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The Return of the King

The Return of the King: Being the Third Part of The Lord of the Rings by J. R. R. Tolkien
The standard harcover edition of the concluding volume of The Lord of the Rings includes a large format fold-out map and extensive appendices. As the Shadow of Mordor grows across the land, the Companions of the Ring have become involved in separate adventures. Aragorn, revealed as the hidden heir of the ancient Kings of the West, has joined with the Riders of Rohan against the forces of Isengard, and takes part in the desperate victory of the Hornburg. Merry and Pippin, captured by Orcs, escape into Fangorn Forest and there encounter the Ents. Gandalf has miraculously returned and defeated the evil wizard, Saruman. Sam has left his master for dead after a battle with the giant spider, Shelob; but Frodo is still alive — now in the foul hands of the Orcs. And all the while the armies of the Dark Lord are massing as the One Ring draws ever nearer to the Cracks of Doom.

Return of Sherlock Holmes

SUMMARY: Sherlock Holmes was not the only writing Arthur Conan Doyle (1859-1930) did but Holmes and Dr. Watson are his most remembered characters. Holmes titled himself a “Consulting Detective”. His powers of observation, his understanding of crime, and his insights into the criminal mind were brilliant. His knowledge of things not related to crime were extemely limited, except in opera and the violin. Like many other authors famous for a single character, Arthur Conan Doyle attempted to “kill” Holmes. But the readers would not let this happen. Holmes eventually appeared in 56 short stories and 4 novels.

The Return of Rafe MacKade

Don’t miss the first book in the beloved MacKade brothers series from #1 New York Times bestselling author Nora Roberts!Ten years after disappearing from Antietam, Maryland, the bad boy Rafe MacKade has come home. Cleaned up and successful now—though still dangerously good-looking—Rafe’s return sets tongues wagging. But Rafe is not going to let a few gossips stop him from his dream. With the help of Regan Jones, who owns the local antique shop, he is restoring the old Barlow house into an inn. Working in such close quarters has Regan struggling to resist Rafe’s charms. Though she claims she doesn’t want to get involved with a rebel, Rafe’s pretty sure that her reaction to their sizzling kisses suggests otherwise…Originally published in 1995.

The Return of Nathan Brazil

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Welcome to the Well World: a construct of an ancient defunct race known as the Markovians. The Well World acts both as the controller of and the gateway to 1560 worlds created by the Markovians at the end of their time.
Humanity is reeling when the Dreel (a viral, hive-minded species) attack the Milky Way and seem ready to take over the galaxy. In desperation they go back to the ancient sciences of the defunct race of Markovians which no one really understands.
But using science concepts as alien and as powerful as those of the Markovians can have dire consequences, as the humans discover when they inadvertently create a situation which can lead to the destruction of the universe itself.
The Well World can help prevent total destruction, but the planet-sized computer has itself been damaged and must be repaired before it can be used to save the universe. Nathan Brazil can fix the damage, but where is Nathan Brazil? It is up to Mavra Chang and Obie the sentient robot to find Brazil before the entire universe is destroyed.
The Return of Nathan Brazil is the fourth book set in the Well World universe.

Retribution

By the summer of 1944 it was clear that Japan’s defeat was inevitable, but how the drive to victory would be achieved remained unclear. The ensuing drama—that ended in Japan’s utter devastation—was acted out across the vast theater of Asia in massive clashes between army, air, and naval forces.
In recounting these extraordinary events, Max Hastings draws incisive portraits of MacArthur, Mao, Roosevelt, Churchill, Stalin, and other key figures of the war in the East. But he is equally adept in his portrayals of the ordinary soldiers and sailors caught in the bloodiest of campaigns.
With its piercing and convincing analysis, **Retribution** is a brilliant telling of an epic conflict from a master military historian at the height of his powers.
*From the Trade Paperback edition.*

Restoration

**A time traveler faces his duplicate in 17th-century England in the series from the “masterful” national bestselling author of** **Lucasfilm’s Alien Chronicles ****(*Extrapolations*).**

In his attempt to return to the twenty-sixth century, historian Noel Kedran is transported, alongside his evil twin Leon, to the squalid streets and royal palaces of Restoration England—and into the blazing heart of the Great Fire of London.

Amidst the inferno, Noel will distinguish himself as a hero, whose only hope is to get home to his own time. To do so, he will have to outwit the treacherous, equally brilliant Leon.

But how can any man hope to outwit himself?

“Chester is a world class fantasist.” —*The Best Reviews*

The Restaurant at the End of the Universe

Facing annihilation at the hands of the warlike Vogons is a curious time to have a craving for tea. It could only happen to the cosmically displaced Arthur Dent and his curious comrades in arms as they hurtle across space powered by pure improbabilityband desperately in search of a place to eat.
Among Arthur’s motley shipmates are Ford Prefect, a longtime friend and expert contributor to the Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy; Zaphod Beeblebrox, the three-armed, two-headed ex-president of the galaxy; Tricia McMillan, a fellow Earth refugee who’s gone native (her name is Trillian now); and Marvin, the moody android who suffers nothing and no one very gladly. Their destination? The ultimate hot spot for an evening of apocalyptic entertainment and fine dining, where the food (literally) speaks for itself.
Will they make it? The answer: hard to say. But bear in mind that the Hitchhiker’s Guide deleted the term “Future Perfect” from its pages, since it was discovered not to be!
“What’s such fun is how amusing the galaxy looks through Adams’ sardonically silly eyes.”

The Rest of the Robots

Isaac Asimov’s ROBOT series – from the iconic collection I, ROBOT to four classic novels – contains some of the most influential works in the history of science fiction. Establishing and testing the THREE LAWS OF ROBOTICS, they continue to shape the understanding and design of artificial intelligence to this day. How could robots be used in a time of war? Could a robot be raised like a child? Could we allow them to have children of their own? Is there any human profession that could never be performed by a robotic replacement? In The Rest of the Robots, robopsychologist Dr. Susan Calvin and engineers Powell and Donovan return to investigate many more puzzling anomalies and catastrophic malfunctions. With characteristic wit, foresight and imagination, Asimov’s stories uncover the practical and ethical issues humanity will encounter in a robotic future.
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Isaac Asimov was one of the great explainers of the age…It will never be known how many practicing scientists today, in how many countries, owe their initial inspiration to a book, article, or short story by Isaac Asimov’ Carl Sagan Asimov displayed one of the most dynamic imaginations in science fiction’ Daily Telegraph Asimov’s career was one of the most formidable in science fiction’ The Times
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The Rescue

**Space hasn’t gotten any easier with time.**
After several weeks and harrowing escapes in the new galaxy, Andi is finding herself in more uncomfortable situations than ever.
As the spearhead of her group’s secret mission to find Jyra and rescue her from a top research official, the Earth girl must put on the performance of her life to save her friend before time runs out.

Rescue Mode

Gritty and scientifically accurate science fiction adventure from* New York Times* best-selling author Ben Bova and NASA space scientist Les Johnson.
The first human mission to Mars meets with near-disaster when a meteoroid strikes the spacecraft, almost destroying it. The ship is too far from Earth to simply turn around and return home. The eight-person crew must ride their crippled ship to Mars while they desperately struggle to survive.
On Earth, powerful political forces that oppose human spaceflight try to use the accident as proof that sending humans into space is too dangerous to continue. The whole human space flight program hangs in the balance. And if the astronauts can’t nurse their ship to Mars and back, the voyagers will become either the first Martian colonists – or the first humans to perish on another planet.
At the publisher’s request, this title is sold without DRM (Digital Rights Management).
**About *Mars, Inc.*:**
“The Hugo winner returns to his most popular subject: the quest for Mars.” – *Publishers Weekly*
**About the award winning novels of Ben Bova:**
“Technically accurate and absorbing . . .” – *Kirkus*
“[Bova is] the science fiction author who will have the greatest effect on the world.” – Ray Bradbury
“A masterful storyteller” – *Vector*
“Gives a good read while turning your eyes to what might be in the not so distant future, just like Clarke and Asimov used to do so well.” – *SFX*
**Ben Bova** has written more than one hundred twenty futuristic novels and nonfiction books, and has been involved in science and high technology since the very beginnings of the space age. His Baen books include *Mars, Inc.* and *Laugh Lines*. President Emeritus of the National Space Society and a past president of Science Fiction Writers of America, Bova received the Lifetime Achievement Award of the Arthur C. Clarke Foundation in 2005, “for fueling mankind’s imagination regarding the wonders of outer space.” His 2006 novel *Titan* received the John W. Campbell Memorial Award for best novel of the year. In 2008 he won the Robert A. Heinlein Award “for his outstanding body of work in the field of literature.” Bova is a frequent commentator on radio and television and a widely popular lecturer. His articles, opinion pieces and reviews have appeared in *Scientific American, Nature, The New York Times, The Wall Street Journal,* and many other newspapers and magazines. Earlier, he was an award-winning editor and an executive in the aerospace industry. His Grand Tour novels, such as bestseller *Mars*, combine romance, adventure, and the highest degree of scientific accuracy to show how the human race will expand through the solar system, and the impact this will have on individual human lives and society as a whole. Bova has taught science fiction at Harvard University and at the Hayden Planetarium in New York City, where he has also directed film courses. Bova currently lives in Florida.
**Les Johnson** is a NASA physicist and author. By day, he serves as the Deputy Manager for the Advanced Concepts Office at the NASA George C. Marshall Space Flight Center in Huntsville, Alabama. In the early 2000s, he was NASA’s Manager for Interstellar Propulsion Research and later managed the In-Space Propulsion Technology Project. He was technical consultant for the movie *Lost in Space* and has appeared on the Discovery Channel series, *Physics of the Impossible* in the “How to Build a Starship” episode. He has also appeared in three episodes of the Science Channel series *Exodus Earth*. He is the author of novel *Back to the Moon*, coauthored with Travis S. Taylor, and the coeditor of the groundbreaking science/science fiction collection *Going Interstellar*.

Requiem for Anthi

From the national bestselling author.
In the grand tradition of Dune, an epic of adventure and survival on a dying world
The world of Ruantl is nearly dead, its waters tainted and its land scorched by a poisonous black sun. Members of the Galactic Space Institute have crossed into the Uncharted Zone, eager to strip Ruantl of its gold and gemstones. They will not—and cannot—be stopped. Not by the few survivors of a dying race.
But one ancient lord is ready to fight back—even if he must reawaken the mighty goddess Anthi herself.
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The Republic

SUMMARY: Plato’S Republic Is Widely Acknowledged As The Cornerstone Of Western Philosophy. Presented In The Form Of A Dialogue Between Socrates And Three Different Interlocutors, It Is An Enquiry Into The Notion Of A Perfect Community And The Ideal Individual Within It. During The Conversation Other Questions Are Raised: What Is Goodness; What Is Reality; What Is Knowledge? The Republic Also Addresses The Purpose Of Education And The Role Of Both Women And Men As ‘Guardians’ Of The People. With Remarkable Lucidity And Deft Use Of Allegory, Plato Arrives At A Depiction Of A State Bound By Harmony And Ruled By ‘Philosopher Kings’.

ReportLab – PDF Processing With Python

ReportLab has been around since the year 2000 and has remained the primary package that Python developers use for creating reports in the PDF format. It is an extremely powerful package that works across all the major platforms. This book will also introduce the reader to other Python PDF packages.

Renegade’s Magic: Book Three of The Soldier Son Trilogy

SUMMARY: Loyal, privileged, and brave–a soldier in the service of the King of Gernia–Nevare Burvelle survived a devastating plague of enemy sorcery, but at a terrible cost to his soul, body, and heart. Now he stands wrongly accused of unspeakable crimes, including murder, the most heinous of them all. Suddenly an outcast and a fugitive, he remains a hostage to the Speck magic that shackles him to a savage alter ego who would destroy everything Nevare holds dear. Perhaps, however, this curse that has long abused him can be used by him instead–a mighty weapon he can learn to wield for his own purposes. But down what perilous road will this desperate new quest lead him? And what will be the ultimate incarnation of Nevare Burvelle?

Rend Hope

Centuries in the future, the world has been devastated by a catastrophic event known as “The Great Purge.” Only a fraction of humanity survives to fight over the severely diminished resources of the planet. The disaster also bestowed upon some people the gift of sorcery and not all of them have the best interests of their fellow man in mind.
Markus Logarr is a disgraced magi from the once prosperous city of Havenway. Determined to seek vengeance against his former master for betraying him and murdering thousands of innocent people. Markus sets out into the Desert of Despair, where he discovers Midas City and his ex-girlfriend Rosalind Hearth, another magi who blames him for the loss of her family.
The two former lovers can barely be civil towards each other, but when a group of necromancers stage an assault on Midas City, they must put aside their differences or risk losing everything all over again.

Renaissance Porn Star: The Saga of Pietro Aretino, the World’s Greatest Hustler

ADVANCE PRAISE FOR RENAISSANCE PORN STAR
THE SAGA OF PIETRO ARETINO: THE WORLD’S GREATEST HUSTLER
Sex, drugs, and the Medicis. A story of murder, revenge, art, pornography, and celebration with an all-star cast of characters: Dante, Boccaccio, Machiavelli, Michelangelo, a klatch of mafi a-don-style popes, and Shakespeare. A tale that turns deep, deep erudition into exquisite sweets for the heart and
mind.
—Howard Bloom, author of *The Genius of the Beast: A Radical Re-Vision of Capitalism*
If Jan Wenner had given Hunter S. Thompson an assignment to write a historical essay of Renaissance sexuality and literature, the resulting pages might have looked something like *Renaissance Porn Star*: raw, uncensored, clearly mad, and quite brilliant.
—Jess Winfi eld, author of *My name is Will*
Like a buried treasure unearthed, *Renaissance Porn Star* sheds new light on how the Italian icon of the Renaissance,
Pietro Aretino, helped shape an awakened world. Mark Lamonica mixes his amazing attention to
historical detail and breathes new life into Shakespeare.
—Thelma Reyna, Ph.D. author of *The Heavens Weep for Us*
What art restoration has done for paintings, Mark Lamonica has done through a historical account of Pietro Aretino that wipes clean the whitewash of our puritanical perspective on the Renaissance over the past several hundred years. Not unlike a newly restored masterpiece, *Renaissance Porn Star* is both beautiful and shocking.
—Adam Hall, Shakespeare scholar
Mark Lamonica is an accomplished photographer
and author of three highly acclaimed books: *Junkyard Dogs and William Shakespeare* (1997); co-author of *Rio LA: Tales from the Los Angeles River* (2001); named “a best book of the year” by the Los Angeles Times Book Review. *Whacking Buddha: The Mysterious World of Shakespeare and Zen Buddhism* (2005); hailed as a work of “spiritual literary dynamite.” He is at
work on a new book about the Devil.