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Skin Trade

Once you tell someone certain things, like, say, you got mailed a human head in a box, they tend to think you’re crazy. Anita Blake’s reputation has taken some hits. Not on the work front, where she has the highest kill count of all the legal vampire executioners in the country, but on the personal front. No one seems to trust a woman who sleeps with the monsters. Still, when a vampire serial killer sends her a head from Las Vegas, Anita has to warn Sin City’s local authorities what they’re dealing with. Only it’s worse than she thought. Several officers and one executioner have been slain – paranormal style…Anita heads to Las Vegas, where she’s joined by three other federal marshals, including the ruthless Edward hiding behind his mild-mannered persona. It’s a good thing Edward always has her back, because, when she gets close to the bodies, Anita senses “tiger” too strongly to ignore it. The were-tigers are very powerful in Las Vegas, which means the odds of her rubbing someone important the wrong way just got a lot higher…

Skin in the Game: Hidden Asymmetries in Daily Life

**#1 *NEW YORK TIMES* BESTSELLER • A bold work from the* *author of *The Black Swan *that challenges many of our long-held beliefs about risk and reward, politics and religion, finance and personal responsibility**
In his most provocative and practical book yet,** **one of the foremost thinkers of our time redefines what it means to understand the world, succeed in a profession, contribute to a fair and just society, detect nonsense, and influence others. Citing examples ranging from Hammurabi to Seneca, Antaeus the Giant to Donald Trump, Nassim Nicholas Taleb shows how the willingness to accept one’s own risks is an essential attribute of heroes, saints, and flourishing people in all walks of life.
As always both accessible and iconoclastic, Taleb challenges long-held beliefs about the values of those who spearhead military interventions, make financial investments, and propagate religious faiths. Among his insights:
**• For social justice, focus on symmetry and risk sharing. **You cannot make profits and transfer the risks to others, as bankers and large corporations do. You cannot get rich without owning your own risk and paying for your own losses. Forcing skin in the game corrects this asymmetry better than thousands of laws and regulations.
**• Ethical rules aren’t universal.** You’re part of a group larger than you, but it’s still smaller than humanity in general.
**• Minorities, not majorities, run the world. **The world is not run by consensus but by stubborn minorities imposing their tastes and ethics on others.
**• You can be an intellectual yet still be an idiot.** “Educated philistines” have been wrong on everything from Stalinism to Iraq to low-carb diets.
**• Beware of complicated solutions (that someone was paid to find).** A simple barbell can build muscle better than expensive new machines.
**• True religion is commitment, not just faith.** How much you believe in something is manifested only by what you’re willing to risk for it.
The phrase “skin in the game” is one we have often heard but rarely stopped to truly dissect. It is the backbone of risk management, but it’s also an astonishingly rich worldview that, as Taleb shows in this book, applies to all aspects of our lives. As Taleb says, “The symmetry of skin in the game is a simple rule that’s necessary for fairness and justice, and the ultimate BS-buster,” and “Never trust anyone who doesn’t have skin in the game. Without it, fools and crooks will benefit, and their mistakes will never come back to haunt them.”
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Skin Game

Keisha is willing to strip to earn the money she needs to attend university. But when Steven, the editor of PIMP magazine, decides to use her to take his own game to the next level, he’s about to learn a thing or two.

Skin Deep

SUMMARY: The high price of fame meant learning to deal with obsessive fans. But this one was different. He was watching and waiting, and Chantel O’Hurley was afraid. She needed help, and it came with a $500-a-day price tag–Quinn Doran, a P.I. with the kind of tough, go-to-hell looks that made a woman’s pulse race. Chantel didn’t need his arrogant insinuations. She needed to stay alive.

Skeleton Crew

Unrivalled monarch of the macabre Stephen King again takes the unsuspecting reader on a fantastic journey through the dark, shadowy areas of our innermost fears. In a bumper collection of truly chilling tales, we meet Gramma, who only wants to hug little George, even after she was dead; The Raft – a primeval sea creature with an insatiable appetite; The Monkey – an innocent-looking toy with sinister powers; the unspeakable horror of The Mist. And there is a gruesome host of other stories, each with the distinctive blend of unimaginable terror and realism that typifies King’s writing.

Sizzling Sixteen

Sizzling Sixteen (Stephanie Plum Series #16) by Janet Evanovich
Trenton, New Jersey, bounty hunter Stephanie Plum has inherited a lucky bottle from her Uncle Pip. Problem is, Uncle Pip didn’t specify if the bottle brought good luck or bad luck. . . .
BAD LUCK:
Vinnie, of Vincent Plum Bail Bonds, has run up a gambling debt of $786,000 with mobster Bobby Sunflower and is being held until the cash can be produced. Nobody else will pay to get Vinnie back, leaving it up to Stephanie, office manager Connie, and file clerk Lula to raise the money if they want to save their jobs.
GOOD LUCK:
Being in the business of tracking down people, Stephanie, Lula, and Connie have an advantage in finding Vinnie. If they can rescue him, it will buy them some time to raise the cash.
BAD LUCK:
Finding a safe place to hide Vinnie turns out to be harder than raising $786,000. Vinnie’s messing up Mooner’s vibe, running up pay-per-view porn charges in Ranger’s apartment, and making Stephanie question genetics.
GOOD LUCK:
Between a bonds office yard sale that has the entire Burg turning out, Mooner’s Hobbit-Con charity event, and Uncle Pip’s lucky bottle, they just might raise enough money to save the business, and Vinnie, from ruin.
BAD LUCK:
Saving Vincent Plum Bail Bonds means Stephanie can keep being a bounty hunter. In Trenton, this involves hunting down a man wanted for polygamy, a turnpike toilet paper bandit, and a drug dealer with a pet alligator named Mr. Jingles.
GOOD LUCK:
The job of bounty hunter comes with perks in the guise of Trenton’s hottest cop, Joe Morelli, and the dark and dangerous security expert, Ranger. With any luck at all, Uncle Pip’s lucky bottle will have Stephanie getting lucky—the only question is . . . with whom?
*Sizzling Sixteen* . . . so hot, the pages might spontaneously combust!

Sixth Grave on the Edge

**Charley Davidson—part-time private investigator and full-time Grim Reaper—returns in the *New York Times* bestseller, *Sixth Grave on the Edge* by Darynda Jones.**
***Sometimes I wrestle my demons. Sometimes we just snuggle.—*Bumper Sticker**
Most girls might think twice before getting engaged to someone like Reyes Farrow—but Charley Davidson is not most girls. She’s a paranormal private eye and grim reaper-in-training who’s known to be a bit of a hell-raiser, especially after a few shots of caffeine. Her beloved Reyes may be the only begotten son of evil, but he’s dark and sultry and deeply sexy and everything Charley could hope for. Really.
But when the FBI file on Reyes’ childhood happens to land into her lap, she can’t help herself: She opens it…and then the real fun begins. First, Charley finds a naked corpse riding shotgun in her car. Then, a man loses his soul in a card game. Throw in a Deaf boy who sees dead people, a woman running from mobsters, and a very suspicious Reyes, and things can’t get any worse for Charley. Unless, of course, the Twelve Beasts of Hell are unleashed…

The Sixth Extinction: An Unnatural History

A major book about the future of the world, blending intellectual and natural history and field reporting into a powerful account of the mass extinction unfolding before our eyes
Over the last half a billion years, there have been five mass extinctions, when the diversity of life on earth suddenly and dramatically contracted. Scientists around the world are currently monitoring the sixth extinction, predicted to be the most devastating extinction event since the asteroid impact that wiped out the dinosaurs. This time around, the cataclysm is us.
In *The Sixth Extinction* , two-time winner of the National Magazine Award and *New Yorker* writer Elizabeth Kolbert draws on the work of scores of researchers in half a dozen disciplines, accompanying many of them into the field: geologists who study deep ocean cores, botanists who follow the tree line as it climbs up the Andes, marine biologists who dive off the Great Barrier Reef. She introduces us to a dozen species, some already gone, others facing extinction, including the Panamian golden frog, staghorn coral, the great auk, and the Sumatran rhino. Through these stories, Kolbert provides a moving account of the disappearances occurring all around us and traces the evolution of extinction as concept, from its first articulation by Georges Cuvier in revolutionary Paris up through the present day.
The sixth extinction is likely to be mankind’s most lasting legacy; as Kolbert observes, it compels us to rethink the fundamental question of what it means to be human.
### Review
“Powerful . . . Kolbert expertly traces the ‘twisting’ intellectual history of how we’ve come to understand the concept of extinction, and more recently, how we’ve come to recognize our role in it. . . An invaluable contribution to our understanding of present circumstances.”—Al Gore, *The New York Times Book Review
*”Arresting . . . Ms. Kolbert shows in these pages that she can write with elegiac poetry about the vanishing creatures of this planet, but the real power of her book resides in the hard science and historical context she delivers here, documenting the mounting losses that human beings are leaving in their wake.” —* The New York Times*
“Throughout her extensive and passionately collected research, Kolbert offers a highly readable, enlightening report on the global and historical impact of humans… a highly significant eye-opener rich in facts and enjoyment.” — *Kirkus* (starred review)
“The factoids Kolbert tosses off about nature’s incredible variety—a frog that carries eggs in its stomach and gives birth through its mouth, a wood stork that cools off by defecating on its own legs—makes it heartbreakingly clear, without any heavy-handed sermonizing from the author, just how much we lose when an animal goes extinct. In the same way, her intrepid reporting from far-off places—Panama, Iceland, Italy, Scotland, Peru, the Amazonian rain forest of Brazil, and the remote one tree Island, off the coast of Australia—gives us a sense of the earth’s vastness and beauty.” —*Bookforum
*”Kolbert accomplishes an amazing feat in her latest book, which superbly blends the depressing facts associated with rampant species extinctions and impending ecosystem collapse with stellar writing to produce a text that is accessible, witty, scientifically accurate, and impossible to put down.”—* Publishers Weekly* (starred review)
“Rendered with rare, resolute, and resounding clarity, Kolbert’s compelling and enlightening report forthrightly addresses the most significant topic of our lives.” — *Booklist* (starred review)
“An epic, riveting story of our species that reads like a scientific thriller—only more terrifying because it is real. Like Rachel Carson’s *Silent Spring,* Elizabeth Kolbert’s *The Sixth Extinction* is destined to become one of the most important and defining books of our time.” —David Grann, author of *The Lost City of Z*
“I tore through Elizabeth Kolbert’s *The Sixth Extinction* with a mix of awe and terror. Her long view of extinction excited my joy in life’s diversity — even as she made me aware how many species are currently at risk.” —Dava Sobel, author of *Longitude* and *Galileo’s Daughter*
“With her usual lucid and lovely prose, Elizabeth Kolbert lays out the sad and gripping facts of our moment on earth: that we’ve become a geological force, driving vast swaths of creation over the brink. A remarkable addition to the literature of our haunted epoch.” —Bill McKibben, author *Oil and Honey: The Education of an Unlikely Activist*
“Elizabeth Kolbert’s cautionary tale, *The Sixth Extinction* , offers us a cogent overview of a harrowing biological challenge. The reporting is exceptional, the contextualizing exemplary. Kolbert stands at the forefront of what it means to be a socially responsible American writer today.”—Barry Lopez, author of *Arctic Dreams*  
“The sixth mass extinction is the biggest story on Earth, period, and Elizabeth Kolbert tells it with imagination, rigor, deep reporting, and a capacious curiosity about all the wondrous creatures and ecosystems that exist, or have existed, on our planet. The result is an important book full of love and loss.” —David Quammen, author of *The* *Song of the Dodo* and *Spillover *
“Elizabeth Kolbert writes with an aching beauty of the impact of our species on all the other forms of life known in this cold universe. The perspective is at once awe-inspiring, humbling and deeply necessary.” —T.C. Boyle, author of *San Miguel*
### About the Author
Elizabeth Kolbert is a staff writer at *The New Yorker*. She is the author of *Field Notes from a Catastrophe: Man, Nature, and Climate Change*. She lives in Williamstown, Massachusetts, with her husband and children.

A Six-Pack & a Shot at Love [Love on the Rocks 1]

[Siren LoveXtreme Forever: Erotic Menage Romantic Suspense, M/F/M/M/M/M/M, HEA] Venetia “Vin” Lockatelli knows all too well the charms and manipulations of a wealthy man. She escapes an abusive relationship, is living in fear, and vows to never love or trust another man again. When she meets six soldiers intent on earning her affection, everything changes. A six pack and a shot at love sounds perfect, but as Venetia knows, nothing is as it seems, and happiness may not be possible with her ex hunting her down. The last thing she expects is for him to have a connection to her new lovers’ pasts. Her ex is determined to hurt them and anyone she cares about just to get her back. When bad things begin to happen, she is forced to fight for those she loves, even if it means sacrificing herself. ** A Siren Erotic Romance Dixie Lynn Dwyer is a Siren-exclusive author.

Six Silver Moonbeams: The Life and Times of Agustin Barrios Mangore

Six Silver Moonbeams is a comprehensive and authoritative biography of the world’s greatest guitarist/composer, Agustin Pio Barrios (1885-1944), also known as Nitsuga Mangore. This extensive treatment of Barrios’ life and music brings to light many fats about the amazing “Paganini of the Guitar from the jungles of Paraguay” – his travels, concerts, recordings, poetry, sketches as well as previously unpublished music. The culmination of many years of research in the field by guitarist/ethnomusicologist Richard D. “Rico” Stover, Six Silver Moonbeams is a major contribution to the history of the guitar and Latin American Culture.

Six Months, Three Days, Five Others

”A master absurdist…Highly recommended.” —The New York Times

Before the success of her debut SF-and-fantasy novel All the Birds in the Sky, Charlie Jane Anders was a rising star in SF and fantasy short fiction. Collected in a mini-book format, here—for the first time in print—are six of her quirky, wry, engaging best:

In ”The Fermi Paradox Is Our Business Model,” aliens reveal the terrible truth about how humans were created—and why we’ll never discover aliens.

”As Good as New” is a brilliant twist on the tale of three wishes, set after the end of the world. ”Intestate” is about a family reunion in which some attendees aren’t quite human anymore—but they’re still family.

”The Cartography of Sudden Death” demonstrates that when you try to solve a problem with time travel, you now have two problems.

”Six Months, Three Days” is the story of the love affair between a man who can see the one true foreordained future, and a woman who can see all the possible futures. They’re both right, and the story won the 2012 Hugo Award for Best Novelette.

And ”Clover,” exclusively written for this collection, is a coda to All the Birds in the Sky, answering the burning question of what happened to Patricia’s cat.

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

(source: Bol.com)

Sita

Immerse yourself in book 2 of the Ram Chandra series, based on the Ramayana, the story of Lady Sita, written by the multi-million bestselling Indian author Amish; the author who has transformed Indian fiction with his unique combination of mystery, mythology, religious symbolism and philosophy.

In this book, you will follow Lady Sita’s journey from an Adopted Child to the Prime Minister to finding her true calling. You will find all the familiar characters you have heard of, like Lord Ram and Lord Lakshman and see more of Lord Hanuman and many others from Mithila. You will also start discovering the true purpose of the Vayuputras and Malayaputras and their conflicting idealogies that leads to plot twists, politics and intrigue as they try to influence outcomes from behind the scenes.

She is the warrior we need. The Goddess we await. She will defend Dharma. She will protect us.

India, 3400 Bce. India is beset with divisions, resentment, and poverty. The people hate their rulers. They despise their corrupt and selfish elite. Chaos is just one spark away. Outsiders exploit these divisions. Raavan, the demon king of Lanka, grows increasingly powerful, sinking his fangs deeper into the hapless Sapt Sindhu. Two powerful tribes, the protectors of the divine land of India, decide that enough is enough. A saviour is needed. They begin their search. An abandoned baby is found in a field. Protected by a vulture from a pack of murderous wolves. She is adopted by the ruler of Mithila, a powerless kingdom, ignored by all. Nobody believes this child will amount to much. But they are wrong. For she is no ordinary girl. She is Sita.

Continue the epic journey with Amish’s latest: A thrilling adventure that chronicles the rise of an adopted child, who became the prime minister. And then, a Goddess. This is the second book in the Ram Chandra Series. A sequel that takes you back. Back before the beginning.

(source: Bol.com)

The Sirens of Titan

When Winston Niles Rumfoord flies his spaceship into a chrono-synclastic infundibulum he is converted into pure energy and only materializes when his waveforms intercept Earth or some other planet. As a result, he only gets home to Newport, Rhode Island, once every fifty-nine days and then only for an hour. But at least, as a consolation, he now knows everything that has ever happened and everything that ever will be. He knows, for instance, that his wife is going to Mars to mate with Malachi Constant, the richest man in the world. He also knows that on Titan – one of Saturn’s moons – is an alien from the planet Tralfamadore, who has been waiting 200,000 years for a spare part for his grounded spacecraft …
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Siren Island: An Erotic Adventure

The adventure of a lifetime begins… Siren Island: Shipwrecked After surviving a horrific shipwreck, Lucy Wordsworth finds herself on a mysterious island in the Pacific Ocean. Among the survivors is her fiancé’s despicable older brother, Jack Carlyle, who seduces her at the first opportunity. Together they discover a hidden pool inhabited by three beautiful, sex-starved Sirens, who are determined to pleasure them in shocking and unexpected ways. Siren Island: Lust For Gold Having been thoroughly seduced by her fiancé’s older brother, Jack, Lucy Wordsworth finds herself in a moral dilemma when his brother, Samuel, returns. To compound matters, gold-seeking pirates attack, and Lucy is taken by the sexy, yet sadistic pirate captain, Erik Fallen. As he punishes her lush, young body, she experiences a realm of pleasure she never dreamed possible. Siren Island: Kidnapped After being kidnapped by hostile natives from a neighboring island, Lucy finds herself in the clutches of sex cannibals, who use women in ritualistic ceremonies. Our plucky heroine succumbs to the charms of the native chief, but disaster strikes when his jealous wife commits cold-blooded murder. Lucy must make the ultimate sacrifice to save the women and secure her happiness. ..”.a Victorian era prim and proper young lady who finds herself unexpectedly and forcefully brought into a world that brings about her sexual awakening. And typical of Virginia Wade, it is a world of VERY imaginative sex that this proper young lady finds herself hurled into.” -Natalia Darque, Author of “Breeding Mom and Daughter”