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Placeholder. Naomi Klein. No Logo. Focus[edit] However, while globalization appears frequently as a recurring theme, Klein rarely addresses the topic of globalization itself, and usually indirectly.

No Logo

(She would go on to discuss globalization in much greater detail in her 2002 book, Fences and Windows.) Summary[edit] The book comprises four sections: "No Space", "No Choice", "No Jobs", and "No Logo". The first three deal with the negative effects of brand-oriented corporate activity, while the fourth discusses various methods people have taken in order to fight back. "No Space"[edit] The book discusses how brand names such as Nike or Pepsi expanded beyond the mere products which bore their names, and how these names and logos began to appear everywhere.

This section also looks at ways in which brands have "muscled" their presence into the school system, and how in doing so, they have pipelined advertisements into the schools, and have used their position to gather information about the students. "No Choice"[edit] Placeholder. Aldous Huxley. Aldous Leonard Huxley /ˈhʌksli/ (26 July 1894 – 22 November 1963) was an English writer, philosopher and a prominent member of the Huxley family.

Aldous Huxley

He was best known for his novels including Brave New World, set in a dystopian London, and for non-fiction books, such as The Doors of Perception, which recalls experiences when taking a psychedelic drug, and a wide-ranging output of essays. Brave New World. In 1999, the Modern Library ranked Brave New World fifth on its list of the 100 best English-language novels of the 20th century.[1] In 2003, Robert McCrum writing for The Observer included Brave New World chronologically at number 53 in "the top 100 greatest novels of all time",[2] and the novel was listed at number 87 on the BBC's survey The Big Read.[3] Title[edit] O wonder!

Brave New World

George Orwell. Eric Arthur Blair (25 June 1903 – 21 January 1950),[1] known by his pen name George Orwell, was an English novelist, essayist, journalist and critic.

George Orwell

His work is marked by lucid prose, awareness of social injustice, opposition to totalitarianism, and commitment to democratic socialism.[2][3] Commonly ranked as one of the most influential English writers of the 20th century and as one of the most important chroniclers of English culture of his generation,[4] Orwell wrote literary criticism, poetry, fiction and polemical journalism. He is best known for the dystopian novel Nineteen Eighty-Four (1949) and the allegorical novella Animal Farm (1945). His book Homage to Catalonia (1938), an account of his experiences in the Spanish Civil War, is widely acclaimed, as are his numerous essays on politics, literature, language, and culture.

Nineteen Eighty-Four. History and title[edit] A 1947 draft manuscript of the first page of Nineteen Eighty-Four, showing the editorial development.

Nineteen Eighty-Four

The Last Man in Europe was an early title for the novel but in a letter dated 22 October 1948 to his publisher Fredric Warburg, eight months before publication, Orwell wrote about hesitating between The Last Man in Europe and Nineteen Eighty-Four.[14] Warburg suggested changing the main title to a more commercial one.[15] Copyright status[edit] Alan Moore. Alan Moore (born 18 November 1953) is an English writer primarily known for his work in comic books including Watchmen, V for Vendetta, and From Hell.[1] Frequently described as the best graphic novel writer in history,[2][3] he has been called "one of the most important British writers of the last fifty years".[4] He has occasionally used such pseudonyms as Curt Vile, Jill de Ray, Translucia Baboon and The Original Writer.

Alan Moore

Moore is an occultist, ceremonial magician,[6] and anarchist,[7] and has featured such themes in works including Promethea, From Hell, and V for Vendetta, as well as performing avant-garde spoken word occult "workings" with The Moon and Serpent Grand Egyptian Theatre of Marvels, some of which have been released on CD. Early life[edit] "LSD was an incredible experience.

Not that I'm recommending it for anybody else; but for me it kind of – it hammered home to me that reality was not a fixed thing. Alan Moore (2003)[2](pp19–20) V for Vendetta. Publication history[edit] When the publishers cancelled Warrior in 1985 (with two completed issues unpublished due to the cancellation), several companies attempted to convince Moore and Lloyd to let them publish and complete the story.

V for Vendetta

In 1988, DC Comics published a ten-issue series that reprinted the Warrior stories in colour, then continued the series to completion. The first new material appeared in issue No. 7, which included the unpublished episodes that would have appeared in Warrior No. 27 and No. 28. Tony Weare drew one chapter ("Vincent") and contributed additional art to two others ("Valerie" and "The Vacation"); Steve Whitaker and Siobhan Dodds worked as colourists on the entire series. Bryan Lee O'Malley. Bryan Lee O'Malley (born 21 February 1979)[1] is a Canadian cartoonist, best known for the Scott Pilgrim series.

Bryan Lee O'Malley

He is also a musician using the alias Kupek. Career[edit] Bryan Lee O'Malley started in Film Studies at the University of Western Ontario, but dropped out before completing.[1] Prior to having his own material published, O'Malley illustrated the Oni Press miniseries Hopeless Savages: Ground Zero, written by Jen Van Meter. Scott Pilgrim. A film adaptation of the series titled Scott Pilgrim vs. the World starring actor Michael Cera in the title role was released in August 2010.

Scott Pilgrim

A videogame of the same name developed by Ubisoft for PlayStation Network and Xbox Live Arcade was released the same month. Development[edit] O'Malley wanted to write a shōnen-style comic book series, but initially he had only read one series, Ranma 1/2; in the early 2000s North America did not yet have a significant Japanese comic book industry. Scott Pilgrim - Comics By Bryan Lee O'Malley. Placeholder. John Green (author) John Michael Green (born August 24, 1977) is an American author of young adult fiction and a YouTube video blogger and creator of online educational videos.

John Green (author)

He won the 2006 Printz Award for his debut novel, Looking for Alaska,[1] and his most recent novel, The Fault in Our Stars debuted at number 1 on The New York Times Best Seller list in January 2012.[2] Green was born in Indianapolis to Mike and Sydney Green[3] and his family moved three weeks after he was born[4] to Orlando, Florida.[5] He attended Lake Highland Preparatory School and Indian Springs School (which he later used as the main setting for Looking for Alaska),[6] a boarding and day school outside of Birmingham, Alabama and graduated from Kenyon College in 2000 with a double major in English and Religious Studies. He has spoken about being bullied as a teenager and how it made life miserable for him.[7]

The Fault in Our Stars. Plot[edit] Hazel explains the magnificence of An Imperial Affliction: It is a novel about a girl named Anna who has cancer, and it's the only account she's read of living with cancer that matches her experience. She describes how the novel maddeningly ends midsentence, denying the reader closure about the fate of the novel’s characters. She speculates about the novel’s mysterious author, Peter Van Houten, who fled to Amsterdam after the novel was published and hasn’t been heard from since. A week after Hazel and Augustus discuss the literary meaning of An Imperial Affliction, Augustus miraculously reveals he tracked down Van Houten's assistant, Lidewij, and through her he's managed to start an email correspondence with the reclusive author. He shares Van Houten's letter with Hazel, and she devises a list of questions to send Van Houten, hoping to clear up the novel’s ambiguous conclusion.

Augustus dies eight days later. Looking for Alaska. Synopsis[edit] Looking for Alaska opens as the protagonist, Miles Halter, leaves his home in Florida to attend Culver Creek Preparatory High School in Alabama for his junior year. He uses Francois Rabelais’s last words—"I go to seek a Great Perhaps"—as his argument for choosing boarding school at such a late age. Miles is fond of reading biographies, and particularly of memorizing the subjects' last words. Soon after arriving at Culver Creek, Miles meets his roommate, Chip "The Colonel" Martin. An Abundance of Katherines. An appendix explaining some of the more complex equations Colin uses throughout the story was written by Daniel Biss, a close friend to Green. Following the announcement of the name of his latest book, The Fault in Our Stars, after which John Green's fans made hundreds of book covers, Penguin announced a contest in which they would allow the fans (known as "nerdfighters") to design the new cover of An Abundance of Katherines.

Plot summary[edit] J. K. Rowling. Born in Yate, Gloucestershire, Rowling was working as a researcher and bilingual secretary for Amnesty International when she conceived the idea for the Harry Potter series on a delayed train from Manchester to London in 1990.[11] The seven-year period that followed entailed the death of her mother, divorce from her first husband and poverty until Rowling finished the first novel in the series, Harry Potter and the Philosopher's Stone (1997). Rowling subsequently published 6 sequels—the last, Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows (2007)—as well as 3 supplements to the series.

Since, Rowling has parted with her agency and resumed writing for adult readership, releasing the tragicomedy The Casual Vacancy (2012) and—using the pseudonym Robert Galbraith—the crime fiction novel The Cuckoo's Calling (2013), the first of a series. Name Although she writes under the pen name "J. K. Harry Potter. Paul Jennings (Australian author) Paul Jennings AM is an English-born Australian children's book writer. His books mainly feature short stories that lead the reader through an unusual series of events that end with a twist.

Paul Jennings was born on 30 April 1943 in Heston in Borough of Hounslow, London. In 1949 his family emigrated to Australia, where he attended school at Bentleigh West Primary School. In 1985, Jennings' first book of short stories, Unreal! , was published, during which he worked as a teacher, lecturer and speech therapist. David McRobbie. David McRobbie is an Australian writer of television, radio and children's literature. Eoin Colfer. Artemis Fowl (series) Artemis Fowl (novel) Artemis Fowl: The Arctic Incident. Artemis Fowl: The Eternity Code. Placeholder. Kurt Vonnegut. Breakfast of Champions. Breakfast of Champions, or Goodbye Blue Monday is a 1973 novel by the American author Kurt Vonnegut.

Set in the fictional town of Midland City, it is the story of "two lonesome, skinny, fairly old white men on a planet which was dying fast. " One of these men, Dwayne Hoover, is a normal-looking but deeply deranged Pontiac dealer and Burger Chef franchise owner who becomes obsessed with the writings of the other man, Kilgore Trout, taking them for literal truth. Trout, a largely unknown pulp science fiction writer who has appeared in several other Vonnegut novels, looks like a crazy old man but is in fact relatively sane.

As the novel opens, Trout journeys toward Midland City to appear at a convention where he is destined to meet Dwayne Hoover and unwittingly inspire him to run amok. Cat's Cradle. Cat's Cradle is the fourth novel by American writer Kurt Vonnegut, first published in 1963. Slaughterhouse-Five. Slaughterhouse-Five, or The Children's Crusade: A Duty-Dance with Death (1969) is a satirical novel by Kurt Vonnegut about World War II experiences and journeys through time of a soldier named Billy Pilgrim. Douglas Adams. Douglas Noel Adams (11 March 1952 – 11 May 2001) was an English writer, humorist, and dramatist. The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy.

Terry Pratchett. Discworld. Larry Niven. Ringworld. Isaac Asimov. The Last Question. George R. R. Martin. A Song of Ice and Fire.

A Game of Thrones. A Clash of Kings. A Storm of Swords. A Feast for Crows. J. R. R. Tolkien. The Lord of the Rings. The Fellowship of the Ring. The Two Towers. The Return of the King. Philip Pullman. His Dark Materials. Northern Lights (novel) The Subtle Knife. The Amber Spyglass. Placeholder.

Neil Gaiman. American Gods. Mary Shelley. Frankenstein. F. Scott Fitzgerald. The Great Gatsby. William Shakespeare. Romeo and Juliet. Romeo and Juliet by William Shakespeare. Hamlet. Hamlet by William Shakespeare. Tom Stoppard. Rosencrantz and Guildenstern Are Dead. Samuel Beckett. Waiting for Godot.

Endgame (play) Tim O'Brien (author) In the Lake of the Woods. Placeholder. Salman Rushdie. East, West. Jonathan Safran Foer. Extremely Loud and Incredibly Close. Everything Is Illuminated. David Mitchell (author) Cloud Atlas (novel) Number9dream. Nick Hornby. High Fidelity (novel) Yann Martel. Life of Pi. Richard Bach. Illusions (Bach novel) Jonathan Livingston Seagull. Haruki Murakami. 1Q84. Hard-Boiled Wonderland and the End of the World.