At the end of Shadow of the Giant, Bean flees to the stars with three of his children--the three who share the engineered genes that gave him both hyper-intelligence and a short, cruel physical life. The time dilation granted by the speed of their travel gives Earth’s scientists generations to seek a cure, to no avail. In time, they are forgotten - a fading ansible signal speaking of events lost to Earth’s history. But the Delphikis are about to make a discovery that will let them save themselves, and perhaps all of humanity in days to come.
"Great Build Up, and then Just Ends"
Andrew Wiggin is told that he can no longer live on Earth, and he realizes that this is the truth. He has become far more than just a boy who won a game: he is the Savior of Earth, a hero, a military genius whose allegiance is sought by every nation of the newly shattered Earth Hegemony. He is offered the choice of living in isolation on Eros, at one of the Hegemony's training facilities, but instead the 12-year-old chooses to leave his home world and begin the long relativistic journey out to the colonies.
"A Change of Perspective"
This fourth volume in Orson Scott Card's five-volume anthology of short stories features six tales with religious and spiritual themes, exploring the mysteries of ritual, sacrifice, faith, and death. Discover why immortal beings seek mortal gods, witness the consequences of a vengeful spirit, enter behind the scenes of the lives of television faith healers, and more.
"THE CUP OF GOD'S INDIGNATION WAS FULL"
Isabella, Mary, and Lauren are going to be bridesmaids in Kristi's wedding. On Sunday after Sunday, at bridal shower after bridal shower, they coo over toasters, eat tiny sandwiches, and drink mimosas. They're all happy for Kristi, but they do have the ups and downs of their own lives to cope with. Isabella is working at a mailing-list company, where she's extremely successful, and wildly unhappy. Mary is in love with a man who may never love any woman as much as he loves his mother. And Lauren, a waitress at a midtown bar, finds herself drawn to a man she's pretty sure she hates.
"Waste of a credit"
First Meetings is a collection of three novellas (plus the original "Ender's Game") that journey into the origins and the destiny of one Ender Wiggin.
"Great for fans (please stop the music)"
Inspiration. Success. Confidence. Passion. No one is born with these qualities, but they are the key ingredients for reaching goals, building careers, or taking a blueprint and turning it into a breathtaking skyscraper. In The Trump Card, Ivanka Trump recounts the compelling story of her upbringing as the ultimate apprentice, the daughter of Donald and Ivana Trump, and shares the life lessons and hard-won insights that have made her a rising star in the business world.
This is a darkly hilarious coming-of-age novel and a richly plotted suspense tale told through the distinctive voice of its heroine, Blue van Meer. After a childhood spent moving from one academic outpost to another with her father, Blue is clever and possessed of a vast lexicon of knowledge. But when a drowning and the shocking death of a teacher lead to a confluence of mysteries, Blue is left to make sense of it all with only her gimlet-eyed instincts and cultural references to guide - or misguide - her.
"Over 21 Hours of Bliss..."
In The Do-It-Yourself Bailout, author Kenny Golde explains how he completely and legally eliminated $222,000 in credit card debt, without filing for bankruptcy or destroying his credit score. Golde provides a step-by-step handbook on all facets of how to initiate settlement negotiations with banks, how to handle collection agencies, how to separate your emotions from your debt, and much, much more.
Rosa Maria Ortega's attorney is arguing that the sentence is unusually harsh and meant to appease those “swept up in the Trump hysteria."
"Republican Green-Card Holder Who Voted Illegally in Texas Gets 8 Years in Prison" is from the February 11, 2017 National section of The Washington Post. It was written by Amy B Wang and narrated by Sam Scholl.
Lindsey Hilliard flees her charmed life in New York, searching for answers after her fiancé's betrayal fills her with self-doubt. Unfortunately, her rented Malibu home is next door to Levi Hardy, the sexy but insufferable man who humiliated her years ago.
In the summer of 2004, the National Endowment for the Arts organized a series of writing workshops, led by prominent authors, to encourage U.S. troops and their families to record their experiences and reflections on the wars in Afghanistan and Iraq. The result is this extraordinary volume of first-hand letters, poems, journals, memoirs, and e-mails from the men and women directly involved in battle and their families back home.
"Should Be Required Reading For All Americans"
It was bad enough that gods gambled with human souls, but Catherine Sharp's soul just had to be won by the Greek goddess of Discord, Eris. As if working a dead-end tech support job didn't suck the life out of her as it was. Now, Cat finds herself performing random tasks for the goddess in her free time. But when Coyote, the Native American trickster himself, claims to have won her own soul in Mayhem's weekly poker game, Cat wants in on the action.
"ENTERTAINING! WELL WRITTEN & GOOD PERFORMANCE."
This episode of Tales of the Texas Rangers originally aired on January 14, 1951.
Marriage counselor Nancy Werlock didn't want to take over the family business. Unfortunately for her, fate and a bunch of conniving spirits have other plans. Now, Nancy finds herself fumbling through exorcisms and training an apprentice - for Werlock women, the family business is demonology. At the Three Wishes Boutique, the customer may not always be right, but he may be possessed.
The heydays of the gold rush brought many a would be millionaire to the mountains and streams of North Central Washington. The most feared and respected was prospector and mountain man, Bear Walker. But in this episode, Bear is the one subjected to fear. A fear he has never known when his prospector friends start dying from a mysterious cause. Panic sets in among the miners and many believe it’s the plague. But the more Bear investigates, the more curious the situation becomes. He has never before seen anyone die like these miners are dying....
"Tarot Cards in the Age of Yelp: What Psychics See in Those Stars" is from the May 01, 2016 Arts section of The New York Times. It was written by Michael Wilson and narrated by Keith Sellon-Wright.
The inaugural battle between human and machine in heads-up no-limit Texas Hold’em poker has ended in a statistical draw.
When a Wall Street banking institution starts throwing 100,000-point bonuses at credit card customers, it may be best to grab them before they inevitably disappear. And so it goes with Chase Sapphire Reserve, a card that the bank, JPMorgan Chase, introduced last summer. The bank offered a sign-up bonus worth $1,500 to people who spent $4,000 on the card in the first three months they had it and then redeemed the bonus for travel.
"JPMorgan Chase Plans to Cut Sapphire Reserve Card’s Bonus in Half" is from the January 03, 2017 Business section of The New York Times. It was written by Ron Lieber and narrated by Fleet Cooper.
"Samsung Pay Now Works with Loyalty Cards in the US" is from CNET.com, published on May 18, 2016. It was written by Shara Tibken and narrated by Rex Anderson.
Can you make something happen just by worrying about it? All Syd has ever wanted is to keep her family (human and animal) and friends safe and sound. Shy and quiet, Syd hides from the spotlight, despite her talent on the piano, and is happiest when she's with her best friends or her cat, Beesley. Syd's always been in the middle between Anna and Eve, and she's never had a problem with that until now. Because now Syd really needs someone to listen to her, but it doesn't feel like anyone's paying attention.