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Random Acts Of Senseless Violence

Author : Jack Womack
ISBN : 1555847617
Genre : Fiction
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With his vivid, stylized prose, cyberpunk intensity, and seemingly limitless imagination, Jack Womack has been compared to both William Gibson and Kurt Vonnegut. Random Acts of Senseless Violence, Womack's fifth novel, is a thrilling, hysterical, and eerily disturbing piece of work. Lola Hart is an ordinary twelve-year-old girl. She comes from a comfortable family, attends an exclusive private school, loves her friends Lori and Katherine, teases her sister Boob. But in the increasingly troubled city where she lives (a near-future Manhattan) she is a dying breed. Riots, fire, TB outbreaks, roaming gangs, and civil unrest threaten her way of life, as well as the very fabric of New York City. In her diary, Lola chronicles the changes she and her family make as they attempt to adjust to a city, and a country, that is spinning out of control. Her mother is a teacher, but no one is hiring. Her father is a writer, but no one is buying his scripts. Hounded by creditors and forced to vacate their apartment and move to Harlem, her family, and her life, begins to dissolve. Increasingly estranged from her privileged school friends, Lola soon makes new ones: Iz, Jude, and Weezie—wise veterans of the street

Random Acts Of Senseless Violence

Author : Jack Womack
ISBN : 9780575132313
Genre : Fiction
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It's just a little later than now and Lola Hart is writing her life in a diary. She's a nice middle-class girl on the verge of her teens who schools at the calm end of town. A normal, happy, girl. But in a disintegrating New York she is a dying breed. War is breaking out on Long Island, the army boys are flamethrowing the streets, five Presidents have been assassinated in a year. No one notices any more. Soon Lola and her family must move over to the Lower East side - Loisaida - to the Pit and the new language of violence of the streets. The metamorphosis of the nice Lola Hart into the new model Lola has begun ...

Random Acts Of Senseless Violence

Author : Jack Womack
ISBN : 0871135779
Genre : Fiction
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When Lola's father loses his job, they move to West Harlem, where she gradually becomes toughened by the riots and gang culture spreading through New York

Random Kindness And Senseless Acts Of Beauty

Author : Anne Herbert
ISBN : 9781613320266
Genre : Juvenile Fiction
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This modern allegory inspires taking joyful steps to end hatred and violence. In the playful style of twelfth-century Japanese picture scrolls, Mayumi Oda's art depicts humans as animals who lose their way when their leaders become confused and drawn to violence. It is up to each individual—the frog who plants a garden, the cat who supports an elderly neighbor—to create a better world through simple acts of kindness. This timeless parable for readers of all ages expands upon the idea that we can all become agents of goodness and beauty. Winner of the 2016 Independent Publishers Gold Medal.

Let S Put The Future Behind Us

Author : Jack Womack
ISBN : 9781555847609
Genre : Fiction
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Jack Womack is known for writing unflinching, imaginative, utterly convincing novels set in the not-so-distant future. Compared to both William Gibson and Kurt Vonnegut, and deemed “wonderfully inventive” by the New York Times, Womack’s past work has won him awards and garnered excellent reviews. Now, with the appropriately titled Let’s Put the Future Behind Us, Womack turns his attention to our contemporary world, with characteristically hilarious, and frightening, results. A biting book filled with irony and black humor, Let’s Put the Future Behind Us provides a seductive look at post-Soviet Russia and a cold-eyed examination of the darker side of the human soul.

Heathern

Author : Jack Womack
ISBN : 9781555847593
Genre : Fiction
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Heathern, the third novel in Jack Womack's highly praised Ambient series, is a dystopian, appallingly funny tale of corporate combat and media warfare in the fading years of our century. Thatcher Dryden, former drug kingpin and now leader of the megacorporation Dryco, intends to supply a waiting world with the Messiah it so desperately seeks. But Lester Macaffrey, a schoolteacher found performing miracles among the human flotsam of the Lower East Side, proves no more controllable than any Messiah. While Thatcher's minions scheme to sell the world salvation with a Dryco label on it, Thatcher's own mistress is strangely drawn to Macaffrey-and begins to be transformed into something new and strange . . . something that might change the world. Written with the black humor, taut linguistic brilliance, and razor-sharp intensity that Jack Womack is known for, Heathern is a chilling evocation of the dark potential on the horizon. "A savage urban baroque informed by a penetrating humanity . . . his best so far!"-William Gibson "An exciting sci-fi stylist . . . Womack's imaginative projection of our imminent fate is crippling."-People Jack Womack is also the author of Ambient, Terraplane, Eivissey-which won the Philip K. Dick Award-Random Acts of Senseless Violence, and Let's Put the Future Behind Us. His short fiction has appeared in Omni as well as in various anthologies. He lives in New York City.

Terraplane

Author : Jack Womack
ISBN : 9781555847623
Genre : Fiction
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Terraplane, the second novel in Jack Womack's acclaimed Ambient series, is a vision of an alternate reality-New York, 1939, as experienced by travelers from the twenty-first century. Retired general Luther Biggerstaff and his hit man Jake are on a covert mission to kidnap Soviet superscientist Alekhine for the multinational Dryco. But Alekhine has disappeared, leaving behind a device that catapults them headlong into the past. And this 1939 is different-F.D.R. has been assassinated; the Great Depression has cut even deeper; Churchill died in a street accident; and the world is at Hitler's mercy. The only hope Luther and Jake have of getting home again depends on an unlikely conjunction of the New York World's Fair, the blues of Robert Johnson, and the avant-garde physics of Nikola Tesla. Terraplane is a surreal and darkly comic journey into the twilight zone of history gone mad. "Womack . . . performs feats of brilliance on many levels. . . . He succeeds in balancing blistering social commentary with shrewd literary experimentation. . . . Flecked with black humor, this is speculative fiction at its eerie best."-Entertainment Weekly "Droll and disturbing . . . Womack ingeniously plays with history to create a cat's cradle of a narrative . . . [which] quickly takes off into imaginative hyperspace."-Publishers Weekly "An information-dense, battering-ram English . . . that evokes and commands constant action. . . . Look for sequels. They will be loud and feral, and they'll fizz."-The Washington Post Book World Jack Womack is also the author of Ambient, Heathern, i-which won the Philip K. Dick Award-Random Acts of Senseless Violence, and Let's Put the Future Behind Us. His short fiction has appeared in Omni as well as in various anthologies. He lives in New York City.

My Abandonment

Author : Peter Rock
ISBN : 9780547488646
Genre : Fiction
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A thirteen-year-old girl and her father live in Forest Park, the enormous nature preserve in Portland, Oregon. There they inhabit an elaborate cave shelter, bathe in a nearby creek, store perishables at the water’s edge, use a makeshift septic system, tend a garden, even keep a library of sorts. Once a week, they go to the city to buy groceries and otherwise merge with the civilized world. But one small mistake allows a backcountry jogger to discover them, which derails their entire existence, ultimately provoking a deeper flight. Inspired by a true story and told through the startlingly sincere voice of a young narrator, Caroline, Peter Rock's My Abandonment is a riveting journey into life at the margins, and a mesmerizing tale of survival and hope.

Speaking Science Fiction

Author : Andy Sawyer
ISBN : 0853238340
Genre : Literary Criticism
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This wide-ranging volume explores the various dialogues that flourish between different aspects of science fiction: academics and fans, writers and readers; ideological stances and national styles; different interpretations of the genre; and how language and 'voices' are used in constructing SF. Introduced by the acclaimed novelist Brian W. Aldiss, the essays range from studies of writers such as Robert A. Heinlein, who are considered as the "heart" of the genre, to more contemporary writers such as Jack Womack and J. G. Ballard.

Gods Of Mischief

Author : George Rowe
ISBN : 9781451667363
Genre : True Crime
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This is the high-octane, no-holds-barred, true story of a bad guy turned good who busted open one of the most violent outlaw motorcycle gangs in history. George Rowe’s gritty and harrowing story offers not only a glimpse into the violent world of the motorcycle outlaw, but a gripping tale of self-sacrifice and human redemption that would be the stuff of great fiction—if it weren’t all true. Rowe had been a drug dealer, crystal meth addict, barroom brawler, and convicted felon, but when he witnessed the Vagos brutally and senselessly beat his friend over a pool game, everything changed. Rowe decided to pay back his Southern California hometown for the sins of his past by taking down the gang that was terrorizing it. He volunteered himself as an undercover informant for the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms, and Explosives and vowed to dismantle the brotherhood from the inside out, becoming history’s first private citizen to voluntarily infiltrate an outlaw motorcycle gang for the U.S. government. As “Big George,” a full-patched member of the Vagos, Rowe spent three brutal years juggling a double life—riding, fighting, and nearly dying alongside the brothers who he secretly hoped to put away for good. During this time, Rowe also became entwined in a tumultuous relationship with a struggling addict named Jenna, never once revealing that he was actually working for the Feds. The road to redemption was not an easy ride. Rowe lost everything: his family, his business, his home—even his identity. To this day, under protection by the U.S. government, Rowe still looks over his shoulder, keeping watch for the brothers he put behind bars. They’ve vowed to search for him until the day they die.

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