First Contact: Or, It's Later Than You Think

“What a hilarious ride—the übersurreal meets The day-by-day Show.”
 —Tim Dorsey, writer of Nuclear Jellyfish


In the bestselling and rightfully cult-inspiring culture of Kurt Vonnegut and Douglas Adams comes First Contact—an hysterically humorous satire approximately Presidential politics and intergalactic false impression. This shrewdpermanent and biting novel by means of Evan Mandery—an writer both well-versed within the lives of the U.S. presidents, existential philosophy, and the Simpsons—offers a lot meals for highbrow suggestion in addition to an all-you-can-eat buffet of snickers, because it chronicles the 1st shut encounters among earthlings and a vastly superior extraterrestrial race from Rigel-Rigel. because the subtitle of First touch so presciently informs us, “It’s Later than You Think.”

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Catch-22: 50th Anniversary Edition

By Joseph Heller

This fiftieth-anniversary variation commemorates Joseph Heller’s masterpiece with a brand new creation; serious essays and stories via Norman Mailer, Alfred Kazin, Anthony Burgess, and others; infrequent papers and images; and lots more and plenty more.

Fifty years after its unique e-book, Catch-22 is still a cornerstone of yankee literature and one of many funniest—and such a lot celebrated—books of all time. lately it's been named to “best novels” lists by means of Time, Newsweek, the trendy Library, and the London Observer.

Set in Italy in the course of international battle II, this is often the tale of the incomparable, malingering bombardier, Yossarian, a hero who's livid simply because millions of individuals he hasn't ever met are attempting to kill him. yet his genuine challenge isn't the enemy—it is his personal military, which retains expanding the variety of missions the lads needs to fly to accomplish their carrier. but if Yossarian makes any try to excuse himself from the perilous missions he’s assigned, he’ll be in violation of Catch-22, a hilariously sinister bureaucratic rule: a guy is taken into account insane if he willingly keeps to fly risky strive against missions, but when he makes a proper request to be faraway from responsibility, he's confirmed sane and consequently ineligible to be relieved.

This fiftieth-anniversary variation commemorates Joseph Heller’s masterpiece with a brand new advent by means of Christopher Buckley; a wealth of serious essays and reports by way of Norman Mailer, Alfred Kazin, Anthony Burgess, and others; infrequent papers and images from Joseph Heller’s own archive; and lots more and plenty extra. the following, eventually, is the definitive version of a vintage of global literature.

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Leg over Leg, Volumes 3-4

By Ahmad Faris al-Shidyaq

Leg over Leg recounts the lifestyles, from beginning to heart age, of “the Fariyaq,” adjust ego of Ahmad Faris al-Shidyaq, a pivotal determine within the highbrow and literary heritage of the trendy Arab international. The continuously edifying and infrequently hilarious adventures of the Fariyaq, as he strikes from his local Lebanon to Egypt, Malta, Tunis, England, and France, give you the writer with grist for wide-ranging discussions of the highbrow and social problems with his time, together with the lack of know-how and corruption of the Lebanese non secular and secular institutions, freedom of sense of right and wrong, women’s rights, sexual relationships among women and men, the manners and customs of Europeans and center Easterners, and the diversities among modern eu and Arabic literatures, the entire whereas celebrating the genius and sweetness of the classical Arabic language.

Volumes 3 and 4 see the peripatetic Fariyaq fall in love and convert to Catholicism for 24 hours on the way to marry. even though the narrative revolves round a sequence of debates over the character of male-female relationships, possibilities additionally come up for disquisitions at the actual and ethical importance of such diversified issues because the buttocks, the unreliability of virginity exams, and the human capability for self-delusion. long remains in England and France let for animadversions at the desk manners and sexual aberrations in their voters, however the dialogue, even if it contain dance-halls, excitement gardens, or poetry, commonly finally ends up returning to gender relations.

Akin to Sterne and Rabelais in his satirical outlook and technical inventiveness, al-Shidyaq produced in Leg Over Leg a piece that's targeted and unclassifiable. It used to be firstly largely condemned for its assaults on authority, its spiritual skepticism, and its “obscenity,” and later variations have been usually abridged. this can be the 1st whole English translation of this groundbreaking paintings.

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Conspirators plot to blow up a educate wearing nerve gasoline. an ideal servant all at once finds himself to be the insidious Dr. Fu Manchu. Science-fantasy wars, racism, company capitalism, drug dependancy, and numerous clinical and psychiatric horrors all play their elements during this mosaiclike, experimental novel. here's William S. Burroughs at his coruscating and hilarious most sensible.

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Breakfast of Champions: A Novel

By Kurt Vonnegut Jr.

Breakfast Of Champions is classic Vonnegut. considered one of his favourite characters, getting older author Kilgore Trout, reveals to his horror Midwest motor vehicle broker is taking his fiction as fact. the result's murderously humorous satire as Vonnegut appears to be like at conflict, intercourse, racism, good fortune, politics, and pollutants in the US and reminds us tips to see the reality.

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The Terrible Privacy of Maxwell Sim

By Jonathan Coe

Maxwell Sim turns out to have hit all-time low. Estranged from his father, newly divorced, not able to speak together with his simply daughter, he realizes that whereas he can have seventy-four buddies on fb, there's no one on the earth with whom he can truly percentage his problems.Then a company proposition calls for him to force to the Shetland Isles. With an open brain, he units out with a Prius packed with toothbrushes and a pleasant voice on his SatNav for corporation. yet Maxs journey doesnt cross as deliberate, as hes not able to withstand creating a sequence of impromptu visits to big figures from his previous who stay en direction. After a string of cruelly enlightening and extremely awkward misadventures, he unearths himself falling in love with the soothing voice of his GPS process (Emma) and obsessively deciding on with a sailor who perpetrated a infamous hoax and for that reason misplaced his brain. ultimately Max starts to wonder whether maybe its a serious loss of self-knowledge thats hampering his skill to shape genuine relationships.

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A Connecticut Yankee in King Arthur's Court (Barnes & Noble Classics Series)

By Mark Twain

One of many maximum satires in American literature, Mark Twain’s A Connecticut Yankee in King Arthur’s Court starts off while Hank Morgan, a talented mechanic in a nineteenth-century New England fingers manufacturing facility, is struck at the head in the course of a quarrel and awakens to discover himself one of the knights and magicians of King Arthur’s Camelot.

What follows is a tradition conflict of the 1st importance, as practical-minded Hank, disgusted with the lack of information and superstition of the folk, comes to a decision to enlighten them with schooling and know-how. via a chain of splendidly inventive adventures, Twain celebrates American homespun ingenuity and democracy compared to the backward ineptitude of a chivalric monarchy. while, notwithstanding, Twain increases the query of no matter if fabric growth unavoidably creates a greater society. As Hank turns into extra robust and self-righteous, he additionally turns into extra ruthless, extra autocratic, and not more capable of keep watch over occasions, till the one method out is a vastly damaging war.

While the darkish pessimism that may absolutely blossom in Twain’s later works will be discerned in A Connecticut Yankee in King Arthur’s Court, the unconventional will however be remembered essentially for its wild leaps of mind's eye, outstanding wit, and enjoyable storytelling.

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Modem Times 2.0 (Outspoken Authors)

By Michael Moorcock

Jerry Cornelius—Michael Moorcock’s fictional audacious murderer, rockstar, chronospy, and attainable Messiah—is featured within the first of 2 tales during this 5th installment of the Outspoken writer sequence. formerly unpublished, the 1st tale is an odyssey via time from London within the Nineteen Sixties to the USA throughout the years following Barack Obama's presidency. The second piece is a political, confrontational, comical, nonfiction story within the variety of Jonathan fast and George Orwell. An interview with the writer rounds out this biting, satirical, sci-fi collection.

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By Julia Holmes

No lady can have Ben with no right bachelor’s swimsuit . . . and the tailor refuses to make him one. again from struggle with a anonymous enemy, Ben unearths that his mom is lifeless and his family members domestic has been reassigned by means of the country. as though that isn’t sufficient, he needs to now discover a spouse, or he’ll be made a civil servant and given an everlasting spot in a single of the city’s oppressive factories.

Meanwhile, Meeks, a foreigner who lives within the park and imagines he’s a member of the police, is hunted through the overzealous Brothers of Mercy. Meeks’ survival relies on his abnormal friendship with a police captain—but will that be sufficient to avoid his execution on the annual Independence Day celebration?

A darkish satire rendered with the slapstick humor of a Buster Keaton movie, Julia Holmes’ debut marries the existentialism of Fyodor Dostoevsky’s Notes from Underground to the unusual appeal of a Haruki Murakami novel. Meeks portrays an international immediately hilarious and disquieting, during which annoyed revolutionaries and hopeful youths undergo along the misplaced and the condemned, only for an opportunity on the everlasting bliss of marriage and a slice of sugar-frosted Independence Day cake.

Julia Holmes was once born in Dhahran, Saudi Arabia, and grew up within the center East, Texas, and ny, the place she is at present an assistant editor at Rolling Stone. She is a graduate of Columbia University’s MFA application in fiction.

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