By Scarlett Thomas
Alice-slight introvert, crossword compositor- works at PopCo, a globally profitable and a bit of sinister toy corporation. Lured through their CEO to a notion Camp out at the moors, PopCo's creatives needs to invent the final word product for teenage women. in the meantime, Alice gets strange, encrypted messages she suspects relate to her grandfather's deciphering of a centuries-old manuscript that many-including her long-disappeared father-believe ends up in buried treasure. Its key, she's convinced, is engraved at the necklace she's been donning on the grounds that she was once ten. utilizing the talents she discovered from her grandparents and educating us elements of cryptanalysis, Alice discovers the resource of those creepy codes. Will this lead her to the mysterious treasure or one other, much more conscientiously guarded mystery?
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I had deliberate to claim anything great and well mannered like, "Well performed, sir," and not one of the terrible issues from my delusion global. yet Moron does not provide me the opportunity to claim whatever in any respect. With a harm, burdened and humiliated glance on his face, he easily leaves the corridor with no asserting something. the men, who've all been observing, examine me as if i'm a few form of poisonous end-of-level monster from certainly one of their videogames. In my myth all of them clap the overthrow of the vile despot Moron yet in truth it is only the fogeys and my grandparents clapping.
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What's it, precisely? " "It's a equipment that permits you to, i do not recognize, funk up your socks or whatever. so far as i do know, there are kits in improvement. One, in general for women, is a type of embroidery set—with a great deal of iron-on-ability—that enables you to upload eyes in your socks, and styles and so forth. i believe the tagline is pals you could put on. the opposite one is named Monster Foot, and it is ordinarily for boys. it is primarily a puppet-making equipment, with stick-on googly eyes, loopy tongues produced from felt and so forth.
What, for teenage women? " "God no, he could not supply a shit approximately that. No, this is often his online card buying and selling video game. He concept he might check it out with a host of individuals offline, to work out if there have been any insects or something. " "I see. So ... he is not into the teenage woman factor in any respect? " Ben pours a few extra cereal into his bowl and provides milk from a blue jug at the desk. "Don't imagine so," he says. "So what is he doing the following? I suggest, why does not he simply return to paintings? " "He's having an excessive amount of enjoyable right here. Pagan symbols, witchcraft legends—you get extra of that stuff on Dartmoor than you do in analyzing.