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Ready Player One by Ernest Cline

Title Ready Player One
Author Ernest Cline
Publisher Ballantine Books
Release Date 2011-08-16
Category Fiction
Total Pages 384
ISBN 9780307887450
Language English, Spanish, and French
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#1 NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLER • Now a major motion picture directed by Steven Spielberg. “Enchanting . . . Willy Wonka meets The Matrix.”—USA Today • “As one adventure leads expertly to the next, time simply evaporates.”—Entertainment Weekly A world at stake. A quest for the ultimate prize. Are you ready? In the year 2045, reality is an ugly place. The only time Wade Watts really feels alive is when he’s jacked into the OASIS, a vast virtual world where most of humanity spends their days. When the eccentric creator of the OASIS dies, he leaves behind a series of fiendish puzzles, based on his obsession with the pop culture of decades past. Whoever is first to solve them will inherit his vast fortune—and control of the OASIS itself. Then Wade cracks the first clue. Suddenly he’s beset by rivals who’ll kill to take this prize. The race is on—and the only way to survive is to win. NAMED ONE OF THE BEST BOOKS OF THE YEAR BY Entertainment Weekly • San Francisco Chronicle • Village Voice • Chicago Sun-Times • iO9 • The AV Club “Delightful . . . the grown-up’s Harry Potter.”—HuffPost “An addictive read . . . part intergalactic scavenger hunt, part romance, and all heart.”—CNN “A most excellent ride . . . Cline stuffs his novel with a cornucopia of pop culture, as if to wink to the reader.”—Boston Globe “Ridiculously fun and large-hearted . . . Cline is that rare writer who can translate his own dorky enthusiasms into prose that’s both hilarious and compassionate.”—NPR “[A] fantastic page-turner . . . starts out like a simple bit of fun and winds up feeling like a rich and plausible picture of future friendships in a world not too distant from our own.”—iO9

Ready Player One by Ernest Cline

Title Ready Player One
Author Ernest Cline
Publisher Crown
Release Date 2011
Category Fiction
Total Pages 374
ISBN 9780307887436
Language English, Spanish, and French
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Immersing himself in a mid-21st-century technological virtual utopia to escape an ugly real world of famine, poverty and disease, Wade Watts joins an increasingly violent effort to solve a series of puzzles by the virtual world's super-wealthy creator, who has promised that the winner will be his heir. (This book was previously listed in Forecast.)

Ready Player One by Ernest Cline

Title Ready Player One
Author Ernest Cline
Publisher Random House
Release Date 2011-08-18
Category Fiction
Total Pages 384
ISBN 9781446493830
Language English, Spanish, and French
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PRE-ORDER NOW - READY PLAYER TWO: THE SEQUEL ______________________ THE BOOK BEHIND THE MAJOR MOTION PICTURE DIRECTED BY STEVEN SPIELBERG Now available for the first time in a beautiful hardback edition, perfect for hardcore fans and collectors A world at stake. A quest for the ultimate prize. Are you ready? It's the year 2044, and the real world has become an ugly place. We're out of oil. We've wrecked the climate. Famine, poverty, and disease are widespread. Like most of humanity, Wade Watts escapes this depressing reality by spending his waking hours jacked into the OASIS, a sprawling virtual utopia where you can be anything you want to be, where you can live and play and fall in love on any of ten thousand planets. And like most of humanity, Wade is obsessed by the ultimate lottery ticket that lies concealed within this alternate reality: OASIS founder James Halliday, who dies with no heir, has promised that control of the OASIS - and his massive fortune - will go to the person who can solve the riddles he has left scattered throughout his creation. For years, millions have struggled fruitlessly to attain this prize, knowing only that the riddles are based in the culture of the late twentieth century. And then Wade stumbles onto the key to the first puzzle. Suddenly, he finds himself pitted against thousands of competitors in a desperate race to claim the ultimate prize, a chase that soon takes on terrifying real-world dimensions - and that will leave both Wade and his world profoundly changed. ____________________________________ If you loved READY PLAYER ONE and can't wait for more, check out ARMADA, Ernest Cline's geek masterpiece! 'Wildly original and stuffed with irresistible nostalgia, Ready Player One is a spectacularly genre-busting, ambitious, and charming debut' Independent 'Part intergalactic scavenger hunt, part romance, and all heart' CNN 'Ernest Cline's novel deserves to be a modern classic' SciFiNow 'Gorgeously geeky, superbly entertaining, this really is a spectacularly successful debut' Daily Mail

Title Summary of Ready Player One by Ernest Cline
Author Anonim
Publisher Unknown
Release Date 2011
Category Puzzles
Total Pages 33
ISBN OCLC:1195950515
Language English, Spanish, and French
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The setting of the novel is a dystopian Earth in 2044/2045. The planet, which became a globalized civilization, is facing a global energy crisis, climate change and several other issues. Most of the people spend their time in a virtual space/reality known as the OASIS. The designer of the OASIS left a treasure game, the Hunt, to play within the OASIS. The winner of the Easter egg hidden by the designer will get his fortune. The protagonist Wade Watts and his friends compete for the game, while also fighting an evil corporate entity. The film adaptation of the novel, produced and directed by Steven Spielberg, will release in March 2018.

Armada by Ernest Cline

Title Armada
Author Ernest Cline
Publisher Crown
Release Date 2015
Category Fiction
Total Pages 355
ISBN 9780804137256
Language English, Spanish, and French
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THE NEW NOVEL FROM THE BESTSELLING AUTHOR OF READY PLAYER ONE It's just another day of high school for Zack Lightman. He's daydreaming through another boring math class, with just one more month to go until graduation and freedom—if he can make it that long without getting suspended again. Then he glances out his classroom window and spots the flying saucer. At first, Zack thinks he's going crazy. A minute later, he's sure of it. Because the UFO he's staring at is straight out of the videogame he plays every night, a hugely popular online flight simulator calledArmada—in which gamers just happen to be protecting the earth from alien invaders. But what Zack's seeing is all too real. And his skills—as well as those of millions of gamers across the world—are going to be needed to save the earth from what's about to befall it. Yet even as he and his new comrades scramble to prepare for the alien onslaught, Zack can't help thinking of all the science-fiction books, TV shows, and movies he grew up reading and watching, and wonder: Doesn't something about this scenario seem a little too… familiar? Armada is at once a rollicking, surprising thriller, a classic coming of age adventure, and an alien-invasion tale like nothing you've ever read before—one whose every page is infused with author Ernest Cline's trademark pop-culture savvy.

Title Summary of Ready Player One by Ernest Cline Finish Entire Novel in 15 Minutes
Author Speedyreads
Publisher Blurb
Release Date 2018-04-24
Category Reference
Total Pages 62
ISBN 1388814897
Language English, Spanish, and French
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"Wanna Read But Not Enough Time? Then, grab a SpeedyReads of Ready Player One by Ernest Cline now! Here's a sample of what you'll see in this book: Summary of Ready Player One The novel starts with Wade Watts, the narrator and central character of the book, remembering the death of James Halliday, designer of the videogame OASIS. In his parting message, Anorak's Invitation, Halliday left a game for the world to play, called The Hunt, and indicated that whoever solved the game would get his fortune. The game focused on finding an Easter egg hidden by Halliday. His book, Anorak's Almanac, is a really important text to gain insight into Halliday's mind and assist with the game. During the first year after Halliday's death, people were obsessed with the game but the fever eventually died since no one was able to find anything for a long time. After five years, in February 2045, the Copper Key (a really important key in the Hunt) was found by then 18-year-old Wade. *this is an unofficial summary of Ready Player One by Ernest Cline. It is not endorsed, affiliated by Ready Player One or Ernest Cline. It is not the full book. Download And Start Reading Now - Even if it's 3 AM! Hurry, Limited Quantities Available! *Bonus Section Included* 100% Satisfaction Guaranteed or your money back!"

Player One by Douglas Coupland

Title Player One
Author Douglas Coupland
Publisher House of Anansi
Release Date 2010
Category Fiction
Total Pages 246
ISBN 9780887849688
Language English, Spanish, and French
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Story of five people caught inside an airport cocktail lounge during a global disaster.

Ready Player One by aBookaDay

Title Ready Player One
Author aBookaDay
Publisher Unknown
Release Date 2016-07-27
Category
Total Pages 116
ISBN 1535282681
Language English, Spanish, and French
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Warning: This is an independent addition to Ready Player One, meant to enhance your experience of the original book. If you have not yet bought the original copy, make sure to purchase it before buying this unofficial summary from aBookaDay. In the world Wade Watts was born to, human civilization is on the brink of collapse. Famine, war, and the consequences of climate change loom large. The only escape is OASIS, an immersive computer program in which anyone can be anything, and any world imaginable can be coded into the system. When the man who created OASIS dies, he leaves behind an immense fortune, and no heirs, with a will that names his successor the person who can find the Easter egg he left behind in the game. The world scrambles to decipher his clues. Wade is just a high school student, but when he becomes the first person to solver a major clue, he discovers that fame and fortune come with danger, and the powerful will do anything to get their hands on the prize. Read more....Download your copy today!Available on PC, Mac, smart phone, tablet or Kindle device. (c) 2015 All Rights Reserved

Title The Importance of Being Ernest
Author Ernest Cline
Publisher SCB Distributors
Release Date 2014-08-22
Category Poetry
Total Pages 200
ISBN 9781938912313
Language English, Spanish, and French
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Familiar and resonant, Cline's collection takes readers into a private landscape of science fiction, pop culture, and pornography. Ernest Cline is a geek, novelist, poet, and screenwriter based in Austin, Texas. In addition to winning poetry slams, Cline is known for screenwriting "Fanboys," released in 2009. He also recently sold the film rights to his latest book, "Armada."

Black Star Renegades by Michael Moreci

Title Black Star Renegades
Author Michael Moreci
Publisher St. Martin's Press
Release Date 2018-01-02
Category Fiction
Total Pages 352
ISBN 9781250117830
Language English, Spanish, and French
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In the tradition of Star Wars, a galaxy-hopping space adventure about a galactic kingdom bent on control and the young misfit who must find the power within before it’s too late. SyFy Wire—January Sci-Fi and Fantasy Books to Pick Up as soon as Possible The Verge—18 Science Fiction and Fantasy Books to Read in January Chicago Review of Books—Best New Books of January Cade Sura holds the future of the galaxy in his hands: the ultimate weapon that will bring total peace. He didn’t ask for it, he doesn’t want it, and there’s no worse choice to wield it in all of space, but if he doesn’t, everyone’s totally screwed. The evil Praxis kingdom is on the cusp of having every star system under its control, and if that happens, there’ll be no contesting their cruel reign. Especially if its fanatical overlord, Ga Halle, manages to capture Cade and snag the all-powerful weapon for herself. Cade can’t hide from Praxis, and he can’t run from the destiny that’s been shoved into his hands. So he only has one option: He has to fight. Cade’s not going to let destiny send him on a suicide run, though. With some help from his friends—rebels and scoundrels alike—Cade’s going to use this weapon to chart a new destiny for the galaxy, and for himself. He just has to do so before everyone around him discovers that he’s a complete and total fraud. Blending the space operatics of Star Wars and the swagger of Guardians of the Galaxy, Black Star Renegades is a galaxy-hopping adventure that blasts its way from seedy spacer bars to sacred temples guarded by deadly creatures—all with a cast of misfit characters who have nowhere to go and nothing to lose.

Library Of Souls by Ransom Riggs

Title Library of Souls
Author Ransom Riggs
Publisher Quirk Books
Release Date 2015-09-22
Category Young Adult Fiction
Total Pages 464
ISBN 9781594747786
Language English, Spanish, and French
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The New York Times #1 best-selling series. The movie adaptation of Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children is now a major motion picture from visionary director Tim Burton, starring Eva Green, Asa Butterfield, Ella Purnell, Samuel L. Jackson, and Judi Dench. Like its predecessors, Library of Souls blends thrilling fantasy with never-before-published vintage photography to create a one-of-a-kind reading experience. A boy with extraordinary powers. An army of deadly monsters. An epic battle for the future of peculiardom. The adventure that began with Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children and continued in Hollow City comes to a thrilling conclusion with Library of Souls. As the story opens, sixteen-year-old Jacob discovers a powerful new ability, and soon he’s diving through history to rescue his peculiar companions from a heavily guarded fortress. Accompanying Jacob on his journey are Emma Bloom, a girl with fire at her fingertips, and Addison MacHenry, a dog with a nose for sniffing out lost children. They’ll travel from modern-day London to the labyrinthine alleys of Devil’s Acre, the most wretched slum in all of Victorian England. It’s a place where the fate of peculiar children everywhere will be decided once and for all.

Otaku by Chris Kluwe

Title Otaku
Author Chris Kluwe
Publisher Tor Books
Release Date 2020-03-03
Category Fiction
Total Pages 320
ISBN 9781250203977
Language English, Spanish, and French
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Otaku is the debut novel from former NFL player and tech enthusiast Chris Kluwe, with a story reminiscent of Ready Player One and Ender's Game. Ditchtown. A city of skyscrapers, built atop the drowned bones of old Miami. A prison of steel, filled with unbelievers. A dumping ground for strays, runaways, and malcontents. Within these towering monoliths, Ashley Akachi is a young woman trying her best to cope with a brother who's slipping away, a mother who's already gone, and angry young men who want her put in her place. Ditchtown, however, is not the only world Ash inhabits. Within Infinite Game, a virtual world requiring physical perfection, Ash is Ashura the Terrible, leader of the Sunjewel Warriors, loved, feared, and watched by millions across the globe. Haptic chambers, known as hapspheres, translate their every move in the real to the digital—and the Sunjewel Warriors' feats are legendary. However, Ash is about to stumble upon a deadly conspiracy that will set her worlds crashing together, and in the real, you only get to die once... At the Publisher's request, this title is being sold without Digital Rights Management Software (DRM) applied.

Fka Usa by Reed King

Title FKA USA
Author Reed King
Publisher Flatiron Books
Release Date 2019-06-18
Category Fiction
Total Pages 480
ISBN 9781250108906
Language English, Spanish, and French
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“Mr. King looks at all our upcoming problems, and imagines a local reaction to each one. The result is often funny, usually sardonic, and always imaginative, what with all the mole rats, flesh drones, dimeheads, and especially ‘The Grifter’s Guide to the Territories FKA USA,’ a notable addition to the line of imaginary authorities.” —The Wall Street Journal Indie Next Pick for July Best of June: io9, AV Club, Amazing Stories, The Verge Reed King’s amazingly audacious novel is something of a cross between L. Frank Baum’s The Wizard of Oz, Douglas Adams’s A Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy, Cormac McCarthy’s The Road, and Ernest Cline’s Ready Player One. In Reed King’s wildly imaginative and possibly prescient debut, the United States has dissolved in the wake of environmental disasters and the catastrophic policies of its final president. It is 2085, and Truckee Wallace, a factory worker in Crunchtown 407 (formerly Little Rock, Arkansas, before the secessions), has no grand ambitions besides maybe, possibly, losing his virginity someday. But when Truckee is thrust unexpectedly into the spotlight he is tapped by the President for a sensitive political mission: to deliver a talking goat across the continent. The fate of the world depends upon it. The problem is—Truckee’s not sure it’s worth it. Joined on the road by an android who wants to be human and a former convict lobotomized in Texas, Truckee will navigate an environmentally depleted and lawless continent with devastating—and hilarious—parallels to our own, dodging body pickers and Elvis-worshippers and logo girls, body subbers, and VR addicts. Elvis-willing, he may even lose his virginity. FKA USA is the epic novel we’ve all been waiting for about the American end of times, with its unavoidable sense of being on the wrong end of the roller coaster ride. It is a masterwork of ambition, humor, and satire with the power to make us cry, despair, and laugh out loud all at once. It is a tour de force unlike anything else you will read this year.

Title Summary of Ready Player One
Author SpeedyReads
Publisher SpeedyReads
Release Date 2018-09-20
Category Young Adult Nonfiction
Total Pages 33
ISBN 9783965082397
Language English, Spanish, and French
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Ready Player One is a science fiction novel by Ernest Cline, published in 2011. The setting of the novel is a dystopian Earth in 2044/2045. The planet, which became a globalized civilization, is facing a global energy crisis, climate change and several other issues. Most of the people spend their time in a virtual space/reality known as the OASIS. The designer of the OASIS left a treasure game, the Hunt, to play within the OASIS. The winner of the Easter egg hidden by the designer will get his fortune. The protagonist Wade Watts and his friends compete for the game, while also fighting an evil corporate entity. The film adaptation of the novel, produced and directed by Steven Spielberg, will release in March 2018.

Stuck In The Game by Christopher Keene

Title Stuck in the Game
Author Christopher Keene
Publisher Workman Publishing
Release Date 2016-08-01
Category Young Adult Fiction
Total Pages 224
ISBN 9781950020362
Language English, Spanish, and French
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"Fans of LitRPG and video games need to be reading Christopher Keene." —Paul Mannering, President of SpecFicNZ, author of Engines of Empathy After a terrible car accident paralyzes seventeen-year-old Noah Newbolt, he is hooked up to the innovative Dream Engine—a virtual reality helmet that immerses the player in an online fantasy game. The Dream Engine keeps Noah’s mind alive while doctors frantically work to heal his body, but dying in the game could send Noah into a coma, forever. Meanwhile, Noah’s girlfriend, Sue, is suffering injuries from the same car crash, and the doctors grow confused when she seemingly fails to connect to the game. Then Noah encounters a mysterious avatar who suggests the last remnants of Sue’s consciousness are being held prisoner in the most dangerous part of the game. Noah takes it upon himself to rescue Sue, allying himself with a group of high-level players. But as he rises through the ranks, his high status earns him the ire of top players across the world. Can Noah stay alive—and awake—long enough to save Sue and escape the game? "An interesting new take on a classic concept and one of the few young adult-friendly LitRPGs out there. In Stuck in the Game, things are not what they seem!" —Apollos Thorne, author of Codename: Freedom and Underworld: Level Up or Die! “Keene’s Stuck in the Game is a fun romp through a great fantasy world. The premise is unique, the pacing superb, the action tight. The pages turn themselves!” —Harmon Cooper, author of The Feedback Loop series, Fantasy Online series, and The Last Warrior of Unigaea trilogy

Title The Eye of Minds The Mortality Doctrine Book One
Author James Dashner
Publisher Delacorte Press
Release Date 2013-10-08
Category Young Adult Fiction
Total Pages 304
ISBN 9780375984631
Language English, Spanish, and French
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The world is virtual, but the danger is real in book one of the bestselling Mortality Doctrine series, the next phenomenon from the author of the Maze Runner series, James Dashner. Includes a sneak peek of The Fever Code, the highly-anticipated conclusion to the Maze Runner series—the novel that finally reveals how the maze was built! The VirtNet offers total mind and body immersion, and the more hacking skills you have, the more fun it is. Why bother following the rules when it’s so easy to break them? But some rules were made for a reason. Some technology is too dangerous to fool with. And one gamer has been doing exactly that, with murderous results. The government knows that to catch a hacker, you need a hacker. And they’ve been watching Michael. If he accepts their challenge, Michael will need to go off the VirtNet grid, to the back alleys and corners of the system human eyes have never seen—and it’s possible that the line between game and reality will be blurred forever. The author who brought you the #1 New York Times bestselling MAZE RUNNER series and two #1 movies—The Maze Runner and The Scorch Trials—now brings you an electrifying adventure trilogy an edge-of-your-seat adventure that takes you into a world of hyperadvanced technology, cyber terrorists, and gaming beyond your wildest dreams . . . and your worst nightmares. Praise for the Bestselling MORTALITY DOCTRINE series: “Dashner takes full advantage of the Matrix-esque potential for asking ‘what is real.’” —io9.com “Set in a world taken over by virtual reality gaming, the series perfectly capture[s] Dashner’s hallmarks for inventiveness, teen dialogue and an ability to add twists and turns like no other author.” —MTV.com “A brilliant, visceral, gamified mash-up of The Matrix and Inception, guaranteed to thrill even the non-gaming crowd.” —Christian Science Monitor

Arena by Holly Jennings

Title Arena
Author Holly Jennings
Publisher Penguin
Release Date 2016-04-05
Category Fiction
Total Pages 336
ISBN 9780698406933
Language English, Spanish, and French
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A fast-paced and gripping near-future science fiction debut about the gritty world of competitive gaming... Every week, Kali Ling fights to the death on national TV. She’s died hundreds of times. And it never gets easier... The RAGE tournaments—the Virtual Gaming League’s elite competition where the best gamers in the world compete in a no-holds-barred fight to the digital death. Every bloody kill is broadcast to millions. Every player is a modern gladiator—leading a life of ultimate fame, responsible only for entertaining the masses. And though their weapons and armor are digital, the pain is real. Chosen to be the first female captain in RAGE tournament history, Kali Ling is at the top of the world—until one of her teammates overdoses. Now, she must confront the truth about the tournament. Because it is much more than a game—and even in the real world, not everything is as it seems. The VGL hides dark secrets. And the only way to change the rules is to fight from the inside... From the Hardcover edition.

The Leveller by Julia Durango

Title The Leveller
Author Julia Durango
Publisher HarperCollins
Release Date 2015-06-23
Category Young Adult Fiction
Total Pages 256
ISBN 9780062314024
Language English, Spanish, and French
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“Nixy Bauer, Home in an Hour” Nixy Bauer is used to her classmates being very, very unhappy to see her. After all, she’s working with the enemy—she’s on their parents’ payrolls. Nixy is a bounty hunter in a virtual-reality gaming world. Kids in the MEEP, as they call it, play entirely with their minds, while their bodies languish in a sleeplike state on the couch. Irritated parents, looking to wrench their kids back to reality, hire Nixy to jump into the game and retrieve them. Luckily for Nixy and her wallet, she’s the best leveller out there. But when the game’s billionaire developer—and Nixy’s parents’ boss—loses track of his own son in the MEEP, Nixy is in for the biggest challenge of her bounty-hunting career. Wyn Salvador isn’t some lazy kid looking to escape his homework, and this is no ordinary levelling job: Wyn does not want to be found. And he’s left behind a suicide note. Nixy takes the job but quickly discovers that Wyn’s not hiding—he’s being held inside the game against his will. But who is holding him captive, and why? Nixy and Wyn attempt to fight their way out of a mind game unlike any they’ve encountered. And the battle brings them closer than either could have imagined. But when the whole world is virtual, how can Nixy possibly know what’s real?

Evil by Julia Shaw

Title Evil
Author Julia Shaw
Publisher Doubleday Canada
Release Date 2019-02-12
Category Psychology
Total Pages 320
ISBN 9780385690300
Language English, Spanish, and French
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An original and scientifically rigorous exploration of the darkest recesses of the human mind. What is it about evil that we find so compelling? From our obsession with serial killers to violence in pop culture, we seem inescapably drawn to the stories of monstrous acts and the aberrant people who commit them. But evil, Dr. Julia Shaw argues, is all relative, rooted in our unique cultures. What one may consider normal, like sex before marriage, eating meat or being a banker, others may find abhorrent. And if evil is only in the eye of the beholder, can it be said to exist at all? In Evil, Dr. Shaw uses case studies from academia, examples from popular culture and anecdotes from everyday life to break down complex information and concepts such as the neuroscience of evil, the psychology of bloodlust and workplace misbehaviour. In grappling with thorny dilemmas--from "Would I kill baby Hitler?" to "Why do I want to murder my spouse?"--Dr. Shaw offers readers a better understanding of the world, ourselves and our Google search histories.

Dragon Run by Patrick Matthews

Title Dragon Run
Author Patrick Matthews
Publisher Scholastic Inc.
Release Date 2013-03-01
Category Juvenile Fiction
Total Pages 336
ISBN 9780545520737
Language English, Spanish, and French
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A boy goes on the run in this fast-paced fantasy debut. Can a zero become a hero? Testing Day is supposed to be a day of celebration for Al Pilgrommor. Born into a wealthy family, he expects to follow in his successful father's footsteps. Of course, that all depends on the rank number Al receives at the testing. The higher the rank he has tattooed onto his neck, the better his life will be. To his surprise and horror, Al is revealed to be rank zero, the lowest of the low. He's now not only an outcast - he's also a danger to his entire family. So Al goes on the run, fleeing the brutal Cullers, men who hunt down zeroes . . . and put them to death. Cast out of his home, cut off from his friends, and armed with only a sword and his wits, Al is reduced to just surviving. As he meets other outcasts, however, he begins to suspect that he is a pawn in a larger game - and that he might have the power to tip the scales in a high-stakes struggle between man and dragon.