Electronic Fiction

If you’re a regular user of our eLibrary you’ll be pleased to know that we’re adding new titles all the time. Here’s a selection including some of the best from the past month …

1989 / Sam C. Leonhard
“Back in 1989, Chris Quinton made a mistake: He ran from Luke, the man he loved. He’s regretted it ever since—especially because the man in question died more than twenty years ago. One lonely, drunken night, he gets the chance to change the past. Will he take it or run away once again?” – (adapted from Syndetics summary)

Battles Lost and Won / Beryl Matthews
“1919, London’s East End. Robert Hunter is eagerly awaiting the return of his father from the war. Next door, Ruth Cooper’s family are also preparing to welcome her dad, whose ship was lost at Jutland. After five years of separation and anxiety—and, for Bob, the worry of caring for his frail mother—emotions are running high for both young people. But Alf Hunter, who saw action in the trenches, returns a changed man, and when he takes to drink, Bob must put his own happiness on hold to support his family.” – (adapted from Syndetics summary)

Girl Meets Boy / Ali Smith
“In Girl Meets Boy, Ali Smith reinterprets the Myth of Iphis, the girl who became a boy, as a brilliant hybrid of satire and romantic comedy. Anthea works at Pure, helping men with shaved heads think up brand names for water: call it Affluent, she suggests. Or Main Stream. She is not, truth be told, completely focused. Until she sees the boy up the ladder, spray-painting the company billboard: WATER IS A HUMAN RIGHT, she reads. SELLING IT IS MORALLY WRONG. The boy up the ladder, dressed in a kilt and sporran. A bright red tartan; a black waistcoat. Frilly cuffs. He is the most beautiful boy Anthea has ever seen in her life. No, look again. She is the most beautiful boy Anthea has ever seen in her life. ” – (adapted from Syndetics summary)

The Man Who Died Laughing / David Handler
“Down on his luck, a writer takes a ghostwriting job for a troubled comedian. Stewart Hoag’s first novel made him the toast of New York. Everyone in Manhattan wanted to be his friend, and he traveled the cocktail circuit supported by Merilee, his wife, and Lulu, his basset hound. But when writer’s block sunk his second novel, his friends, money, and wife all disappeared. Only Lulu stuck by him. The only opportunity left is ghostwriting—an undignified profession that still beats dental school. His first client is Sonny Day, an aging comic who was the king of slapstick three decades ago. Since he and his partner had a falling out in the late 1950s, Day has grown embittered and poor, until the only thing left for him to do is write a memoir. Hoagy and Lulu fly to Hollywood expecting a few months of sunshine and easy living. Instead they find Day’s corpse, and a murder rap with Hoagy’s name on it.” – (adapted from Syndetics summary)

Busted in Bollywood / Nicola Marsh
“Shari Jones needs to get a life. Preferably someone else’s. Single, homeless and jobless, Indo-American Shari agrees to her best friend’s whacky scheme: travel to Mumbai, pose as Amrita, and ditch the fiance her traditional Indian parents have chosen. Simple. Until she’s mistaken for a famous Bollywood actress, stalked by a Lone Ranger wannabe, courted by an English lord, and busted by the blackmailing fiance. Life is less complicated in New York. Or so she thinks, until the entourage of crazies follows her to the Big Apple and that’s when the fun really begins. Shari deals with a blossoming romance, an addiction to Indian food and her first movie role, while secretly craving another trip to the mystical land responsible for sparking her new lease on life. Returning to her Indian birthplace, she has an epiphany. Maybe the happily-ever-after of her dreams isn’t so far away?” – (adapted from Syndetics summary)

The Uninvited / Liz Jensen
“A seven-year-old girl puts a nail-gun to her grandmother’s neck and fires. An isolated incident, say the experts. The experts are wrong. Across the world, children are killing their families. Is violence contagious? As chilling murders by children grip the country, anthropologist Hesketh Lock has his own mystery to solve: a bizarre scandal in the Taiwan timber industry. Hesketh has never been good at relationships: Asperger’s Syndrome has seen to that. But he does have a talent for spotting behavioural patterns, and an outsider’s fascination with group dynamics. Nothing obvious connects Hesketh’s Southeast Asian case with the atrocities back home. Or with the increasingly odd behaviour of his beloved step-son, Freddy. But when Hesketh’s Taiwan contact dies shockingly and more acts of sabotage and child violence sweep the globe, he is forced to acknowledge possibilities that defy the rational principles on which he has staked his life, his career and, most devastatingly of all, his role as a father. Part psychological thriller, part dystopian nightmare, The Uninvited is a powerful and viscerally unsettling portrait of apocalypse in embryo.” – (adapted from Syndetics summary)

The Raven’s Gift / Don Rearden
“Winner, Alaskan Novel of the Year, 2011. Shifting from contemporary Eskimo village life to a gripping post-apocalyptic nightmare, The Raven’s Gift dares to confront the terrifying possibility of an impending catastrophic loss of human life—and love. Lured north to a Yup’ik village on the Alaskan tundra in search of adventure, John Morgan and his wife Anna can barely contain their excitement. But something is about to go terribly wrong. What happens when an epidemic strikes—and no one comes to help?” – (adapted from Syndetics summary)

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