Vee, the reporter and Vid the problem solver—both critters—happen to stumble upon a very dead human, Johnny Beardy. Notable upon Beardy’s body is mayonnaise, which has been illegal for years on Planet 10 as it becomes a potent drug when mixed with an unnamed chemical. What develops is a deep plot of revenge that has Vid and Vee traveling the universe and landing in Colorado. Will they do the right or the easy thing?
In Disturbing Clockwork by D.L. Morrese, Benkin, an inventor, finds clockwork automatons on a deserted island. Benkin sees the machines as a key to unlock the world’s mysteries. The clever and ambitious Snyde, a fugitive and notorious baddie, sees the machines as the key to ultimate power. Can Trixie, Kwester, Muce and Prince Donald save Benkin from Snyde’s clutches in time?
In The Last Dragonslayer by Jasper Fforde, Dragons and the people of Hereford have lived by the Dragonpact for 400 years. When 15-year-old Jennifer Strange, the acting manager of a magical employment agency, hears that the seers are predicting that the last dragon will die at the hands of the Last Dragonslayer, she has no idea that she is indeed that Dragonslayer. She’s determined not to carry out the prophecy but something big is coming and no one, not even the Last Dragonslayer, may be able to stop it.
In The Woman Who Died a Lot by Jasper Fforde, the seventh Thursday Next novel, Thursday is semi-retired after the disbanding of SO-27 (and the attempt on her life). When SO-27 is brought back, she expects to be named to the head position, but instead finds herself asked to be Chief Librarian at the Wessex All You Can Eat at Fatso’s Drink not Included Library Service. Settling into her role, she finds that this simple library job isn’t as safe and mundane as it seems. Especially as the Goliath Corporation seems to still be determined to replace her with a Synthetic Thursday and they seem to be getting smarter about it. Will daughter, Tuesday, build an anti-smite shield that works before the deities big, scheduled, smiting of Swindon. Will Thursday be able to help son, Friday, find out why he and all of the other Chronoguard’s who got “Letters of Destiny” after the Chronoguard disbanded die so young? Will the fictional character that guards the house find out what happens in the “Dark Reading Matter” (where all book characters go when their books are destroyed)? This and more in The Woman Who Died A Lot: A Thursday Next Novel.
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