Wednesday, 14 November 2012

My To Read List


"They are in your house. They are in your car. They are in the skies…Now they're coming for you.   In the near future, at a moment no one will notice, all the dazzling technology that runs our world will unite and turn against us. Taking on the persona of a shy human boy, a childlike but massively powerful artificial intelligence known as Archos comes online and assumes control over the global network of machines that regulate everything from transportation to utilities, defense and communication. In the months leading up to this, sporadic glitches are noticed by a handful of unconnected humans -- a single mother disconcerted by her daughter's menacing "smart" toys, a lonely Japanese bachelor who is victimized by his domestic robot companion, an isolated U.S. soldier who witnesses a 'pacification unit' go haywire -- but most are unaware of the growing rebellion until it is too late.   When the Robot War ignites -- at a moment known later as Zero Hour -- humankind will be both decimated and, possibly, for the first time in history, united. Robopocalypse is a brilliantly conceived action-filled epic, a terrifying story with heart-stopping implications for the real technology all around us…and an entertaining and engaging thriller unlike anything else written in years.  "

"In 2002, David MacLean woke up in a train station in Secunderabad, India with no money, no passport, and no idea who he was. Taken to a local mental institution, David was eventually diagnosed with amnesia, caused by a bizarre reaction he had had to Lariam, a common malaria medication. David had woken up to find he had forgotten his family, he had forgotten his friends, and he had forgotten the woman he loved. When he returned to the States, he was a stranger in his own home. And as he slowly pieced together the fragments of his former life, he found it forever changed. In The Answer to the Riddle is Me, David tells the story of the horrifying, sometimes comic and heart-rending year in which he lost his identity and reinvented himself. In so doing, he explores the mysterious depths of our personal psyches - who are we without the benefit of memory and experience? What ultimately makes us knowable to ourselves?"

"The End of Days Armageddon and Prophecies of the Return Chapter One The Messianic Clock Wherever one turns, humankind appears seized with Apocalyptic trepidation, Messianic fervor, and End of Time anxiety. Religious fanaticism manifests itself in wars, rebellions, and the slaughter of "infidels." Armies amassed by Kings of the West are warring with armies of the Kings of the East. A Clash of Civilizations shakes the foundations of traditional ways of life. Carnage engulfs cities and towns; the high and the mighty seek safety behind protective walls. Natural calamities and ever-intensifying catastrophies leave people wondering: Has Mankind sinned, is it witnessing Divine Wrath, is it due for another annihilating Deluge? Is this the Apocalypse? Can there be--will there be--Salvation? Are Messianic times afoot? The time--the twenty-first century A.D. --or was it the twenty-first century B.C.E. ? The correct answer is Yes and Yes, both in our own time as well as in those ancient times."

"Owen Gray is an ordinary 29-year-old high school teacher implanted with a medical chip that controls his epilepsy. When the Supreme Court rules that "Amps," people whose chips give them enhanced abilities, are not a protected class shielded from discrimination, Owen's father, who's also his neurosurgeon, reveals that Owen's chip is "something extra," and Owen is now in danger from "pure pride" activists. He takes off for an Oklahoma trailer park called Eden where chip designer Jim Howard lives alongside other implantees whose only protection now is each other. Most just want to live normal lives, but ex-soldier Lyle Crosby intends to exploit their enhancements to start a war, and Owen is thrust into the fight. Wilson keeps the action and fear-based prejudice ever-present without sacrificing depth. The story's heart is the moral quandary Owen faces once he knows his implant only responds to his deepest thoughts, keeping the reader wondering how far he will go and how much he is willing to sacrifice." Agent: Laurie Fox, Linda Chester Literary Agency. (June) (c) Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved.

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