Randall munroe left nasa in 2005 to start up his hugely popular site xkcd 'a web comic of romance, sarcasm, math and language' which offers a witty take on the world of science and geeks. it now has 600,000 to a million page hits daily. every now and then, munroe would get emails asking him to arbitrate a science debate. 'my friend and i were arguing about what would happen if a bullet got struck by lightning, and we agreed that you should resolve it . . . ' he
Librarian's note: an alternate cover edition can be found here the only time teenage wade watts really feels alive is when he's jacked into the virtual utopia known as the oasis. wade's devoted his life to studying the puzzles hidden within this world's digital confines, puzzles that are based on their creator's obsession with the pop culture of decades past and that promise massive power and fortune to whoever can unlock them. but when wade stumbles upon the first clue, he finds himself beset by players willing to kill to
This is an alternate cover edition for isbn13: 9780099288893 gormenghast is the vast crumbling castle to which the seventy-seventh earl, titus groan, is lord and heir. gothic labyrinth of roofs and turrets, cloisters and corridors, stairwells and dungeons, it is also the cobwebbed kingdom of byzantine government and age-old rituals, a world primed to implode beneath the weight of centuries of intrigue, treachery, manipulation and murder - a tour de force that ranks as one of the twentieth century's most remarkable feats of imaginative writing.
“so many people read them and just are like, eh, I just can’t keep going. But I just loved it.”