In the early days of the Civil War, rumors of gold in the frozen Klondike brought hordes of newcomers to the Pacific Northwest. Anxious to compete, Russian prospectors commissioned inventor Leviticus Blue to create a great machine that could mine through Alaskaâ€™s ice. Thus was Dr. Blueâ€™s Incredible Bone-Shaking Drill Engine born.
But on its first test run the Boneshaker went terribly awry, destroying several blocks of downtown Seattle and unearthing a subterranean vein of blight gas that turned anyone who breathed it into the living dead.
Now it is sixteen years later, and a wall has been built to enclose the devastated and toxic city. Just beyond it lives Blueâ€™s widow, Briar Wilkes. Life is hard with a ruined reputation and a teenaged boy to support, but she and Ezekiel are managing. Until Ezekiel undertakes a secret crusade to rewrite history.
His quest will take him under the wall and into a city teeming with ravenous undead, air pirates, criminal overlords, and heavily armed refugees. And only Briar can bring him out alive.
Aleksandar Ferdinand, a Clanker, and Deryn Sharp, a Darwinist, are on opposite sides of the war. But their paths cross in the most unexpected way, taking them both aboard the Leviathan on a fantastical, around-the-world adventureâ€¦.One that will change both their lives forever.
Dallas, 11/22/63: Three shots ring out.
President John F. Kennedy is dead.
Life can turn on a dimeâ€”or stumble into the extraordinary, as it does for Jake Epping, a high school English teacher in a Maine town. While grading essays by his GED students, Jake reads a gruesome, enthralling piece penned by janitor Harry Dunning: fifty years ago, Harry somehow survived his fatherâ€™s sledgehammer slaughter of his entire family. Jake is blown away . . . but an even more bizarre secret comes to light when Jakeâ€™s friend Al, owner of the local diner, enlists Jake to take over the mission that has become his obsessionâ€”to prevent the Kennedy assassination. How? By stepping through a portal in the dinerâ€™s storeroom, and into the era of Ike and Elvis, of big American cars, sock hops, and cigarette smoke. . . . Finding himself in warmhearted Jodie, Texas, Jake begins a new life. But all turns in the road lead to a troubled loner named Lee Harvey Oswald. The course of history is about to be rewritten . . . and become heart-stoppingly suspenseful.
In Stephen Kingâ€™s â€œmost ambitious and accomplishedâ€ (NPR) novel, time travel has never been so believable. Or so terrifying.
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Touchstone, the magical theater troupe, continues to build audiences.Â But Cayden is increasingly troubled by his â€œelsewhens,â€ the uncontrolled moments when he is plunged into visions of the possible futures.Â He fears that his Fae gift will forever taint his friendships; his friends fear that his increasing distance will destroy him.Â Â Â Â
But worldly success follows themâ€”an apparent loss in the Trials leads to Touchstone being selected to travel to the Continent with a Royal Embassy to collect Prince Ashgarâ€™s new bride.Â They are the first theater artists to appear outside Albeyn for at least seventy yearsâ€”for magic is suspect and forbidden elsewhere, and the Kingdomâ€™s easy race mixing and magic use horrifies the people they are to travel among.