By Jon Courtenay Grimwood
A noir melding of ancient Chinese folklore, organised crime and cutting edge medical technology.A policeman is murdered in San Francisco. And spends the rest of the novel hunting down the man who did it. And trying to get the answer to some terrifying questions. Why is he in another man's body? Why is someone trying to kill him. Again. And why is he being haunted by a nine tailed Albino fox? From the shell-shattered streets of Stalingrad in 1942 to the back allys of San Francisco's chinatown, evocative of place, crystal clear in its depiction of character this is literary fantastic fiction at its most compelling from one of the most exciting writers working today.
10 More Ways to Improve Your Bridge
By David Bird
In this book David Bird builds on TEN WAYS TO IMPROVE YOUR BRIDGE and presents ten further ways to increase success at the bridge table. In the area of bidding, the Jacoby 2NT convention is described - the most popular way nowadays of showing a strong major-suit raise and investigating slam possibilities. When bidding slams, it is critical to identify the presence or otherwise of the six key cards (the four aces and the king-queen of trumps) Roman Key-card Blackwood allows you to do this. Two important variations (Kickback Blackwood and Exclusion Blackwood) are explained. The Lebensohl convention is covered also, both when partner's INT has been overcalled and when you are responding to a double of a weak-two bid. On defence, the important topic of disrupting declarer's communications is explained. The book will also show how you can become an 'awkward defender', the sort of player that no declarer likes to face. Finally, five important areas of declarer play are addressed: holding up in a suit contract, using the entries provided by the trump suit, how to block the defenders' suit at no-trumps, the various ways to avoid an adverse ruff or overruff and how to overcome a 4-1 trump break.
400 Billion Stars
By Paul McAuley
Dorothy Yoshida is a telepath, and a really rather good one at that. She's also a scientist, and when a small planet begins to manifest some unusual signs she is sent to investigate. The planet is more than it seems, and on further investigation the scientists begin to suspect it has been artificially altered.But despite their suspicions the only life they can detect is on the surface, none of which has advanced far above the level of animals. And despite the hopes of mankind to find something which will help them in a burgeoning war against other species, there seems to be nothing there to aid them.With Dorothy's arrival, however, they are in for some surprising discoveries.
5-Card Major Stayman
By Ron Klinger
There are definite benefits in allowing a One No-Trump opening to include a 5-card major. More and more experts at international level have adopted such a style. If you are an ambitious player and are keen to improve the range of your no-trump bidding you will need a method to locate a 5-card major with opener or to discover a 4-4 major fit. 5-Card Major Stayman provides an easy structure that allows you to do just that and still enables you to use transfers to either major, even after a INT:2C response.
100 Winning Duplicate Tips
By Ron Klinger
Many competent players are frustrated by an apparent inability to score well at duplicate pairs. No matter how hard they try, the secret of success seems to lie forever beyond reach. The truth is that playing good bridge is not enough to win at pairs. The regular winners are those who have learned to adapt their strategy to take account of the vagaries of match-point scoring. A small shift in emphasis can make a big difference to results.In this book Australian expert Ron Klinger shows you how to do it. There are five sections covering constructive bidding, competitive bidding, opening leads, declarer play and defence, and they are full of well-chosen example hands and sound advice. Put these tips into practice and your results are sure to improve.
100 Winning Bridge Tips
By Ron Klinger
This latest edition of an outstanding book contains some new tips which reflect the changes in the game since the original publication in 1987. Learning from bitter experience at the bridge table is a slow, painful and often costly business. The 100 winning tips are designed to cover specific situations in bidding, play and defence - the sort of problems that arise over and over again in everyday play, providing a painless substitute for experience.
20 Great Conventions Flipper
By Ron Klinger
Contains those conventions that have proved themselves viable and some that are new but which can significantly improve your competitive resultsConventions come, conventions go. Those that are worth playing remain, others wither and die. This flipper contains those conventions that have proved themselves viable and some that are new but which can significantly improve your competitive results. Even if you do not play them all, you will want to know what your competitors are doing.
10-Minute Scrapbook Pages
By Raquel Boehme
Celebrate family fun, special occasions, holidays and ¿no season, no reason¿ subjects by displaying pictures of dance recitals, island cruises, trick-or-treating, and much more in fabulous ways.
555 Little Sayings in Cross-Stitch
By Marie Barber
555 patterns that will touch your heart as they enhance your work. Celebrate friendship, home and family, love, simple pleasures, spirituality, the holidays, and more, with sentiments such as "It is by believing in roses that one brings them to bloom", "Mother knows best", "No whining or complaining allowed".
100 Cunning Crosswords
By Thomas Joseph
What makes a crossword cunning? The 100 puzzles in this collection easily answer that question. First, they use real words ¿ not those such as ¿anoa¿ and ¿oca¿, that seem to only exist in crossword puzzle dictionaries. The clues are hard enough to test your crossword savvy, but not so difficult that you are screaming in frustration. So sharpen your pencil- and your mind - and attack these skillfully made, entertaining brain-teasing puzzles.
365 Mind-Challenging Cryptograms
By Trip Payne
They¿re simply too much fun! What makes these special is that all these quotations come from a celebrity who celebrated a birthday on that particular day. (So you¿ll probably jump right to the one who shares yours.) If you¿ve never sold a cryptogram ¿ sentences in code where each letter stands for another ¿ you¿ll get directions and hints at the start. Here¿s one from someone born on March 14th:EWKS GQE GUFWAX CHY FWJFWFGY, GUY PWFRYHXY CWZ UPDCW XGPOFZFGS, CWZ F¿D WEG XPHY CMEPG GUY JEHDYH. ¿ CKMYHG YFWXGYFWAnswer ¿ ¿Only two things are infinite, the universe and human stupidity, and I¿m not sure about the former.¿ ¿ Albert Einstein (14/03/1879)
100 Challenging Crosswords
By Thomas Joseph
These 100 crosswords, which are syndicated across America, don¿t have any impossible clues. Each puzzle has a pair of related answers which differ only in one letter. This is a perfect companion for a trip, when you have to spend time waiting, or if you need to unwind.
101 Cryptic Crosswords
These puzzles ¿ taken from the celebrated pages of The New Yorker magazine ¿ offer more challenges per ¿empty square¿ than the average crossword! Every cryptic has a twist, a little something extra, a double-dose of difficulty. That¿s because the clues all have two parts: a definition half and a wordplay half, with anagrams, reversals, containers, and lots of other word games built in. For example, here¿s a clue: ¿Reportedly lost in fog. (4 letters).¿ Got it? It¿s ¿mist¿ ¿ a homonym for ¿missed¿ and also a synonym for ¿fog¿. An introduction enlightens you on all the intricacies of solving cryptic crosswords, and of course the solutions appear at the end with tricks behind the clues explained. It may take a little practice to get the hang of these, but once you do, you¿ll be hooked for good!
336 Ten Minute Quilt Blocks
By Holly L. Schmidt
336 patterns, eight different simple techniques and a range of embellishment ideas to individualise your workSuitable for beginnersPlus a mini-gallery of project ideas
155 Smocking Designs
By Theresa Santoso
Whether you are an experienced smocker or have just discovered the delights of embroidering onto pleated fabricStep-by-step instructions, detailed diagrams, clear colour photos and helpful tipsDesigns for those who are complete beginners, as well as those with intermediate and advanced ability
50 More Winning Bridge Tips
By Ron Klinger
Ron Klinger's 100 Winning Bridge Tips is one of the most widely regarded of his many outstanding bridge books and was described by Alan Truscott, an all-time great bridge name, as being 'crammed with nuggets of advice not available in other books'. This exciting selection of tips is aimed at players who wish to improve further, and has all the stimulating and exciting qualities of its celebrated predecessor.