In a ruined city of the future, a woman named Rachel finds a creature she names ‘Borne’ entangled in the fur of Mord, a gigantic, despotic bear. Mord once prowled the corridors of the biotech organization known as the Company, which lies at the outskirts of the city, until he was experimented on, grew large, learned to fly and broke free.
When she takes Borne to her subterranean sanctuary, the Balcony Cliffs, Rachel convinces her lover, Wick, not to render Borne down to raw genetic material for the drugs he sells. At Wick’s apartment, she finds a burnt, journal titled ‘Mord’, a cryptic reference to the Magician, a rival drug dealer, and evidence that Wick has planned the layout of the Balcony Cliffs to match the blueprint of the Company building.
Twin sisters Jack and Jill were seventeen when they found their way home and were packed off to Eleanor West’s Home for Wayward Children. This is the story of what happened first. Jacqueline was her mother’s perfect daughter, polite and quiet. If her mother was sometimes a little strict, it’s because crafting the perfect daughter takes discipline. Jillian was her father’s perfect daughter, adventurous and a bit of a tom-boy. He really would have preferred a son, but you work with what you’ve got.
They were five when they learned that grown-ups can’t be trusted. They were 12 when they walked down the impossible staircase and discovered that the pretense of love can never be enough to prepare you for a life filled with magic in a land filled with mad scientists and death and choices.
In 1876 two paleontologists pillage the Wild West, hunting for dinosaur fossils, while deceiving and sabotaging each other in a rivalry that will come to be known as the Bone Wars. Into this treacherous territory plunges the arrogant and entitled William Johnson, a Yale student with more privilege than sense. William joins world-renowned paleontologist Othniel Charles Marsh on his latest expedition.
But when the paranoid Marsh becomes convinced that William is spying for his nemesis, Edwin Drinker Cope, he abandons him in Cheyenne, Wyoming, a locus of crime and vice. William is forced to join forces with Cope and soon stumbles upon a discovery of historic proportions. With this extraordinary treasure, however, comes exceptional danger.
Set in Victorian London and an Essex village in the 1890s, The Essex Serpent has at its heart the story of two extraordinary people who fall for each other, but not in the usual way. Cora Seaborne is a widow who recently moved to the Essex parish of Aldwinter, where Will Ransome is the local vicar. Their village is engulfed by rumours that the mythical Essex Serpent, once said to roam the marshes, has returned.
Cora, a keen amateur naturalist is convinced the beast may be a real undiscovered species. But Will sees his parishioners’ agitation as a moral panic, a deviation from faith. Although they can agree on absolutely nothing, as time passes in this quiet corner of England, they find themselves inexorably drawn together and torn apart.
Dating sex columnist Nicole can’t find the passion she craves in her real life relationships. So she decides to go it alone. Looking for the ideal sperm donor Nicole realizes that the one person who matches her checklist of genetic traits to pass onto her child is her co-worker and fellow relationship guru, Ryder.
Ryder, disillusioned about romance due to his divorce, is tasked with rediscovering his romantic mojo or lose his career. When Nicole propositions Ryder for his swimmers, she wasn’t expecting the negotiation to include getting the sperm the old fashioned way. Helping Ryder with his research on dating and how to get a woman to fall in love is also a part of the deal.