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BOOK OF THE MONTH
THE ICKABOG
J.K. Rowling
1299

'The Ickabog is coming... A mythical monster, a kingdom in peril, an adventure...(+)

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Marina is an Anglo-Indian, London-based barrister specialising in constitutional and human rights ...(+)

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MaddAddam
Margaret Atwood

Classification : General & Literary Fiction
Pub Date : Aug 07, 2014
Imprint : Virago
Page Extent : 496
Binding : PB
ISBN : 9781844087877
Price : 599

About the book
Toby, a survivor of the man-made plague that has swept the earth, is telling stories.Stories left over from the old world, and stories that will determine a new one. Listening hard is young Blackbeard, one of the innocent Crakers, the species designed to replace humanity. Their reluctant prophet, Jimmy-the-Snowman, is in a coma, so they've chosen a new hero - Zeb, the street-smart man Toby loves. As clever Pigoons attack their fragile garden and malevolent Painballers scheme, the small band of survivors will need more than stories.

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It may have been a decade in the making, but it has been well worth the wait . . . Margaret Atwood not only completes one of the most harrowing visions of a near-future dystopia in recent fiction, but lures us even further into new zones of existential terror
A haunting, restless triumph . . . A writer of virtuoso diversity, with an imagination that responds as keenly to scientific concerns as it does to the literary heritage in which she is steeped . . . A dystopia over which Atwood sets swirling a glitterball of different kinds of fiction
This final volume deploys its author's trademark cool, omniscient satire, but adds to that a real sense of engagement with a fallen world. Atwood has created something reminiscent of Shakespeare's late comedies; her wit and dark humour combine with a compassionate tenderness towards struggling human beings . . . Since almost everything in the world has been broken or has broken down, the novels' form, whirling as brilliantly as the bits of glass in a kaleidoscope, or the pixels in a complex computer game, seems simply to replicate that chaos. However, behind the apparent disorder Atwood the conjuror remains in firm control, juggling her narrative techniques with postmodern glee
There are few writers able to create a world so fiercely engaging, so funny, so teeming - ironically - with life. MaddAddam is ultimately a paean to the enduring powers of myth and story, and like the sharpest futuristic visions, it's really all about the here and now
Atwood has brought the previous two books together in a fitting and joyous conclusion . . . Atwood's prose miraculously balances humor, outrage and beauty . . . This finale to Atwood's ingenious trilogy lights a fire from the fears of our age, then douses it with hope for the planet's survival
A fierce, learned intelligence . . . MaddAddam is a wild ride . . . great fun
Moving, but also very funny . . . MaddAddam is an extraordinary achievement
     
Margaret Atwood
Margaret Atwood is the author of more than forty works, including fiction, poetry and critical essays, and her books have been published in over thirty-five countries. She has won many literary awards...(+)
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Alias Grace (PB)
Cat's Eye (PB)
Curious Pursuits (PB)
Curious Pursuits (HB)
Eating Fire (PB)
EATING FIRE (REISSUE) (PB)
Good Bones (PB)
Good Bones (PB)
In Other Worlds (HB)
In Other Worlds (PB)
Lady Oracle (PB)
Moral Disorder (PB)
Murder in the Dark (PB)
Murder In The Dark (PB)
Negotiating With the Dead (PB)
On Writers and Writing (PB)
Oryx and Crake (PB)
Strange Things (PB)
Surfacing (PB)
The Blind Assassin (PB)
The Blind Assassin (Hachette Essentials) (PB)
The Door (HB)
The Door (PB)
The Edible Woman (PB)
The Heart Goes Last (PB)
The Robber Bride (PB)
The Year of the Flood (PB)
Wilderness Tips (PB)
Wilderness Tips (PB)