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The Quiet War Omnibus 1

By Paul McAuley
Authors:
Paul McAuley
Twenty-third century Earth, ravaged by climate change, looks backwards to the holy ideal of a pre-industrial Eden. Political power has been grabbed by a few powerful families and their green saints. Millions of people are imprisoned in teeming cities; millions more labour on Pharaonic projects to rebuild ruined ecosystems.On the moons of Jupiter and Saturn, the Outers, descendants of refugees from Earth's repressive regimes, have constructed a wild variety of self-sufficient cities and settlements: scientific utopias crammed with exuberant creations of the genetic arts; the last outposts of every kind of democratic tradition. Amid campaigns for peace and reconciliation, political machinations, crude displays of military might, and espionage by cunningly wrought agents, the two branches of humanity edge towards war . . .The Quiet War is over. The city states of the moons of Jupiter and Saturn have fallen to the Three Powers Alliance of Greater Brazil, the European Union and the Pacific Community. A century of enlightenment, rational utopianism and exploration of new ways of being human has fallen dark. In the system of Fomalhaut, a war is being fought. The Quicks came long ago, refugees from the Solar System. The True arrived later, to find a declining civilisation and a system ripe for the taking. Then the Ghosts appeared, no longer human, unknowable, powerful and determined to drive out the Quick and the True. The battle continues, but the outcome is uncertain.

The Queen of Air and Darkness

By Poul Anderson
Authors:
Poul Anderson
Poul Anderson's stories are classics from the golden age of science fiction and beyond. A master storyteller, Anderson wrote tales ranging from the immediate to the distant future, from Earth to far-flung galaxies, from hard science fiction to fantasy - all the elements stirred and blended as only Anderson could! THE QUEEN OF AIR AND DARKNESS is the second volume of The Collected Works of Poul Anderson and collects his best works from a writing career that spans over 50 years. This volume contains 23 stories including: 'The Queen of Air and Darkness' (1972 Hugo Award-winner) 'Jennifer's Lament' 'Industrial Revolution' 'The Longest Voyage' (1960 Hugo Award-winner) 'Marque and Reprisal'

Quatrain

By Sharon Shinn
Authors:
Sharon Shinn
The four novellas in Quatrain are set in worlds of Archangel, Heart of Gold, Summers at Castle Auburn, and Mystic and Rider. "Flight" follows a former angel-seeker who used to be in love with the Archangel Raphael and now is determined to keep her beautiful niece from making her same mistakes. "Blood" is the story of a fierce young gulden man who comes to the city to seek his mother, whom he hasn't seen since he was a boy and she ran away from his abusive father. In "Gold," a crown princess escapes the hazards of war by hiding among the fairylike aliora, where she encounters an altogether different sort of danger. And in "Flame," the mystic Senneth uses her magic to save a little girl, an act that wins her new friends but puts her own life at risk.

The Queen People

By Russell Rey, Denis Hughes
Authors:
Russell Rey, Denis Hughes
With the eyes of the world upon them, four men leave the surface of the earth to conquer space. Only one person among the crowds who watch is endowed with an inward prescience of what will happen. To watch disaster is no one's wish; to be helpless to avert it is worse. But to be caught up in its horrifying aftermath is something to be avoided at all cost...
  • The Queen's Present

    By Steve Antony
    Authors:
    Steve Antony
    The Queen has raced around London and dashed all over the UK. Now she is setting off around the world in search of the perfect Christmas present - and she's not alone. Father Christmas is here to help!From the North Pole to the Sydney Opera House, via the State of Liberty, the Eiffel Tower, the Pyramids and more - will the Queen find a gift that is truly special? And who is it for?!A witty and stylish celebration of the Queen and the world's best known landmarks, created by Steve Antony, winner of the Oscar's First Book Prize, nominated for the Kate Greenaway Medal and shortlisted for the Waterstone's Children's Book Prize. Praise for The Queen's Hat: 'This is a wonderful romp of a read that's a great introduction to London, royalty and all that makes Britain great.' - Sun'... this picture book is hard to beat for its sweet simplicity and charming monochromatic drawings.' - The Times
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    Quicksilver

    By HRH Princess Michael of Kent
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    HRH Princess Michael of Kent
    From HRH Princess Michael of Kent, bestselling author of The Queen of Four Kingdoms, comes the eagerly-anticipated third volume in the Anjou trilogy.The final volume of the Anjou trilogy focuses on merchant Jacques Coeur, a man of humble beginnings but fiercely ambitious, who became one of the richest and most powerful men in fifteenth century France. HRH Princess Michael of Kent vividly re-enacts the life of Jacques Coeur as he becomes trusted confidante and champion of the Anjou royal family, particularly of his beloved patroness Yolande, Queen of the Four Kingdoms, and, of course, the beautiful and captivating Agnes Sorel who Jacques comes to know and understand as a friend.As Jacques's star shines brighter and brighter, his story runs parallel to that of Yolande and Agnes Sorel until the three interlink in devastating fashion and Jacques's ambition and generosity become his downfall. Meticulously researched and powerfully evoked, HRH Princess Michael of Kent unveils a seldom told story, enriched by her own insider's perspective of royal life.
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    The Queen of Katwe

    By Tim Crothers
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    Tim Crothers
    One day in 2005 while searching for food, nine-year-old Ugandan Phiona Mutesi followed her brother to a dusty veranda where she met Robert Katende.Katende, a war refugee turned missionary, had an improbable dream: to empower kids in the Katwe slum through chess - a game so foreign there is no word for it in their native language. Laying a chess­board in the dirt, Robert began to teach. At first children came for a free bowl of porridge, but many grew to love the game that - like their daily lives - requires persevering against great obstacles. Of these kids, one girl stood out as an immense talent: Phiona.By the age of eleven Phiona was her country's junior champion, and at fifteen, the national champion. Now a Woman Candidate Master - the first female titled player in her country's history - Phiona dreams of becoming a Grandmaster, the most elite level in chess. But to reach that goal, she must grapple with everyday life in one of the world's most unstable coun­tries. The Queen of Katwe is a remarkable and inspirational book that shows how 'Phiona's story transcends the limitations of the chessboard' (Robert Hess, US Grandmaster).
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    Quarter Life Poetry

    By Samantha Jayne
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    Samantha Jayne
    The creator of the popular Tumblr and Instagram "Quarter Life Poetry" tackles the real-life truths of work, money, sex, and many other challenges 20-somethings face in a laugh-out-loud collection of poetry.Samantha Jayne knows that life post-college isn't as glamorous as all undergrads think it's going to be... because she's currently living it. A graphic artist, Sam started creating doodles and funny poems about her life as a 25-year-old. And when she decided to put them on Instagram, the captions were full of other people tagging friends and saying, "This is literally us." At a time where it seems like everyone around you is getting married, making more money than you do, and paying off their student loans, Sam's poetry captures the voice of millennials everywhere who know that being in your 20s can sometimes be the exact opposite of "the best years of your life."
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    Queen Bees

    By Siân Evans
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    Siân Evans
    'SO ENTERTAINING' The Times | 'A FASCINATING ACCOUNT' The Sunday Times'GLORIOUSLY GOSSIPY' Red Magazine | 'IRRESISTIBLE AND WITTY' Woman & HomeQueen Bees looks at the lives of six remarkable women who made careers out of being British society hostesses between the wars, including Lady Astor, who went on to become the first female MP, and Mrs Greville, who cultivated relationships with Edward VII, as well as Lady Londonderry, Lady Cunard, Laura Corrigan and Lady Colefax. Written with wit, verve and heart, Queen Bees is the story of a form of societal revolution, and the extraordinary women who helped it happen.In the aftermath of the First World War, the previously strict hierarchies of the British class system were weakened. For a number of ambitious, spirited women, this was the chance they needed to slip through the cracks and take their place at the top of society as the great hostesses of the time. In an age when the place of women was uncertain, becoming a hostess was not a chore, but a career choice, and though some of the hostesses' backgrounds were surprisingly humble, their aspirations were anything but. During the inter-war years these extraordinary women ruled over London society from their dining tables and salons - entertaining everyone from the Mosleys to the Mitfords, from millionaires to maharajahs, from film stars to royalty - and their influence can still be felt today.
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  • Queen of Hearts

    By Rhys Bowen
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    Rhys Bowen
    Lady Georgiana Rannoch, thirty-fifth in line for the British throne, knows how to play the part of an almost royal - but now she's off to Hollywood, where she must reprise her role as sleuth or risk starring in an all-too-convincing death scene . . . My mother, the glamorous and much-married actress, is hearing wedding bells once again - which is why she must hop across the pond for a quickie divorce in Reno. To offer my moral support, and since all expenses are paid by her new hubby-to-be, Max, I agree to make the voyage with her.Crossing the Atlantic, with adventure in the air and wealthy men aboard, Mother all but forgets about Max and matrimony - especially when movie mogul Cy Goldman insists on casting her in his next picture.Meanwhile, I find myself caught up in the secret investigation of a suspected jewel thief. Lucky for me, the lead investigator happens to be my dashing beau, Darcy!Mother's movie and Darcy's larceny lead everyone to Cy's Hollywood home, where the likes of Charlie Chaplin are hanging about and there's enough romantic intrigue to fill a double feature. But we hardly get a chance to work out the sleeping arrangements before Cy turns up dead - as if there wasn't enough drama already . . .
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    Quick and Delicious Vegetarian Meals

    By Judy Ridgway
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    Judy Ridgway
    It is specifically designed for busy people who want to serve good, healthy food but do not have much time to do so. It contains both vegetarian and vegan recipes for all tastes and all occasions and from all around the world - pasta dishes and bruschetta from Italy, curries from India, tagines from North Africa, stir-fry dishes from China, and appetisers from the USA. There are also some traditional British favourites as well as recipes from Hungary, Lebanon, Mexico and France. The book includes:· A complete range of dishes with snacks and canapés, soups, salads and all kinds of main courses and party food, including barbecue grills.· Nutritional advice for vegetarians with a look at complementary proteins and balanced menu planning, plus related menus.· Practical suggestions for a vegetarian store cupboard; for finding specialist vegetarian ingredients; and for making vegetarian stocks. Without losing the flavour, bestselling cookery author, Judy Ridgway has found new ways to speed up the cooking time of dishes such as soups and casseroles, traditionally regarded as slow cooking. vegetarian stocks.
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    Quick Quack Quentin

    By Kes Gray, Jim Field
    Authors:
    Kes Gray
    Illustrated by:
    Jim Field
    From the award-winning creators of Oi Frog! comes an hilarious tale about one duck's quest for a missing vowel.Quentin was a duck with a very quick quack. 'QUCK!' said Quentin. 'What's wrong with me?'Quentin's quack has lost its A. Do any of the other animals have one to spare? Not likely! APES don't want to be PES. SNAKES don't want to be SNKES. PANDAS don't want to be PNDAS or even PANDS. Will Quentin be stuck with a very quick QUCK?!Brilliant for reading out loud and teaching children about vowels and animals.Praise for Oi, Frog! also by Kes Gray and Jim Field: 'An absolute treat.' - Daily MailKes is one of the Independent's TOP TEN children's authors and winner of the Red House Children's Book Award. Jim's first picture book Cats Ahoy! won the Roald Dahl Funny Prize in 2011.
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    The Quiet Death of Thomas Quaid

    By Craig Russell
    Authors:
    Craig Russell
    PI Lennox - the Scottish Philip Marlowe - returns with a new helping of fast-paced detective noir. where the violent death of Quiet Thomas Quaid shows that Quaid's life had been anything but quiet. From the winner of of the Bloody Scotland Crime Novel of the Year. Lennox liked Quiet Tommy Quaid. Perhaps it's odd for a private detective to like - even admire - a career thief, but Quiet Tommy Quaid was the sort of man everyone liked. Amiable, easy-going, well-dressed, with no vices to speak of - well, aside from his excessive drinking and womanising, but then in 1950s Glasgow those are practically virtues. And besides, throughout his many exploits outside the law, Quiet Tommy never once used violence. It was rumoured to be the police who gave him his nickname - because whenever they caught him, which was not often, he always came quietly. So probably even the police liked him, deep down.Above all, the reason people liked Tommy was that you knew exactly what you were dealing with. Here, everybody realized, was someone who was simply and totally who and what he seemed to be.But when Tommy turns up dead, Lennox and the rest of Glasgow will find out just how wrong they were.
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    Querkles: Masterpieces

    By Thomas Pavitte
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    Thomas Pavitte
    Discover the world's greatest works of art with this ingenious puzzle book from the creator of the best-selling 1000 Dot-to-Dot series, Thomas Pavitte. At first, you see nothing but a baffling tangle of circles - but hidden within each puzzle is a legendary masterpiece waiting to be revealed.Featuring 20 iconic artworks from the Venus de Milo to Klimt's The Kis, Querkles Masterpieces offers hours of creative colouring fun for artistic minds of all ages. Choose five colours, enjoy the surprising results as your unique masterpiece comes to life, and you'll be rewarded with a striking image that you can easily remove and display.
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    Question Everything

    All science begins with questions... - Why is the night sky black, even though it's full of stars? - How do pebbles skim on water? - Why doesn't your own snoring wake you up? - And why is the Large Hadron Collider so ... er ... large? And as these intriguing, imaginative and occasionally bonkers questions and answers drawn from New Scientist magazine's archives show: question everything and you might find your way to amazing, unexpected insights into our minds, bodies and the universe, and the science behind the scenes that keeps them ticking.As you would expect from New Scientist, this is top-flight science at its most accessible, unpredictable and entertaining. This latest mind-bending addition to the No. 1 bestselling series will fascinate 'Last Word' fans and new readers alike.
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    Queen Mother

    By Anthony Holden
    Authors:
    Anthony Holden
    By the author of Their Royal Highnesses, Charles, Prince of Wales and Olivier, this is a biography of the Queen Mother.
  • A Quiet End

    By Nelson DeMille
    Authors:
    Nelson DeMille
    After a showdown with the notorious Yemeni terrorist known as The Panther, life seems to be getting quieter for maverick Federal Agent John Corey. Professionally sidelined, away from his wife, and partnered up with a young, good-looking rookie named Tess, Corey is saddled with a dead-end job running easy surveillance on a group of Russian U.N. delegates in New York City.But then his subjects slip the net, Tess seems to be acting suspiciously, and an old, dangerous foe reappears. With Russia resurgent and a clear and present danger in his own back yard, suddenly Corey's life hits the fast lane once again.Please note: A Quiet End is published in the US under the title Radiant Angel.
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    The Queen

    By Hugh Hewitt
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    Hugh Hewitt
    In THE QUEEN, Hugh Hewitt channels his inner James Carville to fully outline - and expose - the massive strengths and enormous weaknesses of Hillary Rodham Clinton.Many reporters have tried to detail Hillary's achievements, predict her actions, or psychoanalyse her contradictions. Hewitt simply takes her as she is - the most ambitious woman in American history - and lays out what is ahead for her second campaign for the presidency, and predicts the way she would deal with the world should she triumph. If by reading this Hewitt gives pause to potential Clinton voters, he will be a happy man. If Hillary triumphs, consider the book the timeliest warning ever delivered.
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  • The Queen's Handbag

    By Steve Antony
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    Steve Antony
    With a Jon Klassen appeal, Steve Antony is the one to watch. A naughty swan steals the Queen's handbag, so naturally, the Queen races after it. She follows it all around the United Kingdom in various modes of transport, including an Aston Martin car, a motorbike, a Red Arrow plane, a speedboat, a train and a horse. Taking in sights such as Stonehenge, Snowdonia, Giants Causeway, Edinburgh Castle, Oxford and then arriving back in London, this chase includes the Queen's butler and an awful lot of policemen. A witty and stylish celebration of the United Kingdom and the Queen.Praise for The Queen's Hat: 'This is a wonderful romp of a read that's a great introduction to London, royalty and all that makes Britain great.' - Sun'... this picture book is hard to beat for its sweet simplicity and charming monochromatic drawings.' - The Times
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    The Queen's Gambit

    By Walter Tevis
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    Walter Tevis
    From the author of THE HUSTLER, THE QUEEN'S GAMBIT is a modern classic about a troubled chess prodigy and her battle to surviveWhen she is sent to an orphanage at the age of eight, Beth Harmon soon discovers two ways to escape her surroundings, albeit fleetingly: playing chess and taking the little green pills given to her and the other children to keep them subdued. Before long, it becomes apparent that hers is a prodigious talent, and as she progresses to the top of the US chess rankings she is able to forge a new life for herself. But she can never quite overcome her urge to self-destruct .For Beth, there's more at stake than merely winning and losing.
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