By Bruce Bethke
Whilst Jack Burroughs, a super younger machine programmer, is given his red slip, he's provided the chance to take advantage of his talents for a bit business espionage. wearing the guise of his on-line modify ego, MAX_KOOL, Burroughs transforms himself into one of many hippest cybernetic surfers at the InfoBahn.
"Bethke has taken the pc and thrown it in a blender... savagely funny." --Seattle Weekly
Headcrash gained the Philip okay. Dick Award in 1995 for SF unique paperback released within the US.
By Terry Pratchett
For greater than twenty years, Terry Pratchett has been regaling readers with stories of Discworld--a flat global balanced at the backs of 4 elephants, that are status at the again of a big turtle, flying via house. it's a global populated by way of ineffectual wizards and sharp-as-tacks witches, through drained policemen and devious dictators, via reformed thieves and vampires who've sworn to drink no blood. it's a international that's tremendously various from our personal . . . other than while it isn't.
Now, within the Wit and knowledge of Discworld, quite a few nuggets of Pratchett's witty remark and sagacious observations were compiled through Pratchett professional Stephen Briggs, a guy who, they are saying, is aware much more approximately Discworld than Terry Pratchett.
inside of those pages, you'll locate musings on:
inside adorning: "It's a truth recognized through the universes that regardless of how rigorously the colours are selected, institutional decor finally ends up as both vomit eco-friendly, unmentionable brown, nicotine yellow, or surgical equipment purple. through a few little-understood technique of sympathetic resonance, corridors painted in these shades continuously scent somewhat of boiled cabbage--even if no cabbage is ever cooked within the vicinity." (Equal Rites)
go back and forth: "Any pro tourist quickly learns to prevent something wanted on them as a 'regional speciality,' simply because the entire time period capability is that the dish is so disagreeable the folk dwelling in every single place else will chunk off their very own legs instead of devour it. yet hosts nonetheless press it upon far away visitors besides: 'Go on, have the dog's head crammed with macerated cabbage and red meat noses--it's a neighborhood speciality.'" (The final Continent)
younger males: "And then there has been the younger male stroll. not less than girls swung in simple terms their hips. younger males swung every thing, from the shoulders down. you might want to try and occupy loads of area. It makes you glance higher, like a tomcat fluffing his tail. the men attempted to stroll giant in self-defense opposed to all these different gigantic boys available in the market. I'm undesirable, I'm fierce, I'm cool, I'd like a pint of shandy and me mam wishes me domestic via nine." (Monstrous Regiment)
category: "'Old money' intended that it have been made goodbye in the past that the black deeds that had initially crammed the coffers have been now traditionally beside the point. humorous, that; a brigand for a father was once anything you saved quiet approximately, yet a slave-taking pirate for a great-great-great-grandfather used to be anything to boast of over the port. Time grew to become the evil bastards into rogues, and rogue used to be a be aware with a twinkle in its eye and not anything to be ashamed of." (Making Money)
. . . and extra! Culled from the entire Discworld novels, The Wit and knowledge of Discworld confirms Pratchett's position within the pantheon of serious satirists and proves why the Chicago Tribune has praised his Discworld as "entertaining and gloriously humorous . . . an accomplishment not anything in need of magical."
By John Waters
John Waters is placing his existence at the line. Armed with wit, a pencil-thin mustache, and a cardboard signal that reads "I’m no longer Psycho," he hitchhikes throughout the USA from Baltimore to San Francisco, braving lonely roads and treacherous drivers. yet who may still we be extra nervous approximately, the fragile movie director with genteel manners or the unsuspecting tourists transporting the Pope of Trash?
Before he leaves for this strange experience, Waters fantasizes concerning the top and worst attainable eventualities: a pleasant drug broker fingers over piles of money to finance motion pictures without questions requested, a demolition-derby driving force makes a grimy sexual request in the course of a race, a gun-toting under the influence of alcohol terrorizes and holds him hostage, and a Kansas vice squad entraps and throws him in detention center. So what relatively occurs while this cult legend stands proud his thumb and faces the open highway? His real-life rides comprise a steady eighty-one-year-old farmer who's confident Waters is a hobo, an indie band on journey, and the perverse filmmaker’s unforeseen hero: a tender, sandy-haired Republican in a Corvette.
Laced with subversive humor and hot intelligence, Carsick is an unforgettable holiday with a wickedly humorous companion—and a party of America’s bizarre, amazing, and beneficiant citizenry.
By P. G. Wodehouse
Thanks, Jeeves is the 1st novel to add the incomparable valet Jeeves and his hapless cost Bertie Wooster - and you've hardly ever began to flip the pages while he resigns over Bertie's devoted yet a little bit untuneful taking part in of the banjo. In excessive dudgeon, Bertie disappears to the rustic as a visitor of his friend Chuffy - purely to discover his peace shattered via the coming of his ex-fiancée Pauline Stoker, her ambitious father and the eminent loony-doctor Sir Roderick Glossop. while Chuffy falls in love with Pauline and Bertie appears stuck in flagrante, a scenario boils up which in basic terms Jeeves (whether hired or now not) can simmer down...A show of sustained comedian brilliance, this novel exhibits Wodehouse emerging to the pinnacle of his video game.
By Jana DeLeon
Deputy Dorie Berenger knew the day may pass from undesirable to worse whilst she stumbled on a stoned alligator within the city drunk's swimming pool. Then DEA agent Richard Starke indicates up in Gator Bait, Louisiana, giving out orders and insults speedier than you could forged a fishing line.
Dorie is familiar with the citizens of Gator Bait aren't going to speak to a stranger, specifically a Yankee, yet she caught with Richard till he catches his undesirable man. without different replacement to revive peace to the small city, Dorie is of the same opinion to assist Richard seize a felony and within the method, uncovers a long time of secrets and techniques which were hiding deep within the Louisiana bayou.
By Nick Offerman
The big name of Parks and Recreation and writer of the New York Times bestseller Paddle your individual Canoe returns with a moment e-book that humorously highlights twenty-five figures from our nation’s heritage, from her inception to give day—Nick’s own pantheon of “great Americans.”
To thousands of individuals, Nick Offerman is the United States. either Nick and his personality, Ron Swanson, are identified for his or her humor and patriotism in equivalent measure.
After the good luck of his autobiography, Paddle your personal Canoe, Offerman now makes a speciality of the lives of these who encouraged him. From George Washington to Willie Nelson, he describes a number of dozen of those heroic figures and why they motivate in him such nice that means. He’ll mix either severe historical past with light-hearted humor—comparing, say, George Washington’s wood the teeth to his personal adventure as a woodworker. the subject material also will let Offerman to expound upon his favourite issues, which readers like to hear—areas akin to faith, politics, woodworking and handcrafting, agriculture, creativity, philosophy, type, and, in fact, meat.
By John Lloyd
The 3rd e-book of common lack of know-how gathers jointly a hundred and eighty questions, either new and formerly featured at the QI's well known 'General lack of understanding' around. For the earlier decade, the QI group were patiently correcting the myths, misunderstandings and lost certainties that visit make up 'general knowledge'. the 1st booklet of common lack of know-how, released in 2006, turned an rapid foreign bestseller and has been translated into 29 languages. the second one ebook of normal lack of information in 2010 set the list instantly on enormous quantities extra components of daily wrongness. Now, the QI group returns to accomplish the trilogy. The 3rd ebook of normal lack of understanding gathers jointly a hundred and eighty extra inquiries to which the solutions all appear completely noticeable. a few have seemed within the BBC television programme's 'General lack of understanding' around, yet many look the following for the 1st time. What they turn out, past all average doubt, is that none people understand something in any respect. the biggest pyramid is not in Egypt, The Nile is not the world's longest river, The Himalayas aren't the longest mountain variety, 'Jingle Bells' wasn't written for Christmas, Whalebone is not made from whale bone, so much deserts should not made up of sand, The ozone layer is not made from ozone, Cowboys did not put on Stetsons, All snakes are venomous, and, now not all fish dwell in water.
By Bathroom Readers' Institute
Here's a Miniature Edition™ with a distinct objective. Excerpted from the all new, 14th version of Uncle John's Supremely pleasing rest room Reader, it's designed to be opened randomly to any web page for a fast learn on activities, minutiae, extraordinary stories, motion picture bloopers, ancient evidence, and lots more and plenty more.</Div>
By Tucker Max
Tucker Max’s 3rd and ultimate booklet in his sequence of news approximately his drunken debauchery and ridiculous antics. What all started as an easy sentence on an imprecise web site, “My identify is Tucker Max, and i'm an asshole,” and built into infamously genre-defining books, i am hoping They Serve Beer In Hell and Assholes end First, ends here.
But as you want to anticipate from Tucker by means of now, he's going out with a bang—literally and figuratively. during this ebook, you’ll learn:
* tips on how to reside and paintings in Cancun, whereas nonetheless enrolled in legislations School,
* Why Halloween is de facto awesome,
* the best way to subtly torture a highstrung roommate until eventually he explodes with livid anger over a lost condiment,
* What particularly occurred while a grimy festival lady attempted to sue Tucker simply because he instructed the truth,
* Why you'll want to by no means settle for a do-it-yourself deal with from a hippie with a van, and
* What occurs while Tucker turns sexting right into a sport.
He’s nonetheless Tucker Max, and—for yet one more book—he’s nonetheless an asshole.