Super Thinking by Gabriel Weinberg

24 May 2017 | By Gabriel Weinberg | Filed in: hard-science-fiction.

Enter for a chance to win 1 of 20 signed, first edition paperback copies of Super Thinking: The Big Book of Mental Models.

The world's greatest problem-solvers, forecasters, and decision-makers all rely on a set of frameworks and shortcuts that help them cut through complexity and separate good ideas from bad ones. They're called mental models, and you can find them in dense textbooks on psychology, physics, economics, and more.

Or, you can just read Super Thinking, a fun, illustrated guide to every mental model you could possibly need. How can mental models help you? Well, here are just a few examples...

• If you've ever been overwhelmed by a to-do list that's grown too long, maybe you need the Eisenhower Decision Matrix to help you prioritize.

• Use the 5 Whys model to better understand people's motivations or get to the root cause of a problem.

• Before concluding that your colleague who messes up your projects is out to sabotage you, consider Hanlon's Razor for an alternative explanation.

• Ever sat through a bad movie just because you paid a lot for the ticket? You might be falling prey to Sunk Cost Fallacy.

• Set up Forcing Functions, like standing meeting or deadlines, to help grease the wheels for changes you want to occur.

So, the next time you find yourself faced with a difficult decision or just trying to understand a complex situation, let Super Thinking upgrade your brain with mental models.

Zed by Joanna Kavenna

24 May 2017 | By Joanna Kavenna | Filed in: wonder-woman.

“Zed is brilliant dystopian insanity on a grand scale, describing a world of corporate pretenders, broken software, and algorithms that never quite work as well as they’re supposed to. Hilarious, incisive, and painfully relevant.”—Max Barry, author of Lexicon

From the winner of the Orange Award for New Writing comes a blistering, satirical novel about life under a global media and tech corporation that knows exactly what we think, what we want, and what we do—before we do.

One corporation has made a perfect world based on a perfect algorithm . . . now what to do with all these messy people?
Lionel Bigman is dead. Murdered by a robot. Guy Matthias, the philandering founder and CEO of the mega-corporation Beetle, insists it was human error. But was it? Either the predictive algorithms of Beetle's supposedly omniscient 'lifechain' don't work, or, they've been hacked. Both scenarios are impossible to imagine and signal the end of Beetle's technotopia and life as we know it.
Dazzlingly original and darkly comic, Zed asks profound questions about who we are, what we owe to one another, and what makes us human. It describes our moment—the ugliness and the beauty—perfectly. Kavenna is a prophet who has seen deeply into the present—and thrown back her head and laughed.

The Most Fun We Ever Had by Claire Lombardo

24 May 2017 | By Claire Lombardo | Filed in: canada.

A dazzling, multigenerational novel in which the four adult daughters of a Chicago couple—still madly in love after 40 years—recklessly ignite old rivalries until a long-buried secret threatens to shatter the lives they've built.

When Marilyn and David Sorenson fall in love in the 70s, they are blithely ignorant of all that's to come. By 2016, their four radically different daughters are each in a state of unrest: Wendy, widowed young, soothes herself with booze and younger men; Violet, a lawyer-turned-stay-at-home-mom, battles anxiety when the darkest part of her past resurfaces; Liza, a newly tenured professor, finds herself pregnant with a baby she's not sure she wants; and Grace, the youngest daughter, begins living a lie that no one suspects. Above it all, the daughters share the fear that they will never find a love quite like their parents'.

As the novel moves through the tumultuous year following the arrival of Jonah—given up by one of the daughters in a closed adoption 15 years before—we are shown the rich tapestry of the Sorensons' past: years marred by infidelity and resentment, but also the moments of joy that make everything else worthwhile.

Spanning nearly half a century, Lombardo's debut explores the triumphs and burdens of love, the fraught tethers of parenthood and sisterhood, and the baffling mixture of affection, abhorrence, resistance, and submission we feel for those closet to us.

Then I Met You by Matt Dunn

24 May 2017 | By Matt Dunn | Filed in: singularity.

Dream date . . . or an absolute nightmare?

Lisa’s dated a series of disastrous men; Simon’s loved and lost the girl of his dreams. She’s hoping fate might intervene in her love life; he’d prefer that it stopped meddling with his.

Today, they’re meeting, courtesy of the local paper’s ‘Blind Date’ feature – but while Lisa’s looking for that elusive ‘spark’, Simon’s sure lightning doesn’t strike twice. Will theirs be a love that’s written in the stars, or merely another mismatch written up in the Gazette?

From the bestselling author of At the Wedding comes a story of two perfect strangers who might just be perfect for each other.

After the End by Clare Mackintosh

24 May 2017 | By Clare Mackintosh | Filed in: classical-music.

Enter for your chance 1 of 10 copies of Clare Mackintosh's new novel After the End!

From New York Times bestselling author Clare Mackintosh, a deeply moving and page-turning novel about an impossible choice--and the two paths fate could take.

Max and Pip are the strongest couple you know. They're best friends, lovers, unshakable. But then their son gets sick and the doctors put the question of his survival into their hands. For the first time, Max and Pip can't agree. They each want a different future for their son.

What if they could have both?

A gripping and propulsive exploration of love, marriage, parenthood, and the road not taken, After the End brings one unforgettable family from unimaginable loss to a surprising, satisfying, and redemptive ending and the life they are fated to find. With the emotional power of Jodi Picoult's My Sister's Keeper, Mackintosh helps us to see that sometimes the end is just another beginning.

A Violet Fire by Kelsey Quick

24 May 2017 | By Kelsey Quick | Filed in: cats.

Enter to win 1 of 25 signed copies of A Violet Fire, months before its release!

"A vampire tale with a heady mix of defiance and doubt, rebellion and romance." — Kirkus Reviews

In the Vampire Stratocracy of Cain, human blood is scarce. For centuries, councils have sought to assuage the blood shortage by enslaving and breeding humans, turning them into profitable supply units for the rich and the abled.

Today, eighteen-year-old Wavorly Sterling is officially a supply unit, bound to serve her blood willingly to her master for the rest of her life. One of only few humans that was not bred in Cain, Wavorly knows freedom better than anyone, and she is determined to escape the clutches of her oppressors, even if by the hands of death.

But surprises lay beyond every certainty, and within every doubt. Where Wavorly's hatred for both vampires and her enslavement once flowed free as blood, it merely trickles as she grows to admire her reserved, yet receptive master and savior, Anton Zein.

However, danger lurks in the castle, and a prophecy calls from beyond the walls of a lavender gate—concealing the horrific secrets lodged between handsome smirks and cinereous eyes. It will take everything within Wavorly to face her fears and her doubts; to harness the truth of her past despite what that means for her future. The only question is, will she?

Championed as this decade's fresh twist on vampires, A Violet Fire is sure to surprise you.

The Girl on the Mountain by Carol Ervin

24 May 2017 | By Carol Ervin | Filed in: juvenile.

Enter to win 1 of 100 Kindle copies of THE GIRL ON THE MOUNTAIN, a historical fiction page-turner with adventure, love and mystery. It’s the first story in the Mountain Women Series, bringing to life the struggles, triumphs and enduring friendships of women in a small industrial town in the early 1900s.

When Love Rises by Michelle G. Stradford

24 May 2017 | By Michelle G. Stradford | Filed in: adult-colouring-books.

Poetry Lovers enter for a chance to win a print copy of Best Seller and No. 1 Release in Poetry about Love, WHEN LOVE RISES by Michelle G Stradford. A total of 20 paperback copies are available.

When Love Rises is an emotional poetic thriller taking you on a journey through the multiple stages of love. Prepare to experience the initial spark of romance, deeply felt love, heartbreak, healing and rediscovering self-worth, and ultimately finding the courage to move on and try love again.

The Man Who Saw Everything by Deborah Levy

24 May 2017 | By Deborah Levy | Filed in: djibouti.

An electrifying and audacious novel about beauty, envy, and carelessness by Deborah Levy, two-time Man Booker Prize finalist.

It is 1988 and Saul Adler has been invited to Communist East Berlin to do research; in exchange, he must publish a favorable essay about the German Democratic Republic. As a gift for his translator's sister, a Beatles fanatic, Saul's girlfriend will shoot a photograph of him standing in the crosswalk on Abbey Road. As he waits for her to arrive, he is grazed by an oncoming car, which changes the trajectory of his life.

THE MAN WHO SAW EVERYTHING is about the difficulty of seeing ourselves and others clearly. Here, Levy traverses the vast reaches of the human imagination while artfully blurring sexual and political binaries to reveal the full spectrum of our world.

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