The Dispatcher by John Scalzi

The Dispatcher by John Scalzi

Bullet Teaser:

  • Science Fiction
  • Mystery
  • Short Story
  • In this universe, there is a 999/1000 chance of coming back to life after being murdered.
  • Dispatchers, licensed killers, will kill you so you come back to life. Like if you are dying on an operating table, they would murder you so you come back to life in your apartment or if an athlete breaks a leg that will take them out of action, they would murder them to bring them back to life in full health.
  • A dispatcher goes missing and Tony, a dispatcher, must discover what happened to his friend and why.
  • Police investigations and gangs.
  • Very cool universe to explore, makes you wish this was a full story or series.

Book Description:

One day, not long from now, it becomes almost impossible to murder anyone—999 times out of a thousand, anyone who is intentionally killed comes back. How? We don’t know. But it changes everything: war, crime, daily life.

Tony Valdez is a Dispatcher—a licensed, bonded professional whose job is to humanely dispatch those whose circumstances put them in death’s crosshairs, so they can have a second chance to avoid the reaper. But when a fellow Dispatcher and former friend is apparently kidnapped, Tony learns that there are some things that are worse than death, and that some people are ready to do almost anything to avenge what they see as a wrong.

It’s a race against time for Valdez to find his friend before it’s too late…before not even a Dispatcher can save him.

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Quiet: The Power of Introverts in a World That Can’t Stop Talking by Susan Cain

Quiet: The Power of Introverts in a World That Can’t Stop Talking by Susan Cain

Bullet Teaser:

  • Nonfiction – Psychology
  • Self-help
  • Introversion is an intrinsic and fundamental part of who some people are but often times Extrovert ideals are more celebrated and rewarded, this book helps in better understanding oneself to help embrace who you are.
  • Teaches and explains the differences between introversion, extroversion, and shyness.
  • Great examples and tips on how to change your thinking & interactions with people.
  • “There’s zero correlation between being the best talker and having the best ideas.”
  • “Don’t think of introversion as something that needs to be cured.”
  • A must read for introverts, the parents of an introverted child, or anyone who has felt that small talk doesn’t come easily to them or have felt drained from social interactions.

Book Description:

At least one-third of the people we know are introverts. They are the ones who prefer listening to speaking, reading to partying; who innovate and create but dislike self-promotion; who favor working on their own over brainstorming in teams. Although they are often labeled “quiet,” it is to introverts that we owe many of the great contributions to society–from van Gogh’s sunflowers to the invention of the personal computer.

Passionately argued, impressively researched, and filled with indelible stories of real people, Quiet shows how dramatically we undervalue introverts, and how much we lose in doing so. Taking the reader on a journey from Dale Carnegie’s birthplace to Harvard Business School, from a Tony Robbins seminar to an evangelical megachurch, Susan Cain charts the rise of the Extrovert Ideal in the twentieth century and explores its far-reaching effects. She talks to Asian-American students who feel alienated from the brash, backslapping atmosphere of American schools. She questions the dominant values of American business culture, where forced collaboration can stand in the way of innovation, and where the leadership potential of introverts is often overlooked. And she draws on cutting-edge research in psychology and neuroscience to reveal the surprising differences between extroverts and introverts.

Perhaps most inspiring, she introduces us to successful introverts–from a witty, high-octane public speaker who recharges in solitude after his talks, to a record-breaking salesman who quietly taps into the power of questions. Finally, she offers invaluable advice on everything from how to better negotiate differences in introvert-extrovert relationships to how to empower an introverted child to when it makes sense to be a “pretend extrovert.”

This extraordinary book has the power to permanently change how we see introverts and, equally important, how introverts see themselves.

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NPCs by Drew Hayes (Spells, Swords, & Stealth #1)

NPCs by Drew Hayes
(Spells, Swords, & Stealth #1)

Bullet Teaser:

  • Fantasy
  • Humor
  • Gamer literature
  • For people who like D&D, RPGs, MMORPGs, Runescape, Gaming, or anything with a quest
  • High fantasy world
  • Magic
  • Training
  • It feels like you are going through quests like you would in a video game
  • Fun, light-hearted adventure
  • Part of a 4 book series (ongoing)

Book Description:

What happens when the haggling is done and the shops are closed? When the quest has been given, the steeds saddled, and the adventurers are off to their next encounter? They keep the world running, the food cooked, and the horses shoed, yet what adventurer has ever spared a thought or concern for the Non-Player Characters?

In the town of Maplebark, four such NPCs settle in for a night of actively ignoring the adventurers drinking in the tavern when things go quickly and fatally awry. Once the dust settles, these four find themselves faced with an impossible choice: pretend to be adventurers undertaking a task of near-certain death or see their town and loved ones destroyed. Armed only with salvaged equipment, second-hand knowledge, and a secret that could get them killed, it will take all manner of miracles if they hope to pull off their charade.

And even if they succeed, the deadliest part of their journey may well be what awaits them at its end.

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Spells, Swords, & Stealth Series

  1. NPC’s
  2. Split The Party
  3. Going Rogue
  4. (Untitled – Expected 2017 – 2018)

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Pastel Orphans by Gemma Liviero

Pastel Orphans by Gemma Liviero

Bullet Teaser:

  • Historical Fiction
  • World War 2 – The Rise of Hitler – Holocaust
  • Family half Jewish and half Aryan
  • A child growing up during WWII’s perspective
  • Separated families
  • Coming of age story
  • Deception, Kidnapping, Brainwashing
  • Resistance forces
  • Self-Sacrifice
  • The bond between family and love
  • Tragic
  • Finding one’s own strength and willpower to endure the impossible
  • Amazing character development
  • Heartbreaking – Will probably make you cry multiple times

Book Description:

In 1930s Berlin, young Henrik, the son of a Jewish father and Aryan mother, watches the world around him crumbling: people are rioting in the streets, a strange yellow star begins appearing in shop windows, and friends are forced to move—or they simply disappear.

After his father becomes gravely ill, Henrik and his little sister, Greta, are taken by their mother to Poland for safety. However, not even the pastoral surroundings of their new home can protect them from the terrors of war. When the Nazis invade and Greta is kidnapped, Henrik must shed his youthful innocence and search for his lost sister, a quest that will further reveal a harrowing landscape of violence and struggle―but also unexpected connections.

Uniquely told from the perspective of youth plunged into adult chaos, Pastel Orphans is a coming-of-age story that explores profound lessons in self-belief, kindness, and human endurance.

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The Absolutely True Diary of a Part-Time Indian by Sherman Alexie

  • The Absolutely True Diary of a Part-Time Indian
    by Sherman Alexie

    Bullet Teaser:

    • Young Adult – Contemporary
    • Humor
    • Cute illustrated pictures
    • Diverse – Spokane Native American, Disability
    • Show the problems of life on the Reservation
    • College basketball
    • Alcoholism culture
    • Poverty
    • Struggles of racism in a new environment
    • Death and the struggle for hope
    • Relentless pursuit to one’s improve life
    • Friendship and Family play a big part
    • What it means to be part of a culture
    • Coming of age story
    • Touching story – You feel the main characters struggle throughout the entire story and you want him to make it.


    Book Description:

    Bestselling author Sherman Alexie tells the story of Junior, a budding cartoonist growing up on the Spokane Indian Reservation. Determined to take his future into his own hands, Junior leaves his troubled school on the rez to attend an all-white farm town high school where the only other Indian is the school mascot.

    Heartbreaking, funny, and beautifully written, The Absolutely True Diary of a Part-Time Indian, which is based on the author’s own experiences, coupled with poignant drawings by Ellen Forney that reflect the character’s art, chronicles the contemporary adolescence of one Native American boy as he attempts to break away from the life he was destined to live.

    With a forward by Markus Zusak, interviews with Sherman Alexie and Ellen Forney, and four-color interior art throughout, this edition is perfect for fans and collectors alike.

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Earth Abides by George R. Stewart

Earth Abides by George R. Stewart

Bullet Teaser:

  • Science Fiction Classic
  • Post Apocalyptic
  • Survival of the Fittest
  • Similar to The Walking Dead or Virtual Villagers
  • Disease has killed off most of the human race
  • The few survivors must band together against the new less human-dominated world
  • Animals adapting to the new circumstances
  • Humans rebuilding civilization
  • View how civilization is built including religion, superstition, traditions, education, hunting, gathering, family structure, power structure
  • See how generations and generations go by with this one group
  • Very cool world and ecology
  • Watch how the world changes if we aren’t the dominant species anymore


Book Description:

A disease of unparalleled destructive force has sprung up almost simultaneously in every corner of the globe, all but destroying the human race. One survivor, strangely immune to the effects of the epidemic, ventures forward to experience a world without man. What he ultimately discovers will prove far more astonishing than anything he’d either dreaded or hoped for.

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The Humans by Matt Haig

 

The Humans by Matt Haig

Bullet Teaser:

  • Science Fiction & Fantasy
  • Humor
  • Alien body-snatching
  • Discovering what it means to be human
  • Exploring poetry and the beauty of everyday life
  • Falling in love & Falling in love again
  • Family bonding
  • Father-son emotional bonding
  • Beautifully worded, very quotable, and memorable
  • Makes you appreciate the wonders of life & the things we take for granted
  • Heartwarming

Book Description

Body-snatching has never been so heartwarming …

The Humans is a funny, compulsively readable novel about alien abduction, mathematics, and that most interesting subject of all: ourselves. Combine Douglas Adams’s irreverent take on life, the universe, and everything with a genuinely moving love story, and you have some idea of the humor, originality, and poignancy of Matt Haig’s latest novel.

Our hero, Professor Andrew Martin, is dead before the book even begins. As it turns out, though, he wasn’t a very nice man–as the alien imposter who now occupies his body discovers. Sent to Earth to destroy evidence that Andrew had solved a major mathematical problem, the alien soon finds himself learning more about the professor, his family, and “the humans” than he ever expected. When he begins to fall for his own wife and son–who have no idea he’s not the real Andrew–the alien must choose between completing his mission and returning home or finding a new home right here on Earth.

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