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The 1980s saw the peak of a moral panic over fantasy role-playing games such as Dungeons and Dragons. A coalition of moral entrepreneurs that included representatives from the Christian Right, the field of psychology, and law enforcement claimed that these games were not only psychologically dangerous but an occult religion masquerading as a game. Dangerous Games explores both the history and the sociological significance of this panic. Fantasy role-playing games do share several functions in common with religion. However, religion—as a socially constructed world of shared meaning—can also be compared to a fantasy role-playing game. In fact, the claims of the moral entrepreneurs, in which they presented themselves as heroes battling a dark conspiracy, often resembled the very games of imagination they condemned as evil. By attacking the imagination, they preserved the taken-for-granted status of their own socially constructed reality. Interpreted in this way, the panic over fantasy-role playing games yields new insights about how humans play and together construct and maintain meaningful worlds. Laycock’s clear and accessible writing ensures that Dangerous Games will be required reading for those with an interest in religion, popular culture, and social behavior, both in the classroom and beyond.

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Genre: Religion
Author: Joseph P. Laycock
Publisher: Univ of California Press
Release: 2015-02-12
File: 368 Pages
ISBN-13: 9780520960565

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Kennedy broke Rule #1. Now Kennedy isn't the only one paying the price. Tanner helped Kennedy rescue a friend. His future is at risk when he's benched during the biggest football game of his life. Kennedy made a bargain to save Tanner's future, she's forced to ask herself who can she trust?"

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Genre: Young Adult Fiction
Author: D'Ann Burrow
Publisher:
Release: 2016-03-20
File: 264 Pages
ISBN-13: 1942239114

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Explores the ways in which history has been used to influence people and government, focusing on how reportage of past events has been manipulated to justify religious movements and political campaigns.

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Genre: History
Author: Margaret MacMillan
Publisher: Random House Digital, Inc.
Release: 2010
File: 188 Pages
ISBN-13: 9780812979961

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A woman auctioned off to pay a gambling debt finds her only hope lies with a seductive stranger in this Regency romance from a USA Today–bestselling author. When her father auctions her off to pay his gambling debts, Melissa Seacourt vows that she will be no man’s bought bride. Desperate to escape her fate shackled to someone she could never love, Melissa instead is forced to honor and obey the seductive stranger who comes to her rescue. Purchasing a wife for 20,000 guineas wasn’t the end game Nicholas Barrington envisioned when he walked into the notorious Newmarket gambling club. But the innocent Melissa arouses much more than his protective instincts. It will take all of Nick’s skill and daring to best a cunning adversary hell-bent on his destruction. With two lives now hanging in the balance, Nick’s playing for the highest stakes of all: his future with the woman who won his heart. Dangerous Games is the 2nd book in the Dangerous series, but you may enjoy reading the series in any order.

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Genre: Fiction
Author: Amanda Scott
Publisher: Open Road Media
Release: 2013-03-26
File: 443 Pages
ISBN-13: 9781480406438

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In the reality shows of the future, people will literally be dying to watch. Science fiction's most expert dreamers envision the computerized, high-risk games of the future in this winning collection. Features: Robert Sheckley Cory Doctorow Kate Wilhelm Alastair Reynolds Vernor Vinge Jonathan Letham Gwyneth Jones William Browning Spencer Allen Steele Terry Dowling Jason Stoddard At the publisher's request, this title is sold without DRM (Digital Rights Management).

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Genre: Fiction
Author: Gardner Dozois
Publisher: Baen Publishing Enterprises
Release: 2013-06-15
File: 162 Pages
ISBN-13: 9781625791412

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Dido Twite, with the help of some sacred shaman healers, must foil a sinister plot to overthrow the king of a remote South Sea island healers Sailing the high seas in pursuit of Lord Herodsfoot, roving ambassador to the ageing King James III, Dido Twite’s search has led her to the remote South Sea island of Aratu. She arrives with a new friend she made en route, the enigmatic Dr. Talisman, who is returning to the isle after many years. Soon they discover that there’s something even more dangerous in the ancient rain forest than its poisonous pearl snakes, sting monkeys, and 30-foot-long crocodiles. Dido and Talisman are confronted by the Angrian invaders, who drove the Dilendi natives from their home 400 years earlier. Luckily, Dido befriends the gentle Forest People, who can heal with their magical touch. When she learns about a plot to overthrow the island’s suffering king, Dido enlists the Forest People to help her thwart the scheme, save the monarch, and reunite him with his long-lost daughter. Dangerous Games is the 5th book in the award-winning Wolves Chronicles, but you may enjoy reading the series in any order. This ebook features an illustrated personal history of Joan Aiken including rare images from the author’s estate.

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Genre: Juvenile Fiction
Author: Joan Aiken
Publisher: Open Road Media
Release: 2015-12-01
File: 219 Pages
ISBN-13: 9781504018821

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Former Navy SEAL Zain Lloyd is good with his hands and even better with his head. As the chief intelligence officer for the private security firm, Aegis Group, it's his job to tackle problems before they costs his friend's their lives. Which is why R&R time away from the high-stress environment is always a top priority, and a week at ComicCon is just what this closet-geek wants most, until a fateful elevator ride with the woman of his internet fantasies. Andrea Clark can't trust anyone, least of all the mysteriously sexy man she meets outside of her trashed hotel room. But Zain might be her only hope of making it through the convention and home alive. He's her very own superhero, made of all the stuff to make her fall fast and hard. With no safety net in place, she can only pray that Zain will catch her when she falls. A web of lies and deceit ensnare two lovers. Zain must use more than his brain and quick fingers to put a stop to the doxxing and death threats before a killer emerges from the ranks of Andrea's friends. Warning: The geeks do it better. No cats were harmed in this book. Aegis Group Dangerous Attraction Dangerous in Training Dangerous Games Dangerous Assignment Dangerous Protector Dangerous Secrets More soon! Aegis Group Alpha Team: an Aegis Group spin-off Dangerous in Love Dangerous in Action Dangerous in Transit Dangerous in Motion Dangerous in Charge Aegis Group Lepta Team: an Aegis Group spin-off Dangerously Taken Dangerously Involved (2018) Dangerously Deceived (2018) Dangerously Broken (2019) Dangerously Entwined (2019) Ransom Texas SWAT; an Aegis Group spin off Fighting Redemption Stolen Redemption (2018) Reckless Redemption (coming soon) Hot Redemption (coming soon) Rebel Redemption (coming soon) Filthy Redemption (coming soon) Body of Danger Heart of Danger Mind of Danger (2018) Soul of Danger (2019) Twisted Royals: an Aegis Group spin-off Twisted Royals Origin Story Alpha Prince Her Prince Bad Boy Prince Noble Prince Gone Geek: an Aegis Group spin off Beauty and the Geek Mr. Purr-fect and the Geek The Jock and the Geek The Gamer and the Geek The Adorkable Girl and the Geek The Fake Boyfriend and the Geek

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Genre: Fiction
Author: Sidney Bristol
Publisher: Inked Press
Release: 2017-12-19
File: 354 Pages
ISBN-13:

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Dhampire Riley Jenson, a hybrid of vampire and werewolf, journeys to Melbourne and into the heart of the city's seductive and dangerous urban underworld to find an enigmatic killer who has been using a nightclub that caters to its denizens' every fantasy as his stalking grounds. Original.

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Genre: Fiction
Author: Keri Arthur
Publisher: Dell
Release: 2007
File: 356 Pages
ISBN-13: 9780553589597

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#1 NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLER • Bringing together a cast of fascinating characters in a riveting tale of ambition and corruption, politics, passion, and ultimate justice, Dangerous Games is a thrilling drama from Danielle Steel. Television correspondent Alix Phillips dodges bullets and breaks rules to bring the most important news to the world—from riots in America to protests on the streets of Tehran. With her daughter in college, and working alongside cameraman Ben Chapman, a deeply private ex–Navy SEAL, Alix revels in the risks and whirlwind pace of her work. But her latest assignment puts her at the center of an explosive story that will reshape many lives, including her own: investigating damning allegations involving the Vice President of the United States, Tony Clark. Alix begins with a nationally revered woman who may be the key to exposing frightening secrets. Olympia Foster is the fragile, reclusive widow of America’s most admired senator, who had been destined for the presidency before an assassin’s bullet felled him. Since then, Olympia has found emotional support in Clark, who once wanted her as his wife and now stands as her protector and confidant. When Alix digs deeper, federal agents pick up the trail. Then the threats start. As the stakes rise in this dangerous game, Alix needs Ben’s help as never before. And soon they realize they are grappling with an adversary far more sinister than they had imagined.

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Genre: Fiction
Author: Danielle Steel
Publisher: Delacorte Press
Release: 2017-03-07
File: 320 Pages
ISBN-13: 9781101883891

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While investigating allegations involving the vice president of the United States, Alix Phillips interviews Olympia Foster, the widow of one of America's most admired senators, which brings Alix, and her cameraman Ben Chapman, to the attention of an adversary more sinister than they imagined.

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Genre: FICTION
Author: Danielle Steel
Publisher:
Release: 2017
File: 307 Pages
ISBN-13: 9781101883884

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