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11/21/2017 10:42:45The witch had a favorite saying: where there’s life, there’s magic.Where There’s Magic (EPUB | MOBI)
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11/2/2017 14:01:35On top of it all, the cancer wing was "number thirteen".Cancer Ward
Aleksandr Solzhenitsyn
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11/11/2017 13:28:27
Matthias cut a comical little figure as he wobbled his way along the cloisters, with his large sandals flip-flopping and his tail peeping from beneath the baggy folds of an oversized novice’s habit.
Redwall Brian Jacques
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11/10/2017 10:46:38Prague, early May. The sky weighed gray over fairy-tale rooftops, and all the world was watching.
Days of Blood and Starlight
Laini Taylor
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11/4/2017 8:27:27
He sat, in defiance of municipal orders, astride the gun Zam Zammah on her brick platform opposite the old Ajaib-Gher—the Wonder House, as the natives call the Lahore Museum.
Kim Rudyard Kipling
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11/14/2017 7:51:08Students filled every seat in the University of Oregon’s biology lecture hall.The Hunt For FOXP5
Wallace Kaufman and David Deamer
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11/26/2017 3:38:54"Move along class, we've still got three more exhibits to see!" Cheerilee spoke in the friendly, yet authoritative voice all teachers were so fond of."Celestial"-Singleton-
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11/2/2017 20:48:20
The autumn of 18—was as uncomfortable and triste a season as I have ever known; commerce and crops alike looked down—respectable prophets of Tory tendencies shook their heads with redoubled vigor and gloomy but intense satisfaction at the near approach of that total ruin they had so often foretold; and the unfortunate devils of starving mechanics, unable to solve the problem of depression, were raising shindies by way of relieving their minds.
Kate Vernon"Mrs. Alexander"
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11/13/2017 0:05:43
“I’ve got a feline these cats didn’t know what they unleashed when they picked a bone with me,” snarled Rex Steele, chief dogtective of the Paws Angeles Petlice Department. “This time, it’s fursonal.”
“I’ve got a feline these cats didn’t know what they unleashed when they picked a bone with me,” snarled Rex Steele, chief dogtective of the Paws Angeles Petlice Department. “This time, it’s fursonal.”
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11/2/2017 10:47:23
She had invited Alexandra, whether on the spur of the moment or with malice aforethought he did not now, to come and hear Flora Robson do Queen Elizabeth at the national portrait Gallery.
The virgin in the gardenA S Byatt
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11/2/2017 20:32:11Blinded by the headlights, Sumner Kagan lunged off the road and slid down the dir embankment into the dark.RadixA. A. Attanasio
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11/2/2017 10:08:09
IF YOU HAPPEN to have read another book about Christopher Robin, you may remember that he once had a swan (or the swan had Christopher Robin, I don’t know which) and that he used to call this swan Pooh.
Winnie-the-PoohA. A. Milne
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11/2/2017 18:53:25Here is Edward Bear, coming downstairs now, bump, bump, bump, on the back of his head, behind Christopher Robin.Winnie-the-PoohA. A. Milne
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11/10/2017 17:00:01
Down by the corner of the street, where the three roads meet, and the feet of the people as they pass go "Tweet-tweet-tweet—" who comes tripping round the corner of the street?
When We Were Very Young
A. A. Milne
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11/10/2017 17:02:16One day when Pooh Bear had nothing else to do, he thought he would do something, so he went round to Piglet's house to see what Piglet was doing.
The House at Pooh Corner
A. A. Milne
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11/10/2017 17:04:38
I have a house where I go when there's too many people, I have a house where I go, where no one can be; I have a house where I go, where nobody ever says "No" where no one says anything—so there is no one but me.
Now We Are SixA. A. Milne
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11/23/2017 15:30:39Here is Edward Bear, coming downstairs now, bump, bump, bump, on the back of his head, behind Christopher Robin.Winnie-The-PoohA. A. Milne
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11/23/2017 15:32:18One day when Pooh Bear had nothing to do, he thought he would do something, so he went round to Piglet's house to see what Piglet was doing.
The house at Pooh corner
A. A. Milne
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11/8/2017 20:33:00It was about ten o'clock on a November morning in the little village of Blea-on-the-Sands.Out of the SeaA. C. Benson
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11/29/2017 16:59:20On and on Coeurl prowled.
The Voyage of the Space Beagle
A. E. van Vogt
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11/8/2017 20:20:04
Leaning pipe in mouth on the engine-room rail, I was dreamily watching the rhythmic movement of the huge engines of the Canadian Pacific liner Montauk, on which I was returning to Glasgow after a business visit to Ottawa
The Life-BuoyA. Erskine Ellis
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11/8/2017 18:51:43Pioneer Geneticist Dr. Phillip Laredo leaned into an early morning breeze that skidded off the choppy whitecaps of the Hudson River.The ColonyA. J. Colucci
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11/8/2017 20:06:35I was born dead.A Nameless WitchA. Lee Martinez
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11/10/2017 18:11:33 The thing was big and white and Harry, and it was eating all the ice cream in the walk-in freezer. MonsterA. Lee Martinez
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11/26/2017 22:19:42I raised my head, listening - not only with my ears, but with every square inch of my skin, waiting for the recurrence of the sound that had awakened me.Dwellers in the MirageA. Merritt
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11/8/2017 20:33:32I am an indefatigable note-taker.The Tudor ChimneyA. N. L. Munby
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11/21/2017 6:29:12Two boys stood in the Prince Consort Gallery, and looked down on a third. The Children's BookA. S. Byatt
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12/6/2017 14:03:32Gustav is building a helicopter.I Crawl Through ItA. S. King
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11/2/2017 23:52:53There was something cathartic about wielding a crowbar.Nefertiti's HeartA. W. Exley
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11/3/2017 11:36:30Here is Edward Bear, coming downstairs now, bump, bump, bump, on the back of his head, behind Christopher Robin.Winnie the PoohA.A. Milne
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11/9/2017 20:39:21To Sherlock Holmes she is always the woman.scandal in bohemiaa.c. doyle
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11/2/2017 13:10:31Melancholy.The Architect of SongA.G. Howard
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11/4/2017 21:46:10Outside the rain beat in horizontal brush strokes across the shrubbery.Lust Over PendleA.J. Hall
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11/18/2017 17:05:45The harbour was called the White Landing, though in the darkness it looked black.The Red PrinceA.J. Smith
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11/18/2017 17:07:14He had been functioning in a strange, twilight world for months.The Grey KnightA.J. Smith
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11/18/2017 17:34:05He waited.The Dark BloodA.J. Smith
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11/18/2017 17:35:46The realm of Scarlet was full of beautiful green pastures and lush forests.The Shape TakerA.J. Smith
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11/21/2017 10:28:27You know that abandoned house round the corner?The Stone HouseA.K. Benedict
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11/21/2017 10:37:59The taxikite banked as it approached Constitution, wheeling in an arc that encompassed it and two other great ships of the Fleet of Nations.The Glass GalagoA.M. Dellamonica
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11/2/2017 11:55:10"You know I love you."If You DareA.R. Torre
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11/13/2017 0:08:31Susan drank water, the liquid of life, unaware that soon death would be hers.A.R. Van Rhyn
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11/3/2017 20:12:51The book was thick and black and covered with dust. PossessionA.S. Byatt
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11/15/2017 13:19:01The book was thick and black and covered with dust.PossessionA.S. Byatt
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11/22/2017 21:19:37
There was once a little tailor, a good and unremarkable man, who happened to be journeying through a forest, in search of work perhaps, for in those days men travelled great distances to make a meagre living, and the services of a fine craftsman, like our hero, were less in demand than cheap and cobbling hasty work that fitted ill and lasted only briefly.
The Glass CoffinA.S. Byatt
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11/22/2017 21:20:42
There was once a young sailor who had nothing but his courage and his bright eyes - but those were *very* bright - and the strength the gods gave him, which was sufficient.
Gode's StoryA.S. Byatt
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11/22/2017 21:21:42Once upon a time, in a kingdom between the sea and the mountains, between the forest and the desert, there lived a King and Queen with three daughters.
The Story of the Eldest Princess
A.S. Byatt
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11/22/2017 21:22:42Once upon a time, in a village in a valley surrounded by high mountains, lived a family with two sons and a daughter, whose names were Harry, Jack and Eva.Dragons' BreathA.S. Byatt
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11/22/2017 21:25:03
Once upon a time, when men and women hurtled through the air on metal wings, when they wore webbed feet and walked on the bottom of the sea, learning the speech of whales and the songs of the dolphins, when pearly-fleshed and jewelled apparitions of Texan herdsmen and houris shimmered in the dusk on Nicaraguan hillsides, when folk in Norway and Tasmania in dead of winter could dream of fresh strawberries, dates, guavas and passion fruits and find them spread next morning on their tables, there was a woman who was largely irrelevant, and therefore happy.
The Djinn in the Nightingale's Eye
A.S. Byatt
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11/22/2017 21:43:03It might begin: The thrush has his anvil or altar on one fallen stone in a heap, gold and grey, roughly squared and shaped, hot in the sun and mossy in the shade.Babel TowerA.S. Byatt
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11/9/2017 21:37:07"A god cannot die," Charat Karal said.Rebel DreamAaron Allston
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11/9/2017 21:42:29She was beautiful and fragile and he could not count the number of times he had told her he loved her.Starfighters of AdumarAaron Allston
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11/9/2017 21:44:00Naval Lieutenant Jart Eyan looked rested and cheerful.Solo CommandAaron Allston
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11/9/2017 21:44:34He made no pretense at being fully human.Iron FistAaron Allston
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11/9/2017 21:45:16Twelve X-wing snubfighters roared down into the atmosphere.Wraith SquadronAaron Allston
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11/3/2017 5:39:06The prophet and the murderess stood on the battlements of the dead citadel, weapons in their hands.Void Stalker
Aaron Dembski-Bowden
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11/3/2017 5:50:14It was a curse, to be a god's son.Soul Hunter
Aaron Dembski-Bowden
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11/3/2017 5:51:03The warrior turned his helm over in his hands.Blood Reaver
Aaron Dembski-Bowden
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11/3/2017 6:13:18At first there was silence.Cadian Blood
Aaron Dembski-Bowden
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11/12/2017 14:39:38The ship was quiet as she walked its cobwebbing corridors.Blood Reaver
Aaron Dembski-Bowden
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11/12/2017 14:41:56The prophet and the murderess stood on the battlements of the dead citadel, weapons in their hands.Void Stalker
Aaron Dembski-Bowden
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11/21/2017 7:35:29I don't know.'The Emperor's Gift.
Aaron Dembski-Bowden
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11/25/2017 1:05:41The aechpriest watched from the caathedral window as his city burned below.Aurelian
Aaron Dembski-Bowden
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11/25/2017 15:09:29It was a curse, to be a god's son.Soul Hunter
Aaron Dembski-Bowden
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11/25/2017 16:24:01She spoke the words with a knife in her hand and a lie on her lips.Regicide
Aaron Dembski-Bowden
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11/25/2017 16:24:02She spoke the words with a knife in her hand and a lie on her lips.Regicide
Aaron Dembski-Bowden
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11/11/2017 16:31:18"It's perfectly safe," Tony said with his most engaging would-I-lie? grin.A Glancing LightAaron Elkins
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11/12/2017 23:48:08It was that time again. The time where all the horses used to show off to their gods.Aaron McGinniss
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11/6/2017 21:15:46My brother Ellis and I played a game when we traveled.We Are The MonstersAaron Polson
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11/18/2017 17:30:12Dawn, and fog still shrouded the world.Tides of DarknessAaron Rosenberg
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11/18/2017 17:31:31"Throw down!"Beyond the Dark Portal
Aaron Rosenberg & Christie Golden
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11/21/2017 9:48:54"Reuse! Reduce! Recycle!"
Boys, Bears, and a Serious Pair of Hiking Boots
Abby McDonald
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11/4/2017 18:24:21"Test... Test... Testing for real. Let's see if you work now, baby."When Planets FallAbby Reed
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11/2/2017 20:42:27 ph'nglui mglw'nafh Cthulhu R'lyeh wgah'nagl fhtagnThe NecronomiconAbdul Alhazred
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11/2/2017 11:39:07Allison McFadden walked slowly in the cool night air, her arms tightly wrapped around her slim body to keep the wind from whipping at her coat.Cut and RunAbi Roux
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11/14/2017 16:13:57Wyvern sacrifices vary a great deal from temple to temple.FlamesAbigail Hilton
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11/14/2017 16:21:17Gerard woke in a dark place.AshesAbigail Hilton
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11/14/2017 16:22:01The Priestess entered her temple through the inner sanctum and paused for a moment at the edge of her sacred pool.EmbersAbigail Hilton
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12/3/2017 15:51:16Miira Tahn, last Lady of Dhurai, gripped the railing in claw-like fingers as she looked out over the only real home she had ever known. Miiraacflory
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12/3/2017 15:52:55Ab initio - from the beginningVokhtahacflory
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12/3/2017 15:54:29The taxi landed with a clatter that sent the magpies screeching from the trees and the alpacas running for the shelter of the back blocks. The Godsendacflory
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12/3/2017 15:55:42The control room of the Innerscape facility was hushed as all eyes watched the numbers counting down on the wrap-around wall monitors.Nabateaacflory
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11/21/2017 10:43:15I hadn’t had a minute, since getting off the airship, to put down my carpet bag and close my eyes.
The Scrape of Tooth and Bone
Ada Hoffmann
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11/21/2017 10:59:48Two hours into Annalee's first convention, she started to notice things Mommy did not.
You Have to Follow the Rules
Ada Hoffmann
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11/2/2017 8:21:38
You will criticize me, reader, for writing in a style six hundred years removed from the events I describe, but you came to me for explanation of those days of transformation which left your world the world it is, and since it was the philosophy of the Eighteenth Century, heavy with optimism and ambition, whose abrupt revival birthed the recent revolution, so it is only in the language of the Enlightenment, rich with opinion and sentiment, that those days can be described.
Too Like the LightningAda Palmer
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11/2/2017 9:48:40
You will criticize me, reader, for writing in a style six hundred years removed from the events I describe, but you came to me for explanation of those days of transformation which left your world the world it is, and since it was the philosophy of the Eighteenth Century, heavy with optimism and ambition, whose abrupt revival birthed the recent revolution, so it is only in the language of the Enlightenment, rich with opinion and sentiment, that those days can be described.
Too Like the LightningAda Palmer
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11/2/2017 10:51:14we begin in the morning of March the twenty-third in the year twenty-four fifty-four.too like the lightningada palmer
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11/14/2017 7:47:25
You will criticize me, reader, for writing in a style six hundred years removed from the events I describe, but you came to me for explanation of those days of transformation which left your world the world it is, and since it was the philosophy of the Eighteenth Century, heavy with optimism and ambition, whose abrupt revival birthed the recent revolution, so it is only in the language of the Enlightenment, rich with opinion and sentiment, that those days can be described.
Too Like The LightningAda Palmer
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11/5/2017 14:05:25Deep in the belly of the volcano, my talons grip the baking rock.First HeroAdam Blade
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11/12/2017 23:22:25I have the ability to go through time, he suddenly remembered while at a bus stop near a tree. Adam Box
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11/12/2017 23:20:30With the backbreaking work of the Gold Rush came massage techniques from across the globe.Adam Cadre
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11/12/2017 23:21:10There is simply no scientific or mathematical formula that defines conservatism.Adam Cadre
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11/13/2017 0:03:24There’s something going on, and it’s bad.Adam Cadre
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11/17/2017 21:01:35
The Prisoner stopped at the edge of the precipice and gazed out over the land ahead, the trailing edge of his heavy black woolen greatcoat flapping in the stiff wind that screamed out of the glacier valley in front of him.
Dishonored - The Corroded Man
Adam Christopher
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11/12/2017 23:26:51“You are the greatest human in the world,” the dragon told the boy who desperately wanted to be a dragon, too. Adam Contini
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11/3/2017 19:52:19 The King is ready for war.The Inquisitor's TaleAdam Gidwitz
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11/10/2017 10:07:29The king is ready for war.The Inquisitor's TaleAdam Gidwitz
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11/6/2017 17:20:42There is damage.The InstructionsAdam Levin
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11/10/2017 13:14:11
The snow started falling on September 6th, soft noiseless flakes filling the sky like white moths, or like static interference on your TV screen – whichever metaphor, nature or technology, you find more evocative.
The SnowAdam Roberts
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11/13/2017 0:02:43She was cat-derived, though human in outward shape, which explains the C in front of her name.Adam T.
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