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Robot artists & black swans
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Sterling, Bruce

Robot artists & black swans : the italian fantascienza stories / Bruce Sterling

San Francisco : Tachyon, 2021

Abstract: The Godfather of Cyberpunk has emerged in this new collection of Italian-themed fantasy and science fiction stories. Bruce Sterling now introduces us to his alter-ego: Bruno Argento, the preeminent author of fantascienza. Sterling, writing as Argento, skillfully combines cutting-edge technology with art, mythology, and history. In the Esoteric City, a Turinese businessman's act of necromancy is catching up with him. The Black Swan, a rogue hacker, programs his way into into alternate versions of Italy. A Parthenonpean assassin awaits his destiny in the arms of a two-headed noblewoman. Infuriating to artists and scientists, a robot wheelchair makes uncategorizable creations.

This is still not a book
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Jullien, Jean

This is still not a book / Jean Jullien

London : Phaidon, 2021

Abstract: A playfully deceptive, joyously interactive follow-up to award-winning author and illustrator Jean Jullien's bestselling This Is Not A Book Is this a suitcase? A bed? An elephant? Each spread in this engaging board book is actually something else entirely, sparking imaginations and encouraging the storytellers in readers of all ages. Turn the page and find a foldable shirt; then, turn to discover a flip phone that you can open, close, and dial to call your friends and family! The result prompts children to think creatively about — and play creatively with — other objects in their daily lives. Ages 2-4

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O'Connor, Nuala

Nora : a love story of Nora and James Joyce / Nuala O'Connor

New York : Harper Perennial, 2021

Abstract: "Dublin, 1904. Nora Barnacle, from Galway, works as a maid at Finn's Hotel. Her life is changed when she meets Dubliner James Joyce, a fateful encounter that turns into a lifelong love. Despite his hesitation to marry, Nora follows Joyce in pursuit of a life beyond Ireland. As their life unfolds, Nora finds herself in conflict between their intense desire for each other and the constant anxiety of living in poverty throughout Europe. She believes in Jim's singular gift and knows that he thrives on being the toast of the town. As Jim writes, drinks, and gambles his way to literary acclaim, Nora provides unflinching support and inspiration, but at a cost to her own happiness and that of their children."

The midnight library
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Haig, Matt <1975- > - Haig, Matt <1975- >

The midnight library / Matt Haig

Edinburgh : Canongate, 2021

Abstract: Nora's life has been going from bad to worse. Then at the stroke of midnight on her last day on earth she finds herself transported to a library. There she is given the chance to undo her regrets and try out each of the other lives she might have lived. Which raises the ultimate question: with infinite choices, what is the best way to live?

1984 and Animal Farm
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Orwell, George

1984 and Animal Farm / George Orwell

London : Collins, 2021

Collins classics

Abstract: Two modern classics in one volume. George Orwell is one of the finest and most influential writers of the twentieth century. Here in one volume, are two of his best-known works of electrifying political fiction, 1984 and Animal Farm. Winston Smith rewrites history. It's his job. Hidden away in the Ministry of Truth, he helps the Party and the omnipresent Big Brother control the people of Oceania. But a seed of rebellion has begun to grow in Winston's heart - one that could have devastating consequences. The animals of Manor Farm have tired of Farmer Jones. When the boar, Old Major, shares his revolutionary plans, the animals are convinced they can thrive on their own. But as the pigs vie for power, they begin to bear an uncanny resemblance to the very tyrants they had overthrown ... Captivating readers since the mid-twentieth century, the enduring popularity of 1984 and Animal Farm are testament to Orwell's powerful, prophetic prose.

The queen's gambit
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Tevis, Walter S. - Tevis, Walter

The queen's gambit / Walter Tevis

New York : Penguin Random House, 2020

Vintage Contemporaries

Abstract: Eight year-old orphan Beth Harmon is quiet, sullen, and by all appearances unremarkable. That is, until she plays her first game of chess. Her senses grow sharper, her thinking clearer, and for the first time in her life she feels herself fully in control. By the age of sixteen, she’s competing for the U.S. Open championship. But as Beth hones her skills on the professional circuit, the stakes get higher, her isolation grows more frightening, and the thought of escape becomes all the more tempting.

A long petal of the sea
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Allende, Isabel

A long petal of the sea / Isabel Allende ; translated from the Spanish by Nick Caistor and Amanda Hopkins

London : Bloomsbury Publishing, 2020

Abstract: Victor Dalmau is a young doctor when he is caught up in the Spanish Civil War, a tragedy that leaves his life - and the fate of his country - forever changed. Together with his sister-in-law, he is forced out of his beloved Barcelona and into exile in Chile. There, they find themselves enmeshed in a rich web of characters who come together in love and tragedy over the course of four generations, destined to witness the battle between freedom and repression as it plays out across the world.

Troubled blood
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Rowling, J. K.

Troubled blood : a strike novel / Robert Galbraith

London : Sphere, 2020

Abstract: Praise for the Strike series:'The work of a master storyteller'Daily Telegraph'A blistering piece of crime writing'Sunday Times'Unputdownable'Daily Express'Highly inventive storytelling'Guardian'Superb . . . an ingenious whodunnit'Sunday Mirror'Come for the twists and turns and stay for the beautifully drawn central relationship'Independent'Outrageously entertaining'Financial Times

If it bleeds
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King, Stephen <1947- > - King, Stephen <1947- >

If it bleeds : new fiction / Stephen King

New York [etc.] : Scribner, 2020

Abstract: The eagerly awaited paperback edition of the No. 1 bestselling hardcover featuring a stand-alone sequel to The Outsider, and three additional irresistible novellas. News people have a saying: 'If it bleeds, it leads'. And a bomb at Albert Macready Middle School is guaranteed to lead any bulletin. Holly Gibney of the Finders Keepers detective agency is working on the case of a missing dog - and on her own need to be more assertive - when she sees the footage on TV. But when she tunes in again, to the late-night report, she realises something is not quite right about the correspondent who was first on the scene. So begins 'If It Bleeds', a stand-alone sequel to the No. 1 bestselling THE OUTSIDER featuring the incomparable Holly on her first solo case - and also the riveting title story in Stephen King's brilliant new collection. Dancing alongside are three more wonderful long stories from this 'formidably versatile author' (The Sunday Times) - 'Mr Harrigan's Phone', 'The Life of Chuck' and 'Rat'. All four display the richness of King's storytelling with grace, humour, horror and breathtaking suspense. A fascinating Author's Note gives us a wonderful insight into the origin of each story and the writer's unparalleled imagination

The ballad of songbirds and snakes
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Collins, Suzanne

The ballad of songbirds and snakes / Suzanne Collins

London : Scholastic, 2020

Abstract: It is the morning of the reaping that will kick off the tenth annual Hunger Games. In the Capitol, eighteen-year-old Coriolanus Snow is preparing for his one shot at glory as a mentor in the Games. The once-mighty house of Snow has fallen on hard times, its fate hanging on the slender chance that Coriolanus will be able to outcharm, outwit, and outmaneuvre his fellow students to mentor the winning tribute. The odds are against him. He's been given the humiliating assignment of mentoring the female tribute from District 12, the lowest of the low. Their fates are now completely intertwined - ; every choice Coriolanus makes could lead to favour or failure, triumph or ruin. Inside the arena, it will be a fight to the death. Outside the arena, Coriolanus starts to feel for his doomed tribute... and must weigh his need to follow the rules against his desire to survive no matter what it takes

The gilded cage
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Läckberg, Camilla

The gilded cage / Camilla Lackberg ; translated from the swedish by Neil Smith

London : HarperCollins, 2020

Abstract: People would kill to have Faye Adelheim's life. She lives in a beautiful apartment, she has a gorgeous husband who gives her everything she's ever wanted, and she has an adorable daughter who lights up her world. Or does she? So how is it, then, that Faye now finds herself in a police station? The truth is about to come out... The truth is that Faye's life is far from what it seems. And now she's been caught out. There's no way she's going down without a fight. The only question is - who will escape with their life?

The adventures of Robin Hood
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Punter, Russell

The adventures of Robin Hood : [graphic novel] / retold by Russell Punter ; illustrated by Matteo Pincelli

London: Usborne Publishing, 2020

Chimp with a limp
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Sims, Lesley

Chimp with a limp / Lesley Sims ; illustrated by David Semple

London : Usborne, 2020

Usborne Phonics Readers

The little giraffe
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Sims, Lesley - Fournier, Laure

The little giraffe / retold by Lesley Sims ; illustrated by Laure Fournier

London : Usborne publishing, copyr. 2007

Usborne First Reading. Level two

Abstract: The little giraffe and his best friend Rhino are very, very hungry. What happens next changes their lives forever. This charming retelling of an African folktale has easy-to-read text and fun puzzles to try after the story. Età di lettura: da 4 anni.

Good girl, bad blood
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Jackson, Holly

Good girl, bad blood / Holly Jackson

London : Electric Monkey, 2020

Abstract: "Nail-biting, taut and pacy. Jackson [is] a homegrown thriller writer to watch. - Guardian Pip Fitz-Amobi is not a detective anymore.With the help of Ravi Singh, she released a true-crime podcast about the murder case they solved together last year. The podcast has gone viral, yet Pip insists her investigating days are behind her.But she will have to break that promise when someone she knows goes missing. Jamie Reynolds has disappeared but the police won't do anything about it. And if they won't look for Jamie then Pip will, uncovering more of her town's dark secrets along the way& and this time EVERYONE is listening.But will she find him before it's too late? Perfect for fans of One of Us Is Lying, Eva Dolan, C L Taylor, We Were Liars and Riverdale Praise for A Good Girl's Guide to Murder: 'A taut, compulsively readable, elegantly plotted thriller' - Guardian 'A fiendishly-plotted mystery that kept me guessing until the very end.' - Laura Purcell, bestselling author of The Silent Companions 'There is a lot to really enjoy in this story and there is great energy to the writing, as well as some fine characterization' - Peter James, award-winning and no.1 bestselling crime thriller author of Detective Superintendent Roy Grace series 'Twisty, compulsive and so, so clever' - Savannah Brown, author of The Truth About Keeping Secrets 'That ending! Pure genius' - Yasmin Rahman, author of All the Things We Never Said 'This book was a delight from start to finish. I laughed. I cried. And I very much enjoyed attempting to solve the case with Pip (who I now want to be my best friend). I didn't guess the twist, and I don't think many people will. Holly Jackson has absolutely killed it with her debut!' - Aisha Busby, author of A Pocketful of Stars and contributor to the award-winning A Change is Gonna Come 'Prepare to be murdered by this book. Dark, dangerous and intricately plotted - my heart literally pounded. I haven't been this addicted to anything since Serial. Holly Jackson is the next big thing, I promise'

The Ice Monster
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Walliams, David

The Ice Monster / David Walliams ; Illustrated by Tony Ross

London : Harper-Collins Children's Books, 2020

Abstract: This is the story of a ten-year-old orphan and a 10,000-year-old mammoth... When Elsie, an orphan on the streets of Victorian London, hears about the mysterious Ice Monster - a woolly mammoth found at the North Pole - she's determined to discover more... A chance encounter brings Elsie face to face with the creature, and sparks the adventure of a lifetime - from London to the heart of the Arctic!

Child's play
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Steel, Danielle

Child's play / Danielle Steel

London : Pan Books, 2020

Christmas shopaholic
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Kinsella, Sophie

Christmas shopaholic / Sophie Kinsella

London : Black swan, 2020

The order
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Silva, Daniel

The order / Daniel Silva

London : Harper Collins, 2020

Abstract: Legendary spy and art restorer Gabriel Allon has slipped quietly into Venice for a much-needed holiday with his wife and two young children. But when Pope Paul VII dies suddenly, Gabriel is summoned to Rome by the Holy Father’s loyal private secretary, Archbishop Luigi Donati. A billion Catholic faithful have been told that the pope died of a heart attack. Donati, however, has two good reasons to suspect his master was murdered. The Swiss Guard who was standing watch outside the papal apartments the night of the pope’s death is missing. So, too, is the letter the Holy Father was writing during the final hours of his life. A letter that was addressed to Gabriel.

Irish fairy tales, myths & legends
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Fanning, Kieran

Irish fairy tales, myths & legends / Kierang Fanning

London : Scholastic, 2020