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Sparkling Cyanide

A beautiful heiress is fatally poisoned in a West End restaurant… Six people sit down to dinner at a table laid for seven. In front of the empty place is a sprig of rosemary – in solemn memory of Rosemary Barton who died at the same table exactly one year previously. No one present on that fateful night would ever forget the woman’s face, contorted beyond recognition – or what they remembered about her astonishing life.
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The denoument will probably come as a surprise to nine readers out of ten New York Times SPARKLING CYANIDE is the one … which I should take with me to a desert island; for I find in it a seriousness and a psychological insight unparalleled in the author’s other works.’ Times Literary Supplement
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Spark: The Definitive Guide

Learn how to use, deploy, and maintain Apache Spark with this comprehensive guide, written by the creators of this open-source cluster-computing framework. With an emphasis on improvements and new features in Spark 2.0, authors Bill Chambers and Matei Zaharia break down Spark topics into distinct sections, each with unique goals.
You’ll explore the basic operations and common functions of Spark’s structured APIs, as well as Structured Streaming, a new high-level API for building end-to-end streaming applications. Developers and system administrators will learn the fundamentals of monitoring, tuning, and debugging Spark, and explore machine learning techniques and scenarios for employing MLlib, Spark’s scalable machine learning library.
Get a gentle overview of big data and Spark
Learn about DataFrames, SQL, and Datasets—Spark’s core APIs—through worked examples
Dive into Spark’s low-level APIs, RDDs, and execution of SQL and DataFrames
Understand how Spark runs on a cluster
Debug, monitor, and tune Spark clusters and applications
Learn the power of Spark’s Structured Streaming and MLlib for machine learning tasks
Explore the wider Spark ecosystem, including SparkR and Graph Analysis
Examine Spark deployment, including coverage of Spark in the Cloud

The Spark

In the time of the Ancients the universe was united – but that was so far in the past that not even memory remains, only the broken artifacts that a few Makers can reshape into their original uses. What survives is shattered into enclaves – some tiny, some ruined, some wild.
Into the gaps between settlements, and onto the road that connects all human reality and the reality that is not human and may never have been human, have crept monsters. Some creatures are men, twisted into inhuman evil; some of them are alien to Mankind – and there are things which are hostile to all life, things which will raven and kill until they are stopped.
A Leader has risen, welding the scattered human settlements together in peace and safety and smashing the enemies of order with an iron fist. In his capital, Dun Add, the Leader provides law and justice. In the universe beyond, his Champions advance – and enforce – the return of civilization.
Pal, a youth from the sticks, has come to Dun Add to become a Champion. Pal is a bit of a Maker, and in his rural home he’s been able to think of himself as a warrior because he can wield the weapons of the Ancient civilization.
Pal has no idea of what he’s really getting into in Dun Add. On the other hand, the Leader and Dun Add have no real idea of what might be inside this hayseed with high hopes.
*The Spark*: A story of hope and violence and courage. And, especially, a story of determination.
David Drake was attending Duke University Law School when he was drafted. He served the next two years in the Army, spending 1970 as an enlisted interrogator with the 11th Armored Cavalry in Vietnam and Cambodia. Upon return he completed his law degree at Duke and was for eight years Assistant Town Attorney for Chapel Hill, North Carolina. He has been a full-time freelance writer since 1981. His books include the genre-defining and best-selling Hammer’s Slammers series, the nationally best-selling RCN series including *In the Stormy Red Sky*, *The Road of Danger*, *The Sea Without a Shore*, and *Death’s Bright Day*.

Space Team: The Time Titan of Tomorrow

**Cal Carver’s time is about to run out.** He and his Space Team are broke. Forced to take low-paying gun-for-hire jobs just to keep the food replicator working, their prospects are not looking good. When they pick up a distress signal from a luxury space cruiser, they think their luck might be about to change. And it does. Sadly, not in the way they’d hoped. Someone has detonated a Time Bomb aboard the cruiser – an experimental device designed to shatter time itself. As the team passes through the fragments, their personal timelines begin moving at very different speeds, and an ageing Cal is forced to live out decades aboard the ship surrounded by his now statue-like crew mates and the mutated, inbred descendants of the cruiser’s former inhabitants. As if that isn’t bad enough, the Time Bomb was just a test for the real weapon – a weapon that could spell a fate worse than death for Space Team, and the enslavement of the entire galaxy. **Featuring giant space babies, reverse mermaids and the most dangerous man in existence, *Space Team: The Time Titan of Tomorrow* is the eighth fast and frantic adventure in the *Space Team* comedic scifi series.**
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Space Team

**The galaxy just called for help. Unfortunately, the wrong man answered.**
When small-time conman, Cal Carver, is thrown in jail and forced to share a cell with a semi-naked cannibalistic serial killer, he’s pretty sure his day can’t get any worse.
Boy, is he wrong.
It isn’t until two-thirds of the human race is wiped out and Cal is mistakenly abducted by aliens that things *really* start to go downhill.
Whisked across the galaxy, Cal is forced into a team of some of the sector’s most notorious villains and scumbags and tasked with delivering a package to a warlord-run solar system where the authorities daren’t venture.
The mission should be simple enough, but as one screw-up leads to another the ragtag group of unwitting heroes find themselves in a frantic battle to save an entire alien civilization – and its god – from total annihilation.
Featuring epic space battles, hilariously snarky characters, and a shapeshifting blob with the face of Tobey Maguire, **Space Team** is the first book in the internationally bestselling series by award-winning author, Barry J. Hutchison.
**Perfect for fans of *The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy, Galaxy Quest, Guardians of the Galaxy*, and pretty much anything else with the word ‘Galaxy’ in the title.***
*Except Samsung’s *Galaxy S* series, which is a range of mobile devices, and so not really similar.
**You don’t really want to stick around on Earth, do you? Have you seen the state of the place? Buy Space Team now, or read FREE on Kindle Unlimited, and blast off on an action-packed adventure that’ll have you laughing your puny human head off.**
(Not literally.)
(I hope.)
### Praise for Space Team:
“Thrill a minute space adventure.”
“Laughed so hard I shot coffee out my nose.”
“If Douglas Adams wrote the A-Team, Space Team would be the result.”
“If all scifi was like this, everyone would be reading it.”
“Space-perfect space comedy.”
“Fun, frantic, fantastic fiction!”
“Relentessly funny scifi comedy adventure.”
“Someone call Netflix – they’ve got a new show to make!”
“I rarely give out five-star reviews for books – generally save those for life-changing reads – but I think Space Team, for what it aims to be, deserves the highest praise I can deliver. Well-written and expertly paced, it held my attention from cover to cover.”
“I cannot remember the last time a book made me literally laugh out loud. Not a low “haha” to yourself, not a big smile as you turn the page, LAUGH out LOUD. As in, having to stop and put it down to wipe your eyes. Having to remember to bite your lip so the people around you don’t think you’re undermedicated.”

Space Odyssey

Celebrating the fiftieth anniversary of the film’s release, this is the definitive story of the making of 2001: A Space Odyssey, acclaimed today as one of the greatest films ever made, including the inside account of how director Stanley Kubrick and writer Arthur C. Clarke created this cinematic masterpiece.

Regarded as a masterpiece today, 2001: A Space Odyssey received mixed reviews on its 1968 release. Despite the success of Dr. Strangelove, director Stanley Kubrick wasn’t yet recognized as a great filmmaker, and 2001 was radically innovative, with little dialogue and no strong central character. Although some leading critics slammed the film as incomprehensible and self-indulgent, the public lined up to see it. 2001’s resounding commercial success launched the genre of big-budget science fiction spectaculars. Such directors as George Lucas, Steven Spielberg, Ridley Scott, and James Cameron have acknowledged its profound influence.

Author Michael Benson explains how 2001 was made, telling the story primarily through the two people most responsible for the film, Kubrick and science fiction legend Arthur C. Clarke. Benson interviewed Clarke many times, and has also spoken at length with Kubrick’s widow, Christiane; with visual effects supervisor Doug Trumbull; with Dan Richter, who played 2001’s leading man-ape; and many others.

A colorful nonfiction narrative packed with memorable characters and remarkable incidents, Space Odyssey provides a 360-degree view of this extraordinary work, tracking the film from Kubrick and Clarke’s first meeting in New York in 1964 through its UK production from 1965-1968, during which some of the most complex sets ever made were merged with visual effects so innovative that they scarcely seem dated today. A concluding chapter examines the film’s legacy as it grew into it current justifiably exalted status.

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The Space Barons

The visionary quest to rekindle the human exploration and colonization of space led by two rivals and their vast fortunes, egos, concern about the future of humanity, and visions of space as the next entrepreneurial frontier For years, space enthusiasts have imagined people in spaceships colonizing the cosmos, and for more than four decades, US presidents have been predicting a real-life journey to Mars. Little progress, however, has been made since the halcyon days of the Mercury and Apollo programs–until now. Chris Davenport tells the story of the Space Barons –notably Elon Musk and Jeff Bezos, but also Richard Branson and Paul Allen–and their unbelievably big ambitions to revive the US manned space program and reignite ancient dreams. These tycoons, with deep imaginations and deeper wallets, have ambitions to go far into space, well beyond the lower Earth orbit of the International Space Station. They are the founders of some of the biggest brands in the world–Amazon, Tesla, PayPal, Microsoft, Virgin–and have poured hundreds of millions of their own money into their new companies, betting that space tourism, asteroid mining, CubeSats (satellites the size of shoe boxes), and other new ventures will prove to be the next great technological revolution. For them, this is about more than monetizing space and space travel; it’s exploration for exploration’s sake: striking out with one destination in mind, but finding something else entirely. Do we want, Elon Musk asks, a future where we are forever confined to one planet until some eventual extinction event–however far in the future that might occur? Or do we want to become a multi-planet species, ultimately out there among the stars? With an inside track on the businesses, rivalries, and rocketry that are fueling the new space race, The Space Barons is the story of how these billionaires plan to open the space frontier, extending humanity’s reach and fulfilling the dreams of a generation.
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Starting with a blank canvas, Christian Davenport has painted a comprehensive portrait of some of the most influential leaders in commercial space, and indeed of the industry itself. Well-researched and entertaining, The Space Barons gives both a rich texture to the beginnings and a tantalizing outline of the future of commercial human space travel. –Michael Lopez-Alegria, former NASA astronaut, past president of the Commercial Space Flight Federation, and principal, MLA Space, LLC Readers will thrill at this lucid, detailed, and admiring account of wealthy space buffs who are spending their own money, making headlines, producing genuine technical advances, and resurrecting the yearning to explore the cosmos. –Kirkus, Starred Review A must-read. A compelling account of how today’s self-made tycoons are driven to change our world and our relationship with outer space. This is distinctly an American story, nowhere but America could these Space Barons rise, thrive, and succeed. Follow their journey into the future. –Dr. Mark Albrecht, executive secretary of the National Space Council under President George H. W. Bush and author of Falling Back to Earth: A First Hand Account of the Great Space Race and the End of the Cold War Unlike the space race of the 1950s and 1960s, the new space race is not a competition between superpowers-it is a competition among billionaires with egos and ambitions that match their fortunes. The Space Barons provides a superb behind-the-scenes look that chronicles the new space race from its beginning some two decades ago to the headlines of today. This book is a must-read for everyone who fell in love with space as a kid and still longs to reach for the heavens. –Todd Harrison, Center for Strategic and International Studies
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Sovereign

Following on from Dissolution and Dark Fire, Sovereign is the third title in C. J. Sansom’s bestselling Shardlake series. Autumn, 1541. King Henry VIII has set out on a spectacular Progress to the North to attend an extravagant submission of his rebellious subjects in York. Already in the city are lawyer Matthew Shardlake and his assistant Jack Barak. As well as assisting with legal work processing petitions to the King, Shardlake has reluctantly undertaken a special mission for the Archbishop Cranmer – to ensure the welfare of an important but dangerous conspirator being returned to London for interrogation. But the murder of a York glazier involves Shardlake in deeper mysteries, connected not only to the prisoner in York Castle but to the royal family itself. And when Shardlake and Barak stumble upon a cache of secret papers which could threaten the Tudor throne, a chain of events unfolds that will lead to Shardlake facing the most terrifying fate of the age . . . ‘Sansom is a master storyteller’ Guardian ‘So compulsive that, until you reach its final page, you’ll have to be almost physically prised away from it’ Sunday Times ‘Deeper, stronger and subtler than The Name of the Rose’ Independent on Sunday
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aWhen historical fiction clicks, thereas nothing more gripping . . . and C.J. Sansomas fantastic Sovereign left me positively baying for more. Itas that good. . . . Rebellion, plots, torture, fanaticism, a murder mystery and a real historical scandal come alive in this deeply satisfying novel.a aDeirdre Donahue, USA Today aAuthors of the caliber of P. D. James, Ruth Rendell, Ian Rankin, and Minette Walters remain rare. C. J. Sansomas Sovereign . . . deserves as wide a readership as any of the above. . . . Itas deeper, stronger, and subtler than most novels in the genre.a a The Sunday Independent (London) When historical fiction clicks, theres nothing more gripping . . . and C.J. Sansoms fantastic Sovereign left me positively baying for more. Its that good. . . . Rebellion, plots, torture, fanaticism, a murder mystery and a real historical scandal come alive in this deeply satisfying novel. Deirdre Donahue, USA Today Authors of the caliber of P. D. James, Ruth Rendell, Ian Rankin, and Minette Walters remain rare. C. J. Sansoms Sovereign . . . deserves as wide a readership as any of the above. . . . Its deeper, stronger, and subtler than most novels in the genre. The Sunday Independent (London)
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The Sous Vide Kitchen

**Use sous vide to cook absolutely anything!**

If you own a sous vide machine, chances are you’ve tried it out by cooking burgers, steak, and pork. But that’s just the beginning. For years, restaurants have used sous vide to perfectly cook a wide variety of foods—now you can do the same. Join sous vide recipe developer Christina Wylie and take your skills to the next level: Use sous vide to make the perfect soft boiled eggs, then go further and learn how to use it to make scrambled eggs, overnight oatmeal, and other breakfast staples. For lunch, try topping your salad with perfectly cooked sous vide tuna or salmon (the secret is a short brine). For dinner, the options are endless. Choose from Asian dishes like Char Siu Pork Loin and Miso-Marinated Cod, reinvent a favorite with the Deconstructed Beef Wellington or Spicy Southern-Fried Chicken, or enjoy a surprisingly simple 48-Hour Beef Brisket. Finish the meal with a sous vide twist on cheesecake or a nightcap of homemade spiced rum (speed-infused using sous vide, of course).

With recommended times and temperatures for every recipe, unique combinations of sous vide with other cooking techniques, and more than 100 recipes to explore, this book will help you get the most out of sous vide.
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Sourcery

SUMMARY: When last seen, the singularly inept wizard Rincewind had fallen off the edge of the world. Now magically, he’s turned up again, and this time he’s brought the Luggage. But that’s not all…. Once upon a time, there was an eighth son of an eighth son who was, of course, a wizard. As if that wasn’t complicated enough, said wizard then had seven sons. And then he had an eighth son — a wizard squared (that’s all the math, really). Who of course, was a source of magic — a sorcerer.

Source of Magic

Ordered by King Trent to determine the source of Xanth’s magic, Bink and his companions were harried by an unseen enemy determined to thwart them. When even their protector turned against them, Bink still managed to reach his goal and carry out the King’s orders…but the king did not expect Bink’s next act–to destroy utterly the magic of Xanth!

The Sound of Rebellion

The eighth episode of The Human Division, John Scalzi’s new thirteen-episode novel in the world of his bestselling Old Man’s War. Beginning on January 15, 2013, a new episode of The Human Division will appear in e-book form every Tuesday.

The Colonial Defense Forces usually protect humanity from alien attack, but now the stability of the Colonial Union has been threatened, and Lieutenant Heather Lee and her squad are called to squash a rebellion on a colony world. It seems simple enough—but there’s a second act to the rebellion that finds Lee captive, alone, and armed with only her brains to survive.

At the Publisher’s request, this title is being sold without Digital Rights Management Software (DRM) applied.

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The Soul Stealer

Annja Creed jumps at the chance to join a fellow archaeologist on a quest to find a relic. But she’s not so thrilled about northern Siberia, where they are hoping to discover something buried in the long-undisturbed soil of Russia’s frozen terrain. When they reach the town of Jakutsk, Annja is put off by its gray landscape and highly superstitious inhabitants. They claim they are being hunted. Then one of the villagers goes missing.The locals blame the Khosadam, a ghost of a fallen goddess said to ingest the souls of the departed. But there are no fresh graves. She is now hunting the living. When Annja seeks to destroy the apparition, she discovers an even more horrifying truth—and may have hit a dead end.