Category: Satire

Android Karenina (Quirk Classic)

By Ben H. Winters

Feel and Sensibility and Sea Monsters co-author Ben H. Winters is again with an all-new collaborator, mythical Russian novelist Leo Tolstoy, and the result's Android Karenina an more desirable variation of the vintage love tale set in a dystopian global of robots, cyborgs, and interstellar area travel.

As within the unique novel, our tale follows relationships: the tragic adulterous romance of Anna Karenina and count number Alexei Vronsky, and the even more hopeful marriage of Konstantin Levin and Kitty Shcherbatskaya.These 4, craving for real love, dwell in a steampunk-inspired nineteenth century of mechanical butlers, extraterrestrial-worshiping cults, and airborne debutante balls. Their passions on my own will be sufficient to eat them-but whilst a mystery cabal of radical medical revolutionaries launches an assault on Russian excessive society's high-tech way of life, our heroes needs to struggle again with all their braveness, all their contraptions, and the entire strength of a swish new cyborg version like not anything the realm has ever seen."

packed with an analogous mix of romance, drama, and delusion that made the 1st Quirk Classics long island occasions most sensible dealers, Android Karenina brings this celebrated sequence into the intriguing global of technological know-how fiction.

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Midget Ninja and Tactical Laxatives: Bizarre Warfare Through the Ages

By Philip Sidnell

Which military used camels disguised as conflict elephants? Which illustrious warlord used to be killed via a midget ninja hidden in his latrine? How did dwell cows dropped via the Soviet air strength sink a eastern vessel? And simply what sort of weapon used to be the Bohemian Ear Spoon? those are only some of the very important questions of army historical past responded during this booklet.

‘Midget Ninja and Tactical Laxatives’ is a light-hearted examine essentially the most strange incidents, most eldritch guns and strangest stratagems to be present in the annals of conflict. Drawn from all classes of heritage there's something right here for each reader with an curiosity in army heritage and/or a feeling of humor.

Some of the sections integrated:
War Elephants and the way to forestall Them (including the notorious blazing pigs)
Ignominious Deaths (e.g. the midget ninja within the latrine)
A lost experience of Honor (e.g. the sniper who enable George Washington live)
Suicide Missions (e.g. mass suicide as a diversion tactic and a case of self-decapitation)
Weird and lovely guns: (such because the WW2 bat bomb -with actual bats)
Stranger issues occur at Sea (e.g. million-ton ice ships and demise by means of blocked toilet)
God is on our facet (of omens, oracles and the traditional conflict stopped through a UFO)
An military Marches on its abdominal (e.g. the tactical use of laxatives and the Greek military immobilized for three days by way of hallucinogenic honey)

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The Republic of Wine: A Novel

By Mo Yan, Howard Goldblatt

In this hypnotic epic novel, Mo Yan, the main severely acclaimed chinese language author of this new release, takes us on a trip to a conjured province of latest China often called the Republic of Wine—a corrupt and hallucinatory global jam-packed with superstitions, gargantuan appetites, and surrealistic occasions. while rumors succeed in the specialists that unusual and over the top gourmandise is being practiced within the urban of Liquorland (so named for the astounding volume of alcohol produced and fed on there), veteran detailed investigator Ding Gou'er is dispatched from the capital to find the reality. His project starts on the Mount Lou Coal Mine, the place he encounters the leading suspect—Deputy Head Diamond Jin, mythical for his skill to carry his liquor. in the course of the resulting consuming duel at a ceremonial dinner served in Ding's honor, the investigator loses all experience of fact, and will not inform no matter if the roast suckling served is of the animal or human style. while he ultimately wakes up from his stupor, he has nonetheless chanced on no solutions to his quickly mounting questions. Worse but, he quickly reveals that his trusty gun is lacking.  

 Interspersed during the narrative—and Ding's faltering investigation—are letters despatched to Mo Yan via one Li Yidou, a doctoral candidate in Liquor experiences and an aspiring author. each one letter incorporates a tale that Li would prefer the popular author's assist in getting released. besides the fact that, Li's stories, each one extra awesome and malevolent than the final, quickly commence alarmingly to resemble the tale of Ding's carrying on with travails in Liquorland. Peopled by means of striking characters—a dwarf, a scaly demon, a troupe of plump, delectable boys raised in captivity, a cookery instructor who primes her scholars with colossal recipes—Mo Yan's innovative journey de strength reaffirms his acceptance as a author of worldwide status. Wild, bawdy, politically explosive, and subversive, The Republic of Wine is either spell binding and exhilarating, proving that no repressive regime can stifle precise artistic imagination.

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Good Offices: A Novel

By Evelio Rosero, Anne McLean, Anna Milsom

Author note: Translated through Anna Milsom and Anne McLean
Publish 12 months note: First released in 2011
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With a skilfully created, idiosyncratic narrator in Tancredo, and peopled with carnivalesque characters, solid workplaces is a superbly poetic, compact and brilliant satire at the hypocrisy of the Catholic Church.

Tancredo, a tender hunchback, observes and participates within the goings-on on the church during which he lives lower than the care of dad Almida. additionally in place of abode are the sexton Celeste Machado, his goddaughter Sabina Cruz, and 3 widows identified jointly because the Lilias, who do the cooking and cleansing and supply charity nutrients for the neighborhood bad and needy.

One Thursday, Father Almida and the sexton need to rush off to satisfy the parish's crucial benefactor, Don Justiniano. will probably be the 1st time Father Almida has now not given mass for 40 years. ultimately they discover a stand-in in, Father Matamoros, a drunkard with a gorgeous voice whose sung mass is spellbinding to all. The Lilias organize a luxurious meal for Father Matamoros, who persuades them to drink with him. Over the process the lengthy evening the ladies and Tancredo lose their inhibitions and confess their very own sins and tales to this unusual priest, in addition to these of others.

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Mercks Wienn (German Edition)

Abraham a Sancta Clara: Mercks Wienn

Edition Holzinger. Taschenbuch

Berliner Ausgabe, 2013

Vollständiger, durchgesehener Neusatz bearbeitet und eingerichtet von Michael Holzinger

  • Erstdruck: Wien (Vivian) 1680.

Textgrundlage ist die Ausgabe:

  • Abraham a Sancta Clara: Mercks Wienn. Das ist des wütenden Tods ein umbständige Beschreibung [...], Wienn: Peter paul Bivian; der Löbl, 1680 [Neudruck: Tübingen: Niemeyer, 1983, [Deutsche Neudrucke: Reihe Barock; 31].

Herausgeber der Reihe: Michael Holzinger

Reihengestaltung: Viktor Harvion

Umschlaggestaltung unter Verwendung des Bildes: Abraham a Sancta Clara (Kupferstich von Philipp Kilian)

Gesetzt aus Minion seasoned, 10 pt.

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Galapagos: A Novel

By Kurt Vonnegut Jr.

Galápagos takes the reader again a million years, to A.D. 1986. an easy holiday cruise all at once turns into an evolutionary trip. because of an apocalypse, a small staff of survivors stranded at the Galápagos Islands are approximately to develop into the progenitors of a courageous, new, and completely different human race. during this inimitable novel, America’s grasp satirist appears to be like at our international and indicates us all that's unfortunately, madly awry–and all that's worthy saving.

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The Best Book in the World

By Peter Stjernström

Who will win the race to jot down the simplest ebook on the planet, and to what incredible lengths will they visit get there first? A hilarious story of authorly competition.

Titus Jensen is middle-aged, has a keenness for alcohol, and makes ends meet by way of giving public readings from imprecise books at gala's throughout Sweden. He can not help pondering there needs to be extra to existence for an writer of his caliber. Eddie X is hip, successful with the women, and loves being the heart of realization. a thorough poet and common at the competition circuit, he can not help pondering there should be extra to existence for a skilled, handsome guy like himself. One evening, after a profitable event—Titus reads from The ailments of Swedish Monarchs and Eddie X waxes lyrical to the beating tones of steel band The Tourettes—the not going pair get horribly inebriated jointly and hatch a plan to achieve world wide recognition. The solution is to write down the easiest booklet within the world—a ebook so notable that it'll prove on all of the bestseller lists in each type that you can think of: mystery, self-help, cooking, company, dieting—a e-book that mixes every thing in a single! yet there can merely be one such booklet, and because the alcohol-induced haze clears either men realize they aren't keen to percentage the limelight. Hilariously quirky and witty, this novel will take readers on a meandering race to the end line, throwing lots of satirical punches alongside the way.

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Short of Glory

By Alan Judd

A satirical romp throughout the corridors of the overseas place of work as Patrick Stubbs is published as 3rd secretary within the British Embassy in reduce Africa. Mayhem awaits him - an absent-minded ambassador, a bullying first secretary with a dipsomaniac spouse, and a overwhelm at the police chief's spouse!

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Far Rainbow and the Second Invasion from Mars (MacMillan's Best of Soviet Science Fiction Series)

By Boris Strugatsky, Arkady Strugatsky

The rest from MacMillan's Soviet technology Fiction sequence will be gladly welcomed! The sequence was once edited through technology fiction author/editor Theodore Sturgeon. sooner or later i'll start making requests for the opposite books during this sequence. See PDF web page five for checklist of others in series.

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Both of those tales are good written and concentrate on people, and characters, instead of technologies.

"The moment Invasion of Mars" is a slightly awesome and funny story concerning the invasion of Earth via Martians. The Martians are taking up the Earth via trade. This tale cleverly parallels our personal global, and cultures who suppose their lack of identification via company giants, or during the immigration of "aliens". The Martians during this tale stay mostly mysterious entities that the people hardly see, so the point of interest is usually at the humans' reactions to being taken over as they observe small adjustments the following and there of their lives because the "invasion" is taking place.

"Far Rainbow" is a narrative a couple of planet of individuals attempting to break out their international that is approximately to be destroyed. First they need to conflict their very own doubts concerning the mounting veracity of the ominous observations, after which there's the progressively mobilization of the folk. the tale makes a speciality of members and feels precise within the means they reply to adversity.

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Day of the Oprichnik: A Novel

By Vladimir Sorokin, Jamey Gambrell

One of The Telegraph's top Fiction Books 2011

Moscow, 2028. A scream, a moan, and a loss of life rattle slowly pull Andrei Danilovich Komiaga out of his drunken stupor. yet wait―that's simply his ring tone. So starts off one other day within the lifetime of an oprichnik, one of many czar's such a lot relied on courtiers―and one of many country's such a lot feared men.

In this new New Russia, the place futuristic expertise and the draconian codes of Ivan the bad are in excellent synergy, Komiaga will attend extravagant events, partake in brutal executions, and devour an arsenal of gear. he'll rape and pillage, and he'll be moved to tears by means of the sweetly sung songs of his homeland.

Vladimir Sorokin has imagined a close to destiny either too tense to think about and too real looking to brush off. yet like every of his most sensible paintings, Sorokin's new novel explodes with invention and darkish humor. A startling, relentless portrait of a stricken and troubling empire, Day of the Oprichnik is right now a richly imagined imaginative and prescient of the longer term and a razor-sharp analysis of a rustic in crisis.

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