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The Merchant of Death

DENDURON

Bobby Pendragon is a seemingly normal fourteen-year-old boy. He has a family, a home, and even Marley, his beloved dog. But there is something very special about Bobby.

He is going to save the world.

And not just Earth as we know it. Bobby is slowly starting to realize that life in the cosmos isn’t quite what he thought it was. And before he can object, he is swept off to an alternate dimension known as Denduron, a territory inhabited by strange beings, ruled by a magical tyrant, and plagued by dangerous revolution.

If Bobby wants to see his family again, he’s going to have to accept his role as savior, and accept it wholeheartedly. Because, as he is about to discover, Denduron is only the beginning….
(source: Bol.com)

Merchant and Magic

When Magic Fails…
Tycho Rhonarida Galnaar trades hides—hides tanned, hides untanned, with and without fleeces, nothing risky. He prefers steady, low-key trade, a quiet home life, and reliable business partners. Slow and steady bring wealth and do not draw the attention of nobles, thieves, or the gods. Especially not of the gods!
Counterfeit coin and cursed grain…
But the gods have other plans. Tycho’s secret—his absolute inability to work or even see magic in a world that depends on it—may be the key to solving a mystery, and saving a city. Tycho wants no part in mysteries or adventure. He’s a merchant, nothing more.
Trade is Tycho’s world. That world changes under his feet.

The Mentor Leader

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“Your only job is to help your players be better.” That single idea had a huge impact on Tony Dungy when he heard it from one of his earliest mentors, and it led him to develop the successful leadership style so admired by players and coaches throughout the NFL. Now, a storied career and a Super Bowl victory later, Tony Dungy is sharing his unique leadership philosophy with you. InThe Mentor Leader, Tony reveals what propelled him to the top of his profession and shows how you can apply the same approach to virtually any area of your life. In the process, you’ll learn the seven keys of mentoring leadership—and why they’re so effective; why mentor leadership brings out the best in people; how a mentor leader recovers from mistakes and handles team discipline; and the secret to getting people to follow you and do their best for you without intimidation tactics. As a son, a football player, and a winning coach, Tony has always learned from others on his path to success. Now you can learn to succeed for your team, family, or organization while living out your values—by becoming a mentor leader.
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Mendoza in Hollywood

This is the third novel in what has become one of the most popular series in contemporary SF, now back in print from Tor. In the 24th century, the Company preserves works of art and extinct forms of life, for profit, of course. It recruits orphans from the past, renders them all but immortal, and trains them to serve the Company, Dr. Zeus. One of these is Mendoza the botanist. The death of her lover has been followed by centuries of heartbreak. She spends a period of time in early twentieth century Hollywood in the days of D.W. Griffith, and then Mendoza is in the midst of the Civil War, and runs into a man that looks disturbingly similar to her lost love. She is about to find love again, and be in more trouble than she could ever have imagined.

Men at Arms

SUMMARY: A Young Dwarf’s Dream Corporal Carrot has been promoted!He’s now in charge of the new recruits guarding Ankh-Morpork, Discworld’s greatest city, from Barbarian Tribes, Miscellaneous Marauders, unlicensed Thieves, and such. It’s a big job, particularly for an adopted dwarf. But an even bigger job awaits. An ancient document has just revealed that Ankh-Morpork, ruled for decades by Disorganized crime, has a secret sovereign! And his name is Carrott… And so begins the most awesome epic encounter of all time, or at least all afternoon, in which the fate of a city–indeed of the universe itself!–depends on a young man’s courage, an ancient sword’s magic, and a three-legged poodle’s bladder.

The memory of running: a novel

SUMMARY: Once in a great while, a story comes along that has everything: plot, setting, and, most important of all, the kind of characters that sweep readers up and take them on a thrilling, unforgettable ride. Well, get ready for Ron McLarty?s The Memory of Runningbecause, as Stephen King wrote in Entertainment Weekly(Stephen King?s ?The Pop of King? column for Entertainment Weekly), ?Smithy is an American original, worthy of a place on the shelf just below your Hucks, your Holdens, your Yossarians.?Meet Smithson ?Smithy? Ide, an overweight, friendless, chain-smoking, forty-three-year-old drunk who works as a quality control inspector at a toy action-figure factory in Rhode Island. By all accounts, including Smithy?s own, he?s a loser. But when Smithy?s life of quiet desperation is brutally interrupted by tragedy, he stumbles across his old Raleigh bicycle and impulsively sets off on an epic journey that might give him one last chance to become the person he always wanted to be. As he pedals across America?with stops in New York City, St. Louis, Denver, and Phoenix, to name a few?he encounters humanity at its best and worst and adventures that are by turns hilarious, luminous, and extraordinary. Along the way, Smithy falls in love and back into life.McLarty?s novel has already received significant attention for its unusual genesis as an audiobook. Now, in a major publishing event, Viking heralds the arrival of a major new voice in American fiction with his stunning debut, The Memory of Running.

Memorial Day

Fearless counterterrorism operative Mitch Rapp is called upon to fight against the world’s most deadly terrorists in this harrowing political thriller by New York Times bestselling author Vince Flynn. It’s just seven days before Memorial Day, and the nation’s capital is buzzing with last-minute preparations for the unveiling of the magnificent new memorial honoring the men and women who fought in World War II. Despite the hopeful energy of the city, Mitch Rapp senses trouble. A spike in CIA intelligence has pointed to a major terrorist attack on the United States. Now it’s up to Rapp to pull out all the stops. Rapp immediately leaves for Afghanistan, where he leads a special forces unit on a daring commando raid across the border into a remote Pakistani village. Their target: an al Qaeda stronghold. Within a subterranean room, Rapp and his team discover a treasure trove of maps, computers, files, and bills of lading for multiple freighters heading to U.S. ports — all pointing to plans for a catastrophic nuclear attack on Washington, DC. Information is quickly relayed back to CIA headquarters, and a nuclear emergency support team scrambles to the scene. In a few hours, the freighters have been located and disarmed and the danger has been averted. Or has it? Despite all the backslapping and congratulations, Mitch Rapp can’t shake the feeling that the operation seemed just a bit too easy. Rapp follows his instincts on a quest to unearth the whole truth. What he finds is truly terrifying, and with Memorial Day closing fast, Rapp must find a way to prevent a disaster of unimaginable proportions. Packed with the heartstopping action and political intrigue that Vince Flynn’s fans love, here is a stylish thriller exalting America’s past battles for freedom as well as its continued fight for peace.

Memoirs of Sherlock Holmes

SUMMARY: Penzler Pick, February 2000: What is there about the greatest series of short stories in the history of the world that hasn’t already been said? This is the second (of five) story collections by Doyle about the greatest detective in literature–and a splendid volume it is, containing such superb puzzles as “The Greek Interpreter,” in which readers are introduced to Mycroft Holmes; “The Musgrave Ritual”; “Silver Blaze”; and the earth-shattering “The Final Adventure,” recounting the struggle between Holmes and the evil Professor Moriarty in which the two titans were apparently killed as they went over the edge of the Reichenbach Falls. But every mystery reader already knows this. I’m pointing out this marvelous book because it has been extensively annotated by a fine Sherlockian scholar, Les Klinger, who has brought to all serious students of the Holmesian canon a level of erudition seldom encountered. In addition to the expected illustrations from The Strand magazine and meticulous scrutiny of chronological evidence of various events, there are references to primary sources and a staggering helping of information from the thousands of works about Sherlock Holmes by others. More than 30 years ago, another great Sherlockian scholar, William S. Baring-Gould, produced a ground-breaking volume that enjoyed more than 35 printings in its original two-volume format and probably sold just as many copies in a slightly less elaborate one-volume size. The Annotated Sherlock Holmes became the single most essential volume in the library of any true Sherlockian, of which the world has far more than you think. Les Klinger has acknowledged Baring-Gould in every way imaginable, and it was an act of extraordinary courage to attempt to supercede that monumental work. But that is exactly what he appears to be doing. The first volume, his annotated edition of The Adventures of Sherlock Holmes, was introduced by the same publisher last year. There are seven yet to come. If you want to master just about everything there is to know about The Great Detective and The Good Doctor, to understand what Holmes meant when he referred to “a comet vintage” of wine, and to know what discrepancies there are between the English and American editions of the works, plus a thousand other things relating to Holmes, Watson, and the England of the Victorian era, you must have this volume, as well as all the others in the series as they become available over the next few years. –Otto Penzler

Memoirs of a Geisha

Memoirs of a Geisha by Arthur Golden
**A literary sensation and runaway bestseller, this brilliant debut novel tells with seamless authenticity and exquisite lyricism the true confessions of one of Japan’s most celebrated geisha.**
**Nominated as one of America’s best-loved novels by PBS’s *The Great American Read***
Speaking to us with the wisdom of age and in a voice at once haunting and startlingly immediate, Nitta Sayuri tells the story of her life as a geisha. It begins in a poor fishing village in 1929, when, as a nine-year-old girl with unusual blue-gray eyes, she is taken from her home and sold into slavery to a renowned geisha house. We witness her transformation as she learns the rigorous arts of the geisha: dance and music; wearing kimono, elaborate makeup, and hair; pouring sake to reveal just a touch of inner wrist; competing with a jealous rival for men’s solicitude and the money that goes with it.
In **Memoirs of a Geisha**, we enter a world where appearances are paramount; where a girl’s virginity is auctioned to the highest bidder; where women are trained to beguile the most powerful men; and where love is scorned as illusion. It is a unique and triumphant work of fiction—at once romantic, erotic, suspenseful—and completely unforgettable.

Memnoch the Devil

SUMMARY: In Anne Rice’s extraordinary novel, the Vampire Lestat–outsides, canny monster, hero-wanderer–is at last offered the chance to be redeemed.He is brought into direct confrontation with both God and the Devil, and into the land of Death.We are in New York. The city is blanketed in snow. Through the whiteness Lestat is searching for Dora, the beautiful and charismatic daughter of a drug lord, the woman who arouses Lestat’s tenderness as no mortal ever has.While torn between his vampire passions and his overwhelming love for Dora, Lestat is confronted by the most dangerous of adversaries he has yet known.He is snatched from the world itself by the mysterious Memnoch, who claims to be the Devil. He is invited to be a witness at the Creation. He is taken like the ancient prophets into the heavenly realm and is ushered into Purgatory.He must decide if he can believe in the Devil or in God. And finally, he must decide which, if either, he will serve.In the first four Vampire Chronicles, Anne Rice summoned up for us worlds that are fantastic and distant, making them as resonant, real, and immediate as our own. In this, her most daring and darkest novel, she takes us, with Lestat, into the mythical world that is most important to us–into the realms of our own theology.

Memento Mori

Una cerchia di anziani signori e signore londinesi, tutti agiati membri della migliore società, riceve successivamente una telefonata misteriosa con il seguente messaggio: «Ricorda che devi morire». Questo segnale, che all’inizio appare come un fastidioso disturbo, poi come una scandalosa beffa, alla fine risulterà essere il primo artificio di una vendetta sottilmente escogitata. A poco a poco, l’anonima minaccia rivela una rete di rapporti alquanto sordidi e perversi, come se possedesse la salutare qualità di portare alla luce tutto ciò che un gruppo ben selezionato di persone può celare in fatto di menzogne, tradimenti, invidie, rancori, ricatti, debolezze, violenze, inganni, duplicità, crudeltà. E la narrazione procede con passo leggero e spedito, con magistrali spostamenti di prospettiva, tracciando un percorso che ha l’astratta bellezza di una figura geometrica e insieme una minuta rispondenza psicologica ai vari caratteri. Pubblicato per la prima volta nel 1959, questo gioiello dello humour nero, oggi considerato uno dei romanzi inglesi memorabili degli ultimi decenni, fu così accolto da Graham Greene: «Macabro ed esilarante, mi ha incantato come pochi altri romanzi».

Megan’s Mate

Megan O’Riley and her young son stood on the brink of a new life. All she wanted was to put her shameful past behind her — so she buried her passions beneath businesslike efficiency and vowed never to let her heart lead her astray again.Rugged Nathaniel Fury set his mind on Megan the day they first met — and all her resistance could not divert him. Nathaniel was determined to have a victory they could both enjoy for the rest of their lives!

Meet Me in the Middle

Fool me three times…
Dale Ramsey is looking forward to his twenty-year high school reunion except for one small problem. Adam O’Connor, his old friend—and old flame.
Twice before, Adam has disappeared from Dale’s life. Once after a graduation night fling, and again after a hot reunion years later. When Adam resurfaces this time, single and on the verge of retiring from the Navy, Dale wonders if he’ll want to mend fences…and maybe tear up some sheets.
The spark between them is alive and well, but Dale resists. After all, Adam only seems to come around when his life is in flux, and Dale is through being a placeholder until something better comes along. He wants his friend back, but not if he’ll be deserted a third time.
Inevitably, though, their attempts to rekindle their friendship wind up igniting something much hotter, and stirring up emotions too strong to ignore. Making Dale wonder if he should put his heart on the line…or if this time he should be the one to walk away.
Warning: Let’s face it, Dale’s been sitting quietly (well, kind of) on the sidelines since The Distance Between Us, and he waited patiently through The Closer You Get. Dude is seriously ready for some scorching-hot action, so keep a fire extinguisher and some ice handy. These boys are gonna need it…

Medusa

La giovane e bellissima dottoressa Song Lee è un’esperta virologa, che ha pagato a caro prezzo il suo desiderio di trasparenza e verità durante l’epidemia di Sars. Non ha rispettato l’ordine di segretezza impartito dal governo di Pechino, e per questo è stata allontanata, segregata a fare il medico generico in una remota provincia della Repubblica Popolare. Ma un tragico evento la richiama al centro della scena: un virus ancora più terribile sta minacciando il mondo, e Cina e Usa hanno unito gli sforzi per trovare un vaccino. Condotta in Florida, la dottoressa Lee partecipa a ricerche febbrili che sono la sola speranza di evitare una pandemia: proprio dal mare, dai suoi abitanti più antichi e misteriosi, le meduse, potrebbe venire la salvezza, come sembrano testimoniare persino alcune leggende. Le fasi finali della ricerca si tengono in un laboratorio segretissimo, nascosto nelle profondità dell’oceano Pacifico. Un laboratorio che però scompare misteriosamente nel nulla, così come tutti i ricercatori che ci lavorano. Solo Kurt Austin e i suoi amici della Numa possono, forse, rintracciarlo, mettere in salvo gli scienziati e impedire la catastrofe. La sfida, però, questa volta è quasi impossibile: il nemico da combattere ha molte facce, ed è molto, forse troppo pericoloso e difficile da scovare…
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Medium Raw

A lot has changed since Kitchen Confidential. For the subculture of chefs and cooks, for the restaurant business as a whole—and for Anthony Bourdain. Medium Raw explores those changes, taking the reader back and forth—from the author’s bad old days—to the present. Tracking his own strange and unexpected voyage from journeyman cook to globe travelling professional eater and drinker, Bourdain compares and contrasts what he’s seen and what he’s seeing, pausing along the way for a series of confessions, rants, investigations, and interrogations of some of the more controversial figures in food. Always returning to the question: “Why cook? “ Or the harder to answer: “Why cook well?”
Beginning with a secret and highly illegal after-hours gathering of powerful chefs he compares to a Mafia summit, the story follows the twists and eddies through subjects ranging from:
• “The Friends of David Chang” an incredibly undiplomatic discussion with (and peek into the mind of) the hottest, most influential chef in America.
• “Don’t Ask Alice”: Alice Waters. Good . . . or Evil?
• The Big Shake Out: The restaurant business in post economic meltdown America. How it’s changing. How it might change even more.
• And, Heroes and Villains. (With a few returning favorites.)

Meditation Techniques of the Buddhist and Taoist Masters

A guide to the mental disciplines and visualizations that Masters have used for ages in their quest for illumination.
* An insider’s view of specific meditation techniques and the steps necessary for a wide variety of * Buddhist and Taoist meditation practices.
* By the author of *Tantric Quest* (15,000 sold) and *Desire: The Tantric Path to Awakening*.
The esoteric practices followed in the quest for divinity generally remain a secret to the world–kept cloistered away for only the most ascetic practitioners. Now Daniel Odier, having immersed himself in the life and spiritual practices of Buddhist and Taoist monasteries throughout India, Nepal, Sri Lanka, Thailand, and Japan, reveals actual teachings passed on by the sages who are living expressions of their tradition.
Looking beyond doctrine, dogma, and philosophical treatises that ignore direct experiences of the practice, Odier provides a direct path to the heart of the religious experience that can be discovered through meditation. Beginning with the simple and fundamental steps necessary to prepare for meditation, Odier guides the reader through the specifics of the mental disciplines and visualizations that Buddhist and Taoist masters have used for ages in their quest for illumination. To devote oneself to meditation, in the sense understood by Buddhists and Taoists, is to realize the understanding of how every fiber of our being converges with all creation. *Meditation Techniques of the Buddhist and Taoist Masters* is a valuable guide to all who are in search of that realization.