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Coventry is supposed to be a stop in the road for Brighton. The plan is to fix up the house, sell it, and then figure out what to do with her life. You know what they say about the best-laid plans. Twila thinks everything is going to be fun and games even though she has one daughter, two nieces, and one mischievous aunt to contend with.

She's focused on cooking and having a good time When the head of the group starts making predictions - and, unfortunately, gets left behind - Twila has her hands full. Bookshop assistant Aurora "Rory" Hawthorn thinks reality will never be as interesting as fiction. It turns out her dad was keeping a secret or two Juggling a new family and job would be enough of a challenge without also having to deal with a murder mystery, cranky familiars, and the attention of the local reaper - even if he is the hottest guy in town.

After a failed marriage, Kelly Winters moves to the strange Californian coastal town of Haven to join her younger brother, expecting nothing more than a quiet life, new beginnings, and perhaps a little love. Instead, she enters a world of magic and murder.

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Not only does she learn she's a witch and has a powerful destiny linked to her long-lost parents, but she soon discovers the quaint town is full of secrets, lies, and an underlying darkness. What's a witch to do when the meanest man in the county drops dead in his coleslaw during her shift at the local barbecue joint? Noelle does what any good Southern girl would do: she flicks a wrist to clean up the mess, then thanks the stars for doing the world a favor.

Until she becomes a suspect. A skydiving best friend, an unruly teenager with wonky powers, and a bossy, living-impaired aunt become the least of her worries when the killer decides to bump up the plan by bumping her off. Then the impossible happened, tragedy struck, and Izzy found herself an orphan. Her grandfather took her away and raised her among the Bruja in New Orleans, although her heart always longed to return to the gate I just want to live a normal life. I even joined the FBI instead of the Federal Bureau of Magic, until my powers reared their ugly head and the agency sent me packing back to my hometown to fight magical crimes instead.

Hadley Hunter has lived a normal life, in a normal suburb, with a normal job and a normal father. From the naked woman swimming in the ocean outside her back door to the hot sheriff who seems to be hiding a secret, Hadley is intrigued from the start. As a reporter for a Southeastern Michigan newspaper, Avery finds herself in trouble at every turn. She has a list of enemies - and she's not afraid to cross them. Follow her as she crosses paths with her former boyfriend, a hot new love interest, and a family that cannot be contained - even by the law.

City girl Poppy desperately wants to pay off her debts, quit her dead-end job, find her father But she knows that these are just hopeless dreams - until the day a letter arrives.

Suddenly, Poppy is on a train heading deep into the English countryside to claim a mysterious inheritance. And the last thing she expects to receive is a cottage garden nursery - complete with romantic climbing roses, scented herbs, a bossy, talkative ginger cat Dani's busy with the grand opening of her family's pizza parlor when a knock on the door leaves her face to face with the stunning yet lethal vampire in charge of the NYPD's supernatural branch - Captain Matthew King.

There's been a high-profile double homicide in the Sixth Borough, and Dani's peculiar talent is the only hope to untangle the web of lies and magic connecting the dead victims. At age 18, after a spell tragically backfired, Abby Townsend left Keating Hollow and her magic behind to find redemption.

Life in a post-apocalyptic city teeming with zombies isn't easy, but it can still be fun with the right friends by your side.

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Eli Carter is a delivery driver who yearns for adventure. When Eli meets a smooth-talking necromancer, he decides to make a drastic career change. The delivery driver becomes a ghost hunter! Now Eli will learn the rules of the paranormal world, master high-tech traps, and earn a permanent position on the Ghost Hackers team. Eli Carter thinks his newest ghost hunting assignment is an easy one. A simple poltergeist infestation? A slam dunk.

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A home run. But when Eli is bitten on the rear by a swarm of flying piranhas, he learns there's no such thing as an easy ghost hunting assignment. Eli Carter loves being a paranormal specialist, ridding the city of unwanted spirits. A flurry of bookings brings the team to the suburbs, where residents are overrun with ghosts and tiny dogs. They love the tiny dogs but want the ghosts gone. The whole team must pull together, using their special skills, to get out of this suburb alive. The city featured in this series is a world away from Wisteria, and the rules of the paranormal world are wildly, wonderfully different here.

This book was given to me for free at my request and I provided this voluntary review. This set of 3 novellas was a pleasant surprise. They are short, comedic cozy mysteries. First, I enjoyed the characters. Each of them appear to be cookie cutter character archetypes at first but each get a chance to show that there is much more there and that they are fleshed out characters. My one complaint is that this series is complete within this volume and I wanted to spend a lot more time with each of these characters.

There are a few backstories and character quirks that are set up for which we do not get full explanations. Indeed, one Brother Kornhoer develops an electrical current generator using a treadmill that illuminates an arc lamp. Hannegan, the Mayor of Texarkana, forms alliances, smashes the nomadic warriors that have been plaguing the countryside, and declares war against New Rome. A small group of monks escape on a spaceship, preserving their teachings for posterity.

The ship will be your monastery. After the patriarchal see is established at the Centaurus Colony, you will establish there a mother house of the Visitationist Friars of the Order of Saint Leibowitz of Tycho. But the ship will remain in your hands, and the Memorabilia. If civilization, or a vestige of it, can maintain itself on Centaurus, you will send missions to the other colony worlds, and to the colonies of their 28 Miller, A Canticle for Leibowitz Wherever Man goes, you and your successors will go.

And with you, the records and remembrances of four thousand years and more. Some of you, or those to come after you, will be mendicants and wanderers, teaching the chronicles of Earth and the canticles of the Crucified to the peoples and the cultures that may grow out of the colony groups. For some may forget. Zerchi addresses his fellows at the cusp of the middest, just before their new origin story is about to begin, but, unlike the Edenic origins of apocalyptic culture, the post-apocalyptic plot itself acts as origin and reminder.

This impetus towards continuity remains a signal motif of contemporary post-apocalyptic novels. Reading across the catalogue, the last man and the enclave, reveals a form of wish-fulfillment, an answer to the if-only dreams of a generation threatened from outside the nation by nuclear warfare and from inside by perceived racial imbalance. Each fantasy, read through the historical reality of white flight, provides a particular way of seeing the city and its people just as much as they situate the emergence of the suburb as a land of promise and regress.

Yet, even as they attempt to reflect critically on the reactionary movement from a radical break to a future of more of the same, these post-War texts become retroactively absorbed into the contemporary politics of the genre of the post-apocalyptic novel. All the machinery is there, waiting for someone to come along…and start it up again. A top-secret military grade disease is released from storage and kills upwards of ninety percent of the population of the United States. The survivors begin having dreams either of an old black woman in 30 King, The Stand These individuals begin to travel towards the perceived source of their dreams, either Boulder, Colorado or Las Vegas, Nevada.

When these characters arrive at their destinations, they begin to make decisions about reforming political and social life, in each case with different results: in Boulder, the reformation follows the image of polis and, in Las Vegas, that of the feudal gang. These forces are then set against one another as each group imagines that it cannot continue knowing that the other is out in the world, which leads to a final showdown.

In the final pages of this chapter, I would like to focus on the ways that The Stand demonstrates the post-apocalyptic plot even as it moves beyond the tropology of the catalogue, the last man, and the enclave. As with most post-apocalyptic novels, the plot in The Stand moves from destruction to survival. The fortunate accident in Earth Abides, wherein Williams is saved by a well-timed snake bite, is restaged in The Stand across a complex set of characters, all of whom survive due to some form of destiny that simultaneously acts to divide them based on morality.

The agent of that transition is the disease: the narrative frame jumps from the point of infection, spreading outwards with the disease, and the image of characters coughing is repeated as King weeds out the inconsequential. The characters that remain are as complex as the descriptions of the gory massacre that illustrates the first third of the book.

It represents the nightmare image of the day and offers a stalwart response of survival to those terrifying images—or at the least it leaves this question of survival open. The two camps ready themselves in contrasting ways for the second apocalyptic event, or to use an even clumsier moniker the post-apocalyptic apocalypse, as the movement from nightmare to survival undergirds the narrative unfolding of the post-apocalyptic novel.

Each part of this movement has its own affective payoff—what one could describe as two types of satisfaction.

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Further, on the side of survival, the characters on the liberal- democratic side of conflict end up pulling through to the winning side of the post-catastrophe struggle, providing the narrative closure of victory, even if it is still marked by the uncertainty of the future. The kerosene lamp flickered. Her eyes seemed very blue. However, another reading of this film could take this ending as a final comment on the inability for narrative film, or any other narrative form for that matter, to represent the unrepresentable catastrophic destruction of all existence. Characters in The Stand can now think about disaster scenarios from other apocalyptic extrapolations because these stories have entered the culture of the world of fiction, and, crucially, they can act on them as well.

King gives his characters opinions that are not reducible to flat ideologies; as it divides the characters into two major, opposing groups, it still fleshes them out. Here also is a moment when King can wash his hands of what his characters do or say: they are figured as people of the world each impacted and inspired by its cultures and ideologies.

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The reckoning of The Stand comes at a historical moment different from the post-War period when actually existing communism was still a force in the world, before the so-called end of ideology of the s. As such, a number of traces from its social and historical context mark the particular desires of the novel: it comes to terms with the s in a different way than its contemporaries, say, the feminist utopias of Ursula K. I just couldn't figure out how to do it.