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The Stardust Hotel
Wheezy Tweet doesn't have an easy life. She lives in a foster home run by the tyrannical Mrs. Bodely; she suffers from multiple disabilities; and despite her many medications, she still sees monsters everywhere. To make matters worse, Wheezy's new boyfriend is turning into a dangerous were-crab, and her grandfather has been stolen and replaced with an endless nothing-along with much of the United States. Now it's up to Wheezy to stop them from taking the entire earth. Small and powerless she might be, but she has a cockroach named Forn Hall to mentor her, a few alien friends at the Stardust Hotel to assist her, and a boundless sense of optimism to keep her going when everything seems hopeless. Can Wheezy Tweet save the universe ... again? Author Bio Ralph Bourne taught special education for twenty-seven years. He has written several musical plays, including Calliope and Moses Leads the Children. He is also the author of Don't Believe It, Martha and The Unfortunate Crack in the Universe, another Wheezy Tweet adventure.
Dead Rose Hotel
Amateur ghostbusters explore a haunted location and bring home an uninvited guest. The Dead Rose Hotel spits out its secrets as Cindy gives birth to a demon while her friend Lola tries to stop it from killing them both.
Diggers Rest Hotel
In 1947, two years after witnessing the death of a young Jewish woman in Poland, Charlie Berlin has rejoined the police force a different man. Sent to investigate a spate of robberies in rural Victoria, he soon discovers that World War II has changed even the most ordinary of places and people.
An ex-bomber pilot and former POW, Berlin is struggling to fit back in: grappling with post-traumatic stress disorder, the ghosts of his dead crew and his futile attempts to numb the pain.
When Berlin travels to Albury-Wodonga to track down the gang behind the robberies, he suspects he's a problem cop being set up to fail. Taking a room at the Diggers Rest Hotel in Wodonga, he sets about solving a case that no one else can â€“ with the help of feisty, ambitious journalist Rebecca Green and rookie constable Rob Roberts, the only cop in town he can trust.
Then the decapitated body of a young girl turns up in a back alley, and Berlin's investigations lead him ever further through layers of small-town fears, secrets and despair.
The first Charlie Berlin mystery takes us into a world of secret alliances and loyalties â€“ and a society dealing with the effects of a war that changed men forever.
About the Author
Melbourne-born Geoff McGeachin has spent much of his life shooting pictures for advertising, travel, theatre and feature films. His work has taken him all over the world including stints living in Los Angeles, New York and Hong Kong. He is now based in Sydney, where he teaches photography and writes.
His first novel, Fat, Fifty & F***ed!, won the inaugural Australian Popular Fiction Competition and was published by Penguin in August 2004. Described by the Sunday Tasmanian as 'one of the most exhilarating debut novels in many moons . . . wildly imaginative, irreverent, bitingly funny, beautifully paced and populated by the sort of characters we'd all love to know', it continues to entertain and amuse Australian and international readers.
Geoff followed this up in 2006 with the hilarious adventure thriller D-E-D DEAD!, which introduced Alby Murdoch â€“ Australian secret agent and international photographer â€“ a man with a taste for good coffee, fine food and interesting women and described by the Sunday Age as 'a genuine action hero, with a truly Australian irreverence'. D-E-D DEAD! was published by Penguin/Viking and nominated for a Ned Kelly Award in 2006.
Sensitive New Age Spy, the second Alby story, was published by Penguin in 2007 and was also nominated for a Ned Kelly Award. According to GQ Magazine, Sensitive New Age Spy 'crackles with picaresque players and absurd wit. A chuckle-by-the-pool read.'
Dead and Kicking, the third book in the Alby Murdoch trilogy, was published to excellent reviews in January 2009. The Age's Cameron Woodhead wrote: 'McGeachin channels the ghost of Ian Fleming to entertaining effect in this high-octane adventure with a camp, comic gloss.' The Sunday Tasmanian said: 'McGeachin has a real flair for action-adventure writing. His pacing is excellent, his ever-changing scene locations are richly detailed and his plotting is intricate without being cumbersome. Throw in his inimitable sense of humour and you have a sensational combination.'
His fifth novel, The Diggers Rest Hotel, is a crime story set in Albury-Wodonga, and it marks a change of direction for McGeachin. The hero is hard-boiled detective Charlie Berlin, an ex-bomber pilot and POW with a dark past. Published in June 2010 it was described by Christopher Bantick in the Weekly Times as '... a bottler of a book ... terrific in all respects', and the Hobart Mercury reviewing it as, '...a fiesty, beautifully researched thriller ... shot through with brilliant insights and great dialogue, fitfully lit by explosive flashbacks to battle in the air.'
The Diggers Rest Hotel won the Best Fiction category at the 2011 Ned Kelly Awards presented by the Australian Crime Writers Association and was also one of ten titles selected for the State Library of Victoria's 'Summer Reads Program' 2010/11.
Topical Themes In Energy And Resources
This book combines issues several critical ones in the energy field (low-energy technologies, renewable energies such as the hydrogen economy, and geothermal energy).
Moving towards a more sustainable world requires a complete revolution in the way we manage energy and resources. However, from an academic perspective, this theme is so broad that most educators and researchers tend to focus on just one aspect, and maintaining the broad viewpoint which is necessary for making strategic judgments becomes difficult. Tohoku University addressed this challenge when developing a new education and training program for environmental leaders and brought together the extensive range of expertise available in specific fields into one special course which forms the basis of this book. Now in one volume, both students and educators can be brought up to date on a wide range of critical issues currently being addressed in the field of energy and resources. Chapters on resources include availability (for instance, rare earth metals), extraction and recycling of metals and plastics, and technological solutions to specific waste-disposal problems. In addition, broader strategic issues such as limits to growth and the interaction between the economic system and environmental issues are addressed. Even though each chapter provides topical data and knowledge from disparate and specialized fields, the book is written at a level that is readily understandable by students from all scientific, engineering, and humanities fields.
The Affair At The Semiramis Hotel
A.E.W. Mason was a 20th century British politician, but today he's best known for the classicThe Four Feathers, a story about the virtues and vices of wartime.
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