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Guards! Guards! - Terry Pratchett (Paperback)

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Guards! Guards! - Terry Pratchett (Paperback)
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235

Amazing

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One of the best purchases I have ever made. The book is amazing and it's the correct edition to finally complete my collection

Total Recall - Arnold Schwarzenegger (Paperback)

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Total Recall - Arnold Schwarzenegger (Paperback)
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160
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R 205
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Highly recommended!

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Fan or not, this book is packed with interesting stories of a man whose life has been incredible since growing up in Austria. A go-getter who's realized all of his goals, proving that anyone can achieve what they put their mind to.

Now That I've Found You - Kristina Forest (Hardcover)

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Now That I've Found You - Kristina Forest (Hardcover)
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462

Fun contemporary YA romance

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Evie is a young actress living in L.A. and has a legacy to live up to. Her parents are famous documentary film makers and her grandmother, Gigi, is a legendary actress. She has dreamed of following in Gigi's footsteps her whole life. Evie is about to launch into superstardom in a thriller movie with a famous director, when her best friend Simone betrays her by posting an embarrassing drunken video of Evie on social media. Evie's trust is shattered and she loses the movie role. She has a chance to star in the remake of her grandmother's most famous movie. All she needs is Gigi's blessing. She visits Gigi in New York and meets Gigi's friend Milo an aspiring teenage musician. Gigi subsequently vanishes and Evie and Milo search NYC for Gigi. At the beginning of the book, Evie's behavior is selfish. She is thinking only of what her grandmother can do for her career. She does not start off on the right foot with Milo. She grows a lot during the story and comes to realize that people are complex and that self worth should not be based on what others think of you. Now That I've Found You is a fun, fast-paced coming of age story.

Kew Tropical Plant Families Identification Handbook (Hardcover)

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Kew Tropical Plant Families Identification Handbook (Hardcover)
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522

Very visual

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Filled with pictures and illustrations. Good summaries.

Blunt Force - Lynda La Plante (Trade Paperback)

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Blunt Force - Lynda La Plante (Trade Paperback)
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242
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R 310
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A solid early Jane Tennison mystery

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This is the first Jane Tennison book that I've read. I've seen the Prime Suspect show, so am familiar with the character. Blunt Force is part of a series set during Jane's early career in the 80s. This is the sixth book in this early series. Jane has been kicked off the Flying Squad and relegated to a station that primarily deals with petty crimes like purse snatching and shoplifting. Then the brutal murder of a high flying entertainment industry agent is discovered. The mystery keeps the reading guessing until close to the end. Jane faces a lot of sexism from her unit. She is excluded from important interviews and is expected to fetch drinks for other officers. The senior officers repeatedly underestimate her mind and capabilities. There is also a very engaging subplot in this novel. Blunt Force is an entertaining, suspenseful and solid police procedural.

Screenplay - Syd Field (Paperback)

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Screenplay - Syd Field (Paperback)
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339

Thank You

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Product arrived in perfect condition.
Thank you, very excited to start this book. :)

Vegetarian - Han Kang (Paperback)

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Vegetarian - Han Kang (Paperback)
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164
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R 210
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Wow!

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Such an amazing read. 10/10 would recommend.

Autopsy - Ryan Blumenthal (Trade Paperback)

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Autopsy - Ryan Blumenthal (Trade Paperback)
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203
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R 260
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Truly captivating read

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This was a very interesting book and a must-have for any body interested in crime and medicine. The book is easily understandable and explains some very difficult topics without being overly complicated. It is truly gripping and although what could be a very somber topic, it is quite funny at times. I would recommend this book to anybody that wants to know more of what forensics in Africa is like.

The Vegetarian - Han Kang (Hardcover)

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The Vegetarian - Han Kang (Hardcover)
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449

Such a beautiful read

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I was both disturbed and mesmerized by this book. It's so well written. I think this has to be one of the most memorable books I've ever read. 10/10 would recommend.

How It All Blew Up - Arvin Ahmadi (Hardcover)

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445

A compelling and original coming out story

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Amir is an Iranian American teenager who is gay and in the closet. When another student blackmails him about his secret boyfriend, he absolutely panics and flees to Rome. He is terrified of his parents finding out he is gay. The story unfolds as Amir goes to Rome, but also at the end of the story, as Amir and his family are interrogated in the airport after an incident on the plane. The dual storyline ramps up the suspense.
He finds a community of gay men in Rome who accept and educate him. He finally feels that he can be himself. Amir is a sympathetic but flawed character. He makes some errors in judgment in terms of honesty and he also has a hookup with an older gay man, which results in some negative fallout.
Themes of prejudice run throughout - there is homophobia, of course, but also addressed is the systemic bigotry against Muslim people.
I really liked the characters. Amir's sister is amazing and tenacious in her search for Amir. It is heartening to see Amir's parents put their love for him above their prejudices.

Ayoade on Top - Richard Ayoade (Paperback)

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Ayoade on Top - Richard Ayoade (Paperback)
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409

Perfect Perfect

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Thank you so much.

Item arrived in PRISTINE condition.
Very carefully packaged.

The product looks gorgeous.
So happy with it. :)

Hallo, Hekel - Anisa Fielding (Paperback)

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Hallo, Hekel - Anisa Fielding (Paperback)
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261
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R 340
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Mom loved it

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My mother really likes it, was a good present to give.

Way of Kings Part One - Brandon Sanderson (Paperback)

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Way of Kings Part One - Brandon Sanderson (Paperback)
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188
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R 240
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Epic!

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Really awesome book. This is my first entry in Sanderson's Cosmere series and what a joy it was to read. The world building and characters are really well done.
Kaladin ftw.

Watch Over Me - Nina LaCour (Hardcover)

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445

Haunting, atmospheric and beautiful

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Watch Over Me is an unusual book. Mila is eighteen and has aged out of the foster care system. She is traumatized, lonely, broken and ravaged by grief and guilt. She takes a job teaching at an isolated self-sustaining farm on the Northern California coast. The couple at The Farm have many adopted foster children and three interns. All have experienced trauma. They farm flowers, fruits and vegetables and everyone pitches in. The Farm is haunted by ghosts who come out at night. Everyone seems to accept the presence of the ghosts. The significance of the ghosts is revealed by the end of the story. The story is a slow build, quiet, well written and alternates between Mila's past and present. The setting is eerie and atmospheric. This book is haunting and healing. It is one of those stories that will stay with you.

Destiny Grimoire Anthology - Bungie Inc. (Hardcover)

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Destiny Grimoire Anthology - Bungie Inc. (Hardcover)
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473

Destiny lore fanatics

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Anyone who enjoys the Destiny lore will enjoy this book as well as the artwork. Also, a unique emblem that comes with it for use in-game.

Hamilton: the Revolution - Lin-Manuel Miranda (Hardcover)

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Hamilton: the Revolution - Lin-Manuel Miranda (Hardcover)
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914

Flawless!

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Although it took a while to arrive, it was wrapped beautifully and the book is magnificent. My girlfriend was thrilled. Thank you Raru!

The Nemesis Manifesto - Eric Van Lustbader (Hardcover)

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1,270

A non-stop action filled ride

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The Nemesis Manifesto is an cleverly written espionage/political thriller involving all-too-real politicians and situations. You can guess who the unnamed politicians are just by the descriptions. It appears to be a stand-alone or the beginning of a series. I really liked the character of Evan Ryder who is a lone wolf agent with the DOD. She is smart, tough, well-trained but not a robot. She is trying to solve the mystery of the gruesome deaths of some fellow agents. The story was action-filled and complex with many twists and turns. There were double and triple agents and suppressed memories. It was very difficult to guess the surprises ahead of time. This book reads like an action movie and I could really picture it as a film. Although, not historically one of my go-to genres, I will seek out more books by this author.

The Satanic Bible - Anton Szandor La Vey (Paperback)

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The Satanic Bible - Anton Szandor La Vey (Paperback)
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209

Not just a book for edgy teens

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La Vey's take on Satanism is largely glorified hedonism with "Satan" as a concept, rather than a deity you worship. Why? Well the appeal lays in the practical philosophies contained in the pages. It's not a religion, as per se, but rather a fascinating way to interpret the world and see what your place is.
To some this book might seem "evil" but certain values like "personal accountability" and "knowledge accumulation" should not be noted as selfish pursuits, but reasons to be more humane to one another instead of simply seeing the next person as a means to an end.

A pragmatic viewpoint or simply a creepy old dude telling people to engage in nihilistic sex, drugs and roll 'n roll? You be the judge.

Exquisite Corpse - Poppy Z. Brite (Paperback)

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Exquisite Corpse - Poppy Z. Brite (Paperback)
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235

Brite's most graphic novel to date.

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If you enjoyed American Psycho, you'll love this book. It's just as graphic, nonchalant, and even darkly stylish at times. Sometimes it feels like a slog but its charm lays in the characters and settings. Brite loves New Orleans and the author always takes a detour to the little French slice of Louisiana.

TL;DR gay serial killer and necrophiliac escapes from prison, finds fellow psychopath. Both set their eyes on a young lad. Enter jealous ex-lover. Sex, violence and quiet interludes.
Also a great gift for your girlfriend (or boyfriend) if she's into all things goth.

Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets - Slytherin Edition - J.K. Rowling (Hardcover)

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Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets - Slytherin Edition - J.K. Rowling (Hardcover)
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391

Great Edition

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The edition looks great however for the price I would expect the binding to be smyth sewn instead of perfectly bound (glued). The Illustrated editions are still the best HP editions to buy.

The Extraordinaries - Tj Klune (Hardcover)

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The Extraordinaries - Tj Klune (Hardcover)
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440

A hilarious queer superhero action romance

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"Gibby lay on the bed, tears streaming down her face as she rocked back and forth." Well that was me, doubled over laughing, reading this book.
The Extraordinaries' main character is Nick, a gay teenager with ADHD who has a huge crush on Shadow Star, one of the local super heroes ( which they call Extraordinaries). This book is set in Nova City, rather reminiscent of NYC. Nick has a great group of friends who have each others' backs and a supportive, although often frustrated, dad. Nick's fantasies about Shadow Star make him clueless about what is right in front of him and does a lot of growing up during this book. It is a both a love story and a superhero action story. Although this book is very funny, big themes of love, loss, grief, friendship, and acceptance run throughout. And the end. Bring on the sequel like, now!

Frozen II: Ultimate Colouring Book - Igloo Books (Paperback)

Frozen II: Ultimate Colouring Book - Igloo Books (Paperback)
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40
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R 70
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R 68
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Descent

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My daughter is a huge Frozen fan and she loved this.

The Art of Rick and Morty - Justin Roiland (Hardcover)

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The Art of Rick and Morty - Justin Roiland (Hardcover)
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678

The Art of Rick and Morty - Justin Roiland

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This is a definite must for any and all fans of Rick and Morty.
This book is littered with awesome concept and production art.
Showing the progress of simple designs & quick sketches to the final product.
It includes everything from character designs, backgrounds & objects (like weapons & Ricks portal gun).

The commentary on the processes and anecdotes gives you a better appreciation for the show and it's creators.

The cover also glows in the dark.

Ikenga - Nnedi Okorafor (Hardcover)

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Ikenga - Nnedi Okorafor (Hardcover)
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231
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R 290
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An imaginative and suspenseful middle grade mystery

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Nnamdi's father, the chief of police, has been murdered and his killer has not been discovered or brought to justice. Nnamdi is consumed with grief, anger and helplessness. One year later, he is approached by the ghost of his father and given a figurine called an Ikenga. The Ikenga allows Nnamdi to become something like a superhero as he thwarts local criminals and tries to solve the mystery of his father's murder. Along the way, he learns that the assumptions he has made are not always true and that life and crime are complex. He also learns to value his friends and loved ones. The story is well paced with lots of action and suspense. I enjoyed the imaginative descriptions of the small Nigerian town and its people. The nicknames of some of the characters are very creative and funny.

Camp & Caravan (Paperback)

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Camp & Caravan (Paperback)
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30
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R 50
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great read

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Great to find new spots for that holiday away
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