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It isn't every day you help murder someone with poison in an illegal casino, whisk his body halfway across town in a Rolls Royce, after robbing him, then bury his body in tonnes of concrete underneath an international airport–all more or with the co-operation of two detectives. Les Norton is back in town!Trouble seems to follow Les like a blue heeler after a mob of sheep. Maybe it's his job–being a bouncer at the infamous and illegal Kelly Club in Kings Cross isn't exactly the stuff a quiet life is made of.
Maybe it's his friends–like Price Galese, the urbane and well-connected owner of the Kelly Club, or Eddie Salita, the hitman who learned to kill in Vietnam, or Reg Campbell, struggling artist and dope dealer.
But then again, maybe Les is just unlucky...
The ten year class reunion of Rockland High school is being held in December Shelby and Adira can’t wait to attend, but for different reasons. For Shelby it’s a chance to see her high school sweetheart and help him realize what he missed out on. For Adira it’s a chance to show off her lavish lifestyle and make everyone envious of her. Shelby wasn’t as popular as some at Rockland High but she did have some social status there. The females hated her because the boys loved her. Shelby normally got what she wanted and didn’t care who she had to hurt in order to get it. When she first laid eyes on Calix she knew that she had to have him. He was the most popular boy at school and also the most handsome. Shelby had her and Calix’s life planned out, but there was just one problem with her fairytale, her prince charming is with Adira. Timothy loves Shelby but not the way that a man should love his wife. He needed Shelby and she would find out just to what capacity the night of the reunion. Timothy knows that he wasn’t his Shelby’s first choice but hell she wasn’t his either. He was anticipating the reunion just as much as she was he had some things he needed to et off his chest. Adira and her husband, Calix was Rock Land high school’s most popular couple. So, it was only natural that they ended up getting married and having kids together.
Along the way, Adira realized that the most popular couple wasn’t as great as everyone thought. Calix was a serial cheater and the only way to have a little control and order in her household, was to accommodate his needs.
Calix suggested monthly hall passes to help him deal with his issues of infidelity. Completely against the idea, but wanting to hold on to her marriage, Adira agrees.
Although, it was a hard pill to swallow, Adira got over it by redeeming her own hall pass. The date of the next monthly hall pass falls on the night of their tenth year reunion.
Adira fears that her husband, Calix will use his hall pass to sleep with his ex from high school that just happens to be her arch nemesis, Shelby and that a secret she has been hiding for months will be revealed. A night of remembrance, bonding, and happiness creates an aftermath of pain and betrayal as secrets are revealed, and rules are broken. Adira and Calix marital woes becomes prevalent and Shelby and Timothy façade of a marriage slowly begins to unravel.
FICTION "Twisted Knots" by D.
A. Xiaolin Spires "Reversion" by Nin Harris "The Stone Weta" by Octavia Cade "In the Blind" by Sunny Moraine "A Man Out of Fashion" by Chen Qiufan, translated by Ken Liu "Fleet" by Sandra McDonald "Venice Drowned" by Kim Stanley Robinson NON-FICTION "How to Invent an Alien Language? A Linguistic Perspective" by Olga Kuno "Pirate Pharmaceuticals, Robots, and Kaiju: A Conversation with Annalee Newitz" by Chris Urie "Another Word: The Subtle Art of Promotion" by Cat Rambo "Editor's Desk: Ask and You Shall Receive" by Neil Clarke
Dreams are dangerous things. After a mental collapse forces him to sell his software company, entrepreneur Stephen Parker retreats to the quiet coastal village of Stoneyhaven, hoping to rebuild his life. Soon Parker discovers how dangerous dreams can be, as the world of his nightmares threatens to break out into his waking life and destroy the new happiness he finds in Stoneyhaven. To save the lives of those he loves, and perhaps even the world itself, Parker must enter the Dreamlands to rescue the ghostly woman haunting his dreams and solve the mystery of the Manor House before it is too late.
The short works collected in Four Huts give voice to one of the most treasured aesthetic and spiritual ideals of Asia—that of a simple life lived in a simple dwelling. The texts were written between the ninth and the seventeenth centuries and convey each author's underlying sense of the world and what is to be valued in it. Four Huts presents original translations by Burton Watson—one of the most respected translators of Chinese and Japanese literature. The qualities that emerge from these writings are an awareness of impermanence, love of nature, fondness for poetry and music, and an appreciation of the quiet life. Four Huts features eleven brush paintings by artist Stephen Addiss.