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Armadillo

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Armadillo by William Boyd
From the award-winning author of **A Good Man Africa** and **An Ice-Cream War** comes **Armadillo**, a brilliant satirical noir set in contemporary London.
To his colleagues, Lorimer Black, the handsome, mild-mannered insurance adjuster rising through the ranks of his London firm, is known as the guy who has it all: the sleek suits, the enviable status. But when Lorimer arrives at a routine business appointment and finds his client hanging from a water pipe, his life spirals out of control. His company car is blowtorched after he investigates a fire at a luxury hotel. He becomes the fall guy of a new colleague who puts the company in the red and the victim of a vicious attack by the possessive husband of a mysterious actress.  
        As Lorimer becomes increasingly entangled in an apparent conspiracy that involves everyone he knows, his own past comes to light. A brilliant satirical noir, **Armadillo** confirms Boyd’s place as England’s most versatile, sublime novelist.

Armada: A Novel by the Author of Ready Player One

**From the author of *Ready Player One*, a rollicking alien invasion thriller that embraces and subverts science-fiction conventions as only Ernest Cline could. **
Zack Lightman has never much cared for reality. He vastly prefers the countless science-fiction movies, books, and videogames he’s spent his life consuming. And too often, he catches himself wishing that some fantastic, impossible, world-altering event could arrive to whisk him off on a grand spacefaring adventure.
So when he sees the flying saucer, he’s sure his years of escapism have finally tipped over into madness.
Especially because the alien ship he’s staring at is straight out of his favorite videogame, a flight simulator callled *Armada–*in which gamers just happen to be protecting Earth from alien invaders.
As impossible as it seems, what Zack’s seeing is all too real. And it’s just the first in a blur of revlations that will force him to question everything he thought he knew about Earth’s history, its future, even his own life–and to play the hero for real, with humanity’s life in the balance.
But even through the terror and exhilaration, he can’t help thinking: Doesn’t something about this scenario feel a little bit like…well…fiction?
At once reinventing and paying homage to science-fiction classics as only Ernest Cline can,* Armada* is a rollicking, surprising thriller, a coming-of-age adventure, and an alien invasion tale like nothing you’ve ever read before.
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### Review
“A thrilling coming-of-age story.”
—***Entertainment Weekly***
“Nerd-gasmic…another science fiction tale with a Comic-Con’s worth of pop-culture shout-outs.”
–***Rolling Stone
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“An amazing novel [that] proves Cline has the ability to blend popular culture with exciting stories that appeal to everyone.”
***—Associated Press
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“Mixes *Star Wars*, *The Last Starfighter*, *Independence Day* and a really gnarly round of *Space Invaders* into a tasty sci-fi stew.”
***—USA Today
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“A fantastic second novel…fans of *Ready Player One*, it is time to rejoice.”
***—Huffington Post***

“A joyous, rollicking read…will garner Cline an even larger group of fans than the formidable crew he’s already assembled.”
***—Boing Boing*
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“A great romp…Cline (ever the fanboy) is both reverent of and referential to the books and movies and games of his childhood.”
***—Mother Jones
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“Video games come to life in this witty, extraterrestrial thriller.”
—***New York Post***
“Built like a summer blockbuster…Cline recombines the DNA of *Ender’s Game*, *Star Wars*, *The Last Starfighter*, and old-school arcade games like *Asteroids *into something that’s both familiar and unpredictable. It’s a mutant homage to sci-fi tropes past.”
—***Gawker***
“Hugely entertaining…a paean to the videogames of a bygone era, and like *Ready Player One* it is a tremendous amount of fun for anyone who remembers that time and played those games.” 
**–George R.R. Martin, *New York Times *bestselling author of *Game of Thrones*
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“A novel so fun, you’ll want to reboot it and read it again…the best novel this gamer geek has read in a long, long time.”
—**Hugh Howey, *New York Times *bestselling author of *Wool***
“Those conspiracies you imagined when you were fourteen turn out to be true in this masterful tale of Earth’s desperate struggle against a powerful alien foe.”
**—Andy Weir, *New York Times *bestselling author of *The Martian***
“*Armada* proves Ernie Cline is the modern master of wish fulfillment literature – and of reminding us to be careful what we wish for.”
—**John Scalzi, *New York Times* bestselling author of *Old Man’s War***
“With another winning** **teen protagonist in Zach, Cline mines the nostalgia and geek spheres just as successfully as he did in his acclaimed debut, *Ready Player One*. The works that obviously influenced the story line, such as Orson Scott Card’s *Ender’s Game* and the films *The Last Starfighter* and *Star Wars*, feel like homages rather than borrowings- a rap artist sampling the best beats our there to create an irresistible jam.”—***Library Journal, *starred review**
“Cline once again brings crackling humor and fanboy knowledge to a zesty, crowd-pleasing, countdown-clock, save-the-planet tale featuring an unlikely hero, adrenaline-pumping action, gawky romance, and touching family moments.…Cline’s sly, mind-twisting premise and energetically depicted and electrifying high-tech battles make for smart, frenetic, and satisfying entertainment.”
—***Booklist, *starred review**
**Praise for *Ready Player One:* **

“Enchanting…*Willy Wonka* meets the *Matrix*. Its geeky characters are geeky cool. And its action is imaginative, always cinematic.[Cline] even weaves a sweet romance into this hero-vs.-villain tale.”
—***USA Today ***

“The grown-up’s ‘Harry Potter’…the mystery and fantasy in this novel weaves itself in the most delightful way, and the details that make up Mr. Cline’s world are simply astounding. *Ready Player One* has it all.”
**—*Huffington Post***

“A rollicking, surprise-laden, potboiling, thrilling adventure story…the best science-fiction novel I’ve read in a decade.”
**—BoingBoing.com**

“Ridiculously fun and large-hearted… Cline is that rare writer who can translate his own dorky enthusiasms into prose that’s both hilarious and compassionate. You’ll wish you could make it go on and on.”
**—NPR.org **
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“A smart, funny thriller that both celebrates and critiques online culture… layered with inside jokes and sly references.”
**—*San Francisco Chronicle***

“An addictive read… part intergalactic scavenger hunt, part romance and all heart.”
**—CNN.com **

“Incredibly entertaining…a geek fantasia, ‘80s culture memoir and commentary on the future of online behavior all at once.”
**—*****Austin American-Statesman **
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### About the Author
ERNEST CLINE is an internationally best-selling novelist, screenwriter, father, and full-time geek. He is the author of the novels *Ready Player One* and *Armada* and co-screenwriter of the film adaptation of *Ready Player One*, directed by Steven Spielberg.  His books have been published in over fifty countries and have spent more than 100 weeks on** ***The New York Times* Best Sellers list**. **He lives in Austin, Texas, with his family, a time-traveling DeLorean, and a large collection of classic video games.

Aristotle: Nicomachean Ethics

This new edition of Aristotle’s Nicomachean Ethics is an accurate, readable and accessible translation of one of the world’s greatest ethical works. Based on lectures Aristotle gave in Athens in the fourth century BCE, Nicomachean Ethics is one of the most significant works in moral philosophy, and has profoundly influenced the whole course of subsequent philosophical endeavour. It offers seminal, practically oriented discussions of many central ethical issues, including the role of luck in human well-being, moral education, responsibility, courage, justice, moral weakness, friendship and pleasure, with an emphasis on the exercise of virtue as the key to human happiness. This second edition offers an updated editor’s introduction and suggestions for further reading, and incorporates the line numbers as well as the page numbers of the Greek text. With its emphasis on accuracy and readability, it will enable readers without Greek to come as close as possible to Aristotle’s work.
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Area 51: Redemption

The continuation of the series that has sold over 2 million copies, screenplay written by the man who penned Alien, Total Recall and produced Minority Report and is Cool Gus approved.  Paperback and audio versions will be available by publication date. Do we deserve a Second Chance?   Mike Turcotte, the Special Forces officer who led the fight against the Airlia, which ruled our planet from the shadows for over 10 millennia, has returned to Area 51. Earth has freed itself from the shackles of alien domination, but at high cost while winning World War III. He has learned what he believes is the truth about human origins.   A truth so devastating he insists it cannot be made public.   But the thing no one on Earth knows is that in winning the war they’ve initiated the seeds of their own doom.   Something worse than World War III.   Something worse than the Airlia.   Something that means the end of all life in the Solar System.   But there is one who might have a solution; except she’s not human.

Area 51: Invasion: Volume 11

The Ancient Enemy has arrived.
A Swarm Battle Core is orbiting Earth preparing for the Reaping.
The remnants of mankind desperately try to either survive or fight back. But they aren’t certain what they’re going to face. All they have are myths and legends. And when the Swarm actually does land, it’s worse than any of those.
Major Mike Turcotte, the hero in defeating the Airlia, makes a desperate attempt to stop the Swarm by going directly to the Core. On Earth, the future of mankind hides in the Facility, an underground self-contained ecosystem. And across the planet others prepare for the last fight.
From an Assassin in New York City who performs a heroic act of sacrifice, to the enigmatic Darlene in her trailer in Marfa, Texas, to Nosferatu and Nekhbet, the last two Elder undead hiding on an island in Puget Sound.
It appears there is no hope.
But there is always hope, but sometimes it takes a tremendous, unthinkable sacrifice.
**”Action packed entertainment.” Kirkus Reviews.******
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Are You There, Vodka? It’s Me, Chelsea

When Chelsea Handler needs to get a few things off her chest, she appeals to a higher power — vodka. You would too if you found out that your boyfriend was having an affair with a Peekapoo or if you had to pretend to be honeymooning with your father in order to upgrade to first class. Welcome to Chelsea’s world — a place where absurdity reigns supreme and a quick wit is the best line of defense. In this hilarious, deliciously skewed collection, Chelsea mines her past for stories about her family, relationships, and career that are at once singular and ridiculous. Whether she’s convincing her third-grade class that she has been tapped to play Goldie Hawn’s daughter in the sequel to Private Benjamin, deciding to be more egalitarian by dating a redhead, or looking out for a foulmouthed, rum-swilling little person who looks just like her…only smaller, Chelsea has a knack for getting herself into the most outrageous situations. Are You There, Vodka? It’s Me, Chelsea showcases the candor and irresistible turns of phrase that have made her one of the freshest voices in comedy today.

Are You Afraid of the Dark?

*The new novel that Sidney Sheldon’s millions of fans all over the world have been waiting for. And, like his seventeen previous books, it is destined for a top place on bestseller lists everywhere*.
In New York, Denver, Paris and Berlin, four people have died separately in apparent accidents. Two women — the widows of two of the dead — find themselves under ruthless attack and are drawn together in fear, confusion and for mutual protection. But are they being targeted because one of them is the prosecution witness at a famous criminal trial? Or is there a connection to the mystery behind their husband’s deaths? Meanwhile, Tanner Kingsley,
Chief Executive of an international Think Tank created only seven years ago, is on the cusp of an amazing discovery which could alter the future of the world. If properly handled, the outcome of this could deliver unbelievable power into the company’s hands. But are the mysterious deaths connected to this volatile secret? And can it be further protected?
Thrown together, the women could not be more different: Diane Stevens is a well-connected, affluent artist from the Upper East Side. Philadelphia neighbourhood with a new ‘uncle’ every month, believed she had at last found safety and contentment in Paris, married to a brilliant scientist.
Taut with suspense and vivid characterization, and with an unnervingly realistic premise that could alter our lives, ARE YOU AFRAID OF THE DARK is Sheldon at the top of his form.

Are There Really Men Like That: Marge

Are There Really Men Like That: Marge by Patty Marie
Jen is best friends with Marge; the wife of her husband, Ron’s best friend Jerry. Ron and Jerry have been friends since middle school and Jen and Marge for more than five years. One day while leaving Marge and Jerry’s house, Jen overhears conversation that revels Marge has cuckolded her husband.
“‘The cuckold wants to know if you’re bringing me home or are we going to your place tonight,” was the line that Jen overheard and it brought her up short. Is it for real? What should she do? Just what the hell is a “cuckold?”
Her husband Ron has to look it up online. The definition causes Jen to ask, “Are there really men like that?” They are amazed that that not only the concept of a willing cuckold exists but that there is such a thing as a “Cuckold Community.” Ron is of the opinion that she misunderstood or that if she didn’t it isn’t any of their business. However, circumstances cause Jen to confirm she didn’t misunderstand anything and it is very much for real.
After she discovered it was for real she confronts Marge and listens with disbelief as Marge explains how she ended up cuckolding her husband.
Marge reveals her wild sexuality in college, a past that Jen never knew about and then goes into detail about her first three dates with Mark, that man who helped her cuckold Jerry. What’s most shocking of all is Jerry’s complacency and culpability in the story.
It’s this last that Jen finds hard to believe, but in the end she must.

Arduino Sketches

Arduino Sketches: Tools and Techniques for Programming Wizardry by James A. Langbridge
**Master programming Arduino with this hands-on guide**
*Arduino Sketches* is a practical guide to programming the increasingly popular microcontroller that brings gadgets to life. Accessible to tech-lovers at any level, this book provides expert instruction on Arduino programming and hands-on practice to test your skills. You’ll find coverage of the various Arduino boards, detailed explanations of each standard library, and guidance on creating libraries from scratch – plus practical examples that demonstrate the everyday use of the skills you’re learning. Work on increasingly advanced programming projects, and gain more control as you learn about hardware-specific libraries and how to build your own. Take full advantage of the Arduino API, and learn the tips and tricks that will broaden your skillset.
The Arduino development board comes with an embedded processor and sockets that allow you to quickly attach peripherals without tools or solders. It’s easy to build, easy to program, and requires no specialized hardware. For the hobbyist, it’s a dream come true – especially as the popularity of this open-source project inspires even the major tech companies to develop compatible products. *Arduino Sketches* is a practical, comprehensive guide to getting the most out of your Arduino setup. You’ll learn to:
* Communicate through Ethernet, WiFi, USB, Firmata, and Xbee
* Find, import, and update user libraries, and learn to create your own
* Master the Arduino Due, Esplora, Yun, and Robot boards for enhanced communication, signal-sending, and peripherals
* Play audio files, send keystrokes to a computer, control LED and cursor movement, and more
This book presents the Arduino fundamentals in a way that helps you apply future additions to the Arduino language, providing a great foundation in this rapidly-growing project. If you’re looking to explore Arduino programming, *Arduino Sketches* is the toolbox you need to get started.

Arduino Project Handbook, Volume 2

This second volume of the ­Arduino Project Handbook delivers 25 more ­beginner-friendly electronics projects. Get up and running with a crash course on the Arduino, and then pick any project that sparks your interest and start making!

Each project includes cost and time estimates, simple instructions, colorful photos and circuit diagrams, a troubleshooting section, and the complete code to bring your build to life. With just the Arduino board and a handful of components, you’ll make gadgets like a rainbow light display, noise-level meter, digital piano, GPS speedo­meter, and fingerprint scanner.
This collection of projects is a fast and fun way to get started with microcontrollers that’s perfect for beginners, hobbyists, parents, and educators.
**25 Step-by-Step Projects
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LED Light Bar
Light-Activated Night-Light
Seven-Segment LED Countdown Timer
LED Scrolling Marquee
Mood Light
Rainbow Strip Light
NeoPixel Compass
Arduino Piano
Audio LED Visualizer
Old-School Analog Dial
Stepper Motor
Temperature-Controlled Fan
Ultrasonic Range Finder
Digital Thermometer
Bomb Decoder Game
Serial LCD Screen
Ultrasonic People Counter
Nokia 5110 LCD Screen Pong Game
OLED Breathalyzer
Ultrasonic Soaker
Fingerprint Scanner
Ultrasonic Robot
Internet-Controlled LED
Voice-Controlled LED
GPS Speedometer
**Uses the Arduino Uno board **
**Praise for the first volume of Arduino Project Handbook:**
”Easily the best beginner’s guide out there. Pair with an inexpensive clone-based starter kit, and it’s never been cheaper to join the maker revolution.”
**—MakeUseOf.com**
”Beautifully designed.”
**—Boing Boing**
(source: Bol.com)

Arduino for Dummies

**The quick, easy way to leap into the fascinating world of physical computing**
This is no ordinary circuit board. Arduino allows anyone, whether you’re an artist, designer, programmer or hobbyist, to learn about and play with electronics. Through this book you learn how to build a variety of circuits that can sense or control things in the real world. Maybe you’ll prototype your own product or create a piece of interactive artwork? This book equips you with everything you’ll need to build your own Arduino project, but what you make is up to you! If you’re ready to bring your ideas into the real world or are curious about the possibilities, this book is for you.*** ***
*? Learn by doing ? start building circuits and programming your Arduino with a few easy to follow examples – right away!*
*? Easy does it ? work through Arduino sketches line by line in plain English, to learn of how a they work and how to write your own*
*? Solder on! ? Only ever used a breadboard in the kitchen? Don’t know your soldering iron from a curling iron? No problem, you’ll be prototyping in no time*
*? Kitted out ? discover new and interesting hardware to make your Arduino into anything from a mobile phone to a geiger counter!*
*? Become an Arduino savant ? learn all about functions, arrays, libraries, shields and other tools of the trade to take your Arduino project to the next level.*
*? Get social ? teach your Arduino to communicate with software running on a computer to link the physical world with the virtual world*
It’s hardware, it’s software, it’s fun! Start building the next cool gizmo with Arduino and *Arduino For Dummies.*
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### Recensione
* this book is a gentle intro to the Arduino * (Linux Voice, April 2014)
### Sinossi
**The quick, easy way to leap into the fascinating world of physical computing**
This is no ordinary circuit board. Arduino allows anyone, whether you’re an artist, designer, programmer or hobbyist, to learn about and play with electronics. Through this book you learn how to build a variety of circuits that can sense or control things in the real world. Maybe you’ll prototype your own product or create a piece of interactive artwork? This book equips you with everything you’ll need to build your own Arduino project, but what you make is up to you! If you’re ready to bring your ideas into the real world or are curious about the possibilities, this book is for you.*** ***
*? Learn by doing ? start building circuits and programming your Arduino with a few easy to follow examples – right away!*
*? Easy does it ? work through Arduino sketches line by line in plain English, to learn of how a they work and how to write your own*
*? Solder on! ? Only ever used a breadboard in the kitchen? Don’t know your soldering iron from a curling iron? No problem, you’ll be prototyping in no time*
*? Kitted out ? discover new and interesting hardware to make your Arduino into anything from a mobile phone to a geiger counter!*
*? Become an Arduino savant ? learn all about functions, arrays, libraries, shields and other tools of the trade to take your Arduino project to the next level.*
*? Get social ? teach your Arduino to communicate with software running on a computer to link the physical world with the virtual world*
It’s hardware, it’s software, it’s fun! Start building the next cool gizmo with Arduino and *Arduino For Dummies.*

Arduino Applied

Extend the range of your Arduino skills, incorporate the new developments in both hardware and software, and understand how the electronic applications function in everyday life. This project-based book extends the Arduino Uno starter kits and increases knowledge of microcontrollers in electronic applications.

Learn how to build complex Arduino projects, break them down into smaller ones, and then enhance them, thereby broadening your understanding of each topic.You’ll use the Arduino Uno in a range of applications such as a blinking LED, route mapping with a mobile GPS system, and uploading information to the internet.

You’ll also apply the Arduino Uno to sensors, collecting and displaying information, Bluetooth and wireless communications, digital image captures, route tracking with GPS, controlling motors, color and sound, building robots, and internet access. With Arduino Applied, prior knowledge of electronics is not required, as each topic is described and illustrated with examples using the Arduino Uno.

What You’ll Learn

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Set up the Arduino Uno and its programming environment
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Understand the application of electronics in every day systems
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Build projects with a microcontroller and readily available electronic components

Who This Book Is For

Readers with an Arduino starter-kit and little-to-no programming experience and those interested in ”how electronic appliances work.”

(source: Bol.com)

Archer’s Revenge

[Siren Everlasting Classic ManLove: Erotic Alternative Historical Romance, M/M, HEA] Archer Goldenvoice and Drake the Swordsman are swordsmen for hire, determined to help Bancroft the Bold and his lover Winston the Warrior win their castle–and themselves a secure job for the future. Fighting the masterless men is just the first of a series of obstacles they must overcome to gain the castle. Life in England in 1320 is not safe. Edward of Caernarfon is a strong king but he has his own problems to deal with in battling the Scots, as well as a wife, and a lusty love life. With the death of both Lord Howard and Lord Bolton the swordsmen head north to see if reclaiming Lord Denzil’s castle is possible. Success offers them all the opportunity of safety behind strong stone walls, and a future of ongoing employment. But such a huge undertaking was never going to be that easy to accomplish… ** A Siren Erotic Romance
(source: Bol.com)

Archaeology Hotspot France

The Archaeology Hotspots series offers reader-friendly and engaging narratives of the archaeology in particular countries. Written by archaeological experts with a general reader in mind, each book in the series focuses on what has been found and by whom, what the controversies and scandals have been, ongoing projects, and how it all fits into a broader view of the history of the country.

In Archaeology Hotspot France, Georgina Muskett provides insight into the vibrant and varied collection of archaeological sites and monuments in France. From the presence of the first humans to the royal dynasty of the Merovingians, this book takes readers into the histories, mysteries, and scandals of these illustrious sites, as well as covering the latest discoveries, early pioneers, and the innovations for which French archaeology is famous. The stunning cave art of Lascaux, the engineering excellence of the Pont-du-Gard and the amphora-laden shipwreck at Madrague de Giens are among the wealth of archaeological sites to be discovered.

(source: Bol.com)

Arc of the Dream

Earth’s last hope?
The Arc, a being of immense power, trapped within a continuum too small, fights for its freedom. Its monumental struggle will touch a few select individuals on Earth – and in doing so, change their lives forever. The Arc may also be the last hope for humanity’s survival.
Author’s Note: The volumes of this series can each be read independently of the others. The feature that unifies them is their individual observations of science fiction’s sub-genre: “space opera,” which the editors David G. Hartwell and Kathryn Cramer define as “colorful, dramatic, large-scale science fiction adventure, competently and sometimes beautifully written, usually focused on a sympathetic, heroic central character and plot action, and usually set in the relatively distant future, and in space or on other worlds, characteristically optimistic in tone. It often deals with war, piracy, military virtues, and very large-scale action, large stakes.”