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Book of Oceans
John Peel
0738707481
Sept 2005
Paperback
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Book Description
Born into nobility, Helaine can't get over the fact that Jenna, a mere peasant on their home world, is her equal. Their constant bickering convinces the four magic-users to take a much-needed vacation. Hoping for a relaxing time at the beach, they go to Brine, a water-filled world with floating islands and telepathic sea creatures. What's supposed to be a relaxing holiday turns into chaos when pirates attack the helpless natives and capture Jenna and Pixel. Using magic is difficult on this outer-rim planet and Pixel's fate becomes grim when he is thrown overboard to a bloodthirsty sea monster. Meanwhile, Jenna-inexperienced in battle and separated from her friends-must rely on innovation and instinct to outwit the pirates, who are forcing her and the other captives to tunnel dangerously close to the sweltering core...


Frogs: A Chorus of Colors
John L. Behler
140272814X
September 2005
Hardcover
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From Booklist
Frogs--those tailless, hopping amphibians with which most of us are familiar. But what makes a frog a frog? The Behlers, writing team and conservationists, have written an homage to the close to 5,000 species of frogs. They range in size from Africa's goliath frog (a seven-pound, foot-long giant) to the Brazilian flea frog (a mere one-half-inch long) and come in almost every color imaginable. Written to accompany a popular traveling museum exhibit, the book showcases the wonder and beauty of frogs. The first chapter examines what makes a frog and provides a nice primer to frog biology. Three chapters survey courtship and the metamorphosis of tadpole to frog, feeding and physiology, and camouflage and predator avoidance. The bulk of the book is a nice look at the frog families of the world, with descriptions of each family...


Book of War
John Peel
0738706116
May 2005
Paperback
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Book Description
When Helaine was whisked away from home, she never got a chance to say goodbye. Now she's homesick and worried about her family. As the daughter of prominent Lord Votrin, Helaine knows her sudden departure ruined her father's plans to forge an important alliance with another township-an agreement that promised Helaine's hand in marriage. Score, Pixel, and two unicorn friends accompany Helaine to Ordin-a medieval planet of high-brow nobles, oppressed peasants, and endless battles over land. Upon finding her home, Castle Votrin, under siege by the Border Lords, Helaine vows to make it up to her father. With help from Jenna-a pretty, spell-working healer with a crush on Pixel-they struggle against angry villagers, giant insects, and pillaging soldiers to find a way to save Helaine's home and her family honor.


Book of Reality
John Peel
0738708437
February 2006
Paperback
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Book Description
Book of Reality finds Score, Helaine, Pixel, and Jenna journeying back to Calomir, Pixel's home planet of virtual reality. Pixel hasn't been back to Calomir since being snatched from the futuristic planet when he was first pulled into the magic and danger of the Diadem. Pixel wants to see his parents again-and bring Jenna home to meet them. But instead of a happy homecoming, the four young magic-users find treachery, slavery, and deceit on Calomir, including a dark secret from Pixel's past. Can they find Pixel's parents, liberate the enslaved Drones, and win the battle against the evil force that not only controls Calomir, but also intends to conquer the entire Diadem?

About the Author
John Peel was born in 1954 in Nottingham, England. He attended Nottingham University and...


Book of Signs
John Peel
0738706167
Sept 2004
Paperback
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Book Description
Score, Helaine, and Pixel continue their magical journey in Book of Signs, the second volume in the series. A portal takes them to a world called Rawn, where the natives do not like humans-especially those with magical powers. Up against nasty goblins, giant trolls, lake monsters, and a shapeshifting wizard named Shanara, the trio struggles desperately to avoid danger while learning more about the Diadem's rulers. Honing their magic skills, making friends, and sticking together are their only chance for survival. Traveling through winding caverns, treacherous mountains, and rainbow-colored forests, the trio are closely watched by an evil magician who craves their magical powers. And someone seems to be helping the children, giving them clues and warnings . . . but why?

About the...


The Sign of the Book
John Dunning
0743482476
March 2006
Mass Market Paperback
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From Publishers Weekly
As an antiquarian book dealer and sometime private investigator, Cliff Janeway is unique in contemporary crime fiction, and no doubt that accounts for a good part of his popularity among the book community. But it's the sure hand with which Dunning renders him (and a large cast of other characters) that makes the Bookman novels so compulsively readable. In this fine fourth volume in the series (after 2004's The Bookman's Promise), Janeway is sent, by his lover and partner, criminal defense attorney Erin D'Angelo, to the mountain town of Paradise, Colo., to look into the murder of Robert Marshall, a mysterious figure with a massive collection of signed first editions. But the connection to Erin extends well beyond Marshall's library: the victim was Erin's first real love, and his wife, Laura (who confessed to the...


Book of Nightmares
John Peel
0738706124
Mar 2005
Paperback
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Book Description
Destiny is not the innocent girl she pretended to be on Earth. She's actually a power-hungry magic-user who has kidnapped Pixel and taken him to a terrible planet called Zarathan - where fears come to life and falling asleep means death! Helaine and Score embark on a risky mission to rescue their friend. Living skeletons, vampire ghosts, and other mythical monsters from Helaine's imagination attack them mercilessly. But with magic and clever thinking, they manage to fight these ghouls and convince the Fair Folk to lead them to Pixel. But Destiny has blocked their only exit off the planet, and they are exhausted from endless battles. Will the trio find a way off Zarathan before falling into a deadly sleep?

About the Author
John Peel was born in 1954 in Nottingham, England. He...


Book of Magic
John Peel
0738706159
Sept 2004
Paperback
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Book Description
In the third book, the young magic-users travel to Dondar, a beautiful land of purple skies and blue grass. It is also home to Garonath, the unfriendly wizard of forms. With help from their unicorn friends, they fight his magical monsters, but they soon fall into the hands of Sarman, the evil magician who wants to rule the Diadem . . . and needs their souls to accomplish his despicable mission! But the ultimate battle lies ahead when they must face the Triad and discover what the mysterious Diadem rulers have been planning all along.

About the Author
John Peel was born in 1954 in Nottingham, England. He attended Nottingham University and began his writing career as the editorial assistant for England's Apparel Production and Marketing. He later worked as a comic-strip writer...


The Great Rock Discography
Martin C. Strong
1841956155
Dec 2004
(Paperback) - Revised Ed.
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Book Review
It took Strong 10 years to compile this discography, and the rock music world is in his debt. More accurate and comprehensive than other books attempting to accomplish the same ends, more readable and better organized, The Great Rock Discography title may toot its own horn, while Strong calls his opus "the ultimate rock book of all time," but it's entirely merited.

It starts at A with ABBA and spends over a page on them (and these are rather large pages, with very small print), describing the history of the band and their albums, then compulsively listing their every recorded musical output from October '73 until October '96, including a jungle of code notations (you can refer back to the formats-and-abbreviations page whenever needed) with catalog number and recording label, whether the A- or B-sides differ in...



Book of Names
John Peel
0738706175
Aug 2004
Paperback
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Book Description
The first book of the Diadem:Worlds of Magic series focuses on Score, Helaine, and Pixel's thrilling search for who or what has brought them to Treen, a planet on the outer ring of the Diadem. Clues lie inside the tower of a cunning wizard and within a stranger's rhyming riddles. But the quarrelsome trio is ever doubtful of whom to trust-even among themselves. Danger awaits them at every turn as they battle angry mobs, bloodthirsty wolves, and a conniving wizard. Yet their toughest challenge is learning to band together as a team, their only hope against the perilous spells of their one true enemy.

About the Author
John Peel was born in 1954 in Nottingham, England. He attended Nottingham University and began his writing career as the editorial assistant for England's Apparel...


Book of Thunder
John Peel
0738706140
Nov 2004
Paperback
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Book Description
Score, Helaine, and Pixel rush to the planet Dondar to rescue their unicorn friends. Thunder, the noble leader of a herd has lost his title-and almost his life-to Tychus, a rogue unicorn who has a "wrongness" about him that everyone senses. And Helaine notices that the herd is behaving oddly, as if under a spell, with Tychus in charge. With help from their magical guide Oracle, the wizard Shanara and her sleepy red panda named Blink, and a unicorn named Darkstar, the trio learn more about the new leader of the unicorn herd and his devious scheme that will endanger the entire Diadem.

About the Author
John Peel was born in 1954 in Nottingham, England. He attended Nottingham University and began his writing career as the editorial assistant for England's Apparel Production and...


Book of Earth (Diadem, Worlds of Magic Series, #5)
John Peel
0738706132
January 2005
Paperback
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Book Description
Score falls victim to a deadly illness with only one cure: stopping the mysterious person behind this magical attack. Determined to save their friend, Helaine and Pixel go to Score's hometown, the Earth city of New York, to seek out his attacker, who is using Score's most precious item to hurt him: his mother's amulet. Finding the amulet proves to be difficult on Earth-an unfamiliar world of cars, skyscrapers, and guns for Helaine and Pixel-where their magical powers are severely weakened. Luckily, the trio stumbles upon a wealthy businessman who promises to help them in return for curing his disabled daughter-but is he really on their side? And then there's Bad Tony, Score's abusive father, fresh from jail, who shows up with gun-toting thugs to kidnap his critically-ill son. Will Helaine and Pixel find the amulet in...


Choosing Death: The Improbable History of Death Metal and Grindcore
Albert Mudrian
193259504X
October 2004
Paperback
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From Publishers Weekly
Mainstream rock fans may not be familiar with Cannibal Corpse, Napalm Death or Carcass, but over the past 20 years these groups' blend of punk and heavy metal—their grisly lyrics, mile-a-minute rhythms and macabre album art—have found an enthusiastic, loyal fan base of mostly young, almost exclusively male listeners. Mudrian, editor-in-chief of Decibel magazine, condenses painstaking and lengthy interviews to create this informative history of death metal, covering the genre's origin in small clubs and basements on two continents; its spike in popularity and major-label interest circa 1992 ("Godflesh could be the next Nine Inch Nails"); the relative obscurity that followed; and the music's rebirth in recent years. What's astonishing is how normal so many of the featured players seem: behind the facade...


Field Trip
John Peel
0613049683
Aug 1995
Hardcover
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Book Description
Ever since the Wormhole was discovered as a shortcut to the far off Gamma Quadrant. Jake Sisko has been dying to go through it. Not only is the one-of-a-kind stable Wormhole an incredible sight, but the trip through is a once-in-a-lifetime ride. Now, with a lot of urging from her students, Keiko O'Brien is leading a field trip through the Wormhole to Cetus Beta, a very safe, boring planet on the other side. But then a Cardassian raider shoots down their Runabout. Now Jake, Nog, T'Ara, Ashley and the other students are trapped on a planet where plants rule: they move, run, eat, and scream. With a Cardassian search party closing in, the students find the Runabout is useless and their tricorders are missing. And then suddenly, Jake and his friends come face-to-face with a new enemy, one who threatens...


The Black Book
Ian Rankin
0312976755
October 2000
Mass Market Paperback
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From Publishers Weekly
With this latest action-packed adventure of Edinburgh's Inspector John Rebus, Rankin steps into the company of accomplished fellow British procedural writers John Harvey and Peter Turnbull. Events lead the inspector to consider the "black comedy" of his life. His ex-con brother arrives in town just as Rebus, blown off by his doctor ladyfriend, returns to his own pad where, surrounded by his student tenants, he has to sleep on the couch. He is similarly buffeted on the professional front: a colleague is brained at a restaurant owned by an Elvis enthusiast; a man is stabbed in a butcher shop; a convicted child molester returns to the city; the bullet that killed an unknown man five years ago was fired from a gun that Rebus has unwisely and unwittingly purchased. With the addition of missing vans, a kidnapped man...


Prisoners of Peace
John Peel
0613057368
Oct 1994
Hardcover
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Book Description
Life suddenly gets interesting on Deep Space NineTM when a new student turns up in Jake and Nog's class, Riv Jakar, a Bajoran boy whose parents were killed by Cardassians. Riv thinks school and hanging out on the Promenade are a waste of time. Instead he is determined to join the Bajoran freedom fighters in their battle against the Cardassians.

When Jake, Nog, and their friends Ashley and T'Ara are investigating some mysterious incidents on the station they discover a stowaway, a Cardassian girl named Kam. She is the daughter of a high-placed Cardassian official who has just shown up at Deep Space Nine with eight warships, demanding the return of his daughter.

But Riv has other plans for Kam, and it's up to Jake and Nog to save her before Riv starts a new war. --This text refers to the...


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