Dancing with the Devil in the City of God: Rio de Janeiro on the Brink
Product rating: 5.0 with 1 reviews
In the tradition of Detroit: An American Autopsy
and Maximum City
comes a deeply reported and beautifully written biography of the seductive and chaotic city of Rio de Janeiro from prizewinning journalist and Brazilian native Juliana Barbassa.
Juliana Barbassa moved a great deal throughout her life, but Rio was always home. After twenty-one years abroad, she returned to find the city that once ravaged by inflation, drug wars, corrupt leaders, and dying neighborhoods was now on the precipice of a major change.
Rio has always aspired to the pantheon of global capitals, and under the spotlight of the 2014 World Cup and the 2016 Olympic Games it seems that its moment has come. But in order to prepare itself for the world stage, Rio must vanquish the entrenched problems that Barbassa recalls from her childhood. Turning this beautiful but deeply flawed place into a predictable, pristine showcase of the best that Brazil has to offer in just a few years is a tall order—and with the whole world watching, the stakes couldn’t be higher.
With a cast of larger-than-life characters who are driving this fast-moving juggernaut or who risk getting caught in its gears, this kaleidoscopic portrait of Rio introduces the reader to the people who make up this city of extremes, revealing their aspirations and their grit, their violence, their hungers and their splendor, and shedding light on the future of this city they are building together. Dancing with the Devil in the City of God
is an insider perspective into a city on the brink from a native daughter whose life, hopes, and fortunes are entwined with those of the city she portrays.
Posted in Economics Tagged with: Brink, City, Dancing, Devil, Janeiro, Touchstone, with
Of Blood and Passion: A Vamp City novel (Volume 3)
by: Pamela Palmer
Product rating: 4.3 with 6 reviews
“An amazing, action-packed series.” — NY Times bestselling author Kerrelyn Sparks They call her the last sorceress: Quinn Lennox, the only hope of the vampires who are trapped in Vamp City watching their dark otherworld slowly die. But an ancient curse shackles the magic Quinn needs to save not only the vampires she’s come to call friends, come to care for, come to love, but her beloved brother as well. Arturo Mazza, the ruthless vampire who once betrayed Quinn, and has since waged a steady and relentless war upon her heart, vows to help her break the curse. But when the mission requires them to face Cristoff Gonzaga—the brutal and vicious vampire to whom Arturo once pledged undying fealty—Quinn must find a trust in Arturo that will test the very foundations of her soul.
Posted in Paranormal Tagged with: Blood, City, Novel, Pamela Palmer, Passion, Vamp, Volume
Product rating: 4.1 with 439 reviews
Assistant DA Alexandra Cooper returns in the new breakneck thriller by the New York Times bestselling author of Death Angel who once again captures the essence of New York City—its glamour, its history, its possibilities, and its endless capacity for darkness.
Grand Central Station is hiding more than just an underground train system. When the body of a young woman is found in the tower suite of the Waldorf Astoria, Assistant DA Alex Cooper and Detective Mike Chapman find themselves hunting for a killer whose only signature is a carefully drawn symbol carved into his victims’ bodies, a symbol that bears a striking resemblance to train tracks.
After a second body is discovered in a terminal alleyway, attention shifts to the iconic transportation hub and the potential for a bigger attack. With the President of the United States set to arrive for a United Nations meeting, Alex and Mike must contend with Grand Central’s expansive underground tunnels and century-old dark secrets—as well as their own changing relationship—to find a killer who’s cutting a deadly path straight to the heart of the city.
Posted in Police Procedurals Tagged with: City, Signet, Terminal
City of Ghosts: A Mystery in Vienna – Book One (Volume 1)
by: CreateSpace Independent Publishing Platform
Product rating: 5.0 with 2 reviews
VIENNA. A city of history and culture, where Mozart, Freud, and Beethoven once walked the streets. For American university student Jake Meyer, it is a chance to recover from a family tragedy he left behind. Surrounded by the baroque palaces and charming squares of the city, he hopes to pull his life back together. However, Jake quickly learns danger lurks in the most beautiful of places and his life takes a deadly turn when he provides a false alibi to an attractive fellow student seen fleeing the murder scene of her ex-boyfriend. When secrets from a forgotten war are unearthed, the mystery and body count start to pile up at Jake’s feet. With only the help of a friendly American consular officer, can Jake survive long enough to prove his innocence to the police? A debut novel of mystery with international flair, “City of Ghosts” is sure to please both armchair travelers and amateur detectives.
Posted in International Mystery & Crime Tagged with: Book, City, CreateSpace Independent Publishing Platform, Ghosts, Mystery, Vienna, Volume
The Art of Rocksteady’s Batman: Arkham Asylum, Arkham City & Arkham Knight
by: Harry N. Abrams
Product rating: 4.1 with 16 reviews
This book is the first official look behind the scenes of one of the most critically acclaimed and bestselling video-game franchises of all time. Collecting the best character sketches, concept art, background paintings, and more from all three of Rocksteady Studios’ Arkham
, Arkham City
, and Arkham Knight
—The Art of Rocksteady Studios’ Batman
takes fans through every stage of the creative process. Key creative and development talent offer commentary through exclusive interviews, making the book a definitive look back at seven years of gaming innovation that have helped reimagine the Batman mythos in yet another iconic incarnation.
TM & (c) DC Comics. (s15)
Posted in Video Games Tagged with: Arkham, Asylum, Batman, City, Harry N. Abrams, Knight, Rocksteady’s
The Pine Tar Game: The Kansas City Royals, the New York Yankees, and Baseball’s Most Absurd and Entertaining Controversy
Product rating: 4.6 with 7 reviews
An award-winning veteran sportswriter who personally covered the Pine Tar Game looks back and explores one of the wackiest events in baseball history.
On July 24, 1983, during the finale of a heated four-game series between the dynastic New York Yankees and small-town Kansas City Royals, umpires nullified a go-ahead home run based on an obscure rule, when Yankees manager Billy Martin pointed out an illegal amount of pine tar—the sticky substance used for a better grip—on Royals third baseman George Brett’s bat. Brett wildly charged out of the dugout and chaos ensued. The call temporarily cost the Royals the game, but the decision was eventually overturned, resulting in a resumption of the game several weeks later that created its own hysteria. The Pine Tar Game
chronicles this watershed moment, marking a pivot in the sport, when benign cheating tactics, like spitballs, Superball bats, and a couple extra inches of tar on an ash bat, gave way to era of soaring salaries, labor struggles, and rampant use of performance-enhancing drugs. Filip Bondy paints a portrait of the Yankees and Royals of that era, featuring two diametrically opposed owners, in George Steinbrenner and Ewing Kauffman; a host of bad actors and phenomenal athletes; and lots of yelling. Players and club officials like Brett, Goose Gossage, Willie Randolph, Ron Guidry, Sparky Lyle, David Cone, and John Schuerholz offer fresh commentary on the events along with their take on a rivalry that culminated in one of the most iconic baseball tantrums of all time. Rush Limbaugh, employed by the Royals at the time as a promotions director, offers his own insider’s perspective. Through this one fateful game, the ensuing protest, and ultimate fallout, The Pine Tar Game
examines a more innocent time in professional sports, as well as the shifting tide that gave us today’s modern iteration of baseball.
Posted in Baseball Tagged with: Absurd, Baseball's, City, Controversy, Entertaining, Game, Kansas, Most, Pine, Royals, Scribner, Yankees, York
Fresno Growing Up: A City Comes of Age: 1945-1985
by: Craven Street Books
Product rating: 5.0 with 2 reviews
If you grew up in Fresno, California, there are people and places you will never forget: Al Radka. Christmas Tree Lane. Fulton Street―before it was the Fulton Mall. Harpain’s Dairy. The Sunnyside Drive-In. Dean and Don and The Breakfast Club. Gottschalks. The Tower District … and so many more parts of Old Fresno, some still with us and some long forgotten. “Fresno Growing Up: A City Comes of Age 1945-1985” is the first book to tell the story of Fresno during the times we remember, when the city was growing up fast and so were we. “Fresno Growing Up” documents the Fresno experience and Fresno popular culture during its dramatic postwar period, when the city abruptly shifted from a small town to the fastest growing city in the United States. Surveying the businesses, restaurants, movie houses, malls, personalities, sports, bands, and fads that made Fresno fun from the forties to the eighties, “Fresno Growing Up” is a nostalgic look back at both the city’s adolescence and our own.
Posted in State & Local Tagged with: 1945-1985, City, Comes, Craven Street Books, Fresno, Growing
Frostgrave: Fantasy Wargames in the Frozen City
by: Osprey Wargames Osprey
Product rating: 4.0 with 1 reviews
Amidst the frozen ruins of an ancient city, wizards of different creeds are locked in a ferocious struggle. Each of them must seek to discover the treasures of a fallen empire and master long-forgotten but incredibly powerful magical lore. Each player takes on the role of a wizard from one of ten schools of magic, and builds his band of followers. While the wizard’s apprentice will usually accompany his master, more than a dozen other henchmen types are available for hire, from lowly thugs to heavily armored knights and stealthy assassins. Wizards can build their magical knowledge by unlocking ancient secrets, with the potential to learn up to 80 spells in total. As players gain power and wealth, they can develop their headquarters on the outskirts of the city, turning one of a dozen different basic locations into bastions of their art, equipping them with alchemical laboratories, mystical forges, astronomical telescopes and other magical resources. While individual games of Frostgrave
are quick and can easily be played in an hour or two, it is by connecting these games into an ongoing campaign, that players will find the most enjoyment. The scenarios given in the book are merely the beginning of the limitless, thrilling adventures that can be found amidst the ruins of the lost city.
Posted in Fantasy Tagged with: City, Fantasy, Frostgrave, Frozen, Osprey Wargames Osprey, Wargames
The Blumhouse Book of Nightmares: The Haunted City
Product rating: 5.0 with 7 reviews
Original and terrifying fiction presented by Jason Blum, the award-winning producer behind the groundbreaking Paranormal Activity, The Purge, Insidious, and Sinister franchises.
invited sixteen cutting-edge collaborators, filmmakers, and writers to envision a city of their choosing, and let their demons run wild. The Blumhouse Book of Nightmares: The Haunted City
brings together all-new, boundary-breaking stories from such artists as Ethan Hawke (Boyhood
), Eli Roth (Hostel
), Scott Derrickson (Sinister
), C. Robert Cargill (Sinister
), James DeMonaco (The Purge
), and many others.
“Geist” by Les Bohem…“Procedure” by James DeMonaco…“Hellhole” by Christopher Denham…“A Clean White Room” by Scott Derrickson and C. Robert Cargill…“Novel Fifteen” by Steve Faber…“Eyes” by George Gallo…“1987” by Ethan Hawke…“Donations” by William Joselyn…“The Old Jail” by Sarah Langan…“The Darkish Man” by Nissar Modi…“Meat Maker” by Mark Neveldine…“Dreamland” by Michael Olson…“Valdivia” by Eli Roth…“Golden Hour” by Jeremy Slater…“The Leap” by Dana Stevens…“The Words” by Scott Stewart…“Gentholme” by Simon Kurt Unsworth
Posted in Anthologies Tagged with: Blumhouse, Book, City, Doubleday, Haunted, Nightmares