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The 4 Percent Universe by Richard Panek The 4 Percent Universe: Dark Matter, Dark Energy, and the Race to Discover the Rest of Reality By Richard Panek
The story behind the 2011 Nobel Prize in Physics
In recent years, a handful of scientists have been racing to explain a disturbing aspect of our universe: only 4 percent of it consists of the matter that makes up you, me, our books, and every star and planet. The rest is completely unknown.
Richard Panek tells the dramatic story of how scientists reached this cosmos-shattering conclusion. In vivid detail, he narrates the quest to find the “dark” matter and an even more bizarre substance called dark energy. The scientists involved in this search — Saul Perlmutter, Brian Schmidt, and Adam Riess — shared the 2011 Nobel Prize in Physics for their efforts.
But these scientists were not all working together. The 4% Universe offers an intimate portrait of the bitter rivalries and fruitful collaborations, the eureka moments and blind alleys that fueled their search, redefined science, and reinvented the universe. Drawing on in-depth, on-site reporting and hundreds of interviews, Panek does for cosmology what others have done for biology, sports, and finance: He tells a fascinating story that illuminates the inner workings of a particular (and in this case, particularly unfamiliar) world.
Nightshade by Andrea Cremer Nightshade (Book 1)
By Andrea Cremer

Calla is the alpha female of a shape-shifting wolf pack. She is destined to marry Ren Laroche, the pack’s alpha male. Together, they would rule their pack together, guarding sacred sites for the Keepers. But then, Calla saves a beautiful human boy, who captures her heart. Calla begins to question everything – her fate, her existence, and her world and the orders the Keepers have asked her to follow. She will have to make a choice. But will she follow her heart if it means losing everything, including her own life?
Bloodrose by Andrea Cremer Bloodrose (Book 3)
By Andrea Cremer

Calla has always welcomed war. But now that the final battle is upon her, there’s more at stake than fighting. There’s saving Ren, even if it incurs Shay’s wrath. There’s keeping Ansel safe, even if he’s been branded a traitor. There’s proving herself as the pack’s alpha, facing unnamable horrors, and ridding the world of the Keepers’ magic once and for all. And then there’s deciding what to do when the war ends. If Calla makes it out alive, that is. In this remarkable final installment of the Nightshade trilogy, international bestselling author Andrea Cremer crafts a dynamic novel with twists and turns that will keep you breathless until its final pages.
Extinction by Ronald C. Meyer Extinction
By Ronald C. Meyer

Extinction, brings together the leading edges of both science and spirituality in an engaging thriller. It is the first biotech spiritual thriller, and is designed so that the reader experiences his own spiritual journey as he follows the protagonist Dr. Kira Taylor’s fictional one. Forces of good and evil race to find the Terminator gene. Can Kira develop a higher level of consciousness in time to save humankind from extinction?
Phobos: Mayan Fear by Steve Alten Phobos: Mayan Fear
By Steve Alten

For 2,000 years, the Mayan Calendar has prophesied the end of mankind on a date equating to December 21, 2012. As that day approaches, greed, corruption, economic collapse, and violence seem to be pushing our species to the predicted brink of disaster. But there is another Doomsday threat looming in our near future, a very real threat that can wipe out not only humanity but our entire planet. Steve Alten’s third book in the Mayan Prophecy series, is a doomsday adventure that follows Immanuel Gabriel to the end of the world and back again for one last shot at salvation. During Immanuel’s journey with his deceased grandfather, archaeologist Julius Gabriel, Julius reveals everything the Mayans knew and feared — from the secrets of creation that predate the Big Bang to the existence of extraterrestrials that have come to Earth to save our species. The universe is not what it seems, nor is human existence. The ticking clock of physicality that begins at conception and terminates with our final breath is neither the end nor the beginning, but an elaborate ruse constructed as a test.
Frail Absolute by Deak Istvan Frail Absolute
By Deak Istvan

. . . you can benefit from reading this book only if you are . . .
Christian, free of the shackles of ossified dogmas
Muslim, your Allah expects you to honour life in your fellow Muslims, and in all infidels – Jews too, the same way, without exception
Jew, and even though Jehovah told you that your kind are the chosen ones, you dare to abandon your right to rule the world
Atheist, and your non-existent god can’t live side-by-side with the anthropomorphic gods organized religions promote
Part-Time Freelancer, and you are searching – in your spare time, for answers to questions like How did I happen to be here? Why did I show up now? What is the point in all this?
Searching to meet the One who loved you into existence
In dire need of a trustworthy companion who is always there to hear you out and lend you a helping hand
Old, unwanted, discarded and society has no use for you
Looking for the light that nurtures you and heals all your ailments
Wanting to live for ever, expanding into infinity
Longing for peace, love and security in all your affairs
Ready to let the Absolute Force expand into what you are
(from the back of the book)
Forbidden Tome by  Jeffrey Underwood Forbidden Tome: Hansel and Gretel’s True Tale
By Jeffrey Underwood

This is a fantasy that turns the story of Hansel and Gretel upside down and sideways. The evil Stepmother in the original rendition is caring and supportive in this telling. The Witch has vanished to be replaced by a beautiful Vampire unique to the breed. It is a tale of lost children, conflicted and also devoted characters, blazingly intricate and heart felt adult erotica. Villains, heroes and heroines are all oh so human. Complexity rules this universe. The setting is nineteenth-century Germany in the deeper forests, plateaus and rivers of that country. The children love their Father and Stepmother. It is Hansel and Gretel’s desire to save their Stepmother that sends events spiraling out of control. Their parents plunge themselves into a desperate search to preserve the family integrity and return the young children back to the tender confines of their hearth and home.
Drawn by Marie Lamba Drawn
By Marie Lamba

Teen artist Michelle De Freccio moves to England in search of a normal life…instead she finds a hot medieval ghost with a sketchy past. It all begins when a strange guy appears in Michelle’s drawings. When she actually meets him at the town’s castle, she’s unmistakably drawn to him. But something is definitely not right. For starters, he wears medieval garb, talks of ancient murders and tends to disappear each time they kiss. Could he possibly be a ghost? Could Michelle be losing her mind? Or has she simply uncovered a love so timeless it’s spanned the centuries…
The Drowned Cities by Paolo Bacigalupi The Drowned Cities
By Paolo Bacigalupi

In a dark future America where violence, terror, and grief touch everyone, young refugees Mahlia and Mouse have managed to leave behind the war-torn lands of the Drowned Cities by escaping into the jungle outskirts. But when they discover a wounded half-man–a bioengineered war beast named Tool–who is being hunted by a vengeful band of soldiers, their fragile existence quickly collapses. One is taken prisoner by merciless soldier boys, and the other is faced with an impossible decision: Risk everything to save a friend, or flee to a place where freedom might finally be possible.
This thrilling companion to Paolo Bacigalupi’s highly acclaimed Ship Breaker is a haunting and powerful story of loyalty, survival, and heart-pounding adventure.

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