A boisterous romp through a present-day London that looks an awful lot like the vividly imagined worlds of William Gibson’s early work, ZERO HISTORY (Putnam, $26.95) retains the polysyllabic exoticism in description that is Gibson’s own, but feels lighter, even amusing. It seems that techno-dystopia isn’t so bad, really, when you live there every day. This book completes (presumably) the informal so-called Hubertus Bigend trilogy, although each book also works as a stand-alone novel. A perfect holiday read, enjoyable, approachable, and yet not without substance. Finding profundity and insight that doesn’t take itself too seriously? This guy gets it, and so should you.

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$16.00
ISBN: 9780425240779
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Published: Berkley - August 2nd, 2011

This beautifully bound and illustrated edition of A CHRISTMAS CAROL AND OTHER CHRISTMAS WRITINGS (Penguin Classics, $20) by Charles Dickens will delight Dickens aficionados and young readers alike. Start a Christmas reading tradition in your own household, or send it to your favorite impressionable youngster to class up the bookshelf a little. Older readers will enjoy tracing the evolution of Dickens’s Christmas style, and will appreciate the excellent notes, introduction, and appendix.

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By Charles Dickens, Michael Slater (Editor), Michael Slater (Introduction by), Michael Slater (Notes by), Coralie Bickford-Smith (Illustrator)
$24.00
ISBN: 9780141195858
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Published: Penguin Classics - September 28th, 2010

“Magic, religion, the occult—all of it—they are excuses to not believe that wonders are possible here on Earth,” says Nikola Tesla, the Serb inventor of alternating current and radio in The Invention Of Everything Else (Mariner, $13.95), by Samantha Hunt. This strange and marvelous novel portrays Tesla’s final days at the Hotel New Yorker in the 1940s, seen through the eyes of Louisa, a chambermaid. From his conversations with birds, Martians, and Mark Twain, to his ideas for inventions ranging from telepathy to teleportation, Tesla’s sensitivity and brilliance transcend such mundane considerations as poverty, sanity, and death itself.

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