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Gates of FireFrom Doon with DeathEmpire of the AntsRoom 13House of LeavesThe Miracle Life of Edgar Mint
From Doon with Death by Ruth RendellEmpire of the Ants by Bernard Werber
From Doon with Death

No one believed Mr Parsons' fears for his missing wife. Until two days later she was discovered in the woods, her face swollen and her clothes damply clinging to her lifeless body. To find the killer, Wexford must first discover a motive. Because what he can't understand is how such an unassuming woman became the victim of such a passionate and violent crime.

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Empire of the Ants

Bernard Werber describes with chilling accuracy a universe of crime, a world of inconceivable brutality, hidden beneath the soil. The day of the ants is near at hand. In the short time it takes to read this simple phrase, well over 700,000,000 ants are born. Ants have inhabited the planet for over ten million years, and from small beginnings, they have created intricate cities and empires across the globe.

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Room 13 by Robert SwindellsHouse of Leaves by Mark Z. Danielewski
Room 13 Somebody was in there. Somebody - or some thing... There is no room thirteen in the creepy Crow's Nest Hotel, where Fliss and her friends are staying on a school trip. Or is there? For at the stroke of midnight, something peculiar happens to the door of the linen cupboard next to room 12. Don't read this under the covers at midnight!

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House of Leaves Johnny Truant, a wild and troubled sometime employee in a LA tattoo parlour, finds a notebook kept by a reclusive old man found dead in a cluttered apartment. Herein is the heavily annotated story of the Navidson Report. But Johnny Truant has never heard of the Navidson Record. Nor has anyone else he knows. And the more he reads about Will Navidson's house, the more he starts to notice things changing around him...

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The Miracle Life of Edgar Mint by Brady UdallGates of Fire by Steven Pressfield
The Miracle Life of Edgar Mint The Miracle Life of Edgar Mint tells the tale of an extraordinary hero – an amnesiac, half native American, seven-year-old boy; sent from his neglectful family to a tough school full of tough children with only his typewriter to rely upon. Edgar Mint is a terrific creation, one of the most unique and likeable characters in contemporary fiction, to rival Holden Caulfield and John Irving’s Garp.

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Gates of Fire

Nearly 2,500 years ago, in 480BC, three hundred Spartan warriors faced the army of Xerxes of Persia, rumoured to be over a million strong. Their orders were to delay the enemy for as long as possible while the main Greek armies mobilized. For six days the Spartans held the invaders at bay. In the final hours - their shields broken, swords and spears shattered - they fought with their bare hands before being overwhelmed. It was battle that would become synonymous with extraordinary courage, heroism and self-sacrifice: it was Thermopylae.

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