Funny Business is based around the theme of - what else? - humor, and if you’re familiar with Jon and the Guys Read Library, you already know what you’re in store for: 10 hilarious stories from some of the funniest writers around. Before you’re through, you’ll meet a teenage mummy; a kid desperate to take a dip in the world’s largest pool of chocolate milk; a homicidal turkey; parents who hand over their son’s room to a biker; and more.
"Tons of laughs"
Paganini – showman, womaniser, dazzling virtuoso – is one of the most fascinating characters in the history of classical music. His violin is now kept in Genoa, where it is played once every two years by the winner of an international competition. This year, an unsavoury art dealer is found dead in his hotel room the day after the concert. Clutched in his fist is a scrap of sheet music torn off a page that belongs to the competition winner. But how did the dead man get hold of it? And why?
"Amusing little listen"
The web is undergoing a fundamental change. It is moving away from its current structure of documents and pages linked together and towards a new structure that is built around people. This is a profound change that will affect how we create business strategy, design, marketing, and advertising. The reason for this shift is simple. For tens of thousands of years we've been social animals. The web, which is only 20 years old, is simply catching up with offline life.
"Wonderful Listen :-)"
Four individuals fight to survive as the zombie apocalypse crashes over the world in a wave of terror and destruction. Color, creed, and social standing mean nothing as the virus infects millions across the planet. All four begin perilous journeys in mind and body as they face daily trials to survive: Four threads, four different parts of the world, one apocalypse!
"fast-paced & action-packed...a good listen"
In London, a newly-arrived Kurdish immigrant is brutally murdered by Turkish people-traffickers. The dead man’s wife, Irena, flees to East Anglia where she disappears into the murky world of illegal foreign workers. Reporter Joe Verdi goes undercover as a migrant worker to try to find Irena. But he’s not the only one looking for her – the Turks are also on her trail. Meanwhile, Joe’s colleague, Elli Mason, is following up the story of a typhoid outbreak. Three people have contracted the disease and the only link between them is a supermarket chain.
Tom Whitehead had never heard of Operation Gold Dust. Why would he? A respected middle-class academic, loving husband and father of two has no reason to be aware of an international investigation into internet paedophilia. Until he finds himself at the centre of it…Raided by the police at dawn, Tom is hauled away for questioning - about the pornography found on his computer that it was paid for with his credit card and about the overwhelming, conclusive evidence against him.
Rainaldi was a violin maker and when he is discovered slumped over his workbench, murdered with one of his own chisels, both the police and his friends are at a loss to discover a motive. Then it comes to light that Rainaldi had believed he was on the track of an infamous Stradivari - twin to the one housed in the Ashmolean Museum and subject to 200 years of myth and rumour. With nothing else to go on, his two close friends pick up the search from where he left off.
Rainaldi was a violin-maker, and when he was discovered slumped over his workbench, murdered with one of his own chisels, both the police and his friends were at a loss to discover a motive. Then it comes to light that Rainaldi had believed he was on the track of an infamous Stradivari - twin to the one housed in the Ashmolean Museum and subject to 200 years of myth and rumour. With nothing else to go on, his two close friends pick up the search from where he left off.
When fiery, fearless camerawoman Maggie Walsh receives a tip-off from one of her Indian contacts, she knows she could get the biggest scoop of her career. In McLeod Ganj, home of the Tibetan government in exile, the Dalai Lama is secretly dying. She successfully smuggles herself into the compound, but her escape is thwarted by Tsering, an idealistic young monk, and her footage is confiscated.
The seven stories that represent Fantasy and Science Fiction Magazine's July and August 2003 issues exhibit an unusual diversity of almost familiar worlds.
"Shootings" by Adam Gopnik; "Pinch-Hitters" by Nick Paumgarten; "It's the Workforce, Stupid!" by James Surowiecki; "The Impersonator" by John Lahr; "Four Short Crushes" by Paul Simms; "The Way We Age Now" by Atul Gawande; and "Magnum Farce" by Anthony Lane.
"Remains of the Days" by Adam Gopnik; "Reasonable Panic" by James Surowiecki; "The Denialists" by Michael Specter; "Inappropriate" by Paul Rudnick; "The Unthinkable" by Steve Coll; and "Fear Factor" by Sasha Frere-Jones.