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Bad science

SUMMARY: Guardian columnist Dr Ben Goldacre takes us on a hilarious, invigorating and informative journey through the bad science we’re fed by the worst of the hacks and the quacks’¦When Dr Ben Goldacre saw someone on daytime TV dipping her feet in an ‘Aqua Detox’ footbath, releasing her toxins into the water and turning it brown, he thought he’d try the same at home. ‘Like some kind of Johnny Ball cum Witchfinder General’, using his girlfriend’s Barbie doll, he gently passed an electrical current through the warm salt water. It turned brown. In his words: ‘before my very eyes, the world’s first Detox Barbie was sat, with her feet in a pool of brown sludge, purged of a weekend’s immorality.’Dr Ben Goldacre is the author of the ‘Bad Science’ column in the Guardian and his book is about all the ‘bad science’ we are constantly bombarded with in the media and in advertising. At a time when science is used to prove everything and nothing, everyone has their own ‘bad science’ moments ‘ from the useless pie-chart on the back of cereal packets to the use of the word ‘visibly’ in cosmetics ads. This book will help people to quantify their instincts ‘ that a lot of the so-called ‘science’ which appears in the media and in advertising is just wrong or misleading. Satirical and amusing ‘ and unafraid to expose the ridiculous ‘ it provides the reader with the facts they need to differentiate the good from the bad.Full of spleen, this is a hilarious, invigorating and informative journey through the world of ‘bad science’.

Bad Luck and Trouble

BONUS: This edition contains an excerpt from Lee Child’s *A Wanted Man.*

From a helicopter high above the empty California desert, a man is sent free-falling into the night…. In Chicago, a woman learns that an elite team of ex–army investigators is being hunted down one by one…. And on the streets of Portland, Jack Reacher—soldier, cop, hero—is pulled out of his wandering life by a code that few other people could understand. From the first shocking scenes in Lee Child’s explosive new novel, Jack Reacher is plunged like a knife into the heart of a conspiracy that is killing old friends…and is on its way to something even worse.

A decade postmilitary, Reacher has an ATM card and the clothes on his back—no phone, no ties, and no address. But now a woman from his old unit has done the impossible. From Chicago, Frances Neagley finds Reacher, using a signal only the eight members of their elite team of army investigators would know. She tells him a terrifying story—about the brutal death of a man they both served with. Soon Reacher is reuniting with the survivors of his old team, scrambling to raise the living, bury the dead, and connect the dots in a mystery that is growing darker by the day. The deeper they dig, the more they don’ t know: about two other comrades who have suddenly gone missing—and a trail that leads into the neon of Vegas and the darkness of international terrorism.

For now, Reacher can only react. To every sound. Every suspicion. Every scent and every moment. Then Reacher will trust the people he once trusted with his life—and take this thing all the way to the end. Because in a world of bad luck and trouble, when someone targets Jack Reacher and his team, they’d better be ready for what comes right back at them…
### Amazon.com Review
Ex-military cop Jack Reacher is the perfect antihero–tough as nails, but with a brain and a conscience to match. He’s able to see what most miss and is willing to do whatever it takes to get the job done. Each book in Lee Child’s smart, addictive series ( *The New York Times* has referred to it as “pure escapist gold”) follows the wandering warrior on a new adventure, making it easy to start with any book, including his latest gem, *Bad Luck and Trouble*. However, be forewarned…once you meet Jack Reacher, you’ll be hooked, so be prepared to stock up on the series. *–Daphne Durham*

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**Who Is Jack Reacher? A Video from Lee Child**

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* * **A Note from Lee Child**
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* *Two years ago I was on a book tour, promoting that year’s new Jack Reacher novel, *One Shot*. One particular night, the event was held in a small town outside of Chicago. The date was June 21st. As I was giving my talk and answering questions and signing books, that date was nagging away at the back of my mind. I knew it had some significance. I started panicking–had I forgotten my anniversary? No, that’s in August. My wife’s birthday? No, that’s in January. My own birthday? No, that’s in October.
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* *Then suddenly I remembered–it was ten years to the day since I had been fired from my previous job. That was why and how I had become a writer. That night in Illinois was a ten-year anniversary of a different sort, somewhat bittersweet.
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* *And ten is a nice round number. So I started thinking about my old colleagues. My workmates, my buddies. We had been through a lot together. I started to wonder where they all were now. What were they doing? Were they doing well, or struggling? Were they happy? What did they look like now? Pretty soon I was into full-on nostalgia mode. Ten-year anniversaries can do that to a person. I think we all share those kind of feelings, about high school, or college, or old jobs we’ve quit, or old towns we’ve moved away from.
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* *So I decided to make this year’s Jack Reacher book about a reunion. I decided to throw him back among a bunch of old colleagues that he hadn’t seen for ten years, people that he loved fiercely and respected deeply. Regular Reacher readers will know that he’s a pretty self-confident guy, but I wanted him to wobble just a little this time, to compare his choices with theirs, to measure himself against them.
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* *The renewed get-together isn’t Reacher’s own choice, though. And it’s not a standard-issue reunion, either. Something very bad has happened, and one of his old team-members from the army contacts him, by an ingenious method (it’s hard to track Reacher down). She gives him the bad news, and asks him to do something about it. He says, “Of course I’ll do something about it.”
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* *”No,” his friend says. “I mean, I want you to put the old unit back together.”
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* *It’s an irresistible invitation. Wouldn’t we all like to do that, sometimes? *–Lee Child*
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* * **Secrets of the Series: A Q &A with Lee Child**
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* * **Q:** Why do you think readers keep coming back to your novels?
**A:** Two words: Jack Reacher. Reacher is a drifter and a loner with a strong sense of justice. He shows up, he acts, he moves on. He’s the type of hero who has a long literary history. Robin Hood, the Lone Ranger, Aragorn from *The Lord of the Rings* , Jack Reacher–they’re all part of the same heroic family. Reacher just ratchets it up a notch. Maybe more than a notch. Why is he so appealing? Most often people say to me it’s his sense of justice; he will do the right thing. Even though there is no reward in it for him, even though there is often a high cost to be paid by him, he will always try to do the right thing and people find that reassuring in today’s world when not too many people are doing the right thing.
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* * **Q:** Jack Reacher gets compared to James Bond, Jack Bauer and Jason Bourne, each of whom now has a “face.” In a movie, which actor do you think could fill Reacher’s shoes?
**A:** That’s the toughest question. The thing about Reacher is he’s huge; he’s 6’5″ tall and about 250 pounds. There aren’t any actors that size–actors tend to be small. So we aren’t going to find a physical facsimile for Reacher because there aren’t any. We have to find someone who is capable of looking big on the screen. Many people have said to me a young Clint Eastwood would have been perfect–we need someone like that who has the vibe of a big intimidating man. Hopefully there will be somebody available like that. It’s also a question of finding somebody ready to sign up for more than one movie. They want to make a franchise, minimum of three, and that makes it a little bit harder.
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****Q:** What research is involved in writing one of your stories?
**A:** My research is all kind of backwards. I don’t go to the public library for three months and take notes in advance; instead my best research is by remembering and adapting. I read, travel, and talk to people just for the fun of it, filing away these interesting little snippets to the back of my mind and eventually they float to the surface and get used. The problem is, I approach writing the book with the same excitement and impatience that I hope the reader is going to feel about reading it. But even so, I need a certain measure of technical intrigue in the story. There is specific research I have to do as I go along, anything that’s a small detail; a car, a gun, a type of bullet. I will check that out at the time. But, that’s what I call the detail–the broad stuff is the stuff I already know.
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****Meet Jack Reacher****
* * *The Killing Floor***
* * *Die Trying***
* * *Tripwire***
* * *Running Blind***
* * *Echo Burning***
* * *Without Fail***
* * *Persuader***
* * *The Enemy***
* * *One Shot***
* * *The Hard Way***
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### * *From Publishers Weekly**
* *At the start of bestseller Child’s winning 11th Jack Reacher adventure (after *The Hard Way* ), the bad guys unceremoniously dump Calvin Franz, a former MP, from a Bell 222 helicopter “[t]hree thousand feet above the [California] desert floor.” Trouble is, Franz was a member of the army’s special investigation unit headed by Reacher—a one-time military cop who left the service to become a solitary drifter par excellence. A former colleague sends Reacher a coded SOS; the two rendezvous in L.A. and the game’s afoot. More members of the band get back together, only to discover that Franz isn’t the group’s only casualty. As usual in Reacher’s capers, practically nothing is what it seems, and the meticulously detailed route to the truth proves especially engrossing thanks to the joint efforts of this band of brothers (and two sisters). The author carefully delineates Reacher’s erstwhile colleagues, their smart-ass banter masking an unspoken affection. The villains’ comeuppance, a riveting eye-for-an-eye battle scene (hint: helicopter), is one of Child’s more satisfying finales. *(May)*
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Bad Girl

SUMMARY: Before the events of Blake Crouch’s horror novels DESERT PLACES and LOCKED DOORS… Before the events of Jack Kilborn’s and Blake Crouch’s #1 Amazon Kindle bestseller SERIAL… The year is 1995, and a young girl with psychopathic tendencies named Lucy (the sweetheart from SERIAL) has run away from home to a mystery convention to see her favorite author in the world: Andrew Z. Thomas. But Lucy has problems, and not just the psychopathic kind…to start with, the hotel won’t rent a room to a 15-year-old girl. So she does a bad, bad thing, which only gets worse when a couple of horrifying killers, Orson Thomas, and his protégé, Luther Kite, catch her trying to cover up a nasty mess. BAD GIRL is a thriller novella that brings all of Crouch’s most terrifying villains to the same hotel. A prequel to SERIAL, which has been downloaded more than 200,000 times, BAD GIRL is not for the faint of heart. Let the reader beware. BAD GIRL also contains a bonus interview with Blake, plus excerpts from all four of his novels. *Note: BAD GIRL is fully contained in SERIAL UNCUT. BAD GIRL + TRUCK STOP + SERIAL = SERIAL UNCUT.

Bad Blood

Sept 21, 2010 When 19-year-old Bob Tripp hits farmer Jacob Flood in the head with a T-ball bat at the outset of Sandford’s exciting fourth thriller to feature Minnesota Bureau of Criminal Apprehension agent Virgil Flowers (after Rough Country), Tripp’s subsequent attempt to make murder look like an accident fails. The morning after Tripp’s arrest, he’s found hanging in his cell. Warren County sheriff Lee Coakley seeks Flowers’s help to investigate what role, if any, deputy Jim Crocker, the officer on duty at the jail at the time, played in Tripp’s death. A link to the earlier murder of a young woman leads Flowers and Coakley to members of a small church with strange ways. As the pair become aware of the magnitude of the unspeakable crimes (rape, child abuse, incest) behind the deaths, they search desperately for a lever to pry open what turns out to be Flowers’s biggest, if perhaps most unlikely, case to date.

Backup & Recovery

Packed with practical, freely available backup and recovery solutions for Unix, Linux, Windows, and Mac OS X systems — as well as various databases — this new guide is a complete overhaul of Unix Backup & Recovery by the same author, now revised and expanded with over 75% new material.

Backup & Recovery starts with a complete overview of backup philosophy and design, including the basic backup utilities of tar, dump, cpio, ntbackup, ditto, and rsync. It then explains several open source backup products that automate backups using those utilities, including AMANDA, Bacula, BackupPC, rdiff-backup, and rsnapshot. Backup & Recovery then explains how to perform bare metal recovery of AIX, HP-UX, Linux, Mac OS, Solaris, VMWare, & Windows systems using freely-available utilities. The book also provides overviews of the current state of the commercial backup software and hardware market, including overviews of CDP, Data De-duplication, D2D2T, and VTL technology. Finally, it covers how to automate the backups of DB2, Exchange, MySQL, Oracle, PostgreSQL, SQL-Server, and Sybase databases – without purchasing a commercial backup product to do so.

For environments of all sizes and budgets, this unique book shows you how to ensure data protection without resorting to expensive commercial solutions. You will soon learn to:

* Automate the backup of popular databases without a commercial utility

* Perform bare metal recovery of any popular open systems platform, including your PC or laptop

* Utilize valuable but often unknown open source backup products

* Understand the state of commercial backup software, including explanations of CDP and data de-duplication software

* Access the current state of backup hardware, including Virtual Tape Libraries (VTLs)

(source: Bol.com)

Backseat Saints

SUMMARY: Rose Mae Lolley is a fierce and dirty girl, long-suppressed under flowery skirts and bow-trimmed ballet flats. As “Mrs. Ro Grandee” she’s trapped in a marriage that’s thick with love and sick with abuse. Her true self has been bound in the chains of marital bliss in rural Texas, letting “Ro” make eggs, iron shirts, and take her punches. She seems doomed to spend the rest of her life battered outside by her husband and inside by her former self, until fate throws her in the path of an airport gypsy—one who shares her past and knows her future. The tarot cards foretell that Rose’s beautiful, abusive husband is going to kill her. Unless she kills him first. Hot-blooded Rose Mae escapes from under Ro’s perky compliance and emerges with a gun and a plan to beat the hand she’s been dealt. Following messages that her long-missing mother has left hidden for her in graffiti and behind paintings, Rose and her dog Gretel set out from Amarillo, TX back to her hometown of Fruiton, AL, and then on to California, unearthing a host of family secrets as she goes. Running for her life, she realizes that she must face her past in order to overcome her fate—death by marriage—and become a girl who is strong enough to save herself from the one who loves her best. BACKSEAT SAINTS will dazzle readers with a fresh and heartwrenching portrayal of the lengths a mother will go to right the wrongs she’s created, and how far a daughter will go to escape the demands of forgiveness. With the seed of a minor character from her popular best-seller, GODS IN ALABAMA, Jackson has built a whole new story full of her trademark sly wit, endearingly off-kilter characters, and utterly riveting plot twists.

Back on Murder

EDITORIAL REVIEW: Det. Roland March is a homicide cop on his way out. But when he’s the only one at a crime scene to find evidence of a missing female victim, he’s given one last chance to prove himself. Before he can crack the case, he’s transferred to a new one that has grabbed the spotlight–the disappearance of a famous Houston evangelist’s teen daughter. With the help of a youth pastor with a guilty conscience who navigates the world of church and faith, March is determined to find the missing girls while proving he’s still one of Houston’s best detectives.

Babyville

EDITORIAL REVIEW: Jane Green’s rise to reigning queen of commercial women’s literature has been positively meteoric. *Jemima J*, *Mr. Maybe,* and *Bookends* all took international bestseller lists by storm—and went on to knockout paperback success (*Jemima J *has 390,000 copies in print)—thanks to Jane’s fresh perspective on dating and marriage. Now she applies her golden touch to the next phase in a woman’s life, in an insightful, bighearted tale of three friends grappling with their biological clocks. Convinced that a baby will spice up her lackluster relationship with an apathetic boyfriend, Julia launches into a frenetic round of doctor’s appointments and fertility rituals that threatens to send her over the edge. Samantha, happily married and confident that she’s the next June Cleaver, is appalled to find that her little bundle of joy leaves her exhausted, overweight, and ogling a girlfriend’s hottie husband. Meanwhile, glamorous Maeve knows she’s allergic to rugrats—until a steamy one-night stand leaves her with more than one surprise. As the three heroines confront their maternity dilemmas, each one discovers a long-lost part of herself and stumbles toward her own unexpected happy ending.In Jane’s trademark luminous and compassionate prose, *Babyville* beautifully tackles that rite of passage that crosses every woman’s mind at least once—whether it takes her breath away or knocks the wind right out of her: having a baby.

Baal

A woman is raped and a child is born. His name is Jeffrey Harper Raines, but he quickly assumes his true name: Baal. His mother puts him in an orphanage, where he leads the children on a rampage of violence. This is the beginning of a life which unleashes unimaginable evil upon the world.

Baal

**A woman gives birth to a child whose evilness threatens all mankind**
Mary Kate is an ordinary woman: a waitress in a diner, stuck in a loveless marriage to an English-major-turned-cabbie. But whoever assaults her in a New York City alley is far from ordinary. As the man’s icy grip burns her skin, she couldn’t grasp the dark fate that awaits her.
The rape leaves her carrying a child, who she and her husband name Jeffrey. As they try to live as a family, a mysterious force poisons them against each other. Finally overcome with hate for her husband, Mary Kate kills him, sending herself to jail and the child to an orphanage. There the boy takes a new name, Baal, and develops sinister powers that flourish as he approaches adulthood. When Baal becomes a man, the whole world will tremble before him.
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### Sinossi
**A woman gives birth to a child whose evilness threatens all mankind**
Mary Kate is an ordinary woman: a waitress in a diner, stuck in a loveless marriage to an English-major-turned-cabbie. But whoever assaults her in a New York City alley is far from ordinary. As the man’s icy grip burns her skin, she couldn’t grasp the dark fate that awaits her.
The rape leaves her carrying a child, who she and her husband name Jeffrey. As they try to live as a family, a mysterious force poisons them against each other. Finally overcome with hate for her husband, Mary Kate kills him, sending herself to jail and the child to an orphanage. There the boy takes a new name, Baal, and develops sinister powers that flourish as he approaches adulthood. When Baal becomes a man, the whole world will tremble before him.

Awaken

An angry fairy queen trapped his body. A woman’s love could imprison his heart.
An Enchanted story.
Prince Ryllio once lived so charmed a life, even he began to believe nothing bad could touch him. Then a moment’s indiscretion brought Queen Mab’s wrath raining down, encasing him in stone.
Hundreds of years later, he is losing hope that anyone will find him, much less counter the spell. Until a beautiful young woman wanders into his hidden glade to privately discover the pleasures of her own body. Her sensual innocence reignites his acute longing for freedom.
Lured into the old forest by an irresistible impulse, Myrina finds intimate communion with Ryllio’s imprisoned spirit. His whispered guidance weaves an erotic spell, rousing her to undreamed heights of ecstasy.
The intertwining of their minds comes at a devastating price. As each encounter intensifies, Myrina falls in love with a man she can never touch. And Ryllio realizes he must give up the last vestiges of his humanity—or condemn her to a life devoid of a flesh-and-blood lover…Warning: Bawdy faeries cause mayhem and wicked self-love abounds, as a voyeuristic prince and a shy but willing commoner both get a fine erotic comeuppance (put the emphasis in “comeuppance” where you will).
(source: Bol.com)

Await Your Reply

SUMMARY: The lives of three strangers interconnect in unforeseen ways–and with unexpected consequences–in acclaimed author Dan Chaon’s gripping, brilliantly written new novel.Longing to get on with his life, Miles Cheshire nevertheless can’t stop searching for his troubled twin brother, Hayden, who has been missing for ten years. Hayden has covered his tracks skillfully, moving stealthily from place to place, managing along the way to hold down various jobs and seem, to the people he meets, entirely normal. But some version of the truth is always concealed.A few days after graduating from high school, Lucy Lattimore sneaks away from the small town of Pompey, Ohio, with her charismatic former history teacher. They arrive in Nebraska, in the middle of nowhere, at a long-deserted motel next to a dried-up reservoir, to figure out the next move on their path to a new life. But soon Lucy begins to feel quietly uneasy.My whole life is a lie, thinks Ryan Schuyler, who has recently learned some shocking news. In response, he walks off the Northwestern University campus, hops on a bus, and breaks loose from his existence, which suddenly seems abstract and tenuous. Presumed dead, Ryan decides to remake himself–through unconventional and precarious means.Await Your Reply is a literary masterwork with the momentum of a thriller, an unforgettable novel in which pasts are invented and reinvented and the future is both seductively uncharted and perilously unmoored.From the Hardcover edition.

Avoid Boring People

From Nobel Prize-winning scientist James D. Watson, a living legend for his work unlocking the structure of DNA, comes this candid and entertaining memoir, filled with practical advice for those starting out their academic careers.

In *Avoid Boring People*, Watson lays down a life’s wisdom for getting ahead in a competitive world. Witty and uncompromisingly honest, he shares his thoughts on how young scientists should choose the projects that will shape their careers, the supreme importance of collegiality, and dealing with competitors within the same institution. It’s an irreverent romp through Watson’s colorful career and an indispensable guide to anyone interested in nurturing the life of the mind.
(source: Bol.com)

Avenger

SUMMARY: Having proved his grandfather Fergus’ innocence, Danny Watts and his friend Elena have now been recruited by the British government for a dangerous assignment. Elena must impersonate a would-be suicide bomber to win the confidence of Black Star, the master computer hacker who is behind the rash of teenage bombings that have swept the globe. When Black Star sends Elena to New York, Danny and Fergus come along to keep an eye on her. But Fergus knows that once this mission is over, the government will have them all eliminated. As Elena begins to fall under Black Star’s spell, it will take all of Danny’s survival training to find a way out. Having scored smash bestsellers in Britain with Traitor and Payback, the adventure continues in Avenger with all the authentic Special Ops details that made the previous books stand out.

Available

[Siren Everlasting Classic ManLove: Erotic Alternative Consensual BDSM Paranormal Romance, M/M, werewolves, public exhibition, whipping, spanking, play piercing, sex toys, HEA] Ryan Adamson is the beta for Alpha Mustang’s wolf pack. He never has relationships with anyone other than the pack-appointed availables and willing pack submissives, and he likes that just fine. He hasn’t had the best luck with relationships in the past and finds meaningless sex much easier to deal with than a boyfriend. Unfortunately for him, Bradley seeks to change his mind. Bradley Gage has been in love with Ryan since the wolf-shifter saved his life six months ago. Something inside tells him that Ryan is his mate and the stubborn wolf just needs to admit it. Getting him to admit it, however, might be easier said than done. Getting inked with an “available” tattoo is the start of an unconventional courtship that will test Bradley’s commitment to Ryan and bring him face-to-face with some unexpected aspects of his own past in order to get his happily ever after with the man of his dreams. ** A Siren Erotic Romance

Automating System Administration with Perl

Automating System Administration with Perl by David N. Blank-Edelman
If you do systems administration work of any kind, you have to deal with the growing complexity of your environment and increasing demands on your time. *Automating System Administration with Perl*, Second Edition, not only offers you the right tools for your job, but also suggests the best way to approach specific problems and to securely automate recurring tasks.
Updated and expanded to cover the latest operating systems, technologies, and Perl modules, this edition of the “Otter Book” will help you:
* Manage user accounts
* Monitor filesystems and processes
* Work with configuration files in important formats such as XML and YAML
* Administer databases, including MySQL, MS-SQL, and Oracle with DBI
* Work with directory services like LDAP and Active Directory
* Script email protocols and spam control
* Effectively create, handle, and analyze log files
* Administer network name and configuration services, including NIS, DNS and DHCP
* Maintain, monitor, and map network services, using technologies and tools such as SNMP, nmap, libpcap, GraphViz and RRDtool
* Improve filesystem, process, and network security
This edition includes additional appendixes to get you up to speed on technologies such as XML/XPath, LDAP, SNMP, and SQL. With this book in hand and Perl in your toolbox, you can do more with less — fewer resources, less effort, and far less hassle.