Resource type: Physical
Note: When the van door slammed on Offred's future at the end of 'The Handmaid's Tale,' readers had no way of telling what lay ahead. With 'The Testaments,' the wait is over. Margaret Atwood's sequel picks up the story 15 years after Offred stepped into the unknown, with the explosive testaments of three female narrators from Gilead. General adult
435 pages, illustrations (black and white) ; 20 cm (pbk)
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1405939613
Paperback:The Ottoman secret:2019 Paperback
Author: Khoury, Raymond
Year: 2019
Language: English
Interest category: Thriller novels
Media class: Paperback
Publisher: Penguin Books
Resource type: Physical
Note: Published outside the British Isles Paris 2017. The Ottoman Empire has ruled Europe for over 300 years. As a respected special investigator for the state police, Kamal Agha is committed to keeping the empire safe from threats inside and out. But these are dangerous times in the empire. Under the sultan's autocratic regime, no one is beyond suspicion. When a naked man covered in tattoos appears on the banks of the Seine and murders a passerby, Kamal is tasked with tracking him down. But asking too many questions can be a highly risky endeavour - especially when the mysterious man's trail leads Kamal to a secret buried deep in the empire's past, a secret that goes to the very core of the empire's success. A secret the sultan and his security services will do anything to silence. Kamal is forced to question his own loyalty when his own family attracts unwelcome attention from the security services. Soon, he has no choice but to flee. General adult
viii, 562 pages ; 20 cm (pbk)
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152911179X
Paperback:I who have never known men:2019 Paperback
Author: Harpman, Jacqueline
Year: 2019
Language: English, French
Interest category: General fiction novels
Media class: Paperback
Publisher: Vintage Books
Resource type: Physical
Note: Translated from the French Deep underground, 39 women live imprisoned in a cage. Watched over by guards, the women have no memory of how they got there and only vague notions of their lives before. As the burn of electric light merges day into night and numberless years pass, a young girl - the fortieth prisoner - sits alone and outcast in the corner. But soon she will show herself to be the key to the others' escape and survival in the strange world that awaits them above. General adult
192 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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144729758X
Paperback:Dark matter, a novel:2017 Paperback
Author: Crouch, Blake
Year: 2017
Language: English
Interest category: Thriller novels
Media class: Paperback
Publisher: Pan Books
Resource type: Physical
Note: Are you happy in your life? Those are the last words Jason Dessen hears before the masked abductor knocks him unconscious. Before he wakes to find himself strapped to a gurney, surrounded by strangers in hazmat suits. Before the man he's never met smiles down at him and says, 'Welcome back, my friend'. In this world he's woken up to, Jason's life is not the one he knows. His wife is not his wife. His son was never born. And Jason is not an ordinary college physics professor, but a celebrated genius who has achieved something remarkable. Something impossible. Is it this world or the other that's the dream? And even if the home he remembers is real, how can Jason possibly make it back to the family he loves? General adult
401 pages ; 20 cm (pbk)
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0340963050
Paperback:Shades of grey:2011 Paperback
Author: Fforde, Jasper
Year: 2011
Language: English
Interest category: General fiction novels
Media class: Paperback
Publisher: Hodder
Resource type: Physical
Note: Eddie Russett lives in a world where fortune, career and ultimate destiny are rigidly dictated by the colours you can see, with violet at the top, and red at the bottom. Below the colours are the grey underclass who can only see tones of black and white. It is also a world of rules and regulations. General adult
435 p. ; 20 cm (pbk)
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A surreal vision of what life could be in an alternative reality. If you like any of Fforde's writing then this is a wonderful play living in today's world. Do you have the correct code? How many spoons do you own? Do you really want to be Green? There are many parallels in this work to how we live today woven into a captivating and exciting story.
05/03/16
karen williams
1529100577
Paperback:Woman on the edge of time:2019:[New edition] Paperback
Author: Piercy, Marge
Year: 2019
Language: English
Interest category: General fiction novels
Media class: Paperback
Edition: [New edition]
Publisher: Del Rey
Resource type: Physical
Note: This edition originally published: 2016 Connie Ramos, 37, Mexican-American, unfairly incarcerated in a mental hospital, is the enduring central character in a novel about differing visions of the future. General adult
xi, 417 pages ; 20 cm (pbk)
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1529111250
Paperback:Machines like me, and people like you:2020 Paperback
Author: McEwan, Ian
Year: 2020
Language: English
Interest category: Science fiction novels
Media class: Paperback
Publisher: Vintage
Resource type: Physical
Note: Britain has lost the Falklands war, Margaret Thatcher battles Tony Benn for power and Alan Turing achieves a breakthrough in artificial intelligence. In a world not quite like this one, two lovers will be tested beyond their understanding. 'Machines Like Me' occurs in an alternative 1980s London. Charlie, drifting through life and dodging full-time employment, is in love with Miranda, a bright student who lives with a terrible secret. When Charlie comes into money, he buys Adam, one of the first batch of synthetic humans. With Miranda's assistance, he co-designs Adam's personality. This near-perfect human is beautiful, strong and clever - a love triangle soon forms. These three beings will confront a profound moral dilemma. General adult
305 pages ; 20 cm (pbk)
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1844080633
Paperback:Rule Britannia:2004 Paperback
Author: Du Maurier, Daphne
Year: 2004
Language: English
Interest category: General fiction novels
Media class: Paperback
Publisher: Virago
Resource type: Physical
Note: Du Maurier brings us a tale of a future where England has entered into political, military and economic union with the United States, only to find it is beginning to look like a takeover bid by the Americans. Originally published: London: Gollancz, 1972
304p ; 200mm (pbk)
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1472263669
Paperback:The parable of the sower, 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: Set in a California where civilisation has all but broken down and poverty and unspeakable violence are the norm, this is a horrifying vision of what might be. Teenage Lauren knows there must be a better way to live and invents a new religion. General adult
320 pages ; 20 cm (pbk)
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1509843981
Paperback:The end we start from:2018 Paperback
Author: Hunter, Megan
Year: 2018
Language: English
Interest category: General fiction novels
Media class: Paperback
Publisher: Picador
Resource type: Physical
Note: In the midst of a mysterious environmental crisis, as London is submerged below flood waters, a woman gives birth to her first child, Z. Days later, the family are forced to leave their home in search of safety. As they move from place to place, shelter to shelter, their journey traces both fear and wonder as Z's small fists grasp at the things he sees, as he grows and stretches, thriving and content against all the odds. This is a story of new motherhood in a terrifying setting: a familiar world made dangerous and unstable, its people forced to become refugees. General adult
126 pages ; 20 cm (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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1405930616
Paperback:Liberation Square:2019 Paperback
Author: Rubin, Gareth
Year: 2019
Language: English
Interest category: Thriller novels
Media class: Paperback
Publisher: Penguin Books
Resource type: Physical
Note: Published outside the British Isles 1952. Soviet troops control British streets. After the disastrous failure of D-Day, Britain is occupied by Nazi Germany, and only rescued by Russian soldiers arriving from the east and Americans from the west. The two superpowers divide the nation between them, a wall running through London like a scar. When Jane Cawson calls into her husband's medical practice and detects the perfume worn by his former wife, Lorelei, star of propaganda films for the new Marxist regime, she fears what is between them. But when Jane rushes to confront them, she finds herself instead caught up in the glamorous actress's death. Nick is soon arrested for murder. Desperate to clear his name, Jane must risk the attention of the brutal secret police as she follows a trail of corruption right to the highest levels of the state. And she might find she never really knew her husband at all. General adult
382 pages, maps (black and white) ; 20 cm (pbk)
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0571258093
Paperback:Never let me go:2006 Paperback
Author: Ishiguro, Kazuo
Year: 2006
Language: English
Interest category: General fiction novels
Media class: Paperback
Publisher: Faber
Resource type: Physical
Note: Kathy, Ruth and Tommy were pupils at Hailsham - an idyllic establishment situated deep in the English countryside. The children there were tenderly sheltered from the outside world, brought up to believe they were special, and that their personal welfare was crucial. But for what reason were they really there? General adult
282 p. ; 20 cm (pbk)
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Readable but ultimately disappointing and the first person narrative is very one dimensional. Weak ending.
05/04/21
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