Juarez Square and Other Stories

Author: D. L. Young
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ISBN: 9780990869603
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In this powerful debut collection, D.L. Young infuses edgy, dystopian science fiction stories with thought-provoking social commentary. These eleven works, five of which are original to this collection, explore the cultural and political impacts of advanced robotics, automated warfare, gene manipulation, and extremist ideologies.The award-winning story "The Reader," "Training the Fundies," and the title work "Juarez Square" envision an anarchic, cutthroat near-future along the US-Mexico border. "Ximena" explores the life of a robot brothel owner in Madrid, and "The Gianni Box" tells the tale of a stolen artificial intelligence that becomes the hottest designer in the fashion world. "The Jacob Seeds" takes place on a manmade floating island nation, where a scientist's revolutionary breakthrough in genetically modified food becomes the prize of a high stakes, winner-take-all political battle.This book marks the emergence of a compelling new voice in speculative fiction.

The Prophecy and Other Stories

Author: Drago Jancar
Publisher: Northwestern University Press
ISBN: 0810125781
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These newly collected short stories reveal a master at the top of his game. Drago Jancar possesses an acute understanding of the human psyche, enabling his stories to resonate beyond their particular milieu. This collection features seven pieces, drawn from four different collections, that together present the struggle of individuals against powerful forces. The characters try to make sense of a world of shifting borders and changing names that make the idea of a "homeland"—either literal or figurative—a dream rather than a reality.

The Daughters of Juarez

Author: Teresa Rodriguez
Publisher: Simon and Schuster
ISBN: 9781416538899
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Despite the fact that Juarez is a Mexican border city just across the Rio Grande from El Paso, Texas, most Americans are unaware that for more than twelve years this city has been the center of an epidemic of horrific crimes against women and girls, consisting of kidnappings, rape, mutilation, and murder, with most of the victims conforming to a specific profile: young, slender, and poor, fueling the premise that the murders are not random. Indeed, there has been much speculation that the killer or killers are American citizens. While some leading members of the American media have reported on the situation, prompting the U.S. government to send in top criminal profilers from the FBI, little real information about this international atrocity has emerged. According to Amnesty International, as of 2006 more than 400 bodies have been recovered, with hundreds still missing. As for who is behind the murders themselves, the answer remains unknown, although many have argued that the killings have become a sort of blood sport, due to the lawlessness of the city itself. Among the theories being considered are illegal trafficking in human organs, ritualistic satanic sacrifices, copycat killers, and a conspiracy between members of the powerful Juárez drug cartel and some corrupt Mexican officials who have turned a blind eye to the felonies, all the while lining their pockets with money drenched in blood. Despite numerous arrests over the last ten years, the murders continue to occur, with the killers growing bolder, dumping bodies in the city itself rather than on the outskirts of town, as was initially the case, indicating a possible growing and most alarming alliance of silence and cover-up by Mexican politicians. The Daughters of Juárez promises to be the first eye-opening, authoritative nonfiction work of its kind to examine the brutal killings and draw attention to these atrocities on the border. The end result will shock readers and become required reading on the subject for years to come.

The Dusty Man

Author: K. J. Russell
Publisher: CreateSpace
ISBN: 9781512040029
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As the Eastern hemisphere slept, the mind of God awoke from a deep slumber. Invading the minds of all humanity, His awareness overwhelmed the waking West and rendered it void of life in an instant. Then as they slept, those in the East felt God die. His death emptied Hell onto Earth, unleashing demonic armies that drove mankind to the brink of extinction. Beijing rose as a final bastion, its military bolstered by ingenious technologies but driven to desperation by faltering supplies and the constant threat of invasion. And the one weapon that could save them has just been stolen... In the wastelands of Korea, a stranger covered in dust visits a lonely town of Buddhists and Christians living in an odd state of peace. He catches the eye of Seo Ha-Neul. The stranger brings lies, warnings, and violence. Rather than stop him, Seo tries to understand his motivations, even as supernatural forces threaten devastation. "K.J. Russell's work is often dark, sometimes brooding, always lush with mayhem and magic." - C. Stuart Hardwick, editor of 'Tides of Impossibility' "An intriguing and unvarnished tale of human tenacity, 'The Dusty Man' is definitely worth the read." - Corinn Heathers, author of 'Bound Together' "K.J. Russell excels in creating the kind of fantastic worlds you just love to lose yourself in. Wonderful stuff." - D.L. Young, author of 'Juarez Square and Other Stories' 'The Dusty Man' is K.J. Russell's debut novel, a story that strikes with images both exquisitely haunting and violent. It Introduces readers to the 'Ruin of the Fifth World', a grim alternate future in which the survivors of mankind are the strong, the ruthless and the ingenious. God is dead and the world is crumbling. Demonic commanders organize hideous armies against mankind and one another. The heroes that rise among humanity are just as terrifying as the monsters. And where are the Angels to bring goodness back to the world? Looking for a light in this shadowed world seems hopeless, but there are those who dare to challenge the tide of armageddon, and there is no God to help those who get in their way. ALSO CONTAINS AN ORIGINAL SHORT STORY BY CORINN HEATHERS. Fantasy writer Corinn Heathers (author of 'Bound Together') offers her own take on this post-apocalyptic world. In the short story, 'Tears', a mysterious observer is tasked with gathering information about a tiny village. The observer is forbidden from affecting the village, but the misery of the population tests her conviction. The observer will soon learn that nowhere is safe in this world, and even this village might not be what it first appeared.

The Dead Women of Ju rez

Author: Sam Hawken
Publisher: Profile Books
ISBN: 1847656552
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Since 1993 over 500 women have been murdered in Ciudad Jurez. Residents believe the true number of disappeared stands at 5,000. When a new disappearance is reported, Kelly Courter, a washed-up Texan boxer, and Rafael Sevilla, a Mexican detective, are sucked into an underworld of organised crime, believing they can outwit the corruption all around. The Dead Women of Jurez follows these two men obsessed with seeking the truth about the female victims of the Mexican border wars.

The Earthquake Prophet

Author: David H. Brandin
Publisher: iUniverse
ISBN: 9781462032556
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In this distinctive collection of thirty-nine short stories, author David H. Brandin mixes satire and political incorrectness with startling story-line twists in the tradition of O. Henry. Divided into four parts, The Earthquake Prophet combines modern history, fantasy, and current events to deliver a treasure trove of prose. Brandin delves into a variety of subjects that range from earthquake prediction and World War II to the hot political topics of today such as global warming, sanctuary cities, and TSA’s no-?y lists. With wit and his own unique brand of humor, Brandin o?ers an interesting explanation for the collapse of the American economic system; deftly describes the inanity of professional politicians; exposes corruption in the judicial system; and skewers high-stakes issues in national security. Stories also explore how the ordinary can turn extraordinary. Scuba diving takes a strange turn, a piano lesson lapses into terror, and an unusual Texas slot machine creates quite the controversy. Blending political, historical, and general ?ction with tales of science ?ction and fantasy, The Earthquake Prophet promises a fascinating literary adventure.

The Story of Vicente Who Murdered His Mother His Father and His Sister

Author: Sandra Nieto
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ISBN: 9781784781057
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The intimate story of a teenager's murder of his family, from an award-winning Mexican journalist Sixteen-year-old Vicente and two of his high school friends murdered his mother, his father, and his little sister in cold blood. Through a Capote-like reconstruction of this seemingly inexplicable triple murder, Sandra Rodríguez Nieto paints a haunting and unforgettable portrait of the most violent city on Earth, with an in-depth investigation into the thought process of the three boys, the city of Juárez and the drug cartels that wage war in its streets. This book explores how poverty, political corruption, incapacitated government institutions and US meddling combined to create the explosion of violence in Juárez. The product of years of tenacious reporting that have brought Sandra Rodríguez Nieto international acclaim, this book traces the rise of a national culture of extreme violence, and is a testament to the extraordinary bravery of a reporter.

The Miracle of Alvito

Author: David H. Brandin
Publisher: Xlibris Corporation
ISBN: 1465325492
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Why did the town of Alvito, Italy rename its church The Church of the Miracle in World War II? What happens when an airline misplaces a passenger? Is it gambling if theres no risk? Who was the Greatest RomanEver? Whats the easiest way to steal an identity? The author explores these and other questions in this eclectic and fun-filled mix of fiction, science fiction, and historical fiction and fantasy stories.

Hotel Juarez

Author: Daniel Chacón
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ISBN: 9781558857681
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In this collection of short and flash fiction, Daniel Chacón examines peoples' interactions with each other, the impact of identity and the importance of literature, art and music. In one story, a girl remembers her father, who taught her to love books and libraries. "A book can whisper at you, call at you from the shelves. Sometimes a book can find you. Seek you out and ask you to come and play," he told her. Years later, she finds herself pulling an assortment from the shelves, randomly reading passages from different books and entering into the landscapes as if each book were a wormhole. Somehow one excerpt seems to be a continuation of another, connecting in the way that birds do when they fly from a tree to the roof of a house, making "an idea, a connection, a tree-house., Misconceptions about people, the responsibility of the artist and conflicts about identity pepper these stories that take place in the U.S. and abroad. In "Mais, Je Suis Chicano," a Mexican American living in Paris identifies himself as Chicano, rather than American. "It's not my fault I was born on the U.S. side of the border," he tells a French Moroccan woman when she discovers that he really is American, a word she says "as if it could be replaced with murderer or child molester." Many of the stories are very short and contain images that flash in the reader's mind, loop back and connect to earlier ones. Other stories are longer, like rooms, into which Chacón invites the reader to enter, look around and hang out. And some are more traditional. But whether short or long, conventional or experimental, the people in these pieces confront issues of imagination and self. In "Sábado Gigante," a young boy who is "as big as a gorilla" must face his best friend's disappointment that in spite of his size he's a terrible athlete, and even more confounding, he prefers playing dolls to baseball. Whether in Paris or Ciudad Juárez, Chacón reveals his characters at their most vulnerable in these powerful and rewarding stories, anti-stories and loops.

Maximilian and Ju rez

Author: Jasper Ridley
Publisher: Sterling Publishing Company, Inc.
ISBN: 9781842121504
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A strange episode that is at once a central part of American history and a tragic tale of human ambition and cultural misunderstanding. In an ill-starred undertaking, Napoleon III attempted to install Archduke Maximilian of Austria as the Emperor of Mexico. The move pitted liberals against conservatives, and the New World against the Old--and ended with Maximilian's execution, the insanity of his wife, Charlotte, and the emergence of the United States as a world power. "Jasper Ridley has written a riveting account of an episode which is exciting throughout and tragic at the end; it is also essential reading to understand the history of the United States today."--Antonia Fraser. A strange episode that is at once a central part of American history and a tragic tale of human ambition and cultural misunderstanding. In an ill-starred undertaking, Napoleon III attempted to install Archduke Maximilian of Austria as the Emperor of Mexico. The move pitted liberals against conservatives, and the New World against the Old--and ended with Maximilian's execution, the insanity of his wife, Charlotte, and the emergence of the United States as a world power. "Jasper Ridley has written a riveting account of an episode which is exciting throughout and tragic at the end; it is also essential reading to understand the history of the United States today."--Antonia Fraser.